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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.


Monday, 31 August 2009

Clammy Pete - Welcome to the Family!

Today I have for you one of the latest releases from Sunshine’s Stamps. It is Clammy Pete.

We have just had an engagement of a lovely couple at church and when clammy came out this week it inspired me to make a welcome to the family card.

I have combined a couple of challenges to make this card. I have used the sketch from Midnight Madness and also from C.R.A.F.T. challenge this week which was to have some embossing or any kind on your card.

Here is the sketch that I used from Midnight Madness.

And my version of the the sketch:

I have embossed the base of the card with Fiskars texture plate using the filigree design. I thought the swirls would work well with an under water creature. The patterned papers are from Stampin’ Up Urban Garden DSP and also the dotty paper is from Creative Memories Cabana DP. The Base of the card is Night of Navy Card stock from SU and Clammy Pete and the DSP is backed with Bordering Blue card stock from SU. I have also added some dazzling diamonds from Stampin up on Clammy Pete and a couple of little flowers and pearls for embellishments. The colours that I have used for Clammy Pete are Blush Blossom, Cameo Coral, Ruby Red, Bashful Blue, Ballet Blue and Sahara Sand all of which are Stampin’ Up’s Stampin’ Write Markers.
Thanks for stopping by and having a look. Hopefully next week I will have a bit more time to show you some other projects that I have sitting here waiting to show you. I have had a dreadful week with my migraines and nothing seems to be helping.
Hope that you are all having a great day.
Take Care

Monday, 24 August 2009

Lester Lobster, Hayseed Hank and Stinky Steve

Hi, hope all of you are enjoying your day or evening depending on where you are in the world. Here in Melbourne it is a blustery, wintery day. We are forecast to have rain and hail later today most likely at school pickup.

Well here in Victoria the kids have just finished the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge. My lovely daughter was so excited to take part that she finished the number of listed challenge books in 2 weeks, which was 20 challenge books and 10 of your own choice. Mind you she had from February to August to finish them. She did however keep reading and we added most of the books to the list. Later in the year she will have her name printed in the paper and school has already given her a certificate. Not bad for 7 years old.

This inspired me to make a couple of book marks for her to use in her books. I have used Sunshine’s Stamps latest releases: Lester Lobster and Hayseed Hank. Here is what I came up with:

Lester Lobster is printed out on Whisper white card stock and then I cut him and put him on Chocolate chip card stock to give him a bit more stability. I also used Creative Memories Perfect Fit orange patterned paper in the base of the book mark. The colours that I used for Lester are from Stampin’ Up: Ruby Red, Really Rust, Only Orange, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip.

Hayseed Hank has heaps more colours but again I printed him out on Whisper White card stock and backed him with green card stock which was given to me by my good friend Shaz so I’m not sure of the exactly colour name for it. The Designer Series Paper is Old Olive from Stampin’ Up. The colours are also Stampin’ Up: Close to Cocoa, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Mellow Moss, Blush Blossom, Going Grey, Basic Grey, Sahara Sand, Yoyo Yellow, Summer Sun, More Mustartd, Really Rust, Ruby Red, Real Red, Cameo Coral and Regal Rose.
Here they are in a couple of books so you can see what that looks like.

Sunshine also released Stinky Steve this week so I thought I would give him a go as well. I do like the trucks for male cards. Mind you last week I did Hocker Docker Helicopter in Pink for Sarah. Nothing to say we have to be gender biased.

Well there are a couple of Challenge places that I have been able to combine using Stinky Steve. I have used it for Mojo Monday turns 100 day 6 sketch and also for Digital Tuesday which is featuring male cards this week.

I have printed him out on Whisper White Card Stock, The card base is Night of Navy and Soft Sky. The DSP is also Stampin’ Up and is from the new Urban Garden pack. The ribbon is also Soft Sky. The colours used for Stinky Steve are Basic Grey, Going Grey, Basic Black, Yoyo yellow, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Night of Navy, Blush blossom and Creamy Caramel.

