Friday, May 28, 2010

Pillow Box

I have been playing with the Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine this week and experimenting a little with what can be done. Isn't this the cutest little pillow box? And it was so quick and easy to create — you could easily do a lot of these for a special occasion.
I used the Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder with the Big Shot to emboss that beautiful flower image. Then I took that same piece of card and ran it through the Big Shot again with the Pillow Box Die — it cuts and scores so it is ready to form into the box. I crushed a strip of Riding Hood Red card stock, wrapped it around the box and tied some white taffeta ribbon around that. To complete, I attached some Old Olive leaves which were cut using the Little Leaves Die. I looooove those little leaves!!

It is cold and wet here in Canberra, so it is a good day for indoor activities!! Stamping perhaps :) Actually I have household duties to do, and some blog stuff, so I will not be stamping today. Hope you are having a good weekend!


Convention... Wow, I am inspired! We had a great weekend.

I think I'll just show you some pictures. Some are not so good as I took them on my phone with not very good lighting etc, but you'll get the idea!

This is the gorgeous view from our hotel window.
The clouds were spectacular — Yep! I love cloudy skies ;)
On the last day we were all given a stamp set — I had to photoshop the images out because we are not aloud to show them — something coming in September!!!
Here I am with my 'roomie' Liz and our new stamp sets.
Our team at the Awards Dinner.
I had to get a pic with Debbie Yeomans too. We are not in the same team (that's another story!), but she is a friend here in Canberra. I am so proud of Debbie, she has achieved so much this year (lots of awards!) and she also did a fab job of her presentation at Convention.
And finally, it wouldn't be Stampin' Up Convention without the beautiful Shelli Gardner,
so I had to get a pic of Shelli & Shelley.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Simple Again

After yesterday's more artistic card, I have something simple to show...

The Trendy Trees stamp set is sooooo cute don't you think? It works well for a simple design, and I am really liking Old Olive at the moment.
I tried adding to the same design, mainly because I was trying to enter Makeesha's colour challenge a couple of weeks ago, but missed it. Well... here is what happened. The missing colour was Bashful Blue so I thought I would add some sky. Do I like cloudy skies or something??? ;)
It worked alright but I like the first card the best — it just has a nice crispness about it.

Well... Stampin' Up Convention is just around the corner. I leave this afternoon for Sydney — it is very exciting. I still have to pack and there are some last minute things to organise for the family before I go, so I had better get on with it :)
Have a great weekend everyone, and I hope to see some of you at Convention!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A cloudy sky...

Last week I was sitting at my desk trying to find some inspiration. Then I saw it... the artwork that I had produced a month ago was sitting there in it's frame and I was inspired. Cloudy skies are often a feature of my work as an artist and it was the inspiration for this card.

I have used a brayer over a punched out circle to create the moon and the graded colour in the background. Then I have stamped the Upsy Daisy image over the top and sponged on the clouds. A little glitter on the daisies gives the impression that the moonlight is glistening on dew. The colours are Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Bordering Blue and Basic Grey.

Oooops!! It is almost 3pm — have to race and pick up the kids from school :)
I'll be back tomorrow with one last post before Convention!! See you.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Pink & Brown!

Just a couple of cards I've made recently...

This birthday card is one of those cards that starts with a bit of an idea but then ends up being completely different. You know when you sit there trying different things until it comes together and it takes a whole evening when it should only take 15 minutes!! Yep, that was what happened with this one. But I think it turned out alright.

This next one was inspired by a card made by Teneale Williams, you can check hers out here. It was beautiful, I really loved what she had done and so I wanted to imitate it!
I decided to make a mother's day card using the style. Below is the one I made for my Grandma.

Anyway... it is getting late for me and I have an early start in the morning so I shall say goodnight. Also blogger isn't letting me do what I want to so I think it's time to quit before I really get frustrated! Goodnight all.