30 October 2011

Shhhh!! It's a Secret!

Hey! It is Sunday! Yay! OMgoodness - we are so tired today! We had another big day yesterday cleaning and tidying the house for the exhibition... yup... still waiting for someone to make an offer to buy it. Sigh. But no complaining - it is only week three :o) 

There is a new challenge up at MDUC today! This week we are sponsored by Tickled Pink Stamps and the challenge is... "Shh - Its a Secret!" - we want you to hide something in your creation... sounds like fun doesn't  it? I know I initially had trouble coming up with an idea but I was looking around for some interesting tutorials and found one on Stampartic... for this.....

Please excuse the dodgy paint on the door :S I was experimenting, trying to give the door a bit of a shabby look and it backfired, lol. I need to get some of the Copic Opaque White. I think that would make a big difference. 

So this is what my little project looks like when it is opened out...yeah, I went a bit Doo Hickey mad :o)

Fun yeah? I thought so. The pocket is secured into the folder with a brad and there is a tag in the pocket. It was heaps of fun to make. I think I'll be doing another one soon. 

And here is little Edwin. He is just adorable bringing home his basket of apples and gift for Tilda.  

All of my embellishments are from Wild Orchid Crafts and all images are coloured with Copics.  The papers are all by Magnolia. 

I hope you get a chance to come and play at MDUC this week - I can't wait to see what you come up with to hide in your creations!

I would like to enter some challenges too...

Also - I am still selling some cards on Ebay to raise money for Breast Cancer. 50% off all money will be donated to The National Breast Cancer fund.   There is a link in my sidebar to my store. 

I thought I'd finish up today and show you some photos of our back yard. I just love the trees all in bloom.

I hope you have a great weekend. 
I'll be back tomorrow with something else ;) Until then - Hugs from me x

29 October 2011

Pink {INK} Sketches! "Sisters" Layout

Hi there everyone! It is the weekend again - woohoo! Its a bit wet here today so I think we'll be inside for the bulk of the day. 

There is a new sketch up today at Pink (INK) Sketches!  This time Natalie is hosting and she has created a great sketch to get busy with.  I felt like doing a scrap layout. I have my Scrapbook Nook September kit calling out to me - it has some of the most amazing Crate Paper pieces in it. 

The photo is of myself and my sister in 1980 (showing my age now!). We are 21 months apart (I'm the youngest) and when I look at the photo I can see such amazing similarities between my sister and I in this photo, and my two little boys. They are becoming such great little buddies, it warms my heart to know they are going to have each other throughout childhood, just like I had my sister.

Crate Paper - Random - Paper and "standouts"
Orange Carnations - Wild Orchid Crafts
Websters Designer Threads and Push pin
Jillibean Soup Twill tape and Journalling spot
Alphas - American Crafts
Paper doily - cut with Magnolia Doo Hickey die
Beige lace - Kaistercraft
White lace - vintage from my stash

We would love if you had a chance to join us at Pink INK this fortnight. Natalie has arranged In2Stamps to sponsor the challenge with a fantastic prize so it is definitely worth a go!

I hope to be back tomorrow with my card to share for MDUC... but I'm not finished it yet, lol, so fingers crossed I'll be on time!

Hugs x

26 October 2011

A Sympathy card

Hi everyone. I hope your Wednesday is treating you well. 

I really don't know what to write today. Yesterday I heard some heart breaking news from a blogging friend, her 2 month old granddaughter passed away to SIDS. As a mother, I just cannot even begin to understand the grief her daughter and entire family must be going through right now. It is just devastating. It is something no parent should ever have to endure.   

Not really knowing what words to say I ended up sitting and making a sympathy card. My first ever. And hopefully I will not have to make another one anytime soon. 

My friend is a Maggie fan so I wanted to make a card using a Magnolia stamp, I thought this sweet little "Wrapped Violet" was perfect.

I won't go into too many details about the card today. If you happen to know the person in question (and I know some of you do), maybe you would like to send her a card as well. Feel free to contact me if you require address details.

I'll be back a bit later in the week.
Until then, take care
Hugs xx

24 October 2011

Wild Orchid Challenge - Santa Claus is coming to Town!

Yup - it is getting closer!! Christmas is coming - the most wonderful time of the year :)  And there is a new challenge up at Wild Orchid Challenges today - Santa Claus is coming to Town!  Yup - we want to see Santa on all of your creations. 

I thought I would decorate a paper bag and got out my Santa stamp from the Magnolia "Santa 2008" Collection.  The papers are Kaisercraft from last year and the sentiment is also Magnolia. 

I've used loads of gorgeous Wild Orchid Crafts goodies too..... 
30mm White Wild Roses  (which are on special at the moment - go and grab a bargain!)

All of the edges are distressed and stitched together. Unfortunately when I added the stickles the red copic in ran! I've never ever had this issue before so I wonder what happened this time? Very strange.

