Saturday 12 May 2018

Hello 'Friend'

Hello and Welcome to my Saturday Post for Just Us Girls 
I just loved playing with this weeks Trend Challenge
chosen by our Awesome Angie
and it's a huge favourite of mine.
I have quite a collection but one of my favourites is
ARTplorations Flowers 1

I got out a background piece from my
'bits box' again and thought the
brusho background would be a
perfect backing for those gorgeous flowers.
I added gloss gel medium to white acrylic paint
for my stenciling then my white and purple
CUTplorations hello dies
 and STAMPloratons friend sentiment.
adding a white background then
onto purple card stock.

Hope you liked my stenciled flower
and don't forget to pop over and see what
our May Guest Designer Patti Kehl
and the Team created then join us this week.
You could be our next Chic of the Week and
be in the running for Guest Designer in July.

Thanks for popping in

It's Crafting with Dragonflies 5th Birthday Celebrations

Hi and Welcome!
It's hard to believe it is 5 years since
came onto the Blog Land Scene.
I was one of the Original Designers and
honoured to be asked back again to be 
A Guest Designer - especially for this occasion.
Thank You Hilde.
We are fortunate to  have sponsors for this challenge -
Check them out below.

Here is my first card I made with an image from
one of our Sponsors Digi Stamps 4 Joy

After printing out the floral spray I decided to
get out my watercolour pencils choosing various pinky colours.
I then added some white gel pen dots around the flowers
and Gold Liquid Pearls to the centres.
This was cut with a stitched die as are the other layers.
To add interest I added a textured back with
an ARTplorations Flourish Stencil.
(A bit hard to see here)
My Birthday Sentiment is from Inspired by Stamping
cut with a MFT die inked with SU Calypsol Coral.

And a second one made as a Thank You to
Hilde for inviting me to join in the Celebrations.

I made this fairly cas to focus on the lovely 
floral spray. I coloured these with pearlized paints
then cut with a MFT stitched die.
The background was embossed with an old
Cuttlebug Folder. Added some light splatters
and the centre of the flowers were also inked again with the
white uniball pen then yellow Liquid Pearls.
Sentiment is from SU.
Finished by attaching to white card base.

Here are our Generous Sponsors.


and I made another one - this time from WhoopsidaisyDesigns

and a close up of the background with embossed glitter,
glitter bodice  and Nuvo Shimmer on the tu tu.
A ballerina has to have 'bling'
Pop over Here to see what the Dragonfly Guests
and Designers created for your pleasure.
Love to see your Birthday Celebrations in The Gallery.

Adding my top card to the
All About Occasions Challenge over at
Watercooler Wednesday

Thanks for dropping in today.

Wednesday 9 May 2018

It's Anything Goes at Addicted to Stamps and More

Hi and Welcome Back
Today's post is for the new challenge over at
It's our 

While I was visiting my BFF I used one of her
gazillion stamps and the one I used here
I just had to have. It is Hero Arts Leafy Vines
There are so many gorgeous ideas using this stamp
and I was so eager to try mine out I made a CAS Birthday Card.
I heat embossed in white and sponged 
Memento Sweet Plum & Lulu Lavender
onto the corners. I then simple die cut the
big Birthday Die my BFF sent me 
(she had a spare - lucky me)
I spritzed it all over with Iridescent Medium
and attached to my white card base.
That's it! Too easy.

Thanks for dropping in.
Hope to see you over in our Gallery.

A Special 'Thank You'

HI there Crafty Friends - it's time for a new challenge
over at Happy Little Stampers - 
Anything Goes with Dies Challenge!

I received this beautiful Die Versions Pretty Wings
  die from a very dear friend
and I loved putting it to a card. Thank You SS.
The background for this gorgeous die was made with
SU Calypsol Coral reinker and iridescent medium
on photo paper using scrunched cling wrap.
I cut the square SB dies showcasing the colours
in each corner. These were popped then I added 
my butterfly sponged with the medium
for shimmer and finished with a few pearls.
Sentiment is from 49andMarket.

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

How's that for inspiration. 

I am going to send this beauty over to
Shopping our Stash for their
Butterfly Challenge
where my butterfly die has been in my stash
for some time.

Thanks for popping in...
See you in the Gallery!

