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Thursday, 31 December 2015

Happy Bird-Day

Hello again,

Well the  last day of the year has arrived and there are just four hours until the huge fireworks in the city, my brother and niece have arrived for a late Christmas and were delighted to have a serve of my Mum aka Gran's Christmas pudding with ice cream and custard for dessert after dinner tonight and are looking forward to heading up to the railway bridge to watch the fireworks a 9pm (the fireworks are about the size of a beach ball and maybe a few golf balls and there's no loud bangs as a bonus, 100kms from Sydney, but can still see the skyline!) so while they wind down from a long drive (12hrs) before they head up town I'm writing my final post for 2015.

I love peeking in at everyone's cards and stopped by the From the Heart Stamps blog to check out all this months fabulous creations with the Stamp of the month challenge and came across Larissa's card which used the very same designer paper! 

I also found an extra Birthday challenge and decided to use this extra cute Birdbrain image to participate, the image is called Birthday Candle and comes with a huge variety of sentiments too. 

Faith (owner and designer) and Imke of the DT at From the Heart Stamps are celebrating their birthdays and so is the From the Heart Stamps Shop! They would love to see a Birthday card... I unfortunately missed their blog hop at the beginning of December :-(

Di is also celebrating over at Snippets Playground it's Di's 4th Year as Principal of the Playground!! She does a wonderful job keeping everyone  in line although I hear word of some mischief makers behind the bike shed....

I'm not sure who the recipient will be, perhaps my neighbour who celebrates her birthday in early February...

Here's my card:-

What I used:-
White 10.5 x 14.8cm card blank
Pink jewelled core'dinations cardstock 
patterned paper from my scrap box
pink flowers
bling from stash
White card
Digi Image Birthday Candle 
Derwent and Faber-Castell pencils
two pink twine from stash
MFT stitched rectangle die
fairy krystal glitter paint
Adhesives:- Double-sided tape & PVA

I would like to enter this card in:-
From the Heart Stamps Birthday Challenge
Snippets Playground
CRAFT Anything goes
Bizzy Becs Store Blog Challenge

Thank you for looking in...
Wishing you all a Safe, Happy, Prosperous and Healthy 2016

A huge Thank you to all the kind and lovely ladies who take the time to leave me a message I truly appreciate them all, thank you for all being so very kind during my first year of blogging and welcoming me into the blogging world...Megan 

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Some extra Christmas Crackers

Hello again,

I hope you all have had a very Merry Christmas, had a lovely time celebrating with your families, I had a quiet Christmas at home with my parents…but my brother announced quite late (already posted the bulk of the Christmas Care package) that he and his family would be coming, my niece really announced this as you can imagine an excited 10 year old “I'm getting two Christmases this year!’, so just as well the second box of presents hadn't been sealed with the previously seen Christmas Crackers, I have now had to make a second set for us too, everyone needs a Christmas Party Hat... hehehe I got to pick my own...

I have used the three paper remnants from the previous set of crackers, added six more tags (they are back to back) scoured my very messy desk for some coloured images, which I thankfully found all three from different digi stamp companies. Scraps of white card to die cut the tags, scraps of cardstock, I basically started cleaning up my table and used what I found.... its really really messy!!

Here are my Christmas Crackers (set 2):-

What I used:-
Paper remnants from previous set
Coloured cardstock remnants from my scrap box red, yellow and blue
Faber-Castell and Derwent Pencils
Twine in various colours from stash (including a scrounged piece from rubbish bag)
Silver ribbon from $2 shop
Cracker strips from Riot art (Australia)
Gel ink pens in co-ordinating colours
W Plus 9 Timeless tag die
Lifestyle crafts Nesting rectangle dies
Mpress nesting square die
Steel ruler, Stanley knife, craft cutting matt

Adhesives:- Double-sided tape, PVA glue

I would like to enter these crackers in:-

I'm not sure that two Christmases is good for the doctors diet, let alone having added a third!! (another family catch up which has previously happened in August!) 

Wishing you and yours a Happy, safe, peaceful and Healthy New Year

Many thanks for looking in...
Happy New Year...

Thursday, 24 December 2015

Merry Christmas!

Hello again,

Just a quick post to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas a Happy, safe,  peaceful, healthy and crafty New Year.

Thank you for all welcoming me to the world of blogging, leaving mesagges of encouragement on my cards and craft. I have had a wonderful year playing along with all of your challenges ...

Enjoy your festivities, eat, drink and be merry.  Don't forget the police catch cries Arrive Alive, Stop Revive Survive, RBT means you need a plan B. Stay safe over the holidays I look forward to another year of card making and craft next year.

