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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Classic Birthday and Wedding Anniversary

Hello again,

I’m still working my way through some of the dies I have bought online from China and have made two cards with a more masculine theme to them, a birthday card and a Wedding Anniversary card. I still have some more ideas in the mix and several more dies to use too. Please note I am not accepting any responsibility for enabling any of you ;-)

Wedding Anniversary

Classic Birthday

What I used:-

White 14.7 x 10.5cm card blanks

Amy Tangerine Ready Set go papers and journaling card (cut from 12” sheet)

CCD Globe

Elizabeth Crafts Wedding die

Silver, black, red, blue, grey and white cardstock from my scrap box

Typed sentiments

White Liquid enamel

MFT pierced fishtail flag dies to cut sentiment

Adhesives:- PVA glue, double sided tape, foam tape and adhesive sheet

Distress tool

I would like to enter these cards in:-
613 Avenue Create Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge Anything goes with Patterned paper

Thank you for looking in today....
Have a wonderful week...

P.S. A Huge Thank you to all my lovely visitors who take the time to leave me a comment, I truly appreciate them all....

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Wildflower Doodles- LPoCF #60

Hello again,

Today brings us to another brand new challenge over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends and as always the challenge is Anything goes, so come along and join in with whatever you have been working on, we have one lovely sponsors this fortnight Miss Daisy stamps offering a prize to one lucky winner.

Prize 4 images of choice one from each of the following artists
Jennifer Nilsson Art * Mari Digis * Miss Daisy’s Collection * We Are 3

I am using an image from Miss Daisy Stamps called Wildflower Doodles 1, I had an idea in mind for this card and I have managed to pull it off. I have used an inky background created with Dylusions Spray inks Cherry Pie and Lemon Zest, I have also sprayed some Lindys Stamp Gang Pearlescent white ink over the top of the others once they had dried.
I printed the image onto plain paper and then taped down my papers I wanted to use for the various layers reprinting onto the coloured and patterned papers, in the mood for some fussy cutting I used fine tipped scissors to carefully cut the image out from the various papers and glued them straight onto the image printed on to the spray ink background, I was very careful not to drop, sneeze or breathe the tiny pieces :-)
Not satisfied with the finished product, I used an embossing pen to add some shine to the flower centres and the butterfly, heat embossing in some clear powder, stamping and adding more clear powder to the sentiment.
Don’t forget to stop by my team mates blogs to check out some more inspirational projects and leave them some love!

Here is my card:-

What I used:-
White 13cm square card blank
Page from sketch book (for the inky papers)
Black cardstock
Dylusions Spray inks Cherry Pie, Lemon Zest, London Blue and Cut Grass
Lindys Stamp Gang Pearlescent spray ink
Scrap papers from my stash (leftover spray ink paper and dictionary paper)
Black fine line pen
Black 3mm pearls
Ranger Emboss it pen
Clear gloss embossing powder
Clearly Besotted Stamp Sweet Little Sentiment
Versa colour Charcoal ink pad
Adhesives:- Diamond Glaze, PVA glue and Double-sided tape
Stanley knife, fine tipped scissors and heat gun

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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Stella Fireman Call #2

Hello again,

Today we awoke to sad news again, thinking of all those who lost their lives and loved ones in London overnight.

A couple of weeks ago I made this card for my DT post for Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, well as my Mum requested two more cards for her kindy friends (they started school together some 50 years ago!) There are even plans afoot to attend a School gathering sometime during the year.

I have used two nesting die sets to cut and frame Stella, however they were a little to wide for my liking and I was able to pattern match and create a narrower frame by sliding one side across by one scallop and lopping the side off, only having a small clipping from one of the other scallops which I can no-longer see.

