Monday, December 5, 2016

A Candle for Christmas

Unstampabelles always has unusual challenges.  This month is no exception.  Our goal is to have Flickering Lights with the TWIST  to have a candle in the item made.

I took myself off to the charity store and bought myself a small glass container that would fit a white candle I already owned.  I had great success on my first visit. The container cost me 50c. 

Next I chose an almost sheer white ribbon and a pretty dark red ribbon. I glued these together and then glued them to the glass container.

A few years ago I made a whole batch of small Christmas banners. I attached this around the red ribbon. 

Last of all I glued on some Christmas decorative nature items.

In went my candle and voila, it was finished.

What do you think?  Would you like to try it?

Now, just for fun, here is a pic of my 3 year old cat Georgia on top of the Christmas wrapping paper box.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Thank you card - Fall colours

I have made a thank you card using fall colours for this week's challenge a 165 at Papercrafter's Corner.

Papercrafting Challenge: Magazine Mondays - Week 165 Inspiration Piece (image)

Twas a beautiful image with very stylish ladies on.

Here is the card I made.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas card set

I made these lovely Christmas cards using a Stamp It Up set, a wooden Santa stamp and an acrylic Kaisercraft stamp, plus some green ribbon.

I've entered them at Soul Scrappers.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Two cards using a resist technique

UNSTAMPABELLES' November challenge

Resistance TWIST use  resistance technique and explain it in your blog

I have chosen to use a white wax crayon and a chipboard heart for my technique.  I simply cut two white pieces of paper and placed the heart randomly over each piece and traced around the heart with the white crayon.

Then I took some simply watercolour paints and using two colours on each paper, I painted over the entire area of each white papers.

The result is simple but effective.

I chose co-ordinating cardstock for my base cards. I have used washi tape and ribbon/fibre to embellish, plus the original heart chipboard piece has been used on my purple card. The sentiments are a rub-on. Not a huge fan of rub-ons. When I went to apply the Happy Anniversary, happy would not come off in one piece. Oh well, never mind.

Hope you join in. The challenge went up today. There are two other DT projects to look at and more inspiration each week until month end.

Here is what you could win.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Die-cut background layout

Hi everyone.

Life is getting pretty exciting. It's my birthday this week. I'm getting taken out to high tea by some girlfriends.  I love high tea. How about you?

I have created a layout for my DT position over at Unstampabelles.

The challenge is:

#63 Outside Your Comfort Zone Twist: a different edge

I have used Kaisercraft's Lace patterned die-cut paper from their Needle & Thread Collection. It has been in my stash for simply ages. Don't you love using a nice paper you've been keeping.

I do enjoy making girly pages once in a while. Makes a nice change. As I don't do them very often I do find them a challenge, hence they are outside my comfort zone.

You may notice that I have used the paper flower that I created for last month's Unstampabelles' challenge.  If you did, good spotting.

Here is what  you could win if you enter.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

A spring layout

Here is a layout that I created today.
It is for Mystical Scrapbooks' September challenge.

1 - Scrap with spring colours
2 - Use at least 3 flowers
3 - Use at least 1 piece of chipboard

Here are some close ups.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Father's Day card

Father's Day Card

I gave this card to my Dad yesterday for Father's Day along with some gifts of course.

He's a nature lover so I chose an outdoorsy theme.

The bird and branch are made of chipboard and the leaves are a washi tape.

I created this card for my Design Team creation at Unstampabelles this month.

#61: Changing Seasons with a Twist of make it Masculine

These are the pretty dies that are up for grabs. Why not join in?

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Layout for Kaisercraft August 2016 challenge - It's A King

Here is my layout for the Kaisercraft August 2016 challenge. I've picked out the colours from the photo to use.

This is the challenge we were to use. I flipped it due to the landscape orientation of my photo.

August Sketch Challenge

Monday, August 15, 2016

Easy to make paper flowers - tutorial


Today's post is to show you how to make some simple, layered paper flowers.
It is my Design Team example for August's Unstampabelles challenge, which is:
August - Anything but a Card TWIST Create a tutorial in your blog OR add a link to the one you used to create the item

You'll need:
  1.  A circle punch with two sizes. I've used the Creative Memories 1 1/4 and 1 1/2 circle shapemaker.
  2. Doubled sided paper.
  3. Brads
  4. Something to make a hole with. I used a blade.

The first step is to punch 8 of the larger shape and 4 of the smaller shape.

Put a small hole in the centre of each one. Scrunch them all up.

Then it is a simple matter of  pushing a brad through the smallest ones, followed by the largest ones. I alternated the papers so each second one was the reverse side of the patterned paper.  Then you can shape each flower until you are satisfied with the result.
You will get two flowers from each set. I have made some pink and brown ones and some blues ones. The blue ones are actually from a snowflake paper. I don't have much call to use snowflake paper so it is a good use of this paper in my stash.

Please take a look at the other Designer's work over at Unstampabelles. There are some really inspiring projects. Each week in August you will see something new and there is a wide variety of items to see this month.
You could win this die.

Don't forget - no stamping.

Thanks for looking. xx

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Two pretty cards

I often create two cards that are the same or similar at one time. If you have all your crafty stuff out I figure you might as well.

