Thursday, December 29, 2011

For a New Year

Hello world of lovely people!

I hope your Christmas holidays were absolutely fantastic! We nestled in and had a HUGE FEAST of family time - it was sooooo wonderful!

My poor little blog hasn't been very festive lately, and so I thought - with the New Year galloping towards us, I'd share a little baby card that I recently made to welcome a perfectly new, sweet little girl who was much anticipated, loved and celebrated. Welcome to the world little one! :0)

Babies from Heaven

I took a bit of inspiration from Melissa Phillips during the release week of "Hanging Out" for this one. The card needed to be 100% girly, and I needed a touch of Shabby Chic inspiration!

Babies from Heaven Deet

I'd love to re-take these pics with a little more background contrast ... but getting the card in the mail was the main focus at the time. (And that covers a New Year's resolution too - to get my cards *INTO* the mail! :0)

Hope you have a *sweet* day!

x

N

Stamps: Hanging Out, Bitty Baby Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Paper: 5th Avenue (Melissa Frances)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The Eleventh Hour

I've been wanting to play in the "Get Inspired in the Kitchen"  Moxie Fab Challenge - with this as the offering pic:

Those lines on the plate are really eye-catching aren't they? Kind of like ric-rac that has been layered and inverted ...

Ric-Rac Snowflake

This is a seasonal interpretation, but I think this could be a fun idea to return to - for spring or for a masculine card?

Ric-Rac Snowflake Deet

Maybe also with a broader ric-rac?

I had a lot of fun with this - and it sure got the wheels turning.

Now to head out to a potluck. (I have the dessert -if I'm any later they'll send out a search party :0)!

Heee, hee.

Have a good one!

x

N

Stamps: Snowflake - Indadinkadoo
Sentiment - Hero Arts


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Blessings

I was at a Christmas dinner a few evenings ago and met a fellow stamper (oh bliss) ... talking stamps, I mentioned that perhaps Waltzingmouse has made the most gorgeous poinsettia stamp ever?

So why isn't there a picture of one on my blog?

This is to remedy that :0)

Poinsettia

To make the flower festive, I heat embossed it with Champagne embossing powder and then rubbed ink over the image. Fussy cut and layered. There are 4 layers to this one.

Poinsettia Deet

The gold berries are recycled from a past Christmas package :0)

This has been popped in to play at the PaperCrafts December Gallery Challenge , and in Waltzingmouse's Gallery Challenge for this week too.

Hope you're having a good one!

Hugs! :0)

x

N

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Bon Voyage!

Back playing at the Moxie Fab World "Inspired By" ... Challenges and this one fitted right into a niche I needed a card for :

A friend of ours is taking a much anticipated trip next month - and we wanted to send him off with some well-wishing. He has a lively sense of the ridiculous ... so we'll be giving him this :0)

Bon Voyage


I think it will garner a smile! There isn't much to show in a deet shot, but for the sake of tradition, here goes ...

Bon Voyage Deet

Such a great button, isn't it? :0) Hee, hee.

Well, I think that about does my offering for today ...

Hope you're having a good one!

x

N


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Rusticating


It's lovely isn't it? It's the present inspiration picture for the Tuesday Trigger at the Moxie Fab World. The colours, the texture, the atmosphere. This struck an instant chord with me and I really wanted to do something with it.

The door is my favourite item in this picture - so my card took that direction too ...

Rustic Trigger

With one little red heart to capture the goodness of those beautiful cushions.

Rustic Trigger Deet

(Sorry if the angle of this one makes you seasick - it was a bit extreme :0)

And a final note for this entry - the lovely OLD book that my card is on, is a fascinating read. It contains everything from how to cook real food in the kitchen (for the healthy and the sick) and recipes for the cure of all sorts of illnesses. But my favourite thing is a newspaper clipping stuck inside with the following : "I am willing to risk my reputation as a public man if the worst case of small-pox cannot be effectually cured in three days simply by cream of tartar. This is the sure and never-failing remedy: 1 oz of tartar dissolved in a pint of boiling water, to be drunk when cold at short intervals. It can be taken at any time, and is a preventive as well as a curative. It is known to have cured in thousands of cases without a failure. It never leaves a mark, never causes blindness, and always prevents tedious lingering of the disease."

