Hi everyone!

My name is Karen, I live on the (sometimes) sunny NSW Central Coast, have a partner who has three great kids, have 4 1/2 dogs (share one with the partner), and am discovering the world of paper crafts and scrapbooking!

Started scrapbooking approx 5 yr ago, and have realised it's an ever evolving craft ... so many new things, techniques etc coming out all the time - it's hard to keep up! For example, recently discovered Copic markers - oh what fun we are having now! As a consequence, my house is always one of organised chaos lol.

I fund my hobbies (or habits, I haven't decided which yet) working as a pet groomer here on the coast, which also caters for my love of animals. I have been showing dogs since I was 8 yr old, and will never be with a canine companion. Next year, hopefully one of the girls will be having puppies - a whole new subject to scrap!

Monday, March 28, 2011

What a day!

Started off as a not so great day; just an average day, really. Got kids off to school, put a load of washing on, washed up brekkie things/cleaned kitchen, followed by a general tidy up whilst David did his invoicing, checked emails etc. Then off to my place to mow what had become a jungle ... which took four long hours! Back to David's to bring washing in, vacuum etc, and check emails/Facebook, and guess what??? Not only did I win the Copic Oz Blog Hop, which is a copy of the awesome new book on shading and colouring with Copics, but I then scooted over to the Mad For Markers challenge blog to see who had won the "male cards using brown copics" challenge for March, and although I didn't win (but congrats to those that did!) the Design Team picked my entry as a Favourite! How awesomely cool is that! So the day is ending on a high :-) plus, I have a new blinkie over on the left! Hope your Monday turned out as awesome as mine did!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Some recent creations ...

Although I haven't posted on here for a while, I haven't been idle. Instead I've been sitting at home, and while watching tv, I've been colouring and making cards just because I felt like it ... no challenges entered, I just got in a mood to create. Now I just have to switch that mood from cards to scrapbooking, and catch up on all the pages I need to do - I have so many photos printed off, and that's as far as I have got. But you have to agree (especially if you are reading this, you probably will) cardmaking is addictive ... I know that I haven't stopped cruising the net looking at stamps, dreaming of which Copic Markers to buy next, and looking at the amazing creations out there in blog-world - there are so many talented people out there! Plus, seeing as I can't help myself and constantly make cards, I am considering applyingfor a spot at a local craft market in August to sell my cards ( I also do other "crafty" things, so I wouldn't be limited to just cards, but as you all know, it becomes a time thing)

Anyway, here are some of my latest cards ... enjoy!!

This is one of my first gateway style cards, and I made this one for a friend after they lost their dog to a snake bite

Friday, March 18, 2011

Boy cards!

I haven't posted in ages ... and haven't participated in a challenge since January! Been busy, as I went back to work 1st February, and have been experimenting with different card formats - easel cards, joy fold cards, gateway cards etc. But I did make this card with the intention of putting it forward for the Mad For Markers boy cards in brown challenge, just have taken my time uploading it!
As Father's Day is coming up, thought I would do this card for my nephew to give to his dad (my brother)
Copics used : hair - E31, 33, 35 & 37
Skin - E00, 51, 53
Clothes - B93, 95, 97, 24, 26 & 28, E71, 77, G 21, 24, V12, 15, 17
Misc. - C1, 3, 5, 7, R27, 39

This is the first boy specific stamp I have bought - and I do love him!

Thanks for looking!