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Hello Everyone,


Recently I got myself a Martha Stewart Score Board, now I know it is in imperial and I am a metric girl, but you know it really does not matter…. it has lines just everywhere…. and it cam with the envelope triangle thingie too!!!


So I made a couple of rosettes and a box, just because I could, and you don’t even really have to measure anything, it is all done for you.




So how cool is this??? The box is upside down in the photo, but if I rotate it, Teddy gets to be hanging from the roof and he is not good at that.


I know I have MFT rosette dies, but it is almost simpler to use the scoreboard.  I got it at over 50% off, no resistance needed.


The box has versamark resist inked with Ranger Distress Ink.  So easy, so effective.


See you again tomorrow!! hugs 🙂



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Hello Everyone!!


Friday already, the best day of the week!! Do you have your Friday smilie face on?? Looking forward to the weekend with wonderful plans?? I am going to the beach, now don’t be surprised or shocked, you and I both know that the sand is not nice to me, but I can go to the beach without walking on it.  I am going to sit at those lovely picnic tables over there and have hot fish and chips.  Yay!!


So with that in mind I have a little something that Lisa (you know my friend Lisa) from the Crafting Cottage has got me making and what a wonderful idea they are.  These would make a fantastic gift.




Lisa asked me if I had bulldog clips and I said yes but only little ones and she said they are perfect!!!


So I made this cute little note holder, isn’t it cute??


And then I made a bigger one, cos I do not write small when I write notes, big writing = big note paper.




I like this one better, it is bigger, has a flower on it and I really like it.


The bases are cut from chipboard and covered with patterned paper.  The clip is covered with paper and embellished and placed on the hand cut note sheets.  Then I have further embellished the holder.


Well I hope you have enjoyed seeing these.


Thanks for calling in.


Hugs :)


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Hello Everyone,


How close is Christmas getting now, someone said twelve more sleeps, would that be right?? So close and I suppose I have plans in place to be ready or not.  You know Christmas will come whether I am ready or not, don’t you??


Well I have been making some Stocking Stuffers for a challenge over on MIU so I will show you a couple.  You can try to guess if one of these is for you, but I am not sure who they are for.


SANY1798 SANY1799 SANY1800 SANY1801 SANY1802


How cute are they??? So easy to make pretty things for putting little gifts inside, and you know how much I love giving things away…. oh my.  But I am not sure I am a fan of the commercial aspects of Christmas.  I prefer to give gifts to those I care about when I want to because I think of them, not because of a time of year that we all received the greatest gift ever and that is what I think we should celebrate.


Off my soapbox, have a great day and enjoy yourselves.  Love you all.


Oh Oh Oh, many of you loved my tip of the week yesterday so that may just continue if I can think of nifty things you might like to know.


Hugs :)



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Hello Everyone!!


Well the other day I was Skyping/Organising with my friend Lynn and she is in the middle of a huge revamp and organise of her craft room, so exciting!  And I got to thinking that I do not stamp or use my inks so much because they are not so handy… so I have utilized the space right behind me by moving my double decker trolley (that holds some punches only) and put a small coffee table there and now have put my 9 drawer units with stamps and inks in them, right there behind my chair. 🙂 It is so much better, thanks Miss Lynn.


So with the new mojo given by the rearrangement, I went and took a photo of some wildlife for you.



This is a Bird of Paradise plant growing right next to the driveway and it has huge flowers on it.  The plant is huge, above my eye level and almost as wide.  Huge flowers on long long stems and surrounded by lush growth of other plants.  He looks magnificent, doesn’t he?


So to match the magesty of this bit of nature, I had to show you something really special.  A couple of decorator tags that I have made.    I might have to make some more and perhaps frame them. 🙂



This tag is made with white cardstock 6cm x 12 cm and sponged with Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo and then stamped with a solid script butterfly in the same ink.  I have added a chipboard flourish inked in Colorbox Fluid Chalk Pink Pastel, then stamped with SU Boroque Motifs (the big swirl) in CFC  Charcoal.  Then covered with Inkssentials Glossy Accents and sprinkled lightly with glitter.


The dress form is cut with a Sizzix Bigz die Sewing Room.  Stamped in Colorbox Fluid Chalk Creamy Brown with a Harlequin stamp and a script stamp from the same unmounted set from Stamp-It Australia.  Then I have sponged over this with Ranger Distress Ink Tattered Rose.


The little roses (gorgeous they are) are silk and I bought them a long time ago and was going to use them on a wreath, but didn’t do it.  The tag is finished with some natural twill printed with create and believe.  The little buterfly is inked  and then glossed.



This one is made on a cream 12cm x 6cm tag base.  I have sponged all over with darkened edges with Ranger Distress Ink Vintage Photo and then stamped it using differing stamps from an unmounted set from Stamp-It Australia, love the effect of this base.  🙂


The heart is an embellishement I made a while ago (I love fiddling and making embellies, have heaps lined up ready to use).  I diecut the heart from medium weight chipboard and inked it with Vivid ink Rasperry several times until the depth of colour seemed ok.  The piece was then covered in Inkssentials Glossy Accents and rhinestones placed on it.


