cards and other happy thoughts

Scrapbook Boutique ~ July 2017 Challenge

Hi friends,  First of all I must apologize for my lack of attention to my blog.  I am recovering well from a broken hip (surely I’m not that old 🙂 ). Apart from that I was just uninspired, but I’m feeling more upbeat now.  So here is my first post for several months.

Today I am entering the Scrapbook Boutique July 2017 Challenge for which the inspiration is this gorgeous mood board –

This is my card –


A little closer look –


I am going to use this card for a friend’s birthday.  I would attach it to the gift, but unfortunately I have put it in a safe place (duh).  I’ve searched high and low and no sign of it.  Guess it will turn up.


  • Darkroom Door – Butterfly Postal stamp
  • Distress Ink – Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Salty Ocean
  • VersaMark Ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • White Card base
  • White cardstock
  • Black cardstock
  • Winnie & Water die – The Big, the Bold and Friends

Enjoy your weekend,




Lest we forget – ANZAC Day

To commemorate ANZAC day (tomorrow) I have posted some photos of Ballarat’s Arch of Victory and Avenue of Honour with my Grandfather in mind.

“Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.”   from

I think I will just let you scroll down through the photos I have taken in Ballarat.  Most of it will be self explanatory.


My Grandpa was an ANZAC and we are very proud of him.


I’m not sure if you can see the plaques under each tree.  Each tree in the 22 k. Avenue of Honour is in memory of a soldier in the Ballarat district who served in the First WW.


My Grandpa’s tree.



Lest we forget…….


Golden Ballarat

As many of you will already know, Ballarat is famous for its ‘gold’ discoveries (see here for a brief outline of Ballarat).  But that isn’t what I would like to show you today.  The streets here are looking spectacular at the moment with beautiful autumn colour.  It seems to me that the golden trees are “leafing” up more quickly than the deep maroons and reds.  If you would like to see some of the beauty look below at the slide show.

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I took these photos while on my travels around town last week.

While thinking about the changing colours of the trees I thought I would do a bit of research (just web surfing really 🙂 ) and this SITE explained fairly simply some of the facts.

Well that is it for today,

Bye for now,


A little gift box

Hello friends,

Quite a while ago a friend gave me a beautiful gift in a gorgeous box.  She suggested that I might be able to make something similar.  Well I have finally decided to attempt it. Here is my interpretation.


The papers and stickers are from Kaisercraft “Dream Big Collection”.


I wish I had taken a photo of the original box for comparison …. no it’s probably better that I didn’t 😀 Mine would definitely come off second best.  I’m still pleased with how this turned out though.

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Above is the first layer of the box which closes with a magnetic catch.


When you open the first layer there is another box revealed.  I used a different but coordinating paper on the inner box.


Inside the second box I added some soap. Unfortunately this block of soap has a piece cracked off the side.  This piece will end up in our bathroom and I will replace it.  I wanted to show you now (very impatient) and couldn’t wait to get another block for the photos.


What do you think?  Should I prepare a template and tutorial to share?  I’ll wait and see what the response is I think.  Hope you let me know.

Bye for now,









Melbourne International Flower Show

Hello all,  Yesterday I was lucky enough to go along to the Melbourne International Flower Show.  We had a lovely day despite the weather that much of Australia is experiencing our day was very cool in the morning but as the day progressed it was perfect for wandering around looking at all the beautiful displays.

No explanations necessary, let’s just take a look at a few of the gorgeous things we saw.


Yes chillies!


Metal elephants!


The Diggers Club display.  This is a quote about the Diggers Club – “The Diggers Club works to preserve the best plants and garden traditions to help Australian’s become better gardeners. Our independence allows us to speak out against climate change, genetically modified seeds and food, industrial agriculture and the corporatisation of our food supply”.


Hope you enjoyed the photos and that you get a chance to go along.


Och aye – some Scottish themed cards

Hello friends.  I’m back today with some Scottish themed cards I’ve made for my S-I-L.  Late last year I made some note cards with wee kilts on them and gave them to S-I-L to sell at the Highland Gatherings she goes to in Victoria, Australia, where she sells knitted tartan berets (or did until someone thought they should have the pattern and stole it from her stall – I thought crafty folks were kind and honest, but apparently not all).   She has asked me to make some more “kilt” cards but I thought I would do some different designs, I get bored easily and don’t particularly like making multiples.  So here is what I came up with –


I made this Scotty dog card using a die from Tonic Studios UK- “Rococo Pampered Pets – Scotty Dog”.


I die-cut one dog in black and another in red then placed the small red pieces into the black die cut to make his wee coat stand out.


The next card was made using the stamp from Stampendous House Mouse “Cling Sing a Song”. Gorgeous stamp I think.  Coloured with Zig Clean Markers and then fussy cut the image.


I hope she likes them ……… well either way I had fun making them.

Bye for now,


Zig Zag Mini Albums

Hello all,  I am enjoying myself making little albums at the moment.  Here are a couple of very easy Zig Zag Mini Albums which I’m loving.


The first album is for my youngest grandchild.  I’ve used papers from Graphic 45 “Mother Goose”.  Love the papers and stickers which come in this collection.  The papers aren’t new but now is  the time to stop collecting and start using.  It is so easy to store them because they are too pretty to use 🙂


Each page measures 10 x 12 cm so it was fun adding little 8 x 10 cm photos to each page. I’ve only completed one side and his mum can fill the other side with more photos of his first year.


Here is the back, or is it the front, depends which way you open it I guess.


The next zig zag album is for a dear friend who’s dear pet has passed away.  “Albie” was a great companion, chatting away, for many years and his company is missed.  I thought that photos in this mini album might be a nice way to remember him.


I made the album and decorated it before I knew what colour Albie was.  Apparently he had a yellow head, black beads around his neck and his body was green/blue/yellow.  I hope something like the photo I put on the front of the album.  I was hoping he was a blue budgie, that would have matched the papers much better, but you can’t help that. 🙂


He was truly loved and much missed.


That’s all for today, so bye for now,