Friday, February 27, 2009

SC217 Butterfly Friend

This card is for the Sketch Challenge on SCS this week! As soon as I saw the three squares, I knew I wanted to use this cuttlebug die that's been lurking in my draw for a while. I found out a friend of mine is having surgery on Tuesday, so this one is heading to her.
I started with a base of Close to Cocoa and layered it with white and then some pink bazzill. Then I added some of this pretty Melissa Frances paper across the bottom and stamped the sentiment from Stampin' Up's Elegant Cheer set (not available in Australia yet). The top panel is a layer of white topped with a piece of Close to Cocoa that's been embossed with 'Stylized Flower' embossing folder. The squares were cut out of white with the cuttlebug 'Vintage' die set. The butterflies are made using the Martha Stewart Royal Butterfly punch and some pink bazzill with pink rhinestones for the body.
I really enjoyed this challenge and might have to make another card using the other square die in that set!!!
That's all for today, thanks for visiting!! :)

Masculine 50th Birthday

I was asked to make a men's 50th Birthday card. Normally I find masculine cards difficult to make, but thankfully the woman who wanted it told me pretty much everything she wanted, so it turned out to be no trouble at all.
I started with a Very Vanilla card base, layered with some Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel and then a piece of DSP from the SU 'Outlaw' pack. The image panel has been stamped with 'Pocket Silhouettes' (not available in Australia yet) in creamy caramel and Chocolate Chip and cut out with rectangle nestabilities. The ribbon underneath it is 1 inch satin from SU - retired. The sentiment panel was made using my Just Rite stampers that I bought at The Little Online Card Shop . The outer ring was done with the Small Letter Set, the 50 was done with the Brayton Font set (that I got for my birthday from my bestie Edna ) and popped up. Finished off by adding some CB 'Vintage Die' corners.
That's all for today, thanks for visiting!! :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A New Challenge...

Today while blurfing around I came across Paula's Blog with her Midnight Madness Inspiration challenge. As soon as I saw the soft shades of pink and blue, dots and cupcakes I knew that I wanted to give this challenge a go!!!

I started with a blue bazzill base and topped it with pink bazzill (pierced the edges) and then white. I thought the white needed something and gave it a bit of texture with the Devine Swirls EF (only now you can't see it anyway!!). Then I took some MAMBI paper but decided it looked a bit plain and cut it into three pieces and matted it on the pink.

The main image is from Verve's Cupcake Affair set. Verve is having a large sale at the moment for anyone thinking of buying!! I stamped the cupcake in black and embossed it and then coloured it with markers and a blender pen, cut it out and popped it on the circle layer. The circle layer was done with the circle nestabilities and the white layer was embossed with the Devine Swirl EF. I finished off by adding some white grosgrain ribbon and the sentiment from the same set.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!! :)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

ODBD Sketch 2 - In Our Prayers

Today's card was created using the Sketch Challenge from Our Daily Bread Designs . I found the sketch on Sita's blog.

I started with a cream base and layered with gold and then brown and topped with some of this pretty paper by Paperie (Toile Mocha). Then I took another piece of that same paper flipped it over and used the scallop punch (SU) to to the edge (which you can hardly see now!). For the sentiment, I cut the tag out with Spellbinders 'Ribbon Tag Trio' die, stamped the sentiment from ODBD's 'Flourished Christian Symbols' in gold and attached with some dark cream satin ribbon. The main panel was cut with the Label One Nestabilities however I wanted a finer edge mat, so I glued the cream panel to some brown and cut the layer out with scissors - it was after I'd done it that I realised that I wanted some texture on that panel, so then I embossed both layers with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and added some prima flowers and some pearl centres. The dove also comes from 'Flourished Christian Symbols' - stamped in gold and then embossed in gold and cut out with scissors and a scalpal for those tricky flourish bits (don't look too close I've never used a scalpal before!!!) and popped the entire dove up on pop dots. I figured it needed a little something more, so I added some tiny pearls to the top corners. I really enjoyed the challenge and loved the sketch.

