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Wedding Joy!

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Hi bloggies!

It has been awhile … I know! Life has been frantic but happy. I can’t even begin to list all that has been going on over the last 3 months or so … but it has been a doozy time for us! I am soooo tired … but also happy! Apart from extended house guests, wedding prep & Christmas we have also done a mini reno to the house to create a walk in pantry/storage/craft room to enable us to declutter our main living/kitchen areas. We have been filling in walls, painting & clearing out cupboards & all that goes with steamlining things! We are not finished … with a minor kitchen facelift still to do and more painting … but there is light at the end of the tunnel!

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But … the BIG event of Skye & Mitch’s wedding on the 11th January … is now a week past … and life has slowed to a dull roar instead of a runaway train! The wedding was BEAUTIFUL!!! It was just the happiest day … full of joy & blessings. Mitch had a grin from ear to ear all day and made the sweetest, sincerest & most romantic speech ever! Skye wrote & performed a song for him … and we shared the day with so many of our much loved family and friends. Their deep love for God & for each other was so evident to everyone! It was just WONDERFUL! The two photos above are sneak peeks shared by the photographer Michael Boyle on Facebook. They are just stunning! I can’t wait to see the rest! I hope some of you have caught up with photos I have shared on my Facebook page (scroll back through my FB page to find some other friend’s albums that I have shared). Here are just a few I have grabbed quickly to share ….  note: hover over each photo to read captions … and if you are really interested just click on the first photo to view each one individually!

Of course … a lot of prep went into the wedding … and I did want to share the wedding stationery that I made with you all. If anyone would be interested … it will be you guys! The theme was Daisy / Aqua / Lemon & Sparkle! Oh … and the Star Wars mention??? It had to be there … after all Skye is now “Skye Walker”!!!!! :D (And Mitch is a Star Wars fan!)

So … lots of pics! Sorry to bombard your downloads! You may have noticed in the photo captions … Shane got engaged to Chloe on NYE!!!!! It was very romantic … at the Sydney NYE fireworks … right on midnight! So another wedding is happening but probably not until early 2015! Might take a few moments to breathe before then! :wink: Hope you are all having a great day! I have a gazillion cards to make (am a little late with a couple) … and it is a rainy day … perfect for crafting! So I will toddle off! Thanks for taking the time to pop by! I hope you leave a comment to make me smile … I am missing my girl today! Hugs xxx

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Hi my friends!

Well … it has been a little while … hasn’t it!? To be honest … I have found it hard to find the time to blog. Somehow I have always managed to do at least 2 or 3 posts a week (except in really busy times) … but lately it just hasn’t been happening! I had been spending more time blogging than card making … but I really needed the time for the card making! My time is (delightfully) full of interruptions lately with Stacey home on maternity leave & Sheree down to part time work to help her cope with her debilitating heart condition … plus my mum & Gav’s mum to visit with … English lessons at church etc etc etc. I really can’t resist spending time with my family!!!  Anyway … you don’t want to hear about my busy life! I really miss you guys … but …  I just wanted to pop by and say hi and to let you know that I am planning to take a break from blogging! :(  Between now and when I return … you can always check out my latest creations at my Pinterest page …

Click this button to view my pins! Check the “I made these” board.

665729kxlziwnvoh.gifObviously, posting to Pinterest means no card recipes … but it is much more efficient to do it this way. I guess too … my cards are usually easy to CASE … especially since I have been doing more and more CAS style cards due to time constraints. And … to be honest … I really wasn’t sure if anyone actually used the recipes at all! I think most of the time I have been blogging to myself, anyway! (grin) :D

One day … perhaps after the wedding in January … I will be back to regular posting! Thanks so much to those who were interested in what I did and visited regularly … I really appreciate your support! Truly … it has been wonderful to make new friends … and I still intend to do some blog hopping to try and keep in touch! (Can’t promise how regular it might be!) Thanks for the friendship and fun! And remember …

Happiness is stamping with friends!

Andrea sig


Baby Boy Card for Seth

S&J Baby Seth Aug'13 (3)Hi bloggies!

