Monday, 19 June 2017

Such a thrill!


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:

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
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.

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?


Happy Crafting!