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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Girl in Kimono with paper embroidered frame

Well, the last day of the year has arrived. My OH and I are going to my Son and DIL's tonight. The rest of our family are all out doing something with friends tonight. My daughter's boyfriend's arm is on the mend, he ended up with two puncture wounds to the top of his forearm and one underneath that they hadn't even realised was there until the doctor looked at his arm. I hadn't realised they were quite so far from home when it happened and had several hours drive back as there was no hospitals in between their campsite and the city. Hubby's party went well and again we probably all ate too much. I will be glad to get back to normal eating!! It is 36.6C at the moment and is supposed to get to 38C. Tomorrow is going to be a sizzler reaching 41C and we are thinking of taking a drive down the coast to visit some friends who are having a break from their farm. They bought a holiday house and try and get down there as much as they can.
Well, I'm scheduling this post for tonight as we will be out and will probably see the New Year in before coming home, although I am tired at the moment but I suppose the grandchildren will liven things up a bit. LOL.
Well here is the card,
No stamping today.
The little oriental girl is a 3D image and I stitched a frame around her using a variegated thread, The base card is a vibrant pink from stash and I stitched onto a white panel of card and then adhered to the base card,
Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoy seeing the New Year in.
Take care,

Friday, December 30, 2011

Oriental Woman

Hi everyone, another long day. I popped out early this morning with a friend to a coffee shop to catch up with our friend Shirley and her husband, Doug. Thanks for shouting me a coffee Shirley!
Then we went to a clothes shop and I bought a top and my friend bought a pair of trousers for her Mum and then I dropped her home and drove to get petrol for the car and stop in for groceries for tonight's birthday barbeque! Then spent the rest of the arvo doing some clothes washing, dish washing and packing my craft gear away again!
Made salads, a potato bake and decorated a shop bought pavlova base. It was nice to have all the family here and several friends to help celebrate my OH's birthday. It has been a very hot day but is lovely outside now, nearly midnight, LOL. Everyone left about 30-40 mins ago and then I tidied up the rubbish and recycling and put in the bins so I've only got some of the dishes to do in the morning as one of my daughters did some of the washing for me already, Isn't she lovely!!
Well, I am sharing a card that I made earlier as no time to craft today.
Here it is,
The basecard if SU Real Red and the DP is from a set of Oriental Papers I bought a few years ago at a craft fair. The stamp is also from a set of stamps I've had several years and I can't remember the name of it or who made it. I stamped it and then coloured with ink and a blender pen and fussy cut it out and added to the front of the card,
I'm going to enter this into Make It Monday #69 - Anything Goes
Welcome to new follower, Jules, thanks for your lovely comment too.
Thanks to those who take time out of their day to pop in and leave me comments.
Take Care,

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sending Sympathy and Prayers

Another day closer to the end of this year. I am astounded at how fast the year has gone by. It's been a warm day here but it's really going to heat up over the next couple of days to about 38C, so will end the year with a scorcher!
It's my OH's birthday tomorrow and we are going to have the family and a few friends over for a barbeque in the evening - hopefully it will have cooled down a little bit. We have daylight saving as well at the moment so at 7p.m. it will be in reality 6p.m. and it will probably still be warm. That's okay, we can sit outside, the big umbrella is still up, just have to remember to get some bug spray so the mossies don't get us, LOL.
My oldest daughter's boyfriend got bitten by a dog yesterday while trying to protect her little daschund/terrier. They had gone camping, arrived and set up and then had gone straight down to the beach and five minutes later he was bitten so that was the end of their very brief trip. His dad and partner had gone too, so they stayed and packed up everything and my daughter drove him back here, dropped the dog off and then took him into the hospital, the doctor was at first worried that the tendon was damaged but thinks because he can move his wrist and rotate it that he doesn't need surgery. They gave him a tetanus shot and antibiotics, cleaned it up and I think stitches but not sure. He had two deep puncture wounds on his forearm. The people that owned the dog didn't even stay to find out how he was - just collected their dog and left. They got the rego number of the car and filed a report but whether anything will be followed up they don't know.
Enough chat, LOL. Onto sharing my card for today.
I decided to make a sympathy card as I only have a couple of these in my stash.
The basecard is SU Early Espresso and then I cut a piece of SU Really Rust and put through a cuttlebug embossing folder with little hearts on it. The image and sentiments are all from the same set by SU called "Love and Sympathy" and were inked in Really Rust onto white cardstock from stash and the backed with Early Espresso. I cut the quote sentiment into a tag and added an eyelet with my Cropadile and a small piece of brown ribbon to finish off.
I would like to enter this into Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #2 ~ TAG YOUR IT!! Add a tag to your creation.
Well thanks so much for stopping by today and all your lovely comments,
Take care,

