Saturday, 22 September 2018

It's Photo Week at Just Us Girls

Hello and Welcome to today's post for
Photo Week at Just Us Girls.
Maria as Host has chosen this gorgeous photo.

I love seeing the changing colours of the trees as it
doesn't happen in my neck of the 'bush'
As it is coming into that time of the year over the pond
it's perfect timing for all those 'fall' coloured creations.
As I had only recently got a new to me stamp/die set from
STAMPlorations called Oh So Grateful
ohsogratefulstampsdie I had to play with it especially as I
wanted to focus on the pumpkins in the truck.
I got out Tim's Oxide inks and inked away
on glossy card stock wiping it with a
paper towel then adding layers of
clear embossing powder. I tried the crackle effect
by putting it in the freezer but didn't quite work out
as good as I wanted.
My background was smooched and then I cut out part of the
inked birch tree die putting them behind my cut out oval die.
The sentiment as you can see is from the stamp set above
I love how motley it stamps.
Finished my card by attaching to orange card stock.
Hop over and see how our Guest Julie and the Team
were inspired by that gorgeous photo and
come join us in our Gallery this week.
So much happening for me in the next few weeks
so if I don't get to comment much I apologize.
Life will get back to normal after
all my family and friends from far and wide
 return to their own homes at the end of the month.

Thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Go After Your Dreams

Time for the latest Challenge over at
It's our Photo Inspirations and hasn't
Kylie chosen a beauty!
I've gone for a mixed bag here
focusing on the flowers in the background
but colouring mine in the yellow tones
of the light and using
similar words to the above sentiment.
I recently got this gorgeous stamp called
Darling Dog Roses from STAMPlorations
and this is the second card I have made with it.
You may have seen it Here
I heat embossed the flowers in white.
Once more I got out Tim's Distress Inks this time in
Squeezed Lemonade Fossilized Amber and Mowed Lawn
using a water brush to colour.
I added some splatters and inked my sentiment
from STAMPlorations Noteworthy in Fossilized Amber.
Attached my floral image onto SU card stock
after cutting with a stitched die.

Pop over and see what my Team Mates have created
and come join in our Gallery this week.
Love to see you there!
Thanks for dropping by.
Till next time - Cherrio from

Sunday, 16 September 2018

This IS for 'Someone Special'

Hello and Welcome
Today's card was made for my BFF so
of course it had to be 'Special' and her birthday
is just a few days before mine.

I was keeping this for a challenge that I thought
fitted in with my card above and I found that at
Seize the Birthday for their current challenge to use

I recently bought the Retired SU  Botanical Blooms Set
and a few of you would have seen me use it before.
It was perfect for this card with all the dies.
I wanted the background to be a little subtle and
knew I had some patterned vellum in my stash. Perfect!
I know she likes browns/copper colours so I went with that
and some gorgeous teal card stock that was purchased
when I was staying with her a while back.
I cut out a number of flowers and stamens
and the leaves from gold card stock and some 
painted paper using Rustic Brown Metallic Paint.
I inked the stamped centres with Tim's Gathered Twigs.
I decided to add a strip of embossing on the side
from Couture Creations. Adhered it to my card base
with the vellum and gold ribbon from Christina Re.
Sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fluttery Set
 heat embossed in gold with gold thread
added to the back and popped.
Finished with a tiny flower on the side,
Pearls and a sparklet to the centre of the flowers and vellum.

Thanks for dropping in

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Big Hugs for Just Us Girls

Hello and Welcome. I'm here with my Saturday Post for
It's Colour Week and as Host Bobby chose
2 gorgeous colours and gave us the third choice.
I will admit I went through several colours before 
choosing plain old black as mine - and different layouts.

I must admit my coral colour looks a little bright but
it is Tim's Abandoned Coral so I went with it.
I did some smooching for the background then inked up
some stamping from STAMPlorations
Scribbly Splattery Grunge and
Tim's Wildflowers in Hickory Smoke.
Added dies from the same Wildflower Set in
White and Black.
Sentiment is from STAMPlorations Bloom Happy.
Cut this out with a postage stamp die and
adhered to grey card stock and then on to
my black card base.

Pop over and see what colours our Guest Julie
and the Team chose.
Join in our Gallery and you could be our
Chic of the Week and be in the running for
Guest Designer in November.

