Monday, December 28, 2009

You are amazing

This layout of Holly is about her dream of becoming a photographer. She does have a talent for it and has taken some great shots from unusual aspects and angles.
Close up of the title - Daisy D rub on

Back of the tag, which is hidden behind the quotes.

All the paper and clock brad is by Kaisercraft, Butterfly stamp- Stampin Up, Rose stickers-Kay and Co, Quotes - Hot of the press

Tag - Basic Grey, Dream rub on - Junkitz

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Celebrating friendship

Here is the layout of the Christmas celebration I had with my stamping buddies. A clean and simple layout so that you focus on the photos and it also meant I was able to use four large photos rather than smaller ones.

The friends sticker is an old Bo Bunny one and I am not sure what brand the paper is, letters cut out using the Cricut.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Oh Wattle Night

This is me with my stamping buddies, (left to right) me, Christine, Claire, Leanne and Judy. We had a great time at the Wattleseed restaurant in Healesville, the food was fab, the company was great, wonderful friends with a love of crafting in common and the table was festooned with gifts in packaging we had made for each other. What better way to spend an evening.
This will be my last post until after Christmas, so I will take this opportunity to wish you and yours the very best for Christmas and the New Year.
Santa is probably readying his sleigh as I type, I hope you have all been good!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lucky old me

Here are all the goodies that I received from my stamping buddies plus their beautiful cards.
Don't you just love this calendar that Judy made for us all?This fab card is from my friend Jackie in the UK (also a Paper Trey Ink addict) and a lovely necklace, which I have already worn, even though I should have waited until Christmas to open it.
Thank you all for the fun, the laughs and the friendship, I really do appreciate it.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

It's that time of year

My stamping group were meeting for our Christmas dinner last night and these were the little gifts I made. The larger packages (which are bulging) contain delicious homemade shortbread buscuits, made by my talented daughter Lauren. The smaller triangle boxes contain Lindt chocolates. Mmmm.
A closer look. All the stamped patterns were created using Paper Prey ink stamps.

These boxes containing their cards were created with my M & F Board (similar to a scor pal). The large leave stamp is Paper trey Ink, the small tag on the front is from - Stampin Up and the continuous pattern on the box wrapper was made using Rubber Stamp Tapestry peg stamps.

The card was made using a Holly Berry House medallion stamp

A side view of the card.
I came home laden with pressies, mostly food. I will show you those in the next blog entry. The table was covered with hand stamped goodies we had made each other. Unfortunately I forgot to take my camera to the dinner, Claire however was more organised , so when I get a copy of her photos I will post those too.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Christmas treats

Lauren has been trying to make some money to buy Christmas presents by making fudge and selling it at her church. She has had to give up the waitressing because of the tendon problem. I have been helping her with the presentation by making these little decorative holders for the fudge, together we have made 40 of them, she already has orders for 28, a few are presents for friends, so she is hoping to sell the rest. Lauren has decided she doesn't follow in her mothers footsteps and paper crafting is definitely not her thing.

3rd place, well done Lauren

Lauren did her first open water swim at Mornington last weekend, it was 1.2km and she came third!! I am so pleased for her, the triathlon training has had to take a back step with her Achilles tendon problems, she has been hobbling round since August and has seen doctors, physios, sports therapists,a sports podiatrist, you name it and she has seen them. At last we have a diagnosis, acute inflammation of the tendon sheaths and as treatment has not helped, she is going to need an operation. So swimming, without using her legs has been the only training she has been able to do, not one to be put off competing, she decided to do this, just for the fun of it, not expecting to come anywhere, so no one was more delighted with the result than Lauren.

About time!!!

I know that is what you are saying. Where has she been? Does she have better things to do than update her blog? Sadly yes, I do, not better things, just things that need to be done and when I have done them I don't feel like blogging, just want to veg out in front of the TV.

Suffice to say, I have returned to blogger land, with a few posts.

Don't you just love this rainbow picture? It almost looks like a painting, Holly took it last night during a break in the rain.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Oh no, not a teenager!!

Yes, it has finally happened my baby girl has become a teenager. She was officially 13 yesterday. This was celebrated with a sleepover for 8 giggly girls, who all came in fancy dress. All things considered it went well, they were still up watching videos and chatting at 12am, thankfully they didn't keep us awake but according to them didn't really settle until 3am. At 9 o'clock they were all awake, I wouldn't go as far as to say wide awake!! No one wanted breakfast, so they all headed outside, climbing trees and generally running around having fun, only to return very hungry at 10 and ready to eat.
I can't say that being thirteen will make much difference as my darling daughter has been displaying teenage behaviour for about a year now, she definitely has the DIVA in her sometimes. Oh joy only another 7 teen years to go.
Photos to follow soon

Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge 17

The colours for this challenge were, red, aqua, cream, chocolate and kraft. I used Hero Arts Antique flower back ground, stamping red on aqua and Cuttlebug Damask embossing folder on kraft for the base of the card. I used SU scallop border punch for the red scallops, the strip above is from SU Christmas paper. The sentiment stamp and scallop oval punch are from SU and the flowers are In Bloom by Paper Trey Ink.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

My new favourite

I have found a new choc to share with you, this one is really scrummy, much better than Aero. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed. My oldest Lauren, tells me I am suffering the same problem as her - OCD. Obsessive Chocolate Disorder!! I am sure I am not alone, there must be plenty more of you out there!! Let me know your favourites.

Getting ready for Christmas

Here are a few of this weeks creations. All of the paper and ribbon is Stampin Up. The layout is Lauren my oldest (now 21) posing in front of our tree, just wishing it were Christmas day and she could be opening all her pressies. She was very much an open one present, toss it to the side and open the next, kind of girl. So unlike Josh who would open his presents one at a time and then play with them, he could make Christmas last for days.

My new neighbours

Aren't they cute? They have taken up residency in our dam and make frequent trips around the garden, much to our delight. The parents are so protective especially when our dogs start barking at them. Don't worry the dogs are safely behind a fence and can't get to them!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

That's all folks

My last one for the day and also the worst photo. Everything on this card is Stampin Up (except the tiny snowflake which is Hero Arts). Well I have spent practically all morning at the computer, so it is about time I got up and did something productive, like maybe more card making. Oh I wish, so many other boring but essential things to do today. I will hopefully be posting a bit more regularly for a couple of weeks, as I have taken some time off work.

My posting today is a bit like waiting for a bus, you wait for ages to no avail and then four turn up all at once. Thank goodness I can drive now!! This is the first one I did for the Embellish challenge, but decided to have another go, I prefered my second effort but thought I would give you the chance to decide. 'Scuse the wonky photography. You wouldn't believe I have just finished a photography course would you?!!!

My time to Create colour challenge 6

I just love these PTI stamps, the images come out so clearly, blame my photography not the stamps as this picture isn't great quality.
The colours for this challenge were dark red, moss green, white and dark brown.

Stamp sets used:
Damask Designs
In Bloom

Embellish Polka Dot Paradise Colour Challenge

The colours for this challenge were Cream, Light orange, Orange and Burgundy. You must also use a polka dot pattern. Since I had nothing polka dot in the required colours, I set about creating it. Firstly on the reverse of the light orange card, I drew a grid and then punched holes at regular intervals. I then punched circles in the other colours and inserted them on the holes and voila, a polka dot pattern. The sentiment and flourish are from Paper Trey Ink, the scalloped oval - a punch from SU. The border punch is Fiskars.

Hero Arts Christmas

I recently bought this fab background stamps from Hero Arts, haven't had much time to play with it, but I love it. These cards are stamped with SU Choc Chip on kraft card. Christine will be amazed at my use of kraft ( I never liked it) but her stunning cards have converted me.

Where have you been?