Thank you for looking in...
Have a wonderful Christmas

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Cheers Gift card

Hello again,

Well I thought I had finished my cards off for this Christmas but discovered that I had only made one gift or in this case cash holder for my neighbours two teenage sons, I think I was a little distracted by one's behaviour and wondered if he would still living here for Christmas this year...

So having written on the card for his brother I dug around in my papers to find a larger paper set as I folded and cut this card out myself (bonus that I got to use another envelope I bought in a slightly odd size). I stuck to a simple Santa image so I could play with the ladies over at both 12 Months of Christmas Challenge (this months optional theme is Santa Claus is Coming to town) and Christmas at Sweet Stampin' I added a single word sentiment, he is a teenager after all, they are the masters of single word sentences!!

Here's my card:-

and the inside

What I used:-
White A4 card 250gsm
Generic papers (from Kmart Australia, many moons ago)
My Favourite Things Gift Tag Greetings Clear Stamps
Three gold sequins
Bugaboo image "AKV Santa Sled"
Derwent & Faber-Castell Pencils
MFT Pierced fishtail flags die
Lifestyle Nesting rectangle die (moved and recut to fit)
Lifestyle nesting circle die
Ultimate Crafts Santa's Elf Die
Red, grey and lime green card scraps
Black fine-line pen
Stanley Knife, Steel rule & craft matt
Adhesives:- PVA and double-sided tape

I would like to enter this card in:-
12 Months of Christmas #12 Optional theme Santa Claus is Coming to town
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #260:- Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge extra:- Anything goes
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' December Challenge:- Father Christmas
Bizzy Bec's Store blog Challenge:- Anything goes

Many thanks for looking in...
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas Season and a Safe, Happy and Healthy 2016

P.S. A huge thank you to all the kind ladies who have taken the time to leave me a message, I truly appreciate them all... 

Saturday, 19 December 2015

Fairy Merry Christmas

Hello again,

Well Christmas is just one week away and I'm finishing off my cards, I got busy colouring in this one and then realised that I really didn't need any more Christmas cards, so this became the tag on my sister-in-law's gift, but is large enough to cover a card front (well it was going to be card). Which was posted to them in time for Christmas only to have my niece announce two days later that she was getting two Christmases this year one at the beach and one with us a week later!! My brother plans to pack our posted gifts in the car and drive them back (a mere 13+ hour drive) he will arrive before my niece. 

As this is a Tiddly ink image I have decided to link it up over there, even though I used completely different colours than, traditional reds, greens and golds requested. Please feel free to delete if unacceptable... 

Here’s my Card:-

What I used:-
White card
Faber-Castell and Derwent Pencils
Fairy Krystal Glitter paint
Lifestyle Crafts nesting rectangles
Glitter paper
Cascade card stock
Pink Paper from Doodlebug Christmas Pack
Dark pink Ribbon
Purple Brads
Purple bling
Black ink (Memento Tuxedo Black)
Kaisercraft 'Home for Christmas' clear stamp
Fiskars Eyelet setter, Stanley knife, cutting matt and steel ruler
W Plus 9 Scalloped border die

Adhesives:- Double-sided tape and foam tape

I would like to enter this card/tag in:-

Many thanks for looking in...
have a wonderful week... 

P.S. A huge thank you to all the kind ladies who take the time to leave me a message, I really appreciate them all!
To those who celebrate... Wishing you a Merry Christmas  and Happy, Safe and Healthy 2016 ...Megan

Thursday, 17 December 2015

December Stamp of the Month

Hello again,

Well this months Stamp of the month Challenge over at From the Heart Stamps has the cutest little bear in a Santa hat with a pile of pressies and a tiny little mouse.

For once I actually remembered to select my piece of paper as the colour inspiration for my card before I started colouring the image and I decided to join the ladies with this weeks sketch.

If you would like to join in with this months challenge you can purchase the challenge image here.

Here's my card:-

What I used:-
Digital Stamp From The Heart Stamps
White card
White card blank 10.5 x 14.8cm
Bo Bunny Double Dot soft shades paper
Doodlebug Design paper
Memory box die Ho Ho Holly Leaves
Circle punches 
Lifestyle Rectangle nesting dies
Adhesives:- Double-sided tape and PVA glue

I would like to enter this card in:-
From the Heart Stamps- December Stamp of the Month Challenge
From the Heart Stamps- Sketch #131 Challenge
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge- #259 Anything goes
Holly Jolly Christmas- Merry Christmas Anything goes
The Glory of Christmas Challenge- Anything goes

Thank you for looking in...
Have a great weekend... it's almost here

P.S. A huge thank you to all the lovely ladies who leave me a message I truly appreciate them all!!

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Surf to the Snow...

