Thursday 31 January 2013

Less Is More Sketch # 8


The girls at LIM  have a sketch for us this week (104), are you playing along?

Sponging........I keep trying with that 'special tool'.......won't tell you what I call it :)

The stamp is one of Claire's from Waltzingmouse - Way Out West.
A computer generated sentiment strip to complete.

We're drying out nicely here and the grass is growing as we watch!
See you tomorrow, I hope......twice!


Wednesday 30 January 2013

The Roses January Challenge - Fancy Fold

Hi Blogger's,

The last Sunday of the month means The Roses Challenge and this month it was Betty's turn to pick the theme.  Hope you'll take a moment to check out the girls cards, there are sure to be some stunners :) The Links are under The Roses tab at the top of my page.

I went with a Spring Card  and I used a sweet little image from LOTV which was a gift with magazine purchase some time back.  That's the good thing about sorting through your find all kinds of treasures!

I'm so late with this card post..........Sorry Betty, it's been a bit mad here with the bad weather and I've been without a computer for a couple of days too.

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Black Magic - tt051


It was my turn to share a project for Topical Tuesday this week.  I've shared how I made this 'Black Magic' card over on the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog.

This is a fun, easy technique.........why not give it a try! Add your project to the gallery at Stamp Embellish Create giving it the TAG tt051........I'd love to see your version:)

Thanks for taking the time today........
AnnaBelle Stamps Products:
Garden Silhouettes, Sentiment is from Designer Flower
Smooth White Card
Classic Cherry Digital Paper Pack (Apricot)
6mm Gingham ribbon - Lollipop

Saturday 26 January 2013

Happy Australia Day

Hi Bloggers, we're celebrating our National day, 26th January.

I was told when I first arrived here it was the land of Fire and Flood.......which is so true!
There are fires still burning in some parts of the Country with others on Flood alert due to heavy rain.  Hard to understand unless you consider how vast this Country is.

Take a look:

Or Australia USA

Anyhow hope my Aussie readers are enjoying a great day...........See you soon,


Friday 25 January 2013

Friends -ac155

Aghhhhh where did this week go?  I've been spinning like a dervish all week......still I managed to get lots of none crafting stuff done which, I hope will make the coming weeks a bit easier.  More about that another time.

Now it's time for AnnaBelle's Friday challenge and we're feeling sketchy this week.......hope you'll play along. You have two weeks to make a card using Andrea's sketch.  The winner of our challenge ac155 will receive a $15 credit to spend in the store.   Oh, go take a look at the NEW LOOK store if you have a moment!

Here's my card which is also my entry to LIM # 103 FRIENDS .  

Hope my English and American friends are staying out of the snow as much as possible.......brrrr just thinking about snow makes me shiver :)
Go check in with the Belles and our fabulous guest designer......Janet. All the links are under the DT tab at the top of this page.
Thanks for calling past today.............til next time.  x

Whimsy Flowers (sentiment)
Cuts By Design 004 Borders (embossing and die cutting)


Thursday 24 January 2013

Special.......or not!

Hi Bloggers,

Still a bit on the warm side over here..........I know you wanted to hear that if you are enjoying snow right now!!!!!  What can I tell you........I'd love some cooler weather ...... Just not below minus thanks :)
It's been a busy week, my crafting space is coming along. It's all nice and bright with white walls windows and trims and today the electricians installed four white LED lights that are amazing.........Might need to install a dimmer switch now LOL.

OK if you were wondering about the blog title, this card was made for a post I needed to have ready for next week.  So why am I posting it today? Well, love the stamps (NEW from AnnaBelle) just wasn't happy with the way this one turned out. It's the faux linen technique which is a cool technique.....I photographed all the steps. Spent an age setting up the machine to add the stitching, flipping around with buttons and twine ........Still not happy.   So here it is today.........I thought this year I'd post everything I make.....good, bad or indifferent.

I do think though, that if your hearts not in it...... you shouldn't bother :)  What say you?


