Sunday, November 29, 2009

sweet sunday sketch #46

Happy, Happy Sunday!!! Gotta LOVE Sunday's and you've just GOTTA love Karen's gorgeous Sweet Sunday Sketch!!! This week Karen has set us a really FUN one, so be sure to have a play.

Here is my card for this weeks sketch:-

And here is the gorgeous Sketch:-

I REALLY enjoyed working with this one. I thought I'd go with another Chrissy card. I've been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY this past week making all of my Chrissy cards, which I'll post soon, and thought an extra couple of cards wont go a stray that's for sure.

I started out with some Choc Chip and created my own background by using the small Poinsettia stamp from my Season of Joy set. I then added a layer of Real Red and some Ski Slope DSP. Be quick though if you want some of this DELICIOUS DSP because as of Tuesday, you won't be able to get it anymore, so let me know if you need some to finish of those last minute Chrissy cards. I then used my Circle Scissors... LOVING this little toy!!!... and my new 1¾" Circle punch and on the white circle stamped JOY from the large stamp in Season of Joy in Choc Chip then restamped the snowflake in Baja Breeze added a "Glue Dot laiden, Dazzling Diamond plonked" brad to the centre and popped it up on a dimensional. (GOSH... how was that for a mouthful!!!) I also stamped one of the small Poinsettia's from the same large stamp and "dunked" that into some "sparkly fun" and added it just above the 'J'. I also added a touch of sponging around the edges of the circles just to soften them a little and to finish it off some Old Olive Ribbon.

Be sure to pop on over and visit the other Sweet Sunday Stamper's for some gorgeous card samples too:-

And don't forget to link your card to Mr Linky over at Karen's blog so we can all see what you've created.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Here's what I used:-

Stamps:- Season of Joy
Card:- Choc Chip, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Real Red, Ski Slope DSP

Ink:- Choc Chip, Real Red, Baja Breeze
Accessories:- Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-way glue pen, Mini Glue Dots, Silver Brads, Circle Scissors Plus, Glass Mat, 1¾" Circle punch, Old Olive Wide Grosgrain

Friday, November 27, 2009

Inkspiration Colour Challenge #16

Happy Friday!!!! WOW is it just me or did this week absolutely FLY by... well ok... they all seem to be melding into ONE... well for me!!!!

This week Keesh has set us a Colour Challenge to work with... FUN!!! Now the colours that she has chosen are not generally colours I use... you know I tend to sway towards, PINK, Green and Choc Chip, oh and lets not forget KRAFT!! Well I can assure you there are absolutely NONE of those colours in this here card. I definately had fun with it though and am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Here is the colour combo for you to play along with:-

Everytime I see a colour challenge with Taken with Teal, I almost die... why?... well because I don't actually own any ink, markers etc in that colour, I actually think I only have ONE sheet of Taken with Teal cardstock.. hmmm perhaps I should get myself a little marker!!! What do you think?

I started out with a base of Pumpkin Pie then used the other colours in the layers... Taken with Teal for the scallop, Real Red and Whisper White. Now keeping in mind I DON'T have any Taken with Teal ink in my possession, I did have a minor panic attack as to how I was going to keep the whole thing balanced, but never fear that's where my handy VERSAMARK ink comes in... see I just need to use that and stamp it onto the coloured card... Voila... instant Taken with Teal pressie!!!! hahaha. I know, it's not really rocket science is it!!! hahaha

Oh the stamp set I used is Big Bold Birthday, and the card is going to be for my gorgeous Godson for his 6th Birthday next week... It's pretty safe to assume he wont be visiting this here blog!!! Oh and given I'm the GodMa... it's ok that I added some ribbon.. he won't mind... Right!!!
With the pressies, I added a little definition by using my White Gel pen then used some linen thread to "pressify" them!!! (hmmm not actually sure that, that is a word!!!)

Don't forget to pop on over and see what the other DT gals have come up with, I'm sure they are AMAZING!!!:-

And of course leave your link on Keesh's blog so we can all see what you've come up with.

Thanks for stopping by.


