Tuesday, December 6, 2016

My house reno

This year I'd been badgering my husband to get an addition to the house so we could have a larger bedroom and a playroom. Unfortunately it would have been too expensive. Instead he agreed to a reno (considering we've been in the house for 17 years without anything done to it inside - it was well and truly due!)

Those following my blog will know that earlier this year I got my wall oven and stove-top replaced; now (at this exact moment) I'm getting the interior repainted and then on the weekend, new carpet laid - Woohoo!
Here is an action shot of Mark and Sean (from Darren Slater Painter and Decorator) painting my WIR and ensuite. It's going to be a pretty blue walls with white doors/architraves/skirting boards/ceilings) instead of the Beige I've had to put up with since we moved in. You can see hints of the blue on the wall in the ensuite.

In the dining room/loungeroom, the walls will be a mid green; and the entry/kitchen and family room will be a mixture of the green and a dark cream.

Consequently for the past two weeks (or for me 4 weeks 'cause I was packing books into boxes for a long time) we've had to pack up everything in the carpeted rooms, so they're ready for the laying of the carpet once the rooms have been painted. And if you read my previous post, all sorts of things have been packed when they shouldn't have been.

This is my crafting area at the moment. It's also our sleeping area and relaxation zone. Hahaha!. You can see my craft basket, Copic Marker satchels and laptop on our bed and our son's bed tucked in under the kitchen bench.
Luckily, once the carpeted areas have been completed, the tiled areas will be done and we don't have as much to pack up (only the stuff on top of the furniture).

I'll post more photos soon.

Bye for now.



My second and third Christmas card for the season

Hi to all, and best wishes for the upcoming Christmas season.

Today I'm presenting my second/third card for the 2016 Christmas season. This card is for the 4th Challenge for Angie's Digital Stamps Blog. The theme for this is "Anything Goes with an optional twist of Christmas".
The reason I've called this my second/third Christmas card of the season is that I made one (that disappeared into the dark recesses of our garage overnight, after being packed up by my ever helpful, but lovely husband.) Consequently I had to repeat it so it could be posted for Angie. I've also had to photograph everything on my phone as my camera has also been packed up. The reason for all of this packing up will be explained in a later post. 
This card uses a digistamp by Angie called "Little Lila with a Candy Cane" and was coloured using Copic markers. The silver edging around the oval image is a doily die cut called Bongani Doily from the Wild & Free Collection by Couture Creations. After it was die cut from silver foiled cardstock I quartered it and then arranged it around the edges of the oval shape. (I think perhaps a black or really dark green cardstock would have been better and stand out more.)

The sentiment was die cut from red foiled cardstock using some Decorative Dies from Kaisercraft's Christmas Words pack. Some Spectrum Noir clear glitter pen and Glossy Accents completed the card.

Pop on over to Angie's Digital Stamps Blog and see what everyone has been up to. Maybe you could join in for a chance to win digital stamps from Angie herself.  :)

Bye for now.



Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Celebrating Get Creative's 2nd Blogversary

Get Creative Challenges

Get Creative Challenges is turning 2 and we are celebrating this occasion with the 52nd challenge that has the theme of Happy Birthday. We have two sponsors for this challenge - AliciaBel and Dr Digi.
My card used a digistamp called Alice & The Cake from AliciaBel. I did, though, change it a little by adding two candles on the slice of cake.
The gorgeous pink and foiled spot background is a vellum panel from The Craft Stall, bought from my local discount shop. (Look at my previous card to also see another of the panels from the packet.) The digistamp was coloured using Copic Markers and fussy cut, then mounted on an oval of white cardstock. The sentiment is a layered die cut using pink cardstock and Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix Celebrate cutting die set. You may be aware already that I love this set and his other, Friendship cutting die set. I use them so much.

Anyway. To complete the look I painted some pink Wink of Stella over the die cut and some clear Wink of Stella over the girl's bow. The faux stitching was also written using the pink WOS.

I'm doing more "simple" cards these days. Maybe it's a sign my style is changing or maybe it's because they're faster to do. What do you think??? Let me know what you think about my change in direction.

