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Monday, December 22, 2014

A Quick Inspiration Card for the Unstampabelles Challenge #42 - Summer Fun!

The theme for the December Challenge at
Unstampabelles is

SUMMER FUN

Here is a bit of it - did you know that we DO have snow in summer in Tasmania?
This tree (melaleuca) is commonly known as
Snow in Summer!

This one is in my garden - that's a tree fern next to it on the left! It is a mass of flowers and the bees are really busy there from morning to night.


It's a bit of Summer Fun!

 the TWIST is to make a Christmas card to fit the Southern Hemisphere



This challenge is being Sponsored by Bizzy Bec
Bec has an on-line store in Australia and she is offering us 
this die as a prize for the winner.





I used a wine bottle label - yes, I know wine AGAIN! I really don't drink enormous amounts but the labels are often so pretty and it is a pity to just tip the contents down the sink.....


This variety was called Boatshed Bay and was printed onto a clear label which I removed and placed onto a sheet of white paper. I mounted this onto some gold card and then covered up the wine variety with a Christmas sticker mounted on card


This is my completed card - a touch of holly in the top corner for Christmas! I though boating, and drinking (not together, of course, ahem) were indicative of the summer fun we have had in the past, and usually over the Christmas holidays, with family and friends. And of course there is the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race starting on the 26th December and the Taste of Tasmania and Wooden Boat Show all going on here at the same time in the next few weeks......

On top of that Hubby turns 80, so there is a BIG party happening here on the 30th!

So, Fun in Summer at Christmas Time!

Please go to Unstampabelles to see what other things have been created for your inspirations and then after the 25th, sneak into the craft room and joyfully create! You have until the 29th December to play along (extended time).








Monday, December 15, 2014

Unstampabelles Third week Challenge #42

Summer Fun!

and the TWIST is to make it a Southern Hemisphere Christmas

An adventurous young male koala who found a spot to picnic on the Apollo Bay harbour front in Victoria this week. He was having fun at the seaside!




Who else eyes off each Christmas card that arrives for its potential for recycling?
Good, glad I am not the only strange one!

This card is made from one received in the past (last year I think) and I cut out the image and made myself another card with it. 



I trimmed out the greenery and mounted it onto a red card to match his PJ's!
After I did this I decided to put some gold embossing around the edges of the red card - only got a bit of gold else where..........


I was making an easel card so I decided to make a gum nut flower (eucalyptus) just like in the card image, and so I played with my card and scissors and created this - the leaves have gold pen veins.


You can see it better here.  Some gold card and some bling and a gold star, and it was done!


He folds not quite flat but that is OK because he is going in a box!

I will enter this in the following challenges:





Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Frenzy!


WARNING: lots of photos!

I am knee deep in Christmas cards at present, proper ones. However, while my hand was repairing itself, I used the various free gift packs from various magazines to "assemble" cards - some of them are really, truly pretty (I must photograph them) - and gradually over the end of October and beginning of November and then in the 10 days since our return I have built up quite a stash - still need to make a few more, but nearly there! Here is a cross section........



Simple and a bit crooked!

Then I assembled a few from some sheets I have purchased, using commercial card blanks in most of these - and just adding stuff from the Christmas storage tub.....


Then I got a magazine with an embossing folder, and so I played with that, finding that winding the handle on the machine is possible if you do it carefully! I fussy cut the middle from a second piece of card also embossed, and then I just smeared ink around - it felt good! I then STAMPED the sentiment and got it pretty straight so that was another thing added to the list of THINGS I CAN DO - strangely, housework has not appeared on that list yet!



So, smearing ink was OK, so I had this small stencil freebie.......


That's how this one was created

Then I got another magazine and it had this big beautiful embossing folder in it, and the packaging inside had a a deer (just like the stamp that came with the set) and looked so pretty I couldn't throw it out so it got added to the mix, by embossing the sheet and then die cutting a sentiment to add.


I was managing the machine well so dug out some of the dies I have collected for Christmas and had a good time die cutting. This card emerged from that experiment.


When we went away, I knew I would be in the vicinity of one of my favourite shops in South Blackburn, and as I had often lusted after one of their classes, booked myself in to a Saturday morning Distressed Christmas session! I was a bit surprised how well I managed everything - I don't think anyone even knew I had a problem with my hands so that was a good sign!

This was one of the cards we made. 

Silver mesh

I came home and made these:

Gold glitter mesh - different TH Distress inks

Pink sparkly mesh and sparkly white mesh

Great play but too time consuming  to make too many when one has so much to do!

Then I decided to use the star dies I had, and firstly tried to replicate some cards I had seen on Pinterest - the dies were not quite big enough for me, so I ended up using the largest one and drawing around the outside of it to create the card base, and die cutting the paper for the inside. 
Again, too much time and too much load on my hands to fussy cut theses in any number.


