Sunday, 25 September 2016

Single Layer Flower

Single layer cards are always a challenge, so if you're up for it check out

Our sponsor this month is Bagaboo and this lovely image is one of three that I separated out, enlarged and printed directly onto the base cardstock.  I masked the image and sponged Milled Lavender and Tattered Rose Distress Inks over the background, then spritzed with water, blotted and dried, and stamped with a small butterfly.  The sentiment is stamped and a stitched line is embossed and inked.

I must confess this is effort #3, because of booboos I made when inking.

Image: Bugaboo -
Coloured with Copics
EF: Sizzix
Sentiment stamp:
Wink of Stella on butterfly

Friday, 23 September 2016

Fishing Boy

Over at the Die Cut Divas the challenge is fall/fall holidays.  What better thing to do that time of year but go fishing.

Check out the challenge and my teamies work:

Our sponsor this month is Frantic Stamper, and you can check out the huge range of products, including this stamp, here:

Stamp: Paper Artsy - Boy with fish
Journalling label: Rosies
Die: Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Dotty background stamp: Hero Arts
Stash: gauze, fishscale sequins

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Buttons Missing You

Crafters Café theme this time is BUTTONS, so jog on over and have a look at my teamies work:

And our sponsor Angies Cards
can be found here:

I looked for appropriate buttons, before I decided on the colour scheme - what better than a whale and a couple of bubbles.   Then coloured the image with Copics and cut it out. He looks really sad so I chose to make it a 'miss you' card.

Image: Angies - Boy in pool
Diecut waves: Memory Box
Sentiment: DieNamics
Other from stash: papers, buttons.

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Polka Dottie

Polka Dottie likes icecream and balloons, and it is so perfect for a birthday.

Polka Dots is the theme for Come And Get It this time, come and go dotty:

This cute image is from our sponsor Star Stampz:

I printed her out on white card (edges punched) and on two dotty papers, and then paper pieced after colouring with Copics. The sentiment stamp fitted perfectly into the front balloon, and a little heart charm tied with ribbon, and of course a touch of Kindyglitz.

Image: StarStampz
Sentiment stamp: Fundamentals
Punch: Fiskars
Stash: charm, ribbon, kindyglitz

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Saturday, 3 September 2016

Now is the time

This month at Die Cut Divas is Fall/fall holidays, come and join us:

Our sponsor is Frantic Stamper - they have a huge range of products and you can get the image I used here:

I wanted to use the leaves for her hair, so punched various kinds from assorted scraps, laying them out like rapunzel. I like torn edges and this card tore beautifully leaving a paler tone.

Stamp: Finnabair
Die: Sizzix/Tim Holtz

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Choccy Bites

Who doesn't like chocolate?  Hmm I thought so.

Crafters Café theme this time is two patterned papers - join in here:

and our sponsor is Bloobell

I actually used four patterned papers, but you can only see the patterns on two of them.  I coloured the image with Copics then cut it out. Circle and doilys are diecut - did you notice they are chocolate and caramel?  A couple of freebie downloads from the net for tickets and a sprinkle of - you guessed it - milk- and dark-chocolate coloured sequins.

Image: Bloobell digi
Circle die: Spellbinders
Doily die: Nellie
Other: Ticket freebies from the net, sequins

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Waterfall butterflies

Just fluttering by with my first ever waterfall card.  They always look so complex, but in fact are a lot easier than they look.  I thought the panels looked a bit like wings, which inspired the butterflies.

I used a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers and also looked at some youtube videos.

Stamped butterflies: R&R Pocock Ltd
Coloured with Copics
EF: Craft Concepts
Stash items: two tones of yellow card, eyelets, Wink of Stella, ribbon

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016


Party party party!
Summer holiday is the theme over at Die Cut Divas this month:

I used Simply B's image:

I think this image looks like a party in progress, happy and fun.  I coloured with Copics, then her top is masked and stamped with a crosshatch pattern.  I used the wonky circles because they kind of look like bubbles (maybe champagne).  I like the look of the mixed colour gems to echo the confetti and streamers in the image.

