Tuesday, August 28, 2012

More HAPPY MAIL - this time from MCT!!!

Wowee, just came home and guess what was on my front door step??  My HAPPY MAIL from My Creative Time's August Release!  {} Here's what I got...

  • From Our Family to Yours;
  • Warm Holiday Fun (including co-ordinating dies);
  • Christmas House (this was a freebie because I was one of the first 75 orders!);
  • Just Simply Live (including co-ordinating dies);
  • Card Sentiments (with 3x3 Fancy Tri-Fold Card die);
  • 3x3 Fancy Envelope Die;
[these were the August Release items]... and
  • Scallop & Stitched Circle Die;
  • Script Type Backgrounds Stamps; and
  • Echo Park Everyday Eclectic paper pad.
Time for some fun!!  Thanks to Emma for such a brilliant release - I can't wait to get playing on these things, particularly the 3x3 dies!!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Peachy Challenge 32::Sketch::August 2012

Here is my entry for the Peachy Keen Challenge 32 - Sketch Challenge
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Peachy Keen Stamps and thought there's no way I could make a card for a PKS Challenge and not include a PKS image!  So, having just recently figured out how to use the PKKO dies and co-ordinating stamps, I knew I had to create a card featuring Santa Tree!  And here it is!
The colour scheme I have used for Santa Tree is inspired by a young friend of mine, Master Harry (7) who coloured in a Santa Tree for me one day when he was at my house.  I have modified it (I didn't think the blue tree trunk really gave it a Christmassy Feel), but other than that it is pretty much what Harry created.  I just got to use the Copics and Stickles, that's all!

I have cut a piece of patterned paper (Kaisercraft Be Merry Collection) and inked the edges with green.  I have then put a 2" band of gold wire-edged ribbon across the bottom of the patterned paper.  This has then been adhered to the front of a plain white card 3.25" x 5.5".  Santa Tree has then been placed over the top and I made a label using a My Favourite Things die and stamped the sentiment from the PKS Decorate Me Christmas Tree Stamp Set.  I then hand-drew some holly berries on the tag and highlighted with more Stickles.  I hope you like it!  


Sunday, August 26, 2012

MCT Challenge - "Host Emma" - Pinterest Inspired Project

Here is my Challenge entry for the new bi-monthly challenge over on My Creative Time with Emma! 

I have never been on Pinterest, much less really know what it's about, so I thought this Challenge was the perfect time for me to have a look.  After scrolling through for a while, I came across this post on the ravelry website.  The link to my inspiration piece is HERE

When I saw this cute crochet pillow, I knew exactly the card I wanted to make.  Using my Gypsy I created a grid by welding together elongated rectangles from the George and Basic Shapes cartridge.  I made each vertical rectangle 0.3" x 6", and each horizontal rectangle 0.3" x 4".  I then aligned the rectangles as gridlines on the mat grids on the Gypsy to space them 1" apart.

After cutting out my grid using Crab Grass Green Core'dinations cardstock, I then stuck it onto a piece of white cardstock, 4" x 6".  Using my Peachy Keen Assorted Face Stamp Sets (Happy Lashes, Laughy Taffy, Blushing Brides, Cheery-O's, Funshine Faces, Wide-eyed Kids and Boy Mates) I placed different smiling faces in random squares of the grid.  I also used the small flower from the PKS Spring Bouquet Stamp Set in the top left and bottom right corners, and the star from the PKS Decorate Me Christmas Tree set as well.

I cut a label from a My Favourite Things Die on peach-coloured cardstock and stamped a sentiment from the PKS Spring Bouquet Stamp Set - "Thinking of you... makes me smile!" and adhered this to the grid.  I then put a peach-coloured ribbon around one of the horizontal grid lines under the MFT Label.

Using my Copics and my Pebbles Chalks, I coloured in the little faces, and then added some highlights to the star and the grid with some Stickles.  Once it was was dry I adhered the whole 4"x6" piece to a card I had made from Kraft Cardstock, 4.5" x 6.5".  Here is the finished product!  I hope you like it!


