Established Elegance in Concord & Wisteria

Hi!

Sorry for the two day break in blogging!!  I couldn’t possibly keep up the daily routine!  Puts way to much pressure on myself!! lol I have been busy in the last few days though with classes and children and general life stuff.  In my alternate reality I would have liked to have spent some quality time in my bed catching up with my reading….alas the real world beckons!

Today’s card is one I made for an interstate friend and fellow SU Demo.  I loved a card she’d made recently and quite cheekily asked her if she’d made it for me…well it did say “my friend” on it….and because I loved it so she sent it to me! Aren’t I lucky?  Anyway, I promised a card in return and asked what her fave things were.  She replied with anything purple and vintage. Oooookay. Neither one of those categories is one I’m familiar with! lol.  So while at retreat I took the opportunity to use a set I don’t own, Established Elegance.  I teamed it with Concord Crush, Wisteria Wonder and Naturals Ivory Cardstock. I can safely say Michelle loved her card, so here it is!

I also used the Top Note Die, some of the Victoria Crochet Trim and the Hello is from a Sale a Bration Freebie called Elementary Elegance.

So while I was on the roll using the Established Elegance stamps I also made this card….in part casing “The” Kirsty Brown and using the sketch from the challenge at Sweet Sunday Sketches .  I used the divine papers from the Tickets & Tags Simply Scrappin Kit.  For only $38.95 those kits are packed full of goodies!!  I love them and I’m loving these papers very much!

So that’s it for this gloriously sunny Friday afternoon.  Have a sensational weekend wherever you are and I hope you get some stamping in!!

Until next time,
Mad
xo

I’m on a roll!!

Woot!! What’s this make it? Three whole days in a row of blogging??  I am finding however that I just want to show you all the cards I made in one great big hit though! Like an over excited preschooler who got to play with paints and has fifteen paintings to show their mum at the end of the day!!!  Or something like that!! LOL

So this next card was the third challenge of the weekend – use the stamp set that you detest the most.  The one that’s like fingernails on a chalkboard to you!!  For me this set is……Loads of Love. Blech. Can’t. Stand. It.  And for extra bonus points if you could use the colours you hate the most.  I couldn’t be bringing myself to make a Pacific Point/Garden Green truck so I stuck with trusty old Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and lucky Limeade.  I had to make it palatable.  Now before I go and show you my creation, just remember – I am no Alisa Tilsner when it comes to colouring ok?!

At the end of it all I found I really didn’t mind that old truck…so long as it was yellow!! LOL

Until tomorrow!!
Happy Stamping!!
Mad
xo

Retreat Colour Challenge.

Over the Retreat Weekend I got about 10 single cards done and 10 quick and easily replicated birthday cards done.  I’ve shown you the first one.  Second Challenge was a colour challenge.  I got my colours from The Design Seeds blog here.

And this was my card:

I used stamps I don’t own (gasp! I know! There are some! lol) firstly the En Francais Background.  And yes, I did mean for the middle to not be inked.  I had actually stamped it off on scrap paper before stamping onto the cardstock.  The sentiment is from the Friendly Phrases set and for only $27.95 in clear mount, I think I’m going to get it! It’s a great size, not too big, not too small.  The flowers are stamped using Markers in Choc chip, River Rock and Marina Mist and they are out of the Field Flowers Set.  Another one I don’t own but after playing with on the weekend may need to look at adding to my collection. It was fun!

I’ve got a few more cards up my sleeve to show you and this weekend just gone I continued my mojo and did some more stamping! I’m enjoying getting inky at the moment and feel much happier after an hour (or three) of creating!!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!!

Mad
xo

Retreat!

Hi again!!

So, as I mentioned previously, last weekend was my Annual Mad Inkstincts Team Retreat! There were 12 very talented, beautiful, funny and awesome ladies who attended (including me, lol).  One of the challenges that I set for the weekend was a Sketch Challenge.  I used the Sweet Sunday Sketch #151. And this was my card:

I had purchased this set, The Open Sea, from our current Mini Catalogue to use in a Class.  I wanted to have a little play before the class to see what I could come up with.  This card has a lot going on with embossing on the Not Quite Navy Background and distressing and layers of stamping.  I was quite happy with how it turned out though.  Do you like?  It can be tricky to do a boy card but I think this one works.

Anyway!  Enjoy your Sunday wherever you are and I’ll be back soon with more stuff from Retreat!

Mad
xo

Festive Friday #8

Hi hi,

Back so soon???!!  Aren’t you lucky!! LOL

Just wanting to link you all up to Nicole’s Festive Friday posts!  Check it out HERE.  My submission this week was this card:

I used the Cherry Cobbler Embossing ink and the Snow Swirled Stamp Set to create the embossed tree on Glossy Cardstock.  The background is called polished stone and it’s created using Isocol Rubbing Alcohol and the ink from SU re-inkers.  It’s a great technique to use for something a little different.  The ribbon is the Baha Breeze Seam Binding.  I love that stuff!!!  Any other questions on this, just let me know.

Don’t forget to go on over to Nicole’s Blog and play along with our Festive Friday Challenge!!!

Mad
xo

Where did February go?!?!!

Hello Hello!!  So much to catch up on!!!!  February was a crazy busy month and as such no blog posts from me!  Start of the month saw Mark and I celebrate our 16th Wedding Anniversary with a yummy dinner out in a lovely restaurant! Very grown up!  Then we had Missy Lara in hospital with a virus for a few days and still quite unwell in the first couple of weeks of Feb.  During this time I was madly madly trying to prepare 120 odd party favours for Mark’s Nan’s 90th Birthday party!!  Yep! I’m mad!  They turned out well and I was quite happy with them.  At her celebration I got to break out my Canon DSLR and was the “official” photographer on the day.  Here’s a pic of us with Nana Millie (minus Lara who stayed in Respite that weekend).

So after that weekend it was all systems go preparing for my Annual Mad Inkstincts Team Retreat!!  This is our third year of getting together and was our biggest year yet with 12 lovely ladies joining in to all the fun!!  We had a great time creating and crafting through the weekend!!  There are lots of bonuses to being a member of my team!!!  We had nearly every single stamp set from the catalogue along with most of the Big Shot dies and other accessories!!!  With all of those things available for our use, sometimes it can get a little overwhelming! I made sure we all had several challenges to keep us busy over the weekend.  I’ll be posting some of my cards for you to see over the next few days!

Until then,
Happy Stamping!!

Mad
xo