Monday 30 November 2015

Three for One

Yes I am going to try putting in three cards and their links to challenges here. If your a regular you know I love to blurb on so it might be worth while grabbing a cuppa or maybe I will be restrained.

Lets see now.......

I have to apologise as all photos were taken tonight, rather late so they may not be the best. I have tried my best.
This first card I have made for a couple of Challenges but the main one is 

I started with a white card base and attached a piece of this amazing sparkly black card stock. Its all pitted and rough a bit like sandpaper but has a sparkle to it too.

I used a snowflake die (I think its a Simon Says one), very large. I had cut in gold card stock but I wanted more so I gold embossed it 3 times. I was going really well till the last time, got a bit enthusiastic dragging the die across the ink and ripped off a small section but a bit of glue and its not that obviously (unless I point it out and take shot that are very very close).

I finished off with a piece of patterned vellum cut into a tag, added a Joy die cut that was layered three times, the final layer white glitter paper (Added a white dot with white gel pen then added Kindy glitz for sparkle and dimension). A few gold speckled gems and its finished.

So will enter this over at Freshly Made Sketches #214 - A sketch by Jen T
Would also like to enter in 

Another new challenge for me 

Still here okay heres the next one

Okay this one I want to use for a Challenge using a piece of fruit but Im not sure Im allowed to have to partridge in the picture as well.

Painted with Peerless Watercolours and just added a little gold glitter on the needle work.
Red shiny mat to highlight the image.

Stitched die used to outline the image.
Added the sentiment and a few little shiny silver star stickers to finish it off. Again my apologies for the photo - too late at night for good photos but don't have time to do them in the morning.

This one I would like to enter in
My apologies if I have interpreted wrong by including the Partridge.

And we are rounding the bend on the last card

This was so simple and just came together. Joy To the World sentiment is a stamp I have had a while and not used mmmmm. Stamped and coloured with copics then covered very generously with Wink of Stella.

The beautiful Christmas Decorations are from a stamp set from Annabelle's stamps but are no longer available. I stamped and clear embossed the decorations. coloured with copics and fussy cut them. I went around the outside of them with a black marker so they looked neater.

Middle one has some dimensional foam behind it, the others are stuck on direct. Used a silver pen to draw in the lines going up to the words.

Again the photos aren't the best, my apologies.

Would like to enter this in 

Okay thats it, I know its amazing. All in one. Only disadvantage to this type of post is if I want to enter a couple of cards in the same challenge I can only go from this post once, if you get what I mean.

Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Sunday 29 November 2015

Merry Christmas with lots of Sparkle


This card is lots of sparkle and embossing paste. Played all after noon making different backgrounds all in blues. This particular one results from the Merry Christmas stencil that I am pretty sure I got from  'Create a Smile'. Hope I have that right. 
One thing I have learnt when playing with stencils is
spraying the backs with tacky prepositional spray is the best way to use them. No worries about taping them down or sudden movement. Works perfectly.

In this instance this is half of the stencil and trimmed slightly from the sides. I used embossing paste and started out just squishing my Distress Ink palest blue down on my work mat, then mixed in a very small scoop of the embossing paste. Worked it all together till well mixed then spread here and there on the stencil.

I repeated this process with 5 different blues including the newest blue that has a bit of a mauve tinge to it. Once I had it covering the stencil then I pulled in up along the stencil and then across, just working till I felt everything was covered well and mixed. Lifted off any excess. Waited like 30 seconds then lifted the stencil away. Made dash to the kitchen as I forgot to get a bowl of water on standby.

See how the colours just drift and so shiny. After I had moved the piece of card stock aside to dry I worked frantically to clean up my Tim Holtz mat, had to do a bit of scrubbing but got all the paste off.
Once it was fully dry, (I left it for about 2 hours and did other things) I trimmed down to size. Made my card to fit the piece. Cut a piece of white glitter paper (strange stuff its like material on the back and really really hard to use with dies so using it up this way.

Covered the front of the card with the white glitter paper, added a foam layer under the Merry Christmas layer then glued to white front.
Finished off with some sparkly Blue sequins.

Check out the sparkle on this photo.

Now what to do with the other 5 backgrounds I made (embossing paste; blending; spraying).

Okay I would like to scrap this in at the last minute  into the  


Inspirational Christmas Song

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year

Okay thats it, back to morrow.
Thank you for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Friday 27 November 2015

Woohoooo Triplets

Yes you heard me right and NO I'm not the lucky grandmother. This is a young girl that is not a relative or a family friend but she is really in need of a Random Act of Kindness.

This young lady already has a two year old, running, laughing made little boy and now she is having three more in less than three months.

She lives in a very small community that proudly has approx 250 residents. Its out in the country side and about 1 1/2 hours away from where we live on the outskirts of Sydney. We live right on the end of Sydney, more countryside than built up so now you can image how much more isolated they are.

Now just a little bit of her history: she struggled to fall pregnant in the first place and miscarried a number of times. She successfully carried her son but with many many visits to the hospital. They decided to try again nearly straight after his birth as they knew it would be a struggle. After another miscarriage she fell pregnant with no medical assistance with triplets. They didn't say anything to anyone until recently in fear of loosing these babies.

Now everything is looking very positive and going well. But what they didn't count on was:

a) Her husband getting into the Army at the same time as the babies are about due.
and there is no mum to help out and her sisters live a couple of hours away.

