Saturday, July 31, 2010

You're on my Mind and Best Wishes

Well, here we are again , at the end of another month. Only 5 more till Christmas !!
Hope that you are all enjoying whatever it is you are doing today
Thank you for calling in and if you take the extra time to leave me a comment I would really appreciate it .
I have just completed this card , Hope you like it .

Lavender Lace, Whisper White, Basic Black  and  striped patterned paper.
Image and greeting  from  Upsy Daisy. Basic Black ink.
SU large Oval Punch and Trio Flower Punch
and the second for today is....

Is not a great picture , sorry . I will have to use digi camera I think . Scans and web cams don't always work.
Lavender Lace , Regal Rose, Whisper White . Pixie Pink and markers for colours.
Flower from ' pocketful o' posies ' Hero Arts. Words from SU ' Short & Sweet ' set.
Two SU Oval Punches . SU Crimping tool .
I loved the effect of Crimping larger white layer then crimping centre piece so that the lines went the other way . And I love white on white .  
Hope that you liked this one too.
Have to tidy up now , nearly time to prepare  dinner.
Cheers for now - Shirley-Anne 

Friday, July 30, 2010

Circles of flowers

Hi there , glad you could call in . I have been trying  to
 clear out some papers that I have had for so  long .
I have found a pad of specialty papers from    " me& my BIG ideas"    

 This is the first sheet that I have used from it and I actually can't wait to try some more as they are quite  lovely    patterns.                                                       
 Can't stay blogging tonight as I have still two kits to make for Sunday. Sorry for appalling  picture , need more practice with camera .                                
 White Gloss card with single layer of patterned paper to start . I placed ribbon around card front  then using some scrap shades of  lavender card , I dry embossed lighter shade before layering it onto other piece. I inked image from SU set , Playful Petals in Groovy Guava , twice so that I could cut centre piece from  one to 3D onto first . I 3D whole flower onto lavender pieces then centred that onto card front . I used a large rhinestone to highlight flower centre.                                                                                                                                                    Hope that you are set for a fantastic weekend
Cheers for now, Shirley-Anne                             

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Joyous Spirit of Christmas

Hello and welcome to my warm, cheerful craft room . It is wet and cold in Adelaide today so here is a good place to be.                                            Thought that I had better add a couple of cards to my Christmas card numbers. Robyn sent out a challenge to create 50 Christmas cards by 1st December. these two will bring my tally to 26.        Recipe for first ; Pacific Point, Naturals Ivory ,        Riding Hod Red   . Brilliant Blue ink for image from Illuminations stamp set.                                         Extra 'J ' for 3D has glitter added.     Red Gingham ribbon from SU 

                     For this card I used frame from SU set Frames With A Flourish  then words and snowflakes from Snow Swirled. Cardstock is Riding Hood Red, So Safron and Whisper White .  Chocolate Chip , Old Olive and Real Red inks.                          Wave edge punch from my collection and Old Olive ribbon from SU. Some glitter and Stampin' Dimensials.                              Robyn's collection can be seen at this link                     
How are you going with your Christmas cards ? Have you started yet or is it going to be a mad dash a little later in the year?
Enjoy the rest of your day and  whatever you are up to.
catch you again soon
Cheers Shirley-Anne

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Hello . I am so happy that you could call in . Don't forget to leave me your link so that I can visit you too .                                  Last week I found one of the first stamps I bought years ago and could not resist using it again . It is a simple little dress on a coat hanger , which in this case I have left out .  But I found it a little beauty which could be dressed up or played down . It could be that " little black dress" or if stamped onto gingham paper a cool summer number. It is a stamp Fran's Fashions from STAMPENDOUS.
Spring is a little way of yet but I can  but dream . 
I think making  this card shook  of the winter blues for a while .
Recipe ; Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Whisper White and Bashful Blue.
Ink; Green Galore and Brocade Blue.                                                   
Big Shot and embossing folder. Flowers  and brads, from my stash . Stampin' Dimensials.
Hope you like it .
Catch you again soon
Cheers Shirley-Anne

