Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thank You Card

This card was made after we got home from Melbourne.

I wanted to make a little something to say "THANK YOU" to James's teacher for the letters and presents that she continually sent to James while he was in hospital. I really wanted to let her know that we really did appreciate what she was doing.

Again I used the owl stamps, I think they are just gorgeous, and used the Celebrations DSP, which kind of gave off the desired "Schooling effect" that I was after. A bit of twine, the tag punch and a thank you stamp finished it off nicely for me.

And I can safely say that his teacher liked it. She thought it was wonderful.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sew Suite.

This card was just a play around with the Sew Suit set. I do realise that most of these sets are now retired or retiring, but I just hadn't gotten around to showing any of them.

I've used the sweet stitches dsp as well as tangerine tango, daffodil delight and pumpkin pie card.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Father's Card.

I did managed to get something OTHER than birthday and thank you cards done. I did a few of these "Dear Father" cards.

I'm still deciding if I should give it to my other half for Father's Day this year, or wait for his Birthday. We shall see. I made about 4 of these in an afternoon, and donated 2 to the Ronald McDonald House (as well as a few others that I'd made) for them to sell and keep the proceeds.

Before I'd even got to donating them, one of the girls on the desk had a look and bought 4. She absolutely LOVED them and wanted them for herself. I felt quite proud after hearing that.

This card used the Sail Away a-la-carte and the well scripted stamp sets. The jumbo eyelets were a last minute inclusion, that I think sets that card.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Island Oasis Happy Birthday.

Don't you just love the colours of this card..

This card was made using the Island Oasis DSP, Whisper white, and Rose Red.. I layered the Whisper white and Rose Red and on one of the layers used the big shot and polka dot embossing folder and embossed. I've also used scallop circle punch to punch out my shapes and stuck them together with a brad.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A VERY special gift..

Last Thursday I took my hubby and both my boys to the Botanical Gardens in Adelaide for a family photo shoot. The only difference to this one compared to others, was that we had a professional photographer do the photos for us.

With my youngest having Cancer we were directed towards a web page called Heartfelt. Heartfelt is a organization who with the help of some WONDERFUL photographers Australia wide, offer free photo sessions for Families who are suffering from the loss of a child, or whose children have terminal or serious illnesses. Once we found out that we were eligible we arranged with a photographer from Wild Lilly Studios. Carol is an absolutely AMAZING photographer and I'm in love with all her work, not to mention she is a wonderfully friendly and bubbly person. I really can't wait to see our photos when we get them sent to us.

Anyway, as my way of saying THANK YOU to her for her time and effort I made her a little gift. I found the most gorgeous little Stationery Box set Here. So set about making it. I'm pleased to say that after dropping it off to her yesterday she LOVED IT!! I'm sure I saw a tear or two come to her eyes, although I could be mistaken. I also just want to say if you're reading this Carol - that I'm so glad your little girl isn't as sick as first thought.

Box from outside.

Close up of scallop circle with pearls on front of box.

The inside of the box.

Gift cards with matching envelopes

Gift tags

Normal sized card plus also had matching envelopes.

The 2nd design of the normal cards again with matching envelopes. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Strength and Hope Stamp Set

Another birthday card - this time for one of the girls in the Ronald McDonald house that I became quite friendly with. Her daughter was turning 9 while we were there and she loves butterfly's. I knew this stamp set would be perfect for her.

This card uses the Strength and hope set that was in the mini catalogue raising fund for Breast Cancer research. I'm thinking of making another one but in pink's. I think it would look lovely.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Left over Card design #3

Here it is.. The last of 3 cards in the competition that I was in .

I didn't win, but had fun making them up anyway, and the best bit was, we got to keep them after judging had been finished.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Left over Card design #2

Here is the 2nd card that I designed using the kits I was sent.

We were able to add extra's to the cards if we liked, but weren't allowed to remove anything. Everything that was in the kit had to be used in some way or another..

With this one, I added the chipboard letters and re-inked them in Chocolate chip and So Saffron to made the DAD

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Left over Card design

Back at the end of July I took part in my uplines "left over Card kit" competition.

Those of us who entered were sent out 1 or in my case 4 of her left over card kits (from different classes that she's had over the last 12 or so months) and we had to design a card based on what was in that package. I have 3 to show but as I did with the wedding cards last month will show them 1 at a time.

This is what I came up with.
Card #1

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mojo Monday

This card I'm extremely proud of. So proud in fact that I even submitted it for the Mojo Monday competition.

Usually I would just play along and then hide my card away never to be seen by anyone other than myself and whom ever I might pass it along to.

This card however was completely different. I just fell in love with the way it was coming along, and I think the Jolly holiday DSP and Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive card stock just set it off. Hope you enojy it as much as I do.

Friday, August 19, 2011

And so it starts..

... the annual Christmas Card stack..

Every year I make all my Christmas Cards, and this year is no different.

This design came from the Mojo Monday Challenge it's a little old, but I was just sifting through them and came across it. It also uses the soon to be retired Jolly Holiday DSP - which was one of my Favourites in the old catalogue. But all good things must come to an end.

Over the next few months there will be odd posts here and there with Christmas cards more than likely featuring this paper, Ive stocked up big during the end of catalogue sale.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Scallop Birthday Card

Here is the birthday Card that accompanied the Wedding cards.

It was a Mojo Monday card sketch. And old one granted, but I thought I'd give it a go.

I was asked to use Purples and Butterfly's on this card, but apart from that I had free reign of the design. I hope that the person it's for will like it as much as I do.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wedding Card #3

Here is the 3rd and Final Wedding Card.

I should note that the Stamp set was kindly lent to me by my Upline Nicole Derendorf.

I just love the simplicity of this card.. I stamped the flower as a background image with versamark, and then used Stazon ink for the big black bold image. I've also used some Black satin ribbon (again thanks to my upline) and the decorative label punch. As with all my cards, I've co-ordinated the inside of the card as well as the envelopes.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Wedding Card #2

This is the 2nd of 3 Wedding Cards that I said I'd show.

This one was made using Very Vanilla Card stock, the Manhattan Flower Embossing folder, Very Vanilla Ribbon, the decorative label punch and a piece of brushed silver card stock. 

I think it looks quite elegant for something so simple.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Wedding Card

I have been commissioned to make 3 Wedding Cards and 1 Birthday card for an old school friend. I have 3 weeks to get them done, well yesterday I managed to have an afternoon at home in my Craft room. The first for a long time, and so managed to make up 3 of the 4 cards.. 

The first I'm showing today, and the rest I'll show over the next few days. This card uses the Fifth Avenue Floral and Curly Cute stamp sets, as well as Whisper White and Brushed Silver card stock, and Very Vanilla ribbon. I added a few pearls in there just to finish it off and make it more like a Wedding Card. 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

What a few months..

.. we have had in our household..

First of all sorry for not having posted in AGES!!! But I have been quite busy with my eldest son for the majority of this year. Back in Feb, he was diagnosed with Liver Cancer, and we have spent the past 6 months going back and forwards to Adelaide/Melbourne and our home town. Things are on the up now though, and he only has another 12 weeks of Chemo to go and then that *should* be the end of it..

On the upside to that I have had PLENTY of time to craft, especially over the 8 weeks that I was in Melbourne. I will slowly show each and every creation of mine that I've done, and will hopefully be able to get back to regular posts now that life is slowing down.