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One you hate having to do

I was asked recently (twice actually) to make cards for ladies who had lost babies. As a Mother I can understand the pain and loss of losing a baby whether they have been in your arms for a time or just nestled in your belly. These are some of the very hardest cards to make and the hardest words to find. This card was accompanied by a remembrance candle too.




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Try Stampin on Tuesday – Spritz and Smoosh

On Sunday I taught this fun new (to me) Technique at my Papercrafters Day. My ladies loved the effects you could get and a couple tried it there and then! I will share more samples with you later in the week. It was based on a few different tutorials I have seen which all had different names but the basic technique for all of them seems to be SPRITZ  and SMOOSH so that’s what I’m calling it!

I was playing around with it a little and created that central design and then thought “Hey thats pretty similar to the Try Stampin On Tuesday sketch” so that was how I finished it.


So the basic idea with this one was that I used my markers on an acrylic block to create layers of colour  to create this scene, then gave it a spritz of water with my Stampin’ Spritzer (these have a lovely fine mist) and then Smooshed it onto the card. SimpleP1020571


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JAI Colour combo

This weeks Just Add Ink Challenge was to use Very Vanilla, Wisteria Wonder and Crumb Cake to create a project. I did two but my favourite is this one

 I was so pleased when Fabulous florets turned up in the new Annual catalogue as I really didn’t want to pack it away and it was just perfect for this card.

Here is a bit of a closer look at the sentiment, it is from teeny Tiny sentiments and I used one of the line art flowers to emphasis it. Here is the other one I did in this colourway and tomorrow I will show you another version of the first card.

 This card also uses Fabulous Florets as well as Curly Cute and My Friend. Simple and understated. I have been having to do way to many of these sympathy type cards of late  so Im hoping for some more cheerful occasions now

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A year ago today the heart was ripped out of Christchurch, its face changed forever. I was at work at Lincoln (about 20 k south of Chch) that day surrounded by Mums and Dads with young babies when the violent shaking started. I was so proud of them as no one really panicked except maybe me a little. I was grateful for being with that group of parents as we were able to support each other especially when the texts started coming in of the terrible damage and then of the news no one wanted to hear, the deaths. I was even more grateful when I knew all my family was safe too. Everyone had been amazed that no one had been killed in the Sept 4 quake but Christchurch was not to be so lucky this time with the sad loss of 185 souls. Most people in our community were touched by the loss of someone they knew or knew of and it gave life a new meaning.

My heart goes out to all those involved in the rescue  efforts. I cannot imagine what you had to see and do in those hours and days but I’m so glad you were there for those you helped.

Christchurch will rise again from the dust, a new and better Christchurch but we will not forget those who were lost or the impact the quakes have had on our lives. Kia Kaha Christchurch


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Charming Sympathy and Prayers

I apologize for this one still being in the plastic covers I use but time was of the essence by the time I took this photo! This is another card I was really pleased with. Sympathy cards are always so hard to do but this one just came together. I used a  Pool Party, Very Vanilla and Basic Black colour combo and of course the Charming Stamp Set and a paper from the Spice Cake DSP pack from the Summer Mini Catalogue.

 The sentiment is from Petite Pairs on page 105 of the main Idea Book and Catalogue. This is a really useful set and covers most occasions with a sentiment for the out side of the card and a matching “pair” for inside or to go with the first one. Take a look.

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Shame on those looters

It absolutely floors me that in this time of destruction and loss people can think only of themselves and go “shopping” in other people’s misery. How those (pardon the word but) Mongrels could even think of stealing generators from the CBD is incredible. When we are seeing so many examples of people’s selflessness and bravery its easy to forget there are people who don’t think like that. SHAME on you!

Yesterday I still held my class, it was a great chance for the ladies who came to share their experiences and just de-stress a little. It was nice to have some company and to have a little bit of “normal” I did hum and ha about whether to carry on with this workshop but in the end took Mayor Bob’s advice and just tried to carry on with life as much as possible. I haven’t got as far as photographing  the cards we made today but I have one I made for a challenge on Crafters Anonymous which is very suitable.

Kia Kaha Christchurch!