Thursday, 27 December 2012

Week 4 of CCCB Tags Challenge

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  We had Christmas over two days so that we could spend it with both sides of the family.  We had a lovely time.

We have a few days left of our Tags challenge.  We would love for you to take part.  For some reason I was a bit ahead of myself and I posted my tag in week 3 and I was thinking I had posted it late!  It must have been the lead up to Christmas that got me all confused. 

The rest of the samples from our design team are now showing, so please pop by and take a look.

Remember to also drop by The Crafter's Cafe and join us in our Open House.


I have the privilege of hosting a game  - the ABC Game which has now started and runs for the next three days.  Come along and take part and go into the random draw of winning an image from The Stamping Boutique.  You also get a token for taking part and you can see here how the token game works. 

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Angela

Monday, 24 December 2012

Open House at The Crafter's Cafe from 26th Dec to 1st Jan

After Christmas day from 26th Decmeber to 1st January come and join us for our Open House at The Crafter's Cafe for challenges, games, prizes and lots of fun.  Each day we have a new game for you to take part it. 




During the Open House period you will receive tokens for taking part in the games and there will also be random prizes from our wonderful sponsors.  Here are some more details about the tokens.

There is also Bingo which will run during the Open House period.  Before the event starts, you will  need to choose your 25 words from the list  and PM them to Rhonda to take part.  Details are here.

We would love for you to come and join us.  Please stop by and take part.

Have a very Merry Christmas.

Angela

Saturday, 22 December 2012

CCCB - Christmas Tags - Week 4

 

Sorry my post is late this week. The tag includes an image is from The Stamping Boutique.  Unfortuantely The Stamping Boutique is closing its doors on 31st December.  They have such wonderful images and I am sad to see it go.  So make sure you drop by and buy any you would like before they close.

For my tag this week I have gone for the same style as my earlier one this month, but in green.  I wish I had used the same red marker in the stocking as I did in the other tag, but I didn't check until it was too late. 

Here is my tag for this week.



Supplies:
Cardstock: Gumball green, Whisper white
Image: Christmas Stocking from The Stamping Boutique 
Stamps: Stampin' Up - Come to Bethlehem - for senitment
Other: Stampin' Up markers, white ribbon, Sizzix snowflake embossing folder


Our sponsor this month is R J Jackson.
 

You can see the other wonderful creations the rest of the team has made here.  

  Here is the pair of mine together. 



Also at The crafter's Cafe we have Open House from 25th Decmeber to 1st January.  Come also at any time and take part.  There will be games and challenges.

Thanks for dropping by.  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas. 

Angela

Thursday, 13 December 2012

TCCB - December Challenge is Tags

It is now week 2 of our final challenge for 2012.  Time for Team B to show you some examples of this month's challenge which is to create a tag.   You can use any images, stickers, embellies, etc... from any company and make any kind of tag you like. 


The challenge will run until midnight 31st December so there's plenty of time to enter.  Please be sure to read all the rules before entering.  You can find them here.

My tag features an image from Robert Jackson our sponsor.  
This is a simple, but effective tag.  I have printed and coloured the image, then fussy cut it.  I have adhered it to the white cardstock which has been dry embossed with a Sizzix snowflake embossing folder. I sponged the edges before adhering it to the red tag.  I also added the sentiment and ribbon.
Supplies:
Cardstock: Red, white
Image: Candy Canes from Robert Jackson
Stamps: Come to Bethlehem from Stampin' Up for Sentiment
Other: Sizzix snowflake embossing folder, Real Red and Gumball Green Stampin' up Markers, white ribbon and sponge. 

Take a look and see what others in the design team have made. 
Remember to come back next week and see what Team A have for you.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

Angela

Saturday, 8 December 2012

CCCB December Challenge - Tags

Welcome to our final challenge for 2012.  This month's challenge is to create a tag.    You can use any images, stickers, embellies, etc... from any company and make any kind of tag you like.  This is the perfect chance for you to make a Christmas tag, but it doens't need to be of this theme, but this is what our teams are doing.

