Sunday, 28 February 2010

Prima has a surprise.....

Not sure what it is yet... but if you click on this piccy you could enter the comp they have going...
there will be one US prize winner and one international...so pop on over there and remember to check back to find out their secret too!! :D


A TGF altered B'day

It was a good friend's birthday last Tuesday and this is the card I made for her.... I combined two The Greeting Farm digis for this image... they were Dressy Camille (head) and Charlotte (body) .... I think they work well together and suited my friend! I coloured the image with Copics and added blooms and bling and doodling!

Thanks for stopping by... Not in a great way this weekend - so have done a bit of colouring on the couch but that's all! Hope to be back at it next week!!

xxx

Saturday, 27 February 2010

OH, ALICE.....

CHAPTER TWO: Running in a SKETCHY circle...

"Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?"
"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to," said the Cat.
"I don’t much care where--" said Alice.
"Then it doesn’t matter which way you go," said the Cat.

We have a fabulous sketch challenge today designed by our own TWISTED Tea Party member, Mary Giles! Here is the sketch:
We are VERY honored to be introducing our first sponsor to you today. Kathy from Pixie Dust Studios has VERY generously let us work with her new Digis from her "Down the Rabbit Hole" collection debuting March 1st! What's more? ONE LUCKY WINNER will be chosen at random from this week's participants to choose THREE FREE DIGIS of their choice from Pixie Dust Studios! Thank you Kathy!

This is the card that I have created following Mary's lovely sketch!
I have used Pixie - 'Queen of Hearts' image (isn't she sweet) and I coloured her with copics.
I realised afterwards that the Queen of hearts should have a red dress... hahaha! oopsie!
Oh Well I think she looks sweet here! and I don't have much of a brain this week!

You have until FRIDAY, March 5, 2010 at 10pm CST to upload your card or project to the Oh, Alice challenge blog! Can't wait to see what you creat!

Friday, 26 February 2010

my first Sweet Pea stamp

I was so lucky to be chosen as one of the three people to receive a stamp from Sweet Peas... to start our Fantasy Art Collections! As you can imagine I was pretty thrilled! I love these Ching-Chou Kuik Fantasy stamps :D Here's the card I made....


I'm not exceptionally happy with it... but I did not have anything else to post just now so I decided to post it anyway! I'm getting some more of these gorgeous stamps from Kristy! She'll hopefully have her website up soon where she'll be selling these + more!

Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, 25 February 2010

The Stamp Spot :: Ribbon, ribbon, ribbon

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This is the card I made for my post over at The Stamp Spot this week!

I struggled quite a bit with this card and eventually was kinda happy with it... just not as much as I'd hoped! anyway... I used up my ribbon and in a couple of different ways! I love that thin gingham ribbon... think I'll have to get myself some more when the store is open again! :D

Anyway thanks for stopping by! will try and have something posted up again tomorrow ...

AND I just wanted to thank everyone who has left me the sweetest comments recently! :D
You are all darlings!

xxx

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

My exciting crafty news

You might remember that I had some exciting crafty news to share... well I'll tell you now! You know that I love COPICS right?? well ... I am going to be opening an ONLINE store and will be selling Copics and some Neenah paper.... as I and others have found it difficult to get these in Australia and the shipping from o/s can be a killer!

am in the process of getting a website set up and orders in etc etc...
watch this space!! :D

I'll be back later with a card to share!

Monday, 22 February 2010

Magnolia Down Under :: Easel card

This week's Magnolia Down Under challenge is to make an easel card! Here's mine....

I'm sorry but my MOJO seems to have run off again.... don't really like this card... except for the image which was sent to me by the lovely Sharon ... THANKS!!!
I had written down my copic colours but not sure where I put that scrap of paper... mmm. Will try and record colours better from now on in!

