Monday, May 7, 2012

A scrappy card

I really love to create using bits and pieces I have lying around on my desk - and it's not that messy either, really!

This card started out quite different, I stamped the Eiffel Tower and the big circle from Artistic Etchings by Stampin' Up! and started playing around with them but somehow other things started to creep onto the card and in the end the Eiffel Tower and circle got up and left in disgust LOL!  (I used the circle in my scrapbook page here, the Eiffel Tower is still waiting on my desk :< )

The only 'new' element is the sun, I had the circle left over from diecutting letters, found a snippet of the same yellow in the wastepaper basket and a few snips and drops of glue later the sun came out - right in front of the clouds which I find rather odd somehow hehehe...

A scrapbook page - I made it back finally!

Wow, that's a long time without posting anything!  In the meantime I notice Blogger is all changed so hope I can find all the usual stuff I need to compose a post....

 It all started when my camera broke, then I got a new one for my birthday a couple of months later but somehow my 'oomph' had deserted me by then.  Now that my little boy has started school I'm trying to get back into some papercrafting because I really find it relaxes me when I finally have a go!

To get myself back on the horse, so to speak, I chose a sketch from 365 Cards but rather than making a card I decided to make it as a 6x6 scrapbook page...

We took this photo the week before he started school when we went to check out the school playground [the most important part of a school for any 5 year old, right!?] and thought the photo would work really well with the circle theme.  The little circles dotted around were surplus to my marathon of die-cutting up lots and lots of scraps into letters with my Cuttlebug, they are all the centres from the o's, a's, p's, g's etc LOL!  Waste not, want not I say hehehe....

I will add some  journalling later, but here is the main image.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Orange blossom

I've seen this punched flower on many cards but had never made one until now.  

This card started out with a stamped image I had sitting on my desk, a small bouquet already coloured in orange and green.  I made up the background card with scraps and bits and pieces but then I felt the stamped image just didn't work and that I needed something bolder - and then I thought of making this flower.  I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

365 Cards day 311 - Pretty Pairs "Damask + Pink"

And another bird-day card ready for posting off!

This one is for 365 Cards Pretty Pairs challenge which asked for "Damask and Pink".

I must say this is about the only 'damask' patterned paper in the whole of my stash so I was so lucky it was pink too!  I added a wee bird {love those pearls for eyes} plus a couple of die cut leaves, a couple of flowers, a sprinkling of glitter.  I used a retired SU stamp set called Alphabits for the greetings, that way I can make it any language I want - very versatile!  I've often thought of selling this set but I think I will keep it for a while longer, it is a little fiddly to cut and glue all the letters, but I like the slightly crooked effect they usually end up in hehehe... the first time I used the letters I punched them out with a 1/4" circle punch - never again!!

365 Cards day 313: Pretty Pairs "Yellow + Paisley"

Here is my card for the last "Pretty Pairs" challenge over at 365 Cards, lots of yellow plus embossed the background with a paisley folder.

Haven't used my Tilda stamps for ages so thought it was time to dust them off once again - love this one of her dressed up as a dragonfly/bee/fairy etc.  I put lavish amounts of glitter on the wings, she's ready for take-off now!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

365 Cards day 312 - Pretty Pairs "Black + Checkerboard"

Bless you Tim Holtz!  I went into a mild panic when I saw the 365 Cards challenge combo of Black + Checkerboard, and after a couple of days of wondering what on earth I'd do I remembered the 'checkerboard' embossing folder I have!!  Horray!

So here is it, checkerboard embossed background, a hint of black in the gingham ribbon (still sitting on my desk as a possible element from the gingham card a couple of days ago...) and went all out flowery and butterflies again!

I think this is the first card where I've used Peach Parfait as a background colour and really like it!  It was an odd piece of card I hard lying around, and now it has found a fitting home.

Friday, January 6, 2012

365 Cards day 310 - Pretty Pairs "Red + Gingham"

Took me a while to sort this pair out!  I sort of got caught up in the thought that I needed red gingham [which I don't have] but of course it can be red gingham or red something and gingham something!

I had lots of fun making this card today, am really pleased I have a whole heap of birthdays coming up in February so by the time this week is over I should be sorted cardwise :>

For the last three cards I've used an off-white card I purchased at a $2 shop, feels really lovely to the touch, is nice and firm and goes with almost anything!  The pad had 12 sheets so that's 24 card bases for $2.50, not bad!

And I love this floral stamp from Stampin' Up! {Nature Walk stamp set}, I inked it up with Riding Hood Red and Old Olive, used a snippet of Cherry Cobbler plus some Certainly Celery - the green gingham was from a pack I got years ago...

365 Cards - Pretty Pairs Red + Gingham.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

365 Cards day 309 - Pretty Pairs "Green + Stripes"

The second challenge of 'pretty pairs' at 365 Cards is to use "Green + Stripes".

Shhh, don't tell anyone but I almost forgot the green!!!

My initial plan was to paper piece the pickup truck with a green stripey paper but then the red caught my eye and I was so focused on that that 'green' almost slipped away on me!

So now you know why the truck in parked on the lawn hehehe - the day was saved by a scrap of Old Olive!

365 Cards day 308 - Pretty Pairs "Blue + Polkadots"

Here is my take on the challenge over at 365 Cards this week.  All this week they will be 'pretty-pairing' patterns with colours and the first one is "Blue + Polka Dots".  Of course my first reaction was to use a blue polka dot paper but then I found this scrap of paper on my desk so decided to challenge myself a little further and combine it with blue.  I really like how the Pumpkin Pie butterflies almost fly off the page!

I'll be sending this off to my sister-in-law who has a birthday at the start of February.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

365 Cards day 307 - Cherry Cobbler birthday card

I had thought of sending the Teal birthday card to mum but then decided this morning to make her another one, just hoping she doesn't find it too dark!

I suddenly realised last night that I had not sent her a card yet and her birthday is on the 20th of this month, hope the post between here and Chile is super fast this time!

I chose the sparkly butterfly DCWV background paper as she used to love looking through that stack when she visited last year, hope she recognises it!

Made for the following challenges:
365 Cards Sketchy Sunday
Friday Mashup {my first time for this one} - make it sparkle {check out the sparkly butterfly paper!}