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

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.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sympathy Card ...... what do you say .....

on the loss of a child :(    there are just no words  :(


As a butterfly graces our lives
with one moment's fragile beauty,
so too has your baby's presence blessed you,
and those that surround you
with their short life and unique spirit.
May you find peace, and joy
with each butterfly that passes,
knowing that your baby lives on
in the hearts of all they touched.

I wish I could find the website where I saw this most beautiful verse - I usually take note so that I can give credit, but I wanted to get this is the mail over to USA as quickly as possible.


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 15, 2016

crafty fun with crafty friends

I have been attempting to put some order in my craft room of late - still got a long way to go, but while I was tidying up, I was wondering what to do with my calendar received from Kaye at my CraftMad Weekend away in 2014

I printed a photo taken on that weekend, and slipped it in where the calendar was sitting :)  problem solvered!

Still working on tidying up the study/craft room and will reveal all when done :)


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, January 4, 2016

Off to a good start ...................

My first cards for the year :)

I wanted to make a card for my friend Joy's birthday, and I knew I wanted to use a Ladybird, and I was drawn to my Penny Black stamps that I have had for years, but never used - so all that was left was to find a layout ............ harder than you think!

I came across an excellent sketch on the Sweet Sunday Sketch blog - unfortunately, it is the last sketch for that blog :(  However, I think I will keep it bookmarked so that I can go back and use some of the other sketches :)



I used Sketch #300, but changed the proportions of the centre panel so it wouldn't take anything away from the Penny Black image :)

The Penny Black Saturday Challenge is anything goes, as long as you use a Penny Black image.

I was on a roll, the creative juices started flowing, and these cards came together in a few hours!  The hardest part was trawling through my DP to find something suitable for the background.

I decided to make two cards, one rectangle and one square.  I like them both, but think I will give the square one to my friend Joy :)




EDITED:  the pink rectangle card is available in my ETSY store :)  I guess it could be used for several purposes: birthday, hello, thinking of you, missing you, or simply just because :)

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.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Time ....... where does it go?

It is rapidly approaching the end of yet another year - a year where my cardmaking mojo seemed to disappear :(

I will be working on improving my mojo next year - along with decluttering my workspace, with the hope that a better organised workspace will lead to a more enjoyable time cardmaking :)  well, that's the plan!

and just so that there is some eye candy, I share some of my fave cards I have made this year :)

50th Birthday Card

Heartfelt Thanks

Thinking of You - detail


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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