Friday, January 13, 2012

Faux Leather

The crab has been painted with chalk and blender pen.

The cracked effect on the card stock was achieved with
 a lovely back ground stamp "Weathered" from Stamp'n Up.
Patterned paper by Kaiser,
 Card stock  -' close to cocoa' , 'chocolate chip',  by Stamp'n Up.
I am also entering this into the try something new challenge at Crafty Creations.
I have been experimenting with a few different techniques , after all I am on holidays, and what better way to chill out than to get a little creative with my paper supplies.I can't exactly remember where on the net I read about making paper look like leather, but I did remember the method and thought I would give it a go.

Sunflower Card

I recently found a great tutorial on how to make sunflowers at and thought I would give this card a try.I was really happy with the end result and it was very quick and easy to make.

2. Monthly Stamp Club - January

Patterned papers by Bella -  mat stack "French Chateau".
Card Stock - Black and River Rock from "Stamp'n Up".
 Stamps - "Loads of Love" by Stamp'n Up.
Corners punched using a corner punch from Carl.

Water coloring with ink gives great dimensions to the stamped images.

Edges daubed around with ink to define images.

1. Monthly Stamp Club - January

I had a great night crafting tonight with the wonderfully talented  ladies at our monthly stamp club, exploring a couple of new techniques.
Close up of inked area.

Tri-fold card

The card is embossed and then ink is applied lightly with a dauber.
All crafting resources used were from "Stamp'n Up".

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

My botched attempt at the #147 Sketch

Not happy with this one - it's a bit boring - so I went back and tried something else.

This is for a 50th Birthday.
I like this one well enough, but it is supposed to have 4 elements
 down the side, and I could only fit 3 in - so I didn't enter it into the challenge.

Glitter Bird

Had a little play with glitter and heat sticking powder this afternoon.
First I stamped and image with versa mark, then applied the
sticking powder to the versa marked image, heated it with my
 heat gun and applied the glitter - it's much prettier than the photo shows.
Heart paper by Kaiser, ribbon from 'Spotlight' and other papers from Stampin' Up.

Playing with my Grandaughter

My Grandaughter is four and loves to card make and draw.This afternoon she came for a visit and Grandma showed her how to emboss - Grandma was incharge of the heat gun and Maddy had the fun (That's her words not mine. lol).Grandma also tied the bow on.She stuck the picture to the card and she did a great job of lining it up. Grandma is very proud of her. It's a great Card!!

More embossing by Maddy.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Card Patterns Sketch #147 and Crafty Creations "Heat embossing" Challenge

This is my 3rd attempt at using this sketch - I seem to have really struggled with this one.
I have used white and black embossing powders over the stamps, beautiful Kaiser embossed paper, Stampin' Up stamp set 'Like it a Latte' , cream and black card stock, and some ribbon from  'Chickenfeed'. The finished card looks much nicer than the photo suggests.

I am entering this card into  the following challenges 


2. This is the #147 sketch from Card Patterns at

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Father Time or Baby New Year

This is my entry into the 'father time /baby new year' challenge.
I have used paper by Kaiser and stamps by Stampin Up, as I don't have any baby or clock stamps from this company. This challenge closes on the 13th January at 5:00pm.

Birthday Wishes

Paper by Kaiser - Ribbon from 'Craft Queen Australia".

This card is made from  the 'SPOTS AND DOTS' inspiration at 
and the great sketch at

I am entering this card into the following challenges;
1. CPS 250
2.Sweet Stampin Challenge Blog 'Spots and Dots'.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Spotlight technique

ICS #145 "Any Sketch Goes Challenge"

This is my entry for the ICSketch challenge,any sketch goes challenge, January 2012.
This is the link for the challenge
My 'Bird' card was made with the 3 step punch and papers from 'stampin' up'.

I used  sketch #89 from   for my card.

challenge sketch 79 - waltzing mouse

Fresh Brewed Challenges for January 2012

Jan 4 Challenge- Use Something New **month long challenge

Jan 11 Challenge - Color - Kraft, White, Pink

Jan 18 Challenge - Buttons and Bows

Jan 25 Challenge - Brrr- Snow / Winter theme

Sketch Saturday

I love this sketch - it is so easy to work with, and makes a great guys card.

Bits and Pieces Blog Candy

For You

This area is raised with dimensionals.

My card - silver white and black.The black paterned squares are velvet - beautiful paper from Kaiser.
I am entering this card in the following Challenges:
1. JUGS #118 Sketch

Monday, January 2, 2012

A card or gift of Graditude or Thanks!

                              Blog Hop and 2 Week Challenge at                                                         

My little  "Thank You" lolly pop.

The Unstampabelles - Challenge #7 - Anything Goes (No Stamps)

My Card for the Unstampabelles Challenge #7. The sentiment is a sticker.
This was very different for me, as I usually use stamps - It felt really odd and I had to think a lot more about the card.

Card Patterns Sketch 146

Close up of detail.
 My Daughter gave me the lovely paper from ' Stampin' Up',

 for our Kris Kringle -  

My Card using 'Card Patterns Sketch 146' .