Wednesday, 27 October 2010

The Power Gear Pruner

Sometimes being a Fiskateer leads to some surprise benefits. Not only do you get great hints and tips from the forum about how to use your Fiskars tools - both scrapbooking and gardening, on the odd occasion you receive a surprise parcel in the mail to try.
This happened recently when I received this great pair of pruners - The Power Gear Pruner.
This product has recently received the Ease-Of-Use certification from Arthritis Australia and New Zealand.

When I first opened it up I thought that I had broken it already because the handle moved unexpectedly and I was immediately disappointed with my stupidity. However, when I actually read the instructions I quickly realised that it was designed to move that way - how clever! So in actual fact I wasn't as stupid as I thought, apart from the fact that I should learn to read the instructions first and then try.

Being a sufferer of Rheumatoid arthritis for almost 20 years I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the pruner was to use on quite thick stems even though I was having a "bad hand day" as they are known in my household. Once you become used of the rolling movement in your hand the pruner makes it easy to give a simple, clean, cut with very little squeeze effort.

Even one of my boys had to have a go after overhearing me telling Dad how great they were. I have included a couple of photos of my young man cutting some geraniums for me and he was happy that he did not need to use two hands to cut some of the thicker stems like he would with regular pruners. Maybe I will make a gardener out of him yet!

Well done to Fiskars for creating such a useful tool.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Using a couple of Ingeborg's sketches.

My dear friend Ingeborg has her sketch blog that she started a short time ago and I have printed off the sketches but not used any yet. So, this weekend I had a play with a couple.

This layout was part of a CC challenge to use eyelets and buckles and I did not have a large photo like the sketch showed so used two 4" x 6" photos instead.

This was a card challenge for World Card making day, to use several patterned papers, an old preprinted chipboard element and make it a hello card for someone you have not seen for sometime.
Kim gave us the challenge to create a shaker card and it is a couple of years since I have made one. I like to do them with winter scenes from old cards and a window of glitter but didn't have any scenes to work. So, I pulled out the Joy2Christmas stamps from the Stamps of Life and made a snow globe instead. I wish I had a more suitable background paper to use as I am not so happy with the result but it looks okay.

Kerri challenged us to make a long A5 card to include a bird or owl and a sentiment. Can you see my little birdie? This card uses a mish-mash of stamps from Heidi Grace, Fiskars, Basic Grey and Kaiser. Nothing like playing with your stamp sets on hand.
I should really get on and finish the other two layouts for the CC that are sitting in piles on my table... oh, and do the last card challenge.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

My baby girl is back for a visit.....

Happy world cardmaking day to you!

I almost forgot but am about to head off and do some now before I go to bed so at least I can say I have done something.

In actual fact I have been working on a layout based on one of Ingeborg's sketches but just not finished yet..... maybe tomorrow for that one.

The weekend before last I headed to a Fiskars workshop at Michelle's place and we made a couple of lovely layouts and a number of cards so here are a few of my favourites to share:

And before anyone asks..... yes that is me in traditional Javanese costume for my "daughter's" wedding in Indonesia in 2003. She had the kebaya (top) specially made for me and my hair is done with a sanggul, a traditional hairpiece, held on with lots of pins. I am used of this style of dress after having lived there as an Exchange Student so quite enjoyed the opportunity to dress like it again.

The same weekend I had a cybercrop at Scrap of Difference. They were able to blame me for the theme this time, of "in the media". I thought it was a fairly broad theme allowing for layouts about any topic that you may find in a newspaper or magazine. It seems I did challenge everyone with the topic though.

The technique challenge was to do a hybrid layout. This layout includes a red/white paper from the Team Spirit - red digi kit from LifeTimez, along with the journal rectangle. The logo was scanned from a poster the kids received on the day and adjusted to fit the layout.

The sketch challenge was based on a PageMaps sketch from September.

And the colour challenge of Black, white and blue which also had to have a "hidden" element. Above is my hidden panel and below the layout.

At Home and Scrapped, Heather put up one of her lovely sketches for midweek challenge #26 and I used some really old mulberry paper on this one.
Last but not least some of my DT work for the month of September. My kit had a double-sided Fall plaid from K&Co and a paper from Daisy D's, Bella corkopia borders, along with a KaiserCraft clear stamp set - Lilac Avenue. It was quite an interesting array of items to work with. You can see the rest of my cards in my DT gallery:

Back to my title, my baby girl Viva is back for a visit after being withdrawn from the Guide Dog program. A little disappointing for us but I knew if she was going to fail it was for precisely the same reason that she has. She is dog distracted, some days good at walking past other dogs and other days she jumps and barks for no apparent reason. I was kind of hoping it had something to do with walking with me and that it would change once she got with the experts... but alas it didn't. She is staying with us until they find her a permanent home. And no, it won't be with us.....
Have a good weekend!