Happy 2017!


I hope you have all enjoyed a lovely Christmas/Holiday period and have had a great start to 2017.

I have recently returned from a few days with family away from my computer and wifi.  I have managed to read a few books in the last couple of weeks. For those that are interested – The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins, Reckoning – Magda Szubanski, The Museum of You – Carlys Bray and Our Souls at Night – Kent Haruf.  I am trying to read the next round of book club books before we return to work and school just to make life easier.

Before we left I made this skirt for Ms S (17) from a piece of fabric that was gifted to me.  Fairly straight forward, side splits, hem and elastic waist. No pattern.  It has met with her approval as she has worn it a couple of times.


As we were away with limited space I took only a few things to keep me busy while I was sitting talking.   I continued with the jumper below and have made considerable progress the pattern is from Bendigo Woollen Mills you can find it here.  I am up to the first front band which is 200+ stitches which needs to be knitted to 18 cm.  This will be for Ms E.

PT8340 - Cardigan with pockets in the front bands - 8 Ply

The other project I began is English Paper Piecing.  Not so long ago I was heard to utter the words “I don’t have time or patience for that type of thing”. Well things change! I have an increasing pile of fabric bits that I am collecting (not hoarding!) for something (project(s) unknown!) and just as much unloved cardstock.  So when I spotted in the post Christmas sales a Fabi hexagon die which is compatible with my bigshot I thought I would give EPP a go.  I die cut about 30 sheets of cardstock with the die and also used my little hexi punch so I could make the most of the fabric.

This is the results so far

img_8240-640x427img_8238-640x427img_8239-640x427img_8234-640x427I think I will piece the large hexies into a quilt top eventually with the blocks randomly placed.  This will be a long term project I think.  As for the smaller hexies I am not sure.  I did think I may use them to make a pencil or marker roll but then thought my knitting needles could do with the same love.  Perhaps I will have enough hexies to complete all these projects! Again a long term plan.

I do hope to be back with a card or two.  I have 4 birthdays in the next 3 days so I need to get some stamps and ink out very soon!

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A little light…


Hope your Christmas prep has started now!

Not many sleeps to the fat man in red arrives.

Today I am sharing my tea light for Unstampabelles Challenge here

Flickering lights – twist include a candle

Remember no stamps

Unstampabelles Challenges


I started with the size of my die and created a small box using my scoreboard with a return of around 4 cm to hold the LED tealights I picked up at Kmart.  I needed 2 for the size of the die.  I die cut the image from one side only and added a vellum piece.  I then added a second die cut from white CS.  The math wasn’t to difficult (size of my die + side/return + size of my die + side/return + a small overhang) and the box came together rather quickly.

I am linking up to the following challenges

Happy Little Stampers – December – Anything with dies here


Crafting with Dragonflies –  Christmas here

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Now I hope you can find time to create something and link up.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by



A Birthday card or 3…


Hope all your Christmas prep is well underway.  No. Mine either! I’ve been busy with other events my December babes and all the things that go with the end of year.  I find I can’t do Christmas shopping until after their birthdays cause they will get things from friends that were on my list! and I’d only have to take them back.

So today I am sharing the cards for those December birthdays.

Ms S was 17 on 2nd December


Linking this to the Flower Challenge here – I hope 1 year counts as old!

She celebrated by taking a small group of friends to a local restaurant and with GF cupcakes with meringue topping for dessert.

Ms A was 12 on 3rd December


I am linking this to Stamplorations Challenges here and here


We celebrated her birthday by having around 30, 12 year olds at home.

The treat bags

img_7640-640x633Ms S prepared these herself.  She was pretty pleased with herself sharing with her friends via social media.


To round out the birthdays Miss E was 21 on 7th.

We celebrated by having around 85 friends and family at home.

I made an exploding box.

Thank you to all the inspiration around blog land which helped me to come up with this.


I did have in mind this was to be a birthday cake – however everyone agrees it looks a little like a Wedding Cake. OOPs! Pretty sure we wont have need for one of these for a while yet, but my kiddos like to through me curve balls every now and then!


Linking this to the challenge at Happy Little Stampers here

So over 4 days we had 3 parties (Thursday through to Sunday!).  Ms A also had to attend a party on the Friday night so we went to a party every day.

Last week we had Ms A’s Graduation from primary school ceremony and dinner. This coming Friday will see me finish at primary school after 16 years!

I do have another post planned before Christmas.  I hope you can pop in again.

I must get on and start planning Christmas Lunch.  Yes we are hosting.

Until next time





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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