Monday, 28 May 2012

Freshly Made Sketches #36 - Field Flowers

Hi Friends,
Today's post is for the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge this week which was created by Tui Nathan. Thanks' Tui.
Stamps: S/U's Field Flowers
Card and Papers:  Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Oppulence (R), Whisper White, Cottage Wall DSP (R)
Ink: Pretty In Pink, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Finishing Touches: Purely Pomegranate Stitched Ribbon
Tools: Big Shot, Provo Craft Oriental Weave EB Folder, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Dble Sided Tape, 1 3/8" Square Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch
I am still working on my craft room and trying to re organise the rest of the house.  The painting will hopefully be finished by the end of next week, but I just had to have a play tonight.
Thanks' for dropping in today.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Dynamic Duos #4 - Vintage Bird

Hi there,
This week's challenge at Dynamic Duos is to use a Monochromatic palette of Bashful Blue and Marina Mist with Neutrals. I used my new Elegant Bird Die and "Adorning Accents" Edgelits to make a Vintage card.   Before I embossed the background I inked up the embossing folder, I love how it turned out, really looks like wallpaper.  I punched out the Blossom shapes from some Crinoline for the flower and coloured them with Bashful Blue and Marina Mist re-inkers.  When the pieces were dry I scrunched them up and formed my flower, another first using the Crinoline and I love it. The Ribbon Seam Binding was sprayed with water and scrunched up into a ball and put in a plastic bag for a while and then unravelled and air dried, worked really well.  I did lots of sponging with Crumb Cake ink and finished my card with some pearls.

Stamps: S/U's Under the Big Top
Card and Papers:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Beau Chateau DSP
Ink: Bashful Blue, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake,
Finishing Touches: Pearls, Crinoline Fabric, Marina Mist Satin Ribbon, Very Vanilla Ribbon Seam Binding,
Tools: Big Shot, Provo Craft Jamara EB Folder, Sizzix Polka Dot EB Folder, Sponges, Sizzix Edgelits "Adorning Accents", Sizzix Elegant Bird Die, Blossom Punch, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sizzix Sizzlits Lots of Tags Label, Bow Easy, Water Mister, Fiskars Trimmer and Embossing Tool, Mini Glue Dots, Dble Sided Tape, Dimensionals
Thanks' for visiting today.  Happy Stamping!
Cat's Ink Siggy

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Pat Carr's Stamp Camp - April 2012 - Shoe Box Swaps

Happy Weekend Everyone,
Finally I have had some time to organise the Shoebox Swaps from Pat Carr's Stamp Camp weekend.
Sorry it has taken a while, my Husband and I have been busy Baby sitting Grand children in Perth, moving furniture and bits and pieces while our house is decorated, mainly painting although we have removed three wardrobes and there is still more to come.  I am exhausted and totally over cleaning up the mess.  My craft room is the latest to be pulled apart, so I hope it won't be too long before I can move everything back.  There is one omen from this we are having a thorough clean out and clearing things that haven't been used for ages so that is good. LOL 
The first two cards were my swap and I found the tutorial on Lori Heiling's blog.
Susan Joyce - Sliding Pop Up Card
Susan Joyce's Sliding Pop Up Card
Very cute Punch Art Bear
A Bear becomes a Dog
The embossing is sponged, love the pretty colours and detail on the inside and the main image was inked up with Calypso Coral, stamped off and then re stamped with the dots from the same stamp set "Flight of the Butterfly".
The ribbon fish and the punched circles really make this card with the addition of the stamped sea grass and then highlighted with the White Gel Pen.  The birds were made with a Heart Punch and the waves were made with a circle punch.

This one was a bit tricky making the three little 1" x 1" scenes.  There was a lot of masking, brayering and sponging to create it, but I love the end result.
This card was a one layer card except for the punched Itty Bitty flowers.  It was stamped with a mask in place and then sponged around the mask and the leaves were a reverse mask and sponged to create them.
The Christmas card was a reverse mask using the Penant Punch and three different greens and a brown for the tree trunks.  I think they call the bow a Flat Bow where you punch two holes and thread the ribbon through them twice.
A very pretty Quilt card which we dry embossed once the squares were in place and then added the finishing touches a rosette and scrunched seam binding ribbon with a brad.
Love the Pom Pom centre of this punched flower card, it was made with Crochet cotton. 

Cherita Anderson designed these three fantastic male cards.
I adored this project.  It was to show we could use canvas to work on with watercolour ink and then embellish it.

