Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #19

Back with another challenge! This time the Inkspiration Colour challenge which is being hosted by Chantelle this week. I have made two cards for this because the stamp I wanted to use was yet to be shipped :( so I tried to find another that I could use in a similar way — today the stamp arrived so I just had to try out my original idea too!

I wanted to be subtle in the use of the colours so I chose an image that I could add the colours to. The first card uses the 'Scribble' wheel, the second uses the new 'Very Vintage' wheel from the Autumn Mini Catalogue. It was that image that inspired me to begin with but I had to wait for it to come. So here they are…
Card 1
Card 2
Not sure which one I prefer, but I love those new stamps from the Autumn Catty!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

FTL #82 — Clean & Simple Sketch Challenge

I loved the sketch on the Clean & Simple blog this week, so I decided to have a play with it. This was the result!
I chose this leafy image from the Embrace Life stamp set, and filled the leaves in using a blender pen and black ink so that it was more like a silhouette. I felt that a bit of twine and some tearing would work well with the image, and I was pleased with the way the 'h' in the word 'much' worked so well with the torn edge!

I also tried another card using the same stamp, it is such an elegant image. I kept it very simple and have only used white and olive. The simple style is inspired by Susan Raihala, check out her blog — Simplicity. I think I've taken elements of some of her cards and created this one (it is her designs that have inspired my recent use of twine!).

I had the chance to make four cards today. These are the other two. I have chosen the simple approach again (white space is good!!), also inspired by Susan.

I have had fun this afternoon experimenting with 'simple'. I can't wait to get my Autumn/Winter Mini Catty pre-order so I can play some more, although I might have to be more controlled because this afternoons fun was at the expense of the housework — but you need to have some time to express your creativity sometimes, don't you? :)

Monday, March 8, 2010

Inspired again!

Life is always so full, but this weekend (which happens to be a long one!) has had a lot in it.

Because it is a long weekend, I didn't have to go to work today and was able to enjoy some other activities. This afternoon I decided to check out some blogs, which sparked my creativity, so I did some card making. Yay!! I felt so inspired, I made 5 cards!! Here is one of those creations. I have only used two colours, Not Quite Navy and Kraft, and no white or vanilla — not sure if I've ever done that before. Anyway, it seems to have worked alright.

The rest of the weekend went like this…

Friday afternoon I picked up the kids from school, and an additional two girls for a sleepover party for Zali. There was some wakefulness in the middle of the night which made us all tired the next day (but that is another story!) The girls went home in the morning and the rest of the day was spent cleaning house and preparing for a workshop.

Saturday night I did a workshop for some friends (the girls that keep me in business!) It was fun as always but I didn't get home until 11:30pm.

Sunday I was up early doing last minute preparation for the guests which were arriving!
My two uncles from the USA have come out to Australia for a short time to visit my grandma. My parents, aunty, grandma and uncles are going on a little holiday and decided to come via us so that we could see them. I haven't seen my uncles since I was a kid and my grandma hasn't had all four of her children together for 46 years, so this is a very special time for them! My cousin and her kids arranged to rendezvous at our house (from Parkes NSW) so that they could see everyone as well. So… on Sunday we had 16 in the house. My cousin went home that afternoon and we had 12 for dinner. We also spent until lunchtime today with everyone (and we squeezed some sightseeing in too!) It was a great time, I really enjoyed being with them all :)

Now that I have done some creating and blogging, it is time to get organised for the week ahead (school, work etc) so I had better go and do it!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Inspiration Challenge #18

It was my daughter Zali's 8th birthday on Wednesday, so I decided to use Keesh's challenge as the inspiration for the card. It has been a while since I have entered any challenges so it is good to get back into it (not sure when next time will be though!!).

Anyway, here is a cute little pic of Zali at the beach at Christmas - just sitting in the water waiting for the waves to wash over her and in her own little world. She is such a cutie, she is a little ray of sunshine :)