Friday, June 29, 2012

Creamy Chicken Pie

Hi everyone, thanks for the lovely well wishes.  I am getting better should be back on track on Monday and looking forward to it.  I just wanted to share this wonderful recipe for Creamy Chicken Pie.  Photo of what I have cooking at this very moment.  My friend Helen cooked this for myself and two other friends a couple of years ago. It was so yummy we all asked for the recipe and I have been cooking it for the family ever since.  Tonight I will be making this into a small pie for each of us but normally the filling just goes into a large Vol-u-vent shell each.  It certainly comes up creamy although you add no cream..... 1/2 cup of milk is it.  I don't add the corn or mushroom due to family member dislikes......I would love to.

Now the main reason I am sharing this recipe with you today is so that I can find the recipe in future.
Yes, I lost my hard copy of the recipe and have been making it from memory the last couple of times, just never tasted quite right.  So tonight wanted to follow the recipe.  So rang my friend Helen, who also had to go in search for her copy of the recipe so she hung up.  When she rung back in about five minutes, recipe was found, scanned and emailed to me.  Two minutes later I was sitting with a hard copy in my hand.  Love technology...most of the time. :-)

Wishing you all a fantastic weekend and I will catch up with you on Monday, fighting fit and well.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Mr and Mrs

Morning all, well that silly old cold/flu has gotten me with both hands and I have not been doing anything much.  I did manage to make this card for my friend of 37 years that surprised our small group of friends that have known each other about the same amount of time by eloping on the 9th June.
It was 15 years to the day that the pair of them had been together and they have decided it is finally time to take the plunge and make that final commitment.  They had a couple of friends come over to their back yard apparently and had a nice little ceremony and then had the joy of ringing and telling everyone.
So exciting.
As it wasn't a typical marriage I found it hard to add an image so stuck with my favourite embossing folder 'Victoria'.  Mr and Mrs is computer generated and the Rhinestone brad is from Pizzazz Aplenty.  The buckle is chipboard which I covered in silver Jac Paper from Blue Edge Crafts and then went around the edge with some bling. I added a purple ribbon as that is her favourite colour.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Christmas Squirrel

I know I am early for Christmas but it is that time of year again where they are calling for Christmas Cards for Aussie troops serving overseas.  You will find more information here. A group of wonderful ladies including Tracey Hanshaw have, for the last 4 years (yes, this the 5th year) organised this terrific collection.

So all the christmas cards I have been making the past couple of months will heading to Tracey.

This card I started with brown linen texture then this wonderful spotted paper. The layer behind the squirrel is Bazzill Two Scoops. I dragged out my sewing machine and stitched around all the edges.  the sentitment is a rub on.  The 3D Paper Tole was from a small booklet from Blue Edge Crafts.

Well I am heading back to bed.  Typical, two days of school holidays and I feel like I finally have time to catch up on things and the dreaded cold/flu lurgy has caught me.  Yep, sore throat, headache and ringing in one ear.  Catch up with you al tomorrow.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Waterfall Card

Morning everyone, I have made it back to blogland.  Last two weeks were hectic but fun.  I enjoyed Relay for Life and totally loved catching up with my brother and his family.  This week is the start of two weeks of school holidays so things definitely go at a different pace now.  It's more we will do it if we feel like it or when we are ready. :-)

Today I have a Waterfall Card to share with you.  The waterfall part of the card came in sheet form from Blue Edge Crafts.  Using my craft knife and metal ruler I cut out all the pieces and put together as per the instructions.  For the card I started with Aqua Textured Linen Cardstock then a layer of dark blue cardstock which I ran through my Diamonds in the Rough embossing folder.  I attached the waterfall topper with these wonderful brads from Pizzazz Aplenty.  Finished with silver corners from the Sticker Store and a silver pull ribbon.

Now this card would be perfect for our current challenge at Unstampabelles #12.  The theme is Ribbons without any stamps.  There is still one week to enter for a chance to win the fabulous prize donated by Beth at Huggies Crafts.

Also we are in search of someone who enjoys using a lot of different paper techniques to create their cards.  Yes, Unstampabelles is having a Design Team here.  We would love to hear from you and promise not to bite. :-)

Time to head off and get a few swaps started and finished.  Have a great day everyone and thanks for visiting and leaving such lovely comments.

I would like to share this card with

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Daffodil Thank You

Morning everyone,  a little chilly here this morning, 12C but what a beautiful day it is going to be.  Blue, blue skies.  :-)
I have been busy creating thank you cards to send out to people that donated prizes for the raffles we held for our Relay for Life team.  I wanted a nice quick card, had to be purple and yellow and needed a daffodil.  So I finally got to use a whole stack of yellow card stock that I had cut down to card size ages ago.  Yellow is not a colour I normally nice to reduce what I have.  Next I used my new Patterned Designer Series - Subtles Collection from Stampin Up.  I just cut strips from the two purple sheets and mixed and matched the front and reverse sides.  Giving all the cards a different look.  Love it.  I then went in search of a daffodil to colour.  Lots of lovely images available but I came back to my trusty source 'Ruth' over at A Passion for Stamps where I found this perfect Daffodil.  I have coloured it with my Copic pens which I haven't used in ages and really enjoyed the relaxing time while colouring.  I used Y11, Y15, Y35 and Y38.  Finished the card with my Just Rite stamps and new to me Stampin Up Shimmery White cardstock.  I love the flecks of shimmer in the card....really finished the tag off nicely.  The picture above shows all the cards and daffodils ready to be put together.  I have done eight and have another two remaining.  I have run out of XPress It cardstock so will paper piece the last two daffodils today.

One of the completed cards.

Eight in all.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Relay for Life

I have no craft at all to show.  The only reason I have been near my craft desk is to gather anything for Relay that I have plonked there.  I still thought I should start with a little crafting while I share photos of our Relay experience.  My daughter and friend helped get together the Ranger/Guide Relay team for our area.  They chose the theme of fighting for a cure.  So satin boxers, boxing gloves and a black shirt.   My daughter went a step further and created this wonderful boxing belt all card stock, stickers and glitter from my stash.

Setting up we are the white tent on the left.  Yes, there were lots of morph suits used on the night .....morph suits are what those girls are wearing as they do a lap.  We even had two guys in them in our team.

The overall theme of Relay for Life Cairns was 'Gone Troppo' and we decided to run with this theme.  This is not a requirement teams could also decorate and dress up according to the name of their team.
As you can see the weather was spectacular......and was cold during the night but not freezing.

The tent is decorated, and we are dressed and ready to join the parade.  This is the majority of our team, a few stragglers still had to join us.  My daughter designed the banner and then did part of the artwork with my self and the lovely the red, directly above the second palm tree.

Off we go in the parade of 221 teams (teams are 15 people).

The teams that followed.

The people with the red umbrellas were in the tent on the right of us.

The Invincibles were in the tent left of us.  Isn't this Flintstone car amazing.


Our site set up and ready for the 18 hours of walking, talking and laughing.

After banking the last of our money this week our team raised $1489.50.
Still open for donations for two weeks  here.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Unstampabelles Design Team Call

Unstampabelles is looking for a person (1) who enjoys manipulating paper.
Do you enjoy any of the following:-  iris folding, papertole/decoupage, quilling, parchment, creating boxes, books or scrap pages?  
Would you like to take up the challenge of creating a paper craft without the use of a stamp (rubber or digital)?
Would you like to be part of our fabulous and friendly team?
If you answered ‘yes’ we would love to hear from you.
Please email Merry with a couple of details about yourself and why you would like to be part of
Unstampabelles.  Also your blog details.
As a Design Team member you would be required to make a paper craft creation once a month and if time permits another creation for our Halfway post.   You would also be required to leave comments on entrants blogs but we do have a roster system for commenting.
Benefits to you:
You will be challenged to think outside the square.
You will make some wonderful new friends - the other Design Team members.
Your creation will be featured on Unstampabelles with a link back to your blog.
Occassionally, products may be available from sponsors to use in your creations.
This Design Team Call will remain open until Friday, 29th June and the successful applicant will be advised by email by the 30th June.
This call is open to everyone whether you have been on a Design Team or not.   Even if you have just started up a blog we would love to hear from you.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Christmas Paper Tole

Hi everyone, a touch of Christmas again today.  I started with a green base card and then this lovely embossed red card stock which I received in a Craftmad swap a little while ago.  I have attached these terrific red gingham ribbons to the side.  I have used a scalloped edged circle die for the base of my topper.  The 3D paper tole image I have hand cut then layered up using silicone glue in between each layer.

