Friday, 30 August 2013

Polka Doodles #35: Fairy Time

There she goes again with another scheduled post! Sorry guys! ;-)

I'm here to tell you something exciting is happening over at the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog.... and it's called "Fairy Time"! What a wonderful excuse to play with the delightful Angelberry Christmas Collection. Are fairies angels and vice versa? I don't know, but does it matter? They are both adorable, fly and, supposedly, grant wishes. One and the same I say!

For my DT offering this week I bring you not one but two fairies on a swing card made entirely from images, papers and greetings. Take a look at what I made:

This is the front of the card featuring the lovely Snow Globe Fairy.  

A closer look at the Snow Globe Angel. I did very little to dress her up: some faux stitching a few blobs of silver Liquid Pearls and some Crystal Stickles on her wings. The sentiment is also from the Angelberry Collection.  

Open up the card and another fairy / angel swings into action to bring you the message of Christmas: Joy, Peace and Noel.

A close up of the lovely Peace Angel. As before, all she needed was some Liquid Pearls in Gold to compliment the golden message of Peace and some sparkly Stickles on her wings.

This is just a wonderful CD for Christmas. A perfect gift for yourself and for anyone who is in love with Christmas. There are so many project ideas to keep you busy with your festive makes.

Thanks for stopping by and hopefully, I'll be able to make a few visits over the next few days. Take care and enjoy the remaining days of summer.


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Thinking Of You

Hello, my sweet friends! I'm bringing you another scheduled post, my friends.  We're still away, but nearing the end of our summer holidays. This is not a DT post - just something for all of my wonderful friends and followers who have been stopping by and leaving such lovely comments. This is me telling YOU that I'm thinking of you!

I made an easel card with papers from PolkaDoodles Sugar Birdies CD. It is probably my favourite collection, and certainly my  go-to CD for sweet paper and images.

The image is from PolkaDoodles Bonbon Belles Double CD Collection. I coloured her with SN and Promarkers. For cuttings and layering, I used Spellbinders Circles and Scalloped Circles dies. To finish, a bow in sheer white ribbon.

And some foam tape for dimension and to help the easel stand. 

Challenges for this card:
Make It Monday #155 "Anything Goes"
Word Art Wednesday #95 "Anything Goes" with an uplifting sentiment
Die Cuttin' Divas #130 "Just Because"
Crafty Sentiments "Make It Girly"
Bearly Mine Challenge #101 "Digi days" - digi stamp and papers

And if you are curious about the the image I used on my card, head on over to the Polkadoodles On-line Store and check out this is lovely Bonbon Belles CD.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you are having a lovely day.


Sunday, 25 August 2013

Christmas Card Club #16: Anything Goes

Another scheduled post? Oh yes indeed, my friends. We're still away...

Today I want to show you a card I made for the Christmas Card Club. Our hostess for this fortnight's challenge is the lovely Sue Copper and she has picked a theme that is close to my heart: ANYTHING GOES! Thank you, Sue!

Here's my simple festive offering for the Christmas Card Club:

Here is a fun little wreath card. The image is from the Angelberry Christmas CD by Polkadoodles. I enlarged it to 4" and fussy cut it creating a window to reveal the inside. For the round card base I used Spellbinders Circle dies.

To dress it up I used some yellow bling and red Stickles. The window reveals the Christmas greeting on the the inside.

The greeting is also from the Angelberry Christmas CD. For cutting and layering I used Spellbinders Circles and Scalloped Circles. I inked the edges with TH's Antique Linen.

Challenges for this card:
Hobby House Challenge #3 Christmas
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra Christmas Challenge "August"
Rudolph Day "August 2013"
Make It Monday #155 "Anything Goes"

That's my simple card for this fortnight. I hope you are all having a wonderful time. We have about a week left on our holidays before we head on home with a memories, shopping and a couple of over-used credit cards!

Thanks for stopping by and for all your lovely comments. And to all my British friends I wish y'all a fab Bank Holiday Weekend!


Eclectic Ellapu #44: Oldies Birthday

Hello there fellow crafters! Here's another scheduled post for you.

