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Monday, November 20, 2017

It's all about the cake.......

....not, apparently, over at Unstampabelles, where we are currently midway through and there are no entries, despite there being a good prize. It seems that the crafters are all too knee deep in Christmas cards perhaps or that there are no layouts with cakes or no cards with cakes or no multi-media stuff featuring cakes or indeed - anything else that might have a cake on it!

It might be the twist - to use mainly Primary Colours - but you can get around that pretty easy I have found.

I freehand cut the icing shapes but I found the idea for this on Pinterest so it is not my original idea.

I used a variety of embossing folders to give the icing some texture and depth....and the cherry has been covered with Crystal Effects. It too was hand made. 

The card is a gift card - so not that big

and it has a bit of acetate, also embossed with a wood embossing pattern to give the impression of a cup cake pattie

A gift tag for a birthday present.

I went away for a few days on a driving holiday with hubby. We went up the East Coast of Tassie and across to a small seaside town called Bridport. We had one night at Bicheno, on the East Coast.

In the early morning, when I was sitting on the deck of our accommodation enjoying my first coffee of the day, I had a visitor. 

One young kookaburra (or kingfisher)

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Playing again.....

This time I saw where someone had used multiple diecutting to create layered effects without bulk. I liked it so had a go at it - mine is a little clumsy and I need to workout how I am going to cause the diecut to stick without getting a thick die cut or glue everywhere....think I finally got it sorted, more on that later.

I used the same colour way as the example - gold and purple - but different dies as I did not have the one they used. I also used scraps to try and clean up the workspace!!

SU provided the sentiment stamps

Different look depending on the light bouncing off the page

This one was the first one and the bird was a surprise cut!
I didn't realise I would get a border.....

My 'greenery' is really green icicles...

The flowers were used after the event to try in fix some problems!

It's a good technique but I need to practice it more. 

Crafting with Dragonflies - 2nd November Challenge

Hello Peeps - hope life is serene enough for you.......

A beautiful shot of the river near the historic Clarendon Estate.

For more info, see:

I went travelling this week - away for a few days with the hubby - here is one of my photo's; perhaps not as serene as camdenfishing's photo....

...but the white wine was lovely, and so was the candied fig and vanilla icecream!
Overlooking the Hazards at Coles Bay, East Coast Tasmania

Back to crafting and 
What is happening at Crafting with Dragonflies lately?

Firstly, who else is knee deep in Christmas cards -  or have you all give it away now and use you mobile phone and messenger instead? 

I prefer the postal method but it does cost a bit these days!
I have forsaken posting large cards and keep them for the hand out variety instead.

Hilde wants us to make a Christmas card in non-traditional colours.

Mine is a small card that fits folded into a small envelope for posting. 

How is navy, light blue and deep pink? 
Non-traditional enough for you?

This card was the result of a freebie set of dies and stamps and a magazine photo for inspiration
It was an attempt at a Frame-shaped z-fold card.

My shape is not the same one they used - I adapted the idea 
Mine is a bit smaller than the frame used in the magazine

You have to cut through three layers of white card at the beginning in some areas and that is a bit difficult - required extra shim pressure (using bubble wrap) and multiple wind-throughs the Big Shot to get it done. 

I also should have measured the three layers and made my middle layer narrower but thems the breaks when you are copying a photograph rather than following the recipe. 

It was fun to make and quite quick really.

You can enter your non-traditional card over at 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Second week for Unstampabelles

The challenge this month at Unstampabelles is to

 It's all about the cake...
TWIST use mainly the primary colours 


So, anything with a cake is OK for the challenge, 
and then you can see how primary you can go with your colours! 
It really is not that difficult. 

My card (again) this week is a Wedding Card, I think......or maybe a Congratulation card...

It has lots of sequins and bits and bobs from my scrap pile......

My yellow is gold (well, that's yellow)
My scraps were all red - including the bits I dyed as well with ink refills and sprays

It's a wonky cake - wouldn't want to carry it across the dance floor......

Taken out of direct sunlight....

Finally, a photograph taken from from the front/back garden - the front door is on the other side of the house but this looks out across the bay so is the front of the house....if you know what I mean...

It's only taken 15 yeas to get the arch covered. The top is a little thin still but that is because the possom's eat the new shoots off it all the time!!!

Friday, November 10, 2017


Saw it in a magazine, thought "that's nice"; made it

I used my Promarkers -not that impressed -just big Texta's
Die cut is a freebie

Do love much fun to make.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Challenge#74 at Unstampabelles begins

....and it is ALL ABOUT CAKE!

This month I have lots of birthdays and so I have lots of cards to create along with the usual number of Christmas cards. So, when I decided to make a Christmas card with cake for this challenge.....

Mmmmm.......I'm just made that way I guess: contrary!

Still, I eat Christmas cake - don't you?

The TWIST this month is to use only the primary colours


Don't do what I did initially and think GREEN was one of them!!

You will probably pick my error but I did make a hasty correction.

I love a good shaker card, don't you?

Christmas cake/tree/cake???

You can go over to UNSTAMPABELLES  and see the details and entry

Nature seems to work in the primary colours too:

Red skies, blue skies and yellow crops.......

Feast your eyes on this dazzling scene of a canola field beneath an oh so pretty sunset. Cam Blake describes feeling utterly compelled to keep photographing these gorgeous fields located in Tasmania’s Midlands - Discover the Heritage Highway and how hard it was to wait for the sunset ...your patience was well worth it Cam 😍🙌

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Crafting with Dragonflies - first November challenge

Hello Peeps - and a special hello too to the newest ones!

It is time for the challenge blog Crafting with Dragonflies to issue their new challenge and it is to

Use Your Stash with Bling!!!!

This challenge is always a card challenge unless otherwise stated.

I used only materials that were on the desk around me but I did open a new packet of bling.
I am glad when my stash is depleted somewhat - 
and I don't have to make that decision to throw or keep!

I had been pretty good and not purchased any magazines for a while but I saw this one (Papercraft UK) and had to have it as it had a lovely corner die and a cute stamp set too as give-aways.

This card is a copy of one made by Tracy Evans but there are a few changes.
I liked it because it hitched it up a few notches.

The hydrangea heads were made by repeat stamping the small flower and then fussy cutting them out
- all 20 of them!!!! I used TH inks and stamped off as well to get colour vibrations.

The stems are wire - Tracy used silver wire but I had some purple wire so used that

The flower pot was hand-drawn and then I die-cut the corner piece and glued it to the pot.

My background was Dylusions paint and it was rolled on with a small roller - lots of other pieces created as well to mop up the waste paint so look for blue backgrounds!

I added some purple bling and a purple mount.

The card is a 6 x 6 blank.

Happy Crafting!

Table Cape Tulip Farm in full bloom thanks to Nic Betts Media.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Something Poetic......

At Eclectic Ellapu this month, we are giving you full rein to create as the challenge for November is

 'Anything Goes'!

My garden is currently in full bloom - it is very much a spring garden as a summer garden needs too much water and work! Here is an example of some of the flowers taken today.

Don't you love flowers!

Back to Eclectic Ellapu.....

I decided to use a small canvas ($2 shop find) which is about 4 x 2 inches.
This is because I saw a similar canvas multi-media in Craft Stamper magazine using the free stamp from that month - my canvas is bigger, the colours are different and Tracy Scott got her white to stay white but mine soaked up the spray and just went light blue!
Her canvas says "we are all a little fragile" and I think it was that that drew me to it first!

My sentiment is from a new set from stampin' Up called Here for You 

It is full of sprays and paint (Dylusions -such beautiful stuff) 

I added some gold flake and then some glitter to the centre of the flower - got it everywhere of course! Some flitter glue smooched about the canvas and along the edges allowed me to bling it up to another level - I drew the stalk and leaves, and painted them with Dylusions paint.

This stamped and Copic coloured flower head was the Freebie from Craft Stamper. 

I made it over two days to allow for drying time
I tried to photograph it in the sunlight but it was just too blingy!

You have a month to enter over at Ellectic Ellapu
Off you go!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Final October post for Unstampabelles Challenge #73

Tic Tac Toe 
TWIST journal about the decision making process










There is also a random number prize on offer:

I got stuck of the Ribbon-Lace-String line and made a card with those three things on it for the challenge. I saw something similar on Pinterest so had a go at making my take on it:

I have a number of dies and punches for hearts - this was a SU die - and I tore a page from a Mills and Boon I have especially for this sort of thing, and glued the thin paper to piece of big double sided tape (Stacy tape?)

I then sort-of pleated the lace around the edge of the heart and used lots of small bits of double sided tape to keep them in place (the sticky back of the heart also helped)

I used Helga glue to position the string around the edge

Then I got some papers from my huge box of co-ordinating papers that I thought would suit the colour of the page paper and layered it, distressing the edges and adding a bit of TH ink as well

The sentiment is die cut from a piece of scrap and the ribbon is SU ribbon wrapped around yet another piece of scrap

I also tried to make a flower with some more lace and ended up gluing the paper flower over it - I did think of adding several more buttons and making it ribbon-buttons-flowers but I couldn't find any with that aqua colour and didn't think of colouring them myself at the time!! duh

I lifted up the second heart so it hovered over the first  using dimensionals 

I could add some aqua bling too (lace-bling-diecuts) I guess but I was done!

Still in Spring here so we go from 30 to 18 within 24 hours, but there has been a few showers so the garden is happy! The photo I am sharing is of a Pelican - we often have them here all through the year now, and thy always make me say "whose beak can hold more than his belly can!" whenever I see one - one of those Dad sayings that seem to stick for his blue feet!

Pelican Pete on Duty at Binalong Bay boat ramp thanks to Ranee Lloyd from Formerly Known As Vintage.