Sunday Funday

I got my craft on today – woot woot!

Everything just seemed to be aligned – time, inspiration and weather. Weather you say? Well it’s finally a bit cooler here which means being indoors is so much more pleasant without the heat and humidity we’ve been having lately.

So I went through my list of challenges to see what caught my eye and found lots of inspiration:

First up is my CASology card – I played with the theme in a bit of tongue in cheek way using a cat from the Katzelkraft “Les Chats’ stamp set coloured with my prisma pencils and I created the sentiment on my computer. This is my type of exercise!


Up next is my card for the Watercooler Wednesday challenge. This card is going to be one of a set of cards for a new work colleague who is an apiarist wanting me to make ‘bee’ themed Christmas cards for her. I used the Stampin Up hexagon die plate to simulate the hive, the sentiment I created on my computer and the bee is a digital image from Freepik with an added Santa hat. I’m pretty happy with how this turned out and I’m hoping she’ll love it too.


Third card for the day is for the CAS-ual Fridays challenge. I used another Katzelkraft stamp set “Les Jungles” with the sentiment created on my computer again. I coloured him with my prisma pencils.


Lastly my card for the JUGS #430 challenge . This card is for Miss K who is turning 11 later this month. I’m glad I’m  making it now as time will certainly get away from me with all the things I have to remember doing between now and then 🙂 I die cut my balloons using Avery Elle balloon dies and stamped the sentiments on the balloons from a Winnie & Walter set called ‘ring in the celebration’.


Well that’s it for today, thanks for looking and have a great day.


Adulting is hard

Ok, so anyone who has read my previous post would have seen that I was abstaining from coffee for a month as part of a detox and to help me reduce my sugar intake. Well it almost killed me but I’m glad to say that I stayed the course and lasted the month BUT as soon as the 30 days were done the first thing I had the very next morning was a cup of coffee!

It was delicious.

So when I saw the stamp set from CAS-ual Fridays called “Coffee Talk ” I knew which sentiment I was going to use on my next card for the Card Concept challenge as it perfectly summed up my 30 days sans coffee experience.


I used the flat elephant from a Katzelkraft set called ‘Les Jungles” and he matches so well with the sentiment. I kept is CAS so that he was the centre of attention (as he deserves).


Thanks for looking and have a great day.





Dry Embossing

Now here’s a technique that I’ve neglected in recent times. I’ve been too busy with OLC cards that I’d forgotten how great a dry embossed background can complement a focal image.

The current challenges at Less is More and Try Stampin’ – or not – on Tuesday are all about dry embossing.


Now I got a little bit carried away and created 3 cards, all just that little bit different from each other.

This first one is for my mother who is being an absolute superstar while undergoing cancer treatment for a second time. I used a digital image from Some Odd Girl and the sentiment is from the Sweet Stamp Shop ‘super mom’ set. I coloured her with my alcohol markers and then added her to a dry embossed base using an embossing folder form Stampin Up.


This next card will go into my birthday card stash and I really like the effect I achieved with the embossed background that I lightly sponged over to give it that worn look. The embossing folder is from Spellbinders #E3D-004 basket weave and I die cut the butterfly from some scrap DSP. The sentiment is from an old Stampin Up set.


The last card will go into my masculine card stash and combines dry embossing with some scrap DSP banners and a couple of coloured dots for the finishing effect. The embossing folder is from Cuttlebug and the sentiment is an old Stampin Up one.

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Not sure why this image is so small but I’m sure you get the idea.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Winter Olympics

I have been enjoying watching the winter olympics – there have been some amazing performances from some outstanding athletes.  I think some of the feats and tricks we have been seeing have been simply unbelievable – those snowboarders who’ve been doing the 1060 turns – wow!

So when I saw the current The Male Room challenge #79 – Sports/Winter Olympics I just knew I wanted to play along and the card I wanted to make.


I created my background using smooshed peacock feathers distress oxide ink with a bit of white puffy paint to simulate snow and added the digital extreme snowboarder from Stampin Up. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts ‘Awesome’ set.


Another great masculine card for my stash – done!

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Today my card is adding to my masculine birthday card stash and I was inspired by the current CAS-ual Friday Stamps challenge. I love their sketches as they make you think more creatively.CFC193_logo

I used a CAS-ual Fridays stamp set called ‘Shenanigans” for my main focus sentiment, stamped using Catherine Pooler Design inks in It’s a boy, Fiesta blue and Something borrowed with some Momento tuxedo black. I used Stampin Up Whisper white and Not quite navy card stock. Some blue and white twine from the Twinery finishes it off.


Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Happy Pig Day!

Today my card is a cheeky birthday card inspired by the current challenge over at Sieze the Birthday where the topping is to use candles on your birthday card.


I used that cheeky pig stamp I got from my friend Jo in Adelaide (not sure where she got him but he’s adorable) and I coloured him with my Stampin Up Blends, then fussy cut him out and popped him up on some dimensional inside the circle of candles stamp from the Winner & Walter set ‘Ring in the Celebrations’ which was embossed in Melon Mambo from Stampin Up. The sentiment is from a set by Simon Says Stamp called ‘Wishing you hogs and kisses’. For the final touch I added a little bit of Melon Mambo twine and I was done – oink oink!


Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Much needed crafting

After the week I’ve had I really needed some time in my craft room to re-set my mind and refocus on what’s important.

Todays cards were inspired by a number of challenges:


I’ve been watching a bit of the Winter Olympics on TV and seeing everyone all rugged up and cold is so far from the weather we have been experiencing of late that I went with a summer sporty theme for my SOS card to match the Aussie weather. The surfer and sentiment are from a Stampin Up digital set which I printed over a sponged card base using my distress oxide inks. I spritzed some water droplets to give the effect of waves and cut the sentiment banner on an angle to match the direction of the wave.


This next card is for the CASology challenge and uses a stamp that I hadn’t used in a long time. It is the Stampin Up Swallowtail stamp which I heat embossed and then used my Brushos to colour. The sentiment is from the “Watercolor Wings” Stampin Up set. I love the vibrancy of this card and will be giving it to my mother to remind her of how special she is to me and how I cherish every moment I have with her.


Next up is my card for FMS and WWC. I loved this sketch and this was such an easy card to make. I used some scraps of DSP to form the black and white panels behind my butterfly which is from the Stampin Up “Watercolor Wings” set stamped using Catherine Pooler Design inks. The sentiment is from another Stampin Up Set called “Jar of Love”. I probably could have entered this for the CASology challenge too 🙂


Lastly is my card for the February Gerda Steiner challenge using her adorable bunnies digital image. These I coloured with my Stampin Up Blends. I created the background using a MFT stencil ‘sunrays’ and Distress Inks in squeezed lemon, scattered straw, mustard seed and wild honey. The sentiment is from Concord & 9th “Say hello”.


Thanks for looking and my mind is now in a better place.