Hi everyone!

My name is Karen, I live on the (sometimes) sunny NSW Central Coast, have a partner who has three great kids, have 4 1/2 dogs (share one with the partner), and am discovering the world of paper crafts and scrapbooking!

Started scrapbooking approx 5 yr ago, and have realised it's an ever evolving craft ... so many new things, techniques etc coming out all the time - it's hard to keep up! For example, recently discovered Copic markers - oh what fun we are having now! As a consequence, my house is always one of organised chaos lol.

I fund my hobbies (or habits, I haven't decided which yet) working as a pet groomer here on the coast, which also caters for my love of animals. I have been showing dogs since I was 8 yr old, and will never be with a canine companion. Next year, hopefully one of the girls will be having puppies - a whole new subject to scrap!

Friday, December 31, 2010

Keeping my fingers crossed!

These are four cards I have chosen from my growing "stash" to be submitted to Aussie Cards For Sale - a site run by Alicia, which promotes and sells handmade cards. Alicia's personal blog is here, and she is a super talented card maker! With these four cards, I am applying for a position as one of the "designers" on her site ... wouldn't that be just awesome!
So, here's crossing fingers she likes my cards (no subtle hint there, hey lol)
Alicia .. all my cards are plain white on the inside, all stamps are coloured with Copics. Hope you like them!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Oh so pretty!

As you have probably noticed, a few of my cards lately have featured the same CC Designs stamps - the reason for this is I got an order of stamps just prior to Christmas, and I can't help myself - I keep stamping them, and colouring them using all sorts of combinations of Copics and colours in the finished projects! I guess its the whole "new toy" thing hehe.

So, I have once again used my little fairy, this time in softer colours, so that she matches with the soft colours of the Kaisercraft "English Rose" journal tags, which I have used to create this sketch layout instead of using the papers from the range.

Copics used :
Hair - E53, E31, E33
Boots - V12, V15, V17
Dress/top - RV10, RV13, R83, RV000, RV02, RV13
Skin - E00, E51, E53
Wings - G12, G21, G24

I also used Clear Spica on dress, boots and hair, and clear Kindy Glitz on wings, the roses on the patterned paper, and the Green Tara flowers, which are centred with Kaisercraft pearls.


Colouring fun!

Well, having to sit around all day with a cast on my leg means a lot of colouring is getting done, to the point that I am now running out of double sided tape! (And I dread the thought of sending my un-crafty other half out to get some lol)
Anyway, I got this image at a recent Copics class, and coloured in the four smaller versions for bookmarks which probably turned out about 11cm long, but have been dying to colour in this larger version - the whole bookmark is 18cm long by 6cm wide - I love the wavy hair!
Copics used:
Hair - E53, E31, E33 (if you haven't noticed yet, I like my blondes lol)
Skirt/socks - RV10, RV13, R83
Skin - E00, E51, E53
For the books, I simply picked a colour I liked, coloured in one book at a time, then faded the colour using my Colourless Blender. I also used a clear Spica pen on the skirt and socks, and Kindy Glitz on the hair bow. I used a pink Bazzill Bling as the base, a cute pink ribbon I picked up at Spotlight, and a section of one of the new Kaisercraft "English Rose" papers, with Green Tara flowers centred with Kaisercraft pearls

I hope you like her as much as I do!

Three challenges, one card!

This is my latest "creation" - after getting a whole bunch of new Copics for Christmas, I have been busily experimenting with new colour combinations, and have been leaning towards a lot of pink based cards (and I'm not really a pink person lol) I also managed a day out, complete with crutches, and had to visit my local scrapbook store, where I found the new range of Kaisercraft papers, "English Rose", which are so pretty!

Anyhoo, Copics used are:
Hair - E53, E31, E33
Skin - E00, E51, E53
Dress - G12, G21, G24, RV10, R83, R85
Misc - YR02, YR04, YR07, B93, B95, B97, V12, V15, V17, R32, R35, R37, G21, G24, G28
I also used a clear Spica pen to highlight the folds in the dress, and the roses on the patterned paper, Green Tara flowers to compliment, with Kaisercraft pearls.


I hope you enjoy looking at these blogs - the work of the respective Design Teams is absolutely amazing! And thanks for looking at my work - hope you all have a great day!

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Using my time well

Since breaking my ankle, all I have really been able to do is colour, so I have searched the Internet and found a whole bunch of challenge blogs to occupy my time!

The following card I am entering in two challenges:

I have used Bazzill Bling in a lime green for the base, added Kindy Glitz to the Green Tara flowers, added Kaisercraft pearls and diamantes and Kindy Glitz to the centre of all the flowers on the patterned paper. My C.C Designs stamp, I also attacked with Kindy Glitz (on wings and hair ties) and then I used a clear Spica pen to outline her dress and boots, and also through her hair.
Copics used : hair E53, E31, E33; skin Eoo, E51, E53; dress: YG00, YG03, YG06; boots and top: RV10, RV13, RV17; wings: RV000, RV02, RV05

Thanks for taking a look, hope you are enjoying your Christmas holidays! xoxox

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I can't believe it!


