21st balloons…

Hello

The day started nice and sunny and has now turned grey with hail here in Melbourne.  We do truely get 4 seasons in one day on occasion.  Marvelous Melbourne 🙂

As we are in the grip of 21st Season here I have yet another 21st card and gift bag to share.

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I have used SU Best year ever paper and co ordinating coastal cabana cs to create the gift bag and card.  I used the gift bag punch board with paper 17 cm x 30.5 cm for the closure of this bag I used the paper flower made from packing paper and scallop circle punches.  For the card I used SU balloon framelits, SU Thoughtful banners and Uniko Classic Numbers stamp sets – the perfect size to stamp onto the balloon.  The twine is also coastal cabana.

I am linking this up to the current challenge at Uniko – Challenge #35

There are songs both about turning “21” and balloons.

Until next time

Cheers

Vicki

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Playing with Kaisercraft Le Chateau …

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I hope the Easter bunny found you and you are all recovering from over eating chocolate goodies.

Today I am sharing two cards

I am linking to the following challenges

Scrapbook Boutique – March Mood Board here

and

Unstampabelles – Keys to success here

 My first card for SBB

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I started with Kaisercraft Le Chateau 6″ paper pad and added Mpress Birdcage die cut in both foam and black cardstock along with an Elizabeth Craft Design bird die.  I finished with a stamped “21” from Uniko Classic numbers.  This card is for a 21st this weekend where the gift is a budgie in a cage.

My second card

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Whilst flicking through the paper pad I thought this paper was perfect for the Unstampabelles current challenge.  What better mark of success that reaching the ripe old age of 21 (again!)? As Ms E had requested a number of cards I thought this would be great for a male 21st card.  I added die cut “21” from SU Large Numbers Framelits, “st” from Lifestyle Crafts and the “birthday” from PTI. Die cuts from black cardstock and foam.  This card unfortunately isn’t going to the intended recipient.  The birthday boy is only 20! I am a year to early.  I wonder if this is what Darnell had in mind for her upcoming boo boo challenge? Anyway I am sure it wont get wasted – there is bound to be a male 21st not to far away.

On another note I appear to be having issues with my blog reader.  If I have missed visiting you I apologise.  I am working on the issue and hope it is resolved soon.

Until next time

Cheers

Vicki

Happy Birthday…

Hello

My card today I linking up to the following challenges

NBUS #6 here

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

and

Uniko February colour challenge here

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I have used a NBUS free Uniko digi stamp (details can be found on Uniko blog – thanks Bev).  I printed onto cardstock. This was then coloured with SU markers tempting turquoise, pretty in pink and Soft sky.  After which I added a wink of stella to the balloons and “happy” before adding some glossy accents to the balloons.  This was then mounted on coordinating cardstock and pattern paper from SU sweet taffy. A reasonably quick card if you exclude the glossy accents drying time! So I wasn’t tempted to test I put it on just before Ms E dropped me at the school on her way to work just in time for school pick up.  It was ready when we got home.  We should walk to/from school more often it would make getting my daily step count really easy – a round trip takes about one hour.

Any way I hope to play with a least one other item from my NBUS stack before the challenge closes. Darnell’s challenge is just the push to use things. Thanks Darnell.

Until next time

Cheers

Vicki

A few tags…

Hello

If you are around my part of the world I hope you are managing to stay safe and cool.

Great excuse to stay in and create.

Today I am sharing a few Christmas projects – Sorry very long post.

I made multiples of these tags and packaged them into clear bags and gifted them to my 2 work colleagues. My third colleague due to religion, does not celebrate Christmas so I gifted her a pack of birthday/celebrate/thank you gift tags I had on hand.

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Sets used include PTI Communique Curves, Flourishes Forest of Trees, WMS Teeny Trees, SU Chock full of Cheer, SU Endless Wishes, PTI Winter Penguin, ME Winter Wonderland, Uniko Pure Florals Poinsettia, Uniko Background builders winter vines, ME No Peeking, ME Cozy Christmas, SU Festival of Trees, SU Many Merry Starts, SU Delightful Decorations and SSS Christmas. Along with SU Lucky Limeade, Old Olive, Real Red, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Night of Navy, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Baked Brown Sugar, Versafine Onyx Black and finished with ribbons and twine from my stash and the odd splash of kindy glitz and flocking.

I made 6 – 8 of each of these designs. Far more than I needed. So next year you might see them on card fronts.

My book club/walking friends are meeting up this week to discuss our last book (Jack and Harry no turning back – Tony McKena) before Christmas and exchange gifts.

