Sunday, 31 October 2010

A CASE for Just Add Ink 41

This week's Just Add Ink challenge is to Just Add Birthdays!

The card I have made has been in my MUST BE CASED file for a few weeks now, and is an amazingly beautiful card by one of my blogging friends, Susy.

I told Susy how much I loved her card...and I have gone to great lengths to CASE it (more on that later)! Here is my version of Susy's beautiful card:

List of Ingredients:

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss (Textured and Plain), Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky and Whisper White (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip Classic Ink and Whisper White Craft Ink (SU)
Stamps: Up, Up & Away (PTI) and Birthday Basics (PTI)
Accessories: Grass Die (Die-namics), Old Olive Prints DSP (SU), Butterfly Punch (Carl Craft), pink cherry blossoms (Miscellaneous), Wireworks (SU Retired), Silhouette Machine, Modern Nature Tree and Leaves (Kerri Bradford), Two-Way Glue Pen (SU), Mini Glue Dots (SU), Tombow Mono (Penwa) and Dimensionals (SU).

NOW....did you notice anything different in the Accessories list? Hmmmmmmmm. I used my Silhoutte Machine!!!!!!!!!!!! I have been ogling these little beauties for some time now, and with the Aussie dollar looking as nice (for overseas purchases...not exports, sorry) as it has been of late (and with Susy's beautiful card being the straw that broke this camel's back)...I invested! I bought it from Scrapbook Express in Utah in the US for what I thought was a very good price. I baulked at the cost of the postage (which in my case was another USD84)...but for that cost it went via FedEx in some sort of miracle time-machine. The order shipped from Utah on Thursday...and BELIEVE IT OR NOT...that little sucker was sitting in a warehouse about 20km from my house by 7:30 am on Monday morning (LESS THAN FOUR DAYS AFTER LEAVING UTAH). Now, for some reason it didn't get delivered that day, so I called up the next day and said...'I'm COMING DOWN....please get my parcel ready'...and they did, bless their little hearts :-). So I am the proud owner of a Silhouette, and am still learning all about what it can do. This post (and the associated comments) by Kristina Werner was the thing that helped me choose between Silhouette and Cricut in the end.

Another item that I have used on my card are the beautiful little cherry blossoms (thanks zaki - see comments). They were given to me by my lovely Sister in-law, and she bought them in Japan. The packet is written in Japanese, and since my knowledge of Hiragana/Katakana/Kanji is now non-existent (I did some Japanese about 10+ years ago...but that seems to have been erased from my cerebral hard-drive ;-)...I can't read it, but zaki tells me they are cherry is the packet:

While I was outside I took a quick pic of the garden. It is going absolutely beserk out there with all the rain we have been getting. There are flowers everywhere. You probably can't see on this image, but there are Waratahs in bloom on the far right hand side, Lavender and purple Hebe near photo centre, and a tonne of other pink flowers up the back (whose names I don't know)...not to mention the herbs which are positively exploding out of the bed at bottom left (I should point out that the grass is faux is wonderful stuff, and definitely standing up to the test of time).

...and I want to leave you with one more pic...a big cheesy grin from Mr 4 to you:

Have a lovely Sunday!

(Blogged to: Starlight - The Supermen Lovers, If this Ain't Love - Spiller and Teenage Dirtbag - Wheatus).


Patrice said...

Gorgeous card, and love that pic of Mr 4 - so happy!

Karen said...

Oh chicki - this card is BEWDIFUL!!! Love it!
Your backyard is gorgeous - it looks like something of Better homes and gardens! lol

Oh and that photo of mr 4 is sooooooo good! I chuckled when I got to it!


Paula said...

I can see why you had to CASE this Sam - it IS gorgeous!!
What a cutie Mr 4 is too ;-)

Debbie Pamment said...

Wooooohoooooo - awesome card Sam - soooo glad to see you playing with your silhouette!
Your son is just sooo darn CUTE! Let him know I'm smiling right back at him! :)

susy said...

Love it Sam, gorgeous, same but different. so glad you are enjoying the silhouette, it's honestly the best craft related tool I have bought. Can't wait o see what else you come up with. The photos of mr 4 is so cute, you make beautiful children ;-) And that garden, awesome, I'm so envious, we live on a sand patch here so hard to deal with after spending my life living in areas with really good soil where just about anything would grow.
Take care

Jocelyn aka JoBear2 said...

Wow - what a stunning card Sam! Oh, lucky you to get a Silhouette machine - I bet you'll be using it heaps esp. on Scrapbook pages.

Your garden looks so lush and beautiful. We have had tons of rain after our 10 yr drought and I swear our garden looks more like a rainforest now instead of a desert. Everything has sprung to life - amazing!! And green grass - oh, I never thought I would get excited about GREEN grass!! It's like a slice of heaven...... :-)

LOVE the pic of your boy - what a great photo - such an awesome smile! You will have to scrapbook the photo using your new toy!

Christine Blain said...

Gorgeous card, Sam, and SO exciting to have such a wonderful new toy!! Your garden looks amazing. Love the beautiful photo of your little man, too .... all round, a very enjoyable post!!

KimB said...

Hi Sam,

the card and Mr 4 are both gorgeous! I came home to find our garden doing a jungle impression too and it was so warm - lovely! Back to the card ;) - love the colours and your nifty grass - looking forward to seeing more of your Silhouette machine!

Jo said...

oohhh, Silhouette. I want one of those. Never thought of getting one of those with such a good exchange rate.

I love you card - it's absolutely gorgeous. Your garden also looks great (as usual).

Melissa said...

A FABULOUS card Sam, I love visiting your blog, and this card is another great reason, I love it, the little butterflies are so cute, and love love love that grass,well done!!

H2 :) said...

Hi Sam - gorgeous card, stunning garden & adorable Mr 4!!! Have fun with your Silhouette. :)

Danielle Daws said...

Another fabulous card! Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink!

Adlewiess said...

what an absolute treasure of a card Sam!!! How are you going to give this one away!!!! And please don't tell me you cut all those gorgeous leaves out by hand!!! The tree is just beautiful...I am going back to stare at it some more! :)

Ali L. said...

This is SOOOO gorgeous - I especially love the clouds! :)

Anonymous said...

Such a great card well done on being a top pick

Anthonette said...

Congrats on getting a Silhouette, Sam! I love mine. You'll love yours too. The card is fabulous.

Congrats on the new baby!!! Loved the picture of Mr. 4 (love the nickname).

zaki said...

Not sure if anyone mentioned it in their comments but those "misc" flowers are cherry blossoms (aka Sakura in Japanese). They are blooming now in Japan. If you ever get the chance to look them up on the internet, these flowers are amazing and a part of Japan's culture.

Beautiful card and adorable son! I'm enjoying your creativity with punches. Amazing!:)

Sam said...

Thanks for the cherry blossom info zaki. I couldn't read the packet, so I had no idea what they were (although being pale pink Japanese paper flowers I might have guessed they would be cherry blossoms...ooops :-).