Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Artful Inkables Twilight blog hop

Welcome to our Customer and Design Team Twilight Artful INKables blog hop! Make sure you start at the Artful INKables Blog, so you don't miss a single thing!

To celebrate the release of ECLIPSE today, we're highlighting the Artful INKables Twilight inspired sets: Into the Moonlight, Fictionally Inspired and Epic Tales. Artful INKables also has a set of Vampire Romance Themed Charms available!

I made two creations for this hop..

The first was a key ring using one of the charms from the Vampire Romance Themed Charms I also used some thin white ribbon that I coloured red and then tied knots in :)

The second is a photo frame... I am planning to put a picture in it of my lovely hubby and I ... just have to find an appropriate one, I thought this pic looked fairly funky with the reflection of me taking the photo though so left it as such for this post! The stamps used are from Into the Moonlight and the Sentiment is from Fictionally Inspired.

Your next stop on the hop is Michele Lourenco

In case you get lost along the way, here’s the order of the hop ...
Kristin Soboloski
Laura Boyd
Michelle Barnett
Alison Heikkile
Sammi Betbeder >>you are here<< Michele Lourenco
Kim Nath
Erica Johnson-Wanzer
Patti Nelson
Chelsea Van Wyk
Tanya Johnson
Dawn Knight
Jennifer Olauson
Joy Stagg
Jackie Rakoski

Enjoy the hop!!

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Artful INKables :: Think INK Challenge #23

The current challenge Artful Inkables is brought to you by our DT member Patti Nelson! She wants us to: MAKE ANYTHING BUT A CARD USING RED, WHITE, and BLUE inspired by the 4th of July coming up!

Here is my creation... using stamps from the Pick a Pocket Piece stamp set ... This project is a case that holds 3 Copic Ciao markers.. I think it would make a great gift.

Copics used - R32, 35 & 37 & B00, 02 & 05 as well as the red and baby blue Spica pens.
Thanks for stopping by ... Don't forget to check in at Artful Inkables tomorrow for the Twilight blog hop!

Monday, 28 June 2010

Spesch stamps sneak peeks!!

There are some sneak peeks going on over at SPESCH STAMPS for some of the soon to be released digi stamps by Max.... POP on over and check them out!! The DT have made some lovely cards with them!
The new stamps are so cute and are wonderful to colour... Here is a little sneaky peek at one of them now...

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Oh Alice ...CHAPTER 19: Twinkle, Twinkle...

"Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!"

You know the song, perhaps?'

`I've heard something like it,' said Alice.

`It goes on, you know,' the Hatter continued, `in this way:--

"Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle--"'

Here the Dormouse shook itself, and began singing in its sleep `Twinkle, twinkle, twinkle, twinkle--' and went on so long that they had to pinch it to make it stop."

Hello out there! It's a beautiful day here in Wonderland and a twinkling one at that! We are wrapping up one FABULOUS month with a super fun, no-pressure challenge! We are going to ring out the month of June with a Twinkle!

That's right, just use something Twinkling, Glittery, or Sparkly on your card or creation this week and we'll put on our shades :D

There's some Twinkle-riffic samples from the DT ... make sure you pop on over the Oh Alice! to see them all!! Here's my attempt (it's an ATC)

and here are some close ups of the sparkles (Spica induced + gems)

A VERY special thanks to Lynne Phelps, our June Guest Designer! It has been a pleasure having you at our twisted little table and we will miss you! Next week we will be back to announce our July Guest DT :) and have more tricks and treats up our sleeves....'til then, there's no time limit to play this week, so get your twinkle on and be sure to come back and let us know when you did!

Have a very twinkling week!