I'm off now. Pop on over to Get Creative Challenges, enjoy the party celebrations over there, and maybe you can enter a birthday card or two. (You can never have too many on hand.)

Bye for now.


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Using a Digital Stamp to Make a Background

Hi to all.

I'm back again with the third challenge from Angie's Digital Stamps. This month's challenge is "Anything Goes". I used one of Angie's digistamps of a cute little cupcake and thought it would be fun to create a background paper with it instead of making it the focus of the card (like I usually do).

I don't know about you, but whenever I'm manipulating images like this, I always go to a Windows Word page and find that I can manoeuver the images however I like. Probably it's because I started doing this back in 1980 something when we first got computers in the staffrooms in QLD schools. I used to make up my own class handouts and was forever trying to make them look interesting and professional-looking. 

This technique is for those of you who do not own/have access to editing programs such as Photo Shop.


1. Start by opening your image in a photo editing program like Photo Manager; and crop it to remove any excess white space. Make sure it's saved as a jpeg file.

2. Open the Word program, create a new page document and insert a rectangle the size of your intended background panel. You can position the images where you want them to be. Insert the cropped image. Reduce the size of the image to suit the size of the intended panel. It's important to now edit the image by changing the "Wrap Text" to "Tight". Also edit the order by bringing this image forward.

3.  The image is now ready to copy and paste. 

4.  Move the images and rotate to suit your design. The little green-ended handle is used to achieved this manipulation. Make sure some of the images fade off the edge of the panel to make it more natural looking.

5. Once you've placed all of the images where you want them, save the page and then print. Leave the rectangle in place as this will show you where to cut out.

I hope you can easily understand these instructions. If there's anything you need help with, please leave a comment and I'll get back to you.

To finish my card I painted around the edges of the card blank with some gold Wink of Stella ink, coloured the image using Copic Markers and secured a foiled and printed vellum panel; before completing by adding some pink enamel dots.

Anyway, head on over to Angie's Digital Stamps; see the amzing designs on display and enter your own design for a chance to win.

Bye for now.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

Looking Forward to ...

Check out the next issue of Australian Simply Cards. It will be their 100th edition and some of my cards are featured as "Fabulous ideas for milestone birthdays".

I used a variety of techniques to make a collection of 6 cards covering birthdays from 16 to 80. That's my box card just under the word 'Simply". Unfortunately I can't show you any photos of them - you'll just have to buy a copy and see for yourself.  (cheeky smile inserted here)

Bye for now.


Friday, October 28, 2016

A Quick Share

Today I'm sharing a card I made for one of my design teams; but I got confused (not that difficult at the moment) and I didn't get it posted in time. OOOPS! I'm grateful I was forgiven. Am trying not to have it happen again.

Anyway, this card was to use black and one other colour (which was....guess...yes it was PINK!) I used a digi image I got from the internet by Carolyn Boettner. (Click on the link to go directly to the page.)

It was interesting colouring the background black and then colouring the rest in shades of pink and grey. I think the pink really stands out. I also didn't know I had so many Copic Marker pinks (and I've only got a small number of those available.) With Copic markers I definitely do not have "full set"-itis. hahahaha!

That's it for now. Bye!


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Challenge #50 "Back and Orange"

Welcome back for Challenge #50 for Get Creative Challenges. The theme this time is "Black and Orange" with the extra option of Halloween. The sponsor for this challenge is SLS Lines and the prize is 3 digital images of the winner's choice.

I used a fun image from SLS Lines of the three pumpkins and coloured them in using my Copic markers. I masked the card for the moon and then coloured the bats with black Wink of Stella pen, followed by a coat of Glossy Accents. The background is actually much darker IRL than it appears here. It was so difficult to colour the moon, halo and sky - just getting that correct blending of colour. I also really like how I coloured the middle pumpkin. I didn't quite get it right with the other two. I think my oranges were too much the same in colour value. What do you think?

I finished off the card with an orange card blank, black mat and so gorgeous washi tape in shades of black, orange, purple and gold. The foam letters I used were so old that the adhesive on the back of them had started to flake off, but work perfectly for this design.

Anyway, pop on over to Get Creative and check out the lovely reader cards. Maybe even add one of your own.

Bye for now.