Susan's Saga

Thursday, January 31, 2008

My Paper World Challenge Sketch #3




After the sad news that my blog apparently isn't worth anything, I was so cheered to receive some comments from people who assured me they valued it! Thank you so much! It means a lot!

I was cheered enough to sneak out some craft materials to make Nicola's challenge card Sketch #3! I was thinking of you all who said such nice things when I made it, so it's really a Valentine's card for all of you :-)

Thanks again!

Oh - and I think this card also qualifies for Pearl's challenge to make a card with some hearts on it too :-)

CORRECTION: Since I first posted this, I have been advised by Pearl that the heart card challenge was not really hers in the first place, but that now the idea has been suggested, she will be posting challenges in future herself! Hooray!

My blog isn't worth anything :-(



I am not sure why, but apparently my blog isn't worth anything :-( Has anyone else tried this test? What makes a blog worth something? If you know, please post me a comment! It would cheer me up! Lee, so glad to know your blog is worth a LOT!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tagged again!

This time by Andrea. As I have been tagged twice in a short time, I am not going to tag anybody this time. I will, however, follow the other instructions fro you, Andrea :-) Here are the instructions (feel free to consider yourself tagged if you would like to be, by the way!)

1. You must post the rules before you give your answers.
2. You must list one fact about yourself for each letter of your middle name. Each fact must begin with that letter. If you don't have a middle name, just use your maiden name.
3. After you've been tagged, you need to up-date your blog with your middle name and answers.
4. At the end of your post, you need to tag one person for each letter of your middle name. (Be sure to leave them a comment telling them they've been tagged and need to read your blog for details).

OK - here is my answer: I

Like to go birdwatching
Yearn for chocolate
Never want to go swimming in public
Never want to go bungy jumping
Eat too much
Take a long time to get ready in the morning
Try to leave people smiling, and
Enjoy blogging!

Hey - that's not a bad tag to do! Thanks for thinking of me, Andrea.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Repetition...


Scrapchat has issued a photo challenge for the week called 'Repetition'. The only thing that immediately came to my mind was the infinity picture you can do with two mirrors - endless reflections can be seen when two mirrors face each other at the right angles. Then I started noticing that there is repetition all around us - and this was reinforced by some of the early entries for this challenge. Other challengers took photos of brick walls, stone pathways, people dressed the same and standing in a line, rows of palm trees and street lights - so I just looked around my desk and voila - there was my repetition shot! Hope you like it.

7 more random facts for Lisa

I visited Lisa's blog today and got tagged to list seven random fatcs about myself. If you haven't been tagged before, try it! It's a way to get to know people a little better :-) I have played tag a few times and always learn new things about other blogging friends.

Here's seven random facts about me for today:

1. My three kids have all grown up and left home
2. I'm going to become a grandmother in a few months
3. I have a foxie-chihuahua cross dog who is 14 years old
4. I love quiet and peaceful surroundings and enjoy being out of doors a lot
5. I have two tabby cats, aged 16 and 12
6. Strangers often start talking to me without any invitation and tell me their troubles
7. I am often mistaken for other people (maybe that's why complete strangers tell me their troubles???)

Monday, January 28, 2008

Dolls


Did you know that if you put a 50+ year old doll in warm water and bleach, she might crack and splinter to pieces? That's what I found out today. As I cannot get my craft supplies out because I need to keep the house presentable for potential buyers, I am going to use my camera more for the next little while and post some pictures of things that happen in my life. Suzane inspired me to think about taking more photos as she is completing a 365 day photo challenge where she takes a photo of something and posts it EVERY DAY. Today I had a great opportunity to photograph something different as I enjoyed restoring some of my old dolls to a bit of their former glory (well, some got resotred and three were beyond saving or cracked when water touched them). I did not get up this morning thinking that I would be washing dolls, doll's clothes and doing their hair, and being a source of amusement to DH in the process, mind you! Here's how it happened: DH and I decided to clear out the room at the back of the garage. We spent most of today tossing old papers, sorting books, finding photos (!!they should not have been in the garage!!) and one box we found held my sorry little dolls. I brought them all into the house where the laundry tub is and started to scrub. I should have taken a 'before' picture. But I didn't.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Rooster Attack!!

