Sunday 28 April 2013

Butterflies on a warm Autumn Day...............


I hope you're enjoying the same kind of weather as we's been beautiful!

I sent Walshie off this morning to enjoy his favourite beach, (Trial Bay) just for a few hours so I could get on with some cleaning before moving into 'my' room.  My new Uniko Studio stamps were here when we got home on Tuesday evening........... I've been dying to ink them up:)

So after the a bit of boring housework.........finally...........

I've used the new digital 'Round In Circles' and  printed to glossy card stock for a change. I like the shine against the flat white base card.   I used a Spellbinder die to cut the squares and rounded two opposite corners.

The butterfly is from 'Bright Butterflies' and thanks to a generous prize from Beverley of Uniko I have the matching die no fussy cutting yeah!  Loving the large sentiment which is from 'All Occasion Sentiments #1'.

I played with the butterflies again for this second card.  An Easel, haven't made one of these in ages!

I die cut a butterfly from some masking film,  then positioned it over some cream card.
Faber-Castell Gelatos were used to paint the butterfly, the blue has a lovely sparkle but the camera never picks that up :(.  Using a flourish from an older Uniko set FONTiment Fancies - Swirls and Flourishes, I filled the image using Flannel Grey ink before removing the mask.

Some layering of coloured card,  more die cut butterflies, some cream ribbon and two ABS waterfall Sprinkles complete this one.

I'm writing this post up quickly as the 'Boss' is back home after a day in Paradise (his words) he'd like to know what we're having for dinner!   So better go, before he wrecks my nice clean kitchen............

Hope you enjoyed your weekend, catch you soon.......x


Friday 26 April 2013

Friday Feature - All Things Grow

Hello, how are you? We're enjoying some glorious Autumn weather at the moment, so it's hard to be anything but happy!

It's Friday Feature at  AnnaBelle Stamps  and this week  we're featuring one of my favourite sets,

If you'd like to add this one to your collection, why not take advantage of the 20% off .....this weekend only. Instead of paying $17.95 this set is reduced to $14.36.


I masked an area in the centre of a piece of watercolour card. Then using Faber-Castell Gelatos mixed with water I've painted the background.  The image and sentiment were stamped, once the background was dry, using Hero Arts Latte chalk ink.  To finish the card I wrapped some fine hemp twine  and added three Sultana Sprinkles.

I hope you'll take a moment to check in with the Belle's this week. Each card is really different and showcases how versatile this little set is.

Just a reminder that Andrea has a huge Clearance Sale happening at the store.

Thanks for calling past...........x


All products available from AnnaBelle Stamps

All Things Grow
ABS Kraft Card
Fine Hemp Twine - Light Brown
Sultana Sprinkles.

PS.      I've added the Bloglovin button to my blog ready for when Google Reader finishes.  I've switched all the blogs I follow over too.  Are you getting ready? Will you go to Bloglovin?  I hope you'll continue to follow this little corner of the blogersphere :)

Thursday 25 April 2013

Anzac Day in Australia

Hiya Bloggers,

25th April Anzac Day, which in Australia and New Zealand is a national day of remembrance.  Services were held here, in our town at dawn this morning as well as at 10am.  We attended the 10am service along with several hundred others of all ages which was so good to see.  Serving members of the army, navy and   air force carried the flags ahead of retired veterans. Children from all the local schools followed behind. Wreaths were laid, prayers were said  and hymns sung.  The vets were off then to enjoy a lunch at the local RSL and probably exchange  stories and remember friends who are no longer with us.  They are remembered!


I've been MIA again for a week here on the Blog.......It's been a busy month with visitors, Easter, Quilt Shows and the Soccer!  

The Quilt show was good, with a really good crowd over the three days.  A couple of good charities will benefit from the sale of raffle tickets for two beautiful quilts, so that's great.  I did get a 'little' award for my quilt which was a huge surprise.

The Central Coast Mariners, our soccer team (well the team Walshie's Company sponsors) got through to the Finals again this year.  They're a small club without a 'big name' player in the team but with a real family following. We 'had' to go back down for the Final which was held at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney. We drove down to the Central Coast on Saturday and met up with friends to catch a train down for the game on Sunday.  What a fabulous day it was, so much fun to be in the packed stadium with an atmosphere that was like being back home!  The Western Sydney Wanderers supporters were great, very vocal, singing and stamping, generally making a big noise. The Mariners supporters turned out in good numbers with quite a few children along as per most of their games.
Even after the Mariners won 2-0  most all the supporters stayed behind for the presentations and the party spirit continued until we boarded the trains for home.  Whilst Ian worked Monday and Tuesday I managed some hand sewing and a little retail therapy :)

Home again Tuesday evening........... Now I need to settle back down, spend a little time in the garden tidying up before the winter settles in.  I came home to some yummy new stamps,  so I'll be busy with those .....for sure!

Back here tomorrow with AnnaBelle Stamps Friday Feature and this week we're featuring one of my favourite sets so I hope you can call past.

Til then.....................


PS.      I've added the Bloglovin button to my blog ready for when Google Reader finishes.  I've switched all the blogs I follow over too.  Are you getting ready? Will you go to Bloglovin?  I hope you'll continue to follow this little corner of the blogersphere :)

Friday 19 April 2013

'Gettin a bit Dylusional' here.....

