Saturday, February 26, 2011


I went up to Sarina this morning to the hairdressers and while I there I was asked to make a male card for a bloke who is into horses. Nardia needed it by Tuesday and as I'm going away on Monday to Toowoomba, it had to be done today. So I came home and got straight into it. Fortunately I knew what the stamp set and the main paper would be, just had to match them up with cardstock.

I used a base of SU black, then Soft Suede with a layer of River Rock neutrals dsp. A circle of Soft Suede neutrals dsp went on top of that. The dp I pulled out of my stash was my main focal point with the horses so I layered it with River Rock and Black for the panel. Then I stamped the horses with black versafine on Confetti White. The Whisper White was too stark. I sponged around the edges with Soft Suede and layered it with the Black and Soft Suede.
The original sketch I used was a square one and had the image panel centred, but by the time I was finished, the card looked nothing like that sketch I'm afraid.
I was toying with the idea of using a circle of string or something similar for an embellishment but came across some flat black leather thonging that was in my stash and thought..perfect. So the leather with the black brads finished off my male horse card nicely I reckon.

The card has now been delivered and Nardia is very happy with it.
Hope everyone is enjoying their day or night as the case may be.
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Sweet Stop - Think Spring!

I liked the latest The Sweet Stop sketch challenge, this week with a spin...Think Spring. Well I'm not sure whether my cards qualify or not but I did use the Graphic 45 Springtime papers. I think for once I wandered a little bit in my interpretation of the sketch. My base card is SU Confetti Cream which compliments the papers. The pink and aqua cardstock is Bazzill out of my stash. The Hope stamp is from a set that I received for my birthday from Jean which is one that I really love.
Actually looking at these cards again now, I am quite chuffed with them.
It's nearly my bedtime here because I have to be up at 4am to go and sort the mail. Hope there's lots of parcels for me. lol
Hope everyone is well and thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and commenting. Love reading them.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jazmyne for The Sweet Stop sketch.

I've had this gorgeous paper since I went to a craft camp at Mt Tamborine last year. When I first saw it, I knew I just had to have it. I think the shop had the whole line at the time but I liked the glitter stripe and the glitter floral the best. Just recently I was shopping online and found these absolutely gorgeous velvet flowers. As soon as I saw them, I thought, they would go fabulously with these papers, so I purchased them too. lol
Well as you can see, they do match really well.

Yes, I realise you are probably sick of seeing these calendar easel cards but I've enjoyed making them and do have a few more calendars left to use up. This one uses The Sweet Stop sketch 95.
I dyed the seam binding myself with glimmer mist. I'm just not sure whether I'm using this seam binding the correct way. To my mind, the loops etc should be a bit messy but I just can't seem to get it that way. A very kind friend sent me the gorgeous glimmer brads from Stampin' Up, they are just the right purple for the papers. Yummy.

This was posted on Friday to Jean so I hope it has got to her safely.

Thanks once again for visiting my blog.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Elegant After Five for Jean.

While I was at Robyn and Sue's shop one day, Sue showed me this card she'd made up for class. I immediately said, I would like to do that one, so here it is. Just a smidge altered by adding some pearls. I absolutely love the silhouette image made by using a die. It's gorgeous. Whilst making it, I thought, this would be a perfect birthday card for Jean, 'cause I knew she loved these papers.
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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Two challenges in one!!

Well this is very unusual for me, two challenges in one project. The sketch is from Friday Sketcher's Challenge 141. The other challenge I'd like to enter this for is the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge 105. This week the challenge is to use three different pattern papers. Well I've done that. The verse is stamped onto a linen look paper that is from the same collection as the other two papers I have used.

Once again I've made a Calendar Easel card. This one is for a friend of mine who used to go to our craft group in Mackay. Since Anne closed the shop I think Marg is a bit lonely. I thought maybe this card may cheer her up. Hope so anyway. I did go a bit berserk with the pearls but they are just so pretty, I couldn't resist. The flowers are out of my stash. The die cut border is using a new toy that I received yesterday. I just had to use it.

Well two posts in one day is enough from me. Thanks for visiting.

Webster's Pages Easel Calendar Card

This is another in the series of calendar easel cards that I've made for the girls of our craft group. This one is for Judi. Her clock used these papers so this is the colour combo I've come up with. Actually I love the Bashful Blue with these papers. Same sketch as Heather's, it seemed easier that way.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 104

Once in a blue moon I manage to make something for a challenge and today is that day.
Karen has this fabulous sketch on her blog...The Sweetest Thing. Here is my interpretation. I dyed the seam binding with Glimmer Mists and was it fun!!! I had a wonderful time. lol The pearl lace is out of my stash and I've been wanting to try it out on a card.
Thanks for visiting my blog. Enjoy your evening.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Birthday Trio.

Last year I gave all the girls in our little craft group a clock for their birthdays. This year I was stumped until I came up with the idea of covering a box in the same papers as their clocks. The idea floated around in my head for a few weeks because I was trying to get out of using Mod Podge. In the meantime, I was going through some 3d's I had, when I discovered one that was exactly like the flowers on the Webster's Pages that had been used for Heather's clock. So that was the card and gift for her birthday this year taken care of. Then for my birthday, Jean sent me a calendar easel card which I loved. So having a pack of these little calendars myself, I immediately thought, right, I'll do each of the girls a calendar easel card using the same papers as were used for their clocks. One way of using up the little calendars.
The pictures below show the results of all my exhausting labour of the mind. rofl

The card uses a basic sketch just so I could highlight the papers and the 3d in the centre.
For the Calendar easel card I used a sketch I found here. I'm so pleased with how it turned out.

The box, well it's not very good I'm afraid, but at least I avoided using Mod Podge, which seems to get all over me and all over the paper and then makes a heck of a mess.
I didn't have a clue how to decorate it, I only knew that I wanted to use the same flowers as I had used on the matching clock. So together with not a lot of imagination I'm afraid, some velvet flowers, leaves, punched butterflies, pearl swirls and lace here is the finished box.
Hmmmm maybe I'll improve with practise as I have three more to do over the coming year...BUT joy oh joy, NO Mod Podge. lol
I see my OH is about to mow, so I'm off to get the clothes off the line.
Thanks for visiting and hope you like my latest efforts.

Monday, February 7, 2011

My Last Clock!!

Here it is, my last clock. This one was made for a friend of mine who wanted a gift for her Mum. This is the result. Anna Griffin papers which are just gorgeous and Prima flowers mixed with flowers from my stash. Some charms and punched butterflies finished it off.
I'm off to Sarina soon for a craft get together with the girls. Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Second English Rose 'Case'.

These are the other two cards I cased using a card by Debbie Olsen, same sketch, different papers. I did use the same nesties in the centre because they looked exactly right. The only thing I didn't do is the stitching around the edge. I do hope Debbie takes my 'casing' as a compliment, her work is beautiful. I certainly cannot do it justice.

With regard to Cyclone Yasi, well Mackay and further south like us here at Koumala, hardly a thing. There certainly wasn't the rain that we were expecting and the wind wasn't as bad as Ului. We didn't lose power, my brother did at Andergrove but as he's had a generator for years now, there wasn't a problem.
Actually we had more wind the next day than the lead up. Today there's been heavy rain on and off all day, one minute sun is out the next it's pouring. Strange thing the weather.
Right off to cook tea.
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