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Monday, June 18, 2018

Week Three for Unstampabelles

The challenge this month at Unstampabelles is

Challenge#80: Flowers and more flowers 
TWIST Bling it up!

Yes,there is a random number draw for a give-away

Today's DT piece is another card

My daffodils are just pushing their heads through the soil and are a long way off flowering but these from Joanna Sheen are nodding their heads already. 

The die set and embossing folder came with a Joanna Sheen card kit and were good value.

Included in the kit were sheets of paper and lots of ideas and as my mojo has been angling for retirement lately I made good use of it all. 

Photo's at various angles to give you the idea of the dimension

Hope to see you playing along with us at Unstampabelles. 

I am not sure who to this shot of the new Hotel at the Wharf and of the Mawson statues but it is fabulous and it wasn't me. Love the soft colours - from memory it was taken on the last day of autumn. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Week Two for Unstampabelles

Just a quick post with photo's of the card I made for week 2 at Unstampabelles - the challenge goes for a month and the theme is Flowers and more Flowers! The twist is to bling it up a little!

Got to love a freebie - this flower die and butterfly and the embossing folder set were with a magazine I purchased last week and made into a quick card!

The sentiment is a rub-on

I used scraps to make the flowers......

A bit of mix and max......

I like the way the butterfly stands up
Also the embossing has been swiped gently with ink...

I added some bling!

Here is a quick look at the lovely winter days we have been having.....

The mountain, the Brewery (Cascades) - this is where the floods started last month!  Can you tell now? The stone facade is the only thing left standing of the brewery after the 1967 fires. 

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Ribbons and Lace for Crafting with Dragonflies

I am so late with this. I didn't do anything crafting yesterday but  gardened, lay on the couch, read and played with the cat. It was a beautiful day too - Weasley and I went for a walk on his lead - he leads.

Today I was running around catching up! It was also a beautiful day but I didn't get much time outside as I was washing and cleaning and cooking and then trying to craft in a hurry. The problem is I didn't do anything all last week either so I had no fallback! Dreadful!

Here is my card for Hilde at Crafting with Dragonflies. Photography is terrible as it was after sunset and in twilight outside using the reflected light through the kitchen window to try and get a good shot.

Ribbon, lace and gold twine

.......layering and layering......

Mounted on gold and then the shimmer card

The porcelain button from the stash!

There you have it - hope you can join in the fun for the fortnight at Crafting with Dragonflies. 

Here is a photo I didn't take of a prickly little fellow - you would have seen him on Attenborough the other night perhaps?

WOW… a gorgeous echidna lunching on ants, in bushland just near Hobart, thanks to Kelvin Ball.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Flowers for Unstampabelles

Hello Peeps - it's June and it's winter already. I am keying this in while sitting over a heater trying to keep warm despite wearing a jumper (sweater).  It is a calm, blue day outside. There will be a pretty sunset tonight I think.

This photo was taken by Kate Sice, the owner of Botanical, my favorite flower shop in Hobart. 
This is the outside of her shop one day last week, with the reflection of the old building over the road in her window. 

Unstampabelles June challenge is Flowers and More Flowers
The TWIST is to bling it up!

I made a card....

I used my foil machine to create the fame and the sentiment

Commercially made flowers - not sure who made these or where I got them - I have drawers full of flowers and containers full of flower dies........ obsessed? Perhaps......these are made with white lace and tulle and are very pretty. The little pink ones came from D'Lish.....

The gold frame was foiled first and it embossed too as I had a thick  piece of card in the mix. However, when I tried to get the same result with the sentiment it didn't quite work as well. 

Out of the direct light and taken with a flash the gold looks almost black in places

On to a Weasley tale (tail?)........

Last night about 9.30 he escaped outside when I foolishly opened the laundry door thinking he was not around. He leapt over my foot and ran down the back stairs to the garden. I did initially go after him but realised it was hopeless - I could not see in the dark! 