The Ladies that attended the Camp
Thanks' for stopping by today. Hope you have had a wonderful weekend.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Dynamic Duos #3 - Yellow Gerbra

Hi Friends,
Today's post is for the Dynamic Duos Colour Challenge this week. This weeks colours are Daffodil Delight and Basic Black plus Neutrals and as an extra add some dry embossing. I used my Sizzix Flowers Daises #2 Die and the Boho Blossoms Punch to make the Gerbra flower.  The leaves have been punched and then embossed and shaped and I embossed the Whisper White panel. 
Pop on over to the Dynamic Duos Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the cards made by the Design Team.
Stamps: S/U's Tiny Tags, Vintage Labels (R)
Card and Papers: Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, KaiserCraft DSP Black and White Timeless,
Ink: Stazon Black, Daffodil Delight
Finishing Touches: Pearls
Tools: Big Shot, Sizzix Flowers Daisies #2, Sizzix Edgelits - Adorning Accents, Polka Dot EB Folder, Square Lattice EB Folder, Lace Ribbon Border Punch, Blossom Petals Builder Punch, Papertrey Ink Tags Die, Sponge, Mat Pack and Piercing Tool, Boho Blossom Punch, Dble Sided Tape, Dimensionals, 2 Way Glue Pen
Thanks' for dropping by today.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Dynamic Duos #2 - Rock-a-Bye-Baby

Hi there,
Today's post is for the Dynamic Duos Challenge this week. I used a cute template from The Cutting Cafe.  I have paper pieced the sails and boat and did some Faux Stitching around the edges. The Sentiment was part of the template and I added some finishing touches, sponging the circles and added a button threaded with Bakers Twine.  I made the flag and added the heart from the Owl Punch.  I layered a piece of Whisper White inside the card and stamped it with the baby image from S/U's Baby Firsts which is a retired stamp set.

Stamps: S/U's Baby Firsts (R)
Card and Papers: Pool Party, Whisper White, DSP Patterns Stack - Subtles Collection, DSP Sweet Shop
Ink: Pool Party, So Saffron, Blush Blossom Marker
Embellishments: Button, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Pool Party Bakers Twine, White Gel Pen
Tools: Computer and Printer, Sponges, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, Two Step Owl Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Big Shot, Polka Dot EB Folder, Dble Sided Tape, Dimensionals, 2 Way Glue Pen
Thanks' for visiting today.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Merry Monday Challenge #18 - Looking Out A Window

Happy Weekend Everyone,
Today's post is for the Merry Monday Sketch Challenge this week.  The colours are non traditional, I have used mainly die cuts and punches to create my card.  I made the swag on the window with the Martha Stewart Branch Punch and then created the Pine cones with the four petal Itty Bitty flower punch, cutting the centre one in half and then using two more whole cut outs for them.
Thanks' to Lenane my card was awarded an Honourable Mention this week for the Merry Monday Sketch.
Stamps: S/U's Snow Swirled
Card and Papers: River Rock, Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive, Close to Cocoa (R), Chocolate Chip, DSP Dashing (R)
Ink: Chocolate Chip 
Finishing Touches:  Gelly Roll Pen, River Rock Double Stitched Ribbon
Tools:  Poppy Stamps Small Madison Window Die, Memory Box Twiggy Tree Die, Martha Stewart Branch Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, Itty Bitty Flower, Papertrey Ink In The Meadow Dies, Big Shot, Polka Dot EB Folder, 2 Way Glue Pen, Tombow Multi Purpose Glue, Dble Sided Tape, Dimensionals
Thanks' for popping in today.
Cat's Ink Siggy

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Dynamic Duos Challenge #1 - Two Birds on a Branch

Hello Friends,
Welcome to the first ever Dynamic Duo's Colour Challenge. Each week we will have two colours for you to use to create a card, scrapbook page, craft or digital project. Only the two colours, otherwise known as "The Dynamic Duo", may be used for your project. Neutrals such as black, white, vanilla, skin colours and Kraft are also welcome.  Our challenge colours this week are Pool Party and Lucky Limeade suggested by Sharla in our Facebook Contest.  For winning Sharla gets to join the "Dynamo" Design Team as a Guest Designer this week. A new weekly challenge will be issued each Saturday with a closing date the following Thursday at Noon (PDT).
So onto my card, I created the clouds using a Scallop Circle punch, sponging around the shape.  Created the Birds Nest using a Small and Large Oval Punch.  For the branch and leaves I masked around the area.  The flowers where coloured using Pool Party stamp pad, removing the Pool Party colour on the stems with a Blender Pen and using my Lucky Limeade Markers to colour the leaves and stem and then Huffing and Puffing on the stamp to moisten it again before stamping.  The Seam Binding Ribbon was dyed using a Lucky Limeade Re-Inker and tied with an In Colour Brad.

Stamps:  S/U's Best of Everything,  Tiny Tags
Card:  Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Crumb Cake
Finishing Touches:  Mini Pearls, In Colour Designer Button, Lucky Limeade Dyed Seam Ribbon Binding,
Tools:  Martha Stewart Iron Fence Punch, Martha Stewart Grass Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Sponges, Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags Die, Handheld Heart Punch, Dble Sided Tape, Dimensionals, 2 Way Glue Pen, Mini Glue Dot, Masking Medium, Post-it-Notes, Blender Pen, Water, Gloves, Re-Inker
Hope you will join in the fun and create a card and link it to the Dynamic Duos blog. Thanks' for stopping by today.  Happy Stamping!
Cat's Ink Siggy