Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Lest we forget

I have a card to share today for our ANZAC Day to commemorate the fall of Australian and New Zealand soldiers during the war. This was made at our recent craft retreat with a borrowed Penny Black stamp which I absolutely  love! The card was coloured with Copic markers and a white gel pen. The background was masked on two sides and the distress ink was brushed on with a Clarity brush (again borrowed at the retreat). I'm adding this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Showers and/or Flowers. Lest we forget.

Stamps - Penny Black Poppy Time, MFT Deepest Sympathy
Inks - Copic Markers, Distress Ink Broken China

Saturday, 22 April 2017

More Flowers!

I'm very excited to ink up my latest purchase from Hero Arts! The watercolour panel was inked and masked with the Dahlia stamp and water coloured with Zig markers. Love the effect! I'm adding this to the current Fusion Card Challenge, CAS(E) This Sketch, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Showers or Flowers challenge and A Blog Named Hero's Anything Goes challenge.

Stamps - Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia and Many Everyday Sentiments
Inks - Versafine, Zig Clean Colour Markers, Versamark and Hero Arts white EP

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Spotted Butterfly

I made this card by stamping a spotted background stamp with various coloured inks and then die cutting the butterfly. The frame background was made with a scallop frame die and the inside square was embossed to add a bit of textured interest. I'm adding this card to the current A Blog Named Hero's Anything Goes challenge. Thanks for dropping by!

Stamp: Hero Arts Sentiment
Inks: Ranger 
Dies: MFT Stitched Square Scallop Edged Frame Dies, Hero Arts Antique Butterfly
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz

Monday, 17 April 2017


I had such a busy Easter weekend that I only managed to make one card to blog!! I recently found a stash of original wood block stamps that I purchased when I started stamping over 20 years ago! There was a local stamp shop that stocked a lot of PSX stamps and a lot of my stamps were purchased from this shop. I was inspired by the bunch of tulips as I had a some pink tulips for our Easter Sunday dinner. When I purchased them from the florist, the sales lady gave told me to put a silver coin in the vase to prevent them from flopping. In all the years I have bought tulips, I have never heard this before and all my tulips usually flopped after a day or two. I've got a photo below of our table set up the day after I bought the tulips. All upright!! As I blog this on Monday night, they are still upright!! The card below shows what will happen if you don't add a coin to the vase!! I've based the design of the card on the current CAS(E) this sketch challenge and I'm linking it up to the current Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Tulips.  Hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! Thanks for dropping by!!

Stamps - PSX (discontinued) and Hero Arts Sentiment
Die - Lil Inkers Stitched Rectangles
Paper - Archers Watercolour paper, vellum
Inks - Zig Clean Colour Brush markers, Versamark, Hero Arts White EP

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Happy Eggstra Special Day!

Just like to wish everyone a very Eggstra Special Day!! I'm adding the second card to the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Spring Colour Inspiration.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Easter
Die: MFT Stitched square scallop edge frames
Inks: Momento Tuxedo Black and Copic Markers

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Friday, 14 April 2017

Easter Box Cards

During a recent Craft Retreat, one of the ladies brought along a Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Die set. Needless to say, we all had fun making at least one box card each! Here are two cards I made with the dies. I'm adding the first one to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge -  Spring Colour Inspiration. Happy Easter and thank you for dropping by!

Die - Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box, Eggstra Special Easter and Meadow Borders
Stamps - Lawn Fawn Eggstra Special Ester
Paper - MFT

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Happy 50th Birthday in Paris

I have another shaker card to share which I made at our Craft Retreat last month. The background was inked with Distress Oxides with some Perfect Pearls mist and white paint splashed on top. The glimmer on the background is better in real life. The rest of the card was constructed with dies from MFT and Simon Says Stamp. I added the '50' when I got back as I wanted to use it for a 50th birthday card. The full list of materials used are listed below. I'm adding this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Happy Birthday Challenge. Thank you for dropping by!

Dies: MFT Paris Skyline and Numbers, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle Die
Card: Kaisercraft Glitter card
Inks: Distress Oxides Broken China and Vintage Photo, Perfect Pearls Mist, White paint
Sequins: Assorted sources

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Two Challenges

I'm back with a quick card I made today. It's been a busy weekend and I had no time to make anything until everything (household stuff) was done on Sunday night. I wanted to use this stampset for a wedding card and combined two challenges at the same time:- Fusion Card Easter Challenge and Winne and Walter Rerun - Big Bold and Extras challenge. Here is a combination of the two!

