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Sunday, 24 December 2017

Box card 40th Birthday

Hello again,

One final post before the big day, this one is my brother's 40th birthday card which I held off posting until after the day had been, he lives interstate and my parents drove down for a pre birthday party, being born Christmas week makes celebrating on the real day more difficult. I stayed home due to my complicated low histamine and Auto-Immune Protocol Diet, he will have opened his presents and cards so it is safe to share them here.

I did a little digging into 'famous' or 'popular' movies, bands/songs, kids toys, games etc. before making the card featuring a couple of big hit movies of 1977, I also bought him a genuine 1977 hit game, no not the true 1977 version but the still available in toy stores Rummikub, Star Wars Calendar, 40th Anniversary copy of Smokey and the Bandit etc. I haven't heard back from him so don't know how everything went down....

Here is my card:




What I used:-
Black card stock
MME My Girl patterned paper
MME Happy Day papers
R2D2 Pattern from here (I shrunk it to the right size and added my own design)
Viewmaster made by tracing a photo of one I found on Google
Free Download James Bond (Papercrafts inspirations-no longer available)
CCD Balloon Die
CCD Sentiment Die
Lawn Fawn Riley's Alphabet
Black fine line pen
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
1977 printed in large print on PC and cut out of silver glitter card
Various coloured scrap card stock to make all the elements
Black and white twine
Clear acetate- saved from packaging
Adhesives:- Double sided tape, foam adhesive, Diamond Glaze, glue dots
The balloons all got a liberal coating of Diamond glaze to give them some shine

I would like to enter this card in:-

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Before I go I would like to wish all my lovely visitors a Wonderful Christmas and Festive Season, and say a Huge THANKS to all the lovely ladies who often pop over and take a look at what I've been up to and leave me a comment, I truly appreciate them all. 

Many thanks for looking in...
Have a wonderful Christmas with your families and friends
Megan



Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Cheeky Christmas

Hello again,

Well, I was busy, busy, busy last week making multiple Christmas cards including two cards with tongue most firmly in cheek. The first card I had an idea for a certain stroppy teen boy who lives next door, I saved one of my Aussie Santa images that I coloured and paper pieced the clothes and planned a graffiti look card with a bold sentiment heat embossed in white powder, a few smaller Christmas sentiments also heat embossed in red and black with a few tiny stamps added in for effect. unfortunately some of the tiny star stamps are hard to see, perhaps I should have used a different colour, but yellow did seem a good choice. The young lad was often caught hanging around at a local street art walk, not my cup of tea but bus loads of tourists seem to like it

My second card is for one of my Mum's kindy friends, who loves a good cheeky card, it features one of Bugaboo Stamps called Friends Don't Let Friends Wine alone 2, and a sentiment I have seen elsewhere which I typed up in two parts, the front has I'm dreaming of a White Christmas... and the inside has but if the white runs out I'll drink the red.

Here the first card:-


White Christmas:-


What I used:- Aussie Santa
White 5x7" card blank 12.6x17.8cm
White and black cardstock
Kaisercraft 'Basecoats' papers
Make It Crafty Aussie Santa Digi Stamp
Scraps of paper and card for Santa's clothes
Derwent and Faber-Castell pencils
MFT Stamp sets Gift Tag Greetings, Hand Written Holiday, Jingle all the way
Tiny Star stamps CTMH- The Thought that counts
Merry Christmas stamp- Papermill Stamp
Black, green, red, yellow and clear embossing ink
White and clear embossing powder
Wink of Stella on Santa's Beard

White Christmas:-
White 5x7" card blank 12.6x17.8cm
Kaisercraft Yuletide Patterned papers
Bugaboo Image 'Friends don't let friends wine alone 2'
Faber-Castell and Derwent Pencils
Impression obsession Snowflake die
Nesting rectangle dies
Tiny pearls
Wink of Stella over bottles and the ladies drinks
Sentiment typed on PC

I would like to enter Aussie Santa in:-
Polkadoodles Anything goes Week 50
Love to Craft Challenge Blog- Anything goes
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge- Anything goes
Emerald City Crafts Challenge #6 Anything goes

I would like to enter White Christmas in:-
Naughty or Nice Challenge- Season's Greetings
Bizzy Bec's Store Blog December anything goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge

Thank you for looking in....
Have a wonderful week...
Megan

P.S. A huge Thank you to all the lovely visitors who take time to leave me a message, I truly appreciate them all!



