Saturday, July 17, 2010

Inspired Style!

This week on the Papercafts Connection and Moxie Fab World blogs it has been Card Style week in honour of Papercrafts' newest special issue. Day 2, blog readers were presented with a vintage typewriter image and were challenged to create a card in their personal style using the image as inspiration. Here's what I created;

You Mean Everything to Me Card
Cardstock - Bazzill, Stamp - Stampin' Up!, Ink - Tsukineko, Tape - Pretty Tape, Baker's twine - unknown.

I thought a little outside the box and was inspired to use a typewriter font on my card. I'd just recently purchased this great transparent typewriter tape from Etsy and thought it was the perfect embellishment for my card.

The rest of the card was left quite bare with only a sentiment and some baker's twine thrown in which is in keeping with my style... according to the quiz Cath provided on Moxie Fab World, my style is Clean and Graphic. Clean and Graphic cards are characterised by the utilization of white space, clean lines, and simple treatment of text. It is no-frills, bare-boned, modern, and hip. Categorising my style is pretty much a no brainer, right?! Although I dabble in other styles on occassion, Clean and Graphic is my go-to style and the one I am most comfortable using.

What is your style? If you're not sure, try taking the quiz here.

Anyway, enough rabbitting on! I hope you like my card! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

They're Invited!!!

... well, they will be tomorrow once the invites are handed out... cos today I finally got around to finishing Tilly's birthday invitations for her 4th birthday. She's insisted on a Pony party and everything has to be pink and purple. Such specifics have made party entertainment, food, the decorations, and invites pretty easy to organise - the pony rides are booked, the food and decoration ideas are slowly coming to me, and the invites are made! Yay! Here's the invite;

Matilda's Fourth Birthday Invitations
Cardstock - Bazzill, Stamps - Stampin' Up!, American Crafts, Ink - Ranger, Tsukineko, unknown, Embossing powder - Allison Ellis, Ribbon - unknown.

I only made 12, but it still took FOREVER!!! Lucky I had trouble sleeping the other night cos it gave me a chance to cut everything and tie those terribly annoying bows!

Miss Tilly approves of her invitations too, which is a huge plus!!!

It's her birthday next Tuesday and I have heaps to organise between now and then... so I'm outta here!!!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Drumroll Please!!!

Popping in to announce the winners of my giveaway! I had a little help choosing the winners... Tilly chose them from the hat and posed for pics for me!!! She's such a sweetie!

First up, the winner of the Vintage kit is...

Congrats Kirsty Piper!!!

And the winner of the Bright kit is...

Congrats Fleur de Lo!!!

Ladies... please email me (chloeschmitt86 at hotmail dot com) with your shipping details and I'll get your prizes out to you asap!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway! It is lovely having you pop by and your comments are much appreciated!

Enjoy what's left of your Sunday!


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Inspired by Betsy!

In my opinion, one of the most talented card-makers around is Betsy Veldman. She designs for several different companies, including two of my faves Papercrafts Connection and Papertrey Ink. She can make cards in just about any style... and they are always AMAZING!!! If you're not familiar with her work, check out her blog which is called Paper. Scissors. And Superheroes.

I was recently inspired by a card originally created by Betsy, as published in the July/August issue of Papercrafts magazine. I scraplifted the basic design of her card to create this little cutie;

Happy Birthday Tomato Card
Cardstock - Bazzill, Die - Spellbinders, Alphas - Basic Grey, Sticker - Cosmo Cricket, Stamp - Stampin' Up!, Ink - Tsukineko, Embossing powder - Stampin' Up!, Hole punch - WRMK, Twine - unknown, Machine thread - craft supply.

Of course, my card is nowhere near as good as Betsy's but I'm pretty happy with it all the same!

I am entering this card into challenge #11 on the CAS-tastic Challenges blog. The challenge was to create a clean and simple card on Kraft... easy peasy!!! Kraft is my number one!!!

July's theme at SRM Stickers is also Clean and Simple, so I'll be adding this card to the entries for their monthly challenge, too.

And, lastly, July's challenge for Caardvarks is to create a birthday card... check!

Aside from that, I have not been up to much crafty. Ollie has got two teeth now (within one week of one another!), and just yesterday he learnt to sit on his own. He has shown no signs of even practicing this new trick so I was surprised when he went from army-crawling around to sitting in a few seconds! Maybe he's been trying it out in secret!!! Tilly was the first to see him do it... she was most excited!!! Speaking of Til, she's finally had a haircut to tidy up her DIY hack job. I had been in two minds about whether or not to cut it and there had been so many people saying I should leave it to grow but I am so glad I decided to cut it. It looks so much better!!!

