Friday, July 31, 2015


Hello Everyone...

Just popped in to tell you what happened to me the other night....

I was sitting on the couch Thursday night and Harry my dog was stretched out the full length on his, sound asleep when I heard..TAP....TAP...TAP...

I just froze and looked at the dog and he didn't even I relaxed in my daydream at night again, when again..TAP...TAP...TAP...

Oh! come on...who's playing games with me..I  tried to ignore this tapping, but it just went on and on [just like me]..when suddenly guess who through themselves into my craftroom..MOJO..he came home...hooray!!...he had been tapping in my head to wake me up as he knew what to do...I'm so happy and played straight away and came up with this little piece.

Does it look like tree bark but going side ways...I cannot get the photo to turn so if you just tilt your head sort of.. to the right...there you go!..tree

I will tell you how I did it in a minute, just in case you don't know.

You can straighten your head now...this one is right side up...

Then came splashes of gesso and some card board boxes cut up to get the thick corrugation, and the gorgeous Dragonflies from the Graphics Fairy...fussy cut out and covered in thick glossy accents..

Last, the sentiment stamped from a clear set in my stash of stamps with no name.

To make the bark, I saw a video on U Tube by using masking tape...strips of tape scrunched up a bit as you stick it, then painted with gesso, then the brown,red and black added in small amount with a good soak with water and watch the paint much fun.

So I'm back on deck and even managed a DT card today as it was my day off...2 more days to go and then I'm off for 2 weeks and cant wait..

Thank you all so much for the support and encouragement when mojo was really helped me relax and not think too hard, and now he is back so I'm really happy...

Have an awesome weekend.. Friday night here, work in the morning and another frost on it's way tonight..I can feel it in the air, but what a boomer of a day we will get..

See you tomorrow.

Challenges to Enter....

Crafting with Attitude   [anything goes]

Inspiration Destination [anything goes]


Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Hello Everyone....

My Mojo is still wandering around somewhere..not a lot has been going on here in the craft area and I thank you all so much for the sympathies on his least I do have some bits and bobs in my drafts so will just share them as I sit and  MOPE!!.

My gorgeous Gran Daughters taken a couple of years ago....this photo was propped up on my dressing table and I decided to stick to mixed media but add a touch of scrapbooking..

The background started with script  printed papers and bubble wrap then gesso was added all over.

Some papers scraps added behind the photo and the little wooden blocks are from the back of the canvas...I just added alphabet stickers to them and inked the egdes..

This beautiful chipboard clock from WOC....and loads of corrugated card stock...don't you just love corrugated cardstock...and I love that little metal flower glued on the green one.

The birds on the branch is from WOC too and the lovely flowers..the green spotted flower was folded in half and poked in under the papers..

Just showing the dimension of it all....

So is this one....

So what you all doing then...suppose you are crafting away..I'm sick of calling that naughty mojo..once I get this stressful course out of the way things might improve.

 I have just had my holidays approved so having 2 weeks off to hang around home, get some gardens sorted and may even clean the about over the top eh!..but spring is around the corner so I need to get things done..

Anyway, thanks so much for stopping by, really appreciate it...I will try and see you tomorrow..


Saturday, July 25, 2015



Hello Everyone...

Still no mojo...he has really packed a sad and left me..
I have been in my craft room just tidying things and pottering about and NOTHING!!...

This canvas I made weeks ago and it is time to show it now...

The light was not the best for photos ...but I quite like the ocean darkness.
Covered the canvas in gesso and the added texture paste through a stencil to make loads of bubbles..
Then water paint was added..pale green..then blue with lots of water and allowed to dry..

The Seahorses were from Delicious Doodles coloured with Copics then fussy cut out and modge podged into place..then the glass bubbles were added..

Corrugated card stock for the ocean floor and a sprinkling of dazzling diamonds [which scratch and can be quite painful]...but very pretty.

All the buttons along the bottom are vintage buttons and given to me by a client..

The netting is a kiwi fruit are clay...and the plants a very soft chipboard that do not like to be messed with, and fall to bits very only gesso on these with some gems .

This is a real starfish [ the brown one that my grandson collected for me..and the button above [white] looks just like bubbles..I have such a thing for bubbles....

A close up of some of the buttons..

Challenges to enter....

QKR Stampede   [Swimming]

The mirror Crack'd   [Canvas]

Inspiration Destination  [anything goes]

Suppose I better go now..thanks so much for stopping by...and if you see a blond/grey mojo with glasses lurking around some street corner, please kick his butt back home..


Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Hello Everyone....

Still blowing and icy blow here today but the sun is out...just no warmth in it as you cannot find anywhere to hide from the wind..

So I guess my afternoon will be spent in my craft space and try to put something together as my mojo has wandered off...

He was here the day I made this canvas though..well, I think he was....


I used this sweet Mo Manning image" Winter Fairy Manty"...coloured him with pencils...glossed up his wings and fussy cut him out to put on my canvas....

