Sweet Always Tags and more


As you may or may not have guessed by my lack of posting, I have a rather excessive paper collection which I have not been using lately.  It’s starting to drive me a little crazy having all of these 12×12 cello bags filled with scraps of paper I am just not doing anything with.  I spent some time over the past few days trying to use up the remnants of my Sweet Always designer series paper.  Seriously, this is like the never-ending paper pack.  When I chose this one on Friday, it was because I had maybe 1 sheet in total left (but all scrappy little pieces).  That shouldn’t be too difficult to finish up…you would think.

So far, I’ve made 6 cards, 18 gift tags, one card making kit, two tag making kits and the cute little owls you can see above.  I’m slowly photographing them and listing on etsy, and I thought I would share them here as I manage to get the pics edited.

Here are a couple of the tag designs I finished up.  I LOVE the hot air balloon tags so much, I’m in the middle of making another pack of them.

I also whipped up the Christmas tags below, same design but different occasion 🙂

I will check back in again once I’ve managed to photograph more of my Sweet Always goodies.  Have you got any scraps hanging around that you could use for something like these items?



Handmade Christmas – the beginning!


A few months ago, Kimberley and I came across an online challenge to give everyone on your Christmas gift list a handmade item.  Kimberley thought it was a fantastic idea, and promptly started writing a list and then coming up with ideas to suit each recipient.  Little did she know, that I thought I would extend the plan to include my girls in this too 🙂

I have seen fabric covered pinboards around and wanted to create one for both Kim and Chloe.  I had a whitewashed frame here, along with a Reject Shop corkboard and a piece of Amy Butler ‘Love’ fabric.  The fabric is absolutely perfect in Chloe’s freshly painted bedroom, so this pinboard will be for her.

I pulled the frame off the Reject Shop corkboard, cut the cork to fit my frame and then stapled the fabric in position.  I am going to cover the back of the frame to hide the staples.  For drawing pins, I plan on using some of my gorgeous Stampin’ Up! buttons attached to regular flat drawing pins.

Yay – Handmade Christmas Gift #1 is done!  I’ll share other gifts with you as they are finished.



Clean and Simple Christmas Card


Back again, with the gorgeous colours from ColourQ challenge #98.  This time I’ve teamed them up with Fall to Layout #153 AND CAS-ual Fridays #15. 


I’ve created a card combining the colour challenge, the above layout AND kept it clean and simple!  In addition to this, the card features a sneak peek of a gorgeous vintage style Christmas stamp set from the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.

How cool is this stamp set?  Even though this challenge was for Clean and Simple, I cannot wait to use this set on a layered, totally over-the-top Christmas card.

Stamps: Winter Post, Merry and Type

Ink: Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Whisper White Craft

Paper: Confetti White, Soft Suede, Island Indigo, Tropical Party DSP (retired)

Other: Scallop Trim Punch, Decorative Label Punch

I’ll be back tomorrow with another card using these colours – thanks for looking!


Just Add ColourQ


I was blog hopping and came across the latest ColourQ challenge, and totally fell in love with the colours.  Since my mojo has gone missing after 9 days straight of sick kids (Em has the bug now…) I decided to combine it with the latest Just Add Ink sketch challenge.








See those gorgeous colours???  They make me think of summer, it’s a distant memory in my brain but I cannot wait to see it again!  AND, they match my new blog colours!  I hope to pair these colours up with a couple of sketch challenges I came across today, but since the Just Add Ink challenge ends tonight, I chose to use that first.

I had to change the challenge as I don’t have any Bermuda Bay ink or cardstock, so I’ve swapped it for Tempting Turquoise.  There are a couple of new ink colours on this card, can you see them?

Stamps: Extreme Elements, Extreme Guitar

Ink: Soft Suede, Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo

Paper: Confetti White, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Hoppy Memories (from a retired Simply Scrappin’ Kit)

Other: Mat Pack, Tempting Turquoise buttons, Linen Thread, Crumb Cake Marker, Timeless Type Junior Sizzlit Alphabet.

Thanks for visiting!


Splitcoast Colour Challenge 335


Wow – three posts in a week, hope you have recovered from the shock of it all 🙂

It’s been a busy week here, two sick kiddos, several birthdays and one hubby with a squished new car {(luckily he wasn’t in it) – to the genius truck driver in the Bunnings Narre Warren car park, how on earth could you not see a bright red car???}

Anyway, I needed another 10th birthday card this week, and decided to use the Splitcoaststampers Colour Challenge #335 – Kraft, Red, Yellow (and green).  To make it even easier, I CASEd a layout from the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  If you have the catalogue in your hands, the card I CASEd is on the top of page 34.

Cool huh?  I was pretty happy with this card (although that WAS after a glass of wine…)  This one would be super easy to customise for the recipient in any colour and wheel.

Stamps: Solid Stripes, Bring on the Cake, Birthday Builder Wheel, Candle Crazy Builder Wheel, In Stitches Jumbo Wheel.

Ink: Crumb Cake, Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Lucky Limeade

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Lucky Limeade, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White

Other: Scallop Trim Punch, Petite Pennants Punch, Timeless Type Junior Sizzlit Alphabet, Celery Brad, Linen Thread, Dimensionals, Ribbon from Dress-Up Originals (retired), bamboo skewer.


Flirtatious Fabric Ditty Bag!


Yet another sneak peek for you today – this time in the form of the brand new Stampin’ Up! fabric.  I’ve used a piece from the Flirtatious Fabric pack, this is one of three designs in the package.  The colours in this pack are bright and fun, perfect as a  small make-up bag!  This bag will be a Christmas pressie for a friend, we plan to pop some nail polish in matching colours inside it.

This cute little bag is made from a Keyka Lou pattern (great patterns on her site!), and uses just under half  of this particular piece of fabric.  The bag is lined in a pale pink Amy Butler cotton, and the zipper is from my local ‘big box’ craft store. Even though it doesn’t look it in the picture, the hot pink zipper is a perfect match to the darker pink in the fabric.

Hope you enjoyed this peek at a brand new product line from Stampin’ Up!  I have a clutch purse in a totally different print under construction, so I’ll come back and share that one when it’s finished.

Thanks for looking!


Kim’s Birthday Card and a sneak peek!


Don’t fall off your chair there 🙂  Yes, I’m actually posting a card on my blog today.

This is the first card I have made since my last post almost 3 months ago.  I couldn’t get away with choosing a birthday card for Kimberley from my stash since she has seen them all.   I had some brand new goodies to play with too which made this card lots of fun.  As I was unwell and left my card making until the last minute, I have cased the design for Kim’s card from Nichole Heady’s blog.  I saw a card very similar to this a few months back and loved it.

Some of the items I’ve used are from the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue which begins on September 1st.  If you would like a copy to drool over, please email me.

Stamps: Ornate Blossom, Delicate Doilies, Up, Up & Away and Zoo Review

Ink: Rose Red, Crumb Cake, Black Stazon, Basic Black, Whisper White

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake

Other: Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder, Melon Mambo Button, Linen Thread, Blender Pens, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Sewing Machine, Pinking Shears

Thanks for visiting – I plan on being back much sooner next time!


Em’s birthday invitations


Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mums out there!  I hope you have had a lovely day so far.

I have just finished up Emma’s 5th birthday invitations, after watercolouring them last night.  Yes, it’s a little crazy to watercolour invitations, but I had fun and they were pretty easy to do.

The main image is obviously not an SU stamp, but if you look around your local ‘big box’ craft store I’m sure you will find these stamps 🙂 The rest of the invitations are all Stampin’ Up!

Ink: Black Stazon, More Mustard (Pooh bear), Poppy Parade, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise and Crumb Cake.

Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White and Peach Parfait.

Big Shot: Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Other: Peach Parfait ribbon, dimensionals.

Here’s a closeup of the turquoise invitation.

Have a wonderful day!

A Scrapbooking Colour Challenge


Our Stamp-a-memory challenge for May was to use the photo below as inspiration for our page.

I chose to use the colours in the photo for my inspiration and the colours I wrote down after my first glance were Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo and Kiwi Kiss.  These colours became the basis for my page, and I then went hunting for photos to go with them.

After much searching, I found these pics of my girls with their cousin Oscar for my page.  I love these photographs, so it was great to finally get them on a page.  My page layout is CASEd from a page in an old Creating Keepsakes magazine (March 2008).

Stamps: French Filigree, Sweet Summer (butterflies and bees in background), Notes and Details

Ink: Marina Mist, So Saffron, Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake

Big Shot: Top Note, Hearts & Brackets

Paper: Early Espresso, Marina Mist Prints, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Melon Mambo

Other: Marina Mist button, Spiral Punch, Kiwi Kiss button (retired), Kiwi Kiss striped ribbon (retired), Melon Mambo marker, sewing machine.

Thanks for looking!  You can see links to the rest of the design team projects at Stamp-a-memory.

April Stamp-a-memory


We have been busy gardening this past week (2 truckloads delivered from the local nursery last Monday) and I clean forgot to create my Stamp-a-memory page for this month.  I’m sharing an oldie, in honour of our beloved Ellie dog who passed away five years ago today.  You can pop over to Stamp-a-memory to see the full layout.  Hope you had a lovely Easter weekend!