Saturday, 26 December 2009

Secret Message

Closed....The black gets tied in a bow to the little pink ribbon i tucked underneath!
Top flap untied and opened.
Middle section. The tie at the top (from the last picture) has been undone and this is what it opens out to.
Left side untied and opened.
Right side untied and opened. Obviously, this is where I get to write my little missive!

Good morning everyone on this lovely showery Boxing Day!

We had a lovely family get together yesterday at my daughter's home to celebrate Xmas. Everyone was sufficiently stuffed and really happy with all their goodies. Today, everyone will descend to my house for another afternoon of fun and games and of course, more eating! Sigh.....It will take a month of Sundays to be rid of all the excess!

Here is a secret message card I made a while back...Lots of different nooks and crannies to this one, Each section is tied off, making it a very interesting card to receive as it takes a while to untie all the ties. I have them untied coz I wanted to take the piccies between the showers!

What do you think?

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Xmas Reindeer

Good morning everyone,

I am getting a head start on next year's cards whilst I am in the mood...As husband's can attest, one has to take notice and act upon "in the mood" scenarios...ROFL!

I have used the reindeer out of the Darkroom Door Christmas Reindeer set, an old Hero Arts C4207 Warm Wishes greeting and some lovely paper from Reminisce called Snowflake. I have had the pretty paper for a while but decided I should try and use it before it goes mouldy!

I stamped both the image and the sentiment in Colourbox Chestnut Roan and sponged the image with the same. Added some grosgrain and raised the image with DSFT and voilà. All done.

It is difficult at this time of year to be posting as often as I would like. Family and parties are eating into my stamping time and space. I know most of you are in the same boat, which makes it somewhat better!

Monday, 14 December 2009

MFT Frenzy

Hi there,

Am still working on Xmas cards and have to say I have been the very busy little bee in that area.

Here are four cards from a kit I bought from Michelle a little while ago. Sometimes, it is lovely not to think at all and just do, so I was happy to throw these together using all her instructions. Pretty nifty, eh? I love MFT stamps, so it was a pleasure playing with them!

I am on a second design for Xmas now, so hope to share that with you soon.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Now on a Roll

Hello there,

I have settled on my Xmas design! YAY!....Ok, I am a little tardy with this, but I AM getting there. Life has certainly been in the way this last few weeks.

This card is not exactly traditional. I have opted for a green base, but the red part is hinged at the top and opens from that top to reveal the green base.

I have Cuttlebugged the white card, layered on to the red, add a bit of glitter glue to the ornaments, a swish of ribbon and a great diamante to embellish the top of the hinge.

Finally I used the good old Cuttlebug again to cut my long rectangle Nesties. I left the white in the straight Nestie and sponged Brilliance Pearlescent Ivy which is a perfect match to the Bazzill Ivy used as the base. I am pretty sure the sentiment is a PB and was also stamped with the Brilliance.

Seven down...Lots to go. I will aim to have most postal ones gone by Monday. A good aim, to be sure. Now to make it happen!

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Traditional Xmas

Hello there,

Here is a more traditionally coloured Xmas card!!!!! I think if you click on it, you will see it better. I had troubles again because of the glittering...with the H2O's and glitter glue. I will have to investigate a way around this problem, though I do not have the time nor energy to do so right now.

Stamps Used: Stamp It Holly Swirls 3878E....and I am guessing the wording is Hero Arts?? It is a clear stamp and belongs to a set. I had thought PB, but could not find the set online....Doofus, I am!

Am still loving the Cuttlebug and its great versatility! The Nesties are a dream come true for getting proper shapes without trimming the card to nothingness and their best selling point to me is that I can use them in the Bug!

Monday, 7 December 2009

More Non Traditional Xmas

Good morning people on this fine, hot Monday!

Here is another non traditional Xmas card I had almost finished for the last couple of days! I have used an alcohol ink background, stamped in StazOn over the top with one of Stamp It's gorgeous Xmas range (with the little wording from TAC) and buffed to a shine using Judikins Micro Glaze. (I love that stuff!)

The background stamping is using one of the fabulous Darkroom Door stamps from Rachel's Reindeer set (This set is sooo versatile!)

I ended up having to take the piccie on the side as my camera has conniptions when trying to take gloss card, but I am sure you still get the idea of the card, even so!

