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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

With Love To You

Hi, another day done! Craft started back today with our teacher Shirley opting to take her class back to the local church craft group instead of her home. Today was actually only sign up day so we went back to Shirley's this week for cardmaking but will have to go to the church next week.
Choir started last week and as we have a concert coming up we have been told we can only be absent 2 out of 10 rehearsals, any more and we won't be allowed to perform. That meant leaving Adrian home for nearly 4 hours, luckily our oldest son popped in just as I was going out, LOL, in fact he started coming into our drive as I was backing out, lucky I saw him and stopped and he quickly put his car into reverse otherwise we might have had a bit of damage to the cars. Two of our friends also turned up just after I left so he had some company for a couple of hours.
Onto my card, which I'm not real happy with the colouring, started off with a lighter colour on the dress then went to add some shading and it was too dark so had to use that colour all over, not quite the look I wanted but it was too late to start again.
The basecard is SU Real Red cardstock and then a layer of white, another layer of red and then the DP which was a freebie from a magazine that I've had in my stash for a while. Ribbon is also from stash, The sentiment came with the paper and I adhered it to some white card before cutting it out and mounting with foam dots. I've used a couple of different nestie dies and the image is a freebie from Digi Darla
I am entering this into the following:
Digi Darla's Blog - challenge #2 - Very Valentine - use the freebie on the blog or another digi darla image - check out the blog and you can "earn" a cute freebie called "Young Love".
Do You Stack Up Challenge #56 - Ribbons
Well better press publish, I'm tweaking this post as it has gone past midnight but luckily I haven't turned into a pumpkin yet, LOL.
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, January 30, 2012

Molly's Flowers

Evening all, Adrian was discharged today from hospital and is tucked up in the bed in the spare room. It has a higher headboard and I think the bed itself might be slightly higher than ours. He had a reasonable afternoon, several naps and stayed up for about 3 1/2 hours after tea tonight. Still taking pain medication, I hadn't realised until today that his ribs are broken at the back not the front so it is probably more painful as he is putting pressure on them when he sits or lies down.
I left him to his television watching and came and made a card, so here it is.
Oh, by the way, Laurie rang from Cambodia tonight, he arrived safely, has his scooter and made sure it is allright mechanically, I think he had to get some new tyres and a couple of things fixed first. He had a ride around the city and had a meal out at a local street restaurant. Seems to be having a good time so far.
Now onto the card, LOL.
I've used orange cardstock from stash for the basecard, a layer of DP from SU and another SU paper cut into a 3cm wide strip. I cut a deckled oval (nestie) with blue card from stash and adhered it to a piece of white card and cut a small edge around the diecut. The next size die is too big for what I wanted. I used a punch to make the corners out of blue card and the orange DP and then added some bling as well. The image which is from Annabelle Stamps called Lil Molly's Stamps was inked with SU Basic Brown onto white card and coloured with Copic Markers and then trimmed and adhered to the oval. The whole thing was then popped up with foam dots.
I am entering this into the following:
Make It Monday #74 - Anything Goes
Addicted to Stamps Challenge #22 - Summer in Winter
Annabelle Stamps Blog - Sketch #046 (I flipped the sketch sideways)
A warm welcome to new follower JustYolie. Hope to "see" you from time to time.
Thanks to all who've stopped by today - I am going to go do a bit of commenting on some of your blogs.
Take care,

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Boy with Birthday Cake

Hi to all popping in today, it's been another warm day here again today. Adrian comes home from the hospital tomorrow morning and we will see how he copes sleeping in a bed that doesn't tilt up to help him sit up or get out of bed like the hospital ones!
I won't chit chat as it's late again.
So onto my card for tonight.
I've used one of the SU blues for the cardbase and then a piece of DP from my stash of bits and pieces. I used the topnote die to cut the white piece and mounted the little boy on the top (will have to go find the stamp later to tell you where it's from as I stamped it quite a while ago and coloured today) I wound a bit of baker's twine around one end and mounted the sentiment with foam dots. The sentiment is from SU Petite Pairs.
I am entering this into the following:
fun with shapes and more Challenge #101 - Cupcake/Muffins
Phindy's Place Challenge Blog - Challenge #90 - Birthday Card for a Child
Hope you have had a relaxing weekend, our school holidays are now finished and all my craft activities start up again from Tuesday
Take Care,

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Fairy with bouquet

Hello everyone, I would like to welcome a new follower, craftin dawn. Nice to meet you.
I've had a busy day today, starting with a trip to the airport with 2 of our sons and our future DIL. Laurie is now in Phuket for the night and then on to Cambodia in the morning. We left the airport and went to the florist shop where my son knows a girl. She has offered to get the best price for them for their wedding bouquets and table flowers, from there we went to get two new tyres on DIL's work car and while we waited the 45 mins needed to do it, we looked in a electrical shop and then had lunch at a hotel nearby. They dropped me home and I gathered up some craft gear and headed to a friend's place where we made stamped images and put them on candles. They turned out well and they were all pleased with the instructions that I had found on splitcoast stampers. I think some of them will be making more throughout the year now they know how to do it!
Came home early evening to drop my gear off as it is still very hot here and I didn't want my candle melting all over my craft gear. Had a quick tea and headed back into the hospital. Adrian is still there and sounds like Monday will be the day he comes home.
I decided to make a card based on a sketch challenge,so here it is,
I am going to enter this into the following:

4 Crafty Chicks Challenge #74 - PINS!!
Flutterby Wednesday #187 - embossing, must have butterfly, angel or fairy
Freshly Made Sketches #19-A Sketch by Jen Mitchell

The Basecard is SU Wisteria Wonder and the embossed piece of card is SU Rose Red and I used a Nellie Snellen die to make the border on a piece of Wisteria, then a strip of Lucky Limeade, I added a ribbon and 2 little green heart pins. To finish off I added some green bling to the card. The image was a freebie from Lili of the Valley and coloured with Copic Markers
Thanks for popping in today, it was great to "see" you and read your comments.
Hope you are having an enjoyable weekend,

