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Showing posts from January, 2014


I'm back but only briefly.  I'm currently overseas on holiday for a much needed break and so am just stopping by to offer up a simple card for #tooeasytuesday.

For this card I channelled my inner exchange student and busted out an origami technique to fold the bow. (Bet you didn't know I went to Japan on exchange... I also lived there for 18 months after I finished university).  It's pretty easy to do and the instructions are available online.  I kept it very simple and just added a brad and a simple sentiment stamp.  I know many of you may say origami isn't easy, but once you get some of the basic folds down pat it becomes pretty simple.  It's kind of like a modern version of teabag folding.  
Can't wait to get back into my craft room next month when I get home.  I have a bunch of brand new goodies to play with.  And I'm long overdue for a good play.
Happy crafting.

Where in the world is Sally?

You may have noticed I haven't posted much recently.  It's not because I don't care - I do.  It's just that I'm enjoying a well deserved break traveling around Spain.  You can check out what I'm up to on my personal blog.  The thing is I don't want you to miss out.  Stampin' Up! has just added some new items to the clearance rack.  Did I mention....

That's right - up to 80% off.  Luckily you don't need to wait until I get back to grab a bargain.  You can jump online into my shop and order anytime - day or night.

Happy crafting.

Year in review - what you loved

I had a little time to take stock of 2013 and I decided to investigate the posts you liked best.  If I knew what your top 10 were then I could start incorporating more of that into my 2014 posts - at least I'll try.  So here it is - the top 10 from 2013.

Number 1 - Layered sponging.  Seems like you really loved my technique posts - especially this one.

I did go a little sponging crazy this year - and there were at least 3 #techniquethursday posts on different ways of sponging.
Number 2 - Too Easy Tuesday - although this doesn't look that easy I assure you it was.
I remember when I started making this card I wasn't quite sure how it was going to end up.  It's quite different from my normal style - very cottagey (if that's even a thing).
Number 3 - another technique class - Repetition.
 Possibly one of my favourite techniques ever.  So simple yet so effective.

Number 4 - Patchwork technique.  A modern paper art take on quilting.

Number 5 - Cupcake toppers.  The gi…

Hello 2014 - I've been waiting for you

Last year I started out with some ambitious goals for myself and my blog.  Setting these goals helped me to focus in on what I love - helping people to discover a new hobby and reducing the fear factor - and on being disciplined in my craft.  Well it helped me up until around October when work got out of control and travel became my life for 3 months.  When I stopped and paused over Christmas I realised that I'd lost some of the enthusiasm I've had for craft this year.  While being more disciplined in blogging was great in the first few months, it became a little bit of a chore when time was tight.  I wanted to keep to my committed blogging schedule and I found myself creating cards that I was less than excited about.  It became another item on my to do list and not the thing I love to loose myself in to relax.  While nearly doubling the number of posts in 2013 from 2012 I somehow lost some of my enthusiasm.  So what's a girl to do?

2014 is a brand new year so it's ti…