Sunday, October 20, 2013

Fairy Special Tabletop Decor - My Besties Aussie Challenge




Happy Sunday everyone :)


I am going to the movies with my Daughter Zoe tonight to see Prisoners.  It looks really good & we both can't wait to have some quality time together :)


I am here with a new design for the My Besties Aussie Challenge :)
This week the challenge is White On White + 1 other colour.
We would love for you to take part & you could win some gorgeous Besties for yourself :)


Here is my take on the challenge.





You can find the Bestie image here.


I used the following Copic colours:

Skin: E000, 00, 11, 21, R20
Hair: E40, 41. 43, 47
Outfit: R000, 00, 02, 11, RV42
Dress: Y00, 02, 06, 08
Other: C0, 01, 03, W0, 01, 03, 07, Y00, 02 
Blender


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This was my very first attempt at using embossing folders & oh wow...they are magical lol.  I love how it turns out however I definitely need to learn more about how to use them & I will have to buy more lol.







Most of the papers I managed to use from my stash, my new Butterfly die from Joy Crafts & the Magnolia Doohickey Doily Flowers which hasn't seen the light of day for some time :)  It was fun using the Frantage & yes, I'm still using the toaster lol.  Christmas is coming ;)






I made this one into a tabletop decor design & it looks really pretty sitting on my desk at the moment until I get it into it's own packaging tomorrow :)





If you would like to pin this design to your Pinterest board:



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This design has been popped into my

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You can also purchase it right here if you like.
Design Name: Fairy Special Tabletop Decor - $25.50
Postage within Australia is $6.95
(See more details about this design here)

If you require an international postage rate or have any questions please enquire using the contact form located on my sidebar with the delivery address. I will get back to you with the correct rate. Please remember to give me the Design name otherwise I won't know which one you are requesting postage costs for.



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I would like to include my design into the following challenges:

Bearly Mine #108 - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #244 - Sparkle & Shine
Penny's #149 - Anything Goes
Stampavie & More #196 - Pearls & Swirls
Crafty Ribbons #66 - Anything Goes w/ribbon
Creative Knockouts #7 - Paper Piecing
Allsorts #229 - Ribbons & Bows
Totally Gorjuss #206 - String
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Ribbon
CMC Copic Challenge Group #79 - Anything Goes
Whimsy Stamps #64 - Shabby Chic / Vintage

CLP #63 - Sketch



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Thank you so much for coming to visit. My apologies for this post being short & sweet but I have to get ready to take Zoe out.  More from me next time :)


Don't forget to have a go at our very unique challenge at DDCC
We would love to see your creations & you could Win $20 cash! 
Hope to see you there :)


Big hugs xxx






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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New Packaging & Design Discount




Good morning my lovelies :)
I hope you are having a great day so far.


This is just a quick post to ask you what you think of my new packaging.
You also might like to know that this particular design has been discounted for a limited time only & can now be purchased directly from my blog :)


You may remember that I created this design not long ago.






It has been designed as tabletop decor suitable for any room or office, 
has it's own sturdy stand & is ready to display.







However I just started creating the packaging for my designs.
What do you think of this one?






I am really happy with the way it is all ready for a 'just because' purchase & also gift giving :)  What do you think?


Design Name: A Beautiful Heart - $25.00
(See more pics here)
Postage within Australia is $6.95
If you require an international postage rate or have any questions please enquire using the contact form located on my sidebar with the delivery address. I will get back to you with the correct rate. Please remember to give me the Design name otherwise I won't know which one you are requesting postage costs for.




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Also, have you entered our
Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge yet?

We would love to see your creations & join in the fun :)
You can do so right here.


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Thank you so much for popping in.
I will be back soon with a new design :)

Big hugs xx




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Thursday, October 10, 2013

DDCC DT Designer in the Spotlight Winner!





Hello my lovelies,
Wow it has been an extremely hot day here today. It was 39 degrees!  
This is supposed to be Spring lol.  My air con has been getting a good work out all day :)


Today I am here to let you know which one of the
Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge DT ladies has made it to the spotlight this month :)



I decided when I first started DDCC that the DT ladies should be rewarded for their genuine efforts & accomplishments. Also for recognition of all their hard work to help DDCC become a success.  So, this is a big heart-felt thank you from me each month :)



Each month here at DDCC we will have a DT Sister In The Spotlight.  
The winner is determined by nomination by her DT Sisters & to have genuine reasons for their vote.


The nominations are decided upon the following:

- Being helpful & friendly within the group
- Getting her challenge completed on time
- Stepping out of her craft comfort zone
- Producing a great project for the challenge that month
- Fantastic DT blog posts & other unexpected DDCC blog posts
- Promoting DDCC & her DT Sisters as much as possible
- Generally having fun & enjoying her DDCC DT role.




The winner will be rewarded & win the following:

- To be featured on Dreamtime Designs blog for the month.
- A DT Sisier In The Spotlight blog badge
- WIN a AU $20 Voucher from any online shop of their choice.

So, would you like to know who the winner is?  :)



Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge
DT Sister in the Spotlight 

this month is....


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Congratulations Roberta :)  You deserve this massively!

Here are some of the reasons that were given for your nominations:
- Roberta is funny, lively and encouraging
- Has gone over and above to help just about everyone in the group. 
- She regularly visits our blogs
- Always has something wonderful to say
- She helps put everyone at ease as she is so outgoing and bubbly.
- She has created documents, researched things, helped us with watermarking, PC & blog issues, etc.
- All of these things she has done without hesitation
- Roberta's challenge project really showcased her personality


Thank you SO much Roberta for your Sisterly love, help & determination.
We appreciate it  & YOU BIG time.  Hmmm, now where are you going to go shopping? lol

Please pay Roberta's blog a visit to send her some special congrats.
You can do that here.


I just want to say a huge thank you to all of you, the DT ladies, for your nominations & even though we would all like to select everyone in the group, we can only have one winner.  Maybe it will be you next month?


Don't forget to have a go at our very unique challenge at DDCC
We would love to see your creations & you could Win $20 cash! 
Hope to see you there :)



Big hugs xxx





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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Blog Candy Winners :)




Good morning my lovelies,

This is just a quick post from me today as I would like to announce the three winners of my blog candy.  Here they are :)



Blog Candy #1


The winner is....
# 46 - Jaya

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Blog Candy #2


The winner is....
# 7 - Astrid G


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Blog Candy #3


The winner is....
# 33 - Regina


Congratulations on your win ladies :)
Please contact me using the contact form in the sidebar within 14 days
to claim your prize - till 23rd October - otherwise it will be re-drawn :)  
Don't forget to give me your postal address.


Thank you so much to all of you who entered.  There will be more blog candy coming very soon so keep your eyes peeled :)  You won't want to miss the next one so ensure you become a follower.


Thank you so much for popping over. 

Don't forget to have a go at our very unique challenge at DDCC
We would love to see your creations & you could Win $20 cash! 
Hope to see you there :)



Big hugs xxx





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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Aussie My Besties - Too Cute To Spook




Hello my lovelies :)
I really hope you are having a lovely weekend.


Zoe has had the last two weeks off due to school holidays but she will be going back on Tuesday.  It has been wonderful having her at home but I just wish I was able to do something more special with her. I would really like to take her away for a weekend but it's just not possible right now.  However we did go out for a little retail therapy together yesterday at Erina. We spent too much money but it was worth it.  I got a few crafty bits & pieces for my new Smash Book (which will be having it's own blog post lol). Zoe got a few new clothes so she is happy :)



Today is the day for a new My Besties challenge. 
This time the challenge is 'Too cute to spook'
There are 5 digis up for grabs to win so I hope you will join us :)


Due to DDCC going live with its first challenge just a few days ago (which you can find here) I have been inundated with heaps to do there & I only had a few hours in which to design something quick for the My Besties challenge.  I went & ventured into my Pinterest boards to find some inspiration that would allow me to create something in a flash so it would be ready in time :)


I quickly coloured up my image (which I know isn't my best colouring) & began to create a cute little Post It Note Holder. This is the first time that I have tried my hand at this & I was amazed with how quickly it all came together.




