Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mr. and Mrs.

Helloooo Peeps!

A friend asked me to make a Wedding Card for a couple who will be getting married in August in her family ... so I asked a few questions about them to try and make something suitable.

The couple hosted a rehersal party and I saw the invite - it was cute, cheeky, said the evening would end with dancing in a cow barn ... and contained the colour purple ...

So I turned to a card made by Nichole Heady during the release week of Hanging Out for this one (why mess with ready made perfection?) CASED it and switched it up a bit - to end up here :0)

Mr and Mrs

I loved making these little clothes - but must say that those dinky stamp pieces in this set terrify me (can't remember how often I checked to see they were all still there!)

Mr and Mrs Deet

Hope they all enjoy :0)  And hope the cows had fun too!

LOL - thanks for stopping in!

xxx

N

Stamps: Hanging Out, Big and Bold Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Real Perty ...

Hello lovely people!

The last Tuesday Trigger (Perty & Flirty) over at the Moxie Fab World had me a-sighing right from the word GO! I really would LOVE to wear this cutie little jacket ...


and that lovely pink wallpaper background? Just so fresh - and the two together!!! Well, HOW can you resist?

It was the beautiful contrast of the yellow jacket on the pink that I wanted to try and capture in a card ... that and the beautiful freshness :

Pretty

The little rose pattern is stamped with a darling set from Stampin Up! called "Baby Blossoms", the rolled rose is a die from My Favorite Things. I popped a little brown pearl in the rose centre to echo those lovely chocolately buttons!

Pretty Deet

The edge of the decorative paper is trimmed with a Spellbinders label (11) and a Papertrey Edgers die was used for a tiny bit of pink detailing for the rose to rest on.

So there it is - I'm off to pop this in before the Moxie Fab Challenge closes up - but this fits in the Wee Memories CAS Challenge this week, so I'm going to play along there too!

Hugs and best wishes for a LOVELY day to you - thanks for taking the time to stop by!

xxx

N

Monday, July 18, 2011

Really *Fanatical* ...

about Botanical! :0)

I'm still living over at the Moxie Fab World here and wanted to pop another interpretation of this theme in for the Moxie Fab World Challenge ...

Butterfly Botanical

This is a bit of a turn around from the last one - where the butterfly was in the background (literally), and uses the idea of a blue French Toile for the dogwood blossoms ... this time it's the butterfly that's 'real'!

Butterfly Botanical Deet

After colouring the butterfly, I gave it a wash of Oyster Twinkling H2O's - to add some 'mothy shimmer' to its wings. You can't see it all the time, only when it catches the light.

All in all it has a light airy feeling, and between the rhinestones, satin ribbon and moth shine - it has a lovely twinkly shimmer in reality!

All righty - I'm heading out for a few days here - thanks for popping in!

Hope you head off into a *totally* fabulous day!

Hugs,

xxx

N

Stamps: Dogwood Blossoms, Antique Engravings (Hero Arts)
Botanical Silhouettes (Papertrey Ink)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fanatical about Botanical ...

Yes seriously - another card already - but have you seen what's up at the Moxie Fab World??? - they've gone Fanatical about Botanical something I've been all my life! (Ceramics, books, prints, soft furnishings ... I love it!)

So I'm playing along already -

Botanical

Lots of different stamps in this one :0) I will come back and edit what they all were later ... I layered the stamps on the background and then paper pieced the blossoms over the top, curling the petals back and mounting them on dimensional foam ...

Botanical Deet

I didn't want to create a traditional card, mounted on a card base, but wanted to try something a bit more freestyle. One of the tiddleywinks said "it looks like a piece of old paper that you put a flower on ..."

Voila! :0)

Thanks for popping in to share, I'm heading back to the land of good intentions ;0)!

xxx

N

ETA:
Stamps: Dogwood, Antique Engravings, Old Letter Writing (Hero Arts)
Nature Walk - bee (Stampin Up!)
Dream Paris Rome New York - small 'calendar' image (Simon Says)
Journaling Lines - sentiment block (Fancy Pants)
Infinite Wisdom  - postmarks (Technique Tuesday)
Bontanical Silhouettes - sentiment (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chocolate Anyone?