I had some new music butterflies that I wanted to use so that gave me a starting point. I loved the music pp that they are made from.  I used a base of kraft and punched along the bottom edge. These cards fold upwards. I put some pink paper on the card on the inside so you could see a splash of colour through the punched area. I added some Kaisercraft music pp that is embossed. Very pretty. Then I chose to cut out some hearts and ink around the edges with pink.  I had previously created some flowers using rose tissue paper. I added those and some various pink flowers to finish my cards off.

I'm entering these in this month's anything goes challenge at Scrapbookit.

Thanks for looking and happy crafting.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Heartfelt Thanks card

Here is a pink card I have made to enter the Soul Scrappers' TTT18 challenge. The criteria I chose from the tic tac toe was crumpled paper, stripes and a butterfly.

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, July 17, 2016

Kaisercraft cards

Wow, it's been a while since I entered the Kaisercraft challenge. I've used 100% Kaisercraft products to create these two cards.  The July 2016 is a sketch. Here it is.


I'm also entering these cards in the Archiscraps July challenge.  Here is their inspiration image.

The Kaisercraft Base Coat ranges are some of my absolute favourites and a perfect fit to meet both challenges.

Here are my two cards.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Challenge to make a project celebrating your own culture

At Unstampabelles this month we challenge you to make a project which celebrates your own native culture.

One of the most popular pastimes in Western Australia is fishing.  I've created a square card (to incorporate this month's twist) which features fishing. My Mum, Dad and two brothers all LOVE to fish. I like it too but don't go often any more. I used to love going out with Dad to fish when he had his boat. He swapped it for a caravan, which Mum prefers as she gets seasick. They are currently enjoying a warmer climate travelling in their van and more than likely doing some fishing.

Check out what the other Designers have done. Each Monday new inspiration is released. Why not enter?  Here is the prize you could win.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Two thank you cards

For CC52 challenge over at Soul Scrappers you have to use embossing folders on a card.

I chose to make two cards using two similar embossed thank you images.

The ribbon on each is velvet in a lovely sage green colour which I am really loving atm.

The flower is a tulle one with copper rhinestones by Webster's Pages. Just gorgeous.

These are nice, smallish cards which can be tucked in with a gift.

Music card

I have made an elegant card for the TTT17 challenge at Soul scrappers.

Hope you are having a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

My first Pocket Letter

I've noticed this pocket letter/page craze happening for a while now. I've always thought that it would be fun to make one.

June's challenge at Unstampabelles is to make one or make a gift holder. The twist is to include a crown.

I started out by deciding to use pink and green as my main colours. I collected lots of items that were these colours and selected a few sheets of complementary papers as well.  I already had the trading card sleeve to put them in as I keep my ATCs in them.

For the letter portion I made a kind of envelope using my WRMK envelope maker.  I had a pretty butterfly clothing label which I added two paper circles to with some embroidery thread as the closure. I used a small tag to write on (from Kaisercraft).

This is the finished product. I am quite pleased with it.

I hope you will consider joining in this month's challenge. Remember not to use any stamps on your entry in order to be in the running for this prize.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Masculine birthday card

Look at this wonderful inspiration photo provided for this month's challenge at Archiscraps. I decided to have a go.

It is my son's 19th birthday this Sunday and I needed to create a card for him.

I chose the colour of the potted plants as my background and created a diamond pattern using my 1"square maker and some complementary patterned paper.  I added a die-cut with a vellum word and I was done. Teenage boys like simple card.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Unstampabelle's May challenge - Created my own photo frame

I've got my creation done for the first week of Unstampabelle's May challenge.

Here is the criteria and the prize.

May - Creative Upcycling TWIST use something you have had in your craft room for a year or more

Prize is a word die and 4 metal girls with balloons.

Mother's Day in Australia falls on Sunday, 8 May. Happy Mother's Day to all Mums. We deserve a special day to be appreciated for all that we do.

I made my Mum a special hanging frame. The photo was taken of us last month on her birthday. I have created a frame using the card board that comes with Creative Memories page protectors. This satisfies the upcycling criteria.  All materials are definitely over a year old. I've used Webster's Pages papers and American Crafts ribbon.

Mum loved it. She had wanted a copy of the photo and got a fair bit more than that.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Unstampabelle's April challenge

Hi everyone.

I got back from a holiday in Bali last night at midnight. We had a fabulous time. Of course there is a scrapbook of it in my future.  As a family we last went 8 years ago so it was quite a different family experience this time, especially as my eldest son is now 18.

Today we recognise Anzac Day in Australia.

Image result for images lest we forget

Now on to the reason for this blog post. Unstampabelles' current challenge is:

Time for the April Challenge! #56 Flora/Fauna, with a twist of Texture

Do you know what the term lumpy-bumpy means when scrapbooking? I came across it a few years ago and it describes exactly the idea that a page/card/journal has been loaded up with lots of texture and embellies...........

That is what this new challenge is all about

Flora and Fauna 

TWIST add some extra texture!

This is the prize.

I have made 2 very different cards for this month's challenge.

This card has some embossed green cardstock and a chipboard piece which I have coloured with my Creative Memories thick pens. There is a bird and a butterfly to satisfy the fauna and some flower stickers and the chipboard flowers for the flora.

This card has a large chipboard piece which is covered in glitter with some tiny rhinestones as the texture, a large flower sticker as the flora and a butterfly for the fauna.

I hope you can join in this month. It's a fun challenge.