Thursday, 31 October 2013

A Year of Birthdays

Finally clearing this set of cards off my desk after deciding to ink distress them...
Up-cycled the unicorn images from an old 2009 calendar - as they have a tiny month included in each corner I thought I would make them a set  - some of the distressing is really light and some a bit darker LOL - but it gave me a chance to use some of my new DI pads - so NBUS stuff covered...

I am linking up with Pixies Snippets Playground Week 96 with this set - come on over and join us - its a lotta fun!!

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

WOYWW #230

I splurged - I deserve it I reckon... I started with Kaiserfusion pens in yellow with an added blender pen & black a couple of weeks ago just to see how they felt and they are great so today I went ahead and got the pinks, reds, greens & purples....
Have already set them up in storage containers from the local $2 shop decorated some with their relative coloured flowers - just the purple to do... I have added my tombows to them as well so all the colours are in one place.. the two larger storage containers underneath - one holds colour charts and blender cardstock and the other holds a new envelope making thingy that I got at the show - will demo one day...

And now to show you a different desk this week... my daughter is getting just a bit excited as Supernova gets closer - its the OZ version of Comicon - comicbook convention and sci-fi freaks attend in costumes and it is a heap of fun!! I seriously do not remember the characters name that she is going as - its some Japanese anime guy who is a skeleton!! The costume entails a white shirt with floppy extra long ruffled cuffs, a black suit jacket, red pants with white flowers all over them - which I am painting... a black afro wig with a white hat topped with a gold crown!!! A purple cravat and cane - and his face is a skull with yellow glasses and red lenses - its bee a bit of effort to get all the pieces together... here are the pants in progress...


I will try and get a pic of her all dressed up - I personally think she is gonna be very warm in it all but she is determined LOL...

If you would like to visit a few other creative workspaces head on over to Stamping Ground where Julia Dunnit - our lovely hostess has all the goss...

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Christmas Bauble Oct 2013

Another one... whew - but so many more to go...

Again this was a Stampin Up Punch and Memory box die leftover snippets, sizzix ef, silver sentiment stickers and white base card from stash. The embellishment was made by sticking a gem in the middle of a silver base.

I am linking up to the following challenges with this creation

AUD Sentiments Challenge - Christmas

CAS on Sunday - Sketch Challenge

Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Cards for the Men

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Red Christmas

Another quick Christmas card under the belt...
I got this new ef from Kaszazz - it is a very deep etch and looks fabbo...

I used a Stampin Up piunch to cut the green ornament from snippets and the white bands were left over from a Memory Box Ornament die... I stuck a gem into a round embellishment my sister and I found at a scrapbook store - we got the last metre and a half together...

The etched baubles are highlighted with French vanilla H20's - the base card and sticker from my stash.

I am linking up to the following challenges with this creation

Pixies Snippets Playground Week 96 - a great place to have some fun...

Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra for October - always anything festive goes...

Crafty Girl Challenges #4  - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx



Rudolph Day October 2013

Whew - almost didn't get to make it this month with everything going on - but managed to do a quick few Chrissy cards and this one is to join in on Rudolph Day over at Sarn's Blog - Stamping For Pleasure...

The embellishment was attached to some superb Christmas Bon Bon's last year at dinner with my cousin - luckily I managed to scrounge a few of these... the yellow jewels look way brighter IRL...
Sizzix ef and sticker sentiment from stash.

I coloured the top half in French Vanilla H20's as I accidentally squirted some glue in the wrong place!!

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Monday, 28 October 2013

Kitty T for Tuesday

I'll start off with todays beverage - Caramel Capacinno - yummy - and my good old bottled water... the red & white are a work in progress - my daughter wants a costume fixed up so she can attend Supernova in week or so - its like the American Comicon - where they meet stars from Sci-Fi, Anime etc last year she had her pic taken with Elvira - a horror movie presenter from the 70's...

 
Just checked out Bleubeard and Elizabeth's post over at Altered Book Lover for T and Bleubeard features prominently - fabulous stuff Elizabeth - and it reminded me of a few photos I have of my Smokey stored away on a mobile phone - NO PHOTOSHOPPING involved!!
They are a bit dodgy being from an old mobile and look quite "sinister" LOL

Hello - is it dinner time yet?? Right up in my face on the lounge...

Take me to your leader...

Seriously - can you stop using the flash when you take my photo??

 

I think I hear someone coming - can you open the door so I can check it out??
 