When dry the lace was attached to the back with hot glue, first the white lace and then the pink.  When done pearls and cord was attached and then the little silk roses.  Having this piece already done made it an easy tag to finish off with an inked and glossed butterfly and some sheer ribbon.  The ring around the hole is just a cheap ring reinforcer which has been sponged and over stamped in Distress inks and left to dry for ages.  (a couple of days and they do not smear).


Hope you like these tage,  I know I do.


Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going great.

Hugs :)





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Hello Everyone,


Just a quick post today of a project I finished yesterday.  When I first started this, I made the long beads from paper and when rolled, I thought, eh not very interesting, so I put them aside and left them for a while.



So this week on MIU there was a challenge to something other than paper, so everyone seems to be doing beading, so I thought, well I might just finish this little item and see what it turns out like.


When I rolled the paper I put heavy wire through the hole and put a ring at each end.  The the beads were put into UTEE until they stopped bubbling and then I hung them up until they were cool.  Then I had to clear out the UTEE that settled into the wire loops.  When done, they were wrapped  in wire and then made into a neclace and earrings.


The main thing I learned was that the beads darkened quite a lot with the UTEE process, so next time I will know to use much more white on my  paper.


I used junk mail for this, but next time I think a magazine will do well with printing on the pages.


Hope you like this.


Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going well.

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!!

So much cooler today, almost back to Winter temperatures and the breeze is from the South!!  I cannot keep up with this, so not to worry, this is Spring and I think it is always like this.

Being Spring we have bunnies just a few weeks old.  Yes they are wild, not pets but they come close.  These photos were taken when I just walked up close to these little buggars eating grass shoots.  I think they will probably end up being Monty’s dinner at some stage.  That is life in the bush so don’t get attached to them.



They are only about 5 inches long, but they are so cute!!  Yes maybe they are Hares!!! No really they are bunnies.

So with babies in mind a made a little album for the memories of a friend of mine and her three little girls.  I used to do a lot of  looking after little Amy when she was a baby and the other two girls to help her mum out with three littlies at home.  They are always so happy as I remember them, so called it a happiness journal.



Look this is so beautiful it has floored Ted.  It is made from thin chipboard, cut with Spellbinders scalloped squares and inked in brown and green. Pockets and tags, loads of ribbon and flowers.  Front cover has 3 tags for journalling and tucked into a torn pocket made from cardstock coloured with shaving cream technique.  Some very pretty flowers and a clip, some ribbon and a slider.



First double page is a sentiment opposite a clear page through which a photo of Jessie is visible, giving a hint of what is to come.  I love the flowers on this, the punched, embossed and inked and the different shapes of flowers matted together.



Second double page, showing the clear page on the left and the photo of Jessie on  green and embellished with flowers and ribbon.  Stamping and the layered and embossed flowers and the ribbon give it all depth, as does the edging on the clear page.



This third double page opening has lovely Heidi as a flower, so beautiful.  More flowers, ricrac.  The little diamond fold embellishement on the second page opens up, but I forgot to take a photos.  Love the button on here too.



Fourth page has the little wild child Amy, check out that smile, she was always like this.  More flowers, ribbon and stamping.  And a sneak peek at the tags on the next page.



More trimming with the shaving cream card, flowers and edging of the clear page.  Tags in a pocket and a clip and more stamping.



The back cover is stamped with the lovely saying of Happiness, trimmed with ribbon.

The book is held together with a hinged ring embellished with tied ribbon to match that used in the book.

Hope you like it, I know I do, it is going in with my keepsakes.  Love these little girls.  Love their mum too.  🙂

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is going well.

Hugs :)


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Hello my blogland friends!!!!

How are you all today?  Hope you are getting lots of eye-candy in while blog hopping around, or maybe you are getting inky fingers while making something wonderful!!!  Please tell me where I can find your work, would love to see it.
Well today I have been prettying up my craft room.  I have realised that although I make pretty cards, boxes  and other things, there is nothing other than my inspiration wall and my ribbon hanger that really looks pretty.  Everything is serviceable, rather than pretty.

I am going to change that.

Get a go at this for my scrap cardstock bin.



This is my original (thank you Sunday Telegraph) scrap cardstock box.  It originally was brightly striped gloss finish, but was starting to get a little shabby, so I have covered it with my fav colours and fave papers (well the last of them really) Bo Bunny Shabby Princess series (garden something) which I loved, stripes, dots, floral and circles, and colours to die for!!!.  Sad cannot get it anymore.  But now I will be able to look at those gorgeous colours every single day in my room.

The box was covered with papers, paint dabbered around all edges, sprayed with Perfect Pearl, ribboned, flowered, fibred, pearled and owled!!!  Oh butterflied too.

I love it.



There are 7 separators with Owl Tabs to keep my colours in their own area.  I have used a label die on the corner of the tab, added the owl (cutie) and finished with some ribbon and cotton string.

I love all those googley eyes looking at me!!



I am really pleased with this finished item and now I should be able to find all those smaller bits of card that used to get lost in the box.
So this is the finished overall photo, yes I think a job well done.



Yes I have lots of yellow at the moment, from making the party boxes a while back.  Might have to start doing yellow honeycomb cards with my newish hexagon die… 🙂
Thanks for calling in, hope you are having a great day!!

Hugs 🙂



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