Copics used: E00, E11, E15, E17 (Skin), E15, 17, 27, 29 + Chocolate Spica(hair), BV00, 02. 13 (dress), RV25, 29 (ribbon) (socks +BV00,02), C1, 3 nd 5 for background. Additional sparkle = Spicas - Pitch black, blossom, pink, clear, rhinetones coloured with RV25 and BV13

On a personal note I would like to thank you my blogging friends for your kind words, comments, thoughts & prayers for the IVF cycle we just did and our two precious little embryos.. unfortunately once again these two little ones did not make it and my test yesterday was -ve.
So pretty shattered about this and find it hard to express myself about everything but I did want to let you know as I know there are many wonderful friends out there wondering!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Kei with Butterfly Balloon

Well I have not been feeling HEAPS like crafting.. but I have all these pre coloured images on my desk , in baskets, in my trays .... everywhere!! So... I thought some should make their way onto cards... for this card I used this Spesch Stamps image of Kei with butterfly balloon - isn't she sweet! I'm trying to go for the CAS card look.

Yup - I'm still doing lots of resting... sitting on computer... mostly lying down! Done lots of reading but not a lot of typing... and lots of book reading too!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Artful Inkables Bug and Blossom Mandala bookmark

Well Its time for my Artful INKables post... well actually I am running a little late as my post day is Monday and here is Aus it's Tuesday AM! I'll be better next week hopefully!! :D

I decided to make a bookmark today and I've used one of the latest releases.. Bug and Blossom Mandala set. I realised it's been a while since I went with my favourite colour combination... so here you have it... I used my violet Copics (V01, 04, 06, 09, 15, 17) to colour the Manadala as well as lavender and lilac Spica pens .. gotta have some bling!

I thought I'd show you the bookmark sticking out of a colour co-ordinated book...

I read this one in about a day and now have to wait again for the last book! hehe

MAKE sure you pop on over to the ARTFUL INKABLES blog and enter the Twilight Challenge/ enter your name in the Custimer Blog hop!!

Hope you are all having a good day... I've been a bit out of it in blogland recently but hope to be back on board very soon! I've just been doing a LOT of resting! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Oh Alice ...CHAPTER 18: Crazy for Daisy Chains...

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, and where is the use of a book, thought Alice, without pictures or conversations? So she was considering in her own mind, (as well as she could, for the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid,) whether the pleasure of making a daisy-chain was worth the trouble of getting up and picking the daisies, when a white rabbit with pink eyes ran close by her. "

Hello everyone!

We have lots of fun to share today at Oh, Alice! We have a fun new sketch w/ a twist from our very own Tasha. Here's the sketch:

The Twist? Use a DAISY or some sort of similar flower and incorporate it on your card! Nothin' like a little FLOWER POWER to kick start your mojo, Alice always says!

What's more? We have a WONDERFUL Sponsor today, Tickled Pink Stamps! Our friend and fellow Tea Party Member, our dear "TWISTY KRISTY" has organized a wonderful prize today from Tickled Pink Stamps! One lucky winner from this week's entries will receive their choice of a single LOLITA stamp in RUBBER!
In addition, our own Twisted Thirteen got to play with these super-fun stamps, check us out:
Jessica Diedrich
Here is my card...

Want to play along and get Crazy for Daisies and get sketchy too? Hooray! We'd love to have you! Just upload your card or creation to our InLinkz system and use OAC18 if you're using a public gallery such as SCS. You have until FRIDAY, JUNE 25th at 8pm CST to enter to WIN this fabulous prize from Tickled Pink! Can't wait to see how you get twisty this week! HAVE FUN!

oopsie... I scheduled the post and forgot to come back and update it with all the details!! I used my airbrush system to create the background on this card!

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Artful INKables :: Twilight Challenge #3 + Think Ink #22

Today starts off Week 3 of our Twilight Challenge Month! What can you win? How about a $25 Gift Certificate to the store, as well as being our featured Customer on the Blog ALL MONTH LONG!!

WEEK 2 CHALLENGE: What team are you on? Edward, Jacob, Alice, Jasper, Switzerland, etc....

Well here's my card... I know a lot of people swing back and forward from Team Edward to Team Jacob back to Team Edward... so I made a card with a swinging centre....

I have made this card also for the current THINK INK Challenge where Ann wants us to CHALLENGE YOURSELF: Use a new technique, go out of your comfort zone, make something completely different than you normally would make
now if you follow my blog then you'll realise that this card is so not me and it is so far out of my comfor zone! AND there is no Copic colouring on it! I followed Michelle's collage stamping tutorial and I think I like the result!

