Friday 24 October 2014

Friday Smiles

Share a smile...Week 90 - Happy Friday Smiles...why not join in and share what has made you smile this week - pop over to Annies blog to play.
I'm happy this week as hubby is back from being away for a week, nice to have him home. He's taken Ryan (son) to the local for a beer so I'm sitting back with a G&T and have a few minutes to blog. Also happy because I'm visiting with the kids and staying with Ryan and getting lots of cuddles and fun time with gorgeous Sophie - she's one on Sunday, so pics next week of the dear little sweetie.
On the craft side I have been having so much fun with watercolouring. I did these Christmas Bells with distress inks and the Daisies with Twinkling H2Os....there's a few more posted over the last weeks. Waiting now for the men to come home and make the pizza for tea...yum!!
Hugs and plenty of smiles friend, enjoy your weekend cheers Robyn

Be Happy

Late afternoon here and I've just been able to get a photo of my card for the Card Concept #21 challenge...Sunflowers. I am having so much fun with watercolours at the moment that I thought I'd try a free hand sunflower...painted with Twinkling H2Os - you might just see the shine of the petal tips. I splattered a few spots and stamped the Inspired by Stamping sentiment and finish the card on a dark brown layer and a ribbon and bow. 
Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Wednesday 22 October 2014

What's On Your Workdesk, Wednesday? my opinion!Hello fellow WOYWW #281 desk today is the dining table at our son's home in Townsville where I am visiting again as it is gorgeous Sophies first birthday this Sunday and lucky for me hubby had to do some work out north of here so we made the trip up early and I've been able to spend time with our kids and darling Sophie.Also been doing some gardening and yes I did pack a craft crate and spent last Saturday with stamping buddy Vikki tryng out some watercolouring and made  few cards. 
On my table you can see my trusty old guillotine on the right, Twinkling H2Os and my Distress Ink pads - there's not much room for anything else on the table. Yesterday I started on this pink Christmas card - Vikki has some new Christmas dies so her machine was running hot.
 I also completed Sophie's birthday card 
Please drop over to Julia's blog for details if you're wondering what I'm on about and you'll find a stack of other bloggers sharing their desks too....why not join in the fun. 
Cheers and thanks for dropping by Robyn

Above Sophies card, below some of my watercolouring with Twinkling H2Os.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Happy Birthday

I'm hooked!!!  on watercolouring.  I've checked out and watched a few blogs and You-tube videos...and I'm learning all the time..
I read where you can stamp an image in a light colour and then paint that's what I've tried this morning using Inspired by Stamping stamps. I used my Distress Ink pads and a waterbrush to paint in the flower using the lightest colour and then adding outline and depth. I swam some light blue around the image and stamped the sentiment to finish the card. I'm posting my card to Addicted to Stamps and More #117 - Make your Mark, and also to Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes.
Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Challenge #117 - Make your Mark

Merry Christmas

My Christmas card stash is growing fabulously, with this one to add. I'm using the palette at Just Us Girls #263 - Purple, Olive and Navy and as these are Non-traditional Christmas colours I'm also posting to Merry Monday #131.
This card started as I had left over Distress Ink (crushed olive) on my brayer and so I quickly rolled the inside of the tree embossing folder and ran it through the Cuttlebug...well that was terrible so I turned it over and with the lighter leftover ink it worked beautifully brayered over the raised  image - accidentally it got on the edges of the card too but that worked fine too to soften the edge. I mounted it on olive card and die cut Merry from purple card. I stamped the Christmas sentiment in purple and framed it with a scrap and then finished the card with a few navy and white pearls.
Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Sunday 19 October 2014

Late Friday Smiles

Share a smile...Hi there this fine breezy Sunday....yes I know I'm a few days late but I'd still love to share my smiles with you anyway.....join in over at Annie's blog - week 89 Friday Smiles.  We've been on the road again this week to join the celebrations next Sunday for gorgeous Sophies first birthday.
AND in my garden awaiting me were my beautiful hippeastrums in full bloom - they really put a big smile on my face and a bright splash of colour in my garden. Happy Friday Smiles friends and hope the weather is as wonderful at your place as it is here. 
Cheers and enjoy your weekend Robyn


PS - couldn't resist adding a fun pic of Miss Sophie kicking back on my mini sofa with her mobile phone - she's a delightful little person - yes I'm biased.

