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!

Friday, 3 March 2017

Embellish It

The theme at Wicked Wednesday Challenge this week is
'Embellish It'
which is sponsored by The East Wind.




After I printed the digi image, I cut the card down to ATC size
and proceeded to colour her using Prismacolor pencils.

I cut a line underneath her boot and fussy cut around her legs
leaving the remainder of the image still on the original card.
I then added the woodgrain washi tape to the piece I had cut off 
and reattached it to re-form the complete ATC.

It gives the appearance of her sitting on the floor enjoying her cuppa
while her kitty sits nearby.

Please pop over the The East Wind and have a look at all the delightful images they have in the store.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 17 February 2017

Hearts


is, none other then "Hearts"
keeping in mind that February is the month for romance!

Our sponsor is "A Day for Daisies" which have the most gorgeous images for sale in their shop.
Please pop over and have a look - you won't be disappointed!



 I chose this image as it is so reminiscent of the heart sweets that were around in my childhood and growing up.  These days they are a little harder to find, but still available.

The image was coloured, fussy cut and popped onto dimensionals.  Three extra hearts were also coloured, cut and popped up for more dimension.



The background paper is from a dollar shop with a shimmery pink mat behind.
I added a zigzag stamp to resemble stitching.

I also made an additional card for my Valentine - 
digital stamps are fabulous for being able to change their size!

  
Happy Crafting!
  

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentine's


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!



Do you remember the love heart sweets that were around when we were young?
You can still get them, however, they are much harder to find these days
and the packaging has got much smaller!
 My spy found some in a shop at Darling Harbour,
a perfect addition to my card.



This digi stamp was printed off twice, coloured with prismacolor pencils, fussy cut and popped onto dimensionals.  Three of the hearts were given extra height.  
The background paper came from a dollar store.

Please have a look at all the gorgeous digi designs that are in the
A Day for Daisies shop - believe me when I say you won't be disappointed!.

Digi Stamps
A Day for Daisies - Love Hearts

Challenges
Take a Word - Valentine


Happy Crafting!

Monday, 13 February 2017

Give yourself a hug!!!

Just a quick post tonight .....

I always have good intentions to post birthday cards to my friends,
and as the year progresses, my cards get slower and slower to arrive,
until sometimes (gasp, horror!), they get forgotten!

This year, I am determined to get them sent or delivered on time,
starting with this one which was hand delivered today.



"Mela" was one of my first Stampotique stamps
and she still remains one of my favourites.

She was stamped, coloured and fussy cut before being adhered directly
to the background paper (with some washi tape to stand on).

The sentiments were stamped, an insert added 
and she was ready to be delivered.

 Stamps
Stampotique - Mela
Stampotique - Mwah & Kiss
Stampotique - Give yourself a hug
Happy Crafting!
 

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Checkers

As I mentioned in the last post, it was a weekend of birthdays.

Following on from #2 son's birthday, was  
#1 son's birthday!


I started by stamping "Checkers" onto white card and fussy cut him.

I then coloured him with Kaisercraft pencils, 
mixing a couple of colours together on his shirt.

Next I chose a background paper from Kaisercraft 'Sandy Toes' collection
cutting it to leave a border on the black card.
I added some washi tape for "Checkers" to stand on,
 with a couple of torn snippets in the top corner for balance. 

Finally, I stamped "Life is a Journey" with 'jet black' Archival ink,
and popped "Checkers" onto dimensionals.



Stamps
Stampotique - Checkers
Visible Image - Just be Happy
 
As I mentioned before, a weekend of birthdays!

Happy Crafting!
 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Birthday Weekend

It's that time again ...... what's that you say?

BIRTHDAY WEEKEND

Yes, today is #2 son's birthday, so out came some stamps I rather like,
but haven't used very much.



This muddled up zebra seems a little annoyed,
perhaps he was hoping his birthday would just float away like the balloons!
 Ha, ha ..... no chance!

  


I started with a shimmer black blank card 
(try saying that after a few drinks .... hic!)
 found a nice background paper from a dollar store and cut it down to fit.

I stamped the zebra and the balloons on white cardstock and fussy cut them.
Once I knew where he was going to sit, I stuck a piece of washi tape in place
and stamped the sentiment. 

I coloured the balloons and zebra with Prismacolor pencils.
One balloon was glued directly onto the background, 
the second balloon and zebra were popped onto dimensionals.
The balloon strings were drawn by hand.

Stamps
Katzelkraft - KTZ168
Visible Image - Just be Happy
Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz - Crazy Things

Challenges
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - O is for Outrageous! 

After a yummy lunch out with the family, we returned home to open presents 
(and, of course, the card) 
followed by the 'kids' happily playing video games!

I'll be back again tomorrow for the second of the weekend birthdays!

Happy Crafting!
 

   

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Owl you need is love

"Owl (All) you need is LOVE"
is the theme at Wicked Wednesday this week.

 
Our sponsor is Concetta Kilmer and you can find all her lovely designs here.


I started with masking the owl and blending Distress Inks in green and yellow tonings.
I then spritzed it with water, removed the mask and left it to dry.

I coloured the owl and decided to go with a raised spotty look using Liquid Pearls.
His beak is also Liquid Pearls.  
I was going to use Glossy Accents on his eyes, however, as I couldn't find my bottle,
I used Crackle Accents instead - I was pleased with how the eyes turned out!

The words are tiny letter stickers on leftover scraps of card.
Thanks for looking today.

Happy Crafting!
 

Monday, 30 January 2017

Mwah!

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!

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

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

Happy Crafting!