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Darby & Penelope

13 Jun

Hi there, I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. We have a long weekend here in Australia which I love. It is nice knowing that there is no saturday morning sports or going through the morning routine for school and to be able to doing things at a lazy pace.

Yesterday Michael worked so after spending most of the day cleaning I decided to sit down and make a card. It is my gorgeous friend Kirsty’s daughter birthday next week so I sat down to make her a card. I looked for sketches and although there are plenty of great ones out there none of them were pulling me in so I decided to think outside the box and come up with my own. I have to say that I am quite happy with the layout of this card.

I wanted to use the Darby & Penelope stamp as I can imagine Elizabeth and Kira sitting on a fence of wall and having a good yarn like a couple of old ladies! They have known each other since they were born (Kirsty and I met through mothers group) and although they may not see each other all the time when they do it is never strained.

I am going to enter this into’s this weeks challenges for:

Anya Ink – Button & Bows

All That Scraps Challenges – Buttons & Ribbons

Stamp Something – Happy something (I think the image symbolises happiness)

I have used Darby & Penelope Stamp from CC Designs, kaisercraft ribbon, lace, kaisercraft pearls, October Afternoon Paper, sprays from spotlight, button from stash and spellbinders Labels Nine.

I have a couple of hours now till we need to go out again so will see if can get a sketch challenge in.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time xoxo

A mixture of challenges

21 Apr

If you are from Melbourne I hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather we have been having. I really thought last week that the start of winter had settled in but obviously it was just a small taster of what’s to come.

Lizzie has a choir performance later this morning so just a quick post for today.

I was picked as a Top 3 over at Anya Ink’s last challenge, which was hugely exciting for me, and as such I eagerly wanted to participate again this week (not that I ever really needed motivating to join these challenges). The current challenge over at Anya Ink is Pink & Sparkly, just my sort of thing! I had heaps of fun making this card trying to add as much bling as possible without it being too over bearing. I have also used the current challenge over at Sketch & Stash for the layout:

 

 

Here is a closer look at the image where you can hopefully see the sparkle a bit better.

I have also used sparkle by adding a few rhinestones on the card and on the ribbon I have added a sparkly Prima Dynasty flower centre, which I picked up from Quixotic Paperie a few months ago but had not managed to use

I have also used my copics for colouring, buttons I had laying around, DS Paper and cardstock from Stampin Up, Image from The Greeting Farm, metal to tie the buttons down, faux stitching, spellbinders and miscellaneous ribbons/lace.

I am also entering this card into this week’s Anyone for Anya challenge, Sweet as Sugar, which leaves a large scope for interpretation and this weeks Quixotic Challenge, heavy metal, following Elaine’s example and only using minimal metal!

Well I better be getting myself ready.

Until next time xoxo

Papertake Weekly

8 Apr

Robbie finally had his 6th birthday on Tuesday and he was so excited that at 5am he was waiting for his presents! It took me back to being a little girl and remembering how long that week before your birthday is and then that sleep before is the worst constantly waking up hoping that you can see the sunlight start to come through the curtains only to be disappointed and having to try and get back to sleep. Finally when the day arrives it goes by in a flash and then the countdown begins for the next one. He had such a good day and we had a good dinner with my family. He resisted sleep as much as he could but he finally flaked it around 8:30 in the lounge room on the floor (head resting on a pillow which was on top of his new skateboard).

Today after being shopping with Robbie (birthday money to spend) and picking up Elizabeth when we came home I decided it was time to sit back and make a card. It was such a hard decision on which sketch to follow, being there are so many great ones out this week, but I finally decided on the Papertake Weekly Sketch.

 

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I have had this designer paper sitting in my stash for ages and have pulled it out so many times to make a card but have never been able to make it work so have put it back. Today though I managed to use it and am happy with the result. You will have to excuse the bad lighting in the photo but we have had an overcast day up here but I knew that if I waited for a better day I might never get it posted in time as things have been busy here lately.

 

The image is a Miss Anya from The Greeting Farm, this is the first time she has been inked up and I think I got this set at least 6 months ago. Thought it was quite fitting though as we have been having rain up here today. Copics have been used for the colouring, faux stitching, lace, ribbon, hair pin, spacers and beads, greeting from Kraftin Kimmie Sentiments, and there is a bit of paper tolling on it too.

I am also entering this card into both Anya Ink and Anyone for Anya as they both call for “Anything Goes” this week.

Another clean card which is what I am enjoying at the moment. I am sure I will get back to wanting to use flowers etc again soon, at least I hope so as I have a draw full of them, LOL!

 I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week.

Until next time xoxo

Dusting off Miss Anya…..

11 Mar

Hello again…..I hope you are all well and if in Melbourne enjoying the sunshine today, it is so nice to see after all the overcast weather we have had this week.

Thursdays have become a bit of an indulgence day for me as I have decided to dedicate this day to NO HOUSEWORK which means that if I am home I can play with my stamps and stash. Lucky for me I was home today so I could play. I started using this weeks Papertake Weekly sketch for my card but I was not happy with how it was turning out and was getting frustrated trying to make it work so I decided to ditch it. The colours are not my normal but I have to say I really like the way it al came together.

