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Thursday, May 31, 2012

A girl and her dog

Hi, another reasonable day today, so spent the morning doing some of that pile of washing and actually hanging it outside to dry. I made a card also this morning for a post later on next week. I then popped up the shop to get some biscuits for afternoon tea at craft this afternoon. I was running about 30 mins late after waiting for a load of washing to finish, but the weather was too good to miss as it is supposed to be raining for the next 3-4 days.
I did some colouring of images at craft and looking at a magazine on my friend, Jane's "I-pad" and talking too!
One of the girls is making an unusual pin cushion - quite large and a very unusual shape so it sits on your lap when you are sewing. Her daughter was doing that as well, Jane was busy making cards and Ann was learning to "tat". She spent a lot of time doing a little bit, undoing that and redoing it again. She was trying to make a little tatted cross.
Hubby, youngest son and I went out to a hotel for tea tonight and then our son went off to the gym, hubby went visiting a friend and I went off to see "What to expect when you're expecting" at the cinema. I went with our two daughters, a friend of their friends and one DIL. Our other DIL was supposed to come too but there was a mix up and she had gone to the cinema near home instead of the one about 30 mins away near the other girls.
So... unfortunately by the time the mix up came to light, it was too late to drive up to the other cinema and she had to turn around and go home. The film was very funny - we all had lots of laughs.
Well, here is my card,
I've used SU Elegant Eggplant for the basecard, a layer of SU Wisteria Wonder. The DP from Grace Taylor - Fashionista Scrapbook papers was adhered to the front of the card and using a nestie die I cut a circle out creating a window. I then used two different nesties together to cut the little scalloped frame. I added a sentiment from SU Petite Pairs and adhered it so it jutted out into the hole. On the back of this on the left hand part of the inside, I matched up another circle with another sentiment. I added a strip of the DP using both of the cardstocks to create mattes for the paper. On the right hand side of the card I also added a strip of DP matted with the Elegant Eggplant and adhered to a piece of the Wisteria Wonder. I stamped the girl image (from a secondhand set of stamps, so don't know whose they are) onto white card, coloured it with Copic Markers and then cut around the image and adhered inside the card so you could see the girl through the window on the front.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Come and Get it Challenges -  Window Cards
Divas by Design - Challenge #37 ~ Anything Goes
Perfect Sentiments Challenge- PSC34 ~ Anything Goes with a sentiment on front
Thanks for stopping by to look and for the lovely comments too.
Take Care,

Front of card
 inside - left hand side
 inside - right hand side

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

21st Congratulations

Hello again, glad you popped by to look at today's card.  It's been a reasonable day today and should have been able to get some of the mound of washing out, but I got sidetracked and by the time it popped back into my head, if was too late to hang it out so I washed a couple of loads anyway and it is again hanging on the rack in front of the fire in the family room. We are heading for some cold and wet weather again over the next few days so it looks like there will be washing taking up space for a little while longer.
Hope you are having warmer weather and enjoying it while you can.
I went off to craft this morning as usual and there were actually 4 of us on the table today instead of 2. It was good to catch up with the other 2, a mother and daughter. I went out tonight to a VIP night at a furniture/homeware/giftware shop. There were door prizes, wine, champagne, and appetizers too. I bought a lovely necklace for a friend and another gift for another friend who reads the blog so won't say what it was. I went with a friend, so because it started early we hadn't eaten so we stopped at a little Thai restaurant on the way home for a meal. It was yummy.
I forgot to mention that one of my cards was picked in the Top Picks at the last Come and Get It Challenge ~ May sketch challenge.
Welcome also to a couple of new followers.
Well onto my card for tonight,
My nephew is turning 21 on the 1st of June so I will be able to give this one to him.
I've used SU Early Espresso to make the cardbase, a layer of SU Pacific Point and then this lovely DP from My Mind's Eye - Good Day Sunshine - Hit the Road Paper. I used an octagonal nestie die to cut around the image (a digi from Bugaboo) which was coloured with Copic Markers. I drew around the nestie die and hand cut a matte in Pacific Point and adhered it to the front of the card. The sentiment was a generic rubber stamp I picked up years ago in a cheap shop. The "21" is from Kanban stamps - Retro cars
I also decorated the inside using 2 different sized nestie dies to cut 1 in Early Espresso and the other in white. I used a layer of Pacific Point, a small piece of the DP and then layered the diecuts over the top.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges"
Cards for Men - challenge 11 ~ male card, must have "congratulations" on the front of the card
Celebrate the Occasion - Challenge #64 ~ Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs- Anything Goes
Well that's it from me tonight, I managed to get to a lot of blogs today to leave comments, if I didn't visit yours, I'm hoping to soon.
Take Care,

Front of card
 inside of card

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Make a Wish

Hi  to any who are visiting today, hope your day has been an easy one and you are keeping warm or cool, LOL, depending where you live. Me... I'm trying to stay warm.
Shirley, Fran and I had a productive morning making 3 fab cards and catching up since last week. Doug (Shirley's hubby) was home as it was a bit too cool for a ride out on his gopher.
Fran and I stopped as usual for lunch at a little eatery on the way home and congratulated the owner on winning a small business award, she came second in the unlicensed eatery category. She has been in the running for the last 4 years and finally won an award. Sounds like she just missed out on first place.
We decided to take a run out to a craft shop for a bit of a look around. We were after a piece of 12x12 paper that has retro ladies all over it. No luck, but one shop said she would try and look for us with her suppliers.
I came home late afternoon, tidied the kitchen and set about making a casserole for tea. Hubby liked it and had several helpings!!!
No choir practise tonight as it was our AGM. We had our meeting and then supper. We usually have the supper as a thankyou to the members of "The Friends of the Choir" as they help out at concerts and also do some fundraising for us throughout the year.
Well after getting home a bit later than usual, I sat down after having a nice coffee and made this card.
I've used SU Cherry Cobbler for the basecard. I've used an octagonal nestie die to cut the card base and made it into a small easel card. I cut another octagon  and placed on the folded top to create the easel. I added a diecut in SU Pink Pirouette and then stamped the little fairy from Kanban Stamps - Fairy cakes and coloured her with Copic Markers. I went over the star and little dots with a gold Jelly roll pen to give it a bit of glitter. I stamped the sentiment in SU Cherry Cobbler and finished off the front with lots of tiny little pink bling.
On the inside, I used another pink diecut and  added "Happy Birthday" again in Cherry Cobbler ink. I also cut a small octagon in the Cherry Cobbler, then traced around the inside of the die and cut it out in the pink card. I stamped another little star in the middle - coloured with a Copic Marker and then went over it again with the Jelly Roll pen. I popped this on with foam dots so it would hold the easel panel when open.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Make It Monday Linky Party - #91 ~ Anything Goes
Less is More - Week 69 "Recipe" Not a Square
Crafty Boots Challenge - Bowtastic/Anything Goes

