Monday, September 14, 2009

Tri-Shutter for Mum

Here's the card I made for my mother's birthday on the weekend.

Mum loves blue so I used lots of Baja Breeze! Mum also likes things not to be too overdone so I tried not to completely cover up all the beautiful DSP.

Stamps: Oval All, Heartfelt Thanks

Inks: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip

Paper: Parisian Breeze DSP, Baja Breeze textured and plain, Choc Chip, Whisper White
Accessories: Baja Breeze Corduroy Buttons, Pretties Kit Flowers and half pearl, Button Latte white button, Rhinestome Brads, Flower Fusion Too felt flowers, Build-a-brads Pewter, Linen Thread

Tools: Large Oval and Scallop Oval punches, 1/2 inch circle punch (for build-a-brad) Aquapainter (for colouring pretties flower)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Toby's Hospital Visit

What an action packed couple of days we've had!

I had planned to post pictures of the cards we were making at my Monday Night Masterclass but unfortunately I had to cancel the class at the last minute. I will post pics though after I've rescheduled the class.

On Monday morning I took the boys to the GP to have a look at Toby (my 3yr old) who was a bit "wheezy". Upon examining him the GP put him straight onto a nebuliser and called an ambulance!!

By the time the ambos arrived Toby's breathing was much better and there was much debate about how to get him to the hospital. The ambulance was apparently unable to transport all 3 of us (myself, Toby and Owen who is 16 months) due to lack of safe restraints. In the end it was decided that since his breathing was really pretty good I would drive them to the Royal Children's Hospital myself. Toby was a bit disappointed he didn't get to ride in the ambulance! Kids!

So we arrived at the emergency department and they gave him more ventilin and steroids. We were not allowed to leave the hospital until he could last 3 hours without Ventilin. He kept making it to about 2 hours and in the end we had to stay overnight. As you can imagine it was really not fun. Those recliner chairs may look comfy but they are really not nice to sleep in!
Not that I got much sleeping done - Emergency departments are sure noisy in the middle of the night! LOL!

We were finally able to leave around 10.30am the next day (Tuesday). Toby is now perfectly fine but we've been sent home with an Asthma management plan (even though he's not actually been diagnosed with Asthma yet) and a Ventilin Puffer.

So sorry there are no pics from my Monday night class but I promise I'll post them once we've rescheduled. And thank you to the ladies who were so understanding about the cancellation.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Christmas Charity Workshops

If you would like more information on these events please contact me.

Oval All Thanks

Here a couple of the little Thank You cards I like to pop in with orders for my lovely customers.

They are 3 x 3 inches - just the right size for a little note of thanks.
Stamps: Oval All
Inks: Baja Breeze
Paper: Baja Breeze (textured), Basic Grey, Walk in the Park DSP
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and 2-Way Glue Pen
Tools: Scallop Oval Punch

Stamps: Oval All
Inks: Basic Grey, Pink Pirouette (to colour butterfly)
Paper: Pink Pirouette (textured), Basic Grey, Patterns Hostess Pack
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and 2-Way Glue pen, Blender Pen(to colour butterfly)
Tools: Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Father's Day '09

Here is the card design I used for both my father and father-in-law this year for Father's Day:

Stamps: Seaside, Life Definitions
Inks: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip
Papers: Whisper White, Sahara Sand (textured), Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Nil
Tools: Mat Pack and Paper Piercer

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Spring Mini Make and Take

This card was part of my Spring Mini Catalogue Workshop last month.
Stamps: Great Friend
Inks: Basic Grey, Cameo Coral, Baja Breeze
Papers: Baja Breeze, Cameo Coral, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Walk in the Park DSP
Accessories: Basic Grey Taffeta ribbon
Tools: Scallop Edge Punch, Large and Small Oval Punches

Birthday card for FIL

FIL stands for Father-In-Law in case you didn't know! LOL!

This is the card I made for my husband's father last month for his birthday.

I was really happy with how this turned out. It was my first attempt at the "faux wood grain" technique.

Faux woodgrain is actually REALLY easy to do! You just need a piece of More Mustard cardstock and some ink pads. You simply drag the ink pads directly over the cardstock!
I started with the More Mustard ink pad, followed by Close to Cocoa and then a little Chocolate Chip. Lastly a little bit of Whisper White craft ink. Just be careful with that - you don't want to use too much. And just go gently - you don't want the other colours ending up in your white pad.

The circle sentiment was done using the "faux metal" techinique. You can see a tutorial I've done on it HERE.

The saw was stamped in Basic Brown ink onto Watercolour paper and watercoloured with the Neutrals Markers and an Aquapainter.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Watercolouring - what NOT to do!

Here's a card I've been demostrating at my recent workshops:

Sorry it's blurry - I didn't realise it until I'd uploaded and unfortunately I don't have another (and am too lazy to go take another one! LOL!)

This close up is of another copy I made of the same card. I used it as a case-in-point of what happens if you don't let one colour dry before you add another colour. One of the workshop participants had a great idea - rather than call it a mistake she said it looks like a bit of "atmospheric burn"! I like it!

Stamps: Pun Fun, Classic Stars Jumbo Wheel
Inks: Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, Staz-On Black
Papers: Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point, Watercolour Paper
Accessories: Hemp Twine
Tools: Aquapainter, Crimper

Urban Scrapbooking Pages

Another event I held recently was a scrapbooking class. The event was an all day affair. We had a lovely time with lunch and afternoon tea included.

The ladies who attended did a BEAUTIFUL job on their pages and enjoyed learning some ways to use chipboard in their layouts.

I was a bit run off my feet on the day and didn't get time to take photos but here are some pics of the actual pages I designed for them to make. (I must give credit to my good friend and downline member Robyn for her helpful advice when I was a bit stuck on a couple of the pages - thanks Robyn!!)

If you'd like me to run another session on making these pages, gather a few friends together and we can book a date!

Fresh Inspirations Workshop wrap up

Waaaay back in June our Paper Angels group help a half-day cardmaking workshop which we entitled "Fresh Inspirations".

The attendees received the Fresh Cuts stamp set and made 4 fabulous cards. (which I just realised I don't have a photo of! aarrgghh! Will take one tomorrow and edit to add)

A fabulous day was had by all and at our Pine Rivers venue we raised close to $700 for our chosen charity - the Mater Mothers Bereavement Support Program. (you can read more about it HERE)

Stampin' Up! is always generously supportive of our charity fund-raising efforts and supplied us with lots of lovely product for our raffles. Here's a pic of my Mum and I on the day. Mum always seems to manage to win a raffle prize or a competition prize at our events. I promise it's not rigged! LOL!


Firstly, let me apologise for the appaling lack of blog posts over the last month or so.

Somehow blogging kept getting pushed way down to the bottom of my to-do list. There always seems to be something more urgent/important that needs doing. (and sometimes I was just tired and couldn't be bothered!)

I'm going to make an effort to just get in there and blog! So here I go - I have a few posts I need to get on the blog so hopefully you will all forgive me and start reading my blog again!


Tuesday, September 1, 2009