26 April, 2016

Summer sippin'

A challenge that's black and white with an accent colour.  I guess usually you think of something like that as black on white ground, so I reversed it and kept it simple.  If you click on it you will see what is in the glass... fizzzzzzzzz

EF: Couture Creations
Die: Memory Box
Distress inks

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24 April, 2016

The Moss Fairy

At Come And Get It Challenges this week it's BLING and/or GLITTER!    Check out the design team's inspirations here:
This one has bling, glitter and sequins!

I chose this beautiful Moss Fairy from our wonderful sponsor Lemon Shortbread.  Click on the pics for a closer look.

Image: Moss Fairy from Lemon Shortbread, get her here:
Coloured with Reno pens.
Frame diecut: Couture Creations
Glitz: Wink of Stella
From stash: flowers, gems, sequins

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23 April, 2016


Die Cut Diva's challenge theme this month is April/holidays etc.  Check out all the great work the design team have been doing this month:

ANZAC day, April 25,  is a national holiday in New Zealand, a day when we wear a poppy in remembrance and honour our fallen soldiers.

Stem diecut: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Flourish die: DieNamics (with some bits cut off)

Our sponsor this month is Gina K, so I used this Gina K image, coloured with Reno pens as a poppy.  Clear stamp set - get it here:

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22 April, 2016

rockin' baby

I made this for my friend who has just become a grandmother for the first time.

The background behind the horse is sponged with pale blue ink.

Banner die: Kaisercraft
Labels dies: Spellbinders
both stamps: Kaisercraft
Corner punch: Couture Creations
From stash: ribbon, silver cord, kindyglitz

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Be happy

I made this for a NZ cardswap which was for a fancy fold card.  I hope you liked it Dawn and will try it sometime yourself.

I used lots of papers, the two feature ones from a Forever in Time "fresh" stack, but with other bits from my scrappy bin stash as well for the flowers.  The flower layers are punched, wet, scrunched, dried then unravelled, some inked, then layered.

This has to be one of my favourite folds.  I love all the angles in this fold, which seem to give it an element of movement, and creates pockets to pop things in.  (Called a twist-fold by most people or a twisted card by Splitcoaststampers).

;-) Die Happy: Couture Creations
Stamps: Rosies
Leaf punch n press: unbranded
Card, papers, brads

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19 April, 2016

Red Balloon

I love red balloons, red umbrellas and red gumboots...

A simple celebration card with a diecut, three stamps and a punched border.  The diecut Balloon is stitched ... how come it didn't pop?

Banner stamp: Rosies
Sentiment stamp: Penny Black
String stamp: Hero Arts
Die: Creative Dies
Punch: Fiskars

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Simply happy birthday.  No frills. 

Die: Spellbinders
Sentiment stamp: Hastings Rubber Stamps
EF: Docrafts
Stash: paper (edges inked), brad.

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17 April, 2016

Calling Bird

"Things With Wings" is the theme at Come And Get It Challenges this week:  why don't you join us?

Firstly, I chose the colours - the dark blue card has a turquoise core, and I just had to go with this 'Calling Bird' from our fabulous sponsor Bugaboo:

Image: Bugaboo
EF: Cuttlebug (sanded)
Stamped sentiment: Hero Arts
Punched border: Fiskars
Scored white card
multi-coloured bling, ribbons

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16 April, 2016

Knitwit Birdbrain

I love thesSketch147e colours!

I used 3 patterned papers (dotty, stripey and pink blotchy) plus linen caramel card and matted it onto an embossed turquoise card seeing she knitted a turquoise scarf.  Oh and of course she had to have a little turquoise sparkle!

Image: From The Heart Stamps
EF: Sullivans
From Stash:
papers, sequins, cobweb fibre tied in a knot.

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Doesn't this make it feel like springtime already?
This is From The Heart stamp of the month for April.  I also wanted to do a negative:positive die cut.

 I die cut the sentiment (which includes the butterfly) twice, switched the colours and inlaid the positive butterfly into the negative hole, before lifting its wings free.  I also left the greeting as a negative and then had a positive diecut iridescent hot pink doily!

