30 April 2011

The renovations have commenced!

I am quite excited, as the renovations have finally started on our house .. which is in serious need of a makeover!
Today the renderers came and started on the front and 1 side of the house and will be back over the next few days to finish up. It will be a while before we can paint it (once it dries out) but I can't wait until it's finished!
And on Wednesday we have new timber flooring being put in through all of the living rooms/halls & kitchen. I will be so glad to see the back of the cold tiles ... no more trying to keep the grout clean and having to wear slippers even in summer because the floors are so cold!
After that we will be having the roof restoration done, which includes replacement of broken tiles and some guttering and then repainting. It will go from orange to charcoal which will look great with the render.
Next up will be the front landscaping which includes garden beds and new lawn ... so excited about that! At the moment we have what could only be described as straw covering our front yard. LOL
And finally a new patio out the back and a front fence with electronic sliding gate.
Anyway, I just thought I would show you a sneak peek of what has happened so far. This is before and as I said - it's in serious need of a makeover
And this is what they got done this morning.
I will bring you more pics as the transformation progresses.

29 April 2011

JAI66 - Just Add A Flower

Sorry I'm a bit late with this week's post. I have had my mum visiting and today we headed off to Penguin Island (just off the south coast of Perth) for the day and have been enjoying some champagne while watching the royal nuptials since arriving home.

This week the girls at Just Add Ink have decided that with Mothers Day only a week away, we would add a flower to our projects. You won't hear me complaining ... I LOVE flowers :) And be sure to go and check out what the other DT members have done this week, the projects are gorgeous as always!

Here is my card.


Stamps: Sweet Summer by SU!

Ink: Ranger Black Archival Ink

Cardstock: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White. DSP by Bo Bunny

Other: Seam binding in Rose Red by SU!, flower punch by SU!, pink pearls, paper piercer, prisma colour pencils

27 April 2011

An anniversary card

I was asked to make this card for a work colleague to give to his wife, as it was his first wedding anniversary on Sunday. His instructions were 'black and cream with swirls' so I just went with that and tried to make it in an elegant style. I hope she liked it!

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Stamps by SU!, Ink: Basic Black, real red marker; Other: Textured plate by SU!, basic black satin ribbon, antique brad

26 April 2011

I love RAK's!

I just thought I would share the gorgeous RAK's I have received lately. This first one was from my dear friend Andrea, don't you just love that sentiment and the cute kitty!

And these next ones were all for my birthday on Sunday. These are from fellow JAI design team members:

And these ones are from members of a Yahoo Group I am in 'Stampin' Up! in Oz.

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter. I have more chocolate around here than I need and really have to stop myself from just constantly snacking on it!

And now I am off to spend some time with my mum, who surprised me with a visit for my birthday from Sydney and will be staying for a week. Best present EVER!!

Thanks to everyone that sent me birthday messages and cards, I had a wonderful day :)

22 April 2011

JAI65 - Just Add Friendship/Mateship for ANZAC Day

What a big weekend we have coming up! Not only is it Easter and my birthday but it is also ANZAC Day!

This means a lot more than just an extra day off. ANZAC Day is a very special day in Australian and New Zealand history. ANZAC stands for the Australia New Zealand Army Corps and it is significant because on the 25th of April, 1915 Australia went into battle for the first time as an independent nation. We had only become a country in 1901 and prior to that we were a loose collection of colonies and this was our "baptism of fire" on the shores of Gallipoli.

Our troops landed on a beach at dawn (now called ANZAC Cove) on the Turkish peninsula on that fateful day. They suffered a terrible defeat but our men fought with great bravery. The battle really highlighted the character traits of mateship and sacrifice.

We talk about the Anzac Spirit which was born that day and use the term as a mark of great respect. Australia and New Zealand commemorate this day with a Dawn Service and Parade to remember those who fought and gave their lives for their country, not only in World War 1 but in all subsequent wars.

So in the spirit of Friendship/Mateship we encourage you to make that the focus of your card for this week's challenge over at Just Add Ink. I found this adorable digi image by Mo and I immediately thought it represented mateship ... after all isn't his dog a boy's best friend?

Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Dusty Durango,Whisper White. DSP by Kaiser
Ink: Ranger Archival Sepia
Other: Nestabilities, SU! Label Punch, stitching, Copic Markers, Prismacolour pencils

15 April 2011

Some exciting news ... and a thank you!

