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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Fathers Day in Australia

Tomorrow is Father's Day and a photo from Just  Inspirational Challenge set me thinking. 
I loved the colours and the perspect of the pathway, also someone holding something that protected them.  Bit deep lol.   I started with the background for my card and incorporated a road and bushes from Make It Crafty, called Australia Outback Scene, you can find it HERE.   You get roads, bushes stones etc, which you can then create your own little scene.  I then added some Fir Trees, dragonfly and birds in a nest to complete the scene.  I have used Copic, Touch and Kaiser Pens to colour the image, which I have purposely not kept within the lines as I wanted the colours to be blurred around things, if that makes sense.

Then I created a Father and Daughter holding hands and used my Ecraft to cut out the silhouette.  Mounted on Kraft card and Brown carsdstock I have attached them at the bottom with glue, the torsos with 3d squares, but I have left the heads loose and bent the little girl to be looking up at her father.  (This might be a bit creased as my dear hubby thought I had forgotten to stick it down and tried pushing it into place)

Hope you like my Dad's card

Closeup of edging
Closeup of Silhouette
Finished Card
Just Inspirational - Photo
The Male Room # 3 - The Great Outdoors
Try it on Tuesday - 3 different Edges (I've used a fancy cut, wave and a scalloped edge)
Sister Act Challenge #22 - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays #118 - Anything Goes

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Q for Quick

THe ABC Christmas Challenge thisfortnight is Q for quick.  I have dipped into my Christmas Stash Box to make 3 quick cards,

White card, layered with green diamond paper, I added some handcut embellishments

Yellow card, layered with cherry & Christmas patterned paper, then small square of both again stuck on with 3d squares

Green card, striped paper, the white stripes have the words to A Night Before Christmas on them, again added some hand cut embellishments.
ABC Christmas - Q for quick

Still working on Christmas

This cute girl is called Misty and you can find her at Stitchy Bears Digital Stamps.   Using up some stash for this one, I coloured Misty with Copic Pens, I have left her plait free, so it moves around a bit when you open the card, the papers and circles were a free gift with a magazine. I have added 3 brads to hold the medallions

Entered into:
One Stitch at a Time - Anything goes, asking to use a Stitchy Bear Image
Simon Monday Challenge - Dotty
Created With Love  CWLC#55 - Anything Goes

My Dad's turning 90

My Dad will be 90 in September, I have designed a top for his cake, it features a baby photo (probably about 7 months old) , I sent it off to a local cake decorating place to be printed in some sort of icing, now it off to the Cake making lady, can't wait to see the finished cake.  When I design the toppers, I am always amazed when I pick them up to see the beautiful coloured result.

My Dads Birthday Cake Topper
Eclectic Ellapu's current them is Birthday Card for an oldie, I thought Dad qualified.  The image is a 1923 Ford, which I have coloured in Copic and Touch Pens,  the design is from the sketch at Digi Sketch this fortnight.  Have a close look at the closeup and you will see windows on the car, I bought these little clear square 3d stickers years ago and they have sat in my stash never to be used,  thought they would bring the car to life.  What do you think?

Before Windows went in

Windows closeup
Completed Card

Entered into the following challenges
Eclectic Ellapu - An Oldies Birthday
Digi Sketch Challenge - Vintage 
ABC Challenges - No Flowers
Make It Monday #155 - Anything Goes

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Fat-tastic Tuesday Challenge No 9 - Inspiration Week

This is the last challenge at Fat-tastic in its original format, the site has changed hands and will be starting new challenges soon, after this challenge is finished, the blog will be down for a couple of days so that the new changes can take place.

Looking for those gnomes this fortnight.  This little gnome, by Lacy Sunshine is called Gingle Flitterdrive gnome and Thelma and can be found HERE.

I have flipped the sketch and coloured the image with copic and touch pens, and added some flowers anhd bling.

Fat-tastic Tuesday - Has to have a Gnome

Sunday, August 25, 2013

It's Bright, Beautiful and Inspirational

A few weeks ago I was reminded of a company in Australia (I am presuming there are equivalents around the world) that do Recycling Resources, Kindergartens use them a lot to get cheap supplies, so I went looking and found one about 30 minutes drive from us, so hubby and I went for a lovely drive, and me I went shopping, I got quite a few items and it only cost me $8.00, if you have one of these businesses near you, check them out, you never know what you will find.

One of my finds were 5.5 inch x 7.5 inch bevelled  cardboard matts. Too thick for cards and scrapping but perfect for small wall plaques.

