Saturday, December 21, 2013

Anything Christmas at Di's Digis

Well I didn't get time to blog the Christmas cards I was going to post earlier this week,  but with a new Christmas theme challenge starting today at Di's Digis I do get to show you this one
 How cute is this image?!  I decided that the card just had to be Clean and Simple to let the sweetness shine through :-)  It's called Reach for the Star and you can find it here.
I've coloured with Copics adding the obligatory sparkle to the stars and fur trim... oh, and the crown! with Stickles and gloss to the ornaments.  The paper and red matting are from my stash.  The sentiment (which looks crooked but "measures" straight, go figure) is from Create with TLC, I do believe it's one of the many freebies from the ever-generous Paulette :-)
Actually the sentiment may be crooked relative to the side of the paper... my faithful Fiskars cutter seems to have developed a rather nasty habit; it no longer cuts square, which is sadly the ONE thing you need your cutter to do, so a quick word in Santa's ear and hopefully he, as in I, can find a new one - it's so time consuming/frustrating trimming and retrimming to get them square.  I've resorted to measuring and marking first, gasp.
I made this card for my son, he helps me trim the tree every year, and has for years.  As he was really busy at work this year, I thought I'd do it on my own; I got as far as the lights and tinsel when my hubby suggested that we leave it to Chris, well "that looks crap just leave it until Chris can do it PROPERLY" is a pretty strong suggestion, lol.  He does do a super job, I should take a pic though it doesn't look quite as pristine as it did on day one as my other son's dog has squeezed past it to get to the window several times causing a cascade of baubles and stern words!  Tuesday Throwdown has What Christmas Means to You as it's theme, Christmas means family time to me, this image immediately made me think of the special time Chris and I spend every year tree-trimming :-)
That's it for today, why not pop over to the Challenge blog and check out my teamies fab work, and why not enter that last minute Chrissie card while you're there?!
 I'm listing the challenges I've found for the late Christmas card makers such as myself;

My Mums Craft Shop Winter/Christmas
Aud Sentiments Christmas
Crafty Calendar Christmas
That Craft Place Christmas
Kaboodle Doodles Christmas Colours
Papertake Weekly Last Christmas… card of the year 
Cutie Pie Challenge Cute Christmas for Someone Special
Without Words Nearest and Dearest (card for someone close to your heart)
Bearly Mine Challenges Anything Goes 
Crafty Creations Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies Anything Goes
Gem of a Challenge Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge Anything Goes 
Through the Craftroom Door Anything Goes

I may get to blog some others before the big day - though my MIL is coming on Sunday straight after my Sister leaves so.... perhaps not, lol.
Either way with the big day looming I'll be back soon, until then Happy Crafting Donna

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Crafty Ribbons Advent

There's a huge Advent event (love that!) happening over at Crafty Ribbons, as Di is sponsoring today's event (possibly yesterday's by now!) Di's Digis Design Team have added a card to the daily inspiration.  Here's mine
I had a ball making this card, some just come together for you and this was one of those :-)  I used Ted's Xmas Choir available here coloured with Copics.  The background for the image is from a fabulous digi set called Day and Night Skies available here, the rest of the paper is Kaisercraft

The red and gold matting are from my stash, as is the gold snowflake, which started life as a wood snowflake :-) the ribbon and the flatback in the centre of the snowflake came from ebay
I finished the inside to match the front, using a Martha Stewart punch for the snowflake.
I'm entering the following challenges with this card: 

 Paper Crafting Journey Christmas
Moving Along With The Times Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Cute Card Thursday Christmas Catch Up
Sweet Stampin' Last Minute Christmas
Papertake Weekly Last Christmas… card of the year
That Craft Place Christmas
Crafty Calendar Christmas
Colour Me Copic Holiday Themed
Crafts 4 Eternity Christmas Chaos
Gem of a Challenge Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations Free and Easy
Bearly Mine Challenges Anything Goes
Divas by Design Anything Goes

That's it for today... tomorrow my sister is coming up from the country to stay for her birthday (which is on Saturday, which is also her son's birthday... but that's another story, lol)  As she is going home before Christmas I'm in a rush to get her Christmas presents and those for her grandkids (the ones that live about half way between us and her) organized, so she can drop them off on her way home.  I haven't even wrapped her birthday present yet, it's 1.15am so I'm out of here.  I'll be back as soon as I can with some more of my Christmas cards.  Until then Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Joy to the World

