Sunday, 30 September 2012

The Alley Way Stamps - Be Inspired 12

I was lucky enough to win the random prize at TAWS last week so I will get
one of there awesome stamps.  Can't wait to play with it!

Here is my card for this week's challenge:-

I've used another one of their free digital stamps and did
some paper piecing with a paper pad from Inque Boutique.

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Moxie Fab World - Tuesday Trigger 'Soup to Nuts'

I decided to have a bit of fun with this weeks Tuesday Trigger. This is what I did ...

Yep, I found some free social networking icons here
and here via Pinterest and decided to use these instead of
letters and numbers.

Runway Inspired #20

It's a beautiful sunny morning in Melbourne and it's Grand Final Day for Aussie Rules
Football. Unfortunately the forecast is for rain and hail when the game is on, but
my Husband and Son remain optimistic about the weather and the game. They are going to
see their beloved Hawthorn play. There is very strong rivalry between Sydney and
Melbourne and the other team is from Sydney.  Anyway, I hope hope our team wins so I have
2 happy boys at home tonight! GO HAWKS!

Now, back to cards! Here is a card for the Runway Inspired challenge #20:-

The image stamps are from Stampin Up  'oh so lovely' set
and haven't been used for a long time. The sentiment is from
Stamp World. I used Copics and glitter pens to colour the
flowers and black enamel on the centre of the poppy.

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

City Crafter week 127- Inchies challenge

I've been using Opals thick embossing powder a bit lately because it's been sitting
neglected in my cupboard for years!
I decided to have a bit of a play with Inchies and the coloured Opals.

I inked the Inches and then embossed with Opals
3 times. I then heated it again and pressed the stamp in to the Inchie.
I then die cut the sentiment and pressed the card in to an embossing pad and
used the same powder to emboss it.  This was a fun method and
I like the combination of texture and smoothness.

I am entering this card in the City Crafter - Inchies challenge.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Moxie Fab World TT/Simon Says Stamp

Just a quick post, because it's school holidays here and we are planning
to enjoy the sunshine today.

I made this card for the Tuesday Trigger - envy and also the

The card is a Hambly acetate sheet. I lined the inside left panel
with green card and machine stitched at the top.
I die cut the frame from black caed and the embossed it 3 times with
Opals thick embossing powder.
The sentiment is another one from my Kikki K set and the rhinestones
are from Kaisercraft. I decided to keep it simple so it could be given 
to a male.

Friday, 21 September 2012

Alley Way Stamps challenge #11

I've only just discovered Alley Way Stamps via Lyndal's blog. I decided to make a card for their latest
challenge. I love their stamps, especially this set.

I used the digital freebie from AWS - I love the cute bat and the funny sentiment.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Playdate Cafe - revisited

Here's another one for this week's Playdate Cafe,
because I really do love these colours!

This card was a true serendipitous creation! I looked in my box
of scrap paper and found these - The purple is crate paper, the 'seafoam' is
Prima and the 'tangerine' is Pink Paislee. The buttons, sequins and gems
are also from a big tin of mixed bling. The sentiment stamp is from Kikki K!
I receivied an email giving me $10 to spend in store, no minimum spend
so I got a box sent of stamps for $10. They are lots of fun.

I thought I'd enter this in the Moxie Fab World movement challenge.
I know when I look at this card my eyes start at the left hand side of
the banner, then move across and then down to the sentiment.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Playdate cafe

The colours at the Playdate Cafe this week are just gorgeous! So soft and feminine.
I'm away for the weekend with limited supplies . I tried to do a watercolour, but I wasn't happy with the peach colour, so then I remembered my copies. This is the result:-

The sentiment stamp is from American Crafts Amy Tangerine (I love her collection) and
The bird stamp is from Prima. I used some gloss paper and the strip on the side is Basic Grey.
I thought about adding a ribbon or twine, but decided to keep it CAS.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Another Runway Inspired

I've had lots of ideas for this challenge at Runway Inspired and have made a few cards based on 2 or 3 of those ideas. Here is one of them.