Here's what I used:-

Stamps:- Big Bold Birthday
Card:- Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal, Real Red, Whisper White

Ink:- Versa Mark, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories:- Linen Thread, Pumpkin Pie Striped Grosgrain, Scallop Edge Punch, Dimensionals, Paper Distresser.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

sweet sunday sketch #45

Happy Sunday!!! Is it just me or are these Sundays coming around VERY VERY quickly!!! Not that I mind, I get to play with Karen's gorgeous Sketches... but seriously.... Christmas is definately sneaking up on me!!!

Back to the fabulous sketch that the lovely Karen has set for us this week. I've got to tell you the second I saw it, it did indeed let out little squeals of excitement... it's just LOVELY!.

First up, my card:-

And here is the GORGEOUS sketch to play with:-

Isn't it gorgeous. So for my card I used a colour combo of Kraft, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose and some Pink Pirouette. I do LOVE a good Pink and Green combo.. hahaha.
I also used my NEW Razzle Dazzle stampset, which is available (in Oz in the upcoming Summer Mini Catalogue). For the image I coloured the stamp using my Blender Pen and Markers. The scallop behind the image I made by cutting out 1" circles and adhering them to the back and then mounted that onto a Certainly Celery circle. I HAD to add some of my NEW Extra WIDE Pink Pirouette ribbon.... ooohhh it is DIVINE (that too is available in the upcoming Summer Mini) and also some Regal Rose Wide Grosgrain. The sentiment is from my Hostess Set Best Yet and is stamped in Garden Green.

Be sure to pop on over to the other Sweet Sunday Stamper's blogs for some amazing inspiration:-

And don't forget to link your card to Mr Linky on Karen's Blog so we can all see what you've created.

Thanks for stopping by:-


Here's what I used:-

Stamps:- Razzle Dazzle, Best Yet (Hostess)
Card:- Kraft, Garden Green, Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette DSP, Whisper White Ink:- Garden Green, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Pink Pirouette
Accessories:- Dimensionals, Pink Pirouette 1¼" Ribbon, Regal Rose Wide Grosgrain, Scallop Edge Punch, Circle Scissor Plus, Glass Mat, Blender Pen.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #16

It's Friday...ALREADY!!!!! I was thinking that after the Mad Hatter's Hen's Party, my weeks might slow down a wee bit... NOPE... I think they're about to get a whole lot busier. I've got to get ALL of my Chrissy shopping done, plus Jorja's 3rd Birthday party organised before we go to Hamilton Island in a couple of weeks, add to that numerous Bridesmaid dress fittings...ooooh la la!!!! BUT..... at least I can still sit down and make some cards... I like to call THAT time, my SANITY time!!! hahaha.

This week Keesh has got a fun Sketch for us... and you all know I LOVE a sketch.

Here is my card for this week:-

And here is the Sketch:-

I think I was VERY brave this week using one of my SCARIEST colours.... Pacific Point, and not just a little bit of it, a whole BIG bit of it!!!! oooohhh. My friends little boy is having a birthday next week, so I thought I'd use Keesh's sketch to make his card, and overcome my Pacific Point fear at the same time.

So I've started with Pacific Point then given I'm terrified of said colour, thought I may as well add a little bit more in the form of some DSP from my Good Morning Sunshine pack. Oh and some excitement... I finally got to use my BRAND NEW Circle Scissors.... yes.. I've been busily cutting out circles of all sizes, for no other reason than "because I can" hahaha. So using said NEW toy, I cut out another piece of DSP from Good Morning Sunshine, then to that added a Choc Chip Circle and a Kiwi Kiss circle (oh this one I used my NEW 1¾" circle punch)...more excitement!!! I've used my Party Hearty stamp set for this card, stamping the Celebrate You image in Kiwi Kiss then adding a Choc Chip button with some linen thread to the centre. I then inked up the Hat stamp from the same set in Choc Chip, Summer SUn and Pacific Point.

I've used two different sizes of Choc Chip ribbon for the "stripes" on the sketch and added a little piece of Hodgepodge.

Don't forget to pop on over and visit the other Inkspiration DT girls for some amazing inspiration:-

And be sure to link YOUR card to Keesh's blog so we can all see what you've come up with.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Here's what I used:-

Stamps:- Party Hearty
Card:- Pacific Point, Good Morning Sunshine DSP, Kiwi Kiss, Choc Chip, Whisper White

Ink:- Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss, Choc Chip, Summer Sun

Accessories:- Wide Choc Chip Grosgrain, Choc Chip Grosgrain, Hodgepodge Hardware (retired), Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Buttons, Circle Scissors Plus, Glass Mat.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

mad hatters tea party!!!!

