Sunday, November 29, 2009

STAMP CAMP - Laughter, fun and some creating

Hi all, just a quick post to show you some photos of the girls having lots a fun, we just had such a fantastic weekend, lots of laughter, sharing, fun, talking, glitter oh and lots of crafting and not too much sleep.
Below (in the middle) is Yvonne (Campbell Creations) who organises our stamp camp a big, big, thank you to youX:) You have helped create many new wonderful friendships. Her sister Danushi (hope that is spelt right), Rosanna so loved the photos of the animals and says thankyou, and to the left Gabbie (one of my newbie friends) was too busy concentrating on her favourate image, The Fornasetti Face, to look up.
The girls decided to put on a pose for this one!
and finally these are the swaps we made, bet you can't guess which one I made LOL!
I managed to part make Christmas cards which need finishing off and got my fix of embossing and stamping, hopefully to last to next stamp camp thanks Debbie oh mustn't forget the lessons on using nesties either, much appreciated, the cuttlebug is on the wish list.
Might not be too many posts for the rest of this year, really busy at work and our visitors land next week, but will try and visit you all when I have time, off to catch up on the washing, ironing, cleaning etc, like all of you girls, oh except the ones that are doing Gold Class to watch New Moon, hope you all have a fantastic night.
Also we had our 4th anniversary of being here in Oz today (29th) what a fantastic way to celebrate with crafting friends and then pizza and fizzy wine with my family, nice ending to a fantastic weekend.

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Santa has arrived early, LUCKY ME, YIPPEE

Hi all, just a quick post, look what hubby bought me for Christmas, he found it on ebay, how lucky am I! Unfortunately when he went to pick it up a leg had been snapped off and more scratched than advertised, anyway clever boy had some strong epoxy and has managed to glue the leg back in place in a fashion. It also opens up so I can have a friend or two to craft.

Edward had been saying what a nuisance when working at the dining table as having to put stuff away when it was meals time (on the quiet I think he got fed up eating his meals surrounded by craft LOL). Must go, really should be going to work but got to make a swap for stamp camp which is tomorrow night and sort a pressie, thought I had loads of time, just to many distractions, just so want to get my new craft space loaded up ready to go!

Thought I would change the background to get in the Christmas Spirit and lost my counter, I was hoping to do a blog candy after so many hits I shall have to start again or just do one sometime next year.

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

p.s. will hopefully be back next week with some pics from stamp camp and creations if we don't do to much talking and drinking!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Anya Ink #7

Hi again, finally got this card made, had the idea all week, this is for Anya Ink #7, create a male card, had Rosanna and Morgan help with this one, they created the fifty for me on the computer, then coloured my Anya image courtesy of my friend Emma, used special effects for splashes of water and barely banana cardstock for the background with distressed edges. This is for my friends husband they have just been away celebrating, he went watersking while Julie read a book by the pool.
Again sorry for poor photography (blaming lateness of the night, nothing to do with my photography skills) lol.

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

Snow Many Challenges

Hi all, try to make this brief, firstly I heat embossed the snowflake onto Elegant Eggplant cardstock, which was to create your own masterboard/paper. Then I coloured in Holly the Fairy a digital image from Mo's Digital Shop, so love this image! She is coloured using a mixture of copics and markers, her wings are a mixture of special effects and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, special effects has been used on the bells and holly in her hair and on her dress, I also paper toled the lace on her dress. I then hand stitched round the edges and added little metal bells and beads. Then used various ribbons etc., just so love the snowball ribbon and the purple edged ribbon has a gorgeous sequins edge, finishing with a metal snowflake. All the edges on the cardstock have been distressed and I sponged the edges of the cardstock that has Holly on. Took loads of pics but really struggled with the light. Will see if I can improve on it tomorrow.

Midnight Madness Sketch 28

Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge #7 - Recipe, 3 Papers, 2 Ribbons, 1 (punch, lace, trim)

Doodle Palace #15 - Create a Purple Christmas Card

KLSNS November Challenge - Snowflakes

Bizzy Bec's Creatalicious #4- Christmas, Snow, Sparkles

Flutter by Wednesday #84 - Fairy, butterfly or angel

Crafty Creations #42 - Metal or metallic colours

Little Red Wagon #3 - Distress edges and Ink Papers

There She Goes #29 - Stitching

Corrosive Challenge #38 - Let's emboss something

Creative Inspirations #36 - Glitter

Lots to Do #47 - Free Theme (had intended for #46 embossing but missed the deadline)

Saturday Spotlight with Hidden Potential #7 - Masterboard (missed the deadline)

Now back to my stack of Christmas cards I have been making, oh and I must fit in some cleaning. Nice easy tea hubby is picking up an Indian Takeaway, mmmmmmmmm.

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

P.S. Holly is PURPLE and not BLUE, just couldn't get it to photo properly.


Hi all the first of two quick posts, this card was for Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #13, to create a shadow box, my very first attempt, not sure if I have quite got it right. I have made it for my friend's son's 10th Birthday, the image is video boy from Mo's Digital Images I have tried to make it look like it is a T.V. with the boy appearing on the t.v.

Brody likes green so I got Morgan (my son) to repeat the image rotating it at different angles then we printed onto to A4 sheets of green paper and wrapped his pressie up with it.

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Layton John Clever and Nine Challenges

Hi all again, yes this is my last post for today, had hoped to have it done sooner, but you know what it is like ladies, go pick up a child, hubby comes home from work and everyone wants feeding, so we had a lovely family meal, then we had lovely talks with friends from overseas in particular our friends that are coming for a holiday on the 10th Dec.

Anyway enough waffle here is the final challenge card for today. This card is inspired by many challenges (listed below) in particular Stampin Sisters of Christ and not a challenge but a fundraiser to help raise funds to find a vaccine for Meningitis, this has come about by the loss of Layton John Clever a 16 month old baby boy, whom lost his fight recently against this terrible disease. You can read more about it here. Mo and Jim Harker have both donated a digital image to help raise funds which cost 4 GBP, I have used Jim Harkers image below, sorry ran out of time to display Mo's but please visit my lovely friend Debbie P she has made a fantastic job of using both images a created two beautiful cards. These images are available for purchase here. Thank you to Mo and Jim!
Stampin Sisters in Christ Challenge #12 - to make a patriotic themed card for a soldier and as a bonus donate to Operation Write Home more details here. Unfortunately this card is slightly too big need to be 5.5" x 4.25" but didn't look right (will make a smaller one and the Kindiglitz didn' flake). I created the card in the earlier post with this in mind and am going to send it along with some more I hope to get made tomorrow.
Down to the card, just love making these shaker cards, not the neatest about but, I am improving!! Sorry for the bad pictures but took tonight I ran out of daylight, can you believe it! I just had to try and show you it was Purple not Blue! I have versamarked my SU snowflake stamp then embossed with white powder (looks better for real).

Have used Kindyglitz for effect, coloured using my touchmarkers and SU markers, I am so loving my new markers I have four Copics now! The effect is spoilt a little by the fun flock.


K L Stampin N Scrapin - Snowflakes

Friday Sketches #78 - sketch to the right

Tuesday Taggers - No Patterned Paper

Allsorts Week 27 - for a child - card, gift, notebook, anything
La-La Land Crafts #12 - Die Cut and Punches

Rosanna wasn't so sure if the colouring was right for a childs card, so will try and make another for this challenge, as I wasn't too sure on the image but I do just adore snowmen as do children and thought they would love a shaker card. Do think he is kinda cute in his part uniform, so like men in uniform, so smart and proud looking, know what I mean or am I on my own here.
Phew thats the end, at the of Tom and Jerry it used to say "That's all Folks". He He

Many thanks for looking, happy crafting, enjoy the rest of your weekend, take careX:)

Softpencil #6 & Get Sketchy #14 + SSCC

Hi all, what a great feeling, just whipped this up the afternoon, fantastic when it all falls together, (helps when the chatterbox isn't around dropped him off at his friends for the day, they have a pool so he was very excited, Rosanna and I did the shopping and are now sat around the table creating, proper girly day) entered for the above two challenges but also scaled to size 4.235" x 5.5" for Stampin Sisters who are collecting cards for soldiers to send home to their loved ones.

Soft Pencil #6 - Flowers
Get Sketchy #14 - Sketch to the right plus a bonus challenge to use your markers, yes lucky I have Rose Red touch marker, more are on my list to Santa LOL.

