31 July 2011

Watch out kids - Mummy is altering things again!

Good morning! How is your weekend going? I had a lovely afternoon out yesterday colouring with some local crafty girls. It was loads of fun! If you're reading this ladies - Hi!! (waving madly!).

I would like to share another altered project with you today :) But before I do, I was hopping around checkinng out some blogs last night and I stumbled across THIS BLOG. OMG - this kid is amazing! Please - go and check him out. What an inspiration. His Mum must be over the moon :) Such an adorable crafting buddy!

I'm on a bit of an altering rampage right now. I just love getting the paint out and mixing up some new glimmer mist and getting stuck into a new project. My kids better watch out, lol, stand still too long and Mummy might find a way of painting you and sticking a Maggie to ya too!

My project today is actually for Magnolia Down Under Challenges.  This week the challenge is BINGO! Woo hoo! So much fun. I used the line that included lace, chipboard and paint...

So this started out as a 6 inch square canvas. I gave it a couple of coats of white Gesso and while it was wet I put two layers of cheese cloth over it making sure the creases stayed and when dry I sprayed some DIY glimmer mist on it in Vitcorian Velvet :)

The paper doily has been scrunched then inked wtih Old Paper DI (the ink pad straight onto the doily). The chippie leaves and butterfly are both from Make it Crafty and the wooden Dress form is by Kaisercraft.

Just about everything else is from my stash.

There is a little wooden cotton reel on the side here and a decorative pin as well. The beautiful Tilda is Tilda with Big Bow. She is just lovely sitting on the gorgeous Boutique Window.

This lovely shabby flower is by Prima and the shoe charm has been sitting in my stash for a while waiting for just the right project.

Do you like the scrabble tiles? lol, nope, I didnt raid the games cupboard! They are from ebay. This pic shows the glimmered cheesecloth a bit better. I didnt plan this, but the tag on the dress form looks like a price tag, haha. Pure luck!

So there is my project for this week. I hope you like it! It was just a little thought that turned into something for me to hang in my craft room. I just love creating little treasures for myself hehehe.

I hope you get a chance to come and join us at MDUC this week!

I would like to enter the challenges at
Just Us Girls - Use Fabric on your project (I've used cheesecloth, lace, crochet doilies)

Thanks for your visit today :) Chat again soon!
Hugs xx

28 July 2011

Cute Card Thursday #175 - a sketch

Hi there bloggy friends! Are you ready for another fantastic Cute Card Thursday challenge? This week we have an awesome sketch by Lynn to play with. I just lurved it. It is one of those great sketches that you can do a lot with, its all up to your imagination.

I thought I'd ink up this gorgeous singing Tilda and mask her together with the piano. I've had both of these stamps for months and not used them - naughty naughty ;) So it was a great opportunity to have a bit of a play with them.

The papers are Melissa Frances. They are just gorgeous. The amazing flowers are of course Wild Orchid Crafts: Ivory Flat Gardenias (these are my all time favourite!), deep ivory Cherry Blossoms and 10 mm open roses in Autum Gold - isn't that the prettiest colour?

The images are coloured with Copics and everything else is from my stash :)

I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week! We are sponsored by Kraftin Kimmie stamps so the prize is just awesome :)

Enjoy the rest of your week, chat again soon,
Hugs xx

25 July 2011

The Shabby Tea Room GDT

Hi there everyone! Its Monday again! I am really excited to share my project today. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to win a challenge at The Shabby Tea Room and was asked to be a Guest Designer for this week :) I was over the moon. Of course I said a big YES!

The challenge this week is... "Relax and Enjoy" with a colour combo - Pink, Yellow and Green. To help get your creative juices flowing there is a great photo for inspiration...

So! This is what I have created:

Miss Tilda looks fairly relaxed doesn't she? The papers are a bit of a mix... There is a little bit of MME (the green), some Basic Grey (pink) and the sweet white and yellow is Sassafrass Lass. It was a given that I would use a Magnolia stamp for my card, lol. This one in particular I have to check to see what her name is. She was a little giftie from my friend Kellie.  The sentiment is also Magnolia. One of my favourites.

There is a heap of Wild Orchid Crafts products on my card as well...
I just love playing with The Shabby Tea Room challenge. If you have a moment, hop on over and check out what the DT girls have created to share with you, they never fail to amaze.

I would like to enter my card into Cupcake Crafts challenge - Shabby Sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by :) Chat again soon!
Hugs xx

Wild Orchid Crafts Christmas in July party candy winner!

Hi there everyone!

It is time to announce the winner of my Wild Orchid Crafts Christmas in July party winnner! Well.. actually... I am a teeny bit late (sorry).... so without further delay... the winner is....

Congratulations Hunny! Could you please email your postal address to me so I can forward it to Wild Orchid Crafts to send out your fabby prize :)

I just want to take the opporunity to thank everyone who left me a comment and also Wild Orchid Crafts for their amazing genorisity :)

Have a great day everyone,
Hugs xx

24 July 2011

MDUC #106: Paper Tole or 3D

Hello again my friends :o) Thank you so much for visiting me today. Are you having a terrific weekend?  We travelled down to visit my parents at the coast yesterday. It was fantastic to leave chilly Canberra for a few hours and thaw out! It was almost tropical at the coast, 15 degrees C! haha.

My card today is for Magnolia Down Under Challenges. The challenge at MDUC this week is Paper Tole or 3D. I chose to paper tole my adorable little Tilda in Bunny Slippers. I have only recently acquired this beautiful little stamp and I thought she was a nice simple stamp to attempt to paper tole.

I cut my card using my new Marianne Design die and the beautiful pink checked paper is by Magnolia. I just adore Magnolia papers, the texture and quality is beautiful.

Here is a better picture of the paper tole:

Tilda's little bow, frilly pants and bunny slippers are all covered in stickles to sparkle and all of the edges are distressed and inked in Antique Linen DI. Tilda is coloured with my beloved Copic markers. There is a little bit of cheese cloth added to soften the card and some ric rak as well. For some reason I always think of ric rac when I make a baby card :)

The flowers and seam binding are both from Wild Orchid Crafts (Seam binding ribbon - peach, 25mm baby pink open rose, 15mm Ivory open roses, 5mm baby pink closed rose buds).

I had a great time making this card. I really enjoyed slowing down a little bit and colouring up multiples of my image to create something really special. Now I just have to wait for someone to have a baby girl so I can give it away!

We would love for you to join us at MDUC this week and try some paper tole. There are some links on the blog to some fabby tutorials and blogs to see some amazing examples, not to mention the amazing work of our DT. We also have a DT call on currently if you would like to add yourself to the linky ;)

I would like to enter little miss Bunny Slippers into some challenges:

Thanks for visiting me today! I hope to see you around in blog land again soon,
Hugs xx

23 July 2011

Pink Ink Sketch Challenges #2

{If you are looking for my Wild Orchid Crafts Christmas in July party post, please click ----> HERE}

It is time for our next challenge at Pink INK Sketch Challenges!! This fortnight we are being sponsored by Tickled Pink Stamps and Kellie has created a terrific sketch for us to play with.

I took the opportunity to ink up these adorable Magnolia twins and cut into this beautiful Websters Pages I received for my birthday from my very lovely friend Stephanne.

I thought the sketch lent itself to a step card well so tried out one of these again. The beautiful organza rose trim is from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I did some fussy cutting of the papers as I just couldnt cover them up! They are just too gorgeous.

The Magnolia Doo Hickey fence is hiding in behind the embellishements too. I finally made use of the large Dragon Fly doo hickey and also the beautiful new tag. The little white resin lock is by Melissa Francis.

I've watercoloured the twins. But don't worry! My Copics have not been abandoned... there will be a card posted on Sunday where I coloured the image with my beloved markers.

All of the edges are inked with DI Old Paper and Walnut stain. I hope you get a chance to come over and play along with us at Pink INK Sketch Challenges this fortnight. The sketch is great and the prize is even better ;) We'd love to see what you create to share with us.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend.
Hugs Kylie

22 July 2011

Wild Orchid Crafts Christmas in July

Gosh - Is it Friday already? Gosh! And that also means that it is day 5 of the Wild Orchid Crafts and Lili of the Valley Christmas in July celebration!

For my project today I have used one of the gorgeous new Lili Of the Valley Christmas stamps "Make it Festive" and made a Shaker Ornament.

Shaker Ornament:
To make your shaker ornament you will need:
  • Patterned paper for the back
  • Patterned paper for the front
  • Heavy cardstock for reinforcing your paper
  • Acetate sheet
  • German Glass Glitter
  • Coloured image
  • Foam tape
  • Adhesive
  • Embellishments from Wild Orchid Crafts
1. Colour your image and choose the dies you wish to use. You will need a nestie (or other die) large enough to fit another nestie inside with a boarder of 1/4 inch. I have used Large Classic Ovals and Labels 18.

2. To give your shaker ornament a bit more stability, adhere the patterened paper to some heavy cardstock. Do this with the rear of the ornament as well as the front.
3. Cut your 'window' with your oval nestie and line up your label nestie over the cut piece so you have a border large enough to attach foam tape later on. I like to have 1/4 inch.
4. Use your shaped nestie to cut around your coloured image and adhere this to your backing piece.
5. Cut a piece of acetate with the shaped nestie as well
6. Adhere the acetate shape to the back of the front of the frame to create a window
7. Attach some foam tape around the frame, being careful that you have no gaps for the glitter to fall out but also so you can't see the foam tape from the front of the window section

Now the fun part :)
8. Pour about 2 teaspoons of German Glass Glitter into the window. I have used 'silver'.

9.  Then remove the tape backing and attach the coloured image to the window,carefully lining up the corners.
10. Your shaker ornament is now coming together...
11. If you like a vintage look, ink the edges with some distress stain.

12. Then add some Seam binding "Oloroso", 20mm Open Roses in Deep red, 10 mm Open Roses in Cream and 5mm closed rose buds in Red roses, Holly leaves and charm to your shaker ornament.
And the finished Ornament

Now... it just wouldn't be a Christmas celebration without some pressies now would it? Wild Orchid crafts are offering this gorgeous gift. If you would like to win these gorgeous goodies in the photo below... just leave me a comment before July 24th to be in the running. 

I would like to enter these challenges:

Thanks for visiting me today and I'll be back a bit later on with something else to share,

21 July 2011

Whiff of Joy Challenges!

It is Whiff of Joy Challenge time again!  This fortnight we have a sketch to play with... by me. And I have to admit... I really struggled with it! OMG. Isn't that always the way, lol?

I ended up colouring up one of the gorgeous stamps from the Spring kit and cutting into some pretty Melissa Francis papers. Everything is inked and stitched. The flowers are a combo of Magnolia and Kaisercraft.

I hope you will have time to come and join us at Whiff of Joy challenges this fortnight and play aloong with the sketch.

Have a great day!
Hugs xx

19 July 2011

TOMIC Challenge #7

Hi hi :) It is time for another challenge at TOMIC.  This week we are looking for a NAUTICAL themed project.

This was a fantastic excuse for me to ink up one of my very much neglected stamps from the Bon Voyage collection from 2010.

To keep with the Nautical theme, I've used red white and blue Magnolia papers and some cheese cloth (my netting, lol) and raffia.

The inside is also finished off with the same theme with the adorable little Pelican sitting there.

Tilda's anchor is coated with some German glass glitter in silver and although the pics don't really show it all too well, it is gorgeous IRL. I've done a teeny bit of distressing with some inking and paint.

I hope you have time to play along with us over at TOMIC this week :) We'd love to see what you create for us!

The gorgeous embellishments are all Wild Orchid Crafts:
Large Flat Gardenias
25mm Wild Roses
10 mm Open Roses
Paper Doilies
Large Filigree Silver Corners
Small Filigree Silver Corners
Raffia Ribbon in Caramel
Natural Cotton Lace

That is quite the list of yummy embellishments isn't it? Why shop anywhere else for your flowers and trims?

Hugs xx

18 July 2011

Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge - A Sketch with a twist!

Hi there everyone... how is Monday treating your so far? Hmm... well, it was raining here today, but of course that meant that it wasn't quite so cold! See, always a silver lining to any cloud :)

My card today is for the Wild Orchid Crafts Challenge - this fortnight the challenge is a Sketch with a theme - Birthday! Wild Orchid Crafts are one year old! Woohoo!

I inked up a favourite Tilda - Ribbon Hair Tilda for my card but I don't have many sentiements and I wanted something more than just "Happy Birthday" ... so I made my own and printed it out onto some patterned paper, then put it in a shaker using some of Wild Orchid Crafts new German Glass Glitter in Silver.  The pretty lace behind Tilda is a paper doily that I've pleated.

Little Tilda is perched up on the postage shape chippie shaker which is painted in Distress Crackle paint, Tattered Rose. The card is embellished with Silver Corners, both large and small, new WOC Silk Ribbon (OMG this stuff is amazing) and loads of roses - 25mm Wild Rose, 20 mm open rose, 10 mm open rose and some of the new Tulips. Too cute!  Oh - there is also some pretty cotton lace hiding in there too :)

The papers are Girls Paperie. Love them too.

I would love to enter my card into some challenges:

17 July 2011

Creating a bit of a scene :)

Good morning! I hope your weekend is going well. We are in the middle of a very relaxing weekend where we haven't done very much at all. I love these weekends after a busy week. Mind you, considering I am a SAHM, I think if we did this every weekend I might go a teeny bit nuts, but every so often it is great to just do nothing.

So... my little project that I am sharing with you today.... I'm not going to mince words here - I absolutely, 100%, unashamedly stole this idea off my good bloggie buddy, the very talented and lovely Ms Jane. When I saw her altered jar in her post HERE I thought to myself - I wanna do that. hehehe. So sorry Jane, I copied, I am a copy cat ;) But thank you for the inspiration Hunny! haha.

The challenge this week at Magnolia Down Under Challenges is to "Create a scene" - hence my title ;) I thought Jane's jar idea was a fantastic way to show off a few gorgeous little Tildas and some garden scenery.  The two cuties above are new to me. They were a giftie from my good friend Kellie :) Thanks Hun, I inked them up as fast as I could!

So the other night we had spagetti bol, I saved my jar from my tomato base and gave it a good wash. The jar is a strange shape, it is tapered towards the top so I thought it would give my little project a fun edge... but it just turned out to be a bit of a pain to decorate :S I gave the jar a bit of a shabby look with some gesso first then wrapped some cheesecloth around it, cut my strip of pretty Prima paper and punched and inked the edges and stuck it over the cheesecloth and got to work choosing my Tilda's

I stamped the cute flowers all around the patterned paper and water coloured them. I was surprised how well that worked. I've only ever coloured on patterned paper with Copics before so this was just a but if an experiment. There are 5 different Tilda's from various collections and of course, it wouldn't be complete without one of Tilda's little birdies :)
My original idea for my jar was to store my watercolouring brushes... but now its finished, I don't know... I am considering using it as a little vase in my family area for a posy of roses or even for a small indoor plant, even though I am a bit of a failure at indoor plants haha, I might try and find a fake one.

So! There you have it. My altered jar. Thanks again Jane for the awesome inspiration. I think I want a couple more of these :) I'll have to start saving my jars in all different sizes.

I would like to enter my jar into some challenges too....

Thanks for your visit. I will be back tomorrow with something else to share :)
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

15 July 2011

Teddy Bea swinging by for a Happy Birthday

Oh! Is it Friday already? Wow, where did the week go? We have had a really quiet day today. It was lovely. The sun is shining and the kids are laughing, what more can you ask for?

My card today is a DT card for The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges mid month reminder... This month the challenge is "Get Punchy" and we are sponsored by Robins Fetish.

I decided to make a Napkin card (love these!) and printed this adorable Teddy Bea that I have had since February. Isn't that terrible? My new printer seems to be printing out my digis really well too - what a relief! I had so much trouble with my old printer and digis.

I punched around the card with my MS "Cherish" PATP set. The papers are Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden. They are so pretty! Not that you can see them much with the card closed ;)

This is the inside of the card. All of the patterened paper edges are inked with Walnut stain and the kraft cs is inked with Old Paper. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts - 2 tone baby pink flat gardenias, 25mm wild roses, 20 mm Open Roses in cream and  baby pink,  and 10mm open roses in gold, and there is a little antique bronze butterfly there too.

The inside flat has a pretty lace doily to decorate and the sentiment is one I made myself in photoshop.

And the finished rear of the card. Did you notice anything different about my card at all?  No sewing! OMG! hahaha. Its just too hard to sew napkin cards neatly.

You have until the end of the month to join us at The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges and with fantastic prizes up for grabs from Robyns Fetish you don't want to miss out!

I would like to enter my card into some challenges:
The Teddy Bo Challenge - Teddy Bea only
Anything Goes Challenges - More than one fold
By The Cute and the Girly - Things with Wings
Craft Your Days Away - Fancy Folds
Crafty Catz - A Vintage Look
Paperplay - Things with Wings
Stampavie and More - Birthdays
Stampin for the Weekend - things with Wings
Stamps wtih Fun = Creativity - Lace
Thanks for checking out my card today. I hope to be back on Sunday with something to share with you for MDUC but I haven't started just yet so ... lets just cross our fingers.

Have a great weekend,
Hugs xx