Saturday, 21 January 2017

Thanks, you've been AMAZING

Alcohol inks, pinks and watermelon but in the photo they look red. Really are
pinker IRL. Just squirted the alcohol inks on my craft mat and then squished
the glossy card stock in the ink. Added a bit of colourless blender and squished
some more. Fiddled till I was happy.
Die cut the large 'Thanks' die from Simon Says once from the glossy card
stock and three times from white card stock. Kept all the bits and pieces from 
the glossy card stock cut so that when I layered the white die cut I could replace
the coloured pieces. In the process I lost two wee little pieces so added some
'Worn Lipstick' pink distress ink with a very fine paintbrush to the two spots
that were missing the coloured pieces.

Watercoloured the little birds from Purple Onion, fussy cut them then mounted
with a bit of dimensional foam tape and finished it all off by stamping with
black StazOn  the sentiment from a MFT stamp set. Lucky I decided to do this
with the Misti cause it too 4 stampings before the ink was dark enough and
clear enough to read. Of course being glossy cardstock meant every time I stamped
it stuck to the stamp so make sure to position well in the Misti so it goes back to the
exact same spot each time.

Very happy with the end result.

Challenges :

Stamped, alcohol inks and die cuts + watercolour

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Magical Birthday Wishes & Dragon Kisses.

A few different products went into the making of this card. The little girl
was stamped and coloured, she's from Mama Elephant. The die cut was cut
in silver mirror card and its from Stamplorations. I lost the little 'i' dot
and added a silver enamel dot that in this photo looks white.

The skyline is blended purple and blues, Distress inks, then some flicks
of water to break up the colour. I then used a star stencil from
Creating smiles and Bobunny Glitter paste to make the star design.

I was finished but felt there was something else needed and realised I needed
a little dragon up in the corner, this dragon is from Tiddy Inks digital, fussy cut and
coloured with Copics. I used a double stitched rectangle die to cut the window in
the black card stock, added the little girl with a bit of foam tape to make her sit out
a bit and then added a few teeny tiny clear gems near the dragon for a bit of


No snark today but used a stencil to make the stars.

Magical Birthday without the Topping

I hope my dragon isn't to small for
the challenge -let me know and I can
remove if its not right. Thank you

Now its time to get this up and going as its only an hour till one of the
challenges closes. Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope
you come again soon.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Party Time & Sending Sunshine

Darnell sure got me working this time. I have done two kraft cards as I couldn't
decide which way to go, floral or person.

This card I have used this border flower stamp from Honey Bee Stamps. I've used
all the little single flowers before when I did a floral panel. This time I wanted to do the border
but ti it up side down so that the little flowers look like they are falling away from the border.

I white embossed then coloured with my Coloursoft pencils which must have been dropped at some stage as so many of the leads keep breaking. A few of my pencils are only 2 inches long now as
the lead keeps breaking. I have Polychromes on my wish list, maybe for my birthday as they are
very expensive over here, of course I want the 120 colours cause I'm greedy and love all
that colour so I will wait.........

apart from pushing myself to colour on kraft with pencils and using something NBUS
which was the border stamp I also used

now my mind has gone blank. All those little green dots are coloured stuff
in a little bottle, Ranger........ Nah not able to check so will just have to come
back to me later. Added the little green dots here and there, then I added glossy accents
to the falling leaves but you cant see that and finished off with the gold cardstock
'Sending sunshine' die cut as we have so much of it here at the moment I'm happy to share.

This next card, honestly what a bad shot. It looks like I have come out with a new
design but all the photos are the same. You will just have to trust me when I say they are
all straight and don't have a big dip down to the right.

Stamped them coloured with Coloursoft pencils and baby oil.
After I had finished colouring I went over the stamped outline again
with a fine line marker.

A wee bit of highlight around my beautiful lady and a bit of white then shadow
to ground her. Silver pen to show bag strap and lippy tube.

finished off with this magic glitter washi tape - blue glitter, brand new. I love how it
just sticks down but you can lift and reposition if its not straight the first, second, third....
yeah crooked eye. Finished off with a white glitter paper die cut 'party TIME'.

So elegant, like looking at myself when I wander around the house doing the housework and touching up my lippy....


Kraft and Colour Pencils and NBUS
Hows that for an anniversary 5 years blogging, 1000 posts
1000 followers and NBUS number 8. 
Kraft card with flower border NBUS

Sending sunshine Card

Die cut - Party Time

Sending Sunshine, I am hoping this is
enough stamping on the card to meet trend.

Party Time Beauty
I think this is my third card for the challenge.

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope to see you again soon.

Monday, 16 January 2017

The Flower Challenge #4 Reminder Blue & Yellow

It's already time for the reminder post for our  challenge
this month at The Flower Challenge

I have managed to make a reminder card, this one has been
so easy as I have really loved this colour combination.

In this instance I have stamped and silver embossed on multimedia
paper which means I could use pencils, paint or copics and in this
instance I chose Zig watercolours. After I had finished
watercolouring I fussy cut the bouquet.

I then used a corner die to just cut out the lower righthand side on the front
of the card. I decided to attach a piece of yellow vellum behind the
panel inside the card.

Looks pretty cool hey!!!! Ok back to description, I added the flowers
so they started at the edge of the cut with a very slight overlay with the leaves
at the edge of the card.

I added the 'Celebrate' sentiment cut from silver card stock
and a few small yellow enamel dots. All done and ready to celebrate
a birthday/ engagement/ wedding or just life.

Thank you so much for coming to visit. Don't forget to hop on over 
to The Flower Challenge and see all the beautiful creations
the Design Team have made. You still have time to get a card or two
made and join in the challenge -go on - you know you want to.

