Tuesday, 8 August 2017

God's Opinion

Hmmm, what shall I show you today?





Recently, my BFF asked if I could make her a selection of cards
as her stock was low.  Of course, I said 'yes' , so among the birthday cards,
I tucked in a couple of baby cards, one for a boy and one for a girl.




Yes, I know they are both the same, but with a little change of colour, 
it's easy to make a simple but pretty design.

The little giraffe was a freebie on a recent magazine 
and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up! called 'Occasional Quotes'
[I'm not sure whether it is discontinued as it's a few years old].

My friend was very happy with the selection of cards I made for her,
the least I can do when she makes me gorgeous quilts!
 
Happy Crafting!
 


Saturday, 5 August 2017

Angel Gate


Ooh, I'm EXCITED!
I've been published again, this time with a little
off-the-page canvas that I called Angel Gate.





I started by glueing a layer of white tissue paper to the pre-gessoed canvas, then added 'squeezed lemonade', 'mustard seed' and 'fossilized amber' Distress Inks until I was happy with the colour.

A script stamp was added randomly, followed by Modellier Creme through a stencil and allowed to dry.




A chipboard gate was given some finger painting using Silk glaze,
and finished off with crackle accents for added interest.

The angel was coloured with pencils for her skin and hair, and Distress Ink for her dress and wings.
Although you can't see it in the photo, her wings have Wink of Stella shimmer added.




You can find these instructions and lots more, in Issue 5 of Creative Papercraft - out now!




Stamps
Carabelle Studio - 'an angel to love'

I'm off to read all the other projects, so until next time .....
Happy Crafting!
   


 

Monday, 17 July 2017

A Bit of Bling!

Bling!  
I don't usually do very much bling, but in this instance,
it was perfect on an 18th card for a lovely young lady.



The colour suggestion was silver/aqua, so with a bit of shopping at my local papercraft store,
I came home with silver card, a 12"x12" sheet of glitter card, a sheet of an embossed shimmer card
along with a sheet of "Mist" from Kaisercraft's Lilac Whisper collection.

The Prima doll was stamped and embossed three times : firstly on white cardstock, again on the embossed shimmer card and lastly on the mist paper.  She was then coloured [skin/hair] and each was fussy cut, then glued into place.  Some diamontes finished off the dress.

Two strips of silver card were added for grounding, she was popped onto dimensionals and the 18 was adhered.





An appropriate quote and birthday greeting were added to the insert.

Stamps
Julie Nutting - Prima Doll
Stampotique - Quote #1

Stampin' Up! Thinlit - Happy Birthday

This card was a little different to my usual as it was a A4 sheet folded in half.
Usually my cards are A5 folded in half, however, I was very happy with the result.

I hear the birthday girl had a lovely 18th celebration!

  Happy Crafting!
 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Summer Lovin'

What a beautiful day it has been today.

After doing some household chores this morning,
I decided to make some cards, just for fun!



This sweet girl was such a delight to colour,
using of course, a variety of Prismacolor pencils.

I edged the white card with 'ripe persimmon' Distress Ink
which was almost a perfect colour match.

The printed paper was a leftover piece from another project
but has a lovely, bright summery feel about it.  
Another small leftover piece added balance to the card.

I popped the sentiment onto dimensionals as an extra highlight.

Stamps
Impression Obsession Inc. - E19041; A11032A


Challenge
www.mitrafriant.typepad.com  -  "It's Getting Hot in Here" 



Happy Crafting!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Hogs Breath

In a swap I played along with recently,
the theme was to alter a drink coaster.
 
Just after Easter, my DH and I took a trip up the coast 
to the beautiful town of Port Macquarie, 
where on one of the nights for dinner, we went to Hogs Breath Cafe.  
The food there is very yummy, but also filling!

Before we left the restaurant, I popped a couple of coasters into my handbag,
so I'd be ready to play along with this swap challenge.




As a matter of coincidence, I was excited to find that in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue
was the perfect set of stamps called "This Little Piggy".

I wanted to be able to still see most of the coaster, 
so with a bit of fiddling I achieved what I set out to do.



If I'm sending something small in the mail, I always like to put it inside a card, just for safe-keeping.

