Here are just a few of my creations - I mainly make cards, but I've been known to dabble

Here are just a few of my creations - I mainly make cards, but I've been known to dabble

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Hey Baby Baby!

Hi there everyone, I hope you're all having a brilliant day!  Today I'm here to share with you a baby card I made last night!  I haven't generally made that many baby cards so this is me attempting to branch out a bit.

Now I've been a very lucky vegemite (aussie slang) and Mr Taxman has been showering me with crafty goodness :o)  <---- that right there is a big giant grin lol...  So on the weekend, I took a very out-of-the-ordinary-trip (for me) up the Toowoomba Range and visited Spotlight and Kaisercraft.  

Spotlight has a lot less in the way of cardmaking stock than I was expecting.  Although, I did buy a few dies, papers and embossing folders.  

Next on my crafty junket was Kaisercraft.  I discovered the Kaisercraft brand dies are cheaper at Kaisercraft than at Spotlight, however one stencil cost $1 more at Kaisercraft for the same small 6x6 stencil, than at Spotlight.  Kaisercraft kept me occupied for ages, I took the time and checked out EVERYTHING, and bought some more dies, embossing folders and papers. 

Additionally, yesterday Mr Taxman brought me some StampinUp lovliness!  Inks! Stamps and cardstock <3.

This card, made last night, uses one of the stamp sets I bought at Kaisercraft and some of my StampinUp goodies.  Kaisercraft: Pitter Patter and Decorative Die - Die Cut Shapes.  StampinUp: Brushstrokes, Pool Party, Soft Sky and Coastal Cabana^ Inks, as well as Pool Party, Whisper White and Vellum Cardstocks.

I love how it turned out, I hope you do too!



Stay tuned for some more crafty creations coming soon.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting when you get the chance, I do appreciate it!
Cheers
Karen

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Monday, 20 July 2015

YAY - I WON THIS! : Awesome card from Marika (aka Craftybit) on Youtube

Hi all, just wanted to do a quick post to share with you this awesome card that I won from the lovely Marika (Craftybit on youtube).  I was selected as a winner in a recent drawer and got to choose any card that she'd made to have for my very own.  

The card I chose is of a warrior mermaid.  I just loved the fierceness of this warrior chick and also the colouring of the image and the background.



If you'd like to view her video on making this card, please see it below:


Thanks for stopping by, I totally recommend that you check out Craftybit's channel if you have any interest in copic colouring, she's awesome!

Thanks again Marika!
Cheers
Karen

INSPIRED BY: CHERYL WRIGHT (Cased Card)

Gidday everyone, glad you stopped by.  Today I'm sharing a card with you that I cased from Cheryl Wright.  I loved her design so much and her use of the dies (getting great ideas from her on how to use the dies) that I just had to have a go at copying her card.  *updated*: Cheryl has just posted her card on her blog, you can check it out right here!  

Ok, so I didn't have any pretty paper like she used, with these gorgeous flowers on there, but I found in my stash this beautiful creamy and silver flower design paper and then also some pearlescent cream cardstock that went beautifully with it.  I pinched her grey cardstock idea because it really helped to set off the die cuts perfectly.

At first I was thinking it would make a lovely wedding card, but I had no sentiments that were small enough to fit.  Then I got to thinking "maybe a happy anniversary card..." but again, sentiments were too long, and I didn't want to turn the card around so it was landscape instead of portrait.  Then I found a beautiful sentiment in my Inspired By Stamps set All Year Wishes 2 and turned it into a birthday card - they're my most popular type of card anyway :o)

I hope you like it!


This one shows the shiny embossing and design paper to better effect:


and the inside too:


Thanks for stopping by and commenting when you can, it's always appreciated!
Cheers
Karen

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Just Us Girls #JUGS301 - Incorporate Gold

Hi everyone!  I've been inspired this evening by my friend Cheryl and her card for the Jugs challenge number 301 which is incorporating gold.  Now I had to get a move on and quickly make a card and get it in by 9pm (it's 8.45pm now, I had to stop to eat dinner!) lol.  Please click the Trend Week picture to be taken to the challenge page.


