Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Morning everyone, I had a bit of a late but very fun night last night creating this terrific stack of Christmas boxes. My wonderful friend decided to host a Stampin Up party with Ruth from Arty Inkers or Stamping 4 Fun with Ruth showing us how to create these terrific explosion boxes. You could use these to give gifts in or as an explosion box with photos in or as I plan on doing using as a Christmas decoration. I love the papers we have used. Sorry, once again I can't remember the name of the Stampin Up papers. I was too busy getting my head around some of the folds we had to do. I would share how to do this here but we all found this was a very hands on/visual project. The second photo show how the boxes come apart. There was no glue or tape used in the construction much to the relief of one of the ladies there.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I have been busy creating a couple of things in my time offline. One, is this card. I have finally got an entry for the Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenge #4. Every other month, I think I have a whole month to do this and then forget. The challenge was to create something for Christmas, include snowflakes and lots of sparkle/glitter.
So I have used SU Brocade Blue for the base card. White pearlescant paper that I have run through the cuttlebug with my Swiss Dots folder. I am not sure where I found this free digital image sorry. I printed her on white card and coloured her with my aqua pen and watercolour pencils. Added some Peacock embossing powder with PVA glue but didn't heat emboss as I like the fluffy look it has. Then put some double sided tape around all the edges of my image, took off the protective covering of the double sided tape and sprinkled red glitter all over. Added some sparkly snowflake buttons that I bought from Blue Edge Crafts and a Letraset gold rub on 'Let it Snow'.
I have some exciting news that has happened in those couple of days offline. I was picked in the Top Three for last weeks Pick Three Challenge. Thanks so much Denise, can't wait to try out this weeks challenge.
I have also won a prize from over at the amazing Jak Heath's Blog Crafter's Kitchen. Jak has two wonderful image available for 4 pounds each. The donation goes to raising funds for research into Meningitis to which she sadly lost her 16 month old great nephew. Jak generously started up a giveaway that you could enter with a creation using one of these wonderful images. I was so lucky to win. I thought I was winning one Flippin Christmas Die Cut but went back and reread the prize this morning and discovered it is the whole set of Flippin Christmas Die Cuts. How fantastic is that. I have always wanted to have a go at one of these Flippin designs as they look like so much fun.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Best get on with this card before I lose my connection. Yes, not only is our computer slow but the internet connection didn't come on yesterday until the afternoon. The lights are starting to flicker on the modem now. Arrrrrgggghhh!!
My card I have used the sketch from Everything but the Kitchen Sink.....great sketch. I have also used the Pick Three Challenge which we had to choose from a list of punches.
A corner punch - I used
A punch with a holiday theme
A snowflake punch - I used
A border punch with a winter theme
A circle punch
Any punch with scalloped edges
A heart punch - I used
I used SU Perfect Plum for the base card. Then cut rectangles from Design Paper from SU which I think is called Good Morning Sunshine. Next added the punched snowflakes with glitter. I cut out the Tilda image with my circle nestabilities and embossed the edge. I coloured Tilda with my aqua pen and watercolour pencils and some metallic gold pen highlights. Added the three punched hearts to the bottom of her dress with a touch of glitter. Finished with the rub-on greeting and star form Kaisercraft.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
My daughter and I finally got to visit little Jack last night and both had a wonderful cuddle of him. He is toooooo cute. Mum is doing well too.
I don't have a card to share today as my hubby was home yesterday and I was playing nurse. My hubby rides a bike (bicycle) and was riding in a race on Wednesday night at the local track. He clipped the wheel of the guy in front and came off at about 40km and has bruises and skin off everywhere. One thing is good that he had a helmet on. It has at least three large cracks in it that we can see. The doctor told him to take it easy and have yesterday and today off work. But he will be back on a bike in no time I am sure. He is just feeling very stiff and sorry for himself at the mo.
Oh, I just have to do this and hopefully it is a post he visits........a huge wave to my brother and his wife in Florida. Wave, wave, wave.......do you recognise my hand this time? :-)
The giveaway is a $100 voucher to use on lighting of your choice. There are a lot of options available for $100 and under. How great is that?! Apologies to my international friends, this one's only open to Australian residents.
So just leave a comment and if you don't have a blog with an email please leave your email address so I can contact you if you are the lucky winner. This giveaway will close Friday 20th November and I will post the lucky winner Saturday 21st November. I will try and keep this post at the top for this time.
If you don't have a blog but know that I have your email address and live Australia please leave a comment. Just make sure I know who you are. :-) e.g. friend, bits and bots, craftmad, family
Some of the lights I like :-
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Yes, I had to make a card for my new nephew. So I have used the above sketch from Create 4 Fun Challenge #46
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Jack Douglas arrived into this world at 9.09am 6 pounds 10 ounces (3kg approx) 48cm. He is five weeks early.....I think he was running out of room. :-) My brother is a very proud Dad as I am sure his wife and two daughters are.
We all thought it was going to be another girl.....but it's a BOY!!!!
Finally, had a go at the second image by Jim Harker. I must say when this snowman is uncoloured he looks a little evil to me. But when I showed my daughter last night I relieved to hear her say he doesn't look evil anymore. :-) I used brown Bazill for the base card then some wonderful cream vellum with a snowy flourish. Trimmed the vellum with gold border sticker from the Sticker Store. Along the bottom I stuck some wonderful snowflake buttons from Blue Edge Crafts. Next came the image which I backed with a layer of red card. I coloured the snowman with my water colour pencils and aqua pen. Finished him with some glitter and metallic pens. Then added the rub on from Letraset ' Festive Frolics'.
Now for my exciting news...........I am going to be an Aunt again today. :-) My sister-in-law went into hospital last night at 11.30pm when her waters broke and now they are waiting for the doctor to arrive to arrange a ceaser. As with all her other babies (this is number four) this baby can't wait to get into the world. My SIL was booked in for the 3rd December for a ceaser but this one just can't wait. So I have everything crossed that all goes well. I think we all have our breath held baby number three Harmony was only with us for three days.
Oh, and my computer is still really really slow.
Mustn't forget our dog is okay. Had to have an xray and discovered that his leg bone in his left hip socket doesn't sit as snuggly as the right. So this explains the limp when he gets up from sitting and nothing serious. Yay!!!!
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
I made the top three.....woohooo!!!!! first time ever. I made the Top Three of last weeks 'Pick Three' challenge. :-) Now it's time to get ready to work on this weeks challenge......a choice of punches to used.
I have no photo to post today as my computer is being extremely slow and I have a few things to do. Like wash the dog and take him to the vet as he is limping on his left hind leg. So if I happen to disappear sometime this week it is probably because my computer has had enough and we couldn't find the bug that is bugging it at the mo.
Just a reminder for those Australian readers.......remember to check out the Buyster Lighting Giveaway here.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Nauclea orientalis - Leichhardt Tree. Large tree with prominent leaves approx 25cm x 10cm. Yellow & white flowers are crowded into a globular head about 2.5cm. dia. Plants require water at all times & can't be allowed to dry out. Distribution NT, Qld & WA
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
I have used red felt card (Blue Edge Crafts) for the base card. Then I have used one of Ikki techniques over at Ikki's Cupboard and cut an octagon in the front of my card using my Nestabilities. Still using my Octagon Nestabilities I cut an acetate shape. Then a white textured from to cover the edge of the acetate where I adhered it to the card. At the bottom edge of the card I used a piece of white card that I had run through my Cuttlebug using the 'Swiss Dots' folder. Then added this wonderful red Christmas sticker from the Sticker Store.
