Hi there back again after being missing in action for a month or so.
Have made some Christmas cards this last couple of days. so now have the opportunity to share them with you. I got this Christmas designer pack off Trademe our New Zealand Ebay eqivulent. Hope you like what I have done here.
I have combined two card challenges here with this card for these 2 sketch and colour challenges that I am taking part in this week.
The Pink elephant challenge for this week is a colour challenge of red, yellow black and white. and so I combined that with the Mojo Monday challenge sketch for this week also.
I used red cardstock for the base card, yellow core'dinations cardstock for the first layer, the black strips were cuttlebugged using my trusty Swiss dots foldera and the Hi/hello stamp is from Hero Arts. Hope you like my take.
My Uncle Graham turns 80 this next weekend and I wanted to do a special card for him reaching this mileston so I designed this card using the Happy Birthday Cuttlebug A2 embossing folder, this die from the Making memories Slice die cutting machine that looks like a house and the red cardstock as the card base. My uncle is very much a home person as well as loving to play golf watch rugby and cricket and Harness horse racing and as I had used gof and rugby cards for him for past birthdays I decided it was time to do something different this year.
It took me a few days to work this one out and of course I just had to try my new Making Memories slice die cutting machine to make the squares with rather than the Nestabilities scalloped squares that I have.
My Australian friend Libby http://libbysscrapz.blogspot.com/ has given me this new award. Libby has an amazing blog and well worth visitng. I love her Cuttlebug cards that she is constantly making and hearing and seeing the photos of her husband Bob and her family as well.
What you are supposed to do is list 5 things that you like to do and then send this award onto 5 people whom you think deserve to get it also.
My five things that I like to do are
1.Listen to easy listening music
2. Do Tai chi for Diabetes classes
3. Care for the elderly in Respite care work that I do
4. Love to read
5. Do card making and papercrafting projects and playing with all the new toys that I just have to have.
I made these cards over last weekend while at my respite care work. I was trying out my new Stampin Up stamps and the week of Mojo Monday sketches from http://www.mojomonday.blogspot.com/ that they had to celebrate them having 100 sketches.
I had fun doing these cards and using the sketches. Hope you like what I have done as well.
Well have been playing with my new forest friends Stampin up set from the mini catalogue that I got earlier this week from my local Stampin Up dealer. I made these two cards this afternoon whilst I was playing. I can see loads of different ways to use this set for sure. Hope you like my cards.
This is the sketch that we had to do for over at http://thepinkelephantchallenge.blogspot.com/. My take is slightly different and I have used one of new Forest friends stamp set from Stampin Up that I have just brought. Love this set and can see lots of uses coming up with it for sure.
I had a good weekend of respite work this one just gone. My lady slept most of the time. She said all she wanted to do was sleep so that meant I had time on my hands to do cards. I finished up by making 9 over the two days including about 3 Christmas cards. Here they for you to see.
I decided to take part in my friend Fab's Big Christmas Card challenge #32 which was to make a Christmas cardc using any sketch from anywhere.The one I did was from a card class sketch with my friend Elsa at her shop a couple of weeks ago.
Well I have had a nice afternoon in my craft room this afternoon and managed to make 3 cards one of these being another Christmas card in which I used the Cuttlebug Christmas tree folder and trimmed it with blue rhinestones and some blue Christmas ribbon.
I had also made a Wedding Anniversary card for a friend as well. I used one of the Cuttlebug flower border folders shaded it with Red Versacolour Ink and used some paper flowers from Kaisercrafts. I did this card using the gatefold style.
The third card I made is for one of my August swaps that I am on. It is using vellum so I rolled this through the Bug using my new Victorian Cuttlebug embossing folder which seems to work pretty well with vellum as I have found. I also used Kaisercraft blue flowers for this too and some nice blue patterned ribbon that I brought from my local scrapbook store.
I used my new Victorian Cuttlebug embossing folder which I am finding is a very versatile folder to use. I also used the Spellbinders Butterfly set and some pink cosgrain ribbon that I got from my local Spotlight store a while ago.
I hope that you like my take on the challenge this week. Its been a while since I have done one for The Pink Elephant.
Hi just a quick posting here before leaving for my eye surgery.
Here is a couple of more cards that I made over the weekend. One is for a textured Paper swap and the other is for a Cute card swap on two of the Yahoo groups that I belong to. Hope you like what I have done. I am happy with the end result.
Well I only have today to go before I go and have the left eye cataract removed tomorrow (Monday 10th August) up in Christchurch. It will certainly be great to have it all over with that is for sure as i do have a few things happening this coming week mainly respite care which doesn't involve anything that will affect my eye and I have decided that on Wednesday I will go back to light duties at the school and Murray will help me for the rest of the week I hope.
My respite work yesterday went well and boy the day just flew along.
The weather we have been having over here has been great but I do wonder about having a long hot dry Summer and possibly drought this year as we haven't had rain for about a month now.
I went along to my monthly Cuttlebug class last Tuesday morning at Elsa's. It was good to see so many new ladies there too. We made 5 cards for the morning and I liked all of what we did this time.
Well after nearly two months of not being able to get near my blogger I have been able to give it a face lift today by changing my background and changing the music list once more. I thought that I would add some of my favourite Michael Jackson music seeing as he is no longer with us. The two songs I chose are my all time favourites of Michael's music. I also added two songs from one of my favourite New Zealand music groups Crowded House. Hope you enjoy this short selection at this time.
