Monday 28 December 2015

Last Week for Unstampabelles Challenge in December!

I hope you all had a great Christmas and are heading into a fabulous and celebratory New Year

I woke up Christmas morning with a scratchy sore throat and struggled through the day with friends and family here for lunch; I made it to about 4.30 when bed called!

Still, it was an enjoyable day - yesterday I spent mostly in bed and today I am feeling a bit better!
Made a card in fact so I must be better!

It is for the current challenge at Unstampabelles and for the New Year

I used sparkly champagne card from SU (last year) and some red sparkly card I got ??????somewhere last year too.....the red foil card I used to back the black card was definitely new card from the latest Occasions catalogue from Stampin' Up.

The die is Starburst from Joanne Sheen and the sentiment letters from Tattered Lace's latest give-away with their magazine. I kept the layout simple. 

You can see the sparkle here

I hope that you all make sound New Year resolutions and get to keep them - mine is to make no resolutions! That way I don't get to break them!

You can go over to Unstampabelles and see where to enter your contribution to this challenge

We are taking a break in January and returning bright eyed and busy tailed in February ready to get back into the swing of challenges again and look forward to seeing you then!

Monday 21 December 2015

A post for Midway at Unstampabelles

Merry Christmas Peeps!

Well I am over Sparkle and Glitter - I thought I was anyway but I seem to have spilled just that little bit more gold glitter on my nails!

Won't come off easily either!

Oh well - lets be festive!

Over at Unstampabelles the Challenge #53 is to 

Sparkle - and make us smile!

I have been smiling all weekend because I have just been to my eldest Granddaughter Charlotte's Graduation after four years at University, completing her Degree in Education - Primary! She looked beautiful and we had a great day celebrating with her and other family members! Here she is with a very proud Grandfather!

So, I made this for her

I  hand cut the mortarboard 

There is lots of sparkle there - she is a star in our eyes!

Why not go over to 

and see what else is there and then add your contribution!

Monday 14 December 2015

Winner's Post for Unstampabelles and Challenge#53

This month the challenge at Unstampabelles  is to:

Sparkle - and make us smile!

You can create something all sparkly for Christmas, not necessarily a card 

At this time of the year we can all end up with glitter all over us and the creative space with little effort 
so go for it!

The twist is to make us (the readers) smile!
This can be with your project or with your post about that project!

A $20 Aust. Gift Voucher to an on-line shop of choice
(must be able to issue gift vouchers)

Firstly, I want to share this with you

Photo by Greg Faull

These painted gums are on the hill just across the water from our house.
They look just like a painting, don't they.

I have just partly cleaned up my craft space - well, most of it: not the standing desk or the table or my work desk - they are still covered with important stuff! And I haven't put the Christmas stuff away just yet either, but the rest is clean!

In particular the sparkle is back in it's container - except the stuff I did spill on the standing desk! It goes everywhere with you, have you  noticed that? I find myself cleaning my teeth at the end of the day and glancing at the mirror to see glitter shining back at me from my cheeks, or hair or on my nose! I decided to put my white glitter into a takeaway container with a lid rather than leave it in the bottle - so of course when I did that I spilled it everywhere! My work space has a slightly gritty feeling now.

I have finally made over my quota of Christmas cards, and even made Christmas tags ready to wrap the presents........but I admit that my tags used old Christmas cards recycled and I also made several cards  (or should I say remade/repurposed/recycled) from those same old Christmas cards that were too lovely to throw away from last year and/or previous years. I have decided to showcase these for week two for the December challenge so you can see what a total Scrooge I am!

Now, you would think that someone with a huge (and I really mean HUGE) stash of Christmas goodies would not be tempted to reuse the cards we had been sent, but I just cannot help myself! I used the images and remade the card blank, and mounts and in each case added a die-cut word. These three cards are all smaller cards than the norm. 

This one is gold, and so I put it on a red mount, a gold glitter mount, a white mount and a then used a gold card.
Yes, it sparkles!

This one has holographic gold glittery paper behind the image and my die-cut is also from the same paper - it glitters and sparkles and looks good. 

This is the one where the glitter got spilled!
Gold card for the die-cut and gold background

I pressed the whole image into some Heat and old glue, and sprinkled the glitter all over it and reheated it - it was while spooning the glitter on that I knocked the spoon handle and flipped the glitter up in the air so it hung there for a moment looking pretty before covering every surface it could! I had to reheat the glue to get it to set before I could begin to clean up so I walked it to the heat gun and back as well! At that point I gave up with glitter and sparkle fora while.

Please go over to Unstampabelles and see the rest of the fabulous inspiration there 

Then show us your own version of SPARKLE!

