Sunday, 31 March 2013

Pink & Blue Pinwheel

Pink & Blue Pinwheel by cathroff
Pink & Blue Pinwheel, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, here's another pinwheel card! I was worried when I bought the die that they might be too bulky to post, but I think it'll be fine.

I'm going to enter this card into 3 challenges.

It's a colour challenge over at Addicted to stamps and more. Here are the colours.



I don't have any Stampin Up inks etc so I tried to pick a pink, a blue and a beige that I thought looked close to the colours. Hope they're ok.

The challenge at Freshly Made Sketches is a sketch.



And over at Less Is More  the theme is to use scallops.
 
There are fantastic creations by the DTs at all of these sites. Have a look and join in :)

Materials used: SU pinwheel die; Versamark ink; Swiss dots embossing folder; Memory Box scallop border die;  brad, sentiment sticker, ribbon, dp & cardstock from stash.
Thanks for looking :)

Pinwheel Birthday

Pinwheel Birthday by cathroff
Pinwheel Birthday, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, Happy Easter! I'm making a few cards using my new SU pinwheel die, it's great fun!

It's Autumn here in Australia, so I thought I'd take a break from the Spring florals, and create something in Autumn tones. This paper is a Basic Grey Christmas paper, but I love these colours for Autumn. I think it would make a good card for one of my boys :)

I'm entering the Anything Goes challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Blog

Thanks for looking :)

Friday, 29 March 2013

Tutu Birthday

Tutu Birthday by cathroff
Tutu Birthday, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I've made a quick card today to enter into the Anything Goes challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Blog

I'm off to my sister's in Brisbane to pick up some craft goodies I bought at my first SU party, so I'm a bit excited!! It's a 3 hour trip up there, so I'd better get cracking!!

Materials used : Spellbinders dies; tutu, designer paper and sentiment sticker from stash.
Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Baby Banner

Baby Banner by cathroff
Baby Banner, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I've been using up my snippets of shimmer cardstock. I was inspired to make a banner card by Di with one of her fantastic creations at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. (thanks Di). I was also inspired by the fabulous creations using beads over at Less is More.
 
Apart from threading the beads onto the thin card for the banner, the trickiest bit was putting the tiny hearts in place!

So, I'm entering the Snippets Playground again over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

And also, Less is More  where the challenge is to use beads in your project.

Materials used: Simon Says Stamp banner die; SU Square Lattice embossing folder; snippets of shimmer card, beads and sentiment sticker from stash.
Thanks for looking :)

Monday, 25 March 2013

Spring blossoms

Spring blossoms by cathroff
Spring blossoms, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I made another card using no stamps this afternoon. I love diecuts!

I'm putting another entry into the challenge at CASual Fridays where the theme is to make a project using no stamps.

I'm also adding another entry to the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Blog  where the theme is Spring or Easter.

I cut my blossoms from scraps of vellum that were too good to throw away! So I'm also entering the Snippets Playground over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Meterials used: Memory Box tree and blossom dies; Poppystamps grass die; Twinkling H20's;
Distressed stripes embossing folder; vellum; Kaisercraft lavender pearls; Distress ink for painting the tree; sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for looking :)

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Bold Blossoms

Bold Blossoms by cathroff
Bold Blossoms, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I made another floral card today. I used my tombows on water colour paper this time.

I'm entering the challenge atAddicted to CAS where the code word is Spring.

I'm also putting a second entry in at Addicted to Stamps & More, where the challenge is to use Markers, and at Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog where the theme is Spring or Easter.

Materials used: Designs by Ryn African Daisy stamp; Watercolour paper; tombows and water brush; Versafine ink and clear embossing powder; Crystal stickles; ribbon and sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Spring orchids

Spring orchids by cathroff
Spring orchids, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I managed to get another card made today despite the heat! A couple of challenges inspired me.

 Addicted to Stamps and More is a new one for me. They've just re formatted their challenge into a range of themes over the weeks. This week its Make Your Mark, to use markers in your project. The only markers I have are tombows, apart from the kids old textas!!