The challenge will run until midnight 31st December so there's plenty of time to enter.  Please be sure to read all the rules before enteringYou can find them here.

We'd like to thank our sponsor for this month, Robert Jackson.  Be sure to visit him and say thank you.
 
 
 
Come and visit The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog and see what Team A has created.  Next week come back and visit and you will get to see my creation. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Angela

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

CCCB - FInal week of the Thank You Challenge

It is the final week for The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog Challenge #10 - Thank You.  You only havel until midnight on 30th November.  We would love to see something you have created that says thank you.  There are no limits, you can use any images from any company and make whatever you want as long as it fits the theme.

Here is my creation for this final week - a shaped card.


This cute owl image is from The Stamping Boutique.

Supplies:
Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners (sentiments)
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Core’dinations Card stock – Early Espresso
Ink: Lucky Limeade,
Punches:  Owl Builder Punch, Bird Builder Punch 
Other: Labels Collection Framelit Dies, Bitty Banner Framelit Dies, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Sanding System – Sanding Block, Colouring pencils

Remember to drop by and see what others in the team have created.  

Angela




Sunday, 18 November 2012

Three cards for three special people

I needed three cards for some special friends of ours who have three birthdays within four days. They are friends from out of Auckland.  The husband and wife have their birthdays a day a part and their daughter is  is only two days before that.

The first card I made is for the daughter who is turning 11. I used the side spring style card, or as another card making friend calls it the diamond corner card.  I thought cupcakes, pink and purple is a good combination for a girl.



The second one is for my wonderful friend who I would love to see more, but since they live about 4 1/2 hours away, we only get to catch up a couple of times a year.  This is not actually a new card, but one I made a while ago (so you may recognise it from an earlier posting).  I made it when I went through a stage of making shaped cards and I have kept in my stash of cards.  I thought it would be a lovely, special card for her.



Lastly the husband is turning 40 so I thought I would make a twisted card as it creates a pocket inside, perfect to hold a voucher which we sent him for his milestone birthday. 

 

Here is the pocket it creates inside.

By the way, I am holding a class this coming weekend on the North Shore which will show you how to make this twisted card, although it will be in a Christams theme.  Please contact me if you are interested in coming.

Thanks again for stopping by.

Have a great week.

Angela





Wednesday, 14 November 2012

CCCB Challenge for November - Thank You

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog challenge for November is Thank you - Challenge #10.  We would love you to come and join us and take part.  You just need to create something to say thank you.  There are no limits, you can use any images from any company and create any kind of project you like as long as it fits our theme.

Our wonderful sponsor for this month is The Stamping Boutique  Some of our creations this month will feature some Candy Land images from The Stamping Boutique. 




If you would like to see what Team A created last week, click here.

Now in week 2 it is time for Team B to show their creations.  Here is my card:



Image: The Stamping Boutique Candy Land Winter Game Piece
Stamps: Hero Arts Thank You stamp
Ink: Versafine black ink
Card stock: White, craft, 
DSP: Creativ8
Other: Stampin' Up Framelit Dies, Scalloped Trim Edge Punch, Gems, Colouring pencils

We would love to have you join our challenge.  You have until midnight on November 30.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

Angela



Wednesday, 24 October 2012

CCCB - Second card for Halloween with Distressing

It is the final week of the monthly challenge at Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.  The challenge this month has been  Halloween with Distressing.  The challenge will run until midnight on Wednesday 31st October so you still have some time to take part. 


Our sponsor for challenge 9 is Limited Runs Digital Stamps.  Be sure to give them a visit and thank them.



Here is my card.  I have kept my card rather simple this time and away from the usual scary type images that we usually associate with Halloween. I would have liked to have coloured the cat in better.  I was inspired by the colouring of this amazing card.  I would love to be able to colour as well as this.  I watched a tutorial on You Tube to learn how to colour things in black and include shading, but I only had black and one grey colour, so I couldn't achieve the result I wanted and I had to settle for this.






Supplies:
Image: Smoochie cat from The Stamping Boutique (Sentiment - computer generated)
Markers: SU markers – Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black and Regal Rose
Card stock: Orange and black
Other: Brads, SU Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Black and White Twine,

Please have a look and see what other DT members have created.

