Wednesday, 25 December 2013


******prizes for those who answered questions :D
MERRY, BEC and GIN ******* see your emails 

Well life happened .. got busy, I got a little stressed with things to do and although I had CArols written up in my blogger dashboard as drafts - I dropped the ball on my Christmas countdown ... and then suddenly Christmas is here!! Merry Christmas everyone!! Yay for Jesus who was born - Let's celebrate HIM today, remembering the reason it's called CHRISTmas :D 

Have a lovely day with family and friends and presents and feasting!! 
I'm praying for all those who feel sad or lonely at this time of year xxx

I will be announcing winners of my giveaways tomorrow.. so if you have not yet commented go ahead, and on todays post please share what your Christmas plans look like.

As for us we will go to my in-laws church today for church then off to their house to spend (hopefully a fun relaxed) time with them! Tomorrow my parents and a sister and my Nan will come to our house for lunch :)

Here's another GREAT Carol ...


Once in royal Davids city,
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby,
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall:
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

For He is our childhood's pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above:
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

The First Noel

The First Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds
in fields as they lay;
In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from country far;
To seek for a king was their intent,
And to follow the star wherever it went.

This star drew nigh to the northwest,
O'er Bethlehem it took it rest,
And there it did both stop and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Then entered in those wise men three
Full reverently upon their knee,
and offered there in his presence
Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord;
That hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with his blood mankind hath bought

I was not as organised as I hoped with these Carols posts.. and didn't get to post in advance before coming to Orange (as a Birthday surprise for my Mum)for a few days... so posting the Carol I had for yesterday NOW but will have a new post this afternoon with some piccies and giveaway info!! :D

Monday, 16 December 2013

Day 4 :: Oh Holy Night

Good evening, It's day 4 of my 12 days of / till Christmas countdown :0 Getting closer!! 

Today I have a card to share... this is the Christmas image I drew last year :D 

Tonight's carol is this beautiful one.... have a read of the words :D

Oh Holy Night

Oh holy night!
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior's birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till he appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!

Fall on your knees
Oh hear the angel voices
Oh night divine
Oh night when Christ was born
Oh night divine
Oh night divine

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming
Here come the wise men from Orient land
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger
In all our trials born to be our friend

Truly He taught us to love one another
His law is love and His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His name all oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name

Leave a comment below for your chance to win a little surprise :o

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Day 3 :: Hark the Herald Angels Sing

Good evening! I'm a little later today with my posting... and no creation to share. We've just got home from our Church Christmas carols! It was a Great night :) Awesome talk by Dave on Jesus being the Light of the World. So I'm going with that theme for my posting today... Light!!

I love glitter and sparkles and light!! Isn't it fun to see the Christmas lights popping up at this time of the year... Although some go a little over the top sometimes (maybe) I am now going to look at Christmas lights and think about Jesus being the Light .. and as it says in this favourite carol (yup another fav) "Light and Life to all he Brings" - I'll give thanks for Light and Life in/ through him!!

Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th' angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem."
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ, by highest heav'n adored:
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the favored one.
Veil'd in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th'incarnate Deity:
Pleased, as man, with men to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail! the heav'n born Prince of peace!
Hail! the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die:
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

Oh .. what about a giveaway....  Lights, sparkle .... BLING!!!! I am going to give away a couple of packets of Bling from Flourish with a Bling to someone who comments below and tells me what they think about Christmas lights :)

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Silent Night

Good afternoon, tis time for my second carol, second Christmas creation and 2nd giveaway. 
You have until Dec 25 to comment on all these posts to be in the running for the prizes.

This CAROL is a favourite of mine - a great reminder of just what Christmas means... Christ the Saviour born as a man ... Lord from his Birth .. brings us peace :D Wow!

Silent Night

Silent night, holy night!
All is calm, all is bright.
Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia,
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love's pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth


Here's my CREATION for today.. a Christmas card using an image created from TWO Greeting Farm characters.. a Creeper and a Miss Anya ... do you know which ones???
If you can tell me I'll give you a special surprise :D

is this Clear Christmas stamp set from The Greeting Farm. To be in the running for this stamp please leave a comment and tell me What is your favourite Christmas carol and Why?

Friday, 13 December 2013

Christmas countdown

Good morning!! I thought it was about time I got back into my blogging properly.. and so here I am... doing a sort of 12 days of Christmas thing ... In these days leading up to Christmas I will be sharing a Christmas carol each day as I wanted to make these posts focused on what I think the true meaning of Christmas is. 

