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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Raspberry Tart and Chocolate.........

Mmmmm..... sound yummy doesn't it. Does it look yummy too?

I made this last night for a friend – Dawn. A few of us were going out for lunch today to celebrate her birthday but wouldn't you know it – I have a sickie home with me so I can't go. Luckily a few of the girls are dropping by on the way to lunch to pick it up and give to Dawn for me.

It's a matchbox, made in Regal Rose. The outer sleeve is covered in Raspberry Tart. I really love this Stampin' Up! DSP – I love the colours and will be very sad to see it go come 1st September when our new Catalogue comes out. But at the same time I am so excited to know that there will be NEW pattern paper to play with!

And guess what's inside this little matchbox......yes CHOCOLATE! (I sort of gave it away with the blog title didn't I!)

They are actually 3 Hershey Nuggets wrapped in Raspberry Tart. These nuggets areoften mentioned on American SU Demonstrator blogs, and I didn't think you could get Hersheys in Australia. But I went to Cosco yesterday for the very first time with a friend who is a member (thanks Leanne!) and they were there. I just HAD to get some!

I then created a miniature Easel Card to attach to the matchbox. I have seen this idea on many blogs during my cyber travels..... can't really attribute the idea to any one person, though I did get the template for the matchbox here from Beth Warner. Isn't this just a cute little prese!

Hope you like this..... and I hope Dawns does too!

Til next time,

Fiona :)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Chalkboard Technique using Stampin’ Pastels

This month our Art with Heart Team Forum Technique Challenge is to make something using the Chalkboard Technique.

I looked at the suggested video by Dawn Griffiths. I think I had seen it before. I just LOVE Dawn. She is the person that first introduced me to Stampin' Up! (via the interent). Here is the link to her video.

 Anyway – I hadn't actually tried this please take that into consideration when looking at the two cards below. I used the Pick a Petal and Vintage Vogue stamp sets, Whisper White Craft Ink and of course, my Stampin' Pastels.

For this one, I don't think I had quite enough ink on my stamp..... and I think it's a pretty plain card, but then I was focusing on the technique....(please excuse the slant of the card - it is straight... it's what the card is resting on that is a problem. I really need to do something about setting up a good place to take photos of wha I make!)

I much prefer my second card, even though the colours aren't nearly as vibrant as the first. The detailed stamp design meant it was difficult to rub out the chalk around the stamped image, so I ended up rubbing it out all over..... and I was quite happy with the effect.

 What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know. I love getting comments on my posts cause then I know someone is actually reading them!

This was an easy technique, but the rubbing out was a bit time consuming..... but when you get in that crafting zone you don't really notice the time do you?

Hope you like it. Perhaps you'd like to try it yourself. If you do, send me a picture and I'll post it on my blog so others can see how truly talented you are!

Till next time.

Fiona J