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Monday, July 16, 2018

It's been an interesting week.....

Have you have those week when you wonder what each day will bring? There is always something different happening in my world but last week was a bit more stressful than the usual. However, we made our way through it and have arrived at the start of a new week so SUCCESS!

At Unstampabelles we are entering our third week of the July challenge

Fancy Frame or Border

Twist - How edgy can you be?

I made another card for this:

I got to use up some washi tape on the front
The fancy edges are cut from a gold shimmer card
The sentiment is a rub-on

The prima flower and several leaves are from the stash

The sentiment tag opens up to swing back the arms and show the inside
where I used a scrap of SU DP

My card inside comes from a set of cards purchased earlier this year from 
Secret Garden - Reasons to be Joyful

It was chosen because the colours matched but I quite like the message too

We all think we should be happy all the time but I think we should experience happiness sometimes and the rest is trying to create an atmosphere where it may fleetingly visit. 

Close up of the closure

Off you go to Unstampabelles  to visit and perhaps enter!

Now, an edge of a different kind.......

The sun setting on a perfectly still afternoon on Strahan harbour in Tassie's west coast.

Monday, July 9, 2018

More Frames and Borders for Unstampabelles

The challenge at Unstampabelles is to  use a (some)

Fancy Frame(s) or Border(s)

Twist - How edgy can you be?

Prize (random number draw)

You can also use both a frame and a border!

I decided to make a scrap page after I found some old photos this week.

I live on the edge of a river which is running into a sea on the bottom of the world. The river is in an island, which has borders or edges as a result of that sea. Across the river from me is a mountain - one of the few places in the world where a city has grown up at the foot of a mountain next to a river. 

Because this island is in the Southern seas it experiences an occasional cold front that comes directly from Antartica. Today is cold, wet and windy and there is some snow on the top of the mountain but it is not as cold as it was in 1986, when we got an Antartic blast of mega proportions and it snowed to sea level and stayed there for a day. 

I had seven photo's so used five on the front

(I have decided since taking these shots to put the two unused ones inside the notes page)

I used my Christmas edge dies and icicle dies to make and edgy edge!

I'm not that happy with it - I started off with something else in mind and ended with this.

Hope you can make something with a border and/or an edge

Saturday, July 7, 2018

This Little Piggy......

....believed she could!

Earlier in the piece SU put out  a stamp set called This Little Piggy
As soon as I saw it I had to have it

So, it has sat on my shelf for all this time and only used for the first time for this card!!!

Who else does that?

Hilde at Crafting with Dragonflies has asked for a card with ANIMALS
so this was the chance to use my little piggies!

Out came the stamps and the Copic pens......

The background is a piece of card that has been floating about for a while, used to mop up some spritzing and paint and stuff.....

Some careful fussy cutting and pop ups and a mount

Inside I continued the theme but more muted....

Looks like I need to retrim the right hand mount....

There you have it

We are having a rainy, snowy, cold winter's day with a touch of sunshine
Thought this view would suit....almost looks like a painting
Something else believing it can - so it does!

Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain.

Snowing as I'm walking ❄️😊❄️! Such a beautiful experience. Love this tree and it's intriguing roots .... wondering what's holding it upright !!

Monday, July 2, 2018

Challenge #81 at Unstampabelles: Fancy Frames and Borders

The twist is to be edgy!

We all have those gorgeous border dies floating in our stash or beautiful embossing folders with fancy frames or diecuts with fancy edges

Get them out and play!!!
I am going to have so much fun with this challenge

Remember, at Unstampabelles there are NO STAMPS to be used

For the first week I made a card but you can make anything really as long as you follow the theme and twist and it is a paper-based craft.

I saw several people on Pinterest had used a leaf die to create a border so I  tried it  - I only used  a single leaf die (from SU's new Stylish Stems set) and a sentiment die from Memory Box. 

These two colours are two new ones also from Stampin' Up 
These are returning to the collection - Mossy Meadow and Flirty Flamingo
I cut and glued these  two sheets together to create a duel mount and then die cut along the join line five times with my leaf die. I used the three complete leaves under the flowers later. I initially cut five leaves to insert into the left-over spaces and then cut another two from the same new Granny Apple Green card stock for the flowers . I also cut the sentiment from this.

I layered the mount onto a white card base.
I also used a white pen to create another border.

I added some Tara flowers and the aforementioned leaves.

The bottom photo was taken in the shade and it changed the whole colour scheme!
The first three are the better colours.

Here is another type of border for you

Remarkable caves located in the Tasman national park, explore the small cave system or head out the main cave to find a secluded hidden beach!,without,borders

Why not pop over to Unstampabelles and checkout the fabulous cards created by the DT.
You have a month to enter!

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Red, White and Blue for Eclectic Ellapu!

Hello - as the new July Challenge at Eclectic Ellapu, Elaine has announced the theme is to be:

RED, White and BLUE

I made a card

Using washi  tape for the background
and adding a die overlay

I have several packets of these Australia buttons
so I was to glad to use one

This sentiment is a new one from Stampin' Up

The base is a commercial card (blue)

Simple to make really when you have the idea
It's a bit of a mash-up from stuff on Pinterest

The crisp winter mornings around here leave you looking a bit red, white and blue lately......

Sometimes you've just gotta take a minute to appreciate your surroundings. What a magic morning this was, on the edge of Devil's Gullet, in the Northwest of Tassie.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Unstampabelles Final Week

Had one of those weeks when you need a sympathy card or two......

So, for Unstampabelle's final week of the June challenge

I used a piece of the new Stampin' Up Vellum DP and coloured up the back with Copics
I layered it with a frame onto a yellow piece - one of the new SU colours  - and a white card blank
A rub-on and some extra flowers completed it
My bling here is the pretty stained glass effect

Another view

A close up

The edge of the world 🌏 The Tarkine drive is a must when in Tasmania. I loved it 😍

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Using Baker's Twine for Crafting with Dragonflies

Hello Peeps - welcome back to sunny COLD Tasmania!

What an interesting week it has been in the world. Winter solstice here in Tasmania with Dark Mofo and lots of food and wine and fun and controversy. Lot's of visitors too - some even human! This one wasn't though - so magnificent and so endangered. Look at the power in that lift.......

Ange Anderson has the perfect job for flaunting her talent and my oh my is she a fine photographer! Check this incredible shot out😍 Can you imagine how exciting it must have been to bear witness? The passengers on Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Tasman Island Cruise were treated to this very sight near Tasman Island today.

Bet that gets the creative juices flowing! 
Good because Crafting with Dragonflies has a new challenge for the fortnight!

Hilde set us a task to use bakers twine on a card

I use it often but I wanted to use it in a different way for this challenge, so ..... to Pinterest!

I was obviously not the only one who wanted to use it in different ways as
I got some fabulous ideas there and combined two of my favorites to create my card

Firstly I used brads and gold twine to make a track across the background
and create a bit of backgroundinterest

I took an old SU punch and punched out three scalloped circles from waste card
- love that |I could use waste up!

I followed a tutorial I found to wind the bakers twine around the edges - you can see in the black one I went several spaces over and got a tighter (smaller) centre

The black twine is one less and the white twine is less again
Really it was all serendipitous!

My button centers were the hardest to complete as I wanted to get the right ones
That is why the pink one has two bits - a button and some bling 

I embossed my sentiment (SU) and added some extra bits of sparkle (SU)
The mount looked a bit bland so I ended up ruling a black line around and it just completed it for me.

Hope you enjoy seeing these and want to make your own flowers!

Why not try new ways of using bakers twine - OR, just use bakers twine and 
enter your work at the challenge at

I will enter this in the following challenges:

Crafty Calendar: Three of anything
Crafty Katz: Weekly challenge with twist - blooms
Southern Girls: Anything Goes