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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.




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


Stamp Something Sketch

11 Jan

My goodness it is hot here in Melbourne today with the temperature hovering over 40C˚, with not expecting the temperature to go below 30C˚ tonight. As we live in a bushfire prone area we decided to leave the hill for the day so we escaped the heat and went shopping to get the kids shoes and lunch boxes for the beginning of the school year. I can not believe that my little baby, Robert, is heading off to school this year!

So I was sitting at my desk thinking can I be bothered making a card when I came upon this weeks sketch over at Stamp Something:


And this is what I came up with:


Now I have to  admit that once I finished sticking the card down I was feeling a bit hot and bothered and was wondering if I could get away with no real embellishments when my hubby came up to me and looked and said that he really like the card, so the decision was made! In hindsight perhaps I should have attempted to add something.

I have used stamp from Sugar Nellie range which you can purchase at Funky Kits, SU cardstock, red riding hood, pink pirouette and chocolate chip. Image was colored using my copics and I have added faux stitching.

I think I might go and attempt to make another card as it is way to hot to even attempt to go to sleep.

If you are in Melbourne I hope you are surviving this heat wave.

Until next time xoxo

Sketch Saturday with a twist….

7 Dec

We have woken up this morning to the sound of rain and lots of it. I love the cooler weather so the rain has lifted my spirits today. I just hope that the rain is actually hitting the areas that we need it to.


Michael and I took the kids into the city on Sunday to see the Myer windows and to visit Santa at David Jones. Apart from the lots of queuing, must remember not to visit Santa during lunch hour, the kids had a great day and that is all we could ask for.


So today I am brining you another Christmas Card. I really must sit down tonight and start writing them so I can send out. I have rapt with the way this card actually turned out. I started basing my card on the Sketch Saturday sketch but once again realized that I had used an image that was not suited and did not want to do another square card. The card is very close to the sketch and was inspired by the interpretation of the sketch done by new DT Member Emma Lockley (her card is absolutely gorgeous).


The stamp is part of the Sugar Nellie range and I have used my SU watercolor crayons to colour the image. The patterned paper (which I just love) is from Little Yellow Bicycle (The Sharon Ann Christmas Magic Collection, Red Herringbone) the ribbon is by Green Tara, flower is a wooden flower which I have colored in with a texta. I think that is about it!


I will be back tomorrow, hopefully, to show you the presents I made for the teachers.

I hope you all have a great day, until next time xoxo

Christmas cards..

22 Nov

Well we are definitely having some relief here in Melbourne from the hot weather. Thankfully we have had heavy soaking rain since last night which means hopefully our grass may survive a little longer for the year. I am feeling so much better with the change of weather that I think I will be able to create a bit more this week.


Thursday night I went and saw New Moon and absolutely loved it. I can not wait to go see it again and of course for the next installments to come out. I think I will have to download the soundtrack so can use the music as my muse.


Friday I had to take Robert to my sisters work, an orthodontics, as his bottom jaw is bigger than his top one resulting in a nasty cross bite which has caused his top teeth to be worn down. On the 17th December he will get his plate fitted and a face mask at night. The poor little might was so strong and brave even though stretching his mouth for the moulds was uncomfortable and hurt. The face mask looks very intrusive and we have tried to lighten it up a bit for him by saying wow look how cool it is but he just hid under my arms! As he is only 5 by doing this we will stop his second teeth from been worn down and hopefully prevent jaw surgery later in life.


Today Lizzie is off at a party and Michael has taken Robert to a historical Car Show, which means I have a few hours peace so after posting this I will be trying to make a card for this weeks Anya Ink challenge.


Yesterday I managed to make some Christmas cards, yey! I have done 8 of the same card which now means I have about ½ of what I need done. I wanted to do something quite basic so I picked a Mojo Monday sketch and went off on my merry way.


I have used Miss Clause from the Sugar Nellie range which you can purchase through Funky Kits for this card. I love this stamp and thought it would be good for some of my friends.



So there you have the card, basic but I think effective. I have used Stampin Up cardstock, my copics for colouring of the image, faux stitching, ribbon which I got from Kmart in the Christmas wrapping section, scallop punch from Stampin Up and Nestabilities and cuttlebug.


As I mentioned I am going to make the most of my quite time and the cooler weather and attempt the Anya Ink challenge. Hopefully I will be back tomorrow with a picture of my creation.

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

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

The Sugar Bowl Sketch #21

13 Oct

Hello I hope you are all well. Not much has been happening in my household since I last posted except that my new stamps arrived from Scotland!! This was very exciting for me as I had been watching the mail box in anticipation for the last few days. The stamps appeared to have come at the right time as this week The Sugar Bowl Sketch requires a Christmas theme. Here is a copy of the sketch:



When I first looked at the sketch I was thrown and thought it looked harder than what it was. I was almost not going to do it, but as the abovementioned stamps arrived, and I wanted to play with them, I decided to give it a whirl. Now all I can say is that I am so happy that I pushed myself to do this challenge as this would be one of my most favorite cards I have made in a long time.



The Santa was on my maybe list to purchase but after showing my mum and sister Sarah, I don’t think I had any choice. They both fell in love with the stamps and I think for the first time could understand my obsession!


Now for details of the card. The Section with the image has been mounted on foam tape but you do not get the gist of that with the photo. The Merry Christmas sentiment and flowers are also at the same height as the Santa panel. The Cardstock is all Stampin Up of course as well as the Christmas sentiment which came from one of this years level 1 hostess sets. The Santa himself is from the Homegrown category from the Sugar Nellie Range which you can purchase from Funky Kits. The flowers I picked up from Maxine’s (picture2page) yesterday and were one of those purchases that you say to yourself “I absolutely love them and have to have them even though I have no idea when I will actually use them”! The patterned paper is from the Figgy Pudding range by BasicGrey which I have had laying around since last Christmas, being one of those such purchases just mentioned!!


So there you have it I hope you have enjoyed looking and I will be back again soon with some more for you.


Until next time xoxo