Wednesday, 29 September 2010

The Lollipop Ladies Challenge #5

It's time for another Deliciously sweet challenge.... this fortnight our inspiration picture is screaming out ... CHRISTMAS TIME!!!

So ... this week we would like you to use this sweet picture of candy canes as your inspiration and we thought what better for the bonus challenge than a Christmas theme!

So what did our Candy Stripes get up to with this stripey candy cane inspiration?? Pop on over to THE LOLLIPOP LADIES to find out... Here is my take on it... I have gone with the red and white stripes + CHRISTMAS theme! The images are a Greeting Farm set called "Later Sk8ter" I LOVE them so much at the moment!!


So why not join in the prize on offer is a gift voucher from The Stamp Spot

COPICS used:
Reds: R22, 24, 27,29, R35, 37, 39, Skin: E000, 00, 11, RV11,
Whites: C1, C3, Hair: E13, 15, 17,18, Miss Anya's pants: B000, 93, 95, 97

Monday, 27 September 2010

The Critter Crew's new release with EXCITING NEWS!

Hey, everyone!

Today is an exciting day of more previews and announcements at The Greeting Farm, and this time the Critter-or shall I say -BOO CREW has some "spooktacular" new designs to show you.....AND some new DESIGNERS!

The new designers are the beautiful MARGIE CORTINA (my Oh Alice buddy) and .... ME!!! How exciting!! I've been bursting to tell you all! We'll be joining this fun and fuzzy little world for the next few months and are so thrilled!

Today I have "Marlene" cooking up a little brew with her cauldron to show you....

Be sure to stop by the TGF Blog and then the Critter Crew's Blogs as well, because we are giving away not one, but TWO sets of the ENTIRE October digi collection by Marina. All you have to do is leave a comment and we'll announce the winners tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by today, and don't forget to meet me back here on October 1st when ALL of the new digis AND rubber stamps are available at The Greeting Farm! Be sure to join us, too, for our FALL FESTIVAL of CHALLENGES on Friday, October 1st on the TGF Blog and for our release party and chat on Friday, 10/1 at 7pm CST on the TGF PCP page! There's lots more fun planned as FALL is finally here!

Saturday, 25 September 2010

CHAPTER 32: Journey to the Centre of the Earth...

Down, down, down. Would the fall never come to an end!

"I wonder how many miles I've fallen by this time?' she said aloud. `I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth. Let me see: that would be four thousand miles down, I think--'"

(for, you see, Alice had learnt several things of this sort in her lessons in the schoolroom, and though this was not a very good opportunity for showing off her knowledge, as there was no one to listen to her, still it was good practice to say it over)

"yes, that's about the right distance--but then I wonder what Latitude or Longitude I've got to?' (Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.)...

Hello from DOWN the RABBIT HOLE today, everyone! Today's Oh, Alice Challenge is brought to us by the WONDERFUL Jen!

Now it's time to really fall down the rabbit HOLE this week with this challenge! Your task if you wish to accept it is to create a card with a WINDOW or HOLE in the card! So lets take a look at what the design team has created in their fall down the rabbit hole!

Check out the Design Teams wonderful windowy creations:
# Jessica Diedrich-The Mad Hatter
# Andrea Murdock
# Emma Eads
# Erin Leveille
# Gloria
# Jen Shults
# Kyra Sanders
# Lynne Phelps
# Margie Cortina
# Peggy McCurry
# Randi Wall
# Sara Henton
# Suzi McKenzie
# Tasha Beasley

And here is my card... I cheated a little bit and instead of cutting a window into my card I coloured a window!! This image is Ivy in Window - a digi from The Greeting Farm (drawn by Marina). Isn't she sweet!!

There is no time limit on playing this week so we hope you take the challenge and jump down the rabbit HOLE with us this week!


Thursday, 23 September 2010

Copic Oz :: Masculine card

There is a challenge going on over at Copic Oz set by the lovely Mandi - whom I had the pleasure of meeting in Melbourne last month :D If you are in Melbourne and keen on doing classes check out Mandi's blog HERE!!
She would like us to make a Masculine card and so here's what I've done...

I've used Ian from the L8ter Sk8ter set (from The Greeting Farm). Tonight our Bible study girls had a social crafting night and did lots of colouring and card making.. so I whipped him up there! It's so much fun colouring with others! Which reminds me that tomorrow is our Copic Colouring Club! yay!!!

