Thursday, 26 September 2013

Apologies for being a totally hopeless blogger...




....but would you forgive me if I told you I ran my first marathon last weekend...and I've been kinda preoccupied preparing for it?

Being a goon after spotting the finish line from the opposite side of Circular Quay

I ran the Blackmores Sydney Marathon in...well, Sydney (DOH!)....and I am still feeling giddy with excitement at having finished. I ran all 42.195 km in 04:07:04...and after being worried that the six hour cut-off might not be enough time for me...04:07 is a dream finish!

SO....I do hope you'll forgive me...I'm gonna try and make some time to play with paper and glue this weekend :-).

Hurting a bit on the home straight...



Friday, 16 August 2013

Invited you are...


This fun little creation has been lurking on my computer since back in April! It is the party invitation for Master 7's 2013 birthday, and as you might be able to tell...he is something if a Star Wars fan.

This invitation was created using Stampin' Up!'s My Digital Studio (MDS). I have been having a lot of fun with MDS lately. The possibilities really are endless!


MDS Supply List (all by Stampin' Up!):

Background:
Designer Series Paper/Designer Kits/On the Go - designer series paper/On the Go - 11
Mats:
Designer Series Paper/Designer Kits/On the Go - designer series paper/On the Go - 10
Designer Series Paper/Designer Kits/On the Go - designer series paper/On the Go - 5
Designer Series Paper/Designer Kits/On the Go - designer series paper/On the Go - 3
Designer Series Paper/Designer Kits/On the Go - designer series paper/On the Go - 7
Card Stock/Marina Mist
Embellishments:
Eyelets/More Mustard - eyelet
Eyelets/Real Red - eyelet
Brads/Real Red - brad

While I'm here...I wanted to pop up a copy of my City2Surf results. I really am very excited by my time. I slashed almost 30 mins off my best time for the C2S...achieved back in 2001:

And last but not least...thank you so much for the comments on yesterday's post! I will reply later today. Right now I am going out to gently run 5-10 km. Have a lovely day!!

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Blowing the dust off my neglected cyber-garden!


Hey there blog buddies! Loooooooong time no blogging in here. I'll be surprised if anyone is still checking this poor old neglected neck of the cyber domain. I am going to try and spend a little bit more time in here. I have really missed my blog garden, and the friends I have made through it!

I honestly don't know where the last four months has gone. Would you believe it if I said...time warp? No, didn't think so! No excuses. Just life doing its thing I guess. But I haven't been doing nothing. Most of my spare time has been spent running and cycling. I have participated in two duathlons and two half marathons here in Alice in the last four months, and have another half marathon coming up this weekend. I also went to Sydney for the City2Surf last weekend, and took advantage of the fact that Stampin' Up! had one of their Make a Statement Digital Tour events on in Sydney that weekend too. It was a fantastic event, and I've come home all educated and inspired to create some delish digital goodies!

In the mean time, here are some pics of a little tag that I created for my beautiful upline Di Barnes, back before convention in Brisbane this year. They have been sitting on my desktop collection digital dust every since. I have lots of pics collecting digital dust, so I am taking out my big ol' digital duster and giving them all a big dust off, and hope to have them up here over the next few days.


Project Recipe (all products by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):

Cardstock: Kraft A4, Confetti Cream A4, Summer Starfruit A4 and Pool Party A4.
Ink: Basic Black and Sahara Sand Classic Ink
Stamps: Curly Cute
Dies and Punches: Apothecary Accents Framelits and Boho Blossoms Punch
Accessories: Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit, Lacy Brocade Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Large Pearl Basic Jewels, Sycamore Street Button Pack, Linen Thread, mini glue dots, SNAIL Adhesive and Dimensionals.

If you are still here, thanks so much for being patient with me, and I'll leave you with this last little picture, by way of some thank you eye-candy! These are the delicious take-away macarons we bought from Ladurée in Westfield Sydney, after the City2Surf (raspberry, vanilla, chocolate and salted caramel). Don't worry, we also stopped for some tea and eat-in macarons too ;-)...

Friday, 19 April 2013

MDS Moshi Party Invite


Well, it is that time of year again. Little people party time! It is fun, but boy does it take a lot of effort.

Miss-almost 9 asked me if she could have a Moshi-themed birthday party this year....and I of course said...'why, yes boss, right away boss'! I did try and make some Katsuma-esque punch art, but it didn't look very convincing to me, so I went back to the drawing board.

Thank goodness for My Digital Studio (MDS), which eventually made whipping up some Moshi-themed party invites very, very easy!
All digital elements © Stampin' Up!, except Katsuma image
which was sourced at: www.walls360.com
Thanks for the prompt karen! I had meant to add here that I just printed these invites out at home using our Epson Stylus Photo R800 printer, and Epson Archival Matte paper. On this paper the colours always look really vibrant, and the resolution was great too. They looked really cool (if I do say so myself ;-).

MDS Supply List (all by Stampin'Up!):

Background
Designer Series Paper/Designer Kits/Hoppy Memories - designer series paper/Hoppy Memories - paper 4
Mats
Card Stock/Poppy Parade
Embellishments
Designer Kits/Hoppy Memories - borders/Hoppy Memories -border 11
Designer Kits/Happy Bday - tags/Happy Bday - party time (re-coloured - Brilliant Blue)
Designer Kits/Happy Bday - flowers/Happy Bday - large white flower
Designer Kits/Happy Bday - flowers/Happy Bday - large flower (re-coloured - Brilliant Blue)
Designer Kits/Happy Bday - flowers/Happy Bday - flower 2 (re-coloured - Bfrilliant Blue)
Designer Kits/Happy Bday - flowers/Happy Bday - flower 4
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - rhinestone large
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - rhinestone small
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - pearl large.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Gonna be organised for Mother's Day this year!


I made a card for mum this week. I had this brainwave and thought I'd try and get my skates on and finish it before Mother's Day this year.....cool idea eh? If I get it in the mail some time this week, Oz Post might even manage to camel it to Sydney in that time too. Happy days! Next thing you know they'll be using coaches...then look out world, here we come!!
It is a peaceful, sunny afternoon here in the Territory. Currently 30 degrees C and just a few puffy white clouds in the sky. The kids head back to school on Monday, after just one week of school hols. We only get a week now and in October, because we have four weeks in July. But I digress. Hope you are enjoying a peaceful Saturday too, wherever you are.

Thanks for visiting...

Project Recipe (all by Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted):

Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Very Vanilla, Confetti Cream, Pool Party (textured) and Kraft;
Paper: Comfort Cafe DSP;
Ink: Basic Black and Crumb Cake Classic Ink;
Stamps: Occasional Greetings;
Accessories: Natural Linen Thread, Circle Brads, Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Ribbon Seam Binding - Pool Party, Glue Dots, SNAIL and Dimensionals.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Don't Worry Be Happy!


A little more My Digital Studio (MDS) fun, just because I felt like it!
MDS SUPPLY LIST (all by Stampin' Up!):

Background
Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - designer series paper/You're My Sunshine - pattern 4
Mats
Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Special Delivery Subtle - designer series paper/Special Delivery Subtle - 5
Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Downtown Grunge - designer series paper/Downtown Grunge - 5
Embellishments
Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments/You're My Sunshine - large flower 1
Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments/You're My Sunshine - large flower 2
Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments/You're My Sunshine - small flower 1
Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments/You're My Sunshine - large flower 3
Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments/You're My Sunshine - small flower 2
Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments/You're My Sunshine - circle flower 1
Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments/You're My Sunshine - circle flower 3
Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments/You're My Sunshine - circle flower 4
Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments/You're My Sunshine - frame 1
Designer Kits/You're My Sunshine - embellishments/You're My Sunshine - border 3
Taffeta Trimmings/Taffeta Trimmings - long bow crushed curry
Designer Kits/Downtown Grunge - embellishments/Downtown Grunge - note tag
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - pearl small
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - pearl medium
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - pearl large
Stamps
Fantabulous You/Fantabulous You - don't worry, he happy, Color - Basic Black.

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Baking Paper Flowers


Just a few more pics I haven't had a chance to post yet. As part of my recently acquired Stampin' Up! starter kit I bought the Bigz XL Flower Folds die, and I couldn't wait to have a play with it. I didn't want to waste cardstock while I gave it a test run though, so I used some Multix Baking Paper instead. When I was finished I assembled all my trial cuts together, and I thought that my baking paper flower looked pretty good, so I decided to use it on a card rather than just chucking it out. I gave it a good ol' scrunching up first, and here is the finished product...
I think my mum liked it :-).