I look forward to seeing you again soon with our new challenge next month.

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

Angela


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog - Halloween with Distressing

Welcome to my first creation for The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog (known as CCCB for short) with their challenge Halloween with Distressing - Challenge #9

Our sponsor is Limited Runs Digis.


This was a challenge for me.  I have never made a Halloween card before and I am not a huge fan of Halloween however I wanted to make a card for my new role on the design team.  I grew up not doing anything for Halloween and I guess here in New Zealand we don't celebrate it quite as much as they do in America.  In New Zealand some children dress up and go "trick or treating", but that was something I was never allowed to do and my own children don't do it either.  I don't like the idea of dressing up in scary costumes and going around the neighbourhood asking for lollies.  So my card has stayed away from the traditional witches, ghosts and scary things and I have gone for something more neutral.  It is something else I think of when it comes to Halloween - Pumpkins.  

Here is my creation.


Supplies:
Image: Pumkin Patch from Limited Runs Digis
Markers: Stampin' Up Marker pens
Stamps: Leaf stamp set - not sure of the name
Cardstock: White, orange and black 
Other: Distressing tool

Come along and see what others in the Design Team have made.

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog would love to have you join us with this challenge and create a Halloween project and include some distressing.  There are no limits, you can use any images, die cuts, etc... and can make anything you like, cards, ATCs, minis, etc... 
Remember you have until midnight on 31st October to submit your creations.

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

Angela

Monday, 8 October 2012

A new role for me at The Crafter's Cafe

Sorry that I have not had a post for a while.  The Crafter's Cafe decided to re-look at its Daily Challenges as there didn't seem to be a lot of involvement in them, so they have not been happening for the past few weeks.  They already had The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog and so now more focus will be put into this as well as our big chat events which happen every few months.  

This means I will no longer be making cards for the Monday Embellies with a Twist Challenge, but instead I am part of one of the Design Teams for The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog.  They have a month long challenge, with two teams.  One team creates samples week 1 & 3, and the other team, week 2 & 4.  I am part of Design Team B, so come back this Wendesday and see my creation.  




This month's challenge is "Halloween with Distressing"  You can already see what Design Team A have created. 

Remember to take part you need to be a member of The Crafter's Cafe.

I hope to see you again on Wednesday.

Have a great week.

Angela



Saturday, 22 September 2012

September Chat at TCC

Hi,

Sorry for the lack of posting recently.  There are some changes ahead for the daily challenges at The Crafter's Cafe, so that is why recently I haven't been posting each Monday.  More details will follow in the future.

This Saturday (22nd September) at 7-10pm Eastern time (Sunday afternoon here in New Zealand) we have our monthly/bi-monthly chat.  Please pop along and join us in the discussions.  A challenge will be posted during the chat which you will have time after the chat to take part it.  I think usually you have about a week to take part.  Remember you do need to be a member, so please join up if you haven't already done so.






Enjoy your weekend.

Angela

Monday, 20 August 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Spotlight

Today's Embellies with a Twist challenge at The Crafter's Cafe features a technique that I have never tried before - Spotlighting  We would love for you to take part in our challenge.  You have until 26th August to take part. 

If this is new to you too, here is some information from Split Coast Stampers on what to do.

My card features a digi image from The Stamping Boutique - Noah's ark


Supplies:
Card stock: white, black
Image: The Stamping Boutique - Noah's ark
Paper: Creativ 8
Other: Purple ribbon, purple gems, copics, Spellbinders nestabilities circles

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

Have a great week.

Angela

Monday, 13 August 2012

Embellies with a Twist - Birthday Celebration

We had fun in the weekend with The Crafter's Cafe's 3rd birthday and the live chat.  I was able to take part for a while before I headed out to take my kids to a birthday party.  It may have been on during the evening in some parts of America, but it was Sunday afternoon here in New Zealand.  

We also have some new challenges as part of the birthday celebration.  Have a look at some great examples and take part yourself.  I am not sure when they need to be done by, so I will get back to you on that one.






Now back to this week's Embellies with a Twist challenge - Birthday Celebration

Here is my card which features the TSB colours and also fits the embellies with a twist theme as it three gems embellishments.



Supplies
Image:  Digi image Tulips from The Stamping Boutique
Ink: Black versafine
Cardstock: white and rose pink, (I used the green copic marker to colour the white card to match the leaves)
Other: Spellbinder circle dies, copics, gems, Sizzix plaid embossing folder

Happy 3rd Birthday The Crafter's Cafe!

I hope you can visit us at The Crafter's Cafe and take part in some way.  

Have a great week!

Angela


Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Embellies with a Twist - Extended

The Monday Embellies with a Twist - Anything Goes challenge at The Crafter's Cafe has been extended for another week until 12th August, so if you haven't had a chance to take part yet, please come and join us.  Please also have a look at the wonderful creations that have been made so far. 

Here is another card I made the other day:





I used the 1" punch to cut out the circles from different patterned paper and adhered it to the embossed dotted background matted with the lucky limeade card stock and mounted onto the wisteria wonder card stock.  I only had white ribbon so I coloured it with my ink pad to match. 


Supplies:
Card stock: Wisteria Wonder, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
DSP: In colours 2011-2013 Patterns DSP stack
Accessories: 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon (inked with Wisteria Wonder ink), 1" circle punch, Polka dots embossing folder 


Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.


Enjoy the rest of your week
Angela

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Anything Goes

It is the end of the month and we have another "Anything Goes" theme for our Monday Embellies with a Twist challenge.  We would love for you to join us at The Crafter's Cafe and take part.

My card features the colours from The Play Date Cafe - Challenge #142


Here is the card:

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I coloured my image using the pink copic and a the celeste blue ink and cut it out.  I inked the inside of the happy birthday embossing folder with the celeste blue ink using a brayer, added the white card stock and put it through my cuttlebug.  I matted this onto the pink card (the edge coloured with my pink copic marker as I didn't have the right pink and that way it matched the pink on the cupcake).  I added my twine and then mounted this onto the yellow card.  I adhered the cupcake image using dimensionals and added some glossy accents on the cherry, ribbon and hearts to give a bit more dimension to the cupcake.
 
Supplies:
Image: The Stamping Boutique -  Cupcake digital image
Cardstock: Yellow and white
Ink: Celeste blue impress ink 
Other: Cuttlebug happy birthday folder, pink and white twine, glossy accents, Copics, RV02, Pen nibs,

It is also The Crafter's Cafe's 3rd birthday and on Saturday 11th August there will be a huge birthday celebration.


Hope to see you there.

Have a great week.

Angela

Sunday, 29 July 2012

A smal box of fudge

Last week I  wanted to give a little something to someone I knew who was having a small operation.  I had made some fudge so thought I would make a little box to put a few pieces in.  I could have done a little more to the box, but I needed to make something quickly.

The box:
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I used the mini pizza box style for this box. I stamped a small flower stamp over the plain purple card stock. I made a little sleeve to go around it to keep it closed.  I didn't have purple ribbon so inked the white ribbon I had and just had to give it some time to dry before I put it onto the sleeve.  Perhaps a few gems would have added to it.  

This type of box is also great  to put some small cards and envelopes in to give to someone.

The contents inside: Four pieces of russian fudge

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Here is the recipe in case you would like to try and make it yourself.

Russian Fudge (From the Edmonds Cookbook - a famous New Zealand recipe book)

3 cups sugar
½ cup milk
½ cup sweetened condensed milk
125g butter
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon golden syrup

Put sugar and milk into a saucepan.  Heat gently, stirring constantly until sugar dissolves. Add condensed milk, butter, salt and golden syrup.  Stir until butter has melted.  Bring to the boil and continue boiling to the soft ball stage, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.  Remove from heat.  Cool slightly.  Beat until thick.  Pour into a buttered tin.  Mark into squares.  Cut when cold.  Vanilla essence or chopped nuts may be added to the fudge before beating if desired. 

Soft ball stage – 114ÂșC – Drop a small amount of syrup into very cold water.  A soft ball forms that flattens on removal.

