Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Bonnie Springs into life for some challenges

You might have seen this gorgeous gorgeous stamp around blogland... well her name is Bonnie and she is one of the adorable images that Christina has designed for Spesch Stamps!! You can purchase yours here. I just love her... she is so sweet!

I thought it was about time I got back into some challenges and so... I am piling it on....

The Pile it on challenge this week is Animal Riffic and my animal is the gorgeous little bunny!!

Stampin for the Weekend is asking for an EASTER card!
.... Bonnie is here hugging her little "easter bunny"

Paper Play Challenges
are also looking for our Easter cards :D

Charisma Cardz
are looking for Spring projects as in their part of the world "Spring has Sprung" ... however, here downunder Autumn has arrived... kind of!

and Digital Tuesday Challenge are asking us to use up our scraps... all the bits of PP on this card are from my "scraptray"!

Thanks for stopping by :D

The Copics I used are:
E47, 49, 35, 33
E000, E00
R00, R11, R20
+ white gel pen

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Think Ink Tuesday

It's time for the new Artful INKables Think INK challenge! Our new Challenge has been issued by Michelle and it is to use any CD/album cover for inspiration!

You have two weeks to complete the challenge and add your link to today's post over on the Artful INKables Blog - so pop on over there for all the nitty gritty.

N.B... You do not have to use AI stamps but we'd love to see them if you do have them... and those who use AI stamps get 2 entries in the draw for a grab bag of stamps!

I'll be posting my inspiration for this challenge next Monday!

Bella and the Cubs

Details of this card... Bella and the cubs (from Spesch stamps) has been printed on Neenah paper and coloured with the following Copics:
E00, E21, E02, E04, E47, E49, E77, E71, E31,
R20, B97, 95,93,
B05, B02, B00, B32, B24, outlined in B60 :)
C1, C3 & C5
RV13, R85,

Are you in Australia??? ALL these copics + more can be purchased from Mad for Markers

The paper is from my stash as is the black pearl string bling

Monday, 29 March 2010

Artful INKables :: Game on!

Good afternoon! Well Monday's are my day to post for Artful INKables... firstly I'd like to say a HUGE thanks to all those who stopped in and left a comment on the blog hop last week! Wasn't it fun!!

Today I am showing you a little boxed Game on set which I've made using the NEW mini stamp set - Game on. It sure is a fun little set.... I have made a box to hold a pack of cards AND some cardboard poker chips... Here are some more piccies.....

thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the other new Artful INKables sets HERE

Spesch stamps new release

Over at Spesch Stamps Tracey is releasing some gorgeous NEW stamps this week... Each of the DT were given one image to use and these will be revealed during the week :)

Monday - Christine
Tuesday- Tracey
Friday- Sammi(Me)
Saturday- Tracey

To celebrate this launch, Tracey has decided that everyone who leaves a comment on Spesch Stamps on every stamp preview this week, will be entered in a "prize draw to win" all six of the newly released images! The Winner will be drawn on Sunday morning!

Sunday, 28 March 2010

The Battle has begun...

TGF are running a Royal Battle....and week number 1 is "GOING RETRO"!! The challenge was to Create a retro-esque card using the above color scheme....
I have created the first card for our team and HERE it is -- below!

*edited to add* You can vote for three cards by leaving a comment in the
galleria > contests/challenges > TGF ROYAL BATTLE > Week 1.

the DIRECT link to our card (for the Downunder Divas) is HERE

Unfortunately Our card got lost in email/ uploading - So we would REALLY appreciate your vote!!!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

OH, ALICE! ......... CHAPTER 6: The Red Queen's FINE PRINT...

"The Red Queen shook her head, "You may call it 'nonsense' if you like," she said, "but I've heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!"

This week we're getting down to business and reading the "fine print" here in Wonderland.
We're also SO excited to have Digital Delights by Louby Loo as our sponsor this week! WOW!

Digital Delights by Louby Loo

This week's mission, is to create a card using some form of TEXT/Printed DP, Old Book pages, Newspaper print, Old dictionary, etc. We just need to see SOME form of printed text on your card or project! So... Here's my inspiration WRITTEN out for you!!

I printed out some of the story surrounding the quote above as a background.... and of course there is also printed text on the clock digi from Digital Delights... I could not go past this Alice image - isn't she cute!!

Pop on over to Oh, Alice to see the Awesome DT creations
AND of course to enter this week's challenge :D

My twisted sisters....
Thanks for stopping by!!!


