Thursday, March 13, 2014

You're My Pot of Gold!

Hello creative friends! Today I would like to share with you a card I made for a few challenges. I used the free St Patricks Day cut from Cricut Craftroom. I think this is my favorite "pot o gold" cut. I love the layers and the inset clover/shamrock. I embellished the gold coins with Stickles (of course) as well as the "sparkles". The circle layer is dry embossed with Cuttlebug's Argyle folder and the green layer is  embossed with Darice's St Patrick's folder. I used a sentiment stamp from Scrappy Moms' Spring Fling set.


Bitten by the Bug (St Patrick's Day)

Cuttin' and Stampin' (St Pats/ Lucky)

Die Cuttin' Divas (Luck of the Irish)

Exploring Cricut (Shamrock)

Make Something Monday (Green and Gold)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

UFO quilt (doona)

Yeah! I finally finished my quilt (or doona as they call it here) that was started roughly 5 years ago:-P Yes, I bought this fabulous kit from a cute quilt store in Bayfield, Wisconsin while on vacation, pieced it together, and had a very talented lady from church machine quilt it. I ended up storing it in my craft room since my carpal tunnel from pregnancy made it too hard to sew the binding on. My hands still aren't 100%, but good enough that I was able to finish the binding last week.  The rain here was relentless - started the weekend of my big scrap retreat and let up until the middle of last week!  So, I sewed about 1/8 of binding a day and now it's done! I'll be taking it to the cleaners here since the washers and dryers in Sydney are about doll house sized (okay, a little exaggeration).  I'll keep it stored until I get back to the states. Definitely don't need to use it here in Sydney!

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You Make Me Smile

G'day crafters! Can you tell I'm settling into this Aussie lingo;-) Still haven't lived here long enough to leave the hard Chicago accent behind,  but I catch myself using quite a bit of Aussie slang when I talk.

Today I "whipped" up a card for a few challenges. Couldn't resist when I saw the Cupcake Inspirations challenge. Had to use my new kit stamps! I also used Simon Says Stamp! Card Exchanging Friends stamp and die set, Echo Park Country Drive paper pad, Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder, thread, Wink of Stella.

Challenges Entered

Cupcake Inspirations (butterflies)

Sweet Sunday (sketch)

Sketchy Colors ( Turquoise, White, Yellow)

That Craft Place (anything)

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Monday, March 10, 2014

March Card Kit cards

G'day crafters!

Here are a few cards I made from Catchy Crafts March kit. There are sections on some of the cards I left unfinished so I could add a banner/tag sentiment later. I still have so much leftover from the kit I could make some extras. So, you may see some of the similar stamps and cs on some challenge cards shortly:-) The card stock is from the DCWV Lemon Flower stack and the stamps are from jillibean soup chilled cucumber soup set. The heart  in the "Love you more" stamp is colored in with green marker, Wink of Stella, and Glossy Accents. This helps to add sparkle and dimension to a relatively flat card.

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Miss You

Hello Everyone! Just wanted to quickly share a card I put together this morning for the Feeling Sketchy Challenge. Yes, used my Kaiser scraps from a past card kit. Just love that retro pack:-)

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Another Gorjuss card

My apologizes. I was so completely caught up watching Roger I forgot to post my other card from class. Here is the other sweet card I made in my class Tuesday (and finished at home yesterday). I had to take the pic inside again because it's been so overcast this week. Hoping the sun will pop out for the weekend's festivities. Australia Day on Monday. I assume expats can participate;-)

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

A Sweet Gorjuss girl card

G'day crafters! I had my first paper craft class here in Sydney yesterday. So happy to be able to take a class at a local scrapbook store again. It's been ages! The two stores where I lived in the states closed a long time ago and only the big, franchised, unpersonal, stores are left. Here is one of the cards we made. I have never used these stamps before. I love how she looks like my daughter {sniff, sniff}. We stamped the image four times. Colored the tights, neck, and arms on the first layer, cut out the dress and bunny layers from patterned paper and adhered on top of the first layer. The face and hair were colored and cut out and layered last. Everyone used Copics, but the rebel that I am, used Tim Holtz Distress Markers and a water pen. I think they worked just fabulously without the high cost of Copics:-) I'm finishing up the other card we made, so check back later and hopefully I'll have it posted, too.

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Another sketch challenge

I was able to disappear to my craft room for a short time today in order to make a quick challenge card. This one is for another fun sketch challenge I found at Pals Paper Arts.

I used one of my favorite stamps from Iron Gate Stamps Snowflake set along with some patterned card stock from Fancy Pants Winterland. I embossed the brown card stock with the Darice Snowflake folder. AND I used some Crystal Stickles!! I know you are so surprised;-)

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Tuesday Morning Sketch #184

I was so very fortunate to have found a fabulous scrapbooking supply store close to where I live. There aren't very many in the Sydney area, so it was by chance that I found Catchy Crafts. I was actually going to an electronics store to buy a power transformer for some of our US electronics when I saw this  "little" store a couple of shops down. I quickly made friends with the lovely ladies who work at the store. It's probably why I've been more in the mood to paper craft lately:-) Anyway, the shop started monthly card kits this year. It includes stamp sets, embossing folders, patterned papers and card stock. I had so much paper left over that I decided to use it up on challenge cards while I had it all out. My first card I made with my "leftovers" is for the Tuesday Morning Sketch this week.

The solid card stock is Vanilla from Stampin' Up out of my supplies. Patterned card stock is by Kaisercraft - Tea Break collection. The floral stamp is from the Penny Black Petal Party set that was included in my January kit and the sentiment is from Iron Gate Stamps Weathervane set from my own collection.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

CAS Thank You card

I decided working on a few challenges would help inspire and speed up the thank you card making process. I'm a little behind getting out thank-yous from Christmas:-/ The CAS(E) this sketch! challenge this week is a perfect one for a quick thank you card. I used my Cricut (yes, I am soooooo happy it works down here. Many a sleepless night with anxiety if I would be able to use it in Oz) to cut the feathers (yes, again, shame on me for using the sketch so literally - I'm in a bit of a time crunch) using the Straight From The Nest cart and cardstock from My Minds Eye Sunny stack. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up's So Happy For You set.


CAS(E) this sketch!

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Friday, January 10, 2014

FIrst challenge card of the year!

Don't faint - yes, I'm actually able to craft again. I have my room somewhat put together and figured out how to remedy my A/C issue (or lack thereof). This card is for a new challenge I found at Paper Playful, 52 Christmas Card Throwdown.

Products used:
Kaiser Craft Christmas Carol pad
Stampin Up Always Artichoke cardstock
Studio Calico die cut wood veneer

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