Here is the second card:-

What I used:-

White C7 card blank 12.7x17.8
White card for printing
AC cardstock Amethyst and cascade
Patterned papers from ‘Jewel’ Sugar and Spice Studios (Spotlight for those in Aus)
Tiny bling from my stash
Purple brads from stash
Couture Creations nesting rectangle and scalloped rectangle dies
MFT Stamps Essential Sentiments
W Plus 9 Scalloped border die
Black embossing powder
Clear Embossing inkpad
Anti-Static bag
Diamond glaze added to flames and Stella’s glasses
Adhesives:- Double-sided tape and foam tape

I would like to enter this card in:-
Catch the Bug- Bugaboo Stamps June Anything goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge #162 Anything goes
Crafting by Designs June Anything goes
Naughty or Nice Challenge #40 Anything goes
Cuttlebug Mania Frame it Challenge

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Have a wonderful week...

P.S. A huge Thank you to all the lovely visitors who stop by and leave me a message, I truly appreciate them all!

Snippets Playground GD

Hello again,

I was a lucky winner of a prize from Miss Di, Principal of Snippets Playground in the last couple of weeks and had a lovely email from Di asking if I would like to be a guest designer for the challenge this week. Thank you Di for the invitation and having me as the guest designer.

When I first started making paper based cards I had a lot of Scrap papers, given to me as a gift and looking around the web I came across Snippet's Playground full with ideas on how to use them to create beautiful cards, a super fun atmosphere and some of the mischievous comments from the girls in the playground kept me coming back for the cards and the giggles, I eventually began my own blog to keep me busy while I've been unable to work, finally plucking up the courage to join the ladies at Snippets Playground in October 2015.

 I had been working on using some of the dies I had ordered from China and trying to clear off some of the snippety bits of paper consuming my desk. These two cards are going to be part of a gift for a friend who left the area unexpectedly, she used to buy cards from me quite regularly and said that she would miss my specially made designs.

These two cards started off as one 30x 10cm, I had a plan in mind for the thank you card and made this first, I cut the patterned paper into 2.5cm strips and layered them on to some brown card my neighbour gave me, then die cut the thank you die from white pearlescent card from my scrap box with some adhesive sheet attached, tracing around the outside of the die to get the narrow border around the outside, adding the butterfly die cut from another snippet of handmade yellow paper, before giving the butterfly a coat of clear Wink of Stella. 

I then had the rectangle leftover and did not want to add this back to my stash, digging in to my scrap box again I found a peachy coloured paper that seemed to go well with the colours in the paper, some gold mirri card and the border strip from the spine of same paper pad, I cut the narrow stitched border from the gold card and used the strip from the spine  to cover the edges, ribbon didn't work on this one, using a scrap from the thank you card cut the other butterfly before stamping and sticking the butterfly down just the middle, finishing off with some stickles and liquid enamel.

What I used:-
White Card blanks 10.5 x 14.7cm
Scrap paper from Amy Tangerine paper pad 'Ready Set Go' and a print from the spine… I know who saves those???
Gold metallic card and yellow handmade paper from scrap box
Blue card stock
MFT Stitched scalloped border die
Peach, Pearl white and Brown card from scrap box
Birthday Sentiment from magazine freebie
White Liquid enamel
Sugar sprinkles glitter glue
Memento Tuxedo blank ink pad
Clear Wink of Stella
Adhesives:- Double sided tape and PVA glue

Warning- this store has many craft supplies at super cheap prices and free international shipping (usually), I will not be accepting any responsibility for enabling any of you...
CCD Butterfly dies
CCD Thank you die

I would like to enter these cards in…
Crafting By Design June Anything goes
Love to Craft Challenge Blog Anything goes
Crafting with Dragonflies Anything goes
Polkadoodles Crafting Challenge week 22 Anything goes
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 480 Bugs and Butterflies
Southern Girls Challenge 161 Anything goes

Thank you for looking in…

Have a wonderful week…


I'm off to do some more research on a new to me technique, called bargello  and it's another wonderful way to use up some scraps!

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Christmas Angel

Hello again,

Well it is the last week of the month again and for a change I managed to make my entry for Rudolph day early, just now finding the time to get typing. I have made a card to fit one  of my mistakenly bought envelopes, again trying to use up some of my vintage stash.

