Tuesday, 3 October 2017

You're friggin' special

"I don't care if you lick windows, take the special bus, or ......"
have I ever mentioned how much I love Stampotique stamps?

 If you read yesterday's blog post, you will have noticed that
the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers challenge theme is
"P" is for Pink Halloween
 and one of the swaps I'm doing this month is a halloween tag.
Ahh .... a perfect match!


This tag is a little wider than usual but I'm really pleased with how it all went together.

First I stamped the quote in the bottom corner of a piece of ivory card, 
and then stamped "Relaxin' " next to it.  
There was just enough room to add "happy halloween" down the side.

With 'worn lipstick' Distress Oxide ink on my craft mat, I spritzed the ink with water and swiped the tag through it.  I let it dribble a bit and then mopped the excess with a tissue. 
Next I added 'fired brick' Distress Ink through a spider web stencil, then spritzed it with water letting it dribble and dry naturally.

I coloured "Relaxin' " with watered down Distress Inks.  With the excess inks, I smooshed a ribbon through the colours to co-ordinate with the tag.  To finish, I added a black mat and tied the ribbon in place.

Stampotique - "Relaxin' "; "Quote #1"
Tim Holtz - "Simple Sayings"

Stampotique Designers Challenge - Anything but a card
Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - "P" is for Pink Halloween

My apologies for the bold italics, but either blogger or my computer are playing silly buggers.  
Oh well ...... such is life!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 2 October 2017

"P" is for Pink Halloween

"P" is for Pink Halloween
is the theme at the Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers 
in honour of Pink Ribbon Day for Breast Cancer.

I have recently been playing with Distress Oxides to create different backgrounds
and this one fitted in with the pink theme quite well.

The aliens seem to look a bit worried by Spiderwitch 
and, who can blame them?

"3 in a round" was stamped directly onto the background and then fussy cut.  They were again stamped onto white card, coloured and fussy cut again, before gluing them directly over the first image.

Some spider web was stencilled over the corner of the background.  
Both pieces were mounted onto black card before adhering to pink card.

Stampotique - "3 in a round"; "Spiderwitch"; "3 greetings"

Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - "P" is for Pink Halloween


 Happy Crafting!


Saturday, 30 September 2017

Happy Halloween

I thought I should pop in here again before September disappears forever, so ......

.... I'm not really into halloween, but I'm still happy to play along with swaps and challenges.

These two tags will soon be flying off on their broomsticks to parts unknown.

The background is a blend of 'broken china' and 'twisted citron' Distress Oxides.
Lightly mist a stencil with water, place on top and lift up, leaving shadowy words behind.

This background is a combination of 'spiced marmalade', 'wilted violet' and 'fired brick' Distress Oxides.
A cobweb stencil has also been added to both tags.

"Faith" is coloured with prismacolor pencils, fussy cut and glued onto the tag.
"Spiderwitch" is stamped, fussy cut and popped onto foam squares.

Stampotique - "Faith"; "Spiderwitch"; "3 Greetings"

Happy Crafting!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Guess who I finally met?

After waiting for so long, on Friday I finally got to meet
Dyan Reaveley!

Was I excited?  Do I sound excited?

After picking up my friend Jenni, we headed up the coast to Pages 2 Scrap at Tuggerah
for our full day class with Dyan.

It was a day full of fun, paint, getting messy and having a blast learning new techniques.

We started with the 'baby wipe technique'
where we applied the first layer of paint with a baby wipe,
followed by another two layers using less paint each time
and mooshing it together with our fingers.
We then used a stencil to add more of the first colour.

The second lesson was the 'brayer technique'
where we applied three layers of paint using a brayer. 
We then added a pop of a fourth (complimentary) colour
using more stencils.

A similar page using the same colours became this .....

The third technique we covered was blocking
where we used four different colours
followed by stencilling different patterns over them using the same four colours.

Even the mop up pages look good!

There are of course, lots more pages full of these techniques and once I get a few more Dylusions paints, I'll open my journal to a clean page and play again!

I'm so glad Dyan came to Australia to do some classes.
I sure hope, now that she knows we're a nice bunch, that she will come again in the not-too-distant future.   Until next time .....

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Instead of being late ....

Only three more sleeps to go ....,
until Dyan Reavesley's class on Friday!
Am I EXCITED?  Oh YES indeed!!!!
in the meantime, GULP ....

I am very good at sending off late birthday cards - oops!

