Tuesday, 23 May 2017

100 years young!

I know it's been a few days, but I'm back again.

Hmmm ...... so what can I show you today?
 
Last week, I had a phone call from one of my good friends,
asking if I would make a card for an elderly gentleman who is turning 100!

So, I went searching through my stamps to find something suitable
and came across this globe, along with the stop watch
[both from a magazine freebie].



I started by blending 'stormy sky' and 'broken china' Distress Inks together
on white cardstock and spritzing with water. 
I then stamped the globe in 'jet black' Archival Ink,
and with a craft knife, cut out all the inside pieces.


To add interest to the background, I found a piece of printed tissue paper
and glued it to white card.  I then glued the globe into place.

After colouring and cutting around the stopwatch, 
I aged it by adding crackle accents to its face.  
I put the watch aside for a few hours to ensure it had dried properly
before popping in onto a foam dimensional.

The happy birthday is a sticker, the 100 was cut from an alphabet/number die
and the tiny tag was also cut from a die.
 A black mat was added before adhering the front to a folded square craft card.

I gave the card to my friend last night and she was delighted with it.
Hopefully the elderly gentleman will be too!

Happy Crafting!
 


Saturday, 13 May 2017

H is for Hatches, Matches & Dispatches


Last week, I was very surprised to learn that I had been crowned
Queen of Snark 

Quite an honour, indeed!

This week Edna and her friends have set a new challenge,
H is for Hatches, Matches & Dispatches
so I looked at various stamps, wondering what snarkyness I could conjure up, hehehe!!
 



What do you think?  Is is snarky enough?



I must admit to having a bit of a giggle when I realised that dear Mr Bunny 
thought the flowers were for eating - oops!!  Poor Miss Mouse!
(or perhaps, it's Miss Bunny and Mr Mouse?)

Oh well, with a bit of quirkyness and crazyness they should get on just fine!

Stamps
Impression Obsession, Inc - G17071
Stampendous - Hoppy Moments SSCM5001



   You can find all the details to join in the fun at
and you never know, you TOO could be crowned Queen of Snark!

Happy Crafting!

 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Coffee Time

Oops .... I'm a day late adding my last Fancy Fold Card,
but 'better late then never'!



This fold is perfect for a gift card or voucher as it has two pockets.
Don't look too hard at the 'coffee time' card as it would look SO much better centred!

 

It is made from one piece of double sided paper and can be made different sizes easily.

 Stamps
Whipper Snapper Designs, Inc. - Colby's Caffeine

Hmmm ..... must be time for a cuppa!
Happy Crafting!
 


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Create your imagination

Good morning, as I said yesterday,
I would be back today with another sample of a 
Fancy Fold Card.
 

 


For something easy, an Easel Card in its simplest form is just that - easy!
Two folds of the card base and you're done, 
then it's just a matter of measuring up for the topper and a mat
so that when the card is flat, it looks like a regular card.
 
 


Starting with the background, I decided to have a play with the new Distress Oxide inks.  These inks blend together beautifully and once spritzed with water, create some lovely mottled effects.
 
This was also the first time this horse stamp had been inked up, hence why he's not quite as black as I would have liked, but that's ok, I like him this way.
 
I added the script stamp across the bottom to ground him, 
as otherwise he was floating in the middle of the card.
 
I then stamped the sentiment on some white card, 
and coloured the inside of the letters with more of the same colour inks.
 
Stamps
Visible Image - Revolution
Visible Image - Just be Happy
 

I'll return tomorrow with my remaining sample of a fancy fold card.

Happy Crafting!
 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

What's on tv?

It's my turn to host an event this month
and my theme is Fancy Fold Cards.
 
I used to make lots of fancy fold cards
but these days most of my cards tend to be more simple.
 
Anyhow .... for the header I needed some sample cards, 
so I looked in my book which has all sorts of bits'n'bobs written in it,
and the following is a Spring Card.
It doesn't actually have a spring, it's just the way it pops up when taken out of the envelope!
 

 


I thought I would take the opportunity to play with my new Stampotique stamps
which arrived last week.
 
 


Here is Mort hosting his own tv program, at least I hope that's what he's doing!
 
 I can see the tv stamp being used by lots of the Stampotique family.
 
Stamps
Stampotique - Mort had a pin curl
Stampotique - TV
Stampotique - Phrase Cube #2
 
I'll be back again tomorrow with another of my fancy fold samples.
 
Happy Crafting!
  


Friday, 28 April 2017

Woodland Dreaming

Guess what?
I've been published again!
WOOHOO!!!
 

I picked up Issue 4 of Creative Papercraft  magazine today
and there on page 49 are my two cards!


As all the instructions are in the magazine, I won't go into detail except to say which stamps were used.


Love these little bunnies!



Stamps
Crafty Individual Rubber Stamps - Crowned Bunnies
Stampendous - Life Words
Prima - Stationer's Desk; Butterfly

Happy Crafting!   

Y I P P E E !!!!

 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ninety Years Young!

My BFF's mother is celebrating a very special birthday today,
she is turning 90 years!

I was asked if I would make her a card,
so after a bit of thinking and checking what colours to use,
this is it finished.



I started with a square white card base,
and cut a square mat from patterned paper to fit.  
To make it just a little different, I used a border punch on the top left and bottom right sides,
then tucked some co-ordinating paper behind both these borders.

Next I cut the window and bricks from some foiled patterned paper
  using a Kaisercraft die.
I really liked the randomness of colour this created, 
a perfect contrast for the background.




I don't use flowers very often on my cards,
however, the flowers I did have, all co-ordinated with each other perfectly along with some ribbon that I had recently purchased.  



A couple of die cut butterflies and  the number 90th were all that was needed
to finish it off.

I made a box from white card and tied the same ribbon around it,
along with a little tag.


From what I hear, this lovely lady had a very happy 90th birthday,
celebrating with a family luncheon.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Happy Crafting!
  

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Pink, Purple and Dogs

I was recently asked by one of my friends
if I could make an 18th card.
The criteria for the card was "likes pink, purple and dogs"
so with that in mind, this is what I finished with:



The idea started by seeing some 'number' cards on FB and evolved from there.
I rummaged around in a box I rarely open and found a packet of chipboard numbers and luckily for me, there was a '1' and an '8' - phew! 
I gessoed the numbers so I would have a lovely white base,
then painted them with a couple of coats of 'Ginger Flower' Silk Acrylic glaze. 
Once that was dry, I added Glossy Accents and while that was wet,
randomly dropped little coloured beads over the top. 
(they look a bit like hundreds & thousands - LOL!)

 

I stamped, coloured and fussy cut some dogs, 
arranging them in various ways until I was happy with the layout.
A zig-zag border was added, then everything was adhered in place.
A matching glimmer card was added before sticking to the white card base.

Stamps
Stampers Anonymous - Mini Cats & Dogs  
49 and Market -Gabi's Line Stitch Stamp Set

I hope the birthday girl had a very enjoyable day celebrating
with her family and friends!

Happy Crafting!
    


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Elegance meets wonder

Mr Mojo, where are you?
 Who knows where he has got to ... probably sunning himself somewhere exotic!

Thankfully, there are themes popping up everywhere for inspiration,
and with that in mind,
The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers have a new theme 
"E is for Elegant"



I started by spritzing plain white card with water,
and then puffing some Ken Oliver Color Burst paints in
Orange and Alizarin Crimson
followed by more spritzing to run the colours a bit more.
 I then set it aside to dry for a while.





I stamped the elegant lady onto white card, adding colour to her skin and hair, 
and fussy cut her
.
I then sat and looked at her trying to decide whether to leave her black & white against the colourful background, or add colour.  I left her on my desk overnight and this morning decided to add variations of blue for contrast - I think she looks better with more colour!

I added touches of metallic blue gel pen to highlight her crown, necklace
and the criss-cross bits on her gown.

