Sunday, May 29, 2011

Australia's Biggest Morning Tea... & lunch... & dinner!

The utterly gorgeous chicks at CA organised a full day of online tutorials to raise money for the Cancer Council.

So since 10am, on the hour, every hour today I've been mildly hyperventilating at the thought of the next activity and whether I read the supplies list right or indeed measured my cardstock in cm or inches!

Here are the rewards from what was an extraordinary, fun-filled, laugh-out-loud-alot day!

* nb. whilst supplies and cardstock measurements were provided, choices of colours, stamps, embellishments etc were not defined.  The variety of end-products was therefore utterly varied and amazing! 

1 - A teacup easel card (led by Debi Ryan)

2 - A Hot Drink Wallet ... or as I prefer, choccie wallet! (led by Dee Sturgeon)

3 - Cracked glass technique (led by Jane McGlade-Smith)

4 - Punch art Daffodil (led by Julia Leece); photo on it's way... maybe!
5 - Sketch challenge (set by Tia Routledge)
6 - Colour Challenge - Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point and Whisper White (set by Anne Brignall)

Like I say, a busy, overwhelming, inspiring, entertaining and wonderful day!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Baby bye-bye...

Miss 7's teacher leaves school this week to have her first baby *heart*

I do think it's utterly lovely that some people still like the 'gender surprise' so the oversized card is in classic neutral colours - yellow (daffodil delight), white and crumb cake.  The kids from class then signed a baby tee each for the inside.

I'm super-stoked with the 'bouquet' too!  Organic baby clothes wrapped into rose shapes - a trick I sourced off YouTube.  A nice way to present what would otherwise be a boring gift voucher!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Juz like that...

Solo Sunday fun, during...



Butterfly Bliss...

Here's my second entry for Less Is More's theme challenge - butterflies.

Crumb Cake and twine go together like a horse and carriage *heart*

And a little extra stepped-up card... because I was on a roll!
card 1
cardstock: crumb cake
ink: more mustard
stamps: a little birthday cheer, bliss
card 2
cardstock: whisper white, crumb cake, old olive
ink: crumb cake, old olive
stamps: music notes (Penny Black?), bliss
other; old olive ribbon, antique brad


:o)  I've managed to complete this week's Less Is More challenge and it's ONLY SUNDAY!

*ruffles with pride*

Lady C & Diva M set us a theme challenge this week - Butterflies.

Well, somebody stop me!

I'm going to enter two cards as I feel they hit the LIM guidelines best but I made four cards and had an utterly gloriously quite afternoon in my craft space.. whilst hubbie had the kids cleaning the cars!

Firstly a DL card, not a LIM entry but I like the modern lines.

And my first LIM entry - Love this super-simple-super-fast card, using vellum as the feature...

Card 1

All product SU
cardstock: whisper white, cherry cobbler, early expresso
inks: cherry cobbler, early expresso
stamps: Butterfly Prints
other: build-a-brads

Card 2
cardstock: melon mambo, vellum (thick)
other: beautiful wings sizzlit die, basic pearls

Friday, May 20, 2011

Happy Bathday!?!

Once again cutting it fine, here is my entry for this week's Less Is More challenge - Embossing.

Talk about mojo-no-go!

I wanted to try double embossing but failed miserably despite watching a youtube angel show me every move!  Maybe I'll crack it this week.

'Til then!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

For Our Beautiful Niece...

Our gorgeous 'grown up' niece celebrates her birthday this weekend.

  {big big love to you, Loulie... we will see you REAL soon}

We like to try and choose something unique for her - this year we found a little treasure at The Rocks Markets in Sydney.

With inspiration flowing directly from the pendant, I created this card to match the gift.

I ran acetate through the Cuttlebug with SU's pillowbox die - I needed to roll it through a couple of times to get a good cut.  Then using my square nesties, I cut the window, acetate and frame.

I used good ole SU markers to colour the inch square in the centre and think the tones were pretty well matched!


cardstock: melon mambo, old olive
ink: rose red, real red, old olive, brocade blue
other: acetate, white gel pen, gold gel pen, old olive ribbon

Sunday, May 15, 2011

A Little 1 yr old...

Here's a little card made for a very special 1yr old princess xxxx

Whilst it looks simple...!  There's a surprising amount of 'firsts' in this card!

1 working with felt
2 using my nesties with something other than paper (ie felt!)
3 using my sewing machine to add a little extra 'heartmade'!

The basic sketch was cased from a forgotten blog (soz).  And isn't it great when those oldie-but--goodie tools can reappear... the pram embossing folder came with my cuttlebug.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

** Whoopee! **

I was starting to think that I'd miss another LIM deadline... and through no fault of my own! (see last week's late excuse!)

Blogger has been 'sick' for a couple of days but those lush gals at LIM extended the deadline once Blogger was back online...

So here we are!  My entry (and initial effort) for Less Is More - White on White challenge.

Big love x

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Outside the square...

When I get new toys to craft with, I open them excitedly thinking "what can I do with this?".

Sunghee at Creativity in Progress unwittingly helps me to think "what ELSE can I do with this?".

Sunghee's creations from base tools used in different, wider ways, is sensational.

This box (cased from Sunghee) is made from ... what do you think?

... two mini milk carton templates, cut down very very slightly to create a whole new container - sheer genius.

Sometimes I wish I could be more lateral thinking ... most times I am just thankful other people share their genius for me to copy!

Surprise box #2...

Don't worry - it's only box 2 of 2!

Nice, unknown papers I found in my stash to make pop-open gift #2.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Gifts for the whanau...

As our first trip to UK in 3 years creeps up on us, I thought it best to get gifts for the family started early and not panic (for once!) at the last minute!

So using photos from my girls' lastest 'shoot' with Fairy Girls, I've regressed a little and made 'surprise boxes' - a template I learned from Kaszazz.

They are just a lovely way to present themed photos and use different papers (dare I say, old papers that are stacking up and gathering dust in my treasures!).

Saturday, May 7, 2011

sob sob sob

'dagnamit' ...

It is with heavy heart and somber soul that I have missed, yes MISSED this week's LIM deadline.

* sniff *

I think the stage activities of last week caught up on me and I've lost an entire day this week.

*  wipes nose *

I made this little creation last night and thought "I'll upload in morning and all will be well".

* tear forms *

Forgot to factor in kids' activities and pacifying a husband who's a little grumpy with a rattle in his car!?!

:oD  Laugh with me, crafties!

So, for what it is worth, here is my take on the gorgeous LIM's 'thank you or congratulations' challenge.

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