Thursday 31 January 2013

CAS - Colours and Sketches DOUBLE!!

It's double time over at CAS - Colours and Sketches!
This week we challenge you to use our Sketch AND Colour Combination.
Don't you just love the different shades of blue that our leader Jacqueline has chosen for you?
Don't panic if you don't use Stampin' Up colours - just try and use what you have that is as close as you can get to the colours provided!
Here is my DT card for this challenge -

I have used a square die to cut out a window from the top panel (which is mounted on foam tabs). Using my Painted Posies set (this is a two step stamp), I first used Tempting Turquoise to stamp all over a panel of cardstock. With the help of my Stamp-a-ma-jig, I used Not Quite Navy on the outline of the flower and went over the previous stamping.
I don't have Island Indigo so I used Pacific Point for my sentiment which is from my Heard from the Heart set. The butterflies are Hero Arts stamps with co-ordinating dies and have been stamped with Tempting Turquoise.
Lots of blues, but I like it!!
I would love to see what you come up with. If you are stuck for ideas, check out the rest of the DT for some amazing inspiration!!
Thanks for looking xx

FBW #225 - Anything Goes

I was so happy to make a card today. I sat down to make one with a particular couple of people in mind. They have been so kind to me and my family since my Grandad passed away that I felt I needed to thank them. I also wanted to participate in the latest challenge over at Flutterby Wednesdays where it is Anything Goes.

This card is filled with wonderful new goodies. The embossing folder is called Retro Swirls (new), the ribbon is Seam Binding in Pear Pizzazz (new) and the little strip of DSP is from the Flirtatious set (new). I have added a butterfly from my Beautiful Wings Embosslits. The sentiment is from my Petite Pairs set and stamped in Old Olive and then added a row of pearls either side.

I also would like everyone to know that I have received a number of sympathy cards from my new blog family. Isn't this place just amazing! I have never met you but you are certainly part of my family and I treasure each and every one of you. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for your ongoing support and prayers xx

Thanks for looking xx

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Inkspirational - Anything Goes

Hey there everyone, we have a brand new challenge for you over at Inkspirational.
I have been pretty much missing in action as we have been without power for the last few days due to the storms here in Queensland. The storm also kept us very busy at the Fire Brigade dealing with fallen trees and the odd smoke alarm going off. Today there was an accident where a car met with a tree and as part of the Fire Service, we cut the driver out of the wreck and placed her in the safe hands of the paramedics. She was air lifted to hospital so I hope she is ok.
Now, the good news is that I have electricity!! Yay.
I am way behind with EVERYTHING! So with in between the clean up from the storm etc. I am going to try and spend some quality hours with my blogs.
Phew! Way off the track there. Now back to the challenge.
This week is
Here is my DT card for this challenge -
In between everything that has been happening I managed to make my mum her birthday card. I have used the Triple Time Stamping technique and used my Growing Green set in Poppy Parade and Concord Crush.
The Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock was lovely for this technique.
I have popped the top panel up with foam pads.
The sentiment is from my Heard from the Heart set.
We have a prize for our January winner which is from
We can't wait to see what you come up with for our final challenge for January. Please don't forget to read the rules over at the challenge blog.
Thanks for looking xx

Sunday 27 January 2013

Happy Birthday for Less is More and ABC Challenges

Yep, my second post for today as I feel that while I still have electricity I am going to keep on crafting!!

We are starting to flood a little now but not so that we would have to leave or anything. It is certainly the wind that is the most disconcerting. 

So instead of running for the hills, I decided to make a card for 

Less Is More - Sketch (which was right up my dark and rainy alley)

and the challenge at ABC Challenges is to make a birthday card.

I have used a stamp from my Growing Green set and have embossed the outline using Black powder. I have coloured the stamp in with my Real Red marker. The sentiment is from my Petite Pairs set and stamped with Real Red as well. I have added two tiny pearls either side of the sentiment  - I think they are cute ;)

Thanks so much for looking xx

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Triple Time Stamping

Well, this is one of my FAVOURITE techniques and I was soooo happy to see the challenge over at 52CC Throwdown! 

We are getting hammered by weather today... We have severe storm surge warnings and gusts up to 70 knots!! I swear the house is moving at times and the rain itself is making it impossible to leave. Lucky for me I live on fairly high ground but I am keeping my eye on some of the gum trees that may be likely suspects to come down. I don't think the ground is that saturated yet but it looks like it isn't going to let up too soon.

So what is a girl to do on a day like today (when I still have electricity)? Of course she gets crafting!!

