Time has a habit of getting away from me!
The children are back at school/uni, I’m back at work and Hubby is back from his work trip but we haven’t sat to look at all the pics yet. There was only one sick with travel sickness out of the group of 18 students. They visited France (Paris, Versailles, Somme & Framelle), Belgium, the Netherlands (Amsterdam), Germany (Berlin) and Turkey (Istanbul & Gallipoli).
Anyway it has taken me a couple of days to get today’s card together. I was determined to have something creative to share this week.
I am linking up to the current challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here
Doesn’t this cake look yummy
Here is my card
I started by stamping my Penny Black wonderful image in Memento tuxedo black ink onto xpress it blending card stock. I coloured with various alcohol markers from Kaisercrsaft & Stampin Up. I layered my image onto Lifestyle crafts nesting lace squares cut from purple cardstock (unknown from scrap pile). This was then layered on to the card front. The ribbon is from my stash I added a sentiment from PTI tiny tags stamped with MFT Grapescicle ink and SU Perfect plum marker and die cut with co ordinating die. The flowers are punched from SU Itty Bitty accents and pushed down in the centre so the petals pop up, then finished with a spot of liquid pearls. I also added a little wink of stella to the centre of the stamped flowers which doesn’t show in my photography.
Here is another pic
I also have a finished quilt to share
This is a disappearing nine patch quilt. The fabrics were from the same range. The sashing/border is a different fabric and is also used for the backing fabric. The batting is a 50/50 bamboo and cotton. I was happier with my basting of this quilt than I was of the last one I completed see this post here. I did use some basting spray this time as well as pinning a lot more. I used my treadle sewing machine to complete the quilting in the ditch. Hubby now has a couple to choose from to gift.
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Today I am sharing 3 cards.
I am linking them up to the current challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here
I began by stamping the Prima Julie Nutting Image Party Girl 3 times with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Xpress blending cardstock and coloured with a mix of Sprectrum Noir, Kaisercraft and SU Blendabilities alcohol markers finished with clear wink of stella.
I then made these into 3 cards
This first one I used My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist pattern paper and SU Hello Honey Cardstock.
This one I used Lily Bee Design Harvest Market pattern Paper and SBB Cherry Cardstock from the brights pack. The flags are cut from a scrap using SU Balloon framelits dies.
The last card I layered Cosmo Cricket Mini Deck Baby Jane pattern paper and black cardstock. Once again I used the SU Balloon framelits to cut the flags.
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The current challenge at Mama Elephant is anything goes.
These images are so cute I had to play.
I have used Mama Elephant cozy Christmas, No Peeking and Believe in Magic (the silver encore stars).
The images are stamped in Memento Tuxedo black onto Express blending cardstock and coloured with various alcohol markers (Kaisercraft, SU and Spectrum Noir) before adding to card front mounted on SU Real Red CS. I fussy cut a few gifts and popped them up with foam tape as well as Santa and his pressie. I added white flocking to Santa. The red bows were stamped with SU real red ink and fussy cut before adding to the tree. I also added a little wink of stella (gold for the star) and silver on the pressie bows before adding some glossy accents.
I had a question about the Sizzix plate I used on my butterfly card.
I picked this from my local Spotlight.
As you can see I have used it once. The line in the middle is the section which isn’t cut when run through my Big shot.
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I found a little time over the weekend to play with these two challenges
Create a bag and a gift tag
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.
The bag is the right size to hold some T2 tea for a present.
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.
There is still time to play along with both these challenges.
Thanks so much for taking a peek (and all your lovely comments).
Well school holidays are finished which means everyone is back to school and work. We had a very busy second week of the holidays 2 trips to the Werribee zoo (one for night walk and the other for a special members only Eastern Barred Bandicoot talk) and the 3 girls and I went to see Wicked. I even got a little sewing time in one dance costume complete and I finished a quilt I started ages ago (see pic at the end of this post).
Anyway I have a card to share which I am linking up to these challenges
CAS Card (Clean and simple)
I turned this sketch
I took inspiration from the colours
I used Mama Elephant no peeking and cozy christmas stamp sets stamped with Versfine Onyx Black. I coloured with SU markers adding a wink of stella and glossy accents to the present bows and the scarf. The wood panel is from an AC journal card.
I know these are Christmas Stamps sets but I think this works for a birthday.
Here are a couple of pics of that quilt
and a little closer
I used Stampin UP! fabric 3″ squares and some white from my stash for the border. The backing is a lemon cotton.
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I’ve had a busy week with school holiday activities.