Monday, July 26, 2010

Pages for my Journal

Hello and welcome to my room . It is quite a pleasant day here  although not warm . Actually was able to get out for a morning walk so life is good .
I would like to share with you a layout for my  Craft Journal. Jane is one of my Sunday group who comes for card making and she has spent time creating this for me .
Thanks Jane
The bottom quote just suits me to a tee!
I love the shade of blue Jane has chosen as a background with all the embellishments matching perfectly.
It is the gift of her time it took to create these pages ,  which is so precious to me .
Hope you like them too . Thanks for calling in .
Cheers for now  Shirley-Anne

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Challenge card

 King for a day.

Hello, thank you for joining me tonight . Hope that you had a wonderful weekend.
I had a great card making  afternoon with a couple of super ladies. This evening as I checked my favourite blogs , I came across a challenge I thought that I could handle so I whipped up this card . As Fathers' Day is fast approaching and I am in a mood for masculine cards , here is what I created.
Really Rust, Whisper White , Tempting Turquoise and Creamy Caramel.
Big Shot and Timeless Type Alphabet Junior Sizzlits.
Card Games and Background Sampler stamp sets
Dry embossing folder 
Entering this in the challenge by  Crafty Sentiments . link below...

Enjoy the rest of your evening and I will catch you again soon
Cheers Shirley-Anne

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Hello , thank you for popping in. A surprise  post as I have been browsing magazines for the whole afternoon
 and decided to make a card for no particular reason .Gave myself a rest from card kits .   

This recipe is ;  
  Cardstock;  Lavender Lace. Certainly  Celery, DSP and Whisper White.
   Stampset ; Vintage Vogue.                                     
 Ink; Regal Rose                                                   
  Scallop Circle die cut with Bigshot , brads and ribbon SU.                                                           
Added rhinestones to finish .                                                                                       
Looking forward to my friends calling in tomorrow for card making . Wish you all were coming too.
Enjoy your Sunday , what ever you may be doing .
Cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Friday, July 23, 2010

Happy Father's Day

Hello you  , thank goodness it is Friday . Means tomorrow is Saturday . Michelle has her stall in Cairnes tomorrow so I will be hoping she is busy and  has many sales. Good luck Michelle ! Hope that the weather is kind.
 Have you a busy weekend ahead of you ? Maybe it's  a movie or fancy dinner out or is  planning to finish some home project on the agenda for you?
Nearly the end of July ! Blimey the year is just flying by . I was thinking after last night's male card that Father's Day is just around the corner .
This card , inspired by Shirley .....lovely name that , .. Henry, NSW,   is in the current Readers' Gallery of Cardmaking , Stamping & Papercraft. I have changed  the colours and the images but the idea definately came from her card .

Cardstock ;  Mello Moss, Creamy Caramel and Whisper White .

The White card layer is divided into 1/4s    masked  with strips of paper . Using a Stampin' Pastels I sponged  the four colours  into the separated  1/4s .  After stamping the images from Voila la Carte and cutting them out I adhered them as shown with Stampin Dimensials . The greeting is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments . I used Markers to add a dash of colour . The little coffee beans at bottom of card are from a 'Judith ' stamp.
Before layering onto Creamy Caramel , I sponged the white edges with Basic Brown ink ,
Creating a card for a man is always a challenge but I am pleased with this one as I know some one who
does not play sport or fish or reads but who loves his coffee and lunches . Maybe you do too?
        Any way thank you staying right to the end and hope you like the card.
                          Cheers Shirley-anne


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Celebrate You

Hello and welcome . Here in Adelaide it is still cool but today the sun is shining. .and the air is not damp.  So quite a pleasant day really. Hope that your day,  wherever you are , is as comfortable .
 I am checking my letter box every day now till I get that 'Branch Out" stamp set from Annabellestamps.
If you are quick you may still be in time to try for the last preview.