Enjoy the rest of your day/night and I'll be back tomorrow,
Take Care,

Sorry, really bad photo, just couldn't get a decent one!!! 

 front of card
 inside of card

Monday, May 28, 2012

Wildflower Sympathy Card

Hi again and welcome to my small piece of blogland!
A busy day today, popped over to the shops with a friend and bought a few groceries. We then went into town to pick up a couple of products from an Art shop that I had ordered. It's called Zest It and is supposed to help blend coloured pencils. Will have to have a play with it. I also had to go see our youngest daughter as she asked if we could put some money into buying her some new glasses. She will be coming off our private health fund after this next birthday and wont be able to get anything off her glasses next time unless she signs up for her own health cover. Our eldest daughter was there too, as she had taken a day off work. We all went to the shops together and looked at some dresses possibly for the bridesmaids. Also bought some new trainers so I can get out and do a bit of walking. After visiting a couple of secondhand shops, I dropped them back home and headed back here. I stopped at the supermarket on the way and bought some chicken to make butter chicken for tea. It was very nice.
My card today was made using the following:
Basecard is SU Choc Chip cardstock. I then embossed a piece of SU Very Vanilla and ink distressed the edges with SU Close to Cocoa. I used my new nestie again to cut this gorgeous oval in  Choc Chip. I then added a deckled oval in Very Vanilla and stamped the wildflowers from SU Asian Artistry. I added the butterflies which are just a small section of another stamp from another SU set called Up in the Air. The sentiments both on the front and on the inside are from yet another SU set called Love & Sympathy.
I used a large oval to cut the sentiment and then ink distressed it. I used foam dots on the large oval as well as the sentiment.
The inside has a piece of the Very Vanilla (distressed) again I used partial bits of the two stamps to make my image in the right hand corner. I stamped the image onto a scrap piece of the Very Vanilla and then cut out with the Deckled Oval die and cut a larger oval using the Choc Chip.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lollipop Crafts - Challenge 82 ~ With Deepest Sympathy
Crafty Cardmakers - Challenge 69 ~ Distress it.
Make It Monday Linky Party - #91 Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges2 -  Distressed!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by - hope you enjoyed seeing what I made.
Take Care,

front of card
 inside of card

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sweet Strawberry

Well, another weekend finished, the last one for May. The months seem to be gaining momentum.
We went to church this morning and then went off for our lunch with all the family (except the youngest who had to work) to celebrate the two youngest grandchildren's birthday. The 4 year old thought it great fun celebrating her birthday twice and enjoyed blowing out the candles on her cake. The one year old boy has some food allergies so his other "Mama" made him a little choc muffin that he could eat and he made lots of mess with it, but he was fun to watch enjoying every little bit!!!
Hubby has had a bad back all week so went to bed when we got home mid afternoon and stayed there until about 7.30p.m. when I decided we had better eat tea. He only stayed up for about an hour and then back to bed to rest his back some more.
Well here is my card for today.
I've used all SU cardstock for this one.
Basecard is Choc Chip and then a layer of Whisper White (I ran it through an embossing folder with roses on) The main panel is Not Quite Navy and Whisper White with this cutie from Annabelle Stamps which was coloured with Copic Markers. The other two small panels are Marina Mist and I finished off with a sentiment from a Kanban clear set of stamps - inked with Close to Cocoa and then I went over it with a Jelly Roll Pen. I added some choc chip coloured candy in the bottom right hand corner and also some bling to the icing on the cupcake.
The inside has a layer of Not Quite Navy and then a layer of Whisper White. I stamped another image from the same stamp set and also put a little bit of colour on the cupcakes.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
4 CraftyChicks - 4CCC#91 ~ Colour Challenge - Choc Chip, Marina Mist, Not Quite Navy & Whisper White
Annabelle Stamps Blog Challenge - ABSC050 - Sketch Challenge
Let's Ink It Up - Challenge ~ Bling - No digi stamps allowed.

Hope you all had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. Thanks for stopping by and also for the comments left for me to read. I visited a few blogs over the weekend and if I didn't get to yours, I hope to during the week.
Take Care,

front of card
 inside of card (the colouring hasn't shown up and the cardstock is choc chip not reddish!)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Baby Elephant Birthday Card

Hi everyone, hope your weekend is going smoothly. No craft today as my friend Judy was suffering from a migraine. I get them occasionally and I know how bad they can be, so hope hers has cleared up by now.
I better get on and share my card as it is very, very late. I decided to watch some C.S.I episodes tonight so I was a bit late starting this one. I've made it for our grandson's first birthday. We are all going out for lunch tomorrow for his and his sister's 4th birthday as they are not very far apart.
I've used SU Early Espresso for the cardbase which is folded tent style. A piece of SU Bashful Blue card. The DP's are from stash and both are from pieces I've previously cut. The image was stamped with Basic Grey and coloured with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. The stamp is from SU and is called "Elebration". I added a ribbon to the card and then put the elephant topper on with foam dots. I added a sentiment from a set by Hero Arts called "Anytime Messages" using SU Cherry Cobbler for the ink. I finished off with some Craftworkcards Candy in the top right hand corner.
I also decorated the inside, again using a piece of the Bashful Blue and then a strip of the circle DP. I cut a nestie shape using the All Boy DP and then cut a circle from the blue card with a nestie die. I punched a circle out of the Early Espresso and then stamped the sentiment (from Kanban stamps - Wooly Bears - Isobel) onto white card using Cherry Cobbler and punched it out with a smaller circle and layered them together.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Make It Monday Linky Party - #90 ~ Anything Goes
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Challenge 13 ~ For the Boys
Stampin with the Dragon - Birthdays and Boys

