Monday, 31 January 2011

Folded Card

Here is a fancy fold card for a swap - hopefully Sharon has received it by now :-)

There are some prima flowers in the centre panel too.

The kids are back to school today - I hope they have a great day! I'm doing the happy dance!

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Just Believe

I LOVE this stamp set - yes I know I say that a lot but why would I buy a set I didn't like - I have enough STUFF!

This card is for a swap - the theme was a Thank You card.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Happy Birthday Sally

It was Sally's birthday last week and I needed a very Special card for such a special person. I had seen this card here and just had to try it out (after gathering my supplies :-) It was lots of fun, not too hard and has such a lovely shimmer in real life that is just looks 'special'.

I even got carried away and did a Sarah Gough and decorated the inside of my card! Pretty tame by Sarah's standards ( I just LOVE her work, and I've met her in person and she is just as lovely!) but a start none the less.
The actual decoration is the flower stamped in the lower left corner - not all the other speckly bits (they are actually bird poop on the outside of our window - YUK TMI I hear you say - I know but those windows are 2 stories up and I can't clean them easily) I was trying to get maximum sunlight to take a nicer photo and that meant some poop - sorry!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Craft Room - After

Here is the new and much improved craft desk - as I've never seen it before - well not since we moved it in there anyway.

You'll be pleased to hear I even created something on it and tidied up after myself - long may that continue!

I have a lot more to tidy in that room but I'm not going to let you see the rest - it will take me longer than a couple of days to sort out and I'm back to work now!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Happy Anniversary GeekMan

We were married 14 years ago today, on a beautiful Christchurch Day that turned into a WET evening - but we managed to get our photos taken before the downpour.

Here is the card I made for the GeekMan - the idea isn't original - there are lots of them out there in blogland! Everyone liked it - Miss M and I even got an "Aw Cute" from the GeekMan.

I really like what I was able to do with the sentiment - and how true to likeness I was able to get the Owls :-)

Elements of Style

Guess what - I got a new stamp set recently - as a gift - boy I am spoilt.

So here are a couple of the cards I have created using "Elements of Style". I love colouring in using either ink pads or water colour crayons and an aqua brush and I have used water colour paper - what a lovely effect - hmmmm - might need some more soon at this rate.

(this is not the best photo but my favourite colour combo of the day - pity there wasn't more sunlight when I took this one)

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Craft Room - Before

Here are some UGLY photos of my craft room AKA Downstairs, AKA My Studio, AKA The Craft Cave

The first pic is along the length of my desk - not that you can see the surface of the desk in any of these shots. At the far end there are two bookcases on their sides for storage and the PILES of stuff come up almost as high as the first set!!!!

The second pic is from the doorway - I should have pulled the chair out so we could have a better view of the depth of piles.

The good news is that this photo was taken a couple of days ago and I have spent a few hours trying to sort it out since then. It's not finished yet but I'll post an update when it is.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Cupcake Heaven

As part of the craft group that Kelly and I run in our local Community Centre we invited Velda from "I Want..." to come and demonstrate her gorgeous cupcakes for our Christmas gathering.
Now this woman is awesome and her cupcakes taste divine and her decorating skills just blow my mind - she makes it all look so simple. This was her second visit to our group and we'll be getting her back again!!!

These samples are some of the great work that people created - cute!!!!

Friday, 21 January 2011

Miss M's birthday

Well Miss M had another birthday and started our HUGE two months of celebrations with birthdays, anniversaries etc

Here is the card I made for her from a template from a magazine originally I think - simple but effective - she liked it and that's the main thing.

She had a few friends around (Do you know how hard it is for children who have birthdays in the holidays to find enough people at home to have a party?) and we did some orienteering around the local school, a treasure hunt around home and ate some food - perfect.

Can you guess how old she was this year?

And these are the goodie bags and treats for the girls who came - they are hiding in the microwave as part of the treasure hunt, and this little owl is hiding a Freddo Frog - cute huh

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Did you miss me?

I am finally back from the brink of techno land - it's a place far, far from here :-)

I got a mini lap top for my birthday last year and it has taken me this long to work out how to get the photos off my camera and onto my laptop in a state that can be uploaded - well I hope I have... fingers crossed! (and I did it all by myself - Geekman has only given me a wee tiny bit of help - I worked the rest out by myself!)

So here is a test run to see if I have mastered it - or whether it is getting the best of me :-)

ooooh I think I am winning - Yeah!

Here is our cat Mischief (and if you've ever met her you'd understand the name) She is sitting in Miss M's bookshelf doing a book impression - just before she tried to eat the books and then reached out to eat the books in the next shelf over.

Keep an eye out here - now that I have the power I'll be able to post some cards and creations - and some of the loveliness from Miss M's recent birthday.