Sunday, 18 March 2018

Friday, 16 March 2018


After our really wet first 2 months of the year we are wishing for sunshine.

My entry to ...

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Baby Girl

Isn't it lovely to welcome little ones into our world! 

My entry for ...

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

See through Masculine card

Taking a masculine approach to the see through cards. Covered the card stock with distress inks and brushed over Perfect Pearls to give a metallic look. The inside of the card is blue and there is a matching white panel lining up with the front.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

4 for 1

A while back I painted background in a rainbow of colours (like for this card) and I had one piece left. Instead of going with the the petals, I went with Hero Arts butterfly confetti die.

Cut it up into 4 pieces. Paired them up with white dies ... frame from Simon Says Stamp, flowers from Ranger, tabs from MFT, ribbon from May Arts.

Great to get 4 cards from one die!

 Which one do you like best?

My entry for ...

... Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge : Easter Inspired


It's time for CASology challenge. The cue word this week is BUG.

A very simple card with one die and a splash of watercolour. Sequins and a few extra splatters give a sense of movement.

There are some amazing fun interpretations from the design team this week. Go take a peak.

Guest Designer : Hannelie

Monday, 12 March 2018

See-through card

I loved the see-through cards that Jennifer McGuire made and thought I should try some too. 

My entry for ...

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Frankly my dear ...

I've had this stamp set for a while, but it's the first time I'm using it (A NBUS). Frankly my dear ... it's about time!

So happy to have the Stamping Platform to help me create the layers.

My entry for ...

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Boldly African

I've touched down in South Africa today! And one more week until I go to the game reserve. One of my favourite places to be ... in the wild seeing animals in their own habitat. Oh the peace and tranquility ... a time to breathe and refresh the soul.

Stamped the drinking giraffe a second time to create the reflection in the water.

My entry for ...

... SIP Challenge : 4 legged Friends (Hope this qualifies ... they are not pets, but certainly hope I'm their friend!)
... Time Out Challenge : Bold . What a bold moon!

... Addicted to Stamps and More : Make your mark. Used distress inks as watercolour.


Friday, 9 March 2018

Abstract 2

I had promised another card with some the paint mark stamp sets on my last post, so here is another card for the CASology Abstract challenge. I used Distress Oxides for the colours.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018


I could have fun all day with the new CASology challenge. The cue word this week is ABSTRACT.  There are so many wonderful paint mark and abstract images out there ... and I have quite a few in my stash so I may be making a few more this week.

Abstract is a wonderful theme for a masculine card.

Let's start by celebrating ... and painting the town red!

Pop on over to the design team to get more inspiration ...

Guest Designer : Caroline

Here are some of the stamp sets I pulled out when I saw the cue word ... watch this spot in the coming days as I plan to ink up more of these.

I will also enter this in ...

... Less is More : Monochrome Challenge

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Spring Flowers

After this really cold spell going across Europe and the States, I'm sure you're all looking forward to spring and warmer temperatures.

We have had rain every day (except 3) since 1st January ... so we're feeling rather soggy down here. The average rainfall in January is around 268mm and this year we've had 792mm! Almost 300% more. They haven't released the figures for February yet. And new forecast is another week of rain as a cyclone goes past our west coast. At least our dams are full! - there is always a bright side.

This is my entry for ...

... Muse Challenge : I'm following the spring theme with the fresh colours green, yellow, pink and blue.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

The other Bold Flower

I had promised I would show the card that also resulted in the Bold flower card of a couple days ago. In fact, I made this one first! 

Again this was inspired by the CASology Challenge : FIT cue word. I love puzzles and it's so relaxing putting all those pieces into their right places.

The petal colours are inlaid into the flower, and the flower is inlaid in to the puzzle. So the top layer is flat.

Capturing the inlaid look ...

Then I gave a class, and to save time on the die-cutting, we inlaid the petals, but not the flower into the puzzle.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Pastel Rainbow Blossom ... and the Negative

I've had some questions on how I made the Rainbow Blossom, so I made another one and took photos of the steps.  

Step 1 : Paint a background. This time I used Distress Inks instead of watercolours to paint the background.

Step 2 : Die cut the painted background plus a plain white card stock. The card stock had stayed in the die cut, and I put a piece of sticky back paper which kept all the pieces in place.

Step 3 : Glue the die cut white card stock to your card.

Step 4 : Glue the painted pieces into the corresponding places on the card.

Step 5 : Add a sentiment and button embellishment. This time I die cut some "buttons", doubled them up and added glossy accents to make them more realistic.

You can also use the negative die cut to make another card.

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