Wednesday, 30 June 2010

First Ever Scrapbooking attempt

Well, I've never done any real scrapbooking before, but one of the girls I work with is leaving, not just for another job, but for another country and I wanted to make sure that she would always be able to remember us, so I thought what better way than to create an album with pictures of each of us & some sort of embellishments to remind her about each of us.

waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge No. 4

Wow, really on a roll now, I love these challenges & I'm trying to make myself do more of them, just to stretch me a bit and get the creative juices flowing! I've found that the more cards I make, the easier it is to make cards - weird!

Anyway, wasn't sure I was going to enter this week as I could not think of anything to do with the sketch, but then I started to have a play (really started to enjoy doing that, just playing, not sure where I'm going) with some papers I got free with a magazine (My Minds Eye, Pretty Please) and they seemed to lend themselves perfectly to creating the square background. Then I used some offcuts to make the roses (love these, got the idea from a tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers), and punched some butterflies and flowers with my Martha Stewart punches. The sentiment is from an Inkadinkado set, which I stamped on to plain white card which I cut out with my blossom nesties and then distress inked with worn lipstick - in the words of a very famous Meerkat, 'Simples!'

Well, I love it anyway & it really does make me smile to look at - lovely summery colours. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge No. 3

Wow, three weeks in a row, that must be some kind of record for me!

Now I know that this is not a Waltzingmouse stamp, but when I saw this sentiment, it just spoke to me and the card kind of fell together around the image. The sentiment is from an inkadinkado set I got recently from Hobbycraft and I do love inkadinkado stamps - have you seen some of their Christmas images?!!! (sorry Claire, love all of yours too & would dearly love to get hold of that lovely secret Christmas set you did).

I could not tell you who the paper is by as I've had it for ages - I spend a lot of time stroking papers and refusing to use them, but this was one 12x12 sheet that was used on a scrapbooking project years ago and I've used it on several cards since, and I still have enough left for some more, just goes to show how far one sheet can go.

The ribbon is from a QVC set my mum bought me for Christmas 2 years ago (again I've been stroking & refusing to use!). I decided not to put the button on from the Sketch as the card just looked finished to me - hope you agree?

Anyway, see you all again next week for another one!

Thursday, 17 June 2010

June Waltzingmouse Blog Waltz

Yeah, second post today & having made my quiche I had time for a quick card & boy do I mean quick!

I was playing with one of my new sets of stamps - Offbeat backgrounds, and a chocolate coloured dye based ink pad & just loved the effect. the ink from dye based pads tends to pool on large areas of acrylic stamps and so you get a mottled effect, which is just beautiful if you want a slightly more 'used' look. Anyway, I stamped on a spare bit of paper to see how it came out, loved what it looked like & this card idea popped into my head straight away - 10 minutes later and the idea in my head was on a card. Yes I know its a very basic card, but I just love the way it looks and even though it's a romantic sentiment, I don't think any man would think it was too 'girly'. Oh, and I did cut away the bottom of the card so it zig zags (just for a little bit of detail).

Well, I only have 4 sets of Claire's stamps, but I sooo need more - will have to wait for the end of the month again though (sigh!)

Happy Waltzing all!!!!

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge No. 2

Good grief, a week has gone by already - did I blink? time seems to be going so fast at the moment, another week and we will already be past the longest day & it's downhill to Christmas (little yay from me - love all the glitter and sparkle of Christmas!).

Anyway, the week has also gone quickly in the challenge world - I missed Saturday's Saturday Sketch Challenge deadline (made the card, just didn't get it online in time), so I was determined not to miss the Waltzingmouse one! So here is my card, I used the pansies from the Afternoon Tea Sentiments set - so love that set! some Papermania backing papers and one of my (many) Martha stewart punches. The buttons are from my stash and it feels good to finally start using up some of my old stock (got to make room for new stuff sometime!).

Well hope you like & perhaps, if I get a chance I may even enter the blog Waltz as well - got to make a quiche first though.

See you later

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge No. 1

Yay, well my two new stamp sets arrived from Waltzingmouse last Friday (just in time for the weekend!!) and just in time for the new Sketch Challenge, which started on Saturday, so perfect excuse to have a play (as if any was needed). I just love the Afternoon Tea Sentiments, well I love all of the sets, but I cannot bankrupt myself by buying them all at once (just keep playing the lottery).

I paper pieced the teacup as it just needed a little something extra, and I curved the sentiment so that it fitted the banner perfectly - love the way you can do that with clear stamp sets and Waltzingmouse Stamps, stamp sooo clearly.

Anyway, hope you like my simple little card - hopefully back soon