Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ladies Diary.

I follow a blog called In My Little Korner and this lady makes absolutely stunning cards.  I love them.  So after seeing this post by Kathy, I cased it and made the four cards you see below, using dies, lace, seam binding, cheesecloth and doilies.
I didn't change a lot because I loved Kathy's version so much but had to improvise due to the different card metric and imperial.
Thanks for visiting today,

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Mate Ute.

Good morning everyone.
Here is one the cards that I made for the Artist of the Month display at the Sarina Tourist, Art and Craft Centre.   This particular card is based on a project that Anna-Karin made for her son.  I had a different jalopy done but mucked it up so had to improvise and use another jalopy that I was going to bin.  The day I was working on these jalopies (I made 6 cards in total), was also the day that I managed to stab myself with a pair of scissors.  My finger bled so much, I didn't think it was going to stop. lol  Too much hurry and not enough care.  That was two weeks ago and it's only getting better now.  Anyway onto my jalopy.

I've used Distress Crackle Paint, Ranger Verdigris embossing powder, Opals utee, Adirondack dabbers and inks on my ute.  The background paper was made by myself by putting together different pictures of Queensland number plates, resizing them, adding a brown background and then printing out on Kraft card stock.  Lots of Tim Holtz stamps and products were used on this card as well as Stampin' Up card stock.
I've decided that I really love working on Grunge Board and Grunge Paper, it takes ink etc beautifully.
The rusty metal bottle top and nails were a good touch I thought and with the Happy Birthday mate, made this a really Aussie bloke card.
Thanks for visiting,

Friday, November 9, 2012

Artist Of The Month Display

These photos are of the Artist Of The Month display at the Sarina Tourist, Art and Craft Centre.  Each month, a display of work by artist/artists is featured at the main focal point in the centre.  This month, Jean and I are the artists displayed.  The photos are pretty self explanatory and I have separate pictures of each item that I made for this display which I'll put on here over the coming days.
Changeover day was Wednesday 31st October and that day Jean sold 15 items and I sold 14. Over the next few days, items walked out the door.  So it's gratifying that our work is liked well enough to sell so quickly.
We are in the process now of making more items to refresh the display so there is always something new to look at over the whole of November.
Thanks for visiting,

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sympathy In Midnight Muse

Unfortunately in the last week I have needed to make a couple of sympathy cards, this is one of them.
The sketch is very basic and everyone uses it but I felt it suited this card.  There isn't any ribbon on it a) because I didn't have any and b) because I felt for a male sympathy it wasn't needed.
The colours are Midnight Muse and Whisper White.  I fussy cut the Apothecary Art stamp so the space between the Midnight Muse Label framelit and the stamped image wasn't huge.  I think it looks nicer that way.

I've been away at a craft retreat in Brisbane.  It was the best camp.  We had a ball. I'm sorry, I don't have any pictures, no time...between eating, crafting and sleeping, the weekend just flew.

Thanks for visiting my blog and enjoy your day.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bananas In Pyjamas

 All together now....let's sing...

Bananas in pyjamas are coming down the stairs,
Bananas in pyjamas are coming down in pairs,
Bananas in pyjamas are chasing teddy bears,
'cos on Tuesdays they all try to catch them unawares!

Sorry, I couldn't resist that.
As you may have guessed, I was asked to make two Bananas in Pyjamas cards for three year old twin boys!!!
What was I to do....I had no idea.  So I googled and came up with some images.  At first I thought I could colour B1 and B2 coming down a set of stairs.   Mmmmm well I abandoned that idea pretty quickly.  Then I had another idea while doing the preparation for this card by Connie Collins.
So instead of the rainbow zig zag, I alternated Summer Sun (retired), Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point zig zag trim on to white card stock.  I then layered that onto Summer Sun, then Pacific Point and the base is Whisper White.
The Summer Sun I found went perfectly with the two Banana images I printed out from the computer.
The 'three' on the sentiment has been paper pieced.  I tried colouring the three in with a Pacific Point marker and that effort went in the bin.  It looked dreadful.
I cut the four Bananas out and placed them either side of the sentiment, of course, remembering to have one B1 and one B2 on each card.
So there you are.....two Bananas in Pyjamas cards for three year old twin boys.  Done.
I have to say that the lady who ordered them is absolutely stoked with the results.  She was just so my efforts haven't been in vain. lol
Hope you like them too.

