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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Just a little Snowman

Hi everyone, late again! I went to our last official Wednesday craft session today, I didn't teach as I had a singing rehearsal for the concert they put on for the end of the year.
Came home and drifted off for about 10 min nap until the phone rang with some tele-marketer wanted to sell me something!! Left my husband to make his own tea as I had to be ready in my choir outfit and head off by just after 6p.m. A friend was supposed to come to my house but at 6 p.m. her husband rang saying that she had a big stain on her white blouse and couldn't get it off, so go without her. She ended up coming but we had already started our performance and had done about 4 songs. So she had to sneak in and find a chair.
After the performance a few of us went to a restaurant/cafe in town for something to eat and a cup of coffee. I got home just after 10.30 p.m. and have been fiddling around with this card ever since! Just couldn't find the right paper. Hopefully this is okay.
I've used SU Old Olive for the cardbase, the spotted DP is from My Minds Eye and the tree paper is from 3 bugs in a rug - it's called Snow Much Fun - Christmas Trees
The little snowman came from a clear set of freebie stamps and was inked in SU Basic Grey and coloured with Copic Markers, cut out and mounted with foam dots.
I used a Nestie for the sentiment which is a rub-on from the cheapie store. I sponged around all the papers and sentiment with SU Garden Green.
I would like to enter this into Sir Stampalot Nov challenge - Blue and Green ( Hope I can get away with the bits of white that are showing)
and also into
The Poodles Parlour - Christmas
and Addicted to Stamps challenge #18 - Christmas
Well better insert the scanned picture and get this published,
Thanks for stopping by,
Take care,

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Baby Fairy

A warm welcome to a couple of new followers, Betty and Lisa. Thanks for becoming followers and hope to see you from time to time.
Well a long day today, Fran and I went off to Shirley's for our weekly class and made 3 fab cards. We grabbed some lunch at a little deli on our way home. I had found out very late last night from the secretary of the choir that I belong to that they wanted members of the choir to try and go into the town hall this afternoon for a photo shoot. We are performing in the Mayor's Gala Concert next Tuesday afternoon. Well it was all a bit of a rush getting organised and getting a fellow chorister to pick me up. Her son drove so he could just drop us off. Finally got home late afternoon and hopped straight into my car and headed off to the hairdressers! I had my haircut on Friday and I wasn't really happy with it so went back. She layered the back for me and didn't charge me and also gave me a $5.00 voucher to use next time. It looks much better now. Home again, made zucchini slice for our evening meal, and then out to choir practice and home after 10 p.m. So it is rather late now and could do with some sleep. We have a craft breakup Wednesday week and I was asked to sing so need to find something and take for a practice tomorrow.
Well onto my card,
I've used Regal Rose from SU for the cardbase. Layered a DP from Fancy Pants Designs called Precious - Baby mine. I added some pink ribbon with stitching on it (from stash). The cute image is called Baby Fairy Flora from Stampavie and is a Mo Manning design. I coloured with Copics after stamping it onto a white nestie diecut. I layered this onto to some sparkly pink card and trimmed around to match the nestie shape. Voila, finished, I am going to send this to a friend who is a Grandma for the first time.
I would like to enter this into;
Flutterby Wednesday's #181 - open theme as long as it has either a fairy, butterfly or angel on it somewhere.
also entering my card into the challenge over at Make It Monday #65 - Anything Goes
Thanks so much for popping by today, hope you found something to interest you,
Take Care,

Monday, November 28, 2011

Daisies in a Vase

Hello everyone,
Welcome to new followers, Loli, Janny and Tracy, great to have you here.
I didn't manage to get the puddings done so will now have to wait until Wednesday. I forgot to soak the fruit overnight and spent the day washing and doing the dishes and putting the Christmas tree up!
So no Christmassy smells lingering in the air!
My hubby and I picked up our friends, Fran & Kim and took them to a local radio station. They have a shed out the back where every Monday night they have a live radio session called "Hill Billy Hooters" Anyone that wants to perform rocks up and they fit as many people they can within an hour. Not really country & western but in that vein. Lots of guitars, ukeleles, mandolins and mouth organs. Ballads and some original songs with a couple of other genres tossed into the mix. We took some folding chairs and sat down and within the first 10 mins it decided to rain - big sploshy drops. Luckily they stopped after about 5 minutes and it is a warm night so we dried off quickly.
So, just got home and made this quick card for:
Less is More - week 43 - Recipe - A Bit of Bling, has to be CAS style card.
Also would like to enter it into Make It Monday - #65 - Anything Goes.
My card base is SU Glossy White, I used SU Basic Grey to stamp the image "Daisy Vase" from Stampendous and also the sentiment from SU set "Happiest Birthday Wishes"
I coloured the image with gel pens and added bling to 3 of the flowers. Two amber ones for the centres of the flowers and one green for the bottom of another as it was facing the other way.
I've scanned the card with a bit of dark paper behind it so the white card can be defined in the scan. The flowers do look brighter IRL and I know the scan has washed them out quite a bit. I tried a photo but it came out too dark and fuzzy.
Thanks for stopping by and all the fab comments, much appreciated,
Take Care,

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Tree

Hi everyone, another weekend has gone and Christmas is rushing towards us at a great speed! I think I will have to spend the day making Christmas pudding tomorrow.
My granddaughters went home about 2.00 p.m. after spending the night and coming to church with me. They went to Sunday School and the little one made a cutout of a wiseman and a little box with lots of bling, the older one made a huge star. You might be interested to know Sonia that it was like the one you shared in your tutorial a little while ago but really big, LOL.
I passed a milestone with my blog today. I have now surpassed 10,000 page views. I can remember when I started and I had just one follower, my friend, Shirley, and I thought that nobody would be interested in my cards, Thankyou to all who make it worthwhile posting every day. I enjoy meeting other bloggers from around the world and it is another fantastic extension of cardmaking that I am happy to have become part of.
Well I haven't sat down to craft till late tonight and decided to do something quick and fairly simple.
Unstampabelles challenges require no stamps so I have made my card to suit the challenge.
I've used SU Real Red cardstock for the base and a nestie's diecut tree. I wound some metallic silver thread around the tree and then added lots of bling. The stars, wavy lines and sentiment are all rub-ons. I used a punch for the sentiment.
I would like to enter this into UnStampabelles Challenge #5 - Trees bonus technique Paper Punches/Dies
Well it was good to "see" you today and hope you've had a fantastic weekend
Catch you tomorrow,
Take Care,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Pulling the Sled

Hi everyone, another busy day, got up about 8 a.m. and then drove over to pick up my son and his fiance and then drove them into town so they could go in a small bus with friends to the Barossa Valley on a winery tour. It is one of the girls birthdays soon and as it is close to Christmas people will be away etc so she decided to have her celebration early and chose the wine tour. I went the long way home as there was road works the other way. When I got home I had to make chocolate cheesecake slice to take to a craft group Christmas party so that took a while to mix and then cook. Also made some sandwiches because I'm supposed to eat multigrain bread. We had a good time. We helped Judy with some of her craft she makes for the Cancer Foundation. One of the things we did was wrap single toilet rolls with Christmas paper and then entirely in cellophane and attach a tag with this saying on it:
Merry Christmas,
Money is scarce, times are hard,
So I'm giving you this instead of a card,
Christmas cards are expensive it's true,
But this will be handy for you in the loo!!!!!

I left earlier than usual because my son and DIL were bringing the two girls down for me to look after - they are also staying overnight, so we watched "Elf" on tv and had pizza. They are both tucked up and asleep and my hubby has just come home from his interstate mercy mission! It turned out the man felt like he was going to black out while driving the truck. He stopped and they had a district nurse from one of the towns come out to him and they discovered his sugar levels were really high, so looks like he has diabetes and didn't know about it. She gave him some medication and told him he shouldn't be driving and that's why they had to go and get him and the truck. So they must have done a lot of driving to get back tonight.
Well onto my card,
I've made a top fold card with a small step at the front. Sorry I have had to scan it so you don't really get a proper look at the card!
The cardbase is a bright green from stash and I've used a sheet of DP from a freebie pack by My Mind's Eye called Snowed In - Winter Papers, Christmas designs. I stamped the image and sentiment with SU Basic Grey onto white card and used my Copic Markers to colour the image, Red ink for the sentiment. Both the image and sentiment came from a set by Adam Pescott. I used a circle punch and also a scallop punch for the sentiment and added some bling. I put some glitter on the hat and snow.
I would like to enter this into The Poodles Parlour Challenge - Christmas
and also into Fairy tale Challenge #29 - Christmas
Thanks for looking and for your comments too!
Take Care,

Friday, November 25, 2011

Born to Golf

Hi everyone, a quick post as I've been on the go all day and out tonight as well!
My card for today is made using a basecard of SU River Rock, I'm not quite sure where I got the DP. For the topper I've used SU Early Espresso and white card from stash. The golfer image is from Creative Expressions, a set called Playing Through.
The sentiment is also from this set. My card is a "Z" fold with a white panel inside for the greeting. My husband left me a note while I was out during the day, he and another workmate have gone interstate in a hire car to pick up a truck driver who is ill. The flying doctor wouldn't take him because it wasn't an emergency. The other workmate will drive the truck home and my hubby will bring the ill driver back with him in the car. They left sometime today and won't probably get back till late Sunday or possibly Monday. It takes several days to get to Western Australia, all they knew was that he was near the border, so hopefully he stays with the truck. Not sure if he is in a small town or just on the side of the road. I suppose they will find out. Anyway, he took my camera with him, so I had to scan the card so you can't see the "z" fold.
I would like to enter this into;
Cards for Men challenge 24 - Fancy Folds
Hope you are looking forward to your weekend, thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Sending Love & Sympathy

Hello everyone, hope you have had or are still having an enjoyable day. I had a quiet morning at home and did another load of washing, some of my things this time. Priority here for washing is hubby and son's workclothes, then towels and tea towels and lucky last are my things.
I caught up with my friend when I went up to the shop and chatted a bit about how her Mum went with the skin graft. She went in Tuesday and they took the skin from the other leg, but were going to put the graft on today. I caught up with her again as she came out with us for a meal tonight and the doctor wasn't real happy with the condition of her leg so has put off putting the graft on till probably tomorrow and she will have to be in hospital for a while and then have some rehab. She hates hospitals but needs to improve if she wants to stay in her own home. So, hope things go well for her.
I spent the afternoon with my Thursday group. Jane was home from her cruise to Vietnam and gave each of us some cute little vietnamese figures which are magnets. Thanks Jane and glad you had a good time and are back home safe!
No choir practise tonight so I went for a walk with my friend Fran and also took the dogs. Went a bit earlier so it was just on dark when we walked down my street.
Well I'm slightly earlier than usual as I have made a CAS style card for:
Less Is More challenge week 42 - Theme - Silhouette
I decided to make a Sympathy card as I don't have very many of them in my stash.
I have used SU Early Espresso for my card base. I added some embossed lines to make a frame and then I stamped the silhouette image and sentiment from SU set Love & Sympathy onto Whisper White cardstock in Choc Chip Ink, I used a circle as a mask and applied Tim Holtz Faded Jeans Distress ink over the white card. I finished off with a bow I made using some of the ribbon I picked up off a stall at craft on Wednesday.
Thanks for stopping by again, I am slowly working my way through some of my blog list trying to comment on people's blogs. It is very time consuming, so I do appreciate your visits and especially the time you take to make a comment.
Take Care,

