Monday, December 22, 2008

Roses on Paper DT Challenge Card - Picnic Time with Dolly & Me

It's challenge time again at Roses on Paper.
This weeks challenge has been put together
by the very talented, Iris.
For full challenge details and the chance to
pick up a great prize head over to
This cute little girl is from the
Sarah Kay collection.
I thought she looked just like
my little girl playing make believe with
her dollies.
has this and others from the range
in her store.
It was quite time consuming cutting
out this image, but I think it was worth
the effort. I gave the card a bit of
depth by paper piecing the pocket,
ribbons and bows with some silicone.
Once again, my beloved H20's were
favoured colouring medium, highlighting
some areas with atyou Spica markers.
Stamp: Picnic Time - Sarah Kay
Paper: Basic Grey Paper Pad - Urban Prairie
(available from:
H20's, atyou Spica markers, white marker pen,
crystal effects, cuttlebug, Martha Stewart Punch,
Flowers, Pink Diamante Brads

Monday, December 15, 2008

Christmas Miss

If these images didn't take so long to colour I would
create more of them, but then on the other hand
I guess that's what makes them so special.
From the Christine Haworth Paintbox Poppet range
I chose to spend 2 very relaxing hours colouring
Christmas Miss with my beloved H20's.

In a very rare instance that found me alone with
guilt free time to myself I headed straight for my
craft desk and got myself busy with this adorable little girl.

I was really pleased with the end results,
however the photo doesn't show the true colours of the
finished card or the glitter highlights.
Stamp: Christmas Miss - Faerie Poppet, Christine Haworth
Paper: Basic Gray - Wassil Pad, Red Metallic & White Cardstock
Accessories: H20's, Ribbon, Glitter, Gold Brads, white highlighter pen
Poinsetta Flower & Dew Drops (available from

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Sketch Challenge - Wassaling Magnolia


This weeks sketch challenge at Splitcoast was so much fun to work with.
Basic Grey's Wassil papers with their circle designs bought the sketch together nicely.
They are such warm winter colours, perfect for Tilda to be rugged up in.
I've had a tub of flower soft sitting on my desk, waiting for the right stamp to use it with.
I can almost feel the warmth from Tilda's 'fur' coat. This product is so easy to work with. Simply apply PVA glue to the area and sprinkle flower soft, lightly pressing into the glue. Shake off the excess and return to container to be re-used. Summer has a wide range of colours to choose from.

Stamp: Magnolia - available from Summer at
Paper: Basic Grey - Wassil Pad, Cream metallic cardstock
Flower Soft: Heather - available from Summer at
Dew Drops: Silver Bells - available from Summer at
Misc: Copic Markers, Punches, Crystal Effects, atyou Spica Markers, Gold & White Markers


Magnolia's Golden Baubles

While the Tilda Magnolia images are all so unbelievably cute,
this is to show you that a Magnolia card can also be very elegant.
From the Christmas Collection I have used the large Bauble.
It has been stamped onto cream metallic cardstock,
embossed with gold embossing powder,
cut out and paper pieced onto assembled card.
Pearl brads and gold ribbon complete the card
for a very tradional looking Christmas Card.
Magnolia Bauble Stamp - available from Summer at
Judikins Egyptian Gold Embossing Powder
Cream and Gold Cardstock
Gold Ribbon
Pearl Brads

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Roses on Paper DT Card - Whiff of Joy

Well here it is, my first official card for the
Roses on Paper Design Team.
I've chosen very non-traditional Christmas colours for my card,
but I think with the touch of red it all comes together quite nicely.
Lizzie has been coloured with H20's and highlighted with gold pen.
Stamp: Whiff of Joy - Lizzie
Paper: Basic Grey - Urban Prairie Collection, Blue & Gold Cardstock
Flowers: Prima Flowers - Belle Fleur, Gold Embossed Blues
Dew Drops: Primary Colours
Misc: Gold Ribbon, Nesties, H20's, Gold Pen
All ingredients used can be purchased from Summer at

Decorating for Christmas




Mark nearly passed out when I showed him the
Christmas garland I got to decorate the outside
of our house with, but 4 hours later when it was all
up we were really pleased with the final look.


I absolutely love decorating for Christmas.
I've been collecting Franklin Mint Disney
ornaments for about 15 years now,
so I've built up quite a collection.
I need to take some close up photo's of
all of them.

Each Christmas it's really exciting un-wrapping
them all and remembering what
we have (and hoping there are no breakages).

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

School Days

I wish I was back at school so I could use this diary for myself. Tilda is such a cool looking school girl, already for a big year of study.
I bought these stamps from Summer at with another special project in mind (you'll have to wait till after Christmas for that), but I couldn't wait any longer to use them. A diary for my friend who has returned to school as a mature age student seemed a fitting time to use them.
I've coloured Tilda with Copic Markers and atyou Spica Markers, metallic gold pen was used for her glasses, shirt buttons and some of the binding on books.
The pencils and ruler were stamped onto shrinky dinks plastic, cut out, hole punched then heat shrunk. Co-ordinating ribbon has been attached to the spiral and acetate adhered for protection.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Roses on Paper

We all love to receive a compliment, it's human nature, it makes us feel good and gives our confidence a huge boost.
I received the most wonderful compliment last week in the form of an invitation from my friend Summer.
Along with five other very talented ladies, Summer asked me to join her Design Team for her store
I'm really looking forward to getting to know my fellow team members and I eagerly welcome the challenge.
Thanks Summer, one more reason for me to stay at my craft desk.
Please follow the links on the side to Roses On Paper and to view the blogs of the
Design Team.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

