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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Challenge#33 at Crafting with Dragonflies

Crafting with Dragonflies are asking us to create a box - a specific type of box of course: a tissue box! So the Challenge #33 is to find a template (just Google, believe me there are lots!), create your box and photograph it, and enter it HERE!  Don't forget to let us know where you found the instructions or if you made one from scratch by yourself, so instructions for the rest of us who are not as clever!

My box can be found on Splitcoaststampers - just search for tissue box. It works with the small square box by Kleenex.  I used Kraft card for construction, and SU Coordinations embossed with a TH folder with gears, and then lightly sanded to bring out the core.  I was making it for my husband so I wanted a masculine feel, and an unfinished look.

Work - Gus: image provided by our sponsor

The challenge is being sponsored by Bugaboo

who are offering a prize of 7 free digi's! WOW!

I coloured up my image using Copics and just adhered it to the front of the box, as I didn't want to add any embellies to something going into the workshop. I wanted it to be found easily though, hence the colour!

This is what it looks like before the box slides over the top of the tissue box.

So, why not go and made yourself a drink, and have a look at the rest of the DT inspiration (stunning work as usual) and then have a go yourself!

I will enter this in the following:

Monday, August 18, 2014

Midpost over at the 'Belles - a Significant Birthday

The August challenge at Unstampabelles this time is A Significant Birthday 
and the TWIST is to use/make a SHAPED CARD.

They are sponsored for August by the wonderful

Regal Craft
and the prize is
$15.00 voucher to be spent in their on-line store!

I made a male card - although it could be for either sex! It does not have a significant age on it yet, but this can be added above the sentiment, which is a sticker

The card is supposed to be in the shape of a carpenter's pouch to attach to the belt. I found something similar on Pinterest, and readjusted it to suit.  I used my new tool dies from Die-Namics, and die cut two sets in SU black and silver card before adding them together; and some Bazzil card for the pouch itself.  I really just flew by the proverbial seat of the pants to put it together and it was quite easy to do.

 My shape is not that different to a normal rectangle card, as you can see here. There is an inset under the top layer with a sentiment and space to write a note. I created faux stitching by punching a line of holes and then drawing a line with a fine line pen. I used brads for studs. I also smooched a bit of Vintage Photo (TH Distress ink) around the whole to make it look a bit old and worn. I also smooched that onto my "ribbon" tape. 

I hope you like it and will be inspired to create your own Significant Birthday card for someone, and make it a shaped card for some added interest, and to meet the TWIST!

I will enter this in the following challenges:

Monday, August 11, 2014

Challenge #38 at Unstampabelles - Significant Birthday

This card I made to offer some additional inspiration to anyone interested in entering the challenge at Unstampabelles for August - A Significant Birthday - and it is a shaped card, because the TWIST for this challenge is to make/use a shape card

This card could be used for a girlfriend who has one of those dreaded birthdays that end in zero.........30, 40, 50 , 60..........personally they don't worry me as the alternative is a bit dire! Each birthday is a bit of a win really!

sentiment created with rub on's

Yes, there is a prize because we are sponsored for August by the wonderful

Regal Craft
and the prize is a
$15.00 voucher to be spent in their on-line store!

I started with my SU label dies, and cut some gorgeous Co-ordinations embossed card using the largest one, and then another shape using the middle one.

I sanded lightly - should have also sanded around the edges to make them more definite.  Why do you know this after the event? I will have to do it now but too late for the photo shoot! 

I scored and folded a line down both shapes, and used these to hinge/attach to either side of  a rectangle of SU Very Vanilla card. I then covered the joins with a piece of old SU DP. I used this DP also inside the card, and on the back of the VV piece - to cover an error I made by trying to attach the smaller front to the back of the card instead to the inside front!

I used my SU punches to punch out firstly the image (Meg's Garden) and then the circles and attached to the smaller front flap. I added an SU button with some SU twine, and used this to carefully catch the edge of the smaller flap under it, to hold closed until you want to open the card.

When open the flaps spread either side, showcasing inside the card.

I added another version (bigger) of the Meg's Garden image and left the RHS flap empty - this is where I would probably add the age of the recipient! The rub-ons were then added in the middle, where they would be covered by the two outside flaps when closed. You could write your personal message on the back of the card if you wished. 

There you have it - a shaped card useful for a Significant Birthday!

Why not have a go at this challenge - visit Unstampabelles and see what the DT have come up with so far, and come back later in the month and see what else they have provided for your inspiration as well - you will be very impressed, I tell you!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Anything Goes at the Squirrel and the Fox!

The current challenge (Number #75) at the Squirrel and the Fox is Anything Goes, which means we will probably get lots of entries!

Our Sponsor is - Make it Crafty, a wonderful Aussie store

Prize - $10 Gift certificate to their store. 

Bonus Prize - use a MIC image to go into a second draw to win a $10 Gift certificate to their store. 

I needed a male card so this is the image I chose from our sponsor. There are some wonderful new images that are so amusing available! 

Usual trick of printing off onto X Press card and colouring with Copics - this time though, the image was a big one - deliberately! 

My sentiment is from VERVE stamps, and stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black. 

I masked the image and sponged on some Momento ink for the sky and ground also, and added some TH Distress to form some dimension in the ground. I added a star, 'cause he is! 

Inside says "Sending BIG hugs!" 

Hope you like him. 

