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Monday, July 24, 2017

Tag - Your It!!

Before I talk about the tag I will update you all - my hubby has been in hospital since Friday last and came home today - that's a 9 day stint! Back in with the infection showing as cellulitis in his leg and so intravenous antibiotics of varying strengths. He is much better now and did better overall as he was well recovered from the last time and had got strength and fitness back despite the chickenpox! One never knows where life will take you, does one!


Where will the path to #TassieStyle adventure take you today? The Lake Esperance boardwalk disappears into winter mist in this moody image. One of Tassie's 60 Great Short Walks, the 2-hour easy return walk to Lake Esperance is within the Hartz Mountains National Park, an alpine reserve located 90 minutes' drive south-west of Hobart & Beyond. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is a window into the legendary south-west wilderness, offering views of remote mountain ranges as far as the southern coast. It's a spectacularly beautiful region, with delicate waterfalls and glacial lakes dotting a landscape shaped by ice ages from previous millennia. Pure magic!

Image: instagram.com/dancolthorpe
#DiscoverTasmania #SeeAustralia


Life has been s trifle stressed. However, we have had winter also and it has been fairly typical - not a lot of wind or rain for us to date and lots of quite blue days but quite cold. The last few days we have had a bit of rain - good for gardens and farmers - and I have made a big pot of soup for lunch! Time to sit in front of the heater and relax! Before I do that I  will tell you about the tag I made a few day's ago for the current challenge at Unstampabelles -


#70: Every Day is Special 

TWIST lots of colour



This is the prize:


My tag has a French theme:



Some recycled packaging as a base and an old sheet of decoupage......


A butterfly and a heart


A sentiment chip.......



All about love and romance and travel......

Still five days to enter!

You can go

and scroll to the Link - remember, no stamps please!



Monday, July 17, 2017

Love and Challenges

Unstampabelles has a current challenge asking you to create anything papery that will make someone's life special:


#70: Every Day is Special 

TWIST lots of colour


There is a prize:

the ruler gives a size indication

Hopefully this photo will make your life feel special as well!


Gorgeous Tassie Devil pups playing near Arthur River on Tassie’s north-west coast thanks to Georgina Andersen who says:

"Tasmanian devil pups love playing and soaking up the sun outside their den. I was lucky enough to find a wild devil den through my research on the species and have spent many an hour watching them."

www.instagram.com/georgina_andersen

Isn't that just adorable! Love their red ears!

I made a card for someone I love who is going through a hard time at the moment:


I can write a note inside 

A different angle

I took my inspiration from Pinterest - thanks 

You can go to Unstampabelles 


and enter your project for the challenge. 
Remember - no stamps please!









Saturday, July 15, 2017

Vintage Card for CWD

Hello Peeps!

Just found out that I have passed my third unit at Uni - Photography for Social Media. Feeling particularly good about this one as my skills with the camera were very rusty before I started. There are a few spots rubbed off now and I appreciate all those wonderful photographers out there much more!

We have had a real cold snap lately, and although the days are without rain (we need it again) it had been pretty bloody cold first thing in the morning. When I came across this photo, I had to share it - it shows exactly how cold it has been here this week as well as being an amazing photo!





WOW… Meander Falls froze again this weekend! Thanks to Ben for sharing his amazing adventure.

www.instagram.com/b3n_k_ 

In the heart of the Great Western Tiers is the magnificent Meander Falls, a large waterfall in the alpine regions of the Meander River  Located over 1000 metres above sea level, care needs to be taken to ensure the weather is suitable for the journey. Snow can occur all year round in the area, and hikers are advised to be well prepared for the walk. The walk commences from the Meander Falls car park area, where various different hikes can be taken to Meander Falls


This time at Crafting with Dragonflies, Hilde has asked for a Vintage Card. 

This was photographed in natural light at the end of a day


This was the same place but with a flash - the colours are richer and you can see the gold sparkle on the mounts, and hessian flowers but the bronze sequins look black


The lady is a DarkRoom Door chip - she looks quite sweet


That's my vintage for the week!!!!


You can enter over at 

The challenge is open for a fortnight



Monday, July 10, 2017

Smash Book - what is that!

A Smash Book is a kind of journal - in my case,  one where I experiment with techniques and try and get arty - and I have a record of it. I use an old book by Jane Fonda with a hardback cover. I tear out some pages, glue up some more and then gesso an open double page to work in.

