20 December 2008

just cards

Simple card done using the cuttlebug embossing folder 'birds and swirls'. Cardstock and stamps are by Stampin' Up. Colours are Kiwi Kiss and Whisper white.

This cute stamp is from My Favourite Things and is one of the BC Dzyns range of stamps and was such fun to colour! This is for Maddie's friend who is leaving town. Paper and cardstock by SU! in kiwi kiss, riding hood red and whisper white. Image coloured using Prismacolour pencils and blended with Gamsol.

Woops ... I am a neglectful blogger!

Sorry to the three or four of you that read my blog .. in between working, catching up with everyone elses blogs, all the pre-christmas craziness and facebook I have neglected to update my blog! So here is a quick re-cap of what's been going on here :)

Another school year is over ... Madison finished Year 7 and Claudia finished Year 4. At the end of year presentation and concert Madison was awarded the Academic Achievement award for 2008 - the third year in a row she has received this award! I can't even tell you how proud of her we are. Both of the girls received outstanding report cards and had a wonderful year.

Gerard is back home after spending all of November overseas and doesn't have to go away again until late January. The girls and I are really enjoying having him at home. And hopefully we can get some odd jobs done around the house while he is here.

Madison went on her first school camp in early December and had a fantastic time! We missed her so much and weren't even allowed phone contact ... so I found that terribly hard :(

Gerard turned the big 4-0! last Sunday (much to his disgust) and we had a party here at home. It was a great night and we fell into bed exhausted just before 2am.

I am now on holidays until 5th January - woohoo! My mum arrived on Thursday and is staying until after Christmas so we have a little bit of family here with us to celebrate. I am hoping to get lots of crafting done while I am on my break too.

I am nowhere near ready for Christmas and still have quite a bit to do, although as far as the actual day goes, it will just be the 5 of us at home having a small Christmas lunch. If the weather is anything like this week, it is set to be a scorcher!!

I have managed a few cards here and there but not much time for anything of substance. I hope to get back into my scrapbooks in the new year as I have so much to catch up ... not that I could ever be caught up completely!!

And here are a few pics to finish off this post :)

Maddie goes on camp!

My beautiful girls - taken just before graduation mass

Last day of Year 7 - dressed for the graduation lunch.

Maddie's new 'do'

Just a random pic of the 2008 winner of the academic achievement award :)

The proud parents

Just me
Me and Claudia

09 November 2008

What's the big deal?

Since I got these number plates I have lost count of how many people have commented on my age ... things like 'oh so you're 40 next year!' or 'it's all downhill from here' and the one I heard today was 'kind of hard to hide your age now isn't it'.

I must admit I debated for a long time what plates to get. I had 3 choices, either 'Jodene', JT2404 (my birthdate) or these. I figured the 1969 looked less random than the 2404 (yes I may be a little anal/OCD) but as I said to Gerard when he asked if I was concerned that everyone would know my age ... I have never been one to hide my age anyway, so why do I care? I am not the one with the Peter Pan syndrome around here ;)

Am I the only person I know who is NOT concerned about their age? Yes I am 40 next year ... bring it on!! I am not worried about it. I am looking forward to it ... to moving forward into the next phase of my life ... to see what the next decade will bring for me. Why should I be ashamed of it? Why do people comment with pity in their voice? All I say is don't lay your own insecurities on me! I have enough of my own, but my age isn't one of them. lol

Yes I am almost 40 ... lets start planning the party I say!!

03 November 2008

Is it Friday yet???

That is seriously how I feel after such a crazy and busy weekend. Productive, but crazy! We got a lot of things done around here that we have been putting off for ages but it meant I didn't have much time to do any fun stuff. I finally stopped at about 9.30pm last night and managed two quick cards.

I am just having so much fun with this cute Bee Trio stamp from Stampendous, so here are another couple of cards I made.

Supplies: Paper by scrapworks, card in choc chip, soft sky and riding hood red. Choc chip ribbon and filigree brad. I also used the nestabilities template and paper piercer and edge distresser on the edges of the blue cardstock.

Supplies: Paper by Basic Grey, card in teale and kiwi kiss, cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder for background and nestabilities template for the image. Very quick and easy!

01 November 2008

New (fun) stuff

Don't you just love new fun stuff! I sure do :) I had a few parcels arrive for me this week with lots of new product from Stampin' Up!, House Mouse, Stampendous and more. As well as some little surprises that really brightened my week, and some new (old) music to listen to while I work. Isn't it great having friends that are so thoughtful and know just what you will love :)

I got stamps, papers, brads, ribbons, inks and then some. This week I am also expecting some more Stampin' Up! card and ink as well as some of the fun new nestabilities shapes.

Can't wait to find more time to get creative now!

WSC64 and then some

I have finally had time to play after a couple of weeks of not much crafting at all. And what better way to start than with Beate's weekend sketch!