Bevelled Edge

I have used an image from Dilly Beans called Amalia and Crinkles, you can find them HERE.  I have used Copic and Touch pens to colour the image, added hand cut wings, I cut out two lots and then put them back to back so the wings could be sculptured,  added a bit of glitter to flower and a little blue heart to Crinkles.  I have layered Pink and Green card onthe bopard, made a hole at the top for the ribbon to hang the plaque.  Then I got whole lot of flowers and started joining, folding and using glitter on them to create the corners, added lots of bling.
Crinkles Heart
Wall Plaque
Entered into
Dilly Beans - Inspirational Quotes 
"Children Bielieve in Angels
and the feelings are mutual"
Polkadoodles & Studio12 Week 34 Challenge - All things Bright and Beautiful
Make it Mondays - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create #34 - Anything Goes or Create your own challenge 

Back to School

It seems like a lot of children are heading back to school at this time, in Australia the school year is midway through.  I made a 4x4 (fat page ) card for someone who is very special and very smart.  Hope you like it.  The image is one of Bugaboos called JJ Calendar Months - September, she can be found HERE.

Coloured with Copic and Touch Pens, layered on red and blue card, added some wooden starsThe little verse reads:
  Twinkle, twinkle little star
I know exactly what your are
You're just a sun, How do I know?
My science teacher told me so.

Entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Back to School
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge #96 - Back to School
2Sisters Challenge Blog #158 - Square Cards
Tip Top Tuesday Challenge #108 - Initials (You have to use your initials - mine are CM, so I'm using MC in the equation)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Brown Sugar Challenge No 56 - Bugs

Found this cute Grasshopper at Eureka Stamps, check out the great images HERE.  The grass is a punch, added the little wooden heart and the old Kung Fu saying, (for those that can remember the TV series).  Inside I put some more green paper and another grasshopper, the little butterflies, that you can see at the top of the card when it is opened, are split pins, which hold a hidden fold at the front of the card, behind the grass to make a pocket, where you can put a gift card.(see last picture)

Brown Sugar Challenge No 56 - Bugs
Dutch Dare Challenge #231 - Animal Antics - Sweet and Sassy
A.R.T. Card Challenges # 11 - Anything Goes
Sarah Hurley Challenge#83 - Texture and Dimension

With Gift Card in pocket

Thursday, August 22, 2013

News Flash

I'm very grateful that I can create in different mediums, and extremely lucky that people like my work. This brings me to an exciting announcement.   Robyns Fetish Challenge Blog has just announced its new Design Team and I have been lucky enough to be chosen for a place on the Team.  You will begin to see my projects from September 1.  Check my side panel for the other members, I wish them luck with all their creations.  Current challenge is    Robyns Fetish Chellenge #173 - Put a Frame Around it

Christmas but no red or green, thats OK, I love blue, yellow and purple.  The image is from The Paper Shelter and is called "Theresa Penguin in my Cocoa", you will find here HERE
I have coloured the image with Copic pens, added some gems to the tree and glitter to the bows.  Layered over Purple Foil, Yellow and Blue Cardstock, the asentiment reads Christmas Kisses.

The Paper Shelter Challenge "125 - Holiday Time Christmas Holiday for me

Tghe Perfect Sentiment PSC88 - Christmas without Red or Green

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge #98

Wicked Wednesday this week is all about Gemstones and Pearls, I've used a background created by Tumble Fish Studios.   I have layered the design with pink and mauve flowers and added white pearls, very rare Green Pearls, even rarer Green Serendibite, Amber, Amethyst and some Pink Topaz. lol

Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge #98 - Gemstones and Pearls

A little note to say WOW! I was lucky enough to win last weeks challenge at Wicked Wednesday.

Lacy Sunshine - Kalini Honolulu

This pretty girl is from Lacy Sunshine, called Kalina Honolulu, she can be found HERE, coloured with cCopic and Touch pens, I have added glitter to her hibiscus, layered the image on some hibiscus glitter cardstock, whicho I have fancy cut, top flower is taller than the blue card.  Added a small sentiment at the top

Lacy Sunshine Challenge #15 Girls, Girls, Girls

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Crafters Cafe Challenge No 25 - Bling and Sparkly Things

The Crafters Cafe is looking for Bling and sparkly things, the moment I saw this image I knew I had to make a card with it, I always give a humorous Christmas card to my WW leader, this is definitely going to the team this year.  The image is called "I'm dreaming of a wide Christmas (which I have also used as the sentiment on the card).  You can find this pretty lady at Dr Digi's House of Stamps, check it out HERE.  She has been coloured with copic and touch pens, some holly added to her hat, glitter to her corsette and gems on her suspenders, the mistletoe is little pearls with a black ink dot, layered on silver glitter paper on to a red card.

The Crafters Cafe Challenge - Bling and Sparkly things
Christmas Cards All Year Round - Christmas Extravaganza-make it fussy and fancy.
Just for Fun - First Challenge - Anuything Goes
CHNC Extra Challenge for August  - Anything Goes

Fat-tastic Tuesday Challenge No 9

Check out the Fat-tastic Tuesday site this week, for some very special news.

Looking for those gnomes this fortnight.  This little gnome, by Lacy Sunshine is called Lovely Larry and can be found HERE.
I have coloured him with copic and touch pens, and I have added paper and material flowers under and over the flower Larry is carrying and then added seed beads.

