Friday, July 27, 2012


Yes, Bron! I have finally got around to putting together the lovely elements you sent me to create one of your beautiful Tea Cup Easel cards...and here it is...

I enjoyed my time with Holly this afternoon in my craft room that while she created two more cards herself, I put together the card above following Bronwyn Eastley's step by step tutorial for a Tea Cup Easel Card. Thanks Bron, for my copy!

JAI#128 + more!

Well I have finally got around to posting my card for the latest Just Add Ink challenge and actually getting it finished this afternoon. I had a good reason to be in my craft room as my beautiful niece Holly Huisman was visiting and so I finished work early and her and I had some fun time creating together!

I had been trying to get my card for the challenge finished over the last few nights but doing it late at night after a full day of work, I kept smudging my work and getting disappointed with the this afternoon it came together for me. Holly also had a go at making the same card but with different colours and I think she has done a marvellous job...don't you?

Here is my card....

Here is a closeup of the texture we put on our flower pots!
Then, here is Holly's card...

Now the two of them together, I think she has done an excellent job copying me as I worked, she is only 8 years old!

Maybe we need to recruit her to the JAI Design Team!

After we had made these cards Holly saw a beautiful card that Patrice Easton had made as part of one of our JAI swaps and thought it would be a nice card to make as we made our first Easel Cards!

Here is Patrice's original card we CASED...

Here is Holly's version...

She had fun playing with our Stampin' Up! Pastels on this one!
Here is my version...

Again the two of our cards side by side, just so you can see how talented she is...she also had fun putting everything through the Big Shot...Patrice you really inspired my niece today!

Holly was very particular that the Framelits Label Die was the right way to get the flower stamp centred and the same way that Patrice had on her card. After we had put our cards together Holly then noticed that Patrice had also inked the edges of her stamped panel and had put some lovely shimmer on her flowers which we neglected to do on ours. Maybe next time!

It was fun playing in my craft room this afternoon a great stress release and fun sharing the joy of creating with a very talented young girl...a budding crafter here!

We might even get to do a masculine card after tea if we have time.

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to pop on over to the Just Add Ink blog and join in with this week's challenge and see what other great projects the DT came up with from the inspiration photo that inspired the first card in this post.

Have a lovely weekend.

Monday, July 16, 2012

50th Birthday

One of my friends celebrated her 50th birthday last week and I had started making her card before visitors descended on our home and for whom I had to give up my craft room. As a result I couldn't reach my craft desk until tonight when all beds and bedding were packed away...although my craft room is still not fully set up again...just enough to get to my desk!

So tonight I got to finish the birthday card, which I can share with you all as my friend does not follow my blog...atleast not that I know of! She is too busy to spend time on a computer and does a lot with her girls.

Here is the card that I finished for her, photo taken from a few angles as my light box is not yet set up and I could only take these shots in this basic light...

I thought the occasion deserved some special DSP and so I broke open my beautiful Mocha Morning Specialty DSP pack and used the lovely black flocked piece as my background on Basic Black cardstock. I coloured the Apothecary Art image with my Stampin' Write Markers (Real Red and Glorious Green) and because I just wanted a small black edge I fussy cut the main image and then used the same sized Labels Collection Framelit die to create a small border edge.

I used my Elementary Elegance stamp set for the greeting, inking the words separately with my Basic Black marker to split the words so I could add a subtle '50th' using some Making Memories number stamps and a Tiny Tags Punch to add some emphasis. Some beautiful Black Satin Ribbon added the finishing touch.

As this was a special card and I had used black as my card base I decorated the inside to add a special message from me.

I used the coordinating flourish from Elements of Style stamp set to follow the theme on the inside and again used a Labels Collection Framelit die to create the inside panel.

Now it is time for me go find my bed as I have a full day of appointments tomorrow at work and I need my beauty sleep rest!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 13, 2012

JAI#126 - Sketch Challenge

This post is one that I had scheduled for a while so I hope it doesn't post early and that it works ok for when it is planned.

This Friday the challenge from Just Add Ink is to use a sketch I created...

I made this card for my nephew Reuben's 18th so I hope he liked it, along with his present a 'universal tool' that we also had engraved especially for the occasion...I can share what he got as he would have received it a week or so back now.

I usually struggle with masculine cards but with the sketch this one came together quite quickly and I was happy with the result, my son gave his approval for it, so it must be ok!

Go check out what the other girls did with the sketch and join in the challenge at Just Add Ink this week.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NO crafting for me...

No crafting for me at the moment and this is why, not so much that I am working full-time, but that I have a houseful of visitors AND I CAN'T GET TO MY CRAFT DESK! My craft room has been converted into a backpackers accommodation, so it seems...

I have two nephews visiting (one from Victoria and one from NW Tassie) plus, an Irish backpacker, who is working on one of my nephew's parents' farm on the NW Coast and they are doing some touring of Tassie for a few days.

Oh well, the trade-off for having my own personal crafting space was to also enable it to be converted to a visitor's space when required...this means any of my crafting friends who would like to come and stay and craft with me in this space are more than welcome!

I am so glad that I am ahead with my Design Team commitments for Just Add Ink, so don't forget to come back on Friday and see what this week's challenge is and what I created for it...see you then!


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