Saturday, May 31, 2008

How to borrow ideas.....

When ever I get tired of translating incomprehensible Coptic texts, I jump online and wander around in blog land checking out the creative efforts of the plethora of talented ladies who put their work out there for the world to see. I have many favourites (really need to update that list....) and every now and then I just see something that makes me go....yeah! I want to try that!

A couple of weeks ago the super talented Makeesha Byl posted this idea for a writing set. I really liked it, having been rather addicted to stationery sets from a young age. She very kindly emailed me the instructions on how to make the folder...but the last few weeks have been kinda busy and I just hadn't gotten around to it yet!

Then, Mish Mash posted this idea for a note card set to give as a gift. Combine the two and voila... a new idea is born. Instead of writing paper inside the stationery set, I would make some cute little note cards.

This is how it looks on the outside.....

This is what you see when you open it up, although I'm thinking it might need some further decoration......
And these are the 8 note cards I made to go inside it....

It was actually really simple and took about half an hour to whip it up. The folio is made of my very last piece of textured Wild Wasabi 12x12 CS (Reminder to self to order MORE). The cards themselves are just a quarter of Wild Wasabi CS topped with a slightly smaller piece of Very Vanilla. I've stamped the 'thank you' from Short and Sweet at the top and popped on a piece of Certainly Celery DSP from the Pallet of Prints and it was done. They are just flat note cards and don't open, perfect for sending off a quick thank you note. I placed some Very Vanilla envelopes in behind, punched a couple of holes in the edge and tied some Celery ribbon to hold it closed.

On the front is some Very Vanilla layered onto Pretty in Pink and decorated with Garden Whimsy butterflies in Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink and Orchid Opulence. The Ladybugs are in Elegant Eggplant. The flowers are Primas with a silver brad through the middle and popped up on dimensionals.

It was super easy and quick to make and although I had thought about giving it as a gift to someone, I've now decided that it will be really handy to have for I like it and I'm not gonna share!!!!

Hope you have a great day,


Wednesday, May 28, 2008

For my Mama

I really have the bestest upline and group of SU ladies, not only do they offer help and support, but they also organise great sharing things, like the ribbon share. Recently there was an image swap, where a whole bunch of people stamped out images and we all got a heap of stamped stuff that I wouldn't have had otherwise. Tonight I got motivated and made this card for my mum using a couple of the things I received in the swap.

I started with this great 'Stipple Rose' that I coloured with my Markers in Bush Blossom, Apricot Appeal, Mellow Moss and Old Olive, blending the colours with the Blender Pen. I mounted that onto some Mellow Moss CS and then onto an Apricot Appeal card base. I stuck on some Mellow Moss gg ribbon and the 'Delight' from 'Life Definitions', cause Mama is definitely a delight! I distressed the edge of the sentiment and ran the Moss Marker around the edge to make it stand out a bit.

I'll pop it into the post tomorrow, just to let her know how much I'm looking forward to going to visit her up there in sunny Queensland...only a week and a half to go and I'll be on my way to almost two weeks of delightful time with my family. It's so hard living so far away from them and I miss them all soooooo much.
Hope you're all having a fabulous day,

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


Wednesday the 28th of May is my darling sister Madonna's birthday. So go on over to her blog...the link is just there on the right, and wish her a great big happy birthday. She called me today to let me know she got her card so I can show you now.

I'm waaaay too tired to write up the recipe right now, but the cake is from the retired hostess set 'Blooming with Happiness'. I love, love, love this set and made Mad sell it to me. The rest is pretty obvious: Choc Chip and Pretty in Pink, lots of glitter, ribbon and pretties. I think she liked it and even if she didn't, she'd lie and say she did, cause she's such a great sister LOL!

Have a fabulous day Mad.....with lots of CAKE!!!

