Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Show & tell ;D

Hi all,

Well as promised here are some pics of the wonderful cards & tags I recieved on Christmas Eve. This first one is from the very talented Deborah aka Gigi. I just love this card/ornament!! I am seriously studying the way that Deborah has done her shading. If I can get anywhere near as good as this I will be happy.

This next card is by the very lovely Judy. I just love the use of the two colours on this card.

Last but not least is this wonderful card from Hannah, who along with the this card also included some tags from a Christmas tag exchange. Hannah asked each participant to make an extra one for me. I just have to say a huge thank you to all you lovely ladies for doing this. I just love each & every one of them!!! I can't thank you all enough.

Lastly I thought I'd include a pic of my "helpers" Mickey & Minnie in all their Christmas finery ;D. I have them as my table centre piece in the kitchen/diner on a mini quilt I made with left over Christmas fabrics.

Ok just one last thing. If you get a chance can I suggest that you check out my friend Helen's blog. She has just started one up this week. I am always inspired by what Helen does & not only that she is a wonderfully giving lady.

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Hi all,

I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Here in "Oz" Christmas Eve is only a few hours away. The excitement is building ;D, especially if you are 3 yrs old. We have nearly everything ready for when Santa visits. We have made Santa some biscuits & will leave him a beer (an Aussie thing) & the reindeer haven't been forgotten either. Em & I made reindeer food the other day & packaged it up especially for Rudolf & the other reindeer.

The postie has just arrived at our house & delivered some wonderful mail from my wonderful Hero Arts friends. What a perfect start to Christmas Eve I say!!! :D

Hannah thank you so much for the gorgeous cards, tags & paper cut-outs for Em (also thank you to all the wonderful ladies for making extra tags for me). They arrived just in time. Deborah your card/ornament is stunning. Judy thank you so much, for the beautiful card. I am going to take some photos very shortly & will post the pics in a few days.

To one & all I wish you all a very Merry Christmas - may it be filled with love, laugher & the joy of the season. TTFN

Thursday, December 17, 2009

A simple Christmas Card ;)

Hi all,

Well I have finally done it!!! Yay to me ;). What may you ask have I finally done, well my friends the answer is "A SIMPLE" card. So what do you think? There are four layers on this card, if you include the raised stamped image. I know with simple cards less is more but I think I still managed to do a reasonable job with this one. Except for the white card base & the image everything else is scraps. I am slowly starting to conquer the huge pile of scrap paper I've seemed to have accumilated over the last few years.

Now I have been blessed with wonderful friends, who are very kind & generous. The very lovely & talented Dawn, Deborah, Donna & Helen have all given me some Greeting Farm Images. But unfortunately with my addled "Baby Brain" (that's my excuse & I'm sticking to it!) I have forgotten who gave me what - how rude! So I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all four of you beautiful ladies for supplying me with such wonderful images.

Now just in case I don't post again before Christmas - I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. May 2010 be a wonderful year for us all :D. TTFN

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Christmas Angel

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Hi all,

I just had to share this card I made this afternoon. I am amazed at how well this card turned out. Would you believe this is a mish mash of things? The card base is from an experiment I did with ink & a mini mister filled with water. The nestie cut out is a left over. There are 4 different lots of stamps used:
Hero Arts S5215 Clouds
Darkroom door DDRS020 Christmas Reindeer (peace)
Kaisercraft Belle CS728 (flower flourish)
Greeting Farm Anya Angel?

So because I wanted to make this into a Christmas card I had to add lots & lots of Kindy Glitz & a little bit of bling. I also stamped the red flowers on a seperate piece of c/s then raised them up with Pop dots. I also raised the angel & the peace up to add a little bit of interest. Thanks for stopping by TTFN

More Christmas tags

More Christmas tags
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Hi all,

Well I thought I should show the rest of these tags as well. I didn't want them to feel left out ;). They aren't the most complicated things to make & a fantastic way to use up scraps. I guess I could have made them more "exciting" but that would have been pushing it for me at the moment. I did manage to use up a lot of scraps from previous two or three christmases. I am giving these away to the mother's at my Mothers' Group. I have put white card on the back to "sandwhich" the ribbon between. So these can be used as either ornaments on the tree or as tags on pressies. Well I'm off to see if I can do something complicated - make a card!! ;D TTFN

PS If you wanna see some beautiful Christmas cards, can I suggest checking out my friend Helen's flickr stream here. Some of these cards have been made with digi elements & I think they are all so very beautiful & inspiring.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Some Christmas tags

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Hi all,

Well whilst I haven't been doing any actual card making lately, I was doing a lot of colouring in with my Copic Ciaos. I just love those pens!!! I'm still getting use to them, but I have managed to use all the ink up in one pen already. I've now got get some refil ink, but that unfortunately will have to wait :(.

