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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Elf with a Heart

Well, I made it home without having to use the windscreen wipers or get wet getting out of the car. I was home for about 10 mins when the rain came down. The concert went well  and was nearly a full house. They gave us a bit of supper so got home about 10.30 p.m. One of the choristers friend put a large box of lemon slice in the hall and the ladies put it out on plates with the rest of supper. They were supposed to go home with another lady for a fundraiser afternoon tea that the choir organizes. It's tomorrow afternoon so someone is going to have to do some quick baking to make up for the loss. Anyway, it was very popular and got eaten pretty quickly, LOL.
I wish we could get a bit of decent drying weather as my towel supply is dwindling and the drying rack is full of Adrian's work clothes.
Well, I want to have an early night tonight so am sharing the extra card I made a couple of days ago just for this purpose!!!
Here it is.....

front of card                                                                       inside of card

SU Certainly Celery for top fold basecard
DP - Purple and Striped papers from Kaisercraft 6" Paper Pad ~ Dear Santa Collection and green from the Belle Collection
DCWV textured cardstock  cut with a Nestie scalloped rectangle die.
Image from Pollycraft
Copic Markers
Sentiment from SU
Large oval Punch
Scalloped Oval Punch
The inside of the card was designed to compliment the front.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crimbo Crackers - Challenge 18 ~ Anything Goes
Hope your weekend is going well, thanks to those who popped in, much appreciated.
Take Care,

Friday, June 29, 2012

Flower Pot

Another miserable weather day today, I had coffee with a friend, we then picked up her Mum from the Nursing Home and dropped her off at the Hairdresser's and then popped up to a craft shop for a very quick trip as my friend's Mum did not look at all well. She has quite a few health problems including a form of cancer.
While we were still out, my friend decided that she should take her Mum to the Hospital and make sure she was alright. Well she wasn't happy about doing that at all. We were all quite concerned about her, even the hairdresser. I offered to go with them for help with her as she is quite frail and also for moral support for my friend. We had to wait over an hour before they went in to see someone and then they were gone well over an hour while I waited in the Waiting room. Her Mum refused any tests so there was nothing to be done but take her back to the Nursing Home, so it was a very full day and after a quick trip to the supermarket, I didn't get home till about 5 p.m.
Hubby and son went in to meet our eldest son at the Markets and have a meal with him and I organised myself to go to final rehearsal for the concert I am in tomorrow night.I got home about 10.30 p.m. after dropping a fellow chorister home.
I decided to make a card from scratch and save the finished ones for another time.
So here it is.....

front of card
 inside of card

Pink cardstock for the cardbase
SU Certainly Celery
DP - both from Sweet Wishes Paper Pack (freebie with magazine)
Gingham Ribbon from stash
Nestie dies - Scalloped circle and large circle
Brads from stash - 2 for the flower centres and 1 with a little heart on for the pot.
Image is from  Bugaboo
Copic Markers for colouring
Ticket Punch
Sentiment from a clear set of stamps by Kanban

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Come and Get It Challenge - Hostess Choice ~ A Recipe - 1 ribbon, 2 DP and 3 buttons/brads
Crafty Creations Challenges - #176 ~ Embellish It ( at least 3 diff embellies)
I used brads, ribbon and a ticket punch.
The Paper Shelter -  Challenge #70 ~ Punches and/or dies

Well, I'm tired and am off to bed - hope you are enjoying the rest of your day,
Take Care,

Thursday, June 28, 2012's Christmas

I can hear the rain pit-a-pattering on the roof and I am thankful that I am snug and warm and just about ready to go off and get some sleep.
There was no choir practice tonight, so after tea out at the hotel with friends, we came home and relaxed. I actually made a card earlier today, but have still managed to fiddle with a couple more bits and pieces - so hopefully will have a couple up my sleeve for the next couple of days.
The choir I am part of are performing on Saturday and tomorrow night will be the final rehearsal, so will not have a lot of time to do cardmaking. One of my friends is going to come over on Saturday afternoon so we can craft together as she hasn't done any cardmaking at home for quite a while and wants to get back into the swing of things.
It's late again so will get on with sharing my card.

front of card ~ I paper pieced the box, lid and ribbon on both using scraps of DP and red card.

inside of card
SU Real Red for the basecard - Cut with Nestabilities large scallop die
DP from Kaisercraft ~ 6x6 Paper Pad ~ Christmas Carnival Collection
White card from stash
Nestie circle dies
Sentiment from SU
Image from  Annabelle Stamps ~ Party Animals 1
Coloured with Copic Markers

I am entering the following challenges:
Whimsy Stamps Challenge Blog - Challenge 45 - Anything but Square
Paper and Such Design Blog - Snips & Snails & Puppy Dogs Tails - snail or dog images.
Party Time Tuesdays - PTT #74 ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for popping in and for all of you who left comments, I enjoyed reading them, Thankyou!!!
Take Care,

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Relax, Take It Easy

Hi again, hope you have been having a good day. Mine started with Wednesday craft group and for those that remembered that I mixed up the days last week, I did remember and made it to class on time!!!
I took my Cuttlebug with me and had a bit of play cutting and embossing as well as stamping and colouring an image too.
We actually had some sunshine today which was a pleasant break from the cold for a short while.
I went over to Mum's this afternoon and helped defrost her little freezer, pretty cold on the poor fingers, LOL. I came back home and pottered around a bit for about 30 mins or so and then got the fire going.
We had a quiet night home in front of the television with the fire blazing away.
I dragged some of my craft bits and pieces into the family room and made my card out there in the warmth.
Also wanted to welcome my latest followers, great to meet you!

