Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Blog candy

to say thanks to all my loyal blog followers and show my appreciation for the friendships and encouragement I receive from all of you I'd like to give away some candy....

What is included?? A Clear stamp of Bonnie from Spesch stamps, some Christina Re paper, card pack, silhouette stickers and buckles, a pack of 15 sheets of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Super Smooth paper, a pink Spica pen, a white gel pen (just like the one I use ALL the time) and some double sided tape. I'll also add in some stamped images from the Magnolia Spring Kit :D

What to do in order to be included in the draw???
  1. Become a follower (if you are not yet)
  2. Post a link to my candy on your own blog
  3. Add your name to Mister Linky below - with the link to your post about this candy.
  4. If you are already a follower please add your name again as a 2nd link for another chance at winning.
This candy is open to everyone - international entrants welcome also. If you don't have a blog enter my blog address and email me your name/ details.

open until May 11th at 5pm
(check the clock on the left sidebar for my local time!)

Monday, 26 April 2010

Artful INKables Epic Tales bookmark

Time for some twilight inspired stuff.. tee hee .. we saw lots of New Moon DVD/ merchandise at Big W today and I was asking DH to buy me an Edward shirt .. He said I could buy it myself! lol! I didn't though, so anyway... I have once again used the Epic tales set available at Artful INKables HERE! This time I have made a bookmark...

I've used a few of the stamps from the set plus one from the Fictionally inspired set (Greetings from) ... The top part was made by stamping onto the cardstock to clean off the stamps - I thought it looked pretty cool with the faint lines on top of each other and decided to use it on the bookmark. I decided to use the eyes and think they look a bit freaky the way I've cut and laid them on the bookmark.. but let's face it the Volturi 'from Volterra' ARE freaky!

This bookmark would go perfectly in any of the Twilight books OR any other lovely fantasy novel
(well any book really)

Here is another view with the ribbon hidden behind the bookmark...

and a close-up so that you can see the gorgeous charm ... Kristin has some lovely charms available in the store HERE and there are some Vampire Romance themed charms here including the apple like I have used on this bookmark :D

Thanks for looking! Don't forget to check the Artful Inkables blog tomorrow for the new THINK INK challenge!!

Mad for Markers

Our new challenge has gone live today and the theme of the challenge is to create something using shades of one colour. We have the wonderful Debbie P as our guest designer so pop on over the the blog and see her gorgeous creation for this challenge. We have also introduced Annette today who will be joining the Design Team! :D

Also more GREAT NEWS.... I am now going to be shipping stock to New Zealand.. so if you or people you know live in NZ and want Copics then you can now get them through Mad for Markers :) YAY

I made this card for a very lovely friend of ours :D and gave it to her last night ... she is another friend who likes purple (yup I choose friends who like purple. lol .. jk)

Thanks to Trace who stamped up this beautiful Sweet Pea image for me. I coloured it in with R000, R00, E000, R20, V12, V09, V06, V000, V11, V04, R81, R83, B60

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Michelle Perkett studio Earth Day blog hop

Hello! And welcome to my stop on the Michelle Perkett Studio Earth Day blog hop, if you came here from Deanne's blog you are right on track.. if not please pop on over to the beginning Michelle's blog

Michelle wanted us to Create something using only recycled material (other than ink and markers/paint) cards are fine but lets get creative with your recycled plastic, paper, cardboard and whatever you like, as long as its recycled!!:)

Also, there must be some green in your design as well! OK.. so, here is my card...

I used this gorgeous emerald enchantment stamp and had to colour the circle shape in like a globe for the earth day theme! I used a mix of different Greens and blues, Blue greens for this card and coloured on Xpress IT's Copic blending card (it's so lovely!)... I also added some Kinderglitz sparkles. Want to see some before shots ... I used 2 old cards and a pasta box for the main elements of this card...

your next stop on your hop is Tana

Thanks for hopping by!


Lest We Forget!

"They shall not grow old as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

we will remember them."
"Here's Rosemary - That's for remembrance!"

Today is ANZAC Day and here in Australia and in New Zealand - we remember all those who fought for the freedom which we enjoy today. I am very thankful to all past and present soldiers who sacrificed so much. Thinking also of the families of those in service now and for all those who've lost loved ones! xxx

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Oh Alice ... CHAPTER 10: QUEEN of TARTS...

"On this the White Rabbit blew three blasts on the trumpet, and then unrolled the parchment scroll, and read as follows:
`The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,
All on a summer day:

The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts,
And took them quite away!'

Uh ohhhhhhh...someone has stolen the Queen's Tarts! That's a no-no! We need to restore the sweetness back to Wonderland, don't you agree? That means it's time for a sweet treat here...or maybe a mushroom or two? I think I saw one floating around here that said "Eat Me" ;) Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to incorporate FOOD into this week's project! Everyone loves a little treat, right? We have ANOTHER TREAT for you today...and it's a rather LARGE and generous portion!

We are thrilled to welcome...

as our sponsor this week!

Make sure your entry is linked up to the Oh, Alice! blog by FRIDAY April 30th at 8PM CST for your chance to win the Gift Certificate and be sure to stop by the CLEAR AND SIMPLE STAMPS store to savor the sweetness they have for sale! We can't wait to see what delectable delights YOU come up with! Please use keyword OAC10 when uploading the a public gallery...thanks! Life is short...SAVOR the SWEETNESS!

I used a digistamp by Michelle Perkett - available here as well as some scummy rasberry and cupcake glittery CS. I also used some cupcake brads I got at the Craft Expo back in ??March??
The sentiments are from Bizzy Becs and I cut out the inside of the tickets to use on this card!

Mmm... yes, actually I think I'm off to make a cuppa and have some cake! LOL!!

PS. Make sure you check out the rest of the AWESOME DT's yummy scrummy creations....

New release for Mother's Day

Today at Spesch stamps - Trace is releasing THIS stamp. Christina has designed the best Mothers Day image but you can also use this one for a new baby card as well - which is what I decided to do as some friends just had another baby a bit over a week ago. Here is the card I made....

The colours I used are:
mum's skin: E000, 00, dress: B00, 02, 05, Baby skin: R000, 00, 20, baby's wrap: R81, 83

Pop on over to Spesch stamps and see the wonderful creations the DT have come up with!!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

A birthday card for a good friend

I made this card for a very good friend of mine - T! Her birthday was a couple of weeks ago and I was a bit slow and then stuffed up the delivery address so it came back (along with the few Copics I sent her as a pressie) but ... She finally got it - YAY!

I used the new Spotlight Scrapbooking stamping kit from TGF! I JUST LOVE this Anya! I made it mostly purple as we are both purple lovers :D

Thanks for stopping by!

Magnolias + Bread

I have been a bit slack... no crafty creations to post... as have been tired and unmotivated this week... anyway, I have cut up my Magnolia Spring kit.. and mounted some... but need to get some more EZ mount.. have been stamping them for me and to send out a few RAKS.

I have also started colouring some but am not liking the results immensely! Will post a card in the next day or so though. I have signed up to one of Suzanne Dean's Copic colour classes to try and improve my colouring techniques.. will see how it goes!

FOOD FLASH ## This week Guy found a new gluten free bread mix and yesterday I made it up...
YUMMO!!! It's the best gf bread mix I've tasted so far. It's made by Momentum foods :)

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Artful INKAbles April Flower hop

Welcome to the Artful INKables blog hop! We are celebrating the fabulous month of April with some amazing April flowers the Artful INKables way!
If you haven’t come here from Kristin’s (AI) Blog, be sure to hop on over to the Artful INKables Blog, you don’t want to miss anything for today’s hop!

For this flower hop I have used some images from the gorgeous Fairy Whimsey set. I loved these images so much I had to make a couple of cards!I combined the delightful fairy baby and one of the flowers for the main image and then cut up the Wonder Whimsey Magic sentiment to space it out a bit. The paper is some of the gorgeous ones Trace sent me from Anna's Craft cupboard and the blooms are Prima. I used the following copics - flower: Y21, 17, R85,83,81, G07, 02, 00, baby:R000, 00, 11, 20, wings:R81,83 + kinderglitz, hat: E35, 33,31

My second card is a lot simpler and I think works better!? I love this whimsical flower!! Paper is from my stash and the embossing is the Script cuttlebug folder. The Copics I used are: G07,02, 00, BV13, 04, 02, Y11, 15, 00

Make sure to comment on every one's blog, because one lucky commenter will win a $10.00 gift certificate to spend at the Artful INKables store! Please leave your comments by Friday, April 23rd, 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time, one lucky winner will be chosen on Saturday, April 24th.

