cards and other happy thoughts

Sister challenge – Altered item

Hello all.  It’s challenge time for my sister and I again.  August’s theme was “Altered Item”.  I have mentioned my friend who had visited a recycle warehouse before.  She gave me 2 sets of note cards and also about a dozen cones/spools.


They just call out Christmas Trees don’t they.  Well that is exactly what I made from them.  I intend to make a couple of others of smaller and less pointy shape to make a forest 🙂 .  For the moment this is all I have to show you.  Unfortunately I took these photos before I added the teal bead on the top.


Here are some smaller photos showing the left, centre and right.


The main supplies were of course the cone and jute twine.


The other supplies were:

  • Kaisercraft Gems “Ice Green”
  • Flowers from 49 and Market “Vintage Shades Potpourri – Sage”
  • some gold craft stamen from my stash
  • lace from my stash
  • Hot glue and Glossy accents

A very quick post because I was watching TV and then “shock horror” realised I had to post this project at 10 pm. Phew…. just made it.

Don’t forget to pop over to my sister’s blog to see what she made.  What will it be?  She did mention fairies and butterflies (or was that last time?).

Bye for now,



Zodiac birthday cards

I’ve been busy making Zodiac birthday cards.  To make the 12 months was my challenge and I have finally finished them.


I won’t bore you by showing all of them but here are a few.  The cards are all the same design just using different galaxy skies and card colours.  It was interesting to see how the different colours turned out.  My favourite colour is probably the lime green for the sky.


The stamps are from Visible Image “Zodiac” and I used various Distress Inks from Ranger.  Very simple cards and I enjoyed creating them very much.


Did I show anyone their birthday sign?


Hope you enjoyed today’s cards,


Christmas tiny note card sets

Recently a dear friend visited a recycle warehouse in Melbourne and because she is such a thoughtful person picked up some little blank note cards with envelopes for me.  So cute.  She also spotted some empty cones, which I haven’t started on yet, but have lots of ideas for.

The first set are white and I think they turned out very cute.  A Christmas little thank you set for a neighbour, crossing supervisor, etc.



The second set is a multi coloured set which made me think of children, so of course Santa.  I popped up the Santa on the front of the box on a “wobbles” so he seems to dance around, but the cards inside are just plain.



Once the cones are decorated I’ll show you those as well.  Hopefully that won’t be too long.


  • paper for the 1st set is from Charlie & Paulchen “Fawn” and brown papers
  • Santa stamp is from My Favorite Things “Jingle all the Way”
  • Art Impressions “Action Wobbles”

Bye for now,


Bright Star Book

It’s the last day of the month and that means my sister and I are posting our challenge.  July’s challenge was “Star Books”.  My book is a rather bright, flowery book and I think pretty.


I have made tiny star books before but not one this size or quite the same.  This time I haven’t taken photos as I constructed the book but if you look at a previous tiny star book of mine I think you will be able to follow the instructions just changing the sizes (which I’ve listed below).  click here  The only differences are the size and extra die cut lime pages.


The size of this book is approx 9 x 11 cm.  The page sizes are:

  • cerise – 9 x 22 cm
  • dark pink – 9 x 20 cm
  • light ping – 9 x 18 cm
  • lime green – 9 x 16 cm
  • the lime green cover – 9 x 11 cm  x 2 pieces.


I added some shimmery Dark Room Door flower images “Pearlescent Paper – Pink Gerberas 12 Up” click here  which have been in my stash just waiting for this project. 🙂  I attached these to the light pink layer.  The quotes are stamps from Verve ‘Blue Skies’ and ‘Beautiful You’ which are old sets and I’ve used them often over the years.


Each page has a different verse and slightly different floral image.


By the way this is my sister’s blog

I hope this brightened your day.  🙂 🙂


Negative stamping with “Imagination Crafts Art Stamps”

Today I have some cards to show you made with stamps I bought at the Brisbane Papercraft Expo last month.

The stamps are by Imagination Crafts – Art Stamps.  They are negative stamps which means you stamp the background (in my case black) and the flowers are not stamped.  I used Hero Arts Black ink and I must admit it took a lot of ink.  Using my mini “Misti” made it a lot easier as I restamped several times to get an even black finish.


I used beautiful papers from the watercolor range from Charlie & Paulchen. Gorgeous papers. ♥♥♥


Unfortunately I only remember 2 names, Lily and Daisy, from the 5 floral flower stamps I bought.  If anyone knows the other names in this set I would be grateful to hear from you.  The sentiment stamps I used are from a very old (and well used) set from Hero Arts.


I used Kaisercraft cards which come prefolded and with envelopes.  The white cards are 13.5 x 13.5 cm.  The black matt is 11 x 11 cm and the coloured water colour paper is 10.5 x 10.5 cm.  The stamps themselves measure 9.5 x 9.5 cm.

Bye for now,


For the Birds – gift box

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,


Short Break

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,