Thursday, April 28, 2011

Its been a long time

It has been a long time since I put a post on here. I have been to Nepal, India and New Zealand twice. I have made cards in-betweeen but just never got them on here. I have acquired a few more stamp sets since then including Tess and some monsters so here are some creations with these stamps.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Are you missing me?

If you have been popping into my blog and seeing if there is anything new, then the news is not good for you. I am on holiday at the moment and on one of my adventures to far flung places. You can keep up with me at my Nepal and India blog. I will be back on board in January hopefully stamping in the cool of air conditioning.

Until then have a good time and don't get too caught up in the rush of Christmas and in forgetting what Christmas is all about

Monday, October 11, 2010

A little bit naughty, a little bit nice

I, like many others couldn't resist the challenge from the Just Add Ink blog which involved using pink and bling in celebration of pink ribbon week for breast cancer awareness. I, like many others have done similar cards involving bra's. So, here is my version.

 And, I even got a couple of pink ribbons in there. These cards are so much fun to make but it would have been a bit easier if I had a heart punch instead of cutting by free hand!
I hope you enjoy it and it has added a smile to your day.

The end is in sight

Hi there, I only have three more weeks left in Cairns this year before I have eight weeks off work (see me smile). I haven't had more than a week off at a time in more than two and a half years which has been a long haul. So, I am off to Nepal, India, Wagga Wagga (NSW) and then at last to New Zealand to see my family. Therefore, this weekend is probably the last time for the year that I will get to stamp for an extended period of time. Instead of studying (and getting my research proposal finished) I decided to head up to the coolness of the Tablelands and do some stamping with Adrianne.

One of the things I was determined to do was Makeeshas sketch challenge. The first problem was deciding what ├íre the dimensions of a square card. Is it 10x10cm or 12x12cm or some other measurement? I decided on 12x12cm. So here it is. I must say I quite like it.

The designer paper is the new Stampin Up Elegant Soiree on the background of Kraft, Bashful Blue and Soft Suede (I call it cow poo brown which is probably a bit harsh but see cow poo and soft suede together and you will see the connection - I'm still a farmgirl at heart). The stamp is sincere salutations and the bling is cheap spotlight stuff. I does look better in real life.

And as an add on here is a video of other cards I made over the weekend

Well, I hope you all have a good week. I am off to the Gold Coast on Saturday for a conference (which I am speaking at!).
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Birthday time

Well, not birthday time for me but a few of my workmates have requested birthday cards so birthday cards it is. I took a break from study on Monday and got stamping. It was a wet day here which is starting to be the norm as wet season sets in for another six months. The problem with stamping in wet weather with high humdity is that your card stock is damp and the stamped images turn out blotchy which is dissapointing. I suppose I could have got the hairdryer out.

So, I borrowed Adriannes "wild about you" stamp set and created these cards. Hopefully the video works.

Well, my plan is to do some more over the weekend but I have to do some more work on my research proposal so we will see how it pans out.

Four weeks of work left this year then off to Nepal, India and New Zealand
Sunday, September 12, 2010

Its been a while

I just realised how long it has been since I put a post on here. I have been stamping intermittently. I have had a bit of a time delimma for a couple of months. I desperately need to get my research proposal done for my doctorate before I go on holidays in 7 weeks time while trying to maintain a social life, doing a public speaking course and doing long hours at work. I feel guilty when I say that because I know I am not a mother and that mothers have lots more to juggle but everyone has different demands on their life (and I usually get slammed by mothers for saying that I am busy).

So, today is stamping day and I have finally gotten the chance to do one of Keesha's challenges
And only when I downloaded the picture did I realise that I did mine landscape instead of portrait! I think it is called interpretive freedom

I tried to make a flower but that wasn't happening today so why not take the easy way out.
Anyway...I might be back today
Friday, July 30, 2010

Christmas in July and a day at Paulas

Believe it or not, I have had requests for Christmas cards already...what the? It is only July...well it is almost over but it is still July. So yesterday while I was at Paula's I borrowed some stamps and created some Christmas cards. Today is a bit cloudy, as it has been in Cairns for the last five weeks (its not meant to be at the moment....DRY season time) hence the photos are a bit ordinary
I have not idea what the next stamp is called or where it came from, other than from Paula's box of old stamps

Paula, was making up kits for her ladies craft night at church and was throwing all sorts of scraps out and I took to them like a chicken in dirt. She had managed to cut strips of designer paper and I turned them into a criss cross pattern for the background of the next two cards which turned out really good (I think)

Have a great day

A bit of Cairns Show fun

Years ago I went to the Cairns show (the only time I had been) and remember looking at the baking section and thinking, hey, I could beat that. So, this year I put my actions where my thoughts were and went for it and it turned out to be quite a fun experience. So here are the winners. I just had to enter the packet cake how hard can that be? Note to self: don't try cooking a cake while studying! I burnt the bottom of the cake so chopped the bottom off and still ended up getting first. The thing is...that chocolate cake to the left looked real good and I would eat it before I would eat my cake
I got second in the damper. It didn't quite turn out like a damper but rather as a large scone. The mixture got a bit too wet and the outside didn't chrisp up like it should have.
Second for pikelets...nanna would be so proud. It was her recipe
And highly commended for my famous muffins. My work mates think I got ripped off
I also entered some of my photographs just to see how they would go in a competition and I must say I was thrilled to even get placed. It seems I have a couple of friends who are willing to take me on next year.
Don't ask me what the flower is. As I said to the judge when I picked up my was there so I took a photo of it.

And, finally a third for my Congo kid. I love this photo.
It was a fun experience
Sunday, July 4, 2010

The July collection

Just thought that I would put up some of the cards that I have made over the last wee while. I made these robot cards while at Paulas for a stamping day. I couldn't resist these little robots and they make nice little boy cards.
These cards I made after work at Atherton with Adrianne. She has now set up the 'shed' as a stamping room and I have a few more shifts in Atherton so the stamping gear may be going for a few more trips up the range to Yungaburra
I have no idea what this stamp set is called
And I am still working out how to use this house stamp set more effectively...a work in progress

Some masculine cards using an old (like three years old) scrap pack
And back to my favourite colours
And another attempt at the houses...still a work in progress
and a kiddie card
The end...time to go and cook spagetti bolagnaise for 50 people. My bible study group is on 'welcome in' tonight at church where we have a cook up once a month.
Have a great day

cloudy days

Its dry season here...well it's meant to be. Here in Cairns we have two seasons, not four: wet and dry. Dry season is meant to be dry, sunny and warm instead it has been cloudy with periods of drizzle and very windy which makes it feel very winterish. Dont get me wrong it is still warm compared to the rest of Australia with overnight temperatures getting down to 20 degrees but all the clouds are a bit depressing
So, I have finally unpacked the car of my stamping stuff and got stuck into it last night. I started out by just trying to get Keesha's challenge done. I have participated for a while as May and June were a bit hectic. So here is Keesha's challenge which I actually made three cards for (I don't get to play much so I am making up for it)
Here are the colours that I had to play with. I must say, I really do like rich razzleberry and old olive together.
So here is card number one. I consider this the warm-up card (you know what I mean). At the bottom of the card I add some card spagetti which looks quite cool.

Card number two using Eastern Blooms

And card number three is probably my fav. It looks better when it is in focus and in real life. I have used some chunky glitter on the flowers and added some bling to jazz it up a bit.

Hope you like my creations
By the way Keesha...I am so envious of your Canada trip. If you see some lost looking kiwi farmers then you have found my parents. They are overthere somewhere on a farm tour.