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Just sharing a quick post with you and it’s all about Darcy’s Postcard Challenge for 2012. Intrigued well check it out HERE or check out the link on the right hand side bar for you to see why I am sooooo excited about this.

My name is down for the challenge so today I am showing you my first lot of pics for the album I have nearly created so that my 52 postcards can be stored.

This is a first for me painting with Gesso … will be using this more and more me thinks, have to thank my dear friend Brenda for giving me the confidence to start using this product … thanks sweetie.

The first pic is showing some album pockets already painted with Gesso, 2nd pic shows the rest of the pockets waiting to be painted. and the 3rd pic shows 3 of my pockets completed and raring to go. One even has the postcard in there just waiting to see what the first country will be … most will be ready for 2nd January!!!!! I still have the front cover to make but not sure what road I am going to take when it comes to the decorating … any suggestions greatly appreciated. 😉

Just a few more close up pics of the completed folders. First pic shows the front of the folders and 2nd pic shows the folders turned over, 3rd is a close up. Each folder will house two postcards.

and more pics, I am sooo enjoying this project that I just want to share!!!! Loads and loads of stamping my fave pastime the postcard stamp is one from Penny Black called … wait for it … POSTCARD.

To find out the names I have given my characters and where they met you will have to pop back on 2nd January and all will be revealed.

You will hopefully see the album all put together … if not every page completed with embellishments. That’s the beauty of this challenge you have all year to complete. yayyyyy.

Entering for the Penny Black Saturday Challenges – Make A Tag … I have made one and it is on pic #5 and a close up on #7
The Stamp Man Challenge – Techniques … first for me using Gesso.


Shaker Cards

Play time with two very similar shaker cards, first card more muted colours, second one much much brighter and used a blue card instead of white..

Stamped flower with Versamark, then added white embossing powder. Inked over with TH Vintage Photo.
Cut out the stamped flower blooms inside the shaker and taped onto the same backing paper.

First card, cut out parts of the flower blooms and adhered double sided tape to place onto the backing paper. Second card I put foam pads behind the cut out flower petals then put onto the backing paper.

Brilliant, the diamond dust which I used for the shaker element falls being the petals in the second card and then comes back through one of the other petals.

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Go Green – Colour/Recycled

Go Green … The Colour/Recycled is the challenge for Sentimental Sunday’s this week, plus a sentiment, so we would dearly love to see all your fabulous creations, be it the Colour green or Recycled, you can even use both if the fancy takes you … wahoooo … today the choice is yours. Me chose the colour green option this week so pop over and collect your freebies, see all the loooovely inspiration from the other teemies and don’t forget, if you win, you get to pick four individual sentiment sets from

The Raindrop Echo Designs Whimsy Stamp Collection.

Please, please don’t forget to add your sentiment, we have had some beautiful creations not entered into the prize draw because no sentiment was added.


Now how cute is he, another Penny Black image called … Fly Away … on my project. The tag has the actual original image stamped and coloured on it, then I scanned it and printed off a copy ready to make the card. As you can see the scanned image is much sharper and the colours have changed a little, but still not a bad likeness. I was also able to change the image so that he looked the other way. Guess what I forgot to do … put my signature on the tag … silly billy.

Entering for – Penny Black Saturday Challenge Green
Delicious Doodles – Use Green For St Patrick’s Day


Make A Scene


This is my DT card for Let’s Ink it Up and their challenge is: Make A Scene

What can I say about my card except that I threw everything at it except the kitchen sink, so if that’s not making a scene I don’t know what is.

Our fab sponsor for this challenge is Tickled Pink Stamps who is offering you this fantastic Prize Package – of a $10 Voucher to the Tickled Pink Store.

Here’s a little about our fab sponsor: “Tickled Pink Stamps is based in Australia and is the home of the Lil Lolita and Lil Lads Stamps. They are everything quirky and sweet all in the one stamp and perfect for any occasion. Tickled Pink Stamps also has a range of sentiments and images to match with the gorgeous Lil Lolita and Lil Lads ranges. With new images coming all the time there is always something there to suit everyone and help bring out the quirky in us all….”

Back to the card, I used a lot of my fave things, distressing, glimmer misting, glazing, masking, punching, stamping, embossing, stitching think that just about sums it up. I used the PB stamp called …. the forever dream …. awww such a pretty name, another PB stamp called bliss and another called Sparklers …. love my PB stamps …. the tree stamp is an Art Impressions stamp.

My card was all ready to put together but somehow the cream lace didn’t fit right, so what do all good crafters do, they throw the glimmer mist at it, love it now

My card fits a few challenges this week so here goes:
Entering for – The Shabby Tea Room their challenge is …. Chocolate Covered Autumn …. they are showing the most yummy inspirational photo.
Stampin for the Weekend – Halloween/Fall
Creative Inspiration Challenge – Halloween/Fall
Charisma Cardz Challenge – Vintage
The Pink Elephant Challenge – Brown & Orange
Meljen’s Designs – Anything Goes
Penny Black @ Allsorts – Colours Of Autumn




This is a card within a card so not sure what you would call it but I liked the wrap idea from my previous card and wanted to do another. Used one of the PB images I bought when in the UK last.

Coloured the stamp with Tombo markers and then spritzed with water for the watercolour effect, managed to get two images stamped, the second being softer, used this for the inside …. neat eh. Papers are Basic Grey digi downloads.

PaperPlay Challenges want to see – Hidden extra, mine is the other card inside.
Stampavie and more – More than one fold




This is the first time I have used this freebie stamp from the Craft Stamper Magazine, she is called Visage, and is designed by The Stamp Man. Isn’t she just so sultry and elegant when stamped and embossed.

