cards and other happy thoughts

Little boxes

Today I would like to show you some of the boxes I have been making.


box 2




The teabag gift holder was produced by one of our crafty group.  I have finished mine now and love the result.  Thanks so much Alane.


Hope you enjoyed today’s photos.  I haven’t written about them but if you would like more information just let me know.

Bye for now,


Crafty Friends Day

Hi all,  Today I would like to show you some of my crafty friends at our latest craft day (which was a few weeks ago now).  We were making some great “family tree” scrabble frames thanks to Ann.  A few friends weren’t able to make it on the day, which was a shame because we had fun.


On the same day we also made the following three cards.

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Less than 2 weeks until our next craft day so I should get started  making the kits.  I’m a bit of a procrastinator.  I start well (with good intentions) by making the prototypes for our projects but I can always find reasons for putting off making the kits🙂  Luckily each month 1 of the other women make 1 project so at least 1 will get finished.  :lol:

Bye for now,


Jelly roses

Hi all.  Today I’d like to show you my recent attempt at Jelly Roses.


These are very rough and I would make a few changes if I make them again with my grandchildren.  For a start I would be more exact with the width of each rose (as you can see these are all over the place).  To look more like roses I’d try tapering each strip.


I filled the empty spaces on the plate with grapes.  At this time of the year red grapes were the only type available where I shop.  Green grapes would look much nicer I think.

Here is the quick recipe –

  • 1 pkt Jelly crystals
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1 cup white mini marshmallows.

Stir together Jelly crystals and hot water until dissolved.  It might take quite a lot of stirring and you might even need to pop the bowl in the microwave for 20 or 30 seconds to help it to dissolve. Once dissolved stir in the marshmallows until dissolved into the jelly (you might need the microwave’s help again). Set in a well greased slice tray for 1 hour or more.  I cut these into 2.5 cm strips but I think next time I would taper them down from 2.5 cm to about 1 cm so when rolled they look more like roses.

They taste a lot like soft jubes.  I used sugarless jelly crystals but you could use either I guess.  Be ready for a very sweet assault on your taste buds🙂

I had some fun with these.

Bye for now,


A card for a quilter

Today I have another of the cards we made at our latest craft day.  There was a bit of frustration caused by the tiny triangles but overall I think everyone liked the card.


You can see that we went all out with embossing, both pressure and heat embossing.


We cut little 2 x 2 cm squares (4 x tan, 4 x patterned, 8 x  cream).  Four of each are cut diagonally from corner to corner.  The remaining 4 x cream are left whole.

Once the star is glued together on a 8 x 8 cm piece of card it is run through a Cuttlebug (or similar) in an embossing folder.

This piece is matted on a dark 9 x 9 cm piece of card and then adhered towards the top of a card base.  The sentiment was heat embossed with black embossing powder.

Wouldn’t this be a great card for a quilting friend.

Bye for now,


Waltzingmouse stamps “and all that jazz”

Each month a group of friends get together to enjoy a bit of crafty time.  This is one of the cards we made this month.


The background, frame and sentiment stamps are all from old stamp tearful-emoticonsets from Waltzingmouse Stamps, which unfortunately is  no  longer in business.  I’m fairly sure that there were 3 sets in these Art Deco themed stamps.  I have 2 but I would love the third, but no chance anymore.  Some great sentiment stamps come with it, all in the Roaring 20’s style – great fun.


Everything stamped on the card was heat embossed either in silver or black and that gave it a lovely glossy look.

Will show you another tomorrow.

Bye for now,


“Delizioso” pizza birthday card

Here is the card I made for my son’s birthday which is today.  Happy Birthday son.


You might be wondering why the pizza theme.  Well he has a terrific wood fired pizza oven in their outdoor area and it gets a lot of use.  The pizzas are delicious (I have tasted one or two)🙂

The stamp is from Sugar Pea Designs (cute hey) and is called “Pizza my heart”.


Have a great day.







The Great Wall

I don’t think I have to say anything to explain today’s photos – the pictures say it all – awe-inspiring ……



great wall 1

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