Friday, December 31, 2010

Our Thoughts

Welcome to my room on this last day of 2010. Hello my dear blogging friends . This is the special time of day , when I turn off the outside world and immerse myself in theraputic craft time . And to enjoy the company of like minded friends does contribute to my well being , believe me !
But to todays Sympathy card . Number 4 .
Card base is White Gloss card . I tore a rectangle of green vellum and attatched to card front . Around three sides,  on the card front ,  I doodled a frame .
Under the frame and vellum , I placed sentiment  [ Arty Stamps ] in green .
Then from my craft  stash I combined these flowers and ribbon to embellish.
Have not completed the inside but when I do I will edit post and share it with you then .
catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Deepest Sympathy

Hello , so happy you have called into my room . Welcome.
Hope that as you browse through my posts that you find something interesting or at least a creation that whets your craft appetite  and inspires you to create your own mini work of art.
Todays card is another for my Sympathy stash . Number 3.

Naturals Ivory  with  Soft Suede sponged edges is card base .
On a light blue matte I adhered some dsp from Graphic45 , then I distressed the blue edges.
On a tag from K&Company Journal Pad,  I stamped sentiment from Stamp-It , in Soft Suede. Adding some rhinestones around bottom edge and  bow at top embellished the tag before adhering to dsp. I then adhered blue matte to card front with foam tape .

For the insert I used some of the dsp and some light blue card with deckled edges which have been gold tinted . Sorry does not show in photo .  
Hope you like it .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now Shirley-anne.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

With Sympathy

Hi there . Hope that you are all well . Thank you so much for calling in , I really do appreciate your visit and love it if you let me know,  via a comment .
Today I would like to share another Sympathy card with you .

 I am hoping that the black card base is not too severe even for a Sympathy card . Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie layers worked together to soften the black , I think . Would you agree ?
The image in Soft Suede is " Sympathy Crane"by Yvette.
Still trying to soften the card I grouped together three flowers from my stash with a SU Rhinedtone Brad centre. Then luckily I had some similar coloured rhinestones for opposite corner.
Love the E K  corner punch , which I also used for the insert .
I am so wrapped in taking photos outside where you don't need a flash . Tried to follow some advise I had from one of my viewers [ hope you know who you are ...let me know if you think of any other words of wisdom you can pass on . ]
Thanks too to Michelle who has always encouraged me to take outside shots of cards .
Scanning does not always do your cards justice I have found .
Any way love you all lots but must go .  Catch you again soon , cheers Shirley-Anne.

Would like to enter this card into   Anything Goes (NO CHRISTMAS CARDS ALLOWED!!!!!) over at 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thinking of you Today

Hello everyone . Are you having a restful few days in readiness for the New Year celebrations?
Welcome to my room , where I am trying to get back into a card a day routine .

Last nights card is the first in a series of  6  Sympathy cards I need to create for my collection .
The card base is from SU , Soft Suede, with a Whisper White mat. Layered on the white mat are a panel  of Striped DSP at top , A thin strip of Soft Suede, some green ribbon and a larger panel of Soft Suede. The bottom panel has Fiskas Punched border and three punched out leaves. I added 3 flowers and stems from my stash . I placed the sentiment , from Annabelle Stamps , on the white  between panels .
Am happy with   how this card turned out , just wished I were more of a photographer.
Catch you again soon , cheers Shirley-Anne
Am  entering this card to Michelle's Make it Monday

Monday, December 27, 2010

Favourite 5 Christmas cards for 2010

 Hello every-one . Hope that you are all resting now after the last few hectic days . Welcome to my room where I have been chillin' out while Doug is dozing.
I have been blog  browsing and found Deb's
Deb has offered some candy for a randomly chosen blogger who links their 5 favourite Christmas cards made for 2010.
Check out  Deb's  post
                                          My first is using the topnote diecut , which I love and have found a popular seller .

The second.  I loved the stocking image which I stamped on card first and then again on scrap card to paper pieced and layered on top .I loved using DecorArt Snow-Tex on top of stocking .

