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Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello Mr Sun!

Guess what - summer really is coming - we have just moved to Daylight Saving and had our first day of total fire ban! It was a balmy 29 degrees yesterday, dropping down to about 23 today before rising again tomorrow! Definitely know when summer is coming when the garden sprinklers are on, the air smells of smoke and the light lingers in the evening......

So, Unstampabelles has moved to it's latest challenge for October

#51: The Sun! It can be rising or setting!!

The twist is Gold! Gold! Gold!

There are lots of ideas running through my head (yes it is a bit empty in there) and my idea's are outstripping my abilities. I made a card - well, several - but yo don't have to make it a card - a journal page, a canvas, an off the page item, a scrap page, something recycled........anything will be acceptable as long as NO STAMPS please. 

There is a prize

I was reading a recently purchased magazine called Quick Cards, and an article by Tracy Grundy, who was using stamps by Marianne Design called Doodle Sun. As you know I am into Zentangle a bit and I really liked this idea straight away. Problem is - no stamps can be used for this challenge. Bright idea - I googled sun images until I got one that looked like the image in the photograph

I enlarged it to suit my card and carefully suing my black Micron Pen I drew around the edges of the rays and the circle in the middle, and then tangled in the yellow spaces. I was really pleased at how it all turned out.

I carefully diecut a circle big enough for the centre, drew in a face and coloured it up a bit, and added a gold holographic piece of card behind it. I mounted firstly the face and then the sun, after fussy cutting it out, onto a piece of white card using dimensional circles and a Copic pen to outline the edge in orange/gold.

My sentiment was a direct case of theirs - but not stamped, simple written
Again, orange copic pen around the edge and then some of the gold paper under it 

I added the white card to a muted old gold mount and then all to a white card blank

Above in the direct sunlight and below in shade

Thanks to Marianne Stamps and to Tracey for the idea

Why not go over to Unstampabelles to see what else is being used for inspiration this week, and then have a go at creating your own Sun inspired project for the challenge!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

All Hallow's Eve, apparently is this month!

This month at Eclectic Ellapu - Purple Team, we are saying go spooky!

Halloween/ Horror/ Dark

Now, we don't actually do Halloween here in little old Tassie - or I don't - but I know it happens out there somewhere in the big wide world, so I made this to celebrate All Hallow's ............or Halloween.

I wanted to make the card with the concertina base, and thought I could do it without looking up the, several tries later I got this!

Always pays to read the instructions first!

No, it is not a proper concertina card - it is a fixed-up sort-a-type of mistake......but I got some layering going....

However, I used a piece of the card I had experimented on with the Dylusions paint last month as a backdrop, and some die cuts, and the cobweb which comes from SU's newest catalogue.....and I found this little spidy in my stash......

Angry bird owl is coloured with Distress markers and fussy cut out

Sentiment is handwritten 'cause I couldn't find my one-and-only Halloween stamp set....

I know it looks a bit strange but I kinda-like it!

There are some amazing things on display over at the Eclectic Ellapu site, and the Purple team are waiting for you to show us what you can create for the October Challenge

Halloween/ Horror/ Dark

Monday, September 28, 2015

Final week for September Challenge 50: Unstampabelles

Challenge 50: Unstampabelles

Boys will be Boys

The twist is to say what you thinks makes a good male card

I made two cards because I didn't really like the first one and ended up  not liking either. 
Oh well.......

It started Ok with embossing a piece of SU card and then using some yellow string and SU DP paper scraps to make some flags and a banner.  I have a small banner punch but didn't remember until I had finished making this! Consequently these are made by hand.

Well, the sentiment says it all on this one - had a go at the blackboard/chalk thing that is popular at the moment an hand wrote my sentiment.

I added the sequins to try and lift it and give it some sparkle.
Perhaps the flags should be allowed to flop over the blackboard? 

I was working with geometric shapes and strong lines and then being a bit messy while still keeping it simple as....

The second card started because I was showing someone how to diecut and diecut out this new Disire die in a scrap of green card - I put some black behind it to make the HB sentiment stand out. It grew from there.......

I had also purchase this new die (oh, alright, I purchased two packs -8 dies - off eBay because I couldn't find them at Paperific. They are from Memory box and I love them) and I had decided to test them out on a distressed style card. This was a practice cut on some orange card floating around....

I added the two things together.
I saw a card that used a flag with washi tape under it and so added that to the mix.....