Welcome to my little corner of the Blogging world!  Have you had a good week? What about the weather, I've seen pictures of snow in the US......what's happening isn't it Spring over there? Not been too bad here, some rain but warm sunny days too...... so no complaints from me.

Enough chat better get on with the reason for today's post........AnnaBelle Stamps Challenge!

This  challenge from AnnaBelle Stamps is a sketch, hope you'll join us.

It runs for two weeks so you have plenty of time to enter.
The winner receives a Voucher for the online Store.

Check out the Sale this week too. No better time to add to your stash:)

Surprise, surprise.......we have a new Belle joining us today so please go say hello to 

My card features the following AnnaBelle Stamps products:

Dotted Flowers - Sentiment
CBD 004 - Borders 1

I've been playing with Dylusions Inks again for this card. Using the sprays to colour a small piece of card  before stamping the design and cutting away from the frame.  I used a die cut (Borders 1) strip of card as a mask to add the detail to my coloured layer.  The black card is dry embossed with a Budding Vine EF.  The sentiment, once cut to size has had a black Copic marker run around all four edges and to finish 2 licorice Sprinkles have been added.
Thanks for calling past, see you soon.............

Saturday 13 April 2013

CAS(E) this Sketch #23 - Sailor Boy

I've seen some great cards so far this week using the above sketch. It's interesting, don't you think?
Here's what came to mind for messing around, straight to my Waltzingmouse sets..........and
Half Pint Heros. Down periscope! This little sub-mariner is diving down to the depths.   

I'm so slack, haven't inked up these sets for a while......might have to have a play and share a weeks worth........Watch this space!

Thanks for calling past, enjoy the rest of your weekend......Oh and Go the Central Coast Mariners!!!!


Friday 12 April 2013

Fun with Sprinkles - FF006

It's another Friday Feature and Blog Hop day at AnnaBelle Stamps with AnnaBelle Stamps famous Sprinkles being featured by the DT. 

These little gems available in various sizes are a fabulous embellishment to have on hand :) 
The deal for this Friday is, a 20% discount when you purchase Sprinkles...   for this week only.
Her are the Sprinkles I've used today.

The Blog Hop starts and finishes at the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog.  Leave a comment at each blog and your could win Sprinkles to the value of $25.

                                If you arrived here from Andrea's Blog you're on the right track! 
When you leave me you hop over to Kylie's blog.  

A little gift set featuring Sprinkles.  I have to own up to playing with my new toys on this little twosome spray inks and crayons...yum!

I used the sketch above for my little 4inch square card, and included both cocoa and metallic sprinkles in various sizes.

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of the hop.............


All products available from AnnaBelle Stamps

AnnaBelle Stamps Kraft
AnnaBelle Stamps Smooth White 
ABS Cocoa Sprinkles
ABS Pineapple Sprinkles
ABS Silver Sprinkles
ABS Icicle Sprinkles
ABS Love Birds
ABS Dotted Flowers

Thursday 11 April 2013

A share, a show and a sore back.


The last couple of days have been spent getting ready for the Wauchope Quilters show.  The event is staged every second year so this is my first.   It sure takes some organising, with every quilt entered being allocated a hanging spot, so measurements are important and need to be accurate :).  These ladies are amazing and very well organised!

Then there are the blocks for a themed challenge, all labeled and displayed to give people a chance to vote on their favourite!  All this before the catering, which by all accounts makes a handsome profit. Everyone is asked to bake a cake or slice, though if baking is not your 'thing' a loaf made into sandwiches is also acceptable.  On show days these are divided up into mixed plates and visitors have a lovely area where they can sit and enjoy some refreshments. 

The girls have made some amazing items to sell on the trading table too. Everything from pretty needle cases, pincushions to full size quilts.  Some of the local retail outlets have stalls too, so the stitchers have a chance to stock up on supplies!

The show opens Friday at 10am, if you're in the area.......why not drop in, you'll be made very welcome!

This picture shows the beautiful raffle quilts (behind the table). 

I'm off for a soak in the bath I clearly am getting old.....I ache in places I didn't know I had!!!

Wednesday 10 April 2013

Scrapbook Boutique - April Blog Hop and Inspiration Challenge - Special.


The 10th of the month means time for a Scrapbook Boutique  Blog Hop and Inspirational Challenge.  

The Hop starts and ends at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog.  If you're following along you should have arrived from Narelle's blog and when you leave me you hop over to Therese's Blog.

The hop is open for one week, closing at midday Wednesday 17th April. 
To be eligible to win the prize, leave a comment on each of the blogs, with the SB blog being the last one.  The random winner will be drawn from the  SB blog and announced on Thursday18th.

Unfortunately the blog hop prize (and the inspiration challenge) are only open to anyone with an Australian mailing address.

One lucky person will receive the following prize from My Mind's Eye - MY GIRL.


We hope you'll join us and play along with our regular monthly inspirational challenge.
   Make a project using the following picture as your inspiration.  

You could be the winner of a $30 gift voucher for Scrapbook Boutique.


I've used the colours, polka dots and roses as inspiration for my card as well as a Mother's Day theme.  

I hope you'll join in and share your idea's this month......we love to see how you play with the inspiration pictures.  Hop along with us for more inspiration.

Layer's of designer papers with hand cut banners and die cut spiral roses. Red/white twine wrapped and finished with a bow and a sentiment especially for Mum!