A little bit of chalking!

img_5910_1This card is a CAESD one. I only have a few subtle differences. The original creator is Teneale Williams. On her blog is a tutorial for the whole card so I won’t be listing how I did it or what products I used as it’s all there. When I took the photo though it started to rain so that is why it looks a little blotchy. It got wet! This was my first attempt at this technique and as you can see I need more practice. And please ignore the little white splotch under the sentiment, that happened after I made the card and the white ink was still a little moist. Oh dear! Maybe I should have done a second one. Unfortunately I don’t have the time at the moment. My kids have dance rehearsal tomorrow and I’m doing up a seating chart for the concert today. I still have to finish the hand made gifts for the kids to give to their teachers next week ( last week of school for us). Also help the kids write in their Christmas cards to their friends. Not to mention that my youngest girl’s birthday is next Tuesday! So lots to do this weekend. Maybe next week will be better for me. Here’s hoping anyway!

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My new Award!


I have received an award from my new blogging friend Manola. A very lovely lady who produces some lovely pieces of work with the Cuttlebug machine plus numerous other things! Thank you Manola, I’m ecstatic that I can inspire you with my work. Manola and I met on the Cuttlebug ChallengeBlog where I’m a guest designer. Since then though we have found that we have a lovely friend in common. A scrapbooker oozing creative talent! I’m sorry to say but said person does not have a blog yet, when she does though I will let you know.

So here are the rules

1- The winner may put the logo on their blog.

2- Put a link to the person who sent you the award.

3- Nominate 5 blogs.

4- Put links to their blogs.

5- Leave a message for the nominees.

Oh my I’m stuck, I’m having trouble with rule number three! I love all the blogs I visit, every last one of them! So many people inspire me…… oh what to do!!!

I went away to think about it and I came to the conclusion that it’s just too hard to choose. If you would like to see who are the people that inspire me, look in the right hand column under blogroll. There are heaps of them and I’m yet to update it. Most of them are Elite Stampers, which is a team that I’m a part of.

So have a good look, there are some very talented ladies in that bunch.

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What do you do on a rainy day?

img_5909_1Make cards of course! I made this card the same day as the Princess Pretty card, but ran out of time to post it. So before I start on my full day of creating I thought I would post this little beauty up.

  • Stamp set– Wild about you
  • Cardstock– Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Old Olive and Very Vanilla
  • Ink– Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky and Old Olive
  • Accessories– Bashful Blue Ribbon, Mat Pack, Aqua Painter and Scallop edge punch.

I have this thing for ‘A’ frame cards at the moment so this is another example of one. So easy just cut your piece of A4 cardstock length ways at 10 1/2 cm (which is the centre), so then you have enough for two cards.

I stamped the lion three times, twice in Choc Chip (body and head) and once in Pumpkin Pie (mane). I then dimensionaled them up. The photo doesn’t really do it justice unfortunately. I then used my aqua painter to do the background. Choc Chip for the ground, Old Olive for the grass and Soft Sky for…..well…..the sky. I haven’t decided what sentiment to put on this one yet, so I will leave that for another day. You cannot see it to well but I also used the Mat Pack above the ribbon. There are two lines, you have to believe me, I truly did do it!

Well I must go now and create some more, or I won’t have anything to post next week!

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Kristina Werner CI #31





I just love these Colour Inspirations set by Kristina Werner. The colour choices always get my creative juices going. I also love looking at everyone elses submissions. They give great ideas for the future cards I img_5914_1will make. If I get round to it…lol. 

  • Stamp set– Stem Silhouettes, Fancy Pants Acrylic (non SU)
  • Cardstock– Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron and Whisper White
  • Ink– So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie and Close to Cocoa
  • Accessories– Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa and Elegant Eggplant Markers, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, SAMJ and Sponges.

I’m very sorry but will have to cut this one short as I have kids to pick up and take to Dance classes.

Cheerio for now and thanks for dropping by!

Princess Pretty!

img_5908_1Isn’t she beautiful? I think she is so cute! So does my gorgeous little girl Akayla. With her birthday coming up next month I made this little beauty for her. Akayla chose the colours and I did the rest. Unfortunately now that I look at the photo the ribbon is crooked….. bugger! I will fix that later. A very simple card to do, also quick.

  • Stamp set– Pretty Princess
  • Cardstock– Very Vanilla, Rose Red, Barely Banana and Pretty in Pink
  • Ink– Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Stazon
  • Accessories– Pretty in Pink Gingham ribbon, Mat Pack, Glitter and Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Blush Blossom Markers

I put some chunky Glitter on the wand and some very fine glitter (doodlebug) on the hem of her skirt. It matched Pretty in Pink very well. I then stamped the crowns in Pretty in Pink on the Vanilla cardstock, and Rose Red Happy Birthday’s on the Rose Red Cardstock. I coloured the Princess in with Markers. So how simple is this card?!

You wouldn’t know this of course but while I’m trying to type out this post my youngest is yelling, screaming and being very destructive. My hubby is sitting on my $2000 lounge in his dirty, greasy, mechanics clothes. One of my girls is sitting on the lounge watching the very LOUD TV and my other girl is trying to do her homework! What a nightmare! I will have to feed and bed the youngest, kick my hubby very hard in the backside til he is in the shower, turn down the TV before my girl goes deaf and try and help my girl with her homework……….who am I kidding. My youngest will yell and scream while I put on his Ponsetti boots, my hubby will go and sit down on our $1000 dining suite, while my back is turned my girl will turn the TV up louder than it was before, and I doubt that I could help my girl with her homework!!!! But I better go and do something. Will be back tomorrow with more though!

