Monday, 30 January 2017


It's another hot day in Sydney,
so no surprises that I'm staying inside enjoying the air-conditioning!

It is week 2 of Stampotique's theme of
'Favourite Stamp'
and the choice is quite difficult - it's like choosing a favourite child!

This morning, "Dwindled" decided to jump off the shelf onto my desk.
She chose her favourite dress (hehehe!), added some colourful accessories
and was ready to face the world.
The background paper came from a dollar store and I love how it looks watercoloured.
Dwindled was coloured with Kaisercraft pencils, fussy cut and glued onto the background.
She was also stamped directly onto the background to allow for the extra lines which are outside the main image.  Lookin' good, Dwindled!

Stampotique - Dwindled
Stampotique - Mwah
Stampotique - Phrase Cube 1

Stampotique Designers Challenge - Favourite Stamp
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 29 January 2017

In your dreams!

Continuing on from yesterday's playtime,
is another background page that was made at different stages a while ago
but has been waiting for the perfect something to be added.

From memory, the background was done with a combination of Dylusions sprays
and the middle piece is one layer of a paper towel mop-up.
The tree and the army of ants are Dylusions stamps and were done around
the same time as the background.
The mushroom stamp was added quite a while later
(my apologies, but I don't remember where this stamp is from as it was borrowed)
and coloured added.

Todays playtime was stamping, colouring, cutting and glueing these two girls to the background.

Both girls are coloured with Inktense pencils blending various colours together
Paper Artsy 'Zinsky Art' - ZA03
Stampotique - Phrase Cube1

Please come and visit again - you never know what you might find!


Saturday, 28 January 2017

My Own Little World

Today, since it has been quite hot again, 
I decided I'd stay inside in the air-conditioning and play.
Not for any reason except that I had new stamps sitting, patiently waiting on my desk
and today seemed like a good time to give them an inking.

This chappie is from Zinski Art (Set #03) and is available from Paper Artsy.
If you live in Australia, I bought mine from Time to Create.

The background is part of a double page spread in my Dylusions journal which was made a couple of years ago.  The left page was decorated at the time the background was done, however the right page was left as I never quite knew what to put on it.  

Today I knew what to do with it!

I wonder what this chappie's name might be?  
Hmmm ...... anyhoo, I coloured him with a combination of Inktense pencils
and Silks Acrylic Glaze and fussy cut him.  I also stamped him directly on the journal page to pick up the extra lines that are outside the main image.  The cut image was glued directly over the top.  From the same set I also stamped the small border for him to stand on.
A few stars, also from the set, were scattered over the background.

The quote is also a new stamp I recently acquired from Visible Image.  

Thanks for looking and if you feel so inclined, please leave a message!

Paper Artsy 'Zinsky Art' - ZA03
Visible Image - My Own Little World

 Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 22 January 2017


Whenever I send a swap to anyone, whether it is within Australia or overseas,
I like to enclose it in a card.  
Not only do I feel it's a little something extra, 
but it helps protect the contents.

On the current Stampotique Designers Challenge, we are asked to use our favourite stamp.
Hmmm ..... which would that be, as there are so many that become my favourite.

So as I was making a card to enclose a swap, 
I decided to use one of my favourites and I will add it to the challenge.


I stamped "Boots" on white cardstock and coloured her with various pencils, leaving her dress blank.  I then stamped her again onto patterned paper which was perfect with it's small design, and fussy cut around the dress.  I coloured the collar, heart and dots with a red gelli pen before the dress was glued in place.

The background was an experimental piece of cardstock lying on my desk which had been made using ink and bubble wrap.  
To finish off, "Boots" is standing on a strip of glittery washi tape and a small piece was also added to the top for balance.
A pink border layer was added before adhering to a folded A5 card.

Stampotique - Boots
Stampotique Designers Challenge - Favourite stamp


Thursday, 19 January 2017

Cute and Cuddly

After a short break over the Christmas/New Year period,
this week Wicked Wednesday is back with a new challenge
"Cute & Cuddly"
which is sponsored by Eekers Knitty Kitty Digis

 This cute image is "Geranium Love", which would be perfect for 
valentine's day, boyfriend, girlfriend, husband, wife, partner ...... the list could go forever! 

I coloured it with my new Kaisercraft pencils which behave in a similar way to my favourite Prismacolor.  I'm not sure they blend quite as well, but I need to practice a bit more.

Please click on the link and have a look at all the cute images - you won't be disappointed!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 16 January 2017

I've been published!

I've been PUBLISHED!!!
I almost can't believe it - I have to keep looking at the magazine to make sure I'm not dreaming!

It all started a few months ago when I happened to see a FB post 
that Creative Papercraft magazine was looking for contributors with the theme being 'love and sun'.

So I emailed the editor with photos of the cards and was asked if I could submit them, which I did.  However, much to my dismay, the envelope arrived at the publishers torn and minus the cards.  
I am so glad that I had photos of the cards, which made replicating them that much easier.  
Not trusting the post a second time, I hand delivered the replacement set.

Until today, I wasn't sure whether they had been accepted or rejected, 
as the cards, instructions and covering letter had been returned to me,
however, there was no indication as to whether they were suitable or not.

I knew the new issue was due out shortly, and when I went into the newsagents today,
there was one copy on the shelf.
 I couldn't wait to buy it, rip off the plastic and see if my cards were in it.

I am feeling so chuffed and excited to see them published.
I feel like after years of making cards, I have finally achieved a goal!
After I float back down to earth, I'll be back at my desk doing what I love
- making cards!

 Happy Crafting!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Ice Queen

I know I'm a little slow off the mark, however I would like to wish you all a

I find the week between Christmas and New Year rather uneventful 
and (dare I say?) boring! 
Not that I'm complaining; by the time Christmas Day is over I'm more than ready to vege out and not do anything more then what needs doing - I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling this way.

On the 2nd January, I headed up the coast to my 'home away from home' for a few days of rest & relaxation.  This has been an annual week away at my BFF's home and I look forward to it each year.  
We craft together, watch movies (mostly Midsomer Murders) and we AWAYS manage to watch "Keeping Mum".  It would have to be one of my favourite movies and I start giggling just at the thought of what is to come.  

This year we also headed further up the coast to Port Stephens with all it's bays and beautiful scenery.  I've never been there before, so we had a very enjoyable day exploring.

This week it's time to get back to a more normal routine, 
which of course, includes my first swap of the year.

The theme is "Ice Queen" and it is to be made on an Index Card.

I started with a layer of gesso as there was writing on the card which I wanted to cover up.  Once the gesso was dry, I added a coat of Silk acrylic paint in Bolivian Blue.  There is also just a hint of purple on the bottom and top corners which was a bit of leftover texture paste tinted with Ken Oliver 'Colour Burst'.

Using Versamark I stamped a snow flake a couple of times and dusted 'Magical' powder paint over the top.  I found the larger pale blue snowflake in my stash and it fitted perfectly with the theme.
I stamped "Woman & Bird" (Carabelle Studio) onto white cardstock, fussy cut her and coloured her with metallic pencils.  She was then glued directly onto the background.  A layer of glitter was added for her to stand on, the title was stamped and the card is finished!

 Happy Crafting!