Better go and get some sleep, thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.
Take Care,

front of card
 inside of card

Friday, May 25, 2012

Engagement Card for Katie & George

Hi all, wow, we've had still more rain overnight and again during the day. I think it is still raining on and off at the moment. I'm not as cold tonight as I put extra layers on today and I decided to drag my craft bits and pieces out to finish this card in the family room - where the fire is, LOL.
I've finally finished the card I started about 3 weeks ago for our daughter's engagement. It is now late!!! I found this lovely paper embroidery pattern in a Hobbyjournaal Magazine and thought it would be just right. They also had the alphabet, so I added their initials to the heart pattern to personalise it for them. I used a variegated green for the swirls and leaves and red for the top of the heart and metallic gold for the intials.  I finished the stitching this morning at craft and put the card together tonight. Thought it would look nice as an easel card, so that is what I did.  I made some more flowers, this time from some scraps of red card and added some white pearl beads to the centres. The sentiment is from SU set A Word for You and was inked in SU Early Espresso onto a wide oval and then I used red card and a decorative punch. I added the oval to this and popped it up with foam dots so it would hold the front in place when open. I added some small flat pearls to it as well. I finished the front of with a few pearls as well. Not sure where the DP is from but I've had it in my stash for several years (at least 5!!! - must use some more of my stash instead of buying more, says she who bought 2 more packs today, LOL.)
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Make It Monday Linky Party - #90 Anything Goes 
Bearly-Mine Challenges - #36 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along With The Times - Celebrate Challenge but NO Birthday

Thanks for the comments left for me and also for stopping by today.
Take Care,

photo of open card
again the scans aren't wonderful !
front of card
 inside of card

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Bride and Groom Silhouette

Brrr!!! it's cold and wet still.The family room is nice and warm but the computer is here in the lounge, which could be part of the "Arctic Circle" LOL!!! So will try and keep this brief.
Went to my usual craft group this afternoon, only 3 of us. I stamped a little elephant and coloured so I could make our grandson a card before Sunday.
We had tea out with a couple of friends, Doug and Joyce and also two of our sons and one DIL.
It was our 37th Wedding Anniversary today, so I decided to stay home from choir practise and not rush off from the hotel which I usually have to do. Adrian, had to go up to our daughter's place as she rang and said the water was not going down the drain in the shower so was flooding the room. As he is the landlord, it's up to him to fix it so he went straight there after our meal. It was a blocked drain and he managed to clear it so everything is back to normal. That's great, as there are 4 of them living in the house and all wanting to have showers and get ready for work, it would have been very frustrating!!!
My card for today was made using a sketch and here is what I used.
The basecard is black card from stash. I then layered a piece of white card onto it and also two different pieces of black and white DP. I added a black ribbon with white dots over the bottom of the DP and made a bow and adhered to the middle of the ribbon. The sentiment is from a clear set of stamps by Hero Arts called "Anytime Messages". I stamped the image (which is from Creative Expressions) onto white card and cut it out with a circle nestie die. I also cut a scalloped circle in the black card and stuck them together before mounting onto the card. The inside of the card has a piece of white card and the same sentiment I used yesterday - again from the Creative Expression set called "Bride & Groom"
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Come and Get It Challenge - May Sketch

 Aud Sentiments - Challenge 55 - Any Sentiment
Make It Monday Linky Party - #90 ~ Anything Goes
Bearly -Mine Challenge - #36 ~ Anything Goes

Front of card
 Inside of card

It was great to "see" you again today and for those who left comments I've enjoyed reading them, Thanks!!
Take Care,

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wedding Couple

Hi again, the cold weather has set in for a couple of days. We had bucketing rain this afternoon and into the evening, so the wood fire was again lit. Tomorrows forecast is pretty grim too, so will be rugged up and scurrying from place to place, LOL.
I have a new follower, so welcome to Susan, great to "see" you here and I hope you enjoy visiting from time to time.
I had craft this morning, it was a shortened session due to them having a luncheon to support cancer research. It is usually a morning tea and a donation, but this time they changed it and also had a chocolate making demo as well. I packed up and left at the end of the session because I wanted to go to Mum's and dye her hair. I wasn't all that interested in the chocolate making and I didn't feel like organizing a plate of food to take for the luncheon, so was quite happy not to stay.
Not sure how Mum's hair turned out as it was still wet when I left, so hopefully it wasn't too dark for her.
When I got home, the postie had been and yeah!!! left a packet with a couple of new nestie dies that I bought through e-bay. I spent about an hour playing around with them and have used one on my card tonight.
Onto sharing my card,
I used SU Chocolate Chip for the cardbase and folded it tent style. I then used a piece of SU Olive Green and distressed the edges with Early Espresso ink. I also did the edges of the cardbase. I then cut 3 pieces of a coffee coloured card and punched the edges with a MS punch and then ink distressed these as well and then layered on top of the olive green. I cut a piece of DP from a ministack called "Songbird Collection" by Prima and distressed that as well and adhered that onto the card as well. I then cut a nestie shape in the coffee colour and distressed and added a Chocolate Chip Floral Oval diecut (this is the new one). I traced around a deckled edged oval die (the ones in the pack weren't quite the right size) and then cut it out and stamped the bride and groom image, not sure who made this as it was a single clear stamp bought on e-bay. You guessed it, yep, I distressed the edges of that too!!! I then made some rolled roses using scraps of the DP and punched a few leaves in the Old Olive. To finish off, I coloured some white pearls with a brown marker and added to the top right hand side of the card. I then decorated the inside of the card with more distressed card, a piece of Old Olive and then a piece of the coffee coloured card which I punched one edge. The sentiment is from a set of stamps by Creative Expressions called "Bride & Groom".
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Make It Monday Linky Party - #90 ~ Anything Goes
Creative Craft Challenges2 - Distressing
Whimsy Stamps Challenge -  Challenge 40 Vintage/Shabby Chic
Get Hippity with Ippity - Challenge 21 ~ Flower & Leaves
ABC DT Challenge - Graduation or Wedding Card

