Monday, 9 December 2019

Week 2 at Unstampabelles Challenge#96

Hello Peeps

Hope everyone is doing fine and keeping warm/cool and safe from fires and floods.

I have not been well for the last two weeks and on top of Christmas prep and cards, I have found life a bit of a struggle but I must say today is much better. Might be related to the weather too - we regressed to Winter for the last two weeks but today is Summer again with NO WIND.

I have had time to play in my very messy craft space today - and to do a bit of gardening as well!

The challenge over at Unstampabelles this month is to create a Starry, starry night

- the TWIST is to make it sparkly with glues or similar.
I cheated today and used glimmer paper.

I used some die cuts from last year's catty at Stampin' Up
Starlight Thinlets

I started with four small white tags
Using inks from SU and a sponge, I coloured them up

I used Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile and Blueberry Bushel
to create a starry night sky and sprayed them with the water bottle 
to give a starry sky background.

I die cut four detailed stars from glimmer paper and four plain stars from gold
Using Tombow I glued the detailed star to the plain

I found the blue ribbon in my stash
 - from the various clothing pieces I have purchased I assume.

A small star sticker at the top finished them off.

I simply wrote on the back of them

They do look so pretty
especially in the sun!

What are you going to make for this challenge?
Remember, no stamps and you have three weeks to go!

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Merry Christmas for Bizzy Bec

Hi Peeps - hope all is going well with you and yours

Today a new challenge opens over at Bizzy Bec's

It is as always 'Anything Goes'
but the TWIST is to be sparkly!

I used a stamp I have had for a while now, saving it for this month,from Penny Black
I used my Promarker's to colour - haven't used them for months but they were out so I used them!

I used Tim Holtz inks to create a moody background

Penny Black - Pointsietta Spiral
(If not there, ask Bec to order it in)
Tim Holtz inks - Stormy Sky and Old Paper
Coloured with ProMarkers
Front covered with Pan Pastel (coarse) white for shimmer effect
Stickles added for glitter effect
Other inks, gems and background paper from my stash

The poinsietta flower was stamped twice, coloured twice and then one was fussy cut
to be layered on top for some dimension
You can also in this shot sorta see the shimmer the white Pan Pastel gave the image
It is soft but lovely

I used old stash for background papers and some gems as well
The sentiment is from one of last years SU sets

I also painted on some Stickles (Icicle) to give some glimmer points of gold sparkle

It looks all soft and pretty

Happy Stamping!

Monday, 25 November 2019

Final Week for the Challenge #95 at Unstampabelles

The challenge blog Unstampabelles is nearly over the current monthly challenge #95: 

 Paradise Pretties and/or Tropical Delights  
TWIST  Into the Wild

There is the usual prize for the Random Number Draw

$15 Aust
Image result for gift card design
(Paid through Paypal or as a voucher in a store of your choice)

I made another card

I used up lots f left-overs with this in an attempt to clean up my working space
 so I can get to the task of making Christmas cards

I cleaned up some bits but am still working in a miniscule space as I have "stuff'" everywhere.....
too important to throw out apparently!

Anyone else do this to themselves?

Anyway, first photo was taken in the daylight but out of sun

Second photo in the sun so the colours are soooo bright...

Still have some flamingo's die cut out but used all the flowers and embossed card up.
Obviously the flowers are going wild around the flamingo's as they do in the tropics!

Let's see what you can make from the scraps around. 

You have until Friday at midnight to enter!

Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Stampin' Up 3 ONLINE Extravaganza

Check what is being sold 

Email me if interested in papers, inks or any of the 8 bundles on sale. 
If I get the email before 6.00 pm  on the 22nd (this Friday)
I will order for you.
I will be doing an order for myself around then.

(Australian customers only  - sorry)

Monday, 18 November 2019

Happy Birthday Jack

Jack is my only Grandson

He was born in Colorado 14 years ago on the 18th
- however, it was the 19th here, so I always think of his birthday on that date!

Teenage boys become pretty proficient at 'Grunt" in the early teens, so I am assuming he will understand the sentiment....... 

I made this for both Jack and Bizzy Bec's Store Blog
as it was my turn to present.....

I used Kraft card and coloured with Copics - but it didn't show that well
The bird is done on XPress card and fussy cut and the colours are clearer - as in not as muddy.

I do love Time Holtz!

Inside the card I used these images from a freebie stamp set.
The sentiment is SU

Jack plays hockey and goes to the gym.......

I used: 

Tim Holtz Bird stamps and dies
(as I coloured with Copic pens)
The hat and balloon are also Tim Holtz - Crazy Things Collection
(just ask Bec to order them for you)
The card base is Kraft card
I used a fine black pen to outline

The two stamps - bag and hockey stick - are from a magazine freebie set (Practical Publishing)
 called A Good Sport

The sentiment is made from lettering stickers
- but could have been stamped with alphabet stamps

Don’t forget to play along in our current challenge, the theme is always anything goes 
and you could win five digis of your choice.  

For more inspiration follow us over at Instagram at BizzyBec3

Week 3 of Challenge #95 at Unstampabelles

Paradise Pretties and Tropical Delights  
TWIST  Into the Wild

I made a tag for this week....

It is quite a big tag made with scrap white cardboard from packaging and cut to size
The front is about a standard Aust card size plus the top

I started with some tropical flowers from a Prima wooden flowers set I have had for ages
Opened it especially!

The I went to my Embossing Powder stash and located all the bright EP's I had
I havent used anything but black,white and clear for sooooo long....

After I juiced up the Versamark I added powder and heat set them 
I now have EP all over the desk and floor and cat!

He was not impressed - hiding in the only spot of sunlight now....
get outa my face Hooman....

