Monday, December 31, 2018

Wishing you a fantastic 2019 - See You Later


This is a photo of our last evening of 2018 and what a beautiful one it was.  We have had torrential rain for the past week and a half. It was so lovely today to see sunshine and hang the washing out to dry and get that sunshine smell. Also terrific  for my husband to mow today and have nothing to do tomorrow on his birthday other than enjoy the manicured lawn and possibly watch the rain fall. 

Happy New Year everyone.  I wish you the very best for 2019. 

Thank you all for your visits throughout the year although my posts and visits to your blogs have been sporadic.  I've decided to re-open my card store on Made It (smaller Australian version of Etsy) - www.madeit.com.au/MerrymadeCards My thinking is that this will allow me to sell cards that I  create after being inspired by others through Pinterest. Ultimately, I'm trying to reduce my stash which seems impossible as my Mum and an elderly friend also think they should reduce their stashes and have been passing crafting items on to me. I will miss blogging and although I have tried for the last couple of years since commencing full time work to continue blogging I find that now that I work on computers all day I don't want to be on them when I get home.  You will be able to find me on Pinterest.....link is over there to the right where I share from time to time what I have been creating.  I  will no doubt also be browsing through the many creations stored there for inspiration for my next project. 

So its not goodbye, but see you later when I have more free time in at least five years.

A special thanks for you visits and sticking with me as posts got thin - I have always appreciated your visits and comments. Monica, Brenda, Loz, Janette, Kaye, Gail, Cathy C, Sandra H, Lorraine (cold waters), Mrs A, Linby, Dr Sonia, Judy S.






Saturday, December 22, 2018

Merry Christmas everyone


Wishing you all the very best Christmas, I hope that it all goes according to your plans with some relaxing,  family, friends with a touch of fun and of course yummy food.

Sharing the cards I sent out this year the last couple are on my craft desk now ready to be completed tomorrow.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Graphic 45 Paper Challenge - Cathedral Window


I spied this design in Pinterest ages ago and have always wanted to give it a try with my scrap papers.  So I used my scraps from the Graphic 45 paper pad while doing the challenge.  This card took a little longer than I first thought it would.  First punching out the required number of circles, amazing how many you can fit into such a small area.  Then folding each circle in on four sides to create a square.  I scored the lines using my scoreboard no measurements just purely by sight.  Next I thought easy….I will just pick up a circle as it is all random but no I wanted to make sure that the patterns and colours were evenly spread on the front of the card.  So that took a bit of sorting then I adhered each circle and found some bling, buttons and flowers to embellish the card.

Thanks for passing by.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Graphic 45 Paper Challenge - Pink Flowers


Another card I made for the Graphic 45 paper challenge I was part of.  I really do love the end result of this card.  The images I have had had stamped up and waiting in my stash for a couple of years ready for that right moment.  I have coloured them with my Copic Pens added a touch of bling to each flower and raised the leaves with 3D foam tape.


These are all the colours I used for these images.

I have now given this card to my very good friend from school years on her birthday at the start of December. 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Graphic 45 Paper Challenge - Birthday Candles


I do like adding birthday candles to a card, such a fun way to use up scraps of paper.  Inspired by this card from Pinterest. All these candle papers are from the Graphic 45 paper pad - 'At the Races'. The flames are created by punching out a heart and cutting that in half.  I have added some clear Wink of Stella to each flame, if you squint you can see on the second candle. :-)



Friday, December 7, 2018

Fancy Fold Christmas Card


Another Christmas card….I'm so loving the feeling of Christmas this year to have a couple of cards already made and in my stash.  I used to be organised like this about 10 years ago and it is a good feeling. I made this card for a Craftmad Sketch challenge earlier this year.  


To me the papers are everything Christmas - green, red and gold.


The card all folds down to this lovely compact size ready for mailing.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Mums Birthday


Yes, I'm doing a bit of catching up as this year winds up, I thought I should try and share all my creations for the year before the end of the year. :-)  Mum's birthday was way back in March but I don't remember sharing this at the time so better late than never. :-)  I coloured this peacock die cut from Blue Edge Crafts with my Copic Pens then added some shimmer chalk and bling.  Found this perfect background paper in my stash.


Mum turned 81 this year and I think she has helped raised some wise cracking children.  My brothers gifts to her her were the tiara and the 18 today which he asked her to wear upside-down as it then says '81'.  From me Mum received the 'Jar of Nothing'.  For the last few years when her birthday and Christmas roll around and I ask what she would like she says "Nothing".  So this year Mum got what she had asked for and was so happy and couldn't wait to show the ladies at church the following week. 


A jar of nothing.

Have a terrific day.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Tree Card


I have used Graphic 45 paper for the background of this card.  The christmas tree is a die cut from Blue Edge Crafts which I layered on top of some lovely green glitter card stock.  Finished with some die cut borders and the Merry Christmas wording.

Have you got your decs up?  I'm keeping it simple this year as my husband are visiting our son and girlfriend for Christmas.  I have put the tree up with lights and decided that I will make a few paper ornaments to put on it as well as a garland or two.  A homemade Christmas decoration year. 



Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Daffodil in Purple - Thank You


A friend of mine recently had a clean out and passed on her crafting items to me as she no longer makes cards.  The majority of this card is from her stash….the purple base card, the beautiful purple fabric type textured background and the shimmery lilac card stock.  The spotted paper is from Stampin Up.  I have adhered the daffodil sticker to some white Xpress It card stock and coloured this with my Copic Pens.

Happy Tuesday everyone.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Paper Teapots


I made 30 + of these paper teapots for the Biggest Morning Tea function that we held at our local High School back in June.  I spied the design on Pinterest where people had used Stampin Up frame-lits - Keepsake Box.  I don't own any frame-lits so I went in search on Pinterest (again) for a template to use and viola……I then started hand cutting these cute little boxes.  The handle is just a strip of paper approx 8cm x 1.5cm and the spout I cut from my own hand drawn template.


The papers are from a Kaiser Craft pack which Kaiser Craft kindly donated to occasion.  Inside each teapot we placed a cupcake for the guest from the local retirement home could take home with them.



The rest of the decorations ready for the Biggest Morning Tea guests


The guest in all their refinery……the theme for the day was to where your best Tea Party hat.  The lady in blue forgot hers and adapted her serviette for the event. :-)

Have wonderful day.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Mother's Day


A bit of a blurry photo and yes, I'm doing a catch up with my cards.  I made this for Mum who just loves butterflies.  I used some new papers from Cocoa Vanilla.  They are so pretty and it was nice to play with something new.  Have a great day.

Friday, November 30, 2018

3D Pots and Succulents


I have found a new love this year and that is succulents. I have been slowly transforming my unused vegetable garden into a succulent garden which sounded easier than what it is going to be.  I have discovered that although succulents don't need as much water and don't mind the sun.  They don't really like the blazing afternoon sun which my garden gets.  I'm also concerned I will lose the lot during our wet season as they just don't cope with a lot of water.  I have now put one of each type I own into three pots so I have a plant in reserve at all times.

I was having so much fun growing new plants from leaves of my other plants I thought they would be a great christmas gifts to people at work and other close friends.  So I asked my son to create some small pots for me on his new 3D printer and the photo shows what he came up with.  I was only expecting one design but he was having so much fun creating new designs the collection grew.

Have a wonderful day.

Edit:  Thought I should show and explanation about 3D printing as I too had not heard about 3D printing until our son bought himself a cheap one to have a try.

3D Printing - 3D printing or additive manufacturing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.
The creation of a 3D printed object is achieved using additive processes. In an additive process an object is created by laying down successive layers of material until the object is created. Each of these layers can be seen as a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section of the eventual object.
3D printing is the opposite of subtractive manufacturing which is cutting out / hollowing out a piece of metal or plastic with for instance a milling machine.
3D printing enables you to produce complex (functional) shapes using less material than traditional manufacturing methods.
You Tube video of a 3D Printer in action - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fcgPRTBPm9o

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

November Craftmad Swap - Backgrounds



For our November card swap over at Craftmad we had to swap two cards creating our own background.  I had fun with paints and salt and a little rice for this background. Added some flower stamps, more doodling and some rub on words and smudges of gold ink.



I spied this design for a background on Pinterest unfortunately, I did not save the original post so can't link….if it is yours please let me know.  A design I thought would be pretty quick to do but I was wrong. I doodled the black lines in the background- easy part and then coloured with my Copic pens. Colouring the sections took way longer than I imagined but fun and relaxing, each column has three different row stripes and to colour those stripes each had three different Copic pens.  Coloured the robot with my Copic pens too.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Wow - 10 years of blogging


I was just checking out different things on my blog as I have day off due to our son and his girlfriend coming for an overnight visit.  Lovely surprise.  

I just spied that I have now been blogging for 10 years…….unbelievable!  I started 18th November 2008 after visiting other peoples blogs and being inspired to CASE their cards, I thought it would be fun to share my results.   

Something I didn't do was blog to get the most amount of followers.  My friend from school kindly commented on my very first post below and I made it 2 comments because I replied.  The majority of posts for 2008 have no comments. :-)  I was looking through to see at what date someone that comments now first visited my blog. CrafteeCC aka CathyC commented way back in February 2009 and is still commenting today…..thanks for sticking with my Cathy. :-)  2009 was the peak of my blogging with 358 posts.  2018 has been a bit of a comeback year for me with 48 posts so far and a month to go.

Below is a screenshot of my very first post - http://merrymadecardscrafts.blogspot.com/2008/11/new-to-blogging.html

How long have you been blogging?


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Happy 50th Birthday


I made this for my friend Tracey who turns 50 today, party last night.  As well as friend Tracey is my and a couple other ladies exercise group instructor - so sometime we are thinking she is not our friend. :-)  During the exercises and then again two days later when we can hardly walk.

I had fun making this card, I used a 12" x 12" piece of card stock and had to extend it with the darker green card stock to fit all 50 candles on, hence the three strips of gold washi tape.  I then rolled 50 scrap piece of paper 7cm x 3cm on a chop stick placing double sided tape on the closing edge of the rolled paper.  For the flames I punched 25 gold hearts and cut them in half - the is the best tip I have found on Pinterest this year.

Thanks for visiting, hope your weekend is good.  I'm off for coffee with another group of friends this morning.

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