April 15, 2010

Flower Fancy.

Posted in Cards, General Chit Chat tagged , , , at 10:05 pm by bejewelledcreations

Here’s a simple card with the Flower Fancy stamp set , Very Vanilla cardstock as my base card with Chocolate Chip cardstock, Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip ink.

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

I LUUURVE these colours. If you have a Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalogue, check out page 7 – I pretty much CASED the Pillow Box but made my version for a card.

Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip look so good together – even if I do say so myself. I’ve lightly coloured in the small flower with my Blender Pens and Baja Breeze ink. This is a Two-Step set and is so pretty.

Wow – this last week of the school holidays has flown by! (I had my birthday last Friday – which was lovely; will share some cards with you soon!) I convinced my husband what a good idea it would be for me to go to Officeworks on Saturday to get some storage drawers… and then spent a lot of this week sorting, storing, organising and then re-sorting and re-organising to get things “just right”! I think I have it how I like it now (I think?)

We met up with my cousin from England last Sunday… I was 14 years old when I saw her last – WOW it’s been 23 years since we moved to Australia!!! It just doesn’t seem that long ago to be honest. It was terrific meeting her again after so long – it was lovely to hear her accent and chat.  She brought her 21 year old daughter with her (who is just adorable), and we had a lovely day with my mum & dad and my brother and his family… we had a picnic at Glenelg – and the weather stayed good!!!

We’ve caught up with friends during this week and will visit Linda and her son Tyler tomorrow with my friend Maria and her daughter for a play-date. *phew*.

AND…. I still need to take the children clothes-shopping before school. I have to take my daughter shopping with me now to try on trousers and jeans as she’s quite slim, but tall for her age – and the elastic/adjustable jeans just don’t fit right if I buy her the size as per her age. GRRR. It was always so much easier to be able to just buy off the rack (my choice of style – YAY!!) and know that the clothes would fit – now I have to take the children and that means we’re hitting the next stage of their growing up…Ahhh, now I’ll be getting her opinions about styles and designs *rollseyes*  LOL. Fun, fun, fun.

I hope you’ve been enjoying your school holidays (if you have time off!!).

Julia XX

April 6, 2010

Crayon Resist Technique

Posted in Cards tagged , , , at 8:32 am by bejewelledcreations

Crayon Resist is a very pretty and easy technique (once you know what you’re doing. LOL!) and is a lot of fun to play around with.

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

 This card is made by stamping on either Whisper White or Glossy White cardstock with Basic Black ink. You will need a WAX crayon too. It’s very important it be a WAX crayon – not a Watercolour crayon – I learnt the hard way. Raid the children’s Crayola crayons!! Choose a stamp that has an element that you can colour in with the crayon, like the image above so that there is some white space for the crayon resist technique.

Stamp in Basic Black ink and then colour in with the WAX crayon the areas that you want to remain white. Use a Stampin’ Sponge or Brayer to rub or roll your chosen colour of ink over the white cardstock. When you’re happy with your ink coverage (play with it a bit to see what differences you can come up with), and then simply wipe off the crayon with a kitchen paper towel. The areas under the crayon will remain white and give quite a pretty look to your card!

For the card above, I used Whisper White cardstock, Basic Black ink, a white Wax crayon, Pumpkin Pie and So Saffron ink sponged over the white cardstock with Stampin’ Sponges. The stamp set is another of my favourites (aren’t they all? *laughs*) called Scribble This which is available in the current Idea Book & Catalogue.

To see what Crayon Resist looks like on Glossy cardstock, have a look at this card:

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

The colours are softer and I’ve used Apricot Appeal, Taken with Teal and Certainly Celery.You can see the circular shapes that have been left by the motion of rubbing the ink over the Glossy cardstock with Sponges – but I like the effect. By rubbing over the cardstock with more ink you can deepen the depth of colour in certain areas, so you’ve quite a bit of control about how vibrant you want the card to be. The ink takes that tiny bit longer to soak into the Glossy cardstock so there’s more ‘play’ and ‘smooshing’ of the ink over the cardstock before it ‘sets’.

If you see anything you like on my blog, please don’t be shy about leaving me a comment – I’d love to hear from you! Comments make me happy!!

Julia xx