Kristie xxxooo

Presentation DONE

Hi there! Well the presentation is done and apart from the fact that my PowerPoint wouldn't work due to the fact that I have Office 2007 and the laptop they were using only had 2003 and they're apparently not compatible, it went well. I kept them all entertained by saying, if I wasn't technologically challenged, here you would see a slide that has....

So, if the applause level at the end of my talk was anything to go by, I think they found it interesting. Afterwards a few of us who were just so glad it was all over went to the uni bar and had a few drinks... so no pretty pictures to show today. Everything I've done in the past few days has been for my sister's birthday pressies and I can't show them here just yet. I had intended to do some creating last night, but as the presentations were over by 4pm and I didn't actually get home til 9.30.... well you can imagine that my plans for making some more tags for the Caardvarks challenge didn't pan out. I hardly ever drink and was led astray by all those crazy Ancient Historians....honest!

Thanks for all your good luck wishes, I really appreciated them.

BTW, the other ribbon box is definitely going to be green, as that seems to be the consensus amongst my talented and generous blog friends. Probably celery... I am happy to report that the ribbons in the purple box seem very happy with their new home and are being very well behaved....the only problem is they are sitting right where I can see them all the time and keep calling out to be used in a project!

So, I'm off to finish another Coptic assignment due today (eeekkk!) and hopefully tomorrow will have time to make those tags.... the ribbons really like being on a tag and I'd hate to disappoint them!

Have a great day,

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Ribbon, ribbon everywhere.....

How gorgeous is all of this ribbon!!!! A few weeks back my lovely sister and upline Madonna organised a ribbon share, so I am now the proud owner of at least 1 metre of every kind and colour of SU ribbon (except the 'Ribbon Originals' packs - but they're on the list). I forgot to add the double stitched in-colour ribbons that I 'had' to buy to share with my Mum for her Mother's day pressie, but you can see them a few posts down....
Anyway, once I got all of this delicious ribbon my dilemma was... how to store it? I live in a share house, so everything is all in one room - it's my bedroom, study and craft room all in one, so it's essential to be organised or I'd never find anything! It is a big room though...lucky for me cause I have waaaaay too much stuff!
So the solution was to get a couple of these cool Kaiser ribbon storage boxes. They come plain so you can decorate them however you like:
So.... I got out my acrylic paints and concocted this awesome purple colour...I think I might call it Kristie purple (LOL). I then stuck the box together with some Crystal Effects...Mad tells me that anything stuck down with CE is NEVER moving again! Then I had fun decorating the top. I used some of the SU 'Cherished Memories' rub-ons for the corner bits...don't they look cute? Then I stuck on some primas held together with silver brads and ran a piece of Elegant Eggplant grosgrain across the top.

This was such a fun project to do and I've still got another one to complete later this week after I've done this presentation and an assignment (yuck!). I'm not sure what colour to do the other one. Purple is my favourite colour, but I don't want them to be the same....that's just boring!

Any suggestions????

Now I just have to decide which of the lucky ribbons gets to go in this fab purple box.... the others will be so disappointed if I can't come up with something cool for the other one.....

Have a great day


Saturday, May 24, 2008

I've been soooo busy....honest!

Sorry I haven't posted this week, but the darn PhD is interfering with my craft time! I have to give a presentation on my dissertation topic on Monday to both my supervisors, the head of school and all the other first year PhD students in the school..... it's starting to freak me out a bit. It's so much work, writing the damn thing, making a PowerPoint slide show and a handout. Honestly! Everyone knows that it's probably going to change at least six times between now and when it's actually finished. I swear they only do it to annoy us!

Enough about the boring stuff.... on to the fun stuff. Since I haven't had much time and all my creativity has been sucked up by the presentation, I took inspiration from the SCS challenges and combined the latest sketch and colour combo challenges to produce this:

It's a Blue Bayou card base, layered with Soft Sky and Whisper White. The images are from Garden Whimsy and inked in Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Certainly Celery. The DSP is Celery paper from the gorgeous Palette of Prints pack and the sentiment is from 'Warm Words' and inked in Blue Bayou (I think this is becoming my favourite of the in colours!) It's not exactly earth shattering but I liked it.