Friday, January 27, 2012

Shopping Spree

January is nearly over, time doesn't slow down for anyone! Adrian is still in the hospital and had an arm sling fitted today which he doesn't like but definitely needs, I spent a couple of hours at the hospital with him so was there when the girl come with the sling and I told him that he needs to wear it and not make a fuss. He is not a good patient!!! He was sick again while I was there too and is not eating very much. They changed the type of pain medication so it is probably the meds that he is reacting to. I got mixed up with the parking times and got back to my car about 20 mins after the ticket had expired and luckily there was no parking infringement notice on my windscreen. Laurie is now packed for Cambodia, one pair of jeans, a couple of t-shirts, socks and undies and a pair of shorts. His riding boots and riding "armour" as well. A few small bits and pieces like tyre mending kit and a couple of tools, his helmet and a camera that mounts on his helmet so he can film as he rides and some American dollars as he can use these easier than Australian.
It's another late night for me as people pop in and out either to talk about their dad or say goodbye to Laurie
I left it late to start making my card for tonight so here it is,
Basecard is SU Not Quite Navy, DP is from DCWV Linen Closet matstack The scallop diecut was made with a DP from SU and the image is from Digi Darla, printed onto white cardstock, coloured with Copic Markers and cut out with a Nestie circle die.
I used a Martha Stewart border punch on the DP and added 2 thin gold border stickers.
I am going to enter this into the following:
Digi Darla's Digi Challenges #1 - Happiness is....
Thanks for popping in,
Take care,

Thursday, January 26, 2012

First Christmas Card for 2012

Hi everyone, just wanted to say thankyou so much for your concern and well wishes for my husband. I rang the hospital this morning and found out they want to keep him for a couple of days. They also wanted to do a pelvic x-ray and possibly one of his hands. They did the first one and there is no problem there and I don't think they are going to do the hand now, he seems to have full use of both hands. Still in quite a bit of pain. I took our granddaughters in to see him which cheered him up quite a bit. I had a couple of the kids over for tea tonight and they went home about 10 p.m. Our youngest son leaves for Cambodia on Saturday for 2 weeks. He is doing a charity bike trip called Ride for Cambodia, they buy motorbikes/scooters and at the end of the two weeks they give them to the charity to sell as fundraising. I'm praying that everything goes well and he keeps safe over there, especially riding the bike.
I see I have a few new followers, so welcome, Merry, Trish, Bernie, Hanneke and Scrapping girl. I may have already welcomed a couple of you, not sure, LOL, my brain is a bit stressed out at the moment.
I wanted to get a Christmas card done before the end of the month so chose to do that tonight.
I've used SU Lucky Limeade for the base, a green dotty paper from My Mind's Eye and a small strip from 2007 Allison Ellis Design made here in Oz called "Precious Purple Trees" it has strips with stars, trees and this delightful little berry and star vine. The greeting is from an SU set called "Short and Sweet" and inked with a Tombo Marker in a purple shade. I used a blue card from stash to cut a nestie and I also cut around the digi image from Meljen's Desigs printed on white card. I used Copic Markers to colour the snowman.
I am entering this card into the following:
Christmas Card Challenges - 2012 Christmas Card Challenge Week #8 - Challenge is to colour.
Thanks for stopping by and again I do appreciate your comments

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

No card tonight

Sorry, I have no card to share tonight, my hubby has had a car cut in front of him this afternoon while on his motorbike and was taken to hospital. What makes it worse is I took my granddaughters and my youngest daughter (not their mum) over to the supermarket and as we came out of the shop saw my husband in the mall. He had come to register one of his bikes and I didn't know he was there. He walked out with us and we both left. We left a bit after him as we had to get the groceries in the car and the kids into their car seats. I drove out the back way and as we were coming to the intersection cars were piled up and someone drove past on the other side and told us there was an accident and we might want to turn around and go back the other way. It's too hard to turn around there so we stayed in the queue of cars and slowly got closer to the intersection. I could see a motorbike in the middle of the main road and said to my daughter that I thought it was dad's and then I looked over and could see him lying on the ambulance trolley. Rachel jumped out of the car and headed to the ambulance, I whacked it into park and did the same leaving the kids in the car, I made her go back to them and get in the driver's side. They took him to the hospital and did x-rays and a CT scan which took forever, made several phone calls with not much information being given and I finally got through about 10 p.m (over 4 hours later) to find he has broken 2 ribs and fractured 5 more, fractured or broken his shoulder and they've decided to keep him in overnight as well. He didn't want me to come in but another daughter and her boyfriend had come to the house and she stayed with the girls and her boyfriend drove me in. They've given him several doses of morphine and were just about to take him up to a ward, so I saw him briefly and gave him a change of clothes and his toothbrush and then come home again. Tomorrow is Australia Day here and we are going to a barbeque at a friends. Will have to play it by ear.
Thanks for listening to me rant,

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happiness is....

Hi everyone, I found this on Shirley's blog and thought it worthwhile mentioning if any one wanted to list their blog on it.
CraftyRie: Universal Craft Blog Directory

Universal Craft Blog Directory
Welcome to the Crafty Bloggers Link-Up.

This is (hopefully) going to be the biggest list of Crafty Bloggers out there,
it will be a Universal Craft Blog Directory!

It's easy to join....
All you have to do is add your blog to the link below
and then invite all your blog readers to join as well,
and they will invite their blog readers etc etc
and hopefully it will keep being sent forward
& all the crafty bloggers will come back here to the directory & add their name!
Cool huh!
Well you can pop over there and see if you are interested in listing your blog. It's very random and they are different sorts of craft too, not in any categories.

