Thursday, 19 April 2018

Breathe Roses

My roses have finished for the year and are now setting hips, which are lovely themselves, especially the big fat red ones.  Those of you in the northern hemisphere will just be waiting for those new leaves and buds ...

I used a sketch to start this card:

Dies: unbranded
Layer stamp: Rosies Studio
Sentiment stamp:  Kaisercraft
French Script stamp: Hero Arts
Glossy Accents, Sparkle Shimmer on rose

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I tried some techniques shared by Jennifer McGuire (youtube) using oxide distress inks and made this card for one of the test pieces.

Stamp: Elusive Images
Die: Lawn Fawn
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts
Gems, Shimmer silver spray (click on for close up)

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Friends Stack

Anything goes with Circles Spots & Dots - the challenge at Incy Wincy designs.  The design team have lots of inspiration so check out our challenge, here: incywincydesigns

Our sponsor is Fabrika Fantasy (thanks FF) and I have used Funny Friends - get it here: fabrikafantasy-funny-friends

Image: Fabrika Fantasy
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Hastings Art Stamps
Solids dots: home made stencil
Line circles: Inkadinkadoo

I made the background using four Distress Inks stencilled through holes I had made in card with a punch. Then stamped the sentiment & line circles.  The panel is edged with Distress Ink.  These characters look like they're having fun, and I reckon they would do for lots of occasions.

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Sunday, 15 April 2018


Get your art on at the Crafters Café.  Anything arty, inky, drawing, painty - really just a good reason to get a bit messy.  Check it out here: crafterscafe

Thanks to sponsor Scribbles designs who provided this wonderfully exquisite image, get it here:  scribblesdesignsTangleDoodles

I made a background using Distress Oxide inks, smooshed, dabbed and dribbled.  Then, when it was dry I printed the image on it.  I trimmed it to focus on part of the image, and framed it like a work of art.  The diamonds spill out of the painting to the sentiment.
Sentiment stamp
Square dies: unbranded
Silver card from the dollar shop, gems

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Crafting Mari

We're getting arty at the Crafters Café, and you can too.  Get inspired by the design team and make
your own: crafterscafeblogchallenge

Thanks to sponsor Mari's Digis for this image, (there are lots of super images) get it here: maridigisstore-ideia-arteira

Image: Mari Digi
Coloured with Copics
Stencil: homemade
Sentiment stamp: Fundamentals
Also: twine, Nuvo Crystal Drops, WofS, Shimmer spray Sparkle

Crafters like a lot of Me Time.  I have just recently got back into quilting again and am just so enjoying getting lost in it, and this image is just right.

The background is made by using the negative of a diecut as a stencil - sponged with Distress Oxide inks and spritzed, dabbed then sprayed with shimmer mist.  Click on for a closer look.

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Almost Human

Crafters Café have a Work-Of-Art challenge this time!  SO get out your ARTY and have a go!  Make a background, do some doodling, painting, get inky.
Check out some DT inspiration too, here:

Sponsor Knitty Kitty Digis provided this wonderful quirky image which is part of a set, get it here: balloon-knitty kitty

Image: Knitty Kitty Digis - Balloon Chicken set
Sentiment stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Also Distress inks, Copics, White pigment pen, black pen, Lindy's Glitz spray on balloon.

The background is made with mica powder and a mica spray, spritzed, rubbed in and then decorated with my zentangles drawing shaped to fit the image.  The cut out chicken is coloured by dipping in wetted Distress Inks, and small details with Copics.

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Chicken Kite

Work of Art is the theme at the Crafters Café for this challenge - check out the design team's work and get inspired!

Thanks to Knitty Kitty, our sponsor, who has provided this fabulous image - so much fun - and you can get it here: balloon knitty kitty

Image: Knitty Kitty Digis - Balloon Chicken set
Sentiment stamp:  Art Impressions
Also: black ink, Copics, Distress Inks, Lindys Glitz   (click on pic to see the shimmer)

Gosh I felt like this mad hen sometimes and I only had four chicks!  

I printed the image twice on card. On one printed card the background is sponged, spritzed and misted with Lindy's Glitz Spritz, the other printed card is splattered with black ink (to make a speckled hen), some bits coloured with Copics, cut out and attached with 3D foam.

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Unicorn Birthday

Anything Arty is the challenge at the Crafters Café, see what the design team have made and have a go yourself, here: crafterscafeblogchallenge

Thanks to Mari Digis for this image, get it here: maridigisstore-unicornio

I put them into a spring rainbow garden - I used the Letterpress method of colouring the background card, by smooshing ink over the surface of the embossing folder then embossing it.  I like the effect it gives, sort of textural.  I wanted a very soft effect for the image so kept the colours minimal.  The image is lifted out from the background with 3D foam tape.

Image: Mari Digis
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Hastings Art Stamps
Ribbon, gems

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Bunny Bunny Fox Fox

 Spring is when all the critters come out to play, and these little critter stamps are so cute, I just want to keep using them. Initially I just stamped the fox, but he looked a bit lonely so I gave him a friend who brought along a little gift.

A one layer card.
I stamped a square direct-to-paper with distress ink, stamped the critters, and coloured them, then covered with Glossy Accents.  Then I masked the animals,  stamped onto acrylic, watered it down a bit and made splatter. 

Stamps: freebie with magazine
Coloured with Copics

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Monday, 9 April 2018

Collect Moments

Start the day off right: the first cup of coffee is always the best, and I don't know if you noticed, but having it in a pretty cup makes it taste better too.