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!! :)

Monday, February 23, 2009

Daisy Wishes

This card is for this week's SFYTT (Sketch For You To Try) from Jen's Blog .
I started with some dark blue bazzill and then layered with some green and then some lighter blue and topped with some pretty Basic Grey paper from the Lily Kate range. The middle panel I've cut into a ribbon shape (which wasn't real smart because I covered most of it) and then embossed with the Floral Screen embossing folder. The main image is from SU's Upsy Daisy set (N/A in Aust yet) and stamped in Versacolor (sky blue) and cut out with oval nestabilities and added a dark blue butterfly punch (Martha Stewart) and added some pearls to the body.
The tag has been die cut with Spellbinders 'Ribbon Tag Trio', stamped with SU's 'Warmest Regards' (retired) in Versacolor (atlantic) and added some American Crafts ribbon to each side and popped it up on foam tape. I finished off with some pearls in the bottom corners.
The great thing about this, is that I can also use it for this week's Our Creative Corner Tag Challenge !! :)
Well, that's all for today, thanks for visiting!!! :)

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Featured Stamper - SgtStamper!!!

Woohoo!! It's Featured Stamper Sunday and I actually managed to do the challenge on the right day!!! This week's honour goes to the very talented SgtStamper!!! I chose her Lift Up Your Hands card to case. I changed the colours, sentiment, paper and added some butterflies instead of a flower and a different type of ribbon.
I started with a base of pink bazzill topped it with some green bazzill and the a layer of this pretty Basic Grey butterfly paper from their Urban Prairie range and punched the border with the Lazy Days of Summer punch by Fiskars. Instead of adding the extra square layer I used vellum and sewed it on (don't die of shock Edna!!! She knows I don't sew!) The square panel that been turned I've cut with my square nestabilities and the sentiment is from Beautiful You set (which happens to be on sale at the moment! I've added some butterflies that have been punched out with the Martha Stewart 'Royal Butterfly' punch and added some Kaiser 'Blush' pearls for the bodies, as well as a couple in the top corners. It's finished off with some beautiful ribbon that I picked up at Bee Crafty in Maryborough - I have no idea what it is called, but I just love it!!! As I'm typing this it occurs to me that this was an ODBD sketch that I've cased....ooops! Well I loved the card and wanted to do that one - I'm sure I'll be forgiven!!
That's all for today, thanks for visiting!! :)

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Featured Stamper - juliemlacey!

It's Featured Stamper Challenge again and this week the honour belongs to the incredibly talented juliemlacey !!!
I decided to CASE her Love and Prayer card. I needed to make a Masculine Thank-you card for one of our business clients. Just after the Bushfires ravaged through Victoria, our business ran a promotion that if anyone bought a particular copy of software, we would donate all profits to the Bushfire Appeal. This particular gentleman went above and beyond donating a huge sum, so we are sending a Thank-you pack to him. I changed the colours, image, sentiment, and paper and also used pearls instead of Dew Drops.
I started with a Vanilla base, topped with Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel. The Caramel panel was put was embossed with the Distressed Stripes embossing folder and then a layer of "Outlaw" DSP by Stampin Up was put across the bottom. The sentiment panel was cut out with Rectangle Nestabilities (the vanilla layer was cut with my cutter since I don't have the small rectangle nesties.......yet!) and stamped with 'Pocket Silhouettes' (in Close to Cocoa) and 'Sincere Salutations' (in Chocolate Chip) and added some pewter pearls (Kaiser) and popped the whole panel on foam tape. Finished off by attaching some Chocolate Chip satin ribbon in a knot.
That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!! :)

Saturday, February 14, 2009

WSC68 and Card Appeal

Happy Saturday!! It has now been a week since the fires started in Victoria and as I mentioned in my last post, a Card Appeal is underway by 'Lovely Linda' on SCS. Linda is gathering cards with messages of support for those who have been affected by the fires - if you want to participate please leave me a message or PM either Linda or myself (Wattle) on SCS.
This card is the first I've made for the appeal. I've used Beate's Weekend Sketch challenge as a starting point. I've used some vanilla card, topped with some fawn coloured bazzill and topped again with some vanilla that I've embossed with the Script EF. Then I cut two circles out of this gorgeous paper by Kaisercraft's 'Cafe Culture' range and added some dark cream ribbon. The centre panel has been cut with square nestabilities and the sentiment comes from 'Beautiful You' by Verve and the flourishes by Verve's 'Arful Elegance' set.
That's all for now, thanks for visiting!! :)

Friday, February 13, 2009

BRAK and Card Appeal!!

