30 October 2010

A few more Christmas cards

I am slowly making progress on my Christmas cards. These ones are very quick and simple and I managed to make all three of them in just over an hour. Gotta love that!

Although I should add, that I don't love them all because I just feel they are a little too plain for my liking. Except for the wreath card, for some reason I really like the white space on that one and the bold greeting so I will probably make several of these ones before Christmas :)
Stamps: Welcome Christmas, Curly Cute, Tags Till Christmas
Cardstock: Riding hood red, old olive, cherry cobbler. HollyJolly DSP.
Ink: Cherry cobbler, old olive, riding hood red, versamark
Other: ribbon, buttons, red glitter, embossing powder, decorative label punch

29 October 2010

I don't even drink coffee

And yet for some reason I was inspired to use this cute stamp for some swap cards I made recently. I think it was because I know a few of the ladies who would be receiving them are huge fans of the stuff, 1 in particular (not mentioning names 'cause you know who you are ... Gardenia!) LOL
Stamps: Morning Cup
Cardstock: Riding hood red, basic black, whisper white, Love Letter DSP
Ink: Ranger Black Archival ink, riding hood red
Other: perfect polka dot embossing folder, sewing, prismacolour pencils, modern label punch

Cherry On Top Blog Award

This is the second blog award I received this week, from another online buddy Sue. Thanks so much Sue! And there are a few rules with this one, and these are:
1. Thank the person that gave it to you. Thanks Sue!!
2. Post it with pride on your blog. Done that :)
3. List 3 things you love about yourself. Hmmm now this is the hard part! Might have to come back to this question! Nothing is coming to me at the moment.
4. Post a picture you love.
Another hard one ... there are so many ;) So instead of going with a pic of the girls (because I love EVERY pic of my girls!) I thought I would go with a funny one I snapped of Coco in Madison's guitar case. You just never know where you are going to find this kitty!
4. Pass this award onto 5 other blogging friends :)

BBFF Blog Award

I have been very lucky and recevied not one but TWO blog awards this week! This is the first one, from my dear online friend Tania . Thanks Tania!! There doesn't seem to be any specific questions to answer with this award, so I will just pass it on to some of my other online blogging friends. It's always hard to choose who to pass it onto since there are so many wonderful blogs that I visit ALL the time for inspiration. So I will start by not picking anyone that already received it from Tania ;)

And so I am going to pass this award on to these wonderfully talented ladies:

Be sure to go and check out there blogs, I am sure you will find a HEAP of inspiration there!

28 October 2010

JAI41 - Just Add Birthdays!

It's time for another challenge over at Just Add Ink and this week's theme is Birthdays! I went with a fun, bright kids card for this challenge since my daughter needed a card for a party she was attending. It is hard to tell but the presents on the blue card have been stamped in versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.
And if you haven't checked out what the DT have made this week, be sure to pop over and take a look. There are some really gorgeous projects!
Stamps: Happy Moments & Party This Way
Cardstock: Tempting turquoise, melon mambo, whisper white, basic black. Melon Mambo DSP
Ink: versamark, basic black, melon mambo
Other: clear embossing powder, paper piercer, melon mambo ribbon, prismacolour pencils, button

23 October 2010

Another Ikea find

Today I went to my happy place ... aka Ikea! And whilst there (after enjoying a delicious serve of Swedish meatballs) I came across some cute little wire baskets which I thought would be great for pencils.

When I got them home I found that they fitted beautifully in the top of my Stampin' Up! Ink Pad Caddy and so that is where they now reside, holding my collection of mini glitter bottles among other things. One basket holds what was in two sections of the caddy previously giving me extra room for other stuff! AND they were only $4.95 for two of them ... bargain!
After my little visit to Ikea I took my daughter Madison on a girls night out and we went to the movies to see 'Life as we know it'. A very predictable but totally enjoyable chick flick, and a great way to spend my Saturday night.

21 October 2010

JAI40 Colour Challenge

You know it's Friday when there is another new challenge up over at Just Add Ink. And this week we have a gorgeous colour challenge for you to play with!
And here is my card. It is a bit hard to see, but all of the stamping (including the sentiment) have been inked in versamark and then embossed using clear embossing powder.
Stamps: Party this way, perfect punches
Cardstock: Sahara sand, blushing bride, pear pizzazz, bashful blue and whisper white
Ink: Certainly celery, bashful blue, pink pirouette, versamark
Other: clear embossing powder, blushing bride ribbon, oval punch, paper piercer, decorative label punch, white string

18 October 2010

Getting organised

Well since I am trying to get organised a little bit earlier with my Christmas cards this year, I have set up a little 'Christmas Station' on my craft desk.

I did this last year and found it very helpful. So I thought I would share this with you in case it is something you may find useful as well. And please feel free to share any great organisational ideas that you have because I am always looking for good ideas that will make me a little more efficient! lol

Anyway, all I really do is gather all of my Christmas supplies together in one place so that while I am working on my cards I don't have to go searching for different bits & pieces. In addition to the little tray (which is from Ikea in case you were wondering) I also have my stash of Christmas papers, rubons, embossing folders and punches etc in a box next to it so they are also within easy reach.

In this tray I have stamps, ribbons, buttons, embellishments, glitter, little bells etc.

The Christmas countdown is on!

... and since this year I am actually going to try and get more than 5 cards sent out, I figured I had better start now! Plus I also want to make a big batch of cards to donate to the RSPCA which they can sell from their office with all proceeds going directly to the RSPCA Animal Shelter.

Today's very simple card uses up stash from last year, so the paper and rub-ons are retired Stampin' Up! product. And not a stamp in sight on this one!
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Holiday Lounge DSP
Other: Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, Merry & Bright rub ons, a little bell, paper piercer, and scallop edge punch

14 October 2010

Just Add Ink #39

It's challenge time again over at Just Add Ink, and last week we highlighted Pink Ribbon Day which is coming up on the 25th October. But October is also Anxiety and Depression Awareness Month. So to coincide with this very important cause, this week's challenge is

Just Add Blue

There is also an (optional) second part to this week's challenge. And you don't even have to tell us all about it in your entry post (but you can if you want!) and that second part is to RAK (give or send) the card you create for Just Add Blue to someone you care about.
A RAK or Random Act of Kindness is when you do something nice for someone for no particular reason, so it's not for their birthday, or Christmas etc. Just... Because!

It doesn't have to be someone who's suffering depression, or someone who's struggling. It could be someone who makes you laugh, or someone you've been out of touch with for a while. Maybe it's someone who'd just like your card! Anyone! The idea is to make your card, and then send it!

And for more information on this very important topic, visit the Beyond Blue website at beyondblue.org.au

Oh and before I forget, here is my card for this week!
Stamps: Engraved Greetings
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Other: stitching, rhinestones, marina mist satin ribbon, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, nestabilities

What a difference a bow makes

Thanks Karen! I don't know why I didn't think to put it there in the first place, it's so obvious now. LOL I tried some white satin ribbon but it was too 'heavy' if you know what I mean, but this light organza one seems to work a little better.

A sweet snowglobe

Here is a quick card I made today using the Sweet Snowglobe stamp and the sweet treat cups. I think it needs some ribbon or a bow or something but I can't seem to make it look right.
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White and the gorgeous glittery DSP is from the Candy Cane Xmas set.
Stamps: Best Yet, Sweet Snowglobe
Ink: Real Red, basic black, whisper white craft, old olive
Misc: embossing folder, white embossing powder, faux 'snow' (which I have had in my stash for years!), sweet treat cups

My other daughter :) Last one I promise!

This is both of my girls together with the younger one (Claudia) singing. I love that my house is filled with live music all the time. And with three musicians in the house, I am left with the job of roadie. LOL

More Taylor Swift :D

This is one of my most favourite Taylor Swift songs :)

13 October 2010

For your listening pleasure

This is my 14yo daughter Madison singing Taylor Swift's new song, Speak Now. Sorry for the poor quality but it was taken on my iPhone. One of these days I will get the real video camera out and do some good quality recordings :)

WOYWW - Week 71

It's been far too long since I posted a 'what's on your workdesk Wednesday' pic but to be honest, my desk has been too clean, since I haven't been getting very creative lately!

But today I was at work when my phone alarm reminded me to take my WOYWW photo and I promised myself that as soon as I got home I would take the pic and post it, exactly as it was. I knew I had just left it in a bit of a mess last night after playing with some of my new goodies, before getting too tired to do anything else, as it appeared my creative mojo seemed to have already gone off to bed without me.

So here it is ... kitty and all! She usually waits until I go to sit down and then places herself ON the desk so that she can help me ;) And if you look closely you will spy some new stuff that I got this week ... it's kind of like a 'Where's Wally' game! LOL How many new things can you find? hehehe

See, I told you it wasn't always clean :) And to be honest this isn't even half as messy as it usually gets! I was just getting started here. LOL

And if you are like me and enjoy having a look at everyone elses craft spaces, you can check out the rest of this weeks entries HERE.

12 October 2010

Happy Birthday Dad

Today should have been my dad's 64th birthday. I miss him every day and it's funny how I still get the urge to call him to tell him when the girls do something exciting, or to ask his advice on the garden or the house. Because he knew everything you know (well he thought he did). LOL

(Me & Dad on my wedding day in 1994)

Happy Birthday Dad ... I love you

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #43

Another quick challenge card before I head out the door to pick the girls up from school. This one is for Makeesha's sketch challenge.

