Monday, November 29, 2010

My Favorite Things and CASE Study #16

I have a card for two challenges to share tonight.  It's for the My Favorite Things Stitch It Up challenge, and also for CASE Study #16.  I had grand plans for the stitching for this card - I've got lots of card bases with hand stitched swirls all over them - I just couldn't make it work.  *sigh*  So I settled for faux stitching.  :-)


Okay, so it's a tiny amount of stitching!  I quite like it though. 

Another feature I wanted to incorporate was to use my Papertrey Ink Moroccan Motifs Impression Plate - it's quite similar in design to the background stamp used in the CASE Study muse card by Heather Pulvirenti.  You might be able to see it a little better in the next shot - the effect is simliar to a letterpress.


I paper pieced the girls clothes, but the rest of the image is watercoloured.  I added shadowing on her clothes using Prismacolour pencils.


That's it for me for tonight!  I'd love to know what you think.  :-)

Materials:
Stamp sets - Being Cute Is What I Do (MFT)
Cardstock - Naturals Ivory, Peach Parfait, Watercolour paper, Kaisercraft patterned papers
Inks - Blush Blossom, Creamy Caramel, Going Grey, Early Espresso, Versamark, Prismacolour pencils
Accessories - Papertrey Ink Moroccan Motifs Impression Plate, Big Shot, Early Espresso satin ribbon, dimensionals, Aqua painter, black embossing powder, heat tool, EK Success large scallop border punch, Odourless Mineral Spirits


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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Introducing Bronte... Our (Now) INSIDE Cat!

Bronte has always been one of those cats who is a really people cat, so he loves being inside and snuggling up to whoever is available, but he also loves an adventure outside... 

Not anymore!  Since moving into our new house in September, Bronte has been rescued from a stormwater drain not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES!!

The first time he was rescued by the RSPCA after a night in the drain, the second my hubby retrieved him after a couple of hours.  Both these times he was in the pit under the manhole - the pipes were too small for him to get through.  So although it wouldn't have been pleasant, he was reasonably safe. 

Not this time though.

This time he found a drain that had larger pipes... on a rainy night.  So Bronte spent a night in what can only be described as a grotty waterslide...

This is Bronte this morning... about to have a shower...


I think he looks a little sheepish.  :-)

If any of you have ever bathed an unwilling cat, you'll know it's not fun!  And since Bronte's needed THREE baths in the past couple of months, we thought we'd try him in the shower.  So much easier!  No scrambling to try and get out, just aim the water wherever he walks.  We tried the shower the second time he came out of the drain.  Today he needed a LONG shower!

Result...


Then we had to dry the baby...


Content (ish!) and curled up on hubby's lap. 


He'll be ultra-clingy for the next couple of days.

It's okay though, he smells like Pantene.  :-)


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Friday, November 26, 2010

There She Goes!

My There She Goes stamps arrived today and I just had to make something with one of them as soon as possible!  I've based this card on a few different challenges, the first of which is the current colour challenge at There She Goes:
And here's my card!


Isn't that cat image adorable?


I'm entering this card in the Passion for Papertrey Scrapalicious Challenge - although it doesn't look like it, I did actually use scraps to put this together!  And I'm also entering the Scrapbook Boutique Christmas Challenge.  I decided not to add a Christmas sentiment, but this will definitely be a card for Christmas.  :-)


Materials:
Stamp sets - Cattitude (There She Goes)
Cardstock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, watercolour paper
Inks - Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Black Stazon
Accessories - Papertrey Ink Moroccan Motifs Impression Plate, Big Shot, kitchen string, dimensionals, Aqua painter

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

JAI45 - A Sketch Challenge



I've used the sketch to make a Christmas card for my stash.  It doesn't get much easier than creating your own DSP with stamps!


I like to keep my cards simple... have you noticed??  ;-)  Make sure you drop past Just Add Ink to check out the gorgeous DT entries this week!

I'm also entering this card into the Christmas challenge at the Scrapbook Boutique Blog.


Materials:
Stamp sets - Season of Joy, Many Merry Messages
Cardstock - Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Inks - Cherry Cobbler
Accessories - dimensionals, kitchen string


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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Our House... The Finished Product!

Finally!  I have some photos of our finished house to share!  Well, parts of it!  We haven't finished setting up all the rooms, but I thought I'd show you what we have done so far.  :-)

I apologise in advance... this is a WHOPPER of a post!

The main living area.  It's an open plan lounge/dining/kitchen that opens out onto our deck...



The door leads to the bedrooms, bathrooms and laundry.  Master bedroom to the left, the rest to the right.

  
That's the front entrance on the right.


  
The door closest to the left of the screen is to the garage, with a cat flap so our cat Bronte can do "his business" in private!  The next door leads to the downstairs... no photos of that yet!


Speaking of Bronte, he approves of our new lounge...


I love our pull-out extendable tap fitting...


It might be sad, but I also love our pull out bin!  Makes preparation a breeze.  :-)


And I love that out pull-out range hood "disappears" into the cupboards... all thanks to a vinyl cover strip.





Master bedroom.  The doors either side of the bed are to our walk-in robe.  We upgraded to a king size bed... and now we need a new quilt!!





Master ensuite.


I won the battle for a recessed shelf...  :-)


And a separate toilet!


Olivia's bedroom.




Main bathroom.  Or as Olivia likes to call it... Olivia's bathroom...



Aren't these bird adorable?  Forgive the lighting, they're actually a creamy colour.  The gorgeous Amanda Reddicliffe sent them for my birthday.  :-)




And the star of the bathroom show...


That's the end of today's tour!  Stay tuned for more updates... I'll be sharing my craft space soon!  :-) 


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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Stopping The Show...

I definitely needed a boost this morning, and I got it when I read that my Four Leaf Clover card was chosen as a Show Stopper for Curtain Call Color Challenge: {ACT 56}!



Such a cute stamp...  :-)


Check out Stacey's Stamping Stage for the next gorgeous challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!



25/11/10 EDITED TO ADD:

Wow!  I was also chosen as a Pals Paper Arts Pick for this card!  Awesome!  :-)






Materials:
Stamp sets - Four Leaf Clover - My Favorite Things
Cardstock - White Cambric Linen, watercolour paper, Pear Pizzazz
Inks - Versamark, Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip, Pear Pizzazz, Peach Parfait, Creamy Caramel, Going Grey
Accessories - Black embossing powder, heat tool, So Saffron ribbon, Aqua painter, dimensionals


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