Saturday 13 April 2024

My time to craft and Shopping our stash.

 In my Counterfeit kit I put a sheet of vellum featuring baby boy words such as adorable, bundle of joy, little miracle etc.

Today I made 3 long cards using that vellum. I also had some tiny butterflies so used them as embellishments.

I'm entering them at My time to craft. The challenge is butterflies or dragonflies.


I had a small piece of vellum left so used it on this card for a bridal shower. The sentiment on the vellum says MIRACLE. I also added a blue bow button plus a tag I made.

I'm entering it at Shopping our stash. Obviously, this card would be for a boy baby. 

Friday 12 April 2024

Challenge #1 Finding bliss

 Our first challenge this month is to find BLISS in an ordinary moment.

I looked through my recent photos and found a photo of a garden nearby to my home. I visited it with a friend where we had lunch then sat and enjoyed the solitude. It is a beautiful spot.

and some close ups

The flower on here was cut from a birthday card. 

I used a border punch on my strip and added a Graphic 45 fairy.

I managed to use a domed flair that said wild and free.

Nature provides bliss in stressful situations also. I often go for walks near water or pretty gardens to relax. 

While we are on gardens and nature, I made this second layout.

When I was on holiday in Forster we saw this beautiful frangipani tree with pink and yellow flowers.

It was ideal for using up a few scraps plus the packet of leaves I had left.

 I layered the leaves on the 2 corners until I was happy with how they look. In another packet of diecuts I found a pink and yellow flower. The little B You tiful tag made a good title. The cream strip plus the pink with leaves made for the perfect trim across the bottom.

Challenge Yourself

 At Challenge YOUrself they want an animal photo with ourselves in it.

I've always loved cats and,in this case, lions. They are majestic creatures and have a no nonsense approach to life. We were visiting Canberra Zoo and came across these 2 lions sleeping on a table like platform. We took a photo and just afterwards the male woke up and stood. (Always the way if you're taking photographs of animals!). 

I've scrapped the photos anyway to remember our visit. I put my title in a circle with scalloped edges.

I added some flowers and a doiley to soften the layout and match the opposite circle. There's also a giant tortoise on there that I got to stand beside. Of course I didn't do that with the lions!! 

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Lasting Memories 3 photos

 My next layout is for Lasting Memories again and this time there are 3 photos.

The photos I chose are of 3 friends having a champagne breakfast at sunrise on the the rain.

It was a funny morning!

I've used 3 papers from my kit, the top one is a Prima paper, which I gave a light sprinkle of purple mist.

I've also used a Prima tag which says 

There are 2 toothpick flags on here, plus a tag I made with a shell on it.I used a border punch for the side strips. 

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Soul Scrappers sketch.

 My next layout is for Soul scrappers again and is the last one for this month. It is a sketch.

My photo is of a friend giving his grandson a ride in the golf buggy. They had so much fun going around in circles.

I used all kit items on here except the khaki ricrac which I added later. This was a good sketch for using smaller scraps.

Monday 8 April 2024

Lasting Memories

 My next layout is for Lasting Memories

I cut strips of coloured pattern paper to match those in the photos. All these papers are from my kit. I used another strip behind my title as it couldn't be seen properly if it was on the background papers. 

I added 3 tiny butterflies top left plus a tag with a bird bottom left. 

Saturday 6 April 2024

The scrap room 2 layouts


Here's the Freaky fast formula at The Scraproom group.

I used some random items from my kit including a cut off strip or two across the bottom. Also cardstock plus patterned paper as my background. I managed to get the 3 photos of a brand-new library on this layout which pleased me.

My second layout is for the flower challenge

I have used F=flowers L=leaves O=Oval W=water (in photo) E= enamel dots R= reflection

Thursday 4 April 2024

Soul Scrappers Blast off challenge plus colour challenge


Here's the criteria for the blast off challenge.

I used 4 P/L cards as my mat and the 5th as my title. I had a set of flowers in my Counterfeit kit as well as a pack of butterflies, so used these as my embellishments. I also added a #D flair that says "Be kind" which finished off that pack of flairs. 

The scan created a shadow near the flair. 

Next was this colour challenge

We also had to use stencilling on our background.

The circles inspired me so I cut one in half and used the semi circles as part of my design. I added the compass as another circle, 
 I inked using pinecone ink through a spotty stencil. I've used 2 journal tags on here plus some darkroom door words. 

Monday 1 April 2024

April Counterfeit kit

 Felicity really is a downright HAPPY collection! With a color palette of emerald green, mint, navy, and blush with touches of kraft here and there, Felicity is perfect for March and spring.

Here's the kit

Presenting my kit:  "Cooler days"

I chose ranges of papers in the given colours as I had some that all matched. I put plain cardstock in the kit as I had those colours.  There are tartans and stripes plus some figured papers and a few neutrals.

For my embellishments I have washi tapes, bling, thread, journal cards and a couple of flairs.
There are also die cut flowers and leaves. 
I will add anything else as needed. 

A big welcome to our Guest Designer, Nikki Ihus

Here's the blog hop.

1st April - Counterfeit Kit Challenge Reveal and Hop

·         Counterfeit Kit Challenge -  

·         Guest Designer   Nikki Ihus

·         Ryann - 

·         Christine -

·         Laurie - Instagram: 

·         Tara - 

·         Julene - (You are here)

·         Tina - (Go here next)

·         JoJo -

·         Jody - 

·         Misty -

·         Cindy -

That's all from me. Enjoy your month.

Tuesday 26 March 2024

Challenge yourself

 There is a colour challenge at Challenge yourself.

I copied this description from Facebook so it might come out in white.

The background cardstock has foiled spots in turquoise. Everything else is from my counterfeit kit. I misted the grey flowers in purple to add some colour. Quote says "Discovery consists not in picking new lands but in seeing with new eyes."

Monday 25 March 2024

Crafting Happiness challenge and Cupcake inspiration.

 I'm still making cards.

This one is for Crafting Happiness challenge where they want coffee themed cards.

I made several ASTs from playing cards. This one featured a jar of coffee, so I thought I'd put it on here. It will be going into the Mother's Day box to sell. 

Also I made this card for cupcake inspiration where they want tropical.

I recycled the toucan from another card by cutting it out. I used pink paper and ribbon as the background plus words from a Darkroom Door wordstrip describing a beach holiday. A friend is leaving on a tropical cruise soon so this will be perfect. 

Friday 22 March 2024

More cards


I've made this spring themed get well card for a friend. I'm entering it at Daring Cardmakers where the theme's Spring. 

My next card is for Mother's Day (Probably a Nanna or Grandmother) and says "I love you". 

I'm entering it at Crafty Gals corner where Anything goes. 


My next card features 2 parrots which were cut from an old picture dictionary from my childhood.

I've kept them aside for the next "bird challenge" and here it is! I added some enamel dots and "Thank you very much". These cards are always handy.

Time out challenges   and Just for Girls challenge

Thursday 21 March 2024

Sketches in Thyme.

 This morning I made this layout for sketches in Thyme (6) Sketches in Thyme | Facebook

This was the sketch

Using my Counterfeit kit items I came up with this.

My photos were dark, so it needed pale papers. I had no enamel dots left and used my dottarific pen instead. That black tassel gave it a different feel.  

Craft Rocket and Farmquest

 I'm making another card, this time using red, and will submit it for Craft Rocket.

I used another of the cooking AST's that I made plus another tag behind it and red and white spotted paper to match the apron in the picture. That curly braid gives this a 3D look.

I'm also submitting it at Farmquest where they want Farmhouse kitchen.

I think this has a farmouse vibe. 

This will go into my Mother's Day box and I'm sure it will sell. 

L'il red wagon and The Male Room and others

 I've made a floral card for Li'l red wagon

I used a bright floral paper from Cocoa Vanilla "happy Days" collection.

It is a general Hello card so can work for a variety of occasions.

I've also now used all the pink ribbon from my counterfeit kit.


At The Male Room they want food and drink.

A few years ago, I made some AST's using food/kitchen themes.

I've used one of those on this card plus a larger square tag that looks like hessian. The accompanying paper is plaid and reminds me of a tablecloth. 


My next card using another one of the AST's is a MUM card. It is for AAA Birthdays.

It is nearly all green so I'm also entering it at Colourful Options where they want green.

Wednesday 13 March 2024

Kookaburra double

 Today I made a double layout for a couple of different challenges.

First at Mystical they want handwritten journalling plus nuovo drops. (First layout below)

At Soul scrappers they wanted a double layout using at least 2 patterned papers plus numbers.

I had 7 photos of local kookaburras, so used those.

and a close up of the title