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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Birthday Boy

Rain, rain, rain today! It's been good for the garden, but what a contrast to the last few days of high temps. It's not cold though still around mid 20's. We do really need the rain as we were a bit short last winter. The rain just made it a bit dicey getting my craft things in and out of the car several times today. I packed to go teach class, unpacked, repacked and then unpacked again when I got home. This is also really the only thing I hate about grocery shopping - having to handle everything about 5 times before it actually hits my own shelf or refrigerator! I can see the allure of on-line shopping.
Well, my ladies started making their tissue box covers today. One finished all the cutting, scoring and folding, embossing and cutting with a couple of dies and the ink distressing and can finish it off at home as she just has to put the panels on and glue the lid on. The other lady managed with a fair bit of help to get up to being ready to do the distressing, so not sure if I need to take inks next week or not. I finished off making the little secret box for her and she only needs to decorate that by gluing the panels she has already made onto it.
We are moving on to making a picture for the wall using an artist canvas and a serviette - very simple process but it needs to dry in between painting and putting the serviette on. I hope it will be a warm day next Wednesday!
I again had lunch out on the run with my friend Rose and then we stopped off at one of the cheap shops so she could purchase an artist's canvas for next week. I picked up a couple 12 x 12 paper packs from My Mind's Eye which were discounted by $10 each and some pretty little ribbon and fibre trims for only 99 cents. I asked one of the workers how much they were and he said $2.00 each so I bought 6 - LOL, I could have had 12 for the price that I thought I was paying.
I sat down after tea and looked up some of the challenges that are around at the moment and decided to make a card for one and then see what else it might fit.

The basecard is SU Choc Chip and then a layer of my new DP from My Mind's Eye - Complete Boy. The rectangular piece is SU Poppy Parade. The stamp was a freebie with a Creative Stamping magazine. I stamped it with SU Early Espresso ink and then coloured with Copic Markers. I matted it with a piece of choc chip and then pricked holes around the edge and stitched it by hand. I added a vertical greeting from Stamp-It called Tiny Birthday Down. To finish off I added 3 black bling to the poppy parade panel.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cards for Men - Challenge 5 - Sketch
Celebrate the Occasion Challenge - Challenge #52
Party Time Tuesdays - PTT#57-Anything Goes!

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Loved reading the comments on my last post. Thankyou and hope you have enjoyed popping in to see what I am up to!
Take Care,

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On the Way to School

Well it has been a much cooler day here today with a bit of rain. A welcome relief from the heat. I was at Craft with Shirley today - we made 3 lovely cards and had a fun time. Her hubby Doug came with her and after wandering around the shops a bit, came back and had a chat with some of us.
Fran, Helen and I stopped on the way home at a little cafe and had lunch. We stopped there chatting a bit longer than usual as Fran didn't have to take her Mum to any appointments today. We dropped Helen off and stopped in at Fran's Mum's place for her to do a dressing on her leg and then we popped into the shops to pick up a few groceries.
When I got home, our daughter came over on her way home from her first day at school. She is going to train as an enrolled nurse. At present she works in Aged Care, so she will work and study at the same time if she can manage it.
I sent off my e-mail requesting a leave of absence from the choir I am in and will go back after the concert is performed. I've had 3 weeks off already so according to the conductors request of missing more than two and you can't perform I decided to have a bit of a rest and stay home Tuesday nights.
The card I would like to share tonight was made using a sketch from Merry Monday Challenge Blog,
here it is....
The basecard is a top fold card using SU Pacific Point, a layer of SU Calypso Coral.
The DP is from p.i.g.g.y tales, billy goats gruff collection. Another piece of Calypso Coral with one edge punched with a scallop border punch.
I stamped the image in SU Basic Grey and then using 3 different DP paper scraps I paper pieced the jacket, pants and bag. The rest of the image was coloured using Copic Markers. The image is called Oxford and is a Mo Manning clear stamp from Stampavie. The sentiment is from TPC Studio -Brush Stroke Greetings. I also used a large circle punch to cut out the circle in Pacific Point to put behind the little boy.
I would like to enter this into the following:
Paper Sundaes #109 - Circles
Sew Many Challenges - Challenge #83 Let's Punch it!
Craft Your Passion Challenges - challenge 99 - PAPER PIECING
Make It Monday #78 - Make It Monday #78 with Di's Digi Downloads
Well must go, thanks for stopping by - loved reading your comments and they are much appreciated,
Take Care,

