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Thursday, April 17, 2014

lily's first go at Copics

Here is granddaughter Lily's first attempt at using Copics.

She is 10 and a half.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Crafting with Dragonflies - Challenge# 24

Challenge # 24: Mothers Day/ Special Lady - elaborate card

Today we have two sponsors for our challenges:

 Heather Ellis (you may know her as Digistampcharacters


Meljen's Designs :: Digital Stamps by Melissa Jenkins

My card is a gift card that goes with a book (gift) to a Special Person 
I used a Meljen's image which was provided to us by the Sponsor

The image is printed off, coloured with Copics as per usual and then I add SU Dimensional Magic to give it a lovely sheen. I fussy cut it out and added to the die cut with foam dots to raise it a little.

I have actually made two items - a gift card and redecorated a booklet as a gift to a Special person in our life. I need to be careful as she reads the blog sometimes, so I will leave it at that but you will notice it says "Merci" on both the book and the card - Thanks in French!

There is another die cut and the sentiment stamped in blue Momento (Paris Dusk) and an SU ribbon, with some old SU DP and a blank card from Blue Craft. 

Here it is with the booklet as well

How did I use the image with the booklet? I just enlarged the digi, copied it and printed both off on the wonderful XPress Blending card. Wielded the trusty Copics again on the first one, and then just the blue flowers on the other one. I fussy cut these out and added them to the original one. I will confess at this stage I was going to make a card with this, but I stuffed up some die cutting across the top and side and so it hurriedly got reused for the book front.

The book was purchased when on sale for $2 at a large well-know store (K Mart) and I have had it for over a year. You now the scenario - walk past the bin, look in, see something that  might become the future......well, it did!

A close up of the jug and flowers - there might be some Stickles used there........

I backed it with SU Daffodil Delight and the old SU DP (remember, It came in a big 12 x 12 pad?) which I used on the back as well and yellow card on the inside covers.  I added the ribbon earlier (when it was still going to be a card) and so I used a length of this to make a marker for the book as well. A tag with Merci on it (WMS) and a lovely Japanese bead for the end of the marker. 

See, it matches the blue!

Here are the two again.......

I will enter these in the following challenges:
Digi Galore: Flowers

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dragonflies winner and some LOTV love!

Hi, just to let you now that the winners have been announced at Crafting with Dragonflies of the Baby Blog Hop winners. For my own blog comment prize from Meljens, my winner is as below and was selected by pulling names out of a hat! Congratulations to:

Meljens prize: four digis for the winner  
Meljen's Designs :: Digital Stamps by Melissa Jenkins 
Susan has this one
The winner is: - Barb

Please go to the CWD blog for details on collecting prizes for the Blog Hop

Now, I have three Lili of the Valley Easter Stamps - so I gave them an annual outing! They are all stamped up using Momento ink onto XPress Blending card and coloured with my Copics. The rest of the card is from SU and the embellishments from stash. The background papers are from a magazine freebie set. I did find the one 12 x 12 I have but not before I did these - otherwise the colours used may have been very different!

I stamped each image twice so got six cards made

So cute this image - sentiments are mostly from WMS

Regal Press provided the card blank here

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: Anything goes square

The magazine freebie had some diecuts and these eggs are from that one with a bit of glimmer added!

SU punched butterflies with glitz - also on bunny's tail!

I don't have a big enough platform to diecut this scalloped circle so I hand cut it using the die as a template - I followed instructions from a fellow blogger to make the side steps but my SU Whisper White is really not strong enough I think - anyway, it did work, just. 

I will enter this in the following challenges:
A Random Fan: Pastel spring colours

Holographic gold card egg diecut  (Spellbinders Easter eggs) and a partial diecut of another smaller egg and then fussycut his ears. 

Whole egg is on a wobbler!

You can see it here

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Cuttlebug Mania: Make us Smile
Papertake Weekly: Spring is Sprung!

So sweet this image

Die cut some eggs from card which had been stamped with a discontinued lace background stamp from SU, and then heat embossed with SU EP's - lovely texture created for the eggs

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Crafty Blogger: Diecutting and embossing

MFT's sentiment stamp and die cut for banner

I will enter this in the following challenges:

This one was the first made

The Spellbinders edging is dramatic

That's it!
I will enter this in the following challenges:
(Pin)spirational Challenges: pink and eggs from the photo

Monday, April 7, 2014

Unstampabelles Challenge#34: Incorporate an Animal or a Bird

Yes, hard to believe but we are up to the 34th month of the blog Unstampabelles, and the 4th challenge since I took it over. Seems to be working!

Challenge#34: Incorporate an Animal or a Bird

There is always a twist with this blog and the TWIST this month is to use predominantly PASTEL colours. 
The sponsor for the challenge is Regal Craft based here in Tasmania, but in the northern part of the state and I live about two and a half hours away in the south. I get there occasionally! And they do a great job with mail although I must admit with a Granddaughter going to Uni there currently, she is often the courier!

