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I started this blog in April 2012 so I could join Challenges. I am now on some design teams. I hope you like my cards. I started stamping in 1995 but my cards are still mostly cute.
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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Sketch Saturday 290 and Dilly Beans challenge.

It is New Year's Eve here in Sydney.  I watched the 9pm Sydney fireworks on TV then when they were finished I went upstairs and watched some out the back window.  I could see all the high ones that they were letting off somewhere along Botany Bay.  They were very colourful.  I can still hear lots of bangs around.
Sydney had another short fireworks at 10.30 and now I am waiting for the midnight ones.

I made 3 cards while waiting for the midnight fireworks
to sketch No 290 on Sketch Saturday
http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.ca/
This is the 1st card I made tonight to the sketch

Layered Dilly Beans digi "Amalia's Christmas lights" onto green and then onto Imagine That's digi paper from the "Merry and Bright" set.  Sentiment from Create with TLC.  Added ribbon and layered all onto red card.

I also want to add this card to Dilly Beans Design challenge - Christmas or winter
http://www.dillybeanschallenge.blogspot.com.au/
and
Crafty Hazelnut's weekly Christmas Challenge No 157 - Starting all over again
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com.au/
and
Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas Challenge - anything goes
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/


Monday, 30 December 2013

Whoopsi Daisy challenge 30 December 2013 - Celebrations

The challenge at Whoopsi Daisy is Celebrations (New Year, birthdays, weddings, etc)
http://granmargaret.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/lacy-sunshine-no-23-celebrations.html


I have printed image from Whoopsi Daisy sheet No 499 onto white card and coloured with markers.  Cut circle in dark pink card and embossed with Craft Concepts "cup cakes" embossing folder and layered over image.  Added cake washi tape.  Stamped Stamp World "Best wishes" onto light pink card and punched with scalloped circle and layered onto dark pink card.  Added cake embellishment.  Layered all onto light pink card.

Please go over and look at the lovely cards by the design team and join in the challenge.  You don't have to use a Whoopsi Daisy stamp but if you do and you are the winner you will receive 2 sheets of Whoopsi Daisy images.  If you don't use a Whoopsi Daisy stamp and you are the winner you will receive 1 sheet of Whoopsi Daisy images.

You can buy the lovely Whoopsi Daisy images on
Linnie has also put a free image there as a Christmas present to all.



Sunday, 29 December 2013

Day 1 free image from Scrappers Delight

This is the free image for day 1 from Scrappers Delight
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/
I couldn't decide which background to use so I have made 2 cards with this image


Card 1:  I have printed out snowy mountain background and layered the free digi from Scrappers Delights over the top and coloured him with markers.  Stamped Hero Arts "Happy Christmas".  Layered all onto blue card.
Card 2:  Printed out snowy mountain background and left white border on the side.  Layered the free digi from Scrappers Delight and coloured him with markers.
Added gold stickers onto white border and coloured them with markers
Layered all onto red card.

I also want to add this card into
Crafty Hazelnut's weekly Christmas challenge No 157 Starting over again.  Card you have not yet shown.
http://www.craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com.au/
and
Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/

Day 2 Free Image from Scrappers Delights

This is the card I made with Day 2 Free image from Scrappers Delights
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/

Embossed red card with Sissix embossing folder from Stampin Up.  Layered gold thread over red card.   Cut baubles from Christmas Basics.120 paper pack 12x12 papers and layered over gold thread .  Punched paper with Creative Memories mini Hexagon maker and attached to red card.  Printed out Scrappers Delights "Wood elf 1" which was the free stamp for day 2.  Coloured with markers, cut out and layered onto red card..  Stamped Hero Arts "Happy Christmas" onto white card and punched out with Creative Memories square punch.  Sponged with Distress ink and layered onto red card.  Added star brads.  Layered all onto green card.

I would also like to enter this card into ABC Christmas challenge "Z is for Zany"
http://abcchristmaschallenge.blogspot.com.au/

Crafty Hazelnut's Weekly Christmas challenge 157 - starting over again - any card which you haven't yet shared.
http://www.craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com.au/
and
Crafty Hazelnut's Monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/




Friday, 27 December 2013

Creative Fingers No 17 - Anything Goes - 27 December 2013.

