Thursday, 29 January 2015

The First Day of Grade One

Tuesday marked the first day of Grade One for Sophia.  She was very excited about the whole thing, but sad too cause she wasn't in the same class as her bestfriend.  Many of her other friends were in her class though and she was sitting at the same table as them.  We walked Sophia to her classroom and put her box of stationery on her desk.  The school supplies it all, but we have to cover and name everything.  So we put it all on her desk and welcomed some friends that we recognised.  Sophia got a photo with her new teacher and raced outside to greet more friends.  She loved to compare her stationery, her book covers and see who had the same school bag.

When the bell went at 8.45am - the teacher told all of us parents that it was time to leave.  We shared big hugs and Sophia happily went to sit with her friends.  It was such a relief as she was very emotional on her first day of Prep and for many days afterwards.

I also slipped some cute little notes into Sophia's lunchbox to remind her how much she was loved and to give her a smile at lunch.

I created a layout with some photos from the first day.  I used a template by Little Green Frog Designs and digi embellies and papers from MLE Card.

I also love to create fun afternoon teas during my girls' first week back, here's one of them
Cute little "apple" cupcakes with a Flake stalk, spearmint leaf and sour worm.  The girls (and their dad) loved them!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

I Love You

Yes that's right - I love all my visitors and commenters.  Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

I created this card using a sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS140.  When I spotted it I knew that it was the perfect sketch for this card - what I didn't realise though was how well it would work with the background paper!  Completely unintentionally the "i love you" lined up with the gap in the pink cardstock!!  Here I was excited that I was finally using this paper (which I've had in my stash forever) but now excited with perfect alignment! lol  Ah the things that make me happy.

I used this very cute little image from Whimsie Doodles and practised colouring some wavy hair this time.  I managed to get a really nice ombre effect on the dress with my Copics and I created little scuff marks on her shoes using my white Sharpie.  I coloured in the kiss using my silver ball point pen and glossed her glasses and little kiss tag.  Finally I added some bling, Liquid pearls, and black doodled borders.
Here's a close up so you can see the silver kiss, gloss and Liquid Pearls.  The kiss has a really nice shine on it in the sunlight.

I have included this card in the following challenges:
D.R.S. Designs Rubber Stamps - Include "Love" on your project
Crazy 4 Challenge - Opposites (Black/White, Shiny/Matte, Texture/Smooth, dots/lines)
Hiding in my Craftroom - Any holiday (Valentine's Day)
In The Pink Challenge - Pink & Pearlie

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Back to School

I can't believe the school holidays are just about over.  Here in Australia our school year is Jan-Dec, so the kids have been off for about 8-9 weeks enjoying time off.  We've travelled to Brisbane, enjoyed family, crafted, BBQ'd, swam, beached and played at the park all the way through, but now it's time to go back.  On the 27th of January Sophia will start Grade 1 and Amber will start Grade 9.

I always make a first day gift for the girls' teachers (well I haven't made one for Amber for a while now), and this will be the card that goes with the gift.  The stationery is part of Sophia's school pack that they provide - I just have to name, label and contact everything!  Ah the joys.
I used a Whimsie Doodles image for this card (and it's free!) and coloured it in with my Copics.  I glossed up her little head band and Stickled up her wings.  I also used a tiny star button and a silver gel pen for the metal part of the pencil.  There's also some Liquid Pearls dotted around.  I layered the image on school themed papers, twine and tape measure washi.

I've included this card in the following challenges:
Left of Centre Challenge - Layer it up
The Crafting Cafe - Lots of layers
Fussy & Fancy Challenge - Things with wings
Cute Card Thursday - Colourful
Aloha Friday Challenge - Scraps (all the papers were found in my scrap stash!)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Valentine's Day

I cannot believe I'm organised enough to have a Valentine's Day card made!!  I've made this for one of my Sassy Babes for our Valentine's Swap.

First up I used a digi image from Whimsie Doodles - isn't she cute - and she's FREE!

I coloured her using my Copic markers.  I used some clear Stickles on her wings and some dots of Liquid Pearls.  Finally I added a dot of bling to her bowl and some doodling around the border.

To construct this card I used a sketch from Mojo Monday.  The main shape in the middle is meant to be a circle, but I prefer squares and rectangles cause I've lost my trusty CM circle cutter and haven't found a good one to replace it.
You can see the sparkle on her little wings a little better here, and the layers of colour in her hair.

I am including this card in the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - Have a heart
Time Out Challenge - Valentine's Day with a twist of heart
Creative Moments - Anything Goes
Penny's Challenge - Anything Goes
Cuttin' and Stampin - Valentine's Day
Melonheadz Friends - CAS
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes

Monday, 19 January 2015

Fluffy and Furry

I purchased this gorgeous image a while ago from Mo's Digital Pencil and am now finally getting it coloured and turned into a card!  I am really trying to get better at my colouring, particularly the shading on hair and skin.  I bought some more shades of brown, but I think I need some more "skin" colours.  I'm really happy with how she turned out though.

For this card I used a Retro Sketches sketch, doodling borders, adding layers of pp and a doily and some tiny dots of Liquid Pearls to her pants.  I also tucked some washi tape flags between the matt layers and image.  This sweet little girl also has gloss on her eyes so they shine.

