Saturday, 30 June 2012

Pink Vellum


Recently I have seen some lovely cards that have used vellum.  Therefore when I found some vellum amongst my stash I thought I would give it a go.

Tonights card -
Supplies:  Pink, tan and white card, Pink vellum, Jane Doodles image, PTI sentiment, Sizzix vine,  Versamark watermark stamp pad, Hero Arts white embossing powder, VersaColor, Kaiser pearls

The challenges I will enter this card are:

CR84FN -  Colour challenge:

 The Moxie Fab - Congratulations challenge

Goodnight and thank you for dropping by

Red, Green & White


Over at Crafty Cardmakers their challenge is to create your own flowers.  I like making flowers and there is a technique I have read about that I want to have a go at.  It is using material and a heat gun.

My card for tonight -
Supplies:  Green and white card, bemsilk, heat gun, Waltzingmouse sentiment and frame, Kaiser design paper and pearls, Nestabilities, Distress ink, lace.

I will also enter the card in Make my Monday - Red, Green & White

thank you for dropping by,


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Red Sails


A fortnight ago I received, in the mail, my first Lili of the Valley stamps.  It's lovely to receive new crafting products in the mail.  It's like Christmas.  Well last week I used one stamp in  Lili’s Little Fairies Challenge and I  have used another for this weeks challenge, Lilis Little Fairies Challenge - Time to play.  It's fun to try new stamps.

Here is tonights card
Supplies:  Blue and white card, Lili of the Valley image, HA sentiment, Francis Meyer design paper,  Fiskars punches, Lyra pencils

I have used  the Retro Sketchs #17
Will also enter this card in the Make it Monday - #95 challenge

Monday, 25 June 2012

Mischievous Sketch

When I saw the sketch for Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge#103 my first thought I couldn't do it.  But that in itself was a challenge.

Here is tonights card -
Supplies:  Blue, grey and black card, Waltzing Mouse senimetn and frame, Doodlebug design paper, Blueyedezines Paper flowers, Kaiser pearls and Creative Imaginations paper lace


The card is also for Jay Gees Nook - challenge #20.  I used the strong colours of the room.

That's it for tonight.

Thank you for dropping in.

Umbrella Flowers


This is surprisingly my second post for the day.  I was making the most of my last day of leave.  So tomorrow  - hey ho, hey ho it's off to work I go.

Tonights card is for the challenge at Less Is More - Paper Piecing. 
Supplies:  Pink and white card, Hero Arts image and sentiment, Hiedi Grace design paper, Carl punch and Kaiser pearls

Because the paper piecing and the flowers are pink I will also join the  CASual Fridays' Pretty in Pink challenge.

Goodnight and thank you for dropping by

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Blue Moon


Since starting this card I have had the Ella Fitzgerald song "Blue Moon" running through my head.

Here is todays card -
Supplies:  White card, HA Silly Scape digi image, HA stamp sentiment, Distress Ink

It is for the challenge on The Play Date Cafe is 'Color Splash'.  Create something using - Black ... White ... Blue.
Thank you for dropping in.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Coffee with Friends

A few weeks ago, while out shopping, I saw a very pretty set of cups and saucers.  When I saw the Mojo Monday's challenge #246, I knew immediately what to do for this card. 

Here is the card.  The cups aren't exactly like the ones I saw, they are just a general idea of what they where like.
Supplies:  White, pink and silver card, Basicgrey design paper, Flourish image and sentiment, EK punches, Versamark watermark stamp pad, Alison Ellis silver embossing powder and ribbon.

Thank you for dropping by

Friday, 22 June 2012



Tonights card is not a style I would normally make.  This is why I like to take part in challenges, they show you new possibilities.

This weeks challlenge at Make My Monday is A Midsummer Night's Dream, that is fairies, fantasy and dreamlike.

Supplies:  White and blue card, Design paper - unlabelled,  Crafts & Me image, Inkadinkado sentiment, VersaColor ink pad, Crafty Koala roses, MS punch, Spellbinders, Lace and Kindy Glitz

I used the sketch from -
The Sketchy Challenge - Challenge 25 - Lizzies sketch

I will also join the following challenges -
Try it on Tuesday - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges  - Anything Goes
Paper make up stamps - Things with wings

Thank you for dropping by.

Wednesday, 20 June 2012


This has been a very frustrating card.  Making it was easy but every time I photographed it the shine on the gold cards disappeared. I tried all the different shiny gold cardstock I have and always the same result  - no shine.
Here is the card that photographed best
Supplies:  White and gold card, Cuttlebug stars,  Artee Stamps sentiment, VersaColor ink pad, Kaiser pearls

This is for the challenge Less is more- something shiny.
Thank you for dropping by

Monday, 18 June 2012

In the Garden.


