Sunday, November 12, 2017

November so far in photos

Hi everyone, I am still around and very well.  My life is very full and seems blogging has been pushed to a side for just a little bit. I think of you all on the blogs that I love to visit, I steel a quick peek time to time.  After being on a computer all day at work I do find it hard to be on one again at the end of the day other than for my word games.  Four weeks and I'm on holidays so will be catching up then.  Meanwhile, I wanted to share the past couple weeks of my November.

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A view on my walk early Saturday morning.  Walsh's Pyramid.


My hammock buddy where we have spent a couple of cooler afternoons lately.

A view from the hammock that I love.

A card I made for the Craftmad November Card swap (then another ten because I loved the design and ease) Theme of the swap Ribbon, Twine or String.  A great way to use up my left over and smaller pieces of ribbon.  Machine stitching around the edge and to create the tree and layered on wonderful green glitter card.

I really enjoyed making this card and used all three Ribbon and Twine across the centre of the card and made these wonderful string flowers with this tutorial. http://reasonableribbon.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/twine-flower-tutorial-and-fathers-day.html Backed the flowers with die cut fabric.  Papers and card are old from Stampin Up. I coloured a white Happy Birthday brown with my Copic pens as it just needed a little something more on the card.

Following are a couple of my flowers out at the moment in the garden.  They make me smile when I walk out each morning on the way to work.  



The Olive Back Sunbirds love this Ixora and such fun watching them hover  around collecting the nectar.

A few of my friends and myself attended a trivia night recently  it was a travel theme and we went with France.  I made these card eiffel towers for our table, we all wore black striped shirts black bottoms, berets and a red neckerchief.  Another lady made placemats using the french flag, I also made little moustaches on sticks for us to hold up to our faces, other people brought a cheese platter and french stick (bread roll) and wine bottles with french logos.  We didn't place not even last.  :-)  But we won best dressed table.  So much fun.

This tea for myself when my husband went out one night, this was followed by a night of crafting on the Christmas cards above.  Such fun. :-)  I have started following the Keto recipes mainly because I try and stay clear of sugar in any form and  I find these recipes suit me, are easy to put together and are so yum.  Oh and I lost the 3kg that had crept on. Happy with my body again.

The Olive Backed Sunbirds are back nesting again.  They have built their nest on a power cord hanging down from a light we have in the carport.  They had built a nest on our verandah in July and we got to watch two little sunbirds emerge.


I have to share even though this happened back in September but it is the reason why I have been back into crafting.  I finally made the decision to move my craft area from this room above to my daughters room.  Yes, now I have a whole room to me. :-) Very spoilt.

I can leave my sewing machine up all the time and I have since realise  I can also leave my pins and scissors out also. No packing up at the end of crafting time.  Just close the door.

I have a new craft table which gives me a lot more area and the room is much brighter.  I love that I can keep out my rulers, pens, tape, glue and its just there for me to start where I finished off last time.

Well thanks for all visiting and as my life gets more and more organised I know I will be back blogging.
Happy crafting.



Saturday, May 20, 2017

Craftmad May Card Swap - Handmade Flowers


This month over at Craftmad (Pinterest Album here) we are swapping two cards with Handmade Flowers.  I took my inspiration from the card I made on our NZ cruise.  I just love the way that vellum looked when used as a backer for a die cut and cut into flower shapes and layered up. I don't have the ornate dies that were used in the card that inspired be so I only layered one panel with vellum the others I added embossed white card stock.  The die I used was 

Nestabilities Majestic Elements Marvelous Squares Die.



My second card I saw some torn papers flowers and really like the effect.  So dragged out random scraps of paper and using water and paint brush drew circles on the papers then tore them out.  Layered them up and added a button to centre of each.  I found this perfect piece of flower patterned paper in my stash also.

Thanks for dropping on by.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Craftmad May Sketch Challenge




I'm having fun catching up on all the sketches over at Craftmad. I found this year tear bear image in my stash. I made these many years ago and a friend copied them and sold sheets of the innate in her craft shop. So it was from the colour of the bear that the papers were chosen.


Visit our Pinterest album to see what other people have come up with. 

A couple of links to cards I made with my Tear Bears years ago…… 7 years….wow…doesn't feel that long.

