Saturday, December 7, 2013

Nearly Done

Have just about finished my Christmas cards for this year. All ready to post or deliver so should beat the rush at the post office. These two I did today for two old friends as I wont be able to catch up before Christmas. Used an image from the Penny Black stamp set  the Wonder . They are just so cute and seem to be getting plenty of use this Christmas. The first one was made using scraps so I have no idea of the name of the PP and coloured with copics. The border punch is Stamping up and sentiment was a present last year from my stamping group (ACTSA). 

Hedgehog E50,53,55,74,77,C7 
Scraf & Mittens B12,14,16,18
Presents B45,93,99,Y04,YR16,YG07,09,R46
Sled E35,37,Multi Liner Sepia
Robin E25,50,53,R24
Ground W3,5, Blender 0
Shadow B0000

The same image was used for the second card, just used different colours, and stuck fairly close with the same basic sketch. The PP for this was a freebie from Australian Simply Cards a couple of years ago. Coloured with copics to match the paper.
 Hedgehog E50,53,55,74,77,C7
Scraf & Mittens YG93,95,99
Sled Sled E35,37,Multi Liner Sepia
Robin E25,50,53,R24
Ground W3,5, Blender 0
Shadow BV0000


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Back at Last.

I cannot believe I have not posted since April. Where has the year gone. I Really have no excuse, just seems there is never enough time to do the things you plan and family and trips away take over. Not that I am complaining as we had the most fab trip to Canada and Alaska. Also managed some time in LA doing the tourist things. Not much crafting but have a couple of Christmas cards and an ATC.The cards are for my DD's and I think I need some more time using my copics as it took for ever. Both cards and ATC use Penny Black stamps.
Cat E13,17,18,31,35.
Mouse W0,03,05,C0,B26,29.
Tree G29,94,YG23,E17,27,29.
Baubles Y11,27,YR14.
Star Y15.
Shadows BV0000,E70,71.

This is such a gorgeous stamp and I tried getting some movement in the dress. Pretty happy how it turned out. The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink

Skin E50,52,E11,13,41,R20.
Hair YR00,12,E09,18,19,77.
Dress BG11,13,15,49.
Holly Wings & Holly YG05,09,G82,R14.
Globe G82,BG10,YR00,R14,C01,03.
Shoes R14,37.
Bells YR16,E35,V99.
Ground E70,71,74.
Shadow B000

The ATC is for a swap  I do each month at ACT Stamp Artists

 Hedgehog E000,00,02,E13,41,55,57,71,74,77.
Tree G29,YG67.
Star Y04,18.
Ground C0,1,3.
Shadow BG000
Sakura glaze green pen on tree.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Progressive Christmas Challenge 4

Christmas Bells

This is my first card for the latest Lady Anne's Christmas Challenge. The image from Priscillastyles was coloured with copics (still addicted) then cut out and mounted on a Spellinders Stately Circle die. The PP is from an old Ruby Rocket pack and border die from Stampin up. Added some twine from Lime Tart and a charm from Craft Queen. It was silver but didn't match so I coloured it with copic marker YR14. 

Copics used:
Bell: YR14, Y17, Y28, W7, C1. Ribbon: R27, R59. Leaves: G17, G24, G29. B/Ground: C0, C3.
The Merry Christmas Die cut was coloured with G05 and R37 then coated with Glossy Accents. 
I still have the second image but it will have to wait as I will be away for a week so no crafting.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Progressive Christmas Challenge 3

Have not had much time for blogging but managed to colour and make a card with one the images from Lady Anne's Christmas Challenge. The two free images are from Anji's Antics and I decided to do the snowman first. He was coloured using Jasart water colour pencils and love the soft look it gave. The snowdrifts are just torn pieces of cardstock, coloured and mounted on a piece of white card then mounted on a white card base. The stamped sentiment is from Dark room Door set Yuletide Vol 1.