I won an online challenge today! The lovely Candy Stripes at The Lollipop Ladies have fortnightly challenges with sweet candy themes as inspiration - and my "Thinking Of You" card won the Chocolate Honeycomb inspired challenge! I'm so excited! I've won a gift voucher from Annabelle Stamps ... what a cool early chrissie present!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

What a week!

So much has happened in the last week!

As per usual, monday week ago, I posted my entries for any online challenge blogs I had chosen to do, then went home after spending the weekend at my partner's house, as I work tuesdays through saturdays. Coming home with me was my new foster greyhound, Muddles, a big black & white boy who is so lovely :-) Anyway, I went to work tuesday, and when I got home, decided that Mudds really needed a walk after dinner. However, Muddles is lame in one hindquarter, which is why I think he's in rescue, as he had a pretty good racing career.

Anyhoo, off we went. There was a point along the walk that I stopped - I could have either continued walking, and made it quite a long walk for Mudds, or cut down some stairs and thru a lane, cutting the length of the walk in half. I decided to cut the walk short - after all, the poor boy was lame. So down the stairs we went. First flight, all good. second flight - not so good. Mudds, I think, missed a step, freaked out a little (coz he lost his footing) tangled me up and down I went - well, most of me anyway. I landed about 3 steps further down, but my left foot stayed on the step it was last on.

Now, foot is hurting like hell - I lifted my leg and brought my foot down to where I could see it - and I didn't like what I saw : my foot was sticking out sideways.

Now, all you doggy people will understand this, but those of you who aren't doggy people will call me silly, coz all I had left home with was poo bags for the dog. No phone, no money, house keys hidden in external laundry. I thought poo bags would be all I would need. So there I was, sitting, in the dark, with a dog, and a busted ankle.

Thankfully, in that particular area, there are a lot of villas, town houses and units - so I just started to yell - "Help, at bottom of Albany street stairs, I need help" Took a few minutes, but eventually, the neighbours came out - probably thought it was some whack job :-) One gentleman bought a phone, so I called David - couldn't call an ambulance, could I, as I had a whopping big greyhound with me! Anyway, off to hospital we went.

Upshot of this all is, spent the next three nights in hospital. Had surgery to repair broken fibula on wednesday morning (also had other side of ankle stitched up as I had poked the tibia out thru the skin), another 48 hr on IV antibiotics, then home friday lunchtime. Now camped on David's lounge for 6 weeks - thank God for digital tv, laptop computers and wonderful men :-)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Two challenges, one card!

Ok, I know that some of you can manage many more than this, but at the moment, two is all I have worked out!

This week, Cute Card Thursday have a "Floral Frenzy" challenge, and The Lollipop Ladies have a "Choc Honeycomb mmmm!" inspired challenge, so I thought - I can manage both of these in one card!

Card: Bazzill cardstock, Bazzill Bling cardstock, Kaisercraft Tis The Season "Stocking" paper & Le Chateau "L'Amour" paper, Green Tara flowers, Kaisercraft pearls
Copics: G21, G24, G28, E31, E33, E35, E00, E51, E53, Atyou Spica clear, RV10, RV02, RV04

Thanks for looking! Enjoy!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Cards in Non Traditional colours

I love my Kraftin' Kimmie stamps, so have entered this week's challenge - "Let It Snow!" Only problem is, of course, being in Australia, we don't have a white Christmas - in fact, at the moment, we are having days in the high 20's (degrees celcius) and storms quite frequently! Added to this, it's really hard to find papers or embellishments that have anything to do with snow! But, I did find one paper - Holly Jolly "Let It Snow" by My Little Shoe Box. This paper has a teal base colour, so I matched it with Bazzill Bling, and a lovely Christine Re paper in cream with an embossed design. To highlight the snowflakes, I added Kaisercraft pearls in snow, and then Kindy Glitzed every dot :-) I coloured my Kimmie stamp with Copics ...

Hair: E51, E31, E33
Clothes: BG01, BG05, BG09, B00, B12, B05
Misc: BV00, BV02, BV04, RV000, RV02, RV04, R32, R35, G21, G24, G28

As this card also covers the Mad For Markers Non Traditional Christmas colours challenge, I decided to enter it in that challenge as well!

Challenge: Kraftin' Kimmie's "Let It Snow!" Mad For Markers Non Traditional Christmas colours

Lollipop Ladies Challenge #9

This fortnight's challenge theme is "Chocolate Swirls", with delicious choccie cupcakes as our inspiration, with beautiful swirls! I have a lovely digi stamp, "Cupcake Cherrie" and thought she would be perfect! I used Bazzill Bling and patterned paper from my stash, Kaisercraft pearls for bling, Dawn Lewis Imagery crochet flower, and I coloured Cherrie with Copic markers.

Challenge: The Lollipop Ladies Challenge #9 Chocolate Swirls

Hair: E51, E31, E33
Skin: E00, E51, E53
Shoes: C1, C3, C5, C7
Cupcake: E71, E77, RV000, RV02, RV04, R32,R35, R37, YR02, YR07
Clothes: YR02, YR04, YR07, B12, B93, YG00, YG03, YG06
Plus blender pen on stockings, and clear Spica pen on icing, flame, hairbow

Thanks for looking!