Monday, 20 November 2017

Sketchy Fairy

This is my first blog with the Incy Wincy team - thanks for having me.  Check out the design team's work and enter here: incywincydesigns

The challenge is a sketch, and such great one to work with:

Our sponsor is All Dressed Up who provided this lovely image to work with: happy-christmas-little-star

Image: All Dressed Up - Happy Christmas Little Star
Coloured with Copics
Oval Die: Spellbinders
Stash: ribbon, pearls, Kindyglitz

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Winter Sport

Come And Get It challenges you to a winter sport theme. Check out the design team work here:  cagichallenge
Our Badge

Thanks to super sponsor Bugaboo for the image:
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Image: Bugaboo - Close Knit Friends
Coloured with Copics
Rectangle stitch die: unbranded
Friend die:
Sentiment: typed on computer
knit border; re-purposed packaging
Toothpicks, crochet cotton

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Sympathy Tree

Even on a sad occasion I like to make cards that have hopeful, life affirming elements, like this tree.  I expect that the recipient would take their own meaning from it.

I die cut the frame from paua design wrapping paper because of the gorgeous colours.  Edges of the blue card are lightly inked.

Die cut frame: Couture Creations
Die cut tree:
Tag: Spellbinders
Sentiment stamp:
Ribbon, ink

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Saturday, 18 November 2017


I made this for a friend who moved to a new house.  When you go to their house Bella their dog pops up in the front window to check you out, then races to be first at the door to let you in.

This is one of those stamps sets that has the back and front on it.  You can see what I did with the inside of the card.

Stamps: free with a magazine
Sentiment stamp:Inkadinkadoo
Die: Spellbinders
Leaf punch: Martha Stewart

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Charming Bird

Come and play tic-tac-toe with us at the Crafters Café! here:  crafterscafeblogchallenge

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog
Choose any line as long as it has the middle CHARM square in it.

This great image from sponsor Bugaboo:

The image is put behind a diecut hole that has a black frame added on the front.  A doodle border is hand-drawn on the pink card.  I thought the charm looked a little like a basket with a flower in, and tied it on with scraps of blue ribbon.

Image: Bugaboo - Flower Bird
Coloured with Copics
Hexagon dies: Couture Creations
Designer paper:  Lily Rose
Stash:  charm, ribbon, black pen

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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Winter Girl

Join us at Come and Get It challenge - this time is Winter Girls:  cagichallenge

Our sponsor is All Dressed Up with the image here:  feed-the-birds

Image: All Dressed Up - Feed the Birds
Coloured with colour pencils
Frame dies: Unbranded
Snowflake Die: C & M
Hello Die:  Wplus9
EF: Provocraft - swiss dots

The EF is inked over with white chalk ink to give a snowy look, and the snowflake border is left free.  I liked the pencils to colour the image as it is quite delicate.  My granddaughter Rhiannon thinks this is herself.

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Thursday, 2 November 2017

Redhead Dahling

Isn't she a dahling?  No doubt about it.  And what a diva with a matching doggie.  She looks like she'd be fun.

Image: Rick StDennis
Coloured with Copics
Die: Spellbinders
Sentiment stamp: Kaisercraft
Rickrack, gold Stickles, glitter card

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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Happy Music

Crafters Café challenge this time is MUSIC.    Check out the design team's work here: crafterscafeblogchallenge

DT Badge

Isn't this a fantasy every guy has sometime or other?  Guitar heaven? Dream on!

Thank you to our sponsor  Dr Digi for the image of Derek Clapton, get it here: doctor-digi derek-clapton

Image: Derek Clapton
'Be' die: Sizzix
'Happy' die: Heidi Swapp
Zigzag die: Couture Creations
EF:  Couture Creations
Washi tape

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Challenge Quilt 2017

Finished in August 2017 for the NZ Quilt and Craft Fair September 2017, Page 33 Challenge.
It was called a Page 33 challenge which means entrants were given page 33 from random magazines to use as inspiration for their quilt.  Some people got fashion pages, car pages, gardening pages, and I got a house page.  The geometric shapes, strong perspective and soft colours were what inspired me.

Apart from having a connection to the inspiration page, the quilt had to fit within a 0.5 metre square, have three layers and obvious quilting elements.  We could use anything on that page for inspiration (e.g. words, colours, shapes etc).

I used several techniques: raw edge applique, piecing, 3D panel, and common quilt blocks.  Beaded embellishments represent the chandelier and the flowers on the table. I moved the furniture around a bit.

It got first prize.  I was overseas at the time and didn't know it had won.

Scary Boo!

I made this to give to the little girl next door and, as she is a crafter, hopefully she might pick the bits off and re-use them.  The bat can flap it's wings, and the ghost and bats eyes glow with Kindyglitz.

Halloween Dies:  Provocraft
Striped paper download:
Grass die: Impression Obsession
wavy die: unbranded

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Autumn Mouse

Look at this face!  How sweet? And this will go nicely with a gift box of specialty teas.

I wanted to keep it as simple as possible, so just  embossed a border onto the card to frame it.  I embossed the veins in the leaves by hand and inked the edges with antique paper distress ink, and glued them so the edges are lifted off the card.

