Monthly Archives: April 2013

His & Hers class day 2


IMG_2375So, I’m on day 2 of the Online Card classes – “His and hers” class and there were so many ideas today.

I decided to try the technique used by Christina Kowalczyk with vellum, but instead of using vellum I used scotch tape/sticky tape.  I thought that might be fun to try and then I didn’t have to worry about 1 – finding vellum (as I was too lazy to look) and 2 – seeing any tape behind the vellum as it already sticks!!  All I did was color in the tape with some different copic markers as shown in the class and I love how it has a wood grain texture…


IMG_2378I love how the guys card turned out, not as much in love with the ladies card – Maybe it’s too bright, maybe the scotch tape is not the right medium for a girls card, or maybe I just prefer the look of the tape going vertically instead of horizontally – can’t quite put my finger on it…  Anyway, I feel a few more of these guy style cards in my future!!

I thought I’d also enter my guy card in the Less is More challenge #117 which was a sketch.  And this seems to fit that sketch really well…


Inspired by ANZAC day…

IMG_2369I attended our ANZAC day service yesterday which is to remember those service men and women who lost and risked their lives, fighting for our country in WW1 and also to remember those that have fought in subsequent wars and are still defending our country.  Our TANZOT (The Australia New Zealand Society of Texas) group organize the service and we had around 120 people attend.  It’s a great day with a beautiful service, snags (sausages) on the BBQ, chocolate crackles, ANZAC cookies and Tim Tams (a great Australian biscuit/cookie)…

The flowers we lay at the memorial were so beautiful and I took my inspiration from one of the bouquets of flowers.IMG_2354IMG_2352

I loved the yellow, green and white combination.  There was also a pink, white and black combination which would be so lovely on a card as well.

I am doing the His & Hers online card class and there were a couple of techniques we could try out.  I loved Kristina’s simple card sketch and I’d like to give that a go as well, but for my technique today I tried the masking from Jennifer.  I know they were doing thinking of you cards, but I didn’t really have that sentiment in a large stamp, so I’ve done thank you cards.  Plus, I need thank you cards to send out to those people that helped make our ANZAC day service so wonderful…

My manly card…IMG_2372…still not convinced it’s very manly.  It could be used for either I guess.

My female card… a little prettier and more colorful.IMG_2371I stamped them both with white ink and coloured them with my watercolour pencils, but I didn’t add the water…  I used a white pencil to draw the line on the card rather than masking off the line and inking it up…  I am going to enter this feminine card in the Addicted to CAS challenge #11 – Flowers as well - this is my second entry for this challenge…


Ice cream and pickles

IMG_2344There are a couple of people I know that are having babies at the moment and when I saw this digi image from saturated canary, I knew it would make some cute cards!!

The challenge at Saturated Canary is “All things bright and beautiful”, so I’ve used some lovely bright colored papers and copic markers and what is more beautiful than a pregnant gal eating ice cream and pickles??

I used the sketch at freshly made sketches #83 for my inspiration. I always seem to have trouble saving the sketch to post on my blog, so you’ll have to check out the link to see what the sketch was…

I must say, I am getting in a few challenges this week as I am enrolled in the “His and Hers” online card classes next week and we have a busy weekend planned, so I’m not sure that I’ll get a chance to look at some of the challenges for a little while.  I am really looking forward to the class, especially how to try and make some cards for guys.  I always find that difficult as I seem to have “cute” images and lots of flowers and things, so it will be fun to try and look at what I can do for the Dads, brothers, sons, boys, friends etc.


Kitty cats…

IMG_2341I’ve done something a little different today for my card challenges. I have created the card with adobe photoshop elements.  I bought in background paper and ribbon from Nitwit Collections - they are gorgeous digital images that I use on my digital scrapbook pages, but thought it might be fun to try them with a card…  I put shadows under the kitty cats and ribbon to give it a bit more dimension.  Here is the snapshot of my digital creation…IMG_2337and then how they looked after I had printed them….  IMG_2338With one, I had the rectangles poking out from under the ribbon and with the other I had the rectangles chopped off.  I then colored in the cute little Kitty cats which are tiddly ink images.

I based my card design on the sketch from Mojo Monday #290zMojo290Sketch

and I tried to keep it clean and simple, which seems to be the style I like…  I haven’t really added any embellishments except for the glossy accents on the balloon, flowers and the kitty’s noses.  I am going to enter this in the CAS-ual friday #99 – Birthday challenge and the Cutie pie challenge #42 – Clean and Simple as well as the Mojo Monday.

IMG_2342And here is the other one all colored in – this time slightly brighter!!
IMG_2340This was a fun card to make and I think I’ll have to try this technique more often as I love that it’s one layer, but looks like it has a lot of dimension.  I’ve also saved this layout, so I can print and color it in whenever I like and I can easily change the sentiment as well…


Orange belt testing

I am so proud of Xavier today.  He had his orange belt testing and passed with flying colours.IMG_2313 IMG_2312

He even broke a board with his hand for the first time ever!!  Now he wants me to hold the pieces of the board so he can practice again.  I’m scared.  He tells me he won’t hit me though!!

getting ready to break the board

getting ready to break the board

Yey, broke it first try!!

