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Hello Everyone,


Well seems I am on a roll with the blogging and the cardmaking.  I do love to fiddle in my craftroom and make things, especially things with dies on them.



Thi one is a 5×5 inch panel for the card with ink burnished edging A smaller panel of paper and 2 ribbon cuts of matching paper, all stitched around the edge and burnished with ink as well.  The ink used is Ranger Distress Vintage Photo (because it is easy and I have the sponge applicators for it, so convenient).


The card is finished with die cuts from Marianne and Joy, a flower made with EK Success Whale of a Punch and Medium flower, a ribbin cut sentiment from Penny Black (gorgeous stamps) and some swirly pearls.


Oh and on the background there is shabby ribbon and lace as well.  I really like this one.


Hope you get crafty real soon.


Hugs 🙂



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Hi Everyone,


What a wonderful cool day it was today, so much better than yesterday. Even Ted needed a cool place yesterday, along with the poor cats.  I found out that a friend of mine gives her puppies a block of ice each on such hot days and they have such fun.  I thought next time I might have to see what the cats do with an ice cube, it could be fun.


So then I had to take a walk through my computer files of photos and quess what I found??




Look at them, no wonder the air is filled with birdsong here all the time, Tweet, Tweet, Tweet.  They are feeding on what we call Winter Grass, it is seedy weed that grows through the cooler months and into Spring and the birds go wild for it.  We have part of our lawn (grass) that has thinned down because of compacted ground and there is a lot of these seedy weeds there.  The birds love it.


It’s a good job my cats are inside babies, or there might be a bit of conflict in the garden and the birds would move somewhere else.  Hmm good choice to keep them inside where they cannot get hurt or dirty.


So then with all that action happening,  I made a card.  Just for something different.




Oh look, our Ted is so excited about this one, it is in his favourite colour and he just loves the flowers.  And you know they are just so easy to make, I love making them.


Well I was so excited when I was making this card that when I made the Punch Around the Page panel, I thought I would really like to emboss these panels instead of putting another panel over the top of them.  So I had a look around and found that I had a sticky mat set from Quickutz that I thougth I needed at one stage and had only used it with no advantage one.  And it was the perfect size of the area that I wanted to emboss, so I put the panel into the embossing folder,  covered the area I wanted to emboss with the mat and ran it through the Bigshot.  Well it worked perfectly, an embossed centre area, no embossed punched area…. I love it when a plan comes together!!


So then, ruffled ribbon, double bow, die cut wreath, flowers, butterfly and a sentiment and some rhinestones.  Just perfect.  And you know Ted agrees!!  He is so cute when he crafts with me, he is my creative director you know.  Haha. 🙂

Hugs :)



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Hello Everyone,

My friend Miss Lynn aka FMcrafter from over on Splitcoaststampers will be hosting a new (brand new) challenge in the new year, oh my are we ready for  this??? It will be the Can You Do It Challenge, so it is gonna be a test, haha……  So keep tuned for info coming your way.

And also for info on how to get your hands on something like this.


These packs contain lace, two lots of ribbon, six flowers fully assembled inked and with bling centres, three butterflies with bling and wings coated with ink and Glossy Accents, plus a four strips of sticky bling.  How good is that, and there are three of these on offer.

So after all this I had to make a card!!


So how good is this and it could be made with one of those great packs.  My favourite style of card in pink with Punch Around the Page and inked in pink.  A piece of one of my favourite papers that I have also put script over.  Pink lace, pink ruffled ribbon and a double bow.  A fairly new die (Cheery Lynn flourish) and three of those lovely flowers with beautiful bling centres and a couple of butterflies and a sentiment.

You know I found a couple of Ozzie websites today that have my most favourite evah, Punch Around the Page and I am wondering if I have already bought myself enough for Christmas or if I should have another little indulgence…. decisions….

Well while I ponder on that one, I will have to finish this post so you can feast your eyes.

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

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone,

Only one week of November left, can you believe it??? Where did this year run off to???   All the shops are decorated, playing Christmas Carols and displaying all the Christmas goodies.  Well I might have to get off to have a look at all that soon, just to see what is out there for me.

So with that thought in mind I made a Christmas card or four.  Yes more than one, but not as many as five.  I am so funny.

So this card is just a simple one, with a white base, layered with red and then with embossed white.  A ribbon across to hang the stocking from and a Merry Christmas sentiment on a ribbon cut banner.

The stockings are made with the SU Stocking punch that I got last year from the pre-order and waited all year to use it…. joking, just didn’t get around to it.  The paper for the stockings was white and stamped to give me the perfect matching reds with different patterns.    The top of the stocking and the toe are plain white and covered in Ice Stickles Chrystal Ice.

Like I said very easy, simple and very pretty.  Great quick Christmas Cards.  These could be made in any colour and I might have to do that next year.  Blue I think.

