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!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tickled Pink Stamps Sketch Challenge!

Tickled Pink set us a sketch challenge this week, and I decided to go one step further, and do my first "gateway" style card. I made it so it opens by undoing the ribbon bow, as the card itself opens from the middle.
I have no idea on the papers - they are all old ones from my stash with just pieces left of each, but I had enough to do the elements of the sketch.
This card is entered in the Tickled Pink Challenge Number 3!
Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Go aussie!

Here in Australia, the 26th January is nationally recognised as Australia Day - a day when the nation gets together to celebrate the founding of this awesome country.

At Mad For Markers this month, we have been invited to celebrate this great day by using the colours red/white/blue (from our national flag) or green/yellow (national colours recognised aroundthe world and used by our sporting teams) in our creations!

I loved this idea, as Australia Day is also my birthday - great to think that every year I have a public holiday for my birthday! However, I got stuck ... I got some new Copics for Christmas, and some new Lil Lolita digi stamps in the New Year, and seeing as the Copics were blues, I thought I'd go with the red/white/blue theme .... I coloured my image, and then *block*! I had red papers, blue papers, and of course, we all have something white, but could not *think* of how to put it together!

After much fiddling around (and the mess on the dining table is testament to that!) this is what I came up with ... and now that it's finished, I really like the end result!

This is also the first time I have used a paper doily in anything I have ever done - and I really like the effect!

So, I am entering this card in the Mad For Markers Australia Day Challenge plus the Copic Creations Anything New Challenge, as I have new Copics, a new stamp, and new doilies! - enjoy!

Copics used - C1, C3, C5, C7, E00, E51, E53, R83, R02, R05, R08, B24, B26, B28, E71, E77
Stamp - Lil Fashionette 20's Evie

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

High Hopes Stamps "Party Animal" Challenge

I recently discovered High Hopes stamps, and love their range of funky cute little dragons! (Anyone who knows me knows I love dragons in all shapes and sizes) This is my first High Hopes stamp, and I love him to death ... have coloured him a few times over the last couple of days, but this card I love the best!
I found the pawprint patterned paper in my stash - no idea where it came from, I've had it for so long. I coloured my image with Copic markers.

I would like to enter this card in the High Hopes Stamps Challenge "Party Animal" - just discovered this Blog, and I know I'm going to have fun participating in their challenges!

Thanks for looking!! xoxo

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Tickled Pink Challenge No. 1

As I am laid up with a broken ankle atm, and still have another 3 weeks off work, I have been doing *heaps* of colouring, and creating cards, so for a little while, I will be entering online challenges at the rate of one challenge/one card ... this way, I get to post all my cards on my blog (well, nearly all of them!)

This card, using Lil Lolita's Willow, I am entering in the Tickled Pink Stamps No.1 Challenge for 2011 - "Anything Goes!" Tickled Pink Stamps have a new challenge blog for the start of 2011 - make sure you add it to your list, and check it out!

Anyhoo, for this card, I used card stock embossed with dots, a lovely semi flocked wedding style paper I found at the local scrapbook shop, and to bring the colours of Willow into the card, used a journal tag from the Kaisercraft English Rose collection (fallen in love with this range).
Copics used :
Hair/skin : E00, E51, E53, E31, E33
Dress/bows/sox : RV000, RV10, RV02, RV13, R83
Flowers etc: Y15, G21, V12, V15, V17

Thanks for looking, enjoy your day!

Cupcake Craft Challenge

Hi everyone!

I am entering this card in Cupcake Craft Challenge No. 123 "White is White", and although the card seems simple, it was actually really hard to get "white" papers, card stock, ribbon etc that were all the same shade of white! I also added a journal tag from the Kaisercraft English Rose collection - I really, really love this range, and seem to be including it a lot lately! For something different, I printed off a "Congratulations" tag - so this card can be used for a wedding or engagement. I have also done matching cards with "Forever" and "Celebrate" as I liked the way this one turned out. This card is also a first for me in that I have not added any elements using my Copic markers!

Thanks for looking! xoxox

Thursday, January 6, 2011

I'm so excited!

A little over a week ago, I applied to the website, "Aussie Cards For Sale" to become a designer, and sell my handmade cards through them ... and I've been accepted! How absolutely fabulous! I love making cards, but all I have been doing is making them, entering them in online challenges, and stashing them away ... now I have somewhere for them to be listed, appreciated, and given with love! How cool! (And special thanks to Alicia, who runs Aussie Cards For Sale, and Dawn, that wonderful woman who taught me all about Copic markers, and introduced me to the joy of stamping and cardmaking to begin with!)

Monday, January 3, 2011

To all the wonderful mums :-)

I have been using this digi stamp of Lil Lolita's Willow a fair bit lately, as she is new, and a friend mentioned in passing that she would make a really good stamp for a wedding type card. now, as I don't know anyone who is married, but I do, of course, have a mum, I decided that I would use soft colours, and do a card for Mum even though Mother's day is months away (nothing like being prepared, right?).
I coloured Willow with Copic markers, matched her almost peppermint green dress to the base card stock, then coloured her flowers to match a journal tag from the Kaisercraft "English Rose" collection, adding lace and ribbon to match. I picked one of the pinks I used to colour the stamp to then also colour some Kaisercraft pearls to add a pretty little finishing touch.

I would like to enter this card in the Digital Tuesday Challenge No. 91 "Anything Goes"

Thanks for taking the time to look at my blog! xoxox


I have had the "Smile!" cut-out in my stash for quite a while now, and had tried a few times to incorporate it into scrap layouts and other projects, but it wasn't until I bought some green and red Copics in "softer" colours, that I paired it up with a light peppermint patterned paper and ribbon and then coloured this stamp accordingly. And I love the result, although not really captured that well in a photo.
Copics used:
Face/hair - E00, E31, E33, E51, E53
Clothes - G00, G12, G21, RV000, RV02, RV10, BV00
Misc. - Y15, Y17, Y19, V12,V15, V17, G02, G12, G24
I would like to enter this card in the online challenge this week at Southern Girl's Challenge No.9 "Anything Goes"

Thanks for having a look at my blog!

Cupcake Craft Challenge No. 122

This is Lil Lolita's 60's Willow ... and I'm loving colouring her in a variety of colours! This card, I found a really cute floral paper in my stash which I though went really well with her hippy "flower child" look, and I'd like to submit her in the latest Cupcake Craft Challenge No. 122 theme "Thank You".

Copics used:
Clothes - BV00, BV02, BV04, RV83, RV85, RV89
Face/hair - E00, E51, E53, E31, E33
Misc. - RV000, RV13, RV83, Y15, G12, clear Spica
I also highlighted the centre of her flowers with clear Kindy Glitz, but I am not sure you can see this in the photo.

Thanks for looking at my post, I hope you enjoy her as much as I am enjoying colouring her!