Monday, December 30, 2019

On your special day

                    Hi there crafty pals , welcome to my room .
                         Thank you for calling in .

I have been making a kit ,today, for the new year workshops . My friends are avid experienced card makers so it is not as though I am actually teaching anything .Instead I  create  kits for them to make up while we chat , compare new purchases and   share news  about our lives  generally.


Among my card stash I found lots of SU  note cards which I mostly use as thank you cards but because I do have a lot , I am making a few small cards as birthday cards . 

With this one I have used 6''x6'' DSP from the Brights pack and covered the front
Then I added a panel   of lighter blue card with a smaller white panel for image and sentiment . 
Both the image and the sentiments are from retired SU  sets . 
Water coloured the image  using SU inks 
Just added a few candy dots for interest .

There was a good sized piece of the paper left so I used it for the inside of card with a die cut label for greeting . 

I do hope that you enjoyed my share today . I do appreciate comments if you would care to leave   one I will return the visit .

Make New Year's goals. Dig within, and discover what you would like to have happen in your life this year. This helps you do your part. It is an affirmation that you're interested in fully living life in the year to come.

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Last Christmas card 2019

Hello visitors 
Welcome to my room and thank you for calling in . 

Merry Christmas to all my Family ,friends and visitors here .
May the New Year that follows
bring you all that you are hoping for .

To share today is most likely the last Christmas card for 2019

I found an unmade kit in my stash  and although it is of non traditional Christmas colours I 
Think that I can make it work .

Basic Black card base .White card stock as  inside card base 

Inside front with Pinterest found Father Christmas image fussy cut
and tree from SU set Winter Woods.

Sentiment from SU set Watercolor Christmas 
Hope that you found this unusual fold card interesting 
Now before you go , there is another card which I am keen to share .

Just had to share a beautiful card sent to me from Carmen Barnes 
Love the shadow technique with the sentiment and that gorgeous butterfly.
I appreciate it Carmen . Thanks for allowing me to share .

And now to close my post . 

The most precious gift you can give is your time .To give of your time freely , happily and generously can enrich your own life too .

Friends can help you celebrate good times and provide support during bad timesFriends prevent loneliness and give you a chance to offer needed companionship, too. Friends can also: Increase your sense of belonging and purpose.

Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne 
PS .Did I make it work?

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Birthday wishes

Hello visitors .Thank you for calling in .
Welcome to my room where I am happy to share some time with you .Still getting the blogging groove going here , trying to post on a regular basis .

I must say that I am enjoying the visits to some of my oldest fellow crafters pages ...Not that they are necessarily old in years I mean , you know but  that they have been sharing their makes for quite some time ...WHEW! I hope I got outa that one ok LOL

Adelaide ,in fact quite a large portion of Australia is , like,very hot ,sweltering in fact .Just googled  the temperature here in Adelaide and it is 43 degrees . You know , that info does not make me feel any better ...

But ,sharing my make for today will definitely raise my spirits .

This sweet card  has a SU Thick Whisper White   card base .I am using retired card Tangerine Tango and some Gingham paper from my stash as mattes for my labels and the sentiment, which is from SU  Best Bunny stamp set . The floral image is from Bloom and Grow cut with Budding Blooms dies Both SU products .
The labels once adhered together are added to card front with foam dots just so message pops a bit .
I coloured  floral spray  with SU water colour  inks  and an aqua pen .
Not one for a lot of embellishing I just added a little heart to top of label .

A challenge I will enter

  Well that's it for today and I hope if stayed for a while that you liked my make

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

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Coffee Break

Another year is drawing to a close . Are you happy that this year is almost over ? Has 2019 been a good year for you? Well ,we do have a couple of weeks to ponder .

 Welcome to my room and thanks for popping in . I have another simple card to share today and I hope you like it .
One of my New Year resolutions is to use up my retired stash of DSP and with this card I have used Coffee Break DSP . Both sides of same sheet too. I even fussy cut some of the images from the scraps
Just a normal size card  C6 .Card base of Soft Suede with a matte of Crumb Cake card . Both sides of the DSP is used for the front
The birthday sentiment is from a free set that came with a magazine and I have added some bling .

This will be for my husband for his birthday a couple of days before Christmas . Because he never sees my blog posts it will be safe to share .
We love our morning coffee .

More of the scrap of DSP strip for the bottom of the insert with some fussy cut images from same . 
I will probably hand write something soppy inside depending on how I feel on the day LOL 
I had a perfectly lovely afternoon , crafting , with Jane and Sandy today .We all did our own thing 
as I had not made any kits for this week so there was a lot of chatter , a few laughs and cup of tea with bickies . Thanks to those fabulous friends for their company . Time well  spent with my friends will be on the list of things that I am most grateful for .

Once again thanks for calling in and do let me know you have been as I would love to return the visit .

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


Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Sailing on calm waters

Greetings and salutations to you and you .Thank you for calling in and welcome to my room .
I hope that all is well with you and yours .

Today I am sharing another card using some SU products and something old from LOTV. 

I began with a 12.5 cm square Night of Navy card base ., creating a top fold card . 

Adding a layer of Come Sail Away DSP I then chose  two toppers from the 
Memories and More Card Pack .The first topper adhered flat while the second raised .
The sentiment is from LOTV punched out with SU circle punch [1 3/8"] then layered onto
a scrap of Night Of Navy card and punched out with another SU punch [1 1/2 "] 
I left the front unadorned from bling . 

 Excuse the lop sided view of the inside but the stamped Whisper  White piece is not adhered yet .The small sail  yacht is from SU stamp set Sailing Home , inked with SU, Not Quite Navy.

Totally love these  coordinating elements ,Stamps  and  paper along with 
Memories and More packs . 

May enter a challenge 

Do you know of another  appropriate  challenge ?

Once again thank you for calling in .Please do say hello so that I know you have been .

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

Monday, November 25, 2019

We all need fun friends

Hi there .  Welcome .

How awesome  is this ? I have missed blogging . Also missing the visits to other blogs .
Nothing boosts one's morale , lifts one's spirit or encourages one to create more than kind words from another like minded person . Bit like life in general really.

Any way , thank you to those who left comments on my last post . Now you all will be stuck with me for another season ,LOL

Today I am sharing a card using stamps that have not felt the kiss of ink for quite some time . If the sentiment seems  crooked please believe me when I say I did mean for that to be the case . My colouring has indeed suffered from  lack of practice , sad to say . BUT when I am a little disappointed with anything on my creation   I always say to myself that a blind person would be happy to see it .

This time I have used  SU thick  Whisper White  card base with a SU  Chocolate Chip mat.
Again on a layer  thick WW I inked Art Impressions " Girl Friends" set and used one of the sentiments included . On the inside I used another which reads..
" Wishing you a wonderful birthday filled with love and laughter"
 This came from a freebie with a magazine and I thought that it complimented the front of the card very well .
I agonized whether or not to add embellishments and in the end I decided for just 3 enamel drops .

Thank you for calling in .

I may  join in another challenge .

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

Friday, November 22, 2019

Restart your engines

Hello and welcome to my blog and thank you for actually calling in .Please do let me know that you have been by leaving kind comment and I will surely visit your craft place too .

I am a bit out of practice with this blogging bit as life just got too busy and my mojo left me .I have been card making though , just not sharing except with my craft buddies Sandy and Jane at our get together s . Then  because  I began to miss blog browsing and  commenting, I plan to restart my posting and visiting. I may be at your cyber  place soon  .

To share with you today I have a creation that began with a Cajun Craze  square card base with a layer of Classic garage 6''x6'' DSP .

For the  die cut images , tools and car I used   Garage Gears dies that were bundled with the
SU  stamp set , Geared Up Garage and I coloured with copics .
The dies used for the labels for the   sentiment from the same stamp set , are Stitched Nested Labels Dies from SU .

