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 Stmapin' 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

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My First Card in a Box

Today I'm sharing a "Card in a Box" ... it's the first one I've made, and I'm using it as my DT inspiration for the new challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge Blog.  Warning: this is a "Photo Heavy" post, the darned thing was hard to capture in pics, lol
I absolutely loved making this card, the young lady from across the road (I've known here since she was four!!) had a "little" boy last week, his name is Alakae and he weighed in at 8lbs 4oz -I met him today and he is GORGEOUS! Congrats to Hayley and Dave :-)
I found a few templates and tutorials on the web, here's a good tutorial, but I ended up making my own template because I wanted one in metric (hard to find) that folds down to a 15cm or 6" square (even harder to find!) here's a link to my template, it's on my freebies page.  I added a belly band to keep it from springing open too readily - these cards really do go amazingly flat for posting, if that's a consideration and still have the multiple layers we all love!  Bunny Zoes Crafts and Divas by Design have "layers" challenges running so I'm entering there.
The image I've used is Butterfly Baby Ted, he's gorgeous too, isn't he? I coloured with Copics then fussy cut him (and the butterflies!) and mounted them on strips of acetate of differing lengths to give a more "floaty" feel.  Corrosive Challenge is Cut it or Crop it, so I'm definitely in!  I smothered some die cuts from Make It Crafty (they no longer stock them, sadly) in Stickles and added some butterflies to acetate strips behind the teddy and some baby themed ones to the different layers inside the box and to the flaps as well.  Ladybug Crafts Challenge has a For the Boys or Use Die Cuts challenge, I'm in on both fronts, lol.  The die cut on the front flap was cut using a Nestabilities Standard Circle die from the Kaisercraft Lullaby pad, I put the baby's birth details on this flap and stuck a plain panel on the back of the card to use as a sentiment panel.  Card Mania ChallengesGem of a ChallengeTuesday Throwdown and The Crazy Challenge all have "baby" challenges so I'm entering there while Bearly Mine Challenges has for the boys, so in there too.
The "welcome" is made from beads I've had in my stash for-eva! and the gold pearls and Card Candi are from stash too.  The patterned paper is from a pack I got in Spotlight, it's so lovely and fresh, I'll be entering Hazel's Patterned Paper Challenge for the first, but I doubt last, time :-)  The Paper Shelter wants to see Anything But a Card, so I'm classing this as a box to enter, lol, and Fab'n'funky Challenges wants to see shaped cards, so I'm hoping this is in the spirit of that challenge and entering there too.  Through the Craftroom DoorPaper Crafting JourneyLittle Miss MuffetStampin' for the Weekend and Clear It Out have Anything Goes challenges so I'm entering them as well.
Well that's it for today's card-in-a-box, check out the rest of my teamies inspiration... hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too; we have a FABULOUS prize from Little Darlings Rubber Stamps, and if you use one of Di's lovely digis you go in an extra draw... win/win I say :-)  
 Sorry about all the photos today.... here's another one in an effort to show the layers, lol, I LOVE these cards and have already started making a couple more - and I saw the recipient's reaction when they opened it today (which of course you don't always see) and it was truly worth the work... they loved it too :-)
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hippo Birthday Chris

