Thursday, December 29, 2011

Creative Camping

But first.... this is who I got to spend Christmas and the last few days with.
 - below photos taken today.
 'Snug as a Bug in a Rug' in the lovely blanket Great NanNan made him for Christmas below and above in  NanNan's knits - little jacket and booties.
Special times and lots of cuddles.

Back to blogging - When I went into Google Reader today after 2 weeks' absence there were 225 blog posts awaiting to be read - I have managed to skim through over half so far.

Now back to the week before Christmas - Creative Camping.  I set off for the lake armed with some supplies and was pleased with what I managed to create.....

 in a corner of the awning. 
and a few closeups - I didn't get time to photograph them properly in the rush between getting home and taking them to Z's album however these shots give the general idea.
A voucher I was given for Xmas was quickly used on this new punch.  Layout created with Bo Bunny Gabrielle Collection papers, Martha Stewart Punch and Wild Orchid flowers.
 'Hello' also using the Bo Bunny Collection, 2 different Martha Stewart punches and liquid pearls around the circle shapes.  Flowers are Wild Orchid. 
 The layout below was created using Maraposa papers and was the only paper that went with the papers in the limited stash taken camping.  Orange alpha are Basic Grey. 








 It is way past my bedtime so the rest will have to wait for another day. 
Hope your week is going well.  We have been enjoying some terrific weather.  Thank you for visiting my blog. 

Take Care

Dianne



Monday, December 26, 2011

Festive Season

Wishing you all a Happy and Safe Festive Season.

As you can see by my lack of blogging, life leading up to the end of term and Christmas has been very busy.  Work finished on 16 December and on 17th we headed for the lakes with the caravan for the week prior to Christmas.  We had beautiful calm, hot weather, unfortunately not a lot of fish (not that I am the fisherman but enjoy eating it and sometimes go at 6.30a.m. to drive the boat for DH).  Nothing beats an early morning ride on a mirror calm lake with views of Mount Cook and the mountains. 

I have lots to share as while up camping I achieved 3 pages of my new first Grandson's first week, 3 cards and 3 DVD pouches - just have to find the time to edit and post them.

We arrived home early Friday morning and were working through the list of pre-Christmas preparation when we got an SOS from DD#3.  She had flown from Dunedin to Christchurch that morning for her work Christmas Function and was playing lawn bowls when the first quake hit.  After the 3rd one in which she was inside the reception of their accommodtion that was it and dear Mum & Dad  were called to collect her and her colleage from Christchurch as they were not coping too well.  They now have a new appreciation for what the Christchurch Community are going through. 

We had a lovely Christmas Day with our Girls etc and of course our beautiful wee man.  We got to baby sit for a couple of hours tonight and he is still asleep since putting him down.  I will also be sharing one of my Christmas Presents once photographed  - it is a series of photos of my daughter's grand and great grandparents which she altered for an art project and I just love them. I had seen the early stages of the project but not the completed ones so am thrilled to be given them.
Another highlight of Christmas was that I was the lucky winner of Ingvild Bolme's Blog Candy.

Sorry no photos available to post today but I will be back in a couple of days with some.

Thank You for stopping by. 

Dianne

Friday, December 9, 2011

Bo Bunny Card

It's hard to believe that this time last week we had just been to the 5-year-old birthday party.  Another week has disappeared.

Here's the little card I made using a Bo Bunny 6x6 pad which I was my prize in the Paper Chase October Sketch Challenge.  Check out their December Challenge here. The image is from Lili of the Valley
 I used a scrap of bling for the bunting and used rubons onto the triangles.

Wild Orchid flowers.  I basically copied the design from a layout.  KindyGlitz added to create a bit of sparkle. ... and a side view!
I haven't got near the scrap room this week.  It needs a massive cleanup before I get started on any new projects so better get off and have a look.

Wishing you an enjoyable weekend and hope the weather is kind to us.

Bye for now.....
Dianne

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Too Cute

Just have to go and visit this special wee man in the weekend.  He is growing so so fast. 

Hope your week is going well.
Bye for now
Dianne

Saturday, December 3, 2011

75th Birthday Wishes

We have just had our fourth summer day in a row - love it!  Tomorrow it is supposed to rain though.

Today we celebrated my Mum's 75th Birthday with a trip to Riverstone Kitchen for lunch.  The award winning food was up to expectations although a couple of us decided to try something different with the special of the day "Karitane Paddle Crab".  While the dish tasted delicious it is not something I would choose to eat at a restaurant again - we were given finger bowls and a little spike type fork to retrieve the crab meat from the legs, in fact it was all legs - what a mess I ended up - breaking the legs squirted sauce all over my top (lucky it was black), I stabbed my finger with the fork and luckily had some plasters in my wallet but I wouldn't be beaten and was last to finish my meal.  Consequently we three were a good part of the lunch time entertainment lol.   The Riverstone Birthday Cake was delicious and presented beautifully to each of us accompanied by icecream and berries. The hospitality and service superb.

Riverstone is a fantastic venue to visit with the award winning restaurant, homemade preserves can be purchased and three shops have an abundance of gift ideas and Christmas Decorations.  With the weather being perfect the children with us enjoyed a play in the magnificent playground with a real looking fort all surrounded in the manicured gardens from which the restaurant vegetables and herbs are grown. 

Here is the card I made for Mum.
 Created using a Lili of the Valley image with Prima and Tim Holtz papers with Wild Orchid Flowers, pearl hearts and lace with a little Kaiser pink added to the flowers. 
 the '75' was painted with Shimmer Paint and then coated with Kindyglitz.

