Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Jen-G's Ballet Blue Card

I was recently involved in a Ballet Blue Virtual Swap. It was super easy and fun and we only had to make one card. We then sent a picture of it onto our host who organised for each photo to be displayed on another swappers blog. How simple is that?
This is the 'card' that I received. It was created by Jen-G. Go and check out her blog to see what else she has been creating lately!

You can see the card I made here.
Don't forget to check out the other participants too.

Want to join in? Sign up here. One of us will then post your creation for a minimum of 7 days on their sidebar.

Thanks for dropping by....

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Ballet Blue Virtual Swap

I recently joined a virtual swap where we signed up to create any project that we liked showcasing Stampin' Up's Ballet Blue, White Rub-ons and Silver podge hardware. Lucky for me Danyelle, our host, was kind enough to send me some rub-ons and silver hardware so I could join in the fun. And boy do I love them - they are fantastic to use and look great!

This is the card I came up with for my cousin's upcoming wedding. I love how the tulle works in with the other elements as well as the simplicity of it all.

[Not sure how I didn't see that shaft of light when photographing but it seems to be highlighting the tulle. ;o) ]

Anyway, go check out the blogs of the other participants to see their swaps.

Thanks for dropping by!

Cardstock: Ballet Blue; Whisper White;
Extras: SU white rub-ons; SU silver podge hardware; white tulle; dimensional tape;

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Ahoy There - it's a new card technique!

As previously mentioned - I learnt a new card technique at my monthly stamp club. And as one of my nephews turns five at the end of this month I thought it was the perfect way to meld the two together.

I'm not sure if it has a name for this technique but it does remind me of a Jacob's ladder. To try and show you how it works I have taken a few photos which will hopefully show the card for what it is (though sadly I admit it is better IRL). So here goes with trying to team my photos with corresponding comments.

At first you are presented with a gate fold card. Here I have added a picture to cover over the fold. (This is the first time I've used the pirate but it definitely won't be the last!)

This is the inside of the card when you first open it. (Sadly the lighting today wasn't so great but hopefully you can get the gist of it all.)

This photo is attempting to show how the "secret" message is revealed as you can pull the middle layers apart to reveal an inner message.

And here is the second message. A few of us did ponder what if the person receiving didn't open it all the way up to get to this layer. One idea was to tuck some money in this layer and either tell the recipient so they had an added incentive or else check a little later and if it was still there it was the 'penalty' for not exploring the card properly. ;o) hee hee

This is such a fab card style that my kids are very excited about and I can't wait to hear what my nephew thinks. I think the next one I will try with more of a neutral card woven through so that I can colour my images more and have more choice but I do like the Close to Cocoa and Ruby Red together none the less.

What about you? Any thoughts?

Stamp Set: Ahoy, Matey; Matey's Map;
Inks: Basic Black; assorted coloured markers;
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa; Ruby Red; Whisper White;
Extras: mounting tape;

Blog Candy Winners!

Thanks for those of you who dropped by and left a comment about your favourite RAK either given or received. The lucky winners were "Diane" (diane860 on SCS) and "Bubblefrog". Could you please email me your addresses so that I can get your goodies out to you? Thanks.

Thank you to those who participated. I hope you continue to give RAKs to others to brighten their day.

I hope you drop by again sometime soon... :o)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Blog Candy to say 'Merci'!

Hooray! I finally got to attend my local monthly stamp club (hi girls!) yesterday for the first time this year due to 'life' getting in the way. ;o) This was the first time that I brought my 8yr old dd who just loved it and promptly told me on the way home that she would like to come for the rest of the year and the years after that!? How's that for the seal of approval. She also was able to complete nearly three cards with minimal work needed to have them ready to send.

In comparison , this is the only card that I ended up completing as the social aspect of catching up took hold over me. ;o) (Though I do have a new card technique that I was able to get the instructions for so will aim to have one posted in the next week.) This was the first time I have used this set which was one of the exclusive SAB sets. The butterfly I cut out with a scalpel (need to work on that for a better finish as the antennae were quite tricky), bent the wings and then popped up for a more dimensional effect. And I couldn't have a butterfly without some bling.

Now for some exciting news - I have some blog candy to celebrate your time visiting and commenting on my blog. As a follow up to my previous post about giving (and the positive response I got), leave a comment on this post and let us know what is the most memorable RAK you have given or have received. In sharing these ideas and stories we can encourage each other to go and bless more of those around us. Each individual idea/story posted will give you one entry. I will then choose a winner randomly and perhaps even a few minor prizes depending on the response. To get an extra entry - post a link to my blog candy on your own blog (let me know by way of comment on this post). Entries will close Sunday 11th April (Australian EST) and winners will be drawn and posted on Monday the 12th of April.

I look forward to hearing your ideas. Good Luck and thanks for visiting!

Stamp Set: Merci;
Inks: Bashful Blue;
Cardstock: Whisper White; Bashful Blue;
Extras: DP; mounting tape; Round Tab Punch; Kindyglitz;

Thursday, April 3, 2008 candy coming!

I can't believe that I have nearly had 2000 visitors to my blog. I haven't had my blog very long and the counter came after its creation so I am truly amazed. There are so many of you who inspire me on your blogs so I hope that I am able to inspire or encourage you too.

Anyway, as a way of celebrating I thought I might have to dig up some blog candy to celebrate this milestone. What do you think?

So keep your eyes peeled and pop back soon to join in the fun! Have a great day!