Friday, March 30, 2007

DCM weekly dare - Strictly Monochrom

Great Dare for you at
After the sunshine comes the rainbow!But this is red OR yellow OR pink OR green...This week you can do ANYTHING you like on a card BUT you can only use one colour.
I (Lythan) have been very strict with the team and quite frankly enjoy the power when they come begging to be allowed to use just a hint of one other colour. I did in the end allow black for the sentiment particularly if you do an all white card. But the real idea is to have fun with just one colour and see just what variation there is.
Oh this was a fun dare, thanks Lythan, a bit of a challenge, but heh! that's what it's all about isn't it.. so here is my take on this weeks dare, you can call it Sea Green I think....
So Sea Blue bits that I've used are - Bazzill Cardstock, Making Memories PP, Making Memories metal clip {oh I love these}, Heidi Swapp Blossom {inked with Versa Colour ink pad}, Ribbon from Spotlight, Cloud 9 Chipboard letters, EK Success Alpha Stamps, and My sewing Machine loaded with matching thread.
Be sure to pop over to the DCM blog and check out the rainbow over there, it's beautiful!
So what colour will you use to create with this week....
Come on I DARE you!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Dare to Dream

Just posted this one away today, and thought I'd share her with you...
I got this beautiful image from Art-e-zine, they have some truly gorgeous vintage images on this wonderful site..
Dreamy bits I've used are - Daisy D PP, treasures cardstock, Art-e-zine image, Making Memories letter & Dream Stamps, Autum Leaves floroush stamps, K&Co PP for journal strips & word & lettering, gold brads, versa mark ink, & ofcourse my sewing machine...
I hope you Dare to Dream :o)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

DCM little extra - *Sunshine*

It's little extra time at Daring Card Makers
this time we'd like to give you just one single word as your inspiration, and that word is: *SUNSHINE*
UR the Sunshine of My Life.... sing it with me... gosh that song got stuck in my head while I made this card.. so this is my take on *SUNSHINE*.. I wonder what your take will be..
Sunshine bits on this card are - Bazzill Cardstock, Stella Ruby PP, making memories chipboard frame -green, Bella Chipboard letters, Basic Grey Wooden disc, Metal Label holder, dymo tape, black brads, screw brads, black embossing powder, & you guessed it my sewing machine...
Oh I came up with something pretty cool for this card, well I think it is anyway.. with the UR... I stamped them with Versa Mark Watermark stamp pad, then sprinkled a very small amount of black embossing powder onto the chipboard letters, I didn't want them to be to dark, and love this 'grungy' look...
But Wait there's more........

I know, don't know what came over me...just had to make another..

and here tis... a little bit different from the first LOL!

Bits that Get your attention on this card are - Bazzill Cardstock, Really Big Prima Flower, Heidi Swapp Blossom, Urban Lily cardstock flower & Chipboard Circle, making memories Chipboard flower & frame cut in half, Label holder, making memories crystal brads, ink pad & pigment pen, and ofcourse my sewing machine..

So have you Dared to DARE yet?... COME ON I DARE YOU!!!

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Look 4 Inspiration

this is my second take on the challenge set by
Wednesday Stamper this week...
the theme is 'the eyes have it'.. so I've made another ATC...
Look at what I used - K&Company PP, Autumn Leaves Calendar Stamp, Catslife Press Look Stamp, Making Memories 4 Stamp, Collections word-inspiration, 7 Gypsies Paper Tab, Versa Magic Jumbo Java Ink, Distress Ink Walnut Stain, Basic Grey 2 sticker, Urban Lily Rub-ons Stars, Pigment Pens for hand journaling & faux matting on the sentiment.

Friday, March 23, 2007

DCM weekly dare - Twins or more

This week at Daring Card Makers
it was our Keryn turn to set the Dare.
Doesn't there seem to be more and more multiple births around at the moment. Or perhaps I'm just noticing as a member of my family is due to deliver twins in September this year. Your dare for this week is to create a card using any technique, any style, to welcome the birth of multiples. If you keep the card long enough there is bound to be someone you know having twins or more to send it to.
Hmmmm.... this was a toughy... decided to go with twin boy theme.. not sure why, don't know anyone having twin boys just the colours appealed to me..
My card is actually just resting on another piece of Teal PP so the flower that overhangs the card shows up.
One little trick I've picked up from Godelieve's blog is to use a white gel pen to colour in the stamped image. so that's what I've done with the storks on this card, I really like this effect so thanks for that Godelieve.
Joyful bits I've used on this card are - Treasures Cardstock, Kelly Panacci PP,
PSX Stamp - D-3305, Me & My Big Ideas Chipboard stickers, American Crafts Ribbon, Making Memories charm & jumpring, Heidi Swapp Blossom, Computer Generated Sentiment, White gel pen, Teal Texta, & my sewing machine.
So have you Dared to DARE yet?........ Come on I DARE You!!!!!!!

