Saturday, February 28, 2009

Cuttled Daisy Pop Up Card

I really like how this card turned out. I used Green Bazzill Bling for the base card. Then added a layer of yellow board which I had embossed using the cuttlebug embossing folder "Stylized Flowers'. I attached three material flowers (consisting of two material flowers) with a brad to the topper, finishing with a gold Letraset rub-on for the greeting. Inside I cut a pop-up that says 'Happy Birthday' using my craft-robo. Before attaching I embossed half of the pop up with the 'Stylized Flower' embossing folder and attached another material flower.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Four little yoyos in a row

I had these little notelet cards sitting on my desk. They were perfect to add a yoyo too. The tricky part then was adding jus a little more embellishment. The 1st notelet I finished off with a little lace down the side and the stem has the word 'carefree' rubbed on. The second notelet I thought just adding the stem and an organza ribbon was plenty. Third notelet, I machine stitched two lines around the edge of the card in white. Added a cross grain ribbon for the stem which I zig zagged up the centre. Then added a little pink cross grain bow. The last little notelet I think still needs a little something. Just not sure what the something is. I added a dark green wire stem and leaf to the yoyo and finished off with a strip of embossed black board. I embossed with the cuttlebug folder 'Swiss Dots'.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Yoyo Flower

Yesterday, I was busy and made 8 yoyo flower cards. I had a lot of fun along the way. The cards were all inspired by Kaye's layout over at Craftmad. This was my favourite. I used SU River Rock as the base card. Finally, I got to use the wrapping paper I wanted to use way back in the beach scene below. I attached a strip of the red and white wrapping paper and added lace for the edging, then attached three red buttons. I then adhered the yoyo flower and created a stem and leaves from red wire. Finished off by pin pricking the two right hand corners.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lawn Bowls

I have made this card for my uncle whose birthday is this coming Friday. He used to be a greenkeeper for the locak bowls club so I am hoping that he enjoys this card. I used black leathercraft as the base card, then added a layer of SU Certainly Celery, then the front of an oval aperture card made from yellow leathercraft board. I attached the lawn bowls picture to the oval and then hot gold embossed around the edge of the oval, inked around the edge of the yellow card and added a brad in each corner. Finished off with two smaller lawn bowls pictures and a gold sticker happy birthday.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Party dress

I used purple card as the base. I had stamped the dress and shoe images at a stamping morning where a lovely lady allowed us to use her collection (large) of stamps. I coloured the dress using water colour pencils and cut it out. I added to straps with sewing thread. Made a little wire coathanger to hang the dress on. Coloured the shoes with water colour pencils. I needed one more item so made a small beaded necklace to add to the collection. I attached the oval topper and then ran a rolled ribbon around the edge and tied into a bow. This card was a lot of fun to make...took a while.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Pink Butterflies

I used blue card for the base. Added a strip of pink which I added dots of Kindy Glitz. Stamped some butterflies on pink board and cut the wings out. I then Kindy Glitzed the wings. The bodies I made by cutting a length of wire and folding in half, then thread pink beads on for the body. The two ends I curled to look like antennas.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Handbags and Card

Well I did it! I finished off the two projects I set for myself to do yesterday. First was these cute handbags for the Craftmad February Swap. One of these I am to fill with crafting embellishments. They only measure 5cm it will be filled with small embellishments. The second my partner is to somehow use to decorate our card for a swap in March. I cut the little bags out using my craftrobo.... the craftrobo and I had words...well I did. One day I will figure out that machine. :-) I decorated the pink bag using little pink paper rosettes, the left over bits of gold stickers and a scrap of SU rose red which I cut to shape using fancy edged scissors. I also cut a third bag shape out of cream pearl like paper which I used to line the pink bag with. The green bag, my daughter decorated. The green leather like paper is from Blue Edge Crafts. Melissa used Kaisercraft pearl bling and gold butterfly stickers (Sticker Store). i think I will have to cut out another couple to decorate and keep here as they are too cute.

Back view This is the card I created for my Dad's birthday today. I used black leathercraft card for the base card. Layerd with SU Really Rust and SU Old Olive. Then used a picture from my sports book. Added black corner stickers and a gold vertical Happy Birthday Sticker. (Sticker Store). It ended up being a quick card for me but I love the result.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

No Pictures

Sorry no photos today was too busy buying groceries and so forth yesterday. However, today should be a different story. I have every intention on completing my little paper bag for our swap over at Craftmad. I also need to make a card for my Dad's birthday tomorrow... nothing like leaving it till the last moment. I am also pulling apart a yoyo (suffolk puff) bedspread that my MIL made for my daughter. My daughter had it on her bed for a couple of years but it no longer suits her theme and has been sitting in the linen cupboard. I think this is a waste of all the time and effort that my MIL put into it. So I am making up a couple of cushion covers for my daughter and she will be able to keep them forever. The remainder I plan on turning into clowns or horses. I picked up patterns from my Mum yesterday, so a bit of sewing happening soon. Have a great Saturday everyone.