Tuesday, August 21, 2012


YAY!  Very excited today to receive my Happy Mail from Peachy Keen Stamps!  It didn't take that long to get here either which is even better.  Check out what I got...
  • Two acrylic blocks;
  • Two Cottage Cutz Dies;
  • Paintin' Easter Bunny stamp;
  • Easter Bunny Basket stamp;
  • Bunnies & "egg-cessories" stamp set;
  • Our 2 Angels in Heaven stamp set; and
  • Gingerbread House stamp.
Fun, fun, FUN for me!!  Thanks Kathy at for such a quick delivery, all the way from Wisconsin!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Scrapbook Boutique Challenge - All A Flutter!

I'm posting my first challenge piece since returning to the blogisphere - The "All A Flutter" challenge over at Scrapbook Boutique (
Challenge : Create a project using the photo (below) as your inspiration & making it "All a Flutter - Add a butterfly".
The project can be a card, a scrapbook layout or off the page's totally up to you!
I'm truly in card-making mode at the moment, and so I made a quite simple card, 4.5" x 6".  I used an embossing folder through my Cuttlebug to emboss a pretty pattern on a piece of white cardstock.  I then used my VersaMark inks to ink diagonal lines to form a rainbow pattern.  This was then matted onto a piece of orange cardstock.
I then used a butterfly from the Hannah Montana cartridge as well as the shadow and cut them out on white cardstock.  The shadow was inked in pastel yellow, pink, blue and green in quarters, and then the detailed butterfly was placed over the top and I used Kindyglitz in Crystalina to completely cover the butterfly layer.  This was attached to the card using pop-dots.

Now, one part of the challenge that I'd forgotten about until after I'd made my card was not to use Digi Stamps (oops!).  I did in fact make my own sentiment, and then used  My Creative Time's Stitched Oval Die to cut it out.  So I may not qualify for the challenge as such, but it's my first one and I sure had fun making it!!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Recent Works

OK, time to start blogging my work again!  It's something I started in late 2010, but then went through a massive upheaval in my life, and am only now starting to generate this passion again.  I am finding massive amounts of inspiration from Emma at My Creative Time (MCT), and her products - together with Peachy Keen Stamps products, feature in my works of late.  I have forgone my scrapbooking as such for the time being, and have gone more into cards, ATCs and other general papercrafting endeavours.  I hope you like what I've been working on!

My favourite piece recently is my "LOVE" Card.  I have made it using MCT's Build a Banner Kit.  This first card took a little while to make as I was just loving playing with the dies and stamps in this kit.  However, now it is the sort of card that I could mass produce to sell on.  We'll see how we go with that one, but it sure was fun to make!
I used Creative Memories Shades of Pink cardstock (Raspberry and Taffy), I stamped the hash background on the banner pieces in Versamark Dazzle Champagne watermark ink (unfortunately you can't see it in the photo) and matted the banners over a piece of organza ribbon on a piece of Bazzill Cardstock in a pale pink colour (from my 'stash').  The sentiment "You Complete Me" is from MCT's Turn That Frown Upside Down stamp set.  I also included the "Happy Anniversary" sentiment from MCT's Gift Card Sentiments stamp set inside the card.

I do love how this card turned out - it is definitely something I will want to reproduce.

MCT August Release Hop...

Just hopping along right now - so much inspiration and such a diverse range of projects to admire!  Beautiful work by the MCT Design Team!

Getting my Groove back!

It's been a while since I was here last - much upheaval during 2011 and the start of 2012 - thankfully things are settling now.  I've been getting quite crafty of late and will post some of the new cards I've been making recently, however at the moment I am eagerly awaiting the release of My Creative Time's August release of stamps and dies!  I've been keeping my eye on the Sneaky Peeks over the last couple of days and now the Release is almost set to be unleashed!  Good Luck Emma!