Tuesday 8 May 2018

'Love' from Me to You

Hello and Welcome.
It was a wet and dreary day here yesterday so I managed to
finish a card I had started for the latest challenge over at
CAS Mix Up to use Gelatos.
If you saw my first card you will see it was
a little different - well this one is
sooo very different again and something I had
never thought of  before. 
You see I wanted to add texture (again)
and thought I would try rubbing my gelatos
onto a gorgeous wide piece of lace - yes lace.
I liked what I saw and then thought I would add
a wee bit of shimmer. I glued the lace onto white card stock
with Gloss Gel Medium and 
added  Elizabeth Craft Cool Diamond Glitter.
I backed it with white card stock.
in gold metallic paper and topped it with
CUTplorations Love Word Die in a light Teal colour.
Sentiment is from STAMPlorations.
My Mix is - Gelatos, Gel Medium, Glitter, Lace,
Die Cutting and Stamping.

I am heading north at the end of the month 
to spend some time with our daughter and
going to see the Professional Bull Riding - 
I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea
but we are country folk and have been
involved with horses/cattle for a lot of years
so we are looking forward to it as well
a bit of drag racing!
Also catching up with 2 of our grandchildren.

So the next few weeks will be busy getting
DT posts scheduled and not a lot of time for
other challenges. I hope to make just a
CAS card the normal way with gelatos
before I head off. We'll see.

Thanks for dropping in today
Till next time - Cherrio from

'Wing' ing it at STAMPlorations

We are celebrating 31 days of Spring over at
We are back to our 5 Regular Challenges -
just a little different. We are all going with the same theme
Things with Wings!
and what better way to do it for me but with a
Butterfly and Flowers!

Check out All the Details HERE.

I started with -
My potted flowers and butterfly from the
Fluttery Stamp Set and Die
which were heat embossed with
Wow Metallic Platinum Embossing Powder
and coloured with Pearlescent Paints.
My background is a mixture of
Transparent Gloss Texture Paste and
Mont Marte Pearl White Acrylic Paint
thickly pasted with the
ARTplorations Shutters Stencil
Leaving that to dry I then cut out a tag from
CUTplorations Tags 1 Nesting Dies
with card stock to match the flowers and
tying a variegated piece of knotted cotton.
My sentiment was then inked with Tim's Worn Lipstick
and cut with a die from the same set.
I had added some yellow liquid pearls to the
centre of the flowers but wasn't happy with that
so while still wet I poured some tiny seeds on top.
The flower pot and butterfly are popped and
sentiment just slightly.

Here are the STAMPloration products used above.


There is always so much more to check out  over on
Our Blog  prizes to be won for commenting here and there
and of course joining in our Spring Happenings.

Don't forget you can get an extra 20% discount
on all the fabulous STAMPloration Products by using
my personal code - STAMPGIRLINA  

Thanks so much for dropping in today.

Monday 7 May 2018

Hello to 'Rainbow' Feathers

I'm back and this time playing over at
CAS Watercolour for their May Challenge
to use Rainbow Colours.
I have a few feather sets and this time decided on 
STAMPlorations Trendy Feathers 2.
I heat embossed them in clear powder then 
added rainbow coloured brusho's hoping
that they would still come out in true colours.
As most of you would know there are all sorts of
bit colours that appear as well. As luck would have it
my colours stayed true. Yay!
I then fussy cut them and brushed them with
Nuvo Glitter Gloss. These were popped after I
cut my back and splattered with
black/pearl white acrylic paint.
Finished with a simple Hello
from the same set and a few pearls.

That's it this time round. 
Thanks so much for dropping in.
Love reading your comments.

Sunday 6 May 2018

It's CAS Mix Up Challenge Time

Hi and Welcome!
It's a new month and the new challenge over at
CAS Mix Up is up and running.
I always find myself itching to try their
Monthly Mix and really excited to once more
play with my neglected gelatos.
Here is my first card
PS I was so eager to play with them
I even have anther one in the making 
 First of all my Mix is
Gelatos (of course) Stamping, Magicals and Die Cutting.
I wanted to do something out of the ordinary with 
my Gelatos so starting with a washed background
with Magicals adding shaved bits of different 
Gelato colours heating to melt
allowing them to bubble up for depth.

Here is a close up.

I added the smallest bits
of Stampendous Aged Copper Embossing Enamel
heating from underneath to also melt.
Added a little more interest by adding
some lines in the background.
I then cut out my MFT peek a boo die
and popped it in front.
Added the lovely Gina Maine floral flourish 
smooched with the same gelatos and the
middle piece to match the background.
To finish I added my sentiment from
Happy Little Stampers.

Hope you liked my take on the Gelatos/Crayon Challenge.
I sure had fun.
Thanks for dropping in.