Sunday, 31 May 2009

Chasing butterflies and more...

I love this stamp too (uhm... okay, I love all of them), but this would have to be my very favourite. I've put this one into the swap at Scrap Pile, so hope you gals enjoy colouring it as much as I did.

I made this card for my sister-in-law, Hailey! A very Happy Birthday for yesterday!!!

I also just whipped up this cute little card for a friend of ours, who has just had an adorable little boy, Matthew.

I've fallen in love with...

my new stamps! Yep, I'm hooked on the super cute Sugar Nellie stamps!!

Mel challenged me to make a card using one of the stamped images before the end of the weekend. So here it is...

although I have a feeling you will be seeing a few more of these in the upcoming weeks ;)

Thanks sweetie, and your little Tilda card is just gorgeous!

I'm just waiting for my order of COPIC markers to arrive now, and then I'll really be crusing!! I just used some old ZIG photo markers I had lying around to colour little Daisy, but they started pilling the paper. I also tried using watercolour pencils, but it just took too way long for me - for those of you who don't know me well, I'm not exactly patient!

I also got to play with these gorgeous 7gypsies papers that I've been ogling for a LONG time, and finished Karen's challenge over at Scrap Pile. A little late, but glad I got it finished, as I really adore Karen's work, and didn't want to miss this opportunity to tap into her style!

The photo is Mum and I on Mother's Day at the Bell Tower Restaurant in Booie. It's gorgeous up there, and we had such a fantastic day! So glad we made the effort to travel home to see her, even if it was only for the day :) I think Mum really enjoyed herself too :)

and here's a close up of the cute little homemade transparency retro flower that Mel made for me while she was here in April. She stamped an autumn leaves stamp onto some scrap transparency and punched little retro flowers. Nice and easy and a really cheap embellie :)

Wednesday, 27 May 2009

OMG I just won...

the most gorgeous blog candy in all of blog world!

I recently discovered Elisabeth Bell's gorgeous Sugar Nellie stamps, and followed the links right back to her blog, where I discovered a super cool blog candy comp, which I just couldn't resist entering!! Anyway, so I submitted my comment, and was just checking back today to see if a winner was announced, when I saw MY NAME right there in the winner's spot!!!! OMG I was dancing around the room I was soooooo excited!!!

So here's what I've won!!!
Thanks so much Elisabeth for your generosity and for sharing your gorgeous artwork with the world!!!!

You can check out all the details over at Elisabeth Bell's blog and while you're there, you just have to check out her galleries, her images are just amazing!!!

AND to top it all off I just got my first order of Sugar Nellie stamps delivered this week from the UK, and I'm in love!! AND I have just ordered some of the fabulous COPIC markers to colour them in with!! Ros, I think I'll be joining you in colouring heaven very shortly!! LOL!!

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Final touches...

I started this layout at the Brissy Scrap Pile gathering in April. It was sitting on my desk for ages, and I just couldn't seem to get it right, but then today it just all fell into place. I used the souffle pen for the border around the page and for the fake stitching around the circle.

I just love Erin's curls, they are just so gorgeous. I hope she keeps them as her hair grows longer :)

Mel started this gorgeous layout for me at the gathering as well, and I just added the title, a little bling, the journalling card and the inked paper doily. I love how it turned out! Thanks Mel, you're a sweetie :)

This is Erin at her 2nd birthday party. A gorgeous friend of mine, Julie, from Bee Happy Puppets painted all the kids faces - she is the most exquisite face painter ever! The detail was just amazing. The kids all looked so cute, but my favourite of the day has to be the birthday girl!!

Monday, 18 May 2009

Debbie's done it again!!!

Check out this awesome blog candy over at Debbie's "Passion for Crafts" blog...

I know there's not a thing in there that I don't want!!!! Copic Markers, Nesties, Fiskars border punch, Stamps, Paper, Flowers, Buttons and ribbons... Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

Heidi Swapp Invisibles

I was over at Ros' blog recently checking out some of her gorgeous work, and I saw she'd used a very cool Heidi Swapp Invisible PP, and I just couldn't resist the temptation!!! OMG I am loving them!!

Here's my latest creation, and Leone's challenge from Scrap Pile...

I used blue acrylic paint and then a tiny bit of pink over the top and then sanded it back until I achieved my desired contrast.

I also made a few cards for kids parties on the weekend, using some of the gorgeous Prima journalling cards that Mel gave me when she was visiting a couple of weeks ago!

I'll definitely be using these again!! Thanks Mel for the inspiration!

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Altering flowers

I just came across this cool post about different ways to alter plain flowers... check it out:
Poppicrafts - altering flowers.

Just had to share!!

Some serious blog candy

On my blog travels this afternoon I found this gorgeous site of Kellie Winnell's. To celebrate 20,000 hits, she's giving away a super pack of blog candy (including Magnolia & Sugar Nellie stamps!!!) While you're there, make sure you check out her gorgeous cards! Her colouring is to die for! Well, don't just sit there, check it out now!!!!

I also found Elisabeth Bell's blog (after a long search using the wrong spelling). Elisabeth is the talented artist behind the Sugar Nellie stamps that I'm in awe of at the moment. They remind me of the imagery from Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobby from when I was a wee little girl. Completely gorgeous... definitely go check out her work... oh and her generous blog candy :)

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Inspired by Hero Arts

Yep, I know, I'm a slacko... caught up with life yet again, and no time to update. Seems to be happening far too often these days.

Regardless, I have been finding time to be a little creative (albiet the card making variety) and have been having a few late nights since Al's been on arvo shift.

Here's a card I made for Linda's "window card" challenge over at Scrap-Pile. Had lots of fun playing around with these cute little critters from the Crate Paper glitter diecuts pack :) Thought I'd have a play stamping on the ribbon here too! Love the grunge effect it came out with.

I'm also a bit in love with Hero Arts stamps at the moment, and have found myself regularly browsing through their catalog and blog. So I thought I'd share some of my fav finds. I'd love to get my hot little hands on these babies:
{ hint, hint, my birthday's just around the corner }

I've also been having a play with some notecards, my new dotted swiss embossing folder and some cute little Stampendous stamps :)

And finally the card I made for Mum for Mother's Day. Love these new Graphic 45 papers. Aren't they gorgeous and rich! Loving those Maya Road velvet flowers too! Yummo!!

Wednesday, 6 May 2009

Sneaky peeks...

Well, I'm a wee bit excited, because a little while ago, I was asked to teach a couple of layout classes at Stamp and Scrapbook Madness and I've just finished preparing them! Wahoo!!

So, I guess you want to see what I've been up to? Here are some sneaky peeks for now...

3 patterns, 2 ways class - This cute little Crate Paper range was so much fun to work with!

Paper Piecing class - These Basic Grey Lime Rickey papers are just divine - so rich and vibrant!

but you'll just have to pop on down to Stamp & Scrapbook Madness (58 Holdsworth St, Coorparoo) if you want to see the real deall!!

My first class (3 patterns, 2 ways) will be 10am-12pm next Wednesday, 13 May! Wish me luck!!! Check out the Stamp & Scrapbook Madness class timetable for more info.