Saturday, 18 April 2015

IBS Designer Feature

Happy Saturday everyone.

Today is my turn at being the Featured Designer at Inspired by Stamping.

I have been playing a lot with watercolouring. Sometimes I like to emboss my image first as it makes it a bit easier to work with. I decided to colour the Galah from the Australian Birds set.

Here is my card -

I'm lucky to have these birds visit the tree in my backyard almost every day. 

I started by embossing the Galah in black powder. Once dry, I used my Stampin' Up pads by pressing the case together so the ink would be in the lid. Then I used a small brush to add my colour.

I used my heat gun to dry the colours as I was working with them so I could add more depth here and there. 

Lastly, with a large brush I created the background and the splats around the bird.

Inspired by Stamping Australian Birds stamp set

Inspired by Stamping Teeny Tiny Greetings stamp set

Thanks so much for looking xx


Happy Saturday everyone. What have you got planned for your weekend.

I'm not really well at the moment. Sore throat and aching all over :(

I made a very quick card for Time Out where they have an 'Inspired by Words' challenge

'You can't make a Rainbow without a little Rain'

Here is my card -

All the dies are from Lil' Inkers and the sentiment by Whimsy Stamps has been embossed.

I love taking photos of rainbows after a storm. Here is one I took back in January

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

Time Out - 'Inspired by Words'
Chocolate Coffee & Cards - Use a Die cut

Thanks so much for looking xx

Friday, 17 April 2015

3D Masculine project using Australian Birds

Hi everyone. We are showcasing Masculine projects this week at Inspired by Stamping and I have come up with a 3D project to share with you.

I must admit I was quite stuck as I rarely do masculine cards let alone 3D projects. Great way to get me out of my comfort zone!!

I have created a watercoloured kookaburra and then framed it.

I started by embossing my kookaburra with black powder onto watercolour paper and using SU! inks, used a brush to add my colour.

I dried the paint between washes to create different layers of colour.

I really had fun making this little fella and it would be very easy to create a gift box to pop the frame into.

I would like to enter my 'Kookie' into the following challenges -

Uniko - Things with Wings
The Crafter's Cafe - Animal Antics

Thanks so much for looking xx

Sunday, 12 April 2015


Happy Sunday everyone!

Today I have a card to share with you and I really love how it turned out.

I have used a new release set from Inspired by Stamping - Butterflies

I was inspired by the butterflies on this card HERE

First, I masked and embossed my butterflies. I used brusho powder to colour them in. I sprinkled a very small amount of powder onto my craft mat and sprayed a bit of water to activate them. Using a small brush, I picked up the colour and painted my butterflies.

Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out and popped them up with dimensionals onto another watercoloured piece.

I LOVE this new set

No sentiment for this one but once I know who it is going to, I will pop something on the inside.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Happy Little Stampers

House of Cards - I chose to work with butterflies only

Deep Ocean Challenge - Things with Wings
Try it on Tuesday - They who have Wings

Thanks so much for looking xx

Saturday, 11 April 2015


Happy Saturday!!

Gee the time is going fast. Today starts a brand new challenge over at Addicted to CAS. The very talented Shana is our hostess for this fortnight and here is the code word she has chosen for us -

I had lots of ideas for this one but my card came from something that nearly went in the bin!

Here is my card -

I was practising with my Brushos after embossing the butterfly from Inspired by Stamping. Actually I had a number of things going on the one piece of watercolour paper and when I had finished I tossed it to the side and forgot about it.

I happened back into my craft room and picked up the now dry piece and went to throw it in the bin. Something made me look at the 'mess' I had created a little differently. I die cut around the butterfly using a Stitched rectangle die from Lil' Inkers and realised that my butterfly looked to be sitting on a window with rain coming down the glass. Well, that's my interpretation and I'm sticking with it, lol. So, I added a few raindrops from PTI and there you have it. 

This time I had used my brushos with a brush. I sprinkled some crystals onto my craft mat and then sprayed a tiny amount of water to get them activated. Then I could pick up the colour with my brush and start colouring.

Now, we have an amazing sponsor for you this fortnight -

Check out the challenge blog for more details regarding the prize!

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

Inky Impressions - Spring is in the Air
Mod Squad - Butterfly Focal
Deep Ocean Challenge - Things with Wings

Thanks so much for looking xx

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Confessions of a Cruise Chick Part 2 - and a Card!

Hello! How is everyone today? I've got some more photos and stories to share with you of my recent Cruise to the South Pacific and Fiji. So, a bit of a warning - this post will be photo heavy but if you are just here for my card, just keep on scrollin' to the end ;)

First I would like to share the card that I just made which was inspired by the challenges over at Less Is More and ShowCASe your Style. The card is a little tribute to my friends and family who came on the trip with me.

Here is my card

all stamps and dies are from Whimsy Stamps.

I used the sketch at 

and the colour theme at Less is More - predominately black

My card really sums up the trip and cannot wait to plan the next one.

