Here are just a few of my creations - I mainly make cards, but I've been known to dabble

Here are just a few of my creations - I mainly make cards, but I've been known to dabble

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Stampin Up | Petal Palette | I just love you

G'day, today I'm sharing with you a couple of cards that I've made using the Stampin Up Petal Palette stamp set and coordinating dies.  

I decided to just colour and die cut a bunch of the flowers and see where it led me.

I ended up with 2 cards as shown below... I figure they'd both be good for mother's day or any love occasion really.  

One of the cards is portrait and one is landscape.  On the portrait (red) one, I used a couple of the left over sequin hearts from the freebie mentioned in my previous post.  To fill up some of the gaps in the landscape (pink) card, I used some black enamel dots from my stash.  Simple but effective.

Thanks for dropping by, I hope you have a great day/night!

2018 Valentines Day Card

G'day everyone, today I'm sharing with you a Valentines Day card that I made this week (even though Valentines Day has passed, there's always next year).

I was stash diving and found a free little love themed kit that I got possibly from Blue Edge Crafts, but I'm not sure as I think I might have had this freebie for a while.  

Anyway, it contained a square card, an envelope for it, a bunch of sequin-like hearts, 2 larger hearts, a white tag and some white ribbon edged in silver. 

At first, when I laid my hands on it I almost shoved it back into the random box I was looking through.  Then I thought; "I should just use it instead of hoarding it..."  and so I did :o)  lol.

In the same box I found a bunch of junk and also four 6x6 paper pads.... I had been wondering where they went!  

One of them was the Die Cuts With a View pad called The Foiled Elegance Stack which contains 24 sheets of 6x6 inch acid free foiled cardstock.  Perfect!  

There was a red foiled piece that matched the hearts in the freebie pack really well and viola! my creativity was sparked and a card was created.  I hope you like it.

Cheers for stopping by, I hope you have a great day/night.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

#fancyfolds - Stampers Art Gallery - Mother's Day card 2018

Hi there,

I've entered this card in the #fancyfolds competition at Stampers Art Gallery on facebook.  It's a wonderful group that I found via YouTube.

This card uses some Prima Marketing papers from a collection by Frank Garcia called Wild and Free.  I fussy cut all the flowers etc from the papers and used tracing paper to trace the parts of the card so that I could put layers on there.

Thanks for stopping by, sorry I've been so absent.  I think from now on I'll just write something short and post pics, otherwise nothing ever gets posted.

Have a great day/night!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

MFT Pure Innocence: "Bed Rest" Cards

Hello!  Today I am sharing with you 3 cards that I made this week using the only My Favorite Things Pure Innocence stamp set that I have; it's titled "Bed Rest".  

I recently bought this set as I have very little in the way of 'get well' sorts of stamps in my stash.  When I first saw this stamp set, I immediately saw her in a bedroom, so that's what inspired me to make the following cards.

For the first two images, I coloured them with copic markers, listed below.  The third image was done with water colours, zig clean color real brush markers.

The first card I made has the girl in a purple bedshirt and aqua-ish bedspread.  I did this one in the most difficult way possible as I didn't want to die cut her and the bed out as the die leaves a white border around the die cut.  So, I stamped the portions of the stamp on the designer series papers (dsp) and cut the bed image OUT OF the papers!  I do not recommend you do this, it's just silly!  It turned out great, but it's a little funny as when you touch it, the image is actually indented as the background is built up around it.

Copic markers use above (lightest to darkest): 
SKIN: E21, E11, E33, R21
BED: E57, E29, E59
BLONDE HAIR: E11, Y13, Y08
PURPLE TOP: V04, V06, V09
PILLOW & TISSUES: 0, C00, C0, C1

For the second image, I smartened up a little and did it an easier way.  I just fussy cut the girl in bed out of the copic xpress it blending paper and stuck her to the layers of dsp on the base.  This worked out so much easier and when you run your fingers over this one, she is slightly raised above the background, which makes more sense.