Sorry, I have been very remiss with my posting, life just seemed to get in the way. I had a gentle reminder from one of my friends the other day that I had been neglecting my public. Well here we are lots to post today, this being just one of about 4. The stamp club girls and I did a joint order to Paper Trey Ink, well I say joint but the bulk of it was mine!! Here are some of my efforts with the new stamps.
The sets I have used are:
Autumn Abundance
Sprial Bouquet
Fancy Flourishes

The patterned papers are all stamping up and the ribbons are from American Crafts

Thursday, August 27, 2009


I love these new MME papers, so colourful. Some of the flowers and leaves were cut from the pattern on the paper and others were dry embossed and then cut. The die cut flourish is from Sizzix. This was my cousin's daughter on her wedding day, please excuse the wonky picture taking (of the layout not the wedding pictures)

Raspberry Suite Colour Challenge #15

The colour this time were Melon, Cream, Med.Pink and Moss. I wasn't completely happy with the first one, so had another go.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Good food, good friends, good times

Some piccies taken at the Warran Glen cafe for Christine's birthday lunch. Amazing how time flies when you are having fun, we arrived at 12pm and were still there at 3.45 chatting away. The food was fab and so much of it. I had a great time girls, lets not wait for a birthday to do it again.

Patterned paper - Ooh la la by MME
Large stamp in corner - Fancy Pants
Enjoy and background stamps on green cardstock - Stampin Up
Life is good stamp (on flower) - Collage Press

Weekend Offerings

These are two of the layouts I made at our scrapping weekend in Tootgaroot recently. The first one is my oldest daughter on a weekend escape in South Africa (whilst she was working out there in 2008). The paper is from the recent release by Kaiser craft - Offshore This next one was from way back in 2006, on a trip to Warrandyte. We managed to get up quite close to some beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets. This paper is from the Nature collection by Diecuts with a view.
I have more to show you but they are awaiting journalling. Hopefully soon, but I am notoriously bad at finishing them, once the creative process is over, I lose interest. And really the whole idea of scrapbooking is to record the details, isn't it. I must try harder, but don't hold your breath.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Christine

It is my friend( stamp club) Christine's birthday today and this is the card I made for her. I got the idea and the details from Jackie's house of cards - link
Poor Christine had to work on her birthday, so I popped in with her card and some flowers and bumped into Claire. who had the same idea, except she brought choccies too. As she said if you have to work on your birthday, chocolate makes it more bearable. Next week all the stamp clubbers, with the exception of Judy who is up to her eyes in work and has to be in Canberra, are meeting for lunch. So we will have a proper celebration then.

Monday, July 20, 2009

More Scenic Route

This is Lauren and Joshua playing on the stairs.

Brads: Queen and Co
Large Playtime sticker: Bazzill Chip Toppers
Lettering: White - Heidi Swapp Green -Thickers by American Crafts
Giggle Tag: Pebbles Inc
Acrylic Stickers: Cloud 9

Taking the Scenic Route

Here are a few cards I made with some left over paper from the layouts I made below, the flourish stamp on the second card is from Basic Grey and is in fact the end of a peacock tail.
These two layouts are from a visit to a wildlife park in Halls Gap, the large lettering is from Sizzix.

Don't laugh, this is me aged 17 at a formal event for my then boyfriend and now husband's uncle. Goodness knows why we thought the face fungus looked attractive?
The flourish above "Ladies Night" was cut on the Cricut. The paper used on all the layout's is Scenic Route, but then you had all guessed that from the title, hadn't you?

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I'm back

Just returned from a weekend stamping and scrapping down at Tootgaroot with my stamping buddies. Claire's Grandad owns a place near the beach and four of us plus enough stash and tools to open our own shop decamped there for a long weekend of scrapping and card making. Day one, started with me arriving late, waylaid by a husband with a malfunctioning nailgun that just had to be taken to repairers before I embarked on my trip, thus delaying me enough to get caught up in all the traffic around schools out and going home time. The upside of this, is that the sun was setting as I headed down the beach road and it was simply beautiful and made a great start to the break. On arrival my three lovely friends came out to help me unload the car of a not insubstantial collection of sizzix dies, being my tool input for the weekend, Claire was supposed ( supposed being the operative word) to bring the Cuttlebug stuff and nesties, but I forgive her!! She did after all bring some very tasty Thai sweet potato and pumpkin soup, which incidently I meant to ask for the recipe of. and made a very tasty pizza. My other contribution to the weekend was chocolate ( of course), some wine and cheese, plus scones my gorgeous daughter Lauren made, along with homemade cherry and raspberry jam ( not mine unfortunately but a lady who comes into where I work - I now have orders for more from my stamping buddies). The others had a head start on creating as they had all got there in the afternoon, my little stamping space was waiting for me next to Claire, who surprisingly had not encroached on my area, she made up for that omission during the rest of the weekend though! Love you really Claire.
Leanne had thoughtfully decided to treat us all to a Christmas in July gift of a scented candle and saucer, in a decorated gift bag with card to boot and also baked some lovely cookies and a Christmas cake. Thank you. She was also my room buddy for the weekend, poor thing, I do snore quite loudly but she very politely said it hadn't been a problem, my husband reckons it keeps him awake at night. It must be a family trait as my brother is similarly affected but with a much higher decibel rating than mine, his poor wife is very long suffering.
A trip was arranged to Paper Squared, a very large scrapbooking store for those not in the know, Judy and Leanne had never been there before but were very impressed with the size and range of supplies. I had to leave after half an hour to set off for a previous engagement in Melbourne with my family to see French and Saunders. (returning in the early evening), the rest stayed on a for a mammouth two hours, bank balances suffering in the process.
Judy with much prompting from the rest of us, attempted her first scrapbook page, a perfectionist with her card making, this was a tortuous and unexpected departure for the weekend but we were determined to break her duck and forced her in a friendly but confronting way to face her demons and stick something to the page. It was an arduous journey with Claire at one point saying through gritted teeth " just stop overthinking and stick it down", the two pikers, Claire and Leanne couldn't keep up any longer and went to bed at midnight, leaving Judy with me, I was determined not to hit the hay until we had cracked it, it took till 2am but finally it was all but assembled.
Christine you will be amused by this, but Claire conveniently had the corner seat again, so I was on tea making duty, I did tell her I would mention this on the blog, so she can't complain. This morning she even got a bit precious and insisted on a cup and not a mug for her mid morning cuppa.
The only downside of the weekend was an uninvited guest of the four legged furry variety who snuck in in the dead of night and chewed our fruit and pizza base and the ants who invaded the worktops and any available food at every opportunity.
Thank you Claire for organising it all and to you, Leanne and Judy for being such great companions for the weekend. We will have to do it again.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

More Grow - this time cards

This is where all the small leftovers went. My favourite is the sunflower which I stamped on various scraps of different patterned papers.


Love these papers so much I used every scrap (pardon the pun) more or less. I apologise for the wonky looking layouts, they are in fact straight in real life but when I photograph them for the web, something strange happens.

This was Lauren's first pony Chester, he was a nightmare from the first day we bought him, misbehaving, running off, refusing to go in a horsebox or trailer (truck or float if you are Aussie). We persevered, brought in a Horse Whisperer, practiced with him everyday and eventually he started to toe the line. Unfortunately he never did get over his aversion to the colour yellow/orange and we knew if we arrived a a show and any of the jumps were that colour we might as well turn around and go home, He steadfastly refused to go near them, any other colour and he would fly over them, no problem. Chester remained a cheeky chappy though, and whilst cleaning out his stable, would steal your hat, or in my case lift my leg in the air by biting the tassell on my boots, as well as trying to eat mints through your clothes if he could smell them in your pocket. He lived with us for three and a bit years, through him, Lauren learnt so much until sadly she outgrew him. We sold him onto a lovely lady not far from us and we continued to visit him regularly.
The first layout shows Lauren at Bournemouth, a seaside town in England, being spun until she felt sick in this contraption. Rather her than me!!