Monday, 16 January 2017

Birthday Wishes

I used a Poinsettia stamp to make my card for the Winter Birthday theme at Simon Says Wednesday challenge.  And instead of watercolouring the bloom in the traditional red or pinks I chose to use a cream colour with a touch of green. I love how the red berries really 'pop' and then used some red, pale green and dark green layers to frame the card.  Finished off with a stamped sentiment and some white gel pen on the flower center and berry tips.  Thanks for taking a peek

Simon Says: Winter Birthday

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Our Beautiful World - Bicycle

With the start of the new year I'm thinking that I should play along again at Our Beautiful World....I take so many photos or really they're just snapshots and so when I checked the theme for this week - Bicycles, I realised I had the just photo.... dearest grand daughter got a bicycle for Christmas - she was so eager to show me how she could ride it Christmas morning - has to make you smile.

OBW 180 ~ Bicycle

Sending Birthday Hugs

Here's my second card using my Tulip stamp... the photo inspiration at Power Poppy - Power & Spark challenge inspired to use yellows and purples - I don't think tulips are winter flowers but I know that their little bulbs hidden in the cold soil are working their magic to present a beautiful display in Spring. I masked and stamped this border of flowers and watercoloured them with Brushos.  Then mounted the panel  with a lacy die-cut border which I backed with a purple layer to make it stand out and then finished the card with a sentiment.  Thanks for taking a peek

Happy Birthday

I'm back at last in 2017 to start afresh and this weekend I've had a lovely time making a few cards to begin my birthday collection.  My first card is in the mail so I'll post it in a few days when the recipient has received it. This year I've decided to tackle two cards at once with the same stamps... so I'm using my these stamped tulips to make a "Square" card for the Simon Says Monday challenge - Be Square. Also posting to Seize the Birthday challenge - Anything Goes. I watercoloured with Brushos and layered the image with diecuts to form a frame.  Thanks for taking a peek

Simon Says: Be Square

Friday, 23 December 2016

Friday Smiles

Firstly one very big well done to Annie on your 200th Friday Smiles post... you really do inspire us to take a moment to reflect on our week and find the positives, the happy events and the laugh out loud moments....thank you Annie.
As it is practically Christmas eve my post is you to wish  you one and all a Very Happy Christmas and Wonderful New Year.
I'm busy at this time with a Christmas cake in the oven, happily have all the presents wrapped and food all ready for the festive eating.
 Here's our fibre optic Christmas tree on the back deck - it looks gorgeous twinkling away, changing colours against the night sky and I can see it through the kitchen window.
And here are the gorgeous grand daughters... in their Christmas outfits...
Here's wishing you all the best and hope to see you joining in the blogging fun next year with Annie. Cheers

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Friday Smiles

 Share a smile... WEEK 199, FRIDAY SMILES
 ...this week has flown by so fast - I've missed Friday altogether but I'm sure I had plenty to smile about.... for instance this little table and chairs set hubby has made for our gorgeous grand daughters for Christmas.  I made sure we saved all the offcuts of our tongue and groove flooring when the renos were happening and they have been put to good use so far. He even cut hearts in the chair backs and I got some chipboard letters for their names....I know they'll be rapt to have their own setting at our place.
Next thing I remember mostly about this week is that had us jumping for joy.... it has rained, yippee!!! see the green grass above, it wasn't much rain but at least it didn't pass around again but it did freshen up our weary gardens.  Here's a pic of my pink frangipani that has just come into bloom, first time...there are so many lovely colours but only the white spreads it's fragrance around the garden.
So now all there is to do - is check off our list and make sure all the presents and food is organised - I don't want to go shopping this week, there'll be no car parks.
So if you've some smiles or a funny joke to share please pop over to Annie's blog - A stitch in time and join in the fun.  Have a wonderful week, cheers

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Merry Christmas tag

Lucky last Christmas project for this year.... days are getting very busy now, with last minute shopping and cooking and my mojo is running low.  My tag this morning is for the Tag, You're It #62 challenge - where we are being inspired by Laurie.  I like her fresh red, green and white colour theme and the simple row of trees below the sentiment.  I've also used a square scalloped tag  and edged my top panel in red.  Thanks for taking a peek

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

'Tis the Season to be Jolly

I have finished off two cards and this tag today and they will be my last for the year.....
I posted off 90% of my cards yesterday and am relieved to have that task completed... but on saying that I have thoroughly enjoyed participating in lots of challenges so that all the cards in my stash are different.
When I saw Loll's tag  at Tag You're...It #61, I just had to play along... love the gorgeous none Christmas colours with the crisp white of the trees. This Christmas tree die just arrived this week just in time to cut my trees and decorate them with glitter. I found this shaving cream background and thought it looked a bit like the northern lights, splattered a few snow spots with white gel pen and created some snow banks with glittery snow.  Stamped on my sentiment and added some ribbons to finish. Thanks for taking a peek

Sending Warm Wishes your Way

My card for Novembers Society of Stampaholics card chain challenge went to Jerrie in USA.
I used both the layout and colour theme for my card. Swiped Distress Inks across my background and fussy cut my stamped flowers and them coloured them with Twinkling H2Os.  Thanks for taking a peek

Peace on Earth

I have made two more cards from my stash for the Muse; Christmas Vision 73 challenge... I was so thrilled to be Guest Muse and impressed with all the cards entered I decided to scrounge through my stash and see if there was any suitable backgrounds and sentiment strips.
If I can remember rightly the first card background is made with Metallic Marvy Markers and I used some die cut holly branches in silver, then 3D mounted the sentiment strip.
The second is using the shaving cream technique which I spritzed with Perfect Pearls Mist and stamped on a swirl and embossed it with white, then added the sentiment strip.
Thanks for taking a peek and playing along with the challenge.
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