Monday, 19 June 2017

Such a thrill!

GUESS WHAT?

Yes!  I am thrilled to say I've been published again! Yippee!!!

This is the first time I've had a set of cards published in
Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft 
magazine, and I'm thrilled-to-bits! 





 The magazine  (Vol 23, No 7) arrived in my letterbox this morning, 
so I enjoyed flipping through it while I munched on some lunch.

Not only are my cards published (page 20), but I am also featured in
'Contributor Chat - Inspiration Board' on page 72.




For a closer look at these cards, here they are:












Stamps
Stampendous - 'Whisper Friends'; 'Travel Home'; 'Whisper Friendship'

Thanks for popping by to have a look,
you will find all the instructions in this month's issue of
Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine.

Happy Crafting!!!
    

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Hello ...

I enjoy playing along with on-line swaps and challenges
and this month, one of the swaps is
"Hello"
where we are making a card and co-ordinating tag.



I decided to go a little bit quirky using a couple of the fun characters from
PaperAtsy 'elenazinski ZA03'.

 I stamped both characters on white card using 'jet black' Archival Ink
and coloured them with various prismacolor pencils.
 I then again stamped them directly onto the backgrounds,
before adhering the fussy cut images directly over the top.
This way, any strands of hair or thin lines are not lost.

Both backgrounds were made using Distress Oxides 
in 'wilted violet', 'worn lipstick' and 'fossilized amber' blended together.
The card background also used a brick stencil spritzed with water for an interesting effect.


It won't be to everyones taste, 
but I hope my swap partner likes my quirky "Hello" card and tag.


Happy Crafting!
  


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

80 Years Young!

I was recently asked by a good friend
if I could make an 80th birthday card for her mother-in-law.



You may remember I made a similar card not so long ago, for a 90th birthday
however, I thought it was a very appropriate design,
so with a few alterations ......


The background paper is Attic Charm "Generation" (Blue Fern Studios)
which I edged with 'victorian velvet' Distress Ink.


The die is "Arched Window" from Kaisercraft 
and was cut from Love Clippings Collection "Little Love Clippings" (Prima Marketing Inc).

The flowers are from Green Tara, 
and the letters & numbers from Die-Versions "Chick Flick" font.



The height of the flowers makes an envelope unsuitable as they would get squashed,
so I made a box instead, complete with ribbon and a little tag.

Challenges
The Flower Challenge - #9 'Anything Goes'



I hope the birthday girl had a very enjoyable afternoon tea with her family!
Happy Crafting!
 


Friday, 2 June 2017

Fancy a cuppa?

It's been a bit of a lazy day today.
I've done some colouring, chatted to my BFF,
watched episode 1 of "Delicious" - a new four part series on the ABC
which stars among others, Dawn French, in a much different role to The Vicar of Dibley.

This afternoon I decided to have a play with a couple of used tea bags.
 I carefully opened them, emptied the dried tea leaves, and flattened them out.


The one on the left was 'green tea'; the one on the right was 'irish breakfast'.


Using 'jet black' Archival Ink, I stamped the 'chinese lantern' from Lavinia Stamps.
 
I stamped the Distress Inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed a tiny amount of water
and proceeded to paint the colours onto the delicate buds.


I repeated the same process with the second teabag, stamping 'hanging lanterns' from Lavinia Stamps. 
Extra dots of colour to the flower stamens were added with the Distress Marker.

I'm not entirely sure what I will do with them - 
should I make cards or should I add them to my journal as samples?
What do you think?

 Stamps

Happy Crafting!
  



Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Showers

If you hadn't already worked it out, 
I enjoy playing along with challenges and swaps.
One of this month's swaps was entitled
"May Showers"
so after a bit of thought, this is what I came up with:



After a couple of false starts, which ended up in the recycling bin,
I decided to blend 'wilted violet' and 'worn lipstick' Distress Oxides together.
These inks blend seamlessly and are such fun to work with.

The next step is to take a stencil, lightly spritz with water
and lay it down on the blended card, mopping up excess water with paper towel.

I then stamped the image with 'jet black' Archival Ink, adding the puddles
and the sentiment.
I find stamping solid images difficult to get even coverage
and am beginning to think a Misti (or equivalent) would be very useful
for this type of stamp.


The last step in making this card, was to spritz the front with Perfect Pearls Mists in 'biscotti'.
Add a black mat for contrast and adhere to a white folded A5 card.

I hope my swap partner liked my "May Showers" card.
I was certainly happy with how it worked out,
especially after the first two attempts ended in the bin.

