Monday, 30 March 2015


Hi again. This month has had five Sundays and at Anything But a Card, this means a small mini challenge based on the number FIVE!!

For this I have done a layout using photos of shrubs that used to be in my garden and the gorgeous rosellas that sipped the nectar of the flowers.

I designed a template and cut the photos using this. The background has been stamped and then heat embossed using Lindy Stamp Gang powders (Orbit Olive Gold).  Gold and black Sharpies were used to doodle a frame, additional leavers and the title.

You have this week to share your "Five" creations if you'd like to. Pop on over to: anythingbutacard  and check out what some of the team has been up to. 
Catch you again soon,
Cheers, Di

Saturday, 28 March 2015


Hi! It was my turn to post for the Time To Create Disruptives this week and I chose to play with gesso, sprays and modelling paste.
The results of this play was to make a set of six cards. I'll just show you one of these.

To find out more about the cards and how they were constructed, pop on over to: timetocreate Friday Disruptives.

Catch you again soon,
Cheers, Di

Sunday, 15 March 2015

INTO THE WILD at Anything But A Card

Green with envy is the theme this month at Anything but A Card. I've gone with the green component, using a photo taken in Tasmania...Horseshoe Falls at Russell Falls National Park. .... and it was certainly green, with gorgeous tree ferns and rocks covered with thick, long strands of  moss everywhere one looked.

The background was covered with panels of different green card stock, stamped with Darkroom Door stamps. The same stamps were used for the leaves which were then fussy cut, blinged up a bit with 3D stamping paint and then arranged on the layout. I used a curved arrangement to suggest movement of wind and water. Additional features included a punched strip, a postcard style paper that was perfect... into the wild... and a sprayed, die cut tissue paper dragonfly.

Pop on over to:anythingbutacard and check out what the rest of the team has done for this month's challenge. We'd love to see your work here.
Cheers for  now,


Hi and welcome. This month's criteria at ARTastic is to use a quote on whatever you create. As the colours in the inspirational artwork were reminiscent of some of my sunset photos, this is what I decided to go with.

A quote from John Ruskin, 'At sunset nature is painting for us... day after day... infinite beauty."   has been used for this, along with some of the colours, stripes and splotches from the inspiration artwork.

The features of stripes, patterning and colour has also been extended onto the black background through the use of stencilling with swipes of colour using texture pastes, sprays and dimensional pearls. Some of the background colour was also applied using the serrated edges of plastic knives. I have also used sprayed and torn tissue paper, again using the colours from this month's artwork.

Background showing stencilling and scraping. Coppery tones were added later.

Please drop by the ARTastic site and have a look at how the rest of the team has played with this month's theme. You'll be in for a real treat! Check it all out at:artastic

Thank you for dropping by. Your comments always give me a buzz and brighten my day.
Catch you soon.
Cheers, Di

Sunday, 1 March 2015


Hi and welcome to our first day of autumn... but really, really not feeling it as it's still quite hot outside. Maybe it's the last burst of summer temperatures before some cooler days kick in ..the sooner the better!
Pixels and Paper have this month's challenge up and running and although I've done a layout, it certainly isn't using a photograph, rather, an image from a child's story book.

This month's challenge spoke to me of the Wizard of Oz (originally) but then I changed my mind and the direction I was going to take, when I came across a delightful book by Juliet O'Conor, which was a compilation of illustrations from Australian children's literature.  In this I came across many illustrations from books I'd had as a child, or read at school in the early years, or had bought later in my career. There were also illustrations from books I'd never heard of and this particular one from a story called "Pamela Finds The Rainbow Castle" written and illustrated by Babs McDonald in 1947 was just perfect!
This illustration was copied and all  I added was some glitter from Viva decor pens and of course, Pamela's shoes had to have a red sparkle!
The background was sprayed with Dylusions sprays and then overlaid with Lindy Stampgang and perfect Pearls sprays, to give a glimmery, rainbow look.

I added a dragonfly die cut from tissue paper which had also been sprayed with the same glimmery sprays. The wings turned out gorgeously opalescent with a soft sheen.

Handmade roses, again from sprayed and die cut and then crumpled tissue paper were added. Leaves were finished with the viva pens and flourishes using the same were added.
Pop on over to: pixelsandpaper to check out what the rest of the team has done with this month's image.

We'd love to see how you interpret it and also maybe see your art here as well.
Cheers for now,