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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Happiness Is...

Hello friends, welcome and thanks so much for stopping by!  I have a little change of pace today -a whimsical card inspired by this adorable owl that has been recycled from a old greeting card - how cute is it - and those eyelashes - gorgeous!


The patterned paper is from Kaisercraft, it was 'lurking' in my stash and I am so glad it has seen the light of day!  It has been cut/embossed using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Scored and Pierced Rectangles Etched Dies and the Platinum Die Cutting Machine and adhered to a slightly larger Kraft card front using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L E-Z Adhesive Runner Ultra.E


The centre panel is from Authentique Paper and adhered to the centre of the card front also using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L E-Z Adhesive Runner Ultra The Owl has been popped up using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 3D Foam Squares.

The partial pink die cut frame is from an older die by Seth Apter - and still a favourite with me.  The beautiful cluster of flowers is from Little Birdie Crafts and has been glued to the top right hand corner.  Nice and Easy to make, but adorable all the same - in my opinion anyway! Wink:wink! The Owl has been poppee

This card is linked to the following challenges:
Crafting Happiness Challenges - ANYTHING GOES optional twist FOOD AND DRINK
Cutie Pie Challenge - CUTE AND CUDDLY ANIMALS
Make My Monday - CRITTERS
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - FRAME IT (partial pink frame)
2 Crafty Critter Crazies Anything Goes with a Critter
Classic Design  Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Animals - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Creatalicious Challenges Anything Goes with optional Embossing
Dies R Us Challenge xoxo Hearts, Love, Valentine
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
Papercraft Business Challenge - Valentine's Day / Love
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Dies and/or Punches
Alphabet Challenge - Anything You Wish
Brown Sugar - ANYTHING GOES
Crafty Catz - ANYTHING GOES WITH OPTIONAL TWIST CRITTERS
QKR Stampede ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES 

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!

                                                          {{{hugs}}} and happy crafting

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Love Always Wins...

Hello friends, welcome and thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend at some level.  It is Sunday night here in the Southern Hemisphere and I have spent a good part of the afternoon and evening creating in front of the 'Fire Fight Australia' Bushfire Relief Concert - it is amazing and so touching to see so many amazing muscians come together to fundraise after the bushfires.


Something I have had sitting on my desk for some time is this beautiful figurine that my DH gave me when things were changing for me creatively - it made him think of Frida Kahlo and the sentiment is perfect. When he gave it to me he said, 'this is to inspire you as you enter a new season' - he said I was transitioning, which I don't mind as long as it doesn't involve hormones LOL!  I have to be totally honest and admit that she sat on my desk for 6 months - I didn't want to ruin her...so I waited....


I started by adding recycled sari silk as a headband,making sure it was wrapped around her bun - and that was all I needed to get started - funny what inspired us isn't it!?  To this I added a mixure of flowers and leaves - after all Frida is known for her beautiful floral crowns. I have used a mixture of Little Birdie Crafts flowers and some from my stash.  A silver chain and heart was added around her neck and secure using glue.

I do have to say at this stage the thin eyebrows were a little bit challenging - espcially when Frida is known for her 'monobrow' so I slowly thickened them with a fine pen and brushstrokes - they need to be thicker but I will do that at some stage...


Embellishments from my stash were added around the waist, starting with a thing strip of tulle at the waist, a gold jewellery piece - a grape cluster and a teal bird.  Above the lace around the hem I added an old bracelet, small flowers and small shells that were glued onto the bracelet.  The shells were from my beautiful Nana - I have had them for some time and loved the touch they add.  I have used Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L to adhere all of the embellishments I have added.

I added depth to the flowers using Chameleon Alcohol Markers, along with a little Crackle Paste to give it a more aged appearance - just a light touch, but loving the effect it added.  I finished off by filling in the indents/dots around the metal wings with a white paint pen - all in all I am very happy with the wayshe looks, but you can be sure I will continue to add bits and pieces along the way until I feel she is complete - if there is such a thing LOL!


This project is linked to the following challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft - Always Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft - Always Anything Goes
Bleeding Art Challenge Always Anything Goes
Classic Design  Challenge - Always Anything Goes 
DL.Art Linky Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Fab n Funky - Love
The Three Muses - Flowers 
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Color of Love
Dare 2B Artzy Challenges - Love is in the Air
We Love 2 Create  - Always Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
                                                          {{{hugs}}} and happy creating


Saturday, February 8, 2020

Hope Is...

Hello friends, welcome and thanks so much for stopping by.  I hope your week has been a kind one - the good news is the weekend is here and that has too be a good thing - right!!  I have been enjoying time on The Studio and once again I am using up older products.  It is always such a great feeling to create something from those things lying around.


I have created a side step card - I am at little partial to Fancy Fold Cards - they seem to have the instant ‘wow factor’.  The paper is an older one from my stash and has been embossed and sanded before being trimmed to size and adhered using Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L E-Z Adhesive Runner Ultra.


The sentiment is from a Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous set and has been stamped onto white card stock using Imagine Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black. It has been cut/embossed using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Fancy Edged Rectangles Etched Dies; the die has been used as a stencil and the inside sponged using ink and a sponge dauber before the die is removed, creating a crisp white frame.

The flowers are a mix from my stash and Little Birdie Crafts Flowers, along with buttons and 3D leaves from my stash.  The beautiful Kookaburra is from a set of  Kaisercraft Collectibles.  I have used Scrabook Adhesives BY 3L and Want2Scrap Bling - my 'go to' products. 


This card is linked to the following challenges:
A Bit More Time to Craft Always Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Always Anything Goes
Classic Design  Challenge - Always Anything Goes 
Crafts Galore Encore - Always Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - With Love
Crafty Animals - Always Anything Goes
The Paper Funday Anything Goes/Optional Twist Valentines
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes with optional Hearts
Word Art Wednesdays  - Anything Goes 
DL.Art Linky Challenge - Always Anything Goes
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes
Sweet Stampers - Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Always Anything Goes 
Brown Sugar  ANYTHING GOES 
Crafty Catz - ANYTHING GOES WITH OPTIONAL TWIST EMBOSSING WET OR DRY 
QKR Stampede - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES
 Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes 
Moving along with the Times - No Image, sentiment/quote as the focus of your card 

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
                                                          {{{hugs}}} and happy creating

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Sweet Napkin Card

Hello friends - thanks so much for stopping by - I am happy to say I am back in The Studio after a few uninspiring weeks due to being between a State of Emergency, packed ready to evacuate or Watch and Alert with the Bush Fires.  I finally managed to create a card using one of the many serviettes/napkins I have stashed away - who can resist these sweet strawberries?!


I have used layered the napkin onto a Scrapbook Adhesives BY 3L 6" x 4"Adhesive Sheet and added a Kaisercraft Die cut across the centre of the card front, along with a strip of red and white spotted patterned paper along the top of the Die cut.  

Little Birdie Crafts flowers and a butterfly have been added to the card front - the die cut bow behind the flowers is from Spellbinders.  I think I had better get the other Napkins turned into cards - very soon! I have not added a sentiment as the card can be used for many occasions - including up and coming Valentines for those who celebrate.


This card is linked to the following challenges:
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Color of Love
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes
Paper Minutes - Valentine's Day
 Crafter's Castle Anything Goes
Crafty Calendar - Use Die Cuts / Punches
Creative Fingers - ALWAYS  ANYTHING GOES 
QKR Stampede ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES
Crafty Creations - Always Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes 
Sisterhood of Crafters - Newly Acquired Stash
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything Goes 
Lemon Shortbread - Always Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges - SOMETHING NEW (Die)
A Bit More Time to Craft - Always Anything Goes
A Perfect Time To Craft -Always Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes with optional add a snowflake
Creations in Pink - Anything Goes in Mainly Pink
Die Cut Divas - New Things (Die)
DL.Art Linky Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Sognando Scrap - Anything Goes with Red and White
Tales From The Craft Room - Something New
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenges - Always Anything Goes

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
                                                          {{{hugs}}} and happy creating

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Birthday Showers

Hello friends - I enjoyed a little time in The Studio and in an attempt to clear away the some of the layers (and there were many) on my desk - I ended up creating this masculine card - yes the 'dreaded man card!'.  I do love the Tim Holtz Umbrella Man and had an embossed image which I sponged over using Imagine Memento Ink in Desert Sand and Summer Sky.