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Monday, February 27, 2012

New York Style

Hello - hope you've all had a good day and managed some time to create something today. I got up early and then went back to bed for about an hour. Mum came over and we went looking for some ink for her printer. She has the model that I used to have so I had some inks left over still in the packaging and had been not sure what to do with them so they won't be wasted now. We picked up a few groceries and then Mum left and I did another load of washing and hung out. Hubby was kind enough to hang the first lot out while we were out.
I managed to find a bit of time to visit some of your blogs and then after tea I folded some clothes and then sat down to see what I could come up with. I found a few images that my friend Shirley let me stamp a while back. I have since bought the stamp because I liked it so much.
So here it is:
The basecard is SU Rich Razzleberry. I added another slightly smaller piece (so I could attach the ribbon) and then a layer of SU Concord Crush. The image was stamped onto white card from stash and then coloured with Copic Markers. It is from Stamps Happen Inc. and is called New York Socialite. I distressed the edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Seedless Preserves and added a sentiment from SU Teeny Tiny Sentiments inked in Basic Black and also distressed. I added some lace and a bow and some pearls as well.
The inside of the card has a piece of Concord Crush and then a topnote diecut in white with the edges distressed and the sentiment I used is from Hero Arts called Fabulous Birthday.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Sentimental Sundays - Challenge #91- Lace and Pearls
Birthday Sundaes - Challenge #45 - Get Messy Birthday Card
Make It Monday - Make It Monday #78 with Di's Digi Downloads

It was great to "see" you today, thanks for the comments, I've enjoyed reading them,
Take Care,

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Get Well Soon

Hi everyone, it's two more weeks today till our son's wedding and it's been another warm day but not as bad as yesterday. We even had a few drops of rain around about
5 p.m. although it dried up quickly. I haven't done much today. I went off to church this morning and it was family service so the choir didn't sing so got to sit in the congregation for the whole service. Home again, made some lunch and then had a bit of a nap, always feel horrible after sleeping during the day, but I was tired. Our daughter and her boyfriend came over to wish our dog a Happy Birthday, her dog and mine are sisters so Monica came as well to see her sister, LOL. Missy is now 6 years old.
Well, you know me, another late night, so here is my card to share,
The basecard is SU Wisteria Wonder and the DP is from My Mind's Eye. I adhered the DP to panels of SU Very Vanilla. The diecut is from a Nellie Snellen die and also cut in Very Vanilla. The image is from Phindy's Place and I coloured it with Copic Markers. To finish off I added 3 flowers and a button with a bit of linen crochet thread through it. I haven't done the inside yet.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges"

Phindy's Place Challenge Blog - Challenge #94 - Get Well Cards
Challenge Up Your Life - Challenge #63: Gute Besserung/Get well soon
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Challenge #80 Anything Goes

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Girl on a Fence

Hi everyone! It has been 41C today... I am in meltdown!!! I rushed around this morning still trying to find a dress to wear to future DIL's Hen's night tonight. I had no luck in the shops, the new season clothes are already in swing and there is very limited summer stock. I tried another place on the way home and then thought I would call into the Op shop and look at the second hand clothes. Yep, I found two dresses, but nearly melted trying them on in the non air-conditioned shop. I came home and washed them and drip dried them, LOL, with the heat it didn't take long. Our eldest daughter came over about 2 p.m. and then the youngest one and we spent until about 5.30 trying out ways to put our hair up. The oldest one is into watching You Tube videos on hair styling and so that's what we did and they turned out okay. She did mine and her sisters and then we ran out of time to do hers, so she just straightened hers and left it down. We had a good time out, having part of the bar to our selves - they had a few games and a meal together and then around 10 p.m we walked down to another place and had a drink. We left them there around 11 p.m. and then waited to get picked up. Probably got home around about 11.30ish - said goodbye to our daughters and our DIL (she got dropped off at our place about 6.20 p.m. and came with us into town) and then rushed around trying to get a card done.
So here it is,
The basecard is one of the SU Blues and then matted with a slightly darker blue. I cut a large scallop with a nestie die in SU Real Red card and then a piece of embossed metallic paper and then these cute images which again were from a swap. I don't know the name of the stamps. I coloured them in with watercolour paints. I stamped the sentiment in SU Basic Black ink onto white card and then mounted it onto a piece of the blue and popped it up on foam dots. I also decorated the inside with a piece of white card and stamped the sentiment from SU Curly Cute onto white card, mounted onto the blue and adhered straight onto the white piece.
I would like to enter this into the following:
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 143 It's your choice
Sundays with Crissy - Challenge #26 Happy Birthday - Shari's turn
Paper Sundaes - Paper Sundaes #108 - Birthdays

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are now enjoying your weekend whether it be hot or cold!!!
Take Care,

