Thursday 31 January 2013

For the boys!

Hi, I've been back at work for 3 days now and need another holiday!! Oh well...just less time to spend making cards !
This is my entry in this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything goes!
Materials used: Little Inker frame impression plate; My Favourite Things tools die; Swiss dots embossing folder; Lifesyle Crafts metal sheets; Cardstock. brads and sentiment sticker from stash.
Thanks for looking :)

Monday 28 January 2013

Paper pieced daisy

Hi, the rain has slowed down here for now luckily! January has been extreme to say the least, bushfires in some areas and floods in others! Hope everyone in those affected areas is doing ok. The creek is up in the paddocks opposite our place, but it'll  go down quickly again if we get no more rain.

Didn't seem to worry the kangaroos near our driveway!!
Simon Says Stamp has a paper piecing challenge this week. It's the first time I've done this technique so I thought I'd keep it nice and simple.
The stamp is a Lucys stamp, and the date on it is 1998-2002. It's probably one of the first that I bought!!
I cut out the stamped image on cardstock, and then cut the flower parts out of scraps of designer paper. I enjoyed all the fussy cutting, but the glueing with glossy accents was tricky!! Probably should've used a bigger stamp!
Materials used: Lucys stamp; Swiss dots embossing folder; Memory Box wisteria card base; glossy accents; Crystal stickles; scrap card and sentiment sticker from stash.
Thanks for looking :)

Sunday 27 January 2013

Congratulations star!

Hi, this is my entry in this week's Less is More challenge.  I've only tried a few sketch challenges and this one looked simple enough for me.
Here are the details and the sketch: Join in at:
Sketch #8
This week we have a sketch for you drawn by Jen.
It's simplicity itself, so to add a little constraint, we ask that the card stays in this orientation ie that the band remains in the horizontal plane, in the lower part of the card and that it takes up no more than 1/3rd of the height of the cardbase.
and here is my card
I'm also linking this card to where the challenge is to use snippets!  Thanks Viv for the details.

I hate wasting cardstock, so I punch any small scraps that I have and save them in a little drawer. It's nearly overflowing! Thought this sketch would suit a star confetti card!
I tried putting a patch of glue down and sprinkling the stars on but found that individually gluing each one in place was better.
Materials used: Fiskars star punch; My Favorite Things star die; sentiment sticker from stash.
Thanks for looking :)

Friday 25 January 2013

Fun cats!

Hi, this is my entry in this week's Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge. The theme is to create a project based on what you are known for.
I'm known for procrastinating!! Luckily not as much with my cards! I guess my go to style would be dry embossing or using desgner paper as a background, and then adding diecuts, or embellishments and a sticker as a sentiment.
Even when I stamp images I tend to fussy cut them and pop them up on the card as an embellishment!

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Materials used: designer paper from stash; MPress ribbon die used to emboss; Poppy Stamps walking cat die; Memory Box parker alphabet dies; distress ink; foam dots.

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Floral thank you

Hi, this month Scrapbook Boutique's Challenge is to to create a project using yellow, white and green, and this yummy cupcake photo as inspiration.
ENTER OUR CHALLENGE - starts 10th each month
I love the soft colours and the bright splash of yellow! It reminds me of sorbet, nice and refreshing! 
Floral thank you by cathroff
Floral thank you, a photo by cathroff on Flickr. 

I coloured the paper flowers and the vellum butterflies with twinkling H2O's.

Materials used: Provocraft thankyou embossing folder; Prima white paper flowers; twinkling H2O's; Stampin Up butterfly die; Martha Stewart frond punch; bling and pearlized cardstock from stash.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday 21 January 2013

Washi tape cars

Washi tape cars by cathroff
Washi tape cars, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
This is my entry in this week's Simon Says Stamp Challenge - to use washi tape in your project!

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I went to a craft show late last year and bought my first roll of washi tape. There were so many to choose from !! I ended up just getting this one with older style cars on it as I hadn't seen anything like it before.

Materials used: washi tape; Heavy duty embossing folder; metallic paper; sentiment sticker and cardstock from stash.

Thanks for looking :)

Golf Birthday

Hi, it's a cooler day here at last! I've been in Brisbane for a few days, shopping and celebrating my sister's 50th birthday. We had a great time!

I needed a quick male birthday card for a golf fan so here it is!

Materials used: Sizzix woodgrain embossing folder; Spellbinders oval die; EK Jolee Success sticker; and sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday 15 January 2013

Annabelle Stamps Giveaway & Blog hop

Annabelle Stamps is having a giveaway as a promotion for their January Blog Hop and new release this Friday! They have some fabulous designs.

For all the details just click here

Monday 14 January 2013

Cas(E) this sketch - Blue Butterflies

Blue Butterflies by cathroff
Blue Butterflies, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
This is my entry in the cas(E) this sketch challenge #10. I entered the challenge from my flickr account earlier today, and now that I've worked out how to share photos on my blog, I'll add my entry and also a copy of the sketch

The DT have some great inspirational cards

Join in at

Thanks for looking :)

Orange Birthday Blossoms

Orange Birthday Blossoms by cathroff
Orange Birthday Blossoms, a photo by cathroff on Flickr.
This is my first successful photo share onto my blog! Been trying for ages to work out how to do it and finally googled an answer I could understand!

I made this card for the Hero Arts January challenge - to try something new and/or a colour challenge.

Find out how to join in at
Thanks for looking :)

Sunday 13 January 2013

Blogging begins!!

While I'm on holidays I thought I'd try a few posts and see how I go! It's very hot here - 42 degrees on the verandah so card making is progressing very slowly! I'll upload a card soon :)