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Monday, February 13, 2017

Valentines Day Gift Box for challenge#65:Anything Goes at Unstampabelles

I don't normally do Valentines Day but this little box is just so darn cute!
It is for Challenge #65: Anything Goes at Unstampabelles

Before I show you the box I have news:

Yesterday Hubby and I went to the bi-annual Australian Wooden Boat Show

Here are a couple of snaps from my phone taken on the day.....



Nothing like a piano in a dingy........


That is only part of it - it was spread out over a vast area of the docks. 
Despite the threatening clouds it was a great day - warm, slightly windy and there were crowds of people everywhere.

Got home exhausted and discovered my Uni results were in!
That made me very happy!

I got an HD for A Photo Essay (12.5 pts) - final result
and I got another HD for my Third Project - Collage - in the Creativity and Aging course
Still have an essay to be marked from this one but its looking good for at least a pass and I have had an HD for everything else so far in this course. It is another 12.5 pts one.

To say I am chuffed is understating it - I have not done any study for over 10 years and I am so please to be able to gain these results in my 'advanced years'!!  Also it is involving my creativity and creative pieces and to get such good marks for that is very affirming. With all that was going on at the same time as trying to get this work done for Uni, I nearly chucked it in. So glad I didn't and persevered. 

Now, on with the box!

The SU die is here

I can get if for you if you wish - just contact me

Window Box Thinlits Dies sizes shared by Dawn Olchefske:

You die cut two of the big shape
I used Real Red in SU card...
and the hearts pattern for the sides (the middle one)


You have to remember to turn it upside down for the second box, so the hearts are facing the correct way - same with the candles......

Once it is cut out you burnish all the fold lines and tabs.

I found a good tutorial on YouTube to help me put it together


For my lid, I cut two hexagon shapes slightly smaller than the others
I die cut the very top white one with the Marianne die
and another of this die in black and replace the white cut out with the black one


I added a red heart
Under my white card is some pink sparkly card
(hard to see)


The lid fits so well and it just looks so cute. 


I put a small candle (not real) inside to show the pattern clearly when the candle was turned on and shed light

You don't  have to make a box for this challenge - you can create anything with paper as long as it does not have a stamp in it - rubber, plastic, wooden or digital

If you want to enter our challenge at Unstampabelles
you have until the end of the month to do so.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

For the Girl(s)!

Well, we are up and running well - there were lots of entries for our first challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies and all beautiful. Le's see how this new one goes then......

For the Girls

Our eldest Granddaughter turned 24 yesterday
How's that for making you feel ancient!!!

She is a gorgeous girl


This was taken a coupla years ago........

The inside of her card tells her she is gorgeous.....

I used a new stamp set from Stampin' Up Occasions that I really love at the moment 
and went very CAS


Love this image - so free spirited......


Some Momento ink for the stamps and some SU Bermuda Bay ink wash...


A bit of colour around the edges and three lovely dots

No-traditional colours but she is not traditional..... 
although she looks gorgeous in pink....

So, what will your "for the girls" card look like?

Enter it here at Crafting with Dragonflies 
You have two weeks.

Want some more eye-candy?


Wild cherries at Pelverata, near Pelverata Falls
photo: courtesy of Greg Faull









Monday, February 6, 2017

First post for Unstampabelles for 2017: Anything Goes

Hello all - hope your day is going well. Mine is looking up - I have just lodged my last essay with the Uni for my summer school and I hope I pass. I think I will do that but probably only just! Long time since I have written an essay for university! Now I can concentrate on home and craft for a while!

First, a Tassie photo

A stunning, perfect-timing shot of some true Tassie Wilderness. A yellow-tailed black cockatoo dances on the wind, flanked by a proud pandani tree and the vibrant splash of red of the native Richea scoparia. The Tasmanian wilderness is the only place in the world you'll find these two beautiful but ferociously prickly plants. At this time of year, many Tassie's natives have just finished their spectacular displays of colour. Fortunately, you don't have to travel far to one our nineteen national parks to experience the Tassie wilderness in all its glory.

Image: instagram.com/lukereavley
#discovertasmania #seeaustralia



The first challenge for Unstampabelles for 2017 is

Anything Goes!
The twist for this challenge is to use something new!