I have to say, Wow!  I adore the card that resulted!  I used a stamp set by Gina K Designs, white and gold cardstock and two die cuts from the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Regal Frame.  So without further ado, here is my creation!



The most time consuming part of this card was trying to get the gold frame away from the rest of the cardstock (I put adhesive on the cardstock before cutting).  I must say, all that fiddling was well worth the effort!

I hope you like it, stay tuned for more cards being posted soon!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope I managed to inspire you.
Karen

Monday, 6 July 2015

Just Us Girls Challenge - "Congratulations" (Word Week)

Well hey there, I've been a busy bee at my craft desk today and I absolutely love the card that I came up with.  Firstly, I should add that some of my crafty friends are having a little inspiration challenge of our own and the lovely Marcelle has posted this sketch for us to be inspired by:
Well, let me tell you that I loved the colours on the sketch so much I tried my best to replicate them, although on the screen here there seems to be pink and when I printed it the circle, sentiment, banner and lighter part beneath all printed white, so that's what I used in my card.

Additionally, I'm entering this in the Just Us Girls Challenge (my first ever).  
I added a line of butterflies rather than keeping the banner blank and added a gem trail for my larger butterfly.  I hope you like it!
I need to get back in to my swimming tomorrow so we'll see if I manage to make any more cards this week.  Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers
Karen

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Latest creations - Magnetic Bookmark and a Child's Dinosaur Birthday Card

Hi there again.  Below you will find the latest creations (all made this week) from my office/crafty area, which looks like this when it's been cleaned up, but is rarely ever in that state!

Ok, so this first card was made for my workmate Paula, who requested a dinosaur themed birthday card for Andre who turned 3.  I had a lot of fun making this card.  The stamps are all from Lawn Fawn Critters From The Past and I used masking techniques to put some of the images in front of others.  The background was coloured using tim holtz distress inks and a sponge, whist  the images were all watercoloured using the distress markers.  I love how it turned out.  Inside the card I stamped a t-rex because what dino card is complete without a t-rex?  :o)


Now, this one is a magnetic bookmark (showing front and back) that I made for my Mum who loves to read.  She's been using one that I made ages ago and requested a new one a while ago but until this week I wasn't inspired.  My inspiration came from youtube in the form of this video by Sandy Allnock.  I had some adhesive magnets in my stash and thought this was a perfect idea to use them.

The images are from a couple of stampendous stamp sets: Hummingbirds and Jumbo Hydrangea.  The butterfly and flowers were coloured using copic markers, and the flower was watercoloured.  

Finally, I also made a farewell card to a workmate called Scott who is transferring up to Bundaberg.  I'm very annoyed that I deleted the picture of the front of the card off of my phone and it didn't seem to have uploaded with all the rest of my pictures.  I do however have a shot of the inside of the card, which incorporates a gift card holder, that I was quite pleased turned out.


That brings me up to date!  I have a few other challenges to try to enter so if I do I'll be sure to post them here for you to see!  Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers
Karen

The Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge July 2015

Hi there everyone, just jumping in quickly to make my entry for the Outlawz Freebie/Progressive Challenge for July 2015.  The free digi this month was supplied courtesy of Jen at Blueberry Bear Digistamps, she doesn't have her shop open yet but you can visit her at her facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JencraftyGoodies.

The gallery at the Outlawz can be viewed for inspiration at any time by clicking here, and to see these entries, put in the code PF08 in the box at the top.

This was very difficult for me this digi, it's not my style at all but I did the best I could with it and ended up watercolouring it.  The background was done by inking up a woodgrain embossing folder and printing onto my card front.  It was very spotty, so I went over the woodgrain with my stampinup marker and picked up extra ink and recoloured over it.  I really like how that background came out. 


I hope you've all had a lovely week, I have a few more pictures to share so keep reading posts :o)

Cheers, thanks for stopping by!
Karen