23 December 2011

Friday Sketch Challenge #8

Here is my DT card for Friday Sketch Challenge, I made it for a wedding I went to recently, it's hard to tell from the photo but white matt layer overhangs the red base card, I was hoping the overhang would be more dramatic, but because I used the whole front of the card it didn't work as I hoped, oh well, I still think it looked good.
This week's challenge will actually run for 4 weeks, so make the most of the Christmas break and have a play along!
Happy Stamping, Merry Christmas!

Stamps: Will come back and edit the recipe later!

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09 December 2011

Friday Sketchers #7

Another Christening card that I was asked to make by a friend (there were 3 in total so you'll see another one soon!) Do you like the little tag I made for the sentiment? It's a little trick I learnt at Stampin' Up! regionals using circle punches.
I cheated a little with this sketch, I didn't add the little strip up the side, but I was working with a fairly small card (10.5cmx10.5cm), and I couldn't make anything fit, where if I'd used a slightly bigger card I probably could have made it work, so that's a little tip for all of you playing along at home. Speaking of playing along, go check out the Challenge site and make sure you have a go!

Stamps: Button Buddies, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Marina Mist, Basic Grey
Cardstock: Nursery Suite DSP, Crumb Cake, Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Accessories: Subtles Designer Buttons, Pear Pizzazz Poly Stitched Ribbon
Punches: 1 3/8" Circle Punch
Bigshot: Scallop Square Bigz, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL

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25 November 2011

Friday Sketch Challenge #6 (and catching up with #5)

Hi everyone! Time for another Friday Sketch Challenge, This was a really fun & easy sketch to work with so make sure you pop by the Challenge website and play along! This is a little monochrome(ish?) card I was asked by a friend to make for a christening she was attending. I thought the sketch needed the cute teddy bear from "My Favourite Bear", which is one of the very first sets I purchased and haven't been able to part with even though it has been retired for years.

Stamps: Calendar Alphabet, My Favourite Bear
Ink: Early Espresso
Cardstock: Subtles Patterns Stack (Certainly Celery), Crumb Cake, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Antique Trinkets
Punches: Modern Label
Bigshot: Stripes Textured Impressions, Petal Cone Bigz L

I played along with the last challenge for my DT commitments, but I didn't get the chance to post here, as I was attending a family wedding. So I thought I'd post the card here as well.
This is the card I made for Chris (Justin's Brother) & Amy's wedding. I also made their wedding invitations so luckily I had insider knowledge of the colour scheme, stamps used etc and was able to make a card that coordinated with the wedding perfectly ;)

Stamps: Elements of Style, Monogram Sweet Alphabet
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Cardstock: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Accessories: Black & Clear EDP, Basic Black Satin Ribbon
Bigshot: Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions

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28 October 2011

Friday Sketch Challenge #4

Wow! We're up to challenge #4 already! This challenge came at a perfect time, I was at playgroup yesterday morning when I was asked by a lovely lady (a grandma who brings her grandaughter) to make a card for her as she hadn't been able to find a baby card for twins, so I decided to combine the 2!
It's such a beautiful, simple sketch, I'm thinking I might use it again for another project I have in mind.

Stamps: Just Perfect Alphabet,
Ink: Early Espresso
Cardstock: Nursery Suite DSP, Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Whisper White
Accessories: Neutrals buttons, Subtles Buttons, Pear Pizzazz poly stitched ribbon, Early Espresso 1/8" taffeta, kitchen twine
Punches: Scallop Ribbon, Corner Rounder
Big Shot: Two Tags Bigz Die
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17 October 2011

Birthday Invitations

We had our kids' birthday party earlier this month, with the kids' birthdays only 5 weeks apart we decided to throw a joint party (with 2 cakes of course!) but Charlotte is at an age where she chooses a few friends to invite from preschool, and I didn't want those people to feel obliged to bring presents for Jack too so I needed a way to have individual invitations for her friends but still joint invitations for family & family friends. The solution I came up with was to do double sided invitations (since they had both chosen separate cake themes anyway) This was Jack's side of the invitation, a circus theme based on his choice of a clown cake.
Stamps: Party This Way
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Cardstock: Big Top Birthday DSP, Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White
Punches: Scallop Border, Petite Pennants Builder Punch

This is Charlotte's side of the invitation, she chose a dinosaur cake ("pink with sprinkles!") and has reminded me about her request every day since May, so when I saw Dinoroar in the new catalogue it was at the top of my wishlist!
Stamps: Dinoroar
Ink: Regal Rose, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Cardstock: Old Olive (Reverse side of Jack's), Melon Mambo, Whisper White

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14 October 2011

Friday Sketch Challenge #3

That time again! Another Friday Sketch Challenge, this time with a sketch made by Sammi, if you want to check it out head over to the blog and see what the talented DT girls have come up with this time!
I made a card for my Sister-in-law to-be Amy for her hen's night to go with the massage voucher that Carmen & I thought she could use.
For the focal panel, I first embossed the bird (inked in versamark followed by Rich Razzleberry and clear embossed) then clear embossed the blossoms from Elements of Style and watercoloured using a blending pen and watercolour wonder crayons.
I made a bow using the techniques that the talented Teneale taught us at convention.

