Monday, January 31, 2011

Lots to tell but so little time!

Wow ! What a weekend!
So much in so few days and have I got some gossip and news to tell you all !

Firstly ...
I am very proud to tell you all that I was fortunate enough
to have been excepted onto the design team of ....

Wait for it ....



Yeppers ! The beautiful Crafty Pad.
It is such an honour to be able to work with their already gorgeous Design Team. 
Please do drop by and show them some love, you will not be dissapointed in the talent these ladies have!


The Crafty Pad Shop has some adorable digital images that are truely worth adding to your wish list so please pop on over and have a looksie, it is well worth the time!

The Crafty Pad also run a weekly challenge blog and while you do not have to use a Crafty Pad image (though we would love to see one) if you do ... you will be put into a separte draw for a chance to win a digital image of your choice.  Now that is worth going shopping for!
(Not that we need an excuse to go craft shopping do we lol )

My second big thing is a card AND some HUGE gossip to go along with it!

Well ... I made this card for something very very special

The flowers are hand made from dear hubbys old and torn boxer shorts (I did wash them before I hacked them to peices lol)  and the image is from Whimspy Stamps - Crafting Sentiments.
Last week I applied to Scrappers Haven
for their position of teaher for their card marking classes.
(My local craft store who is ONLINE as well and ships worldwide!)
They also run a monthly Scrapbook Challenge! Well worth peaking at!



I think my card must have been a sucess and I am pleased and so excited to tell you all that I,
yeppers thats me, am now the proud new card making teacher!

I am holding classes every Friday at Scrappers Haven from 9:30 to 12:30, the cost is $10 per class, and we will make 2 cards per class and each week a new technique.  I am also holding a once a month Saturday Off The Page workshop, and the next workshop will be on the 19th February 2011.

I admit I am as nervous as a bull rider at the gate but I am so excited as well.

Scrappers Haven stock everything the crafter needs from papers, ribbons, inks right down to storage sollutions.  They have just uploaded the new Basic Grey Curio line that I think is to die for! and I can not wait to get my hands on some!  Please grap a coffee, take some ME TIME and pop over for a peak at all their wonderful products.

I know this is getting long ... but I also just wanted to share with you my favourite picture from the weekend.


This was taken on Saturday, you can tell it was the perfect weather to be inside crafting and creating but nope... no such luck for me :(
My kids and I wandered on out to the farm in the pouring rain to ...
Fly a kite !

It really was magical standing high and dry on the porch watching the kids run around the paddock in the bucketing down rain trying to fly kites.  And I am really proud of Dylan for not only getting his in the air every time effortlessly but for also being the only kid to get their kite in the air!
Not that any of them minded getting soaked to the bone lol.
And in truth ....
Didn't the kids sleep well that night! bahahahah
(That's evil ? me? no NEVER :))

Oh the joys of being a kid again!

Fair winds and following seas,
The Navy Wife
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Challenges I am entering:
* The Corrosive Challenge - #101 - Button It Up (Sundays)
* Pile It On - #5 Punch It - The leaves are a punch (Sundays)
* Sketchy Colors - #56 Blue, Brown & White (Sundays)
* Stacey's Stamping Stage - #ACT 67 - Chocolate chip, Whisper White, Almost Amethyst & Cajun Craze (Sundays)
* Stampin' Sisters in Christ - #74 Blue & Green (Sundays)
* Whoopsi Daisy - Any shape but a square (Sundays)
* MyGrafico - Aything Goes (Monthly)
* Ohh-La-La - #72 Three of a kind -I have 3 flower embellishments (Mondays)
* Pear Tree Designs - #34 Flowers (Mondays)
Bearly-Mine - #2 Tis a Recipe, 3 flowers, 2 DP and 1 image - I have 3 flowers, 2 dp (the spotty dots are on the back of the paisly blue DP and 1 image/sentiment (Tuesdays)
City Crafter - #41 Sewing (Tuesdays)
Everybody Art - #126 'My Favourite Thing' - easy CRAFT! (Tuesdays)
My Time To Craft - #125 Emboss - I have embossed the punched leaves (Tuesdays)
Top Tip Tuesdays - #19 Flowers - My flowers are hand made from my husbands old boxer shorts(Tuesdays)
Paper Pretties - #PWC138 Sewing (Wednesdays)
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge - #45 Anything goes - (Wednesdays)
The Pixie Cottage - #54 Sketch and or Flowers - I have flowers (Wednesdays)
* The Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything goes Entry #2 (Wednesdays)
Do you Stack Up? - #4 Patterned Papers - My card has DP (Thursdays)
Moving Along With The Times - #83 Spring (Thursdays)
Pals Paper Arts - Bows (Thursdays)
PaperPlay - Week 4 Layer it up (Thursdays)
* Southern Girls - Dry Embossing - The punch leaves have been embossed (
1st Week - Thursdays)
* StampInsanity - SISC#44 Find your Zen - Crafting is my Zen (Thursdays)
* Crafts 4 Eternity - Poka Dots - There are poka dots on the DP paper along the bottom (Fridays)
* Crafty Catz - #67 Flowers (Fridays)
* Delicious Doodles - #10 Spot or Stripes - There are poka dots on the DP paper along the bottom (Fridays)
* Fairy Knoll - #35 Flowers (Fridays)
* CES Challenge - #21 Bold & Bright (Saturdays)
* Just Us Girls - Make Your Own Flowers - Mine are handmade (Saturdays)
* Saturday Challenge - Chocolate (Saturdays)
* Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - A Punchy challenge - The leaves are punched (Saturdays) 
* Crafty Calendar - New Beginings - I made the card as my resume for a new job (Monthy)
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Friday, January 28, 2011

