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Monday, 31 January 2011

Oh My Goodness.......I had to share!!!!!!



Hello Blogger's

You will never guess.......My little Gallery over at SCS was chosen this week!!!!
Agghhhhh me a Featured Stamper!

We came home from tea on the beach yesterday and Lisa had posted the link on our AnnaBelle Stamps DT site.
I thought it was a mistake and had to check a couple of cards to see if they were in fact mine!!!!

What a thrill ..... I'm smiling from ear to ear today!!!!

Want to check it out?


Sorry! I hope you don't mind me blowing the trumpet..........but I'm that chuffed!!!!

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Sunday, 30 January 2011

Dad and Me!!!





The Roses challenge for January was set by the lovely Betty who wanted us to use a childhood photo on our project somewhere!

Oh dear......here goes!


My Dad would have been celebrating his 91st Birthday early in February had he been with us still, so I thought it was appropriate to use this photo of him holding me.

I printed some retro paper for this card, it's so pretty and I love the stripes and the pale blue.
Some lace, seam binding over a punched edge have been added too.
I punched three blossoms to match the dp and added three AnnaBelle Sprinkles to complete.

Please, if you have a moment click on the Roses links in the left side bar to check out the girls projects.

See you soon!


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Saturday, 29 January 2011

A Challenge - Merci!




Hello Blogger's,

Well it started a bit cooler here today..... ahead of another hot day tomorrow!
Yesterday I downloaded some digital paper from Pink Petticoat a fabulous on-line store in Cornwall, UK. 
I've been a frequent visitor but for the first time I actually made a purchase! 
Love all the paper they have but the download in my area is pretty slow and takes a huge part of my monthly download limit........Painful!
  They will make up CD's and DVD's for their UK customers only though, so am working on how I could make that work for me!

Inspired by the cream polka dot I  printed  onto some SU whisper white card I made the following card:


This card was made for the Flourish CAS challenge at SCS. This label is from an Inkadinkado Clear Stamps set I've owned for a while and never used!


Brenda's Clean and Simple Sunday Challenge #5 was the layout I used.

I cut some whisper white card using the PI for the curly shape.
Stamped the label and a sentiment (Waltzingmouse) in SU close to cocoa.
Then sponged with Versa Color sand beige.

Using strong tape I pleated some cream seam binding over the DP and the label sits over this popped up with foam dots.
To complete the card I added some AnnaBelle Stamps Sprinkles


OK off for a swim, the sun came out around lunch time and it's quite warm now.
Hope you're all ready for a relaxing week end.
See you soon.



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Friday, 28 January 2011

Flowers For You.




Friday is challenge day at AnnaBelle Stamps and this week we have our Sketch and Bling Challenge.
Here's the sketch......hope you'll play along with us this month for the chance to win a Aus $20 shopping with AnnaBelle Stamps.
Andrea has added lots of yummy new stock too, so the perfect time to stock up!


For my card I picked Lil Molly's Flowers .


Some light sponging, faux stitching,satin ribbon and for my bling I chose Annabelle's pearls.
I've added a heart slide to my ribbon which qualifies this card for Really Reasonable Ribbon's challenge#16.
The sentiment stamped in Memento London Fog and tied to the ribbon slide with some AnnaBelle's white hemp.



The challenge at CR84FN #12 is to use light pink, lavender and kraft.
These colours were chosen for my card too.

Hope you'll play along again this week.........it's been great seeing all your beautiful creations over the past four weeks.  Why not go and check out the Belle's and Bella's cards..........links are in the side bar!

Thanks for calling past........... see you soon.



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The Twinery - New Colours.




Do you love the Twinery Bakers Twine?
Check out this link to see the NEW colours. If you're quick you can save 25% 
in your total purchase too.

They are also running a Valentine Giveaway with lots of fun stuff.
Here's the link to go direct to the shop.


Back later with AnnaBelle Stamps Friday Sketch/Bling Challenge.

