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Hi Everyone,

 

What a wonderful cool day it was today, so much better than yesterday. Even Ted needed a cool place yesterday, along with the poor cats.  I found out that a friend of mine gives her puppies a block of ice each on such hot days and they have such fun.  I thought next time I might have to see what the cats do with an ice cube, it could be fun.

 

So then I had to take a walk through my computer files of photos and quess what I found??

 

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Look at them, no wonder the air is filled with birdsong here all the time, Tweet, Tweet, Tweet.  They are feeding on what we call Winter Grass, it is seedy weed that grows through the cooler months and into Spring and the birds go wild for it.  We have part of our lawn (grass) that has thinned down because of compacted ground and there is a lot of these seedy weeds there.  The birds love it.

 

It’s a good job my cats are inside babies, or there might be a bit of conflict in the garden and the birds would move somewhere else.  Hmm good choice to keep them inside where they cannot get hurt or dirty.

 

So then with all that action happening,  I made a card.  Just for something different.

 

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Oh look, our Ted is so excited about this one, it is in his favourite colour and he just loves the flowers.  And you know they are just so easy to make, I love making them.

 

Well I was so excited when I was making this card that when I made the Punch Around the Page panel, I thought I would really like to emboss these panels instead of putting another panel over the top of them.  So I had a look around and found that I had a sticky mat set from Quickutz that I thougth I needed at one stage and had only used it with no advantage one.  And it was the perfect size of the area that I wanted to emboss, so I put the panel into the embossing folder,  covered the area I wanted to emboss with the mat and ran it through the Bigshot.  Well it worked perfectly, an embossed centre area, no embossed punched area…. I love it when a plan comes together!!

 

So then, ruffled ribbon, double bow, die cut wreath, flowers, butterfly and a sentiment and some rhinestones.  Just perfect.  And you know Ted agrees!!  He is so cute when he crafts with me, he is my creative director you know.  Haha. 🙂

Hugs :)

 

 

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Hello Everyone,

Only one week of November left, can you believe it??? Where did this year run off to???   All the shops are decorated, playing Christmas Carols and displaying all the Christmas goodies.  Well I might have to get off to have a look at all that soon, just to see what is out there for me.

So with that thought in mind I made a Christmas card or four.  Yes more than one, but not as many as five.  I am so funny.

So this card is just a simple one, with a white base, layered with red and then with embossed white.  A ribbon across to hang the stocking from and a Merry Christmas sentiment on a ribbon cut banner.

The stockings are made with the SU Stocking punch that I got last year from the pre-order and waited all year to use it…. joking, just didn’t get around to it.  The paper for the stockings was white and stamped to give me the perfect matching reds with different patterns.    The top of the stocking and the toe are plain white and covered in Ice Stickles Chrystal Ice.

Like I said very easy, simple and very pretty.  Great quick Christmas Cards.  These could be made in any colour and I might have to do that next year.  Blue I think.

Did  you ever notice that I am not a fan of patterned papers?  No I am not, I never seem to have the pattern in the shade I like.  I have a few I really like, some have been discontinued, (hate that) and I have heaps of paper that just never works for me.  I think I am a stamper or background maker, that way I get what I feel like at the time.  Pretty pathetic, eh??

Ok so I decided to show you  a photo of a gardenia, I have these growing around 3 sides of the BBQ area out the back, in the area shaded by a flame tree, magnolia and tibouchina.

 

Beautiful glossy green foliage, big white flowers that stay a few days before starting to discolour.  And the smell takes me back to my very early life in Liverpool where we had these on either side of the front steps and you could smell them everytime you went in or out of the house.  I loved them then, and I love them now.

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going well.

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!

 

Warm day today, so they tell me, I did not notice really, I spent some time in the craft room and that is like being in a world of its own with its own microclimate.  Much cooler at that end of the house, I hope it stays that way for a while.

 

 

These are two of the Azaleas along the front of the house, not this year, they are a bit mite eaten with the dry this year.  This photo is several years old.  When I look out of the craft room windows this is the view I get in Autumn and Spring, the rest of the year it is greenery and lovely too.

 

So with a view like that, I made a card, so you say well this is a surpise!!

 

 

 

I see so many great silhouette stamps out there and I think I really cannot justify getting any more, since I want some arty/background ones as well.  So I saw a tip somewhere on my rounds of the Blogs out there, it was a detail stamp that had been coloured in BLACK!!! How cool is that.  Well I thought I would cut her out when coloured and layere her on a doily/paper panel/punched panel.

 

In doing this I scanned the image on a high dpi (or whatever!!) and made a GSD file from her so that I can cut her on my Wishblade whenever I feel like it, no more colouring and fiddling.

 

Ok so I also put some pink lace and ribbon down the card and some Spellbinders Floral Flourishes in black and a sentiment panel with a beautiful saying from Lucy’s Stamps. The Rose is handmade by me from EK Success retro flower punch medium.

 

I have inked around the PATP deco arches with Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo and finished off with a bow and some liquid pearls.

 

The stamp I used for the silhouette is a detailed one from Stamp-It Australia called To the Races.

 

Hope you like this idea for silhouettes, I love it when I can new ideas for old stamps and other tools.  It is like having something all brand new again.

 

Today I watched a DVD, The Green Mile with Tom Hanks, what a wonderful movie.  Seen it several times and love some of the sayings in it.  Also watched a movie on TV last night, When In Rome, so very funny, and I shaped some roses while I watched it.

 

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going great.

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!

 

What an overcast day! Overcast and no rain in sight, sad because it is so dry.  It is going to be humid over the next few days as the weather warms up a bit and maybe some rain then, so start thinking it in for us please!!

 

Well well what a photo I have for you today, no not a bird, but there probably is one somewhere in tha background, it goes for miles!!  Yes you got it a Kangaroo, you all know Australia is famous for its kangaroos.

 

 

Well what can I say, he hops on 2 legs and I am pleased he is on the other side of the fence.

 

So then I made a card for you, a card with a little birdie on it with a cage in a tree and a little nest with speckled eggs in it!

 

 

How cute is that?  It is made from No.20 Crochet Cotten, and glued together with Glossy Accents.  Things are a bit pathetic here at the moment, no white glue (PVA) and have not been able to get out to get any. Soon 🙂

 

I love making things like this and my own embellishments, I get such a thrill from the journey of making things, and the finished card is like an anticlimax.

 

 

The background is hand stamped using Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Creamy Brown with a set of Stamp-It A5 Unmounted red rubber stamps.  I have used a Memory Box Woodland Branch for the brances at the top of the card, the cage is a Sizzix Bigz die, the branches/leaves at the bottom are from a Sizzlets die called Branch.  The leaves on the brances at the top have been cut from pieces of the branches at the bottom.

 

The little flowers are made by a Fiskars plier type punch 1/4 flower and the sentiment is a Penny Black stamp on a handcut strip.

 

 

I love the SU Bird punch and use it a lot.  I have been playing with it using punchart techniques so that I can make different, real looking (or more real) birds.  I am so pleased with this guy and now I might have to also play with shading to make my birds look more dimensional.

 

Now you have so much to look forward to, don’t you?

 

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going great.

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone,

 

Today I had a crafting session with my friend Lisa (on Skype of course) and boy can that woman pump the cards out, while I tend to fiddle around and try this, try that and put extra things on my cards.  Am I really such a time waster?? No I think not, but I sure know how to enjoy the journey to the destination of a finished card.

 

Well I have a pic of a Goanna climbing a tree, he is beautiful, but I don’t like to get too close, thank heavens for zoom!!!

 

 

He is gorgeous, isn’t he??? Well I think not, I am not a reptile person, they give me the cold shivers.  But they live here too, so I don’t go looking for them usually, but I rarely leave the house these days to go anywhere around home without the camera in tow.

 

 

This is my favourite type of card, being 5×5 inches with a panel on the front.  I have tried a double punch border on this and if you look closely you will see on the area to the right of the ribbon, I have done a PATP and inked it in pink, and on the three corners I have punched the corners in about an inch from the border.  I love new techniques.