Thanks for dropping in

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Simply a 'Tree'

Hello and Welcome to today's card.
I have a busy time coming up soon
 with friends travelling from the other side of Oz,
also relatives and friends for a short time
but managed to whip up a card for the
current challenge over at CAS Watercolour - 
 The 'Theme' being Tree

I started with my watercolour background
with Tim's Stormy Sky using acetate.
I then inked up the Stamp It Large Conifer
with Memento Luxe Northern Pine
spritzing it with a mix of SU Champagne 
and water, stamping on to water colour paper.
Painted a water wash to the bottom of the tree
 and the leftovers were splattered around.
This was then cut from a MFT stitched die
popped onto a bigger die and popped
again onto white card stock. 
The sentiment is from SU and finishing
with a scored line either side. 

 Not too much crafting time coming up but
will try and squeeze in a few favourites.
I have scheduled posts but commenting
on your blogs may be a bit hit and miss.
 I will try my best!

Thanks for dropping in.
Till next time Cherrio from

Monday, 10 September 2018

You Brighten My Day

Hello and Welcome.
Today's post is for the current challenge
over at The Mod Squad and Hosting is my
Good Friend Judy Woodland. Judy is
asking us to use our Acrylic Blocks for our Background
and I love making them.
Details are Here

Gina K is the Sponsor so I thought it only
right to use her stamps and paper.
I have an addiction to Lindy's Magical's
so thought I would incorporate one colour on this card.
You can vaguely see I have used my acrylic block
three times inking with Tim's Distress Abandoned Coral
onto watercolour paper.
 As the outcome wasn't too pronounced
I thought I would put some Hags Wart Orange Magicals
onto my craft mat spritz it with water to activate
 and then press the acrylic block
onto it and transfer that to the first inkings.
With leftovers I smooched around the edges
and got a softer colour.
I then heat embossed my image from
Gina K's Springtime Silhouettes
(I know it's an oldie but still love that set)
with WOW Chocolate Caramel Pearl
which has a lovely chocolate colour and shimmery gold
depending how you look at it.
My sentiment is from Gina's Smile inked
with Memento Morocco.
Added some splatters from SU.
This was then cut with a stitched die
adding an inked piece of  crinkled ribbon
then finished by attaching to Gina K card stock.

Thanks for popping in

Sunday, 9 September 2018

You're Special!

Hello and Welcome to my post for Happy Little Stampers
It's time for the Anything Goes with Dies Challenge for September.


The background for my card was made some time ago
and was in my bits box. It's was made my heating
several colours of Gelatos.
I cut this with a postage stamp die and
added  a coloured mat to the background.
This was adhered to metallic gold card stock.
Sentiment is a newbie from STAMPlorations
and inked with Memento Teal Zeal
then heat embossed with  clear powder.
My dragonfly is from Marianne Designs and
cut with gold paper.

Now that you have seen my card pop over and see
what my Team mates created and come join us
in the Gallery. Hope to see you this month.

Don't forget - 
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

Saturday, 8 September 2018

What's our TREND this week at Just Us Girls?

Hello and Welcome to my Saturday Post for
It's Trend Week and Hosting is Carol choosing
So what does this mean you say?
They are basically stamps with an outline only.

I took the easy way out with my card just using
the outlined stamps from Repeat Impressions
with no colouring in here. Yay!
The background stamping is on white card stock
with the back matted with SU Rich Razzleberry.
The floral images were also inked with a
Rich Razzleberry ombre ink pad. You may notice
they are slightly different in colour.
The front images are the reverse heat embossed in white
onto Rich Razzleberry matted with white card stock
and popped.
Sentiment is from STAMPloration cut from a JustRite die.
This was all adhered to my white card base.

That's it!
Thanks for dropping in.
Hope you liked what you saw and come join us
in Our Gallery this week and don't forget to
check out what our Guest Julie
and The Team created for your pleasure.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

It's a Merry Deer!

Hello and Welcome to today's post for
It's our Holiday Theme this time round and
since I am way behind on Christmas cards - 

I enjoyed trying some old and new products
and the result was fun.
The background has some of this and that which includes 
Magicals (of course) and some glossy gel medium.
I added white crackle paste from DecoArt 
to my ARTplorations deer
and let the red seep through giving it a hint of pink.
This was cut from a postage die in front of
pink card stock and popped
 The Merry is cut from mulberry paper
and is from hero Arts.
Card base is Linen stock.

So how are you going with your holiday cards?
If you are thinking like me and need to get cracking
on those holiday cards - please join in
this weeks challenge.
Come over and see what the Team have created
for your inspiration. 
Any holiday themed card is welcome in our Gallery.
See yours there???

Thanks for dropping in.
Your comments are always appreciated.

Saturday, 1 September 2018

'Celebrate' with Me.

Time to Celebrate at Just Us Girls
It's a New Month with a New Guest Designer
Welcome to the Super Talented Julie Beech from
So happy to have you with us this month!
it's my Birth Month - hence I chose the Word 
CELEBRATE! as I am Hosting this week.

This card was made a few months ago 
for my Sister's Birthday.
I have seen so many gorgeous cards on Pinterest
with this die - MB Perky Poppy and I knew I wanted
to try it out.
I started with inking my craft mat with
Tim's Oxide Inks in Wilted Violet and Seedless Preserves
on to glossy card stock. Of course I had to have purple tones.
Continued layering and drying
then buffed with paper towel and added Tim's Distress Glaze.
I first cut the poppy out with black card stock and then
again with the three different colours above
to get the ombre effect. 
Added a mat behind it in purple
then adhered to Linen card stock.
The 'Celebrate' die is from CUTplorations
cut from leftovers from the flowers.
Finished off with a few purple gems.

Pop over and see how our Guest Julie
and the Team are celebrating.
Please come join us in our Gallery
as I would love to see your 'Celebrate Cards'.
You could be my Chic of the Week and be in the running
as our Guest in November.

Thanks for popping in.
Love reading your comments!

Spring has 'Sprung' in Oz

It's official! It's the 1st September which means
Well it is here in Australia. We hopefully say
Goodbye to those Wintery Days and I can get back out to
 my very dreary garden and do a tidy up.

Hello and Welcome. 
My post  is for the new challenge over at
Crafting with Dragonflies where the theme is
Spring has Sprung!

There are a few new items here beginning with the
beautiful Darling Dog Roses from STAMPlorations.
I heat embossed with white embossing powder then
 decided to colour them with Tim's Distress Inks in
Abandoned Coral/Carved Pumpkin and Mowed Lawn.
I got a paintbrush out and flicked some colour to the sides.
The sentiment is also from STAMPlorations -  Bloom Happy.
This was cut from a stitched die.
The background paper is SU. 
I recently watched a video with Jennifer McGuire 
and she used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders 
as a background. These were then purchased
and I did likewise adding a bit of interest.

Pop over and see what the Dragonfly Team
made to inspire you. 
Hope to see your in the Gallery.

I will be back again later with another Blog Post
so be sure to come back and check it out.
A lot of you will know what it is as it's Saturday!

Till then Cherrio from

Butterfly Bliss

Welcome to a new month of challenges over at
Happy Little Stampers.
We start off with our Watercolour Challenge
and this month's optional twist is
(you're going to love this one)

There was a lot going on in making this card.
I was trying out some new products and
loved the result I achieved.
Starting with my background which has
Red Wine Metallic Paint and Black Starlight Wax
and has a fabulous sheen to it.
Added some random script. Then heat embossed
my butterfly in charcoal.
Cut that out with a Postage Die
backing it with paper to match.
Sentiment is also from the same paper and is
from CUTplorations.
Added an oval gem to the centre of my butterfly
and finished by adding to my card base.

And don't forget - 
Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon
 to spend at the shop! 
Check out all the details HERE.


Pop over and see what my Team Mates created and come join us.
Love to see you in our Gallery
Thanks for dropping in.