Heehee - life is never dull when Smokey is around...
 
If you would like to have a cuppa and a browse around some very creative blogs pop on over to Altered Book Lover and check out what everyone has been up to this Tuesday!!
 
Thanks for stopping by... Mxx
 

 
 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Something Special

A GF won a cruise to celebrate the 60th Birthday for Lauren Tewes - Lauren starred as "Julie" on the Love Boat TV series... showing my age now!! Something Australiana was the choice - with butterflies...

Materials Used: Kaszazz Gumnut & Butterfly Stamps using versa colour olive ink for the gumnuts and versa magic persimmon for the butterflies - coloured with Twinkling H20's, Liquid Pearls on the tips of the gumnut flowers, Quickcutz scalloped oval nesting die, stickers & bling and glimmer cardstock from stash...

As I stamped onto snippets I am entering Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 95 - I have used the same stamp as my sister [Cathys Card Spot] but the result is waaaaaaay different huh!!

Make It Monday #163 - sharing creativity

The Rubber Buggy Challenge #12 - Charm it up or bling - my butterflies have some dark orange bling for their bodies this time...

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

SU Make & Takes Oct 2013

Another post to show Cathy what we got up to today at a SU party...
There were 10 of us in total and I didn't measure as usual so the green card edges are a bit out of wack - but as I always say - its handmade - you will never find another like it LOL!
And it is a demo to see how to use the products and get inspiration - which we do of course...
 
The green card has the Mosaic Madness ef embossed on it Cathy and it looks great - the stamps & punch also look fab - Tereza bought the stamps and punch...
The Crisp Cantaloupe colour on the 2nd card is really nice IRL - so is the stamp - the demonstrator used the matching ef with this but I didn't like the look of it so left the image flat... and 2 different sentiment collections used - had fun!!
 
Thanks for stopping by... Mxx
 

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

A Quiet T Day

I had a very quiet and secluded T day sleeping mostly - the only company was a migraine... hopefully they will subside now that I have more time at home...

I got this mug at our latest craft show - have seen it featured in a number of blogging friends posts and just had to join in... something to live by...

Australia is in the throes of fire season especially in NSW right now - and our screens are filled with heartbreak and destruction - people being brave and grateful that they still have each other - property can be rebuilt - but my heart goes out to them for the hard times they have ahead...

If you would like to join in for a quick chat and a cuppa - hop on over to Altered Book Lover to link up to some very creative people... Thanks for stopping by... Mxx



Sunday, 20 October 2013

Hand Rolled Roses

A new technique shown by a lovely lady at the craft show - new to me anyway... and a very 3D card also something different for me - my flowers are usually quite flat even when I use silk flowers... this would def be very difficult to post - not impossible but difficult!!


Materials Used: Snippets of pink, white & green card stock from stash, Twinkling H20's for a bit of shimmer on the roses, the leaves and around the edge of the Stampin Up die cut. Exchangeable Clearstamper leaf stamp with green versa color and clear ep. Liquid Pearls for flower centres and sticker from stash.

I am linking to the following challenges with this creation

Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 95 - always lots to see and do over there

Make It Monday #162 - sharing creativity

The Squirrel & The Fox - Challenge #55 - Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Saturday, 19 October 2013

On Our Wedding Day

Was asked to replicate a card made previously but in a different colour scheme and different sentiment - the original is HERE...
And now here is the finished card...
Materials Used: Stickers, white linen base card & gold ribbon from stash, black snippets cut with Ezycuts Heart Die #1

I am linking to the following challenges with this creation
Pixies Snippets Playground Week 95 - lovely little hedgehogs sighted over the fence!!

4 Krafty Girlz Challenge 4 - Anything Goes

Make It Monday #162 - Sharing Creativity

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

WOYWW #228

Well - I finally got to attend a craft show while cashed up... and on its first day too - I just got home and my feet are killing me LOL...


Smokey fast asleep in the background whilst I unpack and eye off my goodies... only thing wrong was I bought 2 DI pads in the same colour LOL - I am sure my sister will take it...
 
Can never have too much double sided tape - I was down to my last roll since stocking up last year.. stickers & dies galore too...
 
I have seen this mug on a few blogs in the last year and just had to grab one for myself!! And the obligatory Twinky dinks..
 
 
Last but not least these are the cards in progress for this week... The unicorns are actually cut off the back of a calendar that is a few years old!!
 
That's it for this time - I need a huge nap!!
 
