Sunday, 26 February 2012

Time for cards again

It is nice to be able to post again as it has been couple of weeks since my last post.  I have been busy as my younger daughter turned 1 on 16th February.  We had a family BBQ in the weekend following her birthday and then a morning tea with a few mums and their children on Monday last week, so I haven't had much time to do any cards, until today. At the end of my post I will show you the cake I made for her birthday.

The card I made today is for the following challenges:
Lily Pad Cards - Simon Says Stamps Presents a Kissing Challenge - using the technique of kissing two stamps together
Penny Black Allsorts -February Challenge - Colour bingo. I chose the line that had the colours yellow, white and black.

I have two versions of my card.

Here is the first one:
Yellow flower - version 1

Hero Arts Four flowers stamp CG290 & Envelope stamp S5507 using the kissing technique.  To find out more about this technique, click here.
Hero Arts Little Greetings Happy Birthday C5594
Cuttlebug folder - Floral Screen
Black and white twine
Rhinestones - coloured with black copic marker
Butterfly punch (used in the second version)

Here is the second version:
Yellow flower - version 2
After taking the first photo, I decided it wanted to add a little more to the card, so I added some butterflies.  This second one is the one I am entering into the challenges. 

And here is the cake I made for my daughter's first birthday.  She has a small Hello Kitty soft toy she really likes so I decided to make that the theme of her cake.

Hello Kitty cake for Amanda's first birthday
Last week (after making this cake) I started a night course for 6 weeks on cake decorating.  Hopefully I will learn lots of new things and some tricks of the trade to help me with future cakes!

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.


Thursday, 16 February 2012

Brown Tones

Two cards that I have made I have using brown tones.

The first card is for the Clean and Simple Challenge #176 using this sketch.


I decided to make a masculine card and that is why I went for the brown tones.

I gold embossed the envelope stamp and the old french writing on to brown card, and dry embossed the d'vine swirls and diamond plate onto copper card and cut them into squares.  I mounted them onto a fawn/cream card than I had punched the scalloped edge on and mounted this onto brown card.  I then mounted it onto white card that I had distress inked with walnut stain.  I gold embossed the Happy Birthday sentiment.

HA Happy Birthday stamp
HA Envelope stamp
HA Old French writing stamp
Gold embossing powder
Ink: Distress ink - Walnut stain
Cuttlebug embossing folder - D'vine Swirls & Diamond Plate
Stampin' Up scalloped edge punch

My second card includes some pink as this is the colour palate for the Lily Pad Cards - CCC - Card Chain Challenge

CCC Butteflies

HA Envelope stamp
HA Happy Birthday stamp
Cuttlebug embossing folder - D'vine Swirls (on the pick butterfly)
Ink: Impress Chocolate ink
Cardstock: Brown, fawn, pink
Punch: Scalloped edge from Stampin'Up

A fairly CAS card. 

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.


Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Pizza Boxes

As part of the Craft and Chat evening at The Crafter's Cafe, the challenge was to make a pizza box.   If you would like to know how to make them, click here.  I made one before the event as a sample and then started another one during the craft and chat which I finished the next day.

Here is the one I made as a sample.

Purple and lilac cardstock
Patterned paper from Cre8tiv
Image from "A Creative Need" Orchids (Sponsors for the challenge)
Flower gems

Here is the second one I made. 

Image from The Stamping Boutique "Cupcake Digital Stamp"
Red, white and purple cardstock
Cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder
Spellbinders circle and scallop circles die cuts
Purple flower gems
Scalloped borders punch from Stampin Up

There are lots of stunning pizza boxes that were made.  Click here to look at some of them.

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.  They are always greatly appreciated.

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Friday, 10 February 2012

The Crafter's Cafe Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop

We are having a GIANT Blog Hop to celebrate our new team at  
You should have arrived here from Heide
At the end of the Hop, you have a chance to win a prize package from  
Make sure you start at the beginning of the Hop which starts here.

While you're here, you'll need to pick up your "Clue" 
for a chance to win the FBD prize!
My Clue is: E

We're having a big, grand opening party 
at The Crafter's Cafe all day tomorrow 
with lots of games and sponsors, including A Creative Need  

They have let me use this image for my project today.
The image is “Love Birds” from A Creative Need.

I punched the scalloped border onto white card 
and mounted it onto the lower part of the red card.   
I added the green patterned paper from Cre8tiv.
I coloured the image with copics and cut it out 
and then mounted it with dimensionals.
I coloured the gems with a red copic marker.
Finally I added the sentiment from Hot off the Press 
“Tiny Words and Images” acrylic stamps (HOTP1020).

I am also entering it in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Challenge - "Love is in the air" 
Lollipop Craft - #66 "Make a Valentine's Day Card" 
Lily Pad Cards - Simon Says Stamp Presents a Patterned Paper  Challenge

Come over to the party for a chance to win all kinds of great prizes
from all of our amazing sponsors... get to know our new team... 
and check out the new look!!

It is all day tomorrow Saturday 11th February
The party will end with a
LIVE CHAT and CRAFT  beginning at 8pm EST!!
All the games and events will be listed here at The Crafter's Cafe
Your next person on the Hop is Gloria.
   Please leave her a comment and pick up your next clue 
to be entered in to win our Grand Prize.

