Monday, 28 April 2014

CCM&M #115 - Its a bugs life

Today over at Crafty Cardmakers and more our challenge is hosted by Kimx and she has chosen

'It's A Bug's Life'

She would like to see Butterflies, Dragonflies, Ladybirds, or any other INSECT as your main image or focal point of your project.

I have chosen to use a stamp called 'Sympathy Bugs' by Wee Stamps, I really love these cute little guys.

I coloured the image with copics and then added some glitter to the berries for texture.

I used some spellbinders dies to create the layers for an easel card, using card to match the main image.

The sentiment is from the SIL store and I used the pens with my Silhouette to draw it.

Lastly I added a bow, flowers, pearls and a memory box swirl die to finish off.

We are sponsored by

with this fabulous prize 
and also by

with a $12 gift certificate

Don't forget to check out my team mates blogs for some great ideas.

Challenges I would like to enter are:-

Addicted to Stamps - Things with wings
The Squirrel and the Fox - Die Cut, Punches
Suze Bees Bloomin' Challenge - Wings
Cut it Up - Birthday with Diecut
Paper Crafting Journey - Easel Card
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Things with wings
Whimsy Stamps - Anything Goes
Brown sugar - Anything Goes

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Aurora Wings

I could not resist another post today as I have recently discovered and fallen in love with the digital stamps by Mitzi Sato-Wiuff  of Aurora Wings, they are the most beautiful fantasy works of art and I have been looking and looking over the last couple of months but was not sure I could do the image justice but I finally took the plunge and purchased a couple to colour.

The image I am sharing with you today is called 'Flower Ballerina'.

I started by watching my week 1 video of the skin and hair class at Kit & Clowder so I could try and get good skin colour and shading.

I was really happy with the end result but unfortunately I took this photo at night and it looks yellow, although it is a lovely pink shade.

I wanted the flowers and petals to be a girly mix of blue and purple so picked 3 copics to work with:

BV000, RV10 & BG10 and then layered the BV000 & BG10 over each other and finished the edge of the petals with the RV10.  I went in afterwards with BG15 & BV00 to darken up some spots.

I love the colour combination and hope from the photos below you can see the true colour of the skin.

When it came to putting her on a card, I must say I was a little stumped so left her a couple of days.

Then I remembered a cute dandelion stamp I have from Inkylicious and thought I would stamp and heat emboss the background.

So I mixed 3 different embossing powders till I got just the shade I was looking for.

Cut the image and layered with a spellbinder die added a large pink bow (which I then changed to Blue) and again heat embossed a sentiment by Inkylicious.

Here is the finished result.

I hope you like her as much as I enjoyed colouring her ....... right I am off to colour more of these gorgeous stamps  :)

Challenges I would like to enter:-

Kit & Clowder - Something Blue
Copic Markers Europe - Out of my comfort zone
Charisma Cardz - Purple and Blue
4 Crafty Chicks - Embossing
Addicted to stamps - Make your Mark
ABC Challenge - Just as  you like it
Natlaie and Amy - Embossing
Craft room Challenge - Dance
Craft Deebowz - ATG handmade Bow
crafty Bloggers Network - Die Cuts & Embossing

Open-Minded Crafting Fun #9

Today I am excited to share with you my first DT card for Open-Minded Crafting Fun.

It is a fun, fab challenge blog with lots of great sponsors and a lovely Design Team who have been very welcoming.

The challenge this fortnight is 'Sports or Activities'

I have used an image called 'Dirt Bike Mike' by Kenny K, who is one of the sponsors for this challenge.

This little guy has been coloured with a mix of Copics and Promarkers.  I inked the background a little to give the impression of the bike spitting up dirt and then cut out with a spellbinders die.

I cut a wheel background which is from the SIL store and matted on some bright orange card from the   Papermill.

The Sentiment is by Gingers House and printed onto a Ticket also from the SIL store, which I then painted with water and distress inks to dirty it up a bit.

Our sponsors this fortnight are:-

I hope you will feel inspired to join in our challenge and look forward to seeing all your beautiful work.

Thanks for visiting.

Challenges I would like to enter are:-

Art Impressions - Masculine
Moving along with the times - Transport
Pennys Challenges - One for the Boys
The Crafting Cafe - One for the Boys
Jelly Park Challenges - One for the Boys
Milk Coffee Challenge - Bright Colours
Addicted to Stamps - Make your mark

Thursday, 10 April 2014


Last weekend both Hubby and I celebrated our birthdays, they are a day apart so we often take a trip up town to see a show.

This time we went to see Thriller as hubby is a huge Michael Jackson fan, me not so much:), although I have to say the dancing and singing were fab

So I decided to make his birthday card around this theme.

I traced the silhouette in  my cameo software, then imported it to Tagul which is a word cloud programme for creating your own clouds to print.

It was so easy, you pick your shape or import one, type any words you would like, pick colours and fonts, then voila it fills the shape and you can save as a png or svg file.

I added some gold sentiments cut on the cameo and added some music notes I have had hanging around forever.

Thanks for looking :)

Challenges I would like to enter are:-

Time out Challenges - Birthday Masculine
Fan Tastic Fridays - Anything Goes #30
Dragonfly Dreams - Make it for Boys
Hiding in my Craft Room - Black, White and one other (Gold)

Wednesday, 9 April 2014


This week I have been dabbling at making masks with my vinyl for inking and also designing frames with my silhouette software.

I started by tracing and cutting a birch tree stencil and applying it to my card.  I then dusted over with adirondack inks and then started to remove the vinyl, which actually came off very easily.

This colour combo was inspired by this months theme of 'Spring' at Lavinia Stamps

I then grabbed my Lavinia stamps and added orchids, vines, fairy Felicty and tiny flowers.

At this point I decided I would like to frame it in black and grabbed some leaves from the sil store and a rose clipart I had traced, merged them together to create a frame.

I really liked the look so I made a couple more in different styles and colours, here is one where the main image is part of the frame.

Challenges I would like to enter are:

Lavinia Stamps - Spring Colours
Paper Take Weekly - Spring has Sprung
Craft your Passion - no designer papers
Sketchy Colours - Lime & Yellow
Fantasy Stampers - Silhouettes