Monday, December 21, 2009

Colour CReate Challenge

Just when I thought I had all the Chrissy cards sorted and posted my husband comes home and asks me to make three more for his reps, nothing like last minute. Any way they are all ladies so I have followed this beautiful colour combo at Colour Create of burgundy, pink and ivory. THis has been my favourite Christmas stamp set this year, A wish for Peace from stampin up. I have used it alot but have not posted anything on blog. I love them in this colour combo and will probably make some more so I can remember for next Christmas lol.
Merry Christmas to you all, love Amanda

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Traditional Colours for Stampin for the Weekend

Over at Stampin for the Weekend the challenge is red,green and gold. I have made this simple card with Deannes holly, jolly christmas stamp set and old olive ink and card from stampin up.
I am doing this post very quickly as I'm off to seaworld where my girls are planning every ride I have to go on. Have a great day. Amanda

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Hooray for holidays!!! Christmas holidays started yesterday and now I have time to do all the crafting and blogging that I wish to. I have been very slack on the blogging side of things but I have been doing alot of off the page crafts and making packs of handmade Christmas cards as presents for my work friends, I just haven't had time to blog them all and now I've given them I can not post them anyway. I have started to make my cards for posting now and last night followed the sketch and recipe from Crafts4Eternity which was a santa image, couple of brads and sketch. I think this is a cute Santa from stampin up, holly jolly christmas stamps which Deanne lent me. This was a fun challenge, I hope you enjoy playing along.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas crackers

For the Papertake Weekly Christmas Cracker Challenge I have made this Christmas train. I was going to make a centrepiece train for our Christmas table at home and then I became stuck for an idea of what to buy for our Secret Santa at work so I decided to make one for them aswell. I enjoyed making this and was able to almost complete my own one at the same time. I hope this person likes their gift, it always makes me nervous giving something I have made.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Color Throwdown with A Spoon Full Of Sugar sketch

I have a new favourite colour Taken by Teal and that was included in Color Throwdowns Challenge of Certainly Celery, Taken by Teal and Purely Pomgrante. I think these colours look good together. With the help of the sketch challenge from A Spoon Full of Sugar I created a card for my daughter who is having a birthday tomorrow. I have used a Penelope digi because it reminds me of her. We had a fantastic day celebrating her birthday at movieworld yesterday with a group of her friends and tomorrow we will celebrate with just our family.

Hope you have enjoyed your weekend, Amanda

Monday, October 19, 2009

Magnolia Down Under trick or treat

Magnolia Down Under has a trick or treat challenge so I decided to join in because I have to make a birthday card for my daughters friend who is having a Halloween party. I didn't have a magnolia halloween stamp so I placed Tilda sitting on a cauldron full of a hot green ghouly potion(if you look closely you would probably think it was glitter). This was a fun challenge so pop over and take a look, the DT cards are fabulous.

Friday, September 25, 2009

some time to craft

Well it feels like ages since I made a card, it is school holidays here and we are just finishing week one of two. I have been enjoying this week with my girls and husband and trying to get all the errands and appointments out the way so they don't roll over into next week. We dropped hubby off at airport today so he could go to the AFL grand final in Melbourne and then went and did clothes and craft shopping so now I'm all set for a weekend of card making. I would like to try a bit of scrapbooking aswell so if it turns out I will post some. Here I have combined with and what a challenge it is with regal rose, olive,chocolate,mustard and rose red.

Hope you have fun trying this, I certainly did.


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sweeties and Color Throwdown

Hello, Wow what a fantastic day it was today, beautiful sunshine, perfect beach weather although the water was a bit rough. I love spring and love summer even more. WEll enough about the weather, I had a wonderful day the morning was spent at the beach and I had time to bake yummy stuff and craft this afternoon. I have made this farewell card for a beautiful lady I work with, Ingrid. She is moving interstate and will be missed very much. I have followed Sweeties sketch and have followed Color Throwdowns Challenge, ruby red, pumpkin pie and close to cocoa. OK so as I just typed this I realise I should so write the challenges down instead of trying to remember as I have used choc chip instead of close to cocoa, ooops. I've used fifth avenue and summer by the sea stampin up stamps. Hope you had a wonderful day like me, Amanda

Monday, August 31, 2009

Magnolia Down Under with Creative CArd CRew Sketch

I was feeling confident colouring a Magnolia this week so I decided to enter Magnolia Down Under Chalenge. Now I don't know if I should confess this in fear of being laughed at by the blogging world but a while ago when I saw a recipe for a challenge I thought you had to make a recipe card for a food item.(you can stop laughing now) Now I am up with the cardmaking lingo(not all I'm still trying to work out so much) I know what a recipe is. Kellies' is 1 flower, 2 ribbons, 3 brads, 4 papers/pattern papers. I followed this sketch from Creative Card Crew challenge this week, they have some gorgeous DT cards to look at. Hope you had a happy Monday, it was drizzly here on the coast but I can't complain after the warm weekend.

