Thursday, 29 January 2009

Prisma Pencils

Stamps: Hero Arts Clear Stamps CLO158 Cupcakes
Inks: StazOn Black
Cardstock: Bazzill
Other: Big Bite, Big Brad, Ribbon, Tiny Tag, Kindy Glitz, Prisma Pencils :- PC937 Tuscan Red,PC930 Magenta, PC 946 Dark Brown, PC1023 Cloud Blue, Odourless Solvent and Blending Stumps

Hi people!

I have had my SIL visit all day, so am behind in putting stuff up. Luckily, I made this when I made the previous card, so I still have something to show! No technique here other than colouring with Prisma pencils and smoothing out with odourless solvent...Gamsol is one brand I hear bandied about, but here, in Australia, it is just odourless solvent, found at any good art shop. I got to play with the big bite again.....just to see if it was a fluke the first time...Nuhhh...It WAS still easy to use!

Love the pencils...You can control pencils much more easily than markers, in my opinion. ( Though, I love my markers too.....I still have the old Marvy and Tombow markers. I have 2 Copics but wonder if I need to fork out a whole pile more money whilst the Marvy's and Tombows still have ink in them!) Know hubby would say an unequivocal NO!

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Shabby Chic Window Revisited


Stamps: Artee SP308C Double Blossom, Dream Mode F232 Say it With Flowers
Inks: StazOn Black
Cardstock: Bazzill Brown, Unknown
Other: Paper Crimper, Big Bite with Large Eyelets, Lyra Crayons, Grosgrain

Hello fellow stampers,

Here is another shabby chic window. Well, I reckon it looks like shabby chic!

I used my big bite for the very first time with this card.(Lucky girl I am, received it for my birthday from Cheryll, Grace and Jackie!!!!) A little bit of a learning curve involved and I was very tentative because I just didn't know how much pressure I would need to follow it through. Luckily, you don't need too much, so I am away with it!!!!

The background on the red part of the card was not achieved by the use of stamps. I do have texture stamps, but since I was crimping anyway, I crimped a piece of card and then used it as my stamp. (Read....Too lazy to get out of my chair to get texture stamp!)

Now off to watch the tennis and do some more creating...hopefully!

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Sweet Valentine

Stamps:Victoria's Secret Floral Heart VI76, Studio G VS4192 Love, Lucy's Script LI602
Inks: Brilliance Pearlescent Jade, Pearlescent Lime (stamped off)
Cardstock: Bazzill Turquoise Mist, Pinkini, Yes White
Other: Tiny Brads, White Brad, Grosgrain, Kaiser Pearls, Kindy Glitz, Nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Clear Embossing Powder, DSFT

Good afternoon all,

I began by thinking I would do the Mojo Monday challenge....but as you see, I ended up with rectangular everything and not square everything.

I failed my mission. ROFL! I really wanted to do the Mojo thing...but once started with this I just went with it. It took an age to find a nice complementary pad for the image, but am pleased with the Brilliance. Don't know why I didn't look there first!

Have to go retrieve the hubby from hospital tomorrow. I have enjoyed being by myself for the week. (Please don't think I am horrible... The precious personal time between going to town and having only to answer to myself has been totally different but marvellous!) I don't think I have ever been by myself for that length of time, making for an interesting experience. It will be good to have him home, finally...I hope! I have this niggling suspicion that being a man, he is not going to be the best of invalids!

Monday, 26 January 2009

Shabby Chic Window

Stamps: Judikins Bolio 6805 Baroque, Stamp It 2237E Long Stemmed Swirl Bud, Stamps By Judith AAA 01 Carved Rose, AAA Dots, TAC Little Messages
Inks: StazOn Black, Colourbox Olive Pastel
Cardstock: Bazzill Lemonade, Grape, Parakeet
Other: White Brads, Mini Tag, Cheap Ribbon, Stampin Up Punch, Marvy Markers96 Jungle Green,, 106 Amethyst, 15 Olive Green, 62 Wisteria.Tombow 370 Very Pale Blue, Sponge

Good morning everyone,

I had my head in an old American Stampin Up magazine yesterday, as I was going through stuff with an eye to decluttering a bit. I spied a card with a torn window which I really liked, so I decided to try one myself.