Supplies: Stampin'Up cardstock in kiwi kiss, riding hood red, and Bella Rose Designer Paper. Cute and Curly stamp set stamped in riding hood red and punched with the labels punch.
Added some stitching and a few gemstones.

Supplies: Bee Trio Stamp by Stampendous, Bella Rose DP, cardstock in riding hood red, whisper white and kiwi kiss. Misc: gemstones by Kaiser, nestabilities, cuttelbug embossing template, Stampin' Up! chit chat rubons and some ribbon.

Supplies: Upsy Daisy stamp set by Stampin' Up!, card in whisper white and chocolate chip, Paper in Pink Pirouette, ink in choc chip and pink pirouette, choc chip satin ribbon, Pink Pirouette DP.

And while I"m here I thought I would share some pics from my mobile phone that I managed to download (who said I was technologically challenged??). I loved this, because it was taken on the day that we had to have our beloved kitty Benson put down, so while it's not the clearest shot, it is the last one of us together. And I still miss him every day.

This next photo was taken by my colleague on her new blackberry and she texted it to me ... I love the quality of her pics! I think I need a Blackberry now :) either that or an iPhone. Maybe I should put my order in to Santa.
This photo of Madison was taken in January at the butterfly enclosure at Sydney Wildlife Park.

Another random headshot of me looking stupidly into my phone ;)

The girls on Crazy Hair Day at school ... the colour is SO OFF in this one!

Just a random shot of my beautiful girls :)

18 October 2008

Christmas Cards

I have started making a few Christmas Cards. Some are to sell (the LSS sells my cards for me) and some are to send out to family and friends. This first image is a bit washed out, and it is hard to see but the red cardstock is embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder before being sewn around the edges.
Supplies: SU cardstock in real red, basic black, whisper white, marigold morning. Image by Stamp-It. Coloured with Prisma pencils and gamsol. Dimensional magic used on the berries. Long rectangles nestabilities for matting and just some sewing around the edges. I made 10 of these ones :)

I thought this might be a nice card for my friends over the ocean who celebrate a white Christmas. Supplies: card in white and cool caribbean, snowflake stampset by Kaiser, CB Embossing folder, nestabilities for the circular matting and some ribbon. I distressed the edges with the Heidi Swapp edge distresser.

Sketch Challenges and other stuff

Wow, I didn't realise how long it had been since I blogged! Not that many people read it, so nobody probably even noticed. LOL Anyway, since I last posted we have been away on holidays (details and photos will come in a new post later) and I am trying to get some cards done and even started on my Christmas Cards. Some to sell, and some to send out. I also managed to get a couple of Beate's Weekend Sketches done but still have quite a few to catch up on.

This first sweet card is for WSC62 (this weeks sketch). I used Beate's measurements and loved the size and the way this card opened so will be sure to make a lot more like this.

Supplies: Cardstock in cool caribbean, rose red, whisper white. Paper by Basic Grey, Stamps by Stampin' Up! And I just added some Kaiser pearls for a bit of bling.
This card was using a cute new set I got called 'Rockstar' by Inkadinkadoo.

Supplies: Paper by Kaiser, cardstock in pale plum, chocolate chip and whisper white. Ink in Coffee Bean. SU Chocolate Chip Ribbon and I just added some sewing.

If this card looks familiar it is because I have used this design and paper together before! This one just has a different image :) The Stamp is by Inkadinkadoo.

Same goes for this one ... same papers as before, and the stamps are from the same Cupcake set by Inkadinkadoo.

03 October 2008

How fast can you type?

Pam had this cool link on her blog, and I thought I would try it I thought I typed at around 100wpm too but I must have slowed down in my old age ;) This was with only 1 error though, so I was pretty pleased with that. Now I just know I will have to go back and better my speed! lol

89 words


13 September 2008

WSC57 - It's been a while!

I haven't had time to play with Beate's weekend sketch challenges lately but I managed to do this week's sketch today. Now I just have to catch up on the last couple :) Anyway here is Beate's sketch:

And here is my card. All cardstock is from Stampin' Up! (in cool caribbean, whisper white and certainly celery). Ribbon, and brads also SU! and the cute dino stamp is from Whipper Snapper Designs. Patterned paper is SEI.

08 September 2008

Swaps and Challenges

Just thought I'd share a couple of cards I have done recently for colour challenges and swaps.

This first card was for a colour challenge on Makeesha Byl's website. THe challenge was to use Regal Rose, Certainly Celery and Apricot Appeal. Since I didn't have a couple of these colours, I substituted with the closest ones I had which were Pink Passion, Certainly Celery and Marigold Morning.

Supplies: All cardstock, ribbon and PP by Stampin' Up! (colours listed above) Stamp by Hero Arts, Fiskars threading water punch, Nestabilities used for the scalloped mat.