Last week, actually the last few weeks have seen me busy, busy, busy helping to plan my BEAUTIFUL friend Bec's Hens Doo. Us Bridesmaids decided to make it a "Mad Hatter's Tea Party" theme and I nominated myself to make the invitations (which I haven't photographed yet... but I will I promise!!!) and some gifties and other bit and bobs for the day. (I know... funny I should nominate me!!!) hahaha.

I made three little gifts to give as prizes on the day. First up was this sweet little box which saw in the new upcoming Summer Mini.

I used Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Choc Chip and Whisper White and the NEW stampset (also available in the Summer Mini) called Hello Again.
Inside the box were some little Note Cards and Envelopes, which I decorated with the same stamp set and some DSP from my retired stash - Summer Picnic.

The next little gift I first saw on my gorgeous friend and fellow SU! demo Sarah Klass's blog (*waving*). I absolutely LOVED making this little pressie, and will definately be making more:-

This one I've used Kraft and some Riding Hood Red DSP with some Pink Pirouette Ribbon and again the Hello Again stamp set. Inside I've popped in one of my SU! pens, a little pink Post-it note (well actually the whole pad!!! lol)... and a little SU! magnet.

The third little pressie was this gorgeous little oragami box... these are so quick and easy to make. Inside was a little gift of body cream and shower gel.

I didn't stop there though... Oh no!!! For those of you that know me, you would also know that when it comes to organising little parties and then having the chance to make little crafty things, I tend to get a wee bit excited and then can't seem to stop myself. Soooooo... given it was infact a Mad Hatters Tea Party, I went about making a few little "Eat Me" and "Drink Me" tags... and yep.. I did let out little squeals of excitement when I'd finished... I know.. It doesn't take much.

And here we are (R to L) Bec - The Beautiful Bride to Be (with the White feathers), and Kylie, myself, and Karen (The Bridesmaids).

We had such a FUN day and night!!! Now I can't wait for the wedding.. oh did I mention it was on HAMILTON ISLAND!!!!!!! Wooo Hooo!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

sweet sunday sketch #44

Happy Sunday!!!!! WOW... what a week here in the Kale' abode!!!! It's been a busy week planning and getting things ready for my gorgeous friend and Beautiful Bride to Be 'Bec's' Hen's Doo. I'll tell you all the goss about it soon..

I loved this weeks sketch from Karen as soon as I saw it.. and NO there are absolutely no crooked panels, not one!!!! Phew!!!

I've actually made a scrap page for this week, but I hope to get the chance to sit down later on during the week and make a card with the same layout.. FUN!!!!

Here's my page for this week:-

And here is the gorgeous sketch Karen gave us to work with:-

I was a BIG bit excited this week because I got to use my Brand New Circle Scissors for the very first time... well ok let me explain a little... I got to use it to DRAW my circle... you see I haven't got my glass mat just yet... should arrive this week, so I had to hand cut it, but it was very exciting to use it anyway!!!! ... yep.. doesn't take much!!! hahaha.

I've used my Scrappin' Kit - Rock-a-Bye Girl to match with other layouts I'd made for Ella's first birthday. The base is Regal Rose with some Pink Pirouette added as the first layer then I cut a circle of the heart DSP from the scrappin' kit. The strip across the bottom is Kiwi Kiss and is one of the accents from the kit, I also added a strip of Kiwi Kiss ribbon. I used one of the flower embelishments also from the kit and added a little Pink Pirouette flower from my Felt Fusion Too tin and a little rhinestone brad. The second little circle element is a little Kiwi Kiss button with some linen thread.

Be sure to pop on over to the other Sweet Sunday Stamper gals blogs for some more amazing inspiration:-

And don't forget to link your creation to Mr Linky on Karen's blog so we can all see what you've come up with.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Here's what I used:-

Stamps:- NONE
Paper:- Simply Scrappin' - Rock-a-Bye Girl

Ink:- NONE

Accessories:- Kiwi Kiss Satin Ribbon, Felt Fusion Too, Rhinestone Brad, Circle Scissors, Kiwi Kiss Button, Linen Thread

Friday, November 13, 2009

Inkspiration Inspiration Challenge #15

Happy Friday!!! Hope you've had a wonderful week. This has been such a BUSY week, who would've thought planning a Hen's Doo would take so long. I'll share all the details with you after the big event... just incase the Beautiful Bride to be is reading!!