 I forgot to take a photo of the inside but used a Martha Stewart around the page flower punch for the white piece to write the message.
This week Lili of the Valley Challenge is "Anything but a Christmas Card" so I have entered the above card.
 Two little princesses helped NanNan blow out the candles. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

We went to a 5-year old Birthday last night so will be back with that card next time.

Dianne

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

May all your wishes come true

It is birthday season for family and friends at the moment so there is no shortage of cards to make for people.  I have spent the last two nights (and the night before that pondering lol) creating a birthday card for my sister.  I decided I wanted a change from the image ones and didn't think they were really her so this is what I came up with.
Papers are from a MME 'Lost & Found' 6x6 pad. 

 Roses, lace & Ribbon from Wild Orchid Crafts

 Below I included some memorabilia trinkets - an elephant earring (I have lost the other one and the recipient has an elephant collection), a little black cat (she has a black cat) and a guitar - well that is another story.

 The doilies are from an old tablecloth that had a trim of hand crocheted motifs.  The finish on the upper dress form is liquid pearls swirled around. 

Thanks so much for visiting my blog today.  It is not likely that I will be back here before the weekend so have a good one.

Until next time .....
Dianne

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Special Delivery on a Special Day

11.11.11 will hold an extra special significance for our family now.  Our beautiful little first grandchild Zac Braxton Keane was born that day - a month earlier than expected.  It was an anxious day as his mum was unwell with a rare pregnancy condition which resulted in an urgent caesarean delivery.  Fortunately the delivery went without further complications and little Zac, weighing 4lb 10oz (2.13kg), arrived on the significant day which only occurs once every 100 years.  Interestingly 11 has always been DH's lucky number lol.   Mother and baby (still in NICU)  are doing well and will hopefully be home before too much longer. 

The physical distance between us is hard at times like this.  We were there for the arrival and last weekend plus returned for the day on Wednesday and now have to wait another 5 sleeps to see them again.   So today I thought the best way of dealing with that was to scrap a page.  This is my favourite photo so far and was taken by DD#1 on Thursday night.  He looked like this when we saw him last on Wednesday night but after carting my camera to the hospital twice that day in anticipation of a shot I forgot to take it the third time.

The Websters Pages Papers have been in my stash awaiting this opportunity for several months.  The papers are Lullaby Lane "Out for a Stroll" and Vellum overlay. As I couldn't decide which paper to use  I used a craft knife to cut the frame from the under layer and then a slice of the vellum so it could be slipped to the top layer.  The pram is now under the overlay but the horse on the overlay looks quite cute. 


Finally I used some gauze on a layout (don't know how many times I have got it out, had a play and put it away again).  The flower to the left of the above photo is a fabric flower that was on a floral arrangement I received when I had my firstborn (yes I am a hoarder) so it is good to use it at last and especially on the firstborn grandchild's layout.
The organza ribbon bow was of a gift received for Zac. 
The weekend has gone far too fast - now that I have started to scrap again I just want to keep going....  I printed a few more baby photos off today so looking forward to scrapping them (meeting Mum and Dad, first bath, first cuddle with Granny to name a few)  however a birthday card for this week will have to come first.

I will leave you with a peek of a proud and special moment.
Not sure what I will be called yet but not 'Nana'.  Probably Gran or Granny - we'll see what the wee man comes up with at a later date lol.   I named one of my grandmother's 'MumMum' - I was the eldest grandchild and her youngest was only four years older than me and with everyone else calling her Mum apparently I just added another one.

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Until next time......
Dianne

Wild Orchid Challenge

Where have I been - well quite a lot of excitement and happenings over the past 10 days but I will fill you in later.  However I have not been in my scrap room creating since about my last post on 5 November until 4.30 a.m. yesterday morning when I had given up trying to sleep.

The deadline is looming for the Wild Orchid Challenge #36 - Blue and Brown so I am sharing my entry and card made for my longest time friend's birthday yesterday.

 All the embellishments (except the doily and image) are from Wild Orchid Crafts including the lace, pearl stars, pearls, flowers and pin leaf.  The image is Lili of the Valley and punch Martha Stewart.


Thank you so much for visiting my blog and to those who have been waiting for updates Thank you for your patience.

Will be back with more when I get a few spare minutes.

Until next time
Dianne

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Paper Chase October Sketch Challenge - Winner

It's Saturday and time to catch up with the online scrap-booking world.  I got a lovely surprise when visiting the Paper Chase site to see that I was the lucky winner of the October Sketch Challenge.   The entries can be seen on their facebook site here.  Also check out the November Sketch Challenge and have a go!

Here is my October Entry.
 Who would have thought that girls would be into this ... but they were.  It was great fun until they had to wash it off.  They just thought they would jump in the batch shower but NanNan had other ideas lol.  It is a page I had had been wanting to do for some time and the Paper Chase sketch was just perfect for the photos.
The journalling tag and rub-ons were from a Kaiser Collection.   Papers are from a DCWV Mariposa stack and I used a Martha Stewart around the page punch and some Kaisercraft bling. 
 I had had this spiral arrow for ages so it was nice to use it.
Oops I see a wee glitch in my punching in this closeup however scrap-booking doesn't have to be perfect does it?  it adds character lol.

It is a lovely sunny day here today - lawns could be on the agenda later.  We were supposed to be going appliance browsing this morning but DH has baby pigeon problems - they have gone awol on their early morning flight and have landed where they shouldn't.  Our 10 yo dishwasher has packed up and on speaking to the appliance people it will be very expensive to fix so we are weighing up some options.  It is frustrating that things are not made to last these days.  Our chest freezer is still chugging along after 33 years.  Also a microwave is on the list (we have never had one) but in the recent kitchen renovation we allowed a space so no excuses now.

Must away and get motivated for the day.  Have an enjoyable fun weekend.


Until next time...

Dianne