It's pretty supernatural really... Christ Jesus being born. God become Man - born as a baby. Such a wonderful humble thing it was he did coming to earth - the long awaited Messiah (KING)!! Here's the first carol....

Joy to the World

Joy to The world! the Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev'ry heart prepare him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world! the Savior reigns

Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy

He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love
And wonders of His love
And wonder wonders of His love


I will also attempt to share a Creation as well as have a little giveaway... So ...

Here's a card I made using one of the nativity images from Mad for Markers
Pippi Dressed up as Mary, holding the newborn baby.

Please leave a comment on this post telling me what Christmas means to you for your chance to win this stamp below - Merry Tags from The Greeting Farm.
Such a perfect set for making little Christmas tags.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Give a Girl a ...

Good morning!!! My life is a little crazy at the moment so I'm sorry for letting you know a bit late... but Kellie is doing a great 12 Days of Christmas - with 12 great giveaways on her blog HERE!

There have been 2 days posted so far and believe me you'll want to check out these amazing giveaways from AWESOME Aussie businesses! Oh and if you keep checking back each day you'll even find one in a bit from Me/ M4M :)


Tuesday, 26 November 2013

The Spire Market

It's been a while between posts again and let me tell you why.....

My friend Bec and I are going to be running a Market at our church on the 7th December... and I've been busy working things out for that.... and creating more Stuffed dolls to sell there... I'm having a lot of fun creating lots of little characters in sockrag doll form :)

If you are around the Sydney area make sure you come along to the market.. it's going to be AWESOME!!!

Some more fun news coming soon too!!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Stuffed by Sammi :: Raggy doll Jilly

Good afternoon, I've been having a little play these last couple of days ... We had a lot of left over polyfill from when we restuffed Guy's old teddy Bogey :) So I've been wanting to try making some softies... anyway being a very girly girl (yes STILL) I  thought I'd attempt making some raggy dolls... take #1 was not so brilliant... but the next two attempts are much better.. and even worthy of a picture or two.... The other thing I should mention is that I  do not have any "proper" supplies... I am just using OLD rags... well they are old clothes of mine really :)

..... This one I am surprisingly quite proud of.... This is Jilly (MIL - Pam helped me to name her :)

More on the making....
Jilly is made from... a sock, and a jumper and and offcuts of a tshirt and a skirt.. as well as buttons and wool and lots of sewing (still lots of room for improvement on this front)

Here she is with some extra lace and sitting on the chair next to Pam...

Seems like (in the right mood) dolls can be good therapy ... provided us both with some laughter, that's for sure :) Pam had a good chat to Jilly and then posed her for a picture.. telling her to be good and smile for Mummy to take a photo :)

Might be a few more stuffed toys showing up soon!

Monday, 4 November 2013

Monday Meditations :: Proverbs 19:21

mmm... it was about 2 months ago that I decided to do Monday Meditations on my blog... and well I didn't follow through.. but I do still want to do it ... and here goes my 2nd attempt :) You can read the 1st one here :)

A verse that I commonly meditate on is ...

Proverbs 19:21 - Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. (ESV)

I've found this to be true in my life ... Many plans I had for what I would do/ where I would be in life have not turned out the way I planned ...  This is also something that I still struggle with... when things don't go the way I hope... I get upset. But I know that God's plans are bigger and better than I can imagine. In Growth Group and church we've been reading Ephesian - and I'm reminded about God's BIG plan revealed in Jesus to bring all things under him. How Awesome ... and well I guess it brings my plans into a new perspective. So I guess this verse is a challenge and an encouragement in one. :D

 I decided to do a Smashbook page on this verse and so I'm (funnily enough) just in the planning stages of it....

I did decide to sketch up a quick little image to go on the page... I have her in a new section on the website - images "inspired by Scripture" as I would like to do more of these types of pics. She is currently a FREEDIGI so if you would like to use her just go through the checkout process and you will receive the download link at the end :D

Thanks for stopping by!


a new video - Bodyswapping with TGF

Good morning,

I am hoping to get a few more videos on here... and make my youtube channel a bit more active :) So this is a start... a couple of people asked how I combined 5 TGF images... and so I thought I'd make a video :D  Hope you like it!!

As you can see at the end I have a few TGF mixmatched images to colour now!! tee hee :)

Have a great week!!!

Monday, 28 October 2013

Monday's Creepie, Cheeky, Geeky Sadie wearing Oliver's hat

Good evening,

Well I have not selected photos yet to share from the holiday... still working on that one :) I have however been inspired today to create a card FOR FUN! I've always loved a good old TGF body swap and so I had to play along in their current challenge....