We don't know the gentleman's name. Do you think his reputation survived the never-failing cure?? :0)

Have a great day!

x

N

Friday, December 2, 2011

Inspired by Fashion ...

A new yummy pub is out from Paper Crafts and Cath is hosting a week of fabby challenges to see it off. Here is the first one - Inspired by Fashion, with this lovely picture laying out the 'runway' for us to take off :0)


So sweet! I decided to start off right 'inside the box' on this one and then sort of 'colour outside the lines' a bit.

The size of the jacket was the start of my inspiration - the proportions are for a child ... and then of course the fabric (both the outside texture and the silky lining), the houndstooth pattern and the sparkle of the pins.

Houndstooth Giraffe

So it's a child's outfit - embossed with a fabric pattern - well inside the box. But the giraffe is well dressed in her houndstooth - complete with a matching button, accessorised with a lovely silky ribbon ...

Houndstooth Giraffe Deet

And the sparkle comes through in the silver sentiment - also in the snaps to fasten things up :0)

What fun! Thanks for the challenge Cath - and thanks to you for stopping in and sharing with me!

xxx

N

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Always Thankful :0)

My card is a bit late for Thanksgiving, but PaperCrafts Connection is hosting a Thanksgiving Card Challenge, until December 5th. I only recently received my November/December issue and the delicious card by Lindsay Amrhein that has been offered up for the inspiration piece is totally irresistible!

So here is what I put into the hat:

Thanksgiving

And a little deet shot:

Thanksgiving Deet

It may be late for Thanksgiving, but it's always time to be thankful!

Thanks for stopping in Peeps - hope you also get some time to play!

xxx

N

Stamps:
Text  It - Waltzingmouse
Leaf Prints, Autumn Tags 2009 - Papertrey Ink

Monday, November 28, 2011

Hellooooo??

Dear people of the world .... (yes I recently watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory :0)

Yawn, stretch ... waking up here. Actually not really, the blog has been sleepy, but my little crafty life has been humming - because out here in the world, I have real friends who have real sorrows and real sadness and I needed to be real and available too - and I just haven't been able to blog the things that have gone out from my hands and heart to them. Those things just needed to be left real.

I also really needed to take a spot on this blog to acknowledge the passing of Katie Renz. Although I can't say that Katie was a personal friend, like so many people out here in the blogosphere, I really wanted Katie to beat all of the odds, to go on to be able to be a mum to her children and a wife to her husband. I'm so grieved that it wasn't to be. Just so, so sad. My heart is truly with Katie's family at this time. There really isn't anything I can say that would do my feelings for the struggle she shared so openly and bravely with us all justice.

Here is a share of a card I made a long time ago and never posted - it's made with an image from the first digi kit that was being sold on Katie's behalf.

Magnolia

Thanks for stopping in and spending a few minutes listening. I hope to have more crafty things to share in the days ahead!

xxx

N

Monday, September 5, 2011

More...

...embossed flowers :0)

I needed a card for someone who I knew would appreciate something very light, delicate and pretty and was really inspired by this beautiful card here.

I have been wondering about watercolouring with distress inks, and this was a real push to give it a go!

Rose

I don't have any watercolouring paper, but the Stampers Select seemed to be alright, so long as it wasn't completely drenched!

Rose Deet

This friend has been an enormous blessing - and *such* an encouragement to me recently - so I hope this returns a little of that back to her again too!

Hope you're having a great long weekend peeps, thank you for stopping by!

Hugs!

xxx

N

Stamps: Year of Flowers - Rose (Papertrey Ink)
Sentiment - Spring Bouquet (Flourishes LLC)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Embossed Flowers.

With hours minutes and seconds left to go on the Embellish Countdown today ... I have a card :0)

Here was the gorgeous inspiration pic:

Lovely! And so very inspiring!

The challenge for me was to try and create something that didn't look like Christmas ... the kraft helped a lot!
Embellish Flowers (2)

Check out the polka dots :0) Good things those! *Wink*!

