More cards ... and those damned windows!!

Hah, you're thinking, what have windows got to do with cards and scrapbooking. Nothing really other than the fact that with all my creative pursuits I had let my windows get really, really dirty. So with the nice weather coming on, and the sun shining through the windows (in the gaps between the dirt), I decided to wash them down and clean them. Yes, I thought, that's great they look really clean. Then along came hubby who decided to hose down the glass roofing covering the two pergolas. The dirt splattered down onto the concrete which he then hosed and in doing so, splashed the dirt all over my clean windows!! The sun came out and ... you couldn't see out the windows again. So now they need doing all over again.

Have made such lovely Christmas cards at Jacques and with the pop cans we decorated, I'm starting to feel all Christmassy. I'm about three-quarters of the way through making all my Christmas cards to send out but can't put an example up on this blog as it would spoil the surprise. I have created the following two cards though -

This is done with my Snowflakes embossing folder, cut to shape then I used a glue pad and lightly rubbed it over the embossing and glittered (glitter doesn't show up too well in the photo).

Once the glue was dry I used a soft paintbrush and just lightly brushed in between the snowflakes to remove any excess glitter. I used blue mounted on Whisper White cardstock but you could do this with any colour combinations.

Before mounting the embossed panel, I tied on the circles with narrow organza ribbon over which I used silver cord. Looks much nicer than in the photo.

I cased this card off the internet, and was lucky enough thanks to Karen, to preview and use the lovely SU Carte Postale set.

You really need to see this card full size so if it doesn't show up well on the blog, then go to my Picasa web album (link on left of this screen), and you will be able to view it enlarged there. If you have photos you wish to share, Google's free Picasa program is ideal for keeping your photos organised, and also allows you free web space to upload them to a web album. I find it indispensable.

I really, really love this Carte Postale set. It is so versatile.

In my last blog I mentioned I was going to Melbourne Cup Day at Ellerslie Racecourse. The sad news is ... despite a couple of small wins, I ended up losing my betting money. Oh well, better luck next time.

This afternoon I popped into Karens to check out how her first home demonstration was going. Congratulations Karen, you were doing a wonderful job and everyone there seemed wrapped in the cards they had made.

Just cruising along ...

Either I lead a very boring life, or have a short memory because I haven't been able to think of anything really interesting to report!!

Have received a couple of lots of goodies through Karen (my friend who is a Stampin' Up demonstrator) and have had lots of fun playing with these though I don't seem to have made a lot lately.

One of the few things I have made is this card using my lovely SU In Full Bloom stamps. Paper stock used was Chocolate Chip overlaid with the Brocade Blue and Creamy Caramel which had been stamped up, water coloured and then cut out and laid over the blue.

I wanted to try out the Both Ways Blossoms set as well as experiment with the Spiral Punch I have just acquired. I stamped the flowers in the Basic Black on Whisper White, watercoloured then spritzed the background and mounted on the Creamy Caramel and overlaid onto the black punched square.

This was all mounted onto Not Quite Navy cardstock. I stamped some of the flowers on the lower part of the card in the Not Quite Navy ink and overstamped with the Thanks.

Not 100% satisfied with this card, but can't think why.

At Jacque's class last week we learnt how to decorate candles.

Love this technique and these are a couple I have made ready for Christmas presents (so hope the prospective recipients don't see them on here).

These are done by stamping your design onto pieces of tissue paper and then place the piece onto where you want it on the candle, wrap around a piece of baking paper to hold in place (leaving some at the back to hold onto) then just heat carefully with your heat gun until tissue has melted into the candle. Keep placing all your pictures on until you get your finished candle - so easy!

No other interesting news to relay so must now go and sort out my wardrobe to find something I can fit into as I am going with a couple of friends to the Melbourne Cup Day at Ellerslie Racecourse tomorrow and perhaps back a couple of winners along the way!! Here's hoping.
Thanks for popping in to catch up on what is happening in my life. I enjoy sharing my love of stamping and cardmaking and invite you to have a look at the projects I have made. You are welcome to take my ideas and use them in your own creations.
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