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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas Layout

I've just updated my Photoshop Elements program, big changes for me, looks like a bit of relearning.  I have been using PSE4 since it came out and now have PSE2018.

Here goes, I have used an old photo of myself and worked a layout around Christmas using pieces from Raspberry Roads and Tumble Fish Studio.  The buttons are mine.  The inspiration has come from CSI - Colour, Stones, Inspiration's Christmas challenge.

Entered into:
CSI- Christmas
I've used all 5 colours;   Christmas/winter elements;  Architectural elements;  Trees, Buttons; Vintage Element ;  Journalled behind windows;   Described through senses.
Art Journal - Celebrate )Christmas)
Digital Whisperer - Christmas Ornament

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge-Anything Christmas 15/12/17

The sponsors at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight are:

Running late with this posting today.  I got to play with "Elves at Work" from Scribbles Designs.  I started out making a Christmas Tree decoration,  coloured the image with copic pens, fussy cut and then got stuck into the glitter.   Big problems when it is 36 degrees Celsius I ended up with glitter running everywhere.

Take 2, I made an ATC Gift card, this time I digitally coloured the image, fussy cut and layered onto green cardstock, added some glitter (not so hot this morning) string and tinsel around the edges.

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Southern Girls Challenge - All that Glitters - 14/12/17

Sponsors for this fortnights challenge are


 I've used Polkadoodles "Drummer Boy - Troy" for my Christmas card, a modern day take on the Little Drummer Boy.

Coloured with copic pens and die cut, layered onto sheet music, which I have added glitter to the notes.  A glittery sentiment, and drum set completes the card.


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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Pretty in Pink - Christmas

The image is from Bugaboo and is part of "Xmas Trio Blocks Reindeer".  I've embossed and die cut some pink card stock (from Stampin Up)  The image has been coloured with copic pens (a pink nose for this Rudolph, some aqua for the baubles, lots of glitter and glittery snowflakes.  The stamped sentiment is also from Stampin UP.

Entered into:
Delicious Doodles - Non Traditional Christmas Colours.
Pile It On - Non Traditional Holiday Colours 
Animal Friends - Anything Goes 
Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes 
Crafty Animals Anything Goes 
Cute as a Button- Anything Goes
CHNC Christmas - Touch of Sparkle 
Jo Scrap Shack - Snowflakes 
Sweet Stampers - Anything Goes

Surfin Santa

Now this is more like celebrating Christmas in Australia, hot weather, beach cricket, surfing.

Here is Surfin Santa from Bloobel, enjoying the warm weather after a long night of deliveries.

Coloured with Copic pens, die cut and layered onto pattern paper from Kaiser Craft. Typed sentiment completes the card.

Entered into:

CHNC Monthly Christmas Extra
CHNC-  Patterned Paper 
Creative Inspirations - Christmas
Naughty or Nice - Seasons Greetings 
Doing Life with TLC - Anything Goes 
The Cutie Pie - Stars   (on his board shorts)
Creative Craft Cottage - Christmas is Coming
Outlawz SaturdayPaper A La Mode - Christmas Card

Friday, December 8, 2017

Seasons Greetings

This Christmas card features images from Sandra VanBlaricum called Bauble, and they are part of the monthly/freebie Progressive challenge at Outlawz. .

Using Christmas papers from Kaisercraft, I printed the images onto the music paper and also onto some green patterned paper to paper piece the baubles.

Using Copic pens, I coloured the bows and the bauble holders have been coloured with metallic paint.  The baubles have also been coloured with Copic pens and metallic ink, cut with circular punches and mounted with 3d dimensions. Silver sentiment completes this simple Christmas card.

 Entered into:
Outlawz Progressive Monthly Challenge for December.
Outlawz Wednesday Sketch Challenge  (I felt someone was looking over my shoulder when I saw this sketch)
CHNC Christmas Challenge - CAS
Crafts Galore Encore
Eclectic Ellapu - Christmas
The Male Room - Christmas

Monday, December 4, 2017

Digitally Made Challenge Goodbye Time

Thasnks to everyone that has jkoined our digital challenges.  We have had a great time seeing them all, sadly November was our last challenge.  Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and A Happy new year.

Friday, December 1, 2017

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge-Embossing Wet or dry - 1/12/17

This fortnight's sponsors are:

Prize 2 images

Prize: 3 images

 I chose My Stitch back in Twine's "Oz Miss Gale Dorothy" for my card, and what better embossing folder than bricks.  Dorothy and Tot have been coloured with copic pens and fussy cut, layered onto the bricks, c\small sentiment and some little shoes (they have been coloured red) complete the card.

Brown Sugar # 273 - Anything but a Card - 1 December, 2017

The sponsor for this month is 

 I've made a gift envelope for a Christmas present featuring an image from Bolilla, called Little Helper.

I've coloured the image with copic pens, mainly pink and some touches of green, fussy cut and layered onto some paper from Stampin Up.  Stamped sentiment on the flap completes the gift envelope.

Mainly pink because the envelope is holding tickets to a Pink Concert. 

 Check out the challenge here

Pearly Sparkles December Challenge - Merry Christmas

A cute image from Crafty Sentiments, this is one is called Merry Christmas Carols.

Coloured with copic pens and die cut.  I have added glitter and liquid pearls to the pom poms and pink pearls to the holly.  The background card has been embossed and inked.  Stamped and die cut sentiment completes this small card.

Entered into:
Crazy Challenges - Anything Goes
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
Crazy 4 Challenges - Christmas
Fab N Funky - Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes

CHNS Patterned Paper Challenge for December, 2017

Another notebook this month, this time featuring an image called Shy Girl.  Coloured and fussycut she has been placed on stampin up papers which have been arranged in a Bargello design.  Sentiment and flowers complete the notebook cover.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mistletoe Kitty

Another Christmas card, this time featuring and image from Imagine That called Mistletoe Kitty.  Coloured with copic pens and fussy cut.  I have added liquid pearls to the mistletoe berries and glitter to Kitty's hat.

Entered into"
Imagine That's Playground Challenge for November
Animal Friends - Christmas
AAA Cards - Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers - Animal Magic
Come and Get It - Animals

Harvest Night

This months progressive image at Outlawz is Shell Becker's Harvest Night.  I've made an ATC, colouring the image with copic pens, adding hand made leaves to the tree and pumkin.  Silvery light fromt he moon added with Kindy Glitz Crystal.

Entered itno:
The Outlawz Monthly Progressive Challenge for November
Scribbles Designs - A tree

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Hello Baby

A card for a new born, featuring an image from QKR called "Nesting and Knitting".

Coloured with copic pens and fussy cut, layered with 3d dimensions onto polka dot paper, lace, ribbon and stamped sentiment on diecut complete the card.  Inside is more of the polka dot paper and a verse about baby boys.

Entered into:

Creative Craft Cotage - Colour challenge
Crafting from the heart - Anything Goes
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything Goes
QKR - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes

Sunday, November 19, 2017

CAS - Thankyou

Here is my second card as a GD at The Outlawz Sunday CAS challenge. I've used a card base that has a soft sheen to it, the colour hard to define but probably a very pale mint.

I knew what I wanted to do, but had to try a few different techniques.   First I embossed the image onto the card.  Tried inking the image, didn't quite work out, so I tried some ShainHanart Touch pens over the embossed image.  Because the card stock is thick and has a sheen coating, meant the pens did not penetrate to the back.  Added a little thankyou sentiment and coloured lace to match the flowers.

This weeks challenge is to make a thankyou card and send it to some.

Check out all the challenges at The Outlawz Challenge site.

Entered into:
Fussy and Fancy - Thanks
Tuesday Throwdown - Thankful
Crafty Gals Corner - Thankyou
Penny's Papers Challenge - Anything Goes
Pause Dream Enjoy - CAS

Red Purple Lady

Meet "Violet Red Hat Gal" she came from the now closed Robyn's Fetish Digital Store.   Coloured with copic pens and fussy cut.

The cardstock is from Stampin Up as are the 2 flower and sentiment stamps.  Liquid pearls on the small flowers, punched circles and brads completes the card.

Entered into:
Addicted to Stamps - Use more than one stamp (1 digital and 3 rubber)
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Creatalicious - Anything Goes 
Creative Knock Outs - Borders (flower border)
Penny's Paper Challenge - Anything Goes

Christmas Snowman

Another one of Bugaboo's Trio images, this time I have used the Snowman from Xmas Trio Blocks.  Coloured with copic pens and fussycut.

The corner has been embossed and inked, the same blue ink has been used to stamp the sentiment.  Inside I have used blue card stock and continued with the embossed corners.

Entered into:
CHNC Christmas - Use some Blue
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
Outlawz Festive Friday - Christmas
Christmas at Sweet Stampers - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers - Christmas

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Southern Girls Challenge - Paints and Sprays - 16/11/17

 Sponsor for this challenge is

  Using Ppinky Doll's Swan  Girl, I have altered the cover of a small notebook.  The image has been coloured with copic pens, then masked and inked around the the background.  Die cut with an oval die, I have sprayed gold ink on a doiley and bits of the image, all mounted onto Kaisercraft patterned paper.  Small aqua roses (also sprayed with gold ink) complete the cover.

Entered into:
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes
Your Scrapbook Place - Anything Goes
Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Glitter and Sparkle - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge-Tic Tac Toe - 15/11/17

Our sponsor for another great challenge at The Crafter's Cafe this fortnight is

Prize: 4 Digis
And the theme is Tic Tac Toe.

