28 March 2015

Some sewing for a change

Hi friends, 
How are your Easter preparations going? I love this time of the year. 
I've been looking around in the stores at all of the lovely Easter tableware and came across some beautiful tea towels. I'm not usually overly excited by tea towels haha, but these ones were so cute and simple to do myself I just had to have a try. Retailing at $10-$15 per towel, there was no way I was going to buy them.

At the supermarket I found a set of 3 tea towels for $7, ok, yes this is more than I would like to pay for tea towels but they were these adorable aqua gingham and spots :)  

I machine stitched on the ric rac and hand stitched on the buttons - mine are from the Ribbon Girl, there are loads of gorgeous colours available.

The ceramic hen tea light holder and egg cups are cute too. 

So just a little something to brighten up my kitchen this Easter. 
I have a piece of fabric waiting to be hemmed for my table cloth too. I might just have to do that this week!

I have a card to share in the next few days as well. 
Please be sure to come back to check it out!
Until then, happy crafting!

21 March 2015

Happy Easter

Hi everyone, 
I have finally made a start on my Easter cards for this year. 
I dug out these two cuties from a few years ago and sat down to do some masking

The images are coloured with Copics and the sky is inked using a Doo Hickey cut cloud as a template and a dauber and DI. Another Doo Hickey was used to create the pretty edge on the card. 

The "happy" word was cut using a Heidi Swapp die. 
The string and buttons are from the Ribbon Girl
The paper is Pink Paislee Colorwash.

It was nice for a change to make a fairly clean and simple card. The images are made the focus rather than the embellishments. 

I hope to find a few more hours at my craft desk over the next few days so I hope to be back soon!

10 March 2015

MDUC - 6th Birthday and farewell

Hello friends, 
I am here today to share with you a card I made for MDUC.
It is our 6th birthday today. It is also our farewell. 

MDUC was started in March 2009 by my friend Kellie , (although, we weren't yet friends) and with Debbie and Kristy, she built up a little challenge blog called Magnolia Down Under Challenges. Magnolia stamps were relatively new to Australia so it seemed like a great way to share the versatility and fun of these adorable stamps. 

Only a year later I joined the DT. It was an extremely exciting time and I was overwhelmed. I had only a few Magnolia stamps but was ready to acquire more! Karen  joined soon after.

After Kellie moved on to run her own stamp business, Debbie and I took over as the new owners of the blog, asking Karen to share in the fun with us.   It has been a fun 5 years and MDUC is something that we are so very proud of. 

Thanks to MDUC, we have made many special friends around the world. Our Design Team is an amazing group of women - both super talented and beautiful friends. 
Without these women we wouldn't have been able to bring you the challenges. 

However, the time has come and we need to move on. The dedication to the challenge over the years can't continue as our families grow. It is time to move on to other things. Our families need us. 
It is with great sadness that we close the  MDUC blog.

Please join us in celebrating 6 years of challenges by playing along in our last ever challenge. 

I used three Tilda's with balloons for my card. I've hand cut a cloud shape and folded an easel card to adhere it to. All three Tilda's are coloured in Copics. 

The beautiful embellishments are all from The Ribbon Girls.

A little side view :) 

Lots of Doo Hickeys used as well

Thanks for visiting me today. Please stop by the MDUC blog and see the amazing work of our DT. Pay them a visit and say goodbye. 

Thank you to Karen and Debbie for everything you've done for me - both challenge wise and as friends. You ladies are the best xxxxx

01 March 2015

The Ribbon Girls March card challenge - Flowers

Wowee, first day of autumn over here in Australia. So what are we given? A beautiful 30 degree plus summer day. Summer has certainly arrived late here. Which is a little unfortunate as I do love autumn. 

I have coloured this adorable little "Forget me Nots Tilda" from the Special Moments 2013 collection for my card and added  lots of gorgeous things from The Ribbon Girl

I went a little overboard with the gorgeous Ribbon Girl goodies - Blooms Tiny Vintage Aqua, Heart Diamante Blue, 50mm 'Ophelia' Ivory Embroidered Tulle Lace, 9mm 9713 Saxe Blue Velvet Ribbon, Resin Frames 'Eiffel', Princess Pin Blue, Stickles Stardust, Natural Hemp twine

Tilda was coloured with Copics. The card base was cut using a Doo Hickey die and so was the layer that Tilda is stamped on. 

There are even flowers on that delicious lace

I hope you get a chance to join in at the Ribbon Girls card challenge this month, we'd love to see what you create. 

Kylie x