Saturday, May 5, 2018

Purple and Green Swap Card - Tear Bear


This is one of my Purple and Green March Swap cards for Craftmad.  I spied something similar on Pinterest and thought it was a great way to use some scraps as that is mostly what I have left of purple paper as I use it so much. :-) 

I cut lots of strips and attached then added sticker borders to each join, to some of these I added some bling.  Finished with a Tear Bear topper.  I used to create these tear bears years ago and a friend made them into card board toppers to sell on her store….no longer available but my claim to fame. :-)

See you on the next post.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Craft Mad Sketch March - Happy Anniversary




I'm ahead of the game with this card as now I have my anniversary card for my husband made. :-)

Kaye, added the extra challenge of the sketch that the card be a twisted easel card.

I have had these pre coloured images from Stampin Up in my collection for ages just waiting for the right card. I teamed the image with Stampin Up papers.  Finished with three layered hearts punched from matching card stock.  I added the black glitter sticker border to the image to make it pop.

Hoping your day is going according to plan.



Saturday, April 28, 2018

March Christmas All Year Round Card Sketch Challenge - Craftmad




I'm enjoying catching up on these Craftmad Christmas All Year Sketch challenges at least it gives me a little head start for Christmas time. So this is what I did with the March Challenge (find it here and join in).

I just can't go past red and green for christmas so layered so of these colours for the card.  Found the polka dot paper for the top.  Then attached the clear sticker snowflakes (Sticker Store) to gold paper before hand cutting them out to attach to the front of the card.

Thanks for visiting, I'll be back soon.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Craftmad February Swap - Theme - Pleating


My second pleated card for the Craftmad February Swap.  I saw this style of pleating on Pinterest so wanted to have a go.  Found some Stampin Up papers as I knew they would work together.  Pleated the paper which needed a little tweaking to make it curve, topped the pleat with a thin satin ribbon.  Finished with paper flowers and my very last flower that I crocheted a couple of years ago.  I will have to have another try at these.  The sticker sentiment from Sticker Store I coloured with my Copic pen to match it with the papers.




Saturday, April 21, 2018

Mum's Birthday - Jar of Nothing :-)

I had no idea what to get Mum this year  for her birthday and I think my brother was in the same boat.  Mum is always saying don't get me anything, I have all I need, you do enough etc.  So my brother and family gave her this lovely tiara and an '18' badge to wear upside-down.  I gave her an empty jar that I had decorated and labeled 'Nothing'.  Wrapped it up and told Mum that the present is something she had always asked for.

Mum loved it and the jar went down to church with her  on her next visit for  show and tell.

I also bought a helium ballon kit from Kmart and blew up 30 balloons (all that was in the kit)  and gave to Mum.  I think I had as much joy blowing the balloons up as Mum had receiving them.


I have had a card kit from two years ago that one of the ladies for our Craftmad get together had handed out to everyone.  I finally found time to put all the pieces together and gave this all to Mum as well.

Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Craftmad Christmas All Year Round April Sketch Challenge



This my take on the Craftmad Christmas All Year Round April Sketch Challenge (everyone can join in here). As well as the sketch Kaye challenged us to create a Christmas tree to put on the card.  Challenge accepted. :-)  

I found a white Bazzill christmas shape in my stash and coloured it with a variety of green ink pads and copic pens.  Whilst digging through every thing I saw the pile of bag strap chains from clutch bags and decided they would look good cut down as the trimming for the tree. The ornaments were in one of my storage containers.  The string was sitting on my desk from a parcel I received from New Zealand.  The christmas tree had a pre-cut hole at the top, I tried covering it with a star but that looked silly not sitting at the very top of the tree.  Found a green heart eyelet that fit perfectly so I painted it with nail polish so that it suited the papers a little better.

Now on to the regular Craftmad monthly challenge.  See you soon.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pleated Card - Craftmad February Swap





Time to catch up on some cards before I return to work after two weeks holidays.  Our theme for the February Swap over at Craftmad was Pleated Cards.  I found this scalloped edge strip on paper in my stash that was already pre-scored so that is where my card started.  The bottom strip of paper is very old Stampin Up paper.  I attached a paper doily and this wonderful tea cup that I received from my Secret Santa last christmas and finished with a "let's celebrate" sticker from Sticker Store.  

Wishing you all a beautiful day.  It is here, the birds are chirping the sky is blue and the air is cooler than  it has been. :-)





Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tasmania holidays

Hi everyone, currently sitting at Hobart airport waiting for our delayed flight home after a two week driving holiday of Tasmania.  My first ever visit.  Loved it and will have to visit again sometime.  Some photos for you. So hard to reduce the photos. One a day and some just had to be two for the day.  This post didn't go through at Hobart.  We are now back home in Gordonvale near Cairns.  A lot of travelling but it is always nice to be home and cuddle our dog.

View from our Wrest Point motel room.  First night in Hobart,Tasmania

Steps up to lookout at Bruny Island, yes we both had sore calves the next day

The oldest stone span bridge in Australia - Richmond, Tas

Archway on way to Port Arthur, Tas

Port Arthur

Forest of some Australia's tallest eucalyptus trees

Some pretty scenery on walk to St Clair Lake

Steam train ride through the forest at Queenstown. They are turning the engine around ready for the trip home

A baby Echidna came to visit everyone on the platform. The staff were even excited as they hadnt seen one that close. A baby echidna is called a puggle

Me on one of the many walking tracks around and over Cradle Mountain 

We saw a few Tassie Devils in a park which gets them ready to go back into the wild. This guy yawned for us which gives a typical Tassie Devil pose. 

