Exploding Box purse for Unstampabelles…


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Today I am sharing a project I have made for the current Challenge anything but a card at Unstampabelles here.

If you haven’t joined in yet you still have time.

Unstampabelles Challenges

I have used a tutorial from Qbee’s Quest here. Thank you to Brenda for such a great tutorial. She has so many great projects.

Here is mine

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I have used SU Retro Fresh, Very Vanilla and tangelo twist papers. The handbag top was die cut using Courture Creations Victorian Rectangle and the closure is a brad I had in my stash.  The ribbon is SU Tangerine tango.  I felt the bag needed a little pretting up so I added the very vanilla die cut butterfly and a strip of rhinestones. This is a good size purse for various gift items.

While I was deciding which project I would create for today Ms A (11) created this little gift box from a template I have – source unknown.  She went off on her own using her own crafty supplies and my punches.  She created the Superman all on her own.  She gave this to her prep buddy for his birthday last Friday.




My new favourite – Number of Years…


Hope you have a great week and if you’re an Aussie had a great Australia Day.

Today I am sharing my newest favourite stamp set.  I will try to make a card soon using another stamp set.

Anyway my card today I am linking to two challenges

Firstly The Colour Tree Challenge here


Seize the Birthday here – sorry no toppings for me this time

This card is for the girl’s ex-dancing teacher.  For many of you you would know my children dance.  All three girls have been doing Jazz and tap for a number of years.  For a couple of years Ms S and Mr M also did hip hop.  The teacher sold her school to another teacher a couple of years ago, but still keeps in touch.  Ms E and Ms S have been asked to perform a dance along with the rest of their group at the teacher’s 60th Birthday party next week.  So of course the girls asked me to make a card.

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I have used SU Number of Years stamp set with gold embossing powder die cut with the co-ordinating die and popped up with fun foam. I stamped other images from the set with black ink, SU Soft Suede ink and mint macaron marker direct to the stamp.   This was placed on the rest of the card front with foam tape. The card base is white with a very vanilla mount and a smaller gold stripe mount from Winter Wonderland paper pack.  I added a piece of mint macaron lace (NBUS) before attaching the mounts to the card base.  I had to add some gold sequins from my stash for two reasons 1. I felt the card needed a little more bling! and 2. In recognition of all the sequin fabric we have had over the years!

Another pic taken when the sun was out briefly

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Before I leave I hope to have a little more creative time soon. My second part time job has had a change of management and as a result my role will no longer be required as  it is their policy to outsource this role to the local council.  I am not sad as I am hoping I will gain a few more hours to play in my craft room soon 🙂  In the first challenge I entered for the colour tree challenge Bronwyn included a pdf file for a spring planter box card, hopefully with the extra hours I gain soon I will be able to give it a go.

Until next time





Today’s card I am linking up to the current challenge at Inspired by Stamping here and the customer gallery.

I followed this sketch

IBSIC95---July-Sketch, Inspired by Stamping

Here is my card

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I started by printing some IBS digital paper which was in the latest newsletter.  I think one of the colours in my printer wasn’t right – my paper is more green than the newsletter sample.  I am sorry Joanna if this isn’t how you intended the colours to look.  Anyway I used the paper I printed.  It seemed to co ordinate really well with SU Pool party cardstock and coastal cabana ribbon.  I used Mama Elephant Sew Fancy stitched circle die and Lifestyle crafts nested circle dies for the die cut circles. I used SU Pool party, Bermuda bay, Night of Navy and Baked Brown sugar inks to stamp the images from Inspired by stamping Celebrating 2 years. I finished the card off with a little die cut from SU Balloon Framelits.

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A little navy and yellow .


I am linking this card upto the current challenge at Scrapbook Boutique here


Loves rubber stamps #157 here – use a die cut

Loves Rubberstamps Blog Challenges


Through the craftroom door here – anything goes


A few of the DT at SBB used Teresa Collins Everyday Moments paper. Knowing I had some hoarded saved I have used a little of it here.

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I stamped Mama Elephant Water blooms with SU Daffodil Delight ink onto my white card stock and die cut with my brand new NBUS stitched tag from Mama Elephant Basic Set. I also cut one from my patterned paper. The yellow patterned paper is also cut with a stitched die from the same set. I stamped the sentiment from (NBUS) Mama Elephant Up and Away in SU Night of Navy ink. I punched a hole and threaded some ribbon through and tied with twine. As a finishing touch I added a few sequins from my stash.

