Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Bouncing Brayer Technique

I was doing a little search on youtube to find a technique that I had not heard of before and I came across the Bouncing Brayer technique. If you would like to find out more about this technique there is step by step instructions on Splitcoast Stampers.

Well here is my very bright and cheerful card, and since it reflects Spring I might just enter it into Shelli Gardner's challenge, April Showers Bring - Creative Challenge which is very much a first for me...but I am really happy with this card especially when the technique was new and exciting for me.

I think the bouncing brayer in Regal Rose just looks like rays of sunshine and I chose one of my very favourite stamp sets, Petal Pizzazz that has not seen ink for quite a while for the layered flower and the sentiment comes from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue, Thanks for Caring.

Stamp Set: Petal Pizzazz, Thanks for Caring
Ink: Regal Rose, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery
Card: Pink Pirouette, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
Accessories: Pink Pirouette 1/2" Stitched-Poly Ribbon, Brayer

Monday, April 25, 2011

JAI 65 - ANZAC Day...We Remember

ANZAC Day is a very special day in Australian and New Zealand history. ANZAC stands for the Australia New Zealand Army Corporation and it is significant because on the 25th of April 1915, both countries were involved in a difficult battle on the shores of Gallipoli.

On that fateful day our troops landed on a beach at dawn (now called ANZAC Cove) on the Turkish peninsula . They suffered a terrible defeat but our men fought with great bravery. The battle really highlighted the character traits of mateship and sacrifice. We talk about the Anzac Spirit which was born that day and use the term as a mark of great respect. Australians and New Zealanders commemorate this day with Dawn Services and Anzac Day Marches to remember those who fought and gave their lives for their country, not only in World War 1 but in all subsequent wars.

So with ANZAC Day in mind the Just Add Ink Challenge has a special theme ... Just Add Mateship/Friendship to your paper craft project.

My card is inspired by remembering the men and women that gave the ultimate sacrifice for my freedom. I have so much respect for those diggers and I am very proud to be an Australian on this day - ANZAC Day.

They shall grow not old , as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them , nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

My card for the challenge is inspired by the card by Mae Collins using the flower from Friends Never Fade, which looks a lot like the poppy.

Stamp Sets: Friends Never Fade, Thanks for Caring
Ink: Poppy Parade, Basic Black
Card: Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Buttons #5 Sizzlits Dies

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter

Yes, what a very special and uplifting day...He is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!

I attended Easter Sunday church service and then invited the family to share the day with me at my home. Beautiful weather, wonderful family and glorious food, what a fantastic day.

I would like to share with you today the cute Easter Bunny Lolly Pops that I made last Sunday with the JAM (Jesus and Me) children. Aren't they so cute!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

What does Easter mean to you...

Easter is a very special time of the year for Christians with Jesus dying on the cross for all of us.

Last Sunday, I made some of these boxes with the St John's Lutheran Church, Woodside JAM (Jesus and Me or Sunday School) children, I had everything precut and they just needed to constructed the boxes, use a sponge dauber to make some grass, then cut out the cross and then decorate with joining 5 of the leaves from the bird punch to form the wreath of thorns.

We had so much fun, the older children are so beautiful they help the little ones. I bought the Easter Bunnies and Eggs to pop in their boxes as a special Easter treat. I will back in a day or two to share the Easter Bunny Lolly Pop that we also made.

Cardstock: Always Artichoke, Bravo Burgundy
Ink: Always Artichoke
Accessories: Two-Step Bird Extra-Large Punch

Saturday, April 2, 2011

New Autumn-Winter Catalogue

Wow it's the beginning of a brand new Mini Catalogue, I love the stamp sets, punches, designer series papers, buttons, pompom trim, big shot accessories in the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.

Also Stampin' Up! have announced that a few of the items from the Summer Mini Catalogue have carried over, which is fantastic as I would have missed using some of these accessories:

  • Mini Vintage Tags

  • Vintage Trinkets

  • Square Lattice Embossing Folder

  • Scallop Square Bigz Die

  • Pinking Hearts Corner Punch

  • Pinking Hearts Board Punch

  • Island Floral Bigz Die

  • Bitty Buttons

  • Itty Bitty Shape Punch Pack

  • 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Extra-Large Punch

  • Smooch Spritz

  • Colour Catcher

  • 1/2" Chantilly Crochet Lace

  • 5/8" Victoria Crochet Lace