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Papertake Weekly & The Sugar Bowl

14 Apr

Hi everyone just a quick one today it is nearly time to pick up the kids and go off to netball training.

I have some exciting news but I can’t share it with you just yet. I promise as soon as I can I will let you know.

School is back here in Melbourne and I have to say it has been rather nice! Although I miss not having to rush in the mornings and not having to nag the kids to get ready the peace and order of the house is bliss.

Robbie’s birthday party on Sunday (29 kids) was a great day and seeming they all appeared to have fun I can call it a success. I am so pleased we decided to have it at the school as it poured with rain and there is no way I could have managed with that many kiddies in my house.

On Monday my darling husband took me to the movies to see The Blindside. Oh my gosh what a movie! I was tearing up within nearly the first 15 minutes and did not stop till the end. It was such an uplifting story and so well portrayed. If you have not seen it yet then make sure you do I am sure you want regret it.

Today’s card is for two challenges, this fortnight’s sketch over at The Sugar Bowl and Papertake Weekly (cutie pie). I have not done a sketch challenge over at The Sugar Bowl for so long, not because I have not wanted to but because I seem to be running out of time to do all my favorites each week. The “Cutie Pie” theme over at PT means you can make anything you think is cute/sweet. I have therefore used my Windswept from Sugar Nellie as I think this image has a real innocence to it.




There it is my card, I am pleased with the result (considering I had to include flowers, something I have been struggling to do lately). I have used as mentioned the Windswept from Home Grown Sugar Nellie range, watercolour pencils for colouring, ribbon, flowers and pearls that I had in my stash. Faux stitching and doodling have also been added.

Well as I said in a bit of a rush better dash.

Until next time xoxo


The Sugar Bowl challenge 24

2 Dec

Hello again. I hope you are all having a good week so far. Mine has been pretty uneventful but as they say that is good. Today I am brining you my card for the latest The Sugar Bowl challenge. I actually started this one a few days ago but have only managed to finish it today. Another great sketch and requirement, using zig zags, was provided by Marlene:


Here is my card:



I enjoyed making this card and using the earthy colours. I loved this paper from the kaisercraft so I worked my card around it. I have also used cardstock from Stampin up, red riding hood, chocolate chip and kraft, Santa stamp from theSweet Nellie range and lace and buttons I picked up from spotlight. I have distressed all my edges and inked with my chocolate chip ink pad, done some faux stitching (crossing off my zig zag requirement) and flipped the sketch around. Oh yeah I also used my Stampin up watercolor crayons for coloring the image.

I am pretty tiered as Mick got home from work at 1:00am last night and I stayed up for him so not sure if I will manage to get anything else done today.

Until next time xoxo

Anya Ink & Sketch Saturday

12 Nov

It has been so hot in Melbourne this week that I have struggled to find any mojo at all. I find when I sit down to make a card I struggle to come up with something. My great intentions of getting Christmas cards made the other day fell to the wayside as my book and the fan won me over. Last night sitting down to watch tv I realized there was absolutely nothing on (and I had finished my book) so off I went to my stamping corner and started. I decided to tackle this week’s Anya Ink challenge and the Sketch Saturday’s challenge.  Anya Inks challenge is to use Blue and Orange and here is the Sketch from Sketch Saturday:


I nearly finished the card last night but was really struggling to embellish it. So I ended up putting it aside and going to bed.

 After waking up this morning and walking Lizzie to school I came home feeling really refreshed so with a clear mind I sat down to finish the card. Here is the finished product:


I really did not want to embellish my card again with flowers so I looked at the bottom of my stamping stuff to discover my butterfly punch. I forgot how much I love this punch.  You can see I ended up embellishing the card using a butterfly and some wire. I have tried to make the butterfly look like it is in flight.


I know this card does not contain a lot of orange (only the bow in the hat), but as I went through my stuff last night I discovered that I did not have too much orange papers laying about. There is blue with the lace and on the underside of the butterfly. The patterned paper is also a bluey-green colour. It looked more blue  in the light last night. I hope this will be ok.

So there you have it my latest creation. Think I may take Robbie out to get a milkshake soon, the luxury of living where we do is there are so many places to choose from.

I hope you all have a great day.

Until next time xoxo

Supplies: Cardstock – Rose Red & Vanilla from Stampin Up. Basic Grey Patterned Paper, sun dress from the lemonade collection. Nestabilities-circles and scallops. The Greeting Farm Miss Anya from the Miss Anya Dressy collection, Copic Markers. Fiskars paper punch and Paper Shapers Butterfly Punch.

The Sugar Bowl Challenge #22

25 Oct

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My weekend was very busy but I did manage to get time to make one card for a very special person this weekend, my mum. It was mums birthday yesterday so I had to really pull out all stops and come up with something special.