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Where have I been?

img_5906_1That’s a very good question……..and I don’t really have a good answer. It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything or being slack. I have made quite a few cards, have had quite a few family orientated outings and catching up with friends. So that will be my excuse. Is it good enough though for my obvious slack behaviour for not blogging?! I’m sure you will tell me so….LOL

This is one of the cards I have done in the past few days. I pulled out the Birthday whimsy set that I got with last years Sale-a-bration. That was before I became a demonstrator. This card is very simple and straight forward so even a beginner can have a go! Yes Tamara!! You know I’m talking to you.

  • Stamp Set– Birthday Whimsy
  • Cardstock– Kraft, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate
  • Ink–  Wild Wasabi, Blue Bayou and Purely Pomegranate
  • Accessories– Blue Bayou Double Stitched Ribbon, Mat Pack and Dimensionals

Just of late I have seen on a lot of American blogs and websites, cards with an ‘A’ frame style, I suppose you would call it. (correct me if I’m wrong please) I don’t mind them so I might do some more. I stamped the presents twice in each colour and then dimensionaled the second set on top of the other. So easy!

I have heaps to do today! I have clothes to fold, a show to close and a mummy to visit! I will be back soon though with some more works of art…hehe.

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Kristina Werner CI #30




Kristinahas done it img_5904_1again! Are these colours fabulous or what?! I wish I had a bedspread like this one. Maybe I will just go and buy one……(Christmas isn’t too far away, hint, hint hubby…LOL).

I will admit though this card took me quite a while to do. I threw in a few techniques like embossing and two-step stamping. The ‘T’  looks darker in this photo than it does IRL, but everything else is just about right.

  • Stamp Set– Wild Rose and Illuminations
  • Cardstock– Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Certainly Celery and Whisper White
  • Ink– Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand and Old Olive
  • Accessories– Mat Pack, SAMJ, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Certainly Celery Ribbon, Brads and Sponges.

I love how this one turned out. I’m very, very happy with it. I just might go and do another one! Well try to anyway. There is only 1 and a half hours before I have to pick up the kids.

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Workshop Wonders!

img_5892_1I had a workshop today, and I had a blast! So did my little party. This is the card I asked them to make. They did a fabulous job too. I love it when people fiddle and play with the design and come up with something different. I encourage it. Today 3/4 of my class did just that. It gives me great ideas as well. After this class everyone had Rose Red on their order and over half had River Rock. I don’t blame them. Aren’t they just gorgeous together?!

You can barely see it in this photo, but we used the En Francais in the background inked in River Rock. We also sponged around the edges in the same colour. The roses are stamped in Rose Red. Well you ask, how did I get the two tones of red in the rose? That is very simple. I did a technique called ‘second generation stamping’. I inked up my stamp in Rose Red, stamped it onto a scrap of paper and then stamped again on to my piece of Very Vanilla without reinking. I did the same for the leaves but in Wild Wasabi. This particular set of stamps are two step stamps. Which means there is a second stamp that goes over the top of the first. It can work either  as a shadow or outline. It gives your stamped image depth and texture. When I did this stage I inked up and stamped straight on to the first image without doing the ‘second generation’, so therefore is darker.

This particular card will be for my mum as her Birthday is coming up very soon…….

  • Stamp Set– Wild Rose, Occasional Greetings and En Francais BG
  • Cardstock– Rose Red, Very Vanilla and River Rock
  • Ink– Rose Red, Wild Wasabi, River Rock and Basic Black
  • Accessories–  Very Vanilla Ribbon and Stamp-a-ma-jig

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Oh what a day!!!

img_5871_1And it wasn’t all good either.  I’ve been on the phone most of the day talking to Government agencies. Need I say more! Talk about chasing my own tail….

But on to good things! This is the other card I made on Wednesday with my stamping buddies. Seems I was in a blue mood…..with a little bit of red. LOL. I pulled out my cuttlebug for this one. I spread ink over the raised circles in the embossing folder, placed in the cardstock and passed it through the machine. The piece that is showing is what you would call the negative side of the embossing print.

  • Stamp Set– Bold Birthday and Priceless
  • Cardstock– Kraft, Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Real Red and Not Quite Navy.
  • Ink– Not Quite Navy
  • Accessories– Real Red Ribbon, Cuttlebug, Scallop Circle Punch and Circle Punches.

The photo has not done this card any justice. It is better IRL. Well I can’t hang about, I have a workshop to organise and I received this parcel today with these awesome goodies in it that I would love to go play with.

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Kristina Werner CI #29



Another fabulous challenge from Kristina. Check these colours out! They sort of remind me of Halloween. Well maybe I’m just looking at the orange, purple and white. At first I struggled to come up with something for this one. It really challenged me, and that’s bad because I’m already challenged in so many other ways….LOL. But then I decided that most of the colours were very bold, so I would use minimal amounts of those to make them stand out more! (does that make sense to you?) It’s the old statement less is more.

img_5873_1I used the Priceless set which is a set I don’t pull out often enough. I stamped off the flower, butterfly and heart and then stamped them again, cut them out and dimensionaled them. I also struggled with the first blue colour Pacific Point as it is not available in Australia yet, so I pulled all my blues out to try and get the closest match possible and decided that Ballet Blue was the ‘one’. I used only a little bit of it on the sentiment (can you see it?! LOL). I managed to get the two colours on the sentiment by using my markers on the stamp, then “huffing” on the stamp to re moisten the ink and stamped it on to the Whisper White. I then used my oval punch around the sentiment. We don’t have the scallop punch as yet here in Australia, so again I had to hand cut them, so don’t look to closely…lol.

  • Stamp Set– Priceless and  Sweet Serendipity
  • Cardstock– Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant and Pumpkin Pie
  • Ink– Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie and Elegant Eggplant
  • Accessories– Pumpkin Pie and Ballet Blue Markers, Pumpkin Pie striped ribbon, Oval punch and Mat Pack.

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