Friday, 30 January 2009

photo tag

I've been tagged by my downline Sam in this fun photo tag. I had to go into My Photos select the 6th folder and 6th photo which was this one! my gorgeous cat Callie, who is now 6 years old, and explain about it. This photo was taken 4 and a half years ago when I was in hospital with my newborn Toby. Callie did a good job of looking after my husband when he was home alone. She is a very loving cat and a real princess. A year ago we got a kitten which really threw her out of sorts but she as since grown to tolerate, and even perhaps love a little bit, the new addition. She waits at the door if Nala hasn't come inside in the evening and gives her a good sniff like "now what have you been up to" when she does stroll in. She also, now this is the kind of freaky bit, likes to nuzzle at my neck. She's done it since the first day we brought her home at 6 weeks old. I spoke to the vet about it concerned she was hoping to get milk out of there but she assured me it is her way of saying you're my family and I love you. She also loves dancing, particularly with my husband, if there's ever a bit of silly dancing going on in our house, which is usually daily, then she's there and loves to be picked up and part of the action. When she was a kitten she would play chasing up and down the stairs of our townhouse and fetch with balls of scrunched up paper. She is a most excellent cat. I am supposed to tag 6 people on but unfortunately I won't be today as it's a crazy weekend, with guests coming and dinners and special church services so click on the links down the side to blog on!

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

punch tree

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This was another card I CASEd from the Stampin' Up! Impressions newsletter that all demonstrators receive each month. It's using the scallop circled punch to make the tree. So simple, quick and easy to make and quite effective in design. I've left a sentiment off but a simple "hello" would a cute card make! Ingredients: Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Old Olive Prints Designer Paper, Real Red Grosgrain, Scalloped Edge Punch

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

punch flower

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 This is a CASE from the SU! Impressions publication that Demonstrators get mailed every month. I absolutely love this one! maybe because I'm thinking the Afternoon Tea DS paper is just delicious at the moment! The petals are made using the tag punch, folded in half and then back on itself at a diagonal. I think this is the first card I've used buttons on. I've had them in the stash for ages but never used them that I can remember anyway. I couldn't stick to just one and had to add another. Ingredients: Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Afternoon Tea ds paper, buttons, twine, scalloped edge punch, Occasional Greetings stamp set.

Monday, 26 January 2009

Sorry no paper craft in this post - I wanted to share something personal so if you're just after paper craft then click one of the links down the side and blog on! Otherwise I hope you find something in this worth reading. We went to the Casting Crowns Concert Thursday night and it was AWESOME! There was one song that in particular took me back to a time just over a year ago when things weren't looking too good.
I'd had a lot of pain on and off for a few days and a weird pregnancy test result so thought I must be miscarrying but after 5 days of pain and no other signs and when I couldn't even sit in the car my husband took me to the hospital. After ending up lying on the floor of the waiting room, alone (as hubby had to take sleeping boys home and get someone to look after them), and asking someone to get the nurse they rushed me in and immediately hooked me up to a blood transfusion with the biggest needle they could. I was hypertensive and they realised I had an ectopic pregnancy and was bleeding internally. The ultrasound showed only a mass of blood and they couldn't tell what was where. My hubby returned just as I was ready to be wheeled into emergency surgery so he was by my side when the lovely lady Dr told me (as gently as possible) "it looks like you have an ectopic pregnancy, we can't tell where it is. We will try to do keyhole but we may need to do a bigger cut (like for a ceaser). We'll do our best but we may need to take out a tube or ovary or if we need to we may have to do a full hysterectomy." And this is where last nights song relates. Casting Crowns have a song called "I Know You're There" and when they sang it last night all this came flooding back to me. Here's a photo of Megan who sang it last night At that moment what went through my head was "well here I am, it's looking pretty bad, things are quite out of my control...( the doctor later told me I'd lost 3 L of blood - half of the total in me!).... maybe now is the time to meet you..." and all I could feel was peace. I knew Jesus had me in his arms and whatever happened it would be okay. Now as I think back to it rationally my brain is exploding with what were you thinking!!! that's scary! and yes it is. I know others have faced worse. A terminal diagnosis, a drawn out illness, a lost child.... This was relatively over all very quickly but at that moment when holding my husband's hand I thought this could be the last time I see this world I had complete trust in my God... and I was so pleased, so very pleased that it was real, that He was there.... I just was reminded last night how precious that was to have been through - to know the peace and have assurance- not because of anything I'd done, just because He was there with me. I'd like everyone to have. If you've shared a similar experience I'd love to hear about it. If you want to ask any questions or don't know God or His presence in your life then please write to me I'd love to hear from you.. My husband has a different experience, but that's his story to tell. And here we are alive and well, praise God, at the concert. I'll leave you with a link to a video of the song ( cos i can't work out how to post the video here) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27KfKpmq9GQ and the lyrics If all I had was one last breath I'd spend it just to sing Your praise Just to say Your name If all I had was one last prayer I'd pray it 'cause I know You're always listening If I could live a thousand lives, bind the hands of time I would spend every moment by Your side 'cause I, I know You're there, I know You see me You're the air I breathe You are the ground beneath me I know You're there, I know You hear me I can find You anywhere If all I had was one more song to sing I would raise my voice to make the heavens ring If all I had was one last chance, I'd take it I would stake it all on You If I could raise up high and catch a glimpse of every eye I would make them believe What I feel inside If I could live a thousand lives and bind the hands of time If I could rise up high and catch a glimpse of every eye I know You're there I know You're there I know You're there, You're there One last photo from the concert, Mark Hall the lead singer, we were so close - closer than this photo indicates) thanks to our gorgeous friends getting there early and lining up in that dreadful heat!

