I bought Kaylee's closet (from Some Odd Girl) a while ago and finally got around to inking it up. I also tried my hand at paper piecing after seeing Kristy's video. I loved playing with this stamp set. Here is the card I made. I think it needs some flowers or other embellishments added, it just looks unfinished.
I am scheduling this post as I know I will be too busy. I hope your Christmas and Boxing Day celebrations were happy, safe and enjoyable. For my last post for the year I thought I would share with you this adorable image tourist available over at Saturated Canary.
I hope that you were able to capture some of your memories over the festive season. Hopefully we did too. We are looking forward to spending some time camping this year. A little night away somewhere and hopefully a bit of bushwalking too. Besides that we just intend to laze around over summer and enjoy time together.
See you in the New Year.
I hope your festive season has been merry so far. Today I am sharing with you the front cover of my December Daily, if you haven't heard of December Daily here is some information about it here and here. There is heaps of stuff on Pinterest and the net too. If you look inside my December Daily you would see nothing nothing at all, but I have taken photos and jotted down notes for each day. Which I am sure counts.
I have of course used another one of Krista Smith's Christmas images - Christmas Angel available at Saturated Canary. She has been coloured with these copics
Hair - E53, E51, E50
Skin - E11, E00, E000, E93
Dress R29, R27, R24, R20, YG06, YG03, YG00.
Shoes C9, C7, C5, C3
Grey bauble C3, C2, C1
Shadows BV00, BV000
My eldest daughter loved this Christmas Angel so she coloured one for me. It is in a frame next to my desk. I'm not sure what copics she used. I think she did a wonderful job.
I am scheduling this post as I know that the next few weeks will be super busy.
Are you counting down the sleeps at your house?
Santa left an Elf on the Shelf at our house which was super exciting - considering there aren't that many in Australia. After we debated about names the girls agreed to call him Sparkle. Which seems fitting because our house is always full of glitter. Even with Sparkle reporting to Santa, Meg was too excited to sleep she was full of questions. How far is it to the North Pole? Considering it was after bed time I told her we would get the map out tomorrow and have a look. She also wondered how fast Sparkle would have to fly to get to the North Pole and back while she was asleep?....hmm this may require a bit more math skills but I told her we would work it out tomorrow. Or at least we will attempt to work it out.
In the spirit of Christmas elves I thought I would share with you this Christmas card featuring Spritz (from Saturated Canary)
Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Today I thought I'd share a bit about me I am quiet, shy, well mannered and honest with strong opinions, which I sometimes share. I enjoy being lady like as well as digging in the garden. I'm crafty, I bake and like photography. I adore chivalry...yes I like to think of myself as an independent woman but I still love having the door opened for me. I also love Roller derby.
(Photo courtesy of Derek Sutton)
Last weekend I had my first assessment for roller derby. 12 weeks ago I started the fresh meat course, I loved skating as a kid/teenager and thought it would be something fun to do. I was a little dubious as I had seen some of these girls play roller derby and they looked a little scary what I discovered was that they're not, they are just a bunch of normal girls and a few guys who are very fit and love to skate. I spent 12 weeks feeling muscles I haven't felt before...EVER! And sweated more than I knew was possible. We started out with 15 freshies and at the end there were 8 of us who completed our assessment we all passed and are now bronze stars. Congrats to my fellow Freshies!
I made a little card to thank our trainer who was so super patient (she never gave up on me), and always encouraged all of us to do our best no matter what our skills. I hope we made her proud. Thank you Lynda.
The card features Rollerskating Zombie a digi from Saturated Canary coloured with copics.
We love Christmas at our house. We love putting up the tree, making gifts and cards, reading books like The Polar Express, The Night Before Christmas, An Aussie Night Before Christmas etc. We love baking cookies and slices. We also love spending Christmas day with our families.
This month over at Mad for Markers Challenge Blog it is a Christmas Challenge, Australian style (you can have rain but no snow).
Stockings (a digi image from Saturated Canary) has been coloured with these copics
Skin E000, E00, E11, E93
Hair E29, E27, E35, E33, E,31
Greens - G20, G24, G28, YG00, YG03, YG06
Reds R20, R24, R27,R29
I would love to see your creations over at the Mad for Markers Challenge or just hear what your up to this Christmas.
You have a few days left to enter in the Mad for Markers Y and YR challenge. I coloured this image but I am not very happy with it so haven't made it into anything yet.
YR18, YR15, YR12
YR0000, YR00, YR20
E50, E51, E53, E93
E08, E09,E31, E33, E35, E25, E27
Yesterday I got a parcel from Krista Smith herself. The first thing I noticed before sitting on the grass to open my parcel is she has amazing handwriting! Here is a little look into what I won from Krista.
