Friday 30 August 2013


Playing with AnnaBelle Stamps Splat Attack produced the following CAS card.  I love the font on this one word sentiment and being rubber it stamps so well.
The image is clear embossed with the sentiment stamped in tuxedo black ink beneath a punched speech bubble.

Purchase Splat Attack over the week end to receive a 20% discount :)

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Products: AnnaBelle Stamps
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
VersaMark Ink
ABS Clear Embossing Powder
Fiskars Speech bubble punch

Monday 26 August 2013

Spunky the Mouse

You know when a blog post just jumps off the screen and lands in your lap?  Well it happened to me yesterday. I saw this card posted by Judith and had to have that cute image.  Judith's beautiful colouring really made the little mouse pop.  How tickled was I to find that it's actually a digital image from Whimsy Stamps, Spunky the Mouse....  so

Is he cute or what?  A little bit of trimming and popped up over some pretty dp after colouring with Prisma's.  The little pink birdie is one of my purchases from Tokyo, a little paper clip really. 

Wish I could find a challenge to enter this one in but alas............

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Saturday 24 August 2013

Special Delivery

Here's a super CAS card using stamps from Gina K.  I'm joining the challenge over at CAS-ology  (58) which, this week is PAPER I searched my stamp catalogue and came up with an envelope........ it's paper........right :-)

Special Delivery - Tami Mayberry for Gina K
Picture It - Gina K
Memento tuxedo black ink.
Copic Markers
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Friday 23 August 2013

AC170 - Splat Attack

Time for a sketch from AnnaBelle Stamps, hope you can play along with us.  Did you score some of the gorgeous new sets?  They would work so well with this weeks sketch........just saying :-)


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Thursday 22 August 2013

Just a Note USC #2

I missed the first challenge over at Uniko Studio Stamps whilst I was on holiday, but I have a card for the second one.

I used Dylusions Sprays to colour  white card, adding some dimension with 'bubble wrap'. Hand cut the flowers to position over a die cut sprig.

Challenge Entered : Uniko Studio # 2

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Uniko Studio Stamps: 
Background Builders Lattice, 
Flower Power #2, 
All Occasion Sentiments # 1.
Memento Tuxedo Black, London Fog and Grey Flannel inks.
Dylusions sprays in Fresh Lime  and Pure Sunshine. 
Memory Box Honeyblossom Sprig Die

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Mid Week CAS


I've rediscovered my box of Stampin Up stamps, so today's card uses an image from Forest Friends teamed with a simple sentiment from Short and Sweet.  

Challenge entered: CAS-ual Fridays CFC112

SU Short and Sweet
SU Forest Friends
SU Pear Pizzazz ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
AnnaBelle Stamps Fine hemp cord.
MFT Die-namics Snow Drift die
Spellbinders Tiny Tags die
Mather Stewert Butterfly punch

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Tuesday 20 August 2013

I'm celebrating..........

Wow,  I can't believe this is post number 1000, it all started HERE back in 2009.  I can still remember how excited I was to read the first comment received.  Thanks Donna :). 

I'm celebrating with a brand new Blog design, what do you think? Marcia has once again designed this for me.....Thank you Marcia.

Anyway, today I thought I'd share a couple of cards made using the same set as my very first post:
Stampin Up - Upsy Daisy.

Thanks for dropping by and helping me celebrate, 

Kraft and white for this one with hessian cord.

For this one I stamped the image twice using first VersaColor Orchid the Memento Rhubarb Stalk inks  and stamping slightly off the original stamped gives a nice shadow.
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Monday 19 August 2013


The winners of AnnaBelle Stamps August Release Blog Hop have been announced check it out HERE.

Back tomorrow with my 1000 post!!!!



Thank you all those who left lovely comments on our holiday snaps :)  I didn't want to bore you with too many.......we took loads, as always.

