Monday, November 21, 2011

Guest DT at Mad for Markers

I was randomly chosen to be November's Anything Goes guest DT at the Mad for Markers Challenge blog and I am thrilled to bits.  I chose to create a male card.  This image reminds me of my brother when we were teenagers.  Just before I moved out of home we had rooms next to each other and he was learning electric guitar I spent many hours listening to him play, mainly Nirvana.  He still plays guitar but he doesn't have long blonde hair anymore.  So I figure I may just keep this one in my stash till his birthday next year to remind him of old times.

I used:
Digital image Some Odd Girl Rockin' Kody
Copics on xpress it blending card all from Mad for Markers
  • Hair - E53, E50.
  • Skin - E11, E00.
  • Clothes - C9, C7, C5, B37, B34, B32, 0.
  • Shoes and guitar - R29, R27, C1, 0.
  • Buttons also coloured with R29.
Paper from Kaisercraft Timeless Collection, Kaisercraft Seaside Collection and Creative imaginations. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A little thank you

This is the very first magnolia stamp I have ever coloured and she is such a little sweetie She is Tilda with Curls from Magnolia mini world.  I thought she was perfect for a little country styled thank you card.

I coloured her such a long time ago and silly me didn't write down what copics I used to colour her but I think it was E27, E25, E00, E11, YR20, YR00, C1 and R27.  I get the paper and stamp organised before I colour these days.  Which I find much easier.  I had to take this photo with my phone as my camera is no longer I am currently saving up for an SLR I haven't used one since college and digital wasn't even around then.  I am entering this card in the Creative CAS November Challenge.  Thanks for looking and wish me luck with the camera hunting.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Miss Meg has turned 4

On the 17th of October our eldest daughter turned 4.  She loves being outdoors in the garden.  She loves playing outside as well as searching for ladybugs, grasshoppers and other creepy crawlies.  Meg decided she would like a garden themed party, however I couldn't go past this LOTV stamp for her card as she is always dancing.  She is an intelligent and gorgeous girl who is growing up too fast (Four years have flown by).  Here is her card, the tutu is covered in kindyglitz and really sparkly but it doesn't show up that well on the photograph.

I am entering this in the Bright and Sparkly Lili of the Valley Challenge and Anything goes (option of sparkly and bling) Papertake Weekly Challenge

I used
Little Ballerina stamp from Lili of the Valley
Tulip seam binding from Wild Orchid Crafts
Copics E00, E11, E50, E53, R20, RV10, RV02, RV000, C1 from Mad for Markers.

Here is a little photo of her cake - as it was a garden themed party I made Meg a rainbow cake that had butterflies, bees and ladybugs on the outside.  Not my finest cake but she loved it.

Happy Birthday Meg

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Orange you glad it's your birthday!

I rarely use orange on cards I guess I'm just not an orange person!  I completed this card to add to my stash of cards and tied it in with two challenges
The orange and black challenge over at Mad for Markers Challenge Blog and The Farm Fresh Friday Spy Day #4 over at The Greeting Farm Challenge Blog.
I used:
Digi Stamp- Dressy Ebony from The Greeting Farm coloured with the following copics on xpress it blending card all from Mad for Markers
C9, C7, C5, C1, E11, E00, R20, YR18, YR15, YR12, 0
Lemondrop Twine from The Twinery
Paper is from Bubblegum Hills by Kaisercraft and Splash by Bella Rd
Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Happy Birthday Gilly

One of my good friends celebrated her birthday in October.  She's an incredible friend whom I don't get to catch up with that often.  But she is always fun to hang out with.  I made her this card and tied it in with the sketch on the M4M challenge blog (I did skew one of the papers it didn't look right straight).

Rubber Stamp :  Miss Anya Collection from The Greeting Farm
Paper: La Di Da Collection from Kaisercraft.
Coloured with the following copic markers on x-press it blending card:
Y11, E50, E53, E11, E00, R20, RV02, RV10, R83, R24, R27, R29, V000, V12, V15, C1, C5, C7, C9, B00 and B000 all from Mad for Markers.
Also used Purple Kindy Glitz on her headband and a Lavender Spica Pen on her shoes (That I won thanks to Gin over at CAS Challenges)

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Another Spring Themed Card

Well I wanted to attempt some sewing on a simple card so decided the easiest thing to do was this:

Stamp: was a freebie on Australian Simply Cards magazine it is from Polka Doodles coloured with Y11, Y13 and Y15.
Background is a digital paper from In the Garden by Ziggle Designs purchased a while ago from Scrap Orchard.
Flowers were a freebie from Bizzy Becs.
For a CAS it took a lot longer than expected :)
 I am entering this in Creative CAS September Challenge Spring has Sprung

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Spring has sprung.

