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Monday, February 8, 2016

Using a Kit for a Challenge


Today Peeps, I am sharing another card made for the challenge at 


In this I used part of a kit I got from D'Lish - so happy with the outcome as it was quick and easy

Challenge #54


Looking forward, Looking back - TWIST a window or mirror

This month we are challenging you to take a look towards or into the future, and at the same time, reference looking back to the past.

The Prize - random number draw
There are two Couture Creation Dies - small - up for grabs this month

I have several brother's - yes, I know, I survived! 
I have two sister's as well - big family,  long story......

My eldest brother recently had a birthday - I might add he is MUCH older than me.......at least 15 years older
I made this card for him - he is a real sweetie

The kit I mentioned had a wooden sentiment  that had the word handsome in it, but I swapped that out (he would not have liked it) and used some other wooden words I had - they were sprayed with white paint (TH) and then with a red spray - I wanted the red to be there but not be too bright.


The rest of the card mostly uses some of the stuff that came in the kit - and the word bubble with the sentiment in it was one of these but I cut around the speech bubble, and layered it onto some blue spotty background paper I had (old SU DP) - on looking at the photo I realised I should have run a black line around the edge - oh well......


This button came with the kit - cute eh! The washi tape also and I added it to the bottom of the photo thingy......


The bow was super cute too - in felt


This little flag as well - there were several but I only used one here so I have a few others to use later



 So, here is the card in it's glory!
The slide frame is the window as is the lens of the mythical camera, looking forward to my brother, who is looking back at the card (camera) - get it? Having his photo taken........


Sometimes using a kit is the way to go - and you can swap things in and out and use bits as you like. 
D'Lish make a card/scrap kit a month and they are very popular. They usually have such delicious things in them - stuff you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else too. No, I don't work for them but I do sometimes buy from them!

That's it - the challenge is over at Unstampabelle's 
This was my take on it this week for the DT

You will have until the 26th February to enter this challenge, and your entry can be anything involving paper craft EXCEPT stamping or using a digi stamp 

I will enter this in the following:


Saturday, February 6, 2016

Crafting with Dragonfllies takes off for a new year!

Hilde and the team are back! So, watch out! New challenges every two weeks, and only cards to be made unless otherwise clearly stated in the challenge. Stamps, digitals, dies, paint, ink, stencils - whatever you wish to use - as long as it follows the challenge theme for Crafting with Dragonflies.



What is the first Challenge?
Why, everyone's favourite!

#50 Anything Goes

I decided to play around with some of the many sprays I have acquired lately - particularly the TH Distress Sprays in this instance.  I also wanted to thank all the Peeps who have left lovely comments lately and all my various Teamies as well, and my two fearless leaders - Hilde and Elaine for keeping the faith!


So I used a stencil on watercolour card, and put the card inside a pizza box - trust me, it was clean, no left over pizza - and taped the stencil to the card, before spraying various inks onto the whole. Before I removed the stencil, I laid a piece of white card over the top of the stencil, and carefully pressed it down into said stencil covered with wet inks. Allowing a bit of time for the card to absorb the inks, I then lifted it off as cleanly as I could, and I got a negative image! I still had under the stencil a clean image, where the white pieces on this card below were sprayed with ink and the coloured parts of this card below were white! I will use this later for something.


I had been quite generous with the spray, and the colours were a little murky, rather than bright as they had melded together, but I liked the overall effect. When it was dry I embossed it with an Embossing folder to add some extra texture. 


The embellies came in a small pack from D-Lish a few months ago, and this was what was left over from another project. I love the little crocheted heart. The bright green doily was part of a freebie pack attached to a magazine, and I layered this over another white doily inside the stencil markings.


The My Favorite Things stamp and matching die were just what I was looking for - indeed, it took me 10 minutes to look for them! Obviously I had carefully placed the die in a storage set that I thought suited at some time but just as obviously didn't suit - must begin to catalogue my dies - getting too many now - but DON'T tell me husband I said that!

It is mounted on a black card
I flirted with the iea of adding a butterfly over the top left one, but left it s I thought it might be a bit too busy then - what do you think?

So, please go over to 
and read the blog, view the other DT pieces of work
and then enter your own piece of work at 
Challenge #50: Anything goes





Monday, February 1, 2016

A New Challenge at Eclectic Ellapu for 2016

The first (and therefore newest) challenge for the Purple Team over at Eclectic Ellapu  for 2016 is

Make and/or Decorate a Gift Bag/Box

I have been playing around with ColorBurst Powders in the last few days
People who look at my blog might have seen the image I created doing this and stencilling with Dylusions black paint.

Here is a reprise of the creation of the image:

The left hand side one is stencilled in black Dylusion ink and then this was sprayed with a matt spray to ensure the ink did not run when I added the powders 



I added the powders and spritzed the watercolor paper with water and this is the effect I got - nice!


What to do with my creation, I thought, and so I added some works - again through a stencil, and using a Versamark pen, and black Ebony sparkly EP


It looked pretty amazing still...............


.....so I added a card base.......and it became a bit pedestrian..........
...even with some ribbon and bling....


I showed my husband and asked him - he suggested a plastic sheet over the top.......mmmmm.......and perhaps make a box...........

I grabbed some black card and make a quick rectangle simple box with lid (15 x 20 cm), with a 3 cm edge all around.......chop flaps on one side top and bottom and glue into inside the box - done!


Then I made several tops from acetate sheets until I got one to fit properly over my black box top........

