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A Thank You

18 May

If you are in Melbourne I hope you are enjoying the gorgeous weather today. I have been out and about and enjoying the feeling of the sunshine on my back (I reckon it has to be one of the best feelings).

The card I am showing you today is for my son’s wonderful teacher. Robbie has entered his schooling life this year and has had some difficulties but his teacher has been fantastic. We are so pleased that he has her and grateful for all the extra effort she has given. We are going to give her this card with a bunch of flowers to try and show our appreciation. I made this card yesterday afternoon but ran out of energy to do a post.

The card’s layout is based on this weeks sketch over at Friday Sketchers:

 

 

 

I will also be entering this card into Quixotic Challenges – Let Your Garden Grow! Basically you had to make your own flowers. I came across a tutorial on how to make these flowers about a month ago and have been itching to give it a go. Unfortunately I can not give credit to where it belongs as I have lost my slip of paper that I had written it down on and it was not on one of my regular blogs as I have checked. If however you do know where the tut can be found please let me know so I can post a link here. Here is some close ups of the flower:

Being the toughest of critics that I am I am convinced the flower is too big and does not fit in well and think that I may remove it. In fact here is a pic without the flower tell me which you prefer?

I have used my watercolour pencils for colouring the image, October Afternoon and Cosmo Cricket patterned papers, old olive Stampin Up cardstock, kaisercraft pearls, paper doily I got from local $2 shop, Sarah Kay stamp, Flowers Soft, sentiment from Kraftin Kimmie, scalloped punch and faux stitching.

Well I better dash only got ½ hour to get organized before need to pick up the kids from school.

 

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

Quixotic Challenge – Case it

5 Apr

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter with their loved ones. Easter Bunny was thumping around our front garden about 4pm leaving out all the Easter eggs for the kids which just as well as they were in our room as soon as the sun started to come up, wanting to get out there.

We had a Michael’s grandmother around for a light lunch and then we went to my mum and dads house for an Easter dinner with my family. The kids now have so many Easter Eggs I think they will enough to last them till Christmas!

I managed to get a good clean in on Saturday as the kids went to Michael’s grandmothers for the day so because of that I have been spoilt and have been able to have a slow day today and make a card. Once again I was in pains as to which challenge I would take on but when I saw that this weeks challenge over at Quixotic was to case a DT Member I could not resist. I have always loved Elaine’s work and particularly really liked a card she recently made which you can find here. I loved the crispness of this card which is why I choose to case it. Elaine’s cards are always so fresh it was hard to pick one in particular to case.

 And here is my version of the card.

  

The stamp is from Kraftin Kimmie, copics have been used for colouring (based on one of Elaine’s colouring of this image), Basil cardstock and ribbon I had in my draw. I have also used hairpin, beads and spacers which I brought from Quixotic a few weeks ago.

Anyhow I better go now as I need to go make a birthday cake for my son Robert, who is turning 6 tomorrow. We have my family coming for a roast tomorrow night and then on Sunday he has a party which he has invited 36 kids too (i think I must of been insane when I agreed to it)!

Until next time xoxo

Two in One

23 Jan

Hello again! I hope you have all had a great week and now getting into a nice relaxing weekend.

 I was spoilt by hubby on Thursday night as he took me to the movies to see The Avatar and some dinner out. It was a great night, thanks to Dol for our tickets to goldclass (Christmas present 2008), my wonderful supportive parents for taking the kids for the night and of course for Michael for actually thinking of taking me out. The movie was great I would recommend you go see it.

My sister, Sarah, called this morning for a chat and asked if I had a spare card laying around that she could use for an engagement. After looking through my stash I realized that I didn’t so off I went to quickly whip something up. I ended up following this week’s challenge at Quixotic Challenges, stamp up something old, and this weeks sketch challenge over at The Pink Elephant.

  

 

I really enjoyed making this card as I got to use Fifth Avenue Floral, which I have had for about 6 months but only used maybe once or twice.

I have used lots of Stampin Up on this card, DS Paper and Cardstock, stamps, scallop punch and watercolour crayons. The only things not stampin up are the pearl ribbon, watercolour paper and the kinder glitz I have added to the tips of the flower (you cant really see this in the photo).

I will let you get back to enjoying your weekend.

One more week of school holidays (not that I am counting) and then after that I can hopefully get some routine back and perhaps be able to bring you more cards.

Until next time xoxo

3 in 1

17 Dec

Hi all again. I have been so busy with the kids Christmas concerts and picnics that my blog has been neglected this week. Having said that though, I have made a few cards this week, for Christmas and others occasions, so I will gradually bring them to you over the next few days.

Today I am bringing you my card for three challenges, Sketch Saturday challenge, Anyone for Anya and Quixotic challenge. 

 When I first saw this sketch I went eewk!!

 

I wanted to go out of my comfort zone (feel I have been too comfortable lately) so I gave it a try.

 

For the Quixotic challenge it was easy peasy just had to use lace and for Anyone for Anya had to use some glitter/bling. I wanted to put a lot of thought and care into this card as my Nana is in hospital again (she had a big stay a few months ago) and she may be in for a few weeks again so wanted something that could help keep her spirits up. The image is a perfect one for Nana as when we were little kids she used to dress us up as “French Tarts”! It reminds me of those days and makes me smile.  I loved the card that Emma Lockley did for sketch Saturday last week and really wanted to give the colours and papers a go. Even though I have used her colour ideas I think I have made the card my own. So anyhow enough blabbering here is my card, I hope you like it:

 

 

 

I have used, Stampin Up DS paper and cardstock, image from The Greeting Farm, dies from spellbinders, kaisercraft pearls, copic markers, flowers and lace from spotlight and kinder glitz on the flower.

 

Anyhow I better be off to get some nods before another crazy day tomorrow.

 

Until next time xoxo