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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

CTMH Skylark cards - thank you Chinchilla!

We are now moved into our new house in Hervey Bay, so the period of adjustment and settling in begins.  I have absolutely no inspiration to craft, as there is no order or organisation, and my future scrapping room currently is a dumping ground!

Here are the cards I made for my lovely friends in Chinchilla to say thank you for their friendship and the gift of the boys' bikes and helmets they received at their 3rd birthday party. 

Seeing that I received 25 sheets of this Skylark paper in my consultant's kit, my motto is always to get using! I don't currently know any crafters here in Hervey Bay, and already have a mountain of stash to use, so I may as well create with the Skylark kit whilst it is still relatively fresh to me and get it finished.  However, with each sheet making just four cards, that could obviously take a while! Still, here are some samples. 

To the above card, I inked around the edge of the paper with lagoon ink.  Used my scallop scissors to add the Juniper border interest, made a journalling label with a Spellbinders die and added some other flowers - I do prefer smaller flowers to large ones, as I find them more usable on cards. 

Skylark complements - birdcage, along with a resin flower, placed within a larger fabric daisy.  The dark chocolate scallop interest was left over on my table.

The card for the above crafty friend had a change of paper - here I used Studio Calico.  The zigzag circle embellishment holder is a Sizzlits die, which I run through my Bigshot.  The left over strip of Skylark patterned paper was used under the washi tape for extra interest. 

Other company washi tape (Doodlebug) with a daisy Prima flower - this helps to "ground" the resin flower, I think. 

Lots of left overs here on the above card - the bird Skylark complements, with a resin flower.  All others were left overs. 

I used the ticket and daisy centre from the Skylark complements, along with a Spellbinders die and some old Doodlebug sequins, glued on with Glossy Accents. 

To the above card, I used the blue ticket, along with the yellow resin bird and green daisy. 
To most of the cards, I added Stardust Stickles as a way of adding sparkle and pop! and I also love adding gems and pearls where I can.
I only have some larger Skylark complements journalling tiles left, which I shall use on layouts or special cards where appropriate. 
CTMH Skylark patterned paper, Skylark complements, Slate striped twist ties, Skylark assortments (resin flowers and birds), Kraft, Lagoon, Juniper and Sweet Leaf cardstock and some other companies' left over scraps
Elizabeth Craft Design dies - thank you
Spellbinders and Sizzlets dies
Various inks
Washi tape
Prima flowers
Waiting for some energy and inspiration to begin sorting out my craft room and start creating again ... I am sure it will happen soon!  Thanks for visiting.  :)

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

UK Scrappers 52 Card Challenge 2014 - Week 15

Week 15 - All creatures great and small,  was the challenge for that particular week.  Not really a clever interpretation, but at least a bird is an animal!
It was Lily's 3rd birthday on Sunday and here is her card. 
Before leaving the UK, I stamped out lots of these images from a freebie set of stamps Tara acquired - they are adorable,and stamp really well for a free set of magazine stamps. 
I got out my Promarkers and coloured in the bird, the border of the journalling plate, and the flowers.  Lots of glitter over the flowers and the bird. 
Miss Nelly patterned paper - Kaisercraft
Freebie magazine stamps, "Curly Cute" Stampin' Up!, alphabet and number stamps by Image Tree
Doodlebug Fancy Frills glitter hearts
Lagoon ink - Close to My Heart
Hope you had a wonderful birthday, Lily. x

Saturday, 21 June 2014

UK Scrappers 2014 52 Card Challenge - Week 23

This week's challenge was from photo inspiration - something Nat pinned to Pinterest. 