I used to like chickens. When I was a kid, I even had some as pets. Today I revised my fond childhood memories of sweet chickens allowing you to pick them up and cuddle them as you whipped away their still-warm eggs. There I was in my friend's yard, camera slung round my neck but sadly out of battery power, feeding the chooks for my friend. There were only 8 chickens and all of them were supposed to be locked up in a pen, but four had escaped into the fenced yard, including the protecitve Mr Rooster. Well, I casually walked up to said Rooster and hens with the full feed pan and flash! Crash! Scratch! I was ....ATTACKED!! :shock: Mr Rooster scratched me on my bare legs and knocked the feed pan out of my hand. It took me a moment to realise I had been attacked, mind you, as I just did not expect it. I stood there, staring the rooster down, and he did eventually walk away first.

His retreat didn't make me trust him or stop me grabbing a handy piece of timber leaning on the fence to make sure I had a way of warding him off 'just in case'. Just as well I grabbed that timber - he tried to attack several more times before I got him penned! Each time I approached him, board first, he thought the board was a threat and scratched it instead of me, so my ruse worked.

Mr Rooster's back claws were short and not too sharp, so he didn't break my skin, but my old legs would have been better off without the new decorations he left behind.

And I didn't get one photo of the villain to show you....so here's a platypus instead. They have sharp claws, too. And no, I have never been attacked by one! Lol!

Serenity

Do you like photography? I'm part of a 52 week photo challenge over at Scrapchat. Since I know very little about my lovely new camera, I thought this would be one a good way for me to learn something. I'm not sure it's working (the 'learn about photography by doing challenges part), but I did take a picture of the moon the other night to submit for the 'Serenity' theme. I think the moon looked much more serene in real life. I obviously don't know how to adjust the camera to show a nice moon shot. Any suggestions will be gratefully received! Oh - this was shot taken from my back door so is technically a 'What's In My Back Yard' shot as well.

'Technical' details. I have a digital SLR camera. I put the camera on a night time setting. I didn't have a tripod (my daughter has borrowed it) so held my breath while the camera did it's thing, slowly. The I put the photo through a photo enhancing program where I adjusted the contrast and shadow components. The picture still doesn't look like the moon I saw, though it's better this way than it was in the original version. And it was windy which is part of the reason for the fuzzy shrubbery. The other reason for the fuzz is because even holding my breath and leaning on a wall, I know I move more than a tripod would!

moonlight

Friday, January 25, 2008

Praise the Lord!

Just had word that little Rachel's platelet count has suddenly jumped from 2 to 67!! Thank you, anyone who prayed for the healing of the little girl I mentioned in my last post. She is coming home! She will no doubt need some extra care and testing for a while but things are looking so much brighter for her and her family.

Thank you again. And praise the Lord!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Thinking of Robyn


Friends have their youngest (about 7) in hospital with an undiagnosed and serious condition. I wanted to make them all smile, if even for a minute, and so did a 'portrait' of their family with the SU! 'All in the Family' and 'Simple sketches' stamps. I used SU! cs - Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Lavendar Lace, Pixie Pink, and ran a felt pen round the edge of the main image. I punched the flowers with a CM punch and decorated them (and the image) with silver gel pen. I made tags with a ribbon I received from a friend so am not sure of its origin. I used SU! Stampin' Pastels with a blender pen to colour the main images and then chalked everyone's cheeks. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig a LOT with this card - for every placement of each little person - am not sure how I managed to give the littlest one such a long neck, but she is special.

Oh - and this card is also for Fiona's sketch challenge to use an SU! stamp set beginning with 'A' this fortnight. Oh - Fiona says to come and join the Alphabet Challenge!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

I'm back!



