A finished quilt…


I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and enjoyed the festivities.

We had 2 days of celebrating. Firstly Sunday lunch we had the 3 kiddos partners so they could all spend time with their respective families on Christmas day but so we could celebrate together. Christmas day we had my husband’s parents for a traditional lunch and then a big family BBQ dinner at one of his brothers.

Here’s a pic of my table for Christmas day.

A friend gave me some Chrissy fabric for my birthday back in February and of course it took me til 5 days before Christmas to decide what I was going to make. I decided on a disappearing 9 patch table runner backed with plain black fabric so I can use if for other occassions if the need arises.

Gingerbread house

I finished this a while ago but hadn’t had a chance to gift it until now.

A HST quilt using 3 greys and white.  9 Blocks in total with white sashing.

The back is off white with silver and gold dots.  Finished with grey binding.

Quilt measures 97cm x 97 cm

I’ll take this opportunity to wish everyone a Happy New Year and to say thank you for all your visits to my little place in blogland.  I appreciate all the lovely comments you leave.







Zentangle Birthday…


Today I am sharing a card I made for Ms A’s 13th birthday last week.   It is also my card for the current challenge at Unstampabelles here

This one was a little tricky to take a pic of.

I used a page from a colouring book and die cut “happy”, “13” and “birthday” from it and then inlaid the same die cuts with glitter paper.

Ms A likes to colour so I thought this was a great idea for her card.

This one was new for me.  We had a memento book.  I remember signing keys and books at 18th’s and 21st’s but a 13th was a first.  Ms S and Ms A decorated this journal book.

I had to share the zentangle.

This is a pic of the cake I made for her party Saturday night.

Hope to see you in the challenge.

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A christmas card or 3…

Time to share a few recent Christmas cards.


For this first card I used ME A beary Christmas and Cozy Christmas stamp sets. I coloured with alcohol markers and fussy cut the images and popped up with foam.  I mounted with some SU stacked with love pattern paper.

I am linking this card up to the current challenge at HLS here

I really enjoyed the colouring process and didn’t mind the fussy cutting.

This card uses two new sets from Jane’s Doodles, Merry Christmas and Holy Night. Simple black stamping onto kraft cs mounted onto white card base.  I really like Jane’s images and have wanted a nativity scene set for awhile.  Fortunately it arrived in time to create for this Christmas.

I am linking this card upto the current challenge at AAA Cards here


This card I started last Christmas.  Actually I stamped about 5 of the same layout! Each time I was not happy with the stamping of the deers.  My recent order from SSS I purchased the ME dies that co ordinate with ME Winter Wonderland.  I re-stamped and die cut the deers popped them up with foam tabs and finished with a red gem for the nose on each of the little deers.  I am happy I was able to save these cards – the recipients will never know!

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A few more recent birthday creations…


Popping in to share a couple of recent birthday cards.

This first one was for a friend of Mr M’s.  The colours and flowers were as requested.  Funny story Ms E went to the same party and took a card from my stash.  So the birthday girl got 2 totally different cards from our family.

One of the girls netball team mates turns 30 on 31st.  This year she decided to have a party early – don’t know why people don’t want to celebrate her birthday on the 31st?!! Anyway the focus was all on her last week.  I went to the party along with Ms E and Ms S and had a good night and my first experience of a photo booth.  This was rather funny cause I can’t see much without my glasses so if you can imagine how the quick prop changes and no glasses combo turned out.  This lady likes a drink or two this was the only set I could find in my stash with a glass.  I don’t particularly think she is beach loving but she is an Aussie summer babe.  I have since ordered a new stamp set for my stash – well there was obviously a gap in my collection!

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Birthday time…


Today I am sharing a card I made for Miss S’s 18th Birthday.

I am linking up to the current challenge at Seize the Birthday here- no toppings for me

 I used Jane’s Doodles Unicorn and Birthday wishes stamp sets coloured with alcohol markers.  I punched out the glittery shapes from a 3/4″ circle punch.  I was inspired by this card from Bronwyn here
I added a little wink of stella to the clouds and the unicorn horns.

It was Ms S’s 18th birthday yesterday.  I made this card about 11.30 pm the night before – nothing like leaving it to the last minute!

No big party most of Ms S’s friends are still on schoolies.  We celebrated by doing brekky at a local cafe with Ms A (turns 13 today) and Ms S’s boyfriend.  The 3 eldest kiddos went to a local night club with friends after a few drinks at home. I think I did 3 car trips to and from the nightclub.  Tomorrow we are having a pizza lunch with about 10 of her friends.  Between brekky and drinks yesterday I managed to attend a Christmas party for a charity group I belong to – Days for Girls you can find out more here.  Due to the extreme weather predicted in Victoria over the weekend the planned weekend away in the country was downgraded to a house party in Melbourne.  This worked ok for me cause I could squeeze in a few hours, I couldn’t have made the whole weekend.

We have Ms E’s 22nd birthday later in the week and a party planned for Ms A’s 13th as well.  I’ll share their cards later.

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Santa in the Sun…


The other day I got to have a little crafty time.

I was able to play with some new stamps and dies.

I am linking my creations up to the current challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies here – Non traditional Christmas Colours

I think my cards fit the brief.

Crafting With Dragonflies Challenge Blog

Recently I was lucky enough to have a SSS voucher which I used to put towards an order. In that order I purchased Clearly Besotted Santa in the Sun stamp set (and some other goodies I haven’t used yet).  This set I think is very suitable for an Aussie Christmas.

With my first play with this set I stamped images onto Xpress blending cardstock and coloured with alcohol markers, I then fussy cut them out.

For this card I created a background with DO inks and sprayed some water before adding the waves and the white wave caps – more fussy cutting.  The wave caps are finished with a little wink of stella.  Sentiment is from the same set.  Surfing Santa was popped up with foam tabs.

This one is a little simpler.  Santa is in the pool with his drink and a ball floating by.  I used a SU ribbon punch to create a border and a piece of adhesive backed paper (this has been in my stash for a while!) to create my pool. The sentiment is from ME Winter Wonderland. Santa is again popped up with foam tabs.

I really like the texture. 

My last little Santa is the Selfie Santa.

 I created the rolling hills using Uniquely creative dies (picked up from a craft show) and some scrap CS.  The suitcase was added then again Santa was popped up with foam tabs. 

In case you are wondering I used some embossing paste to create Santa’s beard and fur trim to his hat.  I have flocking but never seem to get the result I am after, the embossing paste worked well however I did have to work quickly before it dried.

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