Well I've finally found a few minutes to "blog" one of my Christmas cards... it's probably one of my favourites for the year, (though I haven't finished making all I need yet!) so I'm giving it to my Mum and Dad :-)
I made a three-step card, I've seen these around blogland and always fancied making one, it being Christmas and having almost no time to spare seemed to be the right time to try one, lol.  I used this great template and tutorial, it really wasn't that hard :-)
Sketch Saturday wants us to use any of their sketches after # 215, I've used # 240 though ended up adding the corner element to all four corners; I can't help it, I'm a symmetrical kinda gal!  The super sweet image is Berry, a digi from Wee Stamps. I coloured with Prismacolor pencils, adding some gloss to the berries.  The sentiment is a freebie from The Desert Diva, thanks very much :-) I was going to colour the ornament but decided against it. 
The image panel and narrow gold mat was cut using Nestabilities Standard Ovals as a template, the Kraft mat was cut using Nestabilities Floral Ovals, one of my favourite Nesties.  I just find the difference in size between the Standard and Floral Ovals doesn't always suit, so freehanding is the way to go.
The paper is Kaisercraft's Twig and Berry - 1 sheet (it's red one side and green the other!) Delightful Challenges wants us to use Red and Green and Stampin' for the Weekend wants us to Use Some Red, so I'm entering there.  The banner is from my Christmas scraps folder.  I used gold stickers (peel offs) from my stash for the borders and the corners, the leaves are from Mulberry Crafts and the Dewdrop berries are from The Ribbon Girl, I used very fine gold wire from my stash to finish the arrangement. Clear It Out has an Anything Goes theme and we can use any Stash so I'm entering there.
Now, the really significant thing about a three-step card is, wait for it, the three-steps! which of course are on the inside of the card.

I finished them with more of the Twig and Berry paper, gold stickers and a flourish cut with a Memory Box Snowflake Corner die.  The oval on the left came from a Kaisercraft 6" pad and the mat behind the jotting panel was another of the Floral Ovals dies.  The "JOY" letters are wood, coloured with Chalk White ink then embossed with iridescent EP, they (of course) look much nicer IRL!
Pile It On has P is for... for it's challenge, I'm thinking P is for Pencils, Peel Offs, Patterned Paper and Pretty image - I know, bit desperate :-)
I don't usually list the challenges I'm entering but as there are so may Christmas challenges running at the moment I thought you'd forgive me.... so I'm entering all these:

Papertake Weekly Christmas Creatures (NOT Berry, the little furry friend she's holding, lol)
Moving Along With The Times Walking in a Winter Wonderland
My Mums Craft Shop Winter/Christmas
Crafty Hands Season's Greetings/Winter
Jingle Belles Christmas
That Craft Place Christmas
Crafty Calendar Christmas
Deep Ocean Challenge Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Anything Christmas related)
Colour Me Copic Holiday Themed
Sweet Stampin' Last Minute Christmas (I do have some even-more-last-minute cards to enter here too!!)
Crafts 4 Eternity Christmas Chaos (goes without saying, lol)
Cute Card Thursday Christmas Catch Up (I may, catch up that is!)
Cuttlebug Mania Anything Christmas
Corrosive Challenge Anything Goes
Gem of a Challenge Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations Free and Easy
Divas by Design Anything Goes

I hope you like my card, I really do (which doesn't always happen, lol) I've got quite a few more cards to show over the next week or so; mostly Christmas and CAS - some CAS because I thought Clean and Simple was appropriate and some less CAS and more SOT - Short Of Time!!!
We're in the middle of a heatwave here, we failed by 0.9 degrees today to reach a December record of five days in a row over 38C; instead of a record it was just HOT - though not as hot as yesterday at 40.4C It's forecast HOT again tomorrow, but we should have a balmy 29C on Tuesday.  Our hottest month is February, so it looks like it's going to be a long hot summer, sigh.
I'll be back with some cards soon, until then, Happy Crafting Donna

