Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dotty Spotty @ TGF

Down at The Greeting Farm they have a Dotty Spotty challenge. So here is my entry. Very merry indeed. LOL. I had to use this red embossed card that my lovely friend Sue sent to me and the card just evolved from there. Unfortunately with three kids at my feet I did rush it and I shouldn't have as the Gallery @ TGF is down ATM so I can't upload it. Damn. No matter. The white spots are supposed to look like snow flakes/drops but they didn't quite turn out the way I would have liked but it will have to do. Hope you like.

Products: TGF stamp; Memento ink; SU WW card; markers; Creative memories red card; SU Green Galore card; Spots & Dots and Swiss Dots embossing folders; hole punch; Kindyglitz; dimensional magic; 1", 1 1/4" & 2" circle punches

The Next Level #5 - Sketch

Morning everyone. Today my card is for The Next Level issue 5 which is a great sketch. Unfortunately I had limited time to create last night so it is very simple but still a nice card. I used one of my Sugar Nellie stamped images that I got from one of my blogging friends Beth. Hope you like.

Products: Sugar Nellie stamp; Markers; SU Fun & Fast notes stamp; Bazzill card; BasicGrey DP; SU Creamy Caramel card; MM Slice & DC2; Nesties; jewellery spacer; bead.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Pretty Packaging

Down at The Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge Blog the challenge this week is pretty packaging. I couldn't help myself and had to do a little box. I found this chocolate box template at Kirsten's blog. Wow she makes the most brilliant creations. I altered mine to be 14x10cms instead of 14x8cms. I wanted a little bit bigger to fit some small greeting cards too. I haven't made those yet. Maybe a project for next week.


Side view

Products: The Greeting Farm stamp; markers; SU Bashful Blue card; SU Celebrate everything stamp set; K&Co Wild Raspberry DP; Kazmos kreations wood flourish ; MM brad; Glimmer Mist; SU Choc chip ribbon; Versamark Vintage Sepia ink.

Fairy Grin

I had lots of fun with making this card. What a wonderful sketch from Sketch Saturday and I combined it with Stampin' for the Weekend with a theme/challenge this week of a 'Pocket Full of...' - so I put some pockets on the inside to hold stamped images. Thought it was a clever theme as you could do almost anything. I really loved coloring these images - the 'grin' sentiment is an Autumn Leaves stamp (don't know specific name as it was stamped by a friend). Of course there is my little TGF Fairy Chloe - who I love. Hope you like.

Products: The Greeting Farm stamp; Autumn Leaves stamp; Markers; Memento & Staz on ink; Bazzill card; K&Co Amy Butler DP; SU Choc Chip & Pixie pink card; Dimensional dots.

A new challenge blog is born


As the title says there is going to be a new challenge blog in town on the 4th of August. It sounds like a long time away but it isn't really. Only a month. This is a sketch and colour challenge blog - running every fortnight - one fortnight will be a sketch and the next is a colour challenge.

At the moment there is a guest DT call so go take a look and if you are interested give it a go. The blog is still currently under construction and will look super I am sure as soon as it is up and running.

The very talented Kellie Winnell and Kristy Young will be running the challenges. You may know Kellie as the owner of Kellie's Magnolia Down Under and of course, Kristy - her siamese twin (they are joined at the hip). LOL.

For one lucky follower there is a super yummy candy for the first week. Go check it out - become a follower and join in the fun as of the 4th of August.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Just Magnolia Wk 11 - Bev's sketch

Hello everyone. Hope we are enjoying your weekend so far. It has been beautiful weather here in Melbourne and the kids really have been going mental outside even though it is quite muddy on the ground. Mud mud everywhere. LOL.

This week at Just Magnolia wk 11 they have a great sketch by Bev. I love following sketches so this was a great one. I used up some of my BasicGrey papers and even did a little paper piecing which is a new thing for me - haven't done much of it but it looks great on a card - don't you think. Anyway - hope you like.