Ok, onto the photos.

Lautoka, Fiji

This was a special day for us Cruise Chicks. My mum had organised with the Fijian Embassy in Australia for us to visit a village which was for single mothers and their children. Mum organised all us girls to bring stuff with us that could be donated - toys, clothes etc. 

So, here are the photos from that visit. It was simply amazing (just like my mum) and they made beautiful garlands for us to wear, a yummy lunch and sang and danced for us.

Our transport to the village. Yep, hop in the back and hold on for your life lol

The kiddies waiting patiently for their presents

Dancing, smiling and having fun :)

My sister and mum handing out goodies 

Playing soccer with the kids. They loved the new balls, bats and toys that mum brought for them

After we spent a number of hours in the village, we went back to town and did a bit of sightseeing. Then it was back to the ship. Next stop Suva.

Suva, Fiji

Today we hopped off the ship and had photos with our 'Bulla Men' as we called them. Then organised a tour to see the city and visit the Colo-I-Suva Forest Park to see the rainforest and swimming hole/waterfall

yep, me with the 'Bulla Men' :)

Our tour guide was very happy to have photos taken (my idiot sister photo bombed it, though lol)

walking down, down, down to get to the water

Wasn't as big as we thought but it was beautiful. There was a young lad who went swinging off a rope into the water doing all sorts of acrobatics. Crazy!

Peta-Marie had a go. There she is letting go of the rope. Even my mum had a go which scared the crappa out of me....

Ok! There is part 2 done and dusted. More photos will come and maybe even some incriminating ones... if you are lucky ;)

Thanks so much for looking xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

ATSM Challenge #139 - CAS

Morning everyone! How are you?

Today marks the start of a new challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More!. 

Our theme this week is


Please make sure that you stick to the rules that can be found over at the challenge blog.

Here is my DT card -

Our sponsor this week is

and you have a chance to win a $10 gift certificate!

Using my new brushos again with the starch and cling wrap, I created this sunny background.

The daisy is from our sponsor in a set called Bloom Sketches


The sentiment is from the Inspired by Stamping Aster Set (one of my favourite IBS sets)

Inspired by Stamping Flower Of The Month Asters stamp set

Once my panel was dry, I embossed the image and sentiment with white powder. A few little sequins finished it off.

Please pop on over to the challenge blog to see all the amazing creations by the Design Team. You WILL be inspired!

Edit : I was given a heads up about the challenge at

so I would like to enter my card over there :)

Thanks so much for looking xx

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Tulip Bouquet

Hi there! While I was away, there was a massive new release over at Inspired by Stamping. I really hope that you got a chance to have a look and maybe even win some prizes. 

Today we are concentrating on floral cards so I have inked up the Tulip Bouquet set for the first time.

I started by stamping onto watercolour paper. Once my image was dry, I used my watercolour markers (SU) to squiggle onto my craft sheet and then picked up the colour with a small wet brush.

I used a larger brush for the background.

The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Greetings set which pairs so well with the Fancy Labels 3 Die set.

This bouquet is so pretty!!

Inspired by Stamping Teeny Tiny Greetings stamp set

Inspired by Stamping Fancy Labels 3 Die

Thanks so much for looking xx

Brushos, Starch and Cling Wrap - Who knew?

Hi! How are you all today? I'm back to business now I am back from my holiday. Stay tuned for some more photos in the next couple of days.

Last night I had a play with using a new technique that fellow member KathyK at Happy Little Stampers showed us. (You can read the post and see some examples HERE)

Here is my card -

Basically, you need the following items -

Cardstock - normal or watercolour
(or other waterbased medium - Pearl Powders, Distress reinkers, Glimmer Mists, Color Wash sprays)
Aersol can of Laundry starch (I bought mine from the local supermarket)
Cling Wrap

My card isn't really the best example for this technique. I need a little more practice. This was also my third attempt after epic fails on my first two. So on my last attempt I tried using watercolour paper instead of plain cardstock. 

Technique - spray your cardstock with the starch then sprinkle your brushos over the top. Spray starch again and then lay crinkled up cling wrap over your panel. LEAVE it for at least 30 minutes to allow the paints to go up into the creases of the cling wrap. You are trying to create a marble looking effect. 

The brusho colours I used here were Ultramarine, Turquoise and Purple.

I die cut the word Hello (from Whimsy Stamps) on a strip of white card and trimmed it down to size. I die cut the hearts out of scrap from my main panel (which was die cut using Lil' Inker Stitched Rectangle Die) and covered them with glossy accents.

I'm hoping to refine this technique as there are wonderful examples to be seen and mine just didn't quite cut the mustard ;)

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

613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes (no twist this week)
Mema Crafts - Use a Die or Punch
Incy Wincy - Clean and Simple
Southern Girls Challenge - Punches or Dies

Thanks so much for looking xx