I used two embossed frames for the centre piece, taped them together at the left hand side then scored a line so they would open. Stamped and embossed the image with black embossing powder then cut out with a Nellie Snellen die. For the corner of the card I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder the PB Fantasy stamp …. just the tip of the stamp is all I used. The flowers were fun to do, punched out 4 little flowers and spritzed with glimmer mist and the rose for good measure.

Let’s Ink it Up wants a charm for their challenge and The Ribbon Girls want Black, Orange & White for their very first challenge, didn’t have a black charm but found this beautiful pendant in my stash and coloured with an overhead marker. Stitched on the delish ribbon and made a large bow with the rest.

Meljens Designs challenge want to see Autumn Colours for their challenge this week. The Corrosive Challenge – Clean up the dust. Stamp Something with fall colours. Stamptacular Sunday Challenge – Season’s Change. Wild Orchid Challenge – Ribbons & Bows

I really love the overall result of this image she looks mesmerising, enjoy.


Penny Black Meets Magnolia


Lots of folding and scoring to make these two envelope cards but well worth the effort. The cards themselves are each made from a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper …. think they were both from a QVC buy. Loads of stamping, masking, colouring, inking, glitter, micro beads, diamond glaze and punching went into these two projects but enjoyed every minute. Put the cat through the swiss dots embossing folder and covered the dots with micro beads, added stitching and lace to the Penny Black card.

Entering for:
Allsorts Challenge – They want at least three punches
Penny Black at Allsorts – Punch away
Craftalicious Challenges – Thanks


Vintage Tag


While in the UK last week I bought five new Penny Black Stamps, one of which is the large music background which I have been drooling over for some time now …. had to buy in bulk this time because not sure when I will be next in the UK.

Irene and I had a fun three days of crafting and we stamped the PB Poppy Poem onto a tag, coloured in with markers, then masked off and over stamped with the music, inked and distressed the edges.

Had a little blog hop …. don’t have time when home so was having withdrawal symptoms …. and saw The Shabby Tea Room has a challenge for tags so revamped my tag and added it to a larger tag, again used the music and poppy but this time coloured with distress inks, topped off the poppy and torn stamp with glossy accents. Made a rose with the salvage edge of a piece of material and inked with TH Spun Sugar. Stitched a corner edge onto the tag with some material and added beads. The little postcard came from my stash, I tore the stamp off an envelope and you can just see a 2009 postmark across it.

Entering for:
Penny Black at Allsorts challenge this week is Punch Away – bit of a stretch of the imagination but I did use the crop-a-dile to punch the holes for the eyelets.
The Shabby Tea Room Challenge – Tag You’re It
Our Vintage Affair Challenge – Vintage Tags
Lots To Do – Distressed Tags
Sir Stampalot Challenge – All Distressed


Summer Time


Check out the flower wow oh wow. Had a crafting day with Jenny from J R Creations and she showed me how to make these stunning flowers. Nothing done for the rest of the day – well apart from making flowers – Jenny found a tutorial on Three Trees (paper) Creations where Deanne shows you how to heat silk flowers and melt them – go have a look. Took it a step further as you do and added Diamond Dust Glass Glitter. Made some fabulous flowers which look just like the Prima ones except cheaper. Click on the image of the flower above and have a better look.


Bank Holiday Monday and Challenge time at Crafty Angels. Evonne set the challenge this week for our DT project …. Your Favourite Stamp, no contest it just had to be a Penny Black but OMG which one!!!!

Finally decided on City Divine …. not used her for a long time.

Used the paper pad from pinkpaislee …. 365 Degrees …. have another one called Queen Bee these are all from Crafty Angels On Line Store and the swirly pearl beads

Stamped onto the Letraset bleedproof marker pad, Andrew bought it for me at the same time as the Pro markers …. what a disappointment, it is sooo thin only 70grams, try anything once …. never again, just cutting out the image after colouring took forever. Only thing I was pleased about was her top, turned out well.

Made a tag, cut out a nellie frame which came with swirls, added these and also the …. one off cut out image. Stamped swirls onto the background paper then layered a nestie frame and added the tag. Larger butterfly was die cut with core card, embossed then sanded. Smaller ones were cut out from some really ancient paper.

  1. Entering for:
  2. Cupcake Craft Challenge – Dazzle Us – My flower really blings.
  3. Penny Black Saturday Challenge – Swirls
  4. Craftalicious ChallengeFor their very first challenge they want New – my flowers are definitely new
  5. Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays – Use a Handmade Embellishment


Fantasy Tree


Another new stamp which I bought when back in the UK. Made this card for the:

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge 3Hearts.
Entering also for Penny Black Saturday Challenge week 86 – Someone Special… no prizes for who this card is for.
HFOS Challenge #14 – I give you my Heart.
Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #68 – Hearts.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge 36Valentine’s or Love.
Die Cut Dreams Challenge # 33 – Red & Black with Love (ignore the green leaves pretend they are black).
Lexi’s Creations Challenge #6 – **Valentine’s**
Penny’s Paper-Crafty ChallengeValentine/Love!!!!
Paper Sundaes ChallengeValentine
PaperPlay Challenge Love Notes
Lili of the Valley ChallengeValentine
Stampin for the weekendValentine Themed
Stamp Something“Love Something”
Die-Cut Dreams Challenge #34 – Have a heart
Stamp With Fun Challenge #45 – Hearts
Cute Card ThursdayIn the Name of Love
Lily of the ValleyValentine’s

Wow so many challenges this month… must be a record

Made an aperture with a nestie and inked the edges with peeled paint.

Stamped the inside of the card with the tree so it would show through the aperture and punched lots of little leaves from a green – Pink Petticoat paper … added loads of hearts as well. Fussy and Fancy wanted hearts…. I think they should be pleased with all of these. The ribbon even has little hearts on it.

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