Sunday, 31 July 2011

The Roses Challenge - Christmas In July

Good Morning,

 It's the last Sunday of the month so that means it's time for The Roses Challenge. The lovely Connie picked Christmas in July for her challenge, I'm really looking forward to all the Christmas cards the girls will be sharing. If you want to check them all out you will find the links under The Roses tab at the top of my page.......Go say hello!

I think this is the first Christmas card I've made this year but I should start adding a few's getting ever closer!

My card uses a Waltzingmouse frame from the Holiday Labels No 14 set with a sentiment from Nutcracker Sweet which is another Waltzingmouse Christmas set.

Lots of dies on this little number.....Spellbinder Labels 14 (naturally) as well as the Rose Creations and foliage dies with a petite oval die for the sentiment. The pretty Doily die is from Cheery Lynn Dies.

There we are Connie, hope you like my Christmas in July card and thanks for getting me started!

Hope you're week end is going well.  We started ours well with a party to celebrate friends Golden Wedding Anniversary on Friday with Dinner and dancing.  Saturday was a lovely day here with plenty of sunshine so the garden is starting to dry out after all the rain.

I'll be back on Monday to share the Golden Wedding Anniversary card I made.  Tuesday is AnnaBelle Stamps 1st Blog Hop for August.  We get to show you a brand new set ..... it's a beauty and as always Andrea has a prize for one lucky person so come and join us!!!!!

Enjoy the rest of your week end........

I'm entering my card in the following Challenges:


Friday, 29 July 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps Sketch Challenge # 40

Hello Blogger's,

Here's Andrea's sketch for this week, hope you'll play along with us for your chance of the prize.  You can see all the cards for this week at the  AnnaBelle Stamps Blog.

Here's my card featuring Lil Bee's Big Flowers.

I love red and chocolate together so used some of Andrea's Digital Daisies and gingham with American Craft red card.  A white gel pen added some faux stitching. Lil Bee was coloured with Copic markers and I popped the front flower up on a foam that shadow:).  Some AnnaBelle pearl hearts for my bling today  and with the sentiment clear embossed the card was finished.

I hope you'll go check in with the Belle's, you'll find links to all their blogs under the DT tab at the top of my page.  Today we say farewell to Kerry, I'll miss her beautiful cards here each week. Good luck Kerry hope all goes well for you.

I'm entering this crd in the  Make It Monday Challenge # 47

Hope you'll all have a great week end, catch you soon........

About our challenges:
- We post our challenges every Friday at 12:00pm AEST (AEDT during Daylight Savings).
- Each challenge runs for a week, and will close on the Thursday 5.00pm so that we can announce and showcase our weekly winners prior to the next challenge. 
- Each week’s winner will receive our special blinkie to display on their blog and a special little something.  Our last challenge for the month will be a sketch challenge, which will attract our main prize of a $15.00 gift voucher for that week’s winner.

How To Play Along:
- Copy and save our challenge banner and include it and a link back to the ABS blog in your post.
- Please link directly to your entry not just to your blog.
- Please don't link to postings made prior to the date of our current challenge.  All projects submitted must be new.
- A maximum of 7 challenges may be combined including this one.       
- You may enter any challenge several times as long as each submission is with a new creation.
- We would love you to use AnnaBelle Stamps and embellishments, but you can play along without using them, it’s all about sharing ideas.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

Heartfelt Creations Day 2

Hi Blogger's,

After a day of  colouring, cutting,  and sticking I think I've caught up again......... So today I'm sharing my second card made for Heartfelt Creations this week.

I love all the beautiful frame dies Linda designs for Spellbinders and this card uses an oval one though I've taken out the cross section (window panes) for my card.  

Here are the details:

5 x inch top fold card.

