Happy Fall Y’all

IMG_4184Autumn is finally on its way here in Queensland, Australia.  The evenings are coming earlier and there’s a little chill in the night air.  It’s been so nice leaving the windows open until sunset and not having to use the air-conditioner!

This weeks challenge at Southern Girls challenge blog is all about Autumn or Fall, and I get to use this gorgeous image from Lacy Sunshine.  I’ve coloured Bubbles up with my Copics and added some Stickles to her wings and hat and I used tiny gems for her overalls buttons.  I layered browns cardstock with a spotty patterned paper in Autumn colours and doodled a border around the main image.

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To finish off the card I wound some twine around the base cardstock.  I tide a double knot and then frayed the ends.

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An Easter Lantern

Today’s creation is an Easter Lantern.

I first gave lantern creating a go when I saw a tutorial at Mixed Up Craft and created my first at Christmas.  The tutorials are fantastic and every tiny part of the creation is explained in detail and demonstrated.  I find this really helps as sometimes written instruction can seem overwhelming.  Then once you have the bare bones of a lantern you can decorate it as you please! I love to create a little scene inside, as they’re quite large.

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I used pretty Easter colours for my lantern, each side is a different colour – yellow, pink, blue and purple with kraft for the base and handle.  I doodled borders around the windows and inserted some spotty acetate.  The spots remind me of Easter Eggs patterns.  I wrapped the top and the bottom in yellow Easter Egg printed ribbon and the handle is attached with tiny brown bunny brads.

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This angle gives you a view of the other colour of the lantern, and the flowers that I chose to adorn the top.  I love Kmart and their pretty but inexpensive posies.  These ones looked particularly Easter-ish, and I separated some of the eggs that come as a sprig or branch full of eggs and placed them among the ferns and flowers.  I couldn’t go past the bunch of lavender and poked a small piece of it in amongst the flowers too.

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Don’t you just love Easter pastels? I’m so happy with my new lantern, the lights inside came from Spotlight.  They can be used for bouquets, so they’re wired in a waterfall style.  I glued the main power cord to the centre of the top of the lantern, and then each of the four strings that hang down were glued into the corners and along the bottom of each of the windows.  The fifth string of lights runs around the bunnies under the cellophane.  The lights are run by a small power pack of three batteries, which I’ve tucked under the cellophane at the back of the bunnies.  The access panel at the back of the lantern allows access to the battery pack to turn the lights on and off.

Easter Chickie

IMG_4180It’s the last day of school for the Easter holidays and that means creating a bag of goodies for my daughter’s teacher and a card.  Ou goodie bag was filled with a large chocolate bunny, a hollow egg and some whiteboard markers, pastel coloured fine pens and some ballpoint pens – because teachers always need pens!

For the card I used this adorable image from Whimsy Stamps “Chickie” and coloured her up with my Copics.  Our new theme at Sweet Stampin’ Challenge is Mellow Yellow, so I used lots of yellows, but sneaked in some pretty Easter colours too.  I glossed up her shoes, banner and eyes and added some tiny bling to her bows and dress.

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Isn’t she adorable!  I did some doodling for the borders and then added some fun Easter themed ribbon.  So come and join us over at Whimsy Stamps and share your creations!

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Because Cancer Sucks!

IMG_4178A long time ago, in a world far away, my Father-In-Law was a happy, active, train driving, cricket lover. Our little family was living with my husband’s parents due to work. I will never forget the day I saw him come in the back door to the house, looking white as a ghost, his face devastated, and said: “I have Cancer”.  That moment changed his and everyone close to him’s life forever.  Over the course of 10 years, he endured so many procedures, so many visits to doctors and hospitals and so many different prognoses’.  He was told he had Secondary Cancer but they had no idea where the first one was.  He lost teeth, lymph nodes, salivary glands, the light in his eyes and the skip in his step.  He fought that Cancer with everything he had, but in the course of his treatment ended up with so many more challenges – damaged lungs resulting in being out of breath all the time, diabetes, brittle bones, being tired all the time and so many more, those chemicals caused so much damage that quite frequently he was told that he only had a few years to live.  That great man taught me about family, fatherhood, love, forgiveness, strength, courage and appreciation.  We lost my Father-In-Law one afternoon in 2018, the Cancer may have been gone, but it still stole his life.  He will forever be missed ❤

This image from Whimsy Stamps was created by Chrissy Armstrong to raise money for her brother who is fighting Cancer.  All proceeds from the sale of this product will be donated to the Canadian Make a Wish Foundation in Ray’s name.  Your purchase will help us raise money for this great charity and honour Ray.

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I created this card with a mix of hand colouring and digital elements.  The background paper and elements are from Kristin Aagard. I have raised the little penguin up off the card and added gloss to the IV bag, there’s also doodled borders, paper tearing and twine.

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In order to get the word out, and let everyone know about this Penguin Ray and Ray Gauveau, I have joined the following challenges:

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Little Late Leprechaun

IMG_4167This is totally late, St Patrick’s Day was on the 17th and I’m only just now getting around to colouring the images I purchased for a fun St Patrick’s Day event that has now passed 😦  (I was busy celebrating my daughter’s 18th birthday and my house was full of family).  So I declare today honorary St Patrick’s Day in my craft room, I dug out my green papers, green markers, and green bling and coloured up this cutie from Whimsy Stamps.  Ever since I was a little girl I have loved the movie Pete’s Dragon and the song Puff the Magic Dragon – this happy little guy was so fun to colour as I hummed his happy tune.  I used lots of green Copics and then using my colourless blender I added some subtle scales/texture.  His big mug of beer has been glossed along with his eyes and his wings are a little glittery to add to the magic.  Lastly I added some white accents to give a little shine to his hat and shamrocks.

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The image has been matted on green and white cardstock with some spotted cardstock in the background.  The borders were drawn with a fine black pen.

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Here’s a little closeup of the scales that I created using my colourless blender.  I have joined the following challenges:

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A Shakespearian card

IMG_4161The weather is finally cooling and Autumn is almost certainly on the way!  Here in Queensland it’s welcome relief from the relentless heat that have during the summer.  It’s even started to rain again – we haven’t had rain since October so it was looking rather brown and crispy outside.  We recently had a huge storm that was wild enough for one of our large Gum Trees to explode after it was hit with lightning, it was down the road a little but boy did it make some noise! It smashed down over our bridge and spread debris all over the place.  The lack of power did little to prevent me from colouring some images, and this one is my new favourite!  She’s from Lacy Sunshine and she’s coloured in Autumn colours with a touch of Liquid Pearls.

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I  continued the Autumn theme with pretty papers, scallops and some ribbon.  The border around the image is freehand doodling and the quote was researched online from Shakespeare.  I didn’t realise how many quotes are attributed to Shakespeare but are in fact incorrect, so this has been a very informative card to create!

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