Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sympathy Card

Sadly, I had to make this sympathy card for a friend who lost her husband after his long fight with cancer. He will be missed by a lot of people serving many years as a firefighter then training fellow firefighters.  We met through the Craftmad's annual get together, he was chief photo taker, Kaye's right hand man for organising and helped in anyway he could.  He put up with a bunch of Craft Mad ladies for a week at his house once a year and always had a cheeky glint in his eye.

Goodbye Ron.

This is a lovely mosaic that Kaye made with over 20,000 mosaic beads click here for more info.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Adele, Brisbane, Townsville - that's where I have been

Our lives have been full of travel and events lately, it was really nice to spend last weekend at home and enjoy the quietness and catch up on housework.  Yes, I know it's sad but I do like to be organised and my highlight last weekend was reaching the end of the ironing pile.  :-) Two weekends ago we were lucky enough to have tickets to see Adele sing in Brisbane.  A brilliant concert, Adele has an amazing voice but the best bit is she is just as real as everyone in the crowd.  I really did enjoy the way that she chatted with the crowd even if she said it was to settle her nerves.

This is Adele on zoom…..yep we were up in the bleachers.

No zoom.  Row SS not many rows behind us but we had cover when it rained and felt the slight breeze when it came through.

This was the start of the night as the crowds filed in.

We spent the day before the concert with our daughter and her friend and found this little amphitheatre on Southbank with a couple singing.  A nice relaxed affair.

We visited GOMA (Gallery of Modern Arts) which I love visiting as there are so many clever minds and some of the displays are very craft orientated.  This is an actual display with a big sign saying 'Please don't jump on this display' and a security guard to ensure the sign is read.  I can tell you when I visited at the start of the year and it was school holidays that security guard was earning their pay.  How can kids not jump on these when they are allowed to sit on them? :-)

The weekend before our visit to Brisbane we visited Townsville and I did an early morning walk with our sons girlfriend.  This is the view from the top looking back out to sea.

We were there to help celebrate our sons 23rd birthday.  We were busy while he was at work and this was waiting for him on his return home.

I will be back again soon with a couple of cards and more travel photos.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Happy 80th Mum :-)

Hi everyone, thanks for passing by.  Mum celebrated her 80th birthday with family with a very casual meal of pizza and laughs.  Followed by a cheesecake birthday cake.  Mum's favourite colour is green so that is where this card started.  I have used Stampin Up Regal colours and added some gold foil to the mix with the die cut flowers. 

Inside I finally got to try out an 'Inside Four Step Card'.  This was fun, a little tricky cutting out the papers to go along the side of the steps but a bit of tracing paper helped me there.  The paper purple and pink paper I have had in my stash forever, one sheet from somewhere.  It's one of those pieces of papers that is just too pretty to cut up for any old card, so an eightieth card and for my Mum it was a perfect time to put it to use.  The letters and numbers are die cut from gold foil.

I found this photo of Mum at 9 1/2 dressed as a fairy and was going to use it on the party invitations but that didn't happen.  I think it is so cute I have to share.  This is Mum last night with her birthday cake.  This is taken under the house of where I grew up. :-)  The house is a Queenslander which is raised on those metal poles helps the house be cooler in the tropics.

I will try later today to put a post up of our other activities that have been keeping me away from blogland yet again.   Bye for now.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Birthday to a very dear Friend

My first time making a pop up slider card.  Again, a surprisingly easy interactive card and worth a go.  I am sure I will do more of these over time.  I used Beate Johns's tutorial here.  I was lucky enough that another wonderful friend Ruth let me have a play with her new Stampin Up Succulents framelits, she even had all the right colour inks there for me.  So spent a night of inking up all the petals and I really like the effect.  

I found some Kaiser Craft paper in my stash that I think teamed well with the front of the card for the tag.

The only thing that bothered me with the succulents was finishing off the centre.  One succulent I have a glossy dot the other is a screwed up piece of matching card stock.