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Elephant Biker

Good Evening. Have had another quiet day at home. My hubby came home at lunchtime as there were no more scheduled jobs. I suppose with the holidays, some of the companies they would do work for have shut down. Not sure how it will affect his pay as he has not taken holidays and is officially working.
It's late again so I better get a move on and share my card for today.
I made this one for my OH as it's his birthday on Friday.
I've used SU Bashful Blue for the basecard, the DP is from Rosie's Studio mini pad called Transit Lounge. I also used SU Crumb Cake as a backing for the image which was stamped on white card and coloured with Copic Markers and then cut out. I added a few lines with a black marker under the tyres. The sentiment comes from SU set, Friendly Phrases and was backed with the blue card and I added 2 creamy brown brads from my stash. Hope he likes it! He used to ride a motorbike when we were first married and then after a couple of accidents with people just not noticing him, (the last one a lady did a u-turn and forced him off the road and squashed his foot between an electricity pole and his bike, our youngest had just been born a couple of weeks before.) he gave up riding and started again after our youngest son took up riding. Laurie is now 22. Now all 3 sons ride bikes and they do spend a bit of time going out together on rides every now and again! LOL, Male Bonding!! but it's a good thing.
I would like to enter this into:
Bearly Mine Challenge 26 - Anything Goes
Simon Says ,,,,,,,, Anything Goes ! :-)
Party Time Tuesdays #48 - Anything Goes
Make It Monday #69 - Anything Goes
Hope you enjoy the rest of your day, thanks for popping in and also to those who commented, I enjoyed reading them,
Take Care,

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Vintage Blue

Well, I've sniffled through today with a tissue not far from my nose! I went in to the city today with a friend to look for a new handbag at the sales. It is officially a public holiday, but most of the retailers in the city were open and also some of the bigger department stores in the suburbs, but the supermarkets were closed. Not that we lacked food, LOL, still more turkey, ham and pork to be had. I was grateful for having a bought lunch today and just ate a burger!
All the guys in the family have gone to the SpeedWay tonight so I'm home alone and not much on tv so actually decided to sit down and craft instead.
Here is the result,
I've used yet another free digi (have been saving them so thought it would be good to actually use them otherwise it will just be another lot of hoarded craft items to add to the stash. This may be one of my New Year's Resolutions, to use stash items!)
The base card is one of the SU Blues (lost the packaging) and then I've used two DP's from stash and the brown one is from SU and the one going across the middle is the other side of the SU paper. I matted the three top ones with the blue cardstock and then mounted my image which was cut out with a nestie die and backed with blue card which I trimmed to give a very small border. I popped it onto the card with foam dots. I decided I didn't want to put a sentiment on this one.
I am going to enter it into the challenge at Make It Monday #69 - Anything Goes.
and also into the challenge at Top Tip Tuesday#66 - Anything Goes
and Karen's Doodles Challenge #94-Spots & Stripes
Yeah, might even go to bed early tonight, so thanks for stopping by and for the encouraging comments too!
Take Care,

Monday, December 26, 2011

Lady in Green

Hi everyone, hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I haven't been feeling well over the last few days, but still managed to get the cooking done and had a very lazy day today. I'm sick of turkey and pork already. Just get to the stage after handling all that food that just thinking about eating it puts me off. I still feel full from Christmas Day!!
I pulled out a few craft bits and pieces late tonight so I could make something to share tonight.
So here it is,
The basecard is SU Wild Wasabi, with a layer of dark green textured card from stash. The DP is also from SU. The lovely lady was a digi freebie which I coloured with Copic Markers and then used a Nestie to cut her out with and also a larger nestie in the dark green to use as a matte.
The sentiment was inked in Choc Chip and is from SU set "Heard from the Heart"
I am going to enter this into the challenge at Make It Monday #69 - Anything Goes
Well, am off to bed, my son and husband are both snoring away so I hope I don't take too long to drop off, LOL.
Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Hi everyone, no card today and sorry there was no post last night. My son used to play drums in a couple of bands and they had a big reunion gig and he wanted us to come. They had other bands there as well so did not come on till late and because he was in two bands we didn't get home till after 12.30 p.m. and I've packed all my craft away until after Christmas. Having withdrawal symptons already, LOL.
It has actually past midnight here, so is officially Christmas. I have been sitting here working out the weights and times for cooking the pork and turkey, can't fit them in at the same time and they need different temperatures anyway, so will have to get up in the early hours to put the pork on and then again to get the turkey on about 6 a.m. We have church starting at 9.30 and I need to be there about 9 a.m. so that creates problems with the cooking. Will have to leave the turkey cooking while we are away and trust that there are no dramas!!

So..... Merry Christmas! Enjoy your day with family as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus. Wishing you a day full of love and hope for the future, in His name.
Take Care,

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Bridal Kiss

Wow, it was warm today, and we are looking at a very hot Christmas Day on Sunday! I had to do a bit of running around today looking for those DVD's for my DIL, I finally found them but couldn't get the boxed set and bought two DVD's from 1 shop and then 2 from another, Worked out more expensive too, oh well, I didn't want to end up having to give her money instead.
A warm welcome to new follower, Helen, nice to meet you! Hope you find something here that interests you.
Another late night so quickly onto today's card,
The basecard is SU Basic Black and then a matte of white card with a layer of DP from Rosie's Studio Soiree pack. The image is another e-bay find and I have no idea who made it. I stamped it directly onto a Nellie Snellen die cut in white with SU Basic Grey and coloured it with Copic Markers. I then added 3 little pearl hearts that I've had in stash for quite a while.
I am entering this into Make It Monday #68 - Anything Goes
I'm off to bed in a few minutes, hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Thanks for stopping by.
Take Care,

