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Hello Everyone,


Today was a bit of a mixed bag, overcast and then rain like crazy, so heavy a person could not hear themselves thinking.  Good job I kept my mind empty today.


So I went to my very quiet craft room and made a card.




I truly loved making this card, I stated with some coated paper (silly me) from a pack that I bought that was called ‘silk’.  Now why did I not think it would be coated?  So I did some stamping with a background stamp and Ranger Distress Ink Peacock.


Then I took a clock template and inked over with Ranger Distress Ink Black Soot.  So far so good.  Then I sprayed with Ranger Pearl Mist Copper and Pearl and let this dry.  Not so good, it just comes off again.  So I wiped it over with piece of paper towel.  The final result was a muted background that was like a silver mist, but with no shimmer.


Hmm… so then I took some clock stamps and randomly stamped in Ancient Page Coal Black (I didn’t want it slipping off!!)  So that is my background.


By this time I had to cut my piece and as it ended up a little short I used some striped DP on the bottom, covered the join with a braid trim and added 3 buttons.  Then I did 2 ribbon cuts on dark gey/black paper and did I die cut of a Quickutz clock.  The clock is inked with Mica Magic Bronze, Silver and Copper and layered onto a circle die cut.


Finished poduct, I love it.


Thanks for calling to check out today’s offering.


Hugs 🙂



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Hello Everyone,


Today I will show the next set of cards that were made during the Skycrafting session with Lisa from Crafting Cottage, she is so good for my creative juices.


Here is the inspiration for this Trains for Boys


The measurements for the card as we did it are as follows:

Base card 5×5 inchesBrown layer 4 and 3/4 x 4 and 3/4 inches
Patterned paper layer 4 and 1/2 x 4 and 1/2 inches square
Brown Layer 4 x 4 inches
White layer (to attach papers to) 3 and 3/4 x 3 and 3/4 inches
4 x rectangles of paper 3/4 inch x 2 and 7/8 inches
Centre stamped square 2 x 2 inches.

That’s all the help you are getting 🙂


Now these are my two cards:



Now that one is to measurements as given.  Then I got a bit big for my boots and decided to use a panel I already had stamped and miscalculated (would I ever make a mistake?) the paper strips, so I pulled 2 off and inked in the place.  You didn’t know I made a mistake only I told you.  Teddy is so proud of me for admitting my mistakes.



Worked out ok, it still looks good and I got the chance to put my sentiment sideways, like I foget to be creative at times.  A creature of habit just like everyone else!!



Love them, what do you think??


Thanks for calling in today.


Hugs 🙂




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Hello Everyone,


Well I had a wonderful day  over the weekend Skycrafting (that is Skype/Crafting) with my dear friend Lisa.  She presses me and makes me think and puts me right out there in Mojo land.  Thank you Lisa!!


She picked a pic from Pinterest for us to have a play with and see what we could come up with.  So here is a link to the original Sailing Away  Now hop on over to Lisa’s blog at the Crafting Cottage and see what she has done with this!!

Here is my first effort:




And my next effort:




Teddy said the second one makes him want to be a pirate in the olden days, he is such a trick of a little fella and I am so glad he chooses to live in my craft room.  I would be lost without him!!


For these two cards, there was lots of inking with distress ink, embossing with white embossing powder,  and flicking of ink too (actually I used a Tombow pen with the SU spritzer tool) So easy.  The string is recycled and inked with Distress ink and the charms come from my lovely supplier CharmAholic who sells on the Aussie Craft and Scrapbooking Bargains on Facey. 🙂


Now here is a pic of the two cards together.  Just to compare them and see the differences.  I think I am starting to get the hang of masculine, or maybe just a little more comfy with it.  Thanks Lisa!!!




I think these cards are just so nice, and just my colour, how funny that I love browns, if I were to change my name it would be Sepia.  And really I cannot decide which one I like the best.


Thanks for calling in.


Hugs 🙂



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Hello Everyone,


It looks like this Summer is going to be a challenging one with the heat, dry and bushfires.  Tasmania has been very badly hit and is not out of danger yet as I understand.  So many stories of devastation and destruction and also the tales of survival and escape.  So sad for so many who have lost homes and those who have lost lives.  It also looks like Victoria and NSW are badly effected as well with the rural community suffering so badly.  Northern NSW is on alert tomorrow and through to the end of the week, with some areas still classified as catastrophic.  Stay safe and take care please.  Material things can be replaced but lives cannot.


Well after all that heat and fire stuff, it is time for a cool down with some water fun cards.  I have made a couple of very easy masculine cards with one of my favourite male type stamp.




Teddy loves this one with the wavy background that is made using a Fiskars Texture plate run through the Bigshot with the rubber embossing mat.  I really like it.


Love the sentiment and the yacht and simply finished with some buttons.




Oh and Ted just is so thrilled about being the presenter of two cards today, did you see the look on his face, he is so cute!!


This one is simply black and white with an embossed background and some ric rack.  How simple but also very classy looking too.


Hope your day has been a great one, I am so pleased you called in.


Hugs 🙂




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Hello Everyone,


You know there was a time when I was a gardener and when we lived at Corlette I planted seedlings from Pigmy Date Palms that I had germinated from those I had planted at Hillsborough.  Well I harvested seeds from those plants at Corlette and brought seedlings with me when we came here.


This is one of twenty I have in my garden now. 🙂



I get so much joy from growing from seed.  There are many plants in this garden that have come from germinating myself.  Loads of Birdsnest ferns, loads of hen and chicken ferns, other palms, Clivias and Agapanthas.  If only I could keep these masses of gardens under control,  it keeps wanting to go wild.


So with this much joy in my heart, I had to make a card.  Yes I had to make a card with the man in my life in mind.  So I made two cards, different images, same cards.



Yes how many fellas do not like to fish? Even if they can’t catch anything?  But you know most fellas can fish and catch things, but I don’t eat fish, no way!!  I think fellas go fishing for the escape from the little woman and to be on their own…. haha.



And this is the Titanic.  Love the era of 1850’s through to the First World War.  I think I lived there once.


Now these two cards are made exactly the same.  Base of Oatmeal and a strip of cardstock (scraps) with the oatmeal broder.  Two paper fasteners.  You know I like to use them for brads, so much cheaper.  The washi tape is made from surgical tape from the first aid kit (Micropore) and inked over with a rollagraph script wheel, or could just be stamped.  I laid it on my non stick mat to do this.


The label is run through that squares EF from SU.  My strip of cardstock I stamped the ship on was a little short of the circle so I gave it flat sides, did you think that odd?  No of course not.


I used my Stamp a Majig to line up the Happy and Brithday at the bottom.  Clever little invention that.


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

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!


What a busy day today, well fun busy anyway.  I watched three movies today,  while I crafted, not that I got a lot done, most of my tasks today were fairly time consuming, hand sewing on cards and lots of Glossy Accents on chipboard.


The movies were, Veronica Guerin, I love that move with Cate Blanchette, but mainly because it is a true story of a journalist who is the catalyst in law changes and the drug war in Ireland with her investigations and death because of those investigations.
Next came The Blind Side with Sandra Bullock, I love that movie and I love her.  Fantastic actress and this is such a giving story, again a true story, heartwarming, funny and oh so watchable.  Yes I have seen it many times.
Oh and then I watch The DaVicni Code, not seen before by me and a surprising choice, but I do love Tom Hanks.  Bit more of a mystery, thriller than I am used to (I tend to not be good with suspense, sets the old heart a racing), but it was a good story and I kept up with most of it.  I will have to watch it again.  Crafting tends to allow me to miss bits here and there. 🙂


The other thing today was that we got up to find an unkown motor bike about 5 or 6 metres from the bedroom window.  Just parked there, minding its own business.  So I called our neighbour to find out if  it was anything to do with her family at all, the answer was no.  Although I am a mind my own business sort of person most of the time, this did seem a little sus to me, so I called the police.


Well the police turned up later in the day, two really nice coppers and asked a few quiestions, then went off to check it out.  They were a while and we thought they were going to arrest the bike and be off with it, but no.  They found out it had been stolen from Hamilton and the number plates were missing.  Bit suspect they said.


I really get a peed off with the increase in crime and the fact that it comes so close to my home.  Hope the police catch the mongrels before they have a change to use those plates for whatever they think they need them for.  I feel sorry for the person the bike belongs to, someone who obviously takes care of their things and now has to go to the expense of retreiving the bike (which cannot be ridden until it has either a permit or new plates) and the cost of the new plates for it.


So I took a photo of this little stolen bike, he is a cutie and in good nick with almost a tank full of petrol.



So that is the wildlife as it is, not very moveable by itself and gone now.


Well I had best show you a card I made yesterday.  A masculine card no less.



This is a fairly easy card to make, with an embossed background in blue with Cuttlebug Happy Birthday EF.  The stamp is by SU, one of my favourite man stamps is stamped in Colorbox Fluid Chalk Charcoal and heat dried (it becomes permanent when heat dried or set).  Then I cut it out with a label die and used a circle template to sponge the sun and the water was masked as well.


Then I stamped Happy Birthday with a SU word set and cut with a smaller label.  Then I pierced the holes around both labels and attached them to the op part of the embossed panel and added the ribbon and spiral clip before adding the completed panel to the card base.


Hope you like this.


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

Hugs :)



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Hello Everyone!!!


Well today got a little warmer and tomorrow will be warmer still with winds from the northwest, bringing the heat of the inland with it.  But relief is in sight, a cool change on Friday for the weekend to be very comfortable.


The sky was almost a clear blue, but there were some streaky clouds, do you want to have alook at them?



Very pretty isn’t it?  I love how the sky can be almost clear and have just some patches like this, not too far above the horizon.


So I made a card with some blue in it.  Over on Splitcoaststampers the Mix It Up Challenge has asked us to make a Male Birthday Card, with some blue, 3 embellishments and a sentiment.  Now you say who thought of that?  Well it was moi!!!  Yes I am the hostess this week.



So here it is!! Yes a boy card, with 3 embellies (3 brads), some blue (the ocean and the border of the image), and a sentiment (happy birthday, of course).


A white A6 card with side opening.  A mat of an embossed panel, using the burlap by Sizzix and inked around the edge.  A SU stamp of a sailing boat lightly shaded with chalks and matted onto Bazzill Typhoon.  The brads and a sentiment by Stamp-It Australia.


Easy and neat, quick to make and you can bet it will be happily received!!!


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

Hugs :)

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