Monday, September 28, 2009


My cousin asked me to make a 50th male birthday card. The criteria being that he's a male's male. Mmmmm well I tossed up and decided to use this image from Stamp It called Cobbers.
It's great to watercolour, so I used my Lyra watercolour crayons which have been sitting quietly on my table waiting to be used. I stamped the image on watercolour paper with Archival black ink. Then away I went. I'm afraid I'm not good at watercolouring but I think it's turned out ok.

The paper is some that I bought from Sue and Robyn at their new shop, Papercraft Central. Cardstock is Bazzill and I coloured some silver peel off numbers black. Stampin' Up star and large oval punches were used. The Cheers is from the SU set called It's Maori, Mate. Also three of new the Sprinkles, yum yum with some green twill from a SU set and black grosgrain from my stash finished it off. The sketch is Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge 37. Oh, nearly forgot, added white liquid applique to the froth of the beer and heated it to puff it up.

Yep, this is my second post today. Had to show you my new card. Hope you like it.

Pastel Baby!

This is another baby stencil card I did at the same time as the other pastel coloured one. This time I punched out the letters and with co-ordinating cardstock punched another layer and randomly put them down the middle of the card. The sketch is SC241, dp by Kaisercraft and cardstock is Bazzill. I used my EK Success corner punch with ribbon and button brads from my stash. I coloured the letters with Colourbox Fluid Chalk ink, Peach Pastel I think it's called.
I'm loving my stencils and as soon as I get my House Mouse colouring done, I'll be back to them.
Thanks for looking at my blog and thanks for all your wonderful comments.
Still dry, dusty, windy and hot here. We are getting dust from the West at the moment and all day long there's a dust haze everywhere. Irrigators are going madly all over the place watering the cane and there's apparently no rain in sight for us yet. Fires have broken out too which is not good at all.
Take care everyone.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Red, Red, Red

My girlfriend requested a card for her daughter-in-law and it had to be red. Sarah loves red, soooo this is what I came up with. The gold embossed flourishes are by Stamp It and the Happy Birthday flourish is from their range of stamps called Eden. The flowers are stamped on acetate with red stazon using Victoria's Secrets stamps, cut out and layered with the petals creased and bling added for the centres. Ribbon is from my stash and the corners were punched with an EK Success corner punch. Cardstock is Bazzill and gold Kromecote and I used a shimmer white that I found in my stash.
I'm busy colouring House Mouse images at the moment and doing a bit of tidying. My ribbons are now organised, my House Mouse stamps are now sorted and each one recorded so I don't double up, my stencils are all put away in a storage system and best of all, thanks to Jean's idea, my nesties are all safely stored in a Kaisercraft folder with the appropriate pockets. Fantastic.
My OH has this flu/bug now and of course, being a male, he's sicker than anyone. lol Fortunately I'm on the mend and feeling heaps better.
Thanks for all your good wishes.
Hope all of you are well and thank you so much for commenting on my blog.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Black and White

I saw this card on Kylie's blog and loved it so much I had to make my own. Yes, it's practically a direct CASE but please Kylie take that as a compliment.
I used black organza ribbon with a swirl through it (there's a huuuuuge range of colours in this style of ribbon) and I happened to have the same ring embellishments that Kylie has. Just tied them on with silver cord.
The cardstock is Bazzill Bling. Stamps are from the Together Forever set from SU.
Sorry for the terrible photo. I remember I was in a hurry to take it. Things look crooked on it but in real life, they are straight.
Still recovering from this damm bug but am achieving something by sorting my ribbons out while I'm resting.
Take care all.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Two more.

At the same time I made the glitter boy and girl baby pin cards, I made these as well. In this case the baby pins have been heat embossed with the appropriate colour i.e. silver, blue and pink. Again I used Beate's sketch challenge 97 which I like and will probably use quite often. I enjoyed using my eyelet border punch to make the frills. So easy when you know how.
To embellish, just a button on each, silver pearls and a peel off for the greeting.

My son now has his Learner's and he drove this morning to the airport which is a 40 mile drive from here. Sorry don't know it in kms. Fortunately it was early and not too many semis and b-doubles were out on the road. He's away for two weeks so I'll enjoy the break but miss him too.
It's school holidays here in Queensland for two weeks.
Right, I'm off to bed, this flu/bug/whatever has certainly taken hold of me.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Ready, Set, Go!!

I couldn't resist colouring another House Mouse image today to use for a baby boy card. This is another stamp that amuses me. lol It's those wind up teeth that get me laughing. I made this card for the Crazy 4 Challenges C4C2 sketch for September.

I will admit that it took me a long time to put it together. Getting measurements for the background pieces right was a bit of an effort. Then I couldn't work out how to embellish the card without going to extremes. I wanted to use buttons, bling, photo corners etc but settled for what's there now.
The coloured and boy buttons are from my stash, as are the navy brads and ribbon. I added the bow to soften the card a bit.
DSP is by Kaisercraft. Hope the colouring is ok, I tried to match it to the DSP.

What do you all think - the bright colours can be suitable for a baby boy too can't they?

I'm off to bed now, I think I've caught the bug my son has just had so feeling very fluey.
Thanks for all the wonderful comments on my cards.
Take care everyone.

Splish, Splash, I was taking a bath!!!

I coloured this House Mouse image last week with the thought of entering the current challenge at the time. Well, I finished colouring him and then couldn't find exactly the sort of dsp I wanted to match the song title I had chosen, which was I'm Gonna Wash That Man (mouse) Right Out Of My Hair from the musical South Pacific. lol

Not sure if I can enter the House Mouse Challenge twice this week but I'll give it a go. I've now thought of another song to match my card, actually finding the Splash ribbon in my ribbon box yesterday when I was rummaging, decided the song. Splish, Splash by Bobby Darin.

