Saturday, August 29, 2009

Magnolia Down Under Challenge # 21

Hello again,

Another two weeks have gone by and it's time for another Magnolia Down Under Challenge - this time our card was made according to a 'recipe'.

Our theme was '1,2,3,4' - we had to use 1 flower, 2 ribbons, 3 brads and 4 colours or papers.

A bit daunting I thought at first but after playing around with papers, ribbons and brads, I came up with this card.

I used our SU 'Sweet Always' Designer Series Papers and co-ordinated them with matching cardstock.

Instead of the usual A6 size card, I decided to go with a square card this time. I layered the patterned paper onto Regal Rose and Whisper White card then onto the Pumpkin Pie base card.

A piece of the Rose card was then embossed with the Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' embossing folder and then die cut using the SU/Sizzix 'Top Note' die (which I was able to get from a friend).

I cut a piece off so that I could align it with the left side edge of the patterned paper. Once this piece was attached I then adhered the two ribbon strips underneath it.

For added interest in the top right-hand corner, I decided to fold back the patterned paper and attach a 3D greeting over the fold then added 3 white brads to the Rose card.

Looking in my container of flowers, I found this lovely white fabric flower and attached a little pink fabric rose to the centre so that it would pick up the colours on the rest of the card.

To finish off, I added some glitter to the little heart in the centre of the circular greeting and also to Tilda's dress along the hem and at the neckline and sleeve tops. It's a bit hard to see the details in the main photo but here is a close up which shows it a little better.

Tilda was coloured using alcohol markers for her clothes and watercolour pencils for her face and hands.

SU Supplies -

Cardstock - Regal Rose, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie

Inks - Close to Cocoa, Regal Rose

Stamps - Riveting (Retired Hostess Set)

Designer Series Papers - Sweet Always

Extras -

Ribbons - (pink taffeta, chocolate stitched grosgrain), white brads, fabric flowers, Cuttlebug embossing folder, Sizzix die, Stickles glitter glue.

If you would like to take up our challenge this week, please join in the fun along with us. We'd love to see your cards - just link your creation to our challenge site here.

Birthday Card - Urban Garden DSP

Well, another Birthday and another card. I made this card for my niece's 50th birthday last week.
I wanted to make a simple yet elegant card for her as she is not one for 'frilly ribbons and flowers' on her cards so our SU Urban Garden Designer Series Papers were the perfect choice for this card.
I layered the flower stems paper onto Baja Breeze card and then onto the Basic Grey base card.
I then cut two strips of co-ordinating paper - one in the pale Baja Breeze colour and the other in the Basic Grey which I punched out using the Scallop Border punch.
Both strips were then attached to the floral paper.
For the greeting I used the Birthday Celebrations stamp from the Upsy Daisy set and stamped it on white card using Baja Breeze ink. I then punched it out with the Scalloped Oval punch, sponged the edges with some Baja Breeze ink and attached it to the front of the card with some 3D foam dots.
To complete the card, I attached some adhesive pearls to the greeting and the scalloped strip of paper.

SU Supplies -

Cardstock - Basic Grey Baja Breeze
Stamps - Upsy Daisy set
Ink - Baja Breeze
Designer Series Papers - Urban Garden
Punches - Scalloped Oval, Scalloped Border
Extras - Self-adhesive pearls

(The birthday party was a lot of fun - it was lovely to catch up with my sister and my four nieces again. Everyone had a good time from what I've heard - we didn't stay all night but the 'stayers' partied on into the wee small hours .........)
Well, that's it for another creation - come back again soon to see what else I've made.

Thanks for dropping by - see you again soon !!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Animal Birthday Card


On the weekend we went to a Birthday party for a little boy in our family who celebrated his first birthday.
I wanted to make a really bright birthday card for him so decided to use these lovely papers and stamps from our Stampin' Up! collection.

The stamps are from the 'Wild About You' set and the papers are from the 'Jersey Shore' Designer Series.

I stamped the three animals on white card then punched them out with a circle punch. They were then attached to contrasting scalloped circles made from some of the papers in the set.

