Sunday, November 30, 2008

Origami Christmas Cards!

I was blog surfing this morning and came across a fabulous card on Shirley Fyfe's blog that I was so amazed by I just had to get my supplies out and create my own right away!

The original idea came from Karen at Stampingvideos and you can see the instructions and youtube demonstration here.

Here is my first card:


I have used Bazzill cardstock as my base card, and Basic Grey patterned papers from the new Wassail range. I added a metal star to the top of the tree, and Carolee's creations tiny letter stickers for the greeting. There's also some silver Kindyglitz, and white Gel Pen.

And here is a close up so you can see just how dimensional it is:


To create that gorgeous scalloped border you see there I used a border punch that was kindly sent to me by the good folks at Stampin' Up! (Keep an eye out at Inkurable for more SU goodness).

Whilst I like this card, I thought it could use more texture to add some more interest, so I got out my trusty Cuttlebug and came up with this card:


The tree on this one has a slightly different folding technique that gives the tree fuller branches. Not so great for mailing, but makes a great card for handing to someone in person. Here's a close up of all the texture and dimension:


I embossed both the background paper, and the paper I used to create the tree with. I inked over the raised parts of the tree, and for the background I distressed the raised surfaces using sandpaper. Again, Kindyglitz and a silver star were added to finish the card.

I loved making these cards! So different from anything I've done before! It's not as hard as it looks, so I urge you to give it a go! (And don't forget to point me to your blog so I can see what you did!).

Thanks for looking! :)

~Sarah~

November Random Challenge!

Oh my goodness - I am soooooo terrible! So much has been going on lately that I hadn't had a chance to do my example for this month's Random Challenge - until this morning! Couldn't let it beat me, so had to do something today before the new challenge goes up tomorrow! *hangs head in shame*.

So this month I was "Feeling Edgy"! The challenge was to create a layout using decorative edges, and at least 1 side of your layout had to be decorative, i.e only 3 sides of your layout could remain straight.

Here is what I came up with:


I have used:

* Fancy Pants patterned paper
* Black Market Paper Society pp (both sides)
* AC Thickers
* Prima decorative Tape
* Glitz Designs rub ons
* CC tiny letter stickers
* MM metal photo corners
* White brads; Metal Screw brads
* White rub on stitching
* Bazzill cardstock
* Black pen, white cardstock

As some sort of cosmic punishment for being late, this layout gave me untold grief! I had actually tried to use that photo on another layout before, however it ended in disaster and promptly found it's way to the bin. Pink is not my usual colour, so I decided to take the cue from the photo and do a pink, black, and white layout. I wanted to go quite bold, so I started with a 12" rub on from Glitz designs. It was a NIGHTMARE to rub on, and then parts started peeling off, so I ended up scraping over it to remove any flaky parts. Not so bad - created a nice distressed look.

It just wasn't working for me - I sat there for ages just staring at it wondering how to complete it. Just gave the the willies all day, but I finally ended up with something I like. Do you ever have days like that? I usually leave it over night and that helps clear my head to start afresh, but time wasn't a luxury I had this morning! LOL!!

I think it's just a lack of scrapping mojo at the moment - I haven't done any scrapbooking for over a month, so I guess I just needed that push to get back into the swing of things.

Well, tomorrow brings a new Random Challenge, and a new layout! So keep your fingers crossed for me that things go well when I create my example tonight! LOL! :)

~Sarah~


Kreativ Blogger Award!

The incredible Shirley Fyfe has bestowed a lovely honour on me - the Kreative Blogger Award!


Thanks Shirley!

There are so many people that deserve this award, but most people I know have already received it! So instead of passing it on, I recommend you visit some of the bloggers in my sidebar - they're there because I like their stuff, and I think you should check it out! :)

Happy blog surfing! :)

~Sarah~

Friday, November 21, 2008

Getting in touch with my inner Emo...

My super talented friend Sarah Thompson has created a Facebook group called Un.flash Photography where there is a weekly photography challenge!

I love any excuse to get my Canon out for a play, so of course I'm playing along! It's open for anyone to join, so if you're on Facebook then you should play along with us!

This week is the very first challenge and the theme is - "YOUR INNER EMO - a shot that best describes your current mood/emotional state - Criteria/Technique - BLACK & WHITE PHOTOS".

You can upload up to 3 photos for each challenge, so I did! I've gone with a theme of puzzle pieces, symbolising being "Puzzled".


This first photo really conveys how I'm feeling at the moment. I feel like that centre puzzle piece with all sorts of challenges around me that once sorted will come together nicely to make the big picture, it's just a matter of working through it all.

You'll notice that all the pieces in my photos are blank too, making it a harder puzzle to solve, which further represents the challenges ahead.


The 2nd photo is about how I'm feeling as we've just bought a new house! There is so much to organise and take care of - so many forms with confusing jargon and I'm feeling puzzled and a little overwhelmed by it all! The pieces are stacked to make a house, much like a house of cards - this conveys a fragility that reflects my fears and emotions at the moment.