I would like to enter my bag into Shop Bron's new challenge - Maggie Lovers Challenge which is Christmas using Red and Brown or Pink and Brown

Also - Shop Bron has a fantastic new Magnolia stamp out - I am sure you will just love to get your hands on it... it is designed by Pauline exclusively for Shop Bron and is it just adorable! My I introduce to you -

Koala Cuddles Tilda

For each stamp sold, $1 will be donated to Save the Koala Fund. Just in case you needed convincing you needed her, lol.  Click on over to Shop Bron to grab yours!

Thanks for your visit. I can't wait to see what you create for WOC Challenge.
Until later, Hugs from Me xx

Scrap layout....

Hi everyone! I wanted to share with you a scrap layout that I made using some of the amazing products that Wild Orchid Crafts stock. 

The cheesy photo was taken when Jeroen and I were in Holland on a bus tour and we had only been married a few months. It was an amazing trip and we saw so much of Holland and Belgium. It was just fantastic. One day we will come back, I am itching to show the boys around and absorb some more history! Australia is a fairly young country in terms of actual written history so it is just wonderful to visit Europe and see things we don't normally see here.

Wild Orchid Crafts items used in my layout are:
Paper doily

The tag is from The Kraft Outlet and the crochet lace was a gift from some bloggy friends. I cut the frame around the photo using Nestie dies and some white corrugated board that I saved from packaging and then painted with Tattered Rose crackle paint.   The background on the cardstock was sprayed with home made glimmer mist and a Prima mask, then stamped with a Prima script stamp.

I would like to enter my layout in Bird is the Word challenge - Wish

See you back a bit later,
thanks for visiting me!
Hugs x

23 October 2011

Getting Punchy

Hi there friends. I hope you are all having the best weekend. 

There is a new challenge at Magnolia Down Under today and this week we are asking you to get out your punches and dies and Get Punchy!

I took the opportunity to ink up one of the new lovely Sweet Christmas Dreams cuties, Ribbon Tilda. She is too cute! But I must admit, I love them all.

The papers are Pion Design. So warm and Christmassy, I can almost smell the cinnamon!

The lovely flowers are a combo of die cut with Doo Hickey dies and Wild Orchid Crafts.

One final pic so you can see the layers. This card is a bit 3D in some areas.

Wee Memories - Free for all
Fab n Funky - Distressed or Torn
Totally Papercrafts - Layer upon Layer

Thanks so much for your visit today! I'll be back tomorrow with something else to share :o)
Enjoy the rest off your weekend!
Hugs xx

22 October 2011

A Special Tilda for a special cause

Hi there, back again...
I just want to tell everyone about a special and exclusive Tilda stamp designed by Pauline for Creashop Duymelot. This is Raining Hearts Tilda.   

The owner of Creashop Duymelot, Astrid, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  She and her wonderful husband Kees are donating 2 Euro from each stamp sale to Pink Ribbon. I couldn't think of a better reason to buy this adorable stamp. 

When Astrid advised Magnolia of her health, they kindly donated 500 Euro to the Swedish Cancer Foundation. I couldn't be prouder to be on the Magnolia DT right now. 

I encourage everyone to head over to Creashop Duymelot to grab one of these adorable stamps for yourselves and smile each time you create with her that you've helped someone. 

Have a great weekend,

A new and Exciting Magnolia Blog Challenge Starting Soon

Bron from Shop Bron is starting a new Magnolia Challenge called Maggie Lovers Challenge Blog!! WHOOHOOOO anyway to help celebrate, Bron is going to give away some Magnolia Stamps from the newest Christmas Collection.. OMGOSH how cool is that!! All you need to do is become a follower of the new Challenge....HERE..... Oh Boy can't wait for it to start:-)

If you would like some more information, then check out Bron's Blog HERE.......

17 October 2011

MDUC - Eulanda's Sketch

Hi there! What do you have planned this sunny Monday? My boys are all excited as we are heading off to the airport later on to collect their grandparents from a 3 month trip to Holland. Three months is a very long time when you are little and the boys have grown and changed so much. It will be a lovely reunion. On top of that, my little cuties are very big fans of planes so they will be all hyper about visiting the airport without the added bonus of Oma and Opa returning home. 

There is a new challenge up at MDUC and this week we have a fantastic sketch to share with you by the very talented Eulanda! It is her first sketch so please try and play along :o)  As usual the DT have created amazing pieces to share with you. I just adore this DT - not only are they the best group of ladies, they are so talented. 

I pulled out my scalloped Grand Nesties to cut my card base and cut into some beautiful Prima "Printery" papers. They are just gorgeous.   This little cutie pie is Tilda with Lace Jeans and she is from the Butterfly Wishes Collection.