Copic markers use above (lightest to darkest): 
SKIN: E21, E11, E33, R21
BED: E57, E29, E59
RED HAIR: E09, YR18, YR14,
YELLOW TOP: Y11, Y02, Y06, Y08
TISSUE BOX: B21, B23, B18
PILLOW & TISSUES: 0, C00, C0, C1

For the third one (my favourite) I attempted my second ever go at no line colouring.  This is when you stamp the image in a light ink (usually one that will wash away with water - I used scattered straw distress ink).  The difference between no line colouring and lined colouring seemed quite obvious to me until recently when a friend asked about it.  Lined colouring has a distinct outline (like the copic coloured ones above) and the no lined ones do not have defining lines (as below).

I used a window die from a magazine that I bought from the last Brisbane Papercraft Expo (in June) and made my own curtains (and a template for later use).  I coloured the curtains in the same green combination as the bedspread and then ran it through a dotty embossing folder.

Unfortunately, I didn't record the colours used in the watercolouring this time as frankly I wasn't expecting any results worth taking note of!  I'll be sure to include them in the future though.

All in all, I'm counting this a success and will take what I learned into my next attempt at no line watercolouring - which was mainly to wait until sections are dry before colouring next to them, to prevent bleeding.  I watercoloured her on Canson 300gsm watercolor cardstock - the rough side. (I never use the rough side, and I'm not sure if that has contributed to the better results I got this time around.)

Thanks for stopping by and commenting if you have and I hope you have a lovely day!


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Baby Card - The Paper Players Clean & Simple Challenge

Hello there!  I've been home sick yesterday and today (gladly recovered enough to know I'll be at work tomorrow) and decided to play along with the The Paper Players challenge that my friend Ina Grehan pointed me towards.  She knows I've been doing a few baby cards lately and thought to let me know about their challenge.  The challenge is titled: PP336: A Clean-and-simple challenge:

I don't really do single layer cards very often as I love die cutting images and popping them up, so this was a little step outside my comfort zone.  I even added some sequins, but hopefully not too many, lol, I left a lot of white space, so I think it's still CAS (clean and simple).

I used the stamp set from Lawn Fawn titled Little Bundle - been in my stash for a while, this is my first go at using it.  I coloured the image with some copic markers and a little gold pen on the buttons on the kids clothes.  All in all, it's the simplest card I've done in a while, and I hope you like it!  Stop by The Paper Players blog and see what the other entrants have made, and thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, 5 March 2017

Baby Cards #TheHumanRainbow

G'day everyone!  I have been making quite a few cards that I haven't blogged about yet, so I plan to get right on to that, starting with this post, all the baby cards I have recently made.

The stamp set is by Clearly Besotted "Peekaboo".  As soon as I saw this set, I fell in love.  Now, anyone who knows me knows that I am not a baby person.  I have no kids and plod along quite happily in my life without them, but these images are just so cute!  I think I owned them about a fortnight after first seeing them, due to waiting for shipping.  YouTube has a lot to answer for in my spending habits!

I also decided to have a play with my copic markers and try to make a bunch of babies from the human rainbow - i.e. all colours of babies, like in real life.  I first heard this expression from Sandy Allnock, who is a fantastic artist that I watch all the time on YouTube.  I suggest you check her out if you've been living under a rock and haven't heard of her! lol

When I thought of doing a human rainbow I realised how I don't think I've ever seen a baby card with any other colour of baby than pink/white.  If I ever sell any of these cards one day, at least my customers will have some choice!  I wish now that I'd written down the combination of markers I pulled out, by looking at Sandy Allnocks colour chart, but it's too late now.

Please have a look below and check out the baby cards made, enjoy and I hope you have a fabulous crafty day!