Okay, enough chatter, and onto sharing my card....

front of card
 inside of card
Basecard is SU Certainly Celery
Bright Pink card called Lipstick (from stash)
DP papers both from 6x6 paper stack "Sweet Wishes" a freebie with a magazine
Images on front of card from Whiff of Joy ~ Life's a Beach
Orange flower ribbon from stash
Coloured using Copic Markers
Image on inside from Penny Black ~ Beach Day
Punches - 2 different circles and scalloped circle

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine Challenges - #451 ~ Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - #28 ~ Welcome Summer
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge - Summer Holidays
Party Time Tuesdays - PTT #74 ~ Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown - #104 ~ Gingham

Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks to those who have popped in and left a comment today.
Take Care,

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Come Let Us Sing

Hi everyone, a cold start to the new week but was off to Shirley's this morning and enjoyed our time there.
We made 3 fab cards together and enjoyed a nice cup of capaccino as well.
I had time this afternoon to do a bit of housework and make zucchini slice for tea. We had 2 sons and 1 DIL here for tea as well. A bit messy as I had to leave to go to choir practise and hubby went to a bike club meeting (at least I think he did - he was still here when I left and in bed when I got home)  I came back to find one of the boys had been up and bought apple crumble and icecream and left me the tiniest little piece, LOL.
Anyway, I sat down to a coffee and to a bit of crafting and here is my card for today.
I thought it would be useful for several different occasions, so have not put any additional sentiment on it.

front of card
 inside of card
Basecard is SU Calypso Coral
SU Pacific Point Cardstock
DP from 6x6 Paper Pad by Kaisercraft called Tiny Woods
Orange Ribbon from Stash
Nestie dies - Rectangle and Scalloped Rectangle - one white, one Calypso Coral
Image and sentiment are from Annabelle Stamps - Tomorrows Dream
Punches - Scallop Oval and Large Oval
SU Ink - Pacific Point
Copic Markers for colouring
Blue Button from stash

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - Challenge #33 ~ Encouraging or Uplifting sentiment
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you all had a marvelous weekend.
Take Care,

Monday, June 25, 2012

Parisian Woman - Make It Monday DT Card

Yeah!!! It's time for another Make It Monday Linky Party ~ MIM #95

             (If you missed last night's post, scroll down and take a peek)

I've decided to share another one of my passions with you this week. I love to create these beautiful stitched patterns and have been doing it for about 10 years. My friends often refer to me as the Queen of Paper Embroidery. I love to collect patterns and find the stitching relaxing and sometimes challenging when it's a complicated pattern. I haven't done as much as I would like to lately as stamping has taken over my crafting projects, but I do love to combine the two when I can.
If you are interested in learning how to do the stitching, there are several sites on-line and also some freebie patterns to try.

front of card

 inside of card

Cardbase is SU Real Red cardstock
SU Very Vanilla cardstock
Blue Card from stash ~ I pricked my pattern onto this piece and used a multicoloured thread to embroider with.
Image is  New York Socialite by Stamps Happen Inc (oops, I've only just realised now that I'm writing this post that I've used this stamp, cut the image away from the wording that goes with it (which says New York Style  Fifth Ave etc) -well, she is now french, LOL because I continued the French theme on the inside too.  I have two stamps by the same company - the other one is the french one.)
SU Close to Cocoa used to stamp the image onto SU Very Vanilla cardstock
Red Copic marker for colouring
The inside of the card has layers of Very Vanilla cardstock and the blue card
I continued the french theme with the Eiffel Tower image from SU Artistic Etchings. 

This week we are being sponsored by the lovely Mandy of Cupcake Cards and Craft who creates gorgeous digi paper collections and kits!  Mandy is offering the lucky random winner 3 downloadable paper collections!

 Well, come on, it's your turn now so get those mind's working and those fingers busy and share your wonderful creations over at Make It Monday, We would love to see them and remember if you a leave a comment for someone else you go in the drawer to win the above prize.

 My Pick of the Week  is this lovely card by Kelly using both new and recycled goodies. Pop over to her blog and check out how she made this beauty.

Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Happy Birthday from Edwin

Well, my weekend is drawing to a rapid close and yep, it's raining outside. It's been a cold day but no rain till late tonight.
It was Member's Meeting at church, my first one since joining in May. So, it was a long morning at church, finishing up there at 12:45 p.m. I left home about 9.20 a.m. and then called into the supermarket on the way home to pick up some fresh rolls for lunch.
Hubby had not stayed for the meeting and when I got home he was just in the throes of selling our daughter's car. Yeah!!! one less vehicle here but there are still too many! She was happy as he got more than she expected for the car and she can give it to her brother to pay half off  her current vehicle. Laurie bought it a while ago to do up a bit and sold it to her. All the wheelin' and dealin' that goes on with cars and bikes in this family is a marvel.
We had some baked potatoes for tea tonight with sour cream, ham, beetroot and cheese. Yummy! and I haven't done them for quite a while so we all enjoyed them.
I sat down to make something for tonight and had to really rack my brain to come up with an idea.
This is what I made, hope you like it. I was pleased in the end.

