Saturday, 1 October 2016

Pretty In Pastels With Southern Girls Challenge

This fortnight at Southern Girls we want to see pastel colours on your projects.

We are lucky enough to be sponsored by Art By Miran.

I have used an image called Gentle Astrid....


I used a selection of different lines of paper collections.
The banner and "hello" are both diecuts.
The image is coloured with promarkers.


I would like to enter my card in the following challenges....

Passion For Promarkers - Spots and/or Stripes
Aud Sentiments - Anything Goes plus a sentiment
Digi Choosday - Anything Goes

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Shimmering, Shakin Yay Kites

Hi I am here with you on this drizzly, cold spring day.  At least it is in my part of the world.  A perfect day for crafting on the upside.

I am sharing my Bizzy Becs DT card for this month which uses the totally versatile,
extremely cute Lawn Fawn Yay, Kites stamp and Yay, Kites Lawn Cuts


For my card I decided to make a scene shaker card. 
I stamped the kite and clouds on the card base and coloured with Shimmering H20 paints, then I cut the glitter card for the frame and adhered the acetate to it.  I then added my foam tape to the base so it couldn't be seen and poured in the sequins and flattened them out so I could stick the frame and acetate on.
I then stamped and cut the "hello" and squirrel and glued them to the top.



The pic above shows the sequins all shaken out, cute hey?


Thanks loads for joining me today and I hope I have inspired you to make a shaker card of your own
Lou.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

CAS Card for Bizzy Becs.

Hi, I am here today to share a Clean and Simple but effective card with you.
I normally do layered cards with a cute image in the middle and I would say that cute and layered is definitely my "style".  However sometimes the person or mail restrictions just don't lend themselves to a frou frou card.
This is when CAS cards come into their own for me.
I decided that a simple but pretty Thank You card was what was required for this post.
So here it is....


I have used Flower Festival by Penny Black for the image,the set has a lovely selection of flowers to choose from.  Since I adore yellow I chose the marigolds. I stamped the image onto Neenah Cardstock and coloured it up with Shimmering H2O watercolours.
The die I used is similar to the Frantic Stamper Accessory Words #3 die.
I popped up the butterfly with some foam tape to finish.

I hope I have inspired you to try something different and step out of your comfort zone.

Lou



Friday, 5 August 2016

Anything Goes at Bizzy Becs

Another Anything Goes challenge is live for the month over at Bizzy Becs and we would love for you to join us.
Each month one lucky participant wins a mystery prize of a die or stamp.

Here is my DT inspiration card....


Bizzy Bec's Items Used
Stamp - Stamping Bella -  Sally and her Snail

I coloured my image with promarkers and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I wish to enter this card in the following challenges....
Passion For Promarkers - Favourite Things - Bright Colours and Flowers :)
Inky Chics - 5 or more flowers
Lemon Shortbread - Anything Goes
Crafting By Design - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Monday, 25 July 2016

Flying High with Bizzy Bec's

Hi, I am here today to share a birthday card with you, made with wonderful products from Bizzy Bec's Store.

I had loads of fun with this card, although there was a touch and go moment which I will tell you about shortly...


I started with a 6x6 base which i then sponged with dye ink to make the sky background.
I then stamped Ramona and her teddy by Stamping Bella on to Neenah Heavy Weight Cardstock with memento ink.  I then coloured up my image with my promarkers, and here came the touch and go, the blue part was originally pink, but when I had finished the image I realised how hideous the pink looked with the rest of the colours so I coloured over it with blue markers.  Luckily it turned out ok :)
I then fussy cut the image and put aside.
Next I cut my Memory Box Puffy Clouds and Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillsides.  I inked the edges on the hills to give them some definition.
I then stuck everything down on the inked card base and drew a frame in with white pen.
Then I decided it needed a sentiment so I embossed Happy Birthday with Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Words.
I hope you get a little inspiration to make a scene of your own on a card.
Lou

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges....
Card & Scrap - Anything Goes
The Crafters Cafe  - Clean and Simple
Crafty Calendar - Punches and or Dies
Fantasy Stampers - Clean and Simple
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes

Friday, 8 July 2016

It's A Floral Frenzy At Southern Girls....

The new challenge went up yesterday over at Southern Girls and we want to see flowers.... Lots and lots of flowers.

We are being sponsored for this challenge by Polkadoodles which is where that delightful image on my card comes from, her name is Winnie fruit punch and there is a great collection of images with her doing allsorts in the webstore.


I actually made this card at our monthly Otane Scrap day so it was kind of a limited supplies challenge for me too ;)

I coloured the image with promarkers and the sentiment and dies are from Stampin Up and the papers are October Afternoon from a 12x12 collection.

A very sweet Australian lass is now the proud owner of this card as she was here on holiday when her birthday arrived. 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog and I hope you will come and play along at SGC
Lou


I wish to enter the following challenges
Fab n Funky - 2 or more DPs
Addicted to stamps - Anything goes
Craft Rocket Challenges  - Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments - For a girl
4 crafty chicks - summer
The paper shelter - summer days
Lil red wagon - summer  Top 3

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Anything Goes at Bizzy Bec's

Our new challenge starts today at Bizzy Bec's 
As always our challenge is Anything Goes so it makes it nice and easy for you to play along.

This is my card for this month...


I have used...
Pre Order Penny Black Fairy Sweet
Corner Die similar to Wild Rose Corner flourish

I used papers from Simple Stories and the image is coloured with copic markers.  
I cut the hello little one on my silhouette.

Thanks loads for dropping by to visit
Lou

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Yay Kites

Hi, Louise here today to share with you a card made with the Lawn Fawn Yay Kites stamps and die sets.  These are available now for pre-order over at Bizzy Bec's shop.



This was my first time actually using a stamp set with a matching die and it was pretty simple.
My only tip would be use washi tape to hold the dies in place when cutting.

I coloured my images with markers and foam mounted some of them against the base of the card.

For the hills at the bottom of the card I used Stitched Hillside Borders also by Lawn Fawn

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed my first post as a member of the Design Team  at Bizzy Becs :)


Thursday, 23 June 2016

Card and Cupcake Box Set

Last year I was on a design team for a stamp illustrator and she asked me to make a project for her online magazine.
The magazine took nearly a year to go live and I was pretty disappointed that she hadn't let me know that she wasn't using my project or I could have posted it last year!
Anyway I will share it with you now and just to let you know the recipient thought it was fantastic so I guess that is what matters.



 So starting off with the card.....


Continuing with the cupcake box...



and here is the set together :)



I was thrilled with how they turned out and I for one am proud to share them.
Thanks for dropping by,
Lou

I would like to enter these in the following challenges...

Get Creative Challenges - Bingo - Purple, Doily, Stamp  Top 3:)
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion  - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals - Shimmer and Shine
Simon Says Stamp - add some shimmer

Thursday, 9 June 2016

The Kids Are Alright - Southern Girls Challenge

The new challenge is up over at Southern Girls Challenge  and this fortnight we are all about kids.
We have 2 fantastic sponsors offering prizes and one of those is Julia Spiri.  
I used one of Julia's images on my card...


Isn't she cute :)
I used a sketch from I Heart Sketches for my card.
I have coloured her with Copic markers ad added stickles on her wings.
I added some accents with a Bo Bunny pearl pen.
The papers came from a 6x6 pad called My Girl by American Crafts
I used a couple of dies and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I hope you will come and play along with us.

I would also like to enter the following challenges with my card....

The Crazy Challenge - Tic Tac Toe - Ribbon, Digi, Flowers
Our Crafty Corner - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crafting For All Seasons - Make It Girly


Sunday, 5 June 2016

Bizzy Bec's Challenge - Anything Goes

It is time for the monthly challenge to start over at Bizzy Becs and extra exciting is I am now on the DT for Bizzy Becs :)

I have used a few pre-order items from the store for my card.



Gorjuss Girl Stamp pre order- The Collector
Wild Rose Papers - Annabel's Meadow
Marianne Designs preorder - Doily Die


I hope you will come and join in the challenge with us and make sure and check out the res of the DT ladies cards.


Monday, 23 May 2016

Card Class Update

 Recently I participated in a class called Clear and Sheer at Online Card Classes.  I don't know what possessed me to sign up as I have never been fond of using vellum and a lot of the samples included vellum.

I tried my hand at some of the techniques, while some I still need to do, with varying degrees of success .   I will talk you through them as we go....


This one I liked :)  This was basically watercolouring a card base and adding a small piece of vellum over the top.  I used a stamp by Tim Holtz andcoloured the images and background with shimmering H2Os.  The sentiment was embossed with Zing ebossing powder and is a hero arts sentiment.


 I enjoyed making this one too, although it is pretty much a direct copy of the sample.
I diecut everything on my silhouette portrait.


The cards below are tragic!!!!  But I will share anyway to show what a complete stuff up I made.
They are supposed to be ombre effect on vellum using spamp pads, while in actuallity they are just a freaking hot mess.   Jennifer McGuires looked great though ;)


Thursday, 12 May 2016

Anything Goes wth Southern Girls - Thoughts on 40

This fortnight Team Lou are up over at Southern Girls Challenge and for this one it is a nice easy Anything Goes Challenge.