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Angelic Music

Another day has flown past! I taught class today - two people on my table, but one decided to do some beading, she is making a beaded pen cover, very nice but the pattern is hard to follow, hence I haven't attempted it yet, LOL. Next week will be the last Wednesday class and the following week they put on a concert and everyone brings food to share. Will have to watch what I eat this time, alas nothing sweet!!
Wanted to extend a warm welcome to two new followers, Gail and Cindy. Blogger keeps changing how many followers I have every time I go on it usually reverts to a lesser number, I've heard other bloggers have this trouble from time to time.
Another Christmas card to share today.
The basecard is SU Garden Green and then a lovely vintage style DP from Meg's Garden mini paper stack called A Vintage Christmas, another freebie that came with a magazine.I stamped the image (from Crafty Individuals) in SU Choc Chip onto white card and then used Distress inks and a blending sponge to do the edges. I coloured the angel in with Copic Markers and punched a flower from SU Naturals Ivory and distressed that too. I punched 3 leaves to put behind it and added a very pale green pearl to the middle. A friend gave me some of her bits and pieces as she was moving into a retirement village and this lovely tatted lace was in one of the boxes so I put it down one side of the topper.
I am entering this into Make It Monday #64 - Anything Goes
I am heading off to bed, so thanks for popping in and I love to read what you have to say about my cards too
Take care and enjoy the rest of your day,

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Caught Out

Hello again, hope you have had a good day. I didn't go to craft today as my friend's mum had a fall a couple of weeks ago and cut herself badly and had problems with her skin because it is so thin. They tried to save the skin but after initially looking healthy, it died and she had to have a skin graft today. So thought I would give Shirley the day off from making card kits for us to do.
Tomorrow I will be out teaching Christmas cards to a couple of ladies.
I wanted to say welcome also to another new follower, Cindy. Hope you find something here to interest you.
The card I made today is again using the dark blue card (LOL, I had to use the other half of the card) Not sure where this cute cupcake DP came from. I used it in the lower half of the card and also punched a circle to go behind this little bear that has been caught with icing all over his mouth. He looks very contrite, doesn't he! The little bear was a freebie digi stamp from Beccy I coloured him with Copic Markers and cut him out and mounted onto the circle and then onto a white nestie label which I sponged with pink ink and added lots of small pink bling!
The sentiment is from SU Your'e a Gem set and was inked in Brilliant Blue, I added a little bling for the dot in the "j" Again I used punches to create the little sentiment tag. A ribbon to finish off. This came from a friend's cousin who passed away and was an avid crafter.
I would like to enter this into Cutie Pie Challenge #5 - Bears
Thanks again for stopping by and also for the encouraging comments you leave, they are much appreciated,
Take Care,

Monday, November 21, 2011

Strawberry Cupcake

I have some new followers, welcome to Loz, Sandy, Audrey, Margaret and Diane. Thanks for joining my blog and hope to see you here from time to time.
If you stopped by yesterday, please scroll down to yesterday's post to see the card. Silly me was a bit brain dead, LOL, when I did my post and forgot to add the scan of the card, I've rectified the problem with both my brain and the post.
I've had a quiet day home doing more washing, it never seems to end and I didn't start till late morning so the last lot weren't quite dry. We have daylight saving here at the moment so we get an extra hour of sunlight so they hung on the line until about 7.30 ish. I took the two dogs for a walk again, my legs and knees are sore by the time I get home but it doesn't seem to last after a rest watching a bit of tv.
My card today is made with a dark blue cardstock from stash, a piece of DP from a mini stack from DCWV called Linen Closet. It probably doesn't show in the scan but the little dots are glittery! The image (a set recently bought from Annabelle Stamps) was stamped in SU Close to Cocoa on white card stock, coloured with Copic Markers and then cut out and mounted onto a dark blue die cut. One of my Nestie Label Dies. I added a double bow that came from a pack I bought on e-bay and also 3 little buttons (also an e-bay purchase). I added bling to the centre of each button and I used buttons which complemented the colours used to colour the stamped image. I stamped the sentiment which is from Kaszazz in basic black straight onto the DP.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges;
Make It Monday #64 - Anything Goes
Annabelle Stamps - Say it with Buttons and Bows
Well thanks so much for stopping by and for all the wonderful comments, they are much appreciated.
Take Care,