I have heaps more to show you but that will have to wait as I really need to do some housework before school pickup today.

Thanks for stopping by and take care.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Hocker Docker Helicopter, A Possum and an Award

Hope that you are all doing well and thanks for stopping by for the next Sunshine’s Stamps installment. Check out the latest stamps on offer at Sunshine’s Store they are lots of fun.

My Daughter is having a birthday in 4 weeks so I thought I had better get started thinking about what we are going to do. So I thought this week I would uses one of Sunshine’s stamps for the invitation for her birthday party. This is what I came up with:

I have used Sunshine’s Hocker Docker Helicopter stamp and coloured it using Stampin’ Up Stampin’Write Markers. The colours I used are Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Blush Blossom, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip and Going Grey. The Card Stock is Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink and Whisper white with Sweet Always Designer Series Paper. I also hung the sentiment using eyelets and raffia. Hope you like it.

I must tell you about our eventful weekend. We had a possum stuck in our chimney. He - we call him Ringo as he is a ringtail possum, had fallen into our chimney earlier that week and had not been able to get back out. We finally got him out about 2:30 a.m. on Saturday morning as you can see from the following photos. He how ever was not too keen on Michael trying to pick him up and put him in a box to get him outside and bit Michael rather forcefully on the thumb. Fortunately I had made Michael put on some gloves so it didn’t break the skin, just left a nice bruise. Well Ringo decided that he wasn’t going to play ball so he went back up into the chimney. Michael rang the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary Saturday afternoon to ask for any ideas on how to get this poor possum whom is now very hungry out of our chimney. They were very helpful and gave us a couple of clues so we put down a cut up apple and waited in another room to see if he would come down. Well we had success and he finally came down just after 8 p.m. and Michael managed to shut off the chimney this time and then get bitten on his finger but we got Ringo out of the fire place and outside. Now my husband has a very sore hand and Ringo is back outside with his family and is not keeping me awake all night scratching around in my chimney.

I took this photo over the screen in front of the fire.

This one we had the light in front of the fireplace so that we could see exactly where the possum was so that we could get to it. We also had an old sheet down to try and catch him. We used a towel over him in the end but the sheet helped us not have too much mess from the ash in the bottom of the fireplace.

Also this past week I have been given a lovely blog award from my friend Sue whom I met at SBT50, She is just gorgeous.

Now in accepting this award, I am also obliged to pass it on. Here's how it works...
To pick up the Circle of Friends Blog Award cut and paste the award logo and use it on your own blog. Nominate 5 other bloggers you feel have become part of your circle of friends. Link to your nominees within your blog post. Include these instructions on how to pick up the award in your blog post. Link back to the person who gave you the award in your blog post, to show your appreciation. Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.
Here are my five nominees:

I also want to send out one to Vicki but I know Sue just sent her one as well Check out Vicki’s blog as well. http://scrappinvickstar.blogspot.com/

Thanks Sue for the award.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great day.
Take Care

Monday, 10 August 2009

Exciting News!

Well I have some exciting news for you today. I have been asked to be a part of Sunshine’s Stamps Design team. I was really honoured to be asked. I found Sunshine’s digital stamps through Debbie P’s place. Sunshine is now selling her digital stamps so go on over and have a look at them. They are lots of fun and there are new ones coming out all the time. I will have a project once a week to show you. Pop on over and look at Sunshine's Blog for great inspiration.

This is one that I was working on before I was asked to be on the DT. It is Malcolm Milk Truck and he is gorgeous. I am doing a birthday card front swap at SBT50 and we had to do a male and a female card. This is what I came up with and I couldn’t wait to show you at the end of the month so you got them early. We are making the fronts to fit on a Kaiser cards so these card fronts measure about 9x13 cm. I hope that you like them.

Here is Malcolm Milk Truck up close.

I wanted to Malcolm Milk Truck first because when I saw him it took me back to when my gorgeous son watched a video constantly when he was little about a dairy farm and having the milk truck come in to get the milk. Plus my Dad was a milk vendor, you know they are a thing of the past now as you don’t get the milk man coming to your door anymore. So that is why you have Malcolm first.

The female birthday card is using the Stampin’ Up set Bloomin’ with Beauty. I just love this set but I am a flower type of girl. You may notice if you know the set I used it on the candles and the notebooks that I showed you in my previous post.

Here is the card up close.

On Friday night SBT50 had their Party to the Max Cyber Crop launch for August. On the night we got 2 projects to do and post before midnight. We had a male card to reproduce and a bow. We could do a small bow as well but I needed to get to be so I opted for the card and the large bow. They were both so easy to do and thanks to Vicki and Sue for finding them. And don’t forget to go and visit SBT50 to have a look at what we all came up with. We should not be short of a Father’s Day card this year and all our presents should now have a lovely bow on top of them. Vicki and Sue found the idea for this card at Mel Stampz.

Vicki and Sue found the instructions for the bow here so go and check them out so that you can have a go as well.

Well I thank you for stopping by and I should be back soon with my first project on Sunshine’s design team with her digital stamps.

Take Care and thanks for stopping by and having a look.

Monday, 3 August 2009

What a busy July!

Wow, What a busy couple of weeks I have had getting things ready for our Women’s Retreat at church. It was a great weekend and we had lots of fun and a couple of great Guest Speakers. It was fun to get away for the weekend, not much sleep was had but that is all part of the fun of going away isn’t it.

Well I have a few things that I would like to show you. Firstly I would like to show you my gorgeous daughter who spent quite a lot of time trying to make a card house but I am very proud of her perseverance as it kept falling down. I thought it was only right to take a photo of the finished product.
I participated in my first card front swap in July and it was all about Christmas. Here are the 2 I prepared for the swap. This one I also did as part of a Challenge on SBT50 We had to use our scraps and the colours were to be red and white plus we had to have a ribbon as well. The challenge was set at the start of the July Cyber crop and we had until midnight that night to get the card posted online. It was fun. I had some red and white card left over from the precious months crop challenges so that was good and I was fortunate that the Christmas stamp I used fit on the red card stock scraps that I had. I embossed the image with white embossing powder. It was the first time I had down this kind of bow with the ribbon but I don’t think it came out too bad.

This next card I was looking for something a little different to do and I found the instructions to this card on Ros Davidson’s blog. Go and check out her blog and give the card a try as well. It was fun to make. I used some of my Stampin’ up stash for this card. I do miss the purely pomegranate colour that was an in colour last year.

Also for our Girlfriends Inc. Night at church we went out for a Christmas in July dinner. It was a great night and I made Christmas crackers for everyone with hats and jokes and a little treat. Here is a photo of the cracker on the table. I used the same stamp as I used on the red and white Christmas card. This time I embossed in white on gold wrapping paper. It came out really nice.

I also have a couple of birthday cards for you to have a look at. I made this birthday card for my daughter’s best friend who I also teach to play the cornet and so I thought a little music card would be nice.

This card is for her Father who has his birthday the day after her. I found this great tutorial on how to make a shirt so I thought I would give it a go for this male birthday card as they are hard to work out sometimes. You can find the tutorial here .

Recently I went to the lovely Claire’s and she showed me how to make this great Candle for Christmas.

After doing this great candle at Claire’s I thought it would be great to do it for our Women’s retreat for the table decorations. I also made a notebook for them so they could take notes. 40 notebooks took a long time to make but it was worth it and they were much appreciated. So here are the candles that I made for the table decorations and the notebook.

Here it is lit up for our roast dinner on the Saturday night of the retreat.

And the notebook. Everyone had their name printed on the notebook as well.

I had better let you go and do something else today rather than read all day long. If you are anything like me you have fun reading everyone’s blogs and seeing how creative they have been. So thanks for stopping by and spending a little time with me.

Take Care.

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