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Girl holding small heart

Wow, it was a scorcher today. I went off to craft this morning and they had the overhead fans on and the flick of light they create gives me a headache and makes me feel a bit off, so I kept my head down and just got on with making that box up for the lady in my Wednesday class. I've decided she must have made the drawers using the wrong measurements but her card was fairly flimsy and when I pulled the drawers out it took too much card off and I had to start from scratch. Anyway, it's done and I think she will be happy to just decorate it now.
I also went to the shops this afternoon and tried on about 6 dresses. Two fit and it was hot work putting them on and off. I am sort of in between the smallest dresses in the bigger fittings and the largest or second largest dresses in the smaller fittings, so the ones I really liked the most were too small. I'm still working on it, I've lost about 26 - 27 kg now.
It is my future DIL's hen's night tomorrow and I've been invited out with them. I will probably go to the meal and see what they are up to after that! I'm not really a drinker so if they are going to pub crawl I will probably head home.
I also went off to the third concert in the park tonight with my friend, Fran. Still very warm but we got there early and set up in the shade. Latin music tonight.
Well here is the card I would like to share with you tonight.
The basecard is SU Real Red, a layer of white next and then a piece of SU Basic Black which I embossed with stipes. I used a Nestie to cut the Real Red and also the White diecut for this cute image. A freebie from Scrapper's Delights Papercrafts
I printed her onto the white card and coloured her with Copic Markers. The sentiment is from SU Petite Pairs and the one on the inside is a Penny Black Stamp called ...every day. I inked them both with SU Basic Black ink. I cut the front one with an oval punch and ran the edge around on a SU Real Red inkpad.
The inside has a black piece with a white nestie diecut with the sentiment stamped on it.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Scrapper's Delights Papercrafts challenge -Challenge (12th-25th) - LOVE

4 Crafty Chicks - #78 Inspiration Challenge. I used the red, black, white and the texture of the ceiling and the silver of the mirror.

Make It Monday #77 - Anything Goes

It was again good to "see" those of you who popped in and thanks so much for the lovely comments.
The scan is a bit blurry may try again in a minute to fix it. I scanned it again and this one is a bit better, still a bit blurry - the red gem is fairly big so the card won't sit flat.
Have a great weekend,
Take Care,

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Fairy holding a Flower

Good evening and welcome. Hope you are all having a great day or night. I've been trying to find my camera charger with no luck! The camera was completely flat and I was going to take a photo of the tissue box cover that I made today so it will have to wait for another time. The girls in my little Thursday group had a fun time making these today. Since I was going to share the tissue box, I hadn't sat down to make a card and then had to rush one to get in today's post.
I've used an image that I got in a swap a few years ago. The image is a Sweet Pea Stanp and it came already coloured, so I can't claim the stunning colouring as my own!!! It's mounted onto a bit of mesh and then onto a piece of SU Cherry Cobbler. The DP is a scrap from stash and the basecard is SU Concord Crush. The flowers were also from another swap and I added some bling and used my SU bird punch to cut the leaves using another scrap from SU Wild Wasabi. I decorated the inside with a piece of white and a punched strip of Cherry Cobbler.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Make it Monday - Challenge #77

Many thanks for stopping by today, it was nice to "see" you
Take Care,

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Let's Celebrate

Another day has flown past. A mild summer's day here in Adelaide. I went off to teach class today and we were supposed to be finishing the secret boxes we started last week. The lady that didn't finish cutting and measuring last Wednesday actually sat for most of the class and right at the end after putting the box together and sticking the little drawers in she tried to close it and it just was impossible. I am not sure what she did. Maybe cut the box short or made the drawers too big. She is fairly stressed at the moment - her hubby has health problems and has all of a sudden put their house on the market and she is having to sell furniture and get rid of things and at this stage they haven't even planned where they will end up. Poor thing didn't really get a choice about the whole issue. So I have brought her box home and I think I will have to start from scratch for her and then she can just decorate the outside of it.
Did a little bit of grocery shopping today and then had a quiet evening home. I've sorted out another of my boxes and I can actually see the end of the lounge and more of the floor space. The recycling bin is getting fuller and luckily it doesn't get picked up till Monday morning so still gives me a few more days to go through things.
Well here is my card to share tonight.
The basecard is SU Early Espresso and then a layer of SU Pink Pirouette - another layer of the brown and then SU Whisper White. I stamped the image from Fizzy Moon called "Let's Celebrate" with SU Close to Cocoa ink and then coloured with Copic Markers using a new technique colouring the bottle that involves picking up ink with the blender pen. I stamped the little hearts in the pink squares with SU Real Red and the sentiment in Close to Cocoa and then trimmed around it and mounted it with foam dots. I added little dots on the pink card as well as a few around the image.
The inside is Pink Pirouette and I stamped hearts along the edge and then onto pink card and made a few of them 3D.
I would like to enter this into
Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch #23- A Sketch from Tui Nathan

Make it Monday
- Make It Monday #77 with Meljen's Designs Digital Stamps - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Challenge #19 "pink and brown!"