All Is Calm, All Is Bright

Yesterday I had an enjoyable day stamping with my friend Vikki in her fabulous craft room. I have made this Christmas card for the Merry Monday #130 - Silent Night challenge and also for Inspired by Stamping monthly challenge - IBSIC #87, Silver. We had a play with FlitterGlu to create these Silver Christmas trees (they look gold in this photo but are in fact silver - will have to see if I can add a better photo) and then masked the trees and also used a circle mask to sponge in the night sky and a moon. Finished the card with a sentiment and a few red gems. Thanks for taking a peek Robyn


Sunday 12 October 2014

Our Beautiful World

- oh can't you just see all the glorious colours and fallen leaves. I have lived in the tropics for 20+ years and so you don't get the four season and this wonderful experience, so my mum used to send me autumn leaves in her letters.So my collection of Autumn photos is limited and I found these few from our trip to the UK. We don't get squirrels in Australia either so seeing this one so close in the Kensington Gardens was real treat for mum and me.
Kensington Gardens - mum with her much younger cousin Ann who is British and lives in London
In Scotland the reles showed us the sights too....
Here is the Meikleour Beech Hedge, an historical feature located on the Perth-Blaigowrie Road in was planted around 1745 is 580 yards long, and over 100 feet high and is recorded as the tallest hedge in the world

I found this beautiful little bridge in Scotland winding it's way through the russet trees...gorgeous.
Thanks for visiting, please leave a comment and pop over to the other team members blogs to see their lovely photos, Cheers Robyn
Manuela - Elasdistrict

Saturday 11 October 2014

Love and Best Wishes

Another water coloured card using my Twinkling H2Os, just free hand painting with a little help from Shirley-bee - I love her work. I'm posting my card to Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes challenge. Having fun this fine Saturday, skyping with my stamping buddy Vikki, thanks for the inspiration Vik.
and thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Happy Birthday

My second attempt today with watercolouring flowers...this one is totally free know puddled some colours...using my Twinkling H2Os again so there is a lovely glimmer to the deeper colours. A simple complimentary layer and sentiment to finish the card. I'm going to post my card to Virginia's View #8 - this month the challenge is Clean and Simple - my card feels fresh and happy. Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Especially for You

SOS #172: It's the Most Colorful Time Of The Year

My friend Vikki this afternoon challenged me to have a try at the watercolouring she saw on Shirley-Bee's blog  - you need to scroll down lots and see more beautiful cards. I have used Twinkling H2Os as the colour medium and roughly coloured the flower part of a stamp and then went over it with deeper colours and added more body and petals, then the stems. Used the old toothbrush to get the splatter and stamped a simple sentiment. I'm rapt and eager to have another go.  I'm posting this card to Shopping Our Stash WOW#172 as I've used beautiful autumn colours. Cheers and thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Tis the Season to be Jolly

As we really don't celebrate Halloween in Australia I opted to make a Christmas tag for Tim's 12 tags of 2014, October. I followed the same process basically and am really happy with the end result.  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn
12 tags of 2014 - october... |

Friday 10 October 2014

Friday Smiles #88

Share a smile... Happy Friday Smiles dear friends, from the east coast of Australia.  The top pic is where we were last Friday, so I didn't get to share.... Off for a four day break, oh how lovely that was - it was so relaxing I didn't need to smile.  The caravan park was a few kilometers out of Agnes Waters/Town of 1770 (an historical story behind that name) and in a magical bush setting...that's our van behind the tree. Waking up to the sounds of the bush bird, and  each afternoon as the sun went down with a glass or two we gathered to enjoying the company of a few nearby campers and to share our stories.
The camp owners loaned them this fabulous wood burner, and there was plenty of felled timber to burn....I love a camp fire and looking into the flames.
 The last afternoon more folk joined us, I made scones and later we moved the TV out so we could all watch the grand final of the rugby league.
I feel relaxed now just thinking about  hope you've had a wonderful week...why not join in at Annie's blog and share.  Cheers Robyn

Sending you Sunshine, Laughter and Hugs

CCC-Blinkie---all-sidesFor this months Card Chain Challenge at Society of StampaholicsI've gone with the 'Cat' theme and the colour palette....I hope my recipient likes cats!!!
I  created the background panel with a light spray of Magical Micas, so it has a speckled finish (not that you can see from this awful photo) and layered it on persimmon and deep iris card. Then I made the front grasses panel with a freebie stamp and FlitterGlu from Indigoblu (gilding flakes - a lovely friend gave me a kit for my birthday). I fussy cut that and stamped a tree on the background panel. The sentiment is from IBS Everyday Greetings set. I die cut the black cat and a butterfly to finish the card.  

Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

One of the following themes: – Halloween  or  Thanksgiving  or  Cats (in honor of National Cat’s Day)  or  Friendship

Thursday 9 October 2014

Best Wishes

Hi there again, this is my final card for the Power Poppy World Card Making Day 2014 challenge....PPWCMD04 with the theme - Let's Get Personal...
My tri-fold card features bears because my new birthday bear Louie from my dear family, is sitting here on my desk guarding my eraser that always seems to get lost. I partially stamped my bears on the three pages, coloured them with watercolour pencils and then framed them with deep red textured cardstock. A couple of simple sentiments and a bow finished my card.  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn