Saturday, August 16, 2014

Grab a Pencil: It's Time For Di's Digis Back To School Challenge

Yup, it's time for a new challenge at Di's Digis Challenge blog... we have a "Back To School" theme.  I decided to make something "useful" as my project, so I grabbed one of the pencil tins I got in a sale (2 for $1) some time back and decorate that. 
As it will probably get shoved in and out of a bag or shelf countless times I thought it best to keep the layers and embellishments to a minimum; that's when I came up with the idea (not really that original!) of printing all the elements on one layer, so that's what I have done... with the exception of the twine of course.  
I used Microsoft Word; I made a rectangle by cropping a sheet of digital paper from Nitwit's Live n Learn 2 collection, then I added an oval, filling it with one of Word's inbuilt textures (cork)  adding the bevel edge and dropped shadow (using Format Shape, just in case you're not familiar with the process)  I then added the fabulously cute image, Back To School Bunny -available here for only $2. I had already removed the white background from the image and saved it as a .png - I do this with all my images so that they layer well.    Crafty Little Fairies wants to see Cute and Cuddly, I'm in, and Pile It On wants Primary Colours, I've got the red yellow and blue as my main colours so I'm in there too.   
Next I added "Pencils" using Wordart and printed the whole thing out, voila! I coloured the image with Copics, with a bit of Prismacolor pencil shading, and added gloss to the pencil and to the Wordart - I added a really thick layer to make the letters stand out, it looks much more even in real life, and surprisingly effective.  All that was left to do was add a bit of twine from my stash. Crafts 4 Eternity wants to see Something Old, the tin is at least a year old and the twine is more like three - hopefully old enough! 
Here's my pencil tin doing what pencil tins do :-))
I think it fits the sketch from Seize the Sketch so I'm entering there, and Whimsy Inspirations Challenge has a Back to School challenge so I'm entering there too.
Through the Craftroom DoorCrafty Girls ChallengeCrafty CalendarStamping Sensations and Little Miss Muffet all have Anything Goes challenges running so I'm entering them as well.
That's it for today's project, a very simple little thing it was too - but still I had fun making it.  Check out the rest of the team's inspiration, awesome as always.  I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too, we have a great prize from the Frantic Stamper and as always, if you use one of Di's fab images you go into an extra draw with a prize of it's own.
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Welcome Card for Kaitlin

Well I finally decided to drag one of the cards out of my Drafts... it's not the oldest one mind you, even though it was to welcome my nephew and his partner's little girl Kaitlin -  in DECEMBER!!
Baby's mum Sarah really doesn't like "frou frou" so I made it pretty CAS. My Mums Craft Shop has a CAS challenge this time around, so I'm entering there. 
The digi image is one of the Sweet November Sleeping Baby Fairies (available here), actually the one I used on this card I made from my Mum and Dad for the twins' arrival, so cute. I coloured with some Copics but mainly Prismacolor pencils.  The Paper Shelter wants us to Go Digital (never a problem for me) so I'm in, while Little Miss Muffet has Baby Baby, so in there too.  Digi Sketch Challenge has Fairies as their theme - this is a baby fairy so I'm entering- and I'm pretty close to the sketch too, especially when you factor in the little name tag I added at the bottom of the image panel, bonus!
I had just got the fabulous Nestabilites A2 Borders dies and couldn't wait to get using them.  I thought I'd cut the edge of the front for interest, of course I hadn't used them before at that point and didn't realize how fiddly it would be lining all the edges up on the four layers, using different dies for the scalloped and non-scalloped edge!  I used scraps from my stash - the pink has a pattern on it, but I have no idea where it's from, and I embossed the white with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots folder.  Hiding in my Craft Room has a Scrap Saturday challenge and both Little Red Wagon and Gem of a Challenge have Embossing challenges so I'm entering them.
Then, just 'cause I thought I'd had enough... I did it all again on the inside - a couple less layers though!  I cut the image panel with Nestabilities Standard Circles and the mat with Nestabilities Scalloped Circles.  I ran a string of pearls from my stash around the edge of the uppermost panel and some individual pearls, also from my stash around the scalloped circle.  The tag (printed in tiny font on my computer and cut by hand) was attached with very fine gold thread.  Through the Craftroom DoorBearly Mine ChallengesStamping SensationsCrafty CalendarCrafty Girls ChallengeDelightful ChallengesCrafts 4 Eternity and Papertake Weekly all have Anything Goes challenges running so I'm entering them too.
Well that's it for my "Kaitlin Card", I'm glad I got it blogged - I'll have to be getting on to her birthday card soon, lol. I did use these dies again (in much the same layering fashion, I learned nothing from this experience I - am something of a slow learner, lol) to make a stationery set; it's in my drafts, I'll drag that out soon too, it is a fiddly job, but I do like the effect.
I hope to get to do some blog visiting in the next few days, I have been spending plenty of time on the lappy in the evening, trying to hone my digital scrapbooking skills - not sure how successful I've been to be honest, so it'll be nice to get back to seeing what you've all been up to :-)  Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Di's Digis Lace and Pearls

