Sunday, February 22, 2009

Garden Whimsy (again)

Welcome to the second instalment in my garden whimsy bonanza! I used the colour wheel to come up with the colour combo. It uses three of my favourite colours so I'm a bit excited!

One of my upcoming hostesses has asked for cards which are suitable to give to little girls. This is quite a challenge for me because I have 2 sons, and 3 brothers and I am totally not girly at all. (It makes you wonder how on earth I got into stamping!) I have been making lots of girly cards lately, trying to find the perfect one for a workshop. This might be it.... I'm not sure... I tend to change my mind from one day to the I guess we'll see!

Stamps: Garden Whimsy

Cardstock: Perfect plum, sage shadow, whisper white, pretty in pink

Ink: versamark, perfect plum, pretty in pink, elegant eggplant

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Garden Whimsy

Can anyone tell me how it is that I have made it through the first 6 months of my Stampin Up life without Garden Whimsy?! I've had it for a whole 2 days now, and I love it so much I have already churned out 5 cards with it.

I also got the colour wheel, and I have to say, when I first looked at some of the combinations, I thought that I had well and truly wasted my money. But now that I have actually used it, I love it as well! The pink/plum/sage is my new favourite colour scheme. (Expect to find that everywhere because I happen to have stock of all those colours.)

I tried to use the rock and roll technique on the card above but I couldn't quite get it to look how I wanted it to. I ended up inking the middle of the card with summer sun and then sponging ruby red around the edges. It seemed to give a better blend. I was quite happy with how this turned out. Even my husband liked this one!

Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Short and sweet

Cardstock: Elegant eggplant, summer sun, ruby red, whisper white

Ink: elegant eggplant, summer sun, ruby red, garden green

Accessories: elegant eggplant grosgrain ribbon

Monday, February 9, 2009

Where to get ideas...........

Notice any eerie similarities between those two cards? Check out the middle card on page 85 of the catalogue. Spooky!!! Actually, not really. Just very uncreative on my part!

One of the most common things I get asked at workshops is "how do you come up with the ideas?" I also hear comments like "I could never think of anything to do". This is how I quite frequently feel, so I just CASE (copy and share with everyone) from all the bountiful stamping resources we have around us!! And the very best place to start looking is your catalogue. It's full name is Idea Book and Catalogue, because that's just what it is!

I went to a demonstrator team meeting a few months ago, and the ever-talented Marelle demonstrated a card using the ocean commotion set. The colours and stamps were different, but the layout was almost exactly the same as the middle card on page 85 of the catalogue. It really showed me just how useful and flexible the catalogue really is, and it inspired me to make the two cards you can see here.

It required minimal thought on my part to come up with two cards which are totally different! One is very feminine (so not me) and one is very kid-ish (no comment). I love them both and neither cost me any creative juices!!!

Other places to check out for inspiration are, (it would take years to get through everything on that site!) and also the blogs of other demonstrators (links are in the sidebar).

So really, there are no excuses! Get stamping!

Stamps: wild about you
Cardstock: real red, wild wasabi, brilliant blue, only orange
Paper: east coast prep
Ink: brilliant blue, real red, wild wasabi

Stamps: polka dot punches
Cardstock: regal rose, certainly celery, blush blossom
Ink: certainly celery, versamark
Other: Half-back pearls, elegant eggplant ribbon, so swirly jumbo wheel

Thursday, February 5, 2009

A Rose Red Valentine

Yes, another rose red card!!!

My husband and I generally don't acknowledge valentines day. We're a bit hopeless like that. One year, we didn't even remember our own wedding anniversary, which didn't bother either of us in the slightest! (He is, however, totally in trouble if he forgets my birthday!) So I wasn't going to make any valentine's cards, but my SIL requested one for her upcoming workshop. I was compelled to use rose red (of course!), and I also wanted to make the most of the hearts in polka dot punches set in the sale-a-bration catalogue. This is what I came up with, which I think turned out pretty well.

Cardstock: Whisper white, basic grey, rose red
Ink: rose red, white
Stamps: polka dot punches, short and sweet
Other: rose red wide ds ribbon, linen thread

Rose Red DSP

There are only 2 more months until this year's in colours will be gone forever, so I'm trying to wean myself off purely pomegranate. I've decided to replace my obsession with rose red - which is actually quite close to purely pomegranate, so it's not quite the massive sacrifice I once thought it would be! It has turned out to be quite a helpful decision because two of the new products in the summer mini are rose red - the wide double stitched ribbon and the felt flowers - and I love using both of them.

I think this card is my current favourite. I recently invested in the pretties kit for the first time, and also the rose red dsp. This card uses both, as well as the ribbon from the mini, and I just love how it turned out!

Cardstock: rose red, whisper white, pretty in pink
Paper: rose red dsp
Ink: rose red
Stamps: In the spotlight
Other: rose red ds wide ribbon, half backed pearls, scalloped sqaure punch

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Secret Garden Box

Wow!! What a long time between posts! I've finally decided to be a real demonstrator and do some real workshops, so (in between a couple of little holidays) I have spent the last month making lots of samples and potential workshop make and takes. Obviously none of those have quite made it onto here, but I will attempt to fix that up over the next week or so.

I have always had a bit of a thing for making boxes and bags. I got into this whole papercraft thing in the first place more to make cool boxes than to make cards. The cards have been a very enjoyable side effect!! This one is a bit different for me. Always artichoke and old olive are not really my colours. Green is not me. I never wear green. But I have to say, these two are growing on me. I recently got the secret garden scrapping kit and I just love it!

I went with a belly band so that you don't have to untie the ribbon to open the box. It makes it easier for the lucky recipient to keep the box and use it for jewellery or doo-dads or whatever! I also made the card really small - it's 8cm x 8cm - so it would fit inside. I think it all turned out pretty well ! I might just have to keep it!

Stamps: Short and Sweet, Sprinkles

Cardstock: Always artichoke, old olive, groovy guava

DSP: Secret garden scrapping kit

Ribbon: Old Olive, groovy guava