Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Mid-Season update

Well, I've survived Christmas Day's sunburn. It's stopped hurting now and starting to itch. I know I know, sunscreen! But I was just so enjoying sitting in the sun (which was warm but not too much) and relaxing with family. What a beautiful day. Pity I couldn't stay awake in the car on the way home....Rodney had to put up with my snoring. :-)
Then it was back to work at Noels on Boxing Day - phew. 11 and a bit hours later..... Then back to BP on Monday. Today was my afternoon off (apart from Christmas day) in quite some time. Such bliss! No crafting post-Christmas as I'm trying to get it all back into the craft room first. But I did put two plants in the garden some that was a sort of creating. I had to decide where they were to go!
Chillin' out in front of the telly with FB and Rodney now.
I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and all the best for the start of 2011.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Here they are as promised

My version(s) of Tim Holtz' 2010 12 Tags of Christmas. Check out the real ones on his blog.

The pics aren't the best, especially on #3 but they do show the detail of the tags. I've managed to get 4 done and hopefully sometime during January I'll have a go at the remaining 8. And I haven't checked out his ones from previous years yet. Based on this year's I can't wait to go for a good look. :-)

My reindeer is brighter but I think I made a good copy of it by tracing from the photo on his blog. (Am I allowed to do that??). My wreath is made of 3 strands of twisted wire wound round with a plait of green thin strips of cardstock. The bow is also from cardstock. The neat technique I learned here was inking the embossing folder and then putting it through the Big Shot (or Cuttlebug). You get quite a different look just by inking the 'positive' side or the 'negative' side of the folder. Very cool technique which Tim H calls a 'texture fade'. I must use this again in my scrapping. The trees, reindeer and title tag are made from grungepaper.

I'm gonna have another go at this one sometime. My petals weren't quite right and didn't want to scrumple quite the way I wanted to but I went with it this time. The grungepaper was covered in a canvas-type paper for inkjet printers. I think it may have made the petals just a bit too thick. I should look for some other stickyback canvas. Does it look like a poinsettia?? I used the texture fade technique again. Love it.

Again, I made a tracing from the photo. The main body part was easy, but the the arms??!!! Oh well, they turned out ok. The flash hides most of the acetate that covers the whole tag. That's what the brads are holding down. It was embossed with snowflakes. I added the snowflake thingies to the snowman 'cos he looked a little bare.

This one is my fave. To get my 'snow' look on the house, I used Dimensional Magic, then some Flower Soft followed by Stickles. Once dried it looked quite good - a more 'weathered' look to the snow! The house, fence and title tag are grungepaper again. It is a bit smelly but great stuff.

I had to make a lot of substitutions for the products used. I tried not to buy anything extra...although the little tree and star charms were bought 'specially for these as I didn't have anything else suitable. But I'm happy with the results and I just love the 3D detail of these tags. I hope you do to!

Have a very Merry Christmas and I'll catch you again very soon.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

It's been a while....

I have finished a very long day of work on my feet. 6 hours at one job, then another 4 at the other. I must be mad to say yes to extra work on a Saturday!

I so look forward to tomorrow and sitting down at my table and finishing off everything I need to finish for Christmas. I have been squeezing in some crafty stuff over the past few weeks and I promise to post the pics of my Tim Holtz tags in the next day or two. I went to take photos the other day and the camera batteries were dead. Typical.

Anyway, I just wanted to drop a line or two so you wouldn't think I've been slack. :-) Since finishing Nic H's class I've been working the two jobs so not nearly so much time at the craft table. But it'll change again after New Year. I did take some time out last weekend to nip over to Melbourne to be on the judging team for the Aussie 50km race walk champs. Had a great (if fleeting) time and spent heaps in duty free but don't tell Rodney yet.....he has to wait until Christmas day. :-)

Catch you soon.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Last from the colour class