Thanks to all who stopped by today and left fab comments.
Hope you had a fantastic day,
Take Care,

Sorry, these are shocking scans not very straight so not cropped right either!

front of card
 inside of card

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Birthday Card for a Friend

Hello everyone, a busy day today. Started off the morning at my friend Shirley's house and made 3 lovely cards with her and Fran. We then came back home dropped our craft things off and as it was Fran's birthday today, we had lunch with her hubby and her Mum, who we picked up from the nursing home for the outing. We dropped her hubby back home and then her Mum back to the Nursing Home and then headed down to the craft store so Fran could spend some of her birthday money on some craft goodies. A cup of coffee to revive us and then home again. I finished off those pesky dishes from last night and then made a Shepherd's Pie with some mince. I even did all the dishes that I used preparing it so I wouldn't have them to do tonight. Adrian was home a bit later than usual, so it was all ready by the time he had got comfy. I stayed home from choir tonight too, so caught up on a bit of television before having a play with a new nestie pack. A couple of birdhouses and two birds. I've cut a couple and will try and make something with them in the next couple of days.
Well onto my card!
This is the one I gave to Fran today for her birthday.
The basecard is SU Early Espresso and then a layer of zig-zag DP which doesn't show very well here.
I made 3 flowers from brown card, added some pearls and then punched some leaves from the choc chip and pale tan card. I stamped the main image with Early Espresso ink onto a pale tan cardstock and matted it with some Choc Chip card. The sentiment was also done the same way.
Both stamps came from Docrafts Papermania ~ Urban stamps - the image from Botanical Print set and the sentiment from the set called Type Print. This was a set that Shirley gave me last month for my birthday.
On the inside I used the pale tan card and printed another image from the Botanical Print set in the right hand corner. I really like this stamp and it goes well with the flower on the front too. Sorry that the pic is not that clear, I can't rescan as Fran has possession of the card already, LOL.
The card is not quite what I wanted to achieve but I made it in a hurry this morning in between breakfast and the shower. Fran picked me up at 9 a.m. so had to be ready to go!!!
 I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
That Craft Place Challenge Blog - Monochromatic
Crazy 4 Challenges - C4C137 ~ Birthday
Stamp, Scrap & Doodle Saturdays - Flowers
Well that's all I think,
Thanks for all the delightful comments, much appreciated,
Take care and see you tomorrow.

front of card
 inside of card

Monday, May 21, 2012

Little Red Wagon

Hello, nice to "see" you all again. I had a catch up day today, got the dishes done and did some clothes washing. Still not very good drying weather and so had to hang over the clothes rack by the fire again tonight. I was starting to run low on tea-towels too, so got them washed and threw them in the dryer. I always like to see them folded and sitting in the drawer, LOL. wish I didn't have to put them to use!!!!
I had so many phone calls today, people wanting to sell me stuff or come and inspect the roof so they could eventually make a sales pitch. I made a call about an information morning for a cruise that I am planning on going on next year. Caught up with my Mum on the phone and my DIL and also a friend from the country. She is arranging tickets to go to a live stream of Andre Rieu in June. He had come to Adelaide a couple of times and we went together to the concerts but it appears he will not be making any more visits here so this is the next best thing other than buying the DVD. I checked my e-mails and found that the person I blocked as a new follower had sent my information on her on-line business saying that I had registered for it and giving a link to go to. Well it went straight in the "bin" and hopefully I won't hear from her again. Makes me cross, because it makes you wary of visiting new blogs and there are so many genuine bloggers/crafters out there that just want to share their craft and people like this make it hard for them. Ok, that's enough said about that subject!!
On to sharing the card I made tonight, oops, back in a sec, have to let the dogs in to go to bed as they are barking for some reason. They are usually in by now,
Ok, back again.
I've used SU Early Espresso for the card base and made it a side fold card. I then layered a piece of SU So Saffron and a Dp with a square pattern (from stash). Another strip of the Early Espresso and a strip of a second DP called All Boy by Petals & Possibilities. This one has been in my stash for a while too. The cute boy is another Bugaboo Digi and I coloured it with Copic Markers and then used a circle die to cut it out. I cut another slightly larger circle in the Early Espresso to matte it on. The sentiment is inked with a matching SU ink and is from a clear Kanban set of stamps. I carried the theme on into the inside of the card using just one of the DP's.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Make It Monday Linky Party - #90 - Anything Goes
Robyn's Fettish Challenge Blog - Challenge #108 ~ Anything Goes
Colour Me Creative Copic Challenge - #43 ~ Anything Goes
Little Claire's Designs -  #21 ~ Male theme

That's all I have time to look for tonight so thankyou for stopping by again and I have enjoyed reading the comments left for me
Take Care,

front of card

inside of card

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Cupcake Anyone?

