Monday, January 30, 2012

Memory Box

Over at Crafters Anonymous tonight Anne, has shown us how to make these really cool photo cubes from a piece of 12 x 12 cardstock. I have turned mine into a memory and photo box. On the outside I've got photos of my paternal grandparents wedding, and inside I have stored the decorations I have that came from their wedding cake.

They got married on 1st July 1939, in the photo you can also see part of my grandmother's headress. I'm always amazed by the size of her bouquet when I see these photos.

Over at Crafters Anonymous we are also seeking a new member to join us on the DT. See info below.


Crafters Anonymous is looking for a creative, inspiring and fun Design Team member for our Scrapbooking Group. If successful you will be solely responsible for running and maintaining our Scrapbooking section of our Ning network.

 You will need to be fairly computer savvy. 
You will need to create a challenge every fortnight with a photographed sample of your project. 
We are looking for experienced Scrapbookers.
You must have your own blog and be on Facebook and actively promote Crafters Anonymous on
them. 
Be able to provide informative technique and design tips, a tutorial and use step by step photos if a
technique is used. (Photos included). Crafters Anonymous Tutorial Template will be provided.  Be able to meet deadlines. Don’t over commit yourself if on any other Design Teams.  Be able to provide good clear photographs for use on our Website and Facebook page.  You will be required to comment on some of the projects that are entered into your challenges and
other new photo uploads.

 Interested ?? What do you need to do?
 Send 3 (three) of your very best project layouts.  Send a little blurb about yourself including your favourite brand and why?  A photo with a short bio, your name, address, phone number, email address and blog address.  List of any design teams that you are currently on and when your term ends  List of any design teams that you have been on in the past.  A paragraph telling us why you would like to be on the CA Team and what you feel your significant
contributions would be.

What you can expect from Crafters Anonymous?
 Your projects will be displayed on our Website/Facebook.  A badge for you blog  Bragging rights of being on the fabulous creative team at Crafters Anonymous
This Design Team position is for as long as you feel you wish to commit to Crafters Anonymous and will commence in Monday 13th February 2012. Applications close at 9.00pm (Sydney Time) on 6th February 2012. Winner will be announced on 7th February 2012.
Lots of love and cyber hugs from everyone on the Crafters Anonymous Team. We are a fun loving group and we have a big happy CA family. If you are interested please send an email to and provide the following information: (We are sorry but we can’t accept international applications at this time. Only AU/NZ Applications will be considered).

Have a great week.

Debi x

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


We had some lovely CAS entries for our last Challenge over at the Craft Room Challenge, we'll have our work cut out again to chose our winners :-) but that's all good. Now to our next Challenge, the theme is Valentines. And appropriately I'm going with my new love- Twinchies I have fallen head over heels for these 2 x 2 pretties.

I've covered the chipboard base with tissue tape, and coloured with ink, I've then added Dazzling Diamonds, and then wet embossed in gold or black some images. I finished with an image, some lace and brads, and of course some words.

Make sure you check out the other DT pieces Here and I can't wait to see your Valentine Creations.
Have a great week.

Debi x

Monday, January 23, 2012

Twinchie Trio

I'm having real fun creating Twinchies at the moment these are such fun to make.

For this trio, I've applied tissue tape, coloured with Soft Suede Ink (SU) then added iridescent powder. I've then wet embossed images from the stamp set Sense of Time (Su Retired). I've then decorated with various die cuts, images, a postage stamp, lace, jewels and eyelets.

Close Ups:

I'm entering these at Simon Says Stamp and Show where the theme is Anything but a Card.
And over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge where the theme is Butterflies or Bugs.

The Dt's on both teams have one some stunning work.

Have a great week

Debi x

ps. If you haven't already and you like chickens check out my new blog Here and discover Bambino's adventures.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Crowns for Just Add Ink

Happy 100th Birthday Just Add Ink!!!! hard to believe all those great challenges that have happened,
JAI and in particular one of their team members Paula Dobson are responsible for inpiring me to share my creations and to inspire to create more and better. I pretty much credit them for giving me the confidence to create cards. So I couldn't pass helping them to celebrate this milestone.

