Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Crafty Gals Corner - Challenge #110 - Favorite Things

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #110 - Favorite Things
PS - you will see me use different spelling for favourite and it is intentional.  The challenge is based in the US, so it is "favorite" for the challenge title and I am an Aussie, so it's "favourite" for my blog post :)

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Miss Daisy Stamps
prize: 4 Digital Images (1 from each artist)
 Jennifer Nilsson Art  ♥︎  Mari Digis  ♥︎  Miss Daisy’s Collection ♥︎  We Are 3  

prize: 2 Digital Images

prize: 3 Digital Images


My favourite things make for a long list including:
manual die cutting - Big Shot & dies
electronic file cutting - Silhouette Cameo
sparkle - glitter & Stickles
shine - embossing powder & Glossy Accents
colouring - Copic markers
fancy folds
interaction - Action Wobbler
Word of warning, I have used lots of favourite things, so there are lots of photos too!

Today I have used the Christmas Turtle digital stamp from Rick St Dennis, one of our generous sponsors this week and combined it with my favourite things.

I coloured my turtle using Copic markers (details below) then fussy cut him out and went around the edges with a Memento Tuxedo Black Dual Tip Marker.

To add the shine to the turtle's shell, toe nails and the ornaments on the tree, I went over them with a Versamarker Pen and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I gave everything two coats for a solid and smooth shiny finish.

I added sparkle to the trim on his hat by adding Stardust Stickles then smothering it with "snow" glitter.  Some Clear Wink Of Stella added a pretty sparkle to the star on the top of the tree too.

To add gloss and dimension to his eye, I added a big dollop of Glossy Accents, using a piercing tool to drag it into the fine points.

I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the card base (file details listed below) and Distress Ink to ink up the edges of the patterned paper before adhering all the layers in place.

I cut bundles (and bundles) of holly berry sprigs using my Big Shot and adhered them in place to make dimensional accents across the bottom of the feature panel, along with some sprigs to decorate the side panels.  I used a Copic marker (R27) to darken some bling to finish off the holly berry sprigs.

Open flat view

Almost closed flat, perfect for mailing.

Side views, so you can see the fancy folds.

Check out the cool wobbler action

This card is cool to look at from all angles.
The fancy folds give dimension when opened and it is stable standing up,
even while the turtle dances

Rick St Dennis - digital stamp - Christmas Turtle
X-Press It - A4 blending card
Copic markers - shell - YR21 YR24 E08 E09 E47 E49
Copic markers - body - E41 E42 E43 E44
Copic markers - mouth - E93
Copic markers - eye - YG17 YG67
Copic markers - tree - YG03 YG25 YG17 YG67
Copic markers - star - Y15 Y17
Copic markers - wood - E55 E57 E59
Copic markers - hat, baubles, ribbon & bow - R22 R24 R27 R29
Copic markers - hat trim - N0 and "0"
Fiskars Micro Tip Scissors
Memento Tuxedo Black Dual Tip Marker
Stickles - Stardust
Wink Of Stella Brush - Clear
American Crafts - WOW! glitter - snow
Glossy Accents
Versamarker Dual Tip Pen
WOW! Embossing Powder - Clear Gloss Super Fine
American Crafts Heat Tool
Action Wobbler
Sizzix Big Shot
Couture Creations - Be Merry Collection - Holly Berry Sprigs Set die
Queen & Co - Red Twinkle Goosebumps
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store Design ID #63383 (enlarged)
Kaisercraft 12x12 patterned paper - Mistletoe Collection - Paper Wreath
Distress Ink - mini - Barn Door
Mini Distress Ink Blending Tool

Sending a big Thank You to Rick St Dennis for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #110 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

ABC Christmas Challenge
Christmas Theme + C forCreature/s and D for Dimension
My creature is a turtle and I have dimension in my
fancy folds, holly berry sprigs and action wobbler 
Crafty Hazelnut's ChristmasChallenge
CHNC Challenge #320 + optional theme “cute”
My Christmas Turtle is super cute, especially with the wobbler action.
My card is primarily red with shades of green (& a touch of turtle brown).
The turtle and Christmas tree ornaments are heat embossed.
The turtle and Christmas tree ornaments are heat embossed.
I used my two favourite tools, my Sizzix Big Shot and Silhouette Cameo,
an old favourite and a new favourite.

