29 August 2012

Summer Days

Hi everyone – it’s Wednesday and I have some great news!


I submitted an application to join the Design Team at Crafty Creations Challenges and it was accepted! Yippee. 


This is my first card as part of the team and the theme this week is a Summer Theme. 


What do you think when you here this theme?  A beach theme? Summer Sport?  The list is endless.


I have gone with a warm Summer day theme.  Here in Australia when we get those hot humid Summer days you just long for that cool Summer breeze to kick in so you can sit back and enjoy watching the sun go down.


The layout for my card has been inspired by the sketch layout from 4 Crafty Chicks.


The colours I have used are Cajun Craze, More Mustard and So Saffron with some Very Vanilla card stock.


The stamp is from the Just Believe set and I have inked the image with More Mustard ink and then taken a Cajun Craze marker and added some colour randomly before I stamped.


The sun was created using So Saffron, More Mustard an a touch of Cajun Craze ink which I sponged on the card.  The sun was created with a post it note that I had punched out with the 1” (2.5 cm) Circle Punch.


I printed the words on the computer and punched out the Very Vanilla cardstock using the Modern Label punch.  The Cajun Craze cardstock was also punched out with the Modern Label punch and I cut it in half to create the border.


The butterflies have been created using the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die and of course there is ‘bling’!


Here is my card…







Stamp set: Just Believe

Card: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cajun Craze, More Mustard, So Saffron

Accessories:  1” (2.5 cm) Circle Punch, Modern Label Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive










I am really happy with the end result.


I would like to submit this card to the following challenges:


4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - #104 Sketch

Bunny Zoes Craft Monthly Challenge - #27 Summer

Truly Madly Crafty Monthly Challenge - Summer

Stampalot Monthly Challenge – Take Flight (6 challenge max)

Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge - #154 Punches, Dies or shaped cards

The Poodles Parlour Challenge – Winged Things

Sparkles Forum Monthly Challenge - #35 Nature

Unique Crafters Monthly Challenge - #6 Glitter and Shine


If you need a little more inspiration or would like to join our challenge at Crafty Creations we would love to see you – here is the link.


Enjoy the rest of your week and keep creating… Meg

28 August 2012


Hi everyone,


How is the week going?  Mine is going well but I am starting to wonder where the year is disappearing too.  In a few days it will be September and Christmas will be here before we know it.


How about starting your Christmas cards early ?  Yes well let me tell you what our new challenge is at Holly Jolly


The challenge this week is hosted by Judy and it is Santa’s Reindeers. 


I have used the retiring Dasher stamp which will no longer be available after 31 August this year.


To me Dasher’s antlers just scream ‘bling’, so of course I added ‘bling’.


The base card is Early Espresso and the paper is from the new Holiday Catalogue which starts on 1 September.  The paper is called Candlelight Christmas Speciality DSP.


My card layout is inspired by the current sketch at Merry Monday Challenges.  The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set and layered on Lucky Limeade cardstock which is punched out using the Modern Label punch.


Here is my card…





Stamp set: Dasher, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Card: Early Espresso, Natural Ivory, Luck Limeade
Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso

Accessories:  Modern Label Punch, Real Red Retired Ribbon, Word Window Punch, Candlelight Christmas Speciality DSP, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



Now don’t you love this paper?  I think it makes a great background.


I would like to submit this card to the following challenges:


Merry Monday Challenges - Sketch

Winter Wonderland Challenge – Red & Green

A Gem of A Challenge – Animal or Teddies



Enjoy the rest of the week and we hope to see you over at Holly Jolly…. Meg

26 August 2012

Handmade Flowers

Hi everyone,


Well it is Sunday and it is time for the new challenge at Come and Get It.  This will be my last challenge as part of the Design Team and I have had a great time.


I have met some wonderful new crafting buddies and we have shared some great tips and tricks.  I am very lucky to have had this opportunity and I am sure I will get a chance to participate in some of the new challenges that come up.


But for now the challenge this week is Handmade or 3D flowers.


I am a flower chick so for me this is a great challenge, if you don’t see a flower you normally see a butterfly on most of my projects.


I had a couple of ideas to create the flowers but I decided to create flowers with an idea from Alisa Tilsner, after watching Alisa Tilsner’s video.


The punches that were used are the Blossom Punch, 1-3/4” (4.4 cm) Scallop Circle Punch and the Boho Blossoms Punch.


I scrunched the punched blossoms and I have added a little ink to each of the flowers plus some pearls.


The colours I have chosen are from the current The Dynamic Duo Challenge which is Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush.


