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Enchanting Paris!

Paris B'Day LL'13 (3)Hi bloggies!

Are you like me??? Do you dream of visiting Paris one day? Whenever I see something French … suddenly I have the most amazing and sexy French accent … oh wait … that is just inside my head!!! (grin) I think in reality it would probably sound like Pepe Le Pew! (more grins!) Well … I have a couple of stamp sets that are distinctly French. Pity I have little idea what to do with them! But … I did try ……

Paris B'Day LL'13 (1)Paris B'Day LL'13 (4)Cet ensemble de timbre est tellement mignon … This stamp set is such a cutie! I did do high school french … way back when! But … I have to be honest … I googled that translation!!! (wink) I must get this set …  Penny Black’s – “A Day in Paris” … out again and have a play! I have just stamped and sponged some ink around to give the effect of a scent. The images are stamped with black ink and coloured with markers. Card recipe below! 

Here is another birthday card I made for my sis back in March …

Christine Mar'14 (1)Christine Mar'14 (2)Another “French” looking set … or perhaps it is just the name of the set that makes me think that?? “Language of Love”! (SU!) I think you can just see the soft heart stamped behind the white one and a row of heart below. I used the Illuminations ink for this one … it is a really pretty soft watermark look. I think it might be more effective using a background all over stamp. I tend to use the same old embellies when I do my card making … but have added a pretty ribbon rose and a sweet key charm to this one! Must remember to use these more often!

And … just one last card for today …

Carrie Mar'14This was for my niece’s birthday (also in March) … the day before her mum’s! I dragged out an old faithful stamp set for the background for this one! “Simply Said” … one of the first SU! sets I ever bought! I teamed it with some pretty “Sweet Sorbet” DSP and some bling … and voila! (giggle … I know more French than I thought!) :)

Working on some card packs to sell … one of these days I will get them up online for you to see! I have to be happy with them first! Hope you all have a great weekend! Soccer is off … so it is nice to have the boys home this afternoon! See you all later! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black HeartParis B'Day LL'13 recipe

A Couple of Wedding Cards …

Falling Hearts T&JB'13 (3)Hi again bloggies!

Just wanted to say a very big thank you to Kim & Lynda for all the sweet encouragement via their blog love recently. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say hi and let me know what you think about my latest creations! It is always a thrill to get the feedback. Sharing a couple of wedding cards today …

Falling Hearts T&JB'13 (1)Falling Hearts T&JB'13 (4)This first is super sweet … but I do love the crisp white with the silver sparkle behind … peeking through the die cut hearts! The sentiment is silver embossed with a frame of more silver sparkle! Super easy and fun to make! You can find a card recipe for this one at the end of this post!


………………………………………………………………………………..Wedding-Marriage Feb13 (4)My second wedding card today has some GOLD embossing this time … on the image and the sentiment …

Wedding-Marriage Feb13 (1)Wedding-Marriage Feb13 (3)This time the heart background is done using an embossing folder. I have layered white card on vanilla shimmer card — a soft but very elegant effect. and added a sweet gold & white ribbon. Another easy but pretty card. Both cards are a longer and narrower shape than the normal size card — the first is top fold and the second is side fold. I need to remind myself to do this more often! I do love this size!

It has been fun getting to post a little more frequently … I hope you are enjoying catching up on some of the little creations of the past few months! Still plenty to come! Have a great day! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black HeartFalling Hearts T&JB'13 recipe


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En Francais CAS

En Francais Engagement (3)Hi bloggies!

Another quick and easy card today … and another that has been sitting in my files for months! I have had a lot of wedding & engagement cards to make recently and have found some fabulous inspiration around in cyber space! There are some wonderfully clever crafters out there!