CDAC Group Heart Hop - January 28 - 30


The day has arrived ! Yeah! *jumping around the room*

I have long been awaiting this day as I am not good at keeping secrets, even worse at crafting secrets and creations and this little joy has been sitting on my desk for the past week waiting for this day! 
So ... 

with further ado .... 

It 's time for the CDAC Group Heart Hop


I am playing along today with a Gingerloftt Digital Stamp called swans that Tami has created just for this event, and I knew it would go perfectly on a tag with my altered clock/tea chest.

This is what I started with---> Not exactly an ugly item though not stunningly beautiful either :$


And this is what it is now! .....

Close up of the tag:

View from the back.

Side views: 

The inside of the door.
  
The inside.
  

The clock/tea chest alone.

With tag attached.

A beautiful mix of pinks and chocolate papers, not just yummy but also my favorite mix of colors. 
I originally made this for myself but I think I am going to pop it aside and give it to Great Gan as her Christmas Pressie this year seeing she loves this mix of colors as much as me. 

Fair winds and following seas, 
The Navy Wife



Challenges I am entering:


Happileigh Scrappin' -  Inspirational Pic - I picked up a vintage feel from this picture the pinks and the flowers also stood out to me and the crackled shabby look on the white wash walls.  The door hinge stands out to me also.  I took this into my work with the color choice and how it was torn giving a shabby vintage look and for the keys in the pic I added the lock on the tag.  The flowers I also tried to match the light baby pink on the project and the tag with my light pink long blossoms, thinking of the door hinge I went with the tea chest as it opens as well and has hinges. (Mondays) ***EDIT*** WON 1st PLACE (3 digis)!