Here is my card:-

What I used:-
250gsm white card folded to 11.5x17.5cm
Kaisercraft papers and elements cut from 12" pad
Cream card
Scrap of Gold card
Saturated Canary Image (no longer available)
Faber Castell and Derwent Pencils
Marianne Design Star Punch die
Fiskars scalloped border punch
Oval die
Lifestyle Circle and Scalloped circle dies
Wink of Stella Clear on wings, baubles and candlelight
Adhesives:- Double sided tape and foam tape

I would like to enter this card in:-
ABC Christmas Challenge J is for Jingle Bells, K is for Keep it Simple
Crafting by Designs Get Ready for Christmas May edition
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 335 Use some gold
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Anything goes
12 Months of Christmas Link up Cute Christmas or Anything goes
Rudolph Day Anything goes

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

P.S. A Huge Thank you to all the lovely visitors who stop to sign the guestbook... I read all of the comments and appreciate them all!

Is anyone else having problems with blogger? Every time I tried to add a link it deleted link with a simple push of the spacebar, also not allowing me to select text and add link that way. Any thoughts appreciated. .... Megan

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Upcycled cards

Hello again,

I have been playing on and off with some of my new dies I bought from China, also apparently found on various eBay sites, we had a lovely family friend we met when we began following our family tree who suddenly announced that she and her husband were moving interstate, within a week they had gone, she regularly bought cards from me for her family and was always amazed at how different I made them and how personalised I could make them. Given the incredibly short notice we had a thank you card ready, but little else, so I decided to make her a set of 10 cards to send down asap as a little gift. Which gave me the perfect excuse to try out some of my new dies and make use of some of the paper scraps holding a takeover bid of my desk, I found some co-ordinating paper and or cardstock and used some card blanks, I have also cut some small gift cards up I received as a teacher gift some years ago selecting patterns and the images as feature pieces.

Here are the first three of ten, I have plans of making a few masculine cards too.
On the second card I punched out three circles from the card and piled on some Diamond Glaze to create 'enamel' looking dots.

Butterfly Thanks
 Bicycle Birthday
Butterfly Birthday

What I used:

White card blank 14.7x10.5cm

Pink vintage-y paper from my scraps box

Pink polka dot paper from my scrapbook (pieces larger than a card front)

White paper from scrap box

Silver card scrap

Diamond glaze

Teacher gift card and envelope set

Double sided tape

Birthday Sentiment stamps Magazine freebies (Australian Simply Cards)

Memento Tuxedo Black inkpad

Clear Sequins from my stash

Black fine line

Clear Wink of Stella
Adhesives:- Double sided tape, foam tape, PVA glue

I would like to enter these cards in…
Snippets Playground weeks 281 & 282 Anything goes with snippets 
Aud Sentiments Challenge #180 Anything goes with a Sentiment
Butterfly Challenge #79 L is for Layers and/or Colour Cream
Crafting by Design May Anything goes
Crafts Galore Encore May Anything goes

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Have a wonderful week…

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #58 Stella Fireman Call

Hello again,

Today over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #58 has just begun as always our challenge is Anything Goes, this fortnight our two sponsors are:

PRIZE £8.00 voucher in store

PRIZE 4 Images

I have used a Bugaboo image called Stella Fireman Call and have made a card now destined for one of my Mum’s old Kindy friends, who both celebrate their birthdays much later in the year, with a request for another two cards for the others she has re-connected with. I have used an old sketch I found on Pinterest as the basis of my layout.

I hope you will find time to join in with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends this fortnight and don’t forget to pop by my teammates and leave some love,  the lovely ladies have all made some beautiful cards to inspire you.

