Friday, December 31, 2010

Our Thoughts

Welcome to my room on this last day of 2010. Hello my dear blogging friends . This is the special time of day , when I turn off the outside world and immerse myself in theraputic craft time . And to enjoy the company of like minded friends does contribute to my well being , believe me !
But to todays Sympathy card . Number 4 .
Card base is White Gloss card . I tore a rectangle of green vellum and attatched to card front . Around three sides,  on the card front ,  I doodled a frame .
Under the frame and vellum , I placed sentiment  [ Arty Stamps ] in green .
Then from my craft  stash I combined these flowers and ribbon to embellish.
Have not completed the inside but when I do I will edit post and share it with you then .
catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Deepest Sympathy

Hello , so happy you have called into my room . Welcome.
Hope that as you browse through my posts that you find something interesting or at least a creation that whets your craft appetite  and inspires you to create your own mini work of art.
Todays card is another for my Sympathy stash . Number 3.

Naturals Ivory  with  Soft Suede sponged edges is card base .
On a light blue matte I adhered some dsp from Graphic45 , then I distressed the blue edges.
On a tag from K&Company Journal Pad,  I stamped sentiment from Stamp-It , in Soft Suede. Adding some rhinestones around bottom edge and  bow at top embellished the tag before adhering to dsp. I then adhered blue matte to card front with foam tape .

For the insert I used some of the dsp and some light blue card with deckled edges which have been gold tinted . Sorry does not show in photo .  
Hope you like it .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now Shirley-anne.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

With Sympathy

Hi there . Hope that you are all well . Thank you so much for calling in , I really do appreciate your visit and love it if you let me know,  via a comment .
Today I would like to share another Sympathy card with you .

 I am hoping that the black card base is not too severe even for a Sympathy card . Whisper White and Pumpkin Pie layers worked together to soften the black , I think . Would you agree ?
The image in Soft Suede is " Sympathy Crane"by Yvette.
Still trying to soften the card I grouped together three flowers from my stash with a SU Rhinedtone Brad centre. Then luckily I had some similar coloured rhinestones for opposite corner.
Love the E K  corner punch , which I also used for the insert .
I am so wrapped in taking photos outside where you don't need a flash . Tried to follow some advise I had from one of my viewers [ hope you know who you are ...let me know if you think of any other words of wisdom you can pass on . ]
Thanks too to Michelle who has always encouraged me to take outside shots of cards .
Scanning does not always do your cards justice I have found .
Any way love you all lots but must go .  Catch you again soon , cheers Shirley-Anne.

Would like to enter this card into   Anything Goes (NO CHRISTMAS CARDS ALLOWED!!!!!) over at 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Thinking of you Today

Hello everyone . Are you having a restful few days in readiness for the New Year celebrations?
Welcome to my room , where I am trying to get back into a card a day routine .

Last nights card is the first in a series of  6  Sympathy cards I need to create for my collection .
The card base is from SU , Soft Suede, with a Whisper White mat. Layered on the white mat are a panel  of Striped DSP at top , A thin strip of Soft Suede, some green ribbon and a larger panel of Soft Suede. The bottom panel has Fiskas Punched border and three punched out leaves. I added 3 flowers and stems from my stash . I placed the sentiment , from Annabelle Stamps , on the white  between panels .
Am happy with   how this card turned out , just wished I were more of a photographer.
Catch you again soon , cheers Shirley-Anne
Am  entering this card to Michelle's Make it Monday

Monday, December 27, 2010

Favourite 5 Christmas cards for 2010

 Hello every-one . Hope that you are all resting now after the last few hectic days . Welcome to my room where I have been chillin' out while Doug is dozing.
I have been blog  browsing and found Deb's
Deb has offered some candy for a randomly chosen blogger who links their 5 favourite Christmas cards made for 2010.
Check out  Deb's  post
                                          My first is using the topnote diecut , which I love and have found a popular seller .

The second.  I loved the stocking image which I stamped on card first and then again on scrap card to paper pieced and layered on top .I loved using DecorArt Snow-Tex on top of stocking .

 The third . I began this card with the ribbon in mind and the rest just followed.

The next two images are of the fourth card . I chose this one because of the' pop up'  inside .

 And lastly the fifth card .
And again because I love stockings . This one I could 3D the teddy in the pocket and the stars. I also liked the embossed background and felt that although it is a small card it packed a punch.
All my cards are quick and simple which is definately my style .
So without further ado I will link  these to Deb's challenge.  There are already heaps of entries and all are inspirational.
Maybe you would have chosen different cards from my " Christmas Wishes " postings.
Catch you again soon , cheers Shirley-anne .