Thanks for stopping by and if you have some time Please pop on over to Copic Oz and enter the challenge yourself!!

Spesch Stamps at Mad for Markers

We have a new challenge on at Mad for Markers this month .. to colour in a digi image using Copics! Would love to see you come on over and enter.. Open internationally!! The prize is a voucher to Spesch stamps ... YIPEE!!

ALSO going on RIGHT NOW at Mad for Markers blog is a Design Team call... Do you love to colour with Copics? We'd love for you to apply for our team .. we are looking for 5 fulltime (Nov-April) and 2 Guests for October!! This is open all across the world.. not just in Australia!

Now onto the cards....

This morning I am sharing with you some digi stamps I coloured.. these are NEW - just released yesterday images from Spesch Stamps .. they would be perfect for Halloween or Young teen/ goth/ twilighty projects!




I have coloured in all three images with the Toner Grays .. o,1,3,5,7 as well as adding some R46 for Winona and Jasper with a bit of E08 for Max. Black and white with a splash of colour is pretty effective don't you think? Want to see a tutorial? There will be one coming to a Mad for Markers blog near you soon!!

Have a great day!!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Spesch Stamps Blog hop!!

Welcome to the Spesch Stamps blog hop. If you have arrived here from Renkata's lovely blog then you are right on track.. if not then pop on over the the Spesch Stamps blog to start off the hop in the right spot!

There will be prizes for this blog hop so make sure you complete the full hop and leave comments on each of the wonderful DT blogs :D

Ok... now onto the images.. you should have seen now from the hop most of the gorgeous new images drawn by the talented Max.. Aren't they AWESOME.. and pretty appropriate for Halloween drawing near too! The image I have used is Rose... and here she is

I love that sentiment and thought it appropriate! HUGE thanks to Tracey for sending me a set of those kids quotes! Have been eyeing them off for ages and so pleased to be able to use them... watch out there will be more here soon!
The funky ribbon was a birthday present from Emma and the flowers are from the stash of gorgeous flowers sent to me by Annette and Emma .. LOVELY!
I got the rainbow paper from my LSS - All About Scrapbooks in their recent sale :D
And I coloured Rose in with Copics of course!

YOUR NEXT STOP ON THIS HOP is the beautiful TRACEY for an amazing finale!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Happy BIRTHDAY from Wonderland

Good morning! Today is my Gran's 90th Birthday! and she still LOVES to read.. so 2 of my sisterd + Guy and I bought her $90 of book vouchers! She will LOVE that!

My sister M was here last week and enjoying colouring these Alice images from Spesch Stamps with my copics... then I put the card together... It's a pop up card and a little difficult to photograph well! But here it is.....

Ooh, and speaking of Spesch stamps... I'll be back tomorrow for the new release blog hop! yipee!! Make sure you join in!!

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Oh Alice Chapter 31 :: Fighting for the Crown

`Why the Lion and the Unicorn, of course,' said the King.
`Fighting for the crown?'

`Yes, to be sure,' said the King: `and the best of the joke is, that it's my crown all the while! Let's run and see them.' And they trotted off, Alice repeating to herself, as she ran, the words of the old song: --

`The Lion and the Unicorn were fighting for the crown:
The Lion beat the Unicorn all round the town.
Some gave them white bread, some gave them brown;
Some gave them plum-cake and drummed them out of town.'

Hey everyone! We have a wonderful challenge today and a prize at stake from The Mad Hatter herself! Jessica will be giving away an {Ippity} prize pack of stamps plus a nice array of 6x6 designer paper to ONE lucky winner this week who is "Crowned" by!

Speaking of crowns, THAT's this week's challenge, brought to you by our very own Twisted Sis Sammi (aka. Me): Use CROWNS and/or MYTHICAL Creatures on your card or creation today! Here's some mystic madness brought to you by our Twisted team:

# Jessica Diedrich-The Mad Hatter
# Andrea Murdock
# Emma Eads
# Erin Leveille
# Gloria
# Jen Shults
# Kyra Sanders
# Lynne Phelps
# Margie Cortina
# Peggy McCurry
# Randi Wall
# Sara Henton
# Suzi McKenzie
# Tasha Beasley
and me.... I decided to make ANOTHER easel card and of course this one had to be in the shape of a crown... a few sheets of cardstock later.....

