Monday, 31 August 2009

Wild Thing!

August's theme for Inkurable Stampers is "Music", you could interpret this however you liked. So, me being from the Baby Boomer generation, I had to pick one of my all time favourite rock songs "Wild Thing"! The original version of this song is by The Troggs, you can watch a YouTube clip HERE........but, I think my favourite version is by Jimi Hendrix. My older brother is responsible for introducing me to the music of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppellin and Eric Clapton, to name a few.....and I still love their music today. This was the Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll era, so the music and lyrics were pretty outrageous for the times! I found THIS YouTube video of Jimi doing his version of 'Wild Thing' at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967, he finishes the song by setting his guitar on fire, then smashing it to pieces! Wild Thing is right!

Warning! If you're easily offended don't watch the Jimi Hendrix video - he simulates sex with his guitar......consider yourself warned!

OK, onto my card! Originally I was going to use an animal for my 'Wild Thing'......but then I remembered "Heart throb" (by Stampotique), I figured he was perfect for the job!

My cream folded card and blue background layer are sponged with Tim Holtz Distress Inks, the old sheet music is torn and sponged with Distress Inks too! My psychedelic swirly piece is from the August/September Technique Junkie Newsletter, it's called Al Foil. I can't tell you exactly how this is done as this is a subscription paid newsletter, I'll just tell you it involves alcohol ink and foil. The piece that Heart throb is stamped on is also a Technique Junkie tech, but I've forgotten what it's called as I did it some time ago........I seem to remember it involves gesso and Pearl Ex. I stamped him in Versamark ink and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I used 2 different font styles from Justrite Stampers alphabets to make my lyrics - stamped in black on cream card and sponged with Distress Inks. The stamped blue heart is from a Heidi Grace set, added a wooden painted flower and black brad.

The close-up shows how I put 'Heart throb' and the lyrics on dimensional pads.

FYI - A bit of rock history: The Who also played at the Monterey Pop Festival and Pete Townsend didn't want to follow Jimi Hendrix on stage as they both had plans of smashing their guitars. Jimi conceded and let The Who go first as he "had something else up his sleeve"!

When Jimi was asked why he destroyed his guitar he said, 'You sacrifice what you love, and I love my guitar'!

It's too bad he died at age 27, I'd love to have seen what he could've done in later years!

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Going Dotty!

This card is for Caardvarks blog challenge......


Create a **NEW** card which incorporates the colors of our sponsor's logo (myStampBox) - black, white, and hot pink!

I just love this colour combination! I went for a dotty design with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing on the black card, black and white polka dot organza ribbon, the Fiskars Water Threading punch border and a couple of rhinestones on the side border.

I painted the chipboard numbers with Jo Sonya's Magenta acrylic paint and topped it with Royal Coat when it dried to give it a glossy finish. Added some Nestability shapes, a metal key, some hot pink flowers and a vintage button. The wavy stamped greeting is from a Hero Arts set.

Not much stamping here, but I think it looks pretty cool! What do you think?

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Medallion card.

I made this card for a sketch contest at the Kaisercraft blog. I didn't win the contest, but I like how my card turned out anyhow!

The directions were to use at least 80% Kaisercraft product for the card. I used papers and stamps from the Kaisercraft Pennyroyal range, rhinestones, a pearl and ribbon. The cardstock is Bazzil and the ink used is Colorbox. The three layers of the medallion are all stamped and so is the base image, which is a journalling block with nice decorative edges.

You can check out the winning card and honorable mentions HERE. Kaisercraft are also thinking of hosting a weekly card challenge, which might be handy as I have quite a lot of their papers and love their rhinestones and pearls!

Thanks for stopping by and continuing to leave comments, I appreciate them all! {Big Hugs}

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Summer Fun!

Challenge #28
The Pink Elephant

This week the THEME of our challenge is...


Design anything you like using a fun summer theme!!

My background is a stamped technique from the Technique Junkies Newsletter called 'Depth of Field'from the June/July 2009 Newsletter. The stamps used in the background are from a Fiskars clear unmounted set called 'Let's Party', the main image and greeting are Stamping Bellas. The image is coloured with re-inkers and marker pens.

I hope summer hurries up and arrives here, the wind has been blowing straight up from the Antarctica the last few days!

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Baby Giraffe

Hope you aren't getting tired of my baby cards! I'll make this the last one for a while, but since I stamped out a few images from the Stampin' Up 'Wild about You' set, I thought I might as well use them up. I used the giraffe for this week's Kazan's sketch #33 from 2 Sketches 4 You.

I turned the sketch on it's side and took a few liberties with it!

Thanks for looking, enjoy your weekend!

Friday, 21 August 2009

Mojo Monday - #100 Day 3

Mojo Monday is celebrating it's 100th sketch with a whole week of sketches. This is the first time I've played there and I've used the sketch from Wednesday for my card. I used the same Stampin' Up elephant stamp as my previous post, but used it in blue this time for a baby boy card.

Thanks for visiting :)

Thursday, 20 August 2009

How uncanny!