I have a few masculine cards needed soon so this one will come in handy .

Got to my craft room late tonight so no time for cyber roaming so will catch up with that tomorrow .
Looking forward to checking out what has been going on and what treasured mini works of art have been created in my absence ..

Joining in the TTCRD challenge

Stay safe , stay well , be happy .

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

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Friendship card

Hello there craft pals . Welcome to my room and thank you for calling in .I do hope that you say hello and maybe let me know what you think of my card today

It is freezing here in Adelaide right now just 13 degrees so my mojo has frozen . I am tapping into my usual avenues of mojo inspiring /awakening like new SU stamp and die sets and pinterest , along with other SU demonstrator blogs .You would think I should hit on something that would get the craft juices flowing .

I have been playing with new stamp and die set , To A Wild Rose .

Here is the card .Please stay with me here because I would love some input from you  about the white edge around the die cut .


In the top image you can see the white edge of the flowers because I stamped onto white card .But for the leaves I used green card stock 


Here is a photo of two spare flower  die cut images where I have inked the white edge .In your opinion would these have looked better on my card ? 
Second opinion on the stamping now ..
The flower on the right is inked Regal Rose ink and outlined with Primrose Petals ink .
The flower on the left is inked  same but outlined with Black ink .Both flowers I like . 

Of course this quandary  would not be here had the back ground been light coloured or white . 

It's very important to surround yourself 
with people you can learn from.

 Reba McEntire

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

Friday, June 14, 2019

A card within a card

Hello there. Long time since I have blogged and have I  missed sharing my cards and visiting blogs  to see what you have been up to .

  So here we are ..welcome to my room and thank you for calling in .

  My caring role has been taking up a bit more of my time lately and I notice that I have been rushing through my card making when ever I had a few moments spare . I am sure that many of you would know how  mistakes are made when you rush through the steps of card making .and stamping .

 Tonight I will share how I saved a card .

 I began with Basic Black card stock base, 14cm square  . I die cut a circle apeture in the front of card . I then used Whiper White card stock for a Square 13.5cm card which I adhered to the inside  back of black card with its side fold to the outside edge . Using the same sized circle die I cut a circle from Bird Ballard DSP and adhered it to the closed white card . The way I did this so that the image was in the right position is as follows I closed  the black card , placed the die cut paper, bird image up, inside the apeture and glued  the DSP  down .

I then cut a 13.5cm square of the striped  DSP  for the front of black card . I used the next sized  
die to cut a slightly larger circle then adhered it to card front . To ensure that the circles cut were aligned as required I temporally added the DSP to front of card , opened the card and using a pencil
drew a line around the apeture onto the back of the DSP  , then taking the DSP off the black card front I die cut the larger circle 
using the circle I had drawn as a guide  . Thus I had a small border of black card around the birds .

After opening the white card as shown ,  and closing black card , I stamped a sentiment through the apeture , Happy Birthday . 
Now here is where I began rushing to complete card and I dropped the inked  stamp. As you can see in picture below it landed ink down and left a blemish .

There is a craft saying ...There are no mistakes in card making   only opportunities for embellishing 
In this instance I fussy cut a single bird from the DSP and placed it over the offending smudge .

And so my card is complete . It is an unusual fold

I have left the front bare till later .

                          It is a long post and I am out of practice with tutorials so if you have made it to the end , I do hope that you like the card .

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Bear and present

Hello to you and to you as visitors  to my blog . Welcome to my post today as I share my card .I hope that you like it and the image which is one from our sponsor for this challenge .Teddy bear #2
And of course I hope that you will pop over to the challenge blog .

All card stock and paper from my craft stash and I coloured with copics .
The sentiment is from a sentiment from a free stamp set with a magazine .

