Feb 28, 2011

It was a Beautiful Sunday Afternoon.....

Good Morning Everyone.
Yesterday was a glorious day, I wish I could package some of these days and post them off to you. Rob and I went out to lunch and had the most lovely day together.
We spent 3 hours listening to the live music sitting under an umbrella, at Carpe Diem, a Restaurant on the Whangaparoa Peninsula (Gulf Harbour).
We had a piccolo of sparkling wine and home made crab cakes, Rob had a Chicken Burger and Chips!!!!!!!!!!! He does not have this type of food at home so he thinks this is a treat.
Here are some photos.   

Spending some quality time together was priceless.

Feb 27, 2011

The aftermath.....

Christchurch City is never going to be the same.....

New Zealand is a beautiful country, Christchurch was a beautiful city. It appears that 60% of the buildings are going to be condemned, they are talking about rebuilding the Cathedral which was the heart of the city again, but of course it will have to be earthquake proof this time.
The people are traumatised as I have said before, many have left and come up to Auckland to friends and Family, I met one such family yesterday.
Her story of driving down the road when suddenly the car started to shudder, her first thought was that she had a flat tyre, but then the road was breaking up in front of her, and  then she realised it was a quake.
She did not hesitate and turned the car around to head home her first thought to get her son from school.
What was normally a 15mins journey took her over an hour and all the time she was frantic as she saw all the destruction about her. She arrived home and found her house in tact but all the windows and contents broken and liquid faction everywhere.
Whilst she was talking she was very emotional, she will need some counselling at some stage, she wants to go home but she is scared. She said
"we are the lucky ones" in respect that they were not injured.
At least she will have some time out for a few weeks up here, but many are not as lucky, and are stuck in Christchurch.,to cope, to be resilient and to be brave as aftershocks are still happening .
The Government are doing everything they can but of course it is never enough.
We have been so thankful for the Australians, Japanese, Taiwanese and the Americans who have arrived this week with their expertise to help us in our time of need. Over 300 extra police to protect the city, engineers of all types, it is overwhelming.
The cost is huge, not only in financial terms but human terms as well.
There have been 146 confirmed deaths, but there are still 200 persons unaccounted for. The emotional cost however cannot be measured, normality will not come for years.

On Tuesday 1st March at exactly 12.51pm the country will observe a 2min silence in memory of that fateful time and how it has changed everything.
Written by:
Susan Butler
28th February 2011

Feb 25, 2011

Because your special.....

Hello Everyone.
It seems ages since I last posted but I don't think it was.
It is Friday and the weekend is just upon us Yea...
Rob and I are going out to lunch on Sunday, no special reason, there is entertainment on at Gulf Harbour, and on a hot day it is lovely just to spend time together and talk uninterrupted with some good food and music.
Gulf Harbour is at the end of Whangaparoa Peninsula, it is about a 15mins drive north from where we live, it is a Marine Village and a gateway to the Hauraki Gulf.
It just has a Bar/Brasserie, a cafe and a Country Club.
It is a change to get out of the City.

So to my card and I am going to enter this into Two Challenges.
The first is: and one of my favourite sites to visit is,  Just Add Ink# 57 

The second Challenge is
Pals Paper Arts PPA 82-CAS-Elements of Style-SCALLOPS.
This is my first time to place an entry into their challenges, but I liked the idea of Scallops, as I do use them frequently in my cards.

                                      The Card.....

                                  The Flower.....

Now I know you are all going to ask me how I made my flower?????
I love Fabric, I love to touch it and look at it, I love everything about it. You may think I am MAD and a few may agree, but back in the days when I made quilts, I always made flowers. So it was an obvious progression to make a flower for my card out of fabric and this is what I have done!

I used 100% cotton and the tools below.

I hope I have inspired you today.

Feb 23, 2011

My Eight Steps to making Flowers....

Hello Everyone,

I kept myself busy today for obvious reasons, the past 48hours have been very sad for all New Zealanders.

So in a positive frame of mind I decided to do a tutorial on my flowers as many of you have asked me how I make them, I am quite sure you all know the process, as there are many videos etc out there in blogland.

Any way this is my way.

Choose your  Flower Dye.

    Step Three.  You will be using both types of petals for the one flower.

          Step Four. Ink up the petals as much as you like.

