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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Fat-tastic Fat Page Challenge No 1

Here are my two fat pages for April,  The first is using the sketch from Tiffany Doodles and an image from Robyns Fetish Digital Images called Heloise the Garden Girl.  I have coloured Heloise with copic and touch pens and added some glitter to the flower centres.  I took the coloures from the sunflower sticker and added a Birthday Sentiment.  

Hop on over to Fat-tastic Tuesday, make a Birthday fat page, great prizes from Dilly Beans, Robyns Fetish and Tiffany Doodles.   Be one of the first to enter into our first challenge.

 For the second fat page, The image is Happy Day Framed by Dilly Beans. I added a couple of extra flowers to the image with has been coloured with Copic and Touch pens, flipped the sketch and added some bows.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Things with Wings

Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge this week is for Things with Wings.  I've used a combination of designer paper, stickers, paper lace and bling to put together my Butterfly ATC.

Birthday Boy

A little fellow I know, Xavier, is turning 1, and this is his card.  The image is from Dustin Pike, he has some wonderful dragons.  I have coloured this cute dragon with copic and touch pens, I printed the image twice and cut the dragon out of the second print and layered him onto the card with 3d spots.  Added kiddy glitter to streamers and confetti, some bling to his hat and around the edges of the image.

entered into
The Paper Shelter - For the Boys
Polkadoodles - Birthday with Bling

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Steampunk Tags

I've just finished some steampunk tags to send overseas in swaps.  I have used images from Finecrafted Designs - Full Steam Ahead which can be found here.

Also lots of chipboard and wooden elements (from Crafty Emblies) painted with metallic watercolour Paints, Distressed Inks, tags, leather and bits and pieces. Kept them really light and not too bulky so they can go as cards in the post.  Have to admit, blue is my favourite colour and I think I like the blue one best of all.
Being swapped in:
My Fun Craft Swap - Steampunk - check it out always liooking for more international swappers.
Deviant Scrap - Quick Mail Swap

Entered into the following Challenges
Try it on Tuesday - Steampunk
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Crafty Emblies - Anything Goes

New Home Tri Fold Card

I made the template for this card myself, some time ago and have been waiting for an idea to use it. Polkadoodles challenge this week is 'New Home'.  I have used a collection of papers from Papermania, Aqua Paper Pack by Tina Higgins.  The front roof has been covered with strips of paper which I have scalloped and over layed.  Some added ribbon inside.  The characters are all from Polkadoodles Cherry Lane CD, I've used the pre-coloured images this time.  The back has been left unadorned for a hand written message.
Entered into the Polkadoodle Challenge - New Home


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Black and White and One other Colour

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge this week was a colour one.  This particular ATC is being put into a journal I am doing at Creative Passions with Tami Taylor, Got Glue, Celebrations and is going to be a part of my Anzac Page.

The ATC has a hand drawn night cityscape under a starry sky showing the Southern Cross and a dove.  My other colour is gold.  I am calling it 'Beneath the Southern Cross'  It is only simple, but hope you like it.

Inspiration to finish a project

I'm going overseas for a holiday in a few weeks, and I decided when we booked the trip, that I would bind a book to take with me as my junk/travel/art book.

I have used watercolouring paper for the pages, which I folded in half and then hand stitched together.  The album has a wrap around cover, giving me plenty of room to add things as I go, it is made from calico and lots and lots of gesso, which gave it a leathery feeling once it dried, and that did take some time.

I've used all sorts of paint, ink, pastels etc to embellish the cover, from some very old hobbytex paints
 ( haven't used them for about 15 years - but most were still OK, some needed thinning), through to glitter.  There are elements made of paper, chipboard, material, some die cuts, hand drawn pieces and so the list goes on. Would not have been possible without my trusty Modge Podge.

I had come to a stand still and knew it had to be finished, which I did this weekend Yeah!! thanks to these 3 challenges that got me going again.

CDAC Progressive Freebies - Hawaiin Girl (my last image for this series)
The Paper Shelter - Make it Bloom Challenge
Simons Says -  Travel Challenge.

