Thursday, November 26, 2009

10 Years


I will pre-warn you that this is a personal post today, I'll keep it relatively short and sweet, there is a card to share, too, but just wanted to let you know beforehand;)

Tomorrow is a special day, it is our 10 year wedding anniversary. We have changed a lot in the last 10 years, grown a lot... are a little squidgier around the edges, learnt a lot; the beauty of it is that we have done it together. Anyone who knows Clint and I, knows, that above everything else, we are best friends, he is my life, and I love him dearly.

Now for the card, I wanted to make a masculine Anniversary card, I think I have achieved that:



Card ingredients: Kraft and Choc Chip card, Choc Chip ribbon, MM Slice - Thoughts and Expressions card, Cosmo Cricket Nutmeg Mini Deck, EK Corner Rounder.

I am going to take a little blog break over the next few days, take some time to focus on the family and some one on one time with my lovely boy. I'll be back next week with some fun creative stuff to share.


Enjoy your weekend, wherever it takes you.

Smiles:) bye for now.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Faa laa laa-ing.... again...

Good afternoon all. So, yep, the Christmas cards are all but done, these ones are from that big pile from last week again. I have been having a little crafty rest the last few days, realising that my girls are rapidly approaching their first year of school, and wanting to have fun and lots of nice days together in the lead up, it all is coming to an end a little too fast for me.

First up in this little lot:



Ingredients: Lizzie Anne design Holiday Script stamps, October Afternoon's Good Cheer 8 x 8 paper pad, cream card from my local, Riding Hood red card, Riding Hood red ink, Old Olive ink, Whisper White ink, Scallop edge punch and Tree Trimming stamps - all from SU!

Next up I am really unsure of. I do like to stray from the traditional colours of Christmas, but, this one, I am just having trouble even looking at it. I think it's too, um, what's the word... yellow? What do you think?


Ingredients: Red card from my local, Cosmo Cricket's Jolly by Golly mini deck, Riding Hood red ink, So Saffron ribbon and punches from SU!, button from my stash, sentiment by Lizzie Anne's Holiday Script.

Finally, I have used this layout in the pink Chrissy set a few days ago. I like this one;)


Ingredients: Kraft card, Riding Hood red ink and card, Very Vanilla ribbon, button - all from SU!, Fiskars border punch, Lizzie Anne Designs Holiday Script stamps, Jolly by Golly mini deck - Cosmo Cricket, EK Success corner rounder.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.

Smiles:) bye for now.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009


I have been sitting on Basicgrey's Nook and Pantry range for a little while... just waiting til I had completed enough of my Christmas "chores" so I could break them all out for a play. So I ended up with two of the stamp sets - Cakes and Cup of Tea, the 12 x 12 collection pack, the Greeting card kit (which I didn't want but got sent as a mix up... oh well, I am sure I can put it to use.. hee hee), and 2 of the 6 x 6 paper pads... hmmm, I think it is safe to assume that I did quite like this new range!

So, a couple of days ago, I did get a chance to have a little play with some of these delicious goodies, and here is the result, I did make a couple more cards, but they didn't photograph well.. and I am feeling a little too lazy to get the camera out at the moment, so here is the one that came up well.



All ingredients are from the BG Nook and Pantry packs and accessories listed above; plus: Martha Stewart ribbon; Chocolate Chip and Whisper White cardstock, Chocolate Chip marker pen, Scallop edge punch, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White ink from SU!; Versamark, Corner rounder from EK Success.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

Smiles:) bye for now.


Monday, November 23, 2009

More Christmas Cards

Another couple of Christmas cards today. These ones were super quick and simple, I think I'll be making a few more of these to finish off my Chrissy cards for the year.



Ingredients: White cardstock from my local, Cosmo Cricket's Jolly by Golly Mini Deck, EK Success Square punch, Lizzie Anne Designs Holiday Script stamps, Riding Hood Red ink from SU!



Ingredients: Cream cardstock from my local, October Afternoon's Good Cheer 8 x 8 pad, EK Success Square punch, Lizzie Anne Designs Holiday Script stamps, Old Olive ink fom SU!

Well, it is a bit of a scorcher here in sunny Queensland today, so I think a cool drink and an afternoon in the pool with the kids is in order. Enjoy your day, wherever it may take you.

Smiles:) bye for now.


Sunday, November 22, 2009

More of those Christmas cards...

Good Afternoon All. Thankyou for all the blog love over the last few days, it has been so lovely to know you are out there and taking the time to see what this crafty little bunny has been up to, it really does mean so much:)

Today, I have a quick share of some more of those Christmas cards from that lovely colourful pile. I have gone Kraft with traditional for these ones.





Ingredients: Lizzie Anne's Holiday Script stamps, Green patterned paper - October Afternoon's Good Cheer 8 x 8 pad, Red patterned paper - Cosmo Cricket's Jolly by Golly 6 x 6 pad, Kaisercraft Holiday stamps, Nestabilities label 4; Wide oval punch, scallop edge punch, Corner rounder, Very Vanilla and Kraft cardstock, and Old Olive wide grosgrain ribbon all by SU!, Red satin ribbon from Big W, Bamboo and Cardinal versamark ink.

Enjoy the last little bit of the weekend... I am hanging onto it so tightly... I never want the weekends to end. When I become Prime Minister, I will endeavour to make it a 5 day weekend, with a 2 day working week!

Smiles:) bye for now


Saturday, November 21, 2009

A First for Me...

Good Morning all. I have often looked and loved the Colour Inspiration Challenges on some of my favourite blogs, but have never participated in one. So today, to shake things up a little, I have decided to have a go. I am a huge fan of Dawn McVey's gorgeous creations.


I have used the product as close as I could to Dawn's piccy above. I have to admit to being a little afraid of all of the colours, I am usually pretty simple and only choose a couple of colours for my creations, but I must admit it was a little fun to go rummaging through my goodies on the hunt for some new colours to try!




Ingredients: Chocolate Chip and Pale Plum card, Chocolate Chip ink, Regal Rose wide grosgrain ribbon, Curvy Label punch bundle, Scallop edge punch, Felt flowers - all from SU!, patterned paper from My Mind's Eye "Be Merry" range, square punch by EK Success, Pearl from Prima, Polka dot embossing folder from QuicKutz, button and choccy twine from my stash.

I hope your weekend is filled with fun things, enjoy. Smiles:) bye for now.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Keeping it Simple

I love single layer cards that just let the stamps do the talking. Here are a few more of those Christmas cards from yesterday.



Ingredients: Kraft cardstock, Corner rounder punch, Whisper White and Riding Hood Red ink, Real Red wide grosgrain ribbon - from SU!, Basic Grey's Santa Baby stamps, Lizzie Anne Holiday Script stamps.

Bye for now:)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Crafting up a storm...

I have been madly getting through my Christmas cards, I felt all inspired yesterday and last night, so got quite a bit done. I am really having fun straying from the traditional colours for my cards, really loving the Kraft cadstock. These little beauties were finished yesterday.


I will share close ups of each in the coming days, but for today, it's the pinks turn:


I received my Holiday Script stamps from Lizzie Anne designs in the mail on Tuesday, and I think I have used a sentiment from the set on every card so far. I just love the font and the messages in this set and have wanted it for-like-ever! With the fabulous improvement of the Aussie dollar, I finally bit the bullet and am so glad I did.



The list of goodies on both of these cards is pretty similar: Kraft and Very Vanilla card, Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose ink, Pink Pirouette card, Scallop edge punch, Very vanilla and Pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon - all from SU!, Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder, Lizzie Anne Holiday Script stamps, Good Cheer paper from October Afternoon 8 x 8 pad, Pearl by Ruby Rock-it!, button and thread from my stash, EK Success large corner rounder punch.

I have two posts for today, showing a couple of the other cards above, be sure to scroll down and check them out;)

...but wait... there's more...

Loving the kraft and pinks... the sentiment reads "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and shows up much better in the flesh... I am so hoping Santy brings me a digi SLR for Christmas!



Ingredients: Good Cheer patterned paper from October Afternoon 8 x 8 pad, Labels 4 from Nestabilities, Fiskars border punch; Corner rounder, Pretty in Pink grosgrain ribbon, Very Vanilla cardstock, Kraft cardstock, Pink Pirouette ink - all from SU!, Pearls by Ruby Rock-it!, stitching from my trusty old Elna.



Ingredients: Good Cheer patterned paper from October Afternoon 8 x 8 pad, Kraft and Very Vanilla card, Wide oval punch, Scallop edge punch, Corner rounder punch, Pretty in Pink ink - all from SU!, Pearls from Ruby Rock-it!, Holiday Script stamps from Lizzie Anne Designs, stitching, chiffon ribbon from Spotlight.

That's all for now, I'll be back tomorrow with some more Chrissy cards. Smiles:) bye for now.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pasta Bears and French Knots

Good Morning. I am always on the lookout for dinners that are a little easier on the weekend, like every Mum. At the moment, the girls are loving these cute little teddy pasta shapes. Add a little tomato sauce and grated cheese and I have two very happy little vegemites! I thought they were too cute to just gobble up, why not take a photo before they are all gone!



Next up is a new technique I tried out. I saw a tutorial on these sweet little french knots over at Maile Belles blog. I think they make a lovely embelly on a simple card.