The second challenge I completed last night is from Caardvarks. The challenge is to make a tag inspired by a month of the year...or just go on and make 12 of em...which I'd love to do but NO TIME!!! I decided to make mine about July, cause that's when my birthday is and I LOVE BIRTHDAYS! Can you guess what date mine is????

I used a chipboard tag from 'On Board Accents' and covered it in Almost Amethyst card stock. I then stamped the 'wish big' and the tiny little cupcakes from 'Short and Sweet' in Elegant Eggplant.... cause what's a birthday with cake and wishes. Of course birthdays also need balloons and flowers. The balloons are punched out of Pretty in Pink, Lovely Lilac and Elegant Eggplant CS, with the little shiny thing (whatever you call it) drawn in white gel pen and then some of them were popped up on Dimensionals and covered in Crystal Effects to make them shiny. The strings were drawn in with EE Marker. I printed the 10 out on the computer and cut it out and also covered it in CE to make it shiny. The July is stamped in EE ink with the Short Order alphabet. The flowers are Primas and held together with a purple 'Ice' rhinestone brad and a silver brad with a glue dot on top dipped in glitter (more shiny shiny). There's a jump ring through the hole in the top of the tag and there's heaps of different SU ribbon tied on: Pretty in Pink grosgrain, taffeta and gingham, white gg, Eggplant gg and the wider gg in Regal Rose. The longer piece of EE ribbon is so I can hang it up...cause when I was finished making it I liked it so much I wanted to look at it all the time. So there you go, all the things I like about birthdays all packed onto one little tag. It was heaps of fun to make and if I get a chance I might even do some more.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have a great day.


Monday, May 19, 2008

It's ALL Lauren's fault.....

that I am now addicted to "I can has cheezburger?"

It's too funny!

This one's my favourite:

Or maybe this one.....

Ahh too many to choose from!!!

Check 'em out...


Sunday, May 18, 2008

More Challenges

It's been a busy few days here. My sister and her hubby flew down from Brisbane, not just to visit me, but because my brother-in-law was filming a segment for the New Inventors. For non-Aussies, it's a show that has people who've invented something as a way to get their products out there. My BIL invented this cool camera system that can detect the difference between different animals that walk in front of it and open a gate to let them into the watering trough, or not, depending on what they are. I'm probably not explaining it very well, but I'm an ancient historian!!!! It's actually really cool and has lots of different applications, especially for remote areas and preventing feral animals from getting in where they don't belong. I got to go see the show being filmed, hang out in the green room and meet some of the judges - too much fun!

Anyway, after all that excitement I've been too tired to do much and so I'm finally getting around to putting up the cards I made for the other two challenges for our Cyberstamp night.

This one was for the colour challenge. The colours were Groovy Guava, Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. I've used the Baroque Motifs set and the sentiment is from Short and Sweet. The rest is pretty obvious....oh and there's also a bit of Choc Chip taffeta ribbon there on the left.

The other challenge was a sketch challenge and Alisa choose the Mojo Monday Sketch No. 37. As I had planned on doing it anyway I thought that was a great choice, LOL!!!
For my card I used the colour combo from last week's SCS challenge: Lovely Lilac, Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery. The tulips are from Garden Whimsy and the Sentiment is from Warm Words. I also used some Celery DSP from the 6x6 Palette of Prints promotion and some green Rhinestone Brads to hold on the Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon.

The card is actually not that crooked, it's my appalling photography skills!

I probably won't have much to post over the next week. I'm VERY busy working on my sister's birthday present, which is actually much more time consuming than I thought when I originally decided to do it. It's an 'Inspiration Book' (it's ok - she knows what I'm making cause I had to check she didn't actually have anything like that before I started! and she's already got the stamp set I bought for her.... no point in having it here for me to drool over!) and it's going to have all kinds of cool stuff inside - like sketches, colour combos, pages for notes.... and maybe a few surprises. I'm decorating it in her favourite SU! colours, with lots of pretty embellishments etc. When I'm finished I'm going to make one for myself too. I think it's such a good idea to have a book to turn to for when you need a little inspiration! If you have any good ideas for what I should include in it, let me know!

