A little sparkle…


Yes it wasn’t long before the requests from the kiddos needed to be meet.

Today I am sharing a little sparkly birthday card.

I am linking up to the current challenge at Seize the Birthday here

No topping for me this time

I used my star dies and punches to cut out various stars from some glimmer paper (a freebie) and arranged them around my sentiment from Jane’s Doodles Birthday wishes stamp set. I had a fair amount of glitter around when I was done.  It really is sparkly!

I finished the quilt from my last post.

Love the chevron pattern using HST top left corner.  Might be my next project?

What do you have planned for the weekend?

We start Saturday netball tomorrow. I do hope to find some book reading and crafty time too.

Until next time



Thinking of you…


Has it really been 2 weeks since I posted? Boy time flys.  I have been creating, sorry I just haven’t shared.

My card today I am linking up to the currant challenge at the Flower Challenge here

and the 30 Day colouring challenge here

I started with my floral image from ABS Rmember When (now available from Sprinkleberry) and silver embossed MSS Simple Salutations sentiment.  I coloured the image using my ink pad and blender pen.

So what else have I been doing?

A little quilting

5″ squares of Emma Jean Jansen fabrics alternate with white fabric.

This next one is on the to finish list for the coming weekend.

Again I started with 5″ squares made into half square triangles using the Missouri Star Quilt method arranged into various blocks.  Fabrics are from Circus range by Jodie Carleton.

I also have a few cards requested by Ms S and Mr M I must get on with! and the knitting projects are still WIP.

Until next time



More hexies…


Hope your week has been good.

Poppin in to share an update on my long term project – Hexies.

Hexies templates cut from some old cs.


Hexies ready to be joned together


My little pile is growing!


All Laid out.

I have not started sewing these together yet.  Not sure I will use all these Grandmother’s garden hexies in the same project.  My plan is to balance brights and pastels with prints and plains. This could be a never ending project!


Another update.

I decided not to paint my find.  The paint colour matched my walls!





With some of my other punches.


I also have a little set of drawers with CARL punches which were my late mother’s.  I kept them for the children to use in projects. I could say her stash of punches are one of the things which got me started on my paper craft journey along with a demonstation at a neighbours house. I am hoping now they are in easy reach they will get a lot more love.  Embarassed to say some of these have had very little love at all although Ms A does use them for her paper crafts and school projects.

On another note Uni goes back for Mr M this week and the last of the after school sports starts. Lets hope I can get into a routine and find some time to enter a few of my favourite challenges.

Thanks for stopping

Until next time



Happy Birthday….


Today I am sharing a card I made for an upcoming birthday.  It also happens to be my creation for Unstampabelles Challenge this month.

Unstampabelles Anything Goes – twist use something new here

Remember no stamps!

Unstampabelles Challenges

Here is my card


I used a new die I found online here.  I paired with my ME Pizzaz Pieces die set, Spotted Owl Paper from Jillibean Soup, Kaszazz CS and sequins gifted from Jane’s Doodles with an order to make a shaker card.  I used fun foam and clear transparency film to make the shaker.

Please pop over to take a peek at the DT inspiration.  You wont be disappointed.

I hope to see you in the gallery.



A special number…


Popping in to share a special Numbered birthday card.


Another angle where the silver foil cs is not so reflective!


I used a sponge roller to add petite pirouette ink to SU Irresistibly yours paper. The sentiment is from The paper company set Birthday candles and the die cut is using SU Large Numbers die.  I added a little Kaisercraft lace and ABS ribbon behind the number panel.  To finish off I had to add a few sequins from my stash.

I am linking up to the following challenges

{Pin}spirational challenge here


Die Cutting Divas here

I need to share a little find from a recent op shop visit.


Let me say I was rather excited because I knew exactly what this was when I spied it. I am sure most non-crafty people didn’t know what the shapes on it were for.  The original owner had punched the shape from floral paper and taped to the back obviously to know where to put things away. Against my girls protests I bought this home – I couldn’t leave it behind for only $5.  I have since removed the floral pattern paper from the back and sides (both inside and out).  I have also given it a light sand as I am planning to spray it white. It is currently sitting on my desk top full with punches! Ms A was heard to say “it didn’t take you long to fill it”. insert embarassed face.

Until next time



Super Birthday…


I forgot to come back and share this birthday card I made for Mr M’s birthday last week.  He turned 19.

Super duper

I used a new NBUS SU stamp Super Duper coloured with markers (using my new NBUS stampmaster stamping tool too) and fussy cut before popping up on some old pattern paper.  Finished the card with some enamel dots.

I am linking up to Darnell’s latest NBUS challenge here

Mr M had a few friends over to help him celebrate and we had chicken and lamb on the spit.  The spit is a recent purchase which we used for Ms E’s 21st in December (cooked lamb and chicken) and Christmas day (3 large turkeys).    Unfortunately we had a little incident when one of the boys slam dunked into the basketball ring and sliced his finger.  Had to call his parents to take him to hospital.  He ended up with plastic surgery and 8 weeks off work! He is an apprentice mechanic.  Fortunately no tendon damage but a really serious cut.  Must add he hadn’t had a drink.

Until next time



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!

Thanks for stopping