Thursday, March 31, 2011

Paper Play DT ~ For a Mum

Hi Blogging, Beauties,

This week's Paper Play Challenge is "For Mum/Mom" - this can be something for a new Mum/ Mother's Day/ Mother's Birthday.  Get creative and have fun!  I made a birthday card...not so original I know, but something I am always in need of!  This week we are very kindly sponsored by Inky Impressions.  The random winner will get a stamp of winner's choice and an Inky goodie bag.

Can you see my new swirl die cuts?
I love them!
Life is very busy at the moment, so forgive my short posts.
Hope you are all well and happy,
Take care,
Alicia xx

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mad For Markers ~ DT ~ YR, RV, BG Colour Challenge

Hi Blogging Beauties,

There is a new challenge over at Mad for Markers and it's a colour challenge.  
This is going to help us all learn our Copic colours I think!  
For this challenge you have to use the colours YR, RV and BG in your creation.

I coloured in this Magnolia horse.  It started off being for a baby card, but it all got a bit too bright so I have changed it to a 3-year-old b'day card I need instead.  I will have another go at the baby card later!

I used these colours:

YR23, YR61, YR68
BG10, BG15, BG05
RV02, RV04, RV13, RV23

I have a busy week coming up this week...
I hope you have a lovely one planned with lots of crafting included!

Happy Colouring : )
Alicia xx

P.S Stay tuned for more candy later this week.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Weekend Antics

Hi Blogging Beauties,

 I havent blogged for a few days we went away for the weekend to see our friends in Newcastle.  It was lots of fun.  Tonight just a quick little post to show you a baby card I made.
I appologise for the bad photography.  I took it one night in a hurry.
I have ordered some yummy stamping goodies and cant wait till they arrive, hopefully this week!
I hope you had a lovely weekend and I will pop in again tomorrow.

Alicia xx

Friday, March 25, 2011

Candy Winner and featured Stamper!!

Good Morning Blogging Beauties,

Life is busy at the moment and I am behind on commenting and emails...sometimes these things just get the better of me! I am announcing the winner of my Edwin Stamp and DP candy today:

And the winner is....


Congratulations!! I will post you out your candy!!

I will put up some more candy next week.  Thanks to everyone for participating.

My second message is about being a featured stamper at Let's Ink it Up.  Would you like to be in the spotlight and have more traffic to your blog??  Head on over here for all the info.

Thirdly, I wanted to share my flowers from my florist course this week.  They are very autumn colours this week.  I am getting better at wiring the corsages.  Last week my thumb bled.  This week I was faster and tougher!!  

Have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by.

Alicia xx

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Southern Girls DT ~ Add an Animal

Hi Blogging Beauties,
Time for another challenge at Southern Girls and this week we would like you to......


To your card, layout or Off the Page Project.

I am still on the Aussie Cards Theme and I have made some kangaroo cards.  The first one has a more feminine feel to it.  The second one has more of a male feel to it. (Well that was what I am hoping for anyway)

Our two sponsors are:

New Zealand/ Australia Sponsor
TeddyBo are very kindly providing some gorgeous Teddy Bo & Teddy Bea Digital Stamps for one lucky Kiwi or Aussie.
Teddy Bo stamps print out beautifully, ready for you to colour and make your own. From digital stamps to colour your own decoupage sheets we have lots for the Teddy Bo & Co friends out there. Teddy Bo & Co digital stamps will never be available on any other store however our rubber stamps shall be available in some retail outlets in the UK and the USA very soon.

International Sponsor

Michelle's Scrapbooking & More is home to the Pixie Cottage stamps as well as a retailer for many top brand papercrafting supplies. Sign up in the store and receive the newsletter with coupon codes, and new products.
Michelle is very generously sponsoring us some wonderful Digital Images for one lucky International winner.

I would like to enter these challenges:

Ambers's Crafts and Stuff - Use  Die Cut
Cooking it up with Katie - Animals with Colourful Buttons

Here are some real animal antics!!!

Milly climbing the window sill of the house...naughty, naughty!

Jess, the sheep that thinks she is a goat.

 Ellie, the most loved dog in the world!

Milly and Jess munching on some flowers.

I will be back later today to draw my candy.  Last chance to here!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day,

Alicia xx

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mad For Markers ~ DT ~ Aussie Cards

Good Morning Blogging Beauties,

I have two cards to share today.  A lady asked me to make her some Australian Cards that she can send to her friends overseas.  So I have been making Aussie Cards lately.  Here are two of them.

The Koala I coloured with W-1, W-3, W-5, W-7 and BG10
The Kookaburra I coloured with E47, E37, E35, E33, E31, W-1, W-3, W-5

Over at Mad for Markers you have four days left to enter the Male and Brown card challenge.

