Friday, January 30

Photo Challenge

Hi everyone, I haven't been doing much this week. I think I needed to recharge my batteries. After last week getting the kids organized for school. Rebecca and Jamie started at a new school so there was lots of new things for us to learn. Like how to find their classrooms. :) The first afternoon I got lost and couldn't find Jamie's classroom. lol We don't really know anyone at this school, except sweet Claire in Jamie's class. (Hi Claire) And her mum who has been wonderful answering all my silly questions. ( Thank you Leanne) So I've been worrying more than I usually would. We're all missing our old friends. But I'm finding everyone is so friendly and helpful and it's so good to be able to walk to school. I now have an extra two hours a day and don't have to worry about school traffic and parking. Wonderful! More time for stamping. Alex goes to a different school and catches the bus and walks. I still worry about him even though he is 14 and I watch the clock every afternoon waiting for him to get home. It must be a mother thing. So Zach and I are trying to get back to our routine, he really misses his brothers and sister. And it's so quiet during the day it's eerie.
So I've got lots of things to catch up on. First up Natasha tagged me for a fun photo challenge.(thanks for thinking of me) Where I go into my picture folder and select the 6th folder and then the 6th photo within that folder. Then post that photo on my blog and give the story behind it. Sounds like fun!
This picture is of Zach back in September 08, he was 14 months. It was the first time he climbed up onto the lounge to watch his favourite show, Teletubbies. He usually sat in the bean bag. He thought he was so very clever doing what the big kids do. He looked so tiny sitting on the big lounge I just had to get some photo's. I managed to get a few before he saw me.
Now I have to tag six other people so they can join in the fun too.
1. Mel
4. Sam
I hope you can play along ladies.

Monday, January 26

Leah's Monthly Challenge #4 Winner & Entries

It's time to anounce the winner of my Monthly Challenge #4. And WOW all the entries are amazing, so hard to pick. Thank you everyone for having a go. I hope you enjoyed the challenge!

So the winner is....... Debbie M Congradulations! Isn't it great. Well done Debbie.

To find out how each card was made just click on their name and the link will take you to their blog.

Debbie M - Winner

The inside of Debbie's card.



Natasha (Jamie's pick)

Kathy V - no blog

Thanks again everyone for playing along. My Monthly Challenge #5 will be posted on the 1st of Feburay so check back to see what it is. I think you'll like this one.
One more sleep.

Happy Australia Day!

Hi everyone, today in Australia it's Australia Day. A public holiday to celebrate what a wonderful country we live in. And I do feel very lucky to be living in the magnificent country. It's so good to see so many flags on cars and houses. My niece even has an Australian hat and wears it proudly. So today we will be celebrating in typical Aussie style by having a bbq and lazing around my sisters pool.

Tonight I will be posting the winner of my monthly challenge #4 so check back to see all the amazing creations. You still have time if you want to enter just leave a comment with a link to your card or email it to me. Easy!

Have a fantastic Australia Day.

More Polka Dots

Makeesha's Inspiration Challenge #3. This week Makeesha's challenge is to use the picture of the gorgeous flowers as our inspiration. I choose the Polka Dot Punches Sale-A-Bration set, I love this stamp set it can be used in so many ways.
I had lots of fun with this challenge, thanks Keesha.
Stamp Sets: Polka Dot Punches, Sanded background, Simple Serif Alphabet & Numbers
Colours: Ruby Red, Sage Shadow, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Punches: 5 petal flower, 1/2" & 3/4" circle
Accessories: soft sky double stitched ribbon, vintage brads, hemp twine, dimensionals, mat pack

You can check out all the other amazing creations here.

Thursday, January 22


I decided to " Keep It Simple S..... " for Kristina"s Colour Inspiration #39. Partly because it's so hot I can't think and because these colours look stunning on the black card. Don't you think!

I've embossed the flower from the Polka Dot Punches Sale-A-Bration set twice on real red and once on green galore card with white embossing powder, then punching out with the 5 petal flower punch. Cutting off some green petals to use as leafs.

Quick, easy and simple.

I'm off to find a cool breeze.