Stamps
Visible Image - Sparkle in the Rain


Happy Crafting!
  


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

100 years young!

I know it's been a few days, but I'm back again.

Hmmm ...... so what can I show you today?
 
Last week, I had a phone call from one of my good friends,
asking if I would make a card for an elderly gentleman who is turning 100!

So, I went searching through my stamps to find something suitable
and came across this globe, along with the stop watch
[both from a magazine freebie].



I started by blending 'stormy sky' and 'broken china' Distress Inks together
on white cardstock and spritzing with water. 
I then stamped the globe in 'jet black' Archival Ink,
and with a craft knife, cut out all the inside pieces.


To add interest to the background, I found a piece of printed tissue paper
and glued it to white card.  I then glued the globe into place.

After colouring and cutting around the stopwatch, 
I aged it by adding crackle accents to its face.  
I put the watch aside for a few hours to ensure it had dried properly
before popping in onto a foam dimensional.

The happy birthday is a sticker, the 100 was cut from an alphabet/number die
and the tiny tag was also cut from a die.
 A black mat was added before adhering the front to a folded square craft card.

I gave the card to my friend last night and she was delighted with it.
Hopefully the elderly gentleman will be too!

Happy Crafting!
 


Saturday, 13 May 2017

H is for Hatches, Matches & Dispatches


Last week, I was very surprised to learn that I had been crowned
Queen of Snark 

Quite an honour, indeed!

This week Edna and her friends have set a new challenge,
H is for Hatches, Matches & Dispatches
so I looked at various stamps, wondering what snarkyness I could conjure up, hehehe!!
 



What do you think?  Is is snarky enough?



I must admit to having a bit of a giggle when I realised that dear Mr Bunny 
thought the flowers were for eating - oops!!  Poor Miss Mouse!
(or perhaps, it's Miss Bunny and Mr Mouse?)

Oh well, with a bit of quirkyness and crazyness they should get on just fine!

Stamps
Impression Obsession, Inc - G17071
Stampendous - Hoppy Moments SSCM5001



   You can find all the details to join in the fun at
and you never know, you TOO could be crowned Queen of Snark!

Happy Crafting!

 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Coffee Time

Oops .... I'm a day late adding my last Fancy Fold Card,
but 'better late then never'!



This fold is perfect for a gift card or voucher as it has two pockets.
Don't look too hard at the 'coffee time' card as it would look SO much better centred!

 

It is made from one piece of double sided paper and can be made different sizes easily.

 Stamps
Whipper Snapper Designs, Inc. - Colby's Caffeine

Hmmm ..... must be time for a cuppa!
Happy Crafting!
 


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Create your imagination

Good morning, as I said yesterday,
I would be back today with another sample of a 
Fancy Fold Card.
 

 


For something easy, an Easel Card in its simplest form is just that - easy!
Two folds of the card base and you're done, 
then it's just a matter of measuring up for the topper and a mat
so that when the card is flat, it looks like a regular card.
 
 


Starting with the background, I decided to have a play with the new Distress Oxide inks.  These inks blend together beautifully and once spritzed with water, create some lovely mottled effects.
 
This was also the first time this horse stamp had been inked up, hence why he's not quite as black as I would have liked, but that's ok, I like him this way.
 
I added the script stamp across the bottom to ground him, 
as otherwise he was floating in the middle of the card.
 
I then stamped the sentiment on some white card, 
and coloured the inside of the letters with more of the same colour inks.
 
Stamps
Visible Image - Revolution
Visible Image - Just be Happy
 

I'll return tomorrow with my remaining sample of a fancy fold card.

Happy Crafting!
 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

What's on tv?

It's my turn to host an event this month
and my theme is Fancy Fold Cards.
 
I used to make lots of fancy fold cards
but these days most of my cards tend to be more simple.
 
Anyhow .... for the header I needed some sample cards, 
so I looked in my book which has all sorts of bits'n'bobs written in it,
and the following is a Spring Card.
It doesn't actually have a spring, it's just the way it pops up when taken out of the envelope!
 

 


I thought I would take the opportunity to play with my new Stampotique stamps
which arrived last week.
 
 


Here is Mort hosting his own tv program, at least I hope that's what he's doing!
 
 I can see the tv stamp being used by lots of the Stampotique family.
 
Stamps
Stampotique - Mort had a pin curl
Stampotique - TV
Stampotique - Phrase Cube #2
 
I'll be back again tomorrow with another of my fancy fold samples.
 
