Friday, 19 October 2018

A 'Tribute to Melissa Lane'

It saddens me to be posting here today at the passing of a
Fellow Designer Melissa Lane from STAMPlorations 
but happy to celebrate her life in a small way.

Melissa love Butterflies and Rainbows and
her favourite colour was Red
so I chose to heat emboss my card with
in Ranger Red Cinnabar which has a lovely
gold fleck though it.
I started by lightly smooching the background with
Lindy's Magical's in Ramblin' Rose Pink
 and a flicker of  ColorBox Gold.
I then coloured my butterflies with a mix of Brusho's
 Magical's and Nuvo Glitter Gloss
for a touch of shimmer.
My sentiment is from
This was cut from a stitched die and adhered on to
Metallic Gold card base. 


If you knew Melissa when she was alive -- maybe you were on the same design team(s) or you were bloggy friends -- however you knew her, we would love it if you can join us in celebrating her life by creating a butterfly card in her memory.
Please pop over Here where you will see all the details
and so many beautiful butterflies made in Melissa's Memory

Thanks for dropping in. 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

A Simple 'Thank You'

Hello and Welcome. Today's post is for our 
CAS Challenge over at Addicted to Stamps & More

I bought this stamp set from Kaisercraft
some time ago because I liked what I thought - 
a very Australian image of Gumnuts.
I started by lightly stenciling my background with
Tim's Stone Stencil in Antique Linen
then inking my image with 
Versafine Clair Falling Leaves ink
(it's a very dark brown but looks black)
I went on to the colouring and blending with
Tim's Gathered Twigs/Mowed Lawn
Crushed Olive and Carved Pumpkin
enhancing the colour with touches of
Hag's Wart Orange and Canna Lilly Burnt Orange
 from Lindy's Magicals.
Added some Nuvo Aqua Shimmer and
a touch of glossy accents.
Sentiment is inked as above and from
This was cut from a Postage Die
and popped on to the larger die cut
and slightly popped again to my card base.

This card will be going over to the

Congratulation to Bonnie & Loll for giving us
2 years of Fabulous Watercolour Challenges
and to all the Design Team and Guests for their 
Monthly Inspiration and Encouragement. 

Thanks for dropping in.
Love reading your comments.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

A Happy Birthday Tic Tac Toe

Hi and Welcome to today's post.
It's for the current Tic Tac Toe Challenge  at
 Retro Rubber where we get to play with stamps
older than a year. 
For my Tic Tac Toe I chose the Middle Line
Masking Birthday Flowers.


It's funny how your mind works.
I was happily stamping/cutting away yesterday
making my card for this challenge and ready to
photograph it and when I woke up this morning
I realized I had used the same Spellbinder dies
on the last challenge I made for Retro Rubber!
I had better not do that next time.
I thought of making another one wondering if
the Designers would think this girl only has 2 Dies.
Since time is of the essence I had to go with it.
Sorry it is so similar to my last one.

The stamp I used is another retired SU set
called Avant Garden which
I have finally used for the first time. 
I cut out a mask for the flower and then inked 
in 3 different colours from the Altenew 
Red Cosmos set. The leaves were inked with
Memento Olive Grove and Pistachio.
Sentiment in Memento Luxe Northern Pine.
This was then cut with a SB circle die
and attached to the lacy circle die.
I backed that with a Cuttlebug folder 
and corner rounded it.
Adhered to green card stock adding some ribbon
to match the flowers and on the white card base to finish.

Thanks so much for dropping in.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

Just for 'CAS Mix Up Challenge'

Hello and Welcome to today's post for 
one of my favourite challenges
CAS Mix Up and this month's technique is
This is my second card and chose to
try my hand at Black Ice - one I only found
some short time ago so I wanted to have fun 
with it in a different way and see how it ends up.

I did start with gold foil as my base
but you would never know.
The next step was to swipe with
Black Archival Ink and dry.
I then went on to dry emboss, ink again
and then added gold and copper embossing powder
finishing with Ranger Red Cinnabar.
Sealed it with clear embossing powder.
Added a tiny gold frame behind it.
Sentiment is from Happy Little Stampers
inked with Tim's Black Soot and
 the edges with Colorbox Archival Gold.
Attached to coloured card base to finish.
If you are a little confused by my explanation
check out how I got the idea Here
I did go a little overboard but it was fun.

A close up

I hope I have left enough open space.
My MIX is Metal, Heat and Dry Embossing
and Stamping

Thanks for dropping in
Till next time - Cherrio from

Saturday, 13 October 2018

Wish Upon a 'Star'.

Hello and Welcome to my post for
Just Us Girls 
Hosting our Trend Week is
Carol choosing a Celestial Theme.

I do love the results you get with Lindy's Magicals
 as they make spectacular backgrounds and this
is what I used here.
After I got the result I liked I inked up
trees from Repeat Impressions  with 
Tim's Black Soot. Splattered some twinkling stars
with iridescent medium. The hill was die cut and 
coloured with Starlight Black Wax.
Attached in front of the trees. 
Added some glittery punched stars and sentiment
cut twice from ARTplorations.
The front die has been heat embossed 
with metallic silver powder with the white
 one added for a shadow effect.
Finished by attaching to navy card base.

Pop over and see what our Guest Linda
and the Design Team created.
Love to see you in the Gallery this week.

Thanks for popping in.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

It's 'Enchanting'

Hello and Welcome to today's post for
It's time for our Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.
I recently received this gorgeous 
and was itching to try it out.
I decided to use a piece of Yupo Paper
that I inked up with Alcohol Inks as it was thin
and hoped it would cut nicely in my old Cuttlebug.
It did take some cutting and even after several attempts
there was a teeny bit I cut with some fine point scissors.
I know I NEED a new die cutting machine just don't know
which way to go!
I put some Tombow glue on my craft mat and
sponged the back of the die and adhered it to
 metallic card stock.
All I needed to do now was add a sentiment and I chose
Pop over and see what die cuts my Team Mates used
and join us in the Gallery this month.

Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop!
 Check out all the details HERE.



Thanks for dropping in.

Monday, 8 October 2018

I'm 'Metal'ie Thinking of You.

Hello and Welcome.
I am finally getting back to normal after my
recent Birthday Celebrations.
 Today I am posting for the New Challenge
 over at CAS Mix Up where my
 Super Talented Good Friend
MacMable is Host choosing

Here is my first take on this challenge
(yes there will be more)

My Mix is Metal, Stamping
Heat Embossing and more...
I started by cutting out my background from
Uniquely Creative Cross Hatch Texture Die
Heat embossing with Stampendous 
Aged Copper Embossing Enamel
(don't you love the 2 toned colours)
You need to heat emboss from underneath
otherwise the enamel will fly off somewhere else
I then cut 2 dies from Tim's Wildflowers.
These were heat embossed differently with
Stampendous Chunky White and Aged Copper
also adding Cyan Pearl Pigment Powder
while still melting. I did have a bit of trouble
with the white trying to hang on to the thin stems
while heating from the bottom.

Here's a close up!

My background is lightly sponged with
Ken Oliver's Liquid Copper Powder.
I distressed the edges and inked with Versacolor Bronze
I then attached the Cross Hatch Die and flowers.
Inked my sentiment from 49ANDMarket.
Attached a tiny die cut bow from Waffle Flower
and finished by adhering to white card base. 

Thanks so much for dropping in.
Love reading your Kind Comments.