Monday, May 31, 2010
Thursday, May 27, 2010
The second card also has a bird on it - from my TJ Designs - Song Birds. The branch the nest is resting on is from my new WMS - Asian Gardens and the pink flowers are also from there. I was practising using my stamp positioner to get the nest on the branch, the second brown bird on the branch and the flowers in the right place. I wrote the sentiment and the last line went up to the right a little! BAD GIRL! I mounted it all on SU Close to Cocoa, and then on Melon Mambo. I used my Martha Stewart punch for the Birds on a Wire at the top of the pink card! I then put all on a white commercial card blank, added a simple insert with the birds nest stamped in grey just on the bottom RHS. I used the SU markers to colour the single bird and the nest, and sponged the edges of the card in Melon Mambo.
Just Scraps Challenge 9 - first one:
Sorry the next bird card is out of focus, but it is not very good - I used pattern papers and drew up and cut out the birds and then glued them onto scrap red card. I tied red string around them, and then wrote the two words in black pen. I also outlined the birds in black marker. I mounted the red card on an aqua card before putting them onto the patterned paper scrap and then the whole lot again on a red card. I needed to have made the birds smaller and to have put the string down lower on each square. It could be a retirement card or a birthday one.......
This card is simple and a case from my ideas book using the SU stamp set Natural Beauty. I randomly stamped the flower onto my base card with Close to Cocoa ink, stamping off once each time before stamping onto the card. I then stamped the word square onto craft using the same ink and stamping off first again. I then mounted the square on green scrap, and used a piece of the same card to place across the stamped card. A piece of light green ribbon completed the card and I stamped the same flower image the same way (just once) onto the inset.
This card was also quick and simple - and a cased idea - using a peel-off spider's web, asd well as a spider I had as an embellishment, and a drawn line to connect the two. The word was stamped with a small letter set using black Stayzon, and the ribbon was threaded through a button and attached to a scrap of red stripy card on the RHS. The whole lot was then put onto red card, with a white inset (blank).
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
The first one was supposed to have the plane facing the other way but when I drew it, I forgot which side of my double sided paper I was going to use, so it ended up facing towards the left instead of the right. This meant that the propeller and the nose of the plane is buried in the cloud instead of in the clear air. However, it still looks "cool" I was told by the 17 year old! My clouds were free cut and then I drew around them with black pen, but when I put them on the card I realised that I needed to have waited until they were placed before I drew around them - silly me! My plane has done a few loops and this was supposed to be over the clouds but because I am facing the wrong way the line of flight does not stand out as well against the darker background. I pierced the paper with a needle to get the dotted line to stand out and then decided to touch each hole with a black pen to highlight them further but it still only just works. Next time! The papers used are a mixture of stash and SU DT papers, and some SU card scraps and Navy card.
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Well, apparently I am a child because I have MEASLES would you believe! Have had them for over a fortnight so no wonder I have been feeling a little off colour - probably picked them up in the airport or on the mainland somewhere - that's what you get for going off-island! Viruses and germs! However, am feeling a bit better and managed to make some cards over the last few days, even if the brain was a little slower then normal!
Made this one a few weeks ago and just competed it - it is from scraps and used a digi image called Citris Topiary, coloured with Copics and a frame made from Nestabilities Label 1, a rub-on and a button. It was origionally for a colour challenge that I didn't get to enter using yellow, brown and green.
Friends Having Fun - Colour Challenge Two
I have decided to enter this competition - using the three colours turquoise, yellow and terra cotta. There is a bit of terra cotta in the colouring on the bird image! Just peer really closely!
This one was intended for my MIL for Mother's Day (not sent yet). It containes images stamped from two different sets - the butterfly is from a TJ Designs - Song Birds set and the bird is a freebie stamp created by Elusive Images, and again coloured using Copics. I also used Dimentional Magic on the bird and the buttlerfly to make them shine. The card is all SU card - Craft, Teal, Black, and Whisper White - and the punched edge is a Martha Stewart punch Doily Lace. Some ribbon, lace, flowers, SU crystal bling, and two pins completed it.
This one was created using the polished stone method - I stamped the images three times with Versamark ink and embossed with White Opals embossing powder, then over stamped with Versamark with the second stamp. I used two images from the SU set Oh, So Lovely. I spounged the shiny white card over with SU Elegant Eggplant ink and polished off the residue with a tissue. I then cut the images into three panels and mounted them on white card that had been swiped with the ink around the sides. This was then all mounted again on a piece of Elegant Eggplant card. I added a Tim Holtz tag and some ribbon. I used another SU stamp set for the sentiment on this ( Happy Moments). Inside I put some purple paper I had floating around in the stash and a piece of white stamped with one image from the set in the same ink, and repeated the idea on the front of an envelope. It was supposed to be for a challenge that I am too late to enter into now, but here it all is!
You can see inside a little better but the colour is not correct as it was taken at night under a poor light.
Now I am off to make some more as the itching has stopped and the steriods have started to work better (no, I will NOT be able to complete in the London Olympics now, so the Pole Vaulters can all take a sigh of relief!) and I have started to feel MOJO juices rising! Au Revoir to my sister-in-law and her husband as they leave today for five weeks touring in Europe - soooooo jealous - and hope the ash and the Greek protests are all in the past and the Euro is not too bad for you!
Thursday, May 6, 2010
Claire Harrison has given me a Sunshine Blog Award. Check out her blog as well, and find out all about it!
Helllooo ladies! Hope you are all well and creating craftily!
Thanks Claire! I get really excited and silly when I find out someone has been looking at my blog! I have just arrived home from Agfest (tell all tomorrow, but I got some stunning metal bits there for card making) and rushed to check my email - and that is why I am now blogging instead of unpacking and getting a meal ready! Better go and feed to man, as he drove me there and back and walked round the grounds for 6 hours with me today! However, I will be back tomorrow to 'share the love 'with some other blogs to link to and to share the sunshine award.
9.30: I'm BACK!
Here are my recipients of the Sunshine Award - blogs I regularly follow for inspiration and to fire up the mojo. These women are inspirational and full of energy - just what I need to keep me going!
Helllooo ladies! Hope you are all well and creating craftily!
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Have not posted for a while because my hubbie and I have been in Canberra, visiting family. We had lovely weather, and played with the grandies for 4 days, coming back to Melbourne and staying with other family and seeing MIL (96) before returning home. We had a week away, including being in Canberra for Anzac Day (Australia's day to remember our soldiers who fought in wars and are currently serving in the armed forces, representing Australia overseas - my dear old Dad, who died in 1983, was a Japanese POW on the infamous Burma Railway for four years during WWII). This meant we could go the the dawn memorial service at the National War Memorial - along with some 20 000 others! We got up at 4.00 am, and were parked at the Russel Building's carpark by 4.45. We got a free shuttlebus from there up the Avenue to the War Memorial Building forecourt - we stood about six back from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It was a very moving, simple service and we were able to see our programs with the use of a little electrical candle - both given to us as we entered for a gold coin donation to the RSL. There were many young people there - an interesting development in modern times, and they were so respectful and quiet, and well behaved. It was cold but we listened to the dawn chorus of birds, including a kookaburra and white cockies, before the service began at 5.30. The birds fell quiet during the service - spooky! We were home by 7.0 am! All this thanks to son Matthew, who drove us there and back, and provided hot coffee and snacks at the end of the bus ride back to the car. I took some photos but without flash so they are a bit murky.
This is looking back along the Avenue towards Parliament House - people were still arriving.
This was to the side - you can see the tiered seating set up but we stood.
Looking towards the Memorial Building and Museum, with the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in front of us.
I even sang! This song is such a dirge but it is traditional and wouldn't be ANZAC without it!
LEST WE FORGET
As well we spent time going to the Tidbinbilla (?) National Park, and visiting with the natives, and to the Deep Space Tracking Station linked with NASA located near there. A very interesting excursion made more enjoyable by the children's interpretation of everything. Some images from this trip:
The main tracking device.
We stopped to admire a mob of kangaroos, much to the kid's delight! It was a big mob - this is only part of it.
My grandson took this picture (aged 4) of an Emu (a flightless bird which stands nearly as tall as an adult) with my digital camera - he also took several pictures of me and his grandfather and of his face - nothing too recognisable!
Cute, aren't they! Jack and Lily (aged 6). "We don't want you to go Nin!" - taken just before we left for the airport on Anzac Day.