I chose "Flower Bird" for my card, coloured with copic pens and fussy cut.  I used the left hand column (Blue Twine and Lace).

Layering the image onto Blue Cardstock, Patterned paper together with a paper doily and lace, both sprayed with gold ink.  Blue and white twine holds a handmade butterfly charm.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Rudolph is coming

Featuring one of the trio blocks from Bugaboo's "Christmas Trio Blocks- Reindeer"  I separated the blocks onto separate cards, and this is one that I also embossed with Christmas Carol titles and added some polka dot ribbon.  The image has been coloured with copic pens, hand cut and some glitter added.

Entered into:
CHNC Weekly Christmas Challenge - Reindeers
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
CHNC - Christmas Extra - Anything Christmas
Delicious Doodles - Christmas Traditonal
Sweet Stampers - Christmas
Outlawz Festive Friday - Christmas

It's a Teddy Bears Greeting Time

This card features a Bugaboo  image called "Scene it Bear Birthday".  Coloured with copic pens and fussy cut and layered onto a ribbon shelf.

Entered into:
The Cutie Pie - Bear Hugs
Not Just Cards - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
AAA Cards - Celebrate
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes

Sunday, November 12, 2017

CAS with Punched Corners

I was lucky to be chosen for a couple of GD spots at The Outlawz Sunday CAS challenge.  This is my card for the Punched Corners challenge.

I have used Stampin up purple cardstock for the card, white cardstock for the front which has punched corners (I used a Stampin Up Corner Punch) and has been edged with purple ink.  The image from Beccy's Place is called "Witch with familiar".  Coloured with copic pens and fussy cut, adhered to white cardstock.

the sentiment has been typed and diecut, also inked.

If you haven't already connected with The Outlawz challenges, check the site out, daily challenges and a monthly progressive challenge.  Lots of fun.

Entered into:
Card Mania - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge -Anything Goes
Doing Life with TLC - Anything Goes
Show us your Pussies - Anything Goes with Cats
Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes

Friday, November 10, 2017

Christmas is on it's way

A Christmas card featuring an image from Robyn's Fetish store (sadly now closed).  The image is  called Elise Christmas Elf, which has been coloured with copic pens and fussy cut. Small Christmas tree and sentiment stickers complete the card.

Entered into:
CHNS Chrismas Challenge - Food and/or Drink
Get Creative - Holidays
Creative Fingers - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes

Happy Birthday

This cards features "Adorable Dutchgirl" from The Paper Shelter.  So cute!

Coloured with copic pens with some added glitter to the tulips and fussy cut, she had been layered onto a combination of Stampin Up papers. 3 little flowers and a punched sentiment completes the card.

Entered into:
The Paper Shelter - A Card for a child
Penny's Papers Challenge - Anything Goes
Through the CraftRoom Door - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
CHNS Patterned Paper Challenge

Monday, November 6, 2017

Digitally Made Challenge # 7 Thanksgiving/Grateful - 6 November, 2017

Sadly, this is our last monthly challenge at Digitally Made, I have loved checking out the entries each month and gaining inspiration from the entries.

I used to do a lot of designing for Retro Designs and the kit I have used for today's layout is one of my favourites.  Although Helen does not create new kits at the moment, her store is still open, check it out here.
This kit is called Nostalgic Scrapbook.  So many beautiful elements and papers, many more than I have used.

I grew up in an idyllic childhood.  Amazing parents, true equals, no need for feminism in our household and even now I find the idea of feminism as foreign.  Growing up we only ever saw love, kindness and a beautiful way of life.  We were so lucky they lived long lives and not only their children and grandchildren got to know them, but also their older great grandchildren.

Always thankful for my parents.

 Entered into:
Pause Dream Enjoy - Thanksgiving
Another Freaking Scrappy Challenge - Use words of Thanks 
Take a Word - Family Albums

Friday, November 3, 2017

Brown Sugar #272 - Breast Cancer Awareness

Hi, I am very happy to announce I have returned to the Brown Sugar Challenge Design Team, after being away for 18 month.

I've created a page in my Breast Cancer Journey Junk Journal. I started the Journal when some family and friends started sending me cards specifically designed for the Breast Cancer Charities and I didn't want to throw them out.

For a number of years now, I make an entry and post it on my blog as a reminder for people to have a mammogram, as a reminder to me, of how far I have come and a time to reflect on the amazing medical staff that looked after me.  And hopefully to help anyone going through the treatment, that there are lots of us who are surviving, who wish you all the very best with your treament.

Using Di's Digis image called "Kitty in a Teacup, I added extra cups so I had enough for each year.  Very happy I just got the all clear for 8 years.

Kitty has been coloured with copic pens  and fussy cut.  The words have been typed using "JLR Awareness Ribbons" font.  A little bit of writing and a little bit of doodling completes the page for this year.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Music - 1/11/17

It's time to bring out the song journal.  Great sponsors for the challenge this week

Prize is the 3 images the Team have used.
(Elvis;  The Sound of Music'  Love Music)

Prize: 2 Digis
I chose "Elvis" from Mari's Digital Stamps for my journal page.  "The King", I have always been a huge fan, first buying his records whilst in high school. (which probably gives my age away)

Coloured with Copic penjs and fussy cut, attached with a spring to the page.  Some inking and 2 music charms complete the page.

So many songs to choose from, I decided on "See See Rider"

 And where would Elvis be without those shaking hips.
(If you saw my post the other day, I'm on a learning curve with videos)
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
International Art and Soul - Charm

Pearly Sparkles November Challenge - Autumnal Colours

Another great challenge at Pearly Sparkles, this time we are looking for Autumnal colours.

My card features an image from Faery Ink , called Maltshop Gabby.  Coloured with copic pens and fussy cut.  She has  been diecut and layered onto spotted paper.  Flower is from Flourish with a Bling. Butterfly and pearls are from my stash. 

Crafting with Friends - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Polka Dots

CHNS Patterned Paper Challenge for November, 2017

This month I have used patterned paper to cover a notebook and matching bookmark.  The image is from Crafty Sentiments, called What Not 2".  The sentiment "What a Journey" is part of the paper kit I used for the cover.

Entered into:
Artistic Inspirations - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Cottage - Use a Sentiment
Outlawz Thursday - Anything Goes

Monday, October 30, 2017

Hang On

Imagine That's Airplanes feature on this card.  I have inked a cloud emboosing folder and embossed the top of the card, inking the rest of the card.

Coloured with copic pens and fussy cut, layered with a spring mechanism.

And the Plane moves.
OK this is the first time I have tried a video on the blog, still learning, but you will see the effect.  On a learning curve at the moment.

Sadly, the card is no longer, luckily I photographed it before our tiny dog found it (we had the doors open and the wind must have blown it off the table) and she had some late supper or maybe an early breakfast.

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Entered into

Imagine That Monthly Playground - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Through The Craftroom Door - Anything Goes
Crafty Girls Corner - Anything Goes

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Christmas is Coming

This card features an image from Bugaboo, "Enough Reindeer".  Great for all dog lovers and children.. Coloured with copic pens, diecut and layered with 3 different patterned papers  (Yellow and white, Green and the numbered paper at the bottom of the card).

The cute sentiment is also courtesy of Bugaboo,

Entered into:

Christmas with The Cuties - Christmas Animal
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes
Sparkles Christmas - Christmas is for Kids
Outlawz Festive Friday - Christmas
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Christmas
4 Crafty Chicks - 3 Patterned Papers

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Southern Girls Challenge - Crazy for Critters - 19/10/17

No sponsors this time round, so we could you any image we wished, I chose a cute little dog for my card.  From "All Dressed Up", called Cute got Cuter.  Coloured with copic pens and diecut, added butterfly and roses complete the card.

Entered into:
All Dressed Up - Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Anything Goes
Fabrika Fantasy - Pink
The Cutie Pie - Think Pink 
Fussy and Fancy - Pretty in Pink 
Simon Says Wednesdays - Its a Dog's Life

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Christmas Village

The Christmas card features diecuts from Stampin Up and Beccy's Place "Christmas Cottages"

I haven't added a sentiment as I thought it would be a great card to send with a letter written on it to someone for Christmas.  Lots of space to write!

I have used the edge diecuts on a strip of cardstock and folded twice.  Diecut the edgings again, coloured the elements with copic pens, cut them off the strip and glued them to the original diecuts.  Then added the Christmas Cottages from Beccy's place, which were also coloured with copic pens, some liquid pearls were used for the snow.


 1st page opened

Monday, October 16, 2017

Pop Up Card

This month's image from the Monthly Progressive Challenge at Outlawz is "General Store" by Createful Hearts.

After trying a precut pop up base and not liking the result, I ended up creating and cutting a card base to create the pop up effect.

I have kept the front fairly plain, using diecuts only.  Then when opened the card has a small scene of the store and surround trees. 

The image has been coloured with copic pens and fussy cut and adhered to the card.
Pale green cardstock has been added to the card inside and out.  The inside piece behind the store was a scrap which had some inking on it, hoping it looks like a setting sun skyline  (not sure it is visible in the photo)

Outlawz Monthly Progressive Challenge
Doing Life with TLC - Anything Goes
The Crafty Addict - Anything Goes
Not Just A Card - Anything Goes
Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes