Thursday 31 October 2013

Glittery Christmas Tree

Hi,I used my new Impression Obsession tree die to create this card.
My first attempt was scrapped as the glitter paper is so thin it was too hard to glue down.
I glued the glitter paper to a sheet of thin card then die cut it and it held it's shape much better.

I'm going to link up to a few challenges:

I punched my holly leaves out of snippets of green and red, so I'm visiting the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Materials used: Cuttlebug Holly leaves ef: IO tree die; Martha Stewart holly punch; glitter paper.

Thanks for visiting :)

Sunday 27 October 2013

Halloween tag

Hi, this is my 3rd and last post for today! Got to pack to go to Brisbane again to take my eldest son to a medical appointment. So I'll see you soon Mo!

I cut this tag from a Weet Bix box and used distress inks to colour it. The flowers are punched from snippets of watercolor paper coloured with my tombows, and sparkle gelly roll pens. The cat is a Scrapmatts chipboard die cut that I bought at the craft show, also coloured with a gelly roll pen. The snippet of ribbon is nearly the last of the silk ribbon scarps a friend from work gave me, (thanks Chris :).

I'm going to link up to a couple of challenges.
Scrapbook Boutique has a Halloween or colour challenge, to use purple, orange and black.

Here is the inspiration pic.

If you live in Australia, join in, it closes at the end of October.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge also has a Halloween or Halloween colour challenge.
Materials used: Distress inks; EK success & Punch Bunch flower punches; Scrapmatts chipboard cat; Sparkle gelly roll pens; Kaszazz vine edge embossing folder; sentiment sticker from stash.

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Black & White Wedding

A couple of years ago I saw a technique on a Memory Box blog called Out of the Box. Sue T gave a tutorial for colouring the catalina wreath, inking it with Versamark and clear embossing it. I loved it so much it spurred me to buy the die!

For this card I cut the wreath once each in white and black. The black flowers were cut out and glued onto the white ones. Then I inked and clear embossed. If there are any patches that aren't well covered just ink up and emboss again. The wreath almost feels like it's become plastic! 

I'm going to link up to the challenge at Cuttlebug Mania, where the theme is black and white. It's ok to use a tiny bit of colour and you also need to use a manual die cutting machine like a Cuttlebug or Big Shot.

Materials used: Memory Box Catalina Wreath; Versamark ink & clear embossing powder; Leathergrain base card; ribbon, sentiment sticker and pearls from stash. 

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Gum leaves birthday

Hi, I've been busy with a few cards this weekend, making up for lost time!

I made another card with this gum leaves stamp but did a more CAS version this time. The cue card at CASology this week is Country.

The gum tree is a fairly iconic tree here in Australia, so it always evokes thoughts of home. I live in a rural area too and am surrounded by gum trees!

Materials used: Kaszazz gum leaves stamp; Craf tConcepts Stately embossing folder; Prismacolor pencils; Memory Box twigs & berries die;

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Thursday 24 October 2013

Gum Leaves & Blossoms

Hi, it feels like ages since I've made a card! I've been to the craft show in Brisbane with my sister and her friend Amanda and had a great time! Other than that work is flat chat so I've been too tired for crafting.

I used one of my new stamps from Kaszazz.

I stamped 2 images and cut them up to position them on a Memory Box twig. I coloured them with Prismacolor pencils and used flowersoft on the edge of the  blossoms.

I'm going to link up to a few challenges.

At Crafting with Dragonflies the theme is to create a card with trees, nature or leaves.
I embossed a scrap of tan cardstock with my Tim Holtz woodgrain folder, to use as my top layer so I'm visiting the snippets playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Inkspirational has an anything goes challenge, so I'm going to slip a 2nd entry in there too.

At Make it Monday the theme for your card is always anything goes and to share creativity.

Materials used: Kaszazz stamp: Versafine ink & clear ep; Prismacolor pencils; Tim Holtz woodgrain ef; distress ink; Memory Box twigs & berries die; Flowersoft; sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)

Sunday 13 October 2013

Happy Gram CASE

Hi, it's Sunday I finally got a chance to play in my craft room!

 I wanted to play along at the Simon Says Monday challenge where the theme is to create a card inspired by Tammy Tutterow. Tammy's work is amazing. I chose to case this one.(Sadly I couldn't watch the video tutorial, my internet speed is pitiful at the moment.)

I think the only supplies I had that matched Tammy's were the distress inks. I cut the tag from white cardstock and blended with the colours Tammy lists on her tutorial. I didn't have biscotti glimmer mist so I made up a spray with water and blue patina perfect pearls. It does give a subtle sheen when you move it around.
 I used a Stampin Up bird that I punched at my sister's on a visit a while ago. The flowers and leaves are cut from snippets, coloured with distress ink as well, so 
I'm also entering Pixie's Snippets Playground. There's always lots of fun happening there!

At Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge the theme is to use a rubber or clear stamp. My sentiment is a clear stamp from Annabelle Stamps All Things Grow set. It's stamped in Versafine sepia.

Inkspirational has an anything goes challenge. They have just changed to fortnightly challenges to allow more time to enter.

CropStop is celebrating World Card Making Day with a blog hop and a challenge link.

Materials used: Distress inks; Blue Patina Perfect Pearls; Stampin Up bird punch: Memory Box Woodland branch die; Carl flower punch; Impression Obsession leafy branch die; Annabelle stamp sentiment; green silk ribbon scrap from a friend; Birds & swirls embossing folder; bling from stash;

Thanks for visiting :)

Wednesday 9 October 2013

Geometric in Autumn colours

Hi, I wanted to try a different kind of card for an Autumn theme and hadn't used this Renaissance Tile stamp I bought a while ago. I stamped it in Versamark and clear embossed, then sponged distress inks to colour it up.

I'm going to link up to some challenges.

At Addicted to CAS, the theme is Autumn.
 Addicted to Stamps & More has an anything goes challenge.
At Allsorts Challenge blog, the theme is to use Autumn colours.
At Make it Monday the theme is anything goes and to share creativity.

Materials used: Memory Box stamp; distress ink; versamark and clear ep; sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)

Monday 7 October 2013

Swirl Baubles

Hi, it's the end of the school holidays today, back to work tomorrow! I can't complain as I've had a pretty relaxing break!

I used my new Memory Box swirl ornament die to create these baubles and am 
 going to link up to a few challenges.

Inkspirational has a colour challenge where you can use any two or all three of the colours in your project.

I diecut the baubles from white card and coloured them with distress inks,  picked raspberry, peacock feathers & iced spruce. The ornament base is cut from white pearlized card though it's hard to see in the photo.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is going dotty! That'll be me in a few days back at work LOL!!
I used my swiss dots embossing folder to add some texture to the base.

Christmas Card Challenges has an inspiration photo if you need it this week. I made baubles instead of lights.

Materials used: Memory Box Classic and Swirl ornament and crisp bows dies; Swiss Dots embossing folder; white pearlized card; distress inks;  bling and sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)

Sunday 6 October 2013

Blue Butterfly

I've spent the last couple of days stamping these Hero Arts antique engravings butterflies and colouring them with my Prismacolor pencils. I even tried a tiny flower as a body (a gift from Inspired by Stamping when I received my order).

So, I'm all set for butterflies for the next little while!!

I'm going to enter the challenge at Flutterby Wednesdays, where the theme is anything goes, as long as you have a butterfly or a fairy on your project.

The floral oval on my card is cut from a piece of a real estate calendar. I wanted to try some coated cardstock with my distress inks and this was all I could find! I hope that counts as a snippet so I can visit

Seize the Birthday has an anything goes challenge with the option of adding ribbons as a topper to your birthday card.

Crop Stop is celebrating World Card Making Day with a blog hop and a challenge, it closes on October 31, so there's plenty of time to join in.

Materials used: HA antique engravings stamp; Spellbinders floral oval die; Entangled embossing folder (I think this is now retired); Prismacolor pencil s; Versafine ink & clear ep;  distress inks; stickles: bling & sentiment sticker from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)

White on White Christmas

Hi, I spent this morning making this card to enter into a couple of challenges. Means I'll have to catch up on my housework this afternoon!!

Less is More has a white on white Christmas challenge this week.
Christmas Card Challenges has an anything goes theme, as long as it's a christmas card.
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra also has anything goes as long as it's Christmas for all of October.

Materials used: Memory Box Catalina Wreath die; Stampin Up tulip border embossing folder; white glitter paper; silver bling & sentiment from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Birthday Rose

Hi, I used my new threading water punch to create the trim on this card. I know it's been around for years, but I finally managed to find it. I used a couple of green snippets and joined them together, the white strip is hiding the join nicely!

I coloured 2 roses with tombows and a water pen, and cut part of one away to add some depth. The stamp is Fifth Avenue floral I think from Stampin Up (it's my sister's stamp).

I'm going to link up to the challenge at Inkspirational where there's a sketch challenge.

Since I used some snippets I'm visiting the  playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.
I'm also linking to  Allsorts Challenge Blog, where the theme is how does your garden grow,
and Make It Monday where it's anything goes and to share creativity.

Thanks for visiting :)

Butterfly on lacy doily

Hi, I bought these doilies from Stampin Up some months ago and thought they'd be perfect for the challenge at Less is More this week. Chrissie & Jen have provided a sketch for us.

I'm also linking up to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge where the theme is anything goes, and 
Addicted to Stamps & More which has a CAS theme.

Materials used: Hero Arts Antique engraving butterfly stamp; Prismacolor pencils; distress ink; SU doily; Memory Box Primo label die; sentiment sticker & bling from stash.

Thanks for visiting :)