Sunday, October 31, 2010

Owl be back

Get it?!! LOL

OK ... here are a few little crochet owls for a special post. I have 5 ready for the Handmade Craft Market at Erina High school on 21st November ... and a red & green one under construction. If you're loving these little owls I am happy to make one for you. These are all made from Milford crochet cotton, which is 3ply, so soft and the most vibrant & wonderful colours! Awake on one side and asleep on the other

If you're thinking "I'd love to make one of them myself", then you're in luck! The pattern for these little owls features in the new Milford Threads crochet pattern book, and you will find it in your local Spotlight store in the new year (hopefully!). I co-wrote it with my Mum, and her patterns include bootees, hats, green bag, table runner and other such nifty items. Our pic is on the back ... it's very exciting!

Questions about my crochet owls? Leave a comment or email me at for more info :)

I work and sort by colour!

It used to be that all my brads were in one box, my eyelets in another box, ribbon in another box, fibres in a folder, tags in an envelope ... and when I tried to scrapbook I was constantly dragging out tonnes of stuff and hunting for the right embellishments.

Then one day it occurs to me that I work by colour, and therefore wouldn't it make more sense if my embellishments were sorted by colour? YES! So ... down to The Reject Shop to buy some 5L tubs for $2 each. I made the labels from my digital scrapbooking kits, and now I am all set! Now when I'm working on a layout or card I choose my cololur scheme ...let's say pink & purple. I choose papers then get out the pink & purple boxes to find the embellishments to match. No more hunting!!!

It worked so well that I helped my friend Linda make over her scrapbooking supplies using the same storage ideas. Doesn't Linda's desk look better?! Inside the tubs things are separated using embellishment boxes and snaplock bags. Less time searching means more time playing!

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Town Scrapper Friday Challenge

"Button, Button ... who's got the button?" said Willy Wonka. I know who's got buttons ... we do!!! Over at The Town Scrapper come and enter our challenge by using a button or two (or ten!) on your creation. I have used an old levi strauss button as the centre of my flower, but there are so many other ways you can use buttons!

Ingredients include:
Stamp: Victoria Case, Keeping the Peace Evan
Greeting stamp: Darkroom Door, All Occassions
Pattern paper: SEI (gosh it's old!)
Bazzil Cardstock
Everything else is from my stash, and isn't it fun using up these goodies I've been collecting over the years!

What are you waiting for? Crack open your button jar and get creating :D

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Scrumptious blog candy from Tiddly Inks

This blog candy has a bit of everything:
3 sets of acrylic stamps, stacks of paper, cardboard, bits and pieces of goodies, mirrors and magnets, some cardstock and envelopes, a few finished cards and most important a CD of Tiddly Inks images worth $ pick the ones you want up to $50. :) Wahooooo!!!!

Read more:

I love Tiddly Inks ... they surely must be my favourite digital stamps!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

For my sister + 3 challenges

I am confident on posting this before my sister sees it ... because she has a toddler and a preschooler and never looks here! LOL

I made this mega bookmark for my sister last night in lieu of a birthday card. I mean ... cards are nice, but they don't do anything. She's a big reader, so I thought I'd make a giant bookmark for the huge novels she reads instead!

Stamp is Lillith, a Lil Lolita from Tickled Pink Stamps
Copic markers: E50, E51, E53, C1, C3, C5, C7, W1, W3, W5, W7, R20, R22, R27, R29, G94, G99, B00, BV00, BV02, BV04, BV08, 0
Clear spica pen (earrings, buttons, roses)
Letter stamps: Darkroom Door, Alphabet Medley
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Dusty Concord

* I printed my digital stamp onto Xpress It cardstock (the absolute best card for copic markers!).
* I used the colourless blender (0) to put down the colour for the eyeshadow, the eyes and help mute down the W1 & W3 for the white areas on her dress & sash. I'm really glad I did, because I am entering this bookmark in the Copic Creations blog challenge here.
* I used my Sizzix to cut squares for the letters, then trimmed them down, so I am entering this in the Spoon Full of Sugar challenge.
* I learned the eyeshadow technique from a great video on Color Me Copic by Kelly Booth, and this bookmark fits the current challenge (I think).

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Town Scrapper Monday Showcase

I'm saying hello, but this sweet little Mo Manning design from Stampavie is saying "Bye Bye". Isn't she just the cutest stamp ever? I had her coloured for ages before finally getting around to pairing her with this KI Memories paper and getting stuck into it with the sewing machine.

