Sunday, 24 June 2012

The Stash

Good afternoon Bloggers,

Wow what an amazingly busy last few weeks.  Its Sunday lunch time here in Adelaide, and I have just been lying on the couch all morning.  My boss at work has been away on leave, and I work in a small team of three, so myself and my other team mate have just been run off of our feet, it's been crazy.  Consequently I haven't been making as many cards as I would like to lately as I have been too tired, however there has been a couple of additions to the stash over the last couple of weeks.

First up is little Fergus with Tulips from the Wild Rose Studio collection.  These stamps are just beautiful, and quite a few of them have made it into my scrap room over the last few weeks.

This was my first use of the new seasonal distress ink refills to colour with, Ripe Persimmon from the Fall Collection, such a gorgeous vibrant colour.  Also from the Fall Collection we have Seedless Preserves on the Tag, and from the recent Spring Collection we have Peacock Feathers for the Tulips.  Just beautiful colours, and super excited that they are now available in ink refills!!  I'm looking forward to my Summer colours hopefully arriving this week :o)

Next up, another card using my Wild Rose Studio Collection.  This one is Bella and Butterfly, and also using the Bella Paper Stack - just gorgeous papers!!

The stamp didn't quite fit the die cut frame, so I inked it in and then just sneakily lengthened the black lines to make it fit perfectly, it worked really well!

Next up is a card I made with my new Summer Flower Tilda and Wild Rose Studio Bella Paper Stack.  Also my first card with my delivery of Wild Orchid Crafts flowers.  These flowers are just beautiful, a fantastic price and great shipping!!

I love this little Tilda, and she is inked in with the new Spring Colours, Shaded Lilac and Squeezed Lemonade.  Loving the roses and Cherry Blossom flowers, such gorgeous colours and beautiful quality.

Next up, it was my Friend Paul's birthday yesterday, and I have had no time this week, so needed a nice card for him, that wouldn't take me too long as I was seriously running out of time after going in to work yesterday.  Using some lovely Kaisercraft stamps I came up with the following -

Finally a commissioned project.  One of my friend's from work has a sister turning 60 soon, and asked me for a card to be able to give her. I tried a bit of a "quilted" effect for the back ground here, and although I like the effect I have been playing around with this a bit more since making this card, as you will see below.  First up lets have a look at the card.

So the quilted effect is good, however it seemed very flat to be able to quite pull it off, so I went and bought an embossing stylus to try and round out all the squares.  With some patience and a couple of breaks (the stylus pen hurt my hand) I finally ended up with the following

Look out for it on a card soon :o)

A couple of final things to share for today - I was put on to these you tube videos recently to show me how to make 10 different flowers using my retro flower punch.  These are amazing, and actually quite simple - please have a look!!

How to make 10 flowers with 1 punch set (Part 1)
How to make 10 flowers with 1 punch set (Part 2)

Here are a couple of the flowers I made following the instructions in the video

Finally, this week I went to cooking class to learn the fine art of making Macarons.  These little meringue biscuits with filling are a bit of a modern day fad at the moment, and understandably because they are so delicious!!  

So here are my version with White Chocolate and Caramel centres, the biscuit itself has no flavouring added, just food colour to make them a bit more interesting :o)

Thanks for looking.  Enjoy the rest of your Sunday :o)

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