Well, with the 25th fast approaching and my scrapping hours drastically reduced I have managed to finish the last page of the online class in record quick time.
I really wanted a few more white/cream flowers on the page, but I didn't have any of the size I wanted and I couldn't buy any 'cos that would have broken the cardinal rule of the class. If I was keeping true to my rule of "A is for....", "B is for....", etc then this one should have been "N is for..." with the feature colour being neutrals. However I decided that as it was the last one then "FB is for...." would be just fine. Working out how to do the y in Fluffy was tricky....I had no "y's" left of the alphabet set - either cream or black. It is actually a "u" with the tail of a "5" below it. I didn't quite get the join right so I've covered it with a little 'bow' of black ric-rac. Ooops - have I given away a trade secret ????
The background is the packaging from a parcel that arrived in the mail this week (that's another story). Nic H's sample page used Kraft cardstock, but I didn't have any. And this was the right thickness so I thought why not. Besides, one of the extra challenges from an earlier week (which I didn't quite get to) was to use something recycled so I've incorporated it into this week's page.
I thought about a bit of colour, and came up with the plan to have leaves made from the various rainbow colours. They didn't really fit into the layout so I used my fave Martha Stewart twig punch and spread them around the large flower in the bottom corner.
I am now hoping to get some Christmas tags made to go with some pressies - I have just 20 days left...... Fingers crossed!
Catch you again soon.


Friday, December 3, 2010

What a busy week

It's been a very busy wee for yours truly, on top of my BP job I started at Noel Leemings so now my hours are back to the equivalent of a full-time job but with starting early at BP and finishing late at NLs and not much time in between I've had little time to scrapbook let alone anything else! :-) It's all good though, I think.
Week 5 in the colour class was purple and all along I knew I was going to make it "P is for Princess" - can you see Fluffy Bum's tiara???
I found some interesting purple things to use in the layout including purple skeleton leaves that I got in a wee pack at SENZ a few years ago. Haven't used any other stuff from it yet but there are some promising items. I felt the main floraly piece of paper needed softening so I got some mesh tape (from Mitre 10 of all places) I had in my stash and stuck that down on top before adding the embellishments. It made the paper a little less busy I think and I like the resulting look. The wee heart in the right corner has some mauve bling added to it to keep the purple thing going.
One more class to go - black, white and neutrals. Hopefully I can get it done on Monday otherwise I may not get back to it before Christmas! I'm probably not that busy, but after sooo long with not a lot of work on my plate it feels like it. Still, it's all money to go in the bank and there's nothing wrong with that!
Have a great week/weekend.


Thursday, November 25, 2010

Not a good week for some

I'm sitting watching the Campbell Live and seeing some rather sad stuff. I can't believe the amount of baking these people in Chch have gathered to send to the Coasters. They said "baked with a pinch of hope" but now its just grief.
And then also there's been the second fire at Girls' High - my old stamping ground - and I saw the devastation there last night. The school - apart from the burnt building - is looking superb after some obviously great efforts by the grounds staff. But some dickheads thought it "funny" to set fire to a classroom. The same one as a few weeks ago and I guess they finished the job off this time. What makes some people tick????
Oh well. On to happier things perhaps. I start my second job on Monday - part-time temp at Noel Leemings - and I'm going to be a busy girl over the next 5 weeks. But its all good 'cos it's money! What it means for my friends and family tho is that there will be no handmade Xmas cards this year - there is simply not the time left!! Sorry in advance.
I finally got my "blue" layout done for the Colour class I'm doing. The cluster had me scratching my head for a while but I'm happy with the end result. I did cheat a little on the class rule of using current stash.....the peach roses were bought after the class started, but in my defence I bought them for another project and they were the left overs. :-)
Coming up with some "B" words for my wee girl was a bit tricky. "Beauty" or "Beautiful" was a given, but the second word? There had to be two 'cos the layout required two. Hmmm. Rodney didn't seem so taken with the "Beloved". Any ideas out there? It's not too late to change it!
Here's looking to the weekend and some brighter news from around and about.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Christmas is Coming! (the goose is getting fat)