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Patchy Daisy

Hello My Blogger Friends . Welcome to my room .
Hope that you had a Wonderful Christmas Day and that you recovered well  today .
Was a sunny day here in Adelaide today , just right for a " gopher walk" for Hubby and me. If I were to give thanks ...and I do, it would be to say how grateful I am to be healthy and reasonably strong . For without these gifts / blessings I would not be able to care / support Doug through his recovery. We are just so happy that he is home . While he was resting this afternoon I had some " me " time and created this card .
The flower is from Stamp-It , Patchy Daisy Large . I used Peach Parfait ink  and a selection of SU card stock . The ribbon from my stash . The embossed layer created with Cuttlebug folder given to me as Chrissy Pressy from Sandy .

The simple  insert , is a Whisper White panel with small daisys from Hero Arts, Tiny Thank You set ,  in corners . The panel of DSP  on edge can be seen from front of card. as the  front is not as wide as back .
It was great to be back in my room for a short time today and I hope that you like the result too. 
Hope to see you again soon , catch you later , Shirley-anne. 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Winner of candy announcement

This little prize  of ink pad and ribbon is the candy  I offered to a random comment about which card of mine was featured on Michelle's Make it Monday #14
Barbara's blog is so interesting , full of creations far beyond papercraft. It really is  worth visiting.
Congrats Barbara please send me an email with postal address and I will send candy to you asap .
There was a card posted today as well so please scroll down to find it
hugs Shirley-Anne

Shirley-anne's Blog Candy goes world wide

Hello and welcome to my room . How exciting .. my card was randomly chosen this week on Michelle's Make it Monday.
So to celebrate that and also because I feel like sharing I have a little blog candy .
 To a someone who leaves a comment on my blog on any  posted  card  past or current but you must tell me what card of mine was featured on Michelle's  Make it Monday .

And this is it ! A Classic Stampin' Pad Melon Mambo ink  and a metre of  matching ribbon. I will leave this open for two weeks . Will close on 19th December and drawn and posted  on that night
Good luck everyone ...remember it is world wide
Catch you again soon cheers for now , Shirley-Anne
PLEASE, scroll down so that you  don't miss my next posting


Hello every-one , welcome to my room . Hope all is well with you and yours.
The sun is peeping through grey clouds but it is still cool and windy here in Adelaide . Doug is happily at home for the day and thoroughly enjoying the experience. Again thank you to all who have sent wishes of a speedy recovery through blogs and emails .
The card I would like to share today is SU cardstock and DSP. I used a layer of the same blue to place the elements onto before adhering all with foam tape .

The flowers are from Vintage Vogue and the sentiment is from Elements of Style. I used Creamy Caramel for flowers . To achieve a lighter centre of large flower I first stamped small flower onto scratch paper before again , without reinking, onto  Naturals Ivory. The sentiment was inked in Brocade Blue.
AND BEFORE SANDY EMAILS ME!!!! I should have used the Stamp-a-ma-jig. LOL..
I added a dragon fly brad, some rhinestones   and some ribbon from my stash for embellishment.
Hope you like it .
There will be another posting tonight as I must choose a winner for my candy . So please call in again later wont you?
Catch you again later , cheers for now, Shirley-Anne.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

cards for sale

Hello and welcome to my room .
I would like to share with you a  blog  which was recommended to me  recently .

Alicia , from Time to Create , has created a special place , Aussie Cards for Sale. And now Alicia is calling for some designers. Contact Alicia for details on how to submit your creations .
I know that there are going to be some FAB creations on show but I am hoping that quick , simple cards will have a place too. Bearing that in mind, I am submitting these for Alicia to consider.

Thanks Alicia and good luck with it all.
Catch you all soon , cheers for now Shirley-anne

Monday, December 13, 2010

Let's celebrate.

Hello to you my blog friends . Welcome to my room . A  hint of sunshine today . A beautiful day in Adelaide.
Hope that your week began with a little warmth .
Tonights card is a little cutie if I do say so myself .

