cards and other happy thoughts

Lucky me with Mintay papers

I’m a very “lucky duck” because today I’m in Brisbane at the “Scrapbooking & Papercraft Expo”. That is great by itself but then this morning I joined a class held by Mariusz Gierszuski from Poland using Mintay papers. Oh my goodness I LOVED it. I have added a photo which I took in the hotel room but when I get home I will take some better shots for you.

I am just so excited I had to show someone 🙂

Fancy Fold Cards

Having fun making some Fancy Fold Cards. The folds aren’t new but it is a long time since I’ve made “fold” cards and I’m really enjoying it again.

Today I’ll show you the first of the cards which I think is called a “tri fold” card.


I’ve used a cute paper from “Mintay” which is called “Farm Life”.  Fussy cutting is not my favourite technique but I thought this card needed some more dimension 🙂 so I cut out several of the sweet items and popped them up on foam tape.


The sentiment stamp is from the set “Friendship” by Penny Black.


I hope you like my version of this “tri fold” card.  I’ll be back tomorrow with another.

Bye for now,


Beautiful Autumn Day

Just popping in to show you the pretty autumn colours we are seeing at the moment.  The photo is way out of focus, so sorry about that.  My old camera is still my preferred method for photos to put on my blog but its battery is flat and I can’t find the charger so I had to use my phone – 😦 not very successfully.


I’ve been busy making “flashback” cards.  I’m revisiting some of my old posts and now reproducing the style, colours or folds.  Very enjoyable.  I’ll show you some over the next few weeks.

Bye for now,


Altenew in Melbourne

A few weeks ago I attended a wonderful workshop in Melbourne which had Tasnim from Altenew Stamps (USA) and Therese Calvrid (Aus) as demonstrators. They were so friendly and helpful. The day was organized by Michelle’s Cards and Stamps who were very helpful too :).  Thank you to all, I had a wonderful day.


We made 4 or 5 cards which was terrific of course but because the cards were USA dimensions I decided to cut the front off the card and mat it onto an Australian sized card.  So here are 3 of my cards.




I met some lovely people there which was a bonus.  Women came from as far away as New Zealand to attend.  One of the women on my table was from Merimbula, NSW.  Great day had by all.

Bye for now,



Sip and relax

I’m back today with a cute little tea bag holder to show you.  A couple of friends and I made these yesterday, we drank a few cups of tea as well.  🙂


I found the original tutorial here thank you Sam.  Mine is very similar, just a few changes. The envelopes inside are made by hand (not using a punch board, because not everyone has one of those).


A nice little gift for anyone who likes a “cuppa”.


Here are the measurements I used for the little packets to hold the tea bags:

Each packet = designer paper cut to overall size of 17.5 cm x 10.  Along the 17.5 length score at 6, 14 cm.  Turn the paper and score at 1.5 and 8.5 cm.  Cut out the 4 corner rectangles and your paper should look as below.   I rounded the top flap edges but that is just my taste.  Fold and glue.


I will be back soon with some cards to show you.

Bye for now,


Holidays but why am I so tired

I’ve had a wonderful holiday and when I say “holiday” you’re probably thinking I’ll be well rested and raring to go with my paper crafting. Well not quite…… Living in Australia most everywhere is a long way away, overseas travel means long flights and long flights are a PAIN.

Putting that aside our holiday was amazing. Here are a few photos for you. 

This was the first stage of our tour – Milan, Venice, Florence with a side trip to Pisa.

Next was Rome then a cruise to Sicily, Malta, Barcelona, Marseilles,  and back to Italy, Genoa.

To break our flight (over 20 hours travelling time) we stopped in Dubai which was also fabulous.

All in all we had a great holiday and loved almost every minute of it (although I think my little feet wouldn’t agree  ha ha).

Bye for now,


Boxed Note Cards

Hello friends,  I have some beautiful cardstock “strips” from Dark Room Door in my stash.  In fact I have had them for quite a few years and I thought it was time to use some.  So I made 5 note cards and put them in a pretty box.  This is one of my favourite things to make and have on hand for gifts.


I still have lots of other strips which are pretty too and I must make sure to use them.  Such a waste because they are just sitting in the cupboard feeling lonely.  🙂

There are 5 cards with envelopes but sorry I forgot to take a photo of all the cards.


I think they make pretty notecards with little effort.

That’s all for now, just a very quick post.