cards and other happy thoughts

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,


Strike up the band

Today I have for you some cards using the very cute MFT stamp set “Strike up the Band”.


I’m a big fan of circle cards.  Don’t know what it is about them but they always catch my eye.  Usually I cover the top fold and make it appear to be a full circle but this time I didn’t mind the flat top.


My fav is perhaps the yellow.  Not usually a big user of yellow.  What’s your fav?

Bye for now,



Interesting weekend away

Had a lovely weekend with friends.  We were very lucky that the weekend was dry, which is unusual after the wet weather we have been having.  We headed off to Murtoa, which is north-west of home.  The tiny town of Murtoa had a special weekend with Show & Shine, Market Stalls, art and music.  The main attraction for us was the famous “Stick Shed”. Look here for information on this amazing old building.  I found out about this building from a dear crafting friend.  See you can learn so much from crafters.

On Saturday afternoon we went to Horsham for our overnight stay.  Coming into Horsham we noticed that they had an Orchid Show on, so we went along.  Very good, congratulations to Horsham on a wonderful display.  Here are a few of my favourites.

We then went back to our hotel and watched the magnificent AFL Grand Final.  So thrilled for Western Bulldogs.  WOOF WOOF.

Today we drove to Brim (you don’t know where it is? Well neither did we, but we’re very glad we found it).  These are truly amazing.  The last picture below shows the 4 silos and at the bottom left you will see the tiny figures of 2 of our party.  I thought that might help you to visualise the magnitude of the painting task.  Amazing!  Click here to read more about them.

We are home now and it has started to rain.  Weren’t we lucky to have a dry 2 days?


Music Score with the help of “Memory Box”

Hello once again.  As you can see I am still on the music theme.  I’m loving it, makes me happy.


I spotted the beautiful card which inspired me on Pinterest and you can find it here.


I added acetate and fun foam to the back of the die cut piece to add some dimension so the sequin mix could move when it is shaken.


The back panel was blended using distress inks.  The colours were Fossilized Amber, Twisted Citron and Pine Needles.

Thanks for dropping in today,


La-La Land and Stamping Bella music themed cards

Hello.  I’m still making cards following the theme of music.  Here are the next two cards


The first card features a stamped image from La-la Land.  I love colouring her.  This time I decided to add some white dots to her dress and hair band using a white gel pen.  The stars and also from a La-la Land die.


I wonder what she is about to sing?  Jazz, swing, blues, what do you think?  Perhaps something like  – “The Way You Look Tonight”  version by Michael Bublé.


This card is an image from Stamping Bella.  Had fun colouring this in, but didn’t enjoy the fussy cutting so much. .  Nice sentiment I thought.

Bye for now,


More musical cats

Hello again.  I’m back with some more of Penny Black stamps “Jazzy Cats”.  I think you will see a theme emerging over the next few days (in fact you might have guessed already).


cat3          cat2cat4       cat1

Bye for now,


Jazzy Cats fun cards

Well have I had some fun this afternoon –  I sure have.  A new set of stamps, Penny Black, “Jazzy Cats”.

Here are the first cutie-pie cellists :


I used some note-cards which I have had stashed away for several years.  Time to use them and today’s stamped images fitted them perfectly I think.  They are from “Amuse”.  Who remembers them?  I picked them up when visiting Vancouver, I was so excited to find them.


The patterned papers are from an old paper pad by My Mind’s Eye “Gertie”.


Just some simple water-colouring using Distress Inks.


I’ll show you some other musicians tomorrow hopefully.

Bye for now,