cards and other happy thoughts

Christmas Tree Cards

Hi All,

Christmas trees rate highly in the cards I have been making for Christmas so far this year.  That wasn’t intentional but just how it has turned out.

The first card uses a set of stamps from JustRite Clear “O Christmas Tree”.  This is a set I have had for many years so it was well over due to be used.  Actually the final result was far from how I first imagined it but I am still pleased with the result.


The background paper is from Kaisercraft “Mint Wishes Collection”.  The tree was embossed with white embossing power and the sentiment was stamped using Ranger Archival Ink “Tree Branch” which I thought went well with the kraft card (you can’t really see the actual colour in the photo).


Next up is a card which I spotted by a MFT Design Team member, Donna Mikasa.  The stamp set is “Oh Christmas Tree”.  The sentiment is also from MFT “Hand Lettered Christmas”.


I have only changed the frame which Donna used and matted the front panel with a lovely green coloured cardstock which I also used for the trees.


I am pleased with my progress on my Christmas cards this year (not even December and I have 7 completed).  I might even get them posted by the end of the week – MIGHT 🙂

I’ll be back soon with another sample of Christmas cards.



Archibald Prize 2017, Geelong

Had to travel to Geelong this year to see the works of art from the Archibald Prize. Previously it was shown in Ballarat which was wonderful for us. Still Geelong isn’t far and I could meet my sister there.

Winner –

Well it’s all in the eyes of the beholder isn’t it and who am I to even comment.

Here are some which I liked –

Ahn Do’s entry – To my very naive eyes I thought it was wonderful

This was so beautiful we thought. The woman is 102, that for a start is amazing and the talent of the artist radiated strength, serenity and beauty to me. She was once a ballet dancer. Can you see that?

And you might recognise this subject –

Bye for now,


Santa Tags

Well I have recovered from our busy weekend and now I realise that I hadn’t posted these tiny tags which I made last week.


They are little sweeties but I won’t be making them again because they are just to fiddly for my old fingers. 🙂 I have seen quite a few variations on the www and made my own variety using a die set I have had for years by Memory Box “Beard Set”. The variations I noticed on the web just used scalloped circles etc so you could easily make them with basic tools.


It is possible to put ‘to and from’ on the back but that would be all, they are TINY.  They seemed to all have their own special personality depending on how low I glued the hat, how close the eyes and which beard.  CUTE!

Well that is all for today.



A friend’s “at home” unique paper craft

Today I have some photos of a friend’s display of our Christmas paper crafting.  Many hours of work went into the day and we are both a little weary now.  My friend worked especially hard but unfortunately I don’t have photos of all of her beautiful work.  I wish I could show you some of the beautiful Angels are wreaths she made but unfortunately (or fortunately) they were given new homes.

We are thinking about doing it all again next year but it is only a thought at this stage because, like giving birth, it all seems too much work so close to the event, but I guess the memory fades after time.  🙂

Bye for now,



Little Glittery Gifts

I made these little nail polish holders a couple of weeks ago but forgot to show you the photos.


As you can see, I made quite a few.  The colours of the nail polish coordinated very well with card stock which I had in my stash.  With the addition of punched glitter snowflakes they turned out to be quite cute.  At the back of the bottles I added  ½  an emery board.  A full one was far too tall and looked unbalanced.


I must practice my cellophane wrapping skills, very poor, but luckily someone has volunteered to re-wrap them for me.


Here is the site where I found the idea –  CLICK.  I had to adjust the size because of the shape of the bottles but the original idea was from here (thank you).

Why don’t you try to make some.  They are quite easy and quick and most importantly fun.

Bye for now,


What do you call a HANDBAG?

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,




Who loves Toblerone?

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


Bye for now,