Thanks for stopping by - hope you have a wonderful day and manage to find a bit of time for crafting.
Take Care,

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Red, White & Blue

Hi and welcome to my blog. If it's your first time here, I hope you find something to interest you.
I had craft this morning with Shirley and we made 3 lovely cards. I usually go with a friend (Fran) and the last couple of weeks we have also picked up one of her friends (Helen) who is staying in Adelaide for 3 months and comes from Townsville in Queensland. Her mum had a stroke and has had to go into a nursing home so she came down to spend some time with her. Well my friend got called in to work so it was just Helen and I. We went out afterwards for lunch and I took her with me to the craft store because when I was there the other day I forgot to take my Copic Markers to get refilled. We had a good chat and she even ran into someone who has moved down here as we were leaving the cafe. I cut my thumb yesterday and decided to forgo the bandaid as the cut is on my right thumb and I couldn't get a good hold on the scissors. Had to make an emergency visit to the supermarket for bandaids when I knocked it putting my hand in my bag to get the keys out. Blood everywhere!!! This is the second bad cut in the last 2 - 3 weeks on the same thumb. The first one was a stabbing wound from a pair of scissors when I was sharpening them and has only just healed.
Here's my card,
Basecard is SU Pacific Point. I adhered a strip of white card in the middle and then I used a Couture Creations die called Paisley Border and cut it out in SU Real Red. I used a piece of white behind it and stamped the sentiment from Penny Black in Pacific Point ink. The tatty ted from Do Crafts called "Lost in Thought" was also inked in the Pacific Point. I added 3 red bling on the LH side.
The inside of the card has a piece of white and I added 3 strips of the blue and the sentiment is from SU Curly Cute inked in Pacific Point.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Challenge 98 ~ Red, White & Blue
Less is More -Week 55 Theme - Punches or Die Cuts

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Three Christmas Mice

Sorry, I've been forgetful and forgot to welcome my latest follower, Sam. Thanks for joining and I hope you find something here to interest you and that you manage to pop in from time to time.
Well, it's been another hot day today and the clothes out in the laundry were calling out to be done. I started early and finished hanging out the last load about 4.30 p.m. I also washed the dishes and sorted out several boxes of craft. My lounge room is very slowly getting back to normal. I still have a folding table in the middle of the room with lots of containers overflowing and also boxes and bags on the floor. I have so many bits of paper with embroidery patterns and copies of projects etc it is going to take me forever to get them into folders. I also sorted out several boxes of beads, I need more containers, LOL. I think I should have made a New Year's Resolution not to buy any beads this year and to use up my stash. I still have another very large container with beads in but I think I will leave that until some of these other boxes are sorted.
I know, LOL. I admit it, I need help, I am a Craftaholic!!!!
Well, onto my card for today.
I decided to make a Christmas card, I think this is the second one for this month and hopefully if I keep on track I won't have to stress at the end of the year!
The basecard is SU Real Red then a layer of SU Old Olive, The two DP's are from My Mind's Eye and the second one is layered onto a red piece as is the image.
The stamp is a House Mouse one and was inked in SU Basic Grey and coloured with Copic Markers. I stamped the paisley shape in Real Red and then cut it out and tied a little silver tree charm to it. To finish it off I added 3 pieces of bling to the corners and one to the little flower in the middle of the paisley shape. I decorated the inside with a white piece and a piece of red and a piece of DP. The sentiment is from SU clear mount set Beautiful Season.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Make It Monday #77 - Anything Goes
Sew Many Challenges #82 - 2 Designer Papers and 4 or more gemstones
Christmas Card Challenges - Week #12 - Christmas card with Paisley
ABC Christmas Challenge - C for Charming!

Thanks for stopping by and hope to pop in and visit you soon,
Take Care,

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Make a Wish

It's me again and yes I am again very late tonight. My OH went out in the afternoon to visit our son and family and got home after 7p.m. so we had a late meal and then our son and future DIL popped in to bring us a little bit of the cake that they will be having for their wedding. They are going quite plain and having rainbow cake with a white icing and decorated with hession. She is also having hession around the vases. Her colour scheme is pink and brown. She likes arty decor and things a bit different.
Anyway better not chit chat, need to get some sleep tonight.
My card for today is on Quill cardstock called Musk and then I used SU Lucky Limeade and this lovely DP which is also from SU. I am not sure where the image is from. Will let you know if I find it. I can't remember if this is one I stamped or if it was a digi. I tend to stamp images off to colour later or print them off and do the same thing. Sometimes I colour them up and put into a little container for later use. I coloured her in with Copic Markers and then trimmed around her leaving a little bit of white. The sentiment on the front is from Penny Black called ...a wish and inked in SU Orchid Opulence.
I decorated the inside of the card as well with another little scrap of the DP layered onto white card. The sentiment inside the card is from SU set Happiest Birthday Wishes.
I would like to enter this into the following:
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge - Flower power
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 142 Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by, hope you had a wonderful weekend.
Take Care,
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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Shiver Me Timbers!

Hi everyone,Saturday is just about over and I've just finished my card.
I went out this morning with a friend to a craft shop which is about 30 minutes away. We arrived and got out of the car and then realised it was closed. The owners are Seventh Day Adventists and don't open on the Saturday but do on Sundays. To compensate for the lack of craft shopping, LOL, we went and had a coffee and then popped into Spotlight so we could buy some more foam dots. I also bought a couple of candles which were half price so I could put some stamped images on them later. My friend dropped me back home and I got myself organised to go to another friend's house for our Saturday get together. We craft together, beading, cardmaking, helping Judy with crafts to sell for charity some weeks. Today we did two totally different things, I showed the girls how to make a Secret Box, we got about half way through that and we also used serviettes to make a picture on an artist's canvas. Quite easy, you paint the canvas let it dry and then adhere the serviette with modge podge and coat the whole thing. They all turned out really well.
I came home again and our youngest daughter had come to have tea with us. We just bought a take away cooked chook and a few chips and made some salad to go with it. We watched a DVD and she showed us a couple of her text books she now has for her nursing course. She starts next week and then will be very busy with classes and work as well.
Well here is the card.
I used a blue card from stock for the basecard and then a piece of SU Wild Wasabi. Both the DP's are from My Mind's Eye. The image was from Dustin Pike (I think)
The sentiment on the front I made up and printed using the computer. The one on the inside was either one I bought or a freebie, really not sure and I don't think I wrote where it was from either. I also decorated the inside of the card using the Wild Wasabi and one of the papers.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Freshly Made Sketches #22-A Sketch by Jennifer Timko
Hotshot Craft Blog - Challenge #4 - One for the boys
Stampin with the Dragon - THE YEAR OF THE DRAGON

Thanks so much for all the wonderful comments and to all that pop in, especially to those who come every day, thank you... thank you!!
Take care,

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy Joyful Birthday

Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by today - i hope you are all looking forward to your weekend. Our granddaughter went home today. DIL, and the other two grandchildren came too so I got to have a cuddle with little Isaac as well as a hug with Amelia.
I stayed home today, I am usually out at a friend's craft group but hubby used the car and told me he would be a couple of hours so I didn't get organised and then by the time he did get home I decided it was too late to go so stayed home and did more washing, it just never seems to end!!!
A friend called me to see if I wanted to go to the free concert in the park that our local council holds every Friday night in Feb (last weeks got cancelled because of the rain). Tonight's concert was a Jazz one and next week will be Latin and then they have rescheduled the rained out one for the first week in March and that will be classical. The local Lions Charity Club put on a barbeque so we usually support that while we are there.
My card for today is a shaped card made with Nesite Scalloped Circle Die and also the plain Circle Die.
I used SU Basic Black for the base, added another scalloped black circle to cover over the little spot where the fold is and then a circle in red and another in white with the little House Mouse image stamped in Basic Black ink. The stamp is called "Mice-tro" by Stampabilities. I just coloured the face, hands and feet and the music. I also stamped it again and 3d the image. The sentiment on the front is from SU set "Small Sayings" and so is the little heart stamp.
I also put red and white circles inside with a sentiment from SU set "Whimsical Words" and again stamped 3 little hearts in SU Real Red.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges.
I did make it for the challenge over at Annabelle's but looks like I missed the boat!!!!

Sentimental Sundays Challenge #89: Shaped Cards
One Stitch At a Time - challenge #100 - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 141 - Free and Easy February

Well off to bed, have a great weekend.
Take Care,

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Christmas Penguin

Today was another lovely summer's day and I spent it with OH and our granddaughter (did the dishes and two loads of washing while he painted her face)this morning and then she and I went to a friend's house to have a craft session. There were 5 of us today. I just coloured images, one girl did a Bunka embroidery picture and her daughter did some cross stitch, while the two others made cards, Layla played with some toys and coloured in some pictures. I made sure the face paint came off before we left home!!!
A trip out for tea with two of our sons and our future DIL, hubby went off with them shopping and I took Layla with me to choir practice. She was funny singing along while she was colouring in and when we stopped she filled in the gap between songs still singing away without even realising we were all having a smile and a bit of a giggle. So cute...
So I'm very late and better get on with posting my card,
Here it is, not sure it is quite what I wanted to achieve. I decided not to use any DP on this one.
Basecard is a bright green from stash followed by a panel of SU Real Red another layer of green. I pricked some decorative corners and added some red bling. The penguin was a freebie image and I'm not sure I saved who it was from. If I find it, I will add it later. I coloured it with Copic Markers and used a white gel pen to define the flipper as it disappeared when I coloured it. The sentiment is from the Button Bear set I previously used this week. I used a couple of different size circle punches for the sentiment and also a larger punch for behind the penguin.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Perfect Sentiments - PSC19: All Holiday and Seasons - Need to have the sentiment on the front and also add some paper piercing.
Christmas Inspirations - Challenge 41/2012 - Anything Goes
Phindy's Place Challenge Blog - Challenge #92 - Round and Round

Thanks for all the lovely comments I really appreciate the time you spend typing them and for stopping by to see what I've been up to.
Enjoy your day and happy crafting!
Take Care,

