Monday, 19 March 2018


Use no more than 3 colours - that's the challenge at Incy Wincy - don't forget to check out the design team's work and leave a little love - here:

Thanks to sponsor Sheepski for this beautiful drawing of poppies, get it here: Sheepski poppies-image-no-116

Image: Sheepski - poppy
Coloured with Copics

Honeycomb die: Tim Holtz
Bee die: Elizabeth
Sentiment stamp: Hero Arts
Gold heat embossed
Also: gem, vellum

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Mailbox Flowers

Make your own flowers - that's the challenge at the Crafters Café.  The design team have some flowery inspiration for you, here: crafterscafe

Sponsor:  DigiStamps4Joy, here:  digistamps4joy

I printed the digi and diecut into a tag, made another tag from green patterned paper, both inked edges. They are tied together with a beautiful taffeta ribbon.  The flowers are punched and the leafy vine is diecut.

Image: DigiStamps4Joy
Diecut tag: Ultimate Crafts
Diecut vine:
Diecut sentiment: Ultimate Crafts
Flower punch: unbranded
Black enamel, black gems, ribbon

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Winnie Wishes

Not everyone has a mum to honour but we always have a special lady or two in our life.  I'm sure every woman enjoys being appreciated and a little pampering is always good. 

I pleated the washi tape and then put a straight band of it along the top to make a frill.

Digi: Polkadoodles Winnie
Coloured with Copics
Die: Couture Creations
Sentiment: freebie from internet
Sentiment die: spellbinders
Washi, gems, Kindyglitz

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Shamrock Balloons

This is for our daughter's 11th wedding anniversary.  They got married on St Patricks day, (her birthday is St Georges day) to make it easy to remember ...  but somehow I don't think that strategy worked!

The backing paper is green but has photographed mud.   It looks way better than that in real.  The W of S on the balloons almost makes them look 3D.

Image: Scribbles designs
Senti Die: Poppy Stamps
Panel die: DieNamics
Sequins, Wof Stella (on balloons)

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Friday, 9 March 2018


I have been playing with paint chips lately and thought I'd share another card.

I stamped the sentiment in red ink and heat embossed it clear.

EF: Cuttlebug
Sentiment: Kaisercraft
Green cotton string

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Somebunny Special

Some more woodland creatures.  I love these cute drawings and they are lovely to colour.

I die cut the band and sponged it with DI. The bunnies are coloured with Copics.

Stamp: freebie from mag.
Die: unbranded
Sentiment stamp: MFT
Nuvo drops

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Wednesday, 7 March 2018


I have been having a play with paint chips after being inspired by some online.  I just googled paint chip card making and WOW zillionz of them.

Anyway I made this for my March cardswap buddy Val, who lives in Otago and has a big dramatic landscape outside her door.

Curvy stitched dies: unbranded
House curve die: freebie with mag
Sentiment stamp embossed: Rosies Studio

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Tuesday, 6 March 2018


I think this is an awesome fox!

The background is dragged DI (peeled paint) direct to paper, stamped over with sentiment.  The fox is stamped, coloured and cut out.

Fox Stamp: free with mag.
Coloured with Copics
Senti: Rosies Studio

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Monday, 5 March 2018

Ultraviolet flowers

Incy Wincy has the Pantone colour of the year - ultraviolet - for the challenge this time - check out the design team and the instructions for this challenge, here: incywincydesigns

Thank you to A Day For Daisies for this wonderful image, get it here:  adayfordaisies-garden/flowers-in-bottles

Image: A Day For Daisies
Coloured with Copics
Bottles and flowers touched with WoS
Sentiment stamp: Fundamentals
Various papers, scrap of tulle and waxed string from stash

(Click on pic for a closer look.)

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Thursday, 1 March 2018

Mouse Knight

It's "old stuff/recycling" time at the Crafters Café, here at:

Thanks to QKR who provided this wacky image: mouse knight  here at qkr-stampede

The box and the buttons are recycled.  I bought some cosmetic sponges (for inking on cards, of course) from the dollar shop and they came in this box which was too good to throw out.  The buttons are from Grandma's old button jar which I inherited.