Thank you to the sponsor

Image may contain: one or more people, flower and text

Image may contain: 1 person, text and closeup

The challenge is now open

But first a message from Admin  .Gentle Reminder!
As always, our challenges are Anything Goes and we love seeing your crafty entries each week however, we must have rules for you to follow to keep it fair and fun for everyone.  
  1. Only 2 entries per person
  2. No back linking - all entries must be new and not posted prior to the start of the challenge.
  3. All entries must include a link - back to Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Blog.

Word Verification Blogs are commented on at the discretion of the Design Team so your awesome project may or may not be commented on.
Link up and share your creation . We would love to see you here 

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

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A sponsor acknowledgement

Hello there , welcome to my room . Thank you for calling in .
In my previous post as DT member for TTCRD challenges I acknowledged that the sponsor for that week was Stix2anything  and because their  supplies were not received before DT post was due  I created a card from my own craft stash .
But I did say that when goodies arrived I would use these or at least some of,  in another post . here is a reminder of that kind sponsor .

So now I can share my creation . My Just For You card .

Sponsors Products used 
Stix2Anything 3D foam squares to add die cut buttons for dimension .

Was worried that when I sharpened this pencil that the " special lead?" would either mash or break but it did neither .This is a great tool ! I found that if you are heavy handed when poking the pencil onto small gem it does not work as well as when you just dab point onto said gem .just a quick light dab worked a treat and gem was on and stayed on pencil .I used The Silicone Adhesive   this time for these small glass gems .

Once again thanks to the sponsor Stix2Anything for the products sent to me .

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


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

stix2 anything is sponsor

Hi there my craft buddies and visitors , welcome to my room . I do hope that you like what I share today in my DT  post for TTCRD and the new challenge which started today 

All materials used are from my stash of SU card and paper and flower punch . The topper is from Project Life Journal Cards

The sponsor for this weeks challenge is 

No photo description available.

Stix2 is based in the UK and supply amazing products to the Craft, Hobby, Scrapbooking & Stationery Market
We have 100’s of different types of adhesives, tapes, glues, PVA’s, hot glue, foam pads…. To suit everyone’s preference.
And then we have a whole host of ancillary products to go with them, you can see the full range –
Based in the North East of England we supply to craft shops around the world, making many of our products on our premises 

Prize is .....a sponsor's picked prize package . 

Here is a photo of samples of their products

Do call back here soon as I will post soon  some of my makes using these items 

Now i do hope that you can join in the challenge this week, because I for one, am looking forward to seeing your creation . Thank you if you are a regular entrant , We never know what your next creation will be . 

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

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

You are Pawsome

Hi craft pals

                   Thank you for calling in . I do hope that you say hello and if you like my card , leave a few words in the comment box .

                  You are a human being and are allowed to be imperfect, 
                     and you are allowed to be flawed. 
                  There is a lot of beauty in your imperfections, in your uniqueness.

                          Ileana D'Cruz 

          My make for this weeks challenge using our sponsors image 


                                         Prize: 3 Digis 

 Stamp On It had it's humble beginnings in Holland MI 25+ years ago.... started out as a "home" business, soon became a storefront on the north side of Holland, grew to a 2nd store front in Grand Rapids, before closing the Holland store and enlarging the Grand Rapids one! We began doing small craft shows years ago, slowly adding rubber stamp conventions to our schedule, expanding to almost full time shows on the road before making the decision in the fall of 2009 to either close or sell the store. Before we were able to close the store, one of our employees voiced her desire to purchase the store! Long story short, we "sealed" the deal by the end of 2009 and became pretty much full-time rubber stamp convention vendors on the road. With the addition of a RV and new trailer we hit the road and attended 35 shows in 2010! In December of 2010, we traded in our first RV for a larger unit and in June, traded in our 16 ft. cargo trailer for a 20 footer capable of hauling more goodies to shows! By 2013 we traded in our 2nd RV and now travel a bit more comfortably in a 40 ft diesel RV equipped for the long hauls and our trailer has also grown to 26 ft. It has been a great adventure so far and we thoroughly enjoy the travels, conventions, and home-schooling. Please check our convention schedule to see when we will be in your "neck-of-the-woods" in 2017! Hope to see you soon... The RV Gang, Sam, Deb, Jesse, and Talia 

And the admin's blurb 

Anything Goes” Challenge.

Just a quick reminder that the winner of this challenge will be offered the chance to be a Guest DT in a later challenge. 

So you don't miss any future challenges and winner announcements, a "Follow by Email" link has been added to the side bar!

We love seeing your entries each week however,  we must have rules for you to follow to keep it fair and fun for everyone. We only have 3 rules, but please read them carefully. 
  •  No back linking - all entries must be new and not posted prior to the start of the challenge.
  •  All entries must include a link - back to Through the Craft Room Door Challenge Blog
  •  Word Verification Blogs will not be commented on.  We are sorry but the length of time it takes to comment on blogs with verification makes it too hard on the DT to leave comments. 
 Thank you for your understanding!

I for one really enjoy visiting my number of entries . There is always something to admire about a shared hand made project . So I do hope that I see yours this week .

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Don't worry , be happy

Hi there crafty pals . Welcome to my room . If you are a new visitor please feel free to browse through my earlier posts . Do let me know in the comment box that you have been and I will return the visit . In any event , thank you for the visit and I hope that you saw some thing that whetted your crafty taste .

                           Smile, it's free therapy.

                                                        Douglas Horton 
My share for this 

The new weekly ATG challenge is up and running . Thanks to the DT who provided  inspirational samples to inspire you  this week . Hope we see you here too . 
Thanks to this weeks sponsor ......I could not get an image from our sponsor as I was a late DT inclusion  so I used my own SU stamp set .

The Project Bin was started because its founder, Denise Storck (a long-time stamper and paper-crafter), couldn't find a stamp that said "You are awesome sauce", so she decided to make her own!  One thing led to another, and now her small business fills a niche in the card making industry for unique word art sentiments in the highest quality photopolymer clear stamps, made in the U.S.A.                     

Prize: $15 Gift Certificate 

Admin's message 

To those of you who continue to play along with us every week, thank you so much! We appreciate you sharing your creations with us and truly enjoy your talent!

If you are interested in becoming a Designer or Guest Designer for Through the Craft Room Door, please click on the DT Call tab above for more information or contact me at

There you go now the rest is up to you to share with us . Come on , it is easy to join in and you have the DT samples to inspire you . Don't forget it is any thing goes . 

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


Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Puss in garden

Hello visitors , welcome to my blog post . Thank you for calling in .
I do hope that you enjoy browsing here today

Happiness radiates like the fragrance from a flower and draws all good things towards you.

                           Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

 This is  my latest  post and contribution to Through The Craftroom Door Challenge group .
I do thank all the admin staff for the help and their dedication to their positions in the group . The grassroots of the group are the designers who week after week come up with beautiful creations for not only the sponsors but you the viewers and challenge participants .I thank each of them for their company .
And  I thank the challenge entries that I had the pleasure to visit to leave a comment . I am  totally inspired by the variety of projects shared and was impressed by those who were regular participants .

Now onto my card for this challenge


SU card stock . Chocolate Chip, Whisper White , and some green from my stash 
Pre-Coloured Animals Image 275 from Sponsor 
Flower from my stash 
Sentiment from retired SU  set . 
Thank you to our sponsor this week .

PRIZE: 3 digis used by team


Admin says .....
To those of you who continue to play along with us every week, thank you so much! We appreciate you sharing your creations with us and truly enjoy your talent!

  • The March/April issue of Through the Craft Room Door is scheduled for released on March 5, 2019. Submission are being accepted through February 20, 2019. Please check out the Magazine submissions tab above for more information regarding requirements or contact me
  • If you are interested in subscribing please click on the Subscription tab above for more information
  • If you are interested in becoming a Designer or Guest Designer for Through the Craft Room Door, please click on the DT Call tab above for more information or contact me at

As always, our challenges are Anything Goes and we love seeing your entries each week.

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