Thanks for stopping by!  Have fun!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Mermaid Panel made with Colorburst and distress inks and markers

Hi there.  I've made a few things recently and I'll share them maybe this week as I have a few days off due to the Australia day holiday (and a couple of rec leave days too :o) )  

I was watching a youtube video by Jen Evers (link: Watercolor Extravaganza | 1.5hrs length ) the other day and I ended up joining her facebook group Koala T Crafts for inspiration and fun.  Anyway, in the video Jen was using brusho powders (which are basically identical to my Ken Oliver Color Burst powders) and it reminded me of this panel that I made earlier this month and turned into a birthday card for my lovely friend Virginia.

I absolutely love how this panel came out.  First up I stamped the "Stampendous Cling Stamp - Mermaid" on the A4 sheet and then painted over her with Pebeo Drawing Gum (otherwise known as liquid masking fluid).

Next it was time to go crazy with my powder water colours.  I used ultramarine blue powder and water on watercolour paper but left the bottom section blank.  It looked so much like water under my mermaid that it led me to think it looked a little like a beach at the bottom, so I kept it blank and later sponged on a few different brown and yellow distress inks.

Once it was dry (I think I got back to it the next day), I used a tip I saw on another video that proved to be awesome:  Put a plastic bag (like a freezer bag) over your hand and rub the dried mask off with the bag on your finger.  It worked awesomely and didn't tear any of the paper.  

To colour in my mermaid, I scribbled Tim Holtz distress markers on an acrylic stamp block and picked it up with my water brush.  Going back and adding more colour once it was dried, i.e. layering up the colour, added to the natural shadows that you can see indicated on the stamped image.  Finally I had a few little spots where the background and mermaid didn't quite meet, so I went over those with a copic marker (next time I'll pick a lighter tone, lol).  My image turned out to be all sparkly too which was a fluke as I'm really sure where it came from (maybe the colour burst powder, I haven't checked).

So here she is finally!  To make her into a card for my friend Virgina, I cut the panel down to fit on a yellowy card base from Stampin Up that actually matched the 'sand' perfectly and put a black mat underneath her to really emphasise the panel colours and make them pop.  I also put some of the panel off cuts into the inside to tie it all together.  Oh and by the way, Virginia absolutely LOVES the card I made for her birthday.  Her hair is more green than yellow but didn't show up correctly in the photos.

The completed card is below (sorry for the strange photography angle!)

Thanks as always for stopping by and checking out what I've been up to.  I hope you have a little crafty time for yourself really soon!

Sunday, 6 November 2016

Card Box Using One A4 Sheet Of Cardstock

Hi there.  This is a quick post as I just wanted to share with you a template I just made for making a card box using only one sheet of A4 cardstock.  It's all in a picture which has all the details on there.  Oh you may want to cut a half circle out of the top (left side) edge to make opening and closing the box easier, I forgot that bit, but have now added it.
Please enjoy and have a great day,

Thursday, 27 October 2016

It's Twins!

Hi there, thanks for popping by.  Tonight I finished up making this adorable little card that features a plastic covered window with the focal image on the inside of the card.  

The stamp set that I used is by Clearly Besotted and is called Peekaboo.  I used the starry patterned paper from the Jennifer Ellory Bake a Cake set (again).  It's a cute paper pack and I will probably have some more play time with it soon.

The image was coloured simply with copic markers.  I actually thought the sky would turn out a lot lighter, however I learned that FBG2 turns out to be quite dark - but you'd love a sky that colour in real life :o).

I hope you enjoy my card, thanks for stopping by and all comments are appreciated :o)


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Die Cutting Essentials issue 13 - using ice cream Sundae Set

Hey there!  I just made this card using the Die Cutting Essentials Issue 13 free ice cream sundae set.  When I saw this magazine at the newsagent the other day it was a must have, I just thought the dies were so cute, plus a full size embossing folder and 3 stamps as well - what's not to love?  

I've made a fairly basic card but it took me a while, figuring out what to put where etc.  The dish is popped up with double dimensionals, the icecreams have one dimensional, it's rather 3D looking in real life.  The paper I used was from another freebie on a magazine (sorry can't remember, it was separated and put in my paper stash).  The paper set is called "Bake a cake" by Jennifer Ellory - it's very cute.


