29 January 2010

Updated Craft Studio Pics

Just a few current pics of my craft studio. I have added the small cuttlebug station beside my desk, and it's great because it gives me more workspace. The unit is from the Expidit range from Ikea and I also got the two black canvas 'baskets' from there too. And I finally managed to get a pic of my computer workstation and my re-organised shelves.

It's been a while

Yep, once again it's been a while between posts! My mum has been visiting from Sydney for the last 10 days and she just left this morning, which is why I haven't had a chance to post recently. Besides, she has been staying in my craft room and so I haven't done any stamping either!

I did manage this quick birthday card last night, which is a total case of a set of thankyou cards that Dawn McVey shared recently on her blog. I just loved the simplicity of them. Supplies: Cardstock in kraft and very vanilla, Stampin' Up! rubons, Designer paper by SU! in Bella Rose. The flower was made by layering punched out scalloped circles from patterned paper and attaching together with a button.

13 January 2010

Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #51

*** NOTE: This is not my first entry for today. Please scroll down to see previous entries ***

I finally got to play around with some sketches. I decided to start with this nice simple design from Karen Giron.
And here is my card. I wanted to keep the colours nice and soft but I think they are a bit too soft! LOL I may end up changing the ribbon to something a little brighter. I love all of the sparkles on the tops of the cake, they look so pretty (and so much sparklier in real life!)
Supplies: Cardstock by SU! Stamps and brad by Taylored Expressions, Nestabilities for the mat and the tag.

Our Weekend in Albany

Last Friday we took off to Albany for a few days to visit my dearest friend Kathleen and her family. It was so nice to get away and the kids all had a great time catching up. Here are a few pics from our trip. They have a new puppy 'Milly' who was quite a hit too! I think everyone pretty much just took turns snuggling her! lol

Moving on ... yes it hurts, but sometimes you have to let go!

I was going through my pile of unopened emails from FlyLady when I came across one that just really struck a chord with me and got me thinking.
It was all about how damaging it is to keep re-capping an old hurt and how freeing it is to make the decision to move on. I have had friends in my life who held a special place in my heart, and for some reason or another they have decided that they have no room for me in their life, or sometimes I guess you just drift apart. However it happens, it really does leave a big hole in your heart when they are gone.
Have you ever noticed that when something starts to heal it can get itchy? I think that's what happens to us sometimes when we are healing from something intangible like a broken heart. As we start to heal, something reminds us of what happened (that's the itch) and if we go scratch it, we re-open the wound.
As we start to heal, there is a sort of itching to keep it going and re-reading a poem, or listening to a song is like scratching the scab off of a healing wound. If you've ever had an itchy rash, you know how good it feels at the time to scratch it! However, after you've enjoyed the scratching of the itch you are in trouble because you have reversed the healing process.
The best way to handle an itch (I am an expert on this one) is to distract the itch with some activity that gets your mind off it. I have found that going to the gym, doing something physical or even craft helps.
So my goal this year is to let go of old hurts, and move on. I am going to focus on me, my health and my family. I am going to spend my time and energy on the people who love me. The people who are here!
I suppose that even though I didn't make a new years resolution (let's face it, how often do we stick to them anyway?) this sounds a lot like one huh!

With Sympathy


It's never nice having to make these cards, and thankfully it doesn't happen too often. But when I do make them I try to keep them very simple (and hopefully tasteful). Since I had some leftover stamped gridpaper I put this card together pretty quickly and I used the Spellbinders tag for the front.

Supplies: Grid stamps and front greeting by Papertrey Ink. Inside greeting by Stampin' Up!
All cardstock, ribbon and ink by Stampin' Up! Button from Spotlight.

03 January 2010

Still playing with my guidelines stamps

These little stamps are so fun! I am loving making my own backgrounds. So here are another couple of quick cards I did today (in between swimming and going to the beach for a bbq). A perfect day :)
Supplies: Background stamps by Papertrey Ink, Greeting stamps by Stampin' Up! All cardstock and ink by Stampin' Up! (in rich razzleberry, black and white for the first card and chocolate chip and white for the second). Ribbon is from Stampin' Up! and the butterfly stamp is Martha Stewart.

02 January 2010

Getting back into it

My weight watchers journey that is! To say I was quite slack in 2009 is an understatement. I joined WW's when I moved to the city in July last year and while my weight is less now than it was then, I did lose the plot and could have been at goal by now!

BUT I am NOT going to dwell on last year and have decided to just get back on track and really focus on myself this year and losing this extra weight once and for all. So today was my first meeting since the beginning of December ... and naturally my combination of no gym, too much Christmas food and not tracking over the last month led to a gain of 1.5kgs :( Not happy ... but I deserved it. In fact I thought the damage may be worse.

So I got a new journal for 2010 and am back to my tracking and plan to get back to the gym this week when I get over this flu that is still hanging around. Until then I will try to at least walk every day!

I figured that if I started documenting my journey here on my blog then it will just make me that little bit more accountable as well ... which doesn't hurt right?

I can't WAIT to get to goal - I just know that 2010 is going to be MY year!!

My first card of 2010!

This is a total case of a card by Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink, except I used different stamps for my background. But I just loved this design! The background was done using three stamps from the GuideLines stamp set and was stamped onto grid paper which is designed especially for the set. I love things that go together that easily!
Supplies: Background stamps and grid cardstock by Papertrey Ink. Greeting stamp by Stampin' Up! Cardstock in tempting turquoise, Kraft and whisper white by Stampin' Up! Ink in turquoise and black by SU!