Monday, February 28, 2011

Trial and Error Milk Carton

Good morning,
  Last night I was on the Crafter's Anonymous site doing a course (sorry tired and can't think of words today). But most Monday nights we learn something, and this one was a milk carton.  Now I have made lots of different ones (and I will show you some of them) but oh my, did I mess up.  Wait and see:
Doesn't look like a milk carton does it (he he he).  I'm calling it my 'box'.

This one is better but still not good!!!!!!! I will endeavour to get better!!!!!!!!!!!  But I love my rabbit.  He has made an appearance just recently but I think he is oh so cute.
Have a great day....

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Just Surfing

Good morning,
  What a lovely weekend.  We went to Wet n' Wild and had the best time.  Though, somehow I managed to get sunburned, not happy about that.  But what can you do, all day in the sun and water.  We will definitely be going there a few more times this year!!
  Now on to my post, another challenge, inkspiration this time.  And here is my card:

  I was going for a male card again, but I don't know if the butterfly's have made it too pretty.  Oh well......
Stamp set:  Just surfing, occasional quotes
Card:  Cake crumb, chocolate chip, marina mist, pear pizzazz
Ink:  Pacific Point, marina mist and the white gel pen
Tools:  Big shot, beautiful wings embossing folder, dot to dot embossing and corner rounder.
Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely day...

Friday, February 25, 2011

Easter Card

Hi everyone,
  I have another challenge I am doing and I have combined two.  Just Add Ink and Pals Paper Arts.  Just Add Ink has you using three colours, cherry cobbler, daffodil delight and river rock.  Pals Paper Arts is using scallops, but not a scallop punch.  So here is my card:

Now I have to tell you up front, they are little chickens, just in case you are thinking they are something else.  I was quite proud of myself for making some little chickens!
Stamp set:  Teeny tiny sentiments
Card:  Whisper white, cherry cobbler and daffodil delight
Ink:  River rock
Acc:  River rock ribbon
Tools:  2 Step bird punch, modern label and spiral punch, crop-a-dial, 1/4" punch.
I sponged the chickens with river rock and also the label.  I stamped the sentiment all over the top card and using a retired punch I punched out the holes that I pulled the ribbon through.  I decided I wanted some little scallops so I punched out the smallest punch and just ran them under the edge of the cherry cobbler.
I hope you like it,
Have a great night/day.....

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Wings A Flutter

  I am doing the Cooking It Up With Kate challenge today
Our ingredients are:
Use some White
Add some Wings
Finish with Wishes!
  My card is simple with only a little colour but I love it that way.

Stamp set:  Occasional quotes
Card:  Whisper white and marina mist
Ink:  Marina mist
Acc:  Marina mist ribbon
Tools:  Big shot, beautiful wings and elegant texture impressions folder.
Thanks for stopping by and have a good day....

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Bunny Pillow Box

Good morning,
  I can't get enough of Easter bunnies, so I have another for you.  This one I cased off Carla's Scraps and he is extra cute.  Guarding his eggs (well, that is what it looks like with mine).

  So hop on over to Carla's blog for instructions.
Card:  Tempting turquoise, dsp - playdate, pink pirouette, whisper white, old olive and transparency
Ink:  Black journal pen
Acc:  Glue dots, dimensionals
Tools:  Crimper, big shot, pillow die, ornamental punch, wide oval, lge and sml oval, 1/2" circle and
Have a lovely day.....

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Clam shell Box

Hi everyone,
  I did a tutorial on Crafters Anonymous last night and thought it would be ideal for the inkspiration challenge

It was the cutest box and I will be making heaps more.

Sorry my photos are not clear but it is so overcast this morning, well raining!!
Unfortunately I can not give you the instructions for this cute box but you can buy it through Crafters Anonymous.
Stamp set:  Forest friends
Card:  Early espresso, marina mist, tangerine tango and whisper white
Ink:  Early espresso, marina mist and tangerine tango
Tools:  Scallop circle punch, 13/8" and 11/4" circle punches, paper piercer and crimper
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day....

Monday, February 21, 2011

Another Easter Carrot

Good morning,
  On this lovely wet day, nice change from those suppressive hot days.  Yes, I have a thing for carrots.  Actually, I only have the two, so far!!!  And this one is nice and easy, just using the oval die scallop and the oval scallop.

