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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Feeling blue


Martha and I picked up my in laws from the airport this morning. They had a good flight, but a day's travelling takes it out on you, so while they and Martha are having a nap, I thought I would post this card I made for Daisy. Her 4th birthday is in January, but last year she didn't get a card from us (I know, it's terrible). We were in England for Christmas and I was going to make her card when we got back before her birthday. Unfortunately, snow played havoc with our travel plans and we ended up in Northumberland for Daisy's birthday. By the time we got back here, it was a bit late to make her a card. Anyway, I didn't want that to happen again, so I'm early with it. Daisy's favourite colour is blue (I think that's because she loves Thomas the Tank Engine!) and she is going through a pretty dress and princess phase, so I put both together. The stamp is a fab one from Kraftin' Kimmie called Marie Antoinette. I am entering this into the Allsorts challenge - monochrome.

Monday, November 29, 2010

A recipe for you

Hi all,

It's Monday, so it's time for another challenge at Incy Wincy. This week we are sponsored by:

and the prize is 4 digital images from the shop. This week it is a recipe challenge and the recipe is : 3 flowers, 2 papers and 1 image. I used a sweet bunny image from Meljen's Designs. If you have read some of my other posts, you will know how hard I find clean and simple cards to make. So, I decided to just use the ingredients with little else added, but I still found it hard and keep thinking the card looks a bit bare. The papers are by Prima and the flowers are from Wild Orchid.

Daisy has been in kindy today so I took the opportunity to do some Christmas shopping with Martha. I can't believe how quickly it's creeping up on us. I've also been getting the house sorted as my in-laws are arriving tomorrow morning for a couple of weeks. They haven't met Martha yet, so it will be nice for them to have some time with the girls. I hope you have a good day,


Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Having a play


I've been desperate to have a play with my new stash, so here's the result. I've distressed the edges of the card and the paper. The paper is by prima. I then used Victorian Velvet and Antique linen distress inks for a background and stamped an image by Tim Holtz. I also used crackle paint around the edges. The lace is by Wild Orchid and was inked with Victorian Velvet. I'm entering this into Allsorts - lace, ribbon and a charm.
It's been a lovely day today so we were invited to a friend's house for a swim. I can't quite get my head around 31 degrees in November though.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Tag it.


Yes, it really is another post from me. There's a new challenge over at Creative Craft, which is tag it. We want to see tags on your projects. We are sponsored by Little Claires who are offering two stamps for the winner.

Onto my DT card. The paper is by Funky Hand and I love it - so many great designs. The stamp is from the Daisy and Dandelion range, as is the sentiment. The tag inside is hollow, so that money or a voucher can be placed inside.
We had a chilled day today as Daisy wasn't well. Hopefully she will be better tomorrow. Martha had been waking up three or four times each night, but has calmed down a bit now, so hopefully I'll be a bit less shattered and more keen to craft.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Incy Wincy Challenge 69


It's Monday so there's another challenge over at Incy Wincy and this week we want you to create a project using blue and white (at least 80% of your project must be blue and white). This week we are sponsored by

and I have used this cute snowman image from Aspire to Thrive. The papers are from a RAK and the lace is from Wild Orchid.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Fussy and Fancy - Christmas, no red or green.

One Stitch at a time - Choose a season or event - Christmas.

Creative Inspirations - Anything Christmassy/ winter.

Stampin' for the weekend - Winter.

One Stop Craft Challenge - Snow people.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

A bit more purple

Hi all,

The sun has been shining today, which has been good as I finally managed to get some washing out. It's been quite wet and stormy this past week, which is odd for spring here normally. I went training this morning and we did some boxing, which I have never done before and quite liked, as long as I never have to hit anyone. Daisy was at nursery today and had her photo taken there. She chose one of her pretty party dresses to wear and I was just hoping it would stay clean enough for the photos as she seems to attract mess, like most 3 year olds.

Anyway, enough of my waffle. I managed to make a card while Martha slept. I used a fab sketch from the challenge at allsorts this week. I've had the paper for ages but just found it while I was sorting out ready for my new stash. The stamp is from the Daisy and Dandelion range and the flowers are from Wild Orchid. I bought a few of these flowers, so expect to see more. I bought the white ribbon a couple of years ago and haven't used it before.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Rock on at Incy Wincy

It's Monday, so there's another challenge at Incy Wincy and I am really excited about this one. We are sponsored this week by:

and there are 3 prizes up for grabs of 3, 2 or 1 digi stamp from Kenny K's store. I wish I could enter! The theme this week is Rock on!, so we want to see your music inspired projects. For my card, I have used the Hip Hop Drums digi and think it's great for male cards. The paper is by Hot off the Press and the sentiment is computer generated.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Yes - it really is another Christmas card.


