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Sunday, 17 December 2017

Christmas, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year


I shared this photo on Instagram last week but thought I would share here as well. This is what you do on a Sunday instead of doing housework. I had nothing ready in Christmas cards, I had lots of bits and pieces die cut and lots and lots of coloured and cut pieces but it all needed to be put together and suddenly I needed to go to Canberra and spend a couple of days as things were not going well with mum and dad and my sister and I had to make some decisions.

What to do, well of course you drag out all those fabulous backgrounds you have been making all year, and I tell you I have literally hundreds to choose from and I spent the day embossing in gold, silver, bronze and white.  Also got some vellum and black cardstock sentiments done.

Monday saw me cutting all the panels with basic die cuts and attaching to the front of the cards.


I love how they all turned out, each is individual and totally different in colour and stamped image.
I got to use lots of the stamps I had purchased and not used so far and only had two instances where



there was flecks of embossing powder because I forgot to use the anti static pillow first so I did very well. In this instance I have used the idea of adding  zig watercolour to an acrylic block then sprayed with pearlised water then pressed it down on Canson Watercolour paper.
You can just see the pearl effect in the above photo.


I have added fun foam behind the diecut panel to give the card a little more style and feel that works without having to fuss. I needed these cards to be quick and easy for posting as well. I love the white embossing on this one. The stamped image is Penny Black and comes in a set, love it.


Now this one is Canvas look watercolour paper I have added Distress Ink Pink and Orange and water to get a nice mix then a bit of rock salt. Love the effect I got.

This is another Penny Black stamp, also comes from a set of stamps with both greetings. Stamped and embossed in gold.


Die cut with Pretty Pink Posh Frame Die and then put back together. Love it.


Okay these are todays cards. And just so you know I got 40 done using this style and posted off to my friends overseas, a wee bit late, but better late than never.

Challenges:


Stamping + Watercolouring + Die-cutting
Seasons Greetings



Christmas




Christmas






Seasons Greetings





Christmas





Seasons Greetings




Thank you so much for coming to have a look and I hope to see you again soon.


A quick share of a beautiful photo of Elysha I took the other night just before she went out for a Christmas dinner. I have already shared this on Facebook but for those who follow me here I thought you might like to see how well she is looking.

Elysha loves to get dressed up and go out especially if it includes dancing (as long as she doesn't have to dance with anyone else!!) Although this year has had some hard times in it Elysha has managed to shine through, working hard at the gym to beat her pre-diabetes which wants to hold onto that body weight.  
She has managed to loose 7 kilo this year and has added a kilo of  muscle working with a gym buddy a couple of mornings a week and walking every evening with her brother Aaron and his fiancĂ© Rachael.

We are all so very proud of her.












Saturday, 16 December 2017

The Flower Challenge #15 Reminder Post Anything But A Card



It's that time of the month when we remind you that there are only 10 more days left
if you want to enter in The Flower Challenge. It's been very slow to take off this month,
probably with people all rushing to get cards finished and sent off to friends and family
for Christmas.

If you don't have time to join us this month there is always next month and just let me say
'have a wonderful Christmas and may it live up to all your dreams and expectations'. I hope the weather is kind to you all throughout the winter regions as we swelter away over here.

Each afternoon as John comes home from work it makes me realise how lucky we are to have the luxury of a pool in the backyard as he staggers in from working all day out in the heat (he is a carpenter and works on houses) then drives home in peak hour traffic often two hours or more each afternoon. So he is in the door, walks straight through, and dives in to cool down. An hour or so later, a few cool drinks and life is all balanced out for another day.

 Now onto my notebook cover for this reminder. This time I have done an even easier version.



I have used floral pattern paper to make the notebook cover and if you haven't seen my previous post you should go back a couple of posts to check it out as there is a link there that takes you to a You Tube tutorial on making these covers. If you look on the side there is a place for a pen to slide into
place but I forgot to put the pen there before taking the photo.