This week I have made a card featuring Some Odd Girl's digi Ice cream Tia. I had a go at making felt flowers to add to the feel of this summery card. I followed this tutorial from The Crafted Sparrow. Here's my card:
I saw Krista Smith generously offering the digi stamp Fancy, as a freebie on her blog and immediately thought of Leaver's Dinners. I'm not really sure every state of Australia has these, but in Tasmania when students finish High School (which for us is grade 10) they have a formal leaver's dinner where everyone frocks up. This dress reminded me of my friend Tennille's dress when we had our leavers dinner. Although from memory her dress had a black bodice and an emerald green skirt (it was a while ago; November 92 to be exact and yes we are still friends). That makes me feel a little old so I'll move right along onto my card-
I have seen some beautiful cards that feature waves or scenes made from patterned paper. I thought I would try this out. It was a bit fiddly but I'm sure with practice it would get easier (right)! I thought the digi image Hawaii Flower Gretel from All That Scraps
would look fantastic sitting on a jetty with her feet dangling in the water. This is what I have got so far. I have been staring at it the past week and the card doesn't look finished I am thinking I need some more embellishments in the top left corner perhaps some paper flowers. I will leave her on my desk and look at her for a few more days before I decide what to do.
Hair E35, E25, E27, E29
Skin E53, E51, E50
Dress YR0000, YR00, YR20
Flower YR18,YR12, 0
On another note the Mad for Markers multiliner challenge has come to an end thank goodness I am putting my multiliner back in the drawer where it can stay buried for a while longer. The new challenge over at Mad for Markers is due to start on Monday and this card fits into the new challenge. Can you guess what it is?
Well today I thought I'd share something different. I am taking a photography - advanced composition course with Candice Stringham and our first assignment was places. I thought I'd share with you my assignment. Liffey Falls is in the North of Tasmania about an hours drive from our house. I took these while bushwalking with my family. My husband and I had been here a few times before so we knew it was an easy walk that both of our girls could manage. We had a lovely picnic and spotted lots of interesting things. Meg was disappointed that there was no grassy area near the waterfall that she could sit and wait for the fairies. We are all a little obsessed with fairies. Nell found some massive man fern fronds on the ground and pretended they were wings. I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
My dearest friend Emma is having a baby due next month so I decided I'd sketch a baby image based on two photos I have of my daughters the day they were born. These photos are on my pin board above my desk. I always sketch on scrap paper in pencil first.
Just for the record this looks nothing like the pictures above my desk!
I then redrew my sketch with pencil onto x-press it blend it card and went over it with my multiliner.
I then rubbed out the pencil lines and coloured her or him with copics. Now I just have to wait and see which paper I should use. I am leaning towards the dark blues.... I guess I will just have to wait and find out. I do know Emma will make the best Mummy.
Yesterday our eldest daughter turned 5. I have been so super busy I didn't get to post this before her birthday. Five years have flown by it has been amazing to watch how much she has grown and how independent she is getting. She loves discovering and learning new things. She is also amazingly talented in art.
Meg's favourite tv show at the moment is Doc McStuffins so that was the theme we went with for her party. Her favourite character is Halle so I adapted a free colouring in page to use for the main image of her card
Well I thought the Mad for Markers Challenge last month was a tricky one for me as I rarely colour with greens but I have to admit this month is a trickier one - the October Challenge is to use Copic Multiliners somewhere on your project. Up until a few weeks ago my copic multiliner had been sitting in a drawer unused. Last week I shared with you a cupcake I'd doodled this week I thought I'd share with you something a little more adventurous. I looked at some drawing books I have (because as you all know drawing is not a strength or skill I possess) I actually drew this I followed all the instructions and drew the shapes into the large grid (just like we did in primary and high school) and then I drew in the details and lines to join the shapes together. I then transfered this drawing to x-press it blending card and outlined it with my multiliner and coloured it with my copics. I am thinking of doing a water colour background and turning it into a book mark.
My apologies for the quality of the photograph it was late at night and the lighting was terrible. I can now see a few areas I need to touch up too :0
I created a little gift card with an image I drew using my copic multi liner (I haven't used my copic multi liner before). The colouring is a little rushed. I have been having a forgetful week and couldn't find the seahorse I had already drawn and coloured so it's okay but not great. I think this would make a sweet little thank you or birthday gift tag to add to a present.
Copic multi liner 0.3
YR0000, YR00, YR20
RV000, RV00, RV02
BV04, BV02, BV00, BV0000
Thanks for stopping by. Hope your enjoying the sunshine where ever you are.
