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Monday, September 17, 2018

Tags for Christmas: #83 Button Art plus washi tape for twist at Unstampabelles

Well Hello Peeps - guess what, playing with buttons is apparently too hard for anyone as there are NO entries for the Unstampabelles September Challenge yet. NO ENTRIES! I cannot believe that - what is so difficult about using a button?

Here is my mid week inspiration for the challenge
A set of four tags for Christmas

I started with a sheet of four tags
I added two strips of washi tape across the bottom 
I used this as the foundation to glue on the buttons
I then drew the birds around the buttons

This idea is not new - I used a card I saw on Pinterest as the basis of the idea

I hand wrote the sentiment and added the To and From
And then some SU ribbon
before snipping through the tags to separate them 

It took me about 20 minutes to make the four from scratch so guess I could make 20 in about 30 minutes.....

Always a rainbow in a storm - when time is limited, make something quick!

Here is another rainbow in Hobart - Spring weather here so lots of rainbows.....

Rainbows and stormy skies over the Hobart waterfront  ☔️ 🌧

So, off you go and get creating using your buttons!

Post the result on 

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge#113: Anything Goes

Look out! An Anything Goes challenge - just how many entries can we get in 2 weeks? Remember, it has to be a card. Crafting with Dragonflies is always only a card.

Now for some inspiration to get you going....

Here is a beautiful shot taken in Stanley, on the North-West coast of Tasmania and showing off the lovely night skies in the southern regions. This area gets quite a high rainfall so that is why there is a lovely green layer of grass. The rest of this country is not faring so well with major drought everywhere on the Eastern seaboard on the mainland. This is not my photo but i have lost the details of th photographer. If you know who please let me know so I can attribute it to the rightful person. 

I made a card for my youngest Grandaughter - she was 15 last week.
Enough said.

I used the Tim Holtz Crazy Cats as both of us have a cat

I forgot to photograph from the beginning but you can see that I stamped the images onto Whisper White and then masked them - I did this two ways: once by painting on the Masking Fluid and letting it dry and then using a paper mask as well over this to make sure.

I then used some water activated paint powders of various kinds to create a background
I sprinkled first and then misted with the water
I dried this off straight away with paper towel as I didn't want too dark a background

Then I removed the paper masks and rubbed off the liquid mask - you can see how white the cats re compared to the background.

I used my Copic pens to colour up the two cats and then stamped and cut up the sentiment strips
These came from Ranger. I have three sets of these slightly insulting and quirky Dylusions sayings - they make me giggle every time I read them!

They suited the situation best - she got a T-Shirt announcing she is 'Always Right' - even when she is wrong.........among her other presents. She is a lovely girl and very smart so I knew she would appreciate the humour. 

I do love these cats.....

So, Happy Birthday for last week Lily

Here is my card for Crafting with Dragonflies
Challenge#113: Anything Goes

Monday, September 10, 2018

Button Art in a Bag......

Hello people...

I have a new DT project for you for Unstampabelles

Apparently Buttons frightened crafters off as there are no entries yet for the month....

Anyway, I decorated a white paper bag - one I was given with something I purchased a few months ago, so the bag itself is being reused.

As it is Spring  I went with a flower scene

Firstly I used my luscious Dylusions paints and created a background on a sheet of Whisper White (SU).

I used TH Distress ink's to stencil on some foliage using a sponge

Then I raided my button stash - in the middle of this I knocked a lot of button's off my desk and spent the next 24 hours removing them from the claws and jaws of Weasley!!!! The upside of this was that I had to clean up a bit!!!

Once I decided on my buttons, I glued them down and let them dry for a day before attaching the panel to the bag.

I did think of adding twine to each button but quickly gave that idea away as my hands are not that capable at the moment of sewing. I did add some washi tape to the edges and co-ordinated the back with two strips also

I used two rub-ons for sentiments

OK, that's it.

You can make a card, a tag, a bag, a box  - recycle if possible too - and/or create a mixed media piece.....up to you and your style.

The photo I am sharing to say is black and white and shows off the idea that Spring is not all sunshine and blue skies. It was taken on the top of the mountain in the city and that is my bay there on the far left just off the edge from the bridge. Lindisfarne is the first bay with the boats in there and Geilston Bay is the next one up from there (out of the picture).

The hill in the far distance is Maria Island and Mt Maria
That is just near where I grew up and an hour's drive from the city.
The water in the middle is known as Pitt Water and leads off to the right into Frederick Henry Bay
The bridge is of course the Tasman Bridge
I love the cloud line in the forefront......hiding the top of the mountain.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Challenge #83 at Unstampabelles has arrived: Button Art with a twist of Washi tape!

Hello Peeps!

Hope all had a great Father's Day celebration - we had a lovely afternoon at our daughter's place
Weasley gave his 'dad' a t-shirt with a dapper cat and the word "CatFather" on it!

I didn't given him anything - he is not my Dad......

What do you  think of Spring so far?
It's certainly had a head start here this year......
We drove  up to Orford in the new car a few days ago and had lunch there before returning home!
Didn't see these guys there then but have seen their brothers/sisters around the bays here
They are pretty funny birds - "beaks carry more than their belly can...."

‘Pelican March into Spring’ by Warren Donnelly.
Orford in Tasmania

Today I will showcase the newest challenge at Unstampabelles for September

83: September - Button Art
Twist - use Washi Tape

Random Number Prize on offer

I had great fun trawling through Pinterest and Button Art and came up with with a simple card to start
I used the contrast between black and white and die cut a fancy edge onto my Whisper White card

I found some buttons approx the same size and in rainbow style colours and added them

I added two different styles of washi tape as well to create a space to locate my die cut sentiment

I had a little difficulty as I glued the sentiment the wrong way around and so had to remove it and replace it - with the accompanying tearing of the layer under the sentiment.....
....but now time to create another!

Soft focus hides a lot

I think it looks a bit funky

You can enter your Button Art project 

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The First Day of Spring is here!

Pinch and a punch, first day of the month! Do you do that? John and I usually remember abut 6.00 pm! Fancy it being September!

Crafting with Dragonflies has a new challenge

Spring has Sprung!

It is Wattle Day today as well - ours is out everywhere in full bloom!

I made a card using my latest kit from D'Lish Scraps

My colours are not the blue and yellow from the wattle but pink and match all my pink Camelia's which are also in full bloom.

 The set Spring Fling arrived and was opened and stuff selected for the card
I used my UTEE pink to add colour to the wooden BLOOM
When that was completed it sat there for several days!!!

Eventually it became this!

The bike is raised up

The ribbon is off a present I received last week.
So pretty.....

Add a bit of sparkle and it was done. 

Welcome to Spring - let's see what you can make 
You have 14 days to enter the challenge!

Another photo of Hobart suburbs...
actually it is Glenorchy suburbs but the two cities merge into one really

MONA is a museum with an international reputation.

The view from the one and only 'MONA' with kunanyi/Mt Wellington in the background.
What an amazing place.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Using wine labels for Eclectic Ellapu!

I think I have mentioned my fascination for wine labels before - matches my fascination for wine perhaps? I love a good red but cannot drink them (allergic - yes, I know, also to chocolate!)) and I quite like a touch of a good dry white. Tasmania makes lovely wines and I have tasted some beauties. However, my friends and family also know of my fascination with wine labels and they 'donate' to the cause as well - I have too many so decided to use some up with some of my older stamp sets for my DT work at Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes challenge for September. 

Here are three of them...

This one was perfect for a camera stamp set from Darkroom Door. 

The image is just cut from the label and inserted into the card!
I used a die cut photo strip as well

This one was more difficult
I love the kids clinging to the horse and it reminded me of my own childhood riding on the back of the old horse - all three of us - until he got sick of us and went under the lower branch of the apple tree and brushed us off! Our little legs were not long enough to wrap around his round belly and stuck out like match sticks either side! No saddle and a halter instead of a bridle operated by whoever had fought their way to the front seat!

I decided to use that old favorite from SU Lovely as a Tree as a background
A bit of gold embossing for the sentiment and it was done

The girl on the scooter was obviously french even if the wine was not!
A background stamp from SU and some onion bag for texture!
The sentiment is a Suzy Stamps one. 

I have many more labels to use but have not the mojo at the moment to continue so this will have to do! I am sure you get the idea!

Why not join in the fun at Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Repurposing an old box.......for Unstampabelles Challenge #84!

The current challenge at Unstampabelles is

 Emboss, emboss, emboss........

The TWIST is to make it for a male!

The Random Number Draw prize will be Stampin' Up's 


I had an idea in my head for such a long time and finally got to make it but I don't really have the ideal inks to do this stuff - I need more alcohol inks, I think. However, I made do with the TH Black Soot ink refill ink to get my black look.....

...warning, lots of photos

I used a sheet of Whisper White and a roll of Flashing Tape purchased for hardware store (Bunnings)

I added strips of tape to the white card

It is hard to get straight an at times it wrapped over the edge

Next I fossicked in my stash and found a cardboard box - small
It used to contain product from SU I think - looks like a small, fat pizza box

It is about 8.5 cm high and similar squareish

As I had to use the white card to let me emboss the tape, I then had to try and cut the pieces to fit and then stick them to the box rather than just sticking the tape directly to the box....
I used a Tim Holtz EF to get the top and top sides
I just left the rest as the tape has texture anyway

Once I had it (mostly) stuck down, I began to add some inks and metallic paints.
As I said before I used TH ink refill (Black Soot) and also Starlight Metalic Paints - pink and aqua/teal colours over the bronze
The ink was rubbed over last
When it was dry I buffed it with a tissue

I used two small EF's with sentiments on them to add the Happy Birthday strip and the For You tag

Hopefully this tickles your fancy!!!

You can enter your creation in our challenge HERE at Unstampabelles

We have had an exciting week - hubby wrote off his car on Tuesday (he is fine and so is the poor man who ran into his car; thank goodness for insurance!) so we went looking for a new one on Friday. We were only looking, not buying......however, we found a new Honda HRV with a great deal so it looks like we have purchased that! I will be doing the majority of the driving from now on so hopefully he will not damage it too much in the short term!

However, I feel a bit like our friend here - I want to roll up into a ball and keep everyone away with my spikes for a while!!!

A gorgeous young Echidna having a forage around the southeastern Tasmanian coastline.