Monday, November 7, 2011

Maggie Lovers first ever Challenge

Hi There, A quick post to show the card I am entering into the first ever Maggie Lovers challenge - Christmas using Pink and Brown or Red and Brown. After finishing this card in semi darkness I have realised in the light of day my embossed glittery stamp does not quite pop the way I would like on the green  - the plan was to have Tilda's and Edward's clothes stand out on the green - but I will be mindful of this in the future.

Check out the challenge, Magnolia lovers, a new one starts today. (Yes, I like to cut things fine!) While you are at it, check out shopbron. Bronlyn has recently acquired an exclusive Magnolia stamp to be sold in her online store - Koala Cuddles Tilda. You won't find her elsewhere and it's a cutie!!

I'd also like to say I am thinking of Bron and her family regarding their very sad news. May the love of those around you help through these dark times. xxx

I hope to be back tomorrow with another post from my daughter - she is now talking of me creating her own blog! I can barely manage my own!!!  Ha! She has got the bug. Thankyou to all of you who left a comment for her on my last post for the La La Land Crafts for Kids challenge. She was completely thrilled! :)

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

La-La Land For Kids Contest #3

Hi There,

My daughter Allanahh (4) is quite the craft enthusiast. She loves painting, colouring, pasting - and stamping!! She is very excited to be entering a card into a challenge for the first time and earning 'Marci Dollars' to save and purchase her own stamps!! Check out the La-La Land Crafts For Kids blog so that your kids (up to age 17) can join in too! Every entry earns a Marci Dollar - how cool is that!! The current challenge is to use your favourite colour - Allanahh loves all colours of the rainbow, especially pink and purple, but she finally settled on pink as her featured colour. :)  Enjoy!!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Pearl Paint Resist

Hi There!

I have recently started on a canvas piece, something different, while following  along as a student in Jennifer McGuire's Inspiration Showcase. There was a class each day for twelve days and I can't begin to tell you how packed this series was, with tips and techniques that are just amazing! So fun! Sadly, the class is now over and I thought I might share a card that I made using a technique that I have learned. I have use resist techniques before, but this time I stamped with a pearl paint and allowed it to dry before I used Distress Inks to colour over the area. I then punched the bird and branch from a Stampin' Up! punch and coloured the pieces with the same colour  Distress Inks and spritzed them with Perfect Pearls in the colour Perfect Pearl which I had mixed with water in a bottle. I also coloured the strips of paper along the top and bottom of the card with Distress Ink. The gems are adhered using the Imaginicse i-rock, which is my new fun tool!

I am entering this card into
1)  the latest Scrapbook Boutique Challenge: Create a project that has the colours Berry, Pink, Aqua and a touch of pearl and
2) the September Inspiration Challenge at The Stamp Spot.

Items used to create this project:

Monday, July 25, 2011

Night Owl

Hi There! 

So, I seem to be making a habit of staying up late on a Sunday night! I must remedy this and try to find a decent hour in which to make cards - if only life didn't get in the way!!

My card this week is the final one for Summer Camp - I'm sure there will be more of these in the future, so keep your eyes peeled if you are interested.

I actually used stamps from four different companies on this card - I like to spread the love!! I recently received five stamp sets from Waltzing Mouse Stamps and I have to say I am completely in love!! I have been eyeing Claire's stamps for quite some time and finally gave in to temptation. Her gorgeous Halloween stamps so make me wish we celebrated here in Australia - just so I'd have a justifiable excuse to play with them. Here I have used a font stamp of hers that is just beautiful. The image I have used is GinaK Designs, from a darling set I plan to make good use of. I totally adore the background stamp I used here from Darkroom Door.Finally, I used a Stampin' Up! tag stamp - too cute! 

X-Press It Blending Card
American Crafts Cardstock: Emerald
Distress Ink: Tumbled Glass
Versamark Ink
Memento Ink
White Embossing Powder
Darkroom Door:  Damask Background Stamp
Waltzing Mouse Stamps: Say It Loud Stamp Set 
Gina K Designs: Vintage Chic StampTV Kit
Copic Markers: G05, YG03, B00, B05, 0
Glossy Accents
Nestabilities: Labels Twenty
Kaisercraft pearls (coloured with copic YG03)

I hope all is well with you and I'll catch you soon!!

May your days be filled with inspiration,

Monday, July 18, 2011

'Summer' Camp continues...

Hi There! 

A really quick post as it is the middle of the night - 3.50am to be exact! But, I finally got around to making a card for Camp and have honoured to the commitment I made to myself to make the card each week! Mind you, I have made some other cards for birthdays this week, though most of my week has been taken up moving half the house around! We all swapped bedrooms, so it's kind of been a chaotic week! Oh, and we took the boys to see Harry Potter (3D) this week - I haven't read all the books yet, so I enjoyed the movie for what it was, but my son tells me that a lot was missed out. Isn't that always the way though?! I wonder what spin offs will come of it. For those of you that have enjoyed the world of Harry, this  may be of interest:   it doesn't end here!

This colour combo is lovely with the pop of red. I think I could have made my sentiment stand out a little more, it is more of a subdued thankyou.

Thanks so much for your comments last week, I really appreciate them and send you hugs!


Kraft cardstock 
Memento Ink: Rich Cocoa
Flowersoft: Nut Brown
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Full Bloom Collection Vol1
Darkroom Door Background Stamp: Stone
Gelly Powder: Chocolate Shake
Stampin Up! Embossing Powder: White
Prismacolor Pencil: Crimson Red
Kaisercraft Pearls: Snow White
Copic Marker: E35

Thanks for peeking, signing off to get some sleep!!

May your days be filled with inspiration

Friday, July 8, 2011

Traffic Lights

Hi There! Hands up if you've ever been to see an osteopath. I have suffered with back and neck pain and tension for years and hip pain since my daughter's birth 4 years ago. I just learned to live with it all - until recently it has been bearable. Lately though, it's affected my sleep and the constant pain has been just too much. To be honest, I wasn't expecting a great deal - not after the first visit, at least. To my surprise however, as soon as I sat up after the session I had remarkably better range of movement and less tension since I can't remember when! I feel much better that I did, but it hasn't taken the ache away completely. Hopefully future visits will assist with that.

I am learning some handy tips on Summer Camp and have seen many gorgeous creations. One of this weeks Guest Designers, Kathy Racoosin, made a card that really stood out for me. Jennifer McGuire's tutorial this week involved a technique that she discovered by accident. Melanie Bauer, who is hosting the blog, suggested we give it a whirl - and really, who am I to say no to Jennifer McGuire?!!

After playing with this colour combo for a while, I realised they reminded me of traffic lights - so I went with it!

This technique has been dubbed by Jennifer as Kissed Embossing Powder and I used my Twinkling H20s for the first time - so fun!!! It's difficult to see the beautiful glittery shimmer in these photos, but the shine of the clear embossed area is evident in the first photo around the image I painted red with my Twinks.


Black and White Cardstock
Distress Inks: Shabby Shutters, Spiced Marmalade
Twinkling H20s: Poppy Red, Ginger Peach, Fresh Oregano
Spellbinders Nestabilities: Standard Circles Small, Standard Circles Large
Liquid Pearls: Buttercup
Red coloured icy pole stick
Stazon Jet Black Ink
Hero Arts Stamp Set: Hello Circles
Stampin' Up! Stamp Set: Tiny Tags

Warm Wishes to you All, 'til next time and thankyou so much for taking the time to pop in!

May your days be filled with inspiration

Thursday, June 30, 2011

How to vicariously enjoy summer.

Hi There! Eight months to the day and I have decided to try and pull myself together and start sharing again. It really is a commitment to keep a blog going and I completely and utterly admire those who post multiple entries each week. Either they don't sleep or have super duper organisational skills and focus!

So, what has finally given me the push I needed?? The Summer Card Camp! Yay!! I think this will really help to inspire my creativity and perhaps give me a better understanding of design. It may be winter time here but  I  look forward to seeing so many great cardmakers sharing their creations and warming my heart!! Kristina Werner and Jennifer McGuire have put this together - two amazing artists (and prolific bloggers). It is almost the end of week 1/4 already and there are 24 amazing guest designers to be featured including Joy TaylorJill Foster, Ali Edwards and Nichol Magouirk. Sadly I believe registration for this is now closed, but I hope to commit to at least sharing my camp creations over the next few weeks and you are sure to see many more of these in blogland. Perhaps you are already signed up and are seeing these colours everywhere you go!

My card using these beautiful colours :)

White Cardstock
Distress Inks: Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist: Patina (on card base)
Kaisercraft Pearls (snow) coloured  with copics YR04, BG01
White Embossing Powder
Rainbow coloured Vellum
Xyron create-a-sticker (to adhere Vellum)
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Eighteen
Hero Arts Stamp Set: Find Joy
Darkroom Door Stamp Set: Full Bloom Vol2

Thankyou so much for taking the time to pop in!

May your days be filled with inspiration

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