Busy, a Birthday & Cuddles

What a week!  I did two workshops this week (waving Carmel & Anita) which is the most i’ve done in a while.  Must admit I was feeling quite rusty!  I also had Miss Lara with me for the first time as well and it went better than I expected.  Fingers crossed for the future.

Thursday saw my birthday come and go for another year!  Very busy!  I was a bit excited to get some nestabilities though so i’ll be getting all scallopy in my future cards!  Just need a few hours to try it out!  Below are some of the handmade cards I received for my birthday – wasn’t I spoilt?

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Here’s the pop-up card my 7 year old made me -

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Pretty cool huh? LOL

The other pretty cool thing we did was get a Kitten!!  We’ve called her Cuddles (hence the blog title! Eh? Clever?)  Here’s a picture for your viewing pleasure.  Seeings as Kristie is flaunting puppy all over her blog I thought i’d even it out for those of us who like the feline kind of pet!!cuddles-collage

All we can hear in the house is Alexandra calling “where are you cat, where are you?” Very cute. 

I shall endeavour to get some pictures taken of the projects that were made last week at my workshops and up on the internet some time in the next couple of days.  The next week is awash with appointments for Lara so heaven knows when i’ll get time to stamp!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!
Mad

Inkspirations Challenge #7

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Have you seen Makeesha’s latest Inkspriations Inspiration Challenge??  Oh My!!  The bedding was delicious! Makeesha & the design teams cards were DIVINE.  I HAD to play!  Had to!  I was very diligent and got 25 thank you/baby announcement cards done for Mark’s cousin who just had a baby so I rewarded myself with a little bit of creativity for me!  I had so much fun with this.  Thanks so much Keesh!!

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Now sometimes I really love a card.  Not often, just sometimes….and this is one of those cards.  It makes me happy on the inside.  I know I’m odd, it’s OK really to say so!!  LOL.  I loved it so much I had to take pictures and upload it straight away!  So keep in mind I don’t have very good lighting and it’s 10.30 at night!  I don’t think the sun is coming out any time soon in Brisbane either!  Anyway, the card -

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I have used the Bella Rose DSP, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White & Tempting Turquoise Cardstock.  Some of buttons from SU’s Button Bouquet (and Kristie, I’m sorry they’re nekkid but I likes ‘em like that!).  I’ve cut and punched some random circles, scrunched them up and flatted* them out.  The only stamping is on the PP Base – I’ve used the Sanded BG Stamp.  I love the effect it gives and I really don’t use it enough!  I’ve done a little weaving of the Turquoise stem bits.  I thought about adding a butterfly but I just didn’t have any room left.  Instead of folding the card “normally” I’ve made it into a long card.  And it is even more prettier in real life!!

Anyway, I hope you like it as much as I did.  And if you don’t, well that’s ok too!! ;-)

Until next time,
Happy stamping!
Mad

* Flatted is a word that Katelin used to use when she wanted her blanket {small and much loved satin edged baby blanket} straightened out.  It’s kinda stuck in this house!  So therefore, it is a word!! ;-) :-)

It’s been…1 week since I looked at you…

closed my eyes and said sorry!! 

Sorry i’m such a bad blogger of late.  Would you like a little run down of a week in the life of a stressed out mother of four?  About how my washing in that week could fill a small swimming pool?  About the trips across Brisbane for nasal gastric tube re-insertion as Miss Lara has found that if she worries at it for long enough she can get it out {and that i’m a wus and can’t do it myself yet}? Or shall I skip the nitty gritty and get down to the cards people??  Yeah, I know.  I’d rather the cards too!

At Lucinda’s workshop {waving to the girls} on the weekend we covered some embossing techniques.  I was mortified when I had left ALL my stamps at home!!  And the trip over to Lucinda’s is a mere hour and a bit away from my house!  Yes, that was a moment worthy of a hung head!  Lucky Lucinda came to the rescue with stamps that worked with the card and we could proceed! As Lucinda has joined my team this month it’s probably a good lesson for her to learn how NOT to run a workshop eh?  And I am blessed that my customers are my friends and forgive me for my incompetencies.  Right.  Sorry. The cards!