Back again! I have just finished doing Gav’s invoicing for last month so I thought I would take a minute to pop by. Today’s cards are baby ones … I created matching cards in pink & blue just before Seth was born. And … now the pink one is in my stash for a future little angel. :)

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So … Here is Seth’s card …

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S&J Baby Seth Aug'13 (4)Isn’t this image just the sweetest!!! It is a Tiddly Inks DIGI image. I just love the cute factor of their images and now have several in cling stamps! You all know how busy it has been here lately … and this card (AGAIN) is a CASE! My brain is just not allowing any creative juices at the moment. This design was inspired by one of my favourite bloggers … Denise Marzec. You can find her original and delightful card –> HERE! Denise has such a clean and gorgeous style!

So … here is the pink one ….

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TI Baby Girl  (5)This is another of the Tiddly Inks DIGI images that I bought quite a while ago. What a little sweetie! The heart frame is a FREEBIE image I found via Google … but I’m not sure where I actually found it … all I know is that I saved it as a “Google Tags” image. You can see I have added some sparkle to both cards … a MUST for a pretty baby card. I used my Versamark pen to colour in some areas and then heat embossed using the Iridescent Ice embossing powder. (Still my preferred way to add sparkle.)

Well … I really need to get my head around some organising for the engagement party on the 14th September … so I had better stop procrastinating! See you all again soon. (I hope!) Hugs xxx

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En Francais Sympathy

En Francais Sympathy G&J Jul'13 (4)Hello my friends!

Well … another morning in bed. Seems the severe ‘hayfever’ I had yesterday was actually the beginnings of a bad cold. Today I am hot & blocked up with a runny nose & scratchy throat. It is not super bad … but with a busy weekend ahead … including a wedding tomorrow, I thought I would take it easy this morning … have a little snooze & then get up this afternoon & do the baking I need for the weekend!? Sounds like a plan??? I am not wallowing … just being practical! :wink:

En Francais Sympathy G&J Jul'13 (1)I do have a couple of sympathy cards to make … but that will have to wait until Monday. I also have a couple more to share after a recent ‘run’ of them! I have to say …. as soon as I saw this card on Pinterest … I knew I just HAD to make it. This gorgeous design was inspired by Mariana Grisby’s card … you can find it –> HERE! En Francais Sympathy G&J Jul'13 (3)I did change the colour combo … you know how much I love Pool Party/White/Black! The punched edge is a different one … and so is the flower and background stamp … but basically is it based on Mariana’s card.

Well … we are going out to dinner tonight with some friends (I know … I should be staying in bed!) … but we / they have cancelled twice already … so we really MUST make it tonight. Tomorrow morning we have a 9am wedding in Sydney … and then on Father’s Day we have an afternoon tea (here) with Gav’s parents & most of the kids. It is also Gav’s mum’s birthday on Sunday. Then … the girls are all cooking dinner for Gav on Sunday night! Family dinner! Love it! I also need to fit some baking in before Sunday … and make a dessert for tonight. (Which is nearly finished!) BIG WEEKEND! Hope your’s is a special one too!

Hugs xxx

Check out some lovely card samples over at 52 Card Pickup for some inspiration! I have added this card to the linky list! Feel free to add your latest card that you have posted to the link! Patrice will be happy! You can add your card even if you don’t have a blog. You can upload directly from your computer. xx

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Fresh Vintage Chalkboard Card

Fresh Vintage AnnB'13 (3)Hi Bloggies!

Thanks for popping by again! I hope you have been enjoying my recent cards. My blog traffic has been down of late (my fault … not so regular!) … so I am trying to catch some of my blog friends that may have got tired of waiting. I hope YOU might be one of them … and are back! :?:

Fresh Vintage AnnB'13 (1)Fresh Vintage AnnB'13 (4)I finally got around to trying out the “chalkboard” technique that everyone has been raving about … and is all over blog land! I saw this card on Pinterest and went to the original source –> HERE created by Nichole Heady. It was so sweet & I just had to CASE it! Nichole has a video tutorial for this technique on her blog! I was kinda thrilled with my result. Not a straight CASE … but very similar!

