Monday, May 17, 2010

A Little Something

Hi all,

sorry for the absence lately - I've been busy, busy, busy.

Busy at home (almost finished my swaps for convention - two more sleeps till I head off to Sydney - yahooo :), busy at work, and on top of that sick as well. Not alot of fun when your busy :( But feeling much better now....

Since I won't be posting a challenge card again this week, I dug a little something out of my archives. I made some bookmarks to go with family Christmas presents last year, using the template in the SU! demo magazine late last year. They slip over the corner of the page you are up to. My apologies for the crappy photos but I took them late at night just before I was going to wrap up the presents.

The scallop trim you see on all the book marks is actually made by punching out scalloped squares, tucking them into an internal layer, making sure they are level and overlapping.

Finally I want to finish by posting some blog awards I received recently. First the Sunshine award from the lovely Susan Hogan - thanks for your kind words Susan :)

The beautiful blogger comes from the lovely and talented Gardenia Pepworth - thanks so much :)

For the award I have to tell you 10 things about me
1. I love dark chocolate
2. I was really proud of myself yesterday for hemming two pairs of pants, since I've been using my sewing machine recently on cards I figure I should also use it for its intended purpose ;)
3.I have a chocolate Burmese cat who snuggles into bed with me every night.
4.My favourite colours are blue and green
5. I love reading fantasy/sci fi and will read the same book again and again. I've just started on my Terry Pratchetts again.
6. I started going to the gym this year, and despite regular chocolate intake ;) have lost 5-6 kilos so far - very happy about this!
7. I'm going to my first SU! convention in 3 days and am very excited about meeting so many of the creative people I've met through my blog.
8. I've almost finished knitting a jumper for my wonderful Miss 5, that was another project put on hold while I was making swaps.
9. I had to get my first pair of glasses this year
10. Lastly but most important I have wondeful family and home - my handsome hubby, a gorgeous Mr 2 and beautiful Miss 5 and my wonderful parents as well. Dad is even picking me up from the bus when I arrive in Sydney for convention!

Wheww that was hard. Ok there are some really talented lovely people I would like to pass the awards on to.
Kate Lewis
Liam Pucher
Since Gardenia Pepworth sent me the Beautiful Blogger I can't pass it back but I can send on the Sunshine Award with thanks!
Thanks ladies for the inspiration and thanks to all my visitors I'll look forward to getting back to the regular programing ;) so to speak once Convention is over.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Spinning into....the past

Hi there all,

its going to be a no rare no challenge week this week as I have decided to concentrate on making head way with making swaps for convention, which is rapidly approaching. However the good thing is that it gives me the chance to post a card I made almost exactly a year ago which I was really pleased with and was definitely a hit with the recipient. Here it is.

I'll do my best to remember the details....

OK I started with a Pink Passion base, layered that with Tempting Turquoise, then Pixie Pink. The top Whisper White layer was run through the Swiss Dots embossing folder, twice, so I could get the whole surface dotty. Then using the word window punch I punched out where I wanted the spinner track to run. Then using the punched window as a guide I could then stamp the birthday greeting (onto the Pixie layer - with Pink Passion) so you can see it through the slot. Right, now the flowers, using markers (Tempting Turquoise, Taken with Teal, Pink Passion and Regal Rose) I coloured direct to the rubber lots of flowers. Stamped them and then using two way glue added lots of dazzling diamonds. All the flowers were then cut out - Ok I will admit that took a while - ahh so did the colouring direct to rubber. But it was quite theraputic. I used one big flower for the spinner, making the mechanism using dimensionals and a couple of 5 cent coins, I used the Spiltcoast tutorial here as my main guide for working out how to make the spinner. This was a birthday card so I added the birthday number to the spinner (can you believe that I actually put the wrong number on first!! There was me ready to go to bed, admiring my card, as you do;), while I waiting for the wheat pack to heat, when it hit me I had put the WRONG number on - arggghh. Thankfully it was an easy fix - pheww). Then I added a stamped scroll to the upper corner, and arranged the flowers around the card, some are mounted on dimensionals and few have extra bling added by using rhinestone brads. The total Whisper White layer was mounted up on dimensionals so the spinner mechanisim has room to spin and slide. The inside was finished off to match. I have to admit I can't remember which DSP I used though.

Thanks for visiting,


Recipe:All SU! unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Eastern Blooms, Upsy Daisy, Yummy (R),Tidy Numbers (R)
Cardstock: Pink Passion, Pixie Pink, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Passion, Regal Rose, Tempting Turquoise, Taken with Teal
Accessories: Word window punch, SU DSP?, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, Two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, Clear Rhinestone brads, Dimensionals, SNAIL adhesive, 5 cent pieces