Thursday, 16 May 2019

Every Day is an Adventure

Some days are more adventurous than others,
today was definitely one of the latter LOL!

Anyhooooo ...... moving right along,
this little monster is having a lovely adventure with his tiny buddy in tow.

 White card was smooshed through a puddle of 'worn lipstick' and 'twisted citron'
Distress Oxide Inks and set aside to dry.

I stamped the monster and his little buddy onto a piece of pretty background paper, 
then fussy cut around all that fuzzy fur.
[I must be nuts!  LOL!!!]

Once the background was dry, I stamped 'Happy Birthday' along the bottom edge,
then stamped the monster, his little buddy and the sentiment.

 I wanted to give the monster different coloured horns [or are they ears?]
so stamped just them onto a tiny snippet of paper, cut them out and glued them in behind his fur.

I'm sure this little monster is having the best adventure,
and you never know .... he might turn up at your birthday party!

Tracey Hey 'Alpaca Pals' - Monster Madness
Darkroom Door - Happy Birthday 


Now, my only problem is .... which card to which friend?

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 15 May 2019


May is a bit of a busy month,
what with a few Birthdays, Mother's Day, Anniversary ....
and a Wedding!

So, I thought I'd better make a start on a couple of birthday cards, 
one of which is winging its way overseas, the other to country NSW.

"Chicken" is one of my favourite stamps from Stampotique.
I stamped her directly onto the background paper, a second time on white cardstock
and again [this time only inking up her top] onto a scrap of pretty paper.

I coloured "Chicken" with my favourite pencils, then fussy cut both the card image 
and the floral paper.  Before gluing them into place, I added some washi tape
to the bottom and a couple of smaller torn pieces higher up on the wall.
The wall was layered onto a simple black mat,
which was adhered to folded white card.

Stampotique - Chicken; 3 Greetings.

Even though this card is for a friend, 
I thought I'd play along with a couple of challenges at the same time.

Come back and visit again tomorrow - then I'll decide which card is going to which friend.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 3 May 2019

Seeing Spots

I discovered that trying to make a postcard
without a focal point poses an interesting challenge.

At Sunday Postcard Art, the theme this week is
No Focal Image
After a couple of false starts, this is how my finished postcard looks,
using a stencil and one distress ink colour.
I used a black Glaze pen around the border. 

Yes, it is only one colour and I did think about doing some flicks of another colour,
but I thought if it didn't work, I'd have to start from scratch, so decided to leave it as you see it.

Cadence - MU42
Distress Oxide Ink - Twisted Citron

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Seven of Seven

Live your DREAM with Passion,
[some may say I'm dreaming day and night, LOL!]

These little hedgehogs have dreamed of bouncing on a trampoline
for years, and now they are finally doing just that - bouncing as high as they can!

Don't they look happy little chappies?

49 and Market - Gabi's Line Stitch Stamp Set
Unknown - hedgehogs; sentiment

This is the final card for this challenge, Seven Cards in Seven Days,
which has been lots of fun.

Come back soon and see what else I've been dreaming about.

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Six of Seven

Almost there with this challenge ....

.... hold tight, and pretend it's a plan

I took a piece of patterned paper for the background, stamped the girl onto it,
then stamped twice again on two more patterned pieces of paper and once onto white card.

I fussy cut around the whole image on the white card, 
adding colour to her skin, hair and stockings.

More fussy cutting around her dress and the umbrella, 
then glued in place over the original.

The words are from Mr Holtz.

Black card gives this lots of contrast before adhering to folded white card.

Katzelkraft - Solo

Tim Holtz Idea-ology - Small Talk 

Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Happiness

I'll be back tomorrow with the last card for this challenge.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Five of Seven

Normal is Boring - yes, sometimes it is,
but other times, it's fun to splash out and enjoy yourself.

I started off with the background paper, something that wasn't just plain white but wasn't too over the top either - would you call it boring perhaps?
I stamped Brutus directly onto the background, then again on white cardstock 
and a third time on patterned paper.

Brutus was coloured with Prismacolor pencils and fussy cut.  
His jacket was cut from the patterned paper and glued in place. 

Initially, the clouds were simply stamped on the background but were a bit bland, 
so to jazz them up a bit, I stamped them again on a tiny bit of leftover paper, cut them out
and glued them in place.  [I wonder if it's raining flowers?]
 There was plenty of leftover paper from the jacket to create a mat and for contrast, I  used a black card 
[this one will definitely need an insert].
To finish, glossy accents was added to his glasses and left to dry.