Image: Simply B
Wonky Stitch Circle Dies: DieNamics
EF: Craft Concepts
Sentiment Stamp: Heidi Swapp
Texture stamp:
Also: gems, kindyglitz

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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Umbrella Fun

Check out the 'Black & White & One' challenge at Come And Get It:

Sami Stamps are the sponsor and such beautiful designs make it hard to choose, have a look here:
I printed the image out twice, and cut one out to use as a mask.  With temporary adhesive I stuck it over the final image and rubbed Distress Inks over making the colour more intense at the bottom.  Then I spritzed and sprinkled water over leaving it a minute or so before blotting it off, as this leaves lovely watermarks.  For the splatter, I watered down black acrylic paint and just flicked it over. 
Matted it onto black card when dry.  The black & white patterned paper is glued straight onto the black base card - don't you think it looks like those mindfulness drawings that are the rage at the moment?  Even at the ripe old age of 67 I still love splashing in puddles!

Image: Sami Stamps  "Umbrella Splash"
Paper: Creativ
Also: Distress Ink Broken China, Black acrylic paint, sequins

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The Hello Piggy

Black and white and one.  I was so pleased to find the piggy coloured paper for this card to send to a friend.

Image: From the Heart Stamps
coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Verve
Die frame: Spellbinders
Other stuff from my stash.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Mice Time

Summer holiday challenge on the Die Cut Divas challenge blog - check out the Diva's work here:

I used sponsor Simply B's image:

I coloured with Copics, added Wink of Stella for the high spots on her dress, and used a monochrome colour palette.  The embossing folder is an oldie and I decided to use it on its side  - I have always used it landscape before.

Image: Simply B
EF: Cuttlebug Wens Window
Sentiment: typed on the computer
Also: patterned paper, gems

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Sunday, 14 August 2016

Owl Congrats

Look hoo's graduating, hoo's a clever clogs?

This week its Dies/Punches at Come And Get It challenges, check it out:

and I have used a clever image from our sponsor Bugaboo:

I diecut the base card and under laid some orange spotted paper - boom!  The owl is coloured with Copics, cut out, then Glossy Accents on the eyes, which really makes them pop.

Image:  Bugaboo
Diecut background: Sizzix
Die sentiment: Sizzix
Paper from stash, Glossy Accents.

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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Summer Vacation - Surf's Up

Summer Vacation is the theme this month at Die Cut Divas challenge:

And the sponsor is Simply B Stamps:

I coloured the digi with Copics.  Diecut it using  a Spellbinders label, and then using the smaller sizes, die cut in sky blue, turquoise and sand colours.
A bit of sunshine, shells and some embossed waves - what a super way to spend the summer.

Image: Simply B Stamps
Label Die: Spellbinders
EF: Sizzix waves
Sentiment:  Rosie's
Sun die: DieNamics
Shell dies: Cuttlebug

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Monday, 1 August 2016

Little Patch Puppy

Flowers are the theme at the Crafters Café, check out the challenge here:

and the image is from All Dressed Up:

The puppy is coloured with copics, patches painted with Wink of Stella clear, and the eyes and nose with Glossy Accents.

Image: All Dressed Up - Little Patch Puppy
Diecut frame & Oval:
Flower die:
Word die:
Star punch:
From stash: gems, patterned paper

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Get lost ... be found


Vacations  ...  I just want to travel.
Die Cut Divas this month is vacations, check out the Divas:

I coloured the image with Copics, then cut it out.  Some Distress Ink stencilled colourful dots, an 'explore your world' stamp, a couple of tickets and off we go!

Image: Simply B Glam Rock Rio
Diecut tickets: Sizzix
Stencil: Kaisercraft
Paper from stash
Corner punch:

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Kiss the Cook

There's no treat for me like someone else doing the cooking!  I'd kiss anyone who did it!

Barbecuing is such a summer treat anyway and the smells and sounds of that sizzle ... OMG I'm salivating already.  We are in the middle of winter here in NZ so I'm looking forward to those sounds of summer - bees, and barbecues.
I know some folk are into the sweet treats of summer but savoury is my thing, onion marmalade on an angus pattie, with red onions and drippy cheese......