Wee Memories - #40 Free Your Creativity (Saturdays)
Just Us Girls -  #68 Create a 3d Valentine treat container - It is not a valentines project but the tag does have love on it and on the papers on the project there is Love written on some of the DP, I also feel a gift like this says 'love' in itself. It also is a container as it came with biscuits and tea inside. (Sundays)
* Craft Your Days Away -  Love - It is not a valentines project but the tag does have love on it and on the papers on the project there is Love written on some of the DP, I also feel a gift like this says 'love' in itself. (Sundays)
Paper Cutz - #75 Anything Goes (Fridays)
 Fun at Fairy Knolls -  Chocolate - I have used chocolate and pink DP (Fridays)
Totally Paper Crafts- Add a heart - There is a heart charm on the tag and hearts on the DP paper. (Fridays)
* Creative Inspirations Paint - CI Paints inspired by your favorite colors - Pinks and chocolates are my favorite colors. (Sundays)
Pile It On - Love is in the air - It is not a valentines project but the tag does have love on it and on the papers on the project there is Love written on some of the DP, I also feel a gift like this says 'love' in itself. (Sundays)   *** EDIT*** MADE TOP 3 !
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Vintage - Both tea chest and  tag have a vintage feel. (Sundays)
One Stitch At A Time -  #46 As you like it and Christmas Club - This is for the start of this years Christmas pressie. (CC to end of name - Sundays)
The Corrosive Challenge - #100 Reuse, Reduce & Recycle - I have recycled this and the biscuits and tea bags that were in it I shall use for another project. (2nd entry Sundays)
 The Crafty Pad - #105 Something Girly & DT Call - This is girly in pinks & chocolates (Sundays)
 Whoopsi Daisy - Valentine & Love - Is fits well with Valentines (though I am choosing to keep it as a Christmas gift) and the tag has 'love' on it. (Sundays) ***EDIT*** I WON (Random generator)
Stamps R Us - #13 Animals - There is the 2 swans on the tag (1st Week - Sundays)
* Critter Sketch - #49 Distress & a circle - The papers have all been torn and are distress and the clock is a circle. (Mondays)
Kaboodle Doodles - #51 Bling it up - There is the yellow flower jewel on the bottom bow on the tag, along with the metallic brown ribbon roses and the squiggle curly things are coated in fine white glitter.  I used my Dew Drop Brilliance Stamp Pad Inks to help distress the torn paper edges and they leave a glimmer/shine. Also it has a coat of varnish over the paper to protect it and it shines like a diamond all over!(Mondays)
Woodware USA - #11 Anything Goes - 1st and only entry (Mondays)
* Crafty Cardmakers - #38 - Floral - Both projects have flowers (1st Week - Mondays)
* Lexi's Creations -  #32 Valentines - Is fits well with Valentines (though I am choosing to keep it as a Christmas gift) and the tag has 'love' on it. (1st Week - Mondays)
* Wild Orchid Challenge -  Have a Sentiment - I have 'love' on the tag (2nd week - Mondays)
A Spoon Full Of Sugar - #136 - Valentine - Is fits well with Valentines (though I am choosing to keep it as a Christmas gift) and the tag has 'love' on it. (1st Week - Tuesdays)
Flourishes - Add some hardware- It has hinges (2) and there is the door clasp to open and lock the door.(Tuesdays)
Freshly Brewed -#31 Spread some LOVE - Is fits well with Valentines (though I am choosing to keep it as a Christmas gift) and the tag has 'love' on it. (1st Week - Tuesdays)
Top Tip Tuesdays -  #19 Flowers - I have flowers (Tuesdays)
Tuesday Taggers - Alter it with wings - I have altered it and the swans have wings (Tuesdays)
Tuesday Throwdown - #33 Distressing  - Papers are all hand torn and the edges inked (Tuesdays)
Everybody Art -  #126 My Favourite Thing - Easy! Pink and Chocolate and altered projects! (Tuesdays)
By The Cute & Girly -  Bling It On! - There is the yellow flower jewel on the bottom bow on the tag, along with the metallic brown ribbon roses and the squiggle curly things are coated in fine white glitter.  I used my Dew Drop Brilliance Stamp Pad Inks to help distress the torn paper edges and they leave a glimmer/shine. Also it has a coat of varnish over the paper to protect it and it shines like a diamond all over! (Monthly - tag altered item entry)
Cheerful Stamp Pad -  #9 Let's Relax - I find I am always doing 'distressed' themed projects when I am stressed.  I think it is the therapy in ripping the paper. (Wednesdays)
Aud Sentiments - Love Sentiment - The tag has 'love' as the sentiment and there is also 'love' written on the DP (2nd week Wednesdays)
Crafty Creations - Let's Heat it Up! - I have used warm chocolates and pinks as the color theme. (Wednesdays)
Fab 'n' Funky - Delight in your Digi - The Swan image is a digital stamp. (Wednesdays)
Simon Says Stamp - Animal Antics - I have the swans on the tag (Wednesdays)
The Pixie Cottage - PC#54 Sketch and or Flowers - I went with the flowers (Wednesdays)
Creative Belli Blog - The Letter 'P' - P is for PINK!  (2nd week - Wednesdays)
* The Sisterhood of Crafters - Anything Goes (Wednesdays)
Penny's Paper-Crafty - #45 Anything Goes - (2nd week - Wednesdays)
Do It With Digi's - #2 Pink & Girly - (2st Week - Thursdays)
Pals Paper Arts - #PPA 78 Bows (Thursdays)
The Creative Cottage - #31 Shaped Cards - It is not a card and the tag is a shape. (2nd week - Wednesdays)
 Paper Romance - Anything but a card (Fridays)
Crafty Sentiments Designs -  My Favourite Things - Well I *HEART* pink and chocolate! and I love altered things and stepping outside the box.  I think I have done this. (Fridays)
 Do you stack up? - #4 Patterned  Papers- I have used 4 different DP (Fridays)
* Melijen's Designs - Put your heart on it - There is a heart charm on the tag and hearts on the DP paper. (Fridays)
Delightful Challenges -  Have a heart - There is a heart charm on the tag and hearts on the DP paper. (Fridays)
Studio 313 Hotspot -  Here's to a charm-ing 2011 - The tag has charms on it ~the lock & key. (Monthly)
Sugar Sweet Paper Treats -  January's Altered Arts Challenge - It is altered (Monthly)
* Creatalicious Challenges - #18 Love them & ribbon - I have 'love' on the tag lots of ribbon and beautiful ribbon bow. (Monthly)
The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenge - Anything Goes - The swan is the focal point of the tag. (Monthly)
Karber Christmas Challenge -  Christmas Challenge #5 - It is a Christmas gift for Great Gan (Monthly)
* Bunny Zoe's Crafts -  #8 Love is in the air - It is not a valentines project but the tag does have love on it and on the papers on the project there is Love written on some of the DP, I also feel a gift like this says 'love' in itself.(Monthly)
MyGrafico - Anything goes (Monthly)

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

I believe in magic beans

Morning all!

Short and sweet one today as I have lots of crating to ado! Australia Day public holiday here (Yeah Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi! ) so I thought I would share with you what I got up to last night seeing as I didn't have to go to bed a reasonable hour teehehe.  I think this is perfect for a little boy card and I would even be tempted to give it to an adult male.  The image has been colored as per usual with the Derwent water color pencils.  I love the cute little bean embellishments!



Card Ingredients
Card Stock: Brazil Black & White
Patterned Papers: Kaisercraft After 5 Collection-Top Hat & Corsage
Embellishments: Kaisercraft paper blooms (blue), kindy glitz - clear, leaves & jewels from stash & beans from the back garden shed.
Image: Mo's Digital Pencil - Jack and the bean stalk
Sentiment: Sassy Studio Designs : Once upon a time - fairytale sentiments

Fair winds and following seas,
The Navy Wife


Challenges this card is entering:
Crafts and Me - #22 Monochrome (2nd Week - Wednesdays)
Penny's Paper-Crafty - #45 Anything Goes (2nd Week - Wednesdays)
 AiFactory - AIF#064 Anything goes (2nd Weeks - Wednesdays)
 Cute Card Thursdays - Recipe 123 - 3 layers, 2 digital stamps and 1 flower (Thursdays)
Digi Doodle - #43 Anything Goes (Thursdays)
 PaperPlay - Back to Black - I have used black to mat all my papers. (Thursdays)
The Crazy Challenge - #51 Dots and Spots - On DP paper (Thursdays)
Raise the Bar - #50 N.E.W - Nesties, embellishments and white (Fridays)
Allsorts - #87 Male/Boy (Fridays)
Tellen's Place -  Dot, dot, dot it! - I have dots on my DP (Fridays)
Sugar Creek Hollow -  Black & White and a splash of color (Sundays)
* Aly's Sunday Challenge - ASC34 For the guys (1st week Sundays)
 Crafty Hos' - Photo Inspiration (B&W photo of Martin Luthor King) (Sundays)
I Did It Creations - #39 Card for a child (Mondays)
* Catered Crop - Card Recipe - Cardstock and DP (Sundays)
* Craft Your Passion -  #42 Use TWO patterned papers (Mondays)
Cupcake Craft- Food for thought - It is Jack and the BEANstalk and i have BEAN embellishments (Mondays)
Kaboodle Doodles -  #51 Bling it on (Mondays)
Karbers Weekly - #22 Dot and stripes - On DP (Mondays)
Pollycraft Monday - Black, White and 1 other (Mondays)
Simon Says Stamp and Show - A childhood memory- It's a childhood fairytale (Mondays)
Cards For Men -  # Lets Party - (Mondays)
Wild Orchid Challenge - #15 Lets get Sentimental (2nd Week Mondays)
MyGrafico - Anything goes (Monthly) *** EDIT - I won ! ***
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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Things That Fly with Gingerlost Challenges - GL#10

Afternoon all! can you believe it's another fortnight over and we are about to start out next Gingerloft challenge

So with no further ado .... This week we want to see .... 

 Things That Fly!

Wow! The list is endless with fairies, butterflies, dragons and more! 
so there is no reason not to join us this week! 

This was my take on the challenge and I made a cork memo board to hold all my bills and 'important bits' in.  Being that my home office is in the lounge room I feel uncomfortable with having my due bills 'on display' but I find filling them tends to lead them being either neglected or forgotten about.  Now ... I have no excuses for late bills, missed appointments and losing stuff in the 'safe place' spot.   

Please forgive my 2009 calender on the board at the moment.  My husband brought me the Kaisercraft calender for Christmas and this is the calender that came with it, and as I type I am printing this years from their website and shall replace the very old one on the board.

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 Close up of the Balloon that I printed onto different paper and made 3d.

 Photo showing the pockets, there is also two pegs on either side to hang things along with 
3 hooks on the bottom to hang keys ect.


 I have blinged up this beatiful bird on the paper (you might need to zoom in more to see)


 Close up of the bottom section of the board.

Stamps I have used are of course the beautiful Gingerloft Digital Stamps 
Landing (top right hand corner) you should all be familiar with as it is one of my favorites 
along with  Fairy with Wand (another fav :$ ) 
and a NEW one today, the Hot Air Balloon (top left corner) that is in a Digi Set!