Stamps: Elements of Style, For My Family
Ink: Versamark, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: First Edition DSP, Crumbcake, Melon Mambo,
Bigshot: Houndstooth Textured Impressions Folder
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry 1 1/4" Striped Grosgrain (retired), Antique Brads

Images © Stampin' Up!, Designs © Zarna Gould

06 October 2011

Beautiful Butterflies in 3D

The other month I held a 3D class as my regular Stampin' Up! class. We also made a Snow Globe card but I'll show you guys that one closer to Christmas.
The other 2 projects we made were a pop up card and a matching gift box using the Fancy Favour Bigz XL die.

 Here is the card we made, inside and out, we used some window sheets to cut a spiral so that the embosslit butterflies seem to fly off the page.
And the matching box, isn't this so cute?? Perfect size for popping some home made yummies or a bit of jewellery inside.

Stamps: Perfect Punches
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Love Letter DSP (retired), Crumbcake, Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Window Sheets, Basic Jewels Pearls

Punches: Wide Oval, Butterfly
Bigshot: Fancy Favour Bigz XL, Beautiful Butterflies Bigz, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Designer Frames Textured Impressions
Tools: Circle Scissor Plus

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30 September 2011

Friday Sketch Challenge #2

 I'm a little late for today's challenge, sorry about that girls! I have the kids' party planned for tomorrow and our location has a 90% chance of being rained out, so I've had to ring around and tell everyone who is coming that I've changed the venue, (oh and did I mention I'm pretty sure I've missed some people we should have invited! So if you're reading this and thinking you missed out - sorry! but I'm sure you aren't the only ones lol)
Anyway, onto today's card: I followed the gorgeous sketch over on Friday Sketch Challenge. I was inspired by a card i saw on Tracey's facebook page to use a Textured Impressions folder as a focal panel and I thought this sketch was the perfect card to try it out on. The rest is pretty straight forward, silver embossing for the other focal panel, some rhinestone brads, buttons and ribbon make up the card.

Before I go I thought I'd show you my new personalised stamp that I use for my cards now. I got a friend of mine (Mike Perry of No Dice Comics) to design up a stamp that matches my Zarna Gould Designs website & facebook page theme and then got it manufactured locally. I think Mike did a fantastic job for a very reasonable price, so if you need anything like this done up let me know and i'm happy to give you his details!
PS Never fear SU! gals, I always include appropriate SU! copyright info when packaging my cards & invitations that I sell, I just wanted to leave my options open for the odd times that I need to use another company's stamps so I can credit them the appropriate way as well, and as a result thought it was best not to include this info on the stamp design ;)

Stamps: Baroque Motifs
Ink: Versamark, Certainly Celery (for sponging)
Cardstock: Subtles Patterns DSP Stack (Certainly Celery), Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Accessories: Clear Rhinestones, Neutrals Buttons, Whisper White organza, Silver EDP
Big Shot: Manhattan flower Textured Impressions Folder 
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16 September 2011

Friday Sketch Challenge #1

I'm so excited to be sharing with you for Friday Sketch Challenge #1! I'm loving being back on a design team again, I've missed it so much since JSM & The Blend ended.
Our first sketch was designed by Debra and I think she did a fantastic job!
Aliens wearing cowboy hats!
Click to make larger

I took inspiration for my girly monster card from the background DSP, the first time I looked at it I saw little aliens in the pattern so I knew making a monster card was in order and of course the pink meant it had to be a girly monster card!

I have used Melon Mambo and (new in colour!) Lucky Limeade for my monsters. The Limeade one was coloured by mixing a little reinker and shimmer paint together then using my aqua painter to brush it on. She's so sparkly in real life! The Melon monster was made spotty by using scraps of paper to mask the edges and stamping the eye stamp on her body then washing over it with the aquapainter to wash out some of the spots and pull colour to other areas, I used a bit of Melon Mambo ink to fill in the gaps left over and to create a little shadowing on her underside.