To create your alter ego... well... Here's what I've done..... I've stamped up all these stamps....
(click each picture/ link to go get them for yourself from the TGF store)


yes.. I went a little crazy today using FIVE images to create my one alter ego.. and to make my life even harder I stamped them in a pale pink ink which does make colouring a little harder but it also means that you don't see the "joins" so much. Anyway ... Here is my creation ...

We have.... a hat from OA Lovey Dovey - Thanks Oliver! This cutie's Head and top are Creeper Sadie, with the glasses and bottom of face + pigtails from Cheeky Geeky, Skirt and legs are Creeper Monday and the Coffee was stolen from Latte Anya ;)

I have used the Merci Fairytale stack as well as a couple of scraps. I've coloured the image with Copic markers and the "love this Moment" sentiment is from Giveagirla... I've grunged it up a little with TGF splotchy stamps and a nonamed swirly one and finished by flicking Opaque white on it... Not sure if I like the "mess" lol! But I must say I do love this Monday's Creepie, Cheeky, Geeky Sadie wearing Oliver's hat.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 25 October 2013

back to it....

Well I'm back sort of... I don't seem to have much time and energy for blogging these days... but hope to do a bit more again!

I have been just getting back into caring (after a wonderful break for 5 weeks) I might have to update a bit on the break soon... maybe over the weekend I'll do a little post with some pics :)

Just wanted to pop on and share that I have drawn some Firefighters for Mad for Markers ... in honour of all those fighting the current HORRIBLE fires around NSW, I am donating all the proceeds from these Digis to the NSW RFS!

Click the piccy below to go get yours!!


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Trick or Treat

Good morning, There is a new release at Mad for Markers today... the gang have dressed up for Halloween... Here's a few of them for you to see....

not cards, but almost... I am making them into single layer cards / postcards!! :D

you can now pick up these fun digis in the Mad for Markers website HERE!!

*we are still on holidays and enjoying the break... internet is a bit here and there.. but will try an post some more soon*

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

winners and a NEW Mad for Markers release :D

Good morning, got a couple of winners to announce... first up...

winner of the candy from Danni's birthday flutterby hop is IRIS
Please email me your address for me to send the prize to!

If you left a comment on my Birthday mini me post you are also a winner so please email me your address for a goodie bag :D

Now... Today was the release of 5 lovely mermaids at Mad for Markers... Here's a creation I made with them and an underwater scene from Make it Crafty...

You can pick up the mermaid digis HERE :D


Monday, 9 September 2013

Monday meditation : Sweeter than Honey

Good afternoon ... I thought I would start a new segment on this blog...

To me "as a Christian" Meditation is about not emptying my mind but filling it with God's word. So each Monday (hopefully) I will be sharing something that I've been learning about God, his word etc and how it effects my life.

I hope you had a great weekend... I did... our church (Wild Street @ Five) had a weekend away on the weekend.... and whilst we didn't stay overnight (this weak gal needed to sleep in her own bed) we went during the days! It was fun to spend time with our brothers and sisters in Christ (We were reminded on the weekend how we are family - one in Christ Jesus ... through his death and resurrection we are united in Him. Because of Jesus.... We can call God our Father - how awesome is that!!!)

We were looking at "the Gender Agenda" - God's good design of men and women ... it was refreshing to be reminded of how God has created us and what he's created us for. Sometimes I can forget that we are part of something bigger. I was challenged to think outside my little world and to spend more time meditating on God's word - The Bible. It really is "sweeter than honey" :D

The campsite was lovely (same as last year) and Saturday was a gorgeous hot spring day... whilst not so great for allergies the blossom trees were looking BEAUTIFUL ... out in full bloom - I had to share the picture I instagrammed on here. There's a bit of a bee/ honey theme unintentionally  happening here as that tree was full of little bees!

I thought I would try and record some of the things I learnt/ was reminded of on the weekend in my Pink smash book... Still got a bit to do on it but here's what I've done so far. I think you might find me sharing a few more Smash pages here as this Pink book is set aside for some of my favourite/  inspiring bible verses.

Anyway thanks for stopping by,
I'll be back later in the week to share some Colouring/ Art/ Craft!


Thursday, 5 September 2013

a Birthday party on my blog :D

Hello everyone!

Thanks to my facebook friends for your lovely birthday wishes... In my birthday introspection 
I thought I would make myself some images lol .. so I made a number of Mini me's :D
Here they are.... well this sums me up in a bit of a pictorial way I guess lol!

