Thursday, August 29, 2013

It all started with a tie...

Happy Fathers Day for this Sunday. Have you got a little something for the men in your life? Or perhaps you don't need a Fathers Day Card but a nice male card would be handy to have in your stash.
Well have I got a deal for you... a card and matching gift bag.
It all started with the tie. I have done these on cards before. But this time I decided to make a little gift bag and attach the tie to that.
How do you think that looks? A nice stripey shirt and patterned tie. The little bag is made on the principle of the 2,4,6,8 bags. But my measurements are 30cm x 14cm. I scored at 7cm,14cm,21cm, 28 cm and then turned the designer paper and scored at 4cm. Cut up the 7,14,21,28cm score lines to the 4cm score line.
Make up the box shape and press in on two sides as above.

So then I had some designer paper left over and really wanted to use it to make a matching card. I was inspired to make a Joyfold card.
And I just had to have a little owl wearing the same matching shirt and tie on the card too! hehe.

The card and matching gift bag used one piece of designer paper. A great way to use up some of the ever increasing paper stash.
I just loved using the stars from Simply Stars p.123 of the catalogue. (and if you happen to still have the big and little star punches from a few years back - they work well with them! yay!)

But of course as I said before, not everyone needs a Fathers Day Card so I made a Birthday one too.
Now what do you think is in that little bag???
Chewy caramels and a Mitre10 Gift Card. What every man needs I would say. LOL.
Thanks for stopping by.
Come back again soon. Vx

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Monday, August 26, 2013

This and That - Fast Scrapbooking!

Happy Monday everyone! The sun is shining and the weather is starting to warm up my old bones. Spring is in the air! Time to start planning some projects.
How about some scrapbooking?
I love to Scrapbook special events but I have found it increasingly difficult to put enough time aside to achieve this.
Until now!
Have you seen the Epic Day This and That Journal on page 155 of the catalogue?
You can buy coordinating Epic Day This and That designer paper, washi tape and designer stickers plus a date stamp to go with it. (Everything coordinating really saves time which I love).
This and That Epic Day Journal
epic day journal

Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers
(epic day designer stickers I love these)

 The journal has already got patterned paper pages and pockets at the front and back so half the work is already done for you.

Would you like to see my This and That Journal?
I have used it to document my Convention trip.
It was a lot of fun. Much quicker than scrapbooking. The whole book took a day from start to finish.
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I placed my swap card on the front cover and used some of the Epic Day Designer paper, washi tape, ribbon, delicate lace tape and some very vintage designer buttons to embellish the front cover.
Come and have a look at some of the inside pages. You can click on any of the photos to enlarge them if you want a closer look.

I hope this has inspired you to plan some fun quick and easy journalling/scrapbooking projects too.
Keep your eye out for the Holiday Mini that starts September 1st. there is a great This and That Planning Journal in it.

Yes the weather is definitely starting to warm up around here. This morning when I went outside I found this fellow sunning himself on the edge of the garden.

A Blue Tongued Lizard. I guess he and his friends will be hiding away ready to give me a scare next time I am working in the garden. haha. (and that is why I wear my gumboots in the garden too!)

Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment if you have any questions or just want to say hi. I love hearing from you.

Until next time Vx

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Everything Eleanor for Birthdays.

I just want to say here and now that I love inviting Eleanor along to birthdays! She is so easy to get along with.
Yes I am talking about Everything Eleanor!! the elegant stamp set on page 66 of the main catalogue of course! LOL.
If you have to make a special birthday card for someone this is one of my favourite sets to use.
Come and see a couple of the cards I have made for special friends lately.

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This one was made for a special friend who loves everything PINK and VINTAGE.
I used the dictionary big stamp in the background and the ink spots from the Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set p. 109.

Then I made this one for a special Stampin Up friend who loves purple and butterflies.
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This time I used designer paper from the Modern Medley pack and a paper doily for the background.

This is one of the gifts I sent with it.
 A pack of  Card Toppers made with the Sketched Birthday Stamp Set on page. 13 of the catalogue. These are really fun to make.
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If you have a special card you need to make, maybe Everything Eleanor could be your friend too?!
I know she would be happy to help you make something beautiful.
I love hearing from you so please drop me a line if you like these cards or would like to know a little more.

Well we are back from are 5 day trip to Auckland New Zealand. What a whirlwind trip that was!! From the minute we stepped off the plane we were socializing with family and friends and it didn't stop the whole time we were there. Phew. Needed to come home just to have a rest. hehe.
Our main reason for going was to attend a 50th birthday celebration. It was a 70's theme party. Would you like to see us dressed in our outfits???
Outside our hotel on the way to party

with one of the birthday boys

view from our hotel with sky tower in background

 Hope you had a good laugh at our outfits. Far Out!
Thanks for stopping by.
 Until next time. Vx

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Sound of the Sea and a special visitor!

August is traditionally Male Month for my class Ladies. Where we create a few cards ready to give to the men in our lives.  I saw a very similar card to the one below on pinterest and just had to have a go at making one for the class. They loved it and so did I.
What do you think?
We sponged the top half of our card with Tempting Turquoise ink and used a half scallop circle as a cloud template. Then we brayered the bottom half with Pacific Point Ink.
The seagull is from the bird builder punch and the wooden posts are embossed with the wood embossing folder and inked in Early Expresso ink. The words at the top are non-SU.
Here is a closeup of our seagull.

Just to make things more exciting, we had a very special little visitor to our humble card class last week, too.
None other than Prince George Alexander himself!!! Would you like to see the little Crown Prince????
I hope you have been practicing your curtsies?


Here he is. Hehe.
Isn't he the sweetest little miniature dachshund you've ever seen. So cute and well behaved too.
So of course I had to make a special welcome card for him.

This cute little fellow is all made with punches. Mainly the word window punch and the small scallop oval punch.

We are off to New Zealand for a short visit so I might be a little bit late posting next week but be sure to pop in as I will have plenty of photos to share when I return.
Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

Wonderful Waterfalls.

I am proud to say I have finally mastered the Waterfall Card Technique. Yay!
Would you like to see some of the cards I have been making for classes this month.
This one is a Male Card that I have used for Father's Day. I am entering this into The Male Room challenge no.1 which is "Anything Goes".

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When you pull the string at the bottom of the card you slowly reveal each picture as follows.

That was so much fun I thought I would do another but for Christmas this time.(well it is getting closer by the minute after all!)
If you want to see a good video tutorial on how to make one, then I suggest you visit Dawn Griffith 
she has a wonderful talent of making things that look complicated, easy to achieve. Thank you Dawn.

Hope you have a go at making one of these, they are fun to do.

Last week was so incredibly busy. I hardly had time to stop. I had to make special birthday cards, take a  my card class, work, attend a coffee morning, luncheon and fashion parade and a baby shower. All in the same week! Eek! Needless to say by the end of it all I was feeling a little tired. Now it is all systems go to get ready for a quick visit to New Zealand at the end of the week. Life never stops does it?

Make sure you come and visit soon as I want to show you some of the cards I made for some very special people before we go. Plus an extra special visitor we had in class last week.???? (hmmm. has that got your curiousity up?!hehe.)

Thanks for stopping by
Until next time Vx.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Butterfly spotting and a walk along the river.

Would you like to see photos of the giant butterfly I spotted in my garden the other week.
Come and take a look....
There it is....Stay still and I will try and get a closer look for you.... hehe.
What do you think of this?
I used Deb Blake's technique with the Swallowtail Butterfly Stamp.p.71 of the catalogue.
Stamp in Staz On onto acetate. Cut out butterfly shape. Then paint with a mixture of crystal effects and your choice of ink. Leave time between each colour to dry. Sprinkle with dazzling diamonds and add more crystal effects then another layer of acetate. Leave to dry completely overnight. Cut around butterfly. Punch two holes and thread some florist wire through the body. Bind two wires together with florist tape to finish off.
Now you have a flower pot decoration.
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Sunday Walk.
My husband and I love to go for a walk if we can most weekends. Often at Kangaroo Point which is on the other side of Brisbane City Centre.
It was such a glorious August day on Sunday I thought I would take some photos and then you could come for the walk with us!
This is the top of the stairs we walk down to get to the bottom of the cliffs. Are you ready? That is Southbank in the distance. We could walk that way but I think we will turn right and walk towards the harbour today. What do you think?

Yes these are the stairs you have just come down! (that is my husband halfway up). He is a slow coach!
Look up at the cliffs and you might see an abseiler or two. Hang on to that rope!!
Now for the walk along the river. There are lots of Ferry terminals dotted along the front.
See the city is just on the other side.
Now we walk under the Story Bridge. (fun fact: my grandfather was a Painter and helped to paint this bridge back when it was built.) Obviously I didn't inherit his head for heights! Yikes! I don't like standing on the second rung of a ladder! hehe.
On July 6th, 1940 Brisbane's Story Bridge opened for operation. It took five years to construct and a river crossing near Kangaroo Point had first been recommended 14 years before the bridge was finally completed. One of the major reasons for building the Story Bridge was actually employment. During the Great Depression, the construction effort provided years of employment for many men as one of the then governments' three public works projects.
The Story Bridge is the largest steel bridge designed, fabricated and constructed in Australia by Australians.

Now we will walk past that little boat harbour down there.
Nestled amongst all the million dollar vessels is this little gem. Love the pot plants on the roof.
Now it is time to turn around an walk all the way back.
Hope you're not too tired out.

That was fun. I am so glad you could come for a walk with me!

Thanks for stopping by today. Come back again soon. Vx

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