The background of this card was made by blending four colours of Distress Oxide inks together, laying a stencil of the top and going back with the same colours again.

The giraffe was stamped onto the background and again onto white cardstock.  He was then coloured, fussy cut and glued directly over the first image.  He even got to stand on a piece of torn washi tape in the same colours.  An appropriate sentiment was added, a little colour was blended onto the edges and the panel was adhered to a folded white A5 card.

Katzelkraft - KTZ168
Stampendous - Birthday Wishes

For those who read my previous blog, I just want to say I had a much better day today with no fuzzy head and no 'bleh'!!!

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Moth Season

Do you ever wake up feeling bleh for no reason?
This morning was one of those days, sigh!
Thankfully, things seem to have improved this afternoon, 
so I've just written instructions for an upcoming class later in September.

Meanwhile .....

..... I've been playing with Distress Oxide inks
which are heaps of FUN!!!

This is a blend of 'twisted citron' and 'spiced marmalade' ,
spritz a stencil lightly with water, and
hey presto, you have a cool and interesting background pattern.

Stamp with 'jet black' Archival Ink.
Cut the panel to size and adhere to a folded black card.
Visible Image - "Glimmer of Light"

I'll be back again soon with more cards .....

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Feet in the Water

Another beautiful day beckons outside,
so first up today is morning tea with my brother and our aunt
at our favourite cafe.

After that ..... it's grocery shopping - ugh!

In the meantime to cheer everyone up,
here is something I made recently for a friend's birthday.

I started with four different Distress Oxide ink colours, blending each one until I was happy with the depth of colour.  A stencil was placed over part of the background and the same colours were dabbed through creating the pattern.

The flamingo was stamped firstly onto the background and again on white cardstock.
He was coloured with Prismacolor pencils, fussy cut and placed directly over the first image.

The panel was mounted onto folded white cardstock.

Carabelle Studio - "feet in the water"
Stampendous - "birthday wish"

Kaisercraft - Oriental (6"x6") #IT430
Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Lookin' fabulous, ladies!

I spent a lovely afternoon in my friend's craft room today ....
in between chatting and a cuppa,
I inked up a couple of new stamps and spent some time colouring them
with my favourite Prismacolor pencils.

Ok, so the lighting isn't the best at night,
and they need to be finished off and made into cards
but they were lots of fun and very relaxing.

Thanks for having me Jenni, I really enjoyed my afternoon in your craft room,
(not to mention some furry friend time, as well!)

Art Impressions - Loungers Set
Art Impressions - "Girlfriends"

Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017


What a beautiful day it has been today - it's almost the official end of winter,
the sun is shining in a cloudless sky, there is just a hint of a breeze 
- if only it could be like this through summer as well!  LOL!

So, what have I been up to?
Inside making cards - what else would you expect?
I did, however, sit on the front steps in the sun to eat my lunch - very nice, I must say!

Hmmm ..... I don't think I've shown this card ....
it was made for a friend's recent birthday, and now that I know he received it,
I can show it.

I don't have nearly enough stamps for masculine cards,
so when I saw this one I thought it would do very nicely.

It is stamped with Archival 'jet black' ink
and coloured with Prismacolor pencils.

Paper Rose - Flying Through the Sky
I'll be back soon with what I've been up to, so please come back again!

 Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 26 August 2017

This little piggy ....

..... went to market, hehehe!!!
But honestly, these little piggy stamps from Stampin' Up!
are so cute, who could resist?

A few months ago I was asked if I would like to be part of the
Stampers' Challenge in Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine.
Of course, I said yes, and so shortly after I received some Stampin' Up! goodies in the mail.

These cards were so much fun to put together and I can see them being used for quite some time to come.
I would like to say a BIG thank you to Stampin' Up! for their generosity in sponsoring this challenge!

You can see these and more samples in Vol 24 No 1, out now!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 25 August 2017

Doing something right

I'm on a roll, or maybe just doing something right, but .....

I've been published again!!!

And not one, not two but 5 cards in total - WOW!!!

Drum roll .....

In Cardmaking, Stamping and Papercraft magazine [just picked up my copy today], is a special feature using Distress Oxide Inks.

These inks are so easy to use as they blend seamlessly and every result will be different.

Both these cards are made using the same technique, but different colours and stamps.

I was very happy with how they both turned out,
so if you are hestitant about using these inks, just go for it - they are brilliant!!!

