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Saturday, December 29, 2018

CHNC Christmas #418

And for the last challenge of the year you choose, any Christmas card or New Year project.  I've stayed with the Christmas theme using Bugaboos "Tree", coloured with Copic pens and then diecut and layered onto patterned paper and cardstock.

I've tried keeping a lot of the cards this year, simple and flat, not only easier to post but cheaper also.

Saturday, December 22, 2018

CHNC Christmas #417

This week use the Word Christmas on your Christmas project.   I have been going through my stash lately and found this paper and diecut, I've added silver ribbon to complete the card.

Entered into:
Outlaw Festive Fridays - Christmas
Crafter's Castle - AG 
The Corrosive Challenge - AG
Heartcraftpaper - AG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - AG
Creative Inspirations - Feeling Festive
Path of Positivity - AG -optional metallics. Silver would be my favourite metal. I think I am drawn to the lack of colour in silver, the same as I prefer black and white photos to colour ones.  Without the colour the true metal/subject of the photo shines through.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Happy Birthday fromThomas

I made this for a little 2 years olds birthday, he is a mad Thomas The Tank Engine fan, which is probably the same with all boys of that age.

I printed the background including the Fat Controller and sentiment, coloured trees, bushes, ground and the Controller with copic pens.  The engines were colour printed and fussy cut, layered with 3d dimensions.  The two balloons are diecuts with twine for the controller to hold.

Hope you like it, the little boy loved it.

Entered into
Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge - Use red, blue, green and some leaves.
Crafting from the Heart - AG
Through the Craftroom Door - AG 
Penny's Paper Challenge - AG 
The Male Room - The Colour Blue

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Snowfamily Carolers Gift Box

Back with another gift box today.  These have been so much fun to make.
I was very lucky to be the Blog challenge winner at Createful Heart in October. I won two beautiful images, that you will see in the coming weeks and was asked if I would like to be a Guest Designer for December.

I chose Snow Family for a Winter/Christmas theme.  The image has been printed 4 times, two of the prints have been coloured with Copic, Little Tipsy and Shin Tan Art Touch pens, fussy cut and then attached to the two uncoloured images to give them strength to stand up.

I had nearly ran out of the paste I had previously used and instead used Leni Texture paste (2 problems, takes forever and a day to dry, ended up using a heat gun and it dries a brilliant white, which looks great but very hard to photograph, kept reflecting off all the elements).  The last of the Stampin Up Embossing paste was used around the edges and flowers.

I have added a wooden Snowman, 25th sign and fences, together with a wire tree and an assortment of flowers.  Kept with the mauve/purple theme as it's for someone who loves those shades.

Close up of Snow Family

 The box has been covered with mauve and white polka dot paper, silver ribbons also added.

 Bit closer

 I took approximatelyt 40 pictures of this box, the sun and texture paste were not doing me any favours.  And of course, our little dog photo-bombed this one.  She only stands about 7 inches, but manages to be in a lot of my photos.

 The flowers, this is not my forte, but I was really proud of myself with this arrangement.

Check out the challenge at:
Cardz 4 Gals - Christmas Non Traditional Colours

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #210- 2 in one challenge - 15/12/18

At the Crafter's Cafe this fortnight the themes are "Use Glitter and/or Christmas"

Three great sponsors 

Prize: 2 images
Prize 3 images
I have used 2 images from Dr Digi and Xmas Pud, to redo my Christmas Pudding recipe in my Recipe Scrapbook Journal.  And, just in time.  I have been using this book for some years now and only just realised the pages are perforated for easy removal. Oops! the page came out, so I have typed up the recipe and created a new page in the recipe journal.

I have used Little Tipsy pens for colouring the images.  Fussy cut and layered them onto the recipe page, which I have now reinforce for holly paper, bit of glitter and silver edging completes the double page.

The recipe is one both my Grandmothers used, they said they got it out of a paper.  That would have to be at least 100years ago.  Christmas just wouldn't be the same without this pudding.

Entered into:

CHNC Christmas #416

Theme this week is Things with Wings, I have use paper, lace and trim from my stash.  The rose wreath and robins are 3d stickers.  Christmas greeting completes the card.

Card Mania - Christmas
CHNC Patterned Paper  
Crafty Animals - AG
Outlaw Festive Fridays - Christmas
Fussy and Fancy - Christmas

Happy Birthday

This month;'s image from The Outlawz monthly progressive challenge is Starstampz's The Conductor.

I have typed a curved sentiment to the image, printed and coloured with Little Tipsy.  Layered with patterned and coloured cardstock.  3 little buttons complete the design.

Entered into:
The Outlawz Monthly Freebie Progressive Challenge for December
Jo's Scrap Shack - AG
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - AG
4 Crafty Chicks - Masculine Greetings
The Male Room - Celebrate

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Southern Girls - Glitter - 13 December

Definitely close enough to start wishing everyone
Our sponsors at Southern Girls this fortnight are:


All Dressed Up 

Decided to do an Art Journal Page with "Butterfly Wings" from All Dressed Up".  It is a glitter overload. I started the page when I wasn't feeling 100% and then my printer died and I had to go and buy a new one.  You will see the type is crooked, that's me not putting the paper into the new printer correctly,  By this stage I decided onward and upward, just keep going and something will work.

The background and parts of the image are painted with Fresco Finish Chalk Paints, then I've added some pencil, gel pen, copic pens, rub ons, tissue paper and glitter, lots of different glitters.  Finished off with some glitter grass and mushrooms.

Check out all the wonderful inspiration at:

 Entered into:
Love to Craft - AG
A Bit more Time to Craft
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - AG
Creative Artiste Mixed Media AG 
Crafty Catz - AG optional Glitter and Shine
International Art and Soul - Add some sparkle

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Gingerbread House

Decided to do a bit of mixed media today and make a little gingerbread house.

I made the little box with a sheet of Kraftcard  and my Scorpal.  The house measures 3 inches square around and is 6 inches tall.

Handmade some freckles (not sure what everyone else calls them, but in Australia they are a round chocolate button with hundreds and thousands on top.)  I punched out 1 inch circles, added glue and then dipped them in some hundreds and thousands.

Now if you think glitter makes a mess, you haven't seen anything.  Firstly I used 3 different glues (it was really hot and humid here today and things were not sticking as they should) in hindsight I should have used a texture paste or made some royal icing, maybe next year.  I will be sweeping up and wiping away hundreds and thousand for days.

The house, once constructed has been covered with patterned paper.  I have added a doily, die cut windows and door. pieces from my stash including some snowflakes, candy canes, lots of gems, snow and of course the freckles.

 Entered into:
Scorpal - Christmas
Creative Artiste Mixed Media - AG
Creative Moments - AG
Crafty Catz - AG
Jo's Scrap Shack - AG

Saturday, December 8, 2018

CHNC Christmas #415

Check out this week's challenge, Anything Goes, optional use some gems or pearls.

The image and sentiment on this card is from Beccy's Place, called Blessings of the Season.  The set comes with both coloured and black and white images.

I have printed a sentiment and one of the black and white images onto cardstock.  Coloured with copic pens and added red gems to the berries.

Entered into:

Iris Folding Card

Moving away from Christmas, red and green.  Here is a birthday card for a male.
 A yacht on the high seas.  I have used a curved die for the waves and hand drawn the birds.  A small sentiment completes the card.


 Entered into
Through the Craftroom Door Monthly - Iris Folding
Crafting with an Attitude - AG
Crafts Galore Encore - AG
Dragonfly Dreams - AG
Cute Card Thursday - AG
Daring Cardmakers - December Element Inspiration (Yacht)
Jo's Scrap Shack - AG

Friday, December 7, 2018

Brown Sugar #285 Christmas

Our sponsor at Brown Sugar for December is

Glimps Stamps
For our Christmas theme I have created a gift envelope using Gingerina, The Cook has been coloured with copic pens and fussy cut.  Layered onto one of my Franken Envelopes.

Check out the rest of the inspiration at:
Entered into:
Archi Scraps - Christmas
Christmas Crafts All Year Round - AG
Country View Crafts - Christmas
Eclectic Ellapu - Christmas
Love to Scrap - Seasons Greetings
C.R.A.F.T.  Christmas
Colour Crazy Craft - AG (The Gingerbread man)

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Happy Birthday

This card features an image from Delicious Doodles, called Camp Fire.

I have coloured the image with Copic pens and fussy cut.  I have added ribbon across the image as the wood across the campfire. The sentiment has also been coloured with Copic pens.

Entered into:
The Male Room - Celebrate
Shopping Our Stash - HappyBirthday Dude
Tuesday Throwdown - AG
Crafting from the heart - AG

White + Vivid Gold

This month's challenge at White with 1 is to use Vivid gold, I have also used the sketch from Paper Pages that was on the White +1 site.