Well onto the card I've just finished,
The basecard is SU Wild Wasabi and then a layer of DP from Graphic 45 Baby 2 Bride Collection called "Baby Button Bingo" I added a small rectangle of green linen look DP from DCWV Linen Closet Matstack. I printed the image, one from Whoopsi Daisy onto white card and cut it out with a nestie, layered it onto some Wild Wasabi and trimmed around it. I used Copic Markers for the colouring and finished off with a small picket fence in Wild Wasabi as well with a pink ribbon. The punch is Martha Stewart. Lastly I added lots of bling
I would like to enter this into:
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge - Let's Bling It
Crafty Boots Challenge - Inspired by a Song Title ( I chose "I'm forever blowing bubbles...")
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Simon Says Stamp and Show a Song Title! again the song is "I'm forever blowing bubbles"
Thanks for stopping in today, hope you have had a good day, we are still sweltering here in the heat!
Take Care,

Vintage Fairy

A really early post for me today and might be back later tonight with another. Choir practice starts again tonight so hopefully won't be too late. We have a guest conductor for the upcoming concert and he wants to spend as much time as possible rehearsing, They usually have an easy night first one back with a small supper and chat during the break.
My card today has no stamping on it, but I have used Tim Holtz distress ink on it.
The basecard is one of the blues from SU. The DP is from stash and actually is vintage style with small flowers on it, not that you can see any LOL! I distressed the edges with Vintage Photo ink added a paper lace heart shaped doily, also distressed with ink. The image is a sticker from a book called "Flowers from a Victorian Garden" I picked it up a couple of years ago in a second hand shop for 50 cents.
I've added some blue lace and 3 flowers that I made from some scrap DP
The scan is a bit orangy, not quite the right colour!
I am going to enter this into:
Unstampabelles Challenges - Challenge #7 - Anything Goes (No Stamps)
Totally Papercrafts ..... Make Your Own Flowers Challenge
Moving Along With The Times, Challenge 132 - Things With Wings
Make It Monday #73 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, January 23, 2012

Hugs and Kisses

Another hot day today, I did some more sorting of boxed craft, so much paper to go through as I have lots of photocopies of stitching patterns from my books. I keep the books on the shelf and copy the patterns and keep in folders ready to pull out if I want to do some paper embroidery. I do this with the iris folding patterns too. Only there are a lot of loose sheets not in folders yet! My room is looking much better, though it's a pity about the boxes piled up in the lounge room, LOL!! (I'll get to them eventually)
We went with friends tonight to the Hill Billy Hooters, a live broadcast at a local radio station where artists turn up and perform on the radio, they put their name on a list and try and get through as many as possible in an hour. It was a reasonably good night until nearly the last song. Someone collapsed behind us and an ambulance was called. Two women were giving the man CPR before the ambulance got there so I am not sure of the outcome. They stopped the broadcast and switched over to a tape and people left. I'm not sure whether he was there on his own, it will be a shock to his family either way.
So came home feeling sad for him and his family, hopefully they managed to pull him through.
I sat down to colour an image and got right to the last little bit and messed it up. It's now torn up and in the bin!
So, I started again with a different image altogether.
The cardbase is pink card from stash, layered with a brighter pink card, a layer of blue DP also from stash, more pink card, a DP from SU. I popped the image on with foam dots and added a sticker and double matted for the sentiment. I found the sticker pack when I was sorting through a box, they came from one of the cheap discount stores. The image was a freebie from Whoopsi Daisy, cute isn't she?
I am entering this into;
Make It Monday #73 - Anything Goes
Well off to see if I can get some sleep in this heat
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Girl with Love Letter

Hi, another day just about finished and it's been a hot one too. The air conditioner has been working overtime!
I set off to church this morning only to be met with the major road into town closed and every other road I went down was closed too. The last stage of the Tour Down Under bike race! I wasted 15 mins trying to head in the direction I wanted to and in the end I knew I was going to go a long way out of the way to get there and I would be very late and may not find a park anyway. I gave up in the end and drove home!! I ended up sorting through some books and a couple of boxes, still sorting through the craft room and working out which position to put things so they will be the most accessible. It's taken me a long time to make this chaos so I won't sort it out in a hurry either.
Onto the card, LOL.
The basecard is SU Lucky Limeade and then a piece of SU DP as well. I trimmed a rectangle in the limeade and rounded the corners and mounted the digi from Pollycrafts that I had printed onto white card and coloured and cut out, I used foam dots on the little girl. The brown piece is a piece of card from stash which I corrugated. The flower was a blue brad which I coloured with a pink Copic Marker and then stuck a blue faceted bling in the middle and put through the brown strip before adhering it to the card. I added part of an SU stamp from Well Scripted set and cut out with an oval punch, stuck that onto a piece of limeade card and trimmed around with the scissors.
I am entering this into:
Freshly Made Sketches #18

Thanks for stopping by today,
Take care and enjoy the rest of your weekend

Saturday, January 21, 2012

There' snow-one like you!

A quick post so I can enter my card into a challenge. I've been meaning to make this card but not got around to it.
The cardbase is a blue card from stash - I think the paper was My Mind's Eye and I cut two nestie shapes and printed the image onto the white piece before cutting it. This cute snowman was a freebie digi from Alison Spelman and is called "Spike, the snowman" I coloured him with Copic Markers, I made up the sentiment and printed on the computer, I used a red pen to draw the faux stitching. I've added some silver snowflakes punched from metallic card and added some red bling.
I am entering this into Birthday Sundaes Challenge #39 - Inspiration Photo sponsored by Apron Strings!
This week's challenge is to create a birthday card using the following picture as inspiration. We've added a new twist to our inspiration pictures this term and will require one visible element from the picture. So your birthday cards must have a SNOWMAN on it.
So here is my card,
Thanks for stopping by,