Mad for Markers will be at Paperific on 1-3 April - with the full range of Ciao and Sketch markers as well as THE April release of The Greeting Farm stamps including the NEW Creeper kit!  Sammi, some of  the DT and other blogging buddies, will be there, we sure would love you to pop by and say hi!

 Don't forget our COLOUR Conference in October deposits need to be in by April 7th.
Guaranteed to be a fun weekend - a chance to colour, learn and be inspired.. and there might be a few goodies up for grabs during the weekend (as well as a chance to SHOP!!)  I am going to this weekend...I am interested to know who else is going??? I would love to meet up with some Blogging friends!

I would like to play along with:
The Crafty Pad - Use a Digi
2 Sister's Challenge - Furry Friends

Please check out my candy here.  All you have to do is leave a comment and become a follower.  I will draw the candy this week.

Have a lovely day.
Alicia xx

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Let's Ink it Up ~ DT Card ~ Die Cuts

Hi Blogging Beauties,

This is my first DT card for Let's Ink it Up!!
So, a very exciting post!
The challenge this fortnight is to use Die Cuts.
Marie gave me this inspiration for this card and led me to finding a tutorial on how to make it.
Thanks Marie!

I also made a second one, very similar, following the same design as a special order for a friend.

Taylored Expressions - Gifts, Invitations, Party Ideas

For this challenge we are sponsored by Taylored Expressions.
The lucky winner receives this awesome stamp set!!
Taylored Expressions is an online store full of whimsical rubber stamps, coordinating kits, and fresh ideas. You’ll find everything you need to satisfy your creative sweet tooth!

Tweet Hearts

Don't forget to upload your creation using Die Cuts to Let's Ink it Up to be in the running for this fantastic prize!  And don't forget to leave a comment here to be in the running for my blog candy.

Before I go I might enter into a few challenges:

Charisma Cards - Use Die Cuts
Do You Stack Up - Add a Bow
Freshly Brewed Challenges - Spots and Dots
Oldie but a Goodie - For a baby (my stamp is over 4 years old!)

Thanks for stopping by,

Alicia xx

Friday, March 18, 2011

5 Christmas Cards

Hi Blogging Beauties,

A lady asked me to make a "Kid's Christmas Card" for her...I didn't have any in my stash so I set about building it up with what I hope are "kid's Christmas cards."
  I made five Christmas cards to go in Cheryl's Christmas Card Challenge.  Cheryl is getting ready for Christmas already...and she is motivating us to do the same! You have to make five Chrissie cards and link them up to her blog to be in the running for a stamp.  I love the challenge of making multiple cards so I had to play along.  Here are my cards:

I followed the sketch from Sketch and Stash to make all my five cards.  Each card differs slightly from the sketch...but this was what I was trying to emulate.

I used this cute little image I found at Craft Scope.  I thought I would include a little pic in case you wanted to have a play.  I added google eyes and buttons and only had to colour in the hat and do  an outline and he was done.  Quick and easy!
I used Basic Grey papers from the Jovial Collection...and I must say that I love them!  I have the whole set and there are so many lovely ones to choose from.  I inked the edges of everything with Vintage Photo ink to add to the distressed look the papers already have.

We have family that live in Japan.  Thankfully they have been safe from the earthquake and the Tsunami.  However they have decided to leave Tokyo for now while the Nuclear Power Station  is getting sorted.  Plus they said there is very little food supplies in Tokyo, few options for transport and they arent expected to go to work.  For such an organised city, it does sound like there is chaos over there at the moment.  It makes it very real when you hear people you know evacuating.  I pray that they get that Power Station fixed up very soon.  There has been so much trauma over there...they must be feeling in such a state of shock.  My auntie was in hospital at the time of the earthquake and it was a new high-rise built specially for earthquakes and she said the whole building was swaying.  How scary!  I pray also, that our world gets sorted out and these natural disasters subside and life becomes peaceful again.

Thanks for popping on over to my blog today.
Check out my candy here before you go.

Alicia xx

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Paper Play DT ~ Embossing and Candy up for Grabs!!!

Hi Blogging Beauties,
Today is Thursday and that is Paper Play day!
This week the Challenge is to use embossing on your card/project.  It can be dry embossing or heat embossing - the choice is yours.

I used this cute little teddy by our sponsor this week ~ Meljen's Designs.  I do love their digis.
This is a card to say "thank you" to you for coming and visiting my blog.
Also, I have some more candy to give away!!
This time it is another Magnolia (unmounted and unused) rubber stamp and some DP.
Say hello to Edwin with package! 
#112 EDWIN WITH PACKAGE - Click Image to Close

All you have to do to win is be a follower and leave a comment on this post.
 It is super easy! But make sure you are a follower...otherwise you aren't in the running.
I will draw this candy in a few days time.

