Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Proud Moment

Last week, on April 15th, we took my mother to Timaru to be presented with a special medal. Last year, the public were asked to nominate people for New Zealander of the Year awards. Over 400 people were nominated for these awards. Mum, Joyce Bush, was nominated by a person from the Grey Power organisation in Ashburton for her contributions to Girl Guides and Basketball  (over 50 years to each organisation) as well as contributions to the Grey Power organisation.

Three people from Ashburton and two people from Timaru were presented with medals in recognition of their contributions, being accorded Local Hero status in the New Zealander of the Year awards. 150 Local Hero Awards were presented throughout the country. Further information about the Local Heroes Awards can be found here.
Photos below: 

Mum being presented with her pewter medal, which had a map of NZ, the Southern Cross and New Zealander of the Year, Local Heroes Award on one side and her name and the date engraved on the other side. A black ribbon was attached.

The people presented with medals at the Timaru presentation.
L to R: Kiwibank Manager, Joyce Bush, Craig Hansen, Daphne Rissman, Christine and Donald Talbot.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


Autumn is here at last. The leaves are starting to change and fall around the section - more mess to clean up!
Autumn is the theme for our card swap over at Card Making World. This card also fits the theme for the Allsorts Challenge this week as well - stitched!

I used a Bazzil Basics 12x12 to make the base card then layered it with some paper I had with oak leaves on it. I stitched some panels and not others to provide a bit of contrast.

The coloured leaves were punched from scraps of paper then glued on.

The sentiment on the front is from a Hero Arts collection, which I masked and stamped the leaves over the top.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Vintage cards

During the weekend I managed to make some cards using images from Joanna Sheen's vintage birthdays CD.
The backing papers come with the images and I have used these in all the cards.
I stamped the base card with a crackle stamp from Montarga using gold ink.

I did the same for the green backing card then sprayed it with a mist I made from pearl powder mixed with water then spritzed onto the card.

Added a lemon coloured ribbon to finish it off.

Used a dark green base card for this one. Added a backing paper from the CD then used peeloffs to add a bit of a contrast across the centre of the card as I didn't have any ribbon the right colour! Used corner peel offs to accent the corners of the paper background.

Layered the picture onto the same dark green card as the base then layered using sticky mounts to give it a bit of dimension. The pictures are all printed onto photo paper.

These two cards also have the images and backing papers from the Joanna Sheen Vintage Birthdays CD.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Another challenge!

Lots to Do has posted a Black and White Challenge for this week.

I had a card that I made some time ago that fits the bill this week!

I began with a white card that I folded in half then trimmed the edge using a Fiskars edge punch. I then added a strip of black card to provide a level edge (with the back of the card).

Added a black and white ribbon and topped that with three medallions that I stamped and embossed with white embossing powder, then cut them out.

Added a Thinking of you stamped sentiment.