Saturday 31 January 2015

Wine is Best....

I made this background panel some weeks back with new stencils I had bought....I just loved it so today I am really please to be using it on a card.  I have this fabulous wine bottle/glass stamp and simply stamped it in brown Versafine, then hand stamped the sentiment using letters sets (can't you tell; they're all wobbly) and then mounted that on dark brown card onto cream and decided not to trim off the extra but instead finished it off with a small tag. I'm posting to City Crafters challenge #246 - Cheers! ...might just be going to enjoy a red tonight at a BBQ with the neighbours.  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn
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Think Peaceful Thoughts

I seem to be on a roll third card.  Now I have used a new technique today which I saw on Youtube here  - Easy Triple Time stamping. I've used two stamps from my Power Poppy Countryside Bouquet set and followed the tute....randomly stamped the sprig in grey and then the honeysuckle in coral and chianti. Then layered the three panels on soft pink. For the sentiment from Power Poppy Good Thinking set I inked in grey and mounted it on a grey strip and then finished the card with a few pink pearls. I've used the colours at ColourQ cQc#227 and will post to the Power Poppy Peep of the Week challenge.  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Peep of the Week

Hugs and Wishes

For this card I started by stamping the rows of hearts in white and embossing in white, then I used my long forgotten chalks, in three shades of pink to get this ombre effect and accidentally the white embossed hearts grabbed the pink chalk. So I decided to colour them in with white gel pen. I cut this down and layered it on white and then onto a heart embossed background. To finish I stamped the IBS sentiment and attached it with a mini heart brad. I'm posting my card to Shopping Our Stash #186 - Love me do, Addicted to Stamps and More - Clean and Simple, The Card Concept 27 - Love, and Inspired by Stamping IBSIC #90, where I've with both the sketch and Heart theme for my card.
Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

SOS #186: Love Me Do

Jan-IBSIC90---Sketch  IBSIC90---Hearts

Live every Moment

Today I've started out playing with my Distress Inks and created this watercolour background for a card for four challenges....
I tried something different this morning....First I stamped the swirly image several times in white and embossed in white. Then I dabbed some Distress Ink (peacock feathers, salty ocean) on my plastic sheet sprayed with water and inverted the card - giving me a lovely blue/green mix. Next I ironed off the embossing so I would have a flat surface to stamp my sentiment....well that didn't work too well - it's flat but left some squashed shiny swirls. but I figured I might as well see if the stamping would work.  Yes ok the black ink looked good, so I decided to add my own swirls with a fine silvery glitter pen, and some sequins..and now I'm really happy with my card.
Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

glittered (blues)  

Friday 30 January 2015

Friday Smiles

Now who wouldn't be Happy on Australia Day - January 25 ....they give us a holiday. So last Friday we headed off to spend 5 days with my sister and hubby  in Gympie. Haven't seen them for 18 months, so there was lots of smiles, and hugs and a wonderful relaxed visit.
 They live in the peaceful countryside - here is part of her lovely garden
They feed a variety of birds every day - here are the lorikeets and their beautiful colours
 And a glorious sunset.
Saw this on the net....and oh how true it is for this Nanna!!!!
Share a smile...Hope you've had plenty to smile about this week and if you'd like to share with us pop over to Annies blog to share....Week #104.   Cheers and enjoy your weekend Robyn

Happy Mothers' Day

My second card for this week is based on the layout at Try Stampin' On Tuesday #203.
I decided to create the background 'alternating bands' with my brayer and that Kaleidacolor Ink pad I've had for mmmmany years - unbelievable - it still works and much richer in colour than the photo. I stamped this bowl of flowers at my last visit to friend Vikkis and decided to use an oval shape and also die cut a scalloped oval to frame it. I coloured the image with Distress Inks and mounted it over a length of ricrac braid and finished the card with a small sentiment. I am also joining my friend Karen who is making Mothers' Day cards for the Aussie Troops, so we'll see how many I can rustle up. Thanks for taking a peek Robyn
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Happy Birthday