I stamped the lady directly onto the background before gluing the cut image on top.  
By doing this, the swirly vine isn't lost. 



Stamps
Carabelle Studio - Woman & Bird
Challenges


Yippee!  I managed without Mr Mojo!!!
I'm sure he'll come home when he sees I did this by myself!  LOL!!!

Happy Crafting!
 


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Bundle of Joy

Think, think, think ...... hmmm, what shall I show you today?
 

 


 I don't often make baby cards, however, on this occasion I was asked if I could make a few cards 
ready for the arrival of some much awaited bundles of joy.

Of course, I was very happy to oblige.

These cute little critters were a freebie on a magazine some months ago
and they are perfect for baby cards.

I stamped the images using 'jet black' Archival Ink 
and coloured them with .... you guessed it .... Prismacolor pencils!

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up!

Thanks for looking and enjoy being creative!
 
Happy Crafting!
 

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Mwah!

I want to do something ..... anything!
I just don't know what and it is SO frustrating!
Mr Mojo has skipped off and left me in the lurch - H E L P !!!!



While I'm waiting for Mr Mojo to return, 
here is a card that I sent to one of my friends for her birthday recently.

The background is a piece of paper that was in a pack of 6" x 6" from a discount store.
I love the colours on it and the way it looks like watercolour.

I stamped "Dwindled" on white card, coloured her with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut around her. 
She was then glued directly onto the background.

The sentiment was stamped in 'jet black' Archival Ink.

A shimmery pink mat was adhered behind the designer paper 
which was then adhered to white card.

Stamps
Stampotique - Dwindled
Stampotique - Mwah!
Stampotique - Phrase Cube 1

Thanks for looking today 
and if you happen to see Mr Mojo, would you please send him home
and say 'all is forgiven' !!!

Happy Crafting!
   


Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Where is Mr Mojo?

I'm BLANK!
Mr Mojo has gone AWOL and I suspect he's taken his friend Sanity with him!
Wish he'd come back, 'cause I want to craft - H E L P ???

Anyhoo, what can I show that hasn't been seen before?



How about something completely different and not craft related?

I while ago, someone at church was giving away a table full of tree orchids, so I picked one up and took it home.  I wasn't sure exactly where to put it but after a couple of attempts, I attached it to a jackaranda tree with an old stocking.


It has been a rather wet March and last week when I ventured out across the wet grass,
I was rewarded with this beautiful little orchid.  Just the one flower, but so pretty!

I've been keeping my eye on it, sometimes there might be a new shoot, other times it seems to not quite make it, however, I have succeeded in NOT killing it!


Same orchid, different camera angles.




The other plants in this garden are also thriving, thanks to the rain, including this lovely little native violet.

Thanks for looking today and putting up with something not craft related.
Hopefully, Mr Mojo will decide it's too damp outside and he'll be back ready to get stuck into crafting again - I sure hope so!  In the meantime, I'll just go and see if I can find Sanity !!!
Happy Crafting!
 


Sunday, 2 April 2017

Sixty and a half


In my group of friends, if someone is celebrating a ZERO birthday,
we generally take them out to lunch or dinner and give them a gift.

One of the girls was overseas last year when she turned 60,
and what with one thing or another, she missed out on being fussed over.

So, on Friday night just gone,
we took her to a lovely italian restaurant
and presented her with a gift voucher for a local shop which sells beautiful things;
and as her birthday was 6 months ago,
we celebrated her 60 1/2th birthday
(try saying that quickly after a couple of glasses of bubbly)



I went with a clean & simple DL size card
blending purple and blue together on the flowers.

The sentiment was perfect for the lateness of the celebration.

We had a lovely evening together and the birthday girl was happy 
we had  s t r e t c h e d  out the celebration!

Stamps
JOFY - 33
Stampendous - Birthday Wish SSC1115


Happy Crafting!
  


 

Saturday, 1 April 2017

I need a crown

I'm always on the lookout for new stamps
and yesterday was no exception.
This weekend the Penrith Papercraft Show is on, 
so my partner in crime and I headed west to see what goodies we could snag.

