Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Another Baby Card

I was going through all the baby cards we received and suddenly I realised that I had missed one of them when posting pics here on my blog.  
This lovely card was made by my friend Sheridan.  Sorry Sher - you were probably thinking "why didn't she post MY card on the blog with all the other hand made ones???"  Well, it was just an over sight - yours is one of my faves!  I love the colours Sher chose and the stamp set is so cute.  It's retired now so you can't purchase it anymore which is a pity.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

My In-Colour Baby Thank You Cards

The In-Colour range in this year's catalogue is just gorgeous! I decided to use the 2 shades of blue for the thank you cards I would send to people who gave us gifts for Owen.  Luckily I got these made BEFORE I had Owen - I sure don't have time to stamp anything much at the moment!

These cards are ALMOST 10cm x 10cm.  If you cut your A4 cardstock into 3 strips of 9.9cm x 19.8cm you will be able to make 3 cards from 1 A4 sheet.  The cards are then 9.9cm x 9.9cm when folded.  It's a great size for thank you cards and very economical as you are getting 3 cards from the 1 sheet.
I've used Blue Bayou for the card base and Soft Sky for the scallop circle.  I stamped the giraffe image from the Bundle Of Joy stamp set in Blue Bayou ink onto Whisper White cardstock and coloured parts of it with a blender pen and ink from my Soft Sky ink pad.  You simply squeeze the pad gently while it is closed and a little puddle of ink will be left on the inside of the lid.  You pick up this ink with your blender pen and use it like a marker to colour in.

The giraffe was punched out with the 1 1/4 inch circle punch, adhered to a 1 3/8 inch cirlce of Blue Bayou and then adhered to the scallop circle.  I then used dimensionals to adhere it to the card base.  
Oh, before I did any of that, I stamped a background all over the card base with Blue Bayou ink.

I used the Soft Sky double stitched grosgrain
 ribbon across the bottom part of the card. It is adhered with glue dots and SNAIL adhesive.

Inside the card I have adhered 2 9cm x 9cm Whisper White squares.  I stamped the announcement stamp in Blue Bayou and the giraffe on the bottom piece with Soft Sky ink.
I was starting to run out of Blue Bayou cardstock (because I'd only ordered assorted packs of in-colour cardstock) so I made some more cards using Not Quite Navy and Bashful Blue.  Here's how that looks:  

Baby Cards We Received

We received some gorgeous cards upon the birth of our second son Owen.  I thought I would share with you the lovely hand-made cards amongst them.

These cards have all used something from Stampin' Up! :

And these are some other lovely hand-made cards:

Many thanks to everyone who gave/sent us cards and gifts for Owen.
Thanks also to all the people who've left such lovely comments here on the blog and sent emails of congratulations to us.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Owen at 2 weeks old

Hi all, just a quick brag post to show off my gorgeous new man!  Here's Owen at 2 weeks old, taken on Monday.

Now for the proper one...

Here's the other card I made for Mum for Mother's Day along with a matching Chocolate Bar holder.  I also made the same again for my Mother-in-law.

I basically copied this one straight from page 72 of the Idea Book & Catalogue.  I left a couple of details off my version because I didn't have the exact same stamp or brads as the one in the catalogue.

For those of you who don't already know, if you see a project in the catalogue that you want to recreate, you can look up the page number in the back of the catalogue and find a list of all the colours and products used to create it.  

Stamps: Wild Rose, Occasional Greetings, Priceless 
Inks: Blue Bayou, River Rock, Wild Wasabi
Paper: Kraft, River Rock, Blue Bayou, Confetti White
Accessories: Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon
Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Horizontal Slot Punch

I'm not sure about everyone else's computers and web browsers but I know that at least on mine, I can click on the photo and it will bring up a much bigger version so that you can see all the detail properly.  So if you can't make out the details, please try clicking on the photo to get a close up look at it.

Sometimes I just 'crack' myself up!

Well, I wasn't sure if I would offend anyone by posting this card on my blog - hopefully not!  If you are offended, please blame my mother as she encouraged me to put it on here! LOL!

For Mother's Day, my siblings and I decided to have a little photo shoot with my hubby playing photographer so that we could give Mum a much needed up-to-date photo of us.  The last one taken is about 10 years old now!

Anyhow, whilst we were playing around on our photo shoot we decided to take this picture of us all bending over because it has become a bit of an on-going joke in our family about being able to see someone's 'crack' when they bend over with low rider jeans on, especially my two sisters!

On the inside of the card we wrote "We hope this Mother's Day is all it's 'cracked' up to be!"
Mum had a really good laugh when she saw it and even thinks we should frame the photo and hang it in the bar! 

(I'm not going to tell you which behind is mine!)

Making this card was really easy.  I simply printed out the photo and cut it so that it had a white border around it.  Before I adhered to photo to the upper part of the card front, I rubbed the Embossing Buddy all over the cardstock to prevent the embossing powder sticking where I didn't want it to stick.  I then stamped the sentiment in White Craft Ink and embossed it with the White embossing powder.  Easy!  

The reason I did the embossing before putting the photo onto the card is that the heat from the heat tool can warp the paper and I didn't want it to damage the photo.

As for the writing inside the card, I used my White Gel Pen which looks really great when writing inside cards made from black or dark colours of cardstock.  

Stamps: Occasional Greetings (happy mother's day stamp)
Inks: Whisper White Craft Ink
Paper: Basic Black
Accessories: White Embossing Powder
Tools: Embossing Buddy, Heat Tool

Monday, May 5, 2008

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to post a quick message to say that we have a new addition to our little family.

Baby Owen Benjamin Ross was born on Monday the 28th April weighing 8 pounds 10 and a half ounces, 52cm long.

He looks very similar to his big brother when he was born but is a bit smaller and his hair is lighter in colour.

We're very in love with him and he's been a wonderful baby so far! He had to put up with being under the phototherapy lights for 4 days and is still a bit jaundiced but we are glad to be home and trying to settle into life as a family of 4.

Our family of 3 on Monday morning.

Our newest addition on Monday afternoon.