25 April 2010

Lest We Forget

    Today the 25th April we in Australia celebrate ANZAC day. For those of you who do not know -ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. 

It was initially named for all those soldiers from Australia and New Zealand who fought and died at Gallipoli, Turkey in WW1.

With the coming of the Second World War, ANZAC Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in that war. In subsequent years the meaning of the day has been further broadened to include Australians killed in all the military operations in which Australia has been involved. It also helps us remember all those who are currently serving our country in many ways.

We give thanks, remember and show respect towards all those who have given their time and even that supreme sacrifice- their lives- to help keep us safe.

I would like to give thanks to all these men and women who not only left their families but left their country to protect us and to those families - Thank you for giving us your sons and daughters to help us stay safe.

I would like to say to all -no matter where you live- give a silent prayer to all those in any service who may be representing your country to help others live in a safe environment. May All wars and Military Actions end with no more blood shed and lives lost.

The following is an extract from a poem Laurence Binyon named "For the Fallen"- It is read at services to show the significance of what was given for their country.

"Ode of Remembrance"

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.


Catch you later

Kathy S.

14 April 2010

No card but check out this sweet stuff at Jacque's Joie de vivre Blog


Jacque is celebrating her blogaversary so hope you pop by and visit her she is such a lovely lady and so very generous with candy ALL the time and has a HUGE giveaway right now.

Hopefully the links work to take you to her blog

The deadline for this SWEET STUFF will be Thursday, April 29 at midnight DST.

Here's a list and a picture of the candy...

1 Once Upon A Time Pink Scrap Tote
1 Stampology Layered Clear Stamp Set-Invitation and Party
1 Pastel Paper Pack from Crafty Secrets
1 Classic Paper Pack from Crafty Secrets
1 Making Memories Whimsy Embellishment Kit
2 packs of Metallic Adornments
1 pack of K&Co Paper Flower Brads
1 Pack of K&Co Flower Dimensionals
1 Tin of Making Memories Flower Shop Collection
1 Tin of Making Memories Butterfly Collection
7 bunches of assorted mulberry roses
2 packs of MS clear gems
1 Fiskars Tool Taxi
1 Pack of Making Memories Velvet Brads
A handful of miscellaneous charms
Stamps from the companies I represent:
1 Belles 'n Whistles Scarecrow & Little Wizard
1 Magnolia Wrapped Tilda
1 D'Amour Allure Flirty Valentine
1 Flower Soft Moments in Time Purr-fect
LOTS of Ribbon from my stash
1 MS Cornice Edge punch
1 MS Cosmos Garden punch

and a few more she's forgotten :)


Now, all you have to do is leave her a comment and some love here
Good luck if you want to enter and that's it for today

thanks for visiting

Catch you later

Kathy S

13 April 2010

A 2fer Whimsical Room

       Sorry I haven't posted for a while but my life has taken some really weird turns lately- I just don't seem to have enough hours in the day -it still amazes me how other bloggers can work full time and still do a post every day with beautiful creations - I love them but what am I doing wrong- I'm lucky to get a couple of hours just to myself (which is spent in my craft area)- but still doesn't seem to produce a great deal and I don't have school kids anymore -I had more time when they were at school- how does this happen. I now have grandchildren though with another one due anytime now so as soon as it's arrived I will let you know but that's not the problem either.

Last week I was looking at the Whimsical Wednesday -The Diedrich Dare blog and saw a really interesting challenge unfortunately I don't have any Greeting farm stamps or I would have used them

Some Pink and Pink, and Pink, and Oh Yes that dreaded color (well by me anyway) Brown Inspiration

so thought I would have a go- I've had these stamps for a little while but haven't really had the inspiration to use them so when I saw this room I knew exactly how I could play along - I loved the way the walls are dark with the white and pink -Not necessarily my colour for walls but loved the principle - so I used the white frame as my cardstock and added to it I hope you like my creations- I actually did 2 cards because I loved the colours- I think I used to colour just about everyone's clothes and things in brown and pink when I was little so it bought back memories too


