cards and other happy thoughts

September Tag Kit

Before we look at the tags this month I have a photo I took at a nursery in Geelong earlier in August when we were wearing “Covid” Masks. I thought that even the birds were following the rules and wearing masks/scarves to pull up over their beaks. Don’t you think this dove looks very smart with his scarf?

But no, when he turned he didn’t have it pulled up over his beak. 🤣😂. Sorry it was the “2nd lockdown” making me say it. But seriously aren’t the feathers around it’s neck beautiful and the moss on the fence just made a beautiful photo.

This month’s tag kit was quite a challenge, in that the focal piece in the kit didn’t necessarily suit the rest of the papers. But I think we have come up with some fun results.

Well that’s it for another month and what a month it’s been – thankfully a little easing of lockdown for regional Victoria, and snow in Spring.



Well it’s that time again. August has really lived up to its reputation as the wettest month of the year with heavy rains and even snow.

Here are this month’s tags…

Our new member has joined us this month and I believe she enjoyed herself. We are hoping that our 6th member will be able to join us online soon as she recovers.



July Tags – Male Style

Hope everyone is keeping well and finding ways to motivate themselves to craft. I read on FB somewhere that there seems to be 2 different reactions for crafters to these difficult times. Firstly, that some are enjoying the extra time at home to be more creative and producing extra craftiness, while others lose interest and can’t get their mojo going at all. We all cope in our own way.

The tag kits for July were male based and were not everyone’s favourites but we have to try to stretch ourselves and I think we proved we can do it 😁. Here are the results –

We should be receiving our August Tag Kits any time now. Hope the postie is delivering soon.

Smiles, Lorraine

Monthly Tag – June 2020

I can’t believe it is over 12 months since my last post. I got a bit distracted when I couldn’t add photos to my free WordPress. Anyway I’m over that now but at this stage I think I’ll use the blog a little differently.

A few friends have a little monthly tag challenge. Each month we receive a tag kit which includes papers, ribbons, embellishments and other bits and pieces. Then fun to see what we can come up with from the supplies.

I’m going to share the photos of our tags on my blog and today I’m sharing June’s tags. I don’t have all the photos but when I receive them I will update.

Hopefully I will have a couple more to add soon. This little craftiness is just a bit of fun to help us through these “different” times. Stay well friends. 😘



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.


Using Brushos

I have a card to show you today which didn’t take much time at all, but the practice time was drawn out.  Just getting the right amount of powder and water was the time consuming part of the project.


First of all I heat embossed, in gold, the stamped image.  Next I sprinkled the Brusho colours Orange and Brilliant Red onto the watercolour paper and sprayed/misted some water on top and “voilà”.  When the paint was just about dry I gently buffed over the gold with a piece of paper towel to remove any colour from the brushos.


Finally I stamped the sentiment, which is from an old Verve stamp set “Beautiful You”.  The set has some lovely sentiments.

Bye for now,


“Quote” ATC’s

Another quick post today to show you the ATC’s I made for February’s theme “Quotes”.  I had a few quotes I thought might be okay – “many more fish in the sea”, “you have to kiss many frogs before you find your prince”, etc.  Eventually I thought “pride comes before a fall” would be the one to go with.


I have had this Mo Manning digital stamp for many years and I have used it before and still love it.  The stamp is called “After the Fall”. (I can’t find it on-line now, perhaps it has been retired).


This was the last month for our current ATC challenges.  Not sure what we are doing next.  Looking forward to whatever it is because I love a CHALLENGE.

Bye for now,


Flown the Coop

A quick post just to let you know that our feathered babies have “flown the coop”.


We didn’t even get to say goodbye. 🙂  I watched and waited and watched but no luck in seeing them go.  We knew when they were to go because the parents were sitting high in the tree outside the nest and used a completely different whistle/chirp to encourage them out.  Sneaky little things.

I’m feeling a bit lonely without their activities to amuse me.  Oh well, good luck until we see them (hopefully) again next year.



Today I’m a bit off topic, not cards to show you but a great little story.

As you would expect, I spend quite a bit of time in my craft room.  I sit in front of a window which looks out onto our side garden so naturally I see quite a bit of what is going on out there.  One day just before spring I noticed 2 beautiful Crimson Rosellas checking out the hole in our retractable hose reel. Unusual.  Because this intrigued me I went out to have a look and of course the bird flew away.


Adult Crimson Rosella

That night I told my husband the story and he said they were probably looking for somewhere to nest and suggested he build a bird box and put it up high on that side of the house.


That was 2 years ago now.  The first year the parrots nested and everything was going well until a swarm of bees thought that the box would make a wonderful home for the new queen.  So sad!  I rang an apiarist to see what he could do.  He came over at night and took the box, bees and eggs away to his hives.  Next day he brought the box and 12 little white eggs back but unfortunately the birds didn’t return to hatch the eggs.

Again this year the parrots returned but starlings fought them off and took over the box.  Starlings in Australia carry lice so are considered a nuisance.  With some encouragement from us they finally gave up and departed.  It was getting on in the season and no sign of the parrots. 😦  Late in the season a couple of parrots came back to check on the box and after a few weeks and and a lot of hard work by the Crimson Rosellas we are very happy to have some feather babies.

Here are some photos of the babies as they have developed –


It shouldn’t be long now until they fly.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if I was lucky enough to see them go.  I wish them a happy life.