I have created this page with The Hawaiin Girl from Back to Paper and placed her in a garden of tropical blooms.

 Back of Journal
Journal Closed

A couple of pages with some colour to get me start on the plane

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Brown Sugar Challenge No 38 - Get Well

It's time to make a Get Well project for Brown Sugar, I've used an image from Delicious Doodles called 'Echinacea' which can be found here.  I've used Copic Pens and Watercolours for the image which I printed out twice, the centres of the flowers have been sculptured into mounds and put on with 3d squares.  One set of leaves was coloured with the watercolours and placed at an angle behind the full image.  Made some Get Well strips for the top and bottom of the card, added some ribbon and a bow.  The image has a little bee on it where I have added the 3d sticker also added a little dragon fly.

Brown Sugar Challenge - Get Well

Thursday, April 18, 2013

April is ATCs and Fat Pages at CCCB Part 2

We are doing ATCs and Fat pages (4 x 4 ) this month at The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog. This time I have made an ATC, with a great image from Limited Runs Digital Stamps, part of their cupcake range, I chose Dynomite Cake. These digis are in perfect proportions for making an ATC. I used the image with the explosion on the front, there is also one without it, I then printed and cut out the explosion and paper pieced it to the card, I cut of the wick and added some cord in its place, made some vellum springs and added some stars that now bounce around a bit.  Added a sentiment, think this would be great topper for a birthday card.
 The Crafters Cafe Challenge - ATCs and/or Fat Pages

CDAC - Progessive Freebie Challenges

CDAC has been have the Progressive Freebie challenges for quite a long time now, I know I have been doing them for over 18 months, here is my second last image for this series.  Woodland Baby Sleeping and the Baby Shower sentiment are from Nanna Vic.I have coloured the image with Copic and Touch pens, added glitter to the flower centres and liquid pearls for the spots on the toadstools (I really would love to see a red mushroom).  Mounted on 3 different green papers, added some die cut leaves and layered flowers to finish off the card.


Lucy Sunshine has Spring Fever

Here is Flowerbed Fred, from Lucy Sunshineand he can be found here , he is having a quiet nap amongst the flowers. Coloured with Copic pens, mounted on green, yellow and orange cardstock, added flowers and a birthday ticket.

Entered into the Lucy Sunshine Challenge - Spring Fever

An ATC for Spring

This little project was an experiment and I am happy with the way it has turned out, might add some more embellishments later on, not sure.  There are a couple of things I would change in the future, make the window a bit sturdier, then more elements definitely a possibility and have a wider hinge panel, maybe a shorter window? who knows!.  But it works fine.  I have used a pre coloured image from Polkadoodles called Wesley.  The window was cut on my Ecraft after lots and lots of measuring.  The spring flowers are made from different papers, with kiddy glitter and liquid pearl centres.

This ATc is entered into the challenges at:
Fun With ATCs - Windows/Doors
Try it on Tuesday - Spring has Sprung - Have something that moves on your project.

Wesley is looking through the Window at his beautiful Spring Flowers

What could be better - Open the window and smell the flowers. Spring has Sprung

Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Collage Obsession has a challenge this week called Emerald (Pantenes' colour of the year for 2013) I could  not resist doing this collage, I design for Retro Designs, where Helen has beautiful vintage and heritage digital kits and this is my Emerald Scrapbook Page using green elements and papers from a number of different kits.  Check out her shop at Retro Designs, you are sure to find something you like.  The photo I have used is one I took at Daylesford Lake last year.  I am now thinking about doing a series of pages around colours.

This page is entered into the Collage Obsesion Challenge - Emerald

Monday, April 15, 2013

April Showers bring the Spring Flowers

I think it might be Spring in some parts of the world, in fact with so much talk about Spring and April Showers I am sure it is Spring somewhere.    I decided to grab a bunch of flower images I had from various sources, none named.  Put them together in a boot I drew, add some colour with copic and touch pens, a pinch or two of liquid pearls, a spoonful of glitter, a gem and some glossy accents to create my get well card.  If you look closely at the close up you are sure to see some raindrops on the flowers.