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tinkerbell Birthday Wishes

Still up as usual, hubby is asleep, my son has gone out and not come home yet so probably staying with friends and I've only just finished my card for today. Have been busy all day putting things away in cupboards and shelves, sorting through craft magazines, have decided I might have to do a cull of some things so I can fit things in and still look neat, usually the floor is covered in boxes and bags!
Well, I'm very tired so I will get on with this post!
Cardbase is SU Rose Red and the next layer is Lucky Limeade followed by this gorgeous DP called "Cherry Blossom" from Strawberry Kisses Collection, I've only got one more tiny bit left - wish I'd bought another piece at the time. Tinkerbell is from a clear set of stamps by EK Success - Disney fairies, Tinkerbell. I stamped her onto white card, coloured with Copics and then cut her out and popped up with foam dots. The greeting is from SU Heard from the Heart, I used only part of the stamp, cut it out and sponged it with green, blue and pink ink to tone in with the DP. I then sponged around the edge with the blue.
I am entering this into Flutter By Wednesdays #186 - OPEN!! Just remember to use a butterfly, fairy or angel on your creation!!
Thanks for stopping by,

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Valentine Rabbits

Hello to all that are visiting today, I've been in my craft room trying to put some bits and pieces away. My huge cupboard with 26 drawers in it has been moved and I've now put all the drawers back in, a huge job as quite a few had to be emptied before carrying as they were too heavy, especially the ones with my punches in. We put the hutch upside down in the end and I've got a two shelf cupboard on top of it that normally has magazines, card, quilling, iris folding and paper embroidery books and patterns in it. I'm not sure whether they will go back up there or on the hutch. Might put the beads up the top instead as I have to cull two other cupboards from the room.
The whole family got together and our friends Doug and Joyce to say goodbye to my daughter's ex-boyfriend (he's a lovely guy and they are still friends) - 15 of us including the 3 children. We enjoyed a meal and a chat out at the hotel, he leaves for Perth on Monday.
Well, I managed to sit down and find papers and card amongst the mess to finish off this card, I coloured the image which is from Meljen's this afternoon at my craft group and then put it all together tonight.
The real red is all the go on my last few cards so here it is again as the basecard and matted behind the DP - from The Paper Collection , Papercraft Essentials, a free gift with a magazine I bought last year. I've used a Nellie Snellen die to cut the white heart and also the red and two circle punches for the sentiment which comes from SU. Ribbon is from stash, LOL, I've just reorganised about 3 drawers of ribbon! I added a bit of bling to finish it off.
Well I hope you enjoy my card and find something to interest you here on my blog, thanks for all the wonderful comments.
Sorry, just checked the pic and it is shaded on the right hand side I suppose because the ribbon is higher there it must have let a bit of light come in. Okay I went back and did another scan, but it's still not right but the best I can do.
I would like to enter this into the following:
Scrapbook Sisters 67 - My sweet Valentine.
Just Tracys Crafts Challenge Blog - Love is in the Air
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Blog - January Challenge #6 - Be My Valentine
Take Care,

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Time for skateboarding

Oops!! a bit late again, I've been dragging boxes out of my overcrowded craft room and pushing cupboards around and I've still got more to do in there before we can shift the large drawer cupboard around and bring in the hutch topper and then it will be back to trying to fit it all back in. It has now overflowed into several rooms, I am a bit frustrated because I can't get to some things at present.
Oh well, I do have a few stamps out and my cuttlebug is accessable so that is a good thing, LOL.
Onto tonight's card, I've gone with SU Real Red again for the basecard and the DP is from stash - a remnant of a sheet. I've done several layers using white and red and then two nestie circle diecuts in blue and red with the image printed off onto white card, coloured with Copic Markers and backed with a piece of the blue. The image is a digi from Pollycraft and I popped this panel up with foam dots.
I would like to enter this into:
Make It Monday #72 - Anything Goes
Cards for Men Challenge 2 - Boys and their Toys
Truly Madly Crafty Challenges - January - Anything Goes
Gotta go, I managed to get to quite a few blogs today so if I missed yours I will get there soon I hope.
Thanks for stopping and for all your comments, love to read them.
Take Care

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Love is in the Air

Hello again, a hot day today and lots of wind as well! I felt sorry for the bike riders from the Tour Down Under race heading off into a head wind and about a 4 hour race. I heard they were about 30 mins later than what was expected in one of the small towns they rode through. I had another of my old friends contact me last night and we organised to meet this morning and walk up my street to the main road and watch the bikes set off. We stood in the shade of a fence, not very wide, LOL, to try and keep out of the heat before they whizzed past us. We then walked down to the shopping area and had a hard time finding a place to get a coffee as there were so many people around. Finally found a little place down an alley which was very retro. There were old vinyl records adorning the walls and old mirrors and posters. The tables and chairs were old too with the laminate table tops. We had our coffee and sat and chatted for a while and then ordered food. It was a good meal and it was great catching up. She also left with the promise of us "girls" getting together soon.
We'll see if that pans out. Finished off the rest of the day with getting several loads of washing done and playing ball with the dogs while I hang it on the line. LOL, as soon as I go out the back door they have the ball for me to kick as I put the clothes up. I'm sure Cody would make an excellent fielder for the cricket team as he quite often manages to snatch the ball out of the air before it hits the ground.
Here is my card for today,
I've used SU Real Red cardstock for the base, then a white layer that I put through an embossing folder with little dots. I used a Fiskar's border punch and left the other white panel plain for a bit of contrast. I used both the plain and scallop circle nesties to cut the red and white circles and stamped the image in SU Choc Chip straight onto the plain white circle and then coloured with Copic Markers.
Ribbon and the little heart charm are from stash. Nearly forgot to tell you about the image! It's a Penny Johnson stamp from Stampavie called "Kiss Me" it comes with a little spray of mistletoe as well, so it could be used for Christmas as well.
I would like to enter this into the following
Come and Get it Challenges - January Challenge - a sketch
Make It Monday #72 - Anything Goes
Let's Ink It Up challenge #19 - Anything Goes
Penny Black and More - January Challenge Love and Hearts
It's off to bed for me, enjoy the rest of your day,
Thanks for all the lovely comments left for me and for popping in
Take care