Friday, 23 January 2009

tool kit

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 The final in the series from this set. I enjoyed getting out the twine and eyelets to add a bit of hardware to the card. I coloured these before choosing the cardstock to go with it so I think I'll go back and pull a bit stronger colour off the crayons to give the picture more depth.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Casting Crowns Concert

We are off to the Casting Crowns concert tonight and I'm so excited. I find it so wonderful to spend an evening listening to or joining in songs praising God. Last year we went to the Newsboys concert which was such an awesome couple of hours of praise and worship. We got some tickets for our friends and I wanted them to know they are special and loved so made this little folder for them to go in. My husband rolled his eyes at my efforts but the one who received them said they were the prettiest Casting Crowns tickets ever! Let me know if you're going/went too! I had fun with the paper piercer and the delicious Afternoon Tea DS paper, Soft Sky card stock and ribbon plus Say it with Scallops and the Scallop Square punch.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

puppy eyes

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 This is another from the set For Father. Really cute to watercolour. How cute are his eyes? I've sponged the edges on this one. If you love sponging then check out this blog http://www.alisatilsner.com/blog/ Alisa sponges just about everything and they all look gorgeous. Sponging can really change the way a card looks. I use sponge daubers which are available in a pack of 12 for $20.95 which gives you enough to cover the colour spectrum with shades of light and dark.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

apples

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 This is from the new set called For Father in the Summer Mini. It's a great set if you love watercolouring and have lots of males to make cards for. I've brought out the earth elements as I tend to go for those for blokes, that or the Rich Regals seem to suit best. Perhaps I just know earthy or regal men.

Monday, 19 January 2009

embrace life

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 This gorgeous set is in the Summer Mini and has coordinating paper Ginger Blossom. I got out my scraps again and used a similar colour scheme to the Ginger Blossom paper but actually used some of the Afternoon Tea DS paper also from the Summer mini for the textured choc chip piece. Colours: Cameo Coral, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Whisper White

Friday, 16 January 2009

embrace olive

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 Now onto some sets from the Summer Mini. Sometimes when I sit down to play I have a certain idea in my head either inspired by something I've seen online or by the stamp or paper itself OR, like last week, I sit down with nothing in my head. Usually this is when I get the most surprising original results. I have 6 A4 plastic sleeves that I keep my offcuts in according to colour family - 4 colour families, 1 InColors and 1 neutrals. I pull out scraps and start from there. This is one of those cards. I had so many off cuts of Old Olive that I started there and that's where I stayed. So this card is quite monochromatic. It feels a bit 'Bali' to me, not that I've ever been to Bali though sadly! It's probably a bit difficult to see exactly how this card is made as it's kind of a trifold but certainly not even. None of the scraps were big enough to make a full sized card so I used the ds paper to make up the difference. I used Old Olive Print ds paper for the stripes and the nice thing is that when you open it it has a different pattern on the inside which makes the inside almost as pretty as the outside! The little embrace life tag attached with two silver brads is what keeps the card closed.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

polka dot punches

This is another case directly from the S-A-B brochure. Too easy! The beauty of this set is that it goes with many of the punches SU! have which makes a card so easy to make.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

congratulations

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 This is a case from the S-A-B catalogue - I really like this one! At our last team meeting we each took one of the cards from the brochure and made enough for everyone to have a copy. We didn't have everything needed to make the card exactly but we made do and it looks great.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Sarahs' gift part 2

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So this was also using Eastern Blooms but other flowers from the set and the Rich Regals colour family. I used some the of the delicious new double stitched wide grosgrain ribbon in Rose Red. It really makes a statement on a card. Doesn't it look nice having the card and paper match? I really like this set!

