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Sending lots of colour your way.

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Hi bloggies!

Just a quick little card today … lots of colour … but sweetly simple …

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We have a big cleanup going on at our place today. All the boys are here! (And the rest of the family too!) Imagine … a big 3 space shed plus another smallish lean to shed. Imagine … timber off cuts and tools … mowers and motor bikes … a ramp to ride bikes into the dam … a camper trailer … a rubbish heap … ski boots … fencing wire … a chook pen hidden by lantana … and the list goes on! We have to move out early next year for the next stage of development around our farm. So … we need to do a big clean up before we go. Then when we come back (2 yrs later and 97.5 acres smaller) … we can start planning for our new house. Sigh … we have been waiting for over 12 years … and it is still probably another 3 years before we finish and occupy our “dream” home. I can only take comfort in the fact that God’s plans are best and His timing is perfect.

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Anyway … I had better go …

Hope you have a happy weekend! I’m sending lots of colour your way.

Hugs xxx

andrea-gold-black-heart

 

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Grand Final Champions!

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Hi bloggies!

Well … much to everyone’s surprise except the loyal fans … who knew what Port Kembla was capable of and their proud history … Sandy’s football team WON the grand final on Sept 24!!

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We managed to keep the highest scoring team in the IPL comp and 1st div minor premiers to a 0-0 draw after 90 mins game time plus 30 minutes extra time plus injury time … and so the result was decided by penalties! Not how you like to win a grand final … BUT … it was a tough slog keeping the pressure on for 120+ mins and I feel the better team on the day did win!

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Poor Sandy started the game with a hamstring injury that he had seen the Physio about in the week leading up to the game. He had chances and was making an impact but … even though he pushed through the pain for about 70 mins … he ended up having to sub off injured. He was frustrated but he did so well and we were proud of his efforts. A championship medal helped make up for the disappointment of not playing a full game.

Please don’t feel you have to click these links (below) … I just wanted to store them here with the story for my own info … scroll down for today’s card … 

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Anyway … I just wanted to share the excitement with my blog pals. I hope you will forgive me for the moment of self indulgence! I also wanted to share the card I made for Sandy for reaching the grand final. I wanted to recognise this achievement no matter what the result.

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Hope you have a great weekend. I hope to be back soon to share some of Shane and Stacey’s wedding photos … yes … the formal photos are finally ready! 

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Hugs xxx

andrea-gold-black-heart


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Foiled Father’s Day card

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Hi bloggies!

I had some fun recently trying out some foiling with my laminator. I only bought a cheap laminator from Office works and was pleasantly surprised at how well it works.

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I have used the Stampin’ up! “Pattern Party Decorative Masks” – brick stencil with some Thermo Web Deco Foil Gel and randomly spread the gel over the stencil without taking it right to the edges to give an uneven brickwork look: This gel is like an adhesive for the foil and when it is put through the laminator the heat sets the foil onto the card. Magic! It is such a striking effect!

Love, love this stinkin’ cute dragon stamp from Whimsy Stamps called Bart Goes Golfing.  It was perfect for a Fathers Day card for my hubby’s Dad who loves to play golf. I had lots of fun creating this card and was thrilled with the end result.

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Just wanted to share a little family excitement …. Sandy has been playing 1st grade soccer ⚽️ (ooops … “football”) for the Illawarra Premier League for the last two years and his team just scraped into the finals this year in 5th place. They have since played 3 elimination finals against the 4th, 2nd & 3rd placed teams and won! So … they are into the Grand Final on Sunday against all odds! 😀 They are completely the underdogs … but anything can happen. It certainly is a bit of a big deal with a grand final launch dinner last night with local media and a team briefing & lunch on Sunday at the sponsor club and even a team bus to take them to the game! Win or lose … there will also be a family & friends & team dinner at the club on Sunday night. We are excited for Sandy (no. 11) … the youngest on the team … and it is a thrill to see him enjoying his football so much! ⚫️ #weare black ⚪️ #wearewhite #PKFC  … Port Kembla FC

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These photos were taken at last week’s preliminary final … for a place in the grand final! Yay!

Hope you have a wonderful day.
Hugs xxx

andrea-gold-black-heart


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Shane & Stacey’s Special Day!

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Hi my friends!

Saturday was a wonderful day of celebrating for us as a family! Our son Shane was married to his gorgeous bride, Stacey. (Yes … We now have TWO Staceys in our immediate family!) We are so thrilled to see Shane & Stacey married and starting their own family and the wedding was an amazingly joyful event with lots of beautiful memories. I don’t have too many photos to share … But will add some more when we have them edited and when the formal ones arrive.

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I wanted to share a little “crafty” project I did for the amazing DONUT WALL that was part of the celebrations! We had an afternoon tea at the church before moving onto the formal reception at the Woolshed at Yallah. This simple idea was a HUGE HIT with the guests!

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Stacey’s dad painted the boards in a metallic rose gold … I did the rest of the decorating with ivy, flowers, candles … And a few handmade items … Please click on photos – you will see them in much better detail!