I'm quite amused by Art Impressions people stamps
so look who accompanied me home.



I cut a tag, stamped her in 'jet black' Archival Ink,
and coloured her with Prismacolor pencils.
Although you can't see it in the photo, I added clear Wink of Stella to the fur collar and cuffs.

I used 'dusty concord' Distress Ink around the edges
and finished with a pretty piece of ribbon.

Stamps
Art Impressions - Crown Set (4370)


Thanks for looking today!

Happy Crafting!
 


Monday, 27 March 2017

Height of fashion

Looking around other blogs, I came across this weeks
Sunday Postcard Art with the theme "Animal People"
...... thanks, Kay!



This is such a fun theme and I knew exactly what I wanted to do,
so it didn't take long to make.


I started by masking off the edges of 4" x 6" card 
which would finish the postcard with a white border.


I stamped Lady G directly onto the white card, stamped and cut a mask,
and proceeded to sponge a combination of 'crushed olive' and 'broken china'
Distress Ink over the card.



Leaving the mask in place, a quick spritz of water produces lots of background interest.



To finish, I stamped the words in 'jet black' Archival Ink, drew a pen line down the middle,
added a postmark and used just a smidge of a background stamp for a little grundge.

Finally, I carefully peeled back the washi tape that was used to create a border.

Stamps
Katzelkraft - KTZ141
Lawn Fawn - Jessie's ABCs
Stampin' Up! - French Foliage

Challenges


Happy Crafting!
  

Sunday, 26 March 2017

My own little world

We awoke this morning to blue sky and sunshine,
quite a welcome change after March has been so wet.

So with a clear forecast, we decided as a family,
to play one last game of Putt Putt.
Sadly after 47 years, our local Putt Putt is closing down at the end of April
as developers move in and build even more highrise.
There is SO much building going on in Sydney with highrises
popping up everywhere - so much change happening!

Anyhow, the five of us plus one delightful girlfriend,
had a lovely afternoon hitting golfballs around the three courses.

Which of course, means no crafting happened today, 
so here is something that was made recently but didn't get blogged sooner.



Isn't he a cute little character?
Love the quote too!

I stamped him directly onto white card, coloured him with Prismacolor pencils,
with a piece of washi tape for him to stand on.

I edged around the white card and adhered it to a white card base.

Stamps
Visible Image - My own little world
PaperArtsy - Zinis ZN06

Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 25 March 2017

Olive and Herbert

I'm having one of those days where you don't quite know what to do with yourself!
I've done a load of washing and hung it, hoping it doesn't rain.
It's looking a bit gray, but so far has remained dry.
The lounge room has been tidied,
but what to do with the stuff that came out?
Ugh!  I so wish my house was bigger and had more storage!

Anyhoo ......

 Olive the Ostrich

..... I thought I'd share a couple of cards that accompanied 
some recent international swaps.

 Herbert Hare

Both cards were stamped with 'jet black' Archival Ink
and coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

My apologies for the lighting, it was a bit of a gloomy day when I took the photos!

Stamps
Stampotique - Olive the Ostrich
Stampotique - Herbert Hare 
 Stampotique - Mwah!
Stampotique - Sometimes I pretend


Happy Crafting!
 


Friday, 24 March 2017

Those who don't believe

Just a quick post today, in between finishing off swaps,
dropping off the car in the next suburb and walking home,
and shortly I'm off to the chiro for maintenance!





At the recent craft show I attended, I discovered a store that is now stocking Lavinia stamps, 
so of course I had to have one or two or three or .......

As it was my BFF's birthday just after I bought these stamps,
I thought it was the perfect time to try them out.




I coloured the mushroom house with a combination of colour pencils and gelli roll pens
as I can't imagine a fairy house without sparkle somewhere!
 
The fairy's wings are sparkly with a hint of clear Wink of Stella pen and
outlined with black gelli roll.