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Hiding in my Craftroom: KISS - fairly simple I thought!
Alphabet Challenge: M is for Men

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Dragonflies are Side Stepping this time - or Centre Stepping!

Today is windy and wild but reasonably mild. We have been having a run of very wild winter weather and have had lots of snow on our mountain, hovering above the city. We live over the river Derwent, on the other side of the city and above it, and look out into a bay, but if I go to the front deck, this is what I could see to my left on Saturday morning.  It may have been a last late leap from winter, as all the spring flowers are either out or budding! They are being blown away today!

my photo

This was the sunrise this morning:
Not my photo

What is that old rhyme - red at night, shepherds delight; red in morning, shepherd's warning!

Anyway, enough on the weather! I have finally got my craft space back to a semblance of order, my computer hooked up and running with the internet and a card to share with you for my DT duties for

Crafting with Dragonflies  #32 : Centre step or Side Step Card

There are two sponsors for this challenge

 Handmade Harbour prize: six digis for prize winner.
Handmade Harbour digi stamps


$10 gift Certificate for the Winner.

Now, I used an image from Make it Crafty, as I really like Gus - such a funny person! He reminds me of someone I live very closely too as well!!!!


He is being really sweet here in this image - I printed him off and coloured him with my Prisma pencils and Zest; I then masked him off and sponged on some Momento inks to create a horizon and the semblance of sky and grass. 

I die cut out the image and......

......created my step card - I got my instructions to make one of these a few years back and cannot remember where, but if you just Google side step card, you will get heaps of tutorials for one. I made mine in purple 12 x 12 Bazzil sheet, cut in half. I know there was some trimmed off the end and the cuts are made inside the rectangle, with folds at the front of the steps and the back of the centre......does that make sense?

I added some DP to the centre and the front of the card but left the side strips blank, as I  knew I was adding some SU punched flowers in bright colours there. I die cut a label for the front and stamped using an old SU stamp, and added some bling.  

There you have it - my DT card for Crafting with Dragonflies. Why not go over and see what the others are doing and have a go at the challenge - create a side or centre step card!

I will enter this in the following challenges:
4Krafty Girls challenge: anything goes
Delightful Challenges: Anything Goes

Monday, August 4, 2014

August at Unstampabelles Challenge #38 - A Significant Birthday!

The next challenge at Unstampabelles Challenge blog is to celebrate a SIGNIFICANT BIRTHDAY! The TWIST is to make a shaped card!!

Sponsored by Regal Craft

Regal Craft

The prize is $15.00 voucher to be spent in the on-line store

Many thanks to Regal Craft for this and the shaped card they supplied to me to make this card!

It is actually my birthday this month - I am a Leo - can't you tell?
However, this card is for a person who is going to be 95 in a few weeks, and is another Leo  - it is significant because she has made it to her Birthday as she has not been well lately as well as because she is 95, and because she is a beloved sister-in-law!

 Can you guess what my card shape is yet?

I made my card using dies and the shaped card, some sparkly card, some acetate and a scrap of SU DP. All the card stock apart from the sparkly card is SU - if you want to know the colours just email me.

It is a pot plant!!
The flowers are made using a Spellbinders die called 'Create a Gerber Daisy'!
It took me 30 minutes to put together each flower. 
They look pretty though, don't they!

The insects are also dies and I have attached them to thin acetate strips. Behind the flowers is also a piece of acetate from the top of the pot to the top of the card - see through - and I have attached some flowers and leaves to this as well.  It even looks pretty neat behind the strip! 

The inside of the card has the piece of DP, and a SU label die cut in Very Vanilla to write on the message. I made the error of using a piece of double sided tape rather than just some sticky on the dragonfly body, and I notice you can see it behind the dragonfly - I therefore didn't use double sided tape behind my butterfly and it looks much better - floating above the flowers. The sparkly khaki card that the pot is covered with came from a pack bought from a $2 shop! I think it is meant to be gold!

Well, there is my DT piece for Unstampabelles - I hope you like it! Remember, we are making a card for a Significant Birthday - no stamps to be used - and if you want to TWIST - use a shaped card!  

I look forward to seeing what you come up with for this challenge!

I will enter my pot plant in the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge: a summer Garden - Gerbers grow in summer here, albeit that is saying that I currently have some in a vase from a lovely flower bouquet my hubby gave me for my birthday! Hothouse grown I would think!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Disruption is Occuring!

No, not the weather - although that is pretty diabolical at the moment with lots of rain, a tornado and thunderstorms! No, the carpet is about to be ripped up and replaced and that means that all the surface stuff has to be taken off furniture and things like that to allow the workmen to move said furniture.  OK, I can cope with that for the delight of getting our 24 year old carpet replaced!

The disruption occurs because this is also happening in the craft cave!! Eeeeekkkkkkkk.......

This means that I had to remove all the surface stuff, and the piles of "keep that'cause it might be useful" stuff and all the 12 x 12 papers and card, and all the stuff on the get the picture?

About half way through tonight - all I need to do is.....

......yeah, all the stuff on the floor under the shelf against the wall.......

....the top of my desk, and the printer and computer disconnected.........

Where did it go - into John's workshop!

Yes, he has this much space!!!!

......and behind the easel is more!!

Well, hopefully I will still be on line until Thursday morning, and then I hope to get back on-line by the end of the weekend at the latest! Wish me luck!!