Embellish Flowers Deet

And a little deet shot (so you can see all my embossing powder 'dandruff', hee. I find when embossing with white on white, I never see all the little extras until rubbing ink over the top of them, when it's a bit late! Oh Well. Handmade.)

Now to go and pop this in - and stop running!

Thanks for popping by!

Hugs!

xxx

N

Stamps: Layered Flowers, Tree, Bird and Messages, Ledger (Hero Arts)
Polka Dot Basics II, Background Basics Gingham (Papertrey)
Ink - Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick Distress Inks

Monday, August 29, 2011

Going Dotty!

Helloooo world of lovely peeps!

I'm trying to hype up some mojo here after the bug (bleurgh) - the mojo flew away so badly that I was starting to think about updating the blog with a muffin recipe - pumpkin muffins anyone?! :0) Anything to break the silence!

Anyhoo, here was the best the mojo could give me right now:

Blessings

For some reason Polka Dots are driving me batty at the mo - {LOVE}! - and this bloom builder die is right up there too - soooo they happily ended up on a card together.

(This fit in with the Moxie Fab World's Felt Challenge which is running right now - all because of that luscious big bloom!)

Blessings Deet

These colours remind me of a summer that has matured into early fall - it's happening here! The days are still utterly perfect - but the nights are a tad crisp and some of the bushes around us have caught the hint ...

So there it is ... thanks for stopping in - hope this finds you in the middle of a day that's just perfectly perfect!

xxx

N

Stamps: Polka Dot Basics II, Beautiful Blessings (Papertrey Ink)
Dies - Bloom Builder #2, Parisien Lace Doily, Edgers #2 (Papertrey Ink)

Monday, August 22, 2011

Scalloped Sunshine :0)

Hellooo you sweet people! Thanks for all of the well wishes!

Today PaperCrafts Mag is having a promotional week for their new Card ideas for Paper Crafters special issue.

I was so blessed to have 2 cards published in this one - those acceptances really made my day :0) I'm allowed to share one, so here is my take on sketch # 55 in the original line up ...


Lots of texture for a bit of fun :0)

Thank you so much for stopping by! I really hope to be up and creating again in real time soon. My stamps are calling my name!

Have a *totally* beautiful day!

xxx

N  

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Boo the Bug!

Hello Peeps!

I have a flu bug - it's very friendly and persistent and really doesn't want to leave me by myself (despite all those extra vitamins, water, sleep) ... horrid little thing!

I just wanted to share a project which is in the September/October issue of PaperCrafts Magazine - which went on sale this week:


The label on the jar was created from sticky back canvas - and I can't believe how easy canvas  is to stamp on with dye ink - there really wasn't a lot of ink bleeding at all. I had a fun learning curve.

Anyhoo - no hugs today :0) I would really like you to have a *great* one - and you don't need this pesky bug!

xxx

N

Monday, August 15, 2011

Embellish Challenge

Hellooooooo lovely people!

Have you seen the lovely colours that are being used for this month's Embellish Challenge? Soooo pretty!


I found them so inspiring and decided to use them for a quick card. I used an emboss resist with distress inks in this one, because the second concept of the challenge is 'colouring'.

Embellish

I used sponges to colour the images, but here is a quick tip for the round centres where a sponge can be inaccurate .... if you adhere a pearl in place and then run a Q tip which is saturated in Dye ink around the pearl, pressing lightly against it, it keeps the colouring perfectly circular. (Does that make sense?)

Embellish Deet

The kraft colour of the challenge is used inside the floral centres - just in *case* you were wondering :0)

Thanks for stopping in! Hope you're having the BEST of the best today!

xxx

N

Stamps: Layered Flowers (Leaf), Classic Bloom, Thank You sayings - Hero Arts
Distress Inks: Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

It's August?!

Wowzers, I can't believe that August is here already! We were invited to a last minute reunion and completely disappeared with less than 18 hours notice for a while - and every bit of inconvenience (including the one missed flight) were completely worth it. Such a fantastic time!

I'm going to share an older card with you today - it has been on the blog-o before, a loooooong time ago and I really did love it, and never managed to give it away. But after seeing one of my dear friends again, I think it needs to go and live with her. So this post is to say goodbye to this card - (sniff, sniff ;0)

Homespun

And I hope that it makes her day and gives her a smile!

Homespun Deet

All the other crafting coming out of my craft room at the moment is pretty practical - in other words QUICK to make - I just have a lot of cards that need doing.

I'll share one of those quicksters in the next few days here :0)

Ookie Dooks - I hope that this finds you all WELL! Thanks for popping in and visiting!

Big smiles and hugs to you!

xxx

N

Stamps: Sewingbox Hugs, Off Beat Backgrounds, Faux Fun

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mr. and Mrs.

Helloooo Peeps!

A friend asked me to make a Wedding Card for a couple who will be getting married in August in her family ... so I asked a few questions about them to try and make something suitable.

The couple hosted a rehersal party and I saw the invite - it was cute, cheeky, said the evening would end with dancing in a cow barn ... and contained the colour purple ...

So I turned to a card made by Nichole Heady during the release week of Hanging Out for this one (why mess with ready made perfection?) CASED it and switched it up a bit - to end up here :0)

Mr and Mrs

I loved making these little clothes - but must say that those dinky stamp pieces in this set terrify me (can't remember how often I checked to see they were all still there!)

Mr and Mrs Deet

Hope they all enjoy :0)  And hope the cows had fun too!

LOL - thanks for stopping in!

xxx

N

Stamps: Hanging Out, Big and Bold Wishes (Papertrey Ink)
Everyday Messages (Hero Arts)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Real Perty ...

Hello lovely people!

The last Tuesday Trigger (Perty & Flirty) over at the Moxie Fab World had me a-sighing right from the word GO! I really would LOVE to wear this cutie little jacket ...


and that lovely pink wallpaper background? Just so fresh - and the two together!!! Well, HOW can you resist?

It was the beautiful contrast of the yellow jacket on the pink that I wanted to try and capture in a card ... that and the beautiful freshness :

Pretty

The little rose pattern is stamped with a darling set from Stampin Up! called "Baby Blossoms", the rolled rose is a die from My Favorite Things. I popped a little brown pearl in the rose centre to echo those lovely chocolately buttons!

Pretty Deet

The edge of the decorative paper is trimmed with a Spellbinders label (11) and a Papertrey Edgers die was used for a tiny bit of pink detailing for the rose to rest on.

So there it is - I'm off to pop this in before the Moxie Fab Challenge closes up - but this fits in the Wee Memories CAS Challenge this week, so I'm going to play along there too!

Hugs and best wishes for a LOVELY day to you - thanks for taking the time to stop by!

xxx

N

Monday, July 18, 2011

Really *Fanatical* ...

about Botanical! :0)

I'm still living over at the Moxie Fab World here and wanted to pop another interpretation of this theme in for the Moxie Fab World Challenge ...

Butterfly Botanical

This is a bit of a turn around from the last one - where the butterfly was in the background (literally), and uses the idea of a blue French Toile for the dogwood blossoms ... this time it's the butterfly that's 'real'!

Butterfly Botanical Deet

After colouring the butterfly, I gave it a wash of Oyster Twinkling H2O's - to add some 'mothy shimmer' to its wings. You can't see it all the time, only when it catches the light.

All in all it has a light airy feeling, and between the rhinestones, satin ribbon and moth shine - it has a lovely twinkly shimmer in reality!

All righty - I'm heading out for a few days here - thanks for popping in!

Hope you head off into a *totally* fabulous day!

Hugs,

xxx

N

Stamps: Dogwood Blossoms, Antique Engravings (Hero Arts)
Botanical Silhouettes (Papertrey Ink)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fanatical about Botanical ...

Yes seriously - another card already - but have you seen what's up at the Moxie Fab World??? - they've gone Fanatical about Botanical something I've been all my life! (Ceramics, books, prints, soft furnishings ... I love it!)

So I'm playing along already -

Botanical

Lots of different stamps in this one :0) I will come back and edit what they all were later ... I layered the stamps on the background and then paper pieced the blossoms over the top, curling the petals back and mounting them on dimensional foam ...

Botanical Deet

I didn't want to create a traditional card, mounted on a card base, but wanted to try something a bit more freestyle. One of the tiddleywinks said "it looks like a piece of old paper that you put a flower on ..."

Voila! :0)

Thanks for popping in to share, I'm heading back to the land of good intentions ;0)!

xxx

N

ETA:
Stamps: Dogwood, Antique Engravings, Old Letter Writing (Hero Arts)
Nature Walk - bee (Stampin Up!)
Dream Paris Rome New York - small 'calendar' image (Simon Says)
Journaling Lines - sentiment block (Fancy Pants)
Infinite Wisdom  - postmarks (Technique Tuesday)
Bontanical Silhouettes - sentiment (Papertrey Ink)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chocolate Anyone?

O.K. so three posts in three days ... I think that's a first - but it's going to get quiet here for a while, I have some homework to do :0)

Today is the final day to pop our cards in for the Summer Camp Colour Combo for the week - which is this:

Anyone else immediately think about Valentines boxes full of chocolates?? I did and just couldn't shake the conviction - so instead of a Valentines card, swung it this way instead ...

 Birthday Girl

This was the first time I've tried embossing with tinsel embossing powder - it was a bit different to work with when compared with regular embossing powder - but unlike loose glitter, it doesn't seem to be flaking all the time. (Which is a good thing :0)!

Birthday Girl Deet

Okey dokey, I need to go and be good now - and do all sorts of very NON crafty things!

Thanks for popping over!

I'm thinking of all of those ladies who are in the Gallery Idol competition at the moment - I can only try to imagine how you must all be feeling today! Wheee! Butterflies! ALL the best to you!

Big hugs!

xxx

N

Stamps: Antique Flower Background, Birthday Sayings (Hero Arts), Cupcake Collection (Papertrey Ink)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

{LOVE}

Two posts in two days :-0!

I opened my new PTI Anniversary set today - Botanical Silhouettes and I'm in LOVE. Seriously, hopelessly and totally. This just might be one of my favourite stamp sets ever.

Notecards

I needed a quick gift set for someone and made 2 each of these three designs, stamping a little botanical image on the corner of the envelopes with the "Garden Variety" set.

Notecards 2

The pictures really don't do them justice - the Poppy and Avocado ink just pops off the white - and that script is delicious ...

Notecards 1

This is the only design I added a bit of bling to ...

Notecards 3

O.K. that's me. I'm done gushing. But really, really peeps, I think these are going to become my new signature notecards - they're really quick and really elegant! (Have I said how much I love this stamp set??)

I'm popping these in at the Moxie Fab World's Stamp It! Challenge - *sorry* Cath - it's my second submission :0(

And now I'll go and have a cold shower and calm down :0)

xxx

N

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Summer Blooms

Howdy everyone!

Are things heating up in your part of the world? We're finally starting to experience a real summer here - with delicious warm days that feel just about *perfect*!

I don't know why, but I've had a real urge to go back to where stamping started for me over the past little while - maybe it's because there is just so much you can put on a card nowadays that I feel a bit overwhelmed? But I can't forget how the magic of matching cardstock, ink, patterned paper and ribbon gave me an absolute thrill in the beginning!

So this card was made - because the cicadas are squeaking outside AND the world has matching cardstock and ink :0)!

Vase

The 'vase' is created from the negative piece of PTI's Seed Packet Frame die, which I stamped with some distressed stripes to give it some detail.

Vase Deet

The flowers and the central panel are mounted on some foam dots for dimension. The centres are layered with homemade and bought buttons - and a little bitty bling :0)

... and I'm popping this in to play at the Moxie Fab World's "Stamp It! Cards Challenge"

Thanks for taking the time in your day to stop by! I'm off to do a spot of not-so-light reading here - any other non-fiction lovers out there?

Hugs!

xxx

N

Stamps: Blooming Button Bits, Distressed Stripes, Bitty Background Blocks, Beautiful Blessings (Papertrey Ink)