Saturday, August 31, 2013

Crocodiles with pink eyes - why not?

The current challenge over at The Lollipop Ladies is Crocodile sweets with the added challenge of washi tape. See inspiration image below.
I fell in love with the colours - very gelato don't you think?  So I went hunting for a crocodile stamp and the only one I could find was a foam rubber stamp (thanks to Fiona who recently donated her excess stash so I could make and donate scrapbook pages to Southern Cross Kids Camps and this stamp was included - more on that later).I randomly stamped the image and then fussy cut 3 other images and applied them with dimensionals.  The Epic Day this and that Designer Washi Tape from current Stampin' Up! (r) catalogue reminded me of caution tape. And the pink eyes are just so cute...
Why not hop over to their blog and have a go - prizes to be won if sufficient entries received.
Here is the inspiration:
Crocodiles...

with the additional challenge of Washi.


Friday, August 30, 2013

What have I been doing the past month?

Earlier this month I completed the sale of my home and the purchase of a new one.  I have settled in now and have just about unpacked all my cardmaking/scrapbooking supplies.
Today, I taught a cardmaking class at a local craft group and here are the cards I designed especially for the class. Whilst waiting for all attendees to get to the class, I like to get students to make a gift card of some sort.  This week it was a 3" x 3" card. They made only one card.   The butterfly stamp is from Penny Black and the flower card is Stampin' Up! (r) (SU) Elements of Style set.  You stamp across the card, fold, add a bit of bling and a greeting - a quick and easy card.

The next card, of which there are many variations around in blog land, uses punched edges (or decorative scissors) to create a ruffled look to the card.   This design could be used for birthday, wedding or thank you cards.  It is a simple card but it does take a little time to punch all the edges.
This is another version of the same card with a technique suitable to those unable to use punches.  It features torn edges.
The next card they made is this watercolour technique.  A longtime favourite of mine.  It uses SU stamp set Inspired by Nature (it has retired from their range sadly).  It features spritzing on the background and tag.  The technique is simple - use SU markers to colour the large flower image then spritz lightly with water and then place down on to cardstock.  I used regular CS but you could also use watercolour artists paper. This technique is better suited to large block images rather than say the finer images in Elements of Style stamp above.  The colour has not been captured well it here, the colour is more Elegant Eggplant (purple) than what appears to be blue here. Another technique that is simple but effective.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing these cards designed especially for today's class. .
It is back to cardmaking and scrapbooking for me - between walking on the beach of course.  Catch you later, Margaret.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Lollipop Ladies - Challenge 73 - Guest Designer

I was awarded a guest designer spot for The Lollipop Ladies Challenge 73 - star lollies with the additional challenge of sparkle.  See photo at end of this post.
I was inspired by the randomness of the stars and the colour.  I immediately thought of the photographs I took when my nephew and I went into Sydney to see Vivid Sydney - an impressive light show in May this year.   
Double page layout

I created my own background with punched out stars, the sparkly stickers for the date title and randomly placed coloured rhinestones for even more sparkle. More detail of the pages and inspiration photo follow.
Left hand page
Right hand page
Sparkly stickers for the date
Inspiration photo

Thank you for looking and have a "sparkle" week everyone.

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