A bright Thanks…


Thank you for comments and likes recently.

Glad to see I’m not the only one who relies so much on my phone! The happy news it is all sorted and I didn’t need to get a new one just yet.  A small repair sees things all good again.

Anyway enough waffle.

You stop to see the pictures.

Today I have a “thanks” card for a co worker of my eldest daughter.

I am linking up to Darnell’s NBUS #7 here

my NBUS is the stamplorations die.

I hate to admit I’m pretty sure some of these flower images have never seen ink either.  I can’t be alone in admitting to having loads of images that have never seen inky love. Image result for embarrassed emoji

I will also link up to

The current challenge at Sweet Stampin’ – no design paper here



Fantasy Stampers Challenge #70 Sunshine colours  here

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As per Ms E’s usual requests there were specific instructions – this time bright with purple and sparkle and to include flowers.  Well I set Ms E the task of finding the flower stamps – um no small feet!  After she narrowed to about 8 sets I then picked from those and allocated each image an ink colour from those she had selected.  I’ve discovered even though I have lots of purple inks I don’t really have a bright purple.  Maybe someone can suggest one for me to add to my crafty wishlist.

Here is the result

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This card is larger than normal – an A4 piece scored in half.

Which stamp sets did I use to make the background? Images from SU Crazy about you, PTI Beautiful Blooms II, Uniko Flower Power #4 (Ms E was very specific that this image had to be used) and ABS Stemmed Flowers (a few images from that set). I started stamping with the largest images on to white cardstock and then worked down to the smallest.  Each flower had their own colour ink.  As I mentioned earlier I lined everything up before starting to stamp.  The smallest flower was inked in 2 colours to fill in the gaps.  The ink colours used are SU Pumpkin pie, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo and Cre8tive purple.  This one of a kind paper was attached to some purple cardstock.  I used a NBUS stamplorations “thanks” die cut in the same purple cs and also from foam to add dimension.  All this finished with some clear sequins and glossy accents on the die cut to cover the sparkle request.

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Until next time


Lady in red…


How has your week been? Mine has been a bit of a whirl wind.  It has been full up with meetings, after school activities, work and general family stuff.  And a first world problem.  Now before you read any further you can skip my rant and head to the pretty pictures if you like  – I wont know! Yesterday afternoon the plan was to pick up my delivery from the parcel locker on the way home from work, pick up Ms A from school, head to major shopping centre to pick up Mr M (18 – this trip would be unnecessary if he would get his driver’s licence!) then head to Ms S’s school to pick her up from an after school SAC all by 5 pm!. This was doable and planned so there was no doubling back and Ms S could be home as quick as possible because she has a charity event today that started at 3.30 am. So what was the issue? My phone. It was working fine at the parcel locker.  Went to call Mr M enroute to shopping centre to arrange pick up – phone would not connect to the car. Small issue I thought I’ll ring when I stop driving.  No phone just a black screen.  Head into shopping centre breaking with the original plan, my aim to find a public telephone.  We don’t have those anymore do we. A little annoying!😦 The lovely cleaners directed me to the service desk where the helpful staff let me use the phone and offered to put his name over the PA system.  He answered on the 3rd call!  I was going to take them up on the PA offer, even if he would’ve been mortified.   When I eventually got home what the stories were? Yes Ms S had finished 40 minutes early and had been messaging and phoning me whilst waiting and Ms E had finished Uni early and had been calling to offer to help pick up.   We tried for a while to get the phone working – no luck. How much do I now rely on a mobile phone to help organise my family.   You can guess I will be heading out soon to look at getting a new one!

If you have read my venting – thank you. Now onto some nicer things.

I finally found a little time to finish this red jumper for Ms A (11).

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She has a little growing room.  I’m not sure she will wear it much this year – I’m hoping for warmer days,  but next year it will fit perfectly!

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This is made using BWM bold bamboo in rouge.  I used the Step Hem Jumper pattern from Patons Women’s Merino Collection.

I also finished a dog’s coat for the lost dog’s home

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This will be heading in tomorrow with these I shared last week.

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I also made this little thank you for Margaret as she knitted the 4 aqua dog coats.

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I used some twine! The sentiment is from PTI mega Mixed Messages stamped in SU Dapper Denium.

As usual I have a request or two from my kiddos so it wont be long before I’m back to share.

Until then



21st balloons…


The day started nice and sunny and has now turned grey with hail here in Melbourne.  We do truely get 4 seasons in one day on occasion.  Marvelous Melbourne🙂

As we are in the grip of 21st Season here I have yet another 21st card and gift bag to share.

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I have used SU Best year ever paper and co ordinating coastal cabana cs to create the gift bag and card.  I used the gift bag punch board with paper 17 cm x 30.5 cm for the closure of this bag I used the paper flower made from packing paper and scallop circle punches.  For the card I used SU balloon framelits, SU Thoughtful banners and Uniko Classic Numbers stamp sets – the perfect size to stamp onto the balloon.  The twine is also coastal cabana.

I am linking this up to the current challenge at Uniko – Challenge #35

There are songs both about turning “21” and balloons.

Until next time



Exploding Box purse for Unstampabelles…


Thanks for stopping.

Today I am sharing a project I have made for the current Challenge anything but a card at Unstampabelles here.

If you haven’t joined in yet you still have time.

Unstampabelles Challenges

I have used a tutorial from Qbee’s Quest here. Thank you to Brenda for such a great tutorial. She has so many great projects.

Here is mine

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I have used SU Retro Fresh, Very Vanilla and tangelo twist papers. The handbag top was die cut using Courture Creations Victorian Rectangle and the closure is a brad I had in my stash.  The ribbon is SU Tangerine tango.  I felt the bag needed a little pretting up so I added the very vanilla die cut butterfly and a strip of rhinestones. This is a good size purse for various gift items.

While I was deciding which project I would create for today Ms A (11) created this little gift box from a template I have – source unknown.  She went off on her own using her own crafty supplies and my punches.  She created the Superman all on her own.  She gave this to her prep buddy for his birthday last Friday.





 I realised I haven’t shared this card which I made for a 21st a few days ago.

I am linking up to the current challenge at Seize the Birthday here

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I used Penny Black wonderful coloured with alcohol markers. The grass is from SU thoughtful branches with a little masking.  I die cut the stamplorations “happy” and PTI “birthday” from the SU confetti celebration paper showing the emerald green beneath. The coloured panel is popped up with foam tabs and there is just a hint of glitter on the balloon.

Now to co ordinate the gift bag I used the same patterned paper and my gift bag punch board and made the largest bag.  It was a perfect fit for the present. Ms E used a bulldog clip to attach the card to the bag and also keep the bag closed!

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I have been busy knitting.  I am almost finished sewing up Ms A’s jumper.  One seam to go.

I have knitted one dog coat for the lost dog’s home and started a second one.

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I can’t take the credit for all of these…

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One of the lovely ladies from my Wednesday library group knitted 4 dog jackets in a week! Thank you Margaret. I will take those in to the Lost Dog’s Home with mine.

Until next time



A new challenge anything goes but a card…


Today is the first day of a new challenge at Unstampabelles here

Unstampabelles Challenges

This month the challenge is anything but a card and the twist is to share a tutorial or a link to one.

This is the prize

Here is my project.

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If you have been following my blog for a little while you would have seen me use the tutorial from Deliaspaperworld here before.  Thanks once again Delia for this tutorial. This time I haven’t created the faux stitching or used a border punch.  I’ve kept the bag fairly clean and simple.  I might add a tag or a die cut or punched flower when I gift this.  The paper is SU Sweet Taffy and Melon Mambo.

This is one I shared earlier.

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Hope you can join in the challenge – remember no stamps.

Until next time



A little colouring…


Hubby needed a card for his boss’s birthday.  And as is normal for my family he requested certain elements.

I didn’t feel I had what he requested in my stash of stamps.  I know how is that possible? Anyway I decided to search for an appropriate digi image.  Of course I have used the image but have some how not saved the original source.  If this is yours thank you and I’m sorry for not saving your details.  Please let me know and I will include a link.

I am linking this to these challenges

Virginia’s Colour challenge #22 here


Kathy’s 30 day colouring challenge here

this oneHere is my card

I’m not sure it was funny enough without going over the line – there was no feedback from hubby.  The story in it’s creation is funny, now.

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The image is printed on xpress it cardstock and coloured with alcohol markers. The remaining cardstock is from SU and the sentiment is from PTI Birthday Bash. The coloured image is popped up with foam tape.

I had the image almost fully coloured and all the cardstock cut  and positioned on my workspace and the sentiment stamp ready to stamp.  All organised to finish when I returned from work.  UM 10 minutes before I needed to leave for work I looked – no stamp! Where had it gone. Not on the floor? Not in my diary? Not on my clothes (yes I made Ms 11 check!) Where? I wanted to pull the place apart looking.  I had to go to work.  I even rang Mr M (18) from work and asked him to look for it. As soon as I got home I started the search. I had to retrace my morning steps. The little thing had attached itself to the plastic envelope I keep my colour chart in and was at the back of the shelf cause I had put the envelope away.  Mr M would never have found that.  Do these things happen to other people and drive you just a little silly! or is it just me?  Looking on the bright side for a set I have had for a while and used a fair amount it has kept its stick🙂

On another note the girl’s netball team won today.  They have lost every game this season and there is only 2 games left to play.  It was awesome. The girls are second from the bottom and they won against the top team – 11 teams.  Some of the girls have gone out (a birthday party) but I’m pretty sure they are going to celebrate like it was a grand final victory.

Until next time