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Monday, September 15, 2014

Midway for Unstampabelles BE FUNNY!

Unstampabelles September Challenge is......
Yes, be funny - and the TWIST is


So, I went to the wine.......

There is a great prize too

 Sponsored by Susan (me) and the Wood Fellow (hubby!)

The prize is this Spellbinders diecut set

Along the way there is a

We are having to say goodbye to one of our Belles - Hilde - who needs space to fight a bigger battle than what card to make. Our thoughts and prayers go to her and our thanks for her work to date.

So, that means we are looking for several new DT members, as we want to try a two team style, with team A and B producing work for the first and third Mondays only.  If you are interested in more details, please email me HERE and put DT call in the subject line.

I did say I reached for the wine......

........bottle label folder, where I store the beautiful labels from bottles I may or may not have drunk. It is a fairly sad state of affairs when friends are more likely to deliver empty wine bottles to me than full ones, 'cause they think I might like the label! I often do!

This one was just so suitable for the sentiment. The sentiment was a joke found on the web, and printed off on the computer, and the conversation balloons added with fine black pen before being fussy cut.

All card is from SU. 

Suitable for male or female, and for a few reasons, which can be made clear in the insert.

Why not go and see what else is happening at 

I will enter this at the following challenges:
Avenue 613: Anything Goes
Crafty Catz: Clean and Simple

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #77

Challenge #77
(sorry this went live too early - hopefully it is scheduled OK now|)

For a Male
Our Sponsor is 
who are offering
Prize - 3 Free Digi's from their store

I used die cuts to create the sentiments - the MATE came from individual letters. The image is one supplied by the sponsor for our use - he is cute, I think, eating his slice of water melon.  Although in reality Koala's only eat the leaves of certain gum trees, and rarely even drink water. 

The image was printed onto XPress blending card and coloured in with Copics, and then die cut into a circle. A line of black Copic pen was run around the outside of the circle. 

The whole front of the card is from one embossing folder, and this had been embosssed onto some SU Gumball Green, and then layered onto SU Soft Sky and Calypso Coral card. The latter makes the base card as well. The die cut sentiments are also in the CC card. 

I thought this would be a good card for a 'between' aged boy, say about 9 or 10 - still cute but not too young. 

I will enter this in the following challenges:
crafty cardmakers: dry embossing
card and scrap: anything goes
tokBobok: masculine

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Challenge #34 - Girly and Lacey for Dragonflies

Over at Crafting with Dragonflies we are asking you to make a card and make it all GIRLY AND LACEY!

Our Granddaughter Lily Madeline is 11 this week
- on Friday to be precise


This image from our sponsor reminded me of her - except she doesn't wear glasses!

All Dressed Up prize: two digis of the winners choice

She loves her iPad though!

Dresses and films and pretty bits and cats....

....oh yes, she loves cats....

The card folds up as a clutch purse and is fastened with a velcro thingy.....couldn't find my magnets!

I will endeavor to enter these challenges:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A One-Armed Crafter

The reason why I have been and will be a bit quieter on blogland.....

Thursday pm after surgery - not bad for a selfie taken one-handed and high on drugs!

Yesterday - Monday - bored! I was flipping through old magazines for my idea project book - and took this to share with my darling grand-daughter who is hobbling about in NZ with either a broken or badly sprained ankle. She  won't be going to Lucerne with the band now poor kid.

Note that I now have nail polish on! A GIRL HAS TO KEEP UP STANDARDS!

Stitches out on Friday - and then 6 weeks in a splint with physio. Medical Science is amazing these days. Hopefully I will be back crafting before you know it!
Meanwhile, scheduler is mostly working.........

Happy Spring!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September and a New Challenge at Unstampabelles

 The theme for the month is to "be funny" and the TWIST is to FRAME IT!

I made two items. 

Before I show you those I will talk about the prize. 
My hubby, the Wood Guy, and myself are providing that this month.

Here it is, from Spellbinders.

The first card is mostly hand drawn, and added to with appropriate enbellies

The drawing was mounted on red card before being placed on a white square commercial card fromRegal Crafts.

I have a pack of these spiders - for an arachniphobe that is quite an achievement!