I am on leave this week.  So today was nice not being ruled by time.  I even had a sleep in, luxury.  I took the dog for a nice long walk and that was nice, usually it's in the dark and rushed.  After that it was back in side and turn the heater on.

Yesterday afternoon I had a friend visit.  She has a new job that requires lots of travelling so we don't do coffee any more.  After catching up with all the news we had afternoon tea.  I decided that the pretty dainty tea sets that I never use would have an airing.  We drank Dilmar Rose with French Vanilla tea.  Very nice.

Today I have a card for the challenge at Lili of the Valley - In The Garden.
Supplies:  Pink and white card, American Crafts Dear Lizzy design paper, Lili of the Valley image, Martha Stewart punch, Lyra pencils, Fiskars corner punch, Ribbon and flowers

I have only just received my first Lili of the Valley stamps.  So I was keen to ink them up.  I like this image of a girl with her dog - best friends.

I used this weeks I Spy Sketches sketch challenge. 
and will also enter the card in -
Creatalicious Challenges: Challenge #35 "Anthing Goes"

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Colour and Sketch

Waltzing Mouse has provided an nice sketch by Edna Morrisedie for this weeks challenge and Colour Q have given us an interesting set of colours.
Supplies: Blue cards, BasicGrey design paper, Walzing Mouse sentiment, Little Yellow Bicycle paper doiles, Little Bits flower, MS punch, Distress Ink, Sullivan bling

The card is for the following challenges -
Waltzing Mouse Card Challenge
 Make It Monday - anything goes

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Drama, Murder and Love

I used to read all the time but in recent years the amount has dropped to almost nothing.  So one of my New Year resolutions was start reading again.  Writing them up and putting them on my blog is one way of keeping me on track.
I have just finished reading some books a work colleague lent me. 

The Narrows by Michael Connelly. 
This is one of detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch series.  Not a bad read but I think there have been others in this series which were better.  This book seemed to be tying up loose ends and I found the ending unsatisfactory.

PAST THE SHALLOWS by Favel Parrett
The story is set in the wild and beautiful south east coast of Tasmania.  At first I thought it was a story for adolescents.  But as I progressed I became riveted.  By the end I had to finish it in one sitting, couldn’t put it down.  This is a story of loss, vulnerability, secrets and the love of brothers.

This is Favel Parrett’s first novel.  I hope more stories will follow.

The Many Conditions of Love by Farahad Zama
This is the second book in the series set around a marriage bureau.   This is a quick and pleasant read, a good story.  It was interesting to read of everyday life in modern India.

Some of the reviews report that the first book one is better so I will try to get the first book - The Marriage Bureau for Rich People.

I have also had some books from the library.

Death of a Snob by M. C. Beaton.
This is number six in the Hamish MacBeth mysteries.  I have read some of the Agatha Raisin series written by M.C. Beaton but not the MacBeth series.  This is an enjoyable story.  The main character, Constable Hamish MacBeth, is a charming Scottish policeman very likeable even if he is a bit of a lad.  This story is set on the wild windswept island of Eileencraig rather than Hamish’s usual setting of Lochdubh.  This was a pleasant easy read.
I used to watch the television series, Hamish MacBeth, back in the 1990s with my then young son.  Robert Carlyle played the character of Hamish Macbeth.  It was nice, non-confronting, family entertainment.  The series is back on television again.

Father's Day


Supplies:  Green, brown and white card,  Hero Arts image, Hampton sentiment, Lyra pencils, Basicgrey and October Afternoon design paper, Tombows, button and Annabelle's Twine

This is for  the challenge at Make My Monday  - Father's Day/Masculine.  I used the sketch from Card Patterns
Also for the following challenges-
Cards For Men -Father`s Day
Celebrate the Occasion - Father's day

Thank you for dropping in

See you tomorrow

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Pink, Green, Gray and Dots

Supplies: Gray, green and white card, Overton House design paper, Hero Arts sentiment, VersaColor, Nestabilities, ribbon and Kaiser pearls

My starting point was this week's Retro Sketches sketch.  
then the color challenge at The Paper Players.

and then added CAS challenge:Dots

I have had the Hero Art stamp for years and never had the occassion to use it.  It was nice to get it out and ink it up

Pink and Gray

Good morning,

This is a quick post so let's get straight down to business

Supplies:  White, gray and pink card, K & Co design paper, Cuttlebug flower, VersaColor, Stampin" Up sentiment, ribbon, Kaiser pearl

I have used the Clean & Simple FTL#194  sketch challenge with this weeks color challenge at Dynamic Duos

Here in Melbourne the expected top temperature today is 15 degrees.  Two nights ago it dropped to 2 degrees.  That's winter for you, cold, dark and wet.  I don't mind the rain, not after 10 years of drought but the cold..ahh.  Bring on summer.

