Popping in today to share a few finished projects and some WIP./plans.
Popping in today to share a few finished projects and some WIP./plans.
I am sharing some cards I made recently for my Auntie. We caught up during the week (on my day off!) for me to give them to her. I think she was happy. I also had made some aprons which I shared a few weeks ago.
I think I have used this PTI penquin every year since I purchased it. I think he is so cute! I teamed this one with snow drifts and a sentiment from SU Holiday Home.
Another favourite is SU Dashing deer with sentiment from Uniko Pure Florals Poinsettia.
Another all time Christmas favourite is baubles. This was a quick and easy one with SU Holiday Framelits and PTI holiday cheer sentiment.
These are cards are made with some new SU to my stash of stamps and dies. Every year I say I don’t need any more Christmas stamps or dies however I always seem to add to my collection! I really love this santa and how could I go past cheeky elves. The tree is from Flourishes and the fireplace is from SU hearth and home.
Now some non-christmas cards
I used SU fable friends coloured with markers. I personalised the inside with a computer generated phrase. I have used Uniquely, ME and SSS stitched circle dies.
My aunt also has a few special birthdays coming up so I made the cards above. I needed to get some help from Ms S to write “moet” as my hand writting isn’t so great! Each one of these birthday cards was like a mini challenge trying to personalise with things in my stash.
On another note I started a new job this week. I had been trying to find work close to home however even if I got an interview I seemed to be getting overlooked. I saw a position recently both online and in the newspaper so thought why not! I applied on the Saturday, was called Monday for an interview on the Tuesday and by the end of the week they had offered me the position. My new position means I catch the train in and out of the city. The plus is I am getting some steps up walking to/from the station and to/from the workplace.
I am located between Melbourne Museum and Lygon street. Having an hour for lunch has been nice (can’t remember the last time that happened!). So far I have visited some shops in Lygon street and the Carlton Gardens. I can walk to Brunetti’s an iconic cake shop or Koko black a specialist chocolate shop in my lunch time. Now I have walked to these places but have not purchased anything other than a coffee – I am trying to not undo all the good from walking. I am considering looking at other ways of travelling perhaps parking at the Museum as it is around the block and will only cost me $3 more (+petrol) per day however it could possible save me an hour travel time. Handy when I have after school activities with Ms A. I have tried to use the travel time to check emails etc however I found my phone battery died really fast.
Enough of my waffle. I need to go dig over the veggie garden and start reading the new book by Margaret Attwood – The Testaments before it is due back at the library. Another good thing about train travel is I get to read on the train.
Thanks for stopping and listening to my waffle
Today I’m sharing a card for Unstampabelles challenge here
Makes for Men and Boys TWIST Use a Staple or a Peg
Male focused items.
Another significant birthday! This time for a friend’s hubby.
I started by punching stars from bits of pattern and plain paper and cardstock. I also have a few die cut gold foil ones too. I placed the numbers on the card front with foam tabs then started with the largest stars and stapled them to the card front. Then working from largest to smallest star I added more stars with glue and foam tabs until I was happy with the result.
Looking forward to seeing you in the challenge – remember no stamps!
Until next time
Unstampabelles Challenge are back we are upto week 3 of the challenge so still time for you to play along here.
Head on over and take a peek we have a few new DT members to who have been creating some amazing things.
For December in our house it is not just about Christmas but birthdays too!
I realised recently I hadn’t shared any of the birthday or Christmas makes. Some of which left the house before I could take a snap! The ones I have snapped please excuse the poor photography! I am not going to go into long details about the process as this post is long enough! If you would like to know more leave me a message in the comments and I will reply. All products are listed in below.
On the 2nd Ms S turned 19
On the 3rd Ms A was 14 – Little Miss had a party with about 25 like minded teenagers. I inlisted all my kiddos and their partners for extra supervision. Of course hubby was out that night!
On 7th it was Ms E’s and she was 23! For those who are doing the math in 2 years time it is going to be big – the girls will be 25, 21 and 16 within 5 days of each other.
and to round out the December birthdays Mr M’s girlfriend was 21 on 15th. We celebrated with 21 desserts!
Not sure about the deer being a horse but Mr M was happy.
Her gift which she was very surprised I had kept a secret. I worked on this from around cup day (early November) right up until the night before her party. It even had to go to the last book club gathering otherwise it would not have been finished.