front of card

 inside of card ( I decided to back the crumb cake piece of card with the blue and tear just one corner)

Card Base - Blue card from stash
SU Crumb Cake cardstock
DP from My Mind's Eye
SU Punch
Edwin stamp from Magnolia
Copic Markers
Button from stash - I used twine to tie a knot
Hessian - from my son and DIL's wedding table decorations.
Greeting from Annabelle Stamp Set
 SU Pink Pirouette Ink ( I stamped the image in the light pink so there would be no lines)

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Challenge Up Your Life - Challenge #72 ~ No lines technique
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Challenge 97 ~ Anything Goes
Catch the Bug Challenge Blog - Time for a Recipe Challenge ~ Twine, buttons and a sentiment

Thanks to all who dropped by this weekend and also to those who left comments.
Take Care,

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Daisy Birthday Wishes

How's your weekend going? I do hope you are getting a bit of craft time and maybe some time to get out and about!!!
I had a quiet morning at home and only did one load of towels as I had to put washing on the drying rack again. Yep, it's still raining. It did hold off till the afternoon but looked fairly drab outside. I headed off to my friend Judy's house for our weekly craft get together. We are all doing the same thing at the moment. We are making a beaded Christmas tree and are in the process of making the branches. A lot of time spent threading seed beads onto wire and then counting and twisting loops to make each branch. We started at the top of the tree and as you go down, you have to make the branches bigger each time. LOL, it may take us to Christmas as we have beaded decorations and a also a wire star that gets beaded too. It has a box for the base and you have to make up plaster of paris to hold it in. I said it looks dodgy having a packet of white powder sitting in our craft bags. I hope I don't get pulled up by the police, it does look a bit sus!!!!

Here is my card for today :)
I didn't get time to do the inside as I made the card base up about a month ago to show some children how to do different layouts and I will have to search for the scraps of the paper if I want to use any on the inside.

Cardbase- Yellow card from Stash
Blue card from Stash
DP - I think is SU (not quite sure)
Image is from Annabelle Stamps - Bella Stamps ~ Whimsy Flowers ( I stamped the image onto white card and then just the flowers onto another piece - coloured and then popped them back on the original image with foam dots)
Coloured with Copic Markers
Sentiment is from the same stamp set and stamped onto white card
Large Oval Punch (for sentiment)
SU Basic Black Ink
SU Pacific Point Ink (for sponging edges)

I am entering this into the following challenges:
2 Sisters Challenge Blog - Challenge 97 ~ Anything Goes
ATC's and Cards With Attitude - Challenge 16 ~ Anything Goes
Fat Pages and Cards With Attitude - Challenge 16 ~ Anything Goes

Well, I'm off again. Enjoy the rest of your weekend
Take Care,

Friday, June 22, 2012

Carpe Diem - Sieze the Day

Well, it just keeps raining. We had quite heavy rain again last night and on and off today. We do need the rain, but when you get several days in a row and you can't get the washing dry and get your craft gear to the car without getting drenched, then you get a bit fed up with it all!!!
My son said he saw about 7 accidents today out on the road because people just don't drive smart in the rain. All in a hurry to get from A to B.
I didn't go to craft this morning. I had a couple of things to deliver to Shirley, so Fran and I caught up with them at a little cafe 5 minutes from here. I checked out the newsagent and found a magazine with some freebie stamps and I have used one of them on my card for today.
Here is what I made.

Front of card

 Inside of card

SU Early Espresso for cardbase
DP is from Sandylion Sticker Designs ( been in my stash for a very long time! )
Nestabilities Large Labels Die - I used SU Sahara Sand cardstock
and drew around the die onto the Early Espresso to make a matte for the diecut
Stamp - freebie with Creative Stamping magazine.
SU Close to Cocoa ink
Black Bling from stash

I kept this pretty simple as the paper has lots of little sayings on it. I cut out Carpe Diem from another bit of the paper and backed it with some Early Espresso and then popped it over the original one on the background with a couple of foam dots. The motorbike was also mounted with foam dots.
The inside has the same cardstock but for some unknown reason the scanner has made it look different and neither of the above pics is really the right colour.. I did two second generation stamps on the bottom of the cardstock and also sponged the edges of the card.
I think this card could be used for quite a few different occasions, so I've left it without any extra sentiment.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
CCEE Stampers - CCEE1225 ~ Masculine Cards
Do You Stack Up - Challenge #77 ~ Inspired by a Movie ~ I chose "Easy Rider"
Paper Play - Week 25 ~ Use a Die.

Well that's it for me, I'm going off to snuggle up in bed and get some sleep. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy what is left of your day.
Take Care,

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fairy at the bottom of the Garden

Yeah, Yeah, LOL, thanks for all the day of the week reminders. I know it's Thursday, LOL. Hubby said to me as he left for work this morning, "It's not Sunday today"
I did go to my usual Thursday craft group and got there at the right time! There were only 3 of us today as the other 3 had things to attend to. We had a good time together anyway and actually got a couple of things done.
We had tea out tonight with 3 friends and then I had to go to church choir practise - I was a bit late as we sat and chatted for a while after our meal. I called in to another friend's on the way home from church as she had found a 12x12 paper stack that we had been looking for and bought 4 of them. One for herself and the other 3 for myself and 2 other friends. I will be taking them with me in the morning to drop them off as Jane and her hubby are off to the Grampians for a short holiday.
Adrian has been doing a bit of a grizzle lately about all my late nights, so I had better push on and share this card and then sneak off to bed, LOL. I've always been a late night owl and he is the other way inclined as his work makes him tired.
So... here it is:

front of card
 inside of card

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me - Challenge #89 ~ Anything Goes
Divas by Design - Challenge 40 ~ To "die" for
Stampavie and More - Challenge #170 ~ Something with wings

Basecard SU Melon Mambo
DP Legacy Collage - Design Originals
SU Sahara Sand
DP (blue) from stash
DP (pink) Grace Taylor Vintage 12x12 paper stack
Sentiments are both from SU Short & Sweet
Image is from Crafty Individuals
Copic Markers for colouring
Ink used was SU Close to Cocoa
Punches - small oval and large oval
Die - Nellie Snellen MFD008
Tim Holtz Vintage Distress Ink
Pearls from stash
Thanks so much for popping in and for commenting too. It's great getting to know people from all over the world and seeing what you make too.
Take Care,

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


It's raining here in Adelaide, they forecast extreme weather conditions for tonight. Apart from the heavy rain, I don't think there has been much in the way of strong winds but that could happen throughout the night. Anyway, we have the fire going and Adrian has been outside earlier checking to make sure things won't go flying around.
A strange day for me today. I was talking to someone last night at choir and they asked if I wanted to go to a musical performance on Saturday and I decided that I should go to craft as this will be the last one for a few weeks. Well I woke up this morning because my mobile rang and then when I got up, I just pottered around for a while in my pyjamas and then after about  1 1/2 hours, I asked my son where his Dad was. He answered "work" and I said that was odd, he hadn't told me he was working today. I was thinking today was Saturday, my son thought it was pretty funny!!!. So.... I was supposed to go to craft by 10 a.m. and it was already 10.30 a.m. so it would have been over halfway through the session when I finally would have arrived so I had to phone and give an apology. Not a good thing for the teacher to do. Luckily there is only one lady on my table at the moment and she does paper embroidery on her cards most of the time so it wouldn't have been a problem. It must be all the late nights I have been having lately or the brain is just not ticking over properly!!!
Anyway, LOL, I do know what today is now so no more mistakes.
Here is the card I made tonight.

 front of card
 inside of card (crooked again so it's cropped funny)

Basecard SU Early Espresso
SU Crumb Cake
DP Prima 6x6 paper stack - Londonerry (it's a dull purple colour)
Nestabilities Scalloped Rectangle
Image - one of my e-bay finds
Ink - SU Close to Cocoa
Sentiment - TJ Designs ~ Vintage Collage
Pearls from stash (a gift from Helen)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Try It On Tuesday - Anything Goes
Hope you have all had a wonderful day, (I'm sure you all knew what day it was, LOL)
Thanks for stopping by and for the fabulous comments too!
Take Care,

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Happy Father's Day - Classic Car

I'm back again! Tuesday is my day to visit Shirley and Doug and Fran and I make 3 fab cards that Shirley makes up for us. We always have a fun time together, lot's of laughter and chat, pats for the two dogs and Shirley makes us a cappaccino as well.
We also had a meal at a little eatery before heading back home and then I had to do a couple of loads of washing. It wasn't a good drying day today and it was too late to hang them on the line so back to using the clothes rack in front of the fire again!!!
I tidied the kitchen a bit and then found a bit of time to do some commenting on a few blogs. I made tea for us and then had to rush off to choir practice. We have a concert coming up at the end of the month so we only have a few practices left now.  I take a friend home and by the time I left her and got back here, it was rather late.
Thought I had better sit down and come up with a card for today and here is the end product.
The card is a top fold and I used diagonal panels to form a pocket for my tag.

front of card
inside of card
 tag on front of card

The basecard is SU Early Espresso with a top fold
The Plaid DP is fromWeRMemoryKeepers 6x6 paper stack TRAVEL light
I cut another piece of Early Espresso and then cut it in half diagonally
The striped DP (cut diagonally) is from DaisyD's - Vintage Stripe Patchwork
The Tag was made using SU Sahara Sand cardstock
Black and white gingham ribbon from stash - attached with a staple.
Sentiment is from Creative Expressions - Classic Cars
Car is from the same set, coloured with Copic Markers
Diecut - Sahara Sand backed with a piece of Early Espresso - car was popped up with foam dots.
Tyres on the tag and on the inside are from Kaiser Stamps - On the Move
SU Basic Black Ink
SU Light Grey Ink

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Do You Stack Up - Challenge 76 ~ Boys/Men
Sundays with Crissy - Tags & Tickets
2Sisters Challenge - #96 Plaids & Stripes
Delightful Challenges - For the Boys

Well, I had better get off to bed, hubby is fast asleep, not snoring at the moment, but, LOL, I bet as soon as my head hits the pillow, he will start!!!
Thanks for stopping and for those who left comments, thankyou very much, I enjoyed reading them.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Relax and have a cup of Coffee

