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.


Liz said...

Congratulations on five years of blogging, Megan! I love the card you made today, great design and the background paper is so pretty. Thanks for sharing the first card you posted, another lovely Christmas card.

Thinking of everyone in Australia still affected by the devastating fires. xx

Claire said...

Happy blogging Birthday Megan and fingers crossed Australia gets the desperately needed rain. I like the stylised Christmas trees and the scripty sentiment looks great x

kiwimeskreations said...

What a change in your card making style and colours Megan - but then when I look back I also see some major changes! Loving the new card - that is really beautifully composed and created
Thanks for the fire updates - I really cannot comprehend the scale of them!

EmmaT said...

Lovely cards. Happy 5th blog birthday. Emmax

Sarah said...

Congratulations all round on the blogging front Megan!! I love to look back to my early blogging days where I would get so excited to get a view or a comment!! So pleased to hear the situation is under control, lets hope it stays that way for you and further afield xx

KandA said...

Congratulations on your 5th bloagaversary Megan. Both of your cards are really fabulous xx

Lynda said...

Love those trees Megan - very stylish. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge :) Lynda DT - and best wishes regarding the fires xx

Mrs A. said...

Snap. I will have been blogging 10 yrs at the end of January and the first card I made was a Christmas card too. My efforts were very poor when I look at my posts now though. Your two cards are great.I like your style. Such a shame we have to watermark all our work now to protect it.
Congratulations on your first 5 yrs and success for very many more.
Was watching the news last night and pleased to hear that the firefighters are managing to contain some of the fires. The devastation is beyond comprehension.
Hugs Mrs A.

BrendaB said...

Oh, I love the shine on those embossed trees! Thanks for joining us at Merry Little Christmas challenges

Di said...

Congratulations oof five years of blogging Megan! And long my it continue. Love your snippets card (and your very first one you posted as well). As others have said, it's so hard to get our heads around the size of the fires in Australia that are happening right now. Here we are almosr begging the rain to stop in the UK!


Di xx

Darnell said...

Happy 5th Blogaversary, Megan! I love that you reposted your very first card ~ a pretty holly card! And I love the Christmas card design you recently made with the beautiful background and trio of trees inside the diamond panel! I'll bet it's shiny in person! Thank you for also sharing the maps and the update on the terrible fires. I'm so relieved to hear that some progress is being made with back burning and with blessed rain finally falling. Lots of the world is praying for more rain and the safety of the brave firefighters. Thank you for visiting me! Hugs, Darnell

Zw@@n said...

Lovely card, Megan. Those trees are gorgeous, so is the design and papers. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Luv, Wilma

Inkyfingers said...

What a lovely festive card, Megan and I love your little trio of trees. Congratulations on your blogaversary and I hope you enjoy many more years. It was sobering to see the fire maps - I'm so pleased things are getting under control. Stay safe!
Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers.

cohenna said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Christmas Crafts All Year Challenge this time and good luck :)

Chrissie said...

I just love these tall skinny trees and three is such a good number to group!
Great card!
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge!

Helen said...

Beautiful - a really elegant tree design.

Thanks for joining us at the Happy Little Stampers Challenge.

Helen x

Susan Renshaw said...

Love the tree design!
Thanks for sharing with 12 Months of Christmas Link Up!


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