Sunday, 30 November 2008

Xmas and a Sale

Stamps:Stamp It sisrt006lk Xmas Plate
Inks: Encore Gold
Cardstock: Bazzill, Unknown Patterned Paper
Other: Gold EP, Gold Brads, Pricker and Pricking Guide

Afternoon ladies,
Just a quick card for now. I am currently playing around with my scraps to see if I can come up with something really quick for making some Xmas cards for my kids to use. This is what came out of playing in the last couple of hours.

I have also made a webshots album, specifically to sell off some of the extra clutter I have laying around. If anything is of interest, please feel free to contact me on
The link is below...I will have lots more but this is the start!

Talking about my email addy...It does look like changing again in the next few weeks as I am changing plans...I think!

Pretty New Camera

Good morning all,

Well, I have been playing with my birthday prezzie and photoed my challenge card again. I have reloaded it in the challenge post and now much more of the detail can be seen....In fact, the photo is now passable!!!!

I think I am going to try and stamp today...given no unsuspecting events happening!

Friday, 28 November 2008

SCS Blogger Challenge 1

Ok...Tis the 28th, so here is my entry for our first challenge.

I have used the bleach tech with this card, with Prisma pencils and H2O's to highlight the over- colouring. I swiped all the pieces with StaZon Black to create a shabby chic look (well as much as one can with orange and yellow!)

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Agapanthus Mania

Stamps: Stampendous D140 Agapanthus Bloom, P107 Agapanthus Cluster (Thanks Judy!), SU Warmest Regards Set
Cardstock: Scrap of who knows what!
Inks: StazOn Black
Other: Big Brads, Cuttlebug and Nestabilities Long Rectangles

I just adore the two Agapanthus stamps from Stampendous. They always make a card look good with little effort! I am waiting for some watercolour expressionist sheets to dry, so thought I would upload this fellow whilst I wait.

I may get back here tonight, but doubt it, as I am holding a meeting at my place for a community function coming up and have to organise my family in the meantime.

Good news today!!!!!!!!!! By the time the fortnight is out, Neil and I will be the only ones living at our home! Magella received word today that the house she applied to rent has been approved! She is doing the little happy dance (as is mum, who thought it was never going to happen!)...Mind, after a week, I will probably be looking for her to have a spat with! But I can also see so much less work to do!!!!

I am also losing our extra body, back to his grandmother at least until Xmas. He has a desire to return to America by Xmas and the work we had for him here has now dried up.

Looking forward to a new era!

Friday, 21 November 2008

Flower Day 2

Stamps: StampIt Antique Flower Trio 2161E
Inks: Colorbox Chestnut Roan, StazOn Black, Brilliance Graphite Black
Cardstock: Bazzill Brown, Unknown
Other: Brads, H2O's Golden Sand, Midori Melon

And continuing! No freaking out...Michelle with two posts in one day! Sit down! Take a breath! It really IS for real!!!!!!!!

Well I got to using this stamp again as it is so pretty. I was going to add ribbon but did not have the exact colour either in the ribbon or in the ink as the base card. Didn't want to wreck it, so let it be!

I quite this one even though there is no technique whatsoever involved with it!

Flower Day 1

Stamps:StampIt Antique Flower Trio
Cardstock: Kromecote Gold, Bazzill Blue, Gloss
Inks: Gold Encore Metallic
Other: Best Wishes Sticker, Gold Embossing Powder, H2O's-Wild Blueberry and Rich Cobalt, Alcohol Inks, Gold Cord

Hi there everyone,

I have been playing with my alcohol inks today and have made up a couple of samples with the results. I certainly have a few ready made backgrounds good to go for the future as well! The flower colouring is much more true to form IRL. Unfortunately, the colours do not scan all that well.

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Double Kreativ Blogger Award

Many thanks to Jennie (from SCS BLogger Group 3 )who has nominated me for this Kreativ Blogger Award. I feel most honoured that some people think I am going in the right direction! Here is a link to Jennie's blog...always worth a little visit!

And also thanks to Tina (also from SCS Blogger Group 3) who has also nominated me! Aren't I the lucky one? I certainly think so!!!!! Please take a trip over to Tina's blog to check out her lovely work.

Fancy being doubly honoured. Way cool!

Rules for the Kreativ Blogger Award are:
1.The winner may put the logo on their blog.
2. Put a link to the person that sent you the award.
3. Nominate 5 blogs.
4. Put links to their blogs.
5. Leave a message for your nominees.

Here is my list of nominations:
Cheryll has just begun her blog, but I have inside knowledge and have had the great pleasure in seeing her work (literally) (the doing and the end product). Her stuff is great people, so keep tuned!
If I want to do cute, I visit France’s blog for inspiration. I think she is the queen of cute!
I have only recently been introduced to Japere’s site, but I think I will be enjoying it for a long time to come.
oh you just have to see what she has compiled with the Cuttlebug! But she does other cool stuff too!
Since the Cuttlebug is one of my favourite toys, I really like this site just to see what others are doing with the machine too!

For those I did not nominate, I was trying to steer clear of those already nominated in the last little while and also trying to introduce some "different" ones, ones you may not have seen before, so please do not be offended I did not choose yours!

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Card Art/Challenge Report

Stamps: Hero Arts K4911 Card Art Thoughts
Cardstock: Pink Bazzill, Green Unknown
Inks: Brilliance Graphite Black, StazOn Black
Other: Kaiser Bling, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Grosgrain Ribbon

Good morning to everyone,

I thought I would post this little fellow before heading out to the physio this morning. The card art series of Hero Art stamps is just gorgeous. This is one stamp from the collection and I think I am going to treat myself to a few more from my sales stock as they are so easy to work with.

I have embellished the flowers with pale pink Kaiser bling...not terribly noticeable unless you click on the image to get a bigger view and then they appear to be clear! The cuttlebugged piece is one I had already prepared earlier, so the actual card did not take me very long at all.

In the meantime, I have finished my very first challenge for SCSBlogger3. I have never ever participated in a challenge before! The biggest challenge turned out not to be the card but the actual scanning/photo-ing! It took an age to get something anywhere close to the colours I actually used to come up on the computer. I might try again to see if I can capture the colours a bit better...My scanner is saying it hates the brights, so I will be forced to learn to use the new camera a wee more!!!

Have a good day everyone!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Spread Your Wings

Cardstock: Bazzill, Red (unknown handmade)
Inks: StazOn Black, Timber Brown, Adironack
Stamps: Rachel Grieg, Amazing Creations
Other: Ric Rac, Gesso, Dragonfly Brads, Cuttlebug Long Rectangles

Happy birthday to me,

I had great plans of spending the day peacefully in my dungeon (aka stamping room), but between phone calls, visitors and a septic which has decided to give up the ghost on a weekend day, I really have not achieved very much at all. This is it and will be it for the day, as I am off to a barbie in another hour!

I got to think of something to use my pretty fastenater staples with that three of my friends Cheryll, Grace and Jacqueline) sneakily bought me for my birthday. I also got a fab stamp of some African Trees, some pages to store my UMs, a nestabilities doodle die set, a lingerie voucher from my daughter Magella, a bottle of Mateus Rose from my friend June (it is to her house the barbie is at...I think I had better take the Mateus with me!), some flowers from HER daughter and a camera from my son, Ashley (who is due any time soon...He has been off sunning himself on Brampton Island for the weekend with his girlfriend for her work Xmas party...I feel I have missed school I ever taught at had boozy parties on tropical islands!...which I didn't pay for!!!!

Anyway, hope you like the poor offering for the day. The nestabilities long rectangles are really great for a different perspective on a card! I hope I can now sell a few.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Calendar Page

Hi girls,

It has been a very busy few days for me. Our crushing (the season in which the sugar cane is cut and crushed) is over, hence it is end of season partying time! On top of this I thankfully had my mate, Cheryll come down for the weekend from Airlie Beach to help me with my Xmas ATCs I had to get done asap. On top of this, I had my daughter and her mate doing invites for the mate's 21st in January. Oh, and let's not forget I had a morning doing alcohol backgrounds with some friends too. So, you see, the tank has been hellishly full!!!!

