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Happy Heart (YNS) Apr16 (5)


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Happy Heart

Happy Heart (YNS) Apr16 (3)Hello friends!

So much whirling around in my brain! I have all these ideas but no time to do anything about them! In the meantime … I will quickly share this ………

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Sandy gave this one to his girlfriend for her birthday last week. Cute, affectionate … but not too soppy and over the top! 😎

Isn’t this image adorable!? It is a new one for me … and I think I will be using it often!

Your Next Stamp – Happy Heart (from Simon Says Stamp)

Hugs xxx

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Birthday Blossoms (4)


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Birthday Blossoms

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Hi Bloggies! On the run … so sharing quickly!

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I think this needed something extra … but I do like the colours together!

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Stampin’ Up! – Birthday Blossoms

Paper Smooches – Hello Word die

Hope you have had a wonderful weekend. It has been pretty cold here! Hug xx

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Peyton July16


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Peyton’s 1st Birthday

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Hello friends!

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Peyton Emma @ soccer last Saturay

I have a special card to share today! This is the one I made for our adorable, sweet little grand daughter, Peyton, who turned 1 in June … while we were away on holidays! (Yes … I was so sad to miss her first birthday … but we had an extra celebration with her when we returned.) Isn’t she just the cutest little munchkin???!!! 😀

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This was a stamp I  bought a few years ago from a favourite stamp shop, Whiff of Joy. I hadn’t visited in quite a while so decided to check it out again. Imagine my surprise to find it is now closed. How sad. I have quite a stash of their stamps … and loved their designers! Sigh! But … I do understand that sometimes these hard decisions have to be made. I hope Katerina is doing well!

The sentiment stamp is from another FAV stamp shop … Stamping Bella. The image is coloured with Copics and fussy cut. I have sponged the background of the shaker window and added some pretty sequins and pearls. There is some Wink of Stella glitter on the cake (clear) and on the candle (gold) … but it is so hard to catch it in a photo. It is really pretty, though. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Hugs xx

Whiff of Joy – Henry, Celebrating Mouse

Stamping Bella – How do you spell love?

Stampin’ Up! – Large Numbers Die

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Birthday Blooms SU May16 (2)


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Birthday Blooms two ways

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Hi blog friends!

I am a little taken with the new-ish “Birthday Blooms” stamp set in the recent SU! catty. It is a super versatile little stamp set with a gorgeous flower that I have played with quite a bit lately! I actually think I bought this by mistake … but have definitely had fun with it.

So … I have done 2 identical cards using 2 different techniques.

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One is coloured with Copic markers and the other is done using watercolour paints.

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The Copic sample is stamped with black momento ink and finished with some pretty Clear Wink of Stella glitter.

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For the second card … the image is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder onto SU! shimmer white cardstock. I made sure the card was quite wet to allow the paint to flow into each section of the flower. I also did a bit of a wash around the flower. I have added some Wink of Stella to this one too.

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Now … I was kinda desperate to play along with a challenge. It has been probably close to 2 years since I have done one. (It would be interesting to check back and see!) I do know that this is a bit of a stretch … but I thought the vellum scallop circlet sort of followed the latest Just Add Ink challenge wreath element???? A bit subjective … but I thought I would enter it for a little fun, anyway … cos that is what challenges are about — a bit of fun!!😀

So … I think my favourite of the two is the soft, feminine watercoloured card … but the Copic card is also quite eye-catching and pretty too!

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Hope you are having a great day. Poor Shane is having a bit of drama today after ‘spraining’ his ankle at soccer just over a week ago. It seems now that the original X-rays were ‘crap’ … and what was diagnosed at the hospital as a sprain seems now to be a couple of fractures, bone fragments and a possible dislocation requiring surgery. He has been at the hospital (the one where he works this time) for most of the afternoon and evening today. Let’s hope he gets a proper diagnosis this time and the proper treatment, too! Hugs xxx

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Added 12 Jul: Well … I did check back … and I have done 2 random challenges this year … but apart from those 2 I haven’t done any since October 2014. It has been a while since I have done regular challenges … that’s for sure!😀

Hero Arts Prayers SSS Apr16 (4)


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More Sympathy Inspiration

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Hi again!

I thought I might as well share the other sympathy card that I made recently. (You can see my other one in my previous post). This inspiration for this card came from a Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge via Pinterest. I have not done a challenge in months and months … perhaps it is time to investigate some new ones?? (Although, I do have some favourites ones that I would love to revisit too!)

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I have done a watercolour wash on watercolour card for the background. I have also used the same stamp set as for the previous sympathy card with a completely different look. I am loving this stamp set “Spring Blossoms” … it is so versatile and I have already used it a few times. For the second sample I used my ‘old faithful’ Stampin’ Up! “Lovely as a Tree”. I also have a new sentiment set with matching ‘prayers’ die which I think will be a really handy addition to my stash. Oh dear! Simon Says Stamp is a terrible discovery!!! I have far too much on my wish list from watching inspirational videos from some of their designers.

