21 January 2011

Rock Star wishes

This is my second post for the day- as I explained in the other post I have had limited time for my computer and I'm going away for an extended weekend with DH from tomorrow Saturday until Wednesday afternoon and I won't have my computer with me so I won't be able to check anything- so thank you all in advance for any comments you may leave.

This card is made with some more of the Grace Taylor  "Bright young things" collection- it is so sweet. The card was for the

GET SKETCHY #70       

sketch which finished yesterday I think but I am posting anyway. I will get more organised in the future to make sure they are posted on time- at least I am getting a chance to make some cards and post them eventually.

  100_4085image I decided to tip the sketch upside down and make use of the "rock Star words on the paper-which I highlighted with Dimensional magic- the second picture shows this a bit better but it's really hard to take a good shot of. I used a play on words and used stars for my accents rather than the flowery shapes in the sketch and added a bit of lace and some pearls. Hope you like it.

card Recipe:- Card-White card stock finished size 53/4" square; Papers-Grace Taylor "Bright Young Things Collection';    Other: Purple Inkpad,Lace and ribbon scrap from stash, stars from stash- the smaller are actually cut from the centres of a couple of larger ones; gems from stash; Royal Coat Dimensional Magic; Homemade Glimmer Spray - I used that to colour in the word under the greeting die and in a couple of other places for a highlight;Spellbinders Labels Four; Kaisercraft Pearls Stamp Grant words collection; Double sided tape and Foam mounting tape.

I have also decided to add this to the

Challenge #39 - Sponsored by May Arts     - Use Ribbon.


Catch you later

Thanks for visiting


Kathy S


Thank You

        I'm pretty sure this is a bit  late for the submission but thought I'd post it anyway. This card was so easy to put together because of the beautiful papers and the great sketch but with babysitting my darling grandchildren-they take priority over my blog and my youngest son continually hijacking my computer-that will be rectified as soon as I can organize him to get his own hopefully sooner than later- this is the first chance to type up and post this entry. Here are some pictures of the outside and the inside - I love this paper collection - it's a Grace Taylor collection and so many cute images- you'll be seeing more of  this collection in future posts I'm sure.     image                                image

This card is for the Card Patterns Sketch 98 which helped make the card up so so easy.

I thought I might include  it in the crazy 4 challenges challenge- not sure when that one finishes.

I think the card is pretty self explanatory so if you have any queries please email me. Hope you enjoy. Sorry if the pictures aren't too good- we finally got a sunny day and I couldn't find the right place to take any pictures and then my camera started to be temperamental so I have posted the best ones out of about twenty shots

 Card Recipe:Papers- Grace Taylor-"Bright Young Things collection, Ink: Whispers port Wine; Stamp- Grant - words collection; Other: the essential Glue Pad; Glitter- was a freebie from a British magazine a while ago but matched perfectly; Flowersoft (on the dots on the front) Polar White and Vintage Christmas; coloured flower Gems and Ribbon were from my stash, clear gems-Smart Kraft clear diamentes; Spellbinders- Classic Spellbinders Circles small and Standard Circles;  Helmar Tacky Craft Glue, Double Sided Tape, foam tape.

Catch You Later

Thank you for visiting


Kathy S


20 January 2011

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie.

For those of you who don't know- that is the chant we give when cheering on our sports teams and at other Australian participating events- it actually is "Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi,Oi,Oi"

We are known to chant it just about anywhere at any time as a symbol of our true Australian  proud feelings. So I thought it fitting to put it on the front of a card- this card could be used for any occasion and for either a male or female - I am intending on giving it to my son for his birthday in March. image

The card features some true Aussie icons as well as a picture of Australia itself- The hat with things hanging down is an Akubra with corks -these help ward off flies (that is what that little blue thing is above it) which are often a real problem in Australia- especially in the summer and in the outback. The hats can be of any sort with a wide brim - to protect us from the hot sun. They originally became known from swagmen (people with no fixed address) and jackaroos( a bit like the American cowboy)but can be worn by anyone. The corks swing around and therefore discourage flying insects.

The Yellow and black and red jar contains vegemite- a type of spread- we use it on toast,in sandwiches and in various other ways- it can be used to add flavour to a stew or casserole. It has a rather salty taste and most people that aren't brought up with it dislike it.  It even has a jingle or song made for it.

the other two are pretty obvious- sunglasses and what we call thongs- you call flip flops- and yes we call some types of underwear thongs too. Hope you like my card and have enjoyed the explanation of the icons- hope it didn't bore any of you- any questions please feel free to email me and I will try to answer them.

This is for the Unscripted Sketches #89 + piggyback challenge! which had a piggy back of a "male card" so it incorporates both of those.

Recipe: Card- Aqua Cardstock - finished size5 1/2" square; Papers- scraps from stash; Stamps- Sullivans- Australian Collection, Fiskars- unsure of the name of the set; In- Versamark-Watermark;Other:- Embossing Powder-JudiKins black Detail; Lyra Aquacolor crayons; Fiskars- fancy cut scissores stamp design; Kitchen twine; Double sided tape; Foam mounting tape; Spellbinders Standard circles Large;

catch you later,

Thanks for visiting, comments welcome


Kathy S

17 January 2011

"Gidday Mate"

Here in Australia when we greet someone sometimes we say "Gidday Mate"- which could mean a lot of things but generally means "Hello" - so as Australia Day is celebrated on the 26th January every year I thought it would be sort of a good idea to make a card for the occasion so here you have my card with a couple of locals as well.  I bought several sets of stamps last year because I just fell in love with the "Occa-ismness" -if that's a word of them. (Occa means Aussie - or Australian.) So I thought I'd use a couple of images from them to make a great card for Australia Day.imageI tried to stick to the greens and golds to represent our colours as well.

I am not really happy with how it turned out, but I am ok with my little friends and the colouring job I did.  The kanga was coloured with copics- it's one of my first tries with them and I'm ok with how it turned out hopefully I'll get better at blending with a bit of practice- I only have E  ones so the other colours are done with watercolour pencils and a metallic marker-I use what I have on hand and until I can afford and am able to get more copics this technique will have to do. The Koala is coloured with some left over kids coloured pencils from Craimageyola that I had on hand and I blended them with odourless spirits.- I tried one with water colour but he didn't turn out too good so this is what I ended up with- the white on his ears is actually white out pen blotted with the tip of my finger. Hopefully you can see them ok from these shots -we are in the middle of summer and are having ANOTHER overcast cool day- at least it's stopped raining for the time being -thank goodness.The green corrugated card is some I bought when we had a paper supplier locally- they have since closed and I have no idea who manufactured this stuff but I have different shapes in different colours

My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the floods both in Queensland and in my home state of Victoria and for the ones experiencing bushfires in the Western Australia - we have a lot to contend with at the moment over here- with floods,fires and locusts being in plague proportions and eating a lot of the crops that aren't being affected by the other two.- we still have drought conditions in some areas as well- Come to Australia and see it all- usually in one day around here LOL

This is for the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #86 (MMSC86) I altered the sketch a fraction so I hope they don't mind -The heart at the top of the sketch I replaced with my koalaand I put the bow at the top of the tag rather than at the bottom.

Card Recipe: Card Stock- Black Hessian print cardstock from Funky Craft; Papers are bits from my stash.Stamps- Various sets from "Sullivans"-an Australian company as far as I know and these all came from the Australia collection; Ink - Versa mark Watermark,Distress Ink Vintage paper and a couple of cheap pads in green and yellow; Other items: Embossing Powder- JudiKins detail Black; embroidery thread in yellow and green; Adhesives-Helmar Tacky craft Glue, foam mounting tape; Colours- Copic Markers,Faber Castell Watercolour pencils,Crayola Coloured pencils,Fiskars small hole plier punch, needle for piercing and Smooch -gold, Papermania Metallic silver brushmarker.


Thanks for visiting and hope you are all safe and happy and dry.

Catch you later


Kathy S

15 January 2011

Sweet Memories

Three cards for various members of a very lovely family- If you want to read the shortish story visit my previous post titled "Thinking Of you". The other two cards were posted in earlier posts- if you want to check them out please just scroll down.

image    This is the third card I made this one for the brother- he has always been an outdoor sort of guy and he is a great artist but I just couldn't create anything  to suit and this sort just came together. I started with the  background papers- I hope it doesn't appear to morbidly bright and cheerful but he is going to so miss his sister even though they were different ages they were more like twins so I thought I'd try to give him something to bring a bit of cheer into his life at the moment.