Colour Throwdown and ICsketches

Colour Throwdown has a gorgeous combination of bashful blue,positively pink and certainly celery, these colours are beautiful together. I teamed this challenge with a sketch from IC sketches and created this card for a teacher at school Jenny for her birthday today. I have noticed my image has a quarter cut off so hopefully I can go back and fix this because I have already given the card, oh well, if not the other square has a pink flower on the bottom corner aswell. Thanks for looking and I will edit this post a little later when I find my picture.


Friday, August 28, 2009

Colour Create and Papertake Weekly

Happy Friday! Today is a day off on the Gold Coast so it is a happier Friday than usual. I started the morning doing all the jobs I usually have to tomorrow so now I'll have a cleaning free Saturday Hooray! My girls have both got friends over today so I have had time to do some crafting. I have combined Colour Creates Ruby, Cream and Gold challenge, although my cream satin ribbon and the gold glitter have not scanned so well because of the reflection of the light, and Papertake Weeklys Sketch. I have made this card for a wonderful lady, Clare. She is the peadiatric physiotherapist at the Gold Coast Hospital and she has been helping my daughter for the last four years. She does wonderful work and it was about time I thanked her for it. I don't really use this stamp because the colouring puts me off but I am happy with the way this one turned out, I think I may have spoilt the card though by adding the glitter. Enjoy your day, Amanda.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

A spoon full of Sugar Sketch and an award

THis is the sketch over at a spoon full of sugar this week, it is a really good sketch you should go over and have a look. I like the way the sketch has the four different layers in the background although looking at my card now I should of highlighted this more. I have made a Christmas card using stampin up snowmen and etired stampin up papers.

I had gone a bit quiet and not gone blogging for a while but when I finally did get back on track I was delighted to get this blog award from Kazabing. Thank you so much. I am supposed to list five things I like and send this to five more blogs that I like to see.

I love my two daughters and my hubby, they are so much fun.

I love my friends and am very blessed to have such kind, caring people around me.

Please don't tell anyone, but I love my job. I love working with children, they make me laugh so much, they are beautiful.

I love walking, sitting, laying or swimming at the beach, there is no better therapy.

And I love banana flavoured anything, milk, cake, ice cream, yum I'm craving it right now.

I'd like to pass this on to the lovely blogs of

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

ICS challenge

OOps nearly forgot to post my challenge for Inspirational Card Sketch, I scanned it in a couple of nights ago and forgot all about it. THis sketch was exactly what I needed for a baby boy card, a friend at work has just had her first baby, a little boy named James. I can't wait to meet him. His mum Lee started getting into stamping while she was pregnant and I know she has all the baby/kiddy stamps from stampin Up that I do so I tried to use something different. I found this animal paper at the craft shop and it was hard to work out where to cut because all the animals were cute on it. I will have to make some more cards to show them all. Hope you enjoy your evening I have done all my chores except for walking my dog so after that I hope to relax and make another card or page.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Kellies Sketch Challenge #2

Woohoo! I have finally got circles, yes a whole set of circle spellbinders no more having to cover up my dodgy circle cutting. I am very excited about this but even more excited that Kellie had a big circle on her sketch and it was simpple enough for me to follow, Thanks Kellie!
I have not been doing much card making lately I lost a bit of the getting creative feeling but now I can feel it coming back and I am happy about that too. Such alot to be happy about, it must be the fantastic sunshine we are having on the Gold Coast this weekend. I can not believe it is still Winter, I was actually in swimmers today but I did chicken out of going in the water, I only got my feet wet. I have made my card with a digi stamp from sketching stamper, I received a beautiful bunch of daffodils on Friday from Alicia and they made my day so it inspired me to use this digi.
Daffodils are a beautiful flower, so bright and cheery, they are also the flower of hope. A bunch would look fabulous on your dining table this week so don't forget to treat yourself to a bunch and support the Cancer Foundations Daffodil Day this Friday 28th August.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Delicious Diva Challenge 2

This is my card for Delicious Divas , they have a colour challenge over there of barely banana, cameo coral, pumpkin pie and old olive, which I think look great together but would of never thought that until this challenge. My card is a simple design but once I put the colours together I didn't want to cover them with anything because I liked the way they looked. I enjoyed this challenge and look forward to the next.


