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Under the Sea


Hi bloggies!

I have had a project going lately … to fill up my stash with some encouragement cards … so you will be seeing a few over the next few weeks. You won’t believe it … but I have nearly finished my Christmas cards too!! So … plenty to share! 😃. Now just need to find the time to blog!!


I fossicked around in my goodies and found my metallic gelatos and thought they would be perfect for colouring this fab Stamping Bella background image. They worked beautifully! I used Copics for the images and some distress Oxide ink to add colour to the sea weed die cuts.

With an unexpected trip to Queensland this week … it is going to be tricky juggling all that is in my calendar. Yep … last week quiet … next week quiet … but the week I have to go interstate I have a week of something on EVERY day … AND EVERY night. But …. it will happen! 🙃


  • Faber Castell Metallic Watercolor Gelatos
  • Taylored Expressions – Under the Sea stamps & dies. 
  • Taylored Expressions – In the Word 
  • Stamping Bella – Under the Sea Backdrop

Hope your week is a little quieter than mine!

Hugs xxx




Grand Final Champions!

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Hi bloggies!

Well … much to everyone’s surprise except the loyal fans … who knew what Port Kembla was capable of and their proud history … Sandy’s football team WON the grand final on Sept 24!!


We managed to keep the highest scoring team in the IPL comp and 1st div minor premiers to a 0-0 draw after 90 mins game time plus 30 minutes extra time plus injury time … and so the result was decided by penalties! Not how you like to win a grand final … BUT … it was a tough slog keeping the pressure on for 120+ mins and I feel the better team on the day did win!

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Poor Sandy started the game with a hamstring injury that he had seen the Physio about in the week leading up to the game. He had chances and was making an impact but … even though he pushed through the pain for about 70 mins … he ended up having to sub off injured. He was frustrated but he did so well and we were proud of his efforts. A championship medal helped make up for the disappointment of not playing a full game.

Please don’t feel you have to click these links (below) … I just wanted to store them here with the story for my own info … scroll down for today’s card … 

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Anyway … I just wanted to share the excitement with my blog pals. I hope you will forgive me for the moment of self indulgence! I also wanted to share the card I made for Sandy for reaching the grand final. I wanted to recognise this achievement no matter what the result.

  • Stamping Bella – Nacho
  • Simon Says Stamp – Like a Champion (+ dies available)
  • Lawn Fawn – Gleeful Gardens (+ dies available)
  • Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
  • Distress Oxide Inks

Hope you have a great weekend. I hope to be back soon to share some of Shane and Stacey’s wedding photos … yes … the formal photos are finally ready! 


Hugs xxx



Northern Lights Technique


Hi bloggies!

I recently came across an interesting technique on Youtube that I had not seen before. It was so eye-catching that I had to try it out.


Thank you to Debbie Henderson for the inspiration. I decided to make mine into a sympathy card using a die cut sentiment over the top of the card. I won’t bore you with technique details … it is much much easier to watch the YouTube video!

There are several videos on YouTube using this “Northern Lights” technique and although I did find some great tips, my card is largely based on Debbie’s version. I did spray some irridescent glitter dust over the background for a little extra sumthin’ sumthin’.

  • Stampin’ Up! – Lovely as a Tree
  • Cheery Lynn Designs Dies – With Sympathy

Enjoy your day
Hugs xxx


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Eastern Medallion Love


Hello friends!

I must admit that this card today was one of those that I wasn’t 100% happy with but I wanted to share it because it is a little different to most of the cards I have shared lately. Yes! – no COPIC colouring anywhere! 😉


I needed to make an anniversary card and pulled out the sweet “Falling in Love” papers from SU! as a starting point. I also had a set of SU! thinlits that I bought around the same time but hadn’t used yet and thought it was about time I used them. And then… nothing! Zip! I just couldn’t get the Mojo flowing. So… out came the Distress oxides for some blending on the medallion! I don’t know why – but they seem to be my “GO TO” lately.


So my “LOVE” anniversary card finally came together with some pretty glimmer card and I finished it off with some Nuvo silver crystal drops. Somehow this was the perfect accent! 😀

  • Stampin’ Up! – Eastern Medallion Thinlits
  • Stampin’ Up! – Falling in Love DSP
  • Paper Smooches – Love word die

Next time I have an hilarious cat card to share. 🙃😊

Until then… happy crafting!
Hugs xxx



Galaxy Background


Hi bloggies!


