Saturday 30 April 2011


To the happy couple.....a long and happy life together!
What a wonderful day it must have been for them, their families and all those who packed the streets in London.  


Friday 29 April 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps - Sketch and Bling #37

Hi Blogger's,

I've been listening to the news this morning and yes there's plenty of wedding talk......there's also talk of the terrible storms across America.  My heart goes out to all those people who have suffered during this latest natural disaster.  To all my US friends.....take care, stay safe.


It's been so good to see so many people linking to the blog for AnnaBelle Stamps Blog Hops on the first and third Tuesday of each month.  We would love you to spread the word on your blogs about all the AnnBelle Challenges. With prizes being sent out every month and the chance to join our Belle's and Bella's as a guest designer what better reason can we give you to play along?

So today is the Monthly Sketch and Bling Challenge are you joining in?  All the details are at the end of this post.

My card Uses the following AnnaBelle sets:
Daisy Delights  - The layered daisy.
BBD5 - The dots beneath the sentiment.
BBD3 - The Herringbone ribbon.
Acacia - The sentiment.
Do you like the design paper? It's another digital paper designed by Andrea and it goes very well with SU Baja Breeze ink.
Some AnnaBelle white pearls add the bling to my card today.

You'll find the links under the Design Team button on the left side bar to check out all the girls fabulous creations.

Thanks for dropping in today ..... now I have to run .... I have a Wedding to attend:):)  
May they share a long and happy life together.

How To Play along with our Challenges:

- We post our challenges every Friday at 12:00pm AEST (AEDT during Daylight Savings).
- Our Sketch Challenge Runs from the last Friday of a month through till the last Friday of the following        month.
- Each Friday in between we have themed challenges. To be eligible for the monthly prize of a $20 gift voucher to spend in store at AnnaBelle Stamps you MUST take part in the sketch challenge AND one of the weekly challenges.
- Please link directly to your entry not just to your blog.
- Include a link back to the AnnnaBelle Stamps blog in your post.
- Please don't link to postings made prior to the date of our current challenge.  All projects submitted must be new.
- A maximum of 5 challenges may be combined including this one.        
- You may enter any challenge several times as long as each submission is with a new creation.
- We would love you to use AnnaBelle Stamps, but you can play along without them. For those who use AnnaBelle stamps and upload to the Gallery HERE then you will also be in the running to be our Monthly Guest Designer!

Thursday 28 April 2011

To Cheer You.......


How are my reader's today?  I hope the week is moving along well for you ..... can you believe it's already Thursday?

As promised I have a second Heartfelt Creations card to share today.  I've been having so much fun with these stamps and dies and today's card is a fancy fold that I have used before.  It kind of fit this image though so with a couple of small changes .... here it is:

To Cheer You –  5.5 x 5.75 inch card.

Stamps:  HCPC 3387 Luscious Cherry Swirls PreCut Set.
Dies:      Spellbinders Blossom and circles dies.

Other:   Small Spellbinder tags. Memento Tuxedo Black ink, Copic Markers, Roman – Ivory, LSS White card (card base), DSP KaiserCraft – Tudor. American Craft Card – autumn range, red.  AnnaBelle Stamps Cherry Sprinkles, button, Lace, ribbon and linen thread from my stash.   Fiskars Sunburst border punch. Cuttlebug, PI die cutter for large circle base. Tapes and craft glue.


Cut 5-inch circle from white card and DSP adhere and fold in half.

Stamp bunch of cherries to ivory card, colour with Copic’s and die cut using a spellbinder circle die. Adhere Cherry Sprinkles.  Stamp a second set of cherries and colour the same way.  This set is cut out to loop through the ribbon. 
Cut a green mat from American Craft card one size large than image circle. Adhere to image circle.
Cut Blossom from red craft card and position the image and green mat to the centre with double-sided tape.
Trip a strip of red card 5.5 x 1.75”. Punch one long edge using a Fiskars Sunburst border punch.
Layer a layer of lace over the punched border and tie a narrow ribbon in a bow to the right hand side.
Stamp the sentiment in Tuxedo Black and cut it with a small tag die from Spellbinders.
Add the sentiment to the card base by threading linen thread through the sentiment and knot of the ribbon bow.  Add a small button and tie a bow over the top.
Using strong glue add the Blossom die cut image to the base of the card over the lace.
Add 5 Cherry Sprinkles around the base and loop the second set of cherries through the ribbon to the left side of the card.

