Thursday, 30 December 2010

My kinda baking...

Hey!

Well after some rest I'm now back, itching to get inky and ready to blog again!

Just before I do though, some of you have been sweet enough to comment and email asking me about my dad so I figured I'd update you here (feel free to skip to the card if you wish!). It's certainly been tough here and sadly Dad's condition deteriorated a few weeks ago which meant he could not come home for Christmas. So Christmas was....in a word....different. We did (and do) visit him often with fingers crossed for signs of improvement. I'll keep you informed if anything changes (hopefully for the better!)

Right. Back to the inky business! So we had a week off, but I hope you haven't forgotten that Friday Eve (Thursdays) mean it's time for a new CASE study!We're ending 2010 and starting 2011 with a BANG! here on CASE study. Check out this fabulous creation up for CASEing this week courtesy of our muse, Nina Brackett:

I know, gorgeous, right?! I honestly thought I knew exactly where I was heading when creating my own take on this; but then I was reminded that a wedding card was needed for the wedding we attended on the 27th. Eeek! A wedding card with no wedding themed stamps and a CASE study to create before Christmas to get myself organised. What's a gal to do? Well think out of the box a little and create a card that suits both occasions of course!

Celebrate

Hope you can tell that I CASEd aspects of the layout for my homemade Wedding Cake made from super pretty shimmer cardstock! Now this is my kinda baking: I'm a disaster in the kitchen but paper-based cakes are my speciality :)

I'm itching to play along again with this week's CASE study and I hope you fancy playing along too! Remember, up for grabs is a prize for one randomly selected peep so wha'cha waitin' for!

Need more inspiration? Then check out the rest of the super duper CASE study DT:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Andrea Ewen
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Lenet Mos
Melyssa Connolly
Sue Kohler
Nina Brackett (December's Muse)

And before I leave ya - I know it's slightly early, but I just want to wish you all a very happy new year! Thank you so much for all your visits and comments this past year; you've made 2010 a fabulous year for me in terms of my obsession hobby and I truly appreciate it! Here's to 2011....! Cheers!

Catch ya later!





Card Deets
{Celebrate}
Stamps: Damask Designs
Ink: London Fog (Memento)
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, White Shimmer (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Clear Gems (Hero Arts)/Cuttlebug/Swirls Embossing Folder (Provocraft)/Fresh Snow Satin Ribbon, Polka Dot Impression Plate (Papertrey Ink)/Chompy (Corner Chomper)

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

A Christmas Birthday...

Hey!

I hope you all had a super holiday! I'm still in the midst of recovering from the busiest few days of the year: we had not only Christmas, but a Christmas Birthday to celebrate and a Christmas Wedding to attend (that looked so pretty with the snow surrounding!) so I'm ready for some rest and it's not even New Years Eve quite yet!

But enough of my plans, the reason I'm here is to share this card with you:

Happy Birthday

This was made for my mum's birthday (celebrated on Boxing Day!)

I'm also being super sneaky as it also fits into our new challenge on the our PTI blog! We're keeping our challenge this fortnight pretty simple due to the busy season so all we're asking is that you incorporate a background set into your project and use at least one Papertrey ink product. Easy peasy! As you can see - I'm a sucker for polka dots and adore my Polka Dot Basics II set :)

So if you can find any spare inky time then we'd love it if you could join in the fun with us! Up for one lucky European Peeps is a PTI Signature Series: Cupcake mini stamp set!

I'll be catching up with y'all via my Google Reader as soon I recover from being a party animal: you can tell I'm getting older with the amount of days rather than hours it takes to recover from the late nights - ha!

Stay tuned tomorrow for a new CASE study too! I'll be sharing the card I made for the wedding we attended on Monday - I don't have any wedding themed stamps so I really had to think outta the box for that one...

Catch ya later!






Card Deets
{happy biRthDay}
Stamps: Birthday Bash Sentiments, Polka Dot Basics II
Ink: Spring Rain (Papertrey Ink)/London Fog (Memento)
Cardstock: White and Pink Shimmer Cardstock (Papetrey Ink)
Accessories: Fresh Snow Satin Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Chompy (Corner Rounder)/Ribbon (Scraps!)/Clear Gem (Hero Arts)

Monday, 20 December 2010

It's Christmas (and freezing cold too!)

Hey!

Celebrating the first official day of the Christmas Holidays today with a cracking temperature of minus 10 Celsius - eek!

And as it's so cold and there's a sprinkling of snow on the ground - I'll keep within the Christmas spirit and share another one of my Christmas cards designs with ya:

It's Christmas

OK so do you notice that I used a new (to me!) kinda stamp on these? Yup. It's official. I'm a fan of Waltzingmouse Stamps! That teeny tree set made my heart skip a beat and then the Frame It set was truly game set and match for me! Love the versatility of those sets and it definitely won't be the last you see of me using them :)

Anyways, this super simple (and flat for cheaper postage *wink*) design was made in a couple more colour combos too.

Nice and festive with red and green:

It's Christmas

And slightly more elegant and regal with this colour combo (great for the guys!):


My photos can't really capture the pretty shine from those embossed stars on the trees but they look pretty IRL!
Y'know I really am not a fan of mass production - but by changing a colour combo it certainly makes it more fun making cards for Christmas. I'm glad to say that all my cards have now been made and should hopefully be making their journeys to their new homes....fingers crossed!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting during this super busy festive season!

Catch ya later!






Card Deets
{it's Christmas}
Stamps:
Teeny Trees, Frame-It (Waltzingmouse Stamps)/Around and About Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento)/Fresh Snow, Simply Chartreuse (Papertrey Ink)/Versamark
Cardstock: Stamper's Select White, Kraft, Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, Scarlet Jewel (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Detail White EP, Detail Gold EP (Stampendous)/Simply Chartreuse Grosgrain Ribbon, Dark Chocolate Grosgrain Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Whatever the style, it's Glossy! :)

Hey!

Sooooooo nearly there! Just two more days to go before we hit those sweet Christmas Holidays!

Let's have a treat and kick off the true countdown to those holidays with:


Yup! A new CASE study for us! (You just knew I was going to say that, right?!)

Let's see what our muse, Nina Brackett, has in store for our inspiration this week:


Oooh hitting my weak spot with that butterfly on this fabby creation. In fact, that's pretty much what dictated my whole approach to this week's CASE study:

Thank you so much

*gasp* not a Christmas card! I know - I shocked myself with this one! I still struggle with the whole shabby chic/vintage look and I think this is about as close as I'll ever get.

Now this photo lets you see that I dolloped on the Glossy Accents which makes my butterfly look super shiny but it's hard to capture the detail of it with my camera so here's another shot for good measure:

Thank you so much 2

Ah well - you're just gonna have to trust me when I say that you can see much more of that butterfly IRL ;D

I'm also being super sneaky and entering this for the December challenge over at the Hero Arts Blog (that background ledger stamp is Hero Arts btw!) This fits into two of the three choices of challenges over there (To make a Thank You card and to add Shine to a project. Multi-tasking or what eh?! *wink*)

So I know it's super busy for us all at this time of year. Can't ya just tell by how short and sweet my blog posts are becoming?! Any shorter or sweeter and you'll get toothache - Ha! But we would really love it if you could join in our challenge too. Just use the original creation to get your mojo tickin' - simples!

Need some more mojo? Then check out what the super duper CASE study DT rustled up for ya:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Andrea Ewen
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Lenet Mos
Melyssa Connolly
Sue Kohler
Nina Brackett (December's Muse)

Need some more temptation (seriously?!) well one randomly selected peep will win some goodies! So what ya waitin' for?!

I now have to dash to prepare for 'the' social event of the year. What's that you ask? The School Christmas Disco of course! :D

Catch ya later!
Aimes
x

Card Deets
{Thank You So Much}
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams, Damask Designs (Papertrey Ink)/Ledger (Hero Arts)
Ink: Rich Cocoa (Memento), Antique Linen (Distress Inks)
Cardstock: Kraft, Vintage Cream, Terracotta Tile, Spring Moss (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Ribbon (Webster's Pages), Promarkers, Glossy Accents

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Same Card, Different Colours...

Hey!

Well it's the final week of school before we break up for Christmas - Woo Hoo!!! I'll definitely be looking forward to Friday this week :)

And speaking of Christmas, I'm sharing another Christmas card with ya today. OK, I know it's the same card design as my previous cards, but it still impresses me how different they can look by simply changing the colours and a few of the embellishments.

Happy Holidays

This card not only celebrates the holidays, but a new challenge on our PTI blog too!!!! For this fortnight, we wanna see creations with pearls on. C'mon you know you've got some hiding in your stash somewhere....

We'd obviously love it if you played along with us! Up for grabs for one lucky European peep is a Fillable Frames #6 stamp set!

Sorry to keep it short and sweet - this holiday season is super busy!

Catch ya later!
Aimes
x

Card Deets
{We Wish you a Merry Christmas}
Stamps: Holiday Signature Greetings, Fancy Flourishes (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Sweet Blush, White Shimmer Cardstock (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug, Snowflake Die (Provocraft)/Nestabilities/Fresh Snow Satin Ribbon and Spring Rain Button (Papertrey Ink)/Pearls (Hero Arts)/'Chompy' (Corner Chomper!)

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Gorgeous Green...

Hey!

Well things are still soooooooo icy cold here, but I'm returning to more of a routine which sadly means much less inky time *sob* I was becoming used to rolling outta bed, putting the kettle on and going to straight to my crafting corner!

But enough moaning from me, let's get your brains working this morning with a bit of maths. Ready?

Friday Eve = CASE study (Now that's my kinda Maths - Ha!)


Still with me? I hope so because here as our Muse for December is Nina Brackett's gorgeous creation up for CASEing:


And here's my very CAS and Monochromatic take on it (made during my bonus inky hours last week *wink*)

there's no one like you friend

Hope you can tell that I was inspired by the layout and the flower from the original. Y'know I treated myself to some of these delicious, pre-sparkled Prima flowers in green (what else?!) ages ago and have been hoarding them like Gollum from Lord of the Rings, "My Precious!" Ha! So I decided it was about time to let at least one of these babies loose and this one matched almost perfectly with New Leaf cardstock *smile*.

Here's hoping you can play along with us! Remember that one random peep will win some goodies so why not have a go?! And if you need more inspiration, then check out the rest of the fabulous CASE study DT:

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Andrea Ewen
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Lenet Mos
Melyssa Connolly
Sue Kohler
Nina Brackett (December's Muse)

Now I'm off to try and use some of my other precious sparkly treasures that I've been guilty of hoarding....if I can find an inky moment that is!

Catch ya later!






Card Deets
{there's no one like you FRIEND}
Stamps: Friends 'til the End/Turning a New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)/Versamark/Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Cardstock: New Leaf (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Cuttlebug/Polka Dot Impression Plate, True Black Grosgrain Ribbon (Papertrey Ink)/Lace Trim/Chompy (Corner Chomper)/Glittered Flower (Prima)

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Nov 2010 CARDS Publication

Hey!

It's still snowy here and I'm stuck inside, but I'm not complaining. I've never had so much inky therapy time during what should be a working week!

Today I'm not sharing a card I made during my bonus inky sessions, but a card that has become very dear to me (even though it's not with me now). My first published card - ever! Yup, that's right, I can now share my very first publication from the Nov 2010 issue of CARDS (check it out on page 49!) Thanks CARDS Magazine!


And because my photography is pretty pants in comparison to the magazine's, just check out how sweet the set up was for it:


Could you find a more perfect home for this card?! :)

And by total, freaky, pure, coincidence - do you know what came through the post today? A copy of the magazine itself! Thanks so much to my super sweet Canadian buddy, Maureen (or Diva as I like to call her after her Verve Guest Diva fame!) - you're a star (and a Diva!)!!! It was a total surprise and I still can't stop stroking the glossy pages :D

Thanks so much for stopping by! Now I've got to figure how I'm going to get to the post office to post some cards in time for Christmas....wish me luck!

Catch ya later!






Card Deets {Love You}
Stamps: Daily Design Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Cardstock: Pure Poppy, Stamper's Select White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Simple Valentine (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Heart Buttons (Martha Stewart)/White Gel Pen/Embossed Scallop Border Punch (EK Success)/Chompy (Corner Chompy)

Thursday, 2 December 2010

'tis the season....for SNOW!

Hey!

Just one word to sum up the last couple of days here in Sheffield - SNOW! I've never seen so much of the white stuff! School has been shut since Tuesday and they say the last time there was this much snow was before I was born *insert your own age jokes here* Ha! We've been informed by the police to say indoors and not travel unless absolutely necessary so the only traveling I'm doing is from the sofa to the my crafty corner :)

Well snow, or now snow, the snow show must go on! Time for another CASE study



And a bit more excitement than usual because not do we have a new muse for December, we have a new Design Team Member too (more on that in a mo *wink*!) So sad to see Heather leaving us but happy to see Nina Brackett joining us as December's muse! And without further ado - here's her fabulous card up for CASEing this week:

Doesn't she just rock this shabby chic vintage style?! Hmmm....you just know this is a toughie for CAS lovin' gal like me but this is exactly the thing I love the most about CASE study. It can push you creatively if you want it to, or you can sit in your comfort zone and just adopt certain elements of the original creation. You decide what I did with this one:

Tis the Season

Is it CAS?! Maybe vintagey CAS?! I dunno but I do know that I welcome any Christmas card I get the chance to make at the moment as I'm still so behind on the Christmas crafting!

I hope you can join us and play along too. Up for grabs this week for one random peep is a stamp set courtesy of Christina Franco from The Angel Company!

Now go check out what the rest of the super talented CASE study DT rustled up. Speaking of which, we have a new lady on board with us who I'm already a HUGE fan of: Cristina Kowalczyk of My Paper Secret! This lady just ooozes fabulous CAS style and I'm so happy she's part of our team :)

But where one fab new stamper joins us, another one leaves. Sadly Teneale has had to step down for a bit for personal reasons. We hope she'll come back soon but in the meanwhile, why not leave her some love? I know she'd appreciate it :)

Iwona Palamountain (Chupa)
Andrea Ewen
Cristina Kowalczyk
Jean Martin
Julie Smith
Lenet Mos
Melyssa Connolly
Sue Kohler
Nina Brackett (December's Muse)

And just before I go, here's a piccy of the snow we've had here recently.

It's even deeper than this now as it's not stopped snowing and I took this pic yesteray morning! I'm actually beginning to wonder if I'm going to have to find a shovel and dig my way outta here....!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Catch ya later!





Card Deets
{Tis the Season}
Stamps: Stocking Prints (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Hint of Pesto (Versamagic)/Antique Linen (Distress Ink)/Rich Cocoa (Memento)
Cardstock: Kraft (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: Sugar Plum (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Crochet Lace, Leaf Ribbon (Reasonable Ribbon)/Border Punch (EK Success)/Jute Ribbon Twine (Papertrey Ink)

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I am on various design teams and receive free product to use and promote. I geniunely love the products of the companies and all opinons are honest and my own.

I'm flattered if I've inspired you and you want to CASE anything of mine, but please don't enter it for commercial publications or competitions.
Thank You!
All designs, text, and photographs on Crafting Confessions are ©2009-2016 to Amy Gray unless stated otherwise.