Friday 18 January 2013

Fabulous prizes, great deals....Let's hop!

Hello, this is a long post today so grab a cuppa and make sure you read everything (I'd hate for you to miss out)!

Today's blog hop at AnnaBelle Stamps introduces two new stamp sets and a range of gingham ribbon.  If you hop along with us leaving comments along the way, ending at the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog you could win one of two prizes.

The first prize is a copy of both new stamp sets:

Standing Tall                                              Designer Flowers

The second prize will be 2 metres of each colour of the NEW gingham ribbon.

Gingham ribbon comes in both 6mm & 16mm widths in the following colours :
Bubblegum, Chilli, Lollipop, Tangerine, Kiwi, Licorice
The ribbon will be sold in 5m lengths like our DF Satin ribbon.
OK so there are the prizes for hopping along with us. The Hop will stay open until AEST 8pm Sunday 20th with the winners announced on the ABS blog on Monday.

Now for Andrea's Feature Friday special....

Feature Friday
Discount for the weekend will be :

Combo special - Standing Tall and Designer Flowers - discounted by 20% for this weekend only! 
 If you happen to be the lucky winner of the blog hop and have ordered them, not only will the stamp costs be refunded but Andrea will also include some new gingham ribbon samples!
There will be a special link in the store to purchase the set combo. 
 If both sets are added to the cart individually then the discount won't apply :)


The Blog Hop starts and finishes at the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog. If you arrived here from Andrea's Blog you're on the right track! When you leave me you hop over to Kylie's blog.  

I have a few things to share, starting with a Desk Calendar using 'Standing Tall', which is a 4" x 6" set . I've also used ABS Rose polka dot digital paper, from the Chilli Collection, with the matching satin ribbon and Sprinkles.  I should also say that I stamped the grass from an older ABS set 'Sentimental Bluebells'.

This calendar uses one of the plastic picture frames as it's base. I've used Prisma pencils to colour the image, popping up the centre petals and adding some Dimensional Magic  for shine.

Next I made a  card using 'Standing Tall'.  I picked two of the smallest images to create the floral strip on my water colouring card stock.  I've coloured this time with Inktense pencils that really give you such vibrant colours. For the centre of each of the flowers I added a tiny licorice Sprinkle.
The pretty gingham ribbon is ABS NEW  6mm Lollipop. I've also created a frame using Cuts By Design 002 shapes 1 and a small circle die.

Moving on to Designer Flower which is a 6" x 8" set with a great mix of images and sentiments.
The larger solid image reminded me of fireworks seen in the sky at just about every major celebration here in Australia. So with this in mind I made my first card.

I've played with Distress ink and PerlEx to get a pretty glittery background before double stamping the images, using black for the centres.  ABS turquoise satin ribbon was threaded through a Cuts By Design 002 Shapes 1 label and finished with four silver Sprinkles. 

My last card uses the smaller of the solid images plus two open images which I stamped in VersaMark ink.  Inks used here are VersaColor turquoise, lilac and topaz.  The gingham is more of ABS NEW  16mm in tangerine.  

Whew.......if you got to the end of this long post.......well done!  Now you can hop over to Kylie's lovely blog......Enjoy!

All items used have been linked to the store.
You can view the AnnaBelle Stamp Store by clicking on this link.

Wednesday 16 January 2013

Want to win some new stuff!!!!

It's nearly time for another AnnaBelle Stamps Blog Hop and release and so to lead up to it, and because we can't do it without you, we're having a giveaway promotion!!!  Would you like to receive these gorgeous ribbons below in the post?  Would you like Andrea to include matching Sprinkles?

5 metres of each colour ribbon shown and 6mm Sprinkles in each colour to match!

Then help us to promote AnnaBelle Stamps and our January Blog Hop Check out this POST for all the information.


Tuesday 15 January 2013

Play On - LIM

Ooops,   I realised after I posted my card yesterday that I'd popped up the sentiment and this could be considered as a layer.........Silly me!   So here's another little card for this week's LIM #102 challenge.....Sorry ladies!

