Thursday, 23 July 2020

SGC - The Final Post :(

Earlier this month Trace and I made the decision to close Southern Girls Challenge.
It has been our baby for 10 years.  It wasn't always smooth sailing but it was fun. Then it wasn't anymore... 
My mum and dad moved last October and since then they have been having health problems.  Recently my mum had a stroke. It has been hard travelling to see them and still trying to do everything I did when they lived near me.
Add on top of that 4 kids with school and sports commitments plus starting back at work it was time for me to say "I just can't do this anymore".  Tracy felt the same.  She has had her own things going on and so it just seems like the right time for us to say farewell.
Today is our last post at SGC, we are so lucky to have had the most amazing DT members over the years.  Some of whom have come to join us and the current team for our last post.

Be sure to head over and say goodbye :)  It has been a blast!!!!!!

Thanks for dropping by
Lou :)

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

Cutesy Girly for my Girly...

I have a daughter, she is my only girl of my 4 children. 
Just as I was mum's only girl out of the 5 of us.
Just like my mum after so many boys, sometimes my daughters behaviour  makes me go "WTF" but then I remember she is a girl and girls are VERY different to boys and I feel all blessed to have her in my life.

So this card is for her, because she is a treasure!

The image is a Krista Smith image called Heart Craft
I coloured her up on kraft cardstock with prisma pencils.

Thanks loads for dropping by

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Dreamy Dragon with Bizzy Becs

Hi, I am here with you today to share a card I made for a friend who loves dragons.
This is also my Bizzy Bec's Design Team project for this month.

I coloured up Whimsy Stamps Dreamy Dragon with inktense pencils on watercolor paper

I used a paper pad from my stash.
I stamped the sentiment from Stampin Bella Unicorn Sentiments

Thanks for dropping by and I hope I gave you a little inspiration :)


Thursday, 23 January 2020

Southern Girls - Anything Goes

Today is Team Lou's first challenge for 2020 over at

We have new team member s and this year we are going to be anything goes for every challenge.

There will still be special prizes for Aussie and NZ crafters.

For this challenge I used a stamp that is available from Auzz Trinkets and Crafts who are one of our sponsors.

I stamped the image Penny Black Radiant in grey flannel Memento ink.
I then coloured it with prisma pencils.
I masked the image and sponged around it with dye ink.
The sentiment is from a My Favorite Things set.

Thanks for dropping by, come on over to SGC and play along

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

See told you I was going to be better.....

And I am back!
With barely a gap between posts, go me.

Today I am sharing an older Tiddly Inks image on a card with you.

I coloured this one on Kraft too, which will be the case with a few upcoming cards as I print out 6 images at once on a sheet of A4.

Again the image is coloured with inktense pencils.
The papers are Kaisercraft Papers from a 6.5x6.5 pad.
I did go back to 6x6 for this card base.
I am running out of large envelopes though so I either need to cut down my size or find a supplier!

Thanks for joining me today.

Sunday, 19 January 2020


OMG - My posts are getting more and more sporadic so I am about to schedule a crapload of them so that my recent cards will see the light of day.

I recently become a member of Krista Smith's patreon thing.
I love her images and I was totally sad when she closed her shop a couple of years ago.
Then I spotted on facebook that she was back creating, so exciting.
AND she has opened a brand new onling shop YAY!

So, yep, I have been making a few cards with Krista's images lately.
the first I will share with you today.

This image was one of a set of character stamps that can be used together or apart and I can not find him in the shop so not sure where you would get him now.

I coloured him up on kraft cardstock using inktense pencils.

I decided to go small and flat for the card base so that meant a pretty quick card to finish.

Thanks for popping by today

Monday, 25 November 2019

Gnomely Folling Around with Bizzy Becs

I have had this super cute set from Lawn Fawn OH GNOME for a little while but only had a chance to ink it up over the weekend.

It is really versatile and can be used for so many different occasions.
I made this card for a friend at bootcamp :)

I coloured up the images with alcohol markers.
The grass is cut using grassy hillside borders die
the clouds were cut using a die similar to Taylored Expressions cloud die

Hope my card has inspired you

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes

Hello, is there anybody out there?

I have been so long posting anything on here, and when I have it has been VERY sporadic, so I really hope that there are still some people reading my blog.
It has been a pretty full on football season here with my kids but that is all over now as we head into Spring.

Over at the SGC BLOG our challenge for this fortnight is Anything Goes.
We are being sponsored by Lia Stamps and I Am Roses.

On my card I have used the Woodland set from Lia Stamps.
I did some image merging in photoshop to create the fox scene.  It had been a while since I had attempted that and I had pretty much forgotten how to do it but with perseverance I got there in the end.

I used my go to sketch for 6x6 cards and some papers from my stash.
The ribbon is a really old SU one from my demo days.
I coloured the image with copics.
The grass is cut with Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts Grassy hillside borders.

Thanks to those of you still visiting xx

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Dragon Fun with my Silhouette Cameo

I have a post scheduled for tomorrow explaining my long absence from here, but in the meantime I wanted to share this card I made for my youngest son on his 8th birthday.

I made a template on silhouette studio and cut it on my NEW cameo.  To be fair it is a second hand V1 but new to me and I love it.
I saved the template to use again so this design will pop up again down the track.

I have used Stamping Bella Set of Dragons for this card and coloured them with copic markers. The colouring is pretty rough but I was in the zone so wanted to get it done and dusted before I got distracted by real life.

I have ordered a pixscan mat to go with the cameo so I am looking forward to having a play with that .
I will let you know how I get on.  I do miss the portrait for the ease of having it on my desk ready to go but once I start to play with 12x12 cuts I am sure I wont regret selling it to upgrade.