Materials used:
Stamps - Winnie and Walter and Hero Arts
Paper - Kaisercraft High Tea
Inks - Versafine, Momento and Copic Markers

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Orchids for Mother's Day

Thank you to all the lovely comments received on the A Blog Named Hero 10th Anniversary Blog Hop last week! The winners of the Blog Hop were announced here. There sure were quite a few inspirational posts from some remarkable ladies! I'm back with another one of my cards made during a recent Craft Retreat. This one is for Mother's Day and I've used my Mother's favourite flower in this card combined with my MIL's favourite colours. Yes, I made two of them at the same time!
Please join in the fun challenge over at A Blog Named Hero - Anything Goes challenge. Thanks for dropping by!

This post is for A Blog Named Hero's Facebook Fan Page.

Stamp - Hero Arts Layering Orchid and Sentiment
Die - MFT Dienamics Rectangle Stitched Scallop Edge Frame
Inks - HA Ombre ink and Altenew

Monday, 3 April 2017

April Inspiration

I've been dying to ink up my latest Altenew hoard! When I saw the April Inspiration challenge, I wanted to use the Adore You flowers. I combined some Copic colouring with traditional stamping in this card and it is loosely based on this week's CAS(E) this Sketch and I'm also adding this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes. Here is my card and thank you for dropping by!

Stamps - Altenew Adore You and Label Love
Inks - SSS Maliblue, Memento Paris Dusk and Copic markers
Dies - MFT Stitched rectangle scallop frame

Saturday, 1 April 2017

A 21st Birthday Album for Lauren

I have another 21st album to share from a client order all the way from the United Kingdom. I received the order just before going on the craft retreat a few weeks ago and I was able to work on the album at the retreat. I made this album vintage style in keeping with the album she saw on my blog. The album is quite easy to make with two pieces of cardstock joined to make a concertina album. The pages within the album are all 6.5x6.5 patterned paper from Kaisercraft. All my patterned paper pads at home are all missing pages with not many patterns on them!! I painted the numbers with Kaisercraft paint and heat embossed the Hero Arts Leafy Vines background stamp in gold. The edges are sponged with gold paint - all the materials I used are listed below.
I'm adding this to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Things with Wings and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes. Thanks for dropping by!

Papers - Kaisercraft Curiosity
Paint - Kaisercraft, Viva Decor Gold paint
Stamps - Hero Arts Leafy Vines, Antique Flower, Antique Butterflies, Penny Black Soft Wings, Altenew Beautiful Day
Dies - MFT Butterfly
Washi Tapes from MT and Kaisercraft
Brass key from Tim Holtz Ideology collection
Wooden Letters from Kaisercraft
Inks - Ranger Archival Coffee, Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Versamark
EP - Hero Arts Gold EP

Sunday, 26 March 2017

A Blog Named Hero 5th Anniversary Blog Hop

I was stoked to be invited to be part of the A Blog Named Hero's 5th Anniversary Blog Hop. I am a current Facebook Design Team member for A Blog Named Hero.  This card was made at a recent Craft Retreat using the Hero Arts Layering Flamingo stampset. After inking the images, I masked a line and used distress inks to create the background. To get the soft effect, I used Clarity brushes to add the inks. I love the smooth and soft effect! Thanks for dropping by! There are heaps of prizes if you comment on this blog hop. The next one on the list is Tenia Nelson. The entire blog hop list can be found here.

A Blog Named Hero is so thankful for our wonderful sponsors and collaborating companies!  Several companies decided to help us celebrate our fifth anniversary with giveaways and they were so generous that we decided to spread the love over both hop days with different prizes to be won each day!  Giveaway prizes total more than $500!  To win, leave a comment on each hop stop.  We will select winners randomly from different blogs so the more blogs you visit each day, the greater your chances of winning!  And be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero on Sunday for the list of Sunday hoppers and prizes!  Comments must be left before 11:59 PM EDT on Tuesday, March 28th and winners will be announced on March 30th.

Today's prizes include the following: 
Good luck and happy hopping!!

