Monday, June 20, 2011

Make a wish.

Here's a card I've done a couple of times, but never added to my blog. She's the most gorgeous little princess, but is unfortunately retired now.

I think I like this stamp so much as you can really tailor it to the little person the card is going to, colouring the card for favourite colours etc.

It is a pretty simple card in that I ran the whisper white cardstock through a Cuttlebug floral die, and after mounting the princess onto the purple card, all is then mounted with dimensionals to give it a little rise.  The make a wish stamp is a part of another set non SU, but I can't remember the name - sorry.  I did emboss with sentiment with silver embossing powder and used my favourite toy the heat gun to set it.  The star brad is also non SU, but available from me.

She's so fun and I hope the little person she's going to loves her. 

Remember that if you do ever see a retired image you just have to have, let me know as I will happily stamp out some images and post them to you for a very small cost.

Enjoy - Julie

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Get well soon 'Petal'.

This is the first time I've used the Petal Pizzazz stamp set IB&C p 77, but and now wondering why I didn't use it before as it makes some beautiful flowers.  I've got another friend in Canberra who just can't seem to flick a bout of sickness so I thought I'd so something to hopefully brighten her day - I just hope she gets my card before she sees my blog! 

Easy as. The card blank was run through my big shot machine and a Cuttlebug hearts embossing folder.  I stamped all the images on Whisper White cardstock and then set about fussy cutting them all out, adding some flower brads which match perfectly with the Crushed Curry before mounting some with the snail and some with dimensionals to add a 3D effect.  I used the Lemonade dsp again which I have totally become addicted to and mounted the dsp onto both Melon Mambo and Rich Razzleberry cardstock. A couple of rhinestones and some crystal effects and we're almost done.  The butterfly was from one of the Sale-A-Bration sets called Bliss and I added it to break up the colours and also because I'd stamped it for another project and didn't use it!

The framed image is from a set only available in the USA and one of my lovely friends sent it out to me as she knows I'm and avid stamper.  I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the get well soon sentiment which is from the  Sincere Salutations set IB&C p 107.  Another rhinestone here and it's all finished. 

Let me know what you think - enjoy Julie

Stamp Set/s: Petal Pizzazz, Four Frames, Sincere Saluations, Bliss
Inks:  Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Soft Suede, Old Olive. 
Cardstock and Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo (textured), Whisper White, Lemonade dsp (retired)
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper cutter, bone folder, adhesive, paper snips, clear block D, flower brads (available from me), Kaisercraft rhinestones, crystal effects, Big Shot machine, Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bird Punch - Tulips & Roses

While doing a little blog hopping when I was sick I came across a few card images of tulips and roses made using the wing of the Two-Step Bird Punch IB&C p 146.  I decided it was something I needed to try and here's the result.

To make the tulip flower all you need to do is punch out three wings using the Two-Step Bird Punch and making sure that the rounded parts of the wings are facing inwards attach them using a 2-way glue pen. I did try using a snail / double sided tape but it's too fiddly to work well.  The stems of the tulips are also from the same punch - the stem part with the little leaves chopped off.  The photos blurry, I know, but it still shows you what they look like close up!

If you'd rather make the rose bud - sorry I haven't taken any photos yet, simply turn the rounded part of the wing to the outside, use the stem again but add some of the cut off leaves to the middle of the stems.

After I'd made the flowers and placed them onto the cardstock and then the card blank I decided the colourings weren't quite right so added the circle which looks a little like a sun.  There's a little paper piercing around the top and bottom corners and I added some gingham ribbon as a bow.

Enjoy Julie

Cardstock and Paper: Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Green Galore, Cake Crumb
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper cutter, bone folder, adhesive, paper snips, Two-Step Bird Punch, real red gingham ribbon, paper piercing tool.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Happy Birthday Bronte!

One of my very best friends, who I've had to leave behind in Canberra, has a daughter Bronte who'll be three in a couple of days. We can't make the trip down for the party but I wanted to make sure I got her card and present to her for her brithday.  Infact for some reason I though her birthday as a month before it was - how terrible am I - so she did definitely get it on time, in fact 3 weeks early.  Noah chose the most beautiful dolly who was dressed as a flower and Bec tell me she loves it and has aptly named her 'Petal'. 

