Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Battle Begins!

The Greeting Farms Battle Challenge Begins!

This Saturday marks the beginning of the Battle Royal at TGF, about 60 teams will battle it out for votes to see who will stay in the running and have the opportunity to win the ultimate stamp set once the dust has settled at the finale.


The Happy Stampy team;

Nancy (leader)

The first challenge is to create a Retro card using inspiration from this image.


After submitting all of our individual samples to our team captain, Nancy, my card was voted into the first week of the challenge, talk about pressure, the first week of voting is set to eliminate half of the teams!

I used Charlotte as my view of Retro is the sixties, and I think she is a very Retro looking 60's chick, ready to take her bicycle out for a ride and enjoy the first days of spring in her matching headband and scarf.

Charlotte is coloured with my copics and layered on some SU card stock and Dear Lizzy designer paper, the card has been finished off with some matching Kaisercraft flowers and buttons.

All Charlotte needs now is enough votes to keep us in the competition, we are not allowed to vote for our own teams cards but you can VOTE for her HERE by leaving your comments.

If you are not a member of The Greeting Farm Gallery it is very easy to sign up and a great place for some inspiration!

My First Easel Card

Finally; An Easel Card!

Making an easel card has been high on my to-do-list for quite a while, so when the latest Saturday Sketch Challenge came up on Club Anya I decided this was finally the time to get it done!

I used Anya Ballerina for this challenge after getting the template instructions from Splitcoaststampers, The card stock is SU Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Basic Grey, the designer paper is from the Best Creation Inc range and the gorgeous ribbon buckle is made by Bella!

Anya Ballerina has been coloured with my Copics and finished from some SU Sparkle glitter on her tiny ballet slippers and tiara.


Never leave things to the last minute!

Yesterday I woke up and realized what a busy day I had ahead of me. Apart from the washing and housework, I also had a few other things on the to-do list for the day, and they were all before 1pm!

My eldest son had his karate, I needed to go grocery shopping as the pantry was bare, and my youngest son was going to a friends birthday party. Eeek! What about the birthday card.

As I had promised the boys the night before a treat for breakfast I found myself baking pancakes while cooking up a birthday card, talk about multi-tasking!!

Was quite impressed with myself, the pancakes were delish and the card wasn't to much of a disaster either, we even made it to the birthday party on time!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Getting Back To Basics!

Getting Back To Basics!

With all of the layering, embellishing and copic-colouring I have been doing lately I thought it was time I got back to some basics and re-acquaint myself with my SU Stampin Pastels.

I found some fantastic new digi stamps from Meljens Designs and they were perfect for my chalks. The first one that I have coloured is this gorgeous Giraffe, to adorable to resist, so here he his. Coloured with my blender pen and chalks and simply layered on some SU designer paper with a matching button.

I have a whole range of Meljen's stamps in my collection now and I can't wait to chalk them up too!

WCW - Put a Hole in It!

Another Challenge

This week at Club Anya the challenge was to make a card with a hole in it.......

A perfect chance for me to use my new Butterfly Nestabilities Set that had finally arrived in the mail. I already had the perfect stamp in mind to use with it once I had then in my hot little hands so this challenge gave me the inspiration I needed to get it done!

I used Creepy Cakes; Freaky Flutter to go on this card because of her tiny wee butterflys, I used my copics to color and placed her over my butterfly aperture that I had made using three layers of SU papers. I then added some more butterflys in different sizes and designs and finished off the card by adding some diamante to the largest of the Butterflies and also to the the ribbon in Flutter's hair.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Kids Are Away... Time To Play!

My craft room has been very productive today, mostly due to the time I had to get in their and play, thanks to my bested friend Kirsty, who took my two wonderful boys for a sleep over, leaving the house very quiet and relaxed!

The first card off the rank was my 'Rain' card using TGF Digi; Wild Sprout Rain Rain. I used my new papers and printed the sentiment from 'Whimsey Doodles' straight onto the cloud design. I coloured the character in with my copics and SU markers and added a button, some ribbon and felt flowers. I finished the card by gluing in place some dew drops to represent the rain.

Next came Oliver, I just love this Happy Day set from TGF is just perfect for kid themed cards.

Oliver and his dinosaur trio are coloured with Copics and SU markers, I embossed the sentiment onto the really cool dinosaur paper that was in my stash and finished with a matching button.

and last but not least..............

Audrey, who I just adore, was a freebie digi from TGF to celebrate Marie's 30th birthday. She may act like a tomboy but she is really a girly girl at heart!

Audrey is coloured with my Copics and I have placed her on a background of Kaiser paper from the La-Di-Da range and used the matching sentiment from the same set. This card has been finished with some SU ribbon and some tiny brads.

The kids are home now and the house has returned to normal with the sounds of two boisterous boys bouncing off the walls. I wouldn't change it for the world!!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Oh Happy Day!

Happy Birthday!

This is my latest card for this weeks challenge over at TGF. To celebrate Marie's 30th birthday the challenge is simply to create a birthday card of our own.

For this challenge I used Olivia from my brand new Happy Day set, a perfect stamp for a little girls birthday.

Olivia is coloured with my copics and SU markers, I used some paper from my Sassafras 'Nerdy Bird' bundle for the background, added a sentiment from an SU set, a little bling for some sparkle and red ribbon. I finished this off with a cute little hat pin I made with some beads from my supply stash.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Mad As A Hatter!

In Anticipation of Tim Burton's Twisted Tale of Alice in Wonderland...

I am ubber excited about the re-release of Alice especially with Johnny Depp playing the Mad Hatter, so I did not need much of a push to get myself into gear to face the latest FFF Challenge at The Greeting Farm.

Down the Rabbit Hole.

For this challenge I used the Hatter digi but replaced his head with Hugh's instead, I just thought his hair was a little wilder and represented Depp's character a little better. I coloured both the Hatter and the Rabbit in with a mix of my SU Markers and Copics. I hunted for some clipart for the background and found the clock and little bottle, I made the circle sentiment myself with the added key hole.

The card has been finished with some Kaiser Kraft flowers, an SU Sparkle Brad, some silk ribbon from my stash and a black diamonte for the center of the clock. It's an eclectic mix but I think it represents the theme well!

Now I just need to wait for the release of the movie downunder!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

FFF - Got Dessert Challenge

Got Dessert?

This weeks FFF challenge from TGF was to create a card using a dessert theme, so it was a perfect opportunity to use one of my new additions from the new 'Alice' inspired Creepy Cakes digi stamps from The Greeting Farm.

I have used the Queen; Royal Pain for this quirky card and have coloured her with my copics and added some Sakura Glaze to her hearts and red diamonte's to her crown.

She is layered using my nestabilities and the very royal looking background paper is from the Paper Chic range. The card has been finished with some Kaiser Kraft flowers, Red bow from my craft stash, SU Sparkle brads and SU ribbon. The sentiment is from my SU ' Three Little Words' set.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010


A Birthday Card for a Sweet Friend

I was sooooo excited when TGF released their set of Freakalicious stamps inspired by the new 'Alice in Wonderland' movie because it was in perfect timing with an upcoming birthday for a special friend.

I have used 'Freaky Flutter' for this card, I have coloured her with my copics and added some diamante's for some added sparkle. She is layered on some great matching papers that I found especially for this card.

The sentiment is from SU's 'Whimsical Words' (love this set) and the card has been finished with some extra diamonte's, Kaiser Kraft Flowers and SU Sparkle brads.

I soooo hope she likes it, now all I need is to get the cake ready for tomorrow!