Image: Stampendous Rose Hip Tea Cup
Coloured with Copics
Stitched Circle Die:
Leaf die: provocraft
Thanks Die: Wplus9

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Sunday, 29 October 2017

Memory Garden

 A memory garden is a lovely concept; a place of peace and remembrance that can be visited in the mind whenever you wish.  For you M.

Stamp: Hero Arts
(clear embossed then watercoloured with distress inks)
EF: Couture Creations
Butterfly Die:
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's
Edges inked, Distress inks, ribbon

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A not-too-scary hallowe'en card.  I used a bit of inking on the sentiment and the small items, and some 3D foam to pop the spider, fence, pumpkin & skull.  I just thought when I did this, wouldn't the pumpkin & skull make good buttons? Hmmmm

Click on for details

All Halloween dies: provocraft
Curvy stitched dies: unbranded
Striped paper download:  A Bit More Time To Craft

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Daffodil Cheer

Don't daffodils always look cheerful?

I used these for the stitching challenge at the Crafters Café, here: crafterscafeblogchallenge

The beautiful image is kindly provided by Sheepski, you can find it here: jos-daffodils-image-no-50

Image: Sheepski
coloured with Copics
Sentiment stamp: freebie from Aus Simply Cards

Mouse Dancer

Stitching!  real or faux, that's the story at the Crafters Café.  See the great ideas from the design team, here: crafterscafeblogchallenge

Thanks to Rick St Dennis for this beautiful image' get it here: rick1949/sugar-plum-fairy-mouse-digital-stamp

The background image was masked and smooshed with Oxide Distress inks, then diecut.   I decided to 3D the mouse with foam and I'm glad I did, she looks like she's coming out of the page.  Layered the diecut over pink florists nonwoven wrap, stamped the sentiment on vellum and machine stitched it on.  The mouse is kept white and the dress and wings painted with watery mica watercolour paint.

Image: Sugar Plum Fairy Mouse - Rick St Dennis
Sentiment stamp: Rosie's Studio
Stitched Banner Die: unbranded
Also: Oxide inks, sequins, vellum, mica watercolour paints

Friday, 1 September 2017

Bang! Bang!

Bang! Bang!  Boys will be Boys!  that's the theme at the Crafters Café this time - check out the challenge and the DT's work here:

Thanks to sponsor QKR for the great carpenter image:

Image: QKR
Coloured with Cpoics
Geometric paper: Decosse Doodles
Wood paper: Kaisercraft
Sentiment stamp: Clear Impressions
Corner punch: Couture Creations
Also: Staples, distress ink

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Travelling Man

The challenge at the Crafters Café this time is Boys will be Boys, so check out the design team's work and join the challenge here: crafterscafechallenge

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog

Lisa at Decosse Doodles provided the great paper and elements (all from the "Touch of Class" range), check out her site here:

I guess because in NZ we are a 2.5 hour flight from our nearest neighbour and are so isolated, we are a travelling nation, so I decided on a card for a big boy (after all, boys will be boys and hop on a plane when they feel like it).   I don't know of a single New Zealander who hasn't been out of the country at some time, and a lot of us like to travel a lot!  Kiwis can fly!

Geometry paper: Decosse Doodles, "Touch of Class"
World panel:  Decosse Doodles, "Touch of Class"
Apple frame:  Decosse Doodles, "Touch of Class"
Clip:  Decosse Doodles, "Touch of Class"
Arrows dies: Verve & Couture Creations
Tickets stamp: Heidi Swapp
Trip & Journey stamps: Kaisercraft

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

Game Birds

Another challenge at Come And Get It challenges - this week it's "use two different embellishments", check it out: cagichallenge

I love this image from our sponsor Pickled Potpourri:

My two different embellishments are a feather and brads.

I printed the image, then masked it for the stencilling and splatter (which unfortunately I could not get to show up very well in the photo).      Click on for a closer look.

Image: Pickled Potpourri
Sentiment stamp: Stampers Anonymous
Also: embellishments (feather, brads), gold pen splatter, perfect pearls splatter.

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Saturday, 26 August 2017

White Hello

Sometimes I just send hello cards to keep in touch and let someone know I'm thinking about them.

EF: freebie from Practical Publishing
Hello Die: W9
Bicycle: Marianne
Also Hero Arts white glitter

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Friday, 18 August 2017

Journey - going for a spin

Made for a family birthday for someone who likes action.   Simple but a bit of fun.
I made the background with Glimmer Mists.
For the spinner I just cut a square from double sided patterned paper and then slots from the corners almost to the middle. Holes pierced in each corner and folded the points to the middle, attached together with a tiny metallic brad.
Words inside say "A birthday is the first day of another 365 day journey, enjoy the trip!"  I thought the travelling spinner was totally appropriate.

Slot die:
Sentiment stamp:
Number die:
Also: Glimmer Mists, brad

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Thursday, 17 August 2017

Distressed Words

Such great words to encourage someone, especially if they are going through a rough patch, or even if they're not.  Everyone needs to hear these words.

I made the background cards.  The large background is Distress inks sponged onto glossy photo paper; the smaller background is a play with Oxide Inks with distressed edges.

Word die: unbranded
Rose die: Poppy stamps
Film die: Sizzix
Leaf die: unbranded
Also Gauze, Distress inks, Distress Oxide Inks, silver acrylic paint splatter.

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