Wednesday, December 31, 2014

CAS(E) this Altenew...

Yes YOU! Thank you so much for being part of this journey so far, and I'm really looking forward to getting to know you a little better in 2015! I have a post planned for tomorrow where you will be able to link up your 2014 highlight posts, because I'd love to drop by and say hello in person ;)

As you may decipher from the title of this post, today's card was inspired by the colours, graphic patterns and watercolour butterflies in the Altenew December mood board, combined with the current CAS(E) this Sketch. Created by scribbling two gelato colours (Melon and Peach) onto the Altenew Painted Butterflies solid butterfly stamp then spritzing with water before stamping. A second layer of colour was applied in Momento Luxe Dandelion, before the top outline layer was stamped in Momento Luxe Rich Cocoa. Altenew Super Script sentiment stamped in Momento Luxe Dandelion and overstamped in Momento Luxe Rich Cocoa. The scalloped edge was a scrap from a 12x12 sheet of Sassafraslass paper.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

My Favourite 5 Christmas Cards of 2014...

I thought I'd join in the fun and add my five favourite Christmas cards to play along

In no particular order, and all linked back to their original posts for details.


 I have included all my favourites for 2014 in this post HERE, and you can join in the fun
HERE if you would like to join in my linky party!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Reverse Confetti SFYTT...

Ever since my Reverse Confetti goodies arrived (Thank you Jen and Stacey!!), I've been wanting to play along with Reverse Confetti Sketch-For-You-To-Try, and finally did - just in the nick of time!

This months sketch was perfect for a flamboyance of Fabulous Flamingos! Created from scrap papers from my stash, stamped in Momento Luxe Toffee Crunch and Rich Cocoa with Reverse Confetti Fabulous Flamingos. I probably should have had a better look at the sketch before I stamped the flamingos legs - but as they say, what makes you different, makes you beautiful!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge...

Hope you all had a FABULOUS Christmas!

I was so excited to discover I had time to spend a day with my kiddies enjoying the Boxing Day sales (except for the parking which was diabolical LOL!), AND a chance to play along with Papertrey December Blog Hop Challenge (not the least bit diabolical!), thanks to the time difference!

The December theme is Silver and Gold - so on trend! With all my Christmas cards out of the way, I was inspired by this gorgeous celebration cake, with all its layered circles. Created using a base of white cardstock splattered with Heidi Swapp Gold, diecut with silver glitter paper Papertrey Ink circle heart die cut (tree top) and Stitched Circles, added a touch of gold thread, and Papertrey Ink Wet Paint sentiment in superfine silver embossing powder.

Also playing along with Crazy for CAS Anything Goes,

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas to You...

I think I managed to miss the deadlines for most of the Challenges I had in mind for this LOL! But I'd love to take this opportunity to wish one and all a FABULOUS holiday season and an AMAZING year ahead!

Memory Box Trio of Deer die cut from Simple Stories paper, paired with these gorgeous Winnie and Walter sentiments embossed in gold.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

These are a few of my faVERVErite things...

December Diva Dare at Verve stamps is to showcase a few of your faVERVErite things (it's actually your favorite VERVE projects for the year, but these are my faVERVErite!) 

This new card is totally inspired by Miriam's fabulous post here
Just had to get out a faVERVErite Verve Poppy Birthday and play along!

Stayed very close to the Mojo Monday sketch for this card, using a variety of patterned papers from MME and Kaisercraft, paired with this fabulous set of Verve Poppy Birthday flowers and sentiment. With distressed wood and distressed ink edges, playing along with Virginia's View All Things Distressed, and the birthday theme is perfect for Seize the Birthday! The colour palette was inspired by this weeks City Crafter - but unfortunately as it's not a Christmas card too, can't play along there!

I had 4 faVERVErites, but you can only enter a maximum of three previous 2014 cards, and as many new ones as you do posts for until December 21, so I thought I'd revisit my 4 faVERVEites here too...

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winner Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop...

So happy to see so many more smiley faces following my blog - thank you so much for joining in the journey - much appreciated :)

By cut off time for commenting there were 215 super sweet comments on my three Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop posts (85, 55 and 75 respectively). Mr Random (aka DS) kindly chose #157, so without further ado, the winner of the gorgeous Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and the Merry stamp set is...

