Susi’s Birthday + Rudolf…

It is my walking, book club friends birthday this week.

Happy Birthday Susi


and the back


I used her favourite colour orange (SU Pumpkin Pie) along with some SU patterned paper. The image is from Papersmooches woofers and twitters coloured just like her dog Zander.  The rest of the front of the card is embellished with SU Label Love and Pretty Petites and the co ordinating punches. On the back I used a Dienamics tag die and also a PTI birthday word die and stamped the “happy” from PTI Communique Curves in SU smoky slate. The stamps on the back are I think See D’s – sorry I don’t have any packaging for those. These stamps represent some of Susi’s other favourite things.  The button is from Annabelle Stamps threaded with some ribbon from Kaszazz. I also stamped 2 stacks of books from Papersmooches smarty pants, coloured and attached to the top of 2 of the blocks. I put a little glossy accents on the books and “Zander’s” bow tie. This didn’t come together how I had imagined it would, I hope she likes it.

I followed this you tube video for a block card

I also have a little bit more Christmas

This is my take on the current challenge at the Lollipop Ladies.

Challenge #81 Reindeer cupcakes + Grids


I have used a MFT Dienamics Traditional tags Stax (3rd largest) and added a piece of Pebbles Happy go Lucky cardstock and a small piece of red cardstock (unknown brand – truth is it was sitting next to my guillotine). I punched a hole in the top and threaded some WRMK red and white twine through. Rudolf (no red nose) was made using the SU owl punch and little leaves die. I drew the whites of his eyes with a gel pen. I got the inspiration for Rudolf from Jacquii McLeay

There is a second challenge also running at the Lollipop Ladies

You can enter either challenge at the moment.

Hope your week has got off to a great start.

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In our Thoughts…

Following the inspiration from this pic from the Lollipop Ladies


Farewell can mean retirement, sympathy, moving away all sorts of things. I decided this sentiment left this fairly open.

I have used SU square lattice embossing folder, ABS Remember When sentiment and ABS Butterfly Sunshine. The butterfly is stamped onto vellum and coloured on the reverse with alcohol markers – sorry you may have seen me do that before, but I like the effect!

The sentiment was stamped onto a strip of cardstock and cut into a banner.

This card came together rather quickly once I decided what I was going to do!


I am also linking this upto the challenge at Twisted Tuesdays

Grab our badge!

Off shortly to pick up my eldest from her second last exam. Only Chemistry to go.

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The current challenge at the Lollipop Ladies is from this picture with the added challenge of off the page.

I have made this little hair clip using X Cut Scallop circle dies, felt and alligator clip I purchased from an online store.  Modeled by my youngest daughter.


I have followed the tutorial by Jen McDermott which can be found here

I found this to be really easy to follow. I did try the fabric but I only had very thick interfacing and my Epic 6 had a little trouble cutting it smoothly plus it made the back of the fabric white which I didn’t like the appearance of.  So I changed to felt which was really easy to work with.


I made a small gift tag with a small slit in it.  I used. MFT Dienamics Traditional Tags Stax, PTI Tremendous Treats Birthday sentiment stamped in PTI Dark Chocolate ink (for the chocolate chips in the cookie!), scrap white and kraft cardstock. Finished off with some white ribbon and a small piece of twine.


I attached to the outside of her present with double sided tape. I wrapped the card inside with the present.

I am a couple of days late with this gift and card for the youngest daughter of one of my oldest friends and neighbour!  I think she will be happy when she opens it to find a Barbie make your own nail polish kit – my 3 girls all want one now – yes MIss 8 & Miss 13 and Miss 17!

Tonight we are off to the Graduation dinner of Miss 17.

Most of my crafting this week has been her dress, clutch and dance costumes – dress and clutch finished, dance costumes almost there.

If you are in NSW fire area – stay safe.

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Hi There…

Sorry not been a post for awhile.  I have been busy sewing dance costumes and dresses for the girls. Maybe I will share some pics later when I am finished. Any way on with my share for today.

This weeks challenge at the Lollipop Ladies is jubes with the added challenge of vintage.

I have taken my inspiration from the vintage more than the colour from the pic – although I have used a bit of red in the paper and the red pearls.


I have used paper from Grace Taylor “vintage” along with kraft cardstock from SBB. The large flower and lace are from Kaisercraft the smaller flowers I had in my stash. The red pearls are from Bo Bunny. The main image is Flourishes kids at play stamped in PTI Kraft ink with a border punch down one edge.

I am linking this upto the challenge at Flourishes

FTTC241 Lace Pearls


Inspired by Stamping

the colours red/rose, white & green (a touch of green in the pre made flowers)


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Ribbon Macarons?…

The challenge this fortnight at the Lollipop Ladies involves macarons and the extra challenge of ribbon.

TLL #77 Macarons

This is my card for the challenge.


I used Annabelle stamps Stemmed Flowers stamped using Stampin UP! ink (Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie).  I added a piece of white ribbon to the bottom of my card.


I used ribbon to make some hair clips. I used a technique similar to that in this Tutorial at Splitcoast stampers and also at Annabelle Stamps Blog with a brad in the centre.  I made a match book to gift them in using the same supplies as in the card.

Links for tutorials


Still school holidays today. Miss E had 3 exams today, Mr M has been a zoo keeper for the day and Miss S & Miss A have been a work with Dad for the day. Great chance for me to catch up on some paperwork – not the crafty kind either!

Here is a link to my caramel cardigan – I finally finished.


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Smile Crocodile…

Hi There

This is my post for the challenge at The Lollipop Ladies #75 – Crocodiles & Washi tape.

The last challenge must have had everyone stumped as there were no entries so no one won the voucher.  I must admit this one had me thinking – I don’t know why maybe because there are a few things with the kiddos coming up and my mind is a little all over the place – a bit like that milk advert.

Any how on with the details of my card. I ended up taking a literal view of the challenge and because I was running short on time came up with this.


I have used washi tape from a craft show and the stamp spot in rows broken up with the stamped crocodile from Hero Arts Playful Animals and the matching sentiment. I did say it was literal!

Here is another pic


Hope to be back in the next few days with some other creations fingers crossed I get a minute or two tonight.

Thanks for taking a peek



Push Pops…

The current challenge at the Lollipop Ladies is Push Pops + movement

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I have given this Diamond fold card another try. The first time I attempted one of these it was a complete disaster. I found this tutorial which I think was easier to follow than the last one.

I have used Annabelle stamps Boy’s Party and BBD3 stamped using SU Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango and the co ordinating die. The cardstock is a mix of SU and American Crafts.

Here is another pic


Everyone who came past this after I finished it picked it up and had a play with it, as a consequence it is looking a little worn on the edges! Might have to make another and pop away from big and little fingers!

A few other things to share…

Earlier in the week I spotted these and took a few pics.






I have also finally framed Miss A’s piglet cross stitch.


She used one of the kits you can buy from Spotlight.

Speaking of I must get this posted and pick the little miss up from Netball training.

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Ahoy! Second Round…

This is my second post in the challenge at the Lollipop Ladies. You still have around 10 days to get your entry in to the challenge.

Pirates + Water


I haven’t made one of these cards for ages and I don’t know why. They are super easy for great effect – in my opinion. Loads of free tutorials on the web – search tri shutter card. I have used Papermania Urban Stamp All Aboard Map stamped onto (unknown) cardstock in SU Lucky Limeade ink matted onto (unknown) cardstock. The pop up elements are again unknown – I have had those for a very very long time! I actually found them recently whilst looking for something else and went AH HAH I know just what project I am going to use them for. Can you spot a little touch of water under the pirate ship?  The digital image is from  coloured with markers and fussy cut out.


I had a little trouble getting a good pic of the pirate inside the card – the auto focus kept focusing on other elements of the card. I really must read the camera manual! Maybe that could be my next book club read? After all it is my turn to pick. We had book club at my place yesterday – I think we need a new name – couldn’t eat tea I ate so much at lunch time. Being school holidays we had a few of the children around too – good now they can keep themselves busy, although they do have a radar for when the sweet treats came out of the fridge. Any way enough of my waffle.

I am also linking this to

Loves Rubberstamps Blog ChallengesUse a hoarded item – What a great way to clear the stash of goodies!

I have used the 3D stickers and the coloured cardstock is so old I don’t know where it came from.

Hope everything good where you are and thank you for stopping.



Ahoy me hearties…

Sorry couldn’t help that.

This weeks challenge at the Lollipop Ladies is Pirate Lollipops and water.


I made this card using a digi image from coloured with markers along with stamps from Hero Arts and My Cute Stamps. Plus Heidi Grace patterned paper,  cardstock from my stash and Sizzix Woodgrain embossing folder.


I tore the cardstock and layered before stamping my images onto the underwater scene. I stamped the shells and star fish onto scraps and cut out before adding to the water. The Pirate is standing on a piece of embossed woodgrain cardstock – like a part of a ship or a jetty. The sun is stamped and a punched circle added for the centre.

I was having fun so I made a second card.


Using PTI Tremendous  Treats, My Cute Stamps – Fishy Fun and AnnaBelle Stamps Boy’s Party images. I have coloured the pirate with alcohol markers and Tim Holtz black soot.  I added some sparkle to my pirate with some glitter on his skull and cross.  I layered by using circle punches and popped up with foam tabs. The little boats are coloured with SU markers before being hand cut.

I am linking up to these challenges

Twisted Tuesday Challenges –

– at least 7 embellishments – my first card has 4 shells + 3 star fish = 7 embellishments


Through the Craftroom Dooranything goes


Timeless-Tuesday-New-LogoMake a splash – water

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Pink Spots…

I fully intended to have these cards made over our recent long weekend – however other things got in the way of my crafting time.

I made this for a couple of challenges this week.


I used ABSC033 for the layout. I have used cardstock from my stash. The image is from ABS Tomorrows Dream paper pierced with bits again from my stash. I coloured her scarf and hat band with markers before adding glossy accents. I used an alcohol marker to colour her face. I die cut her using a circle die before mounting to a scallop circle.  I replaced the kite with a felt balloon cut from PTI die and added twine from the twinery (blossom). The card front is embossed using swiss dots. The sentiment is from ABS Party Animals 1. Before finishing off I added some  punched flowers with rhinestone centres.

Annabelle Stamps Blog: ABSC033

I then decided to make a second card.


In this card I used ABSC031 sketch with ABS digi paper in spots with some ABS ribbon. The sentiment is again from ABS Party Animals 1. I added a Kaisercraft pre cut flower, Basic grey button tied in the centre with blossom twine and finished with a row of rhinestones.

Annabelle Stamps Blog: ABSC031

These cards were my post for the Lollipop Ladies this week and I am linking them up to the challenge at Annabelle Stamps.

Thanks for stopping bye for a peek.

If you are any where near where I live I hope you are staying warm and dry!

Hope to be back again soon.