Saturday, 25 February 2012

Spicy Butterflies - Nan's 70th

Back in November my MIL turned 70 and we had a big party for her in Bathurst. She's a very stylish woman and so I had to make a card to match! I love this card - I love the paper Spice Cake (from the current mini - get it before it goes March 31st), the butterfly and the decorative label punch - mostly I love how it coordinates so well.

That's still the two things that draw me to SU! over and over again - coordination and style.
I had fun with my Beautiful Butterflies die and used vellum for the smaller wings embellished with Rhinestone Jewels for the body

 I also carried the vellum through by using it over the more mustard card stock behind the 70 on the decorative label punch.

More Mustard is too strong a colour for me but it is in the patterned paper so incorporating it into the card is effective and the vellum toned it down enough for my liking.

Using the Big Shot really helps make a Home made card stand out.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Beautiful Butterflies

Today my Dad would have turned 82 but he is no longer with us having passed away almost 3 years ago. I have such wonderful memories of him and we were talking with our boys this morning about him and funny things he said and did.
My sadness at him no longer being with us is overcome only with the joy I have in knowing I'll see him in the future and knowing he is in a far better place, healed and whole again.
I'm not sure I would have given this card to him as it's a bit feminine but somthing about it makes me think of him. 
It is a sweet card made with the Hostess Only set Precious Butterflies. Very easy to make too. Hope you like it!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Catching Up!

I was so busy in the lead up to Christmas that I didn't get to blog about the beautiful cards I received. Here are a few of them. This top one was from the swap at our team Christmas dinner and I'm sorry I don't know who to credit with it! Let me know if it was you!

This was from my ever talented Team Leader Marelle Taylor.
And these are from my sweet customer Gini

and newest downline Sarah. Please check out her blog!

Isn't it amazing what can be made with paper and ink!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

our holiday - no crafty content today

Life has been rather busy and wonderful all at the same time so I'd like to  share little about what the past few months have been like.

I was offered work teaching two days a week in term 3 last year which was fantastic - absolutely loved being back in the classroom spending the day with funny, talented and gorgeous kids. My boys school also offered me a days work a week in term 4 so in the end I was working up to 4 days a week when they needed me to do extra days. It's very nice to be 'needed' but to go from 0 days teaching to 4 days a week was a little bit of a change in the household as you can imagine so some things on the list just never got done sadly - blogging was one of them. I was still doing SU! stuff just didn't have time to blog about it.
Christmas was a lovely time away in Forster and we had just over a week to recover after that before heading off again to Forster as the first stop in our big road trip.
You may know that my hubby got into cycling a couple of years back and it has become his favourite hobby so we decided with some advice from experienced friends to go to Adelaide to see the Tour Down Under (Australia's version of the Tour de France). We drove across to Adelaide and back via Ballarat (Sovereign Hill) all in all our trip was over 5000km!
The boys did amazingly well and were thankful for fantastic weather everywhere ( I hear Sydney was not so fantastic)  SO here are a few highlights of our trip.
Cheering on the riders at the start line....

dinner by the beach seeing the sunset over the water with our friends,

Meeting our favourite rider, the Legend Jens Voigt,

Seeing Australia's First UCI licenced team Green Edge have it's rider Simon Gerrans win the first event of the year!
 travelling through Australia's amazing countryside - lots of flat fields and we saw Emus!

Panning for gold at Sovereign Hill - Scott was fairly successful!

My goodness there were so many I could go on but will restrain myself and stop there.
Now I'm back into the swing of the year and working casually so I am hoping to get my SU! head into action a bit more.

Friday, 10 February 2012

and the winner is....

sorry couldn't resist - isn't it funny how certain things stick in your head. Did this one stick in yours too? When Juan Antonio Samaranch announced Sydney had won the 2000 Olympics - it became a bit of a catch cry for our town - and is forever stuck in my head whenever anyone says "and the winner is..."anyway I digress and you have probably already skipped over this part of my ridiculous rambling straight to find out that the Letterbox Love challenge winner was......
I was so impressed by everyone efforts that I do have a little "Packet of Love" to send back to everyone who was a part of it. What is love unless it's shared hey!

Though I did also choose one to get an extra special prize and that goes to
I have lots of nieces and nephews - 20 to be precise and 14 of them are boys so making 'boy cards' is a challenge that I face often and I really appreciated Larissa's take on this. I think this card could suit girl or boy being purple because purple rocks!

Watch out Gini, Erika, Naomi, Sarah, Maureen and Larissa for a bit of Letterbox Love coming your way soon!
(Hopefully much sooner than it took me to do this!!!)

Letterbox Love Challenge Final Entrants

Oh dear it has taken me so long to get to this I really do apologise but life has had other plans for me over the past few months and my blogging has given way to them! More on that later.

Now to the final entrants on my Letterbox Love Challenge.
 This lovely one one is from Erika.
I love how she uses the two colours of patterned paper by cutting on the diagonal, balancing the chocolate highlights and matching the little bow on the digonal - how cute!

 and this gorgeous one from Naomi.
I love the colour combo and the butterflies from Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die. This photo doesn't show the lovely shimmery highlighting she has done on the butterflies or the strip of patterned paper on the inside which the punched bottom strip reveals.

and this sweet one from Maureen.
 I love the innovative use of the bauble punch to make it a vase and the cute little ribbon tag on the bottom of the Hodgepodge hardware frame.

So you can see it wasn't easy to choose a winner.
It' been very lovely having these card decorating my home for the past few months!  My next Post will reveal who I've chose to win my Letterbox Love Challenge.


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