Friday, January 29, 2010

WOOHOO! new car soon!! and Week 4 atc

The following is the ATC for the week 4 of the ATCs4U weekly diary challenge. The theme was Australia Day. The background is a fourex can run through the cuttlebug, now Liz seems to think its hubby's can....well ahem....lets just say it could have been his. I had an Australia Day much as the card indicates mates, beers and BBQ. I hope everyone had a fantastic day. Some people dwell on the negatives of the date but I think we need a day to celebrate us, everyone, all Australians as a people and this fabulous country.

More good news - Jonkers Toyota rang and we will have a new ute sooner than expected. A previously ordered ute is no longer required so we will now have our Cruiser at least a month and a half earlier. Mark can now stop logging onto the Toyota site to track the production of his new car. Now we can definitely go camping at Easter, Hurrah - especially as it means I can send him back off to work - double Hurrah!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Weekly 3 - ATC Diary and some lovely creations from the Allcraftz girls

The following is the ATC for the week 3 of the ATCs4U weekly diary challenge. The theme was birthday as it is both Liz's and De's Birthdays in January. It was fitting as it is Mark's as well this month. Though the card itself was a bit of a cheat as I just rehashed an old design from a previous swap, but I did testosterone it up a bit as the originals were very pink.

I also got some fantastic atcs from a couple of themed ATC swaps. The theme for the group below was metal. Thankyou to the fantastic artists - Leesa, Sharon, Nic and Robyn.

The next theme was trees. I think that this could be about my favourite theme for ATCs as it's impossible not to make something gorgeous with a tree - don't you agree. Thankyou Marnie, Joy, Nic and Marcy for your lovely creations.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Weekly ATC Diary - Week 2

This has got to be some sort of record for me. More than one blog post in a week and doing challenge before the eleventh hour. Liz and De posted the next challange on the weekly ATC diary blog ( This weeks theme was summer and my ATC was inspired by the fly on both Liz's and De's cards. One of my memories of summer is going being down to the creek to escape the heat, hearing the cicadas and watching the vibrant jewelled dragonflies dart about. So for this theme I chose a dragonfly.

The background is ditress inks and glimmermist, the grass is embossed in copper (mainly because the stamping didn't stand out much, as for that neither did the VIBRANT word rubon). The dragonfly was printed on transparency and stuck onto more misted card because it didn't stand out either. Now I've gone and really talked it up, it actually doesn't look half bad IRL.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

RIP Cruiser 1999 - 2009

You have travelled many a road
Always willing to carry the load
No matter what the state of the trail
No obstacle would ever cause you to fail
Until that day you meet that cliff of rock
Which caused you to come to a shuddering stop
It was just a normal everyday day
Nothing should have got in your way
But now you are just a twisted wreck
And will never, ever go on another trek

We have lost our Cruiser 75 ute - TOTAL LOSS - as the insurance company put it. After the thousands of miles of gravel, corrugations, sand, mud, hill climbs and creek crossings, she met her demise on the bitumen. Just a normal everyday drive only 5 minutes from home, a recently resurfaced road, a sharp bend and she met her end on the clifface of the road cutting. No camping and 4x4 this Christmas. We had to stay at home - the poor little Vitara wasn't going to tow the camper trailer.

Now comes the long wait and the huge pain in the hip pocket to replace her with a new 70 series ute. A brand-spanking new Cruiser. I just wish they would hurry up and schedule the thing to be built. The Business tax incentive meant there isn't one sitting on a lot anywhere and we wanted factory difflocks so it looks like a four month wait. Though I can definitely wait to fork out the money, it almost as much as what we paid for our first house. The worst thing is we are grounded till we get the new car. No camping and fourwheel driving for a quarter of the year!!!

New Years Resolution and the Weekly ATC diary

I have made a News Years Resolution to try to at least put up a post a month on this poor neglected blog. As a beginning I have started on the weekly atc diary challenge which Redcrystal of the yahoo group ATCs4U has started. If your interested come and join. This blog tells you everything you need to know. This week the ATC front is to be your name and its meaning. I went to town (well not quite the capital city, you know just down town, as I haven't journalled on the backs yet) and made two atcs with different meanings of my name. One is Spanish meaning Pretty or Pretty one. The other is English meaning lime tree or linden tree. There is also a German meaning but it is snake and I'm not really into them so I'll give that a miss.

The backgrounds are glimmer misted, I have stamped and heat embossed the tree and name plate, just printed out the words and distress inked them and a dictionary meaning added an image on the spanish one and some bling and trinkets. TFL