If you would like to trek across the globe and see what crafty creative peeps are up to pop on over to Stamping Ground and take a peek...
 
Thanks for stopping by... Mxx
 
 

Monday, 14 October 2013

First Free T Day

Hi there - well it is my very first day as an unemployed person and it feels a bit weird - but I think I could get used to it LOL...

I was gifted an orchid as a farewell and was assured it will flower at this time every year... while this is gorgeous now - for someone who can only grow weeds I am enjoying it while I can!!

My drink of choice this day is Orange - Pine juice - half diluted with water - cant stand straight juices - so sweet and strong - I must be getting old...

Hope all my drinking buddies [of the T for Tuesday variety] are having a nice day - if you would like to join in pop on over to Altered Book Lover and let us know what your favourite tipple is...

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Floral Corner

New Kaszazz embossing folder - Floral Corner obtained in my latest stash replenishment...

Single layer card for a change - doesn't happen often...

Materials used: Kaszazz ef, Kaisercraft fusion pens, Milled Lavendar DI, Creative Stamps Company sentiment stamp, white card base from stash.

I am linking to the following challenges with this creation

Addicted to Stamps and More - Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use a rubber or clear stamp [no digi's]

Make it Monday #161 - Sharing creativity

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Last Day

Sitting here at work twiddling my thumbs til its time for lunch with the gang - then I am home for a good break before heading back out into the workforce - tho I have found a job I think I may get an interview for - so the break may not be as long as planned....

Skipped T for Tuesday again and WOYWW this week so I can focus - hopefully back in force next week after a stint spending up at the Quilt & Craft show here in Brisbane OZ....

Thanks to everyone for your words of support - By for now - Hugs Mxx

Monday, 7 October 2013

VVR Congrats

I mentioned this two weeks ago - well I finally got around to creating it!!

Yes - Varicose Vein Removal congratulations.... what a lovely friend ... LOL - yes it is meant to be humorous so I'm hoping she likes it.... [Edit: the girl that asked for the card thought it was hilarious and is looking forward to gifting it to her friend!!]

And here is the open version...

 
Card snippet card base and stickers from stash - legs from my sick mind LOL - using watercolour pencils...
 
I am linking up to the following challenge with this creation
 
Pixie's Snippets Playground Week 93 - where a sense of humour means sooooo much LOL
 
Thanks for stopping by... Mxx
 


Sunday, 6 October 2013

White on White Christmas

I have been creating Christmas cards all year but there never seems to be enough - luckily there are so many variations on the theme you can never run out of ideas and inspiration...

 
I am linking up to the following challenges with this creation
 
Christmas Card Challenges - the theme is always Christmas

Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes as long as its festive

Crimbo Crackers Challenge 51- the theme is embossing

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Black & Pink Blossoms

4 cards from 1 12x12 sheet - striking pink & black blossom paper gifted to me for a birthday quite a few years ago... some of the design I have highlighted with clear Kindyglitz, base cards, silk blossoms, brads and snippets of black card stock from stash...


 
I am linking to the following challenges with these creations
 
Pixies Snippets Playground Week 93 - a small name change but still the same creative bright enthusiastic playmates
 
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes but with a toppings option of adding more then one ribbon
 
Crop Stop - World Card Making Day & Blog Hop - come and join in the fun until 31/10/13
 
Link Up For Pink A Breast Cancer Awareness Blog - 3rd Annual Link Up Party - You just need to use a hint of pink in your creation - open until 18th October - and unlimited creations can be linked up all to spread the awareness....
 
Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Licorice Birthdays 2

Another set of black pink & white cards - this is #3 & 4 out of the one sheet of 12x12 dp....

All I can say is that the dp came in a paper pad as a gift and I have heaps more - it is not one I would have chosen for myself - but as you all know never knock back a gift as it is the thought that counts!!

Materials used - gifted dp, silk & paper flowers, brads and stickers from stash...

I am linking to the following challenges with these creations

Word Art Wednesday #100 - sharing creativity

The Rubber Buggy Challenge #11 - Anything Goes

Link Up For Pink A Breast Cancer Awareness Blog - 3rd Annual Link Up Party - You just need to use a hint of pink in your creation - open until 18th October - and unlimited creations can be linked up all to spread the awareness....

Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx


Licorice Birthdays

I am always reminded of licorice allsorts when I see pink and black combined... I had 12x12 sheets of paper that was sitting in one of my drawers for years and decided to drag some our and get it used...
A craft shop I go to had cut up double sided dp and made it into cards to be decorated so this was a chance to give it a go - then I found the papers I chose were single sided - but sturdy enough to be used as card bases anyway...

So I managed to get 4 cards from each sheet - only finished these two so will post the others later...

Silk flowers, sparkle paper cut with ezi flower die, brad and silver sticker sentiment from stash.

I am linking to the following challenges with these creations...

Make It Monday - sharing creativity

Word Art Wednesday - sharing creativity

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Diamond Wishes

I got some printed masking tape [almost like washi which I have managed to avoid so far] and put a strip on this bronze base card and then was stuck for a few days trying to decide what to put with it...
Once I focussed on the diamonds it all fell together... I just used snippets in the colours on the tape and then plonked a sticker in the middle.
 
Thanks for stopping by... Mxx
 


Friday, 4 October 2013

Shabby Chic Butterflies

Using freebie dp again and the same base design as my previous Shabby Chic post this time I am adding butterflies...

Materials Used: Freebie dp ribbon from the shoulders of a shirt, a white sticker coloured with an alcohol pen to make it black - yes it does work!! Clear stamp butterflies onto vellum with staz on ink and hologram ep, coloured on the back with 2 shades of Twinkling H2o's and then fussy cut and stuck on using glue dots.

I am linking to the following challenges with this creation

Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground Week 92 - another fab week in the company of fun friends...

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Going Dotty

The Rubber Buggy Challenge #11 - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Love Peace Joy Forest

Finally decided that my 2nd go at inks and watercolours is finished...
The white border helps highlight the white on the sides of the trees and so that decided for me to leave the sentiment label white too. Used Distress Inks as a base and then watercolour pencils for the detail. Sentiment is a PTI stamp and label is a snippet of white cut using Memory Box label die.

I am linking to the following challenge with this creation

Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground Week 92 - playtime fun for everyone...

Make It Monday #160 - sharing creativity

Word Art Wednesday #100 - sharing creativity

Thanks for stopping by... Mxx


Thursday, 3 October 2013

Shabby Chic

My first experiment with blending pens - very pale yellows and I found this freebie DP to use as the background...

Am not happy with the pic - it looks way subtler IRL... I used a unity stamp flower with versamark and clear ep which gave me a very pale outline to colour - using my new Kaiserfusion pens in yellow to colour and an orange Tombow for the dots. The dp was free in a magazine and the ribbon is from the shoulders of a shirt. The base card and silver sentiment sticker from stash.
 
I am linking up to the following challenges with this creation
 
Pixies Crafty Snippets Playground Week 92 - just use snippets on your creations - I stamped my flower on a white snippet...
 
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Going Dotty - my dp has some lovely subtle dots on it...
 
The Paper Players "Tic Tac Toe" - I used Ribbon, Designer Paper and Birthday...
 
Thanks for stopping by... Mxx

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

WOYWW #226

Um aaahhhh - I didn't mean to do it - they just jumped into my shopping basket on their own - and they were so cheap!!!

Oh Hi... its Wednesday and I have been missing for a few weeks - I decided that I shouldn't post if I cant make the effort to visit - self torture cos I do so love being involved...

Ok am just talking gobbledy gook aren't I - here is my work desk which will explain the first comment...
Being a Tombow owner I have successfully avoided copic's, distress markers etc.... but now I just had a brain explosion and took the plunge with the above... they were only $2.95 each so I thought it would be a chance to delve into the world of blended colouring and there is no reason to stick to one brand is there - I chose black because apparently you can use it to colour lets say a gold sticker and it looks fab so it expands the sticker usage... and the blender pen of course - then I thought what colour will I start with and yellow seemed to be the colour I gravitated to - this is the whole yellow gambit of this brand... will see how it goes... now I just need to get a container to put them in...LOL
[By the way they are not SU brand - I just noticed the catalogue poking out from underneath after I posted... They are Kaisercraft - Fusion]
 
My 2nd statement relates to the fact that the last 2 times I have posted I actually didn't make it to visiting anyone back - and I feel awful about it - so I didn't post at all last week... as many of you know my job was made redundant and I am finishing up after 16 years in the next week or so - I think that may be the reason for my lack of "focus" - but I am hoping this too shall pass...
 
Ok enough rambling - if you want to know all about WOYWW - head on over to Stamping Ground and let our hostess Julia Dunnit fill you in...
 
 
I am off to visit now - thanks for stopping by... I really love and appreciate every single visitor... Mxx