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

Saturday, 29 January 2011

male card that I made plus a recycled Thinking of you card

Hi everybody well back to posting again and I hope to do it more often. I know I procrasinate about it but life is back to normal now as Alastair moved away from home on Monday and as gone south to live so its just us oh what bliss that is as well.
I have managed to make Murray's birthday card for his birthday next Saturday its based on a concertina fold card over at

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Stylish Blog award

My good internet friend Libby Dyson over at has given me this Stylish Blog award.
I really value Libby as a true Internet friend, always there offering good advice and great confidence comments to me when I need them the most.
For this award I have to say 8 things about me that you may not know about me and then pass this award onto 8 more bloggers so here goes.
1. Have just become a Design team member of SendASmile4Kids challenge blog and are enjoying the challenges as well.
2. In the process of getting a new car for us a lovely Peugot 206 which is nice and light and zippy to drive too.
My partner and I have just come back to the two of us in the household now as the 19 and a half year old older son of partner has moved out at last. Yah peace blissful peace at last.
3. I'm on the countdown now to going to Andre Rieu's concert in Christchurch on the 8th May. can't wait as I so love his music its very soothing and relaxing too.
4. Just recently brought an e-reader and are really enjoying using this newer way of reading as well.
5.Looking at going to the local pool to start aqua gym classes which will involve water walking as I call it
6. I am a great aunt to two sets of twins. The younger ones live in Melbourne Australia and the latest video I saw of them on Face Book is just wonderful.
7. Just had a lovely day trip down to Timaru today. Love doing travel like this breaks the monotony of home life for sure.
8. am becoming addicted to using Skype as well.

Now for the 8 bloggers in which I can pass this on to now.
1.)  wonderful place for inspiration and great online shop as well
2.) Linda does some amazing work on her blog
3.) Debbie is an amazing mixed media artist and owner of a great group
4.)  this lady has some amazing stuff on her blog as well

Sorry can't think of any more bloggers just now.
And here is the award that Libby left for me

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Send A Smile 4 Kids challenge blog challenge #2 Puppy Love

Card Supplies

I made a gatefold card for this challenge

Cardstock from unknown sources

Gold embossing powder from Stamp Effects

Puppy stamp used also from unknown sources

This weeks challenge is kindly sponsored by WENDY PETTIFER, Consultant for KASZAZZ (KAZAZZ to and runs from 15th JANUARY TO 29th January 2011

Your challenge theme for this week is PUPPY LOVE

The prize for this challenge is TWO unmounted stamps from the KASZAZZ range

After posting your creation to your blog or gallery, please leave us a direct link on the Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge blog

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 look at the other design team members cards on the side bar list.

Day Out Friday 14th January 2011

yesterday we went over to Akaroa for the day. Had a lovely trip over in the car, lovely scenery and excellent driving weather to add to a lovely day.
When we got to Akaroa we sat on the beach front and had a lovely picnic type lunch which  was nice and then we went for a walk along the wharf. It was great to see families sitting on the edge of the wharf fishing and even more great to see the charter boats going out to the Heads of the harbour to take people dolphin watching. This is my big wish for 2011 to go back and take that trip to get up close and personal well you know what I mean to see the dolphins really close not to actually swim with them as I can't swim in any case.
The only bad thing about the day was that Alastair came back and came back in a mood at that all becau people are trying to warn him the bad things about going out with a 14 year old that he has just met and whom he and her thinks are in love with each other. So I guess one day he will really grow up and realise that this is not the right thing to do.

Monday, 10 January 2011

another lot of cards to share and some family ramblings

Well have been really on a card making and journal making roll since the New year. I think its because my health has come right again and I am now over the bladder infection I had leading up to Christmas and of course all of the stuff I went through with all of that.
Today has been a lovely day as we went down to Lake Hood about 12 minutes drive out of Ashburton, the boys went kite flying something that Murray hadn't done in years and Ian I think was his first time kite flying. Made us all feel like young kids again that is for sure.
Just got word today of our first card making workshop here in Ashburton and that is on the  5th February. This time we will be only making 6 cards so the pressure won't be as much for me as the 9 card workshop was just before Christmas.
Well on to showing the cards now.

Will show the video of Lake Hood in another post soon

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Some more cards made.

This card  is a different card fold card where I used the gatefold design. Its for a swap that I am on on one of my yahoo groups. I think this is pretty ok as well.
This card was made for a snow man swap card also on one of my Yahoo groups.

Monday, 3 January 2011

Card made for a new challenge blog and some good news

I made this Happy anniversary card for the first challenge on this new blog
I used red cardstock, white cardstock which I put through the nestabilites scalloped rectangles, the heart was cutting using Cuttlebug heart diecut and run through the Cuttlebug with the heart diecut embossing folder.
The Happy anniversary is  a stamp that I have had for many years.
I enjoyed making this card.
Now for the big news for me. I have been accepted by Mari at as part of her new design team so that makes me one happy chappy as its been one of my long term goals to become a design team member for sure so along with this and along with committing to making 150 Christmas cards for the Christchurch City Mission again for this year and 100 Christmas cards for
Just as well I love doing my cards then isn't it.
Here is the card.