 Well spring is attempting to break through temperatures are starting to warm up but not by much. We have put in our vegie patch...we had a successful vegie patch last year and are hoping to be as successful this year.  The local wildlife didn't invade it, which is always a bonus.  I just love fresh fruit, vegies and herbs straight from the garden. Anyway onto today's card. I am entering this card in the Mad for Markers challenge Spring Time. There is a weird shadow on this card so apologies for that I didn't have time to re take the photo.

How adorable are Krista Smith's stamps, she is a very talented artist.  I have a stack of her rubber stamps and am excited that she has new digis up in her own etsy store....Saturated Canary Digis.  There are so many I like.
For this card I used:
Stamp - Spread your Wings by Krista Smith from Funky Kits
Copics - from Mad for Markers
Hair and shoes C9, C7, C5, C1.
Skin, lips and eyes E11, E00, B00 and R20.
Clothing B000, B00, B02, G20, 0,
Bird, Cage and foliage E35, E25, G24,  C5, C3, C2, B32
Flowers and ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts
Paper - Echo Park Spring Time.
Other - Kindy Glitz, Pink ink and rhinestones coloured with C9.

Well must be off I have a parcel to pick up from the post office (sadly not stamp related it's my husbands so no doubt technology stuff).  I can just imagine the weird looks we are going to recieve my youngest daughter Nell decided she would apply lipstick this morning in her own words she told me she looked boootifool.  It was a little too much so we washed it all off her face but it was not so easy to remove from her hair.  Then this afternoon both Nell and Meg got into my kindy glitz so all three of us are covered in glitter.  Now we all look boootifool :)
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Create a scene Thursday!

The current challenge over at Mad for Markers Challenge Blog is create a scene.  I have never done a card like this so it was a challenge.  I had a few stamps in mind and went searching for digi stamps to make a background. I found this urban fencing at Make it Crafty and thought it would fit perfectly  with Thursday the stamp I won at the Mad for Markers blog hop a while back (Thank you Sammi).  So  I stamped my image masked it printed it out and realised it didn't look right it needed more to the background.  I really wanted an old abandoned building I couldn't find one to suit so I got a clip art recoloured it and used the sketch function in photoshop elements then put my digital stamps over that and printed it out....and it looked alright. I coloured the stamped images with copics.  When I was happy with that I added derwent pencils to the graffiti on the building and some 2B shavings to darken up the door.  I think it turned out alright for my first attempt at creating a scene and mixing clip art, digi and rubber stamps.  What do you think?
So I used:
Rubber stamp - Thursday The Greeting Farm and
Copics on xpress it blending card all available from Mad for Markers shop.
Hair E53, E50, Y11
Skin and Eyes E11, E00, B32.
Clothes, Belt and Shoes C9, C7, C5, C3, C2, C1, R29, R27, R24, B37, B34, B32.
Urban Fencing E35, E27 and 0, C2 and C1.
Digi Stamp - Urban Fencing from Make it Crafty
Digital Paper from Breathe Me - Mega Fanpire Kit by Amy Stoffel.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Simply Sassy City Girl

I have been practicing colouring folds in clothes and I still need a lot more practice but I am getting better.  I found this fold/pleats tutorial which was recommended at Mad for Markers blog really useful.  I have decided to enter this card into the Sugar Bowl challenge 65 sketch with the option of blue.  There is a small amount of blue flowers and blue card.  I also figured I could enter it in Simply Sassy's header challenge.

And here is a closer up of my colouring....I know I still have a lot to learn and practice.

For this card I used
Stamp- City Girl from Funky Kits coloured with copics on xpress it blending card all available at M4M.
Copics - E50, E53, Y11, E11, E00, R20, B000, R85, R83, R81, B37, B34, B32, RV000, C9, C7, C5, C3.
Paper - Bobunny Alissa, Imaginescence Enchanted Garden, Papermania Little Cupcake Shop.
Lace is from my Mum sewing supplies (Thanks Mum).
Pink Tulip Seam Binding from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Thanks so much for looking.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

I really adore the images from Tiddlyinks.  I like that I can resize them to suit the project I'm completing and that I can just print it.  Sometimes when I stamp I am not so successful at getting it right you have those little blank bits in your image and that annoys me :). Onto my card for today (please note I took this photo before the glue had dried on the twine so there isn't a big white dob of glue behind the twine anymore).
I used:
Digital image- Carpenter Joe from Tiddlyinks
Copics on xpress it blending card all from Mad for Markers -
E50, E53, E11, E00, E27, E25, E35, YR18, Yr15, YR12, B37, B34, B32, Y15, C3, C2, C1, R29.
Paper - Kaisercraft kbots Xtron and Surge.
Brown grosgrain ribbon and twine coloured with YR18.