Over at Simon Says Stamp  the challenge is to make a project on the theme of Spring or Easter. The DT are using Memory Box products which I love!

I stamped and embossed this orchid branch onto normal cardstock and coloured with my tombows and a blender pen. Then I decided I wanted more dimension so I stamped and embossed on vellum for the top layer of blooms.

I was trying to keep it simple but with an oriental feel...the embossing folder is from the Asian design set I think.

Materials used: Memory Box orchid branch stamp; Provocraft embossing folder; Tombows & blender pen; bling and sentiment sticker from stash.
Thanks for looking :)

Textured Birthday

Textured Birthday by cathroff
Textured Birthday, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I've made this card for a friend who loves purple and the feel of embossing!

I'm going to enter the challenge at CASual Fridays, where the idea is to create a project with absolutely NO stamping.

I love creating with embossing folders, diecuts and sticker sentiments. Just hope this card isn't too clean and simple!!

Materials used: pearlized cardstock; Stylized flowers embossing folder; Tag punch, bling, brad and sentiment sticker from stash.
Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Water droplets

Water droplets by cathroff
Water droplets, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I've inked up another stamp that I've had for a while and haven't used yet!

I'm entering this card into this week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show   where the theme is water.

My card layers are leftovers, so I'm also entering the snippets playground over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop

Materials used: droplet stamp by Ryn Tanaka; sentiment stamp by Kaisercraft; Distress inks; Glossy accents.

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Purple Butterflies

Purple Butterflies by cathroff
Purple Butterflies, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I finally found some time to make a card for a couple of challenges. It's been a busy week and it's only Tuesday!

The theme at Addicted to CAS this week is Wings.

At CAS on Sunday  the theme this fortnight is flutterby, to use a butterfly in your project.

I'm also going to enter a new challenge for me Crazy for CAS,  where there are a number of texts or sayings to inspire your card. Beautiful as a butterfly suits my card. Thanks Sientje for the suggestion.

Materials used: Memory Box butterfly stamp and a small butterfly stamp that I've had for ages; Prismacolor pencils; Tiny Bubbles embossing folder; sentiment sticker and cardstock from stash.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Birthday Spots & Stripes

Birthday Spots & Stripes by cathroff
Birthday Spots & Stripes, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I thought I'd have a try at a one layer card. A couple of challenges inspired me.

Over at Less is More the one layer card needs to have stripes and spots. I've had these Papertrey Ink basic circle stamps for ages and never used them. That's one of the things I'm really enjoying with challenges, that I'm finally using more of my stash!

The inspiration for the colour came from the One Layer Wednesday  Challenge. Ardyth is hosting this week's challenge and the colours are orange, green and white.

I darkened the colour on some of the circles by adding more ink using nibs from Ranger. First time I've used them too!

Thanks for looking :)

A big Thank You



Hi, Ive made this card as I'd like to give a big thankyou to Bubbles who nominated me for a Liebster award in February for my Butterfly Flight card. I hadn't been blogging very long and was very chuffed at the nomination.

More recently, I received 2 more nominations, one from Shaz in Oz, and another one from Tanvi.
Thank you so much for your encouragement. It means a lot to me :)

( I'll try and follow through with the 5 nominations when I can).

Monday, 11 March 2013

Three fishes

Three fishes by cathroff
Three fishes, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I made this card for my hubby's birthday. He loves his aquarium!

I'm also entering it into a new challenge for me, Freshly Made Sketches
Here is the sketch.
 
 
I'm still fairly new to creating from sketches, so I'm hoping that the seaweed between the fish doesn't break the sketch rules!
There are some fabulous entries already, but the challenge closes soon, so be quick if you want to join in.
 
Materials used: Tiny Bubbles embossing folder; distress ink; Hero Arts fish stamp; Memory Box twigs & berries die; markers; cardstock & sentiment sticker from stash.
 
Thanks for looking :)
 

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Birthday Blocks

Birthday Blocks by cathroff
Birthday Blocks, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I'm entering this card into the challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays  where the theme is colour blocks.

Yes, it does look like I've taken a literal view of the challenge here!! But at least I've moved on from butterflies...for now!

Since my squares were made using scrappy snippets, I'm also entering the Snippets Playground over at Pixies Crafty Workshop

Materials used: Spellbinders die ( I did wonder what I would ever use the tiniest square for!!); Provocraft embossing folder( I love this embossing folder, it's part of the Asian set I think. I keep borrowing it from my sister's friend!); sentiment sticker and snippets of cardstock from stash.

Thanks for looking:)

Kombi Birthday!

Kombi Birthday! by cathroff
Kombi Birthday!, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I'm entering this card into a new challenge for me. CAS on Sunday
It's appropriate because it's Sunday today in Australia!

Materials used: Kanban stamp; white ink and embossing powder; sentiment sticker, peace brad and cardstock from stash.

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 9 March 2013

Spring butterfly

Spring butterfly by cathroff
Spring butterfly, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I seem to be stuck on the theme of butterflies lately!

I'm entering this card into the Hero Arts March contest. The theme is Hello Spring and the option of a colour challenge. Here are the details.

I'm also entering this week's CAS(E) this Sketch  challenge. Here is the sketch.
 
 
I embossed the sentiment to make it a bit darker and easier to read and also so it matched the shine of the butterfly.
Materials used: Antique engravings butterfly stamp; Memory Box Pristine Border die; Technique Tuesday sentiment stamp; cardstock & bling from stash.
 
Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Butterfly thankyou

Butterfly thankyou by cathroff
Butterfly thankyou, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I'm entering this card into the Bit 'O' Green challenge over at Simon Says Stamp.
I diecut the butterfly using some black and white snippets, so I can enter it into the Snippets Playground over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.
 
Materials used: Green pearlized cardstock; Memory Box butterfly dies; Provocraft Thanks embossing folder;Twinkling H2O's (to paint the butterfly body); bling from stash.
 
Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Butterfly on pink

Butterfly on pink by cathroff
Butterfly on pink, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
 
Hi, this is my entry in a couple of challenges this week.
Less is More is having a colour challenge. Here is the gorgeous inspiration pic.
donut dreams
I combined these colours with the current  challenge over at
Materials used: Memory Box butterfly stamp; Prismacolor pencils; Swiss Dots embossing folder; bling and sentiment sticker from stash.
thanks for looking :)
 
 

Monday, 4 March 2013

Flowers on chocolate brown

Flowers on chocolate brown by cathroff
Flowers on chocolate brown, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, this is my entry in this week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge. The theme is wallpaper, to stamp a background for your project.
 
I hope this photo isn't too shiny, I was trying to make sure the embossing showed up! I stamped the flourish from Darkro├Âm Door with versamark and clear embossed. The white paper flowers are painted with twinkling H2O's.
 
Materials used: Darkroom Door flourish stamp; Versamark ink; clear embossing powder; paper flowers; twinkling H2O's; brads and brown cardstock from stash.
 
Thanks for looking :)
 
 

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Fish in a bubble

Fish in a bubble by cathroff
Fish in a bubble, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
Hi, I made this card this morning but couldn't post it until tonight. We decided to drive to Brisbane today instead of Sunday as I was worried we'd get flooded in. My husband is flying to Tasmania for a holiday and I didn't want him to miss his flight!

I'm entering this week's CASology challenge where the cue word is circles. I'm also entering the Addicted to CAS challenge where the code word is Masculine.
 
Materials used: the tiny fish stamp is Hero Arts and the other fish is one I've had for ages in my stash;  Kaiser Craft sentiment stamp; Spellbinders circle dies; Memory Box Twigs & Berries die; Tiny bubbles embossing folder; distress ink; markers.
 
Thanks for looking:)

Edited to add : I was surprised and excited to discover that this card made the Top 3 at Addicted to CAS. Thank you so much for the encouragement everyone :)
( I couldn't work out how to put the badge in my side bar, but I managed to add a top tab and put it on a new page. Still so much about blogging to learn!!)