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Thursday, 27 January 2011

Tag ........ you're it!


After one of the hottest Australia Day's I can remember I'm feeling just a bit limp and wilted!!!!
The pool was the place to be yesterday so not much crafting done.
I do have a tag I made for Joan's Tag Challenge here.
I promised myself I would try and enter more challenges this year and I am trying but with visitors in the house it's not easy!!!


I used the CPS # 202  layout for my tag.


Stamp is from AnnaBelle Stamps All Things Grow.
I started with an ordinary packing tag which I sponged before layering the card.
I punched the outside butterflies using a Martha Stewart Punch.
The centre one is a double mount from the same ABS clear stamp set, coloured with Copics and cut out.
A small drop pearl was added to each butterfly.
Distressed seam binding tied in a bow and set with a flower and punched swirl complete the tag.


 Thanks for taking the time to drop by today........I'll see you soon.....


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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Happy Australia Day!!!!




Happy Australia Day!!!!

Want to know how Sydney will be celebrating?

Click here.


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Monday, 24 January 2011

Sassy Valentine Book Card.


Hi Blogger's......


I was thrilled to receive a message from Cheryl Ager of Sassy Cheryl's Digital Stamps, asking if I would like to be one of her featured SASSY FRIENDS!    What an honour ....... I love Cheryl's digital illustrations. I bought my first one the 'Country Girl' from Squigglefly ages ago and I've added quite a few since then..........But hang on a moment.... who do I follow........
OMG..... MARLENE!!!!!  She's a hoot.......what an act to follow, give yourself a treat if you haven't paid her blog a visit yet ........ but be warned, you might blush!
I can't compete with her chat so I'll just get on with my project.

Thanks so much Cheryl, I had such fun making my Sassy Valentine Book Card using your
 Beary Valentine Stamp.




The Valentine Bear was coloured with Copic Markers and cut out to sit popped up over the red glittery heart.


 I used my Pazzles Inspiration to cut the large heart and the swirly heart overlay which sits over more glittery card.

You can see from the side the folded card that makes up The 'pages' of this book . Using the PI to cut dash lines makes the folding very easy though you could do the same with a Scor-Pal.



With the book open you can see the recess for a small gift or just a sentiment.  I've added two chocolate hearts wrapped in stamped tissue paper.
The inside of the book has been kept very simple with a layer of red card followed by some co-ordinating dp
A small pocket holds a gift card  which is where I've added a written message.



This project is made in three stages:

1. The folded square, which represents the pages. I punched a lace edge on the top fold of mine.
2. The card shape made with a spine wide enough to cover the depth of the pages. Again I punched the lace edge back and front.
3. Glue the folded square to the back page of the card shape, lining up the spine and decorate!

To close my book card I added some distressed seam binding as well as some linen threaded hearts.

I have to tell you I was inspired to make my book card by seeing this beautiful one made by Tina. Check out the link if you want to try one for yourself.
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My second card uses an illustration Cheryl very kindly donated to Jak Heath's apeal for Katie Renz.



How cute is this l'il dude setting of for a spot of fishing...... I've dressed him in green with some DP from  Basic Grey's origins paper pad.   The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.   Click on the link to find out how you can help Katie and her family. Thanks.

Thanks for calling past today and thanks again Cheryl.

See you soon.

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Friday, 21 January 2011

AnnaBelle Stamp - Say It With ..... Emboss Resist.

I'm so glad you could call past today, we have a fun AnnaBelle Stamps Challenge for you and some wonderful new design team members to introduce.  I should say Belles and Bellas......from now on, we have Liz and Kerry, our Bellas, who will be bringing lots of inspirational cards to the gallery to get you inspired.
You will also meet two new Belles, Lisa and Sue K. The DT Links have been updated so check the left hand side bar and go say hello to the girls.......we're looking forward to getting to know them all and seeing their beautiful work.

On to this weeks Challenge which is Emboss Resist.  If you've never tried it here's a link to a tutorial.
Be warned it's addictive!!!