I have decided to share my "Thought's On 40" layout which I did as my kit swap at last months Otane Crafts Scrapbooking Swap.


The photos were taken on my 40th birthday which was a day I had been dreading for MONTHS.
Turned out it wasn't so bad.
I was building it up to be some horrible day but it was just the same as any other and I still feel the same as I did when I was 30, just with a bit more life experience and less tolerance for dickheads.
I also couldn't really give a fat rats arse what people think or say about me anymore.
I have friends, really good friends and they and my family know me and that is what matters and if other people think I am not good enough to talk to or want to talk about me, whatever.
I am happy with who I am, I love my family, I care about my friends and I have a great life :)
So there you have my thoughts on 40. LOL

I hope you will come over and join us at the challenge and play along
Lou.




Friday, 15 April 2016

A Day Late.....

a buck short, I'm writing the report, on losing and failing.  When I move I flailing now. 
Blink 182

There you go, start your day with a little punk rock I always say :)

Anyway, I am a day late with with this card for the southern girls challenge.
This fortnight is the turn of Team Lou (yep my team),  and we want to see patterned paper on  your project.
YEP, that's it, add some patterned paper and you could be into win a prize from Lacy Sunshine or Pppinkydolls.

I have used a Ppinkydoll image on my card.
Her name is Fifi.


When I started this card I knew exactly who I was making it for which made life a lot easier.  My dad wanted to send my Aunty a card as she has been in hospital unwell, she is home now though so that is FANTASTIC!  So this card is her get well card :)

I used some paper out of my stash and cut the base using a cut file from the Silhouette Design store.  SO EASY!

I coloured my image with my birthday promarkers (better than copics IMO)
and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.


Thanks loads for dropping by and I hope you like my card,
Lou

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges....

Simon Says Stamp - Lets do the Polka
Inspiration Destination - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Get Well
Aud Sentiments - Anything goes
Crafting With An Attitude - Anything Goes



Sunday, 10 April 2016

OAC Kit Swap #2 and the Blatherings of a Soccer Mum

This is the second layout I completed from the OAC kit swap.

I used quite an old photo of Will from when he had his curly locks.
Man his his was CUTE!

This kit was put together by Robyn for us all.


The papers in this kit were from KaiserCraft and the letter stickers are both American Crafts Thickers.  The letters came from my stash.

Yesterday we had Soccer grading day, it went pretty well.
Although this year I found things more stressful as i actually had to go!  Normally I just send hubster along with the boys and stay home with the two littlies.  But this year,  I had to go as I am now part of the soccer committee.
Oh well, I guess the things we do for our kids hey?

Thanks for visiting,
Lou

Saturday, 9 April 2016

OAC Kit Swap Layout #1 and some fantasy tv programming love.

In my last post I showed my layout for the OAC kit swap.
Today I am sharing a layout I completed with Raewyn's kit.
The photo is of my kids and my close friend's children.


I am not sure what the papers are that were included in the kit or the diecut, BUT I love how this turned out :)

I am also so excited as we have re-signed up with Neon TV this month so we can watch season 6 of Game of Thrones.
Even more exciting is they have a new show starting at the end of April based on Terry Brooks Shanara series YAY!   I am looking forward to that and hope it lives up to my expectations.  I kind of thought Robin Hobb's Farseer Trilogy would be made into a series first but hey ho, I will take what I can get.

Thanks for dropping by,
Lou


Friday, 8 April 2016

Such A Useless Blogger!!!!!!!!

I don't know what is up with me and blogging at the moment!
I have been creating, I have actually been doing HEAPS of scrapbooking.
I joined a kit swap with my fellow scrappers from the Otane Arts Center where I attend a monthly scrap crop.

This is the layout kit I gave to the participants.... 

It was made with an older collection from Kaisercraft and silhouette cuts.

I will share some of my layouts made with kits I received in the swap in some upcoming posts.

Thanks for dropping by,
Lou




Wednesday, 16 March 2016

On A Wing And A Prayer....

Hi, so you may remember a couple of cards ago that I mentioned that I send my Brother and SisterIL's cards together?
Well here is my brothers card....


A bit different to my usual style but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.
I have used an image from Sassy Cheryl called A Wing and a Prayer.
I coloured with copics this time, although  am now preferring my promarkers to colour with.

The background is prismacolor pencil.
I cut the hill with my new Lawn Fawn border dies which I was inspired to buy by Karen who makes LOADS of amazeballs cards with them.

Thanks loads for dropping by :)
Lou