I'm busy preparing cards to go away to craft camp with next weekend.  Very excited...I always love craft camps.  lol
Enjoy your day everyone.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Crazy Patchwork Block

Yes, I know this isn't a paper craft project but I thought I would show this block to you all anyway.
The craft group I go to at Ilbilbie is doing a friendship quilt for one of our group who has now left.  Each of us had to do a crazy patchwork block.  This is mine.   I have since embroidered my name on the green stripe piece on the left hand side.  I've used an assortment of fabrics but I especially found that the two packs of Stampin' Up fabric that I had was perfect for this project.  Some of the fabrics had white backgrounds and I did want all cream, so I tea dyed the ones I needed and some of the lace.
When I put the charms on and a couple of buttons, I'll put up another photo of the finished block.
OK, that's it from me. lol
I'll be back sometime with some more cards.
Thanks for visiting. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Vintage Little Darlings

I saw this card on my blog surfing travels.  It was perfect for two baby cards that friend's of mine had asked me to make for them.   I've kept the basic layout but changed a few things.  What attracted me to this card was the die Astrid used.  I had just purchased this same die and thought, wow, perfect!!
That paper is Graphic 45 Little Darlings.  The 'boy' stamp is an old one by Lucy's Stamps.
The card stock is Baja Breeze and Naturals Ivory.  The little safety pins are charms with the rings removed.  I didn't add any ribbon because these are, after all, baby boy cards.  The two flourishes are from Cheery Lynn and a Doo Hickey Die.
Hope you like my two vintage baby cards and thanks for visiting my blog today.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Meg's Garden - Pretty Green

This is another card based on one that was in an issue of Australian Simply Cards.  As I've said in previous posts, this issue was absolutely fantastic.  If you can get hold of it...I would. lol  Issue 42.
The papers of course are from Meg's Garden here in Australia.  The vintage picture is from the same place.  I can't remember where the butterflies came from...maybe a stamp?  Sorry, this card was made back in May.  Once again, it's since been sold. lol  The card stock I used is from Stampin' Up, it's the one card stock that I always reach for first for matching up colours.  I then go on to my other card stock supplies if I don't have success with Stampin' Up which isn't often. 

I'm still trying to get over this horrible 'flu bug.  I think I'm beating it.   Sunday night I had a small issue to deal with.....a mouse!!!!  Just a little bush mouse, not the rodent kind, BUT was he a nuisance!!  I got him yesterday, managed to catch him in a towel and take him back to the bush.  Thank goodness.
Last night I managed to get some sleep to make up for all the lost hours on Sunday night.

Today I intend to finish a couple of baby cards I started yesterday and hopefully get a couple more cards done.
Enjoy your day everyone and take care. 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Vintage A La Linda!!

 These cards were made after seeing a card that Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie made some weeks ago now.  The papers are some digital ones that Linda has used on her card. The feature tags are from The Graphic Fairy.
I made two of the flowers myself using Linda's technique with crinoline, tulle and dye.  The lace has been hand dyed with tea bags and on the two birds card, with a Tim Holtz reinker.  Both metal corners and the butterfly have been given Linda's treatment using Ranger's Weathered White embossing powder and distress stain.  I used a Tim Holtz doily die and Cheery Lynn dies for the backing doilies.
Stampin' Up card stock matched perfectly for all three cards.
Even though I love these cards, I wasn't sure how they would be received by my potential customers but I needn't have worried....all three have sold.
I'll leave it that and if you have any questions, feel free to email me.
Enjoy your day everyone and once again thanks for visiting my blog.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Purple, Gold, Black.

 I had a request to make two cards, one wedding acceptance and the other, the wedding card.
The stipulation was that the colours had to be purple, gold and black.
Here are the results!!
I can say that the girl who ordered these, was over the moon when she saw them and the bride loved the wedding acceptance.  The wedding is soon, so hope to have feedback on the wedding card then.
I started with a black base, then gold mirror card stock then elegant eggplant.  The acceptance has a Tim Holtz flourish gold embossed on the elegant eggplant with Just Rite letters in the middle.  The wedding card has two Just Rite stamps gold embossed on the elegant eggplant.  The gold leaves are off a huge spray I picked up at my local florist....dear as poison but there's still heaps of it left. I combined the leaves with the black flowers and purple velvet ribbon which I seemed just perfect for this card.  Not too much.

Good news, yesterday, my son rang to say that the insurance people will fix his vehicle.  Oh Happy Day!!!!!
So that is a load off my mind.
Thanks for continuing to visit my blog.
Enjoy your day.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pretty Pixie Glen.

 Good morning everyone.
Today I'm showing two cards that I made after reading a magazine called Australian Simply Cards.  The particular issue in question was absolutely jam packed with fabulous inspiration and beautiful cards.
I used Prima Pixie Glen papers for both cards and matching SU Blushing Bride card stock and ribbon.  I had a play with a couple of new Tim Holtz dies also corners from Linda Coughlin.  The pins were a lot of fun to make and I must do more of them.

Thank you for visiting my blog yesterday and taking the time to comment and welcome me back.  Very much appreciated.
Today is a waiting son had a car accident two and a half weeks ago.  We are waiting for the insurance company to come to a decision as to whether they will pay for the repairs to the vehicle or not.
I'm not good at waiting for these sorts of decisions....I like the know and know NOW!!!  lol
Meanwhile I hope I can settle enough to get some more cards made as I have more orders to finish.
The stocks at the Tourist Centre and my friend's coffee shop are very low so will have to get something accomplished soon.
Enjoy the day and take care.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I'm Back!!!!

 Good Morning everyone.   I hope I have some followers left.   Since my last post which was on the, eeekkk, 30th May, life has definitely got in the way of my blogging.
In early June, Jean, Kerry and I went to the Scrapbooking and Papercraft Convention & Expo in Brisbane.  We had an absolute ball!!!!
There was a fantastic line up of overseas talent at this year's show.
Tim Holtz, Eric & Irina from La La Land, Mike & Jan Marie from Flourishes and Mike from Cheery Lynn dies, were all literally swamped with people.
It was the best show I've ever attended.
Below are two cards that I made in May.  The original design of these cards was actually the top of a box.  I can't remember the name of the lady who made said box but I would like to thank her for the inspiration.

The last photo is my pride and joy, me with Tim Holtz.  Considering the amount of people lining up for photos and to watch his demonstrations, I'm amazed that I actually managed to get a photo with him.
Thanks Tim!!!!

Now that I've started the ball rolling, so to speak, I'll be back with more cards that I've made in the intervening months, tomorrow.
A big thank you to the ladies that emailed me to find out how I was and to ask if I was coming back to blogging.
It's a grey miserable day here at the moment and I have the flu, but I'm staying inside and resting.
Take care everyone,

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Butterflies And Clock

 My friend Jan request a very special card for her grand daughter's 21st birthday.  It had to be in blue tones.
Once again, issue 42 of Australian Simply Cards came to the rescue.  I've changed a few things on my card but it's the same sketch, papers and die cuts.  There are quite a few cards in this issue that I totally love.
The base card is acetate with a panel of designer paper attached to the back inside so the greeting could be attached.
My clock isn't as good as the original one in the magazine but my excuse is, that it's the first time I've really used crackle paint on something that wasn't for practice.
This card was a joy to make and Jan absolutely loved it.
I'm still recovering from the last lot of cooking I did for my son.  Thirty-nine meals were done and are now in the freezer.  By the end of the session I was forcing myself to keep going to get it finished. lol
Talk about exhausted!!
Enjoy the rest of the day everyone and thanks for visiting my blog

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Red And Black.

First of all, apologies for the lousy photo.  I took this picture early this morning and it has been an overcast day.
I had a request from a friend of mine for an engagement card, the and black.
Here is the result.
The base card is black with a layer of very vanilla.  The dp is from a pad of Kaisercraft called, I think, After Five.
I've use some cream pleated satin with a strip of black velvet ribbon along the bottom of the card.  The 'bouquet' has been arranged from the bottom up and involved lots of matte multi-medium.  Love this stuff...dries matt not shiny...excellent.  Thanks Linda for putting me on to this.
The greeting has been stamped in black with barn door distress ink sponged around it.  The frame is from Tattered Angels.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.
Hope everyone is well.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pretty Everyday Enchantment.

For a long time now I've been an admirer of Joanne Leddy's work.  I think the way Joanne creates cards using bits and pieces of different papers is amazing.  These particular cards were cased from a  Valentine's card Joanne made.  I've used the same sort of elements and sketch but did change the sentiments and added an extra layer of card stock.  Thank Joanne for your inspiration.

The last few days here have been busy, busy, busy.  We have managed to find someone for my son to board with in town (Mackay).  While he has been living here at home, the kilometres and petrol that have been going on his car whilst going back and forth to work in Mackay is unmanageable for his wage.  So to lessen the load for him, I've been cooking up a storm!!!!   On Friday I did a total of 18 meals, spaghetti bolognese, curried mince and rice and curried sausages and rice.  They are now in the freezer.  I still have to make fish cakes with a sweet and sour sauce and rissoles.  
In addition to all that, my cards are selling really well and my stocks are low. So have been frantically trying to get cards made as well as the normal everyday household jobs.

Last week my Big Shot died.  What a disaster!!! lol  The bearings in the handle collapsed.   Charlie pulled it all apart to try and fix it but unfortunately it was not to be.  So I ordered another one and thankfully it arrived Thursday.  I had pulled out for the emergency my old 'critter' (cuttlebug) but it's amazing how used you get to using one sort of tool.  Anyway it did the job very well.

OK, that's it from me.  I'll have another coffee, finished my blog reader and get on with my jobs for today.
Keep well everyone.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Butterflies And A Bird.

I'm frantically trying to make cards to keep my outlets stocked.  This is one that I finished and it didn't even get on display.  Bought straight away.  The Webster's Pages base has some pretty laces and a pear pizzaz bow topped with a Webster's Pages vintage button added to the bottom section.  The top half of the card has the a bird cage which has been enamelled to give it some texture.  The bird has had rock candy distress stickles smothered over him, once again to give a touch of texture.  I then added a pearl flourish and butterflies to finish the card off.
Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Enjoy your day.