Thursday, February 26, 2015


 This week I decided to make my nephew his birthday card since he is turning 15 it can be somewhat of a challenge to make a 'teenage' card especially for a boy ... so Paper Smooches has a great stamp set called teen routine and that is absolutely perfect for him ... but once he sees this card the first (among many!) things he will say is that "a play station console doesn't connect to a tablet like you have on this card, it is impossible" and then my reply to that would be something along the lines of "in MY craft world it does!"
So being the Aunty that has the sarcastic sense of humour (he is finally coming of age to understand and also retort back to this sense of humour of mine!) I made this card with him in mind and there is a little story behind it ... one day while driving him to his mates place he is chatting away about anything and everything and he accuses me of having an OCD and I laugh and ask what does he mean ... he says I have an 'organisational compulsive disorder' and that I like everything exact ... so giggling away I say  no the OCD stands for 'obsessive CRAFT disorder' and so we begin to say what everyone in the family has ... so according to him Nana and another Aunty have OSD - obsessive STRESS disorder, Grandad has OPBD - obsessive PLASTIC BAG disorder!  and so we come to him and I say he has OPD - obsessive PEST disorder!  and he laughs and thinks that is just so right and him! his pet name is Pest from the New Zealand movie Boy which we watched with him one day and the lead character calls one of his siblings Pest and so we adopted that name for him!
So finally here is the card ...
 I have diecut inlay the Obsessive Pest Disorder so that it is flush with the light blue patterned paper and here is a close up of the incorrect connection between the console and tablet!
to connect the 2 I used a ball and chain.
I have followed this weeks sketch from Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge
 the colours have been inspired by this months photo inspiration challenge over at Scrapbook Boutique
I have made is a birthday card for this weeks Creative Card Crew challenge #81 and I would also like to enter it for The Pink Elephant challenge blog - anything goes.
materials - Kaisercraft scarlet cardstock; Echo Park now and then papers; Paper Smooches teen routine and alphadot stamps; Versafine onyx black ink; Paper Smooches wise dies - alphawhimsy; ball and chain; Ranger glossy accents; Queen & Co. red pearls.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

a thankyou card

Gosh I must be on a roll ... another card today this time a thankyou card for the wonderful hospital team that is looking after my mum at the moment.
 here is a close up of the background that I stamped using Paper Smooches 'botancial flowers' set - I used the dandelion flower (minus the stem) and randomly stamped a white cardstock with various inks.
 The card is based on Retro Sketches #152
 and the colour inspiration came from this weeks photo inspiration from Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge blog
materials used - AC black cardstock, smooth white cardstock; a variety of papers from Lawn Fawn and Echo Park; Versa Color parika, peony and pink inks, Versafine onyx black ink; Paper Smooches botanicals, alphadot and banner stamp sets; Memory box feather dies, Scorpal; charcoal twine.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Get well card

Hello there, it has been quite a while since I have posted on this blog ... and it has also been a while since I have made a card!  After spending the bulk of last year travelling around Australia and my mother being diagnosed with ovarian cancer towards the later part of 2014 and then going over to NZ to see her through her chemo and operation ... I feel I can get back to my hobby now that all seems to be settled!
So to begin with I decided to do a get well card for her to give her hospital room a little colour!
 and a close up of the little cute animals from Newtons Nook Designs 'hanging around' set and also my little sign hanging off the fence ...
To start my first card for about 4 months I wanted to use a very simple sketch and the one from Feeling Sketchy 114 was perfect ... I rotated the sketch 90 degrees ...

Choosing the colours for this card was easy - kraft and orange with splashes of brown ... very earthy and I love orange!  So this was perfect for the challenge over at Top Tip Tuesday - favourite colour combo.  I would also like to enter it for the anything goes challenge over at Party Time Tuesday 
materials used - Bazzill kraft; Lawn Fawn 'into the woods' paper; Newtons Nook designs 'hanging around' and Paper Smooches 'alphadot' stamp sets; Versafine onyx black, Versacolour brown inks; MFT fence die; rafia.
Thanks for looking at my card. 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Celebrate Christmas

Hi all, it is Monday and I have left it to the last minute to create a card using this weeks sketch from Mojo Monday #366!
 It is an easy sketch to use and I have used a candle diecut for my main feature ...
here is a close up of the candles and holly leaf
materials - Kaisercraft spearmint and slice cardstock; MME 'Mistletoe Magic' papers; Cottage Cutz petite candle diecut; Spellbinders oval nesties; Die-versions merry christmas wordlet; The Crafts Meow 'celebrate your inner elf' stamps; Versafine onyx black ink.
Thanks for looking and enjoy the rest of the week.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Holidays

So after a 6 month absence from the craft room (due to travelling!) I was excited that I managed my first card (in the previous post below) that I thought I would give the simple sketch from Sketch Saturday #327 a go ...

I love this sketch it is very versatile - I have rotated it 90 degrees and enlongated it.
materials - Kaisercraft cardstock - spearmint, licorice; My Minds Eye mistletoe magic papers; American Crafts chipboard thickers; MFT wonky border and christmas decorations dies; Hero Arts sayings stamps; Versafine onyx ink.
Thanks for looking.

Celebrate your inner elf

I have just had a 6 month break from the craft room (travelling around!) and it is very daunting sitting at the craft desk making a card when you are a little out of practice.  I thought I would try a little paper piecing to get my eye back in.
I followed the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch #92 ...
and have based the colours on this months challege at Scrapbook Boutique blog 
materials used - Kaisercraft Cardstock - spearmint, cherry; Stamps - The Crafts Meow 'inner elf'; Versafine onyx ink; Kaisercraft silver rhinestones; silver cord; split rings.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Just a note ...

'Allo, 'allo, 'allo :)  It has been a while since I last posted (beginning of December!)  Since then Christmas and New Years has been and gone and now looking at the date we are already half way through January.
Today I have a clean and simple card to share with you,  it is stinking hot here in Melbourne, if you are watching the tennis the poor athletes are suffering in the 40 degrees plus temperatures and I have to admit that I did suffer that type of heat making this card in my craft room!  It gets the hot afternoon sun so I sort of quickly made it and got out of there and have come to the lounge where the air conditioner is to post it on my blog.  Personally I don't mind the heat wave we are going through at the moment.
The clean and simple card is for Top Tip Tuesday - CAS, I have followed the sketch from Annabelle Stamps (AC175) and have used the recipe from The Pink Elephant - 2 patterned papers, 1 border die/punch and 1 heart.
 here is my card ...

not sure where the heart stamp is from (I found it buried at them bottom of my stamp collection!), the butterfly and title is from Annabelle Stamps 'cherry blossom' stamp set.
materials - vanilla cardstock, Core 'dinations sunflower cardstock, Kaisercraft duck egg cardstock; Pink Paislee 'prairie hill' papers; Annabelle stamps 'cherry blossom' stamp set, heart ???; Versafine onyx black ink; MFT mini tab quartet and notebook edge dies.
Have a lovely afternoon everyone and don't suffer too much with the heat ... me I am going to have a game or 2 of 'rummykub' - I learnt this game while on Pitcairn Island and became addicted to it (a bit like the card game gin rummy but with tiles) so Neil bought me it at Xmas ... so far I have gone from minus 189 points to only minus 25 but now I am back at minus 69 points ... I need to concentrate more!