A few recent makes…

Hello – Oh dear time has got away from me once again!

Popping in today to share a few recent card makes.

First up my MIL celebrated a milestone birthday earlier this month.

Love the pop of red against the black and white.

Next up is a special request from a mum from school.

A personalised comfirmation card – I love that I can make cards like this. This one is a design/layout I have used a number of times. It just seems to work and this particular mum likes this layout.

Another personalised card, this time for a recent wedding a friend attended.

Again I have used these tiny punched flowers a number of times on cards, this time I used foil cardstock which IRL looked really shiny!

An Easter card requested by the same friend for her daughter.

A simply stenciled background and computer generated sentiment and popped up chicken, hand coloured and fussy cut.

And lastly the gift tags I made for my family’s Easter Treats.

A quick tag made using a set from Uniko.

Well that’s it for today. A big catch up.

Thanks for taking the time to stop

Until next time

Cheers

Vicki

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Unstampabelles June challenge:#112 Seasons and Seasonal TWIST: use handmade flower(s)

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My turn to share this week at the Unstampabelles challenge here

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#112: Seasons and Seasonal 

with the TWIST: use handmade flower(s)     

REMEMBER: No stamps! 

At the moment it is the start of winter here in Melbourne, I am already looking forward to summer though. I do like roses and have several white iceberg standards in my garden however they are not in flower at the moment – they tend to look their best here in early November. Picture the Melbourne Cup at Flemington for those into horse racing. So roses are definately a seasonal flower.

A close up of the textured rose paper I made. I used the Stamplorations (Artplorations) stencil Old Rose Prints, textured paste, re-inkers and a touch of glitter.

I cut my piece down and added to co ordinating cardstock to one side of my card base. I used rolled roses with enamel centres and die cut leaves to complete my card.

I am linking my card upto the current Stencil challenge at Stamplorations here

Now while I had the texture paste, reinkers and glitter out I made a few other pieces!

I kind of got carried away! I would have made more too except I ran out of bench and floor space in my craftroom. Yep I started putting pieces on the floor to dry. I’m sure I have enough to last me for years now.

Thanks for stopping. Don’t forget to check out the Unstampabelles blog and enter the challenge.

Cheers

Vicki

Recent makes…

Hello

Just popping in to share a few recent requested card makes for a friend.

An Elsa inspired card I totally CASEd from here. Thanks Lyssa. I did make one modification I used Uniquely creative stitched dies to get the curves of the dress. Those dies aren’t just for landscapes!

I also made my own shimmer spray mixing Isopropyl alcohol and shimmer paint in a spray bottle.

The next couple of cards seem to be frequent repeats!

I did consider not sharing even though they are new makes they are layouts I have used many times before! Funny I don’t really like mass producing – made 10 of one card as an invitation once and that was a struggle! However going back to making a card that seemed to work doesn’t seem to be an issue! Especially if it is for a friend and I can show them a pic before I start.

Do you ever go back and make a card again?

Sadly we were in need of a sympathy card this week.

Once again I have gone for simple white die cuts with liquid pearl centres and a simple sentiment from Avery Elle – stamp and die cut.

I have an outrageously large pile of NBUS to play with before more new play things arrive ūüôā My dilema what to play with first!

In the meantime I plan to do a little reading – Bridgerton the Duke and I – while I continue knitting a Weir for myself.

Thanks for stopping

Cheers

Vicki

Pick a Pattern…

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Today I’m sharing a quick thank you card.

I’m linking this up to the current challenge at Double D’s – Pick a Pattern here

 

GRAB OUR BADGE!

and never ending challenge at Stamplorations here

Miss S (19) and Ms A (14) are coaches of a local netball team and later today is the presentation day.  Of course at the last minute Ms S asked for a thank you card.  Fortunately I have been cutting my pattern paper into cardfront sizes in an attempt to use it up!  The card base with pattern papper and mount was sitting on top of the small pile on my desk top waiting for sentiment inspiration when the request was made and happens to match the colours of the potted tulips she purchased.  I added the die cut sentiment from Stamplorations popped up on fun foam and the flowers and leaves from my die cut stash also sitting on my desk.  So I feel I have used something up! unfortunately the tub still has loads of pieces in it!  I did finish up all the little leaves though.

Off to netball soon. Brrr looking at a wet and very chilly afternoon. Only 3 games to go for this season! We are currently sitting on the bottom of the ladder so no finals this year!.

Until next time

Thanks for stopping

Cheers

Vicki

 

 

Unstampabelles…

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Today I am sharing my DT creation for Unstampabelles here

You still have a couple of days to get your entry in

Add our button if you wish

Tic Tac Toe 

TWIST journal about the decision making process

     RIBBON                 LACE             STRING
   BUTTONS               BLING             BRADS
   FLOWERS            DIE-CUTS           STICKERS

Instructions for the Peeps:

  • You must chose only one row across or down or diagonally – remember three in a row
  • You have to choose only these three items from the grid to add to your work
  • a good rule to remember: you cannot choose for example ribbon, string and stickers, as none of the edges of these boxes touch

Yes, there is a prize:

Here ’tis!

I have gone diagonal top right to bottom left – flowers – bling – string

I have used MFT rolled roses, SU Boutique Bunch & Botanical Blooms and SU petite flower punch.  I added gold string (twine) behind the flowers before finishing off with Bo bunny Jewels.

Here is a closer pic

I kept this card fairly simple as it was sent off to a friend in sympathy on the passing of her mother.