The background was made with water colour paints and water...lots of water..and it all ran down just where I wanted it...I had already  masked off my moon...and cut loads of fern leaves using black cardstock and baking paper...[too soft and pretty to throw away]..

The tiny pine cones are not really pine cones, but they are off a tree [cannot remember the name of it]...and I found heaps down at the reserve when walking the dog..don't know what the dog was doing I was too busy picking up there authentic looking pine cones...they had a treatment of gesso for snow and I love them

Loads of sparkly glitter snow along the bottom and then splatterings of gesso all over....

Yes, I fussy cut those pine tree branches he is carrying...sheez..took along time, but I find fussy cutting more relaxing than colouring....takes all sorts doesn't it.

Challenges to enter....

Aurora Wings challenge   [anything goes with wings]

Crafting from the Heart   [Anything goes]

Crafty Boots challenge   [Christmas in July]

Incy Wincy Designs  [Things with Wings]

Pile it on challenge  [Christmas/Winter in July]

Crafty Calendar challenge   [Christmas in July]

That's it from me...see you tomorrow and thank you so much for stopping by..


Sunday, July 19, 2015


Hello Everyone...

Have you seen the weather on the telly for New Zealand..whoo hoo...have we had some storms over freezing cold, but good old Napier, where I live, escaped most of it, with just the freezing winds and rain on Saturday and still blowing a bit of icy air around today..Sunday..

And that brings to mind....time for a new challenge over at the  LACY SUNSHINE BLOG

And  for this fortnight we have... Over the Rainbow..

Make creations that feature rainbows and/or rainbow colours.

For my make this time I was given this precious duo called Sarah Jane and Nibbles

Can you tell who Nibbles is?....

Isn't she a cutie...and Nibbles is in her front pocket...her pet mouse.

I coloured Sarah Jane with Faber Castell pencils on her skin..and played with Copics for everything else.....except for the eyeshadow sky..

Don't know why I printed out the sentiment then cut it into individual letters and stuck them on...should have just used the whole words and the project would have been a lot

The rainbow I have had as a freebie with the adjoining clouds FOREVER and coloured it with Copics too....papers from my stash..

So there we go...join us over at LACY SUNSHINE and share your rainbow projects and while you there you could check out my teamies fabulous work too..

Challenges to enter...

Di's Digi Designs   [hand coloured image]

Brown Sugar challenge   [girly]

Card Mania   [anything goes]

Thanks so much for stopping by and hope your weekend is going to find some more socks...will see you tomorrow.


Thursday, July 16, 2015


Hello Everyone...

Thursday today and still so darn cold here in NZ.. so what do I make to share with you today using an adorable image from the DIGITAL DELIGHTS STORE  ... 

A cat on a cold snow would think I would want to make something warm but I do love making snowy Winter cards...

This little guy is called CHIMNEY CAT  and the sentiment is from the store too but I just cannot find it.. sorry..

I made a roof card by folding card in half the cutting the edges to make the roof shape...then using my brick wall stencil I used modelling paste to make the textured roof..coloured with Distress inks.

CHIMNEY CAT  was coloured with Faber Castell pencils, his hat and scarf with a copic..R27...added flower soft to his fluffy trim and snow glitter under his feet...and tied the Christmas tag onto his tail and he didn't mind a bit..then he was fussy cut out and popped onto the roof...

I made a big yellow moon with a circle die and popped on the Santa and sleigh die cut....
I made sure there was plenty of snow sliding down the roof using PVA glue and loads of glitter and also let the over sprinkle stay on the roof tiles...

AND...the other side..

So there my card for this week and you can see the rest of my teamies projects HERE  ..

Challenges to enter....

Christmas card Challenge   [anything goes but has a colour option]

Come and get it   [Christmas in July]

Sweet Stampin challenge   [Christmas in July]

Thanks so much for stopping by and I will see you tomorrow....


Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Hello Everyone....Happy Wednesday..

Thrilled to be here today as a Guest Designer for  "CRAFTING BY DESIGNS " 

I was asked to be a guest on their bog after my spotlight pick back in May...and chose this date as the theme for their new monthly challenge as it suited me just fine.. and it is...
 "Get ready For Christmas" ..and that sounds like a pretty good idea as it is sneaking up us so very fast...

Here is my card....

This little robin is from a magazine from the UK called "The Peoples Friend" [I think ] and one of my clients ripped it out gave it to me and I just love him...scanned him and got him forever.

Music note die from my buddy in netting...handmade blossoms...magnolia tag stamped with Christmas greeting from Kaisercraft..punched snowflake...pom pom trim.. corrugated card slathered in gesso..and all ready for Christmas.

A close up of the little Robin...

And...a side view.

Thank you so much to Doris and the  Crafting By Design team for the GDT spot...and don't forget their new challenge is..

"GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS".. and by joining in with their new challenge you could be a spotlight winner too..

Challenges to enter...

Deep Ocean challenge   [Christmas in July]

Holly Jolly Christmas challenge   [Winter Wonderland]

Crafty Calendar challenge  [Christmas in July]

Thanks so much for stopping by...will see you tomorrow.