I must apologise for my lack of posts.  It has been nearly a month since my last post! I will try to keep it brief things which have kept me from posting. Sorry just re-read my post you may want a cuppa.

Before I do I did get my tax returns completed in time and was able to go to the craft show.

A few things which have kept my attention a broken washing machine door – lucky this was fixed under warranty. No one has any idea how it happened! You can imagine with all the swimming and sports in general my machine gets a heavy workout. I have had some relax time a few dinners with other groups of mums, parent information nights for school, an AGM for work, taking on an extra day a week of work and generally being a busy time of the kinder year. This is only the high’s and low’s not the every day stuff I am sure all mum’s (dad’s too) do every day.

I did have a girl’s weekend away planned with my bookclub/walking friends however I had to cancel as Mr M was in the middle of his year 12 exams at the time and needed to be taken to extra exam practice and I needed to keep Ms S & Ms A away from him!  The hubby was working that weekend. I was also so far behind with the dancing costumes I needed to finish those – concert is tonight! Just finished adjusting the last costume after dress rehearsal the other evening.  As it turns out it was just as well I didn’t go away as I got news over that weekend that my 97 year old Gran had passed away peacefully.  I took days just doing what needed to be done. We had a lovely service for her last week and sadly it was one of the few opportunities  I get to see extended family. (I am sure I am not alone here). We will miss her but know that she lived a full and happy life.

Mr random must have known I needed a pick me up as he picked my card from this post to win at Scrapbook Boutique’s challenge last month.

This week we have had the dress rehearsal and a Hunger Games afternoon. Yes Ms E had 10 friends over to watch movie 1 & 2 before heading out to watch movie 3 and the midnight screening of the new movie with her friends and Mr M. Returning home at 3.15 am to wake the entire house.

Any way with all the updates done I will share a few things I did do.

Boy was I a bit rusty making this card.

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This card was a little late for the recipient but better late than never right.  I used Market Street Stamps Ocean Fun and My Cute stamps fishy fun to create my fish bowl card along with my circle dies. This was as per Ms E’s precise instructions!

This next card and gift bag decoration are for tonight.

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Once again per Ms E’s instruction watermelon was requested.  I am sure there are watermelon stamps out there but do you think I own one? No.  So I needed to be creative and came up with using the solid  half circle stamp from SU What’s your type? set and add the skin and pips by hand with markers.  The sentiment is from Papersmooches Smarty Pants. They haven’t been rejected, but then maybe Ms E knows better than to look a gift horse in the mouth.

The final card is actually a multiple.

I made multiplies of this card to send to those who sent me a card after the passing of Gran.

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 Gran was rather fond of butterflies, this is the card I made her for her last birthday here.

I hope to find some time over the weekend to make some cards for the Card drive here

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and an engagement card for a nephew and some birthday cards. It is nearly birthday week here in my house :)

I am sorry this is such a long post.

I plan to be back soon with some more creations and a shorter post :)

Until next time

Thank you for all your lovely comments




Sharing the last requested card by Ms E.

If you have been following you may remember she gave me a list of cards to be made with specific instructions including stamp sets and colours. Well this one came with the added extra of including a very specific sentiment! As you may guess the recipient has a great sense of humour!

I am linking this up to the monthly challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here

Here is my card

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I have used Papersmooches chubby chums (requested a cow!), Uniko Garlands Galore (the sentiment reads “halfway to 40!) and My cute stamps Owlways friends. I used SU smoky slate, old olive and real red inks & cardstock. I finished the chubby cow with some glossy accents and goggly eyes.

Hope you have some great plans for the weekend. I do.

First I need to complete start our tax returns – I know I only have 8 days! Now if I am good I will get Sunday to go to the craft show at Caulfield Racecourse. So you see I have an incentive to get a good start on those tax returns.

Until next time




Today I am back with a birthday card – another of Ms E’s requests.

I am linking up to the 30 day colouring challenge here


Penny black dino party (640x460)I started by stamping the Penny Black Dino Party images and colouring them with alcohol markers. I added the sentiment from the Julie Nutting Party Girl stamp set using my stamping tool.  I layered the card front onto some cardstock from my stash and popped both up with foam tape.  The image was finished off with some kindy glitz (I used a toothpick to get into the tiny spots – I saw this on pinterest if it was you thank you) and some glossy accents.

Here is another pic

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A knitting update – one finished sock. I have started the second.

Sock details can be found on my Ravelry page here

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It was a busy weekend which started with Mr M’s Year 12 graduation and presentations followed by a formal dinner. The rest of the weekend was filled with the girl’s going to parties and the movies plus all the normal children’s activities.

Hope to be back soon with more to share




If you live around my part of the world I hope you are managing with the extremes of weather we have been having. Cold one day hot the next! We wouldn’t like it any other way.

Anyway I have a few things to share

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This is a card I have made by request from my eldest daughter.  I used Annabelle Stamps Party Animals and coloured with markers (SU and Tim Holtz), layered and mounted on to my card front.  I die cut the “20” using Memory box classic numbers die and a second time with fun foam. A touch of glossy accents to finish off.  The recipient of this card is after a new puppy!

I am linking this up to the 30 Day colouring challenge here


This is my second card for the challenge. I hope to have one or two more to share before the end of the challenge.

It has been particularly busy. Mr M has his last day of formal classes on Friday and we are then off to Graduation dinner. Then it is a little study time before the exams start.  As his year is coming to an end mine is getting busier. As a pre school enrolment officer it is busy finalising numbers and groups for 2016.

A little knitting share

Not just socks - for Kaitlin 2015 (640x478)These were made using Moda Vera not just socks yarn and the pattern on the back of the ball band. These were requested by Ms E as a gift for a friend later this month.

This is my very first pair of socks. I shared these with my Wednesday group today and some thought I had been very clever and changed the wool to create the pattern. I must admit the wool is varigated and knits up to this pattern.

and these

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These are a work in progress. I have used this pattern – Hermione’s Everyday socks which can be found on ravelry as a free download here. Thank you to Erica Leuder. I have also used the notes from here thank you.


I was requested to have this pair finished by this coming Friday as a gift for one of Ms E’s friends. Unfortunately I wont make that deadline. I work tomorrow and then I have a meeting for my enrolment officer job tomorrow night.

I will come back and share when they are complete.

Two more pics before I go

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orchid 3 (478x640)

These are pics of the only orchid I kept of my Mum’s after she passed.  It has flowered every year I have had it and I don’t do anything special to it and hardly remember to water it. It normally sits under a tree near the fence!

Thanks for stopping

Until next time




School holidays are over which means getting back into our routine.

Ms 19 is on swot vac and Mr 17 only has a few weeks of year 12 before exams start. Ms 15 & 10 are doing their own things – mostly bugging each other!

Anyway Ms 19 has put in a request for 4 cards by the end of October. She has been through my stamp sets and picked images and given me a few colour suggestions. So today I have the first one to share with you

As the recipient is a swimmer and has the nickname “fish” the obvious choice was a fish!

The fish image is from Market street stamps Ocean fun and also sea animals. I stamped a mirror image using the back of a larger stamp, the fin detail didn’t stamp with the mirror but that is ok it makes the image a little different.

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I coloured the images with alcohol markers.  I layered onto various blue toned cardstock. The background on the card base was made by using SU happy patterns stencil and night of navy ink and sprayed with green ink which I found in a spray bottle (not sure what colour I have in there other than it is green!). The sentiment is from SU Crazy about you. For finishing touches I added glossy accents, wink of stella, kindy glitz and sequins.

I even managed to get a pic of the glitter.

market street stamps glitter

I am link this up to the following challenges

The daily Marker – 30 day coloring challenge here



Virginia’s View Challenge #19 here

Thanks for stopping by




What glorious sunshine today.

I made these over the weekend and am linking these up before the challenges close then I am off to enjoy some sun with my latest book club book and my newest knitting project. Ms 15 & Ms 10 are occupying themselves singing while Mr 17 is at school for practice exams and Ms 19 is at uni.

Scrapbook boutique September challenge here

My tag

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I stamped MFT Contemporary Roses stamp set with SU Pink Pirouette and pretty in pink ink.  The leaves are coloured with SU certainly celery marker before stamping. I created the tag with a tag punch and finished with some twine.  Not sure if I will use it as a tag or will add it to a card front later.


Uniko Fall/Autumn with optional twist of thanks here

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uniko flower power #5 & #6 (401x640)

For this tag I used images from Uniko Flower Power #5 (sentiment), #6 and Background builders vines stamped and inked with SU Pumpkin Pie, Tangelo Twist & wild wasabi ink/markers. Again I created the tag with a tag punch. This time I added a second tag at the back from Uniko Digital paper. Again finished with some twine.

I also have a card to share I have made for a friend’s birthday using Art Impressions Girlfriends stamp coloured with alcohol markers, fussy cut out and layered onto uniko digital paper.

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Thanks for stopping by

Until next time




Sorry for my lack of posts. I have no excuse really.  Other than it is school holidays. Ms 10 has kept me busy playing boggle and bingo and a few extra swim practices at the local pool. We have also had a shopping day and spent some time purchasing some new plants for the garden and veggie patch.

Anyway I don’t have a card or paper project to share today. However a few days ago I finally sewed up my Drops Design Lazy Sunday Afternoon here


And as Melbourne has had a few cooler days I have worn it a couple of times.

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It is almost time to pick up Mr 17 from his Maths revision.

Cheers for now



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