HC Products:              HCPC 3319 Simple Filler Stems PreCut Set (sentiment)
                                    HCPC 3318 Daisy Patch Flowers PreCut Set
                                    HCPC 3405 Leaf Medley PreCut Set
                                    HCD 710 Decorative Oval Window Die
                                    HCD 703 Daisy Patch
                                    Spellbinders Shapeabilities Foliage Die
                                    8.5 x 1 Clear Cardstock
Other Products:-          Card: Canson Cream and Bronze card. Melody Ross - Soul Food DSP. Scraps of SU Kiwi Kiss card for leaves.  Inks: SU Kiwi Kiss. Ranger Tea Die Distress Ink. Stamp World clear embossing powder. Embellishments: KaiserCraft self-adhesive pears in copper. Copper organza ribbon and Vandoros cream and stitched ribbon.  Other: Zip Dry glue Dries Clear adhesive, Stix2 doubles sided polyester ultra sticky clear tape. ScorPal , Grand Calibur. Stamp-a-ma-jig.
Trim and score bronze card to make a 5 x 5 inch card.
  1. Centre HCD 710 die on the front section of the bronze card, cut and emboss the opening.  Fold the card at the 5” score line.
  2.  From cream card die cut and emboss HCD 710. Sit this over the front opening on the card.
  3.  From the clear cardstock cut a piece to measure 4-7/8” square. Add a length of tape to the top and bottom with the Stix2 1/8” tape.  Add a few dots of Zip dry around the inside of the cream die cut shape. Adhere the clear cardstock to the front panel of the card from the inside.  This will hold the cream die cut border in place.
  4. Trim a piece of self-patterned dsp to 4-7/8” square and add this to the inside of the card.
  5.  Using tea die distress ink and a stamp-a-ma-jig centre stamp the sentiment to the dsp.
  6.  From the same dsp and ink stamp three sets of flowers from HCPC 3318 (the first 4 size flowers – not the large one). Emboss with clear embossing powder and then with the matching die cut out the flowers.
  7.  Stamp four of the smallest leaves from HCPC 3405 and cut and emboss with the matching die from the Spellbinders Foliage set.
  8.  Shape and using Dries Clear adhesive layer the Daisy Patch flowers (I added and extra large layer to my centre on).  Add a pearl to the centre of each.
  9.  Arrange the three flowers and the leaves along the bottom of the card.
  10.   Layer the two pieces of ribbon and tie a bow. Add this to the top of the card with Stix2 clear tape.

Thanks for calling past today, I'm back tomorrow with AnnaBelle Stamps sketch challenge. Why not drop in and join in the fun Andrea has a prize for one lucky person who takes this weeks challenge.
Till then............


Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Heartfelt Creations

Hi Blogger's,

I've been trying to catch up on some cards so am running a little late with this post, so sorry.......but there are some awesome things happening very soon so make sure to keep in touch!!

Today I'm sharing a project from Heartfelt Creations you can see all this week's DT cards over at the Blog or if you'd like to visit with the girls that make up this amazing DT you'll find the links under the DT tab at the top of my page.

OK so one today and the second tomorrow........ These roses are such fun to make and with this one I hope you can see the pretty glimmer I added to the petals with glimmer mist.  I also made up an embossing folder to use one of the leaf shapes to create an embossed background......I so have to make more of these!

OK here are the details:

4.25 x 5.5 Top fold card.

HC Products:  HCPC 3405 Leaf Medley PreCut Set
                        HCPC 3406 Botanical Floral 1 PreCut Set
                        HCPC 3407 Botanical Floral 2 PreCut Set
                        HCPC 3388 Spring Cardinals PreCut Set (Sentiment)
                        HCD 713 Decorative lace border die
                        Spellbinder Shapeabilities Foliage die
                        Spellbinders Rose Creations die
Other:           Cason cream card, Romanprint Ivory. American Crafts green card, Webster’s Pages dsp. scraps of Pink Paislee dsp for the rose.
Inks: Memento tuxedo black and bamboo leaves. s.e.i. coral chalk ink.
AnnaBelle peach Sprinkles, Tattered Angels glimmer mist – iridescent gold. Cream rayon ribbon.  Fiskars something old something new corner punch. Zip Dry glue, dries clear adhesive and foam mounting tape. ScoPal, Spellbinders Labels 14 dieGrand Calibur.

