Monday, July 30, 2007


this is another little project I've completed for

it's a little tag I've titled *Queenie*
I've used 2 catslife press stamps - Queen & Bee Doll (for the wings)
I also gave her a cute little hairdo.
on the tag I stamped with Stamp-it 'Memories' stamp from the siset003lk set
and other bits I used came from my Vintage Things kit
oh and I added a bit of bling, can't be a proper queen without a little bling ;o)

here's a close up

I also sliced through the tag with a craft knife and threaded the organza ribbon through
and tied at the front to add a little bit more elegance.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

The Story of London

ooohhhh I'm loving my Design Team pack from
The Stamping Queen
this is the next piece I made,

using the Vintage Things kit - The Story of London

I just love this Crafty Individuals Stamp '3 Wise Gentlemen', the kit has heaps of scrummy goodies in it, and I've still got lots to make with it...
For more ideas on how to use this kit,
go check out the gallery & see what the other girls have done with their kits

You'll be inspired!

Saturday, July 28, 2007

My 1st DT project for TSQ

Oh WOW...on Friday I received my first DT parcel from
It was full of the most delightful bits,
some gorgeous stamps (which I'm working on at the mo)

anyway this is a little wall hanging I've made using some of the
Crafty Individuals collage sheets & other bits from the
Vintage Things Collage Kit
they are mini's each one is 13/4" square

The entire length of this piece including the hanger

(which is a paperclip from the kit) is 8" long.

Friday, July 27, 2007

DCM weekly dare - all checked out!

This week over at the Daring Cardmakers Blog
Its our turn Jane's turn to dare us all
Okay -are you ready ? For my dare you can choose any theme for the card BUT it must incorporate 'Checks', whether it be gingham paper or ribbon or squares, any thing really as long as it incorporates some kind of shape with 4 equal sides....... so go on- I dare you to think outside the square/step out of the box ..............easy as, eh ?!!
Totally Cool Dare Jane, love it!!!!
so here is my card...Actually it's an ATC
so it measures a wee... 21/5 x 31/2" when shut.
So Bits I used are - Tim Holtz Printed Paper, Stamp-it 'creativity' stamp, Lost Aussie 'art doll stamp', Cats life press 'grunge date' stamp, Stamp-it 'limited edition' stamp, I used Acme label maker for the 'inspirational' word (there's a link in my side bar for that), some ribbon and two tiny little solid brass rings I got from a fishing store, and ofcourse my sewing machine!
Oh and the check on this little number is actually pieced by me :O)
So Have you Dared to DARE yet?.... come on I dare you!!!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

I made this tag today, I just love this beautiful image....
for the background I adhered layers of dressmaking pattern paper with
Alene's Satin Varnish to a piece of Daisy D printed paper.

Oh the months are whizzing by aren't they....I've put a ticker at the top of my blog to remind me of how close the next Scrap A While retreat is....

if you live in the Mid North Coast of NSW and would like to come, Lauren still has a couple of spots available... It's the most pretty place we stay at 'camp elim' on the Lakes Way near Foster.
You can email Lauren Dennis on
if you'd like to book in or ask her any questions about it..
I'm so excited I'll be teaching a class too... and there are some other classes on offer as well by some VERY Talented teachers including Lauren herself, (she'll kill me for saying this, but Lauren is a Scrapbooking Memories Master)
Anyway.... can't wait to get there and have the whole weekend to Create :O)

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

DCM little extra - We've got your number

this week for Daring Cardmakers
little extra it's a Very Cool dare...."We've Got Your Number"
Numbers and Fun? Those two words don't often appear in the same sentence, do they?Well, we'd like you to have some fun with numbers and put a numeral on your card.
and a Big Welcome Nat (Kool Kitty Musings) has agreed to join us as our Guest Designer for the next couple of weeks, Lovely to have you join in the fun Nat :O)
Ok... here's my card, and I'm sure you've been looking ever so hard to try and find the numbers... well there are some on there...promise... I've put a copy of one of the stamps I used below to prove! So I used this stamp 3 times, stamped onto 3 different PP's, and then cut them out and lined them up,
Under the front stamped image is a torn bit of dress making pattern and I've added a beautiful label holder a friend posted me :O), finish it off with a bit of my new fav thing at the moment 'pleated paper' held in place with a bit of machine stitching and your done!
If you click on my card, the image will be a little clearer I think....

this stamp and the 'inspire' one are both from Stamp-it Stamp set #siset002mc

I purchased this set from Scrap A While

So have you Dared to DARE yet?...come on I dare you!

