Friday, March 30, 2012


So I am learning new technology and how to upload a photo from ipad to blogger.
This is the view of the ocean from our bedroom window.
Not bad!!!
You can have your head on the pillow and see the is my favourite room in the house.
Just wanted to share it with you.
Alicia xx

Moving News

I havent blogged this week as we have been in the middle of our move to Newcastle and we dont have our computer set up yet so I have to use Ben's ipad. I did take a photo to share with you but I cant work out how to load it up. Our new house is right opposite the beach at Stockton. The puppies are settling in well. We have been taking them for walks and they have been loving it. I have been busy unpacking boxes...not so fun. I have completed the kitchen, bedroom and am moving onto the baby room today. We still have another load of stuff to pack up at our old house and then try and fit into this house which is about one third in size so I dont know how we will go with that. I havent been making anything as my craft things are still all boxed up, but I hope to colour something today. Ben has been settling in to his new job and really likes it so that is very good news. He catches the ferry across the Harbour to get to and from work. Hopefully our new computer will arrive early next week and our internet might get connected about then too so I will hopefully be back to blogging again. I hope you have had a good week and will talk with you again soon. Alicia xx

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Surfer Ian and a Surfing Movie in Australia

Here is my third Surfer Ian card for the Mad for Markers Monochromatic Challenge.
This time he is coloured in Cool Greys.

C0, C1, C3, C5, C7

Have you purchased this stamp yet?
He is such a must!
Get him at the Mad for Markers Shop here.

Here is a surfing clip my Cousin sent to me of his adorable little kids.  I think he must have a little camera attached to the surf board.  So cute...they are gorgeous.

We are in the middle of moving this weekend.
It is a little chaotic.  I may be without internet and a computer for a few days as we set up our new house.  We are moving into a very old, small house but will be right across from the beach.  Very different to where we are living now.  I promise to blog photos when we get our computer and internet set up.  We actually have to buy a new computer as our old one is dieing a very slow death.  We cant turn it off as we can not turn it back on!!!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Alicia xx

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Mad for Markers 2nd Birthday Blog Hop

How exciting! The Mad for Marker's 2nd Birthday Blog Hop!! I am so thrilled to be a part of it!!
If you have come from Marie's blog you are on the right track!!  If not head to Sammi's Blog to start the hop. Trust me it will be worth it there is some great inspiration and great prizes to be won!! 

For the hop I have made a card using "Some Odd Girl" Sweet Thinkin' Mae.  She can be purchased here at the Mad for Markers Store.  The seam binding I used can be purchased here at the Mad for Markers Store

Copics Used:

Hair: E29, R46, E08, YR16
Eyes: G17, G05, G02
Skin: E00, E21, E11, E04
Pinks: RV21, RV23, RV34, RV29
White gel pen
Lots of Kindy Glitz

While you are here why not enter my Spring Candy? See the post above!

Now you are off to Gretchen's Blog.

Happy hopping!

Alicia xx

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Mad for Markers ~ Monochromatic Blues

Good Morning Blogging Beauties, 

Happy Saturday! Yay!! Do you have a nice weekend planned? I have a few jobs for this weekend that need to be done, and hopefully some card-making too!!! 

 Today I thought I would share this "wildish" male card which is Surfer Ian coloured in blues. The papers are pretty "out there" arent they! They are from the Bo Bunny Barefoot and Bliss paper pad. The journalling card with the stamped Happy Birthday is from Project Life, the Cobalt Collection. 

 The Copics I used are: 
 BG000, B00, BG01, BG05, B05, B24, B18 

 Why not try to colour something up in some shades of blue today (or any colour) and enter it in our Monochromatic Challenge

 If you are looking for the perfect stamp then head over to the Mad for Marker's store and see Sammi's great range. Surfer Ian is available here

 Have a lovely weekend, 

 Alicia xx

Friday, March 16, 2012

More Male B'day Cards

Hi Blogging Beauties,

I have more male cards to share today from the special order I did.  This lady loves stripes on male cards so I used as much striped paper as I could find in my stash.

This was a sticker I have had in my stash for a while now.

More Kaisercraft Papers.

These two are very simple - using Martha Stewart doilies and some white gel pen.

The baby has settled down a bit now and now that I am fully aware of Branxton Hicks I dont mind that they are waking me up at night!!  Yesterday I went shopping for baby singlets, maternity tops and pyjamas for hospital.  I am slowly working my way through the list for "what to take to hospital".  I made lots of cards too yesterday because I am trying to get through all my March birthdays this week and send them all off so they are finished with.  Next week is going to be a little hectic because we are starting to move house next week...crazy timing I know, but Ben has accepted a wonderful new job in Newcastle so we are moving three hours south.  We have lived in Newcastle before when we went to uni and began working down there after uni, so we know what the town is like.  We hope to find out if we have secured a rental house to live today.  Please keep your fingers crossed for us! If all goes well we will have a house to move into!  So life is a little hectic.  I am finishing up with my tutoring students next week as well and in the process of finding new teachers for them to go and see.  But, I am just doing one thing at a time...and not getting stressed about the million things that are to be done.  We can only do what we can do right?

I hope your day is lovely, and full of smiles.

