Monday, July 6, 2015

Decorated birdcage - take a look

Hello all.

I bought this birdcage some time ago with the intent of decorating it - one day. I was a bit worried about making something and then having my cat wreck it. I have hung this in my craft room at the window and it is lovely to look at. Also, she can't get to it up there.

Inspiration finally took me when I saw what July's challenge was at Unstampabelles where I am a Designer.

The challenge is wide open to interpretation and so you can have some fun with this one.



Grab a Bunch - of Flowers!  


Get creative and make some flowers - in fact the twist is to make a garden!


I thought I would make a garden in my birdcage, complete with a bird. I have made (or friends have made for me) quite a lot of the flowers that I've used, but I've also added some that I have not, plus some leaves, some really pretty green ribbons and patterned paper around the base and on the bottom.



Now I apologise for only the one picture. I have a lot more but my computer is playing up badly and right now I can't manage to show more than one. If it gets fixed before the end of the month I will upload some more.

Please check out what the other Designers have created and I hope you are inspired to create something yourself for this challenge. It's such a fun one.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Pink and green cards using buttons

Hi everyone.
It's been a while since I made a crafty blog post. I've just been busy doing other things in my life.

Today I found some time to make 2 cards. I had some left over scraps of paper from the Kaisercraft Confetti range. I put them together with some paper flowers and buttons and made some quick and easy cards.


I'm entering these cards in the UUS19 challenge at Soul-scrappers where the criteria was you had to use buttons.

Thanks for looking and enjoy your day.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sweet card

I am entering this card in June's Archiscraps challenge.
Here is the insp pic:

Flower of Life's photo.

Very pretty isn't it? I really love amazing ceilings.

Here is my card, which has the overlapping coloured scallops.


Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Pink Tulip Thanks card

Yesterday I created a card for Mary's challenge, ABC5, at Soul Scrappers. The challenge required use of enamel dots. I had some pretty coloured ones. I've used 6 green and pink dots, on the inside as well as on the front.




Thanks for looking.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Challenge time at Unstampabelles - Annie Lennox

June 2015 challenge at Unstampabelles

Who is Your Hero/Heroine? We all have someone we look up to and admire. Create a mixed media item to celebrate your hero! (It is also the Queen's birthday and Ramadan month, if this helps for some). Your hero may be your spouse or another family member, a national or international figure or indeed a fictional person. 

The twist is to journal about it in your blog.

Here is the prize. Gorgeous, right?



I greatly admire and esteem the singer Annie Lennox.  When I first heard the Eurythmics in 1983 I was blown away by her voice. The title track of that album was Sweet Dreams (are made of this) and I loved it so much. It's my go to karaoke song.  Wasn't sure what to make of her androgynous look but she was still strong and powerful and I loved that voice of hers. Wow.

From what I know of her know I can only love her even more. She is also a political and social activist, notable for raising money and awareness for HIV/ AIDS as it affects women and children in Africa. She has remained current. Who heard her sing Take Me To Church with Hozier? She blew him out of the water. My opinion. 

So, I picked a photo from Google images to use. Couldn't go past her Diva album cover. Stunning.

I picked up the pattern from the wallpaper in the background of the photo, those diamonds, plus the colours and used a stencil and lots of inks to created my own background.









Then, I took some white and some lime cardstock and using some bright pink stayzon ink stamped some sheet music.

I've also added ribbon, feathers, applique, rhinestones, a hand made satin flower with a covered fabric button, a brad, some twine and a metal treble embellishment, plus some patterned paper.

Here are a few close ups.



Hope you like the challenge and feel you can join in. Check out what the other DT members have done. Don't forget there are reveals each week so if you get a bit stuck there will be more to look at.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

We won gold!

Well, I can hardly believe it. My Chorus, A Cappella West, won the regional Convention. We are gold medal winning champion singers. We now have the chance to compete at International level next October in Las Vegas.  How exciting is that? We will have to work hard and fund raise like mad.

It was my first Convention. I've been a member of A Cappella West for 2 years in 3 weeks' time. It's such a great achievement for all involved. Our 2 Directors achieved Master Director status. It's so fantastic for them and for each of us, but especially for the 15 out of 80 that competed for the first time. We were all extra ecstatic.

We got the chance to perform on stage 3 times. The first time was to do our two contest songs, Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Jazz Me Blues.

The second time was when we went on stage and accepted our medals, then we sang Gospel Medley and How We Sang.

Lastly, as winners we performed in a Showcase, where we sang Gospel Medley and Holding Out for a Hero.

Here are a few pictures for you to see.


This is us on stage. This is a photo of our last big moment on stage during the Showcase. We had just completed singing Hero.  We usually all wear pink and black. We have 5 quartets that competed and that's why some of the ladies are in other costumes, they're wearing their quartet costumes that they had performed in during the Showcase.


This is my friend and roomie Andrea and I in front of our room. I had put a scrapbook patterned paper on our door for people to writes messages on. It will be going in the scrapbook I will make of our trip. We are showing our gold medals.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Vote for my Chorus

Hi friends,

You may have read my recent post about singing at Convention in Hobart. It's less than 2 weeks away. It's getting very exciting now.

We have the opportunity to gain some much needed funds from a Grant we've applied for at Bankwest. It's easy to help us win this grant. Just vote at the following link:

A Cappella West

Choose A Cappella West for us to win. Feel free to share on Facebook when it gives you the opportunity. Thanks so much if you do this. It's quick and easy. We do a lot of fund raising but it would be so wonderful to just be given some money towards our costumes.

We sang at a family and friends concert on Sunday. It was such a fun experience and a great way to get the nerves out before the real thing.  Here is a pic of us in full costume and makeup.

Photo credit to Mark Hamersley. He did such a great job of capturing this wonderful image full of movement. Those simple sequinned ponchos I helped make actually look good here.

See if you can spot me. I'm in the middle on the second row from the front.