Thursday, March 8, 2018

March Rain Gordonvale

We are having a touch of rain at the moment. :-0

Actually, a lot of rain.  We have never ever had the water come this close to the house in the 20 years we have lived here.  Thankfully, it went down and still a fair way from getting in the house.  However, there is more rain to come. So fingers crossed.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Craftmad Swap using Blue Edge Craft Product

Another catch up photo.  I made this card for one of the Craftmad Card Swaps last year.  We had to use Blue Edge Crafts products on our card.  Everything on my card except the black base card and glossy accents that I used on the little red hearts are from Blue Edge Crafts.    I had fun putting all the layers together.  I think I have now caught up on my creations from last year…….I just hope I keep up my current motivation to create for the whole of 2018.  I am feeling slightly more organised than I have for the past 2 to 3 years. 

Have a great day.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Nephews Birthday Card

I made this card for my nephew who is turning 25.  I thought at this age and being male he doesn't want anything over the top.  So grabbed three washi tape rolls and weaved them together on my card. Finished with a die cut medallion someone had given me and added a star brad to the centre of it.  Then added a Happy Birthday sticker.

Thanks for visiting today.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Block Card and matching bag

I decorated this brown bag to match the block card that I made for my friends birthday.  I found some old Stampin Up papers in my collection that worked so well together. Dragged out a couple of dies.

This is the front of the block card - folded down and ready to put in an envelope.

The rear of the Block card, standing, ready for display.  I really enjoyed making this card and so much easier than I thought it was going to be.   I used this tutorial.

Hoping your day is a good one.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Card for my friend who turned 50

This was such a fun card to make for a friend who turned 50. She quite often shares a nice body on Facebook, so i took this as my starting point. So it took me a while to collect all these photos but I stuck with it. ;-)  I put all the photos I found in a photo editor program - PicMonkey and created this collage. Along the way I found the topper for the card which I thought was apt for a 50yo card as by this age we are no where near perfect. :-)

I added this twisting pop out to the centre of the card for an extra bit of fun. 

 Hope this gave you a smile, enjoy your day. 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Birthday card using washi tape

I love how washi tape looks on cards.  Great for a card that you need real quick. I made this for one of the ladies at work. I teamed the tape with a mixture of my paper flowers and brads. Finished with a die cut Happy Birthday. 

Friday, February 16, 2018


A little more sewing and photo catch up.  I made these small pot holders as gifts to my work colleagues for Christmas.  I added a couple of chocolates to each.  I like to give something that can be put to use and not share too much sugar around as I don't think too much of that is a good thing.

The potholders did look much prettier when iron but I forgot to take a photo of that.  This is the pattern I used.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog, have a great day.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Craftmad Sketch Challenge

Hi everyone,  I'm catching up here.  This is a card I created last year with one of the Craftmad sketches.  After finding the sketch I then found this daisy diecut in my stash and worked back from there.  I attached it and a backing of black card to a piece of acetate which I had run through the embossing folder and colored it with a copic pen. I teamed it with this wonderful black and white daisy paper. 

Have a wonderful day. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Nieces 14th Birthday Card and Present

I used these wonderful laser die cut birthday frames.  I have used two and layered them on top of each other with foam tape in between.  I teamed this with layers of textured card stock, zig zags, dots and glitter.  Just a bit of fun for a 14yo girl.

This was actually my very first snappy pencil case that I made and my niece seemed pretty happy with it. Tutorial here.  I ended up with 7 pencil cases and 2 coin purses from one tape measure.

Thanks for visiting today, hope its a good one.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Alice in Wonderland Birthday card

One of the girls from work (a good friend) turned thirty…..oh so young. :-)  She had a Mad Hatters party so I stuck with that theme when I made a card for her.  I found this wonderful digital stamp which I coloured with my copic pens.  Then I matched it with my Graphic 45 papers, doily, ribbon.  The sentiment I printed on my computer.  Finished the card with a beaded pin that was given to me many years ago but was perfect for this card, I thought.

Thanks for visiting today.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Origami Bento Bag and Tissue Holder

I made this Origami Bento bag for my friends birthday using this tutorial.  It was fun to put together.  In the tutorial Shannon had added her name to the shoulder section of the bag.  I thought this was a fun idea so stamped Merrymade with Staz On ink onto ribbon and sewed that onto the shoulder of the bag.

I hope its a bag that my friend can use, I imagine going to the beach and holding towels etc.

I made this tissue holder to go with the bag - tutorial here.  Another quick and easy project something I saw in the Facebook group - Make one a week - Christmas Club.  I'm really having fun using my sewing machine again and finding ways to use my stash of fabrics.