A disappearing nine patch. Measurements are around 215 cm x 165 cm (I forgot to measure before I wrapped it!).
Now for a few Christmas makes
These are silver foil cardstock which no matter how I photographed they looked black.
and some sewing
a dinosaur for a work colleage of hubby’s
and some little pinafore dresses
To round out December Ms S went to NASA and silicon valley in Houston and San Fransico for 2 weeks. She had an amazing trip all made possible by her end of year grades in Year 12 last year. Her score made her eligible for a particular programme which after the interview process got her onto the team to go to NASA. Out of the 20 people her team of 4 won the best team and Ms S won the individual award.
This is a promotional pic taken at Scienceworks in Victoria before they left.
last night whilst Ms E and Ms A were at carols rehersals and Ms S and her boyfriend were looking at Christmas lights, Mr M and his girlfriend helped with decorating 4 Gingerbread houses.
Now I must get on as I have 22 people for lunch tomorrow. I hope you have all made the “nice” list and get some goodies tomorrow.
Merry Christmas and all the best for the coming New Year.
Thank you for your visits during 2018 I appreciate your effort.
Until next time
My poor neglected blog followers. I am sorry for lack of posts! No plausable excuse for my lack of posts and lack of comments on other blogs.
Warning long catch up post!
Today I am popping in to share a jumper I finished a few weeks ago and has taken me months to complete! If the weather stays how it has been the last few days I might get to wear it before next winter 🙂
Excuse the silly pose I was acting up for Ms 13.
I have created a few cards including sympathy cards that unfortunately went out the door faster than I could take a pic of them. The kiddos have mostly been using my stash cards and I have added a sentiment or die cut number appropriate for the recipient. Mr M has requested “21” on all sorts of cards including a baby card! I recently sent some of last years Christmas card makes to Aussie Farmers I saw a collection for on Facebook.
I have also been busy sewing. Continuing on with my contributions to Days for Girls and also a few presents. These were a recent 1st Birthday gift.
In early November I decided to start a new quilt for an upcoming December Birthday. None of the quilts in my stash were suitable! I’ll share pics of that when it is completed – it is a secret project.
I am not going to make promises about regular posts from now til post Christmas there is loads on the calender. Between now and mid January my 4 kiddos have a birthday + 2 of their partners – 6 birthdays in about 6 weeks including two 21st’s. We had one last week too. We will also be hosting Christmas lunch. Ms 18 is squeezing in a 2 week trip to USA. I wish I could get her to do some crafty shopping for me 🙂 She is in the first group of Victoria University students ever to go to NASA. And to top it off my boss would like me to work full time so I have declined the offer and am busy job hunting again. Just quietly I would be happy staying in my craft room.
Many of my regular readers may be familiar with my December/Christmas calender – we will survive the silly season. I hope you don’t feel to exhausted reading some of the things on my calender for the next few weeks. It will be OK. I have learnt over the years it is OK to say no.
Until next time
This was a special request card for one of the 21st. Yep the birthday girl is a huge walking dead fan. Over Christmas she spent a few days with us and the girls watched a few series of the Walking Dead. I must admit I had to leave the room a few times.
I am linking this up to the following challenges
Crafting with Dragonflies birthday here
30 Day colouring Challenge here
I found the image online here, printed onto xpress it cardstock and coloured with alcohol markers. Daryl looks like he has been to the wrong tanning salon – a little to “orange”. I used MME Breeze paper along with SU Number of Years stamp set heat embossed with silver embossing powder and numbers die cut from large numbers framelits. To add a little interest and so the numbers weren’t totally lost I traced around the numbers using a silver marker.
Thanks for stopping
Until next time
Hope you have a great week and if you’re an Aussie had a great Australia Day.
Today I am sharing my newest favourite stamp set. I will try to make a card soon using another stamp set.
Anyway my card today I am linking to two challenges
Firstly The Colour Tree Challenge here
Seize the Birthday here – sorry no toppings for me this time
This card is for the girl’s ex-dancing teacher. For many of you you would know my children dance. All three girls have been doing Jazz and tap for a number of years. For a couple of years Ms S and Mr M also did hip hop. The teacher sold her school to another teacher a couple of years ago, but still keeps in touch. Ms E and Ms S have been asked to perform a dance along with the rest of their group at the teacher’s 60th Birthday party next week. So of course the girls asked me to make a card.
I have used SU Number of Years stamp set with gold embossing powder die cut with the co-ordinating die and popped up with fun foam. I stamped other images from the set with black ink, SU Soft Suede ink and mint macaron marker direct to the stamp. This was placed on the rest of the card front with foam tape. The card base is white with a very vanilla mount and a smaller gold stripe mount from Winter Wonderland paper pack. I added a piece of mint macaron lace (NBUS) before attaching the mounts to the card base. I had to add some gold sequins from my stash for two reasons 1. I felt the card needed a little more bling! and 2. In recognition of all the sequin fabric we have had over the years!
Another pic taken when the sun was out briefly
Before I leave I hope to have a little more creative time soon. My second part time job has had a change of management and as a result my role will no longer be required as it is their policy to outsource this role to the local council. I am not sad as I am hoping I will gain a few more hours to play in my craft room soon 🙂 In the first challenge I entered for the colour tree challenge Bronwyn included a pdf file for a spring planter box card, hopefully with the extra hours I gain soon I will be able to give it a go.
Until next time
For some reason my birthdays seem to come in batches!
This week we have 3 birthdays over 2 days.
Starting yesterday with Ms 16’s Boyfriend’s 16th birthday – yes she is older by 5 or 6 weeks!
He likes Star Wars – so much that he couldn’t wait until Christmas for his gift (a star wars t shirt & bag) because he wanted to wear it to the midnight screening of the new movie.
So after lots of googling this is what we decided on. We were inspired by this card here.
Some punch art with a simple stamped greeting from The Paper company Birthday stamp set. The whole darth vader image is popped up with foam tape.
I am linking this to the current challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters here – something old, something new
All the punches used are old, as is the stamp set – the new are enamel dots.
Two more Birthdays today
Today is a double birthday – my friend’s daughter is 16 and Mr M turns 18.
Mr M is a huge Marvel Avengers fan along with Dr Who and Star Wars. As I made the Darth Vader card for Ms S’s boyfriend and I have made him a Dr who inspired card here and here in the past it was time for a Marvel inspired card. Again lots of googling!
I used A4 cardstock and cut to 10.5 cm and scored at 10.5 cm intervals to create a concertina card and added additional “pages” until I had the number I needed.
This is the inside of the card
left to right
Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, Iron man and the Black Widow (my version needs a little work she needs to be a little slimmer!)
I am linking this card up to the challenge at the Male Room here
To make the card front I used SU – Number of Years stamp and die set along with PTI Birthday Bash stamp set stamped with SU Real Red and Night of Navy ink and cardstock. I cut the numbers from fun foam to help raise them off the card front – this is so much easier than using multiple layers of cardstock. I have used lots of punches and dies to create the characters within the card. Some of these didn’t come out as expected, I am just going with it! I know the green arrow is missing and also hawk eye – maybe another time?
Ms 11 has put in a request for a card like this for her next birthday with little pet shop as the theme – in December!
and the final card for today
Once again I have used the SU Number of Years stamp set and die and used fun foam die cut to add dimension. I also used Inspired by stamping spring lilacs ribbon collection. Colours are SU very vanilla, perfect plum, so saffron and early espresso stamped off onto scrap first as I thought it may be too dark for this card.
I am linking this card up to the challenge at The Colour Tree here
This is the quilt I made for my friend’s daughter
Another disappearing nine patch. Quilted in the ditch around the 1/4 squares of the original nine patch. Quilt measures 130 cm x 160 cm . It consists of 8 fabrics cut into 180 5″ squares in the blocks plus backing fabric (plain white) and black cotton binding fabric. When I decided to make this quilt her colour preference was mauve and a French theme. I have spent a few months collecting the fabrics, who knew mauve wasn’t such a “big” colour and “French theme” isn’t so big either. I can bet next time I go into a fabric store both those themes will be everywhere. One of the fabrics has French words, the Eiffel Tower, lace and other images and is also mauve so that had to be included. I’m hoping her taste hasn’t changed significantly and she will use this for a few years.
Sorry for such a mammoth post
Thanks for hanging in til the end
Until next time