Sorry, I didn't post yesterday, ran out of time during the day to sit down at the computer and didn't even get time to make a card! We got home about 1 p.m. and after putting a couple of things away, went straight off to bed.
The engagement party went well although it was quite a cold night. Adrian got a fire going outside and we set some chairs around it. He and the boys managed to close in the car port with heavy tarps as well and they had an industrial blow heater that our youngest won as as Apprentice of the Year. There were about 75 people and a few children too. It was a great turn-out with costumes too. A lot of people got into the spirit of the theme and came dressed as someone/something starting with the letter "F" We had farmers, fishermen, fortune tellers, flower girls, fairies, firemen, FBI agents, Foo Fighter, Face Book page, Free Hugs, Fozzie Bear, Frankenstein, Forensic scientist (my niece, who does actually work in this field!!), a foreign exchange student, Felix the cat, a Fremantle supporter, several Football players and fans and several others I can't remember. Oh, there were two "Fabio's" as well. And me as a flapper, there was another girl who came as a flapper too but she wore black and I was decked out in red.
The cupcakes turned out in the end and everyone thought they looked good and were yummy as well. I did a very short speech, our daughter decided that because the Mum's don't get a look in normally at the wedding for speechmaking that I should do it at the engagement. Anyway, a good time was had by all. They even had George's uncle, who is the priest that will marry them in December, bless their engagement rings. I found it very moving - based on faith and commitment.
Today we were surprised with a knock on the door and the arrival of a friend who had gone interstate and we've been looking after his motorcycle. He was not due back until Monday, but he had got his dates mixed up and told us the wrong day. I was up and showered and dressed but Adrian hadn't made a move from the bed, LOL. Anyway, I ended up leaving them to it and going off to church on my own. Well, he was still here when I got back nearly 2 1/2 hours later! When he did leave, we had some lunch and then a very quiet afternoon, I didn't even do the dishes, which are mounted up from all the baking efforts. Tomorrow will be clean the kitchen day!!!!
I did get some time to craft tonight so will get on and share my card.
I've used SU Pacific Point for the cardbase and made the fold at the top. Added a layer of SU Pacific Point card and then a layer of DP from DCWV -The Sweet Stack - a 12x12 pack of heavy DP. I cut two nestie shapes and printed off this little cutie from Bugaboo Stamps and coloured her with Copic Markers and then cut her out. I did try cutting her slightly around the legs and the hand first and then slipping the nestie die over and cutting out but ended up with a slight notch of card missing out of the circle near the hane so not quite sure what I did wrong. I coloured a little section of the circle in to give her a base to sit on. I added a piece of ribbon around the bottom and then stamped the sentiment ( a freebie with a magazine) onto white card and cut out with a ticket punch. I backed it with a piece of the Pacific Blue and added some little lines with a blue marker. I popped the image and the sentiment on with foam dots. I continued the theme on the inside with a piece of the blue card, a strip of DP and a white circle diecut.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges:  C4C137 - Birthday Card
Delightful Challenges - Weekly Challenges - Add Ribbon
Little Miss Muffet Challenges & Releases-  Challenge #35 - Anything Goes

Hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and are ready for another week,
Take care,

front of card
 inside of card

Friday, May 18, 2012

Afternoon Tea

Isn't time just flying past again? It's nearly the weekend again too!!! I decided not to go to craft today as I needed to buy groceries and check out some recipes to make cupcakes for the engagement party tomorrow. My daughter bought some of those pretty hard paper cases for me to use and the first batch of cakes didn't rise evenly so even though they taste good they don't look pretty, will ice them anyway and see if that makes them any better. Hope tomorrow's batch turn out okay as I can't get any more of the paper cases unless I waste time hunting for them. The shop she bought them from is near her and too far for me to go in the morning.
Will have to miss tomorrow's craft session too, this will be two weeks in a row and the girls are moving on to something new.
Well here is my card for today,
I've used SU Night of Navy for the basecard and made the fold at the top of the card. The light purple and white star DP is from stash. I used a nestie shape to cut around the image and then coloured it with Copic Markers. The image is from a Kanban set called "Damask Divas - Let's Do Lunch" I traced around the outside edge of the marker onto a piece of Night of Navy and cut out to make a matte for the image. The sentiment is from SU set "A Word for You" and inked with a blue Marvy Marker. I made 3 little flowers from scraps of the DP and put a little white pearl in each centre, I added 3 little leaf sprays to finish it off.
The inside was decorated to match the front using some more DP and the nestie diecuts.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Make It Monday Linky Party - #89 ~ Anything Goes
Moving Along with the Times - Keep it Real Challenge - no fantasy
Sassy Studio Designs - Dare to be Sassy Thursday #125 ~ Use 3 of something

Well that's it from me today, I may have to schedule a post tomorrow night depending how late we get home from the party.
Thanks for dropping in today and for the sweet comments too.
Take Care,

front of card
 inside of card- the colours have scanned funny again, LOL, it should look like the top picture


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Two birds in a Frame ~ Second Post for today

Back again with the second CAS card I made for the Less Is More Challenge, if you missed the first post, please scroll down to see my other card.
I've used SU Almost Cocoa to ink these stamps and have not added any other colour.
I started off inking the frame from "Pennyroyale Collection" from Kaisercraft. It is actually a journalling stamp but I didn't ink the lines so I could insert these two little birds from retired SU set " See with the Heart". The sentiment came from Clear Expressions "All Occasion" by Hampton Art.
I am entering this into the following challenge:
Less is More Challenge - Week 67 ~ One Layer Card with the stipulation of using 3 stamps.
Well that's it for me,
Catch you tomorrow!
Take Care,

front of card - again I've backed the card for scanning purpose only with a piece of coloured card to define the edges of the white card.


Tea Cups in a Row

Hello, hope you have all had an enjoyable day. I had another new follower today, which I've had to block. It was someone that is just promoting their on-line business and not a crafter at all. It is a bit upsetting when someone does this.
Anyway, onto happier matters:) I enjoyed craft with 3 of my friends today. I was late getting there as my daughter and her fiancee popped in with some patty cake wrappers so I can make some cakes for the engagement party on Saturday and also to get me to take some pics of them holding scrabble letters in their hand that spelt out their wedding date. I'm not sure but I think it is for a save the date card.
I ate lunch when I got to craft and so didn't do a lot of crafting, I managed to do some more embroidery on the engagement card I'm making so hopefully I will be able to finish that tomorrow sometime.
Tonight we had tea out with some friends and their son, DIL and grandson and our son too. We took our time as I didn't have to rush off for choir as we only practise fortnightly.
Played a card game on the computer for a little while and then thought I had better sort out a card for tonight.
I've made two but will publish in separate posts so look out for the second one!
They are very CAS cards as I made them for the challenge at Less is More.
I've used white card and on this one, I used SU Creamy Caramel to make a lacy doily border, repeating the stamping to go across the whole card. The stamp is from a clear set called "Charlotte's Dream" from Kaisercraft.   I then inked the tea cups in SU Cherry Cobbler and stamped on top of the border and then added the sentiment also inked with the Cherry Cobbler. These two stamps are from SU set "Tea Shoppe"
I would like to enter this into the following challenge:
Less is More  - Challenge week 67  ~ One Layer card, with the stipulation of using Three Stamps.

