Sunday, 31 August 2008

Karen's yummy scrummy candy

Karen is giving away some scrummy yummy crafty blog candy.... go check it out on her blog!! :)

Don't forget about my Blog candy challenge either! :) You have 5 days left!! :)

Trina's sketch challenge

I thought I'd have a go at Trina's sketch challenge... she has some AWESOME blog candy up for grabs! :) here is Trina's sketch:

Trina has a great blog - lots of yummy cards and inspiration! Go and check it out!!

and here is my card!

I flipped the sketch (as otherwise the girl was looking off the edge of the card.. I think it's better with her looking across the card!?)
I really enjoyed this sketch - it was lots of fun ... Think I might try using it again :)

This is another Elisabeth Bell image (THANKS EM!!)
I used the paper, ribbon + bloom which I bought yesterday!

Thanks for looking!

Papertake Weekly Challenge :: A Stitch in Time

It's was a very PRODUCTIVE day yesterday... I managed to get LOTS of colouring done...yay! As well as Three Challenge cards made. Whoo!

This is my card for this Week's Papertake Weekly challenge ... the theme was "a Stitch in time"
My stitching is faux as I still have not made up any bobbins for my machine! :) lol.

This card is for the daughter of a very good friend.. It will be her birthday mid-September... I am slowly getting more organised! LOL.

I LOVE this image... It is an Elisabeth Bell image and I am so very grateful to my friend Emma for sending me this image... I have been admiring Elisabeth's artworks/stamps for quite some time now and was so pleased to be able to finally use one!! :)

THANKS EMMA! and Big *HUGS* to you babe!!

Friday Sketchers challenge

Here is my card for this weeks Friday Sketchers challenge.. This is a great site and I hope to be able to do more of their challenges :)
There is a great prize on offer from Diana Crick at Magnolia-licious.

Claudia has designed a great sketch and the DT cards are Lovely ... go and have a look!!

Cute Card Thursday :: In the Water

The Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week was:

Challenge 25
This week our challenge theme was chosen by Helene at Alota Stamps who is once again sponsoring the challenge.
In the water!

the DT have done it again - their cards are all AWESOME :)

mine is below...

I used one of these Adorable Alota Stamp bug images which Lainy sent to me. Thanks Lainy! they are heaps fun to colour and use :)

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Oh-oh ... I found my Local Scrapbook Store

Big thanks to JHet who mentioned she went to a scrapbook store on Forest Rd... I found it...

All About Scrapbooks
is just up the road from our place! Whoo!!

We went to check it out today (I needed to get some more adhesive and foam mounts ... Does anyone else just fly through adhesive??)

Oooh... It's a wonderful place...lovely blooms and ribbons and paper.....and everything a mad paper crafter could want!! I was pretty restrained but did pick up a couple of bargains... I'll be going back again though :) LOL!!

Here's a look at what I got :)

Friday, 29 August 2008

Dawn's amazing blog candy

Dawn is giving away some AWESOME blog candy!!

Tilda and Friends Seasons ATC Challenge

Well I made my first ATC the other day for our SBS#15 friendship swap. after making one I thought I could try a few more... so I decided to make some ATCs for the Tilda and Friends challenge which for the month of August was Seasons...

There are some WONDERFUL ATCs from the Design Team - go check them out!!

so here we have it... Four Seasons in one day....

I made my background by drawing a tree & flowers onto the card, making it slightly different for each one to portray the different seasons. I then coloured my different Tildas and stuck them on along with some ribbon and made little tags to show the "season".

Here they are all in a row...

I've been trying out a new colouring technique... my derwent studio pencils and then some blender medium... it's a work in progress.. I hope to get better :)

Thanks for looking,


Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Dotties been Tagged

Adele set the challenge this week on Dottie's World! It was her first challenge to set and a brilliant one if you ask me... I've copied her words below:

This week I want to see a tag or tags of any shape or size. It could be tag shape toppers, gift tags, tag books....and because hubby and me have just celebrated our wedding anniversary....for an extra Dottie bonus I would love to see some hearts and flowers too!!!

without further words from me... Voila!

