Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone the very best for


CASology - Party
CAS-ual Fridays - Happy New Year
ColourQ - #222
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Something New
Red Carpet Studio - #60 New Years Eve

Neenah Solar White, MT Tapes, MFT DieNamics Numbers Dies, Hero Arts CL497, Ranger Archival Jet Black

Monday, 30 December 2013

The Best of 2013

This year has flown by so quickly! I made over 180 cards and five 21st albums this year! I was also very lucky to have 6 cards published this year in American magazines. I aim to try for Australian publications next year! Here are my top ten twelve cards for the year, enjoy!

Two more non-card projects:

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas!

 I made a couple cards yesterday when I was baking my pavlova! The last two Christmas cards are for my family. We usually celebrate together on Christmas Eve. My brother arrived from Oman yesterday morning, he was as sick as a dog and ended up in bed all night! Oh well, more food for the rest of us! I'm adding this card to Retro Sketch #95, Basic Grey Challenge #110 - Anything Goes and Paper Crafts December Gallery - Holidays! Wishing all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas and May we make more cards in 2014!! I've got some photos to share from our Christmas celebrations too!

Lots of presents under our Christmas tree!

My pavlova for Christmas eve!

Chocolate fudge puddings

My desserts on Christmas day - Chocolate fudge puddings, Watermelon ice and salad.

Ingredients for the Card!
Neenah Solar White, Basic Grey 25th and Pine, Hero Arts CL634, Versamark, White EP, Hemp from Hemtique, Lil Inkers Stitched Squares and Circles Dies.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christmas Eve

Presents are all wrapped and under the tree! The house is a mess, I've got a pavlova to make and a seafood platter to assemble for my family dinner at my sister's house tonight. My brother has just arrived this morning from Oman and he is on the way to my Mum's. Here is a layout (I don't do many scrapbook projects as I'm not very good at them) that I made from a photo taken last Christmas of our cat Tiger.  Come back tomorrow and I will show some photos of what I'm making today!

Kaisercraft St Nicholas 12x12, Porcelain Rose Stamp and washi tape, Ranger Archival Coffee and Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs.

Monday, 23 December 2013

2 Days Til Christmas...

… and I'm still wrapping the last few presents.. and making a couple of last minute cards. I got this Christmas tree die from the Australian Simply Cards magazine and have not had a chance to use it. I saw a video on Jennifer Mcguire's blog about getting a faux letter press effect on water colour paper. I decided to try it and it was so easy, I decided to make two cards while I had everything out. By the way, when I see an interesting technique blog post or video, I add it to my Tutorial Links page, I find these handy when I want to try out a different technique. The colours I have used are for the current ColourQ challenge #220. I'm also adding this to Basic Grey Challenge 110 - Anything Goes.

Neenah Desert Storm, Water colour paper, Christmas tree die, Lil Inkers Stitched Squares, Tim Holtz distress markers, water brush, Basic Grey 25th and Pine, wash tape from Typo, twine from The Twinery and Kaisercraft rhinestones

Sunday, 22 December 2013

3 Days Til Christmas

It's present wrapping time! I've been merrily wrapping away and realised that I did not have enough gift tags for all the presents, I was actually 16 tags short! So off on a tangent and I spent last night doing tags. I decided to personalise them by adding the recipient's initial on the front (this makes it easy for me too to pick out their presents from under our tree). Here are my cards made with Paper Smooches Merry Motifs and MT Tape. I'm adding this to:
Paper Smooches Sparks - Anything Goes
Paper Crafts December challenge - The Holidays

Neenah Solar White, Paper Smooches Merry Motifs, Delicata Gold ink, MT Tape, Paper Smooches Die, MFT DieNamics Tall Alphabet Dies, Kaisercraft rhinestones, Baubles from Typo, tinsel from Morgan & Finch, wrapping paper from Wrapco.com.au and twine from The Twinery.

Saturday, 21 December 2013

4 Days Til Christmas

It was nice to finish up at work yesterday with a work staff Christmas function. We had drinks and pizza at a restaurant near work and it was well attended. Well, I don't know what happened today, but I feel very tired and there is just so much for me to do and I can't get started on anything. So, I turned to my Craft Room and started making some cards. This one uses a stamp set I bought at the end of Christmas last year and it has not been used. I gold embossed the image and then masked off a triangle to ink the tree in. Quick last minute cards are just what we need right now!

Neenah Desert Storm, Hero Arts CG397 Joyful Christmas Season, Versamark, Gold EP, Distress Inks Evergreen Bough and Bundled Sage, Kaisercraft pearls and rhinestones.

Friday, 20 December 2013

5 Days Til Christmas

…. and a baby was born… This card is for a work friend who delivered a baby boy yesterday! Congratulations Anu!
I'm adding this to Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge - Anything Goes and Basicgrey Challenge 110 - Anything Goes.

Neenah cardstock, Basic Grey 25th and Pine, MFT DieNamics Alphabets, Paper Smooches Motifs, Hero Arts Just Saying, Copics, BG enamel dot and twine from The Twinery.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

6 Days Til Christmas!

The night before, I stayed up late to finish off 40 place cards for a work Christmas function and presents for work friends. It was worth it, as I got them all done and they were all given out yesterday. I like to share the little bags of chocolates I made up. As I work in the laboratory, I got a test tube of jelly beans from Happy Lab for each bag. I thought it was most appropriate! I also made reindeer tag cards for the bags. Thanks for dropping by!

