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Monday, November 12, 2018

A Gift Box for Someone Crafty!

Hi - hope you are progressing well and that all is OK in your world!

Did you know that there are only six weeks now until Christmas?
Notice that I seem very calm......

Think I need to be more like this.......

Anyway, the newest challenge at Unstampabelles is

#85: Boxes, Parcels or Bags - TWIST: recycle

So, I transformed a box this week
I purchased a box of tags from Stampin' Up last year and the kit arrived boxed up nicely in this box

Inside it had compartments for various items in the kit

I just added some new(ish) Christmas papers and a recycled Christmas card image

I found some items in my stash to fill the compartments.

The washi tape gold strip and a gold sparkle

Pretty image from old card. 

There is no need to have a tag on this as it will probably be wrapped or put into a bag.

You can go to Unstampabelles and see what the other DT members have made for the challenge and then have a go yourself!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Celebration for Crafting with Dragonflies

Hello Peeps - today we are launching a new challenge at Crafting with Dragonflies - you are asked to make a card for a Celebration or Special Occasion.

A Special Occasion needs a special place.....

An enchanting walk through nature thanks to Dan Colthorpe who says:
'Our trip to Cradle Mountain on the weekend was nothing short of enchanting, it was like walking through a classic disney film.'

There are always some events to celebrate in a year so a card for those occasions is handy to have in the stash but today I am show-casing the card I made for a great digital friend who lives overseas and who is expecting her first child on the 25th December - what a lovely Christmas present!

I think you can guess the gender of the baby!

This card folds flat

I tried to make it CAS

Inside is a 3D element

The stork needs to collect overtime if he is delivering on Christmas Day!!!

Cheers CG!

Let's see how you make a Celebration card!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Parcels, Bags or Boxes?

How do you pack up your Christmas goodies to put under the tree?

Over at Unstampabelles we want to know how you pack your Christmas presents so those small (and not so small) fingers cannot feel the present or those eyes cannot peek!

Lately I have been using carry bags. 
They are easy to pack and easy to take home
You can get some lovely ones quite cheaply
You can recycle them
AND you can pretty up the free ones you get from the shops!

That's what I did for the challenge at Unstampabelles - Week One!

Not only did I recycle a big carry bag but I also got to use up old 12 x 12 Christmas papers from SU!
There was no cutting involved today

2 sheets of 12 x 12 card
One large bag
Bits and bob's from the Christmas stash.......

Here is the back of the bag!
Just to tidy up the bag and hide the name of the business

Here is the front - a bit more decorative
Not only is the bag recycled but the sentiment is an old Christmas card sent to us last year

In addition to the foliage, there is ribbon and a bell
Recycled from a present of chocolate last year

A close-up of the deco's

Hope you are now inspired to get something made
It will be handy in six week's time!

Look what I found on my camera today when I went to download the photo's for this post!
Hettie (Granddaughter) was home for a week last week and she and her boyfriend came for dinner one night - they came downstairs to get the kitten out from behind the cupboard - where he hides when he is scared!

Dylan must have taken it then on my camera.
My craft space is so messy and dirty but you can see one corner of it here. 

Weasley hides behind the white cupboards.........
The red buoy is now in the water indicating where our mooring is - I was given the job of painting on the numbers! Hope they last!
The white boxes are mostly dies and embossing folders

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Be Thankful

Thank You cards are always useful. I make them a whim and then they sit until needed, when if I can,  I select the one that I think suits the personality of the recipient.  Hilde at Crafting with Dragonflies has requested 'Thankful' cards this fortnight for her challenge.

There are lot's of things I am thankful for
Living in Tassie is one of them.....

It’s hard to beat the untouched beauty at Binalong Bay

Back to my card. 

I used a new Stampin' Up stamp and die set called Serene Garden

I tried my hand at embossing with a die as well

I used watercolor pencils to add the colour to the flowers and bird
Onto Whisper White and only a little water in the pen to limit the pilling

Some twine, and sparkles for interest

Detail on the bottom of the card

A square card blank was used
I quite like the final effect.....

