Friday, June 28, 2013


I found this little gem on Pinterest and just HAD to share it with you - it is sooooooo me! How about you?



Thursday, June 27, 2013

More MDS Playing

I've been doing some more exploring of the My Digital Studio software and this time created a 12"x12" scrapbook page of DD15. The photos were taken at her Year 6 Farewell four years ago.

She looked soooooo beautiful in her black and white outfit, it was awfully difficult for a mama to hold back tears!

I love the soft shabbiness of this page - which, BTW, DD helped design.

Materials used (all on MDS):

  • stamps - Fantabulous You, First Edition, Vintage Overlays
  • card - Baja breeze (with reduced opacity)

Thanks for dropping in.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

NSU - Tilda With Love

It's another wet and gloomy day here today but my mood is much sunnier because I have finally finished the last of my assignments for the courses I've been doing! Yay! It's also a non-teaching week at work and apart from having to call in briefly today for a meeting, I'm on holiday!

I haven't had the chance to sit and craft yet but I do have a card to show you that I made a couple of weeks ago.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Tilda by Magnolia, Label Love and Sent With Love by SU
  • card - brocade blue, watercolour, very vanilla, More Amore dsp (heart), floral papers by The Girls Paperie
  • other - artisan label punch, paper flowers, pearls, hot glue gun, dimensionals, oval dies, Big Shot, lace trim, markers and ink pads, aquapainter, sponge daubers, 3/4" circle punch

What a cutie! I think this one might have to be saved for DD21 as blue is her favourite colour.

Hopefully I'll be back with plenty of crafting real soon, but meanwhile thanks for stopping by.


Friday, June 21, 2013

New Meets Old

Here I am back from chilly Melbourne! I had a wonderful few days with DD21; we did a river cruise to Williamstown, browsed the Prahran markets, heard some live swing music and had lots of fun in each other's company. It was hard to come back home again but nice to be back with DD15 and in my own bed! Here's a snap taken on my iphone of DD at Southbank, waiting for our boat ride.

Anyway, on to cards! For this week's class I am introducing my ladies to the new in colours, combining them with existing stamp sets.

First up some Crisp Cantaloupe:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Fabulous Florets, Field Flowers
  • card - crisp cantaloupe, whisper white, basic grey
  • inks - basic grey, crisp cantaloupe, pistachio pudding
  • other - basic grey satin ribbon, dimensionals, sponge daubers

Next comes Pistachio Pudding:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Doily, Elements of Style
  • card - pistachio pudding, whisper white, crumb cake
  • inks - crumb cake, pistachio pudding, crisp cantaloupe
  • other - white embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, blender pen, sponge daubers, 1 1/4" square punch

And last but not least a touch of Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana (this one is the favourite of both my girls). I'm not too good at photographing white cards, so just trust me that it looks better in real life!

Materials used:
  • stamps - Field Flowers, Gingham wheel
  • card - white linen (non SU), whisper white, non SU polka dot dsp
  • inks - strawberry slush, coastal cabana
  • other - honeycomb E/F, Big Shot, window framelits, 1" square punch, dimensionals, designer frames E/F, sponge dauber

I didn't use the fifth in colour, Baked Brown Sugar, but I'm sure my ladies won't mind. 

Thanks for dropping by.


Wednesday, June 12, 2013


It's cold, wet and miserable outside today and when my computer screensaver flicked up images of sandy beaches, blue waters and lots of sunshine - well, let's just say I was really keen to go there! Then I was browsing through MDS and found a stamp that sums up perfectly how I feel. Naturally, a card was born.

Here tis:


Materials used:
  • stamps - Fantabulous You (MDS), Mosaic Madness
  • card - whisper white, strawberry slush, coastal cabana
  • other - dimensionals, rhinestones, mosaic punch

Do you notice some sneaky peeks in there? I've used a few new colours (strawberry slush, crisp cantaloupe, Bermuda bay, pear pizzazz, coastal cabana) as well as a new stamp set called Mosaic Madness and the matching mosaic punch.

I'm heading off to Melbourne tomorrow and I'm pretty sure the weather there is definitely not going to be in any way tropical, but they say a change is as good as a rest - and I get to spend a few days with my gorgeous DD21, so I know we will have a ball together even if it rains every day.

See you when I get back! Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, June 7, 2013


A bright and breezy celebration card for you today as I've been having a play with some new colours. Take a lookie:

Materials used:

  • stamps - Happy Hour, Fabulous Phrases
  • card - whisper white, Bermuda bay, strawberry slush
  • inks - baked brown sugar, Bermuda bay, strawberry slush, crushed curry, rich razzleberry
  • other - apothecary accents die, jewellery tag punch, rhinestone, dimensionals, fancy fan embossing folder, Big Shot

The cards are strawberry slush (new in colour) and Bermuda bay (new colour) and the inks include crushed curry (new colour) and baked brown sugar (new in colour) as well as Bermuda and strawberry and "old" colour razzleberry. 

A bit of fussy cutting but don't they look good enough to drink for real? Yum! Which reminds me, I'm heading down to Melbourne at the end of next week to visit DD21 - so I'm pretty sure there'll be a similar drink of some kind on the horizon! LOL!

Hope the weather is being kind to you wherever you are and if you are in Aus, enjoy the long weekend.


Edited to add: the larger die shape in Bermuda bay card is made by tracing around the outside of the apothecary accents die and cutting by hand. Thanks to Emillie for asking! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

15 Already? How Can That Be? (NSU)

It's my younger daughter's birthday today and as you can tell from my header, she is now 15. OMG just doesn't sum up how amazed I am at how many years have gone by so quickly. I can still recall quite clearly the day I went off to the doctor's to get a pregnancy test.

She has certainly turned out to be a wonderful young person. I just love her zany sense of humour, her compassion for others - well, pretty much everything about her really! I am a completely lucky mum in that my two daughters are my best friends and we love to spend time together, so I know I have to make the most of the next two years before DD15 finishes high school and is leaving home to go to uni .... anyone worked out how to make time stand still yet? Call me!

Well, naturally, I had to make a special card and the colour green was a given. The choice of stamps was a toss up - she loves tea but I've done that before, she loves Dr Who but I've done that too. Finally I settled on other "nerdy" past-times she enjoys - reading and her Apple laptop. Here is her card:

The front

the middle section

the last section

Materials used:
  • card - lucky limeade, afternoon tea dsp, whisper white, so saffron
  • other - chevron E/F, Big Shot, dimensionals, markers
  • non SU - TSG Smarty Pants stamps, doily dies, circle dies

Later on today she'll be stomping around in her green Doc Martens! Sigh! Maybe Doctor Who can help me go back in time?

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Where's The Fire?

Another commissioned card for you today, this time for a young lad who has spent much of his short life in hospital. I was told that he loves firemen and doctors, so I was keen to try out some punch art - always a hit with youngsters.

I found a great punch art fireman on Tina Gillespie's blog that she had cased from Ellen Kemper (click HERE for her list of punches used) so copied that. I didn't have the butterfly punch for the moustache, so used a heart shape instead, I used the owl punch for the eyes and substituted ribbon for the hose rather than card. To relieve the bland white background I added some clip art and printed it in greyscale, reducing the opacity to make it like a watermark. The fire engine image was printed again on the inside page.

Materials used:
  • card - Pacific point, daffodil delight, whisper white, basic grey, real red, chocolate chip, blush blossom
  • punches - see the link above
  • other - computer and printer, clip art, dimensionals, real red grosgrain ribbon

It was great fun to make and I hope will be a big hit with wee Nathaniel.

Thanks for calling in.


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