Tuesday, 10 March 2015

A sweet little boy

Hi there!  I was so excited this week to be creating a card with a boy on it!  I have a very girl themed house (having 2 girls running about) and I rarely get to make things for boys, so this was a real treat.

The card has been created as a Design Team submission for Southern Girl Challenges.  The theme this week is boys so I'm using our sponsors image "Back to school Nicholas" from Inky Impressions.  And how can I not use it when my brother is a Nicholas too!  I still remember his first day of school and telling him I'd beat anyone up that gave him grief! I was grade 12.

I coloured the image in with my Copics and added some gloss to his eyes, lightning bolt and yoyo.

I doodled some borders around each layer with a fine point black pen.
Here's a little close up, and I now remember that I glossed his teeth and raised the sentiment on 3D foam tape.

I've included this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Birthday
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Anything Goes
Avenue 613 Create - Anything Goes
Timeout Challenges - Photo inspiration (The sticks remind me of doodling, and I created layered blocks of colour like the frames)
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes

Friday, 6 March 2015

Harry Potter themed PLP

I have discovered the most wonderful new addiction! Pocket Letter Pals [PLPs].  It's scrapping, project life, pen pals and swapping all in one!

First you take a simple (and very affordable) baseball card pocket sleeve and then fill it with anything your heart desires - washi samples, stationery, a letter about yourself, anything that follows the theme you are working on and for some a tea bag.

For my very first PLP my theme was Harry Potter (because I just LOVE the books and movies). I have filled the pockets with anything Harry, Hogwarts and Hedwig related!

So get comfy, I'm going to take you through every detailed pocket, and provide you with links to find and print everything you need to make your own PLP.

First up, if you are after any information about PLPs visit Pocket Letter Pals by Janette Lane on FB and the shiny new forum Pocket Letter Pals and join in the fun!
First up is the Marauder's Map, which opens up fully to ensure "you are up to no good" (see above), when finished, close it up and ensure "mischief is managed".  The flying keys of course guard the Philosopher's Stone, and are brass coloured dragonfly brads with gold key stickers on top.
Your morning routine wouldn't be complete without reading The Daily Prophet, it's a little crumpled after being in Harry's back pocket.
I doodled a  border around the image in black finepoint pen and raised the sentiment on foam dots.

Of course I love to colour digi stamps, so this one (which is part of a set) was perfect to add to my PLP.  I used my Copics to colour and some gloss on Harry's glasses.  I then sourced a Harry Potter themed font and added a sentiment - pun intended!
You can't get to Hogwarts unless you have a ticket!!  I used this one, and then wrapped some samples of school and travel themed Washi around it.
This is the inside of the letter in the middle pocket.  It's my partner's End of Term Report at Hogwarts!  She did pretty well in her classes don't you think?!
This is the back of the letter, complete with faux wax seal.
Harry wouldn't be Harry without his glasses, and I added a luggage tag to the pocket too.  All I did to create the glasses was print out some black glasses and then laminate them.

The 3rd last pocket is just a list of Harry Potter spells - all beautifully laid out in a long list that I loosely folded and added to the pocket.

I thought that I would fill in the Ministry of Magic's Identity Card instead of just writing out at list of info.  I simply altered my photo in Photoshop to black and white to fit the card better.

The last pocket is simply a Hogwarts Library Card and I added a little frog button. I just cut the loop of the back of the button, so that it would lay flat, and used my ATG to attach it.

As an added bonus I have added Harry's wand too - which is a photo of a real wand that I laminated and added a tag to.

Thanks so much for visiting and taking a look at my first Pocket Letter!! I've had so much fun that I'm going to do some more swaps - so keep your eye out for the next one :)  If you're looking for more Harry Potter themed creations that I've made visit - {here} and other Halloween/spooky themed creations {here}

Marauder's Map - Harry Potter Paraphernalia
The Daily Prophet - Serendipity Soiree
Harry Potter digi stamp - Bugaboo Digi Stamps
Harry Potter Font - Fontspace
Hogwarts Train Ticket - Harry Potter Paraphernalia
Owl Post - Harry Potter Invitation
Harry's glasses - Librarianism Chronicles
Antique baggage labels - Knick of Time
Harry Potter Spells List - Every Harry Potter Spell
Identity Card - Craft Your Fandom
Library Card - We {heart} it
Harry Potter Wand - Harry Potter Wiki

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Beautiful flowers

I love to take photos - especially of beautiful flowers!  At the beginning of spring and summer there's always an explosion of flowers in our park and now the new water park.  Some of them are from my mum's own garden which is always in bloom year round.