Well as promised here is the other Honey (a digi by Krista from Saturated Canary) I have coloured her with YGs. I attempted the dotting technique but as you can clearly see it wasn't overly successful. Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
Honey was coloured with these copics (available over at the Mad for Markers store - Sammi also stocks some of Krista's rubber stamps) I have no idea why but I didn't record what colours I used so from memory:
Hair, YR21, YR20, YR00
Skin E50, E51, E53, E93.
Clothes and Shoes C5, C7, C9, YG00, YG03, YG06
Rabbit C1, C2, C3, C5, R20
Here's a comparison photo. I think I like the Honey coloured with G's best but the pleats using YG look better. I still need lots of practice when it comes to pleats and folds but they are improving.
Don't forget you still have a little time to enter in the Mad for Markers September Challenge using your G or YG coloured copics.
I won this Simply Anya rubber stamp in a Mad for Markers blog hop (before I was a DT member) and thought I'd have a play around with it. I am not really happy with this card. I think more than anything it is the colour combination I don't like. Green is my least favourite colour. I do like the papers from Kaisercraft's Class of '87 Collection but I just struggle with the green.
I used The Greeting Farm Simply Anya rubber stamp coloured with the following copics (all from Mad for Markers)
Skin E50, E51, E53, E93
Hair E31, E33, E35, E37
Clothes and Shoes YG00, YG03, YG06. G20, G24, G28.
My card today card features Honey a digi by Krista Smith from Saturated Canary. I actually coloured two of these images up but I am only sharing one with you today.... I'll share the other one with you in a fortnights time.
Honey has been coloured with these copics
Hair E50, E51, E53
Skin E000, E00, E11 and E93
Clothes G20, G24, G28
Shoes C1, C2, C3, C5, C7
Rabbit C1, C2, C3, C5, R20
Shadows BV0000, BV00
Mad for Markers has all your copic needs and Sammi is now stocking Saturated Canary Rubber Stamps too. And while your over there don't forget to enter in the September Challenge using G and YG copic markers.
I am a little addicted to...Cupcake Wars. I love cupcakes...and the show amazes me with their flavours and their decorations. I found Arleen from Sweet Arleen's carrot cupcake recipe. For those who aren't a fan of Cupcake Wars Arleen has won Cupcake Wars and also won the super challenge against other Cupcake Wars winners. I modified her recipe for both the cupcakes and her frosting to suit my taste and thought I'd share it with you. I will share the recipe for the Brownies in another post.
Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Icing
(a modification of a Sweet Arleen Recipe)
1c plain flour
1/2tsp baking soda
1/2tsp salt (just under)
1/2c lightly packed brown sugar
2 free range eggs
3/4c vegetable oil
1 1/4c grated carrot
1/4c roughly chopped walnuts.
Preheat oven to 175 degrees celsius. Line a 12 cupcake tin with paper liners.
In a bowl place the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg use a whisk to mix together.
In a larger bowl whisk together sugar, brown sugar, eggs and oil.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until just mixed.
Gently fold in grated carrot and chopped walnuts
Divide mixture equally between the 12 cupcake liners.
Bake for 20 -25 minutes.
When cool top with cream cheese icing (you can double the recipe if you like lots of icing).
Just in case you don't know I really like spring for many reasons...the spring carnival (including the Melbourne Cup) - I like the carnival for the horses, flowers start to bloom, our fruit trees start to blossom, birds are in abundance and it means we are heading into Summer which means the cold temperatures of winter should start to fade away and I won't have to wear layers and layers of clothing to stay warm. And it's much nicer to be outside when it's a little warmer.
This week I coloured The Greeting Farm's Blush Bettie three times - the first one I didn't like her hair then I had a bit of a whoops with a marker clean across the finished Bettie, so for my third attempt I thought I would make a very clean and simple card and have a go at doing some grass and a bit of blue background wash. Here is my CAS Bettie
I think she is a rather sweet way to say good bye to Winter this week as she looks like she's at a Spring BBQ.
I've been playing around with different skin colours and have decided to share that with you today. Some of them I will not use again but others I quite like so I am glad I have this page as a reference. If you click on the picture you will be able to see which copics I used. I didn't add blush and some of them are not very well blended but you get the idea.
Sammi over at Mad for Markers has just started an online copic colouring club you can check out the details here
If you have any other skin colour combos you think I should try let me know.