And here's my aqua and yellow card, using mainly CTMH products from the Skylark range for my friend Kerry's birthday:

Close to My Heart Skylark Picture My Life card, Teal Shimmer Trim, Skylark Chipboard, patterned paper (Yellow Quatrefoil), Complements (Daisy), Assortment (Yellow Resin Daisy), Cardstock Juniper and Slate, Slate and Lagoon inks
Small Scallop Scissors
Spellbinders Shapeabilities Dlites Blooms 3
Stampin' Up! Curly Cute sentiment
Stardust Stickles
I really like this card, though it did cause me a few head-scratching moments and took longer to execute than it should. 
I made her a batch of cards as a little present, so I will be back to share those when I've had a chance to upload.  Thanks for your visit! :)

Friday, 20 June 2014

Henry and Lewis - almost Three

Dear Henry and Lewis,

In just a couple of weeks' time you will be three.  We have been in Chinchilla for just over four months, but in that time, we have all made some really lovely friends, who we will be very sad to leave. 

In these few short months, you have both learned:
  • how to pronounce helicopter
  • to grasp the basics in doing a jigsaw
  • how to play well with other children
In this past month especially, Henry your imagination is coming to the fore and you are now making up your own stories and songs.  You particularly love taking pretend medicine and practising to be a Doctor, after all our recent bouts of illness. 

Lewis, you speak a lot with Henry and to us, but a lot of what you say is still incomprehensible.  You seem to be very gymnastic, and love to hang upside down on the sofa like a little buddha.  We have been through the "that's mine" phase and whilst we're not out yet, hopefully the worst is over. 

We will be especially sad to leave your Day Care, which is Charley's Place, which you both thoroughly enjoy.  It is a really special facility, and you have loved interacting with the animals and growing things on the farm.  Here is a copy of your reports from your parent/teacher interviews:



Child’s name:  __________Lewis Drummond-Jones                                      D.O.B:_ 06/07/2011__


Room: _____In The Outback_______  Attendance pattern:   M    T   W    Th    F


Your child’s progress:
Lewis is a pleasant and happy child. He has begun to build strong relationships with educators. Lewis is almost always smiling and this has gained him many friendships from his peers. We are working with Lewis to be independent and play with all the children.
Lewis is empathic towards all his peers and offers comfort. Lewis is aware of fairness and shares well with others. Lewis enjoys one-on-one time with educators and enjoys praise.
Lewis is becoming strong in his social and emotional wellbeing. He is starting to understand how he feels and is able to positively deal with his emotions the majority of the time. We are working with Lewis to gain knowledge of his health and physical wellbeing and realising his bodies needs, we working with Lewis on using the toilet.
Lewis enjoys all types of play he is happy and content in all situations. Lewis is enthusiastic and hardworking when working on tasks. Lewis is learning to take calculated risks when furthering his play.
Lewis is working on his communication. We are working with Lewis to use his words and to deveolp his vocabulary. Lewis enjoys counting and making noises out loud. Lewis understands what is being said and follows instructions most of the time.
Summary statement:
Lewis is a pleasure to have. He is happy everyday and it’s contagious. HE plays well with all the children and is making many friends.
Parent comments:
 We have really appreciated the input and insight into our children, and are grateful to Miss Pol for drawing up goals to maximise our children's future.
                                                                                Signed by Parent: ____________________________________




Date:  ________________                             Signed by Educator: __________________________________


Philosophy Link: “The magical steps of play and discovery are accentuated with enjoyment. Children will learn and thrive through Play and Education for success. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities are fundamental to achieve quality outcomes for children.”

Our immediate goal is to work with Lewis on improving his language skills. 