Welcome to another fabulous week of crafting with the Eclectic Ellapu team. Our hostess this week is Laurian and she has picked an interesting theme: Oldies Birthdays. There are loads of fun and humorous images out there to celebrate another year in an older person's life but I decided to make a more "elegant" card but with a subtle poke at the birthday girl's (advanced) age!

The papers are from Basic Grey's "Indian Summer" 6x6 pad.  The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted's "It's Your Birthday" stamp set, heat embossed in white EP straight on to the patterned paper. I also added a bow in dark red to finish the card. 

This beautiful elephant stamp is from Chocolate Baroque's "Indian Elephant" set, stamped in Memento Espresso Truffle and coloured with SN and Promarkers. I also added some Gold Liquid Pearls and Red Stickles dress up this noble creature. To cut him out I used Spellbinders Oval die and inked the edges with TH's Antique Linen.

For the inside I picked a sentiment from Chocolate Baroque's "Birthday Words" and stamped it in Memento Rhubarb Stalk. 

Challenges for this card:
Crazy 4 Challenges #200 "Use Animal on Project"
Sister Act Card Challenge #21 "Anything Goes"
Dutch Dare Card Challenges "Animal Antics"
Make It Monday #155 "Anything Goes"

That's my take on this week's "Oldies Birthday" challenge. What's yours? Please share your project over at the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog, where you will also find more fabulous ideas by the DT.

Thanks for stopping by, my friends, and have a great weekend. Summer is almost over, so enjoy it while you can!


Friday, 23 August 2013

PolkaDoodles #34: All Things Bright & Beautiful

Howdy-doo-dee, folks! We're still away on holidays... which means you'll have to put up with another scheduled DT post for PolkaDoodles:

love Christmas and wasn't about to miss out on a challenge with so much Christmas potential for no good reason! So I'm gate-crashing team A's party with this festive step card. The theme this week is "All Things Bright And Beautiful". (Remember that hymn form Sunday School?!)

On my card, the colours are bright, the baubles are bold, the presents are plentiful and the fairy... so beautiful! All papers, images, elements and greetings are from Polka Doodles' fabulous new Christmas collection called Angelberry Christmas. To finish my card I used just one thing - some twine! For dimension, I popped the pressies up on some foam tape...and I'm done!

I'm sticking to trad Christmas theme but you'l find loads of funky, groovy, non-trad colours and designs in the Angelberry Collection.

Here is a side view of the card. The step card is a great to showcase a lovely image , such as this tree decorating angel.  

And I let myself loose on a roll of foam tape. From this gorgeous Angelberry CD  I cut out the  presents and baubles and used foam tape to add some dimension to the card. Voila! A fun little Christmas card!

Challenges for this card:
Jellypark Challenges "Things That Fly"
Sister Act Card Challenge #21 "Anything Goes"

I do hope you'll join in this week's challenge. The ever-generous Nikky has lined up some wonderful prizes for 3 lucky winners. And if you're stuck for ideas,  head on over to the rest of the DT....and prepare to be stunned... and inspired, of course!

I may not be able to visit all of you, but I will make an effort to stop by when I can. And to all my wonderful friends and visitors - Thank You so much for your lovely comments. If you want to know what we've been up to, hop on over to my Facebook page (be my friend) for some (amateur) pix.

Thanks for stopping by my friends!


Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Tuesday Throwdown #161: Scrap It!

Hello, my crafty comrades. We are still away on our hols, so this is another scheduled post. As this goes live we should be in Bangkok, Thailand.

This week over at Tuesday Throwdown, we have a wonderful challenge sponsored by Digital Delights and you are all invited to party along with us. All you have to do is Use Your Scraps. What a great way to use up all the bits and pieces of leftover papers you've been hoarding. And that is exactly what I've done to make this friendship card. No harm in letting a friend know that I'm thinking of her and Digital Delight's Dilly Duck is helping do just that!

The background is made of scrap bits of paper from Cosmo Cricket's "Togetherness" pad. For embellishments I used a red bow and some bling. For cutting and layering, Spellbinders Scalloped Circles die came in handy.

I coloured Dilly Duck with SN and Promarkers. Doesn't he look cute in his green wellingtons?!

On the inside...I think this is what Dilly Duck would be saying.

Now it's your turn. Scrap It! Use your scrap pieces of papers on a project and link it up to the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog. For ideas and inspiration, hop on over to the rest of the design team.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!


Friday, 16 August 2013

PolkaDoodles #33: Have a Heart

Hello my crafty friends. This another scheduled post. It should be Friday today and that means time for another week challenge over PolkaDoodles. This week we want you to Have A Heart. Wear your heart on your sleeve and show us some love infused projects for any occasion.

The DT is playing with 3 different themes: Classic Hearts; Heart To Heart and Love Birds. All three are available on one super value CD - Love and Cherish. But if you don't want to buy the entire bundle, each theme is available as separate single collection downloads.

For my project this week, I used papers and elements from the Heart To Heart collection. Although these collections are geared towards love and romance, you don't have to limit yourself to weddings, anniversaries or Valentine's. I made a diaorama card / window card for a friend of over 40 years. I've known her since kindergarden! Sadly, we live on different continents now and haven't met for over 20 years but we keep in touch via phone calls and emails...  and never run out of things to say to each other. I'm sending her this card because some friendship truly stand the test of time... and because she's one of a kind and I want her to know it.

This card squashes down flat - perfect for posting. And because it has to make it's way to Australia, there are no bulky embellishments - just some lightweight sheer pink ribbon and some tiny bling.

To highlight that lovely sentiment I used simple die cuts. For some texture on the patterned paper I dotted some white Liquid Pearls.

Simple colours and simple embellishments make for a lovely card for a special friend. 

Challenges for this card:
Word Art Wednesday #93 "Anything Goes" - with an uplifting sentiment
Make It Monday #153 "Anything Goes"
Crafty Ribbons Challenge #57 "Use 3 Of Something" - 3 blings
Aud Sentiments Challenge "Anything But A Birthday Card"
Crafting By Designs "Anything Goes"
Artistic Inspirations Challenges #54 "Dies and / or Punches"

Now it's your turn! Make a project for someone you love and link it over over at the PolkaDoodles Challenge Blog....and risk winning fabulous prizes. You have been warned!

Thanks for stopping by, my friends. We are still on vacation and I hope you're enjoying your summer too. I'll try and make a few visits when I have the time.


Wednesday, 14 August 2013

MojoMonday on Wednesday

Hello my friends. I made this birthday card just before we left for our summer hols and scheduled for it to go live on Wednesday. I'll probably link it up to some challenges when I have the time to pop in for a quick visit.

The papers are from basic Grey's Luscious 6x6 pad. For texture, I dotted the background with Gold Liquid Pearls. For cutting and layering used Spellbinders Circles and Scalloped Circles dies. 

The greeting is from WMS Say It Loud set, stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa To finish - some sheer ribbon and a nice big bow.

This greeting is also from the same WMS set.

Challenges for this card:
Mojo Monday #306 - sketch
Make It Monday #153 - anything goes  
Whoopsi Daisy "Stitching: Real and / or Faux"
The Paper Shelter #124 "Use That Ribbon"

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you're having a crafty week.


Monday, 12 August 2013

Happy CAS birthday!

Gooood Morning, my crafty cronies. I'm up early today...very early. In fact, I hardly slept at all. Partly because I'm excited to be going away for 3 weeks on our summer hols, but mostly because we haven't finished packing... or rather, we haven't quite started... yikes! The bedroom looks like a war zone!

In the middle of this meyhem, Mr Postie brought me some stamps I recently purchased from Clearly Besotted. Yay!!!! So I left one catastrophic space and walked into another - known as my craft room - and got busy. My excuse: I had to unwind. The truth: I'm an impatient so-and-so who could not wait to play with her new toys.

I'm still experimenting with my CAS. Here is my latest effort. Not sure about the card - definitely need more practise - but I sure LOVE the stamps and matching dies.

No patterned papers. I used Clearly Besotted's Background Builder and Memento London Fog to stamp the polka dot background panel straight onto the card. The greeting, balloons and bow are from the Make a Wish stamp set, cut out with coordinating dies. Inks used: Memento Bamboo Leaves, Rose Bud and Rhubarb Stalk and TH's Spun Sugar. For cutting and layering: Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals dies.
I popped the round balloons on some 1mm foam tape. Other than that the card is flat and great for sending by mail.