The gorgeous Unicorn is from The Greeting Farm! and has been coloured with a variety of Copic markers.
Here is a closer look at the bottom of the easel card...

That's some ROYAL work, huh? Be sure to upload your card or creation using InLinkz by Friday, September 24th to be eligible to WIN the {Ippity} prize pack! Have a very regal day in WONDERLAND!


PS. Have not been around a lot this past week.. hope to fix that for next week! both in blogging and commenting!!!! xxx

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

I Scream, You scream, We all scream for Icecream!!

Good morning! What a sweet day it is as we have a lovely beautifully coloured food photo for crafting inspiration today over at THE LOLLIPOP LADIES!! A gorgeously scrummy set of gelati!!

Don't they look yummo!! I can't eat icecream anymore :( But I can eat Lemon Gelato - YUM!)
But it's been too cold here and having just recovered from a cold/ flu not the best thing to be eating... so the picture made me yearn for some warmer weather and then I always associate icecreams with the beach as when we were young and went to the beach often we would have an icecream there!

Anyway enough waffling from me... oh, speaking of waffle... those waffle cones made us think they could be made from Kraft and so we'd like you to add some to your creation as that little added bonus! So have a go, the prize on offer is a gift voucher from Mad for Markers

Check out the Candy stripes blogs to see what lovely creations they came up with and please give a very warm welcome to Mel Pizzinga our Guest Candy Stripe!
Other Candy stripes: Marcia, Jasmine, Tracey, Chantelle, Mel H, and me...


I used a sweet little beach girl image from Spesch Stamps and coloured her with Copics .. I watched Amy's fabulous colouring straight hair tutorial over as Color Me Copic and this was my attempt to use Amy's hair colouring method.

Monday, 13 September 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to The Stamp Spot!!

There's a party going on to Celebrate!!!
pop on over to join in the fun!!!


Bonnie has a picnic

Good morning! I wanted to share with you another Bonnie card today! Don't you just love this adorable little girl .. she's so sweet! you can pick yours up at SPESCH STAMPS today!

This is another of the new images released on the 8th Sept! And is lovely to colour!!
Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to work with some more Spesch images now... cards for the next release which is pretty awesome!!!

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Oh Alice ... CHAPTER 30: Hey there, Nice Stems...

Just as Alice said this, she noticed that one of the trees had a door leading right into it. `That's very curious!' she thought. `But everything's curious today. I think I may as well go in at once.' And in she went.

Once more she found herself in the long hall, and close to the little glass table. `Now, I'll manage better this time,' she said to herself, and began by taking the little golden key, and unlocking the door that led into the garden.

Then she went to work nibbling at the mushroom (she had kept a piece of it in her pocked) till she was about a foot high: then she walked down the little passage: and THEN--she found herself at last in the beautiful garden, among the bright flower-beds and the cool fountains..."

Hello out there! It's a lovely day here in Wonderland and we are celebrating the summer with a nature theme today! Well, TREES and FLOWERS to be more exact! We scored a GREAT sketch sponsored by PAGEMAPS today that is just perfect for today's theme:

Thanks for stopping by

Thursday, 9 September 2010

CA&F Sketchy Saturday :: Circle Sketch

This card was made for Club Anya and Friends' Sketchy Saturday which was a gorgeous circle sketch from the lovely Pam!! I decided to give another Circle Easel card a go .. seeing as it was so easy to make the last one and here is the result...

My birthday has continued into this week with some lovely cards and parcels from gorgeous friends turning up! THANKS to the Russells, Erin, Marcia, Annette and Emma this week I've been more spoilt! :D I'll post up some piccies tomorrow of the gorgeous cards I've received!

Copics used: Hair: YR02, 04, 07, E07, E09, Skin: E0000, E000, E00, E11, Clothes: BG10, 11, 15, 09, B91, 93
Paper: Kaisercraft
Ribbon: DCWV + Spotlight
Background stamp: Kaisercraft
Stamp: Megan from The Greeting Farm, Sentiment - TGF

THANKS to Emma for most of the goodies that made this card :D

Bonnie and Bunny get ready for Halloween

Well as promised today I have another card to show you with the new release images from Spesch Stamps ... this is Bonnie and her Bunny dressing up as mummies! Aren't they cute! LOL Not too scary if you ask me! hehe

Have you popped over to the Spesch stamps blog yet to see all the images and to leave a comment for your chance to win these gorgeous digis?? Well what are you waiting for? lol!

