Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Mother Mary and her Minion

Hi all,

Two cards to blog about today and talk about from the sublime to the ridiculous!

This one I would like to enter into the Cards in Envy Challenge which is a Christmas Carol theme and as you can see I chose to do a CAS card using "Silent Night".

The image is hand copied (not printed) from one of millions on the internet and I coloured it using pastel pencils and a sharpie silver ink pen. I made an aperture in black card stock for the sentiment and layered it on white and then on a black card base. A few clear crystals to resemble stars and... done.

The second card is a bit on the ridiculous side...

It's hand drawn using a tutorial from Dragoart, coloured using just plain old Textas, silver Sharpie pen and red glitter glue, mounted over a fluffy red feather for dramatic impact and balanced out with some red gingham ribbon. I used a pun for the sentiment "We Wish You a Minion Christmas"

I would like to enter this one in Shopping Our Stash's "Red Alert" Challenge.

Hope you enjoy them and thank you for all your comments on my little blog. It means the world to me.


Friday, 12 December 2014

No Worries, Angel

Halo there!

There must be an angel in my craft room and I cannot believe how productive I have become since the heavens have given us a reprieve from the oppressive humidity we have had of late.

This is the stress angel I have in my home and that alongside my stress ball heart has helped me to worry less. Top Tip Tuesday's current challenge is to create a card using something in your home that inspires you and this the card that came from that inspiration:

My top tip is to only enter one or two challenges at a time, cause if you take on too much, you will end up less productive and more cluttered in your style.

I also wish to enter it into Make My Monday's "Angels" challenge (thank you, I love angels) and see how it goes there.

I learned how to draw the angel from Dragoart and I think she looks pretty ethereal floating up to the snowflakes above. A bit of teal ribbon and silver beaded ribbon along with a couple of crystals and aaahhhhh... 

Read you next time...

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Snowflakes Bejewelled

G'day everyone,

Today is another day and what a relief from the humidity we have been having in Queensland lately.

Now that our sticky stuff actually sticks and doesn't slide all over the paper I've put together a card using Colour Throwdown's "courageous" colour scheme that reminds me of those I knew as a teen in the late 70's-80's.

Colour Throwdown has really thrown 'em this time:

So I've thrown them a card which matches Cas(e) This Sketch's challenge:

Here is the card:

I cut a couple of the snowflakes out from the paper so that the pink would show through and added a few matching crystals here and there to pick up some shine for Xmas. 

Now I just gotta choose someone to give it to...


Wednesday, 10 December 2014

The Butterfly Effect

Hi bloggers,

Again I am entering a card into 2 challenges as there is so many to choose from at the moment.

I embraced the colour scheme from The Card Concept which is this beautiful selection:

I was inspired by the chocolate and silver elements in this picture and the silver stars just brought butterflies to my twisted mind.

I also thought I would enter it into Shopping Our Stash's "Favourite Technique" which is Using Apertures.

Normally I lattice aperture cards to give them a woven texture, but in this case I had only a few scraps that exactly matched the colour scheme. The butterflies are a lovely pale yellow, a chocolate coloured embossed middle one and a mirror silver card one on the bottom.

I made the antennae using some old copper wire and finished it of with a mirror card and silver strip on the side and some hot chocolate coloured twine.

Something a bit different for Xmas, catch ya


Monday, 8 December 2014

Paws for Thought

Hi all,

A new card from me which I will enter into the Cas(e) This Sketch challenge #102 which is this sketch:

I wanted to get away from all things girly and it just so happens to be my brother's birthday on the 17th so I came up with this one:

It's not the greatest one I've ever done, but heck who gets it perfect ALL the time, right?

Have a good one...

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Life To The Fullest

G'day from the dingo.

I have a card here that I would like to enter into a couple of challenges today and it's a bit of an unusual one.

I have made it to the sketch in the Fusion Card Challenge which looks like this...

I have used the colours from the Just Add Ink Colour Combo #243

 and taken the unusual sentiment on board from Perfectly Rustics

I was also inspired by the Santa's suit, hat or image theme at Cards in Envy.

Phew!  Here is the card...

The image is my own and the paper, ho ho ho's and wasabi coloured brads are from my stash.

It certainly stands out. Catch you next card...

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Xmas Punch

Hello again.

Looks like I'm back on a roll with this card making caper, because I have another card which I would like to enter into two challenges, the first of which is  JUGS "Anything Goes" and the other is The Male Room's "Masculine Ribbon".

Here is my card which is inspired by a technique I learned from Feeling Sketchy's Louise Beeren's Washi Tape Tutorial.

I chose the tartan masculine ribbon first and then built up around it using Kaiser Kraft rubber stamp sentiment and various red ribbon offcuts I had in my stash.

The tartan ribbon is tied horizontally with some thin black elastic which I like texturally and the whole thing is mounted on some beautiful red card stock I found (it was the last piece!)

Let's hope it gets an honourable mention in honour of those who have inspired me.

See you next time...



Hi Blog fans.

My card for today is to enter the Clean and Simple Challenge which is sketch #314 (how good is this one?) and Shopping our Stash's "Free is Good" theme.

What a beaut design open to all sorts of interpretation.

This is my take on it:

The bow is from a box of praline chocolates I received from a grateful Gumtree customer so was definitely a welcome freebie. The ribbon from that bow I will use on future projects (waste not, want not.)

Cheers for now...

Monday, 1 December 2014

A Charming Xmas

Hello blogland,

Today's card from me is my "Charming Pink Xmas" Card which I am entering into the Feeling Sketchy Challenge number 108.

I was intrigued by the circular swirl that seems to disappear and then reappear through the layers. A very clean and clever design and because I am sooo tired of red and green at Xmas, I have gone with a pretty pink twist and added silver angel and snowflake charms. It looks better in real life as I don't have a proper camera.

I hope you all enjoy the lead up to the big day and keep on crafting on!


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Koala Christmas

Hi all,

I'm entering the card below into Mojo Monday's Sketch Challenge Number 373 which looks like this:

It was a real challenge scaling everything to fit the requirements and I may have gone a little overboard with the 3d effect, but I think it's kind of cute anyway.

Have a great day everyone..


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Wheelie Great!


Well, it's nearly Melbourne Cup and I am already over it, so I was pleased to be doing something today that does not require any equine involvement.

I made a very simple card and would like to enter it into a few challenges.

Now, I know you may be going to say "oh boy, this is not new and exciting" and normally I would totally agree, but it was really a lot of fun to make and that's what counts isn't it?

Haven't been hitting my straps (so to speak) lately after hearing both my brother and uncle both have prostrate cancer. I hope at least this card will cheer one of them up (their birthdays are very soon.)

I would like for this to be entered into the following challenges:                   Just add a sketch                               Black, white, purple, green, tangerine           "Rollin"

Please have a happy day and I'll catch you all soon...

Love and hugs


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Oh, Good Grief!

G'day friends

Today I would like to enter 3 challenges with a shabby chic, tall and skinny, chevronny style card (I missed the cut off for Just Add Ink's block stamping challenge... good grief! What a mistakea to makea.)

So the first one is Shabby Chic at Make My Monday Challenge blog

and the second is the Top Tip Tuesday challenge which is Chevrons

and the third is over at Mojo Monday where the challenge is Tall and Skinny

So here is my card...

I used a piece of scrap embossed white card which I stamped using various inks and water to create the shabby chic looking background and the embossed squares at the side fit the tall and skinny sketch perfectly. I edged this using pinking shears. I placed this over some beautiful bird print pale mint patterned paper which I edged using the pinking shears and this created the chevron at the side (subtle though it is.) Did the same with the sentiment and cross piece under the flower and added some shabby chic style embellies just to round it all off.

I trust you are having a great day/night so far and continue to do so.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

You're Good For Me

G'day once again from the dingo.

A quick card today to address the Just us girls Colour challenge this week.

My first thoughts upon seeing this combination was "eeeewwww" however, the idea of much loved tasty vegetabubbles came to mind shortly after, so here is my card:

All the favourites are there... avocado, aubergine, artichokes, olive oil and endive.

Hope you like the little bit of navy I used to mat up these backgrounds and images. The photo can't really show how well it contrasts with the plain white card.


Thursday, 16 October 2014

Can you be warm and cool at the same time?

G'Day again from little old me.

Having some Friday fun with a couple of challenges that are out there at the moment. 

Warm and cool colours together have a real comfortable fit in my book.

With that in mind I thought I'd go with the colour scheme challenge at Perfectly Rustics - which is:

and use the scheme to enter the Feeling Sketchy Challenge 105 - is:

and here is my entry that will go in my coffers for next September (if I remember where it is after that long!)

It just seemed like the sort of colours a man would be happy with on fathers' day.


Friday, 10 October 2014

Sweet Baby Girl

G'Day from the Dingo.

Today I am entering the children/babies challenge at Make My Monday with this fun card I made from Christina's Card Making Magic Baby Card Template tutorial (Thank you Christina)
I am definitely going to make more of these (Bring on a population explosion!) 
I reckon this'd make a good sailor suit as well or even attach a hoodie to the back of the card.

Enjoy your day.

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Have You Got The Sketch Bug?

G'Day all,

Ever since I saw the Miniscule series of short stories about a bunch of bugs doing crazy things I have been hooked. That cheeky ladybug has me in stitches!

I am entering a bug themed card into to challenges this week, the first of which is Feeling Sketchy's #103.

and the other is at Just Us Girls (sorry Ladies, I couldn't save the image.) Their URL is where the word challenge is "Celebrate"

Here are 2 cards I did which are of the same design and elements, but one has a decorative edge to the background and one plain. 

