Friday, November 26, 2010

Another Post...

I thought I'd help my mum out and create some thank you cards for her and dad to hand out to all the thoughtful, loving, helpful people who lent a hand during the week of Nana's funeral. We're blessed to belong to an amazing and caring church who provided meals for mum and dad while they had family staying with them, and provided all the food for the day of the funeral so my parents and Aunty and Uncle could concentrate on family and remembering Nana. So - there are lots of thank you's to be said.

I loved this card of Teneale's from the moment I laid eyes on it and knew that I could make it work as a simple thank you card, so here's my take on it...

My photography skills don't do the card justice - the colours look all a little weird here, but in real life its just lovely and simple and clean and pure. I love them and hope they convey a little of the true gratitude we feel for the people who touch our lives so much for the good.

Thanks for stopping by,

Smiles and hugs,

Adele xxx

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Inkspiration Sketch Challenge #49 and Just Add Ink Colour Challenge #44

So sooooo annoyed at myself!!!! I've been struggling to upload photo's to my blog all day and have been trying on this blog and also my family blog and in the end gave it up in frustration! Have come back to it now to realise that I actually can upload so just started doing my thing without realising which blog I was on only to discover I have loaded all my craft stuff onto the family blog and have no idea how to get it over here without retyping the whole damn thing!!!!

So here I am retyping the whole damn thing!!!! :)

I'm going to keep it brief! hehehehe

Inkspiration and Just Add Ink Challenges  - combined - see below...

And here is my card...

The Sketch is flipped but otherwise fairly true to form. The colours however I had to do a little bit of 'making do'??? I don't actually own any Wild Wasabi or River Rock Cardstock yet - however - I was saved by the fact that I do own the inks (my very first set of inks when they were In Colours in 2007/2008). I was very impressed that they were still inky!!! So - I've used Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake as well as Very Vanilla and used Wild Wasabi to colour in my leaves, and River Rock with highlights of Blushing Bride to colour in my flowers. All in all a very vintagey looking card...

A close up of those flowers - I love these flowers...

Ok - so I can't be bothered writing out all my supplied AGAIN so, if you have any questions just shoot me a line! :) :) :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,


Adele xxx

Tuesday, November 23, 2010


I needed to make a present for a very special someone during the week and this is what I came up with...

A Box of Roses...

This is the box - a paper mache box I purhcased and decorated the front of - I was inspired by the gorgeous little box on one of the first pages of the current catalogue - I love how this turned out...

And then once you open the lid this is what you see - a first layer of tiny little flowers all pre-made, ready to go...

Then a second layer which has stacks of hand cut leaves to go with what was in the bottom of the box...

Which was stacks of these roses! My favourite flowers of the moment - the same ones that I made to use on this card here. I didn't attach the leaves myself because as you can see from my original card sometimes a flower doesn't need leaves to look gorgeous! :). So I just had them all ready to go should a particular flower be in need of some greenage...

A close up of the first 'drawer' - just a shallow box with a ribbon handle so it can be pulled in and out of the box. I'm not very clever when it comes to designing things and this was the best I could come up by way of getting layers into my box - hopefully its not too annoying to access the other contents?

A close up of some of the flowers - these are all made using the Circles #2 Die cut from the Big Shot - just run out a whole heap of coloured circles, spritz them with water and scrunch, leave to dry a little, then assemble. Simple but effective - I think anyway? :)

The card I made to go with it all. Its so easy to make things when you've got a theme going. Not sure if its over-kill or not, but I made the card to match the tag to match the box? All the same but different?? Is that what you do when doing packaging and gifts?

And a close up of the tag. I loved this tag - so cute and so easy to make - and re-usable! I only wrote in the card so this tag can be used again and again. Cant wait to get started on some Christmas tags!!!

So there you have it - a Box of Roses for a Special Someone! Lots of love went into this box - I hope that shows through...

Thanks for stopping by,

Don't forget our last class of the year is this Saturday night - see here for further details!


Adele xxx

Stamps: Word Play, Vintage Vogue
CS: Crumb Cake, Assorted Current Colours( for small flowers), Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Pear Pizzaz,
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Other: Big Shot, Circles #2 Die, Three Blossom Punch, Two Way Bird Punch, Dimensionals, Vintage Brads, Circle Ice Brads, Assorted rhinestone gems from personal stash, Riding Hood Red Striped Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Trim Punch 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Blog Candy

I'm so sorry - I know I missed posting the winner of my blog candy question (found in this post here) - everything kind of slipped my mind with all the drama of the past week...

