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Hi Everyone, here are the deets of the Mix it Up challenge.

This week’s challenge is to make a shaped project. Think outside the box by making a project that is not square or rectangle or cube shaped.

hexagonal easel card

I cut my card using the Coluzzle System with the second largest template, but used the largest template to cut the pink background for the outside and inside. Then used a MS border punch to punch each straight section and then used a corner rounder to nibble away to round the corners.

close up of flower and foliage

Then it was easy enough to decorate wtih ribbon and bows, shaped daisies, pearls, rhinestones  and my foliage is marked with a gold gel pen to show venation.  I thought I would do something a little different there.

showing front of card

The die cut butterfly was assembled and added, along with a stamped focal for the sentiment.  The inside decorated with flowers and foliage to halfway to create the stop of the easel.

It is so pretty and delicate, very girly, to give to a special girlfriend.



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Hey Everyone!!!

Just a little sneak peek, I am hosting the Mix It Up Challenge on SCS very soon, like in a few hours time!!!

sneak peek sample card

Ok, it’s pretty isn’t it??? It has butterfly, pearls, bows, flowers, rhinestones, but your card does not have to have any of that.  It is pink, but your card does not need to be pink.

I love this Challenge, so fun and anything goes!!!

Will be back in a while to post it in full, the only clue till now is that you need to think outside the box!!




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Hey Everyone, I have been missing from the Blog world a little lately, so I will make up for it now. These are the cards I made in November for different challenges, swaps and fun.   There are a few others I will blog separately.  Enjoy.

 Made this special card for my special neighbour, love her heaps.  The paper was given to me by my Canadian friend Lynn and the roses are from my Retro Rose Tutie.

 This card was a take on vintage oval mirrors, could be a sympathy card or even a wedding card.  So simple and also stunning in the two colours and all the foliage and flowers.

 Vintage bookmarks for my friend Yvonne’s Victorian Swap on SCS.  Loved making these and I so love beads hanging from my bookmarks.  They seem just so decadent and what better bookmark to use in Austen

 This butterfly easel card was an attempt at a Victorian card that just did not make it even for all the distressing in the world.  Great card though, just not good enough for the Victorian Swap by Yvonne.

 Now this is the Victorian card that did make it to the Swap for Yvonne.  Love the lace, love the images, love the roses and the bookplate.  Oh and love love love the pins.

 Now my friend Lisa sent me some Spellbinder label die cuts and I got so excited at the shape of them and thought I know what they will do, so I made this card!!!! I had seen something similar a long time ago and did not know how they did that mask until those die cuts came through my letterbox!!!!

 Love to CASE cards, this is a case of my friend Lisa’s style and card.  Made for Dellsdani’s Monkey See, Monkey Do Swap on SCS.  It went right against everything I like (pink, yuk) but Lisa makes such beautiful elegant cards and she seems to put them out so easily that I am jealous of her apparent natural talent.  So I hope that this card did justice to her wonderful work.  Find her here: Lisa’s Blog

 Made this card for my friend Lisa, to reassure her DH that he makes great digis.  Yes my friend’s DH made this freebie for her blog.  Go check out her blog and see if you can find the freebies, they are great digi’s and you will see how Lisa has used them.  She is a fabby cardmaker, Love you heaps Lisa!!! Go check out Lisa’s Crafting Cottage

 Just had to make this card, beautiful Spellbinders Butterfly and my roses made with Spellbinders Rosemaker Creations.  This is a stunning card and at the moment this very full, very dimensional card is my style.  Hmm wonder what my style will be in another week or so???

 A card for the I Spy Challenge on SCS.  Love these challenges, mostly I have no idea what she spied, but really, does it matter?  Go ahead and just make a card!!!  I thought this one was lips, so I made a card Sealed with a Loving Kiss…. and no one seems to ever have heard that expression….. was huge in Oz in the early 60’s, just goes to show I am getting older…. well, who isn’t??

 Ah, I revisited my signature card of a couple of years ago, still a stunning card.  An uneven gatefold with the focal on vellum stamped with Mica Magic, (why oh why do they not still have that??) and a beautifully decorated inside and all closed up with a little clip that turns… just forgot its name.

 Oh and the lovely lovely faux leather wallet.  Taught this at craft group WCG at the start of the term.  This really is quite speccy and very easy to do.  Great for holding a gift card or voucher for someone special at Christmas or Birthday time.

 Oh and I just love these little Christmas tags, blank except for the stitching on them, so heaps of room for a greeting to add to your gift.  All embellished with a belly band saying not to open before the special day!

 I love to decorate candles, this one is done with cardstock and paper that can be removed before lighting.

 A faux Asian card done in red, black, gold and cream.  So striking with the red fibres adding dimension to it.  The embossing of the Japanese script is lovely on the square card.

 Altered diary in an Oriental Theme for Paola for hosting the Asian/Oriental swap on SCS. I joined two scraps of Yutzen paper onto a washi piece that I stamps with Japanese Script and put a very young trendy origami girl on there.

 The card I made for the Asian/Oriental Swap hosted by Sama (aka Paola) on SCS.  I loved making this card, stamping and joining the background, colouring lightly, making the braid, the lucky symbol stamped on the focal at left, the lucky knot from paper cord, the little doll and the chopstick from a toothpick to hold the lucky coin in place.  This card is all about good luck for the recipients.

 Another I Spy Challenge on SCS, so fun, and all about shoes.  I rarely use this stamp but this challenge was perfect to get it inky.  Handmade flower by Lauren and I got to use the notepad border punch that I love so much and forget to use.

 And what do we do in the Forest????? Well I don’t know about you, but I toast marshymellows over the campfire if possible and since it is winter in the northern hemisphere where this card is going I thought we would build a snowman to help us.  This card is for Jeanette’s (Forest Ranger) Swap on SCS…. yes it is called ‘what do we do in the Forest’, well now you know!!!

 I love the I Spy Challenge, here we are again, we are tall, we shine, we excite kids and I forget what else…. could be a star, but they are high, not tall, so it has to be Lighthouse.  I love a lighthouse, something mystical about them.  This is probably my most used stamp I have realised.  Good buying Lauren!!!

 Oh Oh I had to make a bonus aspect of the Forest Swap, so I decided to make a crafting lady because Jeanette sure does love her crafts and I believe she has a bug that she loves too!!

 A Christmas card that did not make the grade for the Swap it was designed for, but on reflection it does seem to be ok.  See I do make duds!!

OH OH OH OH, or should that be HO HO HO HO, these are made to give as hostie gifts for the swaps I am in, or for pressies.  Mrs Forest is getting four of these in her bag of swap cards, cos she loves loves loves Christmas Trees.  And that is no secret!!

Well I hope to be a more regular blogger.  How many times have I said that this year????? Too many so don’t go back and count, just go back and look at the inspiration, at least I hope you get some inspiration here.

Get inky soon.


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Well I am of course.  Here is the prototype, long thought about, sufficient paper shuffling and then a quick put together to get your feedback.  This is me, lovely, lady, flowers, embellies and something quirky!!

Love stripes, love masking, love flowers in the garden and on cards, love love love swirls and pearls, just wish I could be as elegant as this lady is, sadly I am just me!!


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Side Stepper Card for Barb’s Whipper Snapper Swap on SCS.


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Gate Fold

Love being part of the Fancy Fold Card Swap.  This is my last card for this swap, the Gate Fold card.  This swap has made me think outside the square, and make something other than my usual fold the A5 cardstock down the cente and decorate the front.

I have found I love using doilies on my cards, and I love these punched flowers with pearl centres.

I just carried the colour theme inside and decorated the side panels and the corners of the centre panel.  Overall I like the card and hope that Betty does too!!


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Hey I did this without any probs at all!! Can you believe it??? I was so worried, kept getting confused as to where to score, which way to fold, oh so confusing to me!!

This is for Betty’s Fancy Fold Card Swap on SCS.  Ta-Dah!! My waterfall card!!

Front of card as it lays flat, don’t you just love that little tassel that I made??? I love fiddling with things like that!!

And when you pull on that little tassel the card slider works and shows more images.  How cool is that???

Now I made the waterfall mechanism onto a card panel and put it onto an opening card.  I didn’t know whether that was done or not, but I liked having the opening card and the opening slider.

Images: SU Priceless, StampIt Bird??
Ink:  Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Blue Iris, Clearsnap Colorbox Fluid Chalk Chestnut Roan
Cardstock:  Kasz Oatmeal, Bazzill Canvas Typhoon, Bazzill Canvas Pinecone
Designer Series Paper: Unknown source
Embellishments: Mini Brads, Tassel by Lauren
Techniques:  DTP, Waterfall Slider
Accessories:  Spellbinders Nestabilities Squares

Challenges Entered:
Charisma Cards – Something that Flies


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When I was very young, the one constant and wonderful thing in my life was my Grandmother. She taught me needlecrafts like crochet, knitting, embroidery and so much more.  She was patience and love always.  I loved her dearly and still do, and keep the connection with in my crafts every day.  Earlier today I was thinking and talking about her so I made a card that represents so many things about my Grandmother.

I loved this card so much I am using it as my Easel Card in Betty’s Fancy Fold Swap.

Image:  Stamp-It 1695E Victorian Lady
Ink:  StazOn Timber Brown
Cardstock:  Kasz White, Bazzil Romance
Designer Series Paper: DaisyD’s Modern Romance 14639
Embellishments: Prima Flowers, Brads, String of Pearls, Satin Ribbon, Nylon Ribbon, Paper Doily, Lace
Colouring Medium:  Tombow ABT Dual Tipped Pens 850, 970, 990, 992, 603, 606
Accessories:  Spellbinders Nestabilities Squares and Scallop Squares

This card is entered in the Craft Us Crazy Remembrance/Memorial Day Challenge


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Loved making this card, love the papers, love the colours, love the image!!  This is a double pocket card for Betty’s Fancy Fold swap on SCS.

The image is from Penny Black and is coloured with Vivid Ink Olive and watercolour pencil for the flower.

Over the martini glass a SU stamp with the simple word sparkle.

The ribbon is satin edged in gold and I used Vivid Ink Olive to dye it to the colour I wanted, then tied a lovely bow over the bottom pocket.

Finishing the focal is three sparkling rhinestones.

Each pocket/panel is faux stitched, giving another detail to tie all panels together.


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Victorian Pyramid

This card was made a couple of years ago and is one of my major achievements.  It took me nearly 2 weeks to make, as everything on the card is made by me, cut, stamped, embellished.  I loved the journey of making and enjoyed every minute I spent making this work of art.

The original card shape was seen in an Australian Stamping Magazine, but I have no clue who did that article.  I have made mine in very vintage/Victorian theme, loads of distress inks, stamping, altering, embellishing with wire and fibres.

 This quarter is all about postage, stamping, altering, stamping to create an interesting, vintage work.

All about Music
All about romance and femininity, the heart of the Victorian rose.
All about time.
This fantastic work folds up to a neat little triangle and can be posted in an especially made box.
Well now you know that I used to be able to stamp and create and have an imagination, but sadly that is no longer the case.  I am no longer a serious stamper, I only stamp to have fun!!!

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