Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ruby's Rainbow - Recipe Challenge

I can't believe it's already time for another challenge at Ruby's Rainbow - time is just flying by so fast. It feels like an extra celebration is in order - for today is the last day of winter here in Australia! I do not like the cold, so I am always happy to see the end of the winter months.

The challenge this fortnight is a recipe. We want to see 3 designer papers, 2 buttons or brads, and one flower on your creations this time. Here is what I came up with for the challenge :

I am really disappointed with how this photo turned out. Completely my own fault, I photographed this card and didn't realise I had accidently left my camera set to a white balance setting that gives everything a lovely yellow hue. You can't see the lovely browns and greens on the gorgeous papers. As I had made this card for a friend, I then gave it to her for her birthday before I got the photo off the camera. Oh well, hopefully you get the idea anyway. Serves me right for not checking my camera before using it.

This card gave me a chance to use my very first flower die - Tim Holtz Tattered Florals. I think the one big flower makes a nice statement without overwhelming the card.

To see what the rest of the DT created and to enter your own creation, please head over to Ruby's Rainbow. I hope to see you there.

As always, thank you for your lovely comments and for visiting this little blog. I hope you have a fabulous week.

Also entered into the folllowing challenges:

Die Cuttin Divas - Fall Colours
Hooked on Craft Challenges - Things with Wings


Sunday, August 28, 2011

SFC - now featuring me!

I am thrilled to say I have been invited to join another Design Team, this time for one of my favourite challenge blogs - Sparkles Forum Challenges. I would like to thank the lovely Angel for inviting me, and for her very sweet welcome. I am thrilled to be part of the team and can't wait to check out all the fabulous entries into each challenge.

This fortnight's challenge at Sparkles Forum Challenge is Punch It.

I have to admit that since acquiring my very first punch - a Martha Stewart butterfly one - I have been sticking butterflies on lots of cards! I love the added dimension they give to cards, not to mention the added 'girlyness'.  Here is the card I created for the challenge:

Copics used:
Hair: E35, E31
Skin; E000, E00, E11, R20
Dress, Shoes, Hat: E02, E04, G000
Stamp: La La Land Marci with Rose

I recently purchased some gorgeous little antique style charms online from a store here in Australia called Scrap Matrix, and was excited to try one out on this little card. As I love photography I found it hard to resist the gorgeous little vintage looking camera charm. Coupled with some vintage style lace and La La Land's Marci with Rose, I've tried to create this card to have an 'olde world' look about it. Hopefully I've succeeded!

To see how the other DT members tackled the challenge, and to add your own creations of course, please visit us at Sparkles Forum Challenges - Punch It. The sponsor for this challenge is Stitchy Bear, and they are offering this fabulous prize:

I hope to see you there!

Also entered into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me Challenges- Lace
Crafty Catz - Metal & Lace
The Crafty Pad - Distressing and Tearing

Sweet Friend

Happy weekend everyone!  It's a super quiet weekend at the Fox household. My husband AJ had a wisdom tooth out on Friday and is feeling less than fantastic, and I had a huge week at work and want to just spend some time recharging my batteries. So yesterday I made cards, avoided housework and watched crappy daytime TV. Bliss.

Here's my latest creation - another gorgeous La-La Land Craft stamp - "Chef Marci". My great friend Linda kindly stamped this for me onto some Copic paper as this stamp's not yet part of my burgeoning stamp collection. I finished it with the tiny Wild Rose Studio sentiment stamp "Sweet Friend". I found this Kaisercraft paper at my local crafty store - I loved the cooking images.

The card was inspired by the Cute Card Thursday sketch.

Copics used:
Hair: E31, E35
Skin: E000, E00, E11, R20
Shoes: E21
Cake: Y000, G00, R20
Piping bag: R20
Stamp: La La Land - Chef Marci
Sentiment - Wild Rose Studio
Paper - Kaisercraft "Nan's Favourites Collection"

Entered into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - Sketch
City Crafter Challenge - Best Friends

And added to the La La Land Crafts Customer Gallery

Sunday, August 21, 2011

More thanks

This weekend has been a card making marathon! I had a few orders from friends for cards in the lead-up to Father's Day, and I was also asked to make a "Thank you" card for a colleague. I ordered a new stamp specially for the occasion - let's pretend I needed an excuse - and pulled out the last of some of my favourite papers. This is Toby with Roses, another fabulous Wild Rose Studio Stamp.

Apologies for the slight angle, I was trying to take this pic in low light and as the shutter speed was reduced I was leaning on my elbows to reduce camera shake. I was favouring one elbow (currently missing skin due to a dog induced injury) and I obviously held the camera accordingly!

I will update you on some of my other creations as the week goes on. For now, it's back to colouring. Have a great week everyone and thanks as always for your kind comments.

Entered into the following challenges:
Totally Gorjuss -cute and cuddly
Stamp Something - Thank you

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A stitchy card

Exciting news to share this week - I was selected to form part of the new Design Team at Ruby's Rainbow Challenges! It's my first stint as a DT member and it has been an exciting few days submitting my answer to the upcoming challenge and then waiting for the challenge to go live so everyone can enter.

The first challenge I designed for is "stitching" and here's my little creation using Laurence Collection Stamps "Mr Fix It" stamp.

Copics used:
Bear fur: E35, E31, R20 (nose)
Jeans: B93, B97
Wood: E21
Assorted tools: C3, YR15,R27
Stamp: Laurence Collection "Mr Fix It"

Now anyone who knows me knows that I am not at all talented in anything sewing related. My husband is in charge of sewing buttons back on and anything more challenging than that goes straight to a dress-maker for repairs. I will not buy pants if the hems are too long and the idea of having to use a sewing machine is enough to make me break out in a rash.

I thought of doing faux stitches like I have done on a previous card, but the idea of actual stitching really appealed to me. So you can imagine how excited I was to discover a neat little stitching tool called the We R Memory Keepers - Sew Easy Stitch Piercer that you just run across your cardboard and it makes perfectly spaced little holes you can then just run your needle and thread through. You can buy different heads for different stitches, but I thought I would try the easiest one first. I am so happy with how it turned out - such a nice embellishment for a male card.

Now the rest of the DT team did a far more professional job of stitching than I did - so to see how they do it, and to add your own entry - visit us at Ruby's Rainbow - Stitching Challenge.

Also entered into the following challenges:
Here come the boys - Critters
Fab N Funky Challenges - A Stitch in Time
Cards For Men - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant Challenge - Stitching
Sparkles Forum Challenges - One for the boys
The Paper Variety - Threads

As always thank you for visiting and for your lovely comments. I can't tell you how nice it is to read them.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Thank you card

Last week my manager asked me to make a thank you card. I created this using my new Wild Rose Studio stamp - Fergus with Bouquet. Fergus is just adorable - I can see myself making a lot of cards with him. This card is still sitting on my manager's desk - she says she doesn't want to give it away. Awww, what a nice compliment for my work. :)

Copics used:
Dragon:YG00,YG03,E11, RV13,RV10
Flowers: RV10, RV13, YG03, B02 
Stamp: Wild Rose Studio - Fergus with Bouquet

This card is to thank the lovely people at for taking our team out to the Chef's Gallery restauarant in Sydney and teaching us the art of noodle making and decorating black sesame dumplings to look like little piggies. Here's a pic of the little piggy I decorated - he was so cute it was a shame to eat him... although he was delicious.

Entered into the following challenges:
My Time To Craft - Fairy Tales
Ruby's Rainbow - Gems
Delightful Challenges - Things with Wings

As always thanks for looking, and for your kind comments.