So...I've decided to send a little blog candy to the three participants who answered the question correctly - Sarah-Jane, Sandra and Chook!!!! So if each of you would like to email me ( with your address details I'll try and get something into the post by the end of the week!!! :)

Thanks so much for all the lovely comments - you guys are the best! xxx xxx xxx


Adele xxx

Christmas Blocks Class

Hello friends!!!! Its been a while I know and I've missed blogging during the past week - my grandmother passed away last week so it was a time for family and togetherness and I didn't actually get around to much crafting. My sister and her 5 kids drove all the way from Wollongong to stay with me and it was so nice having time with her and all the cousin's together. The house is oddly quiet now (:)). Life can be so good and so sad all at once can't it...

But on with this weeks class - yes, its this Saturday and its our last class for the year!!!! We'll be doing Christmas Blocks -

So details...

Saturday 27th November (this Saturday)

7.30pm start

$20 for 3 blocks and all accessories 

If 'JOY' isn't what you'd like to put on your blocks thats totally fine - you can purchase additional blocks and letters for $3.50 per block - you just need to let me know when you RSVP how many blocks you require.

It will be lots of fun - these blocks are close to my favouritest things ever to make and I can't wait to share them with you!

RSVP by emailing and I will provide bank details for you to pay your money into. This should be a fairly popular class so secure your seat quick! :)

Thanks so much for stopping by,

Hope to see you soon!


Adele xxx

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Inkspirations Sketch Challenge #47 and BLOG CANDY

So as you can see I had a REALLY fun night last night - I made 2 cards which did mean I stayed up later than I should have but I enjoyed myself none the less!!! hehehe

This is the sketch for the Inkspiration Challenge...

And this is my card...

As you can see (I hope you can!!!!) I've flipped the sketch to suit my card, but I did try very hard to keep most of the components of the sketch present.

Once again I've used the lovely Dasher - he is just adorable I think, and I love to see his antlers all glittery! I've also embossed on vellum for the very first time and really like the effect. You might not be able to pick it up in the photo's but I have used the snowflake images from Snow Swirled to stamp on the background card behind the images - they're just not showing up to well?

All in all a very wintery Christmas card - so not an Australian christmas but gives the illusion of a white one!

Now - can you see that gorgeous little snowflake that creates my focal point just below Dasher??? If anyone can tell me where I've got it from I will send them a little BLOG CANDY!!!! Just leave a comment on this post - I will write the names of all correct answers and do a little draw next Wednesday! Happy guessing!!! :) :) :)

Thanks so much - you guys are AWESOME!!!

Lots and lots of smiles

Adele xxx

Stamps: Dasher, Snow Swirled, Best Yet
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Whisper White Craft
Other: Scallop Trim Edge, Vellum, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, White Embossing Powder, Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Dazzling Diamonds, Two Way Glue Pen

Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge 42

Edited: Yay! This card was chosen as a Top Pick for this challenge! I am thrilled and excited and very very grateful to the 'pickers' (thank you so much!!!) but most especially to all the lovely people who have left such supportive comments! Thanks guys...can't wait to play again! xxx

Well hello there friends! Just popping in today to share with you a little card I made using the Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge for this week - super cool sketch - so great to play with...

And here is what I came up with...

Way too many photo's I know - I just can never choose which one to post!!! hehehehe

Recognise that flower? I stole the idea from the Idea & Catalogue Book  - check out page 153. :) All I did was run out a set of circles on the Big Shot with the Circles #2 Die, then I used a little misting bottle to wet the paper and scrunched, set aside till they dried and then opened them up. I really like how they've turned out - nice and soft and relaxed. Will definitely be making more of these that's for sure...

Stamps: Baroque BG, Echoes of Kindness, Word Play
Ink: Concord Crush, Stazon Black, Perfect Plum
Paper: Concord Crush, Perfect Plum, Very Vanilla
Other: Big Shot, Circles #2 Die, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Blender Pen, Antique Brads, Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Come again soon!


Adele xxx

Friday, November 5, 2010

Stamp-a-Stack Class Sat 13th November

Wow - I think I have outdone myself this week - another post!!!! :)

Just thought I'd post some cards I made last night for our up-coming Christmas themed Stamp-a-stack...

This close up shot is meant to be showing you the Crystal Effects drizzled on those baubles but its not coming up too well??

Here are the other 2 cards I think we'll be making - they're from the last scheduled Stamp-a-Stack...

so details...

Saturday 13th November

7.30pm start

My house (address given once booking is confirmed)

$20 to make 8 cards (2 of each design)

Email me on or leave a comment if you'd like to book your seat!

Really (!!!!!) hope to see you there!


Adele xxx

Thursday, November 4, 2010

An Exciting Week!!

So I've had a really exciting week this week! You know those two challenges I entered (Inkspirations and Just Add Ink), well, I was a Top Pick in both of them! How awesome is that!!!! Go and check out the other participants in both of these challenges - there are some really beautiful and fun ideas and creations - there are sooo many amazing crafters out there.