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Truly Madly Deeply

I've done another
I'm really loving doing these
this week their challenge was called 'The eyes have it'...
I made this ATC, firstly I printed out a photo of my Andrew in 'full grain' and with a 'blue tint' onto watercolour paper, and cut the photo up to leave his gorgeous eyes.
I also used My new Stampin Up Background stamp - Print pattern, EK Success Alphabet stamps, Making Memories Chipboard shapes & some dymo tape.. and there you have it...
I hope you are all having a great week, thanks to everyone who left a birthday greeting for Georgia she loved it!...

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

DCM little extra

For this weeks little Extra at
We have a Themed Little Extra this week. A little encouragement to make those cards you usually have to make in a hurry - see how we like to help you?
So this time we'd like you to make "Get Well Soon" type cards. That's it - nothing too tricky or complicated this week, just a little nudge in the "Be Prepared" direction.
Well with my take on this weeks little extra I did have a great plan for a fun get well card, but I'll hang onto that card for another time....
This is a special card for someone I know that has a terminal illness,
so instead of a 'get well soon' card,
it's more of a 'to comfort you in your illness' card.
Sometimes when it comes to card making you have to follow what
you feel lead to create, and this is just such a card!....
bits I've used to make this card are - Cardstock, PP - unknown, Making Memories circle Frame, Making Memories Ribbon, Safety Pin & jumpring,heart charm, strip journaling computer generated, and the lace flower & brad left overs from my
So have you Dared to DARE yet?....... COME ON I DARE YOU!!!!!

six today

Happy Birthday today to my Georgia...
she is 6 today, lot's of celebrating in our home today

This is a little ATC {Artist Trading Card}
I made last week
posted to a lovely little friend :o)

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Greta Garbo

I've had another go at a
this week the challenge was At The Movies..
the only requirement was that you had to have a least one stamp on your project.
I chose the very beautiful Greta Garbo, this image of her was on the cover of Silver Screen from November 1930. A little history, she was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson 18th Sept 1905 and died 15th April 1990 aged 84yrs. Star of The Temptress, The Torrent and many other films both Silent and Talkies..
In 1955 she received a Liftime Achievement Award at the Academy Awards..
On this Tribute to Greta Card I used - Daisy D PP, Catslife Press Stamp (this is a True Story), Autumn Leaves Flourish Acrylic Stamp, Bella Chipboard Frame, Cosmo Cricket PP (on frame),
Ribbon & mesh lace from Ruby St Designs, Jumbo Crystal Brad.

Friday, March 16, 2007

DCM Weekly Dare - How Random

This week at Daring Card Makers
the fantastic Kel has set a brilliant dare that is a real challenge.
Firstly make a list of 10-20 crafty items you have in your stash, whether it be brads, ribbons, peel-off's, craft robo, dies, stamps, glittter, buttons, flowers, patterned papers, paint...
You get the idea!
Give them all a number or print them out a sheet and pop them in a hat all folded up.
Next, ask someone non-crafty to pick 3-5 of your numbers or pieces of paper from your from your hat.
Finally, make a card using ONLY the items chosen. A card blank, some sort of sticky stuff and your basic craft tools are allowed If you want to make it really challenging, list plenty of items that you haven't used in a while, or thought you may never use again!
So what went into my draw.... I hear you ask.....
metal embellishments...Ribbons...acrylic stamps...cuttlebug templates...Paper tabs...Doodling...Paint...Dymo Tape...Stickers...Vintage Images...Eyelets...Brads...Tags...Chipboard...Flowers...Rubber Stamps...Buttons...
And I was quite comfortable with the bits Jacob pulled out for me..
Chipboard, Flowers, Rubber Stamps & Buttons..
I threw in printed paper but made myself only use a tiny little bit...
and Well Cardstock..but you'll all be using that too..
Random bits for this card are - Treasures Cardstock,Hero Arts Bold Floral Pattern Stamp, Catslife Press Doll Face Stamp, Heidi Swapp Blossoms, Maya Road Chipboard label holder, Vintage Button from my yummy collection, Versa Color Ink Pad - 104 Lagoon Blue, Versa magic Ink Pad - Jumbo Java (label holder rubbed over with this), a little bit of Basic Grey Printed paper & My Sewing machine..
So have you Dared to DARE yet?..... COME ON I DARE YOU!!!!!!