I did do two differently, just like to try and get a different look!  I cased this one from inkspired treasures.  But like I say, cut a scallop circle die in pumpkin pie and sponge.  Then punch three old olive scallop ovals and sponge.  Roll up your circle and using your crop-a-dial, punch a couple of holes (the top one I punched on the side and the bottom one, I punched across from each other.  Makes the bow sit better).  I did not use any tape, just tied it together with the ribbon and put on my tag with twine.  Then we are ready to go for Easter.
Stamp set:  Teeny tiny sentiments
Card:  Pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, whisper white
Ink:  Wild wasabi
Acc:  Ribbon and twine
Tools:  Big shot, scallop circle die, scallop oval punch, (either) lge and sml oval (or) 11/4 and 13/8"
            circle punches.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely day....

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Easter Bunny Punch Card

Good morning,
  And what a lovely day!  I have cased a card from andrea walford, well it is her bunny punch project card.  I did do mine a little different.  I don't have any oval dies so I used the big shot scallop circle die and some nestabilities.  If you make this card, Andrea has some great instructions but I will tell you quickly how I made mine.

  I cut out the baja breeze with the scallop circle die and then used a scallop nestability for a smaller size (which I sponged).  I then cut a lge nestability circle and then using scraps of blue and two different colour greens I made the sky and grass.  I cut out the clouds and added glitter to make them stand out.
  I adhered all these pieces together and then started on my rabbit.
  Sorry I didn't take a picture of all the pieces, but you can see quite clearly on the card what is used for the rabbit.  I sponged all the pieces first before adhering them together
Oval punch with the end bit cut off for his body
1" circle for his head
1/2" circle for his tail
5-petal flower for his ears and I cut one up for his paws.
There you have it, try one, they are really gorgeous in real life!!!
Have a great day....

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Bunny Treat Bag

Good morning,
  I made these cute little top note bunny faces, that I cased from Studio 52.  I have so many Easter projects, and I am finally starting to make them all.  I love Easter, even though it is still quite awhile away.
  Oh, I forgot his whiskers, but doesn't this bag look good enough to eat!!  I have decided that stamping/scrapbooking is the same as cooking.  It all seems hard until you start and then you realise it is really quite easy, and comes together very quickly, especially when you have a recipe. Card:  Whisper white, pink pirouette and basic black
Ink:  White gel pen
Acc:  Cellophane bags
Tools:  Big shot, top note die, wide oval and lge oval punch, 1 1/4" circle and heart to heart punches.
Have a lovely day....

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bunny's Carrot Box

Good morning everyone,
  I have a carrot for you today, one I have been keeping all year, and finally get to make.  And as I say with everything, it is so cute!!!  I cased this from Addicted to Stamping and she has a great tutorial on her blog (it is Jackie Topa and to me she is the guru of punch art)  I did take a few pictures and will put up some explanation for you as well.

Oh great, I didn't know if you would be able to see the score lines.  I did not use a pencil to make the lines as the paper cutter is so good (with a scorer on it of course).
Cut card (any colour orange is good)  4" x 11"   score at 5.5"
I did use a pencil to leave a little mark showing  1" in from each end on the score line.
Also mark  4.5" and 6.5" along both long sides.
And 2" on short sides. Use the picture above as a guide, this is why I took a picture in case you are more a visual person, like me!!!!

When you have punched your holes in the sides (and I find it easier to make the box and punch the holes, otherwise I end up with holes that don't match).  Use glue dots for tucking the corners in, rather than tape.  Cut a lge square scallop die with the big shot.
Now you need to score two lines either side of the middle.  I scored my first line 4 scallops down and to the diagonal and then 21/2 scallops down for the next one.  Doing the same on both sides
Punch a hole with the 1/2" circle at the bottom, as shown.

Push your folded green square in through the bottom of the box.  I did not tape mine down, as it seems to sit in there snugly.

Use some ribbon (white, orange or you could get away with brown) at the bottom, after putting in some Easter eggs, of course!!!

And my finished carrot, a slightly different finish to the one at the top.  These would be so good to use on the table for Easter day, so good in fact, that I am going to do just that..
Stamp set:  Teeny tiny sentiments
Card:  Pumpkin pie, certainly celery, wild wasabi (for one) and whisper white
Ink:  Pumpkin pie
Acc:  Ribbon and glue dots
Tools:  Big shot, square scallop die, scallop oval and the lge and sml oval punches
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day....

