Monday, 31 May 2010

Crafting Widower

LOL... I love this image! It reminds me of my hubby down the other end of the house with my two girls... He is always complaining that I spend all my time in the craft room. Although this poor chap looks pretty frazzled.. my hubby just sits glued to the TV!
Anyway, this weeks challenge over at Karen's Doodles is Dad / Masculine. Image I used is called Crafting Widower, and once again the DT have come up with amazing cards for you to look and hopefully inspire you to join us!
Paper - Sassafraslass
Face/Hair - E31, E42, E43, E000, R20
Chair - YR12, YR14, C0
Other - C3, C6, B000, B00, YR82, E50, Y00, Y11, W1, E99, YR00

Sunday, 30 May 2010

3x challenges!

Well today I have visited mum for coffee, visited Denise and seen all her secret hoard of flowers that she has been buying and not telling me and Viv!!!! and then had a visit from Viv, in which she gave me a bag full of apples to cook. Somewhere in between I managed to make a card which fits 3 challenges.
Allsorts - Black, white and 1 other colour
Delightful Sketches - add texture
Tuesday Morning Sketches - followed their wonderful sketch!
I am away all week for work next week, hope you all have a great week while I'm away and make some great cards for me to look at when I get back!

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Sketch !! and Pimp your card!

I have two great challenges I followed to get the above card... first is KL Stampin N Scrappin - Sketch and second is Sweet Stampin - Pimp your card. Its a gloomy day here in New Zealand! raining all day, I was surprised I got a decent photo! Hope where ever you are in the world that it's a bit nicer than here.!
B00, 01, 02, 04, 66
YG25, 95
V01, 12, 15
E000, 01

Friday, 28 May 2010

Mad for Markers - Feathering copics

Hi ladies! Over at Mad for Markers blog we have a challenge set for using a technique called feathering. The fab DT have been showing you their examples of this technique for the last two weeks, and I am lucky last. If you are not sure on how to do "feathering" with your copics, here is a great tutorial by our wonderful Sammi.
You really should join in this challenge if you have copics, Sammi has a wonderful prize "Copic Basic set of 12 Ciaos" and a pack of Xpress IT blending card. Only Australia and New Zealanders will be eligible for this prize, however if you are not from here, you could be picked for our "Top Three"
Y00, 02
E000, E11
YR00, 02, 09

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Cranky Witch!!!

Hello!!! Another week down and this has gone by super fast. The challenge over at Sassy Cheryls this week is to use your punches! I was lucky enough to get my order of 3 Martha Stewart punches a few days ago, so was thrilled to be able to play with them! This image is "Cranky Witch" from Sassy Cheryls
Head over to our challenge site and see what the fab DT have come up with! You wont be disappointed!

E000, 44
YR24, 61, 65, 68
YG21, 23
W1, Y38

Monday, 24 May 2010

Butterfly Baby Girl

I must admit I really struggled with my DT card for this challenge! I knew what I wanted to do in theory but practically it didn't work. Anyone who knows me knows that I cant sew.. but I wanted a mixture of faux and real stitching which is this weeks challenge at Karen's Doodles.
I used a sheet of Prima paper that had stitching on it, and also faux stitched around the edges, the image I used is called Butterfly baby Girl. Head on over and look at what the Doodle girls have made, and then lets see what you do for this challenge!
Paper - Prima stitched
Hair/Face - E000, R00, E13
Dress - E31, E11, R02
other - Y21, Y32, R20, Y28, BG49, BG15, RV34

Copic Feathering... done by a 7yr old!

Now I have heard through the grapevine that you shouldn't let kids under 12 play with your copics... as they are to hard on them!!! Rubbish I say! Over at Mad for Markers there is a feathering challenge happening.... Bailee was watching me do my DT card for this technique and decided that she wanted to give it a go..... so what do you think???? If a 7yr old can master feathering and enter the challenge, then it should be a breeze for us big kids. I think she has done a great job!

Two challenges!

Quick card to enter two fab challenges today. First is Meljens challenge "seeing spots" and second challenge is for Sentimental Sundays "get well" This is the first time I have entered their challenge, I love their sentiments!
Image: Meljens
E41, 42, 43
YR000, 02, 14
R00, G00, YG03

Sunday, 23 May 2010

NZ road trip!

