Sunday, March 19, 2017

Happy Birthday Cynthia!

One of my quilty friends celebrated her birthday in February :)

I made a card nice and early, but it sat in my handbag for a few days before I could put in the mail.

Ofcourse, I then had to wait until the card had arrived before I made this post - Cynthia reads my blogs and I didn't want to spoil the surprise  :)

Happy Birthday Cynthia


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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Feeling Blue .... A Sympathy Card

Sadly, I was in need of yet another sympathy card.

My regular readers may remember my CraftMad friends and the retreat I went to in Queensland in 2014, well ..... our wonderful Hostess with the Mostess has lost her husband, Ron.


Ron was a wonderful man; he put up with all of us women nattering & crafting away :)  I am so glad I had the pleasure of meeting him!   RIP Ron, no longer in pain.

Ofcourse, I had to make a card, and strangely enough, this card came together quickly and was almost an enjoyable process - I found myself smiling at the memories I have of him - such a strange feeling!  I think it was because I was making it for someone who I knew that would really appreciate and treasure a handmade card :)

Front

Details

mixing stamps

My heart goes out to Kaye and her family.


Items Used:
Stamps:  Stampin' Up Heartfelt Thanks, PaperCraft clear cling stamp 'sympathy'
Cardstock: Stampin' Up Bordering Blue, Night of Navy: white cardstock from Blue Edge Crafts
Inks:  StazOn Black Ink, Little Inker Dark Blue  and VersaMark Baby Blue
Embellishments:  Kindy Glitz, Black & White Ribbon



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Happy Birthday Cathy!

one of our closest friends had a birthday recently :) so I took the opportunity to have a play with some of the graphics I have been purchasing.

Watercolor Floral Birthday Card

Watercolor Floral Birthday Card

This card is made up of a combination of graphics from Creative Market and Design Cuts

Watercolor Sketch Lily by Spasibenko Art
Washi tape by Pattern Pop https://www.designcuts.com/product/washi-tape-frames-and-notes/



Linking with :
CAS-ual Fridays - CFC168 - One Layer Wonder



Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Happy Celebrations

It was our 35th Wedding Anniversary last week :)


here is the card I made for hubby - I had a bit of fun making this one :)

Inside states: "that's nothing to snicker at"

The Snickers Wrapper style font was from Lettering Delights way back in 2014 :) took me all this time to have a proper play with it - now that I have, I can see a few things coming up in the future :)


I also had an opportunity to play with some other graphics I have purchased from Design Cuts, as part of the Complete Illustration Kit way back in April 2016 :)




This card is for my sister-in-law :)


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy Birthday Joy!

My best friend Joy celebrated her 70th birthday during the week - but celebrations were put on hold as she came down with a bad cold - we waited until she was feeling a little better before catching up :)

You may have noticed from my photography blog that we go out a lot together with our cameras - Adelaide & Monarto Zoos are frequent destinations, as Joy loves the big cats!

Unfortunately, I don't have any lions or tiger stamps, so Penny Black Hedgehogs will have to do :)

Handmade Birthday Card - front

Handmade Birthday Card - camera theme

Out with the Old, and in with the new:  Old: spellbinder square dies,  New:  camera theme embossing folder


Items Used:
Stamp:  Penny Black – Party Time
Card Stock:  BlueEdge Crafts
Ink:  Memento – Tuxedo Black
Equipment:  Cuttlebug, embossing folders, Spellbinders Dies – Square
Embellishments:  Kindy Glitz, Copics, gems

Linking with:
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - January Anything Goes
Cut it up challenge - #112 Out with the Old, in with the new  (oops, missed the deadline)
Dream Valley Challenge - #147 something new


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, January 6, 2017

2016 .... what a year you have been!

I am so glad to see the end of you!

I have never needed so many sympathy cards as I have done this year :(

Another friend has lost a father ...... so sad right on top of Christmas, although not surprising as he had been sick for a while.

Handmade Sympathy Card

Linking with:
Daisy Chain Challenges #4 Add some sparkle


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Christmas Giftcard/Money Holders

Once again this year, my handmade Christmas cards were non-existent due to me running out of time - I don't know what I did after October when I told myself to start making Christmas cards, but somehow, the time just escaped me!

What I did do though, was to make some Christmas Giftcard/Money Holders (as I also ran out of steam doing the Christmas present shopping)

I used the same tutorial that I used for the cards in my blogpost HERE - but this time, I adjusted some of the measurements to suit what paper I had and here they are - I am quite pleased with how they turned out!