Just add Crowns, I wanted to create a card with the crown as a centre part of the card, but also something a little over the top ,as is want of my style :-)

The photo doesn't really do the card justice I'm afraid as the liht is so bright it's hard to get a decent photo.

I think this has a nice vintage and slightly whimsey style.

Have a great day I hope the suns shining where you are.

Debi x

ps I'm after visitors to my new blog all about my chickens and my journey with them and my bird phobia :-)
check it out Here I'd love to see you there.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pretty Things

I always have the best intentions at entering the challenges sooner at Gingersnap creations but in the end time flies and its a last minute thing.
Here's my entry for the GC131 Random Redhead Challenge: Candelarbras,Chandeliers and candles.

I've taken a Manila tag, covered in tissue tape, the sponged on Poppy Parade ink (SU), I've then added Distress Stickles, and glitter. I then embossed the Chandelier image a couple of times, added a image and some gold acrylic paint for texture. Then an image and some ribbon and bling.

I hope you like it.

Enjoy the rest of your week.

Debi x

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Plain and Simple

Wow, we had some gorgeous entries with our Anything Goes Challenge at The Craft Room check back next tuesday for our winners, you sure make it tricky for us :-)

Esther has chosen this next challenge, and she's asking us to go Plain and Simple. Now, I have to say that this proved to be the trickiest challenge for me, as I'm much more shabby vintage than Clean and Simple, so I made quite a few cards until I was happy.

I created a "window" with a die and the bigshot cut out of acetate, I then sponged and stamped, it's quite effective I think, though I may have over smooched :-)

Stamps: All SU, Forever Young, Afterthoughts.

Colour Combo: (All SU) Island Indigo, Luck Limeade, and Black.

the Dt have created some gorgeous cards so make sure you check them out Here

Have a great week

Debi x

Friday, January 6, 2012

Winter Carnivale

My New Years resolution for 2012 is to be more creative, I want to be doing more art, and exploring my free hand drawing. Like a lot of people I'm always not so sure about my creations, but then at Nicki's blog (she's the Current Gingersnap Muse)I found the Strathmore Artist Free Online workshops and the first workshop of the year is Doodling :-) and exploring various ways of using Mixed Media. We are just week 1, so pop along and register yourself and you'll see some amazing work done by the students so far.
It's so cool that the workshop has already given me the confidence to just Draw and not worry.

Traci the teacher showed us how to create print background with sprays and found objects and to then just keep adding layers.

My preferred medium has always been pen and ink, but I've never been confident about the background- I think thats about to change.

Once I got started the doodles just flew onto the page, and out popped the slightly manic winter carnivale.

Acrylic Paint,
Prismacolor Pencils,
Painted on watercolour Paper.

Have a great weekend.

Debi x

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pretty Wax Tag

There are lots of cool challenges to start off 2012 with a creative Bang!! I've made this tag with two challenges in mind.

Over at Gingersnap Creations the Spicey Theme Challenge is to use Wax in one form or the other on your creation. I've had some beeswax sitting in my stash for quite some time, and today I thought I'd have a go, because it's not commercial bees wax I've been able to melt it with my heat gun rather than needing a melting pot. I stamped onto a manila tag, then applied the wax, melted and then added some some images and then more wax, and so on until I was happy, I love how the wax softens the images but also really adds to the aged look.

Over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges They're challenged us to us something from our New Stash from Santa :-) On this tag there's a whole lot of new stuff, The resin flowers and the very pretty chiffon flower with pearl centre are my fav though.

As always thanks for taking the time to look.

Debi x

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Some of my Favourites from 2011

Lots of my blogging friends are sharing some of their favourite creations from last year and I've always thought it would be too tricky, but actually it's really lovely to look back and pick some favs. Happy 2012 Everyone, my it bring your hearts desires.

Debi x