Saturday, September 20, 2008

Time's Running out for 'Free Wheelin'

Have you heard about Stampin' Up!'s great September promotion? Its called 'Free Wheelin' and when you purchase a selected stamp set you get the coordinating Jumbo wheel for FREE! Save $15.95!! Here's a few projects I've put together to show some of the wonderful sets and wheels available on this promotion...
This first one features the set Bodacious Bouquet an the wheel Bodacious. You may recognise this photo - I put it up on my blog after Mothers Day when it was taken. It was a very simply scrapbook Page to make. I simply wheeled the background wit Bravo Burgundy ink on Bravo Burgundy card stock. then made the accent flower by stamping the flowers and leaves in Bravo Burgundy, Apricot Appeal and Always Artichoke. These were then cut out and layered with dimensionals. The photo was matted on Always Artichoke, I added some Apricot ribbon and a round tab for the vital details...viola! (Oh, in case you're wondering that's the faux shaving cream technique Ive used on the biggest flower - another really cool way to use the free wheel!!!! - if you're not sure what I'm talking about email me or leave a comment and I'll tell you how to do it!)

This next one was inspired by Linda Higgins awesome demonstration at Regionals. Lind demoed how to make these fantastic window cards. This one Ive made here with Artfully Asian and the Watercolour Vine Jumbo wheel. These are really easy to make too, you just cut an A4 piece of card in half, score it 10 and 20cm, punch out the window with a 1 3/8 square punch, stamp your image on vellum and stick it in between the 2 front layers!

Another window card, this one is a Christmas card with a difference, made with the Priceless set and So Swirly wheel (this has proved to be by far the most popular bundle!). This is one of the projects we'll be making at my WCMD class (I'll b posting more details on that soon).

This next one is a Bag-a-lope made with the All about Christmas Wheel which coordinates with the Merry, Merry Stamp set. The colours are Very Vanilla, Bravo Burgundy and Always Artichoke .

Last but not least here's another bag-a-lope featuring Carte Postal and Leaves a la Carte Jumbo wheel. The colours are Very Vanilla, Always artichoke and Bravo Burgundy.

The only set on the promotion I haven't featured is Nursery Necessities and the Nursery letters wheel - which I just ordered for myself this week - so I just might challenge myself to make something and get it on here before Free Wheelin' ends on 30th September! That's right you've only got 10 days left to take advantage of this offer, email me if you'd like more information.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Catch Up...

Hi, I thought I'd post a few creations from back in August that I hadn't got around to posting yet! Better late than never!!!

This first one was the Blog candy I sent to Natasha after her number was drawn first when I did my 5500 hits blog candy while back. The projects were inspired by the Apple Cider DSP and the True Friend stamp set from the Spring Mini Caty...
This next card I made for my Dad's Birthday. He loves all things boat so I had to use Seaworthy. I was happy how the card turned out except for my tearing which was atrocious! but I didn't have time to do it again - you know me do everything at the last minute!

This last pic is of some bunches of lavender from our backyard that Breanna took into Preschool for show and Tell and as a gift for her teachers. I made the tags with the Oh, So Lovely hostess set.

If you'd like any more information on any of the products or techniques I've used here please email me or leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Regional Swaps

I'm back from the Sydney regional seminar all inspired (and completely exhausted!!!) As promised I'm back here to post pictures of my swaps. Now they are definitely nothing flash - seeing as I didn't start them until Wednesday night last week I was hardly in the position to do anything real flash. Anyway I made 2 designs, one of which I did in two different colourways, a total of 40 cards altogether. Here they are:

This first one came about after making some flowers with the A Beautiful Thing stamp set for Mel's Punch Challenge card (see earlier post). After stamping the flowers I thought they would look cool on the Watercolour Vine...and this is what I came up with.

