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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Crabs at your wedding?

The power went out today - twice, and since that means no housework can possibly get done - I got crafty! lol  Thankfully I had this image already printed out, so I just had to colour it with my copics.

I've owned Hermit Crabs - they're a fantastic pet.  I could sit and watch them all day, scooting about the giant thank they lived in, up and down the vines, in and out of their pond and coconut hut and up and over the coconut husk backdrop.  Despite being called Hermits, they actually love friends and prefer the company of others.  If you're lucky you'll get to hear them *click* to each other.  We had 7 Hermit Crabs - all named and all of varying sizes and colours.  They looked like aliens if they went naked and wandered around without their shell!

These two Hermit Crabs are from Meljen's Designs. There's Miss Hermit Crab and Mr Hermit Crab, and together they make Mr & Mrs Crab :)  I used a sketch from Seize the Sketch to create my card. It's their last ever sketch challenge which is sad since I only just discovered them!
I added some perfect pearls, bling and googly eyes to my images to really help them pop.  Don't you just love the Bride's bling ring?!

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafty Creations Challenge Blog - Dig deep and use something old
Love to create Challenge - Polka dots & pearls
The Crazy Challenge - Cute little animals
Totally Gorjuss - For a special occassion
Digichoosday - Pearls and bling
Fan-Tastic Tuesday - Anything Goes
Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Gone Fishing!

I'm not big on going fishing - I'm far to impatient to wait for some silly fish to take a worm.  I went fishing once and caught a small fish in the river.  I of course threw it back to live another day (I don't eat seafood, and we have size limits).  I threw my line out again just for laughs (hubby was having a great time!) and low and behold I caught another fish!  When I reeled it in though, it was quickly discovered that I had managed to catch the same fish AGAIN!  I mean seriously how silly do you have to be to take the worm a second time?!  I sent him back into the river after a stern chat about not taking worms from strangers and to swim straight home!

I chose this stamp from Karen's Doodles and immediately loved it cause it reminded me of my hubby and my youngest daughter.  They always go fishing together and Sophia always catches the fish!  I used my Copics to colour this cute image an used colours that my hubby and Sophia would actually wear.  I used a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and then wrapped the card in gold thread that's anchored with a fishing gizmo and a charm.
I also added a googly eye to the fish, some sparkly aqua embossing to the fish scales and gloss.  I learned something about the gloss - if you use a heat gun on the gloss, it creates really cool bubbles which are perfect on the tail of the fish.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Pile it on Challenge - By the Sea
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything Goes
Come and Get it Challenges - Fish or Fishing

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

SGC - Texture

It's my first challenge with Southern Girls Challenge and I'm loving it!  The theme this week is Texture and I've added some different elements to my card to create some texture - first the base card has a rough feel, a bit like Bazzill to it.  Then I added some washi tape and yellow twine.  The image has been coloured with copics and then layered for a 3D effect.

The image I have used is from Dilly Beans Digital Stamps, there are some really cute stamps to choose from and I just know that I'm going to have to collect them all now!  I added some spots to her dress and then used Liquid Pearls for some texture too.

I'm really happy with how this card turned out - it's happy and fun and the digi stamp was really easy to work with and customise.  Here's a little close up of the image so you can see the layers.

You can see the head and hearts have been raised on 3D foam dots for dimension.  I used am xacto knife to cut out each element and then lightly sanded the edges for a neat look.

The borders have been doodled with a black pen and the eyes on the image have been glossed up.

I am including this card in the following challenges:

Allsorts Challenge Blog - Meaningful Sentiment
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Summer Colours
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Add Some Yellow
The Squirrel & The Fox - Anything Goes
Craft-Dee BowZ - A handmade bow
Love to Scrap - Running in Circles
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Fussy Cutting
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes

Monday, 11 August 2014

Father's Day Cards

I can't believe Father's Day is just around the corner already!  We celebrate it in September in Australia, so I have started to create my cards so I'm all ready for the big day.

I used this awesome image from Karen's Doodles and printed it out twice.  Then I coloured one image fully and just the burgers and top of the BBW on the other image.  Using 3D foam dots I joined the two for a neat 3D effect.  I also added some white flocking to dad's crown, some stickles to the BBQ so they sparkle and look like coals and some gloss to dad's eyes and teeth.  I used Copics to colour the image and a grey pencil to create the little smoke lines atop the BBQ.  Using lots of layered patterned paper I built my card up, and also added a strip of ribbon.  The green striped paper is actually Christmas paper (there's red trees all over the back) but it worked perfectly.  Here's a close-up to see the dimension on the card.  The second layer actually starts flat at dad's shoulder, and then pops out just like real arms.
My hubby loves the BBQ and usually plants himself of any that he finds - so this is perfect for him for Father's Day.  He does a great job with anything he cooks on the grill and in Summer it's our main cooking appliance.  I added lettuce, tomato and a piece of beetroot to the stack of burgers on the card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
613 Avenue Create - The sights, smells, sounds & tastes of summer
Crazy 4 Challenges - 3 Dimensional
Polkadoodles Challenge - Fun in the sun
Crafters Cafe Challenge Blog - Use lots of layers
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes - Torn Paper

Monday, 4 August 2014

Do you wanna build a snowman?

There is one thing that I've never done at Christmas - and that's build a snowman. Firstly, I live in Australia and it's the middle of Summer at Christmas - so the only snow you'll find is in the back of your old freezer!  But that doesn't stop me making snowmen for my cards.  This one was made with an image from Meljen's Designs, and there's a huge 25% off sale on over there at the moment so go grab some digi images!!

