Thursday, 15 December 2011

Family Stuff

Last post for today seeing as I am now on a roll with the blogging again.
I have had some not so good family stuff going down this past couple of weeks. Had a phone call from one of my nephews to tell me that his father is dying of throat cancer. he wasn't expected to last last week but we are now another week on and he is still with us but I don't know whether or not this is good or bad especially leading up to Christmas Day.
It also brings back memories as tomorrow it will be 12 years since a very special aunt died and then on 28 January it will be 12 years since my Mum died.
Not really into Christmas this year. I don't have any decorations up just the lovely Christmas cards that I have been receiving.
And on Christmas Day we are going to go to the Community luncheon being held in town again.

Cards that I have recently made

Here are some cards that I have recently made for swap groups that I am on.

December 15 2011

December 15 2011

At last I am back into blogging. Decided it was time to give this blog a minor uplift for Christmas seeing as I now have more free time to be on here again.
Love this Christmas Tree design that I found at Dotty Dot Dot's pages and seeing as its so very warm and muggy down here in New Zealand at present I thought the blue feel of the page would cool me down somewhat.
I will also add some photos first up these will be of the Birthday cards that I received last month for my birthday
These are only a couple of my birthday cards will share more in another posting at a later date.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge #12 Teddys challenge

Hi there its time again for another challenge over at as its the third Saturday of the month and our challenges are for the first and third Saturdays of each month.
This challenge the theme is Teddys and I am using one of the digital images from our sponsor for this month who happens to be
Their prize to the winner of the draw will receive from them a $10.00 to spend over at their store.

My recipe for my design is as follows
Cardstock is pink and from the Flying Colours range availabe at The Warehouse
Designer paper used is from the Kaisercraft 6 x 6 paper pad range called Home made.
Digi stamp comes from our sponsors for this month who happen to be
Ribbons used is from a raqnge called Celebrate and can be purchased from any New Zealand Spotlight store
I used my nesties scalloped squares and the copic ciao markers used are as follows
E33,RV23, and G05
Ink used on the card is Stamp it ink Hot Pink and the punch used is a Sampin Up scallop punch.

Please do pop over and see the samples that the over design members have come up with as well and dont forget the challenge ends on July 3 2011.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

card class cards from 9th June 2011

I was able to go to card making classes at my local stamp shop this last week.
We did 3 cards during the 2 hour class.
The first one was a variation on a pocket card which I really enjoyed doing.
The second card was a different fold card kind of like a gatefold card with a twist is what I would call it and then the last card we did was a technique card using the versamark ink and chalk resist technique.
I did another card when I got home using one of my flower stamps and that came out really well.
Hope you enjoy my cards

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

thinking of you/sympathy card that I made today

A Australian friend of mine's husband has just died so I have made this thinking of you card to send to her.
I used my new CheeryLynne lattice die #2 as the main focal point of the card. The I'm thinking of you is a Cuttlebug die that i haven't used in a very long time and I used the snowflake punch to make the flowers this time. The Cross that I used was part of a Religious sticker sheet that I had on hand.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Cling wrap background technique

Had another afternoon playing with different background techniques. This time I was using crinkled up cling wrap as we call it in New Zealand and of course using my chalk inks.
I only have 3 different coloured chalk inks and so at the same as making this card i stamped up another couple of backgrounds with the same technique for future cards.

This is the completed technique again I am really enjoying trying the back to basic techniques just now.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

been playing with wax paper resist techniqes

Hi all have been playing today with this wax paper resist technique that i am doing as a swap on one of my internet groups.
I am more than happy with the finished project and like doing backgrounds like this.Only problem I had to buy the waxed paper for it as I only had baking paper in the house and that didn't work and crumpling the paper as seen on   website I liked this effect a whole lot better.
Here is my sample of the card as well

Friday, 3 June 2011

Send A Smile 4 kids challenge #11 Cats and dogs

Hello and welcome our next challenge over at
is called Cats and Dogs challenge and we are lucky to be spnosored by

their prize for the random winner draw this time is a $10.00 gift certificate from
The design team have been lucky to use some of their images for our cards this week and this is what I have chosen to do. I just love the cat and the butterflies
Card Recipe as follows
Cardstock is white A5 from
green cardstock is from the Flying colours Warehouse staionery range
Digi stamp is from
Cuttlebug folder used is Divine Swirls
Punch used for the flowers is the carl snowflake that i turned into the flowers
Kaisercraft green pearls
Copic markers used are as follows: G05.E33,Y08

Now pop on over to the other design team members to see their inspiring
examples as well.
This challenge ends on the 18th June 2011

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge #10 - Sweet Treats

This coming week's challenge over at is called Sweet Treats.
You can use any kind of image you like as long as it goes with the Sweet Treats theme, you know cupcakes ice creams that kind of thing.
The prize is what is shown in the above two photos and is being sponsored by  Marie Congo
the founder of Send A Smile 4 Kids and whose blog is over here at

I have done two cards for the design team samples for this challenge and  they are as follows
Cupcake Treats
Stamped image is from Montarga stamps Christchurch New Zealand
Paper is a 6 x & Kaisercraft pad called Lilac Avenue
Cardstock is coredinations range and scraps from Flying colours range
Nestabilites used
I used the small oval scalloped nestability and the Fancy Tags set for this card
Copic markers used are as followsVo4 and E33
Tombow #195
Sweet Treats stamped on the tag is using the Hero Arts lower case alphabet set

The  second card that I have made uses a cling stamp but I am not surewhere it came from
The card was from a pack of cards that I have had on hand for a long time
The Cuttlebug background I have used is the Divine Swirls folder which incidentally
was the first Cuttlebug folder that I ever brought.
The paper I used was again from the Kaisercraft  range another
6 X 6 paper pad called Home made. Just love these pads to bits
Copic markers used for this card are E33 and Y08
Here is the second card
now pop over to the other design team members and guest designers to see what
they have come up with

This challenge will run till the 4th June 2011

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge #9 May flowers

 Over at http//  Our theme this time around is May flowers and this challenge is being sponsored by ROBYN'S FETISH. The prize is 5 Robyn's Fetish digital products as a prize to the winner of your challenge. This may be EITHER 5 digital stamps OR 4 digital stamps and 1 paper set.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

This is the  digital image that I have chosen from

Cardstock is white A5 is from unknown sources and the Sky blue cardstock is from Flying Colours

The Designer paper that I used is from DCWV and is a 6 x 6 paper stack range.

Copic markers used are E33,E50,B24 Y05 and Tombow marker #195

Ink used is Airondack Sail boat blue
Gemstones were by Craft works.

Please pop on over and see the other design members samples here

The challenge lasts until May the 21st.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge week #8 April Showers

   Over at   http// for the next two weeks the challenge is April Showers which is being sponsored again by
The winner will receive 4 digital images of their choice from
I chose to do the My Fair Lady digital image for this week's challenge and to me using a black and white colour combo was just right for this image as well.
Now for my recipe
The digital image is My Fair Lady from the April showers new range of digital from
Designer paper came from a 12 x12 designer paper from Kaisercraft can't remember the name now though.
Cardstock is black and comes from
The Cuttlebug folder used is Blooms and Dots
I used Smooch pearlised paint in the colours of Tuxedo and Moonlight
Copic ciao Marker was #33
I used the Nestabilites small oval frame for this.

Come and check out what the other design team members have done this week by clicking on their links below

This challenge finishes on the 30 April 2011

Wednesday 13th April 2011card class cards and more

Here I am again with another post this time to show you the two cards we made at class this last Wednesday one was done using the technique of paper piecing and that card was the poppies card photo I made, the second one was like a gatefold card with a square punched hole punched out at the bottom of the card.
And then yesterday in the mail I got my new bookatrix board that my friend Anne in Australia got for me off e-bay.  I spent the afternoon playing with and made this lovely pink bookatrix birthday card.
The teddy bear card is my attempt at paper piecing I wanted to keep it simple so this is why I used the teddy bear stamp this time and I also used my new Spellbinders Fancy Tags.
Enjoy the cards
The last card here is a Christmas card using the pinwheel technique which I really like using.

