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.


Before

After



Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Biggest Morning Tea a success


The weather turned it on for us on the weekend.  Saturday the sun shone (after a week of rain)  so we could mow and Sunday it was another beautiful clear day and a pleasure to be sitting out on the back verandah with friends.  We had a great turn out and raised a massive $307.00.  


We pulled out any lacy tablecloths or doilies we could find.....borrowed some from Mum.


I put my cards up for sale and $1.00 from each sale went towards the fundraising.....so I happily put $21.00 in the donation box.


My daughter and I had baked a few things during the week.  Top shelf Brown Sugar Shortbread a first time for us and definitely won't be a last.  Regular shortbread and Savoury Biscuits with parmesan cheese and herbs.


My daughter spent time last week creating the blue and yellow banner that was provided by the Cancer Council.  Then decorated with balloons on the day.


Gluten Free Chocolate muffins, front a bowl of rockmelon and pineapple, right - top shelf - Blueberry Almond Tart and Strawberry Jam Drops.


The loaded table with a basket of tea on the left from a friend and on the left back corner yummy lemon meringue tartlets from another friend.  


Just a couple of visitors.




Sadly at the end our lovely day we got news that my husbands father had passed away.  He is the man on the right who loved to fish and to keep fish in aquariams.  Although my husband has not talked to his Dad in a few years due to family issues he did have a wonderful childhood and all those times are flooding back now.


So today I put my husband on a plane to Sydney so he can say goodbye (today) to his Poppa who just turned 100 and pictured here in the Santa suit.  Then tomorrow (Wed) the family will be travelling up to Newcastle to say goodbye to their father the person Santa has held of.  The shoulder pictured in the hawaiian shirt happens to be my husband. :-)

Sorry to leave on a sad note, although for both of these men are at peace now so it is a good thing.  

Thanks for visiting.


Friday, May 23, 2014

Biggest Morning Tea


The last few years I have taken part in Relay for Life but the thought of another sausage sizzle or months of fundraising had worn thin on me.  So this year I had decided to be part of Australia's Biggest Morning (fundraiser for Cancer Council) tea which officially happened yesterday although you can have your morning tea anywhere in May or June.  Mine is this this Sunday.  I have always wanted to use these beautiful tea cups that Mum had passed on to me years ago, so this is the perfect opportunity. 

The other reason I wanted to this morning tea is because I work a little now I just don't catch up with my friends like I used to and this way I have most of them in one place at one time.  The fact that it has been raining off and on for the past week and it is not easing has helped for a good turn out as a bit of sports has been cancelled. :-)  So glad we have a large verandah.


So yesterday arvo my daughter I were in the kitchen.  Here some jam drops.  We also did shortbread, parmesan cheese savoury biscuits, gluten free choc chip muffins (got to cater for all), and a vanilla cake.  Half way there.  I have seen cheesecake in shot glasses so want to make that and my friend gave me a recipe for Blueberry Almond Tart which always turns out but I am waiting for Saturday arvo for that.  Still working on decorations.  Thought we may need a couple of short little games too since we now have 18 people coming. :-0  Originally, I was thinking I might scrape through with 10 guests.

So may take me all of next to recover.  I will return.

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Thanks for all the lovely thoughts and wishes in my post below too.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

RIP Poppa


We had a lovely time at Poppa's 100th and he enjoyed himself too giving cheek to almost everyone at the party.  This is a photo of Poppa and my husband.

We have just heard that Poppa passed away quietly this afternoon - 22nd May.

So we have great memories and he is now resting.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Relay for Life Fundraiser Cards


For the last three or so years I have been attending a fundraiser for the Cairns Lion Dancers Relay for Life team (you can donate here).  Organised by the energetic Glenda and our card kits created by the talented Ruth Massey Stampin Up Demonstrator.  Thanks to Stampin Up who are so generous in donating prizes for this fun night.  I was lucky and won some paper, and two rolls of ribbon.  Also got to make these wonderful cards.  I so love the woodgrain stamp we used as the background to this card and the simple addition of a string of gold sequins around the bottom flower really finished this pretty card.  I realised that I have not added the sentiment which is on a tab and runs across the pink flower. I had thought I might use this as a card for my Mum on Mother's Day.  So was waiting to add that sentiment when I got home. Changed my mind.


Amazing how satisfying it is to stamp splodges of ink and black lines.  It doesn't show in this photo but the little hearts on the vellum are silver....really pretty.  I like how easily this card went together and such lovely colours.


I really like this card.  The demo card had the reverse side of the black banner with spots but I liked the writing.  The demo card also had the white front panel attached directly to the white base card.  My friend, Helen and I decided that a layer of another colour card stock would make the white panel pop even more.  I went for the Blushing Pink as I had some on hand.   


This is what was waiting on the table for each of us when we arrived.  Yes, Ruth and Glenda had been very busy creating at least 20 roses and the three card kits for inside the bag.


Here I am hard at it......I think I am holding my tongue right. :-)

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