Sunday, 29 December 2019

Aloe Birthday

Hello again,

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas and you are looking forward to the new year. 

Summer is in full swing here in Aus, it is extremely hot and very smoky courtesy of the large bushfires burning either side of the mountains I call home. The now named 'Monster' Fire has burnt through 846,391Hectares of land, the fires on the other side of the mountains has burnt through 240,911hectares of land and as you can see the size of the land burnt out would eclipse the whole of the Sydney area. The fire at the bottom of the picture has burnt around the Warragamba Dam, which is Sydney's drinking water catchment. (Please note the greyed out areas represent where the fires have been, I have been unable to find a map which shows active fire burning- It is not all alight)

Blue diamonds represent fires burning at a Watch and Act stage
White diamonds represent grass fires, Vehicle accidents etc.
(also have yellow and red diamonds with the flame in it when fires are at a higher level)

One of the fires is called Grose Valley Fire and a video was recorded of the fire running up a 200m high cliff face which can be viewed here at the Guardian Website I have also heard that the area the fires have burnt in NSW is equal to the land size of Wales, the two fires above total 1,087,302 hectares, NSW has burnt through a little over 3million hectares.

Okay, no more fires for now on to the card I have made today, this one will be headed to my next door neighbour who loves succulents and cacti, her son has made her a little wooden train using scrap timber which she has planted out with a variety of succulents. I had started to draw a line inside the die before removing it, but it came out and I was left with scribbled lines I couldn't fix, so I coloured it all in... so much for my doodled edge...

Here is my card:-

What I used:-
White 12.6x17.8cm card blank
timber design paper
Vera Lane Aloe Vera digi image 
Kaisercraft texture die 'Geo Lines'
Kaisercraft Hexagon die
various scrap papers
MFT Label maker sentiments
Colorbox Black ink pad
Derwent coloured pencils
Black fine line pen

I would like to enter:
Christmas Snippet's Playground- any crafts using snippets
613 Avenue Create Anything goes option of zentangle/doodling
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes
Make My Monday Challenge #112 A Female Birthday
Southern Girls Challenge Anything goes

Thank you for looking in...
Have a wonderful week.. 

P.S. a Huge Thank you to all my lovely blogging friends and visitors who stop by and take the time to leave me a comment, I truly appreciate them all!

Sunday, 15 December 2019

LPoCF December Polkadoodles

Hi again,

Well the fires in NSW continue to burn, leaving the city choking with smoke- when I have had to be in the city I have had my asthma medication prior to leaving home and again before departing the train. The nearest fire to me is expected to burn for another month or more, but those of us who have lived in the area the longest know that it needs the burn off to protect us from more dangerous fires in the future. The biggest fire has grown by over 200,000 hectares in the last week and currently sits at 369,279 hectares, if you add all the smaller fires that have joined on to the main fire front the area burnt totals 575,782 hectares...

Enough about fires, onto my post. Today brings us to the last challenge of this year with my lovely team mates over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, this fortnight we are sponsored by Polkadoodles who are offering a £6.75 voucher for use in their store to the lucky winner.

Prize £6.75 voucher

I have made two cards using the image Cute Penguins from our Sponsor Polkadoodles I have flipped one image to make the penguins face each other and used a large sentiment from MFT Hand Lettered Christmas above them as they appear to be looking upwards.

What I used:-
2x 12.6x.17.8cm card blanks (5x7")
Polkadoodles Cute Penguins Digi stamps
Derwent Watercolour and regular pencils
Fiskars Corner Rounder punch
Red cardstock
Blue Polka dot paper
Versa Color 'Cyan' ink pad
Clear and Metallic Silver embossing powder
Silver glitter paper
Star hole punch
MFT Hand-Lettered Christmas Clear stamps

I would like to enter these cards in:-
Red card-
Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge week 50 Anything goes
12 Months of Christmas Link-up Anything goes optional Layer it up
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #468 Anything goes optional use the word Merry

Blue Card-
Christmas with the Cuties- Show us your Santa Hats
Crafts Galore Encore December Anything goes
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge week 50 Anything goes
Merry Little Christmas Challenge #17 December Anything goes
The Happy Craft Challenge Anything goes- optional ribbon, Christmas flowers or mood board

I managed to get almost all the cards in the post last week, unfortunately the cards for England and Scotland relatives needed to be placed inside a post bag and I didn't have the time or inclination to stand in line at the Post Office to get them, so we are off in the morning to get the last few out.

Thank you for looking in...
Have a wonderful week...

P.S. Many thanks to all my lovely blogging friends and visitors who take the time to stop by and leave me a comment, I truly appreciate them all!

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

CBD December Anything Goes

Hello all,

Today brings us to the final challenge of 2019 with the lovely ladies at Crafting By Designs, it is also our final challenge for now. We have Four wonderfully generous sponsors this month offering a prize to one of four lucky winners. I would love to see your creations in our challenge all family friendly crafts are welcome...

Prize:- $8 Gift Certificate

Prize $15 Gift Certificate to shop

Prize:- TBC

Prize:- $10 Gift Certificate

I have used two images from our sponsors, the first kindly given by our Sponsor, A Day for Daisies, called Walking Bonnet which I coloured with water colour pencils from Derwent and painted with water. I have used First Edition papers from 'Rose Garden' paper pad, some lace, pearls, seam binding die-cut butterflies and a sentiment from Wild Rose Studio.

My second card is another of my use my Christmas scraps up strips I made earlier this year with an image from our sponsor Di's Digi Stamp , called Santa's Long List, which I haven't been able to find in store, which probably tells you how old it is. Coloured with regular Derwent pencils and printed in a larger size than I usually use.

What I used:-
2x White 12.7x17.8cm card blanks
Derwent Pencils and Watercolour Pencils (water and brush)
A Day for Daisies 'Walking Bonnet' Digi stamp
First Edition 'Rose Garden' papers
Lace, sage green seam binding
Self Adhesive half pearls
Wild Rose Studio birthday circles sentiment
Antique Linen Distress Oxide ink
Clear embossing powder
MFT Stitched rectangle die
Circle and scalloped circle dies
Marianne Design Butterfly punch die
Di's Digi Stamps 'Santa's Long List'
Various scrap Christmas papers
Red and green cardstock scraps
Impression Obsession Sentiment Die
Fiskars corner rounder punch
Adhesives:- Double sided tape, Glue pen

I would like to enter the birthday card in:-
613 Avenue Create Anything goes optional challenge doodling or zentangle
Southern Girls Challenge Anything goes with team Trace
Crafts Galore Encore Anything goes Challenge #70
Love to Craft Challenge Blog Anything goes December
Crafty Creations Challenges Anything goes #403
I would like to enter the Christmas card in:-
Artsy Stamper Digitals Challenge- Winter Holidays
12 Months of Christmas Link-up- Optional Challenge Layer it up
Christmas with the Cuties- Show us your Santa Hats
Merry Little Christmas Challenge- Anything Christmas goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge optional Things with Wings
Sparkles Monthly Challenge- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Thank you for looking in...
Have a wonderful week...

P.S. A Huge Thank you to all my lovely blogging friends and visitors who take the time to stop by and leave me a comment I truly appreciate them all!