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

Monday, 19 January 2015

Fluffy and Furry

I purchased this gorgeous image a while ago from Mo's Digital Pencil and am now finally getting it coloured and turned into a card!  I am really trying to get better at my colouring, particularly the shading on hair and skin.  I bought some more shades of brown, but I think I need some more "skin" colours.  I'm really happy with how she turned out though.

For this card I used a Retro Sketches sketch, doodling borders, adding layers of pp and a doily and some tiny dots of Liquid Pearls to her pants.  I also tucked some washi tape flags between the matt layers and image.  This sweet little girl also has gloss on her eyes so they shine.

Here's a close up of the image
Nothing makes me happier than the warm hug of a furry kitty and her purrs - hows about you?  I've included this card in the following challenges:
Bronte & Bella's Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with a Mo Image
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Anything Goes
Avenue 613 - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Anything Goes
Wags and Whiskers - Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Cute

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Halloween Lapbook

I've finally completed my altered lapbook!  It's only taken me 2 months! lol  I started this adventure when I entered the 31 Days of Halloween at Smeared & Smudge.  For every day of October I created something Halloween inspired.  At the end I wanted to showcase all my efforts into a book and was informed of a most fantastic book - the lapbook!  Using many hours of youtube research - specifically the Kathy Orta Files I managed to construct my own.  I used some of my own measurements as our file folders are different sized to the ones in the US and I got totally confused with inches vs centimetres lol.  So without further adeu here she is!

I've joined in with the following challenges -
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Flowers
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Something New (The gold sparkly raised dots on the cover)
Crafty Boots Challenge - Out with the old and in with the new - old manilla folders turned into a brand new lapbook!
Inky Chicks - Anything Goes
The Order of the Opus Gluei - Anything but a card