Friday, January 3, 2014

Finally - A Crafty Christmas Project!

Hello old friends!

I thought I would share with you a crafty project I completed for Christmas. As some of you are aware, my crafty mojo has all but deserted me so this blog has been inactive for quite some time. I can't say it has returned in its entirety, but I was sufficiently motivated to create some little cards for a Twelve Days of Christmas project.

This project was a Secret Santa of sorts - 12 anonymous presents inspired by the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas". Each present was accompanied by a hand-made little card featuring a poem written by me. Some of the presents were closely related to the song, some weren't - so poems were necessary to tie it all together!

They aren't terribly elaborate, but I was happy with how each one followed the same colour scheme and allowed the poem to take centre stage. Stupidly I forgot to note the name of the papers, so if anyone recognises them, please let me know.

It was a great deal of fun and I have written a post about the project which you can read on my other blog here. There you will find the entire story, and photos of all twelve cards. For this crafty blog, I thought I would just show you the ones where the cards looked best.

I am entering into the following challenges:

C.R.A.F.T - Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons - Anything But a Card
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas
Catch The Bug - Your Favourite Christmas Song

Ah, it's nice to be back.  I hope you enjoyed my first crafty project in a while. Remember to head to The Squirrel & The Fox for the Anything Goes challenge. The team have done a fantastic job with their DT inspiration for you.

Hopefully I will see you again soon!


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Boarding Up These Windows

Hello Blogging Friends,

Some you may have noticed things have gone a little quiet over here. I'm afraid to say that my crafty mojo has all but deserted me at the moment, and as a result there hasn't been much to post about.

I have come to the conclusion that forcing yourself to craft to meet DT obligations doesn't make your mojo come back either. Rather like dressing a cat in dolls clothes,where there might be a fabulous photo opportunity and all looks cute on the outside - inside there's one unhappy furry critter who would rather be doing something else (and let's be honest, will run a mile when the doll clothes come out next time). So rather than forcing the issue, I'm stepping back from crafting for a while.

I will still be around the crafting world, as I am carrying on as DT coordinator for The Squirrel & The Fox, and working with the fabulous team there. That might mean I create the occasional card and post it here, but mostly this little blog will be having a hiatus.

Instead, like that kitty who dreams of being somewhere else, I will be concentrating my writing on my new blog "Still Just Us". I would love all my friends that I have made here to visit me over there. You can find me at where I tell exciting tales from my life like "How a household appliance changed my life".

Much love,

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Father's Day at Kenny K's Krafty Krew

Hello and happy Sunday!

This is a happier Sunday than most for it is a long weekend in Sydney this weekend to celebrate the Queen's birthday. As I am still a little under the weather I am very grateful not to have to go to work tomorrow.

It's time for a new challenge at KKKK, and this time the theme is


Unlike Australia, the United States celebrates Father's Day in June.

My card was made this week using Rock Dude, and to make it more in keeping with my Dad's, shall we say vintage, I paired him with some cool retro styled papers.

Sadly I had to take this photo after dark, so the light isn't as great as it could be. The accents in the papers are green and aqua. I added gold eyelets to the corners and some mesh brown ribbon for embellishments.

Rock Dude was coloured with copics.

Our challenge this week is sponsored by Kenny K and Marianne Designs - visit the challenge blog here to see the fantastic prizes on offer!

Thanks so much for stopping by. 


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

In the summer time..

I only wish it was Summer time here Down Under. Sadly I am not a fan of Winter. While I am a big fan of the knee high boots and lovely coats that Winter brings, I don't like the cold weather that comes with it.

So for the latest challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox


it's no surprise I chose Summer. Our challenge this fortnight is sponsored by Saturated Canary and I adored colouring this summery, sunny image.

I found a sheet of gorgeous beach themed paper, although sadly I forgot to note what it was called. Don't you hate that??

I coloured this image with copics, giving her gorgeous beach blonde hair. I pulled out my ribbon border die to highlight some pink ribbon, and used a Spellbinders die for the image as well as adding some pearls for that little added something. My theme was inspired by the current challenge at Cupcake Inspirations.