Saturday, December 07, 2013

Non Traditional Colours for Christmas

It's time for a new challenge at Di's Digis Challenge Blog, this time we'd like to see your Christmas cards made using Non Traditional Christmas colours.  I'm a Traditional colours type of gal, I've got to say, but I really enjoyed this challenge and I'm happy with the result - which isn't always the case, lol.
I made another Kraft card so these colours just seemed to be the way to go. This is one of the new Christmas images from Di's Digi Stamps, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it- it's called  "Izzy's Nativity", isn't it sweet?!!  I've coloured with Copics adding some shading and details with Prismacolor pencils, and this is the first card for some time without any glitter or gloss - it just didn't seem appropriate.  I did 'blotchy' shading around the image; I have tried this before and failed miserably, ending up fussy cutting the image, this time it's okay, I'm sure practice makes the master so I'll just have to persevere!  Creative Craft Challenges has a Non Traditional Colours challenge too, so I'm entering there.  The Cutie Pie Challenge theme is Cute Scenes (definitely cute, hopefully counts as a scene!) and Hobbycutz is Make a Scene, so I'm in there too.
I've used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, great sketch - very versatile... AND I'm inside the deadline for once, lol.  I used plain papers embossing the brown with Cuttlebug's Snowflakes folder and the blue with Cuttlebug's Swiss Dots folder. I sanded the embossing then inked it with blue Versamark (on the brown) and a bit of brown Versamark on the blue.  Simon Says Challenge wants us to Make Our Own background paper, so I'm in, and Winter Wonderland and Addicted to Stamps both have Embossing, so in there too.
The wooden angel came from Bunny Zoe's Crafts, I inked the edges with brown Versamark to soften it a bit.  The gold cord is from my stash and the little golden 'stars' came as a freebie with some metallic pearls I bought on ebay - they're really quite sparkly IRL and do add a certain "something" even though they look a little out of place in the pic :-)  The sentiment is from Craftworks Cards, I really will have to get some more of these as, despite having a LOT of senitments both stamps and digis I find myself reaching for these all the time.  Bearly Mine Challenges want us to use a Christmas Sentiment, so I'm in and Pile It On has P is for - I'm stretching it but "P is for Peace on Earth" - okay, I'll understand if it's disallowed :-)  Paper Crafting Journey, Creatalicious ChallengesMy Mums Craft Shop, and Divas by Design all have variations of a Christmas theme so I'm entering those too.
I finished the inside of the card (don't I always!) to match the front. Holly Jolly Christmas ChallengeThrough the Craftroom DoorClear It Out, Papertake Weekly and Stamping Sensations all have Anything Goes challenges, too easy!!
Well that's it for today's card, pop over to the blog and check out the rest of us radical (well Non Traditional for this week, lol) chicks... I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge, there's a great prize on offer and if you use one of Di's images (there's plenty of sweetness over there to choose from) you go in an extra draw, woohoo!
I'll be back soon - as soon as I get time that is - you'd think it was Christmas with how busy we are at the moment, lol. Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna 

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Ho Ho Ho..ere Come The Boys

Well it's that time of the year... the new challenge starting today at Here Come The Boys will take us through the Festive Season, and has everybody's favourite theme Anything Goes.  I made  a Countdown To Christmas calendar, I'm not totally happy with the result but I did enjoy challenging myself - and I now have a set of templates and a better idea of the difficulties involved, lol
I made the "stand" simply by scoring a rectangle of silver board near the bottom, bending that forward to make a ledge for the "days until Christmas" block and along the sides, bending them back to make wings to balance the stand.  I punched the top edge with a punch my Mum and Dad brought back from Malaysia.
The number cubes and the block they stand on are simple boxes made from the silver card, I'll have templates made up on my freebies page soon.  The patterns for the numbers and text are a freebie from See Vanessa Craft. brilliant, thanks :-) I added Stickles to jazz it all up - but I'd rethink that, as it went EVERYWHERE, though that's probably due to my impatience - not a problem if you actually let the stuff dry, lol.  The rest of the paper is from my stash.  

