Monday, February 21, 2011

And the winner is.....

Hello there peeps, I have just put all the names who left some blog love for me over the past couple of weeks into a random name picker and it pulled out DONNA C, So congratulations Donna, you have won the blog candy. I will contact you soon to arrange delivery of your goodies.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Scapbooking for real!

Hey there,

I hope this finds you enjoying a cuppa while browsing for inspiration. I thought it was time to get into the art of scrapbooking, I have many lovely friends who love to scrapbook and keep asking me when I'm going to do some classes for them, well after seeing the lovely page in our current mini (page 11) using the gorgeous presto papers I was inspired along with my lovely friend and now down line Ann to have a play day and create this double page layout. Click on the images for a bigger picture. We used the stamp sets "Friends 24/7", "Lovely letters alphabet", Elements of style and the new set called "Rough type" from the mini. I stamped the images in versa mark clear ink, then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. Then I used Certainly celery, Old Olive ans Soft Suede inks to go over the embossed images to make them appear like magic! The big shot was used to cut out the words "Life and Love" from the "Simple letters" alphabet die as well as all the pretty flowers from the "Birds and Blossoms" die. The little tag in the middle of the flowers is from the mini vintage tags which can also be found in the current mini catalogue.

I love this picture of miss E all dressed in period costume waiting for the "Flying Scotsman" steam train to arrive. She was mad on Thomas the Tank engine and was so excited when we took her on the special train over to Dartmouth for a day out.

I hope you enjoy this project as much as I did making it, if you would like to do this in a class with me please contact me here for bookings.

I promise to pull out a name for the belated blog candy this weekend, so if you haven't left a comment yet you still have a chance to win til Saturday midnight (WA time)

Thanks for stopping by, lots of inky hugs from .....

Sunday, February 13, 2011

The only "Ember'' to fall on our house...

Hello friends, as some of you will know this past week has been one of great trauma for those of us living in the beautiful hills of Perth. Last Sunday we were told to evacuate our property and flee for our safety from some very devastating fires which were way too close for comfort.
Unlike some of our dear friends and neighbours, we were untouched by these awful fires although none the less traumatised by their effects. On the very day these flames set our neighbourhood ablaze we were supposed to take delivery of this gorgeous little creature you can see in the photo, she was a gift from my dear friend Vivi, unbeknown to us she had purchased this gift for us on Australia day and was going to have her delivered last Sunday. Well needless to say that didn't happen. After taking our pets and a few necessary belongings we drove to Fremantle to stay with my eldest daughter where we waited to hear the fate of our family home, we feel so very blessed by all the offers of help we received from old and very new friends, we are so thankful for all your prayers and kind thoughts. We were allowed back to our property the Tuesday after the fires but were still aware of warnings for our area due to winds picking up and embers still alight. After spending yet another sleepless night listening to every sound including helicopters above and fire engines passing our front door on change overs we decided that perhaps it was now safe to take delivery of our newest family member, so my hubby picked her up on his way home from work and we introduced her to the other pets including our dear little blind kitty Polly, it wasn't love at first sniff for her and took her a couple of days to accept this new little bundle of fluff who she now cleans and plays chase with around the house. We have named her Ember as a reminder of the day she was supposed to arrive in our lives.
As before mentioned I feel truly blessed to have such wonderful friendships and to have been able to return to our family home when so many around me were not so lucky, I would like all who read this to take a minute in there lives to say a prayer or think positive thoughts for all those who now have to rebuild their homes and lives due to Black Sunday's fires and also for those who were effected by the awful floods and cyclone across the other side of Australia.
Hugs from....

Friday, February 4, 2011

And now for something completely different....

Hello there,
Now just to throw you all off guard here is a couple of objects I made using one of my many other hobbies..Clay! These were actually two of the very first things I ever made and my hubby got them out to take some photos of them this week, he is teaching art as well as his usual subjects this year and thought these might give the students some inspiration to create, he's chosen mythical creatures as a theme for them to use.
This purple dragon is supposed to resemble the mythical "Purple dragon behind the fridge" you know, the one that steels the single socks and your keys ;-) This little sleepy fellow below was supposed to be a pear, yes you read correctly "a pear" You see this was my second attempt at pinch pots ( one of the first things you make in clay) we were told to take some clay home and make a pear using the pinch pot technique and well, this is my pear!
Of course everyone else in my class brought in their beautiful clay pears to put into the kiln and then the teacher saw this dragon. Who made this ? she asked, I told her how I had started out making a pear and then it just seemed to transform into this sleepy dragon with a belly button. I apologised for not conforming to the set home work and said I would do my best to make the project that was asked of me in the future. To be honest I was never good at any of the useful things you could make in pottery and seemed only to be able to make silly dust collectors like dragons etc.

I just thought you might like to know that little extra snippet about me, I hope you like my dragons and please come back soon for the usual programming "Stamping" which will resume soon. Heehehehe ;-) Lots of inky and clay covered hugs from.....

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lucky last step cards...

Hello and welcome to the lucky last two step cards, I'd just like to take a moment to let any fellow blog surfers in Cairns know that we are praying for your safety tonight and tomorrow, I hope you can all stay safe in this awful storm.
I first saw these step cards on my favourite site SCS and there was a brilliant video on you tube how to make them by the very talented Jackie Topa. So these two cards are a very close C.A.S.E. of hers, the top one is the one my friends all came over to make and the bottom one which has the lovely antique brads on is more like Jackie's. I used some of our gorgeous Victoria lace to resemble some clothing hanging out of the draws and also to tie some cute tiny tags onto a safety pin from the trinkets collection, the two step bird punch was used for the top card's roses but I just hand cut the bottom one, I used a piece of music paper from the news print dsp pack. I really had fun making these cards and will definitely be making some more in the future.
I hope you liked these cards, don't forget to keep the lovely comments coming, maybe you could tell me which was your favourite step card. Take care, lots of inky hugs from....