Thursday, December 11, 2014

Camellia Notebook


Hello Everyone!!  How are you all surviving The Crazy Season?  December in Australia is the time for Christmas Parties, End of Year Parties - since our school year finishes at the beginning of December, and of course trying to get organised for Christmas Day with our families and friends.  With three children finishing school during these weeks, my life has been on the slightly insane side!  I'm part of a  Craft Group that is a gathering of school Mums who have talents in various areas - we all learn from each other and try different things - I've taught Copic colouring for example and one Mum (bless her), tried her best to teach me to crochet!  Last week was our final gathering of the year (or what we here in Australia call a Break Up Party - since we are breaking for the end of the year) and we were having a Secret Santa - the catch was it had to be something we made.  I decided to make a notebook.

I've taken a Spirax notebook and a piece of pretty patterned paper from my stash and punched along the edge with a spiral punch and glued down.  Next I took a piece of white and embossed it with Imperial M-Bossabilities folder - then decided it was too bright, so I toned it down by airbrushing it with Copic E51 - matted with Blushing Bride and wrapped a piece of ivory ribbon around it.  I've printed the Camellias image onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (G20, G21, G24, G28, RV000, RV52, RV55, R30, R81, R83, R85, R89).  I've cut this out with Spellbinders Labels 25 and matted it with Blushing Bride cut with Majestic Labels 25.  To finish I've decorated with pearls and ribbons

Stamps - Camellias (Power Poppy)
Ink - Printer
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Blushing Bride, MME DP
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Labels 25, Majestic Labels 25, Imperial MBossabilities Folder, Kaisercraft Chino Pearls, Ribbons

Thankfully the recipient really liked it!  :)  Are you making gifts this Christmas season?  I hope whatever you are doing that you are having fun and are inspired to stamp!  :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Teacher Gift Set


Hello Everyone!  Last Friday, my eldest finished Grade 7 which means next year he is off to High School!  Grade 7 has been the final year of Primary School as long as I can remember in Queensland (although my mother tells me in her day Grade 7 was High School - the Education Dept obviously change the rules every generation or so), however this cohort will be the last to finish in Primary School, with the Grade 6 class finishing this week also heading to High School next year.  Such a strange feeling to have a child heading to High School.

Last Friday, the Grade 7's had their Graduation Ceremony which also included 10 Awards Presentation - these being Art, Mandarin, Music, Academic etc....  Finally the last award was announced, the June Hammer Memorial Award - which is given to one boy and one girl and is decided by no less than 20 staff and the winners kept a closely guarded secret by only 2-3 people.  The winners names will be engraved on the Honour Board at the school.  You can't imagine my surprise and gasp as my son's name was announced (I didn't even hear the girl's name I was so stunned - although I saw her go up on stage - Congratulations Ruth).  Needless to say, I shed a couple of tears.  We are so incredibly proud of you Zac - what an amazing young man you are growing up to be!

Now that I have had my Proud Mum moment - onto today's project!  Every year I make journals for the kids to give to their teachers (I do have others but you won't see those for a while due to the stamps I've used on them) - Zac had a male teacher who liked to torture the class with music from the 80's, so he wanted a journal in this theme.  (Not that Zac hates 80's music, he's been learning guitar to some of the songs of that era.)  You can imagine how this got my brain working - how was I going to do 80's theme?  I found some random bright, circular patterned paper deep in my stash which I thought would work, punched the edge with a spiral punch and glued it down.  I've made a black and orange panel for the front, and cut out the teacher's name in yellow and green using Spellbinders Upper Case Font One.  The guitar was cut using MFT's Rock and Roll Die-namics (I can't find it in their store - perhaps it's retired?) in a variety of colours.  Next came the cassette - I found Retro Cassette shape in the Silhouette Online Store and cut all the pieces and glued them together and attached as shown.
The card was made in matching colours, with the added use of the Music M-Bossabilities folder, the sentiment from MFT's A la Mode Rock Star set (also retired - boohoo - I miss the a la modes) which I've secured with a staple.

Stamps - Rock Star (MFT ret)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper - Daffodil Delight, Kiwi Kiss, Black, Tangerine Tango, Cherry Cobbler, White, Unknown DP from stash
Accessories - MFT Rock and Roll Die-namics, Spellbinders Music M-Bossabilities and Upper Case Font One, Silhouette Retro Cassette Cutting File, Silhouette Machine

Sorry this has been a long post today and thanks for hanging in there until the very end!  I hope whatever craziness is happening in your part of the world, that you remember to enjoy it and celebrate every day!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Winter Blitz Release!


Hello Everyone!!  It's Power Poppy Hop Day!! Today both sets, Camellias and Winter Pick-Me-Up are available to purchase.......however a lucky person may yet WIN both sets simply by commenting on the blogs of the Bloom Brigade!!  It could be you, so don't forget comment!  :)

Have you seen the peeks over the last couple of days?  The team have made some beautiful cards over the last couple of days and there are more to inspire you today!


For my card, I've used Winter Pick-Me-Up....isn't this just a beautiful image!  I've started my card using a base of Very Vanilla and layered with Wisteria Wonder cut with Resplendent Rectangles.  Next I've cut a piece of Pion DP using the next smallest die from the same set.  I've printed the Winter Pick-Me-Up image onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured it with Copics (G20, G21, G24, G28, B60, B63, B66, W1, W3, C1, C3, Y21, Y28, YR30, YR31).  I've cut it out with Majestic Labels Twenty-Five and popped it up on foam tape.  I've shrunk the sentiment down, printed it out and cut it out with Lacey Ovals.  While still in the die, I've lightly airbrushed it with Copic B63 and then popped it up on foam tape.  To finish I've added a few pearls to the corners.

Stamps - Winter Pick-Me-Up (Power Poppy)
Ink - Printer
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder, Pion DP
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles, Lacey Ovals and Majestic Labels Twenty-Five, Kaisercraft Chino Pearls, X-press It Foam Tape

It's time to travel around the blogs and feast your eyes on the inspiring work of the Bloom Brigade!!!  Don't forget to comment for your chance to WIN!!!
 That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!!  :)

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Camellias

http://powerpoppy.com/products/camellias

Hello Everyone!  The end of the year is coming up fast and that means we are all super busy.  For me not only is Christmas just around the corner, but here in Australia, it's also the end of the school year and my eldest is off to High School next year!)  Because Power Poppy don't want to miss having a release in December we are doing a tiny, 2 set digi release - our Winter Blitz Release - that can be purchased and downloaded straight away - no need to wait during this busy time!  As a special bonus for all our loyal followers - you can WIN the entire Winter Blitz Release simply by COMMENTING on the Bloom Brigade's posts!!  How easy is that???  :)  So what do we have for you today??  It's Camellias!!!  These are gorgeous blooms that are fabulous to colour and we know you'll love them as much as we do!!  :)
Seriously - how GORGEOUS are these Camellias???  *Love*  I've used a base of Blushing Bride and layered with Very Vanilla and some MME Heirloom DP.  Down one side I have another panel of Vanilla topped with the reverse of the Heirloom DP.  Across this I've attached a piece of ivory ribbon.  Next I've printed the Camellias digi image onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured it with Copics (R30, R81, R83, R85, R89, G20, G21, G24, G28).  Next I've cut it out with A2 Divine Eloquence and while it was still in the die I've lightly airbrushed around the edges with E51 Copic.  I've popped the image up on foam tape and finished by adding a couple of pearls and a bow.

Stamps - Camellias (Power Poppy)
Ink - Printer
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla, MME Heirloom DP
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence, Ivory Ribbon, Bow Easy, Kaisercraft Chino Pearls, X-press It Foam Tape

Wait until you see the amazing inspiration the Bloom Brigade have for you today and don't forget to comment for your chance to WIN!!!
That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Caring Thoughts

Hello Everyone!  Today is Day 2 of the JustRite Papercraft November Release and today we have a delicate set designed for those difficult occasions.  Filled with heartfelt sentiments and sweet images not to mention they have matching SVG Digital Cut Files for both the images and sentiments, they are sure to help you make a beautiful card quickly and easily!  Presenting Caring Thoughts Sentiments and SVG Caring Thoughts Sentiments Digital Cut File,

I've used a base of green bazzill and punched the side with the Deco Fan punch.  I've then layered it with white.  Next I've taken a piece of white, stamped the Cornflower Damask Background
 in Memento New Sprout and then lightly airbrushed over it with Copic G20.  Next I've cut another piece of white with A2 Divine Eloquence and airbrushed it while it was still in the die with G21.  I've topped this with a piece of green bazzill cut with another of the A2 Divine Eloquence dies.  I've used the SVG Caring Thoughts Sentiments Digital Cut File to cut the shapes for the flowers, butterflies and sentiment and then stamped the respective stamps from Caring Thoughts Sentiments in Memento Gray Flannel and Bamboo Leaves.  I've glued the butterflies to the card and popped the others up on foam tape.  To finish I've added a few Latte pearls to the top corners.

