Monday 31 March 2014

Our Beautiful World

This week at Our Beautiful World #week 40 the theme is Bloom... Well flowers would have to be the most favourite of mine to take photos many other people I expect. So I have lots...and lots. So today I've just decided to show 'some' of my orchid pics - I'm not brilliant with the camera but some do actually turn out ok.  I will go to great exertions to get a photo, and have the hubby stop the car (and caravan) is weird spots so I have capture their beauty....I love flowers - natives, wildflowers, bulbs, tropical, all of them.  These were all taken in Western Australia and we were so lucky to be travelling through just at the beginning of their wild flower season.  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Thursday 27 March 2014

What's On Your Workdesk, Wednesday ?

 Big hello one and all on this wonderful WOYWW #251 and if you're visiting and not sure what this is all about, pop over to Julias blog...this lovely lady hosts this crazy, fantastic and interesting sharing of our workspace, worldwide.
I'd like to thank all the thoughtful visitors who left comments last week...I really enjoy sharing and reading about your lives too. My desk photos were taken early this morning, and I'm posting late at night as we've driving 8 hours north to visit our daughter for her birthday and also for lots of cuddles with G/D Sophie who is 5 months old today.
On my desk you can see that I have been working on some 'purses' to hold cards and envelopes which I donate for fund raising. I use up the colourful card stock that I probably won't ever use on a card and once you have the measurements they're quick and easy to make. I'd like to comment that my desk and room does get rather messy and I have things scattered everywhere BUT this year I've started tidying up after each session and this is working really well for me.  My second pic is of the box of cards I've made and which will get sorted and added to the 'purses'...I make far more than I can ever use so hopefully others will enjoy them too.
I've also been sewing this week at the dining room table, making some nappy pants for Sophie to cover those dreadful disposable nappies.
Must get some sleep now...and I apologize now as I probably won't get time to visit blogs until Sunday night when we get home. Cheers and hope you're enjoying your week. Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Tuesday 25 March 2014

Hand Made 4...

DSC08872  Wow and just where has the month of March today my aim was to make my March tag for Tim's 12 tags for 2014...I followed most of Tim's directions and had to be a bit innovative in some bits as I don't have all the equipment and medium but overall it's turned out ok. I ended up only making one tag as my second stamped image was just too light. Thanks for taking peek Robyn

Sweet Birthday Wishes to You


WHW # 131 – Dryer Sheet Flower Tutorial

Inspired by Stamping, Kednra Sand, WHW Tutorial, Dryer Sheet Flower Tutorial
This afternoon I've put together this card for the Inspired by Stamping Whoo Hoo Wednesday technique challenge.  The DT girls go to a lot of trouble to try out new techniques and present them for us to try....this weeks technique is using dryer sheets to make flowers...well I don't have a dryer so I used some woven stiffening and and layered with some very fine lining fabric. I used a flower brad to hold the layers together and then repeated the brad with die cut flowers and some die cut leaves.  Finished off with a label and sentiment from Inspired by Stamping - Lovely Birthday set.
Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

With Love


Well what a change around with the weather here.....sunny lovely day yesterday, gloomy, rainy day today...I'm not complaining though as our state needs rain terribly - worst drought for many years.
A lovely fresh simple card for the CAS(E) this Sketch CTS #69 using the palette at Colours and Sketches  #66.  A medallion die cut centered over a embossed panel and then finished off with a simple tag and butterfly trim. I really like the simplicity of this card.  Hope you're week has started out well for you, thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Monday 24 March 2014

Deck the Halls

The Holly & the Ivy

I've made this Christmas card bearing my namesake...a Robin...I have cut this panel from a large dp sheet and paper tolled the left hand bird.  Then used versamark to stamp holly leaves around the edge and a small sentiment to finish off. Over at Jingle Belles the theme is Holly and Ivy...  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Christmas Wishes

Isn't this just a beautiful snowflake ornament as inspiration this week at  Festive Friday FFC#27, so of course my card just had to have sparkly snowflakes die cut from glitter card and dressed with gems. The dp background and sentiment tag came as freebie with a magazine and I love the soft shades and for once I'm not scrounging through my offcuts for the right colour match. Sadly no stamping but I did ink the edges :-)  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Our Beautiful World

Doesn't everyone just love photos were taken near a relatives home in Tough, Aberdeenshire, Scotland while on holiday. The first one - you could practically see where the rainbow pot of gold, but what wonderful mystic emotions just seeing a rainbow gives one. The stormy clouds but still there is a calmness....the reles live in a beautiful country setting with magic views of meadows, hills and snow capped mountains. Now I'm nostalgic wishing it was the other side of the world and we could visit often.