Sunday, August 16, 2009

sweeties sketches page

I have tried something new today, a scrapbook page instead of a card. This is a first for me I am never quite sure how to lay out a page so I give up before I begin. After finding a few blogs that give you page sketches I have tried the August sketch challenge at Sweeties Sketches . My biggest problem was trying to post the image because I scan in my creations and this page wouldn't fit so I had to do two scans, I hope you can work out the page from this.
This is my Dad, the photo on the left is my favourite picture of him, it shows his great smile and sense of humour, he is so funny. The one on the right is another of my favourites even if I did chop a bit of his head off. THis was taken at his 50th birthday(almost 13 years ago)I organised a suprise party for him, he had no idea, it was heaps of fun. I might post a couple more photos of it at the bottom so you can see how much of a dag he is.

Ok now about the cardstock it is all stampin up papers and not quite navy and old olive card. The always on my mind forever in my heart stamp is also from stampin up. Hope you like my page, and the photos of my dad.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Sketch Saturday

Happy to say my determination won and I did not get sick, Hooray! Although I have to tell you I feel shattered today . Last night I had the biggest cry ever, I went to the movies to see My Sister's Keeper and I cried from the minute it started till the minute it finished. It was so so sad.
A couple of hours crying really takes it out of you.
This is Sandra's sketch at Sketch Saturday it was a bit challenging for me but this is what I came up with. I looked at this card and thought "What is wrong here" at first I thought too many cocktails but then I realised the problem was it is 8.30 on a Saturday night and the cocktail glasses are still full. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Colour Create

Thank God It's Friday!!!.

What a slow week this has been, I've been trying to stop myself getting sick this week. I've been getting all sorts of niggling syptoms of a cold but I am determined not to get sick. I love working with little children but it is hard to stay well during the colder months when they are all getting colds. Any way enough about that. I have entered Colour Create's challenge this week PInk, Orange and Green, some great colours to brighten anyboby's day. I have used a funky fairy digi image and I think they are adorable. I have used SU bold bright card stock and papers. This was a fun card to make and I love the colour combo they have given us. Hope you enjoy it too.


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Friday Sketches and Creative card crew

I have been very spoilt and I am very lucky to have such terrific friends. I have made this card using Stampin Up SEaside Sketches which is a set I have been trying to get ever since I saw it, I haven't been able to, so my terrific friends got from America for my birthday. I love them!!! This stamp here reminds me of my two girls, when we visit my mum and dad at Agnes Waters they are always playing in the sand dunes, so I thought it would be appropriate for Creative Card CRew challenge Girls Just wanna have Fun. I have also followed the sketch from Friday Sketches, it is a good sketch and it is so much easier to follow a lay out.

Happy Thursday to all, Amanda

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Card Patterns

Good Morning, Hooray I finally woke up early enough to go to the gym. This has been a very hard task this winter, I am usually so irritated that I wake up so early all the time but the last month I have not been able to wake up and get out of bed before 6.30am this being too late for anything except getting everybody ready. This is my take on Card Patterns sketch. I love this image of Lola and have been using her in reds, pinks and black but I decided to try her in blue being my daughters favourite colour and I like the wat it turned out. I have added glitter to her dress which is hard to tell in photo, I also tried different colour and patterned papers but decided I liked it better less complicated. I have to go rush off now, need to buy stop and buy some thank you chocolates on the way to work. Have a play at Card Patterns and have a fantastic day. Amanda

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The most gorgeous baby boy ever!!!!

Cardvarks have got the most amazing creations I have seen over on their blog challenge for babies and weddings, they are awesome. I have entered this challenge today, not because I have made the most incredible or unique card but because I needed to make a new baby card for the most adorable , cutest baby boy ever. Did I mention he was my nephew? I have just been to Brisbane hospital to give him cuddles he is soooo cute. He was born yesterday at 2.15am and he is just so yummy. His name is Caleb, he hasn't been given a middle name yet so I was trying different ways to make Amanda sound masculine. We took his big brother, Malachai (2) to the hospital courtyard to play and there were all these tiny beautiful newborn babies there to see, I wish I could bring them all home with me. Congratulations to Matt and Kelli who now have the two most adorable boys.
After our visit we went on to a family fun day in the park organised for Jana, Jana is Kelli's(mentioned above) sister, she has MS and some of the local businesses in Brisbane organised a fundraiser for her, it seemed to be very successful. Now I'm off to relax and try to make a card ot two, but not before I jump over to my friends blog to tell her how great her most recent card looks and to thank her for my beautiful birthday card.
Wishing you a lazy Sunday afternoon, Amanda

Friday, July 24, 2009

Colour Throwdown and Mojo Monday

A very quick post this morning as I really need to be at work early today because our Preppies are on assembly prayer. They have all been pratising so well and they are going to be adorable.

