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Peyton’s Baby Card


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Hi bloggies!

I finally found my photos of the card I made for Peyton’s birth! It was still on my old computer but hadn’t backed up on my hard drive! Go figure! So I have spent a little time sorting photos and downloading some new ones and have a gazillion things to show you. Now I just need the time to share!

photo10706 So … this was a labour of love! We didn’t know whether Sheree & Murray’s baby was going to be a pink one or a blue one … so I made one of each! Maybe I can use the blue one for Stacey & Jono’s baby which is due Aug 26???? I found this design on Pinterest Baby Cardand if you follow the web link (Click photo on right) to the original page you will find a printable template. But … you will be limited to using the images that are on the template. I wanted to stamp and decorate my own images so I spent an hour or so designing my own template using a Nestabilities die and a hand cut (paper trimmer) base. It took a little while and the original design was far too small so I had to start again with a bigger die and bigger measurements! I will add that template to the end of this post … in case you would like to try this design.

Baby Card for Peyton Jun15 (1)

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Hope you are all having a great day! Off to upload some more card photos onto my puter to edit ready for sharing! See you soon. Thanks for your patience! And a BIG HUG to my faithful friends who have stuck with me during all the delays.

PS: Oops! I forgot to add the template … but am in bed now and I need to photograph it! I will try to remember to do that tomorrow! xx

Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart


A Bridal Shower Umbrella

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Hi bloggies!

Well … I didn’t get back the other night! My computer was being too temperamental! But … guess what! Gav went out on Saturday and came home with a new Windows Surface Touch Screen computer/tablet!! Yay! I was thrilled because it was so unexpected! I cannot believe how unbelievably quick it is! But … of course … it takes time to set up a new computer the way you like it … and load programs and set up email etc etc … so I wasn’t able to get back right away! I still don’t have emails but can access them on my iPad … so all good! Gav is going to set up my emails tonight! In the meantime … I seem to have mislaid the photos of the card I made for Peyton! I know I was trying to upload them the other night but now I am searching and can’t find them! I think something has happened in transferring files. But … I will take some more and show you sometime soon. Instead, today I have a bridal shower card I made for a sweet niece!

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Bridal Shower Umbrella Mar15 (4)This was a simple die cut paper pieced design with lots of pretty punched hearts. The DSP is an oldie but goodie … and old time favourite that I still have some sheets stashed away. I love these colours together! I scattered a few pearls around to add some “pretty”! I like to try and make two of each card now. One to use immediately and one to go in my stash. My kids often raid my stash to find cards for friends etc so I am always glad to have a few extra in my stash!

Bridal Shower Umbrella Mar15 (1)Anyway … Gav is waiting to set up my email account so I have to hand over my computer! I will try and get back with that baby card! Hope you are having a great week! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black HeartBridal Shower Umbrella Mar15 (3)


Hello! Time for some news!

Hello my patient friends! It has been awhile … again!!! I am not going to make excuses … but I know you will understand if I say in the last month there has been a baby, a house move, school holidays, a week recovering from bad flu and all that goes in between! But … I am finally here with some news! Thanks, Kim, for asking …. here are the details … 

We are thrilled to have a new little baby grand daughter, Peyton Emma! She was born on 20th June after a very long difficult labour and emergency c-section. Poor Sheree did it tough! But … after a few little hiccups … both Sheree and Peyton are home and doing so well! Peyton is a little treasure … very settled and feeding well. Sheree is still very tired … but is coping so well considering she was off her heart medication during pregnancy and again now while she is breast feeding. She and Murray are enjoying this new stage of their lives and are settling well. Here are a few little snaps I thought you might like to see.

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On the same day as Peyton was born … we were all busy helping Stacey, Jono, Bree & Seth move into their new home. It was a little bizarre to have Sheree wandering around while we were busy unpacking boxes. Usually labour is a pretty private thing … but at one point there were 18 people in the new house! Poor Ree! But … she took it all in her stride! She wanted to be where the action was! Once she was off to the hospital … she had many more hours with just Murray there to support her … so she appreciated the company and distraction while she had it! We are so excited to see Jono & Stace settled in their new home. It is wonderful for them to have more space and more storage after living in such a tiny unit for so long! Life will be much easier for them! The kids were so excited to have a brand new set of double bunks … and have been sleeping much better since their move!

