Sunday, December 31, 2006

DCM's dare - Thankyou

This week the girls at DCM's dared you and me to make a 'Simple Thankyou Card'... so here's my little card... Thanks again girls, I had a blast making this one... If your looking at this and never had a go.. have a try, you'll find the girls gorgeous & inspiring, the dares great fun, and you'll even get a card made... Go on! I dare you.....
I am thankful I had these supplies to make this card - Bazzill Cardstock, Cloud 9 chipboard alpha's, Heidi Swapp Blossom, Basic Grey PP, Bazzill Big Brad, Autum Leaves Stamp, Label holder, Brads & Versa Ink, oh and my sewing machine.

Today is New Years Eve, and I wish you all a great night tonight if you are out and about, stay safe and enjoy yourselves... I look forward to sharing the creative process with you in 2007.
Happy New Year, Gillian :o)

Friday, December 29, 2006

2 to give and 1 to keep :o)

Close your eyes, Kathy & Lynne!!! No peeking..... Ok so here's the ATC I made to go with the RAK that the girls won... Can't help myself... I know I should wait till they get them... But well here they are anyway.... LOL!! I do hope you like them girls when you get them..
Yes I know your peeking!........
Dreamy stash bits for this ATC are - the gorgeous vintage postcard below, My Mind's Eye Acetate Dragonfly, 7 Gypsies Paper tab & typewritter circle (used in the tab), Basic Grey PP,
a little crown I cut out, brads and some of that yummy ribbon I know you'll never get sick off it so I'll just keep using it....Oh and of course my sewing machine.....
I've included this beautiful image of the vintage postcard I used, so that you may use yourself in your creations if you feel so inclined...
Have a wonderful New Years Eve, Everyone... TTFN Gillian :o)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Dad's special tag

Posted by PicasaHere is the tag I made to put on my Dad's Christmas Present, It matches the one I made Mum for the DCM's dare down a couple of post's. So I just thought I'd share it with you.
Merry little supplies used for this tag are - Bazzill Cardstock, My Mind's Eye Tags, Lil Davis Chipboard Alpha's, Chipboard heart, Lace from 'Spotlight', Buckle from Nanna's button Jar, Bazzink Dye Based Ink, And my trusty old sewing machine.......
I hope your enjoying this great time of the year, I know we all are at our home. TTFN Gillian

Sunday, December 24, 2006

DCM's Weekly Dare

Posted by PicasaJust got this one made, and thought I'd post it straight away.. This weeks Dare was to make a New Years Card, with a recipe of 2 printed papers, A Die cut, 3 brads or eyelets.
So this is what I came up with, I don't have one of those whizz bang cutting machines so my die cuts are store bought, the brackets and the tag are dies, This is the very first New Years Card I have ever made.. And I thank the DCM girls for all of their inspiration & sharing their Creations each and every week, I have had just the best time doing these dares. You really are a great bunch of girls, not just the design team, but the other participants in the weekly dares..
{{{{Hugs to you all}}}}
Items that celebrate on this card are - Bazzill Cardstock, My Mind's Eye Printed paper & Dye cuts, Cloud 9 chipboard alphas, Ribbon, charm, jumpring, dymo tape, brads, Making Memories 'happy' stamp, and my sewing machine..
Now this is definately my last Post before Christmas, cause it's nearly here..
I'll be back to announce the winner of my RAK's on Boxing Day sometime, so if you haven't already put your name down go on....Just put your name on the 'Just for fun' post in the comments.... And you'll be in the draw See you all then...
In the meantime, Have a really great Christmas, enjoy your family and friends and Stay safe if you travel, God Bless You all and thanks heaps for all of the beautiful comments that you have left for me, It has been a real blessing to me thankyou.
TTFN Gillian :o)

Friday, December 22, 2006

DCM's little extra - Special Tag

Posted by PicasaThis weeks DCM's little extra, the DT gave us the dare of making a 'Special Tag for a Special Person'. Here is my take on the Dare, As you can see it's for my 'MUM'.. A slightly unconventional Christmas Tree, with lots of bling and a star on top.. the photo doesn't show the bling up very well, but there are little sparkly's all over this gorgeous tree.
Special Treats for this Tag are - Bazzill Cardstock, My Mind's Eye Tree (this is a precut dye) & clear gems, Lace I bought at Spotlight, old buckle from My Nanna's button jar, Alpha Brads I think they are Karen Foster - I'll check on that...,Making Memories Metal Star, Maya Road Chipboard Label holder, BazzInk's Dye Based Ink, And my sewing machine..
If you don't call again before Christmas I hope that you have a beautiful Christmas with your family, full of Love, Laughter & Joy, And remeber that
'Jesus is the Reason for the Season'
And if you haven't put your name down for my RAK draw in the post below, go on.. You never know you might win... But you have to leave a comment in the Post below.... TTFN Gillian :o)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

DCM dare No9.

This weeks dare was a beauty... Make a Christmas card... easy you say.. wait for it....
It had to be black & white with a splash of colour... Well here is my effort... I chose Bronze/Green for my 'Splash of Colour'

Delightful materials used - Black cardstock, ki Memories PP, Heidi Swapp Blossoms, 7 Gypsies Clock face, metal tab & photo turn, Brad, bronze/green blossom, making memories letter stickers, sticko gem sticker, zig Pen, & sandpaper.

The stickers read - 'time for joy & peace for all'... I did use some numbers in place of some letters like a 4 for a A and 3 for a E... it's a great idea when you run out of letters to try sometimes.. Anyway Pop over to Daring Card Makers and have a look what the other girls have made, they are so clever with their ideas..

Friday, December 15, 2006

My Vintage Card Collection

Just for fun, I thougth I'd make this little slide with some of my vintage cards... You have to admit they are gorgeous... Please feel free to print off any you like to use for your creations..

Thursday, December 14, 2006

DCM little extra 'Christmas tags'

Posted by Picasa This weeks DCM little extra dare was to create 3 tags for Christmas, using as prompts the words Ribbon, Snowflake, Tree, Silver, Holly, Gift.. Well this is my offering for this great little dare.. I know before you tell me, they are all the same.... But it is the busiest time of the year and I have made 4 not 3... wouldn't be fair to this gorgeous family of mine to leave one out.. So out the list of prompts I used Ribbon (Yes that ribbon), Silver for all of the hardware, & Snowflake, even tho it doesn't snow in Australia at Christmas I've had these cute little snowflakes for the longest time in my stash and always wanted to use them.. (they actually came out of a snow globe that broke years ago.. Now that's thinking like a scrapper.....

Christmasy Materials used are - Shipping tags, Basic Grey PP, Heidi Swapp Blossoms, Francheville Label Holders, Wild Asparagus Words, Making Memories Crystal Brads, & other little brads, My Zig Pen, Sewing Machine and ofcourse that ribbon!!!! TTFN Gillian :o)

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

12 Days of Christmas Challenge

Posted by Picasa This is my 'on the 9th Day of Christmas' LO.. for the Lovely Janine's 12 days of Christmas Challenge.. Once again I'm out of order.. But as you may have read in my Tag below I am a non conformist LOL.... anyway this ones done and I wanted to share, so here it is... If you want to check out what all of the other very clever girls are doing pop over to Janine's blog she has links to everyones blogs. The 9th Day of Christmas Challenge was around Christmas letters or Christmas Cards In General 'Keeping In Touch' I thought this was a gorgeous Challenge, Janine has really put so much thought into all of these Challenges...

Raids from my Stash for this LO are - Bazzill Cardstock, Basic Grey Printed Paper, Prima Blossom (My newest addition to my stash),Chipboard letters covered in BGPP, photo corners, 7 Gypsies paper tab & little circle in the middle of the flower, My Fav ribbon AGAIN, rusty old buckle from my Nanna's button jar, and ofcourse my every trusty sewing machine.

Oh wow, I've been over to Janine's Blog this morning and I won an RAK.... Thankyou so much Janine, I'm not that big in the 'Winning' department.. so I look forward heaps to recieving it and putting it to good use what ever it may be.... ((((HUGS))))

Thankyou also to Tamar for your donation of the RAK's that was above and beyond the call of duty so to speak and we all thankyou heaps for that lovely thought....