Off to the Beach

Hi everyone, I had a surprise today, a phone call from a friend I haven't seen for about 12 months or a bit more. She was free today and called to see if she could pop around to visit. I had our car here being serviced by a family friend who owns his own mobile mechanic business so was stranded at home anyway. She came and stayed for a coffee and a chat and then when the mechanic had finished with my car, we went and had lunch at a cafe with a promise to catch up again soon and also to arrange a get together with a couple of other friends who we both haven't seen for a while.
The tour down under race is starting on the road at the top of our street so there were road closures today and a street party and tomorrow the bikes come through.
Well it is rather late so I am going to have to tweak my post to come in before midnight so better get on with it,
Basecard is SU Wisteria Wonder and then I made 3 panels using SU Wild Wasabi and some DP scraps that I think are My Mind's Eye papers. I made a white nestie diecut and adhered it to some of the Wisteria and trimmed around it. The sentiment is called All Occasions from Clear Expressions by Hampton Art and was inked in Choc Chip. I popped the nestie up with foam dots and stuck this cute image from Pollycrafts (a recent purchase) and I have coloured her with Copic Markers.
I would like to enter this into the following;
Make It Monday #72 - Anything Goes
Crafty Cardmakers
Challenge #59 - No floral embellishments
Gotta go, thanks so much for stopping by, it's always a pleasure to "see you"
Take Care,

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Girl with Birdhouse

A lovely day here weather wise. My hubby and I went off to church this morning and then a drive through the Adelaide Hills to catch up with his brother and SIL and a cousin and her two children as well. We spent the afternoon with them and I went for a ride on a Harley Davidson motorcycle that belongs to my BIL. I haven't been on the back of a bike since I was in my late teens.
We came home and had a late tea and then I tried moving some boxes out of the craft room. One of the cupboards I have is a two door wooden unit with 26 drawers in it. It is divided into 6 sections in each drawer and they are quite wide and also very long. It was originally a cupboard made for a church to hold music and I was asked if I wanted it and I jumped at the chance, it is excellent for holding all sorts of things including all my punches. Anyway, I am going to have to rearrange the cupboards in the room so I can fit that hutch topper in and there is no way any of us could move this cupboard with it full. Because it has the drawers in it I need to have it in a spot where I can open the doors right up to be able to pull the drawers out and get to the back sections. I will take some pictures to share once I have got it all sorted out, at the moment it is a disaster area!!
So onto my card before the clock strikes 12 midnight,
I have used SU Early Espresso again for the basecard and topped with a sparkly embossed DP from a matstack callen Linen Closet. I then added a diecut in blue (Nellie Snellen) and used a light tan DP and a floral DP from the same matstack and layered over the top of the diecut. Sorry I stamped and coloured this image a few months ago and due to the craft room being in so much array I can't tell you who made it. I found it on e-bay though. I used Marvy Markers to colour it, rounded the corners and mounted onto another piece of Early Espresso. The sentiment is from SU Teeny Tiny Sentiments and inked in Choc Chip.
I would like to enter this into the following:
Simply Create Too - Challenge #4 - Layers, layers and more layers
Lexi's Creations Challenge 56 - Anything Goes
I would also like to say hi to Ninja, Carla and Country Lady Designs, thanks for joining as followers and I hope you will pop in from time to time.
Well got to get off to bed so thanks for stopping by,
Take care,

Thanks so much for stopping by

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Hip, Hip, Hooray

A long day, but a good one! We were up early this morning so we could get down to Victor Harbour before 9 a.m. and it takes about an 1 1/2 hours. We went down for an auction - people donate things and everything is sold to benefit a local charity club. We took our trailer just in case we bought something. I found a lovely hutch top - quite large with shelving and partitions that would suit storage of A4 paper so bid on it and got it for $10 LOL, we just have to work out how I am going to manage to find space for it!!!! My friend bought a King size ensemble bed with a pillow top mattress in excellent condition, looks new. No-one else bid on it so she got it for $2 New ones are worth over $3,000 and her son is about 6'7" tall so definitely needs a big bed. She then had to go and buy sheets, a quilt and a cover which cost her over $200. All in all a wonderful bargain.
We had lunch with them and stayed till about 5 p.m. We came home a different way and dropped in to see my OH's uncle. He talked us into staying for tea and as he normally goes to his daughter's house he rang her and we all went there. He caught quite a bit of salmon the day before so that is what we had for our meal. It was delicious. We stayed talking until nearly 9 p.m. then dropped him home and we arrived home about 10.30 p.m.
Out came the measuring tape and pen and paper to try and see where we can fit this cupboard. We think we've worked it out but it's too late to do anything tonight and I will have to pull a lot of stuff out so we can move things around. Not going to get done in a hurry!
Well I managed still to make a quick card after I found the DP I knew I had somewhere!
Here it is:
I used SU Choc Chip cardstock for the cardbase, DP is from stash (I've already used this so don't have the name on it anymore) The image is a digi I bought from Meljen's, coloured with Copics - cut out and adhered to a blue nestie diecut. I added all the little swirls and the hair on his head as I had cut these off when I trimmed him - it was too hard to try and cut around the hair!
The sentiment is SU and stamped with Choc Chip ink onto yellow card from stock and I added faux stitching with a blue pen.
Off to bed, not sure if I am going to church in the morning and we have another catch up with another cousing tomorrow afternoon.
Thanks to those who commented on my last post,
Catch you later, enjoy your weekend,