Have a nice day and thank you for dropping by

See you later



Our department at work had an all day meeting.  Wow these events are such fun...Not!  Next time I will take my iPad and sit down the back with all the others "working".

Here is the first card for today.  I actually made this last night but didn't have time to do a post.
Supplies:  Navy card, Hot Off the Press flourish, Elzybells sentiment, VersaMark, Embossing powder (can no longer read the label), Kaiser rhinestones
This is for this weeks challenge at Less is More - One Layer Card and use a flourish. 

The second card which was made today is for iSpy Sketches

Supplies:  White and black card, DarkRoom Door Photochip-piano,Stampin' Up Sentiment, Stampington & Co music backgroundstamp, Nestabilities, black ribbon, Kaiser pearl brad

That's all for now.  Thank you for dropping by

Bye for now

Monday, 11 June 2012

A Dance with Grandpa


This image reminds me of family parties when I was a child.  I would dance with my Father and Grandfather, except I would place my feet on theirs to dance.  I used to feel so grown up and it was fun.
Supplies:  White and Green card, Mo Mannings image, PTI sentiment, Bestabilities, Lyra pencils, Basicgrey papers, ribbon, flower, Kaiser pearl

Challenge #138 - Anything Goes w/Mo Image
Crazy Challenges #121 ~ Childhood Memories

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Birthday Pearls


Second post tonight, on a roll.  This time I have return with a birthday with pearls.

Supplies:  Blue and pink card, Fairy Belle design paper, Jane doodles sentiment, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Kaiser pearls

This card is intended for the  challenge at MAKE MY MONDAY #52 - Birthday with pearls.

It's late and I need my beauty sleep, so I must go.

Take care and thank you for popping in

bye for now

Friday, 8 June 2012



I know last night I said I was off to make a birthday card with pearls, but as you can see that isn't what happened.

Here is Fluffy.  Don't you love him?

Supplies:  Red, white and blue card, Pollycraft image, Hero Arts sentiment, Lyra pencils, VersaColor ink pad and brads

As you can see no pearls, instead I made a card for the challenge over at Less Is More  - Red White and Blue CAS card.  This challenge is to clelebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee.  I have nothing regal or Queenie but lately I have been trying to make more male cards.  The colours red, white and blue lend themselves so well to a male theme.  When I saw Fluffy I just knew he would work with the colour scheme and as they say the rest is history....

Pollycraft is closing on the 8th June and there is  an amazing incredible sale.  Fluffy is a digi stamp from Pollycraft and he is just one many adorable monsters found at Pollycraft.

Well I am off the make a birthday card with pearls.

Thanks for dropping in.

See you later

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Paper Piercing

It was very late when I finished the card yesterday, just no time to do a post.  It is forAnnaBelle Stamps blog

I don't have any tools for piercing so I sourced things from my sewing box. 

Supplies:  White pearlised card, Design paper unknown (have had it a long time), Fiskars scallop punch (paper pierced along the scallop edge), Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Nellie Snellen heart, Grace Taylor sentimentKaiser pearls, flowers unknown.

I have a friends wedding coming up hence the wedding card.  Thought I would play along with Make My Monday Challenge - pearls but then realised it was for a birthday card.  Oh well "best laid plans of mice and men".

I am off to make a birthday card with pearls - I hope.

Thank you for dropping by

Bye for now.  See you later

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Thank You and Bling

The past week has been very hectic, hence my absence from the blog.  However I have managed to make two cards.  Here is the first one.
Supplies:  Kraft and white card, Hero Arts background and digital Matryoshka, K & Co adhesive paper ribbon, Kaiser Rhinestones

For this card I am playing along with the following challenges-

Clean & Simple Stamping Blog (FTL193).
Make it Monday: Always Anything Goes

The second card for the night
Supplies: Red, brown and kraft card, Hero Arts digital A Natural Love, Sentiment PTI, Kaiser rhinestones, Sullivans hearts, Nestabilities, EK circle punch

and for this card I am playing along with the following challenges-

Crazy Amigo’s Boom / Tree challenge

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Just Because

It's late so this will be a quick post.

Just the one card and here it is
Supplies:  Pink, green and white card, Jane Doodles image, Stampit sentiment, Lyra pencils, Kindy glitz and Kaiser pearls

It is for the following challenges -
Make My Monday Challenge #51 - Colour
Oldie but Goodie - Anything Goes
Simon Says ... - Anything Goes
Card Patterns

see you tomorrow and thanks for dropping by