Welcome to my happy place.


Welcome to my blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that you will find some inspiration for your projects as I have from many lovely people. This is just a little space for me to share some of my cards, scrap book pages and maybe even some of my embroidery and quilting projects.

Enjoy and stop back often.


Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Away for a couple of weeks

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to let you know that I haven't forgotten to post my creations, I just haven't had time. I have had a couple of things that I needed to complete for Church and also for Scrapbooking Top 50 Australila. (Check out the site, you can find them on my side bar). I have also had a sick boy at home on the last day of school and over the weekend. He is doing better now, his temperature has finally stayed down and he just has the cough left now. YAY! this also means that we can go away for a few days. Michael has a conference in Adelaide that he is presenting a paper at so as it is school holidays we are going with him. We haven't had the chance to go with him for a long time so it is a nice change. It will be nice to get away for a few days and away from the normal routine. Hope everyone will have a safe and happy school holidays or a safe couple of weeks at work.

Take Care and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 22 June 2009

Some Scrapbooking Layouts for you to see

Hi Everyone,

Hope that you are all doing well. I have had a busy week scrapping and I have a few layouts to show you today. I have joined the forum ad Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia (SBT50) and I decided to try the challenges for this month. You know in the spare time that we all have to do stuff for ourselves. My son actually asked me what happened to do my albums. This is of course meaning not just his album but his sisters and fathers of course. I have been doing those albums sequentially. I wanted to mix things up a bit and so I am actually doing an album it just happens to be one of courses or challenges that I am doing. So I have the Soulology, Journaling 101 courses that I have done one line with Erika and now I am doing these challenges. A change is as good as a holiday and it is always good to try and learn new things.

Well on to the pages.

This page I absolutely love. It is of my Darling Daughter and it is from the sketch challenge for June at SBT50. It is a very simple page and I took the sketch literally. Why reinvent the wheel I say.

For the title and the swirl at the bottom of the page I used my Craft Robo to cut them out. Craft Robo is lots of fun as I can use it for what ever font I would like for the lettering and it will let me scan and then cut out different designs and shapes that I might like to add to my page. I did these ones in card stock from Stampin’ Up in purely pomegranate. I am a fan of this colour I must admit. Also the rhinestones came in the strip like that so I didn’t have to put one on at a time which was great saves a lot of time.

This very strange layout is for the Cyber Crop at SBT50. The challenge was to use colours you wouldn’t normally use and they nominated the colours purple, lime, and red to be used. Also we were to use the crowns that were given to us by the sponsoring store My2Angels in this layout. The cyber crop was all about Tiaras and Crowns and we had to do something about a drama queen. So it could be about our drama prince or princess if we chose to do so. Well I struggled with this one as you will see. It isn’t my favourite layout at all but it did use all the elements of the challenge. I really am a more simplistic layout person and I just get my head around all the different embellishment so when I try it doesn’t always work. The photo however of Sarah is rather cute. She had to wear an eye patch for 24 hours as she had scratched the front of her eye with a piece of dirt had gotten in under her eyelid that I just couldn’t find to get out. So we had to take a trip to the doctor for that one. It was really stinging and she was very brave. She decided that she was a good pirate as the patch was white and not black which would have made her a bad pirate.

O.k back to being more me in a layout. This challenge we had to answer some questions about what we did in May.
The Questions were: For the month of May...I travelled to....My child/children surprised me with this...We celebrated this...My favourite outing was to...As a family we did this...My scrapbooking achievement this month was...The best thing that happened this month was...My favourite food at the moment is...Right now I am obsessed with...My favourite store right now is...

These questions had to be on the layout, we had to use at least 3 photos, we had to use items from our favourite store and make sure we indicated which ones they were. We also had to have May in the title and do a double page if we could. Well as you know Jonathan had to do an assignment for school for Food Tech so I had those photos already so that made this a little easier to do. The embellishments I used for dot points which I thought wasn’t to bad a way to get all the answers on the page. I used the football to cover up other spectators. On the football and the wonderchef chipboard I used ink from Stampin’ Up, ink soaks into the chipboard so dries a lot faster than using paint. I also like the way the photos of Jonathan tell a story without having to write much down about what is going on.

Double page

Left hand side

Right hand side.

Now for the grunge page. We had to do a grunge page which is so not me. So this is about as grungy as I can get. I asked Michael and he said it was as grungy as I would get. We had a colour pallet to chose from with the browns, blues, greens etc. I found this great piece of patterned paper which had the brown and green on it plus pink so I went for that instead of orange etc. The patterned paper was double sided so the main pink paper behind is just the other side of the paper to the torn strips that you see. We also had to use our avatar which we have up on the site. I kind of like it just because of the patterned paper.

Well that is all from me today. Hope that you have a great week. Thanks for stopping by my little part of the world.

Monday, 15 June 2009

A Colour Challenge and a Male Card

Well I have been a bit busy the last few days. We are having some renovations done hopefully the construction phase will start in about 6 weeks. We have been busily trying to sort out stuff and find places to put them so that the work can start. However I have taken a couple of minutes to make a couple of cards that I needed.

This card was for a colour challenge over at Alisa Tilner on her new site Stamp with Alisa. I thought I would give it a go. The colours were Old Olive, Whisper White, Rose Red and Perfect Plum. Well I don't have all those colours in card stock or in ink pads so I had to go a different way. I used the lovely 5th Ave. Floral set and used markers straight on the stamp in both the Rose red and Perfect Plum. With Sympathy is from the set Warmest Regards. I also used Old Olive DSP under the whisper white which I sponge inked the in Old Olive and layered this all on Old Olive textured card stock from the simply scrappin' secret garden kit (retired). The ribbon is striped grosgrain old olive.

This Male Card I cased from the Lovely Claire Daly from her male cards section I didn't have the colours that Claire used so I improvised with what I had. I think it came out o.k.
I had a piece of close to cocoa card stock already cut to size so I used that. I stamped the background image in chocolate chip using the Seeing Spots stamp set. The Thank you is also from that set. Also used was close to cocoa DSP, chocolate chip card and whisper white card stock. The lovely striped DSP is from the new Urban Garden DSP. And of course a couple of antique brads.
That's all I have time for today. Thanks for stopping by and having a look.
Take Care.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

More Groovy Guava

Well I am back again with another couple of things for you to see. Firstly Jonathan got back from State Youth Games happy, cold and with a worse cold than when he went. Well what can you expect with it being so cold and wet all weekend and of course not much sleep happening.

I wanted to show you the goodies that I won on Scrapbooking Top 50 Australia I joined up to the forums to get ideas for layouts as we can all go stale and I responded to one of the forums and I was randomly chosen for this gift pack. It will come in handy. How exciting was that!!

I had a thing for Groovy guava so here are another couple of cards that I have made:
This one was cased from Stamping Peg a very cute card but I didn’t have an animal stamp so a flower had to do but as you know I am quite partial to flowers.

This card I cased from a card I made a Christmas time which I cased from a lovely lady. I can not for the life of me find where I got it from. If I like the card I normally save it with a reference to the person who made it so I can go back and look at their blog. I must not have done that this time. Thank you whom ever you are I really liked your card.

Here are the Christmas cards I made.

This groovy guava one I cased from Andrea Walford It isn’t a great picture so sorry about that and I didn’t have self adhesive pearls so they moved a little and the glue is showing but so much more in the photo than in real life. It wasn’t that noticeable.

Well I hope that you like the little creations. I am currently working on Christmas Crackers of Bon Bons depending on what you want to call them for our Girlfriends night – Christmas in July. I will show you once we have had the night so as not to spoil it for everyone.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Groovy Guava!

