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Magical Dragons + Distress Oxides

Seth turns 4 c

Hi bloggies!

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I have had some fun with some new goodies …

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I finally caved and got some of the new Distress Oxide inks. The colours in the 2nd release were more to my taste … plus i got 4  from the 1st release! I am TOTALLY SOLD on these new inks! Yes! …. they blend “like butter” and are very forgiving. They react beautifully with water … they are great for stamping on dark card … and work well for heat embossing. I won’t be getting rid of my dye inks … but am LOVING using these new ones!

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I had a lovely, lovely day at Camp Papercraft … and am eager to go again. I just hope it warms up a little … the weather in Robertson at this time of the year is a little chilly!

Simon Says Stamp – Flowing Vine Collage die

My Favorite Stamps – Magical Dragons

Distress Oxide Inks

COPIC markers

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These last two photos were taken before I had decided on sentiments. I decided to use the green one for my Seth’s 4th birthday coming up in August! (Grandson)

Hugs Andrea xxx


Stacking Animals put a smile on your face!

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Hello friends!

I guess you have been thinking I had dropped off the face of the planet! But … even though it has been awhile … I haven’t forgotten all my blog buddies. I am sorry it has been so long! Life has been busy! But … I am not going to bore you with the details except to say that mostly it has been happy busy! 😀

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I wanted to share a few cards with you and decided to start with one using a stamp set that always puts a smile on my face! It is super fun and perfect for those tricky male cards.

Click on any picture to enlarge!

I had fun doing an embossed, sponged ink background and some copic colouring on the animals. The sentiment is adorable. I have another card to share using this set … hopefully that won’t be too long! 😉

  • Simon Says Stamp – Stacking Animals – with matching dies
  • Stampin’ Up! – Off the Grid background





A Basketball Card


Hi again!

So … this is a super quick post … with a super quick card!


This was for my son-in-law’s birthday … he is a mad basketball fan! He was impressed!

Click pics for detail!

I cannot take credit for this fantastic design idea … I found it on Pinterest! Thankyou to Jennifer Downey for the inspiration!

  • Card Inspiration – Jennifer Downey
  • Stampin’ Up! – Chalk Talk – stamp set + matching dies




Not a fan!


Hi bloggies!

So … I am sharing a bit of a dud today. I am definitely not a fan of this one! But … I do love the colours and the image is stinkin’ cute … so I decided to swallow my pride and show it to you! ha ha! 😉😀


To create the background I have done some gold heat embossing and some white heat embossing and sponging of colour over the top. It seemed like a good idea at the time???

Off to finish an assignment, do some groceries, take Sandy formal suit shopping, finish a get well card for my sister, clean up my craft desk, etc etc etc …. Life is far too busy!!! No time to play with new craft goodies!

  • Paper Smooches: Chilly Chums (stamp & die)
  • Paper Smooches: Hello Words die
  • Stampin’ Up!: Gorgeous Grunge

Hugs xx



Seth turns 3!

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Our cheeky little monkey had is birthday yesterday and I thought I would share the card I made for him. But … before I show you the finished project … I wanted to show you the first attempt …

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The left samples have a watercolouring background wash that ‘pilled’ the paper. So … I started again (right hand samples!!) Sometimes you just have to cut your losses and begin again! ☺😉

I actually sat down about a month ago to make Seth’s card and realised that I was very lacking in stamp sets for kids … especially boys. So … I indulged a little with these two sets …

Left: Clearly Besotted – Cheeky Monkey ………. Right: Simon Says Stamp – Stacking Animals

Both have matching die sets and can be purchased from Simon Says Stamp.

I had to patiently wait for them to arrive … but … this is the finished result …..

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More detail in the photos below … click to view a slide show. (Click on each photo to open individually)

The inside of the card had a little surprise …

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A little spinning monkey … inspired by a recent creation of Jennifer McGuire! (Click link for video tutorial!)

Click to view!

We had a lovely time yesterday sharing Seth’s cake and enjoying his excitement. Hope you have had a lovely weekend too! Hugs xxx



A sweet little CAS!

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Hi again!

Another scheduled post today! I am still away cruising on our cruise. This is a super quick card … but … I do love the results!

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This is an oldie stamp set that I don’t think I will part with. I haven’t used it in ages … but I have to admit that whenever I do create with it I am always satisfied. It is a very aptly named stamp set! “Fast & Fabulous”!!  😉  There are just some stamp sets that are like that! They seem ordinary enough … but there is just something about them! Do you have any like that? I have a few.

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This is a triple white layered card. The image has been stamped three times without re-inking between stamping. I’m not sure if you can see the tiny bit of sparkle added to the flowers?

SU! – Fast & Fabulous

SU! – Petite Pairs

Take care … See you soon. Hugs xx



Coffee Time!

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Hi bloggies!

This card has been lurking in my files for over 12 months so I thought while I was away on holidays enjoying some coffee breaks … it might be appropriate to share this one with you!

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I actually created my own template for this one. I made it for my father-in-law who prides himself on his coffee making skills with his ‘U-beaut’ (Aussie for great) coffee grinder / brewer / frother. I have to say … he does make GREAT coffee!

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So … after cutting the cup on a side fold card base, I added the cuff and lid using dimensionals to pop them up a little. The lid is coloured with copics and the cuff is a piece of DSP mounted on some card to make it a little stiffer so it sits better on top.

SU! – Label Love

SU! – On Your Birthday

Hope you get time for a coffee today! Hugs xx



Quick Work of Art!

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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