My daughter (who lives in another city) and I will often have a virtual cuppa together while chatting on the phone; a text will get sent to warn of the phone call in 5 minutes - just time to make a cuppa, get comfortable, and put the feet up!  Lovely!

I wonder how many moments of friendship have been spent over a cuppa?

I stamped the image on a scrap of smooshed card from another project, just enough!  The edge of the card is inked with a toning colour.

Stamps: Finnabair

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Friday, 6 April 2018


This is something I made for a NZ cardswap that had to have a window of some kind.  When we were in UK I saw a couple of gardens with moongates, and thought this was the perfect die for that.

Die: unbranded
Flower punch: Martha Stewart
Flourish die: unbranded
Paper: Ultimate Crafts

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

Rhiannons Post - 9 years old

I don't have my own blog so I have to use Nonnas blog to put the cards onto.
I bought  3 washi tapes with my pocket money to make this card and only had to use one of nonnas to match.  I drew lines so I could get them straight.Nonna lets me use her stuff and I love to cuttle bug.  It took me ages to stick the layers together properly for the hello word.

(Note from Nonna: Entirely Rhi's work.  She is a perfectionist and is very proficient with tools and materials.  She loves learning different techniques and will persist until she gets it right.)
Die: Lawn Fawn.

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Chance of Rainbows

Rainbows are so beautiful and are such a cheering sight after or even during rain, symbolising a new start.  I used this sketch to begin:

I made the rainbow on card by smooshing Distress Inks on a large acrylic block (you know I like to get inky) and just allowed it to happen.  So it was ready to use and I just needed to trim it to shape... and use that perfect sentiment!

Sentiment stamp: Happy Little Stampers
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Flowerful Boot

I started with the sketch:

Image: Bugaboo
Coloured with Copics
Butterfly dies: Memory Box & Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp: Mama Elephant
EF: Cuttlebug
Also: Glossy Accents, Enamel Accents, Kindyglitz

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Rhiannon's Post - Squeal

This is Rhiannon's post using Nonna's blog because I don't have my own one. I am 9 years old.  I love to craft at Nonnas and I have my own desk in her craft room.

I used Nonnas cuttlebug machine to make the trees. I stamped the mouse on the background and on another piece of blue paper to cut out.  Squeal is a stamp and I used glitter glue for sparkles.  Squeal is very little and looks like he is lost in the forest.

(Nonna's note: Rhi does all the work herself and specially loves to use the cuttlebug for cutting and embossing.  She is meticulous in her work and is now designing her own images to use. She is my Crafting Buddy, and even though we live in different cities, we craft like mad when we get together.)

Monday, 2 April 2018

Natural Beauty

Nature and its Beauty is the theme at Incy Wincy, check out the design team, enter yourself, here:

Image thanks to our sponsor Sasayaki Glitter, find it here:

I wanted her in a glade and this die is perfect for that. I cut it twice, once in floral paper and once in pink card, (and slightly offset them so the pink showed),  adhered it with 3D foam.  Some homemade punched flowers with inked edges, and a butterfly - what a lovely day in the garden.

Image: Sasayaki Glitter
Coloured with Copics
Frame die:
Butterfly die:
Flower punch: Martha Stewart
Leaf punch: unbranded
Perfect Pearls (silver), gems

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Sunday, 1 April 2018

Birthday Croc

At the Crafters Café we have a TWOFER!  Two challenges in one, so you can do the sketch OR the Colour Combo (blue-green-yellow) or both!  Check out the design team's work here: crafterscafe

Our sponsor Lia Stamps provided this super birthday croc, here:

 Croc looks like it's having a real belly laugh... maybe because of the giant candles, or the tiny cake?  I think it would be one chomp and it's gone.

I masked the background and coloured the croc by sponging with DI,  took it off and reverse masked to colour the background.  Then spritzed with water to get blotches.  The hat and cake are painted with D.Oxides.  The candles are edged with black, the flames are actually diecut bodies of bees coloured with DI.

Image: Lia Stamps
Coloured with Distress Inks
Sentiment stamp: Rubbadubbadoo
Flame shaped diecut (bee): Elizabeth
White acrylic paint splatter, white gel pen, green sparkly pearl, green string

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L'oiseau ephemera

At 2CraftyCritterCrazies we do animals all the time for every challenge,  whether feathered, finned, furry, prickly, slimy or hairy.  Check out the design team and join in the challenge, here: 2craftycrittercrazies

Our sponsor this time is Linda Simpson (thanks Linda) and see her work, here: lindasimpsondesigns

Image: Linda Simpson: Les beaux oiseaux ephemera

It had such a beautiful vintage spring feel so I went with that and rummaged through my stash box, finding a scrap of ecru cotton lace, a flower I'd crocheted, some pearls and a soft rose coloured ribbon.
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Friday, 30 March 2018


Sometimes, especially in summer, the grandkids and I lie on our backs on the grass and look for cloud shapes.  Here is a cute doggy scene - guess what he sees in the cloud shapes?

Image: Ikes Art
Fence Die: Tim Holtz Alterations
Woof & bone stamp: Inkadinkadoo
Also: Copics, white pigment pen

I printed the dog, then coloured it with Distress Oxide Inks, sponged then spritzed.  He is cut out and stuck with 3D foam.   The sentiment and the bone 'clouds' are heat embossed.

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