A few days ago I shared a card that was meant to be a “galaxy” background but didn’t quite make it … (you can see it HERE) … well – this is the card (above) I was planning to do originally!


This is my first attempt at a “galaxy” technique and I have to admit that I think there is room for improvement! 😉 I actually think this may be one technique that has a better result using the Tim Holtz Distress Inks (which I don’t own) rather than the DistressOxide inks that I used for this card. I am happy with the result but the DO inks create a softer more” chalky” look rather than a deep, dark night sky that can be achieved using the original Distress Inks or other similar dye inks. I think I might try it again sometime using some dye links with a nice intense black.

Anyway, I think this image is perfect for the card and helped to make the galaxy background work even though it wasn’t the best result. I did end up flicking some Finetec iridescent watercolour paints onto the card background. This is a really pretty metallic look paint that really adds some gorgeous sparkle and pearly colour. I think it actually lifted the look of the galaxy … what do you think?


  • Forever Friends Classic Decadence Stamp set
  • Honey Bee Partly Cloudy die

Until next time – have fun creating!
Hugs xxx



Happy Hedgehogs & Balloons


Hi blog friends!

I hope you have been enjoying my recent posts with some of my recent creations. It has been fun playing with some new goodies lately. I am trying to find some time to do some blog hopping and catch up with some long time blog friends but at the end of each day I have to SIGH and say “maybe tomorrow”?? Such is life at the moment!


My card today is not actually a card but is a sign. After a long time resisting requests from my DH, I finally gave him a stack of handmade cards to sell in two of the pharmacies that he works at. He suggested I make up a sign to display with them because he thinks my cards look like” bought” cards and he wants customers to know they are actually handmade!!! Isn’t he just the cutest?! And always so encouraging! Anyway… this is the “sign” I came up with…


This was very simple copic colouring on die cut letters with some glossy accents over the top. DH thought it was great! My no. 2 fan! (No. 1 is my blog friend Lynda who never fails to encourage and has done so for many years!) Shout out to Lynda! 😃👏🏼👋

  • My Favorite Things – Happy Hedgehogs with matching dies
  • Avery Elle – Letter Balloons Elle-ments dies

Hope you get to stamp today!

Hugs xxx


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Bubble Chicks


Hi bloggies!

Here is the 3rd of 3 background experiments that I tried recently using my distress oxide inks. This was supposed to be a galaxy background… BUT … I made a mistake of wetting the sponged ink background with shimmer spray instead of just water!! The colours merged beautifully with this gorgeous sparkly shimmer on top and I just couldn’t bring myself to sponge black ink over the top! The galaxy background will have to wait until another day!

How super cute is this stamp set?! I had a quick look around online for a COPIC tutorial for colouring bubbles and was pretty happy with the result. A bit of Wink of Stella helps them to sparkle and look really pretty.

It is a little hard to see the background under the acetate window … but … trust me … it is super gorgeous! 😉


  • Stamping Bella- Cool chicks: Bubble Chicks

Sending bubbles and smiles your way.

Hugs xxx



Tiny Townies Mermaid


I have enjoyed a couple of Saturdays up at Robertson recently at Mel’s Camp Papercraft. Last month my sis came with me and we played with my Distress oxide Inks. She loved them so much she bought some of her own! My last post was the 1st of 3 Distress oxide backgrounds that we tried…..


Today’s is the second ……

I have sponged some inks onto white card then used some shimmer spray to spritz all over a wave stencil and then pressed the wet side of the stencil down onto the card. The Distress Oxide ink reacts with the water and a shimmer impression of the stencil is left. (You can use ordinary water if you don’t want the shimmer look.) I loved this effect and will be trying it again for sure!

Once I had created this background I knew I had to use my new mermaid stamp set to finish off the card. I had lots of fun colouring these images and was really happy with the finished card.


  • Stamping Bella – Tiny Townies Mermaid with matching dies
  • Hero Arts – Mermazing Messages

Hope you’re having a great day.
Hugs xxx