We have been to Melbourne Zoo, IKEA, shopping in the city with a ride on the City Circle tram, a day at hubby’s work, a book club dinner and some time crafting with Miss 9. Today I went to a local Quilt Groups exhibition. Very inspiring.
Before I share her creations I will share one of two cards I have made for the current challenge at Uniko.
This card was made by stamping Uniko Background builders lattice and coloured with markers. The sentiment is from Uniko All Occassion sentiments #1. I added some glossy accents, a wink of stella and a few rhinestones.
This is more purple tones in real life – for some reason it looks dark brown.
Now for Miss 9’s canvas art. A friend gave her a craft book which had the animal templates and instructions to cover small canvases in felt and cut the animals from felt.
We used 15cm square canvases. Miss 9 had the hearts in her scrapbook collection and I die cut the flowers from a docrafts scallop die. I also helped by die cutting circles and ovals and holding so Miss 9 could tape.
I’ll be back tomorrow with my second card for the Uniko challenge.
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A birthday card and gift tag to share today
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.
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
and a couple of pics of the finished jumper.
and the back
Boy is my family impressed this is finished.
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Hope you had a fab weekend. We spent a far amount of time in the garden.
A little something to start the week.
This is this months challenge at Scrapbook Boutique
and the current challenge at
Time Out Challenges
My twist is a slight change in layout and the colours I chose.
This is my card
I used MFT Contemporary Roses stamped in SU Pretty in Pink and PTI Lavender Moon. The leaves are stamped in SU Certainly Celery and hand cut.
The flower is popped up with foam tape onto the card front. The tag is stamped with images from Papersmooches Botanicals 2 and created by using the SU Angled tag Topper Punch with a small piece of brown cs along one edge.
The lavender cs is embossed with Sizzix Floral Flourishes embossing folder. The remaining embellisments are ABS twine, sequins from a local dance shop and a touch of clear wink of stella.
Here is another pic
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It has been a while since I created anything, unless you count the painting of the front picket fence! The occasions for cards since Christmas has been few and those we have had we have used a card from my stash with the exception of this card. I have used a free stamp set coloured with markers and crayons. I added some glitter with Kindy Glitz and wink of stella. I also added the embellishments of a pre purchased flower, rhinestones and I used a banner punch to punch out the little banners from Glitter paper and Kaisercraft papers. This was for a friend who recently celebrated her x1st birthday.
We meet at “New Mother’s Group” – a group set up by our Maternal Health Nurse when we had our first bubs – 18 years ago. There are 5 Mums who have stayed in friendship since then. Four of us had our second bubs together too, the 5th a year later. It is great as we can bounce things from each other as we are going through the same experiences – even now when our eldest have reached the milestone 18, completed their VCE and are enrolling in University.
Other recent events
Since Christmas we have taken a trip to Yarrawonga with extended family. Mr M celebrated his 16th birthday, we went as a family to see the latest Hobbit movie to celebrate. Miss E has received her VCE results, been offered a place at Deakin University and enrolled.
Over the break I have read several books The Rosie Project (a book club read – which we all liked), Cross Stitch (or Outlander for those outside Aus), Life after Life and I have almost finished Dragonfly in Amber (second in the Outlander series – 6 more to go!).
This last week has seen a return to our routine with Miss A starting Year 4, Mr M Year 11 and Miss S will start Year 9 tomorrow. Miss E doesn’t start until March. The swimming, dancing and basketball all start to return. Of course hubby and I have returned to work. I have been fortunate enough to obtain a second part time position at a local pre-school. I am hoping I will still have time to create, perhaps fewer creations (and posts) in the short term as things all settle.
Another pic of the card
I am linking up to
use embellishments – 2 or more
Stay cool if you are in my part of the world. Another hot week predicted.
I am linking my card to the following challenges
Flourishes – Happy Birthday
Monday Lunchtime sketch
Monday Challenge – Anything goes
Twisted Tuesday – Anything Goes
I started with an image from Flourishes Spring Blossoms and coloured with alcohol markers. I hand cut into a tag shape, rounded the bottom corners and mounted onto some American Crafts cardstock. I popped this up with foam tape and layered this onto my card front with MME Miss Caroline 6×6 paper. I used an american crafts border punch along the top. I used some ribbon to form a bow and added a button from my stash with some natural twine. The sentiment is from Inspired by Stampin Big Wishes. I finished off with some wink of stella on the flowers.
Before I go just a pic of my eldest before her graduation dinner last week.
She had her first year 12 exam today – 6 more to go!
She has 7 in total as the maths exams are split into 2.
Note: I cropped her head out of the pic because I haven’t asked her if she minds if I share!
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