I wish you all a great weekend and following week.  I don't think I will have a chance to create anything or post as we have a busy time happening.  Son moving down to Brisbane, daughter sausage sizzle to fundraise for her Relay for Life team, brother and family arrive from America for a good weeks visit and then to finish this off Relay for Life weekend16/17th June.  Feel free to donate to our team - 5F. So see you after all of that has happened.  I am sure that I will find time to visit your blogs though.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

June Calendar Page

Well May did not seem as rushed to me when doing these pages.  I had something drawn in every day and coloured them all in last weekend.  

I really like my June page and have to say it is much nicer in real life. I have been trying to come up with another way to show the days on the calendar with a touch of colour but still have it light enough to draw on during the month.  I decided to give the whole page a light wash of colour.  So love creating these pages as I drag out some of the fun things I did when the kids were younger.  For the date sections I drew lines with a candle to show the days.  Along the edge I drew some flourishes. It needed a little something else so I put daubs of red as flowers. I love the way they spread with the water.

I have linked this up to Kate's wonderful 365 day challenge over at The Kathryn Wheel

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Sarah Kay Gardening Paper Tole

This card is busier than most cards I do but I really like the end result.  Looks like this little girl is walking off into the sunset.  The cardstock and papers are all Stampin Up an older range, sorry don't know the names.  Down the right hand side I have used my new Spellbinder Edgeabilities.  The butterflies that were cut out I adhered to the top the card showing the reverse side of the paper.  This fun 3D Paper Tole/Decoupage is from a Sarah Kay Gardening Sheet.  I hand cut her out and went around the edges of the image on the reverse side to give a little texture then layered her up with my silicone glue.

Thanks for stopping by.  Wishing you a sunny and happy day just like this girl.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Watering Can

Oops....discovered a Mother's Day card that I have not shared with you.
I love the bright colours of this card.  I have used Textured Linen cardstock for both base card and the pink side panel.  The side panel I have run through my Swiss Dots embossing folder.    The lovely paper on the other side is Bazzill - Jay Bird Street.  The white oval I cut with my Spellbinder Deckled Edged Oval and for the yellow oval I traced around the outside edge of that same die and cut out with my fancy edged scissors.  I coloured this wonderful Flower Can image from Bugaboo with my Copic pens.  Sentiment is computer generated.

Beautiful sunshine day here, it's weather like this that makes everyone from down south move to the tropics.  Then the humidity sets in October/November and they are out of here by December. :-)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Unstampabelles Challenge #12 - Ribbons

This is my Design Team card for Unstampabelles Challenge #12 which is all about Ribbons.
I have used ribbon to create the centre of this cute flower. 
The ribbon was attached to the centre of a die cut circle covered in double sided tape.  Next the ribbon was gently twisted and attached around the circle.  The leaves and stems were hand cut and embossed from pearl paper.  The papers are Bazzill Design Papers 'Babies Breath' and 'Stitches' .  The base card is new to Blue Edge Crafts, a laser cut Swirly Leaf Border. Finished with a button and gold sticker sentiment .

To create the centre of the flower I used double sided tape to cover a circle of cardstock.  I then attached one end of the ribbon to the centre of the circle.  Twisted the ribbon and adhered that twisted ribbon to the circle working from the middle to the outside.  At the end I cut the ribbon from the main spool leaving a little tab which I bent underneath and stuck with stick tape. 

I would like to share this card in the following challenges:


Friday, June 1, 2012

Craftmad May Card Swap - Thank You

This is the second Thank You card I sent off for this months card swap at Craftmad.
I started with some Beige Textured Linen cardstock with a layer of Cyclamen Textured Linen cardstock.
I have a collection of these amazing images which were a giveaway in a magazine years ago.  I am finally parting with one.  Along the bottom of the card and as one of the layers on the sentiment I have used Washi tape, a present from the lovely Annmaree. Finished some lovely gold stickers from Sticker Store.

Enjoy your is a wet one here and I am hoping for blue skies as my daughter and I will be manning different stalls at the local markets tomorrow.  Have a great weekend and catch up with you on Monday.


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