En Francais Engagement (1)En Francais Engagement (4)This background stamp “En Francais” (SU!) is definitely a favourite of mine. It always gives such an elegant look to a card. I am also a HUGE fan of the soft seam binding … must get remember to use it more often … I love the look. I really like the contrast of the Vanilla Card and the soft Crumb Cake with the blingy red glimmer paper. Works so well together! Card Inspiration: HERE! (from Better Homes & Gardens Magazine!) There is a card recipe for this one at the end of this post! FYI: Card recipe has a link to original design … but when you type in link to your web browser … change the “#page=27″ to 11 instead of 27! I checked the link … and it picks a random page to open. You do need #page=11!

Here are a couple of other recent engagement cards that I made …

This first one was such a quick card to make … with rainbow hearts & a background stamp … not much to it but soooo effective! The little locket with heart trinket was a pretty finishing touch. If anyone can tell me where I can buy some more of these silver half pearls (self adhesive) I would really appreciate your help! Card Inspiration: HERE!

Tim&Bec Mar'14And the second has only the tiniest bit of stamping … and some pretty die cuts in foil and glimmer paper. I have also used some of the SU! foil vellum. It gives such a soft and feminine look to the background of the card.

Tim&Bec Mar'14bWell … it is a cold, rainy, miserable winter’s night … and I am keen for bed! Might have something to share with you tomorrow! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black HeartEn Francais Engagement recipe


Boy’s Birthday Cards

Rev up the Fun B'day MB Aug14 (4)Hi bloggies!

Son-in-law no. 2 (as in 2nd married … not 2nd in favourites!) is having his birthday today. So … I thought I would share his birthday card with you all.

Rev up the Fun B'day MB Aug14 (1)Rev up the Fun B'day MB Aug14 (3)The colours haven’t photographed particularly well … and I think I made them worse with some photo editing trying to get them closer to real. These are three of the new SU! in-colours teamed with one from last year. Blackeberry Bliss (should be a little redder/blacker?) … Lost Lagoon (should be a little deeper?) … Meadow Moss (seems pretty close?) … and Pistachio Pudding (shouldn’t be so bright?) Trust me though … these colours are FABULOUS together! Card Inspiration: HERE!

Chalk Talk B'day MW Jul14 (4)A bonus card … created on the same day … using the same colours … is Son-in-law no. 3’s birthday card (for July).

Chalk Talk B'day MW Jul14 (1)This is such a fun design … so quick and easy … and I have to give credit (again) to another creative cardmaker! Card Inspiration: HERE! I always add the names of the people I have CASEd in my tags list on each post … so you can check them out if you are interested! Hope to see you again soon! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart



Thinking of You? … Send a card!

Best of Autumn MumJun14 (4)Hi bloggies!

One of the nicest thing about card making is the smile it brings to someone’s face to find a handmade card in the mail box! There is nothing nicer than to know someone has taken the time not only to stop and write … but to create something special to acknowledge that you are thinking of them. I know … I always appreciate it when I receive something special by snail mail. It also makes me feel happy to know that someone has had their day brightened by something I have sent. Today’s card is one I made for my mum … back in June … when she was remembering the anniversary of my dad’s passing. (2011)

Best of Autumn MumJun14 (1)Best of Autumn MumJun14 (3)I often feel I am being lazy if I create a single layer card … but have to admit … that I am usually really happy with the way they turn out. There is something nice about a “less is more” card. I used a die to cut a mask for the sponged scallop frame. I like the double colour sponging. It is really quite effective. I am trying to remember how I did the scalloped dazzling diamonds edge to the frame (running around the outside of the scallops) … but I can’t for the life of me remember how I did that! ;) I will put that down to old age! The stamp set was one of the “Best of” range that SU! release for their 25th anniversary called “Best of Autumn” … and I have also used an oldie but goodie “Confetti” … the sentiment is from the “Sincere Salutations” set (both also from SU!)

It has been a busy week … but I am looking forward to a day with my girls tomorrow. It is also Murray’s birthday … so I will be back to share his birthday card. See you all again soon. Hugs xx

Andrea Gold Black Heart


Simple Birthday Thanks

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Hi bloggies!

Today’s card was actually created in July 2013! Yes … I DO HAVE cards on file dating back that far … and this one has a card recipe too! (at end of post) I am WAY BEHIND with blogging! :) Was this worth waiting for?? (wink)!

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Simple B'day Thanks TZ'13 (4)This was created for my youngest niece while she was away overseas with her family doing mission work. I know that the local people were intrigued with this one! I must go and find those pretty rose embellies. I don’t think I have used any since this card. I dyed this one by rubbing it over the stamp pad. It looks really pretty with the blue tips on the petals. Lots of added bling and glitz for a girly girl card. I even added some shimmer spray to the cupcake base! This definitely looked prettier in real life! Card Inspiration: HERE!

Well … off to take Sandy to his ZONE athletics carnival … after he got AGE champ at the school carnival. He is actually going for every event except 800m & 1500m. Of course … he just HAD to sprain his ankle at soccer on Saturday afternoon (was very swollen & quite bruised) and has spent the last 2 days with it up! So … I am not sure how well he will perform today??? Gav’s dad has been in hospital for several days after a blood pressure scare. He was due to have an angiogram yesterday but has developed pneumonia and was not well enough to have the test. We have been back and forward to the hospital. Gav’s mum is also not well with a bad dose of the flu. Busy Busy! Life is never dull. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs xx

Andrea Gold Black Heart

Simple B'day Thanks TZ'13 recipe



Celebrating 10 years!

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Celebrate D'Luxe 10 yrs (5)Hi bloggies!

Recently the girls at my hair salon celebrated 10 years of business with a lovely afternoon party. The salon is owned by two sisters — both hair dressers — and a friend who owns the beauty side of the business. The sister’s mum (also a hair dresser) works in the salon too. I started going to this salon just a few months after they opened … and have been going ever since. Every 6 weeks for nearly 10 years … and also to have my nails done from time to time.I have worked out that is about 140 visits over the last 10 years! All 3 of my girls have had their bridal hair and makeup done there, too! I have been a great ambassador for the salon bringing along — my whole family (hubby, 2 sons, 3 daughters, 3 son-in-laws) — my sis & her 2 daughters — a friend & 2 daughters — an elderly couple from church — another couple of my daughter’s friends etc etc. So … it was nice to pop along to the salon and share in the celebrations.

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Celebrate D'Luxe 10 yrs (3)This is the card I made for the girls to go with a little congratulations gift that I gave them. So … You may have noticed there is NO stamping on this card! All the impact is from some fabulous die cuts and some gorgeous papers/card. I have used some silver foil sheet, red shimmer card and some pretty fancy foil vellum. The dies I have used are Elizabeth Craft Designs “Balloons” and Paper Smooches “Birthday Words”. I was pretty happy with this one!

Hope you are enjoying my recent posts! It has been fun being back more regularly. Hope you are all having a great day! Hugs xx

Andrea Gold Black Heart


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Baby We’ve Grown!

Baby We've Grown - P&B Jul'14 (4)

Baby We've Grown - K&L Jul'14 (3)

Hi bloggies!

Two of my favourite couples recently became grandparents in the same week. I just had to congratulate them and welcome them to the grandparent’s club! It is SUCH a FABBO club to be part of. There is something very special about grandkids! :) I just love our two to bits!

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So … I have used three stamp sets on this simple card … SU! – “Baby We’ve Grown” (the circle “brand new” sentiment) … SU! – “Something For Baby” (the cute little booties) … Verve – “Promoted” (the sentiment phrase) — isn’t it such a fun phrase!?  Some adorable papers from my stash … and matching inks and a super quick and easy little card. I do love these new SU! Die/Stamp bundles … makes card making so easy! Card Inspiration: HERE!

Click pics above to view better detail! Have been watermarking all my recent card photos … and realised that I have a lot to share! Will be back asap with more! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart