Puff Heart Dragon

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I opened up this gorgeous Puff Heart Dragon by Whiff of Joy last week. He is just too cute!

The card took me forever to put together! One of those ones that just didn’t want to work for me, but here it is.

I also used this fabulous Whiff of Joy Romantic Swirls die. Once I cut out the cardstock I ran it through my Big Shot with a dotty embossing folder.

This photo is rather blurry, but you can see where I used the clear atyou Spica pen on his love hearts.

A Raggy Cushion

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It was my mum’s birthday yesterday and I needed to come up with something extra to pop in with her gift. I have had this charm pack sitting in a basket for years. I love it so much that I have been too scared to use it. I still have lots left, so I’ll need to whip up a few more cushions for myself.

I have to admit to being pretty pleased with myself as I normally can’t sew a straight line on fabric. My machine normally only sews through paper!

Knocked back

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I submitted these three cards to Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft the other day and I got a knock back. Apparently all due to another set of cards that have already gone to print using the exact same images. Great minds, hey?

Well as that’s my favourite magazine and I don’t submit to anyone else then I may as well show the full set here.

All stamps by Kraftin’ Kimmie. Coloured with Copics and then the images were masked, sponged and overstamped. Tutorial on masking here.

No ribbon!?

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Yes, I’m here. Busy, busy – you know how it is.

But I’m back with two cards to share.

I’ve actually done a small tutorial on these cards on the Zest Blog - you can check it out tomorrow. But for now I am going to enter these cards in the Kraftin’ Kimmie challenge which is no ribbon, fibres, string etc. It was quite hard not to wrap the cards with ribbon and tie a bow!

Masked background tutorial

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My mojo has left the building this week. I’ve done quite a bit of colouring in, but no actual card making.

I did finish off this card last weekend and I did a tutorial on the masked background which is up at the Zest Blog, if you are interested.

Garden update

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We finally got all of the soil moved and our backs are definitely paying for it this week. Hopefully we shall soon be rewarded with fruit and vegetables. There are already a few flowers on one of the larger tomato plants. A small strawberry is forming. The lime tree has flowers too. Unfortunately the basil is looking a little yellow around the gills and one of the raspberry plants is looking bloody awful! But it is all a test and I’m sure that most of the plants will flourish.

I’m pretty pleased with how it’s all turned out. The daggy bit in the top right corner is a spot to be cleaned up for future compost bins. See the rogue snail already making it’s way up the garden bed on the right? He didn’t last long!

A crazy week

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It’s been one of those weeks, actually October was one of those months where I wanted to crawl into a corner and rock while mumbling unintelligibly. No real reason for it – lots of little reasons. From the obnoxious roofing company that I had to threaten to call the police on, to the young 16 year old beating up on the 11 year old behind our house that I also had to threaten to call the police on. Lots of little stress inducing situations that have called for plenty of red wine.

So I have a lot of card sharing to catch up on!

First is Charlotte, and I guess she looks how I feel at the moment! Rather frazzled.

StampsKraftin’ Kimmie Charlotte
Ink: Copic markers, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Xpress Graphx Blender Card, Bazzill, Pink Paislee Sweetness 6×6
EmbellishmentsPearls, button, seam binding, DMC thread
Punch: Martha Stewart Pinking Scallop Edger, Martha Stewart Deep Edge Floral

Then there is my monthly Arch page for swapping. Excuse the bad, bad photo, but it was taken late at night.

The blue background was painted with Lumieres. The brown paper was stamped with a text stamp and then sprayed with Shimmerz. The roses were all made with different colours of seam binding.

Just for Barb

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Using my new favourite Kraftin’ Kimmie stamp – Suzette, and also my new favourite Martha Stewart punch – Infinite Loops.

Garden upgrades

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Late last November I shared this photo of our vegetable garden.

We had planted tomatoes, snap peas and watermelon. The tomatoes were fabulous and we had a bumper crop. I think we planted the snap peas a little late so they flowered while they were too small. We ended up with three large watermelons – they were in the bed on the right. We won’t plant watermelons again – far too much water was used for just three melons.

This year we have worked quite hard and changed the vegetable patch to this:

We’ve yet to build the second bed which will go next to this one, and we also have a few wine barrels to go in – if we can find some to buy. We have six cubic metres of compost soil arriving today to fill them. My back is already aching at the thought! But at least with raised beds like this there will be no bending to weed, and no access for Naughty Ears. I’m rather looking forward to the planting stage – hopefully on Sunday.

Naughty ears

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George has this very odd thing that he does with his ears. I have never before seen a dog move their ears with such control like he has. I’ve dubbed this look his ‘naughty ears’.

Here we go – chewing weeds that were supposed to be in the compost pile:

Imagine a yell from inside – “George!”.
Oops, I’ve been busted. There’s those ‘naughty ears’.