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!