I used a template from Kate Hadfield and also her embellies.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Flutter by Butterfly

Oh how I love butterflies!  And today I was lucky enough to create a card with lots of butterflies on it.  I especially love Monach butterflies, so I coloured this little girls' wings just like them.  The image is from Tiddlyinks and comes with some extra butterflies and a sentiment (not on the card).

I used my Copics to colur the little girl's wings, but also added some black lines and pearly dots.  I glossed the wings up on all the butterflies and added some stickles to the centre of the flowers.

I used last weeks sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - it fit perfectly with what I wanted to do with this card.

Here's a little close up so you can see the pearly dots, sparkly flower centres and raised sentiment.

I am including this card in the following challenges.

Monday, 9 February 2015

Dragon Babies

Welcome back for another challenge at Southern Girls Challenge!  This week the challenge is "Winged Things" and I'm lucky enough to have been given these images to work with, from Aurora Wings.

I thought I'd try out a new technique with these little ones - I wanted to show scales on them using my blender pen.  All I did was colour the little dragons (my daughter chose purple for the first one and green for the second).  Then, using my colourless blender pen from Copic, I created dots in the the shaded areas by holding my pen for a few seconds, which leaves a whitish dot.  I'm really happy with how their tiny scales turned out.

I added some gloss to their spikes, eyes and shell.  I also put a little clear Stickles on their wings for shimmer.  Here's a closeup so you can see the details
You can see the sparkle in their wings now, and the shine that I put on the bottom of the eggs.  There's also some Liquid Pearls dotted around.

I'm including this card in the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Anything Goes
Pile it on challenge - Use a bow
Crafty Calendar Challenge - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Hand coloured image
Penny's Challenges - Favourite technique (using dots in various colours or blender pen)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers - Cute theme

Friday, 6 February 2015

A loose tooth

Template is by Scrapping with Liz & Digi Kit by Kristen Aagard
Sophia lost her first tooth!!  We have been waiting and waiting for her tooth to fall, and her other adult tooth is already coming through behind it!

It all began while Sophia was watching telly and eating a packet of chips.  She said "mummy my tooth feels like a corn kernel" and I said "well it's probably really wobbly, give us a look".  So I took a look and sure enough it's barely hanging on!  I told her to grab a tissue and go look in the mirror as she might be able to pull it out.  Very excitedly she ran into the bedroom and tried to pull out the tiny tooth when I heard "mummy it won't come out!".  I walked over to her and said "look in your tissue honey" and there it was, that teeny tiny tooth - and not the one that we have been waiting weeks for! lol  Sophia was so proud that she had to tell everyone, and ring her Gramma.  At school the next day the excitement hadn't diminished at all and she happily ran about showing everyone her new gap.  She talked about the toothfairy visiting and leaving a special packet with $2 in it, and a certificate.  The little felt tooth in the picture is one I made to put little teeth in.  It has a pocket in the back for it's special cargo.  The picture on the bottom right has an actual real live shot of the toothfairy in action!  I was real lucky to get that one!  Two days after this tooth Sophia finally lost her second tooth during class at school.  She was delighted to be visited again and get a new green certificate and $2.
Here's a closeup of the sweet sugar cookies that I created.  I had to make my own shape as I don't have a tooth shaped cutter.
Digi template for layout is by Scrapping with Liz & Digi Kit is by Kristen Aagard

Thursday, 29 January 2015

The First Day of Grade One

Tuesday marked the first day of Grade One for Sophia.  She was very excited about the whole thing, but sad too cause she wasn't in the same class as her bestfriend.  Many of her other friends were in her class though and she was sitting at the same table as them.  We walked Sophia to her classroom and put her box of stationery on her desk.  The school supplies it all, but we have to cover and name everything.  So we put it all on her desk and welcomed some friends that we recognised.  Sophia got a photo with her new teacher and raced outside to greet more friends.  She loved to compare her stationery, her book covers and see who had the same school bag.