This was my first card....I cut a heart shape on the Pazzles Inspiration then clear embossed 'with love' from 'Hooo Loves Christmas' across it.  Sponging the entire surface with a little extra around the edges!
I dressed mine up with a punched petal, set with one of AnnaBelle's Cherry Sprinkles
I've been playing with fabric and felt in my spare time 
 check out the Suffolk Puff or Yoyo. 
A heart pin holds this to the pinked gingham fabric square.
 AnnaBelle's red/white striped ribbon tied a soft bow and this card is just the ticket for this weeks CAS challenge over at SCS!

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Did I mention this is addictive?   
Here's a peek at my second card.....check out the ribbon!  It's NEW in the store and it ties the best bows.......no gadgets this was tied by hand!!


OK here's the card ......... This time I embossed the flowers from 'Stemmed Flowers' with white embossing powder and sponged with two colours of blue ink.


Each of the embossed flowers is set with a tiny pink gem from the Pink Petals Kit.

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So why not get your embossing powder and sponges out.....play along with us again this week.  You could be the randomly picked winner of a Aus$20 shopping trip to AnnaBelle Stamps on-line store!!!
Don't forget, use your AnnaBelle Stamps and add your card to the gallery and you could win another prize.   
Need more inspiration?  Go check out the Belles and Bellas!!!!

See you soon.


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Supplies:
Card 1:
Stamps: Hoo Loves Christmas - AnnaBelle Stamps.
Ink: SU Poppy Parade.  VersaMark. AnnaBelle Stamps Clear Embossing Powder.
Card: SU Kraft and Whisper White. Scrap of red/white dp for punched petal.
Embellishments: AnnaBelle Stamps Tiny Cherry Sprinkles, Red/White Ribbon. 
Others:  Suffolk Puff  set with a button tied in white linen thread. Felt leaf and heart stick pin.
Equipment: Pinking shears, Sewing machine. Pazzles Inspiration Cie Cutting machine. Heat gun for embossing.
Card 2:
Stamps: Stemmed Flowers - Sentiment from Sentimental Bluebells - AnnaBelle Stamps.
Ink: VersaColor Baby Blue, VersaColor Royal Blue, VersaMark and AnnaBelle Stamps White Embossing Powder.
Card: American Craft navy, SU Whisper White and DP.
Embellishments: 1.5 inch striped ribbon (or approx 4cm), Pink gems - AnnaBelle Stamps. Stick pin from stash.
Equipment: Fiskars punch. Heat gun for embossing.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

All Things Grow - CR84FN11



I've been itching to have a play with Mona's Challenge......Look at the inspirational picture...It has all the little things I love, stitching, cottons, ribbons and tapes yum!




I couldn't resist using the January released set All Things Grow, from AnnaBelle Stamps. The elegant grasses and pretty butterflies are lovely to stamp.

I've added one of my crocheted ecru five petal flowers and instead of cutting off the end I wrapped it around the scalloped card.......love how that looks!
Some sponging, distressing and a double stamped butterfly popped up on some foam and I have another Birthday card ready for this year........whoopee!!

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Supplies:
Card: SU Whisper White, Poppy Parade and Kraft, American Crafts Chocolate. Dp Kaisercraft Tis The Season Collection 6x6 paper pad.
Stamp: AnnaBelle Stamps All Things Grow.
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip, Memento Desert Sand.
Embellishments: Crocheted five petal flower and button from my stash.
Equipment: Pazzles Inspiration Cutter for the scalloped border.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Help For Katie - CPS#201




If you check the top right hand side panel you'll see the 'Help For Katie' badge.  This little digital image is one donated to help raise funds for Katie and her family. By purchasing the images for a small fee you can help too.

By Lori Designs donated this illustration......how sweet is it?  The sentiment was donated by Doodle Pantry.

I've had fun colouring a few of the donated images but this is the first completed card.

