Sunday, July 29, 2012

Making it Sporty at The Squirrel and The Fox

Well the Olympics are in full swing and already the Aussie swimmers are doing us proud, with our 4 x 100m relay team winning gold and setting a new Olympic record.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!

It's of course only fitting that our challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox celebrates the world's biggest sporting event, so our theme for the next fortnight is


Our challenge is sponsored by Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More, and this is what I came up with using this cute little bunny image:

I pulled out some of my favourite papers for this one - unfortunately I don't have the details but it's the most gorgeous shimmery paper covered with compasses, just perfect for a little bunny setting off in a rowboat.  The sentiment is from my Woodland Folk clear stamp collection and all card stock and the ribbon are from my stash. The image is coloured with copics.

I hope you'll join us at The Squirrel and The Fox with your sporty creations and be in the chance to win 5 free digi images from Robyn's Fetish.

Thanks for visiting, see you again soon!


Friday, July 20, 2012

A birthday card for AJ

Hello All,

It's an unusual post from me, for it's 3.30pm on a Friday and normally I would be at work. This week I was unfortunately struck down with the flu and boy, have I been sick. It sure makes you realise how much you take your health for granted when it all but disappears - I have been pretty much flat on my back since Monday night. Today is the first day I felt up even blogging, so I thought I would celebrate this milestone by sharing the card I made for my husband's birthday.

Every year, without fail my husband asks me for a jet-ski or a trail bike for his birthday, knowing full well we don't have the space for either. I have told him he can have one, as long as his road bike isn't here, because that's the only place it would fit. He LOVES his road bike, even if he only rides it a few times a year, so that's always the end of it until he brings it up the next year.

It's a long standing joke between us, so this time he got a trail bike themed card!

Of course this is a Kenny K image - Dirt Bike Mike - coloured with copics. The bike was coloured like a Kawasaki, and the gear matches AJ's trail bike riding gear. The papers and cardstock are from my stash, and the brown mesh and orange ribbon set them off perfectly. I added the white metal rivets to tie it all together and ensure that masculine feel.

I would like to enter this card into the challenges at:

Kenny K's Krafty Krew - Get Sporty
Craft Room Challenge - Sports
Kaboodles Doodles - Olympics, Sports, Outdoors, Adventures, Hobbies
Whoopsie Daisy Challenges - Use Up Your Stash

Thanks for visiting - now I'm off to wander around your blogs too.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

Wedding time at Sparkles

Hello again!

For my third and final post this weekend, it's time to tell you about the latest challenge at Sparkles Monthly Challenges. Our theme for this month is:


For my DT work this month I took the opportunity to use the gorgeous Tiddly Inks digi image 'You and Me'. This image is so lovely to colour and is one of my very favourite images.

I created this card for my Mum & Dad's 40th Wedding Anniversary. You may recognise the papers from a card I created only a week ago for my expectant friend. I originally bought this paper for all the lovely quotations on it, and then proceeded to pretty much cover them all up except the "Forever in Love" one.

The lace is very old, and came from my grandmother. The antique birdcage is from Scrap Matrix and the ribbon and pearls are from my stash.

Our challenge this month is being sponsored by Di's Digi's who are offering our winner a $10 voucher for their store.

Visit the challenge blog to see what the Design Team have come up with. I hope you'll play along with us this month.

Also entered into the following challenges:
Southern Girls Challenge - Pearls
The Paper Shelter - Pearls & Swirls
Bearly Mine - Pearls & Lace
Creative Card Crew - Swirls & Pearls
Shopping our Stash - Folds or Pleats

Thanks for visiting!

Kids or Babies at The Squirrel and The Fox

Brace yourself Blogger friends for this is a busy blogging weekend for me, as all three of my challenge blogs have challenges go live within days of each other. I'm not sure this little blog has ever had so much action!

Our challenge theme at The Squirrel and The Fox this fortnight is an easy one:


Now I don't have any children of my own (just one of the furry variety), but even I seem to make cards for kids quite often. So far they've all been birthday cards or cards to welcome new babies to the world, so I thought I'd make something a little different - a bright and cheery kiddie Get Well Card.

Our challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo, and I used their cute little Deacon Rain digi for this card. I had bought the cute rainy DP a while ago and was very happy to have a chance to use it. The sentiment is a CC Design rubber stamp. Deacon was coloured with copics and the ribbon is from my stash.

I used some 3D crystal lacquer for the rain and puddle, but sadly it just doesn't show in the photo.

I hope you'll join us for our Kids or Babies challenge - make sure you pop over to the challenge blog and check out the inspiring work from the DT. Lisabee has had to step down from the blog due to other exciting commitments, so I also want to take this opportunity to thank her for all her hard work over the past 21 challenges.

Thanks for looking and for your kind comments as always!