I had then mounted the dotty paper onto some dark blue card then onto the orange base card.
I crimped a strip of the dark blue paper and attached it across the lower half of the card then added the animal circles and the birthday 'medallion' using 3D foam dots.

The birthday 'medallion' was made with a dark blue scalloped circle with contrasting smaller circles adhered over the top. I then added a blue holographic peel-off sticker which was the number 'one'.

The greeting was from the same stamp set and after stamping it on white card, I inked the edges then attached it to the centre of the crimped strip. I then added a self-adhesive gem either side of the greeting to finish off the card.

SU Supplies:-
Cardstock - Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Inks - Brilliant Blue, Wild Wasabi, Pumpkin Pie
Stamp set - Wild About You
Designer Series Papers - Jersey Shore
Punches - Scalloped circle, circle punches

Extras -
Crimper, adhesive gems, 3D foam dots, peel-off stickers

It was a great day and the Birthday Boy had a lot of fun with his cousins and other family members.

Well that's it for another day - thanks for stopping by. Come back again soon to see what else I've been up to.

'Bye for now !!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #20

Hi Everyone,

Well another challenge, another card!!

The theme for this challenge was Father's Day so I searched through my boxes of papers and found the perfect paper for this card.

Here is my creation for today.

I mounted the patterned paper onto green card then onto the navy base card.
Tilda was coloured using a combination of alcohol markers and watercolour pencils / aquabrush.

I added some 3-Dimensional glaze to the little heart on her envelope.

The green strip across the card was embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I then stamped the greeting onto white card and mounted it onto a piece of pale blue card to co-ordinate with the background paper.

To finish off, I added a brown paper flower and 2 pale aqua brushed fabric flowers, using a gold brad and some self-adhesive gems for the flower centres.


Cardstock - Not quite navy, Certainly Celery, Whisper white - Stampin' Up!
Ink - Buckaroo Blue - Stampin' Up!
Greeting - Best Wishes and More - Stampin' Up! -
Crystal Effects - (dimensional glaze) Stampin' Up!
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Argyle

Extras - Flowers, gold brad, self-adhesive gems

I hope you like what I've done this week. Why don't you join in the fun and send in your version of a Magnolia - Father's Day card. Click on the link here to go to our Challenge site and upload your entry.

We'd love to see your work.

Well, that's it for this challenge - see you again in two weeks for the next one!!

'Bye for now.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

My recent cards - July / August

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned in my last post, I went to our team members' Stamp Camp recently where we made lots of team 'Swap' cards. Just prior to leaving for the camp, I was feeling very inspired so made a few cards that week - I'd like to share a couple of them with you.

This first one is a pretty floral one I designed using one of the Level 1 Hostess sets - Organic Grace.

I stamped the background with the fern leaf and dragon fly stamps using Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss inks then added a little glitter to the dragonfly wings.

The main image is the floral branch from the set which was stamped on white card then mounted onto Baja Breeze card and then onto some brushed gold card.

I added some sheer spotted white ribbon across the lower part of the base card and tied some around the main mounted image too. The main image was then attached to the base card using some 3D foam squares.

I then stamped the greeting using the Oval All set from the Summer Mini catalogue, punched it out with the large oval punch and then attached it to a gold scalloped oval which I had made using the new oval punch, also from the Summer Mini.

To finish off the card, I added some glitter to the floral image and an adhesive pearl to the greeting.

My second card was a little bit of 'fun' which I designed while playing around with some of the DS papers in the main catalogue.

I love flamingos and couldn't resist cutting out this image from one of the DS sheets in the Pink Flamingo set. I then dressed it up with some 'bling' - I used self adhesive gems for the flower centres and the bird's eye and added some glitter to the tall flower.

The background paper from the same DS set was a perfect match for the 3D flowers. I cut out the corners of the pink paper with a circle punch before attaching it to the Baha Breeze cardstock then added a gem in each corner.

The butterfly and greeting (from the Great Friend set in the Summer Mini) were stamped on white card then cut out and attached to the base card with 3D foam squares.