This page was done in a futile attempt to get my mojo working again!!!!


It is still a bit wet here - the photo's are Darkroom Door chips.


Gesso, sprays, paints, tissue, tape stencils, chips, texture paste......


This page was meant to be quieter but it lost it's steam and the texture paste camera in white doesn't show out at all well. The quote  strip is impossible to read also here.

This is for the  July Unstampabelle's challenge 

#70: Every Day is Special 

TWIST lots of colour


Living each day is special - lot's of people don't manage that! 
Some live but in a world without colour.  Let's brighten up their world. 
My Smash Page is meant to be a celebration of life  and the enjoyment that being young and single can bring to us all......

This is the prize:
The ruler indicated the size of the die


Here is something to inspire you even more!
From the top of Mt Wellington at sunrise.....
this was on the Hobart and Beyond website last week


Oooooh looky here! You can almost feel the briskness in the air as this intrepid photographer braved the cool (read freezing!) of the morning to capture sunrise from Mt Wellington / kunanyi. Alex did not that he hit the snooze button one time too many and as such, it is the latter half of the sunrise we are seeing but hey, who's complaining? 
Image: www.instagram.com/spurwaya


Monday, July 3, 2017

Every Day is Special at Unstampabelles

The challenge at Unstampabelles (#70) is to recognise the fact that every day is Special  - and mark in somehow. You need to do this without using a stamp of any type. You can make anything you want as long as it is a paper craft.

I think it is important to recognise both the big and small times of our lives - and in the lives of others. Often a word or a smile can make a positive impact on someone and be unknown to you.

I have to thank our neighbour for a kindness to our family during recent times. There was a big birthday celebration here and she assisted us to smooth the path of this celebration. I have made a small gift bag to contain a note and a movie ticket as a thank you to her.


The feather 'quill' was to represent the writing of the note.....


The note and the ticket slip into the container and are tied in with the ribbon
I used pixie dust to create my colourful background


Love the gold stuff!

A sunset yesterday - dark clouds but beautiful colours too. 


Slip over to Unstampabelles and see the other work from the DT and then enter your piece. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

ON Time!

I am on time for Crafting with Dragonflies - what is happening, is the sky falling in?

This last weekend we have been hosting my stepson and his lovely family from Canberra as he is celebrating a big milestone birthday! My Grandson is now nearly as tall as me and my Granddaughter is taller! His cake was organised by his sister and made here and they were asked to supply the ideas for decorations - some of his favourite things - so apart from nominating themselves, it was the cats, crosswords and red wine!



Looks good eh!
It was a great party!!!

We are currently still hosting various friends and relatives, so this post is quick!

The challenge at Dragonflies this fortnight is to Use Punches and/or Dies in making a card!

The card below is made using the new Eastern Palace die set from Stampin' Up and the card itself is a direct copy of one by Tashana Lundy. It is so pretty.



I used stickers from the suite as well as some new ink pads and the sentiment - which is white embossed and fussy cut. Gold sequins finished it off. Can you spot my error?

The other team members over at Crafting with Dragonflies have made some fabulous stuff as well - you should go and see it!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Green and Gold!

Another idea for Unstampabelles challenge #69

#69: To the men in our lives..... 
TWIST add an animal or bird


The Prize will be .....
a mystery collection of new crafting bits 
As it is a mystery - there is no photograph of it!
There might be teasers during the month......



it's a small box and a tag - it can hold a double handful of Lintt balls. 


I added a small sticker of a Tassie Tiger later and rephotographed it!



The sentiment is sticking over the edges of the tag and there is sparkly card under the 'flame' on the candles of the tag. 


All faces of the box have the die cut out of candles.





A quick and easy gift for a male colleague or similar. 



I enjoyed a lovely day out at Bruny Island last week on a four wheel drive Forest to Coast tour of the island and lunch was provided - oysters, smoked salmon and trout, cheese, bread and strawberries and grapes plus white wine - all Tasmanian of course. 

Yummo!!!


This was the beach.......can you see the vehicles far along the beach?




Monday, June 19, 2017

Midway Post for Unstampabelles

Unstampabelles is midway through the June challenge and there are only three entries! That is a 1 in 3 chance of winning at this stage. Winning what, you ask......a box of goodies.....


Random Number selection

I made another card for the Design Team inspiration.


