Tuesday, 29 November 2011

It's been a busy couple of months......

I know I always seem to say that but it really is true as our family is on the move to Western Australia. Only one more week in our house then another week before we arrive at our new home. Crazy, crazy time.
The boys have had their school concert this week and Ethan's class performed an adjusted Wakakirri routine to fit to the size of the stage they had to work on. Ethan did a great job.

Mitchell and Keelan's classes worked together on their songs. Keelan out the front with the dancing and actions and Mitchell at the stage side playing the large bongo style drums. The concert was a great success and all the kids tried really hard to please their parents. It's always exciting to see the little Reception students giving it a go even when some of them have only been at school for a few weeks.

The school band played before the event and I took the opportunity to take some pics of the boys as I realised that I have never really taken photos of them playing with the band before.
Mitchell on the guitar.
Ethan on the saxophone.
Keelan with that ever serious look whilst playing the keyboard.
Last weekend Mitchell headed off to karate grading and after missing out earlier in the year, he finally made it up to his orange belt. He was so happy to walk into his karate class on Friday night wearing that orange belt.

A few weeks ago before the madness kicked in I was challenged at Home & Scrapped to :
Use a quote from the photo subject, use no orange or brown and stamping. My hardest part of the challenge was the quote as I am not one to record the things that the kids say..... Does that mean I'm a bad Mum cos I don't listen to the kids...... LOL!
My October card class taught the spirelli technique which the ladies loved. I haven't used this technique much myself so enjoyed the opportunity to play with it. I used a combination of my Cricut with the Martha Stewart Elegant cake cartridge and my Ecraft with a design of my own to cut some shapes for the spirelli work.
I got out the Fiskars border punches: Rope border, scalloped border and lace punch. Add a little stamping and they make some elegant designs.

My November class was a fun and funky card class so that I could show the girls that you only need some cardstock in a few different colours and some stamps and basic punches to get some lovely cards. One of the ladies converted them all to Christmas cards by adding a Christmas greeting which I thought was good that she thought they could be effective for that event.

Most of the stamps are from the Stamps of Life or the Sugarloaf 246 stamp set.

Last month Heather over at Home and Scrapped gave us a card challenge to use some sketches she had designed to create some cards. I made mine Christmas cards as I still needed some more. I will be so glad to finally finish off the little stickers that I have floating around in my stash but unfortunately it may still be another few years before they are all gone.

A while ago I joined in a Soup project to try the new Vita Weat lunch slices and this is the parcel of product I received to try. Four different flavours and some info about the slices to share with family and friends.
I was surprised that all the boys liked them and my colleagues at work were very helpful with their input into their thoughts of the product, flavours, packaging etc. If you haven't tried them yet you should, the soy, linseed and sesame and the sunflower, oats and chia were the most popular amongst my family and friends. The slices are about the same size as a slice of bread but in a crispbread format. They taste great and they don't fall apart when you bite into them. You can add a moist topping to them and they still hold their own and stay crisp. Love 'em!

Well, in case I don't get back before Christmas, I wish you all a Merry one and a very special New Year. Hopefully I will get back into some of my own creative ventures in 2012.

Happy Scrapping and card making......

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Needed inspiration

Having not scrapped in ages, I was very happy to go to Michelle's for a Fiskars workshop yesterday. With going back to work for the last few weeks, my time has been challenging keeping up with life in general so the mojo has disappeared amongst my tiredness. It was nice for a change to just follow instructions of how to cut the paper and put the layout together and all I had to do when I got home was find some photos and finish them off. Now, that I could manage to get done.
I managed to turn my layouts into travel ones with photos from my trip last year. I can't believe it is almost 12 months ago and I am still scrapping the photos and have heaps yet to do.
This is a photo of Ivo's front garden at his home in Heusden. The colours were so lovely to look at and so intense in the red's and yellows. I could not resist on taking a photo. This layout involved lots of stamping and cutting out and I love the effect of it all.
The second layout is a photo of me and Mr Obama in Madame Tussauds. I didn't realise how tall he is, I felt rather small next to him. A little bit of work went into this layout with stitching and creating the little flags from a tag punch. A very clever idea. Pity I don't own the punch to duplicate the idea in future.
The third layout we created was designed to have us getting our fingers dirty. We painted the background and painted the edges of our papers. A little design fun with rolling the papers to create a nice little embellishment effect. Pleating paper also seemed to be a theme of the day which was funny as I used the same technique myself the other week in my card class and the ladies were cursing me. This is a photo of a lovely little home in Eltville, Germany. The title is the name and date on a plaque on the front of the house.

My card class for this month was Christmas cards with non-traditional colours. I repeated a couple of cards from a couple of years ago as the ladies had not done them before. The last one, the orange one..... was a new card design using one of my first ever Christmas stamps and some more current greeting stamps from the Stamps of Life.

Hope everyone is looking forward to school holidays again, I have one more week of work and then I get holidays with the kids for the fortnight.
Happy Craftin!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Getting through the Xmas stash slowly......

Well I haven't been around for a few weeks as I have had the opportunity to work a few hours for six weeks and I am out of practice with the idea of working and running a household. My creative head has been resting whilst I get the basics around the house up to date and leave some for "later".......

