Friday, August 12, 2016

Back To School

I'm back with the latest Simply Create Too Challenge #115. Back to School was the theme and it was time for me to play around with my Brother ScanNCut. 
 (front of the card) 

  (inside of the card)

I drew the apple and pencil and then scanned them into Canvas, created files for each layer and then transferred them back to the cutter to be cut out in the various colours. Talk about fun...and I LOVE how good they look. (Doing happy dance here.} I also like that either of my designs could be used as the front of a Back To School card (except, that with the inside layout, I wouldn't hand write my message; and would move the acetate sentiment further down the notebook page.)

The background DP is from an alphabet design page I've hoarded for years (sorry don't know designer) and the notebook page came from a little School Days ADDITIONZ booklet by Junkitz that I picked up on a clearance table somewhere.

If anyone would like a copy of either of the cutting files, just let me know and I'll email them to you. I also created an outline file if you wanted to do the inlaid die cutting technique with it. What I've used on my card is just the background file with the various pieces glued in place on top (except for the sentiment - it was inlaid.)

Pop on over to Simply Create Too Challenge blog to see what others have been creating. 

Bye for now.


Monday, August 8, 2016

Lots of blue

How slack am I?

I forgot to post this Design Team entry for Get Creative Challenges' Challenge #44 - Lots of Blue. OOHMAH!!! (Sorry Angie.) 

My card used a cutie digi from our sponsor Karleigh Sue's Digital Stamps.

My best friend's hubby has his birthday a week after mine, so I thought he'd appreciate this little beauty. I used Copic markers to colour it, which I thought turned out nicely. (I went heavy on her makeup to go with her occupation.  hahaha  ) I used a star background that I designed for my ScanNCut. (If you'd like a copy of the file, let me know in the comments below and I'll email it to you.) It was adhered to some double-sided sheet and then clear glitter sprinkled over the top. Nice sparkle! The main sentiment was die cut from gold foiled cardstock and layered with matching black die cuts.

Unfortunately this challenge has just closed, but you can still pop over and see what great projects everyone made. 

Bye for now.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

A card coloured with Copic Markers

I recently joined the Kit and Clowder fan-base, when I enrolled in the "Skin and Hair" colouring class. (Not that I've had time to start it yet), but I've been having lots of fun "hanging out with Alyce and the gang". I even won a game of Bingo during their last fun weekend. Yay!!! As part of the fun weekend, Alyce organised a discount on a beautiful image by Kuik Ching Chou entitled Floating Pearls. This is my take on it.

I put the red coral across the bottom of the card to tie in with her jewellery, but I'm not sure if it would have been better just to leave it off. Too late now, though!  :)

I coloured her hair in various shades of purples as well as a cream and a light brown. IRL it looks like a rich auburn (the photo doesn't do it justice). Also she looks like she has a rash on her chest, but I was trying to give her some cleavage.  hahahaha!

The background sort of turned out okay. I coloured it with shades of green and blue and then spotted the colourless blender all over it many times. I like the mottled look. I also love the pale green gauze I layered on the matt. It is such a delicate colour and looks a little like fishing net.

Anyway, that's all for now.


Saturday, July 16, 2016

Simply Create Too Challenge #113

Back again with a new challenge from Simply Create Too #113, featuring the theme of "Red, Blue or White". I don't think there's any confusion over which colour I chose, is there?

I was creating a baby card but scrapped it in favour of an old fave style of mine which is the Shabby Chic flower cluster. I haven't made a card like this in such a long time and still have many gorgeous flowers in my stash (plus it's a niece's birthday on Sunday and I can give it to her).

I started the card with a woven background made from offcut strips of cardstock. (You can't really see it in the photo though.) To make it easier to attach to the card base, I covered the card front with Elizabeth Crafts 64mm wide double-sided tape and then stuck the mat to it. I then only needed to stick down the little ends on top. (Nice and neat!) I then added some cheesecloth/gauze, before adding the pale blue lace, flowers, leaves and the die cut sentiment (which is cut from white cardstock multiple times and glued together, coloured with a Tombow marker and then coloured with a blue Wink of Stella pen. I used the two blues for greater depth of colour.)

Hope you like my card. Join us at Simply Create Too Challenge Blog and see what our other artisans have created.

Bye for now.



Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Get Creative Challenges #42

Welcome back. I'm here again with another challenge from Get Creative Challenges #42.

This challenge was challenging for me because it was "Black and White Only", but the image I had was too pretty to only colour in black and white (and besides I've never coloured skin in black and white - too much effort!) Therefore I added a little pale blue and lemon to add just a little more interest.

Our sponsor this challenge was The East Wind. Check out the lovely digistamps here.

I even had to go to Craft Giraffe to buy some extra Copics because I didn't have enough of the right markers to colour it properly. (Life's hard, isn't it, but I'm not complaining. :) ) But I am saying goodbye to the "bricks and mortar" store of Craft Giraffe (my favorite all-time craft shop). As from 1st July, 2016 they will only have an on-line presence. They have been my inspiration and enablers to my craft addiction on more occasions than I can count. It also didn't help that they were sited just a little way from my son's school and I had to pass them every afternoon for the past 18 months. I think my husband will be joyously happy! (You all know what I mean.) Anyway, thanks for the laughs, work for Alex* and many wonderful memories, Craft Giraffe. I'll see you on your Facebook page.

Anyway, that's all for now.


* Every time I took Alex (my 13 yo son) into the store (since he was about 10), he'd always ask, "Have you got any jobs for me?" and Teena or Stevie would find a job for him to do, whether it was sorting out and tidying their trinkets, restocking their ink pads or Copic markers, etc and he LOVED it. He even wanted to do his first work experience with them when he was in Year 10 (2 years time). He will especially miss them as they made him feel grown-up and valued. Thanks so much for that.  XXX

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Change of blog address

Just a quick note to let you know that my blog address has changed. It no longer contains the .au at the end of it, thus it is  . You will be redirected if you use the previous addresss, but the new one apparently using an encrypted network, thus more secure. To ensure you still receive my scintillating words of wisdom and world-class works of art, you should change my address in your bookmarks etc.

Thanks for following me. It means a lot to me and I appreciate your being along for our exploration of arts and crafts.

Lots of love,

Midpost of Ch. #111- Use Buttons or Bows

Once again I'm back for Simply Create Too Challenge. Challenge #111 saw me using buttons, Color Bursts, a stencil, cutting machine and cutting dies, white Uniball pen, gold embroidery floss and Wink of Stella. Did I mention Nuvo Mother of Pearl Embellishment Mousse? I used it on the cardstock that the sentiment was cut from. Does this card qualify for the term "mixed media"? Is there enough media in it?  :)

I love the intensity of the colours obtained with the Color Bursts. I used Ultramarine Blue, Lemon Yellow and Pthalo Green. Yum!

I loved how this turned out because the card was inspired by Sarah Moerman's card (shown below). While Sarah's card used sprays over a stencil, I thought it would be just as cool to draw the circles through the stencil instead, using my white gel pen.

                                 My Impressions: Simon Says Stamp It's Your Birthday Card:

Join us at Simply Create Too Challenge and see what our fellow crafters have created. Bye for now.