Thursday, December 16, 2010

Magic Reindeer Food

Hi everyone,
I'm sure you've seen this before, I have seen it done on so
many blogs, that I can not just credit one person. This is
my take on "Magic Reindeer Food", I made some of these
last year as well, for my two children, and my 6 year
old is eager to get her hand on some more this year haha.

The verse on the back reads:

Santa's Magic Reindeer Food
(Make a wish and close your eyes tight)

Sprinkle on the lawn at night
the moon will make it sparkle bright
as Santa's reindeer fly and roam
this treat will guide them to your home.


To make the mix of food, I have used a mixture of rolled oats
and some bird seed with Green jelly crystals mixed in to act
as glitter, this way, birds can come and eat the mixture later
without causing them any harm.

I like to send my own personal Santa letter along with the
reindeer food, there are some amazing websites around that
offer free Santa letters, but I like to make mine that little bit
more personalised to fit the person I am sending them to.
I also send a copy of  Santa's official 'Naughty or Nice' Ranking
Certificate, which can be downloaded and printed for free from
http://www.emailsanta.com/ there are so many amzing things that you
can see and do on that website, you really should check it out
if you haven't already.

Finally I include the all important Candy cane and stamp up
the envelope to match. Can't wait to see their faces when they
go to the letterbox this arvo ;o)
Stamps       'Winter Post'  and  'Best Yet' from stampin up
Other          Paper and cardstock from my personal stash
                     Happy Holidays ribbon, cellophane, circle punch
                     Scallop punch, foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a very Merry
Christmas and wonderful New Year.

Peta xoxoxo

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Advent Calendar

Hi everyone,
I found this Advent Calendar kit at my local scrapbook shop
and I just had to have a go. It was really easy to put together
and I had completed it within a couple hours, quick and easy,
just the way I like it :o)
I used the new Kaisercraft 'Tis the Season' Papers on this and
made it pretty much the same way that it was featured in the
latest Kaisercraft workshop magazine (I loved the papers too
much to change them), and I am thinking of adding a photo
of my children to the inside square next to the Santa.




































Wow, I can't believe I made something without stamping!

Thanks for stopping by :o)
Happy Stamping!

Peta xoxoxo

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Colour challenge at MDUC

Hi everyone
This week at Magnolia Down Under Challenges we have
a colour challenge...use Blue, Green, Yellow and Kraft.
I have managed to lose my mojo this week, and still can't
find it anywhere hahaha, but I had a go anyway and this
is what I have come up with.


















The papers are from the Mariposa Stack and I have used copic
markers.This Tilda is the Japese Tilda from the recent travel
collection.
Don't forget to pop on over HERE and check out all the
awesome creations by the other Dt members.

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Stamping!

Peta xoxoxox

Friday, October 1, 2010

Marvin The Bat Review

Hi everyone
Do you all remember "Marvin the Bat"? Well he is one of
the super cute images created by Marina Niera over at
The Stamping Bazaar 
I have made a little treat bag with Halloween in mind,
using Marvin. I have used some hallloween scraps and
coloured him up with Derwent Atrist pencils.


















If you love Marvin The Bat as much as I do, you can find him
HERE at The Stamping Bazaar store

Oh and if you would like a chance to win some digi images,
pop on over to The Stamping Bazaar blog HERE and leave
a comment, too easy :o)

Thanks for stopping by
Happy Stamping!

Peta xoxoxo

Friday, September 24, 2010

Operation Write Home Challenge!

Hi everyone
Today at THE STAMPING BAZAAR Marina Neira,
talented artist, who creates all these wonderful images,
is unvieling 4 new gorgeous little critters, to amaze you
all! On top of this, they are hosting their first ever
challenge, entitled "Operation Write Home"

But first I will share with you, some cards that I have made
using the two images that Marina has created specially
for the Occasion. The first one here is
SOLDIER PUG


















The next one is PATRIOTIC EAGLE


















There are also 2 other gorgeous Christmas creations that you
may like, that Marina is also unveiling over at The stamping
Bazaar, you can check them out HERE

Now, to fill you in...
Operation Write Home is an organization that sends blank
handmade greeting cards for all occasions to deployed service
members to write home on. They’ve mailed approximately
500,000 cards so far—and are still going strong! Our challenge
to you is to make cards to send to them for our nation’s heroes.