See you soon


Snippet being the vellum behind the partial die cut.

without the twist

Thanks so much for coming to look and see you again soon.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Live, Laugh, Love and BeYouTiFul

 These two cards came to gather out of bits and pieces and didn't take too
long at all. This morning I walked into my room sat there looked at images
drawn and papers and nothing happened, so then I thought I would do so 
watercolour. I bought one of those pads from  Cosmo Cricket and it took
a long time to get one. First because they were always sold out overseas and 
no one was selling here in Australia then when I could finally get in
Australia they weren't the ones I was looking for. Finally went to a after Christmas
sale and there they were on half price sale in a place I checked on a regular
basis yet I hadn't seen before.

Long explanation there - short rest of story. Sometimes I read things and just don't really
register what I am reading (I call them blonde moments). Just Add Watercolour Pad - 40 pages. 
So I got the paint brush and water and cloth and sat there and wet the page and
 waited for the colour to explode on the page. 
What is this piece of rubbish- nothing -showed my son - and yes
he pointed out to me - NOT ADD WATER MUM, ADD WATERCOLOUR - ok when your
finished rolling on the floor in laughter you can look at my two creations......

Let me distract you with this very simple CAS creation. I have cut the bottom
1 1/4" off the front of the card then attached a strip of acetate cut slightly
wider so I could attach inside the card.

With these photos its hard to catch the beauty of this piece of acetate. I have splotched
alcohol ink on it and blown with a straw then added a little blending
solution to change other mixes.
Here you can see the colours a bit better. There are pinks, oranges, reds,
blue, greens, yellows and some flicks of gold.

To finish it off I added a die cut 'Live laugh Love' cut from a stamped gold embossed
floral background panel that was watercoloured in reds, oranges and yellows.
A few enamel dots and the card is finished.

I coloured this magnificent Fairy Queen (thats what I reckon she is) in this morning,
using RV's and YR colours and ice cold mint green for her wings. Added glue and
ultra fine glitter to her wings, flowers and crown. Then I decided to cut her out.

Talk about a delicate job, maybe next time I will approach differently but I found
this background that belong to a card kit I got from Simon Says, a Summer kit background
6 x 6 and just loved the idea of my Fairy Queen being on it. So I trimmed her down,
went around the outline with black to try to get rid of any close cut edges and added
a pile of itty bitty clear gems.

And here she is in all her glory looking beautiful waiting for the sun
to rise ( or go down)

Finished off with the 'Be you tiful' sentiment cut from gold cardstock.

I don't know if there are any challenges for this card but I sure had fun colouring this image
and I'm sure I will find someone to gift it to.


Live Laugh Love Card

Be you tiful Fairy Queen card

Be you tiful Fairy Queen Card

Live Laugh Love alcohol ink card

Be You Tiful Fairy Queen Card

Ok thats it today, thank you very much for coming to visit and I hope to see you again soon.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Thank You and Smile

Posts will continue to be a bit here and there for me as life is throwing some hurdles at us so please stay with me.

This first card is me trying to do more Sketches. I really want to become more relaxed with Sketches  and look at what I have  on hand. In this instance I looked at this Sketch
and this is what I have come up with.  I have used what I am pretty sure is a Hero Art background stamped and white heat embossed on watercolour  cardstock and then watercoloured with zigs, blues and purples and lots of water.

I then cut a piece of 1 3/4 inch strip to go down the length of the card. I was then going to add a
strip of 1/2 inch purple foil paper but thought it looked too plain so decided to use a die I had.

This die is part of a set of four from Papertrey and they are all border trim and food related.
I haven't used them till now (one of those purchases you make then wonder why, why did I buy this???). Well I die cut in the purple foil and it kind of worked but still lacked so I did another in white which I then added distress ink to and made a mess of. So then I added Distress Ink to
a strip of white card stock, sprayed with pearlised water then die cut and added to the card front.

I liked it better. It has a nice shimmer and the purple is really a wonderful purple but looks black here, you can see up the top of the photo in the closeup shot the true colour. I finished the card off with a Thank you sentiment from Penny Black.
I think it reaches the criteria, its growing on me and makes a nice thank you card.

This card I am in love with, everything about it works for me. Another Sketch this time

I just wanted to say I also won last weeks sketch which was so neat. I went to check out the new challenge and there was my card, one of the winners, boy what a nice feeling that is.

The bottom layer is a panel I stamped and white embossed on watercolour paper then added Distress Ink colours to. I will have to think on the brand name for this stamped will chase up if anyone wants to know.  I cut a strip of this panel and added to the bottom of the card.

I then used a border die to cut the white layer with the scallop look as I don't have any dies that do the look as shown in the sketch and I noticed everyone had done their own interpretations.

I added the white layer with fun foam underneath so it would sit slightly higher than
the coloured panel.

I stamped and white embossed a few of the small flowers from the Ellen Hudson Hydrangea Flower Stamp on watercolour paper. I watercoloured with zigs and then die cut them. I die cut a leaf from another flower set and watercoloured it. I then played around till I was happy with the design and finished it off with one little flower falling onto the patterned panel and added the 'smile' die cut sentiment from 'HoneyBee stamps'.

I really love how this turned out and think I will do some more in similar designs, maybe different colours.


A resolution I have made to myself this year is to use up what I have
bought and not buy till it is all used and used well. So in this instance its the
first card and the die cut that looks like piped cream and had not been
used since purchase.

First card as the Papertrey die cut has not been used since purchased so new to me.

The smile card, liquid colours for the flowers
used zigs and water. Stamped, white heat embossed,
blending, die cuts. Hope its CAS enough.

Smile card

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.