I think I like the crinkly edge one more and I like the way the clear resin flowers help bring out the red colour of the button bug.

Hope you like it.


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Rustic Rust

G'Day once again from the Dingo.

Fancied a bit of rural relaxation this week and as I was not able to get out in reality, I decided to take up the photo challenge at Just Us Girls Challenge Blog which is as depicted below:

Here is my take on the photo:
I tried to stick to the perspective in the picture and began by cutting out the head and shoulders of a Whoopsie Daisy Digi stamp and adhering it to the base card. I then chose a beautiful rusty coloured textural paper and laid it over the Digi to make it appear to be in front of her. Then I matted the slats on to black card to create the shadows between the slats and added it to the right corner to create the wall. I used a rub on sentiment and added a corrugated picket fence, wheelbarrow with brad tyre, teeny BBQ, a puffy leaf coated in glitter paint and finished it off with various flowers. 

I hope you like it.


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Tie One On

G'Day from the Dingo

Here is my entry for Feeling Sketchy's 100th Sketch Challenge. 
Congratulations to all of you on a very fine site.

You would not believe the amount of time it took me to put this together. Either I'm getting old or the challenges are getting more, well, challenging.

I opted for a sort of urban masculine style using a subtle embossed background with some mesh and a few matted up differently coloured ties. 

The flourish in the sketch turned into the twine swirl and bow which reminds me of the washing line and everything getting tangled up in the wind. Finished it off with a few brads and the sentiment (which I'm sure the boys would like.)

Here is the sketch



Monday, 25 August 2014

Kaisercraft Fathers' Day Challenge


Here is my father's day card for the Kaisercraft Challenge No 4.

I used their clock face chippies with the sconce cut from a smaller clock chippie and substituted the clock part of the chippie with a crown bottle cap.
These top the contrasting background papers and the whole thing is "pulled" together with some ornate bronze/gold ribbon I found in my stash along with some cool feathers I found on line. Inside the card is lined with the matching distressed paint patterned paper (all inked around the edges of course.)
The sentiment was stamped using Kaisercraft minis "Happy Fathers Day"

Hope you like this one.


Saturday, 23 August 2014

Mojo Monday 359


Thought I'd play along with another card sketch challenge blog today with Mojo Monday's No 359 sketch

Here is one of two cards I made using the design...

It has a bit of a bubbly feel about it throughout the different layers and looks nice in the light with the sparkle of the bling and the bottle cap mad hatter scene suits my recipient's personality.

This is a second one I made for a last minute card which actually came out quite nice as well. 

Now to choose???...

Monday, 18 August 2014

Well, I'll Be Tickled...

Hi all,

Today I am entering into the colour challenge at Just Us Girls Challenge Blog which is blue green and any neutrals as below.

I was always taught by my mum (God rest her) that "blue and green should never be seen", but this unusual colour combination tickled my fancy so much I thought why not? And after I finished the first one, I liked it so much I made another. I like the neutral window and brad that tie the two rogue colours together and the frames which were cut and mitred from a 12" x 12" patterned paper

Here are the resulting cards...


Monday, 4 August 2014

Pink Pink Pink!

Hey Folks,

Entering the Feeling Sketchy Challenge yet again - #97  (they always give me inspiration)

Here is the sketch
and here is my card
I made this one for my sister who is about to turn 50... woo hoo!

Layers of pink everywhere and just a bit of crystal bling to break it up subtly.

I love the design for this sketch particularly and really enjoyed putting it all together. (I think that's because my sister has such a beautiful soul.) I considered curling a feather around it, but I think it's soft enough as it is. What do you think?


Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Green With Envy


I'm entering in a card to the Just us Girls Challenge No 250 which is Turquoise Green and Lime.

                                        Here are the colours..
And here is the card..

There are a lot more elements to this card than I normally would include, but when I was nearing completion I realised it just works for me. I like the female and male components like the soft curve and feathers with the sharp edged cogs that are weaved in between the straight black uprights.
I dunno, what do you think?


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Jug's New Word Challenge "Bird"


Well I'll be! My Blogger has been down for a good 2 weeks and now, all of a sudden it's back up and running. How frustrating.

Oh well, I'm here to tell you about my entry into this weeks new challenge at Just us girls, which is the word challenge. They have chosen "bird" so I am entering the card below.

These are hand drawn birds, coloured using mont marte pastel pencils and the 3 layers of backing papers which depict the earth, grass and sky are from my stash. Inside I have repeated the 3 layers for continuity and it says "Fly up and party down"

Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Challenges Combined

Morning all,

Two brilliant challenges at the same time addressed today.

My first inspiration is from Just us Girls with their colour scheme of Kraft, Orchid and White which I found really daunting. I found I had to get just the right amount of each colour to create harmony (to my eye.)
Here is their colours...

The other challenge is from Feeling Sketchy (#90) and here is the sketch...

Combining the two, I came up with this card, which I hope meets all the criteria...