Yesterday(Friday) was the funeral-it was so sad -they still don't know the cause- so many people and so much sadness- I spent a lot of time afterwards with the brother and will be keeping in touch more often than I have been-the good thing he has to look forward to is he will be a dad for the first time in April so that is a good thing to help keep him focused and it will also give the girls baby someone to grow up with because I know they will be just like their respective mum and dad-inseparable.

This is for the JustRite Friday Challenge 046- Technique - Scoring!- I am sorry I didn't use any of their stamps because I mainly have Christmas and Birth ones so I again used Paper Makeup stamps and a sympathy one from my stash. I did include some scoring sorry I only own a Scor it scoring board (so a scor pal would be very handy) and decided to add the texture of it across the grain from the coloured stripes.Hope you can see it in the pictures.


Card info- Card stock standard size -white; papers-Inque boutique-Cabana collection,scraps from stash;Stamps Paper Makeup Stamps, stash; Ink-Stazon Jet Black; Other:- Dies- spellbinders- Labels six#4+#5; Ribbon-K-Mart- santa's Christmas Wonderland; Flowers- Kaisercraft and stash;Punch-MS classic Butterfly; Adhesives- Dottys Craft Shop glue dots,Double sided tape, Helmar Tacky Craft Glue, and Scor it Scoring board.



Thanks for visiting

Catch you later


Kathy S


14 January 2011

Softly Thinking of you


This is the card I made for the parents of the young lady that left us suddenly last week- I am just going to get to the card as I am really having issues with this- the funeral is this afternoon so I am sort of stressed about that and hope it will help me accept such a loss.

This card is for the Week #44 - 'Sketch This'! at The Shabby Tea Room- I love this blog and have been trying to participate in a few of their challenges but by the time I get my project finished the next challenge is up.


For this card I cut a piece of A4 cardstock I had on hand to make a card finished size 5 1/4" square. Papers:-Rosies Studio- pearlized cardstock, Lily paper- I bought this ages ago and all it says on the packet is pink lily paper- no manufacturer or anything- so I have know idea who produces it -sorry; the bit of vellum is from my scrap stash; Ink-I actually used a "Glue Pad" for this card and then stamped the message and embossed, I also used the glue pad to apply the lily stencil designs with a sponge and added a glimmer makeup over the top- it works great just like pearlex but a lot cheaper and I don't know how archival safe it is.  Other: silver embossing powder,pink and opal glimmer make up, Brass stencil(Birch) I think,Fiskars Lace border punch and 1.5" funky heart squeeze punch,fiskars deckle edge fancy cut scissors; Adhesives-other than the glue pad- Helmar Tacky Craft Glue, Zig 2 way glue, double sided tape, foam mounting tape, Hot off the Press labels template, Pearls- Kaisercraft; Stash- Ribbon off cuts, glitter.

Hope you like it.

Thanks for visiting

Catch You Later


Kathy S  


Thinking of you


All I can say is thank goodness for challenges because I needed somewhere to start in  this terrible situation, as most of you know it is always hard to make sympathy cards- normally I don't have a huge problem with them but this time it truly was a challenge on my mental abilities -I am sorry if this post seems a bit erratic but I am still in a sort of shock.

  Last Friday a long time family friend lost their daughter - she was only in her mid 30's and it has yet to be determined what actually happened as I believe she was at home when she collapsed. What makes it even harder is that she only got married a couple of years ago and not only has she left behind a loving husband but also a four month old baby.  Our hearts are breaking for her husband and son, her parents and her brother.  I have known them all since the children were very young and it hits even harder that they are only a few years older than my eldest. Not only have I made a card for the husband and son- which is this one I have also made a card for the parents and one for their son and his wife- they will be in following posts.  I keep seeing her smiling happy face and it just blows me away that she has gone.                 

That is all I will say about this situation because it is so hard.

