Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New stuff

I finally made a card, all my stuff has been packed away since July but I received an order of new catty stuff. My friend turned 30 yesterday so I made this card for her:
I made a cake and my husband decorated it for her:
Thanks for visiting AMANDA

Sunday, June 10, 2012

For A Boy Whose Turning FIVE!!!

My friend from schools eldest son is turning 5!! and off to school. I had to make him a card to celebrate this milestone. Ive used retired DSP to create the sky and hills. I coloured in the dinosaurs from DINOROAR using my wwatercolour crayons and aqua painter. I then fussy cut the dinosaurs out and mounted them with dimensionals. I seem to do a lot more fussy cutting then I have in the past and I don't enjoy it but I do LOVE how the end product looks! Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Saturday, June 9, 2012

More Motorcycle

An ex work collegue of mine is celebrating his birthday on Monday and I decided to make him a card. he used to ride his motorcycle to work int he summer so felt it only fitting to make him a card with a motorcycle on it. All cardstock used is retired as is the stamp. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Friday, June 8, 2012

Me Time

I have been concentrating on cards lately and when I did have a free minute I was reading The Wideacre Trilogy by Philippa Gregory. Before I started to read anymore books I decided I needed to get back to my cradt space and work on some art journal pages. Over the long weekend I created this page "Me Time" Sorry it has loaded sideways, it was showing the correct way in my photo software. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Who doesn't like a bright card?

Whilst I had the bright cardstock, inkpads, button and ribbon out I made three cards. I also used punches and DSP. The stamp used was A Reason To Smile. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Random Art Journalling

My friends got married in March and the song that the bride walked down the aisle to was JUST BREATHE by Pearl Jam. I loved the lyrics so much I googled them and then created an art journal page using them. My colours are pink and purple, I used my new distress ink and some paint to 'rough' it up! Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Bright Because I Care

I am behind in my card making I have made this card for a close family friend whose husband passed away a year ago this month, I intend to post the card so it will hopefully arrive on the day or just before. I will include a recent photo of my girls with it.
I am liking this colour combo of daffodil delight, melon mambo and pacific point along with the stampset A Reason to Smile. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Sunday, June 3, 2012

AJ 21

Our prompt was to create a double page spread of a week in our life, a diary page as such. I used stickers, stamps, butterfly stamps I brought for the kids, my new distress ink, paint and a multitude of $1 pens that I have picked up in the sales to document my week starting on Monday 28th May and finishing Sunday 3rd June
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Reason to Smile

I received this stamp set free with a qualifying order and had to give it some ink. I have embossed the flowerhead with tangerine tango embossing powder mixed with vanilla embossing powder. Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry were the colours I used.
I gave the card to my friends daughter for her 8th birthday. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Friday, June 1, 2012

Brayered Motorcycle

My cousin asked me to make her a motorcycle card for her Dads birthday as she didnt have time to make one. I used the other card I made a week back:
Then I mounted it:
and decorated the inside:
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Saturday, May 26, 2012

My brothers birthday card

Yesterday was my brothers birthday. Male cards are not my favourite card to make. I knew I wanted to use the motorbike stamp as my brother rides one, I wanted to take my brayer for a whirl and to emboss the motorbike image in black and silver embossing powder. my first attempt:
my second attempt using gloss photo paper-FAILED:
my third attempt i liked:
my finished card:
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Friday, May 25, 2012


My brother and SIL are having a baby in July. Her baby shower is tomorrow. I made this card which she admired and asked if I could make her a bigger version to frame and hang on the wall, with cherish on it. I decided to recreate it using a canvas as the base instead of cardstock. Here is the canvas with just the little bodysuits on it:
Adding the cloud and sun cardstock elements:
The completed canvas with the clothes line glued firmly in place:
I hope she likes it. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Tuesday, May 22, 2012


This weeks prompts included using brown paper, doodling, sequin waste and paint. The journalling title was INSPIRED BY!
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Monday, May 21, 2012

A Teacup

My nearly 6 year old was invited to a "Tea Party", where the guests were asked to dress as ladies to sip tea and eat dainty food. The tea party was yesterday and it was wonderful, tiny sandwiches, sausage rolls, butterfly cakes, jam drops, jelly oranges, tea(here in NZ there is a range of tea specifically made for children). All the little girls were wearing their pretty dresses, they looked so cute. Naturally I made a teacup card, i got the pattern from splitcoast.
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Thursday, May 17, 2012

A bright card

My sister asked me if I could make her a bright card with something kind and nice written on it. I had limited time to make it in. I used my favourite retired DSP Pink Flamingo as it is bright and cheerful, I made it A5 and the base is Summer Sun, I added lots of pink and clear rhinestones to it which you cant really see in the photo as I took the picture at night. I also decorated the inside but didnt take a photo of it. Here is the card:
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

AJ 19

AJ 19 was about our favourite things, we stuck random bits of paper to our journal pages, mine include drawings my girls made for me and a glossy flyer and other scraps i had lying around, then I painted over it with white paint. I chose to use punched shapes to record my favourite things on.
Thanks for stopping by Amanda

Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Catching my blog up with all my AJ pages that I finished whilst my computer was being fixed. Here is page 17:
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Monday, May 14, 2012

AJ 18

I am behind in posting my AJ pages as my main computer had a fit and fried its motherboard, just over a week in the shop being repaired and then downloading all my photos i had taken over the week, i am now behind in my blog posts, nevermind. The lovely creator of the Just Journal page challenged us to use just paint, ink and our journalling pen and the packet of goodies that she sent to each of us, the contents of the packets were identical and she was interested to see how we all created something different with them. here is my page:
thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Cherry Cobbler

I had a photo I wanted to send to a family friend that I didnt want to just post in an envelope so I made a card and enclosed the photo in the card with a note apologising for the delay in getting the photo to them.
Happy Mothers Day to the Mothers in blog land, thanks for stopping by Amanda

Friday, May 11, 2012

A card for a young girl

My eldest daughter was invited to a classmates birthday last saturday and this is the card i made
thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Friday, April 27, 2012

For A Girl Whose Three!

My good friends daughter is celebrating her thrid birthday tomorrow and my daughters and I have been invited to help her celebrate. The gifts are wrapped and today I made the card, I knew I wanted to put a ladybird on it as I knew that was going to be part of her cake but I really had no idea how the card would evolve. Over the course of the day I worked on pieces and added things and consulted my colour coach for the colour combination of Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight and Early Espresso, I also used Whisper White and Basic Black, ribbon, rhinestones, big shot number die, Chery Cobbler embossing poweder, pearls and the punch, i LOVE my punch and have used it a lot lately. Because the card evolved it is too big for any envelopes I have so I decided to make it into a postcard for the birthday girl. I also got a big carried away with the smooch spritz LOL Front of the postcard:
Back of the postcard:
Front and Back together:
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Saturday, April 21, 2012

JAI Scrap #4- Third Times A Charm

The other day I got excited to do some scrapbooking and decided to use the JAI Scrap Challenge, unfortunately in my excitement I misread the guidelines and my two previous entries were incorrect. Thankfully the kind team at JAI Scrap let me know my mistake and I still had some time to enter again with a new page. At the start of the year my Nana gave me some photos of my Dad that she found amongst her 85 years worth of photos, they were taken when my Mum and Dad were dating, but thats about all I know. I took a photo of each of the photos using my digital camera and reprinted them as the originals were showing signs of aging, I then scrapbooked the copies so they aren't in the original size they were printed. My page:
These photos probably deserve a vintage layout however I seem to do only one type of scrapbooking which is mat the photo add some journalling and voila. One day I might get brave and try something new but today I stayed safe. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Thursday, April 19, 2012

For A Girl Whose Turning 4!