Welcome, it's nice to "see" you, hope you are finding something here that interests you. I have a couple of new followers so a special "Welcome"  to you as well!
I babysat today and both the grandchildren were good as usual. Isaac played for a while, had some lunch and then had a sleep for a couple of hours so Mum just had to pick him up and pop him in his car seat. Layla enjoyed playing with the toys and watching some of the ABC kids programmes for a while.
I met with one of our daughter's bridesmaids at the bridal shop so we could actually order the bridal gown and put a deposit on it. Our daughter is working at a tourist village up North and will be away for 3 months so we needed to get the gown organised. She did try it on before she left and was trying to find it online to maybe save some money, but it didn't work out that way.
When I came home, hubby was out the front washing an old pushbike he had found. When he eventually came in and sat down to chat with our youngest son about the interview he had today, his phone rang. A truck had lost it's load, which was some sort of machinery, and he was called out to help get it back on. So, our meal got put off a couple of hours and he made a little bit more money for his wage packet this week.
Tea was yum!! We had Atlantic Salmon with mashed potatoes, Hollandaise sauce and vegies.
I watched the final of "The Voice" and was pleased that the young girl won. She has a very strong and unique voice.
Well I had better share my card, a Father's Day Card.

front of card
 inside of card

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
PaperPlay Challenges "12 - week 24 ~ For a Man (with Twine)
Die Cuttin Divas - Challenge 69 - Father's Day
Fab'n'Funky Challenges - #125 ~ Father's Day
 C.R.A,F.T. Challenge - Challenge 159 ~ Father's Day

Gotta go, so enjoy the rest of your day,
Take Care,

Time for Another Make It Monday Linky Party!!!

 Wow, it's that time again. The week has just gone by so quickly. I hope you all had a good one and are ready to face a new week.
I usually post late at night, so if you missed last night's card and if you are interested, please scroll down and see what I made
This week we are being sponsored by Meljen's Designs - gorgeous fun images!

 MIM #94 with Meljen's Designs

This week we are being sponsored once again by the ever fun and cute 
Meljen's Designs Digital Stamps!
Meljen's Designs is a lovely stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical rubber and digital images inspired by her kids and family. Meljen's Designs has new releases along with a new challenge every Thursday, a Guest Designer each month at the Meljen's Designs Blog, and freebies and promos now and then on our facebook FAN PAGE!  Please visit the Meljen's Designs line of stamps at our store HERE to browse through all of Melissa's lovely designs! You can also see Melissa's rubber stamps at her corner of Whimsy Stamps, too!

Meljen's Designs Digital Stamps  are giving away the lovely prize of the winner's choice of 4 single digis!

Here is what I have come up with using one of Meljen's lovely digi designs.

The image on my card is Meljen's design "A Girl and her Overalls".  You can find it here

 front of card

inside of card

 Basecard was made using one of SU Blues (lost the packaging!)
A piece of yellow white-core cardstock
Crafts-Too Embossing Folder ~ Flowers
Emery Board for distressing the embossing to show the white core.
Nestie Die- Labels Eighteen, cut two dies in white
Also traced around the outer edge and cut two in the blue to use as mattes
Nestie Die - Classic Hearts, I used the two smallest ones, layered them with foam dots and adhered over the edge of the label diecut
Main image is A Girl and her Overalls from Meljen's Designs and you can find it here
Flowers from Kaisercraft
Brad from Brad Pack Dear Santa Collection ~ Kaisercraft
Tag Punch
Sentiment from SU set "Short & Sweet"
Floral Stamp on inside from V&A free set of border stamps ~ I inked a small portion to use.
Colouring done with Copic Markers

 I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Challenge #112 - Anything Goes
Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog - Challenge #67 ~ It's a Girl Thing

Well thanks for popping in today, now, why don't you head over to Make It Monday and enter the new Linky Party and check out some of the other entries too.

My Pick of the Week  is this delightful vintage card from Lori - pop over to her blog and see some more of her wonderful  cards. She definitely has a flair for vintage design.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

See the Flowers Smiling

Well the weekend is over for me, just going to hit the button to publish this post and then hit that pillow, LOL.
We spent the day with our oldest son and his family. Our youngest grandson was dedicated at Church this morning, so we skipped our own church service and went to theirs. It was a very long service, two hours!!!
Their were two children being dedicated and that was only a small part of the service. We go to a very traditional style service with mainly hymns and some chorusy style music, but this service was modern with piano, drums and guitar and 3 people leading the singing on the platform. Lots of singing all of which I didn't know until the very last one. We went back to their home and had lunch with them and left just after 3 p.m.
I had been invited out to a Jazz performance by my friend and her husband. The band leader is his cousin and I've been to several of his performances. It is at a local venue and we had a meal there as well. It started at 5.30 p.m. so I was home before 9 p.m. Just enough time to relax and then play around with what I was going to make tonight and also to schedule a post for Monday.
Here is my card for today.

front of card
 inside of card

Here is what I used:
SU Rose Red for basecard
SU Blue card (still using the one without the packaging, LOL)
SU Rose Red panel embossed with Cuttlebug folder Roses
Nestie Labels Eighteen - one in blue and one in white
Nestie Floral Heart die
Nestie Oval die
Sentiment is from Hero Arts clear stamp set ~ Anytime Messages
Ink Purely Pomegranite and Cherry Cobbler
I drew around an oval to get the blue one as none of the ovals was quite the right size or shape.
The floral image is "Small Pansy" by Penny Black
I stamped it twice and then cut only a part of one of the images and 3D it. I coloured with SU Cherry Cobbler Ink and a blender pen ~ added a tiny bit of glitter using a Jelly Roll Pen.
I added a tiny pink pearl to the centre of the flower.
I paper pierced the blue diecut
The inside has a piece of the blue card, the white Nestie label and a sentiment from SU clear set ~ "Curly Cute"

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Challenge 159 ~ Paper piecing/piercing
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Challenge #112 ~ Anything Goes
Card Crafters Circle - Challenge #27 ~ Feeling Sentimental - Sentiments
Thanks for stopping by.
Take Care,

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Birthday Wishes for Rachel

Welcome back, I hope your weekend is going well and you're finding time to get those little jobs done that you never get to during the week and also finding some time for your family and yourself.
Our granddaughters got picked up around lunchtime and I got ready to go to my friend Judy's house for our Saturday craft group. Poor Judy has been unwell the last few weeks with quite high blood pressure and a few other things so has decided for the time being to cut down on having the group every week to maybe once a fortnight. We are all doing the same thing at present, which is making a beaded Christmas Tree. You have to make beaded branches and there are lots of them. I've only made 9 so far and as they are different sizes, I am on to the third size. We bought it as a kit so we didn't all have to go out searching for the many different components we needed.
I left there a bit earlier than usual and picked up Mum from her house and then headed back here to pick up my OH so we could go out to the Hotel near us to celebrate our youngest daughter's birthday. There were 28 adults and 4 children and I enjoyed catching up with some of my friends that I hadn't seen for a while. It took the staff quite a while to serve all the meals as there was a private function going on as well as two large parties of people in the room we were in and the rest of the place was booked out too.
I made this card this morning as it is the one I gave to Rachel for her birthday, and I knew I wouldn't have a lot of time tonight so here it is:

front of card

inside of card (sorry the sentiment doesn't appear to stand out very well in the scan :( and I've already given it to Rachel so can't take a photo)

Basecard is SU Tempting Turquoise
DP is from My Mind's Eye
Image is Lili of the Valley - from a pack of freebie images with a magazine and printed onto white card.
Copic Markers for colouring
Picket Gate diecut using Cheery Lynn Designs Garden Gate Die
Handmade flowers using scraps of DP and punched leaves (green card scraps)
Nesties - scalloped circle and plain circle
Sentiment - SU God's Blessings Stamp Set
(It reads: Today is God's gift to you... Each day you are God's gift to me           Happy Birthday)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Stampin with the Dragon - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by again and I've really enjoyed reading your comments. Very encouraging..... thankyou!!
Take Care,

Friday, June 15, 2012

Smile, Laugh, Giggle

Hi again!
I've had all 3 grandchildren today. My DIL asked if I could have the 2 girls because she was going to lunch with a friend who she hadn't seen for a while and wanted to take the little one with her. We had a good day together and the girls watched a DVD and played with the toys. Little Isaac got dropped off about 5:30 p.m. because Mum and Dad were going out together for a meal with a workmate and his girlfriend. Lisel got back after 10 p.m. and Isaac was asleep and so were the girls. Layla and Amelia are having a sleepover! We've kicked Papa out of our bed because the girls like to sleep in there with me. We have a king size bed so there is room for 3 pillows which they really like arranging just right, LOL.
It's our youngest daughter's birthday today and she and her boyfriend decided to go to the drive-in theatre and found that they flattened the battery on the car. You have to have the radio on to hear the audio of the film. Hubby was going to have to go and help them out, but they found out the staff usually go around the grounds checking to see if any one has battery problems and they got the car started. Hubby suggested they come back here for a while and hook the battery up to the charger for a while, so hopefully it will start tomorrow!!!
I sat down quite late to try and make a card and was just not getting anywhere. I've persevered and come up with this. Not sure it is quite what I wanted to achieve but it's finished apart from the inside.
Thanks for stopping by,
I wish you a happy weekend,

 Cardbase is SU Choc Chip
Blue card from stash (probably one of the SU Blues, but I've lost the packaging)
Nestie Beaded Circle Die
Nestie Oval -  trimmed down to fit inside the blue diecut
Circle Punches
Scallop Circle Punch
Magnolia Tilda stamp- stamped in Close to Cocoa ink and coloured with ink and blender pen and a couple of Copic Markers. The dress and flower are both paper pieced using DP from a 6x6 paper stack called Meadow Lark and also My Mind's Eye (flower)
Hero Arts - Anytime Messages
DP is My Mind's Eye
Pearls from stash (I added 3 at the top LH side and 3 at the bottom RH side in the flower centres)
SU Brocade Blue Ink

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Annabelle Stamps - Say it .......With Paper Piecing (dress and flower)
Card Crafter's Circle - Challenge #27 ~ Feeling Sentimental - Sentiments

