Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Craftmad January Swap Cards

Back in October last year our swap with Craftmad was to decorate a matchbox then fill it with crafting goodies to send off to our partner. The photo above shows the decorated matchbox I received and the photo below shows all the goodies that were crammed inside.  Yes, amazing hey. :-)

Our first Craftmad swap for 2018 was to use some of the goodies inside the matchbox we received.  I used the laser cut butterflies on this card and all the heart brad next to the Thank You sticker.  I used one of the pieces of this beautiful paper from my stash.  I think it originally came as a magazine giveaway but I love the colours.

I used the three white butterflies as a pop up in the centre of the card.  Coloured them with by pink Wink of Stella pen so the wings have a glittery effect.  The body I used a black permanent marker.

When I saw these gold bird trinkets in the matchbox I couldn't wait to use them.  There were two which I have adhered to each other but I didn't match the images up as I liked that the mismatch gave it a look of looking through trees. So I made a spinner card to show the trinket off in all its glory.  The beautiful papers are from a Kaisercraft pad I was given.

A couple of photos from last week.   My Mum and I went on a holiday, first time for Mum in about 10years.  I flew with Mum to Brisbane where we overnighted and she enjoyed the view and was amazed how much things have changed. :-) Next day on a train for an hour trip up to Glass House Mountains where they grow lots and lots of pineapples. In the background you can see one of the Glass House Mountains - Mt Tibrogargan.  At Glass House we stayed with my sister for a few days and caught up with her two kids, checking out where they now live, work and in my nephews case met the girlfriend.  The third photo is of my nephews (and girlfriends) house which is on an acre and has loads of fruit trees in the backyard which they are still discovering as they have not been in there that long.  Thats my sister out front. We had an amazing and very relaxing week.  The end of which we helped my daughter celebrate her 22nd birthday.  OmG!!! those years just keep flying by.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Craftmad December Card Swap - Vintage

The Craftmad card swap for December was all about Vintage, not something I do a lot of.  As I typed that last sentence it got me to thinking if I was 'Vintage' lol.  So my first search on Google found this and gave me a smile. 

"Many people expect it (Vintage) to have some standard of date applied to it. Accordingly, most experts in the trade have decided that the term "vintage," when used in a way similar to the term "antique," refers to items that are over 50 years old, but less than 100. This kind of standard works when dealing with truly old, but not antique, items but falls short when using the term to describe something newer, and from a specific era. " This the link to the Ebay description of what is Antique and what is Vintage.

Hmmm,  'truly old, but not antique' not sure I am keen on that description. :-)

Anyways, for the card above I found some 'old' but not truly old (according to above link) Stampin Up stickers which I co-ordinated with other card stock in my stash.  Added a paper doily and purple ribbon to finish off the card.

More Stampin Up to the rescue, this time this beautiful paper which I thought had a vintage look.  I teamed it with a collection of white and cream flowers from my stash.  The two larger flowers to the left I die cut their two layered centres from some calico.

If you would like to join in these monthly card swaps this is the link to the closed group over at Facebook - Craft Mad Swappers. We have had people from overseas be part of the group before but with the cost of postage and I think time for mail delivery we currently only have Australian members.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Santa Card

Just going through my photos and tidying up and found these photos.  I made these cards for the wonderful people at work…..such a fun and easy Christmas card to put together.  The buckle is just a square of glitter card with a square cut out of the centre, luckily I had a button die and the rest is just strips of coloured card stock.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First card for 2018

As always my first card for the year is for my wonderful husband whose birthday is the 1st January. My card started from the charms and beads which I spied on my desk.  I received them back in October in our Craftmad swap which was a decorated matchbox filled with crafty goodies.  The charms and beads all come from Blue Edge Crafts.  So I decided to set a scene for these items.  I tore some strips of light blue paper for the sky.  Then I found this wonderful remanent of navy embossed paper which looked like waves to me.  Next I discovered this textured cream paper which was perfect for the beach and some brown handmade paper for the land the lighthouse sits on.  Attached all the beads and charms with Glossy Accents.  It looked a little bare so found these stickers in my stash which were the perfect size for my scene. 

I thought this post is as good as any to start my resolution of a weekly blog post sharing some photos that are on my phone from that week.  So this is the second (and last) pineapple for 2017 picked from the garden.  Next to a beautiful orchid I was given at Christmas.

New Years Eve we had tea with friends and then we all went and watched the 9pm show of fireworks on the Esplanade.  Spectacular.  I know its a huge amount of money but the show is so pretty and it was so wonderful to see so many happy local people in one area enjoying themselves.

This is one that my friend took….whose hobby is taking photos.

This is my photo of the same event. :-)

Wishing you all a fantastic week.


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