Products: Magnolia Stamp; markers; Memento ink; SU WW, Rose Red & So Saffron card; Bazzill card; BasicGrey DP; Fiskars Threading water border punch; SU Wow Flowers sentiment stamp; 1", 1 1/4" & 2" circle punch; MM Slice & DC2; Dimensional magic; Nesties.

Saturday, June 27, 2009


Gotta love Miss Anya. I have finally been able to create a card with these gorgeous stamps that my blogging friend Rowena sent to me. Thanks darling. I followed the sketch from Friday Sketchers. I loved doing this card. I also made this card for ABC Challenge which is 'T for two tone'. Pink and Brown - gotta love that. Hope you like.

Products: The Greeting Farm stamp; Markers; SU Pink Piroquette textured card; MME DP; SU Rose Red DSP (hostess only); Making Memories DP; Fiskars Lace border punch; MM Slice & DC2; Bella brads; K&Co Amy Butler quote sticker.

Watch Out

Afternoon everyone - at least it is for me. Having a great day today. The sun is shining and the kids have been able to play outside lots today already. I hate it when it is wet so today is a brilliant day.

Don't you just love this little Pixie....???? I got her and 5 others from Charmed Cards and Crafts with lots of backgrounds and sentiments to go along with it. Gotta love digital. The Pixie and the sentiment circle are both from Pixie Chicks set 2. If you love digital then pop on over and buy them - I want to buy set 1 too. LOL. Okay - I made this card for Digital Tuesday challenge which is to use 'Scraps'. I have done just that. I have got lots and lots of left over paper from my K&Company Amy Butler papers so this fit in real good. The second challenge was for Dare You to Digi Stamp Friday Challenge which is the great sketch (see below).

Gotta love sketches. Hope you like my card. I am hoping to get a couple more done for the weekend. Enjoy your weekend everyone.

Products: Charmed Cards & Crafts digital stamps; markers; SU WW card; SU Soft Sky card; K&Co Amy Butler DSP; Making Memories Slice & Design Card 2; Kindyglitz; Glimmer Mist; MM jewel brads.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Windows Mail issue

Okay I am having issues with Windows Mail. Everytime I get onto my email account it asks for my username and password - I have put in every password possible that I would use but it still asks me to put in. Anyone else had this problem in the past and if so how did you fix it. I cannot access any of my emails so if you send me something I will not be able to respond and hope that it is not important. My hubby reckons he will be able to fix when he gets home tonite. We will see.

Thanks a bunch

Well I was finally able to make a card for Mojo Monday. Woot woot. LOL. I was going to try and play along with the Verve sketch challenges but just didn't have enough time but I have the sketches and might use them later down the track if I need a sketch. I got a pressie in the mail from my new blogging friend Beth with lots of stamped images and this was one of them. I actually made this card to shoot Beth a thanks for the pressie. You are the best. Thank you thank you thank you.

I also need to thank Rowena, Kellie & Sammi for helping with the watermark on the photos. Big thanks though to Sammi who emailed me the instructions on how to do in Gimp. After doing it it is so easy - I don't know how I couldn't work out myself. Cheers.

Products: Whiff of Joy stamps; markers; MME DP; Bazzill card; SU Tangerine Tango ribbon; BasicGrey Lime Rickey buttons; Nesties; Corner rounder.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Stamp with Fun #12 - Sketch by Bea

This week over at Stamp with Fun they have a wonderful sketch by Bea. I thought this was a great idea doing the ovals and a sitting image. I had lots of fun with this one. I used my SU blender pen and inks once again to colour this image so the colours matched the DSP perfectly. Hope you like.

I got a nice little package in the mail today from Stampin' Up - I got a certificate of promotion - for making Senior Associate and a great little SU badge. Woot woot. Always nice to get recognition in writing. Thanks SU.

Products: Magnolia stamp; SU WW card; Memento ink; SU Fun & Fast Notes stamp; SU blender pen & Kiwi Kiss, Rose Red, Blush Blossom, Choc Chip inks; SU Pink piroquette & Rose Red card; SU Raspberry Tart DSP; SU On Board Batch of Blooms; Cuttlebug; Nesties; Dimensional Magic; 1/2" circle punch; Hole punch; SU Old Olive ribbon.