Friday, January 13, 2012

Last of the Cavendish Ladies

Late again tonight, I started this card earlier, but my OH, myself and our youngest son met number one son, DIL and 3 grandchildren and also our youngest daughter in a park where they were showing Cars 2 on a large inflatable? screen. It's daylight saving here, so it didn't start till quite late and we got home about 11.30 ish as it takes about 30 mins to get back home from the park. The kids enjoyed it although the 3 year old fell asleep and missed the end.
I dropped in on Mum to help move some furniture around because she got a new rug for her lounge room, it wasn't as big as she thought it was, so, LOL, we moved it around several times trying to work out which way was the best. We went out to a hotel for lunch and I dropped her home and came back here. I thought I might have a short nap but number two son rang and asked if I had any large card for making signs, he is best man in a wedding tomorrow and wanted to make some funny signs to use at the reception. We ended up going to Office Works and buying some thick board instead of card and a very thick black pen to write with. Home again and we now have his dog to mind over the weekend as well. The wedding is at his friend's parents place and they live about 1 1/2 hours away by the sea. They are making a weekend out of it going down tonight and returning on Sunday.
Well better share my card, here it is.
I used SU Early Espresso for the basecard and a layer of SU Pink Pirouette and then a layer of DP from a pad of A5 designer papers from Rosie's studio called Chantilly Lace. I stamped the 3rd lady in the Kanban Stamps, "The Cavendish Ladies" with SU Choc Chip ink and left her uncoloured, The sentiment is from Petite Pairs also SU and cut with a circle punch and backed with the Early Espresso.
I would like to enter this into the following:
Anything Goes Challenge 58 - Anything goes at Anything Goes
It's been nice to "see" you here in blogland, thanks for those fab comments.
Take care,

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Black & White Elegance

Yeah, got together with a couple of friends to craft today! After having no craft since before Christmas, it was good to get together and chat while we craft away. Jane made 3 card to Joyce's one and LOL, I just coloured images because I like to make my cards home where all my crafty goodies are. I find it easier than lugging the kitchen sink with me which is just about what I do normally!!
I also caught up with Doug and Shirley for coffee and an early lunch and LOL, Thursday night is our night out with Joyce & Doug for tea, so no cooking tonight either.
My card for today is another attempt at making a card for a challenge that was to include black, white and silver. I am much happier with this one and will actually enter it this time, LOL.
I've used SU Basic Black with the fold at the top of the card, a layer of silver metallic paper and then a DP from a stack of A5 papers called Soiree from Rosie's Studio. I ink distressed the edges of the DP with Whisper White ink. I added a black piece cut with a ribbon style punch. The image ( Kanban stamps, The Cavendish Ladies) was stamped onto Whisper Whtie card using Basic Black and cut out and popped up with foam dots, I finished off with two little rows of white pearls also from SU.
I am entering this into the following:
Annabelle Stamps Blog - Say it with....Black, White & Silver
Glitter Geeks Blog Challenge - Hand in Hand , mine is pearls and fur or black and white.
CES Challenge #67 - Anything Goes
Dream Valley Challenge 23 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by, are you surprised that I've actually posted before 10.30 p.m.?
Take care, catch you tomorrow,

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Teen Music

Another day nearly over. I stayed home today and caught up on some washing and dishes and some blogging. While I was hopping around I saw several cards like the one I am sharing tonight. It is called "Double Dutch Fold" and you can find directions over at The top folds down and you add an extra piece to form the little gatefold, pop over and look at the tutorial, it's easy to make.
For the cardbase I used SU Early Espresso and the DP is from p.i.g.g.y tales twinkle, twinkle little star collection. I've had this in my stash for a while now so am really happy that I found this lovely Meljen's image to go with it. I bought several images after finding some freebies to try. I cut the image out with a nestie circle diecut and I used SU Wisteria Wonder to cut the backing circle nestie diecut and also the punched circle for the sentiment. The sentiment on the front and on the inside of the card are from Pink Cat Studio - Ladybug Party, the little star is from SU So Happy for You. I continued the theme inside the card using another piece of the DP and then a piece of white card which I sponged with Pacific Point. The image was coloured with Copic Markers.
I would like to welcome Traci and Lynda (not sure when when joined but I don't think I said hi to you- sorry)
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Make It Monday #71 - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Die Cute Special
Thanks for stopping by,
Take care,

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

You Are Simply Wonderful

Well, I'm very late tonight and I'm going to tweak the post so it comes in on Tuesday as it is after midnight! I had trouble with this one and I'm still not happy with it!!! I had 4 attempts at stamping on this silver paper and it kept smudging or not coming out at all. I'd get the lady perfect and then mess up the sentiment. So no chat tonight, LOL, just the card (and it's lucky it's not in the bin....hmmm! there's still the possibility,:( will see how I feel in the morning)
I used SU Basic Black for the cardbase and topped with a piece of SU Whisper White and then another piece of the black and then the silver paper with the image inked in SU Basic Black. The stamps are from Kanban and are called The Cavendish Ladies. The sentiments are from an SU stamp set which I will put in the name later. I also put a row of black pearls down the side, I chose to leave them on the glue strip instead of cutting individually, LOL, I'd already had enough problems!!!
Thanks for stopping by -
Catch you later

Monday, January 9, 2012

Love is Sweet...

Today was spent at home with our two granddaughters and then my DIL brought the 6 1/2 month old over as well for me to babysit while she went out with friends for a meal and a movie. He was very well behaved, ate his lunch, had a play and then a sleep. Woke up just over an hour before she came back and had another play. I had formula here just in case he was desperate for a feed, but it worked out well and she fed him before going home. The girls are staying an extra night so I can take them to see "Puss in Boots" tomorrow.
Our youngest son has flown over to Sydney tonight as he is there for a two day training course of some new motorbike. He rang late tonight to tell us he had arrived safely and was staying in a 5 star hotel all paid for by work. He went on his own, but the other people involved are also staying at the same hotel, so they meet for breakfast and all travel together, which is great, he doesn't have to worry too much about how to get there!
Well better get this card scanned and attached so I can get this posted.
I found this free digi through Free Digital Stamps (link on sidebar) it is by Meljens and is called Love is Sweet.You can find them here at the Digital Stamp Shop. I printed it off and then cut it out with the reverse wonky triangle die from Nestabilities. Cut a larger one in red and after colouring with Copic Markers adhered together. The basecard is SU Tempting Turquoise cardstock, a recent purchase and I have put another layer of the red card (from stash) and then the heart DP - also from stash. I added a strip of red ribbon with little white hearts on it to finish it off (also new). I thought this would make a great Valentine's card or even maybe an engagement or modern wedding card.
I am going to enter this into Make It Monday #71 - Anything Goes
and also Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything goes - with the option of a new theme, so it could be a new baby, a new beginning or just something new from your stash
I've used cardstock and ribbon as my new something!
No blog hopping tonight as I need to be awake enough to sit through the movie tomorrow with the grandies!, LOL.
Thanks for stopping by and I've enjoyed reading your comments too.
Take care and enjoy the rest of your day,