Friday, 4 December 2009


Thanks so much to Christyne for this award!

"Rules of Play" Tell some stuff about myself!!!!

1. I am a mad keen stamper. Oh wait! You know that already.
1 again. I do needlework as well and specialise in Cross Stitch and Hardanger...both really, really beautiful stitcheries.
2. I am married and have two adult children. Oh wait! You know that already.
2 again. I love to read and to watch on telly: whodunnits.....especially the British made ones!
3. I am 50 years old. Oh wait! You know that already.
3 again. I am a mad keen cryptic crossword person. I have them littered around all over the place.
4. I live in country Qld. Oh wait. You know that already.
4 again. I also like to do word games ...the wordfinder on Facebook, Scrabble at home and one where you find as many words as you can from 9 letters...called various names around the globe.
5. I come online every day ...if I can possibly physically do so. Oh wait. You already know that.
5 again. My whole family plays a myriad of games.....especially card games. It is surely a great way to spend a rainy afternoon and is a great excuse to call the family together. We taught the kids to play cards as soon as they recognised the numbers. It is so social!
6. I love to have visitors!
6 again. But I am also happy to have just my own company and have peace and quiet...Not at all like my husband. He is uncomfortable in the car if you are quiet for 5 minutes.

Over the Top Questionnaire

Ok I give up....NOTHING I do enables me to cut and paste into this thing....ARRRGGGGHHHH.....

I will type the thing up....

1. Where is your mobile phone? At my left hand!
2. Your hair? Shoulder length, bobbed, dyed and foiled.
3. Your mother?
4. Your father?
5. Your favourite food? Watermelon....and guess what? It is watermelon season!

6. Your dream last night? Do not remember....I am sure I do, but I rarely remember anything form the twilight zone....not event he blowing zeds parts sometimes!
7. Your favourite drink? Fresh orange juice...alas and alack I am not supposed to drink much of it!
8. Your dream/goal? To go travelling before I am too feeble to do so!
9. What room are you in? My son's old bedroom. It is where I set the computer up after he moved out. (Gave me tonnes more space in my dungeon aka artroom!)
10. Your hobby? Rubber stamping first and foremost!

11. Your fear? Heights...but I am getting good at that...climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, didn't I?
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Alive and kicking thanks!
13. Where were you last night? In my dungeon, watching Stargate and cutting up card and paper for 15 Xmas cards.
14. Something you aren't? Ungenerous.
15. Muffins? Nope...don't see the big deal there!

16. Wish list item? Just got my wish list item...a sew mini for my birthday....But I would like some more Nesties.
17. Where did you grow up? South Grafton, Sydney and Lismore, NSW, Australia...Yes, I am a ring in for Qld!
18. Last thing you did? Read an email from Christyne!
19. What are you wearing? Yard clothes...having just come in from my early morning walk amongst the cane fields. One doesn't dress prettily for that activity when one has a very excitable little doggie!
20. Your TV? Near my stamping table....brand the digital HD thing happening...with the dvd thing at the side of the telly and provision to tape shows straight onto a USB stick...brilliant!

21. Your pets? One crazy little doggie....chihuahua cross.
22. Friends? Do I have any? Oh yeah, they know who they are!
23. Your life? Insanely busy...I wish to sleeeeeeppppp!
24. Your mood? Very tired...too much to do....not usually a cranky person!
25. Missing someone? My friends from away who were here for my birthday!

26. Vehicle? Toyota Camry Altise and Mazda BT50
27. Something you are not wearing? Oh I could have been naughty there! Jewellery....only coz I haven't yet hit the shower.
28. Your favourite shop? Any papercrafts shop I can access!
29. Your favourite colour? Used to be maroon but am having a current love affair with teal.
30. Last time you laughed? This morning watching my crazy doggie chase anything that moves when we were out walking!

31. Last time you cried? Cannot remember precisely.
32. Your best friend? Hubby
33. One place that I go over and over? To the loo...don't you?
34. One person who emails regularly? Cheryll Miller
35. Favourite place to eat? I don't have to cook!

36. Facebook? Yes, but usually to play games and keep track of the billylids!

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Ladies Ink Challenge Non Traditional Xmas

Hello everyone!

Here is my challenge card for November...I DID have it done Sunday, but life intervened and I couldn't get it up here on to the blog sooner.

Our mission for November was, as suggested in the title of this post, to create a non traditional Xmas card....meaning in particular....NO RED OR GREEN.

Here is my effort....I used alcohol inks to create the background, stamped one of the gorgeous Stamp It Xmas stamps in StazOn over the top. I used micro glaze over this which I buffed off to give the shiniest finish.

The dry embossing was achieved using an Impressibilities die with Brilliance Gold swiped over the top. Finishing elements are a diamante brad from Finishing Touch Ideas and the tab at the side punched from a SU punch and stamped with a TAC tiny stamp.

Sunday, 29 November 2009


Hi again...I cleared out all my awards a little while ago, but have been given another two from sweet Jennie which I will share with you here!

The first one came accompanied by a little questionnaire...Here it is! Well, no it isn't...Can someone tell me how to get a whole page document in here without having to type it all out again. I have it currently in Word!

The people I would love to pass these two awards on to would be:

1. Christyne

2. Paige

3. Michelle

4. Kristin

5. Cathleen

This second comes with 5 things you may or may not know about me!

1. I turned FIFTY on the 16th of November and am a Monday child.

2. I went to an all girls' school. I then insisted my own chidren went to a coed school!

3. I hate the hot weather even though I live in the tropics. The aircon is raging on right now trying to keep me cool.

4. I will have been married 24 years on the 4th of January. Lived a year with my husband before tying the knot...

5. I cut the top of my index finger off on my right hand when I was six....sitting in a deck chair and leant I have a very funny looking finger happening there!

A Little bit of the old Xmas Feeling

Hi all,

Here is a little card based on something I saw in a Penny Black catalogue.

The holly is by PB, the sentiment by Stamp It Australia and the berries by me....I punched it out of left over rubber coz I couldn't find anything small enough to do the job I wanted it to do!

The little shadow stamp I have had for many years and do not remember where I acquired it...sorry! I used Colourbox Chalk Inks and StazOn Black for the colour and jazzed it up a little with Hero Arts bling.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Blue Joy

Hello everyone,

I made this little card on Sunday, but as yesterday was filled with a great day teaching Xmas cards, I haven't been able to upload it any sooner!

The stamp used is a Stamp It stamp, once more. They have sooo many gorgeous stamps to choose from and are a firm favourite with me. Card used is Bling by Bazzill and some vellum... an unknown source, I am afraid. I have added the two binding pieces to anchor the vellum as I find vellum spray adhesive as useful as tits on a bull in these parts...the humidity does it in really quickly and your vellum parts ways with your base card quicker than greased lightning! I also anchored the featured embossed wording with a beautiful bling brad...wasn't going to allow the piece to detach, no matter what!!!!

I am currently learning how to create a website and that is eating up a fair bit of my time...and will for the next couple of weeks. I am trying to keep abreast of everything!!!!! Please bear with me....funny saying that, when you think about it!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Xmas Tree

Moving right along to.....more Stamps by Judith.

I love how Judith's stamps interact and that a wee stamp can be responsible for making something as pretty as the tree. All stamps used are Stamps by Judith and the colour is achieved once more with the use of Kaleidacolour pads.

I am doing a class on Monday and think I might incorporate this into it. I was asked to do three Xmas cards. What do you think? Is it good enough?Have a great day people.

Mine is just starting and I do think I am going to melt a wee bit. Hubby has gone down to the farm to help tip the last lot of cane. We are hoping to cut the last of it without bogging! We had 5 inches of rain two weeks ago and the soda patches are giving us grief. The mill will shut down tomorrow, so it is a last ditch attempt to get it out. Left in the paddock means loss of income. The JOYS of farming!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Flower Garden

Cripes! I hope using PSE7 gets easier as you go along!!!!

Here is one of the cards I made last week when my friend was here annoying me. (I know full well she is going to read that!!!!!)

All stamps are Stamps by Judith and the ink is Kaleidacolour. We were watching the DVD on her interactive stamps and decided to give them a whirl. Pretty nifty, eh?

Monday, 16 November 2009

Trio Flowers

A simple little Stamps by Judith card.

The background was stamped using Artee Ancient Script AS561H and Hero Arts Large Delicate Wovcen Fabric H3317, SU Wording with all the rest being Stamps by Judith.

Cheers...Going out to tea for my 5oth!!!!!!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Hello There!

Hi people!!!!!!

Here I am...back....but not fully! My phone line repairs have been given an extension until next Monday. Sweet....NOT! I am on a temporary line...not good for the Internet as it is painfully slow.

Ok...I have been busily Stampscaping again. One decision I have made is to not mix Adirondack dye inks with the Marvy Markers coz even though you polish off at the end with Micro Glaze, the colours still fade...and in this case, substantially!

I don't mind the end muted look, but it certainly wasn't this muted before I went to bed.

To my blog group, I will try and catch up
with all as soon as I am able.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

By the Lake

Hi there,

Here is my attempt at getting a photo to be the right colours....It is sooo hard to photograph gloss card at the best of times.

I give many thanks to my Canadian friend, Christyne, in helping me through the minefield that is Photoshop! Without her help, I would be a beached whale!

Anyway...on to the scene. I was diligently following the lesson plan at Stampscapes... which was supposed to be about the sunrays....ROFL....well, my rays ARE there, but not like they are supposed to be!

All stamps used are by Stampscapes except for the wording which is from the plate Viva La Flora by Darkroom Door. I mounted the wording on oval punched card. All card apart from teh white gloss is by Bazzill. The little pearl is by Kaisercraft and the ribbon is from who knows where?

And as suggested yesterday by Jennie, the scene has been raised with DS mounting tape! Even though I did not get the detail I wanted with the rays...and by that stage, I was too much the fraidy cat to stamp over what I case I wrecked the whole thing.....I am somewhat pleased with the outcome. These things sure make dramatic cards!


My many thanks to Christyne who has fixed my woeful attempt at catching this scene on camera and then with Photoshop!

It NOW looks pretty much as it does IRL.....significantly different to my poor attempt of Monday!

I have yet to get the Dummies book, but I think I just might send away for it today!

Thanks Chris.....I got another one I am going to practise on as soon as I have done the chores!

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Stampscapes Scene

Hello there!

I ended up having a good sojourn last week and hope to be back on deck this coming week.

Here is a card I half made on the weekend. I have trouble with this type of scene adding finishing touches...mainly coz whatever I put with the scene detracts from the scene and that is not my purpose. I guess the scenes stand well enough alone. What do you think? Would YOU change it in any way?

I have used Marvy Brush Markers and India Ink for colour on white gloss card. The repeat stamping without reinking gives you dimension and distance within the image. I have used just the one stamp from Stampscapes...a line of pines. All card aside from the gloss is Bazzill, and I finally settled just on some paper piercing to create a frame for the image.

It always takes some time to get the colouring right with this type of stamping but the end result is pretty cool. This particular card was cased from one which was pictured with a stamp plate I bought from Stampscapes....It really doesn't look too much like the original even though I was trying to duplicate it at the time! My friend Cheryll and I were just practising our colouring skills...We NEED more practice....One shouldn't leave it so long in between scenes! But, I have to say, it does look pretty nifty IRL....Even the hubby has been studying it...and THAT says a lot!!!!

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Calendar Page

Here is my calendar page which I have been stressing over for the last few weeks. The background was made using alcohol particular Denim and Stonewashed. I cut out the layers using Nesties (don't they make life easy!), layered on to Cuttlebugged Argyle and Just for Fun Borders. The little tag was stamped with SU Terrific Tags. All card, apart from the white gloss for the alcohol inks and the A4 sheet, was Bazzill.

And, of course, the stamp is by Inkadinkadoo...a really beautiful stamp to work with! I used the same sketch and colours as a previous card I did with this stamp....coz I didn't have time to think up something brilliant!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Some Piccies from Melissa's 21st

Melissa, Ashley, Magella and Carl
Melissa and Ashley
Neil and I
Neil and Ashley

Hi there....Here are some piccies from the 21st we went to on Saturday night, for my son Ashley's girlfriend, Melissa! Obviously fancy dress!

I am a bit disappointed with the quality of picture from my camera and will have to work on night time photography in a huge way, I think!

I am off to Airlie Beach tomorrow so will be autoposting.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Signature Book

Good morning everyone,

I could say on a fine morning but we are enveloped in a smoke haze and I cannot see any hills! At this point in time, we are hoping Neil does not have to go out fighting fires.

Here is the signature book I made for my son's girlfriend for her 21st birthday bash tomorrow night. It isn't QUITE finished as the youngsters are yet to send me along some piccie files. I want to cut them with my nesties and mount them on my nesties inside each of the covers.

I began with a Kaiser chipboard book in three pieces, painted the edges in Kaiser Pink, covered all three pieces with pretty DP and spent a huge amount of time sanding them back to the edges.

Then, I glued the 21 to the top board, stamped the Inkadinkadoo Flourishes and Hero Arts Happy Birthday in StazOn ink. I then sat, for what seemed like forever and stuck all the pearls and diamantes on the front. The name was created using Thickers and I added a few other embellishments as well. The key hanging from the book was the most frustrating part of the whole exercise. The cropodile did the hole beautifully but then it all went belly up! The key kept falling off...the pliers were working overtime! Hopefully, it will stay together now!

The inside pages were inked and sponged with Colour Box Pastel Pink with the owl and tree (both Hero Arts) stamped in Colour Box Lime Pastel and Pink Pastel. I thought the owl appropriate as people will be adding their words of wisdom to the book throughout the night!
Still to make the actual card!

Friday, 9 October 2009

Embossing Medium

Hello there,

After doing accounts for two days solid, I thought I would play around with Photoshop Elements with a card I made a while ago. The results aren't too bad!

I made the background hibiscus with white embossing medium and a hibiscus stencil from Dreamweavers. I stamped the wording feature (from Hero Arts) with StazOn white ink, twice, so I could raise the middle bit with foam dots. Then added lots of diamantes for effect. All card used is Bazzill.

T'is a simple card, but really pretty IRL!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Hedgies in a Row

Hello everyone!

I am bright and early with this one today. I am about to head off to Mackay to get my windscreen replaced and do a tonne of stuff!

I made this last Hedgie card late last night whilst listening/watching NCIS. My Cuttlebug ruled supreme with this creation...Lots of Nesties shapes and embossing with one of the new folders, more colouring with Prisma pencils with, lastly, the little wording..... being SU (along with the scallop frame it is sitting on!)

I have enjoyed giving this little stamp a workout but will be putting him away now for a while....Phew, say you all! ROFL!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Check out the Difference!

This is the right colouring!

This is the really sad one!!!!

Oh I have been playing with PSE7.

This has made a major difference to my the better. Here is Carly's Wedding photo as I posted it back in May and as it is today....the one today is actually dead to rights on the colouring. I think I may like PSE7 after all!

Yet another PB Hedgie

Good morning everyone,

Here is yet another Penny Black Hedgie card. I used the same materials as yesterday except for the Hero Arts wording, which was stamped in StazOn black, the Hero Arts Swirl stamp, which was stamped in Adirondack Beachball Yellow and the paper piercing add-on.

In using the same materials, I am trying to cut down on all the scraps I end up with....the storage of scrap is becoming an issue of magnificent proportions!

I am going to see if I can make headway on my calendar pages today, since the entire day is my own! Have an idea....Now to see if it will work!

Monday, 5 October 2009

A Trip Down Penny Black Lane

Good morning everyone on this fine hot day in the tropics!

Here is a little trip down memory lane. I came across a very OLD stamp of mine and decided to dust it off and give it a whirl around the inkpads. Yesterday was the first outcome and it looked OK so I kept it out and did another few....all of which will be seen in good time! This one has a totally different feel to yesterday's, don't you think?

Penny Black hedgies are SO cute!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

SS Card for October

Afternoon all,

I have finally spent some time carding!

Here is my SS card to go in the mail tomorrow. All is cool. The lady it is going to does not know I have a blog, so I am safe to post! Of course, she is going to work it out like straight away anyway...because of the postmark!

The challenges this month were:
1. Cute animals...check.
2. DL size card....check. and
3. Pastel colouring...check.

I have stamped the good old standby Hedgies by Penny Black in StazOn Black and coloured with Prisma Pencils and Odourless Mineral Solvent. (I noticed when I was uploading that I didn't colour the flowers, so will do that in
a jiffy.) I tied some gorgeous pale teal ribbon and tied a bow.

I distressed the image layer and mounted onto the pink Cuttlebugged layer with black DSFT. I LOVE black. It is so much better than white foam tape, as it is less noticeable underneath! Go figure.

I popped all that on a distressed mauve layer and attached to the very pretty pale teal base.

Ok...another commitment out of the way! I found some card perfect for the calendar swap, so I can get those printed out ready to work on to....only, it is so nice and cool in this room with the aircon on, that I really don't want to leave it!

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Ladies, Ink October Challenge

Good afternoon a minute to be exact! It is a hot, dry, windy and unpleasant day in Koumala today. I wish it would rain just to settle the fires and the dust!

Ok...Today, I have my October challenge for my blogging group all done and dusted! Christyne would be proud of me!

The challenge was to have just the one layer (the base), one colour ink and the one embellishment.

Ok, I pulled out my old Amazing Creations stamps (all the stamps are by this company!) and this is the final result. I used Adirondack Eggplant and stamped the shadow stamp OFF three times before stamping onto the front of the card. All the other bibs and bobs....the corner frames, the butterfly and the wording were inked and stamped immediately using the Adirondack Eggplant once more. This gives you the variance using the one ink pad.

I added a wee flower to the wording and a tiny bit of glitter here and there and Voilà! T'is done.

Christyne, I have been studying the online PSE and mucking around here with it all....However...I could not figure out how to get rid of the two shadows on the left of the card. I managed to get one to be white...but not the same as the rest of the card and the other in the corner I could not do anything with....Beginning to think PSE is not for me!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Blog Candy

I was enthralled with the Tech Junkies Blog Hop this morning and chanced upon this excellent blog candy!!!!!!

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Xmas Acetate

Evening all!

Here is a very quick Xmas card. I have used a Bazzill red base card with a Kaiser Paper overlay and finally an acetate layer which has been stamped in black StazOn ink. PHEW!!!!!! Say that three times backwards! Studio G stamp...hohoho....was stamped in Cotton White StazOn on black Bazzill and used to cover the acetate join to the DP. The main image is a Stamp It stamp...from one of their UM Xmas sets.

Here's hoping you all had an enjoyable day!

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Still In Xmas Mode

Yes, I am still living. It has been pretty much a wipe out week, this last one! Here's hoping this new one will be full of creation!

I pulled out my SU Snowflakes this morning and here is what I have come up with. The little wording is a G Studios acrylic stamp and I have added some red bling from Kaiser to some of the flakes. The clue to its origin! All cardstock is Bazzill. Stamping was done using Colourbox Lipstick Rad and StazOn Black. I am looking for a nice, quick and easy Xmas card which I can make lots of, so am playing around a bit seeing what looks good and what doesn't.

I am watching over my little dog this afternoon. She is very woozy and not herself after having been knocked out to investigate a sore leg. Luckily, there is no need for surgery.

Friday, 25 September 2009

More Xmas Traditional This Time!

Remember me?

What a blitz of a week. I came down with a migraine on Monday afternoon which has ruled everything since then. Definitely no stamping done in that time.

But I am back on deck after calling everything quits for the rest of the time.

I am playing with my new Photoshop Elements 7. I am going to need lots of encouragement to keep having a go at this. Christyne...You PROMISED it was easy! I am going a bit ga-ga here.

I have managed to get this one uploaded, though, so brownie points to Shell! (It is an awfully BIG file ... like over 900kb)

I am hoping the next week will bring lots more production from me...fingers crossed!

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Secret Sister Card for September 2009

Hi there,

This is my very first picture through Photoshop Elements 7 !!!!!!!!!! I think I have a ways to go in the learning curve but I couldn't resist trying it out.

This card was made for a Secret Sister programme (I am pretty sure the intended recipient does not know about my blog!). The requirements were to use one or more of the following: paisleys/swirls/flourishes....monochromatic....and/or a piece through the Cuttlebug. I had great intentions of doing all three just for the heck of it...but as I was constructing ....I felt I had to stop before getting to the Cuttlebug.

I have used the gorgeous Stamp It stamps for the flourishes and swirls on the background piece and for the butterfly and
worked with tones of blue throughout. The wording is from Hero Arts. I thought the little bit of ribbon with the swirl pattern suited pretty well so I added it too....raised the butterflies with pop dots and added a few diamantes for effect.

I have spent most of my day becoming up to date with the farm accounts. Tomorrow we are going to town to pick up my new double oven, check out the kitchen plans and maybe pick out the cooktop and rangehood. Tuesday, I have designated to nobody better interrupt that thought pattern!!!!!!

Have a good one!

Saturday, 19 September 2009

On a Roll With Xmas

Good morning everyone on this fine, hot Saturday!

Here is another little Xmas card. I am edging closer to Xmas colours, I see. It IS very simple but actually looks quite OK IRL. I have brushed off the paper distresser and used it on each of the Bazzill red layers and raised the centre piece with pop dots.

I made the background with repeat stamping and have added Kindy Glitz to all the little dots. I couldn't find a red star in amongst my VERY vast supply of brads, so inked another one with StazOn. I have used SU Festive Favourites as the stamps of choice. to tackle some farm to pay the piper! Me...I would like to string the piper over a very large ant nest!!!!!! Whoever invented all this paperwork??.Bet your bottom dollar it wasn't a woman!

Friday, 18 September 2009

September Challenge for Ladies, Ink Part 3

Here is the third and last challenge for my blogging group this month!

This card is very similar to one I found in one of the Stamp It catalogues. I wanted to see if it looked as good IRL as in the catalogue, mainly because with a little tweaking it could become a good base for all my Xmas cards! The stamp used, of course, is by Stamp It. The cardstock is Bazzill and the DP is Kaiser.

My apologies for my absence. I have been taking time out camping with my family. September is such a lovely time to here....1. In September I do not usually get carried away by sandflies, so I don't mind going....and 2. The oppressive heat hasn't quite settled yet.

Again, we saw some whales breaching and playing in the shallows not 600 metres away from our little tinny. It is quite special to see these glorious animals in the wild. Also saw heaps of huge sea turtles, a few sharks on
the end of our lines and a few good sized grunter ....yum...yum! We only scored the one mud crab......I have a couple of photos of where we went, but I do need to do some stuff around the house before I can sit to edit and upload.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

September Challenge for Ladies, Ink Part 2

Good morning everyone,

Here is my second part of the September Challenge. I have used the same stamp as yesterday - Stamp It Xmas stamp (Christmas Round 3681F) as the focus. This time, I pulled out a very old technique, so simple as to be silly!

Did you think I MADE that background?.... Well, I did...but NOT how you might think!

NOPE! I merely put rice paper on to cold laminate (on the sticky side, of course!). ...AKA The Cold Laminate Technique...anyone remember this one, from years ago?? Then I stamped the image with StazOn black ink. I did stamp the image three times, to get all the layering done and added some Kaiser diamantes to the middle.

Again, I have ventured away from the "normal" Xmas colours and really, I am enjoying the trip. Now, the question is....Will I do a traditional one for tomorrow??????

Monday, 7 September 2009

September Challenge for Ladies, Ink Part 1

Good morning everyone,

Here is the first part of a three part challenge for September with the Ladies, Ink Blogging Group. This month we are to make 3 Xmas cards......So, here is my first one! Very non-traditional. I reckon this one would look pretty in the usual Xmassy colours too, but I wanted to try it in something different!

What do you think?I have used a gorgeous StampIt Xmas stamp here (Christmas Round 3681F) which I have stamped multiple times in order to get all the layering. The Merry Xmas in the middle is raised with dimensionals. The paper is by Kaiser as are the fancy brads and the little buckle by Finishing Touch Ideas. The grosgrain ribbon, I think is SU. The rest is Bazzill. I laid the card on a blue background so you could see the white base card clearly, just for the photo opportunity!

For anyone who is interested and cannot source any of these things, I do sell them :). Just whizz off an email and I can see if I can help you out.

Sunday, 6 September 2009

Change of Pace

Afternoon all,

I have the afternoon to myself on this fine Father's Day, so have decided to try and get to some stamping. I found this stamped Liquid Appliquéd piece in my image box and decided to put it to card after tearing around the edges and inking with India Ink.

For those unfamiliar with Liquid Appliqué, there ARE other things you can do with it besides Santa's beards and this particular technique is one of my favourites. Simply brayer on to white cardstock and get faux suede very neatly!

The stamps are My Stamps and Kunjani is an African greeting for those not in the know. I have had the lovely tassel for ages and thought it would suit this card very well and I am thinking I was right.

I am still using up some DCWV card as you can see with the Cuttlebugged and sanded piece. I think I will be making cards into the next century before I DO use all that stash!...But we have to have it for the rainy day that is acomin, don't we now?