Upsy Daisy in depth

I got myself a brayer last week after seeing the beautiful creations that Michelle Zindorf has been doing. I must say that she is absolutely amazing at using the brayer and even teaches classes all over the US. Wish I lived there so I could go to one of her classes. Michelle is also fabulous at looking at a painting for inspiration and then putting it on 'paper' as a card. I really don't know how she does it - if you check out her blog you will see the amazing cards she makes.
The card below is from a tutorial that is on her blog. Everything on this card is Michelle. Not one idea is from myself. I had to try this out as it looked amazing - mine is nowhere near as good as hers. Perfect card for my Mum, Dad, MIL or Nanna.

All products are Stampin' Up: Upsy Daisy stamp set; WW, Tangarine Tango, Old Olive & So Saffron card; Old Olive, SS, TT, Real Red & Basic Black ink; Brayer; 1 1/4" circle punch; Clear embossing powder.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

3D Fun

Back again. This week at Tilda and Friends ATC Challenge the theme is 3D Fun. This is my last ATC for T&F as Guest DT and would love to say that I had so much fun. I thank Caz and the other DT's for allowing me to play along as guest.
I used some scraps with this card but did do some paper piecing for the books. I have been playing around with my SU blender pens and my inks and am getting the hang of it but not so much the watercolouring. I just can't work out the Aqua painter. Anyway Tilda is mounted on Dimensional dots on top of the books that are also mounted on dimensional dots.

Sketch Saturday #56

Hello everyone. Another Wednesday. HUMP DAY. Hooray. I am hanging for the weekend already. LOL.

Another great sketch this week at Sketch Saturday #56. I had a lot of fun with this card as I was able to use my new C.C. Designs Swiss Pixie Heidi that I got from Bizzy Becs. I have her sister too so will be making another card sometime today with that stamp. Can't wait. LOL. Hope you like. I feel like I have lost a little Mojo again this last couple of days. Maybe that is why I spent so much time on the computer trying to personalize my blog last night instead of making cards. Oh well. It should be back soon - I hope. Have a 'Happy Hump Day'....!!!!!!!!!

Products: CC Designs Swiss Pixie Heidi stamp; SU Trendy Trees stamp (sentiment); Memento ink; markers; SU WW card; SU Tangarine Tango ink; Bazzill card; Imaginisce Mushroom Fancy DP; Kaiser rhinestones; Signo Gel white pen; Kindyglitz.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Watermark Signature help

I have decided that I need to start putting a watermark signature on my pictures but have no idea how. If there is anyone who knows how to do it in Gimp or can do one for me and then tell me how to use it I would be very grateful.

Also - does anyone know how to put the pretty signatures down the bottom of the posts and how to use a digital scrapbooking kit to make my own blog page. Hmmmmm so many things I want to do. It is definately time to personalize my blog.

Any help that you can give would be wonderful.
Please email me if you know - how or who can tell me to do all this.

Lemonade stand award

I got this award from Beth a little while ago and was very slack at posting up here. I actually forgot that she had given it to me. Please forgive me Beth. Thanks so much. Beth is a very talented card maker and is super talented at the ATC's - go and check out her blog.

My Nominees:
- Rowena aka craftypagan
- Sue Ashton (I know that you already have this so don't have to post again)
- Kellie Winnell
- Martina
- Kristie Morrison

Now ladies here are the rules for sharing this with others:

1-Comment on this blog.
2-Cut and paste the award logo and use it in your own blog.
3-Nominate 5 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.
4-Link to your nominees within your blog post.
5-Comment on their blogs to let them know they’ve received the award.
6-Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.

Ohhhh thanks darling

Just a quick one as I am trying to get a few things organized today and there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day, but I had to show you this card. I received this yesterday from Kristie as a thank you for the blog candy that she won. Isn't it a gorgeous card. Thanks so much Kristie. It put a smile on my dial. Mwah

Monday, June 22, 2009

Unlucky or not...???

