Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Frame it.....Craftmad Swap


Over at Craftmad this month we had to swap two cards using a frame.  Amazingly, I have finished both cards, mailed them off and my partner has received them and it is not the end of August.  :-0


This card started with the frame sticker that I have had in my stash a little while. I tried to match the colours of the frame with the card stock. Then used these lovely daisy stickers which I coloured with Copic pen to give a creamier colour to blend better with the background page. Thought I would try something a little different with HB rub-on......Happy Birthday. :-)  To finish off I punched out some small purple circles from card stock which I then covered in Dimensional Magic.

In other news.....the weather is starting to warm up, days are getting longer.  Been doing a bit of gardening and enjoying walking the dog.  I have even enjoyed moments in my craft room.  Last weekend spent cutting out all the squares and triangles ready for my block swaps at Craftmad till the end of the year.  Now to find time sew.

Take care and thanks for visiting.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Pop-up Present Card


So much for returning in a short while with this card.  Life just keeps me busy. :-)
So this is the second card I sent off for the July Craftmad Card Swap (gallery here).  We swapped two pop up cards, you can see my first one in the post below.  For the front of this card I used the Stampin Up balloon image that I had coloured with my Copics ages ago....lucky for me the colours worked well with the papers I was using.


Since the first swap card had a lot of detail I wanted to be a bit simpler on this one and have always liked seeing the pop up presents.  So I found a tutorial online and tadah! this is what I came up with.  So easy, fun and effective, I will have to do this style of card again.  The papers I have used are Avalon by Bazzill from Blue Edge Crafts.

Now what have I been doing to keep me away from the computer and card making.  All the regular stuff like housework, gardening and work of course.  

We played and won our Touch Football grand final.  

Visited Brisbane to see our son win Best Cinematographer for work on the Best Film.  This is an awards night to celebrate the completion of their Bachelor of Digital Film and Television.  So a wonderful and very proud time for us.  So wish I could share a link it for the film as it was such a nice easy film to watch with a lot of aaaaawww moments.  

Helped out on a stall selling books at our Annual Pyramid race.  So got to spend the entire day chatting with one friend while we were able to cheer on another who (was silly enough) to be running the race for the 17th time.  This race is 12km long, 3km flat running to base of Walsh's Pyramid, (which is 922m high) 3km up, 3km down and then 3km back to the starting point and our friend did this in 1hr, 48mins and 42 sec.  Our friend holds the record for the fastest female which was achieved in 1997 with 1hr, 32mins and 6 sec.  Amazing!!!!  17 years later and she is only 16 mins slower.

This weekend we are chopping down trees that came down earlier in the year when a cyclone went through.  The trees have snapped off at the base and leaning on others so a big job to get them out.  We have been putting it off but the dead branches we see now are just not too attractive.  Next week is bonfire time. :-)

So till next time......take care and thanks for your lovely comments.



Monday, August 4, 2014

Pop Up Card - Koala


Our July card swap at Craftmad were Pop - Up cards (gallery here).  I have been wanting to sit and play with Pop-up cards for a while as I visit Dr Sonia's blog and she creates her own amazing Pop-ups.  Me, I needed templates but it was still good fun.  So for the front of this card I wanted to keep it simple and have the surprise of the pop-up on the inside.  So I used four of my embossing folders to emboss strips of card stock for the front.  I then used my Just Rite Stamps for the 'Sending Hugs' badge. 


The inside I used a Kirigami pattern I bought from Easy Cut Popup back in 2012 and have never used.  I also bought a dragonfly Kirigami pattern at the same time and here is the card.  So I followed all the instructions, printed out the pattern, handcut the layers, embossed sections ready to fold and slotted them all into place.  Surprisingly easy, although you do have to be gentle when interlocking some of the layers.


I will be back soon with the other card I sent off for the Pop-up card swap....it is much more basic but just as fun.   Wishing you all a wonderful week wherever it takes you.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy 13th Birthday Nellie


It was raining all day Sunday so I had nothing better to than craft the day away.  I so enjoyed it as I have not sat at my craft desk since mid June.  I made this card for my niece who turns 13 today...yes, another teenager in there world. :-)

I wanted it to be girly but not pink and pretty since she is a teenager now.   I found this Penny Black girl sticker in my collection.  She must have been holding balloons at one stage in her left hand but they had been cut off so I balanced some presents on her hand.  Firstly, I adhered the sticker to white card stock then hand cut around her, attached her to the card with some 3D foam.  I layered up some papers from my stash, using one of my Spellbinder border dies along the bottom edge.  Again used my fantastic Elizabeth Craft Design - Birthday die.  I am just in love with how easily they cut.  Finished the card with little banner using the scraps of paper from the background.

Wishing you all a terrific day and thanks for visiting. :-)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

I am Grateful for........

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Over at Time to Create, Alicia has started a Gratitude Link- Up.  I thought this was a lovely idea and found a photo to join in with.  I am Thankful for a lot of things but at the moment I am really thankful that my husband and I get to enjoy moments like these with our 18yo daughter before she moves out of home.    Our daughter is in the flannelette shirt next to the empty seat.  This was up at the Mareeba Rodeo last Sunday.

Thanks for visiting. :-)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Stitched Happy Birthday Card


Morning everyone, this is a card I started stitching while on the cruise in March.  Finally, got around to finishing it off.  The stitched pattern was already laser cut on the card and I picked it up from Blue Edge Crafts.  I thought the flowers should steal the show so stuck to a cream around the scallop edges hoping they look a little like lace.  Finished with a Happy Birthday die cut.

Thanks for visiting. :-)

Friday, July 11, 2014

27th Wedding Anniversary :-)


Yes, today hubby and I are celebrating 27 years or 9862 days of marriage.  We have had our ups and downs but I am happy to still have him here by my side. :-)

I spied this card idea on Pinterest and loved it so got to work doodling with my fine tip black pen, copics and water colour pencils - all freehand except for the punched hearts.  Very relaxing.

Wishing you all a terrific weekend and thanks for dropping on by.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Craftmad June Swap - Use Embossing Folders


A bright and cheery card for you today.  I made this for the June Craftmad card swap we had to use embossing folders on our card.  I think I covered that requirement.  This card by Sara inspired me.  I dug out a lot of my embossing folders and ran them through the Cuttlebug with different cut offs from my Stampin Up Brights collection.  I couldn't find a butterfly punch so opted for this star punch.  Took me a little bit but I figured out that if I cut the strip of colour then punched the star from the bottom right corner  this only ended up being part of a star shape and not usable on the card.  I had to punch a star to use from other card stock to slot into the punched out shape.  Hope that makes sense.  ;-)  Visit the Craftmad Gallery to see how the other ladies used their embossing folders.



It's another beautiful blue sky day here in Gordonvale.  Cool start and heading up to just the right warmth during the day. Perfect for climbing the Walsh's Pyramid as my daughter and I had planned but that won't be happening this week after all as my daughter has been called in for extra work.  Can't knock that back.  There is always next week. :-)

Have a great day everyone.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Enjoying the sunshine - Etty Bay and Gordonvale

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Hi everyone, just wanted to share the beautiful day we had here on Sunday.  Our daughter was out so hubby and I decided to go for a drive and check out a couple of places.  So we headed south to Etty Bay, great caravanning or camping holiday spot for families. Only a small park so you would have to get in quick I imagine.  


Hubby and I stopped and had lunch at the Fish and Chip shop and that is what we had.  Yum.   The whole experience was very family and fun.  I think it brought back wonderful memories for my husband who used to go on family caravanning holidays when he was young in NSW.  This was our view for lunch.  Next we drove to Flying Fish Point which is another nice little beach area.  Here we enjoyed a lovely coffee.  Hubby's cappuccino was in the biggest mug we have seen.


The view on the way home.....this is Walsh's Pyramid which my daughter and I hope to climb this coming week. (edit: thankfully our daughter picked up some work so won't be this week, but there is always next week) We had plans last Thursday but the weather decided to rain so that meant no view from the top.  I am not doing all that hiking and not having a view. :-)  The Great Pyramid race is gearing up and is to be held on the 9th August.  So a few people are running up for training.  Me, I have been climbed the Pyramid three times before and promised my daughter when she turned 9, I would take her up.  She is now 18 and has been nagging since then.  :-)  She plans on moving to Brisbane next year.....so it is now or never.



Another view of Walsh's Pyramid - 922m high.


The blue sky and sugar cane flowers.



Driving into Gordonvale if you click on the photo to enlarge  you can see in the centre on the far right hand side the Mulgrave Sugar Mill chimney stack.