Challenge No 17 at Creative Fingers is Anything Goes
http://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.com.au/
our sponsor for this week is Lacy Sunshine http://lacysunshine.weebly.com/new-digis.html
Heather has lots of new images in her store but I have used one of her older ones for my card.

I have printed out Lacy Sunshine digi stamp "Eleanor and Pickles Diggin Clams" onto white card and coloured with markers, chalks and glitter pen.  Stamped Stamp it "Seagulls", drew sun and added shell and fish brads and a pearl.  Layered all onto yellow card.



Thursday, 26 December 2013

Happy Christmas photos 2013

I hope you are all having a happy Christmas.  It is 5.45 pm on Boxing Day here in Sydney.  Yesterday it poured ran all day so we couldn't sit outside but now the sun is shining.

Here are some of our Christmas photos taken with Lynda's camera.

Lynda's Christmas tree taken without the flash Christmas eve,  everything looks purple but it isn't
with the flash
Tony and I came down to Lynda's on Christmas Eve, Emily came down last week in the train.  Angela, Graham and Brianna came down by car yesterday afternoon, Sarah and Tim came by train last night and Jack's father brought him today.

Angela made this Christmas tree skirt for Lynda for Christmas
 Brianna with her batman mask (from Macodonalds)opening her large dinosaur (she received lots of dinosaur different sizes plus lego) on Christmas day
 Angela and Brianna
 Emily
 Sian in her Christmas presents
 Tony
 Graham
 Sian
Angela and Brianna with her lego and dinosaur

Tim, Sarah, Emily and Sian on the lounge
 Emily
 I sat in Lynda's place while she took this photo, I was sitting in the end, Boxing day lunch (we had our main Christmas meal on Boxing day as so that Emily's boyfriend Jack could be with us)
 Lynda put camera on timer to take this one and she popped in but you can't see Brianna as Sian leaned forward.

I hope that you all had a happy Christmas.   We had a happy day yesterday except for Angela who became ill with a tummy bug Christmas night (yesterday).  She was supposed to cook lunch today but she was not well enough so Lynda did it with help from Sarah (who made the stuffing for the chickens) and Tony who did some cutting up.  Everyone else helped set the tables.

Lynda made me a lovely calendar with photos of all the family.

Graham and his friend Anthony have taken Sarah and Tim, Emily and Jack, and Sian to the movies tonight to see the Hobbit.   Brianna is too young to go so she is playing here.


If I had been at home I would have cropped these photos first but Lynda doesn't have a photo editor program on her computer.





Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Creative Fingers Thanks her Sponsors

I am on a great design team at Creative Fingers.  A group of lovely friendly ladies.  Angelique our lovely leader suggested we make Christmas cards to thank our Sponsors who generously support our challenges.  We have used a stamp from each sponsor to make their cards.
Have a look at http://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.com.au/ and see the lovely cards made by the team.
I made the following:

I would also like to enter this card into Beccy's Place December challenge 


 for Imagine That 




 for The Stamping Chef
I would also like to enter this card into The Stamping Chef challenge 10 Anything goes

I forgot to schedule this post before I left home yesterday, so unfortunately I don't have the details of the cards with me.

I am spending Christmas at my daughter's (Lynda). 

I wish you all a very happy Christmas.

I would also like to add the top three cards to 
Crafty Hazelnut's weekly Christmas challenge No 156

and Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge -anything goes.




Happy Christmas everyone




Monday, 23 December 2013

Bizzy Bec December challenge - Christmas

The last challenge for this year at Bizzy Becs is Christmas
http://bizzybecsstore.blogspot.com.au


I have embossed red card with Sissix embossing folder.  Printed out Bizzy Bec's digi stamp "Holly on Bauble", coloured her with markers and layered onto red card.  Added washi tape and layered all onto green card.

I would also like to enter this card into Crafty Hazelnut's weekly Christmas challenge 156
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com.au/

and Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/

Day 3 free image from Scrappers Delight

This is the card I made today with free image day 3 from Scrappers Delight facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/

I have layered Scrappers Delight image 3 "CU Love fairy 1" onto Scrappers Delight digi paper and coloured her with markers.  Added ribbon.  Stamped Stampin Up "Thinking of You", punched with SU punch and layered over ribbon.  Added flower brads.  Added flowers and brad.

Scrappers Delight have been very generous giving us these free images, a few hours left to download fairy 1 and then there will be another image later today and the last one tomorrow.

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Day 4 free image from Scrappers Delights

This is my card with day 4 free image from Scrappers Delights facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/

I have printed day 4 free image "Leprechaun digi 4" onto white card and coloured with markers.  Cut oval in green card and embossed with Cuttelbug embossing folder and layered over white card.  Added washi tape and layered all onto red card.

I also want to add this card to Crafty Hazelnut's weekly Christmas challenge No 156
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

and Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/


Day 5 free image at Scrappers Delights

This is my card for day 5 free image from Scrappers Delights
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/

I printed out day 5 free image "Kyoko" and coloured with markers and layered onto blue card.  I sprayed white card with pink and blue dylusion sprays.  Embossed with Sissix embossing folder.   Unfortunately I didn't notice I had left the stamped image too close and the spink spray went onto the image so I had to print out the digi again and colour it with markers, cut it out  and layer over the original image.  Layered the image onto the sprayed card and then onto blue card.

I am going to put this into the Stamp Happy album for December - make a Christmas card no red or green and do your own background.

I am also going to put this card into Crafty Hazelnut's weekly Christmas challenge No 156
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

and Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes.
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks to Hazel's challenges and other challenges I started early on my Christm cards this year so didn't have that dreadful rush at the last minute.  I made about 120 handmade Christmas cards.   I bought 40 photo cards from Harvey Norman with a photo of the family.

Next year I want to hand make all my Christmas cards so I am starting now.


Card made with day 11 freeibie from Scrappers Delight Facebook Page

This is my card using free image for day 11 at Scrappers Delight Facebook Group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/


Embossed green card with Cuttlebug embossing folder.  Printed free image from day 11, coloured with markers and layered onto green card.  Added 4 Christmas ribbons.  Layered all onto red card.

I would also like to add this card to Crafty Hazelnut's weekly challenge No 156

and Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes.



Friday, 20 December 2013

Creative Fingers No 16 for 20 December - Special Friend

Challenge 16 for Creative Fingers is special friend
http://creativefingerschallengeblog.blogspot.com.au/
and our sponsor for this challenge is
The Stamping Chef
http://thestampingchef.com/Store/
I have printed The Stamping Chef digi stamp "Winter Wishes" onto white and coloured with markers.  Sentiment is from Create with TLC.  Layered onto purple card and then onto star paper.  Added washi tape.  Printed Happy Christmas to a special friend on computer, cut out, layered onto purple card then on top of star paper.  Added star brads.

I would also like to add this card to Crafty Hazel Nut's Weekly Challenge No 155
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com.au/

and Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge.
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/

and Paula Holifields Crafts - Christmas Cheer
http://paulaholifieldcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/


Day 6 image at Scrappers Delights

This is my card made with the lovely free image day 6 on Scrappers Delights facebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/


Embossed bright blue card with Cuttlebug "Argyle" embossing folder.  Layered a piece of Scrappers Delight digi paper .  Printed out day 6 free image "Victorian Digi 2" onto white card, coloured with markers, cut out and layered onto blue card.  Layered all onto light blue card.


Sassy Studio Designs Monthly progressive challenge No 7.

As Papercraft Planet is closing down the Sassy Studio Designs Monthly Progressive challenge has moved to the Sassy Studio Design's facebook group.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/258002824294410/
This is my card for the Progressive Monthly challenge No 7 - show your folds using the lovely freebie we were given to do this challenge "Katniss the Sassy on Fire


I have made agate fold card with pink card and layered paper from Prima Firefly Collection 6x6 pad.  Prined the digi stamp onto white card and coloured with markers and layered onto pink card.  Added punched flower and rhinestone.


