Friday, 28 November 2008

Another Card

This one`s for Marie at Pernickety`s...

She wanted layers & a Christmas bauble effect... It`s hard to tell from the scan, but I`ve put my "baubles" up on foam tape, & layered over some crinkled cs which I then inked using my Encore metallic ink. The baubles have been threaded with wire & beads (I really like the look of this) & I`ve also inked the edges of the black card base, adding some fibres. :) I had to go back & add some BLING, as I forgot that was one of the requirements, so I`ve added some KG to the edges of the baubles, & some tiny rhinestones to the lower corners... You can see more detail if you click on the photo :) B4N

DRD Stamps.

If you own a set of the beautiful DarkRoom Door Chrismas stamps, read on... Rachel has organized a great competition in her blog, so go & have a look, & you could win yourself a set of stamps of your choice :)
I had a chance to play today, & finished some ATCs for Marie, over at Artilicious so they are on their way to you Marie...
I also got another 2 Christmas cards done for Sandie`s "12 Days of Christmas"challenges over at her blog, I just have to have a go with day # 12 challenge & I`ll be all done, thanks Sandie for the great inspiration, now I`ll just have to duplicate a couple of the design, & my cards for this year will actually be finished on time LOL. So here are day # 10 (using a cb frame of some kind), I used a Collections frame coloured with a brown Sharpie & covered with DM, & I again used an image from the Stamp It plate, some cs scraps, a rhinestone & some beautiful ribbon (sorry about the ribbon being squashed by the scanner) & for day # 11 we had to use some scallops somewhere...I cut some DCWV mettalic cs with some scissors, & used an image (from the Stamp It plate) which I had stamped & embossed with gold EP, I also inked the edges with gold ink, & added 3 rhinestones...

I`ll be back later with another card...but don`t hold your breath, dinner is calling (DH kindly offered to cook tonight) so I better always, thanks for stopping by, & whether it`s in English, or Spanish, I do appreciate your comments :) I need to practice my Spanish, so Cuchy, keep it comin` :)

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Part 2 of Part 2

LOL, can you tell I`m in a hurry, I couldn`t think of a witty title for my post, so that`s the best I can do ATM. Last night I finished my LO for week #5 of the "8 weeks to Christmas" challenge over at SBT50, the criteria was to use lots of stamping, & though I have LOTS of stamps, I don`t use them so much in my scrapbooking. Well, this particular LO had me thinking about all the stamps I could use in LOs, & I`m happy to report that there`s lots of ideas taking up residence in my brain ATM, I just have to write them all down before I forget them all...

Sunday happens to be my favourite day of the week, as we have the full day to our selves, it`s our "Family Sunday", just the 3 of us exploring , discovering, & enjoying each other`s company...DH, DD, & I. I sometimes look at DD (she`s almost 11) & I`d like to stop time...we all know that soon enough our children will begin a life of their own, doing their own thing, making their own discoveries, but I hope she`ll still find it fun to share time with us, as we enjoy sharing our time with her... Anyway, enough sentimentality, the photos were taken by DH on one of our Sundays, at the Alfred Nicholas Memorial Gardens, in Olinda, in the Dandenong Ranges. It`s a beautiful place, & one of our favourite spots to visit. & this morning I found out my humble LO had been picked as the winner for the week, so I`m very happy (thank you Victoria) & I`ll have to thank my DH, as he was the one who took the gorgeous photos...

Lots To Share Part 2

First up, I`m happy to say I`ve caught up with Sandie`s challenges...Day #6 involved using a star/ stars (I`ve used a Penny Black image as well as a star-shaped brad), day #7 was ric-rac/ribbon (I`ve used an image from an UM red rubber Stamp-It set that I got just this morning from here), Day #8 & the challenge was to use fabric (I`ve used some red fabric as a partial background for another image from the Stamp-It plate, which I heat-embossed with gold EP) & today`s challenge (day #9) was to use wire & beads, so I stamped one of the trees from an AL clear stamp set, embossed it with gold EP, & threaded some wire through strategically placed holes. So there you go Sandie, just for you :) BTW, I had to put a black piece of card behind the cards to be able to scan them, all my base cards were white :)

Monday, 24 November 2008

Lots To Share

Are you sitting comfortably? If you are stuck for Christmas card ideas, why not have a look at Sandie`s blog, she`s having a "12 Days of Christmas" challenge, & everyone`s welcome to take part. As an extra incentive, if you complete all 12 days/challenges you will go in a draw to win a RAK from her (she`s also providing extra time at the end of the 12 days to catch up, just in case you (like me LOL) happen to fall behind. Give it a go, if nothing else, you`ll have 12 Christmas cards done IN TIME :)
On another note, do you like laser-cut images? If you do, and you want the chance to win some for yourself, pay Cindy`s blog a visit...I actually saw a post about it in Sandie`s blog a few days back, but being the scatter-brain that I am at times, I forgot all about it...thanks Cindy for the reminder :) I think Cindy has some fabulous designs (check out her fairies)

Moving right along, I finally had a chance to do Sarah`s challenge over at Inkurable Stampers. I actually got it finished Friday night, but was only able to take some photos yesterday, as we`ve been having some lovely rain down here :) I`ve never thought of using a bottle top in any crafty way, so this was a REAL challenge for me.

