Saturday, July 04, 2015

Just for you....

Back again this time with a card. This bouquet stamp belongs to a friend of mine, so last time she was here I stamped a few off and this morning I coloured one in with my distress inks and aqua brush using the latest colour combo from Color Throwdown. I then came across the latest sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday which I thought suited it really well and over at Butterfly Challenge they want butterfly/ies and G is for gem which goes perfectly with my flowers. 


Butterfly Challenge #34 - Butterfly/ies + G is for Gems.

12 Tags of 2015 - July

 I don't really 'do' tags but I have been playing along with Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2015 and I must say I'm having a great time. Out of the 7 so far...this is my favourite! I got the 'flag' image off of the internet as I don't have an Australian flag stamp even though I am very patriotic that's not a stamp I would really buy.

 I then stamped my AUS using some letter stamps and then for the third element, I used a stamp I hadn't used yet out of a reasonably new stamp set. I coloured my stamping with Distress Inks by dipping them into the colour and letting the colours do their thing and once again, I actually, really and truly sewed my tag! This a big thing for me as the sewing machine is a bit like a 'black snake' in our

 I also coloured my ribbon similar to what Tim did but as I don't have distress ink pens, I just ran my ink pad along the edge of the ribbon and then spritzed it with some water and to finish it off, I attached a key to my ribbon. Thanks for taking a peek...

Friday, July 03, 2015

Christmas Deer

Hi All, today's card is another Christmas card. I've used the latest sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch and a favourite die cut. A nice CAS card for my collection. Thanks for stopping by...

Thursday, July 02, 2015

What's on your Workdesk Wednesday #317

 Hello Desk Hoppers, I'm a bit late in posting my 'desk' this week as I just don't know where the days go lately. My post starts off early this morning where hubby, our dog and myself went for an early walk. We went to one of our usual walking spots which is only 5 minutes from home and is called The Borrow Pits. Just on the other side of the road is a dam which holds the cities water supply. When building the dam they took soil from this spot which is where it gets its name, The Borrow Pits. 

 Normally it is full of water and has lots of bird life but sadly we haven't had much rain over the last couple of years so it is drying up.

 It is technically winter here at the moment but we aren't really having much of a winter although this morning was cooler than it has been and here in this photo you can see some mist coming off the water.

Here is our fearless walking companion...Ozzy...he loves walking with Mum & Dad as we take him where we can let him run free if there are no other dogs around. He gets a walk each day with his brother or sister but that is just down the road and back so he has to be on a lead then which isn't quite as much fun as running free.
And across the road at the Ross River Dam, once a year Townsville city throws out an invitation to the caravanners of Australia where they hold The Dam Fine Rally. It coincides with a lot of activities that are happening in our fine city, like the annual Show/Carnival and the V8 Supercar Racing where part of the inner city is closed off for the weekend so they can use the streets as the race track. This is a big thing for Townsville as the race is broadcast internationally and brings a lot of people to our city over the month of July.

 We have been watching the caravanners (The Grey Nomads as we call them in Australia) slowly coming in over the last few days but now they are arriving in droves. Today they even had men checking them in and directing them to where they can park as they were lined up down the road. They have  also started to set up an area where they will hold a market on Saturday to sell their wares and whoever else wants to join in.

Finally onto my desk which is why we are all craft today as at this moment it is all about our European holiday we will be taking in 7 weeks. We haven't had a lot of time together to work out exactly what we are doing so it has become a major priority now and that is what is all over my desk and taking up a lot of my time right about now. If you want to know what all this is about, pop on over to Julia's blog here where she has thrown out an invite to all to show us what's on your work desk each Wednesday. So I'm off to visit some of the most amazing desks from around the world and I hope you join in too.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


My last card for the day and I never thought I would use a Cardabilities sketch for a male card because they always scream feminine to here it is. I've used the colour Q colour selection and both The Challenge & CASology want Nautical. There are a few blogs with the same cue over the last week or so. I was going to 'do' a ship but opted for this lighthouse which is the first time I've used it so very pleased about that. Anyway, I'm off to have dinner with my hubby who had a late shift today, I hope your Wednesday has gone well. Thanks for popping in...


