Saturday, 27 June 2015

Bada Bling, Bada Bloom!

Hi all

4 challenges today, 3 of which seem to fit this card

The Male Room - Up in the Air (no birds)

I'd like to put my feet up in the air too.

The Clean and Simple Sketch 

This would also be great for a Playschool "There's a Bear in There" theme

You know there's the same amount of boys to girls out there, don't you?

The second card is for The Card Concept's Inspiration Post Grey, White and yellow with those lovely flowers...

I tried to make it Clean and layered. My photography sucks, it looks much prettier in real life... trust me

Have a great day :)

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Dude... where's my CARD!

Hi all

The Male Room has done it again with a washi tape challenge (oh I love the stuff) and I would like to enter this card into the fray

I cant believe how many uses you can get from basically decorated masking tape.

I reckon I'll try stamping some next and then paint and then inks and then... who knows?

Have a terrific day


Saturday, 30 May 2015

Just Beachy


Dropping in to show you my 2nd card for June which was inspired by Freshly Made Sketches gorgeously simple design.

I immediately thought of a beach hut window and happened to have a frame embellishment that was perfect for this project.

I first tried it on a white card base, but the beachy colours didn't stand out as much and now it really "pops"

I cut out a window in the front of the black card base and lined the inside with beachy blue, which I then stamped with the sentiment ("Mum's the word" set) and aligned to the window. Wrapped a couple of offcuts from ribbon and added slides on each side and popped a lovely heart embellishment in-between.

Have a lovely day

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Finally, Inspired!

Hi there,

Where have I been? 

I've been busy avoiding my most loved pastime and it's high time I got back into it!

Here is the first of about twelve cards I need to make for June (seems in springtime a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of procreation.)

It's based on this sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge

For my treasured Aunt Pam, who lives in Victoria (brrrr) I made something sunny and warm (just like her.)

I love the sentiment from cas-ual friday stamps "Mum's the Word" set.

The circle cut outs were a bit tricky as I don't have circle punches and they're not quite round, but I think the gemini motif distracts you from that.

I like the sketch design which looks a bit like the sun with a planet in orbit around it.

I would also like to enter this into The Card Concept's current challenge #36.

I believe the white flowers, yellow and hints of teal remind me of the white icing yellow cake and teal/green patterns on the cupcake wrappers.

Thanks for dropping by. I need a push sometimes to get me going again.


Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Not a Bad Bird...

Nice to catch up with you again.

A new technique for me (all techniques are pretty much new to me, 'cause there are so many fun supplies and natural resources to use to come up with something new.)

Up until now I've been petrified of using watercolours and I'm glad I finally dispelled the myth (in my own mind) that this medium was to unforgiving.

I was pleasantly surprised with the results.

The first one is a mandala created using a compass and by using circles within circles, you can get these incredible patterns. I filled in the shapes using several different shades of watercolours but mainly kept it to a grape/grey scheme with washi tape and grey embossed stars.

The second one I am absolutely thrilled with and it was sooooo simple too.
Circle background filled in using a small circle stencil and shades of watercolour, then stamped with a texture stamp from Kaiser craft and lorikeet stencil placed on top and daubed with green ink, outlined in black. "For you Mum" sentiment
stamped in memento black ink and 2 "chopstick" offcuts adhered on top.

I would like to enter the second one into the Perfectly Rustics New Technique Challenge and the Case This Sketch challenge No 120


Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Sumptious Sapphires

Hi everyone, I've missed you so I thought I'd pop in and show you the first card I have made using a box card template.

There are quite a few tutorials on how to construct these beauties and I express my appreciation to the engineers behind them.

My lovely neighbour asked me to make a special card for her parents 65th Sapphire Anniversary and this is how it turned out.

There a 3 floral inserts, 3 heart handles and 3 panels of beautiful paper so I am entering this into the Top Tip Tuesday Challenge.

A painstaking undertaking, no mistaking it!

See you all next time... huzzah!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Blind Creation

G'Day from the Dingo

You may be wondering about the title of my post today.

I'm entering a card I created today into 3 challenges and it is going to be interesting to see what reaction I get, you see, I have attempted to make this without my glasses!

Here is the result

It's based on a sketch by Jaqueline from The Male Room

and the theme is taken from Cas-ual Fridays "Music and spring colours" (I chose the lyrics from the Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" for the background and some spring beachy matching papers)

I'm not sure where I got the road trip embellishment and the twine bow should qualify me for the "Anything goes with a bow" challenge at Cards In Envy.

I trust you can "see" where my inspiration came from!

Have a lovely day

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Super Sunday

Greetings to all you superheroes out there.

I'm in the mood for some hero worship and today I am worshipping my 3 beautiful nieces for their 13th birthday this week.

3 cards, 3 challenges and 3 nieces! 



I would like to enter these into the "Use an action image" at Top Tip Tuesday 

Case This Sketch #113 

and Shopping Our Stash "Not so heavy metal" challenge (I used brads and charms)

Why not be a superhero to your loved ones today and spoil them rotten!


