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Welcome to my blog. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope that you will find some inspiration for your projects as I have from many lovely people. This is just a little space for me to share some of my cards, scrap book pages and maybe even some of my embroidery and quilting projects.

Enjoy and stop back often.


Monday, 7 December 2009

Christmas Is - Day 12 Challenge for Show and Tell Cards

Hello and thank you for stopping by. Today I have for you something special. Sunshine is Sponsoring Day 12 of the 24 days of Christmas at Show and Tell Cards. So Sunshine is also gave us a sketch to use for that challenge. Here is what I came up with.

Here is the sketch from Sunshine for Day 12 of 24 Days of Christmas

The stamps are from Sunshine’s Stamps: Christmas is, Christmas Morning, Candle Ornament and Ribbon, The ribbon and DSP are Stampin’ Up as is the whisper white card stock and the ink used. There are too many colours to list but the fun thing is when you get the stamp from Sunshine you can use what ever colours you like. The Rhinestonse are Kaisercraft. And yes you guessed it if you have been looking at my blog lately. The green base card is from my friend. I think I will be able to make every card for the next year using this base green card that she gave me.

So go on over to Show and Tell cards and check out the 24 days of Christmas and especially day 12 for Sunshine’s Sketch challenge and a chance to win some goodies.

Thanks for spending a little bit of your precious time with me and I will see you again very soon.

Take Care,

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Wishing you a Beary Merry Christmas - MMSC30

HI, how are you today? Hope that you are all well. I am bringing you an extra post this week as Sunshine is sponsoring the Midnight Madness sketch this week. So make sure you head on over and look at all the goodies you could win by entering the sketch this week.

Well I just love this image that Sunshine sent me for this challenge, it is the Christmas Bear. He is so adorable. I hope that you like him.

Well here is my card using the MMSC30 sketch. We also had the added challenge the theme of wings and things. Basically anything that could fly in the air. I chose stars.

I have used Stampin’ Up designer series paper and I am loving them, Stampin’ Up whisper white card stock was used to print out Sunshine’s Stamp Xmas Bear. The base card is still that green card stock given to me by my friend. Yes I still have heaps left. The colours that I used to colour the bear are Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Garden Green. Basic Grey. The Star Brads are from Renoir. I popped up the bear and the sentiment with dimensionals.

Here is the sketch:
Click on this badge to go to Midnight Madness to check out the challenge yourself!

Well thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to check out the rest of Sunshine’s DT for more inspiration on this sketch and head on over to Midnight Madness so that you can join in the fun as well and have a chance at winning all the goodies.

Take Care,

Monday, 30 November 2009

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas

Hello again, another week has passed and it was a hugely emotional one for me. We had 2 deaths in the family this past couple of weeks so I am going to make this a short post.

Today’s card is using Sunshine’s Stamps Holly Jolly Snow Ball Fight image and her sentiment Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. The Holly are just so cute. I was also given the added challenge of using paper piercing. I am not a big user of it as I’m not that good at keeping everything straight. I might have to get a guide to help me. Anyway I did use paper piercing around the edge of the image as well as one other place, see if you can pick it. (It isn’t that hard so I’m sure you will find it very easily)

I have based the card around a sketch at sweet sketch Wednesday. Not exactly the same but pretty close.

Here is the card.

Here is the sketch:

I have used all Stampin Up’ Product except for Sunshine’s Stamps of course and the pearls. Hope you like it.

Well Guess what I have just re-read Sunshine’s e-mail and the challenge wasn’t paper piercing it was paper piecing. Well Don’t I feel foolish LOL! Well as I had already finished the card I have been a bit sneaky and printed out the image again and I have layered the scarves on the holly. I have left them unattached at the bottom of the scarves so that it looks like they are blowing in the wind. I actually like the added scarves better than the original. Here is what it looks like now.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

Take Care

Monday, 23 November 2009

Silent Night - Christmas Card

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by to see what I have been up to. Well Just a quick post for you this week. I have for you another Card made with Sunshine’s images. I have used Sunshine’s Silent Night Sentiment and also her poinsettia image for this card. Sunshine asked us to chose a sentiment and then she sent us the image that she had created for that sentiment so that is why I have a poinsettia as well. I love Poinsettias which we had not come across before we lived in the U.S. but on returning to Australia they are more prevalent here. I have also used Crazy 4 Challenges Sketch for the design of the card.

Here is the card:

This is the Sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges

The Recipe for this card:

Stamps: Sunshine’s Stamps Silent Night and Poinsettia digital images
Card stock: Green base card unknown. (Yes I have heaps and heaps of it)
Stampin Up’s Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla and DSP Christmas (2008)
Ink: Stampin’Up: Riding Hood Red, Real Read, Rose Red, Handsome Hunter, Always Artichoke
Other: Fiskars Filigree texture plate, Ribbon not sure of the name but it is very pretty.
Tools: personal trimmer, double sided tape, dimensionals, bone folder, sponge dauber.
I Popped up the sentiment using dimensionals and cut out the poinsettia and popped it up on it's own.

Sorry that this is such a quick post but I know that this time of year we are all getting a bit busy with school, work and Christmas events. So Enjoy your week and I will see you again next Monday. Don't forget to have a look at the rest of Sunshine's Design Team Blogs for more inspiration for your Christmas Cards, you can find their blogs on my sidebar.

Bye For Now

Take Care

Monday, 16 November 2009

Christmas Cards - I just love Christmas

Hello again and thank you for stopping by to see what I have been up to. Well heaps actually. I have a couple of different cards to show you today. And yes as the title of the post suggests I just love Christmas time where we get to celebrate the birth of Jesus. I just love watching the kids get excited as they open there presents and I love Christmas carols. Here in Australia it is summer at Christmas but I still have to cook a turkey and a plum pudding. Mind you I’m the only one who likes plum pudding so last year I decided to do an ice cream one instead. We were so full from our lunch we didn’t get to eat it. It is still in the freezer. Maybe I should try it before Christmas to see if it is any good and whether I should make another one for this year. A lot of Australians are now opting to have seafood for Christmas instead of the traditional Turkey roast. It is really the only time that we get to eat turkey so I don’t want to stop. O.k. enough about Christmas time apart from to say that I got married 3 days after Christmas, my birthday is 4 days after and my husband has his birthday 5 days after. So really a big week of celebration.

Well on to the cards

Firstly I will show you the card I made for Sunshine’s Stamps. This week we were challenged to use one of Sunshine’s Sentiments as our main focal point. Well I saw a card on Splitcoast Stampers that I thought I should give a try and would be great for a Sentiments card. It is called a Joy Fold and you can find it here.

I have used Sunshine’s Glory to God sentiment as I thought it would be great to get a Christmas card done. Been rather slack and haven’t really made too many to give away apart from this one and the card I will show you after this one.

Well here is is I hope you like it. I have take a photo of the card closed, half open and then completely open so that you get to see all the different aspects of the card.

As you can see there is a place to write on the inside of the card.

I have used Sunshine’s Stamps Glory to God digital stamp
The green card stock was a gift and I don’t know the brand of it but it is good for Christmas time.
Other Card Stock is from Stampin’ Up and I used Whisper White and Purely Pomegranate.
The DSP is also Stampin’ Up and I have used Paper from Berry Bliss, Bella Rose and a Christmas pack from the previous year that I had left over,
I have sponged the edges of the sentiment with purely pomegranate ink.
The Ribbon is Stampin’ Up Old Olive Striped Grosgrain
The pearls are kaisercraft.

I want to show you also what I was up to in the past week. I run, along with some lovely ladies who help me, a night out for the girls at my church. We do this once a month. Well on Thursday night it was out last one for the year as Christmas time is very busy for us at our church. As it was out last time together for this year we went out to dinner. We had a great time and there were 18 of us. Well once I knew how many were coming I thought I would make a Christmas card for everyone. In my last post you saw that I had just found the easel card well I thought it would be perfect for this great stamp set from Stampin’ Up called A wish for Peace. Well I set about to make 20 just in case a couple of extras turned up and I ended up making 19 as I made a mistake on one.

Here is the photo of the cards all together. O.k. so there are only 18 there not 19. I thought it looked better with just 18 in the photo but you get the idea. Now I have to be very specific about the numbers as my Son would pick me up on that and come to think of it so would my daughter. LOL!

I have used Stampin’ Up’s A Wish for Peace stamp set.
I have used the same green card stock that was given to me. I have many, many pieces of this card stock (thank you Shaz) so I can make a lot of cards with it.
Stampin’ Up card stock very vanilla, I stamped the image and sentiment onto this and if you flip the card open I also had a little note to everyone inside.
The DSP was also Stampin’ Up and was part of the purely pomegranate range which was last years in colour. (I still love it)
The ink used was Stampin’ Up chocolate chip, Old Olive and Handsome Hunter.
The Technique used on the main stamp was markers direct to stamp. I used both the old olive and handsome hunter on the tree to give some depth to the tree.
I also used Renoir star brads to hold the easel up.

Hope that you like both these cards and I look forward to seeing you next week when I will be back with another Christmas card to show you.

Thanks for stopping by.
Take Care

Monday, 9 November 2009

Remembrance Day - November 11th

Hello again from a very hot and sunny Melbourne. We are in a bit of a spring heat wave here with hot and humid summer temperatures. So for all of you looking at this post from Australia I hope that you are able to have a cool day somewhere inside and remember to slip, slop slap to help avoid skin cancer.

Today I have for you Soldier Bunny. Sunshine brought out a few images and sentiments to coincide with Remembrance Day which is November 11th. It is the day that we remember the end of World War 1 and subsequent wars and all the brave men and women who fought for our Country.

Soldier bunny is very cute and I happen to be looking for a card sketch to use for Soldier bunny when a came across a challenge at Crazy 4 Challenges and they had a challenge to use an easel card. Well I had never seen one so I looked for the instructions and I like this video that I found to explain how to put one together. I hope you like Sunshine’s Soldier bunny and Sunshine’s Sentiment: Lest we Forget.

Easel Card Open:

Side view:

Easel Card Closed


Green card stock (brand unknown)
Stampin’ Up Very Vanilla Card Stock
Stampin’ Up Old Olive DSP
Stampin’ Up ink : Old Olive, Mellow Moss, Always Artichoke, Handsome Hunter, Brilliant Blue, Ballet Blue, Close to Cocoa, Basic Black, Apricot Appeal and Barely Banana.
Stampin’ Up build a brad
Creative Memories corner punch and my personal trimmer

Thanks for stopping by I hope that you have a wonderful week.
Take Care,

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Friday, 6 November 2009

Three's A Charm - Christmas Blog Hop and a great project for you to try

I know what you are saying 2 posts in one week…What is going on? Well I am glad that you asked. Sunshine’s Stamps is joining with 2 other digital stamp companies to have Three’s Company Blog Hop on November 7th. Head on over to Sunshine’s Blog for all the details of the fun hop and blog candy…... It will be FANTASTIC!

Sunshine has some new members on the DT so they are participating in the blog hop this time so I know that you will have fun checking out their fabulous cards and projects as well as Ildico and The Stamping Boutique DT projects.

Although I am not part of the blog hop this time when I saw the Candle and Ornament stamp from Sunshine’s Christmas stamps I just had to put together a project to show you.

This is what I came up with. It is a luminary and I found the project here at SplitCoast Stampers. It is really easy to make and how good does it look! Well I like it anyway, hope you do too!

I have taken photos of the luminary both with the candle lit and not lit so that you can see what it looks like.

Luminary without lit candle:

Luminary in the dark with votive candle lit:

Luminary in daylight with the votive candle lit:

This is what I used.

Sunshine’s Digital Stamps: Candle and Ornament
Stampin Up’s snowflake stamp from the short and sweet set.
Card Stock: The Green was given to me so not sure what brand it is. The Candle and Ornament I printed out onto Whisper White Card from Stampin’ Up.
The cut out windows are backed with vellum.
Inks: Stampin’ Up Ruby Red, Real Red, Pixie Pink, Rose Red, Handsome Hunter, Pretty in Pink, Going Grey and Basic Black.
I also used versamark to emboss the silver snowflakes in the base card. I should have used my embossing buddy but completely forgot so I had to get out the paint brush to brush off excess silver embossing powder (also Stampin’Up). I suggest you use an embossing buddy so the embossing powder sticks to just what you want it to and nothing else.
I also used my heat gun for the embossing
I used Stampin’ Up’s Crystal effects on the candle to make it look like the wax was running and on the berries on the holly to make them stand out a bit more.
To Cut out the windows in the box I used the cuttings system from Creative Memories.
I used my personal trimmer, scissors and scoring tool, super strong tape to keep the box together and also dimensionals to pop the Candle out from the box as I didn’t think it looked quite right flush to the box.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to jump over to the blog hop it will be lots of fun.

Click on the Banner and you will jump right to Sunshine's Blog for the details or put these addresses into your address bar to jump to each of the three companies blogs to start your blog hop. Enjoy!!!
The Stamping Boutique: http://thestampingboutique.com/
Don't forget there are 12 Copic Markers up for grabs as the prize of this blog hop! How good is That!
Take Care

Monday, 2 November 2009

Ballerina Bunny

Hello again another week has come and gone and man was it crazy for us. We had our car brake down a couple of times had the starter motor replaced and then had it replaced again. The new starter motor was faulty so we had to put another one in. The car is now working but having only one car sure is hard when it is out of action and kids have to be all over the place.

Well today I am bringing you Ballerina Bunny from Sunshine’s Stamps. She is very cute and great for you little girl. I used Midnight Madness Sketch 25 for the design of the card. I hope that you like it.

The Recipe:
Ballerina Bunny from Sunshine’s Stamps
Card Stock: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
DSP: Stampin’ Up Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Stampin’ Up Pink Passion, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Pale Plum, Blush Blossom, Bashful Blue, Sahara Sand, Real Red.
Embellishments: Stripped Grosgrain from Stampin’ Up, Li’l Trinkets and Treasures Pearl Buckles, Kaiser Craft Rhinestones.
Other: Stampin’ Up Scallop Circle Punch, Creative Memories 1 ½” circle punch, personal trimmer, double sided tape.

Here is the sketch from Midnight Madness that I used.

Also make sure you come back on Saturday for a new Blog Hop.

Date: November 7th
Sunshine’s Stamps is teaming up with Ildico and The Stamping Boutique for this fantastic Blog Hop.
Win: Images and Prizes - there is a set of 12 Copic Markers up for grabs thanks to Tracey at The Stamping Boutique! Blog Links for Ildico and The Stamping Boutique:
The Stamping Boutique: http://thestampingboutique.com/ and of course

Monday, 26 October 2009

Red Hot Bunny and Sunflower Spray from Sunshine's Stamps

Well another week has come and gone, did it go as fast for you as it did for me? Thank you to all of you who came and visited during the blog hop and for all your lovely comments. I really love flowers so when Sunshine gave me that particular stamp to use for the blog hop I was extremely happy. So this week I wanted to use the Sunflower Spray again and I have also used Red Hot Bunny this week.

First I will show you Red Hot Bunny. He is rather “Hot”. I do like fire fighters they are heroes in my book.

I have used Red Hot Bunny on a birthday card. You can put as many birthday candles on as you want but I went for lots. I based the design of the card on the Saturday sketch challenge from 365 Cards

Here is my Card:

I have used Sunshine’s Red Hot Bunny Stamp, Stampin’ Up’s Riding Hood Red and Whisper white Card Stock, DP from Creative Memories. The Ink is from Stampin’ Up and is Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Going Grey, Real Red, Yoyo Yellow, Creamy Caramel, Blush blossom and Tempting Turquoise. I also used dimensional and Fiskars Vines Texture Plate on the background to represent water shooting everywhere to put out the candles.

Here is the sketch:

Like I mentioned I have also done another project with the Sunflower Spray from Sunshine Stamp’s. I wanted to cover a little notebook that can be kept in your handbag or purse if you live in North America. In Australia we call a wallet a purse. Just for all of you who look at my blog from the U.S. and Canada, I didn’t want anyone getting confused. My Girlfriend loves to write notes so I thought I would give this to her but my daughter also wants one so I will have to make another one.