Brutus/Monroe - Be Unique

 Two more days of cards to go, so come back and visit again.
Happy Crafting!

Monday, 29 April 2019

Four of Seven

I was in need of a 'thank you' card this week,
so what a good opportunity to include it in this challenge.

 This girl is such a joy to colour.

Of course, I had to use my favourite Prismacolor pencils!

While I was in the colouring mood, I stamped up a second card,
this time for an upcoming birthday.

Just a change of colour and sentiment and voila, a second card is made.

Studio Magda Polakow - #2 Two Girls
Stampendous - Say It Today; Birthday Wish

I can't decide which is my favourite - what do you think?

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 27 April 2019

La Vie Parisienne

I was inspired by a FB friend to play along with the Lace theme

I started by stamping a postcard image with Versamark ink 
and clear embossing it.
I then blended 'fossilized amber' and 'vintage photo' Distress Oxide Inks together.
Rubbing the embossing with a tissue brings out the postcard image.

I stamped this elegant lady with 'coffee' Archival Ink.
A strip of washi tape lace was added across the bottom of the postcard.
La Vie Parisienne was stamped with 'Potting Soil' Archival Ink.

To finish off the postcard, I added a little bit of  'Mammered' Mixed Media Powder and heat set it.

Stampotique - Paris Postcard
Katzelkraft - KTZ141

Pop over to Sunday Postcard Art and have a look at all the lovely creations.

Happy Crafting!

Three of Seven

Create your Imagination
is the title of the third card in this challenge.

I think I tried to do too much on this card
resulting in a bit of a clumsy mishmash.

The background circles are made using an embossing dauber with clear embossing powder.

The colour is 'spiced marmalade' and 'worn lipstick' Distress Oxides inks blended together, 
then the excess rubbed off the embossed bits with a tissue,
resulting in the white circles.

A couple of other background stamps were added,
followed by the little bunny who is all ready for winter showers.

Brutus/Monroe - Be Unique
Visible Image - Mesh-ellaneous; Just Be Happy
49 and Market - Gabi's Line Stitch Stamp Set

As I said earlier, I think this card has too much going on,
however, it allowed me to have a play with some items which have been waiting
to be used for some time.

Stay tuned for card #4 in the Seven Cards in Seven Days challenge.

Happy Crafting!


Friday, 26 April 2019

Two of Seven

It really doesn't take me long - I'm already a day behind with this challenge!

Anyhow ...... moving along

This little chap is part of a set of stamps I recently acquired
so of course, I had to have a play.

The stamp is a two-parter, the first being the shaded body 
and the second being the outline.

His forehead seems a bit white to me, but as it's only the second time I've inked him up,
hopefully he might have a little more fur there next time.

Concord & 9th - Hi There Bear Stamp Set

I promise I'll do my best to get back here tomorrow with card #3

Happy Crafting!


Wednesday, 24 April 2019

One of Seven

Starting today, I'm taking part in an online challenge of making
Seven Cards in Seven Days

Day 1


The background is a turnabout stamp I recently bought
and thought I should try out.

I think the quote is perfect for this psychedelic background, 
which was made using four Distress Oxide inks.

Concord & 9th - Marbled Turnabout stamp set
Darkroom Door - Quote Stamp : Masquerade 

Come back tomorow to see what I make for Day 2.

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Mystical Unicorns

The second card I entered in the Royal Easter Show
was made using the beautiful papers from Stamperia.

The paper on the front cover wraps around the spine and continues to the back cover.

Although the cover is pretty, it is the beautiful paper that makes it so.

 The inside of this book card is the focal point.

The unicorn and flowers have been fussy cut and positioned in place.
The unicorn is glued flat along the edge with dimensionals under his head and chest.
The same is done with the flowers, which allows the tag to slip into place but is removable for writing a message on the reverse side.

The fame is made using watercolour paper that is concertinered and  slotted together.
Decorative papers were used to frame the frame (hope that makes sense), 
then other flowers were fussy cut and glued into place
along with a little quote.  A piece of ribbon was tucked under the flowers.

I was very happy with the final result of this book card,
and although it wasn't a winner, it was displayed at the show 
along with all the other entrants.

Thanks for visiting again today, it's always appreciated.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 12 April 2019

I'm Excited!

Not only is today my BIRTHDAY I found out this morning
that my card won 2nd prize in its category at the Royal Easter Show!

I made one like this for my son a while back, so this one may look familiar
however, this is only the second time I've entered a card in the show.

