Monday, 20 April 2015


At Anything But A Card this month, the focus has been on GOLD!
For this I have made a tag using black cardstock as a base. This was sprayed with gold glimmermist.

A butterfly was diecut from a manilla folder which started life as a mop up piece. It was sprayed with the gold mist as well, then dry embossed. The raised areas were highlighted with Delicata gold ink (absolutely THE best gold ink I've used). Some glittery blue sections were added using Viva Decor Perlen- pen.

The flower was made from glitter paper with an overlay of leaf skeletons (purchased), also inked with the gold ink and edged with the blue glitter. Gold pearl pen was also added to the glitter petals.
To finish the tag I added the stamped sentiment, woodchip butterflies and flower centre and gorgeous braid (black and antique gold).
Pop on over to:anythingbutacard and check out what other members of the team have done with our "Fool's Gold" theme. We'd love to see what you come up with (as long as it's not a card of course!)

Catch you again soon.
Cheers, Di

Thursday, 16 April 2015


Over at ARTastic this month, we have a fabulous inspirational artwork to use... a piece called Frozen Music,  full of colour ad suggested movement  by Roy de Maistre .

I have taken advantage of our added requirement of swirls to complete a double-page layout, with doodled flourishes and swirls using a silver Sharpie. This has been done as a vertical piece in keeping with the photos.

The photos are of the Natural Bridge at Numinbah,on the rim of the Mt Warning crater, about 30 minutes from the small township of Murwillumbah on the far North Coast of NSW. My layout is reflecting the photos showing a flow of water from a creek and its progression, tumbling down a steep rocky outcrop into a cavern where it cascades into a pool before once again splashing out into a small creek. As a child I enjoyed visiting this area and wandering along the track to the cavern beneath. We always called the site the Natural Arch but somewhere over the course of time this was changed to Natural Bridge. It's a great place to visit, especially after a period of good rainfall, when the cascade is even more spectacular. At the right time in the evening the cavern is filled with little bursts of light from the glow worms.
Close up of page 1

Close up of page 2

The background is on a pearlised cardstock and water drops have been cut from glitter cardstock. I've added strands of glitter yarn, fabric and paper orchids in the colours taken from our inspirational painting, acetate butterflies and dragonflies and painted chipboard mushrooms. The edges have a drawn border of water droplets, again using a silver Sharpie.

We'd love to see what you could do with our inspirational artwork and of course the added criteria of swirls. These can be in the form of doodling, swirls on your background paper, or added embellishments. Pop on over to: artastic and check out what the rest of the team has done using our artwork for this month.

Catch you again soon.
Cheers, Di

Thursday, 2 April 2015


Hi! Thank you for stopping by. This month at Pixels and Paper we have a great photo inspiration... perfect for a male perspective.
For this, I took some of the darker colour tones  and used the idea of wheels and cogs to create a layout using photos of my son aged 8 or 9, enjoying his bike in  our yard.

The background paper from  Fab scraps was the perfect paper for this layout. Cogs were diecut from foil shim and then embossed using 2 different folders; one with gears and cogs and the other with a metal grid pattern.
Pop on over to: pixelsandpaper to have a look at what the rest of the team has done with this photo.

We'd love to see your artworks in our challenge this month.
Catch you again soon,
Cheers, Di