Special Mail :O)

Just wanted to show you all a little delight
that came through my mail box last week...
I know...Gorgeous isn't it...
this Stunning card and Amazing ATC
just thrilled me to bits when I opened the envelope...
Made by the most incredible talented

who I must say is just as Sweet as her ART!
Thankyou so much Mel, I Treasure them :O)

while I'm in the thanking mode.. just want to say a BIG THANKYOU
to all who left lovely comments in my last post
you really know how to make a girl smile :O)
I can't wait to show you some of the creations I'm going to make for

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Just want to share some VERY EXCITING NEWS!!!!

I'm just so excited that I've been asked to join this wonderful DT
and can't wait to start creating for
The Stamping Queen :O)
so go check out this cool site you'll love it!

Friday, July 20, 2007

DCM weekly dare - Pockets

a tissue, a tissue, we all fall out....
this week at Daring Cardmakers
it's our Lynne's turn to dare us all...
It's my turn - (Lynne) - to set the dare this week.OoooOOoooOOooooOOOoo!!!!!!!!My first Dare. I’m so nervous, I can’t believe that it’s my turn already.I’ve gone for something nice and easy - had to break myself in gently.POCKETS I’d like to see lots and lots of pockets. Pockets full of posies, Brass in Pocket (love the Pretenders).Pockets on clothes, Pockets from clothes, Library Pocket, Pockets of this and Pockets of that. Get the idea? Pockets and Pockets of Pockets.
Loved this dare Lynne, thanks for the fun :O)
My Pocket holds a Chipboard decoration, that can be hung up in your home, or just kept with the card. And my pocket is a COFFEE FILTER PAPER size 4
so other bits I've used are - Basic Grey Printed Paper, Stamp-It Stamp #siset003lk available from SCRAP A WHILE, Autumn Leaves flourish stamp, paper flowers, Tapemeasure twill, Maria George crystals, Tuscan Rose Image, Tim Holtz Distress ink - Walnut stain, computer generated words printed onto more coffee filter paper, and ofcourse my sewing machine.
So have you Dared to DARE yet?... COME ON I DARE YOU!!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

DCM little extra - faking it

For our Little Extra challenge at
this week, we'd like you to "Go Faux it" Yes, all we want you to do this week is to use something fake on your cards. For instance you could make fake ribbon, fake brads or fake chipboard - we think you talented folk can come up with lots more "let's pretend" ideas so we can't wait to see your ideas.
Here's my card, I've gone for a 'Faux Fabric' look with some pleated and scrunched Daisy D Paper, and the 'Faux Printed Paper' made myself with some Stampin Up Ink that was brushed onto wet cardstock, and then sprinkled some salt on top to make an interesting pattern (this paper was used on the bottom handcut scallope, and threaded through the buckle)
other bits I've used are K&Company chipboard buckle, K&Company Sticker, and my own handcut flower from a lovely scrap of PP, and ofcourse my sewing machine :O)
So have you Dared to DARE yet?..... Come on I dare you!!!!

Sunday, July 15, 2007

I've been having fun :O)

As promised this is the 'little something' I've been working on
this is a new range in my etsy shop, 1" pin backed badges
as you can see, I've used some of the most scrummy pp's I had in my stash,
I only hope I can actually part with some of them if I have too... lol!

Catching up on my tags :O)

Firstly Flossie tagged me with one I haven't done before
here tis...
You are to give one word answers to these questions.
Yourself: Saved
Your Partner: Andrew
Your Hair: short
Your Mother: Dot
Your Father: Allan
Your Favorite Item:weddingring
Your Dream Last Night: good
Your Favorite Drink: PepsiMax
Your Dream Car: ChryslerWagon
Dream Home: mine
The Room You Are In: garage
Your Fear: loss
Where You Want to be in Ten Years: ?
Who You Hung Out With Last Night: kids
You’re Not: Perfect
One of Your Wish List Items: moretime
The Last Thing You Did: Markets
You Are Wearing: clothes (!)
Your Favorite Weather: Autumn
Last Thing You Ate: Mintslicebickie
Your Life: Blessed
Your Mood: peaceful
Your Best Friend: few
What Are You Thinking About Right Now: My hands are frozen and I really need to make a coffee to wash down that mint!
Your Car: Echo
What Are You Doing At The Moment: yawning
Relationship Status: oh so happily married
What Is On Your TV: Starwars
What Is The Weather Like: cold
The Last Time You Laughed: 1/2hour ago

then Gaby tagged me with a 7 facts about yourself tag
well I've sort of done this one in a couple of different ways, there was the '7 weird facts one' & the 'unknown facts one' so hope it's ok Gaby I'm going to change it a little.....
it's now....
7 Creative things I want to try
1. Transfer Medium
2. Assemblage
3. Altered Pez Dispenser (it's an altered art thing... )
4. Microscrope slide jewerelly
5. Make some Altered Art Charms
6. Finally get some Crackle Medium to work...
7. Graffitti Art

and then Paula gave me a special tag, it's a cutie pie little badge for my blog...