Now as excited as I was about the current challenge at 52CC Throwdown, I wasn't that excited when I finished my card. This is actually my second attempt. Don't you hate that!! lol.

Anyway, me thinks that I will be making another card anyway and I will post this to get the ball rolling.

The sentiment is from my Heard from the Heart set and the the others are from my Ornament Keepsake set.

While writing this post, the lights are starting to flick!! 

Thanks for looking xx

Saturday 26 January 2013


Hi there everyone! It's time for a new challenge over at Addicted to CAS! Woot woot!
Loll is our host for this fortnigt and here is the code word that she has chosen -
Hmmmm, Heart. Self explanatory or perhaps there may be something that this code word will inspire you to do that is completely outside the box.
Here is my DT card for this challenge -
I had this cute little heart that was already cut out of glitter paper. It came with a heap of goodies that a friend gave me ages ago. I have simply embossed the panel with my Swiss dots folder and then used my scalloped circle die to cut out the middle. I have popped it up onto double foam squares for extra lift.
Our challenge this fortnight is sponsored by
will be awarded to the CAS PERFECTIONIST
We can't wait to see what you come up with for this challenge!
Thanks for looking xx

Thursday 24 January 2013

CAS - Colours and Sketches

We have a brand new sketch challenge for you this week!

I have substituted the heart shape for my scalloped circle die.

I have used my fancy fan embossing folder for the background panel. The sentiment is from my Petite Pairs set and the rose is from Inspired by Stamping.

We hope to see you over at CAS - COLOURS AND SKETCHES

Thanks for looking xx

Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS!!

Well, my post is only a couple of days late!!! Whoops.
I have been so busy with organising everything since the death of my grandad, I just haven't been thinking straight. Thanks so much to everyone for their continued support. 

Now onto my DT card for our latest challenge -

I had ordered some bits and pieces from the Clearance Rack at Stampin' Up and one of those items were the bevelled window panes. I decided to use the window to highlight a butterfly stamps from Hero Arts.

I have stamped the butterfly with Poppy Parade. The back panel is embossed with my Vintage Wallpaper folder. 

Very Clean and Simple! That is exactly what we are looking for over at ATSM so please make sure you keep it CAS to be in the running for our awesome prize from the fabulous

You could be the Top Addict and receive 7 digis!!!

Monday 21 January 2013

Belated birthday at Crafty Cardmakers

We have a new challenge for you at CCM and it is hosted by the lovely Kim and here is what she would like you to have a think about with this challenge -

As I am always notoriously late with sending my cards it seems appropriate for me to choose a Belated Birthday challenge. Any image, Stamped or Digi, will do but your card MUST include a sentiment indicating that the card is for a belated Birthday, for example - Sorry I missed it, Have a very Happy Unbirthday, Better late than never, Your birthday came, your birthday went, here's the card I should have sent!!

So see what you can come up with to amuse us, or just a straightforward belated birthday wishes will do, but remember it does need a sentiment as outlined above to qualify. 

I have used a digi from Bugaboo Stamps for this DT card. He is called Bobble Head Farm Rabbit and you can find him HERE

I have paper pieced my hare and mounted him on Silver glitter paper. The sentiment is from my Birthday Banter set.

"Hop" over and check out the DT inspiration from my team mates!!

Thanks so much for looking xx

Saturday 12 January 2013

Photo Challenge over at Inkspirational

Here we are at our second challenge at Inkspirational. What an amazing lot of entires we had for our first - we were so pleased!
This is your end of week encouragment post to get you inkspired to enter if you already haven't.
Check out the inkspirational photo we have for you -
I have taken inkspiration from the flowers and most of the colours in this photo.
Here is my DT card -
Using our sponsors image that I chose (Garden Bonnet), I have created a Birthday card. I have coloured the image with my Stampin' Write markers. I have sponged the ground and sky. My Fancy Fan folder has been used to emboss the top panel.
Our wonderful sponsor for this challenge is

ATCAS #4 - Embossing

I'm so excited to be back and creating for Addicted to CAS and I can't wait to see what you all come up with this fortnight.
Here is our new Code Word - the first for 2013!
We are so lucky to have a terrific sponsor with us for this challenge. Beverley from Uniko Studios is offering an amazing prize pack for our CAS Perfectionist.
All the prize details can be found on the challenge blog.
I have two cards to share with you today.
My first card is using the butterfly image that you can see in the digi pack offered by Uniko Studios. I have coloured it with my Stampin' Write markers and then gone over it with my clear gelly roll pen. This gave it LOTS of sparkle!
I have embossed my panel with my Lattice folder (one of my favourites).
My second card is using my Elements of Style set and that awesome glimmer paper! Are you sick of seeing this yet? ;)
The Hummingbird was stamped with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Cherry Cobbler powder. The Crumbcake, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black go so well together. I have doodled my border with my White gel pen.
Now, head on over to see what the DT have come up with. As usual, they have created spectacular examples for your inspiration. I'm so lucky to have such an amazing team!
Thanks so much for looking xx

Thursday 10 January 2013

CAS Colours and Sketches - Sketch Challenge

Hi there everyone! Are you ready for another challenge over at CAS - Colours and Sketches? We are!