Thanks for stopping by


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Cyberstamp Challenge

Hi there, just a quick post to show you one of the cards I've made for our monthly Cyberstamp Night. The first Challenge was to CASE a card from anywhere and change either the stamp set used or the colour combo. I just got Bugs and Kisses this week and I really wanted to use it, so I cased the card from the Catalogue, p. 66, changing the colours.

My best friends daughter is 7 now and ever since she was tiny she has had a love of strange and creepy critters. Her mother is constantly finding various bugs and lizards living in containers in her room. So I thought I would use some "Holly" colours and send it off to her, I think she'll love it!

While the catty used Wasabi, White and various blues, I've gone for Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla, Passion Pink and Orchid Opulence for the CS. The inks were Celery, Orchid, and Lovely Lilac for the Grasshopper, which is also clear embossed. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark and embossed in Gold. The catty version has a button on the right hand side, which I replaced with a large Fire brad in Pink. The one from the catty has machine stitching along the bottom as well, but I've just done one row of piercing under the Vanilla. I think it turned out quite well, but we'll have to wait and see what Holly thinks.

Thanks for looking, gotta run,


Monday, May 12, 2008

Challenge Complete & being tagged

I DID IT!!! I finally managed to complete the challenge Madonna set me to make a card using the scary (for me) Cameo Coral. It took me ages to come up with something that was even remotely presentable and much CC card stock ended up in the recycle bin! However, I am reasonably happy with the result. In the end I resorted to flowers and glitter - I mean how can you go wrong?

The other "requirements" of the challenge were Not Quite Navy and Whisper White, so that's the card stock I used. The flowers are punched out with the awesome five petal punch and doubled up. They are held together with Antique Brass Hodgepodge Hardware brads, and the frame at the base is also from the same Hodgepodge and held on with brads. The stems and leaves are from Bodacious Bouquet and the sentiment is from Short and Sweet, all stamped in Wild Wasabi (not part of the challenge but I don't care!) The edge of the White CS is distressed and there is some very pretty Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on the flowers (as well as all over the whole card, cause it goes anywhere it likes and I can't stop it)

As if my darling sister hadn't tortured me enough, this morning I awoke (kinda late) to find I had been "tagged". Now I'm supposed to
1. Link your tagger and list these rules on your blog.
2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog .

So, you can go visit my sister here.

As for 7 random and/or weird facts about myself, well the hardest thing is to choose just 7 LOL!

1. I ALWAYS eat chocolate cake for breakfast on my birthday.

2. I can read classical Greek and Coptic* but I can't decipher the instructions for using the manual settings on my digital camera - weird huh?

3. I am the eldest of 5 children, 2 brothers and 2 sisters (I am the "good" sister referred to in Madonna's post in case you were wondering!)

4. I am claustrophobic because the "evil" sister and our brother locked me in a chest freezer when we were kids and I almost suffocated - 'cept my wonderful Mum saved me just in time!

5. I broke my elbow in 4 places after being thrown from a horse when I was 10, I only cried when my Mum told me I wouldn't be able to go away to camp that weekend.

6. I love movies in which stuff gets blown up! Best blowing stuff up movie of all time is Independence Day, closely followed by DIE HARD (any number).

7. I like crunchy food, especially potato chips, but basically anything crunchy (except celery -blech!). I actually get cravings for crunchy food, like you get cravings for chocolate (although I crave that too!)

Right, as a well known rule breaker I am not going to tag 7 people (mostly cause I don't "know" 7 people with blogs who haven't already been tagged)... instead I shall blatantly steal Lauren's idea and say...
If you are reading this and you want to be tagged, you are.
If you are reading this and you don't want to be tagged, you're not.
If you are not reading this you are ineligible to play!