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Girl with flowers

Hello and welcome to my blog today. Another lovely day here but not quite so hot as yesterday. I have my youngest granddaughter staying with us today and tomorrow. She came to craft with me this morning and as it is held on a church premises they have a Sunday School room which is quite large and filled with so many toys. She has a ball! I don't see her at all for 2 hours as she is so engrossed with playing she doesn't even come out for her drink and snacks! My craft table is just outside the room so she doesn't have far to come looking for me.
I was teaching today and chose to do a little project called a secret box, we didn't manage to finish it so will have to take the cuttlebug with me again next week. One of my ladies was the co-ordinator of the group and didn't even manage to sit down long enough to do all the measuring and cutting so it will be another full lesson for her and that is if she doesn't go off wandering again.
My card for today is done in my favourite colour Purple
The basecard is SU Concord Crush and then a piece of SU Wisteria Wonder. I cut a 3cm strip of the Concord Crush and used Martha Stewart's picket fence punch and layered this over the lighter purple. The sentiment is from a retired SU set called "Happy Everything" and inked in SU Elegant Eggplant. I also used the word window punch and added some bling on the flowers and on the fence piece. The image, a digi from Pink Gem Designs called "Kaya with Flowers" was coloured with Copic Markers (skin tones, browns for the hair and lilac for the dress with a touch of red on the shoes) and I used two Nestie dies to make the circles. I used a piece of Wisteria Wonder for the inside of the card and matched it up with the front again using the picket fence border punch.
I would like to enter this into the following:
The Cheerful Stamp Pad Challenge #36 - Happy Birthday
Crafty Cardmakers Challenge #61 - Monochrome Magic I've used shades of purple with just a touch of red and skin tones and browns for the hair.

Thanks for stopping by, hope your day was a good one,
Take Care,

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Brown, Orange and Teal

It's that time of the night again for me. I had planned to get an early night as I was feeling a bit unwell. I stayed home from choir rehearsal so I've now used up 1 of the two times we are allowed to not go before we can't be in the performance.
I went off to craft this morning after hanging out one load of washing and putting another on. Mostly Laurie's clothes from his trip. We had a good class and finished early. I'd noticed a shoe shop on the way there so I asked my friend would she mind stopping to see if there were any shoes that would be suitable to wear with my dress for my son's wedding. Yeah!!! I managed to pick up some silvery sandals with a small heel and some shiny bling on them and they had been reduced from $110 down to $39 and then another 20% off so in the end I only paid $31.50 - a real bargain. I also picked up a little glomesh handbag in black and grey with a little strap made of linked metal. So that's me set now, will have to see what hubby decides to wear.
Enough prattle and onto tonight's card,
I have used brown card for the basecard and then a layer of SU Pumpking Pie and some torn pieces of teal card (from stash) I added some blue and white twine and 3 little flags. The sentiment is from SU retired set Button Bear and I think the image is a CC Designs stamp - I stamped and coloured this one a while ago so not sure. She was coloured with Copic Markers.
The inside of the card has a layer of the Pumpkin Pie and a piece of torn teal. The little balloons are also from Button Bear set and coloured with Copics. I hand drew the black strings.

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inside of card

I would like to enter this into the following:
Make It Monday
#76 - Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards Challenge #6 ~ Color Combo - Brown, Orange and Teal
Cupcake Craft Challenges ... Cupcake 179...Entwined - must use twine
Well this time I am off to bed,
So goodnight, hope you've had a good day and see you tomorrow,
Thanks for stopping by
Take Care,

Monday, February 13, 2012

Cat sitting on boxed present

Hello again,
another full day today. I went with Mum to a specialist appointment for her Diabetes and she is doing really well after having really high readings for ages. I get to hear the advice she is given and hopefully that will help me also if I ever have to go onto insulin. We then popped in to a place called "The Shoe Shed" to have a look for some shoes for the wedding but they were either too casual or had huge skinny heels on them. I can't wear anything high! Just need something with a small heel or wedge. I then dropped her home and came back here, had a bit of lunch and then my OH and I went out to the airport to pick up our son, this time he did actually arrive!!
He showed us some pics tonight on our tv and we also had a barbeque with a few of his friends and also another one of our sons and his fiancee. It was a lovely night until the mozzies decided to put in an appearance. One of the couples had a new bubs only 3 months old but really tiny little boy, he was only 2.3kg when he was born. I got to have a cuddle with him. A really sweet little baby.
I've washed most of the dishes and then sat down for a play with my cardstock and images.
Here is what I came up with:
Base is SU Basic Black cardstock. I punched a strip of pink with a SU punch. As I was following a sketch, Merry Monday Challenge #6. (I was too late to enter the challenge though). I added a panel going across the card and then the image was stamped onto white card, coloured with ink using a blender pen (I actually coloured this one a while ago and haven't had time to dig out the stamp to see who made it) I cut it out and then adhered it to a topper of black card on a white piece. The sentiments (inside and out) are from SU Petite Pairs and inked in Basic Black. I also added a few pink bling on the bottom (not in the sketch) and also a very small bling on the cat's collar.