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With this first card I stamped the the chandelier onto brown linen weave I think it is paper (-this was in a bunch of papers I bought at Kmart ages ago and I think these are my last two pieces-I love the colour and the look of it-) using my Brilliance - Moonlight White stamp pad and then embossed it using Zing -opaque white embossing powder.- I wasn't really happy with the finish so I added Kindy Glitz to the "light" areas of the chandelier although it's hard to see in the picture but looks all sparkly IRL.  Then I stamped the lamp on some gloss cardstock using Whispers -Port Wine ink and cut it out- I thought it needed something to balance so I stamped three of the little hibiscus flowers that came with the set to represent the pictures on the wall but when I put them on the brown they didn't look right so I edged them with the Port Wine ink pad and they looked a bit better then I just stamped the sentiment on some gloss card and cut it out - I added the ribbon just as a final touch. Hope you like it.

The next card didn't really stick to the layout of the room like the first one


  100_3152posted This card is a very simple one and I just used the inspiration of the frames on the wall and went with that - I love these stamps - I bought them at KMart last week and thought they would get a lot of use as there were quite a few nature type images on them so you will probably see quite a bit using them.

I went through my stash and grabbed some different tones of pink and stamped the images on them then I cut them into squares and mounted them on white card then put some dimensional tape behind to make them stand out a bit then I used the same ribbon as I did in the last card and added the brown to go with it- The 'Hugs' stamp is from a different set that I've had for ages and when I stamped it -it is a negative type stamp and the white looked to stark so I got out my Aqualip pen in pink and coloured it in which sort gave it a glazed effect-cute-then I mounted it on pink paper and added dimensional tape to the back I thought it needed something else so I did some faux stitching around each of the images and added a bit of bling to the final card.



Card one - Thinking of you

Cardstock- white generic; Papers from my stash, Stamps- Papermania Chatsworth Collection; Accessories:-Ribbon - Value Craft; Kindy Glitz-Crystalina;Ink- Whispers Port Wine,Brilliance-Moonlight White; Embossing Powder-Zing Opaque white; dimensional tape and double sided tape.

Card Two - Hugs

Cardstock- White generic; Stamps Cre8tiv- Life series, See D's; Ink- Stazon Timber Brown; Accessories:- Ribbon-Value Craft; Uniball signo pen- white; Sakura Aqualip pen pink; Gems- discount store,dimensional tape and double sided tape.


Thanks for visiting come back again sometime. Any and all comments greatly appreciated


Catch you later

Kathy S.

01 April 2010

Happy Birthday

I know I'm posting another card but this will be my last one for this week I think - I have soooooo much to do before Easter it's not funny  -we are having all our kids and partners -with their kids over on Saturday- they all seem to have other commitments for Sunday so Saturday will be our Easter get together and a very full house- 3 adult children of our own and their partners and 6 grandchildren the eldest being 3 and a half and the youngest 4 months and an asthmatic - yikes- and I am waiting for number 7- it is due in April -my gosh that's this month-so a very pregnant daughter will also be here. But I am looking forward to it all of course- there is nothing better than a family get together whatever the reason. 

This card is another birthday card- I have had this idea in my head for a while and just couldn't formulate it until  saw the Taylored Expressions Sketch Challenge #106 sketch and thought that was how I wanted it laid out although I had to turn it on it's side - so here it is I hope you like it.

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I thought I would make it bright and cheery we are getting into Autumn here and everyone else in blog world is talking about spring so I thought these colours sort of combine both worlds. You can't really see it in the picture but the background to the blue/green squares is actually an orange glitter cardstock that I just had to have before Christmas and have only know started to use it- it is just so pretty.The stamp I used for the feature is a Craft Stamper Magazine freebie from a couple of years ago -I love magazines that attach free stamps to the front- as you will tell as I start putting up more cards -because I have and use a lot of them.

The front was pretty I thought I would carry it through to the inside -which is something I don't usually do. Anyway I have talked enough - here is the ingredients to my Card:- generic A5 white base cardstock; Papers:- DCWV-the glitter cardstock pack,Inque Boutique-Cabana-mini papers,DCWV-the All Dressed Up matstack, and gloss paper for the stamps. Ink- Versa mark - watermark, Whispers -Savoy Green, Green Leaf,Sunshine Yellow dye inks; Stamp freebie from Craft Stamper Magazine, SU- Happy Birthday; Other-ribbon Uni Trim, Embossing Powder-yellow and lime green,Punch -Fiskars rope Border, dimensional tape and double sided tape.

Thanks for visiting

Catch you later

Kathy s

A Box full of Hearts and Flowers


This set of cards in the cute little box is for JUGS  - Just Us Girls #26...Template Challenge  This was such a fun challenge as I don't normally make my own gift boxes- well sometimes - but not very often so I thought I'd like to make a small box using the free template My Time Made Easy LLC kindly has on the MTME website- thanks for that it is such an easy template to follow-as I think all of her templates are. And guess what JUST I found out I have WON one of her templates through Lesa Rapp of Paper Possibilities -Wow can you believe it- Thanks Lesa and Lauren for that great prize- now I just have to decide which to choose they are all so gorgeous. 

Anyway enough waffling on and back to my project. I made the box using some Fiskars paper I seem to have had for ages a couple of years I think and then thought I'd make a few little gift cards to put inside it so I used up some off cuts from other projects and found some stamps to match the patterns on the box paper and went to it. This was such a quick project I am definitely going to make more of these- maybe for some friends for friendship day this year- or just because they are such good friends and deserve a sweet gift sometimes.

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There are 4 pictures just so you can see the outside and the inside of the box as well as the cute little cards I made- I actually blurred a couple of the greeting stamps when I was stamping but will fix those later I needed to take the pictures so I could post them.

Most of the things I used are self explanatory but if you have any queries please feel free to contact me

Project Ingredients:- Box-  Template MTME - see link above; Papers -Fiskars- Love Blossom set , Heart - heidigrace; half pearls, gold cord and flowers are from one of the dollar shops so not sure of brand. In hind sight I think I will take the 2 half pearls I used on the end of the cord off and replace them with a pearl bead- it should give a neater finish.

Cards- each card is just basic 200gsm cardstock and cut to approximately 17cmx 6cm(6 1/2' x2  1/4" ) -then folded in half along the long length.   Inks - I used ink pads that I have had for many years and they have no name or colour but the closest I could describe the colours are-pale pink,rose pink,dark pink and maroon, aqua blue and a emerald green, for the greetings I used Stazon Timber Brown.    Stamps are from See D's sets one was Garden of Friendship -not sure what the other set was called, the greetings all come from a variety of sets none of which are named-sorry.   Ribbons- Francheville, Trim Craft, Value Craft and generic;

Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy this project and please feel free to leave a comment as well as check out the other blogs mentioned to see their wonderful creations. 

catch You later

Kathy s

Happy Christmas at Easter

This is another challenge card as are all my current posts- they are running late because like most of you life becomes very hectic at times and mine has been no exception but hopefully it will get back to normal (if there is such a thing) : ) and we will all have a quiet safe and happy Easter and for those who don't celebrate these events may your weekend be filled with happiness and be safe too.

This card is for the CSAYL challenge # 45 - so many embossibilities  and I think I covered that as I embossed the baubles and cut and embossed my larger snowflakes  Challenge #45 - So Many Embossibilities!


Card Info:- Card stock basic A5 cream card stock

Papers: Chromatics-candy pad;water colour paper;wrapping paper which I used for the snowflakes- the same paper I used on my Sympathy card in the previous post.

Stamps-Kaisercraft-Doodled Christmas;and Christmas Carnival.

Other:-Spellbinders™- Shapeabilities Die Snowflake Wonder; Punches:- other snowflakes Francheville and Fiskars  ; Fancy cut scissors -not sure which ones as this piece of paper was in my stash already cut. Generic(no brand available) rub on sentiment and snowflakes, gold cord; Zing embossing powder gold glitter finish,and versa mark ink.

Thanks for visiting

Let me know what you think all comments greatly received

Catch you later

Kathy s