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Gosh Christmas is creeping up fast

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I'm not real good at this blogging stuff, am I? I have really neglected it lately.

We spent a lovely ten days in Cairns in the beginning of November which I am sure you will see in the layouts that I will be creating over the coming months and indeed in the last couple of Cybercrops.

We stayed at Holloways Beach which is approx 10kms north of Cairns city and the beach is not like our South Aussie beaches where we have the soft hard packed sand, it was grainy and moved a lot under foot. In Cairns itself you cannot swim at the beach as the city has a more swampy beachfront which is muddy and tacky with lots of crabs. At this time of the year also, the waters are full of stingers so it is dangerous to swim in the sea unless in an enclosed netted off area for protection. Holloways beach had a small area to do this and the boys liked it but the current was strong and wavy and no sooner would they stand up than wave would come and dump them under again. It became a little much for them af…

It's been nearly a month.....

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Hi there..... I can't believe it has been nearly a month since my last post. Where has the time gone?

Lot's of shares in this one because I am heading off to Cairns for ten days for a holiday in just a couple of days so won't be around for a while again.

Have managed to do a couple of Cyber crops in recent weeks but the mojo is certainly not flowing freely yet. I have also managed a few more of Fab's challenges but not even close to caught up yet.

Took Viva in for a holiday stay arranged by Guide dogs whilst we are away so have been feeling rather odd today walking around the shops without my companion. Although it was rather nice being able to vaccuum the floor and have no dog hair on it an hour later and not have to close every door behind me. I'm sure she'll have a wonderful time as she has gone to stay with a gentleman who lives on his own with an older labrador so it is a combination of quiet time and a friend to play with. I wonder if she will remember me in…

Getting there with Fab's challenges.....

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Well, I'm back with more of Fab's challenge ideas and I think I have about 6 or 7 until I have got them up to date.

#10 - Use swirls and gems. This card has a mish mash of stamps from Heidi Grace, Fiskars, Kaiser and an old rubber stamp from Aussie Stamps and Crafts with a variety of words on it. I found this lovely green ink, Versamagic Tea Leaves chalk ink and I just love the shade of it and found this scrap of green paper to match it. The rhinestones are from Papermania, a UK brand which I purchased ages ago. I love the fact that they have these little tiny ones, smaller even than the Kaiser small rhinestones and they fit nicely into the centres of some of the Heidi Grace flowers.
#2 - Use free papers from a magazine. I think these were from a Simply Cards magazine and the little glittery stickers came from a magazine too. The "joy" is stamped with Stephanie Barnard's "Fresh lowercase" font created by Inque Boutique.

#11 - Stripes and ric-rac. The p…

Just a quick one...

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Today is just a share of a couple more cards for Fab's challenge #39 - Green, green and more green and/or two cards made with the same supply of materials. I have used some old TLC papers, outline stickers and some chipboard embellishments I bought a few years ago.

Did I happen to mention I like this stamp?

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If you actually read my blog, you may recall my story about my card class and having extra glitter images sitting on my table to work with. Well, left the housework to do itself today and got stuck into working with them.

Here are the cards I achieved........


This one was actually embossed with Antique Gold powder instead of glitter.....

Back to glitter...
Are you tired of seeing this stamp yet?........... Funnily enough, I'm not. You would think I would be by now but I really like the design. Yeah for Kaisercraft!
This card is one I completed from a tutorial by Kim over at Home and Scrapped. I am including it for Fab's #12 challenge to use Organza or Vellum. This is my first ever parchment craft card and probably my last...... ;-)
I really enjoyed doing it Kim but I was so glad to get it finished. That pin pricking just drove me nuts!
Last but not least is #19 - Old fashioned with a twist/Altered image. I have used an angel image that I purchased through Smugmug from Royce Bair…

And the Christmas cards just keep on coming.....

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I have continued on with more of Fab's challenges to keep me going but I did take some time out to run a Christmas card class using outline stickers and glitter.


This is my #1 - Anything just make a start challenge which uses an image that a friend gave to me because she was never going to use it. I knew straight away what I would use it for though. It's a little hard to tell from the photo but the oval cut-out in the card has an oval silver card insert with a transparency in the centre with the rubber image attached to it to give the stained glass window effect.
This card was a - just because...... Saw a design that I wanted to try and duplicate and had some chipboard card toppers that I bought cheap at the end of last season that worked for it.

The next four are my card class from last weekend. The first is a little difficult to see because I originally created the card with 'dazzling diamonds' from Stampin' Up and a Kaisercraft stamp from their Merry Christmas s…