Today it was the turn of the Heart to Stamp challenge, I am trying to use up my last of the dashing paper from last year and the last of the ski slope paper from this year both from stampin up, and also used my trusty 'season of joy' stamp set also by stampin up, in my frantic attempt to finish off my xmas cards. This was a nice easy but effective layout so I did 2.
The need for more xmas cards is driving me forward this week, so Inspirational card sketches was my next challenge. This one just has the 2 colours, cream and real red and used the season of joy set from stampin up and the old dashing paper from last year, also from stampin up.
Life has had a few ups and downs at the moment. One thing to be truly grateful for is my wonderful hubby who takes a beating from me all the time LOL. (Not literally), he has discovered a love of being Jamie Oliver which I am encouraging as much is humanly possible so I dont have to cook. My kids are great and I am thankful that I dont have the worries that so many of my friends do. Ashley my middle son at 18 is the only one that causes me some worries but thats me not him. He is in the navy and doing very well studying hard, drinking hard and smoking like a chimney, a typical navy man. Ryan my eldest at very nearly 20 is a nurse and doesnt drink much and doesnt smoke, is considerate but very messy......My little girl who turned 15 last week is no trouble at all and sometimes that worries me, she doesnt go out at night but hangs out with her best friend all the time. I know silly for being worried about nothing eh.
Me i am weathering along at the moment, new MRI has revealed another lesion on my spine, but no new ones in the brain. Bit pissed but then thats life. I have been reading about a new procedure to do with blocked drainage veins in the neck, which when unblocked have given significant relief to MS sufferers, and the italian doc doing the research (who has a wife with MS), has been very excited about the results and after testing all the patients at the hosiptal with neurological problems including MS only the MS pts had these blockages and 100% of them at that. To many to be coincidence. He also followed up with testing of many more too. I have decided to go to my GP next week and see if he can get me the ultrasound of my neck to see if the veins are blocked at least, before my appt with my neuro. Australia seems to be a bit behind on new procedures and as America has only just started considering this, I fancy it could be a while til it reaches our shores. So If I have to I will pay for the ultrasound to see.
The weather is very hot at the moment and I have even been in the pool a couple of times woo hoo. Well thats my info for now, sometimes I like to write it down as I dont like to burden my thoughts on the people around me and most aren't interested anyway. Sometimes its very lonely in my little world.
It was quite ironic that I was at a stampin party today and we were laughing about scraps. When I saw this challenge it made me laugh again, so I decided to wizz something up quick. I will present this card to my stampin up demonstrator tomorrow.
Its been a week or so since I made a card, have had a few issues health wise that have had me laid up, that and I had to clear the table in the dinning room and back in my craft room which gets kinda lonesome. This card is for my daughters 15th birthday coming up.
I have some real problems this week with my designs. I cant seem to put together colours or papers arrrgghhhh its so annoying. I have made some cards that are BORING and not worth blogging as far as I am concerned. I have managed to make a card for the Mercy challenge (link to the right) which I am happy with and only 2 colours involved LOL and one is white double LOL. What can go wrong.
Well its time for another challenge, there seems to be no end to them....LOL. I stumbled across this challenge from someone elses blog. I don't know if you are like me and need a design to work with. So here is mine, Its quite basic but I quite like it. I bought a new set of stamps today from a little craft shop near me. Its from Kaiser and from a set called Flora and Fauna. There are a couple of birds and butterflies too which I love love love.
Another day another card, I seem to be on a roll at making cards at the moment. So here is my entry for the Inspirational Card Sketches for this week. You can find a link to this in my side bar. I seem to have taken a fancy to this circle stamp too LOL.
I decided I was not happy with my original log for pile it on so decided to combine the 2 Sketches 4 you challenge with the colour combo for my 2nd go. I much prefer this one. You can see my 1st attempt further down (if in the Pile it on tab.
Another day another challenge or 2. This first one was for the Play date cafe challenge whose link is on the right. I didn't manage to use any black mainly cause I have run out LOL. Have to admit that I am not overally happy with it although it is much better in the flesh this one and today has been a rather dull day for photographing.
My entry this week is using my good old butterflies again LOL, well I did manage to put him down for a whole week. I used Riding hood red, Kiwi Kiss cardstock from stampin up and some of their DS paper. I stamped with the 'Good friend' stamp set.
My entry for this weeks challenge, it is actually my 2nd attempt, I hated the first, I was trying to go outside of my box and it didnt work LOL. In my pile of rejects it goes. Anyway I used the 'Trendy Tree' stamp set and card/paper from stampin up. I crimped some cardstock and used some random lace I had, I added the trees because it looked a bit bare.
Having a go at the colour challenge this week. I dont think the ink is the correct colour but its the nearest pink I had. Used the party hearty set from stampin up and cardstock from them too. You can find the challenge link in my blog list under Makeesha.
My entry for the splitcoast stampers challenge this week. I am trying to increase my stock of xmas cards. I used ski slope DS paper from stampin up, real red and bayou blue card stock. The 'season of joy' stampin up stamp set.
I stumbled upon this sketch challenge and decided to have a go. You can find it http://www.makeeshabyl.com.au/ if you fancy a go. I used last years 'season of joy' stamp set with real red and buckaroo blue inks. On real red and (I think) buckaroo blue paper.
As the weather has been appalling for this public holiday weekend (although we are glad of the rain), I have been very industrious in my card making. I think I have made about 7 or 8 which is really good for me LOL. I am not overally happy with them all but think its good to share different ones for all to see. They are all very 'laid' out if you know what I mean. Well enjoy (I hope).
I have been a little more motivated in the cardmaking dept this week, managed a few xmas cards and am really liking the 'Great friends' stamp set from stamin up. I pinched a layout from my good friend and stampin up demonstrator Linda Higgins (who I now consider a friend first). Plagiarism is cool LOL. Anyway here are my efforts for you to look at. I have used the ski slope designer papers in these cards and the Tree Trimmings stamp set too.
Another entry this week, I am impressed with myself for being so motivated LOL. I did enjoy this weeks challenge (as they always are) I do stuggle with what sometimes seems like a lot of layers. If any of the sharp ones of you look you will notice I have used the same paper as last week, I am loving these colours. The paper is from stampin up as is stamps and ink, The tree and sentiment is from the 'season of joy' stamp set and the scallped thingy (only word I can think of) which I have stamped the sentiment into is from the 'Great friend) set, I love this for cutting and having some extra angles for the sentiments to go into. God dont ask me the colours, with scraps here and there I have no idea LOL. It took me almost 2 hours to do as I am a slow and painful card maker. Oh well, I am pleased with the card though and thats all that matters.
My friend asked me to make a card for a wedding. Now as soon as someone asks me to do something I go into complete melt down and my mind goes blanker than normal. But I had a go and I am not totally unhappy with the trun out. It does look better in the flesh so to speak.
Here is my poor effort for the challenge. I have been struggling for a while with my mojo and it doesnt seem to be getting any better. But I suppose at least I am trying (very trying as hub would say).
Been a while since I have done one of these. You cant tell by the photo but there is glitter running through the waves and it looks quite effective. Shame I cant get you to see. Typical Aussie xmas card.