Wednesday, 26 November 2014

ATSM Challenge #123 - Holiday

Good morning!

Today we are up to our HOLIDAY challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More! 

We also have a DT call going on for this challenge!


Our wonderful sponsor is Rick St Dennis and I have used one of his images for my card -




These little cuties are called Star Pixie Trio

I have coloured them with my Spectrum Noir markers and then fussy cut out. I popped them on the card using dimensionals but left the tops of their hats and bent them over a bit. 

The sentiment is a wood stamp that I don't have a name for :(



The prize will be 3 digis to our winner!


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Card Mania Challenge - Use a Digi
CAS on Sunday - Card for a Child (my Xmas card is for my nieces)


Thanks so much for looking xx


Monday, 24 November 2014

CAS Christmas Cards

Hi there everyone, I hope you are all well.

Today I am sharing with you a set of very easy CAS Christmas Cards using the sentiment set from Inspired by Stamping - Big Holidays.

These cards show you another way you can create a number of cards very quickly and with just one stamp!

Here are my cards -





Obviously I have used the same stamp but I have embossed it with different colours. This gives you a very CAS card but with lots of interest and even though they all look the same, using different colours gives the cards their own 'flavour'.

Adding sequins or gems are perfect for CAS cards. They don't take away from the actual design but add a nice, simple touch.

I find creating CAS cards very easy. They are the style that I feel most comfortable with. 

Here are some of my tips when attempted to make a CAS card if you struggle with them -

1. Lot's of open space
2. Minimal embellishments or layers
3. One focal image

You may look at your finished CAS card and think it really needs something else (especially if you are used to layers etc). Try and restrain yourself. The thing about CAS is you don't have to fill up the card - less is best!

Here is the stamp set that I have used today -


Thanks so much for looking today! xx

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Build A Stocking with Inspired by Stamping

Hi everyone,

Here is a card I have made using the Build a Stocking and Poinsettias sets from Inspired by Stamping.



I embossed the large stocking, sentiment and star with white powder. 

Over at the IBS blog you will find lots of ideas from our Design Team!

Thanks so much for looking xx





Saturday, 22 November 2014

Day 5 of the STAMPlorations November Release Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 5, the last day of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on Trendy Leaves. We'll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls' posts for a chance to win the set.

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Here is my card -


Lot's of watercolouring on this one. I inked up an acrylic block, misted it with water and pressed it onto my watercolour paper. I did this a couple of times with blue and green inks. I inked the trendy leaves stamps with different colour inks and lightly misted them before stamping. The sentiment is from the Trendy Feathers set. 

*** The stops in the hop*** 

Debra | Deepti | Kylie (that's me!) | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki


This is your last day to join in the blog hop and be in the running for the awesome prizes


Thanks so much for looking xx

Friday, 21 November 2014

Day 4 of the STAMPlorations November Release Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 4 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on CityGirl, another fabulous stamp set that Shirley Bampton designed. We'll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls' posts for a chance to win the set.

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Here is my card -


Another very CAS card from me but I really love how clean and simple can really highlight your image. I used a post-it note to mask a bit of the bottom of the Citygirl stamp. I thought she deserved to be in the spotlight so I framed her with a polaroid die. She's very photogenic huh?

*** The stops in the hop*** 
Debra | Deepti | Kylie (that's me!) | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki

The new stamps will be available to buy on the shop during the hop. The November bundle will be is $50 (15% off) from November 12 to November 25.

Thanks so much for looking xx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Day 3 of the STAMPlorations November Release Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 3 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on TYPOGRAFIA. We'll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls' posts for a chance to win the set.

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Here is my card -


I created a bright sunny card to go along with this cool sentiment! After stamping it, I simply coloured in the word sun with a Spectrum Noir marker and added a little sun die.

*** The stops in the hop*** 

Debra | Deepti | Kylie (that's me!) | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki

Thanks so much for looking and good luck xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Day 2 of the STAMPlorations November Release Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 2 of the November Stamp Release Blog Hop here at STAMPlorations! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on VIGNETTE: Eat Drink Be Merry. Plus we've got a special guest designer joining us, the talented Amy Tsuruta! We'll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls' posts for a chance to win the set.

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Here is my card -


I have embossed the glasses with purple powder and then added sequins for interest.

Debra | Deepti | Kylie (that's me!) | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki
Special Guest Designer: Amy Tsuruta

Thanks so much for looking and good luck! xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Inspired by Stamping - Autumn Inspiration

Hi everyone and thanks for joining me today.