Copics: E000, E00, E11, E30, 31, 33, R91, 83, 85, C1, 3, 5, W1, W3

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

CA&F :: Mystery Monday CASEing Peggy

Club Anya and Friends have been mixing it up again and now Monday's are MYSTERY Mondays... this week the challenge was to CASE a gorgeous card by Peggy ... Here's my take...

I had the same image (thanks to my lovely Hubby - getting me this stamp :D) not sure I've done justice to Peggy's orginal card but there you have it :D Trying something new with those flowers on the bottom right...scrunched up and sat down again! Also have been playing with some new Copic colours so will be mixing up my colours a bit more now!

I love the way other people use embellishments on their cards.. but not sure about when I do .. lol! Maybe that's why I've been steering towards CAS cards a lot more lately!

Oh, well will stop blabbing on now and sign off... back tomorrow with another Bonnie image to show you! xxx

Stamp: Flirty Anya from The Greeting Farm
Paper: Basic Grey

Copics used: E33, 34, 35, 37 and E09 - love this one - will be starring in red hair shortly. LOL! Flower: R81, 83, 85, 89, Dress: E40, 41, 42, 44, Skin: E0000, E000,E00, E01, R11

Spesch Release :: Bonnie

Remember that gorgeous little image of Bonnie with her bunny rabbit?? Well GREAT news... Today = Spesch Stamps have a NEW Release of Bonnie and her bunny in different poses! Yipee!!

They are sooo cute! Here is one of the images below... I decided to do a series of cards keeping the image as the focal point and so I decided not to add embellishments, PP etc... what do you think?

Pop on over to Spesch stamps blog to see all the other new release images and the gorgeous creations all the DT girls have come up with! I'll be posting my other cards in this series over the next couple of days so stay tuned!

Tracey is going to give away one of each of the new releases today. Make sure you leave a comment on the Spesch Stamps release post for your chance to win one of the new stamps!!

And whilst your hopping around ... Check out the other DT girls blogs too...

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Flutterby Wednesday Birthday blowout

This is the card I created for the Flutterby Wednesday Birthday blowout! A huge challenge with lots of prizes Celebrating Danni's birthday!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY again for Sat Danni!! :D I twisted the sketch a little bit... Hope that's OK! :D

Now I am very lucky to have received some lovely pressies for my own birthday on the weekend.. .and have used them on here... My Favourite Things paper that my lovely hubby bought me from The Stamp Spot, the gorgeous Creeper Thursday that my lovely friend Tracey gave me (as well as Creeper Friday :), and the butterfly is a diecut that arrived today... THANKS to the beautiful Debbie P!

Thanks for popping past!!

Sunday, 5 September 2010


Good afternoon.. well It's my birthday and I'll cry if I want to .. right?? well I'm not crying but I'm a bit annoyed - I'm still sick :P no fun, no fair! Guy is now sick too .. and poor guy has spent the day sleeping mostly! I would like to sleep some more but our noisy neighbours are back and they are back with a vengeance :P moan! I did go out for a coffee with my big sis but that was pretty tiring, so rest of the day has been spent smooching around... labeling CDs for my new stamp storage system :D and I did manage to make myself a birthday card! LOL .. why not huh!!

I was pretty spoilt and this card showcases some of those birthday goodies... yup.. I morphed my new Flirty Anya with my new (old) WS Megan who I've been eying off for ages now and finally have YAY! AND new paper too! Yipee! LOVE it!
Now I wanted to make a card for The Greeting Farm's Farm Fresh Friday .. so I'll explain now...

Over at FFF - this week it's a "RULE OF 3's" ...

Here's the deal: Use THREE different patterned papers and THREE different embellishmnts on your card. Now you can use three buttons, three of anything but you also have to use TWO more embellishments then. Get it? You can have 3 or 33 embellies on your card, so long as there are THREE different types!

So my card??? There's 3 flowers, 3 butterflies on each side, 3 lots of bling as trails for each butterfly - that's three different types right... well I also added some ribbon and a brad! LOL! Ooh... and I have 4 types of PP - but I think one is almost just solid colour... so I just went a little overboard! hehe

oooh.. and Amy did a wonderful curly hair tutorial over at Color Me Copic.. so I thought I would link this up there too.. as I picked up some pointers from her video which I used in colouring Megan's hair here! Mostly I loved hearing her voice. LOL!

