Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Edging and embossing .

Welcome to my room . Thank you for calling in and I  hope that you take a moment to say hello .
Welcome to some new followers as well . thank you for joining me .
For last Tuesday's craft morning I experimented with a new purchase from SU.
The Edglits Adorning Accents and the Adorning Accents Embossing Folders .

inside card back 
For the  card of Whisper White I adhered some patterned paper 4.5cm  onto another piece of card 5cm, leaving a small border. I then diecut that piece and embossed it . Sorry that is hard to see in photo.
I then adhered that   to the bottom of front at 3cm up . I then added some floral patterned paper to top part of card. I paper pieced the woman image and adhered it to a scallop oval placing that onto card.
Added sentiment,  Stamp-it,  and rhinestones from my stash .
Will need to practice some more with these products , I think .
Any way , hope you like it .

My thought for today .

Life is what we make it ,
and partly what is made
by the friends whom we choose.

Hope that your week is going well .
catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Monday with DigiDoodle Shop

BRRRR! Chilled to the bone all weekend . Well not really , only when outside of course . Not much better today .
Welcome to my room .Thank you for calling in .A special hello to new followers . I'll try to pop into your blog to say hello asap.
 It's Monday and we are sharing this Make it Monday Linky Party with  DigiDoodle Shop 
And I have used one of their images that was  allotted to DT members .
                       Old Truck 1
and inside ..
Love these vehicle images thanks Judie from Digidoodle shop .

DigiDoodle Shop is the result  of a mother and daughter’s love for the arts and crafts.  It was started a little over 3 years ago with a little more than 100 stamps, and has since then grown to almost 500 stamps.  Joy (the mother of this team) designs realistic images, while Judy (aka/daughter) loves the “fun side of life”, and create images with a cartoon flair.  Having these two complimenting styles have enabled   DigiDoodle Shop to offer a wide variety of stamps. 

The DigiDoodle Shop is giving away a $10.00 Store Gift Certificate to the lucky random winner!
Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!The  talented Design Team  has  created some truly inspirational cards using the sponsor's  fabuluos  images.So, they would love for you to pop over and let them know what you think of their creations .

The Make It Monday linky party is now open for another week .
Here  is a great way to show off  your most recent creation or even to share your favourite make from ages ago! You don't need to create a whole new post, linking back to the original post is just fine  too.
My next duty of course is to share my POTW [pick of the week ]
#236 Mandy
Amanda has so many bright and colourful creations to share . I think that she has a knack for adding just the right   beautiful paper  to create these .
Thanks for joining us here Amanda .
So there is another reason for you to visit the best teamies on the block . Check out their POTW because it could be you!
The meet the MIM Team feature posts are being posted each Tuesday over at Pink Paper Paradise, so you can get to know us a little better .
My Thought for Today
The most precious of all possessions
   is a wise and loyal friend .

Enjoy your week everyone .
Catch you again soon ,cheers for now, Shirley-Anne

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A challenge

Great to see you here . Welcome to my room .
Had a fabulous  craft morning with Fran and Sandy .Would have been happier if our coffee machine was behaving itself . it was telling me that the water reservoir needed filling , but I think that the float was sticking cause it was already  full . But we all got our cuppacinos  in the end .
I had made 3 cards and kits to share . My paper stash does not seem to be getting any smaller so many of my makes,  lately ,  are a challenge in themselves to make , as I try to use parts of 12"x12" sheets .
Had a go at making a man's card for a challenge .Except for the card base of SU Chocolate Chip and the Very Vanilla ,   everything else is from my ancient stash .
I actually enjoyed making this even though it is out of my comfort zone . That is , it is not CAS .

Congratulations and Happy Retirement are from  SU set Teeny Tiny Sentiments

The background paper and postcard, stamps , stickers and " typed Letters are from my stash . The men image is a vintage  freebie found on internet, while the clock face is from Stamp-It
I would like to enter this into

My thought for today ..
 There is nothing in a caterpillar
  that tells you
 it is going to be a butterfly .