Sweet Pea Stampers challenge for 20 December 2013

The challenge at Sweet Pea Stampers this fortnight is Christmas/New year
http://www.thesweetpeastampers.blogspot.co.uk/
I have made a Christmas card

I have embossed green card with Cuttlebug winter trees.  Printed out Sweet Pea digi stamp "Decorating the Tree" by Regan Kubecek onto white card and coloured with markers and glitter pens.  Added rhinestones and layered onto red card then onto green card.  Stamped Hero Arts "Happy Christmas" onto white card and punched with square scallop punch.  Layered over red card punched with slightly larger scallop punch, layered on top and added rhinestones.  Layered all onto red card.

I hope you will go over and have a look at the lovely cards by the design team and join in the challenge.  You don't have to use a Sweet Pea stamp but if you do you have 2 chances to win a prize.
You can buy the lovely Sweet Pea digi stamps and rubber stamps at
http://www.sweetpeastamps.com/

I would also like to add this card to Crafty Hazelnut's Monthly Christmas challenge  - Anything goes

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas card challenge

Crafty Hazelnut's weekly Christmas challenge No 155 - Whatever is urgent to make
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com.au/
and
Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/

I have been using mostly digi stamps for my Christmas cards but tried using rubber stamps for this special card for my Kaszazz lady.   I made a bit of mess.


I sprayed white card with different colours dylusion sprays.  Stamped Kaszazz stamp "Christmas words" with versamark stamp pad and embossed with white embossing powder.  Stamped 2 Kaszazz "Bauble large" with green brilliance stamp pad and coloured stars with red glitter pen.  Attached to card with gold thread and gold star brads.  Stamped Kaszazz "Monogram Christmas" and layered onto card.  Layered all onto red card.

Haven't used my heat gun for a while so made a mistake and heated too close to my scissors so burnt my finger when I picked up the scissors to cut the baubles.  Not too bad.




Day 7 image at Scrappers Delight

This is card I made today from Scrappers Delight free image day 7
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/

Embossed white card with Crafts Concept "Funky Poinsettia" embossing folder and layered onto red card.
Printed out day 7 Freebie "Victorian digi" and freebie from Scrappers Delight store "Poinsettia" and coloured them with markers.  Cut out and layered onto white card.

I would also like to enter this card into Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes

I would also like to add this card to Scrapper's Delight challenge 13 Christmas time
http://scrappers-delights-challenge-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/challenge-13-christmas-time.html

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

12 days of freebie images from Scrappers Delights card made from day 9 image

This is my card using day 9 image from the 12 days of freebie images on the Scrappers Delight facebook group.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/
I printed Scrappers Delight freebie No 9 "Dragonfly Pixie" onto Scrappers Delight digi paper and coloured her with markers and glitter pens.  Added Christmas washi tape and layered all onto red card.  This lovely image could be used for any occasion.

Come on over and join the group and join in.  Another 7 days to go.

I would also like to add this card to Crafty Hazelnut's Monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/


Scrappers Delight 12 days of Freebies

Each day for the 12 days before Christmas Scrappers Delight  is giving us a free image on theFacebook group
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/
I made this card with day 8 image
I have printed the Scrappers Delight Angel on Scrappers Delight digi paper and coloured her with markers and glitter pens.   (The glitter doesn't show up on the scan).  Stamped Lucy's Stamp "Thinking you" and added flowers and flower brad.  Layered all onto lovely lilac card.


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Lacy Sunshine No 23 - celebrations

Lacy Sunshine challenge No 23 - celebrations.
http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.com.au/
Heather is kindly giving everyone a free image to use for this challenge.  I already had the image and used it for my first card.
This is my second card for this challenge using another one of Heather's lovely images.
I have layered Lacy Sunshine "Lil Peanuts - teddy bear" by Heather Valentin over Pink Gem background paper and coloured with markers.  Have stamped Stampin Up "Happy Birthday".  Layered all onto green card and then pink card.

