Wednesday 31 October 2012

Moxie Fab World - Square Punch Challenge

I have been laid up at home for the last few days because I have tendonitis in my foot, so I have had
lots of opportunity to play along with a few challenges  and even more time to spend on Pinterest, which is quite an addiction!

This card is for the Moxie Fab World square punch challenge.

I have used various embossing folders for the white background and
memory box die for the big butterfly and punches for the squares and small butterfly.
The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Three in one!

I am thinking of everyone in the path of Hurricane Sandy and hope you all stay safe and that it doesn't cause too much devastation.

I have based this card on the sketch from this week's challenge at (Cas)e this Sketch,
I have used kraft card stock so I can enter it in the CAS-ual Friday challenge and
lastly I've used canvas so I can enter the MFW Burlap, cork and canvas challenge.

I've used memory box dies for the bird and branch,
and Prima canvas, inked with distress inks.
The woodgrain stamps and gems are from Kaisercraft.

Monday 29 October 2012

Another Case of Julia!

This is Julia's card we had to case.

Here is my second card for this weeks Case Study Challenge and since I have used canvas embellies I will also enter this in the Moxie Fab World - Canvas, cork and burlap challenge.

This is my interpretation. The green paper is from Pink Paislee, The canvas foliage and charm are from Prima. I used my new distress markers to colour the canvas (nb: please notice the excitement about said markers!). I die cut the craft scallop and stamped a background pattern with white ink. The pearls were coloured with copics. The sentiment is from a Kikki K set.

Sunday 28 October 2012

MFW - Another Alphabet sticker challenge card!

I think I'm becoming addicted to this challenge! It it giving me lots of opportunity to use up some
stickers that have been lurking in my stash for a long time. Check out the challenge here.

Case Study Challenge - Julia's last week

Well it's been very inspiring having Julia Stainton as the muse at the Case Study Challenge. This is her last week, so I had to play along.

This is Julia's card

I've chosen to case the sketch and the use of corrugated card.
I've used old christmas paper from my stash - I've embossed it
with a cuttlebug folder for more texture and depth.
The snowflakes are from Scrapmatts and are  painted with Ranger dabber snow cap.
The sentiment and gems are from Kaisercraft.
I've swiped the corrugated card with pink paint to soften the look.

Friday 26 October 2012

Moxie Fab - 'Alpha stickers' revisited

I found these cute stickers at a local discount store and thought
it would be cute to use the whole alphabet, the only problem was that
some letters were missing! I thought I must be  mistaken so I looked
again and then checked out the second pack - no, definitely no
M through to  O
So I had to improvise with a capital I for 'L',  an upside down
'w' for 'm' an upside down u for 'n' and a zero for 'O'.
I used the lighter colour for all the letters except
'Hi' so they would blend in with the background and the word 'Hi'
would stand out.  I a;so used glossy accents on the 'Hi'.
The flower was die cut with Tim Holtz tattered flowers, the button is from
MM and the paper is from simple stories paper pad.
Check out the alpha sticker challenge here.

Thursday 25 October 2012

Moxie Fab World - Alphabet Stickers

Here is a quick card I put together for the MFW Alphabet Sticker challenge.

This is my 1st attempt at this card - I thought it might be fun to use acetate
for a different look, but next time I'll do it on card stock.

So the acetate sheet is from Hambly and the alphabet letters
are from American Crafts Amy Tangerine collection.
I love these letters and will have to get some more.
The star was originally pink, so I used gold ink, flex glue and glitter.
I got the idea for this card from a chipboard piece from Scrap Fx I think.

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Case Study - Take 2

Here is another card for this week's Case Study Challenge. This time I
based my card on the colour scheme of Julia's cards well as the layout, with the addition of
black  for a bit of pop.

The other influence for this card was a conversation I had with my 12 y.o. son the other day.
He asked me what you say to someone when they say they are fat.
I said,"It depends on the person, but maybe say - I think you look good"
and then he said " I could quote  Bruno Mars"
I'm sure you all know the line from his song - " I think you're amazing, just the way you are."
It brought a little tear to my eye - I was so proud!

BTW, I am also proud of myself for being so innovative and a good recycler! The bow on this card had just been cut from a top I am wearing, because the tie was too long and was annoying me. Just as I cut it, I thought " that would make a cute bow on this card!"

The image is from Pink Petticoat and the flower stamps are from Stampin up.
I used Jacquard orange dye ink and Ranger picket fence paint dabber for the colouring in.
The pink colouring on hearts and flower centres are Liquid pearls. The gems are
from kaisercraft.

Embellish Magazine - paint colour trends

Here is another card, this one is for Embellish Magazine's Paint Colour challenge.

I have used acrylic paint to stamp the Christmas tree, Lumieres paint for the sentiment
and a Paint dabber for the white edges on the cards. The snow is white enamel with
glitter. The Christmas tree stamp is from Stampin Up and the sentiment is a foam stamp.
I think this would be a good male card - it is very rustic.

