Hey All, just went for a stroll over to Lorraine's Loft http://loraquilina.blogspot.com.au/ & she is one lucky lady!! She has been asked to play with Sizzix dies & she had a delivery of dies come & found that she already had some of them so she has decided to give the ones that she now has doubles of away as Blog Candy!! How nice is that???
Well, Lorraine if you do come by my humble abode I am having too many blonde moments that I can not for the life of me figure out how to add the picture & link to my sidebar, so decided to write this instead.... lol (until my daughter tells me AGAIN how to do that stuff) this is it.
These are cards I have done in 2012 for a competition for the magazine called "Simply Cards"(publishers are http://www.practicalpublishing.com.au/) .
It is an Australian magazine which comes out monthly that my husband paid for a subscription for me 12 months ago as a gift. They have an annual "Cardmaker of the Year" compitition which I decided to have a go in. So far nobody knows who the winners are & from communications with the publishing site, I have been told it will be announced in the March edition of "Simply Cards". So fingers are crossed & have been for some time...lol (starting to get cramping in my fingers) to see who gets to cheer first. I was told that the compitition was very, very hard for the judges to pick as the cards that were sent in were all of a very high standard.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT EACH CARD
The Fairy with Lovebirds
The stamp for the fairy & birds were from one of the "Simply Cards" issues where each month you get a small gift with your magazine. I used Stickles for the glitter effect & the wing was stamped on a laminating sheet & then run through the laminator so as to give the look of veins on clear wings. The sentiment came with the set of stamps as well. The paper was from a pack of 6x6 papers I had.
This one I loved from the time I finished it... It has become the favourite around our home. I used a Kaszazz stamp of a kookaburra & stamped & coloured it a few times, then fussy, fussy cut pieces of it to make it more 3D. I brayered the background myself & found a tree twig in my garden that looked the right size & shape I was looking for. Glued the kookaburra to branch which then went on the brayered background, glued that then on black cardstock & finally mounted it onto Mustard colour cardstock.
Wow.... this one took the most time to complete!!! As you can see, most of it was hand built from other articles... the fence was made from toothpicks, the ball was a disc of flat plywood, teddy & butterfly were two thingsthat came made... I just painted him. The grass was made with multi-bladed scissors (like the ones you can use to cut up herbs), I made the bunting from scraps of paper added twine, used two bamboo skewers (new of course) from my kitchen, a scallop & a circle punch for the clouds & sun, Oh & a couple of tiny trinkets in the shape of safety pins added to the "poles".
If you would like more details on any of these cards, please let me know here & we can organise it.
I hope you like these creations, they were totally designed & thought up by me.
Yep, 2013 has already showed us all it's weather in approximately 6 weeks!! I can't believe we have had Summer, Winter, Spring & Autumn in this short time, but yes we have... At least in Australia..lol
Summer.... Wow!!! over 45 degrees celcius (we actually had 48 one day!!!!).... Then the other extreme... Flooding rains & even snow in some parts of this land we call home.... Spring you ask? well before the heatwaves the gardens were looking very pretty & the grass was green, birds chirping away to each other in the flowering & fruiting trees.... Autumn? well after those hot days everything in my garden looked rather brown in parts, so yes it had some autumn colours...lol
Now we are getting tropical too!! Having the warm to hot humid days, then a thunder storm or two in the afternoon or night... this part reminds me of my trip (many, many years ago) to Western Samoa, the weather was just like this.... beautiful during the day & then "BANG" a thunderstorm.
So with the weather report done with, let's get onto what I have been doing lately (apart from trying to get over the flu). Craft!!!! Of course..... Well, for starters my oldest daughter Amanda has decided that she wants to take up sewing... YAY!!!!!!!!! It's only taken her until 27yrs after her birth for her to actually be interested in sewing & wants to make things for her kids & also for around the house. We have done a couple of lessons but the WILL be more!!! So this is getting me motivated to do some sewing... lol... Yep, I get to do some "taking in" of clothes for my middle daughter Jessica. After all this time I have been making her clothes (not all of them) as she is a very large girl... BUT!!!! Now she is losing weight as she is heading off to get 2/3's of her stomach removed in April, so has been on a special diet to start getting her used to what she will & won't be able to eat after the surgery. The whole family are SO proud of her as in the past 3 months she has lost a total of 20kg!!!! Go Jess.... Yes, she is the one that makes all those beautiful cards we see on her blog & facebook.... Which now brings me to Card Making! Ok, I have been a lazy girl & not put up any of my cards I have been making, but hopefully this will change (crossing fingers..lol). After my epic story I seem to be creating here I will get to the uploading of my cards & other things I've been creating... Oh yeah, That is my word for 2013... to "CREATE".
Now I know this isn't weather or craft related but I have mentioned 2 of my 3 girls & I know what will happen if I don't mention ALL of them, so here goes.... Rebecca my youngest decided to move to South Australia last year to be with her boyfriend & other friends she had made over there. She also got into the Uni over ther so she can continue her studies, in a way she is art minded too. She is doing Graphic Design.... Bachelor of. She loves computers & drawing so combined the two. Yes I miss her, but with mobile phones, Skype, etc. it helps & we hear from her regularly.
There is one more girl I call a daughter, as she stayed with us for 10 months, years ago now but we keep in contact & we even when to her wedding... in Japan. She is my Japanese daughter I call her, & she calls us her Aussie Mum & Dad. I have to mention her too!!! She became pregnant last year after miscarriages & now she is approx. half way through so this bub is a keeper!!! When she told me & was so excited for her & I kept my fingers crossed that this one was going to make it.
Ok, now I'm going to put this post up & go & make myself a cup of coffee so I can get ready to add all these pictures I have promised.