You can find the Bestie image here.


I used the following Copic colours:

Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20
Hair: E21, 25, 29
Bow & Pumkin: YR00, 02, 04, 07
Dress: Y00, 02, 06, 08
Witches Hat: C0, 01, 03, 05, 07 
Blender


Want to pin the Copic colour combo?







All of the DP's are from my scrap stash which I am so glad that I was able to use. The flower buttons were also from my 'oldies' stash. 






Of course I added some pearls :)






This design holds the post-it notes beautifully :)






I had a little bit of a hard time deciding which ribbon I should use & ended up settling on the gorgeous black one. This design measures 4 x 4 inches & easily fits into a handbag.  


I'm thinking of creating one for myself so that I can use it for jotting down all my Smash Book ideas as I think of them. Then I can just simply stick the note onto my Smashie page & that way all my thoughts will be there ready & waiting for when it comes time to Smash the page properly :) 
Very handy to have I reckon :)


If you would like to pin this design to your Pinterest board:



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I would like to include my design into the following challenges:

Bearly Mine #106 - Halloween
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown #167 - Colours of Fall
Penny's Challenge #147 - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamps - We're going dotty
Crafty Ribbons #64 - Anything goes with ribbon
Cute Card Thursday #289 - Signs of distress
MAWTT - Anything goes
2 Sisters #164 - Fall fun
Allsorts #227 - Autumn Colours
Sweet Stampin' - Autumn
Corrosive #184 - Cute & creepy
Pile It On #40 - Favourite colour
Divas by Design - CAS
RRR #81 - Halloween with ribbon
Top Tip Tuesday #111 - Flowers
CMC Copic Challenge Group #78 - Fall colours



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Thank you so much for popping over. 

Don't forget to have a go at our very unique challenge at DDCC
We would love to see your creations & you could Win $20 cash! 
Hope to see you there :)



Big hugs xxx





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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Beach Life Tilda Design for Challenge #1 @ DDCC




Good morning my lovelies :)

Welcome to all my new followers & hello again to those that have come for another peek at what I am doing :)  Thank you so much for coming to see me.  I appreciate your support :)


Yesterday was the launch of Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge :)
Have you seen the very first challenge yet?  I hope you will give the challenge a go.  It really isn't as hard as it may look & you will be amazed at how the 'pieces' seem to come together for you.

I have popped in today to share with you my take on the challenge as yesterday all the our fabulous Design Team ladies have had their challenge posted to their blogs & thought I had better show you mine lol.
I have left it till now due to it being a very big post yesterday & didn't want to give you too much in one day to read lol.  See, how thoughtful I am? lol


Yesterday you would have seen my Dreamtime glimpse (or sneak peek as the ladies call it).  I will show you the rest in just a sec but first I want to re-cap the challenge itself.




Here are the details of the challenge we had to create our projects around.



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Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge #1:
Anything Goes About Me - The Designer Behind the Project.
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This challenge revolves around any type of design or project that you would like to create.  You can use anything your heart desires but the finished item MUST be related to your answers from questions below.

Please note:  The following questions are to be literally included & are an important part of the challenge.  They need to be added to your challenge blog post along with your answers due to your project being designed & based around them.


Challenge - Part A:
Answer the following five questions:

1) Where do you live?
2) What do you love most about where you live?
3) Who do you share this special place with?
4) What is your favourite season there & why?
5) What is your most loved thing to do or place to visit & why?


Challenge Part B:
Create your design / project that reflects the questions above.