Thanks for dropping by.

Angela

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Christmas in July

I was a week ahead of myself in some ways, but a day behind in this week's post.  The card I made last week for the "Make it wet" theme was a Christmas card and the challenge for this week is "Christmas in July". So here is another Christmas card.  Please join us for the challenge. Remember that now is a great time to start building up your Christmas card supply.  The challenge has returned to the old forum layout which seems a bit easier to work with.  If you participate you can also earn points.  Click here to learn how you can earn points. 

Today's card is a small 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" card.  I thought this small sized card would be good to make for a set of cards which can fit into small pizza box, along with envelopes.

IMG_2608 Merry Christmas

I stamped my image onto white card stock and cut it to size.  I used pen nibs to colour in the leaves and berries with ink. I sponged the edges.  I mounted this onto patterned paper with dimensionals which I had matted onto Wisteria Wonder card.  I used a technique that Dawn T had taught me.  The Wisteria Wonder matted card is actually white card sponged with ink to create the coloured matted background, (I could have used wisteria wonder cardstock, but I wanted to keep the full sized piece of card for something else.)

Supplies:
Stamps: Easy Events from Stampin' Up
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Wisteria Wonder (from Stampin' Up), Fired brick distress ink

Cardstock: White
Patterned Paper: DSP In colours 2011-2013
Other: Glossy Accents, Ranger brush tip pen nibs

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

Have a great rest of the week.

Blessings,
Angela

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Make it Wet!

Our Monday challenge Embellies with a Twist is "Make it Wet" - Rain, pool snow etc.

This was a challenge for me at first as a lot of my stamps relate to flowers, butterflies - spring and summer etc.  I do have some stamps and embossing folders with snow, so I decided to go for a card with snow and create a Christmas card.

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Here is my creation.  I have gone for the textured "snowflakes" in the background.   Usually I would matt the sentiment banner onto blue card rather than adhere it straight onto the white, but I thought this may be okay against the textured background.  I would appreciate your comments on which you think would be better.

Supplies:
Stamps: The Crafts Meow, Sentiment - Hero Arts Seasons of Joy
Embellishments: Twine, pearls,
Other: Sizzix snowflakes embossing folder, silver embossing powder, Versamark ink, dimensionals
Card Stock: Royal blue and white 

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

Angela

Monday, 9 July 2012

90 Minute Scramble

In case you are wondering, there is no post this week for The Crafter's Cafe - Embellies with a Twist.  Some changes are being made to the forum, so last week's challenge is being extended for another week.  So you still have a chance to take part in our "red, white and blue" challenge.

On Sunday morning at 7am (New Zealand time) I was able to take part in another Hero Arts Flickr Group 90 minute scramble. Something I haven't been able to do for a few weeks.  It was hosted by Ger (Cards n Chocs) from Ireland.  Her challenge was "Encouragement" with an optional challenge of masking. Masking is something I hardly do, so I thought I would give that a try.  You can see Ger's wonderful inspirational card, and the other cards that were created here.

Here is my first card.
Get well

I cut a spell binder label and masked off the centre of my card and then stamped with the Hero Arts envelope stamp, and sponged around the edge of the masked off area.  I stamped the branch stamp in the middle with Shabby Shutters distress ink.  I added my sentiment in the same colour ink, but it was hardly readable so I had to restamp it in brown onto another piece of card and add it with dimensionals.  I matted my image onto brown card.


Here is my second card. 

 Get Well Soon
This time I masked the top and bottom of the card and inked the middle part with wild honey distress ink.  I tried stamping the envelope stamp over this, but it hardly came out.  You may be able to just see it in parts.  I then stamped the Hero Arts Flowers and Get Well Soon sentiment in black versafine ink.  I matted it onto a similar colour in the background.    I wondered about doing something with the centre of the flowers, but I didn't know what and I was running out of time so lastly I added the twine as I feel it needed something else.

Thanks so much for dropping by and for your comments.

Have a great week.

Blessings,
Angela

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Red, white and blue

This post is a few days late.  It has been busy with the school holidays and so I wasn't able to make the card in time or post it on Monday.  So here it is now.  Better late than never.

