Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2010 is almost here

As the 1st January quickly approaches I say goodbye to the High Hopes Divas. These are a group of very lovely and talented ladies, I will continue to feature High Hopes cards on my blog as I especially love their images.
A big thanks to the Divas for having me, I enjoyed my term immensely and wish it didn't have to end, but as they say "as one door closes another one opens"
To find out what is behind door number 2, pop back in a couple of days.
It will be 2010.

Until Next Time
Happy New Year

Friday, December 25, 2009

Annabelle Stamps December Sale

As you are now becoming familiar with Annabelle stamps and you realise what great sets they are, I will tell you the fabulous news,
From December 26th until December 31st 2009 we are having an after Christmas Sale. All sets are 20% off.
Check out these sets and my cards that go with them, these are just some of what is available Click here to see all the sets

Holly Branch

I can Fly

Mum's Flowers

All Stamps are available from Annabelle Stamps

Until next Time
Inking of you All

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Annabelle Stamps Challenge #7

It's time for another Bling and Sketch Challenge over on Annabelle Stamps Blog.
We are up to week 7 (ABSC007) this challenge will run for 2 weeks due to Christmas and as it is the last challenge for the month we have a PRIZE up for grabs. This month it is a $20 gift voucher from Annabelle Stamps
 All you have to do to participate is follow this sketch, use Annabelle Stamps if you've got them (if you haven't we know you will get them soon.)

A nice easy sketch for you
Now for my card

I have used stamps from two sets this card, the little girl is from 'I can fly' and the holly is from the 'Holly Branch' set.
I have stamped all images in Brilliance Graphite Black Ink, I have coloured with Prismacolor Pencils blended with odourless mineral spirits.
The red cardstock is Bazzill and the designer paper is SEI's Christmas range. This paper is really beautiful the border is cut from a 12x12" and it has foiled flowers.
The embellishments of course are Sprinkles in Chilli, these are from the mini
range. The mini's have 3 different sizes in each container

 I use sprinkles alot on my cards, they are just gorgeous bubbles of colour. I have found the Kindyglitz  'gem clear' glue is just perfect for adhering them to your project. I like this glue because it has an ultrafine nozzle.

Don't forget this challenge runs for a fortnight with a $20 Annabelle Stamps Gift voucher up for grabs. Click on the link at the top of this post to take you to the challenge blog.

Until Next Time
Inking of you All

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

High Hopes for Christmas

Christmas is even closer now and I just had to do another High Hopes Christmas card. This stamp is called Reindeer Games and it is adorable.

I have stamped on plain white cardstock in black Stazon ink and coloured with Prismacolor pencils. Although hard to see there is fun flock along the bottom for the snow.
The cardstock is SU soft sky and close to cocoa, The gorgeous designer paper is from Imaginisce.
I'll be back in a couple of days with another Christmas card for you to look at.

Until Next Time
Inking of you All

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Over the Top

I'm so Lucky, I am the proud recipient  of a new Blog Award. This 'Over the Top' award was given to me by Andrea of Annabelle Stamps

With this award I have to answer these questions and pass it on to 5 other exceptional Bloggers.
Your cell phone?  Nokia
Your hair? Dead straight with some nice foils in it
Your mother? In Sydney
Your father?  with mum
Your favorite food ? Nachos
Your dream last night? none
Your favorite drink? margarita
Your dream/goal? happiness
What room are you in? hubby's office
Your hobby? what else could it be??? LOL  stamping
Your fear? No money
Where do you want to be in 6 years? here
Where were you last night? Home
Something that you aren't? rich
Muffins? raspberry
Wish list item?  another USA vacation
Where did you grow up? Outer Sydney
Last thing you did? read a book
What are you wearing? t-shirt and  jeans, I don't sit around semi naked
Your TV? boring
Your Pets? cute dog called Mini
Friends? all wonderful
Your life? tiring
Your mood? up and down
Missing someone? Nanna
Vehicle? Toyota
Something you're not wearing? shoes
Your favorite store? any stamp store
Your favorite color? red
When was the last time you laughed? yesterday
Last time you cried? a couple of days ago
Your best friend? Hubby Steven
One place that you go to over and over? my friend Wendy's
Facebook? not yet
Favorite place to eat? Chinese restaraunt

Now passing something like this on is difficult because I would love to give it to lots of wonderful people out there, but here are my chosen five, Check out their blogs.
Lovely Linda
Amy  Stampin Stuff
Marks Finest Papers
Don't forget to pass this award on.