We arrived home late last night from our trip away! We had a marvelous time away from home and it is also good to return. I spent today catching up on the things you normally have to do when you've been on a trip - the washing, sorting, cleaning etc - but I also needed to make a birthday card for my DDs boyfriend to have afternoon tea with, and here it is!



I used my SU! 'Lovely as a Tree' stampset for the main image and a retired SU! sentiment. The cs is also SU! - Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy and Whisper White. I embossed the sentiment with gold, blender-penned the tree, and used a cute tree brad sent to me by a Secret Santa friend this Christmas. I CASEd the idea from Chrissie - thanks, Chrissie!

It was so good to have an excuse to make a card as soon as I got home!

Friday, January 18, 2008

You Made My Day Award


I was delighted and amazed to receive this award from Suzanne - what a wonderful thing to do for someone!! Thank you, Suzanne, for being a great blogging buddy and crafter, and for being so generous as to take time to write something so lovely about me (blush!) I look forward to reading your comments on my blog and do you know what? I think you were my first blogging friend too!



It made me feel so good to receive this award, I have to pass it on to others. Today I choose
Andrea at Andrea's Card Creations and Events who has made my day many times with her lovely comments and friendliness
Andrea at Andrea's World who has the most lovely cards on her blog and who pops in to encourage and support
Lee who has been so wonderful leaving comments on my blog that are so warm and who inspires me with her own blog and crafting skills.
Nicola who has made me think about different ways of making cards with her great sketch challenges and who has also left comments that make my day


All of you are so wonderful and it is hard to stop here! I appreciate everyone who stops by here and leaves comments. Have a great day, everyone!

Peculiar Aristocratic Title

I was looking at Gypsyangel's blog this evening (yep - jumped on the computer again for a few minutes after everyone else went to bed!) and she said the following: "As most of you would know that I have been tracing my family tree, well I just found out that I am someone of importance. My Peculiar Aristocratic Title is: Her Royal Highness Gypsyangel the Innocent of Walk upon Water"

Well, I couldn't resist finding out what my own title would be, of course, and maybe you would also like one of your own. Here's what I found out:

My own Peculiar Aristocratic Title is:
Her Exalted Highness Duchess Susan the Superficial of Greater Sodbury
Get your Peculiar Aristocratic Title

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thanks for your warm wishes!

I got a chance to check out the comments on my last post tonight and was so touched by everyone's good wishes! Thanks so much for taking the time to say what you did!

I will be back home again this Friday night (LATE) and will be getting back to crafting some new things soon, I trust, so will have something to show you all before too long :-)

Sure hope you are all well and I will look forward to checking out everyone's blogs ASAP when I get home - I don't want to tie up my friend's computer too long while I am away as three of us are vying for time on it....!!!

Take care, all you lovely people.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Am off for a week or so....

....travelling interstate with DH, so will not be able to craft at all (oh no!) or check email/internet (oh double no!) as regularly for awhile. See you all when I get back. Stay safe, happy crafting!

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Thinking of Manda


I made another card today for Manda, a forum friend who is going through a tough time. The card was CASEd from Michelle Goodrich at SCS . I stamped the SU! Stipple Rose stamp and added in some flourishes from SU! Peaceful Wishes on Whisper White cs. I coloured it in with a blender pen and some Stampin' Pastels. I used a whale punch on the corners of the SU! Old Olive cs and mounted it on Gable Green cs. The little saying is stamped in Close to Cocoa and comes from the SU! Greetings galore set. Hope it cheers Manda and her family up, even just a little.