I'm entering this card in the following challenge:

Just Us Girls - Create Any Template with a Spring Theme

Tomorrow is the Sketch and Bling Challenge at AnnaBelle Stamps, hope to see you back for that.


Wednesday 27 April 2011

You Mean So Much To Me.


Back to normal here after the long Easter/Anzac day week end........shame about the Sydney weather.

Wednesday is Heartfelt Creations day when I get to share one of the projects made with their fabulous stamps and matching dies.  This month  Heartfelt Creations released the Springtime Cardinals Collection and my cards use some of these sets:

Stamps:  HCPC 3382 Magnificent Cardinal Rose PreCut.
               HCPC 3320 Vintage Words Background PreCut.
               HCPC 3303 Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Set.
Dies:       HCD 701 Posy Patch Diecuts.
Other:    Vivaldi 290grm base card, X-Press It Blending Card, White hammered card, American Crafts                   Denim and Blue. KaiserCraft - English Rose Collection DSP.  Scrap of green.
Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaColor – Baby Blue, Copic Markers, Prisma Pencils and OMS.
Kaisercraft pearls, embroidered ribbon from my sewing basket.
Cuttlebug, Swiss dots embossing folder. Sewing Machine and thread, Punch Bunch leaf punch, Craft Glue, double sided tape, foam tabs.

You Mean So Much To Me - 6 x 6 inch card.

Cut and fold    base card to 6-inch square.
Stamp image to Blending card using Memento Tuxedo Black, colour with Copic Markers. Shade with Prismas and OMS. Trim to 4 x 4.5 inches and mat to Denim card. Machine stitch around four sides.
Mat DSP to Denim card, finished size 5.75 inches square. Machine stitch around four sides.  
Stamp Vintage Words Background to white hammered card using VersaColor Baby Blue ink. Mat to Denim card, finished size 3.5 x 4.5 inches. Machine stitch around four sides. 
Adhere to DSP with double sided tape. Emboss blue card with Swiss dots mat to denim card, finished size 2 x 5.75 inches. Machine stitch around four sides. 
Add embroidered ribbon and adhere to card front with double sided tape.  
Using foam tape and craft glue attach image to front of card. Stamp sentiment in Tuxedo Black and mat to Denim card, finished size 1 x 2 inches.  Adhere to top left side of card front.
Stamp three Posy Patch flowers, die cut and colour with Copic markers.  Shape and add a Kaisercraft pearl to the centre of each.  Punch two leaves from scrap of green card. Arrange the leaves and three Posy Patch flowers to bottom left of card   using craft glue to adhere.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
Let's Ink It Up -   Stitching.
Stamptacular Sunday - Must use a stamp - At least 5 layers
Make It Monday 

Hope you can call back tomorrow for one more HC card  this week. 
Till then.......


Tuesday 26 April 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps - Blog Hop Winner

Hello Blogging buddies,

Did you see the announcement over on the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog? The winner of the Blog Hop that is.
I'm sure Dana will enjoy playing with her new Mother's Day Bouquet set and I hope we'll be seeing her cards in up-coming challenges.

I'd like to remind you that there are 2 competitions still running so you have until the end of this week to get your entries in for both.  It's clearly been a busy time with the Easter/Spring holidays so there are not too many entries (a good time to get your card in I'd say *** smile***).  Here are the links why not go and check them out, we'd love to see your card in the mix and why not tell your friends too!

Say It In Blue and Purple

Hope to see you all back here on Friday for the AnnaBelle Sketch and Bling Challenge #037 .


Monday 25 April 2011

Oh Joy!!!!

Good Morning Blogger's,

25th is ANZAC day here a day for Remembrance .........Lest We Forget!!!!