The Rose is a Soft Pencil Digital Image available here

All cardstock, ribbon, dsp are Stampin Up

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

Anya Ink #6, SSHPO6, Allsorts Challenge & Flutter By Wednesday

Hi all, just a quick post, had some crafting time last night with Emma, great when you have a crafting buddy swapping bits and pieces, this is the result using Emma's Anya. Shown both photos as couldn't decide which was best.
Have used kindyglitx Crystalina for butterfly, flower and pink bag, special effects for hair band, bow and green bag and purple stickles for the purple bag. Paper toled the bow and hair band.
Distressed the edges. Stamped flower for background. Cardstock Stampin Up, flower Emmas stash,

Anya Ink #6 - Blue and Orange
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Bring out your Bling
Flutter by Wednesday #83 - Theme - Thank you, also with a fairy or butterfly or Angel
Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)
Have a great weekend, hoping to be back later if all goes well:)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

MDUSS#1, MDUC@26, A spoon full of sugar, Quixotic's #2

Hi all, Yippee finally finished my Magnolia Down Under Store Challenge #1 - which was to make a card/creation using at least one Magnolia Stamp from the "Yummy for My Tummy" range, also managed to combine it with Kellie's Magnolia Down Under Sketch Challenge #26, I have inked my newly purchased Magnolia stamps Chef Tilda and Kitchen and most of the papers are Magnolia, all bought from Kellie's Magnolia Shop.
Not for blowing my own trumpet but I am pleased with this sketch as I usually use more bold colours, so got to be one of my first pastel creations.

The ribbon I purchased from Bizzy Bec's just love it over an inch wide. Flower and kitchen charms from my stash. I thought this made a lovely scene so have entered A Spoon full of Sugar #77 - "Create a Scene".

I distressed all the papers doesn't show up too much in the photo, which qualified for Just Magnolias challenge - Distressing

I hand stitched around the edge using a pale pink embroidery thread, I know it isn't very straight but I don't have the fancy gadget, just a ruler. Which happens to fit in with Quixotic's Challenge #2 - Stitching, which could be a card, tag, altered item, etc. I am so pleased with the way the dresser came out I started to colour in browns but just knew it had to be purple. Added a few glasses to the dresser, using Special Effects. Had to go back to my SU markers with blender pen as I don't have pastel purple Copics or Touchmarkers for colouring in, but used touchmarkers for the hair.

The jars have homemade Blackberry Jelly and Raspberry Jam, (specially made by Granny), put speical effects on the jars, when I put everything together felt there was something missing so made my own little Magnolia picture. My sketch is the inside of the Kaisercraft recipe box I had in my head needed to be made (not my brightest of ideas). Took ages to paint (twice).
Put all the necessary paper on, then for the first time typed the sentiment on the computer (big smiles) I was going to put photos in the side frames, but just couldn't pick out four.
Anyway went to put the box together last night and guess what it would not go together, the tabs wouldn't fit in the holes etc etc. So had to go to work with me today and I filed all the tabs, then had to file the edges and still disapointed as it is not square (not my filing) so not too impressed with this kit project. Then I had to touch up the paint after dusting it down. Just love that blueberry and peachy paper.

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fabulous Blog Award

Hi all, I was over the moon to receive this beautiful award from the very talented and lovely Alicia. Also these lovely and also talented ladies Debbie P and Teri gave it to all their followers and blogs they followed, so should be seeing this on many blogs soon.
I have to answer these questions in one I go...

1. Where is your cell phone? Breakfast Bar
2. Your hair? Pony Tail
3. Your mother? Alive
4. Your father? Hard Worker
5. Your favorite food? Thai
6. Your dream last night? Challenges
7. Your favorite drink? Chardonnay
8. Your dream/goal? To see our grandchildren together
9. What room are you in? Office
10. Your hobby? Any Craft
11. Your fear? Police knocking on the door
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Healthy
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. Something that you aren't? Skinny
15. Muffins? No Thanks
16. Wish list item? Copics (at the moment)
17. Where did you grow up? Barrow-in-Furness, UK
18. Last thing you did? Hang Washing Out
19. What are you wearing? Shorts & T-Shirt
20. Your TV? Off
21. Your Pets? Rusty, Spunkey, Charlotte and Poppy
22. Friends? Around the World
23. Your life? Busy
24. Your mood? Mixed
25. Missing Someone? Many
26. vehicle? Holden Commodore
27. Something you're not wearing? Socks
28. Your favorite store? Online Shopping (Craft)
29. Your favorite color? Let me think PURPLE LOL
30. When was the last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? Monday (Ghost Whisperer)
32. Your best friend? Edward
33. One place that I go to over and over? Work/Home
34. Facebook? Yes
35. Favorite place to eat? Wild Rice (not often enough)

Sorry this was the closest I could get to only using one word lol

The 5 people I would like to pass this onto are:

Abby -
Donna -
Kristine -
Jacque -
Jodi -

Very hard decision but made it easier by picking my newest blogs for inspirations who hadn't been awarded it yet, but everywhere where I visit is worthy of it, just love all the variety of creations and tips picked up on the way!