Thanks for passing on by. :-)

Monday, February 6, 2017

Craftmad Finish A Card Swap

Hi everyone, hope life is treating you all well.  'Tis good this end, as you may have noticed from my lack of posts and visiting I am back at work.  Busy but fun, interesting.  We finally have a wet season, missed out last year, so dealing with all the side effects from that.  Grass and weeds that grow overnight.  Worms that seek refuge on our verandah and get stuck there, I mean hundreds, it just makes me wonder how many are actually wiggling around in the ground.  Our dog snacks on them every time he is outside.

Now on to the card.  We have started a new swap over at Craftmad.  One of the ladies had a number of unfinished cards which she has sent out to us and we are finishing them off.  The card above is what I received. Pinterest album here for Craftmad Finish a Card Swap.

I added a Blue Edge die cut owl which is layered. Finished with my wonderful new label die Craft Concepts - Harry.  Sentiment computer generated. 

The worms and our dog showing how's yummy he finds them.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Did you know………Pinterest?

I discovered yesterday that when I have been pinning my cards to my Pinterest albums they just link to the entire blog.  So when a person clicks on the link in Pinterest they are sent to my blog and then have to scroll to find the card.  If the everyone is like me, I can't be bothered and will go back to Pinterest to find a similar card with a direct link to the card.

What I have been doing is the day the my card is posted I hover on the card until the Pinterest save button comes up and save it via that.  Purple arrow.

What I should be doing and will be doing from now on is actually clicking on the post title (pink arrow) so that post is all I see on my screen then click on the Pinterest save button as then it saves to that post only.

I am now going through my boards and seeing where the link takes me if it is just to my blog I find the post I want and right click on the post title (pink arrow) and copy link then go back to my Pinterest board and edit the website on the saved card with the copied link.  

With any changes I do to Pinterest I find that I have to log off the internet and then when I go back online and visit Pinterest the changes are done.

Hope this helps someone else. Have a good day.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Craftmad December 2016 Sketch Challenge

This is me catching up on the Craftmad sketch challenges for 2016.  I have decided to work backwards.  This sketch was for December.

My take on the sketch, I ended up turning the topper sideways as it was to large for the card the other way round.  I plan on giving this to a male friend for his birthday, so that is where the colour combo came from.  I found the die cut stars/flowers in my stash and went from there finding papers to add to it.  The panel behind the stars is a piece of copper coloured embossed foil.  The background paper is Graphic 45.  Finished with the lovely glossy gel dots.  Not sure if I will add a sentiment or not, I will wait till the day I mail it.

Take care and hope it is a terrific day for you.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Crafted January Card Sketch Challenge

I think I have six months of 2016 Craftmad sketch challenges to catch up on but I will get there.  Hoping to keep on track during 2017, so here is the Craftmad January sketch challenge. (Pinterest Board here to see everyone else's take on the sketch)

This is what I came up with.  The patterned paper came from a magazine giveaway years ago, the embossed flap and die cut banner from an earlier Craftmad swap.  I used my die cut for the Happy Birthday and attached this lovely flower bling which I bought with my birthday money two years ago.  I do find that using sketches gets me digging deep into my stash which I just love.

Thanks for dropping on by.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Thank You

I made a couple of Thank You cards recently.  I wanted to keep them simple so used the Hydrangea stamp from Stampin Up Both Way Blossoms.  A little layering and Thank You stamp finished with some glossy spots.

Thank you for visiting. :-)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Craftmad January Card Swap - Theme - Trees

Love it when I finish a swap during the month it is on and not on the final days. :-)  This month over at Craftmad (Facebook page here) we are swapping two cards with the theme of Trees.  At first I thought this would be tricky but I had fun creating both cards.  I tore out a page from one of the kids school dictionaries, not just any page but the one that describes a tree.  Midway on the left.  I then hand cut shapes to form a tree and machine stitched them to the card front.  Finished with a simple 'Just to Say' sticker sentiment (Sticker Store), I figure the recipient can choose the occasion by what is written on the inside.  

