Friday, 25 February 2011

punch bunch

These are some cards we are doing tonight with Jakey's previous teachers from Kindy. I gave them a card class as a gift and they are hoping to use it as a team building exercise. Perhaps I should have chosen to do a really difficult scrap album with lots of folds and techniques to see how they worked well to deal with challenging situations.

 Instead I chose these are they are such lovely images to use and fun to combine with the punches plus a few techniques involved - markers direct to rubber, omitting, punching and dry embossing with the Big Shot - always fun and impressive!

 This one is definitely my favourite.

And this one came together really easily and really makes sense by accident. I thought stamping the extra owls in blushing bride would be a nice touch and then was thinking what can i use the little round stamp from punch bunch for? it was bleedingly obvious : genuine friends - the one brown owl among the shadowy friends - the shadowy owls.

BTW at the boys school today were 2 tawny frog mouth owls trying to sleep in a tree. Not sure why they were there but i reckon they might try a different tree tomorrow! They were beautiful (in their own way.)

A very simple baby card and birthday card. Such a versatile set.


Tuesday, 22 February 2011


Just thinking of and praying for those in Christchruch who've been devastasted by the huge Earthquake there. Coverage is all over our tv's and looks terrible. May the rescuers reach those who need them quickly and there be no more aftershocks.

Dad's birthday

Today would have been my Dad's 81st birthday and i can't quite believe it. I can't imagine my Dad being 81, he died only a year and half ago but still 81 sounds "old" (sorry if you are reading this and 81 or older, I'm sure you still feel young and offended by that!) it's just my Dad was really well until just before he died so I think of him as being like that which is good. For a while after he died it was hard to not remember how ill he was towards the end but that is fading now and good memories are flooding back.

 How he would say silly things on the phone, like telling me Mum had just got out of the shower and wasn't dressed and she, hearing him, would say "who are you talking to?"and he would say "just the minster" {cheeky!} or the TV shows he enjoyed which I was watching last weekend on the new 7Mate channel  'JAG' great show! This card reminds me of him as the colours are quite masculine and he loved gardening {roses more so} but still i could have given him this card and he would have said "hmmm... so you need all those things to make this 'ey love?" " no.. very nice".

Happy Birthday Dad!

For the SU! fans out there - can you work out how I did the Not Quite Navy label?
There's a clue in the ingredients list - leave a comment with your guess.

I juts added this to the Just Add Ink challenge - first challenge I've done in quite a while.

As you can see I've flipped it but it seems that's okay.

Ingredients: Fast and Fabulous stamp set Hostess Level 2, Cherry Cobbler, SO Saffron, Not Quite Navy, Very Vanilla., Early Espresso, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Small Oval punch, Scallop Square punch, Curly Label Punch

Friday, 18 February 2011

faux bliss?

What a terrible blog post title that is!!! but it kinda explains the card...
I used the Bliss stamps set - love it! in this card and the faux tearing technique so I guess I could have called the post "Tearing Faux Bliss" though that sounds worse!

 Anyway I tore a piece of regular paper and placed it over the top 7/8ths of the card then stamped the flourish repetitively over the bottom. When I had filled most of the space i moved the scrap paper up slightly and using a sponge dauber sponged all over and around the edges of the card to add to the vintage feel.

The little birdy was a sweet touch and isn't that Night of Navy satin ribbon just beautiful!
It ties bows very nicely.

Here is the same card in Early Espresso and Crumb Cake really showing the faux tearing effect.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

blissful butterfly

One of the most popular SAB stamp sets is the Bliss set.
It has such a gorgeous flourish and butterfly.
 I had  a play and came up with this card.
Hope you like!

Ingredients: Baja Breeze, Earl Espresso, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Crumb Cake

Monday, 14 February 2011

new year new look

so it's a new year {well it's been that way for a month and a half now so I'm sure you already knew that!} and I'm ready for a fresh look on the blog and thankfully blogger have provided it.
Hope you like it -it's still a work in progress but it's nice to have a change once in a while - not too often!

They boys have settled into school well - hooray! and have taken Valentine's chocs for their teachers - not that we do anything special usually - but as a teacher I know it's always nice to get choc from the students.
Actually I fib, we do have a small, recently begun tradition for Valentines - Aldi brought out Chocolate roses on plastic stems and heart shaped pasta a few years ago and I got them as a joke so now that's what we do! - so special!!!

Anyway, here is something special. Our close friends turned 40 last Nov within three days of each other and they had a belated party in Dec and we had this box from something we'd been given so I recycled it into a gift box for them using some retired DS paper.

 The lid slides off to reveal some chocs, lollies and Gold lounge movie tickets {plus a babysitting offer} lying on a bed of straw (or whatever you call that stuff) I forgot to take a photo of the inside sorry!

Now that is what is more romantic than Valentines - seeing two people invest in their marriage every day.
Hope you are having a lovely day!

Friday, 4 February 2011

sweet heat!!!

 Summer this year has certainly been hot!  Today my thermometer says 40.8C. I Love Summer but when you've had this for 5 days straight that's a bit much! However that is nothing compared to what we've watched in horror happen to those  who've suffered greatly recently in the floods in SE Queensland, Northern NSW and Victoria and then TC Yasi. They have been through an awful lot and are going to need a lot of help to pull through the difficult past few months.
I'm so pleased to be part of a company that does it's bit to help and have compassion to those in need. Stampin' Up! have announced that for every stamp set over $30 sold  $2 will go towards the Premiers Flood Appeal until Feb 15th.
Here is one of the SAB sets in action Sweet Summer -isn't it beautiful? - perfect for watercolouring which I love.

Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Old Olive and Tempting Turquoise and a bit of Pumpkin Pie make this color combo.

And a scalloped envelope box to go with it. I stamped the flowers and little leaf in coloured ink for a quick DIY patterned paper to go with the card.


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