29 November, 2022

Inky Butterflies


I made this for the NZCardmakers cardswap.  The topic was a technique with diecuts, inspired by:
The diecuts are single, double & triple  stacked for depth, stuck on then the colouring added, spritzed, more colour, spritzed, more colour and so on.  The butterflies were actually different colours of snippets of card before the colouring was added and it didn't matter if the snippet was too small for the die because I was cutting bits off the edge anyway.

I had a lot of inky fun with this.

Die: Impression Obsession

Sentiment: ? TimHoltz

Also: Re-inkers (Distress Inks & Oxide Inks), Perfect Pearls mister, pearls

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28 November, 2022



I based this on a sketch and just had to showcase the beautiful stamp.

Stamp: Kaisercraft                    

EF (white card): Craft Concepts

EF (dotty): Cuttlebug

Sentiment stamp: unknown

Also: Copics, silver sharpie, silver Stickles, Glossy Accents, sparkle mister

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26 November, 2022

Washi Dog


A washi card, even the dog is washi stuck onto card and fussy cut.  NZ cardswap was washi this month.

EF:  Craft Creations    

Sentiment: unbranded        

Also: a variety of washi tape

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24 November, 2022

Bubble Hugs


The papers are made using the bubble technique.  I first bubbled with strong coffee then, when it was dry, I overlaid with purple acrylic paint bubbles.  I recycled some music sheets, a tag, and an activities timetable.

EF: Cuttlebug

Hugs dies:

Leaf die: Couture Creations

Also: BoBunny glitter paste (crusty edge on music), eyelet, ribbon, silver pen, Distress inks, Perfect Pearls mister, coffee & purple paint.

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23 November, 2022

iSpy #98

Each week, Lysha puts up a photographic challenge with prompts for us to look out for, then we share on Lysha's Saturday (my Sunday).   This week begins 21 Nov

Prompts this week are: Lock, Spot in town quarterly, body part, In the dark, Your choice.

Lock:  The lock is on an antique travelling writing case that belonged to my great grandmother.

Spot in town quarterly: 


Body parts: hand


In the dark:  We have been having big storms this week; this is taken during a lightning flash about 9.30pm.  I took lots of photos to get one of the lightning - quite hard in the dark and anticipating when it will flash - just lucky timing.  This was the only one I got with lightning.

Your choice:  I was in Auckland on Friday with friends and we went to this cafe for lunch, I love the window and it made a great pic.  You can hardly tell it was raining.

I hope you go look at what the others have done with these prompts, here:

22 November, 2022

Hm SnowTag


House Mouse challenge this time is anything Goes with Option of  LET IT SNOW!  check out the design team inspiration and join us here:  housemouse-challenge

I stamped the top layer, coloured, added striped card for borders with gold paper in a fine stripe, also a red card and white card diecut tag to layer.  A tiny tag added with the stamped sentiment all tied up with yard and gold cord.  The glitter snow put on the ground, white Enamel Accents to the cone for snow (it is very glossy).  Stencilled snow in the background using DI's.

Image and sentiment: House Mouse    

3 Lg tag dies: NCraft

Small tag die:

Leaf die: Sizzix

Stencil: Tim Holtz

Also: Copics, DI's, gold paper strips, Enamel Accents (white snow on cone), white pen, Stickles (glitter snow on ground), gems, gold cord, red yarn

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20 November, 2022

Gingko Scripted


I really enjoyed making this.  It is a leafy stencil, sponged with colour, then stamped with the stencil still in place.

Stencil: TCW
Stamp: Rubbadubbadoo
Embossed sentiment stamp:
Also: tiny black pearls

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19 November, 2022



A quilt card is much quicker to make than an actual quilt!  And uses up snippets for the piecing.

Quilt die:   Dienamics    

Circle die:  Spellbinders

Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts

Silhouette stamp: Indigo Blu

also: pearl

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18 November, 2022

Birthday Goat


This is a card I was asked to make for a friend's son who has goats.  Apparently he loved it.

Stamped, coloured with Copics, fussy cut.

Image:  Simon Says Stamp

Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp

Die numbers: uniquelyCreative

Also: Copics, Kindyglitz, silver Stickles, white pen, gold pen.

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16 November, 2022

iSpy # 97

 Each week, Lysha puts up a photographic challenge with prompts for us to look out for, then we share on Lysha's Saturday (my Sunday). 

Prompts this week are:  Acorn, Plant quarterly, Brown, Forever, Your choice.

Acorn.  Because it is still spring here, there are no acorns, however my clever husband makes these keyrings from oak on his lathe.

Plant quarterly:  here is my thornless blackberry awakened into life.  

November: the first new leaves.  

August: it was just dead sticks.

Brown:  what is a nicer brown than the chocolatey top of tiramisu?

Forever:  these two ammonite fossils have been around forever, or at least for the longest time of most things on the planet!  They are beautiful.

Your choice:  Now for something totally different; this won't be around forever - a mural found on a wall in town

Find out how others interpreted the prompts, here:  ispy-97

10 November, 2022

iSpy #96

Each week, Lysha puts up a photographic challenge with prompts for us to look out for, then we share on Lysha's Saturday (my Sunday). 

Have a look...  remember it is SPRING here in NZ.

This week the prompts are: Leaf love, on your plate quarterly, monochrome, No humans allowed, choose monthly.

Leaf love:  These two heart-shaped leaves are snuggling together, definitely leaf love!

On your plate quarterly:  one night I made lemon meringue pie ... oh yum!  This is the left over bit saved for the next night!

Monochrome:  I noticed this interesting monochrome shot of our car - all red.

No humans allowed:  a Japanese Spitzer called Amber lives on our street - she is so cute, well behaved and beautifully groomed.  I love this shot with the tongue!

Choose anything monthly;
November's shot:      

October's shot:  

That's all folks!  Check out the selection, here:  ispy-96

08 November, 2022

Mouse Perfection


The challenge at House Mouse and Friends is always about the Mouses, Hoppers or Gruffies, and this time the challenge is Anything Goes with optional Something Cosy.  

Check it out here:  housemouse-challenge

I chose this wonderful image of mousie snuggled into the flower looking cosy and relaxed.  I would join her if I was small enough, but I would probably take a little book with me!

I coloured the image, masked it, sponged and stencilled, then trimmed it and added a strip of cobweb to one side along with a narrow strip of silver card.  The sentiment is stamped and layered four layers thick with the same wine coloured card, and pearls added.  I like how the deckle edge of the sentiment echoes the edges of the petals.

Image: House Mouse     

Die: Spellbinders

Stencil: Artist Cellar

Senti: magazine freebie

Also: Copics, D'Is, white pen, cobweb, pearls.

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