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge #7 Happy Easter

This coming two weeks our new challenge over at http// is to be an Easter card theme.
The winner will get 4 digital images of their choice from this month's sponsors who are

Here is my first card that I made for the Happy Easter theme. It is a stand up card
My recipe for this card is Designer Paper is the English Rose 6x6 pad from Kaisercraft
Copic Ciao markers used are the following: RV14,E50 and E33
I used my new nestabilites Fancy Tags set for the Happy Easter sentiment which is from the Hero Arts range of stamps and for embellishments I used this lovely set of butterflies from Craftworks.
The ink used is Stamp It Hot Pink and the cardstock I think is called Flying colours from The Warehouse Stationery a New Zealand firm.

The second card that I made with the stamps we were sent is a Fold Back card and the Designer Paper used is from the Lilac Avenue range from Kaisercraft and also a 6 x 6 paper pad.
Cardstock once again is from Flying colours range from The Warehouse Stationery store.
I used my Nestabilites Fancy Tags again
Copic markers used are V04,E50,Y08, and E33
The Happy Easter stamp used on this card is from

To see what the design team have done you can click on them here and check them out as well
Happy Easter card made for Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge #7

This challenge runs till the 16th April. Please don't forget to link your card to the Mr Linky widget
so that the design team can go and check you out.

Thursday, 31 March 2011

blog catch up and new cards done over the last week

Hi there thought I would update my blog again with some more of my recent creations that I have made.
I had a card making class yesterday afternoon that was 30th March not 30th April as I have on the card descriptions sorry about that  kind of getting a head of myself aren't I.
Ididn't get to class till 2pm as I had to do carer work before then but made up time rapidly which was good.
The first card we made was what I call the double fold back type card, very easy to make but also effective and the kind of cards I like doing as well. The next card we did was a male birthday card  as aren't they always the hardest ones to do but I liked what we did also.
The last card we made was a simple butterfly and flowers Sympathy card. Now I have some more ideas to play with
I am also including  my first ever Pinwheel card that I had made earlier in the week. Some of the ladies on one of my Yahoo lists had been talking about this kind of card so I googled it and found easy instructions to make it and came up with this gatefold version.
Have also been buying from one of my local retailers  her Kaisercraft monthly kits and a couple of the cards
I am showing you come from the Lilac Avenue Kaisercraft collection. I am a big fan of Kaisercraft so think I will start getting these kits from www://  as you get a really good deal with them.
Now for the cards

Friday, 25 March 2011

Golden wedding card I made for some friends

This is a doulbe gatefold Golden Wedding anniversary card that I made for Ngaire and Ivan.
I do care work with Ivan twice weekly and thought this was a special occasion for them so that
is why I made this card. I know they will like it as Ngaire likes all the cards I make.

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge #6 Birthday girl

This week over at http://http// our challenge is a Birthday card for a girl challenge

This week's winner can have her choice of 7 Digital Stamps from who are our sponsors for this week's challenge.

For my card this week I have used the following
Digital Image : Cupcake birthday from Robyn's Fetish Shop
lavender is from unknown source
Deep Purple is from here at
Cuttlebug folder used is the Happy Birthday  from Cuttlebug
Copic Ciao markers I used are
Back ground ink used is by Impress and the colour is Wisteria
Ribbon from Spotlight called Offray Nice @ narrow and has lavender and white dots
Rhienstones used are from Kaisercraft

Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge #6 001

Hop on over to see what the other design team members have done

This week's challenge runs from March 19th to April 2nd.
We hope that you are able to come and join us.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Send A Amile 4 Kids challenge week #5

This week over at the our challenge is Anything Goes.
The winner will receive 5 digital designs compliments of this week's sponsor

The first card I made is The Mushroom Fairy from
Here are the card details for this card
Core'dinations cardstock Vintage range - brown
Bazzil bling carstock from source unknown
Ribbon is a self adhesive ribbon  from
Copic Ciao markers used are
Copic marker RV14
Tombow marker T 195

Pop on over and see the other design members cards  at their blogs here

Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge week #5 card 2 Anything Goes