The colours I have used are a bit different for me, but I think they have gelled quite nicely. If there is something that is essential to my work materials, then I would have to be nominating the little stamp from Stamps by Judith...the 3 dots. My, oh my, I love that stamp as a little fill it inner!

I shall be away most of the day as I have to go back into the hospital to keep DH company, but hope to be back in time to put the TV on the Australian Open for the tennis and settle nicely at my art table. I have a few ideas I would like to try, now I have had lots of inspiration from the mags.

Saturday, 24 January 2009


Stamps: Penny black 2831K Carnation, Stampin Up Riveting
Cardstock: Bazzill- Lemonade, Firehearts, Parakeet
Other: Tombows-743 Pink, Marvy Markers-11-Light Green, 96-Jungle Green, Kaiser Pearls, Green Diamante, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug Folders Swiss Dots, Floral Border, Pricking Tool and stitching placement template

Evening everyone,

Thank you for visiting my blog and especially thank you for leaving a comment or two!

I went nowhere today for the first time in a very long time! Firstly, I quickly did a cursory sweep of the house doing the very necessary chores only!!!! Then came and updated my visiting everyone's blogs....and finally into the art room. Here is one of the cards produced today. Will post another tomorrow.

Many thanks also for the many good tidings for the health of my DH! He requested I stay home today (must have seen how worn out I was becoming with the eternal driving!). He is doing well and tells me he galloped up the ward hallway.....Yeah right! He did go for a little toddle this morning....but was really dizzy and opted not to try this arvo.

I may just stay home tomorrow too...if he agrees he really doesn't need me in there. But then, not going for two whole days just doesn't seem right!

Alota's New Stamps

Well, I think this is worthy of note...

Alota are releasing new oval and circle stamps which are designed to fit in our nesties!!!! Claudia has some blog candy, so please wander off for a sneak peek.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

I really am still here!

Evening ladies,

Well, it is way past my bedtime, but I decided a little me time was in order and whipped up this fun card. I have a fellow stamper's birthday pretty soon and this one will be sure to make her smile!!! She will no doubt have a comment or two about having to get together with a bottle of chardy asap.

Hubby has now had his hip operation and is doing very well. Of course, the hospital will not let him escape until next Monday at the earliest, so this means lots of driving for me each day into town to see him. Feels very different being in the house by myself!!!!

Sunday, 18 January 2009

ATCs For the Week

Evening everyone!

I have here a few ATCs I have done over the last week.
**The first I had to use a made a H2O background to stamp on.
**The second I had to use used paper lace inked up to go with the rest of the purple theme!
**The third I had to use a used a little primitive heart punch with wire and bead attached.
**The last had to use some sort of embossing, I did dry embossing as well as heat embossing just to cover all bases!
I so enjoy whipping up ATCs as the small palette enables much diversity...(and is a wonderful way to get rid of yet a few more scraps!)
Just click on the piccie if you want to see up close!

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

One Lovely Blog Award

Isn't it lovely to receive one of these! Many thanks to Abi , who belongs to Blogger Group 5. It is the second Blogger group I belong to. I have to recommend Blogger groups as a way to broaden your visual delight base!!!!

The rules of this award are:
1. First add the award to your blog,
2. Link to the person that gave you the award,
3. Nominate your favourite blogs to receive this award,
4. Leave a message on their blog telling them they are "one lovely blog"

This is always the hard bit...coz there are a lot of delightful blogs out there I toddle off to...rather too often...Sometimes I think the computer needs to be far far away in order for me to get anything else done. Far too addicting!

I digress: The names of a couple of super blogs I visit:
1. Dawn

2. Jackie

3.Mojo Monday

4. Jeni

5. The Girls

Ok I have left little notes where appropriate, except for Mojo Monday and The Girls, as these two, I am pretty sure, won't want to do this. However, they are really great places to go for visual candy, so I included them!

Am I still at this computer??????? Sigh! (Not really...Had a visitor in between and hubby home for smoko!)

Stand Up Flowers

Stamps: Penny Black C3881 Best Girlfriend, Penny Black 2831K Carnation, Lucys 602LI
Inks: Colourbox Chalks Pastel Pink
Cardstock: Bazzill, Nopa White
Other: Ribbons, Hole Punch

Good morning everyone,

I have made up a card from my left over packs from classes I did a while back. This one lays flat for sending in the I have shown in the first picture here. When opened up, it will stand alone, as in the second. These are really easy to make and are a lot of fun to receive as they are that little bit different!

Guess what? It is raining again...But not as much as I thought it would be. We must be just that little bit too far away to get the great deluges from the cyclone remnants! DID get the howling gale force winds yesterday, so be interesting to see how today pans out.

DH heads in a fortnight early for his hip op, so now it is a mad rush to get things done. Upside of this...He will be out of my hair and down playing with his implements!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Male Birthday

Stamps: Unknown UM (I think maybe Stylish Images but I could be wrong)
Inks: Colourbox French Blue, Brilliance Pearlescent Jade
Cardstock: Bazzill blues, Unknown Green
Other: Blue Grosgrain, Stampin Up word window punch, Cuttlebug Birthday Embossing Folder, DSFT

Good afternoon ladies,

Here is a quick male card again. I have a few male birthdays coming up and one of the things I promised myself this year, is to get some cards made ahead of time.

This one is really pretty IRL, coz the pearlescent really shimmers well on the embossed parts of the Cuttlebug!I used the offcut of the Cuttlebugged piece to punch out the three little flowers using the word window punch.

I currently have half a freezer full of mango ice blocks. For those of familiar with the Weiss Bars, they taste the same but are home made. My fridge is chokkers with mango puree and I am awaiting yet more cream so I can continue to make up the blocks. My family and friends will be right for the sweet life for the entire year to come. Poor poppets are really enjoying this year, as we just has two years without...if not more!

I am told I have to experiment and add macadamia nuts to one of these next batches as we have lots of those from one of the macca farms in these parts! Mega brownie points for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, 12 January 2009

Butterfly Blues

Stamps: Stylish Images J1058 Butterfly
Inks:StazOn Black
Cardstock:Prisma, hite Gloss, Unknown Green
Other:Marvy Metallics Green and Blue, Wire and Wire Tools, Letter Beads, Seed Beads, Diamantes

Hello and good afternoon to all, Today, I would like to share with you a card I did some time ago.

I was going through my most extensive stash of made cards and this one made me stop and think...Isn't that just so pretty! I am organising a bundle of cards for my SIL who lives up on the Atherton Tablelands...who can appreciate the time and effort and enjoy the work...but who most definitely NEVER wants to try to do any of it!

I still own and use my Marvy Metallics as they always make such superb backgrounds, such as in this card. If you have never tried them, I fully recommend you do. In no time at all, your background box will be filled with pretties for future use.

Today, I got the all clear from the surgeon in regards to my shoulder. He does not want to see me again...unless something weird happens. I am still in pain but every day is better than the last. I must keep up the exercises to make myself strong and to get rid of the remaining impingements. It is taking mega long coz he removed my distal clavicle altogether as well as repaired and generally mucked around with my rotator cuff.

THE best thing he said...I can things like wash walls and clean windows if that means my arm goes past the level of my shoulder...How sad is that?????? see me crying a river??? ROFL!

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Male Oriented Card

Stamps: Krafty LadyKL008 Xlarge Kangaroo Mob, Hero ArtsLL004 Stencil Prints Card Sentiments
Inks: StazOn Timber Brown
Cardstock: Bazzill, Yes White
Other: Nestabilities Circles, Eyelets Tools, Eyelets, Linen Thread, Bazzill Brads, Sponge

Afternoon all,

Nearly three o'clock and I have managed only one card today. I spent most of the morning checking out people's blogs...Bit of a time muncher that activity!