Finally, if you'd like to see the other two cards that I made for the Elite Challenge, head on over to They are in the sections labeled: CC Mossy Rocks, SSC Baroque Motifs, and the one from earlier is in SC 9. You will also be able to check out the work of some uber talented stampers while you're there.

Right, that's it for now. I really have to finish the assignment (due tomorrow).

*Coptic is the final form of the ancient Egyptian language from about the third century AD to when it was replaced by Arabic as the official language of Egypt. It uses the Greek alphabet plus an extra 6 letters. I believe that people stopped using it cause the verbs are WAAAAY tricky!

Thanks for looking, and have a fantastic day,


Sunday, May 11, 2008

A Fortune

Sorry, not talking money, but rather COOKIES!!!

As I mentioned in a previous post, the ever entertaining Lauren of "...all the GOOD blog names were taken" (see blog list to the right) has some amazing and ...well, entertaining, things on her site. If you've never been there,! Make a cuppa, sit back and prepare to laugh.

Today while seriously procrastinating about finishing my translation for the Coptic Dialects class, I came across this wonderful site via Lauren's blog: "Miss Fortune's Cookies" at the same place where I got my super cool title...

If you go here, enter the requested info, and press the magic button, you too will get a fabulous fortune, not like those weird ones you find in fortune cookies at Chinese restraurants nowadays!

My fortune for the day is:
Never try to tapdance with parrots on a shrub.

I, personally, think that this is excellent advice for a number of reasons, all of which you can probably work out for yourself!

Well, that said I have to go and procrastinate some more. In the spirit of great procrastination, I may come back later and post a pic of another Elite Challenge card...or I may just procrastinate about that too...... :)

Have a great day

Saturday, May 10, 2008


OK, well the challenge from Madonna to use Cameo Coral turned out to be just that, a real challenge. Everything I've come up with so far has been....ordinary to say the least. I am quite determined to try again, but in the meantime....

Kristina Werner's challenges are always interesting and this week she used another colour I don't particularly like much - Pumpkin Pie. However, I'm actually quite happy with the way the card tuned out - except when I photographed it I noticed that some of it is a little crooked - but hey, that's the beauty of handmade things - the little imperfections, right? LOL

Here's the pic that was the inspiration for the challenge:

And here's my card:
I used Bashful Blue CS for the base, Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla CS and some gorgeous Brilliant Blue DSP and CS. The sentiment is the ever popular (in my craft area anyway) Short and Sweet, as is the tiny flower on the scallop punch circle. The layout is from Poetic Artistry's Mojo Monday week 36 sketch. Oh, and the ribbon is the stripped Bashful Blue. Looking at this bad photo it looks even more crooked than it is IRL. LOL!

The next card is for the Elite Challenges, organised by our fabulous upline to challenge us. There are three challenges each month, a sketch, a colour combo and a stamp set. This one is for the sketch challenge and when I work out how to upload it to the site I will!

I used my all time favourite colour combo for this one: Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red and Regal Rose, with a bit of Very Vanilla thrown in to lighten it up a bit. The ribbon is the 1/4" grosgrain in Eggplant and the butterfly and sentiment come from Garden Whimsy and are stamped in Eggplant too. I pierced the butterfly trail and prettied her up with a couple of pink 'Fire' rhinestone brads, one medium and one small. I usually leave the inside of my cards blank, but for this one I stuck in some Vanilla CS (it's a bit hard to see any writing on the Eggplant) and stamped the butterfly again with Eggplant and the little beetles in Rose Red in the other corners.
I'm really happy with the way this one turned out.... Maybe I could just post it to myself ~hehehe~

Thanks for looking, hope you have a great day,


Thursday, May 8, 2008

Nikki's Inspiration Challenge #1

The gorgeous Nikki @ issued a challenge, and for once I had the time and inclination to play along. If you go on over to her site you'll see the pretty floral picture (from an email from Hallmark - yes Nikki that is ironic!!) that inspired her to issue the challenge. While mine is not as "pretty" as either the original pic nor Nikki's cards inspired by it, I was actually quite happy with the way it turned out.

