Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas Cards & Tags

I left my cardmaking run a bit late this year, but managed to make just a few ;-)



I even made some tags


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Monday, December 17, 2012

UnstampaBelles #18 Challenge - Halfway Inspiration

Here we are at the halfway mark for Challenge #18 for UnstampaBelles - the theme this month is 'Christmas' and we are sponsored by
Our very own Beth 

Look at this gorgeous prize ... 
All items are from the Raspberry range and are completely co-ordinated:
9 x 12 x 12 papers
1 packet self-adhesive Rhinestones
1 packet self-adhesive Pearls
1 Packet of brads
1 Packet gem brads
1 packet basic brads
2 packets assorted Ribbon, 5 x 1 metre per pack
2 packets rub on’s
2 packets alpha stickers.


Please remember .............
Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS (Digital or Rubber) have been used.
Due to graphic technology any entry with a graphic image will be subject to the Design Teams' discretion and we will contact you if we feel the entry does not meet the ethos of our challenge blog.
You can find our rules here for further information.

This challenge closes Friday, 4th January 2013 and Winners will be announced Monday, 7th January 2013 - Remember we are working on Aussie Time.

Now for some more inspiration for Christmas Cards with NO STAMPS ;-)

White pebble cardstock as a base, layered with red cardstock cut out with Cuttlebug and Spellbinders square Die, swirls punched from Christmas Scrapbook papers and placed in Christmas Tree layout, embellished with gold peel-off stickers (the base of the tree is a 'left over' bit )  
All items used in this card, except the punches, were from BlueEdge Crafts.

Please visit the UnstampaBelles blog and see last month's entries and check out the winner.
There are some amazing entries and I know I say it every month, but it really is getting very hard for the DT to pick a favourite!

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Monday, December 3, 2012

UnstampaBelles Challenge #18 - Christmas (NO Stamps)

Challenge #18 for UnstampaBelles is up and running and the theme this month is 'Christmas' and we are sponsored by


Our very own Beth 

Look at this gorgeous prize ... 
All items are from the Raspberry range and are completely co-ordinated:
9 x 12 x 12 papers
1 packet self-adhesive Rhinestones
1 packet self-adhesive Pearls
1 Packet of brads
1 Packet gem brads
1 packet basic brads
2 packets assorted Ribbon, 5 x 1 metre per pack
2 packets rub on’s
2 packets alpha stickers.


Please remember .............
Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS (Digital or Rubber) have been used.
Due to graphic technology any entry with a graphic image will be subject to the Design Teams' discretion and we will contact you if we feel the entry does not meet the ethos of our challenge blog.
You can find our rules here for further information.

This challenge closes Friday, 4th January 2013 and Winners will be announced Monday, 7th January 2013 - Remember we are working on Aussie Time.

I have been most disorganised this month in relation to my cardmaking - I confess I haven't even started my Christmas cards for this year - but I am hoping to make headway this week (hubby goes back to work and I can get down to some serious crafting ;-))

Now for my DT cards - I confess, these are not new cards - they are put forward as inspiration for not using stamps on Christmas Cards - I wish to highlight punches and die-cuts this month ;-)
Square Red cardstock as a base, layered with Gold Shimmer cardstock cut out with Cuttlebug and Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Pendant, holly leaves punched out from two different shades of green, snowflakes punched out from white pearl paper and glued in a circle, clear and red gemstones added for some 'bling', gold peel-off stickers added to corners. 

This is not my design, I was inspired by
 Hunnybunny cards  many years ago ;-)

All items used in this card, except the punches, are from BlueEdge Crafts.

Please visit the UnstampaBelles blog and see last month's entries and check out the winner.
There are some amazing entries and I know I say it every month, but it really is getting very hard for the DT to pick a favourite!

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)


Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, November 23, 2012

I have taken part in another product review ....... this time for Kikkoman Soy Sauce

Chicken Satay


Sunday, November 18, 2012

UnstampaBelles #17 - More Inspiration

Challenge #17 for UnstampaBelles is cruising along, and the theme this month is 'Monochrome' and we are sponsored by Cardmaking Online.

Our sponsor this month is Cardmaking Online which is an Australian online only business - by not having a retail store, they avoid significant costs such as rent and electricity which enables them to bring you quality products at the lowest possible prices.  They have a wonderful range of cardmaking kits, dies, peel-off stickers, parchment craft materials and much more. 

Cardmaking Online is sponsoring us with a $25.00 gift certificate
as our prize for this months challenge.


All entries are subject to the Design Teams' discretion ......... Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS (Digital or Rubber) have been used.

You can find our rules here for further information.

This current challenge closes Friday, 30th November 2012 and Winners will be announced Monday, 3rd December 2012 - Remember we are working on Aussie Time.

Due to graphic technology any entry with a graphic image will be subject to the Design Teams' discretion and we will contact you if we feel the entry does not meet the ethos of our challenge blog.

According to The Free Dictionary ........
mon·o·chrome  (mn-krm)
n.
1.       a. A picture, especially a painting, done in different shades of a single color.
b. The art or technique of executing such a picture.
2. The state of being in a single color.
3. A black-and-white image, as in photography or on television.