Well … the school holidays are nearly over and Sandy will be back at school next Monday. I am so sorry for my absence. To be totally honest … the main reason I am not blogging is MY COMPUTER!!! It is driving me beyond insanity every time I use it. It is just so slow, it hangs all the time, the internet crashes, flash drive is corrupted etc etc etc! I am soooo over it. My answer … I just don’t turn it on! I will go for days without touching it! Yes … I need a new one … and it is on my wish list at the moment but with Gav’s job still a little tenuous I am insisting we don’t spend the money on a new one! Hopefully, things will be looking up soon. I manage most things on my iPad … but I find blogging pretty tedious on it. I also don’t have access to my photo files that are on my computer when I blog on my iPad. One day it will be easier.

Well … I will close now … it has only taken over 3 hours to get this post done! (With a little time out for dinner in between!) Yes … it is a chore … but I do miss you all! I am home alone tonight … so I will try and post another with the card I made for little miss Peyton! Hope you are all doing ok!?

Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black HeartPS: Well … it is just not happening tonight! (When does it ever lately???) I can’t get the photos to upload (45 mins of trying) … so I will have to try again tomorrow or the next day … or the next day!!! :wink:  Sorry! xxx


Something For Baby

Something for Baby Apr15 (7)Hi bloggies!

Just popping by quickly to share another card. This week is going to be a doozy … so am not sure I will get back too soon??? Sheree’s baby is due IN 3 DAYS!!! And … Stace & Jono are moving house this week! Yikes!

It has been fun creating some baby cards recently for several friends from our church who have had new babies. I tend to make a boy & girl version of baby cards now … and store the extra for future use! They have come in handy lately. This one has an interesting inside … with cute “dangle” images. Card Inspiration: Christmas Card from Card Maker Magazine

(Click photos to view properly! )Busy, busy … have to get dinner organised early … as Gav & Sandy both have commitments tonight and need to get out soon. Thanks for popping by! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart


A couple of Chilly Chums!

Chilly Chums Jan15 (3)Chilly Chums JL MD 2015 (4)Hello again!

I know … don’t fall over in a dead faint! I am back again … and it has only been 3 days! :wink:

I have some fun cards stored to share … so it is just a matter of finding the time to blog them! While I had a couple of months of virtually no card making … I HAVE been doing a little! My biggest time constraint was because Sandy started playing serious soccer (football) this year. He is playing in the Illawarra Premier League for Port Kembla Football Club U18s. He is their main striker and although his Sunday church commitments interfere a little with his games he has managed to score 23 goals in 5 matches! He is on top of the leaderboard for goal scoring! I am a proud mum … especially because we have never really tested his potential … but now he is playing with the ‘big boys’ … he is actually holding his own and contributing to the team in a really positive way. I am even more proud of the way he encourages his team mates and the sportsmanship he displays. My chauffeuring duties to enable him to keep up with soccer & youth group was quite a chunk of time out of my week … hence no card making or blogging. (Due to temperamental computer and internet difficulties too!) But … Sandy now has his licence  … And I am just finding some new excitement and eagerness to get into my craft room! My mojo is slowing flowing again!

These are a couple of cards made using a super adorable set from Paper Smooches called “Chilly Chums”. The little cuties have matching dies … so easy! Click pic to view!

Again … I have been very slack about bookmarking the inspiration for these designs! Happy to add if you can share your original link with me! :D I am very sorry that I have done NO BLOG HOPPING for a few months. I plan to try and pop by each of my favourite blogs asap to say hi! I won’t be able to catch up on all I have missed … but will enjoy checking out some fab inspiration! Thanks so much to my faithful blog friends who have popped by here from time to time! I really appreciate your support!

Woo hoo … hope you are having a great weekend! Hugs xxx

Andrea Gold Black Heart