So I  have repurposed a small box  - the purpose of it will be to place some cards and envelopes and a few pens into it to create a gift. Really the box is just to show-off the decorations and my new bits are the stencils that I used in the new technique I employed. It is this technique that I really hope to showcase - in the making of the decoration.

I saw this technique in Craft Stamper (pg 36/37) used by Georgina Ford. 
She used different stencils to mine and Infusions while I used Colour Bursts

The outcome was pretty much the same. 

Lay the three new Memory Box stencils onto a sheet of card large enough 
for six stencils and tape into position as shown.
Sprinkle with the Colour Burst powders - I used only three - and spritze with water.



Flip the stencils over onto the bottom section of the card.
I used my brayer to effect here.
Georgina used paper towel to press the stencils down. 
I used that too but after the brayer.


Once dry she stamped her pieces randomly - I used other stencils to create a
 distressed look with TH Distress inks. 
I used dies and punches to cut out firstly hearts and then other shapes and a distress ink to outline them. Georgina used  a fine pen to outline shapes in her project. 



I used these to create an embellishment for the top of my box. 


The box itself was one that a tool came in from Stampin' Up. 
It is made of quite a flimsy cardboard. 


I used a piece of card in the base to strengthen it. 


I just used double-sided tape to attach


I decorated the top and sides with some old DP from SU


I made a button catch with velcro


Inside I added another piece of card with a divider to allow for pens to be used, and leaving enough space for up to 10 cards with envelopes. 



The flower centre was in my stash (unnamed) and the lace ribbon too.
Various Sizzix dies and others were used for the foliage.


I still have four sheets to use in the cards I make for this to tie it all together. 

No stamps were used to make this. 
My twist - the new stencils!

I did enjoy making this embellishment for 






Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Eclectic Ellapu's first challenge for 2017: Anything Goes

Well, I am going to show you what I did for my first Project for both Eclectic Ellapu  for 2017 and for my on-line Uni course - Ageing and Creativity. I may add that I scored pretty well for this but I am still woefully aware of how bad it looks. The first challenge is Anything Goes!

As I write this blog the day outside is a glorious summer's day - much like the day this shot was taken. It amazes me how the hills in the distance have already lost their green bloom and dried off. This is the Derwent River, at a local suburb across the river from me called Sandy Bay. It is a popular swimming place for teenagers.

One of the beauties of living on an island is that no matter which direction you go, you'll eventually stumble upon one of our stunning pieces of coastline or waterways. From the wilds of our south coast to the towering cliffs of the Tasman Peninsula; from incredible white sand beaches on our East Coast or this special spot on the River Derwent in Sandy Bay, just a stones throw from Hobart's CBD.

Image: instagram.com/ringhole
#discovertasmania #seeaustralia

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The Derwent River is running water......

For my Project for Uni I chose to work with the theme 'Running Water' and I elected to make a set of child's wooden blocks and add images to the six faces of the blocks. Theoretically they make a type of jigsaw puzzle for the player when all jumbled.

Hubby made me up the blocks with what he call's "sh*t pine" and I painted nine of them with white gesso and then sanded them back to make them look a bit battered. Then I added my images to each face - one at a time.

This first one is stamped using a variety of stamps and coloured with Copic pens. It was then given a wash of clear Modge Podge for protection. 


The one below was a collage. It was created on the desk first on some card, using die cuts and a kit, plus one stamp. It was then cut into 9 equal pieces (ruled up on the back) and each one was Modge Podged onto the face of a block, with another coat over the top to protect them. You will notice they are slightly smaller than the blocks - deliberately. 


This next one is an image printed of my ink-jet printer, torn into nine pieces and layered onto the blocks again with the Podge. You can see the creases in some places and some colour was leached as well but it was a good quick layer. 


This one is just stencils and ink - I used the end grain for this and it shows through - perhaps I should have used this side for one of the paper pieces. 


This one is an attempt at being a bit arty! Images printed off my ink-jet printer, cut into strips, added to card with double sided tape and sprayed with a fixative. In laying them on, I chose to make it a slightly disorienting piece and to have differing lengths as well. I have a feeling that in this photo they are not necessarily in the right place either........


