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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Challenge #70 - Let's Hear it for the Girls (Midway) for the Squirrel and the Fox DT

for the whole month - so we are having more girls in the 
Let's Hear it for the Girls 

In fact, MIC has a challenge running too for this fortnight - a colouring challenge:

MIC Facebook Challenge: Something Girly

MIC Easy Colouring Challenge: Pink and Brown

MIC Hard Colouring Challenge: Curly Hair

Make it Crafty

So, why not combine with both and colour up a girly image and enter both competitions. 
Obviously you can win great images from the folks at MIC !

My card is for new parents and uses a MIC image!

The hair is curly and brown too, and there is lots of pink in there as well!

My sentiment is computer generated

There are some old embellies from my stash used too - the nappy, the face and the button (which says 'It's a Girl) - like it when I get to use old stash! The image is coloured up with Copics and there is a lot of SU Calypso Coral ink been smooched around as a background on the diecuts. The card used is SU black and a commercial blank from Regal Press

Change of light settings!

I will enter this in the following challenges:
2 Sisters Challenge: Baby - closes 1st June
Crafting at the Weekend: Anything Goes - closes 28th June
My Time to Craft: no DP - closes 13th June
The Outlaws Twisted Thursday: Anything goes - to 4th June

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Challenge #27 for Crafting with Dragonflies - PEGS!

Hilde set us this challenge and told us there was NO SPONSOR this round but that the theme was PEGS!

However, no sponsor Does not mean there is no prize - the prize will be a


Firstly, I had to get me some pegs!
I love dolly pegs - don't you? I remember as a little girl playing with them, and I have a dim memory of an old woman coming to the farm house with them for sale. 

Then I had to coerce (gently) the Hubby to make me the stands for them - the feet are slightly squeezed together and slotted in to make the peg stand up.  Isn't he a clever boy! He made me three but was willing to make more!

Then I painted them white with Gesso. 

I drew on the faces with permanent marker and other pens.  I created a halo (think you can see where this is going now) out of gold wire braid. I 

I cut out wings from some yellow sparkly paper (camera hasn't picked it up but I assure you they do sparkle). I played around with some paper doilies and added a small red pearl star to "dress" the angels.  In only one of them did I think to check which direction the legs were going (duh!) so only one has proper 'legs'! The other two are turned sideways!

If you peep under their skirts you can see which one is correct.

....and it's not this one! But she has the better set of clothing!

Sideways look

At the back - there is modesty preserved. 

Just so you can see that the angel can be taken in and out of the stands.

One angels wing is slightly blunted I notice now, and one has flared nostrils! 
However, you get the idea!

I will enter this in a challenge at:
Deep Ocean Challenge: wings - closes 9th June
Craft My Life: anything goes but not a card - end May?
Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes with Wings - closes 4th June

Monday, May 19, 2014

Challenge #35 for Unstampabelles - A Special Person

Welcome to Week three of the current challenge for May over at Unstampabelles.

This challenge is all about making a card for a very special person - the TWIST for this challenge is to document who and why this person is special to you in your blog. Our Sponsor for this is our own Beth at Huggies Crafts (on our DT) who is offering a

$15 voucher at Blue Edge Crafts

The sad news is that Beth will be leaving us at the end of the month, having spent a long time on the Unstampabelles team. She will be greatly missed. The good news is that there is a DT call over at Unstampabelles - why not go and read the deets and see if you can fit!

My project is a tag rather than a card. And seeing that Mother's Day is over now, I went for a different take on a Special Person. One of my family is now caring for a partner who has been diagnosed with dementia and while I probably will not send this to him, I wanted to mark the story and create a piece that signifies my admiration of what a Special Person he is - and he is one of many out there who have similar lives I know, as carers for loved ones; so I guess it is for all of them as well. 

I used lots of Tim Holtz paints, and some various masks, and ephemera. I also used a  round, plastic tag off some purchase of clothing or shoes - not sure which - that was laying on the desk.

The image is from an ad in a magazine (not sure what for) which I appropriated by placing some packing tape over the image, and soothing the air out from behind the image and then putting it in water for a while. Gently rub off the baking and the image remains on the sticky side of the tape. I placed this on a scrap of cream card before using it in the tag.  I thought the image was appropriate as my relative is being a leader and a soldier, and showing great courage in his daily struggle.  

Easter chocolates were delivered in a small box from a chocolatier tie up with the lovely  rust coloured cord which just suited the tag. I added a clock charm and a TH ticket, and a small postcard and called it quits. 

