Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Red Nose Roo

Christmas is on its way, as I'm sure we are all too well aware, so no surprise that the challenge this week at Less is More is Jingle all the Way.  I don't have any bells (though I've been lusting after some dies I have seen!) but I do have some humorous digi stamps by Make it Crafty, with an Aussie flavour, which I decided to use, rather than the more traditional images.  As usual, I have not checked out the entries yet, so have no idea if anyone else has gone down this road, but here they are.

 Now, I have never actually seen an Australian Christmas tree like this, but knowing the Aussie sense of humour, and love of beer, it is quite possible!

My second image is called 'The Red Nose Roo', and isn't she cute, with her little joey joining in the Christmas fun.  The MFT snow drift dies have morphed into sand hills for this card and I decided to keep the rest of the background simple, as I thought the first card might be a bit 'busy'.  For that reason, I'll be entering the Roo this week.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas Wreath

Hi there!  Today's card is for Scrapbook Boutique November challenge where the inspiration photo is decidedly Christmasy!
 I have been wanting to create a wreath of my own for some time, but never seemed to choose the best foliage to use for this technique.  This time I used a small holly twig from a Bo Bunny set that came with a craft magazine, which I originally chose to buy because the Father Christmas image was divine.  I was delighted when I noticed that little sprig, because it was just what I needed for this wreath.  I used two green inks by Memento - Bamboo Sprouts and Cottage Ivy, added some red berries, and a few wispy strands of foliage found in a SSS set along with the little star shapes to mimic the scattered balls in the photo.  A bow from another SSS set, a Happy die and the text Christmas from Stampin' Up! and all of this mounted on stitched squares by Lil' Inker and adhered to a Kaisercraft square card.  This was fairly quick to produce, once I had practised how to arrange the leaves, and it is also very flat, so good for mailing.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Addicted to CAS has turned 2!!

Congratulations to ATCAS who turns 2 this week, with their 52nd challenge being a sketch.

I have simply used a nativity scene die by Precision Cutting Dies bought from Frantic Stamper Inc and kept pretty much to the sketch.  The stitched square is by Lil' Inker and the sentiment from Annabelle Stamps.

On a personal note, I am privileged to be helping to celebrate the 90th birthday of a dear friend and member of our Probus Garden Club.  Heather has a wealth of knowledge about plants and flowers, which she often shares with us all, and we are meeting at my place tomorrow for a little garden party morning tea for her.
I made this banner for her by stencilling letters onto stitched calico flags, and added felt flowers and butterflies and printed a couple of botanical posters.
 Heather loves pretty colours, and so I made these rose pots from cardstock, using the Stampin' Up rolled rose die, to decorate the tables.  They were pretty quick to make once I got the hang of it, but I needed a lot more roses than I thought.  A mad dash to my local craft store - Paper Square - minutes before closing one Sunday afternoon, allowed me to finish them off.  I wish I had made more at the time now, but I can only fit two large tables in my family room, so these will be enough.

A lot of cooking was completed before our overseas trip and now just needs to defrost overnight.  Some hot food freshly baked tomorrow morning will complete the preparations, and then I will just enjoy the happy occasion. Oh, here is the card I made - 90 is so special, isn't it?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

LIM challenge #198

We had a wonderful visit to our daughter in the States, recently, but it is also lovely to be home!  One of my first tasks was to put away lots of 'stuff' I brought home with me, and the next thing I did was re-organise my stamps and dies, following Jennifer McGuire's tips on Youtube - you can find one of her many posts on this subject here.  I am so happy with the progress I am making, and the resulting ease in finding just what I'm looking for so easily.  I urge anyone who has ever felt overwhelmed by their supplies, and the wasted time it takes to search for that special image you know you have but can't quite find, to check out Jennifer's ideas!  You won't be disappointed.  FYI I am using the Avery Elle pockets and find them excellent.

After all that organisation, I couldn't wait to get back into crafty business,  and set about entering the  LIM challenge this week.  The theme there is:  more than one tree - how lovely!  One of the few stamps I brought home with me was the birch tree background stamp by Hero Arts, so that is the one I reached for and stamped it in fog ink.  I added snow drifts cut with the MFT die, and Memory Box dies for the frosted pine and deer.  The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp.  The images are particularly appealing to me, as deer abound where our daughter lives, and this card has the same quiet feel as her countryside has in winter.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Christmas Wishes

This week it is a one-layer challenge at Less is More with the criteria TWO.  There were some beautiful examples by the DTs as usual, but I didn't have much time to search for that special image I thought was needed.  Instead, I chose to do a stencil image, and here is my card.

I saw Jennifer McGuire demonstrate this technique on youtube - do check it out here as her result is stunning!  Sadly, I don't own a stencil as interesting as hers, so I used the chevron one I did have, made a star stencil from a punch, and stamped the sentiment by Stampin Up! and the snow flakes from Gorgeous Grunge.  I am thinking now that I should have added decorations, but my first thought was that they are in the snow, so who would be decorating trees out there?  Goodness knows why I thought I had to be realistic - this is card-making isn't it :)  This is a great technique, however, and well worth trying with various shapes.

I have been alerted to the current challenge at Addicted to CAS where the code word is 'Stencil' - so I will enter this card into their challenge too!  Thanks Sarah!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Scrapbook Boutique October Challenge

This is the inspiration photo for this month's challenge at Scrapbook Boutique:

 I was inspired by the elegance of this picture, the soft colours, the pearls and the bow - a lot!
For my image, I white embossed this fanciful flower by Woodware, sponged the background in pinks and mauves, added the pearls and bow.  The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Memento Paris Dusk.

I wasn't sure I would be able to enter this month, as I really should be packing for our visit to our daughter in the States, but I just knew what I wanted to do and it came together quickly last night.  I'll be back in a few weeks, so will catch up with what I'm missing then.  Cheers, Ann

Monday, 6 October 2014

Autumn Bounty

The colour challenge at Less is More this week, challenge #192, comes from the title Autumn's Bounty. I would think almost everyone would love the colours of autumn, or Fall, and all associated with it, and I am no exception.  Gardeners especially love harvesting the fruits of their labour, gathering up the glut of vegetables, and putting them to good use, either immediately or laying them down in some form for later in the year.  My card is a tribute to all gardeners, many of them in our own family, but sadly I don't  where this lovely stamp originates from as I stamped it at a friend's house.  I do know it is not a digi stamp though.

Just a simple card, with the image coloured in Copics, the background hint of colour with chalk, and some punched leaves to add to the sentiment.  I did emboss the square die, but then almost obliterated my efforts by lifting up the image on foam tape!  The little 'thanks' is by Memory Box and is cut three times from watercoloured card stock, then coated in Glossy Accents.

That's all from me for a few weeks, as we are heading over to the States to visit our daughter again.  It is exciting to see them after over 6 months, and we are also looking forward to the show of Fall leaves we should see in Wisconsin!  How apt is this challenge?  Take care crafty friends, and enjoy the season wherever you are!