cards and other happy thoughts

Golden Ballarat

As many of you will already know, Ballarat is famous for its ‘gold’ discoveries (see here for a brief outline of Ballarat).  But that isn’t what I would like to show you today.  The streets here are looking spectacular at the moment with beautiful autumn colour.  It seems to me that the golden trees are “leafing” up more quickly than the deep maroons and reds.  If you would like to see some of the beauty look below at the slide show.

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I took these photos while on my travels around town last week.

While thinking about the changing colours of the trees I thought I would do a bit of research (just web surfing really 🙂 ) and this SITE explained fairly simply some of the facts.

Well that is it for today,

Bye for now,



A little gift box

Hello friends,

Quite a while ago a friend gave me a beautiful gift in a gorgeous box.  She suggested that I might be able to make something similar.  Well I have finally decided to attempt it. Here is my interpretation.


The papers and stickers are from Kaisercraft “Dream Big Collection”.


I wish I had taken a photo of the original box for comparison …. no it’s probably better that I didn’t 😀 Mine would definitely come off second best.  I’m still pleased with how this turned out though.

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Above is the first layer of the box which closes with a magnetic catch.


When you open the first layer there is another box revealed.  I used a different but coordinating paper on the inner box.


Inside the second box I added some soap. Unfortunately this block of soap has a piece cracked off the side.  This piece will end up in our bathroom and I will replace it.  I wanted to show you now (very impatient) and couldn’t wait to get another block for the photos.


What do you think?  Should I prepare a template and tutorial to share?  I’ll wait and see what the response is I think.  Hope you let me know.

Bye for now,









Melbourne International Flower Show

Hello all,  Yesterday I was lucky enough to go along to the Melbourne International Flower Show.  We had a lovely day despite the weather that much of Australia is experiencing our day was very cool in the morning but as the day progressed it was perfect for wandering around looking at all the beautiful displays.

No explanations necessary, let’s just take a look at a few of the gorgeous things we saw.


Yes chillies!


Metal elephants!


The Diggers Club display.  This is a quote about the Diggers Club – “The Diggers Club works to preserve the best plants and garden traditions to help Australian’s become better gardeners. Our independence allows us to speak out against climate change, genetically modified seeds and food, industrial agriculture and the corporatisation of our food supply”.


Hope you enjoyed the photos and that you get a chance to go along.


Och aye – some Scottish themed cards

Hello friends.  I’m back today with some Scottish themed cards I’ve made for my S-I-L.  Late last year I made some note cards with wee kilts on them and gave them to S-I-L to sell at the Highland Gatherings she goes to in Victoria, Australia, where she sells knitted tartan berets (or did until someone thought they should have the pattern and stole it from her stall – I thought crafty folks were kind and honest, but apparently not all).   She has asked me to make some more “kilt” cards but I thought I would do some different designs, I get bored easily and don’t particularly like making multiples.  So here is what I came up with –


I made this Scotty dog card using a die from Tonic Studios UK- “Rococo Pampered Pets – Scotty Dog”.


I die-cut one dog in black and another in red then placed the small red pieces into the black die cut to make his wee coat stand out.


The next card was made using the stamp from Stampendous House Mouse “Cling Sing a Song”. Gorgeous stamp I think.  Coloured with Zig Clean Markers and then fussy cut the image.


I hope she likes them ……… well either way I had fun making them.

Bye for now,


Zig Zag Mini Albums

Hello all,  I am enjoying myself making little albums at the moment.  Here are a couple of very easy Zig Zag Mini Albums which I’m loving.


The first album is for my youngest grandchild.  I’ve used papers from Graphic 45 “Mother Goose”.  Love the papers and stickers which come in this collection.  The papers aren’t new but now is  the time to stop collecting and start using.  It is so easy to store them because they are too pretty to use 🙂


Each page measures 10 x 12 cm so it was fun adding little 8 x 10 cm photos to each page. I’ve only completed one side and his mum can fill the other side with more photos of his first year.


Here is the back, or is it the front, depends which way you open it I guess.


The next zig zag album is for a dear friend who’s dear pet has passed away.  “Albie” was a great companion, chatting away, for many years and his company is missed.  I thought that photos in this mini album might be a nice way to remember him.


I made the album and decorated it before I knew what colour Albie was.  Apparently he had a yellow head, black beads around his neck and his body was green/blue/yellow.  I hope something like the photo I put on the front of the album.  I was hoping he was a blue budgie, that would have matched the papers much better, but you can’t help that. 🙂


He was truly loved and much missed.


That’s all for today, so bye for now,


Easter/bunny diorama

Just hopping by with a little Bunny Diorama I have finished.  I think it is so cute, but it was very fiddly and my old eyes and fingers struggled.  The end result is very pleasing to me though, so all worth it.

I’m sorry that this photo is very bright around the outside but that was the only way I could get the inside to be at least half-way decent.


I based this idea on a fish scalloped shaker card I saw recently on the WWW.  Do you think I can find it now to acknowledge the talented artist?  NO.  I’ve spent an hour searching – anyone know the post I am looking for, it was blue/aqua with fish.  I’ll get back to you when I find it.


The bunny scene is made in a little round tin with acetate lid.  You will see the side of the tin below.


In this photo I’ve taken the lid off the tin so you have a better photo of the bunnies and surrounds.


I added a strong magnet to the back of the tin so that it can be put on the front of the refrigerator for the grandchildren to peep into.


Bye for now,


Hey there, chickadee

A dear friend just celebrated her birthday and this is the card I made for her.  It is a Stampin Up stamp set and I just had to use it, ‘cos it is so cute.  The sentiments are from various older sets from my stash, can’t remember brand names.


I stamped, coloured and fussy cut the chooks and egg.  Zig markers were my colouring medium this time and loved how it was so easy and how it turned out.


Next I took a stylus and rubbed over the centre of the back of each chook to make them a bit dimensional. Then I attached some foam tape to the centres and glue to the edges  to adhere them to the front panel.


Finally I made a matching envelope with a Kaisercraft wooden template.


I loved making this card, it was a happy little project.  P.S. a big thank you to Pam (you know who you are 🙂 ).

Bye for now,