Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Carftmad May Swap - Polka Dots

Hi everyone, our swap theme over at Craftmad for May was Polka Dots.  I had so much fun putting these cards together.  Of course, I used Pinterest for inspiration and cards to case. Click this link to see my inspiration for this card.  I am not quite sure where the flower image is from as I had it printed three times in my stash ready for colouring.  Thought it was a digital stamp I had but can't seem to find it.  I coloured the image with my copic pens, cut out the flowers to create the different layers.  Die cut the leaves and the word Thanks.  Silly me was looking for a tiny piece of orange card stock for 'Thanks' that would match the flower.  After about five minutes of searching I suddenly thought 'cut it in white and colour with the same coloured copic pen'. Duh!


I love this card, it just makes me smile.  This is the card I spied on Pinterest.  I used my Penny Black stamp "Thorny Affair".  Coloured him with my copic pens and cut off the holly leaves that he normally carries.  I pin pricked around the edge of the card front then stitched through the holes.  Free hand cut the balloon shape and attached the string.  Finished with work stickers from 'The Sticker Store'.

This for passing on by, wishing you a fantastic day.

You can see what other people have swapped in our Polka Dot swap here on our Pinterest Board.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Craftmad Christmas Card Sketch #4


As you can see from the photo it is a little dark here today as we have rain that has set in.  Great time to catch up on the Craftmad Christmas Card Sketches.  I have now finished my three cards using the April card sketch which is shown at the end of my post here.  If you would like to see everyone elses take on this sketch please visit out Pinterest board here.  

I found three white pre-folded cards for the base of my cards.  Then went through my Christmas papers and found some Stampin Up papers I bought a couple of years ago.  Teamed them with a variety of stickers from my stash.  Tadah! a Christmas card has emerged.


This is my favourite of all three.  I have had these foil bird stickers for a while and it's nice to put them to good use.





This one I am having a love hate relationship with it.  I think it depends on the angle I look at it whether I like it or not.



Running total - 13 Christmas cards completed. :-)


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Happy Birthday - Dogs


I made this card for my Sister-in-Law's birthday back in April.  She has two very cute miniature poodle type dogs which are the loves of her life.  Although, none of these dogs look like hers I thought she would appreciate the images.  I spied a cat card here on Pinterest which inspired me to make this card.  I remembered I had a sheet of black dog stickers from The Sticker Store that would be perfect.  I initially cut out 9 even white squares and attached them to the black pre-folded card.  Of course the squares looked wonky so then I added thin strips of black along all the joins.  Why didn't I think to just attach a square of white card stock first off then the grid of black thin strips…..guess you live and learn.  Next I attached all these fun dog stickers with 3D Foam tape to raise them up a little.  I made the little paw print from leftover pieces of stickers.  Done.

Wishing you a wonderful day.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Blurry Cat


Sorry the photo is a little blurry…..I was in a hurry to get the photo, envelope the card to mail off on the way to work so that it made it in time for my Sister-in-Law's birthday last Sunday.  

I couldn't resist the blog post title name either as I really enjoy listening to that new song Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots, my husband thinks I'm weird.  :-)  Oops, have now discovered the song is actually call 'Stressed Out'. 

My SIL adores cats and has a couple of her own.  I am enjoying collages and street graffiti so when I saw a card like this via Pinterest I thought I had to give it a go.  To start I found some cat information on the internet and printed that out then cut that into strips.  I then roughly cut out the black oval of card stock and hand drew with pencil a cat image.  I then filled the image with the strips of the printed paper.  Attached a couple of eyes, created a collar from paper scraps and a sticker.  Finished with a sticker border.  I know the result of the card is a little naive but I so enjoyed the process and always find it very relaxing attaching all the strips.

Thanks for passing on by.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day


Happy Mother's Day to all the Mum's out there.  Hope you receive a little acknowledgement somewhere throughout the day.  A simple 'hello phone call' will do me. :-)

This is the card I made for my Mother-in-Law using the Craftmad May Sketch.  You can see what other people have created with the sketch here on our Craftmad Sketch Pinterest Board.

I decided to use the image that I coloured with copics on my Daintree weekend away here. I teamed the image with some of my Graphic 45 papers.  The sentiment is computer generated, I then ran the yellow card stock through my new embossing folder.  Finished with some gel bling.




This photo shows my MIL card and card for my Mum….blogged here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Happy 18th Birthday Nephew


I found a wonderful tutorial for this card by Emily Pitts here.  Perfect for my nephews 18th birthday.  I had intended on sending him a Dan Murphy gift card but time ran out and he scored an iTunes gift card.  Although, I have since been told that he does not use iTunes and his younger sister scores these gift cards.  I am thinking I will send her (turning 15yo in July, I should have my act together by then) a Dan Murphy gift card so that her brother can use it. :-)  I enjoyed putting this card together and hope it was manly enough.


This photo shows where the gift card sits….modelled by my Spotlight members card. :-)

Thanks for passing on by.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Happy Day - Washi Candles


I am now up to date, this is my final card to share with you from 2015.  :-)
A quick and easy birthday card made with a variety of my washi tapes.  The flame shape I cut from foam to create a stamp then used to shades of yellow/orange ink to stamp the flame.

Hope your day is a good one…..or a happy one. :-)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tea Tree Cottage Daintree




We have just spent the ANZAC long weekend up at Tea Tree Cottage Daintree……not really a cottage but more a tree house.   We arrived up there late Friday afternoon.  This was the first holiday we have ever taken our dog with us, a nice change.  Although the older that he gets the more anxious he is in the car.  He has never been sick but these days is on the back seat and tends to watch the floor like he can see the road.  But we all made the trip and he enjoyed his break away with us.   This is the view I had on my first night while washing up the dishes after a BBQ meal cooked by my husband.


