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Everything's Coming Up Roses....

I'm a big fan of musicals. Love me a show tune. Can anyone name the Musical that line is from?
In the meantime, here are some roses to show off for you! I was on a roll today and made four cards using the same colour palette (Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss) and the same stamp from Fifth Avenue Floral. I love how different the roses look, depending on how you've stamped and coloured them.
I stamped two of the roses with Stayzon black ink on watercolour paper and used my Aquapainter to watercolour them with ink from my ink pads. I'm not very good at watercolouring, but it's something I'd like to get better at. I love the look.
You may not be able to see on the second card, but I used the background stamp En Francais on it, with Versamark. I love how it gives a vintage look.
Recipe: Stamps: Fifth Avenue Floral, On Your Birthday, En Francais, Sanded Ink: Versamark, Regal Rose, pretty In Pink, Kiwi Kiss Paper: Regal Rose, Kiwi Kiss, Watercolour Paper, Raspberry Tart DSP, P…

Kristina Werner's Colour Challenge #55 & Mojo Monday week 91

Well, I was too late to play along with Mojo Monday's challenge this week, but I still used their sketch for Kristina's Colour Challenge this week. I have discovered that if I draw a blank on a project, if I have a sketch and/or colour challenge to work with, I can surprise myself!
Here's the Mojo Monday Sketch:

And here are the colours for Kristina's challenge this week: Basic Gray, Really Rust, More Mustard and Very Vanilla. A Challenge indeed!
Here's what I've done:

I used a retired DSP in More Mustard (the only one I had with any of the Challenge colours!), and inked up this pretty stamp form Only Ovals for the first time (I'm ashamed to say!). I stamped it three times (in each colour) then cut out all the relevant bits to make the multicoloured image - I'm pleased with the way it turned out! I popped the main image panel up on Dimensionals and also pierced two lines as a border around it.
Ingredients: Stamps: Trendy Trees (sentiment on the bot…

Happy Birthday Anita!

Just a quick one on a wet weekend between birthday parties for kids, and dancing lessons, and the school Walkathon (even in the rain!). I thought I'd show the card I made for my friend Anita - I used Makeesha's sketch challenge, which I found a bit tricky!

Here's the sketch:

And my card:

I used Party Hearty (such a cute cupcake image! ) which I stamped twice (once in Regal Rose and once in Pretty in Pink) and cut out so I could have a different coloured top on the cake. I mounted both cake parts with Dimensionals and used a little chunky glitter for the sprinkles. I used my markers to colour the candle, which I also cut out and popped up with dimensionals.
I used four punches in this card! First, I put the cake on a large punched circle (Marvy Giga Punch I think) and roughed the edges, then sponged them in Regal Rose. I used the scallop edge punch on the Regal Rose tag layer too. I used the horizontal slot punch up the top of the tags for the ribbon to slide throug…

Dreams Du Jour Class

Today I had 6 lovely ladies come to my house for coffee, Tim Tams and craft - we had a hoot!
We made a box and four cards (originally designed by Andrea Walford). Here's a picture of the project:

Aren't they gorgeous? We all decided they would make an excellent Teacher gift for the end of the year (if we can bear to part with them!). If you are interested in learning how to make this project, contact me and I'll see if I can do a second class.
I'm also planning a big "Christmas in July" extravaganza, with four cards and four 3D projects to give as gifts, so you can be well on your way to being organised by the time the end of the year rolls around. (Can you believe it's half-way over already?)

More Boy Cards

Forgot to show you this card I made today - for my Dad's birthday (next month). I made another very similar to this one for a little boy in my son's class at school. I used Circle Circus, similar layout to my earlier card, but with Pacific Point and Riding Hood Red as the main colours. What do you think?

A busy week...

....I've been housebound with two out of four kids sick over the past week, so I haven't been able to update my blog (or see much of my craft room) until now.

I have a couple of things to show you - first I must apologise for the terrible photographs - the lighting looked OK when I was taking them, but now I see them on the computer they look terribly dark, and I don't have Photoshop. Yet, anyway!
Here is a card I've made for a little girl's birthday. Sweet and simple, right? Here it is again, stepped up by adding punched flowers, cutting out the birdie's body and mounting it on dimentionals, with a glittered wing. Next here is a gift bag I made (a slightly altered version of Jan Tink's paper tote click here to go to her blog Stamps, Paper, Scissors - she has a PDF with the template) to hold some cards I made for a friend.
And a pretty posy from the Die Cut flowers!

I'm quite Pleased With myself....

I have been wanting to make one of these collages for AGES, since I saw one on Ali Edward's blog, but couldn't find a suitable frame. Until now.
I found an 8x8 inch box frame at Spotlight, and using the gorgeous Bella Rose double sided papers from Stampin' Up! and a butterfly die that I got with my Cuttlebug a long time ago (before I discovered Stampin' Up!) I made this:
Recipe: Frame - Spotlight (Franchville 8x8) Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Bella Rose DSP Ink: Close to Cocoa Stamps: En Francais Other: Cuttlebug, Provocraft Butterfly Die and embossing folders
If you look closely (click to enlarge) you'll notice I sponged the edges of the butterflies with Close to Cocoa ink, and I also used ink in the embossing folders, a nifty trick! I bent the wings a bit to get some texture and dimension and attached the butterflies with glue dots onto a sheet of whisper white cardstock.
As a dear friend of ours just had a baby girl, I decided it would…

June Promotion from Stampin' Up!

This promotion is fabulous! When you host a workshop in June and July you'll receive an additional $40 in hostess awards when your workshop totals $600! Usually, if your workshop totals $600, you receive your choice of FREE level one or two hostess stamps, plus $70 free product (which is a pretty great deal, I think you'd agree!). For June and July you would receive $110 free product, plus the level 1 or 2 Hostess stamp set of your choice. This only applies if your workshop totals $600 or more (excluding shipping).
So what are you waiting for? Got a Wish List as long as your arm? Want to have a fun "Girl's Night In"? Contact me to schedule a workshop!

Some Birthday Love

Hello! I'm typing this officially a year older than when I last posted. Happy Birthday to Meeeeee!
I was lucky enough to receive some Stamping Love from some very talented people:
From Rebecca O'Gorman: Isn't she clever? You can check out her blog HERE and see her gorgeous work.
Here's a card by Tanya Kitto - all the way from WA! Here is her blog.
And finally a card from the wonderful Jesse Claven from Caloundra. Her blog is here.
Wasn't I spoiled? I had a lovely birthday and managed to spread it out for about 4 days, I think!
And speaking of birthdays, here are a few cards I made for a friend (she wanted BOY cards) with my new favourite set (LOL, I say that about every set!) Party Hearty: So versatile! And perfect for adults and kids alike - not too "babyish" or Cute. I think I'll get a lot of use our of this set. Again, night time photography, sorry about that! Also, the DSP I used here is retired stuff I'm still using up.
While I was at it, …