I’ve used a small leaf from the Foliage set to create an embossing pattern for my peach dsp. Here’s how: Cut some standard card the size to suit your cutting machine, mine is 5.5 x 6 inches to use in the Grand Calibur. Then from some thicker card, (I used my Cason base card) die cut enough shapes to cover your base card (22 for my size). Arrange and glue the shapes in position with zip dry glue.

1.     Cut green card to 4-1/8 x 5-3/8 inches.
2.     Run the peach dsp through the Grand Calibur using the leaf embossing sheet to emboss. Trim to 4 x 5-2/8 inches. Punch the top corner and adhere to green card. Add a peach Sprinkle to each corner.
3.     From Ivory card die cut the lace using HCD 713. Trim to desired shape and size to fit the front of the card. Thread cream ribbon tying to the right with a bow. Adhere lace to card front.
4.     Stamp 5 layers of petals from the Botanical Floral stamps in coral chalk ink.  Stamp one leaf set to green card using bamboo leaves ink. Die cut all using the matching dies.
5.     Adhere the leaves to card front. Sponge, shape and layer the petals to make 1 bloom adding the peach Sprinkle to the centre. Spray the finished bloom with glimmer mist. Once this is dry add to the card front.
6.     Stamp sentiment to Ivory card. Die cut using the Labels 14 die. Using foam mounting tape add this to the card front.

I'm Adding this card to the challenge over at     Make It Monday #47

Thanks for taking the time to stop by, I hope you'll call back tomorrow.......

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

It never rains but it pours......

Hi Blogger's.

I'm just popping in to leave a couple of pictures.  Thought I'd share.....Sydney got it's share of the rain at the end of last week, 4 days where it poured almost non stop.

My pour garden took a hiding. The pool and ponds are full to the brim and we had some flooding at the back of the garden. Thankfully all the dish drains around the house stood up quite well diverting the water off into the bush or over the rocks away from us and the people below us!
The drain Ian set all down the length of our drive and across the bottom of it did pretty well too. Amazingly though a couple of years back he dug a ditch leading off from this drain out into the bush at the side of us and that came into it's own too...hank can see the amount of water flowing down there....It will probably run for some time too! We lost some wattle which was a shame, but it was heavy with blossom and the wieght of the rain just split a limb.

All in all a busy time this week end, once the rain stopped it was time to clean up. Not a lot of crafting done so I need to get busy.

See you later,


Saturday, 23 July 2011

Two more for Heartfelt Creations.

How are you all? Ready for the week end I guess..........Hope you have some decent weather over your way!!!!  We're in the middle of a wet spell here in Sydney flooding all around so your's truly is sitting in her room refusing to move very far :)  The boss and I went grocery shopping yesterday we're stocked up so no need to move too far from home............Oh .... roll on summer I say and if you hear me complain about being too hot please remind me about this post :):)

OK as promised I have two little projects from this weeks Heartfelt Creations post to share. One simple bookmark... and if you purchase the new 'Tropical Flourish Swirls' set you'll see that the large image was perfect for a bookmark or tag.  Here's mine a quick easy project that could also be added to the front of a card see what you think....

I just wanted to colour these blossoms so no extra layers, it's really pretty enough as it is don't you think? 
I coloured this with Copic markers and added pearls to the flower centres.  Once again I followed Becca's tutorial for using a border punch to create a frame. You'll find the link for her tutorial under the tab at the top of my page.

Now my second project is a bit more involved.....I wanted to try a vintage looking Tag. I don't make many tags because I rarely use them but I enjoyed the process with this one. You might have to click on the image to see it in a little more detail........