I think I like this one more....hehe.


Monday 14 January 2013

Cheers - LIM 102


I'm feeling more human again! After all the hot weather we've had, we had a huge storm last night with thunder and lightening and best of all RAIN!  It was so good, I stood out in the rain for a few minutes.....didn't quite dance around but I promise you it was so refreshing!  Much cooler here today with a little more rain early on. The birdbath is full again and the garden appreciated the much better that the hosepipe :)

Anyway, I have a CAS card to share today for this week's Less Is More challenge.


is the theme this week.  I've used a cling rubber stamp from I Brake For Stamps for my card.  It's a bit saucy so wouldn't be to everyone's taste......I think it's fun though.

Back to my painting :(


Sunday 13 January 2013

Let's talk about TIME......

Take a moment to see this offer from Andrea at AnnaBelle Stamps

Good Morning, how goes your week end? I'm not going to talk about the weather except to say the thunder rolled around yesterday afternoon, but no rain to speak of........painful!

This week's sketch over at CAS(E) this sketch is an interesting one, are you playing along? 

I'm a  fan of Uniko Studio Stamps, an  English stamp company and thought I'd use one of the first sets to be released by Beverley the owner/designer.

I've sponged some card using VersaColor Topaz, Turquoise and Lilac ink before stamping the image in VersaFine Onyx Black.  Trimmed to size and adhered to my white card base.  The sentiment (from the same set) is stamped below, with the word TIME inked a second time in Lilac and popped up on foam dots.

Check the Uniko Studio Stamps Blog here to see more cards made with these fabulous sets. 


Saturday 12 January 2013

What's happening at the blue house.....


Meet my new best friend........My fan and I go everywhere  together at the moment :)  Ian says it could double as a fly swat or a table tennis bat LOL

It's so hot here today, we're waiting for a southerly change to come through with maybe some rain......which would be NICE!!!

Thought today I'd share what's happening at the blue house!

My little craft room is getting a make-over.

We have a large space behind the garage that houses my space and what the Real Estate people called a granny flat.  Walshie and I moved all my stuff into the  granny flat so we had room to paint. I look sort of settled don't I.

I've taken up the length of one wall with Ian using another for his desk and a book shelf. (Couldn't possibly share that picture with you, he's a messy worker!!!).
 The second TV is also in this area along with misc. furniture.... that may or may not stay, depending on what we do with the flat! I'm not sharing the plastic tubs full of fabric or the boxes full of books and magazines either..........perhaps I should be moving into the granny flat

So the painting begins, very slowly in this heat.......Hope it's nice and cool where you are.

I think I hear the rumble of thunder.....oh goodie!

Friday 11 January 2013

Challenge Time AC154

The new challenge at  AnnaBelle Stamps Blog is a colour challenge, Artichoke Pineapple and Pumpkin.  This challenge will run for two weeks with the winner receiving a $15 discount voucher for the ABS store.  You can also pick up a Free digital image from the ABS Blog to use for your project. Danielle shared on her Topical Tuesday post how she uses the digis to make her cards......Check it out HERE.
Edit:  I should have mentioned that we are so lucky to have a very talented lady joining the Belle's over the next few months.  Please take a moment to visit her blog, I know she'll inspire you.......Janet


I've combined a couple of challenges for my card this week.  Retro sketches #45 along with
 The Outlawz  CAS "Spread the NEWs Challenge"

AnnaBelle Stamps Garden Silhouettes and Background By Design # 7 feature on my card this week.
I masked/embossed using the Cuts By Design 002 Shapes 1. Then stamped the BBD grid in S U pumpkin  pie ink, then over stamped the silhouette flower in always artichoke.

NEW satin ribbon from the Pineapple collection from ABS features too (Due for release soon). Finished off with a Pumpkin button threaded with orange fine twine.

You can find all the products used by following the link HERE, or click on the individual items below.