Child’s name:  ___________Henry Drummond-Jones_          D.O.B:_ _06/07/2011___


Room: ____In The Outback________ Attendance pattern:   M    T   W    Th    F


Your child’s progress:
Henry is happy and excited upon arrival and settles immediately. Henry feels safe secure and supported. Henry plays well with others however we are working with Henry on sharing and using gentle hands and feet.
Henry is empathic towards his friends. Henry enjoys playing with the boys. He enjoys hands on activities such as trains or arts and crafts. We are working on Henry’s turn taking and listening skills during planned activities and group time. Henry and educators are working towards using or gentle hands and positively expressing emotions.
Henry is becoming strong in his social and emotional wellbeing and is learning to control his emotions but can easily become frustrated if things are not going his way. We have been expressing the importance of taking responsibility for his own physical health and wellbeing e.g. eating good foods and drinking lots of water. Henry is doing well with his toileting there is still a little way to go but he has come so far.
Henry enjoys hands on play and building, he also enjoys role-play with his peers.  Henry resources his own learning through connecting with people, place and processed and natural materials. Henry has a vivid imagination and is extremely curious. We are working with Henry on following instructions.
Henry‘s verbal communication is becoming much clearer and he is enjoying being able to express his wants and needs. We are working with Henry to use his words in frustrating situations. Henry has a great understanding of patterns and numbers.
Summary statement:
Henry is a happy child while attending Charley’s Place. We are working with Henry to assist him in continuing to build strong relationships with peers and educators.
Parent comments:
 It was brilliant to get additional insight that Henry is a particularly outdoor orientated child who loves to get involved with the animals.  I appreciate working in partnership to encourage Henry in those areas where he needs particular attention.
                                                                                Signed by Parent: ____________________________________




Date:  ________________                             Signed by Educator: __________________________________


Philosophy Link: “The magical steps of play and discovery are accentuated with enjoyment. Children will learn and thrive through Play and Education for success. Collaborative partnerships with families and communities are fundamental to achieve quality outcomes for children.”

 You are both thriving there, and it is wonderful to witness.  You have both easily hit your age milestones and we are looking forward to what happens next. 
We are having your 3rd birthday party in Jubilee Park this Sunday afternoon, 22nd June and hope to get some very nice updated photos of you then.  In the meantime, we are also preparing for our move to Hervey Bay and are hopeful that all will proceed smoothly. 

Much love always,
Mummy x

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

52 Card 2014 UK Scrappers - Weeks 21 and 22

I've managed to make two cards lately, and catch up a little bit on the UK Scrappers 52 Card Challenge 2014. 
We've had quite a bit of sickness hit this house, so I have been very blessed to find very good friends here in Chinchilla who I can rely on and ask favours of - this means a lot - especially in relation to your children!
So I decided to make two cards with similar elements, but variations on a theme ....
Week 21 - side vertical greeting
I am not a fan of side greetings - so I changed it to have side elements, and run my word bubbles down on the vertical.  The very light green didn't photograph well, but it did work well on the card.  There was a background of light pink vellum which doesn't show too well here, but it does add another texture and visual layer. 

Week 22 - 50 shades of green
Different greens were added in the light green ink, small green pearl stars, the star buttons and the green Bazzill Just the Edge strip.  I normally wouldn't add a lime green with a jade green, but the addition of the lace and the pink edging made it work. 
The base noughts and crosses paper was actually some stationery that my Mum bequeathed to me a long, long time ago - I think that is the last sheets of it and that I have managed to use it up!
Stationery notecard
Pink vellum
Bazzill Lime Green Just the Edge Strip
Heidi Swapp pink adhesive tape
Green Star buttons, pearl star embellishments
Star punch
Stardust Stickles
Doodlebug Paper Posies, Pink Glitter
Light Green Chalk ink
Martha Stewart punch
Pink daisy felt ribbon
Close to My Heart Balloon Talk stamps
The cards were quite different form my usual style because of the different types of greeting, but I quite liked them - even more importantly, the recipients liked them too!
I've definitely made more than 30 cards now in my journey to buying new stash, but as the budget has been blown out of the water since starting as a Close to My Heart Consultant, it feels a bit of a con to continue - but the counting of how much craft you've done is fun, I guess!  Officially, cards 19 and 20 I think ...

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Close to My Heart - Skylark Scrapbooking Layout

Here is the layout I made from my consultant starter kit received from Close To My Heart.  I love the beautiful blue/green tones - just my colours. 

