Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Challenge Me A Christmas Card - with Michelle Lupton


I am so grateful for my card making friends that remember that I'm out here even when I'm not publicly crafting! I am even more grateful when one of them (Michelle) invites me to play and post something online. :-) Michelle has again invited me to take part in her annual "Challenge me a Christmas Card" event, and my challenge to her was to use the theme "Stars". I did manage to muck up the dates, and so I'm late to the party. That's what I get for not doing the regular posting thing. ;-) If you still made your way here to say hello to me and see what I've been up to, thank-you!

So onto my cards. Apologies for the quality of the photos, I'm dealing with iPhone photos taken with orange light due to the bushfire smoke in the skies (I'm in Brisbane, Australia, for those who aren't familiar with me). I used Stampin' Up! Shine Bright, which is a lovely simple Christmas stamp set. The photos don't quite show it, but this card is sparkling bright with Wink of Stella, and coloured with Copics. The die is Lawn Fawn.

Thank-you so much for visiting me! Please leave me a message to let me know you were here and I will come to visit you back. It's been a long time!

Wishing you all a peaceful festive season filled with happiness and fun.


Sunday, 16 December 2018

Challenge Me A Christmas Card - with Michelle Lupton

Hello friends!!

Long time, no blogging from me. I've had a bit of a challenging year (very challenging). I'll share more about that in another post. I'm hoping 2019 will be much, MUCH better and I'll be able to return to my crafting. Despite my disappearance from blogland, I have some friends out there who just didn't let me disappear and checked on me regularly. One of those AWESOME people is Michelle Lupton. Not only did Michelle check in on me, she also asked if I would join her in her Challenge Me A Christmas Card series, even though I haven't made a card in a year. That's faith for you! I've had to dust off the cobwebs, for sure! Haha!

My challenge to Michelle was Red, Green, and Gold. This is my version:
To make this card I used SU! Mistletoe Season stamps and Merry Christmas thinlits dies. Colours are SU! Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, and Altenew (green, I forget the name!).

Here's another photo, because this one was a bit tricky to photograph with all the vellum and shiny letters on top:

Now head on over to check out Michelle's Red, Green, and Gold card and leave her some love.

Michelle, I cannot tell you how much your small messages to me this year have meant, even when I didn't reply. You probably don't even remember most of the times you reached out, but they really made a difference to me. And so far this year, your Christmas card is the one and only one I've received, so it is extra specially treasured. Thank-you for being a good friend. I hope I can get to Melbourne some time so we can catch up in person. :-)

Thank-you everyone for visiting. I hope I can return in the new year with more cards and join back into the beautiful card making community again.

Have a wonderful Christmas! Spread some kindness! And I hope your holiday season is filled with love and laughter.


Friday, 15 December 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia


Today I'm so excited to be joining in with Taheerah's Advent Calendar Extravaganza! This annual celebration is just amazing with so many cards to inspire us all. Taheerah brings together a huge number of people in the cardmaking world, including lots of awesome sponsors to make a fun journey through to Christmas.

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests - each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at to see what special surprises await behind the door!

Today's sponsor is Lawn Fawn and I decided that I needed some new Lawn Fawn Christmas goodness (not that I need an excuse for new stamping goodies). I went searching for those cute Christmas penguins but they were very, very elusive (sold out everywhere) and so I went back to my wishlist and discovered that these gorgeous little Winter Sparrows were back in stock (you would not believe the number of times I've tried to buy these cuties). Yay! I think you'll be able to tell that I've had fun making these cards. This year is going to be all about singing sparrows as I send out my (very late) Christmas cards.
I used Winter Sparrows stamps and dies combined with Outside In Stitched Rectangles dies and added a little Copic colouring.

Patterned paper is Stampin' Up!

It’s not a party without a prize - and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Lawn Fawn so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post - then head back to and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2017 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!

Merry Christmas!


Friday, 3 November 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 246


Sometimes I look at a sketch and I know exactly what I'm going to make, and this sketch for CAS(E) This Sketch Challenge was like that. And then I made what I imagined and I thought, "Oh no, I can't share that!", haha! It didn't turn out. So I went back to the drawing board and came up with this card, which is almost exactly the opposite of my original idea. It worked much better. ;-)
I used SU! Tin of Tags stamps, an old SU! little snowflake, and PTI sentiment.
This sketch is gorgeous and is crying out for some emboss resist with watercoloured background. I cannot wait to see the gallery!

Thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Happy Little Stampers November Watercolour Challenge - tag


I'm here with the Happy Little Stampers November Watercolour Challenge where we have the optional twist of "Tag". I've made a Chrismas tag with a watercolour background and a sparkly silver embossed sentiment and snowflakes. Can you see those tiny bells tied to the ribbon? They actually tinkle. :-)
 I used Stampin' Up! Tin of Tags stamps embossed in silver. Watercolour is Winsor & Newton Cotman.
Our winner for this challenge will receive a $20 coupon to spend at the shop! Check out all the details HERE. I hope you join us in the fun!

Thanks for dropping by to visit!


Challenge me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton - washi


I'm so excited! A while ago my friend Michelle Lupton (one of many fabulous friends named Michelle/Michele here in blogland) threw out an invitation for people to suggest Christmas card ideas/challenges and to join her in making a Christmas card using the same idea. I put my hand up and expressed that I just LOVE a challenge and that I would take whichever idea Michelle wanted to throw my way. :-)

Well, a short time later Michelle let me know that we would be using the same washi tape to create our cards. Washi. You won't find many of my cards with washi, but I have been known to use it on occasion (I love it, I'm just not confident with it). This washi is super gorgeous and sparkly silver against a dark indigo blue (the photo really doesn't do it justice). I added some pale grey snowflakes, a cheery Christmas sentiment, and a few shiny silver sequins to finish my card.
I can't wait to see what Michelle has created with this washi. It's sure to be creative and super cool.

Thank-you for joining me. Be sure to pop over to Michelle's blog to check out her version, too.


PS. If I can get a daytime photo of this card, I might do a quick switcheroo so that you can truly appreciate it's sparkly-ness.

Friday, 27 October 2017

CAS(E) This Sketch 245 - Retro 88


I've created a simple Christmas card for this week's CAS(E) This Sketch. I left off the two dots because I just couldn't figure out how to work them into my design (oops!). The rest of the design team did a much better job than me on that one. ;-)
I used PTI Spruce and Sprigs and sentiment stamps.
I still love this sketch! The last time I used it, I stuck much more closely to the design.

I hope you're inspired to join us in the fun with this cool sketch.

Thanks for dropping by!