Sunday, 14 September 2014

CTMH *squeal*

Ok, so my exciting news is this...  I have signed up to be a CTMH (that's Close to My Heart) consultant!  CTMH have a fantastic range of papers, stamps and accessories to create with.  One of the things I love are the kits that they put together (Workshop on the Go), with all co-ordinated products and even layout designs.  I have no photo's yet, but I will put some up tomorrow.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

CKCB August 2014

We had a few options to choose from this month as we are counterfeiting Studio Calico's Penny Arcade.  I liked the look of the Card Kit, but I didn't really have any papers to use for this kit.

This is the card kit:

Starting with the Cardstock:

Craftables White
Craftables Baby Pink
Craftables Cameo Cream
Rosies Studio Kraft
Rosies Studio Dark Grey

Then my embellishments:
Coral Pink Polka Dot Washi Tape
American Craft Glitter Tape
American Craft Chevron Black and White
American Craft Black and White Bakers Twine
CTMH Gold Shimmer Trim

and the little bits:
Red Die Cut Doily (Coutoure Creations Die)
Various Buttons
Punched Stars Gold Cardstock
Die Cut Cloud Stencil
Kindy Glitz/Stickles Variety

and all my counterfeited Papers (I did a 6 x 6 pad)

I used Gold Cardstock and then stamped CTMH Oodles of Doodles circle in Versamark then heat embossed White ZING powder

I used White Craftables Cardstock Cut to size, then black pen dots, coloured roughly with Spectrum Noir CR3. CR5 and CR7

I used Dafodil Yellow Craftables Cardstock cut to size, then 2cm strips of Trophee Chamois stuck down in 2cm intervals

I used Rosies Studio pale blue cardstock cut to size, then Versamagic White Cloud Chalk ink rubbed in cloudlike shapes.  Then using black pen drew eyes and mouth.  Then with my little pinky, I stamped Momento Rose Bud ink to make the cheeks.

I used Kraft Craftables Cardstock cut to size, then used a Spellbinder scallop border die to cut Trophee white linen cardstock.

I used Craftables Riverstone Cardstock cut to size, then stamped feathers in Black Versafine ink onto White Craftables Cardstock and fussy cut them to stick randomly on the cardstock.  The thinner feather is from Amy Tangerine and the other is from a magazine

I went through my stamps to choose some for the kit, but couldn't decide, so will just use what ones I need/want to use through the month!

Julies Birthday 2014

It's always funny trying to come up with a different card for someone, especially when they make cards too! I had heaps of fun colouring this Lili of the Valley stamp, and layered up papers.  The tricky part is on the inside....

Richard Birthday Card 2014

I was really happy to have a go with a cityscape die, and used it to make a card for Richards birthday.  I inked the clouds onto the background, and then added 4 cityscapes in white, light grey, dark grey and black.  I loved how it looked, but it needed a little something extra, so Jack asked me to put in a plane...  This is what I came up with.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Jessica's 8th birthday Card

I wanted to something special for Jessica, she is an amazing girl who is very creative and loves making cards.  So when Christy at TiddlyInks sent an email to let everyone know that she was having a sale on her acrylic stamps, I ordered the "Wrynn - Hanging Around" that I wanted and a few fairies and dragons.  I had to use the "Fairy Happy Day" stamp for Jessica because it is so cute, and I know she appreciates the fact I have made it just for her.

I used Momento to stamp up the fairy, and the impression was crisp and clear right from the first stamp.  I added extra colour into the daisies rather than leaving them white, and found the design of the fairy fabulous to colour!  She just came to life very easily.  I decided to make it a pink card because I wanted to use the pretty pink flowers, and colour matched my paper and cardstock accordingly.  Jessica is a Kindy Glitz kind of girl, so I used it on the daisies and her magical wings!

I had so much fun making this card, and cant wait to try out the other stamps that I ordered!  If you like the image, you can purchase directly from the artist at: but remember that at the moment it is only digital stamps available until September.

I also used some of the paper to make a gift bag to co-ordinate with the card!

Happy Birthday Jess, I hope that you like your card, as much as I did making it!

Friday, 4 July 2014

CKCB - July Kit 2014

What a great kit to start back with!  I just loved the colours, and had fun rummaging through my stash!

The original kit is by Noel Mignon:  Balboa Kit.  It has loads of papers and embellishments, with bright colours and chalkboard accents:

Here is my counterfeit:


I have added black so that I can make some chalkboard embellishments. I have no idea which company produced the cardstock, but I am inclined to say that they are Rosies Studio.  I dont really like yellow, so I have excluded this from my version of the kit!