Couldn't resist that title.....the goose bit I remember from waaaaaay back many years ago on an episode of the Muppets when Miss Piggy sang a song which had the line "Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat". I cannot for the life of me remember anything else from the song, not even the rest of the tune but that line has stuck.
Anyway, I digress. Christmas certainly is coming and I have completed pressie number 1. It's a scrap page, but oh so more than a page. It's attached to a canvas - a fairly slim one, not the usual thick ones - and I shall probably have to go out and find a nice stand for it.
This pressie is for my Mum and Dad (don't tell them!) and is in celebration of them having lived at 3 Kauri Street for 50 years. The actual anniversary was November 3 (also my Nana RTB's birthday) and the weather was fortunately on its best behaviour for me to take the pics. I had some new Prima papers lying around and Mum had seen this one and thought it quite pretty so hopefully she likes the 'little' extra embellishment.
Her garden at this time of year through to Jan/Feb is a mass of colour of all different descriptions. So I tried for a very colourful page although the predominant colour is the pinky-orangey roses. There is a mix of flowers both bought and handmade; the handmade ones using more Prima papers (they're from the Annalee range). I don't think you can see it, but there is a gold rub-on of music in the bottom right and top left corners. The corners have also been embellished with bits from a Dusty Attic frame which were painted pale pink and then Kindy Glitzed. The little scrolls of paper have been tied with left-over flower wire and little charms attached - a flower, a key and a heart with "made with love" on it.
So that's pressie number one done. Rodney's mum is getting a wee box which is almost finished. Not sure what else will be made this year as time is running out!
Have a great week.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Green, Green, Green

Well, when I love green, and have lots of papers with green in them you'd think that building a page based on green would be easy. Ha! Not at all. That was this week's colour in Nic H's class. To start with I couldn't decide on which papers to use. Then I really struggled with embellishing it but I stuck to my guns in that I chose to use the embellishments from the pack that the papers came in and finally it's finished and I must say it has grown on me considerably.
This range of papers is Basic Grey "Boxer" which I bought about 2 years ago as a collection pack. The pack was unopened until I started this page. :-) The letters are just the right size although there is not as much "3Dness" to them so I stuck them to cardstock and trimmed around them then inked. They still didn't stand out from the page much so I added KindyGlitz as well.

Blue will be next; hopefully I don't have as much trouble as I did with green.
We're off to a Christmas 'do' tonight - Rodney's work mates. Will be lots of fun.....hopefully I can get up in time for work tomorrow!


Thursday, November 11, 2010

Daffodil day

At the last minute, I decided to have a go at the Yellow version of week 2 in the class I'm doing. I saw my All Blacks jester hat sitting in my craft room with the Cancer Society daffodil still attached. I thought - perfect to complete a yellow page.
The hard bit was coming up with a word beginning with Y. Not that the word thing is part of the class; I've decided that my own wee mini challenge within the class is to use the same picture of Fluffy Bum in each layout, and the title based on the letter of the colour. (Week 1 Red - hence R is for Resting, Week 2 Orange - O is for Our wee girl). I thought of "You" but wasn't sure how I was going to journal it, then Rodney came up with "Yes" and the journalling came bubbling out!
Not sure if you can see the journalling in the pics so here it is:
Yes! I will get you some bikkies soon.
Yes! You can curl up on my lap.
Yes! I will get you some bikkies soon.
Yes! You can sleep on my feet at night.
Yes! I will give you a "scritch" around the ears, and cheeks and chin.
Yes! I will get you some bikkies soon.
Yes! I will get you some bikkies if you stop putting your claws into me.
Yes! You can have some bikkies.
Nothing more to be said really! :-)


Monday, November 8, 2010

I've been busy

Yep, this is my third page in almost as many days. I was right into the swing of it at the weekend - perhaps it was the long day at the track on Saturday.
I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I had a pic of these two - my great grandparents via my mum's dad. This is William James Fort and Fanny Louisa Jones on their wedding day in 1895. (I must find out the exact dates of these events, not just the year).
Note the more rustic chair in this pic.....just bare branches. Quite a different style of dress on Fanny too. The photo isn't clear enough to see her veil, but again it's quite different from the one Gertrude has. Only 4 years difference between the two weddings yet a completely different style. And I just love the hand on the hip! Mum reckons it's because of how long they had to stand still waiting for the photo to be taken but I like to think it's more about her personality. A common factor between this photo and the other set of great grandies, is the fact that he is sitting and she is standing. Perhaps it's to show off the dress more? I think this was a trend of the times but what was the reason for it? Too early for the suffragette movement!
So that's my mum's grandparents taken care of. I am not aware of any photos in existence for Dad's side of the family so I may not get a complete set. It seems that although Dad's grandfather (and his father before that) were sexton's of the Timaru cemetery during their working years, the family as a whole has moved away from Timaru and I suspect any pics are with other branches of the family. Mum's grandparents settled in Pleasant Point after a fair bit of tripping around and stayed there. All their children stayed in the area for many years too. I shall have to do some digging into the family tree again.
As for this layout. Well, I saw a page use this format while at SENZ this year and did a quick sketch of it. I'm not 100% happy with the flowers....they don't seem to have made the right shape but overall I like the look of the page. The paper (what there is of it) is My Mind's Eye. It's pre-glittered so I didn't put any other bling on the page. Well, I don't call pearl beads bling. The pearls are hand sewn through the holes of the Fiskars border punch. The background card is Bazzill embossed. I love it but that was my last sheet.
Anyway. Enough burble from me. As always, hope you like the page. Let me know what you think.
Have a great week.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Orange - for a change

Week 2 of Nic Howard's class and the colour to use is orange and yellow. I may have made a card with some orange in it before, and perhaps also some yellow but I've not used this much, or made it the focus of a page, before. Oh wait, the page I did of my neice - autumn colours - there was orange in that. But the photo kind of made it necessary to use those colours.
And, I don't think any of my pages have had this much journalling on them. The subject wasn't too difficult though and the words just flowed.
I like the end result of this page. The silver strip in the middle is a Making Memories one; it's embossed and has a sticky back so it was easy to use. Why have I not used it before???? It's been in my stash for years - 5 or 6 at least - and I don't think they even make them anymore.
One of the 'rules' (not strict though) of the class is to use stuff in our stash but I'm running out of the chipboard letters and they are just perfect for these pages. Does it count if I buy new letters? Of course, I may not be able to get them so perhaps I'll have to get my Robo out and make some. :-)
The scattering of seed beads is supposed to look like Fluffy Bum has split them across the page. Hopefully I've achieved that look. The one and only orange tombow pen I have came out quite fluoro so I dulled it down with a bit of black ink.
Hope you like it.


Friday, November 5, 2010

Friday Scrapping

It's rather cold and wet outside - great for scrapbooking!

Here is my latest creation for the family tree series. This is Harry & Gertrude's official wedding photo. The original photo has writing on the back (I think written by the photographer) describing what Great Grandma Roberts is wearing. Quite a contrast in style to what Great Grandma Fort is wearing in 1895. I shall be scrapping that one in the near future.

I used another Trina McClune sketch for this page. With the paper I used here (Basic Grey "Scarlett's Letter" range) and the size of the circle in relation to the pic didn't look right without something around the square border. So I experimented with a large corner stamp. I stamped in each corner using Antique Linen from the Distress Inks range, and then stamped (hopefully here is a link to Trina's blog where I got the sketch from.....).
Not sure I like my handwriting; I wanted to put a date on the page with their names but I'm thinking I should have left it out. On the other hand, I like the flowers. To get the right shade of red I Glimmer Misted pink cardstock flowers rather than white with "Brick".

Off now to see what the layout is for week 2 of the online class I'm taking. It's all about colour and this week it's orange and yellow. I think it's going to be a bit tricky!
Have a great weekend.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Blast from the past & Nic's class week 1

It's been a wee bit quiet lately on the scrapping front but this weekend I got back into gear and I made - lost count - heaps of flowers with various papers. I know that I WILL use them at some stage - I promise they won't languish in the stash for too long - and even better I have used papers that I have more of so that I can create pages that use have matching embellishments. Or not. Who knows!?

The first page here is continuing the theme I started a few weeks ago with the photo of my Great Grandma. That one was of her on her 90th (or 95th) birthday.

For this new page I used the same sketch of Trina's and pretty much the same embellishments but with some tiny wee differences - can you spot them? And even harder - can you spot which 'r' was not originally an 'r'? (I have run out of them in my fave chipboard alpha set). The photo is of Great Grandad Albert Harold Roberts (known to all as Harry) and Great Grandma Gertrude Elizabeth Roberts (nee Dohrmann) on their wedding day in 1898. This is her 'going away' outfit. I do have a pic of the wedding dress - and it is gorgeous! - but am holding that one off for another page.