THE STAMPS I used are from Artful INKables - Fictionally Inspired set

Pop on over to the Artful INKables blog to see all the DEETS for both these challenges!!
Look forward to seeing your entries!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Magnolia Down Under :: Swirly Swirls

Good Morning.. I hope you are all well... as for me have not been feeling great and thus have not really been around blogland much this week. I'm feeling quite ill from the hormone injections I am on that are supposed to help the precious little embryos implant... yup - last Saturday we had 2 little ones transferred... so now it's just lots of waiting and praying and going CRAZY! lol!

Anyway enough babbling from me... Here are some cards I made for some very special young girls... I chose paper from Basic Grey that included some swirls on it and also I hand wrote the sentiments in swirly writing so that I could enter these in the Magnolia Down Under challenge which this week is swirly swirls

I used two Tildas from the Spring kit I purchased from magnolia... loving these fairytale images!! And I coloured them in with???... yeah, of course! Copics!!

Skin - E000. E00, E11, R20, Hair: E 50, 51, 53, clothes and flowers: BV02, o4, 08 + lilac spica pen

Skin - E000, E00, E11, R20, Hair: Yr31, E50, E51, Y00, dress: R81,83,85, flower: R85, 89, G28 + blossom spica

I'll post later with the gifts I made that fit perfectly into Mad for Markers current challenge!

Pop on over to Magnolia Down Under and see the gorgeous DT work!!

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Spesch stamps release day :: Winter images by Christina

Good morning! Yay!! It's the 15th of the month which means.... Spesch Stamps is releasing some GORGEOUS new digital stamps... these are more stamps designed by Christina and as usual they are so sweet!! I have two to show you today and perhaps more later in the week!


These are just a couple of the gorgeous new images... pop on over to Spesch stamps blog to see the rest and to see what lovely creations the rest of the DT have come up with!!

one of the new stamps... Samantha is available as a clear stamp. Please remember that we have Bonnie, Engagement, Wedding, Sophie and Penny all as clear stamps also.

Monday, 14 June 2010

a card for The Stamp Spot

Good morning,
Today I have a card to share with you that I made for the Stamp Spot.. all the materials used are available from The Stamp Spot store although I must admit I changed the colour of the lace ribbon with my airbrush system so that it would better match the rest of the card/ the image!

I love the heart shaped paper doileys that Marcia sells and I also love that Basic Grey paper - Sugar Rush! the stamp is by Rachelle Anne Miller and is available here.

Thanks for stopping by and HAVE a great week!

Saturday, 12 June 2010

Oh, Alice ... Chapter 17 :: Mad Watch

March Hare: Its going mad!

Alice: Oh, my goodness!

White Rabbit: Oh dear!

March Hare: It is going mad! Mad watch!

Mad Hatter: I don't understand, it's the best butter.

March Hare: Mad watch! Mad watch! Mad watch!

Mad Hatter: Oh, look! Oh my goodness!

March hare: There's only one way to stop a mad watch!

Mad Hatter: Two days slow, that's what it is.

Greetings, everyone! A VERY Merry Unbirthday to ALL! Well, at least, that's the scene this excerpt from Disney's 1951 adaptation of Alice in Wonderland was taken from! It's ALWAYS your unbirthday here in WONDERLAND :)

We are thrilled BEYOND WONDERLAND today to announce our sponsor this week, a company that we just adore: MY FAVORITE THINGS! We are so grateful to Kim and Jody for offering to sponsor our little challenge blog and with a HUGE prize, I might add! It really WILL be someone's un-birthday!MFT is offering a $25 Gift Certificate to the store PLUS a scalloped scallop die from their new Dienamics line! HOW exciting is THAT?!?

