Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Exciting News!!!!

I have just been asked to join the Design Team at The Stamping Queen!!!!

I'm doing triple jumps and a bit of a jig at being asked to join such an inspiring group of ladies!!!

Thanks so much Barb, for giving me this opportunity :D I'm really looking forward to working with Sephi and Gillian too! I've been an admirer of their work since I joined the blogging world.

Monday, 25 August 2008

MMM - Recycled/Repurposed


It was my Aunty Evelyn's 70th birthday last week. Yesterday we had a family gathering to celebrate with her, in Denmark. It was a lovely time to catch up with some family members that I rarely get to see.

I made this card for Evelyn using some vintage treasures I've inherited from Evelyn's mother (my Nanna). The rose image is from a Mothers' Day card that Evelyn gave to Nanna about 40 years ago, the fabric was possibly from a bridemaids dress that Evelyn wore to her sister Ruth's wedding (yet to be confirmed), buttons from Nanna's button jar, numerical table from an old book and the lace (I *love* the lace) all from my 'Nanna' collection. I did a little hand stitching with authentic vintage cotton just to finish it off.

My Nanna was an expert recycler (as were most of her generation). She would let nothing go to waste... even to the point of making us wash disposable plastic plates, so we could reuse them for the next family gathering, LOL!

I think this piece fits in nicely with the current theme at Mixed Media Monday - Recycle/Repurpose.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

A blind date with...


Hehe, don't take me literally!!! It's been quite some time between blind dates... maybe one day I'll find someone to love me :) In the mean time, the current theme at Think Monday, Think ATC is 'Blind Date'. I think this fellow is rather dashing... do you know him? First one to guess right will get a little surprise from me!

I've used lots of bits of fabric on this one, along with a label frame and word from Collections, and a rusty old key.

Footnote: Sephi guessed correctly!!! It is Mr Richard Armitage! Well done, Sephi. A little surprise will be heading your way shortly :D

Saturday, 23 August 2008

The Rose - Layers of Color

'The Rose'
I was reminded of this song earlier in the week by my friend (and principal), Mim. She had the great priviledge of recently hearing Marina Prior (a favourite Australian singer of mine) perform, 'The Rose', live! As I started thinking about the Layers of Color challenge for the week, roses... I started to gathered bits that were close at hand and came up with this. There is a little stamping down the right hand edge.

'When the nights have been too lonely,
And the road has been too long.
And you think that love is only,
For the lucky and the strong.
Just remember in the winter,
Far beneath the bitter snow.
Lies the seed that with the sun's love,
In the spring,
Becomes the rose.'

Recorded by Bette Midler in 1979
Lyrics and Song Music by Amanda Mc Broom

Creative Wednesday: Twinchie

It's a beautiful day in my part of the world today... mind you, we are known to get four seasons in one day!!! So I wonder how the rest of the day will unfold?

I put together this little twinchie (2" x 2" Art) this morning for the latest challenge at Creative Wednesday - the theme being Children. The butterfly is Collections and the sweet image is ARTchix.

Have a blessed day!

Friday, 22 August 2008

Study in Sepia

I love seeing photo mosaics on other blogs and thanks to Chris' recent inspirational mosaic I had a little play today! It's so easy! I was going to try and explain how to make a mosaic, but Chris has done such an excellent job, just go and read her instructions!

1. Lily of the Valley 2. Flight in the Clouds 3. Dahlia 4. Heart 5. Dandelion Seedhead 6. Old Church 7. Peony 8. Monarch Butterfly 9. Bicycle 10. Lilac 11. Roses 12. Leaf

Why sepia? Well, I'm hoping to work on some sepia ATC's this weekend and I thought this might help get the ball rolling!

A gift and some prayer

Look at what my friend Michelle gave to me today. I just love it!!!! I think I may be turning her into a vintage treasure hunter - LOL :D

I already have a few ideas brewing about how I might use this book. Thanks Shell! xo

Sometimes it seems that there's not much else to say to someone 'cept... 'I'm praying for you'. Life certainly has it's tough moments, but I've found great comfort and peace in knowing that I'm not alone. Jesus is a constant companion, for which I am eternally grateful. I've been teaching a Colin Buchanan song to my students recently that reminds us that God is Everywhere. Here's the words to the second verse...

You can hang a left at Jupiter,
Fly to Saturn too!
Right across the galaxy,
One thing would be true.
God will be there, God will be there,
God is everywhere.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Blog Giveaway at 'The Stamping Queen'

Barb at The Stamping Queen is generously giving away a clear set of stamps by Debra Cooper this month. All you need to do is leave a comment there and link your blog to hers... AND it's open world-wide!!! So pop over to Barb's for a visit, you never know what might happen!