Stamp - Hero Arts Layering Flamingo
Die - Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle
Inks - Hero Arts Soft Blossom, Bubble Gum, Pale Tomato and Ombre green, Distress Inks Broken China and Mowed Lawn, Wink of Stella

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Happy 50th Birthday

I'm back with another card I made at a recent Craft Retreat for a 50th birthday. I wanted to try the calligraphy stamps from Concord and 9th. It's so nice to personalise a card with a name, especially in calligraphy fonts! The 50 was cut with a Brother Scan n Cut. I'm not sure if I can justify buying one for personal use, but it was fun using it. The background was done with masked stamping using the Altenew Beautiful Day stamps. I'm adding this card to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use more than one die.

Thanks for dropping by!

Dies - MFT Stitched Rectangles STAX, Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles
Cardstock - Kaisercraft glitter card
Stamps -Altenew Persian Motifs and Beautiful Day, Concord and 9th Sophisticated Script
Inks - Distress Ink Picked Raspberry, Ranger Pink Gumball

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Paris Rain

I made this card at a recent Craft Retreat using borrowed dies. I tried using Distress Oxide Inks for the first time. I blended the background with Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick. I then splashed with some Perfect Pearls Mist for the spotty background. I decided to make a shaker card as I was learning how to make one at the retreat. So this is only my second attempt at making a shaker card! When I saw this die, I was estatic and was keen to make a card as I went to Paris for the first time with my sister two years ago. Seeing the famous landmarks on this die made me very happy! I've added some photos below that I took of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. I'm adding this card to the current Fusion Card Challenge - Paris Rain Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Layer it up and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Use more than one die. Thanks for dropping by!

Dies - Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangle, MFT  Paris Skyline
Inks - Distress Oxide Inks, Perfect Pearls Mist
Sequins are from my stash

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

MFT Card Challenges

Hi! I'm back with a combination of two challenges for MFT - the Sketch and Color Challenge. I just love the MFT butterflies! Thanks for dropping by!

Dies: MFT Blueprints 13
Stamps: MFT Beautiful Butterflies and Whimsical Greetings
Stencil: MFT LJD Wildflowers
Inks: Distress Ink Shaded Lilac, Lawn Fawn Merman, MFT Periwinkle, Hero Arts Navy, Ranger Pink Gumball, Wild Orchid, Grape Soda and Caribbean Coast

Friday, 17 March 2017

ABNH Bling it up

I was enabled at the Craft Retreat on the weekend to make a shaker card, thanks to Jenny Dix! I made this with Pretty Posh Pink sequins given to us from PPP via Joy Taylor. I'm adding this card to the current A Blog Named Hero's Bling It Up challenge. Thanks for dropping by!

Die - Simon Says Stamp Flowing Vine Collage, Hero Arts Happy Stamp n Cut
Stamp - HA Happy Stamp and Cut
Ink - Versamark, Ranger Liquid Platinum
Sequins - Pretty Posh Pink

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Altenew March Inspiration Challenge

Another card made at the weekend Craft Retreat. I was able to try the Altenew Wild Hibiscus stamp set along with the new Tim Holtz Oxide Distress inks to make this card for the current March Inspiration challenge. I'm also linking this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - For a Special Lady.

Stamps - Altenew Wild Hibiscus and Label Loave
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Oxides - Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick

Monday, 13 March 2017

MFTSketch Challenge MFTWSC323

I'm back with a card for the current MFT Sketch Challenge. I made this at our Craft Retreat on the weekend using MFT stamps and dies supplied by Joy Taylor. I was like a little kid in a lolly shop!! I love these new butterflies stamps from MFT, so I had to incorporate them into the design! I'm also adding this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a special Lady. Thanks for dropping by!

Dies - MFT Blueprints 13, Stitched Rectangle STAX
Stamps - Impression Obsession, MFT Beautiful Butterflies and Whimsical Greetings
Inks - Altenew

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Bright Craft Retreat

I just came back from a Craft Retreat in Bright with some fellow bloggers. We had a wonderful 4 and a half days of crafting. I've lost my mojo for a while now and it was good to be 'enabled' by these ladies. I learnt how to make shaker cards (completed 4 shaker cards at the retreat), made two boxed cards and had lessons in Copic colouring! Lots of fun and serious crafting with these ladies! Here is one of the cards I made at the retreat for the current Fusion Card Challenge, using the sketch. I'm also adding this to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - For a Special Lady. Thanks for dropping by. I have more cards to blog over the next few weeks!!

Kaisercraft Curiosity 6.5 pad 
Stamps - Altenew Persian Motifs, MFT Connected alphabet
Dies - MFT Stitched Rectangles

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