Is the number 13 unlucky....???? I don't think so. It is my favourite number over 10 so I am hoping that it will be lucky for me this week. The Sugar Bowl challenge #13 is a fabulous sketch by Lillian. Conditions are that it has to be a Sugar Nellie stamp and you need to have Kraft card/paper on the card somewhere.

I have had this Sugar Nellie stamp called Carefree for a couple of weeks now and have been waiting to use it for the new Sugar Bowl challenge. You see I got this from my fabulous friend Rowena aka craftypagan as a birthday gift. I was thrilled when I got this in the mail and have been dying to use it.

Products: Sugar Nellie stamp; memento ink; markers; SU WW, Riding Hood Red & Kraft card; K&Co Wild Raspberry DP; Artygirlz Dream charm; Kaisercraft flowers; prima flowers; AC brads; SU Ruby Red marker.

Workshop LO's

Morning all. Just make it a quick one as I am doing this whilst my little girl is having breakfast but thought I would just show you the two 8"x8" Layouts I did for the workshop I did on the weekend. Both of these were a real hit - especially the wedding one. Hope you like.

All Stampin' Up products: Real red & Tempting Turquoise card; Season of Joy stamp set; Versamark ink; Heat and stick powder; glitter; Two way glue; Stamp-a-ma-jig.

Products: Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set; Basic Phrases set; Dimensional dots; Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink, pale Plum & Confetti White card; Versamark ink; Clear embossing powder; rose red ink; Metal Edge tag; two way glue; Glitter; Hole punch; Embroidary thread (non SU).

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #16

Good morning everyone. Hope we are enjoying your Sunday so far. I am - got a nice big sleep in and I am off to my friends this afternoon for a 'casual' workshop.

This week at Kellie's Magnolia Down Under Challenge #16 it is a colour challenge, with a choice. You can do either…

* Pink, Brown and Cream/White
* Orange, Brown and Cream/White
* Blue, Brown and Cream/White.

As you can see I chose the Orange, Brown & Cream/white colour combination. I love this card. Wasn't too sure about it when I first made it as my Hubby said it looked very 'Retro 70's' but I do like it a lot now. Hope you like and get some inspiration for the challenge.

Please come along and play with us at Magnolia Down Under. It is now fortnightly so you have plenty of time to play along.

Products: Magnolia stamp; Memento ink; Markers; SU sentiment stamp (have to find the set and let you know - Oops); SU Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla card; SU Apricot Appeal DSP (from Hostess set); SU Choc chip ribbon; Kaiser pearls; Making Memories Slice machine & Design Card 2; Dimensional dots; sewing machine.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Summer is here

To start off with the card. I combined the theme from Just Magnolia which is Summer with the sketch from Friday Sketchers. Another fabulous sketch this week. I used Tilda with lace skirt - which again was given to me by my friend Sue. Thanks again Sue.

I hope we are all enjoying our weekend so far. I certainly am. Getting myself organized for a 'Get together' tomorrow to demonstrate scrapbooking techniques at a good friends place. I hope it goes well and I get a few sales out of it. I am really only going over to catch up with my friend - it is her mothers birthday on tomorrow and just got into the scrapbooking so really hoping I can give her lots of ideas and spur her to buy lots of product. Of course, with the Hostess special this month she should hopefully get a nice present out of it all.

Hubby is busy making a chocolate butter cake - Yummo. Will save some for anyone who wants it. LOL. Although I don't think you would get much by the time my boys are finished eating. Hehehe. They would eat us out of house and home if we let them. They aren't even at school yet - God help me when they are teenagers. LOL.

Okay enough babbling from me.
Enjoy your weekend.

Products: Magnolia stamp; markers; Bazzill card; Making Memories Noteworthy DP; SU Baja Breeze & Bashful Blue card; Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder; Making Memories Slice and DC 2; MM jewel brad; Dimensional Magic.