My friends daughter will be 4 in the next few weeks and I have been slowly working my way through the April and May birthday cards. I used a lot of GLITTER and some more fussy cutting. What little girl doesnt like bling and ponies?
Thanks for stopping by Amanda

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Five Years Wedded Bliss

My fabulous friend and her hubby are celebrating FIVE years of wedded bliss on Saturday. I made them a card to celebrate:
So Saffron, Poppy Parade, Early Espresso and Whisper White are the colours I used some punches, brad, ribbon and three different stamp sets Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Monday, April 16, 2012

AJ 16

At Just Journal the latest prompts were for a one page on What I Would Like In A Care Package to Me! It wasnt too hard to come up with my items and this page came together quickly yesterday
This afternoon I spent an hour browsing the bargain bins at Spotlight for random things to use in my art journalling. Got some more rub-ons, buttons, kindy glitz and some rhinestones for my card making Thanks for visiting, Amanda

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Thank You Card

To fund my cardmaking/scrapbooking habit I worked at the local speedway this season which finished last night and the last half of the season prior. Hubby got a new job at Christmas which sees him working days and nights. We were really lucky that I was able to finish this season because most of the Friday/Saturday nights I had to work he was rostered off or on day shift and my good friend was able to watch the girls for us for an hour and a half where mine and hubbys start/finish times overlapped. When he had to work a night shift he was able to get annual leave except last night. We were very thankful and grateful that my good friend said she could watch the girls and put them to bed for us. We have not had anyone else look after our children at night since the youngest was born, shes 3 and a half. We had our eldest looked after a couple of times when she was around 2 but she was always tucked up in bed before we went. I was extremely nervous about how last night would go as the youngest HAS to have me lie in bed with her till she falls asleep, if I don't she screams until I give in. Thankfully there were no tears or tantrums and everyone had a happy experience. To thank my friend I made her this card:
I introduced her to cardmaking and SU and I personally think she is a far superior card maker to me, I try to replicate her work and it always looks a mess, LOL This is what the card looked like before I decided it needed something else:
A close up of the front:
Thanks for visiting, Amanda

Saturday, April 14, 2012

More Scrapbooking

Since I had a lot of photos printed I decided to seize the opportunity to make a few scap layouts to add to my girls books. Today is my youngest daughters pages from her sisters swimming sports held last month
First Page:
Second page:
I am loving my Big Shot for making quick scrapbook pages. Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Friday, April 13, 2012

Scrapbooking Time

At the start of this week I finally got around to sorting through three months of photos on my computer and deciding which ones I wanted to print. I then went and got the 350 odd photos printed. I made a double page spread using crumb cake, baja breeze, basic black, baja breeze 12x12 paper stack, Big Shot and TImeless Type Junior Alphabet for the title.
The first page:
The second page:
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Fussy cutting

My nephew is turning 2 on the 2nd of May but we are having his birthday celebration next weekend due to various family members being out of the country next month. The other morning when I couldn't sleep again due to children who like to wake at all hours of the night, I was thinking what kind of card to make for him. My sister said he likes fish so decided to give Fishy Friends a whirl. I cracked open the blue and green inks and sponges and got busy making an ocean background, i then silver embossed each stamp from the set on various coloured cardstock and then fussy cut them before adhering with dimensionals. The card is A5 size so doesn't fit a standard envelope, I will just wrap it into his parcel.
For the inside I used a sizzix alphabet through my big shot and used my xyron sticker maker to adhere them to the inside
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Lost In Translation

My DD is going to a 6th birthday party tomorrow so I needed to make a card. I decided to use the colours from the invitation which were pink and purple with a butterfly on it. My good friend made me this awesome card for my birthday:
I loved the design and thought it would look good with the pink, purple and butterflies i had in mind for the 6 year olds card. This is what I created:
Im not happy with the outcome and it looks like the poor cousin of the classy card my friend made but im sure the 6 year old recipient won't notice! Thanks for stopping by, Amanda

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Framelit Easel

I wanted to play with the framelit as soon as it arrived and I got to work making this using some retired 6x6 dsp I had Here is the card closed:
Card open:
Thanks for stopping by, Amanda