Now in all fairness it took me a few tries to get this together. First I tried heat embossing gold to find I was trying to emboss glitter! After blowing gold glitter all over the floor No 1 in the bin. Second attempt used the gold embossing powder and was not happy with the results. Bin again. Third and fourth attempts uneven stamping – yep the bin again. By now I was a little determined. So my card now complete has my Fifth and final attempt at getting an image.

Before I go I want to share this quilt I finished recently

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I had a jelly roll I purchased a while ago in my fabric stash and added the yellow and cream stripes of the same width. I layed the pieces out until I was happy with the colour flow, stitched the rows together and then proceeded to complete with 50/50 cotton&bamboo batting.

I used a yellow fabric on the back which has a circle pattern along with the black stripe for interest and to get the width of the fabric needed to back the quilt.

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I quilted in the ditch along the horizontal lines only. I finished the quilt with black binding.

The finished size is 132cm x 144cm

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Pajama Party…


Hope your week is going well.

There is a Pajama Party on at Waltzing Mouse Stamps

I took this sketch and flipped it so the circles are on the right side of the image

I am also linking to  the challenge at Muse

Muse Challenge #89

This is an attempt for me to use some of the patterned paper I have collected.

Thank you Therese for the inspiration.

Before I started I consulted Ms 9 on which image she liked best and colours to use.

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She chose the elephant from WMS Half Pint Heroines which I stamped onto blending cs with memento tuxedo black and coloured with alcohol markers.  I chose some patterned paper from Cosmo Cricket Mini deck Baby Jane to create the card front and banners. I added SU Pool Party ribbon. The sentiment chosen by Ms 9 is from the same set again stamped with memento tuxedo black and popped up with foam tabs. I used a 1 1/4″ circle punch and layered into on Artisan label punch. The banners are a mix of free hand cut and the SU Banner punch. After playing with buttons and paper flowers I settled on hearts punched from the patterned paper with SU itty Bitty Accents heart punch and finished with some glossy accents.

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 Today I’ve booked tickets to the girl’s dance concert in November then I joined a relatively new group of friends at the local library for 2 hours of crafty time. These ladies are so inspiring. I am in awe of one lady who is 95 hand stitches beautifully, doesn’t wear glasses and is more mobile than some half her age.  I wish she would share her secret 🙂  We come together in the middle of the library for 2 hours (or whatever we can spare) and do a crafty project with a cuppa and a chat. Some are making hand stitched quilts, one lady makes envelopes freehand, some crochet and some knit. Today I started a doll from Knitted Babes – Claire Garland. Here is a link to the ravelry page


Some have been creating for a long time others are new and come to learn.  Miss 9 had so much fun coming with me in the recent school holidays I have to take her crafty projects for show and tell so the group can see what she has been creating.

Until next time

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A bit of Sparkle…

This is the sketch challenge at Tecnostampers this week

I am also linking up to

http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/ – anything goes as long as it is Christmas


http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/chnc-challenge-144-use-three-main.html – Christmas 3 main colours


Just add Ink – add a bow


I have used Stampin UP! Winter Frost DSP, SU  Pool Party CS & ribbon along with Annabelle Stamps Cuts by Design Border 1 die cut in Sparkle glitter paper (source unknown). I have also used 1 3/4″ circle punch, SU Artisian Label punch, SU Label Love stamp (Smokey grey ink), 3/4″ circle punch and SU mixed medley stamp set in Coastal cabana ink.

Hope you have had a great weekend

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Playing with Hexagon Shape

Hi all. Been a little quiet here on the blog – Sorry.  I have planned to play with so much…

Any way I did find time to play and I made this set of three cards



In this one I have used the embossing folder like a stamp. I saw this on a video somewhere. I inked the embossing folder put in my cardstock and used a brayer to lightly get the ink on the cardstock.  Finished off with a sentiment and some ribbon.


For this I randomly stamped straight onto my card front leaving a little space for the sentiment.


This last one I stamped my images and then punched them out. The sentiment was stamped straight onto my card front and the punched shapes added around it.

I have used Stampin UP! six sided sampler, label something, espress yourself, honeycomb embossing folder, matching punch and ink in coastal cabana and smoky sky along with memento tuxedo black, pool party ribbon and coastal cabana cardstock.

If you have been following you may remember I started a quilt some time ago for Miss S. Well it is progressing. I have the binding to finish off. I tried using my treadle sewing machine to do the quilting. I need a bit more practice – I think I will stick to quilting in the ditch my lines aren’t all that straight!


Hope you are having a good week.

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