Tear Bear in a box with instructions….I had much more time 7 years ago. :-)
http://merrymadecardscrafts.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/homemade-with-hop-stamping-vacation.html


http://merrymadecardscrafts.blogspot.com.au/2010/09/less-than-hour-left-of-homemade-with.html

Thanks for visiting. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day


At the beginning of the year one of our Craftmad members sent to everyone her unfinished cards. (Pinterest album here for Finish a Card challenge) This is one I received, so made it up into a card for my mother in law.


The end result.  I found the lovely daisy patterned paper for the background.  Again put vellum behind the die cut and then layered that on purple card stock which I hand cut to shape.  I punched out plain vellum flowers and then coloured wiht copic pens to match the papers.  I am really happy with the end result and it was fun working with something that some else started and getting a good result.  I was on such a high that I tried the next unfinished card I was given but it was a lost cause.  The more I added to it the worse it got so it's in the bin with no photos taken.  Not all cards can be rescued. :-)


I used this Craftmad February sketch for my Mum's Mother's Day card. I also thought  this a good opportunity to try a pop up diorama card, tutorial here. 




The inside of the pop up diorama card.  This card lays flat when closed, so great for mailing. 




Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Craftmad March Sketch Challenge




The other day I saw a card Linby had made using yellow and grey. I really liked the combo so thought why not for this sketch - Craftmad March Sketch Challenge.  Yellow is not a colour I dig out often but I was keen to start on this card. 

 Found some yellow patterned paper that worked together. Dug out my circle and flower  dies. I'm really happy with the end result and happy to have found a way to use yellow. 😀

Visit our Pinterest album to see what other people have come up with. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

April Craftmad Card Swap - Acetate


Our April Swap at Craftmad was all about acetate.  Visit our Pinterest Album to see what everyone else came up with.  

I decided to make a magic slider card, it's been years since I have made one.  Now I remember why, although I enjoy the whole making and creating, I just don't feel the card is quite finished and wasn't sure what else I could do.  Anyways, it was fun.  I stamped the pink card with Stampin Up - Creative Elements flourish.  The flower image is also from the same set.  I followed this tutorial over at Splitcoast Stampers.  I added the little flower and sentiment to the bottom corner as I thought it was too plain without it.  For some reason I used a pice of scrap white paper which had the gold spritz on it from the inner tag.  I think card stock would have looked better.


This is the slider as it's being pulled out.  Sadly I was over zealous when deleting unwanted photos and do not have a photo of the entire image and sentiment. Grrrrr.   So the pull out tag, I coloured the image with my copics, spritz with gold, stamped a sentiment from the Creative Elements set which I stamped on an angle….grrr again. :-)  Added a butterfly in the hope that everyone's eye is drawn to that and don't notice the slant of the sentiment.  I will ask my swap partner for a photo when she receives it then update my post.


I found a card on Pinterest which I had to try - original card at Mel's Card Corner.
A fun card to put together and I love the end result.  I have the same patterned paper on the inside to cover up the tape which is holding the card stock in place on the acetate.  Actually, I used overhead projector sheets which I claimed from the local school as they were going to toss a box full as overhead projectors are a thing of the past. 

Wishing you a fantastic day full of smiles.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Craftmad April Sketch Challenge


Hi everyone, I had wanted to make a Thank You card to send off to the lovely Carol Day who organised all our card classes on our New Zealand cruise.  So I started with the Craftmad April Sketch (you can find other peoples versions of cards in our Pinterest album here)


So I dug out my Graphic 45 paper pack - Off to the Races.  Layered up all the wonderful patterned papers and topped with a Stampin Up stamp which I coloured with my copics.  Finished with a little red bling around the edge of the circle and a sticker Thank You (Sticker Store)

Thanks for passing on by, off to my hammock now. :-)


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Goodbye and Good Luck



A friend from work went on a cruise by herself at Christmas time and came back with a new man in her life.  This lady over the past six months had become disenchanted by her job she had worked for twenty years and found a exciting new work opportunity down at the Gold Coast closer to her new man.  Although everyone will miss her terribly everyone was so glad to see her so happy.  This was the card I made to say goodbye.  The hint of orange is a nod to this ladies indigenous background and she loves purple, the banner I punched hearts from a Gold Coast map.