Dirtied it up with ink and some pen marks and then added the enamel dots

I had to stop because it was getting more disastrous each step I took......not sure what will save it. Any suggestions?

The aim was keeping it simple, strong geometric shapes and a bit dirty/distressed

If you haven't entered this challenge yet, why not?
This is the random prize.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

A Pink Christmas!

The newest Challenge at 


Anything Goes!

I decided to use one of the many small images I have coloured with Copics and other mediums and not used. I think this one is from last year. So another Christmas card was born......

He is an image from Lily of the Valley and is stamped.

I also wanted to use my newest punch from Stampin' Up which is a poinsettia creator. I punch out 5 times I believe to get the right number of leaves, scored them in the middle and built them up.  I used a piece of DP called in bloom by artsy which has been in my Christmas stash for several years. 

Mmmm, need practice I think.......

I added lots of bling and some shimmer to the image but you cannot see that in the light I photographed it in

I added the bling late - this was it before, but I decided it needed a bit more???

Anyhoo------that was my story for this fortnight.

I will enter this in the following:
Crafting with Friends: Anything Goes
QKR Stamped: cats or dogs - he is a dog!
Blog Quick Quotes: Anything Goes
Southern Girls: whimsical, cute, fun

Monday, September 21, 2015

Stop Toolin' Around........

You cannot beat a good pun!

Males cards  - apart from being fairly simple and clean looking - often work well with a funny line attached, and if you can build the card around a pun - home and hosed, my friend!

This card being made for Unstampabelles Challenge #50 Boys will be Boys, for September has used a pun around the word "tool". 

When I was still teaching, and in particular teaching young teeenage boys, this word had to be avoided at all costs - who knew it had some much capacity to reduced a classroom of teens to sniveling, sniggering, giggling wrecks with no ability to concentrate left. I was reminded of this fact a few days ago when a young person I know, and who has just started teaching, inadvertently used the wrong word in front of Year 8's and they lost the plot. She will be scarred for life I suspect. 

Still, it set me thinking about my unfortunate use of "man's prehistoric tool" in front of a similar group and then reminded me of the many uses applied to that particular word when talking about males. I had some die that would be appropriate, so set to work. 

This is what I created

Showed it to hubby - he sniggered - they never grow up!

This is what is say's inside

So, punny or worse - add a funny line or crack a joke and you have created a good male card.

Why not make one today and then enter it 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Second post for Unstampabelles Challenge #50

Remember that over at 

there is a challenge#50 called 

Boyz will be Boyz

This is the prize pack

The twist is to write a few things about what makes a good male card - to share the information around and help out those of us who are a bit too challenged by these cards. 

I recently came across the UK company called Acid Drops and Whatnots, and may have purchased a few things from them when my fingers accidently skidded on the keys......
Anyway, they were selling sheets of funny images and sayings to make up into quick cards

This is an example of one of them

I had one for males - so made two quick cards from them to show that making a male card is not always that difficult, if you think a bit outside the square, and use printed images

The images were even coloured for me!

You can get these images in stamps too - and I have some of them as well - but for fast action, these two cards took me a whole 10 minutes for both!

I grabbed the sheet of left-over paper on the desk from my last male card venture for last week....

The sheet itself cost me about $3 with the exchange rate, and I made in total three cards from it. I also used a blank card from a freebie pack for the tall one, and the other is recycled, so in all these two cost me just over $1.10 to make - bargain I think!

Again I have used that principle for male cards that I tend to stick to quite a bit - KISS!
Keep it Simple Stupid

Why not pop over to Unstampabelles and see what the other team members have created for their male cards as well, and also to check out our September Guest!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Magical Dragonflies Challenge

Hello Peeps!

Over at 

there is a new challenge

Something Magical

There are many magical moments in our lives, from a sunrise to a birth to something one of the kids do to faeries at the bottom of the garden to things in nature.........lots of things fit under this theme....

This little girl has not had any love lately - she is a fairy from the LOTV family from a while ago

I coloured her with Copics

Another LOTV stamp set for the sentiment

As this card is for a young girl, I made it very bright and used up some plastic button flowers from my stash in doing so

Her wings have lots of sparkle and she has a bit of Wink of Stella applied to various pieces to for a subtle sheen in places.

I will enter her at the following challenges:
The Pencil Case: Bright - she is coloured with Copics
Artbymiran: Anything goes
Really Reasonable Ribbon: things with wings and ribbon