Today's card is for one of Doug's  male  friends, who is quite a " handy man " and often helps others with odd jobs. Hope he likes it .
I also like it for the Sunday workshop as I think the ladies might like to skip " pretty cards " for once.
Cardstock;  Soft Suede, Ruby Red, Mellow Moss and dsp, 'Close To Cocoa'.
Sets, Totally Tool and A Little Birthday Cheer.
Ink, Soft Suede
Accessories;     Soft Suede Ribbon
                          Antique Brass buckle from  
                       Hodgepodge Hardware.
                       Mini Glue dots , Snail adhesive,
                         Rhinestones from stash

             It certainly is a little harder to create something interestingly suitable for a man but I am really pleased with the way  this one has turned out . Now only one more card for Sunday and then I will start on Tuesday's .
                                            Catch you again soon , thanks for calling in .
                                                     Cheers  Shirley-Anne

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Simply ..Friend

Wow , am really late tonight . Waffled on for  most of the day browsing magazines,  with a few visitors as well. But I could not go another day without sharing with you the news . I won this new set from and all I had to do was visit each  team member's blog and leave a comment . This is taken from the blog itself.   "This set has some great sentiments and designs created by Jasmine to suit many occasions." Thank you so much and I just can't wait to see them in the flesh so to speak.                                                                                     
Now I did make a card  for Sunday so I will show  it   now.

Clean and simple . The card base is from  Apricot Appeal with Rose Red and Whisper White layers all SU. I made a paper template of White square and in each quarter I tore a rough circle and  sponged each in various coloured inks. Then I stamped, in stronger colours ,  the flower outlines, from Hero Arts set  Pop Petals. . In the centre of white layer I drew short lines and added a black rhinestone . Under the layers on card front I stamped the greeting "Friends" from SU set Friendly Flowers.                      Inks used were , Creamy Caramel, Pumpkin Pie, Baja Breeze, Pacific Point, Markers , Cameo Coral and real Red.
Hope that you like it .Catch you tomorrow with the rest of Sunday workshop cards, And thanks again to  for the chance to win the set ' Branch Out"
Still time to enter for the last set .
Cheers for now Shirley-Anne

Monday, July 19, 2010

Happiness is the first coffee of the day

Hello , glad you have called in . Hope that you have had a pleasant day .
I have a workshop in the morning and have been running late with card/kit making all day. And I still have not packed my bags , so sorry this will be a quickie.
I make 3 kits for Tuesdays group . Last night I showed you the first and tonight I have the other two that I will share with you .
Both cards are 10.5cm square. all in recipe is SU.
For this card ,
Chocolate Chip, Naturals Ivory, Bashful Blue,  Ruby Red and Whisper White .
Time For You  and Sip by Sip sets.
Chocolate Chip ink
Eyelet Border , corner rounder

Truly , Doug and I start every day by going out for a cup of flat white,  full and strong . So I am keeping this card for his birthday . I think it says , well , nearly every thing I want to say .
Wink wink......

I have not used this card stock much because I think I have trouble coordinating other colours with it . But I do think that I have pulled it off this time , all be it a simple card.

Tempting Turquiose, Cameo Coral and Whisper White .
Warm Words and Organic Grace sets
Markers Cameo Coral and Old Olive.

Thank you for being here , I really enjoy your company . Catch you again soon , cheers Shirley-Anne

Sunday, July 18, 2010

because nice matters

Sweet little card isn't it?
Hello welcome to my place . Hi and hugs,  Michelle hope your feeling better now .
This will be for Tuesday's  craft day . Well one out of three needed any way so two more to go .
Recipe . Cardstock,.....Certainly Celery, Regal Rose , So Safron , Whisper White and bashful Blue. All SU
            Stamp sets, ......A flower For All Seasons. Tiny Tags , Sweet Little Sentiments
           Inks ,................Creamy Caramel, Chocolate Chip.
           Accessories,.....1 3/4" circle punch , Brads, Stamp-ma-jig, paper snips , watercolour pencils SU.

Was a little fiddly with the image but the result was pleasing .
I stamped basket onto Whisper White and cut out. Stamped again on scrap Bashful Blue  and Regal Rose and cut out the flower heads only .  I then adhered them onto those,  on first image . I punched circle and adhered image to it . I coloured leaves , basket and bird with the watercolour pencils . Then I added the greeting and the image to the Regal Rose piece.
The So Safron layer  has been stamped  randomly with flower sprig before placing the image tag on  with brads.
I then layered all onto card front.