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Mouse bearing gifts

Hi, We have our two granddaughters staying with us for a couple of nights so didn't get to start on a card till later tonight. We've had more rain today and cooler weather which was nice after those really hot days.
I would like to welcome a couple of new followers, Sonia and Liz, hope to see you from time to time.
Sonia was kind enough to go looking for the link to the truck digi I used yesterday on my card and came up with this - and the link was shared on Free Digital Stamps
I tried going back through some of the previous posts on Free Digital Stamps blog and couldn't find it. I've now put it in a folder with the blog name on so I won't forget again.
This is another one that I forgot to put in whose it was, I just click save and sometimes they have whose it is in the file name and sometimes not and I just forget to write it in. I do find them though through Free Digital Stamps which you can find the link for in my side bar. (edited to share the stamp creator's blog thanks to Mary J - it's by Torico at Birdie Brown - it is now a retired image, but she does have some pear images and matching sentiment - you can find it at
I've used SU Wild Wasabi for the basecard, the DP is from CherryArte (this is just recently purchased). I used some thin red card from stash to make the diecut shape and white for the circle. I printed the image and then coloured with Copic Markers and cut it out and mounted onto the circle. The sentiment is from SU Petite Pairs inked in Choc Chip, sponged with the same ink and mounted onto a red oval, I added some bling on the sentiment and also across one corner.
I would like to enter this into the challenge at Birthday Sundaes - must have birthday sentiment on card with the option of something new added.
Hope you find something to interest you here and many thanks for the positive comments.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

A New House

Hi, we've just come home from the cinema, We went and saw "War Horse" It was interesting but lots of deaths both human and animal depicted. I prefer a comedy or mystery more.
I went to Saturday craft and helped the girls to make a square tissue cover box to slip over the shop bought ones. We used the cuttlebug to do some cutting and embossing and everyone's looked different. Helen used chalk sponged over the embossing and decorated the top with some flower beads and some pearls and a border sticker around the top outside edge. I went for a bit more manly style and used Sahara Sand cardstock and a embossing template with clocks and cogs on. I distressed it with Choc Chip ink and may put some buttons or something on the top to embellish it. Another lady used autumny toned chalks on her basic white box and Judy made one from red card and distressed the edges with ink as well. When I get a photo, I will share the two I made.
Well, LOL, I better get a move on and share this card so I can get some sleep tonight!
I used SU Cherry Cobbler as my basecard and then used two bits of left over scraps of DP so not sure who made them. The image is a freebie digi and if I find the name, will add it later. I coloured it with Copic Markers and cut it out and mounted onto a topnote diecut in SU Certainly Celery which I trimmed back and distressed then also ink distressed using Tim Holtz distressing inks, Shabby Shutters and Vintage Photo. The second diecut was using a coffee coloured card called Kula Cream. I also used this to print the computer generated greeting as I didn't have anything suitable and distressed with the inks and mounted onto another punched circle in Certainly Celery.
I would like to enter this into:
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes with the option of a "New Theme"
Bling It On challenge - New Beginnings
Addicted to Stamps Challenge#20 - Something new, eg - new baby, new home, new year
Thanks for stopping by and I enjoyed reading the comments left for me. Much appreciated, I even managed to visit several blogs too, if you're on my list, I hopefully will get to visit during the week.
Take care and enjoy your weekend,

Thanks to new follower, Sonia, for searching the link to the freebie digi I used here. It is by Beyond the Fringe Crafts & Digital Stamps

Friday, January 6, 2012

Warning, Warning!!

Hi, I've just come home from a barbeque for one of our friends' sons. It is still warm outside and it is now about 11 p.m. Caught up with Shirley and Doug for a short while this morning for a cup of coffee and then spent the rest of the day at home.
The card I made today was for the birthday boy who is an adult but I liked this robot which was another freebie from Elizabeth Dulemba.
The basecard is SU Garden Green and the DP is from Piggy Tales, billy goats gruff collection and I've used both sides on my card. I put a small scrap of striped paper across the middle of the two. The image was printed out on the computer and then coloured with Copic Markers, cut out and mounted onto a Nestie die cut in white. I mounted this onto a piece of scrap blue cardstock and trimmed around leaving a small border. I made up the sentiment and typed into a word document and printed out. I cut it out with an oval punch and also stuck this onto a scrap of blue and trimmed around into a speech bubble and mounted at the top of the robot.
I would like to enter this at Pixie's Crafty Snippets - Challenge Number 1
Everything I used was from my growing pile of scraps. The basecard was the other half of A4 that I had left over from a previous card too!
Thanks for all the wondrous comments left for me. I can see Mum actually got one through, she has not been able to comment for months and we can't work out why.
Take care and see you again.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Key to My Heart

