Thursday, December 31, 2015

Christmas is a non event in our household so took the time to  sew some mittens for the koalas affected by the bush fires in Victoria.

HAPPY 2016

Friday, December 18, 2015

that special someone

This cute little bird is from Stampendous -when I look through my stamps and digi images birds are every where - not sure what it says about me . I don't know the origin of the paper -I must have trimmed off the border to use on another project.

Tuesday Morning Sketches -no 331
The Cutie Pie Challenge - no 94 - Bingo - I have stitching -a pearl flourish and a cute image.
Passion for Promarkers- week 326 - Lets Celebrate - I used Aquamarkers to colour the bird in a mix of browns -pink and green.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Birthday Hugs

I love Christmas themed stamps and images but if I can make them work for other projects I'm a happy bunny. This is part of a Christmas set from Wplus9 - it has sentiments and presents along with this cute image.By not using festive colours or adding wintery touches like snowflakes I think this works pretty well as a Birthday card and would be perfect for Valentines .                                                                                    

Monday, December 14, 2015

Have I been asleep for 2 weeks ?

In the middle of yesterday afternoon I suddenly realized it was the 13th of December and I really should get my overseas Chrimbo cards sent asap.A quick fix was needed so I decided on the above designs - I made just the three with bauble in different colours - only drawback there is glitter everywhere - I made 6 cards with the 2 owls and just 2 cards with the single owl - the craft room and the dining table were amass of inks ,punches -gems and glitter - I also  cut the card bases .By 11pm I  was ready for bed -cards finished- inserts done- in the middle of all this mess I made dinner and washed the dishes -I cleared all the craft stuff from the dining table so all was calm this morning. For some reason December just crept up on me quietly - I'm not usually so last minute -my Christmas cakes were made early October.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Sleepy Kitty

It's that time again a new challenge at Let's Craft and Create - challenge 108 - Christmas -I kept this very simple- it's all about the kitty.

SUYP- cats only challenge - this is the first challenge called Krimbo Kitties.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

No festive spirit here

I know I should be working on Christmas cards but I really don't feel in the festive mood - I had a little time to spare yesterday so made these . My MIL has a birthday mid December so I will probably make a few more cards and then let my DH choose which one to send.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Christmas Cheer

I've taken 2 pics to try and show the colour on this card - it's a bit gloomy here today but I am not complaining - it's actually raining -we have had a very very dry Winter here and this is the first Spring rain that's lasted for more than 5 minutes - I'm loving the sound of rain.

Beccy's Place - Day 8- Non Christmas Christmas Cards - For the whole of November Beccy is providing inspiration and ideas for some beautiful Christmas cards - if you play along there are prizes every day .

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Cardinal Christmas

I've been running around like a mad thing this week - too many jobs and not enough time - my husband says I should chill out more- the result of all this was a horrible migraine yesterday ,this happens whenever I overdo it -  a bit like a safety valve-
I made this card earlier in the week- I'm not sure if the traditional image works with the modern paper as a background but it's always worth a try-

Beccy's Place - day 16 -Watercolours - I used Micador watercolour pencils -

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Gorjuss- I'm not so sure about that

I made this card yesterday using a decoupage kit from Gorjuss- the colours on the kit are pretty dark - it was difficult to pick a paper that didn't look too light - the lace panel down the side was very white so I rubbed over a little brown ink to try and tone it down- not very happy with the end result- not sure if I would buy anymore of these kits.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Sparkle and Shine

Looking at this card I think I should have added some more brown to match the stripe down the middle of the paper.

 This week I was supposed to be  making cards everyday for  the November challenge over at Beccy's Place- sadly this is my only creation.The snowflake is part of a set from Beccy's which I printed out twice in different sizes.

Monday, November 9, 2015

After the fun of making cat cards at the end of October, last week was back to jobs in the house- since we moved in I have had a " jobs to do list "  and like most people I never seem to get to those jobs right at the bottom of the list  -  I decided the best option would be to do a job from the top of the list followed by one from the bottom of list . This seems to be working OK  - last week I finished painting one of the spare bedrooms- this was a job from the bottom of the list- (can you believe it was all bright yellow -walls- ceiling and even yellow curtains)  - I've gone with good old crisp ,clean white - a blank canvas to add a few pictures-
I'm not good with technology but I can just about manage to scan and resize images so the above are a couple things to go on the walls - I used watercolour pencils. I should have taken out the glass to do the photos -  you can see my reflection in the glass.

On Tuesday I started  painting in the master bedroom and that's finished now as well - I put the newly cleaned curtains up yesterday and all that's left is to buy new lampshades for the bedside lights- a job from the top of the list.

 Next up is the hallway -another job from the bottom of the list and next the top job on the list - the lounge room- you can see how easy it is to work from both ends of the list and get everything done.

Thursday, November 5, 2015


the background yellow and cream paper is from simple stories -the lace panel is self adhesive and came from my local discount store - sentiment from Stamp It. Please join us at Let's Craft and Create for challenge 107- Lots of Bling.

Thank you and welcome to my new followers - I hope you will pop by often and leave a comment ( good or bad ).


If you have visited my blog over the past few days my cards have been cat inspired to celebrate National Cat Day which was October 29th. The challenge was hosted by Janis and over 100 hundred entries were submitted- I think it's fair to say we all enjoyed ourselves -

So - December 1st a Cats Only Challenge will begin organised by Ike - Please come along and play - dig out your kitty stamps and digi images .

