Thursday, 30 June 2011

CAS-ify me - Inspired

Hey, sweets! Make sure you won't miss my CASE Study post and card, that has just launched on my blog too. Scroll down to see it!

I've been wanting to play with Inspirational Challenge #3 at Lily Pad Cards, since I knew exactly what card I'd pick. I fell for Sarah's amazing design, in the Digital Challenge post DT line-up, as soon as I saw it.
I loved the wood pattern in the background, but most importantly it struck me, how wonderful the polariod frame looks, with the butterflies that seem to emerge from within the 'photo' and fly off the card. I stuck to that alright :)


Supplies: cardstock: PTI (Ocean Tides), white; paper: Cosmo Cricket (Nutmeg); stamps: Hero Arts (Clouds), Grace Taylor (Nature Girl), SU! (Trendy Trees); inj: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versa Magic (Oasis Green); edge distresser; baker's twine

I changed my colours, to suit the Scrapbook Boutique challenge. Apart from the required lavender, purple & white, I also used mint from the photo.

I hope to pop in again some time soon... take care and have fun, whatever you're doing :)

CASE Study Challenge #46

We are sadly saying good-bye to Jill Foster at CASE Study this week, she has been an amazing inspiration, and a joy to have. I will miss seeing everyone's takes on her cards, I think she pushed us all hard off our comfort zones... but wasn't it fun??
This week's inspiration is one of my favourites from Jill:

LinkLinkDoes she have a way with colour or what?? sigh...
I wanted to recreate the impact of the strongly coloured focal panel, against the neutral background. Encouraged after seeing the last week's DT cards, I decided that I'd try that with black.


Supplies: cardstock: American Crafts (black), white; paper: Kaisercraft (Loire Valley); stamps: Flourishes (Spring Bouquets), SU! (Season Of Friendship); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Copics; black pen;pearls: AnnaBelle Stamps

I used the lovely SC339 sketch:

I'd love you to visit the rest of the CASE Study Design Team's blogs, to see what they cooked up with the given inspiration...

Amy Wanford
Andrea Ewen
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Lenet Mos
Melyssa Connolly
Sue Kohler
Teneale Williams
Jill Foster - June Muse

If you'd like to play along with us, hop over to the CASE Study blog, where you'll find all the details, fabulous inspiration and Linky tools to link up your creation!
I'll see you later :)

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

TSG Wednesday Trends post

Hi, sweets! Happy to see you here :)
It's my pleasure to host the Wednesday Trends post over at the TSG Blog this week, and I chose to show you, how I sponge a cloudy sky.
There's many ways to do it, some of the common ones include using punched/die cut scalloped shapes, to sponge around. We all know that the clouds in nature show nothing near the regularity of the punched scallops, thus I like to use the template that follows a more random pattern.
I cut my border by hand, from a piece of cardstock. That strip of card has been my trusty companion forever, and after countless times I used it, it's still in good shape :)

As you can see, I've got one end cut for my clouds, while the other one is a torn paper. I use the other side for grass - it gives a soft, slightly irregular finish.

I normally sponge with the same brand of ink - Versa Color cubes. Most of the time, I'd use the beautiful teal shade of Celadon to 'paint' the sky with... mmmm LOVE that colour!
I find the inks with soft spongy surface (like Versa Color & Versa Magic), the best to work with (I even use an old cube of PTI's Tea Dye ink to saturate it with Distress Ink, and sponge the edges of the paper with the cube). The ink is my personal choice though, and I know that everyone has their own preferences.

(you can see how the cube has some 'fluff' from the sponge on it... I use it only for this purpose, so I don't bother too much if it gets a little messy)
Let's get to our project. I started with the image - I chose the adorable girl from Blossom By Blossom, and coloured it with Copics - of course ;)

I start with the top layer, holding the template firmly against the paper, and working the sponge in circular moves above it. I like to slide the template sideways a bit as I go, so that I don't get the straight line.

As I'm building up the layers, I keep skewing the template, and often let the clouds from different levels meet. The more irregular the pattern, the better!

After I'm finished, I often go over the whole sky with the sponge, pressing very lightly. This evens out the colours, tones down the brightness of white clouds.

Here's the finished card!


Supplies: cardstock: Artarama (teal), white; paper: My Mind's Eye (Stella & Rose); stamps: There She Goes (Blossom By Blossom); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versa Color (Celadon); Copics; sewing machine; buttons; Chilli Sprinkles: AnnaBelle Stamps; stars die: EZCut; paper lace: Bella!