 

The top left of the card is stamped with SU Boroque Motifs big swirl and I have embellished this area with the sentiment banner, a butterfly and three brads that have been coloured pink with embossing powder.

 

The ribbon satin edged organza ribbon has been ruffled and finished with a double bow.

 

The area to the right of the ribbon has been embellished with die cuts, branches and some chipboard, a daisy and a little butterfly.  I am liking the pink and green colours.  I really am not a fashion or craze type of girl, I just put together what is pleasing to me.

 

Well I hope you like these offerings today.

 

Today I also watched a movie, love having movies on in the craft room as it lets me do two of my favourite passtimes at the same time.  So today it was  a Sandra Bullock movie called ’28 Days’ and it is a real scream, so funny.  Let me know if you want me to tell you about it.

 

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going great.

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!

 

Oh I have had a day of  Skycraft!!  That is Skyping with people I craft with and crafting and getting the mojo going at the same time.  How good is that?

 

So I will show you a pic of a little birdie who playes in the Gardenias in the back yard.  He is so cute and pretty, he has lots of friends and between them all he makes a lot of noise.

 

 

This is him, what a cutie he is.  He moves fast, plays with his reflection in the mirror of the van and makes a little mess down the door because he stays there so long.  He is vain I think and loves his little mate in the mirror.

 

So I was thinking about how pretty he is and decided to make a dress-up card.  I have so many ideas for dresses, love them as embellishments either on little coathangers, or on dress forms or on real little people.  Must get doing this instead of thinking about it all the time.

 

 

So this card is made with a dress form stamp that my wonderful friend Miss Lisa (from Crafting Cottage) sent me ages ago and it needed to be trimmed close to the rubber image and I kept putting that little job off.  Finally did it, and isn’t it a beautiful card I made with it.

 

On this card if you look closely you will see I also did a little embossing with my dies in a different way.   I was so excited by this embossing tip on Selma’s Stamping Corner, the way she has embossed the top part of the window.  I did this with corners on the right and the border down the left of this card.  This is an awesome technique!!

 

I have used lace to make a skirt for the dressform and coloured the bodice in with gold gel pen.  Finished with some ribbon, and handmade flower and some liquid pearls.

 

Hope you like this.

 

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going well.

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!!

 

I hope your day has been  fantastic, I love Thursdays because it is really Friday for me and I get a long weekend every weekend, so I had my Friday Face on today since about 10am, because I finish work about 10.30am.  How spoilt am I??

 

So I spend the afternoon reading a book, cooking dinner and taking a photograph that I should have taken yesterday because my  beautiful little gardenia is flowering like crazy and yesterday the blooms were perfect, but today some were starting to get a bit jaded.

 

 

This is Gardenia ‘Golden Magic’ and although it has single white flowers they turn yellow with age.  It really is very pretty and flowers very profusely!!  This shrub is around 3 feet wide and 3 feet high.

 

So I have a card to show you with very different yellow/orange flowers on it.

 

 

This card was made for a challenge on ways to use it – woven ribbon.  So I used a piece of lace with eyelets on one side of it and threaded my piece of ribbon through.  Next to that I have ruffled ribbon and then decorated with flowers and leaves.  These items were all placed on a PATP panel that had been inked.  This panel was given to me by my friend Lisa at Crafting Cottage

 

The little daisy flowers were some I got ages ago, they are mulberry paper and I love them.  The larger daisy is made by me with a MFT Die Plentiful Petals.

 

I love the double bow made from organza ribbon.  The butterflies and the sentiment panel are embellished with liquid pearls.

 

Hope you like this.

 

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going well.

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!!

 

Bit warm today, too warm for me to be outside too long.  It is still much cooler inside and I hope it stays this way, I am not fond of the fluid that heat gives me. 😦  Haha you didn’t know I could winge did you??

 

We will leave that there and take a look at what nature put up for us today.  This is a skink, he is about 12 inches long and moves so so fast.  He is streamlined and very shiny.  Lovely lizard.

