Saturday, June 26, 2010

Magnolia Down Under Challenge

This morning I actually managed to complete a card for the Magnolia Down Under Challenge blog.

I’ve never entered before but I thought I might as well give it a go :)  This is for challenge #51 and the theme is embossing!  You were allowed to use either dry or heat embossing and since I haven’t done any dry embossing for a while I grabbed out my embossing folders and came up with this:

Pirate Tilda by ShellI’ve used the Pirate Tilda stamp which I stamped onto watercolour paper before colouring with Distress Inks.  The anchor stamp is from Imaginisce which I also stamped and coloured using Distress Inks.

The paper is some Lily Kate by Basic Grey that I’ve had in my stash for ages!!  The pirate ribbon is from Spotlight and the charcoal cardstock was embossing with the Divine Swirl pattern. 

I’m really loving this Tilda stamp so I’m sure you’ll see more of her in the future!

As for me… I’m off to make lots of delicious goodies for my friends who are coming for a pyjama party tonight!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

June challenge

The theme for this months challenge at Scrapbook Dreams is ‘Stars in Your Eyes’ so you need to create a layout either using stars or eyes (or both if you like)!

I absolutely loved the new Pink Paislee ‘Starlight’ papers when then arrived so I teamed them up with some fun photos I took of one of my nephews recently and came up with this:

The journaling reads: Reece LOVES his sunglasses!  He doesn’t even need the sun to be out!  He puts them on… Takes them off… Wears them on his hair… And then just enjoys looking at them!

The photos were taken after spending the night at my sisters’ place.  We were all hanging out in the kids play area just chatting and then Mr Reece decided to be the centre of attention… as you do when you’re 2!

These photos are extra special because usually Reece with go all shy when he sees a camera but on this morning he just carried on like it didn’t matter… what a great morning!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Card Patterns Challenge

I’m feeling quite creative today… which is just as well considering how cold, windy, rainy and miserable it is outside! 

I got my Star Sign ATC’s finished for the Scrapbook Dreams June swap first thing this morning and then I got an email about Card Patterns latest sketch.

sketch69For whatever reason this sketch really inspired me to get into my craft room!  So out came the scrapping supplies… Magnolia stamps (Princess Tilda & Dragonflies), Distress Inks, Swiss Dot cardstock, some patterned paper from Kaiser along with flowers, punches etc and here’s what I came up with:

Front I’m really thrilled with how it turned out :)  When I started I thought I’d just make a square card but then I decided to turn it into an easel card.  Here’s the inside:

InsideI have no idea who’s going to receive this card yet… but at least I’m ready for an unexpected birthday now :)

The gorgeous little Dragonflies really finished off the ‘Happy Birthday’ stamp perfectly:

Open And here’s the card standing open – which is the best feature of an easel card (in my opinion) :)

Open 1So thanks Card Patterns for inspiring me to do something creative with this cold winter day!

Thanks for looking… Shell xx

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Scrapbook Dreams is having it’s 2nd Birthday!

It’s hard to believe but my ‘baby’ is celebrating it’s 2nd birthday this weekend!  We’ve got some fun challenges happening over the weekend and of course with this cold, wet and windy weather what could be better than scrapbooking??

butterfly-paintbrush-happy-birthday

Plus!!  Tracey is coming over this weekend to help me finish off my craft room makeover… it’s so exciting seeing the room take shape.  We started last weekend and didn’t get as much done as we thought we would so today is the day to finish it off… so exciting!!!

I’ll definitely take photos once we’re all done so you can see just how awesome it looks but in the meantime why not pop over to Scrapbook Dreams and join in on the birthday celebrations!

Have a great weekend

Shell xx

Saturday, June 5, 2010

All in a day’s work

Well I’m definitely tired tonight!  It’s been a big day… lots done though :)

First thing this morning we got a phone call to say that our firewood was on its way… yeehaa!!!  It’s just too darn cold in Rotorua to not have a fire going.  We bought 3 metres of wood… a combination of Douglas, boxwood & Gum. 

The delivery was EASY!!  Just back up the truck, click a button and there it all was.  Then we had to stack it all away… but with three of us working on it the job was actually done in 35 minutes :)

IMG_0144_1Then we got stuck into some housework!!  The lounge looks really beautiful again :)  Just as we finished the lounge the phone went again and it was the mechanic saying my new air filter for the car had arrived so we shot down and got that done.

After that we went to town and dropped Mikayla off at the hairdressers for a trim… she looks really cute with her new haircut :)

Miss Krystal and I ticked off all the jobs on my list (thank goodness for that list!!!) and then we went shopping for her birthday present.  She really wanted a nice coat/jacket and some boots for winter… and that’s where the day just went  WRONG!!! 

Poor Krystal has a really hard time buying shoes because not only is she a size 11 she also has quite wide feet (her fathers’ fault!!) there were simply no boots to fit her today!  And as for the jacket… ‘no I don’t like that one’, ‘that’s alright but I don’t like the colour’, ‘they don’t have this in my size’… etc etc  after several tedious and frustrating hours we called it quits!!

So tonight we have a fire going with the new wood… I’m resting my very sore feet (size 9 in case you were wondering LOL) and Miss Krystal has gone to see her boyfriend for dinner.

The best part is… tomorrow my sister and her daughter (Miss L) are coming over and they’re staying the night!!!  Miss L is SOOO excited about having a ‘girls only’ time at Auntie’s :)   Auntie’s pretty excited too!!