I think my turtle is really cute, especially with the cool wobbler action.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Crafty Gals Corner - Challenge #109 - Shades of Red

It's time for another challenge with us at the

This week we are letting our creative juices flow with
Challenge #109 - Shades of Red

The sponsors for this challenge are:

Fabrika Fantasy
prize: 3 Digital Stamps

Prize: 1 bundle of your choice, no combo packs

Today I have used the Winter Games 1 digital stamp from Fabrika Fantasy, one of our generous sponsors this week.  This digital stamp comes as both a coloured and a black & white image.

I designed my card elements on my Silhouette Cameo mat, starting with a window cut file (details below).  I enlarged the card to be 6 3/4" tall x 5 1/4" wide.

Then I added my Winter Games image and re-sized it to fit nicely behind the window.
Next came the background.  I added a delightful Birch Trees digital paper and re-sized it to be in proportion to the little boy and moved it so that the tree trunks were offset from the window frame.  I printed the image on A4 X-Press It blending card.  This was my first time working with a pre-coloured image.  I couldn't resist giving my Copic markers a workout though, so I used them to transform the orange elements into shades of red and to take the bright blue edge off the trousers, making them more shaded and teal to match the wallpaper.
I changed my cutting mat to be 12x12 and cut the window elements and base of my card.

I cut the "wallpaper" manually from a Kaisercraft paper pad, adhered it to a foam sheet, worked out where I wanted to place the window and cut out the space, making it almost the size of the outer edges of the window, so that when you look through you can't see any edges.

I adhered the image panel to the base of the card.  The image panel is larger than the outer edges of the window frame, so when you look through the window it really does look like you are looking outside, you can peek through at an angle to see more.

I added strips of foam tape to the window frame to add more dimension for when you look through to the wintery scene in the background.  It adds more height for "peeking" through too.

I die cut the bow and sentiment to finish off this
CAS design with a fun window to peek through.

Here are some side views to show some of the dimension inside the window.


Fabrika Fantasy - digital stamp - Winter Games 1
X-Press It - A4 blending card
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #161056 - Santa Window Pane Card by Sweet Afton
Decosse's Dynamite Doodles - digital - Birch Trees Patterned Paper
(from The Nature Of Christmas Mini Kit)
If you are interested in purchasing this set, please contact the designer by leaving a comment on her blog, or emailing her at decossesdynamitedoodles [at[ yahoo [dot] ca
Copic markers - top, hat, mittens, boots & dog collar - R21 R22 R24 R27
Copic markers - trousers & ground - BG70 BG72
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" paper pad - Miss Nelly
foam sheet (under the "wallpaper" panel)
foam tape (under the window frame)
Paper Smooches - Christmas Words Dies
Pretty Pink Posh - Twine and Bows Dies

Sending a big Thank You to Fabrika Fantasy for supplying the digital stamp I used today and for being a sponsor for Challenge #109 with us at the Crafty Gals Corner.
I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

ABC Christmas Challenge
C & D - C for Creature(s) and D for Dimension
my card has both, the dog is my creature and the window has dimension,
with foam layers inside the room and outside amongst the trees
Crafting From The Heart
Challenge #145 - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge
CHNC Challenge #319 Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas
optional theme: Add Some Ribbon
I hope that the paper ribbon of my big red bow counts as ribbon
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra
CHNC Extra for February 2017 - Always Anything Goes
(as long as it's Christmas)
Creative Fingers Challenge Blog
Challenge #124 - Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog
Penny's Challenge #315 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog
Simon Says: Cute

Monday, 6 February 2017

LOVE . . . My Besties style + exciting news!

I have been invited to be Guest Designer on the

Today I have used the Steampunk Bestie by Sherri Baldy.

It has been a creative adventure making this card,
using a combination of
printing a digital stamp,
electronic and manual die cutting,
masking and ink blending,
Copic marker and Gel Pen colouring,
punching and lots of fun.

