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Monday, July 27, 2015

Roll up, roll up......

 ......for Unstampabelles Challenge#48: Bunch of Flowers, for July! remember, the twist is to make a garden!


Who else has dies for roll up flowers and doesn't use them often? 
I see so many beautiful roses out there made by clever hands, and think - "I can do that"!
Then discover they are not as easy as it looks!


I made this rolled up daisy with scrap sparkly red card - it is very loose and the centre was a big gaping hole so I filled it with glue and yellow seed beads.  I think it needed to be a bit tighter!


The smaller pink roses were better but the sparkly card was too thick to roll easily, and again I ended up adding seed beads to the centre - but it was tighter and better looking I thought than the first one.


Then this one was three die cuts (plus a leaf or two) and the instructions were on the back (who knew) so I tried to follow them, and think they were OK but I needed to have cut all three dies and perhaps sprayed them with water to soften them??? I got glue everywhere as well!


I had a beautiful scrap piece of DS card from SU, with flowers on it growing in a garden, so I used the top bit to add my flowers, and some extra leaves as well.  
The sentiment is die cut also - a TH die was used for this. 


Then hubby asked how it was posted? I can see what he means.......


So I made a quick box for it but have not decorated it yet!

So, another card - yes I now, boring, but I am getting old you know!

Why not go over to Unstampabelles, and see what else is there, and there is still time to get something made and into the challenge before the end on Friday!

It finishes on the 31st at midnight AEST

See you there!


Monday, July 20, 2015

News from Basel and the 3rd Week of Unstampabelles

Hello Peeps, welcome to Monday. It's been cold and it's been hot - depends on where you live I guess. Apparently it is hot in Basel. How do I know? My gorgeous second granddaughter (aged 19 - all three are gorgeous, you know) Hettie Adams is there, performing in the Tattoo, with the New Zealand Army Band. She plays horn and sings, and plays cornet. She comes from Tasmania, but is currently a member of that organisation. This photo is courtesy of © Benno Hunziker — at Kaserne Basel Tattoo.

 
She loves that microphone!

Just a tenny-weeny bit proud of her.....


Grab a Bunch - of Flowers!  
Get creative and make some flowers - in fact the twist is to make a garden!

Prize

An embossing folder of flowers

I have so many Spellbinder dies of flowers and other dies of flowers, and why I picked this one to make I do not know....it is an old one, a single plate of metal with the dies cut our of it, so you can cut more than one sheet of card at a time. It makes six single flower cuts in total, and you are supposed to layer them for effect. I did this and didn't really like the effect too much so I threw them in the old pizza box I use to spray stuff, and gave them several bursts of gold spray - they changed colour!! But they did look a bit more interesting so I used them over a lattice die cut, to create the effect of climbing plants I hoped......


Here is the colour change!


This is it in the sunshine with the petals put into place


The pale pink went sort-of goldy green


I used a rub-on for the sentiment


Voila, a card!

I am glad I have at least used this die once now! I purchased it off eBay about two years ago. 

Now it's your turn to create a bunch of flowers, and/or a garden scene if you are doing the twist too

See you on Unstampabelles










Friday, July 17, 2015

Crazy Birds

Have any of you seen the stamp set by Tim Holtz called Bird Crazy (I call it Crazy Birds)?

I don't want to be an enabler here, but it is just sooooooo cute!


If you go to Pinterest and see what people have made with them - stunning and so funny!

Couldn't resist could I and after hanging out for over 6 months, I got 'em.


I worked on watercolour paper and used the TH Distress pens and a water brush


I added the hat and a balloon


and I made a card for our DIL

It was late arriving but hopefully it is there now - if not, it will be soon!
Happy Bird-day Bea!

From one crazy bird to another........





Monday, July 13, 2015

A Screen Full of Flowers

My card for the current challenge at Unstampabelles this week is one of the very trendy Screen Cards I have been seeing all over Facebook and the internet!



You use a rectangle fancy die or a punch to cut the "legs" of the screen 
(my die was from Stampin' Up). 

Mine was decorated with large Gerbera flowers - from a Spellbinder's die


I did sponge in a background of sky and grass,and add a few other dies of leaves and vines
I also embossed some black sparkles into the heads of my flowers


I had some stick-on clouds so added them too


The card is meant to stand as a frieze screen and can have 3 or 4 leaves to it - I used 3!


This is the back view - the centre has a place to write my Greeting - it was a birthday card for a friend who loves to garden. 

I hope you like my garden this week

Before I go I will tell you about a reunion I had today with four other 'girls' whom I worked with over 36 years ago - we were all housemistresses together in a boarding house for country girls attending Yr 11/12 in the city. We were only young ourselves then, and had lots of good and fun times together. One of our group was present today only through Skype as she lives in the UK. The rest of us were together and we had all provided food for a scrumptious lunch beforehand, followed by the skyping session. For Marysia in the UK it was only 5.30 am!!! However, it was a fabulous idea and a great meeting up, and I am so please technology had allowed us to do this - it was great to catch up and see each other again after so long and hopefully, there will other times in the future no so far apart in time. Here's hoping you all get together with friends and family and have an enjoyable time too - with or with out Skype!

