A few Christmas cards…


I hope all is good in your part of the world.

I know some of you might be a little wet! Hope you are managing Ok.

You are not seeing triple! I coloured a bunch of Jane’s doodles images a while ago with alcohol markers and made some into these cards. All the images are fussy cut and some are popped up with foam tape. The sentiment is from ABS. I have a few more cards, I will share another day!

I don’t often share personal stuff, for those who have been following me from the start of my blogging journey know I am a mum of 4. When I started this blog my children were in primary and high school. Well I now have no children at school! My youngest finished her year 12 exams about a week ago. She will be 18 soon! Next year we will have one at uni and one completing his masters (child #2). Children #1 & #3 have both finished their studies and are working successfully in their chosen fields.

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A butterfly or two…


If you haven’t heard the Crafting with Dragonflies challenge blog is back.

First challenge can be found here

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I am happy to hear Hilde is upto running this again.

It was a little prompt for me to get some butterflies who have been sitting on my workspace onto a card!

So while I was linking up to this challenge I will also link up to the Stamp Ink  Paper Challenge here

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I stamped these butterflies a couple of weeks ago and that was as far as I got. I have been busy knitting and haven’t got back to my workspace.

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I started with a whisper white thick card base. The butterflies are stamped from SU Watercolor Wings in crushed curry marker, daffodil delight ink and memento tuxedo black ink onto a scrap of whisper white cardstock.

I then die cut with the co ordinating framelits. I finished the buttefly with black rhinestones. The pattern paper is from SU Cherry on top mounted onto black cardstock.  The sentiment is from SU Butterfly Basics.

As I had a few more butterflies cut out I created a couple more cards.

trio of watercolour butterflies

and to finish off today

Mr 17 has an 18th this weekend and needed a card. I coloured this Jane’s Doodles digital image some time ago with alcohol markers and he picked this for the card front.

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I finished off with Papersmooches Digits and numbers dies and mounted onto co ordinating cardstock.

I hope you have a great weekend planned.

This morning I have been marshaling at a walk-a-thon for Ms 10. Tomorrow we have only 2 games of netball (down from 4).  Ms 15 & Ms 19’s team is in the first preliminary final. To round out the weekend we have a few parties and the normal mum’s taxi service will be running.

Hope to be back soon with some more creations.

I have just committed myself to an Artisan Market in my local area. Will post details later.

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A little more Christmas…


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This is my last Christmas card – for now. I still have some more I would like to make, but for the time being I need to put those aside and get a few Birthday cards ready. I am going to need a lot in the next 3 weeks. It is a very busy time in our house from now until Christmas.

I am linking this up to Annabelle Stamps and Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas. Click on the pics above to take you to their sites.

I made this card using Annabelle Stamps Round for Christmas stamped with SU and PTI inks the green card stock is also SU.  I used a ruler and fine liner to draw the bauble strings. The sentiment is from PTI Communique Curves.

Had a great dance concert last night. The girls did OK. I had bought the tickets online and thought we were in the upper level, however I mucked up and had purchased the tickets 4 rows from the front. The girls could see us so each time they looked over they got an attack of the giggles.  Miss A received a trophy for full attendance this replaces the previous medal system. Previously a medal was presented gold for 100% attendance, silver for missing 1 class and bronze for missing 2 for the whole year.  Miss S received a medal for encouragement, in previous years she would have also received a silver medal. I don’t think she minds the change as her trophy shelf is pretty full. I must add Mr M made the comment that he deserved the trophy for full attendance as he walked Miss A to class every week after school.  That gave me a giggle.

Must get a wriggle on with those birthday cards whilst the boys are at basketball.

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Season’s Greetings…


Hi. My second post for today. I have been making a bit of dent in the Christmas Cards.

 I have used Annabelle stamps Round for Christmas, Ornamental Christmas and Gifted Swirls. I stamped the images in SU Pacific Point – some I also used clear embossing powder and versamark before heating with my heat tool. After I stamped the baubles from Ornamental Christmas I added Wink of Stella to them. All the sentiments are stamped in versafine onyx black. The cardstock is Blue passion from La Carta.





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I made the box by starting with the card stock (Kaisercraft) base size, adding the side measurement, cutting, scoring and taping. I did the same for the acetate lid. This box has 6 cards (2 of each) plus the envelopes. I could fit a few more in as these are flat cards.

I am linking this up to the following challenges – Click on the images to take you to the sites

Create a set of at least 3 cards + a box

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Hope to be back in the next day or two with more to share, until then




This set of cards

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A few things to share…

Sorry for lack of posts this week. Been a bit busy. Can you believe this is the only thing I have made all week and it really took just a few minutes. IMG_2931

I made this card for a great friend who came to support me (and the other creative people) at my recent venture into craft markets. I used AnnaBelle stamps Sentimental Bluebells, SU ink and Fiskars punch along with AnnaBelle stamps Chilli digi paper.

Here are a few of the cards I made for the day.





The packs of cards weren’t popular (only sold one pack of 5) but the upside is I don’t have to make any to send to family and I have some left for teacher presents.  I also made some little gift tags which seemed to be more popular. My textiles also did well – so all in all a good experience.

If you have reached this far in this long make up post I’ll share a few things we have been doing this week. Now that 3 birthdays are over we have started Christmas shopping before Miss 8 finishes school next week. We have had 2 nights of school Christmas dance concerts (only had to add tinsel to a skirt for this one), week 2 of a new job, tonight we have an award ceremony for Mr 14  (not sure what for yet!) and also today Miss 17 had 4 wisdom teeth out.  I’m sure I’m not the only one at this time of the year very time poor.

What is everyone planning for Christmas? I have 25 people Christmas day and haven’t organised a thing yet.

If you have got this far – Thank you for hanging in there!

I’ll hopefully be back soon with somethings to share. I have received some nice new sets in the last few weeks and haven’t opened them yet.



WOW Two bits of Happy to share …

WOW. I am thrilled. Hope your day is great – I have two lots of happy news to share.

I have made September Cream of the crop (along with 2 others) at Market Street stamps for this card



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I won the monthly Challenge at AnnaBelle Stamps Christmas theme with this card


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Please visit  and take a peek around and if you have time visit their stores.

Hope to be back later with a card.



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What was in my parcel?

So what was in my parcel yesterday?

My new die from AnnaBelle Stamps.  Had to have this when I saw it released last week.

I have used AnnaBelle Stamps Cuts by design border die, Ornamental Christmas and Round for Christmas sentiments to create the background.

I am going to enter these into the monthly challenge at Stamp Embellish Create http://stampembellishcreate.ning.com/

School holidays are here. My son has finished for the term. Girls and my husband finish tomorrow – two weeks with everyone home. At least the weather is looking good and we should be able to get out and do somethings outside. Looking forward to that.

Going to try and get some dance costumes made while the girls are home for fittings – only 10 weeks until the concert and I only have 3 costumes out of 11 or 12 made!

Thanks for stopping by – especially if you came back a second time today for my second post!





Bottle Tag

A quick little tag I made up and thought I would enter into the AnnaBelle Stamps challenge this week – Christmas 3D

I tried to take a shot of the tag only to give a better look …



Used up some card stock from my stash along with DSP from Lily bee Design – Jingle Tiny Tablet. I also used AnnaBelle Stamps Round for Christmas – sentiment and the snow flakes stamped in SU Marina Mist ink  back ground are from AnnaBelle Stamps Gifted Swirls. I also used Fiskars border punch, EK Success 1 1/8″ and 1 1/4″ circle punches. This all came together rather quickly.

I watched a tutorial at stampembelishcreate earlier today. It was a technique I had seen before, but I had forgotten about. I must try it this time! So hopefully I will be back with something else to share before the end of the week.

In case you are curious the school performance went well. There was one little convict who was trying really really hard not to smile. They were suppose to be all serious and stern looking – just as well she is small and cute!  She did however do a really mean scary face in the “fight” part of the act … umm has that got something to do with being the youngest of 4? In summing up it was a great concert. As we have ordered the DVD we will be able to watch it over and over again – and she will!

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Washi tape

I just made some washi tape. I used X press tape, tissue paper, AnnaBelle stamps Round for Christmas and SU Marina Mist ink.

I then put this onto my card front which had been stamped with snowflakes along with banners cut from cardstock.

This fits into two challenges




What do you think? It wasn’t that hard to make – just need to make sure you secure one end of the X press it tape first.



Sunny Challenges SC 055/12 + SU Happy You

I bet you didn’t think I would be back so soon! I have made this card for the Sunny Challenge SC055/12 – sketch + Christmas.

I have used MME DSP from a magazine along with cardstock from my stack and SU Happy You stamp set. I also used AnnaBelle Stamps Round for Christmas sentiment and markers as per earlier post. I used a 1 1/4″ circle punch to punch out wreaths and added them to the  card with foam tape.

I think that is all for now!