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The prayers die has some GOLD Wink of Stella shimmer on the top and I have added some a thin edge of gold glimmer card, some fine gold thread and scattered a few gold gems for a bit of extra wow. I also flicked a bit of black ink over the wash for a little more impact. I was pretty tickled with the result … but have to give the credit to Rosemary for the inspiration.

Well … I must admit that I am enjoying my card making again! I am just so short on time and have so many ideas saved to try that it is a little frustrating … but it is fun to be experimenting with some new techniques and playing with some new goodies. I hope you are enjoying the results! Until next time … sending hugs xxx

0ccbb3901287a0736819d3b0b30c7dacCard Inspiration: Rebecca D

Simon Says Stamp – Spring Blossoms

Hero Arts – Prayers

Stampin’ Up! – Lovely as a Tree

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Spring Blossoms Apr16 SSS (7)


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A sympathy card with love

Spring Blossoms Apr16 SSS (9)Hi blog friends!

I am back from my travels with Gav’s family! We had a WONDERFUL time in Asia cruising on the BRAND NEW Ovation of the Seas on her MAIDEN voyage! What a stunning ship! Our balcony cabin was sooo gorgeous and comfortable. They have definitely ‘upped’ the wow factor both in the cabins and over all the ship. Wow! We were very impressed. Yes … we had a few queues from time to time … a few hiccups that I am sure are just teething problems and will be sorted quickly (after all – there were over 4,500 people on board!)  … but really I cannot commend Royal Caribbean enough for making our holiday so very special. It was amazing. I was so pleasantly surprised how much I did enjoy visiting some of the Asian cities too! After being a little apprehensive, I was absolutely fascinated with the history and the culture and some of the cities were simply beautiful. Lots of greenery and very clean. At other times the poverty was quite obvious and saddened me … but the smiles on the peoples faces showed that they were content and happy! I am keen to return which is a total surprise to me to find myself saying that!:)

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While we were away … my dear brother in law lost his sister to cancer. It was a long, brave battle and not an unexpected outcome but still very sad for him and for my sister and the wider family. I had actually made a couple of sympathy cards in anticipation before I left for our holiday and we heard the news when we were in Vietnam. I am sending out hugs with this post for my dear family who are grieving at this time.

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Just before we left my dear hubby’s uncle also passed away after a struggle with cancer and Gav was able to travel up to Q’ld with Skye & Shane to attend his funeral. It was another sad occasion. Life can sometimes be hard! I made two of each of a few different sympathy cards which went to different members of both the affected families.

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I was actually quite happy with this card. It is probably one of my most satisfying results in a long time. Of course … the inspiration was from a old/new favourite … Laura Bassen. Old – I have been a fan of Laura for years + New – have recently been following her creations for SSS and been totally smitten again!😀

The colouring is done with COPICs and each of the petals and leaves have some added clear Wink of Stella for subtle shimmer. I fussy cut every one of the flowers and leaves (X2)!!! And … later they released a matching die set … which I am now in possession of!!!😉

Click on any of the above pictures to view slideshow of close ups.

march-23-feature-600x438Card Inspiration: Laura Bassen (laurafadora)

Simon Says Stamps – Spring Flowers

SU! – sentiment

I will share the other sympathy cards I made sometime soon.

Hugs xxx

andrea-gold-black-heart

Congratulations (2)


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Engagement Bling

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Hi again!

I will need to edit some photos because I am getting to the bottom of my ‘to blog’ card pics! I do have more to share … but they need a little time getting the editing right!

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I love the simple elegance of this card. It did take a little time for placement of the rhinestones … but totally worth the effort! The ribbon is a pastel lavender – I made this as an anniversary card for my daughter who had lavender bridesmaids … so that was just a little reminder!:) The “congratulations” sentiment is stamped in silver encore ink.

Stampin’ Up! – Occasional Quotes

CASE: via pinterest (unknown source)

I am keen to find some more charms but can’t remember where I sourced the last lot I bought! Can anyone help with suggestions?

Have a great day! Hugs xx

andrea-gold-black-heart

Bree Loves Buttercream (2)


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Bree Loves Buttercream!

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Hello again!

Well … we are home again … but there will be a lot to catch up on so I still have a couple of scheduled posts to share.

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This stamp set was a ‘no brianer’ when I was choosing some Stamping Bella stamps to buy! With “Bree” in the name … how could I pass it by!? This was one of my first “Tiny Townie” stamps. I bought this before I had any Copics to colour with. This one is done with SU! Markers. Yes! I have had this one in my files for a while!:)

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Stamping Bella – Tiny Townies: Bree Loves Buttercream (includes sentiment)

I am looking forward to doing some stamping sometime soon. I am having withdrawals! Hope you have managed some creative time too! Hugs xx

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