S-A-B

During January and February Stampin’ Up! have the special Sale-A-Bration promotion.

Click here to see the brochure online. Or email me to get a copy posted to you.

Basically for every $100 you order you choose one of the S-A-B sets for FREE!

There are four to choose from and I can tell you it’s a difficult choice so I may just have to order enough to get all four!

You can place an order anytime so either email or ring if you’d like to order.

OR if you’re keen to take advantage of the special offer to Hostesses of a free set

with a qualifying workshop then ring me soon to book a date.

OR if you’ve been considering getting the starter kit now is a fantastic time

as you get to choose an extra stamp set FREE (up to $79.95 in value)

I’d like to invite you to an Open House I am having on Friday 16th January at my house from 11am to 3pm.

There will be samples to see and things to make from the Summer Mini catalogue and Sale-A-Bration sets.

There will be nibblies and drinks served, Lucky Door prizes and

if you place an order on the day you go in the draw for a Lucky Order prize!

You can drop in anytime during that time and stay as long as you like.

For those with children my boys will be in day care but you are welcome to bring your children

if you can’t find care for them as I have a large playroom and they are welcome to play in there.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Happy Birthday Sarah!

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Today is my friend Sarah's birthday and her hubby placed an order for her from him and his mum so she is going to be one happy girl today! I offered to wrap them for them so got out the new Eastern Blooms to see what different looks I could get with this set.
This is a very PINK creation but I had fun and also kept it quite simple using just the two stamps of the same design. I also used my new scalloped edge punch to make the white cloud like strip. Then for the other gift I tried a different colour scheme using Rich Regals. I'll show you that next week.

Friday, 9 January 2009

holidays

We've been on holidays to Forster and so I've had a break from posting but I wanted to show you the water in Forster - no, there's no dolphins hiding in there (well not that I know - maybe if you cross your eyes and move slowly away from the screen one might appear :) There often are dolphins around but I was just taking a photo of the gorgeous colour of the water and the best bit is that this water is about 2m deep and you can see all the way to the bottom - the only kind of water I like swimming in! So would you say this water is Tempting Turquoise or maybe last years Cool Caribbean? or perhaps a new colour yet to be released - maybe Forster Flow......errr maybe not!

Friday, 2 January 2009

yummy, yummy!!

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2008 Sale-A-Bration is in full swing now and I have to show you these gorgeous treat bags I made for my boys Kindergarten teachers. This was the first S-A-B set to catch my eye and I love it so much! I think because I enjoy making sweets and slices these kind of stamps appeal to me instantly. For these ones below I used the bits of the Dashing DS paper that I hadn't used for Christmas cards and it has given it a really nice feel - could suit Valentines Day too really! These ones have the Purely Pomegranate double stitched ribbon teamed up with the Holiday Harmony, Wintergreen and last years Christmas DS paper. I had lots of fun making these - hope they had as much fun eating the yummies inside!

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Happy New Year

I hope this year is full of health, happiness and love for you! One of the best things about today is that Sale-A-Bration kicks off today! I will be back tomorrow to show the first of my Sale-A-Bration creations. If you've never been about for a SU! Sale-A-Bration it's a fantastic promotion with three different offers. Our Sale-A-Bration promotion gives reason for everyone to celebrate! Customers -- Receive a free Sale-A-Bration product for every $100 purchase. Hostesses -- Receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set with a $600 or more workshop, in addition to the normal hostess benefits. Recruits -- Choose any retail stamp set (a value up to $79.95) from the current catalogue when signing up during the promotion. A great offer to anyone who's been considering joining but hasn't yet - also see my post here for other reasons why you won't regret joining! The 4 stamp sets are quite different in style but I love each of them for different reasons. To download the catalogue click here or to get a copy in your hands email me with your details.

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