Monday, 23 June 2008

Final Two

Last night I made my last Thank You card and today, while the men were breathing down my neck whether they could pack my stuff already, I made my very last card. I told the men to wait until tomorrow with packing my things, as I'll be packing my air shipment box this evening. Right now I'm just taking a break. Here are my cards:

  • Cardstock: Bazzill
  • PPs: Making Memories
  • Felt flowers: Making Memories
  • Ribbon: Vandoros
  • Dry embossing: Cuttlebug
  • Clear stamp: Melissa Frances
  • Paperfrill: Doodlebug
  • Ink: VersaColor Pinecone

And the last card will be for my friend Beth, who's very sad that we're leaving.

  • Cardstock: Bazzill
  • PPs: Sassafraslass
  • Flower: Sassafraslass
  • Scallop Punches: Marvy Uchida
  • Circle Punch: EK Success
  • Glitter alpha stickers: Making Memories
  • Button: Sassafraslass
  • Organza ribbon: ?
  • Ink: VersaColor Pinecone
By the way this card was based on this sketch.

Well, I think this will be it from me for a while. I will still be posting during the next two months as I managed to make about a dozen of cards ahead of time, but I'll be without my beloved iMac for approximately 2 weeks. Next time I'll be posting will be from English soil.

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Thank You's

At the moment I'm working on the last few cards, before everything gets packed away. I want to make a thank you card for each of the children's teachers and one for my friend. I've already done 2 Thank You's, so I've got 2 more to do. This evening and tomorrow are really the only days left to finish it, as the packers will invade our house as of tomorrow.

I already showed you the first Thank You card, and last night I made the second.

  • carstock: Kraft from Bazzill Basics
  • PPs: KaiserCraft
  • scallop circle punches: Marvy Uchida
  • ribbon: Vandoros
  • bling: MAMBI
  • rub-on: Basic Grey & Doodlebug
  • embossing powder: psychedelic StampWorld
  • clear stamp:
  • ink: VersaMark water ink, VersaColor pinecone
  • metal ring: Making Memories
Besides the cards that I wanted to make, Ruben promised his teacher he (or rather I) would make a Puffel (apparently that's what you call them?). Not did he only promise one to his teacher, he also promised one to their swimming instructor. So, of course Rebecca wanted one for her teacher too. And it seems Ruben has a soft spot for Sophie (she's in his class) and said she would get one too. Right now I've made 4 in total, and I possibly cannot leave out Renee's Kinder teacher. I did tell Ruben, that if anyone else would ask, the anser would be 'no'. We have simply no more time. Anyway, here's what they look like:

Saturday, 21 June 2008

RAK Winner

Just posting the winner of the Stampin'Up Catalogue. This time I had the computer pick a random winner and it is: Hanneke. I've still got your address, so I will send it your way this week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Laura's Sketch 2

In the past two years, Lynne and her husband have cleaned our house on a weekly basis. Yesterday, would have been the last time before our move. Unfortunately they weren't able to make it, as Lynne has been in hospital since Thursday with gallstones. So, I made a card for her this afternoon using Laura's Sketch 2.

  • cardstock: Bazzill
  • PPs: Making Memories
  • ribbon: Making Memories & ?
  • tag: local newsagent
  • clear stamp: Melissa Frances
  • butterfly punch: Martha Stewart
  • ink: VersaColor Pinecone

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

My Sketch World Card

After making David's Father's Day gift, my Scenic Route papers are still lying on the floor, so I decided to make a card using some more Scenic Route papers and the latest sketch from My Sketch World.

This is how it turned out:

  • cardstock: Bazzill
  • PPs: Scenic Route
  • chipboard alphas: Heidi Swapp
  • star die cut: Sizzix
  • hemp cord: Darice
  • ink: VersaColor and Rangers Distress Ink
  • button: SEI

Also, two people on our calendar are celebrating their birthday today. The first one is a nephew:

  • cardstock: Bazzill
  • PPs: Basic Grey
  • Happy Birthday die cut: Basic Grey
  • Button: MME
  • baker's twine: local supermarket
  • star die cut: Sizzix
  • ink: Versacolor
  • black marker: Sakura

The second card is for a Dutch friend, whom I met during my beautician course back in 1997. This card I made quite a while ago, inspired by Nancy's first card workshop.

  • cardstock: Bazzill
  • PPs: Amy Butler for K&Co.
  • Screenprint: Hambly
  • bling: Heidi Swapp
  • flowers: Prima Marketing
  • star die cut: Sizzix
  • ink: Versacolor
  • foam alphas: American Crafts
  • clear stamps: Technique Tuesday
  • staples

That's all for me today. Thanks again for stopping by, I love reading your comments.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all dads. You might want to pass this one on, as I don't think many dads will be reading this, lol. I spoke to my dad last night and he did receive the card, but not the album. Hopefully it will turn up on Monday or Tuesday.

This is the card I made for him. I'm really into scalloped circles at the moment, can you tell?

Supplies: cardstock ?, Basic Grey PPs, Thickers alpha foam letters American Crafts, VersaColor neptune ink, Stampin'Up rubber stams 'happy' and 'day', Marvy Uchida scalloped punches, Spotlight buttons, baker's twine from supermarket.

For the mini album I used a Kolo album. I wasn't very creative with the front, but it was also hard to stick things on as it was fabric. Hopefully the inside has made up for it. Take a look yourself:

Supplies: Kolo album, Basic Grey PPs, rub-oons and die cut stickers, Prima flowers, MAMBI rhinestones, Autumn Leaves, 7Gypsies, Technique Tuesday and Little Yellow Bicycle clear stamps.

And finally very, very last minute I made a scrapbook page/book/card. Not sure what to call it, but I have been meaning to make something like this for a long time, being inspired by this amazing girl. Considering I only spent a few hours on it yesterday, I'm very pleased with the result.

Supplies: Bazzill Basics cardstock, Scenic Route PPs, American Crafts Thickers foam and vinyl alphabet letters, Spotlight buttons, 7Gypsies 97% Certifiable stamp, Vandoros ribbon, Catslife Press stamp, Hambly rub-ons, Sizzix star die, Marvy Uchida scallop circles, McGill tab punch, white Brilliance ink.

I hope you'll all have a great Father's Day. We got to enjoy David a few hours longer than planned, as Qantas rung to tell that his flight was delayed until 6.00 p.m. after he'd just left, so he walked back in 20 minutes later.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Stampin'Up Party and RAK

This afternoon I had my Stampin'Up party. It was really fun, we did two projects. The first one was with stamps, crayons and coloured inks. Not something I have done before and probably not something I would do in the future, but kids would really love this. In fact Rebecca already used it on her Father's Day project this evening.

The next project was a card with a folder. These stamps I really loved, and I ended up ordering this stamp set as well. The other thing I was really impressed with was the quality and brightness of the inks. I've ordered a couple of those too, one of them is real red, which I used on the second project.

All supplies are from Stampin'Up.

With the size of my order (uhum), I received a free catalogue , but I've already got one. So, I've decided to give mine away. Even if you cannot get any of the Stampin'Up products in your country it's a great inspiration, as there are many samples in there. Leave a comment before Friday (June 20th) afternoon and I will draw a winner on Saturday morning.

It will be Father's Day tomorrow and I've sent off my dad's card and gift album earlier this week. I'm hoping he will have received it in time, otherwise he'll get a virtual look at it first, as I will reveal it tomorrow. However, it's not Father's Day in Australia tomorrow, that won't be until the first Sunday in September. And as we'll be leaving Australia in two weeks, this would mean David wouldn't have a Father's Day this year. Tough! Well, actually we decided to celebrate it tomorrow as well. It wasn't until today that I started on my project (whatever that was going to be, as I hadn't decided yet), mainly because there was a chance David would have to fly to England this evening, as he was waitlisted on the Sunday afternoon flight. Luckily he managed to get on the Sunday flight, so we've got him home at least in the morning. I finished my project and the good thing is, you'll only have to wait until tomorrow to see it.

So, I'll see you tomorrow?

Thursday, 12 June 2008

My Own Sketch

This afternoon I made a card using my own sketch
to make a thank you card. Initially I wanted to do something else, but when I cut out the flowers it just all fell into place. Apologies for the bad light, as I took this picture this evening.

Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, Basic Grey PPs and alpha stickers, Vandoros ribbon, VersaMark embossing ink, psychedelic embossing powder, Hero Arts clear stamp, corner rounder, Ranger distress ink, Fiskars threading water punch.

One more day, and it will be weekend again. Jippee! This weekend I'm going to a Stampin'Up party.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Jump Rope

Last month on May 9th, Australia did an attempt to break the world record skipping, which was currently held by the United Kingdom who broke the record in 2006 (in which Ruben's school back then took part in as well). In the UK 7,500 children participated in 2006, in Australia more than 60,000 skipped their way to the new world record.

Rebecca's picture ended up being in the local newspaper, the Progress Leader. Although you can only see her back, I ordered the picture, which turned up today.

I had been playing with some Sassafras papers this morning, creating two cards (which I won't be showing you for a while), so I decided to scrap the picture using Sassafras papers as well. I included the text from the article that appeared in the newspaper.

Even though all the die cuts were self adhesive, I used some dimensionals on some of them to add some depth.

Supplies: Bazzill kraft cardstock, Sassafra PPs & die cuts, buttons ?, black and green marker, corner rounder, and Fiskars threading water punch.

Have a great Wednesday, and thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008


Yesterday we returned from spending two days with friends at their beach house in Flinders. We had a great time! Here's a little photo collage of the things we've been up to:

Happy Tuesday.

Friday, 6 June 2008

Kazan's Sketch 1

Earlier this week I already made a card using Laura's sketch at 2 Sketches 4 You, today I made one following Kazan's.

Supplies: cardstock Bazzill, PPs Luxe Design, Sassafras Lass , ribbon Vandoros, tag local newsagent, clear stamp Melissa Frances adn Sassafras Lass, buttons SEI, Autumn Leaves, dimensional adhesive Stampin'Up, circle punch, scallop punch, safety pin.

And as it's Friday... Enjoy your weekend! We're having a long one, because of the Queen's birthday.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Through Thick and Thin

Cards are generally associated with 'happy' occassions, but of course sometimes it is also necessary to make and write cards for other reasons. Last Saturday one of my 'Nike' friends in Holland, her father-in-law past away. To show her my support and friendship I made this card (using Laura's sketch) for her and her husband:

Supplies: Bazzill cardstock, PPs Basic Grey and Luxe Design, ribbon unknown, butterfly punch Martha Stewart, scallop punches Marvy Uchida, clear stamp sentiment Melissa Frances.

My thoughts are with you.

One of my other 'Nike' friends, Lies is celebrating her birthday today. Lies and I first met when we both had an interview at Nike in Hilversum, 17 years ago. Congratulations, girl! This is the card I made for her:

Supplies: cardstock Hero Arts, PPs MME, rub-ons MME and Scenic Route, scallop journaling card Jenni Bowlin, ribbon unknown, Prima flower, bling Heidi Swapp.