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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.

  • Stamping Bella – Nacho
  • Simon Says Stamp – Like a Champion (+ dies available)
  • Lawn Fawn – Gleeful Gardens (+ dies available)
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Distress Oxide Inks

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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Pizza My Heart

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Hello bloggies!

I get a lot of inspiration for my cards from YouTube and have several favourite card makers that I follow. Amy R (Prairie Paper & Ink) often creates her own backgrounds with repeat image stamping and often watercolours the images. I thought I would give this idea a try!

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Sometimes Amy heat embosses the image which is a good way to “contain” the watercolour within part of the image but she has discovered that stamping with some inks (eg. Simon says Stamp “Barely Beige”) also “traps” the paint in parts of the image. This gives a “no line” kind of look to the water colouring!!

  • Taylored Expressions – Pizza my Heart w matching dies
  • Zig Clean color Real Brush markers
  • Copic markers – for featured image
  • Inspiration – Amy Rysavy 

Today’s card makes me smile! Hope it did for you too!:)

Hugs xxx

andrea-gold-black-heart


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Some sunshine!

IMG_2672Hi bloggies!

This will be quick as I am doing this post on my phone. I decided to leave my computer at home & bring my iPad with me for our mini break at the beach! But … then I realized that all my recent photos of card creations are on my phone … so if I want to share … then phone it is!!!

IMG_2671This is a recent card I made for a special birthday! It is a little ray of sunshine, don’t you think? I just smile whenever I see it!

IMG_2675There is a beautiful shimmer (wink of Stella) on all of the centers of the flowers and on the “smile” word. It’s a shame that the photos don’t pick it up better!

All the watercolouring is done with Zigs & a water brush.

  • Simon Says Stamp – Mod Flower Background
  • Impression Obsession – Smile Stamp set & matching die 
  • Zig Clean Color brush markets

Hope you are having a great day! I am enjoying a little respite at a family favourite holiday cottage for a few days. See you soon! Hugs xxx

Andrea butterfly girl medium

 

 


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Whimsy – Abby & Jade

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Hi bloggies!

MMMmmmm … I was pretty tickled with this card. One of my first using my Zig Clean Color Brush Markers for watercolouring!

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The watercolour wash on the background worked a treat … and I found the colouring for the images flowed pretty well too! I have heat embossed the background stars using WOW silver pearl embossing powder and layered it over the black inked stars. It is pretty eye-catching in real life! (IRL)

This was a thank you card for a friend who helped me with a recent assignment for a course I am doing. She definitely has a way with words. And … I made a second one to put into my stash “you’re in my thoughts!”

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  • Whimsy Stamps – Abby and Jade
  • Simon Says Stamp – Scripty Big Hugs Die
  • Stamping Bella – Ridiculously Brilliant
  • Papertrey Ink – Background Basics: Galaxy
  • Stampin’ Up! – Thoughtful Branches

Enjoy your day! Hugs xx

andrea-gold-black-heart

 

 


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Sending Sunshine

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Hi bloggies!

I am still feeling my way with my “Zig Clean Real Brush Markers” (watercolour pens). Even though all the YouTube videos make them look so easy … I am convinced it does take a little time to understand how they work best. I am sure that it won’t be long to get the hang of them … and already I am impressed with the different ‘looks’ that you can achieve. One thing that is for sure … the colours are super vibrant … and easy to blend.

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I have bought some better quality watercolour paper since making these tags. The colours have blended reasonably well but some of the tutorials have mentioned that better card gives a better blend … so I am keen to try that asap!

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The flourish background images have been heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The sentiment die is a super gorgeous one from Papertrey Ink who have a few of these “Big” sentiment dies. I love it … and MUST get some more! The die cut is white glitter paper with a ‘shadow’ created by cutting a dark grey die piece and slightly offsetting it against the white. This shadow definitely made the sentiment die cut ‘pop’ off the background. Can you see the sparkle on the flouishes? I added a little ‘wink of stella’ clear glitter over the top of all the images! Took a little while … but did add something a little special! Sorry the photo doesn’t really show how pretty it is!

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This was a set of tag gift cards that I made for Sandy to attach to farewell/thank you gifts for our school office angels when he left school on his graduation day.

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Sandy’s Year 12 formal is on tomorrow night … so I will add some photos as soon as I get a chance. I am sure it will be an emotional night … the end of an era — 26 years of schooling. I am so proud of the lovely young man he has become and I am sure it will be a great night of reminiscing and excited anticipation of the future! Be back soon … I hope. Hugs xxx

  • Papertrey Ink – Big Basics Sending Sunshine Die
  • Stampin’ Up! – Flowering Flourishes

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Canopy

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Hi bloggies!

I have some new ZIG Clean Brush Markers … great for watercolouring … and super vibrant colours. I am still getting used to them but I thought I would share one of my first attempts with them. The image is black embossed.

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Card Details:

Avery Elle – Canopy

Impression Obsession – Sunshine stamp set

Simon Says Stamp – Sunshine Die

Hope you are having a great day!

Hugs xxx

andrea-gold-black-heart