I used a really special photo of my twin boys having a lot of fun on a carousel on a really special day on with friends from the UK on 1st February this year.  My photo is 6 x 8.

Here are the instructions to duplicate this layout should you wish:

  • Choose a 6 x 8 photo
  • Spritz the Lagoon cardstock with a bronze mist
  • Mat the photo with the Kraft cardstock border 2/8 of an inch to give the photo some definition
  • Cut all the branding strips off the Skylark papers
  • Cut the detail off the brown grid patterned paper in the top left hand corner - the chevron detail together with the birds on the wire, and then turn the paper over and cut out the faux detail on the green arrow stripe paper
  • Cut a rectangle from the yellow quatrefoil paper 5 1/4 x 7 3/4 inches high
  • Cut a rectangle from the green arrow paper 9 x 4 inches
  • Cut out the teal and white banner from the bird paper; then the "beautiful memories" next to it
  • Pop the following dimensional elements from the sheets - picture perfect, today was a wonderful day, cherished, epic story and the three banner elements
  • Cut down the wood banner so it is a bit shorter than the others and round the corner
  • Using Desert Sand, stamp the "cherish this"onto white, stamp the "first class fun" onto the brown grid patterned paper
  • Using Lagoon, stamp the "here" onto white, and the "remember this", and "love".  Stamp one of the label arrows onto the bird paper.  Cut all of these stamped images out. 
  • Adhere the birds on a wire paper at the top left, slightly in from the edge of the border.
  • Adhere epic story on top of that, in about half an inch from the left hand side of the page, just letting the patterned paper show out from the top. 
  • Adhere the yellow quatrefoil paper 2 inches from the left and 2 1/2 inches from the top
  • Stick down the green arrow paper 1 1/4 inches from the left and 5 1/4 quarter inches from the top
  • Stick down the dovetail aqua stripe banner an inch down from the green arrow paper on the left hand side
  • Stick down the photo so that it is surrounded
  • Adhere the three chipboard banners, with the right hand side being 3/4 inch in from the right hand side of the page
  • Cut one green arrow 2 1/2 inches long (ie follow the pattern on the paper - width so there is "feathers" on each side of the spine) and stick down to the right of the banners
  • Stamp the date on the "remember this" label and stick this down on top of the photo, together with "the beautiful memories" piece of paper. 
  • Colour in the side of the biggest bits of chipboard with a brown marker.  This gives added depth and a clean outline to the chipboard. 
  • Adhere the paisley strip half an inch from the bottom of the layout.  
  • Cut half a flight of the green arrow paper and adhere underneath the paisley strip 1/4 inch in from the left hand side of the page. 
  • Stick the design with the green and white label on the right hand side of the page at the bottom, leaving a lagoon border on the bottom and right hand side of the page. 
  • Stick the "picture perfect" chipboard down on the top left hand side of the photo, and "today was a wonderful day" chipboard down on the bottom left of the photo. Once you are happy with their placement, secure them down with wet glue at the very end of the layout.  Not just yet, as you have to put other strips underneath the edges!
  • Cut a 1/4 inch piece from the brown patterned paper 5 1/2 inches long and stick underneath the "today" chipboard
  • Cut the "take note" branding strip into two pieces, following the design
  • Adhere the "take note" on the right hand side of the "today" chipboard, and then the "perfect day" on the top of that.
  • Stick the lagoon label to the right side of the "today" chipboard and cut an arrow from the chevron branding strip 1 1/4 long
  • Tuck in the "first class fun" label on the right hand side of the photo
  • Put 3d foam underneath the "too much fun", "here" and "love" labels.  Stick "too much fun" on top of "today", stick "love" to the left of the green and white label, and stick "here" to the right hand bottom of the photo
  • Dovetail the teal shimmer trim in from 2 3/4 inches and adhere that at the top of the paisley strip 1/2 inch from the left
  • Dovetail a 3/4 inch teal shimmer trim and adhere it underneath the kraft mat on the top left hand side of the photo
  • Using a very small star punch, punch out four stars from the teal shimmer trim
  • Stick as shown on the layout, raising the top one on 3D foam
  • Cut down the negative shimmer trim on two of the stars and adhere to the right hand side of the "here" label
  • Stick down the triangle studs and the Kaiser gems as shown
  • Stick down the resin bird on the left hand side of the "cherish this" label
Close to My Heart:
Skylark Paper Packet, Skylark Complements (Dimensional Elements Sheets), Skylark Assortment - resin bird
Durables Triangle Studs
Teal Shimmer Trim
Lagoon and Desert Sand Exclusive Inks
Stamps:  Balloon Talk, True to Life, Believe in Yourself, Cricut Artbooking Collection - My Life?

