Sunday, February 24, 2013

Blokey Cards on a Rainy Day........

Morning all.

I hope this finds you all safe and dry...those living in Sydney that is. These past 2 days we have been hit by very strong winds and relentless rains. Some areas in NSW that have only had previous flood waters subside have once again been hit. Nature is indeed and angry mistress at present.

Now...question. Have you ever had an idea come to do at a very odd hour of the AM (usually 2-3AM) and not been able to go back to sleep because of it??? This is how these cards started. Like most....I struggle with male cards, but when I do one I like I tend to stick to the same layout etc until the next lightning bolt comes along!! Well This lightning bolt came in the guise of texture.

I have been having so much fun playing with all of my new SU goodies. The set I chose is the Feeling Sentimental which has some GORJUS old style images. I also used for the 1st time the Honeycomb EF and Coredinations CS (yes....hanging my head in shame). This is what I came up with in the rain yesterday......

I apologise for the lighting and background as these were taken in my daughter's room using her wash basket as a stand!!!
I ran 1 piece of Coredinations CS through the Honeycomb EF and then cut along the lines up the middle to get the 2 pieces. It gives the impression of a jagged line. Here they are close up. Remember you can click on the photo to get a larger look.
 I love the look the sing of the Coredinations CS gives. I cannot believe it has taken me SO long to try it. I also added antique Pewter brads to the centres of the penny farthing's wheels. Sponging the ovals and the sentiment pieces also helped I think.


Given the blokey feel of these cards I am going to enter these into the ATCAS card challenge this time round - Masculine.

Thanks for popping by today. Stay safe and most importantly be creative.

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Well Worn DSP (ret), Coredinations CS - French Roast.
Ink: (SU) Early Espresso, Crumb Cake (sponging)
Stamps: (SU) Feeling Sentimental (SAB '13), Loving Thoughts
Dies etc: (SU) Ovals Framelits, Honeycomb EF, Lots of Tags Sizzlits
Other Bits: Dimensionals, Antique Pewter Brads, Sanding implement, Sponges

Lynda xx

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Nothin' Says Love Like.....

Morning all, is February 14th!! Usually I do not partake in all things Valentine's, but this year I was asked to make a card for a friend for his wife!! (have to give him props for at least being somewhat organised I guess.)
I have recently (gone a little nuts) acquired many new play things from the new mini catalogue. One of them was the "Hearts a Flutter" stamp set and co-ordinating dies. makes things oh so easy. I have been cruising a lot around the creative world as well and sort inspiration from 2 cards here and here.
I basically did a Direct CASE of Kerry's card, but added and extra matt of Pool Party just to bolster it a little bit, this is my version of Kerry's card.....
I also got to use some more of the SAB benefits (the Pool Party Ribbon) and the wee "Love" sentiment is from the Ciao, Baby! stamp set and cut out with the Petite Curly Label Punch available free with SAB and a $100 purchase. The hearts and tag sit on the embossed area on dimensionals.
The second option was based on Rebecca's card. I loved the idea that she had of the banners and hearts and then the simple sentiment. I did however change the colour palate to a bolder black, red and white.
I also dry embossed the WW background and the white hearts. I had the wee red heart buttons FOREVER in my stash...and they suited it perfectly!!
Last "romantic" notion I have to share with you is my gift to the Mum's I sit with on a Thursday afternoon whilst our daughter's dance. Lots of laughter is always had and we quite often share stories about the MEN in our lives....and how crap they are sometimes about certain occasions!! With that in mind...and a little help from Angie Kennedy Juda here...I made these. I figured with a girl you cannot go wrong with handbags and chocolate right??
I used the Sycamore Street DSP (avail for SAB) with the matching ribbon for the handles. The closures are a wee heart (der for Valentine's day) and a tag from the Tiny Tags stamp set. Here they are from the back and close up on the closure.....
The purses hold 2 Hershey Miniatures quite comfortably. The other wonderful thing about these purses is that from one 3" strip of 12 x 12 DSP you can make 2 purses with NO WASTE. Gotta love that!! I have decided to add these wee purses to the ATCAS #6 challenge here - being the bag does hold candy, so I hope that is qualifies!!
Thanks so much for enduring a very detailed and picture laiden post. I hope you got some inspiration form it. Again, as I have used sooooo much new stuff, I will try and list it all. The items in italics are available for SAB. Thanks for popping by.
Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Primrose Petals, Pool Party, Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango, island Indigo, Sycamore Street DSP, Red Glitter CS - non SU
Ink: (SU) Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango
Stamps: (SU) Hearts a Flutter, Loving Thoughts, Itty Bitty Banners, Ciao Baby!, Tiny Tags
Dies, Punches, Framelits and Embossing Folders: (SU) Petite Curly Label Punch, Jewellery Tag Punch, Banners Framelits, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Adorning Accents EF, Chevron EF, Carla Craft CP2 heart, Carla Craft CP8 Hearts
Other Bits: Sycamore Street Ribbon Pack, Dimensionals, Mini Gold Brads from stash, Red Heart Buttons
Lynda xx

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Walk Like an Egyptian.......

Morning all.

Apologies now to all for putting the idea of the song in your heads....but when you see the will get the title!!!

I was asked to make a card by one of the doctors at work (yes...he is one of my best customers!!). He was playing the part of Best Man for 2 friends of his that were getting married. To paraphrase him, I was given the brief of......"They are both Egyptian, doctors and they have a VERY good sense of humour. Make me an Egyptian themed wedding card....and take the mickey out if it if you wish!!" How could I say no??

Once again, Google cooped a real work out as to what ancient Egyptians wore when getting married and the common theme was gold, turquoise and a LOT of the seeds were sewn. I wanted to make the couple with the SU Owl Punch and after much trial and error, This was the final result........

Needless to say, there is a LOT of punch art and a lot of sponging on this card. The camel was CASED from Ellen Kemper here. I did however downsize the camel (used Lg Oval punch instead of Wide Oval Punch, Small oval replacing large etc) as her camel was slightly too big for my card. The blanket and hump for the camel was achieved by cutting out the smallest Fancy Flower Framelit and then punching it to the "hump" shape with the small oval punch. The belly tie was a left over petal cut straight to the centre. Does that make sense? The sand beneath was sponged using a post it as a mask. Given that the newlyweds had no card to drive off into the sunset in, I hung the "Just married" sign off the back off the camel!! It was generated from the computer.

 The bride and the groom were another challenge altogether! here they are close up......

The groom's Pharaoh-like hat is the chest of the owl turned upside-down. I used a wide oval punch and a 1"circle punch to achieve the Cleopatra-esque hair. The eyes ideally would have been almond shaped, but hard to get even. I ran a black SWM around the edge for the "eye liner" look.
Finally (and thanks for bearing with me) the pyramid. I masked off the section for the pyramid and lightly sponged it with River Rock ink. Then, to get the "brick" look, I carefully cut with a craft knife bricks from the sticky part, Put that across the top, and then sponged each layer in Crumb Cake ink row by row...offsetting as I went.
I received some feedback about a week later. Apparently the card was a hit (apparently I am also to expect a phone call form the bride when she is back from her honeymoon)!! The doctor that ordered it LOVED it and the bride and groom got such a giggle
Thanks for enduring a detailed post. I will try to list all things used, but if you feel I have missed something or have a question please leave it in the comments with an e mail contact and I will get back to you. Thanks for popping by.
Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Whisper White, Close to Cocoa (ret), Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede,, Pumpkin Pie Textured Taken with Teal (ret), non SU brushed gold CS, turquoise embossed paper and groom's chest piece were scrap donations from another bride's invitation!!
Ink: (SU) Baja Breeze (sky), So Saffron and Sahara Sand (sand), River Rock, Crumb Cake, Black SWM
Stamps: NONE!!!!
Punches/Dies: SU Owl Punch, Large/small/extra small oval punches, 1/4", 1/2" circle punches, Boho Blossom Punch (camel's hair tuft), Word Window Punch, Fancy Flower Framelit dies
Other Bits: Latte 1/2 pearls from stash, Post it notes (lots of them), Dimensionals, Metallic Gold Cord
Lynda xx

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Perfect Punch Art Pooch

Hi all,

Once again, apologies for the length of time in between posts. There has been MUCH going on under our roof. The children went back to school this week (Miss 8 into year 4 and Master 12 started HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!) where does the time go....seriously??

Now I have also been dropping some hints recently about some BIG NEWS that was happening....and well finally it came to be (and for all those incredibly funny folks out there NO I am not pregnant!!) On the 23rd of January, I (finally) signed up and I am now a Stampin' Up Demonstrator!!! I have had to read a lot, learn much more about my computer 9than perhaps I would have liked to) and I have had the UBER patient Angela Sargeant as my mentor and guide. I cannot thank her enough for helping me through all the oopses and lingo.

Now....onto the card. Also in the time since last posting, a friend of mine had a little boy who turned 1!! Such an occasion cannot go by unheralded. I have had this card in my CASE file for some time and thought it perfect for the birthday boy. It is punch art, which of course I LOVE, so it was an easy decision. I stepped up certain elements of the card and this is what I came up with.....(you can click on the image to make it bigger)

I just think punches are the best. Whilst I enjoy my stamping, punch art is what I did before I stamped and it is something I can combine with stamping with ease. The other huge effort in this card is that I used all brights...with the exception of pooch of course!!
I stamped the large banner from Pennant Parade in the same colour as the "flag" and then spaced them out across the card. Light bulb moment came when I realised that the birthday boy's name had 4 I cut out the letters and the #1 in gold glitter board and snap...easy peasy. A couple of dimensionals here and there and it was done.
Thanks for popping by, especially if you are visiting via Beth Beard's blog. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments on this card. Beth and I got to know each other via a crafting forum and she has been an amazing friend and supported, even though we have never met (given she is in the USA and I am here is Australia. It is a cool near 25000kms between us, if you believe Google Maps here. I hope you can drop by from time to time.
Stuff Used:
CS:(SU) Pacific Point, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Basic Black
Ink: (SU) Rich Razzleberry, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Chocolate
Stamps: (SU) Pennant Parade
Punches: (SU)2/12 inch Circle, Blossom Builder Punch, Pennant Builder Punch, Ornament Punch, Owl Punch (small circles for eyes)
Other bits: SU Chevron EF, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF, Cuttlebug Olivia Alphabet, Ice Cream Parlour Buttons (ret), Gold Glitter CS
Lynda xx