  1. Yummy, Yummy...I KNOW it smells just as good as it looks. LOVE it. Love the script on the Winnie and Walter set. Thanks for introducing me to this company- through hopping to you, I have now found a new company to contribute my hard earned money to.
I couldn't let the opportunity pass to make another card featuring the gorgeous Winnie and Walter script...

Created using Winnie and Walter This Awesome House, stamped and embossed in white on Kaisercraft wooden paper, cut with a craft knife on three sides (and sections of the doors and windows removed) to create an opening for the peek-a-boo heart shaker inside, Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold and the Merry Cutaways sentiment also diecut from Kaisercraft papers, with Happy Holidays sentiment stamped and embossed in white.


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Coffee Bean Shaker Card - Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop...

Playing along with the fabulous Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop.

As a special Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop treat, I have created the ultimate coffee and card lover's indulgence - a Coffee Bean Shaker card, with Gloria Jeans Mocha Java blend! It smells divine!

Created using these Christmas papers from Glitz and gorgeous Paper Smooches stamps stamped in Rich Cocoa (what else!), all inked with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. Because of the depth of the beans I cut three layers of foam and sandwiched them together for the walls of the shaker. Paper Smooches are joining in the fun as one of the fabulous hop sponsors.

How YOU can play along...
  • There are also random 5 prizes for people that comment on ALL of the linked blogs before 11:55 pm Pacific Time on Sunday, December 14th.
Hop over to Amy's blog for the InLinkz list.

EXTRA BONUS GIVEAWAY if you comment on this postthis post or this post (my Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop posts), you will also be in the running to win a FABULOUS Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold and the Merry stamp set. Much appreciated if you are / become a follower too :)
Joining in the fun @ Paper Smooches Sparkes Anything Goes and

Virginia's View All Things Distressed 


Friday, December 12, 2014

Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop (Thanks a Latte)...

Just wanted to say...
for playing along with the fabulous Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop.

As a special Coffee Lovers Holiday treat, I have included the recipe for a special coffee flavoured eggnog cocktail - as we celebrate Christmas in the midst of Summer here!
Mocha Nog Punch
10 parts Kahlúa Mocha
5 parts Absolut Vanilla
20 parts eggnog
Combine ingredients and serve in a punchbowl with a floating ice block.
Hint: Freeze ice with coffee beans for decoration.

Card created using Kaisercraft papers, and this gorgeous Verve sentiment stamped in Rich Cocoa (what else!) on a Mama Elephant cup diecut. Inked with Distress Ink Vintage Photo and layered on two MFT Dienamics heart diecuts. Verve are joining in the fun as one of the fabulous hop sponsors, check out the links below and on Amy's blog.

How YOU can play along...
  • Everyone that links up with newly created holiday coffee/hot holiday drink project is eligible for one of the fabulous prizes from the sponsors below (No back linking). The Inlinkz will be available on Amy's blog until 11:55 pm Pacific Time on Friday, December 12th to link up.
  • There are also random 5 prizes for people that comment on ALL of the linked blogs (see list on Amy's blog) before 11:55 pm Pacific Time on Sunday, December 14th.
EXTRA BONUS GIVEAWAY if you comment on this postthis post or this post (my Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop posts), you will also be in the running to win a FABULOUS Winnie and Walter The Big, the Bold and the Merry stamp set.

Also playing along with Mojo Monday, Color Throwdown and
Virginia's View All Things Distressed (I even distressed the edges!)
and Verve Favorite Things Dare.


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop (Peace, Joy & Coffee)...

All I want for Christmas is...
to play along with the fabulous Coffee Lovers Holiday Blog Hop.

As a special Coffee Lovers Holiday treat, I have included the recipe for a coffee cocktail - as we celebrate Christmas in the midst of Summer here! Did you know it is rumored that Theodore Roosevelt (Teddy) drank a gallon of coffee a day! This cocktail was created by Mad46, a Manhattan rooftop lounge at the Roosevelt Hotel, as a salute to the hotel's namesake...
Teddy Tini
2 oz. chilled espresso
3 oz. vanilla vodka
1/2 oz. Kahlúa
Fill shaker with ice, add ingredients, and shake well.
Strain into chilled martini glass and garnish with 2 chocolate coffee beans.