The sentiment is also from the Make A Wish set, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black.

Challenges for this card:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Make The Cut" - dies used: Spellbinders Ovals & Scalloped Ovals and Clearly Besotted dies for balloons and bow. 

That's my early morning post. I don't know if I'll have time to play MojoModay today, which makes me sad but I really must finish packing. We are leaving tomorrow, I'd better get cracking. There are loads of DT stuff scheduled for release while I'm away, so we'll still be in touch. I'll try visit when I can and post pix of our escapade.  Thanks for stopping by, my friends, and I wish you all a lovely summer. See you soon!


Sunday, 11 August 2013

Christmas Card Club #15: Fave Festive Tune

Good morning, fellow crafters! It's my turn to host this fortnight's challenge at the Christmas Card Club and I've asked the talented ladies of this close-knit community to create a card inspired by their fave festive tune.

Take a look at my card. Can you guess the song behind this card?

A tall card, no patterned papers, just that fabulous image and a punched border.  I used plain CS in traditional Christmas colours - red, green and gold.  No embellishments whatsoever - the stamped image is the card. I heat embossed the greeting with white EP and for some festive sparkle, I applied some gold Stickles on the baubles in the tree. 

Here's a close-up of the image. It's from Chocolate Baroque's Family Christmas, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Graph 'It and Promarkers. I LOVE that rocking horse and it had me humming one of my all time fave festive tunes. Have you guessed it yet?

The sentiment is also from the same Family Christmas stamp set.

Challenges for this card:
ABC Christmas Challenge "P is for..." - presents under the tree

If you haven't guessed already, my card was inspired by the toe-tapping "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", originally recorded in 1958 by a 13 year old Brenda Lee. The song was written by Johnny Marks, during his summer holidays in Vermont. Marks is also responsible for other Christmas hits such as "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer", "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "Run, Rudolph, Run", to name a few. Pretty impressive considering Marks was of the Jewish faith! Here's the original recording by the young Brenda Lee... which for me, is still the best of all versions to date. 

Thanks for stopping by and I wish you all a beautiful Sunday.


Eclectic Ellapu #42: Art Deco

Parker Duofold pen set
Hello there, my friends! Welcome to a brand new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu. This week we want you to do something sophisticated, like an Art Deco inspired creation.

I struggled with this one... What is Art Deco? Flapper? The Charleston? Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot?  Betty Boop?

I went straight to Mr Google for a 10 minute education on Art Deco. Quite an eye-opener. Apparently, I am familiar with the Art Deco style, I just didn't know it was called that. You're probably in the same boat! Don't believe me? The spire of the Chrysler Building in New York is just one famous example of late '20s Art Deco.  

My card is inspired by the bold colours and sunburst design of a 1930s pen set by the Parker Pen Company. It's a birthday card for an older man.

No patterned papers. I created a sunburst pattern with contrasting colours: yellow and brown.

The image is from Chocolate Baroque's Music Fanfare, coloured with SN and Promarkers. To finish, just 3 black pearls. That's it!

The sentiment is from WMS Fancy Phrases, stamped with Memento Rich Cocoa.

Challenges for this card:
Brown Sugar Challenge #54 "Anything Goes"
Sister Act Card Challenge #19 "Anything Goes"
5 Simple Things Inspire Me Fridays #115 "Anything Goes"
All Sorts Challenge #219 "Stitching"
One Crazy Stamper August Birthday Challenge
Flutterby Wednesdays #247 "Any Winged Creature"
Lady Anne's Challenges #10 "Anything Goes with Stamped Image"

For more ideas visit the rest of the Eclectic Design Teams, and then make your own Art Deco inspired project. Link up your creation over at the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog. I look forward to visiting your blog.

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend!


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Sharing your sorrow...

Hello there, fellow crafters! Yesterday I had to make a card that I took no pleasure in making... a sympathy card. Like most people it is my least favourite card to make. I had planned to make a birthday card for a blogging buddy using this week's Tuesday Morning Sketch ... oh well, these things happen ... to all of us ... eventually.