My card with a big "tag" on it!

Lou has a new collection out!! ... pretty spooky really ... It's a Halloween collection! Available for Download HERE!

*NB... I took Lou's suggestion of using some ink to distress the edge of the cardboard on the white cardstock! *

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Cute Card Thursday :: Bright Colours

This week the Cute Card Thursday challenge is

Here is mine!!

There are some Awesome DT cards.. go and check them out!!

I made another card... both are for some friends' children! The second is a bit less bright! :)
I used the Magnolia stamp - Summer Edwin - I'm loving him at the moment!! :)

a bit of a close up of cute little Edwin!

Saturday, 23 August 2008

ABC challenge :: F is for ... fairies

My first time actually getting a card made for the ABC Challenge! I used one of my fairies that I am selling as digital designs here.

Recognise the card base?? Yup - it's the one I showed in my last post!! :)

thanks for looking - hope you are enjoying your weekend!!

a crafty morning

I invited some girls over for a cardmaking morning.... there were 5 of us in total (including my friend Therese who has just started a crafty blog! yay!)

I only got 3.5 cards made though (I think one of the girls made 15!!) ... here are my efforts!! :)

Below is my 1/2 a card.... I have the background/ base - I just need to put more on it!! I think I'll put one of my fairies on it!! I used the stamps Emma sent me!! Aren't they gorgeous!! I love them!!! :)

I'm going back to my craft room for a bit now because:
1. I'm inspired
2. It's all orderly and tidy (which makes it a joy to craft)
3. I have some projects I MUST complete this weekend!!

Thanks for looking. Happy crafting!

Thursday, 21 August 2008

a new look AGAIN

I've deleted my blog background... another change to the "look" of my blog.... I was feeling that it was a bit fussy - so I've minimised the "fuss" - we'll see how we go!! :) What do you think? too plain or are you a fan of "less is more"?

Wednesday, 20 August 2008


I made some altered diaries for the girls in my bible study group and gave them out tonight...

Hopefully they will be helpful in not only knowing what to pray for, encouraging us to pray during the week and also in looking back and seeing how God answers our prayers!! :)

I got the idea of the ribbon down the spiral from Tegan!

and then the Day Brightened

Oooh.... how exciting!! Look what came in the mail today!! :)

Lainy sent me this gorgeous card!! THANKS LAINY!!
and she stuffed it full of these really fun Alota Stamp images!!
I can't wait to have a play!!

I LOVE this card ... Isn't she clever!! :)

AND ...

I also received some blog candy I won from Emma (a cute little set of stamps!!)
I CAN'T wait to use them!!

She also stamped me up some images - ooh.. there are some LOVELY Sugar Nellie ones :)

Emma also made this AWESOME wallet to store them in!! Isn't it gorgeous!

and she also sent me this Superb little ATC to top it all off!!

Thanks girls - you've sure made my day!! :) I'm THANKFUL for your friendship :)

Monday, 18 August 2008

Look what I got!!

Oooh.... have a looksie what I got!! My sister Nic sent me a little package.. I bought a diary (for a friend) from her and she sent it to me along with a cute little shoe card and these Magnolia images!! I can't wait to colour them in!! :)

DON'T FORGET my blog candy ... Just scroll down!!!

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Dottie's World :: Pretty in Pink

Karen set this week's Dottie's World Challenge
and it's a good one! (Unfortunately she's had a computer glitch though. Hoping it's fixed SOON for her!! )

"I would like to see lots of pink pink PINK and also some sort of jewel(s)/charm(s)/or beads"

Well- I used a LOT of pink... I stopped myself from giving poor George a Pink suit but he does have a pink shirt, tie and vest! :)

This was my second week as guest designer on Dottie's World!! Thanks for having me!! :)

Dottie and George and baby Dot, from Love and Marriage download,
Pink Card,
embroidery thread,
pink skittles,

Celebration time :: PARTY!!! **Updated**

Well.... I am getting close to 5000 hits (only about 45 to go now). I've been waiting for this milestone for a little while now and hanging out to celebrate ... So I am starting the celebrations slightly early ... plus it is my birthday at the start of Sept. so I thought we'd have a
Little blog PARTY.