The one below is the one that gave me the most grief and took the longest. It was an attempt to transfer an ink-jet image directly to the wood using a gel medium. It is the ancient Japanese tsunami  painting and once printed I had to  use the Gel Medium on the front of the image and blocks and then quickly lay the piece of paper face down onto the wood. Leave it to dry, and then carefully using a damp cloth, wipe off the paper and try not to wipe off the image. It is sealed with a fixative spray. 
Again, one block is not placed properly I think........it also seems to have lost a lot of colour. 
If anyone knows how to avoid that, please let me know. Perhaps it was my choice of image....


Anyway - that is my toy blocks. 

You can make whatever takes your fancy for this challenge and you have a month to enter. 




Saturday, January 28, 2017

Crafting with Dragonflies are first cab off the rank!

Over at Crafting with Dragonflies, Hilde has asked us to make a Valentines Day card ready for the beginning of February. I had just purchased a new magazine with a new freebie - including an embossing folder and some cute stamps. So off I went!


Before showing the results, I want to show you another gorgeous photo of my lovely state:

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A tranquil summer scene from Europe, perhaps? Not quite! This is the Callington Mill and its spectacular gardens in the Tasmanian Midlands town of Oatlands. Built in 1837 by John Vincent, a free settler from Cornwall and one of Oatlands' publicans, it's one of many remarkable sandstone buildings in the town. Oatlands is one of Tasmania's oldest settlements and with more than 150 sandstone buildings it has the largest collection of any town in Australia.com. Its intact Georgian townscape, mostly convict-built in the early 1800s, offers a complete representation of the architecture, urban design and the cultural heritage of early European settlement in Australia.



A wonderful place to visit. 

On to my card

I had made a heart and wet embossed it with some UTEE and sparkly glitter, then covered it with a clear embossing powder and while still hot, stamped into it with another small heart stamp. 


Love the sparkle. 
i wanted to use this, so I added it to my bits and pieces. The panda's are stamped and coloured, and then fussy-cut. The embossed heart was then replaced back into the Big Shot and a heart cut from it's centre to show the white card beneath.


The sentiment is stamped and added as shown


I got a bit carried away colouring my panda's in different colours as they are supposed to be a boy and a girl - should have made them the same. 


I could have turned this into a shaker card, but wanted my sparkly heart to shine, so left it 

Please put your Valentine's Day card into the first challenge for 2017 over at 


Now, just a quick explanation on the fact that I have not been on the web blogging for quite a while - as mentioned in the last post for 2016, husband went into hospital over Christmas with a very bad case of cellulitis in his lower left leg, and once he was allowed out of hospital we have been constantly trecking between medial appointments to have this dressed, go to other appointments and such, as I had to be the chauffeur. I lost my ability to think let alone create! Then I had to also complete my Uni Projects - last one has been done although I still have an essay to write by the end of next week. I am now not so sleep deprived or stressed, husband is recovering and my creating space has been given a good clean!



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Happy Australia Day to all


It is a lovely 23 degrees, and apart for a nasty Nor Westerly, its been a lovely day here in sunny Tasmania

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY TO EVERYONE 

I hope you are all enjoying peace and quiet, crafting time and family time.

It had been a while since I posted - tell you about it later. Just know that I am back and that Unstampabelles will be resuming also on the first Monday of February.

Until then, happy crafting!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Ho, Ho, Ho - Merry Christmas........

.....and a wonderful, peaceful and healthy 2017!

Tasmanian Waratah, growing on the Zig Zag track, Mt Wellington
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Photo: Greg Faull

Our own touch of Christmas for you to see.

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day

I had a great day but the lead-up was a little hairy
John (husband) was put into hospital with an infection on his lower leg, from the knee down
We spent all day at the Emergency Department at Calvery on Christmas Eve

The turkey went into the oven (for the cold lunch on Christmas Day) at 9.00 pm

All good - it all worked and we fed nine people today and had a good time

Now for my last challenge inspiration for 2016!
Another recycled card used here.


I made a shaker card


the image on the old card


It was fairly simple


That's it!


See you in February!!