Case Study Challenge - Week 3 with Julia

I'm back with a card for this weeks Case Study challenge, which is the 3rd week with Julia Stainton as the muse. Her card is so bright and cheerful and originally I was planning to use the orange/pink colour combo, but I was influenced also by Julia's case of her own card, so I decided to use this gorgeous bird image and a completely different colour scheme.

Julia's card we have to case

Julia's case of of her original card

The bird image paper is from 7 Gypsies and the shiny blue woodgrain is 
from Bella! The woodgrain letters are from American Crafts and the button
 is from an Op Shop. I used liquid pearls to change the colour of the pin to match the card.

I'm also entering this in the Moxie Fab World 'Alpha stickers' challenge.

Saturday 20 October 2012

Tuesday Trigger - Little House on the Prairie!

I have been working on this card for a couple of days, trying to decide whether
to add twine &/or a button. In the end I decided to settle on the sentiment and pearls
and let the gorgeous paper be the accents.

When I saw this trigger, I thought of my favourite Basic Grey paper - Plumeria (I'm not sure why?).
 I had no idea what I was planning to do - I just started cutting the paper and this is where it lead me.
The house image is a stamp from Kaisercraft.

Runway Inspired - What a Star!

Hi everyone, it's another beautiful sunny Saturday for Melbourne!
I love these sort of days - sunny, but not to hot, with a lovely breeze.
I wish it could stay like this and we could skip Summer.
Here are a couple of photos from our front garden.

Now here is my second card for the current Runway Inspired Challenge:-

I found this Hero Arts stamp (small concentric circles) and thought it would be
fun to make a masculine card for this challenge. However, today
we've just heard that my niece has been accepted
to go to Kings College in London, so I might give this to her
because she really is a star and she's not a girly, girl, so I think she'll like this card.
She went to USA  earlier this year to represent Australia at
a youth United Nations Conference and organised a Youth Summit here.
I'm so proud of her determination to do something positive for this world!

Thursday 18 October 2012

Runway Inspired #22

Time flies when you're having fun creating!!! This year is flying by just a little too quickly.

Here is a card I made for the latest Runway Inspired challenge, which is a lovely,
 elegant but casual outfit from Tommy Hilfinger.

Most people seem to be going with the Christmas
theme - the red and white stipe does lend itself to
Christmas or Valentine's Day cards. So, I'm sorry to be
unoriginal, but I really wanted to use this ribbon!
The Christmas tree stamp is from Artee Stamps (an
Australian Company). The sentiment is a foam stamp.
The Reindeers are from Scrap fx - I embossed them with
Allison Ellison antique sand embossing powder.
The gems are champagne colour from Kaisercraft.
The star was in my stash.

Wednesday 17 October 2012

Casing Julia again and a Playdate

Here is another card for this weeks Case Study and using the colours
 of the Playdate Cafe challenge. I will also enter this is the
 Simon Says stamp and show challenge - which is 'Favourites'.
I have used one of my fave paper pads and my favourite die - the rose from Dienamics.

No time for a chat as the deadlines are approaching and my back room
looks like it's had a visit from a burglar!

I have used paper from Echo Park 'Victoria's Garden'
collectioon - I'm starting to run low on this.
The card is a white shimmer card and I have embossed the top
to try to balance the white space.
Initially I didn't have the black border on the tag, but it didn't really stand out,
so I hope I did the right thing adding the black pen line.
I'm very annoyed that one of the pearls has slipped, so I'll have to take another photo.
The b&W flower is my 1st attempt at rolling fabric to make a flower.
The sentiment is from American Paper Crafts Amy Tangerine collection.

Monday 15 October 2012

CAS(e) this sketch Challenge #1

This is a fun new challenge which involves  making a CAS card based on a sketch.
Jackie Rockwell and Lisa Arana have designed the sketches and the first one
is so cool. It would be a great sketch for making a bulk supply of cards and there are so many possibilities. Check out the blog here if you would like to join the fun.

Sunday 14 October 2012

Case Study 112 / Another Moxie Fab Christmas

Here is a card for the challenge at Case Study, which is week 2 with
the amazing Julia Stainton as the muse.

I remember seeing this card when Julia first posted it and thought it was lots of fun with the tape measures .

Here is my card. I've used The Girls Paperie 'Tinsel & twig' paper
and sewn it to look like a quilt.
I've used the same layout as Julia.
The sentiment and chipboard are  from Kaisercraft.

Saturday 13 October 2012

The CLASSroom - Set a scene challenge

I have to be super quick, because I only have 20 minutes before the deadline.
This is my second card for the CLASSroom WCMD challenge.
This card is for challenge nor 4.