Head on over to The Town Scrapper blog and see what the rest of the Design Team have for you to drool over. This is just one of the many stamp lines that Phebe carries at The Town Scrapper, so if you're in the mood to shop & stamp ... you know where to go!

Here's what I used on this card:
Stamp: Stampavie Mo Manning's "Bye Bye"
Greeting: Darkroom Door, All Occassions
Pattern paper: KI Memories
Bazzil Cardstock
Sewing machine thread
Red ink: SU
Foam Tape: Martha Stewart

Sunday, October 17, 2010

One bookmark, two challenges

Last week I coloured up this image in preparation for a class I am teaching next month. I finally got around to turning it into an actual item a couple of days ago, and keep forgetting to edit photos. Since today is a Photoshop day, here it is, and I am thrilled that it suits 2 great blog challenges!

Mad for Markers have challenged us to make anything but a card - check!
Color Me Copic have challenged us to colour folds in clothing - check!

Here are my ingredients:
Stamp: Tiddlyinks digital stamp
Copic markers: Skin E50, E51, E53, E04, Hair Y11, Y21, Y23, E13, Books C1, C3, C5, R00, R02, R05, Clothing YG00, YG03, YG06, G07
Pattern paper: My Minds Eye
Ribbon: Stampin' Up
Cardstock: Bazzil bling
Alphabet stamps: Darkroom Door, All Occassions
Stamping Paper: Xpress It

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Town Scrapper Friday Challenge

Welcome to this week's challenge from The Town Scrapper! Today I have created a sketch for everyone to use. This is one of my go-to layouts when making cards. Lots of space to show off lovely pattern paper and your new favourite stamp as well as a greeting and embellishments ... what more could a girl want??!!

I would really love to see what everyone comes up with using this sketch. Don't forget that you can turn it on it's side or flip it any which way ... and who says everything has to be square? Not me! Head on over to The Town Scrapper blog and see how the rest of the Design Team has interpreted this sketch ... lots of inspiration! Make a card using the sketch and enter it to be in the running for a lovely prize from Phebe's shop.

Stamp: Victoria Case, Big Dreams Evan
Greeting Stamp: Darkroom Door, All Occassions
Paper, ribbon, flowers, brad & button from my stash (which is way too big!)
Copic markers including YG's, B's and my fave red combo R20, R22 & R27.
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Vintage Photo

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Copic Certification

I am really excited, because I have finally decided to do Copic Certification!!! I was introduced to copic markers by the awesome Mandi-Lee Klinger at SIA in May this year, and I'm afraid there is no cure for my addiction. I was also really lucky to meet Marianne Walker and Lori Craig at SIA too (see ... there we all are in the photo!).

The other reason to be excited is because the course will be in my old stomping ground of Penrith, and I will get to visit some of my fabulous friends, whom I miss LOTS.

So ... watch out world ... I'm all copic'd up and ready to teach anyone who will listen!!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Ahoy there me hearties!

I taught my last pirate copic class last night at Erina Scrapbook Store, and I'm really excited about the 3 classes I have lined up for November. We will be re-running the copic introduction class, then concentrating on uses for the colourless blender, then feathering technique and accenting pleats & folds in clothing. It's going to be great!

In the meantime, I did promise the girls last night that I would show the alternative pirates I coloured for class. Here the red & lime Kraftin Kimmie Billy Blythe and Strawberry Pirate stamps, coloured with my new favourite colour scheme! The colours are as listed under the photo. Enjoy!

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Town Scrapper Friday Challenge

Happy Halloween everyone!!! Here in Australia, Halloween really isn't a big thing, though I admit we do live in the local 'trick or treat' belt LOL. Our girl guides have a big halloween disco, and it's such fun dressing up! I kept that in mind when making my project today, and as I have 2 princesses of my own as well as 2 lovely little princess nieces (and a dinosaur nephew, but that's another story), I decided to use this lovely Victoria Case stamp for my project. I decided to use turquoise & black to colour with, and I love this so much that it is on my desk, making me smile.

So ... here are the ingredients!
Stamp - Victoria Case, Magical Sophie
Sentiment - computer printed, Beths Cute Hallmark font
Glitter paper - DCWV baby boy stack (I love stacks!)
Black cardstock
Black grosgrain ribbon
Copic markers (can't remember the exact colours, but it does include BG10 & BG15 for the dress!)
Sewing machine

Do go check out what the rest of the Design Team have in store for you in our Halloween challenge today! Don't forget to join in by entering your own halloween entry to win a lovely stamp from The Town Scrapper. Click here to go to the blog!