26 November 2009

What's on your Christmas wishlist?

I have been wanting a small digital camera for a long time, and have just been using the girls' little Powershot A550's that they got a couple of years ago. But I need something with a bit more grunt, that I can carry around in my bag on a regular basis more easily than my bulky digital SLR.
I researched a lot and went and tried out several at the camera store, and had just about decided on the latest Canon Ixus when I discovered the Canon Powershot G11!! It has the look of an older camera (very retro!) but with half the weight and so many fantastic features. You only have to turn it over and look at the back to see that it is definitely not old fashioned! So while it's a little bit bulkier than the sleek digicams I was originally looking at, I am happy to sacrifice a bit for the sake of the features. I especially like still having a view finder which seems to be getting phased out on a lot of newer compact digicams.
The reviews have been fantastic and a few professional photographers I know have chosen this as their everyday camera which is a great recommendation. So now I just have to wait for Santa to pop it into my Santa sack on Christmas morning (along with the new Canon 270 flash, leather case, and a funky strap of course) hehehe
So here are some pics and I thought I would just share what I love about this camera and why I decided on this one after wading through dozens of possibilities.

Firstly it looks and feels 'solid'. It won't scratch and mark as easily as some of the little digicams out there with their pretty matte finishes (although I do love those pretty finishes!)
Look at the technology on this baby! I love the swivel screen (just like on a digital video camera). It is great for taking self portraits (you can actually see if you are in the frame!) and it also turns back the other way so that the screen is protected when you're not using it. And like I said before, you also have the option of a viewfinder for those times when it is so bright that the screen is hard to see.
Check out the top!! It has all of the ISO settings right there at your fingertips. I don't have to scroll through options on the screen to find them. So much quicker and easier! And I can use an external flash which is always a good option to have :)
And these next couple of pics just show the Canon leather case that I am going to order. I just love cases that are made to fit the cameras rather than your generic slip in bag.

So that is what Santa (hopefully!) sees fit to bring me. And since I pretty much have Santa's ear (literally!) I think I'm on a sure thing. LOL Now to go find some little stocking stuffers and I will be one happy girl on Christmas morning.

22 November 2009

More Christmas Projects

I spent today working on some more Christmas projects. I got a couple of gift card holders done for my nieces as well as some little gift bags and lots more ornament tags!
Supplies: cardstock and paper by Stampin' Up! Monogram byJust Right.
Circle and scallop cut with nestabilities.
Supplies: Paper by Kaiser, Card by Stampin' Up! Monogram by Just Right.
All products for this gift bag by Stampin' Up!
Instructions for the box can be found at Splitcoast Stampers in the Resources section.
Paper by Kaiser. Ornaments inside made with Stampin' Up! products.
Paper by Kaiser. Ornaments inside made with Stampin' Up! products.

20 November 2009

Christmas Gift Tags

I received an order from the US Christmas Mini Catalogue by Stampin' Up! today and couldn't wait to play with my new goodies. I made a set of 24 gift tags and also made a box to put them in (to give to someone else as a gift). I love this punch so much, I hope I don't wear it out! LOL
Supply List:
Carsdtock: basic black (for the box base) whisper white, cool carribean
Ink in Cool Carribean and Real Red.
Stamps: Delightful Decorations (SU) Signature Christmas (PTI)
Misc: Red and white ribbon, silver cord (spotlight), Dazzling Diamond glitter (SU), Clear Acetate for the box lid.

10 November 2009

Gift Card Wallet

Yesterday I attended an afternoon of stamping at Ngaire Anderson's place, where I saw this gorgeous little Gift Card Wallet that she had made. Ngaire kindly gave me her sample and of course I came right home and made one myself! Since I give my neices and nephews gift cards for Christmas I will be making a tonne of these in the very near future (in Xmas papers of course).
They are so quick and easy to put together. The sample Ngaire gave me had a ribbon holding it closed, but I made mine with a band. And I am sure there are many other ways to close them (small velcro dots, mini magnets). You are limited only by your imagination! And of course you could resize them to fit movie tickets, lottery tickets etc.

