Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A little crocheting, and a gift card (featuring Autumn Moon Designs)

Wednesday!!! YES! It's mid week and winding down into another glorious weekend.  I have SO MUCH to do and not enough hours in the day.  Do you feel like that?

Today I have a quick share that my Facebook followers have already seen earlier in the week.  I've had this Raff digi from Autumn Moon Designs printed ready to colour for a few weeks now, and when I flicked through a crochet magazine at the newsagent the other day and saw this cute Giraffe beanie I just KNEW what I had to do!!!


The pattern did call for 8 ply, but I think next time I would adjust the pattern to use 4 ply and a smaller hook and just do more rows.  But I think he is super cute anyway and very snuggly!!! And well.  What can I say about the digi, I just love it.  I had intended to originally use the image on a layout featuring the giraffes at Taronga Zoo, and I might still do that, but I love it on a small gift card as well!!!

Giraffe beanie hat recipe:
- 8 ply wool in yellow, caramel and dark brown
- googly eyes
- wool needle
- pattern from Quick and Easy Crochet - summer 2014

Gift card recipe:
Cardstock/paper:  offcuts of blending card, yellow bazzill and Soft Suede (SU!)
Stamps: Raff digi (Autumn Moon Designs) and Bitty Banners (SU!)
Colouring medium: copics
Ink: Sweet baby stamped with Chocolate Chip ink (SU!)
Die: Bitty Banners (SU!)

Fan-Tastic Tuesday: #50 ATG
Sister Act Card Challenges: #71 ATG
4 Krafty Girlz Challenges: #25 ATG
Crafters Cafe: #77 Square cards only
Tuesday Throwdown: #210 ATG
The Cheerful Stamp Pad: #93 A new baby

Thanks for visiting :) And thank you to everyone who leaves some love in the comments - I don't always get a chance to reply but I do love to read each one as they come through :) 

xox OMM

Friday, August 22, 2014

Card - happy birthday! (Featuring Autumn Moon Designs)

What. A. Week.

Tonight (Friday) is the first evening I've been able to come straight home from work and relax. I'm very grateful to be spending the day at home tomorrow, and volunteering at the heritage centre on Sunday - the best kind of weekend :)

Today's card is CAS style, featuring Hansel and Gretel from Autumn Moon Designs.

Aren't they so cute? I know Samantha is working on more fun images that will be available through the Facebook page very very soon so if you aren't a FB fan yet, do yourself a favour and get over there!!!!

Card recipe:
Cardstock/paper: Whisper White (SU!) & off cuts
Stamps: Hansel and Gretel (Autumn Moon Designs), Itty Bitty Banners (SU!)
Colouring medium: copics
Die: Bitty Banners (SU!)
Other: white brads

Sister Act Card Challenges: #71 ATG
Crafty Girls Challenges: #25 ATG
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: #49 ATG

Thanks for visiting my little corner of Blogland!
xox OMM

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Card - for you (featuring Noor Design)

Hello again!

When I received a free digi in my Noor Design newsletter a few weeks ago, I couldn't wait to colour her up! I painstakingly flicked and blended and shaded her skin, hair and clothing.... And then she disappeared. I found her today in with some cardstock and quickly finished her off and turned her into a card:

Isn't she so adorable? 

Card recipe:
Cardstock/paper: Whisper White and Chocolate Chip (both SU!), off cuts (various)
Stamps: Noor Design, sentiment from Bitty Banners with coordinating die (SU!) 
Colouring medium: copics
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU!)
Other: flowers (Kaisercraft), sticky pearls, pearl stems

Tuesday Morning Sketches: #262

Brown Sugar Challenge: #106 use a banner
Sister Act Card Challenge: #69 anything goes
4 Krafty Girlz Challenges: #24 anything goes
Fan-Tastic Tuesday: #48 anything goes

Thanks for visiting! 

xox OMM

Card - Fairy Tenderhearted by Tiddly Inks

Hello crafters and craftees!

Do you believe in fairies? What a wonderful part of childhood, and even now I enjoy a good story about wee folk. I grew up devouring Enid Blyton stories, and admiring the beautiful illustrations of Shirley Barber. A copy of Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book even entered our house at one stage, smuggled in by my mischievous Grandma. This was greeted with the delighted horror that only kids can indulge in. My mother was horrified and made sure the book was promptly sent home with Grandma, never to appear in our house again. I do believe it sits on Grandma's bookshelf still, between the ballet and art books.

I still love my fairies and have had to physically restrain myself from buying up every fairy stamp, paper and sticker I see!! However,when it comes to Tiddly Inks images, I simply could not deny myself Fairy Sunny Day (see a previous card here) and Fairy Tenderhearted (cards shared below and here) when I recently ordered some rubber and acrylic stamps from the US. There are several more on my wishlist, and I'm so excited they are available in digi direct from the designer! Check out the store here to see everything that Christy has made available (and be prepared to fall in love!!!). And if your hubby asks, it wasn't ME that sent you *wink*. (Enabler Alert!!!)

This image has been stamped on vellum using Stazon Jet Black ink, and then coloured from the back using chalks from Pebbles Inc. the ones I used today makes the image all shimmery and gorgeous!! It gives this image a very soft fairy like quality. A more vibrant result can be achieved by using inks or watercolours with the same technique. If using chalks, I do recommend "smooshing" your image when you are done, especially if you are colouring on the front of your image or straight onto cardstock.  To smoosh your colouring, simply place the image chalk side down on some scrap paper and rub firmly using the side of your fist. This will help push the chalk into the fibres of the card, and shouldn't rub off onto your fingers or the inside of the envelope.

So in summary:

Card recipe:
Cardstock/paper: whisper white, purple offcut, mulberry paper, vellum
Image: Fairy Tenderhearted (Tiddly Inks)
Ink: Stazon Jet Black
Colouring medium: chalks (Pebbles Inc)
Other: ribbon, button

PS!!! Tiddly Inks is having a DT call - ending midnight CST 12 August (I know, I know, I'm cutting it fine!) and if you do ANYTHING today you MUST go and check out all the fabulous talent in the applicant pool!!! The applications are AMAZING!!!! Go! now! (You're welcome!)

Oh! I nearly forgot. Here's another quick card I whipped up today, this time using distress Inks!

Thanks for visiting!!!

oxo OMM 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Layout - mummy & me

Happy Monday! I hope your week has started well. I am homebound for the next few days on doctor's orders so hoping to get some projects done... Of course I could be cleaning my craft room but where's the fun in that???

Here's a project I've been saving to show you - I had hoped to take a photo in my favourite photo staging area at work, but well that has been dashed for the time being! It's a fun layout using the current Scrapping Outback challenge - white with a photo colour twist. Here's the photo:

And here is my layout: 

I love these soft colours and the chance to do a pretty layout. This selfie photo was taken last year after The Boy and I had been to his first local show, even though I was fighting a cold we had a great time checking out the animals, exhibits, stalls and of course rides. Well he went on kids rides. One was enough for me and I'm very grateful not to have been sick when we got off... Yes the tea cups ride makes me sick - I admit it!!

Layout recipe:
Cardstock/paper: white, green, pink, yellow, peach
Other: mister (gold shimmer (Tattered Angels), Certainly Celery ink refill (SU!) and pink perfect pearls (Ranger)), distressing tool, flower stencil, texture paste, chipboard title (A2Z Scraplets), white ink (SU!), lace, charm, flowers, leaves, flourish die, leaves die (Spellbinders Shapeabilities)

Scrapping Outback - white with a photo twist

Thanks for visiting 

oxo OMM

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Card - thank you

Hello again!
One more card to show today, this one is using one of my current favourites by Tiddly Inks. I love her, and she's so fun to colour to boot!

Card recipe:
Cardstock/paper: off cuts, including Elegant Eggplant (SU!)
Stamp: Tiddly Inks
Colouring medium: copics, smooch, twinkling H2Os
Embossing folder: honeycomb (SU!)
Other: green ribbon, charm, black pen

Sketch: Your Next Stamp #15 week 1 & August photo challenge


Thanks for visiting!! 

Card - happy big day

Happy Tuesday!

I hope this week is being kind to you. I have been sick for nearly a week, and unable to sleep so I am currently cozied up under a blanket watching an episode of Castle while some lunch cooks and then another nap I think. I'm looking forward to having my usual enthusiasm and bounce back!

Luckily I have two cards that I finished over the weekend that I hadn't had a chance to share yet. The first one is this girly card using this gorgeous digi image from Autumn Moon Designs. Isn't she beautiful?

And showing my fabulous new watermark from Autumn Moon Designs too!!!!! I LOVE it!!! 

Card recipe:
Cardstock/paper: off cuts, but pinks believed to be Strawberry Slush and Pretty in Pink (SU!)
Stamps: Cinderella (Autumn Moon Designs), Chalk Talk (SU!)
Colouring medium: copics, shimmer pen for highlighting, Strawberry Slush ink
Dies: circle collection, Chalk Talk, Little Leaves (all SU!)
Other: flowers, pearl stems, sticky pearl

Sister Act: #68 anything goes
Milk Coffee: 2 or more diecuts
4 Crafty Chicks: anything goes
CCC Digi Creations: #6 digi, pearls, lace
Crafters Cafe: #74 use a digi
Crafty Girls Challenges: #23 anything goes

Thanks for visiting!