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Three Little Elves

Boy, I'm really tired tonight, must be all the late nights catching up with me, so a quick post to share the CAS style card I made for today.
I've had this cute little stamp for a while and thought I would give it an airing!
My basecard is SU Elegant Eggplant, the DP is from the freebie Hot Off the Press mini stack I got with a magazine. I distressed the edges and then sponged with SU Hunter Green ink. The image is stamped also in the Elegant Eggplant ink. I tore around it and mounted onto a piece of card. I added two Elegant Eggplant strips and added lots of red bling. The sentiment was stamped with Hunter Green onto white card, punched out and then put on a punched red circle for a bit of extra colour. The sentiment is from Stampendous.
Hope you have had a wonderful weekend and ready for the coming week. Only 5 more weeks to Christmas, I can't believe the time has just flown by so fast.
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,
Sorry everyone, I was really tired, I didn't preview or even check the blog after I clicked "publish post" Hope you come back and check out the photo, LOL.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sweet Smelling Bouquet

Welcome to my little piece of blogland! Hope you are all enjoying your weekend.
I went off to my friend Judy's for our weekly craft get together. Eight of us there today, which is everyone. Sometimes depending on what is going on in people's lives there are less, but we all enjoy each others company and actually most weeks get some craft done. Judy is heavily involved with her school and charity work so has usually got some projects on the go to sell or raffle off and sometimes we help her do that as well. A few of the girls were helping her make tins that you use as a card stand. They have been very popular.
I managed another walk tonight after tea and this time my son came too. That meant I only had one dog to handle and the other one actually is his dog but has lived here since he bought him except for a few months last year.
Well, another late post from me so I had better get on with it, LOL.
My basecard is SU Bashful Blue, a matte of pink, from stash. I stamped the image which is a Flonz stamp onto white card, coloured with Copic Markers and then roughly tore the edges and mounted onto a piece of Bashful Blue and tore that too.
I put 3 score lines on the pink card and placed some pearls along them on either side of the card. The greeting is from SU Happiest Birthday Wishes set and inked with SU Rose Red.
I would like to enter this into Make It Monday Challenge #64 - Anything Goes
Thanks again for popping in, lovely to "see" you and even better when you leave me a comment.
Enjoy your weekend!
Take Care,

Friday, November 18, 2011

Christmas Dress

Oh, I'm late again tonight, I decided to go for another walk with the dogs, they are only small dogs but nearly pull my arm out of the socket for the first half hour, I have to set a fairly fast pace to keep up with them, LOL.
It is still very warm here and I was getting a bit hot sitting in the dining room and again here in front of the computer monitor, they certainly put out some heat!
So, I've been fiddling around trying to decide what to make and this is what I have come up with.
My basecard is a green cardstock from stash and then a piece of SU Very Vanilla and a piece of DP from a mini paper stack from Hot off the Press - a freebie with a magazine. I stamped this cute "Gorjuss" image called "Little Heart" onto white card and coloured with Copic Markers, cut her out and adhered to a cream oval diecut and then onto a nestie diecut in green and finished off with this lovely lush red ribbon. I decided not to put a sentiment on.
I would like to enter this into the challenge at Shelly's Images - theme is Anything Goes.
Well better hurry and post this,
Thanks for stopping by
Take care,

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Angel Song

Choir practise tonight so thought I would use one of my little angel stamps and make another Christmas card to share today.
It was my Thursday craft group today and as Jane is away on holiday we had it at my place instead. I also had to babysit two of my grandchildren, a 3 year old and a 6 month old. Perfect as usual, Layla played with the toys and watched some tv in the family room while we crafted in the dining room. Little Isaac rolled around on a blanket for a while before everyone arrived and then I nursed him off to sleep and popped him into my bed for a sleep. He slept right through then until my DIL arrived and he had a cuddle with a couple of my friends who hadn't seen him in real life yet, Mum gave him a feed and then they hopped into their car to go home and get the oldest granddaughter. Out to tea with my youngest and her boyfriend, a couple of friends and then to choir. I came home about 9.30 changed into my joggers and took our two dogs for a walk for an hour (or did they take me?) The first half an hour they were raring to go but slowed down on the return journey until they hit the top of the street. Even in the dark they knew we were nearly home!
So... did sit down and put this card together as I had already stamped and coloured the image and I just needed to work out what else to do with it.
Here is what I come up with.
The spotty DP is from My Mind's Eye (I think) the music is from Kaisercraft , basecard is SU Real Red and I cut a nestie ribbon banner with SU Bashful Blue,
The little angel is stamped on a white Nellie Snellen diecut and coloured with Copics.
Off to bed, thanks for popping in - hope to see you again soon.
Take Care,

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Little Birthday Wish

Another day nearly over for me, I taught another Christmas card today at class. I was still missing one of the ladies who was very keen to make cards and hasn't turned up for 3 weeks now. Not sure what's happened to her. It is a community craft group run by a local church and the people that attend don't pay anything so I suppose it is no loss to her if she doesn't come, but it would be nice to know from week to week who is actually going to turn up! I did have 3 sometimes 4 people but only had 1 today. So no waiting for someone else to finish with stamps or cutters etc.
It's been another lovely day, hubby did some more painting after work today so there is still the reek of paint wafting through the house, I wouldn't mind so much but it tends to give me headaches. So I think the room should now be finished and ready for youngest son to start moving things back in to his old room and as soon as he gets another bed, I can get our spare bedroom back!
Well onto my card for today,
I've used a cream cardstock for the base, the DP's are from a mini paper stack by Merci from one of the cheap shops. I used one of my Martha Stewart punches and did two layers of the edging at the bottom of the card. The Die Cuts are both cut with Nellie Snellen Dies. The little bird is from Doodle Pantry ( I think ) and the greeting is called "Little Birthday" made by Stamp-It and inked in SU Real Red. I added a little trail leading from the bird using a brown Marvy Marker.
I would like to enter this into Make It Monday #63 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by and also for your wonderful, encouraging comments.
Take Care,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Born in a Stable