They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.

I'm pretty sure you'll have seen these pretty Sugernellie images around the blogs.....they're so beautiful and a pleasure to colour.

This one is called Joy and I've printed her onto watercolour paper and coloured her with Prisma's and OMS. She's my entry to this week's Less Is More Challenge #12 - Off Centre. 
I'd also like to enter this card for the Make It Monday Challenge here in  Australia.
Back on Wednesday with another Heartfelt Creation card, till then..............

Image: Joy- Digital Illustration - Suger Nellie. Sentiment: Heartfelt Creations.
Ink: SU - Chocolate Chip.
Card: Grant Studio pre folded card, Arches Watercolour paper, American Crafts Brown, DSP - KaiserCraft Devonshire Collection 6 x 6 paper pad.
Other: Martha Stewart Chocolate Brown Seam Binding. Prisma Pencils and OMS.

Saturday 23 April 2011

The Roses April Challenge - Happy Easter

Hi Blogger's

I hope you all enjoy a Happy Easter.....not too much chocolate mind!!!

I'm getting in a day early with my card for the Roses Challenge this month. We usually post on the last Sunday of the month but as it's Easter Sunday I thought I'd keep that day clear.

This month I got to pick the challenge for the Roses and I asked everyone to make a fancy fold card anything other than a card with just one top or side fold would fit the bill.

So here's my card, hope you like it

It uses one of the new sets from AnnaBelle Stamps called Daisy Delights. This is the card closed.

Partially open..... Do you like my paper bow?  I cut it on  the PI.

Here it is open.....I love these daisies and just a few AnnaBelle Sprinkles to add some bling.

I hope you go check the Roses Links to see what these creative girls came up with.  You can find all the links by clicking on the button that say My Favourite Places.  Thanks for stopping by today.

Till next time........

My card is entered in the following Challenges:

The Rubber Cafe -  Challenge TRCC#14: Polka dots 
Tuesday Throwdown - Polka Dots
Craft Your Passion - You've been spotted (use dots)

Thursday 21 April 2011

Tissue Posy Gift Set.

Today 's little gift set features stamps and dies from Heartfelt Creations.   Using the Posy Patch die HCD702 I made  two  blooms from 2 shades of tissue paper held secure with gem brads.  Pretty DP and some lush ribbon also feature on the card. You might just notice the gold swirl which is just lovely.

Here are the details: Card measure 4.25 x 5.75 inches.

Stamps:            HSPC 3320 Vintage Word Background PreCut Set.
Dies:                HCD701 Posy Patch Die, HCD702 Decorative Butterfly-Border Die.
Ink:                  Memento London Fog.  SU Pale Plum.
Card:               LSS – Plum base card, gold card. Mushroom textured card – AnnaBelle Stamps. DP Fairy Flora by Prima.
Embellish.:      Tissue Paper. 6mm Lilac Sprinkles – AnnaBelle . Vandoros Ribbon – crush taffeta.
Equipment:     ScorPal, CuttleBug. Glue Glider Tape and clear craft glue.

Stamp:             HSPC 3320 Vintage Word Background PreCut Set.
Ink:                 SU Lavender Lace
Card:               LSS – Plum base card.  DP Fairy Flora by Prima.
Embellish.:     Tissue Paper. Bella gem brad. Scrap of satin ribbon. SU Tab in pale plum.
Equipment:    ScorPal, Glue Glider Tape and clear Craft Glue. 1/8” hole punch.

Score and centre fold 8.25 x  5.75 Plum base card.
Die cut Posy petals in two shades of tissue paper.
Layer the cut petals staggering them as you go.
With an awl pierce the centre and secure with a gem brad.
Mat Fairy Flora dsp with gold card. Die cut a gold corner swirl.
Stamp a piece of Mushroom textured card using the Vintage Word Background PreCut set.  Tear around four sides and ink using pale plum. Adhere to dsp.
Wrap the taffeta ribbon .75 inches from bottom of card.  Add the gold corner swirl. Glue the tissue flower over the gold swirl scrunching the layers to separate them.  Add five AnnaBelle Lilac Sprinkles.

The pouch is made from another piece of Plum card 8.25 x 5.75 inches. Score are .25”, 2”,4” and 6”. Turn and score at 2”along long edge.
Stamp Vintage Word Background over entire piece.
Along the 8.25” side cut up to the 2” score and remove the piece 2” x .25”.
Punch along the opposite 8.25 edge.
Tape and glue along the .25” tab and attach to the other side of the card to form the box shape.
Fold and glue the base of the pouch.
Decorate the front and back with some satin ribbon knotted around DSP.
Pinch the front and back of the pouch together at the top opening. Fold over the SU Tab and punch a 1/8’ hole through.
Attach the smaller Tissue flower by threading the brad through the punched hole and secure the tab to the back of the pouch with tape.


Wednesday 20 April 2011

Cardinal Posy Wreath.

Today I'm sharing one of the new Springtime Cardinal Collection sets from Heartfelt Creations.   

This set is called Cardinal Posy Wreath HSPC 3384 and as you can see it sits well within a Spellbinder oval die.
By using the matching dies for these pretty posy petals HCD706 I've popped up the pretty blooms. Even the Cardinal's have a separate stamp and die set  so I've popped up just one!

Here are the details: Completed card measures 5 x 6 inches.

                        HCPC 3353 Cardinal Family PreCut Set
                        HCPC3303 Posy Patch Flowers PreCut Set

Dies:                HCD 706 Cardinal Family Die
                        HCD 701 Posy Patch Die
                        HCD702 Decorative Butterfly-Border Die.
                        Spellbinder Petite Oval and Petite Scalloped Dies.

Other:             Pure Luxury Card pure white.  American Craft Autumn Collection (Green), Kaisercraft Tudor DSP. Kaisercraft Basics Pearls.
                        Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Ribbon from Stash.


Fold White card to make 4 x 4.25” top fold card.
Mat DSP to Green card. Pierce around green card.
Punch Border from green card and wrap ribbon with bow to right. Add to card front .5” from the bottom.

Stamp image to Pure Luxury card and colour with Copic Marker.
Using a Spellbinder Petite Oval die cut the image and Mat to a die cut scalloped oval. Die cut one cardinal and 5 small posy petals plus 3 larger ones. Colour with Copic’s, shape and add to image.  Add pearls to the centre of each flower.
With double-sided tape add the completed oval image to the top 2” of the card base.

I'm so glad you could stop by today.......I've been busy making cards and not posting them to my blog of late...... hopefully I'm back on track now!  I have another card to share tomorrow so if you get time.....I'll see you then.

Take care,

Tuesday 19 April 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps - Mother's Day Bouquet

Hi Blogger's,

Before we get into the Blog Hop I'd just like to remind you that the Sketch challenge #036 is still running if you haven't got your card in yet here's the link........go check it out!

OK time for another AnnaBelle Blog Hop............ All the details at the end of this post.
Today the Belle's are sharing another of the NEW sets with you.  This one is called Mother's Day Bouquet and was designed by Iwona.  I've been itching to show some cards made with these images, they can be dressed up or used in a more CAS style........see what you think.

I've made a set of three cards to share today and try as I might I couldn't take a picture of the three together so here we go:

No1. Roses:
Lots of stitching on all three cards. I've coloured with Copic Markers and shaded in areas with Prisma pencils and OMS.  AnnaBelle tamps white hemp and a button from the Colour families collection.  Do you like the gingham?  I'm a gingham goes with most things. All three cards feature  this pretty Papaya gingham which is one of 24 colours available as a Digital Download from the Store.  White hemp and watch out for buttons too that fit in with the colour families products.

Lilies for the second card with some paper piecing for the vase this time.
This pretty DP is from Pebbles it's a 12 x 12 and I have most of the sheet left to play with.  Three Pumpkin Sprinkles  6mm for the bling.

Now for the third card Tulips. 

All three cards start with a base of Ivory that has the scalloped edge added to the front.  The mat for all three is American Crafts Rust card stock.

 I used one of the new background By Design sets # 5 on each of these cards and this one I didn't mask, rather I stamped the background followed by the image.   I don't mind the way it looks how about you?  Once again just 3 Pumpkin Sprinkles to complete.

Before I send you on your way I have one more card using the Vase of Roses.

This is pretty pink card with lots of glitter that sadly the camera won't show. The DSP is Kaisercraft Candy Lane Collection 6" paper pad.  Organza ribbon adds it's own shine.

Now your next stop is Kylie and from Kylie you travel over to Iwona's Blog. All the Belle's links are in the folder marked Design Teams on the left side bar.

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog Hop
Come and join us the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month as we have fun sharing a new set with you!  
Play along with us for your chance to win the Blog Hop set!
How to Play :
Playing along is now even easier!  You can leave a comment on one or all of the DT blogs and add your name using the Inlinkz tool which can be found on any of the DT blogs.
Each Hop a random winner will be drawn and if you've commented on the mystery DT blog then you will be the winner of the Blog Hop set!   The hop will run for 1 week and the winner will be announced the following Tuesday!


Friday 15 April 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps - Daisy Delight Silhouette

Hello Blogger's,

Today I have a card to share using another of the new AnnaBelle Stamps sets . This set is called Daisy Delights Silhouettes it's a solid stamp that  leaves a white image.

My card starts with some NEW card from AnnaBelle in a chocolate brown that has a really great textured look. I've popped up one of the single daisies from another set Daisy Delight  and added some Kindy Glitz crystalina to the centre of the flowers. The sentiment is from yet another new set called  Squared - Mother's Day.

Why not go take a look at all the new card available not to mention some fabulous digital gingham in 24 colours and just Aus. $3.50. Print the gigham onto the new Smooth White 265 grm card stock for  your CAS card base....... it works well with Copic's too!

Don't forget we have another AnnaBelle Hop next Tuesday.......hope to see you them. 

This card is entered in the following challenges:

The Paper Variety - 1E - flowers
Flourishes -  Flowers, flowers everywhere
Paper Take Weekly -  Dimension somewhere On Your Card

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Spring Cardinal Collection.

Hi Blogger's,

Today I'm pleased to share a card made with one of the new sets from Heartfelt Creations Springtime  Cardinal Collection.   The Springtime Cardinal Collection features 8 new PreCut Sets. These new sets coordinate with existing exclusive Heartfelt Creations dies manufactured by Spellbinders.The images in this collection are very classic and elegant, perfect for your Copic markers, and you will love the fact that they coordinate with some of the existing Heartfelt Creation dies, so this is an added value for some of the dies you might already own. Leave a comment on my blog or the Heartfelt Creations blog by April 19 and one lucky person will win the entire release valued at $119.92. The winner will be announced on the HC blog on April 20.

My card features an image from HCPC 3388  with a sentiment from HCPC 3383. 

I've used a Mat of orange for my card which sits well behind the Webster's Pages DSP. The image was coloured using Prisma's and OMS. I wanted a vintage feel for this card so kept the colouring quite muted and sponged both the image and sentiment.

I hope you'll click the link to see all the cards on the Heartfelt Creations Blog.  

Stamps: HCPC 3388 Spring Cardinals PreCut set. HCPC 3383 Cardinal Posy Branch PreCut set (sentiment)
Ink:  VersaFine Archival Vintage Sepia.
Card:   Roman Ivory and Tan. American Craft Card Autumn Collection (orange).DSP Webster's Pages petite papers.
Embellishments: Vandoros tafeta ribbon, Kaisercraft  rhinestones.
Equipment:  Prisma pencils and OMS. Spellbinder's Labels 9 Die, Cuttlebug, Craft Concepts embossing folder Woodgrain. ScorPal, EK Success corner rounder.

Monday 11 April 2011

Monday, Monday, So good to me!!!

