26 December 2010
When I least expected it, after arriving back home from a last minute shopping excursion on Christmas Eve with my daughter, there was my book waiting!
Am looking forward to some quiet moments browsing Trice Boerens pictorial book full of great projects and techniques. Perhaps they will offer great inspiration for some new blog posts during 2011; watch this space!
20 December 2010
18 December 2010
17 December 2010
Hunter Valley Gardens is staging a fantastic lights display for the fourth year right now. I travelled with friends on an hour and bit bus-trip, arriving near 8pm (daylight-saving-time). We took advantage of that time up our sleeve before the night-lights would be most effective, by buying ourselves a great hot coffee and churros; taking in our surrounds from this open-grassed area near the lake.
What I really wanted to share, were the other especially Christmassy home decorations that we enjoyed so much. The following paper-tole projects made by my friend, and framed by her husband, were just a sprinkling of what we saw.
Now the easiest way for me to share more beautiful Christmas decorating was to put my photos into this gallery. Don't miss out on what keeps the Christmas spirit alive, all year round ... when friends share their abundance and creativity with you, in so many wonderful ways.
15 December 2010
Here is the 'sandwich' of layers, using a damask textured white cardstock (for white snowflakes), with a cranberry coloured ink-pad.
The result; a perfectly "stamped" background cardstock, that can now be trimmed to suit any application.
11 December 2010
The background for my card was created with a Fiskars texture plate and cranberry coloured dye-ink; ran it through my Cuttlebug.
Quilling candles (Basic Grey papers), with holly and berries added to complete the Christmas theme on a finished card measuring just 3 inches high x 2 inches wide (approx 7.5 cm x 5 cm).
That happened just a moment ago to me, and I couldn't wait to spread the word about Erika Taylor's fantastic giveaway! A whole host of goodies being offered on January 5 to celebrate this wonderful site's blogging anniversary.
Don't wait any longer though; all you have to do is become a follower of Taylord Concepts blog and leave a comment on the blog candy post, which remains at the top of Erika's blog. Then spread the word around, via your own Blog, Facebook page and/or Twitter.
Prizes amount to approx. $900.00 worth of "Crafty Heaven" as Erika says.
Everyone wants to be a winner right? Wait till you see the goodies to be had on Taylord Concepts!
and my finished card
09 December 2010
Now inside the new Myer mall/Westfields.
01 December 2010
Mother and baby deer pattern was in an issue of Cardmaking, Stamping & Papercraft; a design by a most talented artist, Greg Sukendro.
The little snowflakes have been added compliments my graphics programme PhotoImpact3. Gosh, I could have gone overboard with more beautiful snowflakes but this post is about 'paper-cutting'.
Background papers: BasicGrey Tidings/Wintermint Fruitcake.
This web is consistently in the same place most mornings of late; the garden for better, for worse, harbours a lot of spiders and they weave their magic from one side of the pathways to another from dusk onwards. If you were to follow me outdoors each morning you might think I was performing some ritualistic magic spell as I wave a long stick ahead of me to make sure I get through without the invisible hair-net happening!
This Mandevilla will flower Spring, Summer and Autumn and I love the deep red colouring.
First time I've grown Grape Tomatoes and they're a total success. Good size, great to pick and eat when out in the garden straight from the trusses; lovely flavour.
Painted an old plastic pot and gave it a new look to plant out some pieces of dianthus given to me over winter; couldn't get over the height of the flowering stems! A beautiful clove-like perfume too.
Fuschias I love them! Most all parts of my garden are bathed in sunshine but these I have near to the front door on the southern side. I just need to be sure they're watered often enough, especially during the hot winds/Summer. They are the easiest plants to propagate and this one I've grown from just a cutting.
You can read more on growing your own fuschias from cuttings in this article I've written if you wish.
It's an alstroemeria with variagated leaves. The bulbs had been given to me from a friend in Nthn. N.S.W., some years ago now. I've never seen it before anywhere; a most unusual flower colour combination red/green, reminds me of the Australian native Kangaroo Paw in those same colours.
And last but not least; the gardenia bush is now smothered in masses of fragrant flowers like these. I've also an article on growing gardenias here.
Thanks for stopping by and I love that I can share a little of my garden with you this way. (Don't freak out about the spiders though).
28 November 2010
Michael Strong Cloisonne Flower stamp
Grace Taylor Nature Girl series for flower centre
Marvy Brush Markers
Craft Concepts Dragonfly embossing folder
27 November 2010
Last night my neighbour invited me to see her spectacular night-flowering cactus. Two long buds had been showing promise and slowly taking shape. On 26th November late in the afternoon, there were obvious signs that this was "the night" to watch with cameras poised.
I'd been able to witness this event also last year, and had written this article about a rather ordinary plant with an extra-ordinary flower. I guess it's a little reminiscent of the ugly duckling story.
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Here's my three experiments with original photographs shown before adding the mosaic filter: