Saturday, 31 May 2008

Some more candy

Dawny is celebrating 3000 hits and now almost has 4000 - CONGRATULATIONS Dawny!!!

She is giving away a gorgeous looking Angel set from Butterfly Kisses

go and check out her fabulous blog :)

Cute Card Thursday :: Patterned Paper

OK... here is my last card for today... It is for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge.

I used a Pink Petticoat image - I love this one (Lilli) with the cupcake!!

So - I used patterned paper as required (and I also some ribbon).. It's quite simple but I like it!

I love this sentiment that came with the download too!

"it's your birthday - eat something cute"

Have a LOVELY WEEKEND ... :)

Stamp Something :: Sketch Challenge

This was my first card today... I spent all morning 'Stamping' ... yesterday my friend at work lent me her box of stamps for the weekend! oooh ... how exciting ... so I had to "try them all out"!!!

This card For the Stamp something sketch challenge.... I'm not that keen on it - I think I tried to put too many different colours in it and even after ironing the ribbon it still does not sit properly!!

I like the sketch .. just not what I did with it! Maybe I'll try it again some other time!

Dottie's World :: Yummy Recipe Challenge

Well ... It's been a busy week... work has been crazy - I've been battling technology all week! and technology providers too!! I have also been madly sticking photos into an album (all my Nan's old photos - yay It's done and I can send it to my Dad to journal!)

So... today was Challenge day.... I got 4 cards made!

The challenge on Dotties world this week was to use the following yummy Recipe:

"Here are the ingredients;
1 or more Charmed Downloads
1 brad
Hand doodling/writing
Dry embossing or crimping (CB embossing folders etc..)"

I used the Fun Time Dottie :: Bubbles Dottie

I cheated as I have no embossing folders and used a CM pre embossed paper ... Here is my freshly baked card!

Friday, 30 May 2008

Blog candy this week

My blogging sister Lainy is giving away some blog candy.... all you have to do is to make a
card for Father's day... go and look here!
Charlie is celebrating her blog's 1st Birthday!!!
Check out her blog she has some very cute cards & she is giving away some very cute images!!
Lil Deb is offering some blog candy ... she wanted to get to 2000 hits and has now gone
WAY past it!! CONGRATULATIONS Lil Deb!!!

Monday, 26 May 2008

60th Birthday card :: Gumnut girly

Here is a card I made for a friend of my mothers, the instructions that I was given from Mum were that she likes natives (Australian) and is living on a property now... I first made one card without an image just some patterned paper I made and a ribbon and "Happy Birthday" then Mum said that she wanted me to draw something for it... "some natives, some bush, a girl with a hat??" Ahhhh ... How do I do this???

So I got to sketching some natives, eucalyptus, christmas bells... and then as I was looking at them I thought I'd draw a gumnut hat on a girl... and so I drew a girl and a boy... I have just used the girl on this card... I would like to do a whole series of images on this theme...

The gumnut hat has been used before, by May Gibbs for her gumnut babies in the classic Snugglepot and Cuddlepie books... I used to love those book as a child :)

the lady the card is for has just turned 60... I have surreptitiously included some '60s' along the barbed wire at the sides of the card!!

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Friendship Award

My friend and SBS15 - Blogging sister Emma gave me this award! :)
How lovely! THANKS Emma :)
In turn I would like to pass this on to all my SBS#15 blogging sisters
(see the links at the left side of the page).

I am thankful for "new found" friendships!!!
You might have noticed I keep on changing my blog template/ layout etc etc... I am still trying to get it the way I want and "learning" much in the process... I think I'm nearly there!

Friday, 23 May 2008

Blog hopping and Candy

I'm at it again... my latest sport of blog hopping... I am just amazed at the amount of talent out there and the LOVELY blogs and creations :)

Some great blogs I like to look at often are: Katharina and Marlene. They both make AMAZING cards :)

Well I've been seeing these stamps (Sweet Ebony) that really take me back to my childhood...these Beautiful stamps remind me of Holy Hobby (who I grew up with on my curtains and sheets)

so, I was excited today to find (through Marlene's blog) the website of the Creator and Illustrator of Sweet Ebony - Elisabeth. Incredibly Awesome :)

I think I may have to visit Sugar Nellie to go shopping sometime

in my travels I found out that Heidi is generously giving out some lovely scrummy blog candy ... including a Hanglar & Stanglar stamp - WOW! Go and check out her blog!
Another talented card maker :) she has some LOVELY cards!!
My sister has started a website to show and sell some of her paintings... check it out here
Michelle is also giving away some yummy looking blog candy here! Congratulations on your 5000 (+ many more now) hits Michelle!!! :)

Wednesday, 21 May 2008

Cute Card Thursday :: Travel

Here is my card for the Cute Card Thursday challenge this week....

