Wednesday 26 August 2009

Never ending friend

Well helloooo again.
I'm back with a card I made for the fabulous Sam's birthday last week. Now I have to confess that I felt more than a bit of creative pressure to make a special card for Sam, being the paper guru that she is. Thankfully though, I had just made my first never ending card, (after seeing this one by very clever Karen), & hoped that Sam would like them as much as I did.

So what is never-ending-card? It's a card with different panels that turn & show you a new view, again & again & again until you're back to the first view again. I found myself just sitting turning it again & again just because it's fun (plus a little OCD maybe?).

Anyway, to show you what I mean, here are all the views. This is the front:

This is the second view: & the third:& the fourth:
& here it is standing up with the front & second view open.
It's pretty easy to make once you get the hang of the folding. Accurate cutting, scoring & folding make a difference too. The thing that takes the longest is decorating it...especially if you're as indecisive as me. My version is 14.1cm square (that extra 1mm helps it to fold easier!) & the 4 individual card pieces you need are 7cm x 14.1cm each, so you only need an A4 sheet of card.
Karen explains how to layout the card here, but I also found Dawn Griffiths video really helped the pennies to drop, or in this case the card to fold. Thanks so much ladies for sharing your wisdom. You rock!
If you'd like any other info, just drop me a line. I also have another version to show you, which I made with Trendy Trees. Still need to take some pics though, so it'll have to wait for another time. In the meantime...

Bye for now & inky wishes

Stamps: Great Friend, Always, Best Yet
Card: choc chip card, Sweet Always DSP
Ink: choc chip, regal rose, pretty in pink, pink pirouette

Thursday 20 August 2009

A little odd...but funny

Quick & fun post ahead....Here's another card I made for my gorgeous friend Ngaire, just because I thought it would make her laugh.The stamped image is from a slightly left of field little set called "That's Funny', which I was lucky to win at Convention. I hadn't ordered it as I wasn't sure that I would use it a lot, but it's a fun one to have. I coloured the image with my Aqua Painter™ & kiwi, baja, not quite navy & blush blossom ink pads. Here's a closer shot. The layout is very simple, so I won't waffle about it, but please let me know if you have any questions.

Back soon with some more inkiness.

Stamps: That's Funny
Card: baja breeze, kiwi kiss, not quite navy & whisper white card, Urban Garden DSP
Ink: black stayz-on ink pad, kiwi kiss, baja breeze, not quite navy & blush blossom ink pads
Tools: piercing tool & mat pack piercing template

Monday 3 August 2009

Hippos, birdy & a rocket too

Here I am again with the long promised second watercolour class card plus some more final 'Pun Fun' projects. Warning - this is a looong post! Anyhoo, here are all the hippos I made:
The layout probably looks familiar, as I really liked the layout on this pink hippo card, & used it again here. I swapped the baby colours too for riding hood red, tangerine tango, old olive & so saffron - & voila, a much bolder & flexible combo. I chose to use Mr Hippo at the classes, but I had some other examples to show the girls, which I'll show you here too.
Everyone chose their own 'Pun Fun' image & ink colours. I wish I'd taken a pic of all their creations, as it was great to see all the different hippos, rocket & cats. The DSP is a lovely print from the Haiku pack & the ribbon is vanilla grosgrain. The olive panel etc is popped up on dimensionals. The greeting was washed over with the olive crayon.

This was my original hippo – coloured with not quite navy, old olive & tangerine tango.
Then, for the first first class, I gave the tangerine tango a squeeze (sorry!) with some olive & riding hood red:For the second class, I went for old olive, riding hood red & tangerine tango:
Ngaire's Birdy
I also made this version using Mr Birdy for my darling friend Ngaire's birthday (Ngaire from the UK in most of her comments on my blog).Mr Birdy was coloured in pumpkin pie & so saffron with an old olive & riding hood red hat. I added some ribbon tabs (I know Ngai loves a good ribbon tab) & my fave greeting from 'On Your Birthday'. Love your work Ngai!
Tip: Never throw out scraps of ribbon 3cm or more long, as they are perfect for ribbon tabs. The red & kiwi were actually scraps left from my convention make & takes).
Scrappy Rocket
And finally (this really is the last Pun Fun project for now)...
Here's a little rocket card I made using similar colours that the girls at the class liked. This was made with scraps on my desk when I initially coloured all my 'Pun Fun' images, so the card size is a bit one-offish. My colour-in-ning wasn't so good on the whisper white, but you get the idea! As for the rest of the card, there's some 'Sanded' background stamping on the base & the tangerine square is pierced with the mat pack (hadn't pierced for ages but I feel a new phase coming on!).The greeting is the matching greeting for the rocket.

Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed seeing my 'Pun Fun' projects. Let me know which one was your favourite (if you have one).

Inky wishes

Pun Fun class hippos & Ngaire's birdy
Stamps: Pun Fun, On Your Birthday
Card/paper: watercolour paper, riding hood red, tangerine tango, so saffron, old olive, Haiku DSP
Ink: black stayz on ink pad, riding hood red, tangerine tango, ink pads, old olive, not quite navy, so saffron, pumpkin pie Watercolor Wonder™ crayons (non in-colours) or ink pads
Accessories: celery grosgrain ribbon (class), kiwi, tangerine & riding hood red striped ribbon
Tools: Aquapainter
Scrappy Rocket
Stamps: Pun Fun
Card/paper: watercolour paper, riding hood red, tangerine tango, kiwi kiss
Ink: black: stayz on ,ink pad ruby red, garden green & pumpkin pie Watercolor Wonder™ crayons
Accessories: tangerine tango striped ribbon
Tools: Aquapainter, Mat pack piercing template & mat, piercing tool

Saturday 1 August 2009

Spring comes early

It's a gorgeous blue sky morning in Sydney today, which makes me hopeful that some Spring weather is on it's way soon. Spring has definitely arrived a month early at Stampin' Up! though, with today's launch of the Spring Mini Catalogue. It's full of new stamps, papers, brads, ribbon & lots of ideas to get you in the mood for some warmer weather. I have lots of new goodies to play with....when I get a chance.
Click on the picture or here to view the catalogue online. I'll be mailing copies shortly to all customers who haven't been to a July class. Contact me at if you're not on my mailing list & would like a free one too.
I'm also in the process of organising some ribbon & accessory shares. Stay tuned to your mail box for more info coming soon.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend.
Inky wishes
PS: I have actually taken pics of the last watercolour class project, so will be ready to post it once I get a bit of editing done.