Friday 25 October 2013

A Perfect Sentiment - Poinsettia Christmas

My all time favourite die for Christmas card is the Spellbinders Poinsettia.
I have used this countless times and not just at Christmas time as it is a die
that you can use on any card throughout the year.
But this week at  The Perfect Sentiment
I was so happy that they picked this very flower for their latest challenge.
You can find it HERE Whoo Hoo

So off to my little craft room I went and got my favourite die out and
here is what I made this time.... there will be more with colour

I thought I would go way out of the normal Christmas colours
 for this one and do all neutral.
Just a little white silver and cream and of course a little sparkle.
I used basic white and topped with metallic glitter card
(which is a little hard to see) before attaching the
neutral parchment paper.
I embossed silver paper with Swiss Dots and cut out a
Spellbinder Flourish and a Quinn Memory Box Die
for the backing of my poinsettia flower with the sparkle paper.
Used a silver glitter pen on the centres
 and Rainbow Kindy Glitz to the flower.
The sentiment is from Gina K and heat embossed in white.
Finished with some tiny rhinestones.


Thursday 24 October 2013

Sketch Challenge 0163 at The House that Stamps Built.

One of my favourite sites to check into for great challenges is
and at present one is the

  A simply lovely cas sketch.
So I thought I would find one of my nice flower stamps
from Repeat Impressions and picked 1320-M, Spring Blossoms

Here is what I used
White card stock
Green & Yellow textured card stock
Tim Holtz Brick Wall embossing folder
Spellbinders Circles & Lacy Circles
Spellbinders Vintage Lace Motifs
Memento Pistachio & Dandelion Inks
Gina K sentiment from Dogwood & Butterfly
and stamp from Repeat Impressions - Spring Blossoms.
I finished off my card with a few green pearls.
It is spring time here in Australia but is very dry in most parts
 including where I live so there aren't too many spring blossoms
popping their heads up in the hot dry days we are experiencing.
Hoping for some rainy days soon.
Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday 22 October 2013

IBS Tutorial Time WHW #120

Here I am again playing with the current WHW Challenge over at

and it is the
I have really enjoyed playing with different embossing powders
 to see what effect they have on different paper and stamps.
For this card I used white card stock 
and green scrapbook paper
Metallic Green White and Worn Lipstick Embossing Powders
Stamps from Stampin' Up - Vintage Vogue
I inked the edges in green and pink and distressed them.
Added Diamond Dust to the big flowers
and Startdust Stickles to the small ones and part of the
Friends stamp which is popped.
Thanks once again Irit for this great tutorial and challenge. 

It's PINK at The Squirrel & The Fox

I went to my monthly meet with some crafty friends and we were
celebrating Breast Cancer Month so the cards we made
were PINK.
Since the current challenge over at
I thought it a perfect opportunity to add mine to this collection.

We all had fun using a piece of recycled packing for the backing of our tag.
Started off with kraft paper and built it up from there
using products from Stampin' Up.
We pierced around the edges then added fauxe stitching
and inked both pieces of card stock.
Scored the edges and the tag.
All stamps used were from Stampin' Up.
Cut out the ribbon and added Dimentional Magic
 to that and the small butterfly.
Finished with adding string and pink rhinestone.
Thanks Tania.

Sunday 20 October 2013

Perfect Sentiment Challenge PSC96 CAS Thank You

What a lovely challenge over at
and couldn't be easier than a CAS Thank You card.
We all need them from time to time and this was perfect
 to add another one to my collection.
As the challenge states - CAS
so this is how I made my card.
White card stock for base and top
Red for stamping image.
I stamped the image 3 times
 from Gina K's Springtime Silhouettes
with white embossing powder.
The sentiment is also from the same stamp set.
Added a bit of sparkle on the red and white paper with
Stampin' Up's Beyond Basics stamp set.
Funny how it looks so different on the different coloured paper.
Tore the edges of the white paper and curled over to add a little lift.
That is it.
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IBS - Tutorial WHW #120 - Multi Colour Heat Embossing

After having fun with my first attempt at Multi Colour Heat Embossing
I thought I had covered up the technique too much so
decided to do another one totally different.
 For those that didn't see my first card you can find the tutorial
I have this fabulous stamp called London Background by JustRite
and thought it perfect for this type of challenge.
Also to marry it was the stamp set
Crown Lion Wings from Silicon Stamps.
Both very British so Red White & Blue
embossing was my choice.
Base is blue and red card stock.
I heat embossed the stamped image on white card stock
then embossed in red white & blue
 distressed the edges of the background and also the tag.
which was popped after I added the Lion.
Finished my card with a big blue button and ribbon.
This card reminded me of the few days I spent in London
a few years ago. Such an enjoyable time.

A peek into my Craft Room

Crafting With Dragonflies Challenge Blog
Recently Hilde asked the Design Team if we could take some before and after shots
of our crafting space and mine is the first off the block.
Also a little insight to what our likes are in our craft.
Don't be surprised to see the good bad and ugly
but all good crafter know that
I will start with - take a seat and a big cup of coffee.
I didn't take up card making seriously till I retired around 5 years ago.
I dabbled in digital scrapbooking and card making as I thought of all the mess
(oops there's that word again)
but then a friend got me hooked on paper stamps etc and ....
the rest is history.
So here I am now retired and moved 3000km back to my home town
which is great because I get to spend time with family on a regular basis.
It is then that my craft passion took off.
After all I had all the time in the world to craft didn't I?
My craft room is a 3rd bedroom and I have to share it with a double bed
 but then I am luckier than some that do there crafting on the dining room table
oh! that would never do. I am one that at the end of the day
 if I haven't finished a project I can shut the door and continue on the next day.

Here is your tour of my Craft Room.
This photo shows a multitude of items. On the left I have craft papers with the small blue container holding my small amount of pens (not one to colour in) and underneath inside the cabinet are some cards I have made + spare tape etc.
 Underneath is card and scrapbook leftovers.
My bench at the top has embellishments in containers then some stamp sets.
Also glues and container with some of my buttons.
 On the bench is my heat gun my trusty cuttlebug and one of my cutters.
 On the peg board are pearls etc.
Under the bench I keep more card stock spellbinders/dies and ink pads. 
On the floor are things I don't use too often. Quilling products templates/cottons etc to sew on cards and some MS punches which get used regularly and easy to reach.
A few of my favourite things when I craft are
my trusty Cuttlebug stamps and various dies. I love getting inky
A close up of the peg board.

Above are craft magazines at the back with hand made bag.
 Inside my London bag I have small flowers lace etc. More stamps underneath.
Below that is where I keep my cuttlebug dies and plates.
There are 4 drawers underneath that I keep embossing powder/kindy glitz
stamp blocks cuttlebug folders other dies and punches. 
My now tidy little working table if you can call it that.
My trusty CM cutter a little container my grand daughter made -
can you see Nan on it.
 I treasure this and keep glue pens pencils for quick access.
Other bits and bobs in the white container at the end. To the right of that is my craft tool box that hold everything I usually take to class and holds a multitude of needs.
Underneath is the empty bin (usually overflowing) stamps in a binder more hand made cards in boxes that badly need sorting -
couldn't find the card I made for our latest challenge.
Luckily I remembered what I had used.
Paint brushes and a box of bits and bobs again to sort out
and printouts of card/project ideas.
But wait there's more! only a little bit...
Told you a cup of coffee was needed.
Now I really love this ribbon stand hubby made for me.
 Unfortunately my collection outgrew it and have more ribbons to the left a bit.
 I have hooks at the bottom to hold all my loose bits and don't we get a lot of them.
At the top there is more of my button collection.

This is an easy one - Scrapbook papers. Patterned paper to the left.
The 3 drawers hold plain paper and above are more patterned papers and lace etc.
Underneath needs sorting with more magazines etc
that I don't get to look at much since Pinterest came into my life.
This is full of embellishments and spare parts (for a better word)
On the top are a few things I have made (since changed it)
 and to the side is just a scrapbook I am working on.
Inside a wardrobe I have hanging laces and balls of cotton.
Now that you have seen it tidy - this is what it looks like at present.
I had been working on my project for the next fortnights challenge
and may I tell you -  you are going to love it!!!

Now these photos aren't too bad as there is a bit more on the bed beside my table.
Just one last thing to show you.
I mentioned further up that I had rearranged this to show off
the most beautiful birthday card I received recently from my girlfriend
(the one that got me hooked on this craft)
I was gobsmacked when I opened it up (in a box) and had to assemble it.
I have never seen anything more beautiful and it is now
 Pride of Place in my craft room.
Whew!!! now that is it
I need coffee. 
Till next time
Thanks for hanging in there for our 1st Craft Room Reveal at