Sunday, August 30, 2009

Scrapping Day and Night!!!

I had a fantastic time yesterday. The quarterly Creative Memories big scrapping weekend at Souths was on again. This time I booked into the day and night session right from the start. Yep, you're right, again I managed to talk and laugh heaps but this time I did get four pages done.
Saturday morning when I woke I thought, mmmm, might stay in bed a little while longer until I remembered I had to pack my gear. That took an hour!!!! By the time I added everything I thought I might need, stamps, inks, punches, ribbons, bling, papers etc, well I needed a damm pack horse. lol

Another great social day. Two of my cousins were there too which was fantastic as I hadn't seen Carmel and Trish for sooooo long. Also caught up with another friend, Grace, who I was overjoyed to see. My friend Kerry managed to do 6 pages so she was pretty happy about that.
The pages I've done are a continuation of my trip to Canberra, the visit to Cockington Green gardens.

I've used my new martha stewart picket fence punch, SU Lovely as a Tree stamp set,
CM papers, SU cardstock, flowers from my stash and brads.
Please excuse all the photos, I'm not a photographer and need heaps more practice.
The sketchs are from Scrapsketch, the first page being this one and the second page, this one number 143.

Thanks for looking and hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
ETA: Due to several complaints (pmsl), I've since shifted the flower in the top layout to put it near the end of the picket fence. The girls in question are now happy!!! They were right too. lol

Friday, August 28, 2009

How can we get out??

OK, here's my flowersoft card which I cased from a lady called Jak , mine is a bit different I hope. Thank you so much Jak, I just love this card.

My reindeer faces aren't as dark and I've used an EK Success punch which fits in the middle of the small oval and large oval from SU.
I used my Martha Stewart branch punch for their antlers, 1/4"circle punch for eyes and noses with little black peel off dots for pupils of their eyes. Right at the end I added Crystal effects on their noses for shine. I also used Crystal Kindyglitz for my snow. The Polar White flowersoft is gorgeous. The cuttlebug embossing folder I used is called Distress Stripes and I just ran my new Rich Cocoa memento ink pad all over the strips.

I did add half circles for their bodies but they are covered in snow.

I do feel my reindeer faces are a bit light but in real life they do look ok.
Thanks for looking.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Flowersoft

Good afternoon all,
I've been playing with my flowersoft. Love it. The two bicycle cards are toppers that Katy Sue Designs make to compliment Flowersoft, all that has to be done is to add your own flowersoft colours, mat and embellish, voila, you're done. As you can see I've used different colours on both cards and I'm really pleased with them.

The bottom card was an experiment with apeture cards, in this case, holly. Again I'm really happy with the way it came to life especially after adding peel offs and bling. Ignore the bits of green dots, I had already sealed the bag so had to take the photograph through the plastic.

These cards are for Anne's display in her shop. It was quite a challenge because I had to stick to using items that Anne has for sale which restricted me somewhat, being used to having all of my stash at my disposal.

ETA: The Holly leaf card is simple I know, but after listening to customers in Anne's shop one day, there are quite a few people who like simple and this card I know will appeal to quite a few of the older people who make cards and but want to keep expenses down and still be effective.

I have made another flowersoft card for myself and I absolutely love it. Will put that one up later. It has to dry first before I can photograph it.
Still no rain here and with the wind blowing, it's like watching everything go brown to browner before your very eyes. The fog at 5.30 this morning was so thick. Sure sign of a hot day and yep, it's definitely a hot one.
Thanks for looking,



Monday, August 24, 2009

Girl and Lion

Well every two days I trot up to the hospital with my brother to get the dressing on his finger changed. Dean is having Physio on his ankle once a week too. Lots of fun here still!! lol
No rain in sight as yet.

This is a card I made last Thursday. I'm not that happy with the way the 3d has come out but hopefully it will pass muster. The rest of it I love and the stitching came out really well.
Friday was a lost day crafting wise as I had to work for Jenny at the Post Office. Sunday afternoon was my fornightly turn at the Tourist Centre, so it's been a full few days.

I've had a very necessary tidy up here this morning. Still a few things to find homes for but my craft room is looking much better thank goodness. The pile of paperwork has now been filed so that makes me feel good too.

Now I can get on with the sample cards I'm doing for a class at Anne's on Friday. I've got two firmly in my head but the third I keep on swithering about.
Thanks for looking.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Cuttlebug cards

While I was at the craft show in Brisbane I did a class using the new cuttlebug embossing folders. I came home and made the cards again but using different embossing folders.
The top two are thank you cards I made to go with gifts for the CWA Annual meeting.
The others are based on what we did in the class and I've added my own touch to them.
The papers are Grahpic 45 and the cardstock is Core'dinations.