Christmas Giftcard/Money Holder-stocking

Christmas Giftcard/Money Holder-present

Christmas Giftcard/Money Holder-tree

Christmas Giftcard/Money Holder-poinsettia

Christmas Giftcard/Money Holder-holly




Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Sympathy cards for friends

Oh dear, my reserve of sympathy cards is now depleted :(

One of our dearest, closest friends, Chris, lost his father and we were honoured to attend the small service with mostly family in attendance.

Sympathy Card - Purple
Sympathy Card - Purple

I am not an overly religious person, but I was quite moved by this statue in the grounds of The Monastery, Urrbrae






My CraftMad friend Wendy, lost her father recently too :(  here is the card I sent to her.

Sympathy Card - Blue

Sympathy Card - Blue


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Always wanted to see your name in lights?

Well, that was the thinking behind this card I recently made for my friend's neighbour's 50th birthday :)  He was having a Bollywood themed birthday party, and Joy asked if I could make a card to suit.

Happy Birthday - 50th

the elephant wobbles :)

Happy Birthday - 50th

here is another card I made after being motivated with all that bling!

Happy 50th Birthday

Happy 50th Birthday

the '50th' wobbles :)

I usually use Gold on my cards, in one way shape or form - either gold heat embossing, or gold stickers - that and some form of bling ..... you can't go wrong with bling!

Linking this card with:
As you like it - Gold or Silver?

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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Birthday to my Sister, Barbara

It will be my sister's 60th Birthday on 29th November 2016

I wanted to make a really special card for her, so I started searching for inspiration during October.  My search was fruitless :(  each day I was getting more and more frustrated that 'the perfect card' was not jumping up at me.

I have been admiring the 'card in a box' cards for quite some time and thought it was about time I bit the bullet and tried something completely new.

So with the help of Mr Google & Mrs YouTube, I settled on a basic design.  Once I got the construction of the box done, it was time to embellish :)  I had chosen a basic theme of balloons and just gathered everything I had to do with balloons - finally getting to use a Lili of the Valley stamp I purchased in January 2014

Card-in-a-box

It was a lot of fun pulling this together, even though it took several days.
Card-in-a-box - side

I had the puffy balloon stickers from the $2 shop for ages, and I can't remember when I actually purchased the purple letters, but I would have had my sister in mind as purple is her favourite colour.

Card-in-a-box - detail

Lots of very old things from my stash were used for this card - as mentioned earlier, the Lili of the Valley Stamp was bought in 2014, the balloon punch was one of the first punches I bought when I first started cardmaking back in 2005, the ever faithful purple bazzill cardstock has been around for at least 10 years - I think it is my last sheet of purple!

And ofcourse, the obligatory Kindy Glitz

white cardstock and gold stickers were from BlueEdge Crafts/Sticker Store


Linking with:
Daisy Chain Challenges - #2 All that Glitters
Sunny Day Crafting - #24 Anything Goes


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Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Happy Birthday to my Sister-in-Law .............

...... and Happy Anniversary!

We all joke that Rosa picked the date for them to get married so that Greg couldn't forget  LOL


Happy Anniversary

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday

Linking with:
Feeling Sketchy - #157
Daisy Chain Challenges - All that Glitters - #2


Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.

Monday, October 17, 2016

New Baby | Happy 30th Birthday

I finally managed to get the new baby card that I mentioned in my previous post done & dusted, and I must say, I am really pleased with how it turned out.

When I went hunting for what type of card I was going to make for my new great nephew, Archie, I looked through my stamps and found a Lily of the Valley stamp I hadn't used.  So I went looking for layouts I could use to incorporate that stamp.

I was inspired by a card created for an old challenge blog called Here Come the Boys by Sharon, unfortunately, the blog doesn't exist any more, it closed in 2013 - but I did save the image as inspiration for the future.



Several layers have been cut with Spellbinders dies, Lily of the Valley stamp hand coloured with copics, embellished with liquid paint & kindy glitz, and a ribbon.

It is also my niece's 30th Birthday - so here is the card I made for her :)



I would like to submit my baby card to the following challenges:
Dream Valley Challenges - #142 one for the boys
CAS-ual Fridays (layer it on) - CFC158 (my card has 8 layers)
Daring Cardmakers: Seriously Monochromatic
Sunny Day Crafting - Anything goes

Thank you for visiting my blog today - I hope you have a good day.
Remember, any day doing something you love makes it a good day ;-)

Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.
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