There are so many beautiful entries, it always amazes me to see how differently we all interpret the same theme...There`s still a few days left to enter this challenge, so why not try something a little different, don`t forget Inkurable Stampers has some very generous sponsors too, so you might just win something for your efforts...Now I`m off to do a LO for week # 5 over at SBT50

Friday, 21 November 2008

Mail Art

Marie over at Pernickety`s wanted to see some mail art, so here`s my contribution... I`ve used a couple of Tim Holtz stamps, & the one on the bottom right-hand side is a mini set by Fancy Pants. I hope all`s well in your part of this big wide world, & thank you for visiting, now go forth & CR8 :)

3rd, 4th,& 5th Days of Christmas

Sandie is running a great challenge if you want to get some Christmas cards are my efforts for the 3rd, 4th, & 5th days, all done this morning, & I`m really happy with how they`ve turned out :)

For day 3, we had to use 3 trees, for day 4 we had to use 4 squares, & day 5 we had to use 5 gold brads.

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Week # 4 at SBT50

This is the LO I did for week # 4 (of the 8 week challenge) over at SBT50. The criteria was to use fabric/ ribbon, rub-ons (graphic, not words or alphas), 5 of something (flowers, brads etc.), 10 eyelets (any shape). The only trouble I had with this LO was in finding rub-ons in my stash to fit, as I don`t normally use rub-ons, especially graphic ones (that`s what my stamps are for, right?). Any way, I managed to unearth a baby-themed "Fontwerks" pack from the depths of my stash, I`ve had these forever! It`s been great to have a go with these challenges, as I`ve been using/finding things that were long forgotten, & I was so happy with my scalloped edge (all hand drawn using a 20 cents coin, & hand-cut with scissors) & I got to use my crop-a-dile, one of the best tools ever.

On another note, lovely Marie from Said Simply has given me an award, this is for inspirational blogs...As I was just a recipient for a "Kreative" award, I will just say a big THANK YOU to Marie, & leave it at that, as my circle of blog friends is not that big, & I don`t want to scare them off LOL, but just know that for a newbie like me, it`s certainly gratifying to be thought of as inspirational...especially seeing as I probably don`t post as often as I should. I create because I enjoy the process, & because it gives me an excuse to add to my ever-growing stash LOL. As always, thank you for dropping by, & don`t forget to enjoy every day : )

For Sandie`s Blog

Another day, another quick card for Sandie`s blog...
For this one, she asked us to use 2 pps, & 2 tags, done & done.
Now I`m off to see what we can have for dinner...

Monday, 17 November 2008

A Quick Post

Sandie has a great challenge happening over at her blog. This is a card I just finished for her.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Blog Award

While catching up on some blurfing yesterday, I saw that Lyn kindly passed on this award to me, thank you Lyn :)

Isn`t it pretty, it reminds me of the Amy Butler pps..Anyway, the rules are :

1. The winner may put the logo on their blog.

2. Put a link to the person who sent you the award.

3. Nominate 5 blogs.

4. Put links to their blogs.

5. Leave a message for your nominees.

So here it goes, Cuchy (check out the Christmas cards she`s been creating, as well as her mini-albums), Godelieve (she always has beautiful projects & great ideas) Sarah over at Inkurable Stampers ( she comes up with great themes every month AND she does some fantastic samples to inspire us), I would have added Sandie to the list, but Lyn beat me to it, & of course I can`t add Lyn as she`s the one who bestowed the award to me in the first now I will go & leave comments on these ladies` blogs to let them know I appreciate their creativity...B4N but N4E LOL & don`t forget to C8 something :)

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Cards From Sketches

Two cards I made this afternoon, one is for Pernickety, & the other is for Sandie`s blog

For both sketches, I took the liberty of flipping them on their side(I`m sure the girls wont mind LOL). For the first card, I used BB cs, a new cuttlebug embossing folder, a Bella cb book plate, & an AED cb butterfly which I coloured with my brown Sharpie & covered with DM, I also covered the Kaiser pearls with the brown Sharpie (Sharpies are a great & quick way to colour pearls, brads, rhinestones, & chipboard)
For the second card, I drew the swirly design on the green cs following Sandie`s sketch, cutting it & layering it over the trees which I drew, cut out from cb, & covered with pp, inking all the edges with Marvy ink. I then got out the Kindy Glitz, & went over the swirls & the trees to add a bit of first Christmas card for the year. I`m really happy with how they both turned out, thanks for the sketches girls...