Stamps: A Beautiful Thing, Watercolour Vine Stampin’ Around Jumbo Wheel
CS: Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Really Rust, Old Olive, Fall Flowers DSP
Inks: Groovy Guava, Really Rust, Old Olive, Sahara Sand Other: Groovy Guava double stitched grosgrain ribbon, five petal punch, ½” circle punch, dazzling diamonds glitter, 2-way glue pen, sponge, StampinDimensionals, Snail

After 15 of the guava version of this card I was sick of it and had to try out a new colour combo. I'd got lots of feedback from people who loved this combo from an earlier card.

Stamps: A Beautiful Thing, Watercolour Vine Stampin Around Jumbo Wheel
CS: Taken with teal, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Old Olive, Old Olive Prints DSP
Inks: Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive Other: five petal punch, ½” circle punch, StampinDimensionals, Snail

At the last minute I decided to do something with Always that was a little different, this was it.

Stamps: Always
CS: Whisper White, Blue Bayou, Real Red
Inks: Blue Bayou, Real Red, Wild Wasabi Other: ½” circle punch, photo corner punch, crop-o-dile (for small circles), crystal effects, StampinDimensionals, Snail

The Regional Seminar was fantastic and I will post the projects we made for you all to see very soon. The biggest disappointment for me was that I bought most of my swaps home with me :( !!We arrived too late on the Saturday morning to swap and by lunchtime most people had already done all their swaps. So if there is anyone out there who would like to swap a card with me for one of the above please leave me a comment with your email included or email me.

Have a nice night

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Love Birds

Hi again! Wow two posts in two days! I just had to show you this card - its so basic but I think its just so cute! I cant take credit for the idea though, I cased some cards by Jill Geraghty- Groves in the current Australian Cardmaking Stamping & Papercraft Mag.
To make the birds I punched out circles of Spring Silhouettes DSP using the 1 3/8" & 1 1/4" circle punches. Their wings are made by stamping the large flower from Looks Like Spring in Soft Sky on Vanilla cs then cutting out a section of 2 or 3 petals. I then defined the petals(wing feathers) with a black stampin write marker. The marker was also used to draw eyes and legs. I cut little triangles out of Blue Bayou for their beaks. The birds are mounted on dimensionals onto Blue bayou card. The heart and love you are from Short & Sweet stamped in basic black ink.
Don't you think they are just so cute? I was going to make them for regionals but didn't think it was right to do a case - so I've just made up 40 cards in 3 different original designs - I'll try to post them for you tomorrow night - if not I'll put them up when I get back.
Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments on my last card, I'm stoked you all liked it!!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mel's Punch Challenge

My gorgeous team member Mel has set yet another fabulous challenge for us - this time to use as many punches as we could!! Now those of you that have talked to me recently would know that I had lost my mojo :(
Well I thought this challenge might help me find it - and it did!!! I'm stoked with how this card turned out, and since making it I have made 4 more cool designs for my regional swaps- YAY! I wont be arriving empty handed!!
Anyway, back to the punch card - its based on a vase of flowers, it uses a grand total of 13 different punches, here it is...

OK, so the punches I used were:

  1. 1/16" circle
  2. 1/8" circle
  3. 1 3/8" circle
  4. 1 1/4" circle
  5. 3/4" circle
  6. 1/2" circle
  7. Word Window
  8. Photo Corners
  9. Tag
  10. Corner Rounder
  11. 5-Petal Flower
  12. Scallop Circle
  13. Spring Flower Bouquet

I really wanted to get more in but it started to get messy and look like I was using punches just for the sake of using punches (which I was!). I'm really happy with how this card turned out - it's just as I imagined it, it meets the challenge requirements to use a many punches as I could, and I just think it looks cool! Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Looks Like Spring, In the Spotlight, A Beautiful Thing, Short & Sweet
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Pretty in Pink, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, So Saffron, More Mustard, Basic Black

Paper: Blue Bayou, Purely Pomegranate, Confetti white, Basic Black, Soft Sky, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Old Olive

Other: Punches x 13 (see list above), double stitched grosgrain ribbon purely pomegranate, rhinestone brads

So what do you think?

Sorry I didn't make it back over the weekend to pass on my blog awards or post more cards - I may not get to it before regional this weekend, but I'll definitely be back with bells on after that!