*Please check out the guidelines HERE before starting your
card, as it is important to NOT use Glitter on these cards
also the MUST be handmade and A2 sized!

“Operation Write Home” needs to be on the backs of your
cards—it can be stamped, handwritten, or printed on labels.
Please include a packing slip inside your box or envelope,
and mail them to any of their shippers listed on the Mailroom
page. In your package, you can also include notes written to
a deployed service member.


How to Enter,  Just Pop on over HERE  for all the details and
don't forget to check out all the other creations by all the
talented DT members.

Thanks so much for stopping by ;o)
Please feel free to leave a comment if you wish, I really do
appreciate your thoughts.

Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxo

Shane playing Basketball

Hi everyone
just a quick post today, as I have another post to do after this
one, with some exiting new images from The Stamping Bazzar
First of all, I'd like to share this gorgeous Image which can
also be purchased from The Stamping Bazaar store HERE
This cute little critter is "SHANE PLAYING BASKETBALL",
he was created by talented artist Marina Neira.

















Hope you like him :oD

Thanks for stopping by.
Please feel free to leave a comment if you wish, I really do
appreciate your thoughts :o)

Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxo

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Love to Shop!

Hi Everyone
This week at Magnolia Downunder Challenges the challenge is
FANCY FOLDS. I have wanted to have a go at this style of card
for a while now and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to
give it a go. I'm not sure of the name of the style, but I first came
across it in Magnolia Ink magazine, issue #4 on page 55 and there
is a tutorial on making them.
I have used Shopping Tilda and the Boutique Window, from
Magnolia's travel collection.

it opens out like...
the image doubles up as a pocket, where you can add a gift
card/voucher.


















Thanks for stopping by :o)
Please feel free to leave a comment if you like, I really do
appreciate your thoughts!

Happy Stamping
Peta xoxo

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Giveaway at The Stamping Bazaar!

How cute is This image?
Her name is "Susie with Pie" and she is a brand new digi,
created by Marina Neira of The Stamping Bazaar and she
will be released for the first time Tomorrow.
The great news is that Marina is giving you all the chance
to win your very own Susie with Pie digi image! What do you
have to do? Well that's easy, just pop on over HERE and
leave a comment, too easy! There are lots of other sweet
critters and gorgeous creations on sale that have also been
created by the talented Marina, so why not pop on over
HERE to see what else she has on offer ;o)

Thanks for stopping by, Happy stamping!
Peta xoxox

Sunday, September 5, 2010

MDUC challenges

Hi everyone
Today at Magnolia Downunder Challenges the challenge is
Feathers, Fur or Fins
I have made an easel card using the new Mermaid and an
older mermaid from the Magnolia collection...


















I added some green feathers and pearls and my daughter told me
it looks like seaweed, haha, she's more imaginative than I am :)

















Stamps          Mermaid Tilda (2010) and Mermaid Tilda (not sure which year)
                       Magnolia beach scene, and the Turtle and seahorses are from
                       CC designs.
Other            Dark teal, Deep teal card, DSP
                       Pearl string-clear and pearl. Shells, plasticine pearl covered
                       with glossy accents, Sequins, green dyed Emu feathers,
                       mesh ribbon. Coloured with Derwent Artist Pencils

Before I go, I just wanted to share with you the card that my little
girl made for her Daddy for Father's Day at pre-school, I think
she's going to be taking my DT spot soon enough LOL



































Have a great Father's Day everyone!

Thanks for stopping by :) Please feel free to leave a comment
I really appreciate your thoughts.

Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxo

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Introducing "Pumpernickel"

Hi everyone
I haven't entered any challenges in what seems like ages
lately! So I sat down this arvo and crafted away...yay!