Here are the details:

3 x 6.25 inches

HC Products:               HCPC 3408 Woodland Fern PreCut Set
                                    HCPC 3406 Botanical Floral 1 PreCut Set
                                    HCPC 3320 Vintage Word Background PreCutSet
                                    HCPC 3309 Faith Heb.11:1 PreCut Set
                                    Spellbinder Rose Creations Die
                                    Spellbinder Shapeabilities Foliage Die
Other products:         2 Manilla Labels. Basic Grey - Cappella dsp. DCWV – Mariposa Matstack (for the cut out butterfly). Rangers Distress Inks in Frayed Burlap, Tea Die and Antique Linen.  VersaMark with copper embossing powder.
SU Spiral Border Punch. AnnaBelle’s Sultana Sprinkles. Metal spacer. Brown twisted cord, brown leather cord, jute and jute tape. Sewing machine and thread. Dries Clear adhesive.

1.     Stamp the fern from HCPC 3408 in antique linen to one label.  Stamp the top of the label with HCPC 3320 and tea die. Sponge the label with a mixture of all 3 distress inks.
2.     Distress the edges of the label before embossing with copper embossing powder.
3.     Tear a piece of Cappella dsp. Punch one edge with the Spiral border punch and sponge with Tea Die ink.  Machine stitch this piece to the label.
4.     Adhere a strip of jute tape over the dsp.
5.     Using antique linen ink stamp the sentiment from HCPC 3309 to the 2nd manila label. Trim the label to make a 3 x 2.75 “ mini label. Sponge the edges as before punching the bottom edge with the spiral border punch.
6.     Stamp one of the ferns from HCPC 3408 to a scrap of pale dsp with tea die ink. Using the Spellbinder Foliage die cut this out and adhere over the jute tape with the top overlapping and holding the mini label in place.
7.     Stamp 3 layers from HCPC 3406 to dsp using tea die ink. Using the matching dies cut the petals out. Shape and layer using Dries Clear adhesive. Set the centre with the metal spacer and Sprinkle.  Emboss the outer petals with VersaMark and copper embossing powder.
8.     Form 2 loops from the leather cord and tape the bottom to hold. Adhere the loops to the tag front before adding the completed flower.
9.     Trim a butterfly from the Mariposa dsp and adhere to the tag.
10. Thread the brown twisted cord and jute through the top of the tag and add three sultana Sprinkles to complete.

 So there you are,  all done for this week.  We start again next Wednesday and I have some cards to share so hope you'll call back.


Friday, 22 July 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps - Say It in.......


The AnnaBelle Stamps challenge this week is to say it in Red Cream and Chocolate, we hope you'll join in and play along with us.   We had 29 entries last week can we manage a few more?
So far only 19 names down for the Blog Hop there must be more stampers who would love to work with 'All Things Grow' you just need to get your name on the Inlinkz "thingie" here for your chance!

OK on to my card........

 I've used 'All Things Grow" for this week's challenge the soft grasses are hard to resist. For this one I stamped them to chocolate card and popped up a cream frame, adding the cherry Sprinkles for a little bling.
One of the two pretty butterflies was added to the Birthday sentiment to complete this card.

You can see all the DT's cards on the AnnaBelle Stamps blog along with one from our guest designer Betty.  If you'd rather visit each of them you can find the links in the DT tab at the top of my page.

I'm adding this card to the following Challenges:
Make It Monday # 46 Anything Goes .
Flutterby Wednesday #163 -  Butterfly, Fairy or Angel.
Craft Room Challenge # 4 - Butterflies. (Tues 26th)

Thanks for calling's still raining in Sydney...I think it's forgotten how to stop!  I'm back with a couple of Heartfelt Creations projects tomorrow at 3pm (Sydney Time).   Till then............

Product List:
Canson cream card, American Craft chocolate card. DSP - Pebbles happy go lucky - delight. Corrugated card. VersaMagic Archival chalk ink - cloud white. Spellbinder Shapeabilities Parisian Motifs. Fiskar's Something Old Something New corner punch.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Birthday Wishes - WMSC # 56

Hi Blogger's,

What kind of week have you had?

Suffering the Winter blues here in Sydney. The weather has been cold and  it's been raining 'cats and dogs'.  The radio is no comfort .......only bad news sells it seems, it's itunes or nothing at the moment.  Ah well at least I don't feel guilty sitting in 'my' room.

