Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sweet wonderful you

Hello, It's finally a sunny day over here! So I plan to photograph all my crafty projects that have been piling up from last week:-) So till I get on that, I thought I would share with a card my made to send a sweet friend on mine.

I used my new Basic Grey Olivia paper pad and my favourite Hero arts set, 'Sweet wonderful you' for this.

I went die cut crazy with this one, have I told you how much I love my Cuttlebug? he he!
I used the Large Scallops and the Large Circles dies for this one.
Coloured in the girl to match the pattern paper and added a little lady bug over the sentiment to add a bit of whimsy! the little fella has been glossy accented, I also added some to her eyes to add a twinkle:-) cant seem to put my Glossy accents away these days:-) ahhhh addictions!
Thanks for dropping by, and thank you for all the sweet comments you leave every time:-) I love reading them!
Happy stamping!

Friday, September 24, 2010

I am back! and news of a giveaway!

Hi Hi,
Hope I haven't missed much:-) Just back from a rainy drippy vacation in the Maldives, it's the monsoon over there these days, however the hotels are all operating on 100% occupancy! can you believe it? Crazy! Had a great time none the less:-)

So to get things started thought I should let you know about a Fab giveaway at Jessica's blog:-) If you want to win some fun MME paper and accessories head over; there is also some fab scrap booking inspiration over there for you to brows through:-)

The giveaway is open till Oct 29th, so you have time, and make sure you wont miss out on this fab oppertunity :-)

Here is the card I wanted to share with you today, it's a card that I missed while I was doing the OWH post, I made it to send out but forgot to post it on my blog:-) It did get sent along with all the other cards though, so no worries:-)

I sketched a very simple design for this card, but I love the monochromatic look with the pop of a bit of red!
The two hearts have been embossed in red embossing powder and cut out.. I also added a pretty Grosgrain ribbon knot.
All stamps are by Hero arts as usual:-) the two sets are, "Valentine sayings" and "Many Hearts".. Love these!!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Explore the deep blue...

Today I want to share with you a layout I did using some Websters Pages patterned paper:-) I cant tell you how much I love this particular paper.. It's been in my stash waiting for the perfect photograph to come my way to use it up.

I love the vintage detail it has, lovely vines and fish, gorgeous coral.. I mean I could just go on and on about how much I love this paper!! he he

So now I will take you step by step and explain all the supplies I used and techniques I incorporated into this layout, enjoy!

As you may have noticed, the paper was already pretty busy, so I didn't go overboard with the embellishing:-) I used a simple note journalling tag by Pink Paislee's 365 Degrees line, hand stitched on the right corner and was good to go.

I used an American Crafts chipboard alpha and inked it with some Colorbox ink and added glossy accents to get this lovely watery shine... I love how it turned out! (The tiny brown alpha is by Pink Paislee.)

The bubbles were hand drawn and lightly shaded using Copics, I thought it would emphasise the title:-) give a feeling of bubbles coming up from the DEEP!!

The die cut, "Enjoy the journey" is by Pink Paislee, I also used a compass stamp on the top right corner and stamped it in Peeled Paint Distress ink..
I used my trusty Hero arts stamps from the Antique Engravings set to stamp some matching sea shells for my layout:-)
In case you missed it, I have also stamped the La Lettre stamp on the red patterned paper that's peeking just above the photograph.. I didn't have matching patterned paper, so this was my solution!!

I used yet another pretty little bottle on this layout:-) Gosh they are so cute!!! I filled his one with some pearl beads.
The flowers are by Prima, from the Essentials 7 Tropics pack, I used them with some brads by American Crafts and an antique button I received from some wrinkle ribbon I bought online! I recycled this little button and now it has a permanent home on my layout!!

The little loopy strip on the far right is from an old sticker sheet by Bo bunny:-) Finally put it to good use!

So that's my layout for you today!
Click on the photographs to view a close up:-)

I am going to be out of Sri Lanka for the next week, plan to do some more snorkelling:-) , will share some more cool projects when I get back! Have a great week!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The whole lot!!!

Here's what I was up to all weekend:-) Forced in some crafting time into my weekend just to make these cards for OWH hosted by Hero arts.. Everyone had so much fun, on a complete Adrenalin high! You can see all cards on the Flickr site.. over 600 cards were produced for the challenge! Talk about a great team effort:-)

This is a photograph I took yesterday of all the cards that were packed and ready to go.. I sent them by Express mail and it would get there with enough time to spare:-)

My very first Christmas card for the season!
I love this snowflake, its so pretty.. This card was a submission for Tami's simple sketch challenge:-)

I used the same set by Little Yellow Bicycle for this..
All sentiments are by Hero arts..

Another fave of mine:-)

This is a Hero arts set too, (both Bird and Sentiment are by HA)

I made a set of Birthday cards for little girls...

Here's another,

And one more!!

Boys cards..

That's the whole lot!! I made it a very short simple post where the pictures do the talking ...
you have a great day!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Thinking of you (OWHbash)

Hi again, second post for the weekend.. you could expect more posts since I was up till 12.30 last night making sets of cards to send out for OWH, I had to make this second card similar to the first one simply because I don't like to send just one odd card amongst others.. When you see the other posts you will know what I mean;-)

So here is the next Shabby Chic card I made..

