Monday, 11 March 2013

Gotta love a long weekend!

It's the last few hours of the Labour Day long weekend and just as I suspected, the study is still in a state of utter chaos! I did walk in a few times, sighed and left! One must not rush into these things!!!

Number one on my to do list this weekend was to make a RAK card for the mother of a girl in the Stampin' Up! Facebook group I belong to... She has been having a really hard time of late, suffering from a terminal illness and we are hoping that flooding her letterbox with handmade goodness will bring a smile to her face!  The challenge was to make a blue card.  I will freely admit that its not a colour I think of for a feminine card, so after messing about with various bit of patterned paper for most of the weekend, I think I have come up with a winner.

Eek....I ran out of my absolute favourite ribbon for card making, hug snug seam binding. It drapes like a dream, and makes the all time bestest bows!  So in true pack rate style, I dug around in my stash and found some navy ribbon that is a little on the stiff side, but still kinda worked!  I cant deiced whether I prefer the navy or the white bow now!  You cant really tell from the picture (I am definitely no photographer!), but the ribbon across the middle is a navy blue velvet. I adore velvet on cards....the feel is pure magic!  The butterflies are shaped and attached with foam tape, as is the stamp in in the middle. Yep, it does look familiar!  It's the same as in the card I made last week, but I really loved the combination and wasn't quite finished playing with it!


Supplies Used:

  • Papers & Card stock -
    • Stampin' Up! Whisper White Card
    • Kaisercraft Marine Card
    • Little Yellow Bicycle  Blue Reverie
  • Stamps -
    • Stampin' Up! Papillion Potpourri
    • JustRite Cling Stamp Fleur De Lis Labels Twenty
    • JustRite Cling Stamp Musical Notes Labels Twenty
  • Dies -
    • Spellbinders Labels Twenty
    • Spellbinders Majestic Elements
  • Stampin' Up! Midnight Muse Ink
Oh, before I go, I just have to say how excited I am that I have my very first follower, even if it is my dad!! Woo-hoo!! Thanks Dad! Here's hoping you will start a trend!

Enjoy your week,

Hugs, Samantha

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

we all scream for ice-cream....even the dog!

There's nothing better than a bowl of cold, creamy ice-cream...especially when its coupled with mixed berries in syrup...yum!  And as I type, even my beautiful fury baby (a Maltese, Tibetan spaniel X) has her face buried in a bowl of ice-cream! I'm sure its not vet recommended, but we are suffering through a record breaking heat wave and she gave me that "you know you cant resist me, I'm beautiful" face.  I was powerless to resist!

Anyway.....This week I have been playing around with a design inspired by the spectacularly talented Becca Feeken, one of my absolute favourite designers.  Everything she creates makes me ooh and aah!! My cousin is celebrating her 60th birthday next week - a milestone which deserves, ribbon, pearls and all the trimmings, along with a Becca inspired paper creation! 

It's the first time  I have had a play with the "all over the page" punch range by Martha Stewart.  It took a few tries before I got each punch lined up, but wow, it looks quite spectacular as a window! Well worth the effort and the strange faces I pulled as I measured, re-measured and measured again!  Now, if I can only find the perfect present for my cousin!

Supplies Used:
  • Kaisercraft Kaisercard - Rose
  • Kaisercraft Lakehouse Paper
  • Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla Card
  • Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla Seam Binding
  • JustRite Cling Stamp Fleur De Lis Labels  Twenty
  • JustRite Cling Stamp Musical Notes Labels Twenty
  • Spellbinders Labels Twenty Dies
  • Stampin' Up! Memorable Moments Cling Stamps
  • Stampin' Up! Jewels Basic Pearls
  • Bella! Bling Stickers Pearls
  • Handmade Hatpin
Here's hoping my cousin doesn't read my blog!

Enjoy the rest of your week. It's a long weekend coming up here in Melbourne and I am trying to talk myself into tacking the unearthly mess in the study/room where I stick anything that I don't know where to put and turning it into a craft room....that is unless I can procrastinate long enough...and even if I do say so myself, I could win an Olympic medal in procrastination!!

Hugs, Samantha
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