I hope you'll pop over to The Squirrel and The Fox for your chance to win two free images from Saturated Canary. I spent so long agonising over which image to use for this challenge, I am sure you will have quite the wish list of images if you win!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations - at the beach
The Ribbon Girls - Die Cut
Sassy Studio Designs - Hit the Beach
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Summer Scene
Stamp and Create - Summer Fun

Until next time,

Monday, May 20, 2013

Here come the girls..

Hello lovely blogging friends,

Once again I am late with my blogging duties, but hopefully it is for the last time. I have finally got my computer back, although sadly I have lost much of my previous work from the irreparable hard drive. Fortunately most of my photos were backed up on an external drive so there's nothing too dramatic lost, but it's still a sad moment when you realise stuff is missing.

Anyway, there's another challenge happening at The Squirrel and The Fox, and I just know so many of you will love it.


Our challenge is sponsored by Make It Crafty, and I absolutely adore the image I chose for my DT piece. Her name is Can Can Dancer Sally and here's what I created with her:

I tried to girly this one up as much as I could and used lace, netting, a swirl die and some lovely pastel peach papers from the Prima Lyric Collection 'Overture'.  I splurged and purchased a set of matching brads, for I loved the gorgeous details in each one.

This one didn't photograph as well as I could have liked but it says "remembering the good times".

I layered the paper onto some cream and kraft card stock and distressed the edges of the image with Tim Holtz Antique Lace distressing ink.

Sally was coloured with copics, bought especially to match the papers. I went with a monochrome look, using E000, E00, EI1, C03, C05, C07, E93 and E95. I just adore how she turned out. This card is now marked for Mum's birthday.

I hope you'll join us at The Squirrel and The Fox with your girly creation for your chance to win a $15 voucher from Make It Crafty.

Creative Corner Challenges - A Song (Lady Marmalade)
Delicious Doodles - Lace
Polka Doodles - Spring Colours/Pastels
A Little Bit Crafty - Kraft
Mad for Markers -  One for the Girls
Creatilicious Challenges - One for the Girls
Sparkles Forum Challenges - monochromatic


Sunday, May 12, 2013

It's Steampunk at KKKK

Hello Friends,

Long time no write. I am sorry I haven't been around to say hello to you all lately, it's been one drama after another, with my husband sick in hospital, a dead computer and now I have been sick with laryngitis. I have to admit that with all that going on, plus a busy time at work, I lost my crafty mojo for a while there, but I am happy to report that it's back, just in time for me to share the latest challenge at Kenny K's Krafty Krew.


ooh, it's a favourite! As a long time fan of Kenny K, I have made quite a few cards using Kenny K's fabulous steampunk images. For my card today I used the image Jayne Jetpack.

Jayne was coloured with copics. The papers were from Kaisercraft 365 Days Collection, Event. My sentiment is a brand new Stampin' Up stamp. Ribbon mesh and brown and cream cord are from my stash. I found some awesome Tim Holtz cogs and wheel embellishments which fit the theme perfectly.

We have some fantastic prizes on offer at KKKK this week.

KennyK rubber stamps

with a rubber stamp of the winner's choice as well as a surprise gift pack from

I hope you can join us.
I am also entering this card into the following challenges:
Southern Girls - You Can Say That Again (sentiment or quote)
Colour Me Creative - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Thank for visiting, see you again soon.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Tic Tac Toe at KKKK!

Hello Crafty Folk,

It's time for a new challenge at Kenny K's Krafty Krew and this one really made me put my thinking cap on.


For my DT piece I chose the fourth line down, but you can do any line you like, vertically or horizontally.

I also got to use a brand new release from Kenny K, her name is Texting Diva.

So you can see I have swirls (thanks to an embossing folder), digi image (Miss Texting Diva herself), ribbon (two types) and die cuts (tag, circle and the scalloped oval). I also added a cute little flower charm and a stamped sentiment to finish it off.

We have three awsome sponsors over at KKKK this week

with a $20 voucher

with a $10 voucher

with some fabulous crafty goodies.

I hope you'll come and play with us for your chance to win, and to show off your tic tac toe skills!

This card is also entered into the following challenges:

Paper Crafting Journey - Use a Sentiment
Sweet Stampin' - Anything but a birthday
Stampin' for the Weekend - Die cuts and/or punches
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon