Sunday, December 4, 2016

Summer flowers...

Summer has arrived here in Auckland (at last).  The weekend has been really lovely and this afternoon Hubby and I walked down to the beach and I lay on my towel and read my book.

 This was my view laying on my back looking up at the wonderful blue sky. 


And this is the new wharf at Murrays Bay.  Hubby went for a swim but way too cold for me yet. 

So got home and decided I'd had enough sun for the day - time to participate in the Hero Arts Flickr group 90 min scramble.  It's a 24hr version, so you just take 90 mins any time in the 24hrs and make your card.  Cindy set the challenge - to use ALL the stamps in a set or use a background stamp.  I took the easy route with my set and used a layering flower Hibiscus set.

After a few false starts - not lining up my stamps well....(and still not 100% lined up) here is what I did


I used all the stamps together with some Hero Arts and Altenew inks and lots of masking.  
Here is the set I used


I managed to get it made and photographed in 75 mins.   Nice to do a non Christmas card .... even though I still have heaps to make to get in the post in the next few days.  I'll be choosing a simple design to make multipes of for my NZ family and friends.

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, December 2, 2016

Layered Christmas Wishes

It's a new month so a new challenge at Die Cut Divas.   Our challenge theme is Layers or Layer it....and our sponsor is Die R Us




I used an embossing folder, Patterned Paper and stamp that was with a magazine I got this week.  I layered my embossed piece and my PP with some red card.  The stamp was die cut with a stitched circle die (Simon Says Stamp) and layered onto a red Spellbinders scalloped die  (Spellbinders are sold by Die's R Us)

Had a lovely lunch out and then ended up going out for dinner as well... needless to say for dinner, I had an entree as my main as I was still fill from lunch.    Now don't feel like doing anything but going to sleep!  An early night me thinks.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Guest spot at StampNation... critter challenge/chalkboard technique

Over at StampNation today the latest challenge is up.  It's an Either or Both challenge.


Option 1: Critter Challenge- Use some sort of bird, animal, creature or critter on your card.
Ideas: Deer, Mouse, Cardinal, Fox, etc.

Option 2: Chalkboard Technique: Use a piece of black cardstock with white or colored ink for a chalkboard technique.


This first card is for the Option 1:  I used a bird


 I pulled out my Birdcage and Bird die from Tim Holtz and die cut it with a some white card.  I used red Distress inks to sponge the bird.  The PP is from Rosie's Studio "Home for the Holidays" I trimmed around the holly with my craft knife and slid the cage and bird underneath.  The sentiment is from Hero Arts and is white embossed.  I stamped and die cut the holly leaves and berries (SOA Candy Cane Lane) and added a bow die from Impression Obsession.

And just because I could... I made another card using Option  - Chalkboard technique.


A real CAS card.  I took a piece of some black cardstock and white embossed the Hero Arts Vintage Poinsettia and matched it with a sentiment from SOA Candy Cane Lane.  I used a Faber Castell white pen to smudge around the flower and the sentiment.   I added some white enamel liquid dots.

Hope you week is doing well.  Tomorrow is my work Christmas lunch...we are heading about 45 minutes away at a pub out in the country.  Should be a fun afternoon.



Monday, November 28, 2016

November CCC....

My recipient has received her card in this months challenge.

Our themes this month included using these colours
2016-11
or this sketch
 or the following themes Landscapes / Christmas / Friendship or Products:  Felt / Fabric

Here is my card.

I chose the colours... my matting is the pinky one.    I used Coffee Break Altenew inks and Peony Bouquet stamps.   My sentiment is from Catherine Pooler Designs "Hello World"  Added some 3D liquid dots in the pinky colour. 

I'm loving my Altenew layering flower stamps.  And this colour scheme is something a bit different.

Thanks for stopping by


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Foundations Box has arrived...plus more Christmas cards

Yes I am happy to say I got my Catherine Pooler Foundations Box on Friday.  My friend Suna and I got them together (cuts down the postage costs for us) so on my way to Stamping Group on Saturday I dropped hers off.  Hope she is having as much fun with it as I am.  The inks are AMAZING and the stamp sets are full of variety.    I've done two cards so far


this one was the first I did... and  I messed up the bottom due to the ink being so juicy, I had to adapt to a LIGHT touch... so added the extra strip of green and also added a strip of card covered in the blue ink.   These inks are incredibly juicy and very intense colours.... I did 2nd generation stamping to get the lighter blue snow flakes.

and just look at the beautiful coverage with the red ink on the solid circle.  Once again I used the ink to make my layer.  Great way to tie in your layers to the inks on your card.

Yesterday was my day stamping with my group of friends.... there were 7 of us there.. (no photos as I was soooo busy making cards!)  I really enjoy catching up with all these lovely ladies and it had been quite a while since we last got together.    I had a very productive day - thanks to some pre- prep.  I had taken all 45 of my Christmas cards to work on Thursday and sold 30 of them.... and got 12 orders...4 of one, 7 of another and 1 of a third.

  7 of the first one and 4 of the second one.   I did all the die cutting and the embossing on Thursday and Friday nights so Sat was just putting it all together.    

And here's what I did as well.

I made a red one the same as the first one.  That will give the person a choice of colours. I'm entering this into the challenge at A Blog Named Hero.

So you can see I really did work hard on Saturday.   Hubby is away for the weekend so once I got home, I just kept going... the Happy Birthday above was done then.   A bit of a rest day today!  

a big thanks if you made it this far.... so much I wanted to share.  Hope my American friends have enjoyed their Thanksgiving on Thursday and enjoyed catching up with their families.   Only 4 weeks now till Christmas.
Christmas Tree on emojidex

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Wishing you Peace Love and Joy

It's my day over at  A2Z Scrapbooking today.


Peace Dove

This Peace Stamp and Die set (DC187) is so versatile.  There are so many little sentiments that can go with the stamp or the matching Die.  For my card I have chosen to use the Die with the sentiments.  Thanks to MISTI I manage to do a pile of this design all at once.  Just did the stamping, and then added the die cut Peace and the trimmed red embossed panel.  The silver glitter card Dove die is one that came with a Christmas Themed magazine last year (and only got used this year!)  And because our theme this month is Embellish It... I added some little pearls along the curve of the embossed panel.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Enjoy the Ride.

My workmate Donna had her birthday yesterday.  She is a few years younger than me - in her mid 's so I made her a bit of a fun card. 


I used an Art Impressions stamp and coloured with some Faber Castell pencils.  I used some PP from Kaisercraft to make my background.    Donna loved the card... saying the whole thing reminder her of herself...

It's been a busy time over the past week... lots of cards made, but mostly for commissions, DT work and for Christmas swaps.  Plus my room no longer has a hole in the ceiling.  It's been repaired and plastered.  The painter is coming later in the week and then it will be time to declutter a bit more and put the stuff back.  Hubby is determined that I need to get rid of at least half of my stash  (over my dead body!!!!!) so at present a bit of a stand off!

Anyway, hope everyone had a great weekend.   We spend most of Saturday over at Waiheke Island.  We went with Hubby's work to a vineyard where we did some fun activities... archery and a blind taste testing of two wines and two beers before having a lovely lunch.  Weather was a bit iffy... some showers and a bit cool, but a fun day had by all.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Thanks a bunch

Just a quick card today.  It's my turn to share over at Die Cut Divas where our challenge is "Thanks"


A very simple little card with some Copic colouring and die cutting of course.  Die and sentiment from Winnie & Walter.

And today Sunday 13th is my son's birthday.  I give thanks for such a beautiful person he has grown up to be.  28 this year...  where has the time gone.



Happy Birthday Kieran... we love you to pieces.