I'll be back shortly with the second card,
Take Care,

front of card - I've backed it with a piece of coloured card so it defines the edges as it is a white card.


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Another Skater Boy

Welcome to another new follower, Georgia. I hope you get to drop in from time to time.
Wednesday is the day I go to a community craft group at a church. I'm the teacher there, but class consists of just me and another friend. She takes her paper embroidery to do and I take stamping or paper embroidery - whatever is on the go here at home. No newcomers for a while now, but it is like that for the whole group, not just my table. If I find something a bit different, I usually share how to make it and might get a couple of other people off one of the other tables joining in.
Today, I started on a new embroidery pattern from one of the Hobbyjournal magazines. I'm hoping to finish it before Saturday so I can give it to my daughter for her engagement.
We had a beef roast for tea tonight so I invited our youngest daughter and her boyfriend over to share it with us. They made the garlic bread. Yum!!
It's been a really cold night so the fire is going in the family room and I rug up when I come in the lounge to use the computer. So will get on with this post before I freeze, LOL.
The card for today  I cased from one I made with Shirley on one of our Tuesday classes and I think she found it on the net somewhere. It is an easel card with a slight difference. There really is not much of an inside of the card as the side panels are stuck down, so to write a message, you would have to turn the card over and write on the back in a light coloured gel pen in my case as the cardstock is SU Chocolate Chip.
I've also used SU Bashful Blue for the mattes and for the Nellie Snellen diecut. The DP is from My Mind's Eye. I used the same die to make a matte for the image topper and also for the little piece to hold the easel section in place when open. I backed a piece of the DP with some card and cut it out with a small circle punch to add to the middle and then popped this on to the centre panel with a foam dot to give it some height so the top would stay in place. The sentiment is from Hampton Art - Clear Expressions set called "All Occasion" I added 3 small pale green rhinestones ( (B)ling - for the Sentimental Sundays Challenge.) to the LH side of the topper.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays - Challenge #102  ~ (B)irthday Theme using embellishments starting with (B)
The Lollipop Ladies  - Challenge #45 - Freckles plus additional challenge SPOTS
Here Come the Boys - Challenge #27 ~  Birthday Easel Card
Little Claire's - Challenge #21 ~ Male Theme
Lollipop Crafts - Challenge #80 ~ Just for Him
Make it Monday Linky Party -  #89 Anything Goes
I've taken a photo as well as scanned the card (not a great photo but at least you can see that the card is an easel card.)

Thanks again for all the lovely comments, it was fab to "see" those who stopped by
Take Care,

front of card - lying flat

view of the inside with the top bit cropped off!

 the open card - sitting on the top of our grandchildren's toy bucket, sorry, can't crop the background, still have the high chair and the little chair out!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Birds on a Branch

Hi everyone,
It's great to "see" you again. I would like to welcome some new followers, I hope you find something here to interest you. Tuesday is the day my friend Fran and I go to Shirley's for craft. We always enjoy the 3 cards she makes for us and our catch up for the week. Thanks for the yummy coffee too!!!  We stopped on our way home for a bite to eat and then I dropped Fran home so I could come and get a bit of housework done. I put a load of washing out but it didn't dry, just not enough heat in the sun so it went on the drying rack again. It seems to be up permanently at the moment.
Choir practise tonight went well although we had a man come in off the street and cause a bit of a ruckus. He ended up leaving but we weren't sure if he was under the influence of something or just had a mental illness. Luckily he left without any physical violence - he was just noisy and very vocal. I missed seeing him inside but he was on his way out when I got there and asked another woman for help so I stuck around and helped her just in case he did something. At that stage, we didn't know he had caused trouble inside. He just asked us for directions but I'm not sure that he really knew where he was or where he wanted to go as he was very vague about the street he wanted to find.
Anyway, I made a very quick card tonight with very minimal stamping and left the lovely paper to speak for itself.. I thought this would make a very pretty sympathy card - the colours are very subtle.
The cardbase is SU More Mustard and this gorgeous paper is froma mini stack by Prima called "Songbird collection" I thought it didn't need any embellishment. The sentiment on the front and on the inside are from a clear set called "Clearly Sentimental About Sympathy" by My Favourite Things. I used SU Pumpkin Pie to stamp the sentiments. The card on the inside is from stash and it is called Kula Cream.
Thanks for stopping by and I have enjoyed reading your comments too.
Take Care,
See you tomorrow.

front of card
 inside of card

Monday, May 14, 2012

Have a Monster of a Birthday

Hi again, another day just about finished here in Adelaide. I had a fairly quiet day today. I popped out for about an hour with a friend to the shops and bought a few groceries and had a coffee. The weather today was very overcast so I didn't attempt to diminish the mound of washing as I didn't think it would dry. In the end the rain held off and I could probably have done it. Very frustrating!!!
Our youngest son had the day off today and went to our daughter's to do some work on the car he bought last year. She is buying it from him and he was doing some repairs to get it up to scratch. They called in here for about 20 mins and then headed out to buy something else for the car and for him to drop her back home. A quiet night at home, watched "The Voice" and CSI before sitting down to make a card,
Here is the finished card.
I used SU Wisteria Wonder for the base and made it into a gatefold card. I embossed a layer of SU Pear Pizazz with hearts for the inside and also two panels for the front. I also cut a nestie shape in the Pear Pizazz and traced around the template to create a matte in the Wisteria Wonder. I stamped the sentiment and the little "XXX" in SU Basic Black Ink . On the inside I adhered the embossed layer and then another nestie diecut in Wisteria Wonder. I stamped the image onto white card and coloured with Copic Markers and then cut it out and adhered to the nestie diecut. I added another sentiment again in the Black ink. All the stamps come from "Lil Monster"s Balloon" set from AnnaBelle Stamps..
Sorry again - the green has not scanned true to colour. it is more like the green showing on the scan of the inside of the card. I really don't understand why it doesn't scan properly especially when it varies from scan to scan on the same machine!!!!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Cardmakers - Challenge 68 ~ Birthday Balloon Bonanza (must have some sort of balloon)
Cupcake Crafts Challenge - Cupcake 192 ~ Simply no Design Paper Birthdays
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Challenge 110 ~ Colour Combo ~ Shades of Green and Purple

