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Monday, December 31, 2012

Use a Doily

My last card for 2012 was inspried by Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog where they are asking us to use a doily this week.  Now I have a love of collage, crinoline and steampunk, surely a doily will fit in there!.  Yes it does, the image I have used is called img010 and I have had it well over 12 months, luckily now most images have the designer in the name of the image, but alas back then a large number came through with no identification for future references.  If anyone knows who drew this lady, please let me know. I have used acrylic paints, metallic paint pens, Prisma Colour Pens, Touch Pens and Copic Pens.  Stickers, embroidery thread to lace her corset and of course Doilies.  Hope you like my Crinoline Steampunk Lady, she was lots of fun to make. 

Happy New Year to all.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Winter/Snowflakes at Broken Box Stock Challenge

I am in the middle of summer and loving every moment as I am not a lover of Winter, but this challenge at Broken Box Stock caught my eye and together with a cute image called "Cafe" which is a freebie at Broken Box Stock thought I would try a few different techniques.  The image has been printed on a sheet of Draw & Wash Wet Media paper from Art Spectrum, I started out using pencils and blending with Zest-It, I didn't want to colour the whole image, just certain elements, I then started using Touch Pens to do some highlighting and found they worked beautifully on this paper, will definitely be using it with the alcohol based pens again.  Lots of glittery snow on the building and snowman, snowflakes are from Make It Crafty. Mounted image on some green and white paper.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Skulls and Skeletons

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge theme this week is Skulls and Skeletons, found this really fun after all the red, green and glitter of Christmas, and I think we all stay in a party-like atmosphere until New Year anyway, so my little skeletons have decided to party on.  Skeleton, only used one, changed direction and used only the skull for the third is one I have had for sometime.  The Skeleton Alpha comes from Altered Emporium, who designs Digital Kits.  Cut a couple of pieces of cardstock for their hats and added bling and ribbon.  The little mask added to the skull is from a packet of masks I picked up in a $2.00 shop.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Lucky Dip

It's Lucky Dip time at "Try it On Tuesday", we got a list of ingedients to choose from,
Die cuts
Stamped Image
  and we needed to pick 4 to include in our project.  
I chose Ribbon, Sentiment, Pearls and Stamped Image, very rare for me to use a stamp, but I bought a magazine the other day (Crafters Inspiration) and the two stamps I have used were part of a free gift.

I coloured the boot with Copic and Touch pens, added a bow and wrapped ribbon around the boot.  I have added pearls down trhe boot.  Cut the edge of a paper doily and although you can't see it in the picture (best picture I could get today, very dull outside) the top of the boot and the snowflake have lots of white glitter on them.  I also used a stamp for the sentiment which I stamped directly onto the paper doily, mounted onto coloured cardstock and put onto a gift bag.

I Love Santa

The theme this week at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge is "I Love Santa".  This song came to my mind straight away when I saw what the challenge was, could be because Mum and Dad have just celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary.  I combined two different digital stamps for this ATC, the girl is from Sassy Studio Designs I think, I have had it for over 12 months, the Santa is called Santa Dearie and how cute is he, you can find Santa Dearie and lots and  lots of gorgeous freebies at Dearie Dolls Digis, check out the site. Both images have been coloured with copic and touch pens. The mistletoe I die cut on my Ecraft, coloured and used glossy accents on the berries, and I don't know whether these should be shiny or not as I have never seen mistletoe except if it was made of plastic.  Must try and see real Mistletoe before next Christmas.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Winter Themed Tag No 2

Following on with the December theme at The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog, Winter Themed Tags, this tag has been made with a beautiful Candle image from The Stamping Boutique. The image has been coloured with Touch and Copic pens, lots of fine glitter for the snow, some gems for stars and some die cut snowflakes.  I die cut a very large snowflake, once in white and once in a blue patterned paper, mounted them and added blue glitter.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Traditon Christmas Colours at Dilly Beans

Theme this week at Dilly Beans is Traditional Christmas Colours.  I've made a Christmas Tag, the images are from a file of images called Angels, there is no name attached to the files and I can't remember where I found them. I have removed the wings of the animals for the tag.  Coloured with Touch Pens.  I randomly printed the words and music notes onto red cardstock.

Fairy Houses

What could be more magical for an ATC than the theme Fairy Houses, and that is the theme this week at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge.  One of the great things about this site is that they have a sneak peek page, lets you know what is coming up, as I was going to be very busy over the next few days, I was able to start early.