Wednesday, January 21

Mel's Challenge

I love Mel's Challenge this week, It was just what I needed to get me started with scrapping our holiday photos. We went to Rainbow Beach at the Sunshine Coast and it is just beautiful up there. I actually took some really good photos.

I tried to keep the page as natural as I could by keeping the chipboard raw and using natural colours. I did need to put a bit of red in there.

I really enjoyed this challenge and I'm now motivated to get rest of our holiday photos scraped.

Monday, January 19

Inkspirations Colour Challenge #3

Makeesha's challenge this week is a colour challenge. I was so excited when I saw Choc Chip was one of the colours. Love it. The others colours are Ruby Red, Blue Bayou and Very Vanilla. And Makeesha is right this colour combo works well.
I used the Hidden Garden Rub-Ons on this card, I really love these because there is one sheet of white and one of Choc Chip. So I used a Rub-On for the main image, the greeting and the little dots along the scalloped edge.
So here it is....
Stamp Set: Eastern Bloom new
Ink: VersaMark
Card: Blue Bayou, Choc Chip, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla
DSP: Ginger Blossom new
Punches: scallop edge new, photo corner
Accessories: Rub-Ons Hidden Garden new, vintage brads, taffeta ribbon very vanilla, mini glue dot

One week till the kids go back to school. And counting. giggle

Saturday, January 17

A New Challenge

Nerine, up in the NT has a great blog called Stampin Addiction. Thought I'd give her Tuesday Layout Challenge a go. I really like the simplicity of this layout, but I did change the circle to an oval. I used the Live Your Dreams stamp set with the DSP Afternoon tea.

I was thinking of a very lovely and special lady while I was making this and I feel so privileged to have meet her and thankful for being her friend. So this card is for you Robyn C, I think you would really like it. You will always have a place in my heart.

Stamp Set: Live your Dream new
Ink: Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi
Card: Groovy Guava, Choc Chip, Whisper White
DSP: Afternoon Tea new
Punches: oval, large oval, corner rounder
Accessories: double stitched ribbon choc chip new, vintage brads, cutter kit, dimensionals, paper snips

Friday, January 16

Jan Diary/Calender Page

Well here it is, this is what I've been working on this week and the sneak peak I gave you a few days ago. It's a diary/calender. After looking and looking at all the ones at the shop I decided it would be fun to make my own. And it was really fun.
I started with an On Board Art Journal, covered it with the yummy DSP Ginger Blossom then decorated. I tried to keep it flat because it will be going in and out of my bag a lot. When I'm at home it will stand nicely on my desk, so I shouldn't forget anything.

On the inside I have made a calender of the whole year.

This is the January page again trying to keep it flat. The Stamp set I've used here is Embrace Life from the Summer Mini Catalogue. See how it stands up by itself.

Here is the birthday page, so I won't forget any one's birthday. Getting the birthday card mailed on time is another matter.

My children saw what I was doing and wanted to make one too. We used card stock so they can be hung on their walls. We used the Crop A Dile to punch the holes though all the layers of card at the same time, so the holes would match up. Brilliant.

This is Rebecca's January page. She loves the Bail Breeze DSP.

And Jamie made this one. He picked bright summer colours. He is going to draw a picture on the top part. A work in progress.
If you would like to make your own diary/calender I am happy to do a class for you and your friends. Contact me at .
Now I'm off to make a start on the February page.

Thursday, January 15

Colour Inspiration #38

I love the colours Kristina's picked for her Colour Inspiration #38. Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie & Whisper White. I've used lot of my favorite things on this card. My new favorite colour, Pumpkin Pie. My favorite Sale-A-Bration set, Polka Dot Punches. My favorite wheel, Lots of Dots. My favorite DSP, Bali Breeze. My favorite punch, Scallop edge. And my favorite felt flowers, Flower Fusion.

The Lots of Dots Wheel is embossed in white and a circle punched out to make the flower center. I think it looks cute. Anyway here it is.


Stamp Sets: Polka Dot Punches new Sale-A-Bration, So Many Sayings Hostess Set, Lots of Dots wheel
Ink: Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, VersaMark
Card: Ruby Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
DSP: Bali Breeze new
Punches: scallop edge, scallop circle, 3/4" circle, word window, corner rounder
Accessories: White embossing powder, buddy, heat tool, wheel guide, Hodge podge silver, felt flower new, grosgrain ribbon pumpkin pie

Wednesday, January 14

Mojo Monday #69

Hi, hope you all had a great day! I did. This is the sketch for Mojo Monday #69, isn't it great.