Sunday, November 1, 2015

romantic kitties

I had only planned on making one card and now here is my 3rd entry- don't you just love cats.

Her Peaceful Garden - cat lovers blog hop

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Christmas Kitty

The Cat Lovers hop was such a sweet challenge I just had to make a second card and as we are fast (very fast ) approaching the festive season I thought it was a good idea to make a holiday card.

Her  Peaceful Garden - Cat Lovers Hop - I used lots of glitter on the hat and gold thread to sew a few different stitches. A second star was cut out and raised on a sticky dot.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Kitty cat

For more than 20 years cats played a big part in my life - I can think of nothing better than to snuggle up with a big ball of fur. Sadly since we came to Australia our home has been pet free - we are constantly told to keep cats indoors as they kill wildlife - cats are great explorers , I  wouldn't want to keep my cat confined so I'm on the lookout for an agoraphobic cat LOL.
The stamp is from DEEP RED and called FANCY CAT

Cat Lovers Hop over at Her Peaceful Garden
Incy Wincy Designs- my take on the above sketch

Monday, October 26, 2015

Birthday Love

The flower stamp is from Abi's Crafts -the flower edge is a Martha Stewart punch  - the heart I cut by hand and covered with Washi tape .All the other bits are just from my stash.

Scrapbook Boutique - October challenge

Monday, October 12, 2015

Tip Toe through the tulips

Every year the tulip farm in Wynyard is open to the public for about six weeks - we arrived very early in the morning when the mist was still low .Row upon row with thousands of tulips -some small and neat others with large  loose petals . I forgot my camera so these are just from the phone - they also have fields of beautiful purple iris.The day soon warmed up and by 10am I was glad I put on lots of sun screen.
We stayed overnight at The Waterfront Wynyard Motel which has super comfy rooms and a great buffet breakfast .

Monday, October 5, 2015

Love is in the air

Love is in the air with my balloon shaped card for our challenge 106 at Let's Craft and Create -our theme this month is ribbon or twine - this shape is from The Cutting Cafe - pop over to the other team members and see what they have made using the cutting files- you don't need a fancy machine I cut mine out by hand. Cutting Cafe also have lots of sentiments to match the cutting files.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Butterfly Greeting

Scrapbook Boutique - September challenge- flowery paper is from Pebbles -all other bits from my stash.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Strawberry time

For me this sentiment is wrong in so many ways - too many strawberries and cream is surely a bad thing- on the other hand I could never use this statement about a plate of broccoli or cauliflower.                               

Passion for ProMarkers - challenge 113 - Use a sentiment

I Love ProMarkers - challenge 285 - Sweet Treats

Monday, September 14, 2015

Another card for the charity box

I'm still having a struggle with the new camera - I really don't take enough pictures to sort out the settings.The reindeer stamp is a magazine freebie.I managed to waste quite a bit of the black and white ribbon -lesson learned put the sticky tape on the card then lay the ribbon over it.

Tuesday Morning Sketches - sketch 317 -

52 Christmas Card Throwdown - September challenge - Red/ White pus one other colour-  has to be Black.
Christmas Stampin All Year Long - challenge 55 - Anything goes

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


I resized the flowers - printed and coloured  then layered - the sentiment is from Stampin Up , a prize win from a long time ago.

Squirrel's World- Friendship  and the colour purple.
Southern Girls -  challenge 118 - flower power

Monday, September 7, 2015

Just for You

When I made my last card for Saturdays post I realized  just how many buttons and rolls of ribbon I had - way too many- I'm not sure how long it will take to use all this stuff but this is a start - at least with the ribbon.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Birthday Bird

The shiny blue ribbon was a real problem to stick down and every time I picked up the card the buttons fell off - if you have any good solutions please let me know .

Challenge 105 at Lets Craft and Create starts today- Dies or Punches- I used a circle punch -  a corner punch to round the edges of the white square and for the bottom scallop effect I used an American Crafts Knock Out punch.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Seasons Greetings

Tuesday Morning Sketches -  # 315 - Another sketch I'm going to be using again and again- love it.

Beccy's Place - August challenge - I had an enjoyable 6 months on the DT but since that spell ended I've had a break from using  Beccy's images - now I can enjoy them all over again starting with this one.

21st Card

Do people still make a big deal about being 21- my 21st birthday coincided with my Grandfathers retirement so the party was full of older people and non of my friends were invited. I was not a happy bunny.

Crafty Gals Corner - Lots of Layers

Incy Wincy Designs- Birthday Wishes challenge

- I'm not good at remembering where products came from but the rub on flower is from Kaisercraft.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Let it snow

I masked off an area on the stencil to make the little trees-  a few gems - sequins and lots of glitter . I made this card on Friday morning and after many many attempts to take a photo ( more than 100 ) I decide I must have the camera on the wrong setting so waited for DH to come home from work - he tried and tried and the conclusion -the camera is broken - I dug out my very old camera but the pics just weren't sharp enough . So this morning with new camera I've got a reasonable pic- I need to read the camera instructions - maybe later today.

Southern Girls - Shiny Blingy -
Scrapbook Boutique - the cupcake image for this month has lots of silver and blue- perfect for  a Christmas theme.