Get Well Soon

A friend I know from some of the forums I belong to is in the hospital. I coincidentally found a card on SCS made by Jill Jacobsen and decided it might cheer Lexie up. Here it is - the flower is made from scrapbook paper from Big W, I couloured the bg of the reverse side with SU! Lavendar Lace and stamped with an SU! Seeing Spots stamp in Ballet Blue. Cardstock is from SU! - Pixie Pink, Yo Yo Yellow, Lovely Lilac and Bashful Blue. I used a gold brad I found in the LSL and a deep pink one I got from my Secret Santa from Kim's forum I also used some gingham ribbon, a white gel pen, Paper Piercing tool & matte plus slit punch, all from SU! Get better soon, Lexie.

For Lexie

Monday, January 07, 2008

DCM Challenge to make a 'New' Card

I found time ot make a New Year's card as a RAK today and it fit into the DCM challenge too! Here's my example - I used a young friend's unknown origin tulip stamp (thank you, Elisabeth) that I embossed with black then coloured and blended, using Stampin' pastels and blender pen, and the odd felt pen. That's SU! Gable Green, black and Whisper white sc. The gold stickers I received from a Canadian friend (thanks, Carla!) so it's an international card as well :-)

Happy New Year

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Happy 80th, MIL!

Today I followed a sketch challenge from Scrapchat to make this card for my MIL. I used Time Well Spent SU! stampset, SU! Bordering Blue, So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive cs, SU! grosgrain ribbon, gold embossing powder, Stazon, Versamark, CM number stickers, gold stickers and a bee from a Big W set (I drew on the gold wing veins with a gel pen).

Happy 80th, MIL!

Liz Laughs

I followed the Powercrop challenge at Scrapchat today and created a LO of my DD as a baby. I love these pictures and it was great to use them today. I used SU! Gable Green cs to hand cut the word 'Laugh', and stamped on it with a flower from SU! Time Well Spent. Then I layered the page with SU! cs in Apricot appeal, Bashful blue, Cameo Coral and Pixie Pink. There are a couple of primas and a cricut flower (thank you, Andrea!) and a gold brad, and I edged the word 'laugh' in black ink.

Laughing Liz 5.1.08

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Peggy's Mystery Challenge

Peggy from Scrapchat set us a mystery challenge to do some LOs on photos of her daughter's 5th birthday party. I just finished mine tonight so thought I'd post it up here. I used Creative Memories papers and punches, SU! ribbons and stamps, prima floweres, some of those flowers you gave me, Pearl, assorted brads and gel pens, and a purple fine tipped pen from CM. This was a totally new experience for me as I have not ever used 3D things on my scrap booking pages. I htink soem of the effects are too subtle for the camera to pick up, too - it looks better IRL.

Oh, and Suzanne? I'm doing some card challenges next, OK? He he he!

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Our Missionaries

You know how at the beginning of a new year you look around and think things need a freshre look? Well, that's what I did tonight with my missionary postcards. I had them stuck any old how up on a kitchen wall. I thought tonight they deserved to eb displayed better, so I scrapped them onto four pages, then mounted them on cardboard and replaced them on the wall. I was pretty happy with the result.

Missionary Display

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Happy New Year!

Hope you all had a great New Year's and that things are 'Great in 2008'! DH & I spent the evening with Austrian friends. We watched DVDs of old movies and ate 'traditiona;' food - a wonderful beef and vegetable soup at 10pm and at midnight, a potato and herring salad! Now I had never tried pickled herring (rollmops?) before but now know they are delicious.

We could see the fireworks on Cairn's Esplanade from a distance at midnight, and just enjoyed the night talking and reminiscing about the year. It was very pleasant. My friends are wonderful Christian friends who I appreciate very much. They insisted we stay overnight rather than returning home (96kms away) and this morning they fed us fresh fruit salad and croissants before we departed. I need to work on eating more moderately from now on!!

Following Suzanne's example, I am starting this year with a few changes to my blog. I've added a free counter (see bottom of page). I'm going to work on a new avatar image, too. Maybe that will get posted today.

I trust I will see all who come here lots more in 2008. Thank you to everyone who has left comments and become friends in 2007. It has been fun getting to know you and learning about blogging with you all.

All the very best!