How quickly you get back into a routine...... Monday morning and the alarm sounds at 4am....yuk!  The boss is up having packed an overnight bag last night, a quick shower and a cup of tea before he hits the road.  His reward (he says) after an early start and the 3 hour drive to work is an egg and bacon roll on arrival :)
Though I don't often get up with him (I'd just get in his way not being a morning person:) ) I'm awake and get an early start on the Monday morning chores, even having time for a quick card before I head out for some shopping.

I played a little more with AnnaBelle Stamps new pink rubber set Butterfly Sunshine.  Reading all your lovely comments after the Blog Hop, it seems to be a favourite set of lots of you :)
I should confess I had this coloured butterfly cut and ready to go, so this was a very quick card.

A bright card to kick of a Monday morning..........Thanks for looking :)


Sunday 18 August 2013

Holiday Snaps........

Hi Bloggers.

My blogging friends may have noticed it's been a bit quiet around here but the boss and I escaped for a few weeks to visit family in the UK.   Although we try to travel back every couple of years it's been 3 years this time,because of our move from Sydney just over a year ago.

So this was our first 'long' trip since we left Sydney, which meant an extra 'positioning' flight from our local regional airport.  As we plan a bit of overseas travel (in the not too distant future) we were keen to see how things would play out.  Do we just connect through or do we make a visit to Sydney to break the journey, as part of our trip.......that kind of thing.   

Once we arrived at Sydney Domestic we had to transfer to the International terminal, do a little duty free shopping, (we bought an ipad) and have something to eat.  We were there a couple of hours before boarding our flight to London via Singapore (for fuel).  In London we changed terminals and boarded a flight to Amsterdam! 

I think all up it took us just over 30 hours before we met up with Ian's sister and her husband and checked into our hotel.  Too long......I think we both agreed, next time we would break the journey. Even having better seating for the long flight, it's too much in one go, especially when you have just 3 days to enjoy all that Amsterdam has to offer.

You can't visit Amsterdam without a Canal cruise to enjoy both the city and the boats people call home. Boats of all shapes and sizes with their pretty potted gardens, deck chairs etc.  such an interesting part of the city.
 Cafes brimming with people, locals and tourists alike.......but beware of the bicycles..........I've never seen so many, or such clever ones with seats for the kids and big boxes for carrying the weeks groceries or a small piece of furniture!

The tall slender houses with their pretty gables built along the canals with foundations on 'piles' metres below each one.   I took so many pictures of these pretty dwellings.....What would it be like to live in one I wonder.  We also saw the other side of Amsterdam with the red light area and 'smoking' cafes.....To each his own.

Back to London where we pick up a hire car and drive to my Mum's place in Evesham, on the edge of the beautiful Cotswold's.  The countryside looks a bit dry after the long hot spell but still beautiful with it's patchwork of fields and pretty villages with Cotswold stone buildings and hanging baskets full of flowers..........beautiful!.  We enjoyed day trips out and about the area, Cheltenham, Stratford, Oxford. 
Pub lunches, shopping in some of our old favourites.  Three of my brothers came up to visit with a couple of our Nephews and we also caught up with other family in the area which is always nice.

The Almonry, Evesham 

We took so many pictures during our time in England, these next were in Oxford.

 The Oxford Bridge of Sighs.

The Bodleian Library.

Fabulous buildings, pretty gardens and so much to take in, we're going back next time......I want to take a punt out on the river :)

Time to leave which is always hard......but we managed to sort out a few things for Mum and left knowing she was happy and probably, if truth be known, glad to be able to get back into her routine without two extras around :)

Next, we fly to Tokyo breaking the journey home for a couple of nights.  England was warm but Tokyo was HOT and HUMID!  No time to worry about that though, we jumped on a bus and toured the city!  It's a big city, the Emperors Palace was close to where we stayed on The Ginza.  Nighttime was my favourite.....after the heat of the day exploring the streets and taking in the FABULOUS shops in this area.

Tokyo Tower.

The City at night.

So much to take in here, everyone was so polite......the smallest things are so well presented and you would not believe the variety of goodies available for us paper crafters!!!!