That's all from me enjoy your day whatever you have intended, and don't forget that it's a beautiful time of the year... So Smile a little TTFN Gillian :o)

Shameless Links for your entertainment........ this one will take you to Janine's Blog this one will take you to Tamar's Online Kit Shop.. Yummy!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Ahhh!! I've been Tagged...

Ok so I've been Tagged! had to happen, finally did. So the very talented Flower decided to Tag me... It's taken me about a week to work up the courage to do this.. it's a bit scarry... the tag is 6 weird things about yourself... I'm not weird... I don't think so anyway.. What do you think?
No1.. Eels give me the creeps... Yuk, makes my skin crawl even typing this I'm creeped out...
No2.. I have a phobia about Sharks, handy since we live in a costal town.... can't even stand in the water up to my ankles without thinking about them...
No3.. I'm a first fleet decendant.. Always thought that was cool, until recently all the truth about it being a floating brothel.. Ahhh... I'm a good Christian girl...
No4.. I collect rusty old junk.. Yes rabbit traps, old buckles, you name it I've probably got it.
No5.. I'm a non conformist.. so I'm finished.
Well what do you think... I'm not weird at all am I.... have a go if you want.. But if you must conform you have to do 6 things... TTFN Gillian :o) Ps. thanks for the fun Flower....

Thursday, December 07, 2006

DCM little extra

Posted by PicasaFor DCM's mid week extra this week we had to use a card making recipe. This is our Yummy list of ingredients - 5 Flowers, 3 Printed Papers, 1 Ribbon.. Well here is my creation.

My Splendid supplies included - Printed Paper by Basic Grey, MME and another threaded thro the buckle that is unknown.. 7 Gypsies tags & stickers, Karen Foster Biggie Brad, 5 Assorted Flowers, yes they are all there stacked on top of each other- Making what I like to call my Scraptabulous Blossom!, The buckle I traced of a real buckle and cut out of chipboard then inked and sewed around, now it looks like leather.. Anyway thanks girls for another great dare, It's was really fun again.. TTFN Gillian :o)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

On the Third Day of Christmas

Posted by Picasa This is my 'On the Third Day Of Christmas' LO, for the 12 days of Christmas challenge on Janine's Blog do youself a favour, check out what everyone has been creating, Janine has links to everyones blogs.. What clever, clever girls...

The Third Day Of Christmas challenge centred around gifts. I chose to use these photo's of my children after they had ripped into their santa stockings. The journalling reads.. Christmas morning is always an early start at our home... the children are always busting to see what santa has stuffed into their stockings overnight... the children are aloud to open their stockings before breakfast time... In our house santa is just a bit of fun for the kids, they get little gifts in their stockings and the real presents come after breakfast from Mummy & Daddy....

So Janine thankyou I have now completed three LO's and about to start my fourth.. so I am grateful for the challenge and you for organising it.. I am really having fun...

Devine supplies included.. Basic Grey Printed Paper, Cloud 9 chipboard alpha's(from Spotlight),Heidi Swapp blossoms, 7 Gypsies metal tab(painted black), my fav ribbon of all time, Making memories crystal brad & black brads, little K&Co chipboard circle. and my Black Zig Pen & sewing machine.. I didn't like this LO until I scribbled on the chipboard letters, and I don't mind it at all now... TTFN Gillian

Dear Santa Bottle

Posted by PicasaYou know how it is, you unpack your christmas ornaments and you rediscover treasures you've forgotten all about... I made this little bottle last year out of a 'Prima Flower Bottle'.

It's for my children to write a 'thankyou' note to Santa on Christmas Eve... Anyway I thought maybe you'd like to see it, cause it's a fun little thing to make... You can even use some of your scraps..
The red Making Memories Rub-ons at the bottom read 'Dear Santa'
and I used Basic Grey Printed paper and lots of lovelies....

By the way Paula that Picasa you told me to download is great... I used it to not only upload this image but also crop & sharpen this photo...

TTFN Gillian :o)

On the 1st day of Christmas

Posted by Picasa Here is my 'First Day Of Christmas' LO for the 12 Days of Christmas challenge, see last post. Thanks again Janine this was heaps of fun to make.

This LO was based around the Christmas Tree, This is a photo I took last Christmas of my Niece & Nephew and our three children. The journalling reads 'This is a beautiful photo taken on Christmas Eve 2005. all of the Cattell Cousins they have had their showers, brushed their teeth, In their PJ's and ready for bed. But just before they head off to dream of what they will find under the tree tomorrow, We took this gorgeous photo. Sweet Dreams Sweet Children'

The Goodies I used are: Basic Grey Printed Paper,Cloud 9 Design chipboard Alpha, Heidi Swapp Blossom, Cardstock, Wild Asparagus tab, and my sewing machine. Oh I think I'm hooked on this bumpy lace look thing too by the way.

Don't forget to have a look at the other LO I did below, I did them out of sequence. Maybe swing by Janines Blog and check out what the other lovely ladies are doing

TTFN Gillian :o)

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

On the 2nd Day Of Christmas

Posted by Picasa I know, I haven't done day one yet, but I have done this one and I wanted to post it, so you could see it.. This is a challenge I am doing based on the '12 days of Christmas'. If you want to have a look at the challenge go to the lovely Janines blog at anyway the Second Day of Christmas challenge is based on special food that you & your family have for Christmas. And our family lives in Australia so we have a cold christmas lunch, as there are no volunteers to cook a roast when it's nearly 40 deg. cel.

so what treasures did I use to make this LO. MME printed paper, Pressed Petals Letters,cardstock,K-ology letters, 7 gypsies paper tab,shipping tags, HeidiSwappBlossoms,some lovely ribbon, Autum Leaves Stamp. I made the imitation Lace by using a scallope ruler, then punched the holes with my hole punch.

Thanks Heaps Janine for this beautiful challenge you have created, I have enjoyed making my first LO so much, and can't wait to get my teeth into the rest. TTFN Gillian :o)

Monday, December 04, 2006

DCM dare no.7

Posted by Picasa What a cool dare this one was. This weeks dare for DCM's was to sing on a card. Use words of a song on your card.. Well here is my efforts, I have a very lovely friend who has had some thrilling news, and this one is for her. My song choice for this card 'Celebrate, good times Come on!'.

So I've used Basic Grey Printed Paper, Blossoms, Bazzill Big Brad & cardstock, Basic Grey Buckle, Sinamay, ribbon, making memories crystal brad, and the song words I printed on the computer.

Thanks again for the Dare girls, it was heaps of fun, and if you haven't already had a go at a dare from these beautiful and talented girls, it's about time you did.. Go on I dare You!!!

TTFN Gillian :o)

Sunday, December 03, 2006

DCM little extra 'star'

Posted by Picasa Yah!! I said Yah!!! did you hear me? I said Yah!! finally I can upload images again... thankyou sooooo Much Paula.. I couldn't have done this without you!!!!! I wouldn't have known where to go, or what to do...

Anyway down to business this is my 'little extra' for DCM challenge this week.. the theme of the challenge was the word 'star'.. what a great challenge for this time of the year.. It meant I actually have made my first Christmas card.. Thanks girls.

AND THANKYOU AGAIN PAULA (Round of Applause from me!)

Saturday, December 02, 2006

I would post but.....

Hi everyone, I would post some of my new work, but I am having trouble with blogger.. It won't let me upload any images... :o( But as soon as I can I will.. TTFN Gillian

Friday, December 01, 2006

challenge anybody!!!

Are you after a challenge?
I sounds awesome... I'm going to have a go, how about you?

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

new blogger....

I've just switched from old to new blogger.. so it appears some of the comments on the posts have changed.. some now appear as anonymous, so please feel free to sign your name if that's you. I appear to have lost all of your beautiful faces off the comments, but I think I've fixed that now.. If anyone has any tips.. I'm all ears... But really it wasn't at all painful to do.. if your worried.. Most of you have probably already done it..TTFN Gillian

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Just a little something I prepared earlier...

