Sunday, October 11, 2009

A Card, a Cake and some News!!

Well… this was to be my entry for Keesh's inspiration challenge, but I missed the deadline. I didn't have a chance to upload it in time because of all that has been happening. I'll tell you about some of it in a minute, but first of all this card. Another fairly simple design, with an oriental feel to it. I have rock 'n' rolled the image using Rose Red ink and then Purely Pomegranate (an in-colour from last year). I stamped the flowers and 'thankyou' on the cardstock first, then drew the lines to fill the gaps.

So what has been happening in my life over the last two weeks?? I guess I should start with the biggest news…

I have a job!!! I will be working 9 'til 5 Monday and Tuesday as the Office Secretary at my church, Belconnen Baptist. It has been a very interesting journey and it has all happened quite quickly. Applications were due last Friday 2nd. Interviews were held Tuesday night, and Wednesday morning I received the call offering me the position — I start tomorrow. Whoooaa!! It is still sinking in. My hubby Kal will be a stay at home dad on those days (and maybe work from home a bit). It will be a big change for us as a family, but we all feel it will be good for us. I am looking forward to it, but at the same time I'm soooooooo nervous. Since Kal hasn't had to do the daytime routine before, I will be making sure everything is organised (meals for the evening too) so that it is not too overwhelming to start with. So that's my plan for the rest of the day, as well as recovering from yesterday!!

Yesterday we had a bunch of 6 year old boys and girls (10 plus my children!!) over for my son Liam's birthday party. It was a lot of fun, but as always with such events there is a fair bit of work. I did a lot of the prep during the week, including making 184 mini sausage rolls!
Each birthday I let the children choose the cake that they want, and Liam chose the Scary Castle this time. I love making cake creations, but I think 4 in a year is plenty :) The blue food colouring was sooooooo messy, all the children had blue hands and mouths after eating it.
Here is a pic of the creation, complete with hand piped chocolate spiders!!

It has also been the school holidays, which are now at an end. Even though there has been a lot happening, I've enjoyed not having to make lunches and race out the door for school each morning :) Back to it tomorrow!

Anyway, I had better go and get some things done before the day gets away!

Hope you are having a great weekend.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Upsy Daisy goes Pink

Recently a friend asked me to make a thank you card for someone. It had to be bigger than a standard sized card so that several people could sign it. I wanted it to look pretty because I thought that would suit the person receiving it, so I chose pinks!

I used Upsy Daisy again, which I love, and markers to ink it up. The marker colours were Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose and Close to Cocoa. You can't see it very well, but the flowers have a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter, which I felt worked nicely with the silver of the filigree brad.
The cardstock colours are Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink and Pink Pirouette.

A week later it was my grandmother's 89th birthday so I thought I'd make her a similar card. Once again, the prettiness suited her dainty, sweet nature.

It's wet and cold here in Canberra this long weekend. We are having an inside, pottering about kind of day. Hope you are having a lovely weekend.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Keesh's Colour Challenge #13

This week has been so busy and stressful, but today I found some time to be creative. I really love the colours that Keesh chose this week for her challenge. Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy and Very Vanilla. They work so well together don't you think?

I thought that the Embrace Life set would suit these colours. I have stamped the images in Choc Chip, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the flowers. It needed a little sponging around the edges which I did with Choc Chip ink, and a hint of Vanilla and Old Olive to frame it. Not Quite Navy is one of my favourite colours so I wanted it to feature a little more by being one of the main colours. I have torn and then rolled the edge on one side of the Not Quite Navy to add a little texture. I had forgotten how much I love this stamp set, it is so beautiful and elegant.

Have a wonderful weekend :)