Stamps: Aviary, Best Yet
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Basic Grey, Whisper White
Other: Paper piercer, whisper white satin ribbon, vintage wallpaper embossing folder, big shot, SU! Rhinestones

FTL111 - Jingle Bells

Finally, some crafting time! Only an hour but hey, I'll take what I can get at the moment! And how cute is that little critter? After spending all morning with some gorgeous kitties at the RSPCA, it only seemed natural that I would choose the kitty stamp from this set to colour.
For this weeks sketch challenge over at Clean & Simple Stamping I whipped up a simple Christmas card. This card uses lots of new goodies that I received in the post this morning, and I think this may be my first Christmas card for the season too.
Stamps: Merry Crittermas, Jolly Jingles (which is a wheel that I disassembled to make more use of the greetings on it).
Cardstock: Real Red, Old olive and Candy Cane Christmas DSP
Other: red button, lattice die cut, big shot, real red satin ribbon

07 October 2010

JAI38 - For the girls!

This week's challenge theme over at Just Add Ink ties in with the fact that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and so we got to make some pretty 'girly' projects using bling!

The Cancer Council's national Pink Ribbon Day is coming up on October 25th. Events held for this day aims to help raise awareness about breast cancer, as well as raise funds towards research, education and patient support programs.

Sadly I have two very dear friends currently fighting this awful disease and this year alone around 12,000 Australian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

The Cancer Council's website is www.pinkribbonday.com.au, and is packed full of ideas on how you can help the cause. You can also donate directly through the National Breast Cancer Foundation link in my sidebar.

The inspiration for my project this week came from a gorgeous little handbag that I received at the Perth Regionals (and there was no name on it so I have NO IDEA who made it!) with a little chocolate inside. The original bag was made with a 6x6 piece of DSP and had a ribbon handle, so I just enlarged it using 1 whole sheet of 12x12 DSP instead and made some handles using strips of cardstock and the designer label punch cut in half.
To make the flower on my handbag, I used the nestabilities scalloped oval as well as the Stampin' Up! scalloped circle punch for the smaller centre pieces as I wanted a bigger flower.

Cardstock: Love Letter DSP , Cherry Cobbler Cardstock
Other: Designer label punch, scallop circle punch, sticky strip, black rhinestone brads

02 October 2010

Inkspiration Colour Challenge #42

Here is a quick card I made last night for the new Colour Challenge over on Makeesha's Blog. I also teamed it up with last week's sketch #109 from Clean & Simple Stamping since I never got around to playing this time.
Cardstock: Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, Not quite Navy,
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Riding Hood Red, Not Quite Navy
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Watercolour Trio
Other: Label punch, Big Shot label Die, circle punch, pearl accents

01 October 2010

A blog award for meeeeeeeee

I got a wonderful surprise today ... a blog award from Makeesha! And it has cupcakes on it. She must have known I LOVE cupcakes!
For this award I need to share 3 things about myself and then pass it onto 5 other blogs….

Three things about me:

1. I am extremely claustrophobic, and can't stand to have anything over my face at all. Even standing under the shower with the water running over my face freaks me out!

2. When I was about 8 or 9 I fell over while running with a texta or pencil in my hand (can't remember which it was), and I still have the nib in my palm to this day! (no it doesn't hurt). I have tried having it removed but it was an awful experience so I have just left it there since it doesn't bother me.

3. I HATE coffee (and in fact anything coffee flavoured). Interestingly, my two siblings are exactly the same yet we grew up in a family of coffee drinkers. People have always said I would acquire the taste as I got older but it still hasn't happened.

Hmmm how do I narrow this down to only 5 top blogs?! I just went by the last 5 I visited because I couldn't decide ...

Amanda (she has a new-look blog, gorgeous!)

JAI37 (with a substitution)

It's time for another challenge over at Just Add Ink. And this week it's a colour challenge. However I still don't have Always Artichoke in my stock of card so I substituted with the retired True Thyme. It's not as green, but it's all I had.
I coloured this image from Crafters Companion last week and it has been sitting on my desk every since, and given that it already had pumpkin and old olive on the image I thought it would suit this challenge. I have added some dazzling diamond glitter to the centre of the flowers and it looks much more 'sparkley' in real life :)
Cardstock: True Thyme, Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Whisper White
Stamps: Hero Arts greeting and Crafters Companion
Other: Pumpkin Pie satin ribbon, oval punch, modern label punch, prisma pencils, gamsol, dazzling diamonds, paper piercer, vintage wallpaper embossing folder.

A new addition ... for my craft room

On my recent visit to Ikea I picked up a 'return' for my current craft desk. It's basically just a smaller version of my current one and I have placed it so that it runs down the side giving me an extra metre of work space.
It is perfect for my Big Shot, because before once I got working and there was no space left on my messy desk (I am not the only one that gets like that right?) I never had any room to put my Big Shot to use it! Although I can't guarantee that the new desk won't stay clear, that is the plan. LOL
The small 4 cube Expidit fits perfectly underneath and is home to my trimmers and Big Shot & Cuttlebug accessories.