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Hello Everybody!!

Teddy and I have been doing some crafting and what is better we have been doing some blogging.  Wet Spring here, bad hailstorms on Thursday and showers ever since, night time mostly, very heavy rain.

So we made you a card.


This card was made for a card swap on Willow’s Card Swaps on Facebook, it is an Aussie only site, so saves postage 🙂

My usual 5″x5″ square card that is to a sketch and so simple.  I have used washi tape and one of my favourite stamps by Lucy, (Kaszazz these days)  I also used to washi tape to make it fit into a challenge on the Aussie Creative Crafts and Challenges site that I admin on (Teddy is the creative director).  The Challenge is Double Up or Two of a Kind, (2 types washi tape)  How clever is that??

Well we hope you like it, so much fun sometimes to make something totally different 🙂

Hugs 🙂

Lauren xx

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Hey Everyone,

Yes yes yes another post from me, another card of course!!! This one is for the Mix It Up Challenge on SCS, and our very own Miss Lynn gave us a colour challenge, use a colour/colour combo that you have not used for two months….. well it took some work, but let me tell you mauve/lemon have not been touched by me….. Those colours are enough to make me puke!!!

Well after making it and looking at it for a while, it seems to have grown on me.  Mauve background is stamped with white polkadots (SU), the lemon is rolla stamped with running children (Clearsnap Rollagraph) and then embossed in a grid.  SU lace it up punch strip covers the join.  A pretty panel of a Penny Black stamp inked with Tombow Pens.

Sentiment stamp by Penny Black.  Embellishments of flower and buttons.

The focal panel is wrapped in handmade twine.  I love making things like this, it is made with crochet cotton.

Now I have come to l like this, I think this will be my design for the PB Swap, it has to be in pastels.  They are not my colours.


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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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Hello Everyone,

I love Victorian or Vintage cards and bookmarks.  It is all sepia, pearls, lace and wonderful papers, reminding me of an era of elegance and style, times gone past, Gone With the Wind, Jane Austen and my gentle, elegant Grandmother.

 Oh I love these Victorian girls, so cute, so sweet and perfect for this card.  Wide lace over a background of two types of DP.  A focal embellishment made from ribbon, leaves and a traditional rose and a Chinese rose in reds with pearl string added.  The sentiment is encased in a file name plate and embellished with decorated pins.

The bookmarks are decorated back and front, with lace and flowers.  The bottom has ribbon between the layers with strings of pearls that match.  Beautiful DP has been used as a background and the bookmarks are distresses with ink.  I needed a vintage bookmarks for all the classic novels I read.  Just seems to fit.

These two projects were made for the Victorian/Vintage Card and Bookmark Swap hosted by my friend Yvonne on SCS.

Hope you enjoyed them.  Get inky soon.


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Hi Everyone,

I fell in love with these pins when I first made one and now so many of my cards have them on.  These two little beauties are made for Sam’s Hat Pin Swap on SCS.  I almost pulled out of the card section because I just couldn’t seem to come up with any ideas and my mojo seemed to be gone….. then….. WHAM it hit me and I made these two little beauties in record time…. can you believe it???

I really loved making this card and it was so easy and fairly quick too.  Cut the designer paper out and stitched it on the machine (finally remembered that step), put it all together, added a lace strip, a flower, some twine and a bow with a hat pin.  And of course a nice birthday wish!!

Could not be any easier and it looks so speccy!!

The above stitched card is entered into the Dolce Stamps and Cards: It’s a “faux” Real Challenge

This one was really easy too, dark cardstock base card with white (Alabaster) fluid chalk stamping, a panel with a label frame cut out, and fixed in place with dimensional tape.  Some die cute foliage, gold cord and a fabric flower (cut from old curtains), with a button to finish off.  A ribbon sentiment of cherish, some pearls to balance and a little bow with the special hat pin in it.

This is a very pretty card too.

Well Sam I hope you like them.  You nearly missed out, how lucky can you be???

Just keep in mind my lovely followers and lookers, I will be having some blog candy very soon, I need to have 40 followers and I will be giving away some stamps and flowers.  So if you visit, become a follower, you can follow me even if you don’t have a blog, just become a member of Blogger.

Get inky sometime soon.


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I just love the rich colours and cooler mornings of Autumn.  Such a dramatic palette, so much change, so much movement.  It is my favourite time of the year and just warms my heart and makes me feel so nostalgic.

What a very special card for Sam’s Fall Swap on SCS.  I used my new Sizzix embossing folder (Fall) to emboss the background, added a ribbon and brads.  Then set about making a pile of heat embossed maple leaves.  Aren’t they gorgeous falling to the foreground like that???  I love this card.  Maybe because it is in a couple of my favourite colours!!

I hope Sam likes it, and I hope you do too!!  Hope you get crafting today, I have been.


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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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These cards were made for DellsDani’s Keep it Wheeling Swap on SCS, I loved making them.

This card is made using Jumbo Wheels, SU Swirls and Rollagraph Four Flowers.  Coloured in tombow pens to add brightness and match the background.  One flower is highlighted using Glossy Accents.

This one is made using Regular Wheels.  The background is made using a selection of background type wheels from Rollagraph (sticks, shooting star, grid, dots/lines, etc), then cut and reassembled to make a mosaic style background.  The tiles are embossed and from the Rollagraph Floral Squares, all matted on black and embellished with ribbon.


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Well finally I have made a card with this die.  I ordered it ages ago and it came about a month ago when life was a little hectic, so didn’t use it.  I cut it out as I always do that with new dies, and I admired the die cuts.

The die is just beautiful and I love the way Sizzix dies cut so cleanly every time.  I just need a money tree in the backyard….. yeah right, stop dreaming and get on with it I say.

I decided to make a Christmas Card with it as the silver cage goes so well with burgundy and forest green.  I put an impression on the cage with a fiskars texture plate.  I love using plates and folders.  Cut some branches and flowers and molded the cage to appear rounded.  Pearl centres for the flowers and a hook and bow at the top of the cage.

And birdie was inked with a swirl stamp and he is holding the sentiment in his beak…..  I have seen a bird holding ribbon sentiments before, cannot remember where.


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


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