For the inside of the card I printed out the wonderful Holly Fairy and coloured her with my aqua pen and watercolour pencils. Added some glitter to the frill on the bottom of her dress. I cut her out using my Octagon Nestabilities. Then attached her to the inside of my card ensuring she was all lined up when looking through from the front. Then..... I opened my card and saw that the Octagon was crooked....arrrrrggghhhh! Mental note:- circle cutouts would be much easier to line up. Luckily, though I have the Scalloped Edged Circle Nestabilities which I cut a frame and it has covered the mistake up very well. :-)
I will be entering this card into the following challenges:-
Sophisticat Challenge #10 - Wings
Whimsy Challenge #27 - Watercolours
Papertake Weekly Challenge - Digi Sparkle
Digital Tuesday Challenge #32 - Holiday Wishes - Digi Image
Sassy Designs Challenge #1 - Christmas
Just visited Blue Edge Crafts and they have this fun thing happening at the moment. With your order if you pay an extra $2.00 you will receive a 'Lucky Dip Surprise' with your goodies. You can have as many Lucky Dips as you like with any order. The Lucky Dip Surprise will be to the value of $2.00 or more. Sounds like fun to me. :-)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
I have used the sketch from over at Charisma Cardz Sketch Challenge #44. So I started with a lovely blue felt card for the base card. Added a layer of my new paper Bird Song from Kaiser Craft. Aren't the birds too cute. I added two strips to the side, one of which I stamped 'happy birthday' along the length of it. I then stamped up the bird from SU Good Friend set and gave him a silver paper glitter wing. I cut the bird out with my circle nestabilities and then used the embossing mat to emboss the edge. Finished with three loops of green ribbon on edge of circle and a little bling along the bottom of the card.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I have used a white corrugated card (Blue Edge Crafts). The right hand side I attached Blue Bazzil Bling which I added the gardening tool stickers. I then punched holes down the side and hand stitched with gold thread. The wheelbarrow I coloured with gold and blue metallic pens and black permanent marker. I filled the wheelbarrow with a variety of yellow and orange punched out flowers and green leaves. I have added smaller white flowers to the centre of some, Kindy Glitz to others and a couple of pearl bling centres too. Finished the card with three little blue punched out butterflies.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The photo above shows the wonderful prize that arrived from Denise over at Stamping Vacation for my win in one of her 'Pick Three' challenges. Thanks so much Denise. Those buttons catch my eye every time I walk past my desk they are so pretty.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Now check out what I received in the mail yesterday. I had just returned home from grocery shopping and had no lunch and opened this up. I really had to keep saying to myself 'no these are not real they are chocolate wax melts that smell like raspberry chocolate'. I showed my husband when he arrived home and he was drooling ...... I had to tell him quickly before his hand went into grab one to eat. So thanks so much Rebecca at Purple Sparkle.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
2. Winter mittens or hat
4. Boots or shoes
5. Any animal
7. Winter Scarf
8. Sled or Sleigh
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
I decided on a gate fold card which doesn't really show this photo but it does open in the centre. I used SU Certainly Celery for the base card which I used the little spots from a SU Snowflake set around the edge. Added a piece of SU Design Paper in Rose Red to each side of the card. Added some silver ribbon with some cute little bows on it that I received from Blue Edge Crafts. Some wonderful snowflake stickers from the Sticker Store and topped with silver bling. Three little green buttons in the right hand corner. I coloured the Holly Fairy with my aqua pen and watercolour pencils and added a touch of glitter on the frill of her skirt. Cut her out with my hexagon nestabilities.
I will be entering this into the Sophisticat Challenge #9 which asks for 'Buttons and Ribbons'.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Hi everyone, thanks for visiting and leaving such lovely comments while I was away. My daughter and I had a wonderful but tiring weekend down in Townsville. We sat in sunshine, wind and rain. My daughter won her first three Touch Football games on the Saturday and lost the last one 2-0. The team came back Sunday morning bright and early 8.40am to play in the Quarter Finals which was 2-2 at full time so then they had to play extra time. In Touch Football this means a player drops off every minute until there are only three players left on the field....they start with six. So at every stage into extra time it's first to score. They did get down to the three players but the opposition ended up scoring the winning try. An exciting game to finish the weekend on.