The Design Team have all done outstanding jobs as always, so please do pop on over to not only the Gingerloft Challenge site but swing past the girls and give them some love as well! 

The Gingerloft Design Team
Gale - Playing With Paper 
Lyn  - Lyn's Designer Creations
Marcy - The Ardent Scrapper 
Shell - The Camels Hump
Wendy - Crafting Purple Crazy  

Fair winds and following seas, 
The Navy Wife
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Thursday, January 20, 2011

How Sweet & A Gift Under 3 Bucks!

Good afternoon my crafty friends,

Today I have a fallen in love with a little chocolate treat box that is no bigger than 6cm x 6cm.  While google-ing around before Christmas I saw a similar little box that some one had made with their homemade rumballs and from there I have adapted it to suit a Ferrero Rocher Chocolate (Yes I am still eating these things and collecting their wrappers for my scrap stash! lol).  Took me a few mock attempts to get all the sizes right but I think I have it under wraps now :)

I am intending to make a few of these, this one is a vintage one as I am all vintage at the moment.  It is a great gift idea that costs less than 3 dollars! and for this one I used everything from my stash (Happy!) I think these will make the perfect gift for 'those friends you don't buy for but you do', you know the ones.

The paper is Wild asparagus (from my stash - a 2006 release, paper think its time I used it!), lace, ribbon, pearls and embellishments are all from my stash.  The digi stamp is from Shelly's Images  (this was a freebie they released for their 1st Birthday!) and I think it is adorable!

Top of the box.

Side view of the box open.

Top view of the box open.

I can't wait to make more of these! My poor mojo is working in overdrive thinking of all the ways I can adapt it to Christmas and a cute little pastel one with a Chocolate egg inside would look so devine for Easter .... Well ... I gotta go ... I have inspirations to create :)

Fair winds and following seas
The Navy Wife

Entering Challenges :~
Delicious Doodles - #8 Use 3 Colors ~ I have the DP, the cream card stock (image), and the brown distressed card stock used for the box. (Fridays)
 Pattie's Creations - #10 Anything Goes (Fridays)
Stamp Something - Anything Goes (Fridays)
 Totally Paper Crafts - #49 Happy Birthday (Fridays)
Card Makin Mamas - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun ~ I had fun making this and want to make a heap more and it's a birthday gift for a girl. (F/Fridays)
 Fairy Tale Challenge - #6 Flowers ~ I have flowers on the print of the hat and as embellishments on the hat and flowers on the DP (F/Fridays)
Prairie Fairy Fridays - #44 Happy Birthday (F/Fridays)
The Stamp Man - #14 Distress ~ The box is distressed (F/Fridays)
 .. wee Memories.. - #39 For the love of ribbon - I have used ribbon as the box opener tab (Saturdays)
 2 Sisters - #22 Flowers - I have flowers as embelishment and on the DP(Saturdays) *
Allsorts - #86 Teal blue & brown - I have the DP, the cream card stock (image), and the brown distressed card stock used for the box.(Saturdays)
* Stamp, Scrap & Doodle - Anything Goes (Saturdays)
Craft Your Days Away - CYDA #11 Anything Goes (Saturdays)
* Easy Craft Projects - #29 Old Stash - The DP was 2006 release it is that OLD lol (Saturdays)
By The Cute & Girly - Bling It On - I have pearls on the lace and the DP flowers on the top of the box.(Monthly ~ Card / Box entry)
* Pile It On - #3 Anything Goes (Sundays)
 The Corrosive Challenge - Lace & Pearls (Sundays) Lace is around the bottom of the box and I have pearls on the lace and the DP flowers on the top of the box (F/Mondays)
The Crafty Pad - #104 Something new - I have never made one of these before and I used my new nestabilities I got for Christmas (Sundays)
Stamps R Us - #12 Shapped Cards -It's a box (F/Sundays)
Quirky Crafts - #2 In the spring garden - I have the spring hat and flowers on the DP (F/Sundays)
Karber Weekly - #21 Ribbon - I have ribbon for the box opener (Mondays)
 Pear Tree Designs - #32 Free for all (Mondays)
Digi's by Phooka - #1 Anything goes (F/Mondays)
 My Partener in Crafting Crime - #17 Somethin new - I have never made one of these before and I used my new nestabilities I got for Christmas (F/Mondays)
Ooh-La-La - OLLCB #71 Bling it on - I have pearls on the lace and the DP flowers on the top of the box. (F/Mondays)
 Wild Orchid - #15 Lets get sentimental - I have the Birthday Sentiment on the lid when it opens (F/Mondays)
My Graficao - #80 Anything Goes (F/Mondays)
Think Ink - #34 Punches / and or Die Cuts - I used my nestabilities (Tuesdays)
 Papertake Weekly - Ribbons and Pearls - I have ribbon as the opener on the box and pearls on the lace and on the two flowers on the DP on the top of the box. ( Tuesdays)
Top Tip Tuesday - #18 All Sentimental  - I know its says the sentiment has to be on the front but ... Mine is inside the box (especially as the box is only 6cm x 6cm there is not much room to play with).  Not sure if this counts? (Tuesdays)
 For Fun - Anything that will make your project Glitter - I have the pearls (Wednesdays)
 Simion Says Stamp - Bingo - Punch/Die Cuts (nestabilities), flowers (on hat, embellishments and on DP) & gems (on lace and on the two top flowers on the DP) (Wednesdays)
The Creative Cottage - #30 Shapped Cards - Its a box (Wednesdays)
 The Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthday's (Wednesdays) ***EDIT *** Made TOP Sister!
Shelly' Images - 1st Birthday - (Thursdays)
Stamp Insanity - SISC43 Shades of you - My shades are forever changing but my latest project around the home has been DISTRESS and this is distressed (Thursdays)
 Digi Doodle Shop's - #43 Anything Goes (Thursdays)
 Cute Card Thursday - #148 Recipe - I have 1 DP, 2 ribbons (the brown lid lift and the lace) and 3 flowers. (Thursdays)
Crafty Sentiments - Vintage - This is distressed and embellished to give a vintage feel. (Thursdays)
 The Crafty Purple Frog - A distress challenge - My project has been inked to give a distressed and vintage feel. (Thursdays)
 Delightful Challenges - Lets Celebrate - It's for a Birthday (Thursdays)
* Stamping Vacation - Home Sweet Home Challenge - Romantic Style (Monthly 13th Feb)
* Stamping Vacation - NO! No Tags (Monthly 12th Feb)
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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Chocolate Wrappers