It has a selection of SU cardstock and image and sentiment from Penny Black, Micey Day set.
Coloured with Markers and a little ric rac .
Hope you like it .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

It's your day

Hello everyone , welcome to my room . Hope that you had just the perfect weekend .
I wish Summer would return to Adelaide as I am fully over this cool spell. Doug and I went for a short walk with the gopher this morning  but dare not go far in case it rained . Still he enjoyed the outing anyway.
 After he returned to the rehab centre tonight I managed a quick card .
I had the colours in mind and the layout before I began , it just took a while to match the sentiment with the image .
The card base is of SU Crumb Cake .Front is covered with dsp with a Tempting Turquoise centre panel. I placed white and green strips on both sides. I punched a scallop circle in white card and adhered to panel. The hat stamped on Certainly Celery card in Old Olive ink has been 3D on scallop circle and I paper pieced the hat band in Rose Red card . Then added flower ribbon  under that.

 The sentiment is from SU set, On Your Birthday.
Loved this from start to finish , hope you like it too.
                                                    I don't think of all the misery but of
                                                        the beauty that still remains.
                                                                       --  Anne Frank 
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Quick General Card

Hello blogger friends . Welcome to my room . Am posting while Doug is dozing in his favourite chair . He is so happy to be home for the day and Jacki  wont leave his lap . So all is well in the Barber home .
Managed to make a card last night and the rain has eased off enough for me to take a photo of it  outside.

 Here I used some SU cardstock , Dsp from Graphic45 , image from a stamp-it set  , images  from " Judith "
Inks  used  Old Olive and Brocade Blue SU .Finally a flower and some gems from my stash to finish .
Was hard pressed to think a suitable sentiment so I have left one off until the notion comes to me .
                            Thank you Sue for special gift of  the crochet flowers .
Enjoy the rest of the day everyone , hope you get some craft time .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Best wishes

Hello bloggers one and all. Welcome to my room , where I hope that you find something from my simple creations that makes your visit worth while .
This card stock and DSP   are from SU

And is in keeping with my quick and simple style .
The image is one  from Stamp-It , Daisy Wishes,  I have had for years and still use frequently . Ink used is SU Pacific Point . The flower ribbon and button  are  from my stash. I paper pieced the large flower in white card just to give added texture.
Hope you like it .
Enjoy the fleeting moments
that come for just today..
The sweet song of a Bluebird ,
The morning sun's first ray..
Catch you later , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Simply Just for you

Hi there , welcome to my room . Can't stay long though . My front veranda is sooo bad . The trees near by have shed lots of bark and with the wild weather I have leaves , lots of twigs and heaps of bark to clear away before I leave to spend the day with Doug.
But I would like to share last nights card . Again a little dull outside but I think photo came up ok.

oops did not line base or edit  very well but you get the idea.
Just a white card base , SU dsp,  Whisper White diecut centre tags . Sentiment from SU , Afterthoughts, which was inked in Real Red. Added a  three  flowers from my stash to finish.
So there you go , hope you like it .
 Spend the day wisely and kindly as you will not get the chance to live it again .
Catch you again soon , cheers , Shirley-Anne.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Hanging Sign

Good morning all you wonderful bloggers . I have no idea why , but I have woken up all chipper this morning . Bright as a button and eager to go . The weather is aweful here wet windy and quite cool.
To all those who are affected in any way from here to Queensland , Am thinking of you please take care and hope it clears up soon .
Like taking my photos outside but today is not so bright so scanned card instead this morning .

Bought this diecut , Hanging Sign ,  from Tim Holtz recently and this is its first use .  Card base is white gloss and dsp from SU . Sign is of SU textured card.
Chocolate Chip ink used for sentiment and edging  from SU Perfect Punches set.
For the inside I just removed the rail .I frayed the end of the cord the " held" the sign .

The sentiment here is from SU , Heard from the Heart. I was happy with the card and think that I would like to use this diecut again but might look for other examples on blog first.
Hope you like it . Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Monday, December 6, 2010

More butterflys

Hello again . I say that because this is my second post for tonight . Check at 1st post for some little blog candy . It will be world wide so join in .
Hope that you are safe and happy and managing a little craft time .

Todays card is a little sweety I thought . I loved the bottom butterfly as I just 3D it and curled the wings a little .

I used  Soft Suede card stock as base card with Whisper White and Very Vanilla layering .
Stamps are Butterfly Prints, Curvy Verses and Stamp-it Set siset035 and Soft Suede ink for all.
And the inside ..
 The sentiment I thought sat well with butterfly images .

Hope that you like the card .
Check out Michelle's  Make it Monday to find the clue you need to enter for my blog candy ..
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-anne.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Gumnut Brush

WHEW! Boy Mina , you can definately have some of this heat..Was very hot here in Adealaide today . Even now, at 7.30 pm I cant lift the blinds yet .
Hello everyone . Welcome to my room .
A 10 minute card which I made this morning before leaving to visit Doug is what I would like to share now .