The layout is from the latest sketch at Clean and Simple.  The additional flowers were stamped in the Wisteria Wonder and Concord Crush ink using the Printed Petals stamp set.


The sentiment is from the retired Occasional Quotes Hostess Set.


Here is my card:





Stamp set: Printed Petals, Occasional Quotes Hostess Set (retired)

Card: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush, Very Vanilla
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Concord Crush

Accessories:  1-3/4” (4.4 cm) Scallop Circle Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Blossom Punch, Pearls, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



I really like the card and it has been fun using just two colours.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


The Dynamic Duo Challenge - #17 Monochromatic

Clean and Simple – # 204 Sketch

Divas By Design - #49 Anything Goes

Crafty Sentiments Design Challenge – Flowers

Created with Love Challenge – 3 of a Kind

Made Especially Challenge – Use Three Pearls

Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Challenge – Anything Goes

The Pink Elephant Challenge – Create your own Embellishment



Thanks for visiting and we hope to see at Come and Get It in our latest challenge.  Here is the link so you can pop over and see what the other Design Team members have created.


Until next time, keep safe …. Meg

21 August 2012

Monochromatic Christmas

Hi everyone,


The new challenge this week at Holly Jolly has been created by Cindy and it is a Monochromatic challenge. 


My card is very blue – I have used Marina Mist and Night of Navy with some Whisper White.


The Whisper White piece of cardstock has been embossed using the Stripes Embossing Folder and I added some Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon before I added it to the base card.


I have used the Snow Swirled stamp set – a favourite at the moment.  First I stamped the set in Marina Mist and then I stamped the small snowflake in Night of Navy ink on scrap Whisper White and punched the snowflake out with the larger circle on the Owl Builder Punch.


There is a little ‘bling’ on each snowflake.  The sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy ink and punched out with the Decorative Label punch. 


Here is my card…





Stamp set: Snow Swirled

Card: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Marina Mist and Night of Navy

Accessories:  Decorative Label Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Marina Mist Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Stripe Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



This is a quick Christmas card and I have added it to my growing Christmas Card pile.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Unique Crafters Monthly Challenge – # 6 Glitter and Shine

Crafty Ann’s Challenge - #72 Christmas in August or Winter Olympics

Stampin for the Weekend - #15 Monochromatic

A Card a Day Monthly Challenge - Embossing

The Cupboard Trilogy Monthly Challenge - Embossing

Charismacardz Challenge - #32 Monochrome

Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge - #19 Punch It


Need a little more inspiration, please come over and see what the other Design Team Members have created.


Have a wonderful week and I hope to see you over at Holly Jolly :)


Take care…. Meg

19 August 2012

Feeling Sketch?


It’s Sunday and the weekend is over!  Mine has been busy like normal :)


Plus I have had a stall at the Western Sydney Indoor Markets today, meeting new people and sharing catalogues, ideas and just having fun.


But now on to the challenge at Come and Get It this week – it is a Sketch Challenge which has been set by Shell.


I have been thinking and changing my mind on what I would create for the sketch but in the end I decided to use the Circle Scissor Plus and cut a piece of the Cheerful Treat DSP.


I layered this on to an piece of Whisper White embossed cardstock.  I then punched out some Melon Mambo flowers using the Boho Blossoms punch and added them to the card using dimensionals.  The leaves have been created using the Bird Builder Punch (Owl Builder Punch) and cut down to fit behind the flowers.


I could not forget the ‘bling’ to the centre of the flowers and the sentiment is from the Field Flowers set.  I have used the Decorative Label punch to cut the sentiment out and it has been added to the card with dimensionals.


Here is my card….(image is replaced as I added an extra flower)












Stamp set: Field Flower

Card: Night of Navy, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo

Accessories:  Boho Blossom Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Bird Builder Punch Owl Builder Punch, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Circle Scissor Plus & Glass Mat, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive















Here is the sketch:





At first I was not sure of the finished product but it is growing on me.


I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Crafty Mess Challenge – # 15 Words no Image

Delightful Sketches Challenge – Punches and Dies

Creative Craft Challenges – Just Sentiment

Craft Punked Challenges – # 33 Flower Power



Have a wonderful week…. Meg

14 August 2012

Christmas Sketch

New week, new challenge at Holly Jolly and this week it is a sketch plus the challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo.


I have used Basic Black for the base card and coloured the sponsors image Ava Mistletoe Fairy in with Real Red, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride and Old Olive.


I embossed a piece of Real Red cardstock with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and cut it in half.


