Opposites Attract

Challenge #315 at Less is More this week is a one layer and the recipe is Opposites Attract.
I stamped the Ladybug Crafts Ink image, Magnum and Lily, and the Penny Black sentiment with Memonto, Tuxedo Black.  I used Lyra pencils for the colouring.



I am very excited to be the guest designer at CASology this week.

I have used a Marianne Design cat die which is mounted on foam dots against a die cut square of black card with white splattered "stars".  The moon is white card highlighted with Wink of Stella.  I added Glossy Accents to the little hearts.  The sentiment is also Marianne Design.

This is such and honour and I would like to thank Melissa and the DT for the invitation


Explanation for Absence

I wouldn’t have thought that something as simple as changing an internet service provider would cause such a long hiatus from blogging.  Well that was just the start of a number of events.  

Our existing service provider was no longer giving us a very good deal so I changed to a new one.  Except the old provider proved difficult and left us with no internet or telephone for two months and would not allow the new provider to connect. Eventually it was all sorted and we were back on line.

By that time we had commenced our home renovations for our kitchen, bathroom, laundry and a new hardwood floor in the living area.  Everything was packed-up so we were living in a couple of rooms and a mess.   We were told it would take three and a half days, it took a month.  Then it was Christmas.  Christmas in Australia is the main holiday period.  So the renovators went on holidays for three weeks and we continued to live in a mess.  When they came back it was to tell us they would start on Friday, they didn’t arrive so we decided to call it quits and dismissed the builder.  All this time there was no space to set up the computer or make cards.

It was at this time that our son and a mate started talking of starting a business.  As their plans for the business progressed they introduced us to a new builder.  So we were off again.  All the building was eventually finished and then there was a small wait for the painting to be done. The renovations were all finished back in September but because I work full time the unpacking and spreading out again was very slow. But we are pretty much back to normal again.

Summer is the best time to paint the exterior of a house. So in the middle of all these goings on wedecided to have the outside of the house painted. We were given an estimated time of completion and surprise it was finished within the timeframe. We used heritage colours, quite different from before but I am very pleased with the way it came up

We have a big old leaf table that needed some work.  So it seemed an ideal time to have it restored, when all the other furniture was packed away.   But having no table and no space to work on made it almost impossible to craft.  But I did manage to make a few cards for personal use. The table eventually came back in absolutely wonderful condition – rich, smooth surface with pleasing colour tones.  Almost too good to use.

This has been a lot of words.  So to lighten this post I am including some flowers from my garden.



The challenge #233 at Casology this week has the cue word - Glisten. 

At first the only thing of could think of was snowflakes.  Then I looked up the dictionary and there I found an example of a dress glistening under a disco ball.
I used the Saturated Canary digital image Double Take and coloured it using a combination of Copic and Lyra pencils and adding Stickles to the skirt.  The image was cut into an oval using Spellbinders and addeded to Spellbinders Floral oval which had been heat embossed with Rangers, Liquid Platinum embossing powder.   I used a Penny Black sentiment from the set Sprinkles and Smiles.  To finish, the image was mounted to the card base with foam tape and some KaiserCraft rhinestones added.


The challenge #313 at Less is More this week is the recipe Balloons.
I am sorry the photo isn't the best. There is what looks like a finger print on the card but it's the camera and I can't get rid of it.

I stamped the image Simon Says Stamp, Big Birthday Wishes, using Hero Arts, Fresh Peach.  The sentiment is from the same collection and stamped using Memonto, Tuxedo Black.  The Background, Darkroom Door - Harlequin, was stamped with the Hero Arts inkpad.  The panel was mounted to the card base using foam tape and a thin strip of black card was added to the side.  Finaly, because I can't help myself I added clear Wink of Stella to the balloons


A Smile

I am joining the fun at CAS(E) this Sketch challenge #205 but only by the skin of my teeth.  It is such a good sketch I couldn't resist.

I used two sheets of Authentique, Crush.  A LOTV sentiment was stamped on the pink sheet using Momento, Tuxedo Black.  This was then framed using a piece of grey bazzill card and some sequins added.  Then this was mounted on the base card using foam tape 

It is Australia Day today and we are having a BBQ.  So I need to go and finish the salads.
Happy Australia Day everyone. 


New Home

The challenge #312 at Less is More this week is the theme New Beginnings.
This gave me the chance to ink up a stamp I have had forever and never used.
It's a very cute LOTV stamp, Moving House.

I stamped the image using Momento, Tuxedo Black and coloured it using Lyra pencils.  The card was cut to size using a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die. The sentiment was computer generated and attached using staples.  Finally this was stuck to the card base using foam tape.


Heartfelt Thanks

This is my first challenge for Casology 2017, in fact this is the first challenge in quite a long time.  The cue for the challenge #232 - Cut.
I die cut three Simon Says Stamp, Calliope Flourish dies One was coloured with Copics, clear Wink of Stella was applied to the flowers as well as KaiserCraft rhinsestones Then the three dies were stuck together.  The sentiment is Penny Black, Heart Felt and it was stamped using Memento, Tuxedo Black.  


Thanks a Latte

This is my first challenge for 2017, in fact this is the first challenge in quite a long time.  The card is a one layer for the Less is More challenge #311 - Favourite Drink/Beverage.
I stamped the cup from MFT, Hot Stuff set.  Then I made a mask and stamped Darkroom Door, Weathered Stripes background stamp, using Simon Says Stamps inkpad, Jelly Bean.  I coloured the cup with Lyra pencils. For added interest I applied clear Wink of Stella and I drew in the swirl using a black Tombow.  Finally I stamped the sentiment from MFT, Hot Stuff set.


CASology WEEK 171

The CASology cue for this week is VEHICLE.

My card:-
Card – Mondi
Digital Image & Sentiment – Pink Petticoat
Background – Purple Onion Design
Ink Pad – Memento
Design Paper – Graphic 45

Sorry I have been absent and not getting around to visit.  It’s just that we are having computer problems.  Hopefully I will be able to blog more regularly soon.