I have to say, apart from challenging myself and trying new things, the next best thing about participating in challenges is all the wonderful people you get to meet! There are so many lovely people out there who are so kind and thoughtful and I have to say a HUGE THANKYOU to all of you who have so kindly left lovely comments on our blog - we LIVE for comments! :)

Speaking about kindness, our blog has recieved a couple of awards in the last few weeks from the most lovely ladies - Patrice and Trish! Both of these ladies have blogs that I visit religiously and always find something lovely to inspire me, so thank you both you gorgeous ladies you!

So with this award I think I'm meant to share 3 things about myself...

1. I love to play the piano - though no where near as often as I should to keep those fingers limber!
2. I met my husband when I was 16 but didn't start dating him till I was 20 - he was an awesome friend but I was adamant that's what he'd stay! Isn't it funny how some things work out :)
3. I talk to my sister every day

and then I'm meant to forward it on to 5 blogs with that little bit extra! (lucky I have a second award to award to more blogs! hehehehe)

I LOVE these blogs and check them almost every day, just IN CASE they've decided to post something new! hehehehe

And then this award is for awesome blog it has to go to...

1. Janeybell
2. Fresh Cuts By Lu
3. Spring Blossom Journey
4. Spring Blossom Musings
5. A Christy Production...

These are just some of the lovely LOVELY ladies I've met through blogland and its AWESOME to be able to meet people through this craft we love! Thank you thank you thank you to you all for all your inspiration and incredibleness!

Well, back to prepping for my next class (Stamp a Stack next Sat night for anyone who's interested?!?!)

Thanks for stopping by,

Adele xxx

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge Take Two

So - I made some Peg Magnets and a matching chipboard Top Note Bag to go along with the birthday card I made earlier this week. Thought I might add it to the Inkspiration Colour Challenge and the Just Add Ink 'Think Birthday' Challenge...this little bag and Peg Magnets are gifts for a friend's birthday (to go with the card) so that qualifies right??? :)

I'm really happy with how these all turned out - again not colours that I would necessarily choose by myself, but now I really like them!!! AND I have successfully used all 4 sheets (or however many) of Poppy Parade are in the In Colour Pack and am going to need to purchase a new pack, because YES I LOVE this colour! :) :) :)

Thanks for stopping by,


Adele xxx

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Just Add Ink Challenge

So I was off to find another challenge to try my hand at and realised my card could enter in to Just Add Ink challenge! I had a go at last weeks' challenge and loved it and can't wait for another sketch or colour challenge. In the meantime I thought I'd enter my birthday card in the Just Add Ink challenge too ;)

So here's the challenge...Just Add Birthday's!!!!

Sorry you have to see my card again!!!!!!

I promise to have something new for you again soon! :)


Adele xxx

Inkspiration Colour Challenge #46

Yay!!!! I've had another go at an Inkspiration Challenge and its doing exactly what its meant to do - take you out of your comfort zone!!!! This card is nothing like my normal style but I like it nonetheless??? So nice and bright and cheery...Poppy Parade is set to become a definite favourite of mine I think - such a gorgeous, strong, vibrant colour! Love it!

So here's the Colour Challenge...

And here is my card...

All fairly self explanatory I hope - I've used only the colours in the challenge; some retired So Saffron DSP that I stole from Lisa :); some gorgeous retired So Saffron ribbon - ruffled AGAIN I know, but I do so love a good ruffle!!!; my favourite punch in the whole wide world - the Scallop Trim; the Top Note die (which incidentally Christaine Blaine - a fellow challenge participant has used so charmingly on her card and it reminded me that I own that gorgeous die too and should use it much more often!!!! Thanks Christine! :)); and the stamps sets 'Petal Pizzaz' (the Poppy Parade flower has been dipped in Dazzling Diamonds) and the current Level 1 Hostess Set 'Afterthoughts'.

And OH!!!! For the very first time I used my Versa Mark PEN!!! Did you even know there was such a thing in the catalogue?!?! I didn't till I read a post on Renee's blog where she's used one and I thought I'd have to scour local craft stores to find one - when I thought to just check our catalogue and there it was!!!! I've used it on the sentiment - I've stamped it in the Baja Breeze and then used my Versa Mark pen over the top and then sprinkled it with Clear Embossing Powder! Just an extra little detail. I was most annoyed with myself for not thinking to do it on the back panel as well, but oh well - next time I can! :)

And after all that effort (I AM finding it much much harder coming up with my own things rather than just CASEing someone else's work) I thankfully have a special someone in mind for this card!!! YAY!!!

On a personal note the weather here in Brisbane has really started warming up! We took the kids to the beach on our first, very very rare FREE Saturday morning and I thought I'd share some pics we snapped on the you can see the boys had a BLAST, whereas little McKinley wasn't too sure about the whole thing! hehehehe. Apart from making cards and crafting spending time with my family fills me with the deepest joy...

Thanks for stopping by and come again soon!!! :)


Adele xxx