This card is entered into:
Simon Says - April Showers/Spring Flowers
Paper Shelter - Spring Delights
613 Avenue Create - Sketch
Polkadoodles - April Showers

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pink and Brown

Polkadoodles challenge this week is a colour one, Pink and Brown, which always a great combination to work with, here is my card (I have added a little bit green).  The image is called "Horace" you can find him at the Polkadoodles shop.   I've coloured Horace with Copic and Touch pens, layered him onto hessian, brown and sparkly pink cardstock, added some pink buttons and a sentiment.
Card is entered into the Polkadoodles Challenge - Pink and Brown

Saturday, April 13, 2013

CDAC have lots of challenges

Triple post today, over at Crafters Digital Art Centre, they have a number of different challenges running thru to the end of June.  This is my second entry into the Progtressive Freebie Challege, I had to use a cute rainbow by Back to Paper  I decided to make a fat page, and if you like making fat pages head over to Fat-tastic Tuesday, new blog having Fat Page only challenges commencing end of April.  You're sure to see my Fat Pages there as I was lucky enough to get selected to go on their DT.

For this fat page (4" x 4") I have used a digital image of a house, which I put a rainbow gradient over and printed.  I coloured the rainbow with copics pens.  The cloudes I painted with white liquid pearls, to give them a fluffy appearance. Added lots of little flowers and gems, also a little wooden fence with flowers sticker.

Entered into CDAC - Progressive Freebie Callenge

This card is for the CDAC Seasonal Fun Challenge, again a fat page celebrating Autumn, the most beautiful time of the year in Melbourne, grass is turning green again and the leaves are golden through to a deep garnett colour.

The image is from Patties Creations called Mr Bull and I coloured him with copic pens, embossed and inked some leaves, added some bright flowers and some green grass.

Entered into CDAC - Seasonal Fun Challenge

CDAC also has an Easy as 1,2,3 challenge, going where you are asked to follow a recipe
1 - Sentiment
2 - Design Papers
3 - Embellishments
(ie 3 flowers, 3 brads, etc..."Use at least 3")

I have used an image by Lila Grey, there were a number of different images on  this sheet, I have used the bird, birdhouse and blossom branch to make the little scene.  All pieces coloured with copics.  Bluey/Green paisley paper and a floral paper, 3 bows and a Happy Birthday sentiment.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Show Us Your Suit

Wicked Wednesday this week is called Show us your suit  (Playing Cards, Poker, Queen of Hearts etc.)  When I saw this challenge, I was delighted, as I was in the middle of Altering some playing cards, for a swap with a girl in Cananda.  This set of cards were just the right size -  2.5 x 3.5 inches.  I've added, gems, silver bits, ribbon, stickers, borders etc.  Hope yopu like them, they are a great past-time.

My favourite is the Joker which is entered into the Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge - Show us your Suit.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A Birthday Card

This cute image is from the Lacy Sunshine Store and is called Sunny, at the moment she is free on their challenge blog.  I have coloured Sunny with pencils and blended with zest, used some alcohol markers, ink, glitter and liquid pearls to give her some final touches.  She is wearing sunflowers in her hair, but I have wanted to use these flower stickers for a long time and they just seemed to fit in with my colouring.  I have added some bling, a butterfly, little flowers, ribbon and the number 4 with a sentiment to complete the card, mounted on yellow cardstock.
 Entered into 
Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes / Spring Fever
Robyns Fetish Challenge Blog -  Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Happy Birthday

Saturday, April 6, 2013

It's Spring at Brown Sugar

 I am happy to announce that I have been lucky enough to be chosen for the Design Team at Brown Sugar.  Let the fun begin.  I received this delightful image from Digi Darla, call Country Mailbox.  I coloured the image with Copic and Touch Pens, mounted on some red cardstock and then onto a glossy aqua/ blue card.  I added lots of paper flowers, some centres have liquid pearls others have kindy glitter, the blue flowers are from a polka dot patterned paper, where I lined up the punch to get a dot in the middle, I added rows of glitter for stems of flowers and a sentiment at the top, which would be appropriate for Birthday, Get Well, Thanks etc.

