Archive | October, 2009

Sketch Saturday challenge and some.

28 Oct

Hello again. Today I have been to a Thermomix party. What is a Thermomix do you ask? Well it is a kitchen gadget that does absolutely everything I went in very skeptical but came out very impressed. We enjoyed lots of wonderful dishes prepared in the Thermomix but with a price tag of nearly $2,000 I will be holding off on ordering one.

Today I am bringing you my card for the Sketch Saturday challenge blog:



I actually made a mistake on this card can you pick it? Anyhow it was a good excuse to play and I loved making a card with the Manga Girl that came a few weeks ago. I have used DS paper from Stampin Up and Pink Pirouette and Basic Grey Cardstock also from Stampin Up. The image has been colored using my copics and the flowers and rhinestones are from kaisercraft. All the stitching has been done by hand.

The second card I have to show you today is a humorous card, something that I have not done before now.  I saw this stamp at the Picture to Page show but held off on buying it. The other week though I was in need of some fun so I ended up heading down to Deb’s at getting it.


The card is very basic as the image and saying is quite big. I have used kraft, tangerine tango and basic black cardstock from Stampin Up. The black button looking things are droplets by kaisercraft and the black ribbon is also from the new range of grosgrain ribbon by Kaisercraft. The image and sentiment as I said can be brought from Deb’s and is made by “I brake for stamps”.

So there you have it I hope the card made you giggle it certainly did for me.

I will hopefully be back tomorrow with some more cards for you.

Until next time xoxo


Anya Ink Challenge #4 & Mojo Monday 110

27 Oct

Hello everyone and welcome back if you are a regular reader and if you are a first time visitor then welcome to my blog.


Today the kids had their first dentist visit. I was not sure what to expect from the kids but they were very brave and well behaved. After the dental visit Elizabeth went to school and Robbie went to a friends house for a play so I had some time to play.


There are some many wonderful challenges this week that I did not know where to start. I ended up going with the Anya Ink challenge (as this is one of my fav challenge blogs) and incorporated it with this weeks Mojo Monday Sketch, as I loved the sketch as soon as I saw it. This is my third week of participating with the Anya Ink Blog. I love the fact that this blog is Australian it feels good to be part of something from here. The ladies over at Anya Ink have only just started this blog and will be choosing their third DT member from the entrants over the last month. I hope that I have made a good enough impression as it would be a dream to be part of something so wonderful.


This week the challenge was to use any number of circles, two ribbons and staples. So I set off this afternoon with this in mind and this is what I have come up with:




I love this Edward stamp from the Wild Sprouts collection but for some reason I keep sidetracking it when it comes time to make a card.  I have stapled the image circle to the scallop circle, requirement 1 & 2 checked off, and used a black and red ribbon together, last requirement checked off. Phew! The cardstock is real red, old olive, basic black from Stampin Up. I have used my copics for colouring the image and used my Uni-ball pens for stitching oh and for the outside stitching on the red cardstock I have also used my paper piercer. I also distressed all the edges of coloured cardstock. I really like the way this card has come out. As I have used contrasting colours and different directions I wanted to keep it simple and not over embellish the card.


So there it is my last chance too impress, keep your fingers crossed for me.


I also made some more cards last night which I will be back to show you soon.


Until next time xoxo

The Sugar Bowl Challenge #22

25 Oct

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. My weekend was very busy but I did manage to get time to make one card for a very special person this weekend, my mum. It was mums birthday yesterday so I had to really pull out all stops and come up with something special.


I have based my card using the latest The Sugar Bowl Sketch challenge:



I used the stamp Daisy which is created by Elisabeth Bell for part of the Sugar Nellie Stamps range and can be purchased through Funky Kits. I have used my forever wonderful copic markers for colouring her in. I faux stitched around her image and added some smudge of brown ink. The patterned paper is called So Charming from the Bella Sarah-Jane Paperz range I just loved these colours. The one requirement of the sketch this fortnight was to use lace, so I have created some lace using my paper punch from Fiskars. The flowers are from kaisercraft and I added some kaisercraft pearls for the centre of the pollen. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up set Great Friend and as always the cardstock is all Stampin Up.  Phew I think I mentioned everything I have used!!


I have to say that I was not sure about the card when I first finished it but as I sat at Mum and Dads last night looking at it it grew on me more and more to the point now where I can actually say that I really like it.


That is all I have for you today. After my busy weekend I am now having an easy day and hoping to get some stamping done.


Until next time xoxo

Anya Ink Challenge #3

22 Oct

Michael got some free tickets for us to go see the Silvers Circus from work so off we went last night. It was a great night and there were some incredible tricks and acts too. The ending is just amazing with a huge steel ball that motorcycles ride around. The kids had an absolute ball. Silvers Circus is fairly expensive to go too so previously I had not really wanted to but after seeing it last night I can say that it if I had of paid I would have felt satisfied and that it was money well spent. Be sure to check them out if you live in Melbourne and take the kids you will not be disappointed.


So needless to say it was a rather late night for the kids and we have all been a bit sluggish this morning. Thankfully though I made a card yesterday afternoon for this weeks Anya Ink challenge. This weeks requirement was hand stitching, real or faux. Now as I don’t really like sewing for real I went for the faux option! I have gone out of my comfort zone this week and used a boy stamp, not something I do too often as I have to admit I just find it too hard to come up with a design/layout for them. As the sun was shining yesterday and it was feeling a bit summery I decided to use my “surfer Ian” stamp. I also wanted to use bright colours so I dug deep into my paper collection and came out with Taken by Teal and Summer Sun from Stampin Up.





