Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Dream Catcher

Something different today - my first crochet project for many years.  I decided to make a dream catcher, after seeing them hanging in a shop recently.  This one is for Lucy, as she likes the colour aqua - thanks to my daughter-in-law for the site for the pattern.  The pattern was actually to fill a hoola hoop, using a very large hook, but that wasn't quite the look I was aiming for.  I used blended cotton yarn from Lincraft, and a smallish hook.  I covered an embroidery hoop with strips of fabric, and used various lace, beads, braid and ribbon to hang from it.  I photographed this at night and with pale walls I had to find something dark to place it in front of - they just happened to be circles too!


Tuesday, 27 September 2016

A birthday card for Lucy

Those 'little' granddaughters of ours are not so little anymore - Lucy turns 10 this month, and leaves us wondering where all that time has gone.  Lucy and her sister have been going to swimming training for many years, as most do at this age, and they are both very good swimmers.  This year has been particularly successful for Lucy, so I thought a 'watery' themed card might be a good choice.

Image has been gold embossed, and popped up onto the sponged background.  Shimmery water was flicked onto sponging, for water bubbles, a Tim Holtz die cut, coloured and adhered to top corner, and some underwater images stamped over the bottom.

I had already added some glitter to hair and scales but thought a little gold shimmer might be worth adding, and so that went onto the tail, and the ends of the hair.

This pic shows that shimmer - also added lightly to the sea weed.  A beautiful image for a beautiful girl - Happy Birthday Lucy!

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

My Favourite Flower (or one of them)

New challenge at Less is More - this week it is a one-layer card, featuring your favourite flower.  I have chosen the rose - which is probably my favourite flower, but I love most flowers - I even love lilies, but they give me hay fever, so I can't enjoy them inside!

This is a smaller card (Stampin' Up! notecard) - just 3.5 x 5" and is the perfect size for those little notes that you need to send just to say hello!

Card recipe:

Stamps:  Altenew Rose - a freebie a while ago in the magazine 'Australian Simply Cards, Issue 92) , and the sentiment is by Clearly Besotted: 'Scribbled Flowers'.
Inks:  by Stampin' Up! - Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Strawberry Slush.

Thanks so much for coming by!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Scrapbook Boutique September challenge and blog hop

Welcome once again to Scrapbook Boutique's monthly challenge and blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Angela's amazing blog but if you didn't and want to start at the beginning, just click on the SBB blog link above and start again!  

We want to challenge you to create something inspired by this pretty mood board - this is what I created this month:

Obviously inspired by the balloons, but also the soft sky, the person swept up and away by the balloons, and the birthday wishes.

I sponged distress ink through a sun ray stencil I created on the silhouette a while ago.

I covered an all-over cloud stencil with several post it notes, leaving just one cloud so that I could place my clouds exactly where I wanted them.  The white heat-embossed balloons were coloured with Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers (with no water added because it was normal cardstock).

Now to the housekeeping part - if you want to create something or just join in to win, there are two ways you can participate in this challenge and have a chance to win a prize.  You can comment on each blog, ending with the SBB blog, or you can create a project (either a card, scrapbook layout or off the page project) inspired by this photo.  Of course you can do both for a chance to win both prizes!  Please check out the rules of entry, and the prizes at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog and note that this challenge is open to Australian  and New Zealand residents.

We can't wait to see what you create for this challenge - each month the entries are just amazing and we love to see how everyone seems to take something unique from the mood board.

Now you should hop on over to Linda's fantastic blog!

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!

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Friday, 2 September 2016

Recipe: Sticker

Just flying by today to enter into Less is More's challenge this week - the recipe is to use a sticker or peel off.  Most of us have probably 'weaned' ourselves off using stickers too much, and I have certainly donated most of mine to local kindergartens, but there are still some beautiful stickers around and now is the chance to use one, or two!

So here is my card - the butterfly sticker was purchased from a $2 shop, and has no obvious origin.  The stamped background is by Stampin' Up! - Gorgeous Grunge and Work of Art, and the die cut is Elsa Butterfly Branch by Memory Box.

I hope I have scraped in for this challenge - rushing off now to attend a funeral

Thanks for visiting!