I also cut off the back of the 'card' and added the whole to the top of said black box.........the shiny surface of the acetate sheet top  really lifted the whole thing again to another level




I also put a thin strip of double sided tape around the side of the paper top, under the acetate, to hold it in place, and disguised this with a strip of red ribbon all around the box.


This box will now hold some lovely soft silky things, or a photo frame or chocolates/similar goodies; a DVD or even a set of cards. Some tissue paper inside the box first - perhaps red?

So, a gift box is created!

Please go over to Electic Ellapu
and see what others on the DT have created and then 
make your own piece and add it through the Linky to our new Challenge!

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations: anything goes with a twist of Valentines
We Love to Create: anything creative/mixed media
The Paper Players: TicTackToe - Yellow, bling, ribbon

First Challenge in 2016 for Unstampabelles

Challenge #54: Unstampabelles



Looking Forward, Looking Back......

The TWIST is to use either a window or a mirror in your work


......but firstly.....


I personally am looking forward to a time when there are no fires and floods in Tassie and looking back at the extraordinary work our wonder Firefighters and SES people have done
along with the work of the various crews from the other states in Australia 
and the crew from New Zealand!

Thank You for your help

Now, on to the Challenge!

This is the Prize being offered


It runs until the 26th February, and you can enter any paper crafting project EXCEPT one using stamps or digital stamps

A young friend of mine has made a move from the city to the country, and purchased her own home. She has several horses now, and lots of cats, a house and a daughter

I wanted to make her a Welcome to you New Home card  - looking forward; with reference to something from the past so I added the cats. There is also a window to it the TWIST!


I used some material I have had for years - I am not sure what it is but it is sort of hairy and loose but is stuck together - I have a square of it, and used some of it for grass, as when they first moved in there was lots of long grass to be cleared away from the house to begin with - and this stuff looks like unmoved grass!


I made the fence by hand cutting it out, and using some old wooded image paper. 


She has a lot of cats...... I put more inside with another bird or two......


My window frame was die cut out, then sanded to bring out the colour underneath, and reinserted into the gap left from the diecut. Some diecut flowers and trees/shrubs and it was one. 

Please go to Unstampabelles and see the other work from the other Design Team Members, and then get cracking making a project to match this theme!

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion: anything goes
Our Crafty Corner: anything goes





Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Playing again and guess what?



It's raining! Yea!

Just light rain but with a bit of luck we will get some of those fires that have been bothering us in Tassie to go out! They are talking relief but not yet under control. These areas are quite remote and full of National Park but it makes life even more difficult for the firefighters - we have them from NSW, Vic and Tas, and some in this afternoon who are from New Zealand. Thanks, boys and girls - we really appreciate the help.

At least there have been no deaths and little property in  housing/shacks lost. 

And the irony - they are issuing FLOOD warnings for the North East coast from the rain!


Anyway, I was playing as Hobart is four hours from  most of it by car, and the wind was blowing the smoke north rather than south......


I was playing with the ColorBurst powders again, and using stencils with them today


The left hand side one is stencilled in black Dylusion ink and then this was sprayed with a matt spray to ensure the ink did not run when I added the powders - more on what I did with that later, but I nearly killed myself because I was too lazy to go outside to spray.......


This is what happened to my fingers as I progressed.......


Added the powders and spritzed the watercolor paper with water and this is the effect I got - nice!


Looking at it now, it looks a bit like the fires from the North West have travelled to Paris!
I was trying for dramatic summer skies over the Eiffel Tower



This is one stencil and three 'sides' - first one is paper under stencil - too much water and flooded the stencil underneath so lost some definition but irl it looks good still. The bottom right is paper laid on top of the stencil while still wet and gentle pressed on, and I got the negative imprint and the third one on the top right is the stencil laid on paper after removing the first two from it, and it left this delicate pattern as well. 

I went on to make some more things but you will see these later!



Sunday, January 24, 2016

A little playing today.......

Well, it was yesterday really, just finished off today. Hi to all the Peeps! I hope you are all settling into the new year well - and keeping warm/cool/safe where-ever you are at the moment!


A few days ago I received a package in the mail containing some Colorburst Powders, by Ken Oliver. Rather than look at the many YouTube videos and the websites/blogs where these are talked about and demonstrated, I just dove in there and had a go. I used a piece of Stampin' Up Natural White card for my experiments, and a strip of Whisper White card.


I first just sprayed/spritzed water onto the card and then puffed the paint powder onto it - it's a bit of a hit and miss this, and the paper has to be quite wet for the powder to react, so I ended up with some thickish bits of powder in places and no reaction, so had to spritz it again When I put te powder down and then spritzed it - lovely sprinkles occurred. 


This is the centre of the mess - love the vibrancy of the colours but obviously I needed to have less powder and perhaps mop up some water sooner?


Took it outside and put it in the sun to dry although later I dried some with the heat gun - again slightly different effect achieved. 

I cut a piece out of the A4 and created a card using a Freebie stamp set called Fairy Dust - not sure which magazine, sorry 


The fairy was stamped and fussy cut - boy was that tedious - and then I added gold and Stickles and I treated her wings to Glass Bead Glitter Gel and curled them up at the ends


I embossed the fairy dust with gold EP


It does look great IRL but a little dark


I will now go and read the blogs and watch the YouTubes!

I will enter this in the following:
Two Creative Chicks: anything goes
Crafty Time: make it Sparkle - oh  boy, it does sparkle
Open-minded Crafting fun: something new - using colourburst powders