Monday, June 15, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler - Incorporating Circles

This month's theme for the PCS kit is Incorporating Circles.

Here are some sneak peeks at the variety of ideas the design team came up with for this one:

Still need inspiration to use circles in your projects? Pop over to the PCS blog site HERE for more sneak peeks and of course you can always sign up for the June sampler!

This was my last month on the design team for PCS so to check out their current samplers you'll need to bookmark the blog on your computer.

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, June 12, 2015

Water, Water, Everywhere!

This month's class cards involve plenty of water as well as watercolouring and sponging - two of my favourite crafting activities! Thankfully my ladies seem to enjoy them too - not that I give them much choice, lol!

Firstly we'll make this simple card using the gorgeous World Map stamp. I resisted buying this one for quite a while but now I don't know why I did, as I just love it. Great for masculine cards too.

Materials used:

  • stamps - World Map, Chalk Talk
  • card - crumb cake, early espresso, soft sky, watercolour
  • inks - crumb cake, soft sky, Timber Brown StazOn
  • other - aqua painter, Dimensionals, wide oval punch

Our second card is a case from Michelle Surette - just love these little birdies. 

Materials used:
  • stamps - Wetlands
  • card - chocolate chip, soft sky, so saffron, whisper white
  • inks - soft sky, so saffron, hello honey, Timber Brown StazOn
  • other - sponges and sponge daubers, stripes embossing folder, Big Shot, burlap ribbon, Dimensionals

And our last card, this one inspired by a Teneale Williams creation that I've changed up a little.

Materials used:
  • stamps - You've Got This
  • card - smoky slate, watercolour, very vanilla, basic grey, blackberry bliss
  • inks - wild wasabi, blackberry bliss, crushed curry, Versamark
  • other - white embossing powder, heat tool, pearls, aqua painter, greetings thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, sponge dauber, Sahara sand marker

That should keep them all busy! Thanks for stopping by and don't forget - if you like what you see, leave some comment love!


Friday, June 5, 2015

I Am 16 Going On 17 ....

Did you sing the title? If you're a fan of The Sound of Music you probably did! He he he.

Anyway, the reason for the title is that my baby turns 17 today. Where on earth all those years have disappeared to, I just don't know ... sigh! In just a few months she'll be graduating high school and then be off somewhere and I'll be left with an empty nest and ...... argh! (breathe, breathe!)

Alright, to avoid an existential crisis happening here, let's move on to the card! I wanted to combine a few elements; to wit, her love of the colour green, her preference for red and white polka dots, a teen's fascination with making parents spend tons of money on clothes, and ... hmm, no, that's it. So here is what I came up with at the almost-very-last-minute (which I define as the day before the birthday as opposed to the night before the birthday, which is definitely very-last-minute):

Cute, huh? Yup, it's so cute it's worthy of a comment don't you think?

Materials used:
  • stamps - Uptown Girls Posh has a Present (Stamping Bella)
  • card - cucumber crush, whisper white, real red, watercolour
  • other - sponge, aqua painter, Dimensionals, green satin ribbon (stash), dots and stripes decorative mask, rhinestones, markers

The dotty background is sponged using the decorative mask, a sponge and real red ink onto whisper white card. I love the soft look it has, it almost gives the impression of flocking (well, it does in real life but maybe not so much in the photo). And the sentiment on the inside is perfect for her because she definitely has her own individual fashion style:

So now that you've seen the card I can go back to my crisis. Oh! and don't forget to leave me some comment love!

Thanks for dropping by.


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cutie Pie Colours

You all know how much I love watercolouring so it will come as no surprise that that is exactly what I have been doing with the cards I have to show you today. Well, okay, it's not all strictly water colouring per se, since some of it was done with blender pens, but let's not nit pick!

The first card showcases some of SU's new in colours for 2015-2017; the card base is tip top taupe and some of the flowers are watermelon wonder (the others are crushed curry), while the leaves are cucumber crush. Stamps are from Papertrey Ink.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Spring Fillers (PTI)
  • card - tip top taupe, whisper white
  • inks - black StazOn, watermelon wonder, crushed curry, cucumber crush, whisper white
  • other - blender pen, aqua painter, acetate, crushed curry 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Dimensionals, sticky strip, jar and lid die (PTI)

I stamped the image onto the taupe and gave it a watered down whisper white wash first before colouring using a blender pen on the leaves; then the image was stamped again on whisper white and the flowers coloured with a blender pen, cut out and stuck on top of the taupe layer. I didn't do the leaves on whisper white because I wanted the flowers to really pop and be the star attraction. The jar is stamped on acetate and attached over the top. It's nice to have another gorgeous neutral colour as well as crumb cake and how vibrant do those colours look against it? Yum, yum! 

Second up is a stamp that embodies adorableness called Nice To See You Petunia from Stamping Bella. Check it out:

Are they the cutest or what?!

Materials used:
  • stamps - Nice To See You Petunia (Stamping Bella)
  • card - watercolour, basic black, pool party, retired SU designer papers
  • inks - crisp cantaloupe, blushing bride, so saffron, soft sky, pool party, pumpkin pie, Sahara sand, wisteria wonder, garden green, strawberry slush, lost lagoon, 
  • other - ovals framelits, Big Shot, Lawn Fawn alphabet die, rhinestones, Dimensionals, aqua painter, markers

And last but not least is a sweet little number which could have been used for an engagement, wedding or anniversary card - but which I managed to get a dirty mark on right before photography! Clever me (not!) - but I thought after all that work I would show it to you anyway.

  • stamps - Lily of the Valley
  • card - white, marina mist, watercolour, lost lagoon, designer paper from Kaisercraft XO Collection
  • inks - crumb cake, blush blossom, strawberry slush, hello honey, smoky slate, lost lagoon, night of navy, cucumber crush, soft suede, close to cocoa, Sahara sand
  • other - soft sky ribbon, Dimensionals

That's it for today! Hope you like 'em! Thanks for dropping by.


Monday, May 11, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler - Wooden It Be Lovely

It's time for another Paper Crafters Sampler issue and this month's theme is

Projects feature stamps and textures resembling wood. Here are a few sneak peeks:

To join in the fun and get these projects and more, as well as the template of the month, simply pop over to the PCS website HERE and enrol for May's issue.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

NSU - For The Kids

While browsing in a scrapbook store recently I came across some totally adorable Doodlebug Designs kids papers and couldn't resist buying a few for some fun-filled birthday cards.

Here's the girls version - these papers are called Sweet Shoppe:

Materials used:
  • card - Bermuda bay, melon mambo, whisper white, smoky slate
  • papers - Doodlebug Designs Sweet Shoppe
  • other - Cottage Cutz tiered cupcake die, Big Shot, circle framelits, lacey circles die (Spellbinders), Dimensionals, computer and printer

And the boys version using Hip Hip Hooray papers:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Perfect Pennants
  • card - pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, crushed curry, whisper white
  • papers - Doodlebug Designs Hip Hip Hooray
  • other - balloon framelits, Big Shot, Nestabilities label two die (Spellbinders), Dimensionals, tangelo twist thick bakers twine

Aren't they adorable? Makes me almost wish my kids were little again. (OK, nah, not really!!! LOL)

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler - The Potting Shed

In the Northern Hemisphere they are celebrating Spring and the season of growth and rejuvenation. It's time for getting down in the dirt to weed the gardens and plant fresh petaled pretties.  

This month the Paper Crafters Sampler celebrates the flowering season with 'The Potting Shed".  In this issue you'll find beautiful paper floral creations.

Here are some sneak peeks at the projects in The Potting Shed:

If you are interested in joining us for the April issue, head over to the blog HERE to sign up - you get full instructions with plenty of photos to help you recreate these seasonal beauties, as well as access to the template of the month, which for April is a garden trowel.

Thanks for dropping by.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NSU - Berry Sweet

A fun bit of colouring today as I got out my (now defunct) Blendabilities pens to play with one of my new PTI stamp sets (birthday pressie from hubby). It's the first time I've used the melon mambo markers - you know how much I usually avoid brights - but I am very happy with how the strawberries turned out. Almost good enough to eat!

I stamped a second jar on a piece of acetate and placed it over the top to give that genuine glass look and used some extra thick bakers twine around the cover and tag for added authenticity. The faux stitching on the background paper and the cute button help give a homely touch, don't ya think?

Materials used:
  • stamps - Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Summer Fillers (Papertrey Ink)
  • card - naturals ivory, whisper white, soft sky and wild wasabi patterned papers
  • other - paper doily, Dimensionals, Blendabilities (melon mambo, wild wasabi, soft sky), extra thick bakers twine (white and strawberry slush), very vintage button, mini glue dots, acetate, black marker, ruler

I was lucky enough to get a number of stamps and dies for my birthday, so no doubt I will be playing with more of them very soon!]

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy New Home

My dear friend and downline lost her home and all her possessions in the devastating firestorm we had here in October 2013 and finally - after 18 months living in a small tin hut - she has moved into her brand new home.

Tonight she has invited the craft "gang" to a celebration dinner and tour around the new abode, including - of course - her brand new craft room! I wanted to take her a small gift so I sat down this afternoon and made her this:

I stamped the bird silhouette in basic black craft ink and embossed with clear, added my moon mask and then brayered with so saffron, hello honey, cajun craze and cherry cobbler. 

Materials used:
  • stamps - World of Dreams, Letter It, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
  • card - whisper white, basic black, so saffron, cajun craze
  • inks - basic black, so saffron, hello honey, cajun craze, cherry cobbler, black StazOn
  • other - clear embossing powder, heat tool, 1 3/8" circle punch, brayer, Dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig, basic black marker, purchased wooden frame

I know she has neutral tones in the new house, so I'm hoping these colours will fit in perfectly!

