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Monday, 30 November 2009

Vintage Christmas

Morning Blogger's,

I've been dying to try a vintage card for a while now - not just an old looking card but a shabby vintage one. Here it is Vintage Christmas....... This card was inspired by Camilla.

Not too sure where to start trying to explain what was involved but the basics are as follows:
Stamp - GKD Holiday Cheer
Card - GKD Apple Green, Pure Luxury Layering weight in pure white for the stamped image. Red craft card followed by two layers of dp, the first is Basic Grey Wassail then Foofala (not too sure about this paper I've had it for a while and that's all that's on the back).
Ink - For the image and the sponging around it SU Chocolate Chip and Kiwi Kiss. For some of the distressing VersaFine Vintage Sepia. VersaMark was used for the embossing with American Crafts Gold embossing powder.

I started by spritzing the dp with water to soften it up before scrunching it to get the wrinkles! Once it was dry I distressed the edges using the kitchen scissors ! rolled them then with tea bags tea dyed them.....this wasn't quite enough so I sponged with Vintage Sepia. The Wassail piece had just the very edges embossed with gold then the top layer had large areas embossed to give it some shine. Using the sewing machine I attached both of these layers to the background red card (I had already sponged the edges of this and the base green card). As a sewer I found it really hard to sew other than a straight line!!!!

I stamped the image picking out the leaves in kiwi kiss then distressed all around with my cutting scissors before sponging. This was attached to the background with double sided tape and Tombo Aqua Liquid Glue.

That just left the embellishments........ The lace was tea dyed very lightly before attaching to the card with staples. I rolled a small piece of distressed paper added the ribbon rose and paper rose that had both been distressed. Coiled some florist wire then wrapped some ribbon around them all before spritzing with Glimmer mist in Iridescent Gold. This element was attached to the card with tacky glue. Done!

I have to say I was quite pleased when it was finished, I thought it might just look dirty! and guess what my biggest critic likes it too!!! Just might have to be his Christmas Card this year!!

That's it for today, thanks for stopping by - please leave me a quick comment to let me know what you think.......don't be a lurker....... I don't mind if you don't like it..... tell me why!

See ya later.........

Just a Note.....


Hello Blogging friends, how are you today?

It's back to miserable weather here, but that means I don't feel guilty playing down in my room!!
My card today is a very simple one, I wanted some little thank you note cards and this is what I came up with. It's so funny though, I had so much paper on my desk with embossing folders die cutters and punches and in the end used a scrap of dp with an embossed background and some ribbon plus one gem........Less is more this time!!!

The card used as follows:
GKD Pure Luxury heavyweight in pure white for the base card. PL layering weight for the tamped image.
SU Almost Amethyst embossed with QuicKutz diamonds and dots.
DP is from the KaiserCraft Lilac Avenue Collection.
White ribbon from GKD and one green KaiserScrapbook gem.
Inks SU Lavender Lace and Certainly Celery
The little stamp and the sentiment are from GKD Tropical Windows.

Our local RIOT art/craft supply store has 30% off PrismaColor Coloured Pencils at the moment and I've been looking at them for a while so guess who had an early Christmas present!!! I have a tin of 120 pencils sitting on my desk to add to my Copics...........you can't have too many colouring tools can you???
Oh and we have another Art Shop opened just along the road from home I think I might become a regular visitor there too!! Happy Days.....

Till next time..........

Saturday, 28 November 2009

GKD - CentreStage Spotlight Blog Hop

This is my second post today scroll down for the first one!



It's time for another CenterStage Spotlight Challenge Blog hop!


Hostess: Jessica Fick {Design Team Coordinator}
Theme:
Stamp and color the image on Patterned Paper
{ any occasion card acceptable, it doesn't have to be Christmas themed}
{ image may be cut out and layered, but must be stamped and colored on patterned paper}
Requirement: any GinaK Designs stamp set & Glitter
Bonus Challenge: decorate the inside of your card to coordinate



Hello Blogger's,


I've made two cards for today's hop. The challenge was to stamp directly onto designer paper and I've got two Christmas cards to show you.


My first card uses two of Theresa Momber's images and a sentiment from 'Very Merry Christmas' for Gina K Designs.

