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Sunday, January 29, 2017


I've been making a few of these altered notebook covers recently,  I give them away to charities for children.  Loved the sentiment on this one, it come from an Imagine That set called "Love Lifts You".  Check out the shop HERE

The kit contains 5 sentiments on the balloons, precoloured and outlined images, also 4 patterned papers, the cloud background is one of those papers.

I needed some printing done, so I had the cloud paper printed professionally, the balloon is hand coloured with copic pens.

Ssssh something happening in February! 
 I have lots of "Imagine That" projects coming in February
Entered into:
Imagine That - FB Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes
Paper Creator's Crafts Challenge - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge - Anything Goes

The Crafter's

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Through The Craft Room Door Challenge

So lucky to have won a Guest Designer spot at "Through The Craft Room Door Challenge"  I was given a lovely rose image from Morgan's World for my project.

I saw a card on pintinerest recently and thought I would give it a go.  The rose has been printed 4 times, each a slightly different size and then coloured with copic pens.

Mounted on a coral coloured cardstock and then onto a pink cardstock for the card.

Card closed

 First page opened

Next page opened

 The card fully opened
Check out the challenge, it's on weekly and always Anything Goes

Playing around with colours and shapes

I am desperately trying to clean out my craft room, the more space you have the more you accumulate.  But I keep finding things in my stash that yell out "Use Me! Use Me!"

I don't even know what colour I would call the card, I'm thinking a warm grey, I added a muted deep mauve to the inside which you can see down the side, as the front is not as big as the back of the card.

Then I found some teal, mauve and lilac card stock and arrange them as diamonds on the card.  I had mauve gems and coloured white pearls with a copic pen.

The image is from Ike's World and is called " SHhhh"  Coloured with copic pens giving her eyeshadow aqua shadings and her hair has been coloured with aqua, mauve and warm grey copics.  Skin tones for the skin and a black copic for the background, image has been cut as have the other colours with a square stitched die.

Silver sentiment and flower, also coloured with a copic pen and bow in her hair  completes the card.

I am disappointed with the photo, it is middle of summer here and the sun is very bright, on the card you cannot see any glue because it is clear, but in the photo you will see lots of it as the glue between all the bling, picked up the reflections of those colours around it.

Entered into

Ike's Challenge - Anything Goes with a Bow
Come and Get It - No Patterned Paper
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Daring Cardmakers - Stitch It(faux)
Jo's Shack - Anything Goes

Monday, January 16, 2017

Vibrant Landscape of Central Australia

The first thing that hits you square between the eyes when you visit Central Australia are the colours, from thew red red earth to the bright azure sky.  Everything takes on a brilliant glow.  This is a photo taken about 18kms from Uluru.  The reds are redder, the oranges more orange.  Has to be an artists dream palette.

Entered itno:
Sketch in Thyme - Week 2 Jan
Berry71bleu - A Pop of Colour

On the Street where you live?

This layout features a photo of a main road near where I grew up.  My son tagged me on facebook when he saw it, recently I was telling my children, nieces and nephews how Mum used to walk me to the shops about 4kms away when I was a young child and that there were no footpaths in those day.  I don't think they believed me until they saw this photo.   Mum used to say, but I also walked you home again, not bad for a 4 year (about 8 kms round trip)

 Entered into:
Sketches in Thyme  Jan 1st week
Art Journal - Tell me a Story

Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Crafter's Cafe - Photo Inspiration 15/1/2017


Decosse's Dynamite Doodles
Prize will be individually designed for the Winner.

I created a digital page for this challenge using Decoose's Dynamite Doodles elements from "A Taste of Summer" "Cotton Candy Collection" "Trick or Treat" 
"You are Unique Sentiment" and the paper "Rolling HIlls"
I have also added the dog and dog buttons.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Southern Girls - Stitching Real or Faux - 12 January, 2017

Very happy to annnounce I am now a part of The Southern Girls Design Team.
This is my first project with the Team.

 Our sponsors for this challenge are:

Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps

Wild Orchid Crafts

I received a cut little fireman, called Fireman Shy from Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps, (a designer from Melbourne) coloured with copic pens, cut out using a stitched diecut.  I have also hand stitched the water using a loose satin stitch and French knots.  All mounted onto Stampin Up paper.  Extra stitched diecuts for a name tag on this small journal.

Entered into:

The Male Room - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Anything Goes
Three Muses - Water
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Butterfly Kisses

The image for the Progressive Freebie Challenge at Outlawz this month is from All Dressed Up "Butterfly Kisses"

Thanks Wendy for a beautiful image, I have coloured Butterfly Kisses with  copic pens and die cut, adhering to Patterned Paper. I added a butterfly, pearls and a name tag to complete the cover of a journal.

Entered into:

Outlawz Progressive Freebie Challenge - Jan 17
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes

B is for Buttons

My card today features a pre-coloured imaged from Besties.  I have layered the image with 3d squares, and added buttons and bling to complete the card.

Entered into
Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge - Yellow, Pink and Green and add an element beginning with B

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Something New

New Year, New year resolutions, new tools, what have you got new this year?  I recently purchased a Sew Easy, mainly for curved and random stitching as I usually use perforated paper for my faux and real stitching.  Yes, too lazy to get the sewing machine out!

The image on this card is called "Sweet Wishes" and it is from Tory Tale.  Very cute, coloured with touch new pens, I distressed the paper edges and added glitter, ribbon and hand stitching using my Sew Easy (first time I have used it.) together with a stamped and punched sentiment to complete my card.

Entered into:
Outlawz Monday - Greeting
Simon Says Monday - Stay Fresh (Sew Easy)
TTCRD - Anything Goes
MOD Squad - Anything Goes - No Christmas
The Male Room - Anything Goes
Creative Corner - Anything Goes

Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Crafter's Cafe - Monochromatic - 1/1/2017

Happy new Year to One and All. 
Let's Welcome into 2017
Today is the 1st blank page of a 365 page book
Write a good one.

The sponsor this fortnight is

Creative Bug
Prize: 5 images

For this challenge I received "Birthday Dog" and used brown tones. Usually I use ShinHanart Touch pens and/or Copic.  But recently I heard about TouchNew pens, I have heard some negative reports, and statements like you get what you pay for etc.  but always being one to try for myself and I am not a brand following person, sometimes cheaper doesn't mean inferior.  I bought some Touchnews.

I bought the firm tip variety, mainly because I do a lot of small work and like this tip for getting into corners etc.  What I have found is they do not bleed like the other pens I use, they do dry a lot lighter and I loved them for large areas they appeared to go on more evenly.  Saying all that, I am not recommending them, just saying, I like them as an additional pen.  I also like the fact that there is a cheaper pen around for those and there are a lot, that run on tight budgets.

So here is "Birthday Dog" in all his Touchnew glory.

Pearly Sparkles January Challenge - With Thanks

So happy to announce I am now part of the DT at Pearly Sparkles.

This is my first project with the team, featuring Faery Inks "Tottie Fairy Doll and some of her clothes"

After deciding which outfit and accessories I wanted her dressed in, I printed Tottie and coloured her with copic pens and fussy cut.  Layered onto coloured cardstock, I added a butterfly and a diecut tag, with a stamped and diecut sentiment.

Some of the little pearls have been stuck together, to create a little chain on the tag

Entered into:
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortcake - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers Challenge - Anything Goes

#158 Digitally Sweet - Music - January 2017


Our theme this month is Music, and our sponsor is Digistamps4Joy and I chose "Aint She Sweet for my digital layout.  (remember entries must be 100% digital)

The image is a precoloured one, and then I added some background pieces from Kimberley Clark and Createwings to create the scene.

CHNS Patterned Paper Challenge for January 2017

Yummy Cupcakes, this image from Bugaboo is called, Cupcake Word Block.  Coloured with copic pens, cut and layered onto pattern paper.

TTRCD - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes 
C.R.A.F.T.  - Anything Goes 
Creative Knockout - Anything Goes