There is a brand new challenge blog, that just started
this week, called THE FUZZY WUZZY CHALLENGES 
They have a colour challenge, as shown here









This is the place to bring out your 'Critter/Animal' images,
I don't have alot, but I have come up with my own design
here, so RUBY, if you are watching, I heard your challenge
or chant a few weeks back to Draw, so I have used one of my
old favourite characters that I used to draw, revived especially
for this challenge.
Stephanne, you asked if he has a name, well yes he does...it is
PUMPERNICKEL strange name I know lol, but when I origially
drew him (almost 10 years ago), I was trying to think of a name
and I kept getting the word 'Pumpernickel' stuck in my head.
I had no idea what Pumpernickel was and couldnt work out why
it was stuck in my head, I asked everyone and no one knew what
on earth I was talking about. Then around a week later, I was
walking past a bakery near where I worked and I saw that they
sold Pumpernickel Bread, hahaha, so I must have seen it earlier,
but passed it off into the subconcious mind or something! Anyway
it just just seemed to fit his character, so there you have it...
Introducing        PUMPERNICKEL

















Hope you like him :oD   If he gets a few fans, he may just appear
again next month in a differerent pose!

Thanks for stopping by, please feel free to leave a comment,
I really do appreciate your thoughts!

Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxo

Friday, September 3, 2010

Marvin Trick or Treat!

Hello again
Today we have our final preview/bloghop for this series
of images created by the truly talented Marina Neira
for The Stamping Bazaar
If you have just come  from Penni's blog, then you are heading
in the right direction. If you have just joined us you can
start HERE

If you have joined us the previous 2 days, you would have met
the cutest little critter named Marvin. Well today, he is back!
Here we have...
"TRICK OR TREAT MARVIN"
Perfect for Halloween! You can buy Marvin and all his cute
friends HERE at The Stamping Bazaar  store from 12 am Saturday
4th September EST (USA) to check the time difference,
click HERE

Want to win you very own 'Marvin Trick or Treat' Digital image?
All you have to do is follow along our blog hop til you get to 
 The Stamping Bazaar blog and leave a comment. Too easy!
*Comments on all 3 blog posts close on Saturday at 12am EST

Also, don't forget the GRAND PRIZE for one lucky Facebook
fan, you can win ALL 3 DIGIs that we have previewed over
the last 3 day (so ALL 3 Marvin designs), to be in the running to
win that prize, head on over HERE and leave a comment. There
will be one randomy picked winner, Yay!!!

Don't forget to pop on over and check out all the other
'Marvelous' creations by all the DT members, next stop PIALI
Incase you get lost anywhere long the way, here is a full list
of our blog hoppers in correct order:
                                  Barbara Sproat
                                Emma and Susan

                                  Kellie Winnell
                                      Kristen
                                  Kylie Kueter
                          Marley Van Der Heijden
                                 Penni Vickers
                    Peta DeVincentis (you are here)
                                  Piali Biswas
                                   Stephanne
                                  Tina Guigui
                                   Tori Wild
                        The Stamping Bazaar Blog....

Thanks so Much Marina for letting me be a part of these
previews, it has been so much Fun!

Image        Marvin Trick or Treat
Other        Halloween DSP, Black cardstock, Christina Re punch,
                   Siver metallic ribbon, Trick or treat sentiment,
                   Crystal pins, pumpkin stickers.
                   Coloured with Derwent Artist Pencils

Thanks for stopping by
Please feel free to leave a comment if you like, I really do
appreciate your thought :o)

Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxoxo

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Marvin with Candy Apple

Hi everyone
It's Day 2 of our previews/blog hop for The Stamping Bazaar
If you have just come from Penni's Blog then you are on the
right track. If you have just joined us, you can start HERE

Did you get to meet Marvin The Bat yesterday? Want to see
some more? Well, the good news is that you will get to see
more of our cute little guy (created by Marina Neira) at
The Stamping Bazaar
...today we have
'MARVIN WITH CANDY APPLE'
How cute is he!!! Want one? Marvin and his friends will be on sale
HERE at The Stamping Bazaar  store from 12am Saturday 4th
September EST (USA) to check the timezone click HERE

Again, you have the chance to win our featured digital image of
the day, all you have to do is continue on our hop til you get to
The Stamping Bazaar blog and leave a comment. Too easy!
*Comments on all three blog posts close on Saturday at 12am EST

There is still a GRAND PRIZE up for grabs for one lucky
Facebook fan who will be chosen at random to win ALL 3 DIGI
images that we are previewing in this Blog hop, you can find 
the Facebook page HERE 
Don't forget to pop on over and see all the other 'Marvelous'
creations, by the other DT members, next stop PIALI    
Here is our full list of partipants in this blog hop, incase
you lose your way, starting with...
              
                    Barbara Sproat
                    Emma & Susan
                    Kellie Winnell
                         Kristen
                      Kylie Kueter
              Marley Van Der Heijden
                     Penni Vickers
        Peta DeVincentis (you are here)
                       Piali Biswas
                        Stephanne
                       Tina Guigui
                         Tori Wild                               
              The Stamping Bazaar                                                 

Want to see more? Come back tomorrow for day 3, our final
preview for this series of images!

Image        Marvin with Candy Apple
Other        Halloween DSP, Black cardstock, Black mesh ribbon, Black
                   ribbon, silver/metallic ribbon, Fright Night Fun sentiment,
                   dark red roses, punched leaves, heart charm, Glossy Accents.
                   Heart pins.
                   Coloured with Derwent Artist Pencils.

Thanks for stopping by
Please feel free to leave a comment if you like, I really do
appreciate your thoughts :o)

Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxoxo

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Introducing Marvin the Bat

Hello everyone
Wow, this is our very first Blog hop over at
The Stamping Bazaar
and we have some exciting new Images for you!
If you have just came from Penni's blog then you are on the
right track, if not then you can start HERE

I have to say that I was really excited to have recieved this
image and I am so happy to be a part of a team of so many
talented ladies. It has been lots of fun being amongst the first
people to get to have a play with these gorgeous new Images.
I know that you will love them too! Thankyou so much Marina :o)

So without further ado, I'd love you to meet  one of the sweetest
creations you will ever see, created by Marina Neira at
The Stamping Bazaar  I'd love you all to meet
'MARVIN The Bat'



How cute is he!!! If you'd like to get your hands on Marvin the Bat,
he will be on sale HERE at The Stamping Bazaar  from
12am Eastern Standard Time (USA and Canada) on Saturday
4th September 2010 (to check EST click HERE)

Now, for some exciting news! Each day of our blog hop (3 days),
One lucky person will have a chance to win our featured Digi.
So today, you have the chance to win the gorgeous 'Marvin the
Bat' image as seen used in this card! To be in the running to win,
follow this blog hop all the way to The Stamping Bazaar blog
and leave a comment!
*Comments on all three blog posts will close 12 am Saturday EST

But that's not all! One lucky Facebook fan  will also have the
chance to win  a GRAND PRIZE of ALL 3 DIGIs, chosen at
random from the  facebook page, which can be found HERE

Don't forget to check out all the other 'marvelous' creations 
made by the other Design Team memebers, next stop on our
hop is  Piali     
If you get lost anywhere along the way, can find your way
to any of these blogs, the order of the hop is as follows:

                    Barbara Sproat
                   Emma and Susan
                    Kellie Winnell
                          Kristen
                     Kylie Kueter
              Marley Van Der Heijden
                    Penni Vickers
         Peta DeVincentis (that's me :oD)
                       Piali Biswas
                        Stephanne
                       Tina Guigui
                         Tori Wild
            The Stamping Bazaar Blog....

Hope to see you back tomorrow, we have another cute little
critter to share with you all!

Image        Marvin The Bat
Other        Halloween DSP, Black cardstock, Black mesh ribbon,
                   Black ribbon, silver matallic ribbon, Skull key charm,
                   Too cute to spook sentiment, Die cut leaves, handmade
                   paper flowers, beaded pins, bat stickers.
                   Coloured using Derwent Artist Pencils.

Thanks for stopping by
Please feel free to leave a comment if you like, I really do
appreciate your thoughts :oD

Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxoxo

Friday, August 27, 2010

Anyone Interested in ATCs?

Hi everyone
My niece, LISA LEE has created a new blog for people who enjoy
making Artist Trading Cards. Anyone who is interested can pop
on over HERE to 'Ready, Get set, Craft' 
She is organising her first ATC swap and the theme is 'COSTUMES'
so think Pirates, Halloween, dressups, Princesses or anything else
that you might fancy. The idea is that if there are enough people
(say 9 or more) we can make and swap these cute, fun cards with
others and hopefully have fun along the way.
You can also check Lisa's personal blog HERE for more details.

Monday, August 23, 2010

New challenge blog, More candy, Woohoo!!!

Hi everyone
There is a new challenge blog called The Fuzzy Wuzzy Challenges
and they are due to kick off their very first challenge on the 3rd
of September. To celebrate they are offering up some awesome,
yummy candy, wanna see...
well firstly there is a $30 gift voucher donated by Kellie from
*2 digital stamps of your choice and one rubber stamp

*$15 (AUD) Digi stamp voucher, from  Make it Crafty
*One Popcorn the Bear set - Golfing Popcorn
*One TGF Marlene stamp
This fantastic candy will be announced on the 3rd of
September, which is when they are having their very first
challenge, so don't forget to mark that date on your
calendar, I know I'm off to find my critters now lol!

So pop on over HERE for all the details on how you
might win this awesome prize pack, Good Luck!

Colouring with Graphic Pencils - Tutorial

Hi everyone
I was editing this post and somehow I managed to delete
it, D'oh! so I am re-writing it, hopefully, it will still make
sense. This is a long post, so I hope I don't bore you to sleep,
you may want to go and grab a cuppa ;o)
I have had a few people ask me about colouring with lead
or graphic pencils, I use them for black and white challenges
as I don't have any grey copics. These pencils offer a great
alternative and give a great result. I must say however, that
I am by no means an expert in this area, this is just the method
that I use and it works for me :oD
So I have 4 pencils here, I use Derwent Graphic pencils in 2B,
4B, 6B and 8B. I also use a kneadable rubber, these can be
brought from most art supplies and some newsagents.
The difference in these pencils, is depth of shade and softness,
so the softer the pencil, the darker the shade!
You do not have to use the Derwent brand of pencils (these are
just my personal preference), any brand should be sufficient as
long as they offer these shades.
I have started by stamping the images, it doesn't matter which
ink you use, but black will look best. For the lighter skin tones
I start with 2b and darker skin tones I use 4B. I just scratch a
little colour on and then rub it with my index finger to kind of
smudge it and get an even skin tone, you can add (or take away
colour with your rubber) til you get the desired result...


















add in cheeks, eyeshadow, any other details...

















Then I start the hair and I go from light to dark, I leave an area
uncoloured to show hightights in the hair...

















...and again, I shade from lightest to darkest using 2B, then 4B,
6B and 8B, you can always add or take colour til you get your
desired result. I do not rib these areas with my finger to blend
as I find that a few scratchy lines here and there can add texture
to the hair.


















and then colour the clothes in much the same way


















Here I want to show that different shades of these pencils, I
have shaded from darkest to to lightest (so 2B, then 4B, then,
6B and 8B), using the same amount of pressure on each pencil
and you can see that there is quite a bit of dofference in the depth
of colour. I'd also  to show that the kneadable rubber can be used
to take colour away, so you can use it to create patterns too...


















I hope that helps/inspires any of you to have a play with these
pencils, they really are alot of fun and offer an alternative to
other colouring methods.

Thanks for stopping by!
Please feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate your
thoughts :oD

Happy Stamping!

Peta xoxo

Sunday, August 22, 2010

MDUC colour challenge/story card

Hi everone,
This week over at Magnolia Downunder Challenges we have
a colour challenge. Use Orange, Pink, Green, Brown and
Blue. I must admit, I my first reaction was one of panic at
the thought of using so many colours together, but then I sat
and thought about it and went through my paper stash to help
me get started. I used the brown and green with a bit of blue
as my main colours and have added small amounts of pink and
orange and this is what I have come up with this week...

















I thought I could use this as an Engagement card, and create
a 'Happily Ever After' theme.
Here is a close up of the front...

















...the middle section...

















The bird and braches were puched using a Stampin up punch,
I'm not sure what it is called, but it is one of the new ones.
Thanks Lianne for lending me that one :oD
Here is the final piece...
Stamps        Magnolia Fairytale - Tilda with apple, Mini Tilda, Sherwood
                     Edwin, Butterfly, Dragonfly.
                     Magnolia wedding collection - Loving couple
                     Other - SU Forest Friends, castle.
Other         Once upon a time DSP, Cardstock - brown, orange, green, blue.
                    musical notes sticker, stickles,

Thanks for stopping by :oD
Please feel free to leave a comment, I really do appreciate and
thankyou for your thoughts.

Happy Stamping!
Peta xoxo