Happy Crafting!
  


Friday, 28 April 2017

Woodland Dreaming

Guess what?
I've been published again!
WOOHOO!!!
 

I picked up Issue 4 of Creative Papercraft  magazine today
and there on page 49 are my two cards!


As all the instructions are in the magazine, I won't go into detail except to say which stamps were used.


Love these little bunnies!



Stamps
Crafty Individual Rubber Stamps - Crowned Bunnies
Stampendous - Life Words
Prima - Stationer's Desk; Butterfly

Happy Crafting!   

Y I P P E E !!!!

 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ninety Years Young!

My BFF's mother is celebrating a very special birthday today,
she is turning 90 years!

I was asked if I would make her a card,
so after a bit of thinking and checking what colours to use,
this is it finished.



I started with a square white card base,
and cut a square mat from patterned paper to fit.  
To make it just a little different, I used a border punch on the top left and bottom right sides,
then tucked some co-ordinating paper behind both these borders.

Next I cut the window and bricks from some foiled patterned paper
  using a Kaisercraft die.
I really liked the randomness of colour this created, 
a perfect contrast for the background.




I don't use flowers very often on my cards,
however, the flowers I did have, all co-ordinated with each other perfectly along with some ribbon that I had recently purchased.  



A couple of die cut butterflies and  the number 90th were all that was needed
to finish it off.

I made a box from white card and tied the same ribbon around it,
along with a little tag.


From what I hear, this lovely lady had a very happy 90th birthday,
celebrating with a family luncheon.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Happy Crafting!
  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Pink, Purple and Dogs

I was recently asked by one of my friends
if I could make an 18th card.
The criteria for the card was "likes pink, purple and dogs"
so with that in mind, this is what I finished with:



The idea started by seeing some 'number' cards on FB and evolved from there.
I rummaged around in a box I rarely open and found a packet of chipboard numbers and luckily for me, there was a '1' and an '8' - phew! 
I gessoed the numbers so I would have a lovely white base,
then painted them with a couple of coats of 'Ginger Flower' Silk Acrylic glaze. 
Once that was dry, I added Glossy Accents and while that was wet,
randomly dropped little coloured beads over the top. 
(they look a bit like hundreds & thousands - LOL!)

 

I stamped, coloured and fussy cut some dogs, 
arranging them in various ways until I was happy with the layout.
A zig-zag border was added, then everything was adhered in place.
A matching glimmer card was added before sticking to the white card base.

Stamps
Stampers Anonymous - Mini Cats & Dogs  
49 and Market -Gabi's Line Stitch Stamp Set

I hope the birthday girl had a very enjoyable day celebrating
with her family and friends!

Happy Crafting!
    


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Elegance meets wonder

Mr Mojo, where are you?
 Who knows where he has got to ... probably sunning himself somewhere exotic!

Thankfully, there are themes popping up everywhere for inspiration,
and with that in mind,
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers have a new theme 
"E is for Elegant"



I started by spritzing plain white card with water,
and then puffing some Ken Oliver Color Burst paints in
Orange and Alizarin Crimson
followed by more spritzing to run the colours a bit more.
 I then set it aside to dry for a while.





I stamped the elegant lady onto white card, adding colour to her skin and hair, 
and fussy cut her
.
I then sat and looked at her trying to decide whether to leave her black & white against the colourful background, or add colour.  I left her on my desk overnight and this morning decided to add variations of blue for contrast - I think she looks better with more colour!

I added touches of metallic blue gel pen to highlight her crown, necklace
and the criss-cross bits on her gown.

I stamped the lady directly onto the background before gluing the cut image on top.  
By doing this, the swirly vine isn't lost. 



Stamps
Carabelle Studio - Woman & Bird
Challenges


Yippee!  I managed without Mr Mojo!!!
I'm sure he'll come home when he sees I did this by myself!  LOL!!!

Happy Crafting!
 


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bundle of Joy

Think, think, think ...... hmmm, what shall I show you today?
 

 


 I don't often make baby cards, however, on this occasion I was asked if I could make a few cards 
ready for the arrival of some much awaited bundles of joy.

Of course, I was very happy to oblige.

These cute little critters were a freebie on a magazine some months ago
and they are perfect for baby cards.

I stamped the images using 'jet black' Archival Ink 
and coloured them with .... you guessed it .... Prismacolor pencils!

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking and enjoy being creative!
 
Happy Crafting!
 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Mwah!