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cute Bunny Holders

  How is everyone this morning?  I feel like the year is slipping away already, and I want to stop it.  Why is it, the older you get, the quicker the time flys.  I don't know if it makes a difference when you are doing a blog, and looking forward anyway!!!
  So today, I have these cute little holders that I cased from Chat (Me, My Stamps and I).  I love her work, always so clean and precise.  Her site is over on the right side if you wanted to click on it..

I have taken a couple of photos just to show you what you need and the folding of the holder but they are pretty basic.
Stamp set:  Vintage vogue and teeny tiny sentiments
Card:  Pink pirouette, whisper white and basic black
Ink:  Pink pirouette and basic black
Tools:  Ornamental punch, lge and small oval punch, 1 3/8", 1 1/4", 1" and 1/4" circle punches and crop-a-dial
Have fun making them and have a great day...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fancy Bunny Box

Good morning,
  I have another challenge today.  I have been just writing the names of the challenges, but it is so much more fun to see the colours, like below, so I thought I better put them back up
And today, I made a fancy box with the bunny face.  That's right, I'm into Easter already.  And I have noticed they have more Easter eggs in the shops since Valentines.  Maybe that is what they were all waiting for.  It's terrible, but I can never wait for them to hit the shelves.  Here is my little box:

Stamp set:  Inspired by nature (sorry, you may not be able to see, but I stamped the box in versa mark,
                   more for the underlying effect)
Card:  Cherry cobbler, tangerine tango, baja breeze, not quite navy, kraft and whisper white
Ink:  Tangerine tango (I inked the white ribbon, and tied it up pretty much after I did it, so great)
Acc:  Whisper white ribbon
Tools:  Big Shot, fancy favor box die, 1 3/8", 3/4", 1/2" circle punches, scallop oval and lge oval punch
I also have one I made earlier (ohhhh, I love saying that).  I made it and wasn't happy putting it in the challenge so I changed the colours.  I cased the box from

Putting the box together is self explanatory but the punches for the bunny are:
1 3/8" circle  -  face
1" circle        -  cheeks so you need two
3/4" circle     -  inner layer of cheeks   (I actually don't have the 3/4" so I just cut down the 1")
1/2" circle     -  nose
1/4" circle     -  white of eyes
crop-a-dial    -  black of eyes
Scallop oval  -  ears
Lge oval        -  inner ears
I used the curly label punch for the handle (to tie it in with the box edge)
Scallop edge and paper piercer and mat for the not quite navy on the bottom of the box
Brads for the handle
Whiskers was just some scrap cut thinly
Big shot and fancy favor die and white gel pen for the eyes.
Very vintage roller and handle using tangerine tango ink
Think that is everything,
Have a lovely day...

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Easter Basket

Good morning,
  Oh, so sad Valentine day is over for another year, but now Easter is coming up.  I made an Easter basket from It's all about stamping.  I printed off the template and in my rush, used a retired colour.  One of my favourites by the way - broccade blue.

Stamp set:  Vintage vogue
Card:  Broccade blue (retired)  whisper white
Ink:  Broccade blue
Acc:  Brad
Tools:  Big shot, dot to dot embossing folder (I used the reverse side and stamped on it.  I really like this look and seem to be using it a lot lately).
I thought I would also show you this one I made last year with the so saffron, though my photo is not clear, but it was more showing you the flower I used here.  It is where we scrunch up a few layers of card (or in my case, computer paper) and then add a couple of boho blossoms and a brad to the middle. Have a lovely day.....

Monday, February 14, 2011

Vintage Scallop Card

Good morning,
  Happy Valentines for yesterday.  Sorry I didn't post but I didn't have anything spectacular for the day and that gave me a mind blank.  Lost the mojo, for the day.  Today is a different story though.  I cased a really cute card from Becky Roberts.  There is a pouch for the note card to go into and mine is wide enough to put a flat chocolate in as well (bonus!!)
This is the vintage card, but I also made one with just the pocket silhouette.  Just trying different things!!!

