Friday, April 11, 2014

Sketch Layout Challenge #7

We had a fun challenge this fortnight. A nice simple layout with a splash of colour thrown in the mix to make it a little more interesting. As always I loved the interpretation of the design from those who joined in this time round. I also am so excited to introduce some new challenge participants and I'm sure you'll love their creations.  Make sure you click on the links below each card design to check out their blogs & businesses as they are all such talented ladies. Here are the lovely designs!

This first design was made by Cards On The Table With Vicki. Vicki is new to our group and I'm so glad she has joined us because she is one talented lady. If you click on her link she gives instructions on what she used to make this card so that you can recreate it yourself. I love the layered doily look the best. I collect doilies because I love them so much, and so as soon as I see a doily on a project, I'm in love! Beautiful job Vicki! 

This design was made by my upline Kristy Coromandel Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Such a clean, pretty and cheerful design. Kristy has also done a blog post about her card and how you can recreate it at home (click on her link). The Papillon Potpourri Stamp Set (butterflies) is surprisingly the stamp set I use the most. It is so versatile and adds such a beautiful finishing touch sometimes. 

This card was made by Angie's Craft Fusion. Angie is also a new comer to the group and I'm also really happy to have her play along with us. She is also a very talented lady (as you can see) and I love that she has used the French Foliage Stamp Set! French Foliage has been retired and I miss it terribly. It used to be one of my favourite sets!

Made by Stacey from Rustic Squirrel Handmade who is one of my downlines. And a clever one at that. Stacey has blogged about her card and she itemises out all that she has used to make it on the post (just click on the link). I love the Happy Watercolour Stamp Set she has used (splotches & flowers). It's a set that has been on my wishlist for a while yet and Stacey has been making so much with it lately that it's making it hard to resist for too much longer! 

Made by Inky Ingrid. Ingrid whipped together this lovely design for her hubby for his upcoming birthday. She even managed to sneak in the pink (the arrows) and it still has a great masculine feel about it. Now that takes talent people! I love the Off the Grid Stamp Set that she's used for some of her squares. It's such a great background stamp. And burlap ribbon, no one can ever go wrong with burlap ribbon! That stuff is gold!    

And last up is my design! I have been hanging out to use my Postage Collection Stamp Set because it is one of my new favourites. It basically has all these cute as images and words, then a bunch of stamp styles borders, and you build your own stamp designs! And I love the colour combo. Such a beautiful soft colour palette! And just for a little fun, below I added a picture of the mess I created while making this card! This is unfortunately not uncommon for me to make such a sty when designing a project!!! 

Check out my Facebook page to see everything else I've been up to lately!  If you'd like to join in on our fortnightly challenges and have your card design featured on my blog, all you need to do is join this Facebook group. This is where the challenges are set and everyone shares what they have made, along with some questions and fun. We would love for you to join us!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Custom orders I've been working on lately

It's no secret that I love a custom order, and I really do encourage my customers to come to me with ideas of how we can make the project as customised as possible to the receivers personality, tastes, hobbies etc. These sweet love birds card was created to be given to a newly wed couple on their wedding day. 

Often when someone sends me a message asking for something for their mum, or sister, or friend, my response is always "What is his/her favourite colour? What is his/her hobbies? How does he/she spend their free time?" This way I can try to include as many elements of their personalities & tastes into the one project! For this JUMBO 80th birthday card my brief was: big, in the shape of the numbers 8 & 0, use black and blue and include a birthday greeting. What do you think, did I fulfill the brief?

Something that you need to not forget is that around these parts, we don't JUST make cards. What we can do for you is vast and varied. Lately I've not only had fun making up card designs, but I've also had some fun making bits and pieces for some events. 

I actually find a lot of enjoyment in making pretty things for events. There is something about seeing lots of beautiful matching things lined up! The picture above I cannot take all the credit for though. All I did was hand stamp some plain white 12 x 12 cardstock with lots of coloured paint splotches (nothing like a bit of DIY DSP!) and send it off in the post to her. My clever customer cut the DSP up and made her own glass bottle cuffs! How cool is that? 

Invitations are often the first hint to a guest of an upcoming event on what they can expect. It tells them a little bit about the colours you've specially chosen, the feel of the event, and a little bit of your personal style and personality. I loved making these invitations for an upcoming Bridal Shower. Not only did I make these so sweet invitations but there were also matching "something old, something new, something borrowed" advice cards. 

And last but not least these bonbonneire tags are for a wedding in May. They will be tied onto a little bag of traditional sugar coated almonds for all the weddings guests. 

So if you have an upcoming event and you need a little help in the paper department, I'd love to be able to be the one to help you out. If you'd like to see some of the party favour examples I am capable of making feel free to check out my Portfolio here.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Sketch Layout Challenge #6

It took me a little longer than usual to get this blog post up, sorry! It was due a week ago but busy-ness got the better of me. But here it is! Our challenge this time round was selected by Kymberly, and here it is!

Such a sweet layout with the twine & bunting! 

This first design was made by the talented Ali from Fresh Gifts. I love love love it! That Panda is SO CUTE. It's a great mix of colours and textures with the bunting & chevron designer papers. A beautifully designed & executed card! 

Next up is this beauty my Kristy Coromandel - Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. Kristy had a little bit of fun with the layout and moved things around a little bit while still using the elements suggested in the sketch. I love it. I think my favourite thing is the bunting with the pearl accents. 

This card was created by my talented sister Alicia. There are so many pretty elements to this card but my absolute favourite thing is the buttons & ribbons tied onto the twine on the left. She has hand dyed the twine with Summer Starfruit ink so that it matches the rest of the card perfectly. It really is SO BEAUTIFUL! 

Here is our challenge choosers card design! The sweetest new baby card ever! We have spots, spots & spots, because one can NEVER have too many spots. I love it. It's sweet and super cute. Nicely done Kymberly! 

And last but not least is my creation! I decided this time round to have my main focus on the sentiment. This sentiment is one I have not been able to use before and I have been dying to use it for some time! So I kept all my other elements quite simple. I used some DSP to give me my colour scheme and this is what I came up with! It will be put up for sale on my Facebook page later this week, so keep a look out! 

This is such a fun challenge that we will be continuing going forward! If you would like to join in please feel free to join this group where everything is organised! Would love to have more friends join in :) 


Monday, March 17, 2014

The Hallmark Challenge #2

I am STILL exciting about our new challenge series. We kicked things off last month with our first challenge which you can read about here. We also had another person play along and add their challenge card in the linkup party at the bottom, so be sure to check it out.

So a quick recap if you aren't quite sure what the Hallmark Challenge is:  I feature an over priced store bought card, which I have photographed in store because it is far to over priced for me to purchase it for the challenge! Then comes the fun part. Using what I have in my personal stash, I recreate the card and share it with you. The card will then be available for purchase after each challenge. 

So know that you know what's going on, let's kick off our Hallmark Challenge #2. 

Kind of ridiculous that a card as simple as that is $6 isn't it? I thought so too. Here is my version of the card...

Much better isn't it? I decided to brighten up the design a little by adding the colourful floral design paper across the bottom instead of the bland spotted paper they had on the Hallmark card. I didn't want to over-embellish so went without the dotted trails coming out the bottom of the butterflies and the little daisy images also. I added a couple of rhinestones which weren't featured on the original card, but that's because you can't NOT have rhinestones on a little baby girls 1st birthday card! 

So there you have it. Hallmark's version for just shy of $6, and my card which is now up for sale for just $4 and comes with a free co-ordinating envelope. Card is available for purchase here.

If you'd like to join in on the Hallmark Challenge fun, please go ahead and create your own version of this card, and add it to our Linkup Party below! 


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Our new logo!!!

I'm so excited to be launching our brand new logo today! It has been a long creative journey to get to this point but we are here! So I won't waste your time waffling about the story of how this beauty came to be, I'll just let you enjoy the eye candy! 

Let me know what you think!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

My paper craft portfolio is underway!

The past couple of days I have been focusing my attention on something that has been on my to-do-list since the beginning of the year. My paper craft portfolio! As you know, I really enjoy doing custom work. You come to me, tell me what you have in mind, and I make it work! Since I am not the kind of handmade business that has a huge stock pile of stock to be selling all the time, I thought it was time to start showcasing to my customers just how much I can do for them. 

To start the ball rolling, this past week I have been focusing on designing samples for my gift packaging range. From kraft boxes, to acetate boxes, to paper bags, and to muslin bags. 

Next on my list is to design samples for my party table range. This will include food signs, bunting, skewers, toothpicks etc. 

And the list goes on. I don't want to spoil the fun ahead for you by telling you everything that is to come, so you will just have to keep checking back! To view my Paper Craft Portfolio in full, go here


Friday, February 28, 2014

Sketch Layout Challenge #5

Here is our latest Sketch Layout Challenge, this time chosen by Rochelle of Lille Parti. I think this was my favourite sketch layout that has been chosen thus far. 

Sorry it's a bit blurry!

We only had a couple of ladies who had time to take part in this challenge, but the quality of the cards made, as always, was exceptional! 

First up was this funky floral number made by my sister Alicia. She took advantage of lots of SAB goodies in her design. My favourite part is the contrast the black backing gives to the details of the card. I hate to sound artsy fartsy, but this is one sexy card! 

This design was made by the wonderfully talented Deb. She is such a busy lady and doesn't have as much free time as she used to have to craft. But when she does have a moment, she creates beautiful pieces just like this, every time. Deb has a wonderful eye for colour and balance. 

Next up is Ingrid from Inky Ingrid. I have a little secret to tell you about Ingrid. She LOVES summer starfruit paired with this gorgeous flower print DSP from the Water Colour DSP pack. You need to check out her FB page to see what I am talking about. I love the softness of the white clay flowers and the criss cross ribbon with this design. 

Here is the first design from me! First up I wanted to replicate the sketch as well as I could. I loved the layout and mix of layers and placement so thought why not do an exact copy to start off with. I haven't had a chance to use my Soho Subway DSP very much, so it was my first choice when I was looking at DSP to make this card. I'm pleased with how it turned out! 

Here is my second design! I am in LOVE with this card. It turned out WAY better than I ever imagined it would. I hand stitched the crosses using a large needle and some linen thread and I made the green square clay button free hand using my moulding clay. I don't think I'll be able to part with this card for a while. I almost want to frame it! 

I'm really excited to be expanding this challenge a little bit further. I have expanded the group of ladies to take part in these fortnightly sketch layout challenges. I have started a Facebook group where I post the sketch challenge each fortnight, and where those taking part of the challenges can interact with each other. If you would like to join in on the fun and have your card featured on my blog please feel free to join in. I'd love to have you! 


Thursday, February 27, 2014

My 29th birthday wish list

I turn 29 in a few weeks time. So in case you were wondering what to buy me as a gift this year, I have made it so much easier for you. Just pick from the list below, ok? Awesome, thanks! 

This doily rug from Woolf and Cotton 
This Pandora Charm for my bracelet.
The Alex drawers on castors from Ikea

This green button clock by Addicted to Buttons.

These two Thermomix cookbook by Tenina Holder

I am also in need of a pair of chunky silver hoop earrings, a set of kitchen funnels and some Ikea storage boxes. I can give more details if you want to go with one of these options, no dramas.

Thanks in advance,