I then added some glitter to the centre of the butterfly and also around the edges of the greeting frame.

I had cut out a piece of Baha Breeze card using the Word Window punch and attached it to the pink background paper before covering it with the greeting.

I added an adhesive pearl to the blue strip to finish off the card.

These two cards turned out very well - I hope you like them.

In my next post I'll show you some Christmas cards I made too - please drop by again to see those.

Thanks for stopping by - hope you'll come back again soon!

'Bye for now.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

'Stamp Camp' - Swap

Hi there,

I have just returned from a weekend away at our team Stamp Camp held at Sunnystones homestead in Bacchus Marsh, Victoria. It was lovely to get away from the household chores and spend two nights and two days just stamping and having fun with some of the girls in our team (upline - Yvonne Campbell) as well as some from Kerri Hunter's team.

We had just over 20 members and enjoyed a fun-filled weekend where we all stamped our hearts out and made lots of new cards in our 'Shoe-box Swaps' - each girl designed a 'swap' card and brought enough supplies for each of the others to make a copy of that card.

It's a great way to pick up new ideas and add more beautiful cards to your collection.

Here is the card I designed for my swap using some of the new stamps from our Spring Mini catalogue which has just been released this month.

Stampin' Up! Supplies -

Cardstock - Pretty in Pink, Barely Banana, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White.
Stamps - Great Friend, Oval All, Soft Summer.
Inks and markers - Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery.
Designer Series Paper - Walk in the Park.

Extras - Crimper, scalloped oval punch, glitter.

I really enjoyed making all the cards designed by the other girls - I now have 22 new cards and lots of ideas for more - the talent I saw there on the weekend was awesome ! It was really great to pick up tips from everyone and share our designs as well as the stamp sets and other supplies which we all brought along.

When we weren't working on our swaps, we created new cards or scrapbook pages, ate lots of lollies and chocolate (a stamper's staple diet) and drank champagne, wine, or whatever took our fancy. We were spoiled with lovely meals cooked for us as well as snacks to keep our energy up
thanks to Leanne and her husband who run Sunnystones.

The resident pets (2 cats and a dog) loved the attention we gave them as they came by our tables to say Hello though I don't know what they thought of the Saturday night's entertainment when some of the girls were having a ball playing 'Sing Star' in the lounge area's conversation pit ! (Pity I don't have any video footage to show you.) LOL

I was relaxing on one of the couches watching the girls sing and the look on Misty's (the cat) face was priceless !! I would have loved to know what was going through her mind as she watched the girls belting out their songs at the top of their voices. LOL

We all had a fabulous time and got on so well - it was such a great weekend that we've booked in again for another one in November.

Drop in again soon to see what I have for you next time. I'll post some more photos of the weekend then.

'Bye for now.

Magnolia Down Under Challenge # 19

Hello everyone,

Well this fortnight's MDUC theme is 'Winter is Here' so I thought of a snow scene for Tilda.

I embossed the white card with the Cuttlebug 'Snowflakes' embossing folder then stamped the trees on another piece of white cardstock which had been sponged with light blue ink.

I added some 'snow' below the trees using 3D white paint then sprinkled over some glitter before the paint dried. I also added some falling snow dots to the main image and also on the greeting label.

Tilda was coloured using watercolour pencils and an aquabrush. Glitter was added to the embossed snowflakes and I attached some white and silver snowflake brads to the main image and also to the white spotted ribbon.


Cardstock- Stampin' Up! Soft Sky, Whisper White

Stamps - Magnolia -Tilda, Stampin' Up! Lovely as a Tree

Rub-ons - for the greeting (Stampin' Up!)

Cuttlebug Embossing Folder - Snowflakes

White spotted ribbon, white and silver snowflake brads, glitter glue.

Why don't you join in the fun and send us your 'Winter' creations - here is the link to our MDUC site. Looking forward to seeing all your beautiful cards !!

Come back again soon to see my next Magnolia Down Under Challenge card.

Thanks for stopping by.