Friday, February 20, 2009

10 minute card

Good morning everyone, my provider has decided that I can play on the computer today. Yesterday, I just couldn't get online. So I set myself a challenge, I restarted the computer and had to make a card before it came back on. Well the computer does restart a little quicker than I can create a card but in the end this card did only take 10 mins to make. I used SU Bravo Burgandy for my base card, SU Rose Red paper, then I attached a ribbon, cuttlebugged the topper using the Swiss dots embossing folder. Then added a lovely saying that I received from a talented person in Canada, Deborah, (nice to be able to find a use for one of the tags). To finish off I added three punched out hearts and a Silver Kaisercraft bling to each. What a shame I didn't think of this for Valentines day.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Beach Scene

This is my desk at the end of making this card which took forever. See the red and white print. This is wrapping paper I used on a friends present and I loved the pattern. I thought it would be good on a card with one of these old sports photos. Well......

This is the card and as you can see no red and white. It just would not work not matter what background etc I used. For this card I used SU River Rock as the base card and inked around the edges. I cut an image from my sports illustration book and dabbed some ink colours onto the picture. The top paper is a scrap I collect ages ago and knew would come in handy one day. I used the SU Pricelss set for the flourish, flowers and So Kind, finished with lace and pearl bling.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dress cards

Good morning everyone, on this lovely sunshiney day. Once I post this I am off to take Scruff for a quick walk and then who knows what will happen.

Today I have two cards that I did for a Craftmad Card swap last year, theme clothing. The first card I used SU Pale Plum as the base card and stamped the background using clear versa mark and spots from SU Fun Filled set. To finish off the background I hand sewed gold sequins around the card. I then gold embossed a piece of sewing pattern and attached the card behind the topper. The topper I used purple card topped with SU Sage Shadow, the corner I cut on my craft robo, then added a gold dress sticker from the Sticker Store.

The second card I used a purple card as the base card. Cuttlebugged cream card using the 'Bloom' embossing folder. I stuck a corset sticker to a piece of board and made a skirt from thin gold edge stickers then I cut out the dress image and attached to the card. Finished off with gold Happy Birthday stickers and three lilac pearl bling.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Cross Stitched Rose

Ruth gave me this stamped image as a birthday present. So not sure what company made the stamp but it sure is a lovely image. I coloured the rose in using watercolour pencils and an aqau pen. I attached it to a base card of SU Rose Red and then cross stitched on SU Always Artichoke.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Girls Special Day

I enjoy creating these girls so had another day of fun yesterday. I used SU Green Gable card for the base thena strip of Kaisercraft Playtime 'Laugh', next layer is Bazzill Bling. I machine stitched the girl topper on to the Bazzil Bling using straight and zig-zag stitch. The girls are created from my offcut box. I cuttlebugged the first girls dress using a foil pink board and 'Swiss Dots' embossing folder, a little bit of embroidery floss for the box. The middle girl I added a punched out flower with a bit of bling for the centre. Third girl I inked around the edge of the dress as I did with all the layers using SU Rose Red. Finished it off with a strip of SU Rose Red and 'Special Day' cut from a magazine.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Horse Lady

Another image from the wonderful book of sports images that I bought. I used SU So Saffron as the the base card. Topped with SU paper in the Rose Red theme. I inked around the edge of the card and the image with SU So Saffron. I used a Fiskars Emboss plus Punch for the corners of the image. Attached a strip of lace and a gold border sticker to the centre of the card. Three pearl bling from Kaisercraft. Along the top of the card I did some faux stitching.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Silver daisies

This time I tried glitter on Silver gloss card. I used SU Tempting Turquoise as the base card and then topped it with SU Pink Passion. I drew daisies on to silver gloss card with a black permanent marker then using a glue pen added glitters. I cut the gloss square into oblong shapes and attached to the card front. To finish off I added to blue eyelets and threaded a white ribbon through and tied into a bow. It needed something else so pinpricked around the right hand edge. Now this card is jetting it's way over to a girl in Finland for her birthday.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Just visiting around the world.

I am making the most of my last few minutes to check out the blogs offering giveaways in What a wonderful time I have had visiting all the different countries and the amazing and talented people who own the blogs. Who knew there were so many varieties of craft and artwork out there to do. I will hopefully be back on track tomorrow with a card to post. Must dash I am off to Nanas Gift Nook in the US.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Lemonade Scones

Something different today. I just had a need to make scones. Normally, my end results are rock cakes but I have to share this recipe as I got these following comments. From hubby "I have found someone to marry" (we have be married 20+ years). From son "Mum you will have to cook these all the time" and the best comment from our 15yo son " I'm full". :-)

Lemonade Scones


1 cup Lemonade
1 cup Cream
3 cups Self Raising Flour
1 Egg
1. Preheat oven to 220C
2. Add Lemonade, Cream and SR Flour to a bowl, mix to form a soft dough, turn out on to a floured surface.
3. Knead dough to a 2cm thickness and then cut out with floured scone cutter.
4. Place close together on tray and brush with beaten egg. Bake for 10-15mins.

