Sunday, 31 August 2014

Exploring Modern Beadwork


I had a package take the slow boat to Australia recently. Most of the time the mail between US and Australia takes two to three weeks, this time it was five or six weeks. Every single day was an agony of anticipation awaiting two new stamp sets that I was extremely eager to try out! Today I sat down to play with the first of the two sets! Yay!

The stamp set used here is Modern Beadwork by Altenew. I have only just begun with this set... the possibilities are endless!
For this first card I took inspiration from this week's Colour Q Challenge - the colours as well as the picture.
Then I moved on to a Scandinavian cross stitch influence to create this next card. I need to play around with the patterns I can create, because this Scandinavian theme has some promise!
And for the last card, I moved back to American Indian theme. I created a feather. Can you see it?
Oh, I am going to have some fun with this set!

I am also joining in with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme this week is Anything Goes.

Thanks for coming to visit! :-)


Friday, 29 August 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch 90 - flower garden!

For my CASE Study post, please scroll down, or just click HERE


I made two cards for CAS(E) This Sketch this week. I took liberties with the sketch. Big liberties, lol! I feel like I should go back and do my job properly to represent the sketch in my card. ;-) I was focused on the bottom left corner with the sentiment snuggled in there, too.

I made the first, which was definitely simple - stamp, lightly sponge, whip a water brush over some bits, add a sentiment, and it was finished!
And then I made a second, which was exactly the same, but took about ten times longer to colour.
I adore this stamp; Corner Garden by Stampin' Up! It's gorgeous in black and white, too - stay tuned for that!
I hope you are inspired to join us in this week's challenge. I'll be looking for you in the gallery!


Thursday, 28 August 2014

Fusion - with sympathy

For my CASE Study post, please scroll down, or just click HERE


Oops! I've been travelling for work, I'm just home, and I am racing to make my deadlines!

Fusion Card Challenge this week has a really interesting inspiration. I love the colours, but they aren't ones I usually use, so I took the challenge!

This is my card.
This is the inspiration. I just used the inspiration photo this week.
I apologise for my lack of chatter. I'm exhausted, and I really need to race to bed! I hope you find some time to join us this time, the inspiration gives us so many options!

Thanks for visiting!


CASE Study 4th Anniversary Celebration - Week 4 Blog Hop


We are in the fourth and final week of the CASE Study Challenge 4th Anniversary Celebrations! What fun it has been this month! There are two ways to join in the fun. Firstly, join in the blog hop for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Secondly, CASE one of the blog hop participants and add your entry to CASE Study Challenge for this week.

I have been inspired every week this month. There is some remarkable talent joining us to celebrate, and this week is no exception!

All of the blog hop participants are to make a card based on an inspiration of their choice. I have a Pinterest Board named Pretty. When I went looking for inspiration for this Blog Hop, that's where I went. When I got there I found a common theme - aqua background with colourful flowers. I didn't even realise I was pinning the same inspiration over and over!

I chose one of my inspiration pins and created this card using wPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals and Lawn Fawn Milo's Alphabet. I stamped pigment ink onto vellum and adhered it over the aqua card base. The sentiment is white embossed, so it stands out beautifully.
This was this inspiration. I might try a brown version next. :-)
Our Blog Hop order this week is as per the following list:
Anja Curvers
Eva Dobilas
Danielle Flanders
Jill Foster
Silke Ledlow
Agnieszka MaƂyszek
Iwona Palamountain
Julie Smith
Amy Wanford
Michelle Williams <---You are here, with me! 
Teneale Williams
Dawn Woleslagle

If you hop along and comment at each stop along the way, you go in the draw for prizes from our fabulous sponsors.
Clearly Besotted Stamps
Ellen Hutson
Verve Stamps
Waltzingmouse Stamps

Thank you so much for visiting me! I hope you're enjoying the hop and I also hope that you find inspiration to join in the fun!


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Happy Birthday to my little girl


Today marks the beginning of our family birthday season. My little girl leads the way, celebrating her 7th birthday today! I'm next in a couple of weeks, then we squeeze in a wedding anniversary, then my eldest daughter, then the hubby. :-)  All within about 8 weeks. It's a rather busy time of year!

Back to my little girl. I bought a set of stamps to make her a ballerina card, because she loves ballet. A couple of weeks ago she described in major detail the card she wanted. It did NOT include a ballerina. Hmmmm, what to do.... make her TWO cards, of course!

This is my version.
And this is her custom order version - a unicorn on her favourite "flower".
I just know she will be thrilled! I'm pretty sure I followed her directions correctly, lol!

Tonight we are having the dinner she requested - lasagne followed by apple crumble for dessert - easy and delicious! She tells me that today at school she gets to wear the special "birthday girl" badge. I think her day is going to be perfect!

Happy Birthday, my little darling!


Friday, 22 August 2014

CAS(E) This Sketch 89


I'm back with CAS(E) This Sketch #89. This sketch allowed me to use one of my favourite techniques - a masked frame. Every single time I pull away the mask, I get a great big smile to see all that lovely white left behind!
I used PTI Turning a New Leaf and Altenew Label Love stamps. I tried to use a more masculine colour scheme. I really need some "boy" cards!
I hope you can take some time to visit the rest of the Design Team (over there on the side bar) and then join us in the fun this week! I'll look for you in the gallery. :-)


Thursday, 21 August 2014

CASE Study 4th Anniversary - Week 3


Have you been playing along with the CASE Study 4th Anniversary fun? Oh, there are fabulous blog hops each week with such fabulous talented bloggers and LOTS of wonderful prizes! I'm not in the hop this week, but I couldn't resist playing along when I saw Julie Ebersole CASEing one of my favourite cards by Aga. I just had to CASE them both!

My card doesn't come close to Julie and Aga's cards. I will have to try again. My Smooch spritz took on a life of it's own and exploded! I'm sharing anyway, because "exploded Smooch" is a technique, right? ;-)
I used Altenew Hennah Elements stamps because I'm still in love with them and can't put them away.

This was Julie's card (please visit Julie if you want to pin, and pin from there).
My card was also loosely based on last week's CAS(E) This Sketch (closing in a few minutes).
It's past bedtime, again! I'll need to rush to catch that sleep train! I hope you join in the fun with us at CASE Study this week.

Thanks for visiting!