Well, that's it for today. But before I go... just a quick reminder that my giveaway ends today. So if you haven't already, leave a comment on the giveaway post.

Have a wonderful Saturday!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

One of Those Cards...

... that you really wish you didn't have to make... a sympathy card;

With Sympathy Butterfly Card
Cardstock - Bazzill, Book paper - craft supply, Mask - Twiddleybitz (chipboard butterfly), Glimmer spray - Tattered Angels, Alphas - Adornit/Carolee's Creations, Twine - craft supply)

A friend of mine, who is in her last trimester of her third pregnancy, just recently lost her husband. I cannot imagine how she must be feeling. And those poor kids. I feel useless because all that I can offer her is a card and my friendship. I can't bring back her husband. I can't make the days and weeks ahead of her any less painful. I so wish I hadn't had to make this card. And I'm pretty sure sure my friend wishes she didn't have to recieve it. Why must life be so cruel?

I hope your day is a little brighter than mine has been!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Just For Fun!!!

I'm not American. Actually, I'm pretty far from it. Nonetheless, I thought I'd get in on the fun of the 4th of July and make this card;

4th of July Card
Cardstock - Bazzill, Stamp - Inque Boutique, Markers - Stampin' Up!, Ink - Tsukineko, Rub-on - Basic Grey, Twine - craft supply.

I was prompted to create this card by Simplicity blog's One Layer Wednesday Challenge to create a Patriotic card. I could have done an Aussie-themed card, but I thought this card was just as much fun! Plus, it was a great excuse to finally use this Inque Boutique stamp that I picked up a while back for something like 20 cents!!!

Well... there's dinner to be made so I'm outta here! Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, July 5, 2010

Simon Says...

... make a card using checks! So I did! This is my entry for this week's challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog;

Butter Milk Birthday Card
Cardstock - Bazzill, Patterned paper - Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Stickers - October Afternoon, Rub-on - Imaginisce, Twine - unknown, Machine thread - craft supply.

I also used the following image as inspiration for my design as part of Challenge 23 on the BasicGrey Challenges blog;

I was inspired by the colours and the little berries and the circular shape of the dish. I used old Basic Grey Boxer patterned paper as my item from Basic Grey.

Thanks for popping by!

Sunday, July 4, 2010

A Card to Share!

Hi all!

Sorry for my absence of late - I have just come to realise my computer is being hacked by some low life loser so I have been trying to avoid using my computer as much as possible until I can get it fixed. Hopefully I can get someone out tomorrow to up the security on my PC for me. I know a few of you have received SPAM emails from me recently. I am so sorry! I have deleted all contacts from my email account so hopefully that will help until the issue is resolved. Not sure what else to do at this stage as I am the least compter savvy person ever to have existed! This is so frustrating!!!

Anyway, the reason of my post is not to rant, but to share with you this card that I have created using a sketch I found on the SRM stickers blog and using felt for this week's Noteworthy challenge at Scrapz;

For You Card
Cardstock - Bazzill, Patterned paper - Basic Grey, Punch - Stampin' Up!, Stickers - Basic Grey, Felt - craft supply, Die - Sizzix, Button - craft supply, Embroidery thread - DMC, Ribbon - unknown, Staple - Making Memories.

Unfortunately, I did not have any SRM stickers to use on this card, so I dug into my brand new stash of Basic Grey Olivia stickers and the co-ordinating patterned paper. I tried to make myself like the Oliver range (given that's my son's name!!!) but I felt it was too grown up looking for a little boy. The Olivia range is to die for! I think it is perfect for Valentine's Day, Spring, and little girls. It might even get me scrapping some of Tilly's baby photos?!

As I mentioned earlier, this card also incorporates felt for this week's Noteworthy challenge at Scrapz. I die-cut the felt flower myself using the Wedding Flowers die from Sizzix.

Well, that's it for today! Before I go, just wanted to also share some exciting news... Ollie has his first tooth!!! It popped through on Wednesday. Ollie is being as brave as he can be, but seems to be suffering a bit with the pain. Poor little guy has the second tooth already trying to make its way through. Thank God for Panadol, hey?!

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your weekend... and happy 4th of July to all our American friends!!!