Stamps - Caring Thoughts Sentiments (JustRite)
Paper - Green Bazzill, White
Ink - Memento Bamboo Leaves, New Sprout, Gray Flannel
Accessories - JustRite SVG Caring Thoughts Sentiments Digital Cut File, Silhouette Cameo, Copics, Airbrush System, Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence, Latte Pearls, Foam Tape

Want to see some more inspiration using this set and matching cut files??  Just wait until you see what the JR girls have for you today!
JustRite Inspiration
Becca Feeken
Eva Dobilas
Debbie Olson
Heidi Blankenship
Kathy Jones
Michele Kovack
Marisa Job
Angela Barkhouse

Kristi Schurr
Thats all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Sentimental Flowers


Hello Everyone!  Are you ready for some beautiful floral goodness?!  Today the JustRite team are showcasing a lovely new set called Sentimental Flowers!.  This is a Clear set and has 10 images and sentiments to choose from, not to mention, it also has a matching SVG Digital Cut File! 

http://justritepapercraft.com/products/sentimental-flowers-clear-stamps


I've used a base of Pool Party and layered with White and Blushing Bride.  Over this I've attached two pieces of Ooh La La DP and added a strip of white punched with the Deco Fan Border Punch.  Next I've attached a piece of pink ribbon and then used the JustRite Filigree Corner Dies to cut a piece of white to accent the top corner.  I've used the SVG Sentimental Flowers Digital Cut File and my Silhouette Cameo to cut the shape for both the floral image and the sentiment and then stamped the matching image/sentiment from Sentimental Flowers in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I've coloured the floral image using Copic G40, RV00, RV52 as the base colours and then gave it a rendered look by adding coloured pencil over the top using the Spectrum Noir pencils (Essentials and Primaries sets).  To finish I've popped the sentiment up on X-press It Foam Tape and added a few clear rhinestones to the Filigree Corner.
I've added a little decoration inside by adding a matching paper/punched punched border strip and stamping another of the flowers from Sentimental Flowers in Versamark Ink.

Want to see all the AMAZING creations the team have for you today???  Pop on by and leave a little love!
JustRite Inspiration
Becca Feeken
Kristi Schurr
Heidi Blankenship

Eva Dobilas 
Marisa Job
Michele Kovac
Darsie Bruno
Angela Barkhouse
Kathy Jones

That's all from me today, thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Power Poppy November Release Hop!

Hello Everyone!!  It's RELEASE DAY!!!  All the sets that have been shown by the Bloom Brigade over the last four days are NOW available to buy in the Power Poppy Store!! 

Four fabulous Christmas sets just begging to be made into beautiful cards this festive season!!  So which set did I choose today??  It's........O Holy Night!  I just adore this beautiful serene image and it's perfect whether you want to colour it all, or just stamp in in a single colour (think blue!) or heat emboss it (think silver or gold!) - imagine all the different effects you could create!


I've used a base of Baja Breeze and layered with White and Old Olive (cut with A2 Divine Eloquence).  Around this I've attached white and blue ribbons.  I've stamped the church from O Holy Night in Memento Gray Flannel onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics and then stamped the sentiment in Tuxedo Black across the bottom.  I've cut this out with Spellbinders Labels 28 and popped it up on foam tape.  Next I've added three snowflakes that have been cut with a MS punch, lightly airbrushed the edges in blue and then scribbled Clear Spica all over it, topped with a clear rhinestone and attached as shown.  Finally I've added a bow to the ribbon.

Stamps - O Holy Night (Power Poppy)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Baja Breeze, Old Olive, White
Ink - Memento Gray Flannel, Tuxedo Black
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders A2 Divine Eloquence, Labels 28, Martha Stewart Snowflake Punch, Clear Spica Pen, Clear Rhinestones, White and Blue Ribbons, Bow Easy, Foam Tape

Ready for the Bloom Brigade reveal??  Pop and by and leave a little love!!
Hope you love the November release as much as we do and don't forget they are all available to buy RIGHT NOW at the Power Poppy Store!!  Thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Friday, October 31, 2014

Be Joyful


Hello Everyone!!  Take I have a card using the latest offering from Power Poppy called Heaven and Nature Sing!  This set is just the perfect alternative for Christmas cards, particularly for those of us who live in the Southern Hemisphere and therefore have to endure a hot and humid Christmas without a snowflake in sight!  Let Heaven and Nature Sing with sweet birdies, holly and hellebore and create something unique this festive season!


I've used a base of Cherry Cobbler and topped with Very Vanilla (I've actually stamped one of the other images from Heaven and Nature Sing in Memento Desert Sand around the edges, but you can't really see it  :(  oh well....).  Next I've cut a piece of Cherry Cobble with Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor and then attached some green ribbon over the top.  I've stamped the birdie image and sentiment from Heaven and Nature Sing in Memento Tuxedo Black onto X-press It Blending Card and coloured with Copics (R00, R11, R12, R14, R24, R29, R59, G20, G21, G24, G28, G40, G82, G85, E21, E23, E43, E47, Y32, B0000, 0) and then used a corner chomper to trim the corners.  To finish I've added a bow to the ribbon.

Stamps - Heaven and Nature Sing (Power Poppy)
Paper - X-press It Blending Card, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black, Desert Sand
Accessories - Copics, Spellbinders A2 Valiant Honor, Corner Chomper, Green Ribbon, Bow Easy.

Just wait until you see all the gorgeousness the Bloom Brigade have for you today.......
 That's all from me today, just one more day until all the November sets are released!  SQUEE!!  Thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!!!  :)
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