Here's a close up of the image
Nothing makes me happier than the warm hug of a furry kitty and her purrs - hows about you?  I've included this card in the following challenges:
Bronte & Bella's Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with a Mo Image
Dream Valley Challenges - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Anything Goes
Avenue 613 - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenges - Anything Goes
Wags and Whiskers - Anything Goes
Glitter n Sparkle - Cute

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Halloween Lapbook

I've finally completed my altered lapbook!  It's only taken me 2 months! lol  I started this adventure when I entered the 31 Days of Halloween at Smeared & Smudge.  For every day of October I created something Halloween inspired.  At the end I wanted to showcase all my efforts into a book and was informed of a most fantastic book - the lapbook!  Using many hours of youtube research - specifically the Kathy Orta Files I managed to construct my own.  I used some of my own measurements as our file folders are different sized to the ones in the US and I got totally confused with inches vs centimetres lol.  So without further adeu here she is!

I've joined in with the following challenges -
Aud Sentiments Challenge - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Flowers
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Something New (The gold sparkly raised dots on the cover)
Crafty Boots Challenge - Out with the old and in with the new - old manilla folders turned into a brand new lapbook!
Inky Chicks - Anything Goes
The Order of the Opus Gluei - Anything but a card

Monday, 12 January 2015

Happy New Year Card

It's a brand new year and a brand new challenge over at Southern Girls Challenge Blog and we are celebrating all things NEW!  I thought I'd start off with a New Year card using this totally cute image from Lacy Sunshine.  I coloured her up using my Copics and then added some gold Stickles to her stars, teeny tiny white star buttons to her jumpsuit and silver Stickles to the stars on her jammies.  She also has gloss on her eyes and tiny Liquid Pearls dots scattered around the stars.
I figured there are plenty of people out there (like me) who celebrated the New Year in their jammies, so this image was perfect for me!

To build my card I used a Mojo Monday sketch.  I layered some different shades of blue and then a pop of spotty colour for excitement.  The awesome acetate clock is from Tanya Leigh Designz and was part of a gift that she sent me for managing her December Daily group on facebook.  I even used some of the twine that was in the package holding everything together neatly :)
Here's a closer view so you can see the glittery stars and the tiny buttons.  I just love these cute images, so you'll be seeing a lot more during the year!

I have included this card in the following challenges:
Lacy Sunshine Challenge Blog - New and Sparkly
One Stitch at a Time - Anything Goes with something new (acetate clock and twine)
A Gem of a Challenge - Something new (acetate clock and twine)
Allsorts Challenge Blog - New and Cute
Paper Creators Crafts - Anything Goes
Crazy Catz Weekly Challenge - Polka Dots
Inky Impressions Challenge - Something New (acetate clock and twine)

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Top 12 for 2014

Crafty Kiwi Mama is having a challenge on her blog - to share our top 12 favourite creations for 2014 - and there's blog candy up for grabs!!
Wow this is going to be a challenge, cause I love them all!  here goes:

What a wonderfully creative year!!  Pop over to Crafty Kiwi Mama's blog and join in the challenge linky!  It could be your year to win!

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my friends and family here and around the world.  I hope that your day is full of love and happiness and that you get some wonderful presents and can spend time with those you love.

I was lucky and received this bad boy!
Can you see the tiny mixer?  Sophia got it from Santa!  We can mix together lol  It came with the most awesome silver box full of all the goodies I need to make a gingerbread house, plus scales, sprinkles, moulds, these awesome fold-flat measuring cups and icing.  Everything I need minus the eggs (so I'll be hitting the shops tomorrow!).  My new mixer is going to help so much with my new-found love of cookie making.  Here are some I made lastnight:

I made these Christmas trees for one of my neighbours.  I had a couple of her containers from a baby shower, and I popped these inside to return them.  She works in maternity at the local hospital so I got to "deliver" them to her at work.
These are my newest cookie cutter - a sweet candy.  I created a peppermint pattern on them and added a silver candy to the centre.
We have Betty the Elf on a Shelf - so I made some elves as a goodbye gift cause Sophia was sad that she went home with Santa today.  I added sugar to the icing on the pompoms and hat band to make them look fluffy.

I'm having so much fun cookie making!  I am making teacups and teapots soon and clouds and raindrops.  Both for 2 baby showers.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Can you believe that there are only 4 weeks til Christmas?!  I feel like I only just celebrated Halloween, and surprisingly I haven't even got my tree up yet! I decided to combine the 100th Challenge DT entry over at Southern Girls Challenge with my first Christmas Card.  I used an image by Lacy Sunshine called Coco's Holiday Ornament. 

I created this card entirely out of Christmas scraps, which is how I realised that I have very little in the way of Christmas cardstock!!  Sounds like a shopping trip is in order!

Now I created this card using a sketch from Retro Sketches.  I layered lots of patterns and traditional Christmas colours and then finally added my image.  I used my Copics to colour this digi image, then added some silver and clear stickles, perfect pearls, white flocking and gloss.
Don't her earmuffs and boots look snuggly and warm with the flocking added?!  I hope you come and join us for our 100th challenge celebrations!

I have entered this card in the following challenge:
Lacy Sunshine Challenge - North Pole
Come and get it Challenge - Winter
Weekly Christmas Card Challenge - Inspiration Photo
Jellypark Challenge Blog - Festive
My Perfect Life - Christmas
Robyn's Fetish Challenge Blog - Use a digi
Stamping Sensations - Christmas
Storyteller - Christmas
Craft Your Passion Challenge - Baby it's cold outside