Neenah Desert Storm, PTI Tag die, Hero Arts Holiday Cheer, Ranger Archival Jet Black, Kaisercraft rhinestones, twine from Kikki K, tinsel and baubles.

7 Days Til Christmas

I'm feeling a little more organised now, due to two late nights to get everything done! I finished off 40 place cards for a Christmas work function with a nautical theme last night as well us finished off all the Christmas wrappings and cards for workmates. They all got handmade cards or tags! What an effort to get them all done! Here is a card I made a while ago, this is already on its way with Australia Post to one of my friends! Thanks for dropping by! I still have more Christmas wrapping to finish off by the weekend, maybe I will relax for a couple of days before Christmas! I've got Monday and Tuesday off!

Neenah Natural white and red card stock, Kaisercraft December 25th 6x6 patterned paper, bauble and rhinestones.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

8 Days Til Christmas

Whenever I still a trigger photo or a sketch, I usually have an idea of how I want to do it. Sometimes, by the time I get to making the card, I go off on a different tangent…. This is what happened to this card. My original idea of using Perfect Pearls for snowflakes… it didn't turned out too great… so then I tried embossing with silver on brown… not too nice either! At the end, I ended up making two cards… which one is the nicer one, let me know!

Case Study Challenge -  #170 Cath from Moxie Fab World 
Retro Sketch Challenge - #94
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp out 2013
CAS-ual Fridays Challenge - Let it Snow

Neenah Solar White, Metallic card stock, Spellbinders Heirloom Ornament, Hero Arts Embossing Folder, Versamark, Silver EP, MFT DieNamics Let it Snowflake dies, Simon Says Stamp Snowflake die, AC Jewel brad, ribbon, MT Tape, stickles and sequins.

Monday, 16 December 2013

9 Days Til Christmas

Yay, all my Christmas shopping is done, but only some wrapped (the ones that are going out this week). The trees in our street have all been 'bowed'. Every year, two sections of our street are decorated with red bows on every tree. My neighbour down the road started this tradition a few years ago and he does his side of the street and I do our side. So when you drive down our street, two sections are lined with red bows! I managed to make a whole stack of cards last night, they are quick and easy to make. I decided to use the Simon Says Stamp Holiday kit and used the lovely patterned cards from the kit. Here are some of the cards I made. A clever use of the die cuts meant that I had two cards for every piece of patterned paper! I love the Lil Inkers stitched squares and circles! I'm adding this to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Stamp out 2013.

Neenah Solar White card, Simon Says Stamp Elegant Holiday Card Kit, Lil Inkers Stitched Squares and Stitched Circles Dies,Hero Arts Holiday Cheer Dies,  MT Tape and star rhinestones.

Sunday, 15 December 2013

10 Days Til Christmas

I don't believe it, we are nearly there! Half my Christmas shopping is done, and wrapped, Christmas tree is up. All my Christmas cards have been sent! Now time to get on to some Christmas baking this week! Here is  a relatively quick card made with Washi tape and very little stamping. It was fun to put together!
I'm submitting this card for the following challenges:
Fusion December card challenge
Paper Smooches Sparks Picture Perfect Challenge
CAS-ology Week 74 - Snowflake
Simon Says Stamp Moday Challenge - Stamp out 2013

PS Sparks Picture Perfect

Neenah cardstock, Paper Smooches Merry Motifs, Hero Arts Red Royal, Ranger Archival Jet Black, twine, MT masking tape.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

11 Days Til Christmas

This is a late post today as I wanted to make this card today for Retro Sketches and PTI Make It Monday challenges. I've heat embossed on vellum with glitter embossing powder which I bought a few a years ago…. still unopened until today!! I love the glittery effect on the vellum! Thanks for dropping by!
For the following challenges:
Retro Sketches #93
PTI Make It Monday - Heat Embossing on Vellum
CASology - Snowflake
ColourQ Challenge #219

Close up of the embossing on vellum with clear dimensional tapes in between.

Neenah cardstock, Lil Inkers Stitched Squares, Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles, heavy weight vellum, PTI Holiday Photo Finishers, Mega Mehndi Medallion, Think Big Favourites #20, Hero Art Cup O'Joe, Ranger Archival Jet Black, Versamark, glitter embossing powder, Hero arts gemstone and sequins from Lyndal.

Friday, 13 December 2013

12 Days til Christmas

Hooray! Our Christmas cards are done! They will be all posted tomorrow! I had to make a few gift tags tonight for a couple of presents for the weekend.  I decided to use my new Paper smooches die and the Merry Motifs stamps and die set. I combined them with a bit of Washi tape. As my blog followers know, I don't like to make the same design over and over. So I came up with three different tags. Here they are. TGIF the 13th!

Ribbon Carousel Challenge - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Stamp out 2013
Neenah Solar White, MT Masking Tape, Paper Smooches tag and Merry Motifs, Ranger Archival Jet, Delicata Golden Glitz, Hero Arts Gems, ribbons, tinsel and twine from The Twinery

Thursday, 12 December 2013

13 Days Til Christmas

Another quick card today (just what we need right now) made with my favourite patterned paper of all time! You guessed it - Basic Grey Aspen Frost. Not sure what I'll do when I run out! A quick and easy card made with no stamping! Thanks for dropping by… still need to get all my cards sent! I've already received 3 lovely handmade cards! Thank you Lyndal, Michelle and Jenny!

Neenah Solar White, Basic Grey Aspen Frost 6x6 and die cuts, sequins and Kaisercraft rhinestones.
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