 The third . I began this card with the ribbon in mind and the rest just followed.

The next two images are of the fourth card . I chose this one because of the' pop up'  inside .

 And lastly the fifth card .
And again because I love stockings . This one I could 3D the teddy in the pocket and the stars. I also liked the embossed background and felt that although it is a small card it packed a punch.
All my cards are quick and simple which is definately my style .
So without further ado I will link  these to Deb's challenge.  There are already heaps of entries and all are inspirational.
Maybe you would have chosen different cards from my " Christmas Wishes " postings.
Catch you again soon , cheers Shirley-anne .

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Patchy Daisy

Hello My Blogger Friends . Welcome to my room .
Hope that you had a Wonderful Christmas Day and that you recovered well  today .
Was a sunny day here in Adelaide today , just right for a " gopher walk" for Hubby and me. If I were to give thanks ...and I do, it would be to say how grateful I am to be healthy and reasonably strong . For without these gifts / blessings I would not be able to care / support Doug through his recovery. We are just so happy that he is home . While he was resting this afternoon I had some " me " time and created this card .
The flower is from Stamp-It , Patchy Daisy Large . I used Peach Parfait ink  and a selection of SU card stock . The ribbon from my stash . The embossed layer created with Cuttlebug folder given to me as Chrissy Pressy from Sandy .

The simple  insert , is a Whisper White panel with small daisys from Hero Arts, Tiny Thank You set ,  in corners . The panel of DSP  on edge can be seen from front of card. as the  front is not as wide as back .
It was great to be back in my room for a short time today and I hope that you like the result too. 
Hope to see you again soon , catch you later , Shirley-anne. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Winner of candy announcement

This little prize  of ink pad and ribbon is the candy  I offered to a random comment about which card of mine was featured on Michelle's Make it Monday #14
Barbara's blog is so interesting , full of creations far beyond papercraft. It really is  worth visiting.
Congrats Barbara please send me an email with postal address and I will send candy to you asap .
There was a card posted today as well so please scroll down to find it
hugs Shirley-Anne

Shirley-anne's Blog Candy goes world wide

Hello and welcome to my room . How exciting .. my card was randomly chosen this week on Michelle's Make it Monday.
So to celebrate that and also because I feel like sharing I have a little blog candy .
 To a someone who leaves a comment on my blog on any  posted  card  past or current but you must tell me what card of mine was featured on Michelle's  Make it Monday .

And this is it ! A Classic Stampin' Pad Melon Mambo ink  and a metre of  matching ribbon. I will leave this open for two weeks . Will close on 19th December and drawn and posted  on that night
Good luck everyone ...remember it is world wide
Catch you again soon cheers for now , Shirley-Anne
PLEASE, scroll down so that you  don't miss my next posting


Hello every-one , welcome to my room . Hope all is well with you and yours.
The sun is peeping through grey clouds but it is still cool and windy here in Adelaide . Doug is happily at home for the day and thoroughly enjoying the experience. Again thank you to all who have sent wishes of a speedy recovery through blogs and emails .
The card I would like to share today is SU cardstock and DSP. I used a layer of the same blue to place the elements onto before adhering all with foam tape .

The flowers are from Vintage Vogue and the sentiment is from Elements of Style. I used Creamy Caramel for flowers . To achieve a lighter centre of large flower I first stamped small flower onto scratch paper before again , without reinking, onto  Naturals Ivory. The sentiment was inked in Brocade Blue.
AND BEFORE SANDY EMAILS ME!!!! I should have used the Stamp-a-ma-jig. LOL..
I added a dragon fly brad, some rhinestones   and some ribbon from my stash for embellishment.
Hope you like it .
There will be another posting tonight as I must choose a winner for my candy . So please call in again later wont you?
Catch you again later , cheers for now, Shirley-Anne.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

cards for sale

Hello and welcome to my room .
I would like to share with you a  blog  which was recommended to me  recently .

Alicia , from Time to Create , has created a special place , Aussie Cards for Sale. And now Alicia is calling for some designers. Contact Alicia for details on how to submit your creations .
I know that there are going to be some FAB creations on show but I am hoping that quick , simple cards will have a place too. Bearing that in mind, I am submitting these for Alicia to consider.

