Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Roses On Paper Valentines Challenge - Sending You My Love

It's time to get your stamps inked up and
join us for another challenge at Roses on Paper.
Monday the 2nd of February sees the start of a new week,
and my turn to host challenge number 5.
I hope you like what I have in store for you.
For this challenge you will be creating a card using
the 'Masking' technique.
For those of you who have never done masking,
don't panic, it's not scarey, it's actually quite fun
and the results are great.
I have created a tutorial here on my blog
(look at right hand side under stamps & tools used - masking)
and if that's confusing here's a link to another tutorial
Just remember, the image you want to appear in front
needs to be stamped first, the image that is way in the
back is the last image.
To clarify - on my card I've stamped Tilda first,
then the bunch of roses, then the individual roses
and finally the french script.

Now for the challenge - create a
Valentines Day Card using the Masking Technique.
Your card should include one of the following stamps:
Magnolia, Alota, Whiff of Joy, Sarah Kay,
Rachelle Anne Miller or The Greeting Farm!
All of these stamps are available
from Summer at
In honour of Summers' love of roses your card must
include at least one ROSE
(think outside the square - doesn't have to be a stamp)
I've stamped and coloured my images with
Tim Holtz Distress Inks,
but you can use any colouring medium.
Layout is your choice.
To enter the challenge and for your chance
to maybe win a great prize head over to

Magnolia Tilda with Envelope
Alota Rubber Stamps Bunch of Roses
SU - French Script
Rubber Stamp Company - Rose
Brown Bazzil, Cream Bazzil,
Handmade Brown Paper
Tim Holz Distress Inks
Flowers, Pearls, Ribbon,
Martha Stewart Punch
White Highlighter Pen
Have Fun!!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Happy Australia Day!!!!!

Things that are typically Australian to me are
a day at the beach in summer, a BBQ, a game of cricket,
and a drink with your mates.
Put them all together and you have the perfect Australia Day -
Australia woke yesterday to a perfect summer's day,
a perfect day for a celebration, perfect for celebrating
Australia Day and the place we call 'the lucky country'.
Each year in Mornington there is a parade down Main Steet,
an opportunity for local groups to march proudly down the
street to the cheers and support of the community.
From the local police force and the navy band to the ladies
church auxilliary and the belly dancing school.
Our town is made up of many diverse groups and this
is their chance to be applauded for what they bring to make
up our community.
My two daughters proudly took part in the parade, as members
of the LaDicia School of Dance they put on their costumes and
waved and cheered as the float made it's way down the street.
After the parade it was time to head to the beach
to get a good position for the annual fire works
I felt so proud to be part of our town,
I was born in Mornington, I live here, we
have our own business here and my
children go to school and kinder
in this town.
The hundreds of people that turned out
for the parade and then the fireworks
is an indication of how alive and well
the community spirit is.
If I had to search the world for a place
that offers all that not only our country
but our town has to offer I know I would
end up right back here. Where else in the
world can you sit on the beach at 10pm at
night, having a quiet drink with your mates,
still dressed in bathers and shorts and watch
a brilliant fireworks display put on by the
local council.
I can say in all honesty - I'm proud to be an


Friday, January 16, 2009

Roses on Paper DT Challenge Card - Summer Lovin'

I have no idea where the last two weeks have gone,
they have just flown by, which means it's challenge
time again at Roses on Paper.
This week, my very talented friend, Anki, is hosting
our challenge with a sketch which is sure to get you
in the creative mood.
You'll need to head on over to our challenge blog
for full details.
Once again, Summer at
will be offering at great prize,
so it's well worth the fun of joining in.
My card for the Design Team features another of
Magnolia's gorgeous little girls, all packed up and
ready for a little bit of Summer Lovin' on her
The Magnolia stamps are readily available from
along with a great range of Alota Stamps,
which is what I have used for the suitcase,
altered slightly.
Magnolia Stamp
Alota Rubber Stamps - Suitcase
Stampin Up - Love You
Copic Markers, Atyou Spica Markers
white highlighter pen
Basic Grey - Gypsy Paper Pad
Cuttlebug & Nesties
Pink Diamanties
Flowers, charms, silver thread

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Faerie Dust & Pixies

Just when I think my collection of Magnolia stamps is
complete (seriously, I don't think it will ever be complete)
they go and bring out a new range -
can Magnolia make their stamps any cuter than this -
Alva is soooo adorable. I know I have to send this card
to a friend, but I really want to keep her safe here with me!!
While doing a little bit of blog hopping I came
across this great sketch that was just right to
test out my newly aquired stamp.
The soft colours in the Sugared paper pad,
from Basic Grey, really capture the delicacy
of this tiny little pixie.
Can't you just imagine her in the bottom of
your garden!!!!!
Just in at is the new
Alva and Alf collection from Magnolia, which
include this darling little stamp. Summer has
a huge Magnolia range available, but if for
some reason she doesn't have what you're
looking for, just ask, and she will do her best
to get it for you.
Magnolia - Alva
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Basic Grey Sugared Paper Pad
Pale Pink Cardstock
Copic Markers, atyou Spica Markers
White Highlighter Pen
Crystal Effects, 3D Pop Dots

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Sketch Challenge - Basic Black

With Christmas over and life returning to normal it's
time to participate in some challenges.
It's meant to be summer here, but with the
weather all over the place today was a good
day to 'play' at my craft desk.
This particular stamp is a well used favourite of mine.
No matter how many times I use it I still love it, and
with each card it seems to take on a new look each time.
I felt it was perfect for this weeks SCS sketch challenge.

Judi Kins Blossoming Rose Stamp
Memento Black Tuxedo Ink
Black Metallic Cardstock
Cream Metallic Cardstock


Monday, January 5, 2009

A New Year - A New Challenge

Where did those last two weeks go ......
one minute I'm preparing for Christmas
the next it's a new year and I'm trying to get
my house back to resembling some form of normality.
Is it just me or is the world getting faster.
So the new year brings with it a new challenge
from the Roses on Paper Design Team, this one being
hosted by Susan. Breaking away from the red
surrounding Christmas this weeks Colour Challenge
calls for a card to be made using
White, Purple and Green.
The stamp I've used is another from the
Sarah Kay collection, Puppy Love, and I've
titled my card "The Key to My Heart".
This is available from
Head over to our Roses On Paper Challenge
challenge details and your chance to maybe
pickup a great prize.
Sarah Kay - Puppy Love
Lavender, Lime, White Cardstock
Cuttlebug, H20's, White Highighter Pen,
Flowers, Brads, Diamanties, Ribbon,
Gold Pen, Big Shot Top Note Die

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