Step Five. Apply Glossy Accents.

Step Six.  Be Patient now let them Dry completely.

Step Seven. Assemble the petals how you want and embellish.

Step Eight.  Put your card together.

Easy Peasey.......

If you make some, I would love to see them. 
Have a great Day.

Feb 17, 2011

Tag for a friend.

 As you can see I have been busy putting a different face onto my blog.
I needed a change!

And I am also posting another creation..... Wow, I am so not well..........
 I really am feeling dreadful, I think I have some sort of head cold, which is odd as we are having glorious weather, it is hot again today yet I am shivering.....Once I post this up I am going to bed. zzzzzzzzzzzz

It is Tag Tuesday time, I do so enjoy doing these each week, if you have not participated yet, because there are no prizes etc,( the challenge is in producing a tag where there is a different theme each week). I can tell you it is so much fun.
Last week was Tag on Tag and the creations were amazing, I am not one for using this word idly, please take a look here, or click on the tag on my side bar, it will only take a few minutes I am confident you will be impressed.

This week the theme is Friends.
I really went outside the box with this one!

As you can see I used the letter F and decorated it up heaps.

                                          Close up.
Well that is me, Hope I feel better tomorrow.
Smiles:)   (yes I always have a smile.)

Time to say Hello!

Yes it is morning time in N.Z and time to sat Hello to you again.
 A time that I look forward to.
I know I do not post everyday but I check on you all as I love to see your work.

I made a card for Chris Richards visit her here she makes lovely cards and she has become a friend of mine through this medium which was one of the main reasons I started up the blog.
So I am here to tell you that it works and you do make wonderful friends.

I thought it would be appropriate to make a card with the theme time as timing is so important to so many things that happen in ones life.

The circle represents the circle of life in that it never stops; always moving forward.
 The clock is the cog helping to join the two together even though it may falter on times.
Friends may come and go but true friendships last forever.
I think it is an appropriate analogy about how people become friends.

Now I will sign off, as I want to make Louise' Tag  for this week, and how appropriate the theme is............ Friends!!!!!!

Spellbinders circle dyes.
Cricut butterflys.
Glossy Accents.
Distress Inks.
Have a great day and thanks so much for visiting.

Feb 15, 2011

Friendship Card...

Hello Everyone.

It has been a great day I spent most of it in My Room pottering around, doing a bit of this and that and getting hotter and hotter by the minute............
but I stuck in there and made a card, which came together wonderfully,
as you all know, this does not happen too often!

Firstly, I made the flowers and worked from there, the colours chose themselves which sounds weird but this card spoke to me!!!

It is very much me I think, even though I feel I do not favour ant particular genre, 
it does appear that I am comfortable with the Shabby chick look, I did not do any stitching on this card as I felt it did not need it.

                                             Close up of the flowers.


                                          Inside the card.

 Tools and supplies:
Curio papers
Stamps: His Lordships T.H. checkerboard, and Crackle by Artee.
Clear stamp for the sentiment.
Lace and pearls.

Sounds as if you all had an enjoyable Valentines day in the U.S.A.
New Zealand does not make a big fuss about this day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Feb 14, 2011

Shabby chic again

  Hi All.
It is another beautiful day, this will be a quickie as I have Precious today and no time to do much regarding cardmaking.
at Gingersnap creations.
Another card I made at Stamp Group,
and the close up

I threaded the beads and charms and fixed them to the card by punching a hole and taping up at the back.
Primo embellishments.
cricut butterfly.

Thank you for visiting.

Feb 9, 2011

My mini Tag

Greetings Everyone.
Tag Tuesday has come around again, and this week Louise
(Kard Krazy) has challenged us to do a tag with another tag on top! 
There are some very talented tag makers out there and it is worth taking a browse through what has already been posted.
Inspiration is a wonderful thing, and when I see something on a card/tag that I think is amazing it just motivates me to push myself a little more to try and do something just as amazing.
Sometimes it all comes together (not often) and sometimes I have complete disasters.

 I interpret ideas into my cards that I think will work, I do not seem to have one particular Genre, which comes as a bit of a surprise to me.
When I was patch-working quilts, I always stayed Traditional and stuck to the earthy colours.
This does not seem to be the case with my cards!

