Thursday, 4 February 2016

A Gothic little Easter

Welcome to another awesome challenge at Southern Girls Challenge!!  This week the challenge is Anything Goes, and I have used a gorgeous image from SLS Lines.  It's a little bit Goth with a touch of Easter pastels.

I thought I'd try something different and create a bookmark/tag this week.  I coloured my image using my Copics and then added some gloss to her eyes and the eggs.  I fussy cut the image and applied it to some patterned black paper.  I used some ink around the edges and also destressed the paper.  I then added this to the purple tag that I cut from Bazzill cardstock.  I inked the edges of the tag and then embellieshed with some pink elastic ribbon, a black rose and some bling.  I punched a hole in the top and added some green ribbon and black tulle.

We would love to have you visit us at Southern Girls Challenge, you can leave a link to your new creation so that we can come and visit and leave you wonderful comments.

Here is a closeup of the tag:
I've joined the following challenges:
Crafting by Design - Anything Goes
Ruby's Rainbow - Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes

Sunday, 3 January 2016

Beauty Everywhere

Welcome back for another year of fun, cards and challenges at Southern Girls Challenge!!  I'm kicking off the year with something bright and cheerful, using a digi image from Ppinky Dolls Art.

This was quite a challenge for me, this image, as it was basically just a rough sketch.  I'm more used to clean, defined lines on my digi images, but this image was more shading, some scribbles and very ligh lines.  Being the beginning of a new year I enjoyed the challenge, and stepping outside my comfort zone.

Using my copics I coloured her little dress to look like she has a layer of green tulle, and I used Liquid Pearls to add spots to her little hat and eyes.  I added some grass under her feet as she is picking violets to give to someone special.

I constructed my card by using a sketch by Mojo Monday, and altered it to fit my image.


Here is what the image looked like before I started colouring.

Here she is all coloured and shaded.  I layered the image with a little packing tag, 2 strips of patterened paper and some yellow Bazzill.  The sentiment is a sticker.

I'm joining in the following challenges:
Digi Design Challenge - The New You
Catch the Bug Challenge - Anything Goes
Crazy for Challenges - Starting with Z (zig zag pp)
Sweet Stampin Challenge - New Stash or New Occassion (new tag and sticker)
Paper Creators Crafts - Anything Goes
Creative Corner Challenges - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes

Friday, 1 January 2016

Happy New Year!

Well another year has come to pass, so many creations, ideas, friends made, events, blog hops and discoveries!!  Thanks for coming along and making them even better.

I love reading all your comments, and being inspired by all your blogs. I also love leaving comments on your beautiful work and can't wait to see all the new creations that 2016 brings.

I'll finish off 2015 by sharing some of my latest projects.  It's been such a busy few months that I haven't been here to post them.

First up I have my latest weekly spread in my planner:

I created my own stickers using pictures of the internet and printing them onto sticker paper.  I cut them out and then added them to my planner.  I also used some decorated tape at the top and bottom of my planner (that was fun to weed out), and some numbered and musical washi tape.  I created the tiny photobooth props using images from Pinterest.


I was also busy making cookies over Christmas - my favourites were these Santas, using my Wiltshire double cookie cutter.  They have sparkly hat bands and pom poms.
And these 3D snowglobes that I was inspired to make when I saw the Uber talented SweetAmbs Cookies

And then hubby and I went to see the new Star Wars movie - so of course I made cookies!

We've also had ice-skating, Elf on a Shelf, Birthday parties, swimming, boat rides, bbqs and fun at the beach.

This is the cake that I made my daughter for her 7th birthday - she loved it!

I made a shaker pocket for my December Daily, it was so much fun and really easy. I just used a normal pocket, then segmented it with my Fuse Tool and added some fun Christmas themed embellies.

I also managed to make 120 tiny donuts and 20 tiny Donut boxes for our school Elf on a Shelf to deliver to the children. They were so excited, and it was wonderful to see their little faces!

Now onto the New Year - there's going to be more cookies, more planning, I'm going to finish my December Daily and hopefully get back on track with my Project Life!

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The Girl Guide Tradition

I can't believe I forgot to post this pocket letter.  I still haven't heard from the recipient, and haven't received theirs yet, but I'm sure it's on it's way.

This is an Australian Girl Guide pocket letter, using actual pages from my very own handbook when I was a Girl Guide.

I absolutely loved my time in my troop, the camping, the friendships and learning knots, climbing, boating and cooking.  I was the leader of my patrol, and even taught others how to make bedrolls and build tents.  I was so excited when my eldest daughter showed an interest in joining, but after a year of doing nothing but colouring in and doing the odd craft, she sadly gave it away.  I found out they hadn't even been camping in 4 years.  So Amber has shared her badges with me to add to this pocket letter.

I've also added some leaves, wood chips, paperclips and bead art.  It's amazing how much Guiding has changed in the 20 years since I joined, but everything I learned has stayed with and helped me over and over again.


Monday, 16 November 2015

A Christmas Hoot!

It's dark and stormy out today, thunder and lighting and everything frighting - even the dog is in my bed!  I on the other hand am in my Scraproom enjoying the sound (it hasn't rained in months) and am happily colouring this gorgeous image from Polkadoodles.  I chose this image as I thought it would be perfect to put in a clear Christmas bauble.

I coloured her in with my Copics, added some gold Stickles to her halo and some gloss to her eyes, which really brings her to life.  This photo was taken just after glossing so her eyes are really shiny.  Then I fussy cut the image and ever so carefully rolled it so I could insert it inside the bauble.  I used a long tool to help flatten the image out again and secured it with a little hot glue.

Inside the bauble is some patterned paper I cut into strips and then curled.  Patterned paper is our theme this week at Southern Girls Challenge, come over and join us for a ton of fun and prizes!  I then added some red, white and green star sprinkles and a good sprinkling of glitter.  The glitter clings to the sides of the bauble because of static, which gives a fabulous effect, it really sparkles beautifully next to the Christmas lights.

Here she is, all tucked up in her bauble, glitter, stars and paper curls at her feet.  I added a bow at the top as a final decoration.

I am joining the following challenges:
Pile it on - Any Holiday Celebration
Sparkles Monthly Challenge - Anything But a Card
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything Goes - Christmas
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Anything But a Card
Crafty Ribbons Challenge - Christmas Tree & Ribbon
4 Crafty Chicks - Ribbon
Papertake Weekly - Christmas Critters
The Sisterhood of Crafters - It's Beginning to look a lot like Christmas


Thanks for visiting!

Friday, 13 November 2015

Little House on the Praire

My newest Pocket Letter is for a Little House on the Prairie fan.  The request was for it to be Winter themed.

Now I had to do a little research here cause I haven't watched an episode of LHOTP in years!  Thankfully I found quite a few photos and learned a ton!  I had no idea the whole series is based on actual people, I also learned how to make my very own button candle and now really want it to snow so I can make some snow candy!!  I set my pictures around a beautiful warm fire and then found found some recipes, letters, photos and even a land certificate!  This was such a fun pockett letter to create and really piqued my interest in prairie living.
 
Here's the whole layout.  I went with landscape since all the photos I found were landscape.  I also added some wooden clothes pegs wrapped with lace, wooden buttons and other pictures from the books and series.

This is the button lamp with instructions.  It's a button wrapped in calico and then tightly wrapped in thread.  Then you sit it in a dish filled with axle grease and add a match.

A recipe for Dumplings and an actual photo of a train stuck in packed snow during the long winter.

Some needlework, buttons, crochet, wooden pegs wrapped with lace and a slate board with school rules.

A letter and Homestead Proof

Thanks so much for visiting!

There's a little sadness in everyone

My eldest adores Sadness from Inside Out so I decided to make her a pocket letter!

I started off sourcing lots of pictures on the internet, then printed and mounted them on blue Bazzill.  I noticed that all the pictures seem to be landscape, so that's the way I've made this pocket letter.

I fussy cut my first picture and added a blue ribbon and tied it through the hole on the side of the PL.  Then I started work on some Memory Orbs.


Here's Sadness and all of her expressions and mischief (that drove me nuts the whole movie!)