This second card is for a swap I am in to do anything but a normal folding card. Because I had been sick and left it to the last minute, I decided against anything too fancy and time consuming and went with a simple gate fold card in a Christmas theme. I thought it might get me in the mood to make a start on those Xmas cards!

Supplies: Paper and matching stamp by Imaginisce, cardstock in wild wasabi and cranberry crisp by Stampin'Up!, Itty Bitty background stamp inked around the snowman. Misc: Nestabilities, glitter and edge distresser.

Proud Mummy Alert - Again!

On Sunday Madison performed in the Goldfields Performing Arts Festival in the Under 15 Guitar Solo section. It is the same Arts Festival Claudia performed in for her singing a few weeks ago. In fact yesterday was the final day of performances and Madison was the last performer for the entire festival!

Anyway, despite being so nervous, she played beautifully and was awarded First Place in the Under 15 Guitar Solo section!!! But wait ... there's more!

This year they introduced a new annual trophy for the best Fretted String Player overall - and SHE WON THAT TOO!!
The adjudicator was very complimentary and his comments on her score card read as follows:
Piece 1 Asturias - An assured performance with the two parts being clear in the first section. The triplets fluttered along beautifully. Great Poise. Congratulations.

Piece 2 Silent Night - So much siimpler, but a trap for the unwary. This playing breathed freely - well done!

We will have the trophy engraved tomorrow and Maddie is so excited to be the first person to get her name on it!

Way to Go Maddie - we are SO proud of you!

Maddie's best friend Alexie came along to support her, as did Claudia (hiding in the back there)

02 September 2008

Fourteen Years!

That is how long my darling dh and I have been married today ... wow time really flies when you're having fun doesn't it! Funny though, I don't feel any older (well not much anyway). LOL Why is that?

Unfortunately dh is in Papua New Guinea at the moment so our celebrations will have to wait another couple of weeks until he returns.

The girls and I had a terrible weekend with both Madison and I coming down with a very nasty case of gastro which really knocked us out for a couple of days. I went back to work today and her to school, with just a little tiredness lingering. The appetite is coming back slowly though and I am starting to feel human again.

I did get my hands on a copy of the new fall-winter Stampin' Up! Catalogue today, and that's always sure to make me feel better. So tonight I will sit down with a nice cup of tea and start making what is sure to be quite a wish list.

Have a great week!

27 August 2008

More catch up ...

Well Dh left on Sunday again for another three weeks, but before he left Madison made her Confirmation on Saturday night and her daddy filled in for her sponsor (her grandmother). So I just thought I would share a few pics of the event. As well as a few cards I made recently.

I cased this card (above) from the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue because I just loved it's smplicity.

22 August 2008

Proud Mummy Alert!

Last weekend (just before her birthday party started!) Claudia competed in and sang two songs for the Goldfields Performing Arts Festival ... and she won second place! Which is awesome considering she was the only one in the competition that does not take singing lessons. All the other competitors sang abbreviated songs from a vocal coaching book, which were only a minute long each, but Claudia chose Someone's watching over me by Hilary Duff and I've got to go my own way from High School Musical 2 (which is a duet and she sang both parts!) Each were full length songs, but she pulled them off beautifully and never lost her way once. I think I was more nervous than she was.
The feedback from the judges was fantastic and very encouraging, going so far as to say 'she shows lead singer potential' and that 'she has ability to harmonise and change beautifully with the music, which is something that cannot be taught - you either have it or you don't'. How cool is that! she was pretty proud of herself too. And the neat thing was that she was accompanied by her dad on guitar, who also got glowing praise on his playing ;) In a couple of weeks Madison will compete in the same competition but in the Under 15 Guitar Solo section, and I know she is going to be great too!
So I will leave you with a photo of Claudia and her handsome accompanist after the performance.


Before two months turns into three, I guess it is time I posted something!! Life here has been crazy busy (in a good way) but things are slowly calming down a little. So here is just a quick recap of what I've been up to since my last post (was it really almost two months ago?)

Firstly we had a visit from my mother-in-law, who came to stay for the two week school holiday break. It was so great to just spend time with her and the girls really loved having her around!

Well there have been many! Madison turned 12 on 2nd August and she celebrated with a sleepover party which went from 3pm on the Saturday to 11am on the Sunday. A great time was had by all and I was surprised at how well behaved all the girls were, and they even managed to get to sleep by midnight (and no I didn't put phenergen in their milk). lol

Claudia also had a birthday just yesterday and turned DOUBLE DIGITS!! When did my baby get so grown up? She also had a sleepover party last weekend and sadly the ten year olds were not quite as easy to manage and well behaved as the older girls ... but there were no major dramas and they all had a fun time. Just a little bit more high maintenance is all.