I have a card to share, it's made for the Waltzingmouse challenge # 56  and a great little sketch too!

I've used one of the July release sets for my card  it's called 'Eat Cake'.

I love the swag background that comes with this set and all the different ways you can decorate your cake!  Mine is wearing pink royal icing with chocolate piping yum  :):).

I'll be posting my last two projects for Heartfelt Creations this week....... on Saturday all things being equal!!!  

Friday is AnnaBelle Stamps Challenge day hope to see you then............. 


Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Heartfelt Creations - Butterfly Garden Gift Box


Welcome to the next round of projects using Heartfelt Creations Botanical Garden Collection. If you've arrived here from the H.C. blog thank you so much for calling past. I'm sharing two of my projects today with 2 more on Thursday. I hope you'll take a moment to check in with the rest of the girls who make up the Design Team......Links under the DT tab at the top of my page.

My 1st project is a gift box which is a simply constructed square box with the addition of a firmer base and top. I've also added a clear centre which involves lining up circle die cuts on three layers.  The instructions as always have been added for those who want to try one and I'm happy to answer questions....just email me.

5 x 5 inches square.

HC Products:  HCPC 3406 Botanical Floral 1 PreCut Set
                          HCPC 3405 Leaf Medley PreCut Set
                          Spellbinder Shapeabilities Foliage Die
                          Spellbinders Rose Creations Die
                          Spellbinders Fanciful Flight Die
                          Spellbinders Large Circle Die
                          8.5 x 11 Clear Card stock
Other Products:
American Craft Card – pale green, dark green and scraps of glittered card for the butterflies.  
DSP - Pink Paislee – Butterfly Garden Collection, Kaisercraft – Cappella, 
Prima Fairy Flora 6 x 6 paper pad. Cereal Box or stiff card.
Inks: Memento bamboo Leaves, SU Apricot Appeal, VersaMagic Cloud white chalk ink.
AnnaBelle’s Sprinkles in 4mm artichoke and peach. White lace, Green ribbon and LSS flower centres in Apricot. 
Zip Dry Glue and Dries Clear adhesive. ScorPal. Corner rounder.

1. From the stiff card or cereal box cut 2 5” squares and round all corners.
2. From Fairy Flora dsp cut 2 5” squares and round the corners.
3. The box is a basic box construction. So from a 7.5” square of pale green card score at 1.5” and 6”. Turn and score again 1.5 and 6”. Then you need to cut once at each corner to the score line (4 cuts total) to fold in one edge to form the box. Adhere to hold. This gives you a 4.5-inch box.
4. For the lid start with a 7-5/8” square of pale green card and score at 1.5 and 6-1/8”. (Making the lid a little larger for an easy fit.) Make the corner cuts the same as before but before glue is added line up the pale green box centre with the top dsp and the thick card to die cut the centre cut out. Cut!! Fold and adhere the side to make to box lid.
5. Cut a piece of Clear Card stock 4.5 inches square.
6. Centre and adhere the pale green card base to the thick card/cereal box make sure the dsp is facing up.
7. For the lid start with the pale green lid then layer the thick card then the clear card stock with the dsp as the top layer.
8. To decorate the box cut 2 x 1.25 “ strips from a 12x12 piece of dsp. Join to make it long enough to fit around all four sides. Adhere to sides of lid. Layer a length of ribbon and some lace and adhere these to the sides of the lid. Tie a double looped bow and add to the centre.
9. Chalk around the outside edge of the lid.
10. Stamp two flowers from HCPC 3406 to the Pink Paislee dsp using apricot appeal ink. Stamp 4 sets of leaves from HCPC 3405 to dark green card using bamboo leaves ink. With the matching dies cut out the leaves and flowers. Sponge the edges of all the petals in apricot appeal and chalk the edges of the leaves in white chalk ink.
11. Shape and form the flowers using dries clear to hold the layers together. Add the flower centre to each.
12. Arrange two sets of leaves in opposite corners of the lid, adhere and add the completed flower to each corner.
13. Punch 2 butterflies from Fanciful flight, sponge with apricot appeal and add 3 peach Sprinkles to the body of each. Add these to the lid using Dries clear to adhere.
14. Add 5 artichoke Sprinkles to each of the two remaining corners to complete.

