Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Uber Amazing Blog Award

Last week, I received this award from the extremely talented and very sweet Cheryl. Thank you so much Cheryl. It means a lot to me. Cheryl is soooo talented and all of her creations are simply stunning. You simply must pop over to her blog and check it out.

At the moment, all signs are positive for the return of my gorgeous husband. I'm trying not to get too excited, BUT...2 more sleeps...2 more

Thank you to all the lovely ladies who have left me encouraging thoughts. You truly are wonderful.

Till next time, take care xo Jackie

Monday, August 17, 2009

Birthday Card

Here is the card I made for my gorgeous little niece Bella, for her 2nd Birthday. My sister Debbie, lives in Darwin, so unfortunately we don't get to see much of her. We are planning an early birthday party for Bella, as they are heading on down this way in a couple of months time. We will all have lots of time for cuddles and spoiling. (That's what Aunties are for, isn't it?) I coloured the tilda quite a while ago and found her between some card stock while I was tidying up my craft area. All the card stock is from Stampin' Up!. I made some faux brads with punched circles and crystal effects. I also used the build a brad from SU for the centre of the flower. The ribbon is from my stash and I used my Martha Stewart border punch, and Mc Gill leaf punch.

I can now count on one hand, how many more sleeps until my darling husband comes home from the Middle East. We are still hoping and praying that everything will work out. I'm waiting on a call from him today letting me know what's happening. There is a chance that his departure will be delayed for another week. I know many people will say "gosh it's only another week" but believe me, it is so hard. Each day we get closer the slower time seems to pass. We all have our fingers crossed. I still haven't told the children yet. My plan is to tell them that I have to race down to the supermarket, but I will head in the other direction and get Geoff from the Airport. I can't wait....

Till next time, take care xo Jackie

Friday, August 7, 2009

Birthday Card for my Sister and a special Thank you card from a dear Friend

Here is the card I just finished for my beautiful little sister Helens' Birthday. Happy Birthday for the 12th honey. She lives over in Western Australia and I miss her so much. She has a beautiful little boy Nathaniel and he is just like her. I love t
hem to bits. I'm hoping that they will be able to make it across this way for one of my other sister's 40th Birthday. Unfortunately, that isn't until January.

Speaking of January, we have been posted to Canberra and will leave here on the 6th January. I'm in the process of finding schools and housing (oh Joy!!!). I love Canberra, so of course part of me is quite excited by that, on the other hand, I have some very dear friends and family here and it is going to be hard leaving them. Canberra is only about 5 hours away, so it will be easy to come up for weekends.

I'm definately on the countdown now, until my gorgeous husband will be coming home from the Middle East. 14 days and counting. I'm so excited, even getting little butterflies in my stomach. I still haven't told the kids of his expected arrival as it could change so quickly. I learnt that the hard way last Christmas. I miss him so so much and am extremely proud of him serving our country.

It was his Birthday yesterday and his troops arranged a chocolate cake for him (his favourite). How special was that?? We had a cake for him also. My son decided that he should eat his dad's piece for him. It was so cute.

On a completely different note. My dear friend Kerri-Anne came over yesterday for a visit and handed me this incredible thank you card she had made. The work she put into it was amazing. I haven't taken a pic of the inside as she had handwritten a personal message to me, but I can tell you, the sewing she did was fantastic. Everything was cut out by hand. Sh
e definately has a knack. Thank you so much Kerri-Anne, you are gorgeous.

Thank you to all the beautiful ladies who leave me comments. I really do appreciate them all. Till next time, take care xo Jackie

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Friendship Blog Award

I just received this award from the beautiful Bec. Thank you, you're such a sweetie. I'm sending it right back to you. If there is anyone out there who hasn't yet visited her online store. You simply MUST. Bec has so many wonderful products and she is an absolute sweetheart. I'm very proud to call her my friend.

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Till next time, take care xo Jackie

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Happy Birthday Mum

Here's the card I made for my beautiful Mum. Happy Birthday xo. She's not in much shape to be celebrating as she is still unwell with pneumonia. Get better soon Mum. I cased the idea for this card from the very talented Andrea Walford. Let me know what you think. I love getting feedback.

Till next time, take care xo Jackie

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Spring Mini Workshop

Wow.. What a fun afternoon we had today. I had 11 beautiful ladies come over to my home and made 4 items, using goodies from the fantastic "Spring Mini Catalogue". Paula, Nikita, Roz and the very "tinny" Kylie were the winners of the lucky door prizes. You can pretty well guarantee that if there is a prize to be won, Kylie will be the winner. She deserves it. I love her to bits. Here are a couple of photos we took today.

Who wants a cuppa?

Thank you again lovely ladies for such a fun afternoon. I'm looking forward to our next get together.

Here are the other two items we made.

Stamp sets: Lovely as a Tree and Oval All.
Card stock: Sahara Sand, whisper white and chocolate chip
Ink: Sahara Sand
Markers: Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Chocolate Chip
Other: Scallop Oval punch and twine

I got the idea for this gift card holder from chic' n scratch. Check out her video tutorials.

Stamp set: Great Friend
Card Stock: Kiwi Kiss, Basic Grey, Baja Breeze and Walk in the Park DSP.
Ink: Kiwi Kiss and Basic Grey
Other: Grey Tafetta Ribbon, dimensionals, envelopes and dazzling diamonds.

Till next time, take care xo Jackie

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Spring Mini Launch

Oohh... How exciting, only 1 more sleep until the launch of the new "spring mini catalogue". I have a fun filled day organised at my home tomorrow afternoon, with 11 lovely ladies attending. I have lots of lovely lucky door prizes and little goody bags for everyone. Below is a sneak peak of the items we will be making. I love nearly everything in this mini. I found it rather hard to restrain myself. There is definately something for everyone.

This little set is definately one of my favourites. The little critters are so darn cute.
Stamps: Forest Friends
CS: Baja Breeze, Basic Grey, Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze DSP
Markers: Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive
Other: Kiwi Kiss ribbon, scallop edge punch, SU pastels and sponge daubers.

This second card is made with the new scrummy Parisian Breeze DSP. This paper is just stunning.
Stamp set: Soft Summer
CS: Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip and Parisian Breeze DSP
Markers: Close to Cocoa, Old Olive and Bordering Blue
Other: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon and Dazzling Diamonds

These are just two of the items we will be creating tomorrow. I will post the others in a day or so.

Till next time, take care xo Jackie