Now it's off to your craft space and let us see what you can make from this challenge!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Some More Sparkle and Shine for October....

Over at Unstampabelles there is a Challenge running that requires you to use lots of Sparkle and Shine - or at least to use Gold and White - no, that is the TWIST: it is to use Golden Glitter and or Foils!

I made another card.

Here is my Golden Sparkle and Shine......

Butter wouldn't melt.....

We went away for 10 day's and he (Weasley) was staying in a Cattery - quite luxurious. He was well looked after but managed to loose about 400 grams and to become a clingy boy when he got home again!

I couldn't move for three days without him right at my feet and he slept under the covers with me most of the night, with one paw wrapped around my leg in case I moved. 

Thank goodness he is almost back to normal - and no longer sleeping in the bed!
Still sleeps in me in the evening while TV watching....

My card is also sparkly and shiny and uses both glitter (card) and a foil

Firstly, I die cut a frame of squares - from Memory Box
Then I lines up some different card and put it behind the die cut
There are two different gold glitter's and one plain gold
This got attached to a card blank

I replaced five of the squares for a bit of interest
The foil sentiment was cut from a set of cards from American Crafts - Project Life - Snapshots
These cards have gold foiling on them
One card was dark grey and had the sentiment on it - you can just see the edge
I just fussy cut it from the card and attached to the middle of my card

I added the butterfly diecut for more interest

That's it.

You can go to Unstampabelles and see the rest of the month's work from the  DT
You have until Friday at midnight (AEST) to enter - there is a prize
Good Luck!

Monday, October 15, 2018

A Quick Post for Unstampabelles

It is week three at Unstampabelles for the current challenge:


 Golden Glitter/Foil - twist:use only white and gold

I have been away for 12 days and Weasley was put into a Cattery. He was well looked after but still managed to lose over 400 grms and I have had a shadow trailing me for the last three days we have been home. Early this morning he put himself down under the doona, at my feet with one paw on my foot...if I moved he moved. 

We visited family in Melbourne and in Canberra. Lovely time in both cities. Both Grandchildren in Canberra are miles taller than me now - and well into Teenagehood......(GRUNT) ...... but they are gorgeous and so funny. Whatever you do, it is obviously soooo boring..... even if this is before we went to see the 'Road to Rome' exhibit at the National Museum. Actually, we were waiting for the parents to arrive before we went in......

Before I show you the card I tried to make quickly.....

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'made a mate on the beach'

A gorgeous photo from Taylors Beach at the stunning 'The Gardens' in far north-east Tassie

This was meant to be a quick card.....I had got some mail while I was away.
A die that not only foiled but cut the silhouette out. 

I decided to use it.....

However, I have obviously not got the right way of using it. 
Here are two fails used together in the end,  as I just ran our of time and patience......

It is foiled sentiment and foiled image

One layered on the other......

.....different views.....

You can go to the site at 

and see the wonderful work of the other DT members for further inspiration

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Crafting with dragonflies - Challenge#115 Pink or Breast Cancer Month

Many of us know someone or are someone who has had to deal with the diagnosis of Breast Cancer.

Image result for breast cancer ribbon

This challenge is to remember those who fought and those who are still fighting as well as those who will be diagnosed in the next year. We know that much research is making a difference both in treatment and length of life and that the more we keep this in the forefront the better the chance that a cure will be found. That does not denigrate all the other types of cancer and their research capability but recognizes that time is of the essence for all cancer cures.

At Crafting with Dragonflies we ask that you make a card in pink as a symbol of this cause. 

My card is simple
It is made using all Stampin' Up items

I used some double sided adhesive to Whisper White and die cut the ribbon

I peeled one side and added glitter to the sticky side

I sprinkled it quite heavily and then pressed it in
I also die cut two words from gold, an oval  and got some pink card organised

I added them together as seen, plus some glittery dots and then sprayed them with gold spray

The shimmer is quite clear

Added to a card blank, this makes a great card for the cause

You can enter this challenge at 

for the next two weeks.