The sentiment is from a Penny Black Inc. set. I have stamped it using Imagine Memento ink Rhubarb Stalk.  The tag has been adhered using Scrapbook Adhesives E-Z Adhesive Runner,  tabs and a button have been added to the card front and a ticket stub popped in, secured with a little glue.

The layers have been popped up onto a card front of patterned paper using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares..  This in turn has been popped up onto a pre-cut card base also using Canvas Corp patterned paper and Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares.

This card is linked to the following challenges:
As You Like It Challenge - Anything Goes 
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes
Lavinia World Challenges - Anything Goes Using Rubber Or Clear Stamps
Crafty Creations Always Anything Goes
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Paper Shelter Shades of Blue
The Paper Funday - Anything Goes/Optional Twist Friendship
Word Art Wednesdays - Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Always Anything Goes 
A Perfect Time To Craft - Always Anything Goes
Crafts Galore Encore - Always Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
                                                          {{{hugs}}} and happy creating

Thursday, January 23, 2020

When the Butterfly...

Hello friends, welcome and thanks so much for stopping by!  Todays card is a quick and easy one using flowers and butterflies- you can't get lovelier than that - in my opinion!


The card front has been created using some left over pieces of patterned paper and pre-cut images from Tim Holtz - they have been popped up using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares for the perfect amount of dimension.  This card is still postable at the standard rate - even with the added dimension;something we all take into consideration these days.


The beautiful sentiment has been computer generated and adhered directly onto the card front using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Adhesive Runner. I have finished off with a tiny plastic flower that has been glued to the butterflies body and a Want2Scrap Black Baby Bling adhered to the centre.


This card is linked to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
Everybody-Art-Challenge - Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread - Always Anything Goes 
Through The Craft Room Door Always Anything Goes 
2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Anything Goes with a Critter
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes with optional add a snowflake
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
LeAnn’s World 101 - Anything Goes
Let's Craft & Create Challenge - Anything Goes + option: Love is in the Air
Love to Craft - Anything Goes
Tales From The Craft Room - Something New
The Creative Crafters - Anything Goes
World Wide Open Design Team Challenge - Always Anything Goes 
A Place To Start ANYTHING GOES w/option CAS
Get Creative Challenges - SOMETHING NEW

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
                                                          {{{hugs}}} and happy creating

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Keep Calm

Hello friends, welcome and thanks so much for stopping by.  I am happy to say after the crazy weather here in Australia we are enjoying a normal day with a perfect temperature of 26 Degrees Celsius . Today I have a fancy fold card to share with you - it has been created from a left over kit I used for a Workshop - I have used it quite a few times but it looks different with the products you use - today's theme is keeping calm! Wink: Wink!


I created the card base by scoring Authentique Paper at 5cm, 5cm, 3cm, 3cm and 2cm to create the different height steps - so easy to do, especially when using a good thick double sided paper.  Fold the card into mountain and valley folds to form the card base 

I have stamped the images using Imagine Memento Ink in Espresso Coffee, adding background details in Cocoa ink.  I picked up these stamps when I was in Arizona with Spellbinders; they have been trimmed and adhered to the steps of the card base using Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. The Coffee Embellishments have been cut from Canvas Corp paper.

The Little Birdie Crafts Flowers have been glued to the card base. Want2Scrap pearls have been added to the lace trim using glue.  



This card is linked to the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Shiny
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Favorite Stamps
The Corrosive Challenges Always Anything Goes
A Gem of a Challenge - Anything Goes
Allsorts - More Than A Single Word Sentiment
Crafter's Castle Anything Goes 
Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes 
Brown Sugar - ANYTHING GOES
Crafty Catz - ANYTHING GOES WITH OPTIONAL TWIST FUNNY 
 Creative Fingers - ALWAYS  ANYTHING GOES  
Pattie's Creations - ANYTHING GOES
QKR Stampede - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES 
Scrapper’s Delights - ANYTHING GOES
As You Like It Challenge - Anything Goes
Lavinia World Challenges - Anything Goes Using Rubber Or Clear Stamps 
Artistic Stampers - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper - Anything Goes with Patterned Paper
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes with optional add a snowflake
DL.Art Linky Challenge - Always Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - Always Anything Goes

Thank you for your comments and all of the support you give me - you make blogging such an amazing place to be!! Your encouragement is such a blessing for me - it makes my day! God bless you!
                                                          {{{hugs}}} and happy creating