For my second Tree card I used this fun digital stamp from PixieARTish - Catastictorments.  I have had this image a long time, actually since 2010 and when I googled I could not find a link for the owner so if you know where they are could you please share a link.  I coloured the image with my Copics which was hard to start with as everything is normally brown, brown tree, brown dog, brown cat.  So had to look outside of my square - grey to black dog, ginger cat.  It took me a little while to think of a sentiment for this card but I think 'Happy Days'  is very apt.

You can see all the other Craftmad Tree Swap cards here on our Pinterest Board.  Keep checking back as they get added as the partners receive the cards.  

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Happy 13th to my niece

Another interactive card - Peek-a-Book card.  This one was meant to be for our daughter but the more I worked with it the younger it became. :-)  Luckily my niece turned 13 a week ago and she loved it.  I have used a Mo Manning 'Birthday Girl' image coloured with Copics.  I followed the tutorial by Norma here.  The placement of the 13 oval was a bit tricky, next time I would try to have a smaller cut out to fill giving me more room for placement of that oval.  It is another interactive card that I will do again as it was fun to make and so much fun to play with. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Happy 21st to our amazing daughter

Unbelievably our daughter turns 21 today.  Unbelievable to me as the time has gone so quick as they tell you it will when you have your baby.  Melissa is a beautiful, caring and very independent young lady discovering where her life will lead her. Melissa starts her Bachelor of Graphic Design at the end of February so she will be busy with that and hopefully it leads to an exciting job.

The card is a Gatefold Shutter Card, I followed this tutorial by Sandi.  Normally, I like to follow tutorials with photos but I could find none for this style of card.  The video was helpful as I could see the card action was meant to happen.  Lately, Melissa has been telling me how she is into greys and black and not much colour so that is where I headed to find some paper for the card.  Came across this daisy paper which I have always loved and waited for the right card.  Thought a splash of pink was perfect so dragged out my Stampin Up card stock which I know always blends so well. Followed the tutorial for this surprisingly easy and very fun card. Die cut the flowers and numbers.

A video to show how the card opens.  

Thought I would revisit the birthday cards I have posted over the years for our daughter.
20th - 2016
19th - 2015
18th - 2014

Don't know what happen at 17 :-)  16th - 2013

15th - 2012

Missed 14 somewhere - 13th - 2010

Thanks for passing on bye.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Craftmad December Swap - Theme - Stencils

Stencils are not something I normally use in card making which showed when I went to find some in my stash.  All I found was the Spellbinder Impressionabilities that I used above. I daubed it with Stampin Up River Rock ink, added the Thank You sticker sentiment. Finished with this wonderful collection of paper flowers from stash and a pretty pin given to me by Kaye

The second card I had to get inventive and created my own stencil from a used section of stickers.  I cut out the backing paper for the large butterfly then used it as a stencil daubing on a variety of blues and yellows.

  I then used the stencil as a mask when I stamped it with a flourish and some words. 

This card is so full of mistakes but I do like the end result.

#1. When I stamped the flourish it did not stamp to the edge of the butterfly, hence the words.
#2. The first lot of words I stamped upside down so put another layer above to hopefully cover up this mistake.
#3. I did not plan on a frame for this butterfly but the frame nicely covers the parts that I daubed past the stencil in my excitement. :-) lol  If I had known I was adding the frame I would have set the butterfly a little lower on the card.

Thanks for passing by.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy 50th Birthday Brother

I think turning 50 should involve sparkle and gold so this is the last card I made using the inspiration for Pinterest.  Simply a change of words from the New Years cards I made.

Wishing my brother a Happy 50th however he spends the day.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Happy Birthday to two wonderful friends

These are two of the three birthday cards I made using the same inspiration from Pinterest as I did for my New Years Cards.  Just added some diecut stars with dim antes in the centre of each.

Happy birthday Jan

This time I used couple of my leftover circles from my Christmas cards and a single die cut star with a dimante centre.

Happy Birthday Anita

Thanks for visiting, I am off to see what this day will bring.  Breakfast first.


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