Tuesday, 8 December 2009

it's a boy

Another tag, this time for a baby boy.

Ribbon recycled, it came wrapped around a pack of cards
Kraft cardstock by Bazzill
Bubble blue glitter cardstock by doodlebug
Eyelet by Papermania
Button, indian summer by autumn leaves
Anchor embroidery thread
Labels one nestabilities by Spellbinders
Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls embossing folder by Provocraft
Monday, 7 December 2009

for you tag

I’ve seen a couple of holiday tag challenges of late, and I’m not feeling very festive but tags sounded like a cute idea so I thought I’d have a bash.

Ribbon kraft taffeta ribbon by stampin’ up!
Kraft cardstock by Bazzill
Certainly celerary, barely banana and blush blossom cardstock from stampin’ up!
Certainly celerary, barely banana, blush blossom and close to cocoa ink from stampin’ up!
Bon bon simply sweet rub-ons from doodlebug
Pearls from Lakeland
Eyelet by Papermania
Branch w/leaves & flower die by Sizzix
Flower, four petal and tags dies by Quickutz
Labels one nestabilities by Spellbinders
Cuttlebug Birds and Swirls embossing folder by Provocraft
Monday, 23 November 2009


Cards Mag have a challenge this week, to use at least 5 buttons on a card. So here it is, a reinterpretation of an old classic.
Autumn Leaves buttons but I’ve no idea of the pack name
Stampin’ Up! Congrats stamp set
Staz On Black ink
Doodlebug Lily White Sprinkles cardstock
Acetate sheet by Papermania
ETA I got a mention for this card on the Cards Blog, pleased as the proverbial punch.
Wednesday, 18 November 2009

spring tree

The hero arts blog this week set a challenge to use up your trimming scraps. Well ribbon is something I love, but I can never throw even the tiniest bit away for fear it may be useful, and this card is testament to that. I would never have thought of it without the prompt, so thank you hero arts.

Ribbon from American Crafts
Kraft cardstock by bazzill
Pink cardstock by American Crafts
Tree stamp Live Simply clear stamp set by Hero Arts
Message stamp from Trendy Trees set by Stampin’ Up!
White Gel Ben Uniball signo
Tree coloured using Letraset Promarkers in Pear Green, Lime Green, Olive Green  and Henna
Thursday, 12 November 2009

glitter baby

The Hero Arts weekly challenge is to use glitter, and the UKS challenge is to use 3 of the following:
Polka dots, Buttons, Ribbon, Die cuts, Glitter, Bling, Stripes, Stamping, Pink

The card was ‘coloured’ with a Quickie Glue pen and then glittered.

Hero Arts Scary Dino stamp
Maya Road Motifs stamp set
Doodlebug Glitter in Limeade
Doodlebug Glitter in Swimming Pool
Doodlebug Glitter in Lily White
Bling from my stash
Certainly Celery ink from Stampin’ Up!
Basic Black ink from Stampin’ Up!
Heidi Swapp Baby Rolling Stamp
Monday, 26 October 2009

cherry blossom

UKS celebrated world card making day by hosting some challenges. This was my attempt for the challenge brown, turquoise and a circle.

Sizzlits extended cut to cut the branch (birds and branches)
Prima flowers
tiny pearls that I got from Lakeland
Monday, 19 October 2009

rudolph and friends

UKS celebrated world card making day by hosting some challenges. This was a ‘rudolph’ challenge, the names are of course: dasher, dance, prancer, vixen, comet, cupid, donner and blitzen, and of course rudolph.

Quickutz reindeer die
Karen Foster snap stamps casual mini (my favs)
Basic Black in Real Red ink by Stampin’ up
Goggle eyes
Doodlebug black brads
Doodlebug gemstone
Silver machine embroidery thread
Bazzill kraft and brown swiss dots card
American Crafts white cardstock
Monday, 12 October 2009


