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.
Thursday, May 13, 2010

Challenge time :)

Tis challenge time. I have had a big fortnight with having to do two big presentations of my PhD work and needed to de-stress when I got home from work yesterday.

Last week I was in Wagga Wagga (Now there is an Aussie place name for you! Pronounced Wogga Wogga!) and Bathurst for University and then this week I have been doing a three day workshop on how to deal with the ever increasing numbers of violent and aggressive patients. It was an informative workshop but I am feeling a little sore from all the man handling (though the man handling was particularly pleasant!).

My plan was to do the inkspirations sketch challenge and the Just add ink challenge and while I have done a card for both, I was too late getting the Just add ink challenge photographed and blogged. I did do other challenges last night and they are below on my blog.
So, here was the sketch challenge.
And here is my take on it. I am still hooked on rich razzleberry and old olive. They just go so well together.
Anyway...need to cook some dinner. The next door neighbours have a roast cooking and it smells so yummy. Very tempting to do something similar...

Clean and simple challenge 89

Well, I have had a challenging challenge night. I thought that while I had all my stamping stuff out, I might as well polish off a few challenges for some fun.

I really do like the clean & simple challenges as they are just that....clean & simple. I am usually one for lots of layers, bling etc but these challenges force me to think simpler. Here is the sketch
And here is my interpretation. Again, sorry that the picture is not that good. The sun was setting while I was trying to take the pic.
I used the eastern blooms (SU) stampset for the flowers using purely pomegrante ink. The card stock was old olive and river rock. I couldn't resist a bit of bling.

Brown, Blue and white

Brown, blue and white...mmm. Sounds easy right? Sometimes it is those challenges that leave you with so many options that are the hardest. I dont have many shades of blue left in my scrap box or even in my box of card stock.

Brown, blue and white is the colour challenge from the stamping sisters in Christ blog. While most of the cards shown for this challenge have lovely Bible verses...mine does not. I dont seem to have a large supply of Bible verse stamps so went for something that was a bit sacred...a wedding card. I usually have a supply of these but the box is looking a bit empty. it is. The photo is not that good. I left for work before the sun rose and came home just as it was setting
Saturday, April 24, 2010

Clean & Simple #87

And clean & simple it is. How quick is it to make a card? This has been made from scraps and I am surprised at how well it turned out. Here is the sketch from clean & simple
And here is my take on it
Card stock: Whisper white, rich razzleberry, old olive, cottage window designer series paper
Ink: Rich razzleberry
Stamp sets: Think happy thoughts and whimsical words
So so easy

Humidity, humidity, humidity

Well, it has been a really humid day here in Cairns. The journal articles that I am meant to be reading for my doctorate feel all damp and now when I go to stamp, my cardstock is all soggy. This means that you dont get the nice crisp images (hence stamps having a blotchy look). It is so humid today I have actually turned on the air con which is unusual for this time of year.

So my method of procrastination today was Keesha's challenge. Thinking that a card would be too quick (and then I would have to study again) I went for something a little 3D. Keesha's challenge this week was a colour challenge. I have never done a 3D thing like this. They are quite fiddly. Here are the colours:
And here is the creation. A little box. I am not sure I have used the right blue as it has come out of the scrap bag but I know the rest of the colours are right.
The stamp set is cottage garden from the autumn/winter mini. The 'for you' is from vintage labels. It is funny how you look at a stamp set in a catalogue and think 'yeah, I could do lots with that' and then when you get it, it seems a bit more difficult than you thought. That is my feeling towards the 'cottage garden' stamp set at the moment.
This is the back side of the box with a little tag. For a fiddly little creation I think it turned out quite well.
Maybe I should do some dusting. Its a bit embarrasing when you can see it in the photo. Perhaps that is what I will do next to procrastinate.
I have more of this weekends creations in the previous post (I have been procrastinating alot!).
Have a good weekend

I have been razzled

It has been a big week and the next couple are going to be even bigger. I have just recently got some new stuff and have been wanting to try them out but finding the time has been the challenge but finally I have got my stamping stuff out and given it a go, even if I have felt guilty for doing so when I know I have so much study to do before I go to Wagga NEXT WEEKEND! But the temptation got to me too much.

I think I have fallen in love with rich razzleberry. It goes so well with old olive. I have a wall in my bedroom painted in rich razzleberry (maybe more of a grape colour but similar). My first card is my attempt at two step stamping. You should have seen me twirling my stamp-a-majig around trying to work out which way to stamp. I got a few wrong before I got these four.
Cardstock: Old olive, rich razzleberry, soft suede and whisper white
Ink: Old olive and rich razzleberry
Stamp set: Cottage garden
Ribbon: Rich razzleberry grosgrain ribbon

Attempt number two was the two step stamping. I must remember to measure before cutting. My intention was for the main panel to be a bit shorter so that it didn't cover my hodgepodge but it didn't happen. I added some bling to give it just a bit more pop.
Cardstock: Old olive, melon mambo, soft suede, rich razzleberry and whisper white
Ink: Old olive, rich razzleberry
Stampset: Cottage garden, whimsical words
Ribbon: Old olive grosgrain ribbon

These two cards were the resurrection of a failed attempt at making tags and sort of happened at the end of the night when I found some scraps.
Cardstock: Old olive (of course), soft suede, melon mambo, rich razzleberry, cottage wall designer paper
Stampset: happy moments
Ink: Basic black

And because I really love the pocket silhouette stampset I thought I would give my new favourite colour combination a go. Again this was from the scrap heap. The card is not the conventional size.
Cardstock: Old olive, soft suede, rich razzleberry, whisper white
Stamp set: Pocket silhouettes
Ink: rich razzleberry
Ribbon: rich razzleberry grosgrain ribbon

Still not willing to give up the new colours, I carried on with another favourite stamp set and made this simplistic card.Card stock: soft suede, melon mambo
Stamp sets: Easter blooms and best yet
Ink: Rich razzleberry, basic black

I actually made two cards that were similar (not something I usually do!) but they are still slightly different.
Cardstock: Old olive, soft suede, rich razzleberry, whisper white, cottage wall designer paper
Stamp set: Pocket silhouettes, best yet
Ink: rich razzleberry
Ribbon: rich razzleberry grosgrain ribbon and whisper white taffeta
And just for something different (uggg!) I went back to my good old faithful colour combination. I also discovered I am down to my last piece of chocolate chip (how did that happen!). I was attempting to get a vintage look but think I missed the mark!
Cardstock: Creamy caramel, cameo coral, chocolate chip, whisper white and some designer paper that I dont know the name of.
Stampset: One of a kind
Ink: Chocolate chip and cameo coral
Ribbon: Choc chip satin ribbon
Other bits: Brass hodgepodge, button (button latte), hemp twine

And lucky last, another one from easter blooms. This one looks quite fresh in real life. Overcast days make it so hard to get good photos!
Cardstock: Old olive, rich razzleberry, melon mambo, whisper white, cottage wall designer paper.
Stamp set: Eastern blooms, best yet (friends)
Ink: rich razzleberry
Ribbon: rich razzleberry grosgrain ribbon
Buttons from button bouquet collection
Hope you have enjoyed my creations. There may be more this weekend. I haven't packed all my stamping stuff away yet.
Have a good weekend