Tuesday, 26 April 2016

A Card for a Very Special Birthday

Hello everyone and welcome!  I hope you are having a lovely day.
A very special welcome to all my followers, old and new.  Thank you all so much for joining me on my creative journey.  I really hope you will find a little inspiration here.

I'm back to share a very special masculine card with you.  This one was made for my oldest Grandson who turned 21 last weekend.  Have to say, it's a bit of a shock to the system knowing I have a 21 year old grandchild.  Where did all those years go??  I must have been having a lot of fun because they certainly flew past with the speed of light.  LOL!!

Not sure of the name for this style of card but it is my fave for special occassions.  The extra fold adds a bit of interest to the front and it also gives you extra space inside if you wish to add some appropriate quotes, etc.

Found some fabulous metal embellies in my stash  .. The word band is from Tim Holtz and the spark plug is Prima but I'm not sure who makes the clocks.

The papers are from Kaisercraft and the green cardstock was added to the front as  that is my grandies fave colour.  Popped some crackle paste and some script stamping on it to add some texture and interest. 

Lined the inside with more of the KC papers and added a little washi tape and some of those quotes I mentioned earlier.
Placing the quotes on the sides leaves plenty of space in the middle for a personal message.  The '21' are wooden numbers from my stash which have been painted with acrylic paint.

The quotes were found on the net ..

.. some good advice there me thinks.

.. and there you have it.  Another of my 'man' cards done and dusted.  This was the most important one this year though and I am happy to say it was well received.

Thank you so much for dropping by and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care, stay safe and God Bless.

The best things in life are the people we love,
the places we've seen
and the memories we've made along the way.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

2016 Christmas Cards #3

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.  Hope your day is going well.

At the end of last year I decided I would make at least two Christmas cards each month so that, by the time Christmas came around again, I would be well on the way to having my cards done.  Well, if you have read my previous Christmas card post (HERE), you know that didn't happen.  I have fallen way behind on that schedule but, I am trying to catch up. 
After posting the previous card, I actually surprised myself and got stuck right in and made two more.  Bit of a shock to the system actually but, I survived it .. LOL!!

As you can see, these two cards are very similar.  Similar design and similar elements, just slightly different colouring.  Papers used are from Kaisercraft's Holy Night 12 x 12 Paper Pad. 

Card No. 1.

The baubles and berry sprays are leftover from last years cards (it's great that I'm using these up and don't have to find a place to store them) and the pine boughs were cut with Impression Obsession Die 021-N.

Just to add a little interest, I tucked some gauze in between the circles ..

.. and, of course, I had to add some splooshes and splats of gesso.

The inside has a pocket on the right for a gift card or, I can just tuck a personal message in there.

So, that was card No. 1 ..

.. and this is No. 2.

As I said, they are very similar to each other.  Different colouring of course but this one has an extra paper layer and rounded corners.

The silver baubles were originally red.  I simply painted them with gesso and, while it was still wet, dipped them into some silver glitter.

Added a little gauze underneath the cluster this time and used some different flowers.

As on the first card, the right hand side is a pocket.

I used a different brush for the splatters this time and it went down a bit heavier than I would have liked.  Will have to go back to the old brush I think.

And there you have it, two more Christmas cards done and dusted.  Now that I've started the ball rolling maybe I can keep it going.  Maybe!  LOL!!

Thank you so much for dropping by and enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care, stay safe and God Bless.
Live the life you have imagined.

Friday, 15 April 2016

In My Planner - March 2016

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.
I'd like to extend a special welcome to my new followers.  So sweet of you to join me in my creative journey and I hope I can give you a little inspiration along the way.

I'm back to share another update of my Planner.  Can't believe it's the middle of April already!!  Once again the year is flying past way too fast.  Who do I need to talk to to slow it down a bit!!??  LOL!!

The divider pages between February and March.

There was a pocket in the left hand page but I don't need that anymore so I adhered some quotes, etc. over the top of it.

The full month at a glance.

March wasn't a terribly busy month for us but we did have a few things happening.  A couple of Birthdays in the family and, of course, these was Easter as well.  I might have gone overboard with the stickers on these pages but, what the heck, it's just my Planner and I do love the stickers.

Week 1.