Today we are concentrating on Autumn/Fall cards over at IBS


To start with I laid some ink onto my craft sheet and misted it with water. Then I dragged a piece of watercolour paper over the inks. I dried it with my heat gun and the repeated the process with different colours. Sometimes I would blot at the ink with a paper towel.

I used the branch stamp from


the Sweet Aviary set, inked it with a couple of different colours then misted it with water before stamping. I then dried my piece of paper again.

Then using the small leaf from the 


Autumn Blessings set, I stamped the leaf in all different colours.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the same set.

The end result was beautiful Autumn colours with floating leaves that didn't take long to make at all!

Thanks so much for looking today xx



Day 1 of the STAMPlorations November Release Blog Hop

It's stamp release month at STAMPlorations! Every day in the next 5 days, the other STAMPlorations girls and I will be sharing projects we created featuring the new stamps. Visit and leave a comment on all the stops on the hop for a chance to win.

FIVE (5) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win a stamp set from the November release and ONE (1) lucky hopper randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate to use towards products in the STAMPlorations shop. You have until Monday, November 25, 11:55 p.m. PST (GMT -800) to comment here and on my fellow designers' posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on Friday, November 28.



Today, we're putting the spotlight on Rosebuds, the stamp set designed by Shirley Bampton. We'll be picking one commenter to win this set so leave a comment here and on the rest of the STAMPlorations girls' posts for a chance to win the set.


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Here is my card -



I simply stamped the single rose and sentiment. Then coloured the roses with a Spectrum Noir marker. 

*** The stops in the hop*** 
Debra | Deepti | Kylie (that's me!) | Maria | Monika | Nonni | Shery | Shirley |Vicki

Don't forget to visit each blog to be in the running for the prizes!

Thanks so much for looking and good luck xx


Monday, 17 November 2014

Festive Flurry Christmas

Good morning! Hope you are all well.

I created a Christmas Card last night. I used my Festive Flurry stamps and dies (SU) for the first time this year. 

With the colour challenge at ShowCASe your Style in mind, this is what I came up with -




LOVE this colour combo!! The sentiment is from Greetings of the Seasons (SU).

Here are the challenges I am playing along with today -



Christmas Cards All Year Long - No patterned paper
Dies R Us - Christmas


Thanks so much for looking xx


Saturday, 15 November 2014

ATCAS Challenge #52

Hi everyone! Well, even though it is still spring here in Australia we are experiencing some very hot weather at the moment. Our top today is expected to get to 34 degrees celcius. Blah! I'm writing this post while sitting in front of a fan trying not to melt!

I am a very proud blogger today as it marks ATCAS' 2nd birthday! Wow, where has the time gone? I am so grateful to my DT for all their support and inspiration and also all the followers of ATCAS. Thank you!!


Our new challenge at ATCAS is being hosted by the lovely Karen has chosen this code word for you -


Yes, we have a sketch for you!! Now, with the birthday celebrations you would think I would have made a birthday card.... Nope, still trying to get my Xmas card collection going.


Here is my DT card -




I used a small Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle die to mount my gold embossed ornament (from SU Delight Ornaments set). The sentiment is also gold embossed and from the SU Greetings of the Season set. Oh! I scored the lines first :)

We still have Linda L as our Guest Designer joining in the fun at ATCAS so please don't forget to stop by and say hi.

Our sponsor this week is 


and they will be giving away 3 images to our winner.



AND because it is a birthday celebration, I would like to also offer our winner a personalised watermark to use for your creations valued at $25US




Speaking of the personalised watermarks, I had a little competition over my blog post HERE where a randomly drawn commenter would win a free watermark and blog signature.

Chosen by Random.org is BONNIE!

Bonnie, please email me at kyliepurtell@gmail.com within 5 days to claim your prize.

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I woud like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Frosted Designs - White Space
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Decorations
Casology - Festive
and
Red Rubber Inspiration - Stitching Real or Faux




And lastly I thought I would share with you some photos of my daily visitors -

First up are a pair of beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets -





Next is a Cockatoo. These birds are sitting on a structure that we made for them which includes a bird feeder.



Last but not least are my little resident ducks. They really appreciate the old boat that we have filled with water. Water is a little hard to find at the moment as we are in desperate need of rain.



At the time of taking this photo there were about 8 cockatoos, 10 ducks and the pair of lorikeets.


Thanks so much for looking xx

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

ATSM Challenge #121 - Anything Goes

Hi everyone! Another week flown by and it is time again for a new challenge at ATSM.

This week we have our ANYTHING GOES challenge. I hope you will play along!


Here is my DT card -



I have used an image from our sponsor (Stitchy Bear Outlet) called Santa n Rudolph by Lil Diva Stamps. 



