Friday, February 18, 2011

Hello Card

I made this card recently for a fun challenge . . . and guess what - no Copic colouring in sight!

Taken with my iPhone camera so not a very good photo unfortunately.  Yes - the battery for my camera is now being charged

This photo was better colour wise, albeit a bit blurry

Cardstock - Black and White American Crafts
Patterned paper - Black Market Paper Society - Ebony & Alabaster
Floral Ribbon - I think it is from a Tim Holtz range
Die - Spellbinders Lacey Circles
Stamp - StampingScrapping Design Beaded Circles (developed for use with Spellbinders Beaded Circles template)
Ink - Memento - Tuxedo Black
Misc - Pearls and black and white ribbon from stash

Note:  Because the stamps are clear, it is very easy to line up in exactly on punched die
Also the floral ribbon is mounted on netting - a little hard to see in the photo

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Flood Relief - HELP

Hello everyone

I am assisting a friend who is heavily involved in  assisting the flood victims by providing clothes, furniture, toys, shoes, bags etc to the Flood Victims.  The organisation with whom she works is extremely professional.  So far, I have had 12 bags collected from my home comprising  clothes - varying sizes; shoes; handbags; backpacks; doona covers; sheets; pillowcases; lamps; car seat covers to name but a few.

This last weekend saw Jan's dad arrive with his huge 4WD with a trailer attached and they collected donated goods (from my crafting buddies and friends)  along the lines of table and chair, coffee table, beautifully renovated early 1900's pine dressing table, baby boy clothes - sizes 0 to 1, children's toys and dress-ups, more lamps and due to the wonderful generosity of some of Julia's friends  - brand new towels, cutlery, kettles, toasters, hangers etc (thanks again ladies!)

Do you know what has been fantastic? - Everything donated has gone directly to an individual or family who has lost everything or nearly everything due to the horrendous floods experienced recently, which have affected us or someone we know.  It is so heartwarming to hear some of the stories back from Jan.  My daughter gets a real kick out of hearing that her things have found a very worthy home, especially a beautiful set of bedding for an 11 year old's birthday.

Julia has encouraged her interstate friends (thanks again) to donate gift vouchers (any amount would be fabulous) i.e. K-Mart, Big W, Bunnings, Coles-Myer etc.

I can assure you that you can trust the organisation (apparently written up in the Courier Mail yesterday - I will try and obtain a copy and post the article).  They now have 60 more families who have signed up for assistance and the next couple of months will be crucial because people will be starting to leave temporary accommodation (family/friends/other) to go back home.

If you can assist in any way, could you please let me know and I will help you co-ordinate donations and contributions etc or pass your information on to Jan so that you can liaise directly for expediency.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Be Happy card

A group of us were challenged to make a card/layout using the following sketch:
I decided to challenge myself with colours as well and used a lot of the colours that cheer me up.  Given the current weather difficulties we are all experiencing, I suppose this card represents happier times and sunshine.  Would not normally make something this bright - but hey, that's what challenges are about . . . arent they?

Stamp:  one of my favourite Mo Manning Digital Stamps
Coloured with: Copic Sketch Markers as follows:

Skin: E000; E00; E11; E13 and R20
Hair: Y11; Y21; E97 and E99
Glasses/Thongs: RV14; RV17 and RV19
Bloomers: B12; B14 and B16
Glass lens: BG000 and B000
Ice cream: BG000 B200
Grass: YG13 and YG17
Cone: E31; E33 and E35
Bench: E31; E33; E35; E37 and W1
Ranger Star Dust stickles for the bling
White Gel pen

Tools used
American Crafts plain cardstock; Patterned cardstock - KI Memories - Sweet Life; EK Success scallopped punch, Magnolia Doohickey Die for the swirl, Martha Stewart Butterfly punches, Spellbinders dies x 2, Heartfelt Creations Dies for paper flower and misc flowers, ribbons and pearls from stock

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Special occasion card for a special friend

We are back on line and also have a land line - yippee!! 

Here is a card I made for a special occasion for a special friend.  I wanted to give flowers, but wanted them to last, so thought this was the next best thing.

The Stamp is from Lili of the Valley (UK).  Ordered a few of their new range on 16 January and received from the UK on 31 January - less time than it took Telstra to get us up and going again!  They are a great company to deal with . . . and the stamps are just soooooooo cute!

Coloured with my Copics (of course), as follows:

Face: E000 E00 E11 R20
Hair: E53 E57 E59
Top/shoes: BG10 BGT11 BG32 BG34
Skirt: BG10 T3 T1
Leaves: G20 G24 G21
Spots: BV000 BV02
Flowers: BV000 BV02
Shadow: BV000 BV02 T1
Blender pen

and another view of the front (didnt set up my light box to take the photos)

The inside of the card (photo not in good light so looks really bright)

and packaged (in a clear envelope) and ready for delivery:

Thinking of you my special friend x