I have managed to finish off these calendar pages for a swap due at the end of this month. I have been wanting to try the Michelle Zindorf style of brayering and sponging, so Cheryll and I sat and tried to perfect the style. I was sooo worried about the straight line mark that the brayer gives, but once you sponge, you no longer have that definite line! Yes, I quite like this style now! And many thanks to Cheryll for sitting to experiment with me and help me with the pages to boot. The only other hassle was the really long and skinny palette that I had to work with. This was a sizing I had not encountered before, so was testing to say the least.

What do you think of the page?

Friday, 7 November 2008

Smacking Acetate

Stamps: PSX K023 Rosa, E2423 Special Place, Hero Arts B624 Just For You
Cardstock: Unknown
Inks: Ancient Page Refills, StaZon Black Ink
Other: Acetate Sheets, Gloss Card

Hi all,

I am cheating a bit here. I wanted to post my alcohol ink creation....but the jolly stuff is drying really quickly! It is mega hot here today, so have decided to put the aircon on and try again when my room gets cooler. Look for the card later on.

In the meantime, here is a card I did a while back using acetate and inks. Working with acetate and inks means you always get a different effect even if you use the same ink colour combination, so I really enjoy working with this technique just to see what I will end up with.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Black and White Lady

Stamps: Oxford Impressions Times Past Plate, Paper Bag Studios Dream Notion Plate
Inks: StaZon Black
Cardstock: Bazzill, "Yes" White
Other: Stamp Positioner, Ribbon, Diamantes, Stampin Up Punch, White Brad

Well, I thought this would be a simple task! No, oh no. I kept mucking up the positioning with the stamp positioner. Once I got the aligning right, then I decided they weren't balanced enough so started again. I think I have stamped these ladies out half a dozen times before I got this lot. But, it was a case of I was NOT going to give in!!!!

I tried scanning this card as is, but it did not actually showed the white card base at all well, so I scanned it on a piece of black card.

Being Melbourne Cup Day here, I thought it appropriate to have an elegant lady in a hat! For those not Australian, it is a big deal today for ladies to dress to the nines and if at the races there are always fashion competitions etc etc!

I did not go in to the races this year 1. Hubby is out working the ground, and 2. No way did I want to be anywhere where someone could knock my recovering shoulder. If someone did, I am sure the scene would not be pretty!!! So best I stay at home!

Monday, 3 November 2008


Stamps: Stamp It These Boots 2818E Elizabeth, Leave Memories MM Divas 250604
Inks: Encore Ultimate Metallic Pink, StaZon Black
Cardstock: Puce Metallic Unknown Origin
Other: Prisma Pencils - PC996, PC929, Scrapbitz Bling, Bazzill Brads, Cuttlebug and Embossing Folder, Stampin Up Oval Punches

Afternoon all,
Well a discovery of sorts when playing around with the metallic inks! If you swipe Metallic Pink on pink card it comes out quite "pucey"...No, Cheryll...I did not say "pukey!"

I love this Stamp It stamp of the boots. It seems to be the perfect size a lot of the time and I have used it heaps since I acquired it. It has been coloured with mainly a Black Grape Prisma pencil (just a touch of Pink) and accessorised with little bling.

I didn't get to do much today as I had to go into Sarina for parts for hubby, so did the groceries as well. I am not going to the Melbourne Cup this year, so perhaps tomorrow will be THE day!

Sunday, 2 November 2008


Stamps: Lucy's K1158
Cardstock: Prisma, Bazzill
Inks: StaZon Black
Other: Unknown Ribbon, Scrapbitz Diamantes, Tiny Black Ric Rac, Bazzill Black Brads, Prisma Pencils
- PC923,PC1013, PC903, PC928, PC945, PC919, PC909, PC913, PC942, PC997, PC927, PC992, PC1025, PC929,
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Hello Everyone,

I have been missing in action this week as family and medical stuff ruled for the entire time. I finally sat down this morning and managed to get this card done.

I always find red and black very sophisticated and am quite pleased with the outcome. The colouring of the lady actually took the most time! There are also little diamantes on some of the flowers.

It is beginning to really get humid here. Hassling the young adults in my house to clean air con filters (with the lovely threat of no cool air until it is a done deed!) Pity I cannot blink and be back in autumn!!!!