Thursday, 20 February 2020

LPoCF #126 Silly birds on a wire

Hello again,

I'm extremely late posting this, we have been inundated with water at our place this last week. My neighbour has a rain gauge and had 640mm or 25 inches of rain in just two days which is close to half our yearly rainfall. I was upto my calves in water in our garden trying to clear leaf litter and debris coming from the properties above us, trying to let the water in our yard out to run to the lowest point down the road. Then I looked under our house and amongst the support pylons was a dry patch of earth bubbling up as water came up, as if a spring had started beneath our dining room. We have had another 8inches (20cm) since

The local waterfall had an immense amount of water going over it for the following days as it filtered through the creeks, sadly the amount of rainfall also caused significant damage to many local bushwalks, washing a $750,000 bridge away (again). Waterfall at end of Charles Darwin walk and in usual weather National Parks and Wildlife Service

The local railway line had a large landslide which has seen the cancellation of all train services for the foreseeable future whilst the engineers and track maintenance crews work out how to repair the line and communication requirements.

On the plus side grateful that all the bushfires that have caused severe damage to our state are now out and the Warragamba Dam (Sydney's water supply) has reached over 81% of it's capacity meaning the water restrictions brought in during the last six months will be relaxed (the dam was around 40%) and our local dams are at 96% capacity.

On to the card making...
Sunday brought us to another all new Anything goes Challenge with my lovely Team mates over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, this fortnight our sponsor is Patties Creations who is offering the lucky winner 2 digi stamps

Prize 2 Digi Images

I was able to choose this lovely digi stamp from our sponsor Pattie's Creations to make my card, I had already decided what I wanted to do when I picked it out. I have used a DL card and paper pieced the birds using some scrap papers and coloured their feathery hair. Pattie has even got her own Challenge Blog which you can join in with here Pattie's Creations Design Challenge

My card:-

What I used:-
Whtie DL card blank
scrap card -sea green?
Scrap papers and card
Derwent coloured pencils
Adhesives:- Double sided tape and Glue stick
Black fine line pen

I would like to enter this card in:-
Southern Girls Challenge Anything goes with Team Lou

My sincere apologies for how late I am running with this one ladies. Hopefully the weather will settle back into a more usual pattern and everything will dry out and the plants I cut back harshly when the fires were surrounding us start to regrow... 

Many thanks for looking in...
Have a wonderful weekend.

Sunday, 26 January 2020

LPoCF #124 Morgan's Art World

Hello again,

Today I am sharing a journal page made for this week's challenge with my team mates over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, where we are still celebrating our 5th Birthday. This week our sponsor is Morgan's ArtWorld, the sponsor has provided us with three images for the DT to work with which will also be the three images offered as the prize for this week's winner.

Prize:- same images the Design team have used

Morgan's Art World have their own challenge which you can find here Morgan's ArtWorld Open Challenge Blog and also Morgan's ArtWorld Facebook Group

I have used an image called Stardust Digi 1 to make a page in my journal, I have flipped and rotated the image to make the fairy look like she is flying above the floral design in the paper.

My Journal page:

What I used:-
Morgan's Art World Stardust Digi 1
Derwent Coloured and Watercolour pencils
Design Paper was freebie long ago with magazine (also tag and extra butterfly)
Rub on sparkly silver lettering
Wings, wand, necklace and headband have some clear stickles on them
Fussy cutting scissors
Adhesive: Glue stick and PVA glue

I would like to enter this page in:-
Morgan's ArtWorld Challenge Blog Challenge #1 Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge January Anything goes
Southern Girls Challenge Anything goes with Team Lou
The Happy Craft Challenge Anything goes optional theme celebrations optional product stamps

We have happily had some rain here in the mountains which have dampened down the bush, however the closest fires are continuing to burn deep in the valley, thankfully away from homes, today we have high winds and a dust storm coming through from drought ravaged farm areas further west. The bird I rescued in the backyard sadly died, they think she had some type of infection underlying. All this reminds me of Dorothea Mackellar's poem My Country, written and rewritten between 1904-1908 when it was published.

Thank you for looking in:-
Have a wonderful weekend

P.S. I found my post pack with my mystery items stashed away in it now just need to organise things for the giveaway...

Monday, 13 January 2020

Second 5th Birthday

Hello again,

Well, here's a surprise, not only is my Design Team celebrating 5 years of challenges but a little dig into my own blog history and I am also celebrating 5 years of blogging today. Now I had grand plans of a little giveaway however the post bag containing the gifts has gone AWOL with the mess made when the roof leaked, I will have a little dig around and try and get something organised for my regular visitors later on. I think from memory there is enough for a couple of prizes, some are Aussie based companies others are international companies...

The very first card I posted was a Christmas card as that was one of the main reasons I began blogging, I was making my own cards and wanted to be a part of something bigger than just sitting here creating on my own... so here is the first card I posted (must have had the flash on the camera and look no watermark...) and a new one I created this morning using up scraps of Kaisercraft Design papers left on my table...

First card:-

Today's card:-

I have stamped and embossed the trio of trees onto both the plain white cardstock and the scrap papers, I then coloured the stars in with the clear embossing pen and added more embossing powder to the stars

What I used:-
17.8x12.6cm card blank
Kaisercraft Christmas papers (various scraps)
Gold and white scrap cardstock
We Are Memory Keepers Twist trimmer (deckled edge blade-busted out of the package today)
Paper Roses Merry Christmas text
Stamp-It Australia Tree-O  rubber stamp
Clear embossing ink and pen
Stampendous Metallic Gold embossing powder
CCD Stitched square die
White glitter enamel dots
Adhesives:- Double sided tape, Xyron sticker maker

I would like to enter this card in:-
Pixie's Snippet's Playground- Anything goes with snippets
Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge- Anything goes or Trim the tree
ABC Christmas Challenge A is for Anything Goes- B is for Bingo 
-Bingo Patterned Paper, Christmas sentiment and Embossing

For updates on the NSW fires:- Website Fires Near Me

Map 1- the whole of NSW there are currently 120 incidents recorded on the map
Map 2- Showing area surrounding Sydney- note no fires in the Sydney Basin
Map 3- Closer to home- red arrow is pointing at area being back burned near me-
the length of the back burn/containment line will reach 50km once complete and connected to each other, areas that cannot be burnt will either have heavy earth moving equipment bulldoze the bushland or have people working on hand tools to clear the fuel load. 
In the middle of the burnt area you can see Lake Burragorang- also known as Warragamba Dam- Sydney's water catchment and drinking water supply
Katoomba next to the red arrow is approximately 100km (63miles) from Sydney

On a happier note all the fires in my area are now listed as Under Control, whilst they may still be burning they are not causing any problems for the Firefighters, even the fire called Gosper's Mountain which started on 26 Oct 2019 via a lightening strike and has burnt over 512,000 hectares is under control. May the forecast rains come and douse the last of the fires and begin the regeneration of our bushland... 

Many thanks for looking in... (and making it this far through the post)
Have a wonderful week...

P.S. Many thanks to all my lovely blogging friends and visitors who have taken the time to stop by and leave me any comments over the last 5 years, may my card making continue for many more years.