HMFMC186 - Make it Masculine 

Hi there today and hope you've enjoyed the week. Today I have a birthday card for a male and am playing along with the theme at House Mouse and Friends Monday challenge #186 - Make it Masculine, also posting to Simon Says Wednesday - Anything Goes and Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes theme. I truly love these cute little mice and the antics they get up to, and I found this image I'd stamped some time ago and thought it would be appropriate...getting up to mischief and having a good fun time...hope that translates to having a wonderful fun birthday. I coloured it with watercolour pencils and used a circle die to nearly cut around the whole  image and then close cut around the second mouse. I chose this background paper from my freebies stash because of the browns and diamonds for males and highlighted the sentiment with a circle too and finished off with some glitter glue on the dragonfly wings. I am also using this card as my "B" project for my friends ABC Tag/Card challenge - have made a Birthday card with Brown; a colour not much seen on my cards. Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Monday 26 January 2015

Our Beautiful World

 Our team leader Kirtsy at Our Beautiful World has suggested this weeks #81 theme as  DANCE
My photos are of a young relative in Scotland who competes in the regional games - these are the Blairgowrie and Rattray Highland games

She looks lovely in her kilt and jacket. 

 I didn't realise there were so many different Scottish dances.
 Sword dance
 Highland Fling
 Irish Jig
Here's also a few photos of the other events
 Tossing the Bucket
 Community Tug-O-War
 Tossing the Kyber
Clan Chief - Laurence Philip Kington Blair Oliphant of Ardblair and Gask and his wife host the annual games.  He lives nearby at Ardblair Castle, Blairgowrie.
A great fun community day, I did enjoy watching.
Thanks for taking a peek and please join in and share your photos with Our Beautiful World.

Wednesday 21 January 2015

What's On Your Workdesk, Wednesday? my opinion!Welcome to my desk this Wednesday - I'm here showing you what's happening in my little bit of the world as part of Julias WOYWW #294. If you'd like to join in and visit some blogs and desk from across the plant - please visit our hostess Julia to find out the details.
Can you see outside the window - it's all gloom, grey, overcast and rainy and I need the light on in my room - it's wonderful, been waiting for this rain to cool the place down for a week or more. My desk is pretty empty of creative activity, I've been writing my mum a letter today and putting together a pile of cards to send to the mother-in-law for her to use. You can see a card at the back from my stamping buddy Vikki and to the right a few cards I'm piecing together - had to use the paint tube to hold the papers down as I've had the fan on full blast, till the cool change came in - so now they're predicting thunderstorms, lightning, plenty of rain and flooding. And of course the Australian Tennis Open is on TV so I've been watching a few matches.  Hope you're enjoying your week, thanks to all my visitors last week Cheers Robyn

Tuesday 20 January 2015

Calendar - easel card


CCC-Blinkie---all-sidesThis month for the Society of Stampaholics Card Chain Challenge I chose to use the sketch and make an easel Calendar card for my recipient...Dawn in NZ - who kindly took this photo for me as I'd sent it off without thinking. I used the papers from Kaisercraft Pickled Pear and stamped a matching floral image and coloured that (under the easel), then added the mini calendar to support the easel. Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Best Wishes

Oh Gosh it must be the heat, I'm really pushing my mojo to create anything - so this tag has been happening for two days for my first time playing at Tag You're It #13 challenge. At last I'm really happy with it.  Stamped the Cosmo flowers from Power Poppy Coungtryside Bouquet set, a few times, coloured and fussy cut them, then arranged them over a blue wash.  I scored the edge of the tag and finished it off with ribbon and a sentiment. Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Sunday 18 January 2015

Our Beautiful World

This week 79 at Our Beautiful World, I get to suggest the photo theme. I have suggest we share a photo representing a Song Title.
So I had some fun trying to put names to some photos from my stash.
This first one is a song by Simon and Garfunkel....Bridge Over Troubled Waters
My second song title photo is Blowing In The Wind by Bob Dylan

And for my last I have a show of three photos to represent Cat Stevens song Morning Has Broken....because I love sunrises!!!

Thanks for taking time to look today, Robyn

Please visit the other team members to see their song title photos
Kirsty - Handmade Little Things
Ros - Mikey's Mom
Manuela - Elasdistrict