A birthday card for a man (or boy).


Lot's of silver card pieces embossed by lot's of different Embossing Folders
Then rubbed over with lot's of different inks and paints and creams......too many to remember


I wanted it to look grungy!


It looks different in different light.

The Happy and another vertical strip are raised up, the rest are flat.
I saw this in a magazine as an idea and loved it so made my own.
They used alcohol inks to colour theirs - I didn't have any of these -  other than some Copic refills of light colours - so made do with other things.

I was happy with the outcome. 

I will enter this in the following challenges:


I will leave you with a photo I took last night from my front deck of the sunset:


Jealous?

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Lighthouses and Seasides......

Over at Crafting with Dragonflies the team are asking you to use a sentiment as a main focus for the newest challenge. Earlier this week I went on an excursion to the seaside (for my Uni course) with a 4 x 4 Forest to Coast Adventure Tour on Bruny Island. This small island is just off the coast of Tasmania and is really two islands joined by a long 'neck' between or sandstrip. I made my contribution to the challenge team several day's before but knowing I was going to be seeing a lighthouse on the island, I chose to make this card.

However, like always I am late getting it in!!!!


This is using the SU High Tide stamp set and SU card and ink.
It is double stamped and triple stamped - using my Hinged Stamper to effect.



This sentiment was the one I chose from several good ones in the set.

I took over 300 photo's on the day - here are several I am quite please with


The lighthouse at the bottom of the island - built in 1836. It is no longer operational but is maintained as a tourist attraction.


This is Cloudy Bay on the Eastern side of the Island. The closest land to this is Africa s it is below the South American Peninsular. Two strangers also enjoyed the view. 


Monday, June 12, 2017

Gift Giving.....

You know when you are giving your friend/relative a gift voucher or money and it seems a bit common to just hand it to them or put it inside a card to fall out then they open the card? I like to make a small pouch or box for the voucher or cash as this shows a bit more thought.



Over at Unstampabelles, there is a challenge currently running for June whereby you are asked to make a male card, page, tag, object, gift...... WITHOUT using STAMPS! I had just received a parcel of papers and bits from the UK containing amid other things some decoupage sheets that just popped out - no fussy cutting! As they were for a male, I immediately started to think about how I could use them for the challenge.



I used my SU gift pouch die set to make the pouch and then added some extra decoration. It was quick, easy and came out well. The shark is the third layer!


Nice and sparkly!


You can tuck the cash down to hide it or leave it poking out the top. I borrowed this note from hubby - he was loath to hand it over - and just tucked it into the top. For those who don't know what our currency looks like - Wikipedia has some info and you can guess the note's denomination (and perhaps understand why hubby was loath to hand it over, even for a few minutes)!

You can enter your own interpretation for the Unstampabelles Challenge

#69: To the men in our lives..... 
TWIST add an animal

I will enter this in the following challenges:
Great Impressions:  masculine
Allsorts: use 2 dies at least - the gift bag is a die as is the sentiment; plus the deco line of circles




Monday, June 5, 2017

Oh Brother........

June is here and so is the latest challenge at Unstampabelles...........


#69: To the men in our lives..... 
TWIST add an animal (or bird)

I made a card this time:


I purchased a new die called Puzzle by Paper Roses and die cut an image that came as a freebie with a magazine to make a jigsaw from it - I deliberately removed one piece an replaced it out of the hole to emphasis the jigsaw......


I had it all planned out but as you know, what is in my head does not always look the same when completed. This is the second image and the first one is on the bin - because I forgot to stick it to card first before die cutting it and got myself into all sorts of difficulties trying initially to correct the error. Note to self: think before doing!


The dies added are a collection of various ones I own by different die makers - if you really want to know who just email me.

You can enter all month and make a card, a tag, a scrap page, a gift.....whatever is suitable for the men in our lives. Don't forget to add an animal for the twist!


It is a cold day today but not overcast and it will be a cold night - we have entered winter with a flourish of snow earlier in the week but mostly clear, calm blue days and a bit of rain in the evenings.

There have been an abundance of stunning aurora photographs this week on FB and Instagram
Here is just one of them


Standing in awe as sheets and beams of light dance across the sky to the south of Hobart & Beyond's Mortimer Bay.

Image: www.instagram.com/james.garlick | James Garlick - Photographer
 — at Mortimer Bay Reserve.