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Monday, March 20, 2017

Toowhit, Toowhoo!

It is midway through the current challenge at Unstampabelles, which is to Use Punctuation somewhere in your entry piece. Before I show you my latest bit of inspiration, here is a lovely photo of my home state to drool over.

Another superb dawn at Freycinet National Park this morning... What a privilege to be out there and watch it unfold.. Tassie always turns it on!! 

Thanks to Ian Rolfe for an amazing capture and beautiful words

I have walked those beaches and across the Hazards - often accompanied by myriad kids on a school camp. I have sailed around them too back in the day. It is truly a beautiful spot. 

On to my latest piece: I made a tag

I have a lot of chipboard and it is carefully put away and rarely see's the light of day. I decided it was time to raid the stash! One problem with it of course if that it soaks up paint so it took me several goes to get this own painted - I originally intended him to be green!

I used TH Distress Paints to get the final coverage. 
The foliage is a mixture of stencils and ink, ribbons shaped like leaves and diecuts.

The background is texture paste and stencils with paints

My word - WHOO!

I added a Scrapmat HB bit and inked it green to match

I added some ribbons to the tag and was going to add some glitter but decided against it.

A fun tag to add to a birthday present. 

You can go to Unstampabelles and see what else the team have created - be amazed!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Second Week of Unstampabelles March Challenge

The days are winding down a bit earlier and the chill is beginning to make its way into the evening but I just went outside and my tomato plant is taller than me and laden with fruit, the sun is shining and the air is laden with steamy moisture, as it rained last night and again this morning. It is probably only about 21 but it feels warmer. Autumn is upon us but my tomato's don't want to know about it!

This photo was taken several weeks ago

Now you can see it is taller and leaning over to the right because it is so top heavy and I need to restring it to the balcony for support. Also the leaves are turning yellow.
You can see how the chilli plant is also much bigger and is flowering

These are the other ones on the other balcony below. They are also taller and fuller and yellower now and producing lots of green fruit with a few yellow and red ones gradually appearing.

They are all potted and so need to be watered every day
The fruit is still primarily green but everyone is experiencing the same problem apparently unless you are growing them in a glasshouse. 

I have had a very busy fortnight with my husband rushed off to hospital again with a temperature of 40 and quite sick. He spent 10 days in there and has just come back home. His diagnosis was an apparent bacterial infection in the blood. Many antibiotics later he is home and seems to be getting better.

I could not really settle to make anything crafty so started to tidy away some of the mess that has built back up after Christmas and found a photo of my husband and myself taken quite a time ago in Melbourne at a birthday party for hubby's best friend. Ian was just turning 70 - he has since died and so the photo was quite poignant for me. Instead of putting it away I stopped cleaning up and scrapped it!

It was put together using another kit from D'lish and some pretty and bright buttons given to me by Meg at PMT (Polly and Meg's Treasures). The buttons were on my desk so I just picked up stuff from the stash that went with them and built it around them, the kit and the wooden sign. 

I added a line under the wood - an you see it does not have any colour or sparkle on it here?

The stencil was part of another kit from D'lish and I used some Cosmic Shimmer paste

This stencil was with the kit I used called 'Geometric Crush' 

I decided to colour up the wooden sentiment and used Copic pen and then went over it with Kiddy Glitz to get the same look as the Cosmic Shimmer.

The heart die is Elliana Heart Memory Box and it is cut from SU Curry Crush card

The paisley shimmery card is from packaging that came with Christmas present of PJ's - they arrived in a box with a sleeve, and this is part of the sleeve. The box is now being utilized to store my bling! The glassene envelope was in the kit as was the journalling card.

I apologize for the red hair - I have no longer got henna in my hair but it was all the rage in 2002 I believe! I still have the curls and the double chin and that scarf! The clothes have long been passed on - no longer fit me!

This is a photo of it with the wooden piece uncoloured. 
Which one is best? Not sure myself but what is done is done. 

It took me about an hour to pull stuff out, put it together, apply the paste and dry it off and journal. 

Where is the punctuation? 
In the journalling!

I don't think a plus sign is punctuation.

You can enter HERE by scrolling down to the linky at Unstampabelles!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

I need to get me a Calendar!

Except I have a lot of them and just don't use them! 
I am late (again) in getting my post for Crafting with Dragonflies up and running. At least I did make my card - last week in fact!

It is a new challenge: #67 Under the Sea

Well, we are surrounded by the sea here, and rivers too abound. This river runs right past my house and up into the hinterland of the island. The area this photo is taken in is called New Norfolk.

There is no name of the photographer but here is the blog site I got it from:

If you went under the water there you would probably find lots of fishes and plant life.....and this river flows out to the Southern Ocean

I started to create my underwater scene by smearing around some Dylusions Paint......

.....and then spritzing it with lots of water.......
then adding some texture paste........

.....then I inked the paste with TH inks.....

...and stamped an underwater scene onto the remaining card with my Momento Black ink - however I didn't get a clear black sharp look - I have since purchased a Ranger Archival ink which I think will improve matters. Still, it does gives me a watery look....

I stamped out the big fish and then coloured him in and positioned him on some dimensionals 

Mounted on some purple card and then some white ink and pen added in places - I hope it does the trick!

Best fishes to you all and please go over to 
ans see the other work by the Design Team and then enter the fortnightly challenge!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Second Challenge at Unstampabelles for 2017

Guess what it is?  Bet you will never guess correctly! 

It is to use PUNCTUATION in your work
Twist: be amusing if you can!

No, that could be quite hard BUT

.....there are lots of ways you can use punctuation in a scrap page, or a card or tag

This is how I did mine!

Firstly I looked through all my die sets and found suitable dies that could be used for punctuation signs - you will be amazed at home many the are - all the fiddly little things. The skull and crossbones came from a kids pirate set! There are flower centres and swirls cut in two and stars and of course the ampersand from a Stamping Up' set. 

Then using an idea from Pinterest from flashcards for punctuation signs, I made a card for my BIL whose birthday is on the 29th February. 

That means this year he didn't have a day to celebrate it on - as it was wedged between the the 28th and the 1st and over in a second!

I made the signs on the outside into a little story leading up to the inside.....

The colan was easy but the rest had to be hand drawn and fussy cut.

Then I layered them onto SU Suede, and Very Vanilla, and put them on a black card blank.

That made the front - now for inside

You can make what you want of the inside

 eg Happy:
"81st plus 1/4" Birthday


"Bloody 81st"

Your turn - as long as there are 10 letters or numbers in there.......I know, very warped isn't it (my sense of humor, that is....)

There is a Random Number Prize from the entries - it will be an unopened package of a magazine, with a die and embossing folder

So - off to Unstampabelles to see what else is there from the Design Team and where to enter!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Eclectic Ellapu's newest Challenge: Spring or Easter

Well, Spring is a long way away for me but as I am not ready for Easter yet either and I had gotten a wonderfully suitable kit from D'Lish a few weeks ago that I decided to go for Spring!

If you want to play with Eclectic Ellapu you can go HERE

The Design Team have some beautiful things to show

I used quite a bit of the kit but I still have some delicious stuff left in my stash that I cannot wait to use on something else - best thing about a kit.

I know I can stamp for this Challenge but I chose not to anyway as I had a new die with the four seasons featured. Do you like the jewelled dragonfly? So pretty - it was not part of the kit but in my stash and I had to use it here.

The kit had a bicycle with a basket and lots of flowers - I put pink card behind the basket to hide the flower stems and added the bow (which came from another previous kit).

The background paper is from a magazine 'freebie' and the mount is SU Soft Sky.
I freehand cut a heart in pink for the seat as well but then decided to add the extra flower for balance

Is that Spring enough? 

I will enter this is the following:
D'Lish Scraps - Fresh cut board

Monday, February 27, 2017

Final Week for the Anything Goes Challenge at Unstampabelles

You have five days left to get an entry in to this challenge. Many people have gone before you and they all comment on how much they enjoyed the experience of going cold turkey - ie without stamping! It really can test the ingenuity. In fact I am finding sometimes I have to make myself look for a stamp rather than something else when I am making something for another challenge or at least not for Unstampabelles. 

I found myself making another box for this challenge. It is because I saw this on Pinterest and thought how cute it was and so I had to make one. The one I saw also contained manicure and pedicure items and that was what attracted me I think. It was very easy and the finished product was filled with some manicure/pedicure things - more than is shown here as I added some later - and given as a gift to a friend.

The lid hinges up and then closes by slipping down with the side flaps inside and this holds it shut.
This was the prototype for me so it is not as neat as I would like but it wasn't too bad. Learning where to put the glue is the main bit. I used my SU scoring board to score all the lines at once. 

The 'sentiment' on the front is a wooden one I got from D-lish - I get a kit a month from them and if you don't use it up straight away they do build up but they are usually soooooo cute.......and of course I always need new stash (uhum)........and pieces often come in useful like this one! Enough excuses - I mixed two diferent embossing powders together to get this pinkish red and wet embossed the wood diecut. I also added some glitter to the mix but I should also have remembered to use a clear EP over the top as the glitter does not always get caught and comes off a bit.

I like the reference to beauty and to the personal in the pun as I was going to fill it with beauty products. The strip of glittery card and a strip or two of washi tape on top allowed me to decorate without too much bulk. You could do what ever you wanted of course and go to town, but I went for a simpler look. A ribbon bow on the diecut and that was it. 

So another box for Unstampabelles this month 

Let's see what you came up with.

I will leave you with this photo taken by a friend of mine (Hi Glenda) during the Wooden Boat Festival - no she (the boat) is not a wooden boat  - she is the Ovation of the Seas: a huge Cruising Boat - and she called in that weekend at Hobart. Here she is wedged between the iconic Art School in buildings built in the 1840's  (left side) as a factory and a newly created Hotel (as yet unnamed and incomplete) reconstituted out of another old wharf building shed Number 3 (right side). The building in front of her is also an old shipping shed (No 2) refurbished to allow easy access on and off the wharf for people off various cruise ships. This is a 10 minute walk from the city centre. 

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Go Purple for Crafting with Dragonflies

The latest challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies is to use the color Purple in a card.

I saw this idea used in Die-Cutting Essentials magazine (pg 31) by Tara Capewell 
and so I had a go at it

I think my oval was a bit too small - should have used the next size up

I think I would also use a die cut with a featured edge next time too
- perhaps a stitched line?

Anyway, I liked the idea and it worked - I used my new Penny black stamp Fresh and Momento Black ink but I am not that happy with my ink pad. 

I think I need a new black ink to go to when I want a clear black line every time - the Momento is OK most of the time but I note that Tara used a Ranger Archival ink and it gives a strong outline.

I used a sentiment from SU Pursuit of Happiness set and my Copic pens to colour

I had a packet of 3 of these from Shiploads $2 shop and thought it was just the place to use it. 

Instead of using card behind as a mount, I ran my Copic pen around the outside of the white card blank and pretended I had mounted the image. 

Colouring in make me happy so the sentiment makes sense to me!

Anyway, you can go purple in your own way and you have a fortnight to enter it at 

Want to see a pretty photo?

Now, that's how nature does purple.......

Photo by TassieGrammer
Nature has it's own ways of making things seem small ⛈ This is the Bonnet Island Lighthouse in Macquarie Harbour on the west coast of Tasmania.