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Musical Interlude!

Tongarra Country Fair 2014Hi bloggies!

I am just popping by to add a couple of photos from our school fair on Saturday. Those of you who have been with me for some time will know that Skye is the musical one in our family. She has even had a lead role in a local theatre company musical as well as performing regularly at school and church events. I was totally surprised recently to find out that Sandy can actually sing too! He was talked into performing (nagged) in the school talent quest by his music teacher and did really well for his first ever public performance. His teacher convinced him to perform at our Country Fair last Saturday … and he did two songs with his music class band. He played guitar and sang lead vocals. Well … to say I was surprised at his talent was an understatement! Of course … he is not experienced or as ‘polished’ as a performer as Skye … but it was a proud mum moment, just the same!

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We also were thrilled that Skye was asked to return to her old school and do a 1/2 hour set on stage at the fair. She asked Sandy to accompany her on guitar … and also one of Sandy’s classmates, Eden to play her violin. WOW! It was a fantastic combination and Skye performed beautifully! For the first time we managed to get some video footage of her … including one song that she wrote herself! It was so nice to sit in the sunshine and listen to the musical performances! Both kids will be so embarrassed … but I can’t help sharing a couple of photos with my blog friends! Thanks for humouring me! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart


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Paper Smooches – Pretty Phrases

PS Pretty Phrases Sep14 (4)Hi again bloggies!

I have a new love … Paper Smooches! My blog friend Kim is such a BAD EXAMPLE … and is always tempting me to buy more STUFF! I just had to get some of the cute products … and I have a wish list for more! This sentiment on this card is from a PS stamp set called “Pretty Phrases”! Isn’t it divine!

PS Pretty Phrases Sep14 (1)PS Pretty Phrases Sep14 (3)This is such a typical ‘Andrea’ card. I have decided that I do have a tendency to use a little bit of bling … oh … ok … perhaps I use A LOT of bling!!! :wink:  I have a very ‘girly’ style! :D  I do love love love other styles like vintage chic and stamp layering and lots of others … but I just can’t seem to do them very well! I can’t help myself … I often look at a finished card … and just HAVE TO add some bling!

Ribbon Flower PIN

The ribbon flower was inspired by a pin I found recently … when I went looking for some new ideas for using ribbons! So sweet!

Warning … Alert … Boring info ahead! You can stop reading now … if you aren’t interested!!!

No time for chatter this week or the next! Here is why …

Monday

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Driving for school excursion

Tuesday

  • EFL (English for Life) classes at church
  • Trip to Sydney & Dinner with my WA friend, Lee-Anne! (2 hours car/train)

Wednesday

  • Regular minding of grandkids
  • Our Land Trust AGM + Bible Study (not sure if both will fit in?)
  • Baking for tomorrow!

Thursday

  • A friend’s mum’s funeral … helping with refreshments
  • Thurs night in Wollongong — Sandy at Youth Group … I sit in car and wait!

Friday

  • Lunch / Day with my m-i-l & sis-i-l
  • Fracture Clinic appt with Sandy

Saturday

  • Cooking for Sunday lunch

Sunday

  • Church (10am)
  • Soup Lunch … outreach event (G4G) (12.30pm)
  • Gospel for the Gong (G4G) outreach event at UOW (7pm)

Monday

  • Groceries
  • Cooking meal for new mum

Tuesday

  • EFL
  • Sandy’s Parent / Teacher Interviews

Wednesday

  • Grandbabies here!

Thursday

  • Packing
  • Hair Appt
  • Leaving at 6pm to drive to Q’ld (13 hours)

Friday

  • Arrive Q’ld around 7am
  • Sleep for a couple of hours
  • Drive to Brisbane (1 1/2 hrs) — NEPHEW’S WEDDING
  • Drive to Gav’s sister’s … 1 hour

Saturday

  • Day with Gav’s family in Brisbane

Sunday

  • Drive home to Wollongong! (13 hours)

Monday

  • Groceries
  • COLLAPSE!!!

So … clearly … I am going to be a bit distracted over the next couple of weeks … but hopefully I can add a few ‘scheduled posts’ with some creations for you to see! I just won’t have much time to chat!

Until next time …. Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart


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My first “Card in a Box”!

Card in a Box Tania14 (5)Card in a Box Mitch21Jun14 (6)Hi bloggies!