Yey, broke it first try!!

collecting the pieces of the board to take home and frame!!

collecting the pieces of the board to take home and frame!!

I made a special card just for him with a picture of a boy doing a kick wearing an orange belt, and inside it is the same boy wearing a green belt, as that is his next belt.  He will have his ceremony next week and be presented with his green belt.  I’ll try and get a few more pictures of that up.

Love is in the air…

IMG_2334My Son’s teacher just got married, so I thought I should make her a card.  This is a beautiful image from “stamping bella”.  I stamped it on watercolor paper and colored the image with my faber-castell watercolor pencils.  Xavier’s teacher has brown hair and her husband has black hair (according to my son), hence the hair color I’ve picked.  I inked the edges of the oval with tumbled glass distress ink and just mounted on black card.  The sentiment is from stampin’ up and I love this set of greetings.  I hand cut the little hearts and colored them with copic markers and put glossy accents on them.

I thought this tied in well with the Less is more week 116 challenge - which was to CASE it.  So, I have used the theme of LOVE from Chrissie’s card for my wedding card (of course).  I also thought it went well with the Addicted to CAS challenge 11 theme word of flower, due to her beautiful bouquet of flowers and the flower in her hair.  Probably a little hard to see unless you click on and enlarge the picture.  Anyway, hope you enjoy!!


Mini and Many notecards

IMG_2307These little 3 by 3 notecards were so much fun to make.  I stamped and coloured in the Mini and Many images from Tiddly Inks, then fussy cut them out.  I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday for my inspiration.

The challenge from Tiddly Inks was 3-2-1.  3 patterned papers, 2 embelishments and 1 Tiddly Inks image.  So you can see my three patterned papers and for my two embellishments, I sewed around the card and used a couple of pearls which I also coloured with yellow copics.

Here are some of the other little note cards…IMG_2300IMG_2305 IMG_2303 IMG_2302 IMG_2301


Feeling Sketchy #55

cute kittyThe card is based on the feeling sketchy challenge #55 sketch.  Sorry, the photo is a bit dark, but I took it at night, so the light isn’t that great.  The kitten image is from Simon Says Stamp (SSS) Furry Cat and box stamp set… so sweet. These were coloured with copics…  I cut out the speech bubble by hand and inked up the edges with a dark grey copic marker. I loved the pink and blue colors in the end.  The patterned paper came in a SSS card kit, so I’m not sure who it was from, but they go together so nicely!!  Hope you enjoy.


Easter fun

IMG_2234We had a fun easter. Pete was out of town, so it was just me and the kids (and Easter Bunny decided to spoil them a little).  Jorja was rather upset when she got her easter basket as there was nothing in it except for a piece of paper.  She thought Easter Bunny hadn’t left her anything.  But, the paper was a letter from easter bunny letting them know he had left them some eggs to find in the backyard and that they each had to find a special egg with a funny face on it and that would give them a clue as to where the main gift was hidden….IMG_2240 IMG_2242IMG_2247 IMG_2248IMG_2254

Checking out what Easter Bunny had left in the eggs – there were cars, little animals, some pet shops, slinkies, candy etc…  The special gift was under their bed…

Xavier got…



Jorja got…IMG_2251

…an american doll catalogue.  She was so excited as she had been after the catalogue for a few weeks and she didn’t realize there was a gift voucher so she could get an American Doll.  It was so funny as she would have been just as happy with the catalogue!!

Anyway, later that day we went to the shop and she got to pick out a doll.Image 3She hasn’t quite worked out her name yet. Sometimes she calls her Richelle and other times it’s Mary (short for a-mary-can doll)…

So we had a lovely weekend playing with Mary Richelle and putting together lego.  We had a star wars battle with Xavier’s Star wars ships, had a bike ride and we took a trip to chuck-e-cheese.Image 1

Chuck-e-cheese is a kids paradise (and a parents nightmare). It’s loud and bright and it is generally packed with kids.  The kids get to play games and earn tickets which they can apply to a prize.  Xavier goes through his tokens like candy, whereas Jorja takes her time, plays lots of games, gets photo’s taken, plays air hockey etc…  Xavier ended up with about 700 tickets though and he bought himself a small rocket launcher and they both chose lolly-pops… Jorja had hers finished in a day and Xavier ate his over a few days!!  We had a lot of fun over easter.Image


Green & Purple card…

green&purple1I missed the cut off for the feeling sketchy challenge this week as it was a busy weekend.  I was at a scrapbooking day on saturday and out at friends on sunday, oops.  I had made this card based on the feeling sketchy sketch and for the following butterfly challenges  -  Cute card Thursday - Butterfly kisses and flutter by wednesday - open challenge.

I’ve used a tiddly inks image again (as I just love these) and coloured it in with copics.  I actually cut out the purple background with the edgelits from stampin’ up as I didn’t really have a die that would go with it.  I coloured the edges of this with my purple copic marker (as well as the paper with the sentiment on it) so I could match the purple in her dress.  The purple ribbon is also a bit lighter and has a sparkle on the edge to match the little butterflies sparkle.

I have put glossy accents on the flowers and icicle stickles on the butterflies.