Thank you to all of my friends and blog/facebook readers that voted for Madison in the You Tube Boombox 2011 competition. I am SO PROUD to announce that SHE WON!! And will now be performing as part of the Perth Boombox 2011 Concert Tour in May. It will be so exciting to watch her perform in front of so many people, and she is very nervous having only ever performed once at school before. But I know she will be fantastic. Considering her entry was a last minute addition, video'd very late one night with no practice she has done amazingly well! So thanks again for supporting my dd and I will be sure to share the pics/video when she performs. And if you want to check out the list of other winners (including Madi) you can see the announcement HERE.

14 April 2011

JAI64 - Chocolate Wrapper Inspiration Challenge

With Easter just around the corner, what better timing could there be for a challenge that focuses on chocolate? And that's what the girls at Just Add Ink have for you this week, our challenge was to create a project using one of your favourite chocolate bars for inspiration.

Since I can't pick one favourite (it's like asking me who is my favourite child!) I went with what was on my desk at the time - a Cherry Ripe :)

And here is my card.
Supplies: Stamps: A flower for all seasons, teeny tiny sentiments, mat stacks by PTI; Ink: Riding hood red, basic black; Cardstock: Riding hood red, daffodil delight, whisper white; Other: Tulip embossing folder by SU!, PTI die cut, satin ribbon, button, copic markers, dimensional magic.

11 April 2011

Can you help my daughter Madison?

Madi has decided she wants to enter the You Tube Boombox competition, but with only a couple of days to go, it's a late entry! So she needs people to visit her video on youtube ... the more visits the better ... and if you 'like' the vid or comment that's even better! Thanks so much :) Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyPltfiiA7U&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL Oh, and feel free to share with your friends ... the more visitors she gets the better!!

And now for something completely different ....

(Yes, I have been watching a little Monty Python) LOL But this next project IS a little different for me, and dare I say a little risque?? But I just love this rather saucy image by KennyK. We coloured this in our copics class on the weekend, and the project was to make a monochromatic image focusing on adding 'shine' (I hope you can see a little of that technique in her boots). Anyway, I decided to make a quick tag with the image since I don't know who I would send a card to with this image on it! LOL Supplies: Cardstock: Basic Black, real red, DSP by Kaiser Copics: W0, W1, W3, W5, W7, 100 Other: Digi image by KennyK Downloads, gemstones by SU!, paper doilie, misc ribbons

A little vintage

Here is another one I did on the weekend ... I guess you could say this is a little vintage? I don't know :)


Stamps: Bliss & Curly Cute, all Stampin' Up!

Cardstock: Chocolate chip, very vanilla, DSP by Bo Bunny

Ink: chocolate chip, pink pirouette, rose red

Other: Chocolate chip satin ribbon, stitching, die by Papertrey Ink

Some quick cards

Just a quick share of a few cards that I whipped up on the weekend.

These first ones were cases ... and I'm sorry I can't acknowledge the source but there is no watermark on them and I have had them saved to my computer for a while now but there is no name attached (if you know who made them please let me know and I will add their name).

I did the same design but in different colours and with different sentiments, a nice quick one to whip up - gotta love that!


Stamps: Giga guidelines and dot spot by Papertrey Ink, Curly Cute by SU!

Ink: Gable green, tempting turquoise, cool caribean, basic black, melon mambo, pumpkin pie, pretty in pink

Cardstock: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Gable Green

Other: Gemstones by SU!, Corner rounder punch, certainly celery satin ribbon

08 April 2011

JAI63 - Inspiration Challenge

This week the girls at JAI have an inspiration challenge for you ... and what a challenge it was! I had such a hard time with this one, but decided to go with the colours in the card and tried to replicate the 'levels' of colour as well. And I think that is 'flowers; they have around their necks in the pic, hence the addition of the layered flower :) To create the stripes, I just used thin strips of red cardstock layered onto the white.

The rest of the design team seemed to do much better than I did, so be sure to pop over to Just Add Ink and check out the other projects this week!

And if you want to play along, here is the inspiration photo.
And here is my card.


Cardstock: Crushed curry, gable green, real red, tempting turquoise, whisper white, basic black.

Stamps: So Happy For You

Other: PTI flower die, glimmer brads by SU!, Fiskars border punch.