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Once again a big fat FAIL on the photography.  I swear the card is straight in real life…I just am a bit of an ordinary photographer!  Base is Tangerine Tango, Basic Grey stamped an image from Circle Circus with versamark.  Next layered strips of Baja Breeze and Tangerine Tango Prints DSP.  Embossed images from Circle Circus on Baja Breeze DSP and punched out using various circle punches. Stamped the sentiment from the Trendy Trees set and voila all done.  LOVE this colour combo.  LOVE the Circle Circus set.

The next two cards (also a bit wonky…:oops:) were other ways to use embossing. 

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Emboss Resist on Gloss Cardstock.  Stamp image in versamark, emboss with white powder, using ink and sponges colour around the flowers etc wiping off excess ink off the embossed image to make it stand out. {Like this card?  You could make it at my embossing classes – 11th & 18th of June email me at madonna@madonnadunnDOTcomDOTau for more information.}

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And the last card to showcase the embossing.  The main damask motif from the Friends 24-7 stamp set was used.  Have I mentioned that I got this set for FREE at convention yet??  It was exciting!!  LOL.  I stamped the image in versamark on a piece of DSP from the Bella Rose pack and embossed using clear powder.  I then used Choc Chip ink and brayered over the rest of the paper so that it was just the centre image that stood out.  The Choc Chip base was also embossed in clear powder with the Damask image.

Anyway, hope you like them.  I’ve hardly had a moment to stamp this last week in between all the running around i’ve been doing with the kids and such.  I’m hoping to get the chance to do some tomorrow…or maybe Friday!  Fingers crossed for me!

Until next time,
Happy Stamping!
Mad
xo

Organic Outlines with a Tangerine Twist

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I really really love Tangerine Tango.  Love it.  A lot.  I didn’t think I would but right now it’s just my favourite colour!  Orange makes me happy on the inside.  There.  I’ve said it out loud now!!!  LOL

When I saw Organic Outline in the new Idea Book & Catalogue I loved it straight away.  It was definately on my A list.  I’ve finally had time for a play and these are the cards i’ve come up with.  Hope you like them!

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Cardstock: Choc Chip, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Choc Chip
Stamps: Three little Words, Organic Outline
Other: Tangerine Tango DSP, Choc Chip 5/8″ Grosgrain, Kiwi Kiss Striped Grosgrain

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I’ve got two little sick girls today, so in between wiping noses and cudles I’m going to try to get some other cards out of my head and onto paper!

Until Next time!
Happy Stamping.
Mad

Friends 24-7

Oh I love it when I can think up a witty and sharp blog title.  Unfortunately, today was not one of those days!!  LOL

Well, I hope all the Mothers had wonderful days yesterday.  And if you are not a Mother – I hope you still had a great day!  I did!  I got to play!!  Yay!!  Love it when I can do some stamping – just for fun and no other reason!

The Friends 24-7 stamp set that I won at convention got a workout yesterday.  Here are the three cards that I made with it:

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It’s a bit dark here so the photo was done inside…I might have to go back into the sun tomorrow and do some more.

Hope you like them and if you have any questions about them, please feel free to email me.

Until next time,
Happy Stamping
Mad

Happy Mother’s Day!!

To all the mother’s out there may your day be filled with lots of cuddles and kisses.  May there be no whinging or whining.  I hope your children are well-mannered and do what they’re asked straight away!  And then we will all probably wake up!  LOL!!  I’m probably guaranteed the first two but I think that as good as my children’s intentions are they will inevitably forget that whining is not allowed!!  LOL.

Anyway, just a quick post tonight because i’ve been dying to crack open my new 24-7 Stamp set from SU! and tonight is the night!  Did I happen to mention that the set was FREE!!!??!!!  Oh yeah….it was FREE!!!  I won it on prize patrol at convention!  I was a bit excited….I am now regretting jumping around and shaking the darn monkey all over the place.  I do believe those images may come back to haunt me and it’s not gonna be pretty!!  However, I was pretty excited and I NEVER EVER win stuff.  Not like my sister Kristie who is ALWAYS winning things.  Might help that she enters competitions…but that’s not the point!  LOL.  Anyway, I digress – again!  Sorry, i’m always doing that!!

My Mother-in-law, Grandmother-in-law & Sister-in-law (& Family) joined Mark and the kids & I in a magnificent Mother’s Day Breakfast at Sizzler this morning!  Oh My!  I have never seen a 7 year old eat so much!  Katelin got our money’s worth there!!  Anyway, I had made them each a little gift for Mother’s Day.

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Each Mummy got a little box of Roses Chocolates, a tag and a card.  I was pretty happy with the way that they turned out.  I got sidetracked and forgot to go back and get a single shot of each of the cards to show you as they were all different.  And the flower embellishments on the tags were really “popped”.  There was a dimensional between each of the layers.  It was cool from the side.  and the Satin ribbon on the tags was DIVINE to use.  Very smooth and delicious…if you can say that ribbon is delicious!

The main images are from the Bella Rose Designer Series Papers.  They are GORGEOUS!  So vivid and rich!  I teamed it with some of the Prints Papers from the Riding Hood Red colour pack.  I was loving the stripedy bit with the florally bit.  Very technical stamping terms those!  LOL.  Don’t forget the special on the Designer Series Papers this month as part of the SU! Scrapbooking Promotions – Check it out here.

Ok, that’s it from me for now.  Hopefully i’ll be prolific in my cardmaking this evening and you’ll all get to see something magnificent in the next couple of days!  But for now i’ll go and leave you with a picture of my beautiful baby Lara as we were heading out to brekky this morning.  She was all dressed up in Jeans and a pair of baby Adidas shoes!  too CUTE!  I am concerned at how red her hair is looking in this picture and will tell myself that it’s just the angle of the photo combined with the reflection off the doona behind her!!  No matter the hair colour she’s certainly been gaining weight since we’ve been nasal gastric tube feeding her and she’s sporting an impressive double chin!!

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Until next time,
Happy Stamping!
Mad
xo

Some Convention Pics

Well, you are all probably pictured out from all the other Demo’s putting up the pictures on their blogs!!  I have a few here to share with you though. 

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I have also realised that most of my pictures include one cheeky monkey!!  How did that work I wonder??  If you want to catch up on what he’s done visit him here.

Ok so the picture above shows (clockwise from top left) - Cards on display from Alison Charlton (excellent Cog card), a bag made by the FANTABULOUS Teneale Williams, A wall hanging made by Shelli Gardner, Alisa & Megan with all Alisa’s awards etc, the gorgeous & gracious Yvonne & Makeesha and last but by far the least, Mr Sock Monkey with my swaps.  I made 70 of these Matchbooks with a lollypop on the inside.  Pretty simple but a cute idea for table settings at workshops or classes. 

Ok, I’ll be back soon!
Until then,
Happy Stamping!
Mad

Home again! Home again!

Oh and what fun Mr Monkey and I had at Convention!!  There were so many people to meet so many hugs to cash in on!!  We didn’t get nearly enough time to annoy…I mean catch up with friends and those who have yet to become our friends!!  Megan & Kirsty flew with the Monkey and I and we had a blast!  There is heaps to tell you about his mischievous times so go and visit him here http://sockmonkeyadventures.wordpress.com/  leave him some love too ok??

I hope to get some pictures up of more normal things in the next day or so.  I’m just trying to catch my breath from all the wonderful experiences I had over the weekend.  I’m not even sure where to start!!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend & I hope to get back here soon!

Happy Stamping!
Madonna