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Stamp Club Project

su-floral-boutique-dsp-sept16-1-copyHi bloggies!

I have recently joined up to a stamp club run by Leonie, my SU! buddy. I just thought it would be nice to catch up regularly for some social and stamping time … but so far I have only made it to 2 of 4 workshops! It is also a good opportunity to see some of the new SU! goodies in action. This is one of the projects I managed to get done. A gorgeous little gift card set that Leonie found online!


The gorgeous papers on these cards are from the “Floral Boutique” DSP pack.


The die cut on the white band is the “Detailed Floral Thinlits” die.

Hope you are enjoying my recent posts! Hugs xx



A sympathy card with love

Spring Blossoms Apr16 SSS (9)Hi blog friends!

I am back from my travels with Gav’s family! We had a WONDERFUL time in Asia cruising on the BRAND NEW Ovation of the Seas on her MAIDEN voyage! What a stunning ship! Our balcony cabin was sooo gorgeous and comfortable. They have definitely ‘upped’ the wow factor both in the cabins and over all the ship. Wow! We were very impressed. Yes … we had a few queues from time to time … a few hiccups that I am sure are just teething problems and will be sorted quickly (after all – there were over 4,500 people on board!)  … but really I cannot commend Royal Caribbean enough for making our holiday so very special. It was amazing. I was so pleasantly surprised how much I did enjoy visiting some of the Asian cities too! After being a little apprehensive, I was absolutely fascinated with the history and the culture and some of the cities were simply beautiful. Lots of greenery and very clean. At other times the poverty was quite obvious and saddened me … but the smiles on the peoples faces showed that they were content and happy! I am keen to return which is a total surprise to me to find myself saying that! 🙂

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While we were away … my dear brother in law lost his sister to cancer. It was a long, brave battle and not an unexpected outcome but still very sad for him and for my sister and the wider family. I had actually made a couple of sympathy cards in anticipation before I left for our holiday and we heard the news when we were in Vietnam. I am sending out hugs with this post for my dear family who are grieving at this time.

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Just before we left my dear hubby’s uncle also passed away after a struggle with cancer and Gav was able to travel up to Q’ld with Skye & Shane to attend his funeral. It was another sad occasion. Life can sometimes be hard! I made two of each of a few different sympathy cards which went to different members of both the affected families.

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I was actually quite happy with this card. It is probably one of my most satisfying results in a long time. Of course … the inspiration was from a old/new favourite … Laura Bassen. Old – I have been a fan of Laura for years + New – have recently been following her creations for SSS and been totally smitten again! 😀

The colouring is done with COPICs and each of the petals and leaves have some added clear Wink of Stella for subtle shimmer. I fussy cut every one of the flowers and leaves (X2)!!! And … later they released a matching die set … which I am now in possession of!!! 😉

Click on any of the above pictures to view slideshow of close ups.

march-23-feature-600x438Card Inspiration: Laura Bassen (laurafadora)

Simon Says Stamps – Spring Flowers

SU! – sentiment

I will share the other sympathy cards I made sometime soon.

Hugs xxx



Bloomin’ Heart Balloon

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Hello bloggies!

Well ……. today is the day! We are off to Singapore to join our 12 night cruise to Hong Kong, Vietnam, South Korea & China! It is exciting, although I am a little daunted at the language barriers that we might come up against this time. We do have some lovely tours etc planned … but I am just looking forward to some relax time. We are so very tired and just need a good holiday!

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I am sharing another card that I made at Leonie’s, last time I was there. She had 2 new dies that I had fun playing with. You have already seen both on recent card posts … but this card brings them both together on the one card! 🙂

Card Inspiration: Leena Girsa     –   My card is an almost identical CASE of this original design!!!

SU! – Rose Wonder (sentiment)

SU! – Bloomin’ Heart Thinlit Die

SU! – Balloon Framelits

I have posts scheduled … so you shouldn’t miss me too much while I am gone! 😉 See you when we get home again!! Hugs xxx



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



Pretty Birthday Blooms

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Hello again!

Ha Ha! I am a little afraid to show you this card! I was actually a bit chuffed with the result until I looked again at the card that was the inspiration for this one! Then I had to laugh! I still have a lot to learn when it comes to watercolouring!!! 😀 😉

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So the stamping is done with a light coloured stazon ink. I used Momento “Desert Sand”. I think I needed to add a bit more water to the card to give the painting a bit more of a washed look. The colours just aren’t ‘flowing’ into each other enough.

Click on first pic to view full size images …

I think I might try this same card again sometime … and see if I can improve on the watercolouring! If you do go and check out the original inspiration … and believe me it is worth checking out … please don’t laugh! Promise me!?

Click to view full size …

SU! – Birthday Blooms

Card Inspiration – Kristina Werner

Have a great day! Hugs xx




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Hello my friends … this card is for you! 😀

I absolutely adore this stamp set. I was almost positive that I had bought it … because I have made a few cards with it … but … now I am beginning to wonder if I am going a little crazy because I can’t find it anywhere. Perhaps I didn’t buy it after all … and I just used Leonie’s set every time I went there????  😀

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I have to be honest. This is almost a direct CASE … although the base card is a different shade and  I have added a little bling and some bakers twine … just to make it a little more mine! I did so LOVE Margaret’s original card and Leonie and I had fun recreating it! Thanks for the inspiration!

SU! – Awesomely Artistic

Card Inspiration – Margaret Raburn

So … like I said … this one is for my friends! Hugs xx



Quick Work of Art!

Work of Art SU! Feb16 (5)Hello!

Bonus post today … it is a super dooper quick CAS male card! I hope you like it!

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Not much to this card, really … but it is super eye catching!

SU! – Work of Art

SU! – Party Punch Pack

Card Inspiration – Brenda Keenan

On the run … will be back soon, I hope! Hugs xx



Blossoms Window

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Hi bloggies!

Well … I hope you all had a safe and happy Easter Break! We had a reasonably quiet one this year after a few hectic ones over the last few years.

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Sandy (that’s him in the air!) won his 1st round soccer match at the higher grade and managed to score 2 goals. It was a little nerve-racking now that he is playing with the Youth Grade (U21s) at only 17 (nearly 18) but he seemed to fit in ok. Did I tell you he has also been offered a 1st grade (open) contract … which he will ease into as the year progresses? He is pretty excited about it all. My biggest challenge is to keep him focussed on his HSC (Yr 12 certificate).

So … today I am sharing a card Leonie found on Pinterest … and we had fun creating it together at a stamping weekend we had last year at her home. I still haven’t purchased this sweet pansy punch … but I do have the Birthday Blossoms set … so perhaps it has to go on my ‘wish list’? The original design was slightly different … not a tri-fold card … but a great place to start for inspiration. I think I should have stamped the  blossoms on the front of the card in Crumb Cake (stamped off perhaps?) rather than the Blushing Bride … but … am happy with the result, anyway! Hope your week is going well … we had 3 lots of not so great news this week. I am thankful that I know that God has it all in his hands and will work it all out! Hopefully next week will be better. 🙂  Hugs xx

Stampin’ Up! – Birthday Blossoms

Card Inspiration – Brenda Quintana