Image: Bugaboo, coloured with Copics
Paper: Heidi Grace
Sentiment: made on the computer
Diecut edge: Spellbinders
Diecut label: Spellbinders with inked edge
Heart: is a drop out bit from a die

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Sunday, 31 July 2016


Miss SteamPink:

Lovely in Pink is the theme at Come And Get It challenges, join in here:


Image: My Besties -Steam punk
Edge Punch:
Tag die:
Stash: flower, ribbon, silver cord, silver mirror card

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Dancing Bears

Isn't this couple gorgeous?

I think they'd be pretty cute for an anniversary or an older persons wedding or maybe even an engagement.  Any occasion with a little sparkle ... and you know one of my fave embellishments is sparkle!

Image: Di's Digis
Coloured with Copics
EF: Sizzix
From stash: gems, Wink of Stella, Kindyglitz.

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Floral Ring

Glitter-Glitter-Glitter with the Divas in July!  

I used sponsor Bugaboo's image Flower Tag 1 (link below) coloured with Copics.
The outside of the flower is glittered with ArtDeco Glamour Dust which looks just like fine sugar.

The sentiment die includes the butterfly which I cut twice and doubled - the dark wine on top with a lighter rose pink underneath because the middle of the butterfly lifts.

Diecut: Creative Dies
EF: Don't know
Glitter: ArtDeco Glamour Dust

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

You're a Star

This is for my daughter (she is a star anyway) who has just passed her final trade exam, while running a household with two kids and a more-than-fulltime job, setting up a business of her own AND charity fundraising.  You're a star Lauren !!

Stripes or checks is the theme at

and the sponsor image I have used is:

I coloured the image with Copics, then added glitter to her outfit.  I cut the striped paper so it left a cone shape for the spotlight and inked the edge of the spotlight and the edges of the paper with Distress Ink.  Printed the sentiment on the computer, diecut the star, glittered it, and matted onto silver mirror card.  This looks just like my daughter.

Image: Make It Crafty-Rockstar Singer
Star die: Sizzix
Glitter: DecoArt Glamour Dust
Mirror card, Copics, paper from stash

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Friday, 15 July 2016

CAS Leaf

At The Crafters Cafe the challenge this time is CAS.
check out what my DTeamies have done:

Sponged colour onto leaf with Distress Inks, spritzed & dabbed (ink lifting technique), scored and folded the leaf then inked the ridges and edges.  Embossed the card using a strip EF in a stitched zigzag pattern, then stamped leaf on background using ghosting technique and painted over wink of Stella to look frosty.  Simple stamped sentiment.

Image: MelonHeadz lineart
Leaf stamp:
Sentiment stamp:

Also check out Sponsor Melonhead's site, so many cute and funky images.  This image is:

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Sunday, 3 July 2016

Go Girl

For someone who just got their drivers license.

Die Cut Divas theme this month is "glitter"
check it out:
The image I used is from super sponsor Bugaboo:

I coloured the whole image with copics, then put glue on part of the car and used two layers of red Martha Stewart fine glitter.  I used d/s tape to make road markings and a strip below the sentiment and glittered that too.

Image: Bugaboo
Sentiment: Hero Arts
Grass Die: Impression Obsession
Banner stamp:

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Meowy Cats

Meowy Christmas cats choir, what could be better?

Come And Get It Challenges theme is Christmas in July - perfect for those of us who live down under.
Sponsor Bugaboo have this  and lots of other cutesy images, pop over and have a look:

Image: Bugaboo Meowy Christmas
Sentiment stamps: Hero Arts
Other: Kindyglitz, holly sticker

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Friday, 1 July 2016

Hearty dragon

This image is from Eureka, sponsor at Crafters Café "wings" challenge.  Check it out:

This is such a cute lil fella and lovely to colour.

Coloured with Copics, a little Wink of Stella on the hearts, Kindyglitz on the wings, and a organza ribbon.

Image: Eureka Hearty Dragon
Die frame: Spellbinders
Die: Poppy heart word (inlaid)
From Stash: paper, Wof S, Kindyglitz, ribbon

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Happy Day Hootie

Pop into The Crafters Café for the "Something with Wings" challenge.
I used sponsor Crafty Sentiments Hootie Rain Rain Go Away, and isn't it cute?

I coloured with copics,  added the rain using Kindyglitz.  Corrugated card, a couple of toning strips of paper, and a bit of twine tying on an umbrella charm, just what you need on a rainy day.

Image:  Crafty Sentiments
other bits from stash.

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Thursday, 30 June 2016

Be Awesome

Die Cut Divas anything goes challenge this month is sponsored by Kaisercraft with an amazing prize - check it out:

The turquoise card is embossed and the high spots dabbed with white chalk ink. Feather is diecut and stencilled using a recycled manila folder.  The label is ready-to-use on a page with other sentiments. 
I reckon this would make a great mancard.

Thanks Kaisercraft!

EF: Kaisercraft Triangles
die:  Kaisercraft detailed feather
Paper label: Kaisercraft -Boho Dreams
Also from stash: red tulle, natural fibre tape stapled on, sequins.

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Summer Yum

Scoops and sprinkles - YUM!

The colours of summer in icecream - strawberry chocolate & vanilla, caramel with nuts, and pistachio.
Slurp slurp slurp!

Image: From the Heart Stamps
coloured with copics, WoS
Sentiment letter stamps: unknown
From Stash: paper, tissue & net fibres, card, WoS

Monday, 27 June 2016

Birthday Trip

Well today is my hubby Ian's birthday and this is the card I made him.  I bought the stamp way back in April when we first bought this property and he knew he would need a ride on mower.  We moved in at the end of May.  Some of you know the saga of the mower on its first outing, and now, since it was fixed he has yet to complete his first entire mow because of the winter weather.

Anyway, he will look just like this on the mower in summer, but for now he wears a polar fleece jacket and boots.

Image stamp: Art Impressions
Sentiment: Kaisercraft
Sun stamp: Vap!Scrap
Grass die: Impression Obsession

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Dream Big Feather

This month at Die Cut Divas we have an Anything Goes challenge:

And our sponsor is the wonderful Kaisercraft - get it here:

I made the feather first by rubbing crayons on card, then melting it with a heat gun.  Then I die cutting it, embossing and then stencilling through the die. 
The background is an embossing folder that is rubbed over the high spots with Versamark ink, and clear embossed (I love this technique called embossed embossing at Splitcoast stampers).   The tag is from a patterned paper simply cut out,  a tulle knot added and all secured with a brad.  When I put the front onto the base card I decided to highlight the red tones by inserting scraps of red tulle to stick out.

Die: Kaisercraft Detailed Feather
EF: Kaisercraft: Triangles
PPaper: Kaisercraft - Passport
Also: crayons, clear EP, brad, scraps of black & red tulle.

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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Mustache Guy

Fathers Day or a mancard is the theme at Come And Get It challenges this time:

I chose this amazing image from our sponsor Bugaboo:

Here he is with the tag out of its pocket:

After I printed the image, I diecut the tag at both ends using an oval die to get a lopsided effect, inked the edges, stamped the background and coloured him with copics.
The card is embossed, inked, and a pocket stuck on the front with a rosette.

Image: Bugaboo - Mustache Guy
Dies: SPellbinders
rosette die: Sizzix
EF: Cuttlebug
Punch: Sullivans
Sentiment (cool): Hero Arts
Sentiment (special): unbranded

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Cupcake Birthday gift bag

Bloobel Stamps is the sponsor of this "For a Child" challenge at The Crafters Café - have a look at all the ideas the design Team have come up with:

I chose Bloobel's Birthday cupcake, get it here:

These Bloobel images are so cool and fun to use.  This could be for any age male really, not just a child.

I coloured the image with copics, and stamped a sentiment at the top, then inked softly on the front and heavily on the edges.

I made the gift bag using We R Memory Keepers
bag maker.  I diecut the top with Spellbinders, and also a couple of tags in navy and olive green to embellish.  I used one on the flap and the others like tabs sticking out the side and glued stars (everyone is a star on their birthday!), and tied with olive green linen thread.
Great for stuffing with a gift.

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016


Altered teacup.

