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I am so cold…

9 Jun

Last night I went to my gorgeous friend Kirsty’s house for a bit of a card making, which always ends up more in talking and colouring some images than anything else, and it was so nice to catch up with her. I will have a few cards coming over the next couple of days to show you using the images I coloured.

While I was there I picked up my new coriander fairy by Sweet November Stamps. As it is cold wet and rainy outside and I am up-to-date with my washing and housework I thought I would sit down with a cuppa and play with my new stamp. The card I ended up making  is based on the sketch at Papertake Weekly this week. As you all know I am a huge fan of Dawny’s sketches they always seem to inspire me. 

 

 

Today I took on some advise from Kellie  ( she got from Kristy Young)  which is to make your card first before adding the image. This is the second time I have done it and the cards have comes together so much quicker, I have found that I am not so tormented. 

While I am reasonably happy with my card I am not sure if it is missing something. I have coloured the image using my watercolour pencils, added kaisercraft flowers and rhinestones, lace and ribbon, October Afternoon paper, glitter to the wings and smudged edges with brown ink.

I am also entering this card into:

Oh Alice – What’s Your Muchness – faux stitching and ribbons/lace

Cupcake Craft challenges – Dazzle Us – glitter on Wings

Tomorrow afternoon is our first Lil Lolita Boutique challenge, be sure to tune in to see what we all come up with I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.

Until next time xoxo

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Papertake Weekly – Sketch Number 40

4 May

If anyone can tell me where the last week has gone I would be very grateful. I had great intentions of getting stuck into some challenges last week but time just got the better of me. I have been running around to appointments with my son and then the weekend went by in a flash with sport Saturday morning and Sunday watching my darling husband play football.

I have however managed to do my 3rd DT card for Papertake Weekly. This week we are sponsored by Sassy Studio’s and were given a few digital stamps to play with. There was no way I could make this weeks card without using one!! The fabulous Dawny has provided another superb sketch for this weeks challenge:

 

Did you notice no patterned papers? I know I was quite chuffed with myself for not using any!!! It is different to what I would normally do, perhaps a little sexy as my husband has told me. Not sure who or for what occasion I could give the card but oh well I had fun making it.

I have used some black and red cardstock I had laying around. For the top layer of the black cardstock I used my Pokka Dots embossing folder and then gently rubbed over the top with some white acrylic paint to bring out the dots, not sure if you can really see this in the photo. I have also used my copics for colouring, the hair for some reason has come out a lot harsher in this photo (in life the light bounces are a lot softer and more natural looking), ribbon I had in my stash, kaisercraft rhinestones, sparkly Prima Dynasty flower centre has been applied to knot of ribbon tie. The image was cut out and then mounted with some 3D tape. I think I have managed to get it all in.

It is my baby girls’ birthday on Thursday and she is turning 8 so I have been busy this afternoon making cakes to take to netball training tomorrow night and chocolate crackles to take to school on Thursday. Tomorrow I better sit down and make her a special card, she sees everything that I make so she would know if I have not made one especially for her. So all going to plan I will be back tomorrow to show you what I have done.

In the meantime be sure to pop over to Papertake Weekly and look at the other DT’s cards and if you have time pop by their blogs and see what they have been doing.

Until next time xoxo

 

Phew what a weekend!

27 Apr

We have just had a long weekend and what a busy one of that did we had! Saturday night we had an engagement party for some good friends (my hubby and I are their best man and matron of honor) and did not get home till 2am. It was a great night with everyone dressing up with a bit of country flair. It is so good to see them both so happy with each other lets hope they have many years of happiness ahead of them, they both deserve it.

After a lazy Sunday morning we headed off to another dear friends house to celebrate her eldest daughters 8th birthday. The kids had an absolute ball. That night us and another family headed back to Dee’s to have some champers, takeaway and good laughs. It is so nice to have such good friends that make you feel loved and know just the right thing to say so girls if you are reading this mwah you are the best!

Yesterday we headed down to see my hubby’s grandma’s before heading off on a drive to see the all the autumn leaves at the wineries in the Yarra Valley, unfortunately we were about a week too late and the leaves had already turned and dropped but the drive was nice anyhow. Last night we went to mum and dads to celebrate my sisters’ birthday which was also a great night.

So you can see why today after doing my cleaning and washing I wanted to sit back and have a nice relaxing cuppa!!

The card I am bringing you today I made for the couple whose engagement party we went to on Saturday night. They had a country theme for their party so I wanted to make a card that blended in. The image fits perfectly and I think the papers do too. The card is a lot brighter than what I would normally do for an engagement card but as I said I wanted to keep in the theme.

 

This card I will be entering into Friday Sketchers and Stamp Something (charmed somethings).

 

 

I have used Patterned paper from October afternoon and Cosmo Cricket, cardstock Stampin Up, stamp is by Sarah Kay, colouring is done using water colour papers, not sure where I got the charm from and the buttons I had in my stash.

I hope you all had a great weekend.

I will be back tomorrow with my DT card for this week challenge over at Papertake Weekly. Be sure to pop by and have a peek!

