Monday, November 24, 2008

Magnet Christmas Calendars

I have been getting busy making and creating more stuff for Christmas including cards, gifts, wrapping paper, bags, etc. I have been making up these super cute Magnetic Calendars using Kaiser Craft wood. They are so simple and quick to make and they are such nice and practical gifts to give to a friend, relative, work colleague, loved one or someone you haven't seen in a while. Here are 2 of the ones I have made recently using Dashing DSP. I have used the same piece of DSP for each just flipped it over to showcase both designs! I have stuck an old fridge magent on the back of them so the calendar can be in the most practical spot in the house! Your fridge!

Here's a close up of each...

The one below I have taken a photo of it whilst it is a magnet on the fridge I got given on the weekend. Such a good pick up I think the lady who gave it to me will be getting more than just one of these!

Stamp Set and Ink: NONE!
Card Stock: Real Red, Old Olive, Dashing DSP
Accessories: Real Red and Old Olive Wide grosgrain, Sanding block, Mini Calendars, Kaiser Craft Wood

Now on a lighter note... While I was taking photo's out the back under the patio where my new fridge is residing temporarily Miss Purdy was watching me. She rarely makes alot of noise but she kept whinging as if to say "don't take photo's look at me I'm cute!" So because of that I got this rather cute photo of her snuggled up looking oh so comfortable! Oh the life of a dog!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Keesh's Layout Challenge

Hi all,

I'm back from a well deserved break away. Not as long as I would have liked but just some lovely down time. I arrived home to check out what has been happening in blog world only to find a new challenge by Makeesha Byl. If you haven't checked out this women's work please go have a look tell her I sent you! She really is a talent! This week she has posted a layout challenge that I just had to get my hands on. So I sacrificed my nanna nap to give it a whirl and here's one of the things I came up with...

Stamp Sets: Polka Dot BG, Season of Joy
Cardstock: Old Olive, Whisper White, Purely Pomegrante
Ink: Old Olive, Purely Pomegrante, Versamark
Accessories: White Grosgrain Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Mat Pack, Dimensionals

I also started on a scrapbook page which I wasn't quite happy with so I'm going to let it settle overnight and see if I come up with anything else amazing tomorrow...

Happy Stampin'

Friday, November 21, 2008

Happy Anniversary Hunny

I got my camera back! Which means I can share with you something I made this week! Mine and my boyfriends anniversary was on Wednesday so to celebrate I made him a card. He loves landscapes and sunsets so I made him this beautiful Michelle Zindorf inspired card which he loved.

I stamped the Lovely as a tree image in versamark onto glossy white cardstock and then embossed in black powder and then sponged colour on in a range of colours. It looks really stunning.

Stamp Set: Lovely as a tree
Cardstock: White Glossy Cardstock, Basic Black, Mellow Moss
Ink: Versamark, Yoyo Yellow, Blush Blossom, Apricot Appeal, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Black embossing powder, Black Brads, Sponges

Happy Stampin'

Amethyst Bloomin'

Hi kids,

I am so sorry for my absense this week or so. I hate when it leads up to Christmas there is always just so much going on. I have been doing some stuff this week but the images are all on my camera which my brother took with him to his year 10 formal last night so you will just need to settle with a card that I made a while ago but never really added here. Again it is using that GORGEOUS flower from Bloomin' with beauty from the Spring Mini. If you like it please get in fast as it (and the other sets in the mini) won't be available for purchase after 30th November!
I made this card for my mum to give to our "aunty and uncle" for there anniversary back in September. I think it's really elegant and pretty.
I watercoloured the flower in mellow moss for the stem and leaves and then a combination of almost amethyst, elegant eggplant, bashful blue and ballet blue for the flower and petals. I love how the colours have combined together so perfectly. Here's a close up.
Stamp Set: Bloomin' with beauty, Short and Sweet, French Script*
Cardstock: Watercolouring paper, Very Vanilla, Almost Amethyst
Ink: Almost Amethyst, Elegant Eggplant, Bashful blue, Ballet Blue
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Mellow Moss Gingham Ribbon, Hodgepodge, Sponge Daubers
I will be going away this weekend for mine and my boyfriends anniversary. I will post some photo's and more projects when I return home.
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

I'm a sucker for Colour Challenges

During the week I have came across a few colour challenges and although life is super hectic I can't help but want to make a card for it. The first colour challenge I tackled was a challenge by the lovely Makeesha Byl using Choc Chip, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery and Very Vanilla. I love these colours! I came up with the following card using a layout that I had seen on her blog. I was going from memory though and it isn't exactly like the layout but I'm still happy with it.

Stamp Set: Bloomin with Beauty
Ink: Certainly Celery, Regal Rose, Choc Chip
Cardstock: Watercolour paper, Choc Chip, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery Prints DSP
Accessories: Aqua Painter, Corner rounder, Hemp Twine, Spounge Daubers
Technique: Watercolouring
I then saw the latest Kristina Werner colour challenge using some more beautiful colours. Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Sahara Sand. Soooo Pretty. I had to make a thank you card for my mum to give to family mate who helped us with the electricals on our new spa so thought these colours could be used. Here's the quick and easy but stylish card I made.
I was a little worried it wasn't very masculine but my dad and brother told me it they liked it (which is HUGE) so I'll take there word for it. I coloured the branch from Always in Certainly Celery and then the branches in Old Olive. Here's a close up...
Stamp Set: Always, Occasional Greetings
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive (Marker), Certainly Celery
Accessories: Wide Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, hemp twine, sahara sand eyelet, crop a dile, word window punch
Thanks for looking!
Have a great Thursday night!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Birthday Gifts

I work with a guy who thinks I am extremly talented. Not only for my card making but also my cookie making skills particularly my white choc macadamia cookies and my anzac cookies. He keeps encouraging me to quit me job and open my own shop called "Dani's Cards and Cookies." Apart from me not being able to make enough money from something like this I feel the novelty would wear off quickly. So I simply have decided to stick with thoughtful and enjoyable to make gifts instead!
For his birthday I made him the following card. It's masculine but could also be used as a Christmas card. He thought it was lovely and proudly displays it on his desk.
I used Sahara Sand and Wild Wasabi with a touch of white from my gel pen. I think Sahara sand can be used to really masculine a card up but is still very calming. I stamped the tree's in wild wasabi and versamark and then embossed in clear powder. I then went over it with my white gel pen to highlight the trees and also give it a sort of "snowed on look." I then paper peirced along the outside and joined together every second one with a gel pen. So simple but gives a whole new effect instead of regular faux stitching. I also roughed the edges up with my thumb nail. Here's a close up so you can see all those things in detail...
Stamp Set: Lovely as a tree
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Versa Mark
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Mat Pack, White Gel Pen, Hodgepodge Hardware, Wild Wasabi double stitched ribbon
Also as mentioned he loves my cookies so I make him a batch of anzac cookies as we had no macadamias. I put 2 cookies into the Med cello bags (from SU!) and tied them with Real Red wide grosgrain ribbon. So simple but they look so good!
Easy gift to make and yet quite cheap also and it was very appreciated because he had enough cookies to last him a week!
Also only limited spots left for tomorrows class! Please contact me soon to save your spot.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Thanks to all and some cute gifts!

They say in times of need you can always tell who your true friends are and who you can rely on. That has been evident throughout the last few weeks. They have been tough on me and a real challenge and really not anything I am used to coping with. I have been given so much support from my Stampin' Up! crew and so many people have offered there support and a shoulder if I need it. I want to thank each of you (You should know who you are) for your emails, messages, cards and support. It has really made me feel so loved and special by each of you, some of whom I have never met. None of you have asked me to explain my situation just given me the opportunity to talk if I need and I do thank you so much for that.

Apart from Stampin' Up! I must give a huge Thanks to my best mate in the whole world, Kris! If it wasn't for this girl I don't think I would have got through everything as quickly and as positively as I did. She has been my rock and I love her so much for this and everything else she has blessed me with. I know that what happens over the next few days, weeks, months and years I will be able to deal with it because of her. Thanks Kris you rock my bright, coloured, striped, odd socks! :)
To thank Kris for everything she has done I decided to make her a little thank you gift and made her a sweet little gift bag, gift cards and pull treat. She really is one for things matching so I decided to keep the same colours and design across all projects which she really appreciated. She loves Chocolate Browns so I very easily chose Chocolate Chip as one of the primary colours. I then teamed together a few other colours I wouldn't usually put together but think they look very complimentary. The names of the colours also sound like a yummy desert Vanilla Pomegrante and Chocolate... Mmmmm!

Here is a picture of all 3 projects together. Gift Bag on left, Pull Treat in the middle and sample of the gift cards on the right. There was a set of 5 cards in the bag.
Below is the Pull treat I made... Can you guess what's in it???

Mmmmmm... Dairy Milk! Nearly as good as a best friend, Not quiet though! My brother was selling these for a fundraiser for school and they fit perfect for pull treats. I think I'll be buying all of his next box lol!
Here is the gift bag I made her. It is quite little but so cute and it holds exactly 5 cards. You could make it larger if you want depending on what your putting in it. I made her an embellished K out of chipboard covered in Choc Chip Cardstock. She loved this and wanted to make it into a necklace lol! I told her I would if she wanted me too. Here's a close up...
Stamp Set: So Swirly Wheel, Think Happy Thoughts
Cardstock: Choc Chip, Purely Pomegrante, Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow
Ink: Purely Pomegrante, Sage Shadow
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8" 1 1/2" and 3/4" circle punches, Corner Rounder Punch, Dimensionals, Brads, Jumbo Eyelets, Very Vanilla Ribbon, ChipBoard
I hope you like this cute and so simple projects as much as she did as we are making something simular in pink and black at my class on Sunday. I really hope you can make it along. Hurry because spaces are filling!
Have a great evening