We have an awesome sketch for you to play with this week.

I really enjoyed using this sketch to create my card. I also used one of my favourite colour combinations - Kraft, Red and Vanilla.

 I love these little hearts from my Itty Bitty set which have been popped up with foam squares. The Very Vanilla panel has been embossed with my Swiss Dots folder.

Here is my card -

The sentiment is from my Whimsical Words set.

We can't wait to see what you come up with! Please do check out the rest of the DT's creations. They are soooo talented. 

A big welcome to our newest DT member - Karen!!

Thanks for looking xx

Wednesday 9 January 2013

So Grateful - Easel Card

Hi there everyone.

I would like to express my appreciation for all your kind words of support for my Grandfather.

I needed a bit of 'therapy' this afternoon once home from the hospital and I really wanted to make some thank you cards for the staff there.

This card, in particular, has been made for the Palliative care nurse that has been just amazing with her support and the way she explains things to my family. She really is a lovely lady.

I decided I wanted to try my hand at another Easel Card as I thought it would be perfect for her desk if she felt she would like to display it.

I was very happy with how this turned out. It was one of those cards that was not planned , it just happened and it came together beautifully. LOVE those cards, lol.

I have used Crumbcake cardstock for the base. The printed paper is actually tissue paper - isn't it lovely? It was given to me in a bag of bits and pieces and I've never used it. I think it is really pretty.

I have coloured my Apothecary stamp with Garden Green and So Saffron markers. I have used my Framelit Label dies and have embossed the larger one with my Lattice folder.

My butterflies are from the Beautiful Wings embosslit.

The beautiful flowers are from Inspired by Stamping.

The bottom panel has been raised up on foam pads so the card can 'stand up'. The pearls were the final touch.

I am going to enter this card at 

Make my Monday - dry embossing
Flutterby Wednesdays - Use something new (my tissue paper)

Thanks so much for looking xx

ATSM - Nature

Hi there everyone. I hope you are all well and ready to kick off 2013 with our Nature Challenge over at Addicted to Stamps and More!

We have a wonderful new sponsor that I would like to introduce. I'm actually sure that no introduction is necessary!!

Our amazing sponsor this week is Bugaboo Stamps!!!! They are generously offering you a pack of 7 digi's from their store!!!

Here is my DT card -

I have used the sponsor image called "Blocks - Hummingbird" I have coloured the image with my Touch Twin Markers. The sentiment is from my Elements of Style set. The ribbon is Gumball Green.

This card has been made for a couple of weeks but it is ironic that it is my card for today. The sentiment is really applicable to my life right now. Some of you are aware that I am a carer for my dad and grandad. My grandad is 83 and a tough old bugger. He hardly ever gets sick or anything. I took him to the doctor last Saturday as he was suffering from a bit of back pain. The doctor gave him some medication and decided he would like do some blood tests. I also noticed that grandad's feet were quite swollen and it looked to be a bit like a fluid issue. I wasn't happy with his lack of progression so on Monday morning, I called him an ambulance so I could get him looked over at the hospital. A few test and now a couple of days later, this poor old bugger is riddled with cancer and the symptoms have just decided to show. The cancer is in his liver, kidney, colon, lungs and bones. He also has now been told he has an Aneurysm in his stomach. There is no treatment and will be only a matter of days or weeks as far as time left goes. They are doing further tests over the next couple of days to see if they can find out where the cancer actually started and then they will move him from the hospital and into Palliative care. 

It's a bit strange to take him to the hospital yesterday and now find out that he isn't able to come home. All I can hope for now is they keep him pain free. Life certainly is a matter of moments :)

I've promised him I will sneak him in KFC tomorrow (his favourite) and that made him giggle ;)

Thanks for listening and thanks for looking. I hope to see you over at the challenge xx

Monday 7 January 2013

CCM Challenge #82 - Fairytale

Hi everyone! Today we have a brand new challenge for you over at

This challenge is hosted by Eva.
Eva would like you to create a Fairytale scene for your project. Please be specific with your description regarding the scene you create and make sure you follow the challenge rules to be in the running for prizes.

