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Archive for February, 2011

Ahoy There Me Shipmates

Avast there all ye landlubbers it be Sunday here again and we all know what that means …. arr it be SS time …. no not Sailing Ship.

(joke time girls – Ben Gunn says to Long John Silver …. “Arr Long John, where be yer buccaneers?” Long John replies “they be under me buckinat of course!!!”)

OK joke over, really sorry girls just couldn’t resist it, my sense of humour is a little warped at times and that there picture has a lot to answer for …. back to the matter in hand … our two sponsors this week are Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff and Raindrop Echo Designs. Onto the challenge and it’s a photo inspiration … so get them there juices flowing and interpret this picture anyway you want, let’s see where your creative direction takes you because as you know each and everyone of us sees the world through totally different eyes.


My inspiration came from the sea and also the red and blue so my interpretation of the image went in the direction of faded and driftwood which took me to pirates. You will be amazed at each of the DT’s work, how we came up with totally different concepts of the picture.


Entering for:
Crafty Catz Weekle Challenge – One For The Boys
Stampin Royalty – Mark It Up
East Craft Projects – Something For The Boys


Sleepy Bear


Couldn’t make up my mind which image to use for my SS card so coloured two images, used Sick Little Bear for my card …. which you can see below …. and Sleepy Bear for my tag …. so so pretty …. half coloured and half paper pieced this adorable cutie.

Meljen’s Designs Challenge this week want to see a Gift Tag.


First Tutorial Meets Sentimental Sundays

Well the long awaited tutorial …. it’s a Double Twisted Easel Card.

You will have to scroll down further to see the tutorial …. Click on card to see larger image.


The double twisted easel card lends itself perfectly for a sentiment and an image …. not sure about you but I struggle sometimes about where to put the sentiment.

Sentimental Sundays has opted for a colour challenge this week, they want to see pink, red and white on your projects. Our sponsor this week is Maljen’s Designs and I chose to make a Get Well Soon card because I fell in love with the Sick Little Bear image which you can find here isn’t he the cutest.

Have done a little bit of colouring and paper piecing on the image, two sentiments on the card one stamped (my favourite Penny Black) and the other an adorable sentiment from Raindrop Echo Designs and OMG going off the subject a bit here but Ann V has designed the most delish Postage Stamps Sentiments you have ever seen …. I WANT THEM …. I NEED THEM …. sorry bit carried away but I do oh so want them as you can tell …. anyway you can find the stamps here. Don’t forget to check out what you can win when you enter and have a look at all the DT girls inspiration this week it is awe inspiring.

Entering for : Allsorts Challenge -It’s all about the sentiment

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Any problems with the tutorial please let me know and I will try and help …. also I would love if you left a link on your blog to this tutorial.

When finished the card fits into a DL envelope perfectly.

(Please click on the picture for a larger view)

Steps 1 and 2

Cut a 20 x 20 cm square card and score at 10cm (the middle)

Turn the cardstock 90 degrees and score at 10cm mark but only score half way (to the other score line)

Cut a tiny slither out of the card (about 2 mm) as shown in the diagram

Score diagonally from the outside corner in towards the middle as shown in the diagram for both sides

Please check the diagram to make sure your diagonal scores are correct


Step 3 and 4

Fold over both the diagonal scores as shown and really crease with a bone folder (what I use is a little rubber roller)

They should both look like the second diagram


Steps 5 and 6

Turn the card over and lay flat again, adhere tape to the triangle sides as shown in the diagram

Turn card over to the right side, fold in half and raise up triangles as shown in second picture


Steps 7 and 8

Cut two pieces of cardstock 10 x 10 cm

and attach to the triangle pieces as shown


Wahoo if all goes well you should end up making a beautiful card …. I would oh so love to see the cards you make so please leave a comment because I will pop on over and have a look.

I thought you might like to see my table before I started I always throw things into the pot before I decide what I am going to use, would love to know how you work.



GD For My Sheri Crafts

Click on Tutorials to see how this easel card is made ….

I had a really lovely surprise e-mail from My Sheri Crafts asking me if I wanted to be a Guest Designer for their challenge blog this week, and of course I said yes …. here is Sheri’s blog, hop on over and check out her amazing creations.

The challenge for this week is Valentine’s Day …. made a double twisted easel card …. so in love with these at the moment …. used a Meljen’s Designs image called Lovin’ Turtle on the tags, water coloured them both and then added glossy accents. Have no one to give this to at the moment but I’m sure it will go to a good home eventually.