It has been such a busy few days … with our school fair and extra child minding etc etc etc. I won’t bore you with the details except to say I had a FABBO stamping/friendship day with Leonie, Jenny & Tracey on Thursday … and actually managed to get 4 Christmas cards (just 1 design) done! We were a little distracted by Leonie’s newest adventure –> Lily Anne Designs.

Card in a BoxI will show you the Christmas card closer to Christmas … but in the meantime … here are my first attempts at a Card in a Box. Remember: You can click on the first card in the gallery to open a slideshow to view the photos better!

I did one for my nephew’s 21st birthday … back in June! He was impressed. Another is for a friend’s birthday … but ssshhh … don’t tell her! I haven’t given it to her yet! The papers are from the FAB SU! paper stack (pad) called “Fresh Prints” and you can see that gorgeous “Monarch Butterfly” Die that I used for the two cards in a couple of my recent posts …  THIS POST & THIS POST! For those who may not have seen this type of card before … it actually folds flat to go in an envelope to be posted! They are super cool! :D

Well … I have another ridiculously busy week! Just added 4 items to my diary this morning (for this week) … that just came up unexpectedly! But … one is a visit to Sydney tomorrow night to see my lovely blog friend from Western Australia … Lee-Anne! I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to see her after becoming good friends via text, phone & facebook. This is only our 2nd meeting … and I can’t wait! :) So … lots to get organised … better get going! I hope I will find some time to get back here soon! Have a great day! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart


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More of the Monarch!

Blended Monarch (5)Blended Monarch (3)Hi bloggies!

You know that gorgeous Monarch butterfly (Frantic Stampers) that I showed you a couple of days ago … well … it was fast becoming a favourite! Unfortunately, I can’t play with it at the moment … with my Big Shot still in pieces!!! But … I do have a couple of cards to share made before the major catastrophe happened!

Blended Monarch (1)Blended Monarch (4)This little stunner was one that Julie (Jono’s mum) & I played with at a recent stamping day together! I know Julie found this design somewhere online … I will check that link with her and add it here asap! I used her pretty Melon Mambo blendies to created the ombre colour effect on white card and layered it under the black die cut. I also popped a few rhinestones along the centre (body) of the butterfly … and a few around the gorgeous flourish!

Added 20th Oct: Found it!!! I pinned it so long ago … but managed to finally locate it! This gorgeous design was inspired by Deena Boos (My Home Grown Art) … Link to Pinterest PIN

Monarch Butterfly AnnB14 (4)Here is another birthday card that I made for a lovely friend a couple of months ago.

Monarch Butterfly AnnB14 (1)Monarch Butterfly AnnB14 (3)This was my first play with a stencil … around the edge of the card. I am keen to try again … but was reasonably pleased with this one! I sponged ink onto the stencil and then used matching markers to colour the base of the monarch butterfly to get the ‘rainbow’ colour effect. A few matching sequins for the ‘trail’ … and voila! CARD INSPIRATION: Pat (De-stressing my Life) via Pinterest.

Xmas Sep14The part for my Big Shot arrived yesterday. Unfortunately … for some reason … it seems a little shorter than the original piece!? Gav is trying to adapt it to fit … but perhaps I am going to have to wait for another part to arrive if that doesn’t work! :(  I did get a start on my Christmas cards recently … but had to go back to “pre Big Shot” days! Boy that is hard!!! But … with a little help from Pinterest … and a few new stamps … I managed to get 16 (4 of each) done! Here is a sneak peek (above) … I will show you these cards properly a little closer to Christmas! Have a great day! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart


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Quick Baby Post!

Something for Baby - Elliot Jul'14 (4)Something for Baby - Lily Jul'14 (4)Hi bloggies!

Another scheduled post … due to time constraints this week! This time a couple of baby cards … yes … they are cards that fold flat and go into an envelope!!! I got this template from my stamping buddy, Jenny Hayward … but have since sourced one that has flaps for the tops of the blocks. Am keen to try that sometime!

Click on the first picture to view each separately for better detail. The stamp sets that I used on these baby block cards are Stampin’ Up! — “Something for Baby” and “Baby We’ve Grown”. Enjoy your day! I am busy playing with the grand babies today … I ended up having them Monday & Tuesday instead of Wednesday this week. I just love having them here! :) Hope to be back again soon with another creation! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart