Monday, 25 March 2019

Final Week in March for Unstampabelles


Welcome to the last week of March
and welcome to Autumn in the Southern climes!


Grove | @katypotaty77/Instagram


Over at Unstampabelles the last week of the current challenge is beginning

I decorated a gift bag from some empheria I had from D'Lish

I would be great for a boy who was getting some sports shoes!


Firstly I arranged the bits on a sheet of black card made to fit the size of the reused carry bag.


Once I was happy with the placement it was just a matter of gluing it all down


The basketball hat is on dimensionals.




I even used a ready-made tag from D'Lish to tie to the handles.

All closed with a PEG

The TWIST at Unstampabelles  this month is to use a peg or staples

You have five more days to enter - Happy Crafting!

Just to let you know as well I have been accepted as a Design Team Member at

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So excited to get started!
See you soon!

Monday, 18 March 2019

Week Three of the March Challenge at Unstampabelles

What can one say - last evening a terrible thing happened in our family. Our Nation's family. It was perpetrated by someone who is apparently an Australian. Against others from our family across the Tasman Sea.

I will not name him
I will not give him the satisfaction of that.

I will just show this and say that the rest of the 'family' are not like him.

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Thank you to Brisbane illustrator Rebel Challenger for allowing us to share her work with you all. | ABC Brisbane

My condolences to the people of New Zealand



Week Three at Unstampabelles means it is half way through the month - and it is getting a bit Autumnal here. We had some drizzly rain a few days ago and there were rainbows popping up everywhere!


WOW… a very rare early evening double rainbow at Cockle Creek, in Tassie’s far south, thanks to Salty Summits.

For the Design Team this week I made a card.


I used the old Umbrella Man die from Sizzix and a newish die from Crafter's Companion for the sentiment on the side


The Awesome Classic was computer generated and attached to strip of gold spotty card from a chocolate box!

I can see a brother receiving this!!!

You still have two weeks to go at Unstampabelles

Go for it!

Monday, 11 March 2019

One for the Rooster's Today!

What is that saying? "One day a Rooster, the next a feather duster!"

Let's hope these chooks get a better run - they certainly seem to be ahead of the game already! 
Not sure how much better their run could be with that view!




Margot Kelly, on location, at Sheffield.

Margot says: “Former dairy farmers, Phil and Angela Glover, now run 3400 hyline brown hens on pasture for eggs. It takes three hours a day to harvest the eggs by hand.
Last year the standard for 'free range eggs' was changed to be 10,000 birds per hectare.
This niche operation stocks 1,000 hens per hectare.
I was amazed to see the girls spread out across the entire paddock they were given.
🥚🥚🥚🥚🍳🍳🍳🥚🥚🥚 I was more amazed by how friendly they were! I had them running between my legs and stepping on my boots! 

The Rooster's today are the Men and boys from our lives

It always seems harder to craft for them but really it is not - if you just  plan your colours




I did this by picking a sheet of patterned paper first and building around it. 
After finding a great quote, I then decided to make a wallet for a present of money.

Most kids like money these days as a present and it makes life easier but it always seems to be to be a bit impersonal so this was a way to make it more personal!


My green peg made a great closure


The sentiment (quote) on the front was obviously hand written



I could hold quite a few notes - this is Australian currency for those unfamiliar....
we are up to the 4th series of polymer notes and they are very colourful


I added another sentiment inside to go with the quote!


This is the back of the wallet.....


This is the wallet standing up - can you  see where it fell over and got crinkled?

I made this for Unstampabelle's 
where the challenge is to make something for Boys or Men 
TWIST is to add a staple or a peg (or both)

You have three weeks to enter

I will be entering this in the following:

Dare2BArtzy : Anything Goes
The Corrosive Challenge: Anything Goes






Thursday, 7 March 2019

A Little Stampin' Up Play Time

I gained a lovely stamp set during Sale-a-Bration (which closes on 30th March) which contains a chook (slang in Australia for chicken). I'm always partial to a chook. This big boy is a rooster!


Al products used in these cards are Stampin' Up

I used the Stampasorus to stamp and then mask the rooter to stamp the foliage.


They were coloured with the alcohol markers
The embossing folder is an older one


A closer look at one


Inside I attached a note page,stamped with a big stamp


To match the sentiment on the front

I did 6, added some envelopes and tied them up with a ribbon.
They were gifted to a friend. 


Monday, 4 March 2019

A Little wine, anyone?

Hello Peeps!

Wish I could photograph as well as Angela!
Isn't this a magnificent bird!
A native Taswegian



'In motion'
Wedge-Tailed eagle
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I made a couple of wine bottle tags for the March challenge at Unstampabelles

It is a 

 Makes for Men and Boys 
TWIST Use a Staple or a Peg

Male focused items. I always need these.