Entering for:
Creative Card Crew – For A Loved One
Papertake Weekly Challenge – Have A Heart
Flourishes Boutique Bring Back Beautiful – Colour Red, romance or Hearts


His & Hers Cards

Wow long post because I have combined two DT cards but please scroll down and see Andrew’s Valentine’s card ….

Sunday here again and that means another Sentimental Sundays but today you get to see two cards because Let’s Ink It Up also has their monthly challenge so you get two cards for the price of one.

Now I mention price because as you know Andrew won’t buy me a card from the shops …. no no not because he’s mean …. well that’s what he tells me …. but because bless him he says they are not worthy enough for one so talented …. have you ever heard such a load of old waffle …. but I fall for it every time and love him to bits for even thinking it …. thanks hun …. shhhh don’t say anything, but I think the real reason is …. I spend so much money on crafting goodies that he thinks I should use them …. he has a point ….


Before I go any further I have to say the response for last months challenge was tremendous you gave all the DT’s a hard time choosing the winner and top 3 so we had to make it a top 5. I want to say another huge thank you to Suzanne and Claire for asking me to stay on as a DT member at Let’s Ink It Up, chuffed doesn’t begin to describe how I feel and also sad because we are saying goodbye to some very talented ladies who I wish all the best.

Anyways this is the card I made for myself, it is an easel for the Let’s Ink It Up challenge which is on Australian time and as you know they are way ahead of us …. we would love to see your Romantic/Valentine’s projects. This is the card I made for myself and I love it. Took a lot of working out for me to stamp the letters onto the shrink plastic and then to shrink them down so they fitted just right into the circle apertures and still spun around …. hey presto it worked they spin nicely. Used my Cricut Expression …. you know the one I am not very keen on …. but saw the lovely Summer In Paris Cartridge and couldn’t resist, stamped and embossed the lovely Sketched Lady and Eiffel Tower from Clarity stamps again, because it’s my card and I can, guess what else surprise surprise it’s a pink card.

We have two sponsors for this challenge, Whiff of Joy Stamps who have kindly given a Willow With Champagne Rubber Stamp and Mad For Markers who have donated a set of three markers, a pack of Xpress It Card and a Copic Swatch Book, what fantastic prizes for some lucky winner.

Time to run on over and have a look at all the superb inspiration from the other DT girls, leave a hugable comment and enter your lovey dovey creations.


Sentimental Sundays challenge this week is Valentines and here is Andrew’s Valentine’s card, cute eh. We are being sponsored this week by Deedee’s Digis and when I saw this cute image I just knew what I was going to make. A double easel card was needed for this project, printed off two images, changed one of them so they were facing each other then paper pieced both with lovely yummy bright colours. Both cards will look lovely on the mantelpiece next week. I really would love to see all your beautiful creations …. that’s the nosey part of me …. so mooch on over and see all the other DT girls creations, it would be great if you would leave some love and enter.

Entering for: Allsorts – Love Love Love
Stamp Something – Digi image wanted
Fussy & Fancy – No Red or Pink …. Andrew’s card definitely qualifies for this
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge – In The Roll Of A Die
Bring Back Beautiful – Use red or adorn with hearts


Nostalgic and Whimsical


Wahoo check out Let’s Ink It Up they have announced the new Design Team …. a huge congrats to everyone …. pop over to all their blogs and leave lots and lots of hugs they deserve it because they are all such a talented bunch of girls x x x

Lots of changes going on, you have all seen the new blog design, we have a new badge and now there are two teams of designers …. team A and team B …. this all kicks off in March and we are having two challenges a month.

Suzanne and Claire you are two truly amazing ladies for all the hard work you do in maintaining LIIU well done.

Nostalgic, whimsical, cute, she’s all of those and truly reminds me of days gone by, when little girls wore browns and reds, so what better colours to chose for her. Masked her off then stamped, inked and distressed the edges of the tag before colouring. Made the background with the cheapest copy paper, threw on glimmer mists, stamped swirls all over with TH distressing inks and also cut out 4 different flower shapes from the same paper then added a brad. Used a MS punch for the edge of the vellum wrap

Entering for:
By The Cute & Girly – Red is all around us – Use red + one other colour
Papertake Weekly – Anything Goes with flowers for the optional extra
Crafts And Me – Red