Sunday, 1 March 2015


Hello to you...

I don't know if anyone has not seen the merekat ads, but if my card for today is to be described as anything, it must be "Simples"

Shopping Our Stash has been running an "Out of the Jar" challenge and I'm putting this one in for a bit of fun.

It's just a plain white base card, black mat then white card with white ribbon adhered in strips on the diagonal (with one strip of red ribbon to pop the jar image) matted on top of the black.

A little traditional gingham ribbon around the neck of the jar, a couple of sticky red blings and presto!

Might do a mummy one next time and use bandages instead of ribbon.



Saturday, 28 February 2015

Classic & Classy

Hi Guys

I cannot believe it is already March here in Australia and the Easter Eggs are already in the stores. Sheesh!

The card I have to offer today is one based on a sketch by Just Add Ink and I thought I'd give it a twist (literally.) 

The sketch is super simple so of course I made it difficult for myself.

I Found this classic 40's pin up picture and cut it into a circle and matted it on black cardboard.

The sentiment is also printed onto basic card and cut out. The angular piece was a bit more difficult as it entailed rolling up (twisting) different patterned paper around a skewer stick and adhering them in a logical pattern over the angled piece of card stock to gain dimension. I waited for them to dry before turning it over and trimming the end bits off flush to the card shape. 

Not content with that, I decided to thread some gorgeous ribbon through the tubes of paper and tie them off in a simple bow to finish it off.

Here is a side view:-

Pink on black always looks great in my opinion.



Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Inspired By Peanuts

And we meet again.

My offering for today is a card that brings back fond memories of the Peanuts Comic Strip featuring the loveable flying ace.

I flipped the sketch provided by Cas(e) This Sketch and am entering into their challenge this time. This is the second time I have used the scrappy background technique courtesy of Stamp TV, only this time I have used 3 different patterns of washi tape instead of paper scraps (it was a lot quicker)

For the cross panel I used twine wrapped around the topper quite a few times (odd number seemed to work the best) and added the oval shaped backing for my Snoopy with the happy birthday sentiment taking the place of the heart.

It was a little unbalanced so I added a few bling dots to finish.

Crikey, I wasn't expecting it to look so good.



Monday, 23 February 2015

G'Day G'Day 2 Cards Today

We meet again.

I went all out today and made 2 cards using different techniques to make my own background papers.

The first one is a fun card where I've used some brown and cream stitched card as a base and the background paper was made using white photocopy paper stamped with a Kaiser Kraft Alphabet stamp using differing shades of ink ranging from dark brown to peppermint green. I cut the paper in half lengthways so I could use the greener half on another project. I then edged a piece of black card with a Martha Stewart punch and overlaid it to the side.
The horse is a free image from the internet and the greeting was stamped onto the sign in matching ink.

The second card is one where I have made the background paper from strips of other papers I had left over using a technique I learned from Gina K of Stamp TV. Very fiddly but fun to do. I put a self adhesive ribbon near the bottom and added the Pisces image and sentiment (again the image is from the internet) and layered that onto black card and onto a white card base.

They look much better in real life.

I would like to enter both of these cards into The Male Room's "Make Your Own Background Paper" Challenge and see what happens!



Saturday, 21 February 2015

Tick Tock You Rock

Hello blog friends,

I have a new card to show you that I believe has the elements that qualify for two challenges.

Feeling Sketchy's interesting sketch above and another Rock Around the Clock challenge which I was too late for (ggggrrrrrrrrr.)

The newspaper base to Feeling Sketchy's image inspired me to use alphabet background stamp and the flower I replaced with the funky girl's head. The text was printed using WordArt and I manipulated it to form a circle. I then cut the square down to smaller size and around the letters and placed a small bronze clock charm in the middle  (hence "Rock Around the Clock") I think the Tick Tock You Rock sentiment is quite contemporary and fun.

Hope you like it


Sunday, 1 February 2015

Light me Up

Hi all,

I trust you are all having a fabulous Monday/Sunday and are busy making time for yourselves to float away on the clouds of your ideas.

I have a fun card today...

which is a bit unusual. 

Here is another view of it to show the dimension on it...

The sentiment really is the basis of the whole thing, so I would like to enter this into 2 challenges being:-

Just us Girls Challenge BlogWildcard Week #278 - Sentiment as a focus

Cas(e) This Sketch    

Catch ya in a couple...

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Got the Blues?

Hi to everyone...

Well, Can you believe I haven't made a post since the 17th December.

I must make up for lost time.

My first card of the year and I am entering this one into The Male Room's shades of blue challenge.

Who knows, now that I've started, maybe I wont be able to stop!

I took advantage of this one, because I really am not enamoured by the colour blue and this gave me a chance to use up a lot of strips of various papers I had in my stash.

About the only blue stuff I'm getting through is the twine.

I simply layered the strips of paper ombre style, added a sentiment and candle embellishment and then finished off with a stitched frame. The base card is basic cream.

A good card to start off the year, I reckon...

Howl be seeing ya