The card is pretty basic but I thought as the colours were so bright that it did not really call for much else. I have used my copics for colouring Ian and I have cut him out and stuck him on top of the waves to make it look like he is “riding a wave”. I have also distressed all the edges of the card and put some twine on to give it a bit of a rustic feel.


I am off with my mum soon to go for a walk around Lilydale Lake and for Robbie to have a play. I have to say that since I have finished working I am loving my Fridays and spending some time with mum. I am very lucky that my mum and dad live just around the corner from me so I can always drop in when I want, they are a great support to me as my husband works weekends so they help out a lot with the kids. They are the best parents one could ask for and I would be lost without them. So to my Mummy and Daddy if you are reading this mwah I love you!


Until next time xoxo

Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge

22 Oct

Well another beautiful day in Melbourne today. The sun is shining and once again everyone is more pleasant to deal with.


I have had a rather quite week and have not been doing too much creating. I have however got a card to show you that I made on the weekend. Last week I was blog surfing when I stumbled across the Taylored Expressions. I have to say that I am very fond of the stamps and was pleased to discover another place that posts sketch challenges. I have been a bit low on Mojo lately so the sketch challenges are great. Anyhow here is a copy of the sketch:




And here is a copy of the card:



This card looked so much better in my head!!!!!! Whilst I don’t hate it I don’t love it either. I did however get to play with the stamp I got from Deb’s being the santa hat. Deb has designed and had this stamp made so we can use our favorite stamps for Christmas too.  You can see that I have used it on my favorite Manga Girl. The Cardstock is Stampin Up, old olive and red riding hood. The patterned paper is by Making Memories and the colouring has been done using my copics. Circles cut using my trust cuttlebug and Nestabilities.


So anyhow that is what I have for you today. I hope, if you live in Melbourne, that you enjoy this beautiful weather and I will be back hopefully tomorrow with another card.


Until next time xoxo

A bit of this and that.

20 Oct

We have had the best weather here in Melbourne today. The sun has been shining and everywhere you go there is people out and about. It is very motivating.


This morning I caught up with Kirsty and Dee for a coffee at the Soda House. As always it was great to catch up and have a good old yarn.


So my offerings today meet two challenges. The first being this weeks Mojo Monday sketch:







The second challenge it incorporates is the very first challenge at the new Totally Gorjuss blog. This weeks challenge was to use pink and of course one of the wonderful Gorjuss Girls stamps. As I have previously told you I am in love with these little girls so making a ccard with them is never a challenge.




I have used the Bumble Bee Gorjuss Girl stamp which you can purchase through Funky Kits, Pretty in Pink & Wild Wasabi Stampin Up cardstock. I have used my copics for colouring and some ribbon I had laying around. The sentiment is my trustworthy stamp from Impression Obsession, Inc and the flower rhinestones are Kasiercraft. 


The next card I have to show you is one that I made last week using one of my new Christmas stamps. I love this snowman and I can not wait to make some more cards with him soon. I made the card just for fun and not following any challenges. When I first finished the card I was not too sure on it but it has grown on me as the week has passed hence why I am now happy to share it with you. The snowman is from the Homegrown category of Sugar Nellie range which you can purchase from Funky Kits and the cardstock as always is Stampin Up, Always Artichoke. The paper I got from Maxine’s last week and is from the Belle Collection by Kaisercraft. I used my Stampin Up watercolors for the colouring of the image.




I will be back tomorrow to show you some more stuff I have been playing with.


Until next time xoxo

Mojo Monday 108

18 Oct

Well another weekend has nearly gone by. Where does the time go? If anyone knows can you please tell me.


I did not end up going to Kirsty’s on Friday night. It is such a treat for Michael to be home on a Friday night that I felt too guilty leaving him alone so stayed and cuddled up on the couch and watched Shawshank Redemption. I forgot how much I enjoyed that movie. Being the sweet man that he is though he did say I could go but I could see the disappointment on his face hence the decision was made.


Yesterday Elizabeth had her netball and is great watching them each week slowly improving. They are all trying so hard and having lots of fun so that is all that matters. They did lose by two but they were down one player so all considering I did not think it was  too bad. After that we slowly made our way home where I sat down and made some cards, very slowly I must add.


Today I got up rather late (8:30am) as I was still wide awake at 3:30am this morning. I got stuck right into the cleaning and finished about 1pm. I love when the sun is shining and you can open the windows and smell the fresh air, makes cleaning much more enjoyable, if that is possible. So figured now that I had finished that I would sit down and finish the card I started last night.


I have made this card for my sister Sarah for one of her work colleagues, Mel. It is not the butterflies she requested so hope it is ok. I have based that card on this weeks Mojo Monday sketch:





What do you think? I am really happy with this card and as always looks so much better in real life. The little girl is called Heidi among the flowers by C.C. Designs Stamps and I brought her from Funky Kits. The cardstock is all from Stampin Up, Kraft, basic black, pretty in pink and white. I have used my copics to colour the image and cut her out and mounted her on foam ( I really need to find a better way of expressing that as it just sounds wrong LOL!) The circles have been cut using my spellbinders Nestabilities and cuttlebug. The sentiment stamp is from Impression Obession, Inc.


So I have been doing my blog for nearly two months now and have had just over 700 hits. I am wanting to know is anyone actually following me, other than my wonderful family and friends? If so please leave me a comment I would love to hear what you have to say.


So I will be posting again soon with some more cards I have been playing with over the last few days.


Until next time xoxo