I want to give AWAY Birthday presents lol ... not the ones I'm given but other crafty bits... I have some stamps... some copics... some paper kits and some Digis to give away ... Let's say they are Birthday goodie bags.... come to my party and you get a goodie bag lol....

how do you come to the party?? Well... What's a party without games??

There are a few ways you can join in...

Follow this blog ... and leave a comment on this post ....


Like Mad for Markers on facebook


Choose your favourite sammigirl image above and email sales at madformarkers etc to get her as a  FREE digi...  use her to Create a card ... then link your creation back here on this post.


Join in my challenge on Instagram to create your own "mini you" :)

or as many of the above as you wish ... party goodie bags will be reflective of your involvement!!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Danni's Birthday Flutterby hop

Today is the first of TWO Flutter By Wednesday blog hops to celebrate Danni's (the
owner/creator of FBW) birthday! Today we have the friends of Danni fluttering along to
share some amazing creations to inspire you!!


You should have fluttered here from the wonderful Kat if not--start at the
beginning of the hop at the Flutter By Wednesday Blog.

Be sure to leave comments at each stop that you flutter to as there are some surprises
hidden! You have until September 9th, 2013 at midnight CST to flutter along!

We hope that you’ll also join in this week’s challenge at Flutter By Wednesday which is
anything goes with a butterfly or fairy! A little butterfly told us that if the challenge gets
over 100 entries there will be a prize!!

Here’s my projects for today~~

I made this frame for a friend who recently had a baby girl. The image is Lily Rose... one of my Fairy digis (from Mad for Markers)and her sister would have felt left out if she didn't get to flutter along too.. so here's Charlotte Rose ...

 I've gone all out with flowers and layers ... WAY out of my comfort zone but fairies and butterflies and dragonflies need flowers don't you think! :D

OK I am going to give away a little candy on this post... BIRTHDAY hop surprise candy :) .. and I'm feeling extra generous too as it's my birthday tomorrow :) I will choose a random commentor to have this fairy rubber stamp set and a set of Copicendium magazines as well as 5 digi stamps from M4M.
I'll draw the winner Monday :D

Now you should hop on to Ruth  Don’t forget to flutter to the FBW Blog tomorrow for another hop full of more fluttery inspiration!!

PS ... If you want to pop back tomorrow... I just might have another chance for candy ;) as i do love presents :D

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Steampunk Taya on Canvas

Good morning! I have been colouring HEAPS lately... it's something I can easily do whilst sitting in the room looking out for my MIL lol... although sometimes I think the click of the lids annoys her as I take the lids on and off my markers :O Anyway I digress, came on to share a canvas of Taya... so here it is

I had a bit of fun in my respite time last week GETTING MESSY and creating this canvas... it's just a mini little one which makes it easy to get done ... I used some chipboard from All About Scrabooks - 2Crafty (the cogs) and a wing from Make it Crafty. I have done up a little video (OK still need to edit it before posting) on how I cut the Taya image and cog border out on my Silhouette. Will post it SOON!

Also last week I was experimenting with NEW colour combinations.. and after colouring up Taya's hair instagrammed my progress asking what colour to do her top.. I was surprised by the response and so many people were saying Green... I however liked the purple idea more (surprise, surprise) and so decided to try a green skirt instead ... The result is below... I'll post the colours later this week when I post up the finished creation :D Yes I WILL make her into a card :0

I liked the suggestion of mustard yellow and purple too.. so I started a second one :D  It's surprising really how the same image can look SO DIFFERENT depending on how you colour her.

I'm enjoying colouring my images with the "no lines" effect.. the images printed up lightly so you can't really see the "lineart" when they are coloured.. it really softens them although it's MUCH harder to colour! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great Tuesday!!

Friday, 16 August 2013

Hello everyone!! long time again no posting.. starting to be a common occurrence... but I have lots to share :) There's a new release TODAY at Mad for Markers :)

Whilst at the Papercraft show at Penrith earlier this year I was speaking to a lady about my images and she said she didn't "do cute" and I should do some Steampunk images .. so I  got to studying and sketching .. and here's the result - Today's release... thing is I can't seem to not do cute so we have a couple of cute Steampunkers ...

Here are Taya, Rhys, Brianna and Ryan in their finest Steampunk gear....

and another with Steampunk Rhys AND the Silhouette cut cogs ... I have the silhouette cut file for those cogs ... if anyone wants it send me an email :)

Thanks for stopping by ... The steampunks are now at Mad for Markers HERE :D and I made some stencils too I'm selling in the store! :D