I love this card stock , River Rock as it is so earthy and it was easy to choose the stamp image to go with it .
Gumnut Brush by Helen Williams and Stamp-it. I used Soft Suede and Old Olive markers to colour image an sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments . Both panels were edged in Old Olive , while the larger one was lightly sponged around image as well. The smaller panel is adhered with foam tape .
Hope you like it .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now, Shirley-Anne.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Silhouette Butterfly

 Hi there . Welcome to my room and thanks for calling in.
Beautiful day in Adelaide today ,so I am happy that I am not in the UK for instance where it is sooo cold!
Have card to share tonight . By the time I get home it is about 7pm , still a little light so  I thought  I would try to take another photo outside . It is not too bad , I think .

 The image is from Stamp-it-Sets. The frame is a diecut, the flower centre bling  and the flowers are  from my stash . The card and dsp are from SU . Ink used is Soft Suede.
Now off to do washing and ironing ....sigh...
catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-anne.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Thinking of you Tag

 Hello everyone and welcome to my room . Hope that you are not too frazzled by your Christmas planning .
I just cant get into anything Christmassy at this stage. We were hoping that Doug would be home for Christmas , and he may well be as a home day visit , but we were banking on being HOME. Not going to be mobile or strong enough , the powers that be, say . So we will have to be happy with day outings till January. And then only weekends as he has lots of physio to do through the week .
  Any way I have another card made that I have photographed outside .

Card base is Whisper White and I layered dsp from Graphic45. The tag is Crumb Cake with punched  Eyelet Border on top and bottom and all edges sponged with Creamy Caramel . I added pink ribbon and bow. The separate  framed sentiment is on Naturals Ivory inked in Soft Suede. the small flowers are from set, Cottage Garden , while the bird and words are from Cute by the Inch . The frame has been adhered to tag with foam tape .
                                              Love you to meet Jacki before I close off . She is 13 yrs old and Doug is happy to have her visit every day.

Hope that you like the card . Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-anne.

Birthday Tag

 HELLO everyone , welcome to my room . And today I am sharing my first outdoor photo of a card .
Still a bit of work to do but all looks promising .

Base card is of White gloss card with DSP from  SU Blueberry Crisp. Tag is from K&C Company. I have added bling , a flower , a bow and ribbon  from my stash . I stamped the sentiment Pacific Point on Whisper White card and punched with 13/4"circle . next time I will remeber to take close up of sentiment .
Well there you go ....never too old to learn new tricks .   LOL
Hope you like it and thank you  for calling in . Thank you all too for comments , enquiries about Doug and his progress and also concerns for my well being  too. I do so appreciate each and everyone .
catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Hello everyone. Hope that you have had a wonderful day . Thank you for calling in once more.
I have made another vintage card after finding some more Graphic 45 papers in my stash .

Sorry still not good at photos . Used camera and under light too.
More practice needed.
Image is Paris Socialite from Stamps Happen .
It was inked in brown and coloured with chalks , dry and wet. and blue marker for earings , rings and buttons . The Whisper White card with the image was then sponged with Peach Parfait and Summer Sun .
The flowers are from my stash .
Wish I could add more elements to give interest .
What do you think I could have added , if anything?
Enjoy the rest of your night then.
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-anne. 

Monday, November 29, 2010

New York Socialite

Hi there , welcome to my room , where it is 12.25 am . Thank you for visiting .
Just finished my kits for Tuesday and felt like making a vintage card  for a change. I just could not put it down till  finished .

Here I used a selection of papers from Papermania. The image , New York Socialite from Stamps Happen is inked in Soft Suede on Naturals Ivory card. I only coloured the ribbon on her hat with a marker ,  used a pearl from Kaiser for her earing and made a spray of flowers from my stash tied with scrap of ribbon as embelishment.

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

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Time to Bloom

Well, here it is.. the end of  another  week . Hope that it has been a good one for you and that you and yours are well.  Thank you once more for calling in . I do so enjoy your company .
Tonights card turned out just as I imagined it at the beginning so am very happy with it . I do hope you like it .
I began with card base of Old Olive .  I created  faux stitching in white gel pen on panel of Rose Red  for the first layer. I stamped { two step} flower and stem from set Cottage Garden in inks , Rose Red and Kiwi Kiss, on Naturals Ivory card and layered that on Pumpkin pie card . The sentiment inked in  Pumpkin Pie is from retired set Bella's Bloom.
This time I used scraps of ribbon from stash to finish.
Catch you again soon , cheers for now Shirley-Anne

Friday, November 26, 2010

Friend to Friend

Hi there, welcome to my room . What a pleasant day it was in Adelaide today. Hope that your day was just as you like it . Thank you for spending some time with me .
I was browsing through a past SU catalogue and found a card that tickled my fancy so here is my take on it .