Thanks for looking - hope you find something here to interest you,
Take Care,

front of card

 inside of card

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Girl sitting on flag banner

Hi everyone, hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day today. I went off to church, taking my jelly cakes with me. I got up at 6.30 a.m. to whip cream and split the cakes and fill them. I got part way to church and there was a walk for cancer going on in town and they had blocked the roads off, so I had to detour several times. I ended up going a long way out of the way so instead of a 10 min trip, it took nearly 30 mins and was then running a bit late. Luckily I found a park quite close to church and was just in time for the practise.
After church, our youngest daughter called in and we drove over to say a quick hello to my Mum (her Grandma) and LOL, we had McDonald's for lunch. Not a very classy Mother's Day Luncheon, but there were a few other families there too. We dropped Mum back home and came back here so Rachel could go home - she was working a split shift at the nursing home.
The rest of our children came for tea and we ordered pizza and I made self saucing choc pudding as requested. Our youngest son introduced us to his new girlfriend as well. She seems nice.
After everyone left I sat down and thought about what to make today. The mojo wasn't firing very well!!!
Here is what I've used.
SU Tangerine Tango card for the base, a layer of SU Garden Green and then a piece of DP from My Mind's Eye. I had already stamped and coloured this image which is from Gorjuss. I think it originally sat on a clothes line but I decided to use it without that. I stamped 2 images of a banner with a clear stamp from a freebie set and cut them out and coloured with Copic Markers and then adhered it to the card and sat the little girl on top. I cut one of the flowers from a scrap of the DP and paper pieced it onto the card for a 3D effect. The sentiment was stamped in SU Cherry Cobbler and is from the freebie set as well.
On the inside I used a layer of Garden Green and then a white nestie diecut and added one of the flowers from the DP as well.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:.
Do You Stack Up Challenge - #71 ~ Use a flower
The Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes Challenge

Well that's it from me again for today,
Will catch you tomorrow.
Take Care,

front of card
 inside of card

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Wonderful Mother

Well, it's Mother's Day tomorrow and some of the family will be dropping in and some will be here for tea - pizza with self-saucing chocolate pudding for sweets. If it's Mother's Day in your part of the world, I wish you a happy day.
I had a busy day today. I went off to the shops to buy some groceries and to have a look around at some clothes. I bought myself a pair of cord jeans. Love corduroy and this is the first time I've been able to fit into a pair for many years so am pleased.  I spent the afternoon baking small cakes for tomorrow's choir fundraiser. Adrian and I went out for a meal with our  eldest daughter, her fiancee, his mum and sister and our youngest son tagged along too. We had Chinese food, which was quite nice. We came back home and our daughter, her fiancee and our son went off to the pictures. Laurie has only just got home and it's just sneaked over midnight (I'm going to tweak my post to come in just before midnight as I did finish the card before then, LOL.)
I spent some time watching tv and then jellied the cakes so they will be ready to be split and creamed in the morning. It is a time consuming job!
My card for today is for Mum for Mother's Day - so sorry if you've looked at the blog Mum, it won't be a surprise.
I used SU Garden Green for the basecard and then a layer of purple card from stash. I used a green silky thread to embroider the swirl pattern and then stamped this lovely butterfly from SU onto white card and cut it out minus the antennae. I also stamped it onto another piece of card and cut out with a circle punch. This was then adhered to a black scalloped circle. The sentiment is from SU Well Scripted and inked with Basic Black. I went over the word "mother" in black pen to emphasize it a bit more,  On  the inside I used a piece of SU Certainly Celery and stamped a swirly pattern of butterflies in SU Basic Brown. The stamp is from a cling rubber set by "Stamp-It"
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Addicted-to-stamps challenge - mother's day (card for a woman)
Celebrate the Occasion -  Challenge #62 - Mother's Day
Party Time Tuesdays -  PTT#67 ~ Mum's the Word
Tuesday Alchemy - Challenge #13 ~ Mother Dear

Well that's me for today, hope you are enjoying your weekend and thanks to those who popped in and left comments. Love reading them, thanks!!!
Take Care,

front of card
 inside of card ( the green hasn't scanned very true, it is a much nicer colour in real life, LOL)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Edwin Surfing

It's Friday night again, another week has flown past. A funny day weather wise, I did a load of washing mid afternoon and there wasn't enough heat left in the day to get them dry. I did a couple of our son's heavy jackets and they were still pretty wet when I bought them in and hang over the rack near the fire.
I went off to craft this morning and did some paper embroidery for a change of pace. I have a few completed pieces that I can add stamping of 3d picture to finish off. It's good sometimes to have something up my sleeve to make a card quickly.
Our youngest daughter and her boyfriend were over for tea tonight and watched a bit of tv before going home.
I then got stuck into making my card for today.
Here is what I used
The basecard is I think from SU (lost the packet), one of the blues.  I added a layer of DP from a mini stack pad by Kaisercraft called "Lush Collection". I tore a couple of strips of a pale blue card to create some water and stamped a sentiment from a clear stamp set which I've also lost the packaging so have no idea who made it. I added a stamped Volkswagon Combivan which I coloured with Copics and cut out. It's a clear stamp from a set by Kanban called "Retro Cars".  I then finished off by adding Edwin in surfing gear from Magnolia stamps. He was coloured with inks and a blender pen.
I left the inside quite plain with just a layer of pale blue card and a torn strip of the DP.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Southern Girls Challenge - #44 ~ About the Boys
Cards for Men - Challenge 10 ~ Kicking Back
Divas by Design - Challenge 34 ~ One for the Boys
The Paper Shelter - Challenge #63 ~ Anything Goes

Well I'm off to get some sleep, I did stop by some more blogs today, so that was an achievement.
Thanks for popping in and also for the wonderful comments. Much appreciated,

front of card    
 inside of card

Thursday, May 10, 2012

See With the Heart - Vintage Card.

