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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Wild Soxes

I love using things differently, so this time stamped on patterned paper to make wild socks to go with a man's gift of wild socks.  On the outer socks the paper pattern doesn't show as well because of the black ink.  The real socks are big polka dotted and very bright and fun!















Sock Stamps: Rosie's Studio
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts
Also: tiny wooden pegs, twine, lime EP (sentiment and edge of white card), 3D foam, black pen for smiley

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Hello Girl

Such a pretty look with a gardening theme.  I paper-pieced her clothes in gingham but thought she deserved a bit of bling as well. 

Image: Lemon Shortbread
Coloured with Copics
Die frame:
Lace border: unbranded
Hello die:
Also: stitched, edges inked












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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Birthday Floral

A true one-layer card. 

Digi image printed directly onto the base card, coloured with Reno Art pens. Embossed strip added.  Image masked and card sponged with distress inks, spritzed and sprinkled with water, stamped with small butterflies and sentiment.

Image: Bugaboo
EF:  Sizzix
Sentiment:  Montarga
Distress Inks

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Find Time

I think this sentiment is pretty amazing and I hope you think so too.














Sentiment Stamp: Kaisercraft
Die border: Kaisercraft
Die Label: Spellbinders
Die sprigs: Signature
Also: a bit of a doodle on the edge, piece of glittery ribbon, some Kindyglitz.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Designer Odella

Come and Get It challenge this week is "Two or more designer papers", so check out the design team's work:
cagichallenge

And Polkadoodles provided this super image:
polkadoodles

Image: Polkadoodle - Odella Heart
coloured with Copics
Designer paper: paper pieced skirt, top and boots; heart; floor/ground; and matted background
Diamond Distress Die: Sizzix
Also: Distress Inks (black soot & iced spruce), gems, Kindyglitz (black sparkle)








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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Steampunk Wabbit


Steampunk is the challenge over at Crafters Café this time: crafterscafeblogchallenge

And check out our sponsor - My Stitch Back in Twine:  digital-stamp-colouring-image-underland



Image: My Stitch Back in Twine - Underland April Hare
Coloured with Copics
Large cog die: Spellbinders
Smaller cog dies: Sizzix
Stitched Circle die: DieNamics
Clock Die: Kaisercraft
Also: Clock charm, Distress Inks, metallic card

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Steampunk Bird

STEAMPUNK is the challenge at Crafters Café, come on you know you want to do it, check it out here: crafterscafeblogchallenge


Thanks to DS4Joy who supplied this wonderful image: digistamps4joy
















Image: Digistamps4Joy - applique bird
Coloured with Copics
5 Stamps: Stampers Anonymous, Prima, Finnabair
3 Dies: Memory Box, Sizzix/Tim Holtz

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Seas the day

Aren't cardswaps fun?  I made this for a NZ cardswap with a sea theme.
I love these digipapers' design and colour - a smoky blue.  I just got the tag die and had to use it.  The stencilled waves on the blue tag and sentiment bar are the negative of a die cut sponged with distress ink.

DigiPapers: Pink Petticoat
Tag Die: unbranded
Wave die: Spellbinders
Shell dies: Memory Box
Negative of diecut: Couture Creations
Ribbon, WoS on shells



Click for a closer look:







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Sunday, 2 July 2017

National Colours

This is such a cute unicorn and I like the sentiment that comes with the image. The challenge is to use national colours. 

Join us for this challenge at Come And Get It challenges, here: cagichallenge

My image comes from our generous sponsor Bugaboo:  bugaboostamps
Image result for nz flag free pics

Here is our NZ flag:
As seen when we won the America's Cup boat race.


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Alternatively, our national sporting colours are black & white.  You may be more familiar with the black ground and silver fern, probably more recognised internationally than our flag!

Image: Bugaboo Unicorn Believer
Coloured with Copics
Banner die: unbranded
Square stitch die: unbranded
Star punch:
Also: crystal glitter (on cloud), red twine

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Saturday, 1 July 2017

Crocodile Smiles

You must have heard the saying "never smile at a crocodile",  well this one likes to make you smile.  It's winter here, hence the scarf.

