31 January 2012

Farm Fresh Fun

It seems the scrapping bug has well and truly taken hold of me. There used to be nights when I would sit at my craft desk and just stare into space wondering what to make... I just wasn't in the mood to make a card... well.. thankfully I rediscovered scrapping as now I just can't stop! I'm loving it, and I also love that I am using up the plentiful pile of beautiful scrap paper I have!

I adore this photo of my boys. My parents live on a small acreage on the NSW South Coast and my boys love to visit Grandma and Pop and spend time on the 'farm'. My parents love it too. Having had two daughters, they are thoroughly enjoying having two grandsons!  

The papers are Kaisercraft Cock-a-doodle-doo, lots of fussy cutting with the tractor and clouds, the twine is from Wild Orchid Crafts, alphas are American Crafts Thickers 'Dear Lizzy", I've used my Suede Glimmer Mist (again) and everything is inked with Vintage Photo DI.  I finally have some Washi tape in my stash! Woo hoo! 

Anyway... the washing and ironing isn't getting done while I am sitting here, lol. I wish it would just do itself, sigh. Such a boring repetitive chore. I hope  you have something a bit more fun planned today than I do! haha.
Chat later
Me x

30 January 2012

Oma Jo

Hey there :) I just have a scrappy share for you tonight. 
We are enjoying the company of a lovely visitor at the moment, Oma Jo. 

Oma Jo is my hubby's grandma and she is here all the way from Holland. Not a bad feat for a lady in her 80's if you ask me! Its about 25-30 hours to get here, depending on airlines and stop overs and she comes every two years to spend the summer with us all. We are so lucky that she is able to do this still as we aren't really in a position to travel over to Holland to visit her, even though we would really love to.   We are spending as much time as possible around at my in-laws while she is here so the boys are able to enjoy the time with her. And of course, get many happy snaps!

The papers are left overs that I have torn. They are MME Lime Twist (mostly) and some MME Stella Rose for the folded wheels. The brackets are old rub ons that I've had hiding in my collection and all of the buttons are from my button collection.

For this page I based the layout very loosely on Kellie's sketch over at The Sketchy Challenges. It is really versatile and works for both cards and scrap pages.... actually... Smash books too! Anything crafty you want to try out.  
Now that I am thinking about it.... I have an idea to use the sketch on some patchwork! I wonder if I have the right fabrics laying around? Hmm........

I would like to enter...
Come and Get It Challenges - Anything but a card and
Lasting Memories challenges - Trashing our layouts 

Ok... that's it from me today! 
I hope you're having a lovely Monday.

MDUC - Edwin Only

Hiya! Well.. it is Monday here already in Aus. 
I'm a day late sharing my card for MDUC with you... oops! Sorry. 

This week we want to see Edwin Only. Accessory stamps are fine to use, but we want to send little Tilda on a vacation. Give her a week off ;)

My gorgeous friend Louise sent me some delicious watercolour paper from Sweden! I adore this stuff. It is just amazing. Although, looking at this close up picture, lol, I need some practice hahaha. 

I made a gate fold card for a bit of a change. I dont know.. sometimes I just don't feel like making a square 6 inch card :)
I paired little Edwin with the Magnolia branch from one of last year's collections... I think it was Sweet Rainbow? I'll double check. 
The papers are MME Lost and Found and the cute little resin birdie is Prima. 

Oh! And inside is completed too. The fun doily edge is a Tim Holtz die. I love Tim's dies but it is a bit annoying they don't go through my Grand Callibur machine. My little Cuttlebug has to come out to play when I want to use these. 

So there you go... its Edwin only this week at MDUC. I hope you get a chance to come and play with us. 
Don't forget there is a Guest DT opportunity running over at MDUC as well so check out the details. 

I'll be back tomorrow with a couple of other things to share :) 

29 January 2012

JUGS - last project as GDT

Hi there, happy Sunday to you all. 
Well... I gave the sewing machine a good run yesterday afternoon. I made a sewing machine cover! All shaggy patchwork. I'll have to take a photo and share it with you. Loads of fun and I love the neat finish on the stitching. I luuurvvve with it I am!  I should have said yesterday - I will NOT be using it on my cards, lol. No way! I can't help but wonder if stitching on cardstock and through gluey bits is what made my old machine deteriorate as fast as it did? So I will be taking my little old faithful Brother in for a service and a clean so it is feeling a bit loves and I will put it aside to do the papercraft stitching.  The new Singer is most certainly reserved for fabric ;)

Anyway... I'm here today to share a card with you. This is my last project for Just Us Girls Challenges. It has been wonderful participating this month as Guest DT. Thanks so much for having me! 

