Monday, May 6, 2013

May Card Challenge

Colours of Autumn
The challenge for May is colours of Autumn. I love Autumn in the UK where I grew up, with all the crispy leaves on the ground and bare trees. I do miss that, as we just don't get it here in QLD (although I don't miss the cold LOL). So with that in mind, I thought it would make a good challenge...those gorgeous colours of autumn...oranges, yellows, greens and browns. It doesn't have to be an autumn themed card, just those colours. This one should take you out of your comfort zone and get you thinking :)

TO ENTER: Simply make a card, scrapbooking page or other project following the theme and give it to me, email me a picture, or a link to your project.
Competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 28th May
Voting will commence on Wednesday 29th May and will finish Saturday 2nd June.
The winner will be announced as soon as possible after that date   
THE RULES: The rules are very simple and are as follows: 
  • The card/project must be your own design and made by you.
  • All entries must be anonymous - nobody should know which cards is yours.
  • You can enter as many times as you like.
  •  All cards handed to me will be returned after the competition. If posting your entry please include a SAE envelope if you would like it returned.
  • Entering the competition entitles me to publish a picture of your card/project and your name on my blog.

THE PRIZE: The winner will receive a $20 gift voucher to spend in the store or goods to the value of $20, which I will post to you if you can't get into the store to shop. I look forward to seeing all of your creations. Good luck!

April Challenge Winner

Hi everyone, sorry for the delay in announcing the winner, but what a challenge we had!! So many gorgeous cards again, but one very definite favourite this time. The winner with an outstanding 17 votes is....
Congratulations Rhonda, your card is gorgeous and tricked a number of people, who thought it was made by Pam. Nice work!!
Your voucher will be available in store when you next pop in.
 Now please forgive me if I have any of these names wrong, but I had a couple of entries with no name anywhere, so I wasn't 100% sure who made them.
There were so many nice cards in this challenge in second place was card 1 by Jean (Saturday's Class)
Card 2 by Sue came in 3rd and what an amazing amount of work went into this card. All those handmade!!

Card 3 was another one by Rhonda
Card 5 by Pam
Card 6 by Jenelle

Card 7 also by Rhonda
Card 8 by Maralene
Card 9 another by Sue
Card 10 another by Rhonda
Card 11 by Jean (Saturdays Class)
Card 12 by Pat
(I added an extra image of the flowers because the main image is a bit blurry...sorry)

Card 13 another one by Pam
Card 14 by Sue

Card 17 by Maralene 

Well done everyone and thanks again for entering.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Gift Card Holder

Ever found that it’s really hard to find a gift for a guy? I always find it hard, so when I came up with this idea I was wrapped. It’s a gift card holder and with the papers that I used to design this one it is perfect (I think) for a man. Just get him a gift card for his favourite shop and pop it inside – perfect!
The papers that I used are from Kaisercraft and they are Christmas designs, although you can use these ones all year round. I kept the design fairly simple with just a knotted black ribbon and Spellbinders Labels 28 on the front. I have blended the Labels with some Distress Ink and stamped with one of my favourite sentiments from JustRite Stampers.
Inside is decorated with the same papers and there’s a pocket for the gift card. It’s a bit hard to see in this photo but the card sits behind the strip of paper in the middle of the card.
Old Paper Distress Ink
Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Birds on a Branch

I had this card in my head for a long time before it actually hit my desk. I thought the birds 3D design would be perfect for the bird cage and also matched the papers really well. The papers are from Graphic 45’s A Ladies Diary collection. The branch is from Marianne Designs and I added some dark brown seam binding, plus ivory and brown roses to embellish the card.





Bazzill Brown Cardstock

Graphic 45  - Ladies Diary Collection - “Delicate Detail

Marieke’s Design 3D Sheet 2268
Marianne Designs Bird Cage – LR0147

Marianne Designs Bird on branch- LR0138

Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two

Justrite Stamps – Ever After Antique Labels One

Vintage Photo & Antique Linen Distress Ink

Roses from Green Tara

2013 Desk Calendar

Another quick and easy gift idea for Christmas or a birthday in the New Year – a desk calendar. Made from one sheet of A4 cardstock, some Bazzill Basics cardstock and some scrapbooking paper, with just a few embellishments to decorate.



The A4 cardstock has just a few folds in it to create the desktop calendar. Cut some cardstock and paper to glue/tape to the front. I used the corners from the Spellbinders Antique Frames and Accents die set behind the calendar. The flourishes are from Marianne Creatables Anja’s Flowers.


I embellished with some roses and cherry blossoms from Green Tara.




Mini Calendar

Spellbinders Antique Frame & Accents

Creatables LR0250

Ferrero Rocher Box

I made one of these boxes for Christmas and it was very popular, so after Christmas we made one in class. I changed the sentiment to Happy Birthday and I changed the flourishes as the others weren’t suitable. On the original box I used the Marianne Creatables Holly Flourish, this one uses another Marianne Creatables Flourish from the LR0116 Frame Die Set.

It makes a great gift for someone when you just want to give them something small. I made the measurements specific to the Ferrero Rocher 3pk of chocolates, but you could adjust it to fit other size packs.


Thanks for looking.


Pion Designs 12” Sheet of B & W Images

Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Rectangles

Marianne Creatables – LR0116 (Swirls)

Nellie Snellen Floral Punch - Rose Leaf

JustRite Stampers – Large Fancy Sentiments

April Challenge – Mother’s Day

New Maja Design Papers

*NEW* Just arrived are these stunning papers from Maja Design. The paper quality is amazing - thick and smooth and the designs are gorg...