Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Dream Valley Challenge #44 - Glitter and Bling

Happy Halloween everyone (in the Southern Hemisphere at least!),

I've had a shocking two weeks following my husbands 30th birthday party with our carpet getting pulled up in one our bedrooms and half of the hallway. Apparently when our house was being built pieces of steel were accidentally pushed through our main plumbing pipe, so toilet tissue and waste were getting caught on these, causing a build up of water which was backing up our en suite toilet, shower and basin. So finally after seven months, they came and ripped up our carpet and dug into our foundation and fixed it. We still have two gaping holes in one the bedroom, and they are coming tomorrow to refill the cement thank god! So my craft room is chaotic with rolls of carpet and underlay plus boxes of stuff from when we cleaned out the garage, and poor Hubby had to move everything from his study including his PC, which is now set up haphazardly next to the pool table! To top it all off, I have gotten a nasty cold which I can't seem to kick, and work is crazy busy!

So this weeks challenge at Dream Valley was a little tight to finish, but finish I did! Using one of Sassy Studio Designs sexy images, I came up with this beauty for the Glitter and Bling challenge:

I coloured her with distress inks, and added some fine glitter to her outfit and shoes, along with some glossy accents to her lips.

The paper is from my recycled stash and is from the 'Chantilly' collection. I punched some holes and black eyelets using my new crop-o-dile II and criss-crossed some black satin ribbon through. I also added black and light pink feathers, and made my own bling flourish using a piece of acetate and a flourish die from Tim Holtz.

I'm entering this into:

Have a great one everyone, and be sure to head over to Dream Valley Challenges to check out the other DT designs and fantastic entries!


PS. To our east coast US friends, please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Monday, October 15, 2012


Hi all,

I am so excited to present my first project as a DT member of the Dream Valley Challenge Blog. Challenge 43 is Halloween.

We don't celebrate Halloween in Australia, although stores are steadily starting to stock the usual paraphernalia that accompanies the occasion. So this challenge did, in fact, challenge me which was great! I was able to put to use some characters/shapes on my Cricut cartridges, and try some new techniques.

I decided to make a tag rather than a card, as I don't really think Halloween is the kind of 'holiday' that really necessitates a card (but that's just me!)

I cut the tag from the Wrap it Up Cartridge using manilla cardstock that I had left over for my hubby's 30th birthday party invites (It is a Mission: Impossible theme with little dossiers as the invite!), so I have a heap of these left over.

The faux aged leather background is made using a technique I learnt from Split coast Stampers ( I used Antique Linen, Forest Moss, Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress Inks to ink up the tape, which I then coated in clear embossing powder. I did find the embossing powder flaked a little, but it added to the spooky feel of the tag!

 I used some...I'm not sure what it's called!....white mesh in the background which I accordion-folded and round the edges to make them uneven.

 The flower is cut from the Mother's Day bouquet cartridge, which I layered, embellished with silver/purple ink and silver stickles with a black multifaceted bead as a centre. The spiders were cut from the Wrap It Up cartridge and were embossed with Wow Neutral Ultra Shimmer embossing powder. The curly flourishes are from the Storybook Cricut cartridge. The "boo" and the bat were originally joined, from the Wrap It Up Cricut cartridge, but I separated them and embossed them with black embossing powder. It was the first time I've ever used it, and I must say, it looks amazing!

 The little vampire girl is from A Day for Daisies, a freebie that I found at the blog hop (I was too late for it!) I've coloured her with distress inks, and embellished her with glossy accents, forest moss and silver stickles. I also used 3mm flat backed rhinestones to embellish the flourishes.

I will be entering this gem into:

That's all for now, but be sure to head over the Dream Valley Challenge Blog to see what the other wonderful DT's have for you!

CYP Blog Candy Redraw

Hi Everyone,

Unfornately I was not contacted by my blog candy winner, so a re-draw has occured. The lucky winner is Heather Lynn

Congrats Heather! I have your email address from the comments, so I will contact you regarding post.

Thanks all!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Exciting News....

Hi Everyone,

I received some exciting news yesterday...I have been chosen as a new Design Team member for Dream Valley Challenge Blog!!!

This is my first permanent design team appointment, and I am so honoured to have been chosen. Please be sure to head over to the blog to check out the latest challenge.

I also promised to share the wallet I made for my cousin's 14th birthday. The instructions can be found over at the Splitcoast Stampers forum under 'Resources'.

There is a pocket at the back where I slipped in some money, and the 'photo' section is even covered in plastic that I repurposed from unused scrapbook sleeves.

Have a great day everyone!

Lou xoxo