This is a little book that I made this time last year... We had a very interesting year lot's of highs and low's and I just didn't get around to keeping a diary... so towards the end of the year I decided to make this little book to record everything I had scribbled all over our calendar.. And I thought I'd share it with you... Hope you like it.. TTFN Gillian :o)

Your Climb

This is a LO I created for Lachlan about his first ever climb.. It was at our church camp this year, This was a huge deal for Lachlan, he is very timid when it comes to heights, and those three steps he took up the climbing tower may as well have been 100, We were so proud he had a go but not nearly as proud as Lachlan...

Materials used......Bazzill Cardstock, Pressed Petals Letters, Scenic Route Rubons,Daisy D cardstock sticker, Dymo tape, Making Memories chipboard star, K&Co K-ology brad, Basic Grey chipboard buckle, Black Paint,Collections chipboard brackets, ribbon,and ofcourse my zig pen and sewing machine....

TTFN Gillian :o)

Sunday, November 26, 2006

DCM Dare No 6

This weeks Dare from Daring Card Makers was to incorporated 'doodling' on a card.
Well when I doodle and doodle I do....
It's all over my Bible Study Notes, or over my telephone book, and it consists of flowers and Sun's. So I've taken my little sun doodle and transformed it into this card...
The centre of the sun is the end of a ribbon spool covered with printed paper, good way to recycle... Sorry I can't tell you who makes those yummy letters,
they've been in my stash for ever.
Anyway thanks for the Dare girls... You always come up with a challenge and your cards are gorgeous. So If your reading this blog and you haven't sucome yet to DCM What's stopping you.. We are all waiting to see what you make!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Just a little ATC....

Well after being inspired by Rein, see last post.. I thought I'd have a bit of a go, at this collage/stamp style.. But I don't actually have that many stamps, so I've put my slant on it...
And this is a little ATC (artist trading card) that I have come up with... It was loads of fun..
Using a WW1 postcard, I scanned the image, then printed and trimmed around this lovely pair.
I also used 7 Gypsies - Printed paper(friends of soldiers) & mini key, Heidi Swapp Silhouette, Cosmo Cricket PP, sticko gem, & a blossom...
If anyone wants me to email them the original image of the postcard, email me - my email is in my profile.. Anyway I have other Post Cards, I might just have experiment with also later on.. TTFN Gillian :o)

Have a look at this blog :o)

Hi everyone,
Check out this blog site...
Rein makes the most beautiful works of art.. I just love it..
I'd never seen this type of stamping, and it's captivated me.
Love your style Rein.

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Pencil Lines Sketch No 7

This week's Pencil Lines Sketch was created by Lu Braxton..
This is my take on Lu's Sketch..
I really enjoyed using my new 'cherry Arte' calendar stamp on this LO, I've also added some of my Fav letters from Pressed Petals, and some lovely 7 Gypsies Paper..
This is Lachlan at his first piano performance. He only started the piano this year and is loving it.
Anyway check out what everyone else has done with this FAB sketch at Pencil Lines. Maybe you could even have a go..
TTFN Gillian :o)

DCM little extra.. 'sparkle'

The Daring Card Makers little extra for this week, was a fun challenge..
Use the word 'SPARKLE' as inspiration..
You can either use the word, or something that reminds you of it..
So I let loose, and used all of the sparkly bits in my stash.. well some of them anyway..
Have a go... I DARE YOU...
TTFN Gillian :o)

Monday, November 20, 2006

True North

I made this layout for Andrew, but thought I'd share it with you all...
I used Wild Asparagus Printed paper, American Crafts rub-ons, & lots of other funky stuff.

this lovely photo was taken by
Colleen Palmer
'Photo Elegance'

Sunday, November 19, 2006

DCM Dare No.5

This is my new card for this weeks DCM Dare...
The dare was - Use some ribbon for the men in your life
So I made this card for my dad for his birthday.. Don't look DAD!!!

For this card I used one of my FAV printed paper's it's from 'Wild Asparagus'
and heaps of 7 Gypsies products... The little swing tag with the star is actually a tag that came on a 7 Gypsies Handle. The letters are Pressed Petals.

