Saturday, 2 January 2021

Color Hues #9 - Poppies

 Hello!


Second day of the year, second card! It won't continue like this as I do need to return to work next week, but for now I'm enjoying a little crafting time. I'm joining in the Color Hues Challenge where we are challenged to use red and grey. I've created a simple one-layer card.

I used Stampin' Up! Painted Poppies (images) and Queen Anne's Lace (sentiment). I hand drew the stems. Colours are SU Poppy Parade and Smokey Slate.


I'm thinking of heading off to the movies today to see The Dry. I loved the book and am looking forward to the movie. I'm currently reading Jane Harper's most recent novel, The Survivors. I love how all of her books take you to a specific Australian landscape/community, I always immerse myself and get tempted to adventure to the region described. My adventuring is limited to Queensland at the moment, with state borders opening and closing at a moment's notice, depending on COVID-19 outbreaks it's not worth risking getting stuck somewhere and having to quarantine for two weeks when I get home. Luckily, Queensland is the best place on Earth! 

Thank-you for visiting!

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 1 January 2021

Freshly Made Sketches 466 - You are simply wonderful

 Hello!


Happy New Year! Wishing you all a fabulous 2021!


I'm hoping that 2021 will see me return to my art and my cardmaking, and in that spirit I decided to start the year off the way I hope to continue, by making a card!


To find some inspiration I took a wander through some challenge blogs and found a lovely sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Here is my card:

Stamp set is SU Bloom & Grow, coloured with Copics.

This is the sketch:

Thank-you for visiting! 

Michelle
xxx





Monday, 2 November 2020

Case me a Christmas Card with Michelle Lupton


 Hello!

I've been invited again to make Christmas cards with Michelle Lupton and this time we cased each other's cards.

Here is my Christmas card:

I've been wanting to make something like this for such a long time (since I bought that lovely MFT PEACE die on it's first release years ago), and when I saw Michelle's card, I knew this was the time to CASE and create my own version!
I used SU Arrange a Wreath and Sweetest time stamps. Card is SU Poppy Parade and PTI White.

I took a photo right before I added the final layer to the card, and I like this version, too.

And here is the inspiration:



Thank-you so much for inviting me along again Michelle. I do so love the push to make more Christmas cards. Now I just need to make another 100 and send them this year. :-) 

Thank-you everyone who has visited me, I appreciate it.

EDIT: System malfunctions mean this is posting late. My apologies to Michelle and anyone who actually tried to visit earlier!

Michelle 
xxx


Sunday, 18 October 2020

Let's Celebrate You!

 Hello!

I made a card! I made it a couple of months ago, and it's taken me a while to get around to photographing and sharing. I'm working on a new computer and figuring out how to edit my photos again (moved from PC to Mac). I'm still not there, but getting there slowly.

It was my daughter's 13th birthday in August, and what better reason to pull out my card making supplies. I still can't bring myself to buy cards, and I've been using my extensive stash, but a 13th birthday deserves a brand new card. :-) 

This card was made using StampinUp! Bloom and Grow stamps and SU! Stampin' Blends markers.

Thank-you for dropping buy. I have been buying some new Christmas stamps and I have high hopes that I will make and send them this year. Given the dismal state of the postal service, I need to get hopping on this and get them sent sometime in November to have a chance of arriving before Christmas.

I hope you are all doing okay. 2020 has been challenging on so many levels, and I'm very hopeful for a better 2021. In the meantime, I'm being grateful for the little things like my family (a big thing in my eyes), my job, and my home. Our restrictions were lifted to allow us to travel within the state and I've been heading to the beach to visit my family and get some time in the healing ocean water - nothing is better at relaxing me than a day at the beach with my girls.
See you soon with some Christmas goodness!

Michelle
xxx




Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Challenge Me A Christmas Card - with Michelle Lupton



Hello!

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.

Michelle

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.

Michelle
xxx

Friday, 15 December 2017

Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

Hello!

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 taheerah-atchia.com 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 taheerah-atchia.com 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 taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time!

Merry Christmas!


Michelle
xxx