Monday, June 30, 2008

Oh I love Rice Bubbles!!

Here's Sarah this morning, tucking into her Rice Bubbles - which is another thing Day Care has introduced her to.

She loves them and askes for them every morning. She gets them out of the cupboard and brings them to me. I just hope she doesn't learn how to open the seal I have on the bag!!

Getting Ready for Group

This is Sarah last Friday (27/06/08) getting ready for "Group" - well that's what she calls it anyway. Sarah goes to Day Care, two days a week and loves it. She has this little green t-shirt to wear and the hat too. They also give you a matching bag for her bits and pieces.

She loves it so much. Every time we drive past she says "Group please Mummy". So I have to explain that she only goes on Tuesday and Friday.

Sarah has made a couple of little Friends there. Travis - who is the son of one of Shiree's friends. Travis looks after her while she is there. When we arrive, he is there to greet her and sits with her at meal times too. She has a little friend Lilly - although Sarah calls her Milly and will not leave Day Care until she has waved to Lilly. She has also become quite attached to one of the Carers - Tasha. Sarah was quite upset a week or so ago when Tasha had a day off. And as soon as we get to Day Care, Sarah calls out for her.

But as I say...she loves it so much. Last Friday - when I went to pick Sarah up she did not want to come home and even had a little tantrum about it. She learns so much too. Every day that she gets home I notice little things that are new. Last week it was.... "I'm thirsty" I don't think I had heard her say that before. And one week I said to her - Come on, lets get the washing in.... and she replies "Oh, hang on a minute!' She is also learning things like STOP and WAIT. They are learning colours at the moment.

One thing Sarah loves to do at Group is the painting. Everyday they do some sort of Art. It's usually centered around whatever they are learning about - like RED or YELLOW... but she loves it. She's definitely got the idea... because yesterday, when we went to Carol & Norms, Carol gave her a container of felt-tips (texters for you Aussie's) and Sarah drew all over her hands and feet and tried to transfer it to the paper!! Oh what a mess!!! But great fun!!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Donut Cards

Here's a couple of Donut cards that I did in Classes this week.
I love the effect of the Real Red, Whisper White and Basic Black - so striking. It can also be used for any occasion. We used the Seeing Spots stamp set on here.
This smaller card I put together using Really Rust and some Designer Papers that came from the Simply Scrappin' Round Up pack. We used a selection of items to decorate the cards including the Self-adhesive Dye Cuts from the Simply Scrappin' pack - which worked really well. The ribbon was originally White and I coloured it with my Sage Shadow ink.

Suspension Cards - Sister Swap!

Each month, my sister Nadine and I do a Card Swap. We try to stick to a theme and make a card or two to send each other. We started doing this when I moved to Perth in February 08.

The theme/idea of the latest swap we have done was "Suspension Cards". This is where you cut out your image and suspend it within a shape on the card. The image then spins around to show another image in the back. This is what I came up with.

Forever Friends Card - Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant - the girls spin around to show more girls.
NZ Card - Basic Black, Basic Gray, Whisper White. Kiwi is the same on both sides.

Here is what Nadine sent me.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Build-a-Layout Challenge

Well I decided it was time to try something new..... so I entered into a Build-a-Layout Challenge.

This means that I get given a set of instructions, slowly over about 4 - 6 days. Each day you get one small task to do such as - choose a base colour and a photo. Then by the end of each week, once you have completed all tasks you have a completed Scrapbooking page.

So here's the first one I did. I think it came out OK - for my first one. I am looking forward to doing some more. Hopefully I will get better at it as time goes by. The next one starts tomorrow.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Colour Challenge!!

I've also been Challenging myself to use colours that I would not normally put together.

This card is using Cameo Coral, Blue Brocade and Certainly Celery - colours I would not usually put together. But I was pleased with the outcome. Unusual!

Stamping Challenge

Within the SU Team that I belong to - we have started doing Weekly Challenges. We start by being given a card lay-out or sketch. Then each of us have to make a card according to that lay-out. These are loaded onto the Team Web-site for us all to see.

This is what I created for the first Challenge. I used Lovely Lilac and Elegant Eggplant card, Certainly Celery Designer Paper, Bodacious Bouquet - the flowers I did using Chalks - which is a new technique to me. Finished it all off with a bit of White Gel Pen here and there.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Wheel Fun!!

Today I showed the ladies the SU Wheels. They had great fun having a go with them. For all of the ladies they had not used a SU wheels, glitter or punches before - so it was great to be able to share these products with them. It was neat to see the cards coming together and the small personal touches that each of the ladies added.

Both of these cards were inspired by Jacque Pedersen. I love Jacque's creations. I miss Jacque, her classes and the ladies that attend her classes very much.
Card One uses - Whisper White & Real Red Card, Real Red Ink, Glitter, Wonderful Words Stamp Set and the Basic Outline Jumbo Wheel.
Card Two uses - Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Ruby Red & Very Vanilla Card and Inks. Glitter. Seeing Spots & So Many Sayings Stamp Sets and the Scribble Jumbo Wheel.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Stamp Class

Today was so cool ... I ran my first Stamping Card Class and really enjoyed it. I'm sure the ladies did too - cause they all booked in for the next class.

We made two projects based on basic stamping and layering techniques.

The first card was made with Old Olive, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip and the Wild About You set. Some of the ladies cut their card while others used a ripped edge technique.

The second card used the two-step stamping technique. The stamps in the Heartfelt Thanks set are perfect for this. We used Lovely Lilac, Pink Passion card and Wild Wasabi ribbon.

Bring on the next Class!!