I made this card (X 2) and posted one off for a friend’s birthday. Then another birthday popped up … a special “50th” … and so I tweaked the 2nd sample to fit the occasion!

Just a couple of die cut numbers and some Dazzling Details … and it became a 50th Card. Well … off to EFL (English For Life) … a course run for new visitors/immigrants to our country that is run by our church. Will see you again soon! Hugs xxx

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Sweet Chloe’s 21st Card

Chloe's 21st CT'13 (3)Hi bloggies!

We had a wonderful morning a couple of weeks ago at Shane’s girlfriend’s 21st birthday brunch. Mmmm … what a feast … who doesn’t love a good brunch!? Chloe is just the sweetest girl … and Shane has a permanent grin on his face! Anyway … I wanted to do something special for her card. Here it is …

Chloe's 21st CT'13 (1)Chloe's 21st CT'13 (4)Did you notice the paper on the “21″?? I used the wrapping paper I had bought for her gift … and made a matching card! I wish I had taken a photo of both together … it looked fabulous! The “21″ is hand drawn and fussy cut. I also have a new punch … bought for possible wedding stationey … but I haven’t finalised all that yet! Lots of pretty bling / accents all over the numbers added some real ‘pretty’ to the card. Chloe LOVED it! Chloe's 21st CT'13 (5)I hope you can see the acetate butterflies & flowers … they are a little hard to pick in the photos. I added some rhinestones to the centres. I found an old flower punch & some star rhinestones & some heart sequins and added these too!

Well … better go & get moving. We are helping at a working bee at a friend from church’s house. They have had a tough few months … and this is one way we can help! Then off to soccer for 2 matches. The boys have been doing well lately. Hope you all have a lovely weekend! Take care!

PS: Added this card to Patrice’s 52 Card Pickup! Hope you pop by and check out the other samples for this week!

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Box of Hearts!

Outlined Occasions Engagement (3)Hi bloggies!

A quick post … before I get to work! I need to get some paperwork done … then make some cards from my long “to do” list! This was another of the wedding/engagement cards that I made to add to my stash.

Outlined Occasions Engagement (1)Outlined Occasions Engagement (4)This was a direct CASE of a card that I found via Pinterest. Here is the original design from “Stempelweise“. It is a pity that SU! have discontinued the colour spritzer … because this technique is quite effective … don’t you think? I used heart ‘masks’ to stick on the card before I spritzed the red ink. Use a white gel pen to trace around the masks before removing them.

Off I go … see you all soon! (I hope!!) xxx

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Mr & Mrs!

Mr & Mrs Wedding (6)Hi my friends!

I spent some time a little while ago … creating some wedding/engagement cards for my kids for all the weddings they had coming up! I haven’t shared many of them yet … so thought I would share one today!

Mr & Mrs Wedding (4)Easy as … hey?! A little dry embossing … a little stamping … a little bling & ribbon and voila! I actually made two versions of this card. Here is both together …

Mr & Mrs Wedding (1)Mr & Mrs Wedding (5)These were super quick to put together! I am finding that most of my stamping is that way lately! Usually last minute … “I need a card like yesterday.” A lot of the cards I pin for ideas on Pinterest … are CAS cards. And … most of my creations are CASE-d! But … at least I am still managing to make cards!!! At the moment I have a list of 12 needed just in the next month!!! Yikes! Why am I here??? :wink: :D

Big apologies for being MIA lately. It has been particularly busy. I find that most of my days are pre-booked now … and I don’t get much ‘leisure’ time on the computer! I haven’t checked Feedly for a few days either … so that will probably take some time to catch up on, too! I am trying to update my recipe/menu planning system (so that takes hours & hours) … and I am trying to source wedding ‘stuff’ and that also seems to take hours on the iPad … and I have a new little grandson to get cuddles from!!! I also help with English lessons at my church, spend a day with my mum & another with Gav’s mum … and do some bookwork for Gav. I don’t really have any big or satisfactory excuses but I am sure that many of my reader friends will relate! :shock:

Hope you’re having a great day! :)

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