Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Come visit....

Just leaving a little note for anyone who may see this - I won't be updating this blog in the foreseeable future, but you can catch me over at thINKingstamps! where I now post all my projects.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Uh-oh...Where's Sarah?

Don't worry - I haven't disappeared again so soon, I'll be back to blogging in a day or so. In the meantime, there's a wee post on thinkingstamps explaining where I've been. A Very Special Influence.

See you soon!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Fab Bunny!

Woohoo! Finally getting up to speed with the awesome Verve challenges! This one is for Viva la Verve, it was a great sketch challenge...with the added twist of using blue and green! I think Baja Breeze is a blue?! It's right on the fence for me, but I figured it's more blue than Certainly Celery, so that's all that counts!
I used the "wrong" side of my textile embossing folder for the Baja panels. Some Bunny was stamped on watercolour paper and coloured with markers. I used the bow tie from Black Tie Birdies and added a little Crystal Effects for shine. To get the paper pieced t-shirt I stamped bunny on the wrong side of my patterned paper, and cut out the shirt. It'll be backwards, so takes some tweaking with your scissors, but comes out ok in the end!

Stampin Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Some Bunny, Black Tie Birdies, Uplifting Phrases
Ink: Stazon Black
Card stock: Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Certainly Celery
Paper: Spring Fling
Punches: Word Window, 1/4" Circle
Accessories: Watercolour Paper, Markers, White Taffeta Ribbon, White Brads, Crystal Effects, Cuttlebug, Textile Embossing Folder, Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive.
Some supplies available from Stampin' Up! All Stamps by Verve.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


Yippee! Tuesday here in NZ means Mojo Monday, and another of Julee's awesome sketches. I decided to use my Cupcake Affair set - and break out the liquid Applique for the cupcake frosting, I think I just love watching it puff up!
I used papers from SU!'s Candy Lane, which seemed appropriate, and sponged + distressed all the layers. A bit of piercing, and lots of cardstock fluff later, I was done! This wasn't a quick card with all that sponging, but I love the simple symmetry of the layout.

Stampin Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Cupcake Affair, Thoughtful Florals
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Pink Pirouette, Red Riding Hood Red
Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Red Riding Hood Red, Whisper White
Paper: Candy Lane
Punches: Scallop Edge
Accessories: Liquid Applique, Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon, Distressing Tool, Sponge Daubers, Piercing Tool, Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive.
Some supplies available from Stampin' Up! All stamps by Verve.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Muted Mojo

On Thursday evening I got a phone call that my Grandma, who is very unwell, had taken a turn for the worse. I needed something to take my mind off things a little, and checking the Mojo Monday Blog (which is new to me after my stamping holiday!) I found this amazing sketch by Julee. Anyone who has visited before knows how much I adore her sketches, they are quite simply the best out there.

So this is the result. At the time I thought this card was quite muted (possibly due to my mood!) but when I was photographing it today, I really started to like it. I think this might be the first time I've ever used Night of Navy on a card!
I used two Verve sets for this one, Beautiful You, and the image on the sentiment panel is from Abundant Blessings. I thought it matched the Granola paper by Basic Grey perfectly. The primas were sprayed with Creme de Chocolate glimmer mist to darken and mottle them.
I haven't stamped a sentiment inside yet, as I'm not sure what I'll use this card for. I'm sure I'll find the perfect one in my Verve collection though!

Happy Mother's Day everyone - I'll share my handmade gifts over the next week.

Stampin Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Abundant Blessings, Beautiful You
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bordering Blue
Card stock: Night of Navy
Paper: Granola by Basic Grey
Punches: Scallop Edge
Accessories: Primas, Glimmer Mist, True Thyme Ribbon, Granola Brads, Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive.
Some supplies available from Stampin' Up! Stamps by Verve.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Stationary Box

Hi all! Sorry for the lack of updates - I hadn't been stamping at all over summer - but I'm back in the swing of things, expect to see some posts from me a bit more regularly from now on!

Awhile ago I saw a couple of these amazing stationary boxes while visiting Janine. She was kind enough to pass on the amazing template by Jackie Topa - you can find her amazing instructions here. I know these have been around for almost a year, but here's my take. I used all Verve stamps, they were perfect - simply elegant.

This is for my Grandma who is currently in hospice care - please keep her and my family in your thoughts.
The closed box. I went with the same supplies throughout to keep things simple and quick to put together.
The open box. I love all the surprises when you open one of these boxes.

I used the same layout for the greeting cards and just flipped the orientation.
I made a little post-it note holder.
The love note sized cards are really simple, patterned paper, a sentiment and prima flowers.

Stampin Supplies:
Stamp Sets: Assorted Verve Visual sets.
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Card stock: River Rock Textured, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla, Groovy Guava
Paper: Ginger Blossom
Punches: Word Window, Scalloped Circle, Threading Water
Accessories: Nestablilties, Prima Flowers, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Kaisercraft Pearls, Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Stampin’ Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive.
Some supplies available from Stampin' Up! All stamps by Verve Visual.