Thursday, December 4, 2008

A Princess Birthday

Firstly I have to apologize for my longer than anticipated absence. I've been busy hanging out with friends and family and shopping with my Mummy....just lots of relaxing, fun things really. Also, I haven't quite mastered the art of the scheduled post...but they are all saved and I'll just have to remember to post manually. I definitely need some tuition on this blogging thing :)'s the post that I promised....better late than never, right?

My best friend's daughter is turning 8 and she's a total girlie girl. She loves pink and purple and pretending that she's a the girl from SU's *Pretty Princess* was perfect for her card.
CS: Whisper White, Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Orchid Opulence
Ink: Stazon, Pink Passion
Stamps: Happy Everything, Pretty Princess
Other: Copic Markers, Orchid Opulence ribbon (unfortunately retired), Prima flowers, Pink brads

Happy birthday Miss Holly,

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

A thank you

I really love the set *For Father* in the Summer mini. You saw yesterday how I did a comparison of the different ways of colouring the box of apples on watercolour paper, now here's a finished version that was coloured with Copics:Supplies:
CS: Green textured Bazzil, Ruby Red (SU) Neenah Solar White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersMark, Ruby Red
Stamps: For Father, Say it with Scallops
Other: Square Scallop Punch, Ruby Red buttons, Cosmo Cricket velvet ribbon, Copic markers

There will be no posts for a few days, while I live it up with my best friend (YAY) and catch up with my Mama....I can't wait to see her. But I will be back with some cards showing off more of the stamps in the new Summer mini early next week :)

A little comparison & an award

There was a discussion on the Elite Stampers forum this week about the best way to colour the stamps from *For Father*, so last night I did a little comparison between 3 methods to show that what method you choose depends on the kind of result you want. The first picture shows the three different methods side by side: from left to right - markers, ink and watercolour crayons.
Here's a close up view of each one, in the same order. This first one uses markers from the Earth Elements family, direct to the watercolour paper and then blended with the aquapainter.
This is ink from the lids of the inkpads, both Earth Elements and Soft Subltes applied directly with the aquapainter.
These are the Bold Brights watercolour crayons, applied by taking the colour from the crayon with the aquapainter and applied to the paper.
As you can see, the watercolour crayons give a softer, more watercoloured look, while the markers direct to the paper give the most vibrant look, with the ink in between the two.

I hope that you find this even a little bit useful. My colouring skills aren't brilliant, but practice makes perfect, right?

Finally, the delightful Kristy Young gave me this awesome award:
How awesome is that???? Now I'm supposed to nominate 8 blogs that I think deserve this award....but you all know I hate picking just a few from the hundreds of talented ladies out there. If you want some great blogs to visit, check out the sidebar. If you think you deserve this award, just go on and take it :)

OK, gotta go set up some scheduled posts for while I'm away...only 2 sleeps til I leave and see my best friend who I haven't seen since January!!! And only 4 sleeps til I see my Mama....woohooo!!!

Have a great night (or day)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Doubling up

When I'm short on time and inspiration I find that it's often very useful to combine a couple of challenges to come up with a quick and easy card....this is one of those times :) This card combines Jen's SFYTT for this week, as well as the Elite Colour Challenge. The colour challenge for this month is called Bali Breeze, and is based on the colours in the Bali Breeze DSP: Old Olive, Taken with Teal, Rose Red and the dreaded Pumpkin Pie....but I did it!!!!I used some of the Bali Breeze DSP, Eastern Blooms stamp set, as well as Wonderful Words. There's some Old Olive brads and the main flower image was embossed with clear embossing powder. All in all a very quick and easy card, though a little on the bright side!

OK, got tons to do today, but just a quick note to my American readers....Leslie commented on my use of the *In Colours* yesterday and I just wanted to tell you that we only get ONE SU! big catty per year and it comes out in we won't get the new In Colours until next April. Also, our paper comes in a different size, A4 rather than letter, so even though it sold out in the States ours is a different size....though we still get the 12x12 the same as you guys. Hope that explains why we are still using the old In Colours over here....this is Australia and we're behind the rest of the world....LOL!!!! Personally, I'm looking forward to those new In Colours...they look awesome :)

Have a great day,

Monday, December 1, 2008

TECC #44

Hello there! Sorry for the lack of posting yesterday. I had a marathon stamping day, preparing a whole lot of cards for scheduled posts while I'm away. They won't be everyday, but there will be 2 or 3 per week :) Mum only has DIAL UP!!!!! so I probably won't be posting from home...but I might be able to sneak in a couple of extras....maybe show you some pics of my lovely home town (the quiet and sleepy little place that DOESN'T have 1.4 million people!)

Anyway, enough of the's the card that I made for Taylor's CC #44...but no cupcakes today :)

I've used that lovely "Embrace Life" set again for this one and the matching Ginger Blossom DSP. I used the CS that co-ordinates with the paper; River Rock, Groovy Guava, Ruby Red and Cameo Coral (yes Mad I used Cameo Coral of my own about that????). Not much else to mention here, some Ruby Red brads & Groovy Guava double stitched ribbon. I stamped the big flower with Guava ink onto Guava CS and cut it out before popping it up on dimensionals on the Ruby circle (which I cut out using the Fiskars cutty thingy that I can't remember the name of). Pretty simple really. Though of course the photo doesn't really do justice to the colours...they're quite pretty really.

OK, better get back to work....I have a ton of things to do before I leave on Friday and sitting here's not getting them done. Really I need an assistant to do all the boring chores, so I can just concentrate on the important things :)

Hope you all have a lovely Monday,

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