Wicked birthday

September 30th, 2013

And now for something different …

My manager had her birthday on the same day as the super major event I was project managing (was on 14 September, we had an estimated 12,000 – 13,000 in attendance.  I am ready to collapse in a broom cupboard now).

Anyway, I had been saving up some special papers and stamps to use on a card for her, because I know how much she loves Wicked.  I actually got them last year, but was saving them for a special occasion, and then was feeling inspired a few months ago when I did ‘And Your Little Dog Too’ a few months ago.  I used the same Graphic 45 papers and stamp set, but obviously this was a very different palette.

Edited to add in the name of the paper and stamp set:  Magic of Oz by Graphic 45


Wicked Birthday

Size: A5 (A4 folded) Graphic 45 Magic of Oz papers and chip board poppy edged with ink, mounted on gold paper then on purple cardstock.  Magic of Oz images stamped on gold paper with Wild Plum Adirondak ink.


And your little dog too …

July 6th, 2013

Made this for a friend who likes the Wizard of Oz (and doggies!).  I got to use my Graphic 45 stamps and papers that I bought for my birthday last year (my present to myself, yay!), that have been sitting there temptingly for some time.  But I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with them, so this was the first time I have actually cut the papers up.

Ruby red slippers

Ruby red slippers

Cream cardstock, A5 folded to A6.  Edged with Aged Mahogony distress ink.  Background images (Graphic 45 Magic of Oz stamp collection) stamped in Antique Linen and Aged Mahogony distress inks.  Cut around Dorothy and dog image, and also cut a square panel and reverse to show the red shoes and edge with Aged Mahogony ink.  Layer the two papers over the stamped backgrounds.

Note:  the inside was also stamped with images in the two colours, and also some more of the paper.  I don’t have a copy of that to show unfortunately.

I know someone who loves Wicked and Oz associated things, so I am planning to make a Wicked themed card for her very soon.  It will be a different colour palette, those papers are predominently green and purple.

Vale Rob Guest

March 14th, 2009

Originally posted on October 2 2008

I can’t claim to have known him, but I saw Rob Guest perform a number of times in Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.  He had a beautiful, rich voice, and unlike some singers was able to act enough to be convincing in his roles.  Australia has lost one of it’s leading male performers (even if he was born in New Zealand).  Guest was only 57 years old, and we could have assumed that he still had many years of performing left in him.  By all accounts he was as generous with his time and helping young performers as he was at captivating an audience.

I regret that now I will never be able to see him as The Wizard of Oz in Wicked.  Rodney Dobson, who was also excellent in Les Mis will be taking over the role, and I’m sure he will do a good job.  But it still would have been nice to see Rob Guest in the role.

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