I'm sharing a layout from a few weeks ago based on a sketch for August by Heather at Home and Scrapped. I might eventually finish scrapping my photos from Amsterdam and then I can move on to the other areas I visited in The Netherlands.
As my post says, I am working on getting rid of my Christmas stash although I think I probably have another three years of cards to do before I finish it all off. I have some really old card toppers and papers from magazines that I have to do something with so here are a few more of my cards for this Christmas.
I keep trying to alter some of the card toppers as they have words on them that I wouldn't use for my Christmas cards so that in itself can be an interesting challenge.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #23 - use blue. Well I did add just a hint of other colour with this glittery ornament sticker.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #26 - anything goes.
This is an altered handmade card that I received from a distant family member last year. I cut it down and mounted it on a burgundy card base, inked a little and added an extra mat to the merry and bright greeting.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #25 Christmas wings - use an angel or fairy etc. I had this vintage image already printed that I purchased as a vintage set a couple of years ago and I just love the image.
Just using the duplicate card topper I found.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #24 - buttons. I just happened upon this card topper when I was doing this one so figured it would work beautifully.
The lovely Karen sent me this card last year and I loved the papers and the sticker greeting so I altered it a little by trimming it down and mounting it on a dark red card then added some aqualip pen and dimensional magic to the flowers to bring them out a little. I love re-using cards that have been sent to me and forwarding the love on to others.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #12 - seasonal silver. I had this piece already embossed and I hate to cover up this lovely embossed image so always keep it simple with this embossing folder. Some kindyglitz and a border sticker make a great, simple card.
Fab's Challenge for July was to use a tree and/or dark colours. I stuck with the tree idea and did both the one above and the one below.

Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #18 - use a die-cut, found me using this great cut from the SVGblog that I purchased the file from. Just add a background and a playful pot and this makes a great card too.
Crafty Hazelnuts challenge #13 - a square card. Didn't quite work out the way I planned as I picked up two different markers and the blending didn't work so well but never mind it still looks okay.

The last two weekends I have run my simple, yet elegant card class using my favourite Kaisercraft clear stamps. I love pink and black or pink and brown as a colour scheme so I stuck with the simple pink/black colours and the ladies loved the stunning effect it produced with very little effort. Some plain black sating ribbon, a Fiskars border punch and some fussy cutting gave us some lovely designs.

Well the oven is beeping to tell me my banana cake is done so I best head off and retrieve it. Haven't baked a banana cake in ages with the price of bananas sky rocketing upwards but there was a bag of bruised ones in the supermarket begging me to use them so I have and the boys will be happy tomorrow.

Happy creating!

Thursday, 4 August 2011

I was challenged......

I was challenged to do the "Get Challenged Now" at Home and Scrapped this week and was given the task of creating a layout using: masking tape, two big circles and lots of red. This is based around an old sketch of Julie Bonner's from a couple of years ago. I love the way it turned out and decided not to really embellish it with much as I liked the clean style that I ended up with.
Does anyone else have that feeling sometimes of never being able to find an embellishment that fits the theme of your layout?

Not a lot of scrapbooking happening this week as our Korean exchange student arrived on Tuesday and I have been busy with craft and dog activities too. Keelan has a school assembly in the morning and he will be singing with his class and the school senior choir who have been offered a spot in the Festival of Music in September. He is really excited by it but also nervous so I hope he does well tomorrow as he has a little solo part to perform.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Sunday, 31 July 2011

Christmas card class

Well yesterday afternoon I ran my Christmas card class for July. I kept them simple so the ladies could duplicate them easily enough with their own products at home. They use stamps from Kaisercraft Merry Christmas set and The Stamps of Life Holly4christmas set. There is one small greeting from a Fundamentals Christmas greeting set also.
Of course the Fiskars scalloped edge border punch made an appearance as well as the apron lace border punch in the card below. Some heat embossing and dimensional pearls helped to put the finishing touches on this one.

The Die Cuts with a View paper range that is still in our stores here made a great background for this card. I love to use a more non-traditional paper range on my Christmas cards to give a break from the red and green and the black and silver really makes the little red and green I have used pop out.
I even introduced the ladies to some Smooch which none of them was familiar with. I have the snickerdoodle colour which comes up gold looking on some colours so used it to colour the top of the bauble just for something a little different.
The ladies were so quick with doing the other three that I threw in a quick card with just stamping, water colour pencils, some polysparkle embossing and rhinestones. So simple and done in 15 minutes but looks so good and quite elegant.

When I cleaned up my room a few weeks ago I found this old Big ideas kit from TLC days. When I first joined TLC back in 2005 they had kits you could purchase to give you ideas for presenting your products. I bought a couple that I was going to use - at some stage so finally I put them to use and copied (sort of ) some of the designs but did not use the pocket ideas for the inside of the cards or the additional stickers. I decided instead to find some extra cardstock to match and use the stickers and extra papers to make more larger cards so with s little ribbon and a flower or two I came up with some extra ideas. Do any of you ex-TLC consultants remember these lines? I actually quite like the colours for some birthday cards.

I have a layout still in the making but will have to share that another day........

There is a simple and elegant card class that I am running on the 20th and 27th of August at 2.30p.m. so if anyone is interested in playing along then email me for details.

Happy creating.....