I have sanded all of the paper edges instead of using a distressing tool, just for a little change. The amazing flowers are all Wild Orchid Crafts, as is the gorgeous pearl brad.

Some challenge to enter for this little cutie are:
Bunny Zoes - Lace it up
Craft Your Passions - A card for any occassion
Just Magnolia - Distressing

This weekend we had our house open for exhibition for the first time. Gosh, these last few weeks, we have worked so hard to get things up to scratch. We had a lot of people here looking too so we hope to have an offer in soon... fingers crossed.... My family and I are very much looking forward to our "tree change" and rural lifestyle. We went for a drive out to the property while the house was on exhibition and the neighbor had his 5 alpacas in the paddock near the driveway all freshly shorn. They look so cute and funny with their fluffy feet and heads.

Anyway, I'll keep you posted on the progress of the sale! Its all nerves here.

Don't forget my card auction on Ebay to raise money for The National Breast Cancer Foundation. There is a link in the left sidebar.

I hope you enjoy your Monday! Chat soon friends,
Hugs K xx

16 October 2011

Pink {INK} Ann's Sketch

Hi there everyone! OMG - I am sooo running late. We have had a very busy weekend with lots going on, all good and promising, but it didn't really allow time for blogging! I'm so sorry for neglecting you, dear blog. I am back now an I actually have two posts to share with you.... I'll save one until tomorrow.

This card is for Pink {INK} Sketches. We had a new challenge go up and this time it is gorgeous Ann's turn to host the challenge. She designed a lovely sketch to play with so please head on over and check it out.

I thought I'd have a go watercolouring again. Its been a little while :) So here is my card using Ann's sketch. I've used the new Prima paper pad "Alla-Prima".

If you would like to enter my card (see sidebar) there is still a week to go.  I am also auctioning off some of my cards on ebay with 50% of the proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation, so if you would like to bid on one, the link is also in my sidebar. This card will be added to the auction soon :o)

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. I'll be back tomorrow to chat about my MDUC card and fill you in on my weekend.

Until then, big hugs xx

12 October 2011

Sweet Christmas Dreams - Tilda with Snow Heart

Woohooo! New stamps arrived in my mail box yesterday and I couldn't wait to get inky with them. I have just adored this cutie since I first saw her so I was so happy when she appeared as surprise mail. She is Tilda with Snow Heart. 

This gorgeous collection is available for pre order right NOW so if you are in Australia, check out Tickled Pink Stamps or Shop Bron for your favourites. 

The pile of hearts next to her is probably not intended to be used with her, it is a stamp from one of the valentines collections, but I thought it would look cute as a little pile of heart snow balls. The papers are by Magnolia as well, and I've used some doo hickey dies to cut the snowflake, flourish and flower.

The gorgeous brads, bell, cherry blossom and lily are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Some challenges to enter are:
One Stop Craft - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Get in Shape
Stamptacular Sunday - So Distressing
Truly Scrumptious - Distressing
Anything Goes - Punches, Dies or both
Fab n Funky - Die cuts or Punches
Fun with Shapes - Shabby or Vintage

Thanks for your visit today :o) Enjoy the rest of your week,
Hugs Kylie x

11 October 2011

Wild Orchid Challenges - Christmas Fun

It is time for a new challenge over at Wild Orchid Challenges!  This fortnight the challenge is "Christmas Fun".  There is also a new challenge up over at the TOMIC blog and we are looking for "Magnolia Forever" - use a sitting Tilda or Edwin and doo hickey dies.

I inked up this adorable Tilda from last year's collection and sat her on a doo hickey branch. The edge is also punched with a doo hickey die. The cute little "Bull finch"is from the 2009 So Jolly Collection. I'm not too sure which collection the ticket stamp is from, but it is Magnolia too. 

All of the gorgeous embellishments are WOC - including those cute moonstone brads. They come in three sizes and also in pearls, and you can find them HERE.

The papers are Memory Box "Mistletoe".

So that is it from me today... I'm actually a day late, sorry! But I'll be back with something else to share a bit later in the week.  My Magnolia stamp club arrived today so I hope to ink one of these cuties up sooner rather than later!

Thanks for visiting me, don't forget to enter my candy (see left sidebar) or bid on one of my cards to raise money for Breast Cancer (also left sidebar).

Hugs xx

09 October 2011

Fortnightly Candy #3

Happy there everyone!

As promised, here is the third of eight fortnightly candies for you. This little package contains:
  • Helz Cuppleditch Cardmaking kit (just adorable and includes loads of goodies)
  • Kaiserdraft Tiny Alphas in white
  • Imaginisce  Clear stamp Pumpkin
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamp, Grid
  • Prima Botanica Rub ons

To win... all you have to do is:
  1. Add your name to the linky below
  2. Post a pick on your blog sidebar with a link back to this post
  3. Become a follower if you are not already
You can enter each week (so two entries per candy).
The winner will be posted on my when I advertise the next candy on 22nd of October.

