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Party Punch Pack SU! Feb16 (3)


Party Punch Pack – Cute!

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Hello bloggies!

Another quick post today … things to do!😀 Hope that’s ok! Leonie and I made this card together at our stamping weekend retreat. I pushed Leonie to persevere with this one … she thought her balloon bunch was pathetic … but in the end had to admit she was pretty tickled with it!

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This card was an almost identical CASE of the original by Denita. Sometimes it is just hard to deviate when the original design is so perfect. I loved the colour combination / DSP and the sweet tiny balloons. I added a hint of Wink of Stella to each balloon then had to go back and put it all over the balloons because it looked so good on Leonie’s sample!

Card Inspiration – Denita Wright

SU! – Punch Party Pack

SU! – Birthday Bouquet

Well … it’s back to non school holiday routines … and I have places to be! Take care! Hugs xxx




Timeless Elegance DSP SU! Feb16 (2)


Jury – still out!

Timeless Elegance DSP SU! Feb16 (8)Hi bloggies!

Leonie and I both made this card and both decided we were unsure if we actually liked it. I think it actually looked better on Tami’s blog … than it did IRL. (in real life)

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Perhaps it is NOT actually the design … because it is quite a stunning effect. Perhaps it is that I decided to turn it into a SYMPATHY card??? Maybe the bling and the occasion just don’t go together!??? Perhaps it is that on Tami’s original … there was a more obvious tag sentiment that ‘broke up’ the shimmer a bit. Maybe mine looks a bit overdone??? Well … the jury is still out … what do you think????

We have used (like Tami did) the “Dazzling Diamonds Dust” technique … an oldie but a goodie. It is one I haven’t used in ages … but you might remember a few cards I have done with this techy … including this recent PIN to Pinterest … CHRISTMAS CARD. The DSP roses had some red ink sponged on them before adding the versamark and iridescent ice!

Card Inspiration: Tami White

SU! – DSP: Timeless Elegance

Elizabeth Craft Designs – With Sympathy Die

Hugs xx


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Saturday Stamping!

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Hi again!

A couple of weeks before the holidays I found myself with a little free time to have a bit of a play in my craft room. This was the result … (2 of each!) …

You have already seen the wedding card (back left) … but … today I thought I would share a card that I recently sent to my sister in Q’ld to let her know that we were thinking of her. She and her family are in the middle of a stressful time supporting family members through serious illnesses. I hope this was a little happy mail to spread a little sunshine during some dark days.

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I have used some watercolour paints (acrylic) and painted them across some SU! white shimmer card. The effect was kind of lovely! Shimmery but simple.

Click on first pic to open slideshow to see all the shimmery details!

Simon Says Stamp – Hero Arts “Prayers” Stamps & Die Set (SO FAB!)

Simon Says Stamp – Wavy Scallop Die

There’s that gorgeous “Wavy Scallop Die” from Simon Says Stamp again. I dooooo love it! (There are 3 different size scallops in the set.) Simple embellies … some Darice Crystal Sequins and some pretty rhinestones to add some bling! See you again soon! Hugs xx


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Flip Sheltering Tree (6)Hi there bloggies!

Just a quick card today … because I have some exciting “proud mum” news that I just can’t keep my mouth shut about!

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This is a direct CASE of a stunning card … I think Leonie and I may have copied it totally! But … sometimes you just can’t improve on perfection! You have probably seen the original around in Pinterest … I have seen it pop up a few times in my feeds.

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Christmas Wreath (2)You might remember another version of this card that I showed you recently with an identical layout. CLICK HERE to view it again … with a link to the tutorial.

Card Inspiration: Julie Davison (via pinterest)

Stampin’ Up! – Sheltering Tree


So … I am a tad excited! Sandy was called up from Youth Grade to 1st Grade for his soccer club on the weekend! (South Coast Football Premier League) His debut 1st grade game was so stressful! They wanted him to score goals … that’s what he was there for! But … he is so young!😯 I was sick with nerves for him. Here is how the match turned out!

You can imagine how relieved / excited / amazed we were! Sorry … a proud mum moment that I just had to share with my friends! Hugs xx


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My little princess turns 5!

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Hello again bloggies!

It was such a delight to be able to share another birthday this past week with my precious no. 1 grand-daughter, Bree. She turned 5 … and all of a sudden seems so grown up! Lynda!!! Can you believe this??? It always makes me smile that on Sandy’s birthday (5 years ago) we were at Hogs Breath restaurant celebrating when Stace discovered it was all happening!:) So … it was funny that all Bree wanted for dinner Thursday night for her birthday was “curly fries” from Hogs Breath! Go figure!😀

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This darling little card has so much love poured into it. I tried out a new background technique … did some gorgeous colouring of a sweet Tiny Townies image. I loved playing around with something really pretty for a sweet little 5 year old!