As you can see it is very simple, using a Hero Arts chevron die, Marianne
design Happy birthday die and random card. I think I might make a few more
of these for male birthday cards.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp  'We're so trendy' challenge 

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Hero Arts - A stamp for all season/Leibster Award!

     Today I got a lovely email from Shirley-Bee, to say she
had nominated me for the Leibster award. I'd never heard of this
award before, but having checked it out, I think it is a lovely way to discover new blogs and bloggers.
Thanks for the nomination Shirley.


This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion. Once you've been nominated, you award it to blogs that you like that have fewer than 200 followers, to encourage new visitors to visit these new blogs.


Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have fewer than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!


Here are the five blogs that I'm nominating.  I chose blogs which I often visit  and I am inspired by.
I have only just realised these ladies are all from Australia!!!! I promise this is a coincidence and I'm not just being nationalistic! Anyhow, go and check them out, they are definitely worth the  visit.  Better still, follow them then you won't miss out.

Now for a card. I made this Christmas card for using   Hero Arts big ticket stamp.
I wanted to make a Christmas card using non- Christmas supplies. I was inspired by some
Teresa Collins paper I had  in my stash. I think the red/black and white is a good colour combo for a male card.
I am entering this in the City Crafter Challenge
- the theme is Polka Dot Palooza!

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Runway Inspired #19

This month's challenge at Runway Inspired is a little bit different - it's a bloke!
The colours are wonderful - they reminded me of the beach.

Originally I was going to use a bigger orange panel and a thin navy on the side, but
I really liked this striped blue and white card.
The lighthouse stamp is very, very old, from 1993 made by Stylish Images Australia.
It's meant to look sketchy - it's not bad stamping!

Monday, 10 September 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show - take 2

Here is another card for the Simon Says Stamp and Show
This is definitely not my usual style - I wanted to use my new Hero Arts stamp
and was trying to be a bit whimsical. I don't think I succeeded. Oh well.
I am also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp challenge
- put a stamp on it.

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Read all about it!

It's Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp and Simon Says Stamp and Show have a blog hop and special challenge to celebrate.
Check out all the fun here. There are some very inspiring creations by the design team!

The challenge was to include some text on our card.

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Playdate Cafe/For Dad

Today I decided to make a something for my Dad, who has just had surgery on his back this morning.
He is 86 years old, so the operation was full of risks, but it was the last resort. He also has Macular Degeneration and can't see very well, so I decided to make the card big, more like a painting, because he used to paint and really appreciates anything I do. I used the colours from this week's Playdate Cafe challenge. They are so pretty.

I had a wall sticker of a hummingbird, so I traced it on to some
designer newsprint paper and then coloured it with distress ink and
h2os, then used some gold ink and perfect pearls for a bit of extra shimmer.
The background was painted on watercolour paper, using various green and blue
distress inks and a silver grey liquid pearls. Then I added some interest to the
background by stamping a Stampin up Fine Lace design and Judikins Papyrus
in faded jeans ink. I also stamped HA Japanese script in gold.
The FLowers are Hero Arts from  Frames and Sprigs stamped in olive green and pink.
The sentiment is using various stickers from my stash.
In the bottom right corner I have stamped my name with a stamp from China.
I stitched around the frame for a bit more texture.

I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp - 
'Put a Stamp on it' challenge

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Embellish Magazine - Tree trends

This week's challenge at the Embellish blog is trees. I have a few tree stamps
so I might have to make more than one card

This card is using quite mixed  bag of elements. The image is a christmas digital  image
from Pink Petticoat. The background blue paper is from Christy Tomlinson - I found her paper at
my LSS and have fallen in love with it and her amazing blog.
The green and music dp are from Kaisercraft. The banner is san American Crafts sticker,
recoloured witha  copic marker
I coloured the image with pencils and copic markers.
I have used glitter glue on the bird and glossy accents on the pears.