Of late I have been crafting for no particular reason, just putting paper onto paper and seeing what becomes.  I think that is why I am creating so many cards with so many versatile uses as I have no set 'theme' in mind while playing around.  

I did however stumble across one very cool thing though.... I am one of those annoying lolly eaters that like to play with the wrapper from the sweet.  I was munching away on a box of Ferrero Rochers that were given to me for Christmas and this little light in my head flicked on and I though WOW what a stunning gold and look at the wrinkles in it and how it looks crumbled embossed and then the cogs just kept ticking ... wonder what it would look like if I did actually emboss it and from there, there was NO stopping me. 

I had great fun playing around with these wrappers and of course ... at this point I was only eating ALL the chocolates just so I could pass them through the big shot lol (Well... that it what I am telling my waist line).

A close up of the plain wrapper and in the corner one I have embossed with a leaf stencil.

A close up of the leaf stencil embossed chocolate wrapper in the top left hand corner.


The image is a Crafty Pad digital stamp and it is a Freebie you can find here. Thank you The Crafty Pad!

Challenges this card is entering: 
2 Sister Challenge Blog - #22 Flowers- I have flowers (Saturdays)
A Spoon Full Of Sugar - #134 Thank you - Could be used as a Thank you (Tuesdays)
* Artful Inkables - Think Ink #34 Punches / and or Die Cuts - The frame is a die cut (Tuesdays)
Bah! Humbug! - #2 Use Stencils - I used stencils as an emboss on the chocolate wrappers (Fridays) 
Craft Your Passion -  #40 Let's tie one on (use ribbon, lacing or anything you can tie on) - I have ribbon (Mondays)
Crafty Purple Frog - New year new challenges and new designs - I really used something new and never before ... The gold that is crinkled and also embossed on the corners is actually a Ferrero Rocher Chocolate wrapper (lol were originally a box of them oopps but tasty yummo!) (Thursdays)
* Creatalicious Challenge - #18 Ribbon and love - I have used ribbon and I believe the card is 'love' based on friendship (Saturdays)
 Cupcake Craft Challenges - Cupcake #124 Something New - I really used something new and never before ... The gold that is crinkled and also embossed on the corners is actually a Ferrero Rocher Chocolate wrapper (lol were originally a box of them oopps but tasty yummo!)(Mondays)
 Die Cut Dreams Challenge Blog - #80 quote - I have a quote (Mondays)
Fab 'n' Funky Challenge - #55 Let's get warm & toasty - I have used warm colors like orange, yellow and gold. (Wednesday)
Fairy Tale Challenge Blog - #6 Flowers - I have flowers (Fridays)
 Melijens Designs -  #41 Square or Rectangle shaped card - The card is square (Wednesdays)
 Ooh-la-la Creations - #71 Bling it on - I have glitter on the die cut frame (Mondays)
Pattie's Creations -  #10 Anything goes (Fridays)
 Pollycraft Monday - #75 New things - I really used something new and never before ... The gold that is crinkled and also embossed on the corners is actually a Ferrero Rocher Chocolate wrapper (lol were originally a box of them oopps but tasty yummo!)(Mondays)
Prairie Fairy Fridays -  #44 Happy Birthday - Can be used for a Birthday Card (Fridays)
Some Odd Girl - Let's Get Embossed - I have the embossed leaves on the wrappers(Thursdays)
 Stamp Something - Anything Goes (Fridays)
Stampin' B's Design Team - Use a Die Cut - The frame is a die cut (Thursdays)
Tellen's Place - Let's see some ribbon - I have ribbon (Fridays)
The Crafty Pad - Birthdays - Card can be used for a birthday (Sundays)  ** EDIT*** Made top 3!
 The Creative Cottage - #30 Something New I really used something new and never before ... The gold that is crinkled and also embossed on the corners is actually a Ferrero Rocher Chocolate wrapper (lol were originally a box of them oopps but tasty yummo!)(Wednesdays)
 The Sisterhood of Crafters - Birthdays - Card can be used for a Birthday ( Wednesdays)
 Top Tip Tuesdays - #17 Anything goes (Tuesdays)

