January 31, 2009

12 x 12 double layout – water-logged

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged , , at 10:51 am by bejewelledcreations

Here’s the layout that I was working on when we had the power failure the other night.

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And a closer look at each individual page:

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I’ve used Spring Break Designer Series Paper (DSP)  as a starting point for my colour combinations (Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky and Old Olive), and added the following embellishments; Soft Sly double stitched ribbon, pewter jumbo eyelets, pumpkin pie & not quite navy brads and I just love the Crystal Effects used as water droplets to mimic the droplets on Ronan’s face!

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(The title stamps and metallic feature that is threaded onto the soft sky ribbon are non-Stampin’ Up!)

I just LOVE this pack of DS Paper – it’s so… boyish, yet because it has flower images all over it, it’s very cute too. It really lends itself to being used on ‘little boy’ layouts.  The other thing I LOVE about this particular sheet of paper, is that it matches (to my mind, anyway LOL), the stamp set called Live Your Dream. So, I’ve coloured the small flower stamp from Live Your Dream with Markers (Not Quite Navy, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie), and stamped it onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock to create an all-over background image.

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I’ve coloured and stamped the main flower from Live Your Dream and used it as a feature on the page. I stamped it again on a separate piece of paper and cut out the flowers and leaves to adhere with pop up foam pads.

This set of photos makes me laugh – Ronan was absolutely SOAKED! He couldn’t have got any wetter. LOL. He was having a blast spraying his dad with his soaker gun but in return was getting drenched! It was so funny. He thought it was hilarious to ‘sneak’ up on dad, trying to get as close as possible to squirt him, only to be saturated with the hose. Oh happy days!

I think I’ve used too much Crystal Effects for the water droplets… but it was fun making them. I’m still learning ‘when to stop’ in regards to embellishments, so bear with me. :o)

Thanks for looking! (Please don’t be shy about commenting and saying “hi!”)

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January 29, 2009

Scrappin’ in the dark!

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged at 4:45 pm by bejewelledcreations

Even a power failure can’t stop me from scrapping when I feel like I’m in ‘The Zone’. LOL.

Yep, after a day of 44+ degrees temperature, we had a power failure at night just as I was in the middle of a double 12 x 12 layout. I’d finally managed to sit down to my layouts after putting my daughter back to bed AGAIN – she ‘d one excuse after another;  ‘it’s too light’, ‘I’m thirsty’, ‘my tooth hurts’, ‘I can’t sleep’…. when the power went off.  GREAT! There followed a comical shuffle/run/scramble-whilst-trying-not-to-bump-into-anything to get to screaming daughter, telling her to “be quiet, mummy’s coming – don’t wake Ronan!”

After setting up the camp lights in strategic positions near the children’s bedrooms, and after letting Laura sit with me a while, she went back to bed and I was then able to consider my options. Hmmm… uncomfortably hot (nothing I could do about that!),  can’t watch ER on telly (again, nothing I could do about that),  lights… Gone! Scrapbooking layout… interrupted rudely…. BUT… perhaps…..? LOL. Yep, I took my hurricane lamp and continued scrapping. I actually felt quite peaceful. I had the rough layout design worked out, but I was at a critical point and really didn’t want to leave it for another day. It’s the first 12 x 12 layout I’ve done for a good few months so I didn’t want to lose my mojo. LOL.

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The pictures are pretty dark – I swear it seemed a lot lighter when I was sitting there working, but you get the idea – it’s not how I’m used to working but it was kind of fun too!

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You can’t see much, I know, (it’s a “mystery layout!!”) but I finished one side last night so it was TOTALLY worth keeping on working in the dark, and I’ll work on the other page tomorrow. I have a niggly headache today (must be the heat *swelters*), so I’ll post pictures as soon as both pages are done. It’ll be a nice surprise for you to see how they finally ended up.

Thanks for reading!

PS – the power came back on after a couple of hours and we could put the aircon back on – *phew* it was the hottest night too! We’ve got the rest of the week of heatwave temperatures to endure – not looking forward to that, so keep your fingers crosed that there aren’t any more power cuts.