I found this fine wood piece at a Dollar store. They were selling at 8 in a pack for $2 and it is very similar in feel to cork. A mix of patterns in each packet. I cut a piece of gold cardstock to place behind it to highlight the piece more then added the  wooden flower again from a packet from the Dollar store.

Makes a great gift, I found these really good for mum, she would write herself lists of groceries she needed to get and the bright cover made it easy for her to find the notebook on the sideboard.

Now its time to go to The Flower Challenge Blog and see what the Design Team have been up to. From what I have seen so far there are some amazing tags and Christmas gift ideas there, totally worth checking out. So many easy beautiful ideas. Each persons design links back to their blog with directions on how to make their particular item.


Thank you so much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.



Thursday, 7 December 2017

Sophie's Birthday Card and aChristmas Decoration


It was my granddaughter's birthday and she loves me to colour in unicorns for her so it was a natural that I pick this for her birthday. I went rainbow theme, used Copics and it was a quick and easy colour as I didnt worry about any shading with the colours.
This unicorn stamp is from Neat and Tangled and includes the unicorn, floral branches and
sentiment.

I decided to add Sopie's name and stamped with the Altenew Alphabet stamps, but didnt realise how big they were till I started stamping and really had to squeeze her name in (rather typical of me). I then decided to add glitter to the letters and black glittered. Was a bit over powering but to her 5 year old eyes it was perfect and that was all that mattered cause I am the best Craft Nanny in the world. And I am happy to wear that title.




I then decided to have a go at making a Christmas decoration like Jennifer Mcguire had shown on her website but with smaller dies from Hero Art. I used a Christmas Tree die cut and cut 6 in white card stock and 6 in pink glitter.

Folded each in half, added tape on each side of the fold, joined all the pieces together, added a pile of gems to the white pieces of cardstock then added a piece of elastic to hang the decoration.
It was one of those things I wanted to try, wasn't so impressed with once finished, felt I used a lot of gems on but Elysha thought it was 'beeeutifull' and it should join our other decorations so it has.



Thanks for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon.


Challenges


Have a Magical Day Sophie



Have a Magical Day Sophie




Have a Magical Day Sophie





Update on Mum and her sister Pat
I thought I would share this photo from happier times when mum and Pat still knew each other and shared their love of life. For those of you who read my last post about Aunt Pat you know we were taking mum so Aunt Pat could see her. My sister got mum there and Pat looked at mum and smiled and it was all worthwhile. Mum didn't know Pat or her other sisters but we expected that in reality. 
Aunt Pat died on Friday and will be missed by us all. We will celebrate her life with happy memories and my only wish is that mum could join us in this celebration of her life. 







Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The Flower Challenge #15 Anything But A Card




As soon as you say to me it cant be a card I freeze. Finally came up with an idea, then
the ideas kept coming. Will just share this one for now. I love how it turned out. Bright and colourful
and it will make a perfect Christmas present for someone.

Everyone needs notepads for next to the phone or on the kitchen bench. I started off
making everyone ones with Postit Note size last year and the year before now I've decided to go bigger.




Check it out. Perfect size for the 8 x 8" pad, actually I cut it down to 8 x 7" but you need to look at the size of your notepad.

See how its peeking out there, perfect size for those grocery lists, or to do list.
To hold the pad in there I used the double sided tape, the red one that is extra sticky
strong.

I have used a piece of pattern paper with that wonderful bright pink and green stripe on it
and see how theres an additional section on the side so you can secure your pen to the pad.

You can see the panel a bit better here with the additional fold for the
pen to be held and that is also secured with the red extra strength tape to hold it firm.

I wanted to add these flowers that I coloured with Copics. They are from MFT and I love them
I coloured then fussy cut, I fiddled around for ages then was about to give up and started looking through one of those boxes of bits and pieces you buy from the junk shops and found the tags and ended up with this layered framed idea and just loved it.

Finished it all off with the wood 'hello' which was also from the junk shop and came in a box of assorted wooden words and shapes.

The red tape I got from Stampin Up and is Sticky Strip, it has a red coating but  that is removed to leave clear tape.


I used my scorepal to add the lines for the folds.
Here is a brilliant easy tutorial for a Post-it Note Holder Tutorial
and all you need to do is adjust the size depending on the size of
your notepad.


Now its time to go check out what the rest of the 
Design Team have been up to at The Flower Challenge. 

We have been joined this month by Guest Designer Michelle from 
the Card Grotto and she has the most amazing
blog (don't forget to come back after checking out all her wonderful cards).

There is so much to look at, then its your turn to have a go and join us this 
month in making anything but a card.


Thanks so much for coming to visit.







Monday, 4 December 2017

Black Gold and White for Christmas



Well it  appears that I like making Christmas cards with Gold/Black and White because these two cards came together very quickly and easily. This first card was made combining two dies
to make a shaker tag. The Merry & Bright die does not cut well through the gold mirror card which is a shame. It meant I had to put it through the machine back and forward twice which means the gold card gets pressure marked but its not too bad and still looks beautiful.

I cut the main tag twice, once in the gold mirror gold with the 'merry & bright' word die attached for the front and once in a gold rough look gold for the back panel. I attached some acetate  then double sided foam tape, two layers, poured in the mixed soft coloured sequins then attached the back panel.

I added some gold speckled gems, gold ribbon then attached to a card base that has been covered with black and white poinsettia pattern paper that I then added shadow to with a gold gel pen.



This next card, I have cut the 'joy' word die from the black card panel, added white glitter
paper behind then attached to a card base.

I cut out a pile of gold stars then attached randomly to the black card base then decided it needed something else so stamped in gold ink the sentiment 'to the world, but most of all to you' having removed the 'joy' part of the sentiment.


Two big easy striking Christmas cards.



Challenges:



Joy to the World





Merry & Bright




Joy to the World




Merry & Bright




Thank you so Much for coming to visit and I hope you come again soon










Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A couple of Christmas Cards and a Small Reminisce


A couple more Christmas cards using Stamping Bella Stamps coloured with Copics and
adding some KindyGlitz glitter for the dress. This card was claimed by Sopie

who wasn't very happy with the plain wooden stars. She wanted glitter. I offered to
take it home and glitter but then the thought of having to part with it meant that
the plain wooden stars weren't so bad after all. the stars covered my boo boo's.

Next came my cute little chick with reindeer horns and presents and a perfect
Christmas sentiment. Finished off with some Washi glitter tape. So easy and
quick.




My photos aren't the best and the cards look warped being one layer but they
are all looking good IRL.

Not getting much done though I have new Christmas stamps and so many images stamped and coloured, life is getting in the way and craft is having to take a back seat. The cards I had planned for the Nursing Home will not happen this year but will be partly ready for next year.



Challenges:




Sending you Christmas Cheer






Sending you  Christmas Cheer




Friends like you make the season so bright




Sending you Christmas Cheer




Friends Like you Make The Season So Bright




Thank you So Much for Coming to Visit and I hope you come again soon.









Nostalgia Photo

Flash back photo today is of mum and her twin Pat. Today's  a bit of a sad post as many of you who know me are aware that mum is battling a very aggressive form of Alzheimer's that was only diagnosed  2 years ago. Already mum has progressed so far that she is now in her own world and no longer aware of us and what is going on around her. Sometimes a small spark appears and she will talk about something in the clearest of voice then it is gone.

But todays post is about mums identical twin who is in a different Nursing Home and has had some injuries happen in the home. She is not recovering from these injuries and is now in Palliative Care and has been asking for mum. We are bring mum up to Sydney to visit her today and tomorrow and hoping that Pat will be alert enough to know mum is there and that mum will register the visit. It is a very hard sad time.

They were the closest of twins, doing everything in life together, often one would be trying to call and finding the phone engaged because the other was trying to call. They both made their own clothes and would find they had bought the same material. They grew up best friends as well as sisters and though they had different illnesses they both fell ill around the same age and deteriorated at the same rate. The link is so very strong. I hope and pray they know each other at this time.