cards and other happy thoughts

Enjoy the Ride ……

I’m back to show you how I packaged a gift for a man who is a keen Mountain Bike rider.  It is his birthday tomorrow and what better for him than some bike related goodies and packaging.


It is so simple but all the same I’m happy with the result.  Men don’t want too much fuss do they?


The little pillow box is a muted gold paper and I’ve added text paper from an old 6 x 6 cm pad “My Mind’s Eye”, LOST & FOUND 2, “Sunshine” but of course you could use any paper that suited.  The stamps are from the “Darkroom Door” set “Enjoy the Ride”.  Great set!


I know he will enjoy the gift inside and I’m hoping he will like the outside too.

Bye for now,



Sister challenge – Card Set

Another month has passed and it is time for my sister and I to challenge ourselves. The theme for September was to make a stationery set.

Here is my boxed set using papers from “Charlie & Paulchen”,pansy6Here is the box with the belly band removed so you can clearly see the beautiful pansy design,pansy5inside the box are 4 cards with envelopes (more would fit but I ran out of time). There are also 6 tags and a coordinating pen. If I give this as a gift I’d also add some postage stamps.pansy4I lined the inside of the box with a coordinating sheet of paper making a mountain fold to seperate the cards and tags.pansy3 Simple tags die cut from the pretty papers.pansy2Finally here are the cards I made using the pretty pansy papers and 2 stamp and die sets from “Simon Says Stamp”.pansy1pansy

This took me much more time than I anticipated. Luckily you can’t see the mistakes I made along the way. 🙂

Why don’t you pop over to my sister’s blog to see what she has made. Here – ://

Bye for now,


Spring and things

Hello all,  I know I’ve been missing for a while but I promise I’ve been plodding on with crafty things.  Last month I joined an ATC group so that has added to my fun but I don’t think I should show you until they are all collected.

Recently I saw a beautiful example of some Kaisercraft papers and I decided I would have a try with the same papers and example.

Here are my cards –kc

Unusually for me I haven’t added sentiments.  I thought they could be used for different occasions and left that up to the sender’s discretion.  Perhaps a birthday, Christmas and farewell card, but anything really.


The background staging papers are from the same Kaisercraft Collection “Open Road”.


With all the lovely native foliage and flowers on the card I thought it was a good opportunity to show you some lovely photos I took on a day trip to Daylesford (A little town not far from Ballarat noted for its spa water).

When I first looked at this tree I thought it had been burnt but no it hadn’t.  It is an Iron Bark tree with its very distinctive beautiful black bark.

Golden Wattle.  Wattle is everywhere at the moment.  Makes you happy just looking at it.

Now the next one isn’t native but it is so pretty just had to show you.

A weeping cherry isn’t it?

Hope to see you again soon.


Sister challenge – Altered item

Hello all.  It’s challenge time for my sister and I again.  August’s theme was “Altered Item”.  I have mentioned my friend who had visited a recycle warehouse before.  She gave me 2 sets of note cards and also about a dozen cones/spools.


They just call out Christmas Trees don’t they.  Well that is exactly what I made from them.  I intend to make a couple of others of smaller and less pointy shape to make a forest 🙂 .  For the moment this is all I have to show you.  Unfortunately I took these photos before I added the teal bead on the top.


Here are some smaller photos showing the left, centre and right.


The main supplies were of course the cone and jute twine.


The other supplies were:

  • Kaisercraft Gems “Ice Green”
  • Flowers from 49 and Market “Vintage Shades Potpourri – Sage”
  • some gold craft stamen from my stash
  • lace from my stash
  • Hot glue and Glossy accents

A very quick post because I was watching TV and then “shock horror” realised I had to post this project at 10 pm. Phew…. just made it.

Don’t forget to pop over to my sister’s blog to see what she made.  What will it be?  She did mention fairies and butterflies (or was that last time?).

Bye for now,


Zodiac birthday cards

I’ve been busy making Zodiac birthday cards.  To make the 12 months was my challenge and I have finally finished them.


I won’t bore you by showing all of them but here are a few.  The cards are all the same design just using different galaxy skies and card colours.  It was interesting to see how the different colours turned out.  My favourite colour is probably the lime green for the sky.


The stamps are from Visible Image “Zodiac” and I used various Distress Inks from Ranger.  Very simple cards and I enjoyed creating them very much.


Did I show anyone their birthday sign?


Hope you enjoyed today’s cards,


Christmas tiny note card sets

Recently a dear friend visited a recycle warehouse in Melbourne and because she is such a thoughtful person picked up some little blank note cards with envelopes for me.  So cute.  She also spotted some empty cones, which I haven’t started on yet, but have lots of ideas for.

The first set are white and I think they turned out very cute.  A Christmas little thank you set for a neighbour, crossing supervisor, etc.



The second set is a multi coloured set which made me think of children, so of course Santa.  I popped up the Santa on the front of the box on a “wobbles” so he seems to dance around, but the cards inside are just plain.



Once the cones are decorated I’ll show you those as well.  Hopefully that won’t be too long.


  • paper for the 1st set is from Charlie & Paulchen “Fawn” and brown papers
  • Santa stamp is from My Favorite Things “Jingle all the Way”
  • Art Impressions “Action Wobbles”

Bye for now,


Bright Star Book

It’s the last day of the month and that means my sister and I are posting our challenge.  July’s challenge was “Star Books”.  My book is a rather bright, flowery book and I think pretty.


I have made tiny star books before but not one this size or quite the same.  This time I haven’t taken photos as I constructed the book but if you look at a previous tiny star book of mine I think you will be able to follow the instructions just changing the sizes (which I’ve listed below).  click here  The only differences are the size and extra die cut lime pages.


The size of this book is approx 9 x 11 cm.  The page sizes are:

  • cerise – 9 x 22 cm
  • dark pink – 9 x 20 cm
  • light ping – 9 x 18 cm
  • lime green – 9 x 16 cm
  • the lime green cover – 9 x 11 cm  x 2 pieces.


I added some shimmery Dark Room Door flower images “Pearlescent Paper – Pink Gerberas 12 Up” click here  which have been in my stash just waiting for this project. 🙂  I attached these to the light pink layer.  The quotes are stamps from Verve ‘Blue Skies’ and ‘Beautiful You’ which are old sets and I’ve used them often over the years.


Each page has a different verse and slightly different floral image.


By the way this is my sister’s blog

I hope this brightened your day.  🙂 🙂