I am entering this into the following:
Make It Monday #76
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for stopping in and also your comments are very much appreciated.
Take Care,

Sorry just previewed the scans and they make the black card look really patchy - it doesn't look like that in real life!

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inside of card

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Adorable Mouse

Another weekend has flown by and it's another week closer to our son's wedding. They are getting more involved in all the nitty gritty of weddings and today my DIL was asking about what to do about having our hair done. The wedding is on a Sunday afternoon and not too many hairdressers open up, my son has a friend who may come and do it for us or if all us "girls" get together one of the salons might just open for say 4 adults and two children. No harm in asking!
I overslept this morning and had to do a mad dash to get to church on time. I am in the choir there and that means I need to be about 30 mins early to get robed and have a run through the song we are singing in the service.
We came home and I got ready to go with a friend to Shirley's house for cardmaking and found out through one of our son's that our youngest who we were supposed to be picking up from the airport is now not going to be home till tomorrow. I don't know what happened as he told us yesterday to pick him up today. I suppose we will find out tomorrow.
A few of the family dropped in today and our oldest son, wife and 2 of the grandchildren ended up staying for tea. Their oldest girl was over at someone's house to play and they were picking her up around 7 p.m. so we ordered pizza and they left straight from here.
Well I hope you have all had or are still having a lovely weekend wherever you are and that the weather is being kind to you. It was a beautiful day here.
Anyway here is the card I made.
I've used Black cardstock for the base and then a layer of bright pink. I cut a piece of white card and put through the Swiss Dots embossing folder in my cuttlebug. The digi image from When the Scrap Hits the Fan (a freebie) was printed onto white card and cut with a Nestie Die then coloured with Copics. I also used the Nestie to cut our a red piece to use as a matte. The sentiment is from SU set "Love & Care" inked in SU Real Red, cut out with an oval punch and then mounted onto a piece of red and cut out with a scalloped punch. I finished it off with a white ribbon with red hearts printed on it (from stash). I also did the inside very simply with a piece of white cardstock and used this heart stamp from SU "I(heart)Hearts" also inked in Real Red
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
My Time To Craft - 'A is for Adorable'
Moving Along with the Times - Challenge 135 - Cute Critters
Allsorts Challenge - Week 141 - Free and Easy February
Well better get a move on and post this.
Thanks again for those comments and I've enjoyed reading each one,
Take Care,

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Teenage girl with phone

Hello and I would like to welcome my 100th follower, Sandee. I checked my blog this morning and was delighted to see you Sandee, I even had a friend text me to say congratulations, LOL. Thanks Helen!!
I've just realised that those clothes and towels are still on the line, forgot to check them before I went out this afternoon. Hopefully it won't rain overnight! It is supposed to be summer here and we have had temps around 25C with overcast skies and rain.
I caught up again with my friends at craft this afternoon and actually finished the coathanger with the beaded drops and flower detail. It didn't look too bad after all the problems I had last Saturday getting it started, I've even taken a second hanger to have another go at it, LOL.
Hubby got picked up this afternoon by my daughter and her boyfriend and taken out for a while to the Glendi Festival, which is a Greek festival. I came home and took the opportunity to veg out in front of the tv and watch a movie, it finished late so we had a fairly late meal tonight.
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.
Laurie has survived his Cambodian trip and is on his way home, he arrives about 1 p.m. tomorrow.
Here is my card that I would like to share tonight;

Basecard is SU Tangerine Tango and the DP is also from SU. I used a Nellie Snellen die to cut the blue piece and a white gel pen to make some faux stitching on it.The image is from Digi Darla, called Teresa and was printed onto white card and coloured with Copic Markers I cut it out by hand and mounted onto the diecut. I also printed it a second time and just cut out the girl to give it more depth. I used a punch to cut the circle of music/phone paper and a nestie die to cut another circle slightly bigger in the Tangerine Tango cardstock. I stamped the sentiment from Hampton Art with SU Pacific Point and then used a ticket punch. I added some lines and a few very lightly stamped postmarks using a stamp from a retired SU set called Rustic Rooster.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges;
Pixies Crafty Workshop - number 6 -snippets challenge - all the bits of card and DP were scraps from stash and the card was made from the left over half of a previously cut sheet of A4
Birthday Sundaes - Challenge #42 - Birthday Card w/sentiment
Thanks for stopping in today and I loved reading your comments too,
Take Care,
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inside of card

