Thursday, April 28, 2011

Not An Original

One of the first stamp sets I acquired was Wild ABout You - I hadn't realised it was missing a stamp (and it had to be the much adored lion - grrr!) when I bid on Ebay and of course, I ended up winning the auction. Anyway, I have found that sometimes it takes time (a lot of it!) and effort to "muck" around with stamps to create a card I am excited about. And then I get discouraged, and find that I am not making time for it, so it's a vicious cycle. I have all these stamp sets, and I just want to get them used. So I swallow the pride pill, googled the Wild About You stamp set to see what so many talented people have done with it - wow! I decided to copy (I think sometimes this is referred to as "case"?) one entirely, only I can't link to a blog as it was from an auction site. So there, that's my part in giving the credit of the idea to its rightful owner, and here's the picture of the card I copied/cased (well picture to come when I take the photo in the daylight). Notice I have not put any sentiments on the card so it is flexible what I use it for (though it's probably likely to be a Happy Birthday or Thank You card).

Stamp Set: Wild ABout You
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Real Red
Paper: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Whisper White
Other: Double sided tape

I Discovered

Pop-Up cards! I've been on Google looking at examples and techniques lately.

This one, using the spiral circle technique, will be given to the birthday friend tomorrow.

Stamp Set: Priceless
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black, Whisper White, (Yellow scraps from stash)
Punch: Full Heart, Boho Blossoms, Large Word Window
Other: Stampin Write Marker Real Red, White Gel Pen, Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive

Skittles Cake

Another Cake gift - this time for 11 year old fan of Skittles whose Mum says they (the Skittles lollies) are a birthday treat only.

11 boxes filled with Skittles - sorry Jan (his mum)! His sisters (pictured above, who helped made the boxes) think I will be his best friend now (even though we're almost a month late with the gift.)

Don't these just remind you of Jaffas or Mint Slice? Yum!

Punch: Scallop Edge (actually, these scallop edging were done using a pair of craft scissors I purchased for the kids from Geoff's Emporium for only $1.95!)
Other: Cuttlebug Spots and Dots Embossing Folder

Sunday, April 17, 2011

The Cake That Never Runs Out

I saw a sample of a cake slice box, so guess what I did? Google of course! Found this template but I wanted it to open from the top so I modified the template accordingly and photocopy onto a set of pink card stock. As you can see from the pictures, it took 11 cake slices to make one cake.
There is that Swiss Dot embossing folder in use again - see how versatile it is?

And just to show that this "cake" is even filled with a layer of "cream", lol!

All packaged up for the birthday girl turning the big 5 - what a milestone, what a celebration!

Paper: Pink Cardstock (Trophee Brand from The Warehouse Stationery), Whisper White, Purple Cardstock (from old stash, DSP Raspberry Tart scraps
Punch: Butterfly, Scallop Edge, Full Heart
Other: Cuttlebug Swiss Dot Embossing Folder, You're Not The Boss Of Me Alphabet Set

We filled each box with all sorts: ladybird pegs, beads, a NZ Fern Key ring that S7 had that he insisted on gifting to J5, jiggly craft eyes, a small nail polish, a bottle of bubble mixture, necklaces, lollies and chocolate easter eggs.

First in the Church Baby Boom

We are experiencing a bit of a baby boom at the local church we fellowship at: 7 babies to be born before the end of the year. Here's a card for the first baby - Lily Grace - (whose Mummy the baby shower project was for).

Stamp Set: Wild About You, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Pink cardstock (Trophee Brand from The Warehouse Stationery), Whisper White
Other: Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder, White ribbon (from stash)

I really really dig the Swiss Dot embossing folder - can you tell? I must get one and return this one that I borrowed from a lovely friend.