Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Just Add a Sunburst

Over at Just Add Ink, my favourite challenge blog, 
there's a fabulous new challenge each week.  

This week it's...

So here is my card:

Sunburst Card

I love the black and vanilla papers from Stampin' Up!'s paper... Modern Medley.

And the words... just because... come from the stamp set, A Dozen Thoughts.

And a peek into the inside:

I've used Crushed Curry cardstock and ribbon - love that colour!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Venetian Romance Paper and a Sketch Challenge with JAI

Today has been lots of FUN!

Look what I made this morning:

Venetian Romance - Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge

I put this card together based on a Sketch Challenge over at Just Add Ink.

Here's a pic of the Sketch Challenge:


Sketch Challenges are quick and easy because you can use any papers you have on hand.  I used Venetian Romance DSP - my favourite sheet in the entire packet!

My colours are:

Crisp Canteloupe
Rich Razzleberry
Tangerine Tango

I added some Lace Tape, a button from the In Colour Boutique Details, and then finished off with some Candy Dots!

Here's a close up of the button:

 And here's a pic of the greeting - I used "Wish Big" from the stamp set called "A Dozen Thoughts"

Hope you've enjoyed my card.  I had FUN making it!

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Zoo Babies and a Stripe Challenge

Zoo Babies Stamp Set

Lots of fun this week...

This is a ZOO BABIES card!  

There's a challenge over at Just Add Ink  - make a card with STRIPES!

I wanted to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) a pretty card I'd seen on Pinterest made by the very talented Sue Wdowik - you can see her gorgeous card here.

I started with some paper with LOTS of STRIPES;

Then I got out my new Fringe Scissors to make some grass... (all hippos need grass)

Grass made from Fringe Scissors

and I added a cute birthday greeting:


and voila, my card was done - I love the upside down monkey!

Zoo Babies all piled up!
And the inside too of course - more stripes!

I'm loving the Just Add Ink challenges - a fabulous way to get that creativity happening!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Gorgeous Grunge and Follow My Heart

Today I'm bringing you a St Valentine's Day card...

Made just for my True Love!

St Valentine's Day Card - Gorgeous Grunge and Follow My Heart Stamp Sets

Well, not just for my True Love - I also made it for the challenge
 over at Just Add Ink this week.

The challenge is a Colour Challenge - here is a pic of the colours:

So I got out the colours JUST ADD INK suggested: 

 Real Red, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Island Indigo

and I started playing around


And this is what I came up with:  

Pretty card for my True Love!
Can you see that I cut an extra Eiffel Tower to layer up?
Can you see the Crystal Effects I put over the tower?

Anyone who knows me knows that I am in LOVE with the Eiffel Tower!!!  
And Paris!!!!  And all things French!!!!!

And I NEED to buy all the stamp sets that have anything French on them!

Hope you enjoy my little St Valentine's Day card!

Ooh la la!
EDITED TO ADD:  Not only did my husband love this card, but over 
at the Just Add Ink challenge 
blog I won an Honourable Mention  - yippee!!!!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Flower Shop Card in a Box

I've had some FUN!  

I decided that to increase my creativity... and to challenge myself...

I would try the Just Add Ink challenge this week!

And this is what I made:

Flower Shop Card in a Box

 It's the new Card in a Box that is sweeping the internet world!

Here is a pic of the Just Add Ink challenge - some pretty colours to choose from: 

 Whisper White, Daffodil Delight 
 and for the green I used Wild Wasabi.

I have a special friend who was turning 50 so I designed my card just for her... 

Here's some more pics:

Flower Shop Card in a Box - Front

Flower Shop Card in a Box - Left Side

Flower Shop Card in a Box - Right Side
Flower Shop Card in a Box - Close Up of the Flowers

 To make the Card in a Box, I followed a video which has been made by a fellow-Australian,
 Tanya Bell.   If you want to make one too, just pop over to her blog!

