Sunday, 17 October 2021

Flying Lessons

 I had to make this to use my new stamp, the one along the bottom with skulls and ravens on it.  The background is smooshed, stamped, gesso applied, splatter, D.Inks sponged

Image: Limited Run Stamps
Butterfly stamp: unknown
Diamond Stamp: Kaisercraft
Embossed skull stamp: unbranded
Tag die: TimHoltz/Sizzix
Also:  Copics, Distress Inks, gesso, Glossy Accents (eyes), Walnut Ink splatter, yarn

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Happy Birdday

 A colourful CAS card with a lot of happy.   I love using blue and green together.  The bird has inked edges.

Bird die: Tim Holtz/Sizzix

Happy die: 

Birthday stamp: unbranded

Also: clear droplets

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Saturday, 16 October 2021



This is a pinwheel tower card - the first one I have made.  It sort of flips and springs open, but folds down flat for a standard envelope.  I made it for someone who has been in lockdown for ages so she could look at a different inspiration each day.

Image of cow, rabbit & senti: Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous

Sunshine punch, butterfly punch

Leaf stencil made with the negative of  diecuts

Senti: unbranded

Cat stamp: unsure if it's Tim Holtz or Katzelkraft

Senti: unbranded

Also: Copics, Coloured pencils, Distress Inks, gold pen, patterned papers

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Friday, 15 October 2021

Movie Night

Crafters Cafe a new challenge and the theme is Use a Stencil.  Be inspired by the DT makes and join us here:  crafterscafeblogchallenge   

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Film diecut used as stencil: Tim Holtz/Sizzix
Sentiment stamp: unbranded
Also: Copics, Distress Inks, Sheers Shimmer, red Glimmer mist (for the wine of course), white pen

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Friends Come

 I like this wonderful sentiment and have 'rusticated' it a bit by leaving random loose embossing powder on it before heat embossing and by sanding the dry embossed strip.  I can't seem to resist embellishing with that little something extra, like (this time) the liquid Nuvo Drops in green and black.

Stamp: Darkroom Door

EF: Sizzix

Also: Tulle, Liquid Pearls green, Enamel Accents black, DPaper

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Thursday, 14 October 2021

Gifting Gnomie

I recycled the background from something I made a while ago, didn't like, and put aside.  Now it's updated and Ms Gnomie is happy with herself.

Image: polkadoodles gnometastic-birthday-gift 

EF: Darice  (letterpress method with white ink)

Stencil: Ranger/DinaWakeley

Also: Coloured pencils, washi tape, distress inks, white pen. black pen

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Wednesday, 13 October 2021

Hubble Bubble

Hubble bubble here comes trouble ...  maybe it's bite of pumpkin or a gnaw on the old skull?

It's that time of year again.  We don't really go hugely for hallowe'en here in NZ like they do in the USA or other places.  I guess because we don't have the history behind it and the pumpkin thing is the wrong time of year for us - we are just sowing them!  But here's a bit of fun anyway.

EF: Sizzix

Splot stamp:

Senti: Woodware

Cat die:

Pumpkin/spider/skull/boo die: Cuttlebug

Also: Gold metallic splatter

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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

HM Micey Nice Witch


Image: House Mouse/Stampendous

EF: Couture Creations

Die: unbranded

Reverse Stitched Die: unbranded

Also: Copics, gold rub-on, scrap of tulle, assorted gems (I love that look)

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Monday, 11 October 2021



Tipsy and slurring ... ha gotcha!  Celebrate!  Here's to many more!  

Gosh some people get messy when they drink.  In honour of  breast cancer awareness.

The  glass and the drink inside are cut from coloured card and edges inked (they don't show in photo).  The drink is stamped with pink ink on a dotty stamp, & WoS dotted on for a bit of sparkle.  

Die: TimHoltz/Sizzix

Knit stamp: Finnabair

Senti: unbranded

Ring stamp: Hero Arts

Also:  Distress Inks, WoS

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Sunday, 10 October 2021

iSpy #40

 iSpy #40

Every week, Lysha puts up a photographic challenge with prompts for us to look out for, then we share on Lysha's Saturday (my Sunday).  It's always wonderful to see how people are inspired.

The prompts this week are:  wet, numbers, child's book, favourite..., your choice.

WET:  Kitchen floor just steam mopped this morning; still wet but drying quickly.

NUMBERS:  Here are some of my quilting rulers; covered in numbers.

Child's BOOK:  A perennial favourite, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  I only keep a few favourites now in case of little visitors.

MY FAVOURITE ... place to be creative:  Some famous quote says "A messy desk is the sign of a creative mind".  I'm not sure if it's true but I do get messy when I create, but you can see that underneath it all I am very organised.

YOUR CHOICE:  The last hurrah of my daffodils,  backlit too.   If you look closely you might see the little critter that got snapped as well.

Check it all out at Lysha's Photographic challenge, here:  ispy-40

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Change the World

I wanted to try making a sliding-pull card and this has a subtle message as well as being pretty. The interactive part has a nice surprise.      Recognising Breast Cancer Awareness.

The template and tutorial is from Polkadoodles.  I doodled around the edge to frame it and also inked the edge with black.  I think I might also write a message on the blank part of the pull tab when it's pulled out.

Gardening image: Beccy's Place

Flower stamp: Magazine freebie

Banner stamp:  Magazine freebie

Stencil: Ranger/Dylusions

Sentiment: made in computer

Also: Copics, Colour Pencils, Black pen, white pen, D.Inks, corner rounder punch

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Friday, 8 October 2021

Wednesday, 6 October 2021


 This is made using punches -  A square punch and a fancy punch. . . so seven squares.  Great for using snippets and leftovers.

Square punch:  

Fancy Punch:


Embossed Sentiment

Also:  angel hair netting, pearls

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Tuesday, 5 October 2021

HM Leafy Hugs


I diecut the edge of the card and put patterned paper on the inside of the card so that it blended when closed, but had a leafy edge when open.  I used the die twice, once to make an impression along the edge, and once to cut the leaves to insert in the impression after I hand cut the edge.

Image: House Mouse/Stampendous

Die:  Couture Creations

Embossed Senti: Penny Black

Also: Copics, white pen

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