 I  found this stamp called "Fairy Tree House" at Make It Crafty.  Once I had shrunk it down to fit the ATC, I was beginning to think I had bitten off more than I could chew, lots of detail that had become very, very  small.  I used just about every type of pen/marker and pencil I have to colour the image, including Copic Prismacolour, Touch, Gel Pens, inks etc. Created 3D on some elements of the house, did some paper scultpuring on others, added glitter and gems, because surely that's what fairies would have in their garden.  Added some very small ferns and leaves that I had die cut and some glossy accent to the pebbles.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lets Get Inky

This fortnight Try it on Tuesday is about getting Inky.  I have made a tag, 4 to go and I am finished for Chrissy.  I have used two inks Galaxy Gold and a little Lightening Black for shadows.  I have used an embossing folder, which I inked in gold and then put black cardstock through an embossing press.  Leaving trees black and background gold, then I stencilled a circle in the gold ink.  I cut out santa and his reindeer on a die cutter in gold glitter paper, use the Lightening Black to add some shadows,  inked a Merry Christmas sticker in the same gold.

Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards is the theme at Robins Fetish Challenge Blog, Inspiration for this challenge came from a couple of sources.  Make It Crafty have some great background digistamps, trees, shrubs etc all separate and you put them where you want, so I have used their outback scene for my card and added the Make it Craft digital stamp called Red Nose Roo.

And why a Roo instead of a Reindeer, because the words to this song "Six White Boomers" kept going round and round in my head.
Six white boomers, snow white boomers
Racing santa claus through the blazing sun
Six white boomers, snow white boomers 
On his australian run

Pretty soon old santa began to feel the heat
Took his fur-lined boots off to cool his feet
Into one popped joey, feelin' quite okay
While those old man kangaroos kept pullin' on the sleigh

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Wing It at Wicked Wednesday ATC

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge, this week the theme is Wing It, I stamped some green paper with a swirly pattern, which I mounted onto purple cardstock, added some material flowers and foil stamps.  Have to love foil stamps, so easy to use, I stuck them on some vellum and then coloured them with Touch pens.  Added a little note and some foil corners, again painted with Touch pens.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Winter Themed Tags

The theme for December at The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog is Winter Themed tags, I've kept to Christmas tags even though I am hanging out for a long hot Christmas Day.  This tag has been made with a Christmas Tree image from Robert Jackson, thanks Robert, cute image.

1. Cut tag from Kraft Paper, and layered it with
2 Burlap? (heres a tip, not sure about the rest of the world, but in Australia we can purchase grocery shopping bags made out of a fine hessian/burlap for about a dollar - great for crafting and cheap),
3 Then a layer of Silver paper,
4 I die cut some snowflakes from white paper and decided to use the left over paper as another layer.
5 Mounted the tree which I had decorated with curled paper, gems and glitter.  Using Touch and Copic pens to colour.
6 Lastly I added the snowflakes and a red ribbon and I have my Christmas tag for Dad's present.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Frame It

This little ATC is probably an insight into how my mind works at times. The  Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge for this week is "Frame It".  I've used an image of a Beagle Boy (not sure how many people remember them, they were always trying to rob Scrooge McDuck), then I thought why not add a little bird for colour and now I have The Birdman Beagle from Alcatraz, pleading "I was framed", I have made the prisoner 3D, so he is leaning out of the black frame which has also been  made 3D.

Black, White and One other Colour

Found this challenge over at Robyns Fetish Challenge Blog, loved the idea of just using three colours.  In the end I kept it very simple and the only colour I added was cream, which I used to colour the sails.  The lovely ship is from Beyond the Fringe crafts called Tallship.  I printed the tall ship and the Happy Birthday straight onto a white card blank.  The front of the card is trimmed back to reveal a small black border on the inside of the card (you can't really see it in the picture) and matches the black strip on the other side of the ship.  Once printed I put the card into an embossing machine, but only a little bit to get some texture for choppy water, then distressed the embossing with black chalk.  I then coloured the sails with Derwent pencils.  My card is Black, White and Cream.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christmas Sparkle

The theme for this fortnight at Try it on Tuesday is Christmas Sparkle.  Here is some glitter and some bling and lots of sparkle on a Christmas Fairy tag I have made.  I have used some silver and gold paper, gold and purple glitter and some purple bling.  The image is from a digi kit by Beth Rimmer called "Caught in the Act", I have added some wings and a small tiara. 

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Wicked Wednesday ATC Time Again

Mythical Creature Challlenge at Wicked Wednesday ATC  My favourite mythical creatures have to be dragons, love them.  Here is a little one I have from Cuddly Buddly.  Just a baby, he has lost his way, and is stepping through from his glittery world into ours, maybe he is after that toadstool.  Coloured with copics, and lots of glitter.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Crafters Cafe Challenge for November continues

Hi, this is my second card on the DT for Crafters Cafe.  This month is all about be Thankful.  I had so much fun with this image from the Stamping Boutiques' Candy Land Winter stamps called Wintercake, Lots of 3D  going on here,  I layered the tiers of cake and the lollypops.  A fancy cake to say thankyou has to have lots of hundreds and thousands (not sure what the rest of the world calls them) on top of the cake, lots of glitter and some bling. You could always turn this cake into a Wedding cake or a Birthday cake. 