Card created using Winnie and Walter The Big, The Bold and the Merry die-cut in pearl gold cardstock, MFT alphabet die-cut in pearl bronze cardstock and a La La Land fir tree, with background patterned paper from Simple Stories Cozy Christmas, and added silver star sequins.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

FUSION - Gingham Christmas

I do hope you can squeeze in a little pre-Christmas crafting time to play along with the final FUSION for 2014, and it's a fabulous one! Inspired by the natural elements, and gingham bows, this card was created using MFT Wreath die cuts, including the cute gingham bow die cut from Kaisercraft paper, and a die cut Papertrey Ink Peace sentiment, against a Simple Stories distressed wooden background.

The Design Team have some FABULOUS creations to inspire you!

Please check the linky for the days left to play with us.

Hope to see you playing along, can't wait to see what you create!
Remember you can play along by being inspired by the photo, the sketch or BOTH 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine Special Blog Hop

In the words of Dr. Seuss:

“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

Hopefully you are following the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine Special Blog Hop, arriving here from fellow Aussie and all-round fabulous crafter Michelle Williams' blog, and celebrating the inspiration and dedication of the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine team.

A heartfelt THANKS to the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking family. Thank you for being such an integral part of the crafting community! Suffice to say, we will miss "discovering" fabulous talent, product and all that amazing inspiration!!!

Card details:
Card 1 created using Memory Box Butterfly Heart die cut (with the butterflies removed), backed with a Gelato watercolour rainbow, and Papertrey Ink Wet Paint stamped sentiment. Also playing along with CAS(E) this SketchLittle Red Wagon Things with WingsSimon Says Stamp Anything GoesA Little Bit Crafty Anything Goes but not Christmas, and Feeling Sketchy Free Scrap Card.
Card 2 created using Simon Says Stamp die cut leaves, in vellum and Heidi Swapp Gold Shine sprayed cardstock, gorgeous Winnie and Walter's The Big, The Bold and the Blessings die cut sentiment in gold glitter paper, metallic golden thread and holographic gold sequins. Also playing along with Freshly Made SketchesCrafting Musketeers BlingMake My Monday Sprays and Mists.

Next stop on the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine Special Blog Hop is stop #60 the always gorgeous Elena Roussakis.