I did plan to make a set of 3 wash cloths for each member – that turned out to be rather ambitious.

So instead they will each receive one with soap from a local gift store and a homemade bath bomb made with scented tea.

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Patterns used left to right Mollie Makes washcloth, Garter Basketweave (from Little Red Hen), Alaina’s simple Seed Stitch and two more Mollie Makes washcloths.  I used Bendigo Woollen Mills 4 ply and 8 ply cotton yarns. Link to patterns on ravelry. Note I haven’t blocked these yet.

I haven’t decided how I will package these yet. I might use some of my stash of pattern paper and make some little bags or pop them in a ready made box (this is probably the winner at the moment!).

Before I go a Wedding card.

Yesterday in the heat hubby and I attended a wedding of a colleague of hubby’s. I did have a card in my stash but hubby informed me the bride & groom’s colour scheme was “black and white”. So before the wedding I made this card. Pretty quick and easy.

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I used lifestyle crafts die, SU Mr & Mrs stamp, Itty bitty punch accents with black brads (I have to use these up! maybe they will become trendy again!), black and white cardstock and SU Everyday Chic pattern paper. Perhaps I should have left the black cardstock out – hope the bride and groom like it anyway. As I made this 15 cm square I also made an envelope with my punch board.

I intend to spend some time in the coming weeks starting my next quilt project. I decided some time ago to make a quilt for my friend’s daughter who is turning 16 in January. When I made that decision it seemed so long away, now it is only a few short weeks.

Hope all your holiday prep is done or not to stressful anyway.  I have almost finished. Ms 20, Mr  almost 18, Ms 16 & her boyfriend and I spent a whole day shopping last week and pretty much got everything sorted. Must admit the boys aren’t much into shopping and we needed to stop and refuel! Just a few little extras to get and Mr almost 18 needs a gift for under the tree – shoes I think are on the list.  So I can say pretty much under control.

Thank you to all my wonderful followers. I appreciate the time you take to leave your comments, some of you have been with me since the start of this journey. I always read your comments and they often bring a smile to my dial.

As this will be my last post for a while. I wish you and yours a Merry and safe Christmas period.

Cheers

Vicki

A few Christmas Cards…

Hello

I have a few cards I made over the weekend. Hopefully they have made their way to Linda who has kindly co-ordinated the Aussie leg of the Caring Hearts Card Drive. You can read all about it here

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I used Kaisercraft Reindeer Die, Paper from Lily bee design Jingle tiny tablet, PTI Communique Curves stamp set, Flourishes Forest of Trees, MFT Seasonal  Sentiments, SU Stacked with love paper, Uniko Background Builders Vines Winter Additions and Annabelle Stamps Round for Christmas.  Inside I stamped the sentiment “Merry Christmas from all of us” using SU Crazy about you and Endless Wishes. Inks I used SU Old Olive, Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar and Versafine onyx black.

I am linking up to the following challenges

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

and

Uniko Challenge #27 – Christmas

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and

Scrapbook Boutique

and

AAA Card Challenge – Anything Goes

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Thanks for stopping by

Cheers

Vicki

Halfway…

Hello

Sharing the last requested card by Ms E.

If you have been following you may remember she gave me a list of cards to be made with specific instructions including stamp sets and colours. Well this one came with the added extra of including a very specific sentiment! As you may guess the recipient has a great sense of humour!

I am linking this up to the monthly challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here

Here is my card

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I have used Papersmooches chubby chums (requested a cow!), Uniko Garlands Galore (the sentiment reads “halfway to 40!) and My cute stamps Owlways friends. I used SU smoky slate, old olive and real red inks & cardstock. I finished the chubby cow with some glossy accents and goggly eyes.

Hope you have some great plans for the weekend. I do.

First I need to complete start our tax returns – I know I only have 8 days! Now if I am good I will get Sunday to go to the craft show at Caulfield Racecourse. So you see I have an incentive to get a good start on those tax returns.

Until next time

Cheers

Vicki

A few tags…

Hello

What glorious sunshine today.

I made these over the weekend and am linking these up before the challenges close then I am off to enjoy some sun with my latest book club book and my newest knitting project. Ms 15 & Ms 10 are occupying themselves singing while Mr 17 is at school for practice exams and Ms 19 is at uni.