Our sponsor for this challenge is the fabulous Dr Digi, I've used Naughty or Nice - it's my favourite Dr Digi Christmas image... but there are a few close seconds :-)  I coloured the image with Copics, adding some shadows and highlights with Prismacolor pencils - and the obligatory gloss to Santas's eyes and some glitter to the buttons.  Allsorts Challenges wants us to be Inspired by a Christmas Song, "...Santa Claus in Coming To Town", Divas by Design want us to Use Some Red, I'm in and Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge have One for the Boys so I'm in there too. Crafty Calendar has Christmas, Totally Papercrafts has Ho Ho Holidays, Corrosive Challenge has Happy Holidays and Stampin' for the Weekend has Feeling Festive so I'm entering those, while Bearly Mine Challenges2 Sisters ChallengeCute Card Thursday,Colour Me CopicSimon Says Challenge and Through the Craftroom Door all have Anything Goes challenges so entering those too!

Nathan, cheeky little chap
Well that's it for today's project, I'll be back in a few days with a card... or maybe another non-card - depending on how brave I'm feeling, lol.  Hope you get a chance to enter the challenge... it's running for five weeks, so that helps!  Pop over to the blog and check out the rest of the team's inspiration, well worth a visit. 
Now, as promised in my post yesterday, here's some more pics of my gorgeous twinnies; they're eight months old now and crawling - you need to have eyes in the back of your head to watch them both!  They're very aware of each other now too, and know when the other one's getting something or has a toy THEY'D like; Nathan's particular thing is food - he LOVES his solids and taking a few seconds out to shovel some into Emily's mouth is just not on, lol.
They are like chalk and cheese - Nathan is the image of his Dad at that age and Emily the image of her Mum, Nathan is "on" all the time, and Emily is a pretty chilled chick :-)  They've reached their milestones in different order too, Emily could sit really well for weeks before Nathan, he doesn't want to be still and crawled (albeit commando style) for ages before he started sitting.  
Emily, such a sweetie
They've come a long way from the little premmies they started out as, and we are grateful, Emily is still bigger than Nathan, but the percentage is not as high so we hope he'll catch up.
Anyway, until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna.

Sympathy for Sid

Today I have a card that I made for my Aunty Ellen;  Sadly, my Uncle Sid lost his battle to cancer in September, Sympathy cards are always a little difficult - especially for a man - and as my Mum asked me to make one for her as well, I had twice the difficulty.  Anyway this is the card from us
 I relied on the sentiment (which I made on the computer - feel free to grab it here - open it before Saving to make sure you get a better resolution - or from my Freebies page if you like it) to "make" this card, and the lovely paper - which is flocked with silver embossing - from my go to store for specialty paper Starfish Lane.
The sentiment panel was cut using Nestabilities Classic Ovals, as was the brown mat, the silver mat is Nestabilities Floral Ovals.  I used the Lavish Branch die from Memory Box (cut up) for the embellishment, adding some tiny silver pearls from my stash and some faux stitching done in silver pen.  Delightful Challenges have a Favourite Things challenge, I love die cuts, and my Floral Ovals are one of my favourite Nesties sets, and any Memory Box die is a Favourite!
The inside of the card followed the same layout as the front.  All in all a very simple card, always the best for the occasion IMHO.
I thought I'd enter the Aud Sentiments challenge, where you can use any sentiment and Bearly Mine ChallengesThrough the Craftroom DoorSimon Says ChallengeCute Card ThursdayHobbycutz and Cards for Men which all have Anything Goes challenges running.
I'll be back tomorrow with my DT project for Here Come The Boys.... how quickly these fortnights come around - especially at this time of the year!
I thought I'd pop a picture of the twins on, just to lighten the mood - we babysat them the other day, so I took the opportunity to get some photos even though they weren't all scrubbed up after dinner; which my son pointed out as soon as he came to pick them up! I still think they're cute pictures, but then I would, lol  Sassy Cheryl's Show Me Thursday blog loves to see what we've been up to (and gives us nosey peeps the opportunity to see what others have been up to, lol) so I'm sharing my babysitting pic there... trust me there isn't much time to do anything else when you're watching eight month old twins at dinner/bath/bed time :-)

 I'll put some more pics on tomorrow's post,Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saying Thanks at Di's Digis