Fair winds and following seas, 
The Navy Wife

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A crafty time with Love on my mind


With flood waters surrounding me in my neighboring towns here in Queensland, Australia there is sadly not much I can do but be thankful that I and my family are safe, high and dry.  Fuel and food restrictions are now in place and things like fresh fruit and vegetables and perishables are starting to run out as the highway is closed.  With conserving our fuel I have been at home crafting and watching the devastating news unfold on the TV. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have lost their lives, homes and business and or been effected in this horrible natural disaster.  I believe and I hope that after the rain and waters have subsided that the true nature of the “Aussie” will show through and we will all battle on, lending each mate a hand.   We will rebuild and we will survive this.

This is how I have been amusing my time in front of the TV.  I am not sure if I should save this for another Wedding Card, use it for a Valentines card or keep it in my stash for a Birthday Card! lol Love a multi use!



Challenges I am entering:
 Craft Your Passion - #40 Lets tie one on (Use ribbon, lace or anything you can tie on) (Mondays)
Cupcake Craft Challenges - #Cupcake 124 - Something new - I am using my new corrugated papers (the black and the white) that I got for Christmas (Mondays)
Incy Wincy Designs - #76 Go Dotty - I have used a white 'dot' embossed paper and on one side I have sponged black ink over to highlight and I have used silver dotted paper for the balloons. (Mondays)
Lexi's Creations - #31 Say it with Love - (Mondays)
Ooh La La Creations - OLLCB #71 Bling it on! - I have used two blings on the birds and glitter papper butterflies and I have silver spotted balloon paper. (Mondays)
 Paper Playtime - CH#33 Black, Silver & White Only - I have used black, silver and white only ( Mondays)
Pollycraft Monday - #75 New Things - I am using my new corrugated papers (the black and the white) that I got for Christmas (Mondays)
 Top Tip Tuesday -  #17 Anything Goes (Tuesdays)
Scrapbook Sisters - #17 Anything Goes - (Wednesdays)
Simon Says Stamp - New Beginnings - It is a Love Card (Wednesdays)
The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog - #30 Something New - It is a Love Card (Fortnightly Wednesdays)
The Pixie Cottage -  #51 Sketch and or Use Punches - The swirl border and butterflies are punches. (Wednesdays)
365 Cards  - Day 316 Pure Elegance - Elegance to me is black and white with clean and simple and crispness.
Charisma Cardz Challenge - #1 Happy Birthday - Can be used for a Birthday card. (Thursdays)
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - New Goodies / Techniques - I am using my new corrugated papers (the black and the white) that I got for Christmas (Thursdays)
Cute Card Thursday - #146 Out With the Old - I have used all old stash besides the new corrugated papers. (Thursdays)
Dutch Dare Challenges - DDCC#94 New Beginnings - It is a Love Card (Thursdays)
Paper Play Challenges - 11 Week One - Clean and Simple - The card is clean and simple (Thursdays)
Crafty Calendar Challenge - #16 New Beginnings - It is a Love Card (Saturdays)
Prairie Fairy Fridays -  #43New Beginnings - It is a Love Card (Fridays)
 Fun at fairy Knolls -  #32 All That Glitters - The butterflies are punched from glitter paper, the balloons are on silver spotted glitter paper and the birds both have a bling jewel on them (Fridays)
Paper Cutz Challenge - #73 Use metal - I used beading wire to make the strings on the balloons. (Fridays)
The Secret Crafter - #116 Tons of Texture - I have texture (Saturdays)
 One Stitch At A Time - #44 Love & Valentine - It is a love card ( Sundays)
 The Crafty Pad - #103 Happy Birthday - Could be used as a Birthday Card (Sundays)
Stamping Vacation -   Pick 3 - I used a white background, punch and glitter.
Craft Your Days Away - CYDA #11 Anything Goes (Fridays)
Crafty Sentiments Designs - Blog Hop & Anything Goes (Thursdays)
 Simple Create - #34 I'm the Boss - Embossing - I have the embossed spot paper. (Fridays)
Speedy The Cats Friends Challenges - #37 Embossing - I have the embossed spot paper.   (Saturdays)
Rainbow Lady's - #134 It's all new to me - I am using my new corrugated papers (the black and the white) that I got for Christmas (Thursdays)
Tellen's Place - Punches - The swirl border and the glitter butterflies are punches. (Fridays)***EDIT* MADE TOP 3

