Monday, September 1, 2014

Creative Blog Tour

Hi there blog pals .Welcome to my room and thank you for calling in .
I do hope that frequent and  new visitors alike  and followers enjoy their browsing .

Lisa S. invited me to take part  in a blog hop . Having not participated in one before I hope that I follow all the right steps .
I was inspired by Lisa's enthusiasm and encouragement when I worked with her as DT for Make it Monday so her invite is an honour.

Thanks Lisa for guiding me .
  A few questions that Lisa gave me to steer me in the right direction as an introduction  are answered here .
1. What am I working on ?
           I have a few craft friends who enjoy craft days with me , where I make 3 cards and kits for them to make and take . So I am always creating for those . At the moment though,  on my desk is a DT card for Kraftyhands and the next challenge .

Cards I have made for my group

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
         I favour CAS cards and find it very difficult to embellish my cards .So I would have to say that the lack of flowers or bling would be the difference . Having said that , I am comfortable with my style and love to share .

3.Why do I create what I do?
        Rest and recreation .  Because I am lucky in  that I can .  Simple as that.  If I am not creating I am researching . I am addicted to paper craft . It has taken over another love of mine which is writing .

4.  How does your  creating process work?
        I read many craft books  troll through blogs and Pinterest  and research styles and layouts .
When I have found colour combinations and themes I think I have materials to work with I set about collecting all that I need to make my interpretation of what ever  I have found . I do like to have every thing on hand before I begin .Cutting anything that needs to be cut , colour any image and assemble all layers on the card base ,This where I procrastinate ! This is where changes can be made  if I have thought of some thing that might work better .

        And now for the card I created for this post .
Card stock , SU. Image from Kraftyhands CD, Butterfly Botanicals .
 Sentiment from SU , Bling from Kraftyhands on line shop .Embossing folder, Couture creations.
Thanks Lisa for inviting me to participate
             And now it is time for me to hand the baton over to Sandy
I have asked Sandy to join me on the blog hop next  and you will see her post on the 8th . Sandy is a crafting buddie of mine .We meet twice a week for card making , chat and coffee. Many of you will have seen her works of art as Sandy is on many DTs.

Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Using a Yvonne Turner image

Hi there blog pals  Have not posted for a few days now because of one thing or another .
A couple of days ago I did manage to create a card using a fabulous image from Yvonne Turner.

This is  one Blessed lady with  a God given talent who is happy to share her creations and so I encourage you to visit  to be as inspired as I .

Welcome to my room and thank you for calling in . Some new followers too which makes me happy so thank you and hope you enjoy your visits .

Now this is nothing like the elegant creations  /style that Yvonne shares but I did enjoy making it .

Card is from my stash of SU stock , Old Olive . Random  papers from my stash . Punched butterfly and ribbon along with some rhinestones the only embellishing .
I think that I could have made the centre strip a bit narrower. But still ..a blind man would be happy to see it , I think .

On Friday one of my craft friends , Jane,  bought along her SIL to join in our craft session .

We  enjoyed  so much chatter and laughter .
While these two made up the kits I had prepared earlier I Cuttle bugged my way through some of my scrap stash . Mind you ..I don't see any dent in the stash at all!!.
Tuesday mornings and Friday afternoons are my R&R  times and I am thankful to " MY GIRLS" for the sharing and caring .

Be happy. It's one way of being wise. - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

  Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August Challenge for Kraftyhands

 Hi. Welcome to my room and thanks for calling in .
Today I am sharing a DT card .One which I  thoroughly  enjoyed creating for the Kraftyhands Challenge Blog .

                                    Whisper White card base. Sentiment from SU.
                                           Using paper from  English Country Garden Paper Stack.
                                                  From Kraftyhands.
                                            Book mark toppers. Die cut image Craft Nouveau   .
                                              Ribbon and pearls all  from Kraftyhands

This month the theme for our challenge is
                                August Challenge - Sketch
Just pop into the Kraftyhand  challenge blog to check out the rules and the sketch .While you're there peruse the samples by my teamies and find inspiration . I do hope that you will pop over to their blogs as well and leave some blog love .
                                           My thought for today .

God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him. - Jim Elliot

Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Home Sweet Home

Hi there,  welcome to my room . Thanks for calling in .
Welcome too , as a new follower .

Another Wintery  blast here in Adelaide today . Lots of rain and wind so another quiet day indoors .
Just a quick post tonight as I have kits to create for Tuesday so must get a wriggle on with cards .
Just wanted to share a card I made to add to my Kraftyhands gallery
                       Card stock from SU stash . Ribbon from Kraftyhands .
                       Paper printed from one of my Kraftyhands CD ROMs
                        The sentiment is from  CTMH    set, Home Sweet Home .
                        The image is from Kraftyhands of course .
                                        A Little Bit Naughty Topper Set

I never looked this good standing in front of the heat  when we had a pot belly stove , I might tell you .They are cosy though .

 Well that's it for tonight .Hope that you are all enjoying your day .

 Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Monday, July 28, 2014

A Tulip for Sympathy

Hello , here I am again enjoying some craft time in my room .
I am happy to welcome you here and hope you like that which I will share today .

Still very cold today and more Wintry weather to come . So definitely no outing on gophers  this morning . I certainly miss capturing beautiful snaps  with  my camera.

My weight is much the same as earlier in the month .I am so frustrated with it all . I wonder how other wives / partners who are caring for Husbands manage .
I find that meals are a real pain . But I do know that lack of energy output like very little walking /exercise is the real reason for no wt. loss .SO bring on warmer weather when I can walk beside Doug and his gopher on brisk jaunts around the block .

OOPS  sorry , forgot I was here to share a card . Another Sympathy card.

Card stock and sentiment are  from SU and the papers are from LOTV
The pearls and  Tulip image  topper 
 are  from Kraftyhands
Talking about Kraftyhands , I would like to remind you that the Kraftyhands Challenge has only a couple of days left so I hope I get to see some thing from you soon .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Hello  there , welcome to my room . Thank you for calling in .I do hope that you say hello too . My pick from comments for the give away card will be at end of post .

A pleasant day here in Adelaide with a little sun shine . Not much warmth yet but there just the same . Doug and I managed a quick trip out for coffee . As it was cool in the shade along the trail of Linear Park I did not linger to take photos today . May be tomorrow .
Tonight I have a card to share .
Remember the post I did on a card I created using A little bit Naughty Toppers ?

Well here is something from the other side of the coin .
A gatefold card with SU stamp , Hardwood ,used for back ground .
Not that you noticed that ...right?

The main image is the cover topper for the Birthday Beefcake set , from Kraftyhands as are the flowers . Card stock from SU and papers from my stash .
 Hope that you like it .

Now my give away card will  go to Pia .Thank you Pia for your visit and comment . Please email ,  , me with your snail mail address and I will post to you asap .

I do appreciate all the visits to my blog and to those on my followers lists a huge thank you too .

Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Friday, July 25, 2014


Hi there , welcome to my room and thanks for calling in .
Another late night so a quick post to share a card created a few days ago .

Freezing day here  again and I turned the air off a little while ago thinking that I was calling it a night . But then I thought about posting on my blog , so here I am freezing my butt off !  You  just have to  laugh .

The card base is White, SU. The papers and Die cuts from Kraftyhands .
The sentiment and label /banner  from CTMH

Earlier this week we did have a break in the weather and managed a trip to Linear Park .Needless to say it was brisk and invigorating !
But Doug needed the outing and Twiggy needed the run .

 Twiggy found a friend to race .
Hope all is good where ever you are
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne