Wednesday, 30 April 2008

sad computer news

My Macbook is broken.... I may not be around for a bit ... am grabbing moments here and there on my husbands PC and my work computer in a break ... but I will not be posting until it's fixed... I hope it can be fixed as I have not backed up in ages.... photos!!!!

Sunday, 27 April 2008

SBS#15 colour challenge

Monica challenged us to create a card using the colours : pink, green and brown ...
Here's what I did:

Recipe: pink, brown & green cardstock, ribbon, Pink Petticoat:Lola image & sentiment, pink bloom.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

Paper World Sketch# 8

Once again I have been doing some more blog hopping ... I found another great blog ::
My Paper World
and so I decided to enter the sketch challenge (just in time) ... Here is my attempt ... I liked the sketch (as it's nice and simple) so I decided to make 2 cards!! Although I did not stay true in #2.

Friday, 25 April 2008

Lest We Forget

Today it's Anzac Day ... a Day to remember all those who gave of themselves and fought for our country... So today ... I am thankful for this day off but more so for the sacrifice of these men and women and the freedom which we can now enjoy today.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
... Lest We forget

Cute Card Thursday :: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

It's that time of week again ... Time for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge:

Challenge 7
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

There are some very lovely cards by the Design team again this week!!! check them out here

I used a Lola Rose's Little Sister Lilli image from Pink Petticoat
and coloured it in with watercolours ... adding some ribbon and eyelets as embellishments!!

My little sister stayed over last night and so we made cards together for the challenge ... she does not have a blog so I am posting her card here! She drew it all herself :)

I made this card for my little sister, she is an Artist and has just had an exhibition where she sold 6 paintings!! whoo! I made this card as a 'well done' for her and also as an inspiration - she is saving to go and paint in Paris for a year!! :)

I have used the 'Artist Dottie' by Louly just LOVE Dottie :)

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Sandy's blog candy

The lovely Sandy is giving away some blogcandy!! Go and look on her blog :)

PTW :: Katharina's sketch #2

Here is my card for this week's Papertake Weekly Challenge.

This is a sketch challenge by Katharina

Pink Petticoat's Lola Rose and her little sister Lilli

These are the cards that I have made using "Lola rose and her Little Sister Lilli" stamps...

My first ever card using Lola Rose - I just love her - she's so elegant! I stuck with the purple and the yellow colors that were in the paper patterns .. I think it came out ok... (I had to, as I often do - outline her with gel pen, after I'd coloured her in)!

Let me know (honestly) what you think!

This one is for a good friend.. she has been a friend for many years. Over the last 7 years or so we have not really seen each other at all but she is often in my thoughts and prayers and has a special place in my heart as she has been a very encouraging friend and always points me to Jesus Christ... We are in sporadic contact through blogging and facebook ... This card will be a couple of weeks late but I was away during her birthday (not a good excuse really) and would really like to send her something so this is it :)

What do you think ... How many weeks after a birthday can you send a Belated Birthday card?

stay tuned for some cards of Lola Rose's little sister Lilli :)

My first Dottie card

Here is my first Dottie card .. it's for the daughter of a close friend ... It feels like just yesterday that she was born but now she is at school ... Their family moved to "woop woop" (country SA) many years ago and I really miss my good friend Jen! :(

you can download Dottie here!

Excited by digital downloads

Well - I have been busy ... I have bought some digital downloads and have been sooooo excited. DH has been having a few laughs about my excitement :)

I have always been fairly creative (into Art and lots of crafts), I was a Creative Memories Consultant for a year or two BUT I have not been doing this stamping/ cardmaking blog for long (Jan 12th '08) and am pretty new to the whole craft of stamping (Mar 13th '08 - before that just some random stamps here and there) so I am learning LOTS everyday and enjoying being inspired by many peoples blogs and cards... THANKS everyone!!! I have become somewhat of a challenge junkie :) AND I absolutely adore my sisterhood of the blogging stampers (Group #15)!! check out their blogs with the links on the right.

When wanting to enter some challenges and not having the required stamps I drew my own pictures on the computer and a then a couple more I drew by hand, then photographed and printed them out to colour ... I would really like one day to design my own range ... stamps (or perhaps digital downloads?) so this has been on the back of my mind for a few weeks/ months and then ...

I found Dottie! she is so cute :) Louly has done a FANTASTIC job creating her! she is a very talented and creative lady!!! I have now downloaded Dottie and LOVE her!! I am really enjoying colouring her and making some cards!

I'm ready to colour her

I have also been subscribed to the Pink Petticoat newsletter for some time now and finally (a couple of days ago) downloaded some stamp downloads :: Lola rose and her little sister Lilli
oooh.... I LOVE them too. check out their Designer Liz's blog , she is another very talented lady!

I've started colouring Lilli

These are so inspirational AND did I mention I was excited by them?? ... I will not stop until I have made a card from EVERY one of these downloads I have.... AND meanwhile ... I will keep thinking about my own designs and just maybe one day there will be some :)

QUESTIONS for you ...
1. what do you think about Digital download vs Stamps
2. What sort of stamps would you like that are not available (if any)

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Fantastic Friday challenge :: Lost and Found card

this one is for Korin's Fantastic Friday challenge 4/18
"Make a card using 3 different embellishments (i.e. brads, ribbon, flowers, etc...)"

I found her blog this morning through one of my lovely blogging sisters : Jessica's blog.

I decided to make the card for this challenge a card one that I could give to my younger sister, Sian, as I have just found an earing that she left here about a year ago and I found it a while ago to send to her and then lost it again!! I found it yesterday ... so now I will pop it in the mail on Monday along with this card :)

Cute Card Thursday :: It's a Man's World

I made this card for the Cute Card Thursday challenge

I made it for my husband who loves lego - he collects it ... It was his idea for me to make a lego card - no stamps on today's card just a whole heap of punching, cutting and sticking!

He also came home from grocery shopping today with a bag from BigW - they were having a scrapbooking sale with items at .50c + ... He got me some cute stamps and embellishments!! Looking forward to using them tomorrow!!

Papertake Weekly challenge :: All that Glitters

Here is my card for this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge

This weeks challenge 'All that glitters' is simply to use glitter on your projects! This weeks challenge is sponsored by Sally at Aunty's Store. There are two of Sally's fab new stamps up for grabs!

Why not check out the challenge site - there are some great cards on there by the design team and some great entries too!!

Friday, 18 April 2008

More blog candy

Enfys is an Awesome card maker - check out her blog for inspiration and she is giving away some pretty cool stamps

Tracie's birthday is coming up and she is giving away some blog candy too ..

Congratulations to Lim for 2000 hits. she is giving away some great looking stamps and embellishments

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Katharina's Birthday blog candy

Katharina is giving away some blog candy as it's her birthday:


Check out her blog for some great inspiration and enter for your chance to win a VERY cute stamp :)

Cute Card Thursday :: Things with wings

This one is for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge :

Challenge 5
The challenge for this week is 'Things With Wings'
Anything with wings which is cute is fine for the challenge!

... so my "thing with wings" is this cute little dragonfly stamp! placed on coloured circles with some white gel pen doodling added.

sketch challenge #1

Here is my card for the challenge issued by Monica in the Sisterhood of the Blogging Stampers Group #15.

I am a bit annoyed that the brads are so crooked ... oops!


Sunday, 13 April 2008

"Home again home again jiggedy jig"

We are home again after a LOVELY holiday in Adelaide! It was VERY fun staying with our friends Mike and Ally ... Ally and I were in residential college together in 1998 (another close friend from that time, Bron also was there for the week and our other friend Lainy lives in Adelaide too ... so it was a nice time of reminiscing and catching up on each others lives)!!

the four of us girls at McLaren Vale - we went on a Blessed Cheese (and wine) tour!

Mike and Ally have 4 kids aged 5 and under and so it was quite an experience living with them for a week - It was really lovely and special to spend time with them as a family and see how their family works! ... I even enjoyed feeding babies and did not mind "too" much about changing a few dirty nappies!

I am honoured to be a godparent to one of their baby girls :) very exciting and am looking forward to seeing her and her siblings grow up :) I made a framed prayer for her which I decorated with some stamps and gel pens and Creative memories stickers!!

I hope that one day it will have meaning for her!!

It was nice to be out of Sydney and the busy-ness of this city!!!
It was fun to hang out with friends... It was Lain (and her Mum- Jen's) Birthday on Friday - Here are the cards that I made for them..

We were looking through the Women's Weekly birthday cake book to see what cake to make and were going to make a bunch of flower cupcakes... although at someone's suggestion (oops - it may have been me) we changed it to faces of those in the family/ at the party... Here is a photo of our efforts - I liked the ones Ally decorated best!!

the final presentation!!!

the Sammi cupcake - decorated by Ally!!!

And now we are home again - It will be nice to sleep in our own bed :) but I will miss our friends and the less busy city of Adelaide... we now have 1 more week off - YAY!!! Lot's of time to create and blog (and perhaps clean out some cupboards which I said I would do in holidays)

Right now :: I'm thankful to God for the chance for a holiday ... for friendship ... and for his great love for us in Jesus! :)

Challenge winner!

a BIG THANK-YOU to those who have entered my challenge!!!
I have just finished stamping some images for the winner ...

The winner of my challenge is Robyn!!
Have a look at her blog which is very inspirational :)

Her card:

So the blog candy will be in the mail tomorrow... and I think I will throw in a little surprise for her 6yr old son who also entered - I was so impressed!!! ... see his card below and of course on Robyn's blog!

Sam's Challenge + blogcandy

*this post will stay at the top until the finishing date - Sunday 13th April*

Well I have been entering quite a few card challenges and it's been fun!!
Now I have decided to run my own challenge ...

"Just click on my image below, Print it out and use her on your card" ... the rest is up to you!!

I am Looking forward to seeing what you create!!

My example

I will be away in Adelaide from the 4th - 13th and will therefore post the winner on Sunday 13th afternoon (Australian time).

Oh yes and I have a small amount of blogcandy as a prize. This includes:
  1. thin lengths of silver cardstock
  2. some random diecuts
  3. ribbons
  4. purple heart cutouts
  5. some beary cute stamped images (not pictured)

Just post your creation on your blog and please add a link under this post, so I can visit your blog and see your creations. All are welcome to enter and I will post internationally!

Thursday, 3 April 2008

a holiday

Well - i just thought I'd let you all know that I have not deserted the blog or cardmaking --- I have just gone on a holiday - we are flying to Adelaide at 6am tomorrow morning - I am sooo excited - we will be staying with some good friends and I am going to be a godmother, will be back on the 13th - in the meantime - make sure you enter my challenge! :) Lol


Today I have 2 awards - how very exciting!!!

Thanks to Joana who has passed on this Arte Y Pico award to me :) :) :)
The rules of this award

1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and also contributes to the blogging community ,no matter what language.
2. Each award has to give the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. To show these rules.

It doesn't say people can;t receive it more than once and some of these if not all may already have this award - but I think they deserve it, so I pass it onto:


And the lovely Emma has given me this award: I am flattered!

I would like to pass this one onto these people:
Monica who is doing a brilliant job of admin of our SBS15 group and she also has a great blog and takes the time to write lovely, encouraging comments.
Robyn is inspiring - a mother of 5 :) wow that's worth an award or 2 ... and she has a lovely blog and also leaves nice comments and she and her son took my challenge! :)
Jessica who gave me my first ever award and definitely made my day ... she also leaves encouraging comments and has some really great card on her great blog!

AND Thanks to everyone for visiting - you really do all make my day - thanks!

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Arte y Pico

Wow - I'm stoked - Today, I received My first award :) Thanks Jessica :)

There are 5 rules attached to this and they are:

1) You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also contributes to the blogging community, no matter what language.
2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3)Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself. Here is Jessica's lovely Blog!
4) Award-winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of "Arte y Pico" blog , so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5) To show these rules.

It's quite hard to choose only 5, but here are my choices:

Lainy - one of my blogging sisters - A fun blog - I love looking at her cards
Emma - another of the fantastic SBS15 girls - she has some gorgeous work!
Kim - one more sister ... with some great creations to show!
Steph - because she was very friendly and helpful, responding to my silly emails and she has a fantastic blog and a great challenge site too.
Andrea - very creative ... lovely cards and great blog - one of the authors too of the Cute Card Thursday Challenge site

And that's it - there are many more people that I'd love to pass on the award to but I could only give it to 5 :( Although I'd love to - I couldn't choose them all, make sure you go and check out my other sisterhood of the blogging stampers group#15 girls! the links are all on the right sidebar!