This is the third week of the October Challenge at The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog - go check out all the wonderful cards.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A Thank you ATC

The Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge this week is "Thank you".  I've used a little digital Angel from Sliekje digi Stamps, she has some very cute images that she offers for free.  I have paper pieced the angel, using some embossed paper, which I have coloured with a copic marker for her little dress.  She has been coloured with both Touch and Copic pens.  A golden halo on her head, her feet upon a silver lined cloud she is saying "thank you."

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge

Challenge at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge this week is Snail and/or Stripes.  Fun idea, so here is my ATC using an image by The Paper Shelter -" Just Comming". 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crafters Cafe Challenge for November

The Crafters Cafe Theme for for this month is "Thank You" .  The image I have used on this card is Tea Set from The Stamping Boutique.  Great image which  includes teapot, cup and also some sentiments.  One of the reasons I love digi stamps is that you can reverse them, change the size and mix them up if you want, on the cover of my card, I have the teapot and flowers image, with one of the sentiments "For You".  I have coloured the image with Touch and Copic pens, added some gems to the little flowers and some of the petals are 3d, I also added some pink/gold ink to the flower centres and distrressed the edges of the white card with the same ink, mounted on some pink striped paper, which I have used throughout the card and added some spotted pink flowers.

When you open up the cover, you find the cup on the first page, I have added a Thanks to the tag, again coloured with Touch and Copic pens in a contrasting colour.  Added a Thanks stamp.

 Finally comes the inside of the card, I extracted the flowers from the teapot image and turned the teapot lid into a butterfly printed onto pink paper, drew some antennae and added touch of the pink/gold ink to finish the butterfly off,  added some ribbon down the sides.  Now I have a thank you card that has lots of space for writing a letter.

Hop over to the Crafters Cafe Challenge blog, new challenge every month.

Saturday, November 3, 2012


Hard to believe that we are now having challenge No 23 at CDAC. The image this time is a teapot from Priscilla Styles, Priscilla also sent through a matching cup, called Rose Tea Cup, they worked perfectly together. I coloured them with Copic pens and as they had an old world charm about them, I placed them on some papers that continued that theme together with some paper lace and of course some pearls.  Anyone for Tea? Finished of with a Friendship stamp.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Puffing Billy Dinner Special

What a great night out on  the Puffing Billy Dinner Special.  I have used Retro Designs new kit, "Natrure Notes for the page, the kit has some great elements.  You can find the kit at Retro Designs Shop

Halloween Colours

A Day for a Daisy is having a challenge at the moment where you have to use Halloween colours, thought it would be great to use those colours but not necessarily a halloween image.  I have used an image from A Day for A Daisy called "Gift from stars".  The moon face and bats are from Createwings new digital kit October Night, if you like her facebook page, you can get the kit for free.

To get the smokey night sky background, I printed the background black, but on toner saver mode, so it would not be too dark, then I distressed the black area with cream chalks, black, grey and silver.  The image was coloured with Copics and Touch Pens, some leaves are 3D. I have used some glitter on the leaves and on the branch, mounted on green cardstock.  A cute Halloween card:

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Trick or Treat

This card for Halloween features a Witch that I have drawn, I called the image Dinner Time and have entered her in the Digital Drawing Challenges at CDAC for October.  I thought I might play with her a bit and gave her a cobweb dress and coloured her with copic and touch pens, mounted the image on an orange card with gold paper and hessian.  Now, even an old witch deserves a bit of glitter in her life, so I added some gold glitter to the flowers, to cheer her up.  I've entered the card into the Try it Tuesday Halloween Challenge.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Visit to the Dentist

This little card has been made for my Grandson who ended up in hospital for a tooth extraction.  Jordan like his grandmother, doesn't like dentists very much and he was very brave.
I have used  Toadstool Thicket and part of a freebie called Spoonful of Honey from Digistamp for Joy.  I have also added a little tooth fairy from A Day for Daisies.  Bit of bling, bit of glitter and of course a bravey award.  Card has been entered into the anything goes challenge at Digistamps for Joy blog challenge 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Toadstool Thicket

New image for CDAC Progressive Challenge No 22,  is "Toadstool Thicket" by Digistamps for Joy.

