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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

Cold, wet and windy day brings a card!

13 May

I hope this post find everyone well today.

It has been a cold wet horrible day here in Melbourne today so after being at school this morning I came home and felt like hibernating and making a card. Was very naughty of me to do as I was out all day yesterday, having fun though with Dee shopping at Ikea, so had not done any cleaning so in retrospect I should have been cleaning today not making a card. Oh well need to let it give sometimes!

Anyhow I will keep this quick as I have some soup and dinner on the stove that I need to tend too. Here is today’s card:

 

Unfortunately as the weather is so yuck when I tried to take the photo by the window it was too dark and now that I have put the flash on it has made the green look at lot brighter than what it actually is. It is for my brother, Ben, who’s birthday is in a few weeks. I always struggle with masculine cards so was happy that I actually managed to make one ahead of time.

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Cupcake Craft Challenges – Buttons

Sketch & Stash – patterned paper new as well as one of my shades of grey copics

Stamp Something – Birthday Somethings

The paper I have used is from October Afternoon – Report Card, stamp is from Kraftin Kimmie, buttons I had in my stash, apron strings punch from Fiskars, ribbon and pearls from kaisercraft, spellbinders Nestabilities labels four, cardstock from Stampin Up, copic markers for colouring and last but not least some faux stitching.

Well I better dash.

Until next time xoxo

 

My baby’s turning 8!

5 May

As I mentioned in my last post it is my baby girls 8th Birthday tomorrow. I still see her as my baby so often when I look at her these days and see such a confident bubbly girl I shake my head in amazement and wonder how did we get here. Lizzie darling I know that you want read this, or who knows maybe you will, but I am so proud of you sweetheart with all that you have already managed to achieve in your short life, I look forward to watching you continue to grow. Happy Birthday for tomorrow princess xo

Sorry for my rambling then but I just wanted to share with you all how proud I am of my baby! Goes without saying that the card I am brining you today is for my special girl. I was looking through the challenges trying to get some inspiration when I came across this weeks challenge at Stamp Something, a sketch.

 

I then popped over to Anyone for Anya (lots of layers) and saw Stacey’s card with lots of bright colours. Straight away I was inspired and went off for a search in my papers for the brightest, girly colours I could find! This is what I came up with:

  

I love the Heidi among flowers stamp and think it matches this card well. The papers are pink (not quite as dark as in photo) background from My Little Shoebox-Little ladies-Jana, Blue strip Basic Grey and the green is also from My Little Shoebox, Imagine a forest-get the camera and the chocolate chip from Stampin Up. I have also used my copics for colouring, Apron Strings Fiskars punch, kaisercraft rhinestones, spellbinders Nestabilities, kaisercraft ribbon and love heart pin from Quixotic.

I have lots of cards I need to make this week so hopefully I will be back later today with another card to show you.

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

 

 

The Pink Elephant meets Stamp Something

10 Apr

After being out early for netball and Auskick I decided a lazy afternoon at home was in order. So after lunch (we have a cooked lunch on Saturday before Michael goes to work for the evening ) and a bit of cleaning and washing I sat back and started to make a card.

As I was doing my usual surf through my fav blogs I discovered that I had made the top 3 at Anya Ink, YEY! I was quite surprised as this challenge was meant to be until next Friday (Kristy accidentally closed it a week early and as such has re-opened it and will draw another 3 next Thursday)  but it gave me a huge boost.

I have seen some of the super talented Aussie ladies using paper doilies in their creations lately and decided to give it a go therefore that was one of the basis of my card. The other being that I wanted to partake in this weeks challenge at The Pink Elephant (nature) and Stamp Something (stitching) but did not really have a sketch in mind. I decided to push myself and just make up my own layout and not bother about doing a sketch and I have to say I surprised myself (although it is very basic).

 

 

The image is Swiss Pixie from All That Scraps, Paper is Cosmo Cricket and the cardstock is Stampin Up. I have added so faux stitching, coloured with copics and also distressed my edges. Think that is about it.

You will once again have to excuse the lighting on the pick (it has also not really picked up the shadings too well in colouring) but up here in the Dandenong’s it has been overcast and gloomy all day. Think this is going to be the story for quite a while now with Winter approaching.

 Anyhow I better be off I need to go decorate Robbie’s cake for his party tomorrow.

Until next time xoxo

A special card for my special boy…

22 Mar

My little baby is turning 6 soon and with school holidays fast approaching I thought I better make his card so he will not see it. I can’t believe how quick the last 6 years have gone just feels like yesterday that I was holding him for the first time now he is a big cheeky monster that runs around the house at a million miles an hour!

I came across a challenge blog the other day called Just Christmas and Birthday Cards. I think the name is pretty self explanative. I have used their current sketch for the base of Robbie’s card. I will also be entering this card in Stamp Something current challenge – Distressing.

  

I have used the Sir Dunstan stamp from High Hopes as when Robbie saw this stamp a few months ago he begged me to make his birthday card using this stamp. I have had fun colouring the image using my watercolour pencils. Paper is from Cosmo Cricket and the cardstock is all Stampin Up. Of course I have also distressed my edges. A fairly simple card lets hope he likes it!

I better dash still got a few things to do.

Until next time xoxo

Sweeping my way into lots of challenges

16 Mar

So I got my new windswept stamp last week from Funky Kits (it is one of those stamps that I hummed and ahhed about for ages and I must say I am so pleased I finally got it) and have been aching to get it out and play with it. I actually coloured it on Sunday afternoon and then put it aside waiting for some mojo to arrive!

So this morning after I dropped the kids to school I came home pumped up the music cleaned the house, did some washing and then sat down with a clear head. I knew that I wanted to do this weeks sketch over at Friday Sketchers so that is where I headed straight away. I saw that one of the DT Members, Claudia, had done a gatefold card which inspired me to follow suit as I have not done a gatefold in ages. I am also entering this into this weeks Stamp Something challenge (something Green and Cream), Totally Gorjuss (something Sweet, becuase the colours in the papers remind me of a sweet lolly and the also think the image is very sweet), and The Pink Elephant which is Spring themed (seeming spring is renowned for being windy).

So here is the wonderful sketch provided by Jacque the host of Friday Sketchers this week:

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And here is my card:

 

I have to say that I love the papers and can not believe that the groovy guava that I had hanging around matched the colour of the flowers in the patterned paper perfectly. The patterned paper is called I’m yours by Vintage Valentine. The lace I picked up from Dandenong market a few weeks ago at an absolute steal for $1 per metre! I have also used groovy guava double stitched ribbon and watercolour pencils. I really struggled to come up with a flower embellishment so I cut out some of the flowers from the patterned paper and had mounted it on, here is a closer look:

 

 

I love the simplicity of this card and will be putting it aside as for my mum, for mother’s day, as she has always loved the gatefold cards.

Well it is now 3pm so I better get this posted before I have to pick up my cherubs from school.

I hope you are all having a great week.

Until next time xoxo