Friday, August 31, 2012

Scary Lizard Story!

So my husband went to see why the pool pump had stopped and found this with it's leg caught inside the pump!

Lucky the boys had their mate Joel sleeping over. Crocodile Dundee Joel came out and grabbed him around the neck, released his foot and then placed him on a tree. What a Legend!

He is an Eastern Waterdragon. Common for the Brisbane area. But a very big one! At least a metre long. I am not holding the tape measure out to get the exact length though. haha!
He likes to scare me to death when I am walking down to the compost bin by popping up in the garden unexpectedly. He has also come right up to the screen door, wanting to come inside and perched on the kitchen window sill looking in, which freaks me out!
 I have read they are very curious animals and don't mind humans. I don't share his feelings though and wish he would just stay in his home behind the pool and not go wandering about and sunning himself on my lawn. Eek!

Oh yes... do you want to see a card? Here a little sneak peak for you. From tomorrow - 1st September - this will be available for purchase along with a whole heap of new exciting products from the 2012-2013 Catalogue! Can't wait.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Final Days.

Goodbye Medallion Background Stamp

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Goodbye Vintage Vogue

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Goodbye Cottage Garden.

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Only a few days left till we say goodbye to these stamp sets and many more. Please contact me if there are any products you won't be able to live without. Final Day 31st August.

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Monday, August 27, 2012

Music to my ears. A CD Holder Tutorial.

I wanted to show you the CD holder I have on the craft table at the moment. This was a class project last week. I am giving mine to hubby for Father's Day with the CD from the movie "The Sapphires" that we saw a couple of weeks ago. This would make a great easy card as well.

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And here is the CD inside.
Would you like to make one too?
You will need:
Black Cardstock 17.5cm x 26cm (this is for the CD holder.)
White cardstock 15.5cm x 12.5cm (this is for the card front)
Black Cardstock 8cm x 14.5cm (card front)
7 pieces of black cardstock cut 1cm x 3.5cm for the piano keys
1 strip of red cardstock 1cm x 14.5cm for front
For the music note: 1 small oval (white), 1 thin strip of white card 5cm and 1 piece of card 1cm x 2cm cut on diagonal as shown.

For the purpose of being able to show you more clearly the score lines etc. I will use white cardstock in the first few photo.
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1.  Score across 17.5cm side at  1cm, 2cm, 16.5cm
     Then score across 26cm section at 12.5cm and 13.5cm.
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2. Now measure down 5cm from first centre scoreline as shown and cut on a diagonal across to other score line. Make sure you have your cardstock with the two score lines that are together on the left hand side and the single score line running down on the right hand side.
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3. Here is the CD holder as it should look in black cardstock. Cut the two centre lines as shown to the score line.
On the left hand side cut off the first little square .
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5. Put your tape on the diagonal cut side as shown. This diagonal piece will be the front.  Bring up this piece towards your back and wrap your front taped sides around it. Ta Da!  Now you have your CD holder.
To make the card front use the 15.5cm x 12.5cm piece of white cardstock. Score at 1cm on the left hand side. This will be glued to the left hand side of your CD holder.

Mark lines in black across the front from the score line at 1.5cm. The last one will only be 1cm but it won't matter. (I have marked my 1cm score line on the left hand side in black - you don't need to do this just score with your scoring tool).
Place your black 14.5cm x 8cm piece on top and then using foam squares place your 7 keys on.
Put your Music Note together and stick on front. Stick down your red 1cm x 14.5cm strip across the top of the keys. Glue card to side of CD Holder.

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial and it wasn't too confusing. LOL! Any questions please leave a comment or send a message.

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Friday, August 24, 2012

Action Packed.

Today's card is "action packed" not just because of the clever designer paper pattern on the front (idea from Laura Lipe).

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You cut two pieces of pattern paper mine are 7.5cm x 10cm and matt them on cardstock (mine is white) 8cm x 10.5cm. Place these two pieces on the front of your card so they over hang the edges.  Green piece under the Happy Birthday sign and the Grey piece under the Wish Big Hand. Trim to size of card. Use the left over pieces to fill in the gaps. So simple but so effective!


but.. because when you open the card....
You see...
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and it spins to reveal...
How cool is that?! Saw this technique explained by Sonia Sellers.

I have a cool CD holder tutorial on the table too. Will show you that next time.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Sneak Peak Alert!

Thought you might like a sneak peak from the new catalogue starting on September 1st.
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There are new in colours on this card plus a new framelit and a new stamp set. The colours were a bit out of my comfort zone but they worked well together and I am looking forward to having a bit more fun with them very soon.

And now for something completely different...
My fun day at the Ekka last week.
Whoo Hoo!
Here I am ready to go. Notice the bags I'm a seasoned Ekka Goer. They were full at the end. LOL!

And this is my favourite photo. My friend Maria and I at the Channel 9 News Desk. Yes folks... it is the Maria and Vicki Morning Show! hehe.
And a photo as we say goodbye for another year to the Brisbane Ekka. Pretty.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Another challenge.

Two posts in one day! Amazing!

I decided to have a go at the Just Add Ink Challenge for this week. You have to use the colours Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Crumbcake and Chocolate Chip. Not to hard? Or so I thought! Until I actually tried to use them. I was thinking these colours speak "Country" to me so I tried my hand at a "Country Christmas" Card. Come and have a look.

It took a while but I am fairly happy with the result. Once I added some dazzling diamonds, pearls and diamantes that is. Here is a closer look at my sparkly decorations.
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Here is another photo of the card. You can click on this one to enlarge it if you like.
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Special Birthdays

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I have had a few special birthday cards to make recently. I cannot help using my favourite Faux Patina Background. It looks so elegant and has that special "Wow" factor.

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Had to show you just how gold and shiny this card is.

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Close up of some of the details. I love using the little sizzlit Floral Fusion. And the Established Elegance Stamp Set. The crown is from Artistic Etchings and the "Queen for a Day" from a favourite Retiring Word Set - You're a Gem.

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This card is for another special friend. I used my Labels Collection Framelits to cut the hole in the centre and then punched the Retiring Lace Ribbon Border Punch in Wisteria Wonder and pasted it across the opening.

It gives a lattice effect to the front of the card.
Here is a photo from the inside.
Only two weeks left of the retiring products.  My favourite Triple Treat Flower Stamp is going and the lovely Lace Ribbon Border Punch. Here I have teamed whisper white cardstock with the retiring Pear Pizzazz to make a wedding card.
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 Remember if you are wanting any of the retiring items please let me know and I hope to see you back at my craft table next time. There may be a sneak peek of some items coming in the new catalogue!

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Friday, August 17, 2012

Scrapbook Challenge

As I was creating my latest scrapbook page for my birthday album I realised it could be used for the
 Just Add Ink Scrapbook Challenge this month - Buttons and bows.

Where are the buttons and bows I hear you ask?
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Here they are! 4 little clear buttons (two I backed with so saffron yellow) and cherry cobbler twine bows either end of my little banner. You can click on the picture below to view it in a bigger format.
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Hope you enjoyed my scrapbooking efforts today.

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