This fortnights sketch
As I am want to do I have turned the sketch, so the flower becomes the scalloped image on the sketch
Fat-tastic Tuesday - Should Have a Gnome
Created with Love # 54 - Something Sweet, and I think Larry is very sweet
Make It MOnday - Anything Goes 

Ladybug Challenges - something Floral 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Letter Card

I have made a little note card (4 x 5.5 inches), nothing on the inside just two lovely blank pages for someone to write a letter.  I cannot tell you where the little girl comes from, except she is a rubber stamp that someone gave me to try a couple of years ago.  She has been sitting in a little box for just the right occassion. 

I have used Kraft card for the actucal card and for the little pocket in the corner, added some paisley paper to the card and a butterfly of the same colours to the pocket. which has faux stitching

The bookmark carries the image together with a thank you sentiment and brown trims.

All together and ready to go
Entered into:
Simons Says Wednesdays - Monochromatic
613 Avenue Create Challenge #33 - Anything Goes optional twist Stitching
Make It Monday #154 -Anything Goes 
ABC Challenges -ABC41 Lots of Layers
Stampin for the Weekend - Butterflies

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Broomsticks and Black Cats

I have used items from a digital kit called Best Witches by Rucola Designs, her designs can be found at Deviant Scrap.  I have printed out the witch paper, cat and the frame on decoupage paper, then layered onto Kraft paper,

Entered into this weeks Challenge at Wicked Wednesday - Broomsticks and Black Cats
and is also in the ATC swap for August at Deviant Scrap


The image on this simple card is from Eureka Stamps and is called Duck in Reeds, which you can find HERE, they have both rubber and digital available.

I've used the digital image, added it twice, once a bit smaller, then created the reflection in the water, by flipping the images and putting in a filter.  I have coloured the image with copic pens, the reflection is only very lightly coloured. Mounted on some brown and teal cardstock, with some striped teal paper and a sentiment.

The Male Room Challenge #2- Reflections
CMC Copic Challenge Group (or other alcohol markers)- Anything Goes

Have a heart

Something a little different this time, some iris folding, I've used a die cut to create the heart shape and 3 different pink papers to create the heart.  Mounted on some gold cardstock and then onto a black card.  Used some gold ink to distress around the shape.

Polkadoodles andStudio 12 Challenge  Week 33 - Have a Heart
Totally GorjussChallenge 197 - Die Cuts and Punches

Inside card

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Enjoy the little things

This card has an image of trees, flowers, bushes and grass, which I got from Dover.  I have used green and orange copics to colour the image,mounted on two different orange cardstocks and  green paper, layered a scalloped border and some ribbon.  Added some bling and the flowers are some that I have made,   Added a  sentiment to the bottom right hand corner. The green paper has lots of great little sayings, one I was able to arrange just above the sentiment, I'm not sure if that was good planning or good luck, but it seems to work well.
Sketch used

 Entered into the following challenges:

Digi Sketch Challenge - Make your own flowers 
IDIC Challenges # 172 - Lots of Layers
Polkadoodles & Studio Week 32 - Garden
Perfect Sentiments Challenge PSC87 - Outdoors
Paper Shelter #124 - Use that ribbon


The challenge this week for ABC Challenges #40 is SIP, Stamp Ink and Paper. I have used Kraft paper, dark brown and lime green cardstock, stamped the image and the sentiment with Brilliance Pearlescent Olive.

Stamped twice, the only difference was the size of the cardstock I used, Off set the smaller piece to overlay the large one.  Think I will have to do some more of these, quick and easy.

Entered into the ABC Challenges #40 is SIP, Stamp Ink and Paper

ABC Christmas Challenge - The Letter P

This cute image is from Sami Stamps and is called "Gift for Fairy", you can find her HERE.  I have coloured the little girl with copic pens, added some bling and a silver sentiment, mounted on Aqua glitter cardstock. (I'm trying to make some Christmas cards without the traditional colours this year)

Entered into the ABC Christmas Challenge Letter P  - P for present

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

When is Summer Coming

I know Spring is close, the Wattle trees are ablaze with their golden tresses, the daffodils are standing tall and straight, but as always I long for Summer.

This little project is using an image from Rick St Dennis, called Bitsy at the Beach.  You can find Rick's designs HERE.  Bitsy is coloured with Copic pens.  The background is made from watercolour paper on which I have used acrylic and glitter paint.  I cut out a larger bucket and spade, a circle for a ball, made a beachbag with her towel hanging out and added some shells to complete the little beach scene.

Entered into
Try It on Tuesday - Lets Create a Scene
Heck of a Challenge - Summer Holidays

Pencil Case

I have decorated this pencil case with Graphic 48 paper, the top, front, sides and back all have various parts of this wonderful paper. I have inked the edges and to the front I have added a small pair of wooden scissors and a paint brush.  The back has some book stickers and both sides have a small brown rose.


Entered into :
613 Avenue Create Challenge No 32 - Anything Goes, Optional Twist - add a school supply
Created with Love Challenge CWLC 53 - Back to School
Craftin Desert Divas Linky Party #12 - Back to School