I hope you like my card and hope you have a fab day!

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Luka the Fireman! (Kit and Clowder Create and Learn Marker Class September 2016)

Hi there.  Today I finished 2 versions of the Kit and Clowder Create and Learn Marker Class for September 2016.  A little late but being late doesn't worry me, I get there eventually :o)  I still have a few classes to do from before September and a new one arrived in my mail box yesterday too, so stay tuned for more colouring blog posts in the future.  

Our image was provided to us for half price from La La Land Crafts.  The image came merged with the background - which makes it so much easier :o)

For my first attempt at the image I was really pleased with how the colouring turned out.  (As always with these classes).  I had a little go at trying to make the nose more like a nose (not part of the tutorial) and quite liked how it came out.

On my second attempt, I didn't use the video.  I coloured attempt one with the video and then coloured the second one on my own, part by part.  A few times I did the 'own' piece after hours in between.  Just goes to show how I learned just from doing the first one.  

I am super pleased with how the face turned out on Luka on the second one.  I altered it with a copic safe marker and totally fluked the nose - it looks awesome I think!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting for those that do, it's much appreciated.  :o)

Take care and happy crafting

Friday, 30 September 2016

Kit and Clowder Classes - What I've chosen

Hi there, today I thought I would give you an insight into the colouring classes that I signed up for with Alyce Keegan and her company Kit and Clowder.  I've mentioned it in a couple of my recent posts but decided that you might appreciate a little more information on the classes.

I have signed up for a few classes and below is a little information on each one:

The first class I signed up for was the Create and Learn markers class.  There is also one for pencils and you can get the both of them together at a discount.  For now I'm just doing the marker classes with Alyce.  This class costs me $20 australian dollars a month and it's worth every single cent!  

Alyce is a really good trainer.  Prior to these classes I had been taught by youtube.  That's a valuable tool but it's not backed up like the classes that Alyce delivers.  She explains things so that they make sense and her style of teaching is really easy going but informative.  I totally recommend her classes.

The second class I signed up for was a must because it had flowers in it and I love colouring flowers.  This class is a higher cost of $70 australian dollars, but it has hours and hours of tutorials, digital images galore and every single class always has a printable guide as well!  You saw a few items I've coloured in a few posts back that belonged to this class.


With my tax refund this year I splashed out and bought the skin and hair and clothing classes.  I haven't made any time as yet to have a go at them but I've seen other students postings on the Kit and Clowder facebook group and the results are stunning.

In addition to the classes I bought, Alyce frequently gives away free tutorials with the monthly classes, as well as free classes even if you haven't bought any classes.  For these classes you will need to:  Please make sure you are a member here of the Kit and Clowder group if you are seeing this elsewhere (and you are - you're seeing it here on my blog) :

2 - click on Class Rooms
3 - Create an account or log in
4 - Select Markers 101 and click JOIN to add to your account.

Ok, well there's a little more information to whet your appetite and maybe get your colouring skills up to a level you never thought possible before.  

Happy crafting!

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Catch up and colouring a sepia bride image

Well it's totally official, I'm so super slack with this blog that I can only apologise.  However, I don't think that my lack of writing is actually going to ruin anyone's day so I guess no harm = no foul :)

Hello too, by the way!

There have been many times where I briefly considered doing a post, but it all seemed too hard, as there are so many pictures I haven't posted.  Was just thinking that a few minutes ago and realised that the number will only keep rising, so I might as well.  Therefore, below you will find an assortment of pictures, totally random, as I mostly do my crafting by mood or need - need a card or have an order?  Well, that equals instantaneous create mode.... Nothing particularly needed... that one equals create by mood mode... lets get to it!

What will I find? ...hmmmmmm...  Well, it turns out that I do have a few photos on my phone that I haven't protected with Gimp2 yet so I can't upload them here.  But I did find my very latest colouring projects.  