I have some small cross stitch projects (for cards) which I take with me to do at meetings and get-togethers with other crafty friends, and this is the perfect size  (to put the aida cloth, the embroidery cottons, needles and a small pair of scissors) into my handbag when I go.  I coloured with Copics, and sponged the background with Distress Inks.    Also silver pen, white gel pen.

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Mermaid Serena

The Crafters Café has a recycling/upcycling challenge on now - check it out now:  crafterscafe

The sponsor who provided this image is: cuteasabuttonstamps Mermaid Serena

This is how it started off: 

I wanted to keep the sparkly box as it was so the contents can be seen easily and it's so girly. I decided to give it to one of my granddaughters to keep her hair ties in, so I prettied it up with layers of doily and coloured Serena in mermaid colours (which just happen to be her favourite hair tie colours).

I added pearls - I'm sure all mermaids wear pearls.

Image: Cute as a Button - Mermaid Serena
Coloured with Copics
White diecut: unbranded
Purple diecut: Spellbinders
Also: Wof S, pearls

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Easter Magic

Recycle Recycle Recycle that's what the design team are doing at the  Crafters Café, you can do it too:

Thanks Dr Digi for the image of Phyllis the Fairy, get it here:

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Easter Magic is when hen eggs get magicked into chocolate eggs!  (This pic is really me with my fairy wings on).  I took out the hen eggs and replaced them with chocolate marshmallow eggs, and covered the original labelling on the egg carton with easter paper that had random words glittered.  Tied a wide organza ribbon around the box (to stop prying eyes and sneaky fingers), coloured with Copics (note: ombre dress) and cut out Phyllis (isn't she gorgeous?) and mounted her on the front of the box to do her magic.

Image: Dr Digi-Phyllis the Festive Fairy
Coloured with Copics
Kindyglitz on wings and hem (inspired by the ice skaters at the winter Olympics), Glossy Accents on specs, Ribbon

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Recycled is the challenge at the Crafters Café, see what you can do!  Have a peek at the design team work and be inspired:  crafterscafeblogchallenge

Thanks to Cute As A Button for this image, get it here:

I recycled a Mollie Makes magazine into background paper and used a photo of the chair upholstery on that page for the band.  I decided to carry through the limited palette and just colour the bits of the girl as a focal point, reflecting the flower colour in the button.  A cuppa and a book ... heaven!

Image & sentiment: Cute as a button
Coloured with Copics
Magazine, print and photo (part of furniture)
Button & twine

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The Crafters Café is recycling for this challenge.  We all have 'stuff' and all it demands is another way of looking at it.  Check out the challenge and the design team: crafterscafe

The image is just the cutest and so universal, it could be used for anything!  Have look at the images Sparkle'n'Sprinkle have in their shop:

Image: Sparkle'n'Sprinkle -hog heaven
Coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: Kaisercraft
Recycled: 3 wrappings from a bouquet of flowers my husband gave me recently
Also: silver pen, gems

I overlaid the three layers of semi sheer fabric to allow them to make new colours, and let miss piggy be the star.  put a towel down on your floor, close your eyes, stop-smile-breathe, imagine you are on a beach in Rarotonga ....  I like these bold colours that show Miss Piglet off.

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Birthday Dragon

Such a cute wee fella, but that breath ...?  to light the candle or blow it out?

Over at 2CraftyCritterCrazies, check out this month's offering from the design team and have a go - just remember it needs to have an obvious critter - look here: 2craftycrittercrazies

The image I chose is this cute Dragon1 from Limited Runs Digital Stamps, thanks for this great image, here: limitedrunsstamps

For the clouds I used leftover scraps from card I had previously misted.

Image: Limited Runs - Dragon1
with Copics for shading
Cloud die: Amy Tangerine
Candle and sentiment stamps: Hero Arts
Border die: Kaisercraft
Scraps of patterned paper

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