Monday, 26 June 2017

Two cards and a very short Post

Two cards for two particular card Challenges and of course I'm backkkkkk to my old self. Last minute for the Muse, why of why must I always get my inspiration just before closing time on a Monday night. Well no time to chat so I will post both cards to the Challenges and come back tomorrow to add more challenges and explain what I did.

This beautiful card is for the  Freshly Made Sketches Challengethat is ending soon.

This is for the Muse card challenge and was inspired by Jenni Murray
the thank you words in the square. Square card.


Muse Card Challenge - linked

Beyoutiful card

Thank you so much for coming to visit 

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Three Cards and An Apology

I cant believe its been 9 days since I last posted. That is so slack of me. I have gone from doing multi cards a day to great big gaps and that is no way to treat people who follow my blog, so my apologies to all. I cant say I have been flat chat, just the usual with Elysha and the NDIS which is the National Disability Insurance Scheme which is what covers people with Disabilities now. So everything that she needs to help her get through life and to prepare her to oneway be independent of her nagging parents all falls under this scheme. It is new, it is having lots of hiccups and never ending interviews, changes, contracts etc etc etc.

Then after being off work for nearly two years with mum and dad I have started doing workshops again, not many but some out in country NSW and the first ones that were a couple of nights away I got interviewed for the local TV and the next thing I know all the family know about it, nothing like the family grape vine. Celebrity for 5 minutes, anyway it got me more country work so thats really cool but it felt really funny to be back in front of these huge groups of people and it all fell into place perfectly as though I hadn't been away at all. I love teaching in the countryside and wish all my workshops were out there, its such a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Mum and dad are finally settled properly in the Nursing home and letting the staff assist them with dressing etc, it has been a long hard battle. Dad is still moving slowly through his dementia so his life is pretty steady with stories from the past changing slightly as time goes by. His short term is more affected now. Mum is nearly all lost and thats all I can say for now.

Now for my three cards

The base of this card is the negative from the circles I used on the next card
down. I bought this die and did my usual didnt bother to measure or read the measurements. Its only weeny so these two cards are really little gift cards. They still look cute as but they really are
small so sentiments had to be extra small, so lucky I had some little ones.

You can just see the little from the Wink of Stella on the cute as little dragons I coloured
with copics. The panel that I cut with the die was coloured very quickly with distress inks
pink, yellow and orange and blended together. before I cut the panel I put a piece of
double sided tape on the back so all the dots would be per sticky.

I used a pointy thingy tool to lift the edges so the dragons could tuck under and look as
thought they were peeking out, bit like luna cheese lol. Added a silver 'celebrate'.

Done these dots look brilliant, I did it the hard way so they didnt go on perfectly and I ended up with wee little dots stuck all over my hands like little growths......eeewwwww. Then you can see some of the colours ended up in the wrong spots or grew extra spots but this die has LOTS of potential. I LOVE how the colours turned out.

The butterfly is a Hero Art butterfly stamped on paper quickly coloured with copic and fished off with.........Wink of Stella.

Looks like a big card but again its only gift card size but you could easily cut the circles twice and lay out proper size. Gold card 'happy birthday' sentiment.

Finally managed to make a card for CAS Mi Up Card Challenge. Every time I think, mmmm I will do that then get side tracked, now I have left till the last day but I have made it -yayyyy.

First I used a triangle stencil and randomly spread out some clear sparkle Bobunny gel. It gives a wonderful finish.

I stamped the butterfly twice and coloured the full butterfly once and the top layer of the wing again so I could layer up. I fussy cut the butterfly. Then lined it up in the Misti, used masking tape to
cover the body so I only stamped the antenna on the card base.  

Added the sentiment while it was in the Misti and all done. Nice clean CAS


sparkle you were born to shine card

Happy Birthday Card - summer colours

Celebrate card

Sparkle You were born to shine Card

Happy Birthday Card

Celebrate card

Happy Birthday card with the 
watercoloured dots from the diecut. 
No twist

Celebrate card using the 'celebrate die cut and
the negative of the dots diecut.

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

Thursday, 15 June 2017

The Flower Challenge Reminder Anything Goes #9

 It's that time of the month when we remind you about the Flower Challenge
for this month.  Of course this month its our most popular:

You have another 10 days to get a card or project or two the challenge. 

This time I have used an image I coloured up during Kathy's 30 Day Colouring
Challenge and have been trying to decide what to do with it.

I decided she would look wonderful in a gold frame on a pink and white card base and after glueing  everything in place I realised the flowers  stopped short and it was very obvious, especially on the left hand side, something I could quite easily have drawn in myself as they are not hard flowers. So the card sat for quite a while half finished waiting for inspiration.

Inspiration came with the vellum gold foil sentiments, I had already added the top one 'oh happy day'
then came across the rose gold one in my stash and the 'birthday' and they just worked (for me) so I was happy. I love her eyes, her hair and the flowers. Sophie (my granddaughter is sitting with me as I type this telling me we are crafting buddies and my card is awesome and I love you too Nanny)

Anyway best go check out what the rest of the Design team have done at The Flower Challenge Blog and get further inspired and I look forward to seeing what you decide to add.

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

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Hooray Best Day Ever Three Cards Post

I decided I wanted to take part in the  Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and time was running out.
It ends in five hours

I have a set of stamps I bought a very long time ago from Altenew and have never used so they have finally left the NBUS pile. I stamped them onto a number of patterned papers that resembled backgrounds that were perfect for succulents.