To colour my images I used my Copics and sparkly embossing powder as snow.  It gives the perfect effect and subtle shine.  I also added silvery swirls and pearl dots.  I layered lots of vintage style Christmas papers, added some doodled borders and some of my new puffy stars.  I folded and distressed the ledger paper using some fine sand paper.  The edges of the red and green papers are distressed too.

Finally I spritzed glitter spray over the entire card to add a touch of sparkle.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

  1. Sweet Sunday Sketch - Challenge 230
  2. Fitztown Challenge Blog - Anything Goes
  3. Digi Galore - Anything Goes
  4. A Gem of a Challenge - Embossing
  5. Left of Centre Creative Challenge - Christmas in August
  6. Glitter n Sparkle Challenge Blog - Add some Glitter and Sparkle
  7. My Perfect Life - Any Christmas Card
  8. Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Square or Rectangle Cards
  9. The Squirrel and the Fox - Inspired by a song or movie (Frosty the Snowman)

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Holly Jolly Christmas

Well the Christmas cards are in full swing here in my little scraproom!  I'm going to be so prepared for Christmas!

This little cutie I have used for my card is from Meljen's Designs - there are some super cute little critters that make celebrating Christmas more fun - and they're super fun to colour!

I used my copics to colour the little fox, I decided to colour him a little green onsie and then his multi-coloured lights.  Then I added some gloss to his eyes and the lights.  I wrapped the card with some red and white twine, adding some tiny bells and then finished off with some puffy gold stars - these actually come all joined in one continuous line.  All you have to do is trim the stars' points once separated and then a touch of hot glue to secure them to the card.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

  1. Crafter's Cafe Blog Challenge - Use a digi
  2. Let's Craft and Create - Ribbon or Twine
  3. Inky Impressions Challenge - Anything Goes
  4. Creative Card Crew - Christmas
  5. Paper Pretties - Red/Green
  6. Sentimental Sundays - Christmas in July
  7. Sparkles Monthly Challenges - Christmas in July
I've popped in a little close-up of the card so you can see those cute puffies and how the light catches the Christmas lights and Mr Fox's eyes.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Little stinker!

This has to be my favourite creation that I've made this year!  I discovered it while looking on Pinterest and then had to buy a whole bunch of cute characters cause they're all down to $1!!!  I couldn't believe it.  You too can get your own too, I cut mine out free hand as I don't have a fancy cutting machine, but the template comes in various file formats. Visit My Scrap Chick and collect them all!

I used black and pink Bazzle cardstock, and plain white cardstock.  Then I printed Meljen's cute little band-aid digi image and coloured them with my copics, accenting the hearts with Stickles.

I used my hot glue gun to piece everything together, but also used 3D foam dots to lift the head and band-aids and give dimension.  The pink parts of the ears and cheeks were distressed, and I used a white pencil around all the black edges.  On the white pieces I used a grey copic marker.  For the features I used perfect pearls.

I had so much fun creating this belly box, and I'm entering it in the following challenges:
City Crafty Challenge Blog - Features an animal
613 Avenue Create - Anything Goes with a Twist - Use a Sentiment
Fussy and Fancy Challenge - Words and Feelings
Meonheadz Friends - Things with wings or tail
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
The Paper Nest Dolls - Anything Goes
Through The Purple Haze - Anything Goes

Monday, 28 July 2014

The doctor is in

Sophia loves to be a doctor, especially now that Doc McStuffins is on TV.  She has her own doctor's coat and all the necessary equipment.  She also carries a fully stocked first aide kit and book.  I thought I'd add to her kit and make her a Boo Boo Jar using an old tablet bottle.  I simply covered it with some brightly coloured paper and then used a free digi image that was available this weekend from Meljens Designs. I printed it out, and coloured it with my Copics.  I also added a bit of Stickles to the heart and then doodled a border around it.

Sophia normally has brightly coloured or themed band-aides, but do you think I could find them?  Nope - so for today's photo we used boring fabric ones.

Yippee my project won the Thursday Mini Challenge over at Meljens Designs on Facebook :)

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Free hugs

If you've arrived here from the Blogosphere you've qualified for a free hug!! Lol  And here in Australia that would make them Koala Hugs.  Did you know you can't just go and grab a koala out of a tree and hug it? That's if you even found a koala up in a tree, cause they're not that easy to find, and not in such large numbers that you just see them all the time.  I've lived and travelled in Australia and only seen one wild koala in a tree, and learned that day that they are really feisty and have very sharp claws.  They are best left to a professional.  If you ever get to hug one though in a zoo (and I have several times) it really is unforgettable.  They can be heavy, they hold on with their little arms and smell like fermented Eucalyptus leaves.  They're soft, move slowly and are quite sleepy.  And they are all so very cute!  Just one of the reasons why I chose this image from Lacy Sunshine Stamps.

I have coloured my image with Copics, then glossed up their eyes and added some Liquid Pearls to the girls headband.  I also gave her bow a bit of bling.  For this card I used a sketch from Incy Wincy Designs.  I loved the idea of hanging bunting on a card!

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

  1. Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenges - Polka Dots
  2. Crafts 4 Eternity Recipe Challenge - Bunting and Banners
  3. Creative Fingers Challenge - Anything Goes - Make it Cute
  4. Fairytale Challenge - Use a digi stamp
  5. Wags & Whiskers - Polka Dots
  6. In The Pink - Animal Antics
  7. Whoopsie Daisy Challenge - Lots of Pink

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