Friday, February 10, 2012

Flowers with Love

Hi everyone,
It's been an interesting day but a good one.
I washed this morning and hung it out on the line and then had to go to a lawyer's appointment to take Adrian and see about a personal injury claim for his accident. When we parked the car in town, it started to rain so didn't get a chance to take the clothes off and they have had to stay there as it has kept coming down most of the day and night.
A friend asked me to go to a concert in the park, a free one put on by our local council. She had seen them setting up and the weather seemed to clear a bit so we rugged up, took our folding chairs and LOL, there was not a soul there so we came back and picked up my OH and went to her place and had fish and chips for tea.
Anyway I came home and got stuck into making a card, here it is.
The basecard is called "Lipstick" from stash, the DP is from Graphics 45 - Domestic Goddess Collection, My Pretty Garden. The Nestie scalloped circle diecut is SU Pink Pirouette and the white is also a diecut. The sentiment is from SU set Well Scripted and inked in Pink Passion onto white card and mounted onto a "Garden Green" circle. The image from Penny Black set "Thinking of You" is inked in Basic Brown and coloured with Copic Markers. I added 3 black buttons as well to finish it off. I haven't as yet done the inside but will do so probably before I go to bed so I may add the pic later.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Perfect Sentiments Challenge 18 - Inspire with Love with a twist - a photo inspiration
I chose the colours pink, white and green from the picture and also the colours of the watermelon. The DP I have used reminded me of the skin of the watermelon and the black buttons the seeds.
Come and Get It Challenge - Love is in the Air
Better go and post this, so thanks for popping in today and see you soon
Take Care,

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Teddy Bea with Flowers

Welcome to my little piece of "blogdom" and I hope you find something here to interest you.
I would like to welcome recent followers, Marie-Louise, Jessica and Karen, thanks for joining and I hope you find time to pop in now and again.
Here is the card I would like to share with you today,
Basecard is SU Concord Crush and then I used a Nestie die to cut a layer of lilac card (from stash) and a smaller white piece which I printed this delightful image of Teddy Bea - she is coloured with Copic Markers. I added a sentiment from SU Petite Pairs and inked in Basic Brown. I used punches for the sentiment.
The inside of the card also has a nestie diecut in white and I stamped 2 rows of hearts and a sentiment from Kaszazz Stamps.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Sew Many Cards Challenge Blog - Challenge #80 - Birthday
Sundays with Crissy Challenge 26 - Happy Birthday
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Anything Goes with optional add a heart or "love theme"
Paper Sundaes Challenge #106 - Clean and Simple

Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,

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inside of card

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Teddy Bear Love

Wow, it is so late I've missed posting on Wednesday's date, so I am going to fiddle with the post time so it shows for Wednesday.
I did finish my card in time to share but the area had a problem and we had no phone and that of course meant no internet. It's been out for about 4 hours at least.
So no chit chat just onto sharing my card,
Card base is blue card from stash, DP is from 2 different mini stack pads by Merci. The image is from Pink Gem Designs and coloured with Copic Markers, I used a cirlce nestie and also a scalloped circle nestie to cut the mattes for the image.
I've used a sketch for the layout and also decorated the inside with a piece of white card and then a layer of blue and a piece of one of the DP papers. The sentiment is from SU set Outlined Occassions and inked in Pacific Point. I used punches to stamp and mount the sentiment
I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Freshly Made Sketches #21

Ginger Loft Challenge 33 - Love is in the Air
I Brake For Challenges - Love
Make it Monday #75 - Anything Goes
Thanks for all the fab comments and for popping in today,
Take Care,
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inside of card

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

All You Need is Love

Welcome! I hope you have been having a great day and found some time to dabble in a bit of relaxing cardmaking!
I had class with Shirley today and made 3 lovely cards. I had my granddaughter with me too. She is always so good to take with me. We put up a little table for her and she had some soft toys and a colouring book and pencils, a little bag of snacks and a juice and she was happy to sit there while I made cards.
Lunch out with a couple of friends and then home to see her "Papa" who wasn't home - he had walked up to the local supermarket and when he got home he was very puffed. His first time out of the house since his accident and he really isn't up to it yet. He has to work out for himself how much he can do.
Choir practice tonight, I'm not keen on the music we are doing, Haydn pieces, too many flats!!
Anyway here is my card.
The basecard is SU Real Red and the DP is from Fiskars pack of papers by Heidi Grace Designs called Bouquet Trim. I punched some hearts out and used on both the inside and outside of the card. The image is a digi from Meljen's Designs and coloured with Copic Markers. The sentiment is from a Close to Ny Heart set called "Sentiments - My Acrylix" (an e-bay find) I used a Nestie die to cut out the image and then matted onto red card and trimmed around it.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
My Craft Spot #43 - Valentine's Day
Come and Get It Challenges - Love is in the Air
Cards for Men Challenge 3 - Seeing Red
Crafty Boots Challenges - Valentines
Cupcake Craft Challenges 178 - Pink and Red
Annabelle Stamp Blog Challenge - Say it with Hearts

I originally made this for the challenge over at Meljen's Design Challenge #95 - Loving You, and I've missed it! I should have written down the close off date. Will remember to do it next time, LOL>
Anyway, thanks for looking at my cards and listening to me waffle on,
Take Care,
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