Trio of Christmas cards


Hello again,

Back to share a few more Christmas cards, these three cards all feature images from DigiStamp Boutique, the first has three of the cutest and fluffy penguins which I coloured brightly to go with some of my Doodlebug Designs Paper, adding a die cut sentiment and a few stars to finish off.
Note:- DigiStamp Boutique are having a sale at the moment 50% off all in store.... apologies for enabling you 😁

The second card has a super cute Pug decked out in some reindeer antlers, teamed up with a sentiment from Memory Box set ‘Here comes Santa Paws’ a very clean and simple design for me.


My third card features a little robin carol singing, with a corner holly die and a poinsettia to finish off the card, the sentiment was embossed in 32C heat and the embossing ink was much faster in drying out, at least I didn’t have the heat gun on for long.


I added plenty of sparkle to each of the cards, on the first and third card with Glitter paint and on the little Pugs antlers and star ornaments a liberal coating of Wink of Stella.
What I used:-
5x7" card blanks (12.6x17.8cm)
Cardstock-teal, red, white, olive green
Patterned papers from my stash-various brands, Kaisercraft, doodlebug designs, some magazine freebies
Derwent and Faber-Castell Pencils
Marianne Design Star punch die
Marianne Design Poinsettia die
Impression Obsession Holiday Top word Edger
Impression Obsession Holly Flourish
CCD Scalloped border die
CCD Pindot Rectangle die
MFT Merry Christmas Sentiment die

I would like to enter the Penguin card in:-

the Christmas Pug card in :-
the Carolling Robin card in:-
Merry Monday Christmas Challenge- Tic Tac Toe Top Row Stamping (sentiment), Patterned Paper and Embossing (heat set sentiment)
613 Avenue Create Optional Theme Christmas/Winter
Come and Get It Final Challenge- Christmas
Crafts Galore Encore Merry Christmas Anything goes
The Sisterhood of Crafters All about Christmas

Thank you for looking in...
Have a wonderful week...
Megan

P.S. To those in the northern hemisphere please send cool air south, for those in the southern hemisphere I'll happily send you some of our hot weather 35C today and I live in an area where hot days are few and far between, no air conditioner as it is not worth it. 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Naughty or Nice?


Hello again,

Today brings us to another brand new challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and as always the challenge is Anything Goes, so come along and join in the fun with whatever you have been making, we have two lovely sponsors this fortnight offering a lovely prize to two winners…

Prize 2 images


Prize 2 Packs from the store


I have used a super cute image from Emerald Faeries called Boo and Snookie which you can find here and some lovely Christmas themed papers from AMB Illustrations - Christmas Traditional Evergreen Paper After colouring up the cute little faerie image which reminds me of the Gumnut Babies with the little hat on I decided to give the little snail a little Christmas Bling and coloured and added some Kindy Glitz glitter glue to the shell. I printed off some tiny sample patches of the papers from AMB Illustrations before deciding on the three I ended up using, I’m fairly new to printing my own papers and discovered in word that I could use the pattern paper image to fill shapes, so working with my usual sized card blank I measured and made different sized rectangles to fit and lay one over the top of the other exactly where I wanted it to be, printing off the card front panel and two smaller squares of the red and green spotted paper to die cut some holly leaves and berries.

I have a confession, I had nearly finished this card and was adding the sentiment when I dropped the inked stamp onto the card, fortunately missing the image.... I reprinted the design adding the white circle over the patterned papers before I hit print, stamped sentiment directly onto the card and added the rescued and now fussy cut image onto the card front.... 