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Hedgehog with Holly

Hello everyone, just got home from our concert, we popped into a small gelatti shop and had an iced coffee afterwards. I was supposed to get picked up at 7.15 but my friends were 15 minutes late and we had to bang on the door of the venue to get let in. The room where we all meet is right down the end of a long corridor and down a short set of stairs, we could see everyone lined up getting ready to go on stage and luckily one of the men turned around and saw us as I'm not sure they heard the banging, LOL. Anyway we made it in time to go on stage. It went well and now we have a break until late January - must look up the starting dates.
I went out looking for DVD's for my DIL and couldn't find them so will have to look again in a different shop tomorrow. Starting to get worried I won't find them and then will have to think of something else!!
So onto my card for today,
I've used red card for the cardbase and then a piece of white that I've done some paper embroidery on and then stamped with this cute Penny Black Hedgie. I coloured him with ink and a blender pen.
I am going to enter this into the Annabelle Stamp Blog challenge - Say It With Christmas -3- Cards
and also into the challenge at Oldie But A Goodie - Christmas Animals using a stamp at least 6 months old.
I've had my Penny Black Stamp at least 1 year as I used it last Christmas.
Nice to see comments from some of you that have stopped by today, I'm hoping to get a bit of time soon and come and visit your blogs too.
Gotta go,
Take Care,

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Flowers in a Watering Can

Another day closer to Christmas and I still have a few things to buy and some housework to catch up on! After tomorrow night's Carol's Concert I will be finished for the year with my large choir and will only have church choir. They also take a break during January, so will have to sing around the house instead!
We had a late rehearsal tonight and I drop a friend off before coming home so instead of about a 15 min trip it probably takes me at least 30 minutes. I watched the tail end of a film just to relax a bit and then sat down to make this card,
I have used SU Concord Crush for the basecard, border punched one edge with a Martha Stewart punch and then layered a piece of DP from a Paper Pizazz book of papers that I've had in my stash for about 4 years. I bought it on sale and pulled it out a couple of weeks ago to give some to a friend who couldn't find the right bit of paper for her card. The second piece of DP is from My Mind's Eye. I stamped the image onto white card, coloured with Copic Markers and rounded the corners and then adhered it to a piece of Concord Crush and then mounted it to the front of the card.
The stamp I used is from a used set of stamps called "Happy Birthday" made by Our Daily Bread Designs. I used SU Choc Chip ink to stamp it with and Hunter Green for the little sentiment from SU Petite Pairs.
I am going to enter this into Make It Monday Challenge #68 - Anything Goes
Enjoy the rest of the day,
Thanks for stopping by again today, much appreciated.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Rocket to the Moon

Very late again tonight, we had friends drop in around tea time with some wood so we asked them to stay for a meal with us. I had corned silverside cooking so made some mashed potatoes and veg to go with it. I wanted to make some mustard sauce but searched high and low for the mustard powder to no avail. So it turned into cheese sauce instead!
I had the neighbour's lawyer ring about the assault I witnessed a couple of months ago but I am not keen on having my name bandied around the court as I am wary of the man retaliating. He told me the police had found this man and were trying to charge him with assault so I could be called as a witness anyway. I hope not. I just wanted the man to stop attacking my neighbour, which is what he did when I yelled at him. He is still going to mention that a neighbour witnessed the assault and hope the judge doesn't want my name, if he does, the lawyer will be ringing me again possibly to try and convince me to agree to having my name mentioned in the court case. This is a separate case concerning a civil matter and separate to the one the police are trying to make. Aaaargh!!
I finally finished putting inserts and writing out my Christmas cards today and posted them out this afternoon. Crazy! I've had them made for months and still left it to the last week to organize them. I feel better that they should arrive either tomorrow or Wednesday.
Well anyway onto my card,
I have used SU Night of Navy as my cardbase and then a DP from a cre8tiv mini paper stack. I really like this paper it does look like stars shining. I added some holographic stars to give it a bit more shine although they may not show up on the scan. (Oh. I just checked the scan and you can see them, they haven't shown true to colour though, but still look ok??) I used a small round diecut which I sponged with Close to Cocoa and made little marks all over it with a yellow Copic Marker to hopefully make it look like the moon. The rocket is a freebie digi again and coloured with Copics and then popped onto the card with foam dots. The sentiment is from a See-D's set of stamps and I used an oval punch to cut it out and Pacific Point Ink to sponge around it.
I would like to enter this into Make It Monday Challenge #68 - Anything Goes.
I think you could use this card for a birthday or as a congratulatory card for something achieved.
Off to bed, Thanks for stopping by and to those that comment, I appreciate them.
Take Care all,

