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Freshly Made #32

Hi there

There was another great sketch from Freshly Made Sketches this week.  As soon as I saw it, I knew that I wanted to place a bright Gerbera in the circle position. I have been wanting to make one of these for ages and this was the perfect excuse.  Here is the sketch:


I have used the 'Cheerful Treat' DSP with a Melon Mambo Gerbera for a bright combination. For the centre of the Gerbera I have put Crystal Effects onto a pewter 'Build a Brad' and then sprinkled champagne glass glitter over the top.  It adds some subtle sparkle. I die cut 5 layers of large petals for the base and 6 layers of small petals for the centre, from the Daisies #2 die (not available in Australia), to give it lots of depth. The Melon Mambo petals have been sponged on the tips and in the centre, although you can't see this on the photo.  I had lots of chores today, so the photo was taken in artificial light, unfortunately.


Here is a close up of the Gerbera flower.


Project Details
Stamps Mother Sentiment (not SU)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Melon Mambo, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Cheerful Treat DSP
 Ink Concord Crush, Melon Mambo
Accessories White Taffeta Ribbon, Pewter Build a Brad (retired), Chocolate Pearls (not SU), Champagne Glass glitter
Tools     Daisies #2 Die (NAH), Big Shot, Scallop Border punch,  Dimensionals, Tombow glue, Crystal Effects

Have a good week.


Thank you to the DT at Freshly Made Sketches for this award!

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Freshy Made #31

Hi there

As I write this post, it is thundering outside and the hail is pounding on the window of my craft room.  What better way to spend a stormy Autumn day, than stamping!

The card I have for you today is for my husband's birthday on Wednesday and I have used this week's Freshly Made #31 sketch. I love the sketches the DT come up with as they give you plenty of scope but aren't too prescriptive with the elements. Here it is:

I borrowed the 'Up, Up & Away' stamp set from a lovely friend and it will definitely be on my 'to buy' list as it has a great combination of elements and sentiments that would suit lots of occasions. We took both our Mothers (when in their 70's and 80's) hot air ballooning over central Australia a few years ago, so I have created a background that reminds me of that fabulous experience.  It was freezing cold as the sun rose and looking into the distance you saw a hazy backdrop of the land and the sky blending together.  I hope it will remind him of that time.


Project Details
Stamps Up, Up & Away, Sincere Salutations, Texture Jumbo wheel
Card stock & Papers Night of Navy, Sahara Sand (Smooth & Textured), Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
 Ink Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Bashful Blue
Accessories Cherry Cobbler brads
Tools     Ticket Die (not SU), Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals, sponge daubers

Enjoy the rest of you week.


A bit of fun...

Hi there

Today, I have a bright, fun girly card for my husband's niece who will be turning 6 soon.  I was given this 'Fairy Girl' stamp, which is cute and fun to colour (not SU).  I have paper pieced the bottom part of the dress with a stamped gingham print in Melon Mambo and teamed it with the retired 'Sweet Stitches' DSP and some spotted paper from my stash. There is some sparkle on her wings and the bobbles on her shoes and lots of layers and texture for interest. I hope she likes it.



Project Details
Stamps 'Fairy Girl' (not SU), Gingham Background (not SU)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Sweet Stitches DSP (Retired), Pink Spotted (from stash), Xpress-IT Blending card
 Ink Tuxedo Black
Accessories Basic Rhinestones (coloured with Copic), White Bakers Twine, Dazzling Diamonds glitter
Tools     Eyelet Border punch,  Word Window punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Dimensionals, Tombow glue, Copic markers (SU colour matched), Computer & printer (for greeting)

Enjoy your weekend.

Blog Award


Just popping in to thank two lovely ladies who surprised me with this Blog Award:

They are Nikki Spencer and Amy White.  Thank you both for your kind gesture. Make sure you pop along to their blogs as you will be inspired by their creations.

There are a few guidelines to follow with this award....

1. Thank the blogger that gave it to you.
2. Link back to their blog.
3. Copy & Paste the award to your blog.
4. Present the award to 5 other bloggers-with 200 or less followers.
5. Lastly, let them know you have done so by leaving a comment on their blogs.

In the spirit of sharing the love, below are some of the talented people who inspire me with their creativity.  I'm adding my own twist to the guidelines above, leaving it up to them to decide if they wish to acknowledge and pass this along. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Freshly Made #30

Hi there

In complete contrast to last weekend's wintry weather, we have a gorgeous, sunny weekend in Melbourne.  I have been out sweeping today as the leaves are well and truly coming down. My roses are enjoying their last hurrah for the season and I have a photo of one of my favourites at the end of the post.

Today, the card I have for you is based on this week's Freshly Made Sketch #30, shown below.

I have been wanting to use this doily stamp called 'Hello, Doily' (not currently available in Australia) and this sketch is a great opportunity.  I have white embossed it on Island Indigo card stock and then matched it will the Pool Party floral from the 'Domestic Goddess' DSP because it is so fresh and sweet. The centre of the doily is a Calypso Coral flower (in the Joanne Leddy style) with a pearl centre, sprayed with some Champage shimmer mist. The gingham panel has been stamped with the PTI 'Background Basics: Gingham' stamp.  I have made this into a Mother's Day card for my lovely mother-in-law Betty.



Project Details
Stamps Hello, Doily (NAH), Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Background Basics: Gingham (PTI)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Island Indigo, Calyspo Coral, Domestic Goddess DSP, Whisper White
 Ink Versamark, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo
Accessories Pearl brad (not SU), Basic Pearls, White Seam Binding ribbon (not SU)
Tools     Beautiful Wings Sizzlit, Big Shot, Modern Label punch,  Word Window punch, Fancy Flower punch, 5-Petal flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Champagne Shimmer paint (to make shimmer mist), White embossing powder, Heat gun

Almost forgot, here is a photo of one of my roses that is lovely at the moment.  Lots of blooms to cut and bring inside. They start off as a pink/apricot and become more yellow as they age. They last really well in a vase.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thank you to the DT at Freshly Made Sketches for this award!

