Wednesday 31 August 2016



It's been a couple of weeks or three since I last posted to my blog. The Boss and I offered to 'dog sit' our friends Golden Retriever whilst they spent 3 weeks in China.  To lessen the stress on the dog we agreed to stay at their place for the duration, which has worked quite well except that I didn't bother to take any craft bits with me.   We've spent lots of time walking the beach, enjoying the late winter weather here,  it's been really lovely.

Last weekend we spent a day in our house, Walshie took the dog out for a couple of hours so I could sit and play....... It was nice to make a card and guess what.....It's my first Christmas card this year.  Yeah I know, but September tomorrow.....four months to go!!!!!

I hope you can just see the sparkle from Wink Of Stella added to the flower and holly.

Three different dies where used to cut the Wreath, Holly and Poinsettia with a corner die cut in red card stock.

 To finish off some pretty red Sprinkles from Sprinkleberry.


Now I'm interested to know what people think about changing Blog names against starting out fresh!

Things have changed so much here since Ian retired.  We spend much more time together which means I'm not posting to my blog as often as I used to in the early days.  

I must admit when we moved house (the second time) I was horrified at how much stuff I'd accumulated.  I gave away heaps and vowed to think before I bought in future.  As for my cards, I had quite a few boxes, more than I would use... so they went to Lifeline.  Since moving I don't think I've bought one new stamp! I'll always make cards, just not so many :).

My Blog name seems all wrong interests are slightly different.  I've been doing a bit more sewing and cardmakers  don't really want to see that!   

My Blog followers number 202 but I think it's probably more like why not start again!

Wha do you think?  Has anyone done this?  

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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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