I have tons of small strips of card stock and really need to use it up so this card which I will use in kit for Tuesday ladies will deplete the pile a little . Sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments inked in creamy Caramel.
               Catch you again soon , cheers Shirley-Anne

Thursday, November 25, 2010

one layer

Hi there everyone. Welcome to my room . Hope that all is right in your world today .
Turned out to be a very pleasant day here in Adelaide so Doug and I enjoyed our lunch in one of the little garden areas in Hampstead Rehab Centre . I was hoping to get some colour into his face as hospital pale is not very becoming !

Sue   recently shared  a " one layer card" which inspired me to use my favourite tree stamps.
 I think sometimes this style packs a punch .

Tree from set , lovely as a Tree. Old Olive ink used , while Always Artichoke Marker used for line and sentiment , which came from Teeny  Tiny Sentiments . All on a Whisper White card.
That's it for tonight .
Thanks Robyn have browsed the suggested blog found this link and found this card

Trees and Birds from Jennifer      I loved the scene and the tree. So I have entered my card in her challenge .  
Catch you again soon cheers for now Shirley-anne

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Every Moment

Hello and welcome to my room . Thank you for calling in . Hope that you are all well and crafting heaps .
Not quite so late tonight , thank goodness.
Tonight's card is a little change from my usual and I hope that you like it .
I have used a ruler with a scallop blade for the card edges . The front of the card is narrower than the back . But I have made the green insert normal size so that you can see a small edge when card closed .
Very Vanilla card base with a small panel of SU DSP and an oval diecut with Big Shot to start.  The flower and sentiment is from set , Every Moment, inked in Basic Brown and coloured with SU  Markers and white gel pen. I then finished with some bling.
Loved the sentiment .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Monday, November 22, 2010

For a friend

Hello everyone . Welcome to my room . Hope that the new week has pleasant surprises for you.
 Now here I am again starting a card one day and finishing the next ...I can't believe that it is so late . It seems as though my mojo kicks in at about 11.00 o'clock.
You might guess that this is going to be a short posting .
I began this card at 11.00 and finished at 12.00 .

I began with Chocolate Chip card base  and two SU  DSP, Some mesh ribbon and Chocolate Chip ribbon .
The image from SU set Friends Never Fade is inked in Chocolate Chip.
Looks better in RL . I am happy with it . Hope you like it too. Thanks for popping in .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now Shirley-Anne.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

It's Your Day

Hello , Hello ! What mischief  have you been up to today ? Any thing you can share?  No??
Welcome to my room and thank you for calling in. I am sooo late tonight's nearly tomorrow already.
I was taken for a ride last Tuesday by my crafty [ he he] friends and   shouted lunch , then to a beautiful craft shop called Paper Flourish . I don't know what I have done to deserve such dear friends .
Any way I found some Diecuts and embossing folders and some Silhouette stamps  from Stamp-it , all of which I needed so desperately...NOT!! Thank you Fran and Sandy.
So here is the card for today.

Began with Marina Mist card base. Dsp from Elegant Soiree, while images were inked in Basic Grey.
Sentiment is from set , On your Birthday, on Whisper White and punched out with Curly Label Extra Large . I used Scallop Edge Punch on card under image .
Another of my simple , quick cards.
Hope you liked it .
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Final Christmas cards

Hi there everyone, welcome to my room . Are your Christmas cards all ready to post? Did you make your own little tags for those gifts ? Are mine...did I ....NO!!          Next year.
Hope that you are all well and still managing to have some craft time .
Today I was able to make these two Christmas cards and I think that will be my 50 for Robyn's challenge to make 50 by 1st December. PHEW!

SU card stock and DSP   were  used for  cards . Stamp sets are A wish for Peace and Christ is Born for the first card , while Perfect Punches set  ,  the scallop Circle Punch and 13/8" Circle Punch were used on second card. 
I have enjoyed creating each and every one of the 50 Christmas cards so thank you to Robyn for setting the challenge . See my side bar for her link to see her amazing cards too.
Hope you like the cards tonight , thanks for calling by.
Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne.