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Friday, 25 July 2014

Christmas in July

It's Christmas over at Southern Girls Challenge Blog and we are celebrating with lots of Christmas themed crafts.  Please join in so that we can come and visit and leave a comment - we love seeing what everyone else is creating.

I've created my first Christmas card for the season using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches. I used an image from one of my favourite artists - Meljen's Designs. I coloured the image with my Copics and then added some silver Stickles and Liquid Pearls.

So there's no time like the present to start creating Christmas cards - there's only 5 months left til the big day and I'm going to make sure that this year I'll actually get them out on time!

Here's a close up of the image so you can see the dimesion of the Liquid pearls, the silver Stickles and you can see the image is raised on 3D foam dots.
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:

  1. Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog - Christmas in July
  2. Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
  3. Papertake Weekly Challenge Blog - Jolly Holiday
  4. City Crafter Challenge Blog - Christmas in July
  5. Twisted Tuesday Challenges - Christmas themed with evergreen bow
  6. Clear it out Challenge - Christmas with sparkle
  7. Jelly Park Challenge - Christmas in July
  8. Sparkles Monthly Challenges - Christmas in July

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Pop up box card

Today's card is a first for me - it's the latest trend in card making circles.  It's a pop-up box card.  Believe it or not but this card will actually fold flat.  All you do is fold up the flaps and then press flat!  So it's perfectly fine for posting and then pops straight back up when the recipient opens it.  I created my own template and sort of just cut and folded where I thought I should.  The back flap was originally down as well but I decided to reinforce it and add some cloud paper.

The image I have used is from Mo's Digital Pencil and there's a girl available too.

I coloured the images with my copics and added a little gloss to the balloons and the little boy's buttons.  There is also yellow Stickles dots on the yellow patterned paper.

Here is a close up of the little boy and the balloons that I individually added coloured twine too.
Look at the joy on his face!  I just had to add more balloons for him to play with.  I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Inky Chicks - Birthday
Crafty Sentiments Design - Hand Coloured Image
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes, Party Time
Simply Create Too - For a Child

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

What a hoot!

I hope you are having a HOOT-iful day!  This image makes me smile, and want to throw a party for no reason at all!

This image is from Mo's Digital Pencil and coloured using my copics and a touch of gloss on the hat.  I also used a sketch from Mojo Monday.

To create this card I was able to use various scraps of patterned paper, some 3D foam dots to lift the sentiment and some doodled frames around each paper.  This was then all wrapped up in some pretty pink twine and tied in a bow.

Here's a little closeup so you can see the shine on the hat.
I am entering this card in the following challenges:

  1. Lia Stampz - Anything Goes
  2. Crafting By Designs - Use a Sentiment
  3. Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Lots of layers
  4. A2Z Scrapbooking Supplies - Anything Goes
  5. Bearly Mine Challenge - Going Digital
  6. Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog - Use a digi stamp
  7. Crafty Hazlenut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything goes (with patterned paper)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Card making mojo!!

Today I created a card using this cute image from Meljen's Designs - Hot air balloon. I coloured it with my copics in colours that match the challenge at Meljens Design Team & Challenge Blog - Summer Brights Colours.  I added some sparkly embossing powder to the clouds and some pearl effects around the balloon swirls.  I continued the cloud effect with the paper in the background.

It was great making this card as I haven't embossed anything for ages or used brads.  My poor brad collection has been neglected so I'll have to remember to use them more often in future!

I've taken a close up photo so you can see the embossing a little better.
I am entering this card into the following challenges:

  1. Artistic Inspirations Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
  2. Imagination Crafts Challenges - Anything Goes
  3. Iron Craft Challenge - Inspiration 5
  4. Love to Scrap Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
  5. Marker Pop - Anything Goes
  6. Sparkle N Sprinkle - Anything Goes with Embossing Powder
  7. Use Your Stuff Challenge Blog - Travel

A little announcement

I wanted to let the world know that as of today I am a Design team member of Southern Girls Challenge!! This challenge blog caters to every crafter whether it be for cards, layouts or off the page creations.  Pop over and say hi and join in with one of the awesome challenges today!

For my little announcement I thought I would create a nice cheerful card with one of my favourite images from Doodle Pantry.  I just love those little birdies..  He's splashing around in his little birdbath on a warm summery day (unlike here, it's winter, a little windy, and too cold to swim!)

I created this card using a sketch from Seize the Sketch.  It was nice and easy and perfect to use with my image and embellies.  I found this cute wooden butterfly button to add, and some paper flowers and twine.  The edges around the papers and hand doodled.