I have coloured the image with my Spectrum Noir markers

Rudolph - 
TN3, TN5, TN7, TN9
TN4, EB4, FS8
DR1, DR2, DR4, DR6

Santa -
DR1, DR2, DR4, DR6
GB3
FS8

Sleigh and Sack
GB3, GB5, GB6
LG4, LG5, JG1

It didn't photograph well but Rudolphs nose was covered it in glossy accents.

The sentiment is an old wood stamp and I have no idea where from!!

I am not completely happy with this card as I rushed it. I had it all coloured in about 20 minutes. It usually takes me a lot longer! I'm so unorganised lately lol lol

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

Inkspirational - Shine (courtesy of Rudolphs nose)
Spectrum Noir - Christmas/Winter
Without Words - Preparing for Christmas 
Stamping Sensations - Simply Christmas


I hope you will join us in our challenge this week. Can't wait to see you there!

Thanks so much for looking xx


Sunday, 9 November 2014

CAS Christmas using Inspired by Stamping

Hi everyone - today I am showing you a very, very quick and easy CAS card to make. This would be perfect to have a 'production line' going to get a lot done at the one time.




I have used the candy canes from the Build A Stocking set from Inspired by Stamping.



I drew a very faint line across the bottom of my card so I could stamp my candy canes straight.

The sentiment is from the Big Holidays set.


This card took no time at all!!

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges -

ShowCASe your style - Tic Tac Toe (White, Red, Black)



Creative Corner Challenge - Christmas
Creative Card Crew - Christmas




Thanks so much for looking xx

Christmas Window

Happy Sunday everyone. I spent about an hour in my craft room yesterday having the Festive Friday inspiration photo in mind. I hadn't used a lot of my Christmas Dies for some time and decided to get them out and play.

I have created a Christmas Window (inspired by Kittie). I made a few of these last year and they are a lot of fun to make. Time consuming but fun :)

Here is my card -


I created the wreath using the Impression Obsession Twig Wreath Die (only the holly and berries) and the Pine Sprig Cluster Die. 

I stamped the background with the SU Serene Silhouettes stamp. I haven't used this one before so it was nice to use it in this little scene.

The window is the Grand Madison die from Memory Box. 

The cat is a die from Impression Obsession and I have added Baked Brown Sugar ink and Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to make him look like my siamese cat, Gadget. I had a few sparkly berries left over so I gave him a cute collar. This is exactly what Gadget does when there are birds out in the backyard.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges

Festive Friday (photo - the wreath and the house)


Crafty Calendar Challenge - It's all about Christmas
Alphabet Challenge - T for Traditional Christmas


Thanks so much for looking xx

Saturday, 8 November 2014

STAMPlorations Monthly Challenge

Hi dear followers!

We have a brand new challenge over at STAMPlorations and we want you to create something using


Layers aren't my 'thang'. But this is why we call a challenge a challenge!

Instead of trying to layer lots of papers, I decided to layer inks and stamps to create a vintage looking Christmas Tag.


I used a Tim Holtz tag die and sponged Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Mustard Seed around the edges. Then I used another piece of the plasterboard tape as a little stencil. I stamped the Christmas Block with Gathered Twigs and added some die cut snowflakes popped up on foam squares.

I have to say that the colours in this photo aren't exactly flattering. The yellows are much deeper.

I have been totally inspired to make Tags thanks to Loll. The only thing I hate about them taking a photo. Blah!

For this challenge we are welcoming Lee-Anne as our Guest Designer - here is a little bit about her:

“I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, Bryan, for 39 years. He is so supportive of my stamping and a major enabler (thank heavens!). We have one awesome son, Geoff, who’s a computer guru. I rely on him a lot for keeping my computer system in tip top shape! And, we have a beautiful Border Collie, named Kizzy, who is my constant companion. We make Regina, Saskatchewan our home. The stamping bug bit me about 30 years ago (yes I know...that’s a long time ago...gasp!). A family friend owned a commercial stamp business and started carrying some basic stamping supplies. He provided a demo on heat embossing and I was hooked! I continually experiment with different types of designs and products and love to design CAS designs. However, there are lots of other styles I dabble in. Thanks so much, Shery and the rest of the DT, for this awesome opportunity! I am so honored.”

The STAMPlorations team are very excited about the upcoming release where we will be showcasing all the new stamps via a blog hop. Pencil it in, ladies, you don't want to miss it!


I would like to enter my tag into

Time Out photo inspiration - I made this tag very last minute and this photo was very inspiring with the warm colours that I tried to duplicate on my tag.


Loll's Christmas Tag event (sponsored by STAMPlorations!)
Craft Ribbons Challenge - Christmas Creation with Ribbon


Thanks so much for looking xx