The challenge was for an 'online bridal shower' for our Colouring Queen: Alyce Keegan, from Kit and Clowder (where I am taking my colouring classes - when I get around to doing them).  This image was provided to us for free by one of our members and we had to colour it in sepia tones.  This first bride I used 6 colours of copics - all Earth tones.  I was not game to use the really dark colours in really more than her eyes, flowers and the cat's colour.  Nevertheless, I was quite blown away with how she turned out.  I was thinking of going over her more with the darker colours but decided to leave her alone in case I stuffed her up and also because I'd printed two images so I had a backup I could practice darker colouring on anyway.

For my second bride, I used exactly the same colours but more of the darker ones.  Viola - she's gorgeous - even if I do say so myself.  I love how she turned out, even though I don't really understand how to colour in folds, they look bloody good I think.  

(I have the skin and hair and clothing classes - I haven't made any time to look at them yet.  I'm also behind on my monthly colouring classes.  The August class - I did that one twice.  But I'm yet to do the previous two months classes and also now have the September class to do.  Another will arrive on the 15 of October (and monthly thereafter).

Well, I think that's about all I've got ready for posting for now.  Thanks for looking and commenting for those that do.  More will be forthcoming.... eventually.


Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Elements of Nature Class from Kit and Clowder

Hi there!  As mentioned in my previous post, I have joined the Elements of Nature class at Kit and Clowder.  There are a wealth of images and techniques to learn in this class.  I'm going to be doing one of the images here and there, so if you're interested, I will tag them so they're easier to find.  I love flowers and colouring them, so taking this class was never a question.  Each of these three pictures was coloured on 200gsm cardstock.

First up I attempted colouring these gorgeous Lillies.  I didn't have the correct greys so I tried to mix a C1 and a C5 to make a C3, with some success.  I will have to have another go at colouring these now that I have all the markers used in the class and see if there is a noticeable difference or improvement.  In any case, I totally love how this first one turned out.

Next up we had a request from Alyce (the teacher) to colour in the strawberry, cherries and blueberries picture.  This presented me with quite a challenge as the 200gsm cardstock just absorbs ink and doesn't aid in blending.  I now have a new stash of blending cardstock for the way forward!  Yay!

Finally, I have coloured one more picture from the Elements of Nature class, the lemons.  These turned out pretty good I think as well.  I can't wait to see and feel the difference when I start colouring on the XpressIt blending cardstock.

Well, that's all the images from the class that I've coloured so far.  I really am learning a lot!  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a brilliant day!


A Dramatic Improvement In My Colouring - Thanks to Kit and Clowder Classes

Hi there.  Sorry for the long absence.  Life gets in the way and being uninspired doesn't help when creating!  

My mojo got up and left the building and only visits me sporadically - usually when I need a card for a purpose.  So, to try to entice my mojo back a little more regularly and because I was inspired by my friend Cheryl Wright's* progress in colouring - I decided to join online colouring classes at Kit and Clowder.  *I am trying to get a link to Cheryl's blog for you.

I joined in March 2016 with the Create and Learn markers class.  I pay only $20 a month and have lifetime access to the class and constructive feedback from the wonderful trainer Alyce Keegan.  Plus, her website has lots of useful tips and information.  

I really love the format that Alyce teaches in.  She produces a step by step video and a printable step by step guide.  I have watched a lot of youtube colouring over the past few years and thought I'd learned quite a lot, however Alyce not only shows you, she explains things - like 'cast shadows' which are shadows cast by things that are in front - like strands of hair for example.

I thoroughly enjoyed the March marker Create and Learn class and here are the results - I never could have coloured something this wonderful without the class!

I also thoroughly enjoyed the April marker Create and Learn class - and I have a special soft spot for dinosaurs - see the results below.

You can definitely see a dramatic improvement in my colouring just across those two pictures.  

Alyce also holds competitions and the facebook group is an excellent source of inspiration and support for all the members of Kit and Clowder.  For one competition we had a picture of this girl on a swing to colour in.  I wasn't game to try to make some kind of background so it doesn't have one, however I love how the colouring came out - without instruction - and can say that I used some of the things I learned in the March marker class (on the hair especially).  I was pretty happy with the dress, not knowing how to colour folds - I'm very happy with the outcome.  I do plan to sign up for the 'skin and hair' and 'clothing technique' classes.  What do you think?

I also won a prize from Alyce and Kit and Clowder, it was 3 Mepxy markers - a brand I'd never heard of before.  They are in lovely blue shades - a blendable set of 3 :o)  I'm not sure how to pronounce their name, but I go with 'mepsy'.

I have also taken up another of Alyce's classes, but I'll save that for a separate post.

I recommend you check out her website, if you love colouring - using pencils or markers - and wish you could colour like a pro; here's the place to start your learning!

Cheers and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge Entry - October 2015

Hey everyone!  I'm in a bit of a hurry here to get my entry for the Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge entry in for the October challenge!  Please check out the other entries on the gallery here.

The free digi this month was given to us by Gerder Steiner...  I wasn't sure what sentiment to put on the card I made as we don't really celebrate autumn or halloween in Australia, so I left off the sentiment to put one on as needed in the future.

Here it is!  I attempted watercolouring, wasn't very successful, but I did learn a couple things in the process. 1. I learned that this watercolour paper (bought at Kaisercraft) doesn't work well with double sided adhesive tape, it just ripped off layers of the paper.  So, number 2. I learned that you need to use liquid glue but go easy on it as too much can affect the colouring.

Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers and happy crafting, 

Saturday, 19 September 2015

The Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge - September 2015

Hi there.  I've made a few cards since my last post and will make another post in the next few days to backtrack and show them to you.  I sent one of the cards to my Dad for father's day so didn't want to chance a sneak peak if he saw it posted on facebook.  Father's day in Australia is in September.

Anyhoo, this particular post is all about the Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge.  When you join the challenge and submit an entry each month, you automatically receive the next months challenge digital image for free.  Please check it out over on the Outlawz Website.   You can also view their gallery for inspiration and if you type in this code PF10 or just click the link I created you can view the entries for this challenge.

This free digi image is courtesy of Ignacio at Nicecrane.  Thank you!

So here is my card made with this lovely image.  I sandwiched a piece of acetate on the front of the card for strength.  I used StampinUp Razzleberry and Old Olive cardstocks, as well as the razzleberry SU alcohol markers (which were discontinued).  I used various copic green pens for the rest of her.  The image did print out a little unevely on my printer (hence the line on her right leg) but it's minor and I don't think it takes anything away from the image.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting if you did, it is really appreciated.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

The Male Room Challenge Blog - Challenge No 17: Stash - Use Newsprint

Well hello there!  Today I bring you a new challenge blog that is aimed at masculine cards! 

Excellent stuff!  Masculine cards are hard to do - ask just about anyone!  Thanks to Marcelle for finding the challenge blog and letting us know about it :o) 

As you can see from the title, my entry is into Challenge # 17: Stash - Use Newsprint.  Now I've seen newsprint and map books etc used on cards but this is my first go at using newsprint myself.  I made sure to choose a page with sports stuff on it - in case someone decided to read it (as I can't help doing myself).

I hope you love it - it was lots of fun to make.  I used my local free newspaper.  Some wax twine I bought from Blitsy. Cardstock in a kraft colour, various Tim Holtz distress inks and black versafine ink for the distressing.  StampinUp inks were used to make the splotches as well.  The sentiment stamp is from Inspired By Stamping: Guy Sentiments.  The cog shapes were cut out on my die cutting machine and secured with a screw 'look' brad.  Oh and I used Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge* and Hero Arts Brush Strokes* stamp sets.

Here is my entry into this challenge, I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Inside the card, it's light enough to write a message on there

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!