I am entering this card in the The Sweet Stop sketch challenge.

Right I'm off to fold some washing and bring some wood in for the fire. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Clean and Simple

I made this card for a family friend Egan, who turned 2 this month.  This card fits with the August Challenge over at Creative CAS where the theme is Birthday Bonanza.
I used:
Digi Stamp- Dragon from All that Scraps
Copics- G20, G24, E11, E00, E53, E27, E25, C1, C2 on Xpress it Blending card all from M4M.
Paper- Kaisercraft Spirograph Rosette and Phase.
Twine, yellow Kindy Glitz and dino brad from my stash.

Right I'm off to pick up a stamps just boring old ink for the printer and I have to drag the two girls out in the howling wind and rain.  The beauty of winter.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Nell

On August 1st our little Nell turned 2.  She is such a gorgeous little thing but also such an adventurer she is often into mischief.  While people always hear these mischievous stories they don't often hear the flip side.  She is such a little girly girl and loves a huggle.  She is clever, kind and caring and has the funniest sense of humour. Nell loves rabbits (our rabbits are not so fond of her).  I used LOTV Gift Wrapped for her card and the card as basis for her little birthday morning tea.
I used:
Stamp - Gift Wrapped LOTV.  Stamped on xpress it blend it card and coloured with copics (both from M4M)- G20, G24, C5, C3, C2, C1, R85, R83, R81.
Paper - Imaginesence Enchanted
Card from Regal Craft
Pink Tulip Seam Binding and roses from Wild Orchid Crafts
Kindy Glitz
Here is a little photo of the cupcakes I made for Nell's birthday.  Mum always and still makes homemade cakes for our birthday and I am loving continuing this tradition with my girls.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Just a Girl for the Sugar Bowl.

Today was quite a warm winter day for down here.  Although the weather girl said the top was 14 degrees I'm sure it was hotter than that.  I was outside without a jumper.  Although that may have had more to do with chasing our pet rabbits round the yard so they would return to their cage.  Here I was thinking catching a horse was difficult. 

I have completed this card for the sketch challenge over at the Sugar Bowl.  I just love Sugar Nellie Stamps.  I love others too of course. This card is out of my comfort zone and not what I would normally create so I'm not sure if I like it or not.  I don't normally use yellow and I love symmetry.

For this card I used:
Stamp - Just a Girl Sugar Nellie from Funky Kits coloured with copics
on Xpress it Blending Card both from Mad for Markers
Hair- C9, C7, C5, C3.
Skin - E11, E00, R20
Clothing - C9, C7, C5, Y15, Y13, Y11.
Paper - Seaside Sandcastle from October Afternoon and Shabby Chic collection Morning Poetry.
Card from Regal Craft

Well thanks for looking I am going to sit back with my cup of tea and Anvers Fudge and stroll around blogland for a while and no doubt etsy I just love looking at all the creations.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Roll on Summer

Here in Tasmania the weather has been freezing whilst I love sitting by a roaring fire in winter and admire how pretty the fog and crisp cool mornings can be  I do love summer.  I made this card for the Mad for Markers Challenge featuring Bron's sketch. 

I have so much trouble colouring with red it just seems to bleed much more than any other colour.  This was an image I coloured a while ago when I first started practising colouring hair. So I didn't record the copics I used at the time but my collection of copics isn't that big YET! So from Memory I used
Digi Image - CC Designs Swiss Pixie Hawaiian Birgitta from All That Scraps
Copics from Mad for Markers Clothing - R24, R27, R29, C1, C2, C9.
                                                 Skin - E00, E11, R20.
                                                 Hair - E50, E53.
Hibiscus Paper- Kaisercraft Seaside Collection from Anna's Craft Cupboard
Ribbon and Red Paper were from my stash.
Hibiscus stamp and white ink were a gift from my Mum.
Blank Card from Regal Craft

I am not overly happy with this card just seems like there is something missing but I'm not sure what.  Thanks for looking.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy Birthday to a wonderful husband.

I made this card for my husband a while ago.  It was his birthday at the weekend. This is my favourite Sparkle Creations stamp because it reminds me of him.  He loves his coffee and music.  Thankfully not as much as he loves his house full of girls:) . 
I'm afraid that the hair colouring of this lovely lad is not so good.  I've learnt alot about colouring hair in the last month.