Time to share a couple of presents I was lucky enough to receive for my birthday last month.  This clever idea of a pin cushion attached to a basket which I have been adding rubbish.  In the background if you squint you can see a glass tea cup I received from another friend which has been turned into a pincushion.


My son and his girlfriend gave me a hammock something I  have wanted to own for a very long time.  Would you believe it our palm trees are planted at the recommended distance required to hang a hammock.  It is so relaxing, even though I have only used it on two occasions so far due to rain or holidays or regular life getting in the way but it will get much more use soon.

Thanks again for dropping by have a great day.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Royal Caribbean - Radiance of the Seas - New Zealand - Pt 4 (final)



Hi everyone, the last lot of photos from our cruise.  Lucky that I am only sharing the few photos I took on our tablet and not my husbands 600+ on his camera which he is currently editing. :-)

The photo above is taken at Akaroa where we anchored so we could visit Christchurch.  Due to the earthquake 6 years ago cruise ships no longer pull into Christchurch so this means a tender and a 1 1/2 hour bus trip to Christchurch but with such beautiful countryside to view even on a cold rainy day who cares.  Although we did not realise that the township of Akaroa would be so pretty and we are keen to visit again one day and check this place out.


Taken from the bus, a view back to our ship.


Christchurch is stil repairing and rebuilding itself from the earthquakes six years ago.  On one hand it is sad to see such destruction and knowing people have lost lives and employment.  Then on the other hand this has created employment for a huge group of people redesigning the city and reconstructing. Also as we were driving in the bus driver pointed out a suburb of Christchurch that before the earthquake was really becoming a place nobody wanted to go but now is full of activity as a lot of the businesses moved there from the city.  There is now lots of parking in Christchurch as a lot of the buildings have been demolished and vacant blocks are left.  Walls of buildings are supported by shipping containers until work can commence on them.


More work being carried out.  I was just thinking I did not take a photo of all that is good in Christchurch.  Please visit as it is alive and well and plenty to do, we actually ran out of time and didn't get to do a few of the things on our list - like the tramcar tour.


We did however make our way to the Gondola to see the most amazing views.  The rain had stopped while we did the ride so could enjoy and even clearer view.


The view from the top of Christchurch harbour.

View of Lyttelton Harbour…..so pretty.  After the Gondola ride we got back to the ships bus meeting spot with 1/2 hour to go so not long enough to take our planned tram car ride.  Instead we ventured into the warm and dry museum which had amazing displays then journeyed back to the ship.  Definitely not enough time on this stop over.

Due to cyclone Debbie following us on our travels we had to miss pulling into Dunedin where we had a wonderful train trip booked. :-(  An extra day at sea. :-(  Apparently, the winds were picking up in the afternoon which would have made it hard for the ship to leave the port at Dunedin.  

Our next place to visit were the 'sounds' which are stunning, awesome and if you get a chance to see them please do as the photos don't do them justice.  The photo above is as we entered Dusky Sound.  It was freezing….well for a person that comes from tropics.  I did a quick walk around the ship, took some photos then found a little corner next to a full glass window inside and admired from there.


Dusky Sound


We then travelled to Doubtful Sound and the views just got better a little warmer also as the day went on.

Doubtful Sound

Entering Milford Sound by far the best although all were spectacular.  Much warmer now as I stayed out on deck for the whole venture into the Sound and back out.


Milford Sound


Milford Sound


Milford Sound and snow capped mountains in the distance.


Milford Sound

This was the last of our ports of call we then headed back to Sydney with two sea days. 


My husband snapped this amazing sunset photo at the end of the 1st sea day returning home.  As you can see the sea was still not rough and we had a very calm journey all the way.  I was worried when we started as I had heard lots of stories of it being rough between Australia and New Zealand and even my husband could vouch for that as he was in the Navy and remembers a few rough trips.  Yes, he did enjoy the cruise style much more. :-)





We arrived back to Sydney in the early hours of the day a beautiful sight to end the trip.

I don't know if I am being biased but I think that Sydney harbour is the prettiest of all the harbours I have ever pulled into on a ship.  

Thanks for visiting a leaving lovely comments over my four post New Zealand trip.  If ever you get the chance to visit New Zealand take it as it is a beautiful country.  



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