I started with my new favorite colour, Pumpkin Pie, and the new DSP Bali Breeze really fun, bright summer colours. Love them. I cut out the large funky flower and layered it with felt flowers, popping it up on dimensionals.

Thanks for looking.

Stamp Set: none
Ink: none
Card: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White,Tempting Turquoise
DSP: Bali Breeze new
Punch: round tab
Accessories: Rub-Ons Cherished Memories, Felt flowers new, brads, dimensionals

Tuesday, January 13

Sneak Peak's

I just realized I hadn't posted anything since Saturday. This is because I've been having lots of fun playing. Sunday we meet my sister and niece to see a movie and then dinner. Movie was Bedtime Stories-good for a giggle, my younger kids really enjoyed it. Monday spent most of the day stamping. Tuesday (today) spent the day at the park with some great friends.
So I thought I better show you a sneak peak of what I'm working on.

This first project is part of a new section I'm starting on this blog very soon.
You'll have to check back to see what it's all about. grin

And this is a sneak peak of something I'm working on that's not quite finished, well the first stage anyway. Hopefully I'll be able to show you in the next couple of days.

Has that got you thinking!!

Don't forget to enter Leah's Monthly Challenge #4. And check on the side to the left, I've put up some fantastic inspirational challenge sites that I enjoy entering, and I know you will too. So why not have a go.

Till next time......

Saturday, January 10

Mel's Weekly Challenge #4

My third challenge for today is Mel's colour/technique challenge. The colours are Orchid Opulence, Barley Banana, Certainly Celery and Whisper White using the kissing technique. I've used the kissing tech on the flower pot. I've coloured the flowers from the pretties kit with a stampin write marker. And scratched the edgers with the cutter kit.

Stamp Sets: Eastern Blooms new, So Many Sayings hostess
Ink: Orchid Opulence, Barley Banana, Certainly Celery
Card: Whisper white, Orchard Opulence, Barely Banana
Accessories: grosgrain ribbon celery, pretties kit, stamp a ma jig, cutter kit, dimensionals

That's all from me today, have a great weekend.

Makeesha's Sketch Challenge

This is the sketch for Makeesha's challenge this week. I sat down at my desk on Saturday and got three challenges finished. Amazing! And I'm really happy how they all turned out.

I have re-done the pic so it's not so blue. Much better.

Stamp Sets: Eastern Blooms new, Say it with Scallops new
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, VersaMark
Card: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
DSP: Bali Breeze new
Punches: scallop edge new, scallop square new
Accessories: 5/8" grosgrain ribbon old olive, white embossing powder, buddy, heat tool, mat pack, chunky glitter new, dimensionals

Mojo Monday # 68

I came across a great site recently. It's called Mojo Monday and every Monday there is a new sketch to inspire us. So I thought I'd have a go. I think I'm going to love this site. Check it out.

Stamp Sets: Embrace life new
Ink: Basic Black, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral
Card: River Rock, Ruby Red, Whisper White
DSP: Ginger Blossom new
Punches: Scallop edge new, oval, large oval
Accessories: half pearls from Pretties kit, twill tape, stamp a ma jig, Tombow multi adhesive new, dimensionals

Thursday, January 8

K Werner Design Colour Inspiration #37

I never really liked Pumpkin Pie until I started using it for Kristina's Challenges, now I love it. I even ordered a whole pack of card and some ribbon. grin.

Stamp Set: none
Ink: stamp & write marker choc chip
Card: pumpkin pie, choc chip, bashful blue, whisper white
Punches: scallop edge new
Accessories: rhinestone brads, felt flowers new, double stitched grosgrain ribbon choc chip new, die cut flowers retired, rub-ons hidden garden (choc chip)new


Hi, just wanted to show you these great wall hangings my Mum made me for Christmas. She whipped this one up in just a couple days. She's amazing!

This second one she made for me a couple of years ago. She made one for all her children so 5 in total. These kitty cats are really fun and sooo cute!

Thanks Mum your the best.