Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Three Green Trees

After a very busy weekend, it has taken until now to feel like doing anything! We had two dinners and a lunch and then my folks for tea on Sunday night, so needless to say I had to catch up with the ironing last night. Tomorrow is Emma's Graduation exhibition - so no more being a student!! Then I'm off to Melbourne for work until Sunday night - so probably no more posts until next week.
Tonight's post is for this weeks LIM Challenge - Colour Green.

So onto the challenge 
It's the first week of the month and so once more it's a Colour challenge, this week we have chosen
We're being kind, thinking that this challenge may allow you to catch up on any Christmas cards you may need to make... but of course any occasion card will be wonderful

Stamp from Victoria's Secret - Curly Xmas Tree in SU Old Olive and Choc Chip
Sentiment from Stamp It in SU Old Olive
Gold Stars and green rhinestones from stock

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Xmas Chockie Boxes

A glorious afternoon and what better way to spend it, than to have lunch and a craft shop tour with our Thursday craft group - as everyone is getting busy leading up to Christmas we decided to have our lunch early this year. We had a lovely lunch at Endue, then went to Paper Flourish and Craft Worm - have to go on lengthy detours due to the road works! Needless to say it didn't stop us spending up! My penance was doing the ironing when I got home - (I know Jacki - I used that word again!!!)

Thanks to inspiration from Merry's blog - I decided to follow her link to Kaye at Craft Mad's tutorial for card / chocolate boxes - I made one each for the girls in my craft group - I photographed them before I filled them - but you can get the idea. I had trouble with the tabs sticking down so I think I will have to try glue next time. Thanks again for the inspiration and the tutorial.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Burst of Bling

Back at work today after 2 1/2 weeks off - nothings changed - busy as ever - I think I'll sleep soundly tonight! The house is empty - John is off fishing and Emma has gone to dinner with friends, so I took the opportunity to get my card made before they get home, dinner was left over roast - nice and simple!

Tonight's card is for this week's LIM Challenge - A Bit of Bling. I have scanned on a black matt so that the edges show up better. It's hard to know when to stop adding bits - but I held myself back and stopped! I was going to add some bits in the corner or a silver frame - but that can be another day!

Week 43 - Recipe A Bit of Bling


White card & blue rhinestones from stock
Ink - SU Marina Mist
Sentiment -  Stamp It -Mini Christmas
Stamp - SU Snow Burst

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Sunday at Shirley's

Welcome to new follower Merry - you can check out her blog here. Thank you for joining my little band of followers! A beautiful day here in Adelaide, I visited a craft garage sale and picked up some ribbon and buttons and then went to Shirley's for craft - just the two of us today as Sandy was baby sitting her grand daughters. We chatted and crafted and had a couple of cups of tea and the time just flew - we finished off by doing some punches and die cuts for stock and for Shirley to send off to a friend. Tonight we had had my parents and a friend of theirs from South Africa for dinner so we had a roast, yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings - yum!

Please check out Shirley Anne's blog if you would like the recipe for some of these and other inspirational idea.

Card 1:

Card 2:

Card 3:

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Pretty in Pink

Quick post as this Challenge finishes at 5 pm today, I have been out to a lovely home wares / gift shop called Wohlers today with a friend - it also has a cafe and loos - how smart! you can stay for ages! We bought a few things and caught up over coffee and treats. John and I are off to a nursery soon so I thought I'd better get this posted toot sweet.

Card is for this week's Come and Get it Challenge - Sketch.

SU card - DSP from stock
Ribbon and pearls from stock. (ribbon has scanned quite red it is a deep burgundy colour)
Stamp from Kazzazz - Elegant Lady in SU Rose Red.
Butterfly Punch

Friday, 25 November 2011

Unstampabelle Trees

This is a quick card for this months Unstampabelles Trees Challenge

Challenge #5 Trees

Bonus entry if paper punches or dies added.
Remember No Stamps
Closes 2nd December and Winners annouced 5th December

I have scanned on a black matt to define edges.

White card from stock

Red and Gold die cut xmas trees - gold tree is 3d

Gold Trim and sentiment from stock

Birds on a Branch

Busy day running around getting chores done, sent hubby to docs for antibiotics for his man flu! Managed to get some crafting done - this card is for this week's Annabelle Stamps Sketch Challenge.



We have a brand new sketch to finish off the month, and I've been asking myself "What was I thinking" when I put this one together!!  The prize is a $15.00 Gift Voucher to spend in-store so be sure to play along.

Card: SU Early Espresso & Crumbcake
DSP from stock - the dark circle hasn't scanned well but the paper is dark brown with a black print.
Image - Flonz NZ in SU Chocolate Chip
Pearls from stock

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Challenge Catch Up

Well, we're back from our cruise and short stay in Singapore - it was a lovely relaxing time - a shame to spoil it all by coming back to be faced with all the washing and ironing but that's the penance I guess! It wasn't all without craft as they ran a scrap-booking and jewellry class on board so I managed to go to both of those. I had my usual Thursday craft group today so it was good to catch up with all the girls, although my mojo deserted me and I had all sorts of trouble with stamping and when I finally got an image I liked I was stamping the sentiment and the stamp fell off the block and ruined the card - grrr! I persisted and came up with 2 cards, one for this weeks Less is More Challenge and one for Cards for Men.

Card One:  Less is More Challenge 42 - THEME - Silhouette

Card from Stock
Ink - SU Basic Black
Stamps - SU Easter Blossoms
Sentiment - SU Well Scripted
Rhinestone flower in basket from stock

Card 2: Cards for Men Challenge 24 - Fancy Folds

 I have photographed this card so you can see the fold, I usually scan as I'm not much good with the camera!

White base card from stock
Christina Re DSP
Black card - SU Basic Black
Ink - SU Basic Black
Sentiment Sticker from Stock
Stamped Image from Flonz NZ
SU Photo Corner Punch

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Almost Home

We are now in Singapore, staying in a lovely hotel along with John's brother and his wife, it absolutely bucketed down today, but luckily cleared tonight as we did the Night Zoo tour. Our cruise was great and we met some lovely people, we had a reunion / farewell for the people on our dinner table at Raffles Hotel last night as everyone was staying on for a few days in Singapore - you would have had to mortgage the house if you had more than one drink - needless to say we made them last! Home on Wednesday, the time has gone very quickly.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Xmas Gold

Well one more sleep and we're off on our Cruise - hopefully all goes well as we've not  been on one before. We get on the boat in Hong Kong and cruise through Vietnam to Singapore where John's brother and his wife are meeting up with us for three days before we head back home. I had a busy morning doing last minute jobs, before craft - very chatty group today - topped off  with scones, jam & cream for afternoon tea! Once everyone left I had to pack and do some last minute ironing! - Catch up with you all in two weeks.

Tonight's card is for this weeks Cards for Men Challenge - It's Nearly Christmas.

White and gold card from stock
Red foil Xmas tree from pack I got at the craft fair (red hasn't scanned too well)
Sentiment from stock

Monday, 7 November 2011

Birthday Blooms

Thanks for dropping by, I had a very early start at work this morning as I had to fit a days work in before going for more tests - the results were better than I thought but I still have an abscess that will require 2 months of antibiotics - so no drinks for me on our upcoming cruise - hopefully they make some mocktails! We will be away for the next two weeks from Friday so there will be no card posts or challenges for that time - I will certainly miss crafting and catching up with everyone.

This is my entry for this weeks LIM Challenge. I've used a new stamp from Stampendous called Daisy Vase - I was going to add rhinestones to the centre of the flowers but I didn't in the end - do you think I made the right decision?

Week 40

Remember, remember the 5th of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot!
In the UK it is traditionally on 'firework night' that the 'Gunpowder plot' of 1605 is 
commemorated. It was then that Guy Fawkes was arrested for laying explosives under 
the House of Lords.

Our first week of the month is another Colour challenge and redolent of bonfire flames we
have chosen
                        Red and Orange

Card from Stock
Stamp - Stampendous - Daisy Vase - I hand coloured stamp before stamping with SU Real Red & Old Olive and generic orange and blue.
Sentiment from Stamp It in SU Real Red

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Merry Christmas

A late post for me, we have been away up the river for the weekend with some other boaties - we stayed at Caudo's Winery near Hogwash Bend - very pleasant spot! We got home to find that my parents-in-law were staying the night - so we had to unpack and tidy up quicksmart. We all popped out for dessert at daughter Emma's workplace Devour Desserts then came home and had to whip up a couple of Xmas cards for MIL to send to England and then I managed to get this one done for this weeks Annabelle Stamps Challenge - Sentiments.