The challenge this week is to use a Template or make something 3D with the theme of Valentines. I decided to use a Step card template and this sweet Tilda. She was a special edition Tilda - Raining Hearts Tilda, which I purchased form Creashop in The Netherlands. Two Euro from each stamp sold is being donated to Pink Ribbon as well so I can't think of a better excuse to buy buy buy!!

The papers are Prima Romantique - looove these papers! All of the gorgeous flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts

It would be great if you could come and play along at JUGS this week!

Some challenges for me to enter are...

I will be back later on with my MDUC card to share with you. Until then, have a lovely weekend!
Hugs x

28 January 2012

Milk Mo ... and my new toy....

Hi there! I hope you have something fun planned for your weekend.... I've been out shopping this morning and bought myself a pressie... but more of that later....

My DH and I sat up late last night! I think it was about 1am when we finally went to bed. It has been ages since we did that and wow, I forgot how productive a late night can be.  He sat at his desk, doing his thing and I sat at mine, scrapping! I did three layouts. OMG. I haven't had a good scrapping session like that since... forever! Actually, back when I first started out, my friend Sharon and I (Sharon introduced me to paper crafts - hehehe, yup, its all your fault Hun!!)  used to go to each other's houses to scrap together and we used to get though a bit then. But then I had my second baby and she and her family moved a little bit away and its just a bit too far to have scrap nights anymore :(

Anyway... I have had these photos of my eldest on my desk waiting for some attention for a couple of weeks now. 

My 'big boy' loves a good vanilla milkshake and this particular day he had his first milkshake mo. So cute. 
The papers are all MME Lost and Found 2. I love these colours.  The flowers are mostly Petaloo.

I've gone a bit nuts with the glimmer mist :o) I used "Suede" and it is really lovely. I might have to grab a few more. Last time I was at my LSS the owner was showing me the lovely chalk mist. Very nice indeed!

So that is the first of three layouts I have to share with you. All of the layers are stitched together with my Brother machine. I had a ball putting this one together. I've wanted to try this tearing and rolling idea for a bit so it feels good to have finally crossed it off my list. 

My other fun share of the day is....
My new sewing machine!!  
Yup - I did go and buy my new Singer machine!!
Thank you to everyone who left me sweet comments - fantastic enabling ladies! I went into the store a bit uncertain and wanted to be convinced... and convinced I was. The machine is fully electronic, had auto needle threading (and yes, it actually DOES work), fantastic one step button hole, and all of the recommended settings are saved into the machine and are selected when you press the button for the stitch. 

Here are some pics... it is currently set up on my dining table as my first project will be to make a snazzy quilted dust cover for it. It did come with one, but it is pretty basic and plain... practical, lol. I should have set up my Brother next to it as the Singer is pretty big in comparison. The large work area is great for fitting bulky things through... like quilts! And my Walking foot from my Brother machine works on this new machine as well. Cheering. 

This is a good view of the drop in bobbin with the see through cover.  Easy peasy to put in. 

Here you can see how it is threaded... it has less guides to go through to thread the machine than my old machine. The thread pretty much goes from the spool, around this little tension guide and down to the needle. 

A side view of the wheel (excuse the finger prints haha)

OMG - AUTOMATIC tension! Yayayayay! This is something I wish my old machine had. 

The little compartment that holds the accessories.... It is actually really big, much bigger than what I am used to. (NB - see the cute scissors? If you like them try Scissoroo)

And finally, the cutest photo of the day... my boys in the box. Yup, as soon as the machine was out, they were in! Looks like everyone is happy hahaha.

There you go! If you have any questions about the machine, I am more than happy to answer them. I thoroughly recommend it. I learnt today that Husqvarna now own Singer. It was an extra tick for my decision to buy.  I can't wait to get into our new house so I can set up my Grandmother's Singer next to this one. Sew cute!

26 January 2012

Redraw of Koala Hugs Tilda

Hi there ... I'm back with a surprise.... 

If you will remember,  gorgeous Jane won the Koala Hugs Tilda stamp a week or so ago... BUT she is such a sweetheart, she told me that she had already won the stamp from Shop Bron a few days earlier... so asked that I redraw the winner! How lovely is that? Thanks so much Jane for being one of bloglands true darlings. 

So... I wonder who our new winner is....


Congratulations Sherryn! Could you please email me at 
kyliekueter @ tpg.com.au
with your address so I can send out your stamp!
If I don't hear from you by 9pm Saturday (Aus time), I will redraw again... :o)

Have a great day everyone!

To buy or not to buy... new sewing machine?

Hi bloggy friends... 
I have been pondering for the last few days whether or not to buy a new sewing machine.  
This is not a question of whether or not my current machine is at its end, or even a question of whether or not I actually need a new machine!  
It is a question of whether or not I indulge in a little impulse shopping as a late Christmas pressie...just for me...  

The sewing machine I have is a Brother Star 110. Is it a good machine - yes, it is. I do love it. It is my first sewing machine and it has done many kilometres of stitching for me over the last 8-9 years. We've made clothing, curtains and quilts together along with it's most recent feat, stitching on my cards. 
It isn't a fancy machine. It is quite basic and really an entry level machine. But it has always done as I wanted... 

But this week I came across this beauty....

It is a Singer 160th Anniversary special machine. 

And it is currently on sale... 

So now I have to decide - it is an impulsive move to trade in my old faithful Brother for this magnificent electronic push button beauty? 
I don't really know a lot about the Singer brand in recent times. I know it has a long and proud history and my Grandmother's first machine was a Singer sewing machine. It is currently sitting in my parents' house. 

So my Crafty blogging friends - some questions....
Do you have a Singer sewing machine? 
Do you love it?
Do you have another brand of sewing machine that you just love that you think I should investigate a little prior to racing to the store to bring this baby home with me?

I would seriously love some help here and would love to read your comments on the subject.  
It is lucky for me that it is Australia Day here and so none of the stores are open or I would be in there right now :o) 

22 January 2012

MDUC - Colours of your national flag

Good morning!
As promised... I am back.  Today there is a new challenge up at MDUC. This week we are looking for creations with colours from your National flag. 

I took the opportunity to ink up "Tilda with Arrow" from the Sweet Crazy Love collection and masked her with the Apple bucket from 2008. 

The papers are Lily Bee Design, the papers with clouds aren't but I can't remember where they're from, sorry!

All of the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I hope you get a chance to check out the challenge this week. The girls have really made some stunning cards this week, some had some tricky flag colours to be inspired by, lol. 

That is all from me today... I will be back tomorrow though! Gosh. Busy busy!! 

21 January 2012

Sketchy Challenges - Kellie's Sketch! (GDT opportunity!!)

As promised.... I am back!!  And again, with something a little different! 
There is a new sketch up at The Sketchy Challenges today, this week is Kellie's sketch and it is perfect for cards, scrap layouts, anything at all you feel like whipping up that is a bit on the crafty side! 

I have been itching to try out a scrap page of my boys with fussy cut photos, a la Brit . Brit is a scrapping mastermind and I have been stalking her blog for months now. While I am not brave enough to try out her exact style, this is was a baby step for me, lol, but it was super FUN and I love the result!  Thanks so much Brit for the inspiration! 

The papers are MME Lime Twist and I have cut out the hills for the little scene and cut around some photos of my little boys to add. The fence is cut from white bazzil with a Magnolia Doo Hickey die and the little car, plane and ants are all Kaisercraft rub ons. 

I inked all of the edges and the chippies are painted with Adirondak acrylic dabbers. The clouds are by Dusty Attic and the tree is Kaisercraft. 

So a fairly simple layout for a fantastic Sketch.....the sponsor this week is Tickled Pink Stamps with a fabby prize AND... we are looking for some Guest DT members! If you are interested in playing along with our challenge, we would looooove to have you on board. Just add "GDT" after your name when you enter! 

So that is it from me today... I will be back .. yes again... tomorrow morning with a card to share with you for MDUC. There is another FUN challenge there tomorrow as well! 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Can't wait to see what you do with Kellie's sketch! Go and try it NOW!

Meanwhile... I'm playing in these challenges....
Order of the Opus Gluei - Take a picture
CES Challenges - Anything but a card
Dutch Dare - For the Boys

See you tomorrow!

JUGS - Colour challenge (GDT)

Hi there, how is your weekend treating you?
Ours is travelling alone pretty well. Off to get my hair done tomorrow so I am really looking forward to that!

There is a new challenge up over at JUGS today. This week the girls are looking for a colour combo... Red, White and Pink!  

I thought I would try something a little different for me and went for a non-character card. 

The gorgeous papers are Lily Bee Design. I just loooove them.  The cute Dress form chippie is from Make it Crafty

The card shape was cut on my Cricut and I have fussy cut some of the flowers on the DP to brighten the card up a little. 

Both sentiments are from Lili of the Valley.  The stunning roses and gems are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week. The JUGS girls have done a splendid job creating their eye candy for you.

I would like to take the opportunity to enter a couple of challenges myself...

I have another post to share with you a bit later on so I won't be too far. 
Until then... take care and enjoy your weekend.


18 January 2012

TOMIC #33 and Koala Hugs Tilda winner!

Hi! I'm here today to share that there is a new challenge over at TOMIC!  I also will announce the winner of my Koala Hugs Tilda giveaway at the end of the post as well so make sure you scroll down to see if it was you who is the lucky winner!

This week we have a great sketch by Tina and we are also asking you to use fabric on your project. 

I took the opportunity to ink up Tilda as a Star from the Sweet Crazy Dreams collection. She is just adorable :)  For the fabric part of my card, I have used my Doo Hickey die "Peony" and some broderie anglaise fabric through my Grand Callibur, soome cheesecloth behind lovely Tilda and a fabric covered button. 

The lovely papers are MME Lost and Found 2. The cute little bird cage is a Spellbinders die and I have misted everything with some home made DI mist. 

I hope you get a chance to join us at TOMIC this week, the girls have made some beautiful cards to inspire you and there is a great prize from Magnolia up for grabs.

And speaking about up for grabs....
the winner of the Koala Hugs Tilda stamp is....

That is Jane!

Congrats Jane! I will send you an email soon.
That is it from me today. I should be back on the weekend, if not before! 
Til then, enjoy your week,
Hugs K

16 January 2012

As Fresh as a Daisy

Ohhh - I think this may be my favourite stamp from the Sweet Crazy Love collection.... well.. top 3 anyway!  This is Tilda with Daisy.

I coloured up this cutie pie without having any idea what I wanted to do with her, I just wanted to colour. And I wanted to colour green.  Most unlike me. 

The flowers are a bit of a mix of Wild Orchid Crafts and Kaisercraft. The green paper is Pink Paislee 365 Degrees. The card and layers were cut using Spellbinders Grand dies and the doily was cut using MFT 5" doily die. 

I would like to enter some challenges:

That is it from me today.
I'll be back later in the week with more to share. 

15 January 2012

MDUC - Black and White image

Good morning! How has your weekend been treating you?
We have a new challenge up over at MDUC today and it is something a little different. We are asking you to colour your image in black and white. The rest of your card can be coloured however. If you havent seen this before, head on over to Kellie's blog, she is the Queen of black and white images. 

I have to admit, I have only tried this once before and I do love the effect. I inked up the cute little Wild Tilda from the new Sweet Crazy Love collection. I decided to make a little note pad holder.

I watercoloured little Tilda for a bit of a change. It has been a while!It was loads of fun and I have to do more watercolouring I think!

Here is a pic of the inside. The cute papers are 7 Gypsies. 

I hope you get a chance to play along with us this week. I'm really curious to see what everyone comes up with. 
Until later, have a great weekend!
K xx

14 January 2012

JUGS - technique challenge

Hi there everyone! I hope you are having a great weekend.
There is a new challenge over  at Just Us Girls Challenge today! This week the girls are asking you to try out a technique..Collage stamping.  

This was a new technique for me and I didn't really have the right stamps so I made do with my Magnolia accessory stamps - versatile aren't they? It was heaps of fun and so fast compared with making a card has a coloured image.

I hope you get a chance to join us at JUGS for the technique challenge and try collage stamping for yourself.

I'll be back tomorrow with something else to share with you.
Until then, have a great weekend.

09 January 2012

WOC - Anything Goes

Hey! It is time for the first Wild Orchid Challenge for 2012. We've made it easy for you too, the challenge is "Anything Goes". 

I used a 12' sheet of Prima and scored it into a little handbag. I love these cute one sheet bags. I used my Cherry Lyn 4" doily die to make the top of the bag. 

The seam binding, lace, flowers, pearl spray, Venise lace butterfly and adhesive back pearls are all from Wild Orchid Crafts!

The adorable sentiment is by Lili of the Valley.

All of the edges have been inked in Vintage Photo DI. 

I would like to enter my little handbag into The Shabby Tea Room challenge, which is an inspiration photo with 'sewing' embellishments. 

My son is doing much better today. He is smiling and almost back to his cheeky little self. Thank you so much for your kind words. I love this bloggy crafting community. 

Thanks for checking back in to see me. It was lovely to 'see' you.
Until later in the week, 
Hugs Kylie 

08 January 2012

MDUC - Anything Goes

Hey! As promised, I am back. 
This is my project for MDUC's new challenge, our first of the year - Anything Goes
We also have something a little special for you on the MDUC blog - a guest DT call. There is a linky on the sidebar and a Guest DT will be chosen at random each week. Sound like fun? Check it out!

I thought I would make a calendar as I dont actually have one in the house yet - wow hey?
I decorated a MDF album cover from Kaisercraft with Magnolia papers and found a free printable calendar online and went to work. 

I coloured up adorable little Tilda with Peony Tails from the new Sweet Crazy Love collection and found some cute vintage daisy lace. 

The dragon fly was cut using a Doo Hickey die  and the flowers are all Wild Orchid Crafts. 
I punched the holes using my Crop-adile - Loooove this punch! It cuts through anything! I have been wandering around my craft room looking for things to punch holes in :)

I am entering 
lol, seems all of the Maggie challenges are anything goes this week, we're making it easy for you huh?

Well... that is it from me today! I hope you have had a great weekend. I am back at work on Wednesday after a bit over 2 weeks off. Well... assuming my little Jarred is better anyway. 
Take care, Kylie