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In Australia this is what I would call a handbag, a purse, a wallet for a man and lastly wallet for a woman  (from left to right) –

Image result for hand bagImage result for purse Image result for wallet Image result for wallet

You carry a handbag with all your necessary items and put a purse with your money and cards, in the handbag.  If you don’t need to many extras with you, just carry a wallet.  Have I got that explanation correct?

I know that is not the case in all countries and that is confusing.  Why?  Well after this very deep 🙂 discussion I’ll show you some paper crafted “handbags” I’ve made.

bag2     bag1bag

I really need to clean out my handbag, there are things at the bottom which haven’t seen the light of days for a very long time 🙂   Better go and do that now.

Bye for now,





Today’s project was to “gussy up” some Toblerone bars. Does anyone else think that these delicious chocolate bars are smaller than they used to be?  I do! Despite this I made some covers (without eating a single piece – well done me 🙂 ).


The theme is Christmas of course.  Love Christmas projects.


I can’t choose a favourite, well perhaps the blue bauble one.


I have made about 10 in total so I have had enough of this project and now onto the next.  You will see a theme emerging I’m sure. lol


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This project was quick and cute, 2 things which I enjoy. 🙂  I’ve made some little boxes into hanging ornaments for a Christmas Tree.  They are only approx. 3 cm square (1″).  I think you could probably fit a Ferrero Rocher in each but in mine I’ve placed some lip gloss in the form of cupcakes.


The colours aren’t typically Christmas but I’m a bit keen on this combination for the moment and am making several items with the black and white with a touch of red theme.


The lip gloss is adorable and fits in so well.  An adorable little gift and/or tree ornament in the shape of a teeny handbag.

This was such fun.

Bye for now,


Couple of photos to show you today.  The first is a little 10 x 10cm card I made for my SIL’s birthday.  We’ve bought him some special coffee and coffee pump as a gift and I wanted to carry the theme through to the card.


I used the Altenew stamp set “Coffee Love” with the addition of the coffee stain from a set by BoBunny “Stained Textures” which I have had in my stash for a very long time.

The next photo is of a tiny but adorable piece of Venetian Lace which I bought in Burano, Italy.


Sorry about the reflections but I’m afraid it was the best I could do with my little automatic camera.

Burano lace is very expensive.  I loved so many pieces but this little butterfly was in my price range.  Once we arrived home I had it framed and I am so pleased with it, it’s cute.

Here is one of the women who create the beautiful lace.  Unfortunately the number of women who can do this intricate work is declining as the young women are generally not inclined to this type of work.  We were told that each woman perfects one particular stitch and sometimes many women work on one doily or runner etc. and it can take weeks to complete.  Amazing!!


Bye for now,


I have been playing with this cute stamp set “Hugs” from Concord & 9th.


I made 3 similar cards using the cute bear from the set.


I was using scraps of paper and card from my stash and it was all I needed for these cuties, well I think so anyway. 🙂


So today I’m sending you all “bear hugs”.

Bear Hug


Hi all, long time no see.  Well I’m back into my crafts again so you should be seeing some posts over the coming weeks.

Today’s cards feature the Waffle Flower Crafts set “Flora Cats”.  Simple little cards, that’s just what you need sometimes.  The cards measure 11 x 11 cm (approx 4.25 x 4.25″).


The stamp set has some cute sentiments included but they weren’t exactly what I wanted for this set of 3 cards.  I used some very old rub-ons from Tim Holtz “Botanicals”.  Being a hoarder can come in handy sometimes. 🙂


I just coloured the flowers and bows on the cats.  I think that’s all that is needed for this style.


Here are the three cards which I will keep together as a set.


See you again soon,


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,