For my second project I'm sharing a card - Tropical Swirls

5.5 x 5.5 inch top fold card.

HC Products:  HCPC 3409 Tropical Floral Swirls PreCut Set
                          HCPC 3407 Botanical Floral 2 PreCut Set
                          Spellbinder Rose Creations Die
                          Spellbinder Petite oval and scalloped oval dies.
Other Products:

Cream and Apricot card, RomanPrint Ivory card, dsp Basic Grey Lemonade 6 x 6 inch paper pad. Memento tuxedo black ink, SU apricot appeal ink. Prisma Pencils and OMS.  Signo silver pen.
Cream cotton lace, clementine seam binding. Gem art gem flourishes. AnnaBelle gems in pink and peach. Zip Dry glue, ScorPal.


Trim score and fold cream card to make a 5.5-inch square top fold card.
1.     Stamp the image from Tropical Floral Swirls and the large flower from HCPC 3407 to Ivory card using tuxedo black ink.  Colour with Prisma Pencils and OMS. Add highlights with a Signo silver pen.  Cut the single flower using the Rose Creations Die.
2.     Using an oval die cut and emboss the image. Sponge the edge with apricot appeal ink.
3.     Die cut a scalloped oval from Apricot card and adhere behind the coloured image.
4.     Add the single flower to the front of the image using Zip Dry glue.
5.     To the centre of the flowers add AnnaBelle gems.
6.     Trim Apricot Card to 5-3/8” square and to this adhere the Lemonade dsp.
7.     Wrap a length of cream lace around the left side of the card.  Add the seam binding over the cream lace and tie with a bow towards the top. Scrunch the seam-binding bow.
8.     Add the green gem swirls over the dsp.
9.     Mount the stamped image to the card front using foam tape.

I'll have my last two projects from this weeks HC projects here on the blog on Saturday early (my time) so hope you'll call back to see them.

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog Hop is still open. Add your name for your chance to win ' All Things Grow'. Check it out HERE


Tuesday, 19 July 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog Hop - All Things Grow.

Hello Blogger's

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog Hop
Come and join us the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month as we have fun sharing a new set with you!  
Play along with us for your chance to win the Blog Hop set!

Our Hop starts and ends at the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog. If you came here from Andrea's blog you're on the right track. Make sure to read the revised Blog Hop details at the end of this post and check out the AnnaBelle Stamps HOPPIN' DEAL.  
Here's the set we're featuring this week and also the prize for one lucky person: 

This is another of Andrea's beautiful designs,  if you get the chance why not check out the AnnaBelle Stamps Gallery.......for more inspirational ways to use it.

Today I'm sharing a card which features one of the grasses with a sentiment. I've embellished with some olive - twisted paper cord and a button.  
Your next step on the Hop is my friend Kylie who always inspires me with her projects, so enjoy!  Don't forget to leave your name on the Inlinkz 'thingie' :):)


Blog Hop
To keep our hop as fun and simple as possible, click through each of the DT blogs to see what they've created using this set.
It's not a requirement to comment on all of our blogs, (though we love it if you do :)) just remember to add your name to the Inlinkz link on any of the blogs for your chance to win this fabulous set! The hop will run for one week!

Along with each of our blog hops we will announce our special deal that will run for the same week.

ANY purchase that includes the All Things Grow set from Tuesday 19th July - 26th July will receive a pack of 6mm Sprinkles - FREE!
If you haven't tried our Sprinkles then this is a perfect chance to give them a go!  Just add the colour you'd like to the comments section at checkout :)  If you are the winner of the set and you purchased it during the deal you can choose another set of the same size!