All these people want to thank you, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking Magazine!
1. Jennifer McGuire  72. Laura Sterckx  143. Ashley Harris  
2. Taheerah Atchia  73. Donna Bowman  144. Susan Liles  
3. Veronica Zalis  74. Rachel Kleinman  145. Darnell Knauss  
4. Laura O'Donnell  75. Ellen Hutson  146. Donna Hitz  
5. Julia Stainton  76. Tanis Giesbrecht  147. Miriam Prantner  
6. Lorena Cantó  77. Marcie Sharp  148. P. Kelly Smith  
7. Amy Tsuruta  78. Danielle Walls (Neat and Tangled)  149. Yana Smakula  
8. Piali Biswas  79. Beverley Brown (Uniko Studio)  150. Nichole Heady  
9. Rae Barthel  80. Tracey McNeely  151. Altenew  
10. Jessica Witty  81. Laurie Willison  152. Lisa Henke  
11. Annette Witherspoon  82. Bev Gerard  153. Alice Golden  
12. Gayatri Murali  83. Nina Yang  154. Cath Edvalson  
13. Laura Williams  84. Barb Housner  155. Cindy Lawrence  
14. Maria Fischer  85. Clare Prezzia  156. Karen Dedman 
15. Lisa Arana  86. Tasnim Ahmed  157. Sandy Allnock  
16. Wendy McGaffey  87. Joyce Mehrberg  158. Operation Write Home  
17. Heather Hoffman  88. Sabrina Alery  159. Jennifer Ingle  
18. Cristina Kowalczyk  89. Waltzingmouse Stamps  160. A Creative Journey with Melissa  
19. Lynn Mercurio  90. Leigh Penner  161. Yvonne Yam  
20. Jamie Greene  91. Jenn Shurkus  162. MFT  
21. Lori Tecler  92. Kimberly Wiener  163. Shemaine Smith  
22. Susie Wittwer  93. Amber Hight  164. Spectrum Noir  
23. Jocelyn Olson  94. Lindsay Amrhein  165. Nicki Scheck  
24. Chaitali Narla  95. Mayuri  166. Asty Purbasari  
25. Hero Arts  96. Vera W. Yates  167. Danielle Pandeline  
26. Nadine Perez  97. Connie Mercer  168. Isha Gupta  
27. Sarah Martina Parker  98. Audrey Tokach  169. Jen Carter  
28. Laura Bassen  99. Paulina Nakamura  170. Mendi Yoshikawa  
29. Lori Barnett  100. Reverse Confetti  171. Keren Baker  
30. Deepti Malik  101. Libby Hickson  172. Trinh Arrieta  
31. Tessa Wise  102. Shelly Kurth  173. Tenia Nelson  
32. Karen Baker  103. Yoonsun Hur  174. Angie Tieman  
33. Tifany DeGough  104. Maureen Plut  175. Lawn Fawn  
34. Virginia Lu  105. Jessica Pascarella  176. Lydia Evans  
35. Ruza Rebel  106. Lynn Mangan  177. Samantha Mann  
36. Emily Leiphart  107. Mariana Grigsby  178. Kymona Tracey  
37. Ashley N Newell  108. Shery Russ  179. Jess Moyer  
38. Jennifer Rzasa  109. SRM Press  180. Kathy Martin  
39. Dana Warren  110. Sarah Jay  181. Joni Andaya  
40. Amy Kolling  111. Anabelle O'Malley  182. Debbie Marcinkiewicz  
41. Wanda Guess  112. Michele Boyer  183. Lisa Johnson  
42. Kalyn Kepner  113. Clare Buswell  184. Laine Webb  
43. LauraJane:)  114. Angel Rivera  185. Bethany Stellpflug  
44. Tammy Jackson  115. Laura Pryor/Lil' Inker Designs  186. Melania Deasy  
45. Karolyn Loncon  116. Beth Pingry  187. Ivanka Lentle  
46. Heather Campbell  117. A Jillian Vance Design  188. Sweet Stamp Shop  
47. Niki Garcia  118. Jillian Vance  189. Jeanne Jachna  
48. Erin Schreiner  119. Bunny Vance  190. Emily Branch  
49. Vanessa Menhorn  120. Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L  191. Anja Bytyqi  
50. Simon Says Stamp  121. Kristie Larsen  192. Chameleon Pens  
51. Donna Mikasa  122. Maureen Merritt  193. Francine Vuillème  
52. Lin Brandyberry  123. Heather North  194. Newton's Nook Designs  
53. Giovana Smith  124. Nina Brackett  195. Alicia Thelin  
54. Brenda Weaver  125. Clearsnap, Inc  196. Sarah Moerman  
55. Glenda J. Wyatt  126. CAS-ual Fridays Stamps  197. Winter Sims  
56. Kelly Griglione  127. Lori Craig  198. Amber Kroening  
57. Michelle Lupton  128. Lydia Fiedler  199. STAMPlorations  
58. Michelle Williams  129. Julie Campbell  200. Avery Elle  
59. Lyndal Higgins  130. Lea Lawson  201. Caryn Davies  
60. Elena Roussakis  131. Taylor Usry  202. N@ Ali  
61. Kara Vrabel  132. Jill Dewey Hawkins  203. Amy Sheffer  
62. Michelle Woerner  133. Chunyuan Wu  204. Nance Salkeld  
63. Amanda Coleman  134. Melissa Cash  205. Meredith MacRitchie  
64. Winnie & Walter  135. Annette Allen  206. Jill Norwood  
65. Cheiron Brandon  136. Carisa Zglobicki  207. Kelly Latevola  
66. Kristie Goulet  137. Crafter's Companion US  208. Lesley Croghan  
67. Kimberly Crawford  138. Stephanie Muzzulin  209. Penny Ward  
68. Lalo IK  139. Alice Wertz  210. Karin Åkesdotter  
69. Katie Gehring  140. Kim Hughes  211. Yainea Nuñez  
70. Jennifer Cuthbertson  141. Becky Olsen  212. Lucy Abrams  
71. Cecilia Hsieh  142. Kim Heggins  213. Mama Elephant