The base card is GKD Pure Luxury heavy weight in pure white.
To this I added the first of two designer papers used and this has two Christmas trees embossed in white to either side of the main image.
The main image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Copic markers. I also used some Kindy Glitx for my glitter, over the flames in the hearth. The main image is matted to American Craft - Rouge and attached to the card with foam tabs. To complete the card I added the red gross grain ribbon and three Cherry Sprinkles.


My second is a shadow box card and uses Nina Brackett's set 'Lord of The Season' with a sentiment from 'Very Merry Christmas' and the little Christmas stockings from the Stamp TV set.

I used GKD Pure Luxury hw in pure white and covered the front of the card with the dp from Basic Grey - Wassail.

The tree was stamped onto Kaisercraft Elegance with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured with Copic markers. I added some amber gems for the tree decorations.




The planting tub was stamped twice more and cut .... the tub with the bird..... then just the bird . They were coloured , then using foam tabs attached to the main image. The star at the top of the tree was treated the same way with the addition of some glitter.




I scored and folded the card top and bottom then using a Nestability die cut the oval for the window, making sure to centre it. A scalloped border was added to frame the window and some punched pine leaves either side of the top.

More stamping onto dp .... I stamped the Christmas stockings at the bottom of the window on either side and added some glitter to these too.
The dp with the tree image was attached to the base card and then using strong tape I stuck the top and bottom together and added the fine satin ribbon to both sides.

Hallelujah was embossed in gold for the sentiment and to finish I added the stocking charm.


This little card stands well but folds down flat and can be mailed in an ordinary envelope.



Hallelujah it's done!!! Thanks for dropping by, hope you like these!
OK so are you ready for more? Hop on over to these designing divas where you'll find lots of inspiration...........have fun.













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ABSC004 - 1st post of two today!




Hello,

I wanted to post this card today and at 3pm this afternoon I'll have the Stamp TV CentreStage Blog Hop to post. So two posts - the blog hop will be up for at least 24 hours!

This is my card for Andrea's sketch challenge on Annabelle Stamps.
I know in the US you're into Autumn/Winter cards but here in the southern hemisphere we're ready for light and bright to match the glorious sunshine we've been enjoying. So my card uses a JustRite stamp from an oval set called Thinking of You.


I left off the outer oval stamp and just stamped the centre, using Memento Tuxedo Black and colouring with Copics.
Card used as follows: GKD Pure Luxury in pure white for the base with layering weight for the stamped image. SU Lavender Lace and the DP is from a KaiserCraft 6x6 Paper Pad Lilac Avenue Collection.
I used an EK Success punch for the double lace border and some pearl sprinkles for the embellishments.

This card was photographed at the end of the day as the sun was starting to drop, you can see a little bit of shadow but the Lavender colours are pretty much true.

That's it hope you'll come back later for the blog hop!!!
Till them.........

Friday, 27 November 2009

Another day in Paradise!!


Hello,
Today's card is one made using Jessica's sketch challenge on Stamp TV...... I think I missed the cut off time but never mind, I liked the sketch and had this lovely paper to play with.

Card used as follows: GKD pure luxury in pure white layering weight. Navy craft card and the DP is from Grace Taylor for Grant Archival.
Stamps are GKD Signs of Autumn. The sentiment is from Tami Mayberry's set Special Delivery for GKD.
Ink is from SU Pumpkin Pie.

I used my Fiskars boarder punch to shape two layers of card and added the buttons and chipboard flower to the centre of the sentiment.

Quick post today but tomorrow is the Stamp TV CentreStage blog hop. My post will be at 3pm Australian time, the challenge is to stamp onto designer or patterned paper. I'll have a couple of cards to show and they'll stay at the top of my posts for 24 hours........hope you can make it.

Thanks for dropping by till next time...........

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Challenges, Recipe hops, exciting stuff all here...



Hi Blogger's,

First things first, Nina over at TMITA is having a recipe blog hop Wednesday December 9th.
Lots of new stuff happening over there, you won't want to miss it so mark your calendars.
Click on the image above to take you to Nina's blog where she will tell you all about it.

Now today's card is one I made for Melanie's Pot Luck Friday Challenge over on Stamp TV.
The challenge was to split up your background and use the sentiment for the focal point of the card. So here goes.


I tried really hard with this photo but the colours are not quite right........ I always have trouble with purple!!!

My base card is from a pack by Kaisercard - metallic purple which came with a matching envelope.
The stamped pinwheel is from Nina Brackett's set 'Bug Me Anytime' for GKD and the sentiment is also a GKD set 'Thanks a Million'.

Card stock used is SU Lavender Lace and American Craft Card Chestnut and GKD Pure Luxury layering weight in pure white.

The pinwheels were stamped randomly with a small portion coloured with a Copics lavender marker.
Once the background was cut into three sections it was matted to the chestnut card.

Chocolate ribbon was used to wrap around and tie in a bow to the side and some chocolate pearls were added to the centre of the pinwheels.

The sentiment was stamped in SU chocolate chip and cut with a Nestability die. I've inked around the edge in c c and attached the sentiment to the card with fine foam tabs.

Now I have to tell you I was so excited yesterday..........the mail man delivered me a package from the UK. I visit a very tallented card maker in the UK called Bev Rochester, I'll bet you know her too. She makes the most gorgeous cards, full of detail and the most adorable embellishments. She has a huge following but is very generous with her time visiting her followers blogs when she can. Well anyway, she made a card for a monochromatic challenge which I loved........When I left a comment I laughingly said 'oh send it to me', she emailed me asking for my address!! Hush my mouth... I was joshing....... she knew I was but said she wanted to send it to me .... and she has!!!!!!!!!!! Along with some of her gorgeous embellishments, charms, spacers, gem brads all kinds........how lucky am I my first RAK I think.
Well let me tell you IRL it's even better than it looked on her blog post. I'm so thrilled, I keep looking at it. Here's a link so you can see what I'm talking about. Thanks so much Bev, I hope if I get home next year I get the chance to meet you. x

Now to all my American friends... I'm posting this on Thursday 26th.... it might not be quite that where you are but anyway...........HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Hope you get to spend it with family and friends.

OK I think that was it for today...... so till next time.......

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

TMITA - Lets get fuzzy!!

Hi Blogger's,

It's been a couple of days but I've been busy getting ready for another blog hop for GKD. Interested? ...... well you'll have to come back on Saturday 3pm (Aussie Time). That's Friday 27th 10pm CST....I believe.

Today's card is for TMITA Magical Monday. Nina has given us the cutest Moose digi to play with this week with the additional challenge Let's get Fuzzy. So felt, fibres etc was the order of the day.

I sized my download in my word processing package which, on this super duper Mac is 'Pages'. It's very easy, if you haven't tried a digital image have a go. Copy and paste the image onto your documents then you just click on the image and you'll see small boxes around it. If you click and hold the mouse over the bottom right hand corner box, drag in and out you can see the sizes for length and width. I usually use around 8cm for my cards, though this one is only 7cm to allow for the fuzzy flowers. Why don't I show you a picture!!!!

It's an overcast day here today and this was taken inside so sorry it's not the best. You'll need to click on it!!!

My base card is Apple Green, with the bottom corners rounded.
American Craft - Mocha was used for the next layer but first I printed the sentiment using the computer. The next step was to emboss above the sentiment using the Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder, and then the bottom corners were rounded.
The image was coloured with Koh-i-noor pencils and baby oil.
Nestabilities square dies were used to cut the image and the scalloped pale lemon matt, which was pierced in each scallop.
I attached a strip of KaiserScrapbook Fozz Felt flowers to one side of the card and used some topaz gems in the centre of the flowers. I've also tied some fibres from my embroidery box around the Mocha cad before attaching it to the Apple Green base.
To complete the card I doodled all around the outside edge.

Such a cute image......have you been over to Nina's for your copy? I'm off to see what everyone has come up with this week. Hope you get to join in.........

Thanks for stopping by till next time........


Edit: I think I should get an extra chance at this challenge for my FUZZY photo!!!!! LOL

Monday, 23 November 2009

ABSC003 - Merry Christmas

Hello!

I finally got a card made......... It's been so hot here 40c yesterday so the Air Conditioning was on all day. Today is much cooler the house is open to cool it down now we just need some rain!!!

This card is for Andrea's challenge over at Annabelle Stamps Blog. It's a sketch and a simple elegant one too. My card uses the Holly Branch set from Annabelle Stamps and I've used two of the holly stamps and a sentiment.

The base card is gold card with a layer of American Craft Card Rouge. I've stamped the holly over some GKD white pure luxury layering weight card and coloured with Koh-i-noor pencils and baby oil and this makes up the second layer.

The vertical strip is more of the gold card with a layer of white pure luxury and I've punched either side using a SU lace punch. Then a layer of red gross grain ribbon was added.

