Saturday, 24 August 2013

Happy Weekend

I found this pretty card by Sue here in amongst the Scrapbook Boutique tutorials and I have made a couple of cards using her ideas. I don't seem to have captured Sue's clean look, I think I get a little heavy on the matting...
I do like the torn vellum sentiment strip and intend to try this using clear embossing and distress ink colouring...maybe watercolours would be good too...
I like this Hero Arts Large Flower stamp very much, while it is fairly neutral, it lends itself to a wide range of techniques. I made one for a friend once with perfect pearls which had a very oriental feel...might have to go there again as well. :)

This "miss you" card is for a dear friend who lives in Sydney, and now I am no longer living my peripatetic consultant's life, I am not able to see her very often and thought I'd better tell her that I miss her by sending her a card...its funny how often I make a card with someone in mind and then don't post it. This one is on it's way as I type...

This card is just a bright quickie for an acquaintance, but I did give it a glossy heart...

It's the Papertrey Ink Stamp-A-Faire this weekend...I am not participating this time round, maybe next year.

I am now off to demonstrate my leadership and delegation skills with some very reluctant gardeners, namely son #3 and TT...I need some planter tubs rejuvenated...wish me luck!
Have a nice weekend,


Wednesday, 21 August 2013

August Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique


This month's challenge at Scrapbook Boutique is another delicious colour combination and while we are still some time away from Movember and the resultant removal of all those magnificent facial adornments, it's perfect timing for father's day which is just around the corner now we are reaching the week or so of August. My son will most likely be looking hopefully at me to provide a suitable card quite soon for this occasion, so I am one step ahead! Thanks SB :)

I chose at first just to go with the colour challenge rather than to incorporate the mo image...our male family members do not seem to keep their moustaches any length of time, but I found the gold bracket sticker while rummaging through my sticky box and decided to use does remind me rather of a certain famous Australian country apparel maker's symbol, but hey, none the worse for that...rather it emphasises the masculinity if anything...

I really mixed up the fonts on this one, using some negative diecutting (there's that SSS "happy" again, but I really think that too much happy is an oxymoron!),
I used the PTI Modern Alpha dies for the white letters, some lovely shiny dotted brown sticker letters of unknown and ancient aetiology and some Tim Holtz sticker words to balance the design.
The black and white ribbon is a repurposed scrap from a clothing label and the cardstock is all PTI.
Thanks for having a squiz!

Friday, 16 August 2013

A couple of Birthday Cards

Here are a couple of cards I have made this week.
The first is for a friend celebrating her birthday. The hedgehog is rather dear to this Yorkshire lass...I think I may have mentioned before that I have a bit of a soft spot for the Penny Black hedgies stamps so that made the choice of image for the card pretty easy.
I tried out my new Derwent Inktense pencils on this card. I found them very easy to use, and I love the depth of colour they produce.

This one I made for someone who needed a card for an old friend who is an avid gardener. The little wooden "plant marker" in the seed packet has a stamped birthday greeting and I embossed a little PTI watering can on the back of the card. I think I will work on this design as there are many gardeners out there...

That's it for this week, have a nice weekend and stay warm, I think there is some weather about!

PTI MiM129

Papertrey Ink Make it Monday number 129

This challenge involved using a white wax crayon to provide a resist to the ink used on a card.
Easy peasy I thought after watching the video! I can do that one.
Off I set to buy a crayon at an art supply shop in Hobart. I found and bought a lovely white crayon there, came home, made the card, and disaster! There was very little resist and the distress inks I used to colour the card simply coloured into the crayoned areas, almost as if it wasn't there. When I read the fine print on the crayon I found it was water soluble! Ho hum, I do know about reading the fine print, but why would a wax crayon need to be water soluble? I will let you know when I find out...
Later that day, reluctant to accept defeat so tamely I scooted into Big W and purchased a pack of ankle-biter crayons. (a whole box for less than half what I paid for the single sneaky one!). I just hope my grandsons visit before they grow too old for crayons.(Hope they won't need the white one).

Anyway, today I had a second go at the technique with much better results. The flowers have a lovely glossy sheen from the wax and the treated areas resisted the ink very nicely.
I like the blotchy imperfection of the end result.

The cardstock is all PTI, stamps are Kaisercraft, inks are ranger distress ink except for the tiny flower centres which are PTI Dark Chocolate, sprinkles are from Annabelle stamps.

annabelle stamps AC169 N0 2

Annabelle stamps AC169 

I found this SU damasky stamp in a set called Friends 24/7 and thought it might be fun to do a more literal version of the colour challenge using it to create the background, so here is my second card.
I used the lovely scripty sentiment from the Annabelle stamp Designer Flowers set.