I started with a leftover piece of black card that had been smooshed through a puddle of Distress Ink which looked a bit like the milky way in a night sky.
I tore a page from a book and stamped and embossed 'torn paper' in the centre of it.  
The centre was cut out, with the black background placed underneath with pop dots.

The TARDIS was stamped and embossed, coloured and cut out.
The door panels are done with Glossy Accents and although you can't see it in the photo,
the windows are shimmery.

The TARDIS is attached to the card with a wobble thingy
which means it's interactive.
The sentiment is computer generated.

Kindred Stamps - Time Traveller
Katzelkraft - Torn Paper  

 I guess I'll have to go to the Easter Show to see my card first hand,
what a great way to celebrate my birthday!
To say I'm excited, is an understatement.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 8 April 2019

Totally Quanked

When I was cutting circles for ATCoins recently,
I found in my box a set of dies for hexagons which I had bought many years ago
but never used. 
Hmmm ...... "why not an ATHexagon?", I thought.  

 One of the dies is 2 1/2" which is the perfect size, so I hunted through my scrap card
and this is the result.  The background colour had been previously done by swiping card through puddles of Distress Oxide inks.

I was given this stamp by one of my friends a few months ago which I hadn't used until now, however, it's just the right size for an ATC, or in this case, an ATH.

I stamped it directly onto the hexagon, then twice more on white card.
I coloured both images, cut them out (one completely, the second one around the legs and body).
A small piece of washi tape was stuck down just under the body and wings, 
then the cut image was glued directly over the top.  
Using tiny foam dots, I popped up the body and legs over the image.

The word 'quanked' came up in my FB feed this week
and as I hadn't been feeling the best and was really tired, 
it fitted how I felt perfectly.

"Quanked, an obsolete word meaning 'overpowered by fatigue';  listed in a glossary of words by Dartnell and Goddard, used in the County of Wiltshire (1893)"

Art Impressions - Bird Brains [UMD 1878]

I reckon some obsolete words should come back into the english language,
what do you think?

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 7 April 2019

A wonderful creature

I always enjoy making ATCs 
and ATCoins just add to the fun.

This ATCoin was made for a swap entitled 'Dragonflies',
 and now that I know that the recipient has received it,
it's safe to show.

 Each time I make ATCoins, I make two.

There are a couple of reasons I do this :
1. in case the first goes astray, I have a second waiting
2. I keep the second one and it goes in my folder

Although you can't see it in the first photo, both ATCoins have a touch of glimmer to them.

Stamp It - Curly Dragonfly 
Visible Image - orbital

[Note : Curly Dragonfly is an old stamp and is probably no longer available]

ATC = Artist Trading Card [3 1/2" x 2 1/2"]
ATCoin = Artist Trading Coin [2 1/2"]

Happy Crafting!


Thursday, 4 April 2019


It's just as well birthdays last longer than only a day,
especially when you're not able to give a gift until a little later.

This was the case when I saw my BFF earlier this week
 and we were able to exchange gifts to one another
 - my gift to her was late and her gift to me was early!

I made a boxed set of cards using the beautifully vibrant collection of papers and ephemera from Cocoa Vanilla Studio - Happiness

So easy to put together

I added a strip of washi tape to this one

Such pretty little butterflies

A pop of colour on a monotone background

You always need a birthday card ....

Sweet memories ..... awwe!

Happy Birthday, my dear friend!!!

I'm off to make a cuppa, as always .....

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Be your beautiful self

Autumn finally seems to have arrived in Sydney, with cooler nights and balmy days.
Let's hope the humidity has also gone, at least for the next few months.

One of my dear friends had a birthday recently (who would have thought, eh?)
which of course, called for a one-off card.

This stamp is one of my favourites, and I find her gracing quite a few of the cards I make.

I started by dragging white card through puddles of Distress Oxide inks, 
then once it was dry, added blue paint through a brick wall stencil.

"Chicken" was stamped onto white card and coloured with prismacolor pencils.
I again stamped her, this time onto a small piece of floral paper which was a bright splash of colour for her top.  I left her leggings black & white.

I found the 'fun' ticket in a pack of ephemera, tucking it in behind her.  
Some spotty washi tape was added and "Chicken" finally had an interesting wall to stand against.


A couple of Tim Holtz' quotes fitted the card perfectly.
All that was needed to finish the card was a black mat on white card. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, my friend!

Stampotique - "Chicken"

   Come back and visit again soon ..... until then,
Happy Crafting!