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 .....

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......

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

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...