Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pop Up Cards

I am having a lovely time at the moment exploring the world of pop ups. This design of card and others are being demonstrated in my pop up class at the moment. Contact me if you would like to attend a class.

That's my naughty dog Ellie in the background digging up the garden !

Its a lovely rainy weekend in Sydney so hoping to get lots of stamping done. Might even get a couple more posts written !

Monday, May 24, 2010

Stampin' Up! Convention 2010

I have just returned from the Stampin' Up! Annual Convention which was fantastic. This year it was held in Sydney which was an added attraction as it is my home town.
Conventions always start with exchanging swap cards which is a great way to meet people. The picture above shows my swap cards. Click here to see a better picture in a past post.
You could give one of your swaps to Stampin' Up! and they put them on boards for everyone to see. This is one of the boards. The standard of the cards was amazing.

More pictures to come in the next post.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Blog Hop has began!

Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s first ever blog hop. You may have arrived here from Ryn's blog or just be visiting my blog, whichever way once you’ve checked out my creations you can continue the hop through the link at the end of this post to the next team member.

What style of cards do we frequently get asked for inspiration for? More often than not it’s masculine cards, be it little boys or grandfathers everyone seems to struggle with cards for the males in our lives. So as a team we thought we’d help you out by providing you with 20 team members’ fantastic blogs that you can hop through and get lots of fantastic ideas from.

Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each blog and then email Michelle Dyson and let her know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize of 20 handmade cards plus other goodies.Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU! demonstrators.

My Male Cards

Faux Wood makes a great background for male cards. Last month I held classes to make cards for men using the faux wood technique. We had lots of fun using different stamps for the centre.

I love using the stamp set 'Seaworthy ', shown below, and for an Australian theme 'All Aboriginal' looks very masculine.

The faux wood is made by scoring lines 1 cm apart down the length of the card then wiping two different stamp pads down the card. That's it !! You can add a bit of detail by drawing in planks and nails. The ink colours used in this card are Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel.
The frame is made using 4 thin strips of chocolate chip , stuck together to form a frame. Each corner has a brad inserted then the frame is attached to the card using dimensionals.
I have stamped another sail and stuck it over the top of the original sail to give a 3d effect
To finish the inside I inserted a brown liner to cover the string threaded through from the front. The message and boats were stamped on to Very Vanilla card .

This is the card using the All Aboriginal stamp set. The lizard was stamped using the rock'n roll technique. Great for overseas cards.

These are examples of other cards you can make with this technique, the number is endless.

Well that’s all from me. I hope you are enjoying the blog hop and getting lots of inspiration.
Next stop on the INKlings’ Team Blog Hop is Beth Stewart.
Have fun and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy.
Here is a list of all the blogs taking part in this hop !

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

First Ever Inklings Blog Hop !

On Thursday 13th May at 8pm The Inklings are having their first ever Team Blog Hop.

If this doesn't mean a thing , a blog hop links a group of blogs together with the aim of displaying lots of ideas on a chosen theme. You just click on the link on each blog to move to the next, easy.

Tomorrow there will be 20 team members joining in and blog candy(prizes, for those new to blogging) to give away.

Just come back to my blog after 8pm tomorrow and follow the links.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Colour Challenge

This is the card I made for the last Cyberstamp challenge. This challenge was to make a card using Pumpkin Pie, Orchid Opulance, So Saffron and Kiwi Kiss.

I used the new Cottage Garden Stamp Set . The flowers were punched out using the 5 petal flower punch, save hours of cutting out and the background spots were embossed , of course, on the Big Shot.

The all white background was inspired by a card that Sue Walsh made and dislayed on her very active Consuming Passion blog.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Congratulations Gwen !!

Gwen has won a stamp set for entering her card into my April challenge.
This month I tried something different and used a random number generator and number 3 came up. Gwen was the third entry.
These are the stamp sets that Gwen can choose from.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

April Challenge - Male Cards

These are the entries for the April Male card challenge.

1. Jo's card
2. Annette's Card

3. Gwen's Card

4. Kim's Card

5. Melinda's Card

Thanks everyone for your entries. I have put them in the order I received them. I will use a random number generator to pick the winner of the stamp set over the weekend. They are all so good I couldn't pick a winner.
Watch out for next months challenge.

Scrapbooking Challenge

The first challenge in this months cyberstamp was to make a scrapbook page using the layout for the card on page 52 of the Stampin' Up! main catalogue.

I used a photo i love of my son on his last day of school a few years ago. Unfortunately it didn't photograph very well but hopefully you get the idea.