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Going Places

Hi everyone, another fairly full day today, up early and off to church. I came back home and then went with a friend, Jane off to Shirley's house to make some cards, a quick stop at the supermarket on the way home. I cooked some salmon for tea and then got ready to go with another friend, Fran, to a local Lessons and Carol's service at the Anglican Church. It was a lovely service, their choir sang all the pieces without music. They sang well mostly but I wasn't keen on several of the pieces but enjoyed the community carols. A good opportunity to sing!!
Back home watched CSI and then sat down to make a card for today's post.
Here it is,
I used SU Concord Crush for the basecard, DSP from My Mind's Eye (sponged the edges with SU Close to Cocoa) and I used two Nellie Snellen dies to make the little frame for my stamped lady which I coloured with Copic Markers. I cut around the edge of her bag so I could pop it out onto the frame. I stamped the sentiment also SU in Hunter Green and then coloured with a pink and also a purple Gel Pen.
Well it's very late and I do need some sleep, so am going to not visit any blogs tonight but hope to catch up some more tomorrow,
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bear inside paper embroidered frame

Hi everyone, how is your weekend going. It's been another warm day but a bit muggy and we have had thunder, lightning and rain from late afternoon. I'm quickly posting this as I don't want to be on computer too much while there is an electrical storm!
I've been out to craft today with friends and made a tissue box cover with card and embossed panels. I made it in white and I like the look. I haven't quite made up my mind whether to leave it plain or put a stamped image or flower etc on it. When I decide, LOL, I will try and take a photo to share.
Tonight we went out to a meal with lots of cousins, first, second and ? it gets confusing after that LOL!!
It was a huge house about a year old, the walk in wardrobe was big enough to make another bedroom! The first floor had four bedrooms, the daughter's room had a walk in wardrobe and an ensuite bathroom. The master bedroom was absolutely massive and then the huge walk in wardrobe as well. It also had a balcony. Two other guest rooms and they all had built in televisions too, an area at the top of the stairs with a lounge and tv too. A small built in area that you could make tea/coffee and I presume under that would have been a bar fridge for the milk etc.
Downstairs was a large office area, a lounge and then a large open kitchen (with a large walk in pantry that held cupboard space and the fridge and freezer.You wouldn't know it was even there except I asked for a glass of water.) a dining area and another lounge area - outside was a covered area and then the pool. Also a toilet and not sure if it was another bathroom as well. His property also has a creek running to one side. The house also has an enclosed garage and on the other side is another contained living area for his Mum. She has her own entrance from outside and has a bedroom, large bathroom area and open living, dining and kitchen. All this under the one roof. It was a good night, got to catch up with my SIL who has had breast cancer and still has one more lot of radiation treatment to go. Her hair is only just barely started to grow back. She is a lovely girl and has a positive attitude which has helped her through this.
So, I've not had time to make a card, therefore I am going to share another one of my swap cards.
This was a colour swap and luckily for me was my favourite "purple" I embroidered a frame on lilac cardstock, used a corner rounder and made up this sweet little 3D bear to put in the middle. I then mounted it onto a purple basecard.
Hope you find it interesting, thanks for stopping by
Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend,

Friday, December 16, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Partridge

Hi everyone,
Welcome to two new followers, Peggy and Scrappin Mama - blogger is still playing up and is not showing all my followers all the time, so if you don't see your pic there, I haven't deleted you at all. Blogger is being a pain!!!
It's been a lovely day weather wise here, a warm day and tonight it is still warm but with a cooling breeze. We've just come back from our daughter's helping to celebrate her boyfriend's birthday. He had his dad and partner and some of his friends over for a barbecue. I had our granddaughter over today she came with us. I was going to keep her overnight, but she is not 100% well again and we were only about 10 mins or so away from their home, so I took her home. That saves them coming and picking her up in the morning and also me picking up another bug with her sleeping next to me in bed!
I'm still a bit croaky but at least can sing now. We still have a carol's concert at the end of next week to perform.
Well as promised yesterday I do actually have the card to share. I went out and bought ink today and the printer will now scan. Crazy, I don't understand why they would make a programme for the printer to stop function in all modes when the ink is low or empty! Glad it wasn't an important document that I wanted to e-mail to someone.
This is the card I made,
Basecard and the largest nestie are made from a light blue cardstock. I made a line of faux stitching around the nestie. The DP is from My Mind's Eye. I cut another nestie in white and mounted the partridge on top of this with foam dots. The image is from a digi set called The Twelve Days of Christmas from Doodle Pantry and I coloured it with Copic Markers. The sentiment is also from the same set. I probably have enough cards for this year, but was keen to start using these lovely digis.
Thanks for dropping in today and for your lovely comments. I've enjoyed reading them. Also thanks to those who sent birthday greetings to my Mum, she reads my postings so will have seen them.
I am entering this into 4 Crafty Chicks Challenge 68 - Christmas
Pixie Dust Studio -Challenge #105: Stitching!
Crafting for All Seasons - Challenge #16 - Christmas cards and projects

Take Care,

Thursday, December 15, 2011

3D Flowers with embroidered frame.