Yesterday was spent 8 hours on the road.. 4 hours to our destination then 4 hours back. The purpose of this trip was to visit an old friend who has a similar cancer to what my father had... his 15 months left has been dramatically shortened.
This is the thoughts I have on this....
Every week day speeds by and I hardly get a chance to look up and take in whats happening around me. The months are getting faster as are the years (is this a sign of getting older?) Yesterday was time to sit back and enjoy our country side and look at the changing colours of the trees as they get ready to drop their leaves. To take in the fresh country air and reflect on maybe, just maybe... slowing down a bit.......

Friday, 21 May 2010

A monochromatic card

Hello fellow stampers! Today over at i{heart}copics PCP we have a set challenge for a monochromatic card. I used my wonderful copics, a Whimsy Stamp courtesy from Viv. I also used Prima flowers, and some gems.

Zoes candy and exciting news!

I am lucky enough to be on a design team with the very talented Zoe from Australia... if you havent seen her amazing cards go check them out... she also has candy....AND the exciting news....she is going to be opening an online store! Yahoo!!!! Good luck Zoe! She also has earlier candy in which you have to pick your fav card out of three... mmm hard chioce, but I do love the Pop up card Zoe!

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Doodle Palace challenge

Hello. Today I am a guest designer at my old stomping ground "Doodle Palace". I have been asked to set a challenge, so here it is.... "3'd".. I would love to see you add layers to your images!
So what are you waiting for?? head over to Dee and Robins Doodle Palace and join in.

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Lets paint something

Hello bloggy friends, quick post today for my Dt card as there doesn't seem to be enough time in the week lately! Over at Sassy Cheryls challenge blog we challenge you to make a card and use buttons on it. Easy Peasy!. The image I used this time round is called "Lets paint something" The Dt have outdone themselves again with an amazing selection of cards for you to look at.
E000, 01, 15, 42
R05, 08, 81, 83, 85
Y11, 13
W0, 3

In addition to our random pick for a $5 gift certificate, we are looking for a Guest Designer from this week's entries. Sassy Cheryl and the Sassy Girls will be selecting their favorite entry, and that person will join us in a Guest Designer Spot.

The winner will be on the Sassy Cheryl Design Team for the week of June 1st and will receive three free digital images from Sassy Cheryl's store.

So, if you ever wanted to be part of a Design Team here's a chance to try it out and get some experience. We hope you will play along.

Monday, 17 May 2010

Bigsby Christmas Stocking

Another week has flown by and we are now onto another challenge over at Karen's Doodles US challenge blog! This week is a nice easy week with a sketch for you to follow, and it is a great sketch at that! I used one of Karen's images called "Bigsby Christmas Stocking", it feels good doing a Christmas card for once.! Right... jump on over and look at what the talented Dt have done.
Paper - BG, Eskimo Kisses
Shading - W0, W1, 0
Bigsby - E42, E43, R00
Candy - E41, R37
Hat/Bow - B32, C2

Love you Sis!

Here's another card using Wags' n Whiskers stamp "Love you Sis", I adore this stamp!
I have made it for the challenge using pink and green over at the Wags n Whiskers challenge blog.

Candy Winner!!!!

Sorry folks, better late than never!... I have finally drawn the winner using

Lucky number = 11 - Trace

So Trace.. feel free to contact me when you read this! and I will send out your goodies!

Friday, 14 May 2010

Monkey Around!

Morning or afternoon, depending on where in the world you are! Over at i{heart}copics PCP, we have a sketch for you to follow. I used one of the new Chicken Girl Designs "Monkey Around", my new pad paper from s.e.i - Jocelyn and some great ribbon, all from i{heart}papers.

Mad for Markers - Black hair tutorial

Hi ladies! This is my first post for Mad for Markers and it's my very first tutorial! Let me say first that I am not Copic Certified, this is just showing you how I like to do black hair.
I tend to colour from lightest to darkest. I first coloured C0 where I like the highlights to be, then work my way through to darker colours - C2, C3, C6 and finally C8.
Hopefully you can see the progression in my photo. Finally in girl 6 I have gone back to C0 and blended all together.
Sometimes for black hair, I like to add a blue into the highlights for shiny hair. I haven't done it in this case.
So how painless was that?? Hopefully this might be of some help to anyone out there that is new to copics and looking for some hints.
Other copics used
Skin - E000, E01, E11
Clothes - YR04, YR07, YR09
Shading - W0, W1
Have a great weekend