Now, onto Keesh's Inkspiration Challenge for this week. Today we have and Inspiration challenge... FUN!!!!! and I can't wait to see what you all come up with for this one.

I must apologise for the picture of my card. I would have to say that this card would have to be the MOST difficult card to photograph... I really struggled to get a GOOD photo of it... so I'm SO Sorry.

Here it is:-

And here is the Inspiration picture to work with:-

Aren't they GORGEOUS.

I showed this card to my hubby wanting his "creative" opinion... dangerous sometimes.. (Sarah if you're reading I'm sure you're giggling!!).... His first words were "I actually like it" and then without even taking a breath.... "that's the darkest card you've ever made... that's going to be hard to take a photo of!!!" My response to that.... " I KNOW!!!" hahaha.

I've used Black Textured cardstock for the base and then using my Pocket Silhouettes set clear embossed the image onto it. I used one of my Square Metal edged tags with another image of the same stamp embossed with Silver this time and mounted it up on some Dimensionals. I thought I'd got for a 'non-traditional' wedding card here, and added the Mr and Mrs from Basic Phrases which was also embossed in Silver and attached using a little Rhinestone brad. To finish it off some Black Ribbon.

So what do you think... do you like my "non-traditional" Wedding card or do you prefer something a little less dark?

Don't forget to pop on over and visit the other Inkspiration DT girls blogs for some more amazing inspiration:-

Thanks for stopping by.


Here's what I used:-

Stamps:- Pocket Silhouettes, Basic Phrases
Card:- Black Textured Cardstock

Ink:- Versamark

Accessories:- Rhinestone Brad, Dimensionals, Clear Embossing Powder, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Black Ribbon, Meta
l Edge Tag

Sunday, November 8, 2009

sweet sunday sketch #43

Happy Sunday!!!! I'm SOOOOOO glad it's Sunday... and particularly more excited this Sunday than most... WHY I hear you ask.... well not only is it Sweet Sunday Sketch time, BUT, my GORGEOUS hubby is finally back home after being away for 10days.... YAY!!!!!! I would have to say this is the longest stint he has ever been away.... I'm thinking he shouldn't do it again.. hahaha.

Anyhoo..... onto the reason you are here... Sweet Sunday Sketch!!! Karen set us a "doozy" this week... well ok, probably not for you all, but for me.... GOODNESS... I think I had about 5 attempts at this one (all of which ended up in the bin) before I came up with the one I'm about to show you!!! You're probably wondering why I had so much trouble.... well.... there is indeed a CROOKED panel on this here sketch.... my Right Angled, nice and straight card making brain went into serious panic mode... don't worry though it didn't last too long!!! hahaha. (Love Ya Karen - *waving* and *smiling*!! hahaha)

Onto the card:-

And here is Karen's tricky sketch (go on laugh at me, you know you want to... it's not that bad ... Right?... hahaha:-

I decided to keep it nice and simple given my current aversion to anything that isn't straight... perhaps I should play around with this one a little more and overcome my FEAR!!!
Sooooo...I started out with a base of Kraft card stock and added some Brilliant Blue DSP from my retired Jersy Shore pack then added a little bit of Bashful Blue Ribbon and a Brilliant Blue button... I am getting through my button collection!!!! I decided to use the hat stamp from Party Hearty and used my markers to colour them all in. I popped that onto a piece of Pumpkin Pie and distressed the edges a wee bit. So now I've actually tackled to fears in one card... A crooked card AND a BOYS card... YAY!!!!

Be sure to pop on over to the other Sweet Sunday Stamper's Blogs for some amazing inspiration:-

And don't forget to link your card to Karen's blog so we can all see what you've come up with.

The fabulous Nancy Riley is having a little break at the moment, but be sure to pop on over to visit.

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'm off to make hubby sit and listen to me chatter about the past week... he's got 10 days of listening to catch up on... hahahah... (Poor Love!!!)


