Wednesday 23 December 2009

Anything but a christmas card!

It is so nice at this time of year to have an excuse to make anything but a Christmas card! Luckily for me it is my gorgeous sister’s, Sarah, birthday is tomorrow.


I have used this weeks sketch over at Friday Sketchers for my card:



Oh my goodness this sketch ended up being a real challenge for me. It has taken me hours to come up with an interpretation of the sketch that I was happy with. After much deliberation I finally came up with something that I really liked.



 So I have used DS Paper and cardstock from Stampin Up, copics for colouring, sentiment stamp from bella and miscellaneous flowers I had hanging around. I have also done lots of faux stitching and of yeah used kaisercraft pearls along the bottom.


I am looking forward to a few busy days with birthday and Christmas celebrations with my family and my summer holiday with the kids and Michael.


I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas with your families and loved ones and I will be looking forward to coming back in the new year with some more creations.


Until next year xoxo

Thursday 17 December 2009

3 in 1

Hi all again. I have been so busy with the kids Christmas concerts and picnics that my blog has been neglected this week. Having said that though, I have made a few cards this week, for Christmas and others occasions, so I will gradually bring them to you over the next few days.

Today I am bringing you my card for three challenges, Sketch Saturday challenge, Anyone for Anya and Quixotic challenge. 

 When I first saw this sketch I went eewk!!


I wanted to go out of my comfort zone (feel I have been too comfortable lately) so I gave it a try.


For the Quixotic challenge it was easy peasy just had to use lace and for Anyone for Anya had to use some glitter/bling. I wanted to put a lot of thought and care into this card as my Nana is in hospital again (she had a big stay a few months ago) and she may be in for a few weeks again so wanted something that could help keep her spirits up. The image is a perfect one for Nana as when we were little kids she used to dress us up as “French Tarts”! It reminds me of those days and makes me smile.  I loved the card that Emma Lockley did for sketch Saturday last week and really wanted to give the colours and papers a go. Even though I have used her colour ideas I think I have made the card my own. So anyhow enough blabbering here is my card, I hope you like it:




I have used, Stampin Up DS paper and cardstock, image from The Greeting Farm, dies from spellbinders, kaisercraft pearls, copic markers, flowers and lace from spotlight and kinder glitz on the flower.


Anyhow I better be off to get some nods before another crazy day tomorrow.


Until next time xoxo

Saturday 12 December 2009

Friday Sketchers

Hi again. I hope you have all had a great couple of days. Things have been pretty quiet on my end, which is always good!!

After shopping today and with the weather closing in I thought it was a good excuse for a card afternoon. A great sketch has been provided this week over at Friday Sketchers:



And here is my card:


So I have used a stamp from the Sarah Kay range, I just love these. I have also used patterned paper from the Bella Range, ribbon is by Green Tara and the flowers I got from spotlight. I have used copics for colouring and also done some faux stitching.


So that is about all I have for you today. I am looking forward to tonight when I catch up with Dolina.


Until next time xoxo

Thursday 10 December 2009

Teachers Presents

Hi again. It has been a few days but as I said previously with the silly season upon us, time just seems to disappear. Tonight I have been to Roberts Kinder Concert. It was very cute. He was very proud to hand to me at the end of the night a hand decorated box with a Christmas tree decoration and cookies made by him. I also love the art folder the kinder has made up for us. It is a shame that Michael was working and he missed out. These are the things that only ever happen once and no matter how hard someone tries to explain it, it is just not the same as being there.


I think (fingers crossed) I finished the Christmas shopping today. YEY!!!!!!!! Now I just have to wrap it all.


So as promised in my last post I am going to show you the presents I have made for the teachers. I made the Goodie Bags (you can find the tutorial here) for them and have filled them up with chocolates. I know it is very unoriginal giving the chocolates but as least I know they will eat them whereas they might put a candle or soap in the back of the cupboard. I also did not decorate these bags up too much as the papers are quite busy and I also thought that as they were probably going to be thrown away (I know it is hard to think that of our work). I do however think they are still effective.

I have used a mixture of patterned papers and ribbons. They are actually really easy to make. I think they only took about 15 minutes each to make.

I hope you all manage to keep your heads above the sand during this crazy season. I will try to be back soon with some more soon.

Until next time xoxo

Tuesday 8 December 2009

Sketch Saturday with a twist....

We have woken up this morning to the sound of rain and lots of it. I love the cooler weather so the rain has lifted my spirits today. I just hope that the rain is actually hitting the areas that we need it to.


Michael and I took the kids into the city on Sunday to see the Myer windows and to visit Santa at David Jones. Apart from the lots of queuing, must remember not to visit Santa during lunch hour, the kids had a great day and that is all we could ask for.


So today I am brining you another Christmas Card. I really must sit down tonight and start writing them so I can send out. I have rapt with the way this card actually turned out. I started basing my card on the Sketch Saturday sketch but once again realized that I had used an image that was not suited and did not want to do another square card. The card is very close to the sketch and was inspired by the interpretation of the sketch done by new DT Member Emma Lockley (her card is absolutely gorgeous).


The stamp is part of the Sugar Nellie range and I have used my SU watercolor crayons to colour the image. The patterned paper (which I just love) is from Little Yellow Bicycle (The Sharon Ann Christmas Magic Collection, Red Herringbone) the ribbon is by Green Tara, flower is a wooden flower which I have colored in with a texta. I think that is about it!


I will be back tomorrow, hopefully, to show you the presents I made for the teachers.

I hope you all have a great day, until next time xoxo

Thursday 3 December 2009

Bright Christmas

Well I have managed to make another card in the space of 24 hours from finishing my last card. This for some reason seems to be difficult to achieve as we approach the silly season. It was however sketch week at Anyone for Anya and this weeks Anya Ink challenge is Christmas. As you know I love my sketch challenges and as need to get my butt moving with making Christmas cards these were good excuses to create.


I have gone out of my comfort zone for this card.



It is very bright for a Christmas card but I decided that I wanted to do something different for a change and challenge myself with the colours. I did enjoy making this card and am reasonably happy with the result.


The hat I got from Deb's store, she had it made up so that we could use our favorite stamps for Christmas cards too. I loved the idea of that. I have added glitter to the white parts of the hat and also to the presents but as always the camera does not show this. The patterned paper is from kaisercraft, cardstock Stampin up, certainly celery, real red and pink pirouette, ribbon from Stampin Up and bling from kaisercraft. I have coloured the image using my trusty copics, have I mentioned lately how much I love them!!!!


Well it is Kirsty’s birthday tomorrow so tonight we are off to celebrate.

I hope to be back soon with the goodie bags I am making for the kids teachers.


Until next time xoxo

Wednesday 2 December 2009

The Sugar Bowl challenge 24

Hello again. I hope you are all having a good week so far. Mine has been pretty uneventful but as they say that is good. Today I am brining you my card for the latest The Sugar Bowl challenge. I actually started this one a few days ago but have only managed to finish it today. Another great sketch and requirement, using zig zags, was provided by Marlene:


Here is my card:



I enjoyed making this card and using the earthy colours. I loved this paper from the kaisercraft so I worked my card around it. I have also used cardstock from Stampin up, red riding hood, chocolate chip and kraft, Santa stamp from theSweet Nellie range and lace and buttons I picked up from spotlight. I have distressed all my edges and inked with my chocolate chip ink pad, done some faux stitching (crossing off my zig zag requirement) and flipped the sketch around. Oh yeah I also used my Stampin up watercolor crayons for coloring the image.

I am pretty tiered as Mick got home from work at 1:00am last night and I stayed up for him so not sure if I will manage to get anything else done today.

Until next time xoxo