WWC 206 – Anything Goes Challenge

This week’s challenge over at Watercooler Wednesday is an anything goes challenge.

I received a Stampin Up delivery the other day and in it were these adorable little sweet cups that remind me of the little ice cream cups I used to get at the movies when I was a kid.

I decided to cover my little cup with some Stampin Up DSP called ‘Floral Romance’ in the pale green leafy piece. I used the dies from the Stampin Up ‘Botanical Blooms’ set in Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White and Crushed Curry to make the leaves and flower. The sentiment is from The Ton.

Now to think about what I can fill it with. Any ideas?

Come join in the fun and make anything you feel like. Check out the projects that the other artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Tuesday, 5th February at 10:00 Melbourne Time or Monday 4th February 5pm US Mountain Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Mindfulness Crafting

On Friday 25th January we said farewell to my mother. She had battled pancreatic cancer for 18months and succumbed on Sunday 20th January. The days in between have been a whirlwind of planning and arranging that I’m really only now know coming to terms with her being gone.

I am struggling to not dwell on her not being here anymore, so I have gone into my craft room to distract myself and try to reset my mind or at least get some balance. So to get inspiration, I have gone to my list of challenges I tend to follow to help me today.

First up is a card for CAS Colours & Sketches and CASology.

This was a quick and simple card to make thanks to the sketch. I used a new Stampin Up DSP for the squares called ‘How sweet it is’ and the sentiment is from Power Poppy called ‘Big Scripts’. I added a little bit of gold thread and sequins for the finishing touches.

Next up is a card for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

For the main panel I used a piece of DSP from Stampin Up called ‘Botanical Butterfly’. I chose one of the black and white butterfly pieces and lightly coloured one butterfly with my Stampin Blends in Pink Pirouette. The sentiment is from Avery Elle called ‘Handwritten Notes. I really love how this card turned out.

Next up is a card for the current Less is More challenge.

I thought this was an interesting sketch and loved the cards created by the DT. I decided to use one of my previously made alcohol inked background pieces and heat embossed the sentiment from the Stampin Up set ‘Itty Bitty Birthdays’.

Next up is a card for the current Alphabet Challenge for the letter ‘V’ for vehicle.

I used another stamp set and DSP from Stampin Up called ‘Geared Up Garage’ and ‘Classic Garage’. I inked up the car and coloured it with my Stampin Blend Cherry Cobbler marker. I die cut the gears with some silver foil paper. You can’t see it, but I’ve used some crystal effects on the car windows and headlights.

Lastly is a card for the Time Out Challenges and Addicted to CAS challenge. I’ve not played with them before, but who could resist the quote they have for inspiration.

I used a stamp set from Stamping Bella called ‘Uptown Girl Wilma loves wine’. I stamped her in Memento black ink and coloured her in with my Prisma pencils. This image reminds me of the cruise we took with my mum last Easter where we had so much fun, laughing, drinking, sightseeing. Here’s cheers to you mum.

Well, thanks for looking through this very long post and I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

WWC #205 – Donna’s ‘All About Holidays’ Challenge

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.Today the lovely Donna is our host for the all about holidays challenge theme.

My card celebrates a summer holiday. We’re in the middle of summer here in Australia and I think I’ve only been able to get to the beach twice – very un-Australian of me!

I decided to use a new stamp set from Stampin Up called ‘Beach Happy’ which I inked up in Stampin Up Granny Apple Green, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody and a bit of Crumb Cake for the sand. The card base is Stampin Up Bermuda Bay cardstock. I used a Stampin Up embossing folder called Seaside to create the look of waves on my card base.

I really love how this card worked out and will be using this stamp set quite a bit more.

Come join in the fun and make a holiday inspired card. Check out the projects that the other artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created, then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Wednesday, 29th January at 10:00 Melbourne Time or Tuesday 5pm US Mountain Time to link up your project.

 Thanks for looking and have a great day.

WWC#204 – Gail’s Masculine ‘Anything Goes’ Challenge

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  The lovely Gail is our hostess this week with her Masculine Anything Goes Challenge. 

My hubby’s birthday is just around the corner, so I decided to make a birthday card for him using a Stampin up set from the new Occassions catalogue called ‘Geared Up Garage’. Not only are the stamps fabulous, but it has some amazing dies including these gears I’ve used on my card cut from silver foil cardstock.

Come join in the fun and make a masculine card. Check out the projects that the other artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Wednesday, 22nd January at 10:00 Melbourne Time or Tuesday 5pm Mountain Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

This Magical Moment Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us for This Magical Moment Blog Hop!  

Who doesn’t love Disney? We sure do! This is a blog hop featuring projects inspired by Disney characters or the Mouse himself!

You should have arrived from Audrey but if you didn’t you can head over to Connie Can Crop as she starts us off on this special hop.

This is a one day blog hop, but you have until Sunday 3rd October at 10pm (Pacific time) or Monday 4th Febriary (Melbourne time) to finish hopping and leaving your love for all of these talented crafters.

We have two awesomesponsors for this hop!!

M.A.H. Stamp Set4x4

Frame Punch Board andEmbellishments

What do you need to do to win?

Easy… become  a follower of each of the fabulous blogs in this hop and leave each of them a comment letting them know what you like best about their projects. There is free shipping to any USA prize winners, anywhere else will be asked to pay shipping if they win.

You will have until 10 pm Sunday 3rd February (Pacific time) or 5pm Monday 4th February (Melbourne time) to finish the hop and leave your comments on every blog to be eligible to win. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 16th January at Connie Can Crop. Be sure to follow everyone and leave a comment along the way!

So, onto my creation…….. I don’t have any Disney stamps but remember when I visited Disneyland back in the early 90s that every where I looked I saw Mickey and Minnie hats with ears; so I thought I’d create a birthday card featuring Minnie’s ears with her signature big bow.

I die cut 3 circles from black cardstock in 2 sizes to make her face and ears. I then die cut her bow using an old Stampin Up Bigz bow die from some spotty DSP. I created my star background piece using Stampin Up Poppy Parade ink and the star trio stamp from the Mama Elephant “Make a wish’ stamp set.

I heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set in white on Minnie’s face, glued all the pieces together and my card was done!

Next up in the hop is REBECCA. A

Here’s our line up in case you get lost along the way.

Be sure to join us next month for our Pawprints on my Heart themed Blog Hop.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

WWC#203 – Karen’s All About Occasions Challenge

Hello there, it’s time for another Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.  Karen is out lovely hostess today with an All About Occassions challenge.

I decided to play with my alcohol inks again, creating a background piece with wild plum, aqua and some silver Nuvo flakes. I stamped a sentiment from the MFT ‘Birthday Greeting’ stamp set. I then die cut the butterflies from the Stampin Up Butterfly gala bundle and tucked it inside the circle panel.

Come join in the fun and make a card for an occassion of your choice. Check out the projects that the other artists at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges have created then take the challenge and link your creation to the challenge post. We’d love to have you join us.  You have until Wednesday, 15th January at 10:00 Melbourne Time or Tuesday 5pm Mountain Time to link up your project.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Sail Away

Sailing away is what I’d rather do than go back to work tomorrow, my 2 weeks leave has gone way to fast and I’m not ready to adult yet!

I found a little bit of time to get my craft on this morning while the rest of the house was still asleep.

I went to my challenge blog list for inspiration and found 4 that I wanted to play with and that the 1 card would suit:

I have been playing with my alcohol inks a lot lately and had a blue piece that was perfect for these challenges. I used a Stampin Up die that looks like waves and a sentiment from a set by Simon Says Stamp called ‘Sailing’. I used just a few of the leftover wave pieces which I adhered to a stitched die rectangle panel.

I can really feel the water in those waves. I love how this card turned out. Thanks for looking and have a great day.