Last but not least we have photo number 3. This one is more about fitting in, as well as having lots of choices and decisions to make. That centre piece can fit into any one of the 4 available spots - only it doesn't know which one to go to. Too many options. Big decisions to make. Needs to find a place to belong. Just a matter of deciding which option to choose for the best outcome.

So yeah - lots of changes coming up for me and my family - a new house, a big move, my DD starting school next year just to name a few! A very exciting time which is also very scary and new for us!

Thanks for stopping by! I had heaps of fun doing this challenge! Let me know what you think of my pics! :)

~Sarah~

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Darkroom Door Christmas Cards!

Last night I made a couple of Christmas cards, so I thought I'd share them!

First up is a card that I made for a competition at Fat Cat's Card Corner - the criteria was Darkroom Door Stamps. I just recently got the "Christmas Reindeer" set, so I was busting to get them inky! Here's what I came up with:


Just a pretty simple card. I've used Bazzill cardstock, plain white cardstock, Cuttlebug embossing folder, brads, ribbon, and Brilliance ink. The ink is actually pearlescent which you can't really see in the photo, but it has a great shimmer in real life.

Here is a close up:


I also used the same stamp set to make another example for my Inkurable Stampers challenge this month which is to create a Christmas project using beads and a bottle top. Here's my card:


I lifted the design from a card that I saw on the Hero Arts website which I thought would be great for some bottle top baubles! :)


I've used Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey patterned paper, foam mounting tape, brads, ribbon, beads, bottle tops, Glossy Accents, red ink, and of course the DD stamps (which I LOVE!).

Pop on over to Inkurable Stampers and give this month's challenge a go! There are 6 great prizes up for grabs this month, so don't miss out on your chance to win! :)

Thanks for looking! :)

~Sarah~

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Some more ATC's!

Recently I hosted an ATC swap at Inkurable Stampers and the theme was Tim Holtz Stamps.

We had 17 players (including me!) and the array of different styles, techniques, and mediums used was amazing! I will be creating a slideshow of all the ATCs that I received, so keep a look out for it over at Inkurable.

My ATC's are very plain compared to some of the ones I received! I choose a simple design as I had to make 17 of them so that I got to keep one from everyone! Here they are:


I created the blue background using Tim Holtz alcohol inks (Denim and Stream) on white gloss cardstock. The birds and the tree are 2 different stamps by Tim Holtz, which I stamped on to the background using Stazon Ink.

Here is a close up:


I have used some German Scrap border at the bottom of my ATC's, and to make them stand out and look more like a fence, I rubbed them with Silver Metallic rub ons. I titled my ATC's "Murder Over The Fence" as it looks as if the viewer is peering over a graveyard fence at a Murder of crows. :)

Unfortunately, my tree stamp has a crack line through it, which you may notice in the pictures. Not sure how it happened, but not happy! Oh well, I suppose it gives a more "distressed" look to my ATC's! LOL!

Thanks for looking! :)

~Sarah~

Friday, November 14, 2008

Sky Watch Friday - 14th Nov 2008

Hello sky watchers! I have a few photos to share for Skywatch Friday today!

These photos were all taken a couple of weeks ago at Spoon Bay on the Central Coast of NSW. Clicking on them will bring up a larger size so you can see more detail.

These first two shots were taken right on sunset as the sun was going down behind the hill.


Eagle eyed viewers will see the fisherman in the first photo, and the strange cloud formation in the left hand side of the photo below. :)



The next few photos were taken earlier on that afternoon.

The white waves crashing over the rocks look great against the very blue sky.....


Now for something a little bit different......



I love the way the sky is reflected in the rock pools - I'm thinking outside the square this week and showing the sky from a different point of view! :)

To see more sky pics from around the world, visit Skywatch Friday, and why not join in the fun too?!

Thanks for visiting today! :)

~Sarah~

Thursday, November 13, 2008

A Darkroom Door in a haunted house?

Hi everyone!

Tonight I want to share pics of some ATC's that I made for the Darkroom Door Photobooth swap, hosted by the lovely Rachel herself!

So look away now if you're in the swap and don't want to spoil the surprise! LOL!

I chose to use the Photobooth Ladies for my ATC's. Here is the full set all together:


I have used Hero Arts stamps ("Happy Halloween" collectors edition) for the background images, and turned my photobooth ladies into witches! LOL!

Here is a close up:


The green background is some Fancy Pants Christmas paper, and the words were printed out from my computer.

Love these spooky stamps! If you look very closely (you can click on the pics to enlarge them) you will see a little ghost popping out of the window of the haunted house! So cool!

The ATC in the centre is the one that I will be keeping for myself - the others will all get swapped with ATC's from other ladies in the swap. I can't wait to see what comes back!

Thanks for looking! :)

~Sarah~

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Remembrance Day.

Today is Remembrance Day.

At this time, all around Australia, we are observing a 1 minute silence for our fallen heroes.

They shall grow not old,
As we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them,
Nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun,

And in the morning
,
We will remember them.


I'd like to share some photos I took at a recent visit to the Australian War Memorial & Museum, Canberra - such an emotional, harrowing, yet peaceful place:





To all Defence Force Personnel, past and present, fighting or fallen - THANK YOU.