So, my tag in honour of a Special Person indeed. 
I will enter this in the following:
Challenges4Everyone: Anything Goes - closes 30th May
Pile It On: shabby chic - closes 24th May
SunFlowerField: Shabby/vintage/etc - closes 31st May
SimonSays - Monday: M is for - masculine - closes NOW

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge #70 - Let's hear it for the Girls!

The Squirrel and the Fox: #70 - Let's hear it for the Girls! 

This theme opens up lots of good ideas for various projects and we cannot wait to see what you come
up with for us this time. It could be for little girls, big girls, old ones and young ones and for all sorts
of reasons as well.

Yes, for just this Challenge we will be running for 4 not 2 weeks

Our Sponsor for this challenge - Make it Crafty - with a prize of a $10 Gift certificate to their store.

MIC are also offering a Bonus Prize -
use a MIC image to go into a second draw to win a $10 Gift certificate to their store.

I used an image from MIC that can be found HERE

This speech bubble is from an SU set - stamps and dies - and I coloured it using my SU Markers so that I got the two colours onto the stamp. 

The image is so great to colour - I used the Copics - and some gold Smooch on the bracelets and buckle.

Some SU black and Pumpkin Pie card. The image was printed off onto XPress Blending card and die cut with a Spellbinders Label (9, I think). I thought I was clever to remove her arm from the die before putting it through - a bit of fussy cutting!

This is for my lovely Granddaughter who is living away from home (in NZ) at the moment and we miss her a lot! She is a very Special Person and definitely a girl and boy, can she sing up a storm! Beautiful voice. She loves to wear orange as well!

I will enter this in the following Challenges:
Addicted to CAS: Off the edge - closes 23rd May - my edge is the edge of the frame
Crafting at the Weekend: Anything Goes - closes 26th May
Inkspirational: photo below - closes 23rd May - my inspiration is the stance and the orange and black colours

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Crafting with Dragonflies - Challenge # 26: One Year Old so Celebrate!

Yes, can you believe it - Crafting with Dragonflies in ONE YEAR OLD!

So, to celebrate, our challenge this fortnight is all about


Our sponsors for this challenge  - all THREE - are

 $10 for winner to spend in store (and they have yummy images, believe me)

Website Banner
$15 to spend in store (and currently, in May they gave a 50% off sale!)

Handmade Harbour
6 digi's for prize winner!


so, my card is all about CELEBRATION

It is a different fold - I think it is called a Z fold
(saw it in a magazine)

Die-namics die; TH dies; several (!) clocks and computer generated sentiment

and .....a MIC image, coloured with Copics and Smooch 'tis......

....and again.....

Card is Kraft paper (grid) and lots of Tim Holts inks and over stamped with various stamps, and cut to fit. 
Back image is on two small paper lifters to lift it away from the back slightly and allow it to lay properly between the folds. The image has been printed off on XPress Blending card. 

I will enter this card in the following:
Die Cutting Diva's: Dimension - ends 20th May
Artistic Inspirations: Anything Goes/no DP - nope, created my own DP - ends 19th May
Through the Purple Haze: Anything Goes - for a Male - ends 17th May
The Male Room: a moving part - my clock is on a paper hinge and moves as the card is opened and shut - ends 27th May

Then, I used a Handmade Harbour image given to us to create this Birthday Card.  I added some Flourish with a Bling flourish too!

Printed off on XPress card and coloured with the trusty Copics.

I tried to stay a bit naive with my colouring and in the primary range to suit the stick drawing. So much fun, this image!

The top die is Joanne Sheen and the bottom one is a freebie from a magazine.

The flourish had been cut up (in a previous project) so I used it to emphasize the joy of the occasion!

All SU card except the banner and the greeting which are green glitter card. 

A close up of the image and the sentiment

I will enter this card in the following:
2Cute Ink Digital Stamps: Glitter - ends 25th May
Paper Makeup Stamps: Sparkle - ends 19th May
Incy Wincy: Banners - ends 19th May

Now, there is some news from this Challenge blog - firstly, we have people moving on, and our lovely Judith from Poppy Cottage is moving on (sob, sob...I will miss her helpful advise and beautiful work); today is her last Challenge with us.  Along with some of our other girls who have left for family commitments, this leaves us a bit short-handed, so we are having a DT call.......

You can go HERE for details!
If you are interested, please contact Hilde.