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Hello everyone,

Spring is just about to burst out around here, warmer days most of the time, dry, fine and sunny with very pleasant days and loads of trees coming into leaf and many blossom trees in colour already.  The Azaleas out the front of my craft room are starting to bloom and it is really nice to look out there from my new sewing table.

So over on SplitCoastStampers our Miss Lynn has thrown out the challenge on the Mix It Up Challenge for everyone to take the plunge and have a go at TeaBag Folding.  Well Miss Lynn I started my cardmaking efforts with TeaBag Folding so this is bringing back lots of fun memories.

Tea Bag Folding is generally done with 2 inch squares, but I wanted to make something a little smaller so used one inch squares.  Just to be the different person I am.
So what do you think of this little scene for Christmas, could be a bit welcoming??





Such a cute little cat sitting in front of that decorated front door, I have been thinking about this door and dreaming about it for so long, I think as long as I have had the Madison Window Die and my friend Julie got me this little cat die.  I am so in love with my dies…

Ok so I used a scrap of paper to chalk the lines on the base card to make it appear like weatherboards.  My Maddison Window Die cut twice and the top and bottom shaping cut off, these were placed on a white piece of cardstock to give the appearance of a door.  A very pretty antique looking brad made a great door handle.

And my Tea Bag Folding wreath to hang on the dooor!!! This was fairly fiddly with such small papers, but I am happy with the results.
Now a pic of some regular size wreaths made the same way.




Wrap your eyes around that Miss Lynn and make sure you tell me what a clever little vegemite I am.  See Ted is getting a peek in there, he was mightily impressed too!!!  Gotta love a fan like Ted. 🙂

Tools List

Memory Box Small Maddison Window
Quickutz Cat Die
Stamp-It Australia stamp Christmas Down
Fiskars Border Punch Grass
Thanks for calling in to check on Ted’s activities, he loves your comments by the way!!

Lauren 🙂

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I just wanted to make another item for the Mix It Up Challenge this week since I am hosting and I wanted to keep the girls interested and making things!

Each section has Australian scenery stamps with an oval opening with a star aperture behind with a feature stamp.

star album

No embellishments, only stamping and punching to create texture and interest.  Tied with a ribbon.

one part of a scene

and the rest of the scene

Here is the full image of the album again. This is for decorative purposes only, it is not an album for photos.  Part of my annual Australia Day decorations for next year.

star album

Have a great day, I will be back tomorrow with a tutorial for wire and bead dragonflies.

Hugs Lauren ♥♥

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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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