Scrapbook boutique September challenge here

My tag

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I stamped MFT Contemporary Roses stamp set with SU Pink Pirouette and pretty in pink ink.  The leaves are coloured with SU certainly celery marker before stamping. I created the tag with a tag punch and finished with some twine.  Not sure if I will use it as a tag or will add it to a card front later.

and

Uniko Fall/Autumn with optional twist of thanks here

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For this tag I used images from Uniko Flower Power #5 (sentiment), #6 and Background builders vines stamped and inked with SU Pumpkin Pie, Tangelo Twist & wild wasabi ink/markers. Again I created the tag with a tag punch. This time I added a second tag at the back from Uniko Digital paper. Again finished with some twine.

I also have a card to share I have made for a friend’s birthday using Art Impressions Girlfriends stamp coloured with alcohol markers, fussy cut out and layered onto uniko digital paper.

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Thanks for stopping by

Until next time

Cheers

Vicki

Uniko Challenge…

Hello

Since my last post we have played the netball Grand Final. The girls did a great job. It was a draw which meant they went into overtime. Very bad for the nerves! At the last score the girl’s lost by 2. It was a great game.

I went to a craft fair here in Melbourne last weekend where I caught up with a few people some of which I follow on line and one I got to meet in person for the very first time. I bumped into the owners of a bricks and mortar store which they have since closed so it was nice to chat with them.  I only purchased a couple of small items, the items on my wishlists weren’t available there. So hubby was happy when I got home.

Today little Ms 10 ran in the district 800m. She was so spent at the end a great effort – she finished 8th.

Anyway I am sure you came to visit to see my card not hear me waffle

Today I am sharing a card I am linking up to the Uniko Challenge Summer here with the twist of the following pic.

For me Summer means a lot of things, but having 3 girls birthdays in the first few days of Summer (2nd, 3rd & 7th December) it means birthdays. As they also seem to have lots of friend’s birthdays around the same time.

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I used Uniko Balloon Bash stamped using PTI Raspberry Fizz ink. I got the colour variations by stamping off the colour. I used the sentiment from Uniko Classic numbers stamped in SU smokey slate ink. The word “Happy” was die cut and layered using SU Hello You thinlits. All this was mounted onto a piece of pink cardstock.

A little closer

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Thanks for stopping

Cheers

Vicki

Stars and Trains …

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I have a few things to share today.

Ms 10 helped me last week sort through my stash and we found a few gaps. Mainly due to the fact I make as I need. So I have been making a couple of things over the last few days to fill those gaps.

And doing so I am linking up to a few challenges as well

This first card I made in two colour ways using a range of stars from Annabelle Stamps Boy’s Party, Uniko Balloon Bash, Inspired by Stamping Build a Stocking, Papertrey Ink Star Prints and sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

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I am linking upto the challenge at Pinterst Inspired Challenges here

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and the next card I am linking up to the challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here

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I stamped my image from Stamp It and mounted onto chocolate coloured card stock. The pattern paper is from a Kaisercraft pad along with the tag I stamped the sentiment on. The sentiment is from PTI World’s Greatest.

I also have a little update on my jumper.

The pattern I am using can be found here  and here.

I am knitting in Bendigo Woollen Mills Athena yarn I purchased last year. It is lovely and soft.

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Thank you for getting all the way here.

It is a long post today.

Cheers

Vicki

Uniko Flower power…

Hello

Today I am sharing a card I have made using Uniko Flower Power #6 & #7 combined with at sentiment from SSS.

I am linking up to the current challenges at

Virginia’s View here

and

Stamp Ink Paper Challenge #4 here

AT Inspiration Challenge 4

and

Loves Rubber Stamps challenge #159 here

Loves Rubberstamps Blog Challenges

Here is my card

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I used the two Uniko sets with SU inks in Soft Sky, Baja Breeze, Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery and So Saffron.  I stamped the full images than the outline in a slightly darker ink mostly off centre. When complete I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says Stamp It’s your birthday stamp set in memento tuxedo black ink. I mounted onto Pink Pirouette cardstock and attached to my card front. I card for my stash.

I also have a few tags I made using Uniko Flower Power and Mama Elephant stitched tag die from the basic set.

I used sentiments from Uniko Flower power #2 along with images from Flower Power #1 and #5 and Background Builders Flower Power.

This tag used background builders stamped with Bermuda Bay ink 3 times

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This tag used image from Flower Power #5 stamped with SU Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil delight ink

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The last tag used SU Night of Navy and Real Red ink and an image from Flower Power #1

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These were all fairly quick. As it is school holidays I have been a little busy with Museum, Scienceworks and zoo trips plus having the children’s friends over. It is a different type of busy to the normal school term which starts back on Monday.

I hope to share some more soon. The 3 girls have gone out with their Dad and Mr 17 is studying so that means I get a little uninterrupted play time with some new toys.

Cheers

Vicki