Copics used: Face: E000, E00, E11, RV11, Hair: E31, 33, 35, 37, Dress/ Ribbon: BV0000, BV00, BV13, Lilac spica

Saturday, 4 September 2010

Oh Alice ... CHAPTER 29: What makes you SHINE? (or SPARKLE :)

`Why, what are YOUR shoes done with?' said the Gryphon. `I mean, what makes them so shiny?'

Alice looked down at them, and considered a little before she gave her answer. `They're done with blacking, I believe.'

`Boots and shoes under the sea,' the Gryphon went on in a deep voice, `are done with a whiting. Now you know.'

`And what are they made of?' Alice asked in a tone of great curiosity.

`Soles and eels, of course,' the Gryphon replied rather impatiently: `any shrimp could have told you that.'

`If I'd been the whiting,' said Alice, whose thoughts were still running on the song, `I'd have said to the porpoise, "Keep back, please: we don't want YOU with us!"'

`They were obliged to have him with them,' the Mock Turtle said: `no wise fish would go anywhere without a porpoise.'

`Wouldn't it really?' said Alice in a tone of great surprise.

Hello everyone! We are back for our first challenge of September with some EXCITING news!

Today we are still sad about the departure of some of our friends from our Twisted little table, but we are THRILLED to welcome some new members!

A glistening welcome to CREEPY GLOWBUGG GLORIA and ANDREA MURDOCK! We also are THRILLED to be bringing back EMMA EADS as our faithful "Dormouse"-she'll be around to scope out your creations and leave you some love! Last but not least, welcome to Kellie Winnell as our September Guest Tea Party Member! LOTS going on today! We are thrilled to have these ladies with us and know they will really SHINE!

Speaking of shine...and SPARKLE....we welcome SPARKLE CREATIONS as our sponsor this week! Sparkle is offering a wonderful prize-a $20 credit to the Sparkle Creations store to one random winner this week, IN ADDITION to a coupon code for ALL WHO ENTER this week's contest! How generous is THAT? ON your HONOR, just enter 10OHALICE after you link your card here to enjoy a 10% discount until Sept 13th

I have used a Sparkle creations stamp .. turntable Josh .. and it's hard to see my added sparkle .. but I put it on .. the music notes, headphones, jacket - with spica pen and then the blue PP behind Josh has glitter on it! Oh and of course the big bling dots are nice and sparkly too!!

This is my first ever circle easel card . .which I felt a little more confident doing after checking out all Annette's shaped easel cards IRL at the show last weekend!
Copics used: E000, E00, E11, E31, 33, 35, 37, B91, 95, 97, C1, 3, 5, 10, R35, 37, 45

Remember , you have until FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10th at 8pm CST to enter this contest! Winner will be posted on Saturday 9/11's post and good luck to all who enter!

Have fun and GET SHIMMERY, SPARKLY and FABULOUS in Wonderland this week!

Friday, 3 September 2010

Spesch Stamps Father's day image

Good morning!! This Sunday will be a Special day... It's my Birthday! LOL ...
But it's also Father's Day here in Australia .. so looking for an image to use on a card??

There is a very cute Father digital stamp NOW available in Spesch Stamps store.. just click on the piccy below:
Check out the blog for a couple of great ideas on using this image!

Thursday, 2 September 2010

under the weather + more Paperific

I do not have any project to share today as have been a little under the weather since returning home. Hoping to throw off this flu quickly!

Anyway.. I thought I would share some more Paperific photos... This is the gorgeous, wonderful, bubbly event co-ordinator extraordinaire (owner) Naomi... with plates of cupcakes to celebrate 10 years of Paperific...

Here's a close up of some bubbles and a cupcake!

and Here is Naomi again in her lovely polkadot apron .. walking around the show giving lucky customers showbags full of lovely goodies!

Hope to be back with a card to share tomorrow!!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Posters for Hair and Skin colouring

I made up some posters for our stall at Paperific .. on colours to use for colouring Hair and Skin... These are ones that work for me! And I think it's helpful to have them in the one place.. So I posted it on our Mad for Markers blog - but thought I would include it here as well for those that only follow this blog! The images are from The Greeting Farm!! TGF images are perfect for colouring hair and skin... much fun!

The skin I colour in little circles.. basic blending and the hair I do flicking! Starting light and going dark!