Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Lauras sketch #15

Well I lied! last week I said no more christmas cards ... well you know when you think you have everyone covered when it comes to christmas cards but there is always someone you missed or forgot? ... well it happened to me so I had to make another one!!!! it is not like I could go out and buy a card ... as everyone knows I don't buy cards so it would look very suspect if I did go out and buy one! ... I might try it one day just to see a reaction!!!

Well this is my take on yet another fab sketch from 2sketches4u. I have used Pixie Press and Sei paper, Kaiser wooden snow flake, SU and versamark ink, SU ribbon, Francheville charms and Making Memories brad. I love the maroon and green colours although not quite the traditional christmas colours ... but I am not traditional like that!!!

I would just like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year, this is my last card until after the New Year as I will be with my family in New Zealand. They don't have the internet where I am staying so I won't be able to see the sketches or participate but when I come back I will be well rested and raring to go again!!!

Take care everyone and happy cardmaking!

Sunday, December 14, 2008


I just had to share this ... so on Boxing Day my lovely mother turns 70 years old!!! I didn't quite know what to make her as she really didn't want a fuss made on the actual day ... so I absolutely adore the "What a Hoot" paper from Kaiser and just had to use it on this Kaiser house album. I have left cardboard matts for us to place photos in from the special day. So there is no excuse for the family to runaway from the camera!
Thanks for looking

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Kazans sketch #15

I think this is my last christmas card for this season!!!! And for some strange reason I decided to have a go at a slider card (a little difficult to tell).

Anyway Kazans sketch from 2sketches4U was an excellent sketch to do a card with a mechanical component and I love a challenge like that. I used the countdown to christmas paper from Kaiser and made an advent calendar (so it can be reused next year!!!). The little arrow pointing to the number 13 actually slides along and down through the numbers, the middle part (days 'til christmas) is slightly raised so the arrow (mounted on 2 acetate circles and a brad) can slide along.

Well I love the idea of being able to move parts on the card around with the aid of a groove cut out from the cardboard and 2 pieces of acetate placed front and back of the groove so an object can slide freely. You should give it a go ... its fun to make!

Anyway thanks for looking.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Lauras sketch #14

Here is my version of this weeks sketch from the fabulous 2sketches4u. I have turned it backwards 90 degrees. I have used Cosmo Cricket papers and diecuts and the owl is a Prima stamp. Which I have coloured in with water colour pencils and an aqua brush. The tag at the top can be pulled up and out.
Thanks for looking everyone!

Kris Kringle Album

Well here are some of the photos of a kris kringle gift that I have made. I have used papers and embellishments from the Kaiser Everblooming range.

This year our kris kringle theme for work is 'handmade' (and it wasn't even my idea!!!) so I made this album for the person I got. I have made it so it is not themed and can be used for male, female, couples and even child(ren), and she can just add photos to it. But now after looking at it ... guess what ... I don't want to give it away (isn't that always the case!!!). Neil says that I made it specifically for kris kringle and so I SHOULD give it and I can always make another one ... my reply to him is ... does that mean I can go shopping for the supplies!!!!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Kazans sketch

After being COTW and on such a high from last week I managed to get a card done based on Kazan sketch from 2sketches4u. I have used Making Memories paper, Heidi Swapp ribbon, Bazzill cardstock, glass beads, acetate and Kindy Glitz.

This week I made a shaker card (I love making those!!!). The poinsettas have been cut out from flocked Making Memories paper so they have a gorgeous velvet feel to them and then I have highlighted them with kindy glitz (I feel like I am at playcenter whenever I use Kindy Glitz!!!).

Thanks for looking and have a creative week!

Monday, November 24, 2008

how to do the border on the thankyou card below

Soccerboyzmum I hope you are reading this as I am not sure how to contact you to give you the instructions on creating the embossed border of the thankyou card so I will put them here:
1. the face of the card is best measured at 14.8cm x 14.8cm
2. line up the edge of the card in the folder (use the longest side of the folder for this size card) so 3 lines of dots are embossed (you could do more if you like) there will be a gap at one end that doesn't matter as it will be embossed as you go around.
3. run it through the bigshot or die cutting machine
4. repeat step 2 you will notice the 3 lines of embossing dots now fills the gap that was left at the end of the first side you embossed (does that make sense?)
5. keep repeating this until all 4 sides are done.

I hope this is clear enough but the most important thing is to use the long side of the folder for a card that is 14.8cm x 14.8cm

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Lauras sketch #13

I love this card I made (and I almost don't want to give it away!) using Lauras sketch from 2 sketches 4 U. The sketch is simple but VERY effective. (less is best!).

I have used Kaiser paper, Bazzill cardboard, the swirl is a sizzix die and so is the scalloped frame which has been embossed with a dot cuttlebug embossing folder.

thanks for looking.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Kazan sketch #13

Wahoo another fabulous sketch from 2 sketches 4 U, this week I decided to take a break from Christmas cards and I made a 'pick me up' card for an impending bride who is somewhat stressed, tearful and fragile at the moment (no it is not me!!!) so hopefully she will get it in the post tomorrow and it will be a nice little suprise for her as she is not expecting it and it brings a smile to her face.