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Sassy Sketch

Hi, hope all you blogging friends are feeling great and ready for another challenge at Sassy Cheryl's! this week we have a sketch by Dawn L.
I wanted my "Nature Boy Lover" image to be a simple card, with no extra "bumps"! I must admit I do feel like adding more, but on teh other hand I do like the simplistic side to this card!
Head on over and see what the other extremly talented Sassy gals have got for you to look at!
Face - E000, R00
Hair - E31, E43
Clothes - E40, E41, E42, E44, YR21, YR23
Other - YG03, YG13, B32, B34, W1

Monday, 10 May 2010

Special Delivery

Morning campers! today we have a great challenge over at Karen's Doodles US challenge blog. The theme this week is make a Birthday / Celebrate card. I have used Herbet the Turtle - Special Delivery. Jump on over and see the wonderful talent the DT has left for you to look at, and hopefully you will be inspired enough to join in!
Paper - Papermania - Honey & Hugs
YG21, YG23, YG25, G12
C0, C2, B32, B34
R81, R83, R85

New Kids Challenge Blog

For all you mums that have little ones out there that like to join in crafting... there is a new Kids challenge blog starting up called Kona Kid Krafters. Head over there, become a follower for you kids, and enter them in some candy!! As you can see Cam and Bee think its great!

Mad 4 Markers

HI, just a quick post today to show you my card for Mad 4 Markers challenge blog (colours in one shade). And heres some great news!!, I was lucky enough to be asked to be on Sammi's Design Team. There are very talented Aussie girls on this team as well as two NZers (myself and Lou). M4M shop is based in Australia, Sydney, who solely sell copics and copic paper. It's great for us New Zealanders because Aussie is only across the ditch, so postage wont be such a big deal.

YR000, YR00, YR01, YR04, YR15, YR24, YR61, YR65

Friday, 7 May 2010

Mothers Day card

Good evening (if you are over this side of the world) ...or morning if on the opposite!
Today the DT for i{heart}copics PCP were given a sketch to play with and the theme "Mothers Day"
I decided to use this image from Sassy Cheryls since I myself have two girls (not that I am implying at all that I am this skinny!!! ). I also used yummy paper from MME - Ooh La La and my beloved copics!

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Sassy inspirational photo challenge

This week we have an "inspirational photo" for Sassy Cheryls challenge blog. Head over and have a look at the photo, and while your there... stroll through the Sassy DT cards and why not even stay and enter a card!
I have used the 500PCP Freebie for this challenge, there are also plenty of images to choose from over at Sassy Cheryls... so what are you waiting for???

Monday, 3 May 2010

Karen's Doodles - Anything but a card!

I really really enjoyed making this! I have no idea what I'm gonna use it for, or who I am going to give it too.. but at least for now it has pride position in my craft room!
We have a joint blog challenge happening this week with all Karen's Doodles challenge blogs... with the theme "anything but a card".
I used 4 images - Butterfly baby girl, Butterfly baby boy, Butterfly boy and of course Butterfly girl! you can find them here.
The template for milk cartons and carrier can be found at Inking Idaho.
Head over to our KDUS challenge blog, and see what else can be made using Karen's yummy images!

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Love you Sis!

I was lucky enough to win a challenge over at A Spoon Full of Sugar a couple weeks ago. The prize was a pick of two stamps from the Wags n Whiskers range (thanks Nikki for sponsoring).. this is one of them "Love you Sis" MMM wonder if I will ever hear my girls say that to each other !! Highly unlikely!
Anyway,,, I had to have a play and enter the following challenges
Saturday Challenge - friendship
Wags n Whiskers - flowers
Paper - Cosmo Cricket, Garden Variety
Skin - E000, Roo
Hair - Y38, E97, E99
Clothes - YG03, YG23, YR21, YR24, B000, B00, E13, E42, E43, E44
Other - W1. R24, E40, 0

Copic Storage

Just wanted to share what a very talented friend I have in Viv!! She made this copic storage piece for me to go on my table. Isn't it great!... As I get all the colour groups I will add dividers to keep them separated from each other.
Best I get moving today, have an extra two kids and their mum coming around for morning tea, so I guess better get something in the oven!