I stamped the sentiment one word at a time to break it up and so that it sits well within the central box. Then stamped the small holly to complete this box. This is layered to red and gold and attached to the card with fine foam tabs.

To complete the sketch I added the eight gold brads.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Hello from Steamy Sydney


Hi all,

It's been quite hot here for the last few days and even after a storm at the end of the day the temperature seems to remain quite high .....thank goodness for air conditioning!
Walshie and I had our first swim in the pool this season after a very frustrating day today! We've been changing the window covering tracks ..... what a horrid WARM job.

I haven't made a card for a couple of days but I have completed four more note pads ready for 'Les girls' Christmas treats.


These are so easy to put together and they use odds and ends of leftover card stock. I have to make one for me now... Oh and one for my Mum ... she would use hers for shopping lists for sure.

I also had a go at a candle!!! Now don't laugh when you see it! I found lots of candles when I was clearing out the cupboards. I also found folded tissue paper that I though I could use so ironed it first then set to work. I have to say my paper didn't stick to the candle in a very smooth fashion, however I quite like the mottled look!!! I plan to make a table decoration for the coffee table with mine as its a beautifully scented candle.

Well that's it for now will try and get some cards together though it might have to wait until 'his nibs' goes back to work!!!

Till next time......

Thursday, 19 November 2009

ABSC002 - Peace on Earth.......another Christmas card!

Hello!

One more Christmas card for 'show and tell' today!
AnnaBella Stamps blog challenge no 2 is a sketch featuring lots of bling!
I've once again used the Holly Branch set, it's such a great set to stamp with. I love the sentiments and the fonts they use just as much as the holly. For this card I used the 'Peace on Earth' sentiment with the smallest of the holly sprigs

Base card is plain white with a layer of Basic Grey Figgy Pudding (red) followed by Figgy Pudding Forest. I sanded all the edges of both layers.
The centre is made up of two shapes, green for the base and more of the red for the top layer, both with sanded edges. Before I cut the red layer I stamped the sentiment and holly in black ink, the holly was then coloured with Copic markers. The centre was attached with fine foam tabs which pop it up very slightly.
I've used a Cuttlebug die to cut four red antique corners.
That just left the bling! I've gone for my Cherry Sprinkles, using the very small ones for the holly berries and three on either side of the card.

Have you joined in with this challenge? You don't need to use AnnaBelle stamps to play along, why not give it a try. You'll have to be quick though it ends Aussie time Thursday evening 19th.

That's it for today, thanks for dropping by till next time..........

Check out Debs blog candy in the side bar.........click on it to take you there.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Tis the season.....



Hello Blogger's!

Thanks for dropping by today, and I'm so pleased you liked my card 'Noel' it's joining my favourites.

Today's card will fit three challenges... yeah. The first is my entry for Nina's challenge over at There's Magic In The Air. Nina gave us a gorgeous little image to play with 'skating by', the challenge was to use the image and something reflective.


The second challenge is from Just Us Girls who have asked to see some dry embossing on our creation. The last challenge is Cupcake Craft Challenge which is to use a digital image.

I saw a card made by Beate Johns, which is where I got the layout for my card, she called it a Joy Fold Card. Quite a simple construction with layers and stitching.
The base of my card is Chocolate heavy weight card from GKD cut at 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" scored and folded at 2". Two layers of card added to the 4 1/4" square, the top red card from Basic Grey Wassail was embossed with Swiss dots through the Cuttlebug. Then I stitched a zig zag before attaching this to the chocolate card.
The 2" fold was covered with apple green card from GKD which was embossed with QuickKutz diamonds and dots. At the top of this I added some white card that has been punched with a Fiskars end brackets punch (? that's what I call this punch). Again I stitched around this section then tied the bow.
The centre flap is cut at 3" x 6", scored and folded. On the front I added plain white card with the edges inked followed by more apple green that I stamped a snowflake over using Versa Mark ink. More stitching around this square.
I sized and printed the image cut it using a Nestabilities circle die and sponged before colouring with Copic markers. I've added some Martha Stewart glitter to his hat and some silver foil for the ice. The circle sits on two scalloped circles of tin foil.

The inside is made up of more white and apple green card. I traced the hat and added it to the inside colouring it with a zig red pen and added the dots at the bottom corner to finish off.