I'm a little late with today's post - for the new challenge at Di's Digi Designs; the theme is Thanks/Thanksgiving/Harvest.  As we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in Australia I've made a general Thank You card.
I used the super-cute "Hi Have You Dropped This?" image available here, coloured with Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils.
The sketch is from Sketch and Stash, it's a great sketch - I ended up using it a few times - so versatile.
The papers are Kaisercraft's Madame Boutique, lots of lovely foil - that doesn't show in the pics, of course!!  I matted onto gold foil card and added a Memory Box Corner Bow die cut using the same, Totally Papercrafts has Add a Bow and Addicted to Stamps has Punches and Dies for their challenges so I'm entering there.
The flower is a Joy Craft Daisy die with a gemstone brad centre - the surround was silver... until I coloured it with a YR07 Copic :-) The little sprays of blue pearls were sprays of white pearls, until I coloured THEM with a Blue Copic.
The sentiment is from Craftworks Cards, mounted on a hand cut gold foil mat, everthing is on it's own layer, and of course it looks much nicer IRL.  Aud Sentiments has Any Sentiment so I'm in!
The inside of the card is finished more or less to the same sketch, with more or less the same everything else, lol.
The bow on the inside was cut with the gold surface up and has resulted in a really smooth metallic look, to get the one on the front to face the "right" way I cut it with the white backing facing up, the gold on this one is sort of wrinkled as a result and actually looks kinda cool :-)
Digi Makeover2 Sisters ChallengeCreative Belli,
Crazy 4 Challenges all have challenges along the "Thanks" line so I'm entering them and Oozak has Anything Goes with Thanks while Through the Craftroom DoorWhimsy Inspirations Challenge and Colour Me Copic have Anything Goes challenges so I'm in there too.
Well that's it for today, it's past 2am here and definitely time for bed!!  I hope you get a chance to share a project in our new challenge, head on over and check out the rest of the team's inspiration.  The sponsor this time around is the Cutting CafĂ© and as always if you use one of Di's images you go into an extra draw, Woo Hoo!!
I'll be back in a day or so - I really have to sort out some of the posts from my Draft folder!
Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Getting Sentimental at Here Come The Boys

As the title suggests, we're getting Sentimental over at the Here Come The Boys Challenge... well not really "sentimental", but the challenge this time is to use Sentiments Only; that's right NO IMAGES aaahhhhh!  I thought it was a challenge too far, as I love to colour my images :-) but once I started I actually thought of a few ideas where a sentiment alone is  perfect - especially for a masculine card, which obviously we're all about at Here Come The BOYS!!
Of course the first trick is to find a great sentiment... this gorgeous one came from Create With TLC, as do so many of my favourite sentiments.  This is from the Awesomeness Word Art collection and you can get yours here.  That Craft Place are having a Sentiment challenge too, so I'm entering there.
This is a smaller than usual (for me) card, it's A6, or 6" x 4"and it's Kraft.  
I printed the sentiment BIG (I love digis, scaling is one of their many features!) then used a Sakura glaze pen (that I've had in my stash for YEARS and never found a use for) to go over some of the words to give them emphasis.  It's hard to photograph, but looks really effective in real life - it looks embossed, but was really easy to do, I wasn't particularly careful either, lol.
I distressed the edges with various coloured ink to match the background paper, which is from Die Cuts With a View's Far East mat stack (I don't know if it's still available, I've had that years too!)  Stampin' for the Weekend and 
My Mums Craft Shop have Autumn Colours challenges so I'm entering those.  
I matted it on to some pearl/metallic green cardstock from my stash then added the eyelets to give it a sort of Poster look.  I used my had-to-have Cropadile (eyelet setter), for only the second time ever! I was going for a vintage/shabby chic feel, to suit the style of the sentiment, but when I really look at it the sentiment is more Art Deco, oh well, I'm still going to enter the Vintage challenges at Charisma CardzThe Crazy Challenge and Bunny Zoes Crafts.  This card is pretty much devoid of embellishments, I don't know if it fits the Totally Papercrafts CAS challenge, I'll enter but will understand if it's deemed inappropriate :-)
The ribbon is from my stash as well, I love it for "manly" cards :-) 
I used the same layout on the inside of the card, I didn't have another sheet of the paper I'd used on the front so I inked up another sheet from the pad to tone it down, the jotting panel was a scrap of heavily textured paper I found in my White Scraps folder... I have no idea where it's from, which is a shame as I love it - especially for vintage/shabby chic cards. Through the Craftroom Door and Fab'n'funky Challenges have Anything  Goes challenges running, so I'm entering there.
That's it for today's card, pop over to the Here Come The Boys blog and see what a Sentimental lot we are, lol.  I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge, it's really not as hard as you think, and it does eliminate that age old problem of finding a suitable image for a masculine card!!
I just thought I'd give a quick update on my son Matt; he is back at work, he has a slight limp and still has a dull ache in his (missing!) toes... this could apparently go on for up to a year, as can the swelling that plagues him after a long day on his feet.  All in all though, he is in a much better place than he was a few months ago, he has decided that prosthetic toes (at $16,000 none of which is covered by his health insurance) are not on the agenda - if we win Lotto that may change, lol.  The babies are growing fast, it keeps his mind focused elsewhere than his foot, so that's a good thing; Nathan has cut two teeth this week, is crawling everywhere in a commando style, Emily hasn't quite mastered that - but she can get herself from laying to sitting which she does to watch Nathan get himself into all sorts of strife, lol. I'll post a couple of pics next time :-)
I'll be back in a few days, until then Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Father's Day... Finally!