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Amongst the Flowers

 Hi again, I've had a full day today. I started off well.... a trip to the Dentist!!! He did a root canal on one of my teeth and decided that it looked all cleaned out and did the whole thing in one go. It usually takes about 4 visits. It cost me over $600 which I wasn't expecting to pay. I will eventually get it back as I have a government scheme to help with a certain amount of dental because of my diabetes. The only issue is I have to pay it to the dentist first and then claim it back. They don't have any offices close to home so I need to make a special trip to put in a claim. In the meantime, I am out of pocket!
A quick trip with a friend to the Travel Agent to look into the cruise we were going on. The trip is now off because the Travel Insurance doesn't cover my friend for cancellation if her Mum is really sick or dies. She is quite unwell with several health issues already.  They have a clause that if something is deemed likely to occur they won't cover the loss of money incurred if you have to cancel after 45 days prior to departure. You only lose $200 at the higher end of the days and the closer you get to departure, the more you lose until you forfeit the lot. If she had to cancel, then I would be in the same "boat" :(
The trip is now going on hold for possibly another year - we may go somewhere else here in Australia for a short holiday, but I don't want to end up spending too much money (still need to keep money for the other trip) and it can be quite expensive for air travel here. It is much cheaper sometimes to travel overseas.
The afternoon was better, I went to my Thursday craft group and enjoyed catching up with friends and doing some colouring of images for future cards.
Our daughter popped in after work and we went to the shops to look at dresses for her to wear in our other daughter's wedding in December. She is one of the bridesmaids and they are all going to have different dresses but in the same colour. We had no luck but I did manage to pick up a necklace to go with the earrings I already bought for me to wear on the day. That is another thing out of the way for me, just need some shoes, me thinks!!!
Anyway, after those momentous events, I will get on and share my card.

front of card
 inside of card

Basecard - SU Perfect Plum
SU Pink Pirouette
DP's are from Sweet Wishes Paper Stack (a freebie with a magazine)
Nestabilities Small Deckled Rectangle
I think the swirls are a Spellbinders die
Sentiment from a set of stamps I've had for about 3 years (lost the packaging!)
Image is from The Stamping Boutique
Copic Markers used for colouring.
I also Paper Pierced a border on the front of the card.

Freshly Brewed Challenges-  Challenge 100 ~ Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Challenge 68 ~ Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by,
Take Care,

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Hedgie Christmas

It's been a strange day weather wise! It rained heavily overnight and then some heavy showers again today but with clear dry spells as well and now its back to rain with the addition of thunder and lightning.
I babysat the youngest two grandchildren today while our DIL worked. Isaac was very good and went off for a sleep quite well. He had a bit of a grizzle for a couple of minutes but I lay down on the bed with him and gave him a bit of a snuggle and a pat on the back and he was off with the fairies. He slept about 1 1/2 hours and woke up about 15 mins before his Mum arrived.
It gave me a bit of time to do some commenting on some blogs and playing with Layla too.
We had a couple of extra for tea tonight and I made caramel dumplings for dessert. It is so sweet!! The kids always begged me to make it and then they would eat too much and feel sick. They still ask for it as grown-ups. Our youngest son phoned his brother and he and his wife came over so they could eat dessert, LOL. They were quite happy to come out in the rain so they could consume some of the dumplings!!!
After everyone left, and hubby took himself off to bed, I sat down at the table and made this card. I started it a couple of days ago but wasn't quite sure what I was going to do. I'd stamped the image on the bauble diecut and coloured it and that was as far as I had got.
So here is the completed card.

front of card

 inside of card

Here is what I used.
Basecard: SU Real Red cardstock
DP from Kaisercraft 6" paper pad Belle Collection
Spellbinders Label Four - cut two in Real Red and two smaller ones in White.
Cuttlebug Tagalicious - edged sponged with SU Real Red ink
Red ribbon from stash
Image - Penny Black Xmas Kiss
Copic Markers and SU Basic Black ink (I used a blender pen too)
I stamped this little holly a while ago, I think it was from a freebie stamp set.
I used Jelly Roll Pens on the berries.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge - CHNC  challenge 76 ~ Feature a Creature
Wishcraft -Waste Not Wednesdays -  Week 22 (I used the tag die, I'd forgotten I had it!!!)

Thanks for stopping by and I appreciated the comments that were left for me to read as well.
Take Care,

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Butterfly Bear

Welcome, I hope you have all been having a good day. I've been travelling again. I drove over to Mum's this morning and picked up her and my Aunt. We drove back up to Wallaroo to drop my Aunt home after spending a week here in Adelaide. It was a long day, I woke up at 6 a.m. and thought I might as well get up. I left here about 8.50 a.m and got to Mum's about 9.20 a.m. We got stuck behind two trucks carrying 1/2 a house each and had to travel for quite a long distance doing only about 75 to 80 kilometres when we should have been able to do 110ks. They finally turned off in the opposite direction to us and we thought we were clear but not much further down the road we ended up with another lot of trucks carrying another house, couldn't believe our luck, so we were stuck again for a while. Luckily not as long as the police escort got them to move over to the wrong side of the road for a short time so they could stop the oncoming traffic and we managed to pass it. They are quite large so were taking up most of the two lanes of road.
We dropped off my Aunt and turned around and came straight back. I drove back to Mum's and then came straight back home arriving about 3.45 p.m.  It was a long day. I was pretty tired so opted out of going out again to choir practise and just veged out in front of the t.v. for the rest of the night.
I did end up making a card and would love to share it with you.
Thanks for stopping by today, much appreciated!!!
Take Care,

front of card (sorry one edge is a bit blurry - probably because of the height of the flowers)
 inside of card

Basecard - Burgundy card from stash
Other cardstock - White and SU Pacific Blue
DP - Grace Hill Scrapbook Papers - Hello Sunshine
Image - Bugaboo digi
Sentiment - SU set Small Script
Butterflies on front - SU set Clearly for You
Butterfly on inside - SU set Bliss
Handmade flowers - from scraps of the burgundy card
Leaves made with scraps of SU Garden Green card - using Fiskar Punch
Pearl beads from stash for flower centres
Dies - Nellie Snellen and Spellbinders Nestabilities - Small Circles.
Punches - EK  1" and ! 1/4" scallop.
Inks - SU Old Olive & Cherry Cobbler

