Sunday, 12 June 2011

A Little Love Bug...

I thought I'd play along with Just Add Ink's Challenge # 71 - Just Add Black and White this week...because I needed some inspiration, and this one seemed like just the ticket!

I visited Fantasia at Taren Point yesterday, and picked up a few little goodies to make this card at Mum's place...

The Love bug is just hand cut, except for his little feet, which are parts of a flower in the Spring Bouquet punch by SU. The white cardstock came as a 12 x 12 sheet, with a flower dry embossed on it, which I thought was very cute. The black was also a 12 x 12 sheet and came with straight-ish lines dry embossed on it...impossible to see in these pics.

The rubons are by Kaisercraft, and I'm not impressed at all. I had to rub really, really, really hard...and still it hadn't transferred from the sheet properly, and came away all crooked and broken on the 'L' and 'o'...which I tried to fix, but you can still see it. They are a fraction of the price of the SU rub-ons though (which work wonderfully and easily on all surfaces I find) I guess you get what you pay for!

PS. The inspiration for the love bug came from a motif on one of Thumper's Pumpkin Patch suits.

Gotta run now,

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Sailing into the sunset...

Actually, it looks more like we'll be sailing into a headwind. Not very good news!

Last night I stayed up WAY past my boat bedtime (which has been in the vicinity of 7pm - can you spell P.A.R.T.Y. A.N.I.M.A.L??) and made a little thank you card to give to the marina staff here (with some yummy Haighs chocolate frogs). We have had Lucey Blue at the d'Albora Marina at The Spit for about a year and a half, and have got to know the staff quite well in that time. They are very friendly, super professional and always there to help. It has a been a real pleasure to have stayed here, and we hope to come back to The Spit when we return in early 2012.

I have had this card in my head for about two weeks, but like I said before, the thinking and doing are such vastly different things! As we now hope to start heading north either late tomorrow or early on Saturday, it became a matter of some urgency, so I finally pulled my finger out and got it done.

I am afraid that a full recipe for this card is pretty much beyond me at the mo. The colours (as near as I can guess in dim light) are, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Pacific Point (I think I am all out of this now...very sad), Soft Sky and Yoyo Yellow. The sun die is a Die-namics one from MFT (I think), and I ran the whole lot through my Cuttlebug in that scrummy SU texture folder (whose name I can't remember). I might add that I nearly broke my Cuttlebug doing that because the wad of cardstock was so thick that it almost would not go through even though I was only using two B plates. Oh, almost forgot...I also used my recently acquired Corner Muncher (or whatever name it goes by). It munches corners like a hot knife through that puppy!!

Well, that's all from me for today. I still have to wrap up this fortnight's Distance Education pack, and then tidy up the bomb zone that is our saloon. As our living space is now several orders of magnitude smaller than when we lived on dry land, the mess seems to get completely out of hand in a much smaller amount of time (even though the volume of possessions that we have with us is also several orders of magnitude smaller too). Maybe I am just being overly sensitive to mess, as the number of places that you can go to escape it is very small...non-existent even! Hhhhmmmmmm....I think I need to sit down and take a breather....that last paragraph barely makes sense.

Monday, 6 June 2011

Cookies and Cream...with a touch of Mary Poppins

Today I got a chance to do some crafty tinkering, and I felt like playing with fun and pretty I did! I used some supercalifragilisticexpialidocious beads by Laura of Chestnut Ridge Designs on Etsy...

The photos above are both by Laura (thanks Laura). Laura makes gorgeous beads, and she is even trialling free shipping at the moment...if you like colourful lampwork beads in fabulous shapes and designs, go check out her shop...spit spot!

This is what I made with Laura's beads...

The colours are pretty much Whisper White, Chocolate Chip and a lovely blue that I don't have a name for. It is a really bright and lovely colour though! If you hadn't already noticed, this combo is a bit of a fav for me (as evidenced by my blog header and sig line), and makes me think of Cookies and Cream (not sure why though).

I wish that I had made the bracelet prior to today...then I could have worn it out to see Mary Poppins last night. If you have a chance to see this stage show, you was AWESOME!!

The kids and I have been singing show tunes all day, and they are watching the movie on TV as I type, and comparing differences.

Anyhoo, best step lively now...things to do, people to see...

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Gone Sailing

Sorry 'bout the long silence in here! We have finally packed up our home on terra firma, moved out and are now installed on our floating home, Lucey Blue, in Sydney Harbour.

I do have a cupboard full of crafting goodies onboard, but who knows when I'll get time to use them. I have been thinking about them often, but thinking and doing are such vastly different things eh?!

We are undertaking Distance Education for Miss 7 onboard and appreciation of teachers has increased 100 fold.

Life is not all work and no play though, and tonight the kids and I are going to see Mary Poppins in town. I can hardly wait!

Anyway, just thought I'd pop in here and dust out the cobwebs. If you want to read about some of the other things we have been up to you can do so on our Lucey Blue blog.

I am going to leave you with a picture of Thumper, in his brand new life jacket. Talk about ONLY ORANGE. Yikes, that glow is just scary!!

Have a lovely Sunday!