cards and other happy thoughts

Card challenge – Scrapbook B

It seems a very long time since I made a card just for the fun of it but today finally, that is what I did.  Woo hoo, loved it.

I’m entering a challenge over at Scrapbook Boutique HERE .  This is the “mood board” which was the inspiration –

And here is my version –


I used watercolour paper for the focal panel because I wanted to use Distress Inks and ZIG markers.  I masked of a rectangle in the lower half of the panel and blended 3 bluish distress inks – Peacock feathers, Tumbled glass and Salty ocean.  I then placed a stencil over the panel and blended  Broken china through the stencil.  Next a few drops of water which were blotted up  added to the watery look.


I stamped out the images from the Altenew set “Peony Scrolls” using VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with Nuvo embossing powder “Glitter Noir”. Very pretty and sparkly.  I coloured the images with Zig pens.  The flowers I used “Bright Yellow” and “Yellow”  and a water pen, so easy compared to some other colouring methods.  I did the same with the leaves using “Pale Green” and “Cobalt Blue”.  Once they were die-cut I glued them to the panel leaving a flower and leaf which I then attached using foam tape.  The leaves then had some clear “Wink of Stella” brushed on.  The flowers were quite bright enough without more glitter  😆

Finally I matted the focal panel with blue and black card and then adhered it onto a white card base.  I wish you could see how sparkly it is in real life.  I took the card outside to try to catch the glitter but you really still can’t see it clearly.


Here is the inside of the card.

I enjoyed myself today and feel a crafting splurge coming on 🙂

Bye for now,


A little flip album

I’m back today to show you a cute little Flip Album I made.  A couple of other friends made them too so I’m hoping they will show us their versions as well.


I found the wonderful tutorial for this project  HERE.  I would recommend you check it out.

A close-up of the belt and sentiment.


The inside.


The Waterfall section.


Tags to add extra photos or to do some journaling.


We were all thrilled with the project and intend to make more.  I’m hoping to make one for each of my grandchildren.  I haven’t quite finished this, still have to add the child’s name  to it.

That’s all for today,

See you soon.





ROFL …..Lindt emojis

A quick little post about my quick little craft project.


Found a SWEET site here  showing smaller versions.  I really wanted to make some but Australia doesn’t stock the Lindt Emojis. 😦  I am very lucky to have a great friend who went to the trouble of sourcing them for me while she was in USA.  They are bigger than the example showed but that is no problem, just more chocolate to eat 🙂  I measured my emojis and changed the measurements accordingly.


I have a Bo Bunny Stamp Set of all sorts of emojis so of course they were the perfect accompaniment.

These already have lucky friends to go to.

Bye for now,


Play dates

You all know about kids having “play dates” well over the last couple of days I’ve had “play dates” with some crafty friends and I’ve loved it.  I felt a bit like a kid.

I forgot to take photos on the first day but today I remembered. Here are some of the things my friend made.

Going through my stash again and again trying to lose some of the goodies but I find it very difficult to part with a lot of my stowed (and never used) items.  While going through I found some candles and napkins so decided to give melting the napkins onto candles.  It worked beautifully after a few attempts.  My friend today is a wonderful quilter so we made an “Ohio Star” quilt style card as well.

Here is another little bag I found in my stash and decided to invite my friend to decoupage a napkin to the front.  Fun – well at least I had fun, hope my friends did too.


That’s all for now,


Archibald Prize 2016

Yesterday I was fortunate enough to visit the Ballarat Art Gallery to see Archibald Prize Display.

For those who don’t know about this wonderful event here is an explanation by the Ballarat Art Gallery –

“The Archibald Prize, first awarded in 1921, is Australia’s favourite art award, and one of its most prestigious. Awarded to the best portrait painting, it’s a who’s who of Australian culture – from politicians to fashion designers, sporting heroes to artists.

Since 1921, the Archibald Prize has been thrilling art enthusiasts, often stirring up controversy and always challenging the way we see ourselves and our society. Over the years, the prize has been awarded to many of Australia’s most prominent artists including Nora Heysen, William Dobell, Brett Whiteley, Ben Quilty, Tim Storrier and Fiona Lowry.

The Art Gallery of Ballarat is proud to be the exclusive Victorian venue for the 2016 Archibald Prize, which is a touring exhibition of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.”

Here are a few of my favourites.  Find out more about the portraits here.


Halloween vs. Guy Fawkes Night (Bonfire Night)

Well I’ve finally finished packaging all the little goodies for Halloween.  It is so much fun making the packets, adding spiders and deciding what should go with what.

When I was a child (yes I know that is quite a while ago now 🙂 ).  We were lucky enough to have fun on Guy Fawkes Night/Bonfire Night.  We would save up for “crackers” and go to “Coles” (not the supermarket, but a general shop) to choose our favourites.  Perhaps Jumping Jacks (although they never worked very well), flower pots, rockets, catherine wheels, volcanoes, penny bungers, tom thumbs, roman candles, mmmmm ….. can’t remember any other names.

Everyone in the neighbourhood  would collect rubbish, tree cuttings, old wood for months before to build the biggest bonfire you could.  Of course old clothing for the Guy.  The whole neighbourhood enjoyed their get-together.

At the end of the night as the embers were dying down we would throw potatoes in the ash.  Oh they were so much better cooked like that.

Next morning we would go and scavenge around the fire ash looking for crackers which had fallen out of bags or hadn’t gone off.  More fun.

We did have a lot of fun until some kids got hurt and the government stepped in and banned Bonfire Night.  Spoil sports.  Still I suppose some pretty stupid acts did happen.

Halloween is quite different but it reminds me of the fun we had as kids so I try and have treats for the neighbourhood ghouls and bones.  It’s a good way to meet some of your neighbours too.





Boo to you,




Oh yum – exploding box

Hello all.  Here is my latest take on an exploding box. (love these types of boxes).


I think they are a great little gift.  I have made a very simple “just for you” tiny tag to add to the top, and there you go all done.


Adding a few “yummy” chocolates inside – perfect for most people  🙂 .


You can make them any size so that you can add whatever you like to the centre. Here is another example of an exploding box which I made some time ago – click  HERE.

Have a great day,