This week over at the we are having an Anything Goes card challenge.
The sponsor this week is  and the design team have been given some of their digital images to use.
This card uses The Reading Dinosaur digital image.
I used light green and bright lemon cardstock from unknown sources
I used the Cuttlebug folder called Script
And I used my Copice Ciao markers  in these colours
yellow Y08
brown E08
Tombow marker T 195 Green
ink used from Stampin Up Yo-Yo

Here is my card for this challeng
Pop on over to the other design members to see what they have come up with

Enjoy our cards and take up the challenge we would love to see you here.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

SendASmile4kids challenge #4 Happy Birthday

This week over at the new challenge is a Happy birthday boy card.
The design team are using digital images for boys which can be found here
and we are pleased to announce to you that Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is proud to sponsor this challenge.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is

is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers,designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps And More is happy to offer the winner of this challenge 5 digital stamps or 4 digital stamps and 1 digital paper set of their choice.

This is the card that I have made using Jake The Farmer digital image and making it into an Easel card
Here is my card recipe
Cardstock is Bazzill Basics dots range Tan colour
Brown designer paper for a 6 x 6 Kaisercraft pad range
Blue cardstock comes from
The cuttlebug folder I used is the Happy Birthday one
Happy birthday stamp is from All Night Media
Digital stamp image is Jake the Farmer from
Memories Artprint ink pad
Copic Ciao markers used are E33,E50 and Copic marker B24
And Mary Le Plume colouring pen #65 Cherry.
This challenge runs from 19 February 2011 through to 5 March 2011
Hop on over to see the other design team members blogs here

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Card maps made for a group that i swap with

Over the weekend I have made these three card maps for one of my internet Yahoo groups that I am on.
Once a month we have a card map sketch in which we have to make a card from. Our list Mum this year decided to tweek some of last year's cards and use these as our sketches for the card maps this year.
I think with the three I have done I am up to May now with these card maps.
Another lady does up the themes for the year for the group's swaps which means we can get ahead and get them done ahead if we so choose to do so.
Here now are the three cards that I have done.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Easel birthday card and a tri shutter 25th wedding anniversary card

I made just in the last week this birthday easel card that was a swap for one of my groups that has been running for 11 years, the theme was of course birthday and had to have 11 on it some where as well as either candles or balloons so this is why I used this great Hero Arts I think the image was birthday cupcake image.
The tri shutter card kind of evolved as I went although I had the basis of this card planned but I wanted to use 25 some where on the card and as well, flowers, hearts and butterflies. To me they all seem to go together and of course I was trying out my new flourishes nestabilities set with the silver flourish that you see.
Hope you enjoy what I have done here.

Saturday, 5 February 2011

Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge blog challenge #3 recipe challenge

This week over at the new challenge is a recipe challenge,
you have to use 2 brads,animal image and ribbon.
Here is my card for part of the design team for this week.
SAS4K challenge #3 card 001

The brown card stock is from the vintage core'dination cardstock range
desinger paper I used for the background is from an unknown source,
the two brown brads also from an unknown source,light brown organza ribbon is from the Celebrate range from Spotlight craft stores.
white card stock that I used is also from an unknown source.
The digital mouse image comes from
Copic Ciao markers I used for colouring in are numbers Y08 and E33.
Ink pad used is Versamark Topaz. I had lots of fun making this card too

This week's challenge is kindly sponsored by Sharon at
and consists of 6 packets of lovely paper.
Your challenge for this week is a card recipe challenge  which is two brads, an animal image and ribbon.
The challenge runs from 5 February through to 19th February 2011.
After posting your creation to your blog or gallery,please leave us  a direct link on the

Send A Smile 4 Kids would appreciate you sending handmade cards to us for our cause - please see our
challenge blog for further details.
Please do take a loo kat the other design team mebers cards on the side bar list

Monday, 31 January 2011

card maps and recycled cards

Here I am back again still busy with my cards but still enjoying it which is more important as well.
The black and white card here is for a card map swap on one of my Yahoo groups. I didn't have border paper so googled it and found this piano border so that then became a black and white card map. I had wondered what I was going to do for but once I found that border paper then the card just evolved from that. I like that when it happens like this from time to time.
The other card that I have made is a recycled Thinking of you card for one of the charities I am making cards for this year and that is something else that I am doing a lot of this year too.
Enjoy the cards