Card and gold trim from stock
Sentiment - Kaisercraft in SU Real Red

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Engagement Wishes

A beautiful day, went to a craft fair with Sandy - spent up big and just as we were about to leave bemoaning the fact that our favourite stand from Queensland wasn't there - we found it!!! Needless to say more plastic was melted! Then we realised we were supposed to be back for craft in 15 mins so we had to put our skates on. I only had an hour at craft as I had to have some tests done - so I left the girls to it and wouldn't you know it they were running half an hour late - not impressed.

I started this card before I left and finished it when I got home, I am entering it in this weeks Annabelle Stamps Challenge - Bling Sketch . My friends Kwan and Alex announced their engagement last night so this is for them.


White square card, fibbon and pearls from Stock
Stamp Kaisercraft stamped in SU Basic Black
Sentiment from Flourishes in SU Basic Black
DSP creativ

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Starring You

Second post today - catching up for last week! Tonight's post is for this week's LIM Challenge  - Stars.

I have used a Stamping Up set - "Starring You" - we used the sentiment from this set at Shirley Anne's workshop today and I stamped off the images for this card while I was there - thank you to Shirley for the use of her stamps - check out Shirley's blog here.

Week 39 - Lucky Dip- Stars

White card, silver trim and star rhinestones from stock.
Black card - SU Basic Black
Image - SU Starring You
Ink_ SU Basic Black
Punches - SU Scallop & Circle

Sunday at Shirley's

Just a quick post today to show what Sandy and I made at Shirley's workshop this afternoon, it's been a pretty exhausting week and we have to call in and see my parents as my brother and his family are visiting so we can have a quick catch up. When I got home my daughter was making fake blood as all the staff at her work are dressing up for Halloween! They are not open tomorrow night - so they are getting in the spirit (pardon the pun) tonight.

My daughter Emma - would you let her make you a coffee? - Devour Dessert Bar Prospect Rd, Prospect SA.!

Here are the cards we made today - if you would like to check out Shirley's Blog follow the link 

Card 1:

Card 2:

Card 3:

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Holly Bird

A lovely day here in Adelaide, I was off to the shops nice and early as I had to find a cocktail dress to wear on the cruise we are going on soon - not something I normally wear, but apparently pants and nice tops are not acceptable formal wear! Success was had and even better the shop had buy three items get the cheapest free - so you can't beat that! Very chatty craft group today - a message from Joyce who is on holiday (we miss you!) - she will be back from her travels next week so it will be great to get her news - she keeps up with us by looking at Sandy's and my blogs! Scan is a little wonky but after the 4th attempt I lost patience! My arthritis is playing up and my massage lady cancelled - so I am off to take some thing for the pain and have a lie down!

Today's post is for this weeks Christmas Challenges {with sketches} Challenge. Part of the rules is that you do not post the challenge on your website only the link - so if you would like a Christmas Challenge please follow the above.

Card, gold trim, sentiment and DSP from stock
SU Circle Punch
Ink - SU Real Red and Old Olive - edges sponged in Real Red and Image 3d

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Owling for You

Well, I managed to get rid of the guys to the pub, did the dishes and whipped up a card for this weeks Annabelle Stamps Challenge.

I'm also entering it in Cards for Men Challenge - Animals.

Card from stock
Pink zigzag trim from stock
You're a hoot sentiment from paper2
Birthday sentiment from SU Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Owl from Victoria's Secret
Ink SU Chocolate Chip

Monday, 24 October 2011

Best Wishes

Thanks for dropping by, I had a very busy weekend, no time for craft - so no card making was done - I am running very behind with challenges for this week! We were up on the river for the weekend - we cruised to Mannum and stayed overnight and had tea at the Mannum Club with a few other boaties, before leaving on Sunday morning and cruising to Pompoota for a gathering of the Wooden Boat Owners Association - a beautiful day and a large number attended both by boat and car. We have my sons birthday dinner on Friday night and friends coming for dinner Saturday night so I don't know how much card making I'll get done - but where there's a will there's a way!!

Tonight's card is for this weeks LIM Challenge - Polka dots.


As long as your design is Clean and Simple, has some white space (or its equivalent) and polka dots in evidence somewhere, it will be perfect for this challenge.

And also for Make It Monday - Anything Goes.

Card & Ribbon from stock
Sentiment - SU Short & Sweet
Image from SU Bloomin with Beauty
E/Folder Swiss Dots
Card is matted on black for scan to define edges better

Thursday, 20 October 2011

With Love

After yesterdays sizzling 34, we have had a cooler day and some drizzle this afternoon. No post yesterday as I had to help Emma make things for her bake sale at Uni - not a good time to be cooking when it was so warm but we managed. Up early this morning as the guys came to install our solar panels - very noisy with  a radio on full pelt but they were finished by the time Ann arrived for craft. Sandy is still not well - so here's hoping she gets better soon! Today's card is for this weeks Annabelle Stamps Challenge - Embellished Corners, I'm just scraping in with this one as it finishes soon and also to Scrapbook Boutique's Challenge which is only open to Australian Residents.


Black & white Card from stock
Black corners - SU Corner Punch - pearls from stock
Nestie Die Cut - sponged edges in SU Basic Black
Stamp - Flonzcraft in SU Basic Black - flowers in SU Real Red
Flower, ribbon and rhinestones from stock
Sentiment - from Paper Pleasure in SU Basic Black

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Just For You

Another busy day, Emma had been at Uni all day and I had been working so we decided to go out for tea and had a lovely Asian meal in North Adelaide, followed by a little shopping.

Welcome to new follower, Nellie you can check out her blog  - here - it has a translate to English button at the top.

  My card for tonight is for this weeks Come and Get it Challenge - A Sketch.

It's sketch week. So make a card or anything else, as long as we can see the sketch in the project that's good. Here is the sketch followed by our Design Team Members. Oh by the way, you can change the shape of the elements if you wish, so if your main image is a square that's okay too.

Black base card from SU
DSP from creativ pack
Nestie die cut
Stamped image - from friend Shirley in SU Basic Black
Pearls, bling button and ribbon from stock.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Away in a Sleigh

Welcome, busy day at work and then came home and cooked a little lamb roast and now I feel very full!
Tonight's challenge is for this weeks Christmas Challenges {with Sketches}. Part of the condition of entry is that you can't repost the sketch so if you would like to see the blog and challenge please click on the link above. Challenges change on a Wednesday.

I am also entering this in Make It Monday.

Card and DSP from stash
Stamp - is a cheapy I got from K Mart I think a couple of years ago no  name on it - coloured with Gelly Pens and SU Choc Chip.
Gold Trim from stock
Punch - Martha Stewart
Sentiment - SU Contempo Christmas in Real Red

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sunday at Shirley's

Another lovely day - although a cool start, Sandy and I went off to our Sunday Workshop at Shirley's; making three lovely cards and having a nice cup of tea and cakes! Then we helped Shirley with her computer before heading home. I managed to dead head the roses and cut back my triffid of a hibiscus before heading off to my parents for dinner - it was great to catch up and see the photos from their trip overseas. John rang while I was there - he and a friend are on a boating trip and they had just made a loaf of bread in the camp oven when he rang!

If you would like the recipe for some of these cards and other inspirational ideas please check out Shirley's blog here.

Card 1:

Card 2:

Card 3:

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Special Cocktail

Post number 2 for today - this has been a bit of fun - the Challenge is for this weeks LIM - the theme is Cocktail - and for added interest there is a link to find out a cocktail recipe that relates to your name!

Here is mine!


You Are Made Of Ingenuity, Intensity, and Cleverness

3 parts Ingenuity
2 parts Intensity
1 part Cleverness

And a Splash of Wit

Finish off with a squeeze of lime juice.

Card from stock
Cocktail Images  - SU Cheers to You
Sentiment - Stamp It in SU Real Red
Rhinestones from stock
Gelly Pen glitter on fruits

I have scanned the card on a black matt to define edges.

Xmas Scoop

Early post today - thanks for stopping by. It has been a day of all seasons, wind, rain and sun - very blustery. This morning my friend Sandy & I went to a Craft & Gift Fair - needless  to say - we managed to spend some money. I found a funny Christmas sentiment stamp and I thought of this weeks Cards for Men Challenge - Make Us  Laugh - so that was enough to make me buy it. No one was home when I got back so, I got stuck in! I hope it makes you smile too!

Cards for Men:

Challenge 21 - Make Us Laugh (and a DT call!)

Card, rhinestones and gold trim from stock
Reindeer Poop - black rhinestones
Stamp from SU - Dasher
Sentiment from Ferngully Stamps
Ink - SU Chocolate Chip

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Thank You

Another lovely day - all the washing done and dried - sadly not yet the ironing!! Sandy and I crafted this afternoon - Sandy had some new card mags so we had a little look, then she coloured some images and I made a couple of cards before tea and a scone -  very civilised.