A red heart bling piece

Up close to the drawing - idea is a direst CAS from Pinterest. 

Sentiment pun is typed up and printed out and mounted an a scrap of red card before being placed. 

Now, my second card is a decoupage one, and I talk about a bit on
So, go there for a discussion on when and what is acceptable but note that this is not a digi stamp,

I do love Gus - he is printed out already coloured up as a decoupage sheet from Bugaboo, and so was the sentiment.

I layered this twice

The keys are also layered, his face, the pipe, the slippers.....

You can see more clearly here.

So, whatever style floats your boat......why not think about making an amusing item without using stamps and after checking out thr DT's creations as well, put in an entry for the challenge.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Last week for Unstampabelles August Challenge

Unstampabelles August Challenge:
A Significant Birthday CARD

A shaped card

Sponsored by Regal Craft
$15.00 voucher to be spent in the on-line store

Well, my contribution to this final week includes two cards - a gorgeous gussie card, lace together with black satin ribbon and sporting lace and ribbon trim!

I cut the shape from a piece of already embossed Coordinations 12 x 12 card - half the card was used for this 'gussie'. I measured and folded the two sides in - had to trim a bit - and then lined up on both sides the eyelets to thread the ribbon - with the red eyelets being inserted using my Cropperdile! Easy peasy!

I added some ribbon trim to the top ....eerr.....bottom scallops of the gussie (meant to be at the top!), so I had to add some lace to the top bit!

eyelets and lacing

Inside has a sheet of SU DP  - I thought I would use this for a gift card holder or to hold money inside using a slide to hold it in place, and my sentiment is actually on the back of the card. It is computer generated.

My second card is for a person who has just purchased a new house, and is having a significant birthday as well - so has combined the house warming with the birthday party! So, out came the dies and I began to play.

Skylight over door

Fancy windows

Chimney and roof

Card slides inside using the roof as the 'handle' - sentiments are both rub-ons and stickers.

Sliding inside the card

My house!

There you have it - shaped cards for Significant Birthdays, made without using stamps!

Why not pop over and see the rest of the DT work and then have a go in the challenge - it closes on Friday night, the 29th, at midnight.

I will enter these at the following challenges:
Crafting at the Weekend: Anything Goes - the Gussie card
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge: Anything Goes - the house
A Creative Romance: Fantasy - the gussie card
Sister Act: Anything Goes - the house

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Spring has Arrived in Tasmania!

The Squirrel and the Fox:#76 Spring or Autumn

Does this get the seal of approval?

Taken off the southern coast of Tasmania - sunning him/herself!

More spring like?

Yes, the Squirrel and the Fox are challenging us to think all things Spring (or Autumn if you live on the northern end of the earth). As Tasmania is very much in the southern area of the world, we are having 


The Sponsor for this challenge is:
Prize - 3 digi stamps

My DT creation for this uses one of their digi's (provided by sponsor, thank you) and I coloured this with my new Stampin' Up Blendabilities alcohol markers. They are like and not like Copics and I used Xpress Blending card to make sure that they blended well after printing out the tulips image. I also used the SU embossing folder Tulips, and added SU Rich Razzleberry ink to the edges before adding the Very Vanilla card. This was layered up onto Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry card before putting it onto the card. The tulips are fussycut and layered onto the embossed piece. 

I used the set Rich Razzleberry to colour the bottom flower, and the red one was coloured with Cherry Cobbler while the next one was back to the RR, with a touch of Calypso Coral, and the leaves were done with Old Olive.  There is a fair amount of colour lifter pen wielded. The background was in Coastal Cabana and was too bright so I tried to tone it down with Prisma pencil.

A close up of flower one

Flower two and the inked, embossed edging

Flower three - the Coral is under the Razzzleberry, and gives it a lovely deep shadow look

An Annabelle Stamp sentiment in RR ink, and a punched circle with some Old Olive ink smeared around.

Highlights added with the colour lifter pen

I will add this to the following challenges:
Color My Heart: Smoky Plum and Olive
Sister Act: Anything Goes
Sweet Pea Stamper: Embossing (dry used here on border)