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

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday with scrapbook sisters

Hi there ..happy day to you .
Thank you for taking time out from crafting to visit me . Welcome to my room .
Thank you to my new followers , hope we catch up with each other again soon .
Brisk , invigorating Autumn weather means there has been some crafting time for me as of late so there  may be a couple of posts this week .
Today though, being Monday it is time for the Make it Monday Linky Party.  YEAH!
My card for this ,   #90  is
Night of Navy , SU for card base . Paper from KaiserCraft.  Whisper White and Bashful Blue  for printing , sentiment and  image.  Punches from  SU for label , front and inside . Greeting,Happy Birthday ,  is Hero Arts. " Stepping out " sentiment are my words .
 . The Three Shoes image is from out fabulous sponsor ..

Prize - 5 Digis as a prize for each sponsorship

Scrapbook Sisters was born 7 years ago out of our love of all things crafty. We
 have a family owned retail shop with a website and blog where we have weekly card
 challenges, Monthly Scrapbook Challenges and a great giveaway every month. Julie
 holds classes every day but also has mini book kits which she will be adding to in 2012

  Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just
 leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It
 Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
My teamies have also shared  some more projects with other of the sponsor's images,   
 so for mega inspiration please visit their blogs .

 And now for the hardest but best part of my DT  duties ..
MY POTW                                 #178

Thank you Marilyn for this inpirational card . The other  challenge that Marilyn entered this into

 called for anything other than a square card and so dies were used ...beautifully .

Thank you for sharing this with us and I hope we see you again this week .

That goes for everyone ...

The Make It Monday linky party  is so easy to play..
It is a fun  way to share  your  recent creation or even  your favourite make from ages ago! You don't need to create a whole new post, linking back to the original post is just fine too. It is that easy..
So come on and join in the fun and share with us your beautiful paper creations!! 
There is inspiration in abundance  and blogging buddies yet  to meet!
The last of the ' Be Thankful '  thoughts

A life of rich fulfilment comes to those who

   are also thankful for the setbacks.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles ,

   and they can become your blessings .

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


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Saturday and Craftymess.

Hello Blogging pals ..Welcome to my room .
Hope that you are all enjoying your day , weekend or not.
How excited I am to have been chosen to host this week's  Craftymess challenge . #9
Now , I am not as organised as I was last year . Not many Christmas cards made thus far! So , with that in mind I chose the theme ..Christmas cards/projects  in non traditional colours .
And my card to inspire you ..I HOPE.. with my colour combination of Black and White .


       For my Christmas card , in non traditional colours,  I began with  black card stock . Some Cristina Re ds paper on the bottom and Shimmer White stars and scallop oval . The image, Amanda Writes,  is from Stampabilities. The sentiment in black is from set SU , Gifted .

 Our fabulous sponsors this week are ...
Sponsors & Prize       Meliflower 10 quid voucher -

"About Us

Welcome to the MeiFlower online craft shop.
Our company is here to provide good quality and unique card making, scrapbooking and crafting supplies direct to our customers. We believe in offering you fantastic value for money.
Either browse our online store or come and see us at various craft shows that we exhibit at up and down the country"
Crimson Cloud 3 x dies of choice is owned by Linda and Melanie, and is a mother/daughter venture - a way to indulge their joint passion of cardmaking and papercrafting.  

Linda, based in South Africa, is the designer - developing their exclusive range of stamps, die cuts, digital stamps, svg cutting files and card kits which reflect their styles of card making.

Melanie is based in Brighton, Sussex and runs the web based shop - only selling products that they have tried, tested and love using. New products are regularly being tested and added to the range.

For ideas and inspiration, check out the gallery on the Crimson Cloud website, or follow their blog on with new posts and samples being added at least once a week."

Our prize is three packs of die cuts from Crimson Cloud - winner's choice. 

On our Craftymess challenge blog    you will see the list of teamies who have shared some inspirational pieces for this challenge so I hope that you visit them and share some blog love too .
I can't wait to see what you share for this challenge .