The colors were: Soft Sky, Groovy Guava, Pretty in Pink, Always Artichoke and Very Vanilla. The flowers, leaves and stems are from Bodacious Bouquet, with the leaves and stems stamped in Artichoke and the flowers in Soft Sky and Guava on my very last scrap of Pretty in Pink CS (definitely time to order more!). That was matted onto Soft Sky and then onto Groovy Guava CS and then onto a Vanilla card base. "Wish Big" from Short and Sweet, was stamped in Guava onto Soft Sky and punched out with the large oval punch, before popping it into a large Antique Brass oval of Hodgepodge Hardware. That was then attached to the Guava ribbon with Brass brads. The Bodacious Bouquet makes it less soft and pretty than the original, but I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

Thanks for challenging me, Nikki, I've never used those colours together before. Tomorrow I'm going to (hopefully) post something I was challenged to use my my darling sister (and upline) Madonna - Cameo Coral. We've been having a discussion about Groovy Guava - I really like it, she's still not so sure, because she really likes Cameo Coral and I think it's a bit.... um bright??
Anyway, I've promised to make something using it and hopefully I'll get that done tonight and posted up here for her to see tomorrow. If it's really ugly I might just send it to her.... Love you Mad!

Thanks for looking, hope you've had a great day.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

A little weirdness to brighten your day

A few days ago I was hopping around various blogs and came across the most totally awesome blog by Lauren: ...all the GOOD blog names were taken. You can go check it out for yourself, however a word of caution... DO NOT READ THIS BLOG IF YOU HAVE A BEVERAGE IN YOUR MOUTH... otherwise said beverage may end up all over your keyboard, your screen, and who knows where else. This is one seriously funny lady :)

Tonight, while going back through old posts from last year I found a very strange post that led me to this site: "Your Peculiar Aristocratic Title" @

Go here and get yourself a new title. I like my new one even better than the idea of being Dr. Morrison! From now on I shall be known as,
Countess Kristie the Infinite of Kesslington under Ox
For some reason being Infinite totally appeals to me, not quite sure about the under Ox part, but that's just life isn't it - you gotta take the bad with the good.

Go, get your new title and send me a post or email and let me know what it is.

Thanks Lauren

Goodnight all, from:

Countess Kristie the Infinite of Kesslington under Ox (can you tell I REALLY like it?)

Some Garden Whimsy

I LOVE the Garden Whimsy stamp set, especially that cute little snail! Who would have thought a snail could be called cute? I've made a few cards using it, but here's just a couple.

This first one is stamped in Orchid Opulence and Wild Wasabi on Whisper White CS. I very carefully inked the top of the tulip with the Orchid ink and the bottom with the Wasabi. The butterfly is in Orchid and the snail in Wasabi. It's matted onto a piece of Wild Wasabi CS and then onto an Orchid Opulence card . The sentiment is stamped in Pretty in Pink and the edges of the white CS are inked in Orchid too.

This second card was really very quick and easy to make. The base is Blue Bayou and the butterfly and the lady beetles are stamped in Purely Pomegranate and the snail in Wild Wasabi. The flower was made by punching 5 ovals from Purely Pomegranate CS with the small oval punch and they're held together at the bottom with a Fire Rhinestone brad in pink. It was stuck on with Dimensionals and the stem is a piece of Wild Wasabi Ribbon. I made the leaves by cutting two small pieces of Wasabi ribbon, looping them over and securing them with glue dots. Finally the sentiment is from Short and Sweet and stamped in Blue Bayou.

Thanks for looking, I hope you're having a great day, wherever you are.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Inside the Box

I've been feeling a little blah today and haven't made anything new, so I thought I'd post a couple of pics of some of the cards I made to put inside Gran's Mother's day box.