Thanks for dropping by,  I promise to post more from now on

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges...
The Cutie Pie Challenge - Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - Anything Goes

Friday, 23 August 2019

Spring is in the Air at Southern Girls

I honestly didn't realise it had been so long since I have posted to my blog.  I need to up my game in a serious way.

This fortnight at the Southern Girls we want to see all things Spring on your wonderful projects.

I am sharing an older layout of my two big boys at the school pet day a few years ago.
I thought this was pretty appropriate as we are now rearing 4 lambs.
Pancake, Sparkle, Storm and Lucky.
I will share pictures of them soon.

Thanks for dropping by :)

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Unicorn Birthday Wishes with Bizzy Becs

HI, here with you today to share a cute, quick and easy birthday card with you.
This card is really easy to make and can be changed up easily depending on the occasion or recipient.

All you need to do is cut out 2 pieces of white card to card front size.
Using a punch add circles to one of the pieces of card. Mark the circles on the second piece and stamp your image so they are centered inside where the window will be.
Colour up the image with your prefered medium.  Once coloured attach the top piece to the card using tape.
Add your sentiment 
and embellies and you are done.
Items used from the shop...
Stamping Bella - Set of Unicorns

Thanks for joining me today

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Girl power with The Paper Shelter

This week over at The Paper Shelter Challenge we want to see

There are so many awesome images to choose.
It was really hard for me to pick a favourite this week but  finally settled on Cute Cave Girl

I used the precoloured image this week as I was running short on time due to major computer problems.
Do not let your children play games on your computer is all I can say!
I cut the background paper with the paw prints and leaves on my silhouette portrait and the grass is a lawn fawn die cut.

Thanks for dropping by my blog

Monday, 25 February 2019

Waffling Along, Singing A Song.... With Bizzy Bec's

I am here with you today to share some Waffle Flower Stamps cuteness with you.

I decided to make a bit of a scene (lol, get it) with Happy Day stamp set.
I have been eyeing up this set for ages and I was was so excited to get my hands on it for Christmas.

I started by sponging colour on my base card with coloured ink.
I then stamped the wagon and bear with memento Tuxedo black ink onto white spectrum noir cardstock which I fussy cut.

I coloured the images with prisma pencils (need practice)
I stuck the images down and stamped and coloured the butterfly and the bee.
the grass layer was cut using Lawn Fawn grass border die and the clouds are Impression obsessions clouds.
I then stuck down all my layers and there you have it,
me making a scene ;)

Hope my card inspires you to make a scene of your own


Thursday, 21 February 2019

Things that fly with The Paper Shelter

Hi, I am here to share my card for the things that fly challenge over at The Paper Shelter Challenge.
For my card I have used a newer image called A Little Bit Grumpy

You could win a $30 voucher, however this will only be given if you have used one of our products on your card which could be either an Image, Paper or Printable. But, even if you haven't used an item from The Paper Shelter and you are picked as a winner you will still receive 3 digi images of your own choice so I'm sure you will agree that it's still worth taking part in our challenge.

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog

Sunday, 27 January 2019

So Beary Sweet

I have signed up for the Krafty Klub at Kraftin Kimmie's.
It is a monthly kit made up of a new release stamp, new stencil, new ink colour and a few other goodies.
You don't have to buy every month but if you buy one month you get first dibs on the kit for the next month as there are limited spaces.

So in the January kit was the Beary Love stamp set.
It is pretty cute I have to say :)

I used the stamp set, ink pad  and the stencil included in the Jan kit to make my card...

The little bear is coloured with Copic Markers
I added some sequins from SpiegelMom Scraps.

Thanks so much for joining me today

Friday, 25 January 2019

Positively Radiant with Bizzy Becs

Hi am here today to share my card for Bizzy Becs 
I made this card for a class I am doing next month.  It is one of 2 watercolour cards we will be doing.
I stamped the image onto watercolour paper using versamark and then heat embossed it using black embossing powder.  That way it is super easy stay in the lines :)
My paint set is a super cheap kids pallette one, but seriously it is just fine for cards.  Particularly as I am not any sort of watercolour artist.

The products I used are listed below and I really hope you give this a try as it is super therapeutic!

Similar to Avery Elle Handwritten Notes Stamp Set

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

Penny Black Challenge - Anything Goes
Imagine That - Anything Goes
DL ART - Always Thankful
Crafting with Attitude - Anything Goes

Thursday, 24 January 2019

Shades Of Blue With The Paper Shelter

Hi, I am here to share my card for the Shades Of Blue challenge over at The Paper Shelter Challenge.
For my card I have used a newer image called fitness buddy.

Remember if you use an image from The Paper Shelter you could win a $30 voucher from the paper shelter.

Thanks for dropping by

Thursday, 10 January 2019

The Paper Shelter New Beginnings

The Paper Shelter team are back from our Christmas break ready to jump back into the challenges.
Our first challenge of the year is New Beginnings.

I decided to make a baby card, I wanted to add a silhouette "congratulations" cut but I never received my new blade I ordered before Christmas, grrrr.  That has now gone to PayPal complaints to be sorted.

So my card has no sentiment but will eventually...

I used an older image which I didn't realise was now unavailable.

You could win a $30 voucher, however this will only be given if you have used one of our products on your card which could be either an Image, Paper or Printable. But, even if you haven't used an item from The Paper Shelter and you are picked as a winner you will still receive 3 digi images of your own choice so I'm sure you will agree that it's still worth taking part in our challenge.

Thanks so much for dropping by my blog