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Friday, 15 September 2017

Daffodil Cheer

Don't daffodils always look cheerful?

I used these for the stitching challenge at the Crafters Café, here: crafterscafeblogchallenge


The beautiful image is kindly provided by Sheepski, you can find it here: jos-daffodils-image-no-50





Image: Sheepski
coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: freebie from Aus Simply Cards





Mouse Dancer

Stitching!  real or faux, that's the story at the Crafters Café.  See the great ideas from the design team, here: crafterscafeblogchallenge

Thanks to Rick St Dennis for this beautiful image' get it here: rick1949/sugar-plum-fairy-mouse-digital-stamp

The background image was masked and smooshed with Oxide Distress inks, then diecut.   I decided to 3D the mouse with foam and I'm glad I did, she looks like she's coming out of the page.  Layered the diecut over pink florists nonwoven wrap, stamped the sentiment on vellum and machine stitched it on.  The mouse is kept white and the dress and wings painted with watery mica watercolour paint.

Image: Sugar Plum Fairy Mouse - Rick St Dennis
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Stitched Banner Die: unbranded
Also: Oxide inks, sequins, vellum, mica watercolour paints










Friday, 1 September 2017

Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!  Boys will be Boys!  that's the theme at the Crafters Café this time - check out the challenge and the DT's work here:
crafterscafeblogchallenge

Thanks to sponsor QKR for the great carpenter image:
stamponit.net/carpenter-digital-stamp

Image: QKR
Coloured with Cpoics
Geometric paper: Decosse Doodles
Wood paper: Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp: Clear Impressions
Corner punch: Couture Creations
Also: Staples, distress ink

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Travelling Man

The challenge at the Crafters Café this time is Boys will be Boys, so check out the design team's work and join the challenge here: crafterscafechallenge

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

Lisa at Decosse Doodles provided the great paper and elements (all from the "Touch of Class" range), check out her site here:
decossesdynamitedoodles


I guess because in NZ we are a 2.5 hour flight from our nearest neighbour and are so isolated, we are a travelling nation, so I decided on a card for a big boy (after all, boys will be boys and hop on a plane when they feel like it).   I don't know of a single New Zealander who hasn't been out of the country at some time, and a lot of us like to travel a lot!  Kiwis can fly!

Geometry paper: Decosse Doodles, "Touch of Class"
World panel:  Decosse Doodles, "Touch of Class"
Apple frame:  Decosse Doodles, "Touch of Class"
Clip:  Decosse Doodles, "Touch of Class"
Arrows dies: Verve & Couture Creations
Tickets stamp: Heidi Swapp
Trip & Journey stamps: Kaisercraft

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Game Birds

Another challenge at Come And Get It challenges - this week it's "use two different embellishments", check it out: cagichallenge

I love this image from our sponsor Pickled Potpourri: pickled-potpourri.com/hunting-fowl-digital-stamps

My two different embellishments are a feather and brads.

I printed the image, then masked it for the stencilling and splatter (which unfortunately I could not get to show up very well in the photo).      Click on for a closer look.



Image: Pickled Potpourri
Sentiment stamp: Stampers Anonymous
Stencil:
Also: embellishments (feather, brads), gold pen splatter, perfect pearls splatter.




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Saturday, 26 August 2017

White Hello

Sometimes I just send hello cards to keep in touch and let someone know I'm thinking about them.

EF: freebie from Practical Publishing
Hello Die: W9
Bicycle: Marianne
Flowers:
Cat:
Also Hero Arts white glitter












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Friday, 18 August 2017

Journey - going for a spin

Made for a family birthday for someone who likes action.   Simple but a bit of fun.
I made the background with Glimmer Mists.
For the spinner I just cut a square from double sided patterned paper and then slots from the corners almost to the middle. Holes pierced in each corner and folded the points to the middle, attached together with a tiny metallic brad.
Words inside say "A birthday is the first day of another 365 day journey, enjoy the trip!"  I thought the travelling spinner was totally appropriate.

Slot die:
Sentiment stamp:
Number die:
Also: Glimmer Mists, brad

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Distressed Words

Such great words to encourage someone, especially if they are going through a rough patch, or even if they're not.  Everyone needs to hear these words.





I made the background cards.  The large background is Distress inks sponged onto glossy photo paper; the smaller background is a play with Oxide Inks with distressed edges.

Word die: unbranded
Rose die: Poppy stamps
Film die: Sizzix
Leaf die: unbranded
Also Gauze, Distress inks, Distress Oxide Inks, silver acrylic paint splatter.

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Movie Time

This time it's a Black & White Plus One challenge
at the Crafters Café, see what the design team have done: crafterscafeblogchallenge


I used an image from sponsor Mari, get it here: maridigisstore2-b77-movie-time


Digimage: Mari - Movie Time
coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Fundamentals
Film die: Sizzix
Ticket die: sizzix
Tickets stamps: Hero Arts & Inkadinkadoo
Scribble die: unbranded
Border punch: Fiskars
Also, Sequins, brad



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Monday, 14 August 2017

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Kit T

Come and Get It challenges theme this week is a sketch (YAY,  I love sketches).


Join us for this challenge and check out the design team's work here: cagichallenge


Knitty Kitty is the creative sponsor who provided this CUTE image: digi-stamp-instant-download-kit-t

Image: Knitty Kitty - Kit T
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment Stamp: Practical Publishing freebie
Paw & fish bone stamps:
curly punches: unbranded
Oval diecut: drop out centre bit from a Marianne die

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Bicycle celebration

A little bit feminine, a little bit pink and lacy but not too fussy.  I used a partial emboss technique to get the un-embossed oval in the centre.


Bicycle die: Practical Publishing freebie
Word die: Sizzix
Flower punch: Martha Stewart
Leaf punch-&-emboss: unbranded
EF:  Craft Concepts
From stash: lace, gems



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Simple Flower


I like simple and colourful.  Here I got both.
I tore paper and used it as a mask for sponging distress inks.


Flower stamp: Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp: PaperXtra



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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Tulip Jar

An upright Z-fold card for the current theme at the Crafters Café "more than one fold" challenge.  Why don't you join us: crafterscafeblogchallenge


Our fabulous sponsor Bugaboo has provided this lovely image:  bugaboostamps-bugjartulip-tulip-jar




Image: Bugaboo -Tulip Jar
Coloured with Copics
Border Punch: Fiskars
Corner Punch: Couture Creations
Circle punches: unbranded
Also: Brad, ribbon, WoS, Kindyglitz



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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Thank You Flowers

Add Flowers is the theme at Come And Get It challenges, we would love you to join us: cagichallenge

And this lovely summery image is provided by Lemon Shortbread: digital-stamp-gardening-girl-digi

Image: Lemon Shortbread
Coloured with Copics
Round die: Spellbinders
Flower Wreath Die: Couture Creations
Sentiment die:
Also: washi tape, Kindyglitz, Liquid Pearls, sequins














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Saturday, 22 July 2017

Wild Soxes

I love using things differently, so this time stamped on patterned paper to make wild socks to go with a man's gift of wild socks.  On the outer socks the paper pattern doesn't show as well because of the black ink.  The real socks are big polka dotted and very bright and fun!















Sock Stamps: Rosie's Studio
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts
Also: tiny wooden pegs, twine, lime EP (sentiment and edge of white card), 3D foam, black pen for smiley

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pile-it-on-132-primary-colors-andor "S"  Soxes (of course!), Spots and a Smiley

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Hello Girl

Such a pretty look with a gardening theme.  I paper-pieced her clothes in gingham but thought she deserved a bit of bling as well. 

Image: Lemon Shortbread
Coloured with Copics
Die frame:
Lace border: unbranded
Hello die:
Also: stitched, edges inked












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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Birthday Floral

A true one-layer card. 

Digi image printed directly onto the base card, coloured with Reno Art pens. Embossed strip added.  Image masked and card sponged with distress inks, spritzed and sprinkled with water, stamped with small butterflies and sentiment.

Image: Bugaboo
EF:  Sizzix
Sentiment:  Montarga
Distress Inks

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Find Time

I think this sentiment is pretty amazing and I hope you think so too.














Sentiment Stamp: Kaisercraft
Die border: Kaisercraft
Die Label: Spellbinders
Die sprigs: Signature
Also: a bit of a doodle on the edge, piece of glittery ribbon, some Kindyglitz.

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

Designer Odella

Come and Get It challenge this week is "Two or more designer papers", so check out the design team's work:
cagichallenge

And Polkadoodles provided this super image:
polkadoodles

Image: Polkadoodle - Odella Heart
coloured with Copics
Designer paper: paper pieced skirt, top and boots; heart; floor/ground; and matted background
Diamond Distress Die: Sizzix
Also: Distress Inks (black soot & iced spruce), gems, Kindyglitz (black sparkle)








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Saturday, 15 July 2017

Steampunk Wabbit


Steampunk is the challenge over at Crafters Café this time: crafterscafeblogchallenge

And check out our sponsor - My Stitch Back in Twine:  digital-stamp-colouring-image-underland



Image: My Stitch Back in Twine - Underland April Hare
Coloured with Copics
Large cog die: Spellbinders
Smaller cog dies: Sizzix
Stitched Circle die: DieNamics
Clock Die: Kaisercraft
Also: Clock charm, Distress Inks, metallic card

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Steampunk Bird

STEAMPUNK is the challenge at Crafters Café, come on you know you want to do it, check it out here: crafterscafeblogchallenge


Thanks to DS4Joy who supplied this wonderful image: digistamps4joy
















Image: Digistamps4Joy - applique bird
Coloured with Copics
5 Stamps: Stampers Anonymous, Prima, Finnabair
3 Dies: Memory Box, Sizzix/Tim Holtz

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Seas the day

Aren't cardswaps fun?  I made this for a NZ cardswap with a sea theme.
I love these digipapers' design and colour - a smoky blue.  I just got the tag die and had to use it.  The stencilled waves on the blue tag and sentiment bar are the negative of a die cut sponged with distress ink.

DigiPapers: Pink Petticoat
Tag Die: unbranded
Wave die: Spellbinders
Shell dies: Memory Box
Negative of diecut: Couture Creations
Ribbon, WoS on shells



Click for a closer look:







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Sunday, 2 July 2017

National Colours

This is such a cute unicorn and I like the sentiment that comes with the image. The challenge is to use national colours. 

Join us for this challenge at Come And Get It challenges, here: cagichallenge

My image comes from our generous sponsor Bugaboo:  bugaboostamps
Image result for nz flag free pics

Here is our NZ flag:
As seen when we won the America's Cup boat race.


Image result for silver fern nz




Alternatively, our national sporting colours are black & white.  You may be more familiar with the black ground and silver fern, probably more recognised internationally than our flag!

Image: Bugaboo Unicorn Believer
Coloured with Copics
Banner die: unbranded
Square stitch die: unbranded
Star punch:
Also: crystal glitter (on cloud), red twine

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