The colours of the card - red, white and blue are inspired by the Embellies with a Twist challenge at The Crafter's Cafe.  We would love to have you join us and take part in our challenges. 

I decided to use the sketch at Card Patterns #172 for my design.  Unfortunately this is the last sketch for Card Patterns.  Due to family commitments and things, the blog is coming to an end.  This is the third blog I have enjoyed following and taking part in their challenges that is coming to a close.  A few months ago there was Wee Memories and then more recently, Lily Pad Cards.  I can imagine that a lot of time and effort goes into these challenges blogs (probably more than most of us realise) and I can appreciate that sometimes a good thing has to end and other priorities like family, need to come first. I know that even I struggle to get to my blog sometimes and that wouldn't be as much work as running a challenge blog.  So thank you for all of you who run the challenge blogs.


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I am also entering this in the Casual Friday challenge CFC59 - Round and round - Use 2 circles.

Supplies:

Image: Tulips digital stamp from The Stamping Boutique
Stamps: HA Happy Birthday
Patterned Paper: Cre8tiv
Other: Copics, Red and white twine, Small heart punch from Stamping Up,

Tonight was a special night.   We had a formal evening at our church, City Impact Church, celebrating its 30th birthday - today!  A very special occasion.  I have been at the church for 20 of those years.  I have seen a lot of changes and growth.  I have been blessed in so many ways by the church, including meeting my husband there.  Click here if you are interested in seeing a video about the 30 years of City Impact Church.



Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.  Enjoy the rest of your week.

Angela

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Purple and flowers

I nearly forgot to take a photo of today's card.  I remembered in the car just before I had to take it inside ready for everyone to sign.  I manged to take a quick photo in the car with my phone, so not the greatest picture.

This is a larger sized card.  I needed a thank you/farewell card to give to one of our church "Music Box" team members who is moving on from our team since her son is off to school soon.  "Music Box" is what our church calls "Mainly Music" - a music and movement seesion for preschools with their mums/caregivers.  Lots of songs, actions, and props (shakers, ice cream containers as drums etc)  The children love it and have lots of fun.  I enjoy helping out and my 16 month old likes to take part too.  She just loves music.  I needed to make a big card so we had room for us all to add our farewell wishes.  I decided not to put a sentiment on it.


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My first challenge was finding a background stamp big enough.  Even stamping two rows of the envelope stamp was not quite big enough so I remembered Dawn's background technique and created my own with the small flower stamp.  (Thanks Dawn)  Once again another card  of mine with layers.  (Something I seem to like doing in my cards).  I recently looked back at the cards I have been making over the past few months and there tends to be a theme of lots of flowers and dry embossing - I think I like the texture that creates. 

Anyway, back to today's card.  I matted this flower created background onto a darker purple card.  I white embossed two larger flowers and two slightly smaller flowers.  I fussy cut them and layered them too. Before I adhered my matted background onto the white card I added the purple panel with the punched scalloped edges and added the twine.  Finally I added the gems. 

Supplies:
Large card approx 6"x8"
Stamps: Small flower (used to create the background) Paper Salon PS1334E15, HA Four flowers CG290
Other: Twine, white embossing powder, embossing ink, gems, SU scalloped edge punch
Cardstock: white, lilac, purple
Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.
Angela

Monday, 25 June 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Circles


"Circles" is the theme for the "Embellies with a Twist" Monday challenge at The Crafter's Cafe.

I chose these colours so it would be more a masculine card.   It also uses the June sketch from Hero Arts.   The first card had the plain cream background.  I wondered if the card needed something more to it, so I made a second card and added the envelope stamp in the background.  Please let me know which one your prefer.


Circles without background


Circles with background

Supplies:
Stamps: Hero Arts - Envelope stamp S5507; Zig zag stamp CG422; Old french writing H2365; Branch background CG122; Happy Birthday C5594          
Other: Sizzix plaid embossing folder, gold embossing powder, embossing ink, Chocolate Impress ink

Cardstock: cream, copper, mulled wine 


Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

Have a great week.

