Friday 28 October 2011

Quick & Easy With Baby Steps and Artfull Crafts

Just thought I would share a couple of projects I made using the Simple Stories Baby Steps 6x6 paper pad availble from ARTFULL CRAFTS.  I am so into this cute little pad as it has adorable single sided papers in totally cute patterns that could be for boys or girls.  Plus pages of sweet elements like I have used on my thank you card.  I like single sided paper pads as I always have a panic attack covering up a gorgeous pattern on the reverse side when I do projects using double sided papers, but that is just me and my OCD kicking in.

Onto the projects............... 

 First up we have a really quick and easy Thank You card using papers and an element from the Baby steps pad which have been distressed with scissors to within an inch of their lives then inked with a creamish brown ink in a sponge, then I painted the edges of the card and distressed the letters for the sentiment using Distress Crackle Paint in Picket Fences, I used some twine to fasten a button for some added interest and then stuck a punched butterfly in the corner of the element. To finish I gave it a couple of sprays with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Frost.  It honestly took about 10 minutes to make.  Super quick and easy.

I am entering my card in the following challenges....
Whimsy Stamps - Button It
Lady bug Crafts - Oh Baby
Charisma Cards - Anything Goes
Digi Doodle Shop - Anything goes

Next up we have Zippy's ( sorry William's ) plunket book, none of my children have boring run of the mill uncovered  record books, where is the fun in that?????  So out came the Baby Steps pad again, I cut up a few papers to use on this to give it kind of a quilted look.  I cut Will's name out on my cricut using the "songbird" cartridge.  The cute wooden safety pin is from KaiserCraft and I put some distress Crackle paint in Picket Fences on it and around the edges of the book.  I then did the little dashes to look like stitching with a brown ink pen and went round the letters for definition.  Another really quick project.
Thanks for looking and I hope I have inspired you to whip up some super easy and quick projects.

I am entering Will's Book in the following Challenges
Anything Goes Challenge - To The Letter
Bearly Mine Challenge - Anything But a Card

Wednesday 26 October 2011


You guys seriously need to get the hell off your behinds and enter the current SOUTHERN GIRLS CHALLENGE!!!!

There is an awesome prize from SCRAPBOX up for grabs and at this rate it is going to be going to Aussie!

You would be VERY foolish not to at least get yourself in with a chance!!!!  All you have to do is use Spots and stripes on your project.... SO COME ON GUYS!!!   We made this challenge site for you NZers and Aussies so you can win stuff and actually be able to get the prize and not be told that it isn't available to you due to shipping... so get entering! Jeeeze already!

Saturday 22 October 2011

Guess What????? We have Chicken Pox!!!!!!!

I know, I can't believe it!!! School starts back on Tuesday and my kids will not be going back, plus I have the damn things!!!  Having avoided them all my life up till now, I have them popping out all over the place.  Which of course means my little 2 week old baby is going to get them too, poor Zippy.

SUCKFULL MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!

So I made this pretty little card to cheer me up, yep it is another Saturated Canary image, I am so in love with these at the moment.

I used a paper from 3 Bugs in a Rug Savannah collection, I think it is called Enchanted? The ribbons are from my stash of fibre and collected bits and bobs bucket.  The image was coloured using prisma pencils and gamsol. The inspiration for the colours for this card came from gorgeous inspiration picture of a forest at FOR YOUR INSPIRATION CHALLENGES, it really is the most gorgeous picture.

I am also entering this card in the other following challenges.......

Little Miss Muffet - Girly Girl
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Buttons & Bows
KB Cute Monday - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Say it with Sentiments

Thanks for looking and hope you leave me a comment...........

Thursday 20 October 2011

Going Dotty & Stripey with the Southern Girls!!!!!!!!!!

This week our challenge at SGC is Spots & Stripes, another nice easy one for you :)
I have used a cute Saturated Canary image for my card, and you will never guess what her name is.... Snow
I have coloured her with Prismapencilsand I thought I was oh so clever when I filled my old dried up blender pen with gamsol, but wouldn't you know it the paper started pilling and ripping argh!!!   I went back to paper stumps to finish and will stick with those from now on :)

I am also entering this card in the following challenges.........

Simon Says Stamp -Fairytale/Nursery Rhyme Inspired
Heartsong Inspirations - Use Flowers/Felt
The Squirrel & The Fox - One for the Girls
Lollipop Crafts - No Sentiments
Cardmad Fairy - Spots & Stripes
If the shoe fits - Where are the Girls at

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Harvest Time at The Paper Shelter

A nice autumn challenge for those of you in the Northen Hemisphere this week at The Paper Shelter, not so easy for us in the Southern Hemisphere who are into Spring, which of course means my favourite season SUMMER is on it's way, YAY.

I found these papers in my stash which work perfectly with Harvest colours and the gorgeous Bee Bear image  I have used the pre coloured one as I am a bit time strapped at present (wonder why??? William is quite time consuming)  i printed the sentiment in MS Word.