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


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Stars and toy friend

Hi there , welcome to my room . Thanks for calling in and I  hope you enjoy browsing through my blog .
I really appreciate the addition of some new followers . Looking foward to seeing some new inspirational pieces , different styles and interesting posts .
Still freezing here in Adelaide even for Autumn . only 19 today I believe. Still , we went out for our usual walk for coffee and took our girls { Jacki and Twiggy } to the park for a run .
Then , happily , I  spent some craft time in my room .
To share this time though,  is a card I made for  my  craft  buddies and our workshop.

 I enjoyed creating this little fun card .
I began with a SU Pacific Point card base . I cut out to the  fold a small panel from front .
I stamped star happy birthday [SU] and diecut circle frames x2 .I added dsp  to panels left on card front and the dinosaur.SU set , Dinoroar.
Turning to the inside , I added the other star happy  birthday exactly over the back of  the first . then added dsp and another dinosaur next to the circle for  sentiment .
I would like to enter this card in some challenges 

Challenge#170 - Male Birthday Card    I think this is a fun card for boys

Challenge 32 - CASE

I actually cased Sarah's card .I used the star and the toy friend as inspiration as well as it is a boys' Birthday card .
 More  ' Be Thankful Thoughts '
  Be thankful when you are tired and weary ,
     because it means you've made a difference .

      It's easy to be thankful for the good things .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Meljen Designs and Monday


Hi there , welcome to my room . Hope that you and yours are enjoying happiness  in abundance.
Thank you heaps for calling in . I have had some really kind words left on my posts as of late and I  truly appreciate every single comment .
Had a craft friend here,  Friday,  for a couple of hours of papercraft therapy . Jane and I seem to finish the kits I prepared,  a bit earlier so we managed a couple of extra cards as well . A surprise for me too as Jane had bought me back a couple of 12"x12" papers from the south east  which I cant wait to use  .

Now this must have been my lucky week because I had a gift too from Tuesday's girls Sandy and Fran .

But for now I will share with you a card made with an image from our fab sponsor this week at the Make it Monday Linky Party .
This week we are being sponsored once again by the ever fun and cute Meljen Designs Digital Stamps!
Meljen Designs Digital Stamps are giving away the lovely prize of the winner's choice of 4 single digis!

Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

And here is my card ..

This is one Lovin' Turtle, from our sponsor.  Card used Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White , SU , and  for the image that I paper pieced over first image, Shimmery White also from SU. I coloured with copics . Ribbon and felt flowers from SU .Dsp from my stash .
The other teamies have fab projects to share too, for your viewing pleasure,  so please visit them too.
The hardest part of being on a DT is having to choose a POTW from all the wonderful , inspirational and extremely talented papercraft artists.
My POTW....
Loved this Billie . I'll remember that tip about calendar pages at the end of the year too.

Must have some of that Washi Tape too, now I see it in action .
And lastly for this long and photo heavy post , my thought for today in the " Be Thankful" Series

Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you
opportunities for improvement.

Hope to see you at the Make it Monday Linky Party with your entry .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Glad rags

Hi Bloggers .
Hope all the Mums ,Grandmothers, paternal and adopted and Step Mums had some memorable moments shared with loved ones today ..Mothers' Day .
I would also like to spare some time  to reflect for a while on the very special Mums. Mothers who, for one reason or another , don't have their babies with them .....

Made a card today that will,  I  think,  fit this challenge
Challenge #13: Mother, Dear  

All card  from SU. The back ground paper also from SU . The sentiment ,my own words .
" Put on your
   glad rags
   and enjoy
   your day."

 Flowers, ribbon  and leaves from my stash .The image is from 12"x12" unnamed  paper gifted to me by Jane .

even used  part image,  from bottom of page ,  for inside.
 Another from " Be Thankful" thoughts

Be thankful for your mistakes .
  They will teach you valuable lessons.

As mentioned , entering this card in

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

Monday, May 7, 2012

Monday with Bugaboo

                  HI  THERE.
Another Monday and another Linky Party.  So welcome to my room ,thank you for calling in . Hello and thank you  to the new followers of my blog . Please leave a link to your blog in a comment so I can visit you too .