Did a bit of embossing and colouring to make this one:-) I used a sheet of butterflies I had printed out about two months ago.. When working with Digi kits I thought this would be a good way to save paper, fill a page up with the images and print it all out in several sizes at once:-) Its my way of being green!

The paper is from an older collection by Basic Grey, totally in love with the papers, this was my favourite really with the birdcages and all.. Finally a chance to use it! So there, simple and yet Shabby Chic!


Starburst Lace stamp and Flutterbies digi kit by Hero Arts
Crinkle ribbon from:
Other stamps: Inkadinkadoo (sentiment)
Dies: Spellbinders
Antique Linen Distress ink to ink up the edges:-)

Friday, September 10, 2010

OWH/ Virtual Cardmaking party submission!!!

All weekend long Hero Arts is sponsoring a card drive to collect 500 cards to send to the troops, so here's the first one I made:-) and here is the link to join this great cause,
The cards could be pretty much any theme, Miss you, Congratulations etc.. basically these cards are for the troops to send home to their loved ones who miss them while they are away:-)

So get cracking and join the fun,.. so many challenges to join..

I first created the tag, for this I used Sticky Back Canvas and some Basic Grey paper..

To make the tag:
Paste the pattern paper on the Sticky Back Canvas, (pattern side facing the sticky side) then you lightly score a few marks on the back of the paper and spray with water.. once its a bit soggy you can roll off the paper and at the end you are left with the gorgeous pattern on the Canvas..
So once the tag was dry all I had to do was stamp away!! I did a collage style tag attached it to my prepared card:-)

Stamps used here are:
Antique Engravings , Friend Definition, Starburst Lace and Everyday sayings by Hero arts
And also their Flutterbies Digi Kit..
I also used a Tim Holts stamp ( the tall grass)
Patterned paper was by Basic Grey, the Porcelain Collection.

So that's the first post for the day!! Have a good one:-)

BIG huge hugs!!!

Hi sharing a cute card I made with some super fast stamping!!!

I used two Hero Arts stamp sets for this, the Adorable baby girl set and Huge hugs set.

As you can see the close up of the elephant shows a better view than the actual full sized photograph since the stripes of the elephant has created a slight optical illusion:-)

Its always a cool to make a background using a sentiment stamp, specially when it's difficult to find a place for a sentiment.. (In this case, I had a bit of an issue finding a correct placement once the row of elephants were stamped.)

All inks I used were Memento and the colouring is done using Copic markers:-)

That was my bit of crafting for Friday, hope you girls have a great weekend!!!

Happy stamping!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Paris Tag

Hi Again, yet another crafty day for me, been busy preparing a very special card for someone dear:-) cant share it with you till she gets it though...,
So for the time being, I'd like to share a little tag with you:-) some random stamping I did with my Paris stamp set( by Hero Arts).

I first stamped the Ledger background stamp on white CS with some Antique Linen distress ink and the stamped the Star Burst Lace stamp with a mixture of Shabby Shutters and Tumbled Glass distressed ink.
I then went over the left lower corner stamping the 'Fleur de lis' in rows.. I added the Eiffel Tower, the flowers and the Paris banner with Black Memento ink. I also used a postal mark stamp and a 'Carte Postale' stamp (on the right edge) as well.
Finally I used more Antique Linen Ink and Walnut stain and started distressing the edges...
then I added some light strokes of Chipped Sapphire to finish off the tag:-)
So have a great day and Happy stamping!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sketchy Project!!

Hello Hello, gosh it's been ages!!! Sorry for the random posts.. just cant find time these days :-(
Lets start this month with some happy news, I just came to know I got into the fab 5 at Hero Arts in last months challenge:-) it was for the red balloon card, I am doing one crazy happy dance right now.. ha ha
Love Hero arts stamps, they truely are the best out there...

On to some more exciting stuff..., I have something really special to share with you today!! Been so excited to get this layout photographed and ready to go.

Below is the sketch that got it started, it was a sketch for my dear friend Nancy (another great friend from the Hero Arts group). She wanted to do a layout featuring her cute little angel Bruno (bless his soul) who in Nancy's words "crossed over the rainbow bridge".

You can drop in here to see what Nancy did with this sketch, too cute!!! :

I have used only the first page of the sketch:-) ( just realised I cropped the page too close since its a white layout!! Sigh.. )

This is a page about our trip to Santorini in 2009, we did a road trip by quad bike on the last day, visited a couple of beaches and a light house... We also stopped by this very colourful little roadside store where they sell home made preserves and wine! yum!!

Close up of a few embellishments:-)

Here I used one of my favourite stamps by Hero Arts.. Love this one, I wanted to depict the 'journey' and thought this bicycle (with the happy little flower basket) would be perfect for that! I love to stamp on my pages to add interest:-)

Hope you liked today's layout, this is the first time I am using so many pics on one page.. and I liked how it turned out:-)
Thank you Nancy for making this such a fun project!! Hugs:-)
Supplies List:
Patterned paper : Basic Grey June bug collection
Chip board: Bella Blvd and Basic grey June bug( from the alphabet chip sticker set), American Crafts Thickers ( which were coloured using chalk ink)
Stamp: Hero arts, Technique Tuesday stamps for the journalling, and also a 7 gypsies stamp for the journalling in the center)
Copics for colouring the stamped image.
Brads: Basic Grey Eerie collection
Navy blue twine: May arts