I'll wear it with pride on my blog thanks Paula :O)

I think you are one too!!!!

there all done....
now I'm going to go and take some picys of the little treat I promised I'd share cause they are finished :O)

Friday, July 13, 2007

DCM weekly dare - A visit to the Habberdashery dept.

This week at Daring Cardmakers
it's my turn to dare you all
"Your card can be any theme you like, just as long as it's got something you'd find in a Haberdashery Department on it
Alright then, grab that old sewing basket of yours or raid your sewing machine drawer, have a look at what creative bits are hidding away there....maybe it's buttons, a zip, hook & eye's, ribbons, braids, Dressmaking patterns, tape measures,Pins & Needles, lace, safety pins or embroidery thread....
so many wonderful little treasures just waiting to be added to your next card :O)
I'm going to add one more rule...
Yes you may stitch on your card, but that can't be your only haberdashery item...."
Donna is our Gorgeous Guest Designer for a couple of weeks, Welcome Donna! :O)
so happy to have you join in the fun
So here is my card, I've given into my 'lust for rust' on this card, and used a rusty old 'overalls' buckle and some ribbon for my 'Habby' items.
other bits I've used are - Stamp-it stamp #siset0031k available from Scrap A While, hmmmm can't remember what that paper is... does anyone know...oh I hate that... anyway the green strip is the back of the flower paper, American Crafts MiniMarks rub-on, Maria George crystals (I'll soon own shares in the company at this rate, they are a bit of a fav at the mo), Versa Magic Midnight black inkpad, & My ever trusty sewing machine :O)
Well I know I've been a bit absent from the blogs lately, and it was a much needed rest, I actually think I burnt myself out, and needed to slow down for the sake of everyone who lives with me lol! and myself ofcourse....
I know I've been tagged a couple of times, and I'll get to them shortly (thanks girls)
My kids go back to school Tuesday, it's been such a joy having them home from school, we've been doing lots of craft together, not much papercraft, mostly beading and oooooohhhh I've got something a little different ;o) I'll show sometime over the weekend when they are finished...
anyhoo... have yourself a 'FABBY'
(oooh I do love this word my UK blog friends use) weekend :O)
and I'll catch you around Cyberworld....

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

For your little extra at Daring Cardmakers
this week, We've another Retro challenge for this week's Little Extra.This time we'd like you to find your inspiration in the 1960s.
Make sure you check out the DCM blog to see what some of the other girls have come up with
anyway here is my card, Isn't she gorgeous!!!
Swinging Bits I've used are - Basic Grey Printed Paper, Stamp-It rubberstamp 'memories' avaiable from Scrap A While, Maria George Crystals, computer generated words, Versa magic Black inkpad, sewing machine, and this pattern which I scanned and cut the image out and then applied it to my card.
Please feel free to use download this pattern for use on your papercrafts
I've reduced it to 50%

Sunday, July 08, 2007

In a mad moment of inspiration I made this last night....
It's a Button Charm Bracelet
I do have a rather large vintage button collection
I just love all the really fancy and intricate ones...
But these 'working class' workshirt ones are my favs...
probably a reflection of my heritage :O)

Friday, July 06, 2007

DCM weekly dare - text message

This week at Daring Cardmakers
the Design Team have come up with this idea for you to play with,
we hope you'll enjoy it. TEXT...
definition... the main body of matter in a book or manuscript. the actual wording of anything written or printed, short passage of scripture, etc
We'd like you to somehow incorporate text into your cards this week - not just one word.. but a portion of TEXT... like a poem, or newspaper print, Caligraphy, Even rip up an old text book and use some of the paper from it, there are masses of possibilities here, so let your imaginations run riot and let us see you texting to your heart's content!
Ahhhh....this is one of my fav mediums - Text...
I love incorporating text into my art..
so here is my card, I've inked up those scrummy new stamps I got from
Scrap A While last weekend for this card, oh I do love these stamps...
Lovely bits I've used are - Stamp-it Rachel Greig stamps, Bella chipboard frame & corner, Bella Blossom, Basic Grey PP, Tim Holtz PP, Photocopied vintage Newsprint, Minimarks Rub-ons, Versa Magic Jumbo Java Inkpad, Metal word & brads, computer generated words, string & my sewing machine.
on to some other things....
Well it's school hols here at my home we have one more week to fit a lot of fun into our days, so I'm enjoying the company of my three beautiful children, so If I'm not hanging out too much in Cyber Space,(Forums and Blogs) it's cause I'm enjoying spending time with them...
I've been making an Etsy shop, oh it's really fun
there is a little link in my side bar if you want to check it out let me know if you have an etsy shop in the comments and I'll come and check yours out sometime :O)
I really think it's a great place to sell your ART & to be inspired by others.
that's it did you make it to the end of this post,
before falling!
Have a FANTABULOUS week Blog buddies :O)

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Share time

This is a set of 3 cards I've just had published in
'I can make it myself' issue 10
the set is titled 'unconditional love'
I received my freebie mag today with them in it...
it's sooo exciting seeing them in there :O)
I hope you are all having a great week
I'm lovin' the school holidays,
not getting 3 kids organised for school each morning is such a treat,
today we got to catch up with 2 of my girlfriends and their gorgeous kids...
the weather was so mild here today,
you'd think it was spring and not the middle of winter.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

DCM little extra - Cartoons

Check out Lythan's fab idea for the Little Extra challenge this week at
Daring Cardmakers
We'd like you to have a go at making a cartoon inspired card! You could use the colours and patterns (eg Minnie Mouse's dress would mean a black, white and red spotty card; Winnie the Pooh red and um, honey coloured) or symbolic (eg using an anchor inspired by Popeye).
Well I decided to go all Australian this week,
and celebrate our own little cheeky bloke of the Bush,
Blinky Bill, with his gorgeous little sweetheart Nutsy.... apparently some of my fellow DCMers haven't heard of Blinky :O how is that possible.... LOL!!!
I loved Blinky Bill as a child reading my big brothers book (oh that's just a little tease for my brother... did you like that one!!!)
Anyway the years have passed and now low and behold Blinky is on the Telly..
who would have thought...'s the copywrite stuff..
The postcard I have used is from
The Australian Children's Classic Postcard Book by Angus & Robertson
and the original artwork is by Dorothy Wall
other bits I've used are Heidi Swapp 'cherish' stamp, ribbon, chatterbox PP, Basic Grey PP, the applique gumnut is my own thingy, Mini marks rub-on, Sticko Alpha sticker and ofcourse my sewing machine...
So have you Dared to DARE yet?...come on I dare you!!!!
My kids are on school holidays for this week and next... tis lovely :O)

Sunday, July 01, 2007

DCM weekly dare - Beady Eyed...

This week at Daring Cardmakers
it's our Saffa's turn to dare us all...
Its quite a simple challenge really. All I ask is that you make use of beads on your cards. They can be seed beads, big chunky beads or little sequins, whatever takes your fancy. We can't wait to see your designs....I hope you don't go all beady eyed by the end of the week!!
We have another new Guest Designer joining us for the next couple of weeks> We're thrilled to announce that the immensely talented
Sheila (manicstamper) has agreed to join in with our dares. Sheila is an inspirational stamper and regularly teaches and demonstrates cardmaking techniques - she's even appeared on TV -
so it's a real honour to have her on the team.
So the above card is my take on this weeks Dare
I used some scrummy Decoupage paper for this one, the Japanese lady and writting are from the sheet of paper, and I also used some Basic Grey PP, the bead is the gorgeous little hummingbird bead on the tassel, organza butterfly, Also used is my Stampin Up Delight in life stamp, and Fancy Pants Rub-on.
Alrighty then, I've been away from my computer for a couple of days,
I've been to Taree to teach a workshop at
Scrap A While
But I arrived the night before for the Midnight scrap
So I'll catch up this week with everyones blogs,
thankyou for all the lovely emails & comments on my blog
I've received while away

So I wanted to make the ladies who attended the workshop an ATC each
and here it is, thought you might like a little lookie
Now Kathy asked me to show what I bought while I was there

and Mel is always asking me to show some either some stash or my scrappin place...

So here are the goodies I bought... some oooooohhhhhh so scrummy Li'l Davis paper, chipboard borders, letters and some delightful little arrows.....I haven't quite finished the LO I've made with these goodies yet, will post it soon....

Have a lookie at these STAMPS will ya!!!!!!!

ooooooohhhhh I can't wait to get them all inky!!!!

Well I'll be back soon with some picy's from the class...

I had such a fun time I felt like I was a grown up again...

Big Thankyou to Lauren from Scrap A While

and to all of the other Gorgeous girls who made it soooo much fun!!!