Red and white Christmas…

This is one of the challenges at the Lollipop Ladies at the moment with the extra challenge of ribbon

I put together a couple of sets of Christmas tags using these cute images


Mama Elephant Cozy Christmas coloured with SU Markers and a touch of flocking


Mrs Claus again from Mama Elephant


This cute penguin is from PTI Winter Penguin stamp set


PTI Holiday Cheer in SU Real red and the sentiment is from ABS Christmas tree trio

I also stamped this in Lucky Limeade


I also made a set of 5 Christmas Cards using the image from Holiday Cheer and a sentiment from Think Big Favourites #20. I used SU real red ink and cardstock.

Think Big Favourites was a gift from a fellow PTI forum member – Thanks Ted 🙂


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Susi’s Birthday + Rudolf…

It is my walking, book club friends birthday this week.

Happy Birthday Susi


and the back


I used her favourite colour orange (SU Pumpkin Pie) along with some SU patterned paper. The image is from Papersmooches woofers and twitters coloured just like her dog Zander.  The rest of the front of the card is embellished with SU Label Love and Pretty Petites and the co ordinating punches. On the back I used a Dienamics tag die and also a PTI birthday word die and stamped the “happy” from PTI Communique Curves in SU smoky slate. The stamps on the back are I think See D’s – sorry I don’t have any packaging for those. These stamps represent some of Susi’s other favourite things.  The button is from Annabelle Stamps threaded with some ribbon from Kaszazz. I also stamped 2 stacks of books from Papersmooches smarty pants, coloured and attached to the top of 2 of the blocks. I put a little glossy accents on the books and “Zander’s” bow tie. This didn’t come together how I had imagined it would, I hope she likes it.

I followed this you tube video for a block card

I also have a little bit more Christmas

This is my take on the current challenge at the Lollipop Ladies.

Challenge #81 Reindeer cupcakes + Grids


I have used a MFT Dienamics Traditional tags Stax (3rd largest) and added a piece of Pebbles Happy go Lucky cardstock and a small piece of red cardstock (unknown brand – truth is it was sitting next to my guillotine). I punched a hole in the top and threaded some WRMK red and white twine through. Rudolf (no red nose) was made using the SU owl punch and little leaves die. I drew the whites of his eyes with a gel pen. I got the inspiration for Rudolf from Jacquii McLeay

There is a second challenge also running at the Lollipop Ladies

You can enter either challenge at the moment.

Hope your week has got off to a great start.

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In our Thoughts…

Following the inspiration from this pic from the Lollipop Ladies


Farewell can mean retirement, sympathy, moving away all sorts of things. I decided this sentiment left this fairly open.

I have used SU square lattice embossing folder, ABS Remember When sentiment and ABS Butterfly Sunshine. The butterfly is stamped onto vellum and coloured on the reverse with alcohol markers – sorry you may have seen me do that before, but I like the effect!

The sentiment was stamped onto a strip of cardstock and cut into a banner.

This card came together rather quickly once I decided what I was going to do!


I am also linking this upto the challenge at Twisted Tuesdays

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Off shortly to pick up my eldest from her second last exam. Only Chemistry to go.

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The current challenge at the Lollipop Ladies is from this picture with the added challenge of off the page.

I have made this little hair clip using X Cut Scallop circle dies, felt and alligator clip I purchased from an online store.  Modeled by my youngest daughter.


I have followed the tutorial by Jen McDermott which can be found here

I found this to be really easy to follow. I did try the fabric but I only had very thick interfacing and my Epic 6 had a little trouble cutting it smoothly plus it made the back of the fabric white which I didn’t like the appearance of.  So I changed to felt which was really easy to work with.


I made a small gift tag with a small slit in it.  I used. MFT Dienamics Traditional Tags Stax, PTI Tremendous Treats Birthday sentiment stamped in PTI Dark Chocolate ink (for the chocolate chips in the cookie!), scrap white and kraft cardstock. Finished off with some white ribbon and a small piece of twine.


I attached to the outside of her present with double sided tape. I wrapped the card inside with the present.

I am a couple of days late with this gift and card for the youngest daughter of one of my oldest friends and neighbour!  I think she will be happy when she opens it to find a Barbie make your own nail polish kit – my 3 girls all want one now – yes MIss 8 & Miss 13 and Miss 17!

Tonight we are off to the Graduation dinner of Miss 17.

Most of my crafting this week has been her dress, clutch and dance costumes – dress and clutch finished, dance costumes almost there.

If you are in NSW fire area – stay safe.

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Hi There…

Sorry not been a post for awhile.  I have been busy sewing dance costumes and dresses for the girls. Maybe I will share some pics later when I am finished. Any way on with my share for today.

This weeks challenge at the Lollipop Ladies is jubes with the added challenge of vintage.