Now I don't know where this week has gone . After working in our own businesses, 7 days a week  for too many years and having to be ultra organised you would think that retirement would be a breeze. I mean we no longer have opening or  closing times ,worries about absent staff or rosters , or  book work to fit in between raising three children .We can lie in till 7am and have meals when we are hungry and go to bed late if we choose .
Apart from being a full time carer for Doug , my time is really my own . But do you know , I think that I manage to fit less in my day now than I ever have . Are there any retirees out there that  understand and can explain ? Before I know it the week has gone and I have only managed two posts .

But again I digress, when I meant to jump right into this post with gusto!!  I say that because I really love Mondays when I  can share a card with you , my pick from last week's entries and this new week's prize .

  My card for this week on Make it Monday  is ..

                                             Sorry about the glare .Just could not find an angle that worked .
                                                        Better for the inside .
                                         I loved these two images ,The Side Chair and the Rose Can from Bugaboo ,so much that I combined them for this card. The card  base is from my stash of gloss card and  images were printed onto Whisper White . I coloured with copics.. The sentiment is from Stamp-it. The butterflies are left overs from a punch session with a MS punch.
Our fab sponsor this week is
Everything That You Ever Wanted to Know About Bugaboo Stamps: A Short Essay

"As if raising five children in the frozen land of the North was not enough of a challenge, Jodie Mackrell decided to dip her cold little Canadian toes into the world of papercrafting by opening an online store full of her illustrations. That was two years ago. Today Bugaboo Stamps is one of the leading companies in digital images, and we're still growing! From seriously snarky to sugary sweet to sublimely soulful all the way over to the other side of the super sexy spectrum, you're bound to find all that you need and more to create your paper projects. Jodie works very hard to provide New Releases and Freebies every week! "

If your taste runs to rubber (and you know who you are), you can find Bugaboo Stamps at Totally Stampalicious. And finally, join the Bugaboo Stamps DT for weekly challenges at Catch the Bug. 

Bugaboo Stamps are offering a very generous prize of winner's choice of 7 single digis!

Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
I do hope that you will call into my teamies blogs to share some blog love too.
Thanks to all the bloggers who joined in last week to share their papercraft projects with us .I think much of my time goes on trawling through some amazing artists' work.
So hard to choose but this was " it" #108 
Just beautiful and so feminine .Super colouring on this sweet image .

Thanks for sharing on Make it Monday .

Hope that we see more of your talent,  this week .
                 Now before I  go here is another " Be Thankful" thought
                                               Be thankful for the difficult times.
                                                During those times you  grow.
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Craftymess with SassyStudio Designs

Hi there .
Here it is ,Saturday and time for me to share a post with the fab . Craftymess Challenge Blog .
Welcome to my room . I appreciate your visit and comment if you left one .
Adelaide has been so cold as of late and this is good for crafting .I have been trying to catch up on punching shapes and diecutting  frames from the mountain of card and paper scraps on my desk .
But I   did leave time to make a card for this  week .
Gem wants PINK and CUTE
Well,  we had two images [ thank you very much] to choose from and I chose
Holiday Bride.

Shimmery White card base covered with paper from 6"x6" pack Webster's Pages .

Image ,  Coloured with Copics .
Top Note diecut . Bow and 1/2 pearls from my stash .
Thanks now, to our sponsor ..

Sassy Studio Designs is a fresh new company. We have been designing and selling for 2 years now, and we have been kindly received into the community of digi stampers and crafters. I started designing images shortly after I started stamping, reason being...I didn't hardly like anything else out there I was a young adult woman at the time I was engaged, had no kids, I wanted fun sexy images that I would enjoy using and my friends and hubby would enjoy receiving. I designed images for 2 other digi stamp companies when my wonderful hubby kept trying to get me to go out on my own. So in June 2009 thanks to the few faithful followers I had, Sassy Studio Designs was born! It has been a wonderful journey starting my own store. We have just grown so much these past months.I still try to keep

Lindsay Dyer: keep with my original philosophy and reason for designing stamps, make them fun and keep them sassy...and yes sometimes even sexy!


The winner receives 4 images of their choice

Can't wait to see what you have for us this week as you enter your Pink and Cute creation .
While you are on the challenge blog check the other teamies for their inspirational creations and see the facebook addy too.
                          Before I close , here is another thought
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
                                                        Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne...