Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Using stashed stuff.

Well , hello,  hope that you have had a pleasant day .        
I pottered around my room today and found several
packaging boxes from SU to throw out .
One thing with SU they pack stock for freighting
really well.  I hate throwing their boxes away ,
 But,  realisticly I can't keep them all, and that's
 hard because I am such a "reuser".                  
These cards on show tonight are for Sunday workshop kits .
This first card is another version of a card, Dotty Circles,  in the last post . Same recipe but I left a small border around the first layer of dsp.  Like it so much more . What do you think?

Now , as there are going to be quite a few
 changes in products for SU in September ,
I thought that I should be using up my huge stash
of Simply scrappin' scrapbooking kits . So this next card is almost all created from the kit , Petal Party.
The ric rac is from Ribbon Originals. The greeting inked in Old Olive , is from set ,
Sweet Little Sentiments.

This last card is demonstrating
 two step stamping .
It is a very understated card.
Using White Gloss I began with a square [15cm] card.
With a variety of SU markers I have coloured image
from set , Live Like You Mean it. and cut out.
The little greeting is from set , Occasional Greetings.
And the ribbon is from SU stash. Have added little
black Rhinestones to flower centres.

Hope that you have enjoyed your visit here tonight.
I know that I love sharing some time with you here.
I also enjoy browsing your blogs and quite happily
leave comments .One day when time permtis me
I would really like to enter more challenges as I think they move you out of your comfort zone . .
dare you to try something new .

On that note , I will say good night . Stay safe , be happy .
               Cheers Shirley-Anne

Monday, June 28, 2010

Dotty Circles

Hello and welcome .  Hope that you have enjoyed your Monday /day if it's not Monday where you are . Just a very quick post tonight as I need some beauty sleep,[ he he he  lots of laughing ]               Seriously I have a big morning as it is the last day of our term at my workshops and I have 2 weeks off . Tuesdays any way , will still have Sundays .       Tomorrow we plan to have tea and scones [  made by Sandy ] for our breakup treat.              Inspired by a design by Sharon Reinhart   but making a few changes but more using her layout           Tempting Turquoise , Whisper White and Double Sided Paper from pk. Close to Cocoa , all SU.     Greeting from Teeny Tiny Sentiments , Circles and flowers from Seeing Spots and Circle Circus , all inked with Chocolate Chip marker, SU. I meant to leave a small border when adhering DSP to the card base ,  but had a senior moment and covered front completely . Still I like the result well enough. Hope you do too.
Catch you tomorrow night , all being well.
Cheers Shirley-Anne

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Tidy room or post..??

Yeah , right.... easy choice to make !
So here I am , putting it off for another time.  Oh me,  oh my . I can just see me making a last minute dash at the end of July. See where Michelle said not to worry too much because she wont take up/ need  a lot of room . That's  the  sort of polite , kind and respectful Daughter she is . So now ..I REALLY NEED A TIDY ROOM!  May be I will take a before and after photo . Watch this space.

If you have stayed , hello and welcome .
Last night in previous post I showed the first , a Christmas card .
Today am showing the other two cards for workshop on Tuesday .
I began with Brocade Blue card as base . On a layer of Whisper White I added panels , leaving small borders .
Paper is from SU Patterns Pack ll .
Using SU punches I made tag of scallop circle
 1 3/8" circle ,  a 1 1/4" circle with hello greeting from set SU Hello Again. The butterfly is from SU All A Flutter. Ink used is Baja Breeze.
I adhered only the body of the butterfly and left the wings up slightly .
And for the last card..

I created this male card.   mmm, that did not sound right. Ok , a card for a male.  

Earthy tones and Autumn colours are , I find, quite a pleasure to use and easier to combine . So I am  very happy with this card.     
This card base is from Real Rust, with back  ground '  Sanded' stamped in Creamy Caramel. Father's Day greeting inked in Chocolate Chip onto Whisper White card , layered onto Chocolate Chip card with faux stitching on edge . Basful Blue and More Mustard made up the other tags, which I joined with brad then fanned out to layer onto card front . Attatched to brad I made smaller tag with image from set 'Be Happy', inked in Chocolate Chip onto Whisper White.                                      
 Hope that you , where ever you are , will be enjoying the day.
Cheers Shirley-Anne

Friday, June 25, 2010

'tis the Season

Hi  there . Hope that you are set to have a great weekend .
I rushed to get my Sunday kits ready then my Tuesdays because if Michelle is coming in September I need , ...REALLY need to get my craft room in order . And that means more than just  a tidy desk .
I have this bad habit of going on a card making bender  and because I have a room where I can finish for the
night and just shut the door , I can end up with a pile of embellishment packets, buttons,  ribbons and a mountain of cardstock /paper .
OH , I am dreading the starting of this , my ultimate challenge .

Err , have I lost you , left you behind ? Sorry.

Here is my latest Christmas card for
 Robyn's challenge of 50 Christmas cards before 1st December.                                           Using Real Red cardstock and DSP from 'I wish' pack as start.               Whisper White card  has words  stamped from  set Season of Joy , coloured  with markers then layered onto Old Olive card.  The Dove from A Wish For Peace inked in Baja Breeze , cut out and placed at top of greeting . All of which was then adhered to front of card.                                                      Quite pleased with the result and adding it will bring my total to 16 now under label , Christmas Wishes .                                                                 Hope you like it . Will post rest of Tuesdays kits tomorrow night . But for now have a good night . Cheers Shirley-Anne


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Embossing, using solid image and paper piecing .

Hello , welcome , I hope that you  will enjoy your browsing today.
Funny , one thing that I don't like to do is windowshopping . You know , where you go and look in shops and browse through things that you'd like to have but would never buy  for whatever reason.  I just think that it is a total waste of time .
AND YET! I can browse numerous blogs and admire 100's of creations that I would never be able to try out , for whatever reason , and be having a wonderful time . That's not a waste of time ,more an investment .
Some of my non crafting   friends don't understand that at all. What do you think?

Here are three cards I made yesterday  and last night, ready for Sunday card afternoon .

Love these embossing folders Cuttlebug Provo Craft, which can be used with Big Shot too. But I wish that the company would put names on them so that when you are writing recipes you can tell viewers which one you have used . I think the name is on the packaging and I should record these things but , who keeps packaging  and
I would rather spend that time using the folder!
Any way this one is just a Blue gloss card from stash . Whisper White layer with Bashful Blue embossed . I have cut the embossed piece to lengthen it to fit card, placing a white strip over gap. A shorter strip of the blue is added with  the greeting  from set Occasional Greetings SU , inked in Pacific Blue SU . I added a couple of white brads before adhering to card front

Liked this one , as it is a greeting I use quite a lot . I also like solid stamps . Naturals Ivory, SU,  was used as card base with Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive .
DSP on  strips are  from paper set , Haiku , with Old Olive Ribbon SU.
Image  and greeting from set , Pendant Park, SU inked with Chocolate Chip SU.

 White Gloss card from stash used as base for this square card.
A textured Lavender card  used for first layer .
The strip of DSP from Cottage Wall, SU, has been  edged with SU scallop edge punch , SU .
The image from Friends 24-7 was inked in Chocholate Chip and paper pieced in Pacific Blue .
The greeting from Defining Alphabet, SU, is inked in Bravo Burgandy, 

All in all very happy with these .

As I said earlier in post , I hope that you have enjoyed the visit , please call in again soon .
Cheers ..Shirley-Anne

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Hope you  all had a great weekend . Missed you all since my last posting .  I myself have been in a pensive mood ...teeny bit sad really.  Our Daughter , Michelle,  celebrated her 40th birthday on Sunday and I could not give her a hug . My son , Sonny, celebrated a Birthday today and I could not give him a hug either. Thank Heaven for Computer and messenger ! But ...but some good news , Hubby , my FANTASTIC Hubby has paid airfare for Michelle to fly down from Queensland to stay with us for a couple of days in September. HOW GOOD IS THAT !
Ok now I feel better , having shared that with you .
Another boost to my morale came through the post . A new friend Ally has sent me a card which I will class as a swap , meaning I will send her one back.
Ally has created this beautiful beach scene on Cold Laminate.
I had heard about this technique but had never actually seen it . I love it . Thank you Ally.

How friendships can grow through papercraft , how mothers and daughters can share such passion about art in paper . Just   next  time you go to your' list of blogs visited ' see how many visitors they have on their blog , how many you have on yours and thousands of people can't be wrong! Papercrafting makes friends .

Now onto a card I  made yesterday . As you might pick up when you see it I was in a pensive mood and  wandering down memory lane while making this .
The picture from graphic45 sheet reminded me of a place where we once lived .  Koolunga. We had a huge block of fruit trees and vegy patches and chooks and ducks . Doug , the three children and I used to go and pick carrots or corn and oranges and eat right there, in the garden.  Michelle and I used to go to the chook house and collect eggs . That was 35 yeas ago ....sigh.
SORRY , back to card .

I began with Rich Razzleberry cardstock added some dsp from Bella!
The lime frame . the flowers , brads and Bow from my stash.

The greeting from SU set Sweet Serendipity is inked with SU Brocade Blue on Bashful Blue card, SU.  Scallopped Oval Punch, SU . used to make tag.

Hope you like the card
 Wishing you a pleasant evening
Cheers Shirley-Anne

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Peek-a Boo


 Hello there and welcome to my room.                                  Tonight's posting is short as I only have just one quick card to share. This simple card is the last of three for my Tuesday workshop. The first two are the Christmas cards posted here , last night . Thank you to those who left comments . It is really appreciated when you take the time to leave a comment because that means I get to know where your creations are and I can visit you too.                                                                                     Old  Olive,  Whisper White and Bashful Blue cardstock used .     Ink was Bashful Blue and Pumpkin Pie.                                       Ribbon also SU.     A 1 3/4" circle punch used to create apeture     at the top of front .
And for the inside I placed a piece of Bashful Blue
leaving a small border.

 Not showing up well in scanned image are the Bashful Blue sponged edges .  Using the swirl and the flower from the same set , I created the image that would be seen through the apeture .                         That is it for tonight , as I said it is short , sorry .                             Catch you again soon , cheers ...Shirley-Anne

Friday, June 18, 2010

Be of Good Cheer

I have spent some three hours straight  in my room this afternoon on a roll . Only interupted by the mundane duties of life in short bursts. Just love those days .
I have made two more Christmas cards to match Robyn's 15 now. Are you keeping tabs on our progress ? Here are the links to Robyn and  Sue.
Sue.. who has 4 now
Robyn who has 15

I am happy that Robyn has allowed us to use any layout at all.
My first card tonight is from Natural Ivory , with a layer of Real Red , more Natural Ivory and a strip of Real Red and DSP through centre and to the right. All SU.
The greeting, at top , and  snow drop at bottom left and the tree are from set , Snow Swirled SU. Inks used are Real Red and Kiwi Kiss SU. I ran the stampinwheel with Soft holly  in Old Olive  SU over DSP.
I only added a little bling to the tree.

My second card .

This one has Natural Ivory card base as well,  in a top fold card.  Firstly  I stamped script large background stamp , En Francais, in Sahara Sand onto front , leaving a couple of cms at bottom . I created fancy bottom edge with Martha Sterwart punch and added Old Olive ribbon just above it .
Using Lovely Lilac and Very Vanilla cardstock and a small circle punch for the corners  I made the centre piece . The holly is from set Good Cheer SU and inked in Old Olive but coloured with markers .
The greeting inked,  in Old Olive, is from set Teeny Tiny Sentiments . I made two tags using the Word Window punch from SU and attetched them with brads as shown , before adhering the lot with Stampin Dimensials to card front .

Hope you like these as I add them to my stash .
Cheers for now , Shirley-anne

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Quick Post with Sammy

Hi there , this is for Crafty Sentiments with thanks for their free digi image .
My heading should read Snail mail with Sammy ..
don't you think?

Only used Basic Black , Whisper White and pretty in Pink. SU of course.
Sammy's shell is paper pieced and embossed with folder and Big Shot .
I have sponged Sammy very lightly  in Black Chalk SU .
Greeting is from set Tiny Tags SU.
Black ribbon  connects letter and Sammy .

What about this for  a quick card but I have already entered Challenge for Pink , Black and White only card.  So can't put this one in ...never mind  next time .
Do you like it?
                                Cheers Shirley-Anne

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Another vintage car

Another brisk , cool day here in Adelaide . Very invigorating !
Hi there . If you are a new visitor , welcome and I hope you find my creations worth the browsing . If you are a regular,  thank you for returning and will  you leave  a comment so that I can return the visit ?

Today I have used another image from  a Graphic 45 sheet .

I began with a card base of Soft Suede, SU,  side fold C6 size.
  The background layer of Natural Ivory, SU,  has been embossed with script folder and Big Shot . I just distressed and inked the edges with Soft Suede ink , SU.
The panel is of Soft Suede and Sage Shadow , SU.
The greeting is from Warm Word set SU.
I adhered the vehicle image with foam tape .

That's it for tonight . Hope that you like todays creation .
Thank for calling in .
Cheers Shirley-Anne

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Time Past

Hi there , thank you for calling in .
Another fun workshop today . The ladies did enjoy the baby card  and as I had taken a variety of buttons for them to choose as embellishments each made something " a little different"
My card for them to follow is here on Thursday's posting .

But  now onto this card I made this afternoon .

  Started with a card base of Very Vanilla And layers of Soft Suede and Natural Ivory all SU .
DSP from Autumn Traditions and image from graphics45 paper were the centre embellishments and the clock stamp from SU set Sense of Time inked in Sahara Sand ,  just enough to finish the card .
I did sponge chalk around some edges .

 Hope sharing this card has made it worth your visit .
     Cheers Shirley-Anne

Monday, June 14, 2010

Pink,Black and White

Hello ,welcome to my warm and cosy craft room . I hope that where-ever or how-ever  you are spending
your day  it is with serenity.
                  Boredom is the feeling
                   that everything is a waste of time;
                   serenity , that nothing is.
                                       - Thomas Szasz

This card today is a little out of my usual style .
Paper from SU  Hostess gift Paper pack 11, and  Thrive from Bella!
Basic Black , Whisper White  SU Card base White Gloss
Ink,        Basic Black,  Pixie Pink  SU
Stamps,    Whimsical Words, Dreams du Jour
Stampin Dimensials SU 
 Ribbon and flowers from  stash.
Topnote with Bigshot cut from Basic Black and the Bella! paper . I used the black negative with the floral paper as insert.

I think I like it . In fact I  like the two tone use of Topnote .
Am entering this card in challenge on Crafty Sentiments blog
                                                                 Happy to share this one , hope you like it .
                                                                     Cheers Shirley-Anne

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Left overs are good

Hello , hoping that you are keeping warm . Not sure that it will make 15 degrees  here Adelaide today.
Apart from our Daughter's  , there is no other place I would rather be right now , than in my craft room !

Today I have been clearing my desk again , errr still , and made this card with just what I  had near.

Cardstock , Basic Black , Rose Red , Whisper White.
Image  Tags Galore , from  Designs Galore sheet.
I adhered image to Black and created fancy border with a pair of CARL scissors. I ran the scrap Rose Red through Bigshot and embossed it . And the little flowers are the last of a packet.

No stamping! No colouring!.

I like the colour combination of cardstock,  though ,
and those of the tag image just seemed to fit right in .

Hope that you like it too.
  Cheers , Shirley-anne

Friday, June 11, 2010

Two Cuties

Hi there , Are you looking forward to the weekend? I must say that I am . Not that Saturday and Sunday
or holidays ..are any different to week days for us ,  but I guess  that it may be a carry over " feeling"  from
 our working life.
Any way for those whom  it concerns,  I hope that you  all enjoy the long weekend safely.

Did not get to my craft room till late in the day
but did manage two little cute cards .

First card So Safron side fold with background
Itty Bitty Backgrounds inked in Creamy Caramel.
Whisper White panel stamped with Share a Cup
image in Real Red ink. The Brilliant Blue panel has
Rich Razzleberry Ribbon wrapped around and separate Bow added with Mini dots.

This second card is my favourite one .

So Safron card base again side fold .
Same ribbon as before , except showing
other side  and wrapped around DSP.
DSP strip abuts another  of So Safron which has been edged with
scallop punch . Cupcake is from set Wagon Full Of Fun .
coloured with Markers

Greeting is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.
All are SU products.

Not much to these cards, I know, but  I just love the simplicty!
Hope that you don't mind quick and easy. Tell me which you like better.
Catch you again soon , cheers . Shirley-Anne

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wecome Baby

Hi there , hope that you are someplace warm and cosy ,with just your favourite music playing quietly in the background . May your creative juices be a flowing and may your mini work  of art be all that you hoped it would be .
But if it is not then remember...  Success is going from
                                                   one failure to another
                                                 without any loss of enthusiasm.
                                                        _ Sir Winston Churchill.
WHAT !       Is that what you said?
Sorry , I have been reading Prose this evening.
I did create a little this afternoon and here is my card to share . A side fold 'Welcome Baby' card.

 Cardstock , Certainly Celery   Pretty in Pink
                        Whisper White and  DSP.
Stamps ,      Warm Words, Forest Friends.
Inks,              Soft Suede, Rose Red
Accessories,   Eyelet Border Punch. Buttons, thread
                     Bigshot and TopNote die. 
                   Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlits

                         All Stampin'Up.

This will surprise the ladies on Tuesday afternoon at our workshop. this will be our first baby card .

                                   Hope you like it . Cheers for now , Shirley-Anne
Am entering challenge on ...    Say it in???

Mina's 150,000 hits and 750 followers Candy Gift


Thank you Mina .

If you would like the chance to be the lucky one who gets this fantastic blog candy then go to the link above and complete the steps indicated and you WILL be in the running .
I tell you this reluctantly , I might add, as I  am sure I could find room and a good use for it myself but to be of good spirit , I do so  quite happily.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Just For You

Hello viewers , welcome to my room where it is warm and comfy
tonight as I just finished one more vintage style card .
This one  is a C6 , top fold , black SU card , with Confetti White and Rose Red layers .
The flower from my stash looks shabby chic sort of vintage ....I think. And it really matched the Rose Red  piece.
The Fiskars flower edge punch gave a vintage style feel to the black centre layer, framing the flower nicely.

When I placed the words from  SU set
Teeny Tiny Sentiments,  in the bottom right hand corner It sort of stood out like a sore thumb . So after a bit of thought I opted for a little edge stamp from Stick'em Stamps
Not sure how this photo will show up on blog . If it is not as good as I would like I will edit later .

 Well I am off now to check out some blogs and maybe clear my desk ready for another card  and kits for next  Tuesday morning's workshop.
 I 'm happy  how  the card turned out  but do you think it is really vintage style ?
  I am really interested in what you think .     Cheers Shirley-Anne

A new challenge spot starts next Monday

Here is an awesome chance to take part in a new challenge and have the chance to win the $25 gift voucher.
I have taken this straight from the blog .

Welcome :-)

Welcome to our new challenge blog where the Design Team and myself will be taking it in turns each month to host a challenge. Our Monthly challenge will held on the 2nd Monday every month! Our first challenge will begin next Monday, 14th June! Who can enter our challenges....? Everyone!

We need your help.... We would love you to help us spread the word and tell your friends we are here :-) Please grab the badge above or to the right of this blog to add to your sidebars. Of course there is an incentive ;-)


What I do I do to win? Grab the badge, tell your friends that there will be a new challenge starting here on Monday and leave a link to your blog below... Simple! Everyone who follows these 3 simple steps will be entered into our draw to win a £25.00 Gift Certificate to use at Bunny Zoe's Crafts. The winner will be announced here Monday 14th June.... Challenge day!

As well as a random winner being chosen each challenge one lucky player will have the opportunity to be a guest designer for a future challenge. The guest designer will be able to choose a stamp of their choice from the store to the maximum value of £10.00 to create their guest card too! Does that sound good?

So what are you waiting for :-)  All beginning Monday 14th June .
Visit their blog to take part in the challenge .
 Will be checking it out then , myself .
      Cheers Shirley-Anne

Monday, June 7, 2010

sending a smile

Hello everyone. Trusting that you are enjoying your browsing .

Just a quick posting tonight as I need to pack my craft bags for tomorrow morning craft session .

Today I needed to start a collection of vintage cards for a customer .
This style is tougher for me to create as it means more layers or embellishments but... here goes .
Having a selection of images from Le'Romantique Collection of graphic45 helped .
I began with a blue cardstock base topped with DSP from SU layered with a topnote cut  from Whisper White on  which I  stamped  Floral  image SU,  in Baja Breeze ink.
On top of this I 3D  the woman image with a satin blue ribbon bow above. A selection of flower embellishments were arranged on the left and greetings from Expressions stamped in bottom right in Chocolate Chip, SU  .
  And that's it .
Hope you like it .  Cheers for now , Shirley-anne

Saturday, June 5, 2010


Another cool day in Adelaide today . I hope that you are enjoying your weekend warmly.
I cannot believe the rough trot that the eastern states are having with  the extreme weather,  still  .  I extend to all those communities that are affected , my warmest thoughts .

My project for tomorrow's card afternoon is two step stamping.
recipe .
           Cardstock, Bashful Blue,  Whisper White 
           Ink/Markers ,            Ballet Blue , Brilliant Blue , Old Olive
            Stamps,            Heartfelt Thanks
           Accessories,      Big Shot . Script embossing folder.
                                       Button  and ribbon. Stamp-a-ma-jig.
I stamped images first  , placed double side tape on back and then embossed  . I find that easier than trying to put tape onto embossed card because sometimes I have flattened the edges of the embossed piece .

Am quite happy with this stamp set to show case two step stamping .
                                       Thank you for popping in to browse  today .
                                        I really appreciate your comments when you leave them .
                                         Cheers for now, Shirley-Anne 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Peace , Love and Joy

Ok ...I know this has nothing to do with Christmas . Well ,  may be it does cause,  I  am sharing Joy and I do love my Daughter and her creations . 
How's this ?
Michelle from

created this dump truck from scratch with card stock. Unusual gift box wouldn't you agree?

Any way to my Christmas cards .
Still creating quick , clean and simple cards , leaving more elaborate ones for later when new papers and embellishements come out in September.
This one is made from card base of Old Olive , with Whisper White , Old Olive and Real Red for panel. Tree, inked  in Old Olive is from set 'Season Of Joy', while greeting is from set' Many Merry Messages' . DSP  on left is from 'I Wish ' scrapbooking Kit .
I punched small stars with SU punch from Whisper White scraps and adhered to glitter paper , repunched and 3D to greeting panel .

Still using DSP from the 'I Wish'  Kit This DL sized card is from Chocolate Chip card stock .
I used Eyelet Border Punch , SU,  to begin panel , adding Real Red , Old Olive and Whisper White . Church scene is from set  'A Wish For Peace ' and the greeting from  'Many Merry Messages' . all inked in Not Quite Navy.

I coloured in the window with SU marker and dabbed the sky in SU stampin' pastels with a tissue .
Then just along tree edge and around window I again used a tissue with a dab of yellow stampin pastel to create a glow . Now I am going to upload a close up shot   and hope  the 'glow'  shows up .

Mm .. I think I need advise here and more practice . Still I think that you will get the idea . The card was scanned but  for the close up I used my web cam .  These cards will be added to my number made for Robyn's challenge for 50 Christmas Cards for the 1st December .  My count will now be 13 .  Slow going actually . Can't  wait for Stampin'Up 's new products in September . May be there will be some exciting new DSP and stamps that will inspire me to be more creative with the last few Chrismas cards . 
Well,  thank you for looking in and I hope that you liked these . I appreciate your comments and love to visit you too.
So enjoy the rest of the week , stay safe and be happy .
Cheers  Shirley-Anne