I want to do something ..... anything!
I just don't know what and it is SO frustrating!
Mr Mojo has skipped off and left me in the lurch - H E L P !!!!



While I'm waiting for Mr Mojo to return, 
here is a card that I sent to one of my friends for her birthday recently.

The background is a piece of paper that was in a pack of 6" x 6" from a discount store.
I love the colours on it and the way it looks like watercolour.

I stamped "Dwindled" on white card, coloured her with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut around her. 
She was then glued directly onto the background.

The sentiment was stamped in 'jet black' Archival Ink.

A shimmery pink mat was adhered behind the designer paper 
which was then adhered to white card.

Stamps
Stampotique - Dwindled
Stampotique - Mwah!
Stampotique - Phrase Cube 1

Thanks for looking today 
and if you happen to see Mr Mojo, would you please send him home
and say 'all is forgiven' !!!

Happy Crafting!
   


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Where is Mr Mojo?

I'm BLANK!
Mr Mojo has gone AWOL and I suspect he's taken his friend Sanity with him!
Wish he'd come back, 'cause I want to craft - H E L P ???

Anyhoo, what can I show that hasn't been seen before?



How about something completely different and not craft related?

I while ago, someone at church was giving away a table full of tree orchids, so I picked one up and took it home.  I wasn't sure exactly where to put it but after a couple of attempts, I attached it to a jackaranda tree with an old stocking.


It has been a rather wet March and last week when I ventured out across the wet grass,
I was rewarded with this beautiful little orchid.  Just the one flower, but so pretty!

I've been keeping my eye on it, sometimes there might be a new shoot, other times it seems to not quite make it, however, I have succeeded in NOT killing it!


Same orchid, different camera angles.




The other plants in this garden are also thriving, thanks to the rain, including this lovely little native violet.

Thanks for looking today and putting up with something not craft related.
Hopefully, Mr Mojo will decide it's too damp outside and he'll be back ready to get stuck into crafting again - I sure hope so!  In the meantime, I'll just go and see if I can find Sanity !!!
Happy Crafting!
 


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sixty and a half


In my group of friends, if someone is celebrating a ZERO birthday,
we generally take them out to lunch or dinner and give them a gift.

One of the girls was overseas last year when she turned 60,
and what with one thing or another, she missed out on being fussed over.

So, on Friday night just gone,
we took her to a lovely italian restaurant
and presented her with a gift voucher for a local shop which sells beautiful things;
and as her birthday was 6 months ago,
we celebrated her 60 1/2th birthday
(try saying that quickly after a couple of glasses of bubbly)



I went with a clean & simple DL size card
blending purple and blue together on the flowers.

The sentiment was perfect for the lateness of the celebration.

We had a lovely evening together and the birthday girl was happy 
we had  s t r e t c h e d  out the celebration!

Stamps
JOFY - 33
Stampendous - Birthday Wish SSC1115


Happy Crafting!
  


 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

I need a crown

I'm always on the lookout for new stamps
and yesterday was no exception.
This weekend the Penrith Papercraft Show is on, 
so my partner in crime and I headed west to see what goodies we could snag.

I'm quite amused by Art Impressions people stamps
so look who accompanied me home.



I cut a tag, stamped her in 'jet black' Archival Ink,
and coloured her with Prismacolor pencils.
Although you can't see it in the photo, I added clear Wink of Stella to the fur collar and cuffs.

I used 'dusty concord' Distress Ink around the edges
and finished with a pretty piece of ribbon.

Stamps
Art Impressions - Crown Set (4370)


Thanks for looking today!

Happy Crafting!
 


Monday, 27 March 2017

Height of fashion

Looking around other blogs, I came across this weeks
Sunday Postcard Art with the theme "Animal People"
...... thanks, Kay!



This is such a fun theme and I knew exactly what I wanted to do,
so it didn't take long to make.


I started by masking off the edges of 4" x 6" card 
which would finish the postcard with a white border.


I stamped Lady G directly onto the white card, stamped and cut a mask,
and proceeded to sponge a combination of 'crushed olive' and 'broken china'
Distress Ink over the card.



Leaving the mask in place, a quick spritz of water produces lots of background interest.



To finish, I stamped the words in 'jet black' Archival Ink, drew a pen line down the middle,
added a postmark and used just a smidge of a background stamp for a little grundge.

Finally, I carefully peeled back the washi tape that was used to create a border.

Stamps
Katzelkraft - KTZ141
Lawn Fawn - Jessie's ABCs
Stampin' Up! - French Foliage

Challenges


Happy Crafting!