I used the Labels Collection Framelits and cut the image out plus created a border in Old Olive which had been embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.


The sentiment is from the Teen Tiny Sentiments stamp set and has been stamped in Real Red and punched out with the Word Window punch.  I also punched out two pieces of Real Red cardstock with the Word Window punch and created a little border behind the sentiment which sits on the Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon.


Oh and I cannot forget the swirls and the ‘bling’.


Here is my card….






Stamp set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Bugaboo Ava Mistletoe Fairy

Card: Basic Black, Real Red, Old Olive, Copic cardstock, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Real Red

Accessories:  3/8” (1 cm) Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Labels Collection Framelits, Perfect Polka Dot & Vintage Wallpaper Texture Impressions Embossing Folders, Swirls Scribbles, Word Window Punch, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



This is the sketch at Holly Jolly, if you get a chance come and visit us and see what the other Design Team members have created.




I would also like to enter this card into the following challenges:


Christmas Card Challenges - #37 Texture

Christmas Stampin All Year Long Challenges - #23 Anything Goes

Sparkles Forum Christmas Challenge - #19 Punch It

Critter Challenge - #128 Digi Week

That Craft Place Challenges – Things with Wings

Just Some Lines Challenges – Layer it up

Chocolate Coffee Cards Challenge – # 19 Embossing

The Poodles Parlour Challenge – Lets see those Die Cuts

My Mums Craft Shop Challenge – Christmas in August



Have a wonderful week, thanks for visiting and I hope to see you back soon….. Meg

12 August 2012


Hi everyone,


Just wanted to share with you the details of our new challenge at Come and Get It. 


It is a colour challenge and the colours are More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso.


This week’s challenge is sponsored by Bugaboo and I have chosen to use the “4 square - Believe” image.


I have taken a reverse spin on the spotlight technique and coloured the first layer of the image with a sponge in More Mustard and Cherry Cobber with a very small amount of Pumpkin Pie.


I then printed the image again and used the 1 3/4” & 1 3/8” circle punches to cut out the butterfly and the flower.


I added a strip of Early Espresso cardstock which had been punched on one side with the Eyelet Border Punch.


I used the Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die to create some butterflies in Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White and then added them to the card with dimensionals.


Last but not least I added some ‘bling’ to all of the butterflies.


Here is my card…





Stamp set: 4 square Believe Bugaboo

Card: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie

Accessories:  1-3/4” (4.4 cm) Circle Punch, 1 3/8” Circle Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die, sponge, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



The sentiment reads “Believe for with God, All things are possible….”


I would like to submit this card into the following challenges:


Allsorts Challenge - #167 Going Around in Circles

Clearly iStamp Challenge – #57 Things with Wings

Crafty Ann’s Challenge – # 71 Circles

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge – # 102 Up Up and Away

Crafts and Me Challenge - #96 Use a Digi

Scrapbook Sisters Challenge - #93 Things with Wings

Scrap Creations Challenge – Use something beginning with “D”

Love to Create Challenge - #27 Punches and Dies

Tammy’s Scrapin Corner Challenge - #22 Show us your Bling


If you get a chance please stop by the Come and Get It blog and see what the other Design Team members have created – we would love you to join in the fun!!!


Until next time, keep safe…… Meg 


07 August 2012

Inspirational Christmas Challenge

Hi – how is your week going? Have you had time to create or maybe you need a little inspiration?


We have a great challenge over at Holly Jolly this week and it will definitely inspire you to get going on those Christmas cards.


This week I am hosting the challenge and if you haven’t already guessed it is an inspirational photo challenge.


There is a warm fire place, candles, Christmas trees, decorations, lots of different colours and the list goes on!


For my card the inspiration has been taken from the rug on the floor which is black and white and I have added the family Christmas tree image from the Welcome Christmas stamp set as there are lots of Christmas trees in the picture.


The image has been embossed with black embossing powder and cut it out using the Labels Framelits.  I have also gone for a white on white look as there are two lovely white arm chairs placed in the picture.  A scrap of Whisper White cardstock has been embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  The image has been added to the embossed background with dimensionals.


For some colour (inspired by wrapped presents) I added some Real Red 5/8” (1.6 cm) Satin Ribbon and a large bow.  I have not added some ‘bling’ for a while to my projects but it has been added to this card!


Here is my card:





Stamp set: Welcome Christmas

Card: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark

Accessories:  5/8” (1.6 cm) Real Red Satin Ribbon, Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Labels Framelits, Black Embossing Powder, Basic Rhinestones, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive




I know that you want to check out the photo so here is the link – come over and see what the  other Holly Jolly Elves have created! 