I ended up with about 25 scones.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


Last Friday, I had a dentist appointment which I was a little early to. So I was looking around the shops and spied a pile of books on sale. In the pile I found a small A5 sized book full of old sports pictures. I ummed and aaahhhed whether to get it as I thought the pictures would be brilliant for cards. The book was $12.95 marked down from $24. I walked away leaving it there and then thought why not have a little splurge. As I walked back I noticed the big red signs on the table that said all these books $2 each. So yes I bought it. This card has one of the images from the book. I used SU Wild Wasabi as the base card, inked around the edges, a layer of black, then tennis background paper from a magazine. Then I added the image with a strip of black lace along the bottom and three material flowers. Lastly, a letraset rub-on 'memories'.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Love is in the air

A late start on here for me this morning. It wasn't raining so I thought it was a good chance to attack my garden that is growing wild. Managed to get two gardens under control but then the sun was heating up and the humidity is not fun. So it is time to be back inside. Yesterday it rained so I had time to create a couple more cards using the Craftmad February sketch challenge.
This first card I had the Cuttlebug Challenge #17 in mind. A Love Card using Cuttlebug. I used the little set I received with my cuttlebug 'Celebration Stamps'. First time I have used them thanks to this challenge. I embossed a piece of Bazzill Bling, a piece of paper that I had cold laminated and lastly red acetate. The base card is SU Wild Wasabi. The handmade paper I created about five years ago which I added orange peelings. Rub-on greeting from Letraset. To finish off I machine sewed around the edge in red.

This card I made using the Craftmad Card Sketch Challenge and Colour Challenge (Cream, Blue and Brown). I used SU Night of Navy as the base card a brown textured paper for the top which I stamped with flourishes from SU Priceless set. The cream squares I cut using the die from the Cuttlebug "Celebrations Stamps' set. On these squares I stamped the heart from the SU Priceless set in Regal Rose, Rose Red and Bravo Burgandy. I machined stitched around the edge of the card and added a Happy Anniversary sticker.

This card is going to my wonderful parents today as they are celebrating their 45th Wedding Anniversary. How amazing is that!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Mornin everyone, sorry to miss yesterday but had to be out of the house early and then when I was home in the arvo so was the rest of the family. No computer time then. :-)

Something that has been keeping me busy while I have been online is a wonderful gigantic giveaway around the world. To be eligible for a lot of the giveaways you have to have an active blog which is the whole reason for this event. To meet people and blogs that you would not normally meet. This event was started in 2007 by a wonderful lady Lisa Swifka. This is her blog and the list of 911 particapating blogs. All this happens until 12th Feb.

Now for my cards this morning. They are pretty basic but all I had the time to create. I used images I had collected from a magazine offer years ago. I used a cream base card and layered the images on blue and red. The top image I added a gold sticker border and a Best Wishes sticker greeting. (Sticker Store) The second card I cut slits in the side of the card and threaded through organza ribbon.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Lacy Butterfly

I used SU Almost Amethyst board and paper for this card. The topper I stamped the flourish and butterfly from SU Priceless set. The flourish I gold embossed and used Pretty in Pink ink for the butterfly. I added a jewel to the butterfly wing to finish it off. Inked around the edges. Added a strip of lace next to the background paper.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Time for a Tearbear

I use thick mulberry paper to create this bear. I used an aquabrush to draw the shape I needed on the paper and then tore the shape out. Then used chalk to go around all the edges to highlight them. Glued all the pieces together on a backing piece of paper. I find this makes it much more solid. Added the nose and the eyes and she came to life so I had to had a bow to finish her look off. I use a gel pen to draw the mouth and other details as this doesn't bleed into the paper.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The challenge is on at Craftmad

Well February has arrived and so have all the challenges and swaps over at Craftmad. We have a photographic challenge - FLOWERS. A card sketch challenge, the image is here. As a bonus challenge Kaye has thrown in three colours to use. Brown, Blue and Cream. There is also a scrap page sketch to try, the image is here. Also to fill up the month we are doing a swap with other members. We will be emailed a small bag template. The plan is to print out two, one to decorate and fill with small crafting goodies from our stocks and the other to leave plain. We will then send these on to our partners. Then for March our partner somehow incorporates the plain bag into a card for the March Swap.

Well here is my first go at the card sketch in which I used the sunflower images I recieved from our image swap at Craftmad last year.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Cat and Ball

Mornin' everyone, yesterday it rained and rained and rained. So I had plenty of time to create a card and also get a bit further through Harry Potter - The Half Blood Prince. Yay, only one more book to go.

I am enjoying these decoupage images, I think, because they are not so detailed. I cut this cat out and then inked all around the edges with Staz-on Timber Brown Ink and then layered him up using 3D double sided foam squares. I used SU Yoyo Yellow as the base card, then SU Sahara Sand, then SU Real Red. I cut a slit in the corners of the Real Red panel and slid the cat panel in. I thought the cat looked pretty happy with himself so he needed something that he had been playing with. So I used a circle piece of scrap board and wrapped crochet cotton around to form the ball of wool that he had been playing with. Finished off with a silver Happy Birthday sticker from the Sticker Store.


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