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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November Unstampabelles Challenge…


Today I am sharing for the current Unstampabelles Challenge here

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Guess what?  This month’s challenge is:
 It’s all about the cake….
TWIST use mainly the primary colours

This is the random number prize – an embossing folderI created 3 cupcakes using PTI cupcake die and red, yellow & blue CS along with some Kraft cardstock for the cupcake wrappers.  The wrappers I ran through SU stripes embossing folder.  For some sparkle I used some washi tape before adding my card front to my card base.  I used a die cut sentiment from SU Mini treat bag dies – remember no stamps.  I popped all the cupcakes onto the card front with foam tabs.  To finish off I used some wink of stella and some glossy accents. Love the sparkle.

Hope to see you in the gallery.

Until next time thanks for visiting



Ah Christmas…


Today I have a Christmas Card which I am linking up to the current challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here

My inspiration was the gingham check and red. I have used some ancient Quickcutz dies with the central bauble is popped up with foam tape.  I think the dies were one of my first ever dies and the beginning of my shopping online for crafty supplies.  I had purchased a Quickutz die cutting machine from a local craft store and needed accessories to use with it, googled and found SBB.

Anyway back to my card. I also used some Cosmo Cricket Baby Jane pattern paper (also quiet old!) and another unknown pattern paper. I coloured the tops of the baubles with one of the kiddos Artline pens, you know the things on the book list the kiddos never use, you buy them anyway and hope. The deer is from ME  No Peeking coloured with copics and the sentiment is from ME Winter wonderland.  At the request of Ms 12 I added a little wink of stella to the scarf to finish off.

A little update on the exams in this house – in short they are done for this year.  Ms E (21) has finished her 4 year course in forensics and criminology currently deciding on her next step. Mr M (19) has just completed his 2nd year of Engineering & Robotics and Ms S (17) has finished her year 12 exams – results on 15th December.  She is pretty confidient she will have the right score to get into Oesteopathy.  Little Miss A (12) is almost finished her first year of high school.

Thanks for stopping and listening to my waffle!

I’ll be back soon – I have had a creative Sunday!




Scrapbook Boutique October challenge…


Cutting this very fine again!

Here is my entry for this months challenge at Scrapbookboutique here

Ms S has her first year 12 exam tomorrow.  She has been getting a colleague of hubbies (an English teacher) to read and make comments on her essays so we will be giving this lady who has been so generous with her time something before the year is out in way of a big thank you.  So I have made this card for her.

I have used MFT Contemporary roses, Stamplorations die, some gold foil paper and sequins.

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Today I am sharing my DT creation for Unstampabelles here

You still have a couple of days to get your entry in

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Tic Tac Toe 

TWIST journal about the decision making process

     RIBBON                 LACE             STRING
   BUTTONS               BLING             BRADS
   FLOWERS            DIE-CUTS           STICKERS

Instructions for the Peeps:

  • You must chose only one row across or down or diagonally – remember three in a row
  • You have to choose only these three items from the grid to add to your work
  • a good rule to remember: you cannot choose for example ribbon, string and stickers, as none of the edges of these boxes touch

Yes, there is a prize:

Here ’tis!

I have gone diagonal top right to bottom left – flowers – bling – string

I have used MFT rolled roses, SU Boutique Bunch & Botanical Blooms and SU petite flower punch.  I added gold string (twine) behind the flowers before finishing off with Bo bunny Jewels.

Here is a closer pic

I kept this card fairly simple as it was sent off to a friend in sympathy on the passing of her mother.



A little sewing…



A few creations I haven’t shared.

A short time ago a friend gave me some fabric.  I have started to cut and sew it up.

I found some patterns on line and others were commerical patterns.

A dress for Ms A 12 (and Ms S 17 they are the same size!) from Mc Call’s M7543

For me the Mandy Boat Tee from Tessunti Fabrics here

Will make this again. I don’t normally like 3/4 sleeves but this one is really comfy to wear although I might add a little to the length next time.

The Elise tee for me from Fine Motor Skills here – I also made this in a blue. Fabrics in pics below I was wearing it when I took these pics! Again I might add a little length if I make this again – not that I’m tall I just like this a little longer.


The following are from the small bits that are left.

Hubbies nephew is expecting his first bub in a few weeks so I thought these might be a nice gift to go with the quilt I am yet to start!

Trio of baby hats here


P is for Pirate Pants here

I like how the pants cuffs and waist band fold up and down to get extra wear out of them.

I have also been knitting. I find it is great to do while watching TV (not that I watch much) and do while I am reading my book club books. Mostly been knitting more dog coats for the lost dogs home and wash cloths.

I also took the plunge a few weeks back and opened an Etsy store here.  I have made things which I haven’t gifted or donated so I might as well pop them onto sell.  I’d love some feedback if you have some time.

Before I go in other news I started a new job yesterday.  Totally different to the type of work I have done in the past although it is still office work.  It is close to home in a great location – sounds like I am selling a house!

Cheers for now