Hi everyone, I'm a bit annoyed! My printer is low on ink and is recommending replacing it and I didn't buy any spare cartridges when I bought this unit. So it won't even allow me to scan which is crazy as I don't need ink for that. I made a card tonight and will have to save it for tomorrow after I buy some ink!!
I decided to share a card I made a while ago for a swap, so no chit chat tonight but straight into telling you about the card,
I used orange cardstock for the basecard and then embroidered onto white card with a variegated thread and added a 3d vase and flowers that I made last year.
Thanks for stopping by and I do hope to be able to scan tomorrow.
Take care,

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Dance

Hi everyone, my Mum's birthday today so "Happy Birthday Mum" Pity you had to go to the doctors on your birthday but good to finally get a bit more help about your medication.
I had a reasonably busy day, my DIL brought my youngest granddaughter over for me to look after. We hopped in the car and went to three different shops looking for a couple of pudding bowls as mine are all being used and my oldest daughter was coming over to make puddings for gifts. I had no luck, just wasted time and petrol running around. So, we ended up taking 3 of my puddings out of the bowls and wrapping them up so we could reuse the bowls. I got 3 loads of washing done and then left my granddaughter home with Katie and went and picked Mum up and took her to the specialist. We also went to the chemist where the staff were busy standing around trying to tie a flat bow. A real hoot. I showed them how I tie it and two of them just couldn't get a decent bow. One, actually bent down to tie it as if she was tying her shoe laces. So funny!! Took Mum home and then back home to help finish off the puddings. Katie had washed the dishes, brought the clothes in and also folded them so now only left with the saucepans the puds were in.
So after those ramblings, LOL, onto my card,
I've used SU Concord Crush as the basecard and also for the Reverse Wonky Rectangle Nestie diecut. White card for the other Nestie diecut which I stamped the image from Flonz stamps onto in SU Basic Black. I sponged with Tim Holtz distressed ink - Blue Jeans and coloured the image with Copic Markers. The little champagne glasses are from the same set. I realized afterwards that they actually have rings on them so thought that this card could be used for an anniversary or non-traditional wedding card as I've given her a blue dress.
The DP is from Cre8tiv Mini Stack and I've added lots of bling to accentuate the paper. Oh, I've just checked out the scan and it really doesn't show the bling but I used 15 all over the background - you'll have to take my word for it, looks very sparkly!
I am entering this into Make It Monday - challenge #67 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by and I've enjoyed the recent comments you have left. I wondered how long it would take for someone to notice my new profile picture. I have had my hair cut a little bit since then so not quite so long. The pic was taken at Shirley's house where we have Tuesday craft and I'm wearing my favourite colour!! Thought it was time to have a change.
Catch you tomorrow,
Take Care,

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A Little Bird Told Me.

Hi everyone, another lovely day started off a bit cool but warmed up nicely! I went and saw my Mum and we went to the shops. We have a clothing chain called Millers and they were having a sale where everything in the shop was $20 and under. So I got 5 dresses for me, and a top and also a dress to give my sister for Christmas. A great saving and I also managed to get into a smaller size too, so am quite pleased!!
We had lunch at a little cafe and then did some grocery shopping as well. I think the dogs came out on top with the shopping as I bought bones, several different sizes and some huge turkey necks. Because there are two of them they compete a bit with this sort of thing and I usually buy chicken necks but they just gulp them down instead of chewing so the bigger turkey ones are great.
I made zucchini slice for tea and then had to race out to a full rehearsal for our upcoming carols night. Late home and had my tea very late too. Hubby got home after me so he had a long working day and has to be up about 3.30 to start again.
Well, the card I have to share tonight is one I made a little while ago but hadn't put on the blog and as I haven't had any time to craft today I thought it would be ideal to use it. A very simple card using a cuttlebug folder and a couple of stamps.
The basecard is a very vibrant pink from my stash, a white embossed piece using a dotty folder and I think the image was SU and I bought the sentiment stamp on e-bay. Thanks for stopping by to look,
Catch you tomoorow,
Take Care,

Monday, December 12, 2011

Not Just a Year Older

A busy day today, was up early and put washing on and hung out two loads before I went out with a couple of friends to a craft shop. This is instead of going to class tomorrow as my friend has to take her Mum to an appointment so we decided to skip class. I came back home and attacked the mountain of dishes. Hubby worked late so we didn't eat until after 8 p.m. Chicken stir-fry with rice. Managed to watch a little bit of television and then off to the craft room to try and come up with something to post tonight.
Here it is!
Brown card from stash for the basecard. The DP is from a paper pad called On the Move from Kaiser Craft which compliments the stamp which is from a Kaiser Craft set also called On the Move. I used the airplane and the Limited Edition from this set. I made the words into a little banner for the plane to pull. Coloured the plane with Copic Markers and cut it out and mounted over the background which is a stamp from a set called "Travel Print" Urban Stamps - Papermania. I stamped it in SU Close to Cocoa onto a coffee coloured cardstock and then distressed the edges with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo Distress Ink, mounted it onto another piece of brown card. The sentiment is from SU "Bring on the Cake" and I stamped it with Choc Chip ink. Another one for my stash, I am on a roll with male cards at the moment. Makes a change!, LOL.
I am entering this into Make It Monday challenge #67 - Anything Goes.
Thanks for stopping by, loved reading the comments left for me, Thankyou!
Take Care,