It was good practice for me as my stamping skills are poor, even though I used the stamp-a-ma-jig for positioning the stamp. :(

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Colour Challenge - Annabelle Stamps

I have not done more than a couple of colour challenges, but I find I really enjoy combining colours that I normally wouldn't think of using together on a project.
This is the latest from Annabelle Stamps, (love that cushion!) and here is my take on it...there is a very funny story about this card, involving a white crayon, but I mustn't take up too much of your many blogs to visit!

I have now received my first order from Annabelle stamps, and I am really enjoying using both the Designer Flowers and Remember When stamp sets. They stamp very cleanly and the flowers are very easy to line up when stamping the solid image over the outline image. 
I just love the sprinkles I purchased, the rhubarb colour is gorgeous, the twine is brilliant, it has a little more body than my previous purchases and is therefore easier to position where I would like it to be.

I still haven't got the photo right...I think I need to refresh my ancient knowledge of Photoshop and get rid of the tilt that way... it might be quicker than my present trial and error method...:(
Nil desperandum!

Thursday, 8 August 2013

New Cards, New Techniques

Now I am working less I am finding more time to play with all the goodies in my craft room.
Here are some cards I have made in the past couple of weeks...I enjoy working on different techniques...also I'm trying to find my "style", I must have put it away in a safe place and now can't remember where  :)

I am quite "photodyslexic" (Just can't take photo's), so am working hard with the help of the team to fix that. I now have a light box (thanks so much Tim), a very swanky camera on a tripod (thanks Sarah for the loan and the instructions) and a workspace covered with lamps and cables, (thanks so much boys, I really needed that!), so I guess we should all expect great things in the near future as regards straight, up the right way, well lighted and focused images that is. (Please don't anyone hold their breath!).
Watch this space.

Here's the eclectic few I have posted for your critical review... ;)

An "awesome" engagement card for my nephew and his partner who have recently announced their engagement. Not a card I use very much these days, so I was a bit lost as to where to start then my daughter described a card she had seen on Pinterest, so thanks to whomever had this great idea...I wasn't able to find it to reference it more carefully. I think this design has promise...

I have been making quite a few smaller gift cards, trying different techniques and colour combinations (and using up the cardstock scraps...)

Here's my attempt at chalk boarding...I does look out of focus here, that is due to the slightly "off" stamping...doesn't look quite as migraine-inducing in fact.

I have a weakness for the Penny Black hedgies cute!

I really appreciate your comments, I'm quite new at this and don't have a crafty mentor (apart from all the brilliant you tubers out there) your comments are very valuable to me.

Thanks for calling by for a squiz...:)

Mini Album for Nicholas

I enjoy making mini albums of various sizes. I made this tiny one while trying to get the binding right, I had found my previous attempts were not robust enough, and that the binding split away from the pages sooner rather than later on the tiny minis.
This one is being posted off to my 6 year old grandson Nicholas, who is to be my product tester!

It has ended up rather a fat little book, but it was fun filling all the pages with all sorts of interesting facts and reminiscences.

Thanks for looking :) 

A Little Birdie

I made this card to enter in the current Papertrey Ink Make It Monday challenge, following Ashley's polka dot background video.

I located all my papertrey Ink little birdies and used them to create the background for my card...they have round polka dot bellies, that's my story anyway :)

Product used:
Ink: PTI - Ripe Avocado, Ocean Tide, Enchanted Evening, Dark Chocolate, Royal Velvet and Classic Kraft
Die: PTI - Mat Stack 6 Collection, Double Ended Banners
Stamp: PTI - Mat Stack 6 Collection, Tweet Talk, Birds and Blooms
Embellies: SU - Vintage Trinkets
Paper: PTI - Ocean Tide Cardstock, Neenah Solar White, PTI white card base.

Thanks for looking...

Wednesday, 7 August 2013


I've made my first sketch attempts for the July sketch at Annabelle's Stamp blog at

Here they are. (Sorry for the wonky photography, I am working on it!). Also I am waiting on delivery of my first sets of Annabelle stamps, so these are from "other" companies. :(

It may also be a bit obvious that I have a new stamp and die set...For my first card I used one of the Dark Room Door Wilderness stamps...

This one was an attempt at a masculine "friend" card with another Dark Room Door stamp...