I have created this card for colour throwdown, it is the first time I have entered their challenge and I thought the colour combo was very interesting, Certainly celery, Choc chip and perfect plum. Lucky I had all three colours from SU and could play along. Iused choc chip and celery SU markers and a little close to cocoa, and also SU choc chip ribbon. My image is from Doodle Palace. I have played along with MOjo Monday, I really like their sketch this week.

Hope you have a fabulous Friday, I know I will, Amanda

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Three Times A Lady

Well I have tried to combine two challenges with this card. I have gone with Three Times a Lady for stampin for the weekend which I automatically thought of using these Lola digi images from pink petticoat for this challenge. My fabulous friend Tracy from WA has been exercising madly and has lost alot of weight so I thought I'd make her this card to let her know what a champion she is. I have followed the sketch from Crafts 4 Eternity except I had to go with a straight line after my attempt to copy the shape. Go and see the fantastic creations at both of these blogs and have an attempt yourself.


Thursday, July 16, 2009

MOjo MOnday Sketch 95

A sketch for Mojo MOnday, I loved this sketch it was easy to work with. I was going to make a male card but these papers from SU just kept coming back to me, and it seems to take me for ever to come up with a male design. Anyway I like these colours together they are from SU but the paper is retired. THe stamps are a hostess set and the card is sage shadow. I have also used this sketch for my winter wonderland christmas challenge but will have to post seperately tonight as I have to get myself and my girls ready for school.


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Hot Hot Hot

At last, I have a card to post, it has been a very quiet week for the crafting table. I have made a card following Craft 4 Eternity sketch which I liked this sketch alot. They also wanted you to use hot colours red, orange, yellow and gold. This was a fun card to make using a stamped Bella image that was kindly given to me. We are back at school now and are doing a unit on water and the sea so this beachy image goes along with that. I might have to do a pirate tonight. We had a fun first day back with the children and dressed as pirates and built a pirate ship for them to play and create in for the term. They are all very excited and it will be nice to be back in some sort of routine as it was very easy to get slothy on these last two weeks of Winter holidays. Enjoy your Wednesday.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

magnolia down under

Well I haven't entered a Magnolia challenge for a while now because I just wasn't happy with my colouring technique, but yesterday after having a play and colouring with some friends I realised I enjoyed it so much it didn't matter if it wasn't perfect. I love blog hopping and looking at all the magnolia creations out there, they are beautiful. Magnolia Down Under has a great sketch by Kellie so I thought it would be good to have another try. I have used all stampin up papers and card. Hope you all had a terrific Wednesday.

mojo monday

After a full fun day of crafting and getting together with the girls yesterday, I still had enough crafting left in me to create one more card last night. I have followed Mojo Monday sketch 94 I picked up this stamp at ebay her name is surfing millie, the side of the stamp says she was made in by Fern Gully stamps in Australia, so I might google them after this post. It was our first full day of rain yesterday for these school holidays which is really good considering we are in the middle of winter and this morning isn't looking too promising out there, so maybe it will be another inside card making day. Whatever you are doing today, I hope you enjoy.


Monday, July 6, 2009

Christmas of the past

It's an olden day Christmas card for Winter Wonderland . This was a very different challenge for a Christmas card, I wasn't sure this card would work with the brown embossed holly, I thought it might be too drab for a Christmas card. It certainly isn't for everybody but the more I look at it IRL I love it and I'm going to make more to give to people. It is just one of those times when I think that is exactly the look I want for certain people but I wonder how many more challenges I'll do before Christmas and say that. I am still loving this challenge blog it is so much fun, the girls cards are awesome every week. My attempt on crackers didn't work out last week but it was fantastic to look the other creations. Happy Mondayu.