Stamps
Stampin' Up! - This Little Piggy
Stamps et cetera - Pigs May Fly (1998)
Stampendous - Whisper Friends
 
 I was quite happy with how these coasters turned out
(and hopefully my swap partners like them too).
 
 

Happy Crafting!
 


Thursday, 6 July 2017

Happy Landings

After another beautiful, sunny winter's day,
tonight definitely has a chill in the air .... brrrrr !!
 

 


These two pilots don't seem to be at all fazed by the cooler weather as they fly off into (what looks like) a beautiful sunset, with just the glow of colour left in the sky.  They were on a mission to deliver an ATC for a recent swap with a "Texture" theme.
 
 


The following morning, their co-pilots took off into a bright, sunny sky
to deliver yet another ATC in the same swap.
 (I hope they all landed safely LOL!)
 
Stamps
Stampotique - All Aboard
Stampotique - Mabel
 
Happy landing Crafting!
 
   




Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Coffee Time

Today has been a beautiful winter's day, 
but now the sun is setting and the evening is getting colder ..... brrrrr!

I thought I should catch up with some cards today,
some for swaps, some for birthdays 
and some for orders.
 

 


This cute little chap (who is getting drunk on coffee) is for a swap,
and hopefully the recipient will like it.
 
 


The image was stamped four times, the first three onto white cardstock
and the fourth directly onto the green card, which allows for the steam from the coffee mug.
 
Each of the three images on the white card were coloured identically with a variety of prismacolor pencils.

The first image was completely cut out; on the second image, the lid, the coffee band and the mouse were cut out.  On the third image, only the mouse was cut out.




The first cut image was adhered directly onto the green card, lining up the images.
The second and third images were popped onto dimensionals for a 3D effect.

The coffee mug was given a glaze by adding a small amount of glossy accents
and allowed plenty of drying time.

A piece of rainbow washi tape was added to ground the image.

A quick little sentiment was added, the top was adhered to a white card base
 and it was all finished!

Stamps
Whipper Snapper Designs, Inc. - Colby's Caffeine #MY665
Stampendous - Life Words #SSC1213

Thank you for popping by to see what I've been up to;

Happy Crafting!
 



Monday, 19 June 2017

Such a thrill!

GUESS WHAT?

Yes!  I am thrilled to say I've been published again! Yippee!!!

This is the first time I've had a set of cards published in
Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft 
magazine, and I'm thrilled-to-bits! 





 The magazine  (Vol 23, No 7) arrived in my letterbox this morning, 
so I enjoyed flipping through it while I munched on some lunch.

Not only are my cards published (page 20), but I am also featured in
'Contributor Chat - Inspiration Board' on page 72.




For a closer look at these cards, here they are:












Stamps
Stampendous - 'Whisper Friends'; 'Travel Home'; 'Whisper Friendship'

Thanks for popping by to have a look,
you will find all the instructions in this month's issue of
Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine.

Happy Crafting!!!
    

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Hello ...

I enjoy playing along with on-line swaps and challenges
and this month, one of the swaps is
"Hello"
where we are making a card and co-ordinating tag.



I decided to go a little bit quirky using a couple of the fun characters from
PaperAtsy 'elenazinski ZA03'.

 I stamped both characters on white card using 'jet black' Archival Ink
and coloured them with various prismacolor pencils.
 I then again stamped them directly onto the backgrounds,
before adhering the fussy cut images directly over the top.
This way, any strands of hair or thin lines are not lost.

Both backgrounds were made using Distress Oxides 
in 'wilted violet', 'worn lipstick' and 'fossilized amber' blended together.
The card background also used a brick stencil spritzed with water for an interesting effect.


It won't be to everyones taste, 
but I hope my swap partner likes my quirky "Hello" card and tag.


Happy Crafting!
  


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

80 Years Young!

I was recently asked by a good friend
if I could make an 80th birthday card for her mother-in-law.



You may remember I made a similar card not so long ago, for a 90th birthday
however, I thought it was a very appropriate design,
so with a few alterations ......


The background paper is Attic Charm "Generation" (Blue Fern Studios)
which I edged with 'victorian velvet' Distress Ink.


The die is "Arched Window" from Kaisercraft 
and was cut from Love Clippings Collection "Little Love Clippings" (Prima Marketing Inc).