Supplies: All products are Stampin' Up! Papers are Parisian Breeze, and the stamp sets are Big Flowers and Great Friend. I have left the inside blank because I don't know what I will use it for yet, but will stamp a greeting of some sort in there later.

08 November 2009

A productive stamping weekend!

Well it might not sound that productive since I only got 5 cards done, but all of the images were hand coloured and most of them took an hour or more to complete. Plus I got another 2 images coloured ready to be put on cards. Here is my latest card ... and my last one for this weekend.

Supplies: card by Stampin' Up! in real red, certainly celery and whisper white. Paper by Kaiser. Image by All That Scraps. Coloured with Prismacolour and I added dimensional magic to the ornament, and it looks so cute! A bit of stitching and some glitter for the pixie wings and it's all done.

07 November 2009

I managed to put a couple of cards together using the images I coloured last night. I also threw together a very quick and simple wedding card. Just stamped the image straight onto white card, coloured and added some ribbon - easy peasy!

I love colouring in!

I never got over my love of colouring-in as a child. I remember being so excited when my girls got old enough to colour and we would sit for ages colouring their Bananas in Pyjamas and Wiggles colouring books. I find it very therapeutic!
So it is no wonder that my favourite stamp images are ones that I can colour in. I downloaded these Sweet Pixie Digi Stamps at All that Scraps and had a lot of fun colouring them in last night. I am going to order the stamps in rubber, but I really wanted to play with them a bit and didn't want to wait (yes I am impatient). Plus I love that you can resize them in their digi format!
Unfortunately my printer ink doesn't seem to be smudgeproof so the colouring is less than perfect (another reason to order the rubber version). But oh well, I still had fun with the images anyway! Now I just have to make cards out of them.
Oh and the first two images are the first time I have tried doing the grass with my pencils, and I really love the effect!

06 November 2009

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #15

I finally managed to have a go at Makeesha's sketch challenge for last week. Better late than never huh! I haven't added a greeting yet so will do that another time as I am waiting for some great Xmas Greeting stamps from Papertrey Ink to arrive this week and want to use one of those. Here is Keesh's sketch:

I even did the inside of the card this time. I really like to do that, but sometimes for one reason or another never quite get to it. The bottom border is done with the cutest little star border punch by Martha Stewart that I picked up this week.
Supplies: Paper by Kaiser, all cardstock and ink by Stampin' Up! Image from All That Scraps. Greeting stamp by PSX. Coloured with Prismacolour pencils and added some Dazzling Diamonds to the hat, dress and wings. It is very sparkly in real life! And here is a closeup of the coloured image.

02 November 2009


I had such fun making covers for these little notepads, and using the gorgeous new Take Note stamp set from Papertrey Ink that I think you will be seeing a few more of these in the near future :)
I have ordered some lined notepads, which are on their way but in the meantime I found these cute little blank ones at the newsagency and they are so quick and easy to make covers for.
Here are the first two that I have done.

These gorgeous papers are from Bo Bunny and the cardstock is Dusty Darango, Choc Chip and Whisper white (all SU!) Stamps are from the Giga Guidelines and Take Note sets both from Papertrey Ink. Ribbon is also SU! The pic below just shows the inside. I stamped each page with the stamp from Giga Guidelines alternating between the Soft Sky and Dusty Durango ink from SU.

Same stamp sets as before, card in basic black, whisper white and rich razzleberry (all SU). Papers and ribbon are also Rich Razzleberry

01 November 2009

Some Family Photos

Yesterday we all attended the wedding of our friends Clinton and Tyllye (pronounced Tie-Lee). The ceremony was held at Burswood Park and the reception at the Burswood Golf Reception Centre. It was a beautiful wedding, and the first that our girls have attended with us. We had a great time and I thought I would just share a few of the pics that I took. I still can't believe that I didn't get someone to take a photo of all four of us together!