Hello again, hope you have been enjoying your day. I had a trip to the Ikea shop with Mum and a friend. We ended up having lunch there and I couldn't resist getting a few little soft toys for my youngest granddaughter to play with. Also managed to get 3 loads of my son's clothes washed and dried. Missing my usual craft sessions as we break for the school holidays and still have the rest of January off. The little group I go to on Saturdays starts back this week though and we will be making a square tissue box cover using card and the cuttlebug for embossing and die cutting. I have to make sure I remember to take all the critical bits and pieces!
Might get that ready tomorrow so I don't forget anything, LOL!
Here is my card for today.
I've used SU Cajun Craze cardstock for the basecard, the DP is also SU and is a scrap from stash. I distressed the edges and then sponged with Tim Holtz ink. I then stamped a word background stamp by Prima Marketing using Choc Chip onto a scrap piece of white card and then distressed the edges with Tim Holtz ink and then roughed up the edges as well. I also stamped the lock and key onto this. I stamped these again onto white card using Basic Brown and then cut them out and paper pieced over the original images. The couple were also stamped in SU Basic Brown and coloured with Copic Markers and then fussy cut. These three stamps are all from Hampton Art - Graphic 45 set called Key to my Heart. It doesn't come with any sentiments, but I had the perfect sentiment to go with it. It's from SU You're a Gem clear mount set, also stamped in Basic brown and cut out with the small oval, sponged with the Distress Ink and mounted onto a larger oval in Cajun Craze. I added two little pearls and popped it onto the DP with foam dots. I thought the right hand corner of the main piece was a bit bare, so added some hearts from SU set I (heart) hearts. The chequered one was adhered flat, the large love one was cut out and mounted onto white card and trimmed with a little border. Both of these pieces were sponged around the edges, the last little heart was trimmed with a small border of white and popped up with a bit of foam.
I would like to enter this into Make It Monday Challenge #70 - Anything Goes.
also into the Bearly-Mine Challenges 26 - Anything Goes
Hope you like it - I had fun making this one.
Take care,
See you soon,

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Elegant Lady

Hi again, only 26C here today, the weather man has given us a reprieve for a couple of days and then it goes up again! I spent most of the day home, popped out to buy a new vacuum cleaner. My eldest popped in to borrow my chemist card which gives 20% off non prescription items and I ended up taking her to the chemist because my medications would run out tomorrow and I wasn't sure when she would return the card. So we also went to the supermarket and also Target, a department retail store.
I have 3 new followers I would like to welcome. Claire, Sandy and Sherri, I hope to "see" you from time to time. This blogging business certainly eats into any spare time, LOL, but I enjoy hopping from blog to blog seeing all the wonderful creations people make and share!
My card tonight is made on a basecard of pink cardstock from stash and then a layer of SU Early Espresso and then the DP is from Rosie's Studio, A5 Designer papers called Chantilly Lace. I have added an stamped image from Hampton Arts, Graphic 45. I stamper her in SU Choc Chip ink and then coloured with Copic Markers. The sentiment is from SU Petite Pairs also stamped in Choc Chip and I used an oval and scalloped oval punches to cut it out. I added some pale green pearls along the scalloped edge of the paper to finish it off.
I would like to enter this into Make It Monday - Challenge #70 - Anything Goes.
also at Stamp n doodles Blog a Doodle challenge - Anything Goes
Well off to look at a couple more blogs and then off to bed.
See you tomorrow,
Take Care,

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Love Life...

There is finally a cool breeze coming through the window after another very hot day! I've been sitting in front of the computer sweltering from the heat in the room and also the heat generated from the monitor as well so it is very refreshing. Is is a fairly strong breeze as it is making the lace curtains billow out. I'm hoping we get some of it through the bedroom windows as they are facing a different direction.
My card for today is made with an image from a stamp set by Flonz, a New Zealand made clear stamp. I inked it with Basic Grey and stamped on white card, coloured it with Copic Markers and then cut it out. I've mounted it with foam dots onto a cream oval with a larger blue oval under that. The DP is from Rosie's Studio mini stack pad called Retro Revolution. The basecard is a burgundy card from stash. The sentiment is a little off centre. I was going to use the stamp-a-ma-jig, but put the little glittery embellishments on first and then had nowhere to put the positioning handle!! Wasn't thinking properly, but it is very late again. I stamped it in SU Bravo Burgundy and it is from SU set You're a Gem,
Well better get this posted and hope to see you soon in blogland,
I would like to enter this into The Pink Elephant - TPE129 - Anything Goes
also Make It Monday #70 - Anything Goes
Thanks to all those who have popped in today,
Take Care,

Monday, January 2, 2012

Oriental Man

Hi, sorry didn't get to post last night. We drove down the coast to our friends' house and had lunch with them and then went down to a lake that is fed from the sea and had a swim. Spent maybe an hour or so there and then headed back to the house and organised another meal. Two of their daughters came over and their partners and little grandson as it was our friend, Vaughan's birthday. At 9.30 p.m we were just thinking of heading back when my Mum rang. Her fridge had gone on the blink and as it was 41C yesterday we needed to get some of her food and especially her insulin under refrigeration. She had to throw out quite a lot of frozen meat that had already thawed out, luckily it was her rubbish removal today otherwise there would have been quite a smell! It was about 11.30 when we got to Mum's. LOL, I wonder if the neighbours were peeking out to see what was going on? After grabbing some of her food and insulin, Mum came and stayed the night with us and I took her home about tea time. She plugged the fridge in and a few minutes later the motor kicked in! So looks like it is working at present but still needs to be looked at to make sure it keeps going! No point in restocking it and chancing losing another lot of food.
At the moment I'm in the lounge room and the heat coming from the computer is adding to the general heat already in here, so am going to get on and share my card. I seem to be on a bit of an oriental kick at the moment, three in a row!
I've used a black basecard and then another of the lovely oriental papers I've had in my stash, I love these cranes. The image is one from my oriental collection and I think it may be the only male one I have, LOL, must go through them and check.
I stamped onto white card and sponged blue ink around the edge and also some yellow ink as well and then used a cream cardstock behind it. I decided not to use a sentiment but put something inside later.
Thanks for popping in hope the weather is treating you kindly, ours was another 40C day today but it is going to drop slightly tomorrow to 37C!!
Catch you all later,
Take Care,
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