The flowers are from Green Tara, 
and the letters & numbers from Die-Versions "Chick Flick" font.



The height of the flowers makes an envelope unsuitable as they would get squashed,
so I made a box instead, complete with ribbon and a little tag.

Challenges
The Flower Challenge - #9 'Anything Goes'



I hope the birthday girl had a very enjoyable afternoon tea with her family!
Happy Crafting!
 


Friday, 2 June 2017

Fancy a cuppa?

It's been a bit of a lazy day today.
I've done some colouring, chatted to my BFF,
watched episode 1 of "Delicious" - a new four part series on the ABC
which stars among others, Dawn French, in a much different role to The Vicar of Dibley.

This afternoon I decided to have a play with a couple of used tea bags.
 I carefully opened them, emptied the dried tea leaves, and flattened them out.


The one on the left was 'green tea'; the one on the right was 'irish breakfast'.


Using 'jet black' Archival Ink, I stamped the 'chinese lantern' from Lavinia Stamps.
 
I stamped the Distress Inks onto an acrylic block, spritzed a tiny amount of water
and proceeded to paint the colours onto the delicate buds.


I repeated the same process with the second teabag, stamping 'hanging lanterns' from Lavinia Stamps. 
Extra dots of colour to the flower stamens were added with the Distress Marker.

I'm not entirely sure what I will do with them - 
should I make cards or should I add them to my journal as samples?
What do you think?

 Stamps

Happy Crafting!
  



Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Showers

If you hadn't already worked it out, 
I enjoy playing along with challenges and swaps.
One of this month's swaps was entitled
"May Showers"
so after a bit of thought, this is what I came up with:



After a couple of false starts, which ended up in the recycling bin,
I decided to blend 'wilted violet' and 'worn lipstick' Distress Oxides together.
These inks blend seamlessly and are such fun to work with.

The next step is to take a stencil, lightly spritz with water
and lay it down on the blended card, mopping up excess water with paper towel.

I then stamped the image with 'jet black' Archival Ink, adding the puddles
and the sentiment.
I find stamping solid images difficult to get even coverage
and am beginning to think a Misti (or equivalent) would be very useful
for this type of stamp.


The last step in making this card, was to spritz the front with Perfect Pearls Mists in 'biscotti'.
Add a black mat for contrast and adhere to a white folded A5 card.

I hope my swap partner liked my "May Showers" card.
I was certainly happy with how it worked out,
especially after the first two attempts ended in the bin.

Stamps
Visible Image - Sparkle in the Rain


Happy Crafting!
  


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

100 years young!

I know it's been a few days, but I'm back again.

Hmmm ...... so what can I show you today?
 
Last week, I had a phone call from one of my good friends,
asking if I would make a card for an elderly gentleman who is turning 100!

So, I went searching through my stamps to find something suitable
and came across this globe, along with the stop watch
[both from a magazine freebie].



I started by blending 'stormy sky' and 'broken china' Distress Inks together
on white cardstock and spritzing with water. 
I then stamped the globe in 'jet black' Archival Ink,
and with a craft knife, cut out all the inside pieces.


To add interest to the background, I found a piece of printed tissue paper
and glued it to white card.  I then glued the globe into place.

After colouring and cutting around the stopwatch, 
I aged it by adding crackle accents to its face.  
I put the watch aside for a few hours to ensure it had dried properly
before popping in onto a foam dimensional.

The happy birthday is a sticker, the 100 was cut from an alphabet/number die
and the tiny tag was also cut from a die.
 A black mat was added before adhering the front to a folded square craft card.

I gave the card to my friend last night and she was delighted with it.
Hopefully the elderly gentleman will be too!

Happy Crafting!
 


Saturday, 13 May 2017

H is for Hatches, Matches & Dispatches


Last week, I was very surprised to learn that I had been crowned
Queen of Snark 

Quite an honour, indeed!

This week Edna and her friends have set a new challenge,
H is for Hatches, Matches & Dispatches
so I looked at various stamps, wondering what snarkyness I could conjure up, hehehe!!
 



What do you think?  Is is snarky enough?



I must admit to having a bit of a giggle when I realised that dear Mr Bunny 
thought the flowers were for eating - oops!!  Poor Miss Mouse!
(or perhaps, it's Miss Bunny and Mr Mouse?)