Saturday, March 23, 2013


Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge 32

Have had this image for a while and thought the challenge over on Doodle Pantry was the perfect time to colour it up. The poppy has a special meaning for us in Australia on Remembrance Day. It is when on the eleventh hour on the eleven day of the eleven month, the nation stops for a minute's silence, to remember those who sacrificed their lives in war. On this day we wear a red poppy in remembrance. The red poppy has become a familar emblem of Remebrance Day due to the poem "In Flanders Fields". These poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in WW 1, their brilliant red colour an appropiate symbol for the blood spilled in war.

In Flanders Field

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scare heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago 
we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders Fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Fields.

This is my card. The image is coloured with copics and then mounted on spellbinders circle dies. The pp is from the kaiser Blae and Ivy 6x6 pad. Bling is kaiser, ribbon and lace from stash and sentiment GinaK.

Poppies R27, R35, R37, R59, C7, black multiliner. Leaves YG95, YG97. Shadow G0000.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Colour Challenge AC158

Playing with Distress Inks.

The challenge at Annabelle Stamps asks that we use the following colours.

I didn't have the exact ones but thought these distress inks came fairly close. I stamped the flowers from the Designer flower stamp set in versamark, used white embossing powder and heat embossed them. The sentiment is from the Shape it up set and was also embossed. Used the distress inks over the top and this is the finished panel. A few shakes of water added to the distress look,  piece of ribbon for  embellishment, white and watermelon mats that was then mounted on a white card. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Progressive Christmas Challenge 2

Sing Choir of Angels ?

My second card for this challenge also uses an image from Stamp n Doodle and it is a beauty. As usual I used copics and then Antique Linen distress ink.The background PP is an old off cut (unknown) and the music piece is Kaiser. Twine from SU, button and gauze from stash and banner and sentiment computer generated.

Copics: Skin E000, E00, E02, R20. Lips R22. Hair Light YR12, YR17, Y17. Hair Brown E17, E18.
Hair Black C5,100.
Tops C0, C1, C3, C5, R29. Wreaths YG45, G17, R29. Books E31, E71, 0. Shadow G0000.

Progressive Christmas Challenge 2

Magic Wand

Finally managed to finish my two cards for this Challenge on Lady Anne's Challenges. Have been out of action for a week after my knee surgery. On the mend and trying not to hurry it. Still not allowed to drive and that is the worst of it. Hate having to depend on others. My first card is this gorgeous image from Stamp n Doodle that I coloured with copics and added Sakura gelly roll in clear star for a bit of glitter. Hard to see on the photo. I cut it out, rounded the corners and mounted it on spellbinders resplendent rectangle die. Used Menento london fog ink for some colour and PP is Kelly Panacci  Let it Snow. Lace from WIP.

Copics: Skin E000, E00, E02, R20. Tutu and Shoes RV000, RV02, C0

Monday, March 11, 2013

Dropping In

The challenge over at Tiddly Inks this week is for a CAS creation. I printed the image Spring Hug a bug and coloured with copics. Cut it out and embossed a line around it then mounted it on a square card. The sentiment is computer generated using Sylfaen Font.

Copics: Skin E50, E51, E55, R20. Dress & Hat  YG03, YG06. Wings BG0000, BG000. Shoes G05.
Flowers YR02, YR04, YR07, YR14. Multi Liner Sepia 0.3.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Make it Manly Challenge 87

Needed a quick birthday card for my DD's partner and 15 mins later this was the result. The images are from Tim Holtz the Journey. I stamped them on an old piece of light PP and tore and distressed the edges. Computer generated sentiment, a couple of brads and some twine and one quick card. 

