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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Sunday, 22 May 2016

Sassy Martini

Would you like Olive in your martini?
Well, here she is!

Check out the Charms & Ribbons challenge and the lovely work by the design team at Come And Get It:

This image is by super sponsor Sassy Studio Design:

I printed the digi image on plain white card and also on patterned paper, which I cut out for paper piecing her dress, gloves and shoes.  I coloured the white card with copics.  I always like to have a little something to discover so, on the background, I stamped stars with a glue-pad and sprinkled on GlamourDust.  The glass is outlined with crystalline Kindyglitz.  I diecut the card and also a dotty paper for a frame on top, then tied an organza olive ribbon with a high heel shoe charm (cute huh?)  I also punched the corners of the base card.
Click on pics for a closer look.
Image: Sassy Studio Design - Martini Pinup Sassy
Sentiment: Kaisercraft
Star stamp: Rosies
Dies: Spellbinders
Also Kindyglitz, pearl, GlamourDust, ribbon & Charm

Black & white & green
Happy BirthdayAllsorts

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

HB Birdie

This is for my grandson's birthday - a shaker because he likes cards that do something!
I decided to start with the sketch and the twist:


Image: From the Heart Stamps (one bird of three in Flappy Birthday Birdbrain)
Sentiment stamp: Kaiser (embossed with gold)
Diecut frame: Couture Creations - Polaroid Frame
EF: Don't know,  can't find it now - one of those Bermuda Triangle events
Also, ribbon, sequins, acetate

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Thursday, 19 May 2016


One-layer cards take a bit of planning and are challenging but fun to make.  I like simple.

Here I used a stencil and two shades of blue distress inks for the sea, fading it out so it looks like they are sailing in mist.  The ship  and birds are stamped and coloured with copics.  No designer paper in sight.

I would use this for a birthday card for a male of any age, and because of the cartoonish nature of the image it's a little bit fun too.

Stamp: Woodware
Stencil: Rosies
Also distress inks, WofS on sails

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Sweet girl


This sweet girl with flowers in her hair is great to colour, and I have used a sketch  from Two Paper Divas to put her on.

Image diecut with faux stitching, gingham paper, torn silk fibre paper, a bit of lace, stripes and a star!
I will probably add a sentiment later when I know what it's for.  This stitched circle may be simple but it just pops on a card; not to mention it's my current fave.

Image: A Day for Daisies
Die: DieNamics Wonky Stitched circle
Other stuff from my stash.

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Whoo did that ?

Tearing is such fun, so is distressing ...

Purple linen card torn, sanded & distressed.
A bright paper laid underneath to just peep through without taking over.
A wee owl.
A handwritten sentiment.

Owl stamp: Hero Arts. 
He and some friends have been sitting in the 'bits' box on my desk for months now...  he hopped out just for this card, but do you think he looks a bit embarrassed, or maybe guilty?

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Happy Birthday flower

This is my first try at an inlaid die card.

I stamped the background using an embossing folder as the stamp (distress inks) and spritzed with gold glimmermist.  I love to make my own background and like the effect of this technique, kind of casual and arty.
I die cut the words from the background, from orange card and from black card.  Mattted the background onto black then inlaid the first diecut layer.  At this stage I decided I wanted to leave the 'birthday' at one layer, but stacked the  'happy' with a total of four, making the top layer the same as the background.  A stamped flourish, purchased flower and fancy brad to complete.

Die: Couture Creations
EF: Amy Tangerine
Brad: Rosie's Studio
Stamp: Hero Arts
Also Distress inks, glimmermist

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