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Saturday, July 23, 2016


What does one do when your mojo has up and left????


You tube has the answer to everything?? Want to know how to knit?? YouTube. Want to learn how to paint a ceiling?? YouTube. Mine is always trying to teach me that one! So off I trudged to my YouTube. I saw video after video...... Ive been playing!! Yeah!!!!

I'll show you some of the stuff I've been doing in another post later!

Today I have a challenge card for Kaisercraft blog. This month they had a sketch.

So armed with a new stamp from my local craft shop, I was off. I was telling a lady all about what you could do with this stamp and die that I talked myself into buying it!! I've already glittered up the inserts and coloured it abit. Sneak peak below.

It is a stamp and die set called Butterfly DD928. It is soo pretty. Along the lines of the adult colouring books that are out at the moment with lots of small areas to colour.

So I decided to emboss the butterfly in gold and die it along with a second image to die cut the inserts out of smooth white cardstock. I picked out sections I wanted to colour with their new Gel Pens. These Gel Pens are gorgeous. I couldn't have a small set of 12 or even 24 I had to get the whole lot of 48! They include Neon, Glitter, Pastels and Metallic! I used a combination of just 2 glitter pens as they blend very nicely!

I used Coconut 12 x 12 cardstock and cut in half to form a 6 x 6 card. I used the paper range called Provincial. It has some beautiful blues. Most of the embellishments are out of that paper pad. I wanted to frame the LOVE so I drew a border around it and cut it out. I think that worked pretty good. All the paper panels are inked with "Bark" ink to make them pop more. The flowers are "honey" colour.

I didn't want to add too much as the butterfly is pretty busy in itself. I hope you like it.

Thanks for looking and cross your fingers for me! Ha ha. You don't know unless you give it a red hot crack!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Stencil fun!

Recently I was playing with stencils.

I had a really cool scissor stencil I got a Picture to Page show a year ago. I had failed to open it up and use it. Well, I couldn't have that any longer.

Now, the ink I have failed to write down but I think it was Abandoned Coral.

I put a layer of abandoned coral over the cardstock and then put the stencil on and sponge through that. I have heard alot about using a white pigment ink over the top of an image but with it moved slightly to give you the look of another shade of ink.

Now you do need to use a clean sponge for this and clean it off after as the distress ink, of course, re-activates. Splash abit of water and add some sequins.... Done!

I don't have a great photo of this as I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Then suddenly my boss was ill and she loves sewing.... So off it went before I could get the best photo! :(

I used my computer to generate the sentiment so it fitted the theme. I think the computer is a tool that often gets forgotten.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

SHE'S ALIVE.......

Life update.... Crazy!

The story is too long to tell you all but I'm back. It's been about 3 years, almost smack bang on actually. Life moves on and we move with it. New study, new work (less work days but still the day is too short), kids... crazy times.

Anyway, I needed to get back into things. My creative juices went down the sink and my goals for this well, they went out of the window.

I have a card I made for a friend's birthday. It was inspired by a magazine Craft Stamper.

The stamps are from Lavinia- Fairy Houses and Washing Line. It was white embossed (which I promptly dropped it all over the floor!!) on watercolour cardstock.

Sponged with Distress Markers - Walnut Stain, Barn Door, Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint. These have been sitting on my desk waiting for me to post this, so YAY I can finally put them away! Waiting for me to make the commitment to start blogging again! Annoying me that they weren't put away! :) Yes I'm abit of a neat freak when it comes to things out. I can handle it for awhile...

Anyway... thats boring stuff!

Abit of water splatter and I let it work it's magic. (Note to self.... if you leave distress inks on cardstock and don't splatter it for ages it won't work as well.... but that is another card and another day)

I really wanted splatters of other colours over so I used KaiserMists Red and dripped it over the panel. I really wanted it to sit on top but I didn't have any stock that would do this. I also used Ranger white enamel Accents to give it some dots which blend in well.

I do hope you like my card and thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Tria Challenge

Tria challenge has started again after abit of a break. This time an unusually image of some unique roses in a cup.

Fun image to colour with the petals and light to consider.
The photo came out abit light. It was light papers as well so that doesn't help. So nice soft colours. Abit of flourish, abit a bling...

Thanks for looking.


Monday, July 29, 2013

OOH many pretty things...

I had abit too much fun at the show on the weekend! I was going soo well and then I cam across the shop called The Paper Craft Hub in Canberra. Well, that wasn't good!! Lots of lovely washi tape and Fancy That dies. So sweet. So I will be playing with them shortly, I have my eldest son heading off to camp tomorrow 7am- abit harsh! Such a big job naming everything under the sun and making sure e has everything! But that is done now so it is time to relax and enjoy the short break of having just two at home. I'll miss the big noise maker but I will enjoy to peace that strangely happens when just one departs for a short time!

I am sure I had posted this before but I seems to not be here. I love this card. Soo simple. 

I inked the embossing folder and ran it thru my cuttlebug. So effective technique, if you haven't tried it give it a go!

Lets catch up on some swaps...


Graduated Gitter- Something abit different I hope. Many people glitter an image I decided I would make a checker board, why... cos I'm nuts!! I had glitter EVERYWHERE!! But it was soo much fun. "Just Because"... I could!

Next Paris without an Eiffel Tower- I wonder if you can pick how things ties into that.  "The Green Fairy" Or the drink "Abstinence"

Banners- That's no shock :)

I tried steampunk for the first time. I had to google some inspiration but I think it turned out well...

It's time for bed. Sleep well or have a great day if you are just waking up!!

Thanks for looking. xx

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Inch in Time

I have been a busy girl today. Keeping two of my boys from driving me insane and still trying to get my inchies done before Friday evening.

Well they are all done!

This  swap had a theme of time. I had a brain wave and used some cardstock I had made a few months ago, using a technique called Mother of Pearl. From there it morphed into this...

You will have to forgive me about the original colours. I think I sponged it with Early Espresso ink after the paint had dried. Then I used card gel and a stencil and sponged that with the Stazon. After some fun with the shrinky dink and some stamping. All finished. So considering I had this background mostly done it was great to use it. I should make some more so I can put it aside and remember exactly what I did!

So a quick post tonight.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Happy Easter all!!!!

I hope you all had a great Easter. Ours was very productive but not of the crafty fun sort! Althou it has been good to do something abit different.  I've been painting and sanding walls and a cupboard that has been made for about 7 yrs!!! All in good time! LOL. I have a big handicap in the painting walls... well actually the sanding department, I'm not too bad about the painting althou I still cut corners and I realise later that maybe I shouldn't of cut!! ;)

Over the last weekend or two I have been having a play with two of my nieces and theses were a couple of their projects.

Mikayla is 12years old and I am happy to say I have been her downfall into cardmaking!! mwah ha ha!

I did this sort of card in my last post and she likes doing creative ones so we did this one again.

Next is a Mikayla original.
Abit of blingage...

Hannah, who is turning 10 later this yr, (hope I got that right! ;) ) found a similar card within a stack from a class I had done and she decided she would copy this. A few alterations...

My card was for my son's birthday this yr. He turned 9 and loves building and making things.

I used all Stampin Up stuff on this one apart from the brads and some distressed ink. Background was Tool Shed- current catalogue and the "love beyond measure" is retired but I couldn't let it go. For something abit different I used eyelets on the bottom corner but run twine thru vertically rather than wrapped around the cardstock. Abit of "Early Espresso" mounted behind both the images.

I sponged using Stormy Sky, Forest Moss, Crushed Olive and a little bit of Walnut Stain.   I put a tiny bit of Crystal Effects on the clip. ( Had to look up the name on the bottle- how bad! Some people will get up at 5.20am to go to the gym!)

Well on that note I am definitely off to bed! I'm almost at the end of a good book and it is calling...

Thanks for looking and stay safe!