I have used the Indulgence paper from the Sassafras Lass Serendipity paper range, I love the owls and hearts on it. It is a lovely bright and cheerful paper, I have also used Kaiser bling, Stampendous typewriter alphabet stamps, Versa color ink and Bazzill cardboard.
Rather than do a single fold card I did a tri fold card so the swirl on the original sketch is the hearts with the title and embellishment on the middle part of the card and the back part of the card is just covered with patterned paper ... I hope you like it!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Another christmas card

continuing on with my christmas card quest I have used Lauras' sketch from 2 sketches 4 U to create this card using papers from Sassafras (I love their papers!). I have also used clear vellum (behind the doves) to soften the effect of the paper and kindy glitz around the edging of the biggest dove. I can't wait until the next sketch ... they are a real help in creating my christmas cards for this year!!! Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Kazans sketch #12

I thought I would start on some of my Christmas cards for this year so what better way to start on them with a very versatile sketch from 2 sketches 4 U - thanks Kazan for a fabulous sketch. I made a bell shaped card using the slightly different christmas scheme of pink and blue/green and have used Kaiser papers and bling, cosmo cricket and memory keepers rubons and bazzil cardboard.

Thanks for taking the time to look.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Lauras Sketch #11

gosh this week has just flown by and I have done yet another fantastic sketch from 2 sketches 4 U. This card is based on a sketch done by Laura. I have used stamps and watercolour pencils and returned to my young school days to "colour in" the images!!! I have also use Core dinations cardstock and Daisy Bucket papers (I love the orange, green and brown combo!).

Thanks for looking.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Neil walked passed as I was making this card and said "crikey you are getting in early for a Valentines day card!!!" I just laughed and said no I wanted to use these little padded felt hearts and this was the perfect sketch for it!!!

So thankyou once again 2s4u for another excellent sketch from which to base a card on. Here is the end result, I have used really old paper from Urban Lily 2005, bazzil cardstock, brads and various ribbons.

Thanks for looking.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lauras sketch #10

Here is card based on another fabulous sketch provided by laura from 2 sketches 4 U. A friend of mine her birthday is coming up so I took the advantage and made her a birthday card based on lauras' sketch.

I have used Sei and BG paper, Core dinations cardboard, heidi swapp ribbon and Grant archival stamp and last but not least I finally managed to use my new XL scalloped card sizzix die to make the card base - fabulous, better than hand cutting scalloped edges!!!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

window card -Kazans sketch # 10

For this weeks sketch from 2 sketches 4 U I decided to challenge myself and not use patterned paper so instead I turned to my trusty stamp collection and found one that I have had for a while and absolutely love using it - a window stamp. This a very plain card but I love the simplicity and clean lines of it! Thankyou for taking the time to look!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Birthday wishes

I have been quite busy lately but have managed to do a card based on the sketch from 2 sketches 4 U. I was a bit stuck at first but using the Sorbet collection of papers from Kaiser soon inspired me to create this card. Believe it or not but once I started making the card the sketch soon inspired me to other variations of this card/sketch ... but I think I will save them for my christmas cards!

Thankyou for taking the time to look!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Kazan's Sketch #8

well here is another one of the 2 sketches 4 u challenges. This week I decided to use the sketch to make a card for an engagement ... do you think I had anything in my supplies for 'an engagement'? ... no! I only had supplies for a wedding!!! So I quickly adapted what I had to create the card below ... I am happy with it and I adore the colours - orange, green and white together! I have used papers from Daisy Bucket range, sizzix heart die, cuttlebug heart embossing folder, Kaiser rubons, Heidi Swapp love stamp, mullberry flower and a heart brad.
Thanks for looking!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Lauras sketch #7

I had a ball making this card. It is based on a Carol Jansen different card shape that was in a stamping and papercraft magazine a few issues ago. And I just couldn't resist adapting Lauras sketch to this high heel shoe card. I have to admit that the sketches from 2 sketches 4 you are just so easy to adapt and work with that I have really enjoyed creating cards based on these sketches, I look forward to every monday to find out the newest sketch. It has reinvigorated me to go back to card making!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Kazan's Sketch #7

Hi all, here is my card creation based on Kazan's sketch from 2 sketches 4 you. I have used Kaiser paper and brads, bazzill cardstock and mullberry paper flowers.

I love the colours lime green and black at the moment.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, August 18, 2008

This is some serious hand cutting!!!

I love the effect hand cutting gives a layout, it is a beautiful way to embellish and the more intricate the cutting the better!!! Theoretically I should be a 'hunchback' with all the hand cutting I do.
In this layout using papers from the Basic Grey Sultry Range I have cut out a flower from one of the papers (not sure which one but it has paisley shapes on it with a brown background!) I have also added kindy glitz and folded some hot pink mulberry flowers in half and tucked them under a few petals.
Most people dislike hand cutting but practice practice and more practice and before you know it you will be hand cutting the most intricate and delicate cutouts!!!
Today I found out that I made the 'fab 5' for the "2 sketches 4 you" Lauras sketch #6. So I am really rapt with that. I loved doing the sketch it was so user friendly and open to any interpretation. I can't wait until the next sketch is posted.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

and here are the photos

I found this blog 2 sketches 4 you at a forum I am in and they have great challenges so I decided to enter into the following card challenge since I love doing cards!!!
Here is my entry for Lauras sketch challenge #6.

My first blog posting!!

Hey all I have finally entered the world of 'blogs'. Hopefully I can update this regularly with my recent scrapbooking layouts, cards and OTP projects.

You have probably guessed by now that I am a avid scrapbooker and stamper ... I live for these 2 crafts.

I am currently a design team member for Craft bits and bears. This is a lovely place to sit back and relax and have a chat. Eve the owner is a lovely chatty woman. We are having a cybercrop on Saturday 23 August at 7.30pm so come on in and join us!!!