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, 8 February 2012

February Challenge at The Crafter's Cafe

The February Challenge at The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog has now started.  

The Challenge Theme is a color challenge:
Use the colors Red, Pink and Purple all together!!

Some of us in The Crafter's Cafe Event Team have made some projects
to inspire you to join in the CCCB (Crafter's Cafe Challenge Blog)

Here is my card.

Click here to see some of the creations made by other members in my team.  

Thank you so much to A Day For Daisies
for providing such amazing digis 
for our team to play with 
for this challenge!!

Also, please remember to join us for our Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop 
on Friday 10th February 8am (EST time)

Hope to see you there.

Have a great week.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

"Heart and Soul" 90 Minute Scramble

I enjoyed the Hero Arts 90 minute scramble this morning, even if it was at 4am New Zealand time.  The good thing was the house was quiet and I could enjoy making cards with no distractions.

The challenge was hosted by Marcy and the theme was “Heart and Soul”.  We had to create a card/project using a heart in any way other than simply stamping on our paper.  I had lots of fun with this one.

In the Hero Arts Valentine exchange I was sent a beautiful card which inspired my with my creations for this challenge.  You can see the wonderful card Martha sent me here.

My first card:  I have CASED the card from Martha and used purples and instead of an embossed pattern on the heart I have used a dry embossed pattern.

Swirly heart

The stamps I used:
Hero Arts Happy Birthday greeting E1119
Hero Arts Envelope Pattern S5507
Also used the cuttlebug swirl folder

I stamped the background in the envelope pattern in lilac impress ink. I then dry embossed the swirl pattern on to purple card and cut this out into a heart shape. I stamped Happy Birthday onto lilac card and mounted this onto purple card to border it. I corner punched the corners of the sentiment and mounted it on the card. I added the purple ribbon.

Here is my second card:  I have used the red colour like the one from Martha and the clear embossed technique on the hearts, but the design is a little different.

Two hearts

The stamps I used:
Hero Arts Branch background CG122
Hero Arts Old French Writing H2365

I stamped the words background stamp in fired brick distress ink onto cream card and corner punched the corners.  I clear embossed the branch background stamp onto red card, cut out two heart shapes and mounted it on the card.   I added the red ribbon.  I mounted the background onto red card and corner punched the corners.

If you would like to see all the other wonderful cards that were made for the 90 minute scramble, click here.

I had a lot of fun with this challenge.  A big thanks to Martha for such a great challenge. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for your comments.


Friday, 3 February 2012

Exciting News

I am now able to share with you some exciting news.  I get to be part of a Design Team!!!

I am part of "The Crafter's Cafe Community Event Planners and Design Team".  That is a rather long name, so it is shortened to The Crafter's Cafe Event Team.  Please take a look at The Crafter's Cafe.

On February 10th The Crafter's Cafe is having a Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop.  Click here for more details.

This is when you'll get to meet all the new members of our Design Team
and will have a chance to win a prize from our sponsor
Fresh Brewed Designs!!

And this all leads up to our ALL DAY PARTY on February 11th

We'll be playing games and giving away prizes all day!!  
Come along and join in whenever you can, during the day

The party will end with a LIVE CHAT at 8pm EST!!

We're doing a "Craft n' Chat"...

In real time, LIVE, we'll be working together to create 
and extra-special crafty project!

Read all about it HERE!!
Thanks for dropping by and sharing in my exciting news.  I hope you will pop along and see the fun things we have planned at The Crafter's Cafe.
Have a great weekend. 

Wednesday, 1 February 2012


This is my second post for the day.  If you wish to see my earlier post, please click here.

I have made another card for the Less is More Sketch Challenge (Week 52) 
I am also entering this in the Simon Says Anything Goes Challenge.

Simple Butterflies

I dry embossed the lime green card with floral screen cuttlebug folder.  I mounted this on brown card that I had punched the edges with using my scalloped border punch.  I added some punched butterflies (kindly sent to my by Betty) and added the sentiment (From Inkadinkado Clear Stamps Garden Flower 97616).

My final card is completely differnet.  It uses the colours from The Play Date Cafe Challenge #116 and is the sketch from Card Patterns #110.

Card Patterns & The Play Date Cafe Colours

I used various scraps of card and paper for the background.  I used my border punch for the bottom of the card.  I added ribbon and gems.  The butterfly is from Inkadinka Clings.  I coloured the butterfly with copics and added some kindy glitz.

Thanks for stopping by and for your kind comments.

Less is More

My first card is for the challenge "Less is More"  Week 52 with a sketch.

I made two similar cards using this sketch, using slightly different colours.

Simple and green

The stamp is from Inkadinkado Clear Stamps Garden Delight 97623 and sentiment from Garden Flower 97616. I resist embossed the image with white embossing power and tea leaves ink. I mounted it on brown card for the edging, and stamped the sentiment in tea leaves ink too.

My second card. 
Simple and brown

The second card uses these same stamp (Inkadinkado Clear Stamps Garden Delight 97623 and sentiment from Garden Flower 97616). Again I resist embossed the image with white embossing power, but this time used chocolate impress ink. I also mounted it on brown card for the edging, and stamped the sentiment in chocolate.

I think I like the brown one better, so this is the one I have entered in the Less is More sketch challenge.  Which is your favourite?

Thanks for dropping by and for your comments.