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Monday, 25 April 2011

Anzac Day

Today is ANZAC day here in Australia. A quiet, solemn day meant to remember those who have fallen whilst protecting this amazing country of ours.

If you'd like to read more information, please look HERE. There is some excellent information.

ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Armed Corps. At 11am, we have a minutes silence to remember soldiers from the World Wars, the soldiers who lost everything when they fought to keep Australia safe and free. We remember soldiers who have fought for us since then too and honour those who are still protecting us.

May you all have a quiet and peaceful Easter and ANZAC day, with your loved ones close.

Lest we forget.

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Date Night Layout

Hi there!

Here is a layout I did, very much inspired by Nichol Magouirk (shock horror!) I'm really happy with it.

I used almost completely my latest Studio Calico Kit, which arrived much to my surprise a few days ago (Remember I'd said I was cancelling my subscription?! Well I did, but my email never arrived!! Lost in cyberspace somewhere..maybe cyberspace is telling me to keep the subscription! lol) Other than the SC kit, I used my new Lawn Fawn Say Cheese Stamp set (OH MY GOODNESS I'M SO EXCITED TO FINALLY HAVE THIS POLAROID STAMP!!!)

sorry for the horrible photo! I had to take this photo in a hurry while Charlotte grabbed at me to pick her up! lol

 I used Vellum in front of the floral paper, so it muted the colours a bit (it was VERY bright). I printed my journalling onto it too.
 The journalling reads: 
Matt and I used to have date night every Tuesday; we drank wine, watched movies, had long talks, held hands and fell asleep late into the night.

Now we drink juice from plastic cups, watch kids tv, talk about toys and favourite Play School presenters and Toy Story. We hold half eaten bananas, nappy bags and forgotten crackers.  We fall asleep at 9:30...and we wouldn't change a thing.

A few extra close ups so you can see the dimension and texture. I love dimension on my pages...I can feel another layout coming soon!

Talk to you soon--hope you enjoyed!

Linda xx

Saturday, 23 April 2011

card and a layout!

Hi there! Yes shocking I know, an update! lol

So anyway, I'll cut right to the chase. I saw Sarah Martina's blog where she mentioned making a card for the Totally Hues I made one quick smart...and just as I was about to add my link a few minutes ago, I realised the due date had passed *sigh*. Oh well. Here it is :)

I used a Papertrey Ink diecut for the dressform, the pink lace is from a dollar shop, purple sheer ribbon is from my subscription to The Really Reasonable Ribbon Shop. The little flower (purple) is one I made using clay and a mould bought on etsy (from a shop who's name I can't remember!) and the stamp is an old Hero Arts one :)

Next is a card I made using Lawn Fawn stamps, for my big sister who is pregnant (YAY!).

I copic coloured the oven and bun, the background is all stamped with Chalk Ink from a Colorbox Queue.

Super SImple!

Next time I'll share the layout I made using my latest Studio Calico kit (which, as it turns out, I didn't cancel my subscription to! lol email got lost in cyberspace.)

OK! Talk to you all soon :)
Linda xx

Friday, 15 April 2011

Divas by design Design Team Call


There is a new CUTE-AS-PIE blog on the block people!!! It's Divas by Design,  and they're looking for DT members, so I thought I might as well throw my hat in the ring! (or my craft knife?! Paper cutter?! What's an appropriate crafty euphamism?! lol)

anyhow, I have to choose three of my favourite 'works' and show them here, so here they are...all 5 of them lol:

one of my first cards, still my absolute favourite.

An early attempt at Copic Colouring-I was so excited with how her hair turned out (and the clouds *squee!*)

Nichol Magouirk inspired...lots and lots and lots of masking (and colouring), but such a lovely finished product.

My first set of notecards/letterset. I was really excited to send these to my gorgeous mum-in-law

This is a VERY different card for me, but I loved the effect. It's very much inspired by Joy Taylor-who is amazing-in reality, the colours on this card are just gorgeous together.

So there you have it!
Sorry there are 5 instead of 3...I just couldn't choose between them. I wanted to show the different styles I do too. I also (as you will know if you're a frequent visitor to my little piece of bloggy paradise), love to do layouts and 'off the page' projects too. Anything crafty, and I'll give it a go!

Anyhoo, talk to you soon lovelies!!

Linda x

Monday, 11 April 2011

just a quick hello and thanks :)


Sorry it's been so long, it has been cuh-raazy busy lately and I've been spending a LOT of time away from my computer, so blogging has been impossible.

This is just a quick note (no crafty goodness I'm sorry!) to say a huge thank you to Elizabeth from Visions of Paper blog who awarded me The Versatile Blogger Award (which is so sweet of her but I feel terrible I've been an awful blogger lately!)

Apparently there are rules that go along with this award, which are:

1. Thank the person who sent it to you!

2. Tell us 7 things about yourself

3. Reward this to 15 bloggers

OK, so while I'm usually pretty much a rule follower, in this case, I'm going to skip number 3, because I've stopped following a LOT of blogs lately. There is just so much amazing work out there (being done by amazing people) but it's taking me away from my family, and that's not a good thing (no matter how dreamy their crafty work is!), SO, all the people I follow now, Elizabeth has already given the award to (lol)

BUT, here is number 1

Thank you!!!!! You know you mean the world to me, even though it's been FOREVER since we've spoken! You're always in my heart and in my thoughts :)

Here is number 2.

7 things about myself:

1. I have a freckle on my little toe--as a child, I thought I was the only one in the entire world with made me feel special lol
2. My first pets were 2 goldfish who I named Astro and Uraine after the Astro Boy characters (whom I was obsessed with as a child!). Uraine had a funny fin (the dorsal one?? the one on her back), it had been bitten off/torn in a fight with another fish. I loved her terribly. I was SO SO devastated when she died. Apparently SO MANY of my (subsequent) fish died (and I was always distraught) that my dad took to coming home from work in the middle of the day, randomly, to check on them.  If he found one dead, he'd replace it before I got home. that's love huh!!
3. I have never felt more alive, more at home, more comfortable and more myself than I did (and do) in Japan. I miss it so much it hurts.
4. I easily make friends wherever I go, but my friends never seem to stick around. And I never know why. (do I stink?! lol)
5. I wanted to sing and dance on stage (as in, musical productions) and was completely broken hearted when I didn't get into the Academy. I was good (if I may say so myself!) but too young.
6. I was the 3rd youngest person in my year (grade) at school all the way through, but usually one of the tallest.
7. My first crush was Jonathan Wright. He was English, (had the accent and everything lol), he was my best friend for years and we sang a song about Witches from Scooby-doo in front of my entire year 5 class. *dies of embarassment*
7.2. I saw Jonathan's mum at the shops recently and she remembered me...I'm too chicken to go see what he looks like now lol (why kill the dream memory?! haha!)

so there you go!! insight into the weird and wacky world of me!

I hope to be back on here REALLY soon. I've missed it! But if I'm not, please stick around. I will definitely be back and I'd hate to lose you:)

lots of love and thanks again to Elizabeth.

L xx