Thanks for stopping by,

Alicia xx

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Four Male Musical Cards

Hi Blogging Beauties,

I did an order for 20 male cards, but I thought it might be a bit too much to blog them all at once.  
Here is a set of four from the set of 20.
I made these using the Kaisercraft Velvet Ensemble Paper pad and a little bit of other Kaisercraft paper scraps thrown in as well.

I had a lot of Branxton Hicks contractions last night.  I went in to the hospital today to double check everything was alright...and yes it is fine...but oh my, I was starting to think this baby was coming early!!  I am going to stop tutoring next week because I am getting pretty tired and need to rest a little more.  Keeping me still can be a bit tricky...there is always so much I want to do!!

Thanks for stopping by,
Alicia xx

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Winner of my Valentines Candy and a little purchase I just had to share...

Hi Blogging Beauties,

Is your life as crazy and busy as mine??  I must make it this way I guess..well at least there is never a dull moment!!  I am trying to catch up on 20,000 things today and I wanted to draw my Valentines candy. Thank you to everyone for entering!

The lucky winner is: Sandra H

Sandra I will be in touch with you to get your address details!

I have more candy all ready to go, so stay tuned I hope to post it up this week.


Also I went grocery shopping yesterday and I bought a pair of little booties for the baby.  I have started packing my hospital bag and booties or socks were on the list for the baby.  We dont have any of either yet so I had to go and purchase something.  This is what I found and I thought they were just so cute I had to share a photo with you!  I think they will keep his/her feet warm : )

Four weeks to go now...getting closer!

Off to work on the rest of my jobs.
I hope you have a lovely day, thanks for stopping by.

Alicia xx

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Mad for Markers ~ Monchromatic

Hi Blogging Beauties, 

 I hope you are having a happy Saturday. My Mum came over and we did some gardening.  I really needed a hand to get motivated.  We mulched and weeded the front garden.  It looks so nice again now, it is my favourite garden at our place.

I wanted to share my green Surfer Ian. I have put him onto a card. I think he will be perfect for one of my surfie cousins that live up on the Sunshine Coast and both have birthdays later this does that mean I might be organised?? How nice it will be to pull the card out already made and send it off! 

 But I am getting sidetracked...did you want to know colours? 

 Here they are: YG11, YG03, YG23, YG06, G14, G05, G28 

 I followed a sketch, but the challenge has ended now...the sketch I found to be really good though, if you want an easy and quick card to go with an image you have coloured give it a try.  I made five cards with this sketch.

 Well, I hope you have a great weekend and get some colouring time in. Why not make a card for our challenge at Mad for Markers? Pop on over to Sammi's store to buy Surfer Ian and the new Greeting farm stamps here

 Thanks for stopping by, Alicia xx

Valentine Candy

To celebrate Valentines Day I am giving away a special Valentines themed candy.

The candy includes:
One Brand-new Echo Park Paper Pad
2 Spellbinders Nestabilities Die packs.  
(These dies are not brand new, but have only been used once or twice and are still in perfect condition.)  
2 Manor House Collection Blossoms
Some Pink ribbon.

This will assist you with making some lovely romance themed cards.

To enter please leave a comment on this post and make sure you are a follower.
The winner will be randomly chosen.

Good luck!
Alicia xx

(This post will remain at the top of my blog, so please scroll down for more recent posts.)

Friday, March 9, 2012

60th Birthday Card

Hi Blogging Beauties,

I hope you have had a good week and are looking forward to a relaxing weekend : )
I made this card for an Principal I used to work for on the Gold Coast.  It was her 60th Birthday this week.  I used papers and elements form the Kaisercraft Sweet Nothing Collection.

I stamped the sentiment with Tim Holtz Vintage Photo ink.
I edged the flower and the music notes die cut with gold gel pen.

I have just finished a special order for 20 male cards...phew!
They have kept me busy.  I will share the pics soon.

See more 60th Birthday cards here!

I hope you had a beautiful day today : )
Thanks for visiting my blog.

Alicia xx

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Autumn Card with Inspiring Quote

Hi Blogging Beauties,

My mother-in-law requested this card for a friend of hers who has had some misfortune lately.
She wanted the quote and a picture of a field.  I came up with kind of has an autumn feel to it I think.

This is the inside of the card.

I am off to tutoring, so just a quick post today.
I hope you have a beautiful day.

Thanks for stopping by.
Alicia xx

Monday, March 5, 2012

Mad for Markers - Monochromatic March

Hi Blogging Beauties,

The new March Challenge at Mad for Markers is - Monochromatic Colours!
We are looking for colouring using different shades of the same colour.

I have coloured in Surfer Ian.
Available in the Mad for Markers Shop here.

Firstly I coloured him with Cool Greys:
C0, C1, C3, C5, C7

Then Warm Greys:
W1, W3, W5, W7

Then Yellows/Oranges/Browns:
Y11, Y15, Y17, YR23, E35, E15 

Then Blues:
BG000, B00, BG01, BG05, B05, B24, B18

And finally Greens:
YG11, YG03, YG23, YG06, G14, G05, G28

I had a lot of fun with this!
Now I have heaps of images to put on some male cards.
I hope you join us in this fun challenge...hop on over to Mad for Markers and link up your creation.

Alicia xx