This card is going to someone very close to the family. I'm keeping it clean and simple.

No patterned papers. For my background, I embossed the CS with the D'Vine Swirls folder. Extras include grey sheer ribbon, grey satin ribbon and white lace. I used white brads to adhere the embossed background to some grey CS and popped up the entire panel to the card base with foam tape. 

The sentiment is from Our Daily Bread's "Sharing Your Sorrow" set, heat embossed in white onto some coral CS. For cutting and embossing, I used Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals dies .... and yes, more pop dots for a little height.

On the inside, another little sentiment from the same ODB stamp set.

Challenges for this card:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #210 - sketch
Colour Q #201 - colours
Word Art Wednesday #92 "Anything Goes" with uplifting sentiment
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #232 "Create Own Background" - embossed background
Make It Monday #152 "Anything Goes"
Crafty Creations #234 "Texture" - embossed background
Delightful Sketches "Make It Pop"
Whimsical Designs "Anything Goes"
Perfect Sentiments #86 "Favorite Technique" - embossing

That's all from me today. Thanks for stopping by. We're counting the days before we leave on our summer hols. I'm excited yet anxious about leaving our furballs behind. They're getting old and so many age related stuff going on... Enough of my troubles,  I wish y'all a beautiful Thursday, my friends!


Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Tuesday Throwdown #159: Don't Be Square

Hello again, my friends! How fast time flies....and here we are at another Tuesday Throwdown Challenge.  I've been in such a flap these past couple of days that I almost forgot to about this challenge! Naughty me!

Anyways, this week we want you to live on the wild side, be adventurous, push the envelope and Don't Be Square. We are fearlessly supported by the fabulous folks at Robyn's Fetish and they have generously provided the DT with a few delightful digis to play with. You can join in this week's madness by making a shaped card.

I made this friendship card using "Apples In A Basket" digi by Robyn's Fetish. You don't have to use Robyn's digi to play along, but if you have one why not flaunt it!

I used the largest of  Spellbinders Labels 20 to cut out the card base. The patterned paper is by Raspberry Road...I think.  I've used lace, twine and pearls to embellish the card.  

Here's a close-up the image. I used SN and Promarkers to colour the image. For cutting and layering, I used Spellbinders Ovals and Scalloped Ovals dies.

The sentiment is an inside joke. Very often my friend and I  find ourselves at our fave watering hole while our respective husbands are dirt-biking in some mud-hole. Over cake and beverage, we talk about life and the people around us, mostly the latter! It is here that we test the theory that if you really like someone, you'll leave that last slice of apple pie or last bite of donut or last sip of latte for that special person. I've saved the last apple in the basket for her. 

Challenges for this card:

Now it's your turn, my friends. Make a shaped card, any shape you like as long as it's not square (or rectangular!) and link it up over at the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge Blog. Remember to follow the rules or else you'll miss out on the cool prizes that await the lucky winners. Let's get crafting and I'll see you on my rounds. Good luck!


Monday, 5 August 2013

Up up and away...

It's Monday and time for a Mojo card. Today I made a card for a friend's birthday. A bunch of us shared and got her a hot air balloon ride. It's not until next weekend but we won't be around then. And so...for once, I'm ahead of time!

The papers are from WRMK's Travel Light 6x6 pad. The stamps are from WMS Half Pint Heroine. My friend is not a girly girl, so I'm keeping this card fuss-free.

I paper- pieced the hot air balloon with papers from the WRMK pad.

More birdies on the inside. I think she'll like this card.

Challenges for this card:
Mojo Monday #305 - sketch
Whoopsi Daisy "Paper Piecing"
365 Cards Day #214 "Rounding Corners"
Glitter n Sparkle #44 "Add Red"
Make It Monday #152 "Anything Goes"
4 Crafty Chicks #153 "Bling"
Charisma Cardz #30 "Up In The Clouds"
Crazy 4 Challenges #197 "Paper Piecing"

So sorry for this hurried post, but I'm running around like a headless chook today! So much to do... Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you soon. Have a lovely day!


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