Saturday, 28 November 2015

Embellished Birthday

Whew!  What a busy few weeks it has been - and only getting even more busy with Christmas almost upon us.  However I just HAD to make time for this months challenge at Power Poppy because this one is hosted by none other than my beautiful daughter, Kathy Jones.  Kathy challenges us to "embellish it" - well, who doesn't just love prettying up their work with things like lace, ribbon and pearls - not me! I decided to use my favourite Power Poppy set for this one and stamped the azaleas in the vase from the Azaleas set  plus the birthday sentiment from Power Poppy's Dynamic Duos Peonies & Tulips set with memento ink onto blending card, coloured it with copics and die cut it with a Spellbinders Radiant Rectangles die.  My background papers are from Kaisercraft's Violet Crush paper pad and layered onto purple cardstock.  Then I did the embellishing with the lace, ribbon, pearls and a Kaisercraft pearl flourish.  Finally I layered the image piece onto lavender cardstock and popped it on with foam tape.  Thanks for a fun challenge, Kathy - I just managed to squeeze in before the end of the month!

Copic Colours used were:  V12, V04, V000, YG11, YG13, YG17, Y15, C1, B0000.

Thanks so much for coming to visit!

Sunday, 18 October 2015


This months challenge at Power Poppy is hosted by the lovely and talented Julie and she asks us to cut our images into "Bits and Pieces."  For this one, I started with a folded white card base and die cut the side with a Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One die.  Then I die cut white cardstock with two dies from the same set, cut it to size and embossed the main part of it with Cuttlebugs Swiss Dots EF. I die cut red cardstock with the same die used for the card base and layered the white die cut and embossed piece onto it.  I printed out the Power Poppy digi "Hollyberries" twice onto blending card and chopped the images into three squares, coloured them with copics and layered them onto red cardstock.  I attached them with foam tape, wrapped some red ribbon round the card front and added a bow.  I stamped the sentiment from Power Poppys Merry Littles stamp set with red ink onto white card and punched it out with a 1" circle punch.  Finally, I die cut green cardstock with a Spellbinders Fancy Framed Tags Two die, stuck it in the middle of the ribbon and added the sentiment with foam tape.  Cutting up images is certainly not my usual M.O. but I really enjoyed this one - thanks Julie!

Copic Colours used were:  G40, G43, G46, R22, R24, R27, R89, E33, E35.

Thanks so much for coming to visit!

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Holiday Heart

This month's Power and Spark challenge at Power Poppy is to make a "gift from the heart". Well, every Christmas, I make these decorations, so I thought I would make one with a Power Poppy flair.  So, I start with a heart made of craftwood, paint the edges with gold paint and attach christmas paper to the front and back with modge podge.  There is a tiny hole at the top for the hanging ribbon. (My DH cuts these shapes out with a scroll saw for me.) This time I used Kaisercraft paper, sanded the edges then added a cream ribbon bow and some red pearls. I stamped the sentiment from Power Poppy's Bottlebrush Holiday set with red ink onto vanilla card, cut it out with a punch and inked the edges in red.  The gorgeous pointsettia is from Power Poppy's Merry Littles set, stamped with memento black ink onto blending card, coloured with copics and cut out.  I attached it with foam tape and added some "leaves" of green cardstock punched out with Martha Stewart branch punch.  These decorations can also be used as a gift tag.

Copic Colours used were:  R22, R24, R27, R89, Y21. Y26, Y38.

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Monday, 27 July 2015

Playing With Paper

I made this card for this months Power and Spark challenge over at Power Poppy.  This time it's all about use three different papers on the card.  Well, who doesn't just love delving into their paper stash?  I have been hoarding some lovely paper from Maja Designs and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to use some of them.  So I picked these pretty pinks from the Vintage Summer Basics collection and layered them onto black cardstock (to make them really stand out!). Then I die cut some more black cardstock with a Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Squares die and added the third paper to it after stamping it with the sentiment from Power Poppy's Dynamic Duos Peonies and Tulips set.  Next I stamped the single flower from Power Poppy's Simply Camellias set, coloured it with copics, cut it out and added it with foam tape.  Finally I added some lace and a pretty ribbon and bow.

Copic Colours used were:  RV91, RV93, RV95, G40, G43, B46, C1.

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Saturday, 20 June 2015

A Jug of Flowers

I made this card for this months challenge at Scrapbook Boutique which is an inspiration picture featuring royal blue and gold.  I started this one with paper from Kaisercrafts Base Coat collection and layered it onto some glittery gold cardstock and then onto dark blue cardstock.  Next I punched the border from the gold card with Martha Stewarts Doily Lace punch.  I chose the image from Power Poppys Lilac Time stamp set, stamped it with memento tuxedo black ink onto blending card, coloured it with copics and die cut it with a Spellbinders Standard Circle die.  I die cut some dark blue cardstock with the largest Spellbinders Captivating Squares die, added it to the card front and attached the image piece with foam tape. I finally added a birthday sentiment at the bottom.

Copic Colours used were:  B21, B24, B26, Y000, Y11, Y13, Y21, Y38, YG11, YG13, YG17, G43, G46, E40, E41, C1, C3.

Thanks so much for coming to visit!

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Always In My Thoughts

Apparently adult colouring books are now in the top bestseller lists.  Who knew?  Well, WE did, didn't we, fellow cardmakers?  There is no better therapy than sitting down with some stamped images and colouring them.  This month over at Power Poppy, the very talented Christine Okken challnges us to colour........Oh, but wait, she is asking us to use PENCILS. that IS a challenge for a copic addict like me. So I closed my copic case and dug out an old tin of Derwent colour pencils.  I chose the Power Poppy Winter Pick Me Up digital image and sentiment and made a tag with the sentiment and coloured the image with colour pencils (different to the copics but quite fun after all!).  I die cut the image piece with a Spellbinders classic oval and then die cut some more white card with a Spellbinders Opulent Oval die.  The papers for this project came from Kaisercraft's Magic Happens Collection and were layered onto purple card.  Some rhinestone flourishes for a bit of sparkle and it was done.

Derwent Colours used were:  Imperial Purple, Prussian Blue, Deep Cadmium, Mineral Green.

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Saturday, 30 May 2015

Butterfly Birthday

I made this card for this months challenge at Scrapbook Boutique which has an inspiration picture featuring pink, white, peach and butterflies. Well, I really wanted to play with this embossing folder which came as a free gift with this months edition of Australian Simply Cards magazine.  I sponged versacolor orchid ink onto the inside of the folder and embossed a piece of white cardstock.  I mounted that onto pink cardstock which had been die cut with a Spellbinders Radiant Rectangle die.  Then, I simply used a corner rounding punch on a folded white card blank,  added the embossed piece to the top and stamped the sentiment (which is from the stamp set which came with the EF) at the bottom.  I die cut peachy pink cardstock with a Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterfly mini die and added it to the centre, then I die cut pink and white cardstock with the tiny butterfly from Spellbinders Flying Beauties die set and added them as well.  Some tiny white pearls for the bodies of the butterflies and it was finished.

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Saturday, 23 May 2015


I'm baaa-ack!  After several really difficult months, I'm finally back in my craftroom creating for card challenges again - Yay!  For my first foray back into the cardmaking world, I've chosen to join the lovely ladies at Power Poppy for their monthly Power and Spark challenge. This month, Stacy challenges us to "cut it out".  Well, I've fussy cut these peonies a time or two, so I decided to go with that.  So I stamped the peonies from Power Poppy's Dynamic Duos Peonies and Tulips set with Memento tuxedo black ink onto blending card, coloured them with copics and cut them out.  Next I punched a border with a Martha Stewart punch onto white cardstock, cut it to size, embossed it with Couture Creations Cheerful EF and layered it onto red cardstock.  I stamped the sentiment with real red ink onto white cardstock, die cut along the top with a Spellbinders Romantic Rectangles die, cut it to size and added it with a strip of red ribbon.  Next I created a frame of white cardstock by die cutting with two Spellbinders Opulent Ovals dies, added that to the card front and popped the flowers on top with foam tape and that was it.

By the way, if you pop over to the Power Poppy blog you'll see a post featuring yours truely (yes, reallly!!) and my wonderful and talented daughter, Kathy Jones.  Thanks so much for the kind words, Julie - I'm still blushing!

Copic Colours used were:  R000, R22, R24, R28, G28, G43, G46.

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