A little update since my last post – some crafty and some not crafty – you may want to grab a drink it is a long post.
I altered and added new pieces to an outfit so Ms 9 could make her first Holy Communion. I altered a skirt I had made for Ms 18 she wore 9 years ago and made a new bodice. I still had a piece large enough left from the original skirt and top.
This is the pattern I have used for all my girls.
Pic of Ms A
Ms 14 was in need of some new pj shorts – we googled and found these patterns before picking some fabric from my stash.
Drawstring lounge shorts at http://www.sewdaily.com/
This is her first major sewing project.
I helped by doing the button holes to pull through the ribbon tie.
We have 2 more pairs planned. This will be a project for the upcoming school holidays.
I attended a local craft group held at the local library. I spent a little over an hour with these women and made a poppy for their collection. A simple knit pattern – cast on 60 stitches in red yarn, 2 x 2 rib for about 12 rows then begin decrease by k2 tog until no stitches. Form a circular shape and join. add some black for the centre of the poppy and you are done. The box of poppies will be used at Melbourne’s Fed Square. If you would like to contribute there is lots of information on their page.
I have found a little time to continue my jumper – will share a pic another time.
Other things we have been up to
Ms 14 participated in a charity run. The funds raised support Sr Dorothy Bayliss and her work with Asylum seekers. The run was a relay 150 km starting at 4 am until 4 pm. The participants do laps of the local river using 2 bridges to cross and complete the laps. Participants are required to complete at least 4 laps – they can do more if they wish. This year as Ms 14 has developed an injury she only did the 4 laps totaling 20 km. So I went along and gave her some encouragement. This is why we have been at training at 6.45 am a couple of mornings a week.
We have had the final day of play for netball this season. The younger teams compete in a round robin tournament and the older girls had their grand final. My older girls didn’t make the finals.
Monday (a week ago) Ms 9 competed in the inter school sports – 800 m. Another injury just before the start – a grazed knee heading to the starting line. A quick cuddle and “you’ll be right” from mum saw her go onto compete.
A new hot water service was installed amongst all this – the old one just gave up – can’t complain it had lasted us 18 years. Through 4 babies including all those hot nappy washes and long hot teenage showers!
Mr M had his basketball Grand final and they won. Hubby is the coach so we have 2 more trophies for the cabinet. We will need a new cabinet soon.
Today is Hubby’s birthday – he received the card I made for SBB challenge casing Therese.
This week coming isn’t going to be any slower.
Wednesday night is Ms 9’s school concert and Friday is netball presentation night as well as Mr 16 is taking his girlfriend to a formal. I have a few extra work meetings as well as the normal everyday things. I can’t see much crafty time this week, but you never know I might squeeze in some time some how.
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So must get on and bake a cake for hubby – sponge cake is the request.
This is the current challenge at Scrapbook Boutique
I was inspired by this card from Therese at Lostinpaper
Therese includes a video tutorial for this card (click on the pic above to take you to her post).
And here is my card
I used SBB Sand and Surf Cardstock (Robin’s egg and spearmint I think – I’ve mixed up my pack a bit). The chocolate brown cs is from my stash. I embossed the bottom section with SU Sizzix Stripe folder – like the background of the cupcake photo. The sentiment is from TPC Birthday stamped with Versafine onyx black ink. All this is layered onto a bought card base.
This was a super quick male card. I will be doing this again.
and another pic
Well I have book club today and we are going to take in some of this gorgeous sunshine we have today in Melbourne and meet outside. I have finished the book. Unbeautifully loved by Emma Grayson. I can now continue to read the Outlander series. I’m up to The Fiery Cross.
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This is the challenge at Inspired by Stamping
I have created this card using the sketch and the soft stone colours. Always handy to have one or two sympathy cards on hand – hope I haven’t the need.
I used IBS Big Notes III stamped with SU Brown Sugar and distressed with PTI Classic Kraft to soften. I die cut using a Sizzix die. I layered onto IBS Fancy Label Dies 3 cut from Fawn la carte paper. I added a piece of SU Sweet Sorbet DSP to the store bought card base. The butterfly is punched twice – once in vellum and once in fawn cs using SU Bitty Butterfly punch.
I am also linking this up to the customer gallery.
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I made these a couple of weeks ago but had forgotten to share – Hubby had needed a card for the next day and of course I had nothing in my card stash suitable.
He chose this first one
I used various strips of patterned paper. I stamped the “happy” from PTI Birthday bash sentiments with versafine onyx black and clear heat embossed. I cut the “birthday” from PTI Birthday trio die – I used the cut out in the card below whilst I inlaid with green cardstock.
This one is left for another time
This morning I am off to the school book parade. Ms A (9) is dressed as the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland – a dance costume I made for her a few years ago.
Have a great weekend
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Hi There – Happy Wednesday
Time Out Challenge – Casing Anita
Uniko Challenge #13 Special Occassion
Here is my take on the challenges
I stamped Uniko Background Builders Flower Power down one side of a piece of SU Whisper White CS using various shades of SU markers. I stamped “happy” from PTI Polka Dot Parade #5 before adding the die cut birthday. I cut this multiple times and layered with the top cut in SU Island Indigo CS. I attached the card front to a SU note card.
Every birthday is an occassion right?
I hear rumblings in the background. Mr M (16) has his girlfriend over for dinner and Miss A (9) is making 3 a crowd!
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Life has just been busy.
I took my 4 +1 to the school production – “Shout” last week. Great production. Mr M had his name in the programme for designing the back cover which was also used on the back of the production t-shirts.
I have also been busy with the normal running training, swimming, netball and dancing trips. Mr M and Ms S have kept Mum’s taxi busy.
Any way I really wanted to make another card for the Uniko Challenge – I should just make the cut off time!
I have wanted to try this technique for a while. I purchased the stencil material and Glitter Frosting paste a while ago and only opened them today.
Jennifer McGuire shows how to colour the paste with ink – jennifermcquireink.com post from 22nd July 2014
Before I started I die cut Uniko Bright Butterflies dies in the stencil material.
Then I mixed PTI Enchanted Evening ink and Glitter Frosting Paste (I picked this up from a craft show) on my craft sheet and added to the stencil.
After I removed the stencil
At this point I left it to dry. Not sure how long it took as I had a school meeting to attend – it was dry when I got home.
Now the finished card.
I added a little shimmer paper along the sides and added to some blue card stock.
Some ABS twine and the sentiment from Uniko Fontiments Birthday to finish.
Sorry for the poor quality photos – taken on my phone at night.
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Edit; On our way to running training at 6.30 the following morning Ms S needed a card for a friend at school. So glad I had this one finished – it has gone with some chocolates for the friend.