As I'm typing this post, my Turkey is roasting and my Pumpkin Pie is baking.
For those of you who know me, this is no typing error.
Some of you will know about my on going debate with my American friends as to whether pumpkin should or should not be used as a dessert. I am on the opposing side - I have my pumpkin roasted with a chicken, mashed as a side dish to steaks, pureed in soup or diced in a salad, I do not, under any circumstances have or believe anyone else should have their pumpkin served with cream, ice-cream, latte's or as I've recently discovered is a customary Thanksgiving side dish - with marshmellows!!!!
However - as one of my good friends has pointed out to me she did try the Vegemite I sent her from Australia (not with a positive outcome) and it is good manners not to knock what you haven't tried. She kindly sent me a recipe for Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie for which I am graciously giving in to peer pressure and serving up to my family tonight
(with whipped cream).
As tonight's dinner is going to be a tradional Thanksgiving dinner, with all the trimmings, my thoughts turn to the meaning behind this holiday.
I began thinking of all the things in my life for which I'm thankful for.
Today was proof that kind, generous people still remain in a world that is running scared of terrorists and other equally horrible threats.
After shopping today, Annie-May and I were driving home when my car coughed and spluttered before coming to a stop in the middle of an intersection.
I had run out of petrol (but that's another story!!!!!).
The man that was unfortunately stuck behind me immediately jumped out of his car and helped push my car to side of the road.
As my car rolled to safety I gave him a wave out of my rearview mirror.
To my surprise, a couple of minutes later, after he had returned to his car he pulled up behind me, he had come to see if he could drive me to the petrol station to get a jerry can. I thanked him very, very much for his kindness and told him I had already called for help, help which came in the form of my wonderfull friend, Ornella.
I knew Mark was in a meeting so I rang Ornella, who immediately dropped what she was doing to come to our rescue.
It's not about the amount of money we have, the size of our house or the possessions we have - it's about the people in our lives. And so, as my family celebrate Thanksgiving for the first time tonight we will be thankful for all the special people we know.
I'm thankful for my family, I'm thankful for my wonderful friends, both here and overseas and I'm thankful for the kindness of complete strangers.
Happy Thanksgiving to You
~ Peta ~

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Tilda's Holiday Photo Shoot

Well it's that time of year, you know when mother's across the world dress their children in adorable matching outfits for the annual Holiday Photo Shoot, making them sit for hours on end in the hope of capturing that perfect photo to send to all the aunties and uncles with Christmas cards.
I don't think Tilda's mother would be any different, and why not, she has the most gorgeous little girl - well three little girl's in this case. I've been a victim of the dreaded photo shoot before and so have my daughters, so why should these little Magnolia girls miss out.
I'm trying to steer myself away from the traditional red and green Christmas colours this year. I thought the Daisy D's Pickling Daisies and Butterfly Dot papers were a nice alternative. The Season's Greeting ribbon is from CTMH, "patent leather"shoes have been highlighted with crystal effects and as always my Magnolia stamps are from Summer at

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Santa Clause is Coming to Town

I didn't need to look any further than my own lounge room for inspiration for this cheeky Christmas card. Melbourne experienced an unexpected cold snap this week,
and feeling sorry for her little dog, Spencer being out in the cold, Annie-May
thought it would be a good idea to make him a bed on the bean-bag.

I've stamped the couch image, from Alota Rubber Stamps, directly onto patterned paper.
The santa's hats are from Stampin Up, Crab and Company, the one on Tilda's head has been enlarged on the photocopier, both have been highlighted with glitter. The background 'holly' paper has had pieces cut out and paper pieced over the pink metallic cardstock. Tilda and her puppy have been coloured with Copic Markers and highlighted with atyou Spica markers.
As always, all Magnolia images can be found at

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Waiting for Santa

I couldn't get home from the post office and into my craft room fast enough today. I was so excited to receive my Christmas Magnolia's from Summer at that I forgot what I went to the shops for in the first place. When I wanted to make a "cuppa" I soon remembered - the milk!!! Not to worry - my new stamps had ink on them and that was so much more important.

Each time I get a new stamp I declare that it's my favourite - but this time I really mean it!!!! This girl is absolutely adorable.

I know that traditionally red and green are seen as Christmas colours, but I've never really been a red person, so being the lover of pink that I am, pink, green and gold is the colour combination I've chosen for this week's sketch challenge.

It's been quite a few weeks since I've participated in a challenge, what with ballet dress rehersals and production line Christmas card making. I know this is a Christmas card, but it's a single one that I could take my time with and enjoy what I was doing, not mass produce.

I coloured my images with Copic and atyou Spica Markers then highlighted with crystal effects. I've used metallic pink cardstock for the base of the card, unfortunately I had already stuck the patterned paper down before I thought to take note of it's name, all I know is it's very pretty, if that's any help. 3D dots gave the ornament and Magnolia diamension.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

In the Pink

I'm sure my friend Summer at thinks I just collect all my Magnolia stamps without actually using them.
Well Summer, here's some more proof that they do infact get used.
Annie-May's first ballet concert was the perfect opportunity to use this little pink lady.
A very simple card, coloured with Copic markers, some decorative scalloped layers and a pretty ribbon, pink of course and I have a congratulatory (is that even a word) card for my pretty ballerina. Not one of my best efforts, but under the rushed conditions of additional ballet dress rehersals it did the job.

While we're on the subject of pink and ballet I was thrilled with the challenge given at Splitcoast a couple of weeks ago. In honour of Breast Cancer Awareness month of October, a cause that is very important to me, the challange was to make a pink card, which we all know is my favourite colour, and, this is the great bit, colour it with H20's - yippeeeee - my favouritest (is this also a word - hmmmm) colouring medium of all time.

As we were in the ballet mood here I thought this image, from Alota Rubber Stamps was just perfect. I didn't have a stamp with a verse on it, so I computer generated one.

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