My friend Jude and I made ourselves a pincushion each from an old teacup.  We also made the pins from random bits from the bead box,  and the roses from scraps of fabric.

How to:
Made the roses from torn strips of scrap fabric & lace and the leaves from bits of organza ribbon.
Made the puff stuffed with dacron filling, and hot glued it into the cup.
Hotglued the cup to the saucer, then arranged the roses and leaves before hot gluing them on.
The pins were just a packet of pearl-head pins from the dollar shop with odd beady bits arranged and glued in place.

This was a fun thing to do and such a lovely way to enjoy those 'lady' cups again - much better to enjoy them than to have wrapped up in storage.

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Sunday, 5 June 2016


Come and Get it challenges theme this time is Weddings and I think this is the first time I have ever used an image on a wedding card; a beautiful image from sponsor Sami Stamps.

Check out the work of the design team and click to join the challenge:

I often like to see how different I can make the same image or paper or colour look, so this time I have made two to share.

Pastel Bride
Image: Sami Stamps - Rose Bride
Die corners: Sizzix
Foliage: Couture Creations
Lace stamp:  Thestampman (embossed white)
Also: white EP, Wof S, pearls

Mirror Bride
Image: Sami Stamps - Rose Bride
EF: Cuttlebug/Provocraft
Both Dies: Spellbinders ovals, lacey ovals
Lace stamp: Thestampman (partial, embossed white)
Also: White EP, WofS, gems

To see the detail, click on image.

This lovely image is from sponsor Sami Stamps :

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Friday, 3 June 2016

Feather wishes

Anything goes this month at Die Cut Divas
with wonderful sponsor Kaisercraft : 

Just look at this Kaisercraft patterned paper and feather die - woohoo!!

I made the  feather cut from card made by using Adirondak paint daubers on glossy cardstock, which kind of makes the paper thicker somehow.  I diecut the feather, embossed, then stencilled lightly through the die with distress ink.
I went for simple and a totally natural look with the feather, weathered paper and string.  I wanted the sentiment to look hand-done.  I think feathers always leave a message from birds:  I was here!

Die: Kaisercraft, detailed feather
P.Paper: Kaisercraft, Boho Dreams collection
Stamp: Tm Holtz/Sizzix
String: from stash

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Wednesday, 1 June 2016

...will travel

At The Crafters Café this time the challenge is vacation, travel etc.  Check it out and see what the rest of the team has created:

LACY SUNSHINE is a sponsor and I chose this wicked image: Dare to be different.  Get it here:

I coloured the image with copics, then diecut bits here and there....  then I got distress inky - smudged & edged. I made the sentiment on the computer  and fastened it on with (have a closer look!) hot pink staples! I used bits and pieces of patterned paper along one edge to give it an industrial look.
Now she's ready to go ... have board, will travel!

Image: Lacy Sunshine Dare to be Different
Die: Sizzix/Tim Holtz
Paper: Create and Craft

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Sunday, 29 May 2016


So glad you have joined us for the photo inspiration challenge with the Die Cut Divas
and our May sponsor A Day for Daisies:

This month we have a photo inspiration and for this card my inspiration was ONE button in the photo.  Can you spot it?   I was inspired by one button in there that had a pearly centre and metal filigree around the outside, and it went perfectly with the drape card.
EF (silver electrical tape on card) : Cuttlebug
Punches scap and stitched: Fiskars
Sentiment: Kaisercraft
Drape card fold: Splitcoaststampers

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Monday, 23 May 2016

Breezy buttons

Another card for Die Cut Divas May challenge
using photo inspiration and A Day For Daisies image ssponsor: Breeze in Spring.

What a sweet image and it's a dream to work with.
Lots of layers: labels, a doily, some daisies, fine twine, tiny metallic stars, and a teensy heart stamp.
Not my favourite colours but now and then we need to work outside our go-to colours.  This one is dictated by the colour of the buttons I had in my stash!

Digi-image: A Day For Daisies - Breeze in Spring - get it here:
Heart stamp: Hero Arts
Label dies: Spellbinders
Doily die: Couture Creations
Daisy die: Marianne
Stars, twine, paper, buttons - from stash

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