Here is my card:-

What I used:-

White 10.5x14.8cm card blank
Emerald Faeries Image Boo and Snookie
AMB Illustrations Christmas Traditional Evergreen Paper Pack
Faber-Castell and Derwent coloured pencils
Red Kindyglitz
Cottage Cutz Holly and berries die
scrap of die cut grass
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Close to my Heart Stamp- The thought that counts

I would like to enter this  card in:-
12 Months of Christmas link-up Optional theme Christmas Cupcakes
Christmas Cards all year round Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra

Thank you for looking in.... 
Have a wonderful weekend...
Megan

P.S. A huge thank you to all the lovely visitors who stop by and take the time to leave me a comment, I truly appreciate them all!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

O Holy Night


Hello again,



Well not making enough of my Christmas cards all year long came back to bite me on the you know where, I think I have made about fourteen cards this week (and still have a couple more I need)👀, some were batch makes of the Aussie Santa in Sydney, I didn’t even worry about taking pics of them.

I had bought a new die from the recent craft show I attended, from a shop who has begun creating their own designs Catchy Crafts are also one of the biggest stall holders at the craft shows, the new die is called Bethlehem Town and I made two cards with the die, one is winging its way to my 94 year old Great Aunt who lives in far north Queensland and the other a hop across the road.

I must say that I have been severely influenced by Shaz in Oz in these cards, love the embossing with the scroll like sentiment on the first and reminds me I should dig out embossing folders more often. Thank you for the inspiration Shaz!


Here are my cards:-



What I used:-

White card stock to make card blank measuring 11cm x 17.5cm


White and Black AC card for embossing

Kaisercraft Lattice 5x7 embossing folder

Kaisercraft Damask 5x7 embossing folder

Silver Embossing powder

Clear embossing ink

Silver embossed paper

Spray ink background

Rainbow cardstock

Memory Box Parker Upper Case Alphabet Die

Impression Obsession Stamp ‘Jack Frost’ sentiment stamp

MFT stitched inner and outer oval

Adhesive:- Double Sided Adhesive sheet, Foam tape, double sided tape



I would like to enter these cards in:-









I think all our Christmas cards have been written and will get popped in the post tomorrow, minus a couple of hand deliveries and two to my friends who seem to move around a lot. Holding theirs in reserve until one of them confirms an address or two.

Thank you for looking in...
Have a wonderful weekend...
Megan

P.S. A Huge Thank you to all the lovely visitors who take the time to leave me a comment, I truly appreciate them all!

P.P.S. Could someone in the northern Hemisphere send some cool air this way, looking at the fourth day above 27C and no end in sight, I don't do heat well!






Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Joy to the World


Hello again,

I have a super quick and easy pair of cards to share today, made with non Christmas papers for a couple of gentlemen, I made two at the same time one will be headed north to Dad’s uncle and the other locally to a gent that runs the Family History centre at the local church where Mum likes to hang out with other family history buffs.

Here is my card:-
What I used:-

White 17.8x12.6cm card blank (5”x7”)

Dylusions London blue spray ink

Scrap of metallic silver and green card

Circle die



Clear embossing ink pad

Silver embossing powder

Teal and cream paper (no idea) 50c/sheet at craft show

Adhesive sheet

Wink of Stella Clear liberally all over the globe

Bling from my stash



I would like to enter this card in:-






Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge Optional Stencil 





Thank you for looking in…

Have a wonderful week…
Megan



P.S. A Huge Thank you to all the lovely visitors who take the time to leave me a comment, I truly appreciate them all!

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Outback Santa

Hello again, 

Today brings us to the final day of the month long Holiday Card challenge over at Beccy's Place and today the challenge is to do what you love. I love the Aussie Santa I used on these cards and had another two printed out and ready to go, but decided not to make another card with Sydney City as the backdrop, this time I grabbed some white core card stock and got ripping to create layers of the Aussie bush as a backdrop blue sky the green of the Aussie bush and the red earth of the outback with a new Windmill die, a very familiar sight once you leave suburbia. Many windmills have the property name either painted or roughly cut from the vane others (I've seen lots) with Southern Cross on the vane. 

