Monday, 8 August 2016


Hello again,

In our part of the world we've had a mixed bag weather wise.  Four days of almost non stop rain before the sun eventually came out at the weekend. 

 We've been planting in the garden ready for the growing season so for us the rain was well received, though for many it meant soggy conditions with trees down and leaves everywhere.  

I took advantage of staying inside to catch up on snail mail.   I have a few friends who  prefer  a letter over an email, do you?

  Todays card is one I popped in the envelope with my letter. It uses a sweet image from LOTV . I coloured the image with Copic Markers then went back over it using my Prisma pencils to add some shading detail.

Is there anything nicer than catching up with friends over a cup of tea?   
Sadly the friend receiving this card is in the UK so that's not an option but a long newsy letter is the next best thing :)

This card is my entry to the Crafty Sentiments Anything goes Challenge.

Thanks for taking the time to call past, till next time................. x

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

More Sharpie Fun this time with fabric.....

Hello, I mentioned whilst in the US I bought a stack of Sharpies. 
When I arrived home I found a small set of  Stained Sharpies in our local Office Works. These are designed to colour could I resist!

I had a small piece of Homespun fabric sitting around so started playing.  I used the markers to draw around star shapes, filling the shapes with colour.  A simple colouring job, nothing too fancy. These Stained Sharpies are almost fluorescent (quite bright).  I added dots and a striped border before carefully ironing to set the colours.  I put some scrap paper over the inked area just incase the colour transferred. It didn't.

The piece was sitting on my desk for a few days so I thought to use it in a zipped bag, big enough to carry all my Sharpies.   A quick, easy project adding some leather tabs as well as a small timber star. 

Now all my Sharpies are together and stored as recommended 'in a horizontal position'.

Didn't wash the piece but don't expect any problems.

Thanks for dropping by, till next time.......
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Thursday, 28 July 2016


I needed a card for friends flying off on holiday very soon,  so with that in mind.......

I have this cute little Biplane  image from We R Memory Keepers. 
The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse.
Annabelle Stamps Clear Sprinkles.
Memento Inks -  Summer Sky, Lady Bug.  Versafine Onyx Black

A little cloud masking and sponging for the sky background. 
Stamping then hand cutting the Biplane before popping up over the  cloudy sky background using foam dots.  
Once the sentiment was stamped the completed panel was added to my white top fold card.
A few clear Sprinkles to complete.

Every time I use this image I think of a pin on my Pinterest board here. It has to be one of the most re-pinned items I have :)

Thanks for dropping by today, see you soon.......

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Monday, 25 July 2016

To Plan or not to Plan


My day wouldn't be complete without a visit to Pinterest.  I'm sure I'm not alone.  I have so many collections over there...... of all kinds!

I've been thinking of late that perhaps it's time to cull some, maybe discard the ones I've no further interest in, or those I've tried and added to my repertoire. Time consuming but for this 'neat freak' the idea appeals . Does anyone else do this?

Recently I've been fascinated by folded book art, I'm not sure  about the words but I've seen some amazing hearts.  Don't be surprised to see something here one day :)

For a while too, I've been following Planners, Filofax and Journal 'keepers' that what you'd call them?  I really admire those people who keep a diary and make it a thing of beauty.   I always had a Filofax in my handbag when I was working. It's lounging on a shelf these days. I couldn't have managed without one, but it's something I've let slip.  I do have a stack of notebooks around the place thought, keeping different ones for household stuff like window sizes, paint colours, that kind of thing.  Sewing notebooks with lists of all my different thread colours, needles and sewing machine feet. I always take a notebook away with me when we travel too, but it would be great to have a system that keeps everything together or at least that is inter-changeable.

Can you guess where this is leading?  I thought a Midori Travellers Notebook might be just the thing for me. A compact folder I could switch around depending what I needed at any given time.

If you don't know, the Midori is  a leather folder with elastic running down the spine to enable notebooks to be  inserted.  The original  inserts come in various designs, lined, grids plain etc.

Faux Midori's are everywhere around the web, and to be honest if you can get hold of some reasonably stiff leather it's not hard to make your own.  Notebook/Diary printable pages are available through etsy as well as quite a few very generous people offering their versions to download for free.
Search Pinterest, you'll see the favourites popping up often.  You can add pen holders, book marks and all kinds of charms and decoration to personalise your notebook.

I thought before I purchase a Travellers Notebook I'd have a go at making a 'Card Dori' using some heavy weight brown card. Mine measures 8.75 inches x 5.5 inches wide (wider than the real leather ones).

I dyed my elastic using a pink Copic marker adding a small heart charm.

I also downloaded a free insert to print, just to see if I'd use the Daily Planner. 
A couple of sites offering free downloads are  Here and Here .

I found Ray Blake's fabulous blog and his youtube site  with so many great tutorials.

 Ray designed the file pocket I added to my  Card Dori :)

I snagged some great images HERE to cut as stickers for my  Planner.  Easy to do with a Silhouette Cameo :)  Small stamps are perfect for page decoration along with Washi Tape, if this is your style.

Browsing Instagram I've seen so many creative planners that also include beautiful calligraphy.  How cool to see beautiful penmanship becoming so fashionable again.

What about a 'Fabric Dori"  I made this one on a wet afternoon and this time I got the lacing right for the spine elastic.

It looks much better and....... fancy..... I got to use some eyelets and my self setter! It's been a while since they've seen the light of day!

Adding a pocket along the bottom of the inside lining seemed like a good idea. Then (of course) once it  was sewn up I thought I should have added a pen loop :(.
Now, just need to add a couple of notebooks.

I also read that LG make a pocket printer....gasp!  It connects to your mobile phone enabling you to print off a photo straight away. Now you can add photos directly to your travel journal.  So cool and definatley on my wish list!

So thank you once again Pinterest, I've enjoyed jogging around seeing everyone's ideas and as always am amazed at how many crafty people are super generous, sharing !

Oh yes, in case you're wondering,  after mulling over all the different options (and there really are lots) I finally ordered one. The genuine Midori Travellers Notebook all the way from HERE in the UK.      It has some travelling to do before arriving in my mail box LOL!

Thanks so much for your visit today :-), till next time..........

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Bits and Bobs Notelets.


After having a 'craft room tidy' I was left with some odds and ends on my table.  So rather than throw them in the bin I thought I'd use them to make some small 4" noteletes  which are always good to have around.

The background paper was the last of some embossed card and just enough for my 4 cards, well with a little improvisation! (see the card below which is a white base card).

I used up some die cut shapes that were in my 'just in case' file. Not sure how long ago I started that one but it clearly didn't take off.  The strips of DP are bits I'd popped back into 6x6 inch paper pads..........again not one of my better ideas. 'Use it or throw it' is my motto after our last house move!

I cut the envelopes using my Silhouette Cameo and sheets from a 12 inch paper pad that I'm trying to get through!  The address stickers were also cut on the Silhouette.

Mood when finished:   Good, it's amazing what you can do with odds and ends :-)

Thanks for dropping past, till next time......

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

Monochromatic with a touch of RED

Good Morning,

I hope my Australian friends are keeping warm.......It's our first winter in Australia for a few years so the boss and I are feeling these cold evenings.......or is it an age thing?  :(

I thought I'd share a card using another LOTV image
When I coloured this image I had in mind old photos given a pop of colour, I love the look!
 I used my Copic markers today, W and R with some flesh tone E's.   

To my eye they look taupe though here they look more grey!

Another 5 inch square card using dies for the doily and circle.  
I popped some sponge tape behind the balloon to pop it up a little.

I used Wink of Stella clear to add some sparkle around the balloon and on the roses. 

The sentiment comes from a 6 x 6 paper collection and just seemed to fit.
I think this would make a good anniversary card don't you?

Creative Moments Challenge #97 - Anything Goes with a twist of ribbons and/or bows.

Thanks so much for taking the time to call past today.........till next time.

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Saturday, 9 July 2016

Birds, Plants and Alphabets.....

Hello, hello,

It's a cold, wet Friday as I write this post.  Perfect weather to stay inside with computer, printer and all sorts of other bits and bobs!

I've got quite a collection of  downloaded files from Creative Market. Today I'm using one of them. Infact,  it's one of this weeks FREE files from  the artist Daria Miazhevich . 

I just love the colours she uses.  This Alpha  I thought was perfect to cover a lined notepad.

I've used another of the patterns to create labels using my Silhouette.  Mmm love the birds on this one.

For the white labels I just cut away the bird to use.  I also added my sentiment before printing of the labels, then cut them on the Silhouette.   Some Sprinkles to add a little shine.

Here's the finished project. I printed a sheet of A4 paper to use for wrapping..... did I say I love this pretty design???  

Thanks for taking the time today   :-)

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