Thursday, October 28, 2010

Spesch Stamps new Rubber Stamps with blog candy

Hi all,

My DT buddy Tracey from Spesch Stamps has just received some cute rubber stamps for her store and is celebrating with this gorgeous blog candy.

Aren't they just the cutest images.  Winner will be drawn 8th November, full details here.

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting and have a wonderful weekend, take careX:)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Inky Bookmark for Elise

Hi all, last week one of my blogging buddies the gorgeous talented Cheryl My Cardmaking Haven, posted about a fellow blogger called Elise from Paper Love Affair who has recently been diagnosed with Breast Cancer and has shared her story here to try and help spread awareness.  The very generous Bec from Bizzy Becs has put together some AWESOME Candy to give to a lucky person involved in the card drive.   For full details visit Cheryl this will be at the top of her blog till 16th November. Another extremely talented blogger bud Debbie made a card for Elise and told us about this amazing post from another lady who would like to put a smile on Elise's face.

Now I don't know Elise and not very good with words, so I thought a bookmark would be nice instead of a card using the gorgeous Inky Impressions 'Awareness Ribbon Girl'.  Coloured her using my Copics, used the pink spica pen for the ribbon and on the outside edge of the blossom flower but then added kindyglitz.  MS pansy border punch and the little butterflies out of another MS butterfly border punch.  The gorgeous pink ribbon is bows with sequins running through the middle.

The beautiful flowers are from Bizzy Becs I just added a touch of kindyglitz, a rhinestone or two on the pansy border and special effects for the hairband, eyes, nails and ear ring.


B24, B26, B91, B95, BV11, BV13, BV17, E000, E00, E11, E50, E51, E53, R20, RV00, RV02,RV25, V0000, YR04, Spica Blossom.

Just a reminder Sammi over at the Mad for Markers Store can cater for all your copic requirements, as well as markers, there are various sticky tapes, Xpress Blend It Paper, masking paper etc. Posting to New Zealand and Australia. Sammi is now stocking Flourish with bling embellishments.  Also check out the blog each day for more wonderful inspiration from the DT for our current challenge Home Decor Item  We so look forward to visiting your space in blog land to see your inspirational creations.

DON'T forget to mark November 1st in your Diary as we are having our FIRST MAD FOR MARKERS BLOG HOP where you will be introduced to our new DT girls!
My Cardmaking Haven - Card drive for Elise with candy from Bizzy Becs
Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #62 - Psalm 73:26 - To use pink ribbon and pink in your project in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month

Thank you for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

p.s.  MIL has been here a week and is having a fab time just spending family time with us, so again I apologise for my lack of commenting but am trying to catch up (frightened I may miss out on something lol!)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Halloween blog hop with the Cowgirls

Hi all, welcome to our halloween blog hop with the Cowgirls if you have come from our gorgeous talented Alison you are in the right place.  Our challenge this week is 'Anything Goes' but we would love to see halloween if possible and bonus entries for anyone using one of CJ's images.

I challenged myself to make a halloween invite using a non halloween image, this is CJ's Check Fairy, I have used Acetate to create the spider web, using a cd marker and kindyglitz, I have tried to make her wings transparent.

Winner will recieve the gorgeous picured below and a some surprises, plus 2 images from CJ and winners badge

Top 3 will each receive one image frm CJ and winners badge.

Now hop on and see what spooky creation the talented April has in store for you.  If you get lost along the way stop by the ranch.


Flutter By Wednesday Challenge #127 - Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge #87 - Halloween or Orange
Gorjuss Girls Challenge #53 -Sparkle

Thanks for visiting, hope you have/having a wonderful weekend, happy crafting, take careX:)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Rosanna's Inky Dressing Table for our Mad for Markers Challenge

Hi all

We have a new challenge over at Mad for Markers and we challenge you to make anything but a card.

I have had this idea in my head to make a dressing table every since I made my first four drawer easel card, DH thinks I'm barmy lol!  Now those experts out there will see it isn't perfect, I can never get all the drawers the same but nonetheless I am chuffed to pieces with it and Rosanna loves it! 

I have used my some of my favourate stamps from Inky Impressions, Inky Girls Angelica and Lili, they remind me so much of Rosanna, she is a daydreamer and loves her bunnies Poppy and Charlotte.  Didn't have a charm key so this is from my jewellery box which Rosanna and Morgan love peak in and find out the history of all the treasures stored there.