I have not really been around as many blogs as I like these last few days either... please bear with me.. I'll come and visit SOON!! Promise!!! :D

on a better note.. last weeks IVF procedures went quite well and we ended up with one blastocyst (5 day old embryo with over 100 cells) .... which was transferred on Saturday... and now we just wait and pray that this little one sticks around! I Have a pregnancy test on 3 March.... not sure I can wait that long without exploding! lol

Thanks for stopping by!

xxx

Saturday, 20 February 2010

OH, ALICE!!!!!

CHAPTER ONE: DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE: THE BEGINNING...
"The White Rabbit put on his spectacles. "Where shall I begin, please your Majesty?" he asked.
"Begin at the beginning," the King said gravely, "and go on till you come to the end: then stop."

...... It's finally here!!! Yay!! The very first Oh, Alice challenge!! WHOO - How exciting! Below is the challenge Jessica issued and my card!

ALICE GETS GLAM: INSPIRATION CHALLENGE.
In anticipation of the upcoming Tim Burton remake, let's GET GLAM with Alice! Jessica recently scored this UBER fab makeup palette by Urban Decay and fell in love with the awesome colors, the NAMES of the eyeshadows (all after Alice, of course ;) and the pop-up mushroom mirror!
We wanna see how YOU get Glam using this amazing little piece as your inspiration! Show us your style, put on the glitz, and GET GLAM!

And WHAT would our first Challenge be without a PRIZE?! Now, normally we'll be (hopefully) sponsored on the 1st Sat. of each month, but for today's FIRST Fall Down the Rabbit Hole, we thought we'd give away a little something! ONE LUCKY WINNER will be chosen at Random to WIN a stamp single of their choice from THE GREETING FARM (in stock items only). So, GOOD LUCK and here's how to play:

You have until FRIDAY, February 26, 2010 at 10pm CST to upload your card or project using the inspiration photo as your muse! Upload to your blog or public gallery (please use keyword OAC1) and LINK your name on the Oh, Alice challenge blog We can't WAIT to see your creations and THANK YOU for your support of this CURIOUS new venture!

and now for my card.....

Some explanation of this curious card..... I decided to make an easel card.... as the makeup kit was screaming that out to me.... I was also inspired by the colours and the picture around the mirror! I drew up some mushrooms that looked similar and then coloured them (and Alice) in with my Copics ... I decided to papertole the mushrooms (using foam tape) to add a bit more of a 3-d effect! and as for glamour and glitz... I added some bling and stickles to make things a bit more sparkly!!

Here is a closer pic from a different angle so you can see the easel card and the papertoling!Make sure you go and visit all the other DT (links in my sidebar and on the Oh, Alice challenge site) Really Looking forward to seeing you down the rabbit hole and looking at all your wonderful creations !!! OH and..... Jimmy is having a little blog candy giveaway - open to all who enter this challenge to ... so pop on over to Jimmi's blog and find out more :D

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Life is a Journey ...

It's my The Stamp Spot posting day.... This is the card that I made...
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Once again.... I have not used an image to colour.... shock horror.. It really is difficult for me! haha. used some lovely papers - Bo Bunny - Flutter Butter paper cutouts and Crate paper - Samantha range. I tried to make a flower out of the lacey ribbon in my DT kit.. it's a bit dodgy but kinda works.... secured with a pearl topped pin! :D
The "life is a journey" sentiment feels very apt for me this week.

am not sure if I like it or not (still deciding) it does look better IRL than the photo though.

Don't forget there is only a very short time left for the sale (it ends tomorrow!!!) before Marcia moves so pop on over and snap up some bargains for yourself. And don't forget to drop back in to The Stamp spot tomorrow to see Alex's creation!

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

AnyaInk is Monochromatic

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This week's challenge at Anya Ink is to Get Monochromatic.
As you can see I've gone brown.

Another image that Trace sent me a month or so ago (THANKS!) - I've coloured this gorgeous Twinkle Tot in with my Copic markers.... the colours used are:
skin - R00, R11, R20
hat, scarf and shoes - E71,E77
hair - E31,33,37
socks - E31, E33
flower on hat - E31,33, 43
coat - E43,47, 33
+ white gel pen.