 The two side balloons were stamped straight onto the whisper white cardstock, while the middle one I stamped on a scrap and then free hand cut it out and stuck it on with a dimensional.  The birthday sentiment comes from the Party this way set IB&C p 35.

Bronte's always been the cheeky monkey of the group, so what better stamp set to use than the Fox and Friends IB&C p 64.  It's full of the cutest animals, including a very cheeky looking monkey.  Noah thought it would be a good idea to stamp some of the other animals on the paper we wrapped the present in, though this of course was after we had already wrapped it so it made it a little challenging to get clear and crisp images.  Still we're happy with it.

Cheers Julie

Stamp Set/s: Fox and Friends, Party this way
Inks:  Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry ink pad and marker(retired), Chocolate Chip, Bermuda Bay (retired)
Cardstock and Paper:  Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry (retired),Whisper White, the dsp is a retired one called something Lemonade - I think!!. Baja Breeze, Old Olive, So Saffron, Basic Black, Whisper White
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper cutter, bone folder, adhesive, paper snips, clear block D, dimensionals.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Just Add Ink's 70th Round Challenge

This week over at JAI the challenge is to create a round card.  The inspiration sketch we got for the card was this one -

I've not done many round cards before so thought I'd give it a go and as Noah has a 4th birthday party to go to for a little girl Hannah who loves pink and all things flowers.  We thought these colours would be about perfect for her.

I used the scallop circles nestabilities to cut out the circles, then scored the top back one to make sure the card would stand up. I found a coordinating paper (brand unknown) and then just kept adding bits until I was happy.  The owl is the Stampin Up punch which I have decided is one of the most versatile punches ever made.

The nest is made using the Stampin Up bird punch leave and again I've added crystal effects to the number to make it stand out. 

Cheers Julie

Cardstock and Paper: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip; various papers
Tools & Embellishments:  Paper cutter, bone folder, adhesive, paper snips, Spellbinders Nestabilities standard scallops, Owl punch, scallop edge border punch, chipboard 4, crystal effects,  various circle punches, scallop border punch, Kaisercraft flower rhinestone, goggle eyes.

Build them up, build up, build up; up, up up with Lego blocks.

Our next door neighbour Nick turned 5 last week and we did manage to get over to his houses for a morning tea party.  He like Noah, can't seem to get enough of Lego so we thought we'd make him a Lego card to go with the Lego plane we bought him.

After I thought about the card for some time, I decided to create blocks which could be stacked. I eventually made two cards but have only managed to get a photo of this one.

I was super easy to make and used only the cutter, some circle punches, adhesive, crystal effects and a Signo pen.  I also cheated and used my heat tool to dry off the crystal effects otherwise I always find I end up putting something on the top and ruining cards!  The crystal effects and the Signo pen make the real different as it gives the 3D look.

The stamped image is from a retired stamp set, however I think any sentiment would work here.

Cheers Julie

Sick, sick and then some more sick..

Wow, it's been over two weeks since I was last able to post on my blog and this has not been because we were off doing something exciting, we've all been sick. Firstly my husband had a couple days off - he must have been unwell as those of you who know him, know he just doesn't take time off work -, then Noah was unwell. A trip to the Dr and some antibiotics seemed to fit the tonsilitis, but then I managed to get sick too!  We've used up most of our local stores tissue supply in two week, visited the Dr five times and had between us had four courses of antibiotics. I thought all was coming well over the weekend until Noah got another bug which saw us using the services at the John Hunter Hospital for the first - and hopefully, last time. I did though think the staff were amazing and thankfully it appears to have been either a bout of food poisioning or an ingestion of strawberry product (Noah's allegeric to strawberries).

So up until a couple days ago I couldn't even find the energy to make anything, but since feeling a little better have put together a couple of cards I'm happy to share.  I promise to add them over the next few days!

I wish everyone good health! Cheers Julie