Sunday, April 22, 2012

Baseball Thank You's - #2

Morning all.

Today I wish to share with you the cards and gift card holders that I made for my son's coach and assistant coach. The team he plays for is Macquarie Saints and their colours ate a tealy turquoise, red and black. I had to make them as blokey as possible and I sort inspiration from this card. Here is my interpretation.... my never ending quest to not make 2 cards identical....I did change them slightly!!! The "You Rock" banners were elevated slightly in the middle. I was very happy with much so that I made matching gift card holders.....

I tried to be really clever (not) and use a button as a kind of worked, but I needed to think it through a little better. Here's front and back and the inside......

Needless to say....the cards were from a bunch of 11 and 12yo boys and they thought the cards were "cool" so that was all the approval I really needed. Here is each set together.....

I will try and list all the bits and pieces, but listing them all in my mind....there really were quite a few!!!

Thanks for dropping by. Hope to be back soon.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White and Optix Turquoise CS
Ink: (SU) Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Real Red
Stamps: (SU) Extreme Elements, Just Jawing, Dark Room Door - "Noel" (cornices in gift card)
Other Bits: Word Window Punch, Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet dies ("Thanks" sentiment), White crochet cotton, buttons

Lynda xx

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Baseball Thank You's - #1

Morning all.

Question....when you love making cards and gifts and the like....what do you do when your son's baseball team needs thank yous for the staff?? Volunteer to make them of course!!

I started off with the lady who scores the games each week. Baseball scoring is a skill. Every ball is marked as strike/ball/etc and then the # of bases taken or if the runner got out is also noted. You have to be on the ball in a big way. The lady who does score is a real girly-girl, so her card reflected this.....

The background needed a bit of I stamped a pattern to just break it up a bit.

The flowers are a combination of the Bouquet Blossom Triple Layer Punch and combined it with a small Carla Craft daisy.

The DSP I used was the old and very faithful Bella Rose. I miss it so much and only bust it out when really needed. I needed a Pink Pirouette it was needed!!!

Thanks for popping by and I will be back in a few days with the cards and gifts I made for the Coach and Assistant Coach.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery, Bella Rose DSP (ret)
Ink: (SU) Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake
Stamps: (SU) Pennant Parade
Punches: (SU) Petite Pennants Builder Punch, Owl Punch,  Bouquet Blossom Triple Layer Punch and Carla Craft CP1 Daisy, 1/16" circle hand held punch
Other Bits: Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet, Dimensionals, Pink 1/2 pearls fm stash, white crochet cotton

Lynda xx

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Vintage flowers

Morning all.

Remember how I mentioned that I was a LONG way behind with my posts....well I discovered this one from January that for some odd reason had not made it yet!!!

Becky Roberts is an amazing paper crafter and it is from one of her creations I took a direct CASE. This is Becky's card. This is my version of Becky's card.......

To me the flower appeared a little I lightly curled the edges of the petals a little and came up with this.....

It made such a huge difference don't you think?? Here is the difference side on.....

Did you also notice that there is no neutral colour CS on this white and no vanilla!!!! Who'd have thunk right??? The sentiment is stamped directly onto the DSP. Here are the 2 cards together.....

Thanks for popping by. I hope you are all enjoying the Easter break and didn't OD too much on those eggs.

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Always Artichoke, Rose Red, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink: (SU) Early Espresso, Soft Suede (for sponging the petal edges and leaves)
Stamps: (SU) Sincere Salutations, Best Yet
Punches/Dies: (SU) 5 Petal Flower Punch, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
Other bits: Buttons, Mini Glue Dots, Neutral coloured embroidery floss

Lynda xx

Monday, April 9, 2012

What do you call the Drummer.......

Morning all.

I must admit that the title of this post is a slight dig at one of my brother's in law. He is a drummer and we all know that drummers one day wanna grow up and be real musicians....hee hee hee. It was his birthday and I was inspired by this card. Sadly I do not have the creator and I have gone back through everything and cannot find the creator, so if it is you...thanks so much.

This is my version of the card above.....

I decided to carry the star theme through from the stamped background, to the brads to the punched shapes.

Now for those regular readers, you know that I do not wet emboss very often, but I braved it for this card. I think it came out OK....but I still need a lot more practice!!

