Sorry been a little quiet here.  It’s that time of year.  Dance concert, exams, approaching Grade 6 graduation and 3 birthdays coming soon one of them a 21st. And is it Christmas soon?

I wont bore you with the details.

Today I am sharing my post for Unstampabelles this month.

For me this should have been combined with last months challenge – out of my comfort zone.  This is my third attempt, number 1 & 2 were binned.  I am still not entirely happy with this however I will share anyway.  After all challenges are to challenge us!

The current challenge is Resistance technique you can find all the details here

Unstampabelles Challenges

I started with a stencil.  I have masked off the parts I didn’t want to include with some cheap washi tape.  Taping both paper and stencil separately so there was no movement.


I added some texture paste which has silver glitter in it – not to thick not to thin and let it dry a little before removing the stencil. I cleaned off the stencil while I waited for the paste to dry.  Actually I went and prepared dinner.  Rare these days I have been delegating to Ms A (11) and Mr M (18) as he has finished Uni but neither were around.


For the next step – the resist part, I brushed over with ink and my aqua pen with SU night of navy ink.  The ink resists the texture paste. Again I left it to dry.


The final step was to trim my piece down and add to my card front. Mounted with a piece of Night of Navy CS.


So you may be wondering how terrible the first two attempts were and why this was so hard for me. For me I use stencils with a dauber and I would emboss with a stamp, neither were suitable for this challenge.  For the first attempt I tried using embossing powder through a stencil – I ended up with one big blob of embossing.  No defined image so off to the bin.  The second attempt I tried a white crayon again through a stencil and then a similar water colour effect with ink and a brush.  Again the image was not defined so again the bin.  You may be more successful at these techniques.  Give them a go, but remember no stamps.  When I last looked there were only a couple of entries and there is a prize up for grabs.

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Christmas cards and a quilt…


Today I am sharing a few projects I have that have been keeping me busy.

Another quilt.

Just loved the fabric and wanted to play with HST.

img_7614-612x640 img_7612-640x521You may recall I made this one a little while ago using the same fabric from Emma Jean Jansen’s Ella Blue range.


I have made a few Christmas cards which I will link up to the current challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here

I have just gone with the general Christmas theme! hope that is ok.

Love the font of Mama Elephant Jingle Greetings and the PTI penguin is pretty cute too.  I added him to a drift of snow using SU Thoughtful branches in grey ink topped with dazzling details.  I know we don’t have snow in Aus at Christmas.



Until next time



Playing with Jane’s Doodles…


I have used some things from my NBUS stash.  A little embarrassed to say I have had one or two of these for a while!

This first card I am linking up to the first challenge at the Flower Challenge here

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the Challenge at Seize the birthday here

Anything goes with the toppings of leaves (only a few here!).


I have used Jane’s Doodles Flying High, Doodle Flowers II and brand new Birthday wishes.  Inked in SU Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana and Bermuda Bay.

My second card I am linking up to the October  Challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here

I was very inspired by the orange and pink butterflies.


The butterflies are stamped with SU Pumpkin pie & Melon Mambo using Jane’s Doodles Butterflies and Birthday Wishes.  I used SU butterfly punch for the floating butterflies and the ME Pizzaz Pieces dies for the top mount.

Before I go I have a small project Ms S (16) made up for the Yr 12 students in her home room before they left school for their exams.


She used some glass mugs with a straw in the lid filled with various chocolates along with post it notes and pens.  Some would think these are study must haves – I’m sure the dietians would disagree! The little tags were made using PTI birthday tags.  They were a hit some of the girls wouldn’t put them down. Perhaps fear someone would tackle the contains?

I have started making some Christmas cards I will share those another day.

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As requested…


If you have been following me for sometime you would know Ms E (20) is always forward and specific in her requests for cards.  Well we have hit a new level.  I was requested to make a card by her friend’s boyfriend to give to the said friend for her 21st! Follow?

How could I say no.


I started by heat embossing “s” a number of times onto orange card stock which I then punched out with 3/4″ circle punch. These were added to the main card front with some being added with foam tape.  Some of you may be wondering what the “s” circle things are. Ms A (11) thought they were bubbles! and Ms S (16) thought they were smarties.  She was pretty close – the request was for orange skittles. I believe Smarties don’t have an “s”.  I thought there maybe to many skittles, but the response I got was “you can’t have too many skittles”

The sentiments and die cuts are from various sets from papersmooches, PTI, Uniko and Stampin UP!. And as requested I stamped words on the inside of the card.


I will link this up to the current challenge at Seize the birthday here – Anything Goes

One of the ladies I know is collecting hats for prem babies.  I used a pattern from the Craftsy website here by Charm knits and another pattern I am not sure where I got it from.  Thank you to the designers for their patterns.

Preemie hat


Until next time

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Another Challenge another 21st…


I am back today with my DT card for the new challenge at Unstampabelles here.

#62 Outside Your Comfort Zone Twist: a different edge

Unstampabelles Challenges

The prize is

Certainly each and every project for Unstampabelles pushes me outside my comfort zone.  This is the purpose of challenges right.


I created a subtle edge by using ME Basic die set.  I also used the stitched die on the black mount which is a little tricky to see in the pic.

The die cut sentiments are from Stamplorations and PTI.  The pattern paper is from SU as is the gold glitter tape behind the die cuts.

This happened to also fit with a request from Ms E for another 21st birthday which was black, white and gold. So of course a matching gift bag was added using my gift bag punch board.


Hope you have time to join in.

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School Holiday Activities…


Today is the last day of school holidays here in Victoria.  Which means life will return to some type of routine from tomorrow.

Usually our holidays are filled with day trips to museums and zoos, however this time we haven’t made one visit!  This past week has seen the 6 of us suffering with a bad cold.  We are starting to feel better in time to return to work/school!

Staying at home has given us time to make these.

Ms E (20) wanted a new sling bag for months so I finally made one.


The bag uses 3 different fabrics and has a sectioned pocket inside for pens, phone and other bits and pieces.  It is large enough to hold her ipad. The straps are long (as per her request) and tied in a knot.  I used a pattern from Better Homes & Gardens Oct 2007 as a guide and enlarged the bag size and made the straps longer.

I completed this quilt using the Missouri Star Quilt method for HST here. I found this here and picked a few of the blocks to complete.


This is backed in an aqua solid and the binding is black and white stripe.

I liked this fabric from Emma Jean Jansen’s Ella Blue range I have started another quilt already!

Finally Miss A (11) had a little play with my stamps, dies and markers and created all these with no assistance from me.  Actually I was at the hairdressers when she made these.

She created the little box herself with her scoreboard.  Yes she has her own!

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I think Santa is very cute standing on top of the box.img_7511-482x640 img_7512-426x640

She isn’t afraid to use her pattern paper and mix them up.  I should take notes.

Miss A also has a new pencil roll which I need to take pics of.

Until next time





Have you joined the challenge at Unstampabelles yet?

You still have time.

Unstampabelles Challenges

Challenge #61 Changing seasons with the twist of masculine. You can find the challenge link here and scroll through the weeks to see some great inspiration from the DT.

Weddings are a change


I used Impression Obsession die, stamploration “Celebrate” die and lifestyle crafts nesting lace squares dies to create my card with black and white cardstock along with black glitter paper and fun foam.

Hope to see your entry in the challenge – remember no stamps!

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