I am entering this in challenge 87 on the Anything Goes Challenge Blog.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Kraftin' Kimmie Challenge 168

Spring is in the Air

This lovely bird fairy seemed to fit the bill for the Springy, pastel colours challenge on the Kraftin' Kimmie blog. Stamped her on watercolour paper and coloured with my water soluble oil pastels. A great buy at $5.99 at my local Dollar store. Not a large range of colours  but that is maybe a good thing as it limits you. I am really happy with the result and think I will pull them out more often. They seemed to give it a lovely soft feel. The PP is from Graphic 45 6 x 6 Secret Garden pad, the scalloped border & sentiment from Kaiser Blae & Ivy paper pad,  flowers Prima and old ones from my stash. The leafy flourishes dies are from Fancy-that. Lace and ribbon from Lime Tart

Sketch Challenge Annabelle Stamps AC157

May your Day be Special

Pulled out my Star water colour  pencils and I like the result. Not many colours to choose from but sometimes that is a good thing. The card is for the sketch challenge over at Annabelle Stamps 

The image is from All things grow Stamp Set and was printed on watercolour paper with Ranger Archival black ink. Stamped the small reeds three times, the large reed twice and one of the butterflies. The fern from the set was stamped with versamark and the sentiment is from the same set. The PP is from the Kaiser craft Blae & Ivy 61/2 pad. CS from Creative Memories.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Geeky Love

Getting Married

Been awhile since my last post but have been busy seeing specialists etc and I am booked in to have my knee fixed next week. Only day surgery and should be back to normal in no time. Just so finally glad they found out what was causing all the pain and it is nothing major. Did managed this card for the card challenge at my local craft shop WIP. They make up packs and you have to use what they supply to make a card. You can add extras but the majority must be from the pack. I choose a digital image from Make it Crafty  called Geeky Love Getting Married as it seemed the perfect fit . I coloured it with copics and added the heart pins, red roses.

Skin: E000,E02, E11, E13. Hair Bride: YR000, YR12, YR16, E17. Groom: E47, E55, E57. Dress: W0, W1, W3, W5. Suit: C1, C3, C5, C7. Bouquet: R27, YG06.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Fussy Cuttin'!

The Kraftin Kimmie challenge 167 this week is fussy Cutting. This is my effort. The stamp is Lovely Lulu and is coloured with copics. I cut her out and mounted her on a spellbinders label 2 die. The PP is Raspberry Road Designs, leaves and lace from Craft Queen, and the flowers, button and twine from stash. Ink distress tumbled glass, pearls Kaiser.

 Skin E50, E51, E53, R20. Hair Y11, Y15, Y17, YR23, YR28. Bows R27, R89, B16.
Hair Bauble B39. Bear E33, E35, E37 brown 0.3 multi liner.  Bubbles  B000 BG000. 
Bath W1, W3, W5, E41.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chookscraps Card Challenge

One of my favourite sites, Chookscraps has a monthly card challenge as well as other challenges and I have been abit slack lately with them. Well I have managed two so far and hope to do the others tomorrow. Card one was to use five PP's from stash and this is the left overs from a card I did for the Inspirational Challenge on ADAC. The details of the papers used are listed on that post. The cat stamp is an inche from Inkadinkado and as is the sentiment from their Cattitude set. Doily  by Cheery Lyn and hearts Creative Memories.

The second card was to use only white and one other colour. Love the way this turned out. The border die is Tessatina from Memory  Box and it is so versitile and large butterfly die from Cheery Lyn. Added a sentiment from HeroArts, solid butterflies from Darkroom Door stamp set Wildflower that I cut out.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Inspiration Challenge CDAC

Birthday Hugs
This is my card for the Inspiration Challenge on CDAC using the colours below.

The image is from Cuddly Bubbly by Pachela Studios and I coloured it using Jasart water colour pencils. The DP's are from Kaiser (blue & ivy), My Minds Eye (follow your heart), Echo Park (dots & stripes candy shoppe), Bow Bunny ( alora collection) and K & C Company (daisy pad). . Love that they are different 6 X 6 pads and yet they all match. The strips were cut using MFT Fishtail Flag die, small doily from Cheery Lyn, and  added some gauze under image. The sentiment is computer generated and bling Kaiser.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

1-4-1 ATC Swap

Our monthly Stamp group has an ATC swap and as it is Canberra's centenary this year all the criteria revolves around thing happening in our lovely captial city. This month it was flora and fauna and this is my take on it.

The stamp from stampin ups Bloom Away is a flowering gum blossom, coloured with copics. I did three and cut them out and layered them on a heated glue background coloured with acrylic paint.

New Addition


This page was done in honor of the latest addition to our family. Archie was found wondering the streets 51/2 months ago and has had a rough ride. He was destined for death row but was rescued by ARF and fostered til a new home could be found. They discovered he has epilepsy and is about 70% deaf so finding a new home looked remote. That's when my DH saw him on-line and fell in love him him. The rest is history. 

The PP is from Kaiser Base Coat range, stamps Tim Holtz Lost and Found and Ultimate Grunge. The watch wooden embellishment from Typo, clock face an old watch of DH, (could not throw that away),   old chain of mine. Stamp-in up border punch and old American craft letter stickers. Had to improvise as I didn't have all the letters but turned out okay. 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Just for fun

This started out as practice with my copics and I liked the finished image (Sugar Creek Hollow) so it ended up this card. The trouble with colouring first is it's often hard to match papers and these are colours I would not normally use. The PP on the background is an old scrap and the stripe piece was a small off cut that was just the right size. Used a Martha Stewart border punch, CS from core'dinations, ribbon Creative Crafts and Kaiser bling. The sentiment was a secret Santa gift at Christmas so I have know idea (maybe Kaiser). The image was printed 3 times, coloured and fussy cut, and mounted with dimensionals. Hard to see on the photo.

Copics: Violets: V09, V15, V17, YR16. Leaves: G16, G17, G28, B39. Shadow: G0000, G000, G00, blender 0. Frame: BV02, BV08

I am sending this to a very special lady that has just come out of hospital. She is 87 and I know she will enjoy it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sweet Birthay Wishes.

This card  was done for the CDAC Anything goes Challenge and I had some fun with this one. I love the image from Sliekj Stamps and it just cried out to be cute and girlie.  The PP is from Fancypants designs 6x6 Beach Babe pad, lace WIP, and flowers are from my stash. The leaves Martha Stewart and Carl punches. The large blue flower in the back nearly ended up in the bin as it has been floating around my desk for ages. Just trimmed the bottom to fit and another thing recycled. The image is coloured with copics and used glossy accents on the cupcakes.

Copics: Mouse: R000, RV21, E70, E77, E74. Cupcakes: RV13, R81, E33, E37.
Ground:  E43, E55, E57. Shadow: YR20. Sprinkles: Sakura Gelly Roll pens in variety of colours.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

For My Darling

Valentines Card

Managed a quick card for my DH for valentines day and he was lucky to get one as it has been very hectic around our place.  The PP, sentiment and stickers are from Docrafts It must be Love collection. Metallic heart brads from stash and ribbon from WIP.

This is the reason I haven't been doing to much.

 We have acquired a new pet.  His name is Archie and he is a rescue dog, about 5 yrs old and has epilepsy. Because of his health problems they couldn't resettle him but he is gorgeous and how could you not give him a second chance. Did I mention he is also has only has about 20% hearing. He is settling in but hates being on his own. To this mix add our DD's Lab cross as they lost their house roof in a freak storm on Australia day and are in temporary accommodation for three months. Ah life wasn't meant to be easy but it sure is interesting. 

Still Reelin' and a Rockin'

I think I am still on a high after the Cliff Richards concert. It was a fantastic show and I don't care how old he is he can still bring the house down.  Tammy and I checking out the theatre in the afternoon. Our accommodation was right across the road so had time to shop as it was smack bang in the centre of town.  One fabulous weekend.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Birthday Card

Happy Birthay

A quick blog as I am supposed to be packing for Sydney. A dear friend has a birthday tomorrow and I whipped up a card for him as we will be catching up in Orange before we head off. The stamped images are from Annabelle stamps and love the way it turned out. The background stamp is from Darkroom door and I wanted a grunge look so lots of inking and distressing.The guitar is coloured with copics, cut out and mounted on the background. Tickets, I think from Tim Holtz, and twine. Background coloured with distress ink. PP is an old scrap.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Annabelle Stamps Sketch Challenge

Nearly forgot this challenge as things got rather hectic this afternoon and we are going away for a few days. My youngest DD is a mad Cliff Richards fan so we are of to Sydney to catch his show. He is not coming to Canberra, and as Tammy is in Orange we have a few hours driving, so making it a nice
long weekend. Some shopping, sightseeing and the show.
The challenge was a sketch and this is my take on it.