Challenge Part C:
Take a photo or two of anything that relates to your above discussion so that they can be included in your challenge blog post.



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It looks quite daunting doesn't it?  However, like I have suggested in the original challenge post here, if you break it down bit by bit you will find that the theme will come to you sooner than you think & you will be on your way to creating a wonderful project.  

When you enter the challenge, you will go into the draw of winning 
$20 Cash to spend at any craft shop your heart desires :)  To find out more, click here.


To help me create this design I recruited the help of the gorgeous Tilda :)




I haven't used Tilda much in my designs lately & due to the concept of my take on the challenge, this little cutie was perfect.  Not only that, she has been hiding out in my craft studio for some time & it was fantastic to finally ink her up :)  Do you like the Kookaburra? I have named him Cookie. More about him later :)

I used my Copics to add some colourful life to Tilda & Cookie.
The colours I have used are as follows (which are more than usual lol).


I used the following Copic colours:

Skin: E000, 00, 04, 11, 21, R20
Pants: B32, 93, 95, 97, 99
Top: R14, 17, 37
Kookaburra: BG01, E40, 41, 43, 47, C1, 3
Ocean: B000, 00, 02, 12, 45
Sand: E31, 33, 35, 40, 41, 43, 50, 51, 53, YR00, 31, Y11
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This is the first ocean & beach themed design I have ever done.  So forgive me if it doesn't look too realistic lol.  As you have seen, I used sooo many Copic Earthy colours to try & get the look of the sand right.  My blender helped tone it down a little.  I don't have many blue Copics so I tried the best I could with blending the ocean colours.  I added the Frantage as an after-thought & it really helped me to give the 'surf' look to the waves.  Well, I hope it does lol.




1) Where do you live?

If you haven't guessed yet, I live right next to the beach on the Central Coast of New South Wales in Australia.  I am extremely lucky to have the option of a few beaches to go to that are within a 15 minute walk of each other.  The sand is as golden as you can imagine & the ocean is ever so blue.


Here is a few photo's for you :)







Beautiful isn't it? I just love it here :)







One of my DT friends (Roberta) challenged me to use cheese cloth on my design for this challenge.  This is another item I have never used before. For some reason I felt really intimidated by it.  Go figure lol. However, now I love it & want to use it as much as I can because it is so versatile.  It can be easily manipulated to have it look exactly how you want it to.  I love the effect it gives :)





2)  What do you love the most about where you live?

I love the fact that I am very close to the beach which obviously gives the 'holiday' feel to the place.  We have lot's of people that come here to visit from all different parts of the country & from all over the world.  

There are quite a few hotels here, clubs, restaurants, cafes & the like.  Nobody is in a hurry to get from A-B, there is no hustle & bustle which is something I totally love.  There is a nice pleasant 'laid-back' feel to the place.

What I love the most is that if it get's too hot, we can just duck down to the beach to cool off & not only that, we sometimes have Christmas lunch on the beach too :)  

I was originally born & bred in the the UK till I was 15 yrs old when I emigrated to Australia with my family.  I am still a UK Citizen but an Australian resident.  I love that I still have the English accent, proud to be English but extremely passionate & happy about living in our wonderful country Australia.  I am very lucky. As far as I am concerned I have two places that I call home :)


I have used the colour combo of red, white & blue & the flags as the significance to this of both England & Australia.






The lace & the tulle I actually found in a thrift shop, washed it & added them to my tag.  I put a string of rope pearls around the image, added some flat back pearls, frantage & a few charms that I have had sitting in my stash for quite some time.  So glad I was able to finally use them :)






I decided to machine sew the design & managed to squeeze a doily in there lol.  Do you like my little starfish charm?  Soo cute.






