Merry Christmas


Just popping by to wish you all a Merry Christmas

Hope you have a wonderful festive season




Challenge #109 at Unstampabelles


It’s my turn to share on the Unstampabelles Blog this week.

I will admit this was a real challenge for me and at a stretch meets the requirements!


TWIST: Scrap It! (but card/journalling will be accepted if they follow theme)

You can  let your hair down here and show us what is happening at home while in lockdown!

You can join the challenge here

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If you have been following me for a while you know I am not a scrapbooker. However I do dabble in other areas, one of which is sewing and more specfically quilting. So for my take on the challenge I decided to use scraps to create a new journal cover for my quilt journal. I keep notes on the quilts I have made such as where I purchased the fabric, fabric quantities, block design/pattern and a finished pic of the quilt. How does this relate to lockdown? For most of last year I did continue to go to work in the city office upto the point when we were in stage 4 lockdown which was for 6 weeks however that ended up being about 3 months! In that time I spent a great deal of time watching webinars and using my time to create items for charity.

I used scrap pattern paper and stitched triangle dies to create this half squre triangle pattern. I then added the word “quilt” to create a new journal cover.

Here it is on the cover of my journal.

Now a few pics. One of my first journal entries followed by some of the many creations from 2020.

Quilts from pram size and knee size. These quilts don’t have batting. They are called summer quilts. Qult tops are made from off cuts from a charity I attend – Days for Girls, pieces from Donations in Kind, upcycled jeans and general pieces gifted to me.
This was a quilt I made for a friend.

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At little organising…


Bet you didn’t think I’d post again so soon ūüėČ

Wanted to share a little of the re -organising jobs I recently completed.

I added 4 A4 magnetic sheets to the inside of one of my built in overhead cupboards in my craft space with double sided tape. The top section is magnet sheet from a calendar. I then spent the best part of 2 days completing this puzzle!

I created little labels with die name and number of dies. You can see the little white stickers behind some of the dies. I’m hoping this will help me keep things in order.¬† I did have a moment when I dropped the SSS stitched circle set and couldn’t find the smallest one.¬† I did eventually find it – on the opposite side of the room!

My girls did point out I had several rectangle and circle dies that look the same. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you there are differences¬†even if they are extremely slight!! And my son pointed out one of the sets is still joined together.ūüėä

Now for those who have been on this journey with me most of these are rarely (cough cough) if ever used! time will tell if this makes me use things more.

This task freed up one whole tub that was sitting on the raised section of my craft workspace. I do still have one tub with magnet sheets and my Stampin up dies in their package. Where possible my PTI, ME etc dies are stored with the co-ordinating stamp set.

I like things tidy – although I’m sure my family would say my craft space is messy! This is a little house shaped unit I’ve had for awhile. I was using it to store my punches the punches have now moved to homemade units from IKEA black packing. (You can pick up from IKEA for free from the frame section. You need 2 pieces and my punches fit perfectly so do ink pads! ).

These are all my alcohol markers my collection grew significantly after this years Paperific and an online order. I think considering how little colouring I do this should do – for now! My collection consists of spectrum noir, COPIC sketch & ciao, Stampin up, Kaisercraft and a couple of Altenew markers. I would like to label all the ends one day so I can see what colour is what without pulling out a tonne of markers!!¬† I’d love some tips on how to go about this.¬† I’m thinking adhesive dots or a sharpie although I think this wouldn’t look so great.

This pic is my homemade punch unit.¬† I added a piece of cardboard to the back and two sides with tape for stability.¬† Hope you can get a sense of how it’s put together from this. I can see my punches and hopefully this will encourage me to use them more!!


My next big organising task is to re-organise my knitting needles.¬† A huge job considering I have my grandmothers, my mothers (probably some of her mum’s, my other grandmother’s too!) and odd ones gifted to me along with those I have purchased.¬† I need to work out the double ups and re home.¬† Sort the DPN, circulars (fixed and interchangable), metal, bamboo and tortoise shell.

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Unstampabelles #85


Today I am sharing for Unstampabelles Challenge #85

The TWIST this month is to be thrifty and recycle something when making your box, bag or parcel.

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I started with a gift bag from last Christmas

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I used the pretty paper from the bag and created a pillow box with a die.  I added a tag from a star die and a die cut sentiment from silver foil.

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I hope you have time to join the challenge.  A great way to get a head start on some gift wrapping.

Until next time



Unstampabelles Challenge #79

Challenge#79: 1, 2 and 3 items

Twist Рjournal about it

You can find the challenge here

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Now, your 1, 2 and 3 can be 3 different items you made or perhaps you added 1, 2 and 3 different items to your craft piece or you used the numbers 1, 2 and 3 somewhere in your work or……
The TWIST is to journal about your journey whilst making the item in your blog
– tell us all about it!
I needed to replenish my stash of Sympathy/Thinking of You cards due to a few recent passings.
I tend to make basic white cards for such occassions.
This one has 1 Large die cut Flower, 2 medium die cut flowers and 3 small punched flowers along with 3 types of leaves 1 large die cut, 2 x 2 fern style die cuts and 3 punched leaves. The flower centres are finished with white enamel accents.
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Unstampabelles #76

Today I am sharing my card for the new challenge at Unstampabelles.
#76: February : Anything Goes
 as long as it does not involve stamps!

Twist Рuse something new you have recently acquired in your stash!

Random Number prize

Die cut of foliage (new)
A pretty quick, clean and simple wedding card using my new die from Kaisercraft.  I die cut the sentiment from silver foil and also in fun foam.
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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 Рthe recipients will never know!

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