I also distressed the edge of the Bazzill cardstock and glossed the water and birdy's beak.  I am entering the following challenges:

  1. Doodle Pantry - Make a splash DPDC48
  2. Incy Wincy Designs - Strings and things
  3. Dream Valley Challenges - Summer
  4. 613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
  5. The Cutie Pie Challenge Blog - Cute Digi
  6. Digi Sketch Challenge - In the Garden
  7. The Paper Nest Doll Challenge - Anything Goes

Friday, 11 July 2014

Amber went camping and other adventures

Amber recently set off for her grade 8 camp with hundreds of other kids.  We saw her off on the train, and she enjoyed an entire week away before returning exhausted and all choked up with flu :(
Digi kit from Lliella Designs & Template from Cindy Schneider
This layout is of photos from ice-skating last year.  The Entertainment and Exhibition Convention Centre put on ice-skating in their annex out the back.  It was great.  We got to wear ice skates (Sophia's had 2 blades for better balance) and skate around a rink.  There were piles of snow outside so the girls built a snowman and had a snowball fight.
Digi elements by Mommy Me Time Scrapper at Growing Pains Scrapped & Template is by Nettio Designs
Here's a little look-see into the wonderful world of "walkies".  My big guy loves going to the dog park so I thought I'd snap a few pictures of the happy event
Digi elements by Kristin Aagard & Template by Traci Reed

Monday, 7 July 2014

Omg 2 cards!!

Yep that really happened - 2 cards in one night!  This one is a catch up wedding card.  I was so busy with wedding prep (being a bridesmaid) and then we ran out of ink - that I didn't get this card made in time for the wedding of the year!  It was truly the most beautiful and emotional wedding I've ever been a part of.

So I knew I had to make an equally special card.  I started with craft cardstock - this was what all the stationary was created on.  Then I used pretty pastels as the theme of the wedding was Shabby Chic.  I added some glittery elements and I also added some pearl effects.  The image was bought from Kenny K Downloads, and then coloured with my Copics.  The bouquet I had fun with.  I created a tiny version of the bride's real bouquet - right down to the twine wrapped around the stems and the tiny little photo of her dear Uncle (who had passed earlier).  I also added a "knot" cause they "tied the knot" and two heart pins that come together with that knot.

The bride in the image is holding a bouquet above her head, so this is where I hot glued the new 3D version.  I also reprinted her hand to add, but I had to enlarge it slightly so it looked okay with the flowers.  I'm so happy with how it turned out.  I glossed up the teeth, fingernails, and shoes and added bling to the veil, tiara and earrings.

I'm joining in with these challenges:

  1. The Memory Nest - Share your creations
  2. Artistic Inspiration - Going Places
  3. Craft your passion - Moving around
  4. Pile it on - Add some flowers
  5. C.R.A.F.T Challenge - Wedding/Anniversary
  6. Southern Girls Challenge - Spin me round
  7. Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
  8. Creative Moments - Anything Goes - Twist - Celebration

Finally a card!

It's been a while - my crafts have really been neglected since we moved.  But I'm back in the saddle and the ribbons and Copics are flying!

I created this card for my besty - Amy. It's her birthday and I'm (secretly) visiting her this coming Wednesday! She sneaked up here to Central Queensland for my birthday and now I'm doing the same for her.  I miss being able to just drive a suburb away and visit with her.

I used a cute digi image from Mo's Digital Pencil - Girl with Sign and a sketch from Seize the Sketch.  I used lots of layering, some twill and my Copics to colour this delightful image.  The sign she's holding comes blank so you can customize it how you please!

I am joining in the following challenges:

  1. The Memory Nest - Sharing crafty creations
  2. 613 Avenue Create - Create your own challenge (Column 1: image, bling, patterned paper, stickles)
  3. Digi Galore Challenges - Anything Goes
  4. Glitter 'n Sparkles Challenge Blog - Bling it on
  5. Totally Gorjuss - Bling
  6. Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Digital Scrapping Fun!

I honestly never thought of myself as a digital scrapper, I preferred the whole cutting and sticking down side of scrapping, the process, the therapy and the textures of different materials.  But after digitally scrapping for almost 2 years now, I absolutely love it!!  I use my scrapping stash in my Project Life albums, card making and Smashbook filling!  Here are some of my latest layouts:
Digi elements by Kristin Aagard and template is from Little Green Frog Designs
Digi elements by Kristin Aagard and template by Scrappin' with Liz
Digi elements by Kristin Aagard and template by Scrappin' with Liz
Digi elements by Studio Flergs and template by Darcy Baldwin

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Playing Catch-up

I have been so busy with Uni that I haven't had much time for scrapping lately - which is really sad, but with digital scrapping, I'm catching up quickly!  here are a few of my latest pages
My cheeky girl at the park.  Digi elements from the Oh Snap FB Train
Some easter fun with Boo Boo Bunnies! Digi elements from Bella Gypsy and template from Scrapping with Liz
My little St Patricks Leprechaun - digielements from Bella Gypsy and template from Megan Turnidge
Some more picnic fun - this was part of a photo shoot we did for the local council parks.  Digi elements by Lliella Designs & Kristen Aagard and template from Little Green Frog Designs