Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Butterflies again!

Yes, the butterflies are getting a bit of a thrashing at present. In fact almost all my cards at the moment feature either the Butterflies or the Top Note die... I am loving my Big Shot!!
I discovered the "Less is More" blog last night when I was perusing people's lovely work. I love the way one blog leads you to another and before you know it you've visited a dozen new sites and enjoyed them all. Anyway, this site is definitely along my lines of card making, and the current sketch is lovely - so simple and elegant... here is my submission for this week.

Ingredients: Elegant Soiree DSP, Very Vanilla cardstock, Baja Breeze cardstock, and the Butterflies die with the Big Shot. Some nights it's nice to take a break from stamping; no mess!

Clean and Simple Butterflies

I just loved Harriet's butterflies on the Clean and Simple blog this week - and I had to try it for myself. So, I got the sizes a little wrong and my butterflies were a little too HUGE for the card, but it worked ok in the end by rotating the background. Thanks so much for this beautiful and versatile sketch - I just loved using it and I know I will again!

The ingredients for this cards are all Stampin Up: Elegant Soiree DSP, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla cardstock, the Butterflies die with the Big Shot, and the Word Window for the sentiment.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

ABC Christmas Card

Another Christmas Card! This time on ABC Christmas, a sketch was posted. I enjoyed using the sketch since it featured a circle, and gave me the perfect excuse to use my Madonna and Child stamp. This is one of my own creations, so I love using it because it is original.

I used the DSP from the Elegant Soiree pack, and the co-ordinating cardstock colours: Basic Grey, Crumb Cake and Baja Breeze. I used Basic Grey ink to stamp the image and then pieced paper to "colour" it in.

Just Add Ink Colour Combination

Lovely SU party at Ann's last night (thanks, Helen) where we made these gorgeous cards. I love the colour combination! Concord Crush has been on my wishlist for a while.

Anyway, the challenge at Just Add Ink this week is a colour combo, and for the first time EVER, I have all the colours, so I knew I just had to enter. Here is my entry, based on the ideas Helen gave us last night.

The colours are Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Old Olive and Crumb Cake. The stamp set is "Pocket Silhouettes", which I use a lot. The tools are Creative Memories: scallop punch, friendship maker, CCS ovals, and circle maker. All except for the Big Shot which is my newest gift to myself, with the top note die. I tend to use at least one piece of DSP on my cards, so this one, put together purely from cardstock, is a bit plain for me, but it will be easy to exchange the background for a piece of Cottage Wall DSP.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Emma's Happy Place

I thought I had blogged this layout, but I can't find it - so here we are (possibly) again! I love this page, mainly because of the subject matter I suppose. Emma is watching Hi-5, sitting in her favourite chair, and snuggling with Edwina... all her favourite things!
I used the absolutely gorgeous Hummingbird Papers and embellishments, which I adore. I think they are so pretty and feminine, but also a bit "vintage" looking. And I don't do vintage very well, so I love it when I can get away with letting the papers all do it for me!

Mainly Music Page

Time for another scrapbook page! I haven't written any new posts for a while, and it's been a long time since I showed you all what I've been working on... so it's about time!

I made this page with photos taken at the Life Church Mainly Music sessions last winter. Matthew, Emma and I go to these every Monday, and we all love them. Here you can see Matthew enjoying Ann's buzzy bee rhyme about the bees in the hive. He's trying to copy what she does with her hands.

The carpet at Life Church is a vivid red - not easy to scrapbook - but CM's cranberry cardstock co-ordinated perfectly, and I used papers from the Cheerful power palette to go with the bright, kiddy theme.

I made the bees using my circle punch and punched vellum for the wings with the sweetheart maker.