Stampin for the weekend Sketch 1 and 2

I could not decide which sketch to follow at Stampin for the weekend so I did one of each. I have used my new digi images of Penelope (if you read my last post I used with this image it reminds me of my daughter's crazy hair) I love these images, I am going to put a photo of Lyss with this post showing you her crazy curls. I liked both these sketches although I am not fortunate enough to have any nestabilities yet and it is quite hard to cut a circle so I distressed the edges to cover up my less than perfect circles. WE are off to have a picnic and hang out at the duck park for the rest of the day with Katie, Jordan, Lilly and Zac. I love it when we get to catch up with everybody we haven't seen for a while on school holidays. Have a great day.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Colour Create

Another gorgeous colour challenge from colour create. Apple green, sunflower yellow, lemon and white. I started making this card on Friday. I was thinking of creating this card for a friend at work who had very sad news that day. I had only used yellow on the card not thinking of any challenges just of the person I was making it for and I put it away that night. When I looked at it the next day I thought the colour wasn't really appropriate for a sympathy card so I put ot aside. Later I saw this challenge and added a little bit more to join in. I have used SU stamp fifth avenue, this is my first time using this stamp, I have seen some great cards out there using these stamps. Cardstock and papers are also SU. Well I'm off to bed now.

Sketch Saturday

Hello, I printed off the sketch for Sketch Saturday last night to make a card today but forgot it was supposed to have a fourth of July theme to it so I created another in red, white and blue. My first card I made was made with my daughter in mind. I saw this digi stamp of Penelope and it reminded me of my Allyssa with her curly, crazy hair so I had to get it. She will be known in our house as Lyssy Woo Woo not Penelope. I have used all SU card and papers. My second card has an image of Ruby on it, again I had to buy this, I get called Ruby by some friends at work because it is my middle name. This was a fun sketch to do, hope you enjoy it too. Happy Fourth of July to anyone from America.

crafts4eternity sketch

THe first week of school holidays is over it has gone so fast, we have been so lucky to have a week of beautiful sunshine in the middle of Winter. WEll today I finished the week with quite a lazy day with only a short time at the park with the my girls and our dog I had some time for a couple of challenges. This sketch is at Craft for eternity. I have used digi image Marissa and all SU papers and card. I did a bit of digi stamp colouring in today now I just have to match them to a sketch and card. Hope you all had a wonderful Sunday, I'm going to go and rug up before I do my next post. I also have a new ice cream I must try it is called goody goody gumdrops and has gummy lollies mixed through it. mmmmmmm

Saturday, July 4, 2009

A stitch in time

THis is my Cute Card Thursday Challenge A stitch in time. This is only the second time I have used my sewing machine on a card after failing big time the first time. It put me off for a while but practice makes perfect so I'll have to use it a little more. I have used the sketch from last week on Fridays sketches because I liked it and it showed off these great papers I bought off Lucinda which were from a SU mini catalogue last year. The stamp is also from SU summer by the sea, which I love this set. I have made two cards almost the same and wasn't sure which to post because I asked my family and Chels and I liked the green flower one better, where Ant and Lyss liked the pink flower more. Let me know what you think.


papertake weekly sketch

this is my card for Papertake weekly, they have a great sketch, again one of my favourites because it's not too complicated for me. I have made this card for Will who is going to be 40 next weekend. I bought this paper from craft cupboard with him in mind. He is from a family of mechanics and they all like their cars. The cardstock is SU brilliant blue which I have a thing for at the moment so most likely to see a few more cards in this colour. Have a look at the girls cards at papertake and try out Dawns sketch.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Stampin for the weekend

A pocket card, I forgot all about these. I can remember the first time I made one at a SU workshop and I thought they were fabulous but then I forgot all about them. I think they are a super idea for a gift voucher. I have put a bookmark in my second pocket as I thought it would be good to give with a bookstore voucher. I have been waiting to use these Pink Flamingo papers from SU but didn't know how to put them together with anything, so as you can tell I'm all around excited about this challenge at STampin for the Weekend. Hope you enjoy this challenge as much as I have.

Embellishment Challenge at Stamp Something

Over at Stamp Something they are using embellishments, at least three on their cards this week. I started with my olive green card and dotty paper to do a sketch challenge but it wouldn't happen for me. I'd also planned these colours for a male card, but as you can see that didn't happen either. So I was so glad when I went to Stamp Something and saw their challenge and Inspiration, it gave me hope again that these colours were not ready to be given up on. I have used brads, button and ribbon for my embellishments (everytime I go to type this word I think ooh I should check if I'm spelling it correctly but I don't so hope it is right) and have used a stamp set borrowed from Alicia.
I'm really not loving these cards at the moment but they are growing on me. What do you think?

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sketch Saturday

I started this card yesterday for Sketch Saturday , it is a very good sketch but I had trouble trying to finish it, I didn't want to cover anymore patterns of the paper so I have used these as part of the sketch. I got these stamps Dad's Day sent to me last week so I thought I better try to make a few Father's Day cards. I find it really challenging to create male cards, is this so for everybody? THe card I have used is from SU basic black, only orange and glorious green. The paper is called Suprise party from Moxxie. Time for me to check out some blogs before I try creating again.