Brown Sugar  Challenge Blog, this week is Spring, come on over and join us.
Simon Says Challenge Blog - Birthday

Friday, April 5, 2013

ATC time

Lets Play Pretend/Childs Play that is the theme this week at the Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. This image is from a poem about a swing which I got from the Dover Publication site.  Coloured with copic pens,  yes, her socks are different colours, for some weird reason I like different coloured socks, anyway, I then added some little signs of different types of play.

Of course, entered into the Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge

Paper Shelter is asking for Doilies

I've used an image of flowers that I have mounted on ribbon and doilies, added some glitter and bright pink paper, with a birthday sentiment.

entered in the following challenges
Paper Shelter - Use a Doily
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Happy Birthday

Blue is my favourite colour

This little card has been made with an image from Nana Vic called Owl with Bunting.  I have coloured the image with copic and touch pens and have entered it into two challenges

CDAC Inspiration Challenge - which had a picture of a blue boat, with some light brown ropes
The Shabby Tea Room - Beautiful Blues, asking us to use Blue, White, Kraft and a sentiment.

Sympathy/Thinking of You

Perfect Sentiment this week are asking for a Sympathy project, I've kept mine fairly plain and simple, I printed out a silhouette of flowers and birds, mounted onto textured black card, added black ribbon, white bow and pearls.

entered into the Sympathy challenge at Perfect Sentiment

CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge

The CDAC Progressive Freebie Challenge has started up again, the first image is an umbrella from Nana Vics.  I have used a vintage girl image, added some fancy corners, cut out the square and mounted it on different pinks, added a flower and bling.  With the umbrella, I coloured it with copic pens, added some bling and braid, carefully cut out the umbrella, especially around the handle and used double mounting tape to make it stand out from the girl.  I gave her a best wishes sign to hold.

Entered into the CDAC Progressive Freebie Challeng set no 1. - Umbrella
Simons Says Stamp Challenge Blog - Birthday

Thursday, April 4, 2013

April is ATCs and Fat Pages at CCCB

The Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog is looking for ATCs and Fat Pages (4x4) this month.  I have used an image from Fred She Said called  The Old Truck Digi and Coloured Set.  You get a black and white sketch to colour as you wish as well as 4 different coloured images of the truck.  I choose to use the blue coloured image, which I printed on glossy paper for my fat page.  I've used lots of different chipboard and wooden elements, a plastic ruler, some hessian and cord.  Added some brown flowers and a shamrock for luck.
Now I have a new Male Birthday card ready for posting.  Always seem to be behind  with the male cards!

You will find this card on the Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog
And entered into Simon Says Stamp Challenge - It's their birthday. hop over and see the great prize on offer thuis week.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Anything Goes with Flowers

Anything goes with flowers is the name of the challenge at 613 Avenue Create this week.  How about some leaves and sparkly pink cardstock.  With pink flowers matching the cardstock, I used different brilliant inks to colour a piece of white card stock and stamped it with the leaves image, mounted onto some gold cardstock, then a deep green and then onto the pink.  I also stamped the leaves onto some shrink paper and acetate, which I have coloured with copics.  I then layered the leaves and then placed the flowers over and under to create a branch of pink blossom.

Entered into the challenge at 613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with flowers
Simon Says - Anything Goes


Robyns Fetish Challenge blog has a challenge this week called Fairies.  This little fairy has been coloured with copics, her wings have a pink glitter touch to them as do the flowers, set in a frame of ribbon and bling and mounted on a green shimmer card.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Paper Piecing Scene

Polkadoodles Challenge this week is Paper Piecing.  I have used a pre-coloured background and several pre-coloured elements from the Polkadoodles CD called Cherryblossom Lane to create this small card.  Having them already coloured, meant a quiet evening spent cutting and glueing.  Mounted on blue glossy card and then onto some embossed tissue paper.  Set at an angle and 3 little flowers complete the card.