Saturday, December 26, 2009

Golden Wedding Anniversary


Greetings everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas Day yesterday and were able to spend time with family and friends.

I want to share with you a card I made for my SIL parents 50th Wedding Anniversary.

I am really pleased with the way this card turned out.

I used an old sketch from mojomonday #74


Butterfly heat embossed with fine gold, highlighted with bling.



Gold ribbon & bow added.


Verse printed on Japanese handmade silk papers.

Items used:
Majestic shimmer cardstock - Candlelight Cream & Mellow Yellow Metallic Card, Tenco Japanese handmade silk papers, background paper, kaisercraft rhinestones
Tools:
Cuttlebug, Spellbinders square, circle and Fleur de Lis dies, Fiskars Fleur de Lis corner punch

Sunday, December 20, 2009

More Mojo!

With my CraftROBO up and running, I took the opportunity to make up a batch of Christmas Cards using the mojomonday #117 sketch - I just love the way it comes together.

The white circle and red cardstock have been cut using the CraftROBO and the green strip was cut using Spellbinder Fleur de Lis die in the cuttlebug.  The felt hat has been in my stash for many years and cards finished off with gold peel off stickers.


Background pattern was purchased from bizzybecscardmakingscrapbooking and printed on gloss cardstock.  When printing, I used the 'plain paper' setting on my Epson Stylus R210 and it dried in no time!


Bling added to strip!



Another card using different background paper.






 
I am quite pleased with the way these cards have turned out - now to work on my last 10 cards!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My CraftROBO is back in action!

During the week I had a mini catastrophe!   The blade holder in my CraftROBO broke and it would not cut properly - exactly the last thing I needed when making my Christmas Cards!

Luckily, Blue Edge Crafts came to the rescue and I had my replacement blade in two days!

Cuttlebug was used to create trees, tag was left over from a class taken last year, very delicate snowflakes were cut using CraftROBO out of majestic pearl paper - the photo does not do them justice - and highlighted with a touch of kindy glitz.


Bling has been added to central tree and snowflakes.  The large snowflake (top left corner) is 40 mm (1 1/2 inch) wide and the small snowflake (top right corner) is 20 mm (3/4 inch) wide


I am really looking forward to having more of a play with the ROBO and Inkscape - the cricket is on the television today, so that will keep hubby occupied  ;-)

I came across this poem in my travels



Twas the night before Christmas, I’m glued to the tree.

I’m wondering what Santa brought just for me.

Could it be cardstock or inkpads or lace?
Or some stamps, I said, with a smile on my face.

And that’s when I heard him……
“Hi Santa, ” I said
He replied, “You know….good girls should be in their beds”.
“I know I should Santa, and now I’ve been caught.
But I was just so excited to see what you brought.”

“Well, let’s take a look in this room where you work”.
He shook his head quickly, and left with a jerk.
I heard him exclaim as he put it in gear.

“You’ve got enough crap,
I’ll see you next year!”


 

Friday, December 18, 2009

More Cards - I am on a roll!

Some more cards - I am on a roll!



I saw a card on  hunnybunnycards and thought it looked lovely.  Here is my take on it.  Thank you for the inspiration Barbara!


Centre panel is the Fleur de Lis spellbinders die through the cuttlebug, the holly wreath is several holly leaves punched out of two shades of green cardstock and placed in a circle. Small snowflakes punched from Magestic pearl paper, red bling added.

My next card is a left-over card - made up using left-over bits from last year.


The base of the tree is actually a left over bit on a sticker sheet.


This next card also used up some left overs - left over scraps of DP.


DL size majestic pearl cardstock is the base card, letters cut out from textured cardstock, bling added.


I am not sure if my cards will get to their destinations in time - our posties are taking strike action!  I still have some more cards to make, luckily they can be hand delivered ;-)


Mojo Monday #117

It seems my mojo has definitely returned!   Must be the fact that it is SEVEN days to go!

the current sketch at mojomonday has inspired this next creation


Dark Green & Red leathergrain cardstock used, digital backgrounds from http://www.shabbyprincess.com/ the snowman image is from http://www.scrapbookflair.com/download.aspx


Spellbinder Circle & Fleur de Lis dies used in the Cuttlebug, with bling added.

I was so impressed with the way this one turned out, I made another one in the reverse colour scheme!



The centre strip background panel is my first attempt at designing a pattern using inkscape and cutting it on my CraftROBO.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas


More Christmas cards for you!

Image is from http://digital-doodling.blogspot.com/ hand coloured with watercolour pencils, kindy glitz added, silver peel off stickers for greeting, silver snowflakes cut with CraftROBO and bling added.
Layout for above card is the current sketch challenge from fridaysketchers #82.
The layout for this card is from getsketchy #18, digital backgrounds from http://www.shabbyprincess.com/
I am still trying to work out where I got the snowman from ;-(  if anyone knows, please let me know
EDITED:   the snowman image is from scrapbookflair

I think this background is very versatile and I enjoyed making this card so much, I made another one in red.

Both the ribbons used were from a basket of goodies we received last year.  It just goes to show, keep everything, you will use it up eventually!
The next card I have used an old sketch from sketchandstashchallenge
gold cardstock cut and embossed using spellbinder dies in the cuttlebug and bling added.
Kaszazz image received in a swap, hand coloured with watercolour pencils and kindy glitz added.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Another Christmas Card



I was able to do some more crafting on the weekend - another 'challenge inspired' Christmas card completed - I love challenges, they really help with the creativity process.



Snowflakes were cut using the CraftROBO, highlighted with kindy glitz & bling

Image hand coloured with watercolour pencils and highlighted with chalks & kindy glitz and Polymark dimensional fabric & craft paint

Silver braid attached over cuttlebug embossed panels affixed with 3D tape.