I die cut these for tags though, and used a freebie paper pack from Bo Bunny to decorate them



 I then went to my SU stamp set Bright and Beautiful, and after surfing around on the web, I cased these two cards - wet embossed stars, die cuts and sequins. Pretty!


Sticking to this set, I made these as well - again CASed.


Gold card with white embossing, Very Vanilla card with gold embossing and gold sparkle. The background is SU Ivory card with stars embossed using the SU embossing folder - and the card blanks are from Regal Craft. 


I quickly ran out of gold ribbon and had to make a dash to the craft shop but they didn't really have what I wanted either, but I made do 


Love this heavy satin ribbon but I only had two pieces off a chocolate box!

I had to turn the card in the embossing folder to do the last bit on the bottom, hence the need for a ribbon, I discovered, as you get a small disruption at the join. All were finished off with pearl centres. I liked these so much I made 10 of them!

Well, that is all for the present - off to wrack the brain for something else - or go to Pinterest or similar for inspiration! This last set really is lovely though, so I might see if I can make something else with it.............











Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Announcement!

 AND
 I am now on the Purple team for

Yippeee! I am a bit excited, I must admit.....

Purple team this month are asked to make 
Christmas but not a card (ornaments, decorated boxes, layouts etc)

So, I made a pyramid box for Unstampabelles a few weeks ago and said I thought it might make a good Christmas Elf - stuffed with goodies of course!


i had fun playing and sort of made an Elf - he is full of mints at the moment


Googly eyes and curled black hair.......and a red cap with a bell!


Just handing around - my Christmas Tree is nowhere near ready to be up yet.....


When he was first hung his hair and cap came straight off - had to use more red tape!


Trying various places to show him off


Seated seems to work - he has no arms I now realise! Will have to rectify this!!


He is obviously a decoration - probably for a table or a hanging space. He has a base of 4 inches square and it takes a 12 x 12 sheet to make him. He is also strangely 4 inches high!

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Paper Creator's Crafts: all about Christmas
A Crafty Mess: anything Goes


Monday, December 1, 2014

Unstampabelles has it's December Challenge Up!

Yep, it's December......and no, I am not ready for it to be December. I am still in the throw's of making Christmas cards and haven't thought of my tree yet, let alone the present list .......I hope you are all more prepared for the fat man to visit than I am!


The challenge is 

Summer Fun!

The TWIST is to make a Southern Hemisphere Christmas card

Now, my card may not seem very summer but this hot pink sky reminds me of hot summer night sunsets - full of hot pink

See? the view from the balcony one night in 2011

The white stars (NOT snowflakes!) are shining brightly and Santa is bringing lots of fun to the girls and boys who have made the right side of the list!


Made with dies and paper from the stash on a commercial card blank from Regal Craft.


My mind might be a bit warped I admit. 

Why not go and see what the other DT members are getting up to? 
Then with the inspiration tucked away in the pocket, you can get making!!!

I will enter the following challenges:






Tuesday, November 25, 2014

It's for the Birds!!

Well, I have been travelling around southern Australia for the past two weeks - driven over 2000 kls. We headed to the north of our state (Tasmania) and then caught the car ferry across the dreaded Bass Strait - home of many shipwrecks! We went onto the boat at 5.00 pm approx on a Sunday night, and drove off the boat in Melbourne at about 6.30 the next morning.

We headed to Geelong (Victoria) and then across the south-western part of Victoria to Portland. We were visiting a good friend there. My Husband and he go back over 60 years of friendship. 
This is what greeted us!

Funny man!

After visiting with him for several days we headed north-east, through Bendigo and Wadonga (stayed a night in each) and then to Canberra, the Capital city of Australia! It also happens to be where our son and his family live. We spent 6 night there, celebrating the 9th birthday of our Grandson while we were there. We had a lovely visit - great company, food and interesting things to do!

An exhibition at the National Art Gallery was one. 
From Canberra with a stop over at Wangaratta for a night, we arrived back in Melbourne for a few days with Hubby's family - we stayed with his sister, and after visiting other family and friends, and getting in some shopping we came home via the same ferry!
I did get in a class while I was in South Blackburn - at the Bellbird Paper Arts shop!

I made these: it was a Distressed Christmas class


The purpose of this post was to show you how I made the bird box for the Unstampabelles final week. 

I firstly drew up the pyramid box bsed on a 3 x 3 cm square base
I allowed some extra for the side seams

I scored the bits to be folded, and then cut it all out

Each side had a triangle with a flap and I added red tape


I stuffed it with Mentos!

I free-hand drew some wings and a tail, and some legs and added them


Hello birdy! Eyes and beak ( a bit too big I think)

Now I am thinking I can make it a Christmas bird, or an elf! 
So a box can be any shape really!
Why not go to Unstampabelles and enter - there is still time - it closes on Friday at Midnight!