This is what it looked like before I covered it: It has a purple plastic cover but for some reason it doesn’t look that purple.

Here is my covered notebook

I have used Stampin’ Up’s Chocolate chip and Very Vanilla card stock, I have also used the same colours as I did for the scrapbook page on the Sunflower Spray. Stampin’ Up Garden Green, Old Olive, Summer Sun, So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip. I also used Stampin’ Up Crystal Effects to add rain drops to the sunflowers and leaves. I also used Fiskars filigree texture plate on the chocolate chip card stock. I used very strong double sided tape to adhere the card stock to the plastic cover. I didn’t want to take chances that it would come off.

Well I hope that you like these couple of projects and I will be back again next week with something else to show you.

Thanks for stopping by and spending a little time with me.

Take Care,

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Sunshine's Stamps Grand Opening Event

Blog Candy Winner and Challenge Winner will be announced on Thursday October 22nd at 7pm Central time (Friday October 23rd 11 am Australian EST) Go to Sunshine's Blog to see if you are the big winner!

Special Thanks to everyone who participated in our first BIG EVENT and we hope you will be back for future events we have planned for November and December.

Welcome to Sunshine's Stamps Grand Opening Event! We are so pleased to show you Sunshine's newest images and treat you to a mini-blog hop, a challenge, an in-store special and of course Blog Candy!

Here are the details: If you arrived here without starting at Sunshine's Blog head on over there to start the blog hop and just follow the links on each blog to the next blog in the hop!! Be sure to leave a comment on every blog as you go because there is MYSTERY BLOG CANDY to be won and you can't win unless you comment on each blog in the hop! No one but Sunshine knows which blogs comments will be chosen to randomly win the Blog Candy!! And it's nice candy too!! So be sure to comment!

Next - we have a great challenge for you to play along with. You don't have to use Sunshine's Stamps images to play either! Head on over to Tami's blog - The Journey of Life http://journeyoflifetamijo.blogspot.com/ to see the challenge! The winner will receive 3 FREE IMAGES of THEIR CHOICE from Sunshine's Store!!

Finally, we are running an in-store special!! Buy any two or more images and receive Sunshine's Autumn Wreath Image FREE!!! http://www.yourspecialdelivery.co.uk/sunshine-stamps.html

Most of all we want you to have some fun! To have the opportunity to win some great images and blog candy and check out the great images Sunshine's Stamps has to offer! There are new images every week, so be sure to become a follower and keep an eye out for some other great events Sunshine's Stamps is going to be involved with between now and Christmas!

Now let’s have some blog hopping fun and get a little inky with the challenge! Have fun everyone! REMEMBER: the Grand Opening Event is Open from October 17th 8AM Central Time - October 20th 9PM Central Time to allow for those folks who are UBER busy on the weekend to have a chance to play early in the week!

If you are looking at this from Australia the starting time is Midnight October 17th and finishes October 21st at 1 p.m. for those of us who have already gone into daylight savings.

The winners will be announced FRIDAY, October 23rd on Sunshine's Blog so be sure to hop on over to see if you are a winner!!Thanks for stopping by and we hope you have fun at Sunshine's Stamps first event!!

Don’t forget to come back to my blog and look at the layout at the end of this post. It has Sunshine’s just released for the blog hop “Sunflower Spray”. Also remember to make a comment on everyone’s blog so you will be in the running for the blog candy.