Friday, July 13, 2012

Steampunk and Metal at CCCC

Hello Everyone,

I'm excited to tell you about the new challenge at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges:


What a fabulous challenge theme I am sure you will agree. I love steampunk, but have never tried it myself, so this card needed a little bit of thinking time. I actually bought a chipboard clock for it, but when I put it together the clock just didn't work. So here's what I came up with:

The image is Steampunk Josephine from Sassy Studios. My little butterflies are my metal additions. The background paper is "Steampunk Debutante Collection" from Graphic 45. Background mesh ribbon and lace are from my stash. I coloured Josephine with all my earth tone copics to create this rather sepia monochrome look.

Our challenge this fortnight is sponsored by Sassy Studio and Robin's Nest - check out the Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges blog for all the details and to check out the fabulous steampunk creations from the team.

Also entered into the following challenges:
Stamp n Doodle - Monochrome
Whimsy Stamps Challenges - Monochrome

See you again soon!


Sunday, July 8, 2012

Guest Designer at Fussy and Fancy

Ooh, it's an exciting post for I am happy to be the Guest Designer at one of my all time favourite challenge blogs - Fussy and Fancy!

My task as Guest Designer was to create a card for their current challenge -


As my wonderful friends in blogland know, I'm still quite a novice when it comes to creating cards and tend to stick to my favourite square or rectangle cards. In fact I've only veered from that path once, to create an easel card. I spent a fair amount of time googling all different types of cards with folds and almost created a flowerpot card, but in the end I couldn't resist having a coloured digi as the star, so once again I created an easel card. Ambitious aren't I?

I loved this little digi from Tiddy Inks and thought it was just perfect for a card for my pregnant friend Renee. I computer generated the sentiment "So excited to hear you are egg-specting" to match the darling image, which was of course coloured with copics. I am very proud of her hair I must say!

The papers are from Cosmo Cricket and I have set it all on Bazzil cardstock. The lace and metal paperclip are from my stash.

I hope you will pop over to Fussy and Fancy and enter your own fancy folds card. The Design Team have created some seriously clever folds, I intend to attempt each and every type along my card making journey.

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
Sassy Studio Designs - Metal
Paper Makeup Stamps - Easel Card
Poodles Parlour - Cute or Cuddly
The Ribbon Girl Blog - Girlie

Until next time,

Christmas in July

Well Blogging Friends, I am hoping it's a case of 'better late than never' for my card, for the current challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox started a whole week ago and I'm only now just posting my card. I have been a little overwhelmed with a whole lot of stuff going on in my world at the moment, and I just wasn't able to get my card completed in time.

So, assuming you all forgive me, I can now tell you about our challenge. As you know, Christmas falls in the middle of Summer here in Australia, and most people have given away the ideas of suffering through traditional hot roast dinners for Christmas. I remember when I was little, everyone slaved all day to make a roast lamb with all the trimmings (we never did turkey at our house - I think from the beginning we were always a bit too Aussie for turkey). By the time we got to the table, everyone was just too hot to eat it. We now have a typical Aussie seafood and chicken dinner these days and everyone stays much cooler.

If you want to have a traditional Christmas dinner, the best time to do it is the middle of Winter. This is why a whole bunch of Aussies celebrate an additional Christmas - in July.

So of course that's our theme for this fortnight:


We are being sponsored by Digi Doodle Images this fortnight and they supplied the team with some fabulous digi images to use. As I was supremely disorganised, I went instead with this adorable little Pollycraft image.

I hope you can pop over to The Squirrel and The Fox to see what the wonderfully organised team created for you. You can also welcome our two newest members of the DT, Mags B and Vanessa.

Until next time, happy crafting everyone.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Anything Goes at CCCC

Hello Everyone!

Oh I am such a terrible blogger for here I was thinking this post had been scheduled when all along it was sitting here in drafts. Now I am behind in telling you about the newest challenge at Chocolate, Coffee and Cards Challenges. Our theme this fornight is a super easy one - for it's


So no excuses, I expect to see you entering your next creation, pronto. See how bossy I can be?

Our challenge is sponsored this time by Crafty Sentiments, who are offering our winner 4 free digis. I was lucky enough to play with this little cutie from their collection - Just Relax (Amy).

I tried something I hadn't tried before for this card - I stamped the sentiment directly onto the DP (a risky thing if you knew how many times I completely botch up stamping things). I then entered far higher risk territoy and got the sewing machine out. I am proud of the stitching on this one, it's mostly straight and mostly how I intended, bar some issues turning corners. Let's just say that I didn't intend to add a little flower.. it's covering up the bit that didn't go so well!

Oh well, I am determined to add beautiful sewing to my cards, so I have to learn and there are bound to be mistakes along the way. I guess it goes with the territory.
Please pop over to CCCC and see what my fabulous teammates have created, and enter your own project.

Thanks for visiting and for your wonderful comments as always.