Thanks for calling in.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

It's DD's birthday today - a grand old 23 - and if you follow my blog you will know that her card had to involve some red and white spotty somewhere!

I used a Stamping Bella stamp and SU everything else.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Uptown Girls Victoria and Juliette's night out (Stamping Bella)
  • card - cherry cobbler, whisper white, soft sky, retired Xmas DSP
  • Blendabilities - skin tones, cherry cobbler, daffodil delight, soft sky, smoky slate, wild wasabi, pink pirouette
  • other - Dimensionals, Sahara sand marker, two-way glue pen, basic grey marker

I am rather pleased with my first effort at shading folds in the red dress - bet I won't be able to do that as well next time I try! And you may be able to tell that I did actually fussy-cut the stamped image out - I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do for my main panel - but in the end I just stuck it back on some more white! Duh! Never mind, it does give it a tiny wee bit of dimension! (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!) It's still wet and grey here, so once again my photo is a bit darker than I would like - gotta get me a light source for photography!

Thanks for dropping in.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Egg Boxes

It's a wet and overcast day today for Good Friday (so excuse my photos being a bit on the dark and dingy side, won't you?) and I've been finishing off some quick and easy Easter boxes for holding chocolate eggs to give to the family.

As luck would have it, our elder daughter's and my birthday often fall at Easter and that is the case this year. I am the 4th (tomorrow) and DD is the 6th (Monday), so that means she is able to be here with us for our birthdays, which is not always the case. She brought her boyfriend with her this year, so we are a happy bunch here in the mountains and enjoying the time together.

I used some of SU's gift boxes to house a variety of chocolate eggs and decorated them simply with papers, adding flowers and ribbon for the girls and keeping them plain and simple for the guys. Here they are:

I haven't made DD's birthday card yet (nothing like leaving it till the last minute!) so I'll be back in a couple of days to show you that.

Meanwhile, we are having a joint celebration on Sunday and Matt (DD22's fella) is cooking us a birthday dinner! Won't we be spoiled?! Can't wait!

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

General Excitement

It's an exciting day around here today as I have been published in a craft magazine!

I know? right? who'd have thunk?

I was contacted last month by an editor of a UK craft magazine called Paper Crafter about being included in an article choosing the Top 5 craft bloggers. Well, you could have blown me down with a feather (no mean task, I promise you)! I had a series of questions to answer about blogging and also to include a photo of me (yuck) and a sample of a card (and as it is Spring over in the UK, they asked for something with that theme). I was hectically busy at the time working on design team commitments, so I picked a card from a while ago and sent that off.

Here is the link to the introduction of the article:

And here is the article itself.

Tip no 1 was mine!

Now I'd better get back to my housework while I can still fit my head in the door!!! (lol, just kidding - not likely to get much housework done today!).

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig

One of DD16's school besties is Irish and when I saw a St Patrick's Day card made by Mary Fish, I simply could not resist case-ing it to make for her - it was just tooooooooo cute not to!

So here's my take on Mary's card:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Teeny Tiny Sentiments
  • card - whisper white, garden green, basic black, gold (non SU), garden green patterned paper
  • other - Big Shot, moustache die, bow builder punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, word window punch, banner framelits, Dimensionals

I've always felt an affinity with Ireland, though I'm not sure why; my ancestral connection with the country is tenuous, to say the least. But I've seen a fair bit of Ireland and loved it - and, hey! they've got a whole county named after me (County Kerry), so that's gotta be a good thing!!!!! LOL

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig (Happy St Patrick's Day)! "Tanks" for stopping by!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

NSU Place In Time

I've another gift box for you today, again using gorgeous Graphic 45 papers mixed with some SU stuff and things from my stash.

These papers are from the Place in Time collection and are the May page.

Materials used:
  • card - basic black (SU), Place in Time designer paper (Graphic 45)
  • other - rich razzleberry satin ribbon (SU), basic black taffeta ribbon (SU), butterfly thinlits (SU), Big Shot, tea lace paper doily (SU), paper bloom (Kaisercraft), rose leaf punch and embossing punch (Nellie Snellen), Dimensionals (SU), tag a bag gift box (SU), crop-o-dile

So striking! These papers are more dramatic than the Secret Garden ones I used on my last gift box (see here) but I love them both. I need to find a larger rose leaf punch though - mine's a bit out of proportion to the size of the flower and the butterfly, lol!

Thanks for calling in.


Friday, March 13, 2015


With a grey, overcast day today following rain and thunderstorms the past couple of nights, I was in the mood for some sunshine. And hey, if you can't get it for real, you can get it on a card! Here's what I mean:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Pursuit of Happiness (retired)
  • inks - so saffron, black StazOn
  • card - crushed curry, basic black, whisper white
  • other - Dimensionals, MFT stencil, sponge, stamp-a-ma-jig

A very simple card but the yellow, white, black colour combination always looks good.

Hopefully the weather will co-operate and bring some sunshine tomorrow, as our local town is holding it's Foundation Day celebrations. No more rain please!

Thanks for stopping by.

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