Friday, 19 October 2018

Tribute to Melissa Lane

Today I am joining in with the STAMPloration girls to honour our friend Melissa Lane.

Melissa unexpectedly passed away on the 2nd October.

Melissa was on the Design team for Addicted to Stamps and More! and Happy Little Stampers. Most recently she was a designer at STAMPlorations and made amazing cards and Mixed Media creations.

I was blessed to have met Melissa, her husband Chris, and her four children - Sarah, Ian, Hannah, and Abigail - at the HLS Craft Retreat in 2016.

I am truly lost for words about the loss of Melissa. Those who know me understand how I feel :)

For my tribute to Melissa (we both love butterflies), I decided to CASE one of her cards.

CASE of Melissa's card HERE

Here is my card -

When I saw this card, I knew it would be perfect. The red butterfly that had been gold embossed, the sentiment, the CAS creation. This is Just for You, My Friend :)

Instead of the wire, I used Embossing Enamel that I sprinkled on my paper and heated from underneath.

This is a scheduled post which goes live at 2am here in Australia. I will add it to the tribute post as soon as I can. For those of you wishing to create something, you can find all the details over at the STAMPlorations blog HERE. Thank you Shery for organising this :)

RIP, my friend xx

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Pumpkin Day

Hi everyone. The weather is a little crazy here today so I've spent a bit of time making some cards.

I've actually made two cards because I wanted to join in with the Twofer challenge. The word this fortnight is Harvest. 'Harvest' is more an American term? Regardless, I decided to challenge MYSELF and play along :) I decided to use a pumpkin stamp to reflect Harvest.

Here are my two cards -

My first card used the pumpkin from a STAMPlorations set. I embossed and masked the image and watercoloured it with my Zigs. I then fussy cut the whole thing out, adhered it to my card base, and lastly added the die cut sentiment. 
Now bear with me... LOL. I also thought that with the Harvest theme, it is also the time that Thanksgiving is coming up in America? That's why I decided on the 'Thanks' sentiment :)

My second card was a light bulb moment. I decided to use the pumpkin to create my very own Jack 'o Lantern. This wasn't easy so I don't know how people cut through a REAL pumpkin to create these. Must be tough work! I then decided I HAD to have him light up just like a lantern so I used my Chibitronics supplies to do just that.

These cards were a lot of fun to make and made me think outside the box :)

I would also like to enter my cards into the following challenges -

Card 1 - Thanks Pumpkins

Sweet Stampers - Autumn or Halloween

Card 2 - Halloween Pumpkin

Cards in Envy - Spooky
Use your stuff - Halloween

That's it for me today - nearly time for bed! Thanks for popping in :)

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Inkspirational #171 - Comfort

Hey everyone! It's time for a new challenge over at Inkspirational and we have a word prompt for you to play with over the next couple of weeks.

Here is my card -

At the time of making this card, I needed a hug. I had just heard that one of my good crafty/blogging friends had suddenly passed away. This card will go to her family.

The heart was die cut out of yupo paper that I had used to scoop up leftover paint after an acrylic pour. 

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

Try it on Tuesday - Black, White, and one other colour
The Crafter's Cafe - Black, White, and one other colour
Double Trouble Challenges - Black, White, and one other colour (thanks for the heads up, Cass)

I hope you will join us over at Inkspirational where our word prompt is - Comfort.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Inkspirational #170

Hey everyone and happy Saturday!

I'm usually at my 'other' job as a bartender when my Inkspirational posts go live and I can't ever check if they work until the next day. Does anyone else panic about this sort of thing? Lucky we have our crafting hobbies in our lives - it pretty much keeps me sane and we have a cool photo to inspire you for this challenge - it's all about CRAFTS

Here is my card -

This is one layer card. I embossed my butterflies with liquid platinum and stamped the little words around them. I included 'life' as one of the words because after my family, crafting IS my life!

Supplies Used:

Here is the inspiration photo for the new challenge at Inkspirational -

I also dabble in other crafts and have a FB page called Makyaibe Crafts where I showcase and sell my pieces (including some of my cards).

Here is a set that I not long finished -

If you google 'acrylic pouring' you will find so many techniques to try. If you DO give this a go, please be warned that it is seriously addictive!

Ok, that's it for me and I hope to see you playing along over at Inkspirational!

Thursday, 20 September 2018

HLS Spotlight - Mix Mash

Hi everyone! A quick post for me today. On the 20th of each month, we are spotlighting one stamp set from Happy Little Stampers.

This month we are showcasing Mix Mash (see the post over at HLS here)

I made a very simple Christmas Card -

I drew a line using a pencil and ruler as guide for my circles. Once they were stamped I went over the pencil line with a gold pen. I coloured the circles with glitter wink of stella pens. I combined the Mix Mash set with the Christmas Joy set - the star and sentiment. Easy!

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

 The Holly and Ivy Challenge - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - using optional twist of CAS

Thanks for popping in and see you next time! xx

Saturday, 8 September 2018

Inkspirational #169

Hi everyone - it's time for a new challenge over at Inkspirational. This fortnight we are asking you to use a doily. This isn't really something I buy but I was surprised with what I found when digging around some old designer paper in my stash.

Here is my card -

I found a 12x12" paper design just of doilies so I cut one out to use for my background. I die cut a little foliage, butterfly (overlay in vellum), and sentiment. Come to think of it, there isn't any stamping on this card! Lastly, I added some sequins.

As you can see your doily can be as described above.