Week one was reasonably busy but I did have some space to add a few quotes and stickers (always find room for those LOL!!)   My darling hubby and I celebrated our 49th Anniversary in this week.  My goodness, those years have flown by.  They do say time flies when you're having fun don't they??
I added a Heidi Swapp transparency here as well.  It makes a nice cover for the extra little note page I added as I had a fair bit to write about.

Found some new stickers too .. the puffy owl ones .. I do love owls!!
Here's a closie .. Isn't it cute??

Week 2.

Week two was a bit hectic too.  Had a Birthday to celebrate in this week.  It was nice to have a quiet day on the Sunday .. LOL!!  There is another of those new puffy owl stickers  .. did I tell you I love owls??  You'd never know would you??  LOL!!

Week 3.

I have actually made a few 'stickers' of my own by simply using clip art.  Turned out alright I reckon'!!
And .. guess what .. some of them are .... wait for it .... owls!!!  Love the drunk one!!  Bit like me  on a quiet night at home!!  He!! He!!

There's also some butterflies (and a closie of some of the stamping I did in this month's pages) ..

and coffee cups!

Made some of them the right size to fit into a 1" circle punch, but some I have to fussy cut or use my trimmer to cut them out.  Pop a little glue on the back and voila!!  I think they are rather cute and, in case any of you are interested, here is one of the pages I put together.
 Hopefully (because I have never done this before)  if you right click on the image and select Save, you will be able to print these for yourself.  I really hope this works.  If it does work, and if enough people are interested, I will share more of them later on.

So, onto week 4 .. which also looks like it was quite busy!

Mmm???!!  Maybe March wasn't as quiet as I thought it was??  LOL!!

Of course, this was Easter week which is always a wonderful and Blessed time for us.
We have been very Blessed in every aspect of our lives and I do thank the Lord for all of it. 

So, this is the final week for March.

In this week my darling hubby celebrated his Birthday .. hence, the balloons!!   Not much happened for the rest of the week though so .. more space for stickers!!  Yayy!!!  LOL!!

A couple more closies of the stamping around the edge of the pages.

And .. that's it! .. March, done and dusted.  I'm hoping that, in the April pages, I will have a few photos.  Have bought myself a Canon Selphy and am learning to use it, so, you never know.  All I have to do now, is remember to actually take the photos!!  LOL!!

This turned out to be a much longer post than I thought it would.  Thank you so much for sticking it out till the end and thank you all for visiting today.
I hope that you enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend as well.

Take care .. stay safe .. and God Bless.
Do what you love and love what you do.

Monday, 11 April 2016

2016 Christmas Cards #2

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog, hope you are all enjoying your day.

Seems like the weather in Adelaide is definitely heading into winter mode .. has been a little chilly of late.  Have to say, I much prefer that to the heat of summer.  It is so much easier to just rug up and get yourself warm than it is to strip off and cool yourself down.  Besides, I think my stripping off days are way, way behind me.  LOL!!

So, I am here to share a Christmas card with you.  Yep, you read that right .. a Christmas card.  After last Christmas I decided I was going to make at least two Christmas cards each month so that, by the time Christmas did arrive, I would have at least some of my cards done.  Well, you know what happened to that idea don't you?? .. totally went out the window.  I made one in January and that was it.  Now, we are already into April, and I thought it was about time to get some more done.

The papers used are the left-overs from last years cards and are from Kaisercraft's Holy Night 12 x 12 Paper Pad.  I love the traditional colours for Christmas so these papers are perfect for me.

The large bloom is the Azalea from Green Tara and is available at Megs Garden HERE.
The different berry sprays and the twine are from my stash and the leaves were cut on my Silouette.

I created a small banner from the papers, added the gold sticker and then mounted it onto the card with some dimensional adhesive dots.

Popped some Art Extravaganza White Crackle Texture Paste (boy, that's a mouthful) through a Prima Dots & Stripes stencil and was going to add a bit of glitter here and there but, unfortunately, I used it all up and forgot to get some more.  Duhh!!!

So, when it was all done, I splooshed around some gesso and also added a few prills here and there.

The inside ready for a quote and message.

So, I now have two Christmas cards for this year and hopefully there will be some more to share soon.  Hopefully!!!!  LOL!!

I am entering this into the challenge over at Christmas Card Challenges HERE

Thank you so much for visiting and do enjoy the rest of your day.
Take care and God Bless.

(Just a quick update .. I won!!  I am so thrilled that my card was chosen from all the lovely entries.  Thank you to everyone at Christmas Card Challenges.  I feel very honoured.)