A few rainbow rhinestones scattered around completed the scene.

Stamps
Lavinia Stamps
Katzelkraft - KTZ139

Happy Birthday, my friend!
 
 Happy Crafting!
 


Thursday, 23 March 2017

The fragrance of flowers

Included in the March birthdays are both my aunts
(who happen to be sisters
who have birthdays a week apart.

I decided my usual quirky stamps may not be so appropriate for 80+ year olds,
so while I was crafting with my friends last Friday,
I borrowed some flowers to use instead.




The stamps are all from Paper Artsy
which are fabulous to interchange to suit the mood.



They are both coloured with Prismacolor pencils, 
layered on a purple mat which in turn is adhered to white card.



An insert was added to both cards,
partly because I think inserts finish off a card nicely,
and partly to add a little more weight to the card.

I hope both my aunts have a very enjoyable birthday
and like their cards too!
Happy Crafting!
 

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Girly Girl


This week at Wicked Wednesday
 (actually, a bit longer but I'll get back to that)
the theme is Girly Girl 
which is sponsored by Ppinky Dolls.
Ppinky Dolls have a gorgeous collection of digi stamps
so please go and have a look - you wont be disappointed!

  My DT entry this week is Pigasus who is just so sweet!



I printed her to ATC size, and coloured her with my favourite Prismacolor pencils
except for her hair which is coloured with a multi coloured pencil.
It has red, blue, green & yellow together in the same lead 
 and as I turn the pencil, I get a rainbow of colour.

I trimmed the white ATC down a fraction, 
then cut another ATC using pink shimmer card.

I adhered them together and stamped around the edges with a stitching border stamp
(49 & Market)

You have until 12th April to enter this challenge
instead of the usual two weeks,
as one of our sponsors pulled out at short notice!    

Happy Crafting!
  

Monday, 20 March 2017

Listen to your heart

On Friday morning I went off on a crafty play-date with a couple of friends.
Last minute packing consisted of some white cardstock, 
black inkpad and some stamps, suitable for some upcoming birthdays,
and my favourite colour pencils.


I started with this carefree spirit,
colouring her with various Prismacolor pencils.
The sentiment was stamped in 'jet black' Archival Ink.

This panel was adhered to some crinkly purple paper
which in turn was adhered to folded white card.

A matching 'happy birthday' sentiment was stamped on the inside.

A simple but, I think, pretty card.
Stamps
Paper Artsy Elenazinski Art - ZA03
Visible Image - Just be happy

Happy Crafting!
  




Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Glimmer of Light

As you may or may not know, 
I enjoy participating in a couple of international swaps.
 
Whenever I post my swap, I always like to include a card, 
partly as I think it helps protect the contents and partly because it's sort of an added bonus for the recipient.
Quite often, I leave the card blank and write my message on a post-it note, 
then if the recipient wants to use it for their own personal use, it's ready to go.


This is a card that accompanied an ATC recently.

It was the first time I'd used this stamp and I was quite happy with how it turned out.
The stamp is part of "Glimmer of Light" by Visible Image.
It was stamped in 'jet black' Archival Ink and coloured with Prismacolor pencils.
I edged around it with Distress Ink and layered it to a white card base.

I hope my swap partner liked it!

Happy Crafting!
 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Green with Envy


Do you ever have days where your head is empty, totally devoid of any creative juices?
Yesterday was one of those days ..... actually, so was the day before.

Today was different - just as well, otherwise I'd be getting withdrawal symptoms!

The challenge this week at The Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers is




so I got to thinking about what stamps I could use that would work with this theme.

Ta Da!!!


I'm rather chuffed with how this turned out!


Someone is feeling very green with envy when the other kitty has a FULL bottle of milk and all he has are leftover fish bones!


Keep your paws off my milk!


Challenge
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - G is for green with envy
Craft Stamper - Take it Make it 'anything goes'

Stamps
Stampers Anonymous - Crazy Cats
Lawn Fawn - Jessie's ABCs

All images are coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

Happy Crafting!