I wanted to make a scene which depicted Christmas in Australia. It's very lay-back
over here because it's usually very hot.
I have mostly used embossing folders for texture and cut the waves out.
The sun is die cut with a Papertrey Ink die.
I used inks and spray mist for the background.
The scene is taken from the water looking at the beach.
The Santa image is from Ferngully Stamps
and the combi van and fence are from Allison Ellison design.
I was  originally going to use a Palm tree but I live
in the South of Australia and our beaches
are a bit 'shrubby' and not as tropical as Northern Australia.

I'm thinking of putting this in a shadow box frame.

This is an example of a typical Vic Australian beach
but this one is not  taken in Summer.

Thursday 11 October 2012

The CLASSroom/Moxie Fab WCMD challenges

Hi all! I've been having a very inky day here! I saw that there were some interesting challenges
over at Ellen Hutson the CLASSroom, so I thought I'd join in the fun.

The first card I decided to make is for challenge no.1 - Holiday greetings.

This is definitely a non-traditional Christmas card!
I'm not sure why I decided to take this direction, but
it was a very fun and easy process.
I started off with some chipboard and
decided it would be too easy to paint or ink the chipboard and add
it to the card, so instead I used it as a stencil
and used some spray mist.
I then added the stitching and mounted it on the purple card.
I tried this with several mediums (canvas, water-colour paper and plain card)
 and the result was different in each case.
This is plain card. I think it looks a bit like tie-dye.

Wednesday 10 October 2012

Case Study

I'm so excited about this month's muse at the Case Study challenge blog.
Julia Stainton is my favourite designer. I'm in awe of her ability to do
CAS cards with a lovely cluster of embellies. I love her use of colours,
vintage and modern trends. I could go on and on ...

This is her gorgeous card for this week:-

And this is my card.
I've used Sticky back canvas and Prima Mask
with spray mist to create the background.
The spray of flowers and bird is made with my yummy new Memory Box dies.
The flowers are from a discount store and sprayed.
The card, twine and stickers are from my stash.
The DP I used for die cuts and gems are from Kaisercraft.

I'm also entering this in the Moxie Fab World WCMD
'hello'card challenge.

Tuesday 9 October 2012

Colour Q 157

I got these quilt stamps at a fair on Sunday, so I've made a very quick  card
for the Colour Q challenge.
I thought I'd send it to an acquaintance who is battling cancer.
She is a crafter so I thought she'd appreciate it.

The stamps (except the sentiment) are from an
Australian company - Eclectic Images.
My sewing machine was playing up - a problem with the tension.

A Blog Named Hero - White out/ MFW Christmas

Another beautiful paper crafting day has dawned! I'm very lucky that I
have time to play with my goodies every day! My excuse is that I find
it very theraputic and it's cheaper than therapy! I do however have to do
 something about the stockpile of cards I'm getting. I have been thinking 
about selling some at a craft market, but it's taking that 1st step which
I find difficult. I'm scared that nobody will buy my card or of having 
to sell them too cheaply. Does anyone have any advice.

I made this card for the 'White Out' challenge at A Blog Named Hero.
The challenge is to make a card with white car stock, no patterned paper or card.

I can't remember the name of this stamp,
but I thought it would make a cute Christmas
card. I've used water-colour pencils
and some pearl-ex powder for some shimmer.
I am also entering this in the Moxie Fab World
Christmas Card challenge.

Monday 8 October 2012

MFW - WCD 'Hello' / Runway Inspired take 2

Hi from a not so sunny Melbourne morning!  I've been waiting for the sun to come out
and thought I'd make a card in the meantime.

So this is another card to celebrate World Cardmaking Day.

I was inspired to make another card for the Runway Inspired challenge
and for the Moxie Fab World 'Hello' card challenge.
The Paper is from My Mind's Eye and the alphabet thickets are from
American Crafts. The flower die is from Papertrey Ink, the frame
die is Quick Kutz and the card and rhinestones are from Kaisercraft.
I've used a little bit of liquid pearls on the flowers in the DP.

Sunday 7 October 2012

WCD - Love / Runway Inspired Challenge

Happy World Cardmaking Day everyone! It's actually Sunday in Australia, but that means
we get to celebrate twice here!

I made this card for the Moxie Fab WCD Love cards challenge  and was inspired by the Runway Inspired Challenge.

To make this card I stamped the Hero Arts 'Flower &
Dots' background stamp with Kaisercraft yellow pigment
ink on to cream card stock and embossed with pearl embossing
powder. It gives it a lovely soft look. I then used the same ink
to colour some ceam card and then used a Hero Arts die to get the
yellow die cut. The sentiment is from My Mind's Eye and actually
matches the die cut in shape. I then punched some hearts from
MME paper and machine sewed then together for a border.
The heart embellishment is a Prima canvas die cut and I inked this with
distress ink. The pearls are from Kaisercraft. I then mounted it on the kraft
card stock.