The sentiment was computer generated cut with a circle die then matted to more of the red dp. I used two layers of foam at the bottom of the circle to stand it up high enough to keep the flap closed but still able to open the card without pulling this off.

Still time for Nina's challenge - go get your image and play along!!

Hope you like this one!
Till next time.............

Monday, 16 November 2009

Noel


Hi Blogging buddies!

Quick post today, I've got all sorts of work gathering and I can't concentrate on what I want to do, for the work I need to do!!!

Today's card was made to a sketch set by the lovely girls over at PCP,The Copics Buzz Challenge no 22.

I've used my set from Annabelle Stamps, Holly Branch.

Stamped the holly 3 times with the aid of the stamp-a-ma-jig from SU onto plain white card then coloured with Copics. I used a red zig pen to doodle the lines above and below the images.
This was matted to a piece of red card from American Craft Cards after I'd punched the bottom with my Fiskars punch (I think it's called 'end bracket' not too sure though!!!).
Plain white card is the base card with a layer of dp from My Memories and I rounded the bottom corners of both.
The green is from SU and it has been embossed with Swiss dots through the Cuttlebug and also had the bottom corners rounded.
I stamped Noel by studio g clear stamps in black ink onto white card then using a SU horizontal slot punch punched either end and threaded the red gross grain ribbon. This was tied around the embossed green card and tied in a bow to finish off.

I love the clean and simple look I get with this little stamp set, what do you think? Do you like this one?

Till next time...........

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Cupcake Craft Challenge 65....Snow Much Fun




Hello Blogging friends,

Today's card is another Christmas card. This week's challenge no 65 over at Cupcake Craft Challenge isSnow Much Fun so I've used this lovely stamp from Carolyn King.

Infact my card uses three stamp sets, one for the Snowman, another for the button sentiment and the third is the sheet music! I'll list them all below.

I stamped the snowman and cut him out with a Nestibility die, sponged around the die with a soft grey before colouring him with Copic markers. A scalloped circle in SU baja breeze was used for the mat. The heart was stamped again, cut out and coloured before stamping 'love' with the aid of a stamp-a-ma-jig.

The button sentiment is made up of two die cut circles with the sentiment stamped on the inner, white one. I also added some doodling in red. The baja breeze outer circle has been pierced to match the larger scalloped circle. In the middle I added a blue button tied with some DMC embroidery thread.

The base card is SU sahara sand with a layer of baja breeze followed by the spotted dp Cloud 9Design - Finley's Estate. I rounded the bottom corners of all three layers. At the top I've used my Fiskars punch to punch plain red and a scrap of some dp from My Minds Eye called Bohemia. I wrapped the red ribbon around this element and tied a small bow.
The sheet music was stamped in baja breeze ink onto plain white card and added before the snowman and finally the sentiment which was added with foam tape to pop it up.


Stamps: Warm Winter Wishes Carolyn King for GKD, Special Delivery by Tami Mayberry for GKD and Grace Taylor Clear stamp Backgrounds

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Baja Breeze, Copic Markers

Card: Plain White card, SU Baja Breeze, Plain red Bazzill, DP My Minds Eye, Cloud 9Design

Embellishments: Red Gross Grain Ribbon, Button.


Saturday, 14 November 2009

'Les Girls' Christmas Lunch

Hi Blogger's,

Today was the craft girls Christmas Lunch! first for the year....... we always have trouble trying to organise a day when everyone is available and start from Christmas and work back. Today was the only day we could all agree on! The next problem is deciding where to go.....we're spoilt for choice! This time round we decided to have lunch at Aqua which is a very nice Restaurant overlooking the North Sydney Olympic Swimming pool in Milson's Point, which is tucked in by the side of Luna Park.

It was such a beautiful day to be near the harbour, there were plenty of boats of all sizes sailing under the bridge. Lunch was good, we met there at 1 pm and left around 4.30. I took my little camera with me and one of the waiters took a picture of us all that I thought I might show you. The second picture was one I snapped just as we were leaving of the view, hope you like these.

Till next time...........




Friday, 13 November 2009

Blue satin sashes!


Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things

Cream colored ponies and crisp apple streudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes
Snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes
Silver white winters that melt into springs
These are a few of my favorite things


Hello blogging friends!

Today's card is for two challenges the first being the Flourishes Favourite Things challenge to be inspired by the song!
I've used the first line of the third verse 'Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes' as the inspiration for my card along with this lovely digital illustration from Mo Manning.

For my card I used blue Bazzill, white card and green Bazzill. The dp is from Eskimo Kisses paper pad and the flower is made using the medium and small retro flower punches from EK Success. The pine punch is from McGill.
Once the image was sized I printed it twice, the second copy had the skirt cut away and to this I added Martha Steward clear glitter. The main image was coloured with Copic markers adding some Kindy Glitz Crystalina to the holly wings.
The blue scalloped circle was cut with a Nestabilities die but the image was cut by hand.
My base card has the bottom corners rounded before adding a layer of the dp which had the same rounded corners. I've embossed the green Bazzill through the Cuttlebug using a Swiss dots embossing folder and also punched a scalloped edge along the bottom. Next was the matted image followed by the white satin ribbon. To complete the card I added the punched flower and just one green dew drop.

Mo's Challenge blog has a sketch challenge this week No 6 and I've used the sketch so my card will be included in that challenge also. Hope you like this one!

So how was the boat trip last night............well we drove down a very narrow winding road to reach to boat ramp which was fun! The trip along the Hawkesbury River was lovely nice and cool after a very warm day. The sky was starting to look very black with the approach of a storm though so our timing was good as the heavens opened within an hour of reaching our friends new home. We were treated to an amazing lightening storm for about 30 minutes then it cleared up and we spent the evening sitting out on the deck overlooking the river, spectacular as the clouds cleared the stars were clearly visible. About midnight it was back to the boat for the trip to the wharf in the dark......... then guess who drove the windy roads home!!!!!
I think it would be such a peaceful way to live, on the river, but not sure I could handle the getting into a boat if you want to go ANYWHERE!

Thanks for dropping by today, till next time..............



Thursday, 12 November 2009

Annabelle Stamps.........ABSC001


Hello blogger's!

So glad you dropped by today I have a sweet Christmas card to show you. A few days back I mentioned about an Australian Stamp Co. Annabelle Stamps.....they have some candy up for grabs to celebrate the new blog. I ordered Holly Branch and was hanging off making a card for the very first sketch challenge. It arrived today!!! yeah so nice not to have to wait a full week for stamps. Anyway I sat down and made this card to enter in the challenge ..... hope I'm not too late.



I have to tell you these are clear stamps and I found that they stamped very well, so good quality. I used one of the five sentiments from the set as my focal image, stamped with SU Kiwi Kiss onto plain white card. Cut with a Nestability die and sat on some dark green which was scalloped . I also stamped one of the five holly images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a scrap of white card and cut it out. I coloured this with Copics and used some of the Cherry Sprinkles, that I ordered at the same time, for the Holly berries. I attached this to the main image with double sided tape. The dp is from DCWV Nana's Nursery and Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses. Plain Rouge card from American Crafts was shaped with a Fiskars border punch.
More Sprinkles added, one to each corner per the sketch.

What do you think? I'm happy off to make some more.
I'm so pleased you liked my notepad from yesterday too. I was thinking of all the different ways I could decorate notebooks last night so watch this space.

Suns out again today I loooove this weather, warm without being too hot. Walshie and I are out for dinner tonight and we have to take a boat to get to the venue oohh what fun!!!

Till next time.........
Edited: I received this award from the very talented Olga.......thanks Olga I'm so pleased to add this award and try and answer the questions that came too:

This award comes with a quiz.
1. Where is your cell phone? in my handbag (I think)
2. Your hair? wild
3. Your mother? Evesham - UK
4. Your father? passed away this time 11 years ago (miss you still Dad x)

5. Your fave food? chocolate
6. Your dream last night? did'nt dream last night
7. Your fave drink? Peppermint tea! (gin and tonic with lots of ice and lemon)
8. Your dream/goal? To be a better person
9. What room are you in? craft room

10. Your hobby? Papercraft and sewing
11. Your fear? Thunder Storms

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? retired in my dream home !!!
13. Where you were last night? Right here
14. Something that you aren’t? A Mum!
15. Muffins? Chocolate Chip

16. Wish List Item? what only one!!! every Copic Marker.
17. Where did you grow up? Bedfordshire UK
18. Last thing you did? Drive home from a dinner party
19. What are you wearing? trousers and a shirt
20. Your TV? Drama (have to say that!! prefer UK period drama)
21. Your Pets? Walshie !!
22. Friends? Lots

23. Your Life? Pretty good
24. Your Mood? 1.45am so tierd but happy
25. Missing Someone? Pat my good friend (died of Leukaemia)
26. Vehicle? VW Golf GTI
27. Something your not wearing? shoes

28. Your fave store? oh which one there are lots.
29. Your fave color? pink I think
30. Last time you laughed? tonight
31. Last time you cried? can't remember
32. Your best friend? Walshie (most of the time!)
33. One place that I go to over and over? Grocery Shopping
34. One person who emails regularly? Kerrie
35. Fave place to eat? Ripples on Chowder Bay
36. Facebook? Yes and no !!!!