Monday 7 December 2015

Unstampabelles and the December Challenge: a good read for Christmas.......

Yep, time to announce the new challenge (No#53)  for December at Unstampabelles

......and it is all about SPARKLES!

If it is sparkle on the water or sparkle in the snow, or just sparkle!

You can create something all sparkly for Christmas, not necessarily a card 

We all end up with glitter all over us and the creative space anyway at this time of the year
so go for it!

The twist is to make us (the readers) smile!

This can be with your project or with your post about that project!

A $20 Aust. Gift Voucher to an on-line shop of choice
(must be able to issue gift vouchers)

I decided to play with this new die I had and to use sparkly sparkle card and glitter as well

Yes, they are for my Christmas card stash

I die cut the die from various types of card - this one is gold and blue sparkle carefully laid onto jac paper - very, very carefully.........

........with glitter then added to the sticky surface........

Yes, there is glitter all over my workbench!

Similar but die cut from gold sparkly card

This is how they made up 

I then made several others - but I will not show you the one I made where I thought I had the fine motor skills to just add small amounts of glitter to one spot.....nuh, what a mess I created there.....

It is a lovely die )Memory Box) but a bit restricted in how it can  be used easily.

So - off you can now go to Unstampabelles and see what else the team created......

I am entering this at the following challenges:
A Gem of a Challenge: anything christmas
Crafters Cafe: die cuts

Saturday 5 December 2015

Late for Dragonflies - again!

So sorry Hilde!
Crafting with Dragonflies have a great Christmas challenge

I had it made but just hadn't put it up!

Tried my hand at another shaker card.

I am currently enamored with the die cuts and layer technique

This is a clean and simple card....sort of.....

Die cuts, sequins and SU card. 

There are some lovely things over at 

Go and have a look!

I will enter the following challenges:
Allsorts: cas christmas
CutitUp: diecuts and sequins, yes!
Simply Papercraft: anything goes

Tuesday 1 December 2015

Dies to die for......

Hello Peeps - no naughty pictures for you this post - sorry! I am posting for Electic Ellapu's December challenge (which runs for two months) and for which I foolishly suggested the theme - which means I have to pick the winners! The theme is........but wait, no wait.....(warning: lots of photos here).................

I have a tale to tell........
...see this...
My trusty Big Shot died at the weekend - tragedy! 

Also - emergency!

I hadn't completed my Christmas cards and this year I was working with lots of dies to create!

So, off the Spotlight - nup, none in store!


Off to Berridale I the craft place there.....

Told my sad story - they laughed and said I was the second in that day with the same story!
However, they did have two left of the Sizzix Blue one's!

Whew - disaster averted!

Meanwhile hubby has pulled apart my old one -stripped it to it's bones!
Lots of bearings have been compromised - reminds me of my back!

He is off today to see if he can get them replaced at a bearing shop!!!!

Meanwhile I went back to die cutting



I made six of these cards using this one die and then a few others

I started with SU card stock Mossy Meadow and Ivory, with a cream square commercial card base: I cut an Ivory square for the front and embossed it with swiss dots

I die cut the whole and then partly die cut the doves to be able to layer the birds

I laid my card over jac paper to begin with and die cut it thinking it would be easier to stick it down as apposed to using glue......mmmmmm, not sure, both a pain

I added two strips of sparkly washi tape and a Petaloo flower!

I ran out of cream flowers so used a brown one - they both look good
Which one do you like best?

Then I did this one by die cutting two copies - a red and a gold and carefully extracting the gold bits and adding in the red - stole that idea from Pinterest

Simple but effective with the DP scene behind it from BoBunny

Then I went on to other dies and other cards........

......and embossing folders too.......

Die cut the NOEL


and the deer

To create this

The embossing folder; then Versamark and white embossing powder on the tree trunks, add the sky by wiping blue ink into the space between the trees, remembering to put the sun/moon in as well, add stamped trees and some ink to create a ground, and then outlining the birchiness of the trees with a pen before adding the die cut deer. Oh and a gold wooden star. 

Another one using the same embossing folder - but reverse side and inked the folder first
This one is in the grunge style without being grunge.......

Lots of gold paint just wiped everywhere

Yep, all over the wooden snowflake too

....and the die cut deer.....

Background stamped with the SU Grunge stamp set

Then onto real heavy duty die cutting......
....well, not really......

Acetate fronted card, with a die cut top and die cut scenery

It didn't stand on my stand so I had to hold it to take the photo

Die cut village inside is Memory Box and the sled is SU
I embossed the acetate and it looks like snowflakes falling

There you are - die cuts everywhere!

Go on over to Eclectic Ellapu and be inspired by the teamies

You have 2 months to get something added!