This is the loot that is up for grabs.... I will be sharing it out to my party guests...

Includes: selection of 4x6" Patterned papers, flat frosted purple beads, themed metallic eyelets, eyelet tool shapes and eyelets x 2 sets, scrapbooking puff stickers - birthday theme + baby theme, #3d tag kit, Sentiment stickers - Valentines + baby + school, ABC stickers + your choice of a digital download from my images

There are a couple of ways to win some blog candy:

1. Make a 'Celebration' card which includes the colour purple and some form of sparkles. *this can be any kind of celebration - birthday, congratulations, wedding, new baby - whatever you like)!!*
- make sure you comment on this post with a link so that I can come and see your Creations.
(this will enter you in the main candy draw and make you elegible for a party bag)
**if you would like to enter but don't have a blog you can email me your card**

2. Comment here and also Write about my blog candy on your blog.
(1 entry for a random lucky door prize)

3. Add me to your blog roll.
(1 entry for a random lucky door prize)

Prizes will all be drawn on Friday 5th September, 10pm (timezone +10 GMT) so get your entries in before then! :)

*** NB. It's an INTERNATIONAL party - all Welcome!! ***

Saturday, 16 August 2008

some birthday cards *edited*

I've been using some of my Pink Petticoat images a bit lately!!

Here are two birthday cards I have made today! I used a Lola Rose image on one and her little sister Lilli on the other!

I wanted to participate in Monica's challenge she is hosting over at Stamping Links to Love so I added 3 circles with rhinestones on each circle to both of the cards!! :)

***Unfortunately I have just added "comment moderation" to my blog... I was getting too many spam comments - usually some lotto one ... I'll try to authorise all your comments ASAP :) ***

Blog candy alert

Juliet is giving away some very yummy looking blog candy!!!

Karen is also giving away some VERY lovely looking paper!!

Check out both these ladies VERY inspirational blogs! :)

Friday, 15 August 2008

baby card

I made this card for someone I know who is having a baby!! I can't say who - as chances are she will see this post and perhaps it will remain a small surprise!! :)

I have used a Lola Rose image from Pink Petticoat!

Thanks for all your well wishes - I am feeling a lot better just exhausted, so this is it for tonight!

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

These are the cards I received back in the "anything dots swap"

Sunshine, who hosted the swap put some buttons in the parcel as a little lovely!
And now I can do the Papertake Weekly Challenge. lol

Bela's Creating Place :: Pirates and candy

Bela has an AWESOME blog... I just found her through SCS!! You should go and see all the adorable cards she has made with the High Hopes Pirates stamps..there are some real beauties there! And Bela is giving away some candy too!! :)

Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Deb's new stamps, Jean's birthday candy and Enfys's candy

Deb has some gorgeous blog candy going... some of her new stamps she designed for spiral whisper! Congratulations on your stamps Deb!!

Jean's birthday is coming up and so she is giving away some candy... some LOVELY candy too!

Enfys has some candy to celebrate 65,000 hits in 8 months - wow that's huge.. well done!!

Pam's blogoversary

Pam had her blogoversary on Saturday!!

Congratulations Pam!

And now she is giving away some blog candy.

Pam is extremely talented and clever... Here are a couple of her creations I particularly like:

Black eyed Susan and Target Pail!

But you really should see ALL her amazing creations!

Anything dots swap

I participated in a card swop on SCS and yesterday I received my cards!! So I feel like I can now happily post the cards I made! :) My first bulk make of cards!! Thanks to Robyn who gave so many tips on mass producing through her great blog!

a close up of the three little piggys for you!! :)

Here they all are!! :)

Thanks for looking ... later I will post the cards I received too (once I get a chance to photograph them... am off sick today and my throat and head are both throbbing, so think I'll go back to bed for now!)

