Happy Birthday….


Today I am sharing a card I made for an upcoming birthday.  It also happens to be my creation for Unstampabelles Challenge this month.

Unstampabelles Anything Goes – twist use something new here

Remember no stamps!

Unstampabelles Challenges

Here is my card


I used a new die I found online here.  I paired with my ME Pizzaz Pieces die set, Spotted Owl Paper from Jillibean Soup, Kaszazz CS and sequins gifted from Jane’s Doodles with an order to make a shaker card.  I used fun foam and clear transparency film to make the shaker.

Please pop over to take a peek at the DT inspiration.  You wont be disappointed.

I hope to see you in the gallery.



A special number…


Popping in to share a special Numbered birthday card.


Another angle where the silver foil cs is not so reflective!


I used a sponge roller to add petite pirouette ink to SU Irresistibly yours paper. The sentiment is from The paper company set Birthday candles and the die cut is using SU Large Numbers die.  I added a little Kaisercraft lace and ABS ribbon behind the number panel.  To finish off I had to add a few sequins from my stash.

I am linking up to the following challenges

{Pin}spirational challenge here


Die Cutting Divas here

I need to share a little find from a recent op shop visit.


Let me say I was rather excited because I knew exactly what this was when I spied it. I am sure most non-crafty people didn’t know what the shapes on it were for.  The original owner had punched the shape from floral paper and taped to the back obviously to know where to put things away. Against my girls protests I bought this home – I couldn’t leave it behind for only $5.  I have since removed the floral pattern paper from the back and sides (both inside and out).  I have also given it a light sand as I am planning to spray it white. It is currently sitting on my desk top full with punches! Ms A was heard to say “it didn’t take you long to fill it”. insert embarassed face.

Until next time



Super Birthday…


I forgot to come back and share this birthday card I made for Mr M’s birthday last week.  He turned 19.

Super duper

I used a new NBUS SU stamp Super Duper coloured with markers (using my new NBUS stampmaster stamping tool too) and fussy cut before popping up on some old pattern paper.  Finished the card with some enamel dots.

I am linking up to Darnell’s latest NBUS challenge here

Mr M had a few friends over to help him celebrate and we had chicken and lamb on the spit.  The spit is a recent purchase which we used for Ms E’s 21st in December (cooked lamb and chicken) and Christmas day (3 large turkeys).    Unfortunately we had a little incident when one of the boys slam dunked into the basketball ring and sliced his finger.  Had to call his parents to take him to hospital.  He ended up with plastic surgery and 8 weeks off work! He is an apprentice mechanic.  Fortunately no tendon damage but a really serious cut.  Must add he hadn’t had a drink.

Until next time



Happy 2017!


I hope you have all enjoyed a lovely Christmas/Holiday period and have had a great start to 2017.

I have recently returned from a few days with family away from my computer and wifi.  I have managed to read a few books in the last couple of weeks. For those that are interested – The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins, Reckoning – Magda Szubanski, The Museum of You – Carlys Bray and Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf.  I am trying to read the next round of book club books before we return to work and school just to make life easier.

Before we left I made this skirt for Ms S (17) from a piece of fabric that was gifted to me.  Fairly straight forward, side splits, hem and elastic waist. No pattern.  It has met with her approval as she has worn it a couple of times.


As we were away with limited space I took only a few things to keep me busy while I was sitting talking.   I continued with the jumper below and have made considerable progress the pattern is from Bendigo Woollen Mills you can find it here.  I am up to the first front band which is 200+ stitches which needs to be knitted to 18 cm.  This will be for Ms E.

PT8340 - Cardigan with pockets in the front bands - 8 Ply

The other project I began is English Paper Piecing.  Not so long ago I was heard to utter the words “I don’t have time or patience for that type of thing”. Well things change! I have an increasing pile of fabric bits that I am collecting (not hoarding!) for something (project(s) unknown!) and just as much unloved cardstock.  So when I spotted in the post Christmas sales a Fabi hexagon die which is compatible with my bigshot I thought I would give EPP a go.  I die cut about 30 sheets of cardstock with the die and also used my little hexi punch so I could make the most of the fabric.

This is the results so far

img_8240-640x427img_8238-640x427img_8239-640x427img_8234-640x427I think I will piece the large hexies into a quilt top eventually with the blocks randomly placed.  This will be a long term project I think.  As for the smaller hexies I am not sure.  I did think I may use them to make a pencil or marker roll but then thought my knitting needles could do with the same love.  Perhaps I will have enough hexies to complete all these projects! Again a long term plan.

I do hope to be back with a card or two.  I have 4 birthdays in the next 3 days so I need to get some stamps and ink out very soon!

Thanks for stopping



A little light…


Hope your Christmas prep has started now!

Not many sleeps to the fat man in red arrives.

Today I am sharing my tea light for Unstampabelles Challenge here

Flickering lights – twist include a candle

Remember no stamps

Unstampabelles Challenges


I started with the size of my die and created a small box using my scoreboard with a return of around 4 cm to hold the LED tealights I picked up at Kmart.  I needed 2 for the size of the die.  I die cut the image from one side only and added a vellum piece.  I then added a second die cut from white CS.  The math wasn’t to difficult (size of my die + side/return + size of my die + side/return + a small overhang) and the box came together rather quickly.

I am linking up to the following challenges

Happy Little Stampers – December – Anything with dies here


Crafting with Dragonflies –  Christmas here

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Now I hope you can find time to create something and link up.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by



A Birthday card or 3…


Hope all your Christmas prep is well underway.  No. Mine either! I’ve been busy with other events my December babes and all the things that go with the end of year.  I find I can’t do Christmas shopping until after their birthdays cause they will get things from friends that were on my list! and I’d only have to take them back.

So today I am sharing the cards for those December birthdays.

Ms S was 17 on 2nd December


Linking this to the Flower Challenge here – I hope 1 year counts as old!

She celebrated by taking a small group of friends to a local restaurant and with GF cupcakes with meringue topping for dessert.

Ms A was 12 on 3rd December


I am linking this to Stamplorations Challenges here and here


We celebrated her birthday by having around 30, 12 year olds at home.

The treat bags

img_7640-640x633Ms S prepared these herself.  She was pretty pleased with herself sharing with her friends via social media.


To round out the birthdays Miss E was 21 on 7th.

We celebrated by having around 85 friends and family at home.

I made an exploding box.

Thank you to all the inspiration around blog land which helped me to come up with this.


I did have in mind this was to be a birthday cake – however everyone agrees it looks a little like a Wedding Cake. OOPs! Pretty sure we wont have need for one of these for a while yet, but my kiddos like to through me curve balls every now and then!


Linking this to the challenge at Happy Little Stampers here

So over 4 days we had 3 parties (Thursday through to Sunday!).  Ms A also had to attend a party on the Friday night so we went to a party every day.

Last week we had Ms A’s Graduation from primary school ceremony and dinner. This coming Friday will see me finish at primary school after 16 years!

I do have another post planned before Christmas.  I hope you can pop in again.

I must get on and start planning Christmas Lunch.  Yes we are hosting.

Until next time