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Today I’m a bit off topic, not cards to show you but a great little story.

As you would expect, I spend quite a bit of time in my craft room.  I sit in front of a window which looks out onto our side garden so naturally I see quite a bit of what is going on out there.  One day just before spring I noticed 2 beautiful Crimson Rosellas checking out the hole in our retractable hose reel. Unusual.  Because this intrigued me I went out to have a look and of course the bird flew away.

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Adult Crimson Rosella

That night I told my husband the story and he said they were probably looking for somewhere to nest and suggested he build a bird box and put it up high on that side of the house.

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That was 2 years ago now.  The first year the parrots nested and everything was going well until a swarm of bees thought that the box would make a wonderful home for the new queen.  So sad!  I rang an apiarist to see what he could do.  He came over at night and took the box, bees and eggs away to his hives.  Next day he brought the box and 12 little white eggs back but unfortunately the birds didn’t return to hatch the eggs.

Again this year the parrots returned but starlings fought them off and took over the box.  Starlings in Australia carry lice so are considered a nuisance.  With some encouragement from us they finally gave up and departed.  It was getting on in the season and no sign of the parrots. 😦  Late in the season a couple of parrots came back to check on the box and after a few weeks and and a lot of hard work by the Crimson Rosellas we are very happy to have some feather babies.

Here are some photos of the babies as they have developed –

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It shouldn’t be long now until they fly.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if I was lucky enough to see them go.  I wish them a happy life.

Lorraine

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Hello all, today I have 2 cards to show you. They are for 2 of our grandchildren. They are at that age where they are too old for cutesy cards but still too young for adult.

Here are my efforts to make “tween” cards.

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The first card is for my 11 year old grandson who is right into all things digital and techy.

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The second card is for his sister who will be 12 in a month’s time.  Wow I can’t believe I have a granddaughter who will be 12!!!  When we visit I often see her with headphones on so I thought this card might pass.

On both cards I have used MFT dies – “Headphones” and “MP3 Player”.  For the shapes I used Uniquely creative metal dies.

Bye for now,

Lorraine


Hello friends. Last week I decided it was time to try and get some inspiration back so I grabbed some Distress Inks and then wasted 😆 some time on Pinterest (as you do) looking for some distress ink techniques. What fun!

The first card uses the “splash watercolor” technique. (See here). The beautiful image is a Lavinia stamp “Chinese Lantern”.  The sentiment is from a set by Papertrey Ink.

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The second card ( which I love) is inspired again by Loll here. Thank you for sharing this wonderful technique Loll.

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For the third card I used the technique I found here. I did struggle a bit getting just the right amount of water and ink on the back of the stencil to make a nice print onto the paper. After a couple of attempts I did succeed and went ahead with the stamping.

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That’s it for today but I hope to be back soon (if my motivation continues).

Lorraine


I’m back from my break from blog land!  If you have been wondering where I have been and what I have been up to over the last few months here are some photos to explain.

Firstly we had a holiday,

We had a wonderful time.  Very interesting.  The flights are long and tiring but really worth the effort.

When we arrived home I had 2 weeks to prepare for a lovely annual Christmas fete I am involved in.  I had a lot of goodies prepared earlier but you know what it is like and there are many things which had to wait until the last minute.

Then Christmas of course with the family and taking some time to do other pastimes which I love.  Jigsaws and cricket for example.

That is just a quick synopsis with other family things like birthdays and friends in between.

Finally I have been making some cards again but I’ll show you them another day.

Smiles,

Lorraine

 

 


I’m back to show you how I packaged a gift for a man who is a keen Mountain Bike rider.  It is his birthday tomorrow and what better for him than some bike related goodies and packaging.

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It is so simple but all the same I’m happy with the result.  Men don’t want too much fuss do they?

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The little pillow box is a muted gold paper and I’ve added text paper from an old 6 x 6 cm pad “My Mind’s Eye”, LOST & FOUND 2, “Sunshine” but of course you could use any paper that suited.  The stamps are from the “Darkroom Door” set “Enjoy the Ride”.  Great set!

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I know he will enjoy the gift inside and I’m hoping he will like the outside too.

Bye for now,

Lorraine


Another month has passed and it is time for my sister and I to challenge ourselves. The theme for September was to make a stationery set.

Here is my boxed set using papers from “Charlie & Paulchen”,pansy6Here is the box with the belly band removed so you can clearly see the beautiful pansy design,pansy5inside the box are 4 cards with envelopes (more would fit but I ran out of time). There are also 6 tags and a coordinating pen. If I give this as a gift I’d also add some postage stamps.pansy4I lined the inside of the box with a coordinating sheet of paper making a mountain fold to seperate the cards and tags.pansy3 Simple tags die cut from the pretty papers.pansy2Finally here are the cards I made using the pretty pansy papers and 2 stamp and die sets from “Simon Says Stamp”.pansy1pansy

This took me much more time than I anticipated. Luckily you can’t see the mistakes I made along the way. 🙂

Why don’t you pop over to my sister’s blog to see what she has made. Here – ://bigblue-sky.blogspot.com

Bye for now,

Lorraine


Hello all,  I know I’ve been missing for a while but I promise I’ve been plodding on with crafty things.  Last month I joined an ATC group so that has added to my fun but I don’t think I should show you until they are all collected.

Recently I saw a beautiful example of some Kaisercraft papers and I decided I would have a try with the same papers and example.

Here are my cards –kc

Unusually for me I haven’t added sentiments.  I thought they could be used for different occasions and left that up to the sender’s discretion.  Perhaps a birthday, Christmas and farewell card, but anything really.

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The background staging papers are from the same Kaisercraft Collection “Open Road”.

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With all the lovely native foliage and flowers on the card I thought it was a good opportunity to show you some lovely photos I took on a day trip to Daylesford (A little town not far from Ballarat noted for its spa water).

When I first looked at this tree I thought it had been burnt but no it hadn’t.  It is an Iron Bark tree with its very distinctive beautiful black bark.

Golden Wattle.  Wattle is everywhere at the moment.  Makes you happy just looking at it.

Now the next one isn’t native but it is so pretty just had to show you.

A weeping cherry isn’t it?

Hope to see you again soon.

Lorraine