Here is my card:-

What I used:-
White C7 card blank 12.8x17.7cm
White card for Printing
Derwent and Faber-Castell Pencils
CCD mini balloon die (warning this site sells super cheap crafty goods, free postage. I will NOT be taking any responsibility for enabling any of you! :-P)
AC Amethyst cardstock
MME:- Scrappy bits from Happy Day paper pad
Echo Park:- Dots and Stripes 8” paper pad
Mini Bling from my stash
Fine line black pen
Diamond Glaze added to Stella’s glasses and flames
Adhesives:- Double Sided tape, foam tape, sticky foam dots and PVA glue

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Have a wonderful week…


Monday, 15 May 2017

Happy Mothers' Day

Hello again,

Well yesterday was Mothers’ Day here in Australia and despite my best intentions to have made Mum a card earlier than the day before, I was busy on Saturday creating a special card, I made a Joy Fold card for her this year it was much easier than anticipated to do too, it makes for a quite a heavy card though. I used a 15cm square card blank and cut down a second smaller square card blank to 11.6cm, cutting the front of the larger card in half and placing the second card with the fold opposite the larger and main cards fold, I had only one problem with the card, I allowed one of the tags and one part of the leaves to over hang the fold, meaning that once opened these became bent :-(, never mind the card was still appreciated by Mum. 

Here is my card:-

What I used:-

Faber-Castell pencils
15cm square card blank
12cm square card blank (minus just 4mm down two sides)
Core’dinations cardstock ‘Pearl’
Lili of the Valley Bonnets and Bowties paper pad
Elizabeth Crafts Curvy leaves die
Lifestyle Crafts nesting circle dies
Ribbon, lace and bling from my stash
Tiny paper flowers from Korean Paper Museum
Ranger Liquid Pearls ‘Silver Pearl’
Versa Colour ‘Orchid’ ink pad
Clear Embossing powder
Kaisercraft Mini clear stamp set ‘Occasions’ inside card

I would like to enter this card in:-

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

Monday, 1 May 2017

Butterfly Birthday

Hello again,

Well, you know how I promised not to enable any of you with the dies I have bought online from China, well that promise may be out of the window for a while, the whole elimination diet that I’m still on meant I got crafty goodies rather than chocolate goodies for Easter this year and I’m in the throes of creating cards with the new arrivals… When I first saw this die in the online store I knew just what I was going to make with it so of course it made it’s way into my basket… and now it’s here a little later than expected…I got to execute my plan…

Before I show you my card, I had to see the doctor in Sydney last week and our lovely Autumn weather meant we could sit outside and watch the ferries and Sydney cruise companies coming and going in and out of Pyrmont, Darling Harbour, King Street Wharf etc. The building in the background houses various companies and residential apartments. (quality is not great as it was taken on my phone)

My sister in law started my collection of spray inks a few Christmases ago and the collection has naturally grown to include most basic colours, when I was in the mood I sprayed a few different A5 pieces of water colour paper torn and trimmed from a simple artist pad in various colours, they curled a little and have been stashed between two reams of paper. I dug them out and decided on a red and yellow piece which I had also tossed some rock salt onto.

Here is my card:-

What I used:-

White card blank 10.5 x 14.7cm

Black card and paper from my box of scraps {one day I’ll have to take a pic of it, well maybe when it has been tidied… }

A5 Watercolour paper (artist pad)

Dylusions Cherry Pie spray ink

Dylusions Lemon zest Spray ink

Rock salt pinched from the kitchen

Mini bling from my stash both rhinestone and black pearls

Fiskars Corner rounder punch

Penny Black ‘T’ is for Transparent Snippets sentiment stamps

Colorbox White inkpad

Clear embossing powder (in hindsight should have used opaque white)

Butterfly die from China *Note* I will not accept any personal responsibility for enabling any of you :-P

Adhesives:- PVA glue and double sided tape

I would like to enter this card in:-

Seize the Birthday Anything goes (my dismal heat embossing has multiple tiny sentiments including Happy Birthday)

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Have a wonderful week...

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

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Away in a Manger

Hello again,

Well I’ve left my monthly planned Christmas card make until the last week of the month again… so I have two to share in the next few days. I have deviated slightly from my current use my vintage stash with this card and used some brighter colours and papers from Lily Bee Designs from a 6"pad I sneakily cut the stripe paper in two and covered the middle with the second patterned paper... and I've not been drinking my picture is at a very severe angle...hiccup

Here is my card:-

What I used:-
White 12.7cm x 17.8cm card blank
MFT pierced square die
MFT Merry Christmas die
Kraft paper
Lily Bee Design 6” pad Christmas Cheer
Scrap of metallic red card
Adhesives:- Double sided tape and PVA glue

I would like to enter this card in:-

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Have a wonderful week…
P.S. A Huge Thank you to all the lovely visitors who stop to sign the guest book :-P Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I truly appreciate them all!