This card is for the  card patterns Sketch 97 and I am sorry but I think it may be a bit late for the challenge- I imagejust needed the helping start to make these cards- I varied the sketch a bit adding a few extra bits on the front. Hope you like it - the second picture is the inside and the sentiment is from Paper Makeup stamps- "when There's Nothing Left To say" collection- I was lucky enough to win this set last year and this is the first time I have inked it up. Thank you Katie you made my life so much easier with this set. The church stamp came from a papercraft stamp collection -"weddings"- it was the only stamp of a church I had so I thought I'd use it.  The paper collection I used for this card I unwrapped it and stuck in my stash -I can't remember where I bought it I know it was ages ago and have never had the heart to cut into it but I thought it just perfect for this card- if anyone can help please feel free to email me so I can give the right company credit.

Card recipe:- Card base-White cardstock 5"square. Papers-I wish I knew what this set was called because it's just divine; Stamps - Papermania "Wedding" collection (church), paper makeup stamps-(inside greeting); Inks- Versamark Watermark, Jet Black staz on; Other:-Embossing Powder-  Judi Kins Black Detail; Dies-Spellbinders Nestabilities-Classic Ovals small #4, classic ovals scalloped small #4, Petit Ovals small #1,Petit Ovals scalloped Large #1: Double sided adhesive, Kaisecraft Pearls, Jemark- Big crystal stickers; Ribbon- value craft

Thanks for visiting

Catch you later


Kathy S

10 January 2011

Happiness for the New Year

Firstly Happy New Year to all who visit my blog and welcome. I am hoping to be more regular with my posts this year and also am planning to use up a lot of my stash on my cards so if I say something is from my stash it generally means that I have had it for more than a year and have no idea where it came from as far as manufacturers are concerned so I am sorry but I hate throwing things away and want to use as much of my collection (stash) as I possibly can without buying anymore- especially papers.

How could you not start the New year with an image like this - this stamp set is so so pretty. I won this set in November last year from the Just Rite blog it's called "Quiet Moments" and the illustrations are done by Elizabeth O.Dulemba - aren't they amazing - it is one of their newer releases and it arrived in my letter box 2 days before Christmas so I just had to play with it the first chance I got100_4018 - I woke up at about 3 in the morning one day with this amazing idea of how I could use it and it just sort fell into place from there then when I saw the ABSC033 AnnaBelle Bling Sketch Challenge  it also fit with the design in my head so here it is- firstly I stamped the image just on normal paper and then coloured it in with a set of Monte Marte watercolour paints  and then added a few highlights with luminarte paints to different areas- so much fun and then I stamped the wing image on some acetate I had from some packaging using staz-on jet black ink- I wanted both the fairies to have a double set of wings which is great because I just stamped both sides of the acetate for the second set using the single wing set of stamps and coloured them in with some "do-crafts" metallic brush markers I also got just before Christmas. When the watercolours where dry I carefully cut the image out and die cut a circle in the centre of my card, I also made another circle in a scrap piece to use as a mask to create the sky for the inside of the card - I had never done this before but am really pleased with how it worked out just by using inks sponged in the edge with a purple then sponged the yellow over the top of the purple and into the centre to create the finish  as you can see in the picture of the open card. I coloured the backs of the fairies with gold markers and put a frame around the hole to give it a more finished look. The little dots you can see are kindy glitz- to look like stars - they look good IRL.


Here are a couple of more pictures of the card closer so you can see the wings and I also put some kindy glitz on their hair to give it a bit of sparkle.  The other picture shows the open card from another angle.  For the front of the card I used some paper from my stash and then because it was a bit plain I added some swirls with a stamp from my collection  think they are See-D's series, then I added a few gems for the bit of bling - voila-finished.



Card Recipe: Cardstock-white 5 1/8" square; Papers- bits from my stash; Ink -Generic purple and yellow and Staz-on Jet Black; Stamps- Just Rite Cling-Quiet Moments and swirl set-See-D's; Other:- Dies- Spellbinders Classic Circles Large #5,Scalloped Classic Circles small#5; Colour- Mont Marte- watercolours, Luminarte- various colours, Do Crafts- Papermania- metallic Brush markers; scraps of Acetate from packaging;Gems- -stash;  Kindy Glitz Crystalina, Aztec Gold; Corner Rounder punch- officeworks; Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive, Tacky Craft Glue, Double sided tape.

Hope you like it and if you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Thanks for visiting hope to see you visit again soon. I love comments so please feel free to leave one if you wish.

Catch You later


Kathy s