Stamps: Just Believe, Make a Monster
Ink: Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Stazon 
Cardstock: Cheerful Treat DSP, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Concord Crush, Pretty in Pink, Watercolour Paper, Whisper White
Punches: Boho Blossom, Word Window
Bigshot: Scallop Circle
Tools: Circle Scissor Plus, Aquapainter
Accessories: Pink Pirouette Taffeta, Subtles Glimmer Brads

07 September 2011

New Challenge Blog - Friday Sketch Challenge

There's a new Challenge Blog in town - Friday Sketch Challenge and I'm excited to announce that I'm on the Design Team!! We get started on Friday the 16th of September and I can't wait to show you what we come up with! The girls have created some amazing sketches (I hope when it's my turn that mine will compare, I've never done anything other than sketch out a basic design on some scrap paper before!)
I've been working on a few DT cards and it is definitely getting my mojo flowing again so I can't wait to start sharing them with you!

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12 August 2011

Stampin' Up!'s new (to us!) Designer Fabric

 I've been having heaps of fun playing around with my preorder from the new Stampin' Up! catalogue that will be out in September. Especially the new Designer fabric! I made a little memory board to display my card samples when I am out and about, I used a 12x12" frame that I already had (It used to house this piece of wall art). I used a piece of DSP backing cardboard for my base, layered some quilt batting that I had left over from Asher's Quilt. Glued it all down at the back using Tombow and then criss-crossed the Satin Ribbon across the front, stuck them down at the back with sticky strip. I poked some vintage brads through all the layers - this was the trickiest part, even though I used the Paper Piercer the fabric & ribbon sort of sprung back into place and the brad prongs wanted to bend a little, but I got them through with a bit of wiggling. I backed it all with another piece of DSP backing card glued down with more tombow. Popped it in the frame & I was done.
It took about half an hour to complete including the time spent wrangling the children out from under my elbows, so easy!

Another project I made, again simple but not as quick, this time a little shirt for Charlotte (inspired by this pin on pinterest), she is a slim size 4 and the long edge of the Designer fabric wraps all the way around her with an inch or 2 to spare, I think this would make a beautiful newborn baby dress! I completed this in 1 and a bit days, if I'd had a more cooperative "mannequin" I would have finished sooner lol

Fabric: Flirtatious Designer Fabric
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry Satin Ribbon, Vintage Designer Brads

Images © Stampin' Up!, Designs © Zarna Gould

15 July 2011

Happy Birthay Cass!

Just a quick post as we're headed out the door soon for the party but I wanted to share the card I made this afternoon, but first i'll embarrass Cass with a picture of the Cass that I see in my mind when I think of her:
That's Cass in purple (her current fave colour by the way!), I used to baby-sit her when I was a teenager and I can't believe that this little girl is 16 today!! I feel so old! (The baby in that photo is in High School this year!). Anyway, enough moping, onto the card.
I kept the card fairly simple, because I loved the flower piece I coloured & was scared that I'd ruin it. I stamped the flower from Elements of Style in Stazon (If I was doing it over I'd black emboss) on a piece of Newsprint DSP, coloured it with watercolour crayons directly to paper, then carefully moving the colour around with an aquapainter until I was happy with the colour, really really careful not to use too much water & warp the DSP.

Then I used some crochet ribbon to tie a Teneale bow as taught by the ribbon master herself at Convention in Melbourne this year, she makes it look so easy but I think I'll need some more practice before mine look that good.
I was inspired to colour on print firstly by this post here I found ages ago on pinterest:
Source: etsy.com via Zarna on Pinterest

then reinspired recently by this card of Dawn McVey's:

Anyway, I better head off to the party, I'm leaving the boys at home & taking Charlotte since Jack has a little sniffle and I didn't think a bonfire would be particularly good for the immune system right now.

I'll be back to edit the info later this weekend when I have more time

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25 June 2011

Long time no post

I love blogging, not that you would be able to tell from the 1 post a month I'm averaging at the moment. I have been stamping since I was pregnant with Charlotte, I managed to use naptime to get a card or 2 made to post regularly. Then if that didn't work I was able to use the evening, but now with the kids having shorter naps as they get older and working nights I'm finding it harder to find my creative mojo when I have a few moments to myself.
I've got a few things I have designed for classes or workshops lately that need photos taken then I can pop them up on the blog, and a few other projects in mind for the future. Hopefully I'll get back into some kind of groove and posting on my blog more regularly soon.
But anyway, sorry for rambling at you but I just wanted to let you know that haven't forgotten about my stamps or my blog!

