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Birthday treats

I must be the slackest blogger in the world lately.  I've been working my day job from sun-up to well after sundown every day for weeks now and it's seriously impacted my time to blog.  But never fear there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  I have one more business trip next week and then I should be back to the usual level of busy - and not completely insane.

Ok enough rambling... could you tell that was a belated apology for not posting more often recently?  So as a treat I'm going to share something I made for a dear friend of mine for her birthday a few weeks ago.  You might remember I posted photos of the card I made in my last post... well this is what I made to go with it.  It's a tote bag containing 4 gift cards and envelopes.  I've used lots of items from the mini - the top note die, the very vintage wheel, and some very vintagey colours.

Hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by.


Materials: Cardstock: Kraft, Bordering Blue, Whisper White, Melon Ma…

Birthday girl

Here's a little something I made for a very dear friends birthday last week.  Today I'll share the card with you, but keep an eye out for later in the week where I share the gift I made also.

When I first took a look at the Autumn/Winter mini catalogue I had a huge wish list.  Slowly I've been transforming that wish list to be a supplies list as things migrate to my shelves.  In this card I've used a number of items from the mini - the Top Note die, the Very Vintage wheel, and Soft Suede ribbon and ink.  So much goodness in such a lovely little catty.    The Very Vintage wheel is just stunning.  When you use it with Soft Suede ink on craft cardstock it looks like a printed background - completely amazing.  I can't wait to get some time to scrapbook and use it!!

Anyway that's it for me today.  I'm going to be a little slow updating my blog the next few weeks as I'm busy traveling again for work.  I'll try and get a little ahead - but I just wanted to …

Something for mum

Mother's day can be a bit of a challenge for me as my Mum lives in another state.  We can't always be up there visiting but I can share the love by sending cards or a little gift in the mail.  Last week I shared with you the tri-shutter card I made for my mum.  Well it's still sitting on my desk waiting to be sent.  Before you say what a terrible daughter I am let me just tell you she's on holidays for 6 weeks so I have a little time up my sleeve to make something special to go with it before I send it.

My mother-in-law however does live close by.  So I had no excuses about not having a card ready for dinner on Sunday night!  Luckily I was very inspired on Saturday and had a little time to whip this card up. I used my latest "toy" the Top Note Bigz Die.  I love how easy this is to use, but it's just so striking. A few layers of contrasting papers & card, a stamp, a punch and some ribbon - and voila - a card is created.

What do you think?  Did I do ok f…


I'm so behind on my blogging that I haven't had a chance to let you all know that I was nominated for another award - The Sunshine Award - by the very talented Juliette Chapman. Recognition is such an encouragement - and comes in all sorts of ways. These awards are lovely as they are from your fellow bloggers, but I value your comments too - so feel free to leave them for me. They really do put a smile on my face.
The rules of this award are as follows:-

Put the Sunshine Award on your blog or in your post.
Pass the award onto other Bloggers
Link the Nominees within your post.
Let them know they have received the award by leaving a comment on one of their posts.
Don't forget to share with the person who gave you the award.
So in no particular order.... here are my nominees: It goes without saying... the fabulous Juliette Chapman (thanks Juliette) Creations by Patti Angelika Brown Robyn Irving Liam Puncher
I could go on and on... but I'd be repeating myself again and again. The…


On the weekend I had a great excuse to get crafty.  It was Mothers Day, we had an engagement party to go to, and it was my friends birthday on Monday.  The card I'm going to show you today is the one I made for the engagement party.

I absolutely love the vintage look in the current Autumn/Winter mini and keep going back to the stamps and the colours time and time again.  In this card I also showcase one of my new favourites the Bigz die Top Note.  I used quite a few different stamps and colours in this.  Can you guess what DSP I used? (scroll down for answer).

Did you guess Bella Blue?  Who would have thought.  The reverse side of one of the sheets goes beautifully with Soft Suede, Kraft and chocolate chip.  I also got to use my favourite of the moment stamp set (cause you can't have just one) - Life Definitions - on the inside.  I love this set as it's just so nice to have something meaningful, a little quirky and not too flowery inside a card.  You know what I mean right…

Who doesn't love a handbag?

Honestly what girl doesn't love a good handbag?  I know I've got a new obsession with them after my last trip overseas (thanks Coach...)

I love the idea of a cute little handbag.  And after seeing some mini albums in a similar style on a few blogs (sorry I can't remember where and I forgot to star them in Google reader) I decided to make my own mini version - but as a cute little card instead.

I used some of the new colours and papers from the Autumn/Winter mini - and I'm loving these for winter.  Funny how my colour tastes change a bit to match the seasons.  I'd never really noticed it until now.  Anyway back to the handbag card.... In addition to using Rich Razzleberry I also used the new DSP (Designer Series Paper for those of you wondering) Cottage Wall and Vintage Vogue Stamp Set.  In fact the only things not from the current mini are the brads, the Whisper White Cardstock, and the 'for you' stamp... oh and the butterfly punch.  But the last one doesn…

May Project Class

May's classes are fast approaching.  This Saturday I've got a project class running where we'll be making this great double tri-shutter card.  You might remember I mentioned last month I said we'd be making the double tri-shutter albums that I showed you here.  Well I've decide to branch out and give you a choice.  

Sign up for my class this Saturday or next Tuesday and you can make either the album or the card.  The choice is yours.  Mother's day is fast approaching and this makes a great gift for Mum.  Or better yet - bring mum to the class on Saturday and in addition to learning how to make this project you also have a great fun morning out with Mum.  Let me know if you'd like a seat at my craft table.
Thanks for stopping by.
Materials: Cardstock: Bordering Blue, Very Vanilla Ink: Bordering Blue Stamps: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet, Life Definitions, Sweet Little Sentiments DSP: Bella Blue Punches: Circle, Eyelet Border, Butterfly, Wide Oval Other: Brads, Bashf…


It's Monday morning and I'm very behind in blogging lately.  Not because I haven't been busy crafting, but because I've been sick, visiting family, and tied up with a whole host of work functions.  I do have some new projects to share with you this week and can't wait to blog about them tonight.  (Sorry you have to wait 1 more day!)

I did however just want to write a quick post to tell you all how blown away I am by a blog post I just read on Liam's blog.  Liam is one of those amazing crafty people who not only makes the most divine projects, but she also blogs so regularly about them she inspires me every day!  Given the high esteem I have for her you can imagine my surprise to find myself listed on her blog as someone she get's inspiration from.  I nearly fell off my chair at work!!!!  Seriously!  That's one compliment that's going to take a LONG time to sink in.

So to follow on what Liam started I want to share with you some of the blogs I get ins…