These three cards were made using the Simply Scrappin' Crew Kids Girl and the flower from the Be Happy set with Certainly Celery and Rose Red inks. I've made heaps of stuff using that kit and have barely put a dent in it - they are excellent value for the money and I'll be getting a couple of the other designs very soon.

This card is made with Whisper White and Real red card stock. The poppy is from the 'Oh So Lovely' hostess set and inked up with Real Red and Glorious Green markers and the 'best wishes' sentiment is from 'Short and Sweet' done in white. It's very plain and simple but IRL it looks really amazing (IMO). I thought about adding some ribbon or something to it, but in the end decided that its simplicity was what was most effective.

This one was made with my new favourite 'Baroque Motifs'. The base card is River Rock and the Panels are Rose Red and Sahara Sand. The swirls are stamped in River Rock and the flowers in Rose Red. The 'Cherish' sentiment is stamped in Rose Red and punched out with the large oval punch and the edges inked in Rose Red to help it stand out. I REALLY love this stamp set - it is so versatile and pretty.

Hope you've all had a fantastic day - the weather here in Sydney couldn't have been more perfect considering all the rain we had last month, glorious blue sky and a perfect temp of about 22 deg. (Celsius).

Thanks for looking,


Sunday, May 4, 2008

Mother's Day

As you are all aware, Mother's Day is next Sunday and I've been busy making things for my lovely Mum and Grandma. They are both really special to me and I wanted to make them something that would show how much they mean to me. My Mum informed me last week that she didn't want a "mushy" card!!!! So I decided that I would just keep it fairly plain and simple (that's kinda my style anyway!).

So for this card I've just used Very Vanilla and Wild Wasabi card stock, Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate ink, and the stamps are the swirls from 'Baroque Motifs', the 'love you' and tiny hearts from 'Short and Sweet' and the 'Short Order' alphabet. There's a bit of piercing in the bottom corners for interest.

For Gran's card I used Orchid Opulence and Pretty in Pink card stock and ink. the swirls and little flowers from 'Baroque Motifs', the 'wonderful' from 'Wonderful Favourites' and the 'Short Order' alpha. The butterfly is from 'Garden Whimsy' - I LOVE this set and will be using it a lot in the future. Oh, there's a bit of Dazzling Diamonds on the Butterfly wings as well and it's popped up on a dimensional.

For their gifts I got a couple of mdf boxes from my local craft store 'Riot' and for Gran's box I covered it with Brilliant Blue DSP with a panel of BB card stock at the top of the lid. I painted the edges and the inside of the box with paint I mixed to be almost the exact colour of BB - the secret to getting a good match was to add a little violet to the mixture of blue and white paint! Gran's box will be filled with cards and envelopes - she is completely amazing and never forgets any one's birthday or anniversary and I know she will love not having to go to the shops to buy cards for a while :)

Mum's box was painted a pale green that's pretty close to Certainly Celery and the top and inside of the box were covered using Celery DSP in the new 6x6 Palette O Prints that's on sale for the month of May. Mum's box is full of 6.5m of all of the new double stiched in colour ribbons, and there's some Wild Wasabi ribbon arround the top of the box. After taking the pics I realised that it needs a little touching up - it's amazing what a bit of bright sunlight shows up!!

Thanks for looking and I hope you all have a fabulous Mother's Day next Sunday.


Saturday, May 3, 2008


Hello to all who've stopped by... I'm sorry there have been no posts for the past few days but unfortunately we have had no Internet access. The wireless router and/or the modem had a tantrum and died!!! Today my amazing landlady spent hours and some $$ to buy us a new modem/router in one and install it. So we are back in business. However, I have no batteries in my camera to take pictures of all the lovely creations I made while suffering from Internet withdrawal!!!

I solemnly promise that I will get batteries first thing tomorrow and will have something to show ASAP.


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