Sometimes everything just falls into place nicely , yes?
      So , hope you are all heading for a wonderful week . Thanks for popping in . I'll see you again soon , Cheers Shirley-anne

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Feminine cards

Hello,  great to see you here . Please , while you're here,  I want you to know that I really appreciate any and all comments , so before you leave , let me know where you are and I can and will visit you too.

Today I spent quite a long time placing inserts into cards that I have made over the last week or so . Some were blank but a few have stamped greetings and although it was time consuming I am glad I have them  now bagged and put away .

I did , however , manage two cards this evening . Created card bases from SU Lavender Lace .
The rest of the recipe is from my stash , some of which I have had for YONKS and can't remember their origin. Sorry . 

Much of my stash I bought before I realised I would be sharing my creations so did not keep  records .
The bow is from Bella Ribbon Bowz.

I liked this card in particular because I only had
enough of the butterfly paper to make this small panel and there was a spare butterfly on the scrap left that was the same so that I could cut it out and 3D it . Now that I am looking at the card I think that I will place some gems/ bling on it .

And the difference is .....

Well there you go . Hope that you enjoyed the visit .
See you soon , cheers Shirley-Anne 

Friday, July 16, 2010

Christmas card collection

Hello everyone , welcome and thanks for calling in.
Yesterday I made several Christmas cards but could not scan them because some had kindyglitz on them which took a while to dry .
I was inspired by Michelle's cards,  in which she created her own stamped background . I have used SU sets Circle Circus and Seeing Spots with SU inks Real Red , Garden Green and Pacific Point stamped onto Whisper White and cut into panels .

Using different  card stock /dsp scraps and SU Timeless Type Junior Alphabet I adhered JOY to bottom of card....This one has glitter on letters .

While this one has JOY made out of  dsp.

If unsure about how neatly you can align  the letters you can opt to stagger them as I have to create a fun effect which, in this case  I thought was in keeping with the fun panel.

The alphabet is a great way to use up really small pieces of card and paper scraps as you don't have to cover the whole die if you don't need all the letters on it for your project.
And the embossing  folders don't need to have full coverage of card / paper either. Here on this card the panel scrap was embossed as is , only needing to be trimmed at the bottom .
The red ribbon scraps ,  too small to create a bow, were  just enough  to lay behind SU  1 3/4" punched circle . The lower casing letters fitted inside circle just right and I glittered these too . The star was made using SU small star punch .

 Was on a roll yesterday with other projects completed but they will appear on another posting as I thought that I would place all the Christmas cards on this post . That way if you are following the challenge to make 50 Christmas cards by 1st December set by Robyn
you can see all mine under my label Christmas Wishes found on side bar.

   This last card for the day involved a little more measuring and cutting . It began as a DL sized card . SU  Old Olive is the card base with dsp and Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White additions. SU stamp set , Greetings Galore image  used in two parts .
I just measured 2.5 cms from bottom  right side and cut to that point from top right corner. I stamped tree image twice on white , cut one out and layered direct onto the other . Just to add dimension .
I made two asymmetric squares [Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White ] and adhered it as shown with Stampin' Dimensials. The words from same image I stamped onto a rectangle of Pumkin Pie and added a brad to left side then adhered with Stampin' Dimensials as well.

              Well that was a long post wasn't it?  Still I hope you were interested  and enjoyed your visit.
                           I love having you here so let me know that you visited by leaving a message which I will  
                take as an invite to visit your Blog.
                                           See you soon , cheers Shirley-Anne

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

jac paper and mosaics inspiration

Hi  every-one. All had a good day have you? Hope so.
I have had a particularly good day . Doug and I went out  for our customery coffee  and shopping early. And after completing household  duties , I played around with scrap papers , Jac paper and Mod Podge.

Thanks Ally for the challenge you have thrown out to me .

“ I have an idea for a card using different (colour related) shapes of card for a background, probably put on jac paper,” Said she, in email . Well I hunted through Split Coast Stampers for technique then tried it for myself .
Well I have tried this before using jac paper Mod Podge and serviettes but this time used some patterned paper from SU Patterns Pack. Firstly I dabbed all over paper with light coloured ink , then I tore the paper into small odd shaped pieces . I used darker shade of same ink to edge of pieces.
Taking a piece
of jac paper just smaller than C6 card front ,
 I took off top cover to reveal sticky top.

I placed pieces of paper randomly over sticky jac paper, overlapping each piece and the edges.

Using Mod Podge,  I coated the lot to seal . .now here’s where I missed a step . I should have precut to size required first and inked cut edges before coating . I left project for a while to dry Mod Podge .
Carefully, I peeled backing off underside of jac paper and layered onto green card base .

And to embellish the card front I stamped image from SU set Nature's Nest, onto some green scrap card in Chocolate Chip. I stamped same image again on white card scrap and paper pieced it over 1st image .
And here it is , finished
Hope you found it interesting .
I'll try another one soon to see if I can do better.
Thanks for calling in . Cheers for now  Shirley-Anne 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy Birthdays

Brrr! It is very cold , windy and showery here .And there is more to come tomorrow .
As long as the power does not go off I shall stay in my craft room . Hope that you all stay high , dry and warm then . Do you have plenty to do to keep your self occupied during colder days?
I, myself ,have been creative today with 3 cards for Sunday session.

This first card   is another example of my style , I think. Simple, quick and easy .
Recipe.  White Gloss card SU
        SU  Stamp sets ..Carte Postale, Autumn Days , Tiny Tags,  
                                Teeny Tiny Sentiments .
       SU Inks...           Handsome Hunter, Green Galore, Baja  
                            Breeze, Brocade Blue, Pixie Pink and
                            Basic Brown.
      Scrap paper for template for shapes to sponge with colour.
      Paper Snips to paper piece bird.
Some one asked why I used so many inks [ colours] on one card ..
   My reply " because I can "

Second card

This card is basic as well . I really need to use up the mountain of dsp  and    cardstock I have on hand.
Using various circle punches I used SU Cottage Wall dsp and layered them as shown,  onto some canvas textured,  pastel coloured cardstock from core'dinations.
The greeting is from SU , Birthday Wish, inked in Elegant Eggplant.

And lastly the third card .          

  An SU punch  , Boho Blossoms,
again used here with various scraps of cardstock.
Stamp sets..SU , Fifth Avenue Floral, Vintage
                      Vogue, Cheery Chat.
Ink ..SU, Regal Rose.
SU Cardstock  Certainly Celery as card base.

 Made standard C6 size card . Folded front of card back to side fold . Covered the panel with dsp. Added the rectangle tag for the greeting so that only about half was adhered to the panel  with the larger flower. I added a smaller flower to the bottom of tag and some more to the left of the inside back of card.
I am really happy with all three today . I think that they are all different and special in their own way.
 I do hope that it has been worth your visit and if you leave your  link I'd love to visit you too.
Cheers for now and  catch you soon , Shirley-Anne


Monday, July 12, 2010

Sorry , but

Hello every-one , sorry have not blogged for a few days . Have been so very busy with shopping , house work , BLAH BLAH BLAH!  You know the drill . But I did have a visit from a really dear friend , Kay it was so great to see you for chat and cuppa. Hope that you , Kay, have a Happy Birthday tomorrow .

Will have 3 cards for you to see tomorrow night .

What I will share with you tonight is a calico shopping  bag that our Daughter made for us for Christmas last year and let our Grandsons paint a picture for it .

All you Daughters out there , if you ever have trouble thinking of what to get Grandparents as presents when they have all they need , then this is such a wonderful gift . Well , we thought so any way and we use it every day with out fail .

They painted our two dogs Sandy and Jacki, a tree, some grass and a beautiful flower .
We have placed an order for more this year.