What's on your Workdesk Wednesday #316

Wow! I can't believe a week has gone already and it's Wednesday again....where do the days go when you're having fun?? I know today didn't go as planned that's for sure but I made it out to my Craft Room so that's the main thing. My story started yesterday...I went to the doctor for one of those horrible 'womens' check ups as the reminder has been on the fridge for a couple of months but just hadn't got around to making the appointment. Well now that I'm a lady of leisure which becomes official on Friday...bring on Friday...I thought I should make a concerted effort to tick this off the list of things to do. So yesterday, I toddled off to the doctors and she snavveled me for some more tests..quote 'you are 50 this year and that's when things start to go wrong' unquote. So she asked me to go and get a blood test...not a problem. My plan was to go down early, then grab a few groceries and be home by 10.30am to hit my craft desk and whip up a stamping storm. The thing is, apparently she wanted me to redo a Diabetes test (which I didn't realise) and that takes 2 hours and 3 needle jabs not 1!!!! Not happy and then next week she wants me for an hour to a health check...whatever that entails I don't really know but I guess I'll be finding out.

 Anyhoo, back to why we are here. This was my desk this afternoon. I hit the Christmas challenge blogs looking for inspiration, pulled out my two Christmas tubs, one with stamps and bling, the other with Christmas papers.

 I actually stepped out of my comfort zone and did 'cute'...I struggle with cute but anyway I got there in the end, link here.
Now if you're wondering why I'm waffling on about my Wednesday and what's on my desk, pop on over to Julia's blog via here and she'll explain it all and if you're interested, play along and check out some of the craft desks from around the world.


Today I have been surfing the Christmas challenges and I have to admit, Merry Monday pushed me out of my comfort zone to create a Christmas card with a funky hat...hmmm I struggled but in the end I got there. I also used the latest sketch from Fab Friday, the latest colour combo from Cards in Envy and I'm also playing along with Tuesday ThrowdownAAA Cards (who I have never played with before) they both want stenciling. I hope you have time to play along too and as always thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday Throwdown #250 Stenciling

Cards in Envy: Red, White AND Blue Challenge!

Monday, June 22, 2015


My last card for the day and I am playing along with DT at Retro Sketches...I have used some Distress Ink background card that I made a while ago and fussy cut around the 'happy' die cut. I must admit this die cut is becoming a firm favourite. I then added a pennant and mounted a button for a bit of bling. Hope your Monday is off to a good start and thanks for stopping by...

Flip Flops

Well, I'm still getting used to not having to go to work so much so that I did do a bit this morning as I still have my tablet, phone and laptop until Friday and there were a few things outstanding that I just couldn't ignore...I'm just not that sort of person to leave it unfinished. So anyway, that made it a late start in my craft room today.
I've been looking at the latest CAS(E) this Sketch since it was posted last week trying to work out what I could do with it when this hit me. The 3 strips were scaring me as I just can't seem to pull that sort of thing off so I thought I could go with just colour running through the card and as it happens Paper Sweeties have a colour combo that suits summer where The Paper Players want summer treats, Curtain Call want flip flops and Make My Monday want the beach so it all tied in really well. I also got to use my flip flop die that I've had for a while and a sentiment from a new stamp set from Close to my Heart which is always a good thing. :)  Thanks for taking a peek...


Make my Monday: The Beach

Sunday, June 21, 2015

5 in 5 - June 2015

 This is my first time playing along with Sandie and her 5 in 5 monthly photos. As it's late in the month and I only have a few days before it closes until next month, I thought I would take you on a tour around my yard.
 I live in tropical North Queensland, Australia where it is pretty much summer all year round and we live on a very large house block with lots of space, gardens and yard. Being that we live in tropical Australia, there are hundreds and I mean hundreds of palm trees in our yard. We have that many that we have probably taken out over 100 palm trees and I'm not exaggerating.
 Even though we don't really have a winter, this is technically our winter right now and to highlight that, you can see in this pic where our 'Snowflake' is in flower and it only flowers in the 'winter' time. I just love this bush, it is so soft and delicate when it's 'flowering'. It doesn't really flower, the new leaves just come through white and as they die off they turn a shade of pink.

 This photo is of a new addition to our yard...our passionfruit vines. We actually planted two varieties, the yellow and the purple passionfruit. We tried once before several years ago in a different spot but it mustn't of liked where it was and died. So this time we have put it in another area of the yard and it is thriving. It grew very fast but took a while to actually fruit. Hubby thought maybe there weren't enough bees around (apparently there is a world shortage) so he has taken to pollinating the flowers and as you can see in this pic, we have fruit and this is just a small part of a bumper crop that we are eagerly awaiting to ripen.

 And last but not trusty companion, Ozzie,  he's been following me around the yard wondering what I am doing while he takes in some rays. I'm actually not a big 'dog person', I'm more of a 'cat person' but I just love this little fellow perhaps because he is small. I actually saw on the internet recently a joke saying something to the effect, if you have teenagers get a pet at least then someone will be happy to see you when you get home and that is soooo true in this house. LOL Thanks for letting me play along and thank you for popping in and checking out my little part of the world.

              5 in 5 - June 2015 

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