I would LOVE to have a Tilda stamp (and especially this one) so of course I had to enter this week :)

Dottie says Thanks

The challenge on Dottie's world this week was "Double up"...
Here is my attempt... This is Dottie painting herself!!
- I superimposed a smaller Dottie into the painting!! I coloured most of the images on the computer ... but our black ink is running out so I had to outline it with a pen and I added some sparkle gel pen highlights as well!!

I thought I'd double up' with challenges too and enter this for the
"Stamp Something" challenge too... so this is my "thanks" card!!

Thanks for looking :)

not a card this time!

This is the painting I finished off on the weekend for my sister! It's one of those works that definitely looks better from a distance!

I "fell in love with" the Eiffel Tower when we were in Paris last year and I have always loved Carousels... so this scene with the Gypsies just 'had' to be captured!

Tuesday, 20 May 2008


My sister graduated today... here is the card which I made for her... I drew my own graduation girl as I did not have an appropriate stamp.... The reason I have not been properly online or crafting over the weekend is because I was finishing off a painting to give to her as a graduation present... I will post a picture of it tomorrow as I forgot to photograph it before wrapping it!!

Sunday, 18 May 2008

The Winner

OK.... yesterday was a VERY Busy day (had a women's event for church at our home and so I was cleaning and cooking all day) and I did not draw a winner for my blog candy BUT I have done it this morning...

thanks to those people who entered :)

And the winner is.......

Arty Party NI said...Bon Jour Sammi (it's been a long time since I wrote french) hope that's right, found your blog via Lainy and I will post your candy on my blog. I have been to France but that was to Euro Disney and I tried to talk French but their English was much better than my French. I do have a few scrapbook pages but not really french related so I will just post it onto my blog if that's ok with you. Right here I go Au Revoir Mon Amiee (?) Good bye for now friend I think that's what it's suppose to mean, Karen

CONGRATULATIONS :: Please email me your address and I'll post you the blog candy!! :)

Wednesday, 14 May 2008


It is one of my blogging sister's birthdays today!!

I hope that you have a VERY lovely day :)

I am very disorganised and your birthday card was posted today... so I am posting it here too so that you can see it on your birthday!! :)

Emma is giving away some blog candy this week - why not go and visit her :)

Monday, 12 May 2008

Paper Pieced Dottie

This "Dottie" Card is for the challenge at Dottie's world... How fun - they are going to have a challenge every week! so, the first one??

Set by Louise :: "I want you to make a card or layout using paper piecing on any Dottie or George image, but that's not all! I want you then to use the same paper as part of your card's background.

I used "Salon Dottie" from the "Fun Time Dottie" download! I used two separate papers for the paper piecing (this was my first attempt at paper piecing) and then Matted the image on the same papers!!

Sunday, 11 May 2008

blog candy update

You can enter my blog candy challenge if you like - you have until the 17th May.. Read more here

I said I'd post some inspiration but that still has not happened.. It's been a BUSY time this past week... However Artist Dottie by Louly is great for a French theme... See my card here.

Dottie can be bought at Charmed Cards and Crafts

Circle of Friends

About a week ago my blogging sister Kelly tagged me with this fun circle of friends .. they sure are funny!! :) so in the spirit of the game, Finally I am getting around to tagging 4 more friends (to play along if they like).



Here are two creations I made for my friend's 40th yesterday... Before making them I decided to make them for the following challenges this week....

and an exciting new site:

1. 40th Birthday card

This card is for the Cute Card Thursday Challenge
"Challenge 9 - Gems and Jewels
This week our challenge is to use gems or jewels on your card, it's as easy as that!"

GREAT ... I just bought some of these about 1-2 weeks ago and have barely used them... I used some "skittles"/ "gem dots" and some stick on gems for my card. MAKE SURE YOU check out this fantastic challenge site... there are some spectacular cards from the DT there!!

The second challenge site is brand new (very exciting!!!) Have a look at the site and see the lovely examples from the DT at:

"OK, now to the challenge! This whole endeavor is a first for all of us, so in keeping with the theme of "Firsts," our challenge this week will be "First Somethings." Challenge yourself to try something entirely new. Attempt a new layout or color combination or a new technique or fancy fold/card style that you've been wanting to try but have been putting off. You could also just keep with the theme of "Firsts" and make a card for a first birthday, a first baby, a first house, a first car, or any other first you can think of. Keep it as simple or as complicated as you'd like."

the above card does fit in as I do not usually use those colours... but,

2. Notepad cover - never made one of these before - that's a FIRST!

FIRST: I rarely use GREEN on my work ... so not a huge fan, but I think it turned out OK ... I just bought the green ink yesterday as my friend having the birthday is from Ireland and likes green! I made my own paper (thanks for the idea - Robyn!) that's a FIRST for me (I had many attempts and was not liking them so kept on and on)!

