Sunday, October 26, 2014

 This is one of the scrapbook pages I made for a wall collage of some of our memories here in Australia. The picture above is actually from last December when Justin and I came out for Christmas. We took a trip on the Great Ocean Road and saw amazing scenery and of course the oh so cute koalas. Justin was much braver than me about trying out the driving here. He did really well. I was so impressed, but had no desire to even try!!

 This is a page of postcards from our trip to Uluru. I learned about the symbols drawn in their paintings and decided to add some to this page. The one on the left is a campsite near running water, next is a little boomerang, and then running water, finally stars in the night.

 This is another page from my first trip here last December. We went to Phillip Island to watch the penguin parade in the evening. So during the day we went to a wildlife preserve. We were able to feed the kangaroos. At first I was a bit apprehensive, but after watching others I jumped right in. The kangaroos are so used to people feeding them, they are so calm around us.

 This page is from our recent trip to Uluru. After landing at the Uluru airport we were whisked away in our tour bus to get right out for an afternoon hike up Kata Tjuta. It was a pretty strenuous hike and after sitting on 2 airplanes all morning (we flew out at 7am) it was a bit of a challenge getting right into a hike. But we were pressed for time as we needed to be finished and set up for the sunset at Uluru. That was an amazing sight! I will have to get those pictures posted here too.
 This is a post card collage of our trip to Sydney. Throughout the year different colored lights are used to light up the opera house. It is just beautiful. I'm really looking forward to spending New Year's Eve here this year year.
Here is our clock wall! I am always having to count the hours to figure out what time it is back home. So, on the left is Seattle, middle is Melbourne, and on the right is Miami. The picture below the Melbourne clock is of Brighton Beach and the very colorful beach huts people have set up there. They are each painted by the owner and are all so colorful. In the background is the city of Melbourne.

I will post the scrapbook pages that I arrange on the wall as soon as I get more supplies to hang them up. I mounted them on the heavy duty chipboard that comes with scrapbook papers. I was thinking it would add stability to the page when I hang it on the wall.

Till next time, happy stamping all!

:) Karen

This was just a sampling of the lightning strikes that occurred in Melbourne last night. This was a huge storm! And this picture was taken in an apartment building just next to the one I live in. I'd love to find the photographer of this picture!! It's just one of many amazing photos taken last night.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Good morning friends! Here is another card I made a couple of weeks ago. I used the Wondrous Wreath Stamp set and cased Sandi McGiver's card. I used the babywipe technique for this card.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I have another card I want to share with you. This is from a set that I made for my students from last year to let them know I was thinking of them and incorporating some Aussie flair too.

It's been a loooonnnnngggg time!!!

Hi friends,
I know I've been away for awhile, a long while!!! So much has happened in my life since last year. First off, I moved to Melbourne, Australia for a year...maybe a little longer. I moved here in late June of 2014 and have been settling in quite nicely. Now instead of living out in the rural countryside I live right in the heart of the city. I've made some new friends, friends who share the love (passion) of creating cards with rubber stamps, lovely papers, inks, and fabulous embellishments. In fact, I am ready to start hosting some classes in my new home. Yay!! 

I'm off to a little birthday party this evening and here is the card I made for the occasion.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Hi friends,
I had my fall stamp camp today and had a wonderful turnout. I had a houseful of good friends all having a stamping good time. Now I can't wait to plan the next stamp camp. We're also planning another shoe box swap. The swap we did last year was so much fun. It's always so good to get to see what everyone else comes up with for their card.

Well as promised, here are the rest of the cards we made at today's stamp camp:

This card features the Regarding Dahlias stamp set #130324 for $19.95 and the Mosiac Madness stamp set #130246 for $26.95. I embossed the dahlia with white embossing powder and sponged first with crushed curry ink and then with pumpkin pie ink. There was some "fussy" cutting but the effect is beautiful. The dahlia is popped up with dimensionals.  Hope you like it!!