I coloured the image with Copic pens and although I've never used pink and green with touches of golden-orange before, it seems to work.   I've always liked hot pink and bright orange.  I like the grey pocketwatch that cools things down a bit too.

Image: From The Heart Stamps
Doily die: Couture Creations
HB die: Creative Dies
From stash: green plaid card, ribbon, gems, wink of stella

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15 April, 2016

What season are you in?

"What season are you in?" is the theme at Crafters Café Challenge Blog.  Come on over and have some fun - http://crafterscafeblogchallenge

In New Zealand, we are enjoying autumn.  We have had a super-hot summer and are just a little bit relieved that it's cooler now... so while the leaves are turning and the butterflies are flittering, we are still sitting out in the sun enjoying a cool drink like this wonderful Lemonade Cat from our sponsor Eureka. 
I think this would be great for a man - they seem to look like this more than I do! 

Image: Eureka Lemonade Cat, coloured with Reno pens
EF: Craft Concepts
Diecut circle: DieNamics Wonky Stitched circle
Diecut grass: Impression Obsession
Diecut tree: Impression Obsession
Diecut butterflies:Memory Box
WofS, Kindyglitz
Some of my favourite things in cardmaking are using my cuttlebug for embossing and diecutting, colouring, butterflies and just adding a bit of sparkle. 

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Dreaming Mousey

When it comes to birthdays some people like to just relax and let it go by ... just like this little mouse.

Stamp: Penny Black
Die:  Sizzix Tim Holtz
Washi tape

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10 April, 2016

A little colour

A little colour ... goes a long way to helping you feel good.  Well actually a little is good, and more is even better!

This time Come And Get It challenge is Bright Colours  http://cagichallenge

Those of you in the northern hemisphere will be having spring showers, while here we are looking forward to autumn rain after a long, hot, dry summer.  And what is more cheery than brightly coloured umbrellas?  The lime green one down in front and the hot pink haven't photographed well - they're a lot brighter, but I have managed to get the sparkly card sparkling!

Die: Sizzix
Stamp: Rosies

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spring greetings

Spring means different things to each of us, but I think we all get that uplifted spirit feeling with the coming of spring, and this image of a bunny greeting a little girl is so sweet.
The image is coloured with Copic pens.

Image: From the Heart Stamps
Sentiment stamp: Fiskars
Doily die: Couture Creations
Butterfly die: Couture Creations
Also ribbon, gems, kindyglitz

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09 April, 2016

Sock monkeys

This is one of my non-card making activities - making sock monkeys.  It all started when my local quilting guild started making them to go in Ambulances to give to young children for comfort and to distract them when they are hurt.
I don't make button eyes because sewn felt eyes can be given safely even to a baby.
I've also made them to give to migrant refugee children who often arrive here with nothing, and also to a friend who volunteers in India.   There is no nationality limitations with sock monkeys!

Some people went on to make other kinds of animals, but I figured these cheeky fellas make me smile so they are sure to make a child feel better.

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08 April, 2016

Feather Thanks

I just got this paper pad and the challenge for myself was to find a way to use this strongly patterned paper with swans, which is quite a way from my usual dots-checks-stripes... and not my usual colours either (I don't like any sort of pink at all).

Feather die: Hot Off The Press
Papers: Rosies
Stash: ribbon, sequins, card

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07 April, 2016

Golden Butterfly

I used a sketch for this (from World of Crafters) and papers from a new stack I just got.  These are colours I would NOT normally work in, but it's always good to work outside your comfort zone huh??

Sketch from Val.jpg

Stamped butterfly: Kaisercraft
Stamped sentiment: Paper Xtra
Embossing: Gold
Doily die: Couture Creations
Corner punch: Couture Creations
Papers: Rosies
Other: from stash

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03 April, 2016

April Showers

"Singin' in the rain, just singin' in the rain..."

This month Die Cut Divas sponsor is Gina K Designs and the theme is April, check it out :

I covered the dots on the umbrella with Glossy Accents for resist, then coloured the umbrella a cheery red.  The background is watercoloured, salt crystals put on when it was wet to make it blotchy, then when it was dry I sponged white pigment ink over for clouds.  Die cut an oval hole in the rain-patterned card, adhere acetate behind the hole and surround the oval and edges with 3D foam tape to make a shaker which is filled with iridescent clear and silver sequins.  Puffy clouds and a wee stamped sentiment strip finish the card.

Umbrella Stamp: Gina K - Warm Spring Wishes
Oval die: Spellbinders
Cloud Dies:Memory Box
Sentiment Stamp: Fundamentals
Rainy backing: Don't know, given to me by a friend

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Tag you're it

Whheeeeee ...!   What fun, this one makes me feel like a kid again.  The white rabbit may be late, but he's having one heck of a journey.  I read somewhere that it's the journey that's important, not the destination, maybe he read that too.

The Come And Get It Challenge this time is a tag with sponsor Make It Crafty, who have a wonderful selection of images.  Check them out:

DigiImage: Make it Crafty "Steampunk White Rabbit"

Stars Die:DieNamics
Border die: DieNamics
Clock stamps: unknown
Mixed yarn/ribbon, charm


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Wine ages

I see our little feathered friend has been tampering with the sentiment.  Very clever little birdbrain.

The orange panel is stamped with Versamark ink, and heat embossed in white to create a resist, then several colours of distress inks are sponged over. 


I used the sketch and the twist - sponging.

Image: From the Heart Stamps
French background Stamp: Tim Holtz
EF: Craft concepts

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Dream flight

I have never found the right image to go with this sentiment before - this one seemed just right.  I like that while she is flying she is sheltered from the rain by the umbrella, and her little feathered friends fly with her.  When I was a little kid I always thought I would be able to fly.  :-(

I made the background using the wax paper resist technique on an embossing folder with distress inks.  The sentiment is stamped with Hero Arts Ombre ink.

Image: A Day For Daisies
Sentiment stamp: Hot Off The Press
EF: Cuttlebug distressed stripes
Scallop die: Spellbinders Edge classic scallop
Rain: KindyGlitz

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02 April, 2016


"Though she be but little she is fierce"

This describes quite a few women I know (in a good way),  and it seems the smaller they are, the fiercer.  And the more they have had to deal with in life, the fiercer they are.  They survive and flourish.  They may be small but are larger than life when it counts.

I bought this stamp set because I liked the sentiment. I liked this fiery paper for the background, stamped the cat mask and heat embossed in black. Stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in gold.  Munched the corners with a die and then tore bits off. Added sequins, because all these women sparkle.

Mask stamp: Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp Kaisercraft
Diecut corners: Sizzix

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01 April, 2016

Happy Birthday Bloobel

Over at The Crafters Café Challenge blog the challenge is "use some lace", an opportunity for a little bit of girly fun.  This wonderful image is Bloobel Stamps  'weak at the knees', how much more girly can you get?

I made the background from silver lace stuck on turquoise card - lots of sparkle. I printed two images and coloured her with Reno pens, then diecut a label, masking her and sponging through an old lace curtain with blue to tone down the white background and edges inked.  I cut out one image and stuck it with foam pads.  She has Wink of Stella on her dress to give shimmer.  I had the flower (cut from a scrap of patterned paper left over from another project) to put in her hair. I put scraps of ribbon and lace for her to dance on.
Click on her to see the shimmer!

Image: Bloobel Stamps Weak At The Knees
Diecut label: Spellbinders
Lace, ribbons, sentiment from stash, WofS, pearl

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Sea bed wishes

I need a get well card for a friend in hospital who lives near the sea, so instead of a sick-bed card, she is getting a sea-bed card!

The central square is masked, then sprayed with glimmermists.  The seaweed and shells are stamped with black versafine ink to get all the fine detail.  When dry I used distress inks and water to colour the seaweeds, and gold versacolor well-watered to paint over the shells so they slightly shimmer.  The sentiment is stamped in HeroArts Ombre ink.

Stamp: Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts
Pearls added from stash.

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