 I tried an arrangement for a card front but decided I would then do a tag
I added some extra jungle leaves (Christmas tree boughs, actually) behind to give the impression of a wild and overgrown jungle garden....

Once I was convinced that they would look OK en mass like this I began to glue things down

I created my tag and stuck down the background papers - from a freebie in a magazine

I used glue dots to anchor the fronds in a circle and then 
added several more fronds into the middle as well later.

Once I was happy with that I added it to with a pen and some sparkles and then a sentiment

This one comes from an SU die set and I used Tombow to glue it down
I also swiped some yellow ink around the edges - in this case Hello Honey from SU
I scribbled around the edge with a fine black pen too

The ribbon comes from some flowers I got several months ago and was just the 
correct colour for this

I wrote a big To and From on the back 
There is plenty of room for a message also

I had fun with an old technique, got to use up a bit of stash and added to my big tag collection
People really like the tags rather than a card sometimes

(If you add a piece of plain paper to the back and write on that, 
it can be removed and they can recycle if they want to another person.)

You have two week to go
Hope all is well in your part of the crafting world

I know that many are suffering under floods and fire atm
Soooo sad and too sad for me to discuss this week. 

Take care, 

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Creativity IS FUN!

Hello Peeps

You may have noticed that I did not have a DT piece in this week for Unstampabelles.  I was busy on Saturday at a Craft class with the fabulous Sue Symthe and this sort of fell over into Sunday for me as well as I was making up for lost time at home and with hubby! So, while I did make something, I didn't make it for Unstampabelles this particular week.

What did I make?

Well, I made several things.....I will show you some

Last month I went to Paperific in Melbourne and made a tag with Sue in a class

It is a Unicorn Tag
She provided everything there - tag and ribbons and wings and jewels and paints and potions.
There is texture paste and stencil work, painting of chipboard and gluing down, adding waxes and layers - i.e. the purple behind the unicorn is material - and the unicorn is an eraser purchased at a $2 shop apparently!

There is lots of glitter, gold bits and jewels on this and lots of Gel Medium and gold waxes

I had trouble photographing it - mainly because of the weather (it was raining here) 
so used the spiral stairs - or tried to use it.....

Weasley thought he should be part of it all too!

Izz did not knock one of the houses down Human - must been somfing else did it.....Izz was just
sittin' here mindin'  meez own business.........

I tried outside later and got this one...

However, on Saturday we first decorated a glasses case

It is amazing what black Gesso and tissue paper can create!

The back or bottom of the case

Then we went on to decorate the cover of a small notebook

It is the white rabbit from Alice
Sue made the rabbit in white plaster using a mold and we painted it with black gesso and then other colours were added with waxes and gilts and paints

The background was torn playing cards and lots of Gel Medium plus Black Gesso
The texture is amazing in the end.

It is all held on with Matt Medium and Dimensional (or in my case Crystal Effects)

The back is very grungy and the spine is just black jewels glued on and then painted!

It was so much fun!!!

In Melbourne last month I went to another class as well and made an album
from a paper bag!

This is the finished outside on that day

The spine is a very interesting collection of white folder strips of paper, blued together to form a spine - the papers are then attached to this! 

The album used old DP and a few bits and pieces of of ephemera 

We did quickly paint the inside of the bag with a very thin white gesso
You could do the same to the outside or make the gesso thicker
We didn't have much time to wait for things to dry

The album pages varied in size

...and kind...

The inside back page - not the bag bottom is under there

You could add as many  pages as you wished - I think there are about 16 in this one.

I didn't like it that much to start with but it has grown on me since making it....

Happy crafting!!!

Monday, 4 November 2019

New challenge at Unstampabelles #95: Paradise Pretties

The TWIST for this month is

Into the Wild

Hello Peeps

I decided that Paradise Pretties 
means something Tropical!

This meant the challenge this month at 

was easy to do - all I had to do was locate some of the stuff I have been gathering all year 
containing flamingos, big leaves, frangipanni and such...
I gathered up some materials to begin....

Being a little wild was more difficult......
After some consideration I decided that just being Tropical in not-so-sunny Tasmania
at the moment was wild enough!

We are experiencing all four seasons in one day at present and currently it is about 18, raining and grey.
Earlier it was about 20, sunny and blue!

Then I found some background papers....this looked like water to me......

Putting it together was the easy part.

Some diecuts from d'Lish (I will miss her eclectic packages)
Some buttons from same and a sentiment
plus the obligatory (for this one) flamingo....


You have 26 days to enter...

Monday, 21 October 2019

Midway through the October Challenge for Unstampabelles

Hello Peeps!

The challenge at Unstampabelles this month is to make something
to say Thanks or Thank you or Thankful

The TWIST is to use blue in your project

There is NO specification of how much blue though.....

Under the pump as always, I wanted to make something quick and simple

I started by getting my finger dirty........

I grabbed a scrap of white (SU WW) card and then started rubbing the wax onto it
I LOVE these waxes - they're so creamy and full of colour and a beautiful shimmer

The top one is  Old Denim and this one is called Blue Lagoon
They were both buffed with a tissue

I added a bit of the darker one onto the lighter one in one corner too to have a meld occuring

I then punched out three circles using an OLD SU punch that is still going strong!

I die cut the word from the lighter sheet as well
The foliage die is called Fresh Foliage by Memory Box
 and I used gold mirror card for that

I played with my photoshop program and got a few different hues and tints going
for the shots as well as being in several places outside in the overcast light

I could have done this with sparkling card or plain coloured card
but the wax gave me such a sumptuous, rich look.
You can see the shimmer happening in the first photo of the post.

I wanted the recipient to really feel thanked!

So, simple and elegant card
What is your contribution going to entail in this month's

Remember - there is a prize for random number draw.