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Monday, March 2, 2015

Peace and Harmony

Challenge #45 at Unstampabelles is all about 

Peace and Harmony

with a TWIST to incorporate flight in your work

The prize is this new die

I started out with a blank black card, and I diecut a rectangle from the front of it
I then took a piece of white card,and started to play with my TH Distress inks and sponges. I cut out a circle for the sun/moon/whatever and a cloud shape and used them to mask out the shape before beginning to sponge. It was a bit like painting with sponges! It was also FUN!

I then went to my Di-namics die of the branch and birds and leaves, and die cut out the various bits and pieces I wanted in various scrap card colours. I then glued the leaves and birds on. By this stage I was doing a bit of a happy dance as it was all looking as if it would work out OK! I placed a piece of card on the inside of my aperture and secured it down as a backing, and slipped the 'painted' background into the shape on the front. L then glued down the branch across the background.

I diecut from white card the sentiment and attached in top left hand corner. Got this little beauty from eBay, along with two other sayings in the same pack. It needed something so I quickly drew around the frame with a white gel pen to frame it more. I had also added some Wink of Stella white to the cloud and the sun, and in some lights they shimmer nicely but it is hard to get it to photograph. 

A peaceful dawn and the twittering of birds creating a harmony!

You should see what else the DT has created over on Unstampabelles!
Go and have a look-see and drool, and then start creating!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy Birthday Glenda

Made this card for a friend's birthday yesterday, suing those delicious Gelato crayons, and some SU stamps, some sequins and dots of gold, and gold glitter paper.

It has a real shimmer from the Gelato's and the gold body of the butterfly is Wink of Stella and very sparkly too. It is copied of course from someone else's idea, but I really liked theirs and I like mine too! I tried to avoid putting the crayon directly onto the WC paper and just washing a very watered down version across the butterfly but had to end up misting the paper to get a decent coverage. I will know next time!

Happy Birthday Glenda!

It's true - it isn't easy going green!

Over at Eclectic Ellapu we in the Purple Team have been asked to go green for the March Challenge!

Image from Google Images

I have thought and thought of what I could do, and jotted down ideas and sketched possible layouts and thought of objects that I might make using mixed media......and did nothing concrete. In fact, I worked in pink and mauve and make a set of very girly cards rather than make anything green...... don't get me wrong, I LOVE green and have at least a third of my wardrobe given over to that colour. It's just making something green....

Then I saw a card by Rebecca Beattie and was inspired to make a splattered, brayered backgrounds using my TH distress inks in various greens, with a touch of oranges/yellows.

Lately I have been aware of all the blackboard style projects, and reminded of the several inspirational saying stamps I own. So I dug out one by MFT (Life's Directions) and started to play with that using the background. The rest just fell into place. I have a TH embossing folder with a brick background, and I have lots of wood embellies that I have been hoarding rather than using.......

 The base card is from my stash of Bazzil card. It is getting a bit low now - might have to go shopping soon! My colour choices are becoming restricted. Anyway, I hope it is suitable and fits the theme. I enjoyed distressing the poster - there is some white paint on there too but it has sort-of faded into the greennessof it all! The best bit is that I have 2/3rds of the piece still available for more green projects now!

Why not to to Eclectic Ellapu and see the wonderful works in green that the Purple team have created - and also the beautiful work from the Pink team - and get thinking. You have a month to enter this challenge for March!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside........

 One thing people always think of when they think of Australia is BEACHES!
Sun and sand and Lifesavers and such....

Indeed, I think the most famous beach in Australia is Bondi Beach, Sydney (above)

But perhaps one of the most beautiful and lesser known ones is called 

Can you see that small boat? On the RHS?  I have been in that spot or near that spot in a yacht on a number of occasions, and swam in those beautiful waters. I have also once (in my youth) been on top of that line of hills above the beach on the southern side, and later been back there and walked that beach with a pack and a group of school kids for the start of a week's camping in the National Park.

 A bit less crowded than Bondi.

Over at Unstampabelles we have asked you to make a project that reflects something of your country 

February Challenge #44 National Symbols
The twist is to use your country's flag colours in your creation
Just don't use stamps!

The Prize is this collection of new material (value approx $20 Aus) 

Well, my card is about the beach

In Tasmania, the water remains cold right up to December, and it takes a brave person to swim regularly before then without protection ie wet suit. In summer, the briskness of the water is a great counterpoint to the hot days.  Beware sunburn though - we have an hole in the ozone layer over us thanks to the rest of the world, and we burn too readily as a result!

We have to take slip, slop and slap very seriously - slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat!

Graphic 45: By the Sea Collection is the go here - and some SU card - Night of Navy - plus three white starfish shapes of bling!

Only a week to go to enter this - actually, it closes on the 27th AEST so less than that
You need to get your entry in asap
There are some great ones there already!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Men's cards.....and other things

Hello everyone - and welcome to the newest followers

I have been trying to clean up my workspace and trying to make sense of all the stash. You know how you accumulate stuff - particularly the freebies from magazines - and other stuff you purchased for a specific idea, and then had some leftovers to deal with?

Well, I have been trying to use up all this stuff or pack it up to give away or throw it out  - relax, little has actually been thrown out!

This male card was one result - the image and sentiment is from Acid Drops and Whatknots. I purchased several sheets of images and sayings - especially Christmas ones - and I may have also got a sheet or two of non-Christmas ones too because they made me laugh.......that's my excuse....and this image is from one such sheet. I really like to others, but the sentiment going with this one was not what I would use, so I fussy cut the young man out and just used that. Also while trawling through the internet I saw a card with the die cut edge and suitable papers underneath - it was a very girly card - and I thought it would work with any colour combo. So, SU Soft Suede card,and paper from my stash, plus a button and some string and some bling. All on a black commercial card blank from Regal Craft. Took me about 10 minutes to make!

I will enter this in the following:
Sister Act: Anything Goes
Scrap and Craft: Anything Goes

The following two are me just showing off as they are very accurately CASed from the magazine where I got the freebie stamp from - Craft Stamper.

A Project Life postcard, SU stamp (Good Greetings) and a black card blank. Washi tape is used for the flags. I paper pieced the camera and added some gloss to the heart and some bling to the flags.I did create some shadow with a Copic grey pen.

The second card is so copied but it looks so good, I thought I would show it off anyway. A die cut film strip, the stamp coloured with Copics and an SU sentiment stamp (Happy Day - masked) and while the original used green acyrlic paint smeared across, I used a Gelato crayon. I used a corner punch to round the corners of the card too. The lens on the camera is glossed with SU Crystal Effects. 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Starry, starry night

I was mulling over what I was going to do next for my Unstampabelles inspiration for week 3, when someone mentioned the bright stars in Tasmanian skies at night. Mmmmm - Southern Cross!

Do any of you remember the poem "The Australian Sunrise" by J L Cuthbertson?

It has a line in it which is

.....the Cross hung low to the sea......

Every time I see the Southern Cross from the carport at night, I repeat that line, learnt when I was in Grade 7 at Dunalley State School. It is such a distinctive constellation. 

Starry night.
This snap was taken at Roaring Beach in the Tasman Peninsula. By day the landscape is known for towering sand dunes, but by night when the sky becomes a fury of stars, it’s easy to turn your attention skyward. 
Go Behind The Scenery here.
Reblogged from liamtbyrne.

Not only that, but the stars are so clear and crisp in our skies.  When we have had oversea's visitors staying with us they always comment on that fact. 

In addition..... the Southern Cross is on our National Flag!

So, armed with all these ideas seething around in my brainbox, I went to Pinterest for some inspiration regarding stars, and after looking at so many beautiful pieces of work, shut down the computer and decided to just do my own thing! Still, I do detect some influences in what was created!

I firstly got my largest  SU Stars die and traced around it onto a piece of SU Whisper White card. I found a patterned EF (Darice Flur de Lie) and embossed over the image. I used my Gelato's and smeared some red and then blue over the raised sections of the star and fussy-cut the shape out. 

The I cut another piece of SU WW card to fit the front of a commercial square card from Regal Craft, and die cut another star from this.  I attached it to the card front with small dimensionals and carefully inserted the coloured star into the space and glued it down. 

I then punched 3 small blue stars with my small SU punch, and found 3 red pearl stars from my stash, and placed them on the front. I remembered I had the button somewhere in the stash, and found that, and attached it to the banner, and used a puffy stick-on for the sentiment

I am not sure if it needs something else.

I will be honest - I got so engrossed in the making I forgot the rule for Unstampabelles - no stamps -and stamped out a sentiment banner.  It wasn't until I was about to write this up that I realised what I had done! Maybe if I add some ink to the inside of the outside star??? Does that actually make sense?
You know, just wiped some ink into the star to delineate it a bit........

Anyway - it will do!

Why don't you go and have a look at the Unstampbelles blog and check out the prize and the other entries and the inspiration, and then have a go yourself!

Oh, here is the first one!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Wattl'it be then?

I made this card for the Winners Post at Unstampabelles, and I am quite chuffed about it because it is almost one of the only ones I planned in my head that looks a bit like my plan! They usually turn out to be a real dog's body!

The current February challenge is to make something that represents a National Symbol and uses the colours of the flag of your country! So, I used the internet to look at the various National Symbols for Australia and found this

Wattle Sprigs!

Always the symbol of Spring in the middle of the coldest part of winter, and always making me smile (and sneeze!)

Then I though of the twist - and immediately this came to mind

The boxing kangaroo is the unofficial sporting flag of Australia and can be easily purchased everywhere, especially when there is an international sporting event on involving us Aussies!

So, I made this using a new die I had recently purchased
made by Die-Versions (Sweet Frames)

I was so happy with the result 

A Cheery Lyn leaf flourish, and then some gold Pearl dots and a bit of bling - if you look at the painting of the wattle in the Coat of Arms, it has little blue bits in it, and that's what gave me the idea! Of course, I took a bit of poetic licence as well!

I used SU card  - Hello Honey and Gumball Green - and a commercial card blank from Regal Press

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Sunday CAS Challenge at the Outlaws - you need to be a member to log in
Southern Girls: sparkle and shine (from the gold and the bling)