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Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Celebrate gold

I'm a believer that we should celebrate everything we can!  Life is too short not to!

I like this monochromatic metallic effect and will experiment more along these lines.  I think this card could apply to all kinds of occasions.

Die heart:
Die sentiment: Tim Holtz
cord, sequins

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Monday, 27 August 2018

Chalkboard Bear

Well, didn't you?   This is darling bear is just looking for a party.

I printed the bear onto kraft card, and coloured shadows with coloured pencil, paper piecing the hat and balloon.  A pigment pen is used to write the message on black card and white ink to smudge the edges for a blackboard effect.  Papers from stash.

Image: Bugaboo
Label Die: unbranded
Snippets of patterned paper & kraft card
White pigment pen for massage & highlights


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Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Charming Mice

Aren't these mice just charming?  I love the one gnawing the pencil.  Reminds me of one of my grandsons, always looking for something to eat!


The image is printed and coloured with Copics (the background has shaded blue dots but it doesn't show in the photo.  A same-coloured frame is diecut and raised with 3D foam tape, as is the heat embossed stamped sentiment.  I also Versamarked and heat embossed the edge of the card in bright turquoise to match the sentiment.  I used washi tape (from my stash) which is so old it wouldn't pull off properly, but I decided I liked how the torn bits looked anyway.


Image: Housemouse
Die: unbranded
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Also: charm, crochet cotton, washi tape







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Monday, 20 August 2018

Snowmen Selfie

Winter in August is the challenge at Incy Wincy.  Winter always seems to take forever, but a bit of cheer here and there can make it brighter.
Check out the design team's work, and enter yourself, here:  incywincydesigns






Thanks to our sponsor Sheepski Designs for this great image, get it here:
Sheepski Designs snowmen-selfie






Image: Sheepski Designs
Frame Die: Couture Creations
Camera Die: Amy Tangerine
Punch: unbranded
EF: magazine freebie
Sentiment stamp: Polkadoodles
Also: Kindyglitz, white pigment pen

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Woofy Birthday

This is Bella, our friends border collie, waiting to say happy birthday to her alpha human (Graeme).  She is a one-man dog!  Birthday licks and woofs Graeme!


Image: Eureka
Coloured with Copics
Hat: drawn by me and cut out
Sentiment die: magazine freebie
Also: papers and pompom from stash


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… and here she is in her usual pose hanging over a fence or a gate or anything really.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Happy Mousecake



Birthdays and/or Buttons is the challenge at the Crafters Café, join the challenge with us here: crafterscafeblogchallenge


And Rick Stdennis is our super sponsor with a wonderful range of images to choose from, this one here: rick1949/mouse-cake-digi-stamp



Image: Rick Stdennis - cat w mouse cake
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment & background stamp: Hastings Rubber Stamps
Banner die: Kaisercraft
Also: distress inks, buttons, WinkOfStella


click on to check out the sparkle:









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Monday, 13 August 2018

Hello Cat

Isn't this the cutest image?  Check out the one I did in January which is quite different but uses the same image.
I made this one for a cardswap in which we had to make our own background.

I used oxide distress inks for the background, then spritzed, dabbed, splattered and misted onto watercolour paper, so it looks thick and textured, then distressed the edges. The image is printed onto hot pink card, then the eye detail coloured in with white pigment pen.

Image: Scribbles Doodle Designs
Sentiment: Avery Elle
Distress Oxide inks
Acrylic paint
DecoArt Media mister (magenta)
Perfect Pearls Heirloom gold mister
Wink of Stella on irises
White pigment pen on eyes


Click on for a closer look:

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Thursday, 9 August 2018

Black n White Butterflies

This make is for a four-way challenge between four cardmaking friends; the challenge is to make a four fold card.

Papers: Kaisercraft
Doily die: Spellbinders
Butterfly die: magazine freebie
Sentiment stamp:

Also: Ribbon, Liquid Pearls














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Wednesday, 8 August 2018

Strawberry Bee



This is for a cardswap amongst CraftyNZCardmakers and had to use a paper napkin fusing technique.
I got this circular paper napkin with a scalloped edge at Villandry in France last year and thought it too beautiful to be used and tossed.  Such delicious looking strawberries you can almost taste them!  And the bee is about life sized and so real.


Paper Napkin
Hex punch: Fiskars
Sentiment Stamp: magazine freebie
Inked and misted with Shimmer spray
Also: ribbons, bee charm, Wink of Stella on wings












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Monday, 6 August 2018

Hello Kitty


Lace &/or ribbon is the theme at Incy Wincy Designs, here: incywincydesigns






The image is kindly provided by Knitty Kitty (one of two), get it here:  Knitty Kitty digi-kittaccino



Image: Knitty Kitty - kittaccino
Coloured with Copics
I printed it onto white card (which I coloured, then also onto patterned paper which I paper pieced onto the cup, lifting out the tail, sugar cubes and macaron.  The whole thing is mounted with 3D tape.
Sentiment stamp:  Reverse Confetti
Also: kindyglitz, snippets of lace, ribbon, patterned paper and non-woven florist wrap


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Kittaccino


LACE &/or RIBBON is the theme at Incy Wincy Designs this time.  Have a looksee here: incywincydesigns





Thanks to Knitty Kitty who are our special sponsors and have provided our images, get them here:
knitty kitty


Image: Knitty Kitty - Kittaccino
Coloured with Copics and stencilled inked dots
Heat embossed Lace Stamp: Kaisercraft
Heat embossed sentiment stamp & tag: magazine freebie
Stencil: Rosie's Studio
Also: silver glitter, gold & silver Sharpie, gem, ribbon




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Snowball Bear



Our grandson Jackson has a birthday this week and as it's the middle of winter here in NZ, I made snowball bear.  Inside is a pop out with some hand drawn snowballs and also loosely inside are the punched snowballs stamped with 'happy'.

Image:  QKR/Eureka
Coloured with Copics
Letter dies: Spellbinders
EF: Cuttlebug, slightly inked
Also Kindyglitz on snowball













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Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Love to Dance

Dancing is so relaxing and great exercise too.  At the Crafters Café the topic is Travel/Relaxing, so check out what the design team have done and enter here:  crafterscafe



Thanks to Mari Digis who provided this fun image - get it here: maridigisstore-grease-versao1






Image: Mari Digis - Grease
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Art Impressions
Dance stamp: Kaisercraft
Both banner dies: unbranded
Also: Nuvo white dots, black pen, black cord

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Moments Bird


@ 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - as always critters!

Check out the design team inspirations and enter your own, here:  2craftycrittercrazies









Thank you to A Day For Daisies our fabulous sponsor with a wonderful choice of images, get it here:  adayfordaisies-sketch-pad-song-bird



I made the background with Distress inks, colour spray and white paint splatters.  When dry, I printed directly onto it.  Also printed onto white card which is coloured with Copics, covered with Wink of Stella, cut out and mounted with 3D foam.

Image: A Day For Daisies-Sketch Pad Songbird
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Distress Inks, DecoArt Media Mister magenta, white acrylic paint splatter
Wink of Stella


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