Saturday morning we were greeted with this view while drinking our first coffee of the day.


Looking back towards the BBQ and to the right is the kitchen window I was looking at the moon the night before.


From my seat on the verandah I could see through the dining area to our bedroom as you can see the house is made of trees…..everything is wood and so beautiful.


It was a very relaxing weekend.  I managed some colouring, read and entire James Patterson book….this is a huge achievement for me as there never seems enough time to just sit a read.  :-).  Played lots of puzzle games on my phone, played real Patience with actual cards….have not done that in a while, watched tele, walked the dog around the property.  But the best part of the weekend was our trip to Cow Bay to walk along the beach (dog friendly).  On the way we were privileged enough to see a Cassowary and chick (not a tiny chick it was about 80cm high) walk across the road in front of us.  In all my life (and it's been a lot of years in the tropics) I have never seen a Cassowary in the wild, seen lots of signs saying they exist and recent sitings.  So I am one happy chappy.   No photos as they were gone before we knew it and I just wanted to take the moment in.


This was our view on Sunday morning…..very wet and a little windy, so we just had to stay home all day and do nothing other than relax, read, colour, drink eat and talk to each other.  


More views Sunday morning….paw paws weren't quite ready for us.


We managed to walk around the yard a few times during the day between showers of rain.


Monday mornings view from the other kitchen window.  Still a little wet, we had our coffee, breakfast and headed back home.


We were front row on the ferry ride back across the Daintree river.


Now to plan our next adventure.



Saturday, April 23, 2016

Craftmad Swap - Die Cuts


This swap was way back in August last year and we had to swap to cards using diets.  I used my leaf die to cut out these lovely leaves then added a page from a novel behind.  Machine stitched the black card to the pink card stock  to create the card front.  Finished with some glossy gems and a die cut Happy Birthday.


This was my first chance to use my bike die.  I filled the basked with punched paper flowers to which I added a hint of glitter.  Finished the basket with a charm and some string.  Pin pricked a design around the edge of the topper and attached to this lovely floral background paper.  Finished with this beautiful die cut Happy Birthday sentiment.


Thanks for dropping on by.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Happy 16th - Butterfly Sparkle

Time to get this card posted as it is almost this girls birthday again.  I made this in August last year for my friends daughter who turned 16.  I did some faux stitching around the edge.  The butterfly is a Kaiser Craft stamp which I stamped in black ink onto the card front, I then coloured it with my copic pens.  On top I attached another butterfly which I had stamped onto acetate.  Gave the butterfly a bling trail.  I really love the effect.

Thanks for popping on by.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Craftmad Swap - Sentiment

This was a fun swap we did last year in Craftmad….we had to use a sentiment and make it the focal point of the card.  This did put me out of my comfort zone and delving very deep in my stash.  This first card I have used a beautiful pad of Kaiser Craft papers I was given which came with this wonderful sentiment.  I have teamed it with the collection of ribbons, wire, flower and pearls.  Really happy with the end result.

Digging again in my stash I found this terrific sticker that I have had for years.  I created a topper with it using my leaf, oval and labels, dies.  I attached a couple of bronze skeleton leaves I bought some time ago.  Adhered all this to the peach coloured paper which I had run through one of my new embossing folders.  One moment I like this card and the next I am not that keen….I think it is the colours as they are not ones I would normally use.

Hope your day has been a good one. :-)

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Birthday Card - Slider Card




Hi everyone, this is another Slider Card that I created this time using Stampin Up papers. Finished with a Happy Birthday clear sticker and these lovely gel spots….I just love how they shine.


Here is the view when the top tab is pulled to reveal another two levels.  More Stampin Up patterned paper from the same set.

Thanks for taking the time to pop in.



Thursday, April 14, 2016

Carftmad April Card Swap - Shaped Cards


Hi everyone, I have surprised myself and completed the April Craftmad Card Swap during April and managed to get them to the mailbox so that my partner can receive them during April.  Yay!  I did have fun creating these.  My partner and friend enjoys a cup of coffee so when I saw these shapes appearing in Pinterest I had to have a go. I found a template by Deonna here and I cut the shape from brown card stock attached the corrugated green card stock then created the cap which is attached to the inside of the card where the message can me written.  As I had my sewing machine out I decided to stitch all around the edges of the card.  I then stamped the card with one of the flourishes from my Stampin Up stamp set.  Finished with a Thank You sentiment and pink paper flower.


This is where you can add your Thank you message.

I just loved these chicken cards when I saw them and as my friend/partner is a country girl at heart I thought she would appreciate this shape as well.  An easy card to do, all the shapes were hand cut, I used Diane's template here.

Thanks for passing on by.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Starburst Flowers

Had to share another Sunburst card as you haven't seen one for me in a while. :-)

I have used more Stampin Up paper scraps, embossed and then machine stitched along the lines.  I finished with a computer generated birthday sentiment and all these wonderful paper flowers from my stash and leaves that I received from my secret santa.

Thanks for popping on by.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Wedding Card


A friend asked me to create a card for her godson's wedding.  I was inspired by a card I found in my Google search and sadly I did not keep the link to put on here.  If this is a card like yours please let me know.  I layered white on white, the top layer I added a square embossed border.  Then came the fun bit of punching out all these tiny flowers.  I then glued them to a heart shape piece of card stock, next I attached all the bling.  I added the silver ribbon and used a sticker sentiment with the silver glitter paper punched hearts.  I really love the end result. So much sparkle.  Although at the end I suddenly remembered it was her godSON's wedding and thought this may a bit too girly but thankfully she loved it. 

Edit: attaching the flowers was not as fiddly or take as long as I thought.  I think attaching the the gems was trickiest, making sure they were in the centre.  Then a couple fell off when I first picked it up so had to re attach.


Just another angle.

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