I am going to give these tags (about 12 in all) to the mothers in the Mothers group that Em I belong to. We are having a dinner out on Monday night so I'm hoping to get them all done before then. Luckily all the Elves are coloured in, so all I have to do is put them on the backgrounds.

Once again thank you for the lovely comments that you leave :D TTFN

Friday, December 11, 2009

A quick Bug update :)

Hi all,

Firstly I just wanna say thanks to all of you for all your lovely comments & emails. I really appreciate them. I also wanna say thanks for checking out my blog & putting up with my non craft entries. Of which this is another one (sorry 'bout that).

Just to let every one know (whether you wanted to or not ;D), I am offically in my second trimester!!! Boy did that go fast or what!!! Here I was thinking I was about 11 weeks this Monday just gone when it turns out I'm really 13 weeks (yesterday).

I had a scan done yesterday & Bug was playing up, me thinks this baby is getting lessons from Em!!! Bug wouldn't turn the way the nurse wanted, but we got there in the end. Doug & Em where in the room with me to start with as we thought Em would like to see the baby, but she soon got sick of that so she & Daddy went out to play with the toys in the waiting room. Which was probably a good thing.

I now have to wait for my next appointment with my obst. to find out the results of the scan & no we aren't finding out the sex of this baby until it decides to come out ;).

Well since I'm feeling so much better (just not cooler lol)I think I may go & make some cards. Have a wonderful weekend all & TTFN

Monday, December 7, 2009

Christmas Traditions

Hi all,

How are you all going this week? I hope that all is well in your part of the world. I also want to take the time to say a HUGE thank you for your support. It has meant a lot to me :). I wish you all a stress free time leading up to Christmas.

I love Christmas time, for me it's a magical time of year. Especially since becoming a mum. Which leads me to a question for all of you. What are your family Christmas traditions? What Christmas traditions do you all love? I am keen to know as we don't have any here in our house yet!

I didn't have any growing up, unless you count putting up the tree & covering it in tinsel. I think a lot of that is because every year we moved & then my parents divorced while I was still quite young. But having said that Christmas has always & always will be one of my most treasured times of year. I made a rule in our house that every second year is spent with Doug's Mum & his side of the family. So that all grandparents in this state can spend some time with their grandkid(s). Unfortunately that means my mum misses out :(. As she lives on the other side of Australia. But we make up for that with lots of phone calls & pictures.

Well I have to go now as Em is ready to write her letter for Santa. Just in case you are all wondering she would like a Dolly from the big guy ;D. TTFN & Happy Holidays.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Beautiful card & a pregnant rant

Hi all,

Well as usual of late my posting has become even more sparodic, due to in a large part my baby brain!!!! Honestly I am considering changing the name of my blog to "The rantings of a deranged Pregnant woman!" Or TROADPW. I understand that being pregnant changes you. All those little hormones running around doing their best to keep up with the changes & all. But honestly why does that mean I have to have a serious case of BABY BRAIN!!! Or start sobbing (I've gone way beyond crying here) when I watch an ad on the telly for a show I don't even watch!!! I am not a crier normally, ok I will admit getting a tear when watching Animal rescue shows like RSPCA but hey who doesn't. I am also over the feeling ill every SINGLE day, even when I'm taking something that is suppose to help. And don't get me started on the heat! Well enough of the self pity.

This gorgeous card is part of a parcel with some stamped Greeting Farm images from the very lovely & talented Donna Mikasa. Isn't this a beautifully done card. I just love everything about this card. The colours are wonderful, the buttons are so yummy & the image is beautifully coloured in. Plus Donna was clever enough to alter the image of Pregnant Anya. For more info I suggest checking out Donna's blog. She has posted an entry on this wonderful card which does it more justice than I can here.

So thank you all for putting up with my rant today & for all your well wishes. Trust me they are very much appreciated. I also try to visit your blogs regularly as well. Till next time - TTFN