Life has certainly been rather hectic especially with my respite care work, Tai Chi classes and acupuncture that I have been going to or doing on a regualr basis.
I now have my left eye cataract surgery rescheduled for the 10th August which is in one week's time so hopefully as I sit writing this at 2.15pm in the afternoon that this time next week I will be in theatre getting the left eye done and as Steve my Tai chi instructor tells me I will be a "bionic woman"!!!!!.
I have been doing cards as usual mainly over the weekends that I am doing the care work as I have time to fill in as my lady sleeps a lot.
Last week I purchased from my friend Cheryl of Stamping Fun Limited 4 of the newest Cuttlebug folders. When I first saw these folders on the net I was not all that impressed as I think that a lot of people had been but then I decided that I would get the Victorian and Moroccan screen folders , really liked them so decided to get another couple of them this time The Owl flourish folder and the Flourish frame folder. and out of the four that I have purchased so far I really like the Victorian anf Flourish frames the best.
I will add some photos of the cards that I have made using the flourish frame .
I know that what I have done is a clean and simple card but I still think it is rather effective. Hope you all do as well.
The paper is from an unknown source. The punch is a shell punch not sure which company though that it came from and the "Friendship" stamp is from a Hero Arts stamp set of sentiments that I have had a while now.
The paper I picked up at my local scrapbook shop and is a paisley design but I thought it would be suitable for Christmas cards as well. I used my Spellbinders scalloped circle dies for the circle and then ran it through the Cuttlebug using that old trusty Swiss Dots folder yet once again. I also got the flowers from the local scrapbook shop as I did the green buttons as well.
Hope that you all like the card that I have made too.
My good internet friend Libby over at http://libby'scraftyscraps.blogspot.com/ has tagged me and this is what I am to do. I am to answer these question to the best that I can and then try and tag up to 8 other bloggers. here goes. 8 Things that I look forward to: 1. The School holidays- no work for me 2. The weekend 3. Going to Tai Chi classes 4. Going to card making classes 5. Plannina craft shopping expedition. 6. Being able to watch TV in MY TIME. 7. The day that my siblings will talk to me again and we can be a family. 8. Spring.
8 Things that I did yesterday 1. Supermarket shopping 2. AB Circle pro exercises. 3. Shopping at Briscoes 4. Shopping at Postie Plus a clothing shop 5. Folded washing. 6 Went for a walk 7. Posted off weekly card swaps 8. Listened to music.
6 Things I wish I could do 1. Be able to fully control my Diabetes 2. Be 100% fit!! (Am working on it though) 3. Be able to loose some weight. 4 Read more books. 5. Have an on line craft shop. 6. Learn to do PSP for computers 7. Meet more of my internet friends. 8. Not to argue with my step son.
8 Things or TV shows that I have watched lately 1. The News 2. Good Morning 3. Coronation Street 4. Country Calendar 5. Wheel of Fortune 6. Super 14 Rugby cham[ionships 7. Fluffy my cat enjoying the Winter sunshine. 8. The rain last weekend and wondering when it was going to stop.
I used orange cardstock from unknown sources for the background of these card sketches, and my scalloped circles Nesties set and then cut the circle in half and ran it through the Swiss dots Cuttlebug folder. I also used a strip of brown cardstock and ran it through the Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder and adhered it to the orange cardstock and stamped the You're Special sentiment onto the brown cardstock.
I am rather pleased with the finished result. Hope that you like it as well.
Here is my take on this week's card sketch over at the http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/ blog. I have a thing for stripes just now so here is some more of that striped paper that I am using for this challenge along with Kaiser blue pearls, Nesties Petite circles and flowers from an unknown source.
The Pink elephant challenge this week over at http://thepinkelephantchallenge/#15.blogspot.com/ was to do with Mongrams and letters so for this challenge I used my Labels Nesties Set #3 and after cutting it out with the Cuttlebug I put it through the bug again using my good ole trusty swiss Folder. The letter "J" is a chipboard letter from sources unkwnonw. The background is also using the trusty Swiss dots A2 embossing folder and the striped paper and blue flowers come from sources unknown.I hope you like my take for this week.
Here is my take on the Windows challenge over a thttp://thecuttlebugspot.blogspot.com/ I put the red card with the Asian themed paper through my "Bug" using the Divin swirls embossing folder. From that I cut out the "window" using the Cuttlebug die "Dandelion". I then used my favourite Hero Arts clear stamp set the Asian ladies one, stamped the Asian lady in red ink cut around her and taped her to the inside of the card to give the window effect. I also used Kaiser pearls on the outside but you can't see these all that well in my scan. Hope you like my take on this week's challenge.
This was cheap designer paper that I got from a local store like K mart that we have in New Zealand and is known as The Warehouse. I used my Stampin Up scallop border punch and the flowers are from one of the Cuttlebug dies and the middle image is one of the Asian ladies from the Hero Arts clear stamps range.
Hope you like what I have done with this. I am now happy with the completed result.
We had to use the following colours light blue, medium or dark blue, green and white. I found this lovely striped paper that seemed fitting to use for this challenge amongst my stash so cut it down and then used my scallop border punch for the edging. I used my rectangle Nesties to cut out the cuttlebug piece for which I used my Divine embossing folder and then used green Kaiser pearls and the white flower. Hope you like it too.