Tuesday 18 October 2011

A Layout from AGES ago..........

I found this in my photo files and realised I had never uploaded the finished layout with the photo on it.  So here it is, this is Jodie on her First Birthday, hard to believe in a couple of months she will be 2.  Still as cute as evre though.

Sunday 16 October 2011

My Top (Eclectic) 10 Songs of ALL time!!!!!

In no particular order............

Me and Julio Down by the School Yard - Me First & the Gimme Gimmes

What I got - Sublime

Feel the Pain - Diniosaur Jnr

Into My Arms - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Purple Rain - Prince

Don't Give Up - Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush

If Love is a red Dress - Jackie Tohn

Love Hurts - Nazareth

Salvation - Rancid

Untiltled 21 - Swinging Utters

And what made me come up with this post you might ask..... well I was doing a challenge that involves songs and I just thought it would be nice to share :) 

Saturday 15 October 2011

Just So You Know......

Tiets has some fab blog candy running at the mo, go and check it out HERE

Also I am STUNNED!!!! Watching the quarter finals in the RWC Wales vs France and I want to cry... poor Sam Warburton, totally unfair, should only have been sinbinned not sent off for the whole game.  BOOOOO, the frenchie milked the high tackle and the ref is being totally unfair!   Hope Wales KICK ARSE!  Sorry for language but crikey sometimes you just have to let loose!

Friday 14 October 2011

Thank You cards from William

A quick post from me tonight as I am busy busy with my new little bundle of joy and NEED SLEEP :)
I made these while I was in hospital after having William, appropriate that they are thankyou cards really........

This first card was made with My Minds Eye papers from the 6x6 pad Lost & Found - Portobello Road.  I inked the edges with old paper distress ink and an inking tool.  I then embellished with pearls and assorted flowers.  The image is a Popcorn the Bear one from Crafters Companion.

My next card was made almost entirely from a Party Animals paper pad from Kaiser Craft.  These awesome pads make it so easy to make awesome co-ordinating cards that come together easily and look fabulous!

Well thats a wrap from me as I have to get to bed and get some sleep!

Tuesday 11 October 2011

And Heres One I Prepared Earlier...........

The challenge over at Southern Girls is in full swing and this fortnight we want to see Boys/Masculine projects.  I have used a LOTV image as they are one of our fantastic sponsors this time around.  I used papers from My Minds Eye and clear buttons which I stuck paper to the back of to make them match.  I hadn't posted this earlier due to all  the excitement of last week and the busyness this week.

I am entering this into the following challenges......

Pollycraft - boys, boys, boys
Crafty Cardmakers - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - A card for all occasions
Cuddly Buddly - Check it out
Scrap, Stamp An Doodle Saturdays - Things that are round
Our Daily Bread Designs - Make your own ebellishments
One STop Craft Challenge - Anything Goes
Card Cupids - Punches

Saturday 8 October 2011

Zippy by Name, Zippy by Nature (sort of)

I am home, yay, with my new little bundle  WILLIAM.  Isn't he totally cute, although I am totally biased of course.   2.5 weeks early too, which is totally amazing as I normally go 2.5 weeks the other way.

He was very small for me to at only 7lb 2 oz, alot different after my usual whoppers, my next smallest was 9lb 4oz and I thought he was tiny at the time :)

Hope you like the pics, they were taken on my phone so certainly not the best quality. 

Thursday 6 October 2011

Baby Forsyth has arrived!!!

Hi peeps..... Tracy here.... I have fantastic news to share with you all on behalf of our Lou...... 

After a very very long wait for anything to happen.... Lou's little man 7lb 2oz made appearance into the world. Apparently he has a crop of dark hair.

So a big hugs your way Lou....another wonderful addition to your growing family!
Lou will back on board when she gets settled back down at home

Saturday 1 October 2011

Spring Loving Card for ARTFULL CRAFTS

Wow, I can hardly come to grips that we are already welcoming in a new month.  Can you believe September slipped by so quickly?  Whoa, one minute we were just starting Spring and now we are one month into it already.  Although if you were here in Dannevirke you would be well aware of Spring I guess because we get shocking Spring Equinox winds and they have just started, beautiful spring days with a decidedly nippy biting wind.

Onto the card which is the real reason you are here, not to read my ramblings on the season.  I have used Basic Grey Sweet Threads papers, assorted flowers, some gorgeous pearl swirls, nestabilitie circlesscalloped circles, a label from my bits and bobs box and a digital image from Pollycraft .  I misted some white flowers with lime twist glimmermist  to make them match the papers and I also misted the tag with lime twist and vintage pink glimmermists.  The image is coloured with copics and prisma pencils.

Well that about wraps it up till next time, have a really fabulous weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am entering this card into the following challenges.........

Crafts 4 Eternity - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Anything Goes
Inky Impressions - Punches or Dies
ScrapliciousUSA - Anything Goes