Did  you ever notice that I am not a fan of patterned papers?  No I am not, I never seem to have the pattern in the shade I like.  I have a few I really like, some have been discontinued, (hate that) and I have heaps of paper that just never works for me.  I think I am a stamper or background maker, that way I get what I feel like at the time.  Pretty pathetic, eh??

Ok so I decided to show you  a photo of a gardenia, I have these growing around 3 sides of the BBQ area out the back, in the area shaded by a flame tree, magnolia and tibouchina.


Beautiful glossy green foliage, big white flowers that stay a few days before starting to discolour.  And the smell takes me back to my very early life in Liverpool where we had these on either side of the front steps and you could smell them everytime you went in or out of the house.  I loved them then, and I love them now.

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

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!


What an overcast day! Overcast and no rain in sight, sad because it is so dry.  It is going to be humid over the next few days as the weather warms up a bit and maybe some rain then, so start thinking it in for us please!!


Well well what a photo I have for you today, no not a bird, but there probably is one somewhere in tha background, it goes for miles!!  Yes you got it a Kangaroo, you all know Australia is famous for its kangaroos.



Well what can I say, he hops on 2 legs and I am pleased he is on the other side of the fence.


So then I made a card for you, a card with a little birdie on it with a cage in a tree and a little nest with speckled eggs in it!



How cute is that?  It is made from No.20 Crochet Cotten, and glued together with Glossy Accents.  Things are a bit pathetic here at the moment, no white glue (PVA) and have not been able to get out to get any. Soon 🙂


I love making things like this and my own embellishments, I get such a thrill from the journey of making things, and the finished card is like an anticlimax.



The background is hand stamped using Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Creamy Brown with a set of Stamp-It A5 Unmounted red rubber stamps.  I have used a Memory Box Woodland Branch for the brances at the top of the card, the cage is a Sizzix Bigz die, the branches/leaves at the bottom are from a Sizzlets die called Branch.  The leaves on the brances at the top have been cut from pieces of the branches at the bottom.


The little flowers are made by a Fiskars plier type punch 1/4 flower and the sentiment is a Penny Black stamp on a handcut strip.



I love the SU Bird punch and use it a lot.  I have been playing with it using punchart techniques so that I can make different, real looking (or more real) birds.  I am so pleased with this guy and now I might have to also play with shading to make my birds look more dimensional.


Now you have so much to look forward to, don’t you?


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

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone,


How is your weekend going to shape up?  Mine is going to be fairly round I think, a round of craft, a round of housework (dirty word), a round of gardening and a round of reading.  Yep that sounds about the size of it, bit fat circles I will be running in.


So how do you like this spiney little fella??? He is an Echidna (Porcupine) and we see him a lot around here, he plays in the garden, walks across the grass and does not seem to be bothered by anyone.  If he is he just rolls himself into a little ball with all his spines out to protect his soft parts and just lays there until the danger goes away.




So thinking about him I took the time to make a card between trying to tidy the craft room.  Didn’t get far with that, I keep finding cool stuff to play with.



This is a simple card on a white A6 base with a  pink PATP.  I did not measure this, haha, and just punched, but it didn’t line up, but you use your mistakes don’t you?  Well I did.  A doily layered and some colourful ricrak, sp.??.


I stamped the sentiment with a Penny Black stamp and used a die cut from Quickcutz.  Decorated the cake with the flower punch outs from the border punch.


When I first got this die, it would not cut cleanly and I used a shim, another shim and another and thought oh boy I am going to bust my BigShot on this.  😦 Bummer my first die that would not work at all for me, it was just hopeless…..  I did not get around to sending it back and was going to bin it……. But I thought, I am going to take the ejection foam off it and see how bad this is made and write to the manufacturer and complain.


Well slap my thighs and call me Dusty, there was nothing wrong with it, cuts perfectly without the foam.  🙂  I looked at the foam carefully.  It seems to have a plastic coating on the die side of it… yep you guessed it, I cannot even cut it properly with scissors….


So I gave it some brand new foam  and Ta-Dah!!! Works like new!! Perfect cutting.  Lauren you are my hero, good girl!!  Gotta love it when you fix it yourself!! 😀


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

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone,

Today was a little cooler than yesterday.  Lovely spring day so I just had to have a look at the pics I have taken of the garden so you can see what I have.

Here is a pic of a brown snake that a friend of mine took at his workplace, an open cut coal mine no less….. ewwww how would like to come across him while you were working, I think not!!!



What can I say, I have never warmed to these creatures, I am happy to have them have their space so long as I can have mine.

Ah today I made a card to make our Kathy happy over on the MIU Challenge thread of  SCS.  She is the lovely hostess with the mostess this week and she wants us to make a scene with stamps, something like the stampscapes do.