Have a great day.

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Sisters Birthday - Foil Embossing

I made this card for my sisters birthday, I don't think of her as a typical flowery girl (lady) but wanted something with a bit of colour.  I embossed different colours of foil I have in my stash.  Then put them together like patchwork on the card.  I found that if I stuck sticky tape on the rear of the foil pieces as I worked out where they were going I could trim each piece to the size I wanted to fit the card front.  I thought I had finished but it just didn't look right so I tried each section with a black line sticker.  I think this made it pop.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Card for 20 yo Niece - Classy - Black and Silver

My niece is not that girly girl but I wanted something special for her card since she was turning 20.  No more teenagers for that family either.  I dug out my Graphic 45 papers and layered them all up with black and silver card stock.  The final square I have cover with cloth that has strips of silver through it.  Then die cut the 20 from foil and finished with the lovely black border stickers.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Snappy Coin Purses

I made these little snappy coin purses to use as gifts at sometime this year.  I used this tutorial which is what I found for the snappy pencil cases I created here. The closure is created using pieces of metal tape measure, so it bends open and snaps shut.  Quick easy and fun projects. 

I have joined a Facebook group called Make One a Week Christmas Club.  The name really says it all.  It is a very inspiring group, seeing what everyone is creating.

Catch you all later.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Craftmad January Christmas All Year Round Sketch

This is my take on the Craftmad January Christmas All Year Round Sketch.  I had enough of this beautiful paper to make two cards which I layered up on silver card stock.  All papers and base cards are from Blue Edge Crafts.  I found this charm buckle in my stash and finally got to use the silver christmas ribbon I had been given years ago.

Same layout but I just added a little red to match the die-cut bauble which I really like.

Please join in we would love to see what you come up with.  You can post a photo of your creation on either:

Pinterest or in our new Facebook group 

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Our Daughters Birthday - Dandelion Wish

This is the card I made for our daughters birthday this year.  The image is from this tutorial from kids to use their thumbprints on, I used a small dot stamp. I used five different colours of ink and randomly stamped them on the flower head.  I then used my Wink of Stella - clear pen to give a little sparkle to each of those dots.  Found some co-ordinating card stock from Stampin Up and layered them up.  Embossed the background with a new dandelion embossing folder.  Yes, I do love dandelions. Finished with a Just Rite sentiment stamp backed with glitter card stock.

I was lucky to share part of the day with our daughter while visiting my sister (in Glass House Mountains) with Mum.  Our daughter drove the short distance up to spend some time with us.

Have a great weekend.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Joey Pouches & Snappy Pencil Cases - Charity Sewing Australia

I have started on the challenge I set myself to reduce my fabric stash.  I found a wonderful Facebook group  called Sewing for Australia Charity. Each month they sew/crochet/knit something for a chosen charity (different each month).  I like this idea as the projects seem simple and quick and I get to try something new each month.  I joined at the end of December and thought I'd just jump straight in. They were sewing Joey Pouches for baby Koalas and Kangaroos also crocheting nest for possums (I think).  I made 20 Joey Pouches and sent them on their way. This has made a big dent in my fabric stash.

January is all about kids so they have asked for library bags and pencil cases.  I have opted for the pencil cases as the pattern they shared used a tape measure to create the closure.  Something new to try.  I used this tutorial, so much fun.  I bought a $4 tape measure and got 7 pencil cases.  One went to my niece for her birthday.  I have a couple pieces of left over tape measure which I plan on making into a little coin purse.

The little ribbon tabs are on each side of the opening of the pencil case.  These are pulled to open and then let go when shutting and the opening snaps shut due to the tape measure inside along the edge.

 Have a great day.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Craftmad January Sketch Challenge Card

I am so good at the beginning of the year keeping up with the Monthly Sketch Challenges that Kaye adds for us at Craftmad.  Then I go back to work and it's the end of the year, it seems, before I do another challenge. lol  This is my take on the January Sketch Challenge.  Sketch challenges can be viewed and photos added on the Craftmad Facebook page here. I grabbed a Graphics 45 paper pad and went from there.  Found a couple of stamps in my collection that I thought complimented the papers and added jewels to the centre of each flower which took a long time as they are so tiny.  I saw this in my Facebook newsfeed this morning and wished I had had this while doing my card - wax pen picker upper.