The card just comes straight out.  Sorry, I forgot to take a picture.
  I will give some basic instructions but if you need more, please let me know.
Card - black  -  scallop square (from the mini catalogue)
Front pocket  -  river rock  -  4 3/4" x 2 3/4"  scored  1/4", 1/2", 42/8" and 41/2"
                                                                         scored  1/4" and 1/2"
Matting  -  rich razzleberry  -  3 5/8" square
Whisper white  -  3 1/2" square
  Score and cut the corners (at the score marks) of your river rock.  Place tape on the bottom and sides, stamp image onto the card and punch 13/4" circle in middle.  Adhere onto your black square.
  Stamp image onto white card and then add tape and adhere to matting. 
How easy is this little card!
Stamp set:  Pocket silhouette and vintage vogue
Card:  Black, rich razzleberry, whisper white and river rock
Ink:  Rose red, old olive and chocolate chip
Tools:  Big shot, square scallop and 1 3/4" circle punch
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Valentine Milk Carton and Gift Card

Hi Everyone,
  I love doing the challengers, as it really pushes me to try harder and use my imagination more.  Though I must admit I struggle!!!!!!!!!!!  I have just completed the Just Add Ink Challenge and not sure what I think about it..............
The challenge was To Just Add Love.  I think I added a fair bit of loving.
Stamp set:  Teeny tiny sentiments, punch potpourri (level one hostess set) and Winter Post (the beauty of
                   some of the Christmas sets, is you can keep on using them during the year.
Card:  Riding hood red (yes, I love the colour), pink pirouette, chocolate chip and whisper white
Ink:  Riding hood red, chocolate chip
Acc:  Brad and clips assortment
Tools:  Full heart punch, spiral border, lge and sml tag punch and heart to heart
I did use a pattern for the box but I don't know where I put the instruction.  So bare with me and I will put them up on a later date.
Have a great day for the rest of it...........

Heart to Heart to Heart

Hi everyone,
  Another challenge, Cooking it up with Kate.  The challenge, this time, Use some red, Add a little ribbon and don't forget the corners.  Well I managed to do all that.
  I used a bit of tearing in this card, tore the side and adhered it back on.  I also tore some corners for the top and bottom left side.  I then versa marked the background.  Glittered my hearts and I think the rest is pretty visible.  So here is my card:

Stamp set:  Always
Card:  Riding hood red, pink pirouette and whisper white
Ink:  Riding hood red, rose red, regal rose, old olive, chocolate chip and versa mark
Acc:  Glue dote, riding hood red ribbon, glitter and 2-way glue
Wishing everyone a happy day.....

One Layer Card

Good afternoon,   I am playing the Styles Ink challenge again this week, and it is so hard, to just use one layer.  It always looks like it needs more.  But this challenge was to use two stamps (once) and no sentiment!  Well here is my best shot:

Stamp set:  Always, vintage vogue
Card:  Sahara sand
Ink:  baja breeze, pacific point, old olive, chocolate chip, regal rose and rose red
Tools:  Corner rounder
Thanks for stopping by and have a great day....

Friday, February 11, 2011

Time Passing

  How quickly is time passing?  Before we know it, it will be the end of the year again!  I am doing the Inkspiration Challenge today, and trying to make another male card (wherever and whenever I can).  So here is my card:

I used the sanded background stamp (tried it in versa mark first but it didn't show up very well, so I used the marina mist which has shown up better.  I embossed the wheels with clear embossing powder and the rest is easy to see.
Stamp set:  Sense of Time, sanded background
Card:  Marina mist, cherry cobbler, basic black, whisper white and dsp - newsprint.
Ink:  Marina mist and basic black
Acc:  Clear embossing powder and dimensionals
Tools:  Heat tool.
I hope you like the card.  Have a lovely evening....

Sunshine Stampers Meet

Good morning,
  On Monday, a group of us demonstrators met (as we do once a month) and do make 'n takes, gossip, gossip and more gossip.  Love catching up with our group.  I was on the run and didn't have time to stay long but the girls very kindly gave me some make 'n takes to take away (he he).  Well, I finished a couple Wednesday night and thought I would share them with you today.
I hope I have done justice to Peta's card (unfortunately she doesn't have a blog).  I so love the beautiful wings, they are on my wish list that is waiting to be sent.

This is such a cute little Easter box by Sonja

And one I spent about four hours on, the Never Ending Card (think that is what it is called, by Suzie.  It was in the Stampin! Up Impressions we receive every month.
Suzi gave us the basic card, which is incredibly easy.  I actually got to it a lot later than the first two make 'n takes, as I knew it would be quite involved (and it was).  I love it, but I think it is a work of art.  Continuous folding over and making sure one layer matches the next.  I hope you like what I have done.
Stamp set:  Garden whimsy (one of my first sets I ever bought)
Card:  Old olive, melon mambo, chocolate chip, whisper white and basic grey
Ink:  Regal rose, rose red, old olive
Tools:  Big shot, dot to dot embossing folder, crop-a-dial, paper piercer and mat.
Have a great day.....