Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Holding on ... and the glimmer of hope

It's time to batten down the hatches! We are about to be hit by a cyclone ... most probably by tomorrow. Cyclone Berguitta has continued to intensify and is now an intense tropical cyclone. A very dangerous cyclone is coming our way with gusts up to 250km/hr and it's continuing to strenthen.

A direct hit over Mauritius (the island closest to the cyclone in the satellite image) and Reunion is very much on the cards now. We are in Class 2 warning already, but they are issuing Class 3 warning at 4:00am tomorrow morning (17 January).
We've had deluges of rain every day this year (not had much sun at all!). That has made the ground very soggy and could result in so much more damage.

We can hold on to a glimmer of hope ... and the play in the CASology Glimmer Challenge. I took the meaning of glimmer to be "faint shine".

I found this amazing glitter card stock at my local book/stationery store just before Christmas - the glitter is so fine AND it does not come off at all. In fact, the shimmer is so fine it should be called Glimmer card stock. A miracle - glimmer without finding glitter everywhere.

So I knew I would be using it for this challenge.

I love this Simon Says Stamp die ... so delicate. 

And a close up of that amazing glimmer ...

I did another in the pinks, but so hard to capture the true colours ...

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018


Come and play in the CASology challenge where the cue word is HUG this week.

Have you hugged someone today? There are so many benefits to hugging. You can even send one in the post. I'll be sending this one to my mother.

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Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Bloom where you are planted ...

Our CASology Challenge opens this year with the wonderful word cue of Encourage. What a good way to start the year.

Like a flower that grows through a crack in the concrete, sometimes we have to make the best of our situations and bloom where we have been planted. We may not like where we are, but we can find joy in each day by being grateful for what we do have, and share our gifts to those around us.

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New Beginnings

I want to thank you all for your kind words of support over the past year. Every one is greatly appreciated. And now ... A very Happy New Year to you all. 365 new days ... 365 new chances. May we create something new every day.

"And now we welcome the New Year,
full of things that have never been."
                               Rainer Maria Rilke

How about starting something new this year?

Have you been dreaming of designing clean and simple cards for CASology?  Now's your chance to apply for the team!  It's been a while since they've had a design team call and there are two positions to fill as we head into 2018!

Pop on over to CASology blog post for the details.

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

A Merry Christmas

A little belated Merry Christmas wish to all of you. Hope you all had a wonderful celebration with loved ones.

I had a few last minute Christmas cards to make, and pulled out my NBUS Hero Arts November kit. I started using the green die cuts in the kit and stamping with Delicata gold.

Trying to catch the lovely sparkle of the Delicata gold ...

Then I stamped the white cutouts with the matching stamp, adding stickles and enamel accents.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Card Set

It's a joy to make cards for friends who appreciate them. So thought I would make up a card set as part of my Christmas gift to a dear friend. When I do this kind of thing, I make cards in the style and colours of the recipient.

I made a pizza box style box.

This is a close up of the top of the box.

I made 6 cards of the same design, but changing the colours and the embossing folder used for the background. 

Here are the six cards ...

My entry for ...

... The Flower Challenge : Anything but a card I'm using the box for this entry.

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Kindness ...

The CASology Challenge this week is Kindness.

Kindness is free so let's sprinkle it everywhere.

I love the simplicity of the flourish and heart and didn't want to distract from it. So just a touch of glossy accent to make it pop.

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Monday, 18 December 2017

Twelve Days of Christmas ...

This came together as I had spark of an idea for a special friend. She has had a tough year with a heavy work load and I thought she needed a touch of joy each day leading to Christmas. What better way than to have 12 Days of Christmas?!

And it was a great opportunity to use Ellen Hutson's 12 Days of Christmas stamp set. I decided to keep it simple ... 3 pieces of patterned paper, the 3 tags from MFT Dienamics Tag Builders Blueprint 2 set, and only colouring with a touch of red.

I printed out a label I found on a google search (but I can't find the link now - if anyone can let me know where it is, I would like to acknowledge the creator), and found a white box. I used plain white paper and red string from May Arts to wrap the gifts.

 So happy that all the little gifts fit in the box perfectly.

I hope this is an acceptable entry to ...

... Muse Christmas Visions : Anything Goes

... The Card Concept : Parisian Postale (I was inspired by their plain paper wrapping with string)

... Inkspiration Challenge : Gift


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Masculine Cards

The cue word for CASology Challenge is GRAY. I thought it a wonderful opportunity to make some masculine cards.

I pulled out my new Altenew geometric sets ... Building Blocks and Simple Shapes XL.  Not as easy to line up as one thinks - even with the help of my Tonic Stamping Platform. I will have to work on it more.

My second card was inspired by the design of Mayuri's card.

My last card ... I think this is my favourite with the metallic die cut.

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Saturday, 9 December 2017


I'm so happy to be the guest designer at Addicted to CAS this week! It's time to Sparkle!

I used the marvellous glitter card stock, some iridescent string and metallic stars. I added Diamond Stickles to biggest to add extra sparkle! This is my card .... but I had glued it on the card upside-down!

So I cut it off and mounted it on a larger card... and I actually prefer it like this.

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