Thanks for the challenges!!
and thanks if you have read down this far on this long post!! :)

AND a BIG THANKS to Karen at Charmed Cards and Crafts as she was so helpful in finding my Funtime Dotti order and resending the download too me after I LOST everything on my computer!! I am so stoked that I can use Dottie again!

Happy Mother's Day!!

I made this card for my Mum for Mother's day.... I was going to use one of the stamps I had but then decided to make it a bit more personal and so:

I drew each of the 4 girls in my family!!
I drew us each doing something that we did as kids (+/or do now),
photographed the drawings and then played around in photoshop elements editing them... printed them and coloured them...
and added them along with some CS, stickers and gel pen additions to the card....
This was a long process but I was quite pleased with the end result!!

HAPPY Mother's day MUM! I am thankful for your many years of love and sacrifice... I think you did a wonderful job bringing up 4 girls!!

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

blog candy

I have not really had time to do any cards .. been too busy and then feeling unwell also... so there are no french cards to see yet... I also meant to write in the last post that I would throw in some stamped images... as I am so disorganised I am going to give another week for my blog candy...
So spread the word :) you now have until the 17th May!

I have made one card (and it took me a while too!) but I will not post it until Mother's day... just in case Mum checks the blog :)

Blog candy

Well... I have had over 1000 hits now... THANKS to all those people who have visited and left comments :)

I know 1000 is not that many compared to many other people
... but I'm excited and so I'm going to give away some blog candy!
So what do you have to do???

1. Make a card/ scrapbook page with a FRENCH theme
(either the colours, the images, whatever you like really!!!)


2. Spread the word about my candy by posting on your blog.

Make sure you leave me a comment so that I can check out your blog.
You have 1 week ... I'll randomly draw a winner on Saturday 10th May!!

I'll see if I can post some inspiration for you in the next day(s)

... I REALLY need to finish scrapping our France/ Germany holiday which we went on a year ago now!!

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Cute Card Thursday :: In the Garden

Here is my card for this weeks Cute Card Thursday challenge

The theme for this week is:

In the Garden

My MIL loves her garden and so I thought I'd make a Mother's Day card for her... not the best photo but I have a bad headache and it will have to do this time!!

I know I say it every week but there really are some lovely cards by the Design team this week.. they really are talented!! :) ... go and check them out

Ila's birthday blog candy

It's almost Ila's birthday and she is giving away some birthday blog candy.
(my favourite stamps are Tilda stamps - I really love all the cards I see made with them!!)

Her daughter Trina is also doing some birthday blog candy for Ila's birthday.
(I like this sentiment: A friend is someone who reaches for your hand... and touches your heart. -- Kathleen Grove ... I just have to use it on a card :)

If you have never seen their blogs before you should go and check them out ...great stuff!!

Friday, 2 May 2008

Tagged + update on the computer

Thanks for your messages... Computer update :: I have a new hard drive and I'm praying that the data recovery people can recover the data from my old hard drive which of course I had not backed up!! :( Lost all my photos, data, and digital images!! :P So sad!!

Well.. Lainy tagged me almost a week ago now ... I had typed up some answers which are now gone, so I'll start again....

1. If a movie was being made of your life who would you like to be cast to play yourself? and why?
mmm ... difficult ... not really sure, maybe Lauren Graham - she can speak really fast (and I've just finished season 7 of Gilmore girls)

2. You are spending a whole month on a dessert island for charity and you have to choose your favourite celebrity to spend the first two weeks with & your least favourite celebrity to spend the second two weeks with, who would they be & why?
I don't really have favourite celebrities etc (sorry - boring!)

3. What are your three favourite crafting products?
atm, RIBBON, stamps and eyelets .. bound to change again soon... but I love ALL crafting products!!!

4. If you could invent something to do anything what do you think it would be?
a robot to do the housework!

5. What are the last three books that you read?
The bible, A thousand splendid suns, Eagle on the Hill

6. Qvc or create & Craft? Never heard of either till now :)

7. Docrafts or Dovecraft or DCWV? as per no.6

8. What is your claim to fame?
I guess I'm not that famous as I can't think of one! :)

Now I have to tag 5 people ... I'll tag some more of my blogging sisters...