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BLOGAVERSARY CLEARANCE!

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Hi Bloggies!

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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.

Clearance Sale!!!

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

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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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Sandy’s graduation day

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Hi blog friends!

Has it really been over a month??? Really??? Life is just far too busy! Since the two girls have gone back to work after babies … and I have been minding kids across 3 days (not full days … 1 full day, 1 half day & before and after school on another) … I am finding blogging has been almost impossible! I am sorry! But … I will stop with the excuses and share a card ………… You may have seen this on instagram … but I finally got around to blogging it! 😀

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I do have plenty of cards to share … even though regular card making has come to a halt recently. But … a couple of stamping days have helped replenish my dwindling card stash.

I hope you stopped for a moment to click on these photos … you will see each one enlarged and better detail of the colouring etc. I just L-O-V-E my Stamping Bella stamps … and am always happy with the result when I use them. Still on my “L” (learner) plates for colouring with Copics … but I am gradually getting there! I did heaps of colouring for some Christmas cards on a recent holiday week away with Sandy while he studied for his exams.

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Sandy’s Yr 12 Graduation Ceremony – Sept 2016

Illawarra Christian School – Tongarra Campus (small country school)

Yes … my baby has his final school exam tomorrow (chemistry) … and his schooling days will be over. It is bitter sweet for me. 26 years of being a school mum coming to an end. I am proud of all that all 5 kids have achieved and the lovely adults they have grown into. But … I am sad that a HUGE stage of my life is now over. Done! What am I going to do with myself??? (grin)

Card Details:

  • Stamping Bella – Uptown Girls – Clarissa and Camille share a coffee
  • Simon Says Stamp – Sunshine Die
  • Copic markers

Take care everyone! Hugs xxx

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Scroll down … past this sticky post … to see if I have posted a new creation! 🙂

It seems that a lot of stampers now have left blogging and share their ideas via Instagram. Because of extra time constraints of late … I am beginning to lean that way! So I have been sharing creations a bit more regularly on a NEW creative identity on Instagram. If you would like to keep up to date … just ask to follow me … enchantink_aus

I do still want to post my cards here … because I can share more photos with better detail. So I do hope you will continue to pop by!

Perhaps if you see something you like on Instagram … you can check back here on my blog for all the details?

Or … you can check in on my Pinterest Page … to see what I have been creating, also! I always add what I have blogged there … and I have also been adding earlier creations from my blog too! AussieAndrea Click on the “My EnchantINK Creations” board.


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Cottage Greetings Anniversary

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Hi friends!

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Gav and I are spending a couple of days in Sydney for our anniversary. We haven’t had a break in sooooo long and so have been looking forward to getting away for ages. We are hoping to check out VIVID … always a highlight week in Sydney and it usually happens to coincide with our anniversary so we have been able to see it a few times over the years.

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No … this is not the card I made Gav for our anniversary. It is actually the one I gave Mitch & Skye way back in January! I know … more watercolouring!!! I seem a little obsessed, don’t I!? But … this was another early sample … I was practising a background ‘wash’ and used it as a base for the idea for this card! It is quite pretty IRL!

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Happy Anniversary to me! 😀 No. 33! (This is a scheduled post!) 😀

Hugs xx

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Excited!

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Just a quick card today … because I have some exciting “proud mum” news that I just can’t keep my mouth shut about!

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This is a direct CASE of a stunning card … I think Leonie and I may have copied it totally! But … sometimes you just can’t improve on perfection! You have probably seen the original around in Pinterest … I have seen it pop up a few times in my feeds.

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Christmas Wreath (2)You might remember another version of this card that I showed you recently with an identical layout. CLICK HERE to view it again … with a link to the tutorial.

Card Inspiration: Julie Davison (via pinterest)

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So … I am a tad excited! Sandy was called up from Youth Grade to 1st Grade for his soccer club on the weekend! (South Coast Football Premier League) His debut 1st grade game was so stressful! They wanted him to score goals … that’s what he was there for! But … he is so young! 😯 I was sick with nerves for him. Here is how the match turned out!

You can imagine how relieved / excited / amazed we were! Sorry … a proud mum moment that I just had to share with my friends! Hugs xx

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My little princess turns 5!

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Hello again bloggies!

It was such a delight to be able to share another birthday this past week with my precious no. 1 grand-daughter, Bree. She turned 5 … and all of a sudden seems so grown up! Lynda!!! Can you believe this??? It always makes me smile that on Sandy’s birthday (5 years ago) we were at Hogs Breath restaurant celebrating when Stace discovered it was all happening! 🙂 So … it was funny that all Bree wanted for dinner Thursday night for her birthday was “curly fries” from Hogs Breath! Go figure! 😀

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This darling little card has so much love poured into it. I tried out a new background technique … did some gorgeous colouring of a sweet Tiny Townies image. I loved playing around with something really pretty for a sweet little 5 year old!

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I think you can see the gorgeous shimmer on the card base (in the picture above) … it is the SU! white shimmer card which works so well for watercolouring. I thought I would show you how I made the background … I used quite a bit of water to wash the background inks together … but not too much because I wanted a good depth of colour.

And … here are a few more photos showing some more details ….

Note: The card without the “5” was the one I gave to my sis for her birthday. Yes … I always try to make 2 of each card. So … my twin got this sweetie too! Not too kiddie for a g’ma??? I hope not! 😉

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And … here is the little princess looking all gorgeous and sweet! She has the most sunshiny, bubbly personality. I hardly ever see her without a smile on her face. She brings us so much joy. I wish you could have one just the same! 😀 Oh … and also … she LOVES to create! Perhaps it has skipped a generation … because none of my girls are particularly interested!!! ???

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Stamping Bella – Tiny Townies – Blossom Loves Balloons (image & sentiment)

SU! – Happy Hearts Embossing Folder

Simon Says Stamps – Wavy Scallop Die

images AnzacWe celebrated ANZAC day this morning with a 4:30am start at the ceremony at Albion Park RSL. Sandy had to be there to represent the school as school captain at the dawn service. He was not impressed to be up that early … but it is always worth it … the service is always moving and it is good for us to take the time to remember those who lost their lives fighting for our country at Gallipoli in 1915. I can’t believe it is a year since we went to the CENTENARY dawn service in Wollongong last year!! REALLY??? Well … I have been a little ‘chatty’ this time! But … need to get going now. Hugs xxx

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A milestone!

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Well bloggies … I have a milestone to share. One that is quite bittersweet!

On Wednesday my baby turned 18!

That means that ‘officially’ … my ‘mothering’ days are over. I am now the mum of 5 adult children. (That’s a bit of an oxy-moron … “adult – children”!!) So … I am actually feeling a little nostalgic as I also spent time at my grand daughter’s 5th birthday the day after Sandy’s 18th and realised that the innocent excitement of childhood birthdays are now a thing of the past for me! (Apart from sharing in my grandchildrens’ birthdays of course!)

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Sandy – Jan ’16 – UOW

I am sad! Don’t get me wrong … I am quite content not to be back where my daughters are with new babies! 😀 but … I am also feeling a little sad at the thought that I have moved into a new stage of life. I know … I am being silly … but it is quite the milestone … don’t you think??? But … instead of wallowing in self-pity … I will share a card! This is Sandy’s 18th birthday card ………

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I made this at Leonie’s at our last weekend retreat. It was fun to play with some of her goodies (including this stunning DSP) … and I do so love this balloon die! (Might have to get me one!) I did buy the large number dies after playing with them for this card.

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Sandy still has to get through his last year of school … and do his final exams. He will be at home (I feel) for many years to come … hey … his brother is 10 years older and is still here! It is too expensive to do uni out on your own now! So … perhaps I am not quite redundant yet!??? 😉

I was going to add the details here … but realised that there is no stamping on this card!

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SU! – Balloon Framelits

I will be back next time to show you Bree’s 5th birthday card! Hugs xxx

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