30 September 2012

MDUC - Louise's sketch

Well, I think I might have almost coloured every Magnolia stamps I own... almost ;o)
They've been released so quickly and so many beautiful ones this year that I just haven't been able to keep up.
This stamp was a special release about a year ago so she will probably find her way into a collection very soon. She is just adorable. She is Winter Skating Tilda. 

There is a new challenge at MDUC this week - and it is a sketch by our gorgeous Louise. 
It would be great if you could play along!!

The gorgeous chipboard circle and branch are from Make it Crafty
The poinsettias, pearls and brads are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Everything else is from my stash.

I haven't updated you all about the goings on in our lives here at the moment so I think it is time!
Some of you will know that we have had our house on the market for almost a year now. A couple of weeks ago we finally accepted an offer and are in the process of contracts being exchanged for both the sale of the house, and for the purchase of our new block of land. 
It has been a long year and very stressful. BUT - there is a light at the end of that tunnel now and we are so excited to be finally moving on. 
Our new home is going to be built on 38 acres (15 ha) looking over a beautiful valley and we are still quite close to town, only 15 minutes drive. 
The next few months are going to be very exciting while the house is designed and construction begins. The plan is to be in the new house by May/June. My FIL is a retired builder so will be project managing and we will be doing a lot of the labour ourselves to keep the construction costs low. It is going to be a fantastic experience for the boys, seeing their new home go up around them. Jeroen and I built our current house the same way and while it was so much fun, it was also constant hard work, we were so happy to finally be in the house and vowed never to leave, haha. 
So we will be quite busy over the next 9 months or so! I'll try and post some photos as we go. 

If I am a little quiet on my blog from time to time, it is probably just because I am knee deep in mud, busy choosing finishes or kitted out with a tool belt and hammer, lol. 
I hope to still find time to relax with my beloved Maggie stamps but I just don't know how often!

Well... that is enough of my rambling for now :o) 
I do have another card to share with you tomorrow - I have to make the most of my crafty time while I can!

Have a lovely weekend!
Hugs x

29 September 2012

The Sketchy Challenges - Cordine's sketch

It is time for a new sketch over at The Sketchy Challenges!
This week we have a lovely sketch from Cordine to play with. 

I have inked up one of the cuties from the Australian collection from Magnolia again. I am addicted to these little lovelies.  I thought I'd have some fun and colour the little roo to be a Red Kangaroo. So far I've only seen her as a grey. 

I'd love to see what you do with the amazing sketch Cordine has created for us. 

I'll be back tomorrow with more....
Hugs x

TOMIC - only 2 days left to go!!

Hi everyone,
I am really late in posting my card for this month's TOMIC. There are two days to go if you want to enter - as always there is a lovely prize from Magnolia for a lucky entrant. 
The challenge this month is - Lisa's sketch, no character stamp (ie, no Tilda or Edwin) and to use Embossing!

I decided to ink up this sweet church and cut into some lovely Magnolia papers. 

Lots of Doo Hickeys were used and all of the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. 
Well.. I do have quite a bit to share with you this weekend, so I'll be back a bit later on.

Until then - enjoy your weekend!

23 September 2012

Happy Birthday Naomi!

Good morning!!
How is everyone today?
There is a new challenge at Magnolia Down Under today - White on white - we're looking for all white cards with the only colour being in the image. 
This is Camilla H's first week playing with us so please check out the post and give her some love. 
A massive welcome Sweetie!

I thought it would be a great theme for my sister's birthday card - its her birthday on Tuesday. We were quite close growing up, so I thought this sweet Twin Tilda stamp from the Cosy Autumn collection would be perfect. 

I have used some Marianne Design dies along with some Spellbinder and Doo Hickeys. 
The flowers and pearls are all Wild Orchid Crafts. 
I borrowed my sweet friend Debbie Dolphins pearl string treatment idea. I really love the sweet touch. 

