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Hi all.  Over the last couple of days I have been having fun with a die from Sizzix called “For the Birds”  Here are the results.


They are designed to be little bird cages. The die set includes branches, leaves, birds and sentiments.  I decided to make them into cute little gift boxes.


I’m now imagining them in all sorts of colours.  I think they would make cute little Christmas gifts to hang on the tree and give to a friend, neighbour or even teacher.


The little bird house measures approx. 10cm tall when put together.


  • Sizzix Thinlits Dies “For the Birds”
  • Gold Mirror Card
  • Tombow Liquid Glue
  • Ribbon, flower and bells from my stash
  • (I’ve included 4 Lindt Lindor chocolate balls in each but I think 5 would fit in …… yum)

Bye for now,



I’ve been away on a short break and haven’t shown you any cards for quite a while.  I still haven’t any crafts to show you but I thought perhaps you would be interested in some photos from the Murray River (click)

Our first stop was at Koondarook.  The 5 photos below were taken when we arrived after 4:30 pm.  It had been raining but as soon as we stopped the sun came out. The trees were still wet and glistening with rain drops as the sun started to disappear over the horizon.  It was beautiful.


These photos were taken from the new wharf which was built recently.  (click)  The locals are very proud of the award winning structure.



Koondarook is a tiny town on the Victorian side of the Murray and is renowned for its red gum milling.  This huge log gives you an insight into its past.  Barham is its neighbour on the NSW side of the Murray.



We then travelled along the Murray, stopping at other small towns, Cohuna, Turrumbarry Weir and Gunbower, finally stopping at Echuca (click).  Below is a photo from the verandah of the cabin we stayed in at Echuca overlooking the Murray.


It was only a short break but with better weather than home, just long enough to rejuvenate us for the rest of the winter.

I have a few cards almost ready to show you soon,

Bye for now,


Well I’m finally back with a card to show you.  Today’s card is for our “Sisters Challenge” and this month we are challenged to use shells.  Doesn’t have to be a card but mine is.  I have used 2 shells I found while visiting our son on the Gold Coast.  There were 100’s of this type of shell and they are fairly flat which makes it a lot easier to incorporate into a card.



I have made a “Shadow Box” card based on Jennifer McGuire’s tute.  She is a very talented woman and I thank her for the wonderful blog.

shell 4

The gorgeous paper from “Hearfelt Creations” made it so easy to make up the card.


Can you believe that this card folds up and can still fit easily into an envelope…  it does …


Don’t forget to pop over to see my sister’s shell project CLICK HERE


  • White Bazzill Card
  • Papers from “Heartfelt Creations” – Under the Sea Collection
  • Nuvo clear drops
  • 2 shells
  • Sentiment – Papertrey Ink

The folded card measures 14 x 14 cm.

Bye for now,




Since my last post I have been to the “Brisbane Papercraft Expo”.  Wonderful again.  This year there was an extra bonus of having the “Stitches and Craft show” in the same convention hall, so 2 for the price of 1.  So many great crafts to consider and so many new toys for me to play with. 🙂  I’ll be sure to show you some of the results soon. 🙂

But for today I’m showing you a couple of cards I made just before I flew up to Brisbane.


Simple cards using the Kaisercraft “Timeless Butterflies” paper with black cardstock matted onto gold card.


The only addition to the card were some “fussy cut” butterflies from the same sheet of paper popped up with some foam tape over the same butterfly on the paper. (this saved me having to try to fussy cut the antennae).


The photos were difficult because I used gold card for the background.  I won’t try that again. 🙂

Bye for now,


I have been busy making little note cards, 12 actually.  Recently I bought this sheet of designer paper.  From this sheet I have made all of the cards below and could make another 12 if boredom doesn’t set in, which it probably will knowing me.


For the first set I used the blossom images.  Simple, but I think chic.  A different sentiment on each and 3 little Nuvo drops.  Can’t get much more “clean and simple” than that.


set 5     set4

The second set features the little birds (surely not sparrows are they).  Love these and couldn’t wait to feature them.  I added little sentiments, some die cut apple blossom and tiny pink pearls on the flower centres.  Another simple set but I love them and think they are sweet.


set2   set1


  • Paper by Alexandra Renke “Cherry Blossom Circles”
  • Die by Penny Black “Apple Blossom”
  • Sentiments by Papertrey Ink “Big Bold Wishes” and “Every Day Button”
  • Nuvo Drops – Bright Gold, Antique Rose
  • Kaisercraft Pearls “Rose”
  • Ink – Versafine “Smokey Gray”

That’s all for now but hope to see you again soon,




Here is a quick diagram with measurements for the box I made 2 posts ago.  I have drawn it up fairly quickly so please excuse if there are any errors.  Perhaps I should put this E&OE 🙂  The top is cut from one sheet of 30 x 30 cm card as is the bottom.  I made it this size to suit Australian size cards with envelopes with room for stamps or pens at the side.


Hope this helps.  Always happy to give measurements if I haven’t given the project away and so can still measure it up.  Just ask if it still isn’t clear.

Bye for now,




Today is our “Sisters” challenge and this month it is a themed Journal Page.  We both have very limited experience with this but we are willing to try our hand at it.

I went with the quote from  William Cullent Bryant “Autumn . . . . the year’s last, loveliest smile.”  I thought this quote was appropriate because we only have 4 days of autumn left.

Well here is my attempt –


I used lots of distress inks, Lavinia Stamps, and a couple of stencils.


I enjoyed making the page but I must admit that I didn’t use a lot of texture or different media.  Perhaps next time I will be a little more adventurous. 🙂


I tried desperately to show you the glitter on the mushrooms and gloss on the rain drops but because I took these photos late at night and only have a fairly ordinary camera I just couldn’t catch the sheen.  You will just have to imagine.


  • Ranger Distress Inks (7 colours)
  • MFT “Sun Ray” Stencil
  • The Crafters Workshop “Birds of a Feather” Stencil
  • Derwent Watercolour Pencils
  • Kaisercraft Clear Stamps “Summer Splash”
  • Lavinia Stamps – various
  • Glossy Accents
  • Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen.
  • Texture Paste

I wonder what my sister’s page will be like.  I haven’t heard a peep so looking forward to finding out.  If you would like to find out too click HERE.

EDITED:  My sister is unable to post at the moment due to personal commitments but will post as soon as she is able. 

Bye for now,