Paper is from my stash and the lace ribbon I got from the Stamp spot. The flower I got from Bizzy Becs... links in side bar --->
Thanks for stopping by.

Well I have some exciting crafty related news... but cannot share it JUST yet.... within the week I hope to be able to though!! :D





Tuesday, 16 February 2010

SJs Musings


I just had to share with you this card I made with this delightful fairycakes image that SJ was offering as a freebie on her blog during her "party" .... isn't she sweet!! I just love SJs drawings and GUESS WHAT??? I WON one of her prints... yay!!!! Can't wait till it arrives :D

I coloured the image with Copics, a pink spica pen and added glossy accents to the wings... the photo does not show that up properly.. will try and take a better one later... but for now I'm back on the couch :D All the embellishments are from Bizzy Becs store!! The sentiment is handwritten.. but I'm sure you could tell that from the uneven-ness of it. lol!

Thanks for stopping by!

FFF :: Randi's Vintage-esque challenge

According to The Greeting Farm.... "Randi wants you to get old and classy..even old and grungy with this week's "VINTAGE-esque" Challenge!

Yep, that's right, just get Vintage. Whatever that means to you-papers, distressing, aged metals, old flowers, whatever the case may be, we want to see YOUR best "vintage" work!"

so..... here is my Vintage-esque card......



What do you think???

Miss Anya (thanks Trace) is coloured with Copics, papers are from my stash.. I made my own flower from brown paper and DCWV Once upon a time stack.... and I had to add some of the gorgeous Melissa Frances ribbon I got from the Stamp Spot. The colours, distressing and lace are my take on "vintage".

In Style stamps digi giveaway


ooh... you have to pop on over to In Style Stamps for your chance to receive one of these beauties Miko or Lina.... Click the pic above!!
edited to add: the pic is taken from the Instyle Stamps blog

exciting news....


oooh... I am so thrilled!! I am one of the (lucky) twisted thirteen to join the wonderful Jessica (aka. the mad hatter) on her new challenge blog DT - Oh, Alice! How exciting! I'm pretty excited to be on the team with such a lovely talented bunch of crafters...


Oh, Alice Design Team
The Mad Hatter
Jessica Diedrich

The twisted thirteen are:
Natasha Beasley
Samantha Betbeder (Me)
Catherine
Margie Cortina
Mary Giles
Lisa Hjulberg
Jimmi Mayo
Peggy McCurry
Betty Roberts
Kyra Sanders
Jen Shults
Pam Varnell
Kristy Young
I hope that you will join us for the first challenge on Sat 20th February!

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also.... Kristy asked if I would join Magnolia Down Under Challenges as a guest designer in July! YAY!! I love that challenge blog and I love Magnolia images (can't wait to get my Spring kit)!!
It's the MDUC blog that I can thank for enabling me to get to know so many aussie crafters/ bloggers... until then I barely knew any others downunder ... Now I have lots of lovely fellow aussie craft blogger buddies!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Phindy's place is having a party

Phindy is celebrating all the members over at PCP and is having a weekend party.. with lots of fun... get all the details over at Phindy's place. This is the card that I made for the Love and Friendship challenge.
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I have cut Spring Dance - Emma out in a heart shape (i did hate cutting off half the image though) coloured her with Copics and then added the frilly scalloped edge.

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The second card is for the Cardathon that took place this morning when I was till sleeping...but I followed the instructions when I got up and this was the result.. not the happiest with the colouring and not sure about the papers but I thought I'd show it to you anyway!

Well I think I might not be crafting for a few days... but we'll see what happens... tomorrow morning I have the egg collection for the IVF/ ICSI (finally - so glad to have no more injections for now) and guess I will sleep for a bit in the afternoon AND that's when the waiting (and hoping) begins again! Not sure when I will feel like crafting OR when Mr Mojo will return. Thanks for stopping by! :D

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Copic Colour Challenge #51


The above colours are those for this week's Copic Colour Challenge. And below is my card...

