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Monday, October 23, 2017

Final October post for Unstampabelles Challenge #73

Tic Tac Toe 
TWIST journal about the decision making process










There is also a random number prize on offer:

I got stuck of the Ribbon-Lace-String line and made a card with those three things on it for the challenge. I saw something similar on Pinterest so had a go at making my take on it:

I have a number of dies and punches for hearts - this was a SU die - and I tore a page from a Mills and Boon I have especially for this sort of thing, and glued the thin paper to piece of big double sided tape (Stacy tape?)

I then sort-of pleated the lace around the edge of the heart and used lots of small bits of double sided tape to keep them in place (the sticky back of the heart also helped)

I used Helga glue to position the string around the edge

Then I got some papers from my huge box of co-ordinating papers that I thought would suit the colour of the page paper and layered it, distressing the edges and adding a bit of TH ink as well

The sentiment is die cut from a piece of scrap and the ribbon is SU ribbon wrapped around yet another piece of scrap

I also tried to make a flower with some more lace and ended up gluing the paper flower over it - I did think of adding several more buttons and making it ribbon-buttons-flowers but I couldn't find any with that aqua colour and didn't think of colouring them myself at the time!! duh

I lifted up the second heart so it hovered over the first  using dimensionals 

I could add some aqua bling too (lace-bling-diecuts) I guess but I was done!

Still in Spring here so we go from 30 to 18 within 24 hours, but there has been a few showers so the garden is happy! The photo I am sharing is of a Pelican - we often have them here all through the year now, and thy always make me say "whose beak can hold more than his belly can!" whenever I see one - one of those Dad sayings that seem to stick for his blue feet!

Pelican Pete on Duty at Binalong Bay boat ramp thanks to Ranee Lloyd from Formerly Known As Vintage.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Let's use a Kit

Hello Peeps - hope you are all well and fit! A few years ago I had the incredible privilege of flying to the remote south west coast of Tasmania for a few days and staying on a magnificent private motor sailer there, fishing and swimming and exploring. We were two of maybe 25 people in the area, 10 of whom were on the boat with us. We flew to and from Port Davey. Today's photograph is from the entrance of that area - Bathurst Harbour. Wild and beautiful.

The epic, incredible view of the Breaksea Islands, guarding the entrance to Port Davey and Bathurst Harbour, from a Par Avion Wilderness Tours flight.
For our tips on exploring the Southwest National Park, see:
Image: | clickedbynic photography

On to crafting.......

You may know that I am a Demonstrator for Stampin' Up and spend far too much money on their products (because they are so good) so when they put out some card kits a few season's ago I was curious. However, I was a bit sceptical - OK for the beginner I thought. Then they did a tin of tags for Christmas and it was so good I had to have it. The tags made up very quickly and were nearly all used up last Christmas so I got left with a cute tin (how sad is that). Put to good use now of course.

They were sooo good and quick

This last month there was a new lovely kit available and it teamed nicely with their new blender pens - yes, they have bought back the alcohol ink pens: better and same colours plus three new colourways. So of course I got it - called Colour Me Happy there is a stamp set and a kit containing all the material that you need for the making of 16 cards: 4 of each type x 4 different cards, plus their envelopes.

I made them up - all 16 - in an afternoon.

They match their envelopes in both size and colour.

Lovely bits of bling and a gold tape
Sentiment pieces were die cut ready for use once stamped

This one I will use for the latest challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies
where Hilde is asking that we use

#92: Just Designer Papers and a Sentiment - no images. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tic Tac Toe again!

Spring has Arrived in Tassie!

This cute little lamb at Ross is getting pretty good at this whole walking thing.
For more info, see:

However,  this time I am thinking of Christmas (it was cold here today) and decorations and I was on Pinterest OK so I cannot be blamed for this as they just  appear on the screen and I was just tempted to make it.....

Hum hum..... as I was saying, I made a Christmas decoration today for the latest  October challenge at Unstampabelles, which is 

Tic Tac Toe 
TWIST journal about the decision making process










I went for Ribbon, Lace and String this time........

Yes, there is a prize

I started with a polystyrene ball and a ball of garden string.....oh, and some glue!

Put glue on ball, wind on string.....

Keep doing it until you get to the middle and turn ball over - keep going

Leave to dry overnight - then add a loop. The pin holds it in place. 
Meantime, pick all the glue off your fingers and fingernails......

Add a strip of lace,followed by a strip of ribbon... and then some baubles and bling!

Hung it on the lime tree

Another angle

and another (on the rhododendron this time in the sun) 

A final shot to see the bottom and sides more clearly

Cute, huh!

You have two weeks left to enter the challenge
Remember, no stamps please!

Monday, October 9, 2017

Memory Lane and Tic Tac Toe

Do you remember playing those old games when you were a child? I have hazy memories of playing scrabble, Snakes and Ladders and Dominoes and of course Tic Tac Toe. With the latter you could draw up the grid on anything and play until a fight ensued between you and the opposition - usually a sibling. I have been drawn back to the past and childhood this week as I was working on my Uni assignment - a Biography of an ancestor. Hence I was going through old photo's and this one fell out of a pile and landed on my work desk. It was a sign! I went with it.

The game of Tic Tac Toe is slightly different when applied to this 
Challenge #73 at Unstampabelles but there is still a grid!

TWIST is to journal your process










In this game you need to choose a line up or down, or sideways, or even diagonally and make sure that each of the three items appears in your work. You cannot just choose three ie string, bling and buttons don't work as there is not a straight line drawn between them but buttons, bling and brads work!

I went for Flowers - Die-cuts and Stickers!

My diecuts ARE  mostly flowers, plus there is a crochet one added as well. 

This is me at age 6? maybe 7?
It is on the home farm called 'Seaview' and I am holding the grey cat known to us as 
Smoky, the Mama Cat.

I kept it clean and simple as well - as the photo was black and white I could use  strong colours too.
I added two stickers and some rub-ons

 The main page is white Bazzill. 

It was fun remembering that part of my childhood and Smoky. 
It had to be at least 60 years ago.... 

Now, your turn - just remember - NO STAMPS.

You can enter HERE

WOW… what a capture of a sunrise from Clifton Beach, on the South Arm Peninsula, thanks to Alex McAndrew (sitting on the cliffs) who says:

"I over-appreciated the sunrise and didn't make it back dry."

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Time to get them checked........

.....the boobies, that is! Breast Cancer Awareness Month is upon us and it is time to go and get them squeezed between the two cold plates of metal. Small pain for big gain each year! I feel like a lump of hamburger meat being man(woman)handled onto a BBQ plate and then they twist it and squeeze it and you have to hold still and not breath (as if you could breath while that is happening) and then release! Other one now! Oh Joy, Oh Bliss!!!

wants us to make a card for Breast Cancer so here is mine, using the specially made for us in Australia Breast Cancer stamp set - Ribbon of Courage. There is a great die set with this too but I chose to just stamp this one.

I used some SU white card with an embossed image of flowers as a background and embossed it some more using white embossing powder on the ribbon and the word 


I used some of my TH Distress ink Oxide to add three colours to the card with the help of s water spray and  paintbrush. I also added some Pickled Raspberry ink over some areas to highlight them as well.

Polished off the inks with a tissue when card was dry.

Layered up with some pink on pink card and added three heart sequins,

It looks better than the photo's do - at a distance you can hardly see the ribbon and word but as you come closer they begin to pop.


and then go to Crafting with Dragonflies for the new Challenge

Monday, September 25, 2017

You Colour My World

Many thing colour my world. 

Sunrises, sunsets, family, grandchildren, nature, animals, hubby, crafting, photography.....(there are lots more but I thought I better get on with the blog)

I get a kit from D'Lish Scraps once a month and this last one had a wooden piece saying "You colour my world" among lots of other beautiful goodies.  I thought I would use it to make something for the last week of the Unstampabelles challenge.

The theme is set(s) of three

The TWIST is to use cardboard

(There is a prize on offer as well)

The D'Lish kit was rainbow colours, although the wooden piece was 'au naturale', so I went with the rainbow theme as well and coloured it up as a rainbow.

I noticed immediately that the spelling of the word 'colour' was the same as mine (and half the English speaking world) but my spell checker tells me to loose the 'u' - the American spelling. I am not a good speller - never have been - and I am a bit dyslexic as well so spelling checker is my friend most of the time but not on this occasion: for some reason I thumb my nose to it for some words. I think it is because I actually know how to spell colour and so having the machine correct something I DO know is insulting!

Anyway, enough I had to use cardboard, I found a spiral booklet with cardboard covers and set to work, forgetting to remove the spiral beforehand as usual. I painted it with some of my new white gesso. 

Then I flicked some of my new Pixi Powder onto the wet surface. I ended up also dragging my brush through the powders to get them to spread and cleaning off the excess on a spare piece of SU DP star card (you can see it in the background top right).

Only then did I think it would be useful to remove the spiral and black leaves inside!
Dumb, huh!

Now, I got a bit carried away with things then, and so did not take photo's of the next few steps.
Here is what I did:
  • texture paste clouds on front cover - I thought the paint was dry but not dry enough apparently and the yellow paint was drawn into the paste. Oh well.....
  • I glued card inside both the covers to cover over the paint edges and neaten them
  • I painted the sentiment white and let it dry for 24 hours
  • I sort-of worked out a mathematical grid at an angle to add colour to the sentiment (feeling quite proud of self here at that moment) and then added TH distress inks to the top of the white gesso. I did so well that I had to add red again to the right hand end.......
  • When dry, I went over it all with Wink of Stella clear - you can see it in some lights but not in the photographs very well
  • I glued the sentiment and the button on the cover, added the bling and then put the whole thing back together again - tried to wipe off the white paint from the spiral but I had left it too late....

I added some things from the kit - the rainbow twine (love this!) inserted through a plastic button and tied to the spiral; a tag with some washi tape and another button from the kit.

I then added most of the rest of the kit to the leaves inside - one item per leaf - to set it up for photographs to be added later

There was a beautiful big purple doily in the kit so I quartered that, and had four pieces to add.

It actually doesn't look too bad in real life - and I thought it might make a good gift for an expecting parent or grandparent......... as a brag book perhaps.

It is colourful and joyous and so it achieves its purpose.

Also, it has three bits of bling on the front cover.
There are twelve leaves (3 x 4) inside....
...and it took me three days to make it!

You have a week to make anything that fits the theme of three, and if you want to have a go at the twist, use some cardboard - just DON'T use any STAMPS please.

You can enter HERE at Unstampabelles

Saturday, September 23, 2017

My Stars! It's time for another challenge.......

This time Hilde wants STARS!!!!

There are so many beautiful photographs out there of the Milky Way and the Southern Cross.
This one is from Google!

My star card is a little different.

You know, I have so much washi tape and I love it but I don't Know what to do with it!

Finally, a car using some........

Some simply punched stars to match the shapes, a stamped sentiment in black.....

The DP card it is attached to is from SU and also has stars on it!
It is the same DP I used before - you can colour over it and it makes a great look but again, 
I kept it simple here!

Nature says it best!

Snow and an aurora… what a combination from Wilmot in north-west Tassie thanks to Jai Moyle.