In between my mother-in-law celebrated a birthday and the big news which I couldn't share before (because she reads my blog sometimes) MY MUM TURNED 60!! So what does any good daughter do when their mother turns 60? Throw her a surprise party of course! No easy feat when you live on the other side of the country, let me tell you! But with the help of mum's best friend Val, who organised the cake and balloons for me, as well as contacting mum's old line dancing buddies, we pulled it together and mum had a wonderful time, as did we all! She got the surprise of her life and I can honestly say I have not seen her smile so much in a LONG time.

I had spent the three days prior to mum's party in Perth at a training course and flew out at 4am the morning of the party, arriving just after lunchtime. Then it was a mad rush to get ready, pick up some nibblies etc for the party and head over the the function room to set up. Needless to say I was pretty tired early on, but managed not to fall asleep in my drink. The turnout was great with more than 50 people showing up, including quiet a few that travelled a long way to be there.

This is mum when she first came in and saw her sister (who she rarely sees, and lives up in Tweed Heads) they were both crying .. in a good way of course!

I then stayed another 5 days and just enjoyed hanging out with mum, going to dinner, playing Bingo together and generally just catching up.

Me and Mum at the party.

Tomorrow Madison makes her Confirmation and then Sunday Gerard leaves for PNG for 3 weeks work ... and I will be catching up on lots of stamping, scrapping and watching movies with the girls.

So there you have it, that is what has kept me away lately. But I'm back now and will share some more photos when I get a chance to get them organised.

Take care!

28 June 2008

Digi Scrap anyone?

I have dabbled in a little digital scrapbooking before, but I have to be honest - I am not that good at it. My computer publishing skills are just not good, and besides if I started digi-scrapping how could I justify the thousands of dollars worth of stuff I have in my room! lol I think my dh would divorce me.

Having said that though, I do have a few digi kits loaded onto my computer and there are some great tutorials out there for anyone that wants to give it a try. I managed to throw together a couple of pages in not a lot of time thanks to the direction of my friend Pam.

So if you love the idea of scrapbooking but can't see yourself getting into the paper variety for one reason or another (funds, room, time) then I would recommend you try digital scrapbooking! I must admit if I didn't already work with paper products in such a big way I would probably be more inclined to jump in with both feet.

And where do you start I hear you ask? Well it just so happens that my talented friend Pam (mentioned above) has started selling her gorgeous digi kits and sketch kits online! You can check out her stuff here: DESIGNS BY PAM

And in the spirit of sharing, here are a couple of my (first, so be gentle!) digital pages :)

25 June 2008

Winter illness sucks!

After my last post about the kiddies being sick of course then the inevitable happened - I got it! Madison was home until yesterday and after only working two days last week I was off yesterday afternoon and today with the same throat infection. Yuk!! On the positive side, after sleeping until 1.30pm I managed to do some stamping and colouring and made a couple of cards for challenges over at Splitcoast Stampers. I have only photographed one so far so will post the other one later in the week.
This card was for a colour challenge to use Wild Wasabi, Taken with Teal and Whisper White. Supplies: Ballooning Bear stamp by Penny Black, greeting stamp by Expressions. Card in Wasabi, Teal and White. PP is from the Bali Breeze set by Stampin' Up. Other accessories: Rectangle nestabilities, sewing machine, ribbon, white embossing powder.

20 June 2008

Happy Friday

Well it has been a week of sick kiddies around here! After Claudia being home Mon, Tues and Wed, I sent her off to school yesterday only to get a call from the school to pick Madison up as she was sick. Claudia is on antibiotics for tonsilitis and Madison is displaying a lot of the same symptoms. She is home again today, so it has been a short work week for me too having only worked 2 days!
I can't complain as I did find some time to do a few cards last night and just thought I would share them here.

Supplies: Stamps by My Favorite Things, Paper by Kaiser, All card by Stampin'Up! in tempting turquoise, pretty in pink, whisper white, and basic black. Ribbon is also SU! I coloured the image using faber castel pencils and used gamsol (odourless mineral spirits) to blend. The background was done using the cuttlebug swiss dots embossing template and I matted the image using my new Nestabilities templates.

This card was created for a Featured Stamper Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers. All I changed from the original was the image and the papers.

Supplies: Stamps: My Favorite Things, cardstock, ribbon and paper by SU! in whisper white, chocolate chip and pretty in pink. Image was coloured using the same technique as above.

This last one was also a scraplift (or should that be a cardlift?) from a talented stamper named Frances Byrne (whose link I can't find right now!).

Supplies: Card, ribbon and ink from SU! in tempting turquoise, pretty in pink, basic black and whisper white. Paper by Prima, Stamped image is from My Favorite Things, cuttlebug embossed backgrounds again, and Gamsol and pencil technique for colouring.