Sunday, January 21, 2018

Craftmad January Sketch Challenge Card

I am so good at the beginning of the year keeping up with the Monthly Sketch Challenges that Kaye adds for us at Craftmad.  Then I go back to work and it's the end of the year, it seems, before I do another challenge. lol  This is my take on the January Sketch Challenge.  Sketch challenges can be viewed and photos added on the Craftmad Facebook page here. I grabbed a Graphics 45 paper pad and went from there.  Found a couple of stamps in my collection that I thought complimented the papers and added jewels to the centre of each flower which took a long time as they are so tiny.  I saw this in my Facebook newsfeed this morning and wished I had had this while doing my card - wax pen picker upper.

Thanks for popping in.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Craftmad January Swap Cards

Back in October last year our swap with Craftmad was to decorate a matchbox then fill it with crafting goodies to send off to our partner. The photo above shows the decorated matchbox I received and the photo below shows all the goodies that were crammed inside.  Yes, amazing hey. :-)

Our first Craftmad swap for 2018 was to use some of the goodies inside the matchbox we received.  I used the laser cut butterflies on this card and all the heart brad next to the Thank You sticker.  I used one of the pieces of this beautiful paper from my stash.  I think it originally came as a magazine giveaway but I love the colours.

I used the three white butterflies as a pop up in the centre of the card.  Coloured them with by pink Wink of Stella pen so the wings have a glittery effect.  The body I used a black permanent marker.

When I saw these gold bird trinkets in the matchbox I couldn't wait to use them.  There were two which I have adhered to each other but I didn't match the images up as I liked that the mismatch gave it a look of looking through trees. So I made a spinner card to show the trinket off in all its glory.  The beautiful papers are from a Kaisercraft pad I was given.

A couple of photos from last week.   My Mum and I went on a holiday, first time for Mum in about 10years.  I flew with Mum to Brisbane where we overnighted and she enjoyed the view and was amazed how much things have changed. :-) Next day on a train for an hour trip up to Glass House Mountains where they grow lots and lots of pineapples. In the background you can see one of the Glass House Mountains - Mt Tibrogargan.  At Glass House we stayed with my sister for a few days and caught up with her two kids, checking out where they now live, work and in my nephews case met the girlfriend.  The third photo is of my nephews (and girlfriends) house which is on an acre and has loads of fruit trees in the backyard which they are still discovering as they have not been in there that long.  Thats my sister out front. We had an amazing and very relaxing week.  The end of which we helped my daughter celebrate her 22nd birthday.  OmG!!! those years just keep flying by.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Craftmad December Card Swap - Vintage

The Craftmad card swap for December was all about Vintage, not something I do a lot of.  As I typed that last sentence it got me to thinking if I was 'Vintage' lol.  So my first search on Google found this and gave me a smile. 

"Many people expect it (Vintage) to have some standard of date applied to it. Accordingly, most experts in the trade have decided that the term "vintage," when used in a way similar to the term "antique," refers to items that are over 50 years old, but less than 100. This kind of standard works when dealing with truly old, but not antique, items but falls short when using the term to describe something newer, and from a specific era. " This the link to the Ebay description of what is Antique and what is Vintage.

Hmmm,  'truly old, but not antique' not sure I am keen on that description. :-)

Anyways, for the card above I found some 'old' but not truly old (according to above link) Stampin Up stickers which I co-ordinated with other card stock in my stash.  Added a paper doily and purple ribbon to finish off the card.

More Stampin Up to the rescue, this time this beautiful paper which I thought had a vintage look.  I teamed it with a collection of white and cream flowers from my stash.  The two larger flowers to the left I die cut their two layered centres from some calico.

If you would like to join in these monthly card swaps this is the link to the closed group over at Facebook - Craft Mad Swappers. We have had people from overseas be part of the group before but with the cost of postage and I think time for mail delivery we currently only have Australian members.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Santa Card

Just going through my photos and tidying up and found these photos.  I made these cards for the wonderful people at work…..such a fun and easy Christmas card to put together.  The buckle is just a square of glitter card with a square cut out of the centre, luckily I had a button die and the rest is just strips of coloured card stock.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First card for 2018

As always my first card for the year is for my wonderful husband whose birthday is the 1st January. My card started from the charms and beads which I spied on my desk.  I received them back in October in our Craftmad swap which was a decorated matchbox filled with crafty goodies.  The charms and beads all come from Blue Edge Crafts.  So I decided to set a scene for these items.  I tore some strips of light blue paper for the sky.  Then I found this wonderful remanent of navy embossed paper which looked like waves to me.  Next I discovered this textured cream paper which was perfect for the beach and some brown handmade paper for the land the lighthouse sits on.  Attached all the beads and charms with Glossy Accents.  It looked a little bare so found these stickers in my stash which were the perfect size for my scene. 

I thought this post is as good as any to start my resolution of a weekly blog post sharing some photos that are on my phone from that week.  So this is the second (and last) pineapple for 2017 picked from the garden.  Next to a beautiful orchid I was given at Christmas.

New Years Eve we had tea with friends and then we all went and watched the 9pm show of fireworks on the Esplanade.  Spectacular.  I know its a huge amount of money but the show is so pretty and it was so wonderful to see so many happy local people in one area enjoying themselves.

This is one that my friend took….whose hobby is taking photos.

This is my photo of the same event. :-)

Wishing you all a fantastic week.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

A bit of Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone, I hope it was a good one for you, spent the way that you had hoped.   

This year we did it a bit different.  Our daughter stayed in Brisbane and spent the day with friends as work at this time of year for a Uni student is too good to pass up.  We travelled by car four hours south to Townsville to spend the day with our son who had to work Christmas Eve and Boxing Day (we travelled those days) and his girlfriend was spending the day with her Mum in England. We took along our dog and my Mum for the journey.  Our dog enjoy the security of someone touching him throughout the trip, not the best traveller.

Santa found us. :-) I quickly sewed up a stocking for my Mum - second from left - and with fabric paint added here name,  Mum, Nan and Great Nan to the front…..she like that.  Mine is the white stocking and that has seen at the least 40 Christmas's and still going strong.

Presents were unwrapped and through the wonders of technology our sons girlfriend was part of the whole event.  So much so that she asked that her presents be unwrapped….that is her stash beside our dog.

We had a feast of ham, turkey and salads followed by this yum pavlova.  First time for us but I plan on it being a tradition for the family….and next year plan on making my own pavlova base instead of the shop bought one.

I received some crafting goodies from my Secret Santa.  This has become something we do each year with the members of Craftmad who I swap cards with each month. Can't wait to use all these items.

We made it home and our dog is so much more relaxed at home.  He did not really settle the whole time we were away, so now catching up on some zzzz's.

October, I took over my daughters bedroom and converted it into my craft room.  It has been a slow process but I think I finally have everything in the right spot.  This is all my fabric that I have collected and pulled it out to sort through.  My plan for 2018 is to sew it all up into different items to be used for various charities.  I found a wonderful Facebook group - Sewing for Charities Australia.  It fit the bill perfectly.  A wonderful lady in Brisbane organises an item for a particular charity to be sewn each month collects them and sends them out.  I've jumped right in and have been sewing kangaroo and koala joey pouches which I will send off next week.  It is so nice to have the flannelette and fleecy fabric offcuts put to good use.

Well that is me, for 2017.  It has been a good one and can't wait until the new one rolls in.  Wishing you all a fantastic New Years Eve and wonderful adventures in 2018.

My plans for 2018….. more crafting, sewing all that fabric up and posting on my blog more often….possibly just checking out what photos I have taken each week and sharing at least one. 

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Christmas Cards keeping coming :-)

I had a day at home to create a couple more Christmas cards to put in the mail yesterday.  Now I only have a handful of cards left to make for family here.  If I have forgotten anyone they will be getting a New Years Card.  I was given this wonderful laser cut frame from Blue Edge Crafts.  I traced around the edge and cut a gold piece of paper to go behind it.  Then I diecut a piece of green glitter card to place behind the holly leaves and added red sequins for the berries.  Finished with stickers from the Sticker Store. I really like the way the holly turned out on this card.

I started with the sticker for this card from Sticker Store.  Layered it on to some acetate and cut around the oval.  Decided to have a purple card with a black layer then used another of Blue Edge Crafts laser cut backgrounds.  I attached some black glitter card stock to the rear of the laser cut snowflakes.  Then finished the card with sticker stars. 

I really like this card.  The stockings are laser cut outs from Blue Edge Crafts which I trimmed with pearls and bling.  Then I used my Merry die cut for the first time ever and teamed it with a Christmas die from another set.

These clear glitter bauble stickers (Sticker Store) are so pretty.  I will have to play with them on some more cards.  I'm not entirely happy with the card so will have to keep trying. :-)

Happy Wednesday everyone.  I'm off to pull out some weeds from my Mums yard then we are heading to the Cairns Art Gallery to check out an exhibition which one of the art teachers from the local high school has some of his works displayed.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas in July - Craftmad Christmas All Year Round Sketches

I just saw this post as a draft.  So much for my plan to complete these sketches each month and then even to post this in July. lol.  Oh well, I'm guessing December is an even better time to post these cards. :-)

Craftmad Christmas All Year Round Sketches - Pinterest Board here of everyone's take on these sketches.  I have been doing these each month but decided I would make a Christmas in July post with all that I have completed.  It's just strange posting Christmas cards early in the year. :-)

I have used all Stampin Up papers on mine, a mixture of years I think.  The reindeer Christmas sticker I received from a friend.  I coloured him with my copic pens and the stars and bells with my Wink of Stell - Gold pen.  Finished with some bling on his antlers.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas Cards

 Morning everyone, I got busy yesterday and made a couple more Christmas cards.  My plan this year is to use a lot of my stash so that next year I can have lots of new papers. :-)  I bought some Christmas pre-cut 3D Paper Tole from Blue Edge Crafts as toppers for my cards which gave me a starting point when making the cards.