 

 

He has yellow stripes down his sides runnimg from behind the eyes to about halfway down the body.  Racing stripes maybe. 🙂

 

So I went and made a care with the SU set Inspired by Nature, how clever is that?

 

 

Oh my, this is done with a Faux Tile technique.  I cut the piece to the size I wanted and used a PATP to get the decorative border.  Then I scored the lines on it.  Then stamped the image, making sure not to press to heavily so that the scorelines remained ink free.

 

When the stamping was dry, I covered the entire panel with Versamark Ink and then dipped it into clear embossing powder to get a good coverage and then heated it. 🙂

 

It is shiny and really does look like a tiled surface.  Who would have thought?

 

I finished the card with a black trim piece along the bottom and a sentiment panel and a little butterfly.

 

Today I spent quite a while in the craftroom and finished some other projects and a card made especially for my friend Lisa who sent me a dress form stamp, but she is not checking the internet at present, so I will keep it until I know she will be online.  Gotta love our Crafting Cottage lady.

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going well.

Hugs :)

 

 

 

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Hello Everyone!!!
Saturday are craft room days, I spend so much time there and did not do anything on my list today, so that means I don’t have to write a list for tomorrow, it’s already done!!

 

A week or so ago I showed you a pic of the blue tongue lizard who haunts the back door of the shed.  Well here he is again, out in the open sunning himself….. gotta love his life.  He is a metre away from where I stand with the door open….. brrrr

 

 

So after being scared by him, I made a pretty card for the Alphabet Challenge.  The ask was to make a card we had made before and change it to reflect the letter R, so I changed the flower to roses and the sentiment to We Remember.

 

 

The position of the sentiment panel was moved as well.

 

Loads of layers, loads of die cuts, PATP, ruffled ribbon and some DTP, yes my style.  I love this sentiment from Lucy’s Stamps and have overlooked it lately.

 

Today I tried to sort out my stamps, put my SU sets back together and get a system going for my unmounted stamps and clear stamps so I can SEE what I have and use them!!  One day I will have my space properly organised.

 

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going well.

Hugs :)

 

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Hello Everyone,

 

How is your weekend going to shape up?  Mine is going to be fairly round I think, a round of craft, a round of housework (dirty word), a round of gardening and a round of reading.  Yep that sounds about the size of it, bit fat circles I will be running in.

 

So how do you like this spiney little fella??? He is an Echidna (Porcupine) and we see him a lot around here, he plays in the garden, walks across the grass and does not seem to be bothered by anyone.  If he is he just rolls himself into a little ball with all his spines out to protect his soft parts and just lays there until the danger goes away.

 

 

 

So thinking about him I took the time to make a card between trying to tidy the craft room.  Didn’t get far with that, I keep finding cool stuff to play with.

 

 

This is a simple card on a white A6 base with a  pink PATP.  I did not measure this, haha, and just punched, but it didn’t line up, but you use your mistakes don’t you?  Well I did.  A doily layered and some colourful ricrak, sp.??.

 

I stamped the sentiment with a Penny Black stamp and used a die cut from Quickcutz.  Decorated the cake with the flower punch outs from the border punch.

 

When I first got this die, it would not cut cleanly and I used a shim, another shim and another and thought oh boy I am going to bust my BigShot on this.  😦 Bummer my first die that would not work at all for me, it was just hopeless…..  I did not get around to sending it back and was going to bin it……. But I thought, I am going to take the ejection foam off it and see how bad this is made and write to the manufacturer and complain.

 

Well slap my thighs and call me Dusty, there was nothing wrong with it, cuts perfectly without the foam.  🙂  I looked at the foam carefully.  It seems to have a plastic coating on the die side of it… yep you guessed it, I cannot even cut it properly with scissors….

 

So I gave it some brand new foam  and Ta-Dah!!! Works like new!! Perfect cutting.  Lauren you are my hero, good girl!!  Gotta love it when you fix it yourself!! 😀

 

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going well.

Hugs :)

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