I had a heap of fun putting this card together. I got to bust out Extreme Elements which create a fun and fantastic grunge background in next to no time.

Thanks for popping by.

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Black, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and Artsy.licious - fine illustrated paper in Kohl # 31685, Stardream Metallic Gold Paper
Ink: (SU) Versamark, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray, Black, VersaColour Metallic Gold
Stamps: (SU) Extreme Elements, Extreme Guitar and clear birthday semtiments from stash
Punches: (SU) Large Oval, Large Star
Other Bits: SU distressing tool, Gold Star Brads, Black EP, Dimensionals

Lynda xx

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Another Zero Birthday......

Hi all.

I hope you are all enjoying the long Easter break. I have so much to show you, so I hope to schedule some fairly regular posts over the next week or so.

Today's card date's back a month or so....yes I am that far behind!!! One of the secretaries at work was about to celebrate a zero birthday. This lady is very elegant and understated. I was asked to make her card that was black and white and nowhere was it to mention her age!!!! Easy right????

I was inspired by this card on fitted the black and white part anyhow. This is the card I made for the birthday girl.....

and I also made one slightly different for the stash......

I think the red just stepped up the sass factor a little. I embossed the stripe...although due to 2 sproggets tearing around...I ended up debossing as opposed to embossing....but it worked out OK.

The swirl is so very intricate and with both rhinestones and pearls it looked so pretty.

The birthday gal loved her I was happy too.

Thanks for popping by. As promised will have more for you all soon.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Basic Black, Whisper White as well as Paper Mill Black and White Paisley Pearl paper and Stardream Deep red paper
Ink: (SU) Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: (SU) Elements of Style and Amy R - Birthday Sentiments
Other bits: SU Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Deep Red 1/2 pearls and Red Rhinestones fm stash

Lynda xx

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Rainbow Banner

Morning all.

As I mentioned before, I still have a really good relationship with my old work place. The young girl that replaced me had her little boy turning 4. He loves rainbows and was having a rainbow themed party. She had Googled and searched high and low for candy/treats and goodies. I had seen on various blogs, cute banners that sat above cakes with the birthday boy or girl's name on it. I offered to make one for Oliver in rainbow colours....of course. Cathy was kind enough to send me the following pictures.

And of course the magical work of art that was the inside......

The banner went together so very easily. It was held together with crochet cotton. I punched 1/16 inch circle holes through the top points of the flag and then threaded the cotton through.

Thanks for popping by.

Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Whisper White and Optix Turquoise Card
Ink: (SU) Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun (ret), Pear Pizzaz, Bashful Blue, Almost Amethyst (ret) and Concord Crush
Stamps: Pennant Parade
Punches: Petite Pennants Builder Punch
Other bits: Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet, 1/16" hand held circle punch, Crochet Cotton

Lynda xx

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Co-ordinated Tulip Fun

Morning all.
Finally (I hear you laud), she has something crafty to show!!!

This is the 2nd of the tulip cards I made for a secretary that I use to work with. We have remained good friends even though I left my old work over 2 1/2 years ago. I went with a favourite colour combo of purples and green.

Here is the card.....

Now....what to give with it.....hmmmmmmmmmmm?? Ever find that you have a gift....and nothing to go with it....well I found a solution!!! I made her a wee note card holder from 2 of the Scallop Envelope dies joined together. What I finally made was a mildly amended version of this. The end result was this..... (front and back)

And side......

It held comfortably 4 note cards that were 3 x 3 inches and 4 envelopes. These were the cards inside. I also stamped the envelopes so they matched.

....and of course the card and gift ready to go......

Needless to say....she loved them. Purely by co-incidence, she had a gift at home that she had forgotten a card for...but now does!!!

Thanks for dropping by. I will try and list all the bits used, but there was a lot. If you have any questions....please ask and I will answer.

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Pear Pizzaz, Concord Crush, Whisper White, In Colours DSP 6 x 6 stack
Ink: (SU) Pear Pizzaz, Concord Crush
Stamps: (SU) Sweet Summer, So Happy For You and Amy R Birthday Sentiments
Punches: (SU) XL Bird Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch
Dies: (SU) Scallop Envelope Die, Nestabilities Classic Circles and Scallop Circle dies
Other Bits: Dimensionals, Green Diamante Brads fm stash, Green 1/2 rhinestones fm stash, Blender Pen.

Lynda xx