Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sweet gumballs & jellybeans...

Hi again,
One of my good friends & workmates asked for some cards using the Gumball machine stamp (Something Sweet set) but for girls. I saw this card by Sam on Splitcoast & knew it was the one.

It is a very 'sweet' card as I've used the 'Sweet Treat Cups', 'Something Sweet' stamp set & 'Sweet Always' DSP. I was happy with how the cards came out (I made 2 the same). Cutting the circles out of so many layers & lining them up was the biggest challenge. After trying several ideas I settled on using my Big Shot (you'll love it when we can buy it here from SU!!!) which worked a treat (should I say a 'Sweet Treat', no, not funny? Sorry..). I loved how Sam used Crystal Effects on the jelly beans to make them shiny & a little 3D. I hope Trac likes them, and more than that, I hope the little girls are excited to receive them.

Have a great day,
Fi xox

Stamps: Something Sweet
Paper: Whisper White, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette & Pumpkin Pie CS, Sweet Always DSP
Ink: Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette & Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Sweet Treat Cup, Scalloped Oval Punch, Crystal Effects, Small Silver Grommet

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Keesh's Colour Inspiration with a little mojo

Hi Guys,
Wow, time flies. I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted anything (or, for that matter, how it can be a month since Christmas????). I was planning to post more often but with all the hot weather I've been a bit disinclined to sit in my study/stamp room when the aircon is in the lounge room. Also I have had zilch mojo. As such it is great to have Keesh inspiring us with challenges once again. can't believe she's had time, what with selling their property and moving across the country. Puts me to shame!

Anyway, onto the challenge. Keesh used pretty and subtle colours. I couldn't come up with anything until I took a look at this week's Mojo Monday. I knew the stamp set that I wanted to use (Greenhouse Garden, unfortunately not available in Aus) so this gave me a layout.

And here is my card. I now wish that I'd placed a layer of Chocolate Chip CS behind the very Vanilla panel but I wasn't going to pull it apart (not after the struggle to get the prongs of the VV grommet through so many CS layers. Note to self: pierce some guide holes first!)

ETA: it got the better of me & I had to add the Chocolate Chip strips to the centre panel and changed the VV button for one sent to me by the gorgeous Lee-Anne Barry. What do you think?

I really like the floral images but a 'stamp-a-ma-jig' is essential for lining up the background flowers with the markings. the sentiment comes from the 'Sale-a-bration' catalogue. That's right, it's that time of year again. For every $100 of product purchased or if you host a workshop with $600 in sales, you can receive a free set from the 'Sale-a-bration' catty (click on the link to the right to view the SAB catalogue). There are 4 lovely sets, I want them all, LOL.

Must get moving, am back to work tonight. Have a good one,
Cheers, Fi xox

Stamps: Greenhouse Garden (USA), Whimsical Words (SAB), Priceless
Paper: So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Cameo Coral CS
Ink:So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Cameo Coral, Versamark
Accessories: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, VV Large Grommet, Button Latte, Hemp Twine

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sweet Baby

Wow, 2 posts in 2 days. Don't get too used to it LOL.

My gorgeous friend Pete had her 3rd beautiful boy (well, I assume he is beautiful, I'm still waiting on some pics LOL) just before Christmas. I have been so slack. I bought her a gift the week he was born but only just sent it. I only made his card yesterday. I was inspired by two different cards when thinking of what to do. This one by Tracey Old & these ones on Splitcoast.

I had some little sew on baby blocks & nappy pins so incorporated them with some of SU's chunky glitter to fill the cup (try not to get the glitter stuck to the edge of the sweet treat cup, as i did) . I've seen the glitter used in the 'Sweet Treat Cups' on several blogs and it looks quite effective. The stamp set is 'Something Sweet' and is more versatile than I first thought, isn't it funny how you can be not-so-keen on something til you see it used elsewhere. I paper-pierced the bottom right corner of the central piece but didn't feel that it stood out so I added the hearts. I really like them. I must get a larger paper-piercer. I wish SU would make their's available separately to the tool kit.

Anyway, I hope Pete likes it (and that I get to see some pics before he starts school, hehe).

Thanks for popping by,
Fi xox

Stamps: Something Sweet
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze & Whisper White CS, Baja Breeze patterned DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Accessories: Baja Breeze & Chocolate Chip ribbons, 1 3/4" punch, Eyelet Border punch, Mat pack, Paper Piercer, Chunky Glitter

Thursday, January 7, 2010

'Sweet Treats' Rocket

Hi Everyone,
Long time, no blog. Seems like everyone in blogdom has been rather busy, however its time to get back into it. I hope you all had a very Happy New Year & that 2010 will hold wonderful things for you.

I've been playing with the Sweet Treats cups again. I wasn't so sure about these at first, but now I'm hooked! I better stock up while I can, as the Summer Mini won't be around forever.

My friend's son is turning 7 on the 14th (really this time. I put a '7' on last year's card but he was only turning '6' *blush*. Still, I suppose that's better than, shock, horror, putting a '5'!!). I saw this fabulous card on Janice Klass' blog. She does some amazing work. I fell in love with it straight away & decided it was perfect for just about any boy under the age of 10.

Janice came up with, not only the fabulous idea of using the 'Sweet Treats Cup' as the earth, but also with making a peel-off backing for easy access to the treats in the cup (mini M&Ms in this case). In my last post using these cups (click here to view) I copies Marelle's idea of using a slide-out tag. However I found this rather fiddly. I love Janice's idea. I thought for a while about how to make a peel-of backing and came up with the following idea:

I cut a 2" circle out of CS (I used a punch but you could use the fabulous 'Circle Scissors Plus' out of the Summer Mini, great for cutting circles up to 16cm in diameter) and then used the 'Word Window' punch to cut a 'handle'. I attached it to the circle & then used 'Dotto' reposition-able adhesive so that the CS circle is able to be peeled off (Oops, just realised I forgot to rotate this pic after I took it).

See below for 2 pics showing the steps involved. I love how easy this is.

By the way, the 'Dotto' adhesive is also great for holding the paper or CS to the cutting mat when using the 'Circle Scissors Plus'. No movement & clean, crisp circles!

Thanks for calling in. Have a great day,
Fi xox

Stamps: Pun Fun, In the Stars (retired)
Paper: Night of Navy, Kiwi Kiss & Whisper White CS
Ink: Encore Silver, SU Markers, Non-SU markers
Accessories: Chipboard Number, Crystal Effects, Dotto, Glitter Glue (non-SU), 1 3/4" Circle & Word Window punches, 2" Circle Punch (non-SU), Mini M&Ms

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