Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Beautiful Blogger Award

What a privilege to receive this award! It was given to me by the lovely Cathy Clark. Thank you so much Cathy.

Part of receiving the award is to share with you ten blogs that inspire, and also ten things about me. So I'll start with a little about me...

I have been married for 15 years.

I have four gorgeous children, play school through to high school age.

I am an artist (when I have the time!!!) and have sold my work in exhibitions locally and through a gallery on the coast.

I love anything creative and have dabbled in different crafts, but I'm loving stamping and card making the most, and I love being part of the Stampin' Up family.

I love to cook if it is creating a masterpiece, but the evening meal can be mundane when I'm trying to put something on the table every night!

I am allergic to peanuts.

I studied Landscape Architecture at the University of Canberra, which is also where my hubby studied Graphic Design!

I have always wanted to visit Italy and the surrounding countries (because of Art and Architecture etc), but ever since my brother and his wife traveled around the world I have added some more stops to the list including the Iguassu Falls in South America.

I love beautiful landscapes, from vast and overwhelming (mountains, plains, stormy skies etc) to 'up close' with nature (the form of a tree or the way sunlight falls on dry grass).

I love to stand on a hill top or mountain top, but I am afraid of heights and don't like to stand on the edge of a lookout.

Now, ten people I would like to pass this award on to...

Friday, June 11, 2010

One-Layer Wednesday Challenge 8

I have finally got around to entering one of Susan Raihala's One-layer Wednesday challenges. This week the challenge was to use a mask to create a background that you can then stamp an image on (and obviously to only use one layer of card). Here is my card...
I used a rectangle and a circle to mask the sky, which I sponged in three different shades of blue. Then I sponged over the circle with an even lighter shade of blue. The blues are Night of Navy, Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze and Soft Sky.
The stamp sets used are Embrace Life and Sincere Salutations. I stamped in black ink and then coloured the leaves with an Old Olive marker.

I used those same stamp sets and a different masking technique to create the card below. I love this card by Jess and wanted to try my own version...
It is amazing what you can do with one layer of card and a little masking!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #26

I have decided to play along in Keesh's colour challenge this week. I love the colour combo — Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Grey and Kraft.
There are so many ways the colours could be used so I found it quite challenging — and deciding what stamps to use took me forever! This is what I ended up with...
The stamp is the "Medallion" from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catty, and the sentiment is from a stamp set called "Whimsical Words" which was one of our Sale-A-Bration sets earlier in the year.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Little Leaves

I am really liking those little leaves, especially with Old Olive card stock. I wanted to see how I could work them in with the 'Watercolour Vine' wheel. Here is what I came up with...

I tried adding other elements and colours, but in the end it worked best with just the green and white and leaves. Sometimes just one colour is all you need!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Broken 'Bot'

Dad is in hospital at the moment with severe back pain. He was to have surgery yesterday, but it didn't go ahead. Now he has to wait until next Tuesday for the surgery, so he is feeling quite miserable.

I have made this little card for him — I wanted to make use of the 'Lots of Bots' stamp set (from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catty).

The colours are Bordering Blue, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White. I thought that those colours would give the robot a rusty tin look. I think he looks pretty cute!