Sunday, 30 August 2015

Holy Fishers - I'm late!

Over  at Crafting  with  Dragonflies  we are having a new challenge   
Under the Sea. 

You have to think of all or lots of things that live under the sea, not above it - pirate treasure, sea creatures  et al - even perhaps sharks!

This is what I found in my stamps stash! The background is done using my Copic pens, to try and create an illusion of light streaming into the underwater world. I drew my poor little worm.....I forgot to make him bend in the middle and droop over the hook

There are lots of Wink of Stella pen work on the fish and the bubbles,and IRL they do stand out!

My fish, and the shell have been stamped, fussy cut after colouring with Copics and added with dimensionals to give some texture and more of a 3D look to the scene.

Let's see what you can come up with!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Layers and layers and then some ribbon.....

Hello Peeps - and welcome to my newest followers

This is my fourth project for the Challenge #49 at Unstampabelles - White on White - and I have reverted to making a card again. I have a lot of dies - "My name is Susan,and I am a Craftaholic....."
 - so I thought I should use some of them for this project. Again, they are  Spellbinders, Decorative  Labels 28. The sentiment is from Die-versions. The card is from Stampin' Up. The rest is from my stash. the embossing folder is probably SU or it could be Sizzix.

The challenge is White on White but the twist is to use one other colour - guess what colour mine is?

Love seam binding......

It could be a birthday, christening, conformation, engagement, wedding, anniversary..........

Hope you like it.

This is the prize for the random winner

You can enter the challenge 

until the midnight on the 28th - remember
NO STAMPS please.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Oh Deer, Oh Deer.......

That's right - two of 'em!

What is this about?

 Unstampabelles is Midway through Challenge #49: White on White twist of adding ONE colour.
My added touch of colour for this project was GOLD

As always there is a random number prize

The widest lace is 14 cm approx

and a DT Favourite to be found.

I started with two brown paper mache small deer, similar to this

I got mine at Riot in Melbourne last Christmas - it has taken me this long to do anything with 'em!

I first painted them with white gesso - it took three coats to get a good coverage.

Some parts I didn't do!

I then simply took to them with my gold pens - the SU one and a sparkly Touch of Stella one.

Not that well but I was happy with the effect it created.

I added a ribbon

They are about the size of a small hair brush

They will become my newest Christmas deco's, I think - if I don't give them away.

Simple to create - all the hard work of making the deer has been done!

I think they look quite effective

Why not go on over to Unstampabelles and see what else has been made - you will be stunning at the creativity of the Design Team girls.

Then you can have a go!

By the way, this one is NOT a deer! Kangaroo at Bonorong Park last week!

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Dragonflies second one for August

Hi everyone - sorry this is sooo late. 
I have had some sad news about the health of not one, but two girlfriends and life has been thrown into a bit of chaos.

This post is for the second of the new challenges at the revamped 

The challenge is 

Make it Floral

I hate cancer - don't you?

This card is for Gimy - may you always fly in the sunshine, and sparkle. 

I used a Memory Box die called English Rose

I die cut several pieces - green and pink and an extra white
I then die cut the image from the front of my card
I added some jac paper (sticky paper) to the inside front of the card and carefully reinserted the framework of the die I had just cut from it back into the cut out - press into jac paper to hold.

The I carefully took out the leaves and added them, and then the bits of the roses and added them
The photo above shows me half way through the process

I had to use glue to glue on two flowers inside the cluster
I also lost one piece of pink so had to recut some of the die to get that piece again
Make sure if you are doing this that you save all the small bits!

 I agonized over my sentiment - is it too sentimental, too 'teachy', too wrong....
Settled on this for the front

I added the dragonfly die cut because I could!

The inside says 
"life doesn't have to be perfect to be OK".  

Monday, 10 August 2015

Winner's Post for July at the 'Belles

I made another Christmas card for this week over at Unstampabelles Challenge #49

 Before I talk about the card I will talk about the dump of snow we in Tasmania got over the last weekend. We don't get snow that often, and when we do it is on top of the mountain, not in our backyard. This week that changed. It's been 36 years since that happened here - and then it was a much heavier drop than this one, but this one was all over the island and sent the photographers among us into a frenzy! I took this one driving along our street, and you can see snow on the hills around the river. We didn't get any at our place however. 

Other photographers did get some special shots - too many to show (thank goodness, I hear you say!) them all but here are a few:

This one was taken in South Hobart by Greg Faull

The  Cascade Brewery building - burnt in the 1967 bushfires but the facade was restored and it is still used now as the admin section of the brewery. This is not far above sea level in the foothills of the mountain. 

This was the other side of the mountain, down the Huon River at Franklin, looking back - this view is called the view of the Sleeping Beauty - can you see her?

And finally, our young surfer - 

Snow at Clifton Beach
her father took this shot and it has gone viral - this is at Clifton Beach; snow on the sand.

Enough I hear you cry!


White on White

and the TWIST is to use only
one other colour

There is a prize (as always) and this is it:
Lace - some of it is quite wide - but very elegant

This is what I did:

I used a Memory Box die for the frost and the bauble and the tie

I cut out the bauble and then placed a piece of glitter card behind it, and carefully replaced the bauble back into it's hole!

It's flush with the card now - the front panel is lifted from the card with dimensionals

I could stamp a sentiment (not for Unstampabelles, though) or add a die cut one or a peeloff............or leave it as it is

Well, there we are - white on white with a touch of ONE colour

Your turn!
You can enter here for a chance to win. 

Monday, 3 August 2015

Unstampabelles Challenge#49 in August

Wow, August again. That came around fast. 

Today I have made a card for a wedding
Not sure whose wedding at this stage

Perhaps it can be a congrat's card for an engagement.......


Well, Unstampabelle's August Challenge is 

White on White

and the TWIST is to use only
one other colour

There is a prize (as always) and this is it:
Lace - some of it is quite wide - but very elegant

I used quite a few dies (Spellbinders mostly) and pearls

I rolled my own white roses, and used seam binding ribbon

My TWIST colour is gold - could you guess?

My sentiment will be inside the card when I decide what it is to be used for.....

It is just a lot of layering and sticky fingers and glueing and using dimensionals and trying to keep it white and not get marked with dirty fingers.......

Hope you like it. You can go to

and see what some of the other DT members have created.
You have a month to enter the competition. 


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Eclectic Ellapu - August

Not that happy Jan........

I made this card for the DT (late, as per usual) and had been planning it in my head for ages......but it is not what I wanted at all so will probably change it over the next few days! For the sake of the Challenge for the Purple Team in August, for Eclectic Ellapu,  I have put it in now - advice please!

The brief is: 3 dies, 2 stencils, 1 sentiment!

Mmmm, I have thousands of dies (not quite but in the hundreds I reckon)  and quite a few stencils, and some new Dylusions time, I thought!

I did have fun creating a background - but I had a limited palette so had to stick to reds and oranges and yellows. (More paints arriving soon!) I also used two stencils on the painted background - I painted with baby wipes (clean ones!) and it was FUN. My stencils were used with more paints and I now have red and black stencils - the paints stains.

The Tim Holtz Angry Birds had not had a whirl since arriving (apart from one card when they first arrived) I wanted to use one of them......and I coloured one with my TH Distress Inks, and fussy cut it out.

The it was the time for the dies! So, I cheated and combined my sentiment with the die - another new one - and so only had to find two more dies to use.  My little birds seemed appropriate and the feather die as a given.  However, not sure they work now - perhaps I will either glitter the feathers or die cut some new gold ones.......

.....what do you think?

Dragonflies are flying again this month!

Hello Peeps - great news! Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge blog is restarting! Out chief Dragonfly, Hilde is feeling much more like her old self  and we are going to resume the blog and the challenge, but there will not be any prize at this stage, just honour and glory!

Well, that suits me and I hope it suits you all too - to know your work has been chosen by the DT gives one a real sense of pride and satisfaction.

The first challenge is ........ BUTTERFLIES!

I used my Stampin' Up supplies and tried a few things I had seen on the famous Pinterest.
The stamp set Butterfly Basics and the die set that goes with it was used for both cards.

Gold embossing on vellum

SU DS paper

Then I went to another level and decided to half die cut the butterflies out

Then I tried to carefully stamp over them - should have used the Stamp-a-ma-jig!

Stamped a second butterfly and fussy cut it, and placed on top

The folded back front of the card against the inside panel

Sentiment stamped inside

I was pleased with the outcome - I would do this again. As it was a straight copy of another crafter's work I will not enter this one into any challenges, but the first one was my take on a technique, so I will enter that one into challenges.

I will enter these in the following:
Crafting with Friends: Happy Birthday card - anything goes
Simply Papercraft: Anything goes - HB card
Outlaws: Monday Greetings
Southern Girls: anything goes