Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Tracking my weight loss

Well i didn't quite as well as i had hoped at weigh in this week. I actually put on 100 grams. So i am now 85.4kg. They said that lots of people are retaining water cos of the heat (it is 43 degrees here at the moment) but it also might have been those couple of spoonfuls of Nutella i snuck in!!

Anyway - salads and fruit are the order for the day - too hot for much else.

Thats it for now.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Inkspirations Inspiration Challenge #3

I wanted to participate in Makeesha's Challenge again you can find it here.
This challenge uses the top picture to inspire your creation. When i first saw the picture I immediately thought of the pots of Crysanthumems that you give your mother on Mothers Day each year! So I decided to make my own pot of crysanthemums using some of the colours in the challenge image as well. I used textured paper to make my pot and inked and coloured it. Then i punched plenty of flowers in a ruby red colour, blue bayou and a pale pink. I tore the leaves out of a green textured paper. I stiched around the border and distressed the edges also.
Hope you like it. Go along to Makesha's site and check out the other entries.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Another Thank You Card

Well you can never have enough Thank You cards as far as I am concerned. How nice it feels when someone does something nice for you and then to send them a little card letting them know how wonderful you felt because of their actions. So I thought i might start to make a few to have on hand for such occasions. I really need to send one to a friend who has been fabulous recently, she even gave me a bunch of flowers last saturday after we bumped into each other at the shops and she saw how stressed i was! A really lovely friend.
The cardstock i used would be close to the Stampin Up colours of Ruby Red, Certain Celery and Apricot Appeal. The main image is actually a peice of vellum that i have just cut to size and stamped Thanks onto. Isn't it the most gorgeous vellum. And just a small amount of bling in the corner.

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #3

I thought I would enter another Colour Challenge - you can find it here.
I really love doing these colour challenges as it has forced me to put colours together that i wouldn't normally use. I wouldn't normally put brown with a red or blue. But it turns out looking fabulous!
I used a Hero Arts stamp i bought a few years ago and coloured it in with chalks and gave her a pink rhinestone for the gem on her necklace. I rubbed white ink onto the embossed scalloped circles. Stamped Thank You at the bottom of the card and finished it of with a vanilla organza ribbon. I think it has an air of elegance!!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Sammy's 3rd Birthday Card & Mojo Monday Challenge

I wanted to try another MOJO Monday Sketch Challenge and I really needed to make my youngest son Samuel a birthday card for his birthday tommorrow. So i thought i would merge the two. Not sure if I am happy with the outcome. My eyes dont enjoy brown very much - however brown and green are his favorite colours. So i thought since i was making it for him - pink and yellow just wouldn't do! Go and check out some of the others entering the challenge here

Tracking my weight loss

I have been working really hard this week on tracking everything that enters my mouth!! I have written it all down. I have been mostly really good with food. I actually bought a huge watermelon yesterday. So that will help me!! It was 11.4kg heavy!! but was only .77 cents a kilo. so it was cheaper than buying it cut up which was $1.88 kilo. So half my fridge is full of watermelon!

Anyway I weighed in last night at slimmers club and i lost 1kg. So last week i was 86.3kg. Now i am 85.3kg.

This week i might try and do a couple of slow walks as well to get the fat moving!! I get pain in my heels when i do too much walking - so i will try and take it slow.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Bows everywhere

I saw a card in one of the papercraft and stamping magazines a while ago and i couldn't find which one as to give credit for the idea to the person who made it (sorry). but i love the idea of all the ribbon. Mine didn't turn out exactly how i pictured it in my head but it was worth giving it a go. Hope you like it

Just for you

I had a ball last night. I was stiching and cutting and stiching and cutting! loved it. I bought a small pad of what i thought was cardstock. but it turns out that it is actually sticker paper. Well that came in handy when i was working on this log cabin design card - meant lots less adhesive. Some of the stiching is wonky but it was a first try - so practice makes perfect!

Monday, January 19, 2009

A card for a friend.

I bought this gorgeous paper yesterday at Scrappy Hollow in Croydon and i just had to use it to make a card. Some of the spots have sparkle on it. And i got this stamp set from Big W. I added a gem flower over the top of the stamped flower to add some bling. I really love the look of the circles nesting in each other and the circle stamps are great. Made some more cards tonight that i will post tomorrow.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Marie Antoinette Blogging Award

Tracey from A Stampers Touch has awarded me the Marie Antoinette blogging award!

Wow how exciting and only after 1 week of blogging. I have so enjoyed doing this blog so far! I am enjoying the challenges and the interaction with others!

The usual rules link those that awarded it (Tracey), post the award & list 7 other nominees deserving of the award.

So I will list my most favorite blogs so far:

  1. Amy from Me & Mi Stamps - without Amy I wouldn't be stamping or blogging!! Thanks
  2. Anita from
  3. Winter from winter wonderland - also a new blogger
  4. Taylor from Taylored Expressions
  5. Jodene from Did I say that out loud?
  6. Alex from Stampin with Alex
  7. Claire from Art with heart by Claire Daly

Check out these blogs - I do almost every day!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Kwerner Colour Challenge #38 - No.2

Well i enjoyed this challenge so much i decided to do another!! Before i made the first card i found the cute little tag in my drawers. It is a pale pink check tag. So i stamped the tag outline with lines on it and picked out a few words. I also stamped up the heart and filled it with fine crystal glitter. Then I put it through the sewing machine and added some stiching. i really liked the tag but it just didn't fit with the first card. I punched some small flowers and added some rhinestones & pearls. I stapled some ribbon to the side - it is a pale pink with white stiching. The last thing i added was the pink ricrac to the bottom of the card. I think i'm hooked to these colour challenges! Check out the other entrants in the challenge here.

Kwerner Colour Challenge #38

This is my very first attempt at a Kwerner Colour Challenge. I wouldn't normally do anything with orange in it - however - i thought - that is the idea of these challenges, to use colours that you wouldn't normally use. I tried to match the colours to cardstock i have as i dont have any Stampin' up stuff. I ran the white base cardstock through the Big Kick with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. And cut 2 scalloped circle nestabilaties in the Big Kick also. I added a single pink pearl to the centre of the stamp and a pink stiched ribbon for some bling. Go to this site and check out the other entries in the challenge. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tracking my weight loss

I have been trying to lose weight for the past year. I have about 20kg to loose. I attend the Healesville Slimmers Club and it is every Tuesday night. I thought if i blogged how i was going i might be less tempted to stray!! Having a 'bad week' emotionally isn't an excuse for eating - it doesn't make the problem go away - it just makes it worse.

So here goes!!

I weighed in last night at 86.3kg. My goal is to get to around the 65kg mark. I will try to post each wednesday what my weight is and how much i have lost.

Photo Wall Creation

This is my other latest creation. I have been working on a Photo wall in our Lounge room. I have heaps and heaps of frames and know what photos i want - but not what size i want them!! I am using Clip it frames - they are fantastic. There is no frame around them - just the glass. So the photo is the main attraction. It is not as easy as i thought it would be fitting them in just right. its like a jigsaw that doesn't have a box to copy off!! So i thought i might post little updates when i add new photos to the wall. i am hoping to cover the wall between the two wall lamps. this wall will only have family shots on it - immediate and extended family that is. I will put my flower shots and bird shots on another wall.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mojo Monday Challenge #69

The next Challenge I have given a go is the Mojo Monday Challenge #69 from here. I really enjoyed this one and it came together really easily. I used colours that I don't normally use but i still really like the outcome. I used the Big Kick to cut and emboss the butterfly and to cut the scalloped circle. Hope you like it!

Taylored Expressions Cup Cake Challenge #50

Here is my first attempt at a sketch challenge. I got it from here I used my Big Kick to cut scalloped circles in a maroon felt and used a flower ribbon on cardstock strips coming down to the flowers. Each flower has a green rhinstone in the centre. I was too late to enter this sketch - however it was fun doing it.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Jane's 40th Birthday Card

Well I had to get organised and do Jane's card for her birthday before she heads overseas for her 40th! She isn't into all the ribbons and girly stuff - so here is what i made. I have had this gorgeous paper for a while now and only used it one other time. I love buttons so they needed to make an appearance. I used the patterned paper to get all my colours from. I clear embossed a watermark flourish on the patterned paper - not sure how well that shows up in the photo. Also stamped a birthday wishes on the inside of the card.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Just a mucking around card

I purchased some new stamps from BIG W last week and wanted to see how they looked - so i was playing around with them last night and just made this card. I like the flourishes!! I have used some of the ribbon that Amy sent me a little while ago. I really like the ribbons that she sent.

Mum's Journal

I made this journal for my mum for Christmas. I also gave her a digital camera - but that was the week before Christmas and i thought she needed to have something under the tree to open on Christmas Day!! After I made it I was so happy with it. I realised something, that i was really making it as though it was for me! I really have to start thinking of others colour favourites instead of mine!! Anyway - she said she liked it. Now I will have to come up with something to make for my Sister in Law, Jane. She is not into ribbons and fancy stuff - so i will have to come up with an idea for her - it is her 40th Birthday on 18th Jan.


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