Guess I have to work on the lighting for photos in my new craft room.  :-)
I love these cute puppy paper tole images.  I have teamed it with a a glitter  die cut Best Wishes that I have had in my stash for a few years but has always been too big for any card I have made.

Isn't he the cutest.  Puppy and holly, you can't go wrong.  I have used the December Sketch from Craftmad to create this card.

Found some great Stampin Up papers for this one.  Love double sided paper as you can trust that the reverse will look wonderful with the front pattern.

More Stampin Up papers but these are last, I can buy new next year.  Sticker sentiment from Sticker Store.

These christmas bird stickers from Sticker Store are so pretty. I had fun - I think the term is collaging - small piece of paper to the back of the sticker.  Green for the holly leaves, the wonderful taupe snowflake paper for the bird.  I coloured the berries with my Pink Wink of Stella Pen. Teamed the sticker with Blue Edges Laser cut background.

Similar card, bird facing opposite way.
I love all the gold on this card, this is the very last of the beautiful holly papers.

Well today is a day for me to start and finish my christmas present shopping.  Fingers crossed.  Have a good one everyone.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Zentagle Christmas and Unstampabelles Challenge

Hi everyone, I am on holidays as of this week and have found some time to make some cards and loving it.  Before I forget, I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  I'm saying this as I have no idea when I will be back on in blogland, I'm just going with the flow.

I received an email this morning that was sent in error to me but it led me to a card challenge blog - Unstampabelles that I originated many years ago and handed the reins over to a lovely lady Susan.  So glad I did as the challenges are going strong.  I loved the idea for their December challenge 'Entangling all the way' and the two entries inspired me to have a try myself.  This is the result.  I used my holly die cut on white board then grabbed my fine tipped black pen and starting doodling……so relaxing.  I have attached the holly to  a layer of black glitter card and white card.  The sentiment is a 'Merry Christmas' sticker from the Sticker Store.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November so far in photos

Hi everyone, I am still around and very well.  My life is very full and seems blogging has been pushed to a side for just a little bit. I think of you all on the blogs that I love to visit, I steel a quick peek time to time.  After being on a computer all day at work I do find it hard to be on one again at the end of the day other than for my word games.  Four weeks and I'm on holidays so will be catching up then.  Meanwhile, I wanted to share the past couple weeks of my November.

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A view on my walk early Saturday morning.  Walsh's Pyramid.

My hammock buddy where we have spent a couple of cooler afternoons lately.

A view from the hammock that I love.

A card I made for the Craftmad November Card swap (then another ten because I loved the design and ease) Theme of the swap Ribbon, Twine or String.  A great way to use up my left over and smaller pieces of ribbon.  Machine stitching around the edge and to create the tree and layered on wonderful green glitter card.

I really enjoyed making this card and used all three Ribbon and Twine across the centre of the card and made these wonderful string flowers with this tutorial. Backed the flowers with die cut fabric.  Papers and card are old from Stampin Up. I coloured a white Happy Birthday brown with my Copic pens as it just needed a little something more on the card.

Following are a couple of my flowers out at the moment in the garden.  They make me smile when I walk out each morning on the way to work.  

The Olive Back Sunbirds love this Ixora and such fun watching them hover  around collecting the nectar.

A few of my friends and myself attended a trivia night recently  it was a travel theme and we went with France.  I made these card eiffel towers for our table, we all wore black striped shirts black bottoms, berets and a red neckerchief.  Another lady made placemats using the french flag, I also made little moustaches on sticks for us to hold up to our faces, other people brought a cheese platter and french stick (bread roll) and wine bottles with french logos.  We didn't place not even last.  :-)  But we won best dressed table.  So much fun.

This tea for myself when my husband went out one night, this was followed by a night of crafting on the Christmas cards above.  Such fun. :-)  I have started following the Keto recipes mainly because I try and stay clear of sugar in any form and  I find these recipes suit me, are easy to put together and are so yum.  Oh and I lost the 3kg that had crept on. Happy with my body again.

The Olive Backed Sunbirds are back nesting again.  They have built their nest on a power cord hanging down from a light we have in the carport.  They had built a nest on our verandah in July and we got to watch two little sunbirds emerge.

I have to share even though this happened back in September but it is the reason why I have been back into crafting.  I finally made the decision to move my craft area from this room above to my daughters room.  Yes, now I have a whole room to me. :-) Very spoilt.

I can leave my sewing machine up all the time and I have since realise  I can also leave my pins and scissors out also. No packing up at the end of crafting time.  Just close the door.

I have a new craft table which gives me a lot more area and the room is much brighter.  I love that I can keep out my rulers, pens, tape, glue and its just there for me to start where I finished off last time.

Well thanks for all visiting and as my life gets more and more organised I know I will be back blogging.
Happy crafting.


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