Happiness is stamping with friends!


A Serene Monarch!


Hi bloggies!


Sharing quickly … I know … the story of my life!!!

Frantic Stamper – Monarch Butterfly Die & Solid Butterfly Die

Poppystamps – Bailiwick Background

A busy, emotional week with Sandy finishing school … with just exams now to do! I will share some photos soon! Hugs xx



For the New Two

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Hello friends!

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It has been nice to indulge a little lately on some new goodies and I have started following a few new card makers on Instagram and have all sorts of inspiration ideas spinning around in my head. I get excited about stamping … but then … don’t have the time to try out all the ideas that are out there! And … I have very little time for blogging … and definitely no time for blog hopping (VERY SORRY!!!) I am back to minding my grand kids and also am supporting Sandy with his last few weeks of school before he has ‘stuvac’ (study vacation) before his final school exams. But … I plod on … and I try and get here  when I can!

Don’t forget … click on any photo above to see better detail!  🙂

  • Pretty Pink Posh: Stitched Borders 4 die
  • Paper Smooches: “Love” word die
  • Cottage Cutz: Bow and Arrow die
  • Stampin’ Up!: For the New Two

So … posts will be short … but hopefully still happening! I hope you still enjoy what you see and visit often! Hugs xxx



Birthday Blooms two ways

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Hi blog friends!

I am a little taken with the new-ish “Birthday Blooms” stamp set in the recent SU! catty. It is a super versatile little stamp set with a gorgeous flower that I have played with quite a bit lately! I actually think I bought this by mistake … but have definitely had fun with it.

So … I have done 2 identical cards using 2 different techniques.

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One is coloured with Copic markers and the other is done using watercolour paints.

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The Copic sample is stamped with black momento ink and finished with some pretty Clear Wink of Stella glitter.

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For the second card … the image is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder onto SU! shimmer white cardstock. I made sure the card was quite wet to allow the paint to flow into each section of the flower. I also did a bit of a wash around the flower. I have added some Wink of Stella to this one too.

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Now … I was kinda desperate to play along with a challenge. It has been probably close to 2 years since I have done one. (It would be interesting to check back and see!) I do know that this is a bit of a stretch … but I thought the vellum scallop circlet sort of followed the latest Just Add Ink challenge wreath element???? A bit subjective … but I thought I would enter it for a little fun, anyway … cos that is what challenges are about — a bit of fun!! 😀

So … I think my favourite of the two is the soft, feminine watercoloured card … but the Copic card is also quite eye-catching and pretty too!

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Hope you are having a great day. Poor Shane is having a bit of drama today after ‘spraining’ his ankle at soccer just over a week ago. It seems now that the original X-rays were ‘crap’ … and what was diagnosed at the hospital as a sprain seems now to be a couple of fractures, bone fragments and a possible dislocation requiring surgery. He has been at the hospital (the one where he works this time) for most of the afternoon and evening today. Let’s hope he gets a proper diagnosis this time and the proper treatment, too! Hugs xxx


Added 12 Jul: Well … I did check back … and I have done 2 random challenges this year … but apart from those 2 I haven’t done any since October 2014. It has been a while since I have done regular challenges … that’s for sure! 😀


Engagement Bling

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Hi again!

I will need to edit some photos because I am getting to the bottom of my ‘to blog’ card pics! I do have more to share … but they need a little time getting the editing right!

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I love the simple elegance of this card. It did take a little time for placement of the rhinestones … but totally worth the effort! The ribbon is a pastel lavender – I made this as an anniversary card for my daughter who had lavender bridesmaids … so that was just a little reminder! 🙂 The “congratulations” sentiment is stamped in silver encore ink.

Stampin’ Up! – Occasional Quotes

CASE: via pinterest (unknown source)

I am keen to find some more charms but can’t remember where I sourced the last lot I bought! Can anyone help with suggestions?

Have a great day! Hugs xx



Hearts a Flutter – red or gold?

Hearts a Flutter K&JZ Jun15 (5)Hi again!

It is busy busy busy here … less than a week until we leave for our cruise … so I hope you will forgive me for another quick post! Sorry … the photos are a bit dodgy. There must have been a smudge on my camera lens.

Hearts a Flutter K&JZ Jun15 (1)I love how quickly this card came together! Apart from my stamping days with Leonie, Jenny & Tracey … I seem to always be making cards at full pace! In a hurry!

Click to view full size pics …

SU! – Hearts a Flutter

Card Inspiration: Shannon Jaramillo ( pronounced Har-a-me-o)

Hugs xxx



Cottage Greetings Anniversary

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Hi friends!

Click to view full size pics!

Gav and I are spending a couple of days in Sydney for our anniversary. We haven’t had a break in sooooo long and so have been looking forward to getting away for ages. We are hoping to check out VIVID … always a highlight week in Sydney and it usually happens to coincide with our anniversary so we have been able to see it a few times over the years.

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No … this is not the card I made Gav for our anniversary. It is actually the one I gave Mitch & Skye way back in January! I know … more watercolouring!!! I seem a little obsessed, don’t I!? But … this was another early sample … I was practising a background ‘wash’ and used it as a base for the idea for this card! It is quite pretty IRL!

SU! – Cottage Greetings

Happy Anniversary to me! 😀 No. 33! (This is a scheduled post!) 😀

Hugs xx



Emily & Ryan under the umbrella

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Hi there!

I dusted off one of my Stamping Bella stamps the other day … and it always feels good to do so! I still have to edit those photos … but I found this card in my files to share instead!

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I have done a little paper piecing on the umbrella … just for a bit of fun! The image is coloured with my SU! Blendabilities … when I was first starting out with alcohol markers!

Stamping Bella – Uptown Couple – Emily & Ryan Under the Umbrella

Paper Smooches – Love Word Die

Hope your week has been a happy one! Hugs xx