So this young couple haven't asked for help but the community around them and her two sisters have asked. I heard about it and there's to be a Baby Shower tomorrow down at the Community Centre in her small town.

So I am driving down there to do a Random Act of Kindness:

I've made a card and going to drop that off, eat their morning tea and come home again. LOL

Nah, I'm not that rotten, I bought a Baby Safety Seat thats appropriate from birth to 4 years, I have a bag full of soft lovely plush toys that are like new, from my grandkids (hope she doesn't get too many of those) and I thought money in with the card will come in handy for buying the essentials. We don't have much ourselves but I always reckon that if you can afford to help someone in some way you should just do it. 

I don't know what sex the triplets are so I kept to neutral colours. Coloured with copics. I stamped with a pale blue ink in the first place, but hadn't thought through what colours I was going to make the bears. So, of course the yellow bear has ended up with a green outline. I went over the outlines with glitter pens in the colours of the bears but it didn't cover up the green lines on the yellow bear.

Finished the bears off with white stitch, red copic hearts and black copic outline pen for eyes, nose and mouth.

Stamped the sentiment 'Woohooo! and used Alphabet letters to make the word 'triplets'.
Gave a wee bit of grounding to the bears and all finished. Off early in the morning to get to this little wonderful country town and hoping it's not going to be too hot.

Cant wait to meet this young lady who is so excited about having her babies and thinking to myself how wonderful God can be. After all her previous heartbreak to now bless her with a full family, health, and a wonderful caring community.

Life is Good.

Heres the baby seat all unpacked and ready to deliver.
No need to give them a pile of rubbish to get rid of.
 I did check that it was needed before I bought it
and it was marked off the list.

okay so off to enter my card over at Jennifer MsGuire

Well its getting late so Im off to clean the kitchen before hitting the sack. Early start tomorrow.
Take care and thank you for coming to visit. I hope you come again soon.

Wednesday 25 November 2015

Merry Christmas Tree

I love love love these stamps from Purple Onion, I have gone a wee bit mad on purchasing these this year and really need a month of just painting all the different set up with these stamps. Isn't this Christmas tree the most beautiful tree. I coloured all the images with Zig watercolour pens and a little water. With the tree if you look closely you will see its three shades of green. The other card I have made the shades are a bit better defined, this one not so much. Each of the coloured balls I tried to make sure there is the fade out of the colour.

The same for the bright ball flowers which I felt also needed to be multi coloured like the tree. All were finished off with Wink of stella.

This close up shows the sparkle a bit better. I also decided to add some white pen dots. The sentiment is a new one from........mmmmm.... no cant remember.

Its all one piece and very delicate but it cut perfectly and came out of the die very easily which was great considering the silver glitter was paper not cardstock so very thin.

Glueing it down was interesting but very little dots of mono glue and it all fell into place okay. Now I did end up with some stray glue marks on my card which before I have stressed over and usually made worse trying to clean BUT
I read a post the other day about using a rubber to remove the dried glue. I have

an EK Success Adhesive Rubber that I stopped using when I stopped using so many Rub Ons. Got it out and tried it and it is perfect. You have a glue mark, rub with this and it disappears. No more marks needing to be covered up with gems.

Okay this was a really fast card. And I really liked the end result. I added it to my small pile of cards for the Christmas Card Drive and posted the lot today Express Post so they should arrive in Queensland in plenty of time. I only got 13 cards made for the drive but thats 13 people who will get a little something in the mail. I'm pretty happy with that. Maybe if things are better with mum and dad next year I can aim higher.

I would also like to enter this in:

okay time to get off the computer. Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Whissing you a Wonderful Christmas

No its not a spelling error, just wanted to get your attention!!

Yes the correct title is Wishing you A wonderful Christmas, love the font 'Joy Clare' stamps has used for this sentiment sent. And of course another of my wonderful Stamping Bella Stamps  (NBUS). Can you image getting around on those heels, I reckon one drink and I would be flat on my back.

These girls are so easy to colour in as everything is so skinny. Not quite traditional on the colours but they are favourites that just work together well.

Click on the card and you will see plenty of glitter added with my glitter pens right down to the champagne bubbles which are gold bubbles (very special brand). Didn't feel we needed to add any other bling.

Would like to add this to

okay thats it for today. Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Hope you made the nice list.

This card is smaller than I usually do because:
This is a digi image, so so cute was free at the time I got him. I cant remember the name of the designer which I apologise for, if anyone should recognise and can tell me I would appreciate. I do try to keep all my digital images in folders relevant to the artist who drew them. BUT if they are given away with no little signature on them or not zipped (when a file is zipped there is usually  the name of the artist included in file and permission to use and rules of use. I love this as it ensures I remember who they are from)

So I got it last year but its another NBUS. I coloured in with copics and finished off with a little of the silver glitter pen and lots of Glossy Accents. 
You may need to click on the image to enbiggen it enough to see the eyes Christmas lights and bells and his nose have all been done with Glossy Accents and it gives a brilliant look. Added a few dots on his rump as well.

He is so cute but he is looking up and its that look of ' deep thought' or 'worried that something could be wrong' so I decided the sentiment "Hope you made the nice list"fit.

I then decided it was better to cut down the extra card stock along side the reindeer and add the sentiment which just fit under the reindeer 'Merry Christmas'.

So simple and all done.

Now for a Challenge:

Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.