I've used the Card Positioning Sketch 201 for my card .
The image is coloured with Copic Markers.
Card is from LSS.
DP by SU
 Embellishments: AnnaBelle Stamps

Hope you like it!


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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Just For You.......

Hi Blogger's......

I have a new LOTV cutie to share today.....Hello Cupcake.



This image coloured with Prisma's and OMS  has some light sponging added along with some AnnaBelle Pearl Drops
It's popped up over the double mounted dp Fairy Flora by Prima.
The cotton twill and background card are from SU, Pear Pizzazz.
Another Pearl Drop decorated the Martha Stewart punched butterfly to complete the card.


I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

Aly's Sunday Challenge - Anything with wings.
Let's Ink It Up -  #8 Anything goes.
Stamping Sister's In Christ  #72 - New - I've used my new LOTV Stamp.

See you soon.....



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Sunday, 16 January 2011

More Red and White....



Time to own up! This is the first card I made for AnnaBelle Stamps Say It In Red & White Challenge.  Can you spot my goof?

My card uses a couple of sets,  the pretty butterfly from the new January released set 'All Things Grow'.  I've also used the circle border and a sentiment from 'Sentimental Bluebells'.
Really love this new white twine from AnnaBelle, threaded through a button and tied in a bow.
Then just because we love a bit of bling..........some Cherry Sprinkles along the embossed base to complete the card.


The Red & White Challenge went up on Friday but it wasn't until  Saturday that AnnaBelle stamps released All Things Grow, which included this little butterfly!!!! Whoops!

Hope you like this one....

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Supplies:
Stamps:  AnnaBelle Stamps Sentimental Bluebells, All Things Grown with Love.
Ink: SU Poppy Parade. Memento Tuxedo Black.
Card: American Craft, White and DP Backyard Peep. SU Poppy Parade, 
Embellishments: AnnaBelle Stamps white twine. Cherry Sprinkles, Red button from stash.
Equipment: Corner Rounder, Sewing machine and Scor-Pal.


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Saturday, 15 January 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps - All Things Grow.

Hello Blogger's,

Welcome to Annabelle Stamps Release of 'All Things Grow'. Sorry for the blurred picture! Check it out here

This Blog Hop starts and ends at the AnnaBella Stamps Blog.  If you came to me from Teresa's blog you're on the right track.  You have 24hours to complete the hop leaving comments along the way if you'd like to be in the draw to win this set.   If you purchase 'All Things Grow '' using the code abs037 within 24 hours you receive free postage on your entire order......good time to stock up on some of the exciting new stuff over at the Store!


OK that's the business over with ...... on to my cards:


Thinking Spring for all you who are living with Snow!!! 
My card features some of the grasses, one of the butterflies, stamped twice and cut. Plus a sentiment.
Stitching, machine and drawn, ribbon with slider and naturally some Sprinkles.
These long elegant grasses are just beautiful to stamp and perfect for a quick CAS card.



This card is all about texture!
Ribbed base card, Woodgrain embossing, sponging, cork, AnnaBelle Jute (new) with a button.
Two of the beautiful grass stamps with some soft sponging.
The sentiment, from which this set gets it's name attached with a tiny wooden peg.
I did resist the urge to add one of the beautiful butterflies.....


Lots of exciting new stock has been added to the store, pop over for a look. For all the new changes to our challenges and stamp releases see this link.

Hope you'll have fun hopping today....... Ida is the next stop.... enjoy!

Supplies:
Card 1:  
Stamps: AnnaBelle All Things Grow With Love.
Card: American Craft Card: XPress-It Blending Stock (scrap of white). DP Basic Grey Lemonade.
Ink: SU Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait. White Gel Pen.
Embellishments: AnnaBelle Sprinkles (Toffee) Peach Seam Binding and slider LSS
Equipment: Sewing machine and thread. Spellbinder dies. Cuttlebug.