Here is my card:-



What I used:-

White 5x7" card blank 12.6x17.8cm 
White card
Make it Crafty Aussie Santa digi stamp
Derwent pencils
Gray and black cardstock
Scraps of Christmas design paper
Kaisercraft Basecoat paper
DCWV white core card 'Neutrals'
Wink of Stella on Santa's beard
Clear embossing ink
Black embossing powder
Stamps:- MFT Gift tag Greetings and Stamp It Australia Christmas Wish
Adhesives:- Double sided tape, Double sided adhesive sheet, Foam dots


I would like to enter these cards in:-
Beccy's Place Month long holiday card Challenge
12 Months of Christmas Link-up  Optional theme Star Struck
The Holly and the Ivy Challenge #20 Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge 361
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge extra Anything goes
Happy Little Stampers Anything goes with Dies
The Merry Christmas Challenge #45 Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge Anything goes 176

Thank you for looking in...
Have a wonderful weekend...
Megan

P.S. A huge thank you to all the lovely visitors who take the time to leave a comment, I truly appreciate them all!


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Bond James Bond

Hello again,

So this month I had a big push to make a couple of 40th Birthday cards for my brother along with all the Christmas cards, after looking up some of the popular films, shows, toys and games of 1977 I settled on a suit card with a James Bond image for the first, James Bond The Spy who Loved me was first released in 1977 and can still be found in DVD format, which my parents gave him last weekend, a surprise for us that he intends on waiting to open his gifts and cards until his real birthday a few days before Christmas. Since he doesn't see my blog it is safe for me to share.

I was inspired by this card which I found on Pinterest but gave the card my own twist.

Here is my card:-


What I used:-
White Card blank 12.4x17.4
Black card stock
Patterned paper from Echo Park Style Essentials
Tiny James Bond sign from here
James Bond images are an old download from Papercraft Inspirations (no longer available)
Black bling from stash
Silver glitter card
Nesting circle die
Elizabeth Craft Happy Birthday die
Memory Box Parker Alphabet die
Buttons and Silver star brads
Signo White gel ink pen

I would like to enter this card in:-
Bizzy Becs Store Blog Challenge Anything goes
Love to Craft Challenge Blog
Seize the Birthday Monochrome
Crafts Galore Encore Anything goes


Thank you for looking in...
Have a wonderful week...
Megan

P.S. A huge Thank you to all the lovely visitors who take the time to leave me a comment, I truly appreciate them all!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Aussie Wreath


Hello again,

Well I’m still motoring through some more Christmas cards, today I am sharing a super quick card, I have used a pre-coloured digi from Beccy’s Place that you can find here called Aussie Wreath Set  I printed the image out and decided to add the sentiment in under the wreath and came across the little bird stamp also. The little birds fitted perfectly across the wreath. Stamped the sentiment in two parts and the little birds in clear embossing ink before heat embossing in gold, I die cut the image with a nesting rectangle die and added it to a 5x7” card blank that I covered in some green Christmas paper. 
Bonus it is completely flat for postage!

Here is my card:-


What I used:-

White 5x7” card blank 12.6x17.8cm

Green paper from old magazine


Clear embossing ink

Gold embossing powder

Sentiment stamp- Clearly Besotted

Birds with String of Stars- Magazine

Nesting rectangle die



I would like to enter this card in:-


Cards in Envy It's only Paper card

Crafting by Design Get Ready for Christmas November Anything goes

12 Months of Christmas Link up Optional Theme Star Struck

Thank you for looking in...
Have a wonderful week...
Megan 

P.S. A huge thank you to all the lovely visitors and followers who take the time to leave me a message, I truly appreciate them all!

Friday, 24 November 2017

Sydney Santa Summer


Hello again,

Well I’m still making some more of my Christmas cards, as I haven’t made anywhere near enough, knowing that Mum had requested extra Aussie Christmas cards for our UK relatives I printed out four Aussie Santas from Make it Crafty on both plain paper and card, then paper pieced the singlet and shorts from my Christmas scrap bag before recreating the Sydney harbour I made on this card here using up more paper and card scraps to form the scene.

I used my spray inks to create the sky and water on separate pieces of card and watercolour paper the ocean turning a little greener than intended, but still looks ok.

These two cards were finished off with some 3D Crystalina Kindy glitz to the waves and the edge of the sand before I popped Santa up on foam to add dimension. Sentiment was added using clear embossing ink and some black embossing powder.

Here are the two Sydney Santa cards:-


What I used:-

White 5x7” card blank (12.6 x 17.8cm)
London Blue and Cut grass ink spray-Dylusions
White card 
Sights of Sydney Die Ultimate Crafts
Scrap card and papers
Kaisercraft Base Coat papers
Wink of Stella Clear (added to Santa’s beard) 
Derwent and Faber-Castell Pencils
Kindy Glitz 3D Crystalina 
Adhesives:- Double sided tape, Double sided sheet, foam dots
Stamps- Magazine Freebies
WOW! Ebony embossing powder
Ranger Clear Embossing ink pad


I would like to enter these cards in:-
Southern Girls Challenge Lets get inky (inky sky and ocean)
Crafts Galore Encore Anything goes
Crafting by Design Get ready for Christmas November edition
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Anything goes
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge November- Optional Tag

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Anything goes
12 Months of Christmas Link up optional theme Star Struck


Thank you for looking in...
Have a wonderful week
Megan

P.S. A huge thank you to all the lovely visitors who take the time to leave me a message, I truly appreciate them all! 

Sunday, 19 November 2017

LPoCF #70 Beary Merry Christmas


Hello again,

Today brings us to another brand new challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and as always the challenge is Anything Goes, so come along and join us with whatever you have been working on, we would love to see what you have been doing, we have two lovely sponsors this fortnight offering a lovely prize to two winners…



Prize 2 Packs from the store




Prize 2 Images

I was given a very cute little Winter Bear out feeding little birds from our sponsor AMB Illustrations called Merry Beary Bear, I knew what patterned papers I wanted to use and coloured the little bear in colours to suit, adding some Fairy Crystal glitter paint to the ground and some dotted around the little bear. I cut the 15cm square paper diagonally to cover the front of a 13cm square card blank with a small misalignment in one corner. I found some scrap card to die cut the flourish and poinsettia in my bits box, cutting the flourish up into three pieces to fan it out hiding the cuts behind the poinsettia which I made up and allowed to dry out before adding to the card. A tiny sentiment from a Kaisercraft set called ‘Home for Christmas’ to finish the card off.

Here is my card:-


What I used:-
White 13cm square card blank
Faber-Castell Pencils
Papers from stash, Magazine freebies two different packs
Gold, red, green and yellow card scraps
MFT Flourish die small
Marianne Design die Poinsettia
CCD Cross Stitched Oval die
Glitter paint-Crystalina
Adhesives:- double sided tape, PVA glue and foam tape
Sentiment Kaisercraft ‘Home for Christmas’ clear stamp




Thank you for looking in…

Have a wonderful week…

Megan

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Elephant Wishes


Hello again,

Hope you are all well, I'm still working my way through my Christmas cards,  should probably count them to see how much further Ive got to go and maybe plan some batch makes, today my card features a super cute little Elephant from Digi Stamp Boutique called Christmas Edwin and Hetty

I found some card blanks online from South Australian company Blue Edge Crafts that are almost the same as the C7 card blank with the fold along the narrow side, nice for a change and they had super cheap deal on the new year calendar blanks, so a few extra card blanks for my stash, started my last pack of 50 last month…. Hope to pick some up at the craft show although sometimes cheaper bought online…

I dug through some of my patterned papers from magazines and found this non Christmas set that I think works well with the image. I added Kindy glitz to the elephants hat before die-cutting with a CCD set not realising that I had picked up the 3D version, so while the glitter sparkles, some parts appear less glossy than others.

Here is my card:-


What I used:-

White card blank 12.5x 17.4cm
Magazine Freebie papers
Fiskars Scalloped border punch
CCD Pin dot rectangles
Kindy Glitz Crystalina 3D
Bella! Bling
Clear embossing ink
Metallic Silver Fine embossing powder
Free Sentiment Stamp 

I would like to enter this card in:-

Wow, I think that is a record for me entering my cards...

Thank you for looking in... 
Have a wonderful week...
Megan

P.S. A huge THANKS to all the lovely visitors who take the time to leave me a comment, I truly appreciate them all...