Today's card is for this week's Annabelle Stamps Challenge  - Say It In Yellow, Lime and Chocolate.


Base card and ribbon SU - Chocolate Chip
Image SU A Flower for all Seasons in SU Choc Chip
Sentiment from Imprint Stamps in SU Choc Chip
DSP - free with Simply Cards Magazine.
Image coloured and edges sponged in SU Daffodil Delight, and marvy markers.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Cheeky Little Witch

A Monday off - well that's because I worked last Friday instead, more washing and then I had to take back the dryer I bought on Saturday as when we opened the box the dryer had a big ding in the top - any how hopefully second time lucky!

Tonight's card is for this weeks Come and Get It Challenge. and also Make It Monday.

Color Theme Week

This week we are challenging you to make a project, card or whatever your heart desires that will go along with the theme of colors Orange, Black and Purple

Wow that means more Halloween colors right!

Card from Stock
Cheeky Little Witch Image - free digi this week from Emma at Vintage Milly, I coloured her with markers then cut her out and 3d onto purple card,  I also 3d her face,  then added kinderglitz to shoes, hat band, highlights on dress and cape.
Sentiment from SU Haunting Halloween in basic black.
Cauldron from SU Haunting Halloween  - 3d
Punch - Martha Stewart

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Especially For You

One more late post for tonight -  a second entry in this weeks LIM Challenge. - Heart / s.

Being the second week of the month it is One Layer

An easy one for you it's

The  can be singular, multiple, any colour, but, MUST be a one layer card, with no aditional layers stuck on, apart from the odd embellishment or ribbon!

I have used SU Stamp Merci coloured in SU Real Red & Basic Black
Sentiment from Stamp It in SU Real Red
E/Folder Tulips from SU
Rhinestones from stock

I have scanned with black mat behind to define white card, I think I'll have to clean my scanner plate!!!

Sunday at Shirley's

Lovely day here in Adelaide, my friend Sandy picked me up and we went to Shirley' s for an afternoon of crafting - it doesn't get much better!! Doug was watching the Bathurst 1000 - quite an eventful race, and we chatted and crafted. Please check out Shirley's blog here for some of these and other inspirations.

Card 1:

Card 2:

Card 3:

Saturday, 8 October 2011

With Love

Got home and popped over to LIM to check out this weeks Challenge - Heart / s - One Layer card, so I thought I see what I could come up with!

Being the second week of the month it is One Layer

An easy one for you it's

The  can be singular, multiple, any colour, but, MUST be a one layer card, with no aditional layers stuck on, apart from the odd embellishment or ribbon!

First I stamped the sentiment in SU Real Red, then I used my Cuttlebug - E/F Kimmy Luvvs.
Next I coloured in 3 little hearts in SU Real Red and as the folder doesn't reach to the bottom of the card I added 3 rhinestone hearts to finish off. I have scanned using a black mat behind to show off the white card better.

Twisted Christmas

Welcome, I've had a busy day today - off to the chiropracter (My massage got cancelled once again!) - then home to do the ironing and pack away the cleaned bedding after our camping trip. I then decided to do something for me and rang Indulge Salon as they had sent an sms about half price facials for October - and blow me down she'd had a cancellation and could fit me in so I've now been pampered as well!!

Tonight's card has been inspired by Dr Sonia - she published a Twisted Easel Card Tutorial earlier this week and I'd never made one so I thought I'd give it a try. Dr Sonia did hers A4 size but I used half A4 and adjusted the measurements accordingly. I'm really pleased with the result and hope you all like it.  I tried photographing it as you would not have been able to see it in a scan. I have put up 2 photos - slightly different views.

An early post tonight as I'm off to my mum and dad's now to catch up with them as they have just got back from overseas.

Card, trim and embellishments are all from stock.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Haunting Halloween

Avery tiring day at work today - 9.5 hrs in front of the computer so I'm stiff and sore, my massage lady cancelled but hopefully she will fit me in tomorrow! My clothes dryer blew up last night - luckily we had an overload switch that cut it out, but the house smelt of burning for ages - so another expense!

Tonight's card is for this weeks Come and Get It Challenge - Happy Halloween.


Happy Halloween Challenge

Happy October! This week we are challenging you all to make Halloween Cards or projects. 

Card from SU
Image & Sentiment SU Haunting Halloween
Ink: coloured with Marvy Markers and SU Basic Black
Punch: Borrowed from Sandy
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