24 November 2011 – Birthday Surprise!!!

It’s so nice to hear rain on the roof today, given how hot it’s been over the last week or so.

Last weekend was Mum’s 60th birthday and did we plan a surprise for her!!!  She didn’t want a surprise party so we decided to give her and Dad a weekend away at Lennox Head.  But that wasn’t the main surprise…. we all came too (me and my husband and my sister and her family)!!!  and so did Mum’s best friend, Pauline and her hubby Eric.

We let Mum know that we were giving her the weekend away a couple of weeks before, so that she could look forward to it and know that we hadn’t completely forgotten her birthday.  Dad was in on the plan and he knew that we were all coming.  He had to have her at the restaurant at 6.30pm on the dot and he did!!

She was sooo surprised!!!  She had no clue that we were going to be there!!  I had tricked her and called in the morning to wish her a good trip and said that I would call on Saturday which was the actual day.  I also had a big bunch of flowers delivered with a message saying that we couldn’t be there.

We had a lovely time away as a family and the beach was great!!  Will definitely have to go back there!!

Mum, Dad, my sister, Sue and I.

I gave Mum a Big Shot and a few embossing folders and dies for her birthday, which is very exciting!!

I made a telescoping card for her birthday.  I used a template from Julie Davison, who is a US Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator.

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Stamp Set:  Delicate Doilies, On Your Birthday

Paper:  Whisper White, Rose Red, Specialty Flirtatious DSP

Ink:  Rose Red, Pretty in Pink

Accessories:  Big Shot, Scallop circle die, circle scissor plus, Large scallop circle punch, 1 3/4″ circle punch, glitter brads, blushing bride ribbon.

14 October 2011 – Pussy Cats and Boxes

I thought it was high time I shared a photo with you of my new babies!!  At the start of September, my husband and I adopted two kittens from Little Paws Kitten Rescue.  Shadow and Jaster are about 8 months old and getting bigger every day.  They love helping in my craft room as well as playing in the paper and boxes that my orders come in.  They have also overtaken my craft chair, so now I sit on the uncomfortable office chair and they have the one with a pillow.  If I’m not watching, I lose the office chair as well!!!

Shadow (left) and Jaster - Brotherly love

At the Stampin’ Up! convention earlier this year, Shelli Gardner, the co-founder, demonstrated a really cute box using the cardboard circle from a box of glue dots.  Well, there are 300 glue dots in a box, and it’s taken me until now to use them up!!

How cute is that!!

Now to find someone with an upcoming special birthday to give it too!!  And put something special in it!!

Stamp Set:  Tiny Tags

Paper:  Mocha Morning DSP, Basic Black, Crumb Cake

Ink: Basic Black

Accessories:  2 1/2″ circle punch, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Antique Brads, Hemp twine, Champagne Mist Shimmer paint, Jewelry tag punch

 

 

17 September 2011 – New Punch

I have recently purchased the new Doily Triple Layer punch and I just love it!!  I can’t wait to show it to my stamp club girls!!

I also got the new seam binding ribbon and it is lovely to use.  So easy to tie into a bow.

I cased this card from Debra on Splitcoast Stampers and just changed the colours to suit what I had.  Thanks also to the Colour Coach for helping with the colours, gotta love it!

A bit fiddly, but certainly has the wow factor!!

Stamp set:  Create a Cupcake

Ink:  Baja Breeze

Paper:  Night of Navy, Baja Breeze, Whisper White

Accessories:  Big Shot, Elegant Lines embossing folder, 2 1/2″ circle punch, doily triple layer punch, 2 3/8″ scallop circle punch, word window punch, modern label punch, scallop trim border punch, Victoria lace, baja breeze seam binding ribbon, hemp twine, Antique brads, pearls.