~Sarah~

Monday, November 10, 2008

Why Print When You Can Pixma?

Check out what arrived at my doorstep on Friday afternoon:

Jealous much??!! LOL!

My new best friends at Canon have recently launched a blogger product review program in order to improve interaction with customers and to join the online community of conversation. http://community.canon.com.au/ will host a collection of blogs maintained by Canon Australia, connecting to other Australian blogs discussing Canon products.

I have been selected as one of the lucky bloggers and have been lent the Pixma MP980! Over the next 3 months I will be reviewing the printer here on my blog, and sharing lots of different projects that I have made using the Pixma and all the fabulous goodies that came along with it!

I am very much looking forward to having a play after having been very impressed at the recent Scrapbooking Memories Canon Pixma Party!

The advanced Pixma printer range is perfect for scrapbookers as it features quality scans and photo quality prints that are long lasting - you can check out the advanced range here.

You can read more about the review program at http://community.canon.com.au/blogs/pixma/ as well as see what other Australian bloggers are saying about other Canon products.

Watch this space for more Pixma goodness!

Oh, and I haven't forgotten about the photos from the Pixma party either - they're on their way!

~Sarah~

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Renee D's November Photo Challenge!

Wow - 2 posts in one day! LOL! Could probably do 3 more, but I'll wait until tomorrow! :)

Here are my examples for Renee D's November photo challenge - which is to take a macro shot.


So what's this? It is the inside of a very interesting flower that recently popped up in my backyard. Without getting too technical, it is the base of the stamen that is at the centre of the flower. I love how you can see the tiny specs of pollen!

Here's a pic of the flower from a different perspective:


Here you can see the green centre of the flower in the blurry background, but this time the stamens and stigma of the flower are in focus. Don't you just love the colours of the leaves? In real life that lighter purple part is iridescent - such a pretty flower! Pity it only lasts a few days, then gone again for another year!

Here is another close up:


And last but not least, a normal photo of the flower in it's entirety:


It sprouts from some sort of strange cactus type plant in my yard. Mother nature at her best!

These were all taken with my Canon 400D digital SLR in close up mode. Just using a regular 18-55mm lens. Have my eye on a dedicated Macro lens, but that will have to wait!

You too can take part in Renee D's photo challenge - check out the details here - you could win yourself a $10.00 Scrapbook Savvy Voucher - just in time for Christmas!

Thanks for looking! :)

~Sarah~

Christmas Cards!

Boy oh boy have I been a busy bee lately. Not much crafty stuff going on though! However, I did have some time to create these Christmas Cards for the Scrapbook Savvy newsletter.


I have used papers from the gorgeous Fancy Pants "Happy Holidays" range that you can get from Scrapbook Savvy. I have also used stamps from the Kaisercraft "Merry Christmas" acrylic stamp set for all my cards.

Here's card 1:


Just a very basic design - quick and easy (and cost effective) to make if you have lots of cards to send and little time!

The "Merry Christmas" is a rub on from the Kaisercraft "Christmas Cards" B&W rub on set - it has so many greetings on it - 1 packet will be enough for all your cards.

I've used just the one stamp, directly on the card, to keep it quick and easy. I then added a touch of sparkly ribbon and some Kaisercraft bling to jazz it up a little.

For Card #2, I stepped up the design and skill level. This card is still pretty easy to make, but requires more time, and more money. Worth it to achieve a nicer look. :)


I have used 2 stamps on this one. The greeting was stamped directly onto the card, whilst the tree was stamped onto white cardstock. I cut around the image and adhered it to the card front. Again, some Kaisercraft Rhinestones add some sparkle, and a metallic star shaped brad tops the tree.


I have added some lace around the card front, and tied a sparkly silver ribbon around the middle for some added interest.

Last but not least we have card #3:


This one is the most difficult to make, and requires the most time. Great if you have just a few cards to make for those extra special people.

This time I have used 2 of the Christmas stamps, plus a different "Merry Christmas" rub on.

I created a patterned background using the pink paper and the snowflake stamp. Next, I stamped the Christmas tree onto white cardstock, cut it out, and added it to the card. I then attached half a green flower, then the "Merry Christmas" greeting was mounted on to the card with foam mounting tape.

Again, some Kaisercraft bling to jazz up the snowflakes, and as a star on top of the tree.

So there you go! :) I hope these cards have given you some ideas for yours, whatever your budget, skill level, or spare time may be! :)

Check out the Scrapbook Savvy Christmas Shoppe for some great Christmas supplies - you'll even find selected Christmas goodies at 30% off until the 30th November 2008.

~Sarah~

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Inkurable Stampers - November Challenge!

I've just uploaded the challenge for November at Inkurable Stampers!

This month's theme is CHRISTMAS, but because that's soooo easy, I have given everyone 2 more criteria that they have to use in their entries! Check them out here.

Here is a sneak peek of one of my examples:


Check out all the photos of my samples, and full challenge details here.

Happy stamping!

~Sarah~