Oct 29, 2012


Hello Everyone.
I must apologise for not visiting you this past week, but Rob's Dad passed away suddenly last Thursday... the funeral was today.
Hopefully life will return to some sort of normality for me soon.

Oct 26, 2012

A little bit scary!!!!

Hello Everyone.
Welcome to another Challenge set by our lovely hostess for this week Marcy Kaminski.

Our Creative Corner"MASKING for Halloween Theme Challenge" 
In the "spirit" AND theme of Halloween, we will be using the MASKING technique! 

Marcy asked us to make it scary, so I asked Precious if she thought it was and she confirmed is was 'very scary'!
Would you believe this is the first Halloween card I have ever made!
In New Zealand we do not celebrate to the extent of other countries.

I do not own a single Halloween stamp, image or anything that resembles ghosts, witches, ghouls and such like, so to make this card I searched the net and found this skeleton image and spider....zapped them with dylusions 'fresh lime' and fussy cut to mount them on my Bg, which has also been zapped big time with dylusions inks. 
I found a stencil in my stash that resembled a cobweb so used this as a mask and sprayed on white paint.

 I carried the theme through to the inside and this time I used the head of the skeleton as a mask, along with the cobweb.
 I added some open weave lace as a web effect as well.

I hope to see your name up in lights  thumbnails at the bottom of our Dt inspirations for this Challenge on 'Our Creative Corner'  and you could be our next Top Talent! I am sure you would enjoy being in the limelight for a week.

I know our previous Top Talents have really loved their experience with us, so take some time to have a look, it is posted up on Thursdays.

Have a great weekend

Oct 25, 2012

NOEL- Flag.

Hello again everyone.
I have finished off my next Flag, for the
Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style.

I am catching up slowly, this is No5.

Noel was cut on the Cricut, and painted up in Red and Gold Metallics.

Random inking over the Bg.
Next the music was stamped in Black Archival Ink.
Also dry embossed with two different texture fades.
TH distressed doily, painted up in metallics and embossed and applied to the Bg.

 Half a Rosette along with the foil circle and gold element added more dimension.

Linda's Tag:
The word NOEL, the music text and the filigree element was my inspiration.

 If you would like to join in the fun, see the rules here.


Oct 22, 2012

Tags No3 and No4- Funkie Junkie style!

Hello Everyone.

This is the inspiration for Week3
I am three weeks behind and another inspirational one is up today, so hopefully I will make the rest this week and I will be back on track, I have until December 17th to complete all 12, but I know what will happen if I leave it until then....  Nothing!

It has been a busy week as I am trying to catch up with you all and at the same time catch up on the  Challenge: 12 Tags of Christmas - Funkie Junkie Style.

If you would like to join in the fun, see the rules here.
 I picked up on the trellis, the colour palette and the snowflakes.
Here is my interpretation from her inspiration.
The image is from Graphics45 which I fussy-cut, and applied enamelware EP on the foiliage. I then dry embossed the Bg.
The Bg has distress stain dabbed in broken china and tumbled glass, and a touch of White Pearl metallics randomly painted on top.

I have continued with my theme of placing the trims around the edges, and my snowflakes are M.S. and punched out from foil.

Linda's Tag No4
A little country!
I picked up many elements from this one.... 
The gingham bg.
The embossed bg. 
The Bow.
The sentiment.
I went with a similar colour palette as well.

I again used a Graphic 45 image and placed this on top of the dry embossed bg, which I distressed a little.
I do not have a gingham stamp but I did purchase a Quatrefoil rubber stamp in San Francisco; I thought it would work; it does have the illusion of gingham don't you think?
I am looking at the image now and wondering if my sentiment 'Believe' is appropriate, as it has the impression that Santa is telling the canine to Believe!!!

Hope you have all had a great weekend.

Oct 18, 2012

Meeting a special person in San-Francisco

Hello Everyone
If you are wondering where I have been for the last few weeks, and you have missed me and my cuneiform, well rest easy because I am back!!!!
I have had an amazing adventure in San Francisco and Las Vegas, I will give you more dialogue with pictures on this journey in the next week, but first I wanted to share with you the joy of meeting a blogging buddie face to face.
I have known Greta virtually (GG Creations) for approx 2years, she lives in Oregon, which is a short flight to SF, when I suggested that we could meet up when I was there I was not expecting a favourable outcome.... but Greta would not let this opportunity slip by and as she has a sister is SF, it was a perfect reason/excuse to catch up and meet me as well.
Here we are: 
At Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley.....where else would two card-makers meet!!!Both inexplicably choosing Turquoise as our attire, and both feeling as if we were meeting a long lost friend, we instantly felt very comfortable with each other.  Greta is as I imagined, a delightful, warm-hearted and genuine individual, I was so excited I started to loose my voice!!!!!! Rob said I was talking too much as usual, but the reality was that I had a virus and I developed Laryngitis, so I was very croaky that day, it did not spoil any of the fun we all had at the shop, doing serious damage to the credit card and sharing a wonderful lunch in Berkeley. I also met Greta's sister Laurie, who is just like her....  Now when I click on to Greta's Blog my senses will be filled with that day in Berkeley, a highlight for certain, and I am so pleased that we decided to make an effort to meet up. 
My perspective on this day...So very special.
Greta has her view-point also, so pop over and read her take on this day in Berkeley San Francisco. 

With our bag of goodies.

 I presented Greta with a gift from New Zealand as a thank you, and also as a constant reminder of the time we had together. When one starts up a Blog the last thing you expect is that you would meet anyone, especially as I live at the bottom of the world.

 The Maori Koru design is inspired by the New Zealand fern frond unfurling as it grows. It represents peace, tranquillity, personal growth, positive change and awakening.
The double twist depicts two new shoots growing together - it represents the joining of cultures, the bonding of friendship for life, so makes a wonderful friendship gift. 
Greta  I am pleased to say was thrilled with it. 


Oct 13, 2012

Circle Card

Hello Everyone.
Our delightful hostess this week at Our Creative Corner is Meihsia Liu -  
and the Challenge is-Fall in the Circle.

Please create a CIRCLE card or project with a FALL theme - colours or objects. 

 I have used the Hero Arts Poppy Stamp.
Stamped image twice, first on the circle die-cut using distress inks,
(you may notice a bit of a kissing effect on the bg from the  Hero Arts envelope stamp).  
The second one I stamped on some scrap card in Black Archival, and colouring the flowers up with copics.
Next, I fussy-cut the heads in a few pieces, popping up some and layering down others.
I added a Sunflower sticker in the left hand corner... and that is it all done!
  Here is a close-up look on how I popped up the petals to create dimension.


If you would like to participate in this Challenge and have the chance to be on Top Talent Thursday...... please feel free to do so, we would love to have you on board. 
For more inspiration pop over to the OCC  Blog and say hello to my teamies.

Have a great weekend