For the Toadstool Thicket, I added a cute little mouse, which was part of a freebie from Digistamps for Joy, he just seemed to fit under the leaves.  Coloured in copics and touch pens, added lots of flowers and leaves, scalloped three edges and mounted on green cardstock.

A Stitch in Time

First of two new images for CDAC Progressive Challenge No 22,  is "A stitch in Time" by Patties Creations.

I made a cover for a journal with A Stitch in Time, coloured with copics, added some material, cotton to sew on the buttons and some gems for the pin heads.

Lucky enough to get picked as a star. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Although Halloween is growing in popularity in Australia, it was never anything that we took any notice of growing up, but I can remember our children going out maybe once or twice when they were in school.  Today in the supermarket there are lots of things to buy for the night. So I suppose I had better buy in some treats in case anyone knocks on our door this year. Over at the Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog, the challenge for the month of October is Halloween with distressing.  I have used a number of overlays from Lettering Delights called Bootiful Overlays, added a black cat, did some distressing with Brilliance Lighting Black Ink, mounted the image onto some sparkly silver card and then onto a black card.The little Jack O'Lanten is one I created digitally a while ago.  Hope you like it.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Some Digital Therapy

Finally got a day to myself and decided some digital scrapping was the way to go.  Here are a couple of pages I have created using Retro Designs Kit "Jewelled Seas".  You can find it here

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


A very cute pig by Doodle Pantry called "Mud Piggy" is the image for the CDAC Progressive Challenge No 21, and I was lucky to be chosen as one of the stars for this challenge.  I created a gift card. The pig has been coloured with Copic and Touch Pens, cut out with a ribbon attrached to her tail, and with her little flower fascinator she is ready to adorn someone specials present.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Hard to believe that I started the CDAC Progressive Challenges over a year ago. CDAC Progressive Challenge No 20 is now running and I used the Christmas Cat by Priscilla Styles for my card, it also has a Halloween version and a Lazy Cat version.
Tree, present and ornaments were digitally coloured and shaded with pencils.
Window was painted and bling added
Walls were lightly coloured with pencil
I cut out chair and cat, coloured them with watercolour pencils, paper pieced together onto the card, added some buttons to the chair and glitter to cats hat.
Mounted on red paper and added a verse, with apologies to Mr Clement Moore.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Robot and Stitching

Have been trying to work out what to do for this months Crafters Cafe Monthly Challenge "STITCHING" and then Dilly Beans Friday Challenge "Robots" turned the light on for me.  I had this cute image "Robot Love" from Cindy Jo, I coloured the image with Copics, did a little stitching on the sewing machine, sewed on some buttons, added some tools for the cute couple and some flowers and hearts.  Think I might send it to one of my Grandchildren just to say Hi!

Entered in the Friday Challenge "Robots at Dilly Beans Challenge
and in the Monthly Challenge "Stitching" at Crafters Cafe Blog Challenge

Digital this weekend

Have completed a couple of digital layouts this weekend using 2 wonderful kits from Retro Designs Kits

There are 50 cute baby Elephant sculptures in Melbourne at the moment here are 3.

The first one is Mali The Protector of All Animals and I used Retro Designs kit "Jewelled Seas"  Very cute Proctector!

I have used Retro Designs kit "All that Glitters for this page, which shows two of these cute elephants.

Mali Turns the City Pink and Lotus.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

CDAC Progressive Challenge

CDAc have commenced their Progressive Challenges again, Challenge 19.  First image is of some surfboards by Tiffany Doodles.

Yep I am hanging out for Summer, 3 more big sleeps and it is Spring!!!! Yeah.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Some Hybrid Cards

It has been so cold and wet where I live, I just wanted to sit by the fire, so I thought lets create some small pictures and make some cards where it is warm.  I have used Retro Designs 'Nostalgic Scrapbook' to create these cards, added a little bling and now I have 4 cards I can send to friends.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Progressive Scrap

One of the challenges I love to do, hopefully each month is the progressive challenge at Digidesignresort
This is my page for July, sometimes things just fall into the right position and sometimes not, this one just felt right.  All pieces are from Digidesignresort designers and the full list can be found here Gum Tree

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Dilly Beans Challenge

The Orange and Pink Challenge at Dilly Beans

What a fun combination of colours to use, I'm not feeling great at the moment, I have got a bad bout of bronchitis and saw this challenge and I knew it would brighten my day and it did.  I have used Dilly Beans Mermaid on this black card, then added the orange and pink papers and put together some matching flowers.  Fun, Sunny and Bright.

The Crafters Cafe Challenge

Christrmas in July Non traditional colours
Found a fun image from Marlene called "Nerdy Girl Christmas", thought she would be cute for this card.  I tried very hard to keep away from Red and Green.  Coloured the girl with Copics.