Cheers

Vicki

A special card…

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This is my DT post for Unstampabelles Challenge #61 –¬†Changing Seasons¬†TWIST¬†make it masculine

You can find the new challenge here

Unstampabelles Challenges

Recently Ms S’s boyfriend’s sister made her First Holy Communion. This card represents a special event/change of season. ¬†If the flowers and lace doily were excluded it would suit a male.

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The prize this month is

Here is another pic of my card

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Products used MFT rolled roses, Cheery Lynn Doiley, Cheery Lynn Cross and SU Sizzlits leaf dies.

Until next time

Cheers

Vicki

A little update…

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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.

UNCUT Butterick Pattern-3718-Girls Plus Size Skirt, Girls Plus Size Jacket and Girls Plus Size Top-Sizes 7-16

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Ms 14 was in need of some new pj shorts Рwe googled and found these patterns before picking some fabric from my stash.

Drawstring lounge shorts at http://www.sewdaily.com/

and

theDarcy-cover

The Darcy Boxer Shorts

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This is her first major sewing project.

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I helped by doing the button holes to pull through the ribbon tie.

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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.

http://5000poppies.wordpress.com/

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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 Рthey 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.

https://frommycraftroom.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/august-challenge-at-sbb/

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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.

If you got this far – a huge Thank you

So must get on and bake a cake for hubby – sponge cake is the request.

Cheers

Vicki

A bag and gift tag + Playing with Poppy Sketches

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Happy Monday

I found a little time over the weekend to play with these two challenges

I love badgeCreate a bag and a gift tag

My entry

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I was inspired by Sam’s Extra massive bag at pootles.co.uk – although I have changed the dimensions a bit.

I used two pieces of SU brights cs 11″ x 12″ and scored both the same. Along the 11″ side at 2″ and 10″ and 12″ side at 1″ and 5″.

I folded the score lines. I then joined the sides, folded down the top and then folded in the bottom and secured. I cut a piece of cs to reinforce the base 6.5″ x 3.5″ and placed in the bottom of the bag with double sided tape. Next I punched holes in the top and threaded ribbon through to make the handles. ¬†Finished bag size 7″W x ¬†4″D x 8″ H.

I then made a co ordinating tag. I used the SU Scallop tag punch and whisper white cs and an off cut of the same patterned paper and a scallop border punch. I stamped SU label something with PTI Raspberry Fizz ink and used the hexagon punch. I created the mount with a small piece of matching cs (not sure of brand). Finished with ribbon.

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The bag is the right size to hold some T2 tea for a present.

and

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I made this card using Jane’s Doodles janesdoodles.blogspot.com free digital stamp. I coloured with alcohol markers (mostly Kaisercraft). I die cut using MFT Tags Stax and layered with violet cs. I popped this onto my card front which I had adhered some pink cs (brand unknown) and some gold coloured self adhesive ribbon I got from a stationery store. I added SU little leaves cut from gold glitter paper and a flower from MFT rolled flowers with a gold rhinestone. Finishing touches were ribbon, wink of stella followed by glossy accents and a few clear sequins.

It is nice a sunny here today so I managed to get a pic of the glittery image.

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There is still time to play along with both these challenges.

Thanks so much for taking a peek (and all your lovely comments).

Cheers

Vicki

Birthday Card

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A birthday card and gift tag to share today

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I used a stamp set I got free with a magazine stamped in Memento Tuxedo black and coloured with alcohol markers. The background paper and scallop border are from Kaisercraft Blae and Ivy pad. The flowers are die cut from Kaisercraft Bluebell cardstock with MFT rolled rose dies. The leaves are from SU little leaves. The tag was created by stamping Inspired by Stamping creative tags in SU Marina Mist and Certainly Celery inks. The other finishing touches are sequins and pearls from my stash and a little wink of stella.

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For the gift tag I used SU Morning Meadow stamped in Marina Mist and the label from label something along with the sentiment from ABS Sentimental Bluebells. I used Decorative label, modern label and scallop tag punches. The ribbon is from Kaisercraft.

And another pic of the card

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and a couple of pics of the finished jumper.

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and the back

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Boy is my family impressed this is finished.

Thanks for stopping.

Cheers

Vicki

Fontiments and Word Bubbles…

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So nice to have a little sun shine the last couple of days.

A friend’s daughter is celebrating her birthday this week.

I am linking this upto the current challenge at Uniko.

I made this card using Uniko Modern Lattice Digital Paper and Uniko Fontiments – Birthday stamp set stamped using Versafine Onyx Black. The speech bubbles were die cut using SU Word Bubbles Framelits from scrap cardstock.

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and

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Ms E had another 19th Birthday party this weekend.

I made this card to co ordinate with the clutch bag I made a few weeks ago.

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The card fitted nicely in the clutch along with the pressie (some jewellery).

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The card is made using SU Very Vanilla cardstock with a piece of SU Modern Medley along the side. I added some black twine and layered with black card stock.

The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Onyx black, punched with a rectangle scallop punch, layered with black card stock and popped up with foam tape. I added the flowers die cut from MFT dienamices and a rhinestone added to the centre.

Sharing a work in progress

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So far I have cut several pieces of SU fabric into 3″ squares and pieced them together. I intend to add a white border then a border of the 3″ strips possibly followed by another white border. The backing and the binding are undecided at the moment. I’m planning to see how it grows and what works from my stash.

Hope to be back to share a couple of more things before Easter.

Cheers

Vicki