Hello again,

Well today brings the final day of the annual Christmas Chaos Challenge week with Bugaboo's Catch the Bug Blog and all the lovely ladies on the design team and a few guest designers have created some gorgeous cards featuring this challenge's new freebie image, which you can find both in-store and on the blog, we also had to use a tic-tac-toe board to create our own challenge with the inspiration given 

I chose the line on the vertical line closest to the little reindeer, Bling, Santa and 3 Layers

Here's my card:-

I created the sentiment in word using Pharmacy and Fish Fingers fonts

What I used:-
White DL card blank
Red card stock
Blue patterned paper (generic)
Derwent pencils
black fine line pen
Sentiment typed
Cottage Cutz Mini Holly Berry Die
Lifestyle nesting circle dies
Scrap papers (various)
Silver Bic Mark-it Pen
Blue Glitzee glitter glue
Fairy Krystal glitter paint
Kaisercraft 2mm silver self-adhesive rhinestones
Adhesives:- Glue stick, double-side tape, foam tape
Stanley knife, cutting matt & steel ruler

I would like to enter this card in:-

Many thanks for looking in...
enjoy the weekend...


Friday, 11 December 2015

Let's get wrapping

Hello again, 

Well we are up to day six of Bugaboo's Christmas Chaos a week of fun and exciting challenges, today's challenge is:-


Whip up some sort of holiday gift wrap - could be a gift tag, bag or treat tin...

Show us your wrap!

I have made three bon-bons also called Christmas Crackers to send to my brother and his family, with small gifts to suit and the cracker strip, I found out today that mail restrictions will require them to go by road transport only, due to the cracker strips being an explosive.

I have used non-Christmas papers as the wrap, and three different digi stamp images all from different companies too, Tiddly Inks-Mavis, From the Heart Stamps- Angel Joy and Bugaboo Deacon Drummer

Here are my Bon-Bons:-

I couldn't make the bon-bons stay put and get their tags in too, the third kept rolling away! 

What I used:-
Generic paper
white card stock
white card for inner
Pink, purple and red card stock-generic
Digi Stamps as listed above
Derwent & Faber-Castell Pencils
Wplus9 Tag die
Wplus9 Scallop border die
Lawn Fawn Stitched scallop border die
MFT-Pierced oval die
M-Press nesting rectangle die
Glitter tape (X-Press It)
Twine and Ribbon from stash
Tuxedo Black ink-pad
My Favourite Things Christmas Gift tag greetings
Gel ink pens in co-ordinating colours
Scissors, stanley knife, cutting matt and steel ruler
Adhesives:- PVA glue, Double-sided tape

I am entering these bon-bons in:-

Thank you for looking in...
Have a great weekend...

Thursday, 10 December 2015


Hello again,

Well I'm back again with another card for the current Christmas Chaos Challenge a week full of fun Challenges with the lovely team over at Bugaboo.

Today's challenge we had to pick a treat and make our card based on that treat, I chose 'Gingerbread Cookie Biscuit' (sorry we don't eat cookies in Australia, although some people are likely to toss them, but that's another story).

Gingerbread Cookies - Use 2 Stripes, 3 Brads or Bling, 4 Layers
Sugar Cookies with Sprinkles - Make your card a shape other than Square or Rectangle, 3 pieces of Bling & Ribbon
Homemade Holiday Chocolates - Use ONLY cardstock, no designer papers, Embossing & 2 Layers
Spiked Egg Nog - Use a Border Punch, Glitter & Polka Dots
Candy Canes – Stripes & BLING
Fruit Cake – Make it Funny & use ONLY scraps to create your card

My card recipe included 2 Stripes, 3 Brads or Bling and four layers. 

I went a little overboard with my bling, never mind... my brother won't notice...

Here's my Card:- 

What I used:-
Square card blank 14cm
white card
black paper from scraps box
black glitter card 
doodlebug design paper 'north pole'
pebbles paper pack 'home for the holidays'
Make it Crafty digi image 'Floppy'
Derwent and Faber-Castell pencils
black fine-line pen
two red enamel brads
6 black self-adhesive bling
typed sentiment the original came from (whimsie doodles, I altered it)
Fiskars scallop border punch
Adhesives:- double-sided tape, glue stick, glue dots, PVA

I would like to enter this card in
Bugaboo's Christmas Chaos Day 5
CRAFT Challenge #341 Christmas
Holly Jolly Challenge:- Merry Christmas Anything goes
Case-ing Christmas- #32 Final Challenge Anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Design:- Christmas Card Challenge
Cardz 4 Guyz- Traditional Christmas Colours
CCC Digi Creations:- #38 Anything goes
Eureka Stamps:- #170 Christmas is Coming
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge extra:- December Anything goes

Many thanks for looking in...
Have a great weekend...