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23 May 2011

Guest info packets

With the hostess special (details below) this month I thought I'd spend a bit of time updating some of the "tools" I use for workshops. One of the things I like to do is make up a few info packets filled with any current promo flyers, mini catalogues, wish lists, business cards & order forms etc, basically anything a guest needs at a workshop that isn't part of the make & take.
The folders I use are just plain white folders:

Pretty bland huh? So I decided to Stampin' up!-ify them. I used some of the retired Island Oasis DSP that I had left over from the Summer mini catalogue, added some scallops made with the Tasteful Trim Bigz XL & "Stampin' Up!" using Timeless Type Jnr Alphabet Sizzlits out of coordinating cardstock.
I kept them fairly flat and simple so they don't get ruined in transit, I'm planning on putting some contact over the top, but if my school books were anything to go by I thought I better take a picture first ;p
I had a little "helper" when I was making these, my nephew Asher came over for a little while today so Carmen could get some quick jobs done that would have been made more complicated by getting a baby in and out of the car at every stop. He slept peacefully the whole time but agreed to model one of the folders for me:
Isn't he beautiful?
Anyhoo, I mentioned the hostess special earlier, here are the details. Book a workshop with me between now & the end of June and Stampin' Up! will give you an extra $70 of free hostess credit if you get $450 worth of orders at your workshop. Contact me today to book your workshop, imagine how much you would be able to cross off your wishlist with $110+ of FREE credit! I would love to give you all those extra goodies for free!

Cardstock: Island Oasis DSP (Retired), So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Old Olive
Bigshot: Tasteful Trim Bigz XL, Timeless Type Jnr Sizzlits

Images © Stampin' Up!, Designs © Zarna Gould

30 April 2011

A Card for Asher (Warning: lots of proud Aunty moments coming up!!!)

My nephew Asher James Xavier Gould was born on 23 April 2011 at 10:20pm weighing in at 3.3kg or 8lb 5oz for those of us that only know baby weights as imperial measurements. He is beautiful and healthy and I'm in love!
So, what's the first thing a stamper needs to do when she finds out she's an Aunty? Make a card of course!! (well ok, it wasn't exactly the first thing, the first thing I did was wait until we got home from Orange - he had to be born the weekend we were away!! Then I had to meet him in person, BUT the next thing I had to do was make him a card lol)

This card was super easy to make using the new Tasteful Trim XL Bigz die in the Winter mini, I cut 3 layers at a time and only had to run the die through the bigshot twice! Then it was just a matter of gluing the strips down. I used all the Blues & Greens from the Soft Subtles Patterns Stack as well as sneaking in a little Yellow (Bashful Blue, Baja Breeze, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi & So Saffron). The yellow is a bit of a dig at the new dad who doesn't think that yellow can be a colour for baby boys, Carmen & I love taking every chance to point out that yellow can be a perfectly boyish colour!
I CASEd this card from this online find, toning it down to suit the new baby look (but it's still on my list to recreate exactly as shown, it's such a beautiful card!):
Now for the proud aunty pics! (I had to steal these from facebook because I was too busy having cuddles that I forgot about taking any photos of my own! But I know that I will rectify this next time I visit!
Sucking his little thumb, isn't he the most adorable thing you've ever seen???
He has eyes!
Safely home!

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27 April 2011

Baby Shower for Carmen

My sister-in-law had her little boy Asher (proud Aunty post to come next time, I've got to give the card & gift to her before I can post it here)
One of the girls from work threw a baby shower for my sister-in-law Carmen but our mother-in-law and Nana-in-law couldn't make it so I threw another one for everyone who couldn't come to the first one, of course I couldn't help adding a bit of SU! style to the decorations!
A banner made with SU! products, I didn't use the pendant die because I didn't have it but after handmaking each of these little flags I'm really wishing I did have it!
I had to keep a gender neutral theme for the decorations which was hard because even though I knew that he was a boy there were people who didn't want to know what she was having. I think I went a bit overboard with pink trying to compensate for knowing he was a boy lol!
Close up of the banner, I used the Bigz alphabet dies (name escapes me right now) covered in a little crystal effects for some shine.
This little journal idea I stole from a friend who saw it at a baby shower she went to. It's a little journal of mummy tips & childhood stories for the mother to be, I covered a 5x5" On Board art journal with some Lap of Luxury DSP.
Close up of the ribbon covered spine, I had fun with this one, can you tell? ;p
I added a little tab for each category & her name using the Timeless Type Jnr Sizzlits dies.

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