Regal Craft

It doesn't have to be an Easter card but I made one anyway!
This brad has been in my stash for so long and I was determined to use it up

I had a packet of two Kaiser wooden bunnies, so I painted one up and added some cotton wool to his bottom to create the bunny tail!

This diecut (Spellbinders) is so intricate but I used some wax paper and that helped. It is die cut from a scrap of paper left over from another project where I was playing with TH Distress Crackle paint and inks - this means the rushes have a lovely sheen and texture.

This is another Spellbinders die- and this one I didn't use the wax paper as I have used it a couple of times before, but it was tricky to get out as a result. Lesson learned! I have added some small bling here. 

A strip of ribbon and a backing of SU So Saffron and it was done. The card behind is a commercial blank from Regal Craft, our sponsors. The background paper is a piece from Emma's Garden by Jennifer Ellory. 

This photo was taken in the late afternoon sun.

OK, it's a simple card but they don't always have to be full of technique or layers and layers of stuff. I sometimes see cards with flowers added and think, why? They are not appropriate. So I didn't add anything more to this - it tells its own story.  We currently have two resident rabbits - wild ones. Ones descendant from those imported from the Old Country when white settlement took place here in Australia because the English missed them! They can have them back! We don't mind! Our two seem to have been inbred with some Lopp Eared rabbit or similar that has been a pet and either escaped or was let go - there are many of it's kind hopping around on the local hill reserve behind the house. However, these two have adopted us apparently and can be seen in full daylight in the driveway or hopping along the concrete just outside my craftroom windows! Glad I didn't plant out the vegie garden last season but was going to do it soon - not too sure now!

They look a bit like this but their ears are longer and stand up quite tall, and their tails are really white. Wait.....maybe......they are EASTER RABBITS! A bit too early though....hopefully a car or a cat or a dog might find them irresistible! 

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Dream Valley challenges: Easter
Hobby Cutz Challenge: Foral and Fauna
Robyn's Fetish Challenge: Easter
Scribble and Scrap: Anything Goes
Sunflowerfield Challenge: Spring or Easter

Sunday, April 6, 2014

I'm late for Squirrel and Fox Challenge #67 - All creatures great and small

So sorry -got behind! Here I was thinking I was up-to-date too! Well, that is a name for a potato here in Tassie and now I feel a bit like one! A potato, that is!

(My sentiment is computer generated)
My card for the Squirrel and the Fox today is a Get-well card and relies on a play on words (pun) to work. My image is from our sponsor for this challenge - Oak Pond Creations. 

They are offering 3 digi's of the winners choice from the store as their prize.  

This small owl really does have his head on sideways! It took me awhile to realise this and it wasn't until I had coloured him up (yes, Copics) that I saw that his feet were not feathers on the side - I had to go back and colour them in differently!

So, I printed out and coloured up another head and put this onto a little wobbler! 
He is green because he is feeling really, really sick! (You can tell by his eyes)

I didn't know what background papers to use and I was flicking through stuff in the scrap paper basket and came across this off-cut from a SU DP; the colours matched, and it has a sort of "Ooooo" feel to it as well - a bit crazy, so thought it suited the idea I was creating. I made it the day a close relative was feeling the effects of too much alcohol from the night before! Self-inflicted illnesses always amuse me - unless it is me that is suffering of course! Not for quite a while thank goodness - perhaps I am learning!

You can sort-of see the wobbler here - the head wobbles in a tight wobble when you flick the owl's ear. 

I will enter this in the following challenges:
All Sorts: no flowers to be used! (nope,none there....)
My Time to Craft: wildlife (yes, and I am sure it was wild the night before too!)
My Creative Moments: Word play - hope this will be owlright???

Saturday, April 5, 2014

A Saturday post

Well, life here has settled down again - and things are quiet! However John did go out with the mooring barge this morning to check the chain on our mooring, as we rent it to another boatman. We have been having occasions of quite wild weather here - just like everywhere else - and last month we had a fierce wind storm. John tells me the chain had to be almost completely replaced this morning!  Thank goodness it held during the storm or one small yacht would have been washed ashore!

Early in May it will be Mother's Day here in Australia - but my mother passed away a long time ago now, and my dearly loved MIL passed away last year, so I have no-one to make a card for this year! I still
made one though.

I die-cut a doily; added a wooden bird cage and bird; and a spray of flowers

Layered all this onto a square paper doily an some hand made paper - my paper doily had been sprayed with gold mist and the die cut one I cut from some lovely gold holographic paper. So was the word. It was all heaped onto a pearlised square commercial blank, and I then stamped the tag with SU Crisp Canteloupe ink and using a WMS - EggstraSpecial, and smudged the tag with TH Antique Linen ink. 

Inside says "For my MUM with all my love"

I will enter this in the following challenges:
A Creative Romance: Spring flowers
4Crafty Girls: Anything Goes
IBS: Colour Challenge 80 

Oh, and I have to share this too:

Top 3 Badge

It was for the Crafting with Dragonflies Blog Hop!