The lace I picked up from the local shop.  I just love it :)
Do you like my cute little bottle / jar that has the sand in it?
I specifically went to the beach to get the sand.  I treated myself to a coffee while I was there.  Actually I wrote one of my latest blog posts while I was sitting there enjoying my coffee & looking out to the ocean.  I love it there.  It's so peaceful :)








Ooooh, wait...there's more lol
Ohhh look...the design opens :)

A Double Photo Frame







3)  Who do you share this special place with?

It is just myself & my 13 yr old Daughter, Zoe that live at home together now.
My other two boys, Michael (24) & Cory (20) live with their partners not far from me.

Zoe & I love having our own little space together.  She is at an age now where she loves having her friends sleepover so most weekends I am sharing my home with about three other teenage girls lol.  The photo of her that you can see was taken quite a few years ago, but at that moment in time when I took the photo is very significant to us both :)

We also have a rabbit called Missy, who makes us laugh & smile all the time.  She is sooo cute.

On a regular basis, we have Kookaburra's come & visit.  They are my favourite Australian bird from the Kingfisher family.  We often sit & watch them (they are always seen with their mate).  They are very well known for their 'laugh' which can be quite loud at times but so unique.  I love it.








4)  What is your favourite season there & why?

Although Summer is wonderful here, sometimes it get's a little too hot for me.  I don't like the heat past 35 degrees.  It's ok when you have air conditioning but outside I burn very easily.  So, I would have to say Spring is the season I love the most.  Seeing all the new blooms, the warmer weather before it gets too hot. However, it is still hot enough to be able to go to the beach & watch Zoe go swimming in the surf :)



5)  What is your most loved thing to do or place to visit & why?

Apart from spending time on the beach, I do love the coffee shop that they have there which is sitting almost right on the beach.  They make lovely food there, sandwiches, burgers, hot chips etc.  

The thing I love the most about it is being able to walk there whenever I want, go sit, order a Cappuccino & just take it all in.  The sound of the surf, watching the waves, the sun glistening onto the gorgeous blue water, watching the children playing & swimming in the surf.  Most of all, when I go there, it means I am having 'time out' for myself.  A time for me to just sit there & be quiet.  To observe & take it all in :)  A time to relax.  It is my happy spot :)  








Here is the full frontal of my design.  What do you think?

I must admit it took me some time to figure out all the sizing, measurements etc, but with the help & inspiration I received from Franz, I managed to pull it off.  I originally saw the design that Franz had created here & instantly knew that I wanted to create one similar.  Thank you so much Franz for the inspiration & all of your help.  I appreciate it greatly.


Mine isn't exactly the same as I adjusted a few things here & there to make it 'my own' but I really love how it turned out.  The thing I love most about it is that I can change the photo's whenever I like & put it in any room of the house I want to :)  

I normally add all of my designs to Etsy but this time, I am keeping this one for myself :)  It holds a lot of sentimental value to me in regards to our first challenge at DDCC & also the friendships I have formed with my friends who are in the DDCC Design Team :)  Sshh, don't tell them though, it will go to their heads lol.


If you would like to pin this design to your Pinterest board:


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I would like to include my design into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #242 - Winged Things
Pennys #147 - Anything Goes
2 Sisters #163 - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Things with Wings
Magnolia Down Under #216 - Anything but a card
A Creative Romance - Fairytale or Winged Creations
Inky Chicks #14 - Use Two Different Die Cuts
Lovely Hangler/Magnolia #79 - Use a charm
Midweek Magnolias #74 - Warm & Cozy
Oldie But A Goodie - Bingo (Lace, Stitching, Riboon) - Used old charms
Simply Magnolia - Die Cuts / Punches
Top Tip Tuesday #111 - Flowers
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Something Blue
Fashionista Magnolia & More #3 - Anything Goes


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So, are you up to the challenge at
Dreamtime Designs Craft Challenge?

It is a challenge you don't want to miss!
It is designed to get your creative thoughts thinking outside of the box & you seriously don't want to miss being part of the fun :)


Thank you so much for popping by.

Big hugs xxx





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