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Time Flies ...

...When you`re having fun. I only got to do 2 of the 3 set challenges for last weekend`s CC over at SBT50, but I was quick off the mark for the scavenger hunt LOL. Challenge #1 had to have a beach theme, & there had to be sand (or rather, something to represent sand), I used beads on my alphas. I used BB cs, MME pp(orange pp), 7 Gypsies pps, chipboard letters painted with acrylic paint, & covered with DM (& if you squint you can see the beads on "fun"LOL). I added a UL rub-on, & the 3 flowers (2 of which were a very timely gift from Barb, of TSQ, thanks Barb).

For challenge #2 we had to do a LO all about what summer means to us, using bright summer colours & includind some journaling...

Again, BB cs, white & green acrylic paint, MM cb alphas, ribbons (one of the ribbons was the daisy-chain one which I cut apart to use as bullets for the journaling), brads, Signo gel pen, & another UL rub-on.
Just in case you`re curious, the journaling reads: Stifling Heat, Lakes Entrance,Long late-night walks on the beach, Washing is dry within a few minutes..., There`s always sand in the car, Smell of sunscreen in the air, Peppermint & choc-chip icecream, yum!
Well, I`m happy to report that I was one of the lucky winners of the scavenger hunt (who knew I`d be a good hunter? ), AND I also won a prize for my "Summer" LO, so thank you Victoria over at SBT50 for the awesome challenges, & thank you Diane over at Scrapbook Savvy for sponsoring our play-time...
There`s lots of new competitions happening over at SBT50, so if you`re looking for a friendly place to hang out, or want some inspiration, go check it out...
Now I`ll try to catch up on some Blurfing, thanks for stopping by, & I hope all`s well in your neck of the woods, B4N

Saturday, 8 November 2008

In the Mood

If you`re in the mood to scrap, Scrapbooking Top 50 is having a cybercrop this weekend, the first one with the new owner Victoria at the helm, & because of issues with the gallery, we get extra time (until midnight Tuesday 11 Nov) to upload...I know I can always use the extra time LOL. There have been 3 challenges posted so far, & they are all great, have a look here if you`d like to participate. (& the Scavenger hunt has been posted while I was busy typing LOL)

On another note, thanks to Lyn, I have a template to help me with brad placement, & it works like a charm. Here`s an ATC I did recently as a thank you for the hostess of a swap I`m taking part in, & using the template I was able to quickly work out where to put them, so Thanks Lyn, you`re a star.
Enjoy your weekend, whatever you may be up to, & thanks for visiting, chao.

New Toys

I caved in & bought 2 cuties from TSQ. I`ve not bought mounted stamps for a loooong time, as I quickly worked out they do take up a lot of space, but I just HAD to make an exception...even my DH said "they`re so you" when he saw them (I don`t know whether to take that as a compliment or not LOL) but he`s right, I just love the weirdness of them. Anyway, here are 2 cards I made thursday, but as we had a little break, I hadn`t been around to upload them...

& this morning I remembered Sandie`s sketch for this week, so here it is...

Sunday, 2 November 2008

8 Weeks to Christmas

SBT50 are having a great competition which I forgot all about last week, but which I remembered today when I was visiting the`s my entry for this week. Doesn`t she look sweet...? The criteria was to use felt, chipboard & ribbon, & either cs or pp for the background...I went for the K&Co pp, which is a challenge for me as I usually go for plain cs. I got to use lots of chipboard, & I SCRAPPED !!! So I`m most pleased about that...I`ve still got a few more photos of our (not-so-recent) trip to Sydney, so this challenge was a great excuse to scrap a couple of those...You have until Monday November 3, midnight to upload your entry to the gallery :)

Saturday, 1 November 2008


I`m not too fond of pink, but I`ve just finished 3 cards & 1 house, & guess what they all had in common...
Can you see the cute little "Melissa Frances" lock on the tiny Collections house? It was going to go on a card for Pernickety, but I think it looks just perfect on the door...Thank you Marie & girls over at Said Simply for providing me with the lock. Have a great weekend, wherever you happen to be...& as always, thank you for visiting :)