Angela




Friday, 22 June 2012

Ribbon Panel Card

On Wednesday I was able to attend a Stampin Up class at Julia's place.  We made a lovely ribbon panel card.  It was a fun card to make.  It was a little fiddly weaving the ribbon and we had to make sure we kept the same cross over pattern on the front and back, but in the end it was well worth it.  I have kept the middle panel blank to write a message on.  I had fun using the Stampin Up coordinating bird and flower stamps and punches to decorate the card.

Riboon panel card

Supplies:
Cardstock: Lucky Limeade
Paper: PDS paper from the 2011-2012 colour range (Lucky Limeade)
Ink: Calypso Coral & Lucky Limeade

Stamps: Language of Friendship set
Punches: Bird Builder & Boho Blossoms
Other: Zutter, Calypso coral ribbon, Framelite dies

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.  Have a great weekend.

Angela



Monday, 18 June 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Layers

This week's challenge at The Crafter's Cafe is to make a card with layers and of course include embellishments.  We would love you to take part and join us with this challenge.  Remember that you do need to register and become a new member of the forum if you wish to take part.  I forgot to log in first last week and so my card appeared as a guest.  I will remember from now on.

I often like to include layers, so I had lots of fun with this challenge.  Here is the card I created, using purples, one of the colours I really like to use in my cards.

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To create the background I stamped the flower in black ink onto the purple card (Thanks Dawn for sharing this technique of creating your own background).  I embossed the lilac card and cut a panel and adhered it to the purple card and added the ribbon.  I printed my image, coloured it with copics, added the Hello sentiment.  I then matted it onto the dark pink card to match the main colour of the card.  Lastly I added the kindy glitz. 

Supplies:
Image: The Stamping Boutique - Flower Cart (On sale for $2 instead of $3)
Stamp: Flower stamp from Simon Says (from a  goodie bag prize from A Blog Named Hero, HA Hello stamp
Ink: Versafine black ink
Cardstock: Purple, lilac, bright pink, white
Other: Cuttlebug floral screen embossing folder, ribbon, kindy glitz, copics

Thanks again for stopping by.

Have a great week.

Angela

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Balloon Fun

Last night I had some time to do some card making again.  I was inspired by some cards I had seen on Dawn's blog.  I love the way she used her stamp to create the background.  Today's card is CASED from Dawn.  When I saw her card with balloons I remembered the HA balloon stamp that I have.  I haven't used the stamp for a while.  It is a great stamp to have for kid's cards. 

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My balloon stamp is a bit bolder than Dawn's.  I was going to use white and blue card, but the blue didn't quite match the card, so I did what Dawn did and inked my matted card too.  Such a clever idea, Dawn!  I decided to add twine rather than a bow so it would be more fitting for a boy.

Supplies:
Ink: Impress Celestre Blue                              
Stamps: HA Floating Balloon D1207, HA Happy Birthday C5594
Cardstock: White
Other: Twine (Dilly Dally "Celebrate" twine from My Mind's Eye), Copics

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

Angela

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - No Sentiment

I am not getting to add to my blog quite so much these days.  Not as much as I would like! Anyway, I did find time to make a card for the Monday daily challenge for Embellies with a Twist this week at The Crafter's Cafe is "No Sentiment".

You will see at The Crafter's Cafe there is a new layout with the daily challenges.  Even though I am a member of The Crafter's Cafe, I had to register with this new forum, so you will need to too if you would like to take part.  I know the new layout may take a bit of getting used to.  The Crafter's Cafe has just introduced a new points system for taking part in challenges and other things.  Part of the reason for the new layout is to help you track your points.  Please come along, take a look and join us in our challenges.  We would love to have you play along.

My card uses a sketch from Card Patterns #169 and the colours from The Play Date Cafe - PDCC135.





Birthday cake
Supplies:
Image: Candle cake from Tiffany Doodles
Stamps: Hero Arts Envelope stamp
Ink: Impress Celeste Blue
Cardstock: blue, orange

Other: Twine, brad, copics, patterned paper, Sizzix plaid embossing folder

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Blessings,
Angela



Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Embellies with a Twist at TCC - Swirls

This week the Monday challenge for Embellies with a Twist at The Crafter's Cafe is "Swirls".  Please join us this week with your creation using swirls.  If you are not already a member of  The Crafter's Cafe, it is free to join up, and we would love to have you along.