Thank you so much for your support!
Hugs Kylie xx

Candy #2 winner!

Hi Everyone, 
So sorry I am a little bit late here with my winner's post... but I would love to congratulate...

Well done Kyriakoula! 
Could you please EMAIL me with you address and I will post your goodies out to you.  

I'll be back in a minute with candy #3 so don't go too far!

Thanks for stopping by,

Happy Birthday Tickled Pink Stamps!

WELCOME to my Tickled Pink Stamps **Guest** Birthday post!  I am so happy to be able to join Kellie and the Pink Ladies for the big 2nd birthday bash.

This is TPS's 2nd birthday and what better way to celebrate than with gorgeous little birthday party girls?  

These gorgeous Lil Party Pinkette girls are illustrated by Stephanie Corfee.  This is a mini release of 4 images and they are ALL ready for a party....

I have Pinkette Pippa here to share with you today. She is all dressed up and ready to party with her pretty glittery party dress.

I've used my Marianne Creatables die to cut the card shape and Prima papers. I loooove Prima. The flowers and lace are Wild Orchid Crafts.

Here is a close up of little Pippa. She is so cute! And a darling to colour. 

***This card will be added to my Ebay auction to help raise money for Breast Cancer***

So head on over to the Tickled Pink Stamps blog to check out this little cutie pie and to see what the rest of the girls created.

Hugs x

06 October 2011

Buy a card for Breast Cancer

Hi there everyone!
I thought I would just pop in and mention that I have listed some cards for sale on ebay.

You can find my ebay listings by clicking on the ebay logo below....I've only listed a few so far but will be adding more as the days go on. 

As it is October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 50% of the proceeds of the auctions will be donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.... I'll update you as the month goes on.

Thanks for checking in with me. I'll have a card to share with you in the coming days for a very special occasion which will also be added to ebay as well! 

Enjoy the rest of your week!
Hugs, K xx

03 October 2011

TOMIC #18 - Anything but a card Halloween

Hi! How is your week going so far? Mine has been very busy! But fun and very worthwhile. 

But onto business.... there is a new challenge at TOMIC today.  This week it is Magnolia's birthday! So there is an extra special secret prize for this challenge so you truly do not want to miss entering the challenge for your chance to win.... So what do you have to do to win? 

Over here in Australia we don't 'do' Halloween but I did happen to have a couple of Halloween Magnolia stamps for the occasion ;o) I was cleaning out my pantry the other day and found an empty coffee tin that I remember storing in there because I thought it was cute and would come in handy for something one day and here it is... all decorated in Magnolia finery ready to be filled with lollies for a spooktacular Halloween.  

The gorgeous papers are Magnolia. The pretty little Tilda is from the So Spooky Collection from 2009.

For a little change I coloured Tilda in DIs. All of the amazing flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts.

The little spider stamp is also Magnolia but I am not sure which collection she is from... cute though isn't she?

Just another view of the top of the tin :o) Got a little snap happy haha.

And due to lack of Halloween sentiments, I stamped this sweet one from the A Little Yummy collection.

Its a bit difficult to see, but I've also stamped a little spiders web stamp around the edge of the image.

So! I hope you get a chance to make something fun and Halloweeny this week. Its a great chance to recycle something or make something off the page for a change. I've become a little addicted to altering things lately and I just love it, so come and join us at TOMIC.

I would like to enter into some challenges too...
Magnolia-licious Challenge - Halloween Inspiration photo
Moving Along with the Times - Spooky Goings on
My Partner in Crafting Crime - Sweets and Treats
Sentimental Sundays - Stitching
Stamp with Fun - Halloween
Craft your Days Away - Tag It

I've got a busy few days ahead of me but I hope to be back in a few days with something extra special for you. Until then....have a great week!

02 October 2011

Pink, pink and more pink! with a dash of gold and white

Good morning! Well.. it is a great morning here - the sun is shining! We have had a very wet start to Spring here in Canberra with cold, wet weather but today... it looks like it is going to be a beautiful day.

There is a new challenge over at MDUC today - we are looking for a colour combo this week and in recognition of it being Breast Cancer Awareness month, the colour challenge is PINK, WHITE and GOLD. 

I finally inked up cute little Chess Tilda for my card and put together a criss cross card using Magnolia paper.

The insert has been stamped with a rose and sentiment in Versamark and embossed with gold EP. The edges were cut with a Doo Hickey die, Antique Lace.

The amazing flowers, seam binding and lace are from Wild Orchid Crafts, including the gorgeous new Lily.  All of the edges are inked with DI Old Paper.

I would like to enter ...
Magnolia Mania - gorgeous photo inspiration
Tuesday Throwdown - Thinking of you
ABC Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting me this morning... I'm off outside to enjoy the sunshine.
Hugs x