Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Last of the Calendar Pages

This is my last post of calendar pages!! I really should get started making this year's in July!!

These pages featured in the parent calendars

Hope you've enjoyed seeing these - I enjoyed making them, and the recipients love them. I really hadn't done much scrapbooking until I embarked on this project!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Wedding Wishes for my Sister

I've had this card made for so long, but have waited to post this just in case my sister decides to check out what I've been doing....

You may remember the engagement card and Wedding Album I made for my sister back in November. Thankfully this card didn't take me as long to figure out!

The photo really does not do this card justice - I LOVE it!!! My dress was Sage Shadow, and so was Luana's sash, and the other girls dresses were Close to Cocoa, with silver shoes and pink proteas in our bouquets. Cristy also used Very Vanilla as the neutral for her invites, so I really wanted to incorporate all these colours.

I made a matchbook card (I think that's what it's called) for something a little different. I used the scallop edge punch for the fold up flap and layered a bit of Pretty in Pink under the Close to Cocoa. I stamped the branch from Always (Spring Mini - not available at the moment but I'm hoping it's going to appear in the new catalogue) across the diagonal and then the gorgeous heart in Sage Shadow and silver embossed one on Very Vanilla. I layered these on a strip of Enchante DSP (retired) and finished with some silver cord (retired).

I will post some photos soon!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Last of Paul's Calendar

I've already posted most of the pages that are in Paul's calendar, but here is the one exclusive to his that hasn't featured yet:

I made this page for Paul's and Mum's calendar:

And this one was for Paul and his Mum's:

As usual, let me know if you want details.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More Calendar Pages

I ended up making a total of 22 different pages for the calendars I made earlier this year! Here are the pages that featured in all 3...

You may have seen the 'Cute' page on a previous post already, and if the 'Merry Christmas' page looks familiar, it's because I based it on the cards I made last Christmas.

Let me know if you want details!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Another Luana Card

Here's the card Luana made for our friend Josette's birthday last weekend.

She chose the red ribbon and a few card scraps, and we worked from there!! We used the retiring Spring Flowers Bouquet Punch and Luana chose which flowers to punch out of which colour. I added a little bit of adhesive and she placed everything where she wanted it. The greeting is once again from Short & Sweet - I gave her a selection of 3 and this is what she chose!

We had a great night! Thanks Jo and glad you had an awesome birthday!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My Second Memories Project Page

I forgot to post this in time and link it to Nerine's blog, but I used her sketch for this page which was the second one I sent to Karen for her pledge to the Memories Project - she's sending down 102 layouts!!! Awesome!

I've used almost all retired products - Holiday Thyme DSP, Cranberry Crisp and True Thyme card and Cranberry Crisp stitched ribbon. The only current product is the Very Vanilla! It's hard to see in this photo but I have also scored two lines just in from each of the edges. I designed this layout to fit one of the Santa photos. I really should get around to scrapping Luana's too.... didn't get one this Christmas just gone though. She wouldn't go within 5 foot of the man in red!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Goodies from Nerine

My sister stamper Nerine holds a regular Virtual Night where she puts challenges on her blog and gives you an hour to post your entry. She also had an alternative this last time where you could submit entries through the week and be eligible for blog candy. I had to attend a birthday party the night of the Virtual night, but still entered and won the blog candy!!

Her first challenge was a Valentine's card. I had already made mine for Paul, but stretched the concept a tad and made an anniversary card for him (which isn't too long after Valentine's Day anyway)...

...which was based on this Sweet Sunday Sketch.

I used a card base of Chocolate Chip and layered Close to Cocoa which had been wheeled with the So Swirly Jumbo Wheel, and a strip of Purely Pomegranate. I punched 8 1 1/4" circles out of Purely Pomegranate and layered these with hearts from Priceless (part of the Bushfire Appeal - 50% of the price of this set, and 9 others is being donated) stamped in Purely Pomegranate, Rose Red and Regal Rose. The '8' logo is Close to Cocoa 1 1/4" circle punch layered on Chocolate Chip 1 3/8" circle punch. The 8 is from On Board Lots of Letters. This was finished with a little bit of Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon (another product I wonder why it took me so long to get...) and a run on from the retired A Perfect Day rubons.

Earlier that week, Nerine had posted a card using an emblem made with the scallop edge punch. Using a 'scallop edge emblem' was the second challenge.

I had to make a card for a gorgeous 3 year old girl, so used the very girly colours in Makeesha's Inkspirations Colour Challenge #4 (but obviously didn't get it finished in time to enter that challenge).

I wheeled Perfectly Pretty in Sage Shadow on Whisper White card and coloured in the flowers with the blender pen and Rose Red and Regal Rose ink pads. The feature emblem was a base of Sage Shadow, edge in the same ink, layered with a scallop circle punch of Regal Rose, a 1 3/8" circle punch of Rose Red and a 1 1/4" circle punch of Whisper White. Once again, the number is from On Board Loads of Letters and was wheeled in Perfectly Pretty in Regal Rose before being covered in Dazzling Diamonds. The greeting is from Family Phrases, stamped in Rose Red and punched with the word window punch before being edged in Rose Red and adhered with Dimensionals.

Lucky me received my blog candy last week!!

Thanks so much Nerine! You made my day (and you know why in particular!!).

I think the next Virtual Night is the first Saturday in May, but head on over to Nerine's blog to check out more of her fabulous work!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

In Colour Combo Challenge

I had a bit of a giggle when I logged onto Makeesha's blog for her latest challenge - I only finished a card yesterday in the colours (minus the Whisper White) she had set!! Great minds think alike (GRIN)!! Nah, I can't take the credit, I pinched the colour combo from my friend who sent me a gorgeous Christening invitation.

I don't have a pic of the invite (a certain little one of mine wanted to look at it and smudged the printing.....), but here's the card I made:

As I said, I've missed out the Whisper White, but I'm sure I'll be forgiven!! This is VERY simple; I've clear embossed Classic Stars jumbo wheel on Soft Sky, torn it, added Real Red grosgrain ribbon, mounted this on pierced Blue Bayou and clear embossed the little man's initials (Best Friends Upper Alphabet - retiring).

And, coincidentally, Luana made a card a couple weeks ago in these colours for her best buddy who just became a big brother. In case you missed it, here 'tis:

She used Nursery Necessities with a little bit of double stitched Blue Bayou ribbon and a couple of stars punched out with the Large Star punch.

Thanks Keesh!! I'll try to have another play this week!!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Take Chocolate and Cocoa, and add Pink

This will be super quick today - no stories or details, but let me know if you want them!!

I got a bit carried away last night and made 3 cards for Kristina's latest colour challenge:

Love the colours!! The first one also fits Nerine's latest sketch, and the first two fit Mel's latest retired challenge.

I'm off to a pizza/paint the panel van/birthday party!!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Makeesha's Sketch and Leah's Colours - again!

Hi all,
Until I was writing the title of this posting, I didn't realise that I have paired Makeesha and Leah's challenges more than once... Thanks girls! Love your work!

With todays card I have been just a bit organised with for Leah's challenge - it's not due until the end of the month! And I really liked Makeesha's latest sketch so just had to play.

Here's Leah's colour inspiration:

and here's Keesh's sketch:

I saw the Chocolate Chip flower in the bottom right hand corner of the inspiration photo and just had to use Eastern Blooms. I've used a base of Sahara Sand and stamped in the same for the background branch (also from Eastern Blooms). I've layered the double stitched Chocolate Chip ribbon first, then Pixie Pink with a bit of Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, then Mellow Moss which has been pierced. The greeting is from the Hidden Garden rub-ons, and the bling in the middle of the flower is the blue chunky glitter.

This one will be winging its way to a friend of mine who I miss SO much.

My friend (and upline) Karen has also put her hand up to donate 50 layouts to the Memories project which is donating albums, complete with layouts, to those who lost everything in the Victorian Bushfires. I love Keesh's sketch so much I thought I'd have a play with a 12x12...

It's very basic, but this way the recipient can add whatever title and personal embellishments they want - it does look a lot better with photos too. I've made the photo panel so it can hold 2 regular photos or a larger photo. I've used Petals and Paiselys DSP (going to miss that one!), Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, cast brads from Styled Silver Hodgepodge Harware, and Old Olive and Taken with Teal card. The edge is also pierced but it's a bit hard to see in the photo.

Thanks for the inspiration Keesh!

If you would like to help out with donating a layout or 2, time is running out so check out Karen's blog for more details: www.karenmrobinson.blogspot.com

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

February Layout Swap

I've been wanting to post this for a while (and this is the one you've been waiting for Leah!!) but as it was for a swap, I wanted to wait until all had been received, which should be the case by now (plus, a friend in NSW told me she has hers now - hi Karen!).

The February swap was a layout one, using the layout of the middle card from page 85 of the current IB&C.

I used Elegant Notes which is a stamp set I fell in love with when the IB&C was released last year, but have only just ordered (and it's now being retired....). I am a muso from way back and this set made me think of my theory books!! But the treble and bass clefs are a lot nicer than my squiggles!! The background swirl is from Baroque Motifs, which is being continued - yay!! I have used the colours Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Perfect Plum, Pale Plum and Very Vanilla, and have finished off with a couple of Antique Brass Brads from the Hodgepodge Hardware (another retiring product...) to echo the bass clef.

This is NOTHING like I originally had planned (think black and turquoise using Time Well Spent!) but I am really happy with how it turned out.

If you have also fallen in love with this set, or are in need of more hodgepodge, please contact me ASAP to place your order - products are running out fast.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Another Couple of Challenge Cards

Just thought I'd quickly put up the cards I made last night for a couple of challenges - Kristina's latest colour challenge and Nerine's latest sketch.

I really liked the colours for Kristina's Colour Inspiration #43, but there was no neutral this time.

I'm not real sure about the strictness of colour challenges in relation to neutrals, so I did my best with NO white or vanilla.

This was the first time I have pulled out Pick a Petal and am so glad I did. I think this card is just a bit cute and I kept to the colours in the inspiration exactly. The leaf is scored down the middle for a bit of dimension, and the rub on is from Hidden Garden in the Summer Mini - only a month left to get these great rub ons!

Nerine gave us a simple, classic sketch this week - I really do like working with your sketches Nerine!

I have taken a little bit of liberty with this sketch, but the #1 wouldn't fit otherwise. I made this for a little man turning one in a month (I'm trying to be prepared at the moment!). I've used retired Summer Picnic DSP and pulled the colours from the stripes - Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Bashful Blue. The stars are from In the Stars in the current Summer Mini, and I punched out the feature star with the large star punch - so easy! The number 1 is courtesy of On Board Simon Lower chipboard (on the retired list, so let me know ASAP if you need some), and edged with Bashful Blue marker.

Not a bad effort for a quick Saturday night crafting session!

Thanks girls, I look forward to your next inspiration.