Paper: DCWV Glitter stack
Images : Digital Delights
The Copics I used are:
Face : R000, R00, R11, R20
Hair: E50, 51, 53
Tights: G505, BG01, BG10
Dress: B00, B12, B32
Apron: B00, 0
shoes and headband: B00, B32, B12, B93
Clock - R37 and C-7

Colouring Brunettes hair tutorials

Yesterday - I put together a couple of brunette hair colouring tutorials which you can see over at
the Mad for Markers blog if you are interested. Colours used are E37, E35, E33, E31

I'll be back later for Oh, Alice!! Have a Great Saturday!!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Miss Anya is Blue!! lol

This is the card I've made for The STAMP SPOT blog this week!!
you can find details of the products over there!! :D

I've coloured Miss Anya Rain in blue... and have been practising perfecting my brunette colouring for a tutorial ... coming soon!!

Yup.. I have to copics sitting on the table... just gotta take a pic to show you which ones I used... will be back tomorrow arvo :D

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Spesch stamps gift for followers

Today over at Spesch Stamps the lovely Tracey is giving away a GORGEOUS digi as a thank you to all our followers :D Pop on over for a look and if you are a follower email Trace for your image! :D

Monday, 22 March 2010

Artful INKables March release blog hop!

Welcome to the Artful INKables blog hop! We are celebrating the March release at Artful INKables with 4 wonderful sets and a super fun new mini set!
If you haven’t come here from Michelle’s Blog, be sure to hop on over to the Artful INKables Blog, you don’t want to miss anything for today’s hop!

I chose to use the new set EPIC TALES as I do love the Twilight series! Yup.. that's right - Kristin has brought out another twilight set whoo hoo! :) I know lots of you are going to love this new set! I made two cards to showcase a couple of the stamps in the set....

Make sure to comment on every one's blog, because two lucky commenters will win some AI stamps! One will win In My Garden and Epic Tales, and the other will win Peacock Pagentry and Paisleys & Peacocks. Please leave your comments by Thursday, March 25th, 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time. The winners will be chosen on Friday, March 26th.
Thank you for participating in today’s blog hop, now hop on over to Cheryl’s blog and enjoy the rest of this wonderful release!

Copic Me Competition

Mandi over at CopicMe is having a little competition HERE ... pop on over and see... she has a lovely prize!

Mad for Markers website is live!!! :D

Mad for Markers

YAY! The website went up last night!!!

A Huge Thanks to Shell Barnard for designing the website .. including all the banners and blinkies. I love it!!

and a Huge Thanks to my wonderful DH, Guy for not only helping enter lots of data the first time but staying up last night/ this morning to re-enter it all with me when I deleted the Copic Marker section by mistake!

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Monday Mania with Mag

*****Please scroll down for Oh, Alice! Challenge post *****

I did upload this card to the Greeting Farm galleria a few days ago but thought that I would show it here as well! I made this for Monday Mania with Mag over at Club Anya and Friends!
Mag has a gorgeous blog and always creates the most wonderful creations... pop on over and have a look. So, anyway... The CHALLENGE was to Create a card/project using ONLY ALTERED {CA&F} STAMPS and be INSPIRED by the photo they showed here:

Well I was so inspired by the photo that I had to sit down and draw some of the elements from the picture... and I LOVED the pinks, browns and white.. so that is what I used.

I have used the head of a Miss Anya and then attached the body of Me Time Anya.. making Little Miss Me Time Anya :D She could have just had her hair done... OR she's having a full on pampering day... Image is coloured with Copics (and I'll add the colours used tomorrow - along with the others I've left of previous posts!)

Am ALMOST done now with adding product to the store ... so should be up soon! Just have to talk again with the wonderful lady who's designed everything for me + take a few piccies for the site AND add a bit of other info... IT's all very exciting - but taking up ALL my time right now... off I go!

Saturday, 20 March 2010


"Who are YOU?" said the Caterpillar.
This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, "I--I hardly know, sir, just at present-- at least I know who I WAS when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then."

It's the 5th challenge over at the Oh, Alice! blog and we are celebrating SPRING.
Our sponsor
this week is our very own Jen Shults! Jen's stamp company, Wild Flower Kids, so us lucky DT peeps are showcasing one of her new lines "All-A-Flutter"!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it is to create a card using a CATERPILLAR or BUTTERFLY on your projects this week!
Check out the blog for all the nitty gritty!