When the bell went at 8.45am - the teacher told all of us parents that it was time to leave.  We shared big hugs and Sophia happily went to sit with her friends.  It was such a relief as she was very emotional on her first day of Prep and for many days afterwards.

I also slipped some cute little notes into Sophia's lunchbox to remind her how much she was loved and to give her a smile at lunch.

I created a layout with some photos from the first day.  I used a template by Little Green Frog Designs and digi embellies and papers from MLE Card.

I also love to create fun afternoon teas during my girls' first week back, here's one of them
Cute little "apple" cupcakes with a Flake stalk, spearmint leaf and sour worm.  The girls (and their dad) loved them!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

I Love You

Yes that's right - I love all my visitors and commenters.  Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

I created this card using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS140.  When I spotted it I knew that it was the perfect sketch for this card - what I didn't realise though was how well it would work with the background paper!  Completely unintentionally the "i love you" lined up with the gap in the pink cardstock!!  Here I was excited that I was finally using this paper (which I've had in my stash forever) but now excited with perfect alignment! lol  Ah the things that make me happy.

I used this very cute little image from Whimsie Doodles and practised colouring some wavy hair this time.  I managed to get a really nice ombre effect on the dress with my Copics and I created little scuff marks on her shoes using my white Sharpie.  I coloured in the kiss using my silver ball point pen and glossed her glasses and little kiss tag.  Finally I added some bling, Liquid pearls, and black doodled borders.
Here's a close up so you can see the silver kiss, gloss and Liquid Pearls.  The kiss has a really nice shine on it in the sunlight.

I have included this card in the following challenges:
D.R.S. Designs Rubber Stamps - Include "Love" on your project
Crazy 4 Challenge - Opposites (Black/White, Shiny/Matte, Texture/Smooth, dots/lines)
Hiding in my Craftroom - Any holiday (Valentine's Day)
In The Pink Challenge - Pink & Pearlie

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Back to School

I can't believe the school holidays are just about over.  Here in Australia our school year is Jan-Dec, so the kids have been off for about 8-9 weeks enjoying time off.  We've travelled to Brisbane, enjoyed family, crafted, BBQ'd, swam, beached and played at the park all the way through, but now it's time to go back.  On the 27th of January Sophia will start Grade 1 and Amber will start Grade 9.

I always make a first day gift for the girls' teachers (well I haven't made one for Amber for a while now), and this will be the card that goes with the gift.  The stationery is part of Sophia's school pack that they provide - I just have to name, label and contact everything!  Ah the joys.
I used a Whimsie Doodles image for this card (and it's free!) and coloured it in with my Copics.  I glossed up her little head band and Stickled up her wings.  I also used a tiny star button and a silver gel pen for the metal part of the pencil.  There's also some Liquid Pearls dotted around.  I layered the image on school themed papers, twine and tape measure washi.

I've included this card in the following challenges:
Left of Centre Challenge - Layer it up
The Crafting Cafe - Lots of layers
Fussy & Fancy Challenge - Things with wings
Cute Card Thursday - Colourful
Aloha Friday Challenge - Scraps (all the papers were found in my scrap stash!)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Valentine's Day

I cannot believe I'm organised enough to have a Valentine's Day card made!!  I've made this for one of my Sassy Babes for our Valentine's Swap.

First up I used a digi image from Whimsie Doodles - isn't she cute - and she's FREE!

I coloured her using my Copic markers.  I used some clear Stickles on her wings and some dots of Liquid Pearls.  Finally I added a dot of bling to her bowl and some doodling around the border.

To construct this card I used a sketch from Mojo Monday.  The main shape in the middle is meant to be a circle, but I prefer squares and rectangles cause I've lost my trusty CM circle cutter and haven't found a good one to replace it.
You can see the sparkle on her little wings a little better here, and the layers of colour in her hair.

I am including this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Have a heart
Time Out Challenge - Valentine's Day with a twist of heart
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Cuttin' and Stampin - Valentine's Day
Melonheadz Friends - CAS
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes