Saturday, December 31, 2016

Card Making on Comedy Cruise (Photo heavy)

Back in October my husband and I went on a Comedy Cruise which left Cairns it was only three nights but fantastic as it left from Cairns.  No flying anywhere, a novelty for our part of the world. Before the cruise I was lucky enough to receive a few stickers from Sticker Store so I put them aside with some card blanks as thought this will fill a moment on the cruise when we want time to ourselves in the cabin.  I also was given some card kits which were made up for the annual Craftmad get together held in Brisbane in October.  I quickly put them aside and tried hard not to look at photos from the events so that I could make the cards my way.  

First card made with mandala stickers and borders. It was very relaxing sitting and creating my own design from the array of borders and shape stickers I was given.

This is one of the card kits I received and my take on the card.  I took very basic card making essentials with me.  Double sided tape, one pair of small scissors and that was it. ;-0.  Thats why the ribbon is frayed on the ends, no decent scissors to trim or lighter to burn the ends.

This was not a kit from the Craftmad get together but a pack that was also given to me with rub-ons, stickers and ribbon.  I was also lucky enough to receive a Graphic 45 pad of papers which was handy for the background papers on this card.

Another kit from the Craftmad get together event.  If you look close I have woven black ribbon to the edge of the oval.  With limited crafting items I was becoming very resourceful.  The ribbon I cut from inside the shoulder section of a new shirt I had brought on the cruise.

The rub-ons from the party girl kit came in handy here to add a little more detail to the sentiment.

Another Craftmad get together kit card using stickers from the Sticker Store and such cute background paper.

Again, I had to be resourceful as I didn't bring any 3D foam tape with me and I wanted the die cut with the sentiment on to be raised.  So I grabbed the cardboard from the back of the Graphic 45 paper pad and cut it into strips.  Then using the double sided tape stuck these strips together until it was thick enough for me.  Cut these into small sections and ta dah! I have a raised die cut.

Last Craftmad get together kit.  I really like the end result of this card.  The hat and glove images are pre-cut die cut shapes (available at Blue Edge Crafts) and all you have to do is layer them up.  My homemade 3D foam came in handy again for this. :-)

In this photo you will find all the cards as they should appear if I had attended the Craftmad get together. :-)  I really didn't go to far off course with mine.

I left all the cards I had made on the ship as a thank you to the cabin crew.  I hope they were able to put them to good use.

I did share some cruise photos back in October but thought I would add some more here since I have mentioned it in the post.  We are still anchored here and this is the view from the swimming pool deck out over Trinity Inlet towards Second Beach.

As we left from Cairns so no flight fares and only a 3 night cruise we used the extra money to upgrade and try a bit of luxury.  It was very nice and didn't feel like we were at sea at all. 

View from our balcony as we left Cairns behind.

Willis Island the half way point of our cruise where we anchored for half an hour and viewed the weather station.  No-one left the ship.

Although I can't always take part in the Craftmad Annual get togethers - there have been four and I have attended two.  I like to send a little something.  This year I was looking for quick, easy and light.  I came across Gratitude Stones on my old friend Pinterest.  I dug out my pack of Stampin Up Air Dry Clay and put that to use.  I rolled out sections to hopefully look like pebbles, then stamped each one with a different small image.

I then put the stones into small paper bags I had made with the following verse.

That brings me to the end of my very long post.  Hope you enjoyed the trip from top to bottom.  Wishing you a wonderful Saturday, last day of 2016.


Friday, December 30, 2016

Stampin Up Fundraiser Cards

Some lovely cards I made at a Stampin Up fundraiser back in October. 

A very quick post. Have a wonderful day.

Craftmad October Swap - Weather Theme

Two cards were created for this swap but sadly I forgot to take a photo of the second card.  I had fun putting this card together which was inspired by the swap card sent to me, you can it see in our Pinterest album here.  It was the sun which Kerry had punched out,  I handcut mine and added some dashed lines for faux stitching. Created a rainbow from strips of card stock.  Computer generated the sentiment then cut it into the shape of a cloud added more faux stitching.

Hoping this card resembles your day in some way. :-)

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Gift bows and Fidget Rug

I have been wanted to try making a gift bow for a long time.  Finally took the plunge and discovered how easy they really are, I used this tutorial here. These three bows would have taken me 45mins at the most.  The best bit - I got to coordinate the colour of bow with the wrapping paper.

This is a fidget rug I made for my Dad. 

When visiting Dad in Palliative care he would often be moving things around on his table, lining everything up or pulling at his sheets straightening them out.  A photo of a fidget rug caught my eye months earlier on Pinterest. I remembered and thought this is exactly what Dad needs.  I had fun digging out buttons, lace and other embellishments to fidget with.  The fabrics were fun too as I had bought them about 18 months ago and now had the chance to put them to use. Dad enjoyed the fidget rug although the buttons frustrated him as they didn't move. 

More crafting coming. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Craftmad September Swap - Animal Theme

Yes, I am still catching up.  These are two cards I made for my partner for the September Craftmad card swap. The theme was animals.  I really like how both of these cards turned out. First time I have used this seal stamp which has been in my stash for a long time. I coloured him with my Copics.  The little hat he is wearing took me almost as long to make as the card.

This little bunny is just too cute.  Again I dragged out my Copics and coloured her in. 

Back tomorrow with more crafting I found that I haven't shared. 

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Cards

Just had a look in my drafts area of my blog and found three.  So time to finish the posts off I think and share the photos.  Some Christmas cards I made earlier this year that came in very handy when finishing work. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

More Christmas Cards

I have made more Christmas cards using the same layout and different stamps from the stash that Mum gave to me.  The layout I spied on Pinterest here.  I have really enjoyed colouring all of these with my Copic pens.  Of course each time I do colour I think of how many more shades of a colour I need. :-)  

Thanks for passing on by.  Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Two Christmas Cards Made :-)

Hi everyone, thank you all for you kind thoughts in relation to by my last post.  I am now on holidays and slowly getting into a new normal life.  Just had to share how my craft room looked like a disaster area after only making two cards yesterday. :-)  I would like to make at least another ten, can you imagine the room then!!! :-)

I saw a card with a quick and simple layout on Pinterest .  Thought this would be perfect to try out all the little stamps Mum had passed on to me recently. Mum had collected (over years) from the craft magazines she buys, they are the free giveaways.  I even did a little colouring with my copics.  Love the results and can't wait to get in make more.  Yes, if you receive a card from me this year it will look very similar to this but with a different image. 

Merry Christmas everyone, in case I am not back but have a feeling I will. 

Thursday, December 1, 2016


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