So, how can you enter to win? For this week's challenge, we have a beautiful inspiration piece, found on the CraftStylish blog. Actually, our Mad Hatter liked it so much that she tried to track it down but to no avail so far! The Mad Hatter NEEDS this piece, LOL! That beautiful flower, steampunk vintage gorgeousness and all the classic timepiece elements to this are just GORGEOUS and we know it will make a FABULOUS inspiration challenge- two days slow or not!
Your mission this week? Show us YOUR take on this "Mad" watch. You can use the colors, play off the time piece, blue flower, color combos, steampunk theme...the possibilities are ENDLESS, just like the deadline for this week's challenge, HA! To enter to WIN this awesome prize from MFT, just have your entry in using In Linkz by Friday, June 18th at 8pm CST! Have a VERY MERRY time creating!

Here is my creation.

I airbrushed the paper doiley and the rose with B23 and I coloured Alice in with these colours...
Skin: E000, E00, E11, Hair: E50, E51, E30, dress: B23, 24 and apron: C1, C3

Pop on over to Oh, Alice to see the wonderful wonderful Twisted Team's creations!!

Friday, 11 June 2010

a Farewell card

This is a card I made for some key members of our church (and great friends) who moved back to South Australia earlier this year... I just realised I never showed the card on here... for this card I used images from the Greeting Farm.. I altered them a little to give them tears, make them wave and wipe tears etc! I coloured them with Copics of course!!

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Artful INKABLES :: Twilight Challenge #2

Today starts off Week 2 of our Twilight Challenge Month! What can you win? How about a $25 Gift Certificate to the store, as well as being our featured Customer on the Blog ALL MONTH LONG!!

WEEK 2 CHALLENGE: Make a Twilight Card/Project using Twilight Themed Colors, Black - White- Red

Here's my card using Bug and Blossom Mandalas ... I stamped onto red paper and then used my white gel pen + a black and red Spica to colour in the Mandala .. it's nice and sparkly but hard to photograph... I also used haf of a flower that I got from my friend Emma and the sentiment is from Fictionally Inspired

Pop on over to the Artful INKables for all the nitty gritty on this challenge!!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

Artful INKables CHALLENGES and a personal note

So.. today it's time for a new challenge at Artful INKables... This week your challenge is brought to you by Ann Vento and she wants us to:
CHALLENGE YOURSELF: Use a new technique, go out of your comfort zone, make something completely different than you normally would make... mm I have to think about that some more... check back next Monday for my creation :D And check out this post for more details on the challenge!!

OH and .... DON'T forget the Artful Inkables Twilight Challenge month ... you still have a little time to enter the first week's challenge .. using one of the Twilight covers as inspiration!

Here is a little sneaky peek at my card for the next challenge....

PERSONAL NOTE: I will most probably not be posting on here for a couple of days as going into theatre tomorrow for an egg collection and then taking it easy for a couple of days (yup we are trying IVF again) xxx

Monday, 7 June 2010

Artful Inkables :: More Twilight

Good afternoon! Well, It's Monday today so I am posting for Artful Inkables :D
I thought I would make another card for the current Think Ink challenge .. there's still a bit of time for you to enter this challenge.. the theme is "pockets"

Now I also wanted to remind you about Artful INKables TWILIGHT Challenge month... and so I have made a card with a twilight-y theme .. now the first challenge (week 1) is to use any of the book covers for inspiration.... You've still got a couple of days left to enter!!!

Anyway, So here is my card:

The Artful Inkables sets that I have used are:
Pick a Pocket Piece and Into the Moonlight.... I also used one of the "vampire" charms that I purchased from Artful Inkables HERE.

The Copic colours I have used are:
B00, B02, V32, 35, 37, C3, C5 and C1 as well as the black spica pen. I used my white gel pen to add the white squares on the top and bottom of the card!

Thanks for stopping by!

New Challenge at Mad for Markers

Good morning! It's time for a new challenge over at Mad for Markers blog ... We would like to see you colour on something other than paper this time.

I thought I would show you some inspiration... whilst on Holidays in Adelaide I went shopping with my friend Ally and we found this cool shop with handpainted shoes... I had just got back from Certification and was all pumped up and inspired to colour ANYTHING... and so, we bought these shoes... in black and white...

and I coloured them .... in Blue Greens and Blues for Ally...

and in Violets and Red Violets for me....

I love my shoes!! :D Can't wait to see what you come up with for this... there are endless possibilities!! Link up your creations over at the Mad for Markers blog!!