 More amazing scenery on our way

Cataract Gorge in Launceston 

Tree stump carvings as a wR memoial at Legerwood Tas

With this scenery how could this bull be anything other than relaxed. 

Blow hole on beach at Bicheno

One of two swing bridges at the Airwalk at Tuhane

Thursday, March 8, 2018

March Rain Gordonvale




We are having a touch of rain at the moment. :-0

Actually, a lot of rain.  We have never ever had the water come this close to the house in the 20 years we have lived here.  Thankfully, it went down and still a fair way from getting in the house.  However, there is more rain to come. So fingers crossed.



Saturday, March 3, 2018

Craftmad Swap using Blue Edge Craft Product


Another catch up photo.  I made this card for one of the Craftmad Card Swaps last year.  We had to use Blue Edge Crafts products on our card.  Everything on my card except the black base card and glossy accents that I used on the little red hearts are from Blue Edge Crafts.    I had fun putting all the layers together.  I think I have now caught up on my creations from last year…….I just hope I keep up my current motivation to create for the whole of 2018.  I am feeling slightly more organised than I have for the past 2 to 3 years. 

Have a great day.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Nephews Birthday Card


I made this card for my nephew who is turning 25.  I thought at this age and being male he doesn't want anything over the top.  So grabbed three washi tape rolls and weaved them together on my card. Finished with a die cut medallion someone had given me and added a star brad to the centre of it.  Then added a Happy Birthday sticker.

Thanks for visiting today.


Friday, February 23, 2018

Block Card and matching bag



I decorated this brown bag to match the block card that I made for my friends birthday.  I found some old Stampin Up papers in my collection that worked so well together. Dragged out a couple of dies.


This is the front of the block card - folded down and ready to put in an envelope.


The rear of the Block card, standing, ready for display.  I really enjoyed making this card and so much easier than I thought it was going to be.   I used this tutorial.

Hoping your day is a good one.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Card for my friend who turned 50


This was such a fun card to make for a friend who turned 50. She quite often shares a nice body on Facebook, so i took this as my starting point. So it took me a while to collect all these photos but I stuck with it. ;-)  I put all the photos I found in a photo editor program - PicMonkey and created this collage. Along the way I found the topper for the card which I thought was apt for a 50yo card as by this age we are no where near perfect. :-)


I added this twisting pop out to the centre of the card for an extra bit of fun. 


 Hope this gave you a smile, enjoy your day. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Birthday card using washi tape


I love how washi tape looks on cards.  Great for a card that you need real quick. I made this for one of the ladies at work. I teamed the tape with a mixture of my paper flowers and brads. Finished with a die cut Happy Birthday. 

Friday, February 16, 2018

Potholders


A little more sewing and photo catch up.  I made these small pot holders as gifts to my work colleagues for Christmas.  I added a couple of chocolates to each.  I like to give something that can be put to use and not share too much sugar around as I don't think too much of that is a good thing.

The potholders did look much prettier when iron but I forgot to take a photo of that.  This is the pattern I used.


Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog, have a great day.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Craftmad Sketch Challenge


Hi everyone,  I'm catching up here.  This is a card I created last year with one of the Craftmad sketches.  After finding the sketch I then found this daisy diecut in my stash and worked back from there.  I attached it and a backing of black card to a piece of acetate which I had run through the embossing folder and colored it with a copic pen. I teamed it with this wonderful black and white daisy paper. 

Have a wonderful day. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Nieces 14th Birthday Card and Present


I used these wonderful laser die cut birthday frames.  I have used two and layered them on top of each other with foam tape in between.  I teamed this with layers of textured card stock, zig zags, dots and glitter.  Just a bit of fun for a 14yo girl.


This was actually my very first snappy pencil case that I made and my niece seemed pretty happy with it. Tutorial here.  I ended up with 7 pencil cases and 2 coin purses from one tape measure.

Thanks for visiting today, hope its a good one.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Alice in Wonderland Birthday card


One of the girls from work (a good friend) turned thirty…..oh so young. :-)  She had a Mad Hatters party so I stuck with that theme when I made a card for her.  I found this wonderful digital stamp which I coloured with my copic pens.  Then I matched it with my Graphic 45 papers, doily, ribbon.  The sentiment I printed on my computer.  Finished the card with a beaded pin that was given to me many years ago but was perfect for this card, I thought.

Thanks for visiting today.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Origami Bento Bag and Tissue Holder


I made this Origami Bento bag for my friends birthday using this tutorial.  It was fun to put together.  In the tutorial Shannon had added her name to the shoulder section of the bag.  I thought this was a fun idea so stamped Merrymade with Staz On ink onto ribbon and sewed that onto the shoulder of the bag.


I hope its a bag that my friend can use, I imagine going to the beach and holding towels etc.


I made this tissue holder to go with the bag - tutorial here.  Another quick and easy project something I saw in the Facebook group - Make one a week - Christmas Club.  I'm really having fun using my sewing machine again and finding ways to use my stash of fabrics.

Have a great day.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sisters Birthday - Foil Embossing


I made this card for my sisters birthday, I don't think of her as a typical flowery girl (lady) but wanted something with a bit of colour.  I embossed different colours of foil I have in my stash.  Then put them together like patchwork on the card.  I found that if I stuck sticky tape on the rear of the foil pieces as I worked out where they were going I could trim each piece to the size I wanted to fit the card front.  I thought I had finished but it just didn't look right so I tried each section with a black line sticker.  I think this made it pop.


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