The card is my (strongly built up and altered) version of FTL146 :)

Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed :)

Tuesday, 28 June 2011


I'm popping in once again, with a card I made this morning. A classic in-between(er), as I'm calling these. This means put together in random intervals, whenever I had five minutes break from the chores and Zuzia :)
It started with this inspiration from Pinterest. As soon as I saw Cristina's pin, with the fabulous letterpress pattern, I knew I wanted to give that look a go. Heck, I LOOOVE letterpress, but obviously I can't recreate that. I could white emboss my flowers, though.


Supplies: cardstock: recylced kraft, Canson (blue), American Crafts (Coffee), white; stamps: Papertrey Ink (Say It With Style, Blooming Button Bits, There She Goes (In Stitches); ink: VersaMark, Memento (Lady Bug, Rich Cocoa); white embossing powder; Score-Pal; ribbon: SU!

I couldn't pass on the fabulous sketch of JAI73, and I paired it with the colours of Jay Gee's Nook Challenge #9. The sketch was rotated 45 degrees, and my colours turned out somewhat bolder... *cough*

This is also my second entry into Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll join me at midnight EST, for a fun little tutorial, that I prepared for TSG Wednesday Trends :)

June ACSP publication

Hi, sweets!
I'm quickly popping in, to show you my latest publication in Australian Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine.
My card is a part of a Special Feature - Designing With Doilies. You know I love me some :)

The papers are by Glitz Design (Hoopla), and the stamps by Hero Arts. You can find the card, along with the instructions, on page 25 of the magazine.
See you later!

All stamped

Well, I'm going with the flow, as they say... after a small success/discovery earlier today, that my mojo is back, I decided that I'd strike while the iron is hot :)
Here's another card for ya'!
There are three layers of stamping on the focal panel (excluding the cut out daisies). Firstly I stamped the script with grey ink, then the meadow in black, and lastly the flourishes with deep blue. The heads of the flowers are highlighted with dark red Copic, and a white gel pen.


Supplies: cardstock: American Crafts (blue), Canson (red), Grant (grey), white; stamps: Taylored Expressions (Discover Your Wings), PTI (Fancy Flourishes), Glitz Design (Distressing); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, London Fog, Danube Blue, Paris Dusk, Rhubarb Stalk); Copics; sewing machine; corner rounder: EK Success; edge distresser; white gel pen; pearl brad

I used the CPS224 sketch, along with the colours of PDCC87. I'm also entering the card into Stamp It! Cards Week Challenge in the Moxie Fab World.

Oh, and I thought I'd finish with a cherry on top, or Chuplet with her favourite teddy, if you will. I can't get over how mature her face looks on this photo... I like to think that it's a hint of how she's going to look on a few year's time, I absolutely adore it :)

Until next time,

Back in the saddle

Fingers crossed I am indeed! As I sat back to a card this afternoon, it came together effortlessly, and I enjoyed the process like I never did in the last week. I needed a break badly, I reckon. I still do, as much as I need to re-evaluate my (crazy) hobby and the amount of time that I devote to it.
I'm nowhere near quitting anything, don't worry :) I will just start doing things at a slower pace, and concentrate more on other fun things that the craft world offers, including designing stamps. I'm sure there are many more exciting adventures around the corner, and I don't want to burn out before they come :)
Anyhoo, here's the card for you... you've got to excuse the yellowish photo - there's a strong sun coming through my window, and I can't for the life of me, make things any better right now.
(Update: I took a new photo... that's better!)


Supplies: cardstock: recycled kraft, PTI (Rustic Cream), American Crafts (red, pink); paper: My Mind's Eye (Alphabet Soup); stamps: Flourishes (Apple Of My Eye); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); Copics; Nestabilities Circles/Scalloped Circles; QuicKutz embossing folder (Diamonds & Dots); lace; ribbon; fabric brad; Liquid Pearls (Petal Pink)

The challenges I had in mind, when making this one are: TSTR68 - My Favorite Things (I used my favourite brand of papers ATM, my best loved Flourishes stamp set, and all-time favs: ribbon & lace); The Ribbon Reel challenge #5 - Summer Fruit (inspiration below); and the lovely sketch from Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #75:Link

Thanks for bearing with me - you're the best bunch of peeps EVAH!! :)

Monday, 27 June 2011


Ok, so I thought I'd try on a little 'leisurely' stamping, but I see that I'm still struggling to find my mojo. These are the two cards that I made, you be the judge!


