Thursday, February 25, 2010


It's that time again when we have an Annabelle Stamps Bling and Sketch Challenge (keyword ABSC016).This week enter your card for your chance to win one of my FAVOURITE stamp sets.
I have designed this nice easy sketch for you.

Now for my card.

For this card I have used the 'Swirl Tree' set. First I stamped the tree in Black Brilliance ink and coloured with watercolour crayons.I then cut it out using the classic circle nestabilities.
To create the printed rectangle layer, I stamped one of the small swirls randomly with Colorbox 'Creamy Brown' chalk ink. I stamped the sentiment onto a small scrap piece of white card.
The card stock I chose is Bazzill Criss Cross in both the light brown and black.
Using the nestabilities again, I cut a plain brown circle and a black scalloped circle. Then I cut the rectangle layering pieces in the same colours. 'Thinking of you' was simply mounted on the black card.
The finishing touches are the co-ordinating black/brown ribbon and the Sprinkles  in metallic black.
If you like bling (and what girl doesn't) the sprinkles are just gorgeous BUT the metallic black, metallic cocoa and silver are to DIE for.

Would you like to see some cards made with the stamp set we are giving away to one lucky stamper.

This set is called 'I can Fly'

Don't forget to get you card made and link it up at the Annabelle Stamps Blog.
We would like you (where possible) to use Annabelle Stamps but if you have not got any yet, that's fine too. You have 2 weeks

Monday, February 22, 2010

SquiggleFly Blog Challenge #37

It's that time of the week when we have a Squigglefly Blog Challenge. This week we have a sketch for you

For my card this week I specifically chose the stamp to go with the sketch.
This is Sara from Sara's Bundle (also included is a cherry and a watermelon image). The card I used is a couple of odd pieces I had in my craft room and some non authentic 'Japanese' origami paper. I really liked the colour of the paper and coloured my image to match.
The sentiment along the bottom is from Hero Arts.

The semi circle is cut using the Creative Memories cutting system. The image of Sara has been cut using plain scissors the old fashioned way.
The finer details of the card are the top right hand corner has been punched with a ticket corner punch. A yellow brad was added for interest. Another brad was used in the centre of the pink paper flower in her hair. Using a fine liner smudgeproof pen, the black 'fake stitching' line was added.
Dont forget to click on this link to the Squigglefly Blog to see what the other girls have been up to.

Until Next Time 
Inking of you All

Sunday, February 14, 2010

12 x 12 Paper Challenge

I belong to a wonderful group of ladies affectionately known as MSG. No we do not have any thing to do with the food additive but rather it stands for Monday Stamping Group. We get together each Monday for a get together, some of us actually work on projects. Some of us (me included) come to chat.
A few weeks ago to kick off the new year I organised a challenge.
 I bought several sheets of the same 12x12" paper and each lady there received one. They had 3 weeks to come up with a card. On the day the cards were due we were amazed to say the least.
Well of course there were ladies like me who completed one card (all that was required) and then there were the over achievers (more than one) who did anywhere between 3 and 10 cards.
Here is what they came up with. No two cards were the same. I was astounded by the diversity of this paper. All these fabulous ladies out did themselves.

Now for some close ups.

Until Next Time
Inking of you All

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Squigglefly Colour Challenge

I love the image I chose this week for the  Squigglefly.colour challenge. It is simply called Strawberries by artist Eline Pellinkhof. You can find the colour challenge on the Squigglefly SNR Card Universe forum. Each fortnight a different colour challenge is given this one is red, green and blue

Here is my card.
For something a bit different, I decided to watercolour my image with watercolour pencils. This is the first time I have watercoloured a digi image and I was quite impressed as the printer ink did not run or smudge.
First of all I chose the size for the strawberry basket then I also selested one of the loose strawbwrries and manipulated it in to several strawberries of various sizes. I coloured all then cut out the 3 smaller ones and mounted them using 'scrap dot's' silicone for some extra height. Unfortunately that is not obvious in this photo.
The card stock I used for my card is from the Bazzill criss cross range and are very nice strong and vibrant colours. The punched border was made using my band new Martha Stewart punch.The circles were cut using the nestabilites classic circle and pinking circle.The final touch was the organza ribbon. I don't often add bows but was pretty pleased with how thisone looked.

 I liked this colour combo so much I decided to make another card
The dump truck image has been repeated and is done in two different sizes.
I coloured the trucks in Prismacolor Pencils and blended with odourless mineral spirits. I used the same Bazzill cardstock as the strawberry card with the addition of black and bright blue card. I stamped Happy Birthday (by Stamp It Australia) in Black Brilliance ink on to the blue card.
The card size is DL and was a textured white. It looked a bit boring so I stamped the background with an old Hero Arts background stamp. I used Colorbox chalk ink in Amber Clay.Finally I layer it all together.

Until Next Time
Inking of you all

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My sketch challenge at Annabelle Stamps

It's Friday and time for another Annabelle Stamps Bling and Sketch Challenge over on the Blog. This week I designed our sketch and chose something that was pretty simple yet stylish.. The Design Team came up with some really fabulous cards, Click on the above link to see what we have created.
We would also like to see your creations so pop over to the blog join in the challenge and link up your card. It's easy.

The stamps I chose this week are a swirl from the 'Flourishes' set. I stamped it in Versamark Ink onto the pink cardstock.  (These sets are designed to be used as a placement guide for our gorgeous Sprinkles aka BLING,)  but as you can see they look great as watermark background. The flowers and sentiment are from the 'Flowers with Love' set. I stamped these using Black Brilliance Ink and coloured using my Prismacolor Pencils.
The circles were cut using the nestabilites classic circles in large and medium.

All stamps are available from Annabelle Stamps.

Until Next Time
Inking of you All

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Sealed with a Kiss

As Valentines Day is fast approaching SquiggleFly decided this was the appropriate theme for this weeks challenge #35.  Make a Valentines Card in non traditional colours.
The image I chose is from the fabulous Cheryl Alger and is called Special Delivery. The sentiment is one I created.
I chose cream cardstock to print my image on and coloured with Prismacolor Pencils.
I cut out my ovals and circles with Nestabilities. (petite ovals and classic circles). The swirl was punched twice in coffee and chocolate cardstock. (doesn't that sound YUMMY).

The cream cardstock is confetti by SU, all other card is from Bazzill. The designer paper is from Rachel Greig (Darkroom Door).

To see more of Squigglefly Digi images click HERE

Until Next Time
Inking of you All

Monday, February 1, 2010

Out of this World - Just 2 Cute

Here is another card, I have made for 2 Cute Rubber Stamps. This is called Up Up and Away Rocket. I must say I think this stamp is adorable. More stamps have now gone up in the shop.( I love the cowboy too).
You can now buy them Wood mounted, Unmounted Red Rubber Cling or Digital. The choice is yours and all are very reasonably priced.
For those new to Digital images the benefits are: almost instant arrival via email and Download, you also can manipulate your images to the size, width, etc that you want.
For you die-hard stampers and the technically challenged (who don't have teenagers to assist you)  the rubber option is always available.
The 2 Cute team also have a  new Blog that we would like to welcome you to. Just click HERE. You can also see what the other Design Team members are doing.