Card 2:
Stamps: AnnaBelle All Things Grow With Love.
Card: Ribbed Tan, Speckled cream - LSS. SU Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz.
Ink: SU Pear Pizzazz, sponging in Rangers Antique Linen.
Embellishments: AnnaBelle Twines (Natural Jute). Button from stash. Tiny wooden peg. Cork.
Equipment: Universal Embossing Folder - Woodgrain. Cuttlebug. Spellbinder Circle dies.

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Friday, 14 January 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps - Say It In Red and White......

Yep!  that's this week's challenge at AnnaBelle Stamps.  Hope you'll play along with us. If you have them, use your AnnaBelle stamps and enter your card in the Gallery here............for the chance of another prize.






My card uses a couple of sets, first the border from Backgrounds By Design No 2, stamped on Whisper White in Poppy Parade.  I've also used one of the small accent stamps from this set along side the  sentiment which is from the second set  'Sentimental Bluebells'.
AnnaBelles white double faced satin ribbon with a buttoned bow added a little glam.
Then just because we love a bit of bling..........a Cherry Sprinkle centred on the tiny accent stamp to complete the card.


Thanks for calling past today. Hope you'll be back for the Blog Hop Release of our Beautiful January Set tomorrow 12.00pm Sydney time.  


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Supplies:
Stamps:  AnnaBelle Stamps Sentimental Bluebells, Backgrounds By Design No 2.
Ink: SU Poppy Parade. Memento Tuxedo Black.
Card: SU Whisper White and Poppy Parade. DP Candy by Kaisercraft.
Embellishments: AnnaBelle Stamps white double faced satin ribbon. Cherry Sprinkle, Red button from stash. White Linen thread.
Equipment: Corner Rounder,  Fiskars Upper Crest Punch. Sewing machine .

Thursday, 13 January 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps - Sneak Peeks for January.

How are you?   I have a long post today so grab a cuppa.......

The start of the new year brings some changes over at AnnaBelle Stamps Blog.  We have some new members to our Design Team to bring you more exciting ways to use your AnnaBelle Stamps.  I think you're in for a treat!!!!

Andrea is also offering you a chance to design some projects for us.  If you would be interested in taking part check out THIS post with all the information.  You will also find all our Challenge details at the same link.

There will be a change to the way AnnaBelle Stamps are released too.
From this month the Design Team will be showing sneak peeks on the 13th of the month. The 15th is day one,  the design team will  show you projects made with the first set.  This set will be available to purchase right away......No waiting....and what's more, there will be  NO POSTAGE for 24 hours.  The 24 hours starts from our 12.00pm (Sydney time) scheduled blog posting, so you'll need to synchronise your watches to Sydney Time!!!!   Oh, and the free postage is available for your complete order .......how good is that!


January has just one set being released "All Things Grow" so it's really easy.  If you decide to purchase this lovely set, enter the following code to your order within 24 hours for the free postage... abs037... 

Where there are more sets being released the same will happen ....... sneak peaks on 13th with the first set shown and for sale on 15th. The second set will be shown and for sale the very next day (16th) and so on.  Where there is more than one set and you decide to purchase both Andrea will be adding an extra little treat in your parcel :)

The AnnaBelle Blog will  always show the code for your free postage.

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Now for the all important Sneak Peek......... I'm not giving much away!!!!


The Blog Hop Starts 15th January at 12.00pm (Sydney Time) at the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog.  You will still have a chance to win the set released by leaving comments at all the blogs but you have just 24 hours to do that!!!
All the winners will be announced on the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog the day after the end of the release.

See you on the 15th.

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Please, please, if you can!!!!

Hello Blogger's

At the start of the year I mentioned in my blog post that we should all spare a thought for those who had a very uncertain start to the new year.  I had one person in mind, I didn't name her but would like you to go to this link to read about Katie. Katie is one of us, a card maker who received life changing news.

Please if you can, join in the fund raising for her and her young family. If it's difficult for you just now, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you.

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