Thanks for taking a peek Robyn friend Vikki reminded me of these photos I took last year...of a rainbow wind wheel

Sunday 23 March 2014

Friends are the Essence of Life

Hi and thanks for visiting my blog....I've made this card for the March Card Chain challenge at Society of Stampaholics using their colour theme and them based the card on the layout at Cardabilities #95 .
I used some designer paper for the base card and the front panel and then played around with a lace circle die to make my sentiment tag. I hand dyed and made the flowers and then added pearls as a final dress. I decided that these colours are way out of my comfort zone as the card changed many times throughout the day.  Have a great week and thanks for taking a peek Robyn2014-03

Saturday 22 March 2014

Birthday Wishes

Week #210  'Anything Goes'
It's our daughters birthday this coming week so I have made this card for her...I'm really happy with how it turned out. I'm playing along with The Shabby Tea Room #210 this week where their theme is Open -"Anything Goes". I stamped the background card, dry embossed the corner on the underlying card and layered two Chocolate Baroque flowers, then finished it off with a fancy tag and sentiment .  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Best Wishes on Your Birthday

My second card this afternoon is using the layout at Freshly Made Sketches FS#128 and at House of Cards - Classic with a button.  Just a two tone card with a vintage feel...I found this lovely designer paper I over-stamped with a tiny script and teamed it with some ribbon and an embellishment I made with a button. Finished of the bottom panel with a sentiment from Inspired by Stamping.  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Merry and Bright

Hi there this fine Saturday...I've made a card today for Merry Monday #100 - so firstly congrats to the team on their 100th challenge what a fabulous event and lots of Christmas cards...go team!!.  This week I've been playing around a fair bit with distress inks and making backgrounds - here I sponged the branches and stamped them a few times, water spritzing in between. Then I decided to team the soft branches with these bright baubles in the colour theme, they really stand out, with some gems and bows. Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Thursday 20 March 2014

Best Wishes

Early morning post for me today (went to bed too early so now up early, so I'm quietly blogging). I made this card a few weeks ago but didn't finish off the sentiment till yesterday, I'm playing along with Inspired by Stamping IBSIC#79 colours - white, blue green, emerald green (with a touch of mustard). I made the background card some time back using a Whoo Hoo WHW#126 techinique and loved how it turned out, so it's been patiently waiting to be used along with the gorgeous Chocolate Baroque flower stamp and IBS sentiment.  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Wednesday 19 March 2014

What's On Your Workdesk, Wednesday?

Hi there WOYWW #250 peeper...if you're a visitor and already lost regards a desk photo and snooping you'd best pop over to Julias blog and check out what it's all about.  Firstly thank you everyone for visiting and leaving comments - I enjoying reading about other crafty peoples lives.
About my desk...well I'm in here most days; pretty much as soon as I do the bare minimum chores and shower and hubby leaves for work but as I'm in Australia our Wednesday starts way ahead of all you this morning I'm in here, check my emails and  already got the place tidied up from my recent playing with distress inks and stamps (see two cards centre front - now finished here) and before you know it it's 10:30 and I'm still in my morning clothes before my shower - so off I went, all done come back with a coffee, takes some photos and finish off my cards while I wait for the rest of the world to wake up.  On my desk on the left are some Christmas cards ready to be glued, a two tone green card for a challenge, behind my mug and water glass two new sets of cheapie stamps, then further to the right the stamps I'm using to create my watercolour cards. My second pic is of my card stock drawers, a friend pointed these out to me last year and I have sorted my stock by colour and 3 sizes...tiny scraps, cut sheets and full 12x12 sheets...I like using up my scraps. You can just see my trusty guillotine on the side bench - it would have to be about 18 years old. Enough now I'm off to check out some crafty desks...cheers and have a great week Robyn

Just a Note

Hi and happy hump day...this week I've been trying out this watercolour technique I saw Heather Telford using (I love her work) and just took a deep breath and had a go...this is way out of my dreams but I'm really happy with my first two efforts so I can't wait to play a bit more.  I scrounged through my stamp drawers and came up with this sunflower stamp and a daisy I'd made years ago from foam and then found that great leaf stamp I'd forgotten I had...that set is staying out in plain sight now.  I edged the orange flower with black PaperMate and because the paper was so wet it bled. For the second card I just used a fine paint brush and distress ink to outline the flowers.  My first card fits with the colour palette at Inspired by Stamping IBSIC#81 and I've used their lovely script sentiments on both cards.  Thanks for taking a peek Robyn

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Our Beautiful World

Here's  my "Green" photo for this weeks Our Beautiful World #38.
I was scanning my photos for a pic of the new green growth of cycads after the fire burn-offs that leave the landscape black - it's amazing but alas I couldn't find the pics.  
I saw this one though of the greenery in my sons fish tank...he was just setting it up and waiting for the water to clear before adding the fish and I took this pic that reflect the leaves on the underside of the water level. Normally I would post flowers and outside greenery and landscapes but this is ok for a change.

OOPs I couldn't resist...these are flowering in our yard at the moment..

Thanks for taking a peek Robyn