Here's what I used:-

Stamps:- Party Hearty
Card:- Kraft, Confetti White, Pumpkin Pie, Jersey Shore DSP (retired)

Ink:- Bashful Blue, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi (retired), Brilliant Blue - Markers

Accessories:- Bashful Blue Grosgrain, Brilliant Blue Button, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Paper Distresser

Friday, November 6, 2009

Inkspiration Colour Challenge #15

Happy Friday!!!!!
It's time for another Inkspiration Challenge, this week Keesh has set a Colour challenge for us all.

Here is my card for this week:-

And here are the colours to work with:-

Oh, you may think this layout looks familar....well it is, I used the same sketch that Keesh set for us last week... I REALLY enjoyed playing with that particular sketch so I figured WHY NOT!!!

It felt a bit strange making a 'Autumn' Coloured card in Spring, but to make it a little easier, I decided it was time my little Trendy Trees came out for a play.

I've used Choc Chip as the base of the card then layered it with some Very Vanilla and some Really Rust DSP from the retired Falls Flowers pack. I then added a Choc Chip strip and a little Choc Chip Grosgrain just to give it a little texture and contrast. I used my Round Tab punch to create the large Choc Chip circle... (oh I CAN'T wait for my NEW BIG circle punch to arrive!!!..ooops Sneak Peek again!!!) Then used my Scallop circle for the Very Vanilla scallop. There is a Really Rust circle and then the little tree stamped in Really Rust with some "dabs" of Close to Cocoa (see you thought I'd forgotten Close to Cocoa didn't you!! hahaha) onto Very Vanilla. I added a little Very Vanilla ribbon embelishment to it too. Up to the top of the card .. FINALLY a use for my since retired Really Rust buttons with a little Linen Thread and the sentiment is from Basic Phrases.

Hope you like this one... perhaps if you are one of my US readers you might like to have this card for yourself.... given you are in the middle of your autumn (FALL). If you think you'd like to receive this little card then be sure to leave me a comment. I'll choose a winner next Friday!!!

Be sure to pop on over and visit the other Inkspiration Design Team ladies for some amazing inspiration:-

and of course KEESH

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Here's what I used:-

Stamps:- Trendy Trees, Basic Phrases
Card:- Choc Chip, Very Vanilla, Really Rust, Falls Flowers DSP (retired)

Ink:- Choc Chip, Close to Cocoa, Really Rust

Accessories:- Really Rust buttons, Very Vanilla Wide Grosgrain, Choc Chip Wide Grosgrain, Round Tab Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, 1¼ Circle Punch, 1¾ Circle Punch, Paper Piercer, Linen Thread, Glue Dots.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Sweet Sunday Sketch #42

Happy Sunday!!!! You are going to LOVE playing along with Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch this week. It's a fabulous sketch, with soooooo many possibilities, so be sure to play along.

Here is my card for this weeks Sweet Sunday Sketch:-

And here is the gorgeous Sketch:-

I started out with a base of Baja Breeze, mainly because it was sitting right next to me when I sat down to start making this card... Lazy huh!!! hahaha. I then added some Choc Chip ( for the scallop) and some Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose and Whisper White. The flourish is from my Season of Joy and the little flowers are from Cheep Talk, which I stamped in Regal Rose by colouring them directly with my Regal Rose Marker. I like the effect it give, a little darker on the outside with a pale centre... very pretty. I added some Certainly Celery grosgain and a Pink Pirouette flower from my Flower Fusion Too with a little Rhinestone brad to finish it off. The sentiment is from my Short and Sweet set and is stamped in Chocolate Chip.
Be sure to pop back during the week, I have the MOST BEAUTIFUL card to share with you... and NO I didn't make it, I received it in the post during the week and it REALLY made my whole week . But it deserves to be SPOTLIGHTED in it's very own post. A little part of my card was inspired from it... :o).

Be sure to pop on over to the other Sweet Sunday Stamper ladies blogs for some more amazing samples from this weeks sketch:-

And don't forget to link your card to Karen's blog so we can all see what you've come up with.

The fabulous Nancy Riley is having a little break at the moment, but be sure to pop on over to visit.

Thanks for stopping by.


Here's what I used:-

Stamps:- Season of Joy, Cheep Talk, Short and Sweet
Card:- Baja Breeze, Choc Chip, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Whisper White

Ink:- Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Regal Rose Marker, Choc Chip

Accessories:- Flower Fusion Too, Rhinestone Brad, White Gel Pen, Certainly Celery Grosgrain, Glue Dots, Scallop Edge Punch