Saturday 30 June 2012

Another Hello card for Moxie Fab and Play Date

I thought I'd try another Hello card for Moxie Fab's challenge, and use the Play Date Cafe's colour scheme again - wanted to try more stamping this time, so stamped a flower from a Hero Arts set, and masked the middle one to stamp the other two in the background.
 I coloured the flowers with coloured pencils, put some glossy accents in the centres and stickles on the stamens.  I drew in the stems by hand.

More poppies

I think Hero Arts Poppies stamp set is quickly becoming my favourite for Copic colouring - but I tend to gravitate to red, so I tried a couple of different colours today - one was purple.  Which is your favourite poppy colour?
I made this card for Moxie Fab's Birthday card challenge :)


I thought I'd have a go at the challenge at the Play Date Cafe today - their colour scheme is not exactly my go-to palette, but that's what challenges are all about - stretching my creativity and thinking outside the box :)

 I broke out my brand new set of hexagon dies - I think they'll be getting a real workout in the future!! And, if you're wondering what die or punch I used for the teeny tiny heart - I didn't!  I cut it by hand ;)
 I'll be submitting this card to Moxie Fab's "Hello Card Challenge" as well.
Have a great day :)

Saturday 23 June 2012

Pink CAS flower

Another card for CAS-ual Fridays Pretty in Pink Challenge :)   For some reason, the flower has come out a bit more coral than pink in the photo - it's actually quite pink, and the sponging around the edges is done with Worn Lipstick Distress ink.

I actually used the left over die cuts I had from this card I made for a CASE study challenge in April:
The 2nd layer (next to the red) is the colour I used in today's card - the colour is much more true to life in this photo.


When I saw this weeks Just Us Girls challenge, I LOVED the red gingham.  Not so much the hot dog.  When I was 11 years old on my first ever school camp, I ended up in Daylesford Base Hospital with food poisoning after eating a hot dog, and I've never eaten one since.  So I went with the red gingham - and strawberries (much better than a hot dog, IMHO!!!)

More pink from another stuff up

Here's another card I made today that started as a mistake - I had a card with a circle cut out of the front, but I smudged the stamping of the sentiment (see the finished, unsmudged card here).  D'oh!   So I decided to cover the front of the smudged one with some patterned paper and make a girly-girl card :)
Will submit this card to CASual Fridays Pretty in Pink challenge  - how could I not!?!!

Pink, pink and more pink!

You know when you make a card, and everything goes wrong? This is that card.  I spent some time this afternoon making a card for a magazine submission, and I stuffed that up the first time, so I thought I'd try to salvage the mistake. Then I decided to make some inked labels for my distress ink pads, and neglected to wipe down my craft mat after the final one, so when I started making this card on white cardstock with pink paper, the back ended up blotchy and yellow - not a good look.  So I salvaged what I could from the first salvage attempt and came up with what I thougth was the final card, except that I'd scored the card in the wrong place, so the front was about 1/2cm longer than the back.  Oh, well, I just chopped it off!!!

I'll be submitting this to CAS-ual Fridays Pretty in Pink challenge, as well as Clean and Simple Stamping's sketch challenge.

Another Birthday???

I've combined two challenges with this card - The Playdate Cafe's colour challenge (black, white and blue) and Clean and Simple's sketch
 The inside of the card says "Didn't you just have one LAST year?".  Love the "fractured funnies" stamps from Hambo Stamps :)
I hope you have a lovely day :)

Friday 22 June 2012


Some very good friends of my family have this week welcomed the safe and happy arrival of twin girls!  Hooray!!
I took Lawn Fawn's oh-so-cute stork stamp, and added a second pink bundle with some judicious masking :)  The background in the window was stamped with two Hero Arts background stamps - the clouds stamp inked in Soft Pool shadow ink, and the magical background kissed to the clouds with Stone Wash mid tone shadow ink.  I coloured the stork using some Copics, and then painted some shimmer mist paint over the top of the pink bundles of joy to add some shine :)

 I'll be sumitting this card to these challenges: Lawnscaping challenge #36, CASE study #96, A Blog Named Hero #6 and CAS-ual Fridays #58.

(PS this week's CASE study muse is Joy Taylor - I can't tell you how awesome she is! Visit her blog here.)

 Have a great day :)

***Update**** so excited to be one of the top 3 at CASE study!! Yay!!

********UPDATE******** over the moon to be "Queen of Green at Lawnscaping!!  YAY!!!!!
Queen of Green 200

****************UPDATE*******************  Speechless!!

Pink for CASual Fridays

I haven't been at my craft desk in a while - I had SOOOOO much marking to do, and then my craft room reverted to a bedroom for a few days (for nieces and nephew to stay over), which required the removal of a HEAP of my crafty stuff and the folding up of my desk, and then this week I've had 3 days off work (yay!), but have had a headache since Monday. Ugh.  Haven't been able to get up the energy to do pretty much anything. 
However, I was really missing participating in some challenges, so I've made a couple of cards tonight for submission in a few of this week's challenges out there in blogland.
I made this card with CASual Fridays' Pretty in Pink challenge in mind.  I'll also be submitting it for this week's "Less is More" challenge - Something Shiny.  The papers I used are all from Basic Grey, and the zigzag stitch is from a Hero Arts set.  I used Distress stickles in the centre of the flower, and coloured the SU brad with a pink Copic marker. 
 The flower was made using a technique I learned from Sue Madex - you can visit her blog here.

Saturday 16 June 2012

Butterflies for Hannah

I made 2 butterfly cards last week, for my cousin Katrina's gorgeous three-year-old daughter, Hannah - one for me to give to her, and one for my Mum to give - here they are:
 Have a great day :)

Thursday 14 June 2012

Ninjabread men

A while ago, I bought these ninjabread men cookie cutters from Fred.  Up until today, they've been dressed - how shall I put it....... inappropriately.

For example, how embarrassing it must be for a ninja to be dressed in a Santa hat! 
 (PS please excuse the very dodgy icing effort - this was the first time I'd ever piped icing!)

 At least these guys got to associate with a dinosaur - but were a little bit colourful for true ninjas.......
 (PS these ones were decorated by myself and my 3 nieces)

However, today, they're dressed as befits their station. 
However, there's always a critic - a friend (who happens to be a black belt in karate) made the comment "white belts?"   A little artistic license, please ;)

Tuesday 12 June 2012

Rainbow diecut

I made this card yesterday using a die from Papertrey ink, and some glitter cardstock from Stampin' Up.  I wanted to play along one more time with Virginia Lu's "Yes, Virginia, I'm inspired!" multicoloured challenge, but I also wanted to use some glittery cardstock - I remembered a blog post by Sue Madex a little while ago, where she die cut some letters, but then coloured over the top of the clear glitter - I used my copics to make a happy rainbow ;)

PS I've since seen Jennifer McGuire's blog post using a die to cut a word out of double sided adhesive, sticking it to white cardstock, covering it with microfine glitter, and then colouring with copics, but I used Stampin' Up's glittery cardstock instead, and coloured it before I stuck it to the card - different technique, very similar results!  Rainbow words seem to be a bit of a trend! 

Christmas in.....June?

I got a parcel in the mail a week ago - I was in the middle of marking exams at the time, so all I got to do was open it, do a little happy dance, and then put everything aside to a later date - well, that date came today!  Yippee!!
The package was from Papertrey Ink - with a few new dies, stamps and cardstock.  One of the die sets is a Christmas one - but I couldn't wait until then!  Hooray for Jingle Belles' Christmas Music Challenge - Fa -la-la-la-la! - as well as "Christmas Stamping All Year Round"'s challenge - anything goes!
I'll also submit this to this week's CASual Fridays challenge - Sweet Spot - to use polka dots on a card :)

Have a great day :)