Sunday, December 18, 2011


Evening all

Its getting awfully late here so I will just do a quick entry with my TOMIC challenge #28 before heading off to bed.

 The challenge this week is to make a Christmas Decoration.  I decided to use this count down tree from Kaiser Craft, and made my Tilda the Angel on the top of the tree!

You can see the full details and all the other entries for this week's challenge right here.

I used Kaiser Craft's "Be Merry" Collection from last year on the tree and the plaques for the numbers. 

I also used my new Sizzix die "3D flowers" to cut the spiral roses.  They are so easy to make!  Once run through my cuttlebug with the die, I use my tweezers to hold the "tail" and start turning it up into a spiral.  Once you reach the centre, hold for a couple of seconds and then release the tweezers.  You can then loosen the spiral to your liking and then use a glue dot, or in my case, some quick drying glue to hold in place at the centre.

Materials Used
Stamp: Magnolia - So Jolly Collection "Tilda as Christmas Angel".
Paper: Kaiser Craft - Be Merry Collection
Embellishments:  Paper blooms by Kaiser craft and Green Tara (I think!); Fabric flowers and holly leaves that I got at Spotlight; red, silver and gold berries; Alpha letters and numbers - Kaiser craft and Prima. Green paint and Brown ink.
I coloured my Tilda with Copics on X-Press It paper. 
Copics used:
Face/skin - E000, E11, R20
Hair - E31, E33, E37
Band and dress - R20, R22, R24, R29
Stars - Y00, Y02.

I hope you like my Christmas Decoration and as you can see in the last picture, only 7 days until Christmas!

I will try to post next week, but if not, have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Carmie xxoo

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Good evening

This weekend has been lovely.  The weather is DEFINATELY warming up and it will be Summer in no time!

Today I worked in my craft room.  Working full time limits the time I get in my craft room during the week, but I managed to knock this up for the TOMIC Challenge #24 today.  To see the requirements and other entries, please click here.
The challenge asked to use a paperbag and be inspired by an image of the Swedish Dalahorse.  Being that the image was red, blue and white, I chose to incorporate these colours in my creation.  I didn't actually have a paperbag, so I made one from a standard DL size envelope.  I learnt this trick from Jody at Created by You Papercrafts.

To make the paperbag I firstly sealed the envelope closed.  I then turned the envelope 90 degrees so that it was in what I call the portrait position (short edges at the top and bottom, long edges on the sides).  Using my scorer (you could use a score board if you have one) I scored the bottom and sides at about 3/4 inch.  Using my bone folder I folded at the score lines and made the fold nice and sharp.  I then folded out and over the other way and made the fold nice and sharp again.  Once this was done, I cut off the top so that it was open (like a bag) and pushed my hand in, pushing out the folds and flattening out the bottom.  I made the corners at the bottom into a triangle on each side and stuck them to the bottom with double sided tape.

I found it easiest to make the "face" of my bag seperately before sticking it to the bag.  I do this with cards also.  This helps to hide any ribbon that folds under the face, or if you are using brads, the pins wont show on the inside.

I chose this image of Tilda with the Lamb because looking at the picture of the horse took me back to my primary school days and acting out the Nativity Scene each Christmas.  I dont ever recall a real horse, (usually a hobby horse with wool for the mane and the boggly eyes that move around when you "ride" the horse) but there was certainly lambs and maybe a chicken or two.

Materials used:
Stamps:  Magnolia - "Tilda with Lamb" from the Easter Collection; Kaisercraft - Dear Santa collection date stamp
Paper/cardstock: Hot off the Press, Bazzill, DL envelope
Embellishments: Paper flowers - Kaisercraft and Papermania; holly leaves from Spotlight; rhinestones, pearl strip and fabric covered brad - Kaiserrcraft; lace bought from the markets; silver and blue ribbon; twine.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Image coloured with Copics - E000, E11, E31, E33, E37, N1, N3, N7, R20, R22, R24, R29, G21, YG23.

My husband was kind enough to take the photos for me tonight.  The first one is a little dark sorry, but with the flash you couldn't see a thing!  Hopefully in the side on image you can get a better idea of the colours.

I hope you enjoyed my entry and until next time,

Happy Crafting!

Carmel xxoo

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Carmel's catch-up and TOMIC #23


I've been a very busy little bee these last couple of weeks!  Work has been quite busy and I've had stuff on just about every night after work as well.  I guess its only going to get worse as we approach Christmas.

It was Tim and my wedding anniversary on Thursday.  Its hard to believe it was 4 years ago that we got married, it feels like only yesterday.  To celebrate, we went for a night to the beautiful Sunshine Coast.  We stayed in a lovely cabin at "Amore on Buderim Rainforest".  If you are planning a romantic weekend away, I can fully recommend it!

Now on to the real reason of my visit this evening, my entry for The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge.  This week we had to use the sketch designed by Tina and had to use an Edwin stamp.

 I used one of my new Magnolia stamps on this card, it's "Edwin's package" from the Merry Little Christmas Collection.  I think he is awfully sweet!

Materials Used:
Stamp - Magolia "Edwin's Package"
Paper/card stock - Fundamentals, Kaiser craft "Tis the Season" collection
Embelishments - Prima flowers, leaves, twiddlybits "fern leaves", Kaiser craft rhinestones
Ink/Colouring - Memento ink, Prima edging chalk, Edwin coloured with Copics.

My Copics used on this project:
Skin -  E000 and E11
Hair - E31, E33 and E37 
Shirt - G21 and YG63
Pants - B95 and B97
Socks - B01 and N1

To see other entries, and the entry requirements, click here.

I hope you like my card this week :-)

Until next time, happy crafting!

Carmel xxoo

Monday, October 31, 2011

Copic Oz Challenge

As promised, here is my entry for the Copic Oz blog Challenge.  For challenge rules and to see other entries, please click here.

Materials used:
Stamp: Motivet "Doraline with a bouquet of tulips", Memento Ink
Cardstock/Paper: Fundamentals cards, Kaisercraft "Bonjour" collection
Embellishments:  Paper blooms, leaves, lace, ribbon, pearls, crystal stem.
Copics used: E31, E33, E37, E53, Y00, Y02, Y11, RV000, RV10, R20, Y35, Y38, G21, YG63, N1, N7, atyou Spica Clear.

I hope you like my card.

Happy crafting,

Carmel :-)

being sick sucks

Afternoon peeps!

I've been off work sick for over a week now and I am kinda over it!  One advantage has been that I can do stuff in my craft room and update my blog...

I have spent most of this week in my craft room, watching reruns of the love boat and NCIS (oh... I just realised that is quite a mix...) and attempting a clean up, which was mostly unsuccessful, haha!  I did however get a gift for Tim's Grandma done, as well as another challenge card, which I will post seperately in a moment.

I saw this cute tea chest in the new Magnolia Ink Magazine No 4 2011 made by Ying.  So I had a go at it and this is what I came up with for Tim's Grandma's birthday.  She absolutely loved it!

Materials Used:
Stamp:  Magnolia Butterfly Wishes Collection - "Tilda with Butterfly Jeans"
Cardstock/paper:  Kaisercraft "Chanteuse" collection, paper doily, Prima "Madeline" collection.
Embellishments:  Kaisercraft pearls, Kaisercraft rub-ons, pink and white organza ribbon, lace, paper blossoms, ribbon roses.
Ink/Colour: Memento, Versacolor, image coloured with Copics.

I absolutely love this!  I hope you like it too.

Happy crafting,

Carmel :-)

Saturday, October 29, 2011


Good morning!

So I spent most of yesterday working on the The Official Magnolia Inspiration Challenge (TOMIC).  This is the first time I have entered so I am rather excited!

It is a BINGO challenge.  To see the requirements and other entries, please click here.

I decided to go with the centre vertical row, using pearls, lace and the colour purple.

I have used one of my favourite Magnolia Stamps from the Fairy Tale Collection, "Lady Tilda", and the beautiful "Utopia" papers from Kaisercraft.

Materials used:
Stamps: Magnolia - "Lady Tilda", Papermania - Midnight fairytale.
Cardstock/Paper: DCWV, Kaisercraft
Embellishments: Kaisercraft paper blooms, pearls, lace, rose ribbon, punched leaves (punch bunch).
Inks: Memento, Versacolor.  Image coloured with Copics.

I hope you like my card.

Until next time, happy crafting!

Carmel :-)

Friday, October 28, 2011

How slack am I?

Or is it more like, how busy has this year been??

Work has been mayhem, and outside of work has been just as busy.

I have been doing lots of crafty stuff, just havent been able to get them online!

Here's to a fresh start.  I am off to try my hand at a challenge for The Online Magnolia Inspiration Challenge.

Wish me luck....

Happy crafting,


Monday, January 17, 2011

Where is Carmel??

Its been a very hectic few months in my life lately. I had the PEAK period at work in November, then Christmas and New Year and now, on top of it all, the Floods have affected work as well. Thankfully, my house was not affected by the floods. To quote my friend Kim, "We live in Utopia"!

Family in Lowood, friends in Emerald, Rockhampton and Brisbane have all been affected and it is heartbreaking to see the devastation caused by all the Queensland floods and I will admit I shed quite a number of tears over the last few weeks. Anna Bligh's speech last week about who Queenslanders are saw me a blubbering mess!! Now comes the time for recovery and rebuilding.

As I have not been able to assist with the physical clean up and recovery, some friends and I are going to be attending the Kaisercraft "Rising Waters Flood Appeal Crop Day" on the 5th February at the Browns Plains Outlet. You can find out more details here.

So since I haven't been able to get to work, I have had time to get a little organised in my scrapping area and I've completed a couple of Layouts, pictures to come.

Well, time for me to go back to my scrapping.

Happy crafting,

Carmie :-)