When I saw The Greeting Farm image Sunday he reminded me of Ian Somerhalder from Vampire Diaries...yes I am a little bit obsessed with Vampire Diaries okay okay I am a lot obsessed with Vampire Diaries. So when I coloured up Sunday I coloured him to look a little like Damon (Ian)with the whole Vampire Diaries feel. Here is my card
I used the Greeting Farm stamp Sunday coloured with these copics
Skin E50, E51, E53
Hair, Shirts, Shoes & Belt buckle C1 C3, C5, C7, C9
Jeans and Scarf B32, B34, B37
And just in case you missed him the first time. Don't worry he isn't just a pretty face he also has the IS foundation ( a foundation that has set out to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures).
Today I thought I'd share a recipe. Why? Just for a change and because I love to bake although I don't know if this technically counts as baking!
When I was a kid my Mum would make us caramel popcorn for movie night it was so delicious. She no longer has the recipe and over the years I have tried several recipes but none measured up until I tried this amazing recipe I pinned from A Farmgirl's Dabbles. Here is my version of the recipe:
Caramel Popcorn (oven baked)
1c unpopped popping corn
2c brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2c glucose syrup
1/2tsp baking soda
Preheat oven to 120 degrees celsius
Pop the popping corn and spread thinly over two baking trays.
Combine the butter, brown sugar and glucose syrup in a saucepan and put over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Then boil for around 5 minutes (until caramel reaches firm ball stage).
Remove from heat and add in the baking soda (the caramel will bubble up so be careful).
Pour caramel over popcorn and mix so popcorn is evenly coated. Place in the oven for 45 minutes stir the popcorn and caramel every 15 minutes to ensure that your popcorn remains evenly coated.
Popcorn can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week (if it lasts that long).
Saturated canary's image Pink reminds me of the 80's. I turned 13 in 1989 and I wish my clothes were this cool then. You know you were a kid of the 80's if:
You were a fan of Punky Brewster - I wanted a bed just like hers.
You owned a pair of jelly shoes.
You played Michael Jackson's Thriller on vinyl.
You ever used puff paint on a t-shirt.
You had a cabbage patch doll.
You understand the phrase "whatchoo talkin about Willis"
You remember Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen as toddlers
You had a crush on one of the Coreys or both!
You know who Rainbow Brite is.
You watched Back to the Future, ET and Annie when they first came out.
You pretended to be a BMX bandit with your friends.
You watched the Henderson Kids and Secret Valley.
Enough of the trip down memory lane.
I have run out of my copic blender pen so there are lots of little parts of this image that still need cleaning up. I also now realise how much I use my blender 0 marker. Pink was coloured with these copic markers:
Hair E50, E51, E53, YR20, YR21
Skin E50, E51, E53
Clothes RV04, RV02, RV00, RV0000 C9, C7, C5 and C3
On the 1st of August our youngest daughter Nell turned 3. I can't believe she is 3 already. She has a really funny sense of humour. One of Nell's favourite things is to spin I have no idea how she does it but she spins and spins for ages and then stops and walks in a straight line not something I could do. She does have amazing motor skills and coordination, unlike me.
She requested a fairy cake for her birthday so when I saw this spinning fairy one of the Five Little Fairies over at Mo's Digital Pencil it was a perfect fit.
I used these Copics (all available at Mad for Markers) Skin E50, E51, E53 and E93 Clothes R81, R83, R85 Wings RV04, RV02 Crown and Wand YR20, YR21 Hair YR21, E35, E50, E51, E53 (I think) Crown YR20 and YR21 Spicas - pink, blossom, gold and buttermilk.
I wanted the ribbon to look like the ribbons on ballet shoes just thrown over. I like how it turned out and Nell did too.
When I was a kid I used to roller skate all the time....and this year I bought a pair of roller skates and have skated a few times. So when I saw the digital image Roller Mae over at Some Odd Girl I just had to have her...if only I looked this cool roller skating, perhaps I did when I was 15... but I doubt it.
Why is it when you photograph your creations mistakes seem more obvious...Mae's jeans need much more blending. I used Roller Mae to personalise a little notebook of mine and here it is
Roller Mae was coloured with the following copic markers all available at Mad for Markers (M4M)
On the 23rd my husband and I celebrated our anniversary...no not our wedding anniversary but the anniversary of when we first started dating 19 years ago. We used to write notes to each other and he would draw little pictures of us at the bottom of his notes. It was sweet to read back through some of the letters that we used to write to each other. After reading a handful of letters I found one with a drawing that he gave to me in college. Due to my extremely limited drawing skills I scanned the note in enlarged the image and printed it out then I traced it onto my card and went over it with my copic multiliner (I did tell you I had limited skills when it came to drawing). I thought about colouring it with copics but then decided against it. I liked how personal it was and what it means to us.
Happy Anniversary Rick I love U lots x10 with a dot.