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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Christmas in July

Stamp a stack - $20.00
Get a start on those Christmas cards before it’s too late! Come along and produce 9 gorgeous Christmas cards using a range of techniques and of course a sprinkling of glitter. 2 of 4 designs and one special, that's 9 beautiful cards in all, envelopes are included. Places are limited as I like a maximum of 8 people per class so that each person gets my attention. If you can’t make the dates shown and have a few friends give me a call and I can come to you at no extra cost. Starts at 7.00pm
One of the stamp sets I am using is Welcome Christmas, if you have this stamp set please bring it with you. It will help to speed things up.

Please bring your basic kit (adhesives, trimmer, scissors).

Dates:
Wednesday 25 July
 Friday 27 July

email me zenakennedy@lizzy.com.au or phone 0402441964

The reveal

Well I can now reveal the complete card. Here she is my lovely lady is wearing the corset from Attic Boutique DSP. The fan I made using the Simply Scored scoring tool. Behind the brad is Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon that has been freyed. The freyed pieces didn't get wasted they are part of her headgear.

The flower she is holding is a cut down section of Reason to Smile stamp set. The background was created in layers.
Layer one - randomly rub over Very Vanilla card, with Crumb Cake, Pool Party, and Pretty in Pink.
Layer two - randomly roll over Crumb Cake with the Jumbo Roller using a retired stamp.
Layer three - I ripped some newspaper and laid it over the card, and sponged the ripped edges randomly.
Layer four - Using bleach as my stamp pad I stamped one of the Circle Circus stamps again randomly over the card.
Final layer - using the Big shot I cut out the 70 and then used it as a stencil to sponge over.

She was made using Skin tone card that is now retired and then assembled and glued to the background.  There are quite a few faces lying on my bench before I was happy with the one she has. I like her and hope the lady that she was made for will think she is sweet.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Sarah

My Goddaughter Sarah deserves one of my special ladies for her birthday. So I made up some more of my Convention background. I wanted it to look groovy so I used bright colours. Not Quite Navy, Cherry Cobler and Bashful Blue sponged over Very Vanilla. I then ripped it and glued on to Cherry Cobler card.

My little girl has groovy hipsters made from Summer Smooches DSP. I added a belt with fringing. I made the fringing by ripping apart some ribbon and pulling the threads. The little top has the same fringing. I didn't waste the threads from the ribbon. I attached it to her hair.

Oh and the hair is made from the swirls on the Attic Boutique DSP. I do love that paper. So do you think Sarah will like her card?

Friday, July 13, 2012

Reason to smile

I don't need much of a reason to smile as everywhere around me I see plenty of reasons to smile. My lovely husband sitting beside me. New flowers coming up in the garden. Dinners with my children. My cat Gus chatting to the new neighbours cat Ginge. Yes they really are chatting. My interpretation of their conversation goes something like this.
" Hi I'm Gus, you must be new here? You are gonna love it here as my parents are crazy about cats"
 "Yeah, hi my name is Ginge short for Ginger and I can see I have a soft touch in that lady that keeps coming out and trying to pat me".
"Yeah that's my mum Zena you think she is a soft touch, well wait till you meet my dad"
"Oh great I think I'm gonna love this neighbourhood, see ya Gus"
Anyway that's what I think they are saying.
These cards are made using the Reason to Smile stamp set. I am finding so many uses for this set.
Cardstock: River Rock, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Tangerine Tango,  Early Expresso, Old Olive
Baker's Twine: White
Stamp sets: Reason to Smile, Fabulous Phrases,

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo, Tangerine Tango
Organza Ribbon: Tangerine Tango
Stamp sets: Reason to Smile, Short and Sweet
Punch: Bo Ho Blossom
Embossing Folder: Stripes
Big Shot

This panel card was taken off a similar card I received at convention. I just changed the flowers to use the Reason to Smile set.
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Soft Suede
Organza Ribbon: Lucky Limeade
Stamp sets: Reason to Smile,
Embossing Folder: Square Lattice
Big Shot

Sneaky peeky

I'm only going to show you a teaser at the moment. One of the Paper Angels has asked if I could make her a card for her auntie's 70th birthday using one of my little ladies. Of course I am always excited about having another reason to come up with something a little bit special for someone.

The snippit you can see is using the Reason to Smile stamp set. I just cut out some of the petals so that it looked better in her hand. The hat plumage is made by using the Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon and pulling the threads. I have also designed the background using the methond I saw at Convention. If you look carefully you may recognise the corset as part of the DSP called Attic Boutique, from the Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue. All I did was make sure I drew my little girl large enough to fit her corset.Don't you just love that paper?

The hat is made using a circle punch with a piece taken out, Crumb Cake and Pool Party cardstock. Finished off with a wee pearl. Now I can't show you the rest till I have passed this card on for the birthday girl so you will just have to stay tuned.
If you would like to receive a free Autumn Winter Mini Catalogue, just email or call me on 0402441964 and I will post one out to you.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Convention background

While at Convention one of the Workshop WOW's presented by Liz Hicks was a special background. Now that we are back home Ursula, one of our Paper Angels tried it out and created some georgous scrapbook pages. So I have decided to give it a go myself and make some unique cards. I chose Vanilla card stock. Then I randomly sponged on Calypso Coral, Old Olive and Soft Suede all over the card. Next I rolled over the card randomly with the Jumbo Stampin Around. Then I stamped again randomly with  bleach and a background stamp and then filled in a few spots with a smaller stamp.

Card stock: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Tools: Big Shot, Designer Frames, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Jumbo Stampin Around
Ink: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry
Ribbon: Crumb Cake Seam Binding

Invitations to 'owl about

Ha ha bet you wondered what you were looking at with a title like that. I was just trying to be a wee bit creative. I made these invitations for a very sweet little one year old.

Isn't it just the cutest. I really love the Builder owl punch. Of course I couldn't just hand them over in a plastic bag so I decided to try and recycle some of our yards and yards of brown paper that we get with our packaging. I made the paper bag and then using the Simply Scored plate I scored and pleated the top of the bag and then pulled it together like a fan. Then with the Big Shot (did I mention I love my Big Shot) I cut out some flowers from the Fun Flowers Bigz L die and added to the front.
Card stock: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Early Expresso, Whister White
Designer Series paper: Pocketful of Posies
Tools: Owl builder punch, Big Shot, Fun Flowers Bigz L die, Paper Crimper
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