Hi everyone,
hope that you are having a lovely day and is looking forward to a long weekend. Jonathan has gone of to State Youth Games where 5000 kids get together in Warrigal and camp out in tents and have a sporting competition. It is run by the Church of Christ and our Youth Group from church is going. It will be a cold wet weekend. Jonathan will be playing basketball most of the time so hopefully he won’t get too wet going too and from events. At least he won’t be doing ultimate Frisbee in the mud, but I’m sure there will be some kids who will just love that. I know he will have a great time unfortunately he has a bit of a cold so that isn’t so good.

I thought I would add another couple of cards to my page that I have done in recent times. This card I found just searching around for ideas to use with my From the Garden stamp which I thought was a lovely stamp. I am quite partial to flowers. I have just gotten the 5th Ave. Floral. Mind you having lived in New York for five years how could I not get that stamp. Anyway I found this card and I actually copied it almost to the letter because I liked it so much. I didn’t have the little horizontal slot punch when I made it so I just made a small cut in the paper to put the ribbon through. If you want to look at the card I cased just check out Mary Jo Albright

I stamped the base card in groovy guava with the paisley background stamp then layered some whisper white and designer paper from the secret garden simply scrappin' pack. I stamped on groovy guava card stock twicew the image From the Garden in groovy guava ink then over that image in versa mark with the Canvas background stamp. I punched out several higlight spots to place exactly over the same spot on the first image and also edged the card in groovy guava and added the groovy guava ribbon as well. I know that this is all last years in colour but I didn't actually get my stash until the end of the cat. so I am still working with it and I quite like the colour.

I have also seen this card quite a bit lately although I got the idea from Craft by Carolyn on her blog entry in November last year. There are many versions around and a few tutorials as well. So go serching for them. I made this card for my lovely friend Shaz who is having a big Birthday tomorrow. Happy Birthday Shaz!
This is known as a Tri-shutter card and I have done it in the simply scrapin' secret garden set of paper and card. On the back panel is where you would write your note. I think it would be easier for you to check out the tutorials on this one than for me to give you the run down, it is remarkably simple to make but looks great.

Well I hope that you like these couple of cards and that you have a lovely long weekend here in Australia.

Take Care and thanks for stopping in for a look.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

A couple of cards and a jumper.

Welcome to another week of fun. Hope that you all had a lovely weekend. We did Michael got home from Malaysia exceptionally tired but he was home and that is always good.

Today I wanted to post a couple of cards I made for some pamper packs we made at our Girlfriends night. I cased them off the internet so I hope that you like them.

I do understand that not everyone like pink. It happens to be a favourite in our house but I know this is not the case for everyone so I tried to make some cards that weren’t pink.

This first one I cased from Leslie Moore. Click on her name to see the cards I cased.

Here is the recipe:
Paper and Card used: Close to Cocoa DSP, Whisper white and Close to Cocoa card stock.
Ink: Chocolate chip
Stamps: Scattered sunshine wheel and the “thinking of you stamp” is a Stampin’ up stamp from a set I got many moons ago while living in the U.S.Others: I used my creative memories cutting system for the have circle and personal trimmer to cut it in half and also the circle punches from CM.

This card is also a simple card. Simple cards are always good to have in your arsenal. I also cased this from another card but I am unable to find where I got it from. So thank you to the lovely lady who made the original.

Here is the recipe:
Paper and Card. Old Olive, Old Olive DSP, whisper white
Ink: Always artichoke
Ribbon: Old Olive Grosgrain 5/8”
Other: Personal trimmer and circle scallop punch and circle punch.

I also wanted to show you the jumper my Mother knitted for my daughter Sarah. It is just fabulous. She is a pretty fantastic Grandma! Hope you like the jumper.

I have a few more cards to put up but you will have to wait until next time. I also have a couple of birthday cards I have made but have to wait until the recipients have received them before I can post them.

Hope you have a great day.
Thanks for stopping by, see you soon.

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