Cosmic Shimmer Mists Bronze
Kaisercraft Aqua Rhinestones
Tombow Cinnamon marker
Very small star punch
3d foam

Stand back and admire your hard work! I hope you are happy with the result.  :)

Saturday, 17 May 2014

52 Card Challenge 2014 - UK Scrappers Week 20

This week being Week 20, Nat's challenge was entitled "show and tell", using new stash.  I have just become a Close To My Heart Consultant, and have rather a lot of new CTMH stash.  But I like to multitask, so an acquaintance encouraged me to put entries into the Chinchilla show, and I needed to make a baby card for a friend, so I fulfill a number of purposes here. 
This card has taken me quite a few evenings to do, as I don't get time to craft, but I am happy  with the result - even if I never thought I would finish it!
I started out with the freebie Papercraft Essentials paper, which I cut to size, and edged with Victorian Velvet distress ink. 

I misted the doily and cut it in half - I still had to fold it to fit it onto the card, but the flower and leaves on the right hand side mostly hide the fold. 
I had adhered the big Prima flower on the right hand side, without really thinking that I needed to balance it, so I duplicated the look with smaller flowers, but handcut some of the elements down so they were in proportion.  Antique pearls form the centre of the smaller flowers - my Mum gave me a bag of pearls - no doubt from broken necklaces - and they have a lovely aged sheen to them. 
I used the Kaisercraft leaves template to cut out some vellum leaves, but I wanted to add some interest to the vellum which was otherwise very flat.  I traced round the edges with watercolour pencil but it was too dark - then I wanted to dull down the colour, so added some water.  I found out that vellum curls up if you add water - a happy accident!  Though it made adhering the vellum to the card quite tricky. 

I stamped the letters with Victorian Velvet ink, and then cut them out and added them onto the Spellbinders diecut.  I ran them through my Zyron 150 to adhere them, and then outlined the letter with Cotton Candy Stickles.  I added Stardust Stickles on top to add some sparkle, as the Cotton Candy adds dimension but doesn't sparkle!

Another CTMH stamp set "Skylark" contained the small heart, which added some interest to the name.  I coloured the letters in with watercolour pencils and added water and Shimmer mists for some shine. 
A few gems and pearls complete the card. 
Papercraft Essentials "Sweet Wishes" 6 x 6 paper stack
Tim Holtz distress inks - "Victorian Velvet"
Close To My Heart Hopscotch Alphabet and Skylark stamp sets
Cosmic Shimmer Mists - "Rose Pink" and "Sunlight"
Kaisercraft 12 x 12 template "Leaves"
Prima flower and leaves
Martha Stewart Crocosmia punch
Antique Pearls
Cinnamon Promarker
Kaisercraft Squadron "Sergeant" patterned paper
Pink Vellum
Cotton Candy and Stardust Stickles
Derwent Inktense watercolour pencils "Carmine Pink" and "Red Violet"
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 14
I lady I met in town encouraged me to put entries into the forthcoming Chinchilla show - this will be my card entry.  I have no idea what happens or what else I have to do, but at least I've made the card!  If anything interesting happens, I will let you know.  Thanks for stopping by. :)