I have created a double sided swivel mirror using lollipop sticks and a kebab stick with wooden beads for the ends, (all coloured with copics) as well as some of the flowers and ribbon.  This is Lili on the other side.

Have used brass ornate looking beads for feet and SU brad rhinestones for handles

I have used SU So Swirly Wheel and heat embossed using lilac to create the pattern over the dressing table.  This is a back view. 

A bud vase I made gluing two beads together, all flowers are from Bizzy Becs

A closer look at Lili, used pink rhinestones to add a little more bling, was very brave and used my Glimmermist Dazzling Diamonds on both girls and did end up with a few blotches, but they do have a love shimmer

There is no white on this project, I coloured the background with C00.  Also used my blender pen 0 for the first to time in my colouring, (only use it normally to correct my mistakes lol)

Here is a closer look at Angelica, used special effects on both girls for eyes, headband and shoes, added kindyglitz to the flowers and butterflies. 


Lili with stuffed Bunny -  C00, C1, C3,B24, B91, B95, B97, BV02, BV04, E000, E00, E50, E51, E53, R20, RV02, RV21, RV23, RV25, Y26, 0 & Spica Pink

Angelica  Daydreaming -  BV00, BV02, BV04, BV08, B28, C00, C1, E000, E00, E11, E25, E29, E31, R20,  YR00, YR02, YR04, YR07, 0, Spicas Lavender & Peach

Just a reminder Sammi over at the Mad for Markers Store can cater for all your copic requirements, as well as markers, there are various sticky tapes, Xpress Blend It Paper, masking paper etc. Posting to New Zealand and Australia. Also check out the blog each day for more wonderful inspiration from the DT.  We so look forward to visiting your space in blog land to see your inspirational creations.

Mark 1st November in your Diary as we are having our FIRST MAD FOR MARKERS BLOG HOP where you will be introduced to our new DT girls!

Copic Creations Challenge No 37 - Colourless Blender Tricks
Colour Me Copic Challenge - Colouring Clothes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge #134 - What's buggin' you!
The Sisterhood of Crafters - all things known as BLING
ABC Challenge F - F is for Flowers
Oh Alice Chapter #35 - Knock, Knock, Knocking on Wonderlands Door
Stamping Vacation Start Here Challenge -Frame of any shape except round or square
Edited to add Bee Crafty's Card Challenge #2 - My Favourate Stamp &
Top Tip Tuesday Challenge #7 - Anything Goes
I have to say a BIG THANKYOU to my DH I have been without a comp since Friday pm it finally gave up and he hopefully got it finally fixed last night after a few trips to the shop and several graphic cards, memory and loose wires has me fixed, so I hope to catch up blogging later this week as my MIL has just arrived this morning from England.

Thank you for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Friday, October 15, 2010

Garden Update Phases 2, 3 & 4

Hi all, this is one of the reasons I haven't had much time for crafting.  A few blogging buddies have asked I post some pics so here they are.  Raining here again, my little fella went to camp surfing I am sure he was going to be as wet out of the water than in, just got a text saying they are returning early to school, poor things, he was so excited.

This was the garden 13/10/08 after the rain, which is a little bit of a problem lol!  We had tried growing grass on the left of the garden, with a border of natives down the side, fruit trees at the back and right side and magnolias down the middle.

 Sept/Oct 10, phase 2 the path completed for now will continue round in one of the next phases lol!
Now phase 4, here is DH in action, we, (yes we DW turn her turn too lol) had to pick all this area as the ground is clay, we put gypsum and watered from our tanks to try and help.  Can you see Rusty taking it easy on the trampoline lol!

 Hired a rotavator and added 5 ute loads of top soil, 

then 6 or 7 utes of scoria, this has purple rock as well as the red and grey and planted up with mostly natives, will post more pictures when they are much bigger (hopefully)

  This is phase 3, yes this is another attempt at grass, this side of the green mesh is our patch of our England Garden, I have a border with daffodils, gladiolas, blue bells, pansies etc, still got to finish planting it up.

Just love these smiley faced pansies
 Hardenberger, Purple Wanderer to grow up the green trellis.  There is also a white one two

Pig Face Gold
 Pig Face Orange

 Kangaroo Paw, we have six varieties, the native birds love them, this is the biggest, the rest we bought smaller

 Here is one of our little visitors on a kangaroo paw, had to be quick to get this, they fly around so quickly lol!

 Our first lemon, we have three oranges nearly grown too


  I call these lilies sorry don't know there full name but they are beautiful

Off to work now, hope you are all well and have a wonderful weekend.

Thank you for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Been Buzzzy with Bee Happy

Hi all,  hopefully I can get this posted without my comp crashing, DH thinks now he going to have to wipe it clean and start from scratch!  Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, our visitors have gone and getting ready for Edward's mum arriving at the weekend, Rosanna and Morgan are so excited.  They haven't seen her for two years, though I have to say only seems like a few months, time is flying by way, way tooooo fast!

Back to crafting you still have until Saturday to enter our Mad for Markers colouring a digi image, using your Copics, we are sponsored by Spesch Stamps with a prize of $10.00 to Tracey's Store.  Don't forget to pop over and see our Guest Designers for October.

Today I have used CJ's Image Bee Happy image.  For my background I have used SU From The Garden stamp and heat embossed using lilac embossing powder.  Also used various stickles, kindyglitz, flowersoft, MS border punch.  You can only imagine how sticky I got lol!  How long does this stuff take to dry!!  It's my posse 's turn to give you the heads up over at the ranch for our new challenge starting on Sunday 17th is to create your own background and to use Alison's lovely sketch.  Our sponsor this week is Michelle Perkett details of the prizes will be on the blog Sunday.  You still have time to enter this weeks challenge to use Pearls, the colour pink with green or purple.

 Have made these flowers from the digi image and layered them

How cute is he, used special effects on his eyes

Have put the thank you sentiment on the inside the front look busy enough

Alison's Sketch


Coo, C1, C5, C7, BV17, E33, R20, R22, R24, RV21, RV23, RV25, V12, V15, V17, VG63, VG67, YR00, YR02, YR04, Y11, Y15, Y21

Just a reminder Sammi over at the Mad for Markers Store can cater for all your copic requirements, as well as markers, there are various sticky tapes, Xpress Blend It Paper, masking paper etc. Posting to New Zealand and Australia. Also check out the blog each day for more wonderful inspiration from the DT.


Craftalicious Challenge #10 - Anything Goes
Flutter By Wednesday #125 - Use a Fairy, Angel or Butterfly
Tuesday Taggers Challenge Blog - How Many Legs?
Fab 'N' Funky Challenge #43 - Use a Digi Image
One Stitch at a Time Challenge #34 - Use your Digi Stamps (prize are one off digi stamps)
Cute Card Thursday #133 - Make your own embellishments

Stamps R US Challenge #6 - All nature theme
Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenge #60 - Create a thank you card
Stamp Challenge Blog - Something Punchy
AI Factory Challenge #51 - Embossing
Edited to add to Michelle's Make It Monday Linky Party #6

Thank you so much for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Hope to catch up commenting tonight in between my computer crashing!!!!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Pink and Pearly over at the Cowgirl Up Ranch

Howdy all,

This is a quick post as we have our visitors this weekend, we have had a Fantastic time showing them round, catching up and they had their first BBQ in OZ.  Hope you all having a wonderful weekend.

The Cowgirls challenge you this week to make a creation using pearls, the colour pink with a little purple or green.  I have used CJ's image Emlee, pictured her in my head, with dark hair and darkish skin tone, this is the first time I have done either of these!   Not sure I had got it right, but growing on me and hubby says its good.  Also a first for the dolley (thank you Sammi who sent me a lovely package of coloured ones using her compressor).  The pearls were originally ivory and I coloured them with my copic V17.  Glitter card for the base of the card. 

Our sponsors this week is the talented Paula from Pollycraft Stores who will be giving the winner a voucher to the value of $10.00 to spend in the store.

The Top Three will be given an image of choice from our CJ.

Don't forget to stop by and take a peek at the other Cowgirls gorgeous creations.


Glitterbabe's Challenge #15 - Anything Goes PLUS Sparkle
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #71 - Shaped Card
Fab 'N' Funky Challenge #43 - Use a digi image
A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge 124 - Sparkle and Shine
Creative Inspirations Challenge #81 - Birthday Theme!
Crazy 4 Challanges #58 - Birthday
Create 4 Fun  Challenge #41 - Use a Digital image
Mami Doodles Challenge #11 - A girls Birthday card with a bit of Sparkle
Raise The Bar Challenge #39 - Use Pink, Female image or breast awareness image

Thanks for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Spooky Spesch Bookmark for Mad for Markers and HAPPY 13TH BIRTHDAY ROSANNAX:)

Hi all, first I just have to wish my little big girl lol HAPPY THIRTEEN BIRTHDAY ROSANNA!  She has so been looking forward to being a teen (practising too lol!)  She loves pancakes so I am on pancake duty tonight!  With many different fillings followed by chocolate cake.  We are going to go out and celebrate properly when granny comes over as she is going to be 86 on the 11th).

Now back to crafting and continuing our colour any digi image with Copics Challenge over at Mad for Markers, I have used one of the new release images called 'Halloween" just love this pumpkin outfit..  I have made another  lovely corner bookmark, this one is for my sister, sorry but there will be some more make fantastic gifts to send overseas. 

Have not put too many embellishments as I think these could damage the pages of the book when shut.  The bat is ribbon, really love purple and orange together.

This is what the bookmark looks like on a book The purple ribbon is from Bizzy Becs.

Tried to show the spica sparkles on the pumpkin, cane, cute boots and bow.

Don't forget we are sponsored by our lovely DT member Tracey who owns Spesch Stamps!  The winner will receive a $10 voucher to spend in her store.  Stunning entries so far keep them coming!


BV0000, BV00, BV02, BV04, C00, C01, C03, C05, E000, E00, R20, YR00, YR02, YR12, YR16, YR18, V04, V06, V09, Spicas Gold, Lavender & Red

Just a reminder Sammi from the Mad for Markers Store can cater for all your copic requirements, as well as markers, there are various sticky tapes, Xpress Blend It Paper, masking paper etc. Posting to New Zealand and Australia. Also check out the blog each day for more wonderful inspiration from the DT.

Shirleys2Girls Twisted Thursday Challenge #76 - Orange and Purple
Copic Oz Challenge #3 - All Together Spooky
Copic Creations Challenge - Orange
One Stitch at a Time Challenge #33 - Spooky Halloween
By The Cute and Girly - Spooky
Stamping with the Dragon Extra Challenge- Halloween

Edited and added to Michelle's Make It Monday Linky Party #5
and Stamping Vacation - Occassion - Halloween
Thanks for stopping by, happy crafting, take careX:)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Halloween over at the Cowgirl Up Ranch

Hi all

Hope you are all well, sorry been AWOL for a few days but my little (big girl) girl turns 13 on Tuesday, so we had to have the teen haircut which is gorgeous (pic soon) and six of them went to the movies to watch Cats and Dogs 3D and to lunch for pizza and chips.  In between we have been working hard in the garden, so excited got part of our path in last week and working on the next area, 4 cubic meters of top soil, pick axe, tank water (to soften the ground its like clay), gymsum, hired rotovator and 3 cubic meters of stone (still need 2-3 more cubic meters) and lots of mostly native plants. So definately built up the muscles lol!  Also got a little sunburnt!   We have our first visitors arriving on Friday, hence trying to get as much gardening done.  Then MIL arrives the following weekend for five weeks so we will celebrate her 86th and Rosanna's Birthday together.

Over at the Cowgirl ranch CJ has brought out a wonderful new release of Halloween Images, not celebrated too much over here (but we did in our village back in England) I was given 'Sick of Candy' thought is was a spelling mistake of the image at first (Stick of Candy), so warped humour kicked in and made a goody bag (or sick bag lol).  Coloured this cute image using copics.and punched out the ghosts and pumpkins using a CM punch and coloured them.  Sponged the background.  Added stickers I found in our local $2 shop.

A closer look, for the first time I used the technique 'adding texture with Copic Colourless Blender Solution' I was trying to get that sort of bumpy feel a pumpkin has, didn;t quite get what I had in mind (perhaps a little heavy handed with the solution).  Also was brave and coloured this cutie bear with a part green face to give the sick look.  Love those spider eyes peeking in.

Recyled Spooky Purple Bat Earrings

Our Challenge this week is open 'Anything Goes'.  The chosen winner this week will receive FOUR images of choice from CJ and Top 3 will receive TWO images of choice.  You really must go check out the other Cowgirl's Fantastic Creations using CJ's wonderful new creations.

Now I am posting a little ahead of the Ranch as need to go to bed soon and would like to link to the following challenges:

Southern Girls Challenge #2 - Recycled Jewellery
Shirleys2Girls Twisted Thursday Challenge #76 - Orange and Purple
Copic Oz Challenge #3 - All togother Spooky
Aud's Sentiments Challenge #12 - Halloween sentiment and treat holder
Stamping Vacation for your amusement Challenge - Boo Who
Stampin Vacation Challenge - What No Sparkle
Copic Creations Challenge #36 - Orange
By The Cute and Girly October Challenge - Spooky

Thank you for visiting, happy crafting, take careX:)