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Saturday, September 22, 2018

Thursday, September 20, 2018

A World of Fantasy

A friend of mine recently introduced me to Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics, I fell in love with the texture of the paints, felt soft like a chalk finish, but did not come off on your hands.  Lots of ways you can use them, so I bought some and started experimenting.

These pages started out purely as an experiment in using the paints, then I added more and more and more elements, there is a lots of rubber stamping going on, my drawings, diecuts and an image from Di' Digis complete the pages.

Top things I love is that they do not bleed through the paper (my book is just a sketch book, so nothing special about the paper).  I love how my white pen went on white and stayed on.  The translucent paints are fabulous for colouring stamps.  And the most amazing colours, definitely adding more on my next shopping list.

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Art Journal Journey - A world of Fantasy

Happy Christmas from Australia

This Christmas card featured an image from Sasayaki Glitter, called Christmas Roo. Coloured with copic pens and die cut using a stitched die.  Layered onto Patterned paper, silver sentiment and stars complete the card.

Entered into:
SOS 372 - Something relating to where you are from (Australia)
Fab n Funky - Christmas
The Twelve Days of Christmas - AG
Addicted to Stamps - Christmas comes early
Christmas at Sweet Stampin  AG

Southern Girls - Spots and Dots - 20 Sept, 2018

Looking for Spots and Dots at Southern Girls this fortnight
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I received "Shels Charming" from The Paper Shelter for my card.  Coloured with Little Tipsy and diecut, layered with Stampin up papers. Tags and sentiment also from Stampin Up , bow and flowers from my stash.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

This is the first child's song I can remember my son interacting with, we use play it out every day when he was very young.  So, when I received "Ms. Scarecrow with Squirrels by Mary Smith and Createful Heart Digital Stamps. image for the monthly Progressive challenge at Outlawz, I immediately thought of the Dingle Dangle Scarecrow.

I printed the image with one of the pumpkins duplicated, so that it came across the bottom of the page.  Coloured with  colouring pencils.  (The crows are mine)

When all the cows were sleeping and the sun had gone to bed
Up jumped the scarecrow and this is what he said
"I'm a dingle dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this and shake my feet like that.
When all the hens were rousting and the moon behind a cloud,
Up jumped the scarecrow and shouted very loud
"I'm a dingle dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this and shake my feet like that.

Entered into:
Outlawz Monthly Progessive Challenge - Mary Smith's Ms Scarecrow and squirrels.
Createful Heart Desiigns Challenge - Autumn/Fall
Animal Friends - Forest Animal ( squirrel)
Corrosive Challenge - AG
Fabrika Fantasy - Autumn

Saturday, September 15, 2018

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #204 - 2 in one challenge - 15/9/18

This fortnight the challeng is to use Spring OR Autumn colours or a combination of both.

Our Sponsors are:

Prize: 4 digis

 Prize: 5 images

Prize: 3 images

I used Bugaboo's "Owls and Flowers Colouring Page " to create an Art Journal page.  Wasn't what I had in mind originally, but I came down with a throat/chest infection and just didn't have any energy to think let alone craft.

Then I remembered when my girlfriend and I would spend hours colouring (about 50 years ago) long before it became fashionable for adults to be messing around with pencils and colouring books.

Grabbed the Derwents and the Faber Castells, got comfortable in front of the TV and started colouring.  I am definitely doing this more often, the whole page took over 2.5 hour it was both relaxing and therapeutic (I was feeling sorry for myself) and the time flew.  I finished off with a bit of journalling down the sides.

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Creative Fingers - AG
Sweet Stampers - Bright Colours
Eclectic Ellapu - AG 
Tuesday Throwdown - One Layer
Through the Craftroom Door - AG

Notebook - Best Friends

Another little notebook today, this one features an image from QKR called "Best Friends"  I love these quirky little rag dolls.  Coloured with copic pens and fussy cut, layered onto patterned papers.  Little name tag at the top completes the cover.

Entered into:
QKR Stampede- AG
Jo's Scrap Shack - AG
4 Crafty Chicks - Use Alcohol Ink (Copics)
Penny's Paper Challenges - AG
Crafting from the Heart - AG

CHNC Christmas #403

This week we our challenge is Anything Goes with the option of using some plaid, checked or gingham paper.

The papers are from Kaisercraft and the little wooden tree is from my stash.  Simple to make, hope you like it.

Crafting by Design - AG
Crafting with Attitude - AG
C.R.A.F.T. - Christmas
Crimbo Crackers - Christmas AG

Notebook altered cover - Best friends

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


I had a delivery in a large box and decided I could use it for storage.  Covered with blue patterned papers from Stampinup and placed an doily that I had embroidered in a past life on top.

Inside I placed smaller boxes to store individual colours of scrap paper.

Started with empty packing box

Covered top, back and sides with patterned paper

 Doiley and lace on top

Filled with boxes (the coloured punched shapes tell me 
which colour is in which box, saves a whole lot of time
Entered into:
SOS - Upcycling
International Art and Soul - Recycle non craft item (the box)

Friday, September 7, 2018

Brown Sugar #282

This weeks sponsor at Brown Sugar is  QKR Stampede, and I have used one of my favourite images from their store called, "Walking Koala".  Having used it often, this time the image had been coloured with copic pens, fussy cut and layered onto Stampin Up paper and layered onto a small notebook.  A small white diecut name tag completes the cover.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Pearly Sparkles - September - Glitter

Looking for Lots of Glitter this month at Pearly Sparkles Challenge.  This time I have used an image from Bugaboo, called Bugbirthday.

Coloured with Copic pens and lots of glitter and glossy accents.

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #203 - Three of something - 1/9/18

Our theme for this week at The Crafter's Cafe is 3 of something (could be anything, image, flowers, buttons etc) .

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 Prize: 2 Images 
Prize: 3 images

Prize: 3 images
I chose an image from Dr Digis House of Stamps called "Katy the Cat Lady" now this image has 3 cats.  I have used the image on an Art Journal page, using stamps, inks, drawings, pens, pencils, water etc etc.  And I have also included a 3 verse poem called "Daphne, Primrose and Sadie"

Much to my husband's surprise and delight, the poem is one of mine, yes folks, I wrote it.

There once was an elderly lady
Who kept cats numbering three
Daphne, Primrose and Sadie
Always cuddling on her knee

Together they lived in a cottage
Daphne, Primrose, Sadie and the elderly lady
They dined on delectable sausage
Under an Apple tree so shady

Upon a feather bed they all sleep
The Lady, Daphne, Primrose and Sadie
Even the elderly husband without a peep
Dreaming dreams of milk and Brandy

(now, if you like the poem you are most welcome to use it 
and although not mandatory, it would be nice if you gave credit to me, 
by mentioning and using this link

CHNC Christmas #401

This weeks challenge is to include an Angel, I've used an image from Di's Digis that i recently won, called "Nativity Mice"

Coloured with Little Tipsy.  I have fussy cut the image, cutting the two top Angels separately and layering them with 3d dimensions.  Added some ribbon, glitter, a tree and sentiment to complete the card.

Outlawz Festive Fridays - Christmas 
My Time to Craft - Christmas in August 
Fussy and Fancy - AG
Fab n Funky - Babies 
Crimbo Crackers - AG
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Joy

CHNS Patterned Paper Challenge for September 2018

 Notebook cover this month using Di's-Digis-Izzys Cutie Pie.  Coloured with copic pens and fussy cut,  I separated the little bear and mouse from the image and placed them on a circle of colour.  Completed cover with little wooden cupcake, spoon and rolling pin.

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