January 28, 2009

Apricot Appeal and Regal Rose

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 11:01 am by bejewelledcreations

More cards with Scribble This and Appricot Appeal and Regal Rose (with a touch of Certainly Celery) …

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I know I’ve said it before, but you’ve GOT to try colouring in on Glossy White cardstock with blender pens/markers. It’s my NEWEST favourite technique.

Beautiful card From Angela!

Posted in Cards, Received Cards tagged at 10:45 am by bejewelledcreations

I feel like doing some Fangrrrl *SQUEEEING*…..

Angela Sargeant made me a card! SQUEEES!!! Apparently *blush* I had really good December sales (I’m just doing and sharing what I love – there’s no magic to it!) and Angela sent me a beautiful card to congratulate me. (I believe Angela is my upline by two or three levels)

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It’s gorgeous!! I don’t know if you can see, but there is glitter around the pearl on the flower – just the right amount of sparkle! The colours are from the In Color family with DSP from the Ginger Blossom range.

*Le Sigh* so lovely.

Tee hee, I feel a little bit like “Fred” from the Cars Movie (if you have children, you know this movie!) when he meets Mario Andretti… Fred: “Mario Andretti knows my name!” (and poor Fred has his name on his number-plate. *giggles*)

Anyway, had to share the excitement!

January 22, 2009

Another CASE of my own card…

Posted in Cards tagged , at 12:00 pm by bejewelledcreations

There’s something very pleasing about using a loved design or layout and experimenting with different colour combinations. (It also saves the headache of trying to think up a new design – LOL!) I’ve copied my own card again, (the original is here ) and used darker, more mellow colours – I’ve been using these colours for a couple of days now.

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I love this combo of Bravo Burgandy (such a great colour!) and Always Artichoke – in fact any green goes beautifully with Bravo Burgandy. I’ve used some Brocade Background DSP down the left hand side, and covered the edge with Bravo Burgandy Grossgrain ribbon. I’ve randomly stamped the small butterfly from Live Your Dream in VersaMark on the right hand side.

I added some Crystal Effects to the petals of the flowers; here’s a close up picture for you to see how it looks when dry.

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It looks as if there’s dew on the flowers; such a cool effect. I find I need to leave the Crystal Effects to dry overnight at least, so give yourself plenty of time to let it dry before you send it to anyone. :-).

Cherished.

Posted in Cards tagged , at 10:30 am by bejewelledcreations

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Using the same colours as my last card, here’s a card that was very enjoyable to make. I’ve used Mellow Moss C/S for the base card, Very Vanilla for the card front which I’ve stamped with the Weathered background stamp in Mellow Moss ink. I’ve used the large swirl stamp from Baroque Motifs in Bravo Burgandy just along the lkeft hand side and lower edge. I’ve smudged Mellow Moss ink along the edges of the Very Vanilla cardstock. The satin ribbon is from the Theatre range of ribbons.  Jumbo eyelets and HodgePodge Hardware finish the card off nicely.

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I think next time I’d definitely swap the Mellow Moss c/s for a darker colour – perhaps Always Artichoke. I’ve just put this card against Always Artichoke and it ‘lifts’ it dramatically. Oh well – next time!

CASE of my own card…

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 9:00 am by bejewelledcreations

You might remember this card… Live Your Dream  that I made recently, well, I decided to CASE it. 🙂

I’ve used Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla C/S, Brocade Background Designer Series Paper, and inks in the following colours; Bravo Burgandy, Old Olive and River Rock for smudging the edges of the Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I’ve also used 3 Vintage brads.

I quite like thses colours too – I love the old-fashioned feel to it – quite antique.

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I then went on to make another similar card because I had all the colours out anyway. 🙂

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The difference here is that I’ve used Jumbo eyelets in antique brass and used some HodgePodge Hardware to attach my saying to the card. I’ve also used ribbon from the Theatre range of ribbons. (Very pretty selection, and LOVELY colours!).

🙂

January 21, 2009

Quick Card.

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 7:15 pm by bejewelledcreations

*laughs* Here’s a card that I made with absolutely NO STAMPS! *GASP*

The story behind this card is that my darling husband was clearing up in the spare room and my large tub of stamps was waaaay at the back of the pile of ‘stuff’ that he’d pulled out so that he could re-stack it in the new shelving he’d made. Don’t you just HATE it how everything has to get messier before it can get tidy? Anyway, I was DESPERATE for some card-making that day, and all I had with me were some supplies on the table from my last venture that I hadn’t got around to putting away. All my stamps were in the spare room! AHHHH! The Agony!!!

Well, I just had to get creative instead:

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I used Kraft C/S as my base, with some Outlaw Designer Series Paper and some punched stars in DSP and co-ordinating C/S. Add a little paper piercing, some inking of the edges of cardstock, a Rub-On that I felt matched the feel of the card, and Ta Daaa! One card!

But it was nice to be able to get to my stamps again, once the room was tidied up again.  *hugs them lovingly*

Using Elements on cards

Posted in Cards tagged at 3:32 pm by bejewelledcreations

I don’t know about you, but unless a stamp is a picture of something (flower, person, animal etc…), I find it extremely difficult to us as the sole feature of a card. When looking back at my cards, I see that most of them havea picture of something as the main focal point, and elements are there only as a background or a minor feature.

I thought I’d try to make a card using an element (defined by Stampin’ Up! as “Borders, Backgrounds and Shapes”), as the main focus of a card.

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I quite like this card and could see it easily adapted for a wedding card with different colours and saying. Baroque Motifs is just an amazing stamp set and I’m so glad that I bought it. I’ve used it so often, and have acheived quite different ‘looks’ with each card. I added Crystal Effects to the element of this card too – for that added shine.

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The colours I’ve used are; Bravo Burgandy and Always Artichoke cardstock, Brocade Background DSP, Bravo Burgandy Grossgain ribbon, Vintage brads, Always Artichoke ink (swirls and for smudging ink around edge of Always Artichoke C/S), River Rock ink also for smudging around the edge of the DSP (Designer Series Paper).  Oval punch, and Bravo Burgandy ink for saying.

Continuing my “Scribble This” addiction…

Posted in 6 x 6 Scrapbook layouts tagged , , at 3:04 pm by bejewelledcreations

When I made ~> this <~ card a few days ago, I knew I had to try to make a scrapbook page with the similar idea… so, I played around, and came up with this:

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and its facing page…

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The flash has picked up the shine from the Glossy White cardstock – which is *SO* pretty!!

Originally, I was only going to use black and Regal Rose cardstock and ribbon (the same as the card), however when I was looking at it and deciding where to put things, it needed…. I don’t know…. something. I decided to add another colour to lift it slightly, and chose Apricot Appeal. I don’t think I’ve used Apricot Appeal before, EVER!

Supplies:

Cardstock: Textured basic black, basic black, Regal Rose, Glossy White

Ink: Basic Gray, Regal Rose, Apricot Appeal

Accessories: Regal Rose Grossgrain ribbon, scallop edge punch, matt pack, blender pens, dazzling diamonds glitter, 2 way glue pen, Rhinestone brads, dimensionals Die-cut stickers (Simply Scrappin’ kit)

PLEASE NOTE: If you haven’t tried colouring with Blender Pens on Glossy White – you’re MISSING OUT!!! Oh WOW! The Blender Pens run so smoothly over the Glossy White and never break down the cardstock like can sometimes happen on normal cardstock if you go over the same area too much. The Blender Pens colour in so easily and you can add depth by going over an area again to darken it. *SWEET*.

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I pricked holes in the scallop edge of the black cardstock matting to match the dots of the Scribble This stamps, and added glitter to the main flowers only. I’ve put a Rhinestone brad in the centre of the large flowers (yes, I know they’re purple, but they “go“, you know?) and used die-cut stickers from the Crew Kids Girl Simply Scrappin’ Kit to finish the pages off.

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Tee hee – sorry for posting so many pictures – but I just loved making these pages and I’m really taken with this colour combo. *Le sigh* I know that I don’t have nay photos in the pages yet, I’m thinking of using black and white photos so that they don’t distract from the flowers, what do you think?

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