Fair winds and following seas,
The Navy Wife





Sunday, January 9, 2011

Celebrate with us at Gingerloft Challenges #9

This fortnight Gingerloft Challenges are 'Celebrating!' There is many a things to celebrate with the New Year ahead of us and this is the perfect time for all of us to make a start preparing for the year ahead.  CELEBRATE and join us in this occasion! You can celebrate anything ~ Birthday, Valentines, Wedding, even Christmas again if you want to get a head start :P the list is endless.  The Gingerloft Challenge runs for a fortnight and you do not have to use a Gingerloft image to play along with us so I / we would love to see you there!
Here is my creation for this fortnight using Gingerloft Seeing Stars image.  I love how well it turned out and am palnning to add it to my 'stash on hand cards' for a wedding card.  Ironically as I love making cards, when weddings come around I always seem to find myself buying them and not making them, this way I will have one on hand.  The holographic stars are a perfect match and I love how they sparkle when the light hits them. 


The image is one of the many new ones recently out and with hubby home at the moment I have not been crafting much but have been dieing to play with this new one.  I have also used old paper scraps from my stash as again with hubby home getting near a craft shop is just ... well .... not in the near sights so I am working with what I have on hand and really it could use a clean out lol :P






Challenges I am Entering :-
Craft Your Passion - #39 Anything goes (Mondays)
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Cupcake #123 White is white - White is the primary color (Mondays)
Die Cut Dreams Challenge - #80 Quote - card includes a quote (We do not find the meaning of life by ourselves alone - We find it with another) (Mondays)
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge - #48 Anything Goes (Mondays)
Paper Playtime - #32 Use faces on your project - The image is faces. (Mondays)
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Your newest stamp  - This is one of my newest stamps that I have not used.(Mondays)
The Crazy Challenge - CCH #48 All Things New  - It is a wedding card (Mondays)
Creative Card Crew - New Begginnings - It is a wedding card (Tuesdays)
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes ( Tuesdays)
Try It On Tuesday - #Week 1 New Begginnings - It is a wedding card (Tuesdays)
Scrapbook Sisters - #17 Anything Goes (Wednesdays)
Simon Says Stamp - New Begginnings - It is a wedding card (Wednesdays)
 The Creative Cottage Challenge - #30 Something New - It is a wedding card and the stamp is new(Wednesdays)
365 Cards - #Day 314 Romance - It is a wedding card (Daily)
Charisma Cardz Challenge - #1 Birthdays & Cellebrations - It is a wedding card (Thursdays)
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - New year, new challenges & new designs - It is a wedding card and the stamp is new along with the desgin (Thursdays)
Cute Card Thursday - #146 - Out With The Old - I have used all my old stash papers (Thursdays)
 Dutch Dare Card Challenges - DDCC#94 - New Begginnings - It is a wedding card (Thursdays)
Paper Play Challenges - #1 Clean & Simple - It is clean and simple (Thursdays)
Sassy Studio Desgins - DTBST #54 Something New - It is a wedding card  and I have used my new stamp (Thursdays)
 Southern Girls Challenge - #9 Anything Goes (Fortnight Thursdays)
Blog-a-Doodle - New Year's Resolutions - To make ALL my own cards this year and not buy any!(Thursdays)
 Crafty Calendar Challenge - #16 New Begginings - It is a wedding card (Saturday)
Prairie Fairy Fridays - #43 New Begginning - It is a wedding card (Fridays)
Fun At Fairy Knoll - FK32 All The Glitters - The stars are hologiphic paper and shine and sparkle lol and I know I have not spelt that right lol (Fridays)
Stamp Something - January Digi Day - Use a digi - The image is a digi stamp (Fridays)
Our Creative Corner - Inspiration Challenge -  I used the colors of the picture  - Red, black, white and silver/grey (Saturdays)


Fair winds and follwoing seas
The Navy Wife