I've chosen photos taken on a short holiday I took a few of years back, all have a strong gold colour in the foliage.  All made by me with my Photoshop Elements.

Entered into
White with 1 - Vivid Gold

Saturday, December 1, 2018

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #209 - 2 in one challenge - 1/12/18

This fortnight at the Crafter's Cafe, you have a choice of themes "Use Lace and/or Christmas"

The sponsors are
Prize: 3 Images
Prize: 5 images
I've made two Christmas cards, the first one is with an image form paper Nest Dolls, called "Elf Ellie with Gifts " and I chose this image because the card is going to a little girl called Ellie.
I have printed the image twice (in mirror), coloured with copic pens and glitter, fussy cut and joined the images back to back and added some ribbon to make a little Christmas tree decoration.   Then I made a card from Stampin-Up paper with a pocket to hold the image.  Adding some glitter, ribbon and a sentiment to complete the card.

 Entered into:
Outlawz Tuesday Colour Challenge - Colour Pallette (Pink, Silver, Reindeer, Little Girl )
CASology - Girl (CAS card )
Pinspirational - Photo Inspiration ( Red and Reindeer)
Creatalicious - AG optional Layer it Up
Simon Says Wednesday - AG
Crafty Catz - AG, optional Too Cute 
Colour Crazy Craft - AG coloured

For my second Christmas card, I used Snow Posh from Creative Bug, the image had beautiful background shading, so I adjusted the Hue and Saturation, added a border and came up with a blue image.  My favourite colour (and I usually shade snowmen with blue anyway,) so perfect, I also printed his scarf and hat a second time on Stampin Up patterned paper, fussy cut and added it to the image with 3d stickers.  The holly has been coloured with copic pens and some glossy accents added to the berries. Silver sentiment and sticker completes this card.
Check out all the wonderful inspiration at:

CHNC Christmas #414

This weeks challenge is about adding using a sticker or two or more. I have used paper and diecut from my stash and a 3d sticker as well.

Entered into:
Creative Moments - Sentiment
Outlawz Festive Friday - Christmas
Double D - Snuggle Up Buttercup
Penny's Papers - AG
Jo's Scrap Shack - AG 

Pearly Sparkles Challenge for December - Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas at Pearly Sparkles this month, my card has been made with things found in my stash.  Quick and easy, just right for this time of the year.

Check out the challenge at:

CHNS Patterned Paper Challenge for December 2018

CAS card this time round, all from my stash.  Santa is a 3d sticker.

Check out the challenge at:

Friday, November 30, 2018

Gift Box

Something different this time, a bit of mixed media on a box lid.  The box is made of heavy cardboard

I have covered the box in Christmas polka dot paper.   The snow has been made from Stampin Up Embossing paste, wow! worked a treat and dried fast.

I started with layering some stiff net  and the paste, working in the little wooden church and houses,, reindeer, sleigh and Christmas Tree.  The last two have been coloured with copic pens.

Two paper trees, pearl flourishes, flowers and leaves then added,  all finished off with some white pearl drops and crystal glitter.

Entered into:
Simon Says Mondays - Gift It
Outlawz Twisted Thursday - AG
Crafty Card Makers - Anything But a Card
MooMania - Trees  (paper and wooden)
4 Crafty Chicks - AG
Inky Mess - AG Mixed Media
Creative Inspirations - November Chill

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

And all through the house....

The image on my card is from QKR and is called "Night before Christmas".  Printed and diecut, I have coloured only the holly, leaving everything else white.  Then, layered onto more green diecuts (look black in photo, but they are a very dark green)  Matching dies inside with a stamped sentiment.

Entered into:
AAA cards -mostly white
Jo's Scrap Shack - AG
Outlawz SAturday Paper A La Mode - Christmas
International Art & Soul - Funny Christmas
Incy Wincy - Square Cards
Creative Craft - Christmas is coming
Sweet Stampers - Christmas

Saturday, November 24, 2018

CHNC Christmas #413

This week's challenge is Anything Goes, Optional "Make your own background".  I was lucky enough a few months ago to win a prize from Beccy's Place and one of the sets I chose was "Ginger Bread Set" which comes in coloured as well as black and white.