And yet more exciting goodies arrive in my letterbox!!! This time I've been blessed by the truly delightful 'Lovely Linda' from SCS!!! How amazing is all this stuff??!!

I also want to mention that Linda is doing a Card Appeal for anyone wanting to send cards of support to the victims of the Victorian Bushfires. If you want to know more check out this SCS submission for - details . The cards will be forwarded through the Red Cross. You can PM her through SCS or leave a comment here if you wish to be a part of it so I can contact you with details.
These people have lost everything in the worst Natural Disaster in our country's history and I'm sure will appreciate any support they can get. Thanks to those who have already offered to be a part of this appeal!!
That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

But Wait There's more.....

Yes, it's yet another birthday card today. I feel like my mojo has deserted me somewhat 'cause I'm struggling today. This card is for my Dad as it's his birthday tomorrow. Now anyone who knows my Dad knows that his favourite colour is blue and he loves cake - in any shape or form!
I decided I wanted to use this sentiment from The Cats Pajamas because it was just so appropriate and decided to use poochie from the same set. I've just bought myself and aqua painter and I think it's going to take me a while to get used to it --- so don't look at the colouring too close!! I thought I'd try doing this week's Mojo Sketch I really liked the sketch but I think I'll have another go at it to see if I can make something a bit better.
Details - Bazzill Cardstock, rectangle nestabilities, stamps by TCP, misc. paper and ribbon, star made with star nestabilities (and cut out the brown star to matt it with), gold swirl clips, Argyle EF.
That's all for today, thanks for visiting!! :)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

More birthday goodies!

Check out this fabulicious card by my bestie Edna!!!!! Isn't it just gorgeous!!! (Can you tell we like pink!! Hee hee!!!) I also received the Brayton Font from Just Rite and the cute letterbox stamp by Sugar Nellie!!! Then she watched my kids while my hubby and I went to the movies and cleaned my kitchen while we were gone (we'd just had a big roast dinner)!!!! Isn't she just THE BEST!!!!!
I'm hoping I might actually get some time to make some more cards now that the week of chaos seems to be settling down.
That's all for now, thanks for visiting!!! :)

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


I've been telling you that it's birthday month here. This gorgeous card came for me from my Mum (yes, today is my birthday). Isn't it gorgeous!!!! You have to love pink and green, a bit of bling, beautiful colouring and check out that paper!!!! :)

The next card is a BRAK (Birthday Random Act of Kindness from Krafty Kylie at SCS!!!! It is my first ever RAK or BRAK that I've received from anyone --- I can't tell you how excited I was to open it ---- AND there was ribbon inside!!! How cool is that?!!

The next two cards are ones that I've made.

This one is for an older man in the family who shares my son's birthday. It's fairly basic, VV base, stamped image in Close to Cocoa on VV, mounted on CC and added some copper brads. The paper is by Heidi Grace and the scallops done with the SU scallop punch!

This is the card I made for my son --- I can't believe he's 7!!!!

I wanted to try making a card using my Star Nestabilities, so it' not very big, but it's fun and he liked it!! :)

The orange paper (that you can't really see) is from SU's Bali Breeze DSP, the number is from the retired Headline Alphabet (SU) and the sentiment is from The Cats Pajamas.

That's all the card news today.

I'm finding it hard to celebrate when our country is suffering so badly due to bushfires. So far 173 people are dead, 500 injured, 5000 homeless and it is expected to get worse. Our country has never seen anything like it before and hope they never have to again. Please pray for those affected and if you can donate to the Bushfire Appeal please do - there are many to choose from, from banks to donation tins at your local Woolworths Supermarket.
You can also call the Red Cross on 1800 811 700 or go online to

If you are overseas and don't know what's going on go here -

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 6, 2009

A Birthday Sketch Challenge...

Today's card is for a friend of mine who loves green. Now I'm not really a green person, so I find doing a predominantly green card a bit of a challenge. I've used this week's SCS Sketch Challenge to get me started.

I've started with a Very Vanilla card base, topped with Close to Cocoa, the topped again with Mellow Moss and finally topping with another VV layer that I had stamped with my Watercolor Vine wheel in Mellow Moss ink. Then I paper pierced the Mellow Moss layer with a paper piercer and Mat Pack and tied some sheer gold ribbon around the whole panel and added some gold brads to the corners.
The second layer is some MM card that was run through the cuttlebug with the Floral Screen embossing folder and matted on some CC card and added some gold brads. The third layer is some more of the VV stamped with Watercolor Vine and matted on CC card and finally the top layer is VV die cut with the Label One Nestabilities and then was stuck onto some CC that I hand cut for a fine edge and stamped the sentiment from 'Sincere Salutations' in MM ink and paper pierced around the edge.

I'm making a box to match, so I may be back later to add a picture of that. :)

That's all for today, thanks for visiting!! :)

Here's the box that I made to go with the card. I had good intentions of putting something on the front, but I simply ran out of time. If you want the instructions to make this 2-5-7-10 Box, you can find them HERE at SCS.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Elegant Engagement

I had a call from a lady from school asking if I still made cards - she wanted a nice engagement card for her nephew, but didn't want something soppy or flowery. The only other request was that it be in cream and black.
Soooo....I started with a Very Vanilla card base, topped with some black and then other layer of VV which I put through the cuttlebug with the Swiss Dots embossing folder (I love Swiss Dots!!!) The middle panel is a piece of black and topped with some VV with the large flourish from Stampin Up! Baroque Motifs set in black ink. The sentiment in each corner was made using my Just Rite rectangle block and the Special Occasions font (for the first letter of each word) and the Small Letter Set and stamped in black in each corner. (To my horror, I discovered that I didn't own a single stamp that said 'engagement'! How did that happen??) In Australia you can buy Just Rite products at The Little Online Card Shop . The circular panel was made using the Small Letter Set again for the names and the '10 Designer Centers and Borders' set for the border, also stamped in black, cut out with circle nestabilities and mounted on some black card cut with the circle scallop nesties and then popped up above the flourish. I finished by adding some black satin ribbon loops to the top left and bottom right.
I was fairly happy with the result and the lady was delighted! :)
That's all for today, thanks for visiting!! :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A MIL Birthday

Didn't I tell you that February is full of birthdays - well here's another one! :) This one is going to my Mother-in-Law so I tried to make it pretty and elegant.
I started this one with a Very Vanilla card base, topped with some fawn bazzill and then topped again with some paper by Deja Views - the Sharon Ann Timeless Collection. Then I punched another strip of the fawn bazzill with my fav border punch - The Lazy Days of Summer (Fiskars) and stuck it to one side. The butterflies (aren't they gorgeous - sadly aren't mine) are from Stampin Up! - A Touch of Nature set. I stamped them in Sand Beige Versacolor on Very Vanilla Cardstock and cut them out and popped them up. To finish I've stamped the sentiment (from SU's Elegant Cheer - not in Australia yet) in Chocolate Chip and added some Kaisercraft 'Chino' pearls to the corners.
I hope she likes it --- now I have to go find a present!!!
That's all for today, thanks for visiting!!!

Sunday, February 1, 2009

A Quick Birthday Card!

What do you do when you find out the night before that your child has a party to go to the next afternoon? Hurry! I found out Friday night that my son was invited to a party Saturday at 2pm, no present, no card and swimming lessons in the morning! I finished this card one and a half hours before the party started!!
I started with some yellow cardstock that I found lurking in my scrap box and topped it with some white (that I meant to paper pierce, but I must have been freaking out about the time) and then topped it again with some pink bazzill that I put through the cuttlebug with the Stylized Flower embossing folder. Then I added some of this super cute 'Urban Prairie' butterfly paper by Basic Grey that I found at Scrapbook City and covered the join with some wide white grosgrain ribbon and then tied some pretty sheer flower ribbon over the top. Now I didn't have a lot of time to stamp and colour, so I got out my wonderful Just Rite products (that can be found at The Little Online Card Shop )using the 1 5/8 stamper and the Small Letter set for the outer ring to stamp 'Happy Birthday Jaime' and the Special Occasions Font Set for the '7' in the centre. I used a 1 1/4in circle punch to cut out the 7 and pop it up on pop dots. The bigger circle was cut with the circle nestabilites (can be found at Bizzy Becs )and then used the scallop circle nestabilites for the pink scallop circle underneath. It was a very quick card, but I think it is pretty for a 7yr old girl!! :)
That's all for today, thanks for visiting!! :)


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