Memory Orbs are a major part of the Inside Out movie.  I instantly thought of these clear baubles as they are perfect for decorating.  I cut out two pictures of Sadness and carefully rolled each to fit it through the opening.  Then I had to flatten them out again using a long embossing tool.  I curled up some strips of blue Bazzill and added them then dropped in some blue sequins.  Finally I added a bow at the top.  These will look great on the Christmas Tree!

I also made some paperclips, so my daughter can use them at school.  She has a similar plushie Sadness that likes to talk.

And here is the silly straw.  I made a little rosette for the top and then added a quote at the bottom :)

It's still Halloween to me!

Yes I admit it - I don't want Halloween to end!!  I'm still working through gorgeous Halloween embellies and themed goodies and sending out pocket letters to other Halloween enthusiasts like me :)

This pocket letter was lots of fun to create!  I used some old book patterned paper, and then inked each of the pocket inserts.  Then I embellished with 3D and puffy stickers, sparkly letters, a bandage that I inked with my Copic marker, spiders, puffy stars, skeleton chocolates, bling and a patty pan.

The tubes on the left were filled with mini M&Ms just before post, there's a little voodoo doll that I created with my Fuse Tool and the pinwheel I made for 31DOH.

The little voodoo doll I created is made from the same plastic as the pocket sleeve.  I filled it with purple fiber and then added some pins.

These tubes are wrapped in black Bazzill and then wrapped again in Halloween papers.  Digi stamps from Pickleberry Pop (no longer available) were then added, and lastly some newspaper printed tissue paper was glued around the stoppers.

Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween!!!

Happy Halloween!  We've officially made it through 31 Days of Halloween and it's time to party!

I've been busy all day baking cupcakes, carving pumpkins, setting up the party food and preparing for the after party to trick or treating.  It sure has been an awesome ride.  It's the first Halloween in our new house and our new estate so I wasn't sure how many trick or treaters we would have or how many houses would participate - so I sent out invitation and hoped that it would all come together - and it did!!

I dressed up as a witch and my youngest daughter dressed as Wonder Woman.  We all headed off with friends at 5.45pm.  There were all different ages of children joining in, and they all excitedly looked for the balloons on the mailboxes (that I sent out in the invites) and ran with their carry bags/buckets.  Some of the houses were dressed up, some of the people in the houses were dressed in costume.  Some people just left buckets of candy on their front porch with notes.  It was so much fun.  Here's some photos of our walk and the after party.

You can see me up the back - I was wearing my little hat cause the wind got a bit wild for my dressy witches hat.  My daughter is in the front with her Wonder Woman outfit and purple skeleton bag.

This is in my foyer - my hall table got transformed with rats, brooms, candelabras, pumpkins and creations I have made through 31DOH.

This is my table - all decked out with apothecary jars, Halloween creations and creepy crawlies.

Some of the food on offer - snakes, pretzels, cupcakes, lollies, crackers, dip and chips.

Lots of cupcakes and orange Oreos.

I also carved a "Sadness" pumpkin for my eldest daughter. She's Amber's favourite character from Inside Out the movie.

My youngest daughter asked for Zero the dog to be carved from her pumpkin.  He's from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Look at all the candy my daughter and her friends got!

Thanks so much for joining me on the 31 Days of Halloween blog hop!!

Friday, 30 October 2015

Pumpkin Poop - 31DOH Day 30

 Welcome to the 30th day of 31 Days of Halloween, hosted by the awesome Smeared Ink! There are many awesome and talented crafters in this blog hop, which you'll find listed on the right, and you can start right back at the beginning if you've just arrived here :) There will be treasure hunts and prizes to win, so don't forget to visit everyone!

It's Halloween Eve!!! I can't believe I've managed to make it through another month of 31DOH!

Today I have a treat for my daughter to take to school and share with her friends.  It's Pumpkin Poop!  There was lots of giggles as Sophia handed each bag out and her teacher said the word "poop" several times!

All I did was fill some snack sized zip-lock bags with Cheeto Balls and then added a topper that I created.  There's a little verse and a digi stamp from Pickleberry Pop.


Your next stop on the blog hop is Airless Chambers.  Thanks for visiting!