I have created the background digitally using coloured images and sentiments from the set.  The House and Tree were printed black and white, and I coloured them with copic and little tipsy pens.
Fussy cut and adhered with 3d dimensions.

Entered into:
Outlaws Festive Fridays - Christmas
Christmas All Year Round - Gingerbread
Daisy Chain- Christmas/Winter
Createful Heart Designs - Christmas
Creative Craft Cottage   - Christmas is Coming
Sweet Stampers - Christmas
Fab N Funky - Christmas
Beccy's Place -Day 8 G is for
Jingle Belles - Christmas Feast

Friday, November 23, 2018

Christmas Time

Here's a quick Christmas card made with Kaisercraft paper and sentiment. 

Christmas to me has always been about the warm weather and the red flowers.  I can remember my Grandmother always had a big vase of red Gladioli at Christmas.  The bottlebrush bushes are in full red bloom as are the geraniums.  Everything is green and lush as we haven't usually hit the full heat of summer, but it is coming. 

Entered into:
Through the Craftroom Door - AG
Cute Card Thursday - Festive Colours
Aud Sentiments - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - AG

Thursday, November 22, 2018


Bit different today, this card has been made with stamps and sentiment from Stampin up.  The background has been inked and dandelions have been embossed.

Entered into:
Mod Squad - Use rubber stamps
Penny's Paper Challenges - AG 
The Corrosive Challenge - AG
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - AG


This month's challenge at The Path of Positivity is SHADES OF GREEN.  Although Blue is my all time favourite colour, green comes in a very close second.  I love green because it is the colour of the spring grass, when it so lush.  The leaves on the evergreen trees and the deciduous ones in Spring, a sign to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, even a favourite apple is green, the Granny Smith.

Green is relaxing, rejuvenating and well, it's great being green!

This digital page has been created with a kit from Create Wings called  "Where Dreams Begin"  The little girl in the photo loves dogs and this is the first dog for her family.  I think the photo says it all.

 Entered into:
Path of Positivity - Shades of Green
Digital Whisperer - Love Birds


Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Round Tuit

I haven't made one of these for years, love the little poem, I have added a magnet ot the back and it is hanging on the fridge door. 

This one has been made with Stampin Up and Graphic 45 papers diecuts and flowers from my stash.

 Entered into:
Dream Valley - No squares or rectangles.
Crafty Cardmakers - Lots of Layers
Crafting from the Heart - AG
Lets Craft and Create - AG

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Tag Time

A gift tag, the spotted paper is from Stampin up as is the green leaf vine.  The flowers, butterflies and gems all from my stash and the little branches are from a punch.

Entered itno:
Daring Cardmakers - Tag
Crafty Catz - AG optional with Wings
Jo's Scrap Shack - AG
Outlawz Saturday Paper Ala Mode - Anything but a Card
Fussy N Fancy - AG
The Creative Crafters - AG

Saturday, November 17, 2018

CHNC Christmas #412

This week's challenge is something beginning with H.  I've used Bugaboo's - Christmas Horse for this challenge.  Coloured with copic pens and die cut, layered onto some bright red and white patterned paper.

Entered into:
Fabrika Fantasy - Christmas
Outlaw Festive Friday - Christmas
Merry Little Christmas - AG
Papercraft Challenge - AG -  Christmas animal 
Sheepski Challenges - Christmas 

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #208 - Decorate an Envelope - 15/11/18

The sponsor for the Crafter's Cafe this fortnight is: challenge is:

My Stitch in Twine
My Stitch back in Twine
Prize: 3 digis

The envelopes are made up with scraps of paper from my stash, great was to use the left over pieces, if you keep them plain you could post them, mine are to be hand delivered.

I received Gingerbread Boy for this challenge.  The image has been coloured with copic pens and attached to the envelope.



Entered into:
The Paper Shelter - Christmas is ComingStamping Sensations - Getting ready for Christmas 
Incy Wincy - Christmas
Not Just a Card - AG

As I already had Steampunk Owl, I also made a neutral envelope, that could be used for different occasions.  The owl has been coloured with copic pens and fussy cut, I have added wooden cogs to complete the envelope


Check out the beautiful envelopes at

Entered into:
Fab'n'Funky - With an AnimalOutlawz Sunday Songs and Rhymes - The Owl Song
 A wise old owl lived in an oak
The more he saw the less he spoke
The less he spoke the more he heard.
Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

Through the Craftroom Door - AG 
Penny's Paper Challenges - AG