Tuesday, 27 December 2011

CAS-ual Coffee


Merry Christmas to everyone. I hope you have all had a wonderful, joy-filled celebration. My family and I certainly did. I haven't been stamping much lately due to the rush and busy-ness involved in Christmas preparations. Now I can take a breath, and I've sat down to make a card that has been brewing in my imagination for a few days.

Over at CAS-ual Fridays this week they are teaming up with Market Street Stamps. I don't own any Market Street Stamps (yet), but they have kindly offered a free digi to join in their Block Party fun. I signed up at The Neighborhood and took a little time wandering around, familiarising myself with what was there (and collected lots of ideas, stamp "needs", and inspiration) and then collected the digi and set my mind to work on forming a design idea.

The theme at CAS-ual Fridays this week is Kraft and Twine, with a bonus offer of joining in the Market Street Stamps Block Party.

So, today I had my idea and set to work. Do you sometimes find that your idea was much simpler to execute in your head?  For a simple card, I sure had some troubles putting this one together, LOL!  If anyone has any good suggestions on how to adhere twine down on a card, please let me know.  This time I used sticky dots, but I don't think this is the ideal solution. Argh!

The Coffee Cup image is from Market Street Stamps. I reversed it to get the two cups facing each other.  I printed the image onto Crumb Cake cardstock and then put that panel through the Big Shot with Swiss Dots folder.  The sentiment is from PTI Embellishments. I paper-pieced with Crumb Cake and Real Red.  The card base and sentiment strip are Soft Suede, and the card base has been put through the Big Shot with PTI Canvas impression plate. The twine is The Twinery Maraschino.

What do you think? I quite like it.


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Christmas Cake


No cards this time. This time I'm showing you my Christmas cake.  If I hadn't had the marauding hoards snapping at my heels begging me for a piece of the cake, I would have presented it more nicely for your viewing pleasure. As it was, I was lucky to snap a few shots before the first cut, LOL!

Every year I make a Christmas cake. This cake is a BIG cake and it takes a few hours to make. Some years it is fantastic, and some years I don't make it as perfectly as I'd like. This year's cake is PERFECT! Moist, delicious, mouth-wateringly fragrant...hang on, I might need to grab a piece before I go on...

I usually try to keep it whole until Christmas Day so that everyone gets to appreciate its beauty before cutting, but, as I said, it is perfect, and we couldn't wait until Christmas to try it out.

Yum! It's a boiled fruit cake. I put in some extra treacle this year, so it has gone very dark. It isn't burned, it's just dark brown. The nuts are macadamias, brazils, walnuts, and almonds.

So what do you think, do you feel like popping over for a cup of tea and a slice of fruit cake?


Edited to add: P.S. Ooh! I just noticed this is my 100th post. That would be a reason to celebrate... I might go and have a piece of cake...

Thursday, 15 December 2011

For Your Inspiration #20


Welcome to another For Your Inspiration post.  This week's photo is a stunner. I really hope you come and join us in the fun.

Do you find that time flies by twice as fast at this time of year?  It's only 10 days to Christmas, and I am NOWHERE near being ready. I haven't even sent one little card! Eek!!!  I must get organised. I know that at this stage my overseas friends and family will not receive my cards on time. I'm sorry, I even had the cards made on time this year! I haven't finished shopping ... I haven't started cooking... oh dear!

Enough of my panic-filled talk, let's move onto happier topics, like this week's photo from FYI:
I just love this photo. I love the colours. I love the water. I love the clouds. I love the reflections. It's beautiful!

For my card, I wanted to use the multiple blues with a white base. I used navy, pale blue, and turquoise.  Here it is:
I was playing around with this idea and I have a second card to show you also:
I also had a third card started, but it didn't quite work. I might still finish it, because I sort of like it, and I do love this concept.  I just love Harvest Berries by Papertrey Ink. No matter what you do with it, it looks beautiful and elegant.  The sentiment is from PTI Botanical Silhouettes.

What do you think?  Do you like my blue ginko leaves? :-)  Please come along and join in the fun over at For Your Inspiration, I'd love to see you there.

Now why don't you go and check out what the rest of the design team have come up with?


Sunday, 11 December 2011

CTD #171 & SSSC#147


Just a quick one before I head out to work. I'm entering a card into the Color Throwdown Challenge #171 and the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #147.

The colours are:
The sketch is:

My card:

I used (mostly SU!)
Inks: Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede, Old Olive, StayzOn Black
Stamps: Curly Cute, Circle Circus
Card: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Paper: Mocha Morning, something retired, vellum
Twine: Twinery capuccino
Button: Papertrey Ink

So what do you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts. :-)


Thursday, 8 December 2011

New Challenge - Runway Inspired Challenge


I am very excited about this new challenge. Runway Inspired Challenge has been started by Jennifer Rzasa, who has brought together some of my most favourite card designers in the whole wide world. Seriously, they are ALL my muses and I aspire to one day create something nearing their level of creativity!  If you haven't taken a look at this challenge yet, head on over and join in on this first one!

To cap off my excitement, the very first inspiration photo uses my very favourite colour, YELLOW. I love, love, love yellow.  Here is the photo:
As soon as I saw this photo, an idea formed in my head, and it has stayed there until I found a tiny slice of time available this morning to put it onto card.

This is my card:
I can't tell you how much I like this card (I might even have trouble giving it away, LOL). Yellow and cream together. YUM. It's raining here this morning, so the light isn't so great, so my yellow looks a bit golder and darker than it really is. It's close enough.

I used PTI Vintage Cream, SU! Daffodil Delight, Sentiment is Curly Cute stamped in SU! Early Espresso, Images are PTI Turning a New Leaf, Dies are PTI - Mat Stack #4 and Fillable Frames #10 (I think).

Thanks for coming by to look at my card. Please leave me a comment letting me know what you think of my card, and to let me know you were here, and I'll come and visit you back sometime soon.


Thursday, 1 December 2011

One Layer Wednesday #72 - Sentiment Only

This is my second post for today. 
For my FOR YOUR INSPIRATION post, and a little tour of Brisbane, scroll down.


Susan at Simplicity has given us an ultra-difficult challenge this week for One Layer Wednesday. At least, it's ultra-difficult for me! The brief is to use only one sentiment stamp on a non-standard card size. That's it! Nothing else...just that one stamp...eek!  And we have to do at least two versions of the card.  Oh dear!

My cards are 4.25" x 4.25"  All are made with PTI white cardstock, and PTI Stylish Sentiments Holiday.
The first one is using SU! Real Red
The second is made with SU! Early Espresso
The third is made with glittery red embossing. The next photo is an attempt to show how sparkly it is.
I'm not sure you can see it, LOL!

I like the Real Red version best. Which do you like?


For Your Inspiration #19 - Brisbane!


For Your Inspiration Challenge #19 is VERY EXCITING for me, because of the inspiration photo.  Take a look:
Yes, it is beautiful purple... but more than that... this is my home... BRISBANE...yay!

Now another reason to celebrate, is that we have a sponsor for this challenge. One of our lucky participants is going to win two rubber stamps from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps. There are some very cute images over there - go take a look quickly and then pop back here for the rest of my post.

A beautiful photo of Brisbane to inspire and the chance to win a prize, what more motivation could you need?

In celebration of the fact that the photo inspiration is Brisbane, I went out taking photos in my lunchtime at work yesterday, so that I could show you the Story Bridge in the daylight, and a little bit more of Brisbane. I will go out again, it was a really nice way to spend my lunch time - wandering along the river with my camera.

Before I get to my photos, I will show you my card.  It had to be purple, of course. I couldn't get past the purples and pinks in the photo. I didn't quite have the makings of the "city silhouette" that I had in my mind, but I feel that I captured some of the "twinkling lights" feel. Here it is:
My card base is Soft Suede, which is about the exact colour of the Brisbane River. The Brisbane River is tidal and it is ALWAYS brown, unless the blue skies are reflecting off the surface, LOL!  I used Hero Arts Dots and Flowers to clear emboss the background panel.  I used my yellow rose to represent the yellow lights on the bridge.

The rest of the Design Team have also come up with some beautiful projects, so go take a look at their posts, too:
Rochelle - welcome to the team, Rochelle!

Now, once you have read this post, please come along and play at FYI#19. It would be lovely to see you there. 

Are you still with me? Come and take a look at some photos of Brissie...
This is looking back at the Story Bridge from the opposite side to the inspiration photo.  I'm standing in Riverfront Place here (I think). I love those stair/ramps in the foreground, great design (very functional) and fun. That tall building to the left in the background with the crane on top is going to be Brisbane's tallest building. I think it is already the tallest, and it isn't finished yet.
Looking up. I like the contrast of the different buildings against each other.
Still looking up, but a bit more abstract.
Walking further along the river walk. It was raining on me. You wouldn't know it from the photo.
A City Ferry. These little ferries are small, noisy, and smelly (of diesel fuel), but very convenient to hop from one side of the river to the other. The trees along the river's edge in Brisbane are mangroves (quite stinky if you get too close).
A City Cat. These BIG ferries are sleek and fast, and if you ever come to visit Brisbane, you MUST jump on one and take a cruise up and down the river. It's worth it. 
And to finish off, a Moreton Bay Fig. This tree is amongst a group of figs that sit in the middle of a busy intersection in Brisbane City. I love these trees. There are quite a few scattered around Brisbane, and they are always spectacular to look at.

Are you still with me? Are you inspired?  Leave me a comment to let me know you were here. I promise to visit back as soon as I can. And I look forward to seeing your entry over at FYI.