I can't believe another two weeks have gone by... despite my best efforts I haven't been able to get any more cards out of my drafts, but gone by it has so it's time for a new challenge at Di's Digis Challenge Blog; the theme this time is Lace and Pearls, here's my card.
The image I used is called Penny's Special Day. available from Di's Digi Stamps of course. which I coloured with Copics.  The card is made with Kraft and the papers are from Kaisercraft's Devonshire Tea pad.  I cut the image panel using Nestabilities Standard Ovals die as a guide, the mat was cut with Nestabilities Floral Ovals, it's cut from Kraft embossed with Ranger Superfine Gold Embossing powder.  The chipboard corners are from Make It Crafty... unfortunately Zoe doesn't stock them anymore... fortunately for ME I stocked up before that happened, lol.  I embossed them with the gold EP too, but did have a bit of trouble getting it to stick.
The lace around the edge is from my stash... I mean seriously from my stash, i worked out it's at least twenty years old!!  The pearls are from my stash too, not quite as old as the lace, but close and the large pearl/rhinestone embellie is from my stash - but it's only a few months old. I bought it the same time as the gold "pearls" :-)  The sentiment is a Kaisercraft stamp, and it looks crooked in the photo but not in real life, go figure.
The inside of the card was finished using more of the Kaisercraft paper, some orange coloured card - you guessed it from my stash - and a chipboard butterfly in place of the pearl embellie, this one was from Make It Crafty too, and is also discontinued.
I think the little string of pearls looks like a butterfly trail, call me romantic, lol.
Well that's it for today, I've scheduled this post as we've come "Down South" again for a long weekend, this time we've brought my Mum and Dad with us - they're in their mid eighties now and the drive is too much for them to make on their own.  As they usually doggy-sit it means I've had to leave my little Rocky at home alone - well only for the afternoon; son Chris is going to ours after work and he'll stay there, or take Rocky with him when he goes socializing.  Still it was hard to leave him, he is a spoiled boy and isn't used to being on his own - well, the next door neighbour is going to call in sometime during the afternoon, no doubt with a bone for him as she loves him to bits, and son Matt is calling in about 4 on his way home so he will only be doing two hour stretches alone!
BTW I'm entering my card is the following challenges:
Love and Marriage
Use Kraft
Die Cuts and Punches
Favourite Papers and Why (because I particularly love how coordinated the papers in each collection are)
Embossing (heat in this case)
Bling it On
Use Patterned Paper
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
I hope you get a chance to Check out the rest of the team's inspiration, and a chance to enter the challenge too, I know you love your Lace ad Pearls so you'll find it easy :-) There's a great prize from Marker Pop, and don't forget if you use one of Di's fab images you go in the draw for an extra prize too.
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Die-ing to Punch at Di's Digis

We've a new challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge Blog, the theme is Dies and Punches - hence the "Punchy" title for this post (did you see what I did there? lol)  I've made a shaker card, I have made one before, but I'm happier with this one :-)  The only thing is they're a bit hard to photograph "in action" as it were.  Well here it is
Now I realize I've used that blue and yellow paper AGAIN, two reasons; I needed to use a yellow colour on the moon, and - the scraps were in the folder in top of my scraps file! The gorgeous image is Baby Moon, one of Di's newer images... isn't it just too sweet? There's some shading already on the image, handy for you to use as a guide :-)  I coloured with Copics and added STACKS of glitter, sadly it doesn't show in the pics ;-( then fussy cut the image.  At the Cutie Pie Challenge there's the theme "use a cute digi", no problems I'm in. and Crazy 4 Challenges want to see a teddy bear, so in there too.
I've added this picture so you can see how the card works, though better examples and a tutorial on how to make a shaker card can be found here.  The background paper for the shaker is from a digital kit by Passion Fruits Images, there are Day and Night skies.  I added some tiny rhinestones and Stickles to the paper so that even when the card's not shaken there's a bit of sparkle in the sky.  I used my new Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Circles dies to cut all the elements for the shaker... there was a surprisingly large amount of cutting!  Instead of making a raised edge for the shaker from foam dots, as I've seen in some tutorials, I cut two rings from one piece of sticky backed foam and built it up that way... and it meant no "leaks"!!  The acetate was from the set of dies, so that worked well :-)
I added some Shaved Ice Frantage, clear seed beads, tiny blue stars, and some silver ball beads to do the shakin'... and yes I DID nearly forget to add them to the "pit" before I glued on the acetate, just remembered in time.  I edged the yellow and blue frames with silver cord from my stash.  The sentiment was from a tag in Kaisercraft's Lullaby pad, I cut it to a cloud shape to suit, the other clouds are Memory Box dies, the star under the edge by the teddy is from MFT's Stacking Stars die.
At Sketch and Stash you can use any of the sketches from their catalogue this time around, bonus!  I used #73, of course I used it for the inside of my card too, adding more of the Memory Box clouds and MFT stars. 
Catch The Bug want things beginning with C... I have Circles, Clouds and Cute image,  I'm in.  I'm in Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge too, as well as the Anything Goes challenges at Charisma Cards and Through the Craftroom Door
Well that's it for today's card, hope you get a chance to join in with the challenge this time around, we have the fabulous Crafty Ribbons sponsoring, and don't forget if you use one of Di's lovely images you go in an extra draw!
I'll be back in a few days with another offering.  Have a lovely weekend, we're off to my son Chris's later for his annual Christmas in July party.  He hosts with his friend Amna (his faux wife, lol) and they wear cheesy sweaters and do the whole egg nog mulled wine thing, this year I got roped into providing my usual several dozen Christmas cake truffles, and TWO turkey breasts.  Anyway until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Christmas in July

Well, here in Australia Christmas is right in the middle of Summer, so all of you in the Northern Hemisphere that think Christmas in July  feels "odd"... welcome to my world, lol.  When we celebrate "Christmas in July" (my son has a big party on the last weekend in July every year) we take the opportunity to have traditional hot food and mulled wine - not to say we don't love the crayfish (rock lobster), prawns and crisp white wine we have on Christmas day proper :-))  The Christmas cards I'm showing today were in fact made for Christmas 2013 - I wasn't going to share them, (they're very basic) then I thought about the "in July" thing and decided why not?!
All three cards use images from Bugaboo... I find them a fabulous source of images to colour in a hurry... and with a sense of humour (which I like in a Christmas card, as the rest of the season feels a bit like you're playing for Sheep Stations, lol)  The first one is Stella Christmas - Fruitcake, coloured with Copics with Gloss on the "fruit" and glasses, Stickles on the ornaments and iridescent embossing powder on the fur trim on the hat.  The red card is from my stash, the gold stickers around the edge of the image panel are also from my stash.
The second card uses Merry Christmas - Tree. coloured with Copics, Gloss on the ornaments and Stickles on the stars.  The green mat behind the image is from my stash too, again edged with gold stickers - I have a gazillion of these things in my stash, it's nice to get some used!
The third card is covered in paper from a Kaisercraft's pad - can't remember the name, so I'm entering Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - more of the red card as a mat for the image panel; the image is JJ Christmas Cheer - On Blitzen! ain't she sassy? lol  Moving Along With The Times says Girls Just Want to Have Fun, so JJ's IN! and  Crafty Creations has Let's Party, so (hic) in there too.  Sweet  Stampin' has a Christmas in July challenge... we're in! 
Once again I've coloured with Copics, Gloss on the glass, bubbles and JJ's glasses, Stickles on the headband and Sparkly Fluff on her tummy detail and tail.  Christmas Stampin' All Year Long has a recipe challenge; 2 CS, 1 Image, 2 Embellishments, 1 Sentiment - I hope coloured cardstock and patterned card count as 2CS and "hic" counts as a sentiment :-))  I'll understand if it's too much of a stretch tho', lol
The polka dot ribbon from my stash, actually we got about a hundred metres of polka dot ribbon when we were in Malaysia a few years ago, it's some of that :-)  Jingle Belles wants us to use something from our stash more than a year old, not a problem.... EVAH!  The embellishment in the centre of the bow came from ebay. 
That's it!! I told you they were very basic cards, still I'm sure they qualify for the following challenges: Bearly Mine Challenges has Let's Go Digital (no challenge at all for me!) and Through the Craftroom DoorAud Sentiments and Charisma Cards have Anything Goes themes.
I'll be back in a few days with another offering, until then Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Summer Fun

Well it's not Summer here, and I haven't been having a great deal of Fun... but that's the theme of the new Challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge Blog, so I'm going with it :-)  BTW, this is a loooongggg post!
The time has so got away from me that it was Thursday midnight before I remembered that the challenge was starting today... didn't leave me a whole lot of time but there's always enough time for an easel card I reckon, lol.  Luckily this image "Butterfly Fairy", available here, was sitting printed and ready to colour so she's "it"!  Allsorts Challenges has Fairies and Crafty Creations has Things With Wings for their challenge, so I'm entering there.
Bearly Mine Challenges wants us to go digital, easy peasy, and Delightful Challenges wants us to use our Favourite Things, that would be digital images and nice fresh papers ... ooh, and Copics; which I coloured with, adding lashings of Ranger Bridal Tinsel embossing powder to her wings - and to the little butterfly that I painstakingly cut an extra wing for to give extra dimension... and it hardly shows, lol. Corrosive Challenge wants us to use our Favourite Colouring Medium (Copics) so I'm in while Hobbycutz and Sweet Stampin' want to see Pink, so in there too :-)  
The papers are from Kaisercraft's Fine and Sunny collection, nice and Summery, he he; I'm entering  Little Red WagonMy Mums Craft Shop and Crafty Little Fairies Summer Challenges as well as Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.  
The white mats are cut with Spellbinders Floral Ovals, using glittered cardstock, the blue cardstock is from my stash.
I followed the fab sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, and paper pieced and popped up on foam dots the clouds in the top right corner to fit with the sketch, sorta kinda, lol.  I added Stickles to the one cloud, it's nearly the same as the EP. Bunny Zoes Crafts want to see our Layers, here's mine :-)   
The flowers are from the Ribbon Girl and Mulberry Crafts, the organza ribbon is from my stash, I smothered a piece of Card Candi in Stickles and added it to the centre. Divas by DesignPaper Crafting Journey  and Craft Your Passion have Ribbons and/or Flowers challenges so I'm entering them.
The inside uses more of the Fine and Sunny paper and the strip at the top was one of the die cuts that came in the pad. The sentiment is computer generated, if you'd like it grab it here or from my freebies page, don't forget to click on it to open before downloading to give a better version :-)
Tuesday ThrowdownPaper Creator CraftsThat Craft PlaceThrough the Craftroom DoorPapertake WeeklyAud Sentiments and Catch The Bug all have Anything Goes Challenges running so I'm entering them too.
That's it for today's card, check out the rest of the Design Team's work, fab as always, and I hope you get to join in the challenge with a great prize from the Cutting CafĂ© 
I seriously promise to be back soon with one of the cards from my drafts - though I have made my first crossover card and I'm so pleased with it that it may jump the queue, lol
Talking of Crossovers, one of the things that has taken up my time, along with continuing health issues, (sick babies not just me, lol) and it being the end of the Financial Year (every Bookkeeper's stressful time) is MY NEW CAR. Here's a "few" pics taken at the car yard before the plates ... oh, and the sidesteps - I am short and the car is not, lol - were put on
Now, I should say at this point, that as mentioned in a post some time ago, new car not my idea!  Hubby has been angling for a new car for me (he got one in May!) for two YEARS.  Mine was 10 years old, but only has 77000 km on the clock, and is immaculate; it sits sad and neglected pending sale on our spare driveway, poor thing.  I've got to say, the new one is pretty spiff.  
This is my first ever new car, it has all the fruit; leather interior,  panaromic sunroof, Sat Nav, Blue Tooth  and so on... all I've got to do is learn how to use it all, lol!  and it's a dream to drive.  I am, despite myself EXCITED!!  We got a 7 seater so we can take the family out with us - but as the booster seats have to go in the middle row, it's short straws for the third row, lol.  It's a toss up between the short (my folks) who fit better and the fit (my sons and DIL) who can actually get in easier!!  We haven't even got baby seats yet, so no rush for straws, lol.
That's 10 km on the clock... just over 5 miles!!!
How lucky am I... and maybe now I won't be getting dragged around car yards every weekend, lol
Anyway, I really will be back in a few days, until then Happy Crafting, Donna

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