Tuesday, 31 January 2012

For Cath (sans CHA) with Love Blog Hop

Hi, friends! Today a bunch of friends got together, for the biggest Moxie Fabber out there, Cath Edvalson!



Cath is not able to attend CHA this Winter, due to the pain in her shoulder, and she was super bummed about this... we understand, of course, and we will surely miss her super fun reports from the CHA floor, as she used to hold them on the Moxie Fab World blog in the past!

We are holding a Blog Hop today, filled with love and get well wishes, hoping that we will cheer her up a little.
The stamps come from The Craft's Meow's Fruity For You set, I thought the sentiment is very fitting... chin up Cath, you're loved muchly!!

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Supplies: cardstock: SU! (Blushing Bride), white; papers: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 - Blush); stamps: The Craft's Meow (Fruity For You); ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Memento (Rose Red), Distress Ink (Pumice Stone); French Pastry Doily die: Cheery Lynn; felt: MFT; buttons

On my card, I used the sketch from the CPS 5th Anniversary Day 2, and the colours from CR84FN47:



There's no blog hop order, but you can find the complete list of participants, on Virginia's blog and Lorena's blog.
So, let's all show Cath some love and hop along! If you'd like to add your link to the list on one of the blogs above, feel free to do so! Thanks everyone for participating, and thank you for visiting :)
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Sunday, 29 January 2012

La La Land Crafts CHA release

Yup, me again! I hope you're not having enough of my posts over this weekend... while so many of my friends are now having fun at CHA, I need a creative escape to get my mind off it :)

Besides, there's lots of exciting things going on right now (I can barely wait for the manufacturers to release their goodies!), and one of them is the fantastic CHA Release for La La Land Crafts!
There's 10 new Marci & Luka stamps, along with several accessories & they're all available for preorder now, from the LLLC Store, and will start shipping on February 10th. Click HERE to see them!

I was itching to use my favourite from the release, Marci with Tulip stamp. Doesn't Marci look cute with wavy hair??

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Supplies: cardstock: kraft, American Crafts (brown); papers: My Mind's Eye (Stella & Rose - Mabel); stamps: La La Land Crafts (Marci with Tulip), PTI (sentiment only); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Copics; chipboard pieces: My Mind'[s Eye (Kraft Funday); string

I combined the SSSC151 layout, with the colours of CTD176. Love both of these :)



The La La Land Design Team girls, prepared many lovely samples today, featuring all of the new release stamps, and you can check them out HERE on the LLLC Blog.
Happy shopping afterwards! =)
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Saturday, 28 January 2012

CAS-ify me: Inspired by turquoise

Hello, friends and happy Sunday!
As if there wasn't too many updates on my bloggie since yesterday (please check out my SFYTT, Waltzingmouse sketch and Sketchbook Sat posts below as well!), I'm popping in with a quickie that I whipped up last night.

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Supplies: Canson (light & dark grey), PTI (Rustic Cream); stamps: WPlus9 (Flora & Fauna I), Waltzingmouse Stamps ( Free Spirit Sentiments); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Balck); Copics; border punch: EK Success

I haven't played with the Inspiration Challenge on SCS for month's but I was intrigued when I saw the name of the current one (IC321), Everything Turquoise. Hmmm... turquoise is good.
So, I wandered around the website and found this gorgeous pillow:



I liked the simple colour blocking and hence I didn't strive at any elaborate shading on my dogwoods. I only added a very subtle extra cover of colour in places, to add a little dimension.
I took the layout from CFC37.



You know how I like banners, but I thought it would clutter this design, so I made the sentiment stand alone. I hope you'll like it :)
See you later!
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January SFYTT - A beary happy birthday

As the end of the month is drawing near, the time to play with the current Sketch For You To Try is shrinking as well... have you done so yet?? We return this year with some great, new and returning sponsors, 12 more chances to became the Designer of the Month, and a fabulous prize for all of you who complete all of the sketches in 2012.



You can find more details in this post, as well as the Inlinkz list to link up your entry.



This month SFYTT is sponsored by The Cat's Pajamas, and I used their A Beary Good Year set, on my card.

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Supplies: cardstock: Stampin' Up! (Old Olive); paper: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 - Rosy, Breeze); stamps: The Cat's Pajamas (A Beary Good Year); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Distress Ink (Pumice Stone); Copics; Nestabilities Ovals; twill ribbon; buttons; sewing machine

The colours are chosen to match cQc#121... well, roughly :)



Now it's your turn to play! Have fun :)
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Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge 82

Hi folks, ready for another Waltzingmouse sketch??



It's another winner in my books, I love it!
My card is inspired by the Polish folk art - something that I dig a lot these days.
The intricate art of paper cutting, called Wycinanki, is a big part of our culture, and is nothing short of mesmerizing!



I can only imagine the hours of work put into each one of these pieces...
The common elements of each image are stylized flowers and roosters or other birds. The design is also almost always symmetrical.