Now I'm supposed to pass this on - which I don't really do anymore but if you would like this award .....go ahead and spread the love.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

TMITA - Notepad....


Hi all,
I did say I would be back with a card today and I'm late! sorry the boss was working from home today and it makes a difference.

I checked out Nina's image from There's Magic In The Air this morning. I was really late getting my card posted last week and thought I should get onto this right away. It's a Thanksgiving image or is it? I thought I could use it for the cover of a note book........what do you think. I want to make some of these for Le Girls (the craft group girls) I think they might enjoy them.

The challenge was to make the project/card Monochromatic...... this is as close as I could get... hope it's OK.

Go check the site for yourself Selma and the other DT's have made some wonderful cards and Nina's given her digital image free. The card picked at random wins a prize too.

Here is Sydney we've had a glorious day warm sunshine, no wind and even now at 7pm you could sit outside....... I sat with a glass of wine while Walshie cooked dinner on the barbecue......so nice.

OK off to play with some stamps, thanks for dropping by.

Till next time.........

12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop



Morning Blogging friends!
Just wanted to let you know about a great blog hop for Whimsy Stamps who are introducing a new range of stamps by Chrissy Armstrong. 12 great Christmas cards to see and you can sing along to the song on the way!!! To start the blog go to Bev's blog here ........Go check it out..........
Back later with a card.....

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Sammy and his friend Spot.....


Hi friends, how are you all?

I think yesterday I paid for my mad week-end......by mid-day I was starting to feel sluggish and really felt like a sleep. For goodness sake, can't start that!
I sat and played with a card for the next GKD blog hop, can't say too much about it but it turned out better than I thought it might! Oh and the card I posted yesterday actually made the challenge over at There's Magic In The Air, only just so I really cut that fine.

Today's card certainly missed Mojo Monday but I liked the layout and had a gorgeous little digital image from Victoria Case so hey presto here it is.

Meet Sammy and his little friend Spot....... how cute are they!
Very simple layout.....Base card is plain white with a layer of gold card. I followed with a layer of red no name card and to this I added the white spot from Doodlebug Design Inc.
Once the image was sized I printed him onto more white card and using a square Nestie cut him out. I've used my Copics to colour him (please note the red....I'm getting braver!). I punched three gold dots as seen and the star was cut from the same gold card.
The sentiment is Computer generated onto a 'ticket' and attached to the card with foam tabs.

A very quick and simple card but the red makes it I think.

Thanks for dropping by,

Till next time.........take care

Monday, 9 November 2009

May Your Cup Overflow........


Good Morning Blogger's

I was up early this morning, after a busy week-end I was determined to get a couple of cards ready.
Now I might be a bit late for this challenge! never mind I loved the image and wanted to colour it. It's There's Magic In The Air and as you know Nina supplies a digital image for everyone to play with. This week's image is another beauty..... ready for Thanksgiving which we don't celebrate. I think this image is versatile though.... it could be a Harvest card. I added my own sentiment and plan on using this card for a friends Birthday.
The other good news is, and I'm sure lots of you know this already, Selma is now a member of Nina's Design Team! How good is that, her cards are always beautifully constructed I can't wait to see her cards for TMITA in the coming weeks.

OK so my card is quite simple I've started with plain white card layered with some My Mind's Eye - Day Dream Bubblegum Girl.
Coloured the image with Copics once it was sized and printed, that is!
Used a Nesti square die to cut it, then punched either side of the image with my SU Horizontal slot punch.
Threaded the ribbon through the slots and tied off to the side of the card. I added a red button with some string tied in a small bow.
The sentiment is computer generated and printed onto green American Crafts Card. The four corners were punched out before attaching to the card with foam tabs.

Thanks for dropping by I'll post this quickly you never know I might just make it!!!

Till next time.......