27 July 2012

Peachy Keen Challenge

I have been keeping good with my promise to myself to start using my stash.  I am loving going through all my leftover pieces and using them on cards. 

This card was made for the Peachy Keen 'anything goes' challenge.  The stamped bunny face is from the Peachy Keen 'Animal faces - small' set.  I think it's rather cute!  Peachy Keen have a great sale going on at the moment, but it's just for one day - definitely worth checking out if you love their stamps.

The rabbit and present were cut from the Birthday Bash cricut cartridge.
The sentiment stamp is a CC Designs one.

I am loving making smaller cards - they are so much fun to make and so quick and easy.  This card is 4x4 inches and is perfect as a little card to add with a birthday present.

Thanks for looking!

25 July 2012

Quick and easy cards

I've been lacking a bit of inspiration in the card making department lately.  The creativity is not flowing and my enthusiasm is lacking at the moment.  So I decided to go through my stash and have a bit of a much needed clean up of my supplies.  Boy was I surprised how much paper I have!  I thought I was never going to get it all organised!  I actually really enjoyed looking through all my papers and thinking things like, "Oh yeah, I forgot that I bought that paper" and "Wow, I wonder why I ever bought that paper!"

So it has inspired me to start using my stash and I am going to try and stop buying new papers and embellishments because, well, I just don't need to!  One of my more annoying purchases was a pack of ten cards.  I bought them because they were extra long (210mm) but would still fit in an ordinary envelope and not cost any extra to post.  When I opened the packet I found out that they weren't cards, they were just long strips of card.  So annoyed.  I was going to put them in my boys craft box when I thought that maybe I could still use them.  I folded them to make 4 inch square cards (just trimmed the excess off) and made these super quick cards using scraps from my stash.

All I did was cut squares of scrap patterned paper slightly smaller than 4x4 inches and randomly sew around edges in a contrasting coloured cotton.  I then used pop dots to adhere the images (from Create a critter) which I already had made and sitting in my stash waiting to be used.  Some of the smaller images meant that I had room to stamp a sentiment underneath.  And there you go.  It took no time at all.  Quick and easy and handy to have for birthdays.

Excuse the photos, the lighting was not good and I had two little boys hovering over me and watching and creating shadows on the cards!

Thanks for looking!

22 July 2012

Sympathy cards

 Unfortunately I have needed a couple of sympathy cards this week.  I find them so difficult to make.  I usually make cards with bright colours so I was pretty stumped.  I didn't want to make an all-black-and-white card, I wanted a little pop of colour but it still needed to be subdued enough to be suitable for a sympathy.

Anyway, after much head scratching, searching through papers and trying to think of something, I jumped on pinterest and did a search for 'sympathy cards' and copied some designs from there.
The tree card above I copied from pinterest.  The original card can be found here.  I thought it was a really lovely card and I liked the three layers of hills.

The other three cards are all slightly different versions of another card I found on pinterest.  Unfortunately I can't find the original so I can't give credit to the layout design.

Thanks for looking.

17 July 2012

Birthday wishes card

Finally I have made a card!  It's been a long time, been lacking inspiration and enthusiasm...however, I finally got to my craft table today and made this quick little card.
Initially it was going to be a sympathy card but when I went to stamp the sentiment I decided that it looked a bit too cheerful to be sympathy, so I changed my mind and went with a 'Birthday Wishes' sentiment instead.

I'm entering this in the Daring Cardmakers challenge - use lace and pearls on a card.  There are some lovely card samples on this site using beautiful lace.  I haven't entered a challenge there for ages so it will be nice to be back into it!

Thanks for looking!

15 July 2012

'Rock on' digital layout

Another digital layout.  I loved these photos taken of my son on his fifth birthday with his new guitar.  This page came together really quickly.  I love the paint splatters and smudges - I am not into messy scrapbooking at all and avoid the paints and mists at all costs (even though I like how it looks).  But that is the beauty of digi scrapping, you can get that painted, misted, messy look without actually getting dirty hands!  And if you decide that you don't like it - you just hit the undo button and have no mess to clean up!  Love it!

Digital template: 'Simple Set 4 templates' by Lindsay Jane
Digital kit: 'Boys boys boys' by Faba Scrapdesign

Thanks for looking!

1 July 2012

A digital layout

I got very lucky and had one of my layouts published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine a couple of months ago.  My first time being published - very exciting!!  It's a layout about my son when he turned two.  I like that it has a lot of journalling.  I love to journal and record all the funny things my kids say and do, and what their favourite things are at a certain point in their life.  It's great to look back on.  Here is the layout:

Digi template:  My Life 3 by Rozanne Paxman (Scrap Girls)
Digi kit:  Document It by Caroline Kaiser

I have been very busy with my digi scrapping lately.  I am making an album for my Mum's 60th birthday in September, so the pressure is on to hurry up and get it finished!  So unfortunately I haven't had a great deal of time to do much card making as most of my spare time is spent digi scrapping.  But that's OK, I love doing it, and I have been having so much fun going through all Mum's photos from when she was a baby right up to now.  It's so fun to find out the things that she did growing up and the stories behind the photos - I love it!  Once it's finished I will publish some of the pages on my blog.

Thanks for looking!