I stamped the image from the new Standing Tall stamp set and added a touch of colour with a watercolour pencil and blending pen. Stamped the sentiment from All things grow three times in brown ink. Mounted the image on spellbinders floral and nesting small oval. The pp was an old cutoff and can't remember the name. Buttons, small bling and ribbon to finish. 

Let's Grab Lunch

Dooble Pantry Digital Challenge 31

This gorgeous image and sentiment is from Doodle Panrty and I have coloured it with my copics. My DD is a cat lover and she will love this card. The PP is the new range Base Coat from Kaiser and for backgrounds it's a must. Used some twine and buttons to finish it off.  I'm entering this in the Doodle Pantry Digital Challenge 31 .

Copics: Cat E13, E117, E18, R14, R81. Collar: YR12, R89. Mouse: W1, W3, W5, W7, R81 
Ground: E53, E55, E57, Black Multi Liner 0.3. SkyBG10.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Seasonal Fun Challenge

This card is for the CDAC Seasonal Fun Challenge. Your creation had to show what the season was where you live. For me it's summer down under and this freebie digital image from Hambo stamps was perfect. I do love this cool cat. Coloured him with copics then mounted it on PP,  red CS and a blue card. Embellished it with Kaiser banner stamp, some old stickers, twine and X-cut border punch strips.
Copics: Cat E33, E35, E37, E79. Thongs E08, E09, R14, Y15. Glass B0000, B000.
Umbrella E07, E95, Yo6, YG13, YG17, G05. Rubber Raft R29, R59, C0, C1.
Sea B12, B14, B16, signo white gel pen. Sky B0000, BV000

Easy as 1-2-3 Challenge

All the new challenges have started over on CDAC and this is my card for the  1-2-3 Challenge. We had to have 1flower, 2 design papers, 3 pieces of bling. My image, carnation from Nina B was printed twice, coloured with copics, then just the flower was fussy cut out.  Spellbinders circle die used to cut one out and mounted the flower on top. This was then mounted on a Nellie Snellen patterned circle die. PP is from Prima Botanicals 6 X 6 pad, CS from DCWV, Kaiser bling and lace from stash.

Copics: R81, R85, R89  G82, G85.

Sunday, January 27, 2013


New Digi Challenge
The first CDAC Progressive challenge this year is an image from Shellys images and it is gorgeous. I printed the image twice, coloured her with copics then fussy cut one to mount over the card front. She was then doubled mounted with black and blue CS and adhered to the card base. I really love the CAS look of this card. 
Copics: Skin E000, E00, E02, R20. Hair E70, E71, E74, E77. Wings B0000, B000, C3, C5.
Heart Y11, Y15, Y17, Y23, Y28, C1, C3.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Chookscraps monthly card Challenge

Another Christmas card to add to the collection. No stamping this time so this came together quick and easy. The picture is a card topper from Lili of the valley that was coloured by Bev Rochester. This is site is worth a visit and Bev 's colouring is out of this world. We had to case a card from last years Continuous Christmas Challenge on Chookscraps and this is my version. The original is here. The PP is a scrap from Kaiser.


A Trio of Embellishments-Challenge 162

This weeks  challenge on Kraftin Kimmie was to use three embellishments and this is my card.  The stamp is Friends are for Hugging that was coloured with copics. The sentiment is from Sugar and Spice stamp set. The embellishments are lace, felt flowers and bling.

Copics: Skin E50, 51, 53, R20. Hair E000,13, 37. Dress R35, 37, 46.
Top & Headband Y17, YR23, R35. Socks E000. Shoes E13, 25, 37. Bear E70, 71, 74, W7.
 Flower & Leaf R53, YR23, R35.
Grass YG13, 17, 45, 67. Sky G0000,000 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lady Anne's Progressive Challenge

O little Town of bethehem

My second card for this challenge is also from Crafting with Jack and is a digital image. It is coloured with prisma pencils and mounted on CS . I printed the image twice, once on white then yellow CS and cut out the large star and sentiment and mounted them with dimensionals. Thought it needed just a little something more and this palm tree brad seemed perfect. Sorry but I didn't take note of the pencils.

Christmas Progressive Challenge

Poinsettias and Candle.

In my quest to have my Christmas cards done well before Christmas I am participating in Lady Anne's Progressive Challenge. The first sponsor is Crafting with Jack and I love how this poinsettia digital image turned out. It is coloured with copics and the sentiment is from GinaK holiday greetings. The PP is from the reject shop, high tea doily from MFT , Kaiser CS and ribbon by creative corner.

Copics: Poinsettias: R14, 27, 29, 46, YR23, E07. Leaves: G24, 28, 29. Berries: R46. Candle: E50, 51, 53, 55. Flame: YR16, R27. Shadows: Y15, Goooo, E71. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Friday Sketch Large card

This week on the challenge at Paper Craft Planet we were asked to try a large card measuring 71/4 by 4. For me this was fun as I do a few especially for Christmas. This CAS card was quick and easy using a cuttlebug die and embossing folder that I then sanded. It was mounted on kraft CS and the PP is from the reject shop. Added a button with twine and ribbon. Love the clean look of this.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Anything Goes

My card today is for the challenge on Tiddly Inks. The images are Magda from Dragon Friend stamp set and suitcases. I coloured the image with copics, mounted it on DCWV textured CS, PP is designed by Rachel Harper, Let's fly Away, for Quick cards. Lace from stash, computer generated sentiment and spellbinders dies completes the card.

Copics used: Skin: E000, E11, E51,  R20. Hair: R02, R05, E07, E09. Dress: BG15, BG23, BG49, BG53. Shoes: E25, E27, E31, E35. Suitcase Top & Bottom: E33, E35, E37, C3.
Suitcase Middle: E70, E71, E74, C3

The second was just for fun. Water-coloured this stamp from Stamp-it ages ago and finally made a card with it. All the CS is left over pieces, used Martha Stewart border punch, Kaiser bling and organza ribbon. The sentiment is computer generated.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Annabelle Stamps Colour Challenge

Annabelle Stamps colour challenge this week was to use
the colours below

Here is what I came up with. Stamped the image from Squared posies twice and coloured with distress inks. Sentiment also from the same set.  Cut flower from one and mounted it over the other, then mounted it on spellbinder die and on to card. The PP is a Scrap and ribbon from Hobby sew.  

Haven't done the Cuttlebug challenge over on Paper Craft Planet for ages so decided to enter that as well. Had fun with it and this is the result. Had to use a new die and I love my new tessatine border die from Memory Box. The stamp is from Gina K and sentiment is computer generated.


Sunday, January 13, 2013

Annabelle Stamps

 Annabelle stamps are an Australian company with lovely goodies in their shop and a fabulous blog. They have great challenges, tips, and a fantastic DT.  There is a new release  and a  blog hop coming up. Check them out. annabellestamps

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Been quiet here at home so plenty of time to just laze around and relax. Made two cards, the first one for the card challenge on Chookscraps
January 2013 card challenges
The criteria was to use your copics and this is the result.Cut the image with oval spellbinders, PP scraps and hemp twine.
The second was done for AnnaBelle Stamps  topical Tuesday challenge to use one of the digi stamps. I have made a resolution to do at least one Christmas card a week and this was perfect. Coloured with watercolour pencils and used scraps left from my Christmas cards ( I need to clean my desk) and book binding ribbon.


Saturday, January 5, 2013

I guess I should start over this year and try to do more on my blog. I know I will never do it regular but my resolution is at least once, no twice a week to post something. The coasters  were supposed to be for my DD but never sealed them so a birthday gift done. The paper is old could be Basic Grey, stamps from Essentials Collection Wildflower and Essentials 3 Co llections Butterflies. So simple and easy to make.