Thanks Alicia and good luck with it all.
Catch you all soon , cheers for now Shirley-anne

Monday, December 13, 2010

Let's celebrate.

Hello to you my blog friends . Welcome to my room . A  hint of sunshine today . A beautiful day in Adelaide.
Hope that your week began with a little warmth .
Tonights card is a little cutie if I do say so myself .

It has a selection of SU cardstock and image and sentiment from Penny Black, Micey Day set.
Coloured with Markers and a little ric rac .
Hope you like it .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's your day

Hello everyone , welcome to my room . Hope that you had just the perfect weekend .
I wish Summer would return to Adelaide as I am fully over this cool spell. Doug and I went for a short walk with the gopher this morning  but dare not go far in case it rained . Still he enjoyed the outing anyway.
 After he returned to the rehab centre tonight I managed a quick card .
I had the colours in mind and the layout before I began , it just took a while to match the sentiment with the image .
The card base is of SU Crumb Cake .Front is covered with dsp with a Tempting Turquoise centre panel. I placed white and green strips on both sides. I punched a scallop circle in white card and adhered to panel. The hat stamped on Certainly Celery card in Old Olive ink has been 3D on scallop circle and I paper pieced the hat band in Rose Red card . Then added flower ribbon  under that.

 The sentiment is from SU set, On Your Birthday.
Loved this from start to finish , hope you like it too.
                                                    I don't think of all the misery but of
                                                        the beauty that still remains.
                                                                       --  Anne Frank 
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quick General Card

Hello blogger friends . Welcome to my room . Am posting while Doug is dozing in his favourite chair . He is so happy to be home for the day and Jacki  wont leave his lap . So all is well in the Barber home .
Managed to make a card last night and the rain has eased off enough for me to take a photo of it  outside.

 Here I used some SU cardstock , Dsp from Graphic45 , image from a stamp-it set  , images  from " Judith "
Inks  used  Old Olive and Brocade Blue SU .Finally a flower and some gems from my stash to finish .
Was hard pressed to think a suitable sentiment so I have left one off until the notion comes to me .
                            Thank you Sue for special gift of  the crochet flowers .
Enjoy the rest of the day everyone , hope you get some craft time .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Best wishes

Hello bloggers one and all. Welcome to my room , where I hope that you find something from my simple creations that makes your visit worth while .
This card stock and DSP   are from SU

And is in keeping with my quick and simple style .
The image is one  from Stamp-It , Daisy Wishes,  I have had for years and still use frequently . Ink used is SU Pacific Point . The flower ribbon and button  are  from my stash. I paper pieced the large flower in white card just to give added texture.
Hope you like it .
Enjoy the fleeting moments
that come for just today..
The sweet song of a Bluebird ,
The morning sun's first ray..
Catch you later , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Simply Just for you

Hi there , welcome to my room . Can't stay long though . My front veranda is sooo bad . The trees near by have shed lots of bark and with the wild weather I have leaves , lots of twigs and heaps of bark to clear away before I leave to spend the day with Doug.
But I would like to share last nights card . Again a little dull outside but I think photo came up ok.

oops did not line base or edit  very well but you get the idea.
Just a white card base , SU dsp,  Whisper White diecut centre tags . Sentiment from SU , Afterthoughts, which was inked in Real Red. Added a  three  flowers from my stash to finish.
So there you go , hope you like it .
 Spend the day wisely and kindly as you will not get the chance to live it again .
Catch you again soon , cheers , Shirley-Anne.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hanging Sign

Good morning all you wonderful bloggers . I have no idea why , but I have woken up all chipper this morning . Bright as a button and eager to go . The weather is aweful here wet windy and quite cool.
To all those who are affected in any way from here to Queensland , Am thinking of you please take care and hope it clears up soon .
Like taking my photos outside but today is not so bright so scanned card instead this morning .

Bought this diecut , Hanging Sign ,  from Tim Holtz recently and this is its first use .  Card base is white gloss and dsp from SU . Sign is of SU textured card.
Chocolate Chip ink used for sentiment and edging  from SU Perfect Punches set.
For the inside I just removed the rail .I frayed the end of the cord the " held" the sign .

The sentiment here is from SU , Heard from the Heart. I was happy with the card and think that I would like to use this diecut again but might look for other examples on blog first.
Hope you like it . Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Monday, December 6, 2010

More butterflys

Hello again . I say that because this is my second post for tonight . Check at 1st post for some little blog candy . It will be world wide so join in .
Hope that you are safe and happy and managing a little craft time .

Todays card is a little sweety I thought . I loved the bottom butterfly as I just 3D it and curled the wings a little .

I used  Soft Suede card stock as base card with Whisper White and Very Vanilla layering .
Stamps are Butterfly Prints, Curvy Verses and Stamp-it Set siset035 and Soft Suede ink for all.
And the inside ..
 The sentiment I thought sat well with butterfly images .

Hope that you like the card .
Check out Michelle's  Make it Monday to find the clue you need to enter for my blog candy ..
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-anne.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Gumnut Brush

WHEW! Boy Mina , you can definately have some of this heat..Was very hot here in Adealaide today . Even now, at 7.30 pm I cant lift the blinds yet .
Hello everyone . Welcome to my room .
A 10 minute card which I made this morning before leaving to visit Doug is what I would like to share now .

I love this card stock , River Rock as it is so earthy and it was easy to choose the stamp image to go with it .
Gumnut Brush by Helen Williams and Stamp-it. I used Soft Suede and Old Olive markers to colour image an sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments . Both panels were edged in Old Olive , while the larger one was lightly sponged around image as well. The smaller panel is adhered with foam tape .
Hope you like it .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now, Shirley-Anne.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Silhouette Butterfly

 Hi there . Welcome to my room and thanks for calling in.
Beautiful day in Adelaide today ,so I am happy that I am not in the UK for instance where it is sooo cold!
Have card to share tonight . By the time I get home it is about 7pm , still a little light so  I thought  I would try to take another photo outside . It is not too bad , I think .

 The image is from Stamp-it-Sets. The frame is a diecut, the flower centre bling  and the flowers are  from my stash . The card and dsp are from SU . Ink used is Soft Suede.
Now off to do washing and ironing ....sigh...
catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-anne.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thinking of you Tag

 Hello everyone and welcome to my room . Hope that you are not too frazzled by your Christmas planning .
I just cant get into anything Christmassy at this stage. We were hoping that Doug would be home for Christmas , and he may well be as a home day visit , but we were banking on being HOME. Not going to be mobile or strong enough , the powers that be, say . So we will have to be happy with day outings till January. And then only weekends as he has lots of physio to do through the week .
  Any way I have another card made that I have photographed outside .

Card base is Whisper White and I layered dsp from Graphic45. The tag is Crumb Cake with punched  Eyelet Border on top and bottom and all edges sponged with Creamy Caramel . I added pink ribbon and bow. The separate  framed sentiment is on Naturals Ivory inked in Soft Suede. the small flowers are from set, Cottage Garden , while the bird and words are from Cute by the Inch . The frame has been adhered to tag with foam tape .
                                              Love you to meet Jacki before I close off . She is 13 yrs old and Doug is happy to have her visit every day.

Hope that you like the card . Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-anne.

Birthday Tag

 HELLO everyone , welcome to my room . And today I am sharing my first outdoor photo of a card .
Still a bit of work to do but all looks promising .

Base card is of White gloss card with DSP from  SU Blueberry Crisp. Tag is from K&C Company. I have added bling , a flower , a bow and ribbon  from my stash . I stamped the sentiment Pacific Point on Whisper White card and punched with 13/4"circle . next time I will remeber to take close up of sentiment .
Well there you go ....never too old to learn new tricks .   LOL
Hope you like it and thank you  for calling in . Thank you all too for comments , enquiries about Doug and his progress and also concerns for my well being  too. I do so appreciate each and everyone .
catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.