Here is my DT card -

I have used an unknown stamp that I got off my mum last April. I just can't remember the name of it, sorry. I have coloured it with my chalks and used my Snow Marker to create the puffy clouds.
I felt that the silver glitter paper really helped give that 'far, far away' look. ;)

This card was given to my 9 year old god-daughter who visited me the other day - she loved it!!

We have some wonderful sponsors for this challenge -


Check out the blog for all the details and can't wait to see what you come up with!

Thanks for looking xx

Less Is More and The Paper Players


The challenge this week over at Less is More is to create something mainly black and white and add a splash of colour. The Paper Players are saying that 'There is love in the air'.

I have used Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock for this one.
The stamp is from my Itty Bitty set and stamped with Real Red.

I have embossed the white panel with my Swiss Dots folder and then popped it up on dimensionals.
The hearts are popped up on little foam squares.

Check out these awesome challenges!

"Less is More"

Thanks for looking xx

Sunday 6 January 2013

52CC Throwdown and ColourQ

Good morning everyone, I hope you are having a marvelous weekend!

Have you all made your New Year's resolutions? I have made a couple that only my friends in blog land will appreciate. One is to participate in every weekly challenge over at 52CC Throwdown and my other is to find a new challenge blog that I can participate in - ColourQ

Last night I made a card for these two challenges -

The first week for 2013 at 52CC Throwdown is a sketch which I loved. The challenge over at ColourQ is to chose any of the colour palettes that the DT have used for their projects.


Here is my card -

I received the Punch Pal set on Friday (part of the Clearance Rack) and decided to ink it up. What a great set this is!! My first Christmas card for 2013!!! Only 51 more to go, girls lol.

I substituted Pear Pizzazz for Certainly Celery. I really liked this colour scheme from the moment I saw what Jen over at ColourQ had done with it. I didn't know if I could pull off a Christmas Card with it, but it worked really well!

Thanks so much for looking and have a great weekend xx

Friday 4 January 2013

Inspired by Stamping - Colour Challenge

Good morning everyone!

I am off soon to the doctors etc so I wanted to quickly post a card I made last night for the challenge over at Inspired by Stamping.

I decided to make my first ever Easel Card. I think I have to practice some more but I was happy with the end result.

This card was a real challenge for me!! I have used DP that co-ordinated with the colour combination and also had elements of the inspiration photo.

The sentiments and flowers are from IBS.


Thanks so much for looking! xx

Thursday 3 January 2013

CAS - Colours and Sketches

Hi everyone! We had some beautiful entries for our last sketch challenge and we cannot wait to see what you will do with this colour challenge.

Jacqueline has been so very busy organising us gals and has come up with some wonderful challenges for us. I really, really like this colour combination and got out one of my favourite stamp sets - Apothecary

Here is my DT card for this challenge -

I have used my Stampin' Write markers directly onto this stamp. I have used So Saffron and Graden Green (This was as close as I could get to the combination given).

I have used Crumb Cake for the cardstock and the sentiment. I embossed one of the Framelit Label die with my Fancy Fan folder.

Don't have the colours in the combination? That's ok - just use as close as you can get! Also, your card must include a stamp.

Now, don't forget to pop over to CAS - Colours and Sketches and check out the DT's inspiration for you and then join in!! We would love to have you there.

Wednesday 2 January 2013

1st Challenge ever at Inkspirational!!

Well, it feels like 100 years ago that I applied to be on the DT of this awesome new challenge blog. I was very excited when contacted to say I had been accepted.

Our amazing leader Mynnette has put in an enormous amount of work and the day is finally here! Isn't the name just groovy - Inkspirational - love it!

Each week we will be bringing you Inkspiration in the way of Colours, Photo's, Case and Sketch. 

Our first challenge for you is a colour challenge. 

Here is my DT card -

I have used a CC Designs rubber stamp called 'Rainy Day Emma'. She is soooo cute! She has been coloured with my Touch Twin Markers. Her raincoat, gumboots and umbrella are covered with glossy accents. My white gel pen was used to create the faux stitching.
The sentiment is from my Petite Pairs set. 

The challenge is sponsored by the fabulous

To make sure you are in the running for the $12 gift voucher, please check out the rules

Well, now you have had a look at my card, go check out the other fabulous creations from my wonderful team mates. Just click HERE to take you to the challenge.

Thanks so much for looking and I can't wait to see your entries! xx