Friday, April 30, 2010

A Woolly Latte Anyone?

A little bit of knitting has been done this week and no paper crafts at all. Here is my Woolly Latte, it looks cute but I must say that when i sat down last night and had my much anticipated Latte (remember i am only allowed one a day) i was a little disappointed as it felt like i had a mouth full of fur every time i took a sip. Now this didn't put me off as i had some left over yarn and made another one. I think they would be really cute for gifts with the mug and maybe some choccies inside. My scarf is all finished and i really love it. Love this yarn and the colours. Did i tell you that i am not a scarf person, well i am now.
You know that i spend all of my Sunday mornings ironing, well it wont take as long now. I was very lucky during the week to be given this Steam Maid iron, yes it looks like it came from the 1930's but i tell you what its amazing.

Now when you have super huge feet it is very hard to get any shoes at all and with the winter months coming i must confess to wearing slippers. "If your feet are warm then the rest of you is warm" so my swimming coach used to say. Anyway how could i walk past these cuties at my local supermarket last night. Way to cute (I call them my Susan slipper socks-as Susan loves dots).

I have a busy weekend planned, what have you all got happening.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Lots and Lots (Jenni look at this one)

On Friday I was very spoilt by the lovely Janelle who made me a loosing weight/well done/keep going present. Janelle knows that I have wanted to make a bag for a long time and kindly offered to make one with me but we never seem to get the time. So she did the next greatest thing and made one for me isn't it gorgeous. Thanks Janelle its all packed and ready for work tomorrow. Here are a couple of pics of our Anzac day. Some of the cadets before the march (Joe is that rather tall one in the middle)
A very proud/emotional dad pinning on my dads medals. Last year Joe wanted to wear the medals but my dad said "I'm not dead yet", my how much can happen in a year. I write this not to shock you but to try and get the importance of Anzac day to us. My dad always marched and we always went and watched. Joe knows the significance of what that meant and he is proud to wear them and be able to march on behalf of my dad.

Jen this next one is for you (don't cringe when you look at it).
Now here is a LO using some of my new Stampin Up products and i am proud to say that it is scraplifted straight from the SU Autumn catalogue. When i saw it i knew that i just had to have the stamps (ha) and the paper and everything else. The photo is of Jenni and me when we went to Hong Kong, yes, yes, yes i know many years ago. My we had a ball.

and here is a card i made for a friends husband 50th. You guessed it, it was a cowboy theme party. The card is along the lines of one i made for my nephew a couple of posts ago but i find this one really great for male cards. Plus its made entirely with the cricut.

Believe it or not i had more photos to share but cant put anymore in this post. Aren't you lucky.
Well I had better go and cook dinner everyone is hungry and i haven't started anything. Ribs tonight.
Have a good one

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Where to begin

Yesterday i had such fun.
Susan, Tracey and I went on an excursion, a craft excursion and wow was it fun, we got lost, laughed lots, spent lots (well 2 of us did, one was very good), drooled/dreamt/wished lots.
My photos aren't in order sorry.
Our second stop was in Wembly at Woolly Lattes where we had lunch and amazing coffee, yes I just had to buy some. You should have seen Tracey's face when her latte was presented with a little fluffy warmer wrapped around it (Susan and Tracey both took photos- I forgot my camera-what kind of scrapbooker am i?) Of course we couldn't leave this shop without buying the kit to make these latte warmers. They come with wool, coffee mug and the most adorable polka dot needles. Our first stop was Calico & Ivy in Mosman Park. The purpose of our visit was to buy some fabric for a project that we are going to make together and as you can see by the next photo i got a bit sidetracked. Just look at this yarn, isn't it divine, it's kind of like ribbon oh so yummy, of course i just had to buy some. Luckily the lady at the shop said that you need to roll it into a ball before you use it. Well as soon as i got home that is what i was doing and it took me four hours (I nearly gave up, I nearly got the scissors out and cut out the knots but i didn't). Then after dinner i started knitting my scarf, almost done, will show you later.
Now here is my fabric and underneath that Africany looking piece is a sold dark brown-sorry you cant actually see it. Now the trim and the felt don't actually belong to the project but they were calling out to me and i had to buy them. The three of us have such different tastes in colours it's amazing, which is a good thing. I am so predictible, look at the trim and felt they nearly match the colours of my fabric but that's me, i love earthy colours.

On Friday i received a little/big Stampin Up order and have made some STUFF that i will show you tomorrow along with my Anzac Day photos where Joe marched once again but this time with my dads medals. It was a moving day.
Off now to do some knitting or play with my SU.
Keep well.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Last day of the easter holidays

Yes it's the very last day of the school holidays (except for Private schools so Joe is happy), I popped into work this morning for a couple of hours to prepare for tomorrow and now I am home enjoying my last bit of rest before the new term starts.

Now there is a bit of hooky going on here. One big Granny square and aren't the colours horrid! I am using all of my wool-that horrible acrylic type-that has been sitting in my wool box for years. On the odd times that I watch TV I like to be doing something so this is my current WIP and it hasn't cost me anything. Doesn't every house have to have at least 1 granny blanket. All be it 1 big square or lots of squares sewn together. This is my new baby, an ATG gun. I had one previously but it was no means as good as this one. I ordered this online from Albums & Answers and you even get a choice of colours. I was persuaded by Tereesa to bling mine up a bit so it was a good way to use some of the rubbons I have as I am NOT a rub on girl.
and yes i seem to be in a card making mood lately.
Here are a couple more

and one last one that I made for Jenni with one of my new stamps. (this is so/sew Jenni-sorry couldn't help it) and some gorgeous Stampin Up cardstock and ribbon.