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I used a Greeting Farm image that Trace stamped up for me... this particular stamp will be available for purchase at the Greeting Farm in March.
The colours I have used are:
skin - R00, 11, 20,
Hair - R20, 22, 27,29 35, 46
Shirt + shoes - RV21, 23 +R22
Shirt + skirt - B12, 23,24
+ white gel pen

Thanks for stopping by... Not feeling great today and I'm not really sure where my MOJO is this weekend... hopefully it will turn up again next week!! xxx

SJs having a party.. .click the piccy :D



Jac is the winner of my blog candy

Look at this card Jac made with my cupcake image.... Isn't she clever!



Now I know that I never posted a finished blog candy pic on my blog so here's the deal... Jac... you can choose to have: The scap packs I did post (+some other bits and bobs - including the bunch of TGF images I stamped) OR if you would prefer .... you can have 2 digis that I will purchase for you from TGF... Just let me know which you'd prefer.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Cute Card Thursday :: Spots and Dots

(second post for today... please scroll down for my STAMP SPOT post)

The Cute Card Thursday challenge is SPOTS and DOTS ....and the sponsor is Phindy's place. I just LOVE Phindy's images so I had to enter and had to use an image I purchased HERE.

I "might" have gone a little OTT with the spots and dots... can't decide.... However it was fun turing a white bloom into a spotty bloom and to make another one pink with white dots!!
Thanks for looking! xxx

I heart you

Shock, horror, I have made a card with no stamped image to colour!!!!
This is my card for this week's The Stamp Spot blog post....
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I used a clear heart, two pearl pins and then the white lace and red gingham ribbon. I also used some Basic Grey paper from the Indian Summer range. All available from THE STAMP SPOT STORE .... WHERE there is still an AWESOME SALE... but hurry it's almost over!

Also pop on over to the blog and check out the wonderful creations the other girls have been posting :D maybe see some products they've used that you would love to have from the store.

The way I've put the ribbon and pins looks kinda like a butterfly - don't you think ....
so I am going to enter this for the current Flutterby Wednesday challenge...
Which is:
to use the theme of Love, however you perceive it, just be sure to include a butterfly, fairy or angel on your creations.
There are some very lovely creations over at Flutterby Wednesday so why not flutter yourself over there for a look! xxx


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

a couple of creations

Just thought I'd share with you a couple of creations I have made for various challenges over at Club Anya and Friends.... The first is for Monday Mania - where Rachel wants us all to to make something for Valentines without using Pink or Red. I just love this Miss Anya and thought she'd be good on an ATC.



My second card (with Wild Sprout Chelsea) is for Club Anya and Friends' Sketch Saturday challenge....



Both the images are coloured with Copics and were stamped up for me by Trace = Thanks! :D

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Magnolia Down Under :: Grey + Pink

Yup... this week the challenge at Magnolia Down Under is Grey and Pink and I have not left it till the last minute! Love this colour combination...and think it works well for a shabby chic kind of look... that's what I was trying to go for here...
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Tilda is coloured with pink and Grey copics....plus of course some white gel pen highlights. I also used a grey copic to turn a white flower grey! :D
Pop on over to Magnolia Down Under for a look at the challenge and the AWESOME DT creations.. ooh and Kellie has a scrummy prize this week so you might just want to enter as well!!! :D

Well... I seem to be doing a lot of blogging right now (2/3 posts a day) ... I guess that colouring, making cards and then sticking them on my blog is kind of escapism...I LOVE it! and It can be done when I don't have the energy to do a lot else... but I really should get up and do some housework... :P

Sugarbowl sketch + lace

The current challenge over at The Sugar Bowl blog is a sketch challenge... and they also want us to include some lace... this is the sketch:

and this is my card:
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The Gorjuss girl is coloured in with Copics, paper is from my stash... I stamped the sentiment in purple and then outlined it in white gel pen... the lacey ribbon came from Spotlight (can't remember the brand). My card was not quite tall enough to suit the exact sketch so it's a little squashed.