Supplies: cardstock: PTI (Plum Pudding, Melon Berry, Rustic White); stamps: PTI (Blooming Button Bits, Mat Stack 1 - with die, Delightful Doilies, Polka Dot Basics); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, Rose Bud, Sweet Plum), Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); Nestabilities Circles; satin ribbon: Sullivans; buttons

I made it with Card Patterns sketch 121, and the colours of Moe's Wacccky Challenge at A Passion For Papertrey blog. If only not my creative blockade... I'm really liking the idea of drawing the colours from a hat. I did some trial draws, to see what combinations I'll come up with, and heck, there were some really fun ones (where fun means mostly that I'd never put them together

Another one, quite simple design. I tried to be creative with my stamping... I'm not sure whether I like the effect (I'd put things together more neatly next time), but here goes...


Supplies: cardstock: American Crafts, white; paper: October Afternoon; stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps (Asian Gardens Additions); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Versa Magic (Sea Breeze); American Crafts Thickers; BG10 Copic; black pen

This time I played with WMSC53. I wanted the clouds to picture the horizontal panels, but I can see that the sentiment works too :)

As always, thank you for paying me a visit! Have a goodie,

TSG113 - A challenge to DIE for!

Hello, sweets! I'm sorry for my absence lately, I've been feeling a bit under the weather and sicky. My mojo decided to go on vacation, and I don't want to risk spending time on the card, only to discover that it turned out terrible :)
However, after a couple of days of taking it easy, I'm seeing progress, and I might give a little catch-up with challenges a go later today...

My Trendsetter week starts today on the TSG blog, and I launch it with a fun challenge.
All I ask you to do, is to use at least three different dies or punches on your card/project.
Easy peasy, might I add :)
I inked up the fabulous and hilarious Domestic Goddess set, for my sample:


Supplies: cardstock: American Crafts (green, red, PTI (Aqua Mist), white; paper: October Afternoon; stamps: There She Goes (Domestic Goddess); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Copics; Nestabilities Ovals/Scalloped Ovals/Labels 18; border punch: EK Success; buttons; flowers; baker's twine; Sprinkles: AnnaBelle Stamps

The sketch comes from VLVJun2011 Week 4 challenge:

To be eligible for the giveaway
, you are to create a card that uses three different dies/punches and then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of this challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (July 4). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

By participating in this challenge, you may also find yourself in the Trendsetting Spotlight that shines on the TSG Blog every Thursday. We will be on the look out to find challenge cards that stand out and show Trendsetting qualities. TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :)

You do not need to have a blog to be able to participate in the TSG Challenges! You can simply add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery. If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword TSG113 so we can check out your beautiful work!

Hugs and smiles,

Saturday, 25 June 2011

PTI June Blog Hop

I thought I'd challenge my fading mojo, and tried on one more card tonight. I would've normally try to sleep it over, but I skipped one or two months of Papertrey Ink Blog Hops, and I really wanted to join in this time around - especially that there's some very interesting inspiration photo provided:

I wanted to make a gradient card for a while now, and the inspiration seemed nothing but fitting. I incorporated the punched borders, for added interest and to suit the other two challenges that I'm entering this card into : Beautiful Borders Challenge in the Moxie Fab World, and CFC#8 - Getting Edgy.


Supplies: cardstock: PTI (Aqua Mist, Hibiscus Burst, Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado), white; stamps: PTI (Say It With Style, Turning A New Leaf); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, Summer Sky), Versa Magic (Spanish Olive); RV04 Copic; sewing machine; border punch: Fiskars; buttons; glitter glue

Night, everyone :) Thank you so much for stopping by! xxx

Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #17

Good evening, sweethearts!
I hope your weekend is off to a great start. I wish mine was way longer than two days, we're almost halfway through and I feel like the day run through at warp speed... *sigh*
Here's my next sketch for you!

I'm experiencing quite a severe lack of mojo tonight. So... no exciting samples from me, I'm afraid. this one just about passed the acceptable mark ;)


Supplies: cardstock: American Crafts, PTI (Rustic White); paper: Kaisercraft; stamps: Inkadinkado (Best Friends), PTI (Fancy Flourishes); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black, London Fog), PTI (Fresh Snow), Distress Ink (Pumice Stone); Copics; Nestabilities Scalloped Circles; Score Buddy; buttons; white pen: Signo

My colours were inspired by Tuesday Trigger: Lovely as a Lullaby.


A few things to keep in mind if you decide to use my sketch:
- You're kindly asked to save the image onto your computer first, and if you make a card based on it, please link back to this post.
- If you upload your card to an online gallery, please use the code SSC17.
- Please share the link to your creation via the Inlinkz widget, so that I can come and check it out. I would love to see what you did with it!
- The colours/elements mean nothing towards the card. All styles, colours and supplies, as well as slight alterations of the sketch are welcome.
- A new sketch and sample is posted every Saturday, but you're welcome to play any time! Just leave a link in the comments section after Inlinkz widget closes.
Have fun with it :)

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