Hi and welcome to my little piece of blogland, Just a quick post as it's late and gotta get some sleep.
The card I am sharing is one I taught my class last Wednesday. I've used and 8" x 8" square and made this smaller square card by scoring and folding so when you undo the ribbon is opens back out into the 8" x 8" square again. I've used this sweet nativity scene with angels and the baby Jesus, It is a Stampendous cling rubber stamp called "Manger Kisses" I inked it in Close to Cocoa and coloured with Copics. The sentiment is from a SU set and I've also added a sentiment from Kasazz Stamps on the inside.
Hope you find it interesting, I enjoyed making and teaching it.
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Queen for a Day

Hello again, I forgot to tell you my hubby and son started painting the bedroom too yesterday afternoon so the house reeks of paint. They got one coat on everything and then another coat done in shifts today. One middle son did around all the edges of walls and ceiling with a paintbrush whilst the youngest, (who is the tallest, LOL) used the roller and painted from the bottom to as far as he could reach. They both left and when hubby came home he had to get up on the ladder and paint the rest of the wall and also the ceiling. We have an old house which is 13 feet from floor to ceiling, so it is a big job. So we had a very late evening meal.
Hope you are enjoying your day, it has been lovely weather here today, I went and picked up my Mum and we went to one of the big hardware stores so I could get a new door bell as mine has finally died! We had lunch there in a little cafe and Mum bought some Petunias and I got some Mint and a new pot which I use to keep my clothes pegs in. It's very handy as it sits in an old wooden stool which the cushion has been taken off and the pot sits in it very nicely and I don't have to bend to get pegs. We also went to the butcher and got a few things too. I came back home and did 3 loads of washing. My son hasn't had time to wash for 2 weeks! He told me I didn't have to do it, but I already had one load in, so was just as easy to keep going.
My card for today is made using one of my favourite techniques, paper embroidery. I've used a white basecard. I stitched onto a yellow (almost mustard colour) textured card with a variegated thread. The image I used I found on a sheet of gift wrap and cut it out and adhered to the middle of my topper. I cut an extra dress out and added for some extra depth.
I would like to enter this into Make It Monday #63 - Anything Goes
Well off to bed, thanks so much for popping in - I appreciate your comments too.
Take Care,

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Postage Stamps

Hi everyone, another busy day today! I finally got to bed at 2 a.m. after dipping and rolling all the jelly cakes and then was up at about 6.45 a.m. as hubby had to go to work and I needed to whip the cream, split the cakes and fill them with cream. Off to church, then I delivered the cakes. I made the mistake of wearing new shoes to church and had to walk a fair distance to drop off the cakes. By the time I got back to my car I had rubbed both sides of my feet and caused the skin to tear, so am walking around with bandaids and very sore feet!
I got home from doing that and straight into moving furniture etc to make room for our son to move his belongings back in, I then had to put all my craft away as family came for tea and picked names for their Secret Santa gifts. So I haven't hardly been off my feet for two days and my knees have gone kaput!!
So... I've not had time to do any crafting at all and am so tired I am heading off to bed shortly. I thought I would share one of my cards from last year that I sent off as a swap card. I cut an aperture of Australia into my card and then used Australia postage stamps to fill it in as the theme was postage stamps. I've also included four ATC's that I made for another swap which had an oriental theme.
Hope you find them interesting,
Thanks for stopping by,
Take care,

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Happy Engagement

Hi everyone, are you enjoying your weekend? Mine has been busy so far, I've done at least 6 or 7 loads of washing and now have started making 5 -6 dozen jelly cakes, I hope I get them all cooked as I have to have a shower and be ready to get picked up to go to an engagement party. I have just finished the card so I am going to do an early post because I won't have time later tonight. Two of my son's popped in, I thought it was a bit strange as the youngest rang first to see if I was home and said they were coming to see me. They don't usually ring they just turn up. Well the youngest son has broken up with his girlfriend and wants to move back home, he doesn't even have a bed now because after taking it with him, they decided to sell it. Luckily we do have a spare, but his room has been taken over by bits and pieces and he will have to use our spare room that we usually keep for guests. Oh well, we will see how it goes.
Here is the card I made for the engaged couple!
I've used a navy blue basecard and then stamped congratulations on it in silver ink. I stamped the champagne glasses in the same ink onto a scrap of the blue and punched out with a circle punch. I mounted it onto a piece of DP from Prima Marketing paper stack called Londonerry and punched with a larger circle punch then mounted it onto a blue matte and then onto a white nestie label and added some little bling hearts in the corner. I stamped the glasses on the inside of the card too. The stamp is called Glasses and is from Lucy's Stamps.
Sorry the scan has made the card look a bit patchy, you just never know what it is going to do next, LOL.
Well thanks for looking, gotta rush and get the cakes out of the oven,
Take care,

Friday, November 11, 2011

Angelic Tidings

Hi everyone, Friday is nearly over, I'm watching Benjamin Button on tv, I've seen it before but nothing much else on tonight. Thought I'd better pop in and scan my card and post it so might miss the last bit.
I thought I would make another Chrissie card - sometime soon I will have to think about starting to write in them ready for posting as I usually leave it to the last week or so.
My basecard is navy blue from stash - the DP is also from stash, a scrap which I had already cut the brand name off. I stamped the angel in SU Basic Grey onto white card, it's from a set called Banner of Joy made by Penny Black. I coloured with Copic Markers and backed it with another piece of navy blue and added two gold brads. The sentiment is a rub on which I've had for a while also and thought I had better start using up some of my stash instead of hoarding it! LOL.
Well hope you are all looking forward to a relaxing weekend,
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christmas Carollers

Hi everyone, hope your day has been a good one. I would like to welcome some new followers, Chrissy, Shirl and one other who I am not sure of their name, but thanks for joining. I caught up with crafting friends at the little group I run. Four of us today and one of them, Jane, is off tomorrow on a cruise to Vietnam. Hope everything goes smoothly for you Jane and you have a wonderful, relaxing time.
Out for tea tonight with friends and back home - watched some tv and made my card for today. I am going to give this to my choir conductor as I thought he would like the carol singers!
Another square card - the basecard is SU Old Olive and then I have used 2 DP's from a freebie paper stack from Hot Off The Press called Forever Christmas Cards, it has papers and tags, sentiments and embellies. I stamped the image Carollers made by Stamp It onto a white Nestie Diecut and coloured with Copic Markers, I added some glitter for the fur on their outfits. The sentiment is from SU Petite Pairs. I also added a little piece of old olive under the stamped piece, I corrugated it so it would stand out a bit more, but you can't see it well in the scan.
I would like to enter this into Cards for Men Challenge 23 - It's Nearly Christmas
and also
Christmas Card Challenge week #49 - which is a sketch
Thanks so much for stopping by, I always enjoy reading the comments you leave.
Take Care,

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thanks for your kindness

Hi everyone, another beautiful day today and again we had rain overnight and it's already rained this evening, we were supposed to have a storm but it looks like most of it has bypassed us. I taught my class today and will share the card we made in the next few days. One of my ladies didn't turn up again, so not sure what's happened to her as she was quite keen on making the Christmas cards. We only have another few weeks left of term. Anyway I had two people to teach so was a productive class.
My card today is a Thankyou card.
The basecard is SU Soft Suede, I stamped a white piece of card with a large Hero Arts stamp called, that's right, LOL, "Thankyou" using SU Brilliant Blue. I used my stampamajig so I could line it up for extra lines as my piece of card was longer than the stamp, then I sponged it with SU Ballet Blue I corner punched two opposite corners of both the card and white piece. I used a Nestie label to cut a blue and white polka dot piece and then a smaller one in white for the sentiment also inked in Brilliant Blue, the stamp is from Paper Inspirations and is called "Your kindness"
I used my slot punch to make two slots and threaded the ribbon on each side and added two large Diamante brads from Rosie's. Sorry the scan is a bit fuzzy probably because I had to hold the lid because the bling made it not level.
I would like to enter this into Annabelles Stamp Blog Challenge - Say it with Sentiments
Hope your day has been a good one whether you are working or have time to enjoy yourself.
Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Welcome Little One

Hi everyone, another warm day today, my friend Fran and I went to Shirley's this morning and made 3 cards and enjoyed each others company. I was supposed to get cards for another friend, but forgot to bring them back with me. Fran and I stopped at a little cafe and had some lunch and then she dropped me back home. I had a few dishes to wash and boy that was hot work. After 2 days of heat, the house is starting to warm up and slaving over a hot sink of water makes me really hot! Our eldest daughter popped in around tea time to pick her dog up so we are back to just 2 dogs again, should be a bit more quieter around here. We were just about to have some tuna patties that I was still cooking so offered her some too. Still some left for Adrian to have cold for lunch tomorrow.
A friend's daughter has had a little baby girl, not sure of her name but she was quite a large baby and Emily is such a tiny little thing. Apparently they let her continue in labour for quite a while before giving her an emergency caesarian. The baby was well over 9lb. So... I need to make a baby card and also a card for my friend and her hubby. Their first grandchild!
Here is the card I made.
I've used a really bright pink as the basecard and a DP from a pad of papers from one of the cheap shops. I drew the shape of a cloud, cut it out, and inked around the edges. The baby is a Magnolia image and I coloured her with Copic Markers and popped her on the cloud with foam dots.
I used some white card and a Martha Stewart punch for the little heart strip and the sentiment is from SU Petite Pairs and punched with a small wide oval.
Now I just have to get the babies name so I can do the inside of the card and their addy to post if off.
I would like to enter this into Make It Monday #62 - Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by and all the lovely comments too!
Take Care,

Monday, November 7, 2011

Feline Friend

Another day closer to Christmas - gotta get those puddings made! Hope you have been enjoying your day. It was supposed to be 31C here today, but I'm not sure whether it was. I got a fair bit of washing done before it decided to rain late afternoon. It dried fairly quickly except the last lot of sheets which caught a shower of rain before I could get out and grab them! I was in the middle of making zucchini slice for tea and Adrian was lying down on the lounge half asleep, so it was a mad dash through the family room, then the laundry and out of the back door trying to avoid 3 dogs as well!
Anyway, didn't get to sit down and make my card till late tonight but here it is.
The basecard is SU Wild Wasabi and the DP is from My Mind's Eye, a punched piece in white using a Martha Stewart border punch with a blue and white polka dot ribbon wrapped around it. The image is another Lili of the Valley freebie, coloured with Copic markers and cut out and mounted over the border, I used the wide oval for my sentiment and also a large scalloped circle in blue card.
I would like to enter this into Make It Monday #62 - Anything Goes.
Thanks for looking,
Take care,