Until Next Time
Inking of you All

Friday, December 11, 2009

Annabelle Stamps Sketch and Bling Challenge

Where has this last week gone, when my Mum told me the older you get the faster time goes, I laughed. It turns out she wasn't wrong.

We are now upto week 6 in Annabelle Stamps Bling and Sketch Challenge. (ABSC006). Here is my card.  This is made using  'Mum's Flowers', I have made so many cards with this set, it is just so diverse. It's amazing how many different looks you can achieve with just one set of stamps. That is another great reason I love the Annabelle Stamps range.

Now back to my card. Today I have stamped my images with Versafine 'Smokey Grey' ink. This is to give a softer look. I opted for my Derwent watercolour pencils to colour the flowers. I have also stamped the pink cardstock with Versamark Ink for the watermark effect (it's there but not intrusive as we want the main image to stand out).
'I love you' (from the same set) is also stamped in Smokey Grey. Last but not least I added Annabelle Stamps Sprinkles in Blossom, We girls all love BLING.

Here is the stamp set I used

Until next Time
Inking of you All

Sunday, December 6, 2009

High Hopes Challenge #56

I am sad to say that this is my final card as a High Hopes Guest Diva, Wow where have those last 3 months gone? I have had so much fun sharing ideas and learning from these very talented Ladies, It has been such an honour to be a Diva. Thanks girls for having me.
Now for this week's challenge (HHC56),  Amy L is our Hostess and she wants  us to create a tall card.  Here's mine.

I chose this great stamp as it was just the perfect size and shape. I decided to go with a rustic feel by using the pumpkin coloured cardstock and some (really old) corrugated card, It has been in my card stash for at least 8 years, but as I say, one day you will need it and that one day arrived. To embellish the card I picked out some star shaped buttons and tied them with some scrappers floss. I then added  dark green brads on the other 3 corners..
I coloured using Prismacolor pencils and blended with odourless mineral spirits.
I have highlted some places with a marvy gold glitter marker.

Here is a close up. You can just see a bit of sparkle on the beaver's tail, it is also on the antlers and the goose. In real life it looks great.

To visit the High Hopes Blog Challenge click HERE, don't forget there is a prize given away each week. A new challenge appears each week on Sunday.
It is SO easy to enter. Simply choose one of your High Hopes Stamps and create a card within the theme, remember this week is a tall card, link it to the challenge post and you are in with a chance, so why not go for it.
This is the last challenge for the year and the High Hopes Blog will be back on the 3rd of January with a new challenge.

I hope you have all enjoyed my High Hopes cards over the last 3 months and of course I will continue to keep making cards using their stamps, so just keep popping back.
Wishing you all the very best for the Holiday Season.

Until Next Time
Inking of you All

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Annabelle Stamps Challenge #5

Hi, it's time for this week's Annabelle Stamps Bling and Sketch Challenge (ABSC005). Andrea has come up with great sketch.    I love this one it's nice and simple but looks great

Now for my card

These 2 stamps are from the Wise Men set. This would have to be one of the easiest and quickest cards I have made.
I simply stamped in Black Brilliance Ink,  then watercoloured with my Derwent pencils.
The designer paper is from Kaisercraft and the cardstock is all from Bazzill.
Don't forget you too can take part in the challenges, for more info please check out the Annabelle Stamps Blog.

Until Next Time
Inking of You All