Visible Image (top card)
Lavinia Stamps (bottom card)

You can find these two cards in Vol 24 No. 1 - out now!

I'll be back later to show off the other three cards, so please come back!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Mini Albums of Positivity

As I was saying in my last post, I was looking for inspiration yesterday and came across a link for a mini album which was made from one sheet of paper.   What I finished up with was not one, but two mini albums!

I started with a sheet of A4 watercolour paper
[not the best quality paper, but it worked for what I wanted to use]
sprinkled Ken Oliver Color Burst (powder paint) in
'Violet' and 'Pthalo Green' and lightly spritzed with water.
Once that was dry, the paper was folded in half, and then half again.  It was unfolded and then folded in half the other way.  A cut was made along the fold line, between two other folds.  Using a bone-scorer, everything was folded flat to create a three page mini album.

[album 1 - first page]

Different washi tapes in black & white were added to the edge of each page.

[album 1 - second page]

The cute little images are from Stampotique 'animal cube', a perfect size for this album.

[album 1 - third page]

The word stickers are from Carpe Diem - posh.
To make the word stickers stand out, I edged them with 'seedless preserves' Distress Marker.
[album 2 - first page]

Both albums have a piece of linen washi tape on the spine.

[album 2 - second page]

These cute little dogs are from Stampotique 'dog cube'.

[album 2 - third page]

To finish them off, I wrapped a length of yarn around twice and added a charm.

I think I may send these two little albums to a couple of good friends who sometimes struggle with life, but who are also a great support to others around them.
Happy Crafting!


Albums of Positivity!

I haven't been around so much lately,
and I'm not entirely sure why.
I try to craft every day, even if it's just a bit of colouring,
but sometimes there is really not much to show at the end of the day.

Yesterday, with Mr Mojo off somewhere else, I clicked on a link for a mini album using just one sheet of paper  [if I find the link again, I'll add it here] for inspiration.

I ended up with not one, but two mini albums!

[Now, if only I could figure out how to load the photos - this is weird!]

 Ok, so until I figure this out, I guess there are no pictures!

In the meantime ........

Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

God's Opinion

Hmmm, what shall I show you today?

Recently, my BFF asked if I could make her a selection of cards
as her stock was low.  Of course, I said 'yes' , so among the birthday cards,
I tucked in a couple of baby cards, one for a boy and one for a girl.

Yes, I know they are both the same, but with a little change of colour, 
it's easy to make a simple but pretty design.

The little giraffe was a freebie on a recent magazine 
and the sentiment is from Stampin' Up! called 'Occasional Quotes'
[I'm not sure whether it is discontinued as it's a few years old].

My friend was very happy with the selection of cards I made for her,
the least I can do when she makes me gorgeous quilts!
Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Angel Gate

I've been published again, this time with a little
off-the-page canvas that I called Angel Gate.

I started by glueing a layer of white tissue paper to the pre-gessoed canvas, then added 'squeezed lemonade', 'mustard seed' and 'fossilized amber' Distress Inks until I was happy with the colour.

A script stamp was added randomly, followed by Modellier Creme through a stencil and allowed to dry.

A chipboard gate was given some finger painting using Silk glaze,
and finished off with crackle accents for added interest.

The angel was coloured with pencils for her skin and hair, and Distress Ink for her dress and wings.
Although you can't see it in the photo, her wings have Wink of Stella shimmer added.

You can find these instructions and lots more, in Issue 5 of Creative Papercraft - out now!

Carabelle Studio - 'an angel to love'

I'm off to read all the other projects, so until next time .....
Happy Crafting!


Monday, 17 July 2017

A Bit of Bling!

I don't usually do very much bling, but in this instance,
it was perfect on an 18th card for a lovely young lady.

The colour suggestion was silver/aqua, so with a bit of shopping at my local papercraft store,
I came home with silver card, a 12"x12" sheet of glitter card, a sheet of an embossed shimmer card
along with a sheet of "Mist" from Kaisercraft's Lilac Whisper collection.

The Prima doll was stamped and embossed three times : firstly on white cardstock, again on the embossed shimmer card and lastly on the mist paper.  She was then coloured [skin/hair] and each was fussy cut, then glued into place.  Some diamontes finished off the dress.

Two strips of silver card were added for grounding, she was popped onto dimensionals and the 18 was adhered.

An appropriate quote and birthday greeting were added to the insert.