Hi Blogger's

We enjoyed some good weather over the week end  in Sydney. It did pour with rain late Sunday afternoon but as Walshie and I had spent time in the garden, tidying ready for winter, we were glad to see it.  We caught up with friends, eating out, so I had little cooking to do, instead I spent some time clearing more space in my work area.  I made a few cards too which was great.......I'm a little ahead of things which I like.  AnnaBelle Stamps have lots of new sets available in the On-Line store which we will be featuring in the coming weeks.  Don't forget the Blog Hop  you still have the chance to win the 3 new Belle digital quick though, the winner will be announced tomorrow!!!!!

I have two cards to share today, the first is another made with Summer Rain:

Coloured with Prisma's and OMS with some paper piecing. The sentiment is computer generated.

My second card uses another of Annabelle Stamps new sets called Squared:

Spellbinder's scalloped squares make up the shape of this Easel Card I made ready for Ian's B'Day!

I used the Frame with a side sentiment, then added a centre square of hearts.  I also stamped an individual heart in red,  embossed it, cut it out and popped it up over the centre heart.  To complete the card I added a red heart Sprinkle some red cotton cord and some licorice sprinkles


Friday 8 April 2011

ABS - Young Love.

Hello Blogger's,

If you're still Hopping along with the AnnaBelle Belle's, click here to see my post introducing three new Digital Stamps.

Today I'm sharing a fun card using Young Love from AnnaBelle Stamps, which I coloured with some of my favourite colours using Copic Markers.

The PI helped me with this little card, cutting the 5 inch base circle and the little scalloped strip which uses the reverse of the Echo Park Little Boy sailboat card stock. It also cut the anchor for me.

Spellbinder circle dies were used to cut the mat layer of pale blue and the coloured image which was printed to X-Press It blending card.  I've added some pale blue seam binding to the mix as well as a gold button that secures the computer generated sentiment.

I love this fun shaped card, wish I could say the design was all mine but I saw one made by Dawn Phillips from Pink Petticoat and had to try one......the good news is it  fits a five inch envelope.........hope you like my version!

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Wee Memories # 50 - 'Colour'

SCS CC 317.

Thursday 7 April 2011

Heartfelt Creations and me..........

Morning Blogger's,

I received some fabulous news last night and wanted to share it with you today.  I've been chosen as one of the new members of Heartfelt Creations Design Team.  If that name is new to you HFC design  beautiful stamps with matching Spellbinder dies that are so popular with crafter's.  

As the new girls begin HFC said farewell to some amazing ladies. I've so enjoyed seeing all their work each Wednesday and have been inspired by it too.......big shoes to fill.......I will do my best!

Here's a little card I made using  the following sets: 
HCPC 3306 Posy Patch Garden Delights PreCut Set. HCPC 3320 Vintage Word Background PreCut Set as well as the following dies:
HCD701 Posy Patch Die, HCD702 Decorative Butterfly-Border Die.

A twisted easel with a bejewelled floral stem.

I'll be sharing some more soon.........can't wait.

Thanks for stopping by and sharing this with me, see you tomorrow with a little AnnaBelle Card as promised.   Don't forget the Blog Hop you can still play along for a chance to win 3 new images.


Wednesday 6 April 2011

AnnaBelle Stamps 1st Digital images with a touch of red.......

Hi Blogger's,

Hope you're all hopping along with us at AnnaBelle Stamps as we introduce three of the very first digital images Andrea has for us. Click HERE to start the hop and HERE for my could win all three.

Today's card uses one of the digital images from the April release called Summer Rain.

I've used shades of grey Prisma Pencils with OMS to colour all but the Umbrella.  This, I paper pieced with the red and white star digital paper from GKD.   My card was made for  challenge # 9 at Less Is More - A Touch of Red. 

Printing the image and sentiment direct to the card front, I've enclosed the image in a hand drawn box adding four 3mm AnnaBelle Licorice Sprinkles, one in each corner.  

A grey day, rain with a splash of colour.  I like to think this little couple are saying goodbye for a while.......the little Sailor boy looks sad don't you think?..........hence the Farewell.

I'll be back on Friday with a Fun Fancy Fold card using another of the Digital images.......hope you can call past to check it out............Till then.