This card also features the colours for the colour challenge at A Blog Names Hero "Color me a Hero" - Challenge #5.  (I am from New Zealand so I used the UK way of spelling colour).  I didn't have the forth greeny/yellow colour so I have kept to the other three, pink, light blue and brown/kraft. 


I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Challenge - "Anything Goes"

Here is my card:

Cupcakes

Supplies:
Image: "Cupcake digital stamp" from The Stamping Boutique.
Stamps: Hero Arts Happy Birthday
Ink: Versafine Black
Cardstock: dusty pink, blue and kraft
Other: Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder, gems, glossy accents, Copics BG01 & RV02

I initially started off with just one cupcake, but that didn't seem to be enough for the card, so I decided to do three of different sizes.  I coloured the cupcakes using copics.  I dry embossed the swirls onto kraft card, framed this with blue and added it to my pink card.  I used dimensionals to mount my cupcakes onto the card.  I stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment onto pink card, added the banner shape to one end and  framed it with the blue cardstock.  I also added this using dimensionals  Lastly I added some gems and glossy accents on the top of the cupcake.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments which are always gratefully received.

Have a great week.

Angela


Monday, 28 May 2012

Embellies with a Twist - The Crafter's Cafe

Last week I made a card for The Crafter's Cafe challenge - distressing.   I distress edged the image and used blue ink to edge it, but I realised later (after I had taken the photo and given the card to the birthday boy) that I didn't really include an embellishments.  Oops!  I also had several days of no internet or home phone and visitors from Japan, so not really any time to make another card or do a blog post.  Hopefully this week things are back on track!

The theme for Embellies with a Twist is "Anything Goes"

My card this week also uses the colours and inspiration from Lily Pad Cards "Vera's View Challenge"
Here is the inspirational photo.


Here is my card for this week and I did remember the embellishments!

HA flowers

Ink: Distress Ink - Shabby Shutters, Impress Ink - Pansy, Archival Brillance - Aurora (just the pink)
Stamps: HA Four Flowers CG290, HA Hello, HA Envelope Pattern background stamp S5507
Embellishments: Liquid pearls, pearls,
Cardstock: Purple, white.

I stamped the background envelope pattern stamp using the shabby shutters ink (although it looks slightly more brown in the photo).  I stamped two of each flower in the green, pink and purple ink and cut them out and put them together.  I inked some white card with shabby shutters ink to frame the patterned background and mounted this on the purple card.  I added the flowers onto the envelope pattern backgournd and added some liquid pearls in the middle.  The background for the "Hello" sentiment is also white card inked with shabby shutters and mounted onto purple card with the pearls added.

Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.

Angela


Saturday, 26 May 2012

More of Stamp Camp

Here is some other creations I made at Stamp Camp. This style card would be great if you want to put a few different things inside. 

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What I really like using in this card was the "Summer Illusion" embossing powder.  It is a orangey/copper colour. I used this on the butterfly (which is on vellum) and the words in the third panel.

Circle Flip It Card:
I really like this flip-its style card.  The card was cut using the new Sizzix circle flip-its card die.  (This was already pre-cut for us).  I really like how the card works and would like to make some more, but at $60 for the die here in New Zealand it is quite expensive!  I see that Jennifer McGuire also made some of these cards on her blog recently. Click here to see her amazing card.  I think it can be made without the die too, so I may have to try that, but I am sure that is a lot harder.

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I added lots of embellishments to this card - die cut butterfly, ribbon, flowers, etc.

Hidden message card:

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This card was made with patterned paper stuck together with jac paper.  The card was decorated with lots of flower stickers from one sheet.
The diagonal parts were cut carefully, to allow the contrasting colour pieces to be slid in and create a hidden part which can be opened up. (Sorry a bit hard to explain here)

Here is the hidden message part. 
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Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.

Have a great day.

Angela