O.K. so three posts in three days ... I think that's a first - but it's going to get quiet here for a while, I have some homework to do :0)

Today is the final day to pop our cards in for the Summer Camp Colour Combo for the week - which is this:

Anyone else immediately think about Valentines boxes full of chocolates?? I did and just couldn't shake the conviction - so instead of a Valentines card, swung it this way instead ...

 Birthday Girl

This was the first time I've tried embossing with tinsel embossing powder - it was a bit different to work with when compared with regular embossing powder - but unlike loose glitter, it doesn't seem to be flaking all the time. (Which is a good thing :0)!

Birthday Girl Deet

Okey dokey, I need to go and be good now - and do all sorts of very NON crafty things!

Thanks for popping over!

I'm thinking of all of those ladies who are in the Gallery Idol competition at the moment - I can only try to imagine how you must all be feeling today! Wheee! Butterflies! ALL the best to you!

Big hugs!

xxx

N

Stamps: Antique Flower Background, Birthday Sayings (Hero Arts), Cupcake Collection (Papertrey Ink)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

{LOVE}

Two posts in two days :-0!

I opened my new PTI Anniversary set today - Botanical Silhouettes and I'm in LOVE. Seriously, hopelessly and totally. This just might be one of my favourite stamp sets ever.

Notecards

I needed a quick gift set for someone and made 2 each of these three designs, stamping a little botanical image on the corner of the envelopes with the "Garden Variety" set.

Notecards 2

The pictures really don't do them justice - the Poppy and Avocado ink just pops off the white - and that script is delicious ...

Notecards 1

This is the only design I added a bit of bling to ...

Notecards 3

O.K. that's me. I'm done gushing. But really, really peeps, I think these are going to become my new signature notecards - they're really quick and really elegant! (Have I said how much I love this stamp set??)

I'm popping these in at the Moxie Fab World's Stamp It! Challenge - *sorry* Cath - it's my second submission :0(

And now I'll go and have a cold shower and calm down :0)

xxx

N

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Blooms

Howdy everyone!

Are things heating up in your part of the world? We're finally starting to experience a real summer here - with delicious warm days that feel just about *perfect*!

I don't know why, but I've had a real urge to go back to where stamping started for me over the past little while - maybe it's because there is just so much you can put on a card nowadays that I feel a bit overwhelmed? But I can't forget how the magic of matching cardstock, ink, patterned paper and ribbon gave me an absolute thrill in the beginning!

So this card was made - because the cicadas are squeaking outside AND the world has matching cardstock and ink :0)!

Vase

The 'vase' is created from the negative piece of PTI's Seed Packet Frame die, which I stamped with some distressed stripes to give it some detail.

Vase Deet

The flowers and the central panel are mounted on some foam dots for dimension. The centres are layered with homemade and bought buttons - and a little bitty bling :0)

... and I'm popping this in to play at the Moxie Fab World's "Stamp It! Cards Challenge"

Thanks for taking the time in your day to stop by! I'm off to do a spot of not-so-light reading here - any other non-fiction lovers out there?

Hugs!

xxx

N

Stamps: Blooming Button Bits, Distressed Stripes, Bitty Background Blocks, Beautiful Blessings (Papertrey Ink)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

"Beautiful Borders" ...

And a happy Saturday to  the world :0)!

Cath posted the next Moxie Fab Challenge a while ago - full of luverly inspiration from Betsy Veldman! The challenge was to bring out our best border ideas and to do something fun with them ...

Sooooo, when this idea came along I wanted to run with it - because this card is pretty much about borders - take them away and there really isn't a whole lot left ...

Moxie Borders Card

But I was hoping that the use of borders didn't look contrived either! :0) Besides the use of two fun colours - I used a bit of stitching to bring out the repeated straight edge along the top.

The flowers stamped in the scallop along the bottom edge are heat embossed - for maximum pop! (I just LOVE blue and white together!)

My hunkadorus loves the white minamilist look - and objected to the lovely background paper in the first pic - so this one's for him :0)

Border - White

Everyone tuning in for the Gallery Idol countdown and ready to cast your votes? It's going to be pretty intense I think - ALL the best to those lovely ladies that made it! Woot, woot!

xxx

N 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gift Set

Hello Everyone! Happy Thursday!

I have been busy with a little gift set for someone - who lives quite far away from us ... if she lived a little closer I'd probably take her some muffins or a bottle or two of homemade jam - however, considering things need to be mailed, I thought some cards with a matching tote may be better :0)

Gift Set 1

Gift Set 2

Here are some of the cards - the telephone is from the "Just Saying Hi" stamp set from Hero Arts and the paper is Thrift Store from October Afternoon. I used iRock gem accents because they're so flat and mailable - which will make postage easier for her! 

Gift Set 3

The envies are stamped with another smaller image from the same set, to keep the theme going.

So, I hope my little gift makes it across the miles and gives my friend a little smile!

Thanks so much for stopping by to see me!! I hope you're having a totally WONDERFUL day, that keeps on getting better all the way through!

Hugs!

xxx

N

Stamps: Just Saying Hi  (Hero Arts)
Tote Template - Around Town Tote (My Time Made Easy by Lauren Meader from Papertrey Ink)

P.S. Anyone looking for a couple of deals on Hero Arts stamps? I'm so sad to see this place going out of business they've given me great service in the past. I popped over yesterday - there isn't much left, but these telephones are a sweet deal right now - and some of the lovely silhouette cameos.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Juicy Colour Combo!!

O.K. so some people are meant to be cooking supper right now - shirkers will remain anonymous to protect the guilty :0)! Heee!

But have you seen the colours that are being played at Jennifer and Kristina's Card Camp this week??
I'm not sure if the colour on the left is peach, or Summer Sunrise orangey yellow? (I interpreted it that way :0)

Card Camp Week 2

And a little deet shot of that juicy fruit!

Card Camp Week 2 Deet
Now off to feed an army :0)

Thanks for stopping by!

xxx

N

Stamps: Fruitful and Framed (Papertrey Ink)

P.S. For another card - using these stamps and inpired by this colour combo I posted Here :0)

Friday, July 1, 2011

July Peeps Challenge!

Okey Dokey Peeps! I'm all ready here ... :0)

I wanted to share a new place that came across my radar screen lately - everyone out there already know about Cath Kidston? I recently had the fun of going into a store and really didn't want to leave!

How much fun are fabrics like these? Or how about this batch? Who wouldn't like to add a couple of mugs like these to the kitchen? And I was pretty sure that I *needed* a new bag urgently!

Unfortunately they haven't employed me as their new marketing manager (in case you're wondering), but I came away with a heaping dose of patterns and colours in my head!


July Challenge Deet

Is to take some inspiration from any picture or combination of pictures from the site ... but if you use co-ordinating scraps (those lonely little bits) of patterned paper from your stash and incorporate a flower - you get extra points in my book!

July Challenge

What do you think? Ready to play?

I hope you're a tad inspired and I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!!

Have a good one :0)!

xxx

N

Stamps: Twinkle, Turning a New Leaf, Fillable Frames, Signature Greetings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: Green Tea Leaves (Papertrey Ink), Thrift Store (October Afternoon)
Dies - Fillable Frames (Papertrey), Scalloped Rolled Rose (My Favourite Things)

P.S. In case you're wondering ... my inspiration came from their magazine cover (I had to get one!) between the umbrella on that and the colour of this dress ... :0)

Wheeee!

First off - HAPPY CANADA DAY! I hope it's full of outdoorsy, family, happy times for everyone who is celebrating!

I also wanted to pop in a bit of over-excitement here : My very, very first publication acceptance is actually in PRINT and I can't believe it!

When the acceptance notice came through, July seemed like a looooooong way off - and WOW it's here already!

Paper Crafts have Stamp It - Cards Volume 8 on the shelf and I'm anxiously watching out for the mail at the moment! (But after the mail strike, things are going a little slooooooowly!)



O.K. so it's just a little teaser pic ... but I didn't get a REALLY good snap - and for a first it should be a REALLY, REALLY good one - don't you think?? :0)

I'm up for the Peeps Challenge this month - and hopefully will have that done a bit later today! Lots of stamping happening here at the mo and *not* much enthusiasm for the finished results - urgh!

Hugs!

xxx

N