Sunday, 30 June 2013

Christmas Card Club #12: Christmas Scene

Hello again, my crafty friends! Back with another post and this time I have a Christmas card for you! The lovely Lorraine has set a wonderful challenge for us over at the Christmas Card Club: to create a card with a Christmas Scene. I picked a wintery scene from Chocolate Baroque's Christmas Cheer stamp set and made this card:

The papers are from Papermania's Mistletoe Kisses 6x6 pad. The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque's Warm  Christmas Greetings clear stamp set. For embellishment, just a simple sheer ribbon in Ice Blue, tied in a bow.

Here's a close-up of the image. I used Graph It markers on the tree and Promarkers  for a hint of green.  For the glistening snow I slapped on (very generously) Stickles in Crystal, Icicle and Frosted Lace. In the sky I dotted some Diamond Stickles for the twinkling stars. Finally, I inked the edges and the sky with TH Faded Jeans. 

On the inside I stamped a sentiment from the Warm Christmas Greetings set.

That's all from me today. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a blessed Sunday. Enjoy the warm weather, folks!


Eclectic Ellapu #36: Time

Hello my friends and welcome to Eclectic Ellapu Challenge #36 and this week our lovely hostess Sandie had picked an interesting theme: Time.  Sounds simple, right? But I must admit, I struggled with this one. How do I incorporate "time" into a project? Die-cut? Stamp? Word? Embellishment?

Armed with an extra large G&T, 2 chocolate eclairs and a handful of dry-roasted nuts I carefully rummaged through my stamps and stumbled upon Chocolate Baroque's "Witching Time". There's our theme - "Time"! Is it too soon for a Halloween card? I've been making Christmas cards since January, so yeah, time for a spooky offering.... and here it is!

The papers are from Fancy Pants "Oct 31" 6x6 pad. The image and sentiment are form Chocolate Baroque's "Witching Time"  set, stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle.  

I coloured the image with SN markers and matted it on a piece of black CS with torn edges. For embellishment, I tied a piece of black & white twine into a bow. 

Some of that striped paper on the inside and we're done! 

Now it's your turn to create a card or project incorporating "Time". You can interprete this in any way as long as there is some element of "Time" on your creation. Don't forget to link up your project over at Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog and the DT will be stopping by your blog to take a peek.

Thanks for visiting and I'll see ya very soon!


Thursday, 27 June 2013


It's almost the weekend, my friends! I can't wait! It's been a hectic and hot week and I am so ready to chill out, preferably with a nice long cold beverage in hand. But before that, I just want to share with you this little quickie birthday card I made for a friend.

22 years ago she moved to the middle of nowhere in a far-away land called Oz with her then fiance. Today she is a busy wife to a cattle farmer and mother to 5 boys... still in the middle of nowhere. Despite her busy and often chaotic life she finds the time to send letters and postcards to family and friends. Apparently its easier to put pen to paper than to switch on the computer! I'm not complaining. It's curiously heartwarming to open an envelope and fish out something other than a bill.... and a letter from a faraway friend is just another nod from heaven!

The papers are from Cosmo Cricket "Togetherness". The sentiment is by MelJen. Good friends are hard to find, but when you do, they are every bit a blessing from above. Hang on to them and treat them right.

Here's a close-up of the furry little guy. He's called Penpal Mouse by MelJen and I coloured him with SN markers.  

The greeting is from WMS "Say It Loud" stamped with Memento Espresso Truffle.  It's a little wonky....I blame Gina & Tony for that!

That's all from me today. Thanks for stopping by. I'm off to the post-office in a bit to send off this guy on his long journey to Oz. Hope y'all have a lovely Thursday... and say hi to a friend today!


Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Tuesday Throwdown #155: Birthday Treats

Good morning, my crafting buddies! It's time for a brand new Tuesday Throwdown challenge and our theme this week is "Glitz and Glimmer". Now there's an excuse to go crazy with the bling-blong and fairy dust, if you ever needed one!

This week, our sponsor is the fabulous Stamping Chef and they have very kindly given the DT a few cuties to play with. You really must check out their online store, which is packed with some pretty awesome digis. I picked this sweet little one called Kiss the Cook for my birthday card and it's just perfect for a budding (pastry) chef.

The papers are from Raspberry Road's Summer Time collection....I think. 
I coloured this little lady with SN markers and slapped on some Crystal Stickles. For added glitz I added a few bling.
A birthday wish on the inside.

I'm playing along with these challenges: Crafty Sentiments "Girl Power"Totally Gorjuss #189 "Happy Birthday"Pause Dream Enjoy #13 "Anything Goes"Sentimental Sundays #160 "For the Girls"Cupcake Inspirations #216 "Photo Inspiration" and Delicious Doodles Challenge #41 "Stitch It".

That's my about you show me yours! Looking for ideas? Visit the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge blog where you find more creative inspiration from the rest of the DT. What are you waiting for, my friends? Get crafting 'cause we'll popping in for a visit.

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Monday, 24 June 2013

Frou frou Birthday

It's Monday again...and that can only mean one thing for me: MojoMonday. I'm adding this card to my birthday stash:

These patterned papers are from an ancient 6x6 pad by Papermania called "Rose Garden".  It's probably out of print now.
The greeting is from WMS's Compact Sentiments, stamped in Memento Bamboo Leaves. I cut and layered the lovely rose with Spellbinder dies and added some cotton broderie Anglaise lace around it.  
Last bit of embellishment: some sheer pink ribbon tied in bow. Quite a simple little creation.

Pretty plain on the inside.

I'm taking this card to the following challenges: Mojo Monday #299 - sketch; The Shabby Tea Room #172 - photo inspiration; Fashionista Challenge #17 "Birthday or Wedding"Platypus Creek Digitals #35 "Anything Goes"Simon Says Stamp and Show "Stripes"The Ribbon Reel Challenge #56 "Candy Colours + Flowers, Ribbon & Lace";  Hobby House Challenge #1 "Anything Goes"Totally Papercrafts #172 "Flowers and Bows"; Ladybugs Crafts Ink TLT "Flowers and Ribbon"Craft Your Passion #168 "In the Garden"Kaboodle Doodles #177 "Pastel Colors" and Crafty Bloggers Network "12 "Bright and Breezy".

That's all from me today. Thanks for stopping by and have a beautiful Monday. I hope it's warm and sunny where you are. See ya tomorrow!


Sunday, 23 June 2013

Thank You Kindly

Hello, fellow crafters. I hope you're having a lovely Sunday. It's so nice and warm here, and we're just soaking up the sun while we can. The weather man predicts a small chance of "isolated showers" next week - which probably means a freak tropical thunderstorm in our little village. Great!

But before that happens I want to share with you a card I made for a special friend, to thank her for her thoughtfulness, kindness and friendship. Sometimes I caught up in my own bees wax that I forget to tell my friends how special they are. I'm making a conscious effort to fix that, starting with this thank you card:

The background paper is from My Mind's Eye Quite Contrary 6x6 pad... I've had it forever and it's  still there!

For texture I embossed some green CS with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots folder and lightly sanded it so the dots will show up. I punched one end with X-Cut Daisy punch and to finish a thin pink gingham ribbon tied in a knot and a couple of blue blings.  
The sentiment is from WMS Fancy Phrases, stamped with Memento Cottage Ivy, cut and layered with Spellbinders Labels 16 dies. For the flowers and leaves I used Spellbinders Donna Salazar Rose Creation dies, adhered with a couple of white brads in the centre.  

On the inside, enough room for a message to my friend.

Ideas and inspiration for this card came from: Retro Sketches #69 - sketchJust Add Ink #170 "Just Add Leaves"One Stop Craft #231 "For A Friend"Catered Crop "Dies & Punches"Challenges 4 Everybody #23 and That Craft Place "Flowers".

Last week was my birthday...I'm 36, again... and I want to share with you a few card that I received from my blog-buddies. I am so very blessed to have the friendship of these talented ladies and I just could not keep it to myself. Below each card is the link to their respective blogs and I hope you can spare a minute to check them out. They truly are masters (mistresses?) of their craft.







Thanks for stopping by, dear friends. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and I'll see you again soon!


Friday, 21 June 2013

Tutorial: Mini Pop-Up Card

Hello, fellow crafters! It's my turn to host a Polka Doodles Tutorial and I'm going to show you how to make an easy peasy mini pop-up card.  So incredibly simple you'll be churning these out in no time at all. The finished project looks like this:

Cute little owl with a birthday greeting on the outside ...

... and another cute little owl pops up on the inside!

Here's how to make this adorable project:

1. Get an image. I'm using this cute little owl from Polka Doodles Sugar Birdies CD and it measures 1-3/4" wide and 1-7/8"up to his eyes (2-3/4" all the way to the top).  You need to measure your image because the pop-up mechanism has to be smaller than the image so that it's not visible.

2. Prepare the card base. I'm using heavy base weight card stock to make a 4"x4" card.

3.   Make the pop-up mechanism. Based on the size of my image I cut a piece of layering weight card stock measuring 1-1/4" x 5". On the long side, I scored and folded at the following marks on my ScorePal: 3/4"; 2-1/4"; 3" and  4-1/5". ( Each section measures 3/4", 1-1/2",  3/4", 1-1/2" and 1/2").  

4.   The 1/2"  section at the end is the glue tab. Apply some adhesive tape here.

5.   Fold over and glue the tab to the top edge of the strip of card stock. You should have a box without sides.

6.   Apply some glue to the wide surface of the pop-up mechanism and attach it to the pop-up image. You should not be able to see the pop-up mechanism from the front of the image.

7.   Now you're ready to attach the image to the card base. If you want to decorate the inside of your card make sure you do it before you attach the pop-up image. First, apply some glue to the base section of the pop-up image and adhere to the centre inside of the base card. Then push the image flat against the base card, apply glue to the section that will be against the base card (as shown below). Close the base card down on top of the pop-up image. Let the glue dry before opening.

8.   Once the glue has dried, open the card and voila! You have a 90º equal parallel pop-up card.

It really is that simple!  Just 2 little details to bear in mind:
a)  the pop-up mechanism (i.e. the "box" behind the image) must be a little smaller than the image itself; and
b) the base card must be big enough to fit the image when it's folded down flat.

Here's another pop-up card, also using an image from the Sugar Birdies CD.

This card measures 4-1/2" x 3-1/2" ...
... and there's that little pop-up owl. Fabulous birthday surprise!

The Sugar Birdies CD is full of cute elements that you can use to churn out quite a few of these dinky little pop-up cards. I hope you'll give it a go. It really is hoot to make! (Sorry ... I couldn't help myself! LOL).

Happy crafting!


Polka Doodles #25: Summer Birthday

Here we are again, my friends, at the the cusp of the weekend and the start of a brand new season: SUMMER. Over at Polka Doodles we are celebrating with style. It's time to put away those woolies and squeeze into your itsy-bitsy polka dot thingy...if you dare!

For our latest challenge I wanted to make a card that reminded me of days gone. This image from the PickNix Collection Collection 1 caught my eye 'cause it took me back to them days when my sister and I set up lemonade stalls for some extra pocket money. Standing in the blazing hot sun, naturally we consumed more than we sold...a trend we have followed through into adulthood! I get all nostalgic at this time of the year  with memories of a carefree childhood and holidays with grandparents, when someone else took care of the bills! Life was sweet then!

Here's my fun little card to celebrate a Summer Birthday:

The background paper from the All Around and Everywhere CD is perfect for a summer celebration.

I coloured the stall with GI markers and the rest with SN markers. Then I double matted it and attached 4 brads. 

Some foam tape to mount the image and a knot in red gingham complete the card.

Some matting and stitching on the inside... and plenty of space of a special birthday message.

Now it's your turn to create a Summer Birthday themed project and link it up over at the Polka Doodles Challenge Blog. I can't wait to see what y'all come up with. And to get your creative mojo going , I've got a little Polka Doodles tutorial for you. I'm not going to tell you what it'll have to visit the Challenge Blog to find out!


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