Kenny Ks Krafty Krew challenge number 162 - Anything goes

Kenny K's Krafty Krew challenge No 162 is anything goes
http://kennykskraftykrew.blogspot.com.au/

I have layered Kenny K precoloured digi "Xmas shopping" over Pink Gem Merry and Bright Paper.  Added washi tape and layered all onto red card.

I would also like to add this card to Crafty Hazelnut's Monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/

Scrappers Delight 12 days of count down freebies

This is my card using the free image on day 10 of the 12 days of free images on the Scrappers Delight facebook group.  Today will be No 8 which will be coming up soon.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/

I have printed the free angel onto Scrappers Delight digi paper and coloured her with markers and glitter pens.  Unfortunately the glitter does not show up on the scan.
Layered all onto dark blue card.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Pink Gem Designs challenge No 109 - Anything goes

Challenge No 109 at Pink Gem Designs is Anything goes.
http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com.au/
I have printed Pink Gem Designs pre coloured digi "Barclay with presents" and layered over one of the Pink Gem Designs "Cutie Pie" papers.

Stamped Stampin Up Happy Birthday and layered all onto pink card.

This cute stamp can be used for birthday or Christmas.  I have used it for a birthday card for a cyber friend who likes bear stamps.


Whoopsi Daisy Challenge for 16 December - Anything Christmas

This challenge is going for 2 weeks this time so you will have more time to join in - anything Christmas
http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.com.au/

I have printed precoloured Whoopsi Daisy image from sheet No 467 onto white card with Pink Gem Christmas Tree.  Added circle Happy Christmas and coloured it with markers.  Layered onto Pink Gem O Christmas Tree paper and then onto green card.  Added 3 Christmas washi tapes and then layered all onto red card.

I hope you will come on over and have a look at the lovely cards by the design team and join in the challenge.  You don't have to use a Whoopsi Daisy image but if you do and you win you will win 2 sheets of images.  If you don't use a Whoopsi Daisy image and you win you will receive 1 sheet of images.

You can buy the lovely Whoopsi Daisy images at http://linnie-whoopsiedaisy.blogspot.com.au/
There are also a couple of free images there.

I would also like to add this card to Crafty Hazelnut's monthly Christmas challenge - Anything Goes


Sunday, 15 December 2013

Lacy Sunshine Challenge No 23

Lacy Sunshine Challenge No 23
http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.com.au/
I have printed Lacy Sunshine digi stamp "Flurry" by Heather Valentin onto white card and coloured with markers and glitter pens (unfortunately the glitter doesn't show in the scan).  Layered her onto snowflake paper and then onto pink card.

Heather is giving away Flurry to everyone this challenge and then if you use her to make a card for the challenge you will get another present "Willow".   I had already bought both digis when they first came out so I did not have to send a request for Flurry.

I would also like to enter this card into Crafty Hazelnut's Monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes
http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/


A Day for Daisies challenge 85 - gingham

Challenge No 85 at A Day for Daisies is gingham love.
This is the card I made today with the freebie for this challenge

I have embossed green card with Crafts Too "Christmas Greetings" embossing folder.  Added gingham ribbon.  Printed the free digi onto white card and coloured with markers.  Layered over ribbon and green card.  Layered all onto red card.

Tammy is so happy to provide you with a freebie for participatingBesides the ones she provides on the challenge blog every 2 weeks, Tammy always has some amazing freebies she rotates in the shop!


I would also like to add this card to Crafty Hazel Nut's monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes


Scrappers Delight 12 days of Christmas - day 12

On Scrappers Delight Facebook page there is currently running 12 days of Christmas with a free digi for each day.  Today is day 10 (I am a bit behind)..
https://www.facebook.com/groups/376140345820051/
This is the card I made today with day 12's lovely freebie

I have printed out the lovely Angel, coloured her with markers and layered her onto Alison Ellis This is Christmas Traditional Christmas Stars paper.  Added star brad an washi tape and layered all onto red card.

I would also like to add this card into Crafty Hazel Nut's monthly Christmas challenge - anything goes