Thanks for popping in.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Craftmad January Swap Cards

Back in October last year our swap with Craftmad was to decorate a matchbox then fill it with crafting goodies to send off to our partner. The photo above shows the decorated matchbox I received and the photo below shows all the goodies that were crammed inside.  Yes, amazing hey. :-)

Our first Craftmad swap for 2018 was to use some of the goodies inside the matchbox we received.  I used the laser cut butterflies on this card and all the heart brad next to the Thank You sticker.  I used one of the pieces of this beautiful paper from my stash.  I think it originally came as a magazine giveaway but I love the colours.

I used the three white butterflies as a pop up in the centre of the card.  Coloured them with by pink Wink of Stella pen so the wings have a glittery effect.  The body I used a black permanent marker.

When I saw these gold bird trinkets in the matchbox I couldn't wait to use them.  There were two which I have adhered to each other but I didn't match the images up as I liked that the mismatch gave it a look of looking through trees. So I made a spinner card to show the trinket off in all its glory.  The beautiful papers are from a Kaisercraft pad I was given.

A couple of photos from last week.   My Mum and I went on a holiday, first time for Mum in about 10years.  I flew with Mum to Brisbane where we overnighted and she enjoyed the view and was amazed how much things have changed. :-) Next day on a train for an hour trip up to Glass House Mountains where they grow lots and lots of pineapples. In the background you can see one of the Glass House Mountains - Mt Tibrogargan.  At Glass House we stayed with my sister for a few days and caught up with her two kids, checking out where they now live, work and in my nephews case met the girlfriend.  The third photo is of my nephews (and girlfriends) house which is on an acre and has loads of fruit trees in the backyard which they are still discovering as they have not been in there that long.  Thats my sister out front. We had an amazing and very relaxing week.  The end of which we helped my daughter celebrate her 22nd birthday.  OmG!!! those years just keep flying by.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Craftmad December Card Swap - Vintage

The Craftmad card swap for December was all about Vintage, not something I do a lot of.  As I typed that last sentence it got me to thinking if I was 'Vintage' lol.  So my first search on Google found this and gave me a smile. 

"Many people expect it (Vintage) to have some standard of date applied to it. Accordingly, most experts in the trade have decided that the term "vintage," when used in a way similar to the term "antique," refers to items that are over 50 years old, but less than 100. This kind of standard works when dealing with truly old, but not antique, items but falls short when using the term to describe something newer, and from a specific era. " This the link to the Ebay description of what is Antique and what is Vintage.

Hmmm,  'truly old, but not antique' not sure I am keen on that description. :-)

Anyways, for the card above I found some 'old' but not truly old (according to above link) Stampin Up stickers which I co-ordinated with other card stock in my stash.  Added a paper doily and purple ribbon to finish off the card.

More Stampin Up to the rescue, this time this beautiful paper which I thought had a vintage look.  I teamed it with a collection of white and cream flowers from my stash.  The two larger flowers to the left I die cut their two layered centres from some calico.

If you would like to join in these monthly card swaps this is the link to the closed group over at Facebook - Craft Mad Swappers. We have had people from overseas be part of the group before but with the cost of postage and I think time for mail delivery we currently only have Australian members.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Santa Card

Just going through my photos and tidying up and found these photos.  I made these cards for the wonderful people at work…..such a fun and easy Christmas card to put together.  The buckle is just a square of glitter card with a square cut out of the centre, luckily I had a button die and the rest is just strips of coloured card stock.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

First card for 2018

As always my first card for the year is for my wonderful husband whose birthday is the 1st January. My card started from the charms and beads which I spied on my desk.  I received them back in October in our Craftmad swap which was a decorated matchbox filled with crafty goodies.  The charms and beads all come from Blue Edge Crafts.  So I decided to set a scene for these items.  I tore some strips of light blue paper for the sky.  Then I found this wonderful remanent of navy embossed paper which looked like waves to me.  Next I discovered this textured cream paper which was perfect for the beach and some brown handmade paper for the land the lighthouse sits on.  Attached all the beads and charms with Glossy Accents.  It looked a little bare so found these stickers in my stash which were the perfect size for my scene. 

I thought this post is as good as any to start my resolution of a weekly blog post sharing some photos that are on my phone from that week.  So this is the second (and last) pineapple for 2017 picked from the garden.  Next to a beautiful orchid I was given at Christmas.

New Years Eve we had tea with friends and then we all went and watched the 9pm show of fireworks on the Esplanade.  Spectacular.  I know its a huge amount of money but the show is so pretty and it was so wonderful to see so many happy local people in one area enjoying themselves.

This is one that my friend took….whose hobby is taking photos.

This is my photo of the same event. :-)

Wishing you all a fantastic week.


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