Last night I posted a card featuring a pink elephant image.......this morning I find out that I made the Top 5 at.............wait for it!

The Pink Elephant Blog!

The card was for last week's colour challenge, and my entry was THIS CARD I made for my nephew's birthday. BTW, he loved the card too, it was his birthday on Tuesday!

OK, that's enough tooting from me, I have another busy day baby-sitting today so I won't have a chance to do any card-making. Hope you have a great day!

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Card Patterns Sketch #28

Time seems to have gotten away from me this week! Sorry for not posting for nearly a week, I have been extra busy this week and just haven't had a lot of computer or craft time lately.

I made this card today for Card Patterns Sketch #28. The elephant stamp is from the retired Stampin' Up 'Wild about You' set........and it's the first time I've used this set! I've had it for ages too! The greeting is by Stampin' Up too, as is the cardstock and ribbon. The design paper is by Heidi Grace.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, 14 August 2009

Card Patterns Sketch #27

I used another of the Al Foil (Technique Junkie Newsletter - August/September 2009) Cuttlebugged pieces for this Father's Day card. The Card Patterns Sketch #27 was a simple design, the only stamps used are the Stamp-It 'Father's Day' and the small 'Dad' made with JustRite Stampers alphas.

Thanks for looking! We are having an early bit of Spring weather today and tomorrow...yay! Hope you have a great weekend wherever you are in the world!

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Teenage birthday card.

I almost forgot it was my nephew's birthday this month! He will be 16 years old, and not having very many suitable stamps to use, this is what I came up with.

I combined two blog challenges to make the card, the 1st challenge is using the sketch from CPS sketch #128, and the 2nd challenge is from The Pink Elephant blog...a colour challenge - use the colours brown, turquoise and neutral.

My background Cuttlebug embossed piece uses a technique from the Aug/Sep 2009 Technique Junkies Newsletter called Al Foil.

For the chocolate background piece I used sequin waste as a stencil with Linen coloured acrylic paint.

FYI: Sequin waste is what's left over after sequins have been punched out of it.

Thanks for visiting today, it's very cold and bleak here today.....hope Spring hurries up and arrives!

Saturday, 8 August 2009

CPS Challenge #127

This is a quickie card I made for CPS Challenge #127. All patterned paper is from the Basic Grey Urban Prairie 6 x 6" pad and I also used chipboard from the same range. Shapes cut with Nestabilities Label 1 dies, greeting by Stamp-It. Machine stitched around the background layer.

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend! It was lovely and sunny here today, so managed to get some things done in my garden..........bit sore and achy now, so I think a good soak in the bath would be just the thing right now. Talk to you later!

Friday, 7 August 2009


This is another 2 challenges in one card! The 1st challenge is a sketch for 2 Sketches 4 You - Kazan's sketch #32. The 2nd challenge is for Papertake Weekly, the challenge was to use colours or things, relating to one of the 4 seasons - I've used the colours of Autumn.

I used a digital stamp by Dustin Pike.......poor little "ouch" dragon! I used Prismacolor pencils and odourless mineral spirits to colour him. All cardstock is Stampin' Up, gingham paper by Christina Re, and a stamped Flourishes greeting.

Thanks so much for visiting today!

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

OSA Sketch Layout #30

I haven't done one of the OSA Card Layout challenges for a few weeks, and this one certainly is a challenge! We had to make a Tri-Shutter may have seen one of these cards on Splitcoast Stampers lately, here's the tutorial given by the card's creator, Bonnie S.....there's even a video to watch as well.

BTW, the card is not as complicated as you think by looking at it.....the hardest part is getting the folds in the right direction.

Above is the view of my card closed, and below is 2 photos of the card open.

Stamp credits: geisha by Stamp-It, fan by Stonehouse Stamps (I think!), Cherry blossom and word stamp by Stampin' Up.

Papers: Blush by Basic Grey, the crimson metallic paper has a flocked design and is by Christina Re Designs - this paper is really lovely in real life!

Also used: Nestabilities Label 4 dies, Swiss Dots Cuttlebug folder, holographic butterflies, Fiskars flower lace border punch and Kaiser rhinestones.

Hope you like my Oriental Tri-Shutter card.......please let me know what you think of it!

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Birdie Friends!

This week's Cuttlebug Challenge - Be Inspired #42 is :- Your challenge is to make a gatefold card, with your favorite cuttlebug folder, for National Friendship Week! This week's Challenge Card Winner will receive free Mlamarre Designs Digital Images, and will post our Winner's Blinkie!!!

I used a sweet birds on a branch stamp from a Christina Re unmounted set, the little cherry blossom flowers on the background piece are also from the same stamp set.

I stamped the birds image on watercolour paper and just gave the background a light wash with Bashful Blue Twinkling H2O's. All cardstock is from last year's Stampin' Up 'In Colours' range. The Cranberry Crisp pieces are embossed with my favourite Cuttlebug folder, the Swiss Dots!

I'd love to hear what you think of my card, thanks for visiting!