I’ve been working on a monthly summary, a monthly page with no pictures, this was September, a month of building work at my house and a new term.
MME (from Trimcraft) Bloom and Grow paper, decoupage flowers, buttons, flock border.
Doodlebug Bonbon glitter
WRMK silver hardware
American Crafts Remarks journalling block
Fabric tab from the depths of time
Glossy accents
Pearls from Lakeland again way back when
Doodlebug word tiles
Cuttlebug Butterfly die
Monday, 5 October 2009

i love you more than pie

I’ve really got into pages with no photos, this is a little something that goes on between me and my partner and it just made a cute page. All the thickers except the felt ones have had a generous coating of glossy accents.
American Crafts cardstock
American Crafts felt, chipboard and foam thickers
American Crafts rub ons
Kanban bling
glossy accents
Monday, 28 September 2009

city of dreams

A picture of one of the trams in Melbourne, Australia. It took me an age to get going scrapping in any size bigger than 8x8 but I’m really into 8 ½ x 11.
Basic Grey Offbeat collection pack
Maya Road Chipboard
Quickutz fonts: Merry and Moxie
Glossy Accents
Monday, 21 September 2009


A picture of me Andrew took on the Mamiya RB67. The crop is only about 5% of the frame of the image, you’ve gotta love medium format :)
MME Bloom and Grow
Kanban bling
felt from my mother’s stash
Cor’dinations roy g biv
Autumn Leaves Indian summer buttons
Prima flower
Monday, 14 September 2009

quiet perfection

One of Andrew on the beach at Cradlewell, it’s mock polaroid (a favourite cheat of mine) and the photo underneath is in fact just an off cut of the main image.
Sassafras Happy Place Papers
American Crafts white and black cardstock
Adorn it, tiny etched natural letter stickers
Autumn Leaves Indian summer buttons
Glossy Accents
Uniball Signo white gel pen
Monday, 7 September 2009

fun times

My grandad, way back when, when hula hoops were all the rage.
Cosmo Cricket TSV (which I think is dutch girl)
Autumn Leaves indian summer buttons
Brown Anchor embroidery thread
Hero Arts pearls
Monday, 31 August 2009


Russell, me and Andrew after building the lego boat.
Cosmo Cricket TSV (which I think is dutch girl)
Adorn it tiny etched natural letter stickers
Brown Anchor embroidery thread
American Crafts felt heart
Hero Arts pearls
Monday, 24 August 2009

the lesser spotted fiona

I was captured hiding in the long grass on the sand dunes, almost like a rare bird sighting.
Basic Grey Archaic Collection Pack
Basic Grey Archaic Chipboard
Acrylic Arrow
DCWV Stitching Rub ons
American Crafts Remarks Journalling Block
Monday, 17 August 2009

best place

I never throw away scraps if I think there might be some use in them, so this is hte use I found.
Doodlebug paper scraps
Doodlebug Icon stickers
American Crafts foam thickers
American Crafts flair
Adorn it tiny natural etched letter stickers
Tiles from way back when
Monday, 10 August 2009

from russell with love

I was really pleased when I came up with the title for this layout which is of a lego boat my friend Russell bought for me and my partner. A damn fine evening was spent by all three of us eating , laughing and building it.
Basic Grey Offbeat collection pack
American Crafts brown foam thickers
American Crafts ribbon
American Crafts flair
Monday, 3 August 2009

how you doin'?

Sorry about the blurry photo but it’s raining so I can’t photograph outside.
DCWV Green stack
DCWV Green chipboard
Quickutz reuse dies
Sizzix window and frame making kit
Sizzix Alpha Bubbles alphabet
American Crafts Remarks journalling block
Monday, 27 July 2009


Going through some of my old stuff I found some Maya Road rubons that I just loved when I bought, used for a few weeks and then forgot for years. So I did this layout with very little else other than the rubons.
Maya Road Inspiration Tranquility Rubons
Papermania Adhesive Gems
American Crafts cardstock
Monday, 20 July 2009


I needed a whimsical 21st card quick and inspired by some sassafras papers I made this.
DCWV Green stack
Doodlebug bazzill in ladybug, bumblebee, grasshopper, blue jean, fairy dust, beetle black and lily white
Pebbles Inc duplicates rub on
American Crafts Jewelry Box white chipboard thickers
Cuttlebug Swiss dots embossing folder
American Crafts plastic flowers
Prima flowers
Doodlebug brads
Doodlebug glitter in bumblebee
Glossy Accents
Thursday, 23 April 2009

hello bloom & grow

Over on UKS there was a spring sketch challenge. I used MME Bloom & Grow, with the Quickutz Katie alphabet, and Autumn Leaves stamp with Stampin’ Up Pumpkin Pie ink.
Wednesday, 22 April 2009

hello birdy

Over on UKS the monthly challenge was to use pink, orange or red as the predominate colour on a card. I used Tinkering Ink papers, along with some Bazzill scraps, the Quickutz bird die, and Sizzix Hello with Bird die. Thought I’d give the acetate a go.
Monday, 20 April 2009

what's not to love?

