Oh my goodness, I can't believe it's been so long since I last blogged. Thank you to my loyal followers, I'm still getting a few visitors each day so I appreciate that! I've had a crazy couple of weeks, I'm off to Stampin' Up!'s Australia/NZ 2009 Convention in Canberra this week with some of my team, so have been busy getting ready for that. I've made 70 swaps! I haven't forgotten you all though - I have two things to share tonight, and will have loads more when I get back next week! Sorry, no sneak peeks of my swaps, I don't want to spoil the surprise for the other Demonstrators I'm going to swap with on Friday. But I'll show you what I made and what 70 of them looks like on my return, the photos are all ready to go!
Tonight I'm posting my entry for Kristina's 50th Colour Inspiration. Wow, she picked a real tough one - for me anyway! I like all of the colours she picked... I just wouldn't normally use this combination. I really struggled this time, I think I have already packed my mojo into my suitcase for Convention, ha ha!
Seriously though, I heard some news yesterday about a lovely lady that I met back in December, she's been having a rough time lately. I wanted to make a card to send her and let her know that I'm thinking of her, so I pushed myself to use Kristina's Challenge to start me off. I had trouble finding just the right stamps to work with, until I fell back on one of my favourite "fall to" layouts that are handy when you're really stuck. The layout for this card was inspired by Donna over at Butternut Sage Designs (hi Donna!), it was one of her earlier Paper Cuts cards, #2 in fact. You really have to see her entry for the 50th challenge (click here), wow you should have seen my jaw drop when I saw what she made, is she super talented or what!!
So anyway I used the new Good Morning Sunshine DSP, punched out with a 1 1/4" square punch and layered on Chocolate Chip scallop squares. The circle piece uses a stamp from Good Friend to match the paper, which I stamped in Tempting Turquoise and punched out using the 1 1/4" circle punch and layered on a 1 3/8" circle in Real Red. For dimension I added a large clear button tied with Real Red 1/4" grosgrain ribbon and stamped the greeting from the hostess set Best Yet at the base of the card. The greeting looks a little wonky because of the angle I took the photo at, but it's straight, I can assure you! I'm not entirely sure about this card - its got way more white than I normally use, but then when you have trouble with the colours the trick is to use lots of white, so what do you think?
I would have used dimensionals under the squares but this has to fit through the post, so with the button I couldn't add any more thickness! TIP: the hardest part of this card is getting the squares lined up straight. To make it easier, cut a couple of thin strips of cardstock to make a cross and use Dotto temporary adhesive (love that stuff!) to adhere it to the front of your card. That will help you line the squares up, and then you simply remove the strips when you're done and rub the adhesive off. I SHOULD have done that, but noooo.... I chose to make it harder on myself - I used the Dotto on the squares instead and stuck them down and moved them around until I was happy enough, then adhered them one at a time with permanent adhesive. Oh well, it looks close enough, right?
The second project I have to share with you tonight is my "bag tag" for Convention. If you can picture 450 demos all in the same place, all with the same bag, well that's just asking for trouble! So Stampin' Up! suggest that we make ourselves a tag that we can tie on our bag when we check in, and then we'll be able to find it more easily should we happen to put it down somewhere. I have been itching to use the new Curly Label punch bundle (yahoo!) so I just had to break that open! I hand-cut the tag shape using the pattern that Stampin' Up! gave us (it matches the Top Note die that the lucky US and Canadian demos have!). I just reduced it on the photocopier to a couple of different sizes.
Here's the recipe for my tag:
Stamps: Cute & Curly
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Chocolate chip marker
Cardstock: So Saffron, Whisper White
Other: Washington Apple DSP, Flower Fusion (felt flower), silver brad, Stampin' Dimensionals, Curly Label punch, Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon (mmm... don't you just love that ribbon?!)
Enjoy the rest of your week, I'm off to Convention, yippee!