Hello again, it's been a fine day today so the washing has been piling up and getting short on towels etc so after having a power outage for an hour this morning, (just after I logged onto my blog too!!!) I managed to get 3 loads done before racing to the shops for some goodies for afternoon tea at craft and some lunch too.
There were only 3 of us today and I spent some of the time eating and talking and then did a bit of colouring and giving opinions about Jane's cards when she wanted it, LOL.
I called in to the newsagent's on the way home as Jane had told me about a new magazine out that came with a couple of discs with digital images, ideas and tips and lots of other bits and pieces. So I went over and bought it and also found another mag with some free stamps which I thought were quite cute. So they will be getting an inking soon so watch out for them.
Tea out tonight with friends as usual for Thursday night. Another couple decided to join us as well. I dropped hubby home and then went off to church choir practise. Home again afterwards and picked Adrian up and then went for coffee at Fran and Kim's house. Adrian has now gone off to bed and I'm here on the computer doing my blog post!
It was Jane's birthday this week so my card for today is the one I made for her.
I used SU Certainly Celery for the basecard and then a layer of purple textured card from DCWV. The next layer is a DP from My Mind's Eye. I then cut two strips of a DP from a mini stack called "Linen Closet" also from DCWV and adhered them to strips of the Certainly Celery. I cut a nestie shape using SU Very Vanilla and stamped the image which is from SU set "See with the Heart" - ink was SU Basic Brown.  I sponged this also with the Basic Brown ink. and layered this over the top of the strips. I  cut around the nestie shape to get a matte in the purple card for the back of my image. To finish the front off I made 3 little roses and added with a few leaf sprays as well
The sentiment on the inside is also from the same set and stamped onto Very Vanilla - sponged and backed with the purple cardstock. I layered a piece of the purple card, the DP from My Mind's Eye and then the sentiment topper.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Make It Monday Linky Party - #88 - Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons Challenge Blog - Challenge #26 ~ Handmade flowers
Just Keep on Creating - Challenge #2 ~ Anything Goes
Do You Stack Up Challenge Blog -  #71 ~ Use a Flower

 front of card
 inside of card

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Vintage Tag Card

Hi again, nice to have "seen" those of you who called in today and many thanks for the wonderful comments left for me too.
I overslept this morning so chose not to go to craft this morning. I stayed home and did a few bits and pieces around the house. The tooth is gradually getting better, not much of an ache at all today but still sensitive on both sides of my mouth for chewing so still avoiding hard foods. I had soup for lunch and then made a pasta dish for our evening meal. It's always a favourite meal around here.
My card for today was made with a maroon cardstock (from stash) for the base. I cut a layer of DP from a mini stack by Prima called "Songbird Collection". I stamped a large rose from  a set called "These Days" by Kaisercraft using SU Basic Brown onto the lower left hand corner. I distressed the edges and also ink distressed with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink. I used a nestie diecut and also distressed with ink. I cut a square of SU Very Vanilla and distressed the edges and then ink distressed as well. I used a floral stamp from  a set called "Charlotte's Dream" also from Kaisercraft and stamped using a second stamping technique. The sentiment is from SU set "Petite Pairs". I made a tag using a strip of the Very Vanilla and stamped the image with Basic Brown. The image is also from "Charlotte's Dream" . I ink distressed the edges of the piece before matting onto a strip of the maroon cardstock. I rounded the top corners and used my cropadile to put an eyelet in the tag and added a piece of lace that was white originally but I sponged it with the Distress ink to give it a more aged look. I haven't done the inside yet, still thinking about it, LOL.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Make It Monday - #88 Anything Goes
Scrappy Frog Challenge - Tag It! ( doesn't appear to be a link so will have to enter this later when they have added it)
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Challenge #42 - Tags
Craft Your Passion Challenges - Challenge 109 - Torn  or Distressed Edges

I managed to get to a few blogs tonight, so if I didn't get to yours, I hope to in the next few days, I always enjoy seeing what everyone is making and sharing.
Take Care,

front of card

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Lil' Robot

Another late night for me!! I went to choir tonight and managed to do some of the singing, but opening my mouth too wide made my jaw ache. The tooth the dentist worked on is still sore!! What a saga, thanks for the well wishes re the dental problems.
I overslept this morning and my friend woke me up when she came to pick me up for craft with Shirley today. I just threw myself together, LOL, and we weren't very late. We had a good time together making the kits up that Shirley creates for us and then we stopped on the way home for lunch. We joined Doug and Shirley for a meal and coffee before coming home.
I babysat our youngest grandchild while my DIL and granddaughter went to a doctor's appointment at the hospital. He is a bit stubborn about sleeping during the day but was very tired and took me over an hour to settle him. Peace reigned in the end with him tucked up in the spare bed.
Our daughter and her boyfriend came for tea tonight and I made pasta, something soft for me to eat, LOL. Tom went off to work and Rachel stayed to spend some time with her Dad, do some homework and watch some television.
Not much to chatter about today so will move on to sharing my card.
I've made a gate card tonight. I used SU Chocolate Chip cardstock for the base and then cut two panels of SU More Mustard and two panels of this cute robot paper from a mini stack from Craft Works. I found it in a cheap shop over in Tasmania last week. I cut a white panel and stamped a background with a clear stamp from a set called "Botz Quotz" from Stampendous. I inked the edges with Basic Brown and adhered it to a piece of the More Mustard. The sentiment was inked with SU Pumpkin Pie and cut out with a decorative label punch and sponged with the Basic Brown.. I adhered it on an angle on one side of the card only. The little robot is a digi from Birdie Brown (I think!) and was coloured with Copics and trimmed. I decorated the inside with a piece of  More Mustard and a small rectangle of the DP backed with a scrap of the Choc Chip card. The sentiment was stamped onto white card with the Pumpkin Pie ink and cut out. It's from SU set "Friendly Phrases"
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Make It Monday -  #88 Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - Challenge 10  ~ Sentiment as focal point
Come and Get it Challenges - Let's Hear it for the Boys

That's it from me, hope to visit you soon to catch up with your creations too.
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,

front of card
 inside of card


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