The card I have today is another from my drafts... it was made for my son Chris's birthday - in November, and no, it's NOT the oldest I have in there; I really will have to get some more posted, lol.
The image I've used is a digi from (the sadly now defunct) Pollycraft, some of Paula's images are available at Little Miss Muffet Stamps, but not this one, aaw.  In case you were wondering Chris turned 29, but I used another of these images (bought in a mega bundle) for one of Chris's friend's birthdays (no, I haven't blogged it yet, lol) and he loved it, so I thought this would be a nice light hearted theme (he's feeling his age, poor love!)Stamping Sensations has an Animal Antics challenge, so I'm in.
I coloured with Copics and added some extra shading with Prismacolor pencils, gloss to the eyes and toenails and some stickles highlights too.
I've used a lot of layers on this card, I usually do (though it's hard to see in my pics) and it's Chris's favourite "technique" for want of a better word so I made sure there were plenty here, Bunny Zoes Crafts has a Layers challenge, I'm in, and Creatalicious Challenges has Happy Birthday so I'm in there too.
The papers are digital, from Shery K's Party Time pack, with the green polka dotty paper and green cardstock from my stash.  The glittery balloon is from a set of acrylic stickers I've had for yonks, I cut it out and moulded it a little to give it dimension then mounted it on foam dots.  The baker's twine is also from my stash; I cut a little slit in the image panel either side of Hippo's "hand" and threaded the twine under it so it looks more like he's holding it.  
The Card Candi is also from my stash, the sentiment is one I made on the computer, here's a copy if you want to download it - or it will be on my Freebies page if you want it later- don't forget you get the best results if you open the image first, then right click and "Save As"
I finished the inside of the card using the same sketch and elements as on the front, this sentiment was yet another fab freebie from the ever-generous Paulette at Create With TLC :-) 
As Chris's gift was a certificate from his favourite clothing shop, Politix, I made this card with a shallow gusset and glued the envelope with the certificate in to the inside cover, I used another of the acrylic stickers to hold it shut.  Tuesday Throwdown has "For a Special Man", Chris is very special, a true gentle-man, so I'm entering there and also in the Digi Sketch ChallengePapertake Weekly challenge, Bearly Mine Challenge and Aud Sentiments challenge all of which have "for a guy" theme.  I'm also entering Through the Craftroom DoorPaper Crafting JourneyStampin' for the Weekend and Colour Me Copic's Anything Goes Challenges.
Well that's it for today's card.  I'm pleased to say Chris liked it, he got the tongue in cheek reference to partying... he doesn't drink, but he does like to party - and he's determined never to be too old to do that; wish him luck with that one, lol.
 I'll be back soon with another project from my drafts... though I have just made a Card in a Box, which will make an appearance soon - I'm planning on using it for a DT card on Saturday, but if it's not suitable or I can't wait that long (I'm pretty chuffed with it, lol) I'll be sharing it sooner.  Either way, until then Happy Crafting, Donna 

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Back from Margs

Well I had a lovely break in Margaret River, had a bit of wine and a wind down and managed to colour up exactly ONE image while there, lol - the best laid plans and all that!  This card is for the new challenge starting today at Di's Digis Challenge, the theme is Ribbon and Bows
I used one of my favourite folds for this card, cutting away half of the front so the "inside" paper becomes part of the front decoration.
It lends itself to particularly well to symmetrical sketches, which is why i used this one from Digi Sketch Challenge.  
The image is one of Di's newer ones, called Candle on Top, I think it's super sweet :-)  I coloured with Copics, adding some Stickles to the hats and cupcake case and some gloss to the candles and the strawberries.  Paper Crafting Journey and Cute Card Thursday both have "Pink" challenges, so I'm entering them, while Stamping Sensations has Animal Antics so in there too.
The papers are from Merci, matted onto some white sparkly card from my stash, even though the sparkle doesn't show in the photos, sigh.  Crafty Creations has "It's All About S", I have Stripes, Sparkles and Sweet - the image, of course  and Strawberries :-) The vertical edge of the front was cut with a Martha Stewart Doily punch, the edge inked with pink and purple.  The sentiment is from Hobby Palais cut with Nestabilities Standard Circles.
The sparkly ribbon is self adhesive, it came in a pack from Portacraft.  To make the bows I folded a piece over and put talc on the inside of the loops so they didn't stick together then wrapped a small piece around the join.  I used Memory Box's Corner Bow Die on the corner of the image panel and a cut down version on the inside.  Delightful Challenges and That Craft Place have Ribbon challenges running too, so I'm entering them, and Through the Craftroom DoorPapertake WeeklyStampin' for the Weekend and Colour Me CopicThe pearl floral embellies are from my stash, as are the pink rhinestones I backed the centres of them with.
Well that's about it for today's card, I'll be back in a few days with another card from my drafts. Pop over to the challenge blog and check out my teamies inspiration it's FAB, hope you get a chance to enter the challenge this time around, such an easy theme and a fab prize from Love Bug Creations... and don't forget if you use one of Di's cute images you go into an extra prize draw, bonus!
I have to go to the Doc's on Monday as I have developed a reasonably large lump under the largest of my incision sites from my gallbladder op, I think it's a seroma but as I have to get results from all of those tests I had done last month I may as well go now and make sure!  Other than that I'm recovering pretty well, some adjustments are still being made with my diet, my digestion is more sensitive than it was but I'm hoping it'll settle down soon.
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna 

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