Sunday, November 6, 2011

To My Friend

Hi everyone, wow another weekend is over and the past week just flew past so quickly. Next weekend is the Annual Christmas Pageant, a big parade with lots of floats, clowns, bands etc. and of course Father Christmas comes to town with lots of families lining the sides of the roads that the pageant winds around in the city. I'm fairly sure my two granddaughters will be there waiting for Father Christmas to come in his sleigh. I really don't want to think about Christmas yet!
I met my daughter's boyfriend's mum today and caught up with his dad and partner, whom I had already met, also met his 80 year old grandma and an uncle too. It was his Mum's birthday recently so that was the occasion and she had been asking to meet us.
I even wore a dress for the occasion. LOL, I'm usually always in jeans!
Hope you have been having a lovely weekend.
My card for today was made with another Lili of the Valley freebie - they are beautiful images!Again coloured with Copics - I rounded the corners and matted with blue card. The basecard is from SU and out of a mixed pack of card called Earth Elements. The DP on top of that is from DCWV Linen Closet matstack and the next couple of layers I've used orange card and another piece of the light brown, could be creamy caramel. I used the same piece of DP which was blue with white polka dots and I coloured the dots on each to match the colours I used in my image, then I matted them onto the two panels of card, I added a sentiment from SU set Friendly Phrases and mounted that and the image panel with foam dots.
I would like to enter this into the challenge at Squiggles and Giggles - Going Dotty
and also Catch the Bug Challenge - Anything Goes
Well thanks for stopping by and I do appreciate all of you who leave encouraging comments. Love to read them.
Take Care,

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Little Boy Hugging Knees

Oh, I know I'm not very inventive with my post titles! but welcome to my blog today. Hope you find something here to interest you.
I went to the Craft Fair and found another little stamp stall that I missed on Thursday, but decided not to buy any more stamps. There were a couple of little boxed sets with teddies and hedgies that were very cute, but they were very small images. The other one that did tempt me was one with teddy bear parts that you could have put together and made a moveable image. I thought about it and even came back to it after a while but decided against it. I did buy another couple of punches as I thought I would probably get more use out of them.
Well here is my card and I'm still using some of Shirley's gift paper and card. This is card 4 and I have only a sliver of green left now but still some more of the DP.It's also another square card! I don't normally make them because they cost more to post.
The base is the blue card I used previously (also the last sheet so I have enough to make one more card) I layered some of the DP and then made a topper with the green textured card, punched with one of my new Martha Stewart punches - another layer of blue and DP. I stamped the image (a clear stamp from Prima Marketing) onto white card and coloured with Copic Markers, cut it out and adhered it to the white diecut. I used an olive Marvy Marker to make a line of faux stitching. I used 3 different circles and cut white card, DP and blue for the sentiment which comes from SU Petite Pairs, I finished off with some little acrylic square stickers for the corners.
I would like to enter this into Make It Monday Challenge #61
also into the challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks #62 - Die Cuts
and Anything Goes Challenge 53 - Stitches - real or faux
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend and thanks for stopping by today.
Take Care,

Friday, November 4, 2011

Chasing Butterflies

Hi, welcome again to my small piece of blogland, was out again today with friends crafting and coloured some images so have got some more up my sleeve for future cards. The weekend is nearly here. Some of my friends and I are going off to the craft show tomorrow, (same one I went to on Thursday but different friends) probably this time will be looking at the bead stalls and not so much the papercraft ones. One of the little stamps I bought I will have to take back it is a clear stamp and I had to pull really hard to try and get it off the acetate backing, it has actually torn the stamp. Hopefully they will replace it. If I wasn't going again I suppose I would just have to lump it as they are interstate companies and I can't remember their business name.
Well, the card I am sharing is no. 3 card made with the DP and textured card Shirley gave me. There's not much left of the A4 card but I still have more of the DP so I can probably still make more. Shirley, you didn't realise how resourceful I am, ha, ha, ha!!!
I've again used a Blue (possibly SU) as the basecard as I think it goes really well with the DP and green card. I used a Martha Stewart picket fence border punch and wrapped a piece of green and white gingham ribbon around it. The image is a freebie and is from Lili of the Valley - a pack of 20 images that came with a magazine and they are all lovely! I coloured it with Copic Markers and added a little ladybug in the right hand corner to tie in with the sentiment from SU which also has a little ladybug above the "T" I cut the image out with a nestie label and sponged the edges with Close to Cocoa.
I would like to enter this into FlutterbyWednesday's Challenge -FBW #178 Thankful/Gratitude Challenge and of course it must have an angel, fairy or butterfly on the card.
Also into the Come and Get It Challenges - Anything Goes,
and into the challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks - Challenge #62 - Die Cuts
Well a few minutes earlier than my usual time,
Thanks for stopping by and also for the much appreciated comments.
Take care,