The stickles on the Dusty Attic florish was still wet when I took the pic, and unfortunately the sun has washed the page out a bit but I'm sure you'll forgive me for that.

The second page is for week 1 of Nic Howard's class "Colour! Or is it Color?". This is an online class running for six weeks on Big Picture Classes. This week's colour is red. I love red, but surprisingly (or not) I find it very difficult to find patterned red papers that suit my taste (and photo). In fact I find this problem extends to beads as well. It is very hard to find a nice red bead of the right size, shape, type for my jewellery. But that's another story.

I am hoping to use the same pic of (guess who!) for all the layouts in the class. But that may be a bigger challenge than getting the layouts done! The week starts on Thursdays so I've just completed this one on time and there is still a double 6x6 one to do. Good thing I'm only working part time. :-)

Have a great week.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Would you call it Heritage??

My first page for a wee while but when I saw the sketch on Trina's blog I just had to try this one.
This is my great grandma - Gertrude Roberts (nee Dohrmann) - my mum's mum's mum. :-) This photo was apparently published in the Timaru Herald at the time - taken either on her 90th or 95th (mum can't remember which) birthday at her home in Pleasant Point.
I was about 7 when she died so I don't remember much of her but I do remember going to visit a few times. She lived to 96. Mum's mum lived to 95 and I think great granma's mum lived to a similar age so it looks like I've still got 40-odd years left in me if previous ancestral form is anything to go by!
About the page - as I mentioned, this is based on one of Trina McClune's sketches. There is a wee Dusty Attic branch in there and some bought flowers (the small ones). The main flowers are made by yours truly using the Retro punch trio and water to squish the paper to crinkle. The paper is Basic Grey "Periphery" range and the green/olive cardstock is Bazzill embossed. There's a bit of a paper doily in there too - can you spot it?? The lace is very old.....found it in mum's stash and she got it from her mum so it's all in the family this one.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

A quilling time

Hmm. My first attempts at quilling. I'll leave the judging of the results to you.....

In the kit I bought there are 4 dies to put through a Cuttlebug (or Big Shot). Two petal types - rose and carnation, stamens (the circle bit in the middle), and leaves. The leaf die has three of each type although neither really looks like the foliage for a carnation. One type looks like holly leaves to me.

Anyway, here are the results of my attempts. The stamen bits make good holly berries I reckon.

I'll keep trying, I do kind of like them and I think they're better in the flesh than in the pics....too late at night to be taking pictures.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Fantastic Ferns!

Yes, I stayed up to watch the netball last night and I am soooo glad I did. Edge of the seat stuff and the best result. Fluffy Bum kept nudging me and looking at me - she wanted her supper and bed - but I just couldn't take my eyes off the screen. :-)
I completed my first proper week at work and today I was sort-of on my own as the boss worked overnight. I got through it all unscathed (and everyone else too!) so am rather proud of how I've picked it all up. There's certainly plenty of work to keep me occupied for more than 4 hours a day but I guess eventually I'll have to keep my hours down. But it's all good, and I'm enjoying it.
I went for some celebratory shopping after work. Went to Rebel Sport to spend $40 of vouchers......I wanted a pair of shorts but came away with a pair of shoes instead. Ahem. I'm not telling how much but I did have to get my card out of the wallet.
I then went to Warehouse Stationery to spend the $250 of vouchers I won. I got quite a bit - two packs of cardstock/papers, a punch (1 inch square), a Cuttlebug embossing folder (4 funky square outlines of differing sizes) and a Cuttlebug quilling kit for making roses/carnations. I saw some of the quilling stuff at SENZ in Trina McClune's 3-in-1 class and I liked what I saw so I'm dead keen to get cracking with my new kit. I will post some pics when I've had a go..... Anyway, all this only came to $150 so I've 'gifted' the extra $100 to Rodney. Mostly a thank you for all he does for me, but also partly guilt for spending so much on the shoes.....!!!!
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Card Time

It's turning into a busy week, blog-wise.
 Had a request from Mum to make a card for a lady at her church who is turning 70. The lady in question does a lot of card-making too, so I'm thinking she'll like this one. I haven't done a lot of card-making myself this year but I'm more than happy to make the odd one....especially as I'm gonna get paid!
I've used Prima papers to make the flowers, some other leaves (not sure but may be Prima), punched leaves using Martha Stewart punch, some beaded pearls and plenty of Star Dust Stickles. Oh, and a wee piece of tulle.
I'm now making heaps more flowers - they are so cool! Thanks to Jo F and Beck C for the tips on these.

Monday, October 11, 2010

First Day of Work

Not quite my first day at work, but it was my first day doing the real stuff I've been hired to do. And wouldn't you know it, the assistant manager is away for a month so the weekend stuff didn't get done....I had three days of work to do! Not to worry, I get an extra hour worth of pay coming and probably will do that for the rest of the month too.
Have thawed out from yesterday's day at the track. Horizontal hail resulted in one very drenched and miserable me. Fortunately we only had to endure it for a couple of hours (unlike Inglewood of a couple of years ago) but I did wish I was back in Cairns for a while. :-)
Now I'm off over to the chair in the sun to make the most of it for the rest of the day. Fluffy Bum was sitting there, but she's now decided to burrow under the sleeping bag that is still on the floor after my late night watching Val Adams in the shot put on Saturday.
Have a great week.

Saturday, October 9, 2010


Well. I had pretty much forgotten about this competition - it closed way back on July 31. But in the mail today I received $250 of Warehouse Stationery vouchers.....I was one of the 5 winners in their card/scrapbooking competition. Woo hoo!
I entered my Rachel page....slightly different from this one - I used 4 pics instead of 3 and the circle was slightly larger - but essentially the same. I just love the autumn colours of the leaves in the pic which prompted my unfamiliar use of orange in the page.
So that's the exciting news of the week. Not much else to report; been in Chch all week for training for my new job so I've done no craft stuff for the best part of 3 weeks (except for last weekend's crop day). Maybe this week. :-)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Training Report

Well, yes. I've felt the earthquakes this week. The other night didn't feel like much more than a gentle rocking, but this morning our office creaked quite considerably. It nearly went on a tad too long and I would have been under the desk but I didn't.
I've now completed 3 days of training and I think they like me! I took copious notes today and hopefully I can do a daily banking tomorrow without stopping to ask questions. The bummer bit is I have to get up even earlier as I'm wanted in by 7am. This ain't no holiday! Back to normal hours next week. :-)
Hope you're all well and not too glued to the telly watching the games.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lazy Sunday

I'm sitting here trying to work out how to get some energy back. I haven't done much yet today and somehow I don't think I'll be doing much more either. Hopefully it's not a cold.....I managed to get through winter without one and now that spring is here I think it's caught up with me. Damn!
Crop day yesterday was fairly full on as per usual. Inspiration was slow to come, but I managed two complete layouts and another completed from a class kit.
The first one is using a Trina McClune sketch from way back in August. The wee 'scrolls' across the middle are pieces of the same canvas paper I've used for the background. Note to self for next time I do this: cut the canvas in strips and roll separately. Don't try and cut through the scroll!! The top one is at Palm Cove looking back towards Trinity Beach and the bottom one is the reverse pic. Palm Cove is about 40mins drive north of Cairns. Trinity Beach 20mins.
Next up is another sketch - this time from Becky Fleck which Trina McC blogged about in August, (spot the theme here -- I'm very behind on my sketches!). This photo of my darling FB was taken by sister-in-law Christine when she was visiting us a few weeks ago. FB tolerated their presence for a while but didn't like to come into the lounge when we were all there chatting. Christine caught up with her in the back yard.
Third and final page is of Christine and her hubby Ian and their son Tyson, and FB's cousin Cleo. This was taken when I was in Cairns last week, at their house in Trinity Beach. Tyson actually lives in Cairns but joined us for the afternoon showing me around the town and surrounds. For this page I used a partially made layout from a class kit from about 2 years ago. (Another trend here....I have lots of incomplete pages at home from classes where I didn't have the pics to complete them). :-) The kit was one of Nic Howard's.
I'm off to Shaky Christchurch this week for my BP training so no more crafting until next weekend.
Have a great week.