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VSN Saturday's Challenges K - P without the N & Q

These are the cards I made for the last 5 challenges apart from challenge N for the VSN over on Splitcoast Stampers this weekend. I didn't do challenges N & Q as I wasn't feeling inspired and had completely run out of mojo by the time those ones came around. You can see the cards I did for challenges A - E here and F - J here . Challenge K was to make a card showing how you "soar" for your vacation. I don't have any airplane stamps or anything like that really so had to use my faithful hot air balloons stamps instead. I used Mojo #34 and CC81 to use Mellow Moss, Bravo Burgundy and So Saffron for this one as well. Recipe: Stamps: Everyday Button Bits from PTI Papers: So Saffron, Bravo Burgundy, Whisper White, Mellow Moss DSP from hostess pack, Sweet Pea DSP Inks: Bravo Burgundy, So Saffron, Mellow Moss, Bashful Blue Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Clouds Dies from PTI, Bravo Burgundy grosgrain ribbon, So Saffron brads Challenge L w

VSN Saturday's Challenges F - J

I managed to do 10 of the challenges from Saturday's VSN - I only missed out challenge N as I just didn't have the energy to do any more! These  are the cards I did for challenges A - E. Right on to the cards!  Challenge F was to use water in some way on a card, but a water image didn't count. I used my very little used watercolor crayons from SU. I haven't used these much, but only because I much prefer the sharper colours you get from Copics! However they worked well for the softness needed on this image! I also used Mojo #15 and CC32 to use Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel and Regal Rose for this card. Recipe: Stamps: Daisy Chain Teddy from Elzybells Papers: Always Artichoke, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, Sweet Always DSP Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Watercolor Crayons Accessories: Brads from stash, Caramel ribbon from Taylored Expressions, 1" circle punch, Daisy Pattern Cuttlebug Embossing Folder Challenge G was to make a card with a

VSN Friday's Challenges A-E

It was Virtual Stamp Night over on Splitcoast Stampers this weekend. This is a set of 17 challenges over the Friday and Saturday and each challenge is on a similar theme, although there are a huge range of different techniques involved. This VSN was called Summertime in the Land I love and was all about summer! I love doing these as I get such a buzz from racing through them all to try and complete them within the 45 minute timeframe, although I don't always spend that long and sometimes spend longer but I don't think the VSN police will be on my back! Anyway, Challenge A was to make a CAS card showing food related to summer! I don't do CAS very often as I always want to add more layers. This one in theory has 3 layers if you count the mount and image as separate ones, but I think I can get away with it! I combined this one with Just Add Ink's #32 to use material or ribbon on a card. Easy one me thinks! Recipe: Stamps: Mouse Holding Ice Cream from Tina Wenke,

A bit manic this week

I'm a bit behind in my blogging this week as I've had a crazy week. Not really sure why but it is always a rush to get last minute things done before the summer holidays are over and I have to go back to work. Anyway here's just a few bits I've done this week. This first project is for 3 Papertrey challenges, with the main one being A Passion for Papertrey's Polka Dots challenge . I also used Papertrey Peeps #4 to CASE one of Nichole Heady's cards from the February/March releases and I CASED this card of Nichole's. I also made a little matching picnic basket to hold a gift for Papertrey Peeps #5 template challenge . I completely missed my friend birthday from the other week and will see her back at work on Wednesday so I made this matching set for her belated birthday pressie. I just need to go and get some pretty purple jewellery to go in the box as well now. Recipe: Stamps: Everyday Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics II Papers: Plum Pudding, Laven

Val's PTI day

There are a group of us over on the In Love With Stampin forum who have all confessed to being Papertrey Ink addicts (oops meant to say fans!) and one of the lovely ladies, Val, invited us all to her house yesterday for a fantastic PTI day. We were all to bring a shoe box swap for each of us to do and some card candy to swap as well. There were 8 of us altogether at Val's house and 2 more ladies who couldn't make it who were doing the shoebox swaps at home. Val had made us all a beautiful goodie bag... And this is what was inside - a covered notebook, bookmark, some covered Hotel Chocolat slabs, some felt die cuts, some ribbons and the cutest little paint pot tin filled to the brim with buttons. I forgot to put in the photo the Fillable Frames #6 set and die she also put in the bag for us. Boy were we spoiled! After much chatting with old friends and new, we finally made a start an hour and a half after we were meant to get started on our shoebox swaps. I have photograp

My new school stationery

I go back to work next week (boo hoo, but I guess I gotta earn some money to pay for all these stamps I keep buying!) and following on from the shoebox swap I made for the PTI day I went to yesterday I added a couple more matching pieces to take into school with me. As a primary school teacher I'm constantly using post-its to scribble notes and reminders on, so my Things To Do notebook is ideal as is the post its holder I made. I thought I'd add a matching bookmark too for when I start my class book - I always try to have a class book going although we don't always get the time to finish it! Anyway here's my set, which I'm entering in Stampin' Royalty's School Days Challenge . This colour combo is one of my faves at the minute. Recipe: Stamps: Background Basics: Petal Power, Take Note, All Booked Up, Fillable Frames #6 all from PTI Papers: Ocean Tides, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist, Stampers Select White, 2008 Bitty Dot Basics DSP all from PTI Inks

A few more colour challenges..

I love trying out different colour challenges as they really do challenge me sometimes. I don't always like the combos and sometimes they don't like me, but I love to push myself and make myself try combos I wouldn't normally choose myself. This first one is for Just Add Ink's #34 to use Real Red, Kraft and Chocolate Chip. I also used the sketch from my SU team's challenge blog Inspiring Inkin' for the layout. We weren't allowed to use any flower stamps for this II challenge so I went with hearts instead and love this one! Recipe: Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts, Live Your Dream Papers: Chocolate Chip, Kraft, real Red, Whisper White Inks: Chocolate Chip, Real Red Accessories: Chocolate Chip Satin Ribbon, Small Heart Punch My next one is for Color Throwdown's #106 to use Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Kraft and Certainly Celery. I love the soft colours here. I also used Mojo #152 for the layout as well. Recipe: Stamps:  Round & Round

Some yellow cards...

Yellow is one of those colours I'm not too fussed about really. I'm not a particular fan of neon-bright-in-your-face kind of yellow but the softer more buttery tones I do quite like as an accent rather than a main colour. Howver this week I've managed to do three cards all with a yellow as a more dominant colour and I really like how these have turned out. This first one is for SC294 and the ILWS Colour challenge this month to use Basic Gray, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Whisper White. Recipe: Stamps:   Vintage Vogue, Vintage Wheel Papers: Certainly Celery, Basic Gray, So Saffron, Whisper White Inks: Basic Gray, So Saffron, Certainly Celery Accessories: Fairytale Ribbons (retired), Square gem brads from stash My new card is for another ILWS challenge - the sketch one from this month and for Papertrey Peeps #14 to use red, yellow, cream and white. I absolutely love this colour combo and yet it is so not me at all! Just shows how sometimes you have t

A Couple Of 3D Items

I've made a couple of more practical things this week. I have umpteen empty boxes that the PTI stamp sets come in and decided that I really should do something with them instead of just hoarding them, so I came up with this! It's not my idea - I think it was Dawn McVey who did one originally on Nichole Heady's blog for a stamp release sneek peek once - not that I can find again mind you! I thought I'd fill it with some random cards and give it to my mum so she has a collection to use. This is the front view. I used 4 boxes and cut the flaps off one end. Then I covered the insides with So Saffron cardstock to cover the bits of tape that PTI stick the labels on with and then stuck them all together before covering the outside front, back and sides with DSP. I made a little tray to put them in using Old Olive with a So Saffron trim. I wrapped some retired Old Olive ribbon from the Theater pack and some So Saffron grosgrain that was in a special bundle last year round the

Character Cards Challenges

Just a few cards using characters for a change instead of the usual flower/cupcakes/butterflies images I tend to use! This first one is for Just Magnolia #68 for the sketch, CC102 to use Real Red, Basic Black and Gold and for Just Add Ink's #30 to use wheels, either wheels on something or the SU sheel stamps. I went for the wheel stamps! And I actually decorated the inside of this one as well. I always try to if the base colour of the card is dark, so I added a layer of red, then gold then white and ran the same wheel across the white in Real Red. Recipe: Stamps: Spanish Tilda from Magnolia, So Swirly wheel from SU, Mega Mixed Messages from PTI Papers: Basic Black, Real Red, Copic White, Gold Pearlescent, October Afternoon DSP Inks: Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics Accessories: Black satin ribbon from stash, flowers from stash, Icicle Stickles My next one is for Stacey's Curtain Call #43 to use Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango. I just co

Some PTI cards

Thought I'd just show you some challenge cards I made this weekend with some stamps from Papertrey Ink. This first one is another using the CHA limited edition set Four of A Kind, but using a different shaped flower head this time. This one is for Splitcoast's SC293 and for Color Throwdown's #105 to use Always Artichoke, Soft Suede and Elegant Eggplant. Recipe: Stamps: Four of A Kind Papers: Always Artichoke, Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant all from SU, Stampers Select White cs from PTI Ink: Always Artichoke, Elegant Eggplant Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dot Ribbon, Purple Rhinestones from stash, Victorian Fleur Embossing Folder from Papermania My next card is for Papertrey Posse's Blog Hop #3 . For this blog hop you had to use your favourite technique. One of mine is using the emboss resist technique to make pretty patterened papers for a background. This card also uses Mojo #62 and CC150 to use Real Red, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky. Recipe: Stamp