My top hat shaped card stands 6" tall and 8 1/4" wide.


I imported the digital stamp on to my Silhouette Cameo mat, placed it on to the top hat cut file and printed it on X-Press It Blending Card then cut it out using my Cameo.
I also used the hat cut file to make a top folding card base.

I printed another copy on photocopy paper and glued it to a panel of X-Press It Mask It.  I slowly fussy cut out the image to make my very own My Besties Steampunk mask.

I carefully applied the mask over the image on the cut panel.
Then the inky fun began.  I blended Walnut Stain Distress Ink over the entire background, the mask around the image worked a treat.  Note to self - next time I need to cut the image into the outline, so that it doesn't leave any white edges around the image.

I decided that the top hat needed some more blending to give it some dimension, so I carefully applied the mask over the image again, then took some strips of Mask It to mask the middle "hat band" section of the hat and blended with Gathered Twigs.

I removed that mask then took the "negative" from the rim that comes with the cut file to mask off that section and make it ready for some more blending.  I only have a few Distress Ink mini pads and markers, so I took my Black Soot Distress Marker, scribbled it on to some scrap from the Mask It (the section that is peeled off to expose the adhesive side of mask) then loaded up my blending tool sponge.  It took quite a few times of scribbling and blending before the section was fully covered but well worth the effort, I really was impressed with the result.  I should have taken a photo before I started colouring and embellishing ... another thing to remember for next time.

I coloured most of the image with Copic markers, the metallic cogs and accents were coloured with Kaisercraft metallic gel pens, using my piercing tool to get in to all the fine points.  I used a black Copic Multi Liner to darken any smudged edges.

Glossy Accents were added to the glass of the monocle and goggles.

There are leafy strands flowing from the hat on this image but they kind of disappeared in to the dark background, so I thought that a little dimension would balance with the other side of the card.

I'm thrilled with the monocle on the octopus, the Glossy Accents make it look so real.

I added some black and dark brown to the sparkling "love", it was a little too sparkly.
The velvet heart brad was a little bright too, so I coloured it with R46 to tone it down.

The feathers were die cut from X-Press It blending card and coloured with Copic markers in the same shades as her dress.  I used a variety of punches to cut the flowers, colouring them with matching markers too.

The cogs / gears were cut using the Silhouette Cameo, some came with the Steampunk Top Hat image, the others were from a separate set (details below).  I coloured some with the metallic gel pens to add some contrast to the layers.

Sherri Baldy My Besties - digital stamp - Steampunk Bestie IMG133
X-Press It - A4 blending card
X-Press It - Mask It (masking film)
Silhouette Design Store - Steampunk Top Hat by Suzanne Cannon - Design ID #135482 
Silhouette Design Store - 6 GEARS by Lori Whitlock - Design ID #30449
Copic markers - skin - E0000 E000 E00 E01E02
Copic markers - lips - R21 R22
Copic markers - hair - YR20 YR21 YR23 YR24 YR27
Copic markers - eyes - B21 B23 B26 B28
Copic markers - clothes - R21 R22 R24 R27 R29 R46
Copic markers - belts / straps - E19 E18
Copic markers - goggles - C0 C4
Copic markers - octopus - B21 B23 B26 B28 B29
Copic markers - behind the edge of the octopus goggles - E42 E43
Glossy Accents
Distress Inks - Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs, Black Soot
Round Ink Blending Tool and Sponges
Kaisercraft - metallic - Gel Pens
Kaisercraft Decorative Dies – Feather Die
Paper Smooches – Feathers Dies
Ultimate Crafts – Jadene: Careless And Free Dies 
Fiskars – small Burst Lever Punch
Fiskars - small Flower Lever Punch
Fiskars - Flowers Border Punch
Sizzix – “love” - Regal Stand Ups Framelits byStephanie Barnard


Sending a big Thank You to Dorothy and the My Besties Dutch Girls for having me as their Guest Designer.

I hope that you have been inspired and create a My Besties project for their challenge.

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):