Friday, 31 July 2009

sweet nothings kit =32 cards

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2009 Last year on Incentive trip my upline Marelle was given a DVD of demonstrations from various demos across North America. It was great to watch and see lots of different styles and to learn some new techniques or clever tips. One that I had to try straight away was this one from Patty's Stamping Spot. Such a clever and easy way of making cards with minimal fuss. I like to show this at every workshop so those who are keen to do something but aren't keen to get into the joy of stamping and all it's techniques can see it's easy to make beautiful looking cards really quickly. To dress them up quickly and easily add some ribbon, rub ons and punches. This is just a half of the kit - they split easily in two and you get so much! From a whole kit you can make 32 cards in 4" by 4" size. Here are some simple designs I've made. Patty has done the same thing this year with this same kit. Her cards are absolutely gorgeous and use a whole heap of extra things including ribbons we don't have available here yet but for inspiration you may like to check out her cards. I have kept mine simple so you know you can make stylish, elegant cards with basic supplies really quickly.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

more cards

Here are some more handmade SU! cards I have received from friends. Aren't they lovely? This one is from my upline Marelle, check out her wonderful blog. It uses Thoughts and Prayers, a set that I think is next on my list plus it has a sneak from the new mini - the corduroy covered button - how sweet is that - and, yes, when you get it you do just have to touch it.
Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2009 and this one is from my downline Jane, who is yet to have a blog. This uses Baroque Motifs one of my all time favourite sets. Both are so beautiful and full of lovely kind words. Thanks girls.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Marelle's Christmas Challenge

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2009 I'm pulling out an old card I've already posted last year for Marelle's current challenge which is to do a Christmas card using a non Christmas set or use a Christmas set in non traditional Christmas colours. This is definitely not a Christmas set but I think this card uses a very traditional 'English Christmas card theme' of the red robin in a modern style. Well that's what I think anyway! I remember last year this was requested at a Stamp-A-Stack class which everyone thought was wonderful until they started doing the red dots!!!! That was a funny night. The crop-a-dile punches the small dots but sticking them on was time consuming but of course well worth it wasn't it??!!!??? BTW The stamp set used is Always, colours are Old Olive, Real Red and Whisper White.

Monday, 27 July 2009

T & J page for my sisters

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2009 Jakey started Preschool not so long ago and we managed to sneak him into the preschool photos the week before he started and I'm so pleased we did. How cute are they? This is the "bike pose." In the package of course we got all sorts of sizes and I made these for my sisters. They can hang them on the wall or just prop them up on a shelf. They are around 6"x6" in size. The red has come up a bit dominate in the photo not so much in real life. Ingredients: Baja Breeze cardstock & striped grosgrain ribbon, Circle Designer Brads, Curly Label Punch, Outline Alphabet, Good Morning Sunshine & Tart nTangy (ret.) ds paper, white cardstock and black journaler.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

for Nanna and Poppy

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This is something I've made for Nanna and Poppy with the boys preschool photos. I made a similar one also for my Dad when he was ill and he had it beside his bed at home and in the hospital along with photos of his 11 other grandchildren. For the base I used strong cardboard that I had got from some kind of packaging and covered it with DS paper Urban Garden -one of my faves. I scored it so it will naturally sit up without having to lean on anything. I've used up some of my retired Hodgepodge in pewter an a little bit of Kiwi Kiss/Vanilla satin ribbon. Very simple, now off to post it to Bathurst.

Monday, 20 July 2009

Dad's rose

Yesterday we went to Swane's nursery at Dural and chose a standard Peace rose for a new garden we were planning. My Dad has always grown roses and the Peace rose was his favourite variety so our garden is in honour of Dad. It was a beautiful day thankfully so we all were out taking off turf, digging and turning over the soil to prepare the spot that I had chosen. Well my hubby did most of the work, I did most of the planning and directing :) Bending over is not the easiest task at the moment.
The boys had a great time getting dirty. And here is the result of our hard work.
We surrounded it with some shrubs that will form a hedge and then some pansies for a little bit of colour. It doesn't look that fantastic now but considering it was all lawn before hand it was a lot of work and I'm sure it will come spring time so I'll have to remember to post a photo then too! I also managed to get a Chinese lantern bush which I've wanted for a long time. I found the prettiest ones at Swanes and it was hard to choose which one to get. It was between this one
and a beautiful orange one with larger simpler lanterns. This one won because it was so pretty but I would have loved both!!! We pretty much have an empty slate with our garden which is what we were hoping for when we bought our place as my hubby loves gardening and I appreciate what he does ;) So we have plans for more but we will do more as the weather and budget allows. Something I'd never really discovered until yesterday was Daphne - it has the most divine scent. So there are plans for it to go in the garden under our window though I've read can be tricky to grow. Any advice would be appreciated!

Saturday, 18 July 2009

cards of love

Images © Stampin' Up!® 1990-2009 We have been so blessed to receive so many lovely cards of love and sympathy for our sadness over losing Dad. Each card has been different with varied feelings expressed and shared. It has been wonderful to open the letterbox everyday and be blessed with these. It has truly reminded me of the importance of snail mail and the feelings that a hand written card can bring. As this blog is supposed to be about card making and paper craft {though it often gets high jacked by my life} I thought I'd show in particular the beautiful handmade ones that I've been sent by my fellow demos and card making friends. This one's from Naomi, a lovely friend who shares my love of SU! stuff. This one is from Rosanne, a fellow team member, whom I shared accommodation with in Canberra, she doesn't blog so I am pleased to show you her lovely work here, This is from the very talented Liam, another team member, who has done a lot of amazing things with this stamp set lately. And from the sweet Cheryl, who doesn't blog either, but what a gorgeous card, and this one is from a dear friend, who is also my upline, Karen, who, if her life wasn't already so full, would have an awesome blog as she is super amazingly talented and such a giver. How gorgeous are they all? and I don't mean just the cards, they reflect the people who sent them and I am very blessed indeed to have them in my life!

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

tears of love

Last week was one of the most difficult of my life, watching my wonderful Father's health deteriorate rapidly and then saying farewell to him when he died on Thursday night. Thankfully we spent the week before hand in Forster so had precious moments with him and could make sure nothing was left unsaid. It was very hard to see him suffering but he was holding on trying to get to my nephew, his eldest grandchild's wedding which was on Saturday. It was very sad he couldn't be there and it hurt to see my mum on her own, but we were so relieved to see him not suffering any more. Back in April Dad was given 6 to 12 months to live so the time has been much shorter than we had hoped and his decline in health really only severe in the last 3 weeks so while we are a bit shell shocked at his passing we are thankful that his suffering was relatively short. So the past week saw my Dad pass away on the Thursday, funeral preparations on the Friday, my nephews wedding on the Saturday, more preparations on the Sunday and the thanksgiving service on the Monday. This is the photo my mum wanted on the Order of Service and on the casket and all us kids (I'm one of 5) were saying "oh that's a serious one", we wanted a gorgeous smiling one like this one, but it was her favourite photo of him and ultimately it was the right one. We put the other one on the back of the Order of Service. I really wanted to do something at the service to honour my Dad but I wasn't sure how I'd go doing anything too personal but I was able to read my Aunty and Uncle's words for them in the eulogy. It was an absolutely wonderful service and I really enjoyed it, which may sound weird but Dad had chosen all the songs, in fact he'd prepared a list of 10 which we had to cut down to 5, but with the music before and after the service we managed to get 7 in from his list, he also chose the Bible Passage, 1 Peter 1 v 3-9, and everyone who spoke had a great deal of meaning in his life. In fact there was nothing meaningless in the service and everything was filled with hope. Even the title of this post which comes from the minister our family had for 22 years. He said "there'll be tears, tears of love and let them flow. They are the price we pay for love" ... the love we had for Dad. It helped to hear it this way as while we grieve it is not a hopeless grief, our grief is because of love and that love will endure and be restored in an even greater way in the future. My Dad was such a wonderful man, very loyal, dedicated, devoted and humble. When I see snippets on the news today about Michael Jackson's service it is such a stark contrast to my Dad's and I'm so proud of him. At Dad's funeral there was a lot said about him and things he'd done over his 79 years, which was a lot - we had trouble getting the eulogy under 20 minutes! but it was about more than Dad. And Dad's life was like that, it was always about more than him, his life reflected his love and service of Jesus Christ. He trusted in nothing he had done, his trust alone was in Jesus. Something he said even in his last days when he was told he'd worked really hard and deserved to rest he said "but it's not what I have done, it's what's been done for me". I'm going to miss him a lot.


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