Thursday, 16 November 2017

The Flower Challenge #14 Reminder

It's that time again when we remind you that you have 10 more days to make a card or two join us in our latest challenge at:

For some people the thought of CAS can be intimidating but really don't let it stop you giving it a go.
We are really relaxed at The Flower Callenge and its not like we are saying 'one layer and CAS cause that can be really SCARY' no its just CAS which is Clean and Simple so keeping your design with lots of white space of card colour space if you used a coloured card base and a very simple design (which of course includes Flowers as your main image) and of course it meeds to to simple.

My photo is shocking but you get the idea. I stamped and white embossed the flower panel from Stamplorations and then I just added Zig water colours and washed it out with water till I was happy with the colour. One layer then another in the palest blue and then a little place brown for the flower centres.

I diecut the panel with a new die I got from PoppyCraft Dies the link I have is for Australia which of course means if you are overseas they are even cheaper but they are all 40% off these xxx stitch dies cut beautifully and comes in squares and rectangles and circles etc. The ones I used there are 8 in the set so I used the two closest in size (I don't get commission for mentioning companies by the way which is lucky cause half the time I get them mixed up lol).

I cut the under layer in pale blue, directly attached to the white card base then added by hello (WPlus9) die cut that was cut in silver mirror card.

So simple and pretty and ready to go.

Now its time to go check out what the rest of the Design Team have been up to then sit down and create and join us.

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

May all your holiday wishes come true & Celebrate

I think this is the only sentiment I have ever with 'holiday' rather than
Christmas. To be honest I wish the stamp companies would sell stamps with both
options available. I grew up Catholic and we have always celebrated Christmas 
and we continue to celebrate Christmas and all its beauty.
So now I have a stamp for cards for people when I am not sure
and I am sure they will love these little chickies too. How cute are they. They are all individual so
you can layout in any design you want. I added KindyGlitz to my Santa hat and Copic 
coloured everything. A few silvered gold stars finished off the card perfectly.

This next card I had a bit of fun photographing as a breeze keep springing up
and blowing it over just as I went to take the photo.

Of course I was too lazy to go find something that would hold it in place
(mind you I would have been going to find the right thing not being at home).

But I finally got a couple of photos that aren't too bad. Coloured with copics. Edged with silver
sparkle washi tape and finished off with a die cut 'celebrate' cut from silver mirror cardstock.

Thats me in the bright pink dress and with the light purple hair for the Christmas party!!!!!



Celebrate (I hope its CAS enough, if not 
let me know and I will remove)

May all your holidays wishes come true - 4 stamps used


May all your holiday wishes come true

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Three Copic Coloured Christmas Cards Three Different Companies Stamps

I've started off with a Stamping Bella stamp that I bought last year and and I think I got one card made with it so thought I better  get some more done. Its cute, and I must say I look at the reindeer and wonder how jolly he is feeling as his feathered friends decorate him.

After copic colouring I added some Glossy Accents to all the Christmas lights
to add a bit of dimension. A quick and easy card to colour.

This next card is a Penny Black with an image drawn by Mo fro Mo's Digital Pencils. I do so love her drawing skills and have started collecting some of her images as stamps.
Again I have coloured with Copics.

This image is a little out of focus but I like that it shows the snow I added with KindyGlitz white 
dots on the front of the card to look like snow.
I love how the colour combination turned out and her red cheeks and nose. I can see that although we don't have Christmas in the Winter it will become a popular stamp for me.

I have had a lot of fun playing with these fellows from Mama Elephant. Another set I ordered last year and they didnt arrive till too late for last years Christmas so perfect for this year. This card I have used all of them and made a Christmas tree with two deers 'a-leapin'

In this photo they look a little rosier than they actually are but thats just the way the photo turned out. As they filled the card perfectly I really didnt need to add anything else. I finished off with Glossy Accents on all their noses and the Merry Christmas from the same set.

Ohhh they are so cute.


Merry Christmas Reindeer Tree (without the Twist this time)

Merry Christmas - used 9 stamps all up

Tis the season to be Jolly

Hope you Have a Magical Christmas Card

Tis the season to be Jolly

Christmas- I grew up traditional and it was all about Christmas and as my parents both disappear into Alzehimers I find it even more important to be as traditional as possible. Not only for them but to share with my grandchildren and hope that they too will continue the tradition.

Hope you Have a Magical Christmas Card

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Joy to the World and Seasons Greetings

I do one of these cards each year where I cut out the Joy sentiment then add the negative to
another layer that has double sided tape on it and I fill the negative with gems. Each year I do
different colours. This year I decided to go all red and white.

I love these gems and haven't been able to find them anywhere since buying them from Annabelle's
who was based in Australia and I still have quite a few in lots of different colours but my supplies are slowly diminishing. Especially when I do cards like this or my Christmas ball ones. If you look
closely at the gems you can see they are smooth half circles and have a wonderful sparkle to them.

I added white on the end of the 'j' and the 'y' because I didnt have reds that were small enough to fill those spots. I had cut the card a bit too big and it felt a bit empty even after adding the stamped sentiment so I added the die cut dove from Impression Obsession which I curved the wings on and added some distress ink (olive) and red dots to the branch. to finish it off and was happier.

This next card looks better IRL the dove is die cut from white glitter paper and looks so pretty but the photo just doesn't catch it. the 'Seasons Greetings' is from Stamplorations and is cut from metallic pink colour.

Again the photo just cant show the beauty of the card, you will just have to trust me on this.
It looks very plain but to me it is just perfect as is.  

This next card I have die cut the reindeer from bronze glitter paper and die cut a black stitched tag.
See that shine on the tag. I achieved that by painting with an old cheap paintbrush some 
'Reactive Mist' I bought to use with  my Minc and the foils. Originally I bought it as a spray as that is what it is advertised as but I didnt particularly like the effect and felt it was very limited in use. so I started playing around.

I made a pile of tags, different colours, used the brush and just slapped on the solution

here you can see I left it brushed looking on one side filled on the other, each tag was totally different.
Then all I had to do was lay the foil on and rub and lift. loved it, I used up lots of scraps.

I attached the tag to a white card base I made from patterned paper that has a glossy pattern in white on it. Finished off with a bit of red ribbon and a 'celebrate' die cut in gold mirror card.

Think I need one of those photo box's Ive seen on Amazon  but they don't send to Australia so need to find an alternative without spending a fortune.

Anyway thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come to visit again soon.

Challenges :

Joy to the World Card

Celebrate card with black tag

Joy to the world card -

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Challenge me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton and Friends

 I'm very excited to say Michelle Lupton from 'Handmade by Michelle'
 a prolific and wonderful card maker also from good old Oz
has a card Challenge at Christmas time and she invited me to participate.

Michelle makes the most amazing cards that I spend my time pinning for future reference
many featuring my favourite Hero Art background stamps.
I am over the moon that she asked me to participate so lets get on to the card:

This post is all about the 'Christmas Critters'
 and I had so many to pick from but I decided to go with this one today.
This particular one is a digital image and I just love that big toothy grin.

I have coloured with Copics and added a bit of white glitter
stickles, the image actually comes in the photo from and is from

I have also added a strip of glitter ribbon on the side and the 'jingle all the
way' sentiment is from 'stamplorations' and cut from pink mirror card and
set up a bit with adhesive foam.

So now you have checked out my Christmas Critter its time to head over to
Michelle's blog and see what else is going on.

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.

The Flower Challenge #14 CAS

It's time for a new challenge at The Flower Challenge and as you can see it's CAS. That interprets as Clean And Simple.

I wanted to make a small set of cards to give a friend so I decided to go CAS and made this to give away. Its really hard to see on these but I used a Papertrey Impression Plate (just visible on the card with the yellow flowers) that gives a slight worn look to the front of the card. Love the look and sorry it didnt show up in the photos.

The panel in the whole of the stamp and I cant tell you the name as I pulled the rubber off the wood block and me being me didn't make note, but its one of those timeless stamps that looks just like stamps available now.  Very simple Copic colouring.

Cut a piece of coloured foam to go under each panel to match the main flower, glued it down.

Die cut the white flower and cut it in half, glued the two halves together then
glued against the foam as though under the foam panel.

Finished off with the silver mirror card die cut 'thanks' from
Penny Black. Glued in place.

How simple are these, yet so pretty and eye catching.

Now its your turn to make a CAS card and join us at The Flower Challenge.
Looking for more inspiration? Go to the blog and check out what all the Design Team have been up to, each will have a link from their card to their blog with further information.

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


Thanks Card

Thanks Card

Thank you card

Monday, 30 October 2017

Five Christmas Cards One Post

 Four cards are the same style just different coloured snowflakes. 

This first card is my pride and joy in this post. I love how it turned out. 
A tag on kraft card stock using all the little stamps in a stamp set from MFT, coloured 
with pencils and highlighted with a bit of white pencil.

Used a stitched tag die (sorry cant think of where from,
 and the 'Joyeux Noel' from Stamplorations.

I added a piece of string to the hole I poked through the top of the tag.
Then attached the 'Joyeux Noel' with glue.

The pattern paper comes from a pad of Christmas papers and has a gloss to it
with lots of xxxxxxx across it.

The rest of these cards are all the same. I have used a white card base.

Cut a Wonky Stitched square out of each then added
a large snowflake that I have doubled up so that when they spin
they are the same back and front.

I have attached this photo because I wanted to show you here where I have actually cut out a white snowflake, added VersaMark ink then Gold Embossing power and heat embossed, front and back twice to achieve this wonderful smooth look on this snowflake. This was the snowflake used for the Merry Christmas card.

I have attached with some fine silver thread I had on hand.

I also had some fine pink foil which was a bit fiddly as it was so
fine but it worked out in the end.

The sentiments were all cut from mirror card in different colours.

This last snowflake was cut from white fine glitter paper and was
another that was fiddly to put together but looks brilliant

The photos don't do justice to these cards but I have to say I was very please with then
end results. I have had the snowflake dies (there are three in the set) for so long I cant
remember the brand sorry. If anyone can remind me I will update the post.

Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


Joyeux Noel tag on Card

Merry Christmas

Joyeux Noel tag on card base

Joyeux Noel tag on card base

Merry Christmas Card