First of all I'd like to say a quick hello to my new Followers and my old, no wait a minute, that doesn't sound right... my Loyal Followers, that's better!  I finally got around to dragging one of my cards out of my "ready to blog" folder and actually BLOGGING it, lol.  I've got another ten at least sitting there twiddling their, whatever they twiddle!!  For today, it's the card I made for my Dad for Father's Day (which was the first week in September, where did that time go??!!)
I made an easel card... I love easel cards and so does my dad ("Right clever that is... ", he's Welsh - well Australian now, but if you're born Welsh... you can take a boy out of the valleys but you can't... and so on, lol)  The Paper Shelter has For Someone Special for their challenge, Dad is, I'm in :-) Cuttin' and Stampin' has Anything Goes with a Family Twist so I'm in there too.
The cute image is from Di's Digi Downloads, this is Henry's Hazy Days, I used it as a tongue in cheek reference to the fact that my Dad, despite being 84 and long since retired is just about NEVER "allowed" to kick back like this - courtesy of my 83 year old hyper active Mother :-)  She is convinced that it's what keeps him going - constant activity mainly in the garden (they have a large garden and only got a lawn mowing contractor this year when Dad couldn't start the petrol mower any more, he tried an electric mower, hated it, tried another smaller petrol mower, couldn't start that - gave in!!  Two grandsons each now have a shiny near new mower of their very own, lol. 
I coloured the image with Prismacolor pencils, it gives such a lovely soft finish.  The papers are from Kaisercraft's Save the Date pad, the brown and blue matting are American Crafts.  As You Like It has What's your favourite; Spots or Stripes, I love both, but tend to use stripes more on men's cards, don't ask me why!
I used some of the cazillion gold border stickers (peel offs) I have in my stash for around the image and sentiment panels, as well as on the edge of the brown strip punched with a punch my Mum and Dad brought back from their last trip to Malaysia (they go at least once a year, stay at the same hotel as they have since 1989 - they are great friends of the staff there, attending one wedding and at least one christening over the years, I think it's cute!) 
The blue stitched ribbon is from my stash, as is the Covent Garden Card Candi and the tiny gold flat back pearls. Digi Makeover has Stitching for their challenge so I'm entering there.
The sentiment is/was a freebie from Create with TLC - I added "It's Father's Day".  I used Nestabilities Large Scalloped Squares to cut the mats for the image and sentiment (there's one "inside" for the jotting panel too, but I can't find a photo of the inside) Crafty Creations and Addicted to Stamps both have Punches and Dies challenges so I'm entering them, Pile It On has Show Us Your Tools, apart from my paper trimmer, corner punch (used here on the image and sentiment panel) and ATG (I LOOOOOOVVVVE this tool, I don't know how I applied glue before I had it!) the tool I use on almost every card is my Cuttlebug - so that's me showing my tools :-)
Anyway, sorry this was a bit of a ramble, and not just showing my card.  I have a DT card to show on Sunday, so I'll be back then - and I'll try to be succinct.... stop laughing I CAN do short posts, really, I CAN... well I can TRY :-)  Until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Get Girly

I'm here today with my DT card for Di's Digs Challenge, this time around we want to see your "Girly Creations". 
The oh-so-cute image I've used is Teddy Love, available here, the stool is from Little Miss Muffet Stamps - I love how you can merge digis so easily to make whole new scenes.  Divas by Design want us to Use a Digi - I've used two, I'm in!  I've coloured mainly with Prismacolor pencils, which I don't do very often because it takes me a bit longer than with Copics... I don't spend as much time "tidying up" the edges with pencil  though, and I do love the soft effect it gives.
I've followed the sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday this time, I like a nice sketch :-)  The papers are from Kaisercraft's Sweet Nothings pad, the image matting is actually plum pink embossed card distressed with brown ink - the card base and rest of the matting is Kraft, also distressed to soften the look. Crazy 4 Challenges wants us to Frame It - I hope this is "framed" enough. 
I aged the lace, which is from my stash, with the ink and added some string pearls I've had in my stash for ages.  
The swirl of gold flatback 'pearls' (from Bunny Zoe Crafts) took me ages; I'm sure there's a more efficient way to add them than how I did it, lol.  There are four layers separated by foam dots on this card, getting those tiny pearls to sit on the edge of one layer was a trick I can tell ya! Moving Along With The Times wants to see Pearly, Swirly & Girly - tick, tick, tick, I'm in,  Aud Sentiments has Feminine, I'm in there too and Digi Makeover hasLots of Layers so in there too.
I made the pin up using beads from my stash.  Actually the coloured beads (which are so lovely and iridescent IRL) are from a necklace my Mum brought back from Malaysia; she knew I wouldn't get much use out of it as a necklace but MAN there were a lot of beads on it :-)) A Little Bit Crafty wants to see Sparkle and Shine so I'm entering there and Delightful Challenges has All That Glitters, so in there as well.
The flourish is Memory Box's Corner Bow Die cut in pieces - I forgot to distress it first, but it still looks okay I think.   I made the sentiment on the computer, as usual you'll find it on my Freebies page if you're interested - I did get the idea from one of TLC's fabulous freebies, but wanted to use a more "girly" font, so thanks anyway Paulette :-)
The inside of the card was finished to compliment the front, more or less following the same layout, papers and embellies.
That's about it for today, pop over to the Di's Digis Challenge blog and check out the awesome makes by the rest of the DT.  I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too - there's a great prize from Digi Darla (and an extra draw if you use one of Di's fab digis), such an easy challenge...what are you waiting for? lol 
I really will have to get some of the cards I've made out of my Drafts folder and on to my blog - it seems to get harder to find the time than ever!
I'll be back - hopefully in a few days; until then, Happy Crafting, Donna

Monday, November 04, 2013

Off Yer Rocker!

The new challenge starting today over at Here Come The Boys is going to set you Off Yer Rocker... or maybe not; we just want to see some Rocker Cards.  I'd never made one before, but as you can see, once I started I was on a Roll (see what I did there? roll... rock and roll d'ya get it? do ya??) sorry, bit carried away!)  and made two
The idea for the first one just popped into my head... I thought the cute baby image from Pink Gem was perfect for a rocking cradle... well it was once I cut the wheels off the pram, lol.  Hobbycutz has Inspired by a Song as their challenge theme, how about Rock a Bye Baby?
I made a semicircle (well technically I made a circle, then folded it in half, lol) then drew the rockers and struts onto the bottom edge; I stuck the body of the cradle on (with the top half protruding above the fold) then cut the unwanted part of the bottom edge away... I actually had to "offset" the cradle as it had more weight toward the back and didn't sit level, easily solved though. Sweet Stampin' wants to see Shaped Cards, I'm in, and Crafty Creations want you to Make It Yourself, so I'm in there too.
I coloured the image with Prismacolor pencils as I didn't want the colouring to show through... then I ended up covering the entire back of the card in patterned paper anyway, duh!  No patterned paper on the front though so I'm entering Moving Along With The Times No Designer Paper challenge.  I'm entering Paper Creator Crafts Pink or Blue challenge too - blue of course, not pink :-) The Crazy Challenge has B is for... in this case B is for Baby Boy and Blue.  Colour Me Copic has Dudes, Guy, Masculine for their theme so I'm in there too. The ric rac is from my stash as are the little metallic rhinestones in the centre of the stars.
My second card is another addition to my stash for Christmas.  I thought the Bugaboo image Christmas Brat Boy Elf would look good sitting on a little rocking ledge - another thing I love about digis... I printed him up pretty big so he was easy to cut around :-) I coloured with Copics and covered the back with red paper so the card looks okay from both sides.  I made the ledge stand out from the front of the card and made a gusset for him to sit on (so you can't see down between the elf and the card) it looks really effective IRL but was hard to photograph.  
The papers are scraps from a Kaisercraft pad, I don't know which one(s?) as they were in my Christmas scraps folder.  Digi Makeover want you to Use Your Scraps so I'm entering there.  Gem of a ChallengeAllsorts Challenges, Stamping SensationsCrafty Calendar and Great Impressions all have Christmas challenges so I'm entering them all :-)  The sentiment is from an ancient pad of el cheapo stickers in my stash... I mounted it on some gold foil card - it improved it a bit, Aud Sentiments wants to see a Christmas Sentiment, I'm in. I added some rhinestones to some of the little ornaments and some gold border stickers around the edge of the green and that was it. 
My Rocking Card doing what it should... Rocking!!
Through the Craftroom DoorSimon Says ChallengePaper Crafting Journey and Catch The Bug all have Anything Goes challenges so I'm entering them.
That's it for today, pop over to the Here Come The Boys Blog and check out the rest of the team's inspiration.... it really ROCKS!!  I did it again, rofl!! 
I hope you get a chance to join in the challenge, it really is EASY to make a rocker card.  There's a great prize this time around - from the fabulous Bugaboo :-)
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna

Sunday, October 27, 2013


It's that time again at Di's Digis Challenge, and the theme this fortnight is Halloween...a very popular one right now :-)
I've used Di's super cute image  "Li'l Witches Brew", coloured with Copics (with some added highlights and shading with Prismacolor pencils) and heaps of glitter... there's glitter on the brew, bubbles flask (which has gloss on it too, for good measure, lol) the stars on the witches hat and shoes.  
The orange matting is super glittery too... all in all this thing not only glows in the dark (well, not literally, but it's pretty bright!) but twinkles a LOT!
The only embellishment is (are?) the stars on the corner of the image, they're MFT Stacking Stars, I've had them ages but have never thought to stack them (duh!) looks okay :-)  
The oh-so-fun paper is from a freebie Halloween pack by Shery K Designs, love it!
I used the same layout for the inside of the card, with more of the MFT stars... the negatives of the others really.  I printed the jotting panel as part of the designer paper; I added a text box in Word and formatted it with a purple border and inner shadow, it looks quite effective IRL, and means I didn't use more ink than necessary - I love digis!
I've listed all the challenges I'm entering this time, as they are all either Halloween (I told you it was a popular  theme!) or Anything Goes.
Pop over to Di's Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the team's not-so-spooky creations, I hope you get a chance to enter the challenge too... we're being sponsored by There She Goes Stamps with a fantastic $10 voucher - and as always if you use one of Di's stamps (and why wouldn't you, so cute!) you're in an extra draw for 2 images of your choice.
That list of challenges is:
Clear It Out Theme: Halloween Stash: Something Orange (that glittery paper, I didn't think I'd ever use it, lol)
Inky Impressions Halloween or Black and Orange
Kaboodle Doodles Halloween Colours
2 Sisters Challenge Cute and Spooky (TICK, tick)
Cute Card Thursday Spooktacular
Card Makin Mamas Trick or Treat
Stampin' for the Weekend Something Spooky
Divas by Design Halloween
Pile It On Halloween
Crafty Calendar Halloween
Creative Belli Halloween
Totally Gorjuss Halloween
Crafts 4 Eternity Happy Halloween
Crafty Little Fairies Anything Goes
Paper Crafting Journey Anything Goes

In closing, I'd just like to tell my fellow Aussies that are affected by the bushfires (in NSW in particular) that I'm thinking of them.  A friend lost her home in the Black Saturday fires in Victoria in 2009 and I know how stressful it was when we lived in the hills here, dreading every summer but not wanting to leave the lovely environs; I couldn't take it in the end and moved closer to the coast only to have our house under threat the very first summer from a grass fire in Whiteman Park (a huge bush reserve) over our back fence!!
Until next time, Happy Crafting, Donna