Hope this works been a nightmare trying to copy and paste, got hubby to look last night but he didn't get in from work till 10.30 he said I copied to the wrong package! Going to have to get more technical! So the questions were answered at 6.00pm, this might make sense for some of the answers.
Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

I am asking again - Noah

Hi all, just a quick post, should have got this done last night but had a few computer glitches. Anyway this is a card I am sending to Noah (5), he is terminally ill at the end stages of cancer, his family believe he will not make the actual holidays so he has made an early Christmas wish to receive as many cards as possible, just brought tears to my eyes, how lucky some of us are!

You can find out more

Postal address
C/O Scott Biorkman
3480 Petoskey Way
MI 48380

Many thanks, take careX:)

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Hi all, just a very quick post in before I change my mind, this one has been in my head since Kristine posted the new challenge for Stampin Sisters in Christ #11, this poem came straight to mind, (this is a small part of it), it was sent to me many years ago, just didn't know how to create the card, I wanted to practice with my chalks and eventually came up with this, not quite what was in my head! So please use your imagination! If you haven't heard of this poem, put footprints in your search engine and you should come across it, originally written by Mary Stevenson.

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Anya #5, Inkspirations #15, LLLA Challenge #11, Flutterby Wednesday #82 and Jaimie

Good Morning All, made this last night and waited till this morning hoping to get a better picture, but no sunshine yet!
This is Snuggles
The first challenge is Anya #5, Paper Tole, to make a creation adding layers to your card to create a 3d image, I have used Snuggle had her coloured but just couldn't think of a layout then Makeesha posted Inkspirations Challenge #15 which was a sketch, my ribbons and image are a little low, when I drew the sketch into my blog/doodle book didn't draw them high enough, will pay better attention next time! Then Flutterby Wednesday #82, to use a fairy/butterfly, so I added the little butterfly given (from my friend Emma). I decided to make this into a journal/doodle book for Jaimie, you will see in my earlier post, she has been through a terrible time, going to send this with some stickers, pens etc. Finally for the La-La Land Challenge #11 to use pink on your card/project, so managed to squeeze it into this challenge too!

Stampin Up Card stock and some ribbons
Brads and Other Ribbons from my stash
Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

PLEASE HELP - send a card to a little girl

Hi all, no card to post just wanted to tell you about a blog hop starting at Creative Ideas by Katharina blog, basically they are trying to get people to make and send a card to an 11 year old girl. Four teenagers broke into her home, killed her mum and left her for dead. Just so sad. Please visit Katharina's blog for the full story couldn't copy it to my blog. I thought many of you lovely ladies would have a spare card that would help put a smile on Jaimie's face. The address is below:

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

KLSNS09, JUGS#5, SoftPencil #5, C.R.A.F.T. #23 and Cutie Sunday Sketch #65

Hi all, Managed to put another card together, thanks to Kellie (whom must of you know), had the first three challenges sorted, just stuck for a sketch and as soon as I paid her blog a visit earlier it all fell in to place, don't you just love it LOL!!
The first challenge is KL Stampin N Scrappin Challenge #9 to use Fall colours on your card with a twist no white (optional), Found this Challenge via Ink Something when leaving a comment on her blog, pay her a visit she has some wonderful creations. Second is Just Us Girls #5, Wild Card Challenge to create a holiday card showcasing a photo, just had to do a halloween for Granny back in England, she so loved to see the children dressed up, got a good photo of Morgan as a pink fairy in is toddling days, (can't wait till his 21st LOL). Thirdly, Soft Pencil Challenge #5 to make a project with a bow(s) also using one of her digital images so I have used Michu and a cute witch and little bat, you should visit her store she has some wonderful digital images, fourth C.R.A.F.T. #23 to use orange and black, and finally Cutie Sunday Sketch #65.
I have used some of my scrap papers, just love the halloween colours, also just bought the purple bat adhesive ribbon from a craft store, just had to use it soon, didn't want to wait till next Halloween. Have made the card 8 x 8 so will fit in Granny's album I started for her and we just keep sending pages or photos.

Thanks for looking, happy crafting, take careX:)