 $15 Gift Voucher 
(via PayPal or direct to on-line store, whichever suits)


I made two different ones from one sheet of A4 card



They can be used for a variety of reasons for an adult male


One has staples holding on the message
and the other is held by a peg!


Here they are without the bottles of wine


The hole was cut with a die for the bottle neck - it could have been a bit smaller
The message is hand written on the top one


This one uses sparkly stickers

You an go to Unstampabelles and see what others have created for the first week

Monday, 25 February 2019

Mindfulness and Unstampabelles

The first challenge at Unstampabelles this month was to be:


#86:Simply Bright and Cheerful 
TWIST Arty Creations Appreciated


 $15 Gift Voucher 
(via PayPal or direct to on-line store, whichever suits)

What is not more Bright and Cheerful than an amazing sunrise!


from Wineglass Bay as the sun rises covering the Freycinet Peninsula in golden light 
thanks to Denham and Annie Thompson 

I decided to make a card using a Mindfulness pattern I had previously coloured in using ordinary pencils. I was given a booklet of  various patterns and the pencils for my birthday last year by a friend. I was not sure if I was being told I need to chill or it was just all the range at the time. 

I chose to think it was the latter but did get pretty chilled colouring them in. 
What does one do with them then?

This perhaps.....


An experiment to foil directly onto the thin paper - it tended to cut as I was using s shim and put it through several times. Note: does not need to go through too often when paper is thin.....


It foiled OK but the hole had to be plugged again and several of the scrolls are 'loose'...


After chopping off the unwanted bits, I added them back inside - a bit arty?


I then doodled some lines into the white space....


In full sun


Outside in shade - the foiling is harder to read on the busy background
I did think of foiling it onto card and fussy cutting around it but thought it would be a bit too clunky.

Might go and colour in some more now....

Why not enter Unstampabelles and show us what you can do that is 
Bright and Cheerful ...and ARTY!



Monday, 18 February 2019

Back after a Quick Trip to Melbourne....

.....to celebrate an 80th Birthday and a 50th Birthday and visit with family. We didn't fly this time but took the boat (ferry) which meant driving to the other end of the island and catching it at Devonport. It was a very hot trip. We dropped the cat off and visited with family on the way and then caught the ferry across over night. It was a bit rough but we were OK in our cabin.


This is in the old port in Melbourne (actually taken on the way back) but our ferry is on the LHS out of the photo - this has been left as tribute to the sailing history of ships to and from Melbourne and replaced with new facilities (away on the right out of the shot).  You can see a  cargo ship leaving in the distance of Port Phillip Bay.


The four neighbours who grew up together at Glen Iris.
The chap on the right is the youngest (under 80)
the Birthday girl is in the middle and it was her 80th birthday!
John (hubby) and his sister are the other two


On the day we returned we went for a long drive before hand and had lunch at a place down the Mornington Peninsular called Mt Martha. It was a very hot day. We wandered down to the beach after lunch and while John stayed in the car I braved the HOT sand and photographed the famous boat sheds!


Weasley was very clingy when we got home - he has taken to sleeping on me in the evening again. 
Claws are usually not too far out!

I have a piece of inspiration to share for 

A photograph of Hettie singing in Germany popped up in my feed a few weeks ago and then while I was cleaning out my work space I found this photo  - I quickly decided to scrap it and so I looked for some thing Bright and Cheerful to use.

I found a set of emphemera from D'Lish  - a boy's set of rockets and space stuff; I used some of it





When I showed her the FB post from 4 years ago her response was "My first overseas tour!". Now, how many of us can say that at the ripe old age of 23? 


It was a lovely photograph and it appeared in a newspaper in Bremen as well as being on their website which is how I got it. 

Layout is simple and clean

You can create for Unstampabelles too as there are two weeks to go for the challenge!





Monday, 11 February 2019

Week Two in February for Unstampabelles!

The only thing you can say is WOW!


A fiery sunset from Dodges Ferry thanks to TAB & H Photography TAS - by Leoni Williams who says:
"Sunsets are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get"
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Such beauty - but the smoky atmosphere at the time added to the drama of the setting sun.
Dodges is about an hour away from here - or maybe less.
It is a favorite swimming beach in summer.

Unstampabelles have a new February Challenge#86:
Simply Bright and Cheerful TWIST Arty Creations Appreciated

There will be a prize for this month
$15 Gift Voucher 
(via PayPal or direct to on-line store, whichever suits)


For this week, I made a gift voucher container - or money or even a small gift
I used SU papers and card
As well I used an SU die to create the small bag.
I diecut two strips of hearts in the front panel before taping it up


I added some card behind each heart strip before taping it up as well....


This is the back


Then I created a tag to go inside and added some decorations to the front


You can see the tag here - I added a diecut sentiment to it as well


The ribbon and the sentiment both come with the die set
Mini Treat Bags Thinlets


Something bright and cheerful!
Why not go over to Unstampabelles and check out what is there already and then have a go yourself!