After I made the card I wanted to make a pretty envelope to pop it into - and of course I used the Envelope Punch Board by Stampin' Up!

The Card in a Box folds flat for posting!

Very easy to fold up!

And here is the finished product - my Card in a Box using 
Flower Shop Stamp Set and matching envelope.  

Flower Shop Card in a Box and matching envelope.

I hope you've enjoyed looking at my little bunch of flowers... 
I can tell you that the recipient did get a lovely surprise when she opened up this card! 

EDITED TO ADD:  Yay - I won an Honourable Mention over at the Just Add Ink challenge blog - yippee!!!!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Be Inspired by Spring - AW03 - Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenge

 I've been CREATIVE again...

SPRING is here...

And these little flower pots are so cute...

Just the perfect size for putting little chocolates inside...

There's another challenge over at

We are challenged to make something that represents Spring (for those of us Downunder)

and Fall (for Northern Hemisphere stampers)

Here is our challenge pic: 

 And here is a selection of pics that I took 
of my little Spring Flower Pots!

I've used all the 'In-Colours' from Stampin' Up:

Baked Brown Sugar

Strawberry Slush

Crisp Canteloupe

Coastal Cabana 

Pistachio Pudding
I LOVE how the ribbons and papers all match with the inks!!!!

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Tri-Shutter Card - AW02 - Around the World Stampin' Up! Challenge

I'm excited to share today - I've been getting creative!

I've made a Tri-Shutter Card!  

It all started with this lovely new challenge site

 This month the challenge is a Colour Challenge - here are the details:  

 As you can see, the challenge is to make a card using some fabulous colours: 

 Always Artichoke, 

Pear Pizzazz, 

Melon Mambo and 

Daffodil Delight.  

I love these colours together!

It was fun working out the measurements, cutting and folding, 
and then adding some pretty embossed pieces,
and some butterflies and bling.

Here is a view from the right hand side...

And the whole card front on...

This was FUN, FUN, FUN to make!

And, if you would like to see what other crafters have made using Stampin' Up!
 products and these same colours, take a look at the

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

My Green Lawn

My pretty, green lawn...

 This is my back yard.

I love my luscious, green lawn.

I love my pretty flowers.

I love the Spring Smell - that mixture of grass and blossom!

Getting what you really want is hard work. 

I've been outside mulching,



and pulling out weeds.
During the drought  -  the long, long Melbourne drought, this garden was a wasteland...

Dead trees, bushes,

Dead grass,

Bare dirt. 

I wondered if it would ever be green again...

And then the drought broke and I wrote down some 'action' steps...








What 'project' are you working on?

What 'action steps' do you have in place?

  Treasured Moments:       Yummy Brunch at Volumes with DD Caity and 
Delicious Dinner at Va Tutto with DH Gordon... 
and yes, my waistline is expanding!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Happy Day!

 I'm hoping this will put a smile on everyone's faces!

Cute little tags made using the Happy Day stamp set...

the Windows Framelits...

Glimmer Paper...

Modern Medley Designer Series Paper...

a gorgeous butterfly punch called Bitty Butterfly!

You can really see the sparkle here...

Great tags for popping on gifts!

Today's Treasured Moment:  Breakfast outside in the warm spring sunshine!   
Where do you eat breakfast?

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Want a cake? Try a Lamington!

Do you like cake?  I love cake.  

And coffee?  I love coffee!

And the combination of the two... PERFECT!

Here's a lovely LAMINGTON cake - with cream!  OMG delicious!

It was in a cute little homewares store called...

'Bed Bath & Table - The Works'

They have about an acre of fabulous goodies to look at (seriously) 

and the coffee and cake shop upstairs!

Today's Treasured Moment:  I just went down to the shops to post off some cards
 to lovely friends and as soon as I opened the car door
 I could smell.... a sausage sizzle!  Yum!  
Posted my cards, bought the sausages in bread with onions 
and came home to eat them with Gordon on the front decking!