These images are so delightful ... I could not decide which one to use and coloured up a couple but in the end I just had to go with Crisanta! The papers I used are Basic Grey Indian Summer... not exactly "Spring" colours but I thought they went well with the image!! Also, I LOVE that sentiment which is part of the All-A-Flutter download. I HAD to add another metal butterfly I picked up at the craft expo a few weeks ago as well as some pearl brads.

Check out the rest of the wonderful twisted teams butterfly creations

Some Spesch-ial cards

Good morning... :D Well I am still madly adding stock into the webstore... and there sure are a lot of Copic colours!! and there sure are some funny names too. lol! Also not feeling brilliant so just a quick post for today....
BUT I REALLY wanted you to see these AWESOME images from
Spesch Designer Stamps - they are just so fun to colour!!

Trace is having a DT call for this awesome stamp company right now... so if you like digis and colouring why not pop on over and apply!!

The fairy is now called Crystal and you can pick yours up HERE

This gorgeous girl is Abby
and she was drawn by Tracey herself! WOW! Isn't she clever! I love this image!! :D

*** edited to include Copic colours:
Fairy Crystal
Wings - RV21,23 feathered with Y00
Eyes - B23, 24, 29
Dress - YG23,11, 06, 03
Hair & earings - E37, 35, 33, 31

Face - E000, E00, 21
Hair - E37, 35, 31
Eyes - B05, 02, 00
Shirt - RV23, 21, 95
Lips E04
B97, 95

Friday, 19 March 2010

Artful Inkables :: Birthday Challenge

I'm very excited as this is my first official Artful INKables post... I know it's not Tuesday of course but this is the card that I have made as inspiration for the current Think Ink challenge which is to make a BIRTHDAY CARD OR PROJECT in celebration of AI's Birthday!

I have used the lovely Artful INKables set Birthday best - I also hand drew the sentiment with my Copic multiliner so that I could colour it in! I added stickles to the flames to make them nice and sparkly. I hope you'll head on over to Artful INKables blog and join in the challenge..
* You are not required to use AI stamps, but if you have them, we'd love to see you use them! **IF YOU USE AI STAMPS, YOU GET 2 ENTRIES FOR YOUR CREATION! **

Now usually my Artful INKables posting day will be Monday... but this coming Monday is the BLOG HOP for the March release and you won't want to miss it as I can assure you that there are some lovely new releases coming out that you are going to LOVE!! There's a tiny sneek peak over on the Artful INKables blog today....

I will come back and add the Copic colours soon... promise... just busy uploading Copic stock to my webstore! whooo!! :D

Thursday, 18 March 2010

my blogging friend - Farm Girl

Hi everyone... hope you are having a good week! I love meeting new people in blog land ... don't you???

Just wanted to let you know about my friend Farm Girl's blog... pop on over and check it out... and why not become a follower whilst you are there 'cos she will be having a little blog candy giveaway once she reaches 10 followers!

I've just spent my morning at my old work ... helping out with the church admin ... now I'm a bit tired and might have an afternoon nap before bible study group tonight... Have a few cards in the pipeline to show you but need to finish them first. lol!


The Stamp Spot :: Gratitude = Joy


This is my "simple'"card which I made for THE STAMP SPOT this week!

all products except the pink cardstock base and the bronze ink were purchased from the
The Stamp Spot store ... Have you checked out the new products Marcia has listed?? There's some lovely goodies there!!!

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Spesch stamps :: Rabbit

Today I am showing you a card I made with another of the gorgeous Spesch stamps (designed by the very talented Christina) based on the Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland! you can pick her up from the Spesch stamps store now :D

Ok.. so I am still obsessed a bit with all things Alice but these images are just too sweet!! lol

The paper is Cosmo Cricket (which I got from The Stamp Spot) and I thought all those arrows were very appropriate with the rabbit running around all over the place. lol! The ribbon is from Bizzy Becs and the other papers and card are from my stash :D

I bet you can guess half the colours by now....
hair is the E37, 35, 33
pants - B97,95, 93
the new ones are the reds... R27 and R29
the greys are the cool greys - C5, C3, C1
the image is outlined in BG10.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

my first video tutorial

I have done a video tutorial... the first one I've tried and I tell you what after listening to myself all afternoon in the working out of imovie/ editing/ uploading to you tube etc I am sick of my own voice! haha

the video is embedded into my post on Copic FAQs over at Mad for Markers... Here

Monday, 15 March 2010


Artful INKables is 2 years old this week!
To celebrate our birthday, we are offering you a sweet deal on any order you place this week. Enter Code AIBDAY2 into the coupon field when you check out to get 15% off a $35 order. This coupon is only good until next Sunday so be quick like a bunny to take advantage of this SALE!