Where ever you are and what ever you are doing I hope that you have a great day. I am off to make a platter of dainty sandwiches for a big cadet night tonight (me and my big mouth) so much for R & R.

Friday, April 16, 2010


Boy have I had fun playing today. I thought it was time that I used my collection of stamps so i made this cute little set. They are all on brown cardstock that you cant see (sorry about that) each image (apart from the happy birthday) has some colour added to it with my copics, i then used the same colour to dye some white crochet thread. It is my nephews birthday next week so i thought that i would have a play with my Wild Card cartridge and came up with this card and matching envelope. (Andrew & Joe like the envelope better than the card). It turned out OK, the paper is Basic Grey-Granola.
Here is my April entry into my local scrap stores monthly challenge. (did i tell you that i won the last one). A cute photo of Caitlin on her second birthday. My how time flies, we are now organising her 18th and yes Susan i have know idea how i will put this into an album with that big flower on it.

Have a great weekend everyone-our last before school goes back.
I am now up to 25kg's for those of you following my journey and allowed to eat SOME bread now woohooo.
See Ya

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Cards, LO's and digital

Hi all hope you are having a glorious day. We were lucky to be taken out to a beautiful Italian restaurant for lunch. YUM

Here is my first instalment for today. My Pink Stamper is having her first ever challenge and although i don't normally do these type of things this one sounded fun so i thought i would give it a go. All we had to do was use the cricut and use the colours green, pink & black. So thanks to Emma and her wonderful videos i designed this card on the gypsy and then cut it out on the cricut. I thought this would make a fun card along with a packet of coffee for my friend who happens to be a coffee addict. This was a LO designed by Kelly Goree using my Basic Grey monthly pack. I cant get over the difference in height between mother and son.
Now this one i just love and it was so easy. This is a "hybrid" LO and the whole white piece was designed by Ali Edwards and you can get it free here just download it and put your photos in. You don't need Photoshop Elements you can just load it into a word document.

OK this is a "hybrid" card and not a great one but i was just experimenting. This is a Hero Arts digital stamp that i loaded into a Word document then printed onto cardstock.

Yes you have made it to the end.
Thanks/merci for stopping by.

Friday, April 9, 2010

A Mini Album

Hi there everyone, it is a beautiful day here today and I am on holidays, the house is clean and the ironing is up to date so now it's all about me.

I made a mini album the other day, not for anything/anyone special but because I loved the design. One of my favourite bloggers Christina (OK you are all my favourite) designed this album and I love all of the quirky little hidden things in it to hide messages or photos. Although I didn't have access to some of the craft supplies Christina has I made do and even invented some things on my cricut/gypsy.
So here it is. All the paper is Basic Grey-Indian Summer (my all time favourite range). I must pause here and say that the gorgeous flower on the front was made with the cricut and instructions from Tereesa.
The next pages- a little tag in a pocket.
Love this page, i had to make these little files on the gypsy, you could put photos in there or notes -whatever.

I hand drew and cut the flower on the left and i love, love love the envelope on the next page, it all unfolds so you could hide something in the middle. Behind this there are 3 little tags,

and the last pages, another envelope with a tag in it or money if you are lucky. Both of the envelopes were cut with the cricut.

So there you go, I am not going to gift this one I thought I might keep it and use it for inspiration when i make other mini albums.
All thetas left for me to do today is to plan our holiday in June. We cant decide between Bali or Penang-its a hard life.
Have a great day all

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hi There

Hello blogger friends, yes I am still here. I have been busy doing STUFF, you know how it gets and we are having a few Internet issues which hopefully will be fixed this week.
Well Easter has come and gone and I hope that you all had a lovely time spent with family and friends. We did.
Caitlin (as you all know is studying primary teaching at Uni) wanted to give the children in her prac class a little gift for Easter and as they aren't allowed to give choccies, sweets etc this was a bit of dilemma. So good ol' mum (me) went and got some pencils and rubbers (erasers for you US folks) and wrapped each one individually (b/c they don't make bags in this strange shape) and made a topper to go on each one.
Here's a close up. The children really loved them as they were something different b/c they had been given chocolate eggs all day (strange i know, i didn't think they could do that.)
Next up another LO for my hybrid course, the photo and frames and the red/white paper where all photoshopped together, then i downloaded a whole page of the warning labels cut 3 out and stuck them on the page. Yes I even got out my needle and thread.

The week before Easter i went to a craft class and made this gorgeous little gift box and matching set of cards.

So of course when i got home I went and made another 4 sets (yes I know you can only see 2 but i did make 4 really,truly) and my trusty cricut makes these tiny, tiny envelopes which fit perfectly.

I would just like to welcome my friend Tereesa to blog land, if you need any cricut/gypsy advise go and ask her.
Now my next update, and to all those who tune in regularly will know what i mean when i say 22.4
I caught up with some friends today to do a bit of craft and all i made was 1 little flower. I did spend a lot of time helping others, but it was good to be on holidays and catch up with some friends.
Hope you are all well.