Thank you for participating in today’s blog hop, now hop on over to Ann’s blog, you will love everything you see today! :)

Monday, 19 April 2010


It's Monday!! So that means it's time for my Artful INKables post.
Currently there is a great Think Ink challenge running.. set by the wonderful Jackie. She wants us to use paint swatches on our creations.... now I did not have any physical paint samples and was exhausted after my long weekend and so I had to improvise. I downloaded an image from sxc of some paint swatches to use on my creation! I have used stamps from the Game on mini set.

Here is some more info about 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! JUST ENTER YOUR NAME/LINK TWICE ON MR. LINKY!!!

* You have until Monday, April 26, 2010, midnight Pacific Standard Time to link your creation to this post. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, April 27, 2010 to win a GRAB BAG of AI STAMPS!

* When posting your link, please post the link directly to your creation- so if it's on your blog, please link it directly to the specific post with your creation.

* If uploading to SCS or PCP, please add the keyword AIC18

POST your entries on the Artful INKables blog!! AND check out the blog tomorrow for the April BLOG hop!! I can't wait and have a lovely little card made up.

Jodie's blog candy

Jodie is celebrating 6 great months of blogging AND she is doing so with some very lovely blog candy!! You won't want to miss checking this out and entering... part of the requirements are to become a follower of her blog and I can tell you her blog is one that you will WANT to follow - She makes some WONDERFUL creations!!

A sweet as sugar 30th card for a busy weekend

Well I'm home again after a looong weekend in Adelaide!! :D
I went for my friend's 30th and here is the card that I made for her... it was from a few of us... when I lived in residential college 12 years ago (oh -feeling old) there were three other girls that I became great friends with. They are still counted as my closest friends now... and as we all live in separate states it's not often that we get together so it's special when we do.... Anyway .. I wanted to have 4 girls on the card... so I used some Miss Anya's that were stamped up for me by Em and Debbie! Thanks girls :D

I am entering this card into the Anyone for Anya challenge... which is Sweet as Sugar - they want cards to be pretty and girly... I think this is pretty and girly - Don't you???

Here's a pic of the four of us at the party... as you can tell I had a haircut over the weekend too!

Well I was up at 4.30am to go catch the plane home so I'm feeling pretty dopey and waffling more than normal I think - have to keep going back and deleting bits... haha!! Was very thankful to C who woke up and drove me to the airport this morning and then also for Guy who picked me up - which meant he was late for work... but I was glad to see him.

anyway, my Spring kit from Magnolia has arrived! YAY! so I'm sure you'll be seeing lots of that on here soon and I'll be back later with an Artful INKables card AND tomorrow is the Artful INKables blog hop so make sure you join in!!

am still catching up on emails and blog reading/ visiting! Will talk soon! Thanks for stopping by,

Saturday, 17 April 2010

OH, ALICE ...CHAPTER 9: Somewhere in the Sunny, Sketchy, Afternoon...

Alice in Wonderland, how do you get to Wonderland?
Over the hill or underland, or just behind the tree?
When clouds go rolling by, they roll away and leave the sky.
Where is the land beyond the eye, that people can not see, where can it be?
Where do stars go, where is the crescent moon?
They must be somewhere in the sunny afternoon.
Alice in Wonderland, where is the path to Wonderland?
Over the hill or here or there, I wonder where.

Hello! Hopefully it's a Sunny, Golden afternoon in your neck of this Wonderland! We have a Sketch Challenge for you today brought to you by our very own TASHA! Here's the sketch:
We hope you'll join us this week down the Rabbit Hole for this fun sketch. What's more? There is a VERY generous prize offering this week from The BEARY SCRAP! The Beary Scrap is a sweet one-stop shop for all of your papercrafting needs and are offering an AMAZING $20 Gift Voucher for one lucky winner this week!

So let's get started! Finish that tea and get crafting! There's no time limit to use this FABULOUS sketch, but if you want to throw your MAD HAT into the ring for the $20 Gift Voucher, please link your entry by Friday, April 23rd at 8pm CST! The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 24th with our next Challenge! Good luck!

I decided to try and go for a Clean and Simple card this time... It was HARD for me! LOL!
The sentiment is a ticket from Bizzy Becs.. and the Tilda image was stamped for me by Tracey... You can buy Magnolia's from our sponsor this week - Beary Scraps :D
Trace also surprised me this week with some GORGEOUS papers from Anna's Craft Cupboard! Thanks so much hun.. it really made my day/ week! The PP I used here is one of those... and the "doiley paper" is Basic Grey!

I used the following Copics:
Skin: E000, E00, R20
Hair: E53, 51, 50, Y21
Blues - B00, 12, 23, 32 and 0 - Colourless blender!

Thanks for stopping by... please check out the other wonderful Design Teams work too and leave them some love! :D

I'm in Adelaide for the weekend for one of my best friend's birthdays! so no blogging for a couple of days and these last couple were scheduled :D Will be back on Monday!!

Friday, 16 April 2010

Spesch stamps engagement image

Spesch stamps is releasing a NEW image today and it's this gorgeous engagement image... this is the card that I made with this lovely new image! pop on over to Spesch Stamps today and find out more!!!

I'm away in Adelaide this weekend... so have scheduled this post and will be back again Monday!!

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Sweet Pea stamps customer challenge

This ATC was created for the Sweet Pea stamps customer challenge... Following these rules:
April Customer Card Challenge:
1. Using ONLY Sweet Pea Stamps ... tick
2. Create an ATC (2.5" x 3.5") Card ... tick
3. Use Purple and Pink.... tick
4. Include an 'Odd' Embellishment.... tick - the cupcake is a little out of place!?!?!
Thanks for stopping by!!

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

MDUC :: Olden Days

Here is my entry for the Magnolia Down Under challenge this week, which is: "OLDEN DAYS" :: To colour the image in black, white and greys and have colourful, vintage (what ever you like) papers.

This was another image that Trace stamped up for me - How lucky am I!! I coloured her in with the Copic Ciao Warm Grays - W-1, 3, 5, 7. The sentiment is another ticket from Bizzy Becs, I cut the outside edge off. And the paper and flowers are from the stach I picked up at my LSS sale last week! Thanks for looking .. I must admit I was feeling rather Mojo-less for this card!

It's time for another Artful INKables Think INK challenge!
This Challenge has been issued by Jackie - She wants us to: use a Color Swatch on your card!

You have two weeks to complete the challenge and add your link to the main post over on the Artful INKables Blog to have your entry counted! Pop over to the Artful INKables Blog for all the details and would love to see you play along!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Mad for Markers challenge # one

This ATC was made for the current colour challenge over at Mad for Markers!!
I was very happy to receive a Copic order today including my R00 refill! YAY!!!

This Miss Anya (available in Aus at the Stamp Spot) was coloured with:
Skin: E000, E00, E02, R20
Hair: E31, E33, E35
Skirt + shoes: BG11, BG15
Top: R20, R81, R83, necklace - R20, R81, R83, 85 + pink Spica pen.

Pop on over to Debra's blog today for some more inspiration for this colour challenge! :D

Huge thanks to Trace for stamping me up this image!!! xxx

Monday, 12 April 2010

Artful INKABLES :: CD/ ALBUM COVER challenge

I am posting AGAIN today! As you can tell my brain is a little scattered right now and I think I left my MOJO in the central west somewhere!!!

But... TODAY is my posting day for Artful INKables and so here is my post! :D

The current Think Ink challenge is still going.... You have until Monday, April 12, 2010, midnight Pacific Standard Time to link your creation to this post. A winner will be chosen Tuesday, April 13, 2010 to win a GRAB BAG of AI STAMPS! so hop to it!! You don't have to use AI stamps but we'd love to see them if you do.

OK.... so here is some inspiration from me... I am mixing my fantasy up a bit with Avatar meets Twilight! lol! I used the album cover for the Avatar soundtrack ...
and I also used the Twilight inspired stamps set Epic tales again!! although I lost one of the eyes! I just cut out one of them to use on this card + I used the Love eclipses Fear sentiment. I cut out the big words LOVE myself. Here's the card...

I'm not all that happy with it... might rework it and repost it later but just trying to give you all a bit more inspiration for this challenge! Pop on over to the Artful Inkables blog for more inspiration AND to enter the challenge!!

Thanks for stopping by... am off to the osteopath/ chiropractor soon and looking forward to is as been feeling pretty rotton these last couple of days! Am still catching up on my blog hopping and commenting.. hope to be round soon!!

Bonnie is going CLEAR!!!!

Who would like to see our little miss in clear......????

Tracey at Spesch Stamps is going to be doing a special preorder. If you are interested in getting this little miss in clear polymer than please leave your name over here. Only people who comment on that post will get her for the special pre-order price!

She will be selling clear stamps for $8.50 but if you register your interest today you can get her for $7.00 but only with this preorder.

The preorder will run for a week ... and it will take approx 2-3weeks for the stamp to come in (so it will be approx 4 weeks).

And here is a bit of inspiration for you.. Bonnie has been stamped with one of the sample stamps - and she stamped so beautifully!!