Sunshine: http://sunshinesstamps.blogspot.com/ START HERE
Chrissy: http://nursechrissy.blogspot.com/
Tami: http://journeyoflifetamijo.blogspot.com/
Heather: http://stampdetails.blogspot.com/
Jenny: http://playingisapassion.blogspot.com/
KY: http://bunnynest.blogspot.com/
Kym: http://nanaskeepsakes.blogspot.com/
Stuffie: http://stuffiestamps.blogspot.com/
Jennifer H: http://inking-obsessions.blogspot.com/
Sharon: http://rhapsodyincraft.blogspot.com/ YOU ARE HERE
Trinity: http://mom2angeljocelyn.blogspot.com/

Here is my layout using Sunshine's Sunflower Spray Stamp

Here is the recipe for my layout
Sunshine’s Sunflower Spray
Card and Paper: Stampin’ Up whisper white and very vanilla, Bo Bunny Chocolate Dot, Color Mates Medium Coffee Brown, plus some other card stock that I don’t know the name of.
Ink: Stampin’ Up Garden Green, Old Olive, Summer Sun, So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard and Chocolate Chip.
Embellishments: Kaiser Craft rhinestones, K&Company Adhesive Chipboard, Stampin’ Up Crystal Effects.
Other: dimensionals, double sided tape, personal trimmer, sponge dauber.
Technique: Colouring, Tearing and sponging.

Hope you like the layout. I hope you can see the sponging around the photos and also the crystal effects that I used on the sunflowers to make it look like there were raindrops on the sunflowers.

This is the stamp, you can go over to Sunshine's Stamp Store to get it uncoloured.

Thanks so much for stopping by have a wonderful day.

Take Care

Monday, 12 October 2009

Sentiments from Sunshine's Stamps

Hello Lovely Ladies and I assume a few Men as well. Thank you for stopping by to see what I have been up to.

First I want to let you know that Sunshine’s Stamps will be having a blog hop and challenge and blog candy on Saturday 17th of October at 8 a.m. Central Time and finishing on the 20th of October at 9 p.m. central time. That is the U.S. Time and for those of you who want to play along in Australia it will be starting on Sunday 18th of October at 12 AM. And finish on October 21st at 1 AM.. So be sure to stop back at Midnight on Saturday if you are a night owl in Australia for the start of the blog hop. This is all to celebrate the GRAND OPENING of Sunshine's shop.

Well I have some great things to show you today.

I have used 2 of Sunshine’s Sentiments on cards this week and I also promised you some more Boobie Bunny.

First I have used the Sketch from MOJO Monday107 for this first card. Hope you like it.

The Sentiment is from Sunshine and it is called Attitude. I have used Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, and Riding Hood Red Card Stock, Pink Pirouette DSP. Also the Pink Pirouette striped Gosgrain Ribbon all from Stampin’ up. I have also used the Eyelet Border Punch from Stampin’ Up as well. Also I have the self adhesive half pearls and Fiskar’s Filigree texture plate as well as my personal trimmer. The Sentiment has been cut out using Creative Memories Circle cutting system.

Here is the sketch from MOJO Monday 107.

My Second card also using Sunshine’s Sentiment is called God is already there. I have used the sketch from Midnight Madness for this card. I must admit I liked it without the added embellishment around the sentiment but I was trying to stay true to the sketch. So I actually used DMC cross stitch floss in 3 colours and braided it to give it that little extra flare. I have again used Chocolate chip and Whisper White Card Stock and Chocolate Chip DSP from Stampin’ up. I must say I am quite fond of this colour and I just love the DSP. I have also used dimensionals to lift up the sentiment and 2 way glue from Stampin’ Up to add the braided DMC floss. Also the self adhesive half pearls and of course my personal trimmer.

Here is the sketch from Midnight Madness

I also promised you a couple of more things that I had done with Boobie Bunny. I mentioned last week that I was having a “Girls Night In”. We had a games night but not any ordinary games night. I had 9 games for us all to play and we played them much like speed dating. Not having to a speed dating night I am assuming what happens. Anyway we played each game for 10 minutes and at the end the winner got a Boobie Bunny Medal which also had a chocolate coin in the middle. At the end of the night the 2 Girlfriends with the most Boobie Bunny Medals played a game of Celebrity Heads to determine the winner of the Prize Basket. By the way I had help putting the Boobie Bunnies together (THANK YOU) we made 81 of them. It was heaps of fun and we raised a great amount towards Breast Cancer research and support and awareness.

Hope you like the Basket and the Medals. Don’t forget to go over to Sunshine’s Shop so that you can get your own Boobie Bunny to use in helping raise awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Well Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great day

Take Care

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