Cheers,



Monday, July 6, 2015

July Challenge#48 for Unstampabelles

OMG - JULY! This year has just flown by - BUT it is scallop season! YUMMY!


Yes, it is cold ....  but so beautiful too


These two photo's were taken by Greg Faull (a talented photographer) early yesterday morning in Hobart - the wooden seats look like gold in the beams of the rising sun.

However, this post is not about either scallops, fish or beautiful sunrises

It is about

FLOWERS!



The Unstampabelles Challenge #48 for July asks us to create a bunch of flowers, or even better for the twist, to create a garden

This is the prize on offer

I decided to make what I call a wrap around card. I could not find my original template so did it by guesswork - always dangerous! I started with creating a card with two flaps either side, cut down to create an impression of "over the fence". I used a stencil and various smudging techniques to create a woodland behind the fence



I masked off and just played until it looked OK.



Later I added a snail to the other side of the fence!


These are taken at night so the clarity and quality of the photo's are not good - sorry about that!


The cat is on the fence trying to get to the butterfly on the tree


The 'wings' wrap around and are semi-circular, so the card sits on them you can see the small slash to the right where the tag fom the left side slips in


The right tag then drapes across and is slipped into a slot in the fence - you can see the fence and the back of the tree here


The flowers were added to the fence to create the impression of a riot of spring colour! 

I hope this gives you an idea of how the garden was created, and the 3D idea as well. It was a little smaller than I intended but I went with what I had!

Now, off you go and see what else the rest of the DT has created and how they made their flowers/gardens.

The, thinking caps on and off the the craft desk for a bit of creative time before entering what you have made in the Challenge 


I will enter this in the following:
Craft Your Passion: anything goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts June challenge - furry friends (mine is cat creating havoc) 
Get Creative: must contain flowers
Artistic Inspirations: anything Goes






Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Christmas in July? No - DT entry for Eclectic Ellapu!


Christmas cards in July - never too early to start I guess! I must admit I have been doing some colouring in, using my Copics on some images lately and mostly they have been Christmas images.

However, this card is for Eclectic Ellapu's latest July challenge - Your Favourite Holiday Season!


This is a Lily of the Valley image, coloured in with Copics and Spica pens, and judicious use of glitter glue! the image was not-so-fussy-cut and attached to a die cut label, and then onto some papers given to me by a member of the RAC group - Random Acts of Craftiness!


(in the sunlight -w hat there is of it)

The ribbon has been repurposed from presents last year, and I added a small tag and charm.

(in the shade)

I have been seeing a few more Christmas cards on the web lately, so people must be starting to do their cards for this year - I have some left over from last time, and this makes 14! Think I should probably do a few more when I can. Problem is dragging out the Christmas boxes and then putting it away again - no room in the inn so it is under the computer desk, and unless I am making lots of cards, I tend to put it back as it takes up sooooo much room otherwise.

Ho Hum, if that is the least of my problems.....

I will enter this in the following:

Monday, June 22, 2015

Thank You for the Design Team!



Over at Unstampabelles this month, we have been asking who are our Hero's and for me certainly the DT are all Hero's for agreeing to work with me and be on my team and put up with my idiosyncratic sense of humour and strange themes/twists for the monthly challenge.

Each month they rise to the challenge and produce work that is astounding and amazing and just so different to anything I have imagined when I put together the year of challenges in December last year. They let me play around and experiment and do things I always wanted to try and use the blog as an excuse for more shopping (who needs an excuse anyway, eh?) and to build up my immense collection of dies and growing collection of stencils......

So, to each and every one of you lovely ladies - thank you!

The theme for June has been to use mixed-media to create a project around who YOUR HERO may be in to write about it in your blog. 

This is the prize

I created a card
I started with a panel of SU Whisper White and a stencil and some new texture paste from Faber Castell called Glass Bead Glitter Gel. Yummy stuff!


I put the stencil from Memory Box of vine leaves on the card and smooched an amount of Gel over it, and then removed the stencil and dried it with the heat gun. 

So far, so good - I had seen somewhere a technique where the crafter had then replaced the stencil when dry, and stamped onto the stencil and paste, before removing the stencil again. I thought I would try a variation, and as it said I could use my Gelato's on the gel, I grabbed a red and green crayon and began to scribble through a flower stencil - it sort of looked OK but then I added some water - and the red went everywhere! I know, I said to myself (yes, talk to the expert) I will add some more crayon to disguise this! Then I had the idea of adding a flower - by this time the gelato's had created a messy mess - not me, you note! Oh No, I was only trying to improve things!


Eventually we ended up with green vines via a paint brush and gelato's; red gelatoed flowers; and some extra smallish white flowers to cover up most of the mess! The beads sparkled beautifully and the whole looked OK so in the end I stopped tying to make it better and just photographed it (for the second time). 


The sentiment is die cut from sparkly gold card. 

To my wonderful DT at Unstampabelles
You are all of you much better crafters than me and the sentiment is whole- heartedly felt!