Other Ingredients: White Cardstock, Pine and Bamboo Versacolour, Out on a Limb stamp set by Papertrey Ink, SU! Corner Rounder punch.

Well, have a great rest of your day wherever it takes you. Smiles:) bye for now.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Christmas outfits...check...

I had a little time sitting about yesterday with the girls and managed to get the shirts finished for their Christmas outfits that I showed you last week. All done and put together now, next on the list is Christmas cards.

I have been SLOOOWWWWLY working my way through my cards, but need to do a lot more. I think that there are just too many cute papers and stamps on the market at the moment that are distracting me from the jobs that need doing, so to combat the drudge, I have bought some new Christmas stamps, I will show you some of those on my cards when I get them done.



I have finally got around to putting some of my Frilly bags in my Etsy store too if you wanted to take a little peek.

Enjoy your Tuesday, smiles:) bye for now.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Little dancers cards

I hope you all had a great weekend, we were busy a-gardening yet again. A quick share this morning, I made these cards last week for the girls and gave them to them with a little ballerina Beanie Kid, after they had their ballet concert. I have always loved the cuttlebug swiss dots folder, so I was so excited to see a different Polka dot embossing folder and couldn't wait to use it - this one is from Quickutz.

I know they kind of look exactly the same, but if your look REALLY closely, you can actually see different patterned paper on the scallop circle, see, it's true. I have tried for the last five years to make my girls little individuals, but the fact is that the love the same things, pink, sparkles, like all little girls, so to avoid disappointment, I find it easier to make things similar.




Other ingredients: Pink Pirouette card, Pretty in Pink ribbon, circle punch, scallop edge punch and white ink by SU!, Cinnamon versacolour, white cardstock and crystal glitter from my local, My Little Princess stamps by Technique Tuesday, Nestabilities scallop circle, DCWV paper.

Enjoy the start of a new week, smiles:) bye for now.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Birthday Invitations

My BG Cupcake stamps finally arrived today, after being MAJORLY let down by the initial online store I bought them through, I had to order them from elsewhere. I have been needing them to make the girls birthday invites... well, you know how it is, sure I have a gazillion other stamps, but I got a bee in my bonnet about wanting THIS one. Anyways, I am liking the final product, sorry about the PS eraser bits all over the pics - tried my best, they do look better in the flesh.


Bye for now

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Get Well Soon

Just a quick share tonight, I have been busy with the day to day yet again and neglecting my poor old blog. This is a simple card I made and wanted to have a go at some "messy" stitching on it. Also uses Kraft card, Amy Butler for K & Co paper, Occassional Greetings stamp, EK Success punch, Glitter and Chocolate Chip ink.


Bye for now.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Beautiful Ballerina's

We had a busy ballet weekend, the girls had their first concert which was so lovely to watch. They are a timid little pair, so we were a little concerned that they might just flip out on stage, but they got through... almost... to the end just beautifully. There was one very proud Mum and Dad tearing up for most of the show.


Enjoy the start of a new week, bye for now.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Sweet Simplicity... take two, three, four... I love sweet simplicity!

I have had a little creativity time this morning and wanted to play with some new things, there's nothing quite like new crafty goodies is there? I found this cute rainbow die yesterday, and it screamed baby card to me.


Next up, one of my customers had ordered a heat tool and wanted me to test it first, so I made these two Christmas cards with a little heat embossing. I love this design, it's nice to stray from the tradition of Christmas sometimes.



The damasky thing is embossed with some gorgeous crystal embossing powder, it's tricky to get it to show up in the pics, but I have tried, it looks really pretty in real life.


Baby card: White cardstock, Bazzil cardstock in pink, blue, white, yellow, Rainbow die by QuicKutz, Swiss Dots embossing folder, Making Memories rub-on, Gingham ribbon.

Christmas cards: Kraft cardstock, Sweet Serendipity stamps, Occassional Greetings stamps, Wide Oval punch - All from SU!, Kaiser acrylic Christmas stamps, Gold versa cube, Pearls by Ruby Rock-It Designs, Versamark ink, Ribbon and Crystal embossing powder from my local SS.

I hope you have a lovely weekend, smiles:) Bye for now.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The local wildlife...

I am a little snowed under with the day to day at the moment and not doing anything overly creative, but I haven't forgotten my blog responsibilities;) So a couple of photos to keep you interested... hopefully... and let you see why I love where we live.


Our little kookaburra friend who visits us each day and loves hanging out on the girls' fort.


And driving out of our estate and seeing a fluffy little koala most days... seriously, I don't think I could ever get sick of seeing koalas.

Enjoy your week, I hope to be creating again shortly, smiles :)