Sunday, July 06, 2014

Happy Birthday Mum!

Stamps: Stamper Anonymous (Tim Holtz - 'from the heart' text)
Hero Arts (Operation Write Home - heart)
Inks:  Ranger Archival
Papers: Crate Paper 6"x6" 'Fourteen', DCWV glitter cardstock stack
Scalloped paper punch

Wishing a very Happy 75th Birthday to my amazing Mum - be ready for a wonderful year!

The youngest of 7, born on 7/7 - born lucky!

Love to you, from the heart xo xo

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Summer Celebrations

Hi All! Well, after such a long time without posting there has been a whole lot of life going on. It has been a busy year, with love and loss, happy times and hard times, and here we are still wandering along life's path.

Rather than spend a lot of time and space explaining what's been going on, how about just celebrating the here and now? We just enjoyed the Summer Solstice here in California, and now July 4th is upon us. Back home in Australia it's the middle of winter, so they just celebrated the Winter Solstice. I do love the way our fabulous planet works, how amazing that we all share the same flow of seasons at different times depending on which hemisphere we are in.

Here are some happy little cards made with a new stamp set from Darkroom Door, using hand carved designs from Godelieve Tjiskens at StampingMathilda. They just make me smile - and they inked up so beautifully with brush markers and multi-hued ink pads, so much fun.

Stamps: Darkroom Door (images, 'thinking of you' text and 'hello' text) -
Stampers Anonymous (Wendy Vecchi - 'Home, where love resides' text) -
Hero Arts (Operation Write Home - 'Looking forward to spending time together' text)
Ink: Ranger Distress Inks, Stampin' Up! brush markers and SU! Kaleidocolor ink pads
Mini star and curlicue stencils, washi tape, scallop edge punch

How are you enjoying your current season - are you in Summer or Winter? Thank you for visiting!

Happy Mail from Godelieve - thank you!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Let's Hear it for the Boys!

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz
Core'dinations cardstock, Ranger Stickles, brads, 
Tim Holtz Idea-ology paper string and tissue paper tape
Sizzix Alterations 'Texture Fades' embossing folder

So many of us card makers seem to find making masculine cards a challenge, but mostly the men in our lives like the same things we do - the fact that someone cared enough to hand craft a card for them!  I love to make cards for blokes :)  These first two cards were made for my brothers.  The balloons were mounted on dimensional foam and tethered with paper sting, and a little stickles glitter for fun.

Stamps: Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz
Sizzix Alterations 'Texture Fades' embossing folder
Core'dinations cardstock

I'm having so much fun with the blueprints stamps from Stampers Anonymous (Tim Holtz designs in collaboration with Joe Rossi).  Another common theme on these cards is Sizzix texture folder backgrounds using Core'dinations cardstock - so fun to emboss then sand to add texture and reveal the core color.

Stamps and brads: Stampin' Up!, Core'dinations cardstock
Sizzix Alterations 'Texture Fades' embossing folder

This card was for a handy guy, the tools are popped up on dimensional foam.  One of the most common pitfalls in making masculine cards is avoiding color - so often a palette of muted browns and greys appears on cards for the guys, but in fact men react most strongly to bright colors and contrast.  So break out the color and texture tools in your arsenal to whip up some cards for the men in your life.

If you're looking for inspiration, visit the Operation Write Home Blog for card sketches and plenty of ideas for masculine cards.

Please leave a comment here to share your go-to faves for making masculine cards!  
Thanks for wandering by.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mums out there! My Mum is far away in Australia, so I'm sending all my love long-distance.

This is a card I made for my Mum. Living here in the USA most of the stamps say "Mom", so I have to be a little creative to make a "Mum" card. For this one I used two sets from 'My Favorite Things' (MFT) - I made the word "MUM" using Banner Day Alphabet, and the sentiment "is another word for love" from Clearly Sentimental About Family. MFT made a very generous donation of stamps to Operation Write Home, we thank them for that, most were sold to raise funds for OWH, but you can find them at your local stamping store or online. 

The image is from Stampers Anonymous, the Tim Holtz 'Mini Blueprints 2', they are getting a whole lot of use around here, I love them - stamp, color, done! I'm getting more use out of my old faves like Twinkling H2Os, brush markers, watercolors, because the blueprints make it easy to color just a little and call it done, my kind of coloring :) I used the nest because it has three eggs - my two brothers and I.  Also, of-course, a cuttlebug embossed background with birds and vines, love the 'bug.

Twinkling H2Os - 
You can't see the sparkle and twinkle in this photo,
but trust me, it's there.  What looks like tan in
this photo is actually a lovely shimmery gold.

So how did you celebrate Mother's Day? I enjoyed a cup of tea, bagels for breakfast (prepared by my son), pretty flowers and sitting outside on our patio enjoying the fresh spring day. There are so many birds chirping away out here - tiny hummingbirds, little songbirds, and even a hawk gliding around looking for his breakfast. Luckily for me he's not looking for bagels :)

Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz 'Mini Blueprints 2'

Here's my little hummingbird friend (excuse the dark background, that's our redwood fence) -

Wishing you a wonderful week, thanks for visiting.  

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Meets Bollywood

Happy Easter everyone. I had a little too much fun making tags for Easter baskets this year, ended up with Easter Meets Bollywood, and I think I like it that way :)

Chocolate for breakfast, Happy Easter to you.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Skywatch Friday - Perth, Home Sweet Home

The view from the verandah in Perth Hills, love this sight! Now imagine a chorus of birds - green parrots, rosellas, cockatoos, galahs, magpies, honeyeaters, wattlebirds, eagles soaring by - yep, now you have the whole picture.

To see more Skywatch photos from around the world visit here -

Thanks for visiting :)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

CHA Winter 2013 - More Sneak Peeks!

There were so many wonderful products and samples at Winter CHA in Anaheim, here are a few more for your sneak peeking pleasure :).

1 - 3: Gourmet Rubber Stamps (made right here in Gardena, CA)
4 - 6: Melissa Frances - beautiful bling, sweet houses, bird cage card holder
7 - 8: Technique Tuesday
9 - 10: Kaisercraft - loved some of their new collections!
11 - 12: Susan Lenart Kazmer - Ice Resin, loved the projects on display, seriously cool product
13 - 16: Lily Bee - scrumptious papers!
17: Wendy Vecchi - stamps from Stampers Anonymous, inky Ranger fun, Wendy has a lot going on this year.
18: An elephant, just because amazing things happen at CHA :)

Please note: These are photos taken by me at CHA, I did not design or create these projects

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

CHA Winter 2013 - Buckle Up!

OK folks, are you ready for some more CHA fun? Here are some peeks at new products from Ranger, Stampers Anonymous, Idea-ology and Sizzix - what's the connection? Tim Holtz of-course, he's been very busy cooking up fun new ideas.

Must-haves for me? New blueprint stamps, viewmaster die, distress paints, oh who am I kidding, all things TH are must-have :)

Please note: These are photos taken by me at CHA, I did not design or create any of these projects.