I did have trouble finding suitable dsp but finally in the depths of my stash, this paper came to light. It's by Anna Griffin and dated 2004. Just goes to show if you keep something long enough.....The image was a difficult one for me because there is so much empty space in the top left hand corner. Out came one of my Dreamweaver stencils and I embossed the tile effect behind the mouse and on the yellow piece as well. All that space was still bothering me, so I added the small Best Wishes which fitted neatly into one of the 'tiles'. Problem solved.

Kindyglitz was added to the bubbles and water around the soap. The next problem was how to embellish my card, so thinking that the ribbon, image and embossing said it all, I just added silver pearls and a navy blue whale button (keeping with the water theme).
Image coloured with my prismacolour pencils and solvent. Oh and curved rectangle nesties were used on the white and yellow layers. I do feel that the yellow layer is a bit too wide to be a layer if you know what I mean, but that is the next size up in the set.

Oops, sorry for the essay.
Thanks for looking and thanks again for all your wonderful comments.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Anybody Home??

Here is my card for the House Mouse Monday Challenge#52 - A Year in Review. It's so long since I participated in the House Mouse challenges. Actually I've missed them. This image cracks me up!!! (pmsl, pun intended). For this challenge, we choose our favourite challenge over the past year and make a new project. I chose to use Challenge#43 which was a sketch.
I didn't put a greeting on my card mainly because I thought it would make a cute baby boy card but could be used for other occassions.
Paper is Kaisercraft and cardstock is Bazzill. I used my nesties for the circle and scallop circle. The ribbon I found when I was rummaging (yep, rummaging being the operative word) in my ribbon box, quite a good match I thought.
I didn't think matching brads would show up on the stripe paper so I added gold pearls by Joycraft, again something else I've had in my stash and is now seeing the light of day.
Image coloured with prisma coloured pencils and solvent.

What do you think? Cute or what? lol
Thanks for the lovely comments on my cards. I love reading them. So appreciated.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Baby Blocks

I did have a fun time on Monday using my stencils. This stencil is a Dreamweaver one and available from The Stencil Specialists. The sketch is Technostampers Monday Lunchtime Sketch challenge #87. It's turned out to be quite a delicate baby card. The papers are Kaisercraft, embellishments are from my stash and the embossed baby blocks have been coloured with Peach Pastel Colourbox chalk ink.
Thanks for all the comments on my cards, they are much appreciated. I love reading them.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Glitter for Babies

I recently attended a class on using Dreamweaver stencils by Julie Makela from The Stencil Specialists. A couple of years ago, Michelle taught us techniques in stencilling which she had learned from Julie and I enjoyed it. At the time I did quite a lot of Christmas cards using glitter and embossing medium but since then my stencils have sat in the cupboard. Well after doing the class with Julie, they've come out of the cupboard (the stencils I mean) and I'm starting to use them again.

Here are two baby cards I made using Beate's weekend sketch challenge #97. Instead of square cards, I've made mine into A5 size cards so I hope that's ok.
The baby pins are done on double sided Jac paper. The glitter on the boy card is from the Alison Ellis range and on the girl card, the pink is the SU glitter.
Ribbon, button and thread from my stash. The frill was something Michelle Habib did as a WOW at SU convention in Canberra this year (I think it was Michelle) using the eyelet border punch to make a frill.
The little silver pearls are by Joy Crafts and have been in my stash for quite a few months. They have now seen the light of day and I love them.
I cut the circles with my nesties and silver peel offs to finish.
Think that's everything mentioned.

Today I did manage to make four more cards so I'll put them up tomorrow.
Hope everyone has a good night or day as the case may be. I'm off to bed now.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Another wedding card

This card was inspired by Kylie. Thanks Kylie. I know it's practically the same but it's so effective, this style and these colours. The kraft, old olive and shimmer white really go well together. I used pearls on the flowers and as an embellishment.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Wedding card

I made this wedding card using the Making Memories 6 x 6 paper pad from their Wedding Collection that I bought in one of my internet stash shopping sessions. This card by Debbie Pamment gave me the inspiration, thanks Debbie. I used Bazzil Bling cardstock, flowers from my stash and the SU Together Forever stamp set. The two little pearls came from here and the pearl in the middle of the flowers is from the brads that match the Wedding Collection papers.
I used my labels four nesties for the two layers in the middle. The flower was stamped with SU Going Gray and the wording with Mememto Tuxedo Black.

This card was part of an order for three wedding cards. This one was well received as were the other two which I'll post later.

It's still hot, dry, dusty and windy here. I've got the air con on thankfully. Lovely temp in which to craft.
Have a wonderful day,

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Teal and Pink

I saw these acetate flowers at the craft show I attended in June. Then I saw a card made by a friend of mine using this layout so I couldn't resist giving it a go too. Ink is Teal Blue and Dove Gray Stazon ink. Bling on the flowers and photo corners, SU oval and scallop punches, and ribbon from my stash. Stamps are by Victoria's Secret.

The other card is one I had stitched quite a while ago. My friend Judy wanted a baby girl card and picked out this stitched dress. So a bit of this and a bit of that and here is the result. I actually am very happy with the way this card turned out.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My second set of pages

Here are the other two pages that I did on Saturday. On Tuesday, I went in and spent the day with Sue and Robyn at their shop in Sarina. I had a wonderful time, with three more pages completed.
Thanks for looking and enjoy your day or night as the case may be. lol