Going from left to right:

Kaisercraft Childs Play "jump rope" (B side)
Bella At Last "Wild thing" (B side)
Kaisercraft Pina Colada Collection "Sugar Syrup"  (B Side)
Sugar and Spice Gelato "Hot Pink Stripe"
Kaisercraft Airy Fairy Collection "Fantasy" (B Side)
Kaisercraft Pina Colasa Collection "Palm Beach" (B Side)
Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Collection "2nd & Oak"
MME Bright Dots Paper Pad
MME Bright Dots Paper Pad
Dear Lizzy 5th & Frolic Collection"Cartwheel Court"  (B Side)
MME Bright Dots Paper Pad


American Crafts Thickers - Daiquiri
Dear Lizzy Rubons
Liquid Pearls (baby Blue) and
KindyGlitz (Crystalina)
Rosies Studio Pearls

WeR, Rosies Studio and KMart Washi
Papervine Blue/White Twine
Celebrate Cerise satin organza ribbon
American Crafts Pink/White Twine
American Crafts Aqua/White Satin Ribbon

Kaisercraft Epoxy Brads

Speach Bubble, Polaroid and Banner
Frame Stamps (Various)
Basic Grey Mint Julep
Die Cut & Transperencies
Basic Grey Mint Julep
Chipboard Stickers
Heidi Swapp Mini Stencils
This is my kit at the moment.  Of course, I will be counterfeiting some of the other papers and embellishments, and will add them in when I have made them!

The lovely ladies over at the Counterfeit Kit Challenge are ALWAYS looking for new talent, so please have a look at:  Counterfeit Kit Challenge and join in.

Now to get that first challenge done! xxx

I admit it....

I have been a bit slack lately!  I didn't realise how long it had been since I have posted a blog...  Life has a way of getting away sometimes, and I would love to say that I have still been crafting and just not posting - but the reality is that I haven't really been doing much on the creative side of things.  In April, I started working again.  It's only part time, but losing those few hours really impacted on my creativity!  I refuse to use this as an excuse though, so I am jumping back in - BOOTS and all!  xxx

Sunday, 16 March 2014

CSI: 113 - Funky Whanau

I just loved these colours this week, there is something about pink/aqua/grey, that just makes scrapping a breeze!!!  I am demonstrating on 29/03/14 at Spotlight Wairau, so I chose to use products from there as well as fitting it into the colour schemes for CSI.  This is the case file for the week:

Add caption

Here is how I solved case 113:
Scheme - the colours are all there
Evidence – Ledger Paper, camera, hearts, owls, pen work and Stripes

Testimony – Use typewriter font, IW:  love, memory, family:  “I love that Daddy works for Vodafone.  They throw the best family event for all their staff.  I will always have the visions of you kids, protecting me from the crazy clowns on stilts, in my memory.  What an amazing Funky Day!  Feb 08 2014”

Sunday, 9 March 2014

CSI: 112 - Big Sistas

I really loved the colours for this weeks challenge!  Blues and greens are my favourite to scrap with!  I had the perfect photos too!
and this is what I came up with:

Here is how I solved case 112:
Scheme - the colours are all there
Evidence – patterned background, something sheer, frames, buttons, crystals, floral pattern

Testimony – Create a vellum pocket for journalling:  “Both Madison and Katie Rose were so excited to meet their new baby brother!  Nana drove them both to the hospital in the morning so that they could meet Riley before they went to school and Kindy.  These photos are the first cuddles both girls had with their baby brother!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

CSI: 111 - Puppy Love

I was totally not sure about these colours, but they really work!

This is what I come up with:

Here is how I solved case 111:Scheme - the colours are all thereEvidence – animal accent, polka dots, drips, wood, stickers, border punch, sprinklesTestimony – Journal in three spots IW:  friends, enjoy & giggle.  “Samson is such a cute puppy!  He makes us giggle…  Samson and the girls are already fabulous friends, they all enjoy playing together…”

Monday, 24 February 2014

CKCB Challenge #3 February 2014

Over at CKCB, challenge number 3 was to make a card (or something) in 10 minutes.  I had a go, and with an idea in my head from 2 peas, my kit for February, and a friend to keep me honest (and take photos!)

Proof that I was timing myself!
Stuffing a clear cellophane bag with a 6 x 4 cardstock and pretty sequins
Sewing the top of bag closed, and around the edge of the bag
Time check - Pretty quick!
Tying bakers twine around the bag (after matting on red cardstock)
Another time check after putting DST on back
Putting on the front card

A bit of washi and its nearly done
added a heart and some gems, and it was all done - with time to spare!