This one I loved, marble, perfect - Yes!!! I coloured with my Polychromo's and added
colour with my Coloursoft pencils from Derwent which is a greatly to boost the colours.

I was quite pleased with my colouring imagination as I dissent look at any succulents to see what colours I should be doing. I finished the card off with some vellum sentiments and an enamel dot to hide the glue.

This next card was stamped on a  whim. I saw the piece of
pattern paper and thought it would look cool with this particular succulent.

After colouring I really liked it. I added the vellum gold foil lips and sentiment and really
love the look. Its different. Don't know that it would fit a challenge but I enjoyed doing it.

I've used another of my watercolour backgrounds. Here I have blended pink from one end and blue at the other and ended up with a soft lilac in the centre. Used the rectangle stitched die to cut out the front panel then white cardstock for the Concord butterfly and white die cut 'fabulous.
Doesn't it look fabulous and can be used for so many different reasons.

This card is smaller than the others made as I had taped the card down and so the piece had sections that weren't covered in paint. I won't worry next time as they all straighten out ok and I like to be able to use the large die cuts.

Now for challenges:

Hooray Best Day Ever Card

With Love Card

Im pretty sure my butterfly and colours are all summer
and CAS but if not let me know and I will remove. Ta


Fabulous Card

I'm carer for my mum and dad who have dementia/Alzehimers and a daughter with
dual disabiltities. I needed something to sometimes loose myself in, I love colouring
and I love sharing what I do so its a win win situation. 

Hooray Best Day Ever Card

Cant think of any other challenges for the Succulents. Thanks so much for coming to visit. I hope you enjoyed your visit and come again soon.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Happy Birthday & A Card from Therese

It was my birthday last month and I received some fantastic cards from some fantastic friends in blog land. One of those cards is this one here from Therese from LostinPaper a fellow Aussie. If you have never been to her blog go check it out, she makes the most amazing cards and videos as is obvious with this card here. Who would think to stamp and colour onto pattern paper. I love it. I spend so much time looking at Therese's cards and adding them to my to do list then when I got the card in the mail it was like..... well here I am in front of you... do it. Then a  challenge came up asking for us to use pattern paper..... what could be better.

Now don't go to Therese's and not come back.

Isn't this amazing with the Penny Black mouse. 

Now we need to look at mine.

I'm still learning with these pencils and was probably a bit heavy handed but
I'm getting there. This was with Polychrome Pencils and used each colour to blend
the next rather than any blending solution.

As you can see up close I stamped my first bear a bit crooked but didn't notice
till I had finished colouring. Too late to start again.

I love the look, so simple to do and finished off with the Happy Birthday
die cut sentiment cut once in black and once in white fun foam.

Thank you so much for this wonderful inspiration Therese.  


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

Monday, 5 June 2017

Watercolour Backgrounds and Cards

This is a very photo post. I was trying to decide what to do for the
challenge this week for Muse Card Challenge.
Its Ardyth's Birthday 
We were told to pick one of Ardyth's cards
and CASE it. I  went to her blog MASKerade. Now if you
have never been there its time to go and look, she also has a Pinterest account
and Instagram. But you will find the same problem I had. There was
so so much Inspiration I kept changing my mind and then thinking no I'll do
this, then that.
Well I loved this card particularly
The colours (my favourite colours), the big white sentiment,
the white flowers and enamel centres. All so clean and crisp
and beautiful.

Of course I had to make some watercolour backgrounds, I did them with zigs
and of course I got distracted and made lots of different 3 colour mixes, then some rainbows
Then some loose mixes and all in all made a ton of extra watercolour backgrounds. Then I had
to decide on which backgrounds to use. The backgrounds I used are not in these photos
and I have not included all the cards, I ended up putting some aside. I also die cut a few different
flowers and butterflies and sentiments, all in white. Other ideas started buzzing around, watercolour
mixes for the flowers and butterflies and a bit of gold dipping or foiling and yes I stopped
before I lost sight of where I started.

This card was with a yellow and green zig blended toward each other with lots of
water till I got that third colour. Three stitched flowers and the 'Sunshine' sentiment.

Die cut with stitched rectangle die.

Added some green and yellow enamel gems.

Pink and Yellow and a little orange to blend these colours well.
Added die cut stitched butterflies and die cut the panel with stitched die.

Finished with 'birthday' diecut and stamped wishes.

Another panel with yellow, orange and pink zigs blended nicely together
with lots of water.

Die stitched rectangle cut again and stitched butterflies as well.
'Happy' Die cut and stamped birthday.

Last one green, blue and lilac zigs blended. The stitched rectangle
die again. Stitched die cut flowers with blue gems.

Die cut 'Hello' and all finished. What I have now are a wonderful collection of cards to give someone as a gift set. Such an easy design and love the crisp white sentiments and flowers/butterflies.

I can also tell you I could make a set of cards everyday for a year with the inspiration from Ardyth. The hardest thing is trying to do something from her inspiration but not  do exactly as it is. Ardith truly has a CAS style, a style that is easy to go with, totally.


I need to nominate one so I will go with the 'Hello'
card as I have taken Inspiration from Ardyth but also added
my own touch. 

Happy Birthday is vibrant summer colours
and butterflies all the things of Summer.

Sunshine watercolour card.

Birthday Wishes card.

Thank you so much for coming to have a look and I hope you come again soon.