I've been looking at the design experiment challenge blog for a few months now, and haven't really been fast enough to post in the two week slot, but this time I have so I'm gonna post it.
Scrap something you love about yourself.
The layout actually says a lot about me, I like pretty things, I’m messy and disorganized, I have a sarcastic (almost sardonic with myself) sense of humour, indeed I titled it sarcastically 'what's not to love?', when it's an awful photo of me, eyes closed, pulling a face, hair a mess, no make-up big fat belly, I know I'm no pin up (unless you want to throw darts).
There is a large amount of ambivalence about me, I don't care really, love or hate, I'm more of a whatever person, but I love how much I laugh. I laugh at myself all of the time, I am a ridiculous person and can identify with Mr Bennet from Pride and Prejudice immediately, laughing at others so long as you can laugh at yourself. I laugh at the follies and absurdities of myself all the time, and it was cathartic to write such ridiculous rhetoric about myself. Thank you the design experiment.
I mostly used MME Bloom and Grow, with AC felt thickers.
Saturday, 18 April 2009

krafty birthday

The stamp with us challenge this time was to make a birthday project. I was playing around with a couple of things and came up with this.
Fun and Fast Notes and Botanical blooms stamp sets, with a see-dee's greetings, brown staz-on, Moonlight White brilliance ink and Chocolate Chip ink, Kraft and Pretty in Pink Cardstock. The images were coloured with Promarkers, with doodlebug glitter and flock.
Friday, 17 April 2009

birthday choo choo

The stamp with us challenge this time was to make a birthday project. I was playing around with a couple of things and came up with this.
Choo Choo and Right on Track stamps, with Kraft, Really Rust and Old Olive cardstock, and Really Rust, Old Olive and Creamy Caramel inks. The message was written by hand in white ink
Thursday, 2 April 2009

there isn't anything

Use it challenge No.4 was to use scraps of something (here everything except the background paper (including the ribbon was a scrap)), 2 or more different types of ribbon, punches or die cuts (Sizzlits take it easy font) and an embellishment you once loved, but have kind of forgotten about (my button).
I buy buttons and rarely use them, and I'm really guilty of moving onto my latest stash buy without using what I've already opened so this was a second wind for my Basic Grey Offbeat, I'd used all of the sheets I really liked, but think this works ok for a sheet of paper I was initially terrified of.
In my usual fashion I used glossy accents, but then stuck my finger in it before it had change to dry :(
Thursday, 26 March 2009

hello silhouettes

I got the pocket silhouettes from the Stampin’ Up catalogue and stamped them with Mellow Moss ink. Using the 2 mm Anita’s gem stones and adhering them with glossy accents the pattern was completed. The card was finished with Mellow Moss card and ribbon and a cuttlebug strip embossing folder.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009

spring thing

Last week, a new challenge blog started, Use It!, well I was too slow last week, but this week I've given it a good go.
I've used Basic Grey Two Scoops, Prima flowers and a the Sizzlits die 'Birds and Branches', I think the stamp is Hero Arts, but I've had them so long I can't really remember.
Friday, 13 March 2009

from the garden

Just a quick stamp and colour card with the Stampin’ Up From the Garden Stamp. It was stamped 3 times and layered. Stickles were used on the centre of the flowers. The images were coloured with water colours.
Sunday, 8 March 2009

sassy hello

The March monthly challenge on UKS is to make a card featuring 3 from the list:
buttons, bows, bling, birdies, blooms & bunnies
I used Sassafras papers to just quickly make this card, the papers were highlighted with glossy accents.
Sunday, 1 March 2009


Leaving a job I hated to start something new was emotional, but I couldn’t put a picture to it, so I didn’t.
American Crafts felt thickers
American Crafts rub ons
American Crafts paper (from ages ago I’m sure it’s AC)
Kanban Bling
glossy accents