I would like to submit this card to the following challenges:


Catered Crop Challenges – White Pages Recipe Swap

Dream Valley Challenges - #38 Die Cut & Punches

Gingerloft Challenge – # 45 Silhouettes

Craft your Passion Challenge - #122 Anything Goes

Lexi’s Creations Challenge- #71 Sparkle and Shine

Love to Create Challenge – 3 27 Punches & Dies



Enjoy the rest of the week….. Meg

06 August 2012

French Flower

Hi everyone,


I wanted to share with you a card that I created with inspiration from the current sketch at Try Stampin on Tuesday and the wonderful colours in the photo inspiration at the Shabby Tea Room Challenge.


I have used Certainly Celery for the base cardstock and added a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock which has been stamped in Crumb Cake with the En Francais background stamp.  I added some extra Crumb Cake ink with a dauber on the edges and various parts of the background image.


A border of Pretty in Pink cardstock has been added to the top of the card and has an scalloped edge which I created using the Eyelet Boarder punch and then I added some Chantilly Lace/Ribbon.  The bow is the Pretty in Pink 3/8”  (1 cm) Taffeta Ribbon.


I added a flower which is in Pretty in Pink cardstock and the First Edition Speciality Paper and uses the largest flower in the Blossom Party Die which has been run through the Big Shot.


The Pretty in Pink flower has been crunched, folded and separated and the First Edition flowers have been distressed a little with some Crumb Cake ink.


The leaves are in Certainly Celery cardstock and have been created using the Little Leaves Sizzlits Die in the Big Shot and tucked behind the flower.  The flower centre is one of the Antique Brads.


Here is my card:






Stamp set: En Francais

Card: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake

Accessories:  Little Leaves Sizzlits Die, Eyelet Border Punch, First Edition DSP, Blossom Party Die, Antique Brad, Dauber, 3/8” (1cm ) Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, 1/2” (1.3 cm) Chantilly Trim, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive



Here is a copy of the sketch and the photo inspiration:





I would like to submit this card into the following challenges:


Fairy Tale Challenge - #47 Friends

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - #68 Vintage

Divas by Design Challenge - #46 Flowers

The Stamping Boutique Challenge - #44 Anything Goes

Try Stampin On Tuesday Challenge - #77 Sketch

Twisted Tuesday Challenge – Free for All

Fasionable Stamping Challenge - #27 Anything Goes

The Shabby Tea Room Challenge - #125 Sweet Summertime



Thanks for visiting my little creative corner and I hope to see you again soon.


Take care…. Meg

05 August 2012

Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone – how has your weekend been?  We have had a lovely couple of days here in Sydney with about 19 degrees and glorious sun shine.


We have a new challenge this week at Come and Get It is Adult Birthday.


So I have created a sort of Vintage look card using the Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. 


The cardstock is Marina Mist, Whisper White with a touch of Crumb Cake.


I embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock and then swiped the Marina Mist ink pad across the embossed cardstock.  I added a little bit more ink with a dauber in both Marina Mist and Crumb Cake.


I added a couple of Crumb Cake Swirls by using the Swirls Scribbles Sizzlits Die and a handmade stubby tag in Whisper White, stamped a sentiment in Crumb Cake and added a bit more ink around the edges with a dauber.


The ribbon is the 1-1/4” Marina Mist Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and I added a pin from the Vintage Trinkets embellishments.


Here is my card:







Below is close up of the ribbon and the sentiment which is from the On Your Birthday stamp set.





Stamp set: On Your Birthday

Card: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist

Accessories:  1-1/4” (3.2 cm) Marina Mist Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Elegant Lines Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Swirls Scribbles Die, Crumb Cake 3/8” (1 cm) Taffeta Ribbon, dauber, Dimensionals, SNAIL Adhesive






I would like to submit this card into the follow challenges:


2 Sisters Challenge - #103 Anything Goes (with optional sketch)

Challenge Up Your Life – # 75 Anything Goes

Simply Create Too Challenge - #19 Anything Goes

Wags n Whiskers Challenge – # 85 Birthday

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge - #101 Distressing

Top Tip Tuesday Challenge - #82 Focus on Ribbon

Perfect Sentiments Challenge – # 43 Girlfriends

Little Red Wagon Challenge - #144 Girlfriends

Delightful Sketches Challenge - Birthday


We would love you to join us at Come and Get It this week – the other Design Team members have some great inspirations – here’s the link  - see you there!


Have a wonderful week everyone…… Meg