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A sweet card for a sweet teacher

Sophia's teacher is awesome - really! I loved her the moment I met her.  She's loud, easily excitable, gives the best hugs and has really helped Sophia improve in the areas that needed it most.  She also gave me back my passion for wanting to teach.

So I like to treat her, I'm always sending along little treats as tokens of appreciation, helping out where and when I can and just letting her know that she's doing an awesome job.  So often teachers are just forgotten about in the grand scheme of education, and a lot of parents think paying for their child's education is enough.  But teachers put in so much of their time, money and heart outside of school hours and they're there for a lot of our children's lives when we can't be.

I made this card using a cute Some Odd Girl digi and coloured it up with my Copics and some gloss.  I made the apple nice and shiny, and of course her eyes are glossy too.

I layered pieces of patterned paper and Bazzill to create the background - lots of scraps from my stash, and then tucked in a small acetate film strip and a 3-in-1 word ring from Tanya Leigh Designz.  Then I wrapped some green and white twine and added a diecut word and flag.

I fussy cut the image so that it stood out on the patterned paper and the word ring.  I'm so happy with how cheerful and bright it turned out.

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Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes (w)
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Mermaid Tails and Seahorses

Mermaids are so magical, no one has proof that they're real, but many sea-folk could tell you they've met them.  In some stories they're mean and spiteful, and in others they're friendly and have sea-friends.  I prefer the sparkly fins, the long flowing hair and the way they watch our beautiful oceans.

I coloured this image from Crafts and Me with my Copics, then added some gems, Stickles and a flower. I think I add gems to every card, they're bubbles, snow, jewellery, buttons - they can be anything!

I layered some ocean themed papers with white cardstock and some Bazzill, doodled some borders and then tucked in a mini postcard, an acetate stamp and a 3-in-1 word ring - all from Tanya Leigh Designz.

Isn't she beautiful, with a gorgeous flowing tail, and a sweet little Seahorse.  I learned the background technique while doing a class at Kit & Clowder.

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Fairytale Challenge Blog - At The Coast (w)
Craftaholics R Us - Beach (m)
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - Anything Goes (2w)
As You Like it Challenge - Pearls or Gems (2w)

You're Not The Boss of Me!

Isn't she a delight - well I probably wasn't thinking that when my daughter, who looked just like this as a toddler, was giving me that face lol

Those chubby cheeks, those little pigtails and those odd socks, it was as if Mo was drawing my Sophia!  You can get this digi image from Mo's Digital Pencil, and it comes with 3 different sentiments.

I coloured it with my Copics, giving her blonde locks, odd socks and a miss-matched outfit. I filled her pocket with a leaf and a paintbrush, and she's holding a fistful of flowers behind her back as she pouts.  I also made it look like she had been into her big sister's makeup and has bright cheeks and pink lips - which my daughter loved to do right before we went to the shops!

I've layered my image with patterned papers, some pink thread and a small Game Board from Tanya Leigh Designz. Sophia still loves this game and don't even dare to try and win if you're playing against her!

I love how this card turned out, full of colour and fun.  I dressed it up so that it looked a little chaotic as if a tornado swept through - just like my Sophia...lol

This is one of four different game squares that you get in a pack, and there's two of each.  They're so much fun to add to any project.

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Lemon Shortbread Challenges - Anything Goes (w)
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes (w)
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Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes (w)
Come and Get it Challenge - 2 or more Designer Papers (w)

A little bit of summer fun

It's the middle of winter here in Central Queensland, Australia.  The sun is shining, the temps are in the low 30's and the kids are playing in the sprinkler - hang on?

Yep, we don't really get much of a winter, maybe a week, that's about it, so this image from Some Odd Girl is perfect for a bit of mid summer winter fun!

I coloured these two kiddies with my Copics and then added some Stickles to sparkle the water spray, and some gloss to make her swimmers and the grass look wet.

I layered some colourful papers and a 3-in-1 word ring from Tanya Leigh Designz, plus a bright bow and sunny sentiment.

Doesn't this picture just make you want to go jump in the pool or run in a sprinkler?  I added some gems to the word ring, and raised the sentiment on 3D foam tape.  I bordered the image with some doodling too.

I have joined the following challenges:

Ike's World Challenges - Anything Goes (2w)
Pile it on Challenge - Something Beginning with S (m)
Some Odd Girl Blog - Water Theme (m)

Memory Dex Card Fascination

As if I don't have enough things to keep me busy, and enough crafts that I'm addicted to - I've discovered Memory Dex Cards.  One of the girls in the My Scrap Chick squad mentioned them, and of course, I had to Google, Pinterest and Facebook everything there is to know about them!

These little works of art are created on 3 x 5 inch cards, and you can create anything your heart desires on them!  I joined a FB page and they have a monthly theme - this month is the #JulyChallenge and it's all kinds of fun!

Of course I needed a place to store all these little works of arts and of course there's nothing in Australia - so I made my own.  I had a nice sized book that I picked up at Goodwill, then I parted the book in the middle and gathered 5 pages and folded them in half.  I did this evenly on both sides until I completed the whole book.  I also folded forward and backward, alternating as I went.

Here's what it looks like from the side.  The pages get nice and firm, and create fabulous slots to put pictures and cards in.  I took the hard cover off the book and then glued the newly fanned pages onto just one of the covers.

Doesn't look scrumptious already, and I've only just started!  This form of storage would work for all types of things - Christmas Cards, ATCs, bookmarks, or cards.  I've decided that I'm going to do my December Daily like this for 2017!

Here are my cards so far: Stars, Smile, Christmas in July, Texture and Pink & White.

So there you have it - my new addiction - prepare to see more in the future!!