I first thought Monochrome would be hard, but when I went back over some previous projects, I realised I work a lot with monochrome ;-)

Several of my previous UnstampaBelles Challenge entries could be suitable ........ #15#14 and even #9

Now for my next lot of inspiration

Here is a card I made for a swap, using the an embossing board (Fiskars ShapeBoss)

two layers of gold paper were hand embossed, then hand cut.  Flowers punched out using two different sized daisy punches, then bling and sticker added

Cardstock, pearl paper, stickers and bling available from Blue Edge Crafts

Please visit the UnstampaBelles blog and see what wonderful monochromatic creations have been submitted so far - I hope it inspires you to have a go at making some cards not using your stamps 

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Adelaide Craft & Quilt Fair

I visited the Craft & Quilt Fair on Friday - had a ball ;-)




see my full post HERE

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My Weekend Away

I have posted HERE about my weekend away with the girls ;-)

I was so glad to be able to use the luggage tag received in a swap run by my CraftMad group ;-)


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thinking of You

My friend Mandy lost her beloved pet cat, Fluffy, a few days ago - so very sad - it happened so very quickly :(





Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Monday, November 5, 2012

UnstampaBelles Challenge #17 - Monochrome

Challenge #17 for UnstampaBelles starts today.

The theme this month is 'Monochrome' and we are sponsored by Cardmaking Online.

Anne of Cardmaking Online is very happy to sponsor us again with a $25.00 gift certificate.



All entries are subject to the Design Teams' discretion.
Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS (Digital or Rubber) have been used.

You can find our rules here for further information.

This challenge closes Friday, 30th November 2012 and Winners will be announced Monday, 3rd December 2012 - Remember we are working on Aussie Time.

Due to graphic technology any entry with a graphic image will be subject to the Design Teams' discretion and we will contact you if we feel the entry does not meet the ethos of our challenge blog.

According to The Free Dictionary ........
mon·o·chrome  (mn-krm)
n.
1.       a. A picture, especially a painting, done in different shades of a single color.
b. The art or technique of executing such a picture.
2. The state of being in a single color.
3. A black-and-white image, as in photography or on television.


I first thought Monochrome would be hard, but when I went back over some previous projects, I realised I work a lot with monochrome ;-)

Several of my previous UnstampaBelles Challenge entries could be suitable ........ #15, #14 and even #9

Now for my DT cards


This is a technique I learned in a class many years ago ;-)  
Lace Punches used both singularly and strung together.  Cardstock and paper used in this example are all shades of Purples - even what looks like white is actually a very soft pink pearl paper.  Ribbon woven in and out and pearls added gives a lovely elegance to it ;-)

This card is created using punches - circle and hearts ;-)
SU cardstock used here - sorry can't remember colours, but three shades of pinks used in this one.  Sentiment is a rub-on.


Please visit the UnstampaBelles blog and see last month's entries and check out the winner.
There are some amazing entries and I know I say it every month, but it really is getting very hard for the DT to pick a favourite!

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Challenge #16 UnstampaBelles - more inspiration


Challenge #16 for UnstampaBelles is still going and I have a few cards for inspiration.

The theme this month is 'Recycling/Repurposing' and we are sponsored by CraftMad  - my go to forum for craftiness conversation.


Prize for Challenge #16 
Craft Mad is a craft community for anyone and everyone who enjoys anything to do with crafts. Every member has their own gallery space to display their work as well as view everyone else's.
There are regular craft swaps and sketch challenges as well.



All entries are subject to the Design Teams' discretion.
Any form of paper creation will be accepted as long as NO STAMPS (Digital or Rubber) have been used.

You can find our rules here for further information.

This challenge closes Friday, 2nd November 2012 and Winners will be announced Monday, 5th November 2012 - Remember we are working on Aussie Time.


Due to graphic technology any entry with a graphic image will be subject to the Design Teams' discretion and we will contact you if we feel the entry does not meet the ethos of our challenge blog.

Now for my extra card for inspiration.


Repurposed CD layered with 3D Paper Tole, highlighted with Kindy Glitz,
layered onto a square card embellished with stickers.


Repurposed CD with stickers

Cardstock, DP and stickers from BlueEdge Crafts.


Please visit the UnstampaBelles blog and check out the entries so far - they are all so creative.

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.

Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

I won! I won!

I won a new VersaCook Multi Cooker X5 from Sunbeam ;-)

See my post HERE for more pics

Friday, October 12, 2012

Adelaide Bloggers Meet Up


I will be going to the Quilt & Craft Fair in Adelaide,
on Friday, 9th November 2012.



Any fellow Bloggers want to meet up for a coffee?


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

CraftMad card swap

Most months I participate in a swap on CraftMad - of late it has mostly been sewing the blocks for the CraftMad Family quilt, but last month I signed up for the card swap - mostly because the theme - black & white with a splash of another colour.

Easy ............ or so I thought!  What with one thing or another, I simply lost track of the month and it was the end of the month before I knew it.

I had received some GORGEOUS cards from my partner, Kaye  
Please visit her blog and see her wonderful creations ;-)    
Kaye and her hubby, Ron, make the most BEAUTIFUL Miniatures together ;-)


Photos stolen borrowed from Kaye's Blog

Sooooo, in an effort get my cards out to Kaye, I raided my stash for suitable cards.

I love working with black & white, so the first card I picked was this one - the other colour being BLUE
one of my fave House Mouse images hand coloured, layered with blue cardstock on white card with a black & white ribbon

Here is a black & white card with silver as the main highlight - balloon images heat embossed in silver and silver stickers used on die cut

my fave colour combination - black, white and red.  
Inkadinkado cupcake image hand coloured and highlighted with Kindy Glitz, bling added to paper flowers and black and white scrapbook papers used.  Red cardstock embossed with swiss dots embossing folder in the Cuttlebug to match the black and white polkadot scrapbook papers

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