TGF Battle - WEEK#3 {{BY EMMA!!}}

Battle three is underway at The Greeting Farm... and we are through to this round thanks to Fran's Awesome teacup easel card and for round 3 EMMA has created this gorgeous layout!!

How could you not want to vote for this gorgeous LO and gorgeous girls!?! If you would like to vote for us this week then please go HERE and leave a comment!

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Oh Alice ...CHAPTER 8: You can learn a lot of things from the FLOWERS...

`Never mind!' Alice said in a soothing tone, and stooping down to the daisies, who were just beginning again, she whispered, `If you don't hold your tongues, I'll pick you!'

There was silence in a moment, and several of the pink daisies turned white.

`That's right!' said the Tiger-lily. `The daisies are worst of all. When one speaks, they all begin together, and it's enough to make one wither to hear the way they go on!'

`How is it you can all talk so nicely?' Alice said, hoping to get it into a better temper by a compliment. `I've been in many gardens before, but none of the flowers could talk.'

Hello everyone! What a sweet, sunny sign of Spring it is when all of our floral friends come out to play! Here at the Oh, Alice! Blog, we definitely agree with Alice that you can learn a lot of things from the flowers! This week's challenge? You got it! USE FLOWERS on your card or project!

We have ANOTHER generous prize to give away this week! We at Oh, Alice are just floored at the outpouring of generosity from these wonderful companies and are thrilled to announce that this week's prize is being donated by STAMPOTIQUE!

That's right! ONE RANDOM WINNER will be chosen to WIN a $15 GC to the STAMPOTIQUE Make sure you link your creation on the Oh, Alice blog and use OAC8 as your keyword when uploading to a gallery. Thanks! store! (they sell rubber stamps and other goodies :) Good luck, and we'll announce the winner during next week's challenge, so get those entries in by Friday, April 16th at 8pm CST!

I'm in Orange this weekend as my sister is having an art show and so I can't tell you the Copics I used as I think I left that piece of paper back home.... but the image I used is Spring Flower from Spesch stamps ... I thought it fit perfectly with this week's quote... LOVE that part where all the flowers speak with Alice! :D The sentiment ticket is from Bizzy Becs. I raided my sisters ribbon stash and mum's scrapbooking paper as I left all my solid coloured card at home. So it's a mix mashed card today!! LOL! Here's a close up pic :) Once again I went crazy with my white gel pen!!

Happy Stamping and Happy Spring (or AUTUMN if you are like me. lol)!!

Thursday, 8 April 2010

MDUC :: Thank you theme

YAY! I am finally getting to enter a Magnolia Down Under Challenge again!! :D This week's challenge is a Thank-you theme ... There are some LOVELY creations from the DT and some wonderful new DT members too... pop on over and have a look!! anyways, so here is my Thank-you card!!

Huge thanks to lovely Tracey who stamped me up some of her Magnolia's. Yesterday - I went to my LSS - All About Scrapbooks who are having a sale at the moment and picked up a few things... sheets of discounted paper and some lovely Prima flowers. this paper (Fancy Papers - Daydreams by Nancie Rowe-Janitz) was one of the sheets I got! Isn't it bright... so I had to colour Tilda in brightly to match!! :D The doiley paper is a laser cut sheet from Basic Brey and the butterfly "thank-you" is from a file of sentiments that Ann from Raindrop Echo Designs made! Isn't she clever!!!
The Copics I used are--> Skin: E000, 00, 11, Hair: E35, 27,29, bandana: V000, 04, 06, Dress/ shoes: RV04, 06, 34, 02, flowers: YR16, 23, 20, G02, 14, 05 + accents done with White gel pen!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to pop past Mad for Markers as Tracey has done an excellent tutorial on colouring clothes .... and the challenge is still going!!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Anya Ink + Anyone for Anya

This is my card for two challenges this week!

Firstly it's the first Anya Ink challenge under their new boss lady Kristy!
Their first challenge under the new ownership is
ANYTHING GOES: Make a card or project using any TGF stamp!

this week at Anyone for Anya the challenge is anything you want

I used this gorgeous image - Cheekie Cherries - Shooter from the Greeting Farm... the stamped image was sent to me by Debbie and Em - Thanks girls.. it's so great to have a few of these to play with!!

The colours??
hair: YR31, E50, 51, 53
Face/ Skin: R000, 00, 11
Hat and clothing: R85, 59
gun + shadows: C7, 3,1