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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Crafting with Dragonflies wants us to celebrate Easter!

As you are probably aware, Easter is coming! 

Hilde over at Crafting with Dragonflies has set the theme for this challenge at EASTER!

My card is made with all Stampin' Up goodies:

I love this intricate die of a cross
Also a die for the wine but I am rubbish at getting it to sit still when cutting the stamped image

Remember that gorgeous embossed paper - I had some left over
I rubbed some Hello Honey ink over it all to bring out the vine

Mounted onto gold card and then a commercial white blank

The sentiment is coloured with a Typo pen!

Here is some cuteness to get you through the next two weeks!
Pademelons are primarily found on Tasmania

A seriously cute pademelon joey thanks to Christine Booth at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages who says:

This garden visitor is one of the reasons why I have given up on having a tidy house garden. I now host a small family of 3 pademelons including the cutest joey.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Week Two for Challenge#77: Decorate Something Wooden

Decorate something wooden ..... with what?

Here is a tree decorated with moonlight....

A truly beautiful image of the Tasman Bridge (Hobart, Tasmania) thanks to Steve Hansen.

I have decorated my wooden things by placing a layout around them!

There is also paint rollered over a textured card - it was created with left over paint ages ago and the sheet itself has been floating in my stash, waiting for something to use it on!
It is not perfect so very suitable for a small boy - I like the texture it has.

The wooden stars were too crisp to spoil!

I did paint some white card stars

Love that lusciousness of the Dylusions Paints

I used the paint on a stencil as well by pouncing the ink onto the stencil - again, not perfect but OK
Lots of washi tape used too, always a good thing!

Layout before I made it up - just playing with a kit newly arrived from D'Lish Scraps 
It was serendipitous really that it had wooded stars! They were all stacked when they arrived. 
The kit is called "Boys Rule". I love the star stencil....there is often a stencil with the  kit and I have now got quite a lot of them from D'Lish - very handy.

My journalling is on a card inside the black bag behind the photo.

When I find the layout I like, I take a photo to remind me of where I wanted stuff to go and refer to it when gluing and painting and such. It doesn't always turn out the same but it gives me an plan to work to.....

The backing paper is an old DP set from SU and the strips of alternative paper were from the same set. 

Awesome and Wow were some of our Grandson Jack's favorite words away back then! I think he is still inclined to use them now he is 12. 

With the kit this layout came together very quickly

Monday, March 5, 2018

Working in Wood!

Hello Peeps  

Do you have helpers in the Craftroom?
I have recently acquired one - 

"You put the paper in here Mum and then spray it right here!
Wait for me to gt out first OK? Oh, what is this doing in here -I will just remove it!"

I'm a Big Shot with a Bigshot!

When Mr Weasley is not helping me with spraying and painting, he is stealing my bits and bobs and running away with them or sitting on the keyboard or the printer supervising. Every job seems to take twice as long!

I had to use a box to spray stuff this week - and this is why......

The challenge over at Unstampabelles is to 

Decorate Something Wooden!
There is also a prize kindly donated by Dale!


What exactly does all that mean?

I have a wooden spatula - can I decorate that? 
I have lots of wooden embellies - can I use them?
What about wooden buttons?
Can I use a twig from a tree?
What about an old box that needs rejuvenating?
Perhaps I can build a box or frame or similar from scratch?

The answer to all these questions is YES

Goody - I have a sentiment - from Kaiser

First I painted it white and then I added all sorts of stuff but the last layer was two different colours of Starlight Metalic Paint from Imagination Crafts - Aqua and Chestnut

The TWIST is the use paint

Does the paint have to go on the wood?
Do I have to use paint on everything?
Will I necessarily have to use a paintbrush?

The answer to these questions is NO

Great! I used my fingers and an earbud!

Some pretty DP from SU (old stock) and a Dark Room Door image, fussy cut, Gold pen and some stencils and black ink, some packaging card and a frame that started out quite ornate but got cut down to fit the tag!

Ribbon, flowers (Prima) and butterfly stickers to complete it!

The tag was cut out of an old manila folder. 

There you have it - a wooden piece (and some paint) used to make a tag for a birthday present!

Why not go over to Unstampbelles and see what else is there and then enter the challenge!
Double Dare YOU!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Feathers and Autumn

Hello Peeps - another lovely autumnal day here. Hope your day is going well but from the photo's coming out of the Northern Hemisphere, it looks a little cold!

This heron is not cold - the opposite I would say, as it was taken early February

WOW… what a great shot of a White Faced Heron on Bruny Island (near Dennes Point), just having caught a fish thanks to RenĂ© Pianezzi.

Hilde at Crafting with Dragonflies wants us to use birds or feathers in our card 
this fortnight for Challenge #98

I was given a beautiful card for my birthday last year by a friend, using a photo taken by Michelle Pears, from Sorell, Tasmania. The photo was attached to some lovely silvery card - I thought it was a shame for this to sit in the drawer for the rest of my life so I repurposed it!

I cut the card front with the photo off and stamped a sentiment using StayzOn ink (blue) and a stamp from a set called Vintage Springtime by Beverly Tonks. 

I used the back of the card to die cut some feathers - I have a number of feather dies now and this is a selection.They are attached using a grey brad.

The card is SU Early Expresso - I carefully peeled the sticker of the previous card and reapplied it to the back of this one, and wrote above and below to indicate that while the photo was not mine, the rest of the embellishment was. 

A card suitable for a male going through a rough time perhaps 
or a young person needs a bit of a boost. 

You can go over to see what the rest of the Design Team have come up with!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Upcycled Book Box and Multi-media

Hello Peeps!

Welcome to my blog - especially if you are a new follower - and I hope you are having a crafty good time! Before I begin, an inspirational photo to get the juices flowing!

Twilight, just before sunset, at Binalong Bay thanks to Francesco Pecora Lauria who says:
Known for its white sandy beaches, crystal waters and red granite boulders, Binalong Bay is the southern part of this characteristic coast on eastern Tasmania called Bay of Fires.
Shot at twilight before sunset on a cloudless day.

How's that?

I have redecorated a Book Box I purchased a few weeks ago for half price - clue, it cost me under $10! I bought it at one of those hippy shops where there is a smell of incense and the sign on the window says "Everything half price today" but the sign has been there for weeks!

It was a Harry Potter book apparently.......looks more Lord of the Rings to me

I purchased it because it had a linen-like look to the cover and it wasn't too thick

I started by painting it white - two coats
Then I glued with Modge Podge some scrap bits and pieces I had, added some texture paste through a stencil and a wooden bit - the bird.....

I did the box redecoration for my DT item at Ecelctic Ellapu, where the challenge for March is "Anything Spring"! With all the snow in Europe and the UK from "The Beast" I can only imagine that crocuses will be popping up all over soon! Not. However, we are going into Autumn and the autumnal days are beginning to cool down at night. We had a super sunrise this morning - red skies in the morning leading to ........still overcast day at the moment but quite warm, about 20 degrees.

After it had dried a bit I started with the sprays and added lots of different types - some with mica and some just paints. I then let it dry but of course I got too impatient and added the flowers and lock with glue and a clear Gesso - so you can see the paintbrush strokes and the sprays moved a bit.

I tried to paint the bird yellow but it just ran into a greeny-yellow
The word under the leaves says 'explore'

I sprayed the flowers and then added some Starlight Paints to make them stand out and be sparkly

The whole thing is meant to be 'Spring' like but it seems a bit dark in the photo's - although irl it is not so dark. I did rub TH black Soot over it as well. Tried to create shadows.

Taken outside in the sunlight

Anyway, it is done. I will use it to keep my collage/multi-media bits in perhaps......

Hop off over to Ecelctic Ellapu, and visit the challenge and the DT inspiration there. 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Weasley and Sun.....oh, and Unstampabelles

Edit: computer problems this morning courtesy of NBN so late start!

Thought you might like to see what I have to put up with every day now - cuteness overload!
He loves having his chin rubbed and this was angling for someone to give him some attention!

Over at Unstampabelles the current challenge is still running
It is to 

#76: February : Anything Goes
 as long as it does not involve stamps!

Twist - use something new you have 
recently acquired in your stash!

Random Number prize

Die cut of foliage (new)

I altered a box!
It was quick and easy and can be used for a gift of chocolates or candy (lollies) or anything really that will fit into it! The box contained a new kitchen timer - bought by hubby so it looks like it should be on a battleship!

It came with a bellyband so I undid that and took the measurements to create my own

I used some new product from Stampin' Up - from the latest Sale-a-bration uncatalogue
It was a freebie in the sense that I purchased stuff to be given it!
12 big 12 x 12 sheets in four designs - all foiled beautifully

I foiled the word onto it using my new hot foil machine

Some bronze trim from SU and a bit of glitter tape on the top of the box to create a glitzy gift box

Other than adding the tape I didn't do anything to the box itself

The back showcasing the beautiful Designer paper

So - you have two weeks left to enter

Please don't use stamps of any kind!

A photo of Lion Rock down the southern part of the island near Shipstern Bluff taken last week - I have lost the details but it is not my photo - probably on the Tasmania site
I can see Weasley here!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

To fold or not to fold

Over at Crafting with Dragonflies, Hilde has asked us to make a card with:

Special Folds

Before I get to my card, I came across this yesterday and had to share it

WOW… swimming in the crystal clear waters at the Bay of Fires thanks to Trip In A Van.

Yep, the waters are that clean and clear down here. 

On with the show......

When I was in Melbourne at the craft show last year (Paperific) I pick up two packets of Gelli printd paper that had been cut up into usable squares and such plus lots of punched shapes. Each one had adhesive on the back.

I don't have a gelli plate and don't really want one but I do like the effect it gives. 

I made my card today using come of the Gel print Stickers
I make a Diamond Fold Card - one of the Quick Cards magazines towards the end of last year had the instructions in their Card School section - look it up

It starts with a 10 x 30 cm card - scored at 5cm intervals ; then score diagonally between top 15cm and bottom 25; and repeat the other way. Repeat this between the 5 and 10 cm marks. Pinch the two halves of the 10 and 20 cm folds backwards to push forward the diamond shape in the front.

I decorated it with the gelli plate sheets and stamped the sentiment with an old SU stamp; I hand drew the circle around the edge. I diecut myself a butterfly and then punched out three small butterflies to use.  It came together quickly and easily

Another angle so you can see the fold

Push together to close and post - it becomes a 10 x 10 cm card

I will finish with a photo of Weasly looking cute

He is growing quickly  - double his weight now from when I got him six weeks ago. 

Here is another of him peeking over the edge of the stairs - "Whacha doing?"

Now you can go over to Crafting with Dragonflies and see what the other DT girls have come up with to get some more inspiration!

You have two weeks to enter!