                                                   This is my TAG:

                    I am Wishing that it is going to come together.
                                                       And it did!!!!!


                          It is not a big one as you can see just 3ins x 2ins.

 How it was put together:
 I coloured the background and stamped a flourish in distress inks
(weathered wood, pumice stone, peeled paint lightly) and Aged mahogany).
The background behind birdcage is my own made paper.
Cricut birdcage, bird and flowers out of my paper,
Glossy accents on all the petals, and diamond dust on bird wing.

I am still in a shabby chic mode at the moment, lets see how long it lasts!!!!


Feb 6, 2011

My Kissing Background

Here is my third and last of this weeks challenge entries.
Inky Impressions Sketch.
and Our Daily Bread designs, (you get to choose and I chose distress inks.)
I wanted to go a little shabby chic with this one.
I attempted the Kissing Technique!
It turned out really subtle, I used crushed olive and walnut stain distress inks.
Perhaps I should have used a chalk ink for a better effect.
I will have to practise some more I think, as I am not too enthusiastic about the result here.


Feb 5, 2011

Robin Red Breast

This is my next card for my second challenge I am entering.
It is a sketch by Truly Scrumptious #50

                                  Can you find the butterfly!!!

Tools and supplies:
Nest-abilities Square dye cut.
Robin, Flourish  and Tiny Butterfly.
Distress inks:
Tumbled glass, fired brick and walnut stain for the Robin
My own Watercolour paper for the background and the flourish which I have then lightly dabbed with tea dye ink, then to finish off I covered in Glossy Accents.

I think I may have a chance with this one, as I seem to have a connection with the name!!!!!!
You never know it could be a sign. Haha.

 So sorry to hear of all the awful weather you are having in America.
Florida must be the only state that has not had snow!!!
You are not alone in suffering unfortunately as poor Australia has had floods, storms and a Cyclone in the last 3 months.
New Zealand I am pleased to say has escaped all of this, we only have the humidity.
Hope you are all having a great weekend. 
One more card for one more challenge soon.

Feb 4, 2011

Colour Challenges and Fantasy.

 Good Morning everyone.
I have spent the past two days organising myself to make a couple of cards for some Challenges I thought I would enter.
Not that I am ever successful. ( like many of you I guess.)
But, and there is always a But is there not?
What I figure is, that the law of averages will soon tap me on the shoulder and I will be one of the lucky ones whose card has been randomly chosen. YEA.
You see, I have just about convinced myself that it is not being picked or chosen that is important to me, no no no....... What I am thinking, and today it appears I am thinking, that it is the Challenge that is important, yes it really is, it would never be about the recognition or the accolades or the personal pride, and telling everyone that I have been the special one, ummm.........YEAH RIGHT.
I am a firm believer that fantasy is good for the soul.
YES, I am feeling better already.

So here we go the first of the Challenges:
The Colour Throwdown CTD127 Challenge!
This is my take:

I have kept it simple, as I wanted the butterfly to be the main focus.

Tools and supplies used:
Martha Stewart loop Punch.
Nestabilities Dyes.
Cricut for the butterfly.
Watercolour paper
Distress inks
Glossy accents.
Scor pal.

I just love these colours, thank you to the team at Colour Throwdown, it was not a Challenge to make this card it was pure enjoyment!

Check back in a few days for my next Challenge.
Have a great weekend.

Feb 3, 2011

Circle Tag

Well it is time for another Tag, and it is to use  "more than one circle".
 Louise at Kard Krazy picked a wonderful theme ( well I think so anyway) I like working with different shapes.
I needed to concentrate on my craft this week as one of our stamping girls passed away on the weekend and she has been on my mind.
Dawn (Dawns world) has mentioned her in her last posts so I will not say much more on this subject, suffice to say it has been a sad time.
Card making and creating in general is wonderful therapy.

Now before I show my Tag I just wanted to mention the incredible cards that Deborah CCC reveal for January. I am so impressed with the cards that everyone has made, they are so wonderful, pay Deborah a visit, she is an amazing character and writes wonderful posts.
Have a go at this Challenge it is great fun and you get to meet new people from different parts of the world.

                                                 Here is my Tag.

Tools and supplies:
Nestabilties circle dyes.
Cricut butterfly and flourish.
Distress inks.

Have a great day.