However, I know he is a scardy-cat so I came back upstairs and closed the door a bit and waited - sure enough, five minutes later he is skulking at the bottom of the stairs and when I went and picked him up there was little resistance! I went to the laundry again this morning and he was at the door in a flash - trying to get out! He tried to tell me he was not planning an escape again.........

...I didn't believe him!

Friday, June 1, 2018

June is Busting Out All Over!

Hello Peeps - June huh! Well, over at Eclectic Ellapu the new challenge for June is ..........

Anything Goes 

We know how much everyone enjoys these so craft away!

I made a cover for a little notebook I had using a Darkroom Stamp stamp set and some zentangling

I started with a small memo book

I took off the front cover, sliced the pages and then made a new cover. I then worked on this with the stamps and the zentangling, coloured it up and sprayed it before adding five holes and some ribbon.

My original design used some album rings but they were way too big so I had to resort to the ribbon

I added a bookmark with some ribbon and beads too

A close up of my zentangles

This is what the back looks like at the moment

I thought it might slip into my purse for quick notes, lists and reminders to myself
We will see how it survives.
I may still try to get some small rings rather than the ribbon

Anyway, there you have it - why not think about what you can do for Eclectic Ellapu in June?

Monday, May 28, 2018

Last week in May and Last Week for Challenge#79 at Unstampabelles

Hello Peeps!

Less than a week to go in May - Wow! Nope, not even going to think about that.......

Unstampabelles has only five days to run on it's latest challenge

Challenge#79: 1, 2 and 3 items 

Twist - journal about it

Now, your 1, 2 and 3 can be 3 different items you made or perhaps you added 1, 2 and 3 different items to your craft piece or you used the numbers 1, 2 and 3 somewhere in your work or......

The TWIST is to journal about your journey whilst making the item in your blog 
- tell us all about it!

I made a card this time.

You can see it better here:

I used a piece of w/c paper and some Brusho's to create the background some time ago. It was well and truly dried. 

I used a card from a pack called "Reasons to be Joyful" by affimations
I cut it down to size and added a mount
Tucking a doily behind it - a new one from SU - it's pearly
I squeezed three spots of red Pearls onto the card and of course one splattered but the sentiment covered that - I have looked beyond it!
The close up gives greater details

One doily
Two birds 
Three drops of red pearls

Happy Crafting 

I am going to enter this one too at Southern Girls: Sparkle and Shine

My photo is of Coles Bay on the East Coast - now we have access to drones and helicopter imags we get to see a new perspective

The beautiful townships of Swanwick and Coles Bay, in the Freycinet National.Park, with the spectacular Hazards mountain ranges in the background.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Colour Purple

Isn't there a film by that name? Anyway, Hilde at Crafting with Dragonflies want us to get our purple on this fortnight for the new challenge so I had a go. I had been scouting through magazines looking at inspiration and saw a card called Galaxy made by Cristina Martinez Diez using blending ink on watercolour and flicking paint onto it to create a galaxy background.

I have just been watching the three night series here in Australia on the ABC called Star Gazing, showcasing the talents of Brian Cox and others and our beautiful night skies so I got inspired to create my own night sky!

In a Galaxy far, far away........

I used Tim Holtz inks on watercolour paper, and added a spray of water prior to smooching the ink, and again during the process. I dried it off and spayed it with TH White paint. 

I got a lovely depth that way - my nebula looks amazing

I used a piece of vellum and embossed using white EP onto it.
The sentiment comes from a new SU set called Petal Palette - it is a 2 box set and one is completely sentiments - so useful.

Cristina's card left it at the ink and sentiment but I have added three small star puffy stickers and it looks OK!

I will leave you with a photo of our night sky one day last week.....

An astonishing photo of the Lady Aurora and Milky Way arching perfectly over Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake thanks to Ben Maze.

Hop on over to Crafting with Dragonflies and see what else is there to inspire!

I am going to enter this in the challenge over at Southern Girls : Sparkle and Shine