Thursday, 20 April 2017


Hello again,

Well hope you all had a lovely Easter and a breakaway from the norm. Apologies for being AWOL for much of the month, I’ve had a new massage therapist added to my treatment many months after being told I’m carrying 30+kilos of fluid, who has added new tasks to my days and weeks that I have had to adjust to, who knew that a massage could make you so tired for a few days afterwards, or perhaps that is just me.

Thank you to all the lovely ladies who Congratulated me on joining the Design Team over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends blog, it was also my first scheduled blog post, never having figured out how to do so without the kind help from Denise.

Enough about all that and on to my card for my niece who lives in a different state and we can’t send Chocolate treats to her as they melt (she got gift vouchers for of all places Bunnings Hardware) and gift bag for Easter for my Mum which was filled with some good old Aussie Cadbury Chocolate eggs, I felt I was cheating a little with the gift bag very little colouring at all.

Here is my Nieces card:- made to look a bit like a corkboard, although the other 'pin' seems to have vanished it was in the bottom corner. Letters came as part of the paper pack

Here is the Easter Bag

What I used:- Card

White Scalloped edge Card blank 10.5 x 14.7

Merci 6” paper pad (Big W for those in Australia)

Meljens Designs Digi stamp Little Egg Chick (Store Closed)

Faber-Castell and Derwent Pencils

Little stickers

Fine line black pen

Tiny bling and enamel like dot(s)

Glue stick, PVA glue and Double sided tape

What I used:- Gift Bag

Brown paper bag

Faber-Castell Pencil

Scrap papers from stash to create scene, fence and grass

MFT Fresh cut grass die

MFT Garden Fence die

Foam tape and double sided tape

Blue ink pad (can’t remember which)

I would like to enter this card and bag into the following challenges:-

Pixie’s Snippets Playground weeks 277 and 278 Anything goes with snippets I found all of my papers for the Easter Bag in my scrap box!  

Thank you for looking in…

Have a wonderful week…


P.S. A huge Thank you to all the lovely visitors who take the time to leave me a message, I truly appreciate them all!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #56- Winnie

Hello again,
I had a lovely email a few weeks ago from Denise, asking if I would like to join the Design Team for a lovely challenge called Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, I am joining the lovely ladies of group B and this is my first ever Design team post.
This is Challenge #56 and Anything Goes and all handcrafted items are welcome and runs for a fortnight ending Australian Eastern Standard Time Saturday 29th April at 17:00 (aka 5pm)
There are two lovely Prizes to be won from our Sponsors, one lucky winner will receive a

**Sponsor One** Polkadoodles

a second lucky winner will be able to choose two images from

**Sponsor Two** All Dressed up 

If you would like to be one of the winners you must be a follower of Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

I have made a card using Polkadoodles Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Springtime-Just for You and Printable paper Winnie Sugar Sprinkles-Paper Heaven 4 Bundle I have paper pieced the two bows, the one in Winnie’s hair is one of the papers from the printable bundle and the pink bow on the bunch of flowers is from my scrap box… Hop on over to the blog to see all the lovely inspiration from all of my fellow teamies and join in the fun and show us what you are creating...
Here is my card:-
What I used:-
White 10.5x 14.8cm card blank
Polkadoodles Printed papers
Polkadoodles image Winnie Sugar Sprinkles Springtime-Just for You
Faber-Castell and Derwent coloured pencils
Fiskars Corner Rounder punch
Fiskars Scalloped border punch
Small flower hand punch
Ranger Petal Pink Liquid Pearls
MFT Small fancy flourish
Flowers and Butterfly bling from my stash
Pink & White paper scraps
Create with TLC Sentiment (freebie from blog)
I would like to enter this card in:-

Thank you for looking in…
Have a wonderful week…

P.S. A Huge Thank you to all the lovely visitors who take the time to leave me a comment, I truly appreciate them all!