Anyway I had heaps of fun making this into the very wee hours last night, and I'm really loving doing these dares. So if you haven't had a go, get into the dares, they are so much fun....
TTFN Gillian

One more thing...
I'm still only really new at this blogging thing, so I'm not sure how to get all of my Nov, Posts on the screen at once.. so if you want to view all of my post's click on November under Archives, and you will find heaps of post from the start of this month...

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Special Card

Well I've had a fun week,
I really enjoyed doing my Card Dare's and also joining in the Pencil Line Sketch, Scroll down and check out my efforts...
But really the most fun I had in the 'Crafty' zone this week was making a very special card for a very special lady...
My friend Merryn asked me to make a card for her daughter's 21st birthday, what an honour....
so here it is.
I used my brand new scanner and scanner her colour photo and printed it onto cardstock, to get this lovely smokey photo. I think this really enhanced Merryn's daughters eyes.... Isn't it a beautiful photo of her...
And then the rest just happened...
TTFN Gillian :o)

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Pencil Lines Sketch No.6
this is a great website I've just found with sketches, for scrappers...
This week Carole Janson created the sketch, check it out, Carole's LO is gorgeous.....
Anyway, as a bit of a challenge to my self, I had a go..
anyway this ones for you Mum. I think you're Beautiful xxx
TTFN Gillian :o)
Seriously go check this site out.....

DCM's little extra

Here's my 'little extra' for the Daring Card Makers Dare....
Requirements for this 'little extra'
Use 1 Tag, 2 different ribbons or fibres, 3 Patterned papers...
So here is my 'Little Extra'
to find out more about DCM check out this site
I had heaps of fun making this one, as most of my designs us all of these requirements.
TTFN Gillian :o)

Monday, November 13, 2006

DCM Dare No.4

Hey I've found this great site,

check it out, they post card dares, I've never done a dare before, so I thought it'd be fun, and it was....

The dare to make a card using a different language. So I thought I'll have a go. We sponsor a little boy in the Philippines, so this one is going to him, Just to remind him 'Mahal Namin Kayo' (we love you)

His mother once wrote this in a letter to us with it's meaning, Anyway, have a look at this blog it's great... I think I'll do another some time....TTFN Gillian :o)

Saturday, November 11, 2006

It's a buzz.....

What a great day, I dropped the boys off to school, then Georgia and I went to have a look at the shops, bought the new SC Mag, then we headed to a cafe for an early morning tea....
We knew this layout was in the Mag but it's always a buzz for us to open it up and see the layout in print...
So over our Date & Honey Loaf, my flat white & Georgia's choc milkshake, we shared our page.
Like I said 'what a great day'.
So if you've bought the new Scrapbook Creations No 36. We are on page 104

P.S.. It looks like another amazing edition. Lot's of inspiration just waiting to happen....

I guess now we are home, I'd better go and do some house work...

TTFN Gillian :o)

Friday, November 10, 2006

Flower Board Book

This is a little board book I made for a bit of fun for Georgia.
It has photos in it from her 5th Birthday.
She loves all of the sparkly bits and all of the charms.

It's a maya road board book and I used a glue stick to stick all of the paper down, then sanded all of the edges.
Then the fun began......
I went through my stash and gathered all of the little bits and pieces that I thought would make her smile..

Thankyou :o)

I just wanted to say 'thankyou' to everyone that has stopped by my little blog....
I've had heaps of fun making it, and I'm learning heaps, & know I've heaps to learn.
I will be adding regularly to it, so make sure you call again...
Thanks heaps to all of you who have left gorgeous messages, I do appreciate them all, And feel really blessed that you've dropped by & taken the time to leave a comment. I hope you are having a great day...
TTFN Gillian :o)

Thursday, November 09, 2006

My Cards

Some of my cards
available at & Port Macquarie Art Gallery

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

My Girl

Just thought you'd like to see this layout I created.
I love this photo, It was heaps of fun to scrap, with these lovely papers.

This stunning photo was taken by Colleen Palmer, Photo Elegance.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Music Lesson

So proud of Andrew learning the piano, and what do you know his teacher Kaylene is also a scrapbooker....