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

Crop Stop- Use a Doily

That's it for me - I hope to see you over at the challenge blog :)

Thursday, 6 September 2018

We could rule the world

Hi everyone, I created something quickly tonight as I was inspired by a few challenges out there in blogland.

I think this sentiment should say 'we CAN rule the world' lol.

I also think this is the first time I have ever used a staple on a card.

Card making has been a love of mine for just over 6 years now. It really helped me keep my sanity at times and has even led me to meeting fellow card makers from all over the world. What an amazing community this is. Lately I have also been branching out into other areas of creating. I would like to share some of my other work with you, so if you would like to have a look, please scroll further down after I have linked up to the challenges.

Little Red Wagon - Clean and Simple

I was introduced to Acrylic Pouring by my Aunt. She is the reason I got addicted to this form of art and I will probably never forgive her for it LOL. Seriously, it IS addictive but it IS so much fun! Acrylic pouring is something that you have to practice at. I've definitely made some flops and I have made some that make me very happy. If you haven't heard of this technique and all the different ways to do acrylic pours, check out some of the videos on youtube. Anything you create will be unique - not one piece will ever be exactly alike.

Here are some of my acrylic pours - (then I was introduced to resin.... oh em gee.... wow)

A 30cm round board and 'matching' coaster sealed with gloss coat (will be resined later)

Canvas sealed with gloss coat.

This is an mdf board in the shape of a frog. This photo is prior to me putting the resin on top. I will show you the final result in a later post.

This is a clock that I have made from an old LP record. This has also been resined, but before I did, I added red crushed glass to parts of the surface.

This is an altered CD! 

This is one of my favourites! This little ripper is part of a set of 8 coasters that I was commissioned to make for a friend. The reflection is due to the resin - it's so damn hard to photograph!

An mdf board made into a clock :)

 Coaster with resin

I poured onto this small canvas yesterday and waiting for it to dry. Drying time with acrylic pouring can take anywhere from days to weeks! 

This is one that I poured today! It's a decent size canvas - 14" x 18"

Another one of my hobbies is sewing. I'm really not that good at it, but I enjoy creating quilts - usually small ones that I can manage easy. My grandson has his 1st birthday coming up in November so I am creating a star wars quilt. I decided to try a pillowcase which worked out really well!

I made this stuffed toy elephant for a little girl :) 

My OTHER hobby is my grandson himself. Wow, what a kid. I love him to bits. How lucky am I that he lives in the same house as me and I get to see him every day! Here's a couple of catch up photos for those of you who are interested :)

I hope I haven't bored you too much! I have been itching to show off some of my other work, so now I have. Thank you! 

Monday, 3 September 2018

HLS September CAS Challenge

Hi everyone! It's time for our CAS challenge over at Happy Little Stampers and this month we want you to be -

This could mean anything - flowers, animals, jungle, wild partying, wild party animals... LOL

I went with some butterflies and a 'wild' sentiment.

I kept the colour combo to pink and grey. I randomly stamped my butterfly from the 'Especially for You' set and then used my MISTI for the sentiment from 'Born to be Wild'. Easy!

Supplies Used:

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE.


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

a2z scrapbooking challenge september 2018

Grab it!

Thanks for popping in! :)

Saturday, 1 September 2018

HLS September Watercolour Challenge

Hi everyone! Woah, September already?? It's a big month for me - Father's Day on the 2nd and my dad's 60th birthday on the 11th. I am also starting to plan my grandson's 1st birthday party which is in November - can you believe he is nearly 1????

Over at Happy Little Stampers we kick off a new month with our Watercolour Challenge.

Anything Goes but you may like to play along with our twist and use a butterfly or two or three...

Here are my cards (yes I made two lol) -

For my first card I placed a stencil on watercolour card, sprinkled turquoise brusho, misted with water, then lifted the stencil. I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process.

I stamped and die cut my butterfly from some left over card that I flipped the stencil over and pressed the ink on to it. 

I rounded off the edges of this card for a bit of interest.

I would like to enter this card over at -

My second card was created in the same manner but I used orange and yellow brushos.

Supplies Used

Here is a video tutorial that I created a while back to show you how to use your watercolours with stencils.

I hope to see you over at the challenge blog!

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Inkspirational #168

Hi everyone! My post is a little late because I not only forgot to schedule it but I forgot to write it! Whoops! Better late than never?

We have a word prompt for you over at Inkspiraitonal. The word is 'SNAP'

I had to think very hard about this word which hurt my brain, lol. Then I had a snap moment and remembered I actually have a stamp that says 'snap'!

The background paper is from a scrapbooking album set that I bought a number of years ago while in Hawaii. It has a really pretty rainbow ombre effect. I covered the panel with vellum using a spray adhesive then stamped my sentiment, cut it out with the coordinating die, and popped it up with some foam tape.

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

AUD Sentiments - Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Galz - Die Cuts or Punches
Mod Squad - Rainbows or Butterflies
Crafty Hazelnut - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper

Thanks for popping in today :)

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Inkspirational #167

Hi there everyone! It's time for a new challenge over at Inkspirational. This fortnight we have a fun and colourful photo to help inspire you.

Here is my card -

and the inspiration photo

My first thought was to go with rainbow colours but I also wanted to think outside the box.

I used a cupcake die to create my ice cream tops and cut out a cone from kraft paper. I used distress ink on all my pieces to give some depth, then assembled them.

The sentiment is from the HLS Doodled Flowers set.


Thanks for popping in and I hope to see you over at the challenge blog :)