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Sail Away

Hi everyone, well another weekend has finished for me and only just over two weeks to Christmas. The meat is ordered, the puddings are done, so will be just organizing the rest of the vegies etc a few days before and I still have to buy a couple of little things. Still a couple of more singing commitments and then I get some time off both from singing and craft commitments.
The card I have to share today is made using blue cardstock from stash for the base. A piece of white card stock stamped all over and distressed with Tim Holtz "Vintage Photo" distress ink and gave it a few tears and folds too. A nestie and I used "Faded Jeans" distress ink to colour it. The image was stamped using SU Choc Chip, cut it out and coloured the water with the "Faded Jeans" also and added some seagulls with a black marker, I think the boat is actually under attack by these birds LOL!! I added a compass at the top and a birthday sentiment on a punched label. A couple of twists of jute with a nautical style knot in it. Another male card for my stash.
Thanks for stopping by, I'm off to bed - hope you enjoy the tail end of your weekend,
Take Care,

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Dragon Singing Carols

It's been a lovely day today. I spent the morning trying to make some cards for my friends at the Saturday group I go to. They look like a gatefold but incorporate a little box which opens as you pull the panels apart. I forgot to scan them, but I do have one here because one of the girls didn't come today. I will try to take some photos to share tomorrow. I took some images to colour but ended up helping Judy packaging up little Christmas Tree earrings she was making to sell at the Cancer Foundation. They are made with acrylic flower beads, a few seed beads and a star. Very cute. I also made a couple of card holders. We used "Pringle" tins and took off the ends and then wound variegated wool around them. This is what holds the cards. She then decorates a piece of card to sit on the top. They are very handy to keep cards in for birthdays, Christmas, etc.
Here is today's card.
The basecard is green card from my stash. The DP is by Cosmo Cricket, Jolly by Golly: Sweater Weather. On one side it is green with snowflakes and on the other stripes, which is what I chose to use for this card.
The image is another digi freebie and is this very cute dragon carol singing. I must try and remember to type the site name next to the image when I save it. I forget and just hit save and the artist hasn't put their name on them. (Editing post thanks to Gail, she has pointed me to where this little dragon comes from) It is one from Dustin Pike: Doodle Dragon and you can find them here
I coloured the image with Copic Markers.
I stamped the sentiment in Real Red from SU onto white card and punched out with a 1" circle and then punched a 1 1/4" scalloped circle in green. The green one is adhered flat and the sentiment circle is popped up with a foam dot.
Well, it's goodnight from me, hope you are enjoying your weekend.
Take Care,

Friday, December 9, 2011

Wedding Silhouette

Rain today, but welcome after a few hot days. I had coffee with my friends Fran and Shirley. A quick trip to a craft shop with a stop at a small cafe for lunch. I came back home and had about an hours sleep as I had a headache, still croaky too, but feel I may be starting to get better. I thought about buying new sleepers for my ears as I haven't been wearing earrings much over the last few years and had trouble putting some in Wednesday night and my ears are now sore. I put my old sleepers in and there is something wrong with one of them so after coffee Fran and I popped into the jewellers opposite the cafe and asked to see some. Fran thought she might buy some too as she has the same problem. Well after turning the packet over and looking at the price tag we both did a double take and said "No Thnaks" They were $139!! - I think for that price I will put up with the ones I have and hope my ears improve quickly and then I can just put light weight hook ones in! I thought maybe they would be about $50 at the most. It has been a long time since I've bought any gold jewellery and I had my ears pierced when I was about 20, LOL, a few years ago now.
Anyway, here is the card I would like to share with you today,
The basecard is white cardstock from my stash, the DP is from a mini stack from cre8tiv. The stamp is from SU set "Marry Me" and was inked in black and then I used a black Copic to go over it as the ink didn't cover all that well. Quite often I have that problem with silhouette stamps, although when I clean them there is always lots of ink still on them. The decorative corner was cut on my cuttlebug using a Marianne die. I also added some pearls to the corner, they are from SU.
The scan shows the image a bit sketchy but it does look solid in real life.
Well thanks so much for the lovely comments that are left for me and also for popping in.
Take Care,

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sitting Reindeer

Not so hectic today. Although still a full day. I started off the morning attending another 2 hourlecture from the series Living with Diabetes. This time we had the dietician speaking to us explaining about what are carbohydrates, how much is a serve etc. What my Mum was told when she first got diabetes is totally different to what they are teaching now. We were told that if we had a teaspoon of sugar in our tea or coffee you could still do that and you could have a smear of jam or a piece of cake as long as it wasn't on a daily basis. I wasn't real impressed with some of the serving sizes especially the amount of pasta. Looks like I will have to retrain my stomach to eat smaller meals. I have been cutting down on a lot of things already!
A quick stop at the shop to pick up some lunch and something for the girls for their afternoon tea. My friend dropped me off and I arranged a table and chairs in the family room so we could have the air-conditioner because it was about 31C today.
Tea out with friends at the local pub and as I had no choir practise, we spent a little bit more time sitting and talking.
My son and DIL dropped his motorbike off here as he had trouble with it today, so I got to say hello to the grandchildren as they sat in the car for five minutes. Little Isaac was nearly asleep but held on to my finger and I got half a smile.
Hope you all have had a good day.
I've made another Christmas card, are you getting sick of them yet?
This one is on a SU Real Red cardbase, DP could also be SU but not sure. once they are cut up, it's anyone's guess who made it LOL.
The little reindeer is another freebie digi and was coloured with Copic Markers, cut out and mounted onto a Nellie Snellen diecut and then onto a square of Real Red.
The sentiment is another one of the lovely colourful rub-ons I had hiding in my stash and I used a border punch on one side trimmed it and mounted onto a piece of Real Red, The silver sparkly ribbon came from a free gift of a shopping bag from the Adelaide council when we attended the concert at the Town Hall on Tuesday, they were wrapped up a bit like christmas crackers. So, a bit of recycling!
I am entering this into the Come and Get It Challenge - Anything Christmas
Thanks for popping in today.
Take Care,

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Dragon Birthday Greetings

Hi everyone, another long full day today and yes I was still croaking but managed to get through my solo sections this morning without sounding like a frog on a lily pad!! I was no better tonight but had lots of other choir members around me so it didn't matter if I didn't sing very loud. There was a lot of community singing of carols so didn't use much voice doing those, saved myself, LOL, for the choir pieces and descants in the carols. We had Wes Carr as a guest artist, he won Australia's got Talent Show a few years ago and his grandma passed away at the hospice earlier in the year and her favourite song was "Moon River" so he played the keyboard and sang that.
They gave us supper, so we did literally sing for our supper. Very well catered for and I did leave the sweets alone. Two lots of party food in one day is just too much.
So, it's nearly midnight and I want to get this posted so here is the card I would like to share today,
I think I have used SU Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi (or might have been Kiwi Kiss)
I cut out a topnote and embossed using a cuttlebug folder. The dragon came from Doodle Pantry and I'm not sure whether it was a freebie or one I bought! I coloured it with 4 different green Copic Markers. I also used one of my alphabet dies to cut the flower and the numbered circle. I used a glaze pen to colour inside the number 3. I added the sentiment inked in Hunter Green.
I am entering this into the Less Is More challenge - week 44 - Colour - Green
Thanks for popping in today, enjoy the rest of your day,

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

3D Roses with paper embroidery

Hi everyone. I seemed to have picked up a sore throat. The Lord Mayor's Gala Concert was today and there were about 38 from our choir that sang. We were first on and sang a fanfare and 2 Christmas Carols and another Christmas song - I managed well until the last one and felt my voice crack so luckily I wasn't singing too loud and the other voices covered it up and it only lasted a few seconds. Just long enough for me to feel bad though! Nobody else noticed not even the girl standing next to me. One of my friends and I asked if we could go upstairs and sit in on the rest of the concert and they said okay, so we got to see it for free. I had a very late lunch!
I took the bus home from town, a very rare thing for me and was surprised at how much I had to pay for a 10 minute bus ride.
Out again for another rehearsal tonight and we have a charity performance at a hospice tomorrow. They have it every year to remember all the patients that have passed away there. Relatives and friends of the patients attend. They have a ceremony out of the front of the hospital where they light up one of the big trees and a soloist sings. Very moving. They have the police there and they close off the road for a short time. My friend and I are also singing at our Wednesday Craft breakup concert too tommorrow morning. I hope the voice is up to it as we are each singing a verse in one song and unison in the other.
Well onto today's card.
Basecard is red card from stash and the topper is white card and I have stitched a swirly pattern on it and added a 3D roses topper piece that I put together a while back and hadn't used.
I am entering this into Make It Monday Challenge #66 - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comments, sorry I haven't been looking at many blogs and commenting at the moment - just have had too much on at present.
Take Care,


Monday, December 5, 2011

With All My Love

Another day nearly finished here, only a few minutes before midnight, I hope I don't turn into a punpkin. I'm definitely ready for sleep.
Had a quiet morning, did some washing and then spoke to Mum on the phone. I went and picked her up and we went down to one of our local hospitals to meet her sister (my aunty) who was down from the country for an appointment. We had lunch with her and then left and went to another friends for a quick catch up and then back to Mum's to drop her off and then home to meet my daughter. She had rung and said she wanted to go shopping so we went and bought a few more Christmas presents. A late meal and a bit of relaxation in front of the square box and then sat down to make a card,
The cardbase is SU Peach Parfait and the DP is from My Mind's Eye. I tore a piece of white card and sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa, also did the DP and did some faux stitching with a white Gel Pen. I stamped the torn piece with a stamp from Urban Stamps - Botanical print by docrafts Papermania. I used Choc Chip for the stamping and also used a little butterfly from the same set and coloured with an orange Copic Marker and adhered to the front. The little girl is from Simply Gorjuss and is called Rose. She is also coloured with Copic Markers and put on with foam dots for some added depth.
I am going to enter this into Make It Monday #66 - Anything Goes
and also into the challenge at Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Catch you all tomorrow,
Take Care,

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fresh Apples

Hi everyone, an update on my grandson, he was discharged today from hospital and has recovered. He will have to have a blood test to see if they can see what caused his severe reaction. The girls came with us to the choir luncheon and then back here for about an hour and then hubby took them home to save our son and DIL coming out again.
I am again late after some more cooking. So will get on with my post.
By the way, Margaret, wanted to know who made the sentiment I used on yesterday's card. They are called miniMARKS Christmas Book One - American Crafts. I bought these several years ago on sale and they have been sitting in my stash since then so not sure if they are still available. The Merry Christmas sat one word over the other and I cut it out before rubbing it on so I could get it in one line.
The card I am sharing tonight is another Male card for my stash, the cardbase is SU Soft Suede and both DP's are from My Mind's Eye. The image is from SU set Countryside and was coloured with Copic Markers. Stamped onto white cardstock and I cut around it. The little sentiment is from SU set You're a Gem.
I am going to enter this into the challenge over at Lollipop Ladies Challenge #34 - Toffee apples
Hope you had a great weekend,
Thanks for stopping in,
Take Care,

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Snowman with Trees

Hi everyone, wow it is so late. I'm still sitting up with Christmas Puddings steaming away on the stove - 5 of them! I now know why they are taking so long to cook. Silly me forgot to put the lids on and have only just realized it after about 5 hours cooking!!!!! What a silly thing to do. I suppose I have a reason.
Hubby came home just as I was doing all the mixing and he had been up at our daughter's. Some of the kids had got together and had a combined garage sale so he had gone to that. He went and bought some drink and it was suggested to get some icecreams too. They were ones that have a bit of honeycomb through them and coated with chocolate and little bits of biscuit. My son gave his 6 month old a little bit of the icecream and about 3 mins later his lips all swelled up and it was a mad dash to the emergency department of the hospital. I think they gave him adrenalin and he has had to be admitted overnight so they can keep an eye on him. Not sure but he must have had an allergic reaction to something and a pretty rapid one at that. So I was a bit distracted worrying about little bubs. He drove back up to my daughter's as she had the two girls whilst Mum and Dad were at the hospital and now we have them here. So a bit makeshift on the sleepwear but they are tucked up in bed.
So I have only just sat down to make my card, 5 puddings, 1 chocolate cheesecake slice and 1 zucchini slice later!
Well here it is,
The basecard is one of the SU blues and I've also used it and Kiwi Kiss (SU) for the two decorative corners. The DP on the bottom is from 3 bugs in a rug - Let it Snow, Candy Stripe and I've also used another piece of the Snow Much Fun - Christmas trees from the same company. I used a piece of white that I tore one edge and inked around with SU Ballet Blue. The sentiment is a rub-on and the snowman is a freebie from Beccy. I cut him out and then coloured the edge with a blue Copic marker and coloured the scarf, hat and ornament and added some glitter on the ornament and hat.
I am entering this into Bling It On Challenge - Christmas
and also
Anything Goes Challenge 55 - Cutting Corners - Decorative or Altered Corners
Thanks so much for stopping by, hope you find something to interest you,
Take Care,

Friday, December 2, 2011

Two Door Chevvy

Well, this week has gone so fast I hardly had time to register it! I wrapped a couple of presents and put under the tree today, we are giving our son and DIL some money towards a trampoline with the net around it for our granddaughters for Christmas but still wanted them to have some something to open so just small things like a book, socks, knickers and a top. I wrapped them individually so they have more fun opening them.
I've actually finished my card early tonight so I might have an early night as well.
I decided to make a card for a male as I don't have too many of them in my stash.
The basecard is real red cardstock from SU, the DP came with a magazine and is called Celebrate by teresa collins. I used layers of real red and black offset them on the front of the card and then added the image. It is from Kaisercraft - a set of clear stamps called On The Move. I inked the car in SU Basic Grey and coloured with Copic Markers and added some small black bling to the corners.
I am going to enter this into Make It Monday #65 - Anything Goes and also into the challenge over at
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge - Celebrate
Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend, don't get too stressed doing your Christmas Shopping!
Take care,

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Boy Holding Christmas Banner

Hi everyone, hope you have been enjoying your day. Mine has been another long one. I started off with picking up a friend and driving down to the Diabetic Association for a two hour session to learn a bit more about Diabetes. I was diagnosed around about April and my friend is borderline at this stage. Next week they have the dietician telling us about what we should be doing and I'm not sure what is on in the last week. I dropped her off and then went to craft where my little group were meeting to go off for lunch and a trip to a couple of craft shops. Our break-up party, as some of the gals can't come in our last couple of weeks. We were late coming back so I only had about 20 mins home before going out for a meal with my hubby and another couple of friends. I dropped Adrian home and then went into town for choir practice, home again a couple of hours later, watched a little bit of tv and then got stuck into making this card, Oh, LOL, I fed the dogs too, I've let them outside for a bit and will let them back in so they can go to bed soon.
So here it is!
The cardbase is SU Real Red and the green card is from stash. I used several sizes of Nestie circles and the DP is from a freebie mini stack of papers. The image was also a freebie digi but I'm sorry I forgot where I got it, so if you know whose it is let me know so I can give them credit. I coloured with Copic Markers and used a glaze pen to go over the banner word. I used a rub-on sentiment and some little star shaped bling to finish it off.
I would like to enter this into Annabelle Stamps Challenge #044 - which is a sketch challenge this time.
Well I need to get some sleep, so thanks for popping in and also for the fab comments you leave.
Enjoy the rest of your day or evening,
Take care,
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