I am entering this into the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly Challenge - 3 - 2 - 1 (I've uses 3 handmade flowers, 2 diecuts, 1 digi image
Digital Tuesday - Challenge #164 ~ Butterflies (must use a digital image - mine is the butterfly bear)
Craft Your Passion - Challenge 114 ~ Anything Goes
Tuesday Alchemy - Challenge #18 ~ Anything Goes

Monday, June 11, 2012

Greetings Earthling - Make It Monday DT card

My first week went well over at MIM and I've managed to keep up with visiting all of my allotted blogs.
So many fabulous entries and it's great to see some of you visiting blogs and leaving sweet comments too.
Now for this week -

                                   Make It Monday #93

We are very excited to have again our fun sponsors Bugaboo Stamps!  Everyone loves these fun and sweet digis!

Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: A Short Essay
As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was two years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing!  From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects.  Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week! 

 If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can find Bugaboo Stamps   atTotally Stampalicious. And finally, join the Bugaboo Stamps DT   for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug

Bugaboo Stamps are offering a very generous prize of winner's choice of 7 single digis!
Here is my card for this week.
I've used Bugaboo's fab little alien called Martian ship and you can find it here 

 front of card

 inside of card

Basecard - Yellow card from stash
Black card- one edge border punched with a Martha Stewart star border.
Punches - Carl punch - 3 stars, Francheville punch - swirl
Nestie Circle Dies - white, black and yellow diecuts
Image - Martian ship from Bugaboo Stamps 
Coloured with Copic Markers 
Inside of card - Black card punched with MS star border punch
Nestie Circle Dies - white, black and yellow diecuts

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Quirky Crafts Challenge - Challenge 12  2012 ~ Up, Up and  Away (or The Sky's the Limit) I hope my image qualifies.
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Challenge 158 - Male Card

My PICK OF THE WEEK is made by Liz  from  Craftyliz's Creations
I love the monochrome theme, the design and the beautiful floral images

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Christmas greetings from an Elf

Well, I'm home. Arrived back just after 5 p.m. and George rushed off home to get on with some things he had to do. Our youngest son came home late tonight as well. He and his girlfriend decided to come back tonight instead of early tomorrow  morning. Adrian has Tuesday off from work as well as the public holiday Monday so he is going to stay up at the country place to do some tidying up etc. We don't get up there very often and the mice always seem to find a way in and the house has to have a thorough going over before you can really settle in.
So, I had a quiet night here by myself and sat in the back room watching one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies on the television and making my card with the fire crackling away.
I would have posted a bit earlier, but blogger has been playing up saying things were unavailable and putting weird text where pictures should be, not showing details to click on to do a post etc. It seems to be working now, fingers crossed!!!
Here is what I used for today's card:
SU Pacific Point card for the base. There are two different DP's - both from a 6x6" paper pad by Kaisercraft called Christmas Carnival Collection. I added some pretty sparkly blue ric-rac and a sentiment inked with SU Rose Red. The sentiment is from SU set Holidays & Wishes. The image is a digi from Pollycraft called "Joyous" I coloured her with Copic Markers and added some Kindyglitz to the bauble.
The inside has a piece of SU Kiwi Kiss card and then scraps of the DP to embellish it.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Digital Tuesday Challenge - Challenge #163 ~ Anything Goes
Oldie But A Goodie Challenge -  Anything Goes  ~ Card is over 6 months and also the ric-rac ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you had/ or are having a wonderful relaxing weekend.
Take Care,

front of card

inside of card

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Fairy and pet ladybug

Hi everyone a quick post as I'm off later today to join the family in the country for today and tomorrow. I will probably be back in time to post again tomorrow.
So I am also off to craft this afternoon and I am picking a friend up on the way, so no chit chat, just straight on with the details of my card.
The basecard is SU Rose Red, the DP is from Grace Taylor - Hello Sunshine scrapbook papers.
The image is a digi from Whoopsi Daisy and was coloured with Copic Markers and I used Kindyglitz on the wings for some sparkle. The leaf and the ladybug are from a Kaisercraft stamp set called Jungle Bug Collection. The bug was stamped with SU Rose Red  ink and then coloured with a black Copic Markers and also a red one. The leaves were inked with SU Old Olive. I used a nestie die to cut out a shape in white card and then drew around the outer edge on a piece of the Rose Red to create a matte for it. I popped the image panel and the ladybug up with foam dots.
For the inside of the card, I used white card and then cut out a piece of the DP with a circle punch and then a scalloped circle in Rose Red with scallop punch.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Stampin' for the Weekend - Challenge 11 ~ Bugs & Butterflies (can be either or both)
Southern Girls -  Challenge #46 - Things with Wings (fairy and ladybug)
Sassy Studio Designs - Dare to be Sassy Thursday #128 ~ We have a fun challenge for you this week. It's time to "add a splash" to your creation. Use something wet on your card (stickles, crystal effects, smooch, glimmer mist, etc.).  
( I've used Kindyglitz which is like Stickles)

Well better go and pack a few things, thanks for popping in.
Take Care,


front of card
 inside of card - (oops, just noticed I chopped off the bottom of the card :)  - trying to do it quickly!!)

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