Saturday, May 9, 2015

Reason for non-crafting.

Hi everyone, I am still around just not getting the crafting motivation.  I think these photos may explain why.  I just can't find my desk, so look I at it then find something else to do.  Hoping my attitude changes soon.  As you can see there is plenty to be done. 

Plus the weather is just beautiful at the moment (cooler and clear skies) so either sitting on the verandah admiring the yard, working in the garden or taking the dog for a walk and enjoying the weather.  

Take care, I will return soon as there is a rainy day. :-)

Sunday, May 3, 2015

April Craftmad Quilt Block Swap

Over at Craftmad we are swapping 12" blocks each month.  Our partner gets to choose the colours and the sewer gets to choose the patterns.  I was partnered with Beth for this swap and she asked for pastel colours. I found this fantastic block tutorial called "U Pick" .  The tutorial has you cutting out a certain amount of shapes which I did for three blocks, do a small amount of sewing and then decide how you want to assemble the block.  The pieces can be assembled four different ways creating four different blocks.  

Friday, April 17, 2015

Craftmad March Card Swap - Just Because

This is my second card for the 'Just Because' March Card Swap over at Craftmad.  I again used the Kaisercraft - Kaleidoscope papers given to me by my Secret Santa starting with bottom paper of circles and circles became the theme.  I enjoyed using these jewels I have had in my stash as they are so sparkly and shiny.  Printer still out of action and still no stickers or rub-ons for the 'just because' sentiment but I remembered that I had  Just Rite set of alpha stamps.  Just perfect.

Thanks for visiting over my way.  Have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

After my shopping expedition

Sorry the photo is sideways....I quickly took it on my phone so I could show my parents what their birthday money had bought me.  :-)  Now I can't seem to rotate it.  

My friend and I had a wonderful time in Babinda yesterday.  After spending a half hour trip in the car discussing 'That Sugar Film" (a real eyeopener of a film that everyone should watch) and "I Quit Sugar" concepts and that really it was a matter of going back to basics and cooking/baking from scratch and moderation, moderation.  We hopped out the car and went straight to Babinda Bakery and had the nicest coffee and for me a custard slice and my friend lattice apple slice.  So yum! So full of sugar but hey, not something we eat every day. :-)  Then it was up the street to admire the renovated furniture and kitchen items collected at Babinda Bargain Centre - Cootharinga North Queensland 
next stop was Scrap Therapy  where my friend and I spent a couple of hours just wandering.  It was such a pleasure not to have to rush off anywhere and not to have anyone on the footpath wanting to move on. :-)  This is where I spent my birthday money from my parents.  

Top to bottom

Coloured jewels, roller glue refill, a new gadget for me that rolls along the edge of the page and adds pin pricks, Christmas die words (joy, noel, happy, christmas, merry, holidays) sticker alphabet, tiny butterfly and bird dies, 2 x embossing folders one with music and one with flowers, new 'B' plates for my cuttlebug and lastly some glue to attach ribbon with.

We then headed over the road for a nice lunch at the Stag Tavern.

A brilliant day.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Craftmad March Card Swap - Just Because

Over at Craftmad during March our card swap was two 'Just Because' cards - (other member cards here).  This is one of them that I sent off to my partner.  I really enjoyed putting this together as I didn't have anyone in mind and didn't have to stick to a certain theme.  I found a sketch online that I liked and papers from Kaisercraft - Kaleidoscope that my Secret Santa sent me.  Aren't they just the prettiest papers.  I did ink up my one and only 'Just Because' stamp but it was just not right for the card.  Our printer is out of action at the moment and could not find one sticker or rub-on to use.  So I resorted to cutting the letters from a magazine and I am happy with the end result.

Hope your day is going well.  I am a tad excited as my friend and I are off to the tiny town of Babinda, just south of us, today for some coffee and to visit Scrap Therapy - craft shop.  Yay!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Just Because card to my nephew

The last of my Just Because cards to my family.  This is to my nephew who is only 5 and his 11yo sister taught him how to play chess.  I thought this imagine was apt.  It is a Hearty Craft topper from Blue Edge Crafts and I have attached it to a laser cut shape card from Blue Edge Crafts.  I cut little cream and brown squares to create the chess board background.  Then finished with a variety of border stickers and rub on to for his name.

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Girl Talk Card for my Niece

This is the card I created for another of my nieces - just because I like to surprise them with snail mail.  Plus gives me a chance to catch up on the Craftmad sketch challenge, this is the March sketch (gallery here) .  I also get to use a lot of odds and ends in my stash.  This time a few stickers.  My last fairy sticker, the button I received in a craftmad swap.  Finished with the 'Girl talk' rub on.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Craftmad April Sketch challenge

Every now and again I like to send a card in the mail to my two nieces and nephew just so they can appreciate snail mail.  So I found this Hearty Craft 3D topper ready to go on my desk and then decided I would use the Craftmad April Sketch challenge (gallery here) for the layout of the card.  The topper helped me choose the colours.  Colours which I must admit I do not touch very often, not sure why as they are lovely and rich.

Now to work on two more cards. Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter

Happy Easter everyone.  As of Thursday I suddenly realised that I had not bought one easter egg or hot cross buns.  No kids at home anymore to remind me what time of year it is. So after work did a quick shop at the local store to rectify that problem.  Two packets hot cross buns and deciding that we didn't need a lot of chocolate between husband and me just bought this small packet of eggs to share.  Then my husband comes home from work and says he just put an easter egg in the back fridge for me.  ????? he never buys easter eggs, so I went and snuck a look and it looks a little flash so thought I would have to do something with this packet of eggs.

This is what I came up with.  I can't take any credit for the basket as it was made by my friend Ruth in a Stampin Up demonstration.  I had fun making these carrots using the orange papers that have been sitting in my stash forever.....not a colour I tend to use.   I turned sheets of paper into Sour Cream containers (Splitcoast Tutorial here). Wish I had had enough eggs for one more carrot.  However, I think it looks a bit flasher than the packet of eggs.

Just showing them individually.

Have a great day everyone.

The carrots I gave my husband with the egg that he gave me.  Not only a chocolate egg but full of Roses chocolates.  I will be sharing. :-)

Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Easter everyone

I just had to share our (what I call) Rose of Sharon in our front garden.  Every morning I leave for work and it is full of white flowers. (click on photo for larger view)

Return in the afternoon and they have all turned this lovely shade of pink.  Just magic.  Of course, much prettier in real life.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter.  I think all the campers in our area are going to win out for a change as the weather is just beautiful.  Four day long weekend and the start of school holidays for two weeks so there are plenty of people holidaying.

Take care and have a good one. :-)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

My Birthday Cards

Last Saturday (21st), I celebrated my 50th.  Had the most wonderful time as all was organised by my terrific husband.  All I had to do was enjoy and help just a tad.  :-)  Our son and daughter flew home for 24 hours.  My sister and her husband also flew up from down Brisbane way for a few days and helped out fantastically.  Our sons girlfriend even made the trip from Townsville but I am thinking that had more to do with our son. ;-).  I celebrated the night surrounded by wonderful friends and family.  Lots of laugh, yes and way too much drink but it was all good fun.  I just wanted to share all the beautiful handmade cards I was lucky enough to receive.

Stitched card from my Mum. :-)

This talented lady a friend from school days - grade 5 (10yo) even, made my birthday cake also.

4 layers of caramel mud cake - Yum!

Another of my talented friends.  This card was the second card and only for a joke, as I had give her a flower pop up card for her 50th last first attempt and this is her first attempt.  Faces are the ladies I used to play tennis with.

More photos to show all sides.

This is the real card from Gloria and it is just spectacular.  Gloria was a little sneaky too, messenging our daughter in Brisbane who then text Dad (my husband) sitting beside me for younger photos of myself.  These also were sent back via that same route although Gloria only lives 5 mins away.

Other pages - me in primary school and on my wedding day.

The loves of our lives - son and daughter and recent photo of me....I do look a bit worried in this photo.

The last page of the card signed by all the tennis ladies.

This is from the talented Ruth who does amazing things with Stampin Up products.

Kaye is super talented and wonderful lady who I have met through the online Craftmad site.

Another talented lady who dabbles in many crafts and at the moment it is Chalk Art.  Karen, I met through Craftmad and we discovered we live minutes away from each other so now regularly catch up for coffee.

Another friend that I have known since grade five.  We don't get to see each other much these days but technology keeps us in close contact since her move to NZ.

From my Aunty Barb. :-)

Another wonderful lady Jan, who I have met through Craftmad.

Yet another school friend from grade 5 era.  Rachel, takes amazing photos mostly of bugs and flowers.   This is one that she has given to me, how special.

My brother gave me this but I imagine that it was my sister-in-law, 2 nieces and nephew that had the fun of putting all together.  This got a lot of laughs on the night.  Yes, there are fifty lollipops.

This beautiful card arrived from Cathy another lady from Craftmad who I have not had the privilege yet to meet in person but we will. 

All my cards lined up.

Will catch up again soon.  Thanks for visiting.  Scruff the dog needs to go for a walk outside so must dash.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Disappearing Nine Patch Quilt Block - Craftmad March Quilt Block Swap

Hi everyone, this is the Disappearing Nine Patch quilt block I made for Mandy, my partner over at Craftmad for our March swap.  Mandy asked for tropical which I thought the vines, birds represented.  Also Mandy loves blue and these blues just remind of the waters out on the reef.  You can see the other blocks made for the swap here in our Craftmad gallery.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Happy Birthday Mum

Happy Birthday to my wonderful Mum..........

Mum loves, green and butterflies so this was the card for her.  I made this with a great friend Ruth, who is a Stampin Up demonstrator.  I had a few friends around and we had a play of some of the new items (this was back in January).   Even though stamping is not something I do regularly I always love how well Stampin Up stamps go so well together and easily to make a beautiful card.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Starflower Quilt Block - February Craftmad Quilt Block Swap

This is the quilt block I made for my Craftmad partner for the February swap (view other swap blocks here in gallery).  Cathy asked for rainbow colours with a white background but I like the purple/violet which is part of the rainbow.  I have used the Starflower tutorial that I found over at Ellison Lane Quilts.  As I said to Cathy, this block makes me smile.  I am really happy with the neatness of the much better than when I started two years ago.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Craftmad February Swap Card

This is the second card I made for our February swap over at Craftmad (gallery here).  We were sent ten embellishments during January and February we had to put them to use.  The embellishments I received on this card were the pink paper punched flowers, the pink jewel flowers, the sequins, ribbon and little puffed fabric hearts.  I added the handout leaves and the die cut Happy Birthday.  Again I enjoyed the challenge of putting these embellishments together. 


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