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 & The Sugar Bowl

14 Apr

Hi everyone just a quick one today it is nearly time to pick up the kids and go off to netball training.

I have some exciting news but I can’t share it with you just yet. I promise as soon as I can I will let you know.

School is back here in Melbourne and I have to say it has been rather nice! Although I miss not having to rush in the mornings and not having to nag the kids to get ready the peace and order of the house is bliss.

Robbie’s birthday party on Sunday (29 kids) was a great day and seeming they all appeared to have fun I can call it a success. I am so pleased we decided to have it at the school as it poured with rain and there is no way I could have managed with that many kiddies in my house.

On Monday my darling husband took me to the movies to see The Blindside. Oh my gosh what a movie! I was tearing up within nearly the first 15 minutes and did not stop till the end. It was such an uplifting story and so well portrayed. If you have not seen it yet then make sure you do I am sure you want regret it.

Today’s card is for two challenges, this fortnight’s sketch over at The Sugar Bowl and Papertake Weekly (cutie pie). I have not done a sketch challenge over at The Sugar Bowl for so long, not because I have not wanted to but because I seem to be running out of time to do all my favorites each week. The “Cutie Pie” theme over at PT means you can make anything you think is cute/sweet. I have therefore used my Windswept from Sugar Nellie as I think this image has a real innocence to it.

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There it is my card, I am pleased with the result (considering I had to include flowers, something I have been struggling to do lately). I have used as mentioned the Windswept from Home Grown Sugar Nellie range, watercolour pencils for colouring, ribbon, flowers and pearls that I had in my stash. Faux stitching and doodling have also been added.

Well as I said in a bit of a rush better dash.

Until next time xoxo

Anyone for Anya Sketch Challenge.

1 Apr

We are nearly one week down on school holidays here in Melbourne and I am pleasantly surprised at how they are going. Normally the kids get bored and want to be entertained but they have been too busy this week with sleepovers, birthday parties and play dates to even think about being bored. I realized how tiered they were today when we were driving home from the city and they had fallen into deep sleeps ( you know the ones where the heads flop about!), so I decided that we needed an afternoon in, which of course meant that I got a chance to make a card.

There are so many great sketches around this week that I had a tough time trying to choose which one to do as I knew that I probably want get all of them done. I ended up going Anyone for Anya sketch simply because it has been ages since I have done one of their sketch challenges.

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If you do not already know you can now use CC Design images on these challenges now. I decided however to use a Twinkle Tot  as I have not stamped one of these up for a while.

 

I would have finished this card a while ago, even perhaps had time to start on another card, but I got so caught up in the moment of listening to my music and colouring that I did not look at the colours in the papers I had coloured her with a pink jacket and hat on, which of course just clashed horribly! Anyhow I am happy with the end result of the card (for some reason my camera did not pick up the shading to well in it today so you will just have to trust me when I say that they are there!) and have been told by my lovely daughter that it looks like it comes from a shop, LOL!

I have used as I mentioned Twinkle Tot from The Greeting Farm, copics for colouring, Cosmo Cricket patterned paper and Stampin Up cardstock, lace, button and ribbon I had in my draw. I have also applied some faux stitching and kinder glitz to the red buds on the paper and a bit to the sash on her hat and lips.

My husband is about to have 4 days off which is a real treat. He is a chef and works most nights and days as a head chef in Hawthorn but this long weekend the kitchen is shut as they are renovating. The kids don’t get to see him much (just an hour or so in morning before they go off to school and on his days off) so to have 4 days of daddy time is a real treat. I must admit that I am looking forward to it myself!!

I doubt very much I will be back before Easter so I would like to wish you all a happy Easter and let’s hope that Easter Bunny visits you all!

Until next time xoxo

 

just a quick one today…

10 Mar

What a week we have had! I hope if you live in Victoria that your home was not too damaged in the storms this weekend. I have never seen anything like it before the hail stones were the size of golf balls!

I had a great LONG weekend by taking the kids into their daddy’s work for dinner (my husband is a head chef and they think it is great to go and be able to walk through the kitchen and have special attention!) with my mum, dad and sister Sarah. We had so much fun talking about things from many years ago it was great to share the memories and have a good old chuckle together. Michael was home Sunday and Monday so we did a few things with the kids which was lovely to do.

I have been sick this week so my enthusiasm has not really been in cards. I did make one on Saturday for last week’s Mojo Monday but I spilt coffee all over it before I got a chance to take a photo! The card I have for you today I made on Sunday but have only just had the chance to take a picture and do this post today.

The card is for this weeks over at Sketch Saturday together with this weeks the challenge over at Stamp Something which was to Stamp something Girly.

 

 

You can see the card is very girly with the pinks and grey plus the bumble bee image. I am still making my way through the set I got from All That Scraps the other month on sale for half price. The paper is by October Afternoon – This Little Piggy and the stamp as I mentioned is a Sugar Plum kid by CC Designs. I have also used my copics for colouring, some lace I had in my stash, kaisercraft rhinestones and as per normal I have added some faux stitching.

That is about all I have for you today, as I said I have not been well this past week so have not got a lot to say!

Until next time xoxo