Friday, 31 August 2018

You're My Style

Hello and Welcome.
Today I have a card for the Retro Rubber Challenge.
I found this great blog a few weeks ago where you 
need to use a stamp that is more than a year old.
Now we all have zillions that are tucked away
and just a little bit dusty don't we?
I know a lot of my friends will recognize this stamp.
It's from Gina K Designs - Springtime Silhouettes
and was one of the first stamp sets I bought 
way back around 2011.
It was such fun looking through those old stamps
to choose which one to use for their current
I also decided to use some older Spellbinder Dies
Squares/Lacey Squares and Fancy Tags for the sentiment.
Those fancy shoes were heat embossed in white 
on black card stock.
Then I added the backgrounds.
Finished with some ribbon behind my sentiment,
 a few liquid pearls and a pink flower to the shoes.

That's it for now.
Thanks for dropping in.
Till next time Cherrio from

Saturday, 25 August 2018

School's In!

Hello and Welcome to my card for the 
new challenge over at Just Us Girls.
Vicki is Hosting our Photo Week with

Every time I looked at this photo Mo and Jo did a runner
but I persevered and called them back.
I rummaged through my DP box looking for 
patterned paper to go in those banners and came across
the perfect piece instead. 
I inked up my SU Woodgrain stamp as backing.
I then got out my Jumbo Banners from MFT
and started cutting away.
Added inserts to match the colours and letters in the photo.
Cut out the letters with a SB die with the word STUDY
I needed a little something either side of the banners
so cut out some tiny ones and added rub on numbers.
(these have been in my stash for yeeeeears)
Popped up bits here and there and my card was done.
Card stock used is SU Tip Top Taupe
but certainly didn't photograph well. Sorry.

That's it for today.
Pop over and see what our 
August Guest Designer Ros Crawford
and the Team created.

Thanks Ros for the pleasure of seeing
your talents at JUGS this month.

# Popping this over to the current challenge over at
CAS-ual Fridays Blogspot for their
Inspiration Photo Challenge

where school is in full swing here in Oz.

Till next time - Cherrio from 

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

You are 'FABULOUS'

Time for a new Challenge over at
Addicted to Stamps and More and this time round
It's Everyone's Favourite - Anything Goes.
Hello and Welcome to today's Post.
I will admit I have had this card done for 
quite some time - just hadn't blogged it so - here it is.
You can all guess what my background is!
Yes Alcohol Inked. Cut with a stitched die.
I decided to add a bit of dimension and
cut out the centre with MFT Peek a Boo Die
and popped it.
Inked the top sentiment onto my white card base
and die cut the fabulous - both from
STAMPlorations. The 'fabulous' has a 
touch of shimmer from a Nuvo pen.
And there you have it - pretty simple
but love the bold colours from the AI's.

Pop over and see what my Team Mates created
and come join our Gallery.
Love to see you there.
Thanks for dropping in

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Strawberries? Yes Please.

Hello and a Big Welcome. 
Today's post is for a couple of challenges 
I found while browsing. Something a little 
different from flowers and the like.
Well not too far away as it is 'fruit'.
When I saw the challenges for
and my Good Friend Bobby was Hosting
I knew I had a NBUS stamp that was perfect.
Also The Paper Players challenge calls for
I heat embossed my NBUS Repeat Impressions 
Strawberry Stamp - 515L
with WOW Metallic Platinium powder
onto water colour paper and coloured
my image with various colours of 
red, green,orange and lemon Brusho's.
Added a water wash to the background
with metallic paints.
Attached this to my parchment card base.
I cut a octagon shape from the same card base
and popped it for dimension.
Sentiment stamp is part of a set gifted by a friend
which matched perfectly. Inked in Festive Berries
and heat embossed in clear powder.
Finished with some red twine.

Thanks so much for popping in. Love reading your comments.
Till next time - Cherrio from

Saturday, 18 August 2018

It's Colour Week at 'Just Us Girls'

Today's card is for the New Challenge over at
Just Us Girls. Angie is Hosting and 
It's a favourite of mine.

With such lovely soft colours I got out a
lovely floral stamp from Carabelle
and coloured with shimmery paints.
I did a wash around the flowers to add interest.
This worked out nicely as it was that shimmer
that gave me the colour choice of my Altenew Sentiment.
Added green beads to the centres, some twine and
popped the framed the flowers.

Pop over and see what our Guest Ros Crawford
and the Team created for your pleasure.
I'm sure you will want to play with this colour choice
but remember to use just the 3 colours. Neutrals are fine.
Hope to see you in our Gallery this week.
Thanks for dropping in.