I hope you are having a lovely Thursday.

Alicia xx

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Cheers! It's Your Birthday!

Hi Blogging Beauties,

Just a super quick post today.
I made two of these b'day cards this week (exactly the same).
I find this image sells very well so thought I would do it again.
Hope you have a lovely day.

Alicia xx

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Winner of my Candy...

Just a quick post to tell you who has won my Magnolia Blog Candy....

And the winner is .....


I will be posting your blog candy off to you tomorrow.

I am going to have much more frequent candy on my blog from now on.
I will post a new candy for you to enter in the next few days.

Alicia xx

Mad For Markers ~ DT ~ I Love you Cowboy, Thank you for the Ride

Hi Blogging Beauties,

I have a cowboy card today.
I dont know if you have ever heard of the song
"Thank the Cowboy for the Ride" by Chris LeDoux?
I like this song. It kept going around and around in my head while I made this card.
I think this card would be perfect for a cowboy.

I couldn't find that song on utube (sung by Chris).
But I did find another song by an Aussie Country Music singer - Lee Kernaghan.

Unfortunately though (as far as I am aware and I may be proven wrong on this) Lee doesn't live in the bush anymore, he lives in Sanctuary Cove on the Gold Coast and there is even a street named after him. He used to live there when we were on the Goldie, so unless he has moved I think he is still there. I have this fantasy of Country Music singers really being "proper" bush cowboys, but maybe it is too hard to be a recorded artist and live the authentic bush life they sing about....(I also dont know that the girls out west dress like the girls in this clip...sun protection would be more of a priority I would have thought LOL!)

You might want to have a listen...

The image is from Meljen's Designs and I coloured it with the following colours:

E47, E37, E35, E33, E31
Outline W-1

You still have eleven days left to enter our Mad for Marker's Brown, Male cards Challenge.
Not many entries at this stage so the chance of winning the stamp prize is looking pretty good!

Thanks for looking at my card.

Alicia xx

Monday, March 14, 2011

Some Flowers for You!

Good Morning Blogging Beauties,

I hope you had a lovely weekend.  Today I have been catching up on things...washing, house work and a little card-making.  I practised my new florist skills and made this arrangement with some flowers from my garden.  These flowers are for you! Happy Monday :)

Did you know that Let's Ink it Up has an embossing challenge on right now...the prize is a stamp of your choice from Inky Impressions and a goodie bag!  Only 60 entries, so a good chance to win! Link your embossed card up here to play along!

I am going to draw my candy tomorrow.  Last chance to enter today!
I would like to do more candies on my blog from now on.  Makes things a little more interesting!
Hop on over here to enter for a yummy Magnolia stamp, papers and pearl brads.

I would like to share these cards with you today.
I was asked to make some 21st B'day cards with some specific colours and a cat image.
Here is the first one:

Here is the second one:

I would like to play along with these challenges:

Creative Card Crew - No Flowers (15/3) 
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes (15/3)

Thanks for stopping by,

Alicia xx

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Altered Notebooks and Candy!!

Hi Blogging Beauties,

I altered these notebooks awhile ago to give to some kids that I love.
I thought they turned out pretty cute.  I havent given the pink butterfly one away yet.

I also made another bookmark for Jack...

I have some candy on this post here.
All you have to do is a leave a comment to enter and be a follower.
It is that easy!

Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for stopping by.

Alicia xx

Friday, March 11, 2011

Happy Birthday Tracy!

It is Tracy's Birthday today and to celebrate we are throwing a blog-hop party for her!

This is the order of the hop:

1. Michelle Single –
3. Paula-Kay Bourland -
7. Michelle Singer –
8. Alicia McNamara - (you are here)
10. Cheryl Alger
15. Patricia Stewart -
17. Louise Forsyth –

When you finish the hop please pop on over and wish Tracy a Happy Birthday here.

There is hidden candy along the way.
I am giving away some Designer Paper, a packet of Pearl Brads and a never been used unmounted Magnolia Stamp to one random winner who comments on this post and is a follower of my blog.
#3067 GINGERBREAD TILDA - Click Image to Close
Here are my B'day cards:

I made these cards with my first Greeting Farm stamps that are now available at Mad for Markers.  This little cutie comes in a set of three stamps.  Mad for Markers are now stocking La La Land Crafts Stamps too!

I coloured with the following Copics:

Skin: E21, E00, R20
Pinks: R29, R85, RV13
Greys: C-1, C-3, C-5, C-7
Black 100

Thanks for hopping over!

Alicia xx