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


  1. What a lovely reason to create such a cute card, Kathy. Thanks for joining us on the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge this week.

  2. Kathy ~ A BIG WARM WELCOME to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge!! We are delighted that you have joined us!! Your critters on your card are darling! The MMDesign Team thanks you for playing in our challenge this week!

    Phyllis MMDesign Team

  3. Oh how cute! I love the embossing! The Kangaroo on the scooter is adorable! I don't know anything about Australia Day but I'm sure your card is perfect for it!

    Hope to see you again for the next challenge.
    Keep crafting!
    Midnight Madness Design Team

  4. A BIG warm WELCOME to our challenges. We are thrilled you have entered. It is a joy to check out new blogs and peoples work. Love your card and what a great take on the sketch and such fun images. I hope you keep coming back. Thank you so much for joining in the fun this week at the Midnight Madness sketch challenge.
    MMSC Hostess

  5. Gidday Mate and Happy Australia Day!!! What a fun card you created for this celebration. Thank you so much for joining us for this weeks sketch challenge at Midnight Madness. I hope you will join us again.
    Hugs Bonnie

  6. Giddy Mate! ;o)
    Welcome to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge! We are so happy you found us and wanted to share your talent with us.

    Your card is very cute and very Aussie ;o) Love the little Coala - they are so cute!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Midnight Madness. I hope you will play with us again next week!

    Midnight Madness Design Team

  7. Kathy, WELCOME to the Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge - we're so glad you joined us this week! What an incredibly cute image with the koala and the kangaroo - totally Aussie! Thanks again for joining us this week and we hope you will play along with us again next week!