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Soft & Sweet - For Mum

Hi there

It has been a real sunshine and showers Autumn day on this Easter Monday in Melbourne.  There has been a really chilly wind that says winter is on the way.  My lovely white Japonica Camelia is already flowering and I had my first thoughts of warming soup. I whipped up some creamy cauliflower and potato soup with bacon for lunch as I had the items on hand and it was really yummy. I'm sure it will be even better for lunch tomorrow.

Although colour challenges aren't my strong point, I thought the lovely colour combo at Just Add Ink this week was something I could manage.  Here it is:

Untitled-1Mother's Day is on the horizon, so I have taken the opportunity to get an early start on this occasion with a soft and 'girly' card for my Mum. I inked up the lovely 'Bordering on Romance' stamp set from the new Autumn/Winter Mini for the first time and it is lovely to colour. I rarely colour on Very Vanilla card stock, but I like the resulting soft effect with these colours.  I've also used lots of other goodies from the new Mini - there is a lot to love in this one!  I've popped up both layers of labels and the group of 3 flowers in the spray.  This card has lots of layers and texture and definitely doesn't qualify as 'clean and simple', but I'm happy with the end result.



Project Details
Stamps Bordering on Romance, Well Scripted
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake (Textured & Smooth), Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette (Textured & Smooth)
Ink Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Accessories Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Swiss Dots, Finial Press, Designer Frames & Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, Framelits Labels, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch, Dimensionals, Sponge dauber, SU matched Copic markers (RV11, E43), Fray Stoppa

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Many thanks to the DT at Just Add Ink for choosing my card this week!


Easter Trimmings


I hope you are enjoying a safe and peaceful Easter, where ever you may be. 

Today I have a sweet Easter basket to share with you, made with the Scallop Envelope die.  This is a sturdy basket of good size - 3 1/4" square; very easy to make and great fun to decorate.  I used this tutorial at Splitcoaststampers to make the basic box. These would be lovely on your Easter dinner table to hold any manner of treats.

I made my basket with Pool Party cardstock and then decorated it with the lovely Pool Party check and floral designs from the 'Domestic Goddess' DSP. I cut the scallop edged flaps separately from the floral, by putting a small piece of DSP over that section of die and holding it in place with a small piece of tape.  The Lace Ribbon border punch makes a lovely handle and I have added some small flowers in Calypso Coral with a little pearl centre. I used glue dots to adhere the flowers and covered them underneath with a small circle, so they won't stick to your hands.  By keeping the handle shorter, you can maintain the nice rounded shape.  The flowers and bows have been used to pin the side flaps to the box.

Here is a close up of the side view:



Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers Pool Party, Calyspo Coral, Whisper White, Domestic Goddess DSP
Ink None
Accessories Spotted In Colour brads, Calypso Coral Ruffled Edge ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Scallop Envelope Die, Birds & Blossoms Sizzlit (Retired), Blossom Party Originals Dies, Big Shot, Lace Ribbon border punch, Itty, Bitty Punch pack, Glue dots, homemade Champagne Shimmer mist (used on flowers).

Stay safe.

Autumn Farewell

Hi there

Today I have a card for you that I made for a neighbour who is moving to the UK to live. I admire her courage to take such a huge step in the quest to experience new adventures.

Initially I thought I would do something travel related, but as she isn't looking to return I decided to give her a seasonal farewell.  I was inspired by this lovely card from Wendy Janson, using the 'Faith in Nature' Hostess set. I have had this one stored away in my memory for ages and I hope she likes my take on it. I love the sentiment as I think it echoes her quest.


Project Details
Stamps Faith in Nature (Hostess set), Mega Mixed Messages (not SU)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, More Mustard (Textured), Soft Suede, Old Olive, XPress-IT Blending card
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede
Accessories Off White Seam Binding ribbon (not SU), Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Seeing Spots Embossing Folder, Deckle Ovals & Ovals Nestabilities, Big Shot, 1 1/4", 1 3/8"Circle punches,  Dimensionals, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Copic markers, home made Champagne Shimmer Mist

Thanks for stopping by.

Just Add ... Easter!


It was a beautiful autumn weekend here in Melbourne.  I had the pleasure of spending most of it with some lovely stamping friends and we chatted, ate chocolate (and other treats) and enjoyed the shared creative process.  Unfortunately one friend was feeling poorly and couldn't make it - we missed you Kerry and hope you are now on the mend.

One of the cards I made uses this sketch from Retro Sketches and I have combined it with this week's challenge from Just Add Ink to 'Add Easter'.  Unfortunately, I missed the Retro Sketches deadline, but here is the sketch:

For the base, I have used the lovely floral designed from the 'Twitterpated' DSP that is now available in the new Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue that commenced yesterday (1 April 2012).  For the centrepiece of the banner I have coloured another of the very cute images from the 'Everybunny' stamp set with Copics and mounted it on a rosette cut from the matching Baja Breeze design.  The bunny's dress has been paper pieced with the DSP to match.


Project Details
Stamps Everybunny, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Riding Hood Red (Textured), Baja Breeze, Twitterpated DSP, Xpress-IT Blending card
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray
Accessories 1/8" Whisper White Taffeta ribbon, Silver flatback pearls, Small rhintestone brad
Tools     Rosette Die, Circle Nestabilities, Big Shot, Word Window punch, Dimensionals, Copic markers

Thanks for visiting and enjoy your week.