I quite like the way the card turned out. Very soft and girly :o)

Everything is coloured with Copic markers and the edges inked with DI Tea stain before adding some white acrylic paint to tone it all down and so the whites matched. 

Happy birthday to my big sister, Naomi! I hope you have a great day Tuesday and every time you look at your Pandora charm you are reminded of my little family.

Have a great weekend everyone and I hope to see you at MDUC with some gorgeous white cards!

22 September 2012

The Sketchy Challenges

Well... better late than never!!
The Sketchy Challenges has a new sketch up ... well, last weekend actually, but I am a little late in posting my card. Sorry! Things are a bit crazy busy here at the moment. 
It is particularly bad that I am late because it is my sketch :S 

I inked this cute little Tilda from the Little Christmas collection. I love her poinsettia in her hair and her little lamb. Although... my three year old and I had a bit of an argument about the lamb - he is convinced it is a puppy...lol.  

Instead of a sentiment, I used some AC Thickers for the word "Joy". All of the flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts. The cute papers are MME.

I will be back tomorrow with something else to share. Until then,
Hugs x

18 September 2012

Autumn Colours - Tilda with Ugg Shoes

Hi there, 
I am back with another cute Aussie Tilda.
This is Tilda in Ugg shoes;

There is a new challenge at Wild Orchid Crafts today - Autumn Colours
I decorated this baggy for my friend Debbie P. It was my gift to her a couple of weeks ago.

Check out these adorable Chrysanthemums
I have also used:

The gorgeous chipboard circle is from Make it Crafty

Thanks for looking today. 
I'll be back tomorrow with more!
Hugs x

16 September 2012

Pop Up Cards!!

Oh boy. Well.... it has been a little while since my last post. Sorry friends. There has been a lot happening here. 
More about that another time. 
This week at Magnolia Down Under challenges we have a terrific challenge for you - Pop Up Cards!!
This is the first pop up card in this style that I have ever made and let me tell you... I was a little bit unsure how I was going to go. Camilla S has done an amazing tutorial for us and her end result is just amazing. 
My pop up card is much simpler... here is the cover

And here is the inside:

It was heaps of fun to make and I am really keen to make more now :o) 
Of course if you wanted to make a different style of pop up card, go for it, all types are welcome. 

Well... that is it from me today. I have a lot of new work to share with you over the next few days so I will be back.
Big hugs xx

04 September 2012

Kookaburra sits

Hi Friends 
It is time for another challenge at Wild Orchid Challenges. 
This week we are asking to see "lots of layers" on your projects. 

This cute stamp is Tilda with her Kookaburra from the Australian Collection. She has to be one of my favourites from the collection, just adorable!!

All of my flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts. 

I hope you get a chance to enter the Wild Orchid Challenge - Lots of layers!
Until later in the week, 
Hugs xx

02 September 2012

Tilda and her Roo

Wow, what a great weekend. I spent the weekend in Melbourne at my friend Debbie's house with my good friends Karen, Zoe and Bron. We visited Paperific, a papercrafts show, and Zoe and I attended the Magnolia booth for Make and Takes for the day :) But more about that a little later :)

It is time for the next amazing challenges at 

I inked up Kangaroo Tilda for my card. Magnolia released this adorable stamp, along with some cute other Aussie themed stamps just in time for their visit to Australia. 

At The Sketchy Challenges this week, Janine has created this amazing sketch for us. 
The challenge at MDUC is BINGO. I have used: Charms, Die cuts and Flowers row.

And now for some photos of us all at Paperific!!

At the Magnolia stand
Front - Annette, Jenny
Rear - Bron, , Karen, Kylie (me), Zoe, Debbie, Ashleigh

Zoe and me at the Make and Take desk ready for our first victims!

At Cold Rock on the way to Debbie's house :) 
It was a brilliant weekend and wonderful to meet my friends who I had only previously spoken to on the internet and on the phone. Thanks Debbie for looking after us all,  you are the "Hostess with the Mostest".