Tuesday 27 September 2016

Peaceful Poinsettias

Hello again,

Another catch-up post for my quota of Christmas cards for the year, I dug out my older Marianne Design Dies Poinsettias, layering them up with my newer larger Poinsettia dies, also from Marianne Design. I grabbed a few little flowers from my stash to finish off the card, which could have been a little better placed as they ended up in a row… never mind we are our own harshest critics…

Here is my card:-

Not sure whether bad photography or poor lighting, the ribbon and flowers are almost the same colour in real life...

What I used:-
5” x 7” white card blank
AC Vanilla Cardstock
My Minds Eye Collectable ‘remarkable “smile” grin paper’
Gold Paper scraps from my stash
Kaisercraft ‘Yuletide’ Paper
25mm ribbon
MFT die Leaf filled flourish medium
Memory Box die Sketchbook Peace
Poppystamps die Garden Sprig
Fiskars Corner Punch
Marianne Creatables –Poinsettia with veins and mini Poinsettia
White paper flowers from stash
Clear sequins from stash
Flower sequins from stash

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Before I leave you today I thought I'd show you one of the flowers in my garden, it is a New South Wales Waratah and the floral emblem of our state, these two images are from the same bush (called Shady Lady) one is only just beginning to open (taken from above) and the other is already open, attracting nectar feeding birds to feast...

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Monday 26 September 2016

Santa Claus is Coming

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I’ve been bad again this month, I’ve not remembered to keep up with my Christmas cards so again we reach the final week of the month and I need to post at least two cards for the month, so here goes…

I bought a basic set of colours of Dylusions spray inks which have basically sat doing not very much since purchase, I decided to dig out one of my MFT stencils and have a play, in future I think this had better be done inside a cardboard box spray booth or outside… read messy. I bought my first direct from company stamps from My Favorite Things late last month which I have been unable to find here locally and decided to get them inky too.

Here’s my card:-

What I used:-
White 14cm square card blank
Various black scrap papers
White cardstock
AC Cabbage cardstock
MFT Jingle all the Way Stamps and die
MFT Greeting tags Stamps
MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags dies
Generic metallic red cardstock
Colorbox inkpad Ruby
Kaisercraft nesting Stars dies
Wplus9 hand lettered holiday die
Dylusions Cut grass ink spray
Faber-Castell, Lyra and Derwent Pencils
At you Spica clear pen
Enamel dots unknown brand
Adhesives:- Double sided tape, adhesive sheet and foam tape

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Wednesday 21 September 2016

A slice of Summer

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Today I am sharing a card made for my niece’s birthday later this month, it is already on its way in a parcel full of Lego as requested and not 'girls' Lego either! She spent a lot of time playing with her Dad’s old Lego when she last visited us in NSW and took it all home with her, she told us she didn’t have any and she really really liked it! 

Some other things she really really likes is pineapples and watermelons so much so that at her Mum’s she has all pineapple “stuff” and at her Dad’s when they decorated her new bedroom she got all watermelon “stuff like pillows, a mat and even a doona cover!”

That made things easy to decide she got Lego and her birthday card from my parents was to be a watermelon card, I made my card earlier this year using one of From the Heart Stamps Stamp of the Month images, Faith (From the Heart Stamps owner and designer) is very unwell at the moment and is having treatment for a brain tumour, Please keep Faith in your thoughts and Prayers.

This is probably the easiest card I've made in a long time, four circle dies, adhesive tape and sheets, a flag and a few punched hearts cut in two.

Here is my card:-

What I used:-
White card blank
Dark green cardstock
Cabbage AC cardstock
Tomato AC cardstock
White cardstock
Black scrap card
Diamond Glaze on the Pips
Heart punch
Wooden ladybug (ladybird on the pack)
MFT Pierced Fishtail flags
MFT Penguins in Paradise stamp
Nesting circle dies Lifestyle crafts
Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad
Black fine line pen
Adhesives:- Diamond glaze and double-sided tape

I would like to enter this card in:-
Snippets Playground week 247 must use snippets
Come and get it Lots of Layers 
Naughty or Nice #31 Challenge food or drink

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Tuesday 13 September 2016

Annie Oakley get your guns!

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Today I am sharing the card I made for my Mum’s birthday last week, she often talks about the year all the girls in the street she grew up in got Annie Oakley outfits for Christmas (the boys got sheriffs outfits) all with cap guns and the fun they all had running around in the street re-enacting stories from the traditional wild west of America and the Television series Annie Oakley…

I was a lucky winner earlier this year over at Little Miss Muffet Stamps and I was thrilled to discover an image called Sugar ‘n Spice dolls Sage as Annie Oakley which of course I had to have as one of my prizes, I found a newspaper article which showed two different costumes for Annie Oakley from the fifties and sixties, Mum can remember that the skirt was red and she wore a white shirt underneath the vest but she cannot be sure of the colour the vest was.

Here is my card:-

What I used:-
White 5” x 7” card
Sugar ‘n Spice Sage as Annie Oakley digi Little Miss Muffet Stamps
Faber-Castell and Derwent pencils
Rouge cardstock (AC)
Shimelle Star Shine Paper pad
Scraps of blue and silver cardstock
Kaisercraft nesting stars die
Happy Birthday die Elizabeth Crafts
Bling from stash
Sullivan’s Self-adhesive flourish blings
Adhesives:- Diamond Glaze, double-sided tape and foam tape

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and another new to me blog challenge

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Monday 12 September 2016

Get Well

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Today I am sharing a very quick card for a friend who has been in hospital with pneumonia.

Here is my card:-

What I used:-
White 14.8x 10.5cm card blank
Scraps of pink, green, gold and white cardstock
Scrap of patterned pink paper
White cardstock
Kaisercraft Embossing folder ‘Roses’
Creative Die Rose (magazine freebie)
Black striped washi tape
Clear sequins
2mm black pearls
MFT stitched Rectangle Die
Clearly Besotted ‘sweet little sentiments’
Memento Tuxedo black ink pad
Adhesives:- Xyron Sticker maker, double-sided tape and Diamond Glaze

I would like to enter this card in:-
Aud Sentiments Challenge #163 Anything goes with a sentiment
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge

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Sunday 11 September 2016

Toothless a Dragon

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Today I am sharing a card which required some research, I was asked to make a card for an 8 year old girl who loves a character called ‘Toothless’ now I’m not really into going out to the movies and had no idea who or what ‘Toothless’ was, a little search in Google I found out it was a little dragon from the How to Train your Dragon films, problem now was to find an image or something which I could use I came across a site called Deviant Art where there is a couple of black and white images available, another Google search for handmade cards ‘Toothless’ and a very talented lady Gill Prescott’s blog page with a great punch art card with ‘Toothless’ the dragon on it.

Gill has used a variety of Stampin’ Up punches to create her ‘Toothless’ as I have so far resisted Stampin’ Up products so far, (I do have some on my wishlist) I went through my dies and Gill’s list and selected the best fit using my stash.

I initially inked the edges of the pieces that would lay over the top of others but decided once finished that the dragon required a little more definition and used my white pen to add a fine line around all the black pieces... 

Here is my card:-

What I used:-
White card blank 
Black embossed paper from my scrap box
White, silver, grey, green and red snippets from my table (does my table sound messy?) 
Blue checked paper
Green dot paper
MFT Flower medley die
Various circle and oval dies
Colorbox ink pad
White gel ink pen
MFT Label maker Sentiments
Lipstick Red and Blue Lagoon Colorbox Queue ink pad
Balloon die from Magazine
Memory Box Parker Numbers
Blue Tim Holtz Paper twine
Fiskars Eyelet setters (eyes)
Fish skeleton stamp (magazine set)
Adhesives:- Foam tape, double-sided tape, Diamond glaze and PVA

I would like to enter this card in:-

Snippets Playground week #246 Anything goes with snippets
Creative Craft Cottage #71 Spots and/or Stripes
613 Avenue Create #189 Anything goes or twist Autumn Colours
Crafting by Designs September Anything goes
Sisters of Craft September Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday #442 Animals or Creatures
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge Anything goes

a new to me Challenge
Cards in Envy For the Kids

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Sunday 4 September 2016

Tool Chest

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So over the weekend here in Australia we have celebrated Father’s Day, it always falls on the first Sunday of September and this is the card I made for my Old Man…

A few words about my chunky embellishments, my Dad was sure that those things called videos would prevail as DVD’s were far too similar to music CD’s and he wasn’t going to be replacing the older technology…  as DVD’s did win he is slowly letting go of the older outdated VHS video’s. We like to recycle as much as possible and rather than toss the video’s in the rubbish we have unscrewed and separated as much as possible, leaving a collection of interesting screws behind, which I couldn’t help myself from keeping a few for cards, as rather chunky embellishments and as a bonus the VHS boxes are going to be used to store some of my stamps! My second recycled bit came from breaking my asthma inhaler down  which yielded the small white cogs,  I now have several cogs in my stash…

On the front of the tool box I dripped some Diamond glaze and tried to colour it with some inks… it did not turn out as well as I had wanted, should have used some liquid pearls instead… trying to make paint/glue spills

For those of you who saw my Box card tutorial this is fits in the same size envelope I have just altered the measurements to make two 8cm sides and two 4cm sides.

Here is my card:- from a few different angles ;-)


What I used:-
Red cardstock
Scraps of card brown, silver, woodgrain, black, grey and yellow
Swiss dots embossing folder
Kaisercraft tab die to make the vice
Circle punch
Black and white Colorbox inkpads
Acetate from packaging
Screws and cogs recycled
Memory box die Antique Gears (I think they work as circular saw blades)
Marianne Craftables Nuts and Bolts  
Papercraft Inspirations Card making mini magazine for Men (hammer, screw driver and wrench)
Diamond glaze
Adhesives: Foam Tape, double sided tape, PVA glue, glue dots and diamond glaze

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