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Treasures of the Heart

'Room 3'

Oooo, just getting this posted in time for the first ever challenge at Creative Wednesday, to make a row house. It's also a piece I've made for the Layers of Color challenge - their theme is buttons. The clock is by Hero Arts. AND it fits the Mixed Media Monday theme of numbers!!!

It's a symbolic school room made from the little bits 'n bobs found on my art table last night. All the elements are tied and buttoned up securely with faith and love!

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

Wheels - MAMOT

Wheels is the current theme at Make A Moo Or Two. The tricycle is by Lucy's Stamps and I've also used part of an image by Oxford Impressions (Country Girl), then I've used an odd assortment of itty-bitty scraps - I can't waste anything it seems ;D

We can take 'wheels' for granted, as I discovered on the weekend, when my friend Michelle's car died in the middle of a dual highway, between two islands!!! We were on our way home from the big smoke, after having a lovely visit with the Roebucks. Anyway, to cut a long story short, the car stopped right in front of a petrol station aptly named Yule Do!!! We both firmly believe that the Lord was looking after us, as we could have broken down in a much more remote part of the highway, where we had no mobile reception. Michelle's husband answered our distress call and in the end we made it home safe and sound (thanks Trent).

Give me pedal power anyday... ah yes, I am joking!

Monday, 18 August 2008

Blog Award

Sephi and Debbi have MADE MY DAY and nominated me for the 'I Love Your Blog Award'!
The rules for the award are - (1) The winner can put the logo on their blog. (2) Link the person you received your award from. (3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs. (4) Put links of those on yours. (5) Leave a message on the blogs of the girls or boys you’ve nominated.
So I take great pleasure in awarding the following girls with this award, as I trully *love* their blogs and visit them regularly! Viola, Sharon, Jacqui, Chris, Laura, Gillian & right back to Sephi and Debbi. Congratulations girls and a big thanks to Sephi and Debbi!

Wednesday, 13 August 2008

Stamp Something - Blue, Pink and Green

I'm entering the Stamp Something challenge for the first time. The challenge for the week is a colour challenge - blue, pink and green.

I've used October Afternoon papers and stamp, along with a vintage dictionary page and some hand stitching.

Sunday, 10 August 2008

MMM - Thrinchies

Over at Mixed Media Monday the theme for the week has been 'Thrinchies'. I put this together this afternoon, so I'm only just getting this posted before the next theme commences! I knew I would enjoy creating a 3" x 3" piece... I really enjoyed making 'Twinchies' too. I'm yet to have-a-go at 'Inchies'.
I've just used bits that were sitting on my table from other projects to create this cute little collage... and the 'Truth' is I was remembering being '34'... I was on longer service leave for 7 months... and it was BLISS!
Main image is obviously Stampers Anonymous again. I've also used Stampington rubber to create the background.

Welcome to the world, Matilda!


My friend Bronny became a Nanna again (Congratulations!!!) during the week to a gorgeous little baby girl, Matilda. I made this card today for Matilda and her parents, Paul and Alice.
As you can see, I was influenced by this weeks Layers of Color challenge to use 'yellow'. Papers are by Webster Pages and Daisy D's. Rubber is Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz) and Stampin' Up.

TMTA: Turquoise


I love the colour turquoise and just had to participate in this weeks challenge at Think Monday Think ATC. I put this together in the early hours this morning. The background is all fabric, a cute seahorse postage stamp, sequins and beads, tinsel and some machine stitching thrown in the mix. The starfish image is by Stampington - Shore Cliff Trim.

Saturday, 9 August 2008

Schooldays MAMOT

'Star Pupil'

The theme this week at Make a Moo or Two is 'Schooldays'. Not quite what I planned to be thinking about over the weekend! Mind you my 'schooldays' have been very pleasant this term! I'm working with a wonderful bunch of kids!

All rubber is Oxford Impressions. Nothing but paper, ink and stamps on this moo - bit of a change for me!

Friday, 1 August 2008

Stamping With Found Objects

I've just discovered that I have some work in the latest issue of Stampers' Sampler (Aug/Sept '08). I've yet to see it in the flesh, but found some pic's here. It's a set of five ATC's (in the 'Noteworthy' section) and I stamped an assortment of found objects to create the backgrounds.

As per usual, I was in such a rush to get them in the mail, to beat the deadline, and forgot to take my own photographs :(

Have a great weekend everyone!