I used:
Stamp- Street Corner Josh from Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp.
Copics from memory E25, E27, E29,E35, G20, G24 , B37, B32, B34, C9, C7, C1 and C3
Paper from Scenic Route and Kaiser Craft
Tag was a freebie and I am so very sorry I can't remember where from.
Buttons, ink and twine from my stash.
I am entering this in the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp Challenge #52.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I love Simply Sassy Stamps

This is my second post for today.  I just think this image is soooo gorgeous.  It reminds me of my eldest daughter.  When I was cropping this image I noticed that she has a stray hair which I will go and attempt to fix.  Her hair looks a lot darker in the photo than on the actual card.
I am entering this in The Sugar Bowl Challenge 63 - Erika's Sketch.
I used:
Image Simply Sassy Butterflies and Pigtails from Funky Kits
Copics on x-press it blending card all from Mad for Markers
Skin E11, E00, R20. 
Clothing and shoes RV10, RV02, RV000, C1, C2, E35, E25.
Jar and butterflies RV02 and V12 (I think), C1, C2, C3. 
Hair E50 and E53.
Paper from Creative Imaginations.
Seam binding from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Flowers and pearls from a local stores (These matched perfectly I didn't make my own).


I just love this LOTV image Lazy Afternoon.  I picked this image for my Dad's birthday and when I saw the LOTV's Challenge Blog it fitted perfectly. So I thought I'd make it early (his birthday isn't until October) and I like it.

I used:
Stamp -  Lazy Afternoon from LOTV
Copics on X-Press IT blending card both available at Mad for Markers -
E00, E11, C1, C2, C3, B00, B02, E35, E25, G20, G24.
Patterned Paper - Imaginisce Baby Powder Buble Bath.
The newspaper is actually our local newspaper that I scanned and resized and inked (not sure the brand it was a gift from my Mum).
Buttons available from Anna's Craft Cupboard
Thanks for stopping by :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hair Tips

Why is it that colouring hair is so hard.  Sometimes I get it sometimes I fail miserably.  I'll just keep practising:)
Here's a little card I did using The Greeting Farm's WOW sketch #7.
Not really happy with it.  But I am learning a lot.
I used:
Stamp - Miss Anya Collection from The Greeting Farm
Copics used on X-press It Blending Card both available from the fantastic Mad for Markers 
Skin E00, E11, R20.
Hair E50, E53, E25, E27.
Clothing G24, G20, C1, C3.
Flowers R81, R85, G20, G24
Basket E25, E35.
Paper - Kaisercraft Chapter One, Bo Bunny Alissa love you.
Pink Seam Binding from Wild Orchid Crafts

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Summer Days

Oh how I long for summer!  Todays temperatures are 6-10 degrees ugh.  A nice day to sit by the fire.  I just love summer.

For this card I used:
Digi image - Hawaiian Birgitta from All That Scraps.
Coloured with these copics available at Mad for Markers
Hair E53, E50
Skin E00, E11, R20.
Clothes Y11, Y13, Y15. B32, B34, B37. C1.
Shoes E35, E25 (I think).
The paper is a from the digital kit Puddle Jumping LCC Amy Stoffel
The seam binding is from Wild Orchid Crafts coloured with Y11.
White ribbon is from my stash.

I would like to enter this card in the following challenges:
The Sweet Stop - Sketch 115
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - #89 The Colours of Summer
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - Here Comes Summer
Moving Along With The Times - Here Comes Summer

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

This is a little card I made for a friend.  We have been friends for 17 years and I always forget her birthday so I rushed this card in order for her to get it on time (one of these years I'll remember).  It may get it to her on time this year.  I went over her hair after I'd made the card and wrecked it but I just didn't have time to make another. Considering the first time I had her all coloured in put her through the cuttlebug and somehow cut half her head off.  Put it all down to a beginners learning curve.
I used:
Poppy Fields Stamp from Funky Kits.
Ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts
All the rest came from my stash. The flower is just a hand made one I had nothing to match in my supplies (do I need an excuse to buy more flowers!)

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My First Ever Post!!

I am a bit nervous (okay alot) but I figure we all have to start somewhere. I have only been colouring with copic markers since January. I made this thank you card for one of my student's Mums who comes into my classroom for parent help.

I thought I might be brave and enter it at the Mad for Markers Challenge for brown hair.

I used -
Stamp: Miss Anya Hats Off (The Greeting Farm)
The image was coloured with the following copics
Clothing: B37, B34, B32, C3, C2, C1, YR20, YR00 and YR0000.
Skin: E11, E00 and R20.
Hair: E27, E25 and E11.
The pearls and ribbon were also coloured with C3.
Spotted paper is a digi from Fairy Tea Party (Ellie Lash). 

~ Gretchen