Saturday, November 24, 2012

Happy Birthday Harrison

Yay, I am finally getting back in to some serious cardmaking :-) and boy am I having fun!! This is the card I have made for Harrison.  

Using the same concept as I have used before with using some scraps and then running them through an embossing folder. I have used some Kaiser Paper that I have left from Jayden's birthday card.

Hope you have a great day Harrison.

Till Next Time...
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A "Thanks" for Lizzie

This last 7 days I have been in my Phase Two training at HBF.  Pretty full on but a lot of fun with our awesome trainer - Lizzie.  She makes it fun, we learn lots, have lots of laughs, listen to stories and Lizzie Jokes - and those Lizzie 'Hot Tips' are a must for evaluations!!!  

I think our highlight of the week was when Lizzie went to get a handout from downstairs, it was late in the arvo and someone mention we should all leave, go home!! Then the idea came out that we should there we were 9 of us, huddled on the floor under the desks, monitors and radio turned off!! We sure gave her a shock when she came back in to the room!! haha, she thought we were in the cupboard and got a fright when she found us all hiding!!! Well, you really had to be there!! It was very funny :-)

We played a game earlier in the course where we had to right down a truth about ourselves and two untruths and Lizzie put one in too - her truth turned out to be that she can eat a family pack of M&M's in less than 10mins!! - Peanut ones!! scoff scoff - so yesterday I went and got a nice jar and a pack of Peanut M&M's, made a card to match for all of us to sign...she loved it! and I love seeing the smile on peoples faces when you give them a small gift as a token of thanks.  

So here is our gift for Lizzie, as a Thanks for being a great trainer!!

Till Next Time...
Wednesday, November 7, 2012


8 Years ago today was one of the saddest days of my life (with the exception of losing my Mum),  we lost Grandpa, he went in to hospital for some surgery to help prevent a stroke and he had a stroke.  My heart aches for Nan, Zoe, Carl & Family.  

Grandpa was the best!! He knew EVERYTHING!! - Who knew the best way to get Zoe's chalk artwork off the wall was to lightly toast some bread, so it's hard but not brown, then use that to wipe over the chalk - this collects all the dust and then you use spray and wipe to get the rest off!!!! 

He told us so many stories from his Navy days, he and Nan looked after Zoe a lot when she was little and she was the apple of his eye!!!! There were no two closer than Zoe and Grandpa! 

This photo was the last one we ever took, on his birthday on October 7th 2004. I was in an online Group, and this scrapbook layout was one of our challenges, I knew straight away which photo to use. It is an 8" x 8" page and I had it framed and sent it over to Nan.  Every year on his birthday we would get a Woollies Mudcake, decorate it with smarties and cover it with candles (hope it wouldn't burn!!!) and sing him Happy Birthday, I really do miss those traditions. 

Here are a couple of pics of Grandpa and 'the apple of his eye' Zoe. 
Love you grandpa, miss you everyday 

Zoe's Christening

Zoe's First Birthday

Zoe's favourite pastime with Grandpa

Nan Grandpa and Zoe

Zoe's Year 10 Graduation

Nan and Grandpa's Wedding 1943

The Wonderful Man that is Ted Lamb
Love You 

Till Next Time...

The Road to Jo's Card......

Hi there all, I know it's been a bit long between posts, and I know I said I'd start blogging again yada yada... the honest truth is I haven't really created much lately - which is very sad!! I have this huge collection of absolutely beautiful craft supplies and not a shred of mojo to do anything with it! BUT... that is changing :-) Yes I am pleased to let you all know that I having been making myself sit down and create...and it does help if you want to make a special card for someone..... hence the title of this post.

In case you weren't aware I started a new job in May with HBF! I am loving every minute of it!! Fantastic people to work with, awesome working environment!! I love it and have made some wonderful new friends...and just recently we found out that our lovely - temporary Team Leader - will be our Team Leader for the next 12 months!! How awesome is that???? So unbeknownst to Jo, I said I'd make a card that we can all sign for her.  Now Jo likes Owls ... and I know I have an owl stamp and punch, but it just wasn't in the 'big picture' that I had in my head I wanted to use one of my (many) Tatty Teddy toppers that I collected a few months back  ... Hmmm maybe 12 (eek!) anyway, so I started ..... and so did the mess !!

So anyway, this little cutie with the pink flower, just begged to go on a pink card and I am really stuck on these stepper cards!! I love them :-) and then when I finished and sat there looking at it, it was just too pink.. more suited to a baby girl seeing it Says 'Congratulations on your news' - plus the inside was a bit small for all of us to sign - so it was back to the drawing board .....

..... next up a bigger image so a slightly bigger card, and I just happened to have these Rubons that I picked up just recently (like 2 - 3 years ago) that matched perfectly, Yay... No!! Still too pink!! BUT I did make sure I pointed it out to my Dear Hubby that I am using stuff that has been there a while ... but if I didn't buy them to use today - what would I have done??? I would have been stuck!! (hee hee) anyway - Nope still too pink!!! Righto it has to be purple! Jo likes purple..... So what can I do? I don't have a Tatty Teddy with purple, as a matter of fact I can't find anything with any purple in it!!! Umm panic.....!!! So off I trot to make up some Chicken & Cheese Sausage Rolls and some Mummy Fried Chicken to freeze for some meals....but the old brain is ticking over ....

.... half way through the Mummy Fried with icky sticky flour coated fingers....Aha!!! I have it!! That cute little bear with the yellow flower will look just gorgeous against a deep purple, Yes...but first off finish this messy cooking and then I can go back to my sanctuary :-) Isn't he just gorgeous?? And yes another stepper card, but they are so cute.  I have also used some embossing folders that just fit the side panels - so cute :-), again I have dug down deep in my stash and found some cute little yellow flowers that just fit perfectly.  I am very pleased with this one, well I love the others too, but these colours are gorgeous together.

Then one last card while I was playing with the same images, but this one doesn't stand out as much as the stepper cards, I think I may be doing a lot of the steppers in the future :-)

So there you have it, my thought process for making a card for someone special :-) I nearly always make a few before I get the right mix!!! and this is what is left after a crafting session..... Cyclone Caroline has passed through again ..... Whoops ;-)

Till Next Time...