I know, three posts in as many days. What is the world coming to? I have decided I really should make a determined start on my Christmas cards. This one uses a digi stamp by in style stamps which I love. The paper is by Basic Grey and Making Memories, which I have inked with green.
I am entering this into the allsorts challenge - Twas the night before Christmas, as this reminds me of the line - The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.
I'm getting fed up of the weather as we have had storms most nights since Saturday. Hopefully summer will be nicer.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The stars are coming out tonight


Well today is the time for a new challenge over at Creative Craft and this is Starlight Starbright. So we would like to see stars on your project. This works well for those of you wanting to make Christmas cards, or if you are like me and still avoiding making them, then the possibilites are endless. On to my card. I have used a fab Kenny K image called Star. I have seen many cards on blogs using these images and have never used them before, but I think I may be hooked. I made the background using punched stars as masks and inking between them. Please pop over and play along and see the cards from the rest of the DT - they're wonderful.
I've had two quite crafty days as Daisy was in nursery and Martha is still going to sleep long enough for me to make some things. I've been having lots of fun using my new stash and choosing more as my parents gave me an online voucher for a craft shop for my birthday. Hopefully I will be receiving a parcel soon with lots of yummy goodies - I can't wait!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Incy Wincy sketch

It's time for another challenge at Incy Wincy and this week there's a fab sketch for you. We are sponsored by Aspire to Thrive:

who are offering a $10 voucher for their store. The DT have all used images from Aspire to Thrive with the sketch. I have gone for a Christmas theme as I am seeing so many Christmas cards around and I haven't made many yet so expect more! I used the Santa train image, which I love. I don't have any scalloped ovals, so I used lace to outline the oval. The frame is from SU. I don't normally go for traditional colours, but I thought they worked well here.
I would like to enter this into the following challenge:
Sir Stampalot - Christmas traditions

A quick update on Daisy and the dance concert. I was quite worried she wouldn't get on stage as she is quite shy, but she went on, did all the moves perfectly and had a huge smile on her face all the time. She now wants to do more. A very proud mummy moment!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Castles in the sky

Hi all,

I don't feel like I have stopped this week. It always takes me a while to get back on track after a week away. The washing still isn't done as it has been raining all week. It's meant to be spring, what's happened? Also, I've started doing a bit of tutoring. After a year away from teaching, it's lovely to get back into it, but you won't believe how long it took me to plan three hours of lessons! Hopefully now I know the children's abilities it will get quicker as I've spent valuable crafting time on planning!

I have a card for you tonight though. Daisy has been invited to a friend's 3rd birthday tomorrow. She loves My Little Pony at the moment and as I don't have a pony stamp, I thought this LOTV unicorn would work well. The paper is by Reminisce and is from the new goodies I bought in Melbourne (hubby kindly let me use it before my birthday). The bling is from my stash.

Daisy will be shattered tomorrow as she has her first dance concert after the party. I'm looking forward to it. Even if she just stands on the stage doing nothing, it will be an experience for her. The time of chauffering daughters around is starting now, I think.

Monday, November 1, 2010

I'm back and have some news.

Hi all,

We got back from Melbourne today. We had a lovely time and visited as many touristy things as possible. Unfortunately Daisy was ill one day, so we had a day of enforced rest, which isn't all bad as I left hubby with the girls for the afternoon and toddled off to a craft shop I had seen. I had great fun as hubby said I could choose some things for my birthday which is soon. The trouble was deciding what not to buy!

Anyway, here's my news. I am sure DT's are like buses. You have none and then 2 turn up at once! I have been chosen to be on the DT for Incy Wincy Designs. It's a fab challenge blog which runs every Monday and showcases digi stamps from the Aspire to Thrive Children's Charity shop. All profit from these goes to the charity. I am so proud to be chosen and am looking forward to the next 6 months.

On to the card. This week at Incy Wincy, we are being sponsored by:

This is run by our very own Nikki, a very talented lady. She let us play with some images for the challenge, which this week is Anything Goes - no excuse not to take part! I chose this cute owl - Whootie. I printed him out different sizes and decoupaged the larger one. I used silver ink to make a moon behind the owls. I inked the edges of the paper - sorry I have no idea who makes it as it was a scrap I had. The sentiment is computer generated.