Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pinwheel Technique

This is another creation we made at my last Technique Class (apologies for the photo quality, it came out a little washed out). This is the Pinwheel Technique (well that is what I'm calling it), it is very simple but looks very effective, if you want to learn how check out this video by Dawn Griffiths.

I created this card using the Elegant Soiree Designer Series Paper (love this paper) with Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede. I used the Basic Pearl Jewels for the centre of the Pinwheel, and the Happy Birthday from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments for the sentiment - this is a great stamping staple as it covers every possible occasion.

My apologies for not having much to show recently - I have been busy getting ready for the Stampin' Up! Convention. As a demonstrator we make swaps to share with other demonstrators. I have come up with two different designs and so far have done approx 60 swaps (I'm hoping to get to about 80 swaps), but unfortunately can't show you for another couple of weeks.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sepia Technique

For my Technique class last night we made a card using the Sepia Technique. This is a simple technique replicating old sepia pictures.

The flower is from the Friends 24-7 stamp set. Firstly I stamped it in chocolate chip onto Crumb Cake cardstock, then using my blender pen I picked up some Craft White Ink and added white to the flowers and leaves. I added some Chocolate Chip with the blender pen to the stems and sponged the edges. I layered this onto a Very Vanilla and Chocolate Chip mat and then onto a Crumb Cake base card and added some lace ribbon.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Welcome Addison

I had the honour and privilege to witness the birth of my best friend's 4th child last week, and thankfully it was a little easier than most labours, nevertheless I am in awe of her. Little Addison Elizabeth was born only 20 minutes after the doctor had 'requested' so as not to interrupt his appointment schedule too much - how's that for timing.

I created this card the day after she was born, but unfortunately I ended up taking in the presents only the next day when I visited them (at the Hyatt Hotel) but forgot the card, but they will have received this by now so I can show it. It is made with the Baby Bundle stamp set and watercoloured with inks and blender pens. I love pink and chocolate brown.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How About a Little Cupcake

New in the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue is a fantastic Create a Cupcake stamp set and Build a Cupcake punch (love it when we don't have to cut out all the individual pieces). I stamped the base of the cupcake in Soft Suede and then punched it out using the punch. The tops are simply punched from Designer Series Patterned Paper.

I added some matching cardstock with linen thread and a button and of course on the inside I had to add another cupcake.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Team Day - Shoebox Swap

We had a fantastic team day today - wonderful company, great food, and fantastic shoebox swaps. I love these days they are great for sharing lots of new ideas, although sometimes I wonder how we manage to get through all the shoebox swaps with all the chatter that goes on!!

A shoebox swap (for those that don't know) is when you put all the prepared materials, stamps, inks, etc in a shoebox, and you work through each of the shoeboxes to complete the cards. All the cards were absolutely fantastic - they are a very talented bunch of ladies.

My cards used the new Stampin' Up! Strength & Hope stamp set from the new Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue. It is a special set as $2 from every set sold goes to Breast Cancer research.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Cute Birthday Card

This is a card I made for my upcoming Owl Punch class. I wanted to show that you could use the punch for my than just Owls. You will find these guys everywhere if you search on the web, and they are so easy to make.

To make the little penguins you just need to cut off the Owl's ears - so easy. I wanted to make this a bit fun on the inside so decided to add a little penguin that pops up when you open the card, when you close the card he lies flat.

He He - Cute

(BTW - Apologies that I didn't come up with a good title, sometimes you just get stuck!)