Sugar cane in flower.



A field of sugarcane in flower and ready for harvesting.

Thanks for visiting and wishing you all a wonderful week.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Gloria's 50th Birthday - Pop-up Box Card


My friend Gloria had her 50th birthday last Tuesday however, we all went out to tea with her on Saturday night at a lovely Palm Cove restaurant.  Gloria asked for no present but asked/demanded :-) that everyone crafty or not make her a card.  Easy I think.  However, there was a P.S. on the message for me - I was not to use my Cuttlebug or a stamp.  Now that is a challenge and a half as I use my Cuttlebug at least once for every card Dies or Embossing.  So I thought it was time to make another  Pop up Box card as I had so much fun with the cat version (here).  I started with some Bazzill card stock white and green and teamed it with the SU patterned paper.   My daughter had discovered a packet of rub-ons after cleaning out her room so I put them to use on the front of the card also adding some stickers and bling.


The inside of the Pop up Box I attached layered paper and fabric flowers to acetate and added two butterflies.  Finished with the Happy Birthday stickers.  I so love that all these fold down so neatly to fit in an envelope.  Such a great style of card.  This time I used the tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers.


Hope you all have a fantastic week and thanks for visiting.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Happy Birthday


This was a rush card. I had been invited to a combined birthday party. At the last minute thought I need cards. The lady turning 70 I was lucky to have one in my stash. However, male turning 75 not so lucky. I like the card but not as maleish as I was hoping for. I used Stampin Up paper and card stock, coloured the digital stamp with copics.   I was happy at how well I could match the copic colours to the papers.  Equally, as happy that I was actually colouring.  Something I have not done in a while.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Craftmad June Card Swap - Use Embossing Folders


Our card swap theme for June over at Craftmad (view gallery) was Embossing Folders.  I thought I would have another try at embedded embossing.  So grabbed out some of my SU colours as I knew they would work well together and cut out a range of circles.  I then attached them to the white card stock and run the lot through my SU Lattice embossing folder.  Topped it off with Happy Birthday cut with my Elizabeth Craft Die.


Thanks for visiting. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Quilt Blocks for Craftmad swap - Clay's Choice and Cluster of Stars



I fell a little behind on my sewing in May and didn't complete my Quilt Block for the swap over at Craftmad until first week in June.  We had to swap a Clay's Choice block and we are using traditional coloured Christmas fabrics this year.  This is a first for me to ad the oblong shape into a block.  With the instructions so very easy.  I always thought when I saw these shapes in blocks that they were actually cut to that shape and sewn in ........ wrong!  To make this shape you start with a rectangle and sew to small squares on diagonals to the top of the rectangle, trim and fold back.....tadah! a wonderful shape is formed.


Now this one I am definitely on time just have to get them in the mail now.  This is the June block for the Craftmad swap and we had to sew a Cluster of Stars block.  Another new technique......making 'Flying Geese' sections.  They are the ones in the middle on the outside edge.  Same as above you start with a rectangle and sew two small squares but on a different diagonal to create this shape.

I had run out of christmas fabric and happened to mention this one visit to my Mums.  Mum rummaged through her collection and happily passed on what she had....reducing her stash. :-)  The outside red fabric on this block actually had a sticker on it for 20c....it would have been at  least a metre square.  Bargain.

Hope your day is a good one.  Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Craftmad - May Swap - Use Dies


This is the second card I made for the Craftmad May Swap - use Dies.

Here I have used Stampin Up papers with my Marvelous Squares die. I saw this style while googling and have not used my dies in this way...enjoyed finding a new way to use them. The Thanks is a fabulous Elizabeth Craft die from Blue Edge crafts....they just cut so beautifully.


Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Craftmad - May Swap - Use Dies


I have finally done a little crafting so I can now do a little blogging.  :-)
Life seems to have slowed down just a little but don't tell anyone.  I have caught up on a few odd jobs that have been hanging around for a while.  Found my craft desk last weekend that was a challenge.  So it is nice now to sit and know where everything is.  I even went through all my papers and gave to the local kindy about a ream of scraps and papers I have had forever but will never use.

This card is one I made for the May Swap over at Craftmad.  We had to use Dies. I have used my Spellbinder Reverse Wonky Rectangle dies here and one of the terrific pre-cut flower paper toles form Blue Edge Crafts. Finished with a little string and a label die that was in my collection.


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