On to other things, if it's not one thing, it's another in this family. I had to take my brother up to the Hospital last night. He managed to chop the top of his finger off trying to adjust the belt on the irrigator 'cause it was slipping. Fair Dinkum, why the heck he didn't wait until the morning when he could see properly I don't know. Anyway, it's done now and he now has a bandaged finger less a angled bit on the end. It's so very very dry here and there isn't any rain in sight. David has had to start irrigating the plant cane and his other cane as well.

Thanks for looking.



Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mojo Monday 100!!

I made a card for the Mojo Monday Week 100 Monday challenge. I wasn't very happy with it at first but it is growing on me. I think once I had added the photo corners it looked heaps better.
I love these old fashioned photo corners, the real thing. So that is why they aren't all exactly even, not like a punchie.

The paper is Graphic 45, very yummy and cardstock is from the Core'dinations Nostalgia range.
I used a SU set that is in the Spring Mini catalogue which hadn't seen ink, called Uncharted Territory and the little greeting is from Hero Arts. I used Tim Holtz distress inks to colour the boat and a very fine paintbrush with a little water. Greeting and boat have been stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black. The scallop is an Octagon scallop nestie. Oh and the punches are Stampin' Up.
Thanks for looking.

Winners!!

The new cuttlebug embossing folders have arrived and they are fabulous. I think I like this selection the best out of all the folders I have. There was a tutorial on the Cuttlebug Challenge blogspot showing how to do a distressed checkerplate using the new diamond plate embossing folder. I used silver Kromecote, pearl adirondack dabber and timber brown stazon.

I reckon they've turned out really well. The screw brads are out of my stash and the 3d's are dufex.

On to some other news, two of my girlfriends decided to open a papercraft shop. Sue and Robyn are now the owners of Papercraft Central in Sarina. So I have two places where I can craft all day, Anne's and Sue & Robyn's. Love it. I spent all day at Anne's yesterday making six of the cards that had sold on Saturday for my Tourist Centre stock.
For those of my followers who are die hard stampers, I enjoy stamping but I've found that if I mix things around a bit, use other techniques like stitching, 3d's, stencilling, cuttlebugging etc, I don't end up in a rut with mojo meltdown!! lol
I've played with the new essential glue pad, but that's a card for another day. I need to get around and visit everyone's blogs and do some commenting. I missed seeing all the creations.
Thanks for visiting.

Sold!!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

I'm here at long last!!!

Finally the month of July finished. Three days of mail run and two full days, Tuesday and Thursdays, at the Post Office for the whole month was wonderful for seeing heaps of people but very full on and definitely didn't leave any time for crafting. In amongst all that was my son with his broken ankle. The cast came off on the 4th August and he now has a moon boot with physio every week for the next five weeks at least. On top of that I found a maths tutor for him and have had parent/teacher interviews to cope with. Dean has missed quite a bit of school due to this ankle so I hope he can catch up.

Now that I'm back to my normal post office hours, I have managed to make cards. For some reason I'm on a safari animal/animal trend and have made quite a few of these cards for my Tourist Centre stock. Yesterday I went to CWA craft here in Koumala and as usual we had our show and tell. Hhhhhmmmmm, 7 of the cards I had made have now been sold so now I have to set to and make some more. lol In actual fact, I think I've sold one of them twice, so that's one I'll have to make again!! I'm pleased they sold ├žause I know then that people like the cards I make. It's good to have that sort of feedback.
I've mixed 3d's with stamping, cuttlebugging, stencil flocking, embossing and I love embellishments like ric rac, ribbon, string, brads, punches, peel offs etc, so the cards are a real mixture.
In the course of my internet travels, I bought a tin of old fashioned black photo corners, which I love, also animal brads and a wonderful paper stack from DCWV called Safari Chic. Wow, it's fabulous and full of African/Safari themed papers. I've used one of them on the elephant card with the pride verse. On a couple of them there is a stamped tree in the background, that is from a Judikins safari cube which I bought in Brisbane at the Craft Show from the Stamp Trap. The Tiger background stamp is from Cornish Heritage Farms and is fabulous to stamp, even without a block, which is what I had to do, not having a big enough acrylic block with me at the time. My Danger stamp is an Amazing Creations stamp which I've had for ages. I don't know whether you can still get it or not. Cardstock is a mixture of Bazzill and World Win. Background papers are mostly Imaginence that I had in my stash.

Here's some pics. Thanks for looking and everyone's patience with me for being missing in action. I've still got other cards I've made, I've been playing with flowersoft and the new cuttlebug folders (yum yum) but I'll keep them for another post.