Friday, 18 April 2014

Happy Easter and Mother's Day in the Colonies :-)

Hi Bloggers,

Happy Easter, I really hope you celebrate a peaceful few days enjoying the company of friends and family.  The weather is  behaving itself here, with glorious sunshine which, is not always the case over the Easter break! 
The nights are drawing in and getting cooler, so it won't be long before the warmer quilts come out. Goodbye summer, for a few months anyway.

Mother's Day has been and gone in the UK but here in Australia we celebrate  in early May. Mum and I agreed some years ago I'd go with our Australian date, which means she gets to celebrate twice. One with the family back there as well as a later celebration with her 'Aussie kids' or as my Dad used to say her Colonial kids!  Thankfully, I can place an order for flowers, chocolates, fancy cakes, all sorts of treats online, in the sure knowledge that they will be delivered to her front door on the day!    To be honest, I think it's half the fun anyway..... receiving a parcel on the front doorstep :)

I managed to sneak away to my craft room for an hour earlier and made a couple of cards, one of which is ready to send off to my Mum.......soon.

The image is from Gina K,  I coloured it using my Inktense pencils.  It's been a while since I played with them and I must say I like using them to create a 'wash' background to stamp over.
The sentiment is from AnnaBelle Stamps and the DP is from Kaisercraft.

Thanks for taking the time to drop by, enjoy your Easter..........

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Scrapbook Boutique April Blog Hop & Inspirational Challenge.


It's time for another BLOG HOP and Inspirational Challenge from Scrapbook Boutique . 

The Hop starts and ends at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog.  If you're following along you should have arrived from Melissa's blog and when you leave me you hop over to Therese's Blog.

The hop is open for one week, closing at midday Thursday 17th April. 
To be eligible to win the prize, leave a comment on each of the blogs, with the SB blog being the last one.  The random winner will be drawn from the  SB blog and announced on Friday 18th.

Unfortunately the blog hop prize (and the inspiration challenge) are only open to anyone with an Australian mailing address.

Join the Blog Hop and you could be the lucky person to receive this lovely set  (Daily Stories) from Teresa Collins


Join us if you can for our regular monthly inspirational challenge.
   Make a project using the following picture as your inspiration.

You could be the winner of a $30 gift voucher for Scrapbook Boutique.  


For my April project I got out the Envelope Punch Board making some little domed boxes to fill with Easter treats.

Made using a 6" square of card stock these little boxes fit three small eggs and a chick.......just right to give to friends at the craft group as an Easter token.

I've put together a photo tutorial to show how you punch, score and assemble these. If you want to mark the page and come back after you've completed the Blog Hop.  I'll also add it to my Tutorials and Such Page :). The requirements for these three boxes are listed below.

For those of you who own an Envelope Punch Board you might be interested in the following link that takes you to a 'Box Buster" on The Crafty Owl's blog.  This helps you calculate the punch and score lines for any box shape.......clever!!!

Enjoy the rest of the hop....................
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This next photo shows clearly the score lines you'll need to line up.

Decorate with sentiment and fill with small treats.

Friday, 4 April 2014

So long, farewell......


How's your week going?  The 'boyfriend' and I have been catching up with a few chores around the place. The house is tidy, windows are all clean, the floors the same, oh but the garden......... We've had a mixture of rain and sunshine so the grass grows as you stand looking at it!  Never mind we needed the rain, my hope is that it reached further inland for the farmers!

A week ago we travelled down to Port Stephens to join a dinner cruise hosted by Ian's company (well you know what I mean, where he used to work :)).  It was lovely, especially as the bosses farewelled 'the boyfriend'.

He, the same person who walked out of the office at Christmas backwards.......wanting no fuss and actually feeling quite emotional!  Didn't have to be bribed to attend (actually he did try to duck it .....spoiling the surprise somewhat LOL).

Did I smile when he stood to acknowledge the kind words, giving his own little speech.......yes I did, but I was very proud.......he spoke well!  Anyway enough of that, we enjoyed a wonderful evening leaving with beautiful flowers and arms full of gifts......such a lovely and unexpected surprise.

Make me a Thank you card will you, actually I'll need a couple, one for the Victorian office......says he! what to do? Flowers...Oh no.....maybe just a layered sentiment.

Here's what I decided........

I took heaps of pictures of him walking around his favourite bay and finally, between us, we decided on two. One for the front of the card and one for the back.......What do you think?

Shades of 'Reginald Perrin'** (not quite, Reginald was starkers!!) walking into the sunset!!!!  That's it for another day, off to play with card and my envelope punch board....... what fun!
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** English Comedy TV show from years ago!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

At last a post.......and a special Wedding........


I know it's been a while, life has been pretty hectic here,   a fully retired husband at home 24/7 certainly makes a difference.  I'm not, no, no, every day is an adventure!  We've managed a few road trips and even when we stay 'local' there's always time to go for a coffee, or a walk around our favourite bay with lunch sitting overlooking the view. Life is good!

As far as making cards........I've really only made those I'm committed to make, which means very few posts here on my card blog. Gone are the days of posting every day!

I do however, have one to share today.  The daughter of a girl friend in Sydney was married during March and her Mum asked me to make her a card.

The wedding had a silver/black theme so I went with a silver striped DP over a black mat and pearls.

I've had this LOTV image for so long and never used it. It's just so sweet, I really enjoyed colouring with the softest Copic colours.
The lovely sentiment is from AnnaBelle Stamps Wedding set and was embossed with silver EP.

Because of the roses this card needed a box so I used the same striped/black mat for the lid with some organza ribbon and a flower.

The hardest part of making a card like this for someone else to give, is deciding on the sentiment for the inside. Sometimes a stamped sentiment just isn't enough.
Here's what I do: Search on line, pick three sentiments, one quite plain, one a little more 'involved' and the third......well I'd say more 'flowery'. Print them all individually and arrange to the correct size adding any extra decoration etc.  then let the person decide which one they want to use.

Thanks so much for dropping by, I'll be back before too long.............

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

SBB - Envelope Punch Board - File Folder Thank You

I'm sharing a project for Scrapbook Boutique using the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. It's a file folder card and mine was made to send as a thank you with a small gift popped inside.  

You can find all the details with measurements over at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog today.  

Thanks for taking the time to drop by.

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