The donuts were hung to spell L-O-VE and we had some yummy donut holes (cinnamon sugar donut balls) in glass jars too! Shane & Stace were thrilled with the result.

I hand painted all the canvases (30x30cm) … the sentiments were found via Google! The smaller wooden signs were done simply with white chalk markers.

uptown-couple-brett-brenda-get-married-sb-apr16-8Oh … and the card I made for them I did quite some time ago and tucked it away for someone special! You can see it HERE! (I did recolour the suit to be navy — to match Shane’s suit — this worked out perfectly even though it was over the top of the gray!) And I gave them the “pink” version … because pink was one of their theme colours.

Hope your weekend was as happy and as special as ours! Hugs xxx

Andrea butterfly girl medium


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Snuggle Bunnies

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Hi Bloggies!

We have another family wedding coming up in only 3 weeks time … so I am a little busy at the moment  —  just popping by to add another card quickly!

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MFT Snuggle Bunnies - May17 GL (1)I had to make a very quick anniversary card for last weekend. (Gav & Mine — #34!!!) And … so I had a quick peek at Instagram and found this gorjuss …. THANKS Amanda, for the beautiful inspiration! I just fell in love with her design. I just added a few hearts to make it more of a LOVE card!!! 😉

I had 3 little dye ink cubes from Hero Arts that came in their most recent card kit … and they were such pretty colours that I decided to try them out. I LOVED how well they blended together. Like butter! Am very impressed! They don’t do the “water drop” effect as well … but this might be improved if I used watercolour card instead of plain white. I will have to experiment a little more!

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  • Hero Arts – Deep Blue, Aqua, Amethyst ink

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Here is a photo of our son Shane, and his fiance Stacey. Yes!!! We now have 2 Staceys in our family … it gets VERY confusing … especially as I also have a good friend called Stacey! The wedding is on June 24 and we are very excited and looking forward to the special day. Shane has had a lot of ups and downs along the way … but his Stacey is perfect for him and we are thrilled to see them get to this point! And … yes … I have my dress for the wedding … but am on a crash diet to lose some kgs before the BIG day!!!

71e9351b32c01c76f6148ad5e272086fWell better fly … I need to add my craft packs to Gumtree … I still have 16 more to sell and I need the kitchen bench back … so I have to get rid of them asap! Don’t forget to check out these SUPER GREAT VALUE craft goodies packs at my “A Big Clearance” page!   

See you all soon! Hugs xxx

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BLOGAVERSARY CLEARANCE!

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Hi Bloggies!

71e9351b32c01c76f6148ad5e272086f10th Blogging year!!!

It suddenly occurred to me that I have reached my 10th year of blogging here at “EnchantINK” … wowsers!!! Really???? 😯 That means that I have some friends out in BLOGLAND who have been my friends for almost 10 years! I am soooo thankful for the special friends I have made through blogging about a common interest … card making and papercraft! Thank you so much for your support! I know I have been a bit quiet lately … but I am still passionate about card making … I am just finding it a little difficult at the moment to spend the time blogging. But … I would love to be more active here. I hope to make it happen more.

Some interesting stats for the last 10 years …..

  • 150 followers (currently)
  • 1,614 posts
  • 8,418 comments
  • 374,956 views
  • top post – My twin sister’s 50th birthday (899 views)
  • top commenters – LYNDA!!!, Vicki, Monika, Reva, Jenny H

Anyway, enough reminiscing!

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The view from my kitchen

Some news … I am moving house!!!

It is just a temporary move while the site works for the development around our home are being done.  It has been almost 14 years since this development was first discussed and it has truly been such a long wait for it to happen. We have been living in limbo land for all that time!

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The view from my swing seat

But … the beginning of the end is finally here! We will be in rental accommodation for about 18 months and then we can return to our home and start building our new house on our much reduced land (100 acres down to 2 1/2 acres). Once the new house is finished (about 12 months) we will finally be able to move in and our old home will be demolished. It still feels like it will never be a reality. There have been so many delays and complications (all out of our hands … we are just one of 12 landowners involved). But … there is some light at the end of the tunnel now.

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Anyway … that was a long involved way of saying … I NEED TO CULL MY CRAFT STASH ... in order to fit my craft stuff in my rental apartment. I CANNOT take it all with me!!!! So … I am hoping my blog buddies will be able to help me pass the word around or purchase some goodies for themselves. I have craft packs for sale … at ridiculously cheap prices. You can find all the details here … (click banner)

Thanks so much for your help! Hugs xxx

andrea-gold-black-heart

 


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Christmas time

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I have just about finished my Christmas cards for this year. It did help that I had done a heap of COPIC colouring while we were on holidays at Dolphin Point in October.

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I was actually going to add this embossed tree to one of my coloured images but realised it was too fussy and that it could be a stand alone card. In the end I was happy with the decision. The dry embossing is done on vellum card and has been coloured on the back side using gold Wink of Stella and on the front side using clear Wink of Stella. It is pretty hard to see … but it has a lovely shimmer.

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Couture Creations embossing folder – Bauble Tree

And … as promised … here are some photos from Sandy’s yr 12 formal.

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See you again soon! Hugs xx

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