Well I don’t have any of those, so I had to make doo with some others.



I have used Stamp-It stamps and the tree is by Penny Black.  The lighthouse stamped first, then the tree, then some tall grass and then the boat.  The short grass is used to fill in to complete the scene.

I have left it in Black and White, just for a change.  Besides, I am no colourer!!! Well not today anyway.

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

Hugs :)

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Hello Everyone!!!

Much cooler here today with a southerly coming in to take the heat away, but I like it this way thanks!!!
Today I revisited some card layouts I have done before but had forgotten how easy they were.  I also pulled out some stamps and played with repetive stamping, some background stamping and some 2-step as well.
First is a little tri-fold card that gets 3 from a sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock with some co-ordinating card to match the stamping and some scrap the maincolour.


The card is made from a piece of lighter cardstock 12 x 4 inches and folded with mountain, valley.  The 3 panels are then stamped. I have used a lavender stamp to create a bunch of flowers on the front, a field in the centre and a taller bush on the last panel.  Added a butterfly and a Happy Birthday.

Then I have placed a border at each end behind the card and placed a co-ordinating panel behind and cut around.

Very simple little card and very very pretty!!

The next is just some two-step stamping,



Background is done with the solid of the 2-step and is done with first and second generation stamping to create a simple background.  An embossed panel is added.

The focal is 2 step stamping done in contrasting colours and is mounted on matching cardstock.

Again very simple and effective.



The third is a monochomatic in navy and white with all background stamping on the panels and a small sentiment.

Again simple and effective.

I have really enjoyed getting my stamps out and stamping today, sometimes I do not stamp enough with dies and punches and other tools taking my attention.

Thanks so much for calling in, hope your day is a great one.

Hugs 🙂


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Hello my happy blogland friends, lovely day today, a little work, a lotta crafting, a little cooking to make more eggshells for crafting with another day!!

Sometimes it is a hard life, but you know, someone has to have it this tough. 🙂

Today I made a card (bit novel, eh?) and it is for the Mix It Up Challenge over on SplitCoastStampers that I am hosting this week.  I have always loved making my own backgrounds rather than use patterned paper, so I threw out the challenge to make a background or a focal panel with a shaving cream background.

So easy, as colourful as your choose, and fun fun fun.

Well I did not have any shaving cream, gave it to Keith ages ago, and he did not have a great deal, so I was worried I would run it out and far be it from me to let him realise that I use everyday stuff in my crafting…. I like him to think it is very very specialised and needs tools to do…

So I am a girl with a bit of nouse and am always known for my flexibility and ingeniousness……. so I used …. HAIR MOUSSE…  well it is foamy, although not with the same trace abilities of shaving cream, but it worked similarly.

Here it is.



On the hair mousse I used Adirondak reinkers Eggplant, Ginger and Lettuce.  Patted the excess off with paper towel and set aside to dry.  This is on white gloss cardstock or Kromekote.

Then I stamped the butterflies in black pigment ink and embossed them with clear embossing powder.  Next I cut my piece to size and sponged the edge with the ginger ink.

For the ribbon, I used the redline tape run down the panel and zigzagged the ribbon up the panel, before I  attached the panel to a black A6 (14.8mm x 10.5mm) base card.  The dimensional butterfly  is die cut with Memory Box Darla Butterfly die in clear vellum and burnt orange cardstock.  The vellum is  run through the Big Shot in the SU Elegant Lines EF and the edged inked before being attached for the top layer.  Finished with liquid pearls on butterflies.

Thanks for calling in, I hope you have a great day.

Hugs 🙂

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Oh My this week on the Mix It Up Challenge on SCS our Miss Lynn challenged us to make a simple card.  Well as you know I am not a CAS type person, I love embellishing and I love the journey of the making, the time spent.

I can make a CAS card in 5 mins and feel so robbed by doing this.  But I put myself right out there and came up with these two little beauties.

The first one took a little time….. oh ok about 10 mins, 15 with glue drying and punching time.



Simple, easy and colourful happy birthday card.  Some bling on the flowers.  And the chance to use the die cutter.  The stamp is by Stamp-It Australia.

But then I thought, this is not really a CAS card, go on girl get one done…. so..



Now this fits the bill.  Stamped with Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink, top to bottom, so the ink layers over the one above.  I love Fluid Chalk, it is a dye ink, but has the opacity of pigment and will layer so well so long as the ink it is going over is dry.  Gives great coverage and will blend when you want it to.  The sentiment stamp is by Kaszazz and the butterfly is a Penny Black.  Love Penny Black stamps. I got to be creative with the Liquid Pearls, so pretty and this card got me a mention in CAS card of the week on SCS, how cool is that.

Thanks for calling in, hope your day is great!!!!
Hugs 🙂


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