I have based my card using the latest The Sugar Bowl Sketch challenge:



I used the stamp Daisy which is created by Elisabeth Bell for part of the Sugar Nellie Stamps range and can be purchased through Funky Kits. I have used my forever wonderful copic markers for colouring her in. I faux stitched around her image and added some smudge of brown ink. The patterned paper is called So Charming from the Bella Sarah-Jane Paperz range I just loved these colours. The one requirement of the sketch this fortnight was to use lace, so I have created some lace using my paper punch from Fiskars. The flowers are from kaisercraft and I added some kaisercraft pearls for the centre of the pollen. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up set Great Friend and as always the cardstock is all Stampin Up.  Phew I think I mentioned everything I have used!!


I have to say that I was not sure about the card when I first finished it but as I sat at Mum and Dads last night looking at it it grew on me more and more to the point now where I can actually say that I really like it.


That is all I have for you today. After my busy weekend I am now having an easy day and hoping to get some stamping done.


Until next time xoxo

The Sugar Bowl Sketch #21

13 Oct

Hello I hope you are all well. Not much has been happening in my household since I last posted except that my new stamps arrived from Scotland!! This was very exciting for me as I had been watching the mail box in anticipation for the last few days. The stamps appeared to have come at the right time as this week The Sugar Bowl Sketch requires a Christmas theme. Here is a copy of the sketch:



When I first looked at the sketch I was thrown and thought it looked harder than what it was. I was almost not going to do it, but as the abovementioned stamps arrived, and I wanted to play with them, I decided to give it a whirl. Now all I can say is that I am so happy that I pushed myself to do this challenge as this would be one of my most favorite cards I have made in a long time.



The Santa was on my maybe list to purchase but after showing my mum and sister Sarah, I don’t think I had any choice. They both fell in love with the stamps and I think for the first time could understand my obsession!


Now for details of the card. The Section with the image has been mounted on foam tape but you do not get the gist of that with the photo. The Merry Christmas sentiment and flowers are also at the same height as the Santa panel. The Cardstock is all Stampin Up of course as well as the Christmas sentiment which came from one of this years level 1 hostess sets. The Santa himself is from the Homegrown category from the Sugar Nellie Range which you can purchase from Funky Kits. The flowers I picked up from Maxine’s (picture2page) yesterday and were one of those purchases that you say to yourself “I absolutely love them and have to have them even though I have no idea when I will actually use them”! The patterned paper is from the Figgy Pudding range by BasicGrey which I have had laying around since last Christmas, being one of those such purchases just mentioned!!


So there you have it I hope you have enjoyed looking and I will be back again soon with some more for you.


Until next time xoxo

Sugar bowl sketch #20

2 Oct

Today I am bringing you my attempt of the latest Sugar Bowl Sketch Challenge. Here is a picture of the sketch:



When I saw that I had to use flowers I broke into a sweat! Although I love flowers as embellishments for scrapbook pages I have always struggled to use them on a card and have been known to walk away from challenges if a flower is needed. Today however I decided that it was time to face my fear and use them. I am pleased with my result. The other requirement of the sketch was to use paper piercing. Now unlike the flowers this requirement I relished as I love paper piercing.  So that is enough waffling and here is my card:



I wanted to use the Manga Girl as I have not actually used her for a Sugar Bowl Sketch yet. I am happy with this card I think I actually managed to get the flowers right and balanced on my card.


Supplies:Manga Gi.rl, SU cardstock and DS Paper, ribbon. miscellaneous flowers, Copic markers.


I am now sitting down to start my Christmas cards. I know it is scary but if I start slowly now then I will enjoy it and not be rushing at the end. Well this is the plan but ask me in 6 weeks time and it may be a different story LOL!


I hope you all have a great weekend.


Until next time xoxo

The Sugar Bowl Sketch Challenge

15 Sep

This weeks Sugar Bowl sketch was a real challenge for me.


 I really struggled with the top of the card with having to put the two strips coming down. The other requirement of this challenge was using pink and brown. I have done the card and even though I really hate having to use the two strips I needed to leave them on the qualify for the challenge.

 The Sugar Bowl Sketch

The card is once again using the Gorjuss stamps this one being the Poppy Fields. I have been stepping out of my comfort zone this week and using lots patterned paper and embellishments. I generally like to leave my cards a little more basic.

 Here is a look at my card without the two strips coming down and I personally think it looks a lot nicer.


Supplies: SU Cardstock and DS Paper, Stamp – Gorjuss Girl, Poppy Fields, Embellishments – kaisercraft rhinestones and flowers.

 I will have for you later today my card that I have done for the Anyone for Anya Challenge, I know been a busy little girl this week, LOL!!

 Till next time xox