This cards is submitted for the following challenges:
BizzyBecsCreataliciousChallenge - christmas & snowflakes
cookingitupwithkatie - christmas, ribbon & current sketch
sketchsaturday - sketch #81
justmagnolia - christmas
stamptacularsundaychallenge - non traditional colours (no reds or greens)

Friday, December 11, 2009

Creative juices are flowing!


I have completed a few more tasks on my Christmas To Do List, so as a reward, I have been able to spend some time crafting ;-)

I have taken the opportunity to do some more Christmas cards, as well as fitting in a few challenges!


Red Square Card, patterned paper, spellbinders die Fleur De Lis, magnolia coloured by hand using water colour pencils, kindy glitz & bling added

I love the crispness of the Fleur De Lis die - it does take a bit of coaxing to get it back out though ;-)

This card fits these challenges:
BizzyBecs creatalicious challenges #4 - Christmas, snowflakes & sparkle
justmagnolia - Christmas
MagnoliaDownUnder - Bedazzled


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Catching up on some swaps

I have been very slack in not keeping up with my swaps over on CraftMad - thankfully, it is a really nice bunch of crafters over there!

My August card swap - yes I know ..... AUGUST! was 2 cards using some inchies - I struggled with this one, and I am still not happy with the Green card, but am reasonably pleased with the brown one, utilising a beautiful heavy metal embellishment.








Sunday, December 6, 2009

Two Birthdays and One Wedding Anniversary




I have been working on a few special cards this week - a birthday card and a Wedding Anniversary Card.

My BIL & SIL have their Wedding Anniversary on the same day as my SIL birthday, so he has no excuse to forget!  ;-)

I had made SIL, RosaLia's card ages ago.  I got some stamped images using Forever Friends stamps and just knew exactly which one was for RosaLia.


As you can determine from the card, my SIL loooves shoes!


I had lots of fun making this one - lots of lovely bright colours.

Here is card for BIL, Greg. He loves to sail.


The boat and wording was cut using the CraftROBO, utilising a freebie file from letsbescrappy.


There are some great cutting files at letsbescrappy and you can also purchase some files at thatsscrapinc - there are some really talented people there!

I am looking forward to having a play with my CraftROBO over the Christmas break - I still have a lot to learn.  I have discovered that it is best to start with a good cutting file, then the only real challenge is getting your pressure & speed correct for your particular cardstock.  I am also going to have a play with inkscape and try and design my own cutting files - will keep you all posted.

Here is the anniversary card. 



Items Used:  BlueEdge Crafts wove chocolate brown cardstock, Kaisercraft Duchess Collection, Empire DP, Kaisercraft?? Butterfly stamped with SU Always Artichoke & clear embossed.    Squares cut & embossed using spellbinders square dies & cuttelbug.  A Bronze brad was used - It is their 19th Wedding Anniversary, so I had to incorporate bronze (modern) in there somewhere.  Sketch for the card is an old mojomonday sketch, #73.



Bling was added to butterfly - it wouldn't be complete without some bling!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Christmas preparations have finally commenced


Hi everyone

well, here we are the first week of December and I have finally made a start on my Christmas To Do List.

I started my Christmas shopping this week - 5 down, 7 to go!

My 2009 Christmas letter to be included with all the christmas cards has been typed up.

I have made my first Christmas decoration for the year!  A sequence of random?? events led to this decoration.  I received some lovely instructions using the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis pendant die from Kaye over on CraftMad , I had some Crafting Money to spend and had just placed an order with Blue Edge Crafts for that very same die, and then it seemed to pop up everywhere while I was doing my usual searching the net for inspiration.  So, I think it was meant to be that I had a go at this one!


The instructions I followed can be found here - thank you so much to Kaye for initially bringing it to my attention and to Becca of amazingpapergrace for her wonderful instructions & inspiration.


I must say that this decoration nearly did not come about - it took a while for me to get my head around the various scoring lines and folds ;-)  Top Tip:  watch the video first, it makes following the step by step instructions so much easier!



I didn't have a large pearl brad, so I made something up with my beading supplies.


I have also been busy making a few birthday cards and catching up on my swap cards for CraftMad.




This is my card for my very patient CraftMad swap partner Beth - I don't think Beth visits my blog so I am safe.  These cards will be in the post on Monday!

The swap was 2 cards with a theme of spring, 2 circles and 3 flowers.  It took a while to find motivation with this swap, I actually threw away my first card ................ but I got there in the end.



Stampin' Up Pocket of Posies stamped with black Stazon on background paper and cut out, highlighted with chalks and mounted using 3D tape.  Stems were hand drawn and highlighted with chalk.  Circles of white cardstock and bazzil bling cut using spellbinder dies & cuttlebug. Background paper distressed a bit on the edges, and spotted ribbon added.




Second card stamped & heat embossed Stampin' Up Flutterbys, circles cut out using spellbinders & cuttlebug.  DP with distressed edges and paper flowers with bling added.  Peel Off stickers used for sentiment and white border added with white gel pen.



I just love the effect of the Two Step stamping and believe that The Stampers Buddy purchased from TheStampTrap at the Quilt & Craft Show when it came to Adelaide in 2008 is one of the most useful tools I have ever purchased!

DP, stickers, cardstock & bazzil bling all purchased from Blue Edge Crafts

The birthday cards I have made are for my BIL & SIL - I won't post these today, as they do occasionally visit my blog and I don't want to spoil the surprise!  I am also working on a wedding anniversary card for them ................ so I must step away from the computer and relocate to my craft room to finish the card!  Nothing like leaving it to the last minute for inspiration!   :-)


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