Oh well, with a bit of quirkyness and crazyness they should get on just fine!

Stamps
Impression Obsession, Inc - G17071
Stampendous - Hoppy Moments SSCM5001



   You can find all the details to join in the fun at
and you never know, you TOO could be crowned Queen of Snark!

Happy Crafting!

 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Coffee Time

Oops .... I'm a day late adding my last Fancy Fold Card,
but 'better late then never'!



This fold is perfect for a gift card or voucher as it has two pockets.
Don't look too hard at the 'coffee time' card as it would look SO much better centred!

 

It is made from one piece of double sided paper and can be made different sizes easily.

 Stamps
Whipper Snapper Designs, Inc. - Colby's Caffeine

Hmmm ..... must be time for a cuppa!
Happy Crafting!
 


Thursday, 4 May 2017

Create your imagination

Good morning, as I said yesterday,
I would be back today with another sample of a 
Fancy Fold Card.
 

 


For something easy, an Easel Card in its simplest form is just that - easy!
Two folds of the card base and you're done, 
then it's just a matter of measuring up for the topper and a mat
so that when the card is flat, it looks like a regular card.
 
 


Starting with the background, I decided to have a play with the new Distress Oxide inks.  These inks blend together beautifully and once spritzed with water, create some lovely mottled effects.
 
This was also the first time this horse stamp had been inked up, hence why he's not quite as black as I would have liked, but that's ok, I like him this way.
 
I added the script stamp across the bottom to ground him, 
as otherwise he was floating in the middle of the card.
 
I then stamped the sentiment on some white card, 
and coloured the inside of the letters with more of the same colour inks.
 
Stamps
Visible Image - Revolution
Visible Image - Just be Happy
 

I'll return tomorrow with my remaining sample of a fancy fold card.

Happy Crafting!
 

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

What's on tv?

It's my turn to host an event this month
and my theme is Fancy Fold Cards.
 
I used to make lots of fancy fold cards
but these days most of my cards tend to be more simple.
 
Anyhow .... for the header I needed some sample cards, 
so I looked in my book which has all sorts of bits'n'bobs written in it,
and the following is a Spring Card.
It doesn't actually have a spring, it's just the way it pops up when taken out of the envelope!
 

 


I thought I would take the opportunity to play with my new Stampotique stamps
which arrived last week.
 
 


Here is Mort hosting his own tv program, at least I hope that's what he's doing!
 
 I can see the tv stamp being used by lots of the Stampotique family.
 
Stamps
Stampotique - Mort had a pin curl
Stampotique - TV
Stampotique - Phrase Cube #2
 
I'll be back again tomorrow with another of my fancy fold samples.
 
Happy Crafting!
  


Friday, 28 April 2017

Woodland Dreaming

Guess what?
I've been published again!
WOOHOO!!!
 

I picked up Issue 4 of Creative Papercraft  magazine today
and there on page 49 are my two cards!


As all the instructions are in the magazine, I won't go into detail except to say which stamps were used.


Love these little bunnies!



Stamps
Crafty Individual Rubber Stamps - Crowned Bunnies
Stampendous - Life Words
Prima - Stationer's Desk; Butterfly

Happy Crafting!   

Y I P P E E !!!!

 

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Ninety Years Young!

My BFF's mother is celebrating a very special birthday today,
she is turning 90 years!

I was asked if I would make her a card,
so after a bit of thinking and checking what colours to use,
this is it finished.



I started with a square white card base,
and cut a square mat from patterned paper to fit.  
To make it just a little different, I used a border punch on the top left and bottom right sides,
then tucked some co-ordinating paper behind both these borders.

Next I cut the window and bricks from some foiled patterned paper
  using a Kaisercraft die.
I really liked the randomness of colour this created, 
a perfect contrast for the background.




I don't use flowers very often on my cards,
however, the flowers I did have, all co-ordinated with each other perfectly along with some ribbon that I had recently purchased.  



A couple of die cut butterflies and  the number 90th were all that was needed
to finish it off.

I made a box from white card and tied the same ribbon around it,
along with a little tag.


From what I hear, this lovely lady had a very happy 90th birthday,
celebrating with a family luncheon.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Happy Crafting!