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I think you can see the gorgeous shimmer on the card base (in the picture above) … it is the SU! white shimmer card which works so well for watercolouring. I thought I would show you how I made the background … I used quite a bit of water to wash the background inks together … but not too much because I wanted a good depth of colour.

And … here are a few more photos showing some more details ….

Note: The card without the “5” was the one I gave to my sis for her birthday. Yes … I always try to make 2 of each card. So … my twin got this sweetie too! Not too kiddie for a g’ma??? I hope not!😉

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And … here is the little princess looking all gorgeous and sweet! She has the most sunshiny, bubbly personality. I hardly ever see her without a smile on her face. She brings us so much joy. I wish you could have one just the same!😀 Oh … and also … she LOVES to create! Perhaps it has skipped a generation … because none of my girls are particularly interested!!! ???

SU! – Language of Love (hearts stamp)

Stamping Bella – Tiny Townies – Blossom Loves Balloons (image & sentiment)

SU! – Happy Hearts Embossing Folder

Simon Says Stamps – Wavy Scallop Die

images AnzacWe celebrated ANZAC day this morning with a 4:30am start at the ceremony at Albion Park RSL. Sandy had to be there to represent the school as school captain at the dawn service. He was not impressed to be up that early … but it is always worth it … the service is always moving and it is good for us to take the time to remember those who lost their lives fighting for our country at Gallipoli in 1915. I can’t believe it is a year since we went to the CENTENARY dawn service in Wollongong last year!! REALLY??? Well … I have been a little ‘chatty’ this time! But … need to get going now. Hugs xxx


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A milestone!

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Well bloggies … I have a milestone to share. One that is quite bittersweet!

On Wednesday my baby turned 18!

That means that ‘officially’ … my ‘mothering’ days are over. I am now the mum of 5 adult children. (That’s a bit of an oxy-moron … “adult – children”!!) So … I am actually feeling a little nostalgic as I also spent time at my grand daughter’s 5th birthday the day after Sandy’s 18th and realised that the innocent excitement of childhood birthdays are now a thing of the past for me! (Apart from sharing in my grandchildrens’ birthdays of course!)

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Sandy – Jan ’16 – UOW

I am sad! Don’t get me wrong … I am quite content not to be back where my daughters are with new babies!😀 but … I am also feeling a little sad at the thought that I have moved into a new stage of life. I know … I am being silly … but it is quite the milestone … don’t you think??? But … instead of wallowing in self-pity … I will share a card! This is Sandy’s 18th birthday card ………

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I made this at Leonie’s at our last weekend retreat. It was fun to play with some of her goodies (including this stunning DSP) … and I do so love this balloon die! (Might have to get me one!) I did buy the large number dies after playing with them for this card.

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Sandy still has to get through his last year of school … and do his final exams. He will be at home (I feel) for many years to come … hey … his brother is 10 years older and is still here! It is too expensive to do uni out on your own now! So … perhaps I am not quite redundant yet!???😉

I was going to add the details here … but realised that there is no stamping on this card!

SU! – Large Number Framelits

SU! – Balloon Framelits

I will be back next time to show you Bree’s 5th birthday card! Hugs xxx


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I {heart} hearts!

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Hello again!

It has been nice to have a break from the usual things that take up my time at nights and actually do some blog posts! I am a little ahead with a few scheduled to come every couple of days! I hope you are enjoying them! Sadly … after my ‘time out’ from regular blogging, I have lost many of my blog friends. I was hoping that my more regular posting might bring them back … but even after nearly 3 months of constant posting … they are still MIA! Sigh! Perhaps I will see some of them return soon???

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This is another oldie stamp set … one that I haven’t parted with because it is so versatile. It is hard to get good photo colour on a Vanilla (cream) card base … do you find?? I tried editing a few times … this is the closest to ‘real life’ that I could get. I think it is pretty close.

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Card Inspiration: Colleen Dietrich

SU! – I {heart} hearts

SU! – Occasional Quotes

Penny Black – Daisy Heart

Do you like the little pearl drops? This card is a CASE … but the pearl drops were my little ‘tweak’ to the original design. Hope you are finding some inspiration from my recent posts! Thanks for stopping by!:) Hugs xx


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Whimsical Words

Whimsical Words CD Oct14 (4)Hi bloggies!

I have plenty of recent creations still to show you … but thought I should start working my way through some older ones.This was a birthday card from last year!

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This “Confetti Star Punch” from SU! is super fun! I really need to use it more often! Sigh … I have so many ideas in my head … just not the time to get them into cards! I used some of the punched stars to add to the card front with some pretty bling (rhinestones!)


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The colours behind the border is ‘patchwork’ cardstock … and the colours are repeated on the “Chalk Lines” images. The sentiment is an old one from Whimsical Words.

Stampin’ Up! – Whimsical Words

Stampin’ Up! – Chalk Lines

Have a great day! Hugs xx