Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Craftmad September Card Swap - Male Card (No Blue)


Hi everyone, today I have one of the two swap cards I made for the Craftmad September swap (gallery here).  We had to create two male cards with no blue.  I have always liked shirt cards for male cards and came across some wonderful examples and tutorial by Deborah Wright I had to try.

I have used Stampin Up papers and card stock.  Started with a white blank card from Blue Edge Crafts therefore my card was a smaller size than Deborah's A4 fold in half.  I had fun adjusting the sizes, most of the time just eyeballing it and cutting shapes to what I thought worked.

Well I have been busy in the garden as I have some time at home.  My gardens were so dry and down to bare earth....I am sure I missed a year of mulching.  So I ordered 5m of mulch Tuesday and by Saturday arvo I had spread it amongst our five gardens.  The sad thing is I am at the most 2m too short.  The gardens look so much better and today we have had the tiniest bit of rain but hopefully enough to soak in to the mulch a little.  Still cloudy, so fingers crossed there is more to come.

Thanks for visiting. :-)

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy 50th Birthday Tina


Last weekend I did a little road trip with two of my friends.  I drove down to Tully Heads, 2 hours south of where I live, none of us had been there before.  We stayed in a cabin at Googarra Caravan Park, very happy and friendly staff.  We then joined in Tina's BBQ celebrations for her 50th birthday - a great night with her sailing friends, son and his family and her Mum and Dad.  Also her best friend that flew up from Woolongong and surprised her on Saturday.

I used this card on Etsy as inspiration for the card that I created for Tina.  Really love the end result.

Facebook is such a helpful tool at times.  I went through Tina's photos on Facebook and cropped this one to how I liked it.  Added the pearls for a little class as she is turning 50 after all.  Created the party hat with the glitter card stock I bought from Blue Edge Crafts, a little bit of blue ricrac trim and a split pin flower.  The sentiments are all computer generated.  I saw the bottom sentiment on a couple of cards when googling and thought it was very apt for a sailor.

Well school holidays are on here in Queensland which means I have a little time to do some jobs that having been building up.  Like mulching my poor dry, dry gardens.  So that is where I will be most of this week.  Hope you have a good one and thanks for dropping on by.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Father's Day Card


Hi everyone,  

Yes, this Father's Day card is a little late posting and it was a little late to my Dad as my husband and I had driven 4 hours south to Townsville to watch a Rugby League game.  Sadly, hubby's football team, Manly, were soundly beaten by the local team Cowboys.  Yes, in a crowd of 22,000 we would have been part of the 100 or so Manly supporters.  It was a great night and we stayed at a lovely B&B  - Classique.  The house is 124years old....lovely to hear the history of the building.

I quickly made this card for my Dad before work last Wednesday.  Took me half and hour including google time.  I knew I would need to case a card and lucky enough found one on Lisa H. blog that I knew I could find pieces for in my stash.

I started with a white card blank, then some of my wonderful new glitter card stock.  I have bought one of each of the colours that Blue Edge Crafts stocks, so should be set for a while.  A layer of white card stock which I pin pricked around the edge to take away the plainness.  Created the #1 Dad badge using my Justrite stamps and Spellbinder dies.  I was really happy with the results as was my Dad. :-)

I ended up at the local annual horse races - Cairns Amateurs - yesterday.  Took me a whole five minutes to get ready and be in the car.  My daughter and her friends had been planning for months to attend the races.  Purchasing just the right dress, shoes and fascinator.  Tickets bought all except one who purchased it at the races.  They were dropped off by my hubby by when they went to go through the gates they discovered that my daughter who is 18 could go through but her three girlfriends who turn 18 in the next month or two were not allowed to accompany her.  They were told they needed someone at least 30yo to accompany them as they were underage.  Nothing was said to the girl who turns 18 next week when she purchased her tickets at the racecourse.   So a mad panic call to me and I was ringing friends to see if they knew anyone who was attending them that would sign them in.  Nope everyone my age had gone the day before. In the meantime, two lovely police officers had tried arguing the case with the security staff on the front gate.....they still could not get in.  They asked passer by of the 30 age group if they would accompany them in and they agreed but then the security said you need a 30yo for each girl.  So my daughter went in and her friends tried to get refunds to which they were told no as it was written in the terms and conditions - fine print.  That if under 18 they must be accompanied by parent or guardian.  Meanwhile, I am in my quick getup driving in, met the girls after they had tried everything and they were ready to give up. I said we would just try one more time with me accompanying all three.  As we passed the police officers wished us luck.  Thankfully, the security people we then spoke to were sensible and let me take all three in and reminded me quite strongly....and rightly so that if these girls cause trouble or are drinking it's me who cops the fine.  They were so nice they let me in for free and then gave all of us a bottle of water.   So the girls got to strut their stuff in their beautiful clothes shoes and fascinators.  I surprisingly, enjoyed being there checking out the amazing fashion and the amazing faux pas.  The guys all looked terrific too and their sunnies seemed to be their fascinator.  So in the end a good day was had by all and I might consider going myself next year with some friends my age.  :-)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Craftmad Swap - Frames



My second card I made for the Craftmad August Swap which we had to use a frame. Craftmad Gallery here. This card I used a lovely black felt frame sticker from my stash. I framed a lovely black rose sticker from Sticker Store. Teamed it with the lacy background paper.

How is your weekend going?  We got lots of gardening and burning off of gardening trash done yesterday.  Today, I hope to be sewing some quilt blocks which are way over due for the Craftmad Quilt block swap.

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.

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