I found this old stamp of mine laying around and thought I would resurrect it for the day. It was one of my earlier purchases. I think one should have a closer look at stamps bought squillions of years ago and give them a little TLC and inking. Actually, tis not a bad idea coz the ink will condition the stamp and help it last quite a few more years yet!

Any Australian stamp makers out there...We need some good old Aussie slang. I had lots of ideas for wording for this card but in the end used a generic greeting. (Yes, I could have generated one on here...but I was in lazy mode!)

Lucky me...Off to dinner out tonight! No cooking...But better rest up if I am going to have a late one! Tis raining again...Well has really stopped?

Friday, 9 January 2009

Baby Baby Baby

Stamps:Stampendous Clear Stamps Sassy Silhouettes ssc065
Inks: Colourbox Rose Coral, StazOn Opaque Butter Cream, StazOn Opaque Baby Blue
Cardstock:Bazzill Flamingo, Stonewash and Sunbeam, Yes White
Other:Stampin Up tag punch, square punch

In my thoughts for what to try and achieve this year was the (most likely, self defeating) idea that I would not accumulate tonnes of scrap card. I could open a shop (another one) with the amount of scrap paper I generate!

Hence, this card. Whilst I had all the stuff out to do the Andy Warhol one that I originally wanted to do, I made this one with some of the scraps. The disc was going to free hang but had to attach with a tiny bit of DST coz I needed it to stay as much on the yellow card as possible. On the yellow, it took up the coral colour perfectly. On the blue...and as you can see...on the white the disc really looks very pink.

I thoroughly enjoyed my "me" day yesterday!!! I am plotting if I could get away with two in a row right at this moment....But know hubby already asked me about going to town. Anyone would think we liked the place....three times in one week. Yuck!

Catch ya!

Andy Warhol Baby

Stamps:Stampendous Clear Stamps Sassy Silhouettes ssc065
Inks: Colourbox Rose Coral, StazOn Opaque Butter Cream, StazOn Opaque Baby Blue
Cardstock:Bazzill Flamingo, Stonewash and Sunbeam, Yes White
Other:Stampin Up tag punch, square punch

Good morning people on a very heavy rainy day. No walk for me this morning, so have to resort to the exercise bike. You can see I am working up to that idea being on here instead! ROFL! Exercise bikes are cruel!

Here is a little simple Andy Warhol style baby card. I distressed the yellow layer using my fingernail. Methinks, one card a day using the fingernail tech is all, as the finger gets a bit sore!

A comment on the StazOn Butter Cream inkpad. It is divine on acetate as it stamps a really rich cream! Very yummy. As you can see here, it stamps quite yellow on white matt card! So I am thinking, I have two for the price of one. The Opaque series in StazOn are a very interesting set of inkpads! The Flamingo cardstock IRL matches the the Rose Coral inkpad. It just doesn't scan the right colour.

Thursday, 8 January 2009

SC120 Another One

Stamps: Hero Arts K4880 Thinking of You
Inks:StazOn Opaque Blue
Cardstock:Bazzill, Yes White
Other: Spellbinders Rectangle Die Set, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Baby Blue Grosgrain Ribbon

Ok then, here is another using the same layout. I do not often work with such muted colours but am quite chuffed with how it has turned out. It appears to be really soft and feminine.

I have now made four cards using this sketch, so expect to see no more from me! So many? Why so many? I wanted to see what sort of moods I could create using the same sketch and I think I have pretty well achieved four totally different moods with it. It has been an interesting challenge to set myself.

Since I am only half way through my "me" day, perhaps I can now go and find another mission!


Stamps:Whipper Snapper MY841 Snake in the Grass
Inks: Colourbox Olive Pastel, Encore Metallic Silver
Cardstock: Bazzill , Yes White
Other: Prisma Pencils 988 Marine Gree, 1023 Cloud Blue, 1033 Mineral Orange, DSFT, Ribbon, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Stampin'Up Corner Punches.

Good morning everyone,

I have booked today in for what has become known as mum's and wife's "me" day. I did try for yesterday but got caught up in my secretary's role for Sustainable Farmers and devoted quite a deal of time with typing up minutes and organising emails. I also devoted some much needed time to cleaning the house, doing the laundry...yada...yada...yada...Boring, but necessary in keeping the hubby sweet! Then, just when that was done, I had to devote more time to one's really bored although extremely sore daughter. I think I will sigh a huge sigh of relief when she pops back to work. She seems to take up a lot of time for a 21 year old! Of course, then I had to cook as we had visitors for tea.

Had a day in town on Monday as I had to return to the physio. I have now progressed to the red band for exercises. Believe me, I thought I would never progress, so this was good! I have actually been really good with doing the exercises, so the shoulder should heal and be extra strong....eventually!

Had another day in town on Tuesday with the husband. He had a meeting with the Barrier Reef Catchment people re funding for some farming practice. Then a quick look at kitchens. I am bucking at the whole idea, coz I just do not see 12T for a couple of cupboards. So, back to the discussion page. I did, however, buy a new microwave. It will be somewhat different to cook with one which works ALL the time! Had yummy garlic prawns at my daughter's place on our way home. I gave her a cookbook with all her Xmas stuff...It is a book which uses only 4 ingredients in any recipe and the prawns dish came out of it. I think I am going to pop in and buy one of these books for myself!

Ok, my card for this morning is using a splitcoast sketch. Well, I think the sketch is all over the place, but I spotted it on Split Coast. I had already done one, seen here... and at that time I could not rack my poor underused brain as to where I had seen it. It i SC120 for reference and is a great way to showcase the cuttlebugged backgrounds!

I hope you enjoy it. I do have to say, the Prisma colouring did not quite show up in the scan. The colours really do match up well.

Friday, 2 January 2009

Blogger 3 Challenge 3 Voting

If you have time, how about popping over to this link and taking part in our voting for the current challenge.

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Blogger 3 Challenge 3

Inks: StazOn Black
Stamps: StampIt siset005 Xmas UM Set
Cardstock: Kaiser Dash Away All Papers, Bazzill Red and Black
Other: DSFT Black, Kaiser Dash Away All Brads, Black Grosgrain, Diamantes on Main piccie

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year to all!!!!!!

I have had my break from the internet now, so hopefully I can get right back into the swing of things quickly!

Life has been mega hectic in my neck of the woods of late and I am looking forward to some me time. My latest drama has had my daughter, Magella, bedbound for days. She hurt her back on Xmas Day. By Boxing Day she was in hospital with it. She is now home....her home....but the meds given to her are giving her a right old time. She has just texted for mum to go keep her company...Sigh!...I knew it was too good to be true...thinking I had a day to myself!

Besides this, my hubby has had the most unenviable task of putting his mum in a nursing home. It must be really really rotten to have your body fall apart around you, when your mind is still pretty sharp! Come to think of it, I think that's what mine is doing and I am not even 50!

The weather here continues to be stifling and overbearingly hot! Relief comes in storms...well relief from the heat while it is actually soon as the storm has buzzed off the heat descends again! Being a farmer's wife I listen to the tale of woe all the time on the matter of weather...At the moment, said farmer is not happy coz he didn't get his bean all planted before the last downpour. He is currently down the paddock seeing if it is dry enough to continue today...This is after he nearly bogged himself yesterday. (I do not say anything! What would a mere woman know??!!)

Here is my entry for this fortnight's challenge with the SCS Blogger Group 3 girls. Voting for our entries will begin tomorrow, so I would love for you to pop back here to grab the link and go and vote...Better with lots of votes :)

Happy days, ladies!