Have been visiting some of your blogs to keep in touch other wise I would have withdrawall symptoms .
Stay safe , be happy .
AND catch you  later  Shirley-Anne

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Season's Greetings

Good afternoon all. Thank you for calling in .
I have for you today another two Christmas cards for Robyn's challenge to make 50 Christmas cards by 1st December.
her Album is here on SCS site .
First card for me is from Old Olive and Whisper White SU cardstock . I used BigShot and die,  Lots of create apeture in top of white card , then used a scrap of Old Olive to make another tag from which I cut out the centre oval . I then layered that onto white tag.
 I embossed white only part way leaving area at base free for stamping greeting from Many Merry Messages in Bashful Blue ink . I wrapped ribbon , Old Olive SU around white layer and secured at back , made bow and adhered with sticky dot . The cut out tag was placed off centre of apeture . I stamped  dove in Bashful Blue on scrap white , cut out and placed on tag .
Thank you to  Miss Boo (a.k.a. jen70) for the inspiration .
My second card for day  is my favourite . Made from
Sweet Slumber Speciality DSP. SU                   
I repeated the card  front as smaller layer with Brocade Blue layer and the Whisper White , after I stamped tree from Greetings Galore
which I coloured with various Markers. I adhered whole panel with Stampin'Dimensials.

Which do you like better ?
Thanks for popping in and if you let me know where you are I'll visit you too.
Cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

My journal returns

Hello every one and welcome again . Have you ever been to a friend's house for an evening and been subjected to those " holiday snaps",  sitting there viewing picture after picture? ...sigh.
Well,  just when you thought those days had gone.....................
My journal has made it back home and I would love to share the few pages with you  .
My journal began here in an earler posting . Just click on picture to enlarge works , I think .
My cover

Thank you Colleen

Thanks Chris

thanks Elizabeth

Thank you Angela

Thanks for getting this challenge started  Andre

Thank you Jacinda

Thank you Desley

I am so appreciative of all the effort and creativity  of those 7 other ladies who shared their craft stories .
And now I can insert the page that Michelle , our Daughter , created earlier.

this page can be seen in more detail in earlier post where you can read Michelle's hidden message . Thank you Michelle
Have you a group of friends who would like to begin a circle journal of their own ? It's easy , It's fun .
Hope that you enjoyed browsing my journal . I know that I will treasure it always and for a while it will stay on the coffee table , ready to share with all visitors.
Thank you for  calling in  and see you again  soon
Cheers Shirley-Anne

Monday, July 5, 2010

Brayering and embossing folder

Hi again . This is my 2nd posting for today . Please scroll down to first posting , after this,  and see what I have to brag about!

Tonight after making one of the kits for next Sunday's workshop , I recalled  some one asked me about brayering and the embossing folders .
This is the card  I am talking about . I like to reinforce a technique
  shown at a workshop in another small way in another card  at the next workshop  so that I can be sure that everyone is confident with it . thus I have used 2 step stampin again . But for the background layer I have used the brayer.
I used a Provocraft embossing folder , woodgrain in appearance , the Big Shot,  Chocolate Chip ink , the brayer and some Creamy Caramel cardstock.

Ink the brayer   and roll over top part of folder till all covered . Then I placed cardstock in position and rolled through Big Shot in the usual way .

Cardstock, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Creamy Caramel. 
Sets, Life Definitions, Botanical Blooms.
Ink, Rose Red , Chocolate  Chip                                             Rhinestone brads ,  Stampin' Dimensials all  above SU                                                                                                            
Thank you for browsing here tonight and catch you again soon .
Cheers Shirley-Anne  

Cody begins to Follow

Hello,  early post today to celebrate my latest follower .        May I be so bold as to BRAG.                                                          Introducing Cody , our Grandson, who lives in Queensland with his family .                                                                                 Mother, Michelle, has helped him to create a blog.                    Here is the link .....               Now I am sure that he would love some youngsters to join him. Cody has always loved to draw, colour and create plays .                         
Here is the first card that I recieved from Cody quite some time ago . It is a cherished possession
Well done Cody . Nanna loves you and hopes that you really enjoy sharing you little works of art .
Catch you all again soon  cheers Shirley-Anne .