Sunday, 31 May 2009

Streeeetch card...

I am sure these cards have a special name, they seem very popular at the moment on various peoples' blogs and not one to be left out I had a go myself. It took me a while to get my head round it but actually they are very simple.

The beauty of these cards is they fit in a regular envelope yet stretch out to be very long! You can embellish it, stamp it etc as much as you want or as little as you want. I lost interest half way through but then I am a bit like that!!!

there was a lot of shadow when I took the pictures therefore I shall apologise for them not being too clear.

this is the card closed

and this is it open...

Card Recipe

Stamps: Live Like You mean It (hostess set), Pun Fun
Card Stock: So Saffron, Red Riding Hood Read, Whisper White
Inks: So Saffron, Red Riding Hood Read, Bashful Blue
Accessories : Washington DSP, Clear Buttons, circle punches, linen thread, dimensionals, Blooms Die Cuts, Flower Fusions, brads, oval punches

Christmas Club......

During my Blog Absence we had a couple of classes here, one being our monthly Christmas Club, I am so enjoying these clubs, it is great to meet up with the same bunch of ladies regularly as you really begin to build up relationships and have lots of fun. I am starting to see people with very different eyes, especially our Lisa *shocked smilie to go here*!!

If you and a group of friends would like to meet regularly and have some fun classes or even a one off let me know and I can see what I can arrange.

Claire demonstrated a very cool DVD gift box at the last Christmas club and I demonstrated a little card designed to hold a gift card.

These are so simple to make and I have made loads of them recently for various children's birthday presents. I rarely buy a present nowadays, either a gift card or money. Mainly because going in a toy shop often means taking one or other of my kids in with me with invariably ends up with "I want..." which drives me potty!

This was the little card we made, in fact we made two of them each,. this one is blue, the other one was in lavender. The edges of the torn white strip are meant to be sponged in blue ink to coordinate with the card base but someone very silly (aka moi!) used a dirty sponge so the blue edging is more murky than it should be - silly me!!!

This is what the card looks like inside, you can slot either cash or a gift card into the centre and when you open the card it pops up.

Stamps: Punch Pals, Loads of Love
Card Stock: Ballet Blue, Whisper White
Inks: Ballet Blue, Whisper White, Handsome Hunter, Black and orange markers
Accessories : Word window punch.

Whilst I was deciding what to do for the class I made this card too, I wanted to use up all the bits I had made and then discarded! SO really the recipe is the same as above but with a bit of Bella Blue DSP.

Oh my.....

How long has it been since I updated my blog!!! Far too long!

Life has a habit of getting in the way of creating! I travelled to Melbourne to get some bits from IKEA, I had them shipped over here and they arrived at the same time as my husband went overseas so I was flat out looking after the boys who were all ill at one point or another, whilst wielding a screwdriver and Alan key with both hands building various storage units! So with one thing or another I have found very little time to craft, let alone post about them, but I now have some organsiation in some parts of our house!

Anyway, I am back for the moment. I have spent the morning out sailing which was fun, a bit of a rocky start to the race as our Genoa halyard got jammed at the top of the mast so someone (was nearly me but wasn't!) had to get up there and try and unjam it, it didn't work so we had to use a back up one which has a history of jamming so all was a bit tense , especially as it was the first outing of the spanking new, graphite Genoa - looked great once it was up, but then for what it cost it should. That would have been a decades cost of crafting goodies!!

One thing this sailing lark has taught me is, it is better to crew on someone elses boat than own your own as they are just money pits, every outing ends up in one expense or another, this one is going to be the cost of a couple of riggers to come in and unjam the halyards!

So what have I been up to in the last weeks?!

I cased a card from another demonstrator which was on the SU! demo website using the set Pick a Petal. This is such a fun set and I really need to start playing with it some more as it is really very versatile. I made a few changes but for the life of cannot remember what they were, it may have been the colours, I know I added the ribbon on the top left corner there, I may even of changed the sentiment - (whoa!). I like this card as it is a very quick and simple card that lends itself to numerous colour schemes and embellishments

Stamps: Pick a Petal, Life Definitions
Card Stock: Naturals Ivory, Kraft, Basic Black
Inks: Red Riding Hood Red, Apricot Appeal, Black Stazon
Accessories : dimensionals, striped grosgrain, circle punch

Friday, 15 May 2009

I am so lucky with where I live. I loved where I lived in England, it was just perfect so I was really worried when we came out to Aus that things would not be as lovely, but it is, although in a very different way. I have to say I feel very homesick at this time of year. I love an English spring, the smells, sounds, the grass that is so green that you cannot believe it can be real. Here we are heading in to winter but unlike the English winter there is nothing to look forward to, no Bonfire Night, no Christmas and no New Year, just months of cold weather. I have to say though that it is never as cold as an English winter!

I live just outside of Hobart in Tasmania, the island state of Australia. "Mainland' Australians often sneer at Tasmania, they want to know why people live there, if everyone has two heads and why it is so backward. It is all nonsense really, Tasmania is unusual in some respects but it is beautiful. In fact the less people that think it is wonderful the better really, as it keeps everyone away and we don't have to share!

I took the dogs out for their walk this morning, I went to a beach nearby that is put aside for dogs and their owners. It is just the most beautiful beach, it has a huge sand area, bush backing on to it,. little outcrops of rocks, rock pools and an estuary. This morning it was very cold and very windy, there was a beautiful rainbow and it was absolutely throwing it down but it was still just so perfect. I sat on a rock and just thought how lucky I was to be here.

This is a picture I took this morning at the start of our walk

and here is a picture near a little rock outcrop I was sat on, it is out two dogs playing in the water, we have a 20 month old Border Collie and a little Cocker Spaniel puppy.

Just recently the weather has caused the sand to be washed away, usually the dead tree at the back is totally covered in sand but it is visible now which has pleased my youngest son as for some reason he thinks it is his "Space Cafe'!! Eventually the sand will return and hide it again until next year!

Ok, well I shall get back to the business in hand and take some pictures of cards I have recently made!

This made me laugh!

My mum sent me this, it made me smile so I thought I would pass the smile on!

Can't eat pork,

Swine flu...


Can't eat chicken,

Bird flu.


Can't eat Beef,

Mad cow....


Can't eat eggs,



Can't eat fish,

heavy metal poisons in their waters.


Can't eat fruits and veggies,

insecticides and herbicides.















I believe that leaves Chocolate and ice cream!!!!!!!!

Remember - - - 'STRESSED'

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Thursday, 7 May 2009

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