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

DCM little extra - simple sketch

For this week's Little Extra challenge at
we've got a sketch, template, plan - call it what you will, and we hope you'll enjoy using this one as much as we have. Remember you can stretch, twist, shrink or even turn it upside down - just as long as we can see the template is there anything goes!
Click Here to see the sketch
I must have been inspired by our 'out of the comfort zone' dare, cause I've made a retangle card, I did start making a square one but this is what I ended up with one of my normal 6x6" cards cut in half.. to find an envelope..LOL!
Perfect bits for my little card are - Cardstock, bella chipboard buckle, Scenic Route Rub-Ons (the Perfection was actually one big long word, but I cut it in half so it would fit like this..), 7Gypsies PP (tape measures), Basic Grey PP, ribbon and my sewing machine.
You can find more takes on this sketch on the DCM blog and also on some of our DT's personal blogs, Check them out, they are Scrummy!!!.....
So have you Dared to DARE yet? COME ON I DARE YOU!!!!
I Just want to say a big thankyou to those who have left lovely messages about the Ruby St Designs you are all so lovely, Thankyou.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Just had to show you something......

Just had to show you this scrummy clock we've just bought... and here is our Lachlan demonstrating how enormous it is.....
Both Jacob and Lachlan are facinated at the pendulum in it... and I just love it..
OK... now here is the wonderfully amazing thing..... If you are familiar with my work, you'll know I use a lot of clocks when I create, and I always set the hand to 1 o'clock, this symbilies that I believe in the ONE TRUE GOD... I was soooooo excited about taking a photo of the clock to put it on my blog, never even gave the time a thought... just uploaded the pictures, and low and behold the clock is ticking away at 1pm...
Thankyou God, for making me smile....

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Wednesday Stamper - White

Oh how exciting... I've made my first
I've been watching all of your very talented Wednesday Stampers for a while now, and finally worked up the courage to partake.. here is my little 'White' ATC. When I think of White the word Pure comes to mind, so I've reflected that in the ATC.
White bits Iv'e used on this ATC are - Rachel Greig Mesh Stamp, Versa Color Khaki ink pad,Heidi Swapp Blossom, Paper Blossom, Collections Chipboard heart, 7 Gypsies Paper Tab (it was cream but I painted it), lace, button, brad & I used my Fabulous sewing machine ofcourse..

Friday, March 09, 2007

DCM Weekly Dare - Super Heroes

This week at Daring Card Makers it's our Jo's turn to dare us all..
And what a brilliant dare it is too, Your Dare for this week is to make a hero themed card. It could be a card for the Hero in your life or a Superhero themed card....We have Lynne with us this week as a fabulous guest designer, Lynne and the DCM team have risen to the challenge magnificently and created these fantastic cards to show you - don't forget to check out all our personal blogs for all the low-down on what we used and how we used it.
Meanwhile Back at the Bat Cave.....
has come up with her own version of a super hero themed card....
Super bits that help this card say "Kapow" are - Cardstock, Fancy Pants PP (red spot) the star pp is unknow, Bella Chipboard shapes, 7 Gypsies metal Tab, Urban Lily Rub on, Basic Grey Wholly Cow rub on (star), Dymo Tape & my very SUPER sewing machine..
So have you Dared to DARE yet?.... COME ON I DARE YOU!!!!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

I love it when other peoples ART comes to live at my home..

Oh I am so thrilled my tiles have come arrived today from Tammy's Tiles Swap.. This first picture is the tiles that these gorgeous girls have made for me...
My Theme was 'Rusty Old Junk'... and look at what they have made me...
Love them, Love each and every tiny little one..
So thankyou in order left to right, Philippa, Sam, Sharon, Tammy, Jaki, Maria, Glennie, Debbie, Carole, Brenda, Pansy, & Ann...
I will do 4 more to add to your beautiful work and I am going to frame them for my scrap space.
This second picture is a refresher as it's down a bit on my blog, but these are the tiles I sent back to Tammy, one for each of the girls, who sent me one.. we all had our own themes and it was Great Fun...
and If you haven't seen a tiles swap before each of these little squares is just 1.5" square..

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

DCM's little extra - Three X Three

For this weeks 'Little Extra' at
we have another recipe for you. This time the ingredients are :
3 Buttons, 3 Different Papers, 3 Different Ribbons
And now, a drum roll, please......We're absolutely delighted to announce that joining us on the team, as our very first DCM Guest Designer is Lynne, AKA Crafty Devil who has very kindly agreed to come on board for the next couple of weeks. Those of you who've been following the blog for a while will know all about her fantastic cards and other crafty projects she inspires us with on her blog, so it's going to be fab to have her on the team. We plan to work her really hard while she's with us, and she's straight in at the deep end with a card for this week's midweek mayhem.

lovely bits used are - Wild Aspargus PP, We R memory keepers PP(the flower motif), My Minds Eye PP, 3 Vintage Buttons from my many op-shop expeditions,
3 different ribbons, Bella Chipboard Swirl,
Versa Magic Jumbo Java Ink Pad (used to ink the swirl), blossom, crochet cotton used to stich the buttons on with, and my sewing machine..
So have you Dared to DARE yet?...... COME ON I DARE YOU!!!!

15 years Married to my True Love...

OK so I should be in bed fast asleep... but when I wake up my husband & I will be celebrating our 15th Wedding Anniversary.. Can't believe how quickly that time has flown...
God has blessed us with a wonderful marriage and three beautiful children...
Anyway this is the card I made for Andrew, just thought I'd share it with you..
Now I really must go to bed..

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Sympathy Card

Every now and then we all have to make a sympathy card...
it's a sad fact of life...
and tonight that's what I've done..
It's simple and made with love...
and to me that's just the way it they should be!..

Monday, March 05, 2007

ATC Chain...

OK.. so I'd probably run a mile, if asked to be in a chain normally... I'd normally delete this off my computer, If this arrived in my mail box I'd throw it away....
Yes it's a chain... Chain Letter, Chain Email... you get the picture....
But when you get a chain about
Artist Trading Cards,
well that's different isn't it!!!...
So I'm going to join the chain, I've actually already started making my ATC's.
Now, I'm wondering who would like to play... if you want to be involved email me, my email is
and I'd love you to join in if you want to.
I'll send you the chain email with the instructions and addresses... all you have to make is 6 ATC's, on any theme you like.
Oh and this is an international swap too.. so it doesn't matter which country you are from it all adds to the excitement....

Sunday, March 04, 2007

DCM's Weekly Dare - Out of the Comfort Zone....

This week at Daring Card Makers it was our Bondgirl aka Tracie turn to dare you all. "I looked at my cards last week and thought hmm they are ok but they are all very similar - white square card, double matted embellishment, printed greeting. Dont get me wrong there is nothing wrong with doing what you are good at, I bet we all have our "signature" ranges but I realised what a wealth of techniques and styles I wasnt trying. So this week I dare you to step outside your comfort zone and have a go at something new - be it something you have never tried, or something you havent done for ages".

Oh man when I saw what Tracie dared us to do this week.... a cold sweat come over Me! I had a lookie at what I normally do... it struck me that I never use white cardstock, I rarely use rectangle cards, have never used white ribbon on anything, and esp never combine any of the before mentioned...I always use lots of Printed paper, lots of embellishments... lots of coloured cardstock and always, always, always... SQUARE cards.....

So with this knowlege I set about to create my 'out of MY comfort Zone' card.... and here it is... This card is actually all white, I've just got it sitting on a pink bit of paper for the photo.

We were also asked to discribe how it felt to make a card 'out of our comfort zone'... I've gotta say to start with I felt a bit grumpy...not being able to play with all my fav things... But when I started playing, it kinda felt fun, and even thrilling... like making my very first card all over again... and you know I even liked it when I was finished... LOL!!!!!

Go and check out what the other girls have come up with....This dare really stretched us all I think, so thanks heaps Tracie.. it was fun...

So Have you DARED to DARE Yet?.... COME ON I DARE YOU!!!!!

Oh almost forgot, the reason I'm posting this late is we've been away for the weekend.. my Father In Law's 70th B'day, Remember the card... he loved it... and had a wonderful chuckle at the bible verse used...and was particularly taken by the farming newsprint Printed Paper...


Friday, March 02, 2007

Check These Out!!

Check these cute little bits out..... One of my scrapping friends makes these.. you can find them by clicking here . She sells them in her ebay store... plus you will find lots of other lovelies....
I used one in the centre of a flower in my in one of my previous posts...