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?

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, 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


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, 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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Life is a real roller coaster of emotions!

Last week was a very emotional week - one of my friends lost her partner, but Friday was a real roller coaster day ................. in the space of 30 minutes, I found out that one of my friends had died and that my niece had gone into labour early and had a baby boy!  Talk about a mix of emotions!

I had just recently made a batch of 'thinking of you' cards to put in my Etsy store - little did I know I was going to need them myself :(

Thinking of You

Thinking of You



Thinking of You

Thinking of You

Thinking of You


thankfully, I have a bit of time before the 'new baby' card is needed :)


Hold your family close, tell them that you love them!
Give your friends a call, or send a text or email, let them know you are thinking of them!


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, August 11, 2016

Click!

I recently came across a new papercrafting magazine, well new to me LOL

Australian Papercraft Essentials - Issue 51 - boy what a great magazine!  I was taken with the freebie stamp set on the front :)  and on looking through the magazine I was taken with a card using an image from Elisabeth Bell Designs

It took me a while to find the image in the store - Elisabeth eventually helped me find it via her Facebook page :)

Here is the card I produced - it will be going to a very special friend.

Click!

Click!

It felt so good to colour in again!

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, July 10, 2016

Happy Birthday Mum

A different kind of creativeness in my corner today :)

I have been playing in the background with photoshop to create some graphics.


today would have been my Mum's 82nd Birthday!


Photo credit:  Leonard Pass
Font:  Happy Birthday Text:  Artful Beauty available from Creative Market


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.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Where has the time gone?

My last post was in April!

I haven't done much cardmaking in that time - just a few for swaps and close friends.

I did a card swap in May for my CraftMad friends - the theme was polka dots :)

For You

Camera Card

Camera Card
The above camera card was made using a digital file from CraftsUPrint

Sadly, I was in need of a Sympathy card for a friend

Sympathy Card

I used the emboss resist method, using white embossing powder and added colour using watercolour pencils and inks in places.

Sympathy Card - detail

I think I like the effect and look forward to working on this method a bit more :)

Linking this card with:
As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Die
My favourite dies are my Deckle Edge collection - it adds just that nice bit of interest to a square/rectangle shape :)
The ABC Challenge - just as you like it
Anything goes - which is perfect inspiration to try 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.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Happy Birthday Peter!

My nephew, Peter, is celebrating his 20th birthday - the last 20 years have disappeared in the blink of an eye!

I have been having a play in Photoshop recently, and thought I would try something different!




Peter has always wanted to see his name in lights!

here is the electronic version I placed on Facebook for him :)


The vintage lights were from Chris Spooner Graphics - I just added more bling!


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.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Happy 80th Birthday Howard!

one of my camera club friends celebrated his 80th Birthday this week - such a wonderful milestone to celebrate and such a wonderful man he is too!

Ofcourse, my card had to have a camera theme of some sort.



I used my new Kaisercraft Camera Die - it cuts like a dream :)

the 'camera' topper is on a spring, so it wobbles :)

Linking with:
CAS Colour & Sketches - #164 Sketch
Dream Valley Challenges - #127 - Birthdays

Items Used
Red, Green, Blue, Grey & black cardstock from BlueEdge Crafts
Gold stickers from Sticker Store/BlueEdge Crafts
Crystal bling
Kaisercraft Camera Die, Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckle Edge Die, Cuttlebug


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 29, 2016

Using up stash and trash

The February card swap for CraftMad was to use up your stash/trash to make a card - I did a bit of both :)


With the above card, I used the paper flowers from my stash - I think these flowers have been made up ready to go for about 3-4 years, and the white strip embossed with hearts is actually the white strip of cardboard from the Lipton Tea Bag box.


For the above card, I used up the card topper that I cut out from a GSD file using the CraftROBO and has been sitting in my stash for years - just waiting for a special occasion to use it!


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.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

34 years ago, I said "I Do" .....

.... best decision I ever made!

It is our 34th Wedding Anniversary today and here is the combined Anniversary & Valentines card I whipped up for Mr Fixit



Stamped with a Penny Black image from 'Piece of my Heart', hand coloured with copics and highlighted with the obligatory kindy glitz/Stickles.  Mr Fixit has a real sweet tooth, so the image is appropriate :)  
Inside the card reads:  More than chocolate!

Linking with the following challenges:
CASology - Week 184: Valentine
The Stamping Boutique - I Love You
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - use Hearts and/or Red It's a bit hard to see but there is a heart shaped decoration on one of the cakes, and the ribbon is red (flimsy connection, I know :) )
The Card Concept - Sweethearts (inspired by 'sweet')

that's it from me this week - another card on the way next week :)

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, February 4, 2016

CraftMad card swap

I promised myself I would make more cards this year :)

So I have started of with a few swap cards - with my CraftMad group.

January swap was to use a Tic-Tac-Toe grid



Here are the cards I made for Merry, my partner.

Middle Row: Embossing/Gems/Ribbon

Linking this card with the following challenges:
Less is More - Week 261 - Lucky Dip (Australian connection - Summer flowers, and my CraftMad group is in Australia :) )


First Column:  Stitching/Embossing/Buttons
A bit of a special mix with this one :)  Stitching is the theme of the card, with both types of embossing - heat & pressure and cute little buttons on the side of the card.


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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