Friday, 23 December 2016

Merry Christmas and Advent Calendars

Last Christmas Nana bought our Girls some reusable advent calendars.  This year our Eldest Daughter came up with the idea to turn the boxes around as they counted down to Christmas. 

However they didn't like the plain brown MDF look as only the front faces of the boxes are painted.  So, we grabbed some Designer Series Paper (This Christmas DSP) and got to work. 

Here are some photos of the calendars earlier in the month near the beginning of the countdown

and now, as we near Christmas, as more goodies have been collected and more boxes are turned around...

One chose to cover all her boxes with the same pattern of paper and the other chose two different patterns.  Don't they look great now that more have been turned around?  Which one do you like best?

Merry Christmas to everyone, I hope you have a wonderful time. 

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Another masculine birthday card

So here is another of my birthday cards from November.  This time it is Hubby's birthday card. 

I've used the new Stitched Shapes framelits dies to cut all the DSP squares and to cut the white square in the middle. 

Have you noticed how I've used a DSP that sounds feminine (Floral Boutique) but can actually be quite masculine?

And on the inside it simply says:

Cardstock: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper
Stamps: Guy Greetings, Thoughtful Banners, Designer Tin of Cards
Ink: Night of Navy, Smoky Slate
Other: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

For Lucy

I made this picture in memory of our fur baby (our first 'baby') Lucy whom we lost recently.  

She was very much an outdoor cat.  She didn't like being inside - in fact, she hated the rain because it meant she either got wet or she was stuck inside.  One of her favourite spots in the garden was here, towards the back under those trees in the shade

So I tried to make the picture to show her in her favourite spot.  We miss you Lucy, always thinking of you.

8 Jan 2005 - 28 November 2016

Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink: Cucumber Crush, Garden Green, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Early Espresso
Stamps: Sheltering Tree, Totally Trees, Sitting Here
Other: Frame

Saturday, 10 December 2016

An alternative use for the Pompom trim

Have you noticed the Whisper White Pompom trim on page 179 of the Annual Catalogue?  Well, here's an alternative use for it for you - I've just finished sewing this dress for Daughter #1, and can you see what's around the bottom?

Yep - Pompom trim.  Here's a closer look

Doesn't it add a cute touch to the dress? 

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Birthday for a Gardener

My daughter helped me to make this card for Grandad for his birthday.  We started by looking through my stamps to find masculine ones and when we saw Gift from the Garden we knew it was appropriate because Grandad likes to garden.

We then found the Seasonal Decorative Masks (which are currently on special - check it out by clicking the blue link).  You get four in the pack and there was one in particular we thought went very well with a gardening theme.  What do you think?

We used the sponge brayers to sponge Old Olive ink over the mask and we made our own background.  To get the pots different colours we used Stampin' Write Markers to colour directly onto the stamp. 

We stamped on a separate piece of whisper white cardstock the watering can and cut it out.  We added water drops from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set and positioned the watering can appropriately. 

We'd love to know what you think of this card?  Please leave us a comment below and let us know.

Cardstock: Whisper White, Old Olive
Stamps: Gift from the Garden, Sprinkles of Life, Balloon Celebration (sentiment)
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Old Olive, Garden Green, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow (retired)
Other: Seasonal Decorative Masks, Sponge Brayers, Paper Snips, Lots of Labels

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

Braided birthday card

I did say I had a lot of birthdays coming up to show you the cards for.  Here is another one I made for hubby's Mum. 

She liked the braided technique which is really very simple.  If you'd like to learn out to do this please let me know and we can organize a class on this technique.

Cardstock: Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Old Olive, Wisteria Wonder
Stamps: Rose Wonder (sentiment)
Other: Stampin' Write Markers, Floral Affection Embossing folders,