Anya Ink :: sketch challenge

The challenge at Anya Ink this week is a lovely little sketch and this is the card that I am submitting for it! I just love this stamp of Anya in the bath (from the Greeting Farm) - that would be lovely - a nice bubble bath - don't you think!?

I have stamped me time Anya on to Xpress It's new Copic blending card * and I am so impressed with this card... it stamps up beautifully and is such a pleasure to colour on... so smooth and lovely! I've been experimenting with a few different blending techniques recently so you will no doubt see them popping up! I did a little bit of feathering for her headband!

I usually colour skin in with the R00, 11, 20 combination... but now that I have the E000 I went for a new combo... E000, 00 and 02 .. bit paler and less pink'ish.

Thanks for stopping by.

The Copics I used were:
face/skin - E000, E00, E02 (R20 - mouth)
hairband - RV95, RV42
hair - E37,35, 33, 31
bathtub - B97, 95, 93
bubbles - BV31

and shock horror - no white gel pen on the image... just around the circle :D

* I will be selling this in my webstore! :D

Sunday, 14 March 2010

a few cards from the week just gone

Firstly I would like to introduce you to Charli... She is another of the gorgeous images coming out at Spesch digital stamps. She is really fun to colour! The lovely huge flower was sent to me by my blogging friend Em - THANKS hun!! I LOVE these big flowers...I did cut off a few of the petals though.... I used a Copic multiliner for the extra doodling!

the second card is made using Audrey ... the lovely Marie from The Greeting Farm gave her to us to celebrate her birthday! How sweet is she! Audrey is supposed to be a tomboy but I still managed to give her some pink and purple to wear. This was my entry for last weeks Sketch Saturday at Club Anya and Friends.

and last but not least is the card I made for last weeks Farm Fresh Friday on the Greeting Farm blog the challenge was "down the rabbit hole" so I used the Alice in Wonderland which Marie re-released as Digis... I was so happy to be able to snap them up :D The sentiment is from Sassy Studio Designs! :D

I'm sorry but I did not record the Copic colours I used for these ones... but all new cards will have them.

NEW blog is active + DT call....

Good Morning!! I'm pleased to let you know that the Mad for Markers blog is now active! If you would to pop on over and check it out (click on the piccy above) you can meet 2 of my lovely DT and read about the DT call we are having!
At this stage the DT will be all chosen from Australian residents due to postage. But from time to time will run a few challenges with prizes that all our overseas friends are MOST welcome to join in.

Saturday, 13 March 2010

OH, ALICE .... CHAPTER 4: Picturing Wonderland

"Thus grew the tale of Wonderland:Thus slowly, one by one, Its quaint events were hammered out - And now the tale is done, And home we steer, a merry crew,
Beneath the setting sun.

Alice! a childish story take, And with gentle hand lay it were Childhood's dreams are twined. In Memory's mystic band, Like pilgrim's wither'd wreath of flowers
Pluck'd in a far-off land..."

We have another sketch Challenge today, brought to us by the very lovely Pam!

We'd LOVE for you to plunge Down the Rabbit hole with us again this week! All you have to do is upload your creation and link it using Mr. Linky on the Oh, Alice blog
This is my creation.....

I have used the White Queen another of the gorgeous new images from Spesch Stamps...she will be available for purchase TOMORROW!!! pop on over to Spesch Stamps to see more of the lovely images - including LOTS of Alice in Wonderland images :D

I have printed her on Neenah paper and coloured her in with Copic markers --> I think she is just so sweet! The frame is from Scrapmatts... which I picked up at the Craft Expo on thursday ... they have lots of wonderful chipboard bits and pieces.

thanks for stopping by and go and check out all the WONDERFUL creations the Oh, Alice DT have made!!


Some people have been asking some questions about storing markers and I did say that I would do a post .... so here goes...I have linked up some pictures of cases and stand available from Copic, The links will take you to COPIC AUSTRLIA which has lots of great info on Copics.

if you are interested in getting any of these or would like a quote let me know!

Other options for
storing copics could include .... a CD tower/ stand.... or pencil tins.

Copics are able to be stored either horizontally or vertically and your markers should still be fine.

** tomorrow I will be launching the Mad for Markers blog and will also be having a DT call for Aussie Copic lovers/ colourers**