I have taken my inspiration from the vintage more than the colour from the pic – although I have used a bit of red in the paper and the red pearls.


I have used paper from Grace Taylor “vintage” along with kraft cardstock from SBB. The large flower and lace are from Kaisercraft the smaller flowers I had in my stash. The red pearls are from Bo Bunny. The main image is Flourishes kids at play stamped in PTI Kraft ink with a border punch down one edge.

I am linking this upto the challenge at Flourishes

FTTC241 Lace Pearls


Inspired by Stamping

the colours red/rose, white & green (a touch of green in the pre made flowers)


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Ribbon Macarons?…

The challenge this fortnight at the Lollipop Ladies involves macarons and the extra challenge of ribbon.

TLL #77 Macarons

This is my card for the challenge.


I used Annabelle stamps Stemmed Flowers stamped using Stampin UP! ink (Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Real Red and Pumpkin Pie).  I added a piece of white ribbon to the bottom of my card.


I used ribbon to make some hair clips. I used a technique similar to that in this Tutorial at Splitcoast stampers and also at Annabelle Stamps Blog with a brad in the centre.  I made a match book to gift them in using the same supplies as in the card.

Links for tutorials


Still school holidays today. Miss E had 3 exams today, Mr M has been a zoo keeper for the day and Miss S & Miss A have been a work with Dad for the day. Great chance for me to catch up on some paperwork – not the crafty kind either!

Here is a link to my caramel cardigan – I finally finished.


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Smarties with the extra challenge of using a die or punch.

This is the challenge at the Lollipop Ladies this fortnight.

I made this card


I used American Craft orange card stock along with the sentiment from Annabelle stamps Lil Monster’s Balloon rounded with a punch and layered onto Annabelle stamps die. The “smarties” are sequins. I purchased a lunch bag full from a local trimming and remnant shop a little while back.

While I had the sequins out I made this too


I punched the balloon using a 1 1/4″ circle punch. The sentiment is from Stampin UP! Sweet Essentials and I hand drew the balloon string. I was going to use twine Miss A insisted that I draw it. I glued the sequins to the card front and added the top layer with foam tabs to pop it up.

Off to a Pink Ribbon Fundraising luncheon now. Looking forward to a great afternoon for a great cause.

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Smile Crocodile…

Hi There

This is my post for the challenge at The Lollipop Ladies #75 – Crocodiles & Washi tape.

The last challenge must have had everyone stumped as there were no entries so no one won the voucher.  I must admit this one had me thinking – I don’t know why maybe because there are a few things with the kiddos coming up and my mind is a little all over the place – a bit like that milk advert.

Any how on with the details of my card. I ended up taking a literal view of the challenge and because I was running short on time came up with this.


I have used washi tape from a craft show and the stamp spot in rows broken up with the stamped crocodile from Hero Arts Playful Animals and the matching sentiment. I did say it was literal!

Here is another pic


Hope to be back in the next few days with some other creations fingers crossed I get a minute or two tonight.

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Push Pops…

The current challenge at the Lollipop Ladies is Push Pops + movement

This is my DT postIMG_3616

I have given this Diamond fold card another try. The first time I attempted one of these it was a complete disaster. I found this tutorial which I think was easier to follow than the last one.

I have used Annabelle stamps Boy’s Party and BBD3 stamped using SU Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango and the co ordinating die. The cardstock is a mix of SU and American Crafts.

Here is another pic


Everyone who came past this after I finished it picked it up and had a play with it, as a consequence it is looking a little worn on the edges! Might have to make another and pop away from big and little fingers!

A few other things to share…

Earlier in the week I spotted these and took a few pics.






I have also finally framed Miss A’s piglet cross stitch.


She used one of the kits you can buy from Spotlight.

Speaking of I must get this posted and pick the little miss up from Netball training.

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Seeing Stars…

What do you think these? No quite how I pictured them but my kiddos think they are cool.


I have used Annabelle stamps a boy’s party and stamped the large star using SU ink in real red, lucky limeade, garden green, daffodil delight, pumpkin pie and tempting turquoise and the small stars I have used markers and picked one star and coloured from the circle of stars from the same set. The sparkly paper is punched using CP1 Carl star punch. The sentiment is from Annabelle stamps Garden Silhouettes.

I am linking this to the Challenge at CAS(E) this sketch

For my second card


I have again used SU inks and stamped the star from Annabelle stamps a boy’s party – I then cut them all out by hand. I die cut a star using Xcut star die in the front of my card base. I made a pouch with acetate sheet and put my stars, some glitter and gold star sequins into it before sealing it and taping to the inside of the front of the card. I stamped the sentiment from Annabelle stamps Ornamental Christmas in SU real red.

These are my creations for my post this week at The Lollipop Ladies – Stars and sparkle.

Pop over and check out the prize on offer this time.

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