Monday, 11 August 2008

Wylde Women Award

I'm just catching up.... It's taken me a while BUT...

A HUGE thanks to Ruth who gave me this award! I was so stoked to receive it from her!! :)

and another Huge Thanks to Louise who allowed me a choice of award :) I choose this one!!
Both these women are wonderful and I'm pleased to call them friends! Go check out their blogs!!


It's called the WYLDE WOMEN award and the purpose of it is "to send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy". Isn't that lovely?

The rules are:
  1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you.
  2. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
  3. Link back to Tammy's blog so that she can go to visit all these wonderful women, and
  4. Remember the Purpose of the Award.
There are so many people I'd like to send this to.... so here goes:

Emma - is a big sweetie, so generous and willing to share her life! I'm thankful for her friendship and inspiration!

Jessica - is such a sweetie! she makes Gorgeous cards and is heaps encouraging!

Joana - is always so friendly and encouraging! She makes really cute cards!!

Kelly - is Super!! I LURVE all her cards! She has a gorgeous family and really shares her life with us through her blog! I'm thankful for another friend!

Kim - is amazing!! I do not know where she gets her time and energy with such a lil baby and still time to craft! she's a great encouragement too!

Lainy - is Awesome - she's so friendly and encouraging! She makes the cutest cards too :)

Lisa - is a huge inspiration, no matter how difficult things are she still is able to be thankful for blessings!!

Lisa - is lovely and has a fantastic blog... a great mix of laughter and helpful crafty tips and tutorials.. .and some great cards too!!

Monica - is Great! She is a super organiser (best swap co-ordinator eva), and an awesome crafter!

Nicky - is an amazing artist - check out her blog and her etsy shop and her website too!

Pam - is amazingly talented ... inspires me EVERY time she posts something on her blog... I love her style and wish I could do what she does!!

Robyn - is sooo cute!! lol! She is super! She has the best and most helpful videos on her blog! she makes me laugh a lot!

Roz - is a character - she is lots of fun and she makes some gorgeous cards!!

Teresa - is really creative and caring and clever... she makes the most tantalising posts (and cupcakes)

Yesy and Nany are some more of my SBS15 sisters and have some great stuff on their blogs

The Dotties World Team - Karen, Juliet, Nicola, Louise & Dingle - are such an inspiration to me - they are ALL WONDERFUL ... creating the most amazing creations every week!!
and Karen has been so helpful in getting me my fix of Dottie Downloads!

I know most people already have this award -- but I wanted to write my little blurbs!! :)
There are many more too - I could go on for days.....(watch out for my next post)!

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Dottie's World!

Well, I was really stoked this week when I received an email from Louly asking me to be a guest designer for Dottie's World this week ... my excitement turned into fear as I realised what I'd got myself in for... The Dottie's World Design team are fabulous and week after week produce amazing works of art for the challenges!! :)

So, Louise's challenge this week on Dottie's world is a double challenge/ a multi-challenge challenge. The idea is to double up with another challenge.

My first card is doubled up with the Friday Sketchers challenge.
I really loved their sketch ... FUN!! :)
I used Maternity Dottie from the Love and Marriage download set
and coloured her in with my watercolour pencils.

the Cute Card Thursday challenge is one I love! Their theme this week is:
"The Two of Us".

This is absolutely perfect for the Dottie and George "Love and Marriage" downloads...

The problem I had was that there are so many perfect images in this collection and so I decided I'd use a whole stack of them for the one card!! I used Louise's pre-coloured images as I wanted to print them quite small and it is a lot harder to colour images when they are scaled down...
*I did add in an image from the Christmas package*

Thanks for looking :)

* Dottie and George downloads
* ribbon, and paper, and large bloom - "My Inspiration", from Big W
* cardstock and small bloom - Alice in Paperland
*CM large square punch
* Purple Spica glitter pen
* black felt tip pen
* adhesive
* foam tape