Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Just chillin'.......

It's school holidays here in the West so life has been pretty chilled with the boys not wanting to venture out too far. We did get out to the Army Museum last week and also a maritime museum although not the museum I had planned for. Nonetheless it was still a good day out.
The boys have changed footy teams now after being poached by another local team who were lacking players so they now have a full team plus reserves after adding our three to the mix. It also means they will be playing with peers from school which will be much nicer socially for them.

On the creative front, I got to another crop Saturday night at the Craft Stand in Malaga. It's a good 30 minute drive away but it is with the girls that I went on retreat with so it makes it worthwhile catching up with friends.

Sharing a card I made for a DT application but the DT plan went west due to lack of interest so here is my card anyway. We were given a sketch to work with and I have played with my Fiskars lace border punch and scallop squeeze punch. The stamps are from the Sugarloaf 248 stamp set.
I spent the last few hours finishing off a card for my Nephew's wedding on the weekend so I could get it posted. This uses the Fiskars heart border punch and Cricut die-cut hearts from the Storybook cartridge. I just cut the little sticky-out ears off it as I don't like the little extras bits. The stamp is a Fiskars one from the wedding set that goes with the stamp press - my only dislike about this stamp is that the spelling is US based, but I like the font and words anyway.

Well I only got three layouts done at the crop and they were all catching up on Heather's sketches at Scrappy Sketches I was anticipating maybe finishing another two but they are still in the folder waiting to be worked on. The layout above is sketch 14-12 with a photo of Bruce waiting for Skyworks to start here in Perth.

This is sketch 12-12 and the title explains itself. I created the paddles and seagulls from photos that I worked to design some cut files. Sometimes I take so much time creating the embellishments I want that I take forever to do the layout. Still I am so happy with the results.
This one is sketch 11-12 and made a nice quick layout. I had to nick some buttons and brads from a fellow scrapper as I forgot to bring anything to make flower centres. Thanks Barbara....... you were a great help. Photos aren't great cos they were taken at dusk on a phone but they are the only photos I have to remember us waiting for Skyworks so that is the important thing.

Heading off to Margaret River in a couple of days for some R & R and a little sightseeing. We have a list of places to visit and just hope we have the finances to fund a lot of them. Lots of chocolate and candy places to go to, not that my waistline needs me to visit them......

Happy craftin'

Friday, 13 April 2012

Happy mail coming my way.....

You have to get excited when you receive a comment like this:

Congratulations Melissa, you've won one of the three $100 Blog Hop goodies from the Lily Pad Cards' First Birthday blog hop!! In case you weren't aware of that, please check the detail here: Thanks for playing along.

The amount of times I have done a blog hop and finally I get some happy news from one. I really have to owe it to Darlene over at as she brought it to my attention as one of the members of the blog hop. So, a big thank you Darlene, I got some wonderful inspiration from all the lovely blogs I visited and now have won a prize too.

I've been a bit slow with the mojo over the last couple of weeks with Easter and school holidays recently taking up time. Had a house inspection too with the joys of renting so spent a lot of time washing windows.... (I know, me washing windows is a rather scary idea - it's a job I usually pay someone to do) amongst other cleaning criteria for the inspection.
I managed to squeeze in Jewels challenge over at Home and Scrapped which required a layout from a sketch using only patterned papers.This was rather a challenge for me as I do use lots of plain CS in my layouts, especially as a base. I was really pleased with the result after finding some old TLC runway papers that worked together nicely. My title was cut with the ecraft that I am finally feeling like I have the hang of after only 6-7 months of ownership.

Jewels also wanted a card from the scraps so here is the card to match with a stamp from the Ink by Steph - In my dreams set. Not my usual style but I can think of a couple of people it would suit.

I'm a little behind the times with the Mid Week Sketches from Heather at Scrappy sketches and this is from February no: 9-12. The papers are all old papers from one of the early editions of Australian Scrapbook Ideas magazine along with several of the cut outs.

And of course a card with the scraps.

I'm sure there is no one with the same issue as me who buys items and can't remember how to use them so they don't. Well, this is the case with the next three cards. I purchased a Nellie Snellen lines and dots stencil at a Quilt and Craft Fair in November 2009. I loved the cards that the stall had on show using them and chose just the one to buy. Well, I got it home and tried to use it a couple of times but could never work out how they got the effect on the cards at the stall so it went in the too hard basket and never got used. Recently however I found a You Tube video on how these are supposed to be used with the Cuttlebug and guess what? It works.......

I tried it first with distress inks like in the video and then I brayered on kaliedecolor inks and got the bottom two effects on glossy paper. I had to make cards with them so I wouldn't forget I played. Hopefully someone will like them for Christmas.

Well, off to get some dinner and prep for a crop night tomorrow night. Happy Craftin'