Poinsettia Christmas

A quick post as I wanted to enter a card into the Annelbelles Stamps Bling Sketch Challenge and it finishes very soon. So, LOL. No ChitChat.
My basecard is SU Not Quite Navy and the DP is from DCWV Linen closet matstack and I'm not sure if it shows but it is glittery embossed paper. I've used a red ribbon with gold trim another layer of the Not Quite Navy and I've stamped this poinsettia onto white card with Cherry Cobbler (SU) and then coloured using a blender pen. I then went over the veins with a sparkly gelly roll pen to give it a bit of glitz. I finished off with 3 red bling at the bottom of the image. I also distressed the edges of the stamped piece and then also ink distressed with Not Quite Navy ink.
Thanks for stopping by, as this is an extremely early post for me, if you didn't catch yesterdays post just scroll down and have a look if you like.
I'll probably be back later tonight with another post.
I would also like to enter this into The Pink Elephant Challenge TPE123 - Distressing

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Flowers For You

Good evening from my home to yours, it's been a long day. I had tickets to a craft fair this morning and spent several hours perusing the different stalls. There were only 3 proper cardmaking stalls, lots of quilting and beading stalls. I did get a few bits and pieces but no little character stamps, they were mostly backgrounds and a few little animals and some Christmas, lots of stamps to make scenes, e.g. lakes, trees, grass and so on. I did get one of an elephant on a motorbike!
I went with Jane and she rushed back and dropped me off. I got my stamping gear organised and then drove over to her house for our weekly Thursday group. Most of the others couldn't come except Joyce and she has been on holidays for a month, so was nice to catch up. Jane had to leave to have a medical test so left us at her house. We had afternoon tea and packed up and closed her house up for her.
Back home, washed a load of work clothes for my hubby. We go out for tea on Thursdays with Joyce and her husband, my youngest son had rung earlier and told me that he, his girlfriend, her son and my number 2 son were going to come out with us. So.. had to ring the hotel and book 4 extra seats. About an hour later no. 2 daughter rings up and asks if she and her boyfriend could come out with us, So... another phone call to the hotel to see if we could get more seats. Luckily they weren't too busy and our regular table grew from 4 seats to 9! I decided not to go our for choir practise so brought the washing in, watched some tv and played around making my card for today,
This is it!
The basecard is blue, same one I used yesterday and I've also used the scraps of the green card from Shirley, so this is number two card made from her gift of card.
I used DP from a DCWV matstack called Linen Closet. The image is from Annabelle Stamps and I bought it with a voucher that I won. The sentiment is from SU Teeny Tiny Sentiments. I stamped the little girl in Close to Cocoa. I didn't stamp the whole image as I didn't want to make my square any bigger, so you can only see part of her boots. I coloured her with Copics. Added a little butterfly and a button with bakers twine bow.
I would like to enter this into the November challenge at Bling It On - which is a sketch with the addition of a butterfly
Also into the Simon Says Stamp challenge - Simon Says.....BUTTONS
and also into Make It Monday #61 - Anything Goes.
Well thanks again for stopping by, it's been lovely reading your comments and visiting your blogs when I can.
Take care,

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Baubles in Blue

Hi everyone, a lovely day here in Adelaide. I went off to craft today and my new lady on my table didn't turn up, maybe she wasn't well. I still had two others to teach and I am hoping she doesn't turn up next week wanting to make today's card, because we are moving on to something new. I spent a fairly quiet afternoon at home and made a pasta slice for tea, I used Fettucine as the base and then a meat sauce and on top of that Bechamelle sauce, topped with grated cheese. It is always a big favourite with our family. I made two dishes so I rang up our middle son and offered one to him. He came on his way home from work and managed to get the dish to fit inside the space under his motorbike seat (it was pretty snug) and he only lives 5 minutes away from us so it wasn't going to be in there very long! There is still plenty left for hubby to snack on and any of the kids who pop in when you least expect them. They all have keys so it is not unusual to be sitting here and here a key turn in the front door!
Onto my card for today, my friend Shirley gave myself and Fran the choice of a piece of textured card and a designer paper but we had to come up with something using them. Well this is mine, I still have more left so will probably do another card later on. I chose the green card and this lovely pale blue DP with green swirly lines on it. The blue card is from stash (could be SU from a mixed pack) The little ornaments were stamped in Brilliant Blue ink (SU) onto white card and then cut out. I used some border stickers to make the hanging cords and then adhered the ornaments onto the paper. The stamps were a free set which came with a magazine. The Merry Christmas came from SU Holidays and Wishes also stamped in Brilliant Blue.
Hope you like how I used your gifts, Shirley, will try to remember to bring to class next Tuesday.
I would like to enter this into Make It Monday Challenge #61, it's only a simple card but the challenge is always anything goes.
Thanks for stopping by and for all the fab comments you leave too,
Enjoy the rest of your day,

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Black & White Christmas

Adelaide Cup Day today, I don't follow the races, so I didn't watch the race. Mr friend and I went off to Shirley's for class today and normally we have lunch together, but she was going to her Mum's to have lunch and watch the race together. I came home had lunch and then had a sleep as I had a bad headache. My cold is still lingering on a bit, not coughing or sneezing or anything, just feeling a bit run down.
Another singing rehearsal night that I've missed because my voice is still raspy.
Hope your day has been a productive and happy one!
I decided to make a card today to enter in the Less Is More Challenge - Week 39 - Lucky Dip, Stars.
The card base is Whisper White, (I've put black card behind for scanning purposes only, I tried to take a photo but it just didn't look right) I cut a piece of black card and punched with a Martha Stewart star border punch and tied a white sheer ribbon around it (looks cream - must be the black showing through). I glued some of the stars from the punched strip at the top of the card and finished off with a Christmas Sentiment from SU set Heard from the Heart.
Thanks for stopping by today,
Take Care,
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