Our challenge at the Crafters Café this time is USE WOOL, join in the fun here:
crafterscafeblogchallenge  DT Badge

Thanks to our sponsor Dr Digi who provided the fun image :
doctor-digi-alistair-the-alligator

Image: Doctor Digi
Sentiment stamp: Heidi Swapp
Star stamp: Grace Taylor
Punch:
Embossing: Zing - Lime
Also: White gel pen, Copics, wool scraps, sequins, 3D Kindyglitz gem clear


The croc is paper pieced with dotty paper, and I knitted the scarf with a scrap of wool.  Image partly coloured with Copics, highlighted with white gel pen.  The teeth coated with 3D Kindyglitz gem clear, the sentiment stamped and heat embossed. Partly cut around his hand so it could wrap over the scarf and fixed it with 3D foam.  The white card is punched all around to look like it's been chomped with those sharp teeth, stars stamped and sequins applied ( I think they look like scales).

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

Birthday blast

DO you remember those children's toy jack-in-the-boxes?   That's what this reminds me of.  It's a party in a box.

I love smooshing distress inks and used that technique to make a background - such a blast of colour (in real life it is brighter than the pic).
Click for a closer look.

Image stamp: Inkadinkado
Sentiment stamp: Inkadinkado
Coloured with Copics
Sequins, silver Sharpie, Kindyglitz, GlossyAccents



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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Special Day


I also quilt and as any quilter will know, the day a quilt gets finished is a day for celebration.
I love this idea of embossing after piecing the design which makes it look like quilted fabric.

Die: Die-namics
Tag: own cut
Sentiment stamp: unknown
Twine, button, star

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Doily Sympathy

I always like sympathy cards to feel warm and more relaxed than formal, but I didn't want fussy either.
I deliberately turned the flower background around and off set slightly to look a bit arty and show off the colour.

Doily die: Marianne
Label die: Spellbinders
Stamp: Verve
Sentiment stamp:

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Monday, 19 June 2017

Pink is relaxing

Some people find pink relaxing; whether that's so or not, most people find a friendly cuppa relaxing, especially when it comes with cute little cupcakes.


Image: All Dressed Up
Coloured with copics
Die: Spellbinders
Corner punch: Couture Creations
Sequins, ribbon, edges inked.
Cupcake paper: unknown

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Ouchy finger man

For our friend Graeme, who had a wee mishap and ended up with lots of stitches as a result of putting his finger in places it shouldn't be!


Man stamp: Oxford Impressions
Finger stamp:  unknown
Sentiment stamp: Happy Little Stampers
Brad, gauze bandage














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Sunday, 18 June 2017

Somebunny celebrates you

Fathers Day is the theme at Come And Get It - have a look at the design team's work, and join with us:
cagichallenge

Thanks to Sponsor Time For Tea who provided this very cute image - get it here:
some-bunny-loves-you

The image bunny holds a flower, but I swapped it up and thought this daddy bunny looked very DIY with his spanner in his hand fixing his burrow. 

I made the background using Distress Oxide inks.    The image is printed onto patterned paper and paper pieced;  I coloured his patches with Copics.   The nose is added along with googly eyes.

Image: Time For Tea (somebunny)
Spanner die: Dienamics
Background die: Ultimate Crafts
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's
Also: Oxide Distress inks, googly eyes

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Birthday Relax

A nice relax in the deckchair while the party goes on for this easel card.   If you've never made one they are easier than they look, give it a go, there are plenty of tutorials available.

For the Crafters Café challenge this time the theme is EASEL CARDS:  crafterscafeblogchallenge

Our sponsor is Polkadoodles, have a look at what's on offer:  polkadoodles - winnie-starfish-sandcastles-relaxing-sunlounger


Image: Polkadoodles
Coloured with Copics
Oval dies: Spellbinders
Wave edge die: Spellbinders
Large scallop edge: Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts (a clear stamp curved)
From stash: brad, flowers, ribbon, Kindyglitz, pearls



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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Champagne Sparkles

That's a statement, not a question. I love champagne (the drink).

(The card) I love the blue sparkle and the silver metallic.  I deliberately kept it simple and because it's for my card stash I wanted it to be suitable for various occasions.  Maybe an anniversary, an engagement, birthday or ...

EF: Spellbinders
Die panel: Spellbinders
Glasses Die: Creative Dies
Word die: Poppy (negative cut)
Silver Cord

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Birthday tag

AS you know I love to work with sketches, especially simple ones like this because they leave lots of scope for creation.
Sadly, this is the last Mojo challenge.  More than once I have got my mojo back when in a blank space with inspiration from here.  Thanks Julee and the team.



I raised the tag with 3d foam so it stood out from the background.  The dark colour is actually a chocolate brown.

Zigzag die: Couture Creations
Tag die: unbranded
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio
Papers: Kaisercraft
Ribbon, vellum

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Hydrangea

I used the triple stamp technique.  I decided to leave it uncoloured as it is such a stunning image by itself and this technique frames it beautifully.  It is one of my favourite stamps - sometimes I colour it, sometimes I don't. 


Stamp: Hero Arts
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio
Ribbon, pearls

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Thursday, 8 June 2017

Birthday 90

This is for my uncle who is turning 90 this week.  I used the vintage look because he is the family historian, and chose the 3 gentlemen because he is the oldest of three brothers.
The gold letter diecuts are stacked with black to create height and make a shadow.  I like the diagonal look the corners create.

Stamp: Tim Holtz/S Anonymous
EF: Cuttlebug
Sentiment stamp: Rosies Studio
Corner die: unbranded
Name die: Spellbinders
Number die: Sizzix
Also: washi tape, charm

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Monday, 5 June 2017

Silver Star Graduate

Cards for men seem to be more difficult than other kinds of cards, so I decided to keep it simple and use masculine materials - leather and metal.

The black card is a leather look texture, and there are two kinds of silver - mirror and brushed.  The star is a negative cut to act as a frame.  I like the dash of red too.



Word die: Tim Holtz
Star die: Sizzix
Hat & Diploma:












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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Birthday Clown

This is such a simple image but it is full of happy!
I needed a boy card and thought this would do the trick (pun intended) ... and besides, I never met a girl who like to juggle.

It's "Anything Goes" at Come And Get It this time, so have a look at the Design Team's creative work and join us:  cagichallenge

The always fabulous Bugaboo is our sponsor and I used:  bugaboostamps - clown-around-juggle

Image: Bugaboo
Coloured with Copics
Die flag: unbranded
Stamp sentiment: Connoisseur
Twine, Kindyglitz













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Saturday, 3 June 2017

Butterfly Framed

I let the patterned paper dictate the colour scheme, and picked out a lovely iridescent engraved-looking paper for the butterfly - I reckon it looks like the texture on butterfly wings when you see them under a microscope.  The sentiment is silver embossed.  I cut up the corner flourish diecut to make a diagonal 'flight path'.













Butterfly die: BoBunny
Frame Dies: Couture Creations
Flourish die: Couture Creations
Sentiment stamp: HeroArts
Papers from stash

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Thursday, 1 June 2017

Kitty model

Another great week at the Crafters Café; the theme is Anything Goes/Transport.  I'm sure you have some ideas already, check out the design team's work here: crafterscafe

Our sponsor is Sheepski; and the image I used is : kitty-mannequin-model


I wanted it to look a bit vintage so I printed the image, then printed again onto patterned paper for her dress (paper pieced).   I printed again onto scrap paper and cut it out to use as a mask so I could stamp the car, then sponge it with Distress Inks.  When finished it reminded me of those car ads in the 70's/80's where models lounged against the cars to show them off.


Image: Sheepski Kitty-Mannequin-Model
Coloured with Copics
Car stamp: Anita's
Flower stamp: Wibra
Flag die: China
Lime cord, gems, Kindyglitz

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