So here's what I did with the inspiration... I used five different stamp sets on the card.
The birds are from Asian Gardens, the lime flourishes/dotted circles from Very Vintage Labels No. 10, the "knitted" shapes from Nordic Winter, and the stars from Compliments of the Season. The sentiment comes from Rescue Remedies Additions.


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Supplies: cardstock: SU! (Real Red), PTI (Rustic Cream); paper: October Afternoon (Farm Fresh); stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps (Very Vintage Labels No. 10, Asian Gardens, Nordic Winter, Compliments of the Season, Rescue Remedies Additions); ink: Memento (Lady Bug, Cantaloupe, Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves), Distress Ink (Pumice Stone); Spellbinders Shapeabilities Fancy Tags; paper doily; twill ribbon; corner rounder: EK Success; pearls: SEI

There's plenty of eye candy from the rest of the Team, waiting for you at the Waltzingmouse Sketch blog, so make sure you'll make your way there too!
Thanks for visiting!
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Sketchbook Saturday Challenge #47

Here's the new sketch for you, girls! I know I keep coming up with vertical sketches, I can't help it... remember that you can always turn it on the side, something that I do a lot with horizontal layouts :)
Also, feel free to substitute any element of the sketch with what suits your needs. I draw my sketches rich in detail, because it makes me happy. It certainly doesn't mean that I'm forcing you into schemes - let your imagination fly!



I picked up a few Waltzingmouse Stamps yesterday, and I can't seem to put them away...

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Supplies: cardstock: SU! (Blushing Bride); paper: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 - Sunshine), Webster's Pages; stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps (Sweethearts, Cameo Creations), AnnaBelle Stamps (BBD4); ink: Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap, Pumice Stone), Versa Magic (Malted Mauve); label die: PTI; Pink Paislee Artisan Elements; twill ribbon; metal buttons; lace: Kaisercraft; sewing machine; flowers
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I took my inspiration from the TSTR98 challenge - Sparkly & Bright. I'm also playing with The Ribbon Reel Challenge #20, which is about New Year's resolutions. I pictured on my card one of them - to spend more quality time with my husband. I adore him to bits and love more than I can say - I want to remind him of it as often as I can :)



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 SSC47.
- 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.
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Have fun with it! :)
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Friday, 27 January 2012

Masculine times two

Hi friends,
I've got a couple of cards to share, I thought a little inky session was due tonight :)
I haven't had the opportunity to tackle the last week's Verve sketch, while the next one has just launched as well, so I did them both.

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Supplies: cardstock: Canson (teal), grey; papers: Crate Paper (Paper Heart); stamps: Some Odd Girl (Lovey Tobie); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); Copics; edge distresser; sewing machine; buttons

Here's the VLVJan2012 Week 3 sketch, along with the combo from the Color Inspiration challenge over at the Some Odd Girl blog:



I'm also entering this card into Patterned Paper Challenge at Lily Pad Cards, and also the challenge at Copic Oz, which is to use any of the Copic markers presented in the post. I used R46 & R59 on the hearts garland.

I also made this CAS card, with some scrumptious Waltzingmouse Stamps, for the last Verve sketch in January (VLVJan2012 Week 4).

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Supplies: cardstock: PTI (Simply Chartreuse), white; stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps (Back in the Saddle); ink: Memento (Bahama Blue, Sweet Plum); buttons: Basic Grey

As you can see, I turned the sketch, to suit my idea. I also used the colour story from PDCC116. These are tough colours, and I decided that it would be best if I applied them to the masculine card...



I hope you'll join me tomorrow, for the new Sketchbook post, Waltzingmouse sketch, and later on also the last SFYTT post and sample for January :)
Thanks for stopping by!
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January ACSP pubs

The first issue of Australian Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine in 2012, arrived in the shelves!


I've got a set of cards in it, that you can find on the page 14, here's the peek...
(oh, and one of these is on the cover as well, tee hee! I'm a cover girl again :) )



I have to give credit to Maile Belles, for inspiring me tremendously. It was for the first time that I saw many of these ideas, on her blog. You might have noticed, also in my recent PTI Blog Hop post, that paper piecing that PTI rose is a favourite thing for me to do :)

You will find the complete instructions and the list of materials to make these, in the mag.
There's also a very special feature there, on the pages 56-57 you will find a little interview with me :) I keep thinking that my answers are at best nerdy, but what's done is done! lol

A couple of my friends have cards in this issue as well (hi, Kathy!), it's chock full of inspiration! I hope you'll enjoy it :)
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Thursday, 26 January 2012

Glitz Design - Beautiful Dreamer (again)

Hi friends, my new post at the Glitz blog is up!
I designed the two cards below, with my favourite collection as of yet, Beautiful Dreamer. Mint & pastel pink... mmmm, heaven! Dreamy enough for me to indulge in it shamelessly :)

I used the pretty paper to die cut the leaves as well, love the extra interest that it adds. The label is a sticker that I popped up on the dimensionals, and all I added to it is an epoxy word. With such an ornate design of the elements, the card basically made itself.



Glitz Design "Beautiful Dreamer" papers: Damask, Houndstooth, Toile
Glitz Design "Beautiful Dreamer" Journaling Cardstock Stickers
Glitz Design "Beautiful Dreamer" Epoxy Words

Other: cardstock: grey; striped ribbon; flower; Leafy Branch die (Taylored Expressions); ink: Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); edge distresser (Heidi Swapp)

Here I cut out the butterfly from a Whatnot, to make a focal point. Love this card :)



Glitz Design "Beautiful Dreamer" papers: Houndstooth, Polka, Floral
Glitz Design "Beautiful Dreamer" Journaling Cardstock Stickers
Glitz Design "Beautiful Dreamer" Whatnot
Glitz Design "Vintage Blue" Clear Stamps

Other: cardstock: grey; ink: Memento (Tuxedo Black); ribbon: Kaisercraft; flower; sewing machine; edge distresser (Heidi Swapp), rhinestone flourish: Zva Creative

See you next time!
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CASE Study Challenge #75

Unfortunately, it's our last week with Jen Rzasa, at CASE Study. It's been a very educational month for me, as I was really trying to push myself more into the simple style. This time I chose the ultimate CAS creation from Jen:



I was drawn to the floss, as soon as I saw it. Packs a punch, doesn't it? I decided that I take the baker's twine, and arrange it in a rainbow-like, gradient pattern:

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Supplies: cardstock: Bazzill (kraft); stamps: Hero Arts (Vintage, Happy Girls); ink: Memento (Lady Bug, Tuxedo Black); Nestabilities Labels 1; baker's twine; corner rounder: EK Success

I played with the ric#4 challenge, with the last week's CASE Study entry... and while the challenge still open, I think this card fits in as well!



Please visit my sweet and talented DT at their blogs, and check out what they whipped up with this week's inspiration!

Jen Rzasa (January Muse)
Amy Wanford
Christina MacLaren
Clare Buswell
Debby Hughes
Jean Martin
Julie Lacey (on a break)
Maureen Plut
Teneale Williams
Teresa Kline

Then hop over to the CASE Study blog, where you'll find all the details, fabulous inspiration and InLinkz tool to link up your creation!
See you later,
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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

January PTI Blog Hop



I'm happy not to miss this month's PTI blog hop! It's a fun one, too.
The challenge is to share a favourite project from 2011, along with a new one that was inspired by that creation.
Hmmm. To pick a favourite is an impossible task - not because I like them all, quite the contrary - upon looking back I always think something like "umm, it's ok, but definitely doesn't make my heart skip". So I browsed through all my cards from last year and couldn't quite decide on anything.
Finally I was able to compromise my fussy self, and picked this one (which is by no means a favourite, just a card that I like more than the others)...

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I blogged it back in November, you can see the post HERE.
I chose this one because of the clean design, striking big flower stamp (of which type I'm a sucker for), and the play of colours.

I chose another simple design, although a bit different to the original. For the bold flower, I picked Year Of Flowers: Roses. This time I paper pieced them, instead of colouring - something that I loooove doing with this particular stamp.
I reduced background stamping to the strip of dots from Polka Dot Basics, and played with bold colour combination - this time yellows & olive.

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Supplies: cardstock: PTI (Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Harvest Gold), American Crafts (black), kraft, SU! (Old Olive); stamps: PTI (Year Of flowers: Roses, Polka Dot Basics); ink: Versafine (Onyx Black), Distress Ink (Frayed Burlap); border punch: EK Success

Thanks for checking it out!! :)
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Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Masculine Valentine (another SOG card)

Hi bloggies,
It's been a busy couple of days, as I've been creating a lot for the upcoming publications. Some of them I'll be trying my hand at for the first time and I can only hope that something gets picked... we'll live to see!
I was too tired last night to start on some card to share, but I knew I wanted to make one, with one of the SOGgies (Some Odd Girl digis) that I downloaded the other day. So in turn I only coloured the image, and quickly made a card for it this morning.

This handsome guy is called Kody With Flowers, and I think it's the first time I used a male image from them. He's super sweet :)
I used again the Soft Suede cardstock for my base, the colour that's quickly becoming my new black. I had only a limited amount of it in the past so I was hoarding it, but I got myself a fresh supply and now I can't put it away :) For the papers and embellies, I used two collections from MME, and I did a simple trick in order to be able to use the strip of kraft paper and retain the label. I cut the label along its border, up to about a half of the panel, and slid another strip of paper underneath, flipping the label above it.

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Supplies: cardstock: SU! (Soft Suede), white; papers: My Mind's Eye (Lost & Found 2 - Sunshine); stamps: Some Odd Girl (Kody With Flowers - digi), The Craft's Meow (All You Need Is Love - sentiment only); ink: Memento (Tuxedo Balck); Copics; felt banner/stars cardstock strip/chipboard button: My Mind's Eye (Kraft Funday); corner rounder: EK Success

I used this lovely sketch from PPA127, along with RCC37, which is to use non-traditional colours.



I'm hoping to whip up something for the upcoming PTI Blog Hop, and if I make it, then that's what my next post for you will be. Until then, thanks for looking!
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