 

So I am entering this card into this week’s Anyone for Anya (mums the word) and Anya Ink (include embossing) challenges. I have not done a card using a Greeting Farm stamp for ages so I thought it was time I dusted them off.

So what have I used, well I used copics for colouring, Anya from Miss Dressy collection, sentiments from Kraftin Kimmie, Stampin Up DS Paper, embossing folders, kaisercraft rhinestones, lace and if you look carefully you will see the buttons on Anya’s dress are tiny gems which I had in my stash.

I hope you all like. I am going to dash now and see if I can get two cards made in one day.

Until next time xoxo

Anya Ink – Sketch

3 Feb

I hope all the Australian mums have settled their children into school/kinder for the year and that there was not too many tears! Robbie my youngest starts school tomorrow, he is so excited that I am not sure he will sleep tonight. I am sure in a few months the situation will be completely different!

It was nice to get Elizabeth back on Monday and getting some routine back into our lives. She has settled in nicely and loves her new teacher.

I had an empty house this afternoon, which is always the perfect opportunity to get my stuff out and play! I have been a bit slack with the Anya Ink challenges lately so this was where I challenged myself today. Luckily for me (low on mojo) they had a sketch challenge this week:

 

 

 

 

 

 I really enjoyed making this card today and as a result am pleased with how it has come out. I love the paper I picked up a few weeks ago and was happy to be able to use it. Not sure if the photo shows it well enough but I also cut the image out and mounted it on the oval.

Michael is about to head off to fire brigade so I think I will go watch some more gossip girls.

Until next time xoxo

Supplies: Stamp from The Greeting Farm, paper by Fiskars, Stampin Up cardstock, watercolour pencils, lace, flowers, hand stitching and spellbinders Nestabilities.

A mixture of challenges

17 Jan

Arrghhhhh!!!!! I have not had a good week for stamping. It seems that everything I set out to do is just blah. It started off with trying last weeks Anya Ink challenge, a one layer card, resulting in two attempts not even remotely good enough to post  to 5 attempts of coloring an image today for a card. I have also being finding it difficult lately to make cards as when I looked back on my blog I saw that I was creating a lot of the same style card so I challenged myself to step outside the square.

 

This morning I got up and decided to clean the house and give my stamping stash a bit of a clean up (in a very vain hope it would help me) and then set out to try again!

 

I managed to pull together a card that I am reasonably happy with. It covers this weeks Anya Ink’s challenge, flowers, Cute Card Thursday, using grey and pink and this weeks Sketch Saturday:

 

 

So without further ado here is my card:

 

As I said I am not in love with it but I don’t totally hate it either, in fact it seems to be growing on me more and more.  There are four types of flowers on this card, the first being in Miss Anya’s hair, second being the flowers petals I have made, the third being on the DS Paper and the fourth is one of my buttons I have used.

 

I came across a great tutorial on how to get the “bounce” in the hair. This was my first attempt doing this and it is the thing I like most about this card! If you would like the details of the tutorial please send me an email and I will email you the link.

 

I have used Miss Anya from The Greeting Farm, Copic Markers, Spellbinders Nestabilities to make my flowers, miscellaneous buttons, Stampin Up cardstock and DS paper. I have also distressed my edges by running the scissors down the edge of my paper and applied some faux stitching.

 

I think I may go any try to make another card. I hope you have all had a wonderful weekend.

 

Until next time xoxo

I am back!

9 Jan

So have you been wondering where I have been? I have been on a very enjoyable 2 week holiday with the family down at Lakes Entrance. We had a wonderful time at the beach and also exploring the nearby area. The caravan park we stayed in was fantastic. It had an organized activity for the kids each day (whether that be some crafts or games in the pool) and movies under the stars every 3rd night and was only 5 minutes walk to the patrolled surf beach.

 

We had a very stressful lead up to Christmas this year with my nana being very sick and in hospital. She is now on the mend in a rehabilitation hospital and hopefully will be home in the next few weeks so our holiday was a great chance to unwind and enjoy being together.

 

I do have to say that now we are home I am glad to have my space back as we have being living in a tent! When I had my shower this evening I nearly cried!! I will bring you some photos over the next few days.

 

Well after two weeks away I keen to make a card so I headed over to Anya Ink and Anyone for Anya sites. This week over at Anya Ink we had to use black, white and one other colour. This week’s challenge for Anyone for Anya was Anything Goes, meaning could do whatever we liked, just the sort of challenge I like.   

 

Immediately when I saw Anya Ink’s challenge I knew that I wanted to use red as my third colour so off I went in search of some red patterned paper. I have now discovered that I do not have much meaning I have a great reason to head off to the scrapbooking shops!

 

After much deliberation this is what I finally came up with:

 

 

 

I am not too sure about this card must be a bit rusty after my break (at least that is the excuse I am using)! I have used stamp from The Greeting Farm, Stampin Up cardstock and DS Paper, copics for colouring and miscellaneous flowers and embellishments. 

 

I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and New Years with your family and loved ones and I look forward to spending more time with you over the coming year.

 

Until next time xoxo