Just around the corner from our Hotel were the most amazing Stationary Stores 'ITOYA' .....yes there were two of them with floors of the best cards, embellishments, papers, colouring tools, fountain pens, the list goes on.  A must visit store if you ever go to Japan.  Take a look for yourself start HERE

It was in this store that I stumbled on Copic Markers......ooh and I just happened to have my list with me :)

Not very PC in Japan, but the boss took a quick (not very flattering) photo of me checking my list!!!
I added 12 new colours to my collection as well as a 'few' other bits and bobs :)

All too soon it was time to get back to the Airport for our 9+ hours Qantas flight back to Sydney.  Cases checked in, we had time to sit and look at some of the pictures we'd downloaded to the ipad before boarding the plane. An Aussie accent welcomed us aboard and directed us through the galley and turn left.........what! 
H E A V E N......... we'd been upgraded to Business!  Thank you Qantas.  Our seats reclined within the capsule so we could sleep stretched out flat......and we did for a few hours on and off.  Oh this is the way to travel long distances.........hehe poor Ian......nothing less boyfriend!!!!!

So now we're back.......jet lagged (like you wouldn't believe), though starting to get back to normal. Unpacked, laundry done, house clean and tidy and would you believe thinking about the next trip......
September in the Barossa........ we've booked :)

See you soon............


Friday 16 August 2013

Friday Feature and August Release Blog Hop

Friday Feature this week and we're sharing four NEW sets of cling rubber stamps.  A first for Andrea and AnnaBelle Stamps......We hope you'll love them as much as we do.

For this week end only, the deal is:  Purchase all four new sets and receive a 20% discount!!!!
see the details here.

A new release means a Blog Hop and this one starts and finishes at the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog.  Leave a comment at each blog to be eligible to enter the draw for a prize. The Hop closes on Sunday 18th.

Two winners this month :)
One winner will receive Timeless and BBD8
One winner will receive Butterfly Sunshine and Splat Attack

If you're following the hop you should have arrived here from Andrea's Blog! 
When you leave me you hop over to  Kylie's  blog.  Good Luck.


My first project features images from TIMELESS

I've used images and sentiments from the set to cover an Inspiration Journal. 


Stamping and hand cutting the alarm clock, adding sentiments to labels with ABS gingham ribbon.
 I've combined old book pages with tissue paper, gesso and Gelatos to colour.

The next card features BUTTERFLY SUNSHINE.

I've used Dylusions Ink sprays to colour white card, before stamping both the large and small butterflies in black ink. 
Clear embossing the images before cutting them out.
Sentiments from the set surround a panel stamped using BBD # 4.

This next card is made using BBD#8

I love the larger sentiments in this set and these banners and arrows are fantastic too.
More Sprinkles and some ABS fine twine to complete this on.

The last set for this release is SPLAT ATTACK

I so wanted to make another card using these fabulous  images but I just ran out of time!
We're just back from a trip to the UK, spending time with my Mum.  It's been really hard settling back down again and both Walshie and I have suffered terrible jet lag.......well it's either that or we're just plain getting old!  

Enough waffle, on with the hop!   Good Luck..............

All products Available from AnnaBelle Stamps:

Kraft Card
Bubblegum Gingham Ribbon
Waterfall Sprinkles

Smooth White Card
BBD # 4
Licorice Sprinkles
Licorice Gigham Ribbon

Thursday 15 August 2013

AnnaBelle Stamps - Sneak Peek Day 4

I'm back with another sneak peek for AnnaBelle Stamps.
Today's card features some fabulous images from a set called SPLAT ATTACK. This set is so on trend and I think will be a 'must have' set for scrapers, mixed media artists as well as card makers :)
You can see this and the other new sets on the AnnaBelle Stamps Blog, Friday 16th which is Release Day.  

Sharing projects using Splat Attack today,

Thanks for calling past, don't forget to join us on Friday for the Release Blog Hop.