Thursday, May 22, 2014

Guest Designer at Kellie Stamps

It is no secret that I love my stamps. And definitely no secret that one of my all time fave manufacturers of stamps is Kellie Stamps. And yes, I admit I have nearly every stamp that Kellie has ever released (with a few exceptions...the coffee drinking one, the chocolate easter egg one...)

I love 'em, and looking back through my Project Life album so far this year, and also last year, I am very hard pressed to find a spread where I have not included at least one of Kellie's stamps. I use the clear stamps so I can line them up easily and stamp where I want to. I like to include them on journalling cards as a heading. I also like to stamp right onto the photo.

Here is the spread where I used the most stamps ever on one double page, I wonder can anyone guess how many different Kellie Stamps there are on here?

You can see more close ups on Kellie's blog post here.

Here are some more of my 2014 pages where I have used various Kellie Stamps:

I think I have a new all time favourite Kellie Stamp too, it is a new one and is called That Sucks and I wish I had it earlier on in the year!!

Image of NEW FOR MAY - That Sucks! Stamp Set

Monday, May 19, 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch...#76

Wow, I think I have found my favourite card challenge blog - clean and simple! It is called CAS(E) this sketch and again, is a sketch challenge - but a nice, clean one. You can find all the details here.

For their Sketch 76 here is my card:

One of the things I liked the most about the Design Team Reveals was their use of white space, just perfect. I tried to do the same with this one, using a Hostess only set.

The only other thing I wanted to point out is that the bases for all the cards I have been making lately, I have been using the Value Packs of 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card bases with envelopes. These come in a pack of 50 in either the white or cream and are so handy and time saving.

Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 55

Here is another card based on a sketch challenge (love them!!). This time it is the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge #55 which you can find all the details about here.

I rotated the sketch this time so I could fit the gorgeous Sparkles Flourish on, and used some more of my favourite Balloon Ride and the Give A Lift stamp set.

Cardabilities challenge 99 using Skylark

In my quest for some different starting ideas for making cards, I searched out some card challenge blogs to get me going.

I have always loved Skechabilities for layouts, and there is another site for cards, called of course, Cardabilities. I gave their Sketch 99 a go using the Skylark papers and chipboard Complements that you can find here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Timberline Happy Birthday

Had to get this one photographed and up quick - as it is the birthday today! I used the Timberline range available here with the Happy Birthday coming from the Cricut Artiste Collection available here. It is really cool, you can cut out the shape on the Cricut, then simply use the coordinating stamp and it looks like you have been really clever! There are SOOOOOO many different things to cut on these Cricut cartridges, not sure I will ever get through them all. They are very simple to use, too, Alexa (8) cut out her own 3D card last night and decorated it.

Some cards with CTMH Balloon Ride

It seems I must not have quite figured out the intended use of the gorgeous CTMH Workshops On The Go kits - they are designed to make it super easy to create some fantastic layouts...however, when I receive a new one my mind starts racing and I tend to mix it up and create lots of other things instead! I guess this is a good thing, and really shows the versatility of the kits - yes, you can create the intended layouts and they will look fabulous...or you can really do whatever you want with them and you know it will all coordinate without having to think any further about it.

Anyway, I used the Balloon Ride WOTG kit that is available here and also the Give A Lift acrylic stamp set which may just be my new favourite set (well, for this week, anyway!). You can take a look at the Give A Lift set below and it is available for purchase (to anywhere in Australia) here.

Isn't it gorgeous? I love the two balloons so much, and these are the ones I have used in my cards, along with the papers from the kit.

Here is my first card, just in time for Mother's Day. I simply stamped the image using brown Staz On onto Colonial White card and coloured using markers directly onto it. No extra special technique here - just coloured 'er in!  A handy tip for making a card with a sentiment like this one (which is from the hostess only set) is that you can bend it into a curve shape to fit the balloon. Looks like it was meant to be! Another cost saving trick on this card is the top strip under the balloon image is actually the cut off strip from the bottom of the 12x12 patterned paper. Never throw anything that may have a use away! It adds the perfect bit of extra colour to the layers.

Of course I had to make two Mother's Day cards, and the second one is similar but with a slightly different design.
I simply used three strips of the patterned paper for the background on this one. It was perfect to showcase that gorgeous balloon patterned paper without it being too overwhelming. This one I coloured using a blending pen with the ink from the ink pads for a more subtle colouring. I did add a couple of hearts from my stash to offset the balloon angle. (I must admit, this one is not my favourite due to the angle on this fact it is stressing me out a little and I would much prefer to straighten it - but I figured it looks like the balloon is soaring off into the sky this way...)

Lastly I made a Sympathy Card, not always the easiest of cards to make. I used the Banner Wishes set for the sentiment on this one, and this time coloured onto water colour paper with the blender pen. Not sure that it was worth the extra effort as it doesn't look much different to simply using the markers!  I used a sentiment stamp from a different company (simply because I didn't have an appropriate CTMH one yet) and found it quite interesting the quality of the stamp... I was quite disappointed with it and the ink seemed to "bleed" a bit, hopefully it is not too bad.

With all three cards I inked the edges using a brown ink, these kind of images and cards needed it, I think. I took my inspiration from the cards in the Idea Book on page 39.

If you have any questions or would like further information on these or any other CTMH items, just send me a message via email or my facebook page

Thursday, May 8, 2014

White with gold

The White with 1 challenge for May is to create a layout using just white and gold, and as it happens I have a little collection of gold embellishments that are just perfect for this challenge.

And a close up - it is difficult to photograph but I punched out a circle transparency and adhered to the top of the two half gold doileys. Looks pretty cool in real life.