Sunday, 23 February 2014

CKCB February Blog Hop 2014

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to my part of the CKCB Members' Blog Hop for February!

You should have arrived here from Maggie.

Challenge # 2 was to use an angled background.  I found inspiration from a friend who just got hexagon die.

I had heaps of fun cutting through all my smaller bits of paper!

Thank you so much for stopping by, click here to go to Leslie.  There is a full blog hop list published on CKCB so if you get lost, you can check on there.

Have a great month, please leave a comment to let me know you came by!

CSI: 110 - I am Sam

I just loved the simplicity of this weeks case:

and I just adored the sketch - I hope that I have done it justice!

Here is how I solved case 110:
Scheme - the colours are all there
Evidence – pet accents, feather (fibres), ribbon, solid background, something sheer, jewels

Testimony – Journal about a pet and tell the story from your pet’s point of view.  IW:  style, fancy hope.  “Hi there!  My owners call me Samson Stinky West, but I prefer if you call me good boy!  I live in a house with my two meowing puppies and masters and my three miniature food holders.  I love it when other food holders come into the house and bark to let everyone know that someone is here to see me WOOF!  I am not a fancy dog breed, but the evil stabbing man said that I am a Jack Russell, Kelpie cross – not sure what that means, but my master says I am very clever and full of energy.  My master grooms me, and makes sure my fur style is trendy.  I love to steal food from the kitchen, and prefer to drink from the white porcelain bowl.  Thinking of food, I hope I can get some soon…”

Sunday, 16 February 2014

CSI: 109 - Little Pigs

Here is the challenge for the week from CSI:

I was a little bit nervous to be using such bright colours, but I really love how this turned out:

Here is how I solved case 109:
Scheme - the colours are all there
Evidence – Book pages, silver accents, birds, stack something, use heat, textured paper, greenery

Testimony – IW:  read, life, simple.  “Riley loves his bed time story.  At the moment his favourite is The Three Little Pigs.  I love that he has a favourite as it makes life simple to not have to choose a story every night – he just grabs the book and hops straight into bed.  I just love to read this story to him, and I use different voices as the narrator, the wolf and the piggies.  Riley adds in lines from the story and is great at huffing and puffing!  Last night we got to the first little pig and Riley told me, “if I lived there, I would let the wolf in…” I explained to him, “but sweetie, the wolf wants to EAT the piggy”  I will never forget the look on his face when he asked me, “Wolves don’t eat kids though… Aye Mummy?”  I smiled and said, “No, honey, wolves don’t eat kids”.  Luckily he hasn't heard the story of the boy who cried wolf!

Monday, 10 February 2014

Counterfeit Kit Club - February Kit 2014

Wow!  I am running so behind on my challenges, but thought that I would still join in this month with a counterfeit kit challenge - better late than never?  I really love this kit, the colours and the patterns really appeal to me!  This is the kit that we are counterfeiting for the month.  It is by:

Kits de Somni

I started off with some cardstock as that is what I use for my base sheet when I craft, and these are the colours I pulled out of my stash:

I didn't have many papers in the correct colours or patterns, but that's ok, I have a huge stamp collection and ink collection for this reason!
From top to bottom they are:

Counterfeited:  White Cardstock stamped with a variety of hearts using:  Momento Rose Pink, Angel Pink, Sky Blue and Versacolour Sand Beige
Counterfeited:  White Cardstock with punched hearts glued and then stitched
Counterfeited:  White Cardstock stamped with arrows (Same colours as above with Momento Grey Flannel as well)
Bo Bunny white with black polka dot
Sugar and Spice "Hollywood" chevron

For my embellishments, I Counterfeited:
Black Chalboard peices using black cardstock, white embossing powder and Versamagic White cloud ink and a white souffle pen for definition.  I then die cut shapes to suit each picture
Die cut hearts in a selection of sizes and colours
Pink, silver and red sequin scatters (no holes in them)
White and pink heart pins
Jar stamped and coloured and hearts stuck on and bakers twine around the neck of the jar
Polaroid frame in pink with a white banner stamped with love you and a punched mini heart
Vellum stamped in red brilliance hearts
and a scrap of paper with a jar (Dear Lizzy pad originally)

and the rest of the embellishments:

Counterfeited Chevron bag
Black Pearls
"Fly Away" paper scrap
Black and white spots and stripes scraps
White doily

This is how I keep the embellishments while I am working with them (along with a couple of ribbons, washi tapes and punches):
This time, I also thought I would chuck in a couple of extra Kaisercraft stamp sets:
I hope that you have enjoyed looking at my kit - I had heaps of fun counterfeiting this month!