P.S. A huge thank you to all the kind and wonderful ladies who take the time to leave me a message, I truly appreciate them all...

Happy Christmoose

Hello again,

Well today, really yesterday was day 4 of Catch the Bug's Christmas Chaos a week of fun Challenges, as I live on the other side of the world I got busy, buying and creating using the challenge image only to later discover it wasn't a requirement after all, but since it's done here goes...

Day four's challenge

The new release was this gorgeous little Moose with baubles decorating his antlers...

I will be back later with the next bugaboo Christmas Chaos Challenge, after I come back from physio...

Here's my card:-

What I used:-
White card blank
White card
Bugaboo new image Christmas Moose Ornaments
Green polka dot paper (not sure where it came from)
Red polka dot paper (doodlebug design 'north pole')
black paper from stash
scrap silver glitter card
MFT Nesting Pierced square dies
Impression Obsession Small Snowflakes die
Kaisercraft nesting Star die
black fine line pen
MFT stamps Gift tag greetings
green color box ink pad
red & white twine from stash
Adhesives:- PVA glue, double sided tape & xyron sticker maker

I would like to enter this card in:-
Bugaboo's Catch the Bug Christmas Chaos day 4
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge- #258 Time to Decorate
Holly Jolly Christmas Challenge- Any thing goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge extra- Anything goes

Many thanks for looking in...
have a great day...

P.S. a huge thank you to all the kind and lovely ladies who take the time to leave me a little comment, I truly appreciate them all...

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

North Pole Christmas

Hello again,

Well in the last week of October I entered the Crafting by Design Monthly Christmas Challenge with some tags I had made which you can see here.

My tag project was chosen as one of their Saturday Spotlights and I was offered my first place in a Guest Design Team, can you see the smiley glow? I was offered two choices of challenges to be a Guest Designer and chose to participate in: 

Here come the Holidays Challenge

The lovely ladies of the Design Team have created some wonderful cards and projects as inspiration and we hope you will join in the challenge, there are some lovely prizes to be won from three fabulous sponsors, 

Oak Pond Creations

Dr. Digi

This challenge isn't just for Christmas, 
you can add any project for whatever holiday
you celebrate this month!

Since this is our last challenge this year,
we're super excited to have 3 sponsors and loads
of inspiration projects from our Design Team and
Guest Designers.  

I made this easel card as my project:

Just the front

 I used the Fishtail flags die to create the sentiment flag altering its size by matching up the piercing and re-cutting the end, I repeated this for the sentiment on the easel base cutting a coordinating rectangle stopper.

What I used:-
White 14cm Square Card blank
White card stock + scrap
Dark Brown card stock
Doodlebug Design Paper pad ‘Santa Express’
Derwent and Faber-Castell pencils
Sentiments from Desert Diva and Cuddly Buddly ‘Christmas Ticket Digi’
Kaisercraft ‘Christmas Quotes’ Clear stamp
Color box Black ink pad 
Six mini Gold star brads (& eyelet setter Fiskars)
White holographic glitter from Art wrap
White glitter from Made for you
MFT Pierced Fishtail Flags 
MFT Pierced oval Dies
Memory Box Die Jolly Jingle Bells
Gold glitter paper
Adhesives:-Foam tape, Double-sided tape and PVA
Craft cutting mat, Stanley Knife, Steel ruler, Scissors, PC & printer, Score board and bone folder, Cuttlebug

This challenge is open until December 29, so you have loads of time
to enter, but please remember to follow the rules and add no more than 3 of your projects made during this time. We're also going to be adding some "reminder" posts during this month featuring projects from even more Guest Designers!

A huge thank you to Doris and the lovely ladies on the Design team for the opportunity to be a Guest Designer with them on this challenge :-) 

I am also entering this card in:-

Many thanks for looking in...
Have a wonderful week...

P.S. Thank you to all the kind ladies who take the time to leave me a message, I truly appreciate them all...

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

types of candy

Hello again,

Well today is day three of the week long fun of Christmas Chaos over at Bugaboo's Catch the Bug challenge, and today's challenge is a colour challenge which you can see below, I hope my card meets the colours well enough :-)

and here's my card:

What I used:-
White Card blank
White & red card stock
Derwent and Faber-Castell Pencils
Typed sentiment from movie Elf
Red Colorbox ink pad
Mpress die Majestic Labels Nesting die
Twine from stash
M-Bossabilities (ES-006) Embossing folder 
Patterned paper from stash
Stanley Knife, Cutting Matt, Steel Ruler
Adhesives:- PVA glue and double-sided tape

I would like to enter this card in:-

Thank you for looking in...
have a great week...

P.S. A huge thank you to all the ladies who take the time to leave me a message, I truly appreciate them all.