Project Recipe:

Cardstock: Whisper White, Kraft and Calypso Coral (SU);
Ink: Basic Black and Calypso Coral (SU);
Stamps: Just For You (exclusive to the Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit by SU);
Accessories: Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder (SU), Kiwi Kiss Corduroy Buttons (SU), Paper Piercer (misc), Baking Paper (Multix), SNAIL Adhesive (SU) and Dimensionals (SU).

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Another little MDS project...


Just a little more My Digital Studio (MDS) tinkering that I thought I'd share with you here. I thought this would be a cute idea for a boy's party invitation. You can easily whip one of these up in MDS, and then either print it at home, or perhaps even through something like Vistaprint (although I'm not sure you'd ever need 50 of these....would you??).

All of the papers and embellishments that I have used for this little project are included in the original MDS download, which costs only $24.95 and is available in Australia now (or if you are going to convention in Brissy, you get it for free....which is how I got it....:-). Alternately, you can try it for free for 30 days...Bargain!

The list of supplies is as follows:


MDS SUPPLY LIST (all by Stampin' Up!)

Background
Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Day in the Life - designer series paper/Day in the Life - 6
Embellishments
Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments/On the Go - helicopter
Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments/On the Go - frame 1
Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments/On the Go - best trip ever
Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments/On the Go - traffic light
Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments/On the Go - dump truck
Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments/On the Go - label 4
Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments/On the Go - arrow
Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments/On the Go - 1...2...3
Designer Kits/On the Go - embellishments/On the Go - let's scoot


Friday, 29 March 2013

My Little Blue Beanie


I made this little blue beanie a few weeks back, but forgot to pop up any pictures in here.

I bought the yarn from my favourite online yarn store, Deramores. It is made using Sirdar Snuggly Smiley Stripes DK in Hulabaloo (50 grams, 95 m, 80% Bamboo and 20% Wool)...check it out here. I used about 1.5 balls to make this beanie. It is crocheted using the Bob Wilson half double crochet beanie pattern (available via YouTube here) and I used a 4.5 mm Clover Armour crochet hook (which you can see here).

And this is the final product...
Thanks for stopping by,


Blogged to: Miniscule - The Sled and The Ant, ABC TV.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Tinkering with MDS...


Earlier this week Stampin' Up! released MDS (My Digital Studio) in Australia, and because I am going to convention in Brisbane (hooray)...I got a free copy (double hooray)!! This afternoon I thought I'd have me a bit of a tinker with it, you know...push some random buttons and see what happened. Well, I pushed buttons for a good bit longer than I intended to, but I did have a lot of fun.

I find the program is quite intuitive, and those things that I haven't been able to fathom for myself, I got help with from my lovely (and oh-so-patient) upline Di. Thanks Di. I can see we are gonna have some fun with this :-).

Anyhoo...this is what popped out the other end of my button pushing session...
I was not going to write up a supply list, but then I remembered having seen a button labelled 'supplies' somewhere along my wanderings. I just went and checked and managed to find it again...so here it is, a list of supplies (hooray)...

MDS SUPPLY LIST (all by Stampin' Up!):
Background:
Designer Series Paper/Nursery - designer series paper/Nursery - 1
Embellishments
Staple & Stitching/Chocolate - Simple Stitches line 3
Staple & Stitching/Chocolate - Simple Stitches line 10
Taffeta Trimmings/Taffeta Trimmings - ripple regal rose
Staple & Stitching/Chocolate - Simple Stitches corner 2
Basic Pearls and Rhinestones/Basic Pearls and Rhinestones - pearl
small (re-colored = Chocolate Chip)
Stamps
Little Additions/Little Additions - bunny, Color = Chocolate Chip
Punches
Labels & Tags/Labels Collection 2, Filled with: Designer Series Paper/_Designer Kits/Special Delivery Subtle - designer series paper/Special Delivery Subtle - 5
Mats
Designer Series Paper/Cottage Wall - designer series paper/Cottage Wall - pattern 8
Designer Series Paper/Nursery - designer series paper/Nursery - 2
Designer Series Paper/Sweet Details - designer series paper/Sweet Details - 6
Card Stock/Chocolate Chip

If I don't make it back in here again before Easter, Happy Easter! I hope you have a lovely, long holiday weekend.