Julie Nutting - Prima Doll
Stampotique - Quote #1

Stampin' Up! Thinlit - Happy Birthday

This card was a little different to my usual as it was a A4 sheet folded in half.
Usually my cards are A5 folded in half, however, I was very happy with the result.

I hear the birthday girl had a lovely 18th celebration!

  Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Summer Lovin'

What a beautiful day it has been today.

After doing some household chores this morning,
I decided to make some cards, just for fun!

This sweet girl was such a delight to colour,
using of course, a variety of Prismacolor pencils.

I edged the white card with 'ripe persimmon' Distress Ink
which was almost a perfect colour match.

The printed paper was a leftover piece from another project
but has a lovely, bright summery feel about it.  
Another small leftover piece added balance to the card.

I popped the sentiment onto dimensionals as an extra highlight.

Impression Obsession Inc. - E19041; A11032A

www.mitrafriant.typepad.com  -  "It's Getting Hot in Here" 

Happy Crafting!

Friday, 7 July 2017

Hogs Breath

In a swap I played along with recently,
the theme was to alter a drink coaster.
Just after Easter, my DH and I took a trip up the coast 
to the beautiful town of Port Macquarie, 
where on one of the nights for dinner, we went to Hogs Breath Cafe.  
The food there is very yummy, but also filling!

Before we left the restaurant, I popped a couple of coasters into my handbag,
so I'd be ready to play along with this swap challenge.

As a matter of coincidence, I was excited to find that in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue
was the perfect set of stamps called "This Little Piggy".

I wanted to be able to still see most of the coaster, 
so with a bit of fiddling I achieved what I set out to do.

If I'm sending something small in the mail, I always like to put it inside a card, just for safe-keeping.

Stampin' Up! - This Little Piggy
Stamps et cetera - Pigs May Fly (1998)
Stampendous - Whisper Friends
 I was quite happy with how these coasters turned out
(and hopefully my swap partners like them too).

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Happy Landings

After another beautiful, sunny winter's day,
tonight definitely has a chill in the air .... brrrrr !!


These two pilots don't seem to be at all fazed by the cooler weather as they fly off into (what looks like) a beautiful sunset, with just the glow of colour left in the sky.  They were on a mission to deliver an ATC for a recent swap with a "Texture" theme.

The following morning, their co-pilots took off into a bright, sunny sky
to deliver yet another ATC in the same swap.
 (I hope they all landed safely LOL!)
Stampotique - All Aboard
Stampotique - Mabel
Happy landing Crafting!

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Coffee Time

Today has been a beautiful winter's day, 
but now the sun is setting and the evening is getting colder ..... brrrrr!

I thought I should catch up with some cards today,
some for swaps, some for birthdays 
and some for orders.


This cute little chap (who is getting drunk on coffee) is for a swap,
and hopefully the recipient will like it.

The image was stamped four times, the first three onto white cardstock
and the fourth directly onto the green card, which allows for the steam from the coffee mug.
Each of the three images on the white card were coloured identically with a variety of prismacolor pencils.

The first image was completely cut out; on the second image, the lid, the coffee band and the mouse were cut out.  On the third image, only the mouse was cut out.

The first cut image was adhered directly onto the green card, lining up the images.
The second and third images were popped onto dimensionals for a 3D effect.

The coffee mug was given a glaze by adding a small amount of glossy accents
and allowed plenty of drying time.

A piece of rainbow washi tape was added to ground the image.

A quick little sentiment was added, the top was adhered to a white card base
 and it was all finished!

Whipper Snapper Designs, Inc. - Colby's Caffeine #MY665
Stampendous - Life Words #SSC1213

Thank you for popping by to see what I've been up to;

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 19 June 2017

Such a thrill!


Yes!  I am thrilled to say I've been published again! Yippee!!!

This is the first time I've had a set of cards published in
Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft 
magazine, and I'm thrilled-to-bits! 

 The magazine  (Vol 23, No 7) arrived in my letterbox this morning, 
so I enjoyed flipping through it while I munched on some lunch.

Not only are my cards published (page 20), but I am also featured in
'Contributor Chat - Inspiration Board' on page 72.

For a closer look at these cards, here they are:

Stampendous - 'Whisper Friends'; 'Travel Home'; 'Whisper Friendship'

Thanks for popping by to have a look,
you will find all the instructions in this month's issue of
Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft magazine.

Happy Crafting!!!