Wednesday, December 23, 2020

The spirit of Christmas

 Hello there , dear friends . Well here I am trying again to post something . 

I do start but just seem to lose the enthusiasm I begin with . Actually have not done much crafting at all .

I certainly have not sent my usual Christmas cards or messages .For that I am sorry .

So today is all about wishing my family and friends , craft buddies /groups a very Merry Christmas .

Now I know that these wishes are not original but I wish them for you all, most sincerely .

Have a truly special ,safe Christmas ,stay well and enjoy the company of those you love .

And with courage look ahead to what we all pray for ,  a wonderful New Year .

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values.

Thomas S. Monson

Will try again in the new year .

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

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Two cards from Latest gallery of my cards

Another few hours in my craft room has been quite enjoyable .
 Not creating but recording via photos . Before sharing some of my recent makes  I must welcome you all to my room , where I hope that you like what you see .

If you have the time I would really appreciate some encouraging comments which will certainly enthuse my creativity and inspire me to stay on line .As indicated in the previous post I am seriously considering not rejoining facebook . So that my only contact with my crafty pals and like minded visitors will be here on my blog .Having said that I will add also that I will read every comment and visit the blog/site of the writer .

Here are two cards suitable for the male in your life .
The one  with the chess pieces I began with a card base of Basic Black card stock .         
               The background paper is from SU Country Club Designer Series Paper
                On a square of  SU
 Very  Vanilla I stamped an image from the SU set Game ON.
                I then stamped the same image onto scrap Very Vanilla and fussy cut two individual
                 pieces which were added to bottom of card with foam dots .Ink used was Brocade Blue.
               The sentiment under image is from the same set and is inked with SU Cajun Craze
Finished piece was adhered to a Basic Black square leaving a small border .

               SU card stock Chocolate Chip   was used as card base with second card
                A rectangle piece of same card used for an embossed panel over some paper from my                            Kraftyhand scraps
               The image is from a find in Pinterest , while the sentiment is from SU set
                   Itty Bitty Birthdays . The embossing folder is SU Basket Weave Dynamics.

 And this is the inside of first card

Thank you for calling in It has been a pleasure to welcome you .I hope that you are all staying safe and well .

Weather forecast for tonight: dark.

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

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Hell of a couple of months

Hi there visitors,  casual and regular . Welcome to my room . I have missed creating and sharing with you but most of all I have missed visiting your blogs . I have missed also, my design team members ,from TTCRD challenge blog as well as my craft  swap buddies from Card swaps down under and swaps with Sal .
The reason that I have been missing in action on line is that I have been quite unwell with Septic arthritis which affected my ankle . Said ankle  was so swollen I had to have a stay in hospital where Drs. operated to flush out the ankle then drip fed me antibiotics for a few days .When I finished that course I was sent home for hospital care at home , meaning a nurse came everyday .
Thankfully I am on oral antibiotics now and am able to hobble around to continue to care for Hubby .

I am so appreciative of our health care service but even more so of my family and friends who still show concern and care , love and support for myself .
Special mention for Sonny and Rachael .Thank you both  so  much for all the transport to Dr appointments , all the shopping trips , the house cleaning and visits with grandchildren , Noomi and Sophie .

I will never be able to convey what it felt like to hear them joyfully shouting  " hello Nanna B" as they alighted from the car .

Now a new drama has made an impact of my daily life ..Some mongrel has compromised  my
Face book ID and another my credit card .The second event is fixed with a new card on the way .
I don't  think that  I will rejoin Facebook . I am too tired to jump through hoops to prove who I am .

Sandy and Jane have contributed to my well being immensely by continuing to visit for craft afternoons and I thank them for that .

I am so over  2020  now that the "VIRUS " is among us .

But now, having bought you all up to date ,  all that is left to say stay safe stay well .

A new blog post will be up tomorrow with some cards to share

      A good laugh is sunshine in the house.
                     William Makepeace Thackeray  

                     Catch you again soon , cheers for now .

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Cool friends

Hello to you and you and of course you . Thank you for visiting my post .
Please feel free to browse .

I do hope that you and yours are staying safe and well . 

This is my DT post for the anything goes challenge , 

Thanks to the admin team for managing this challenge and all that goes with it . Thanks to the team that shares their projects which they hope inspires you to enter the challenge .
And of course thank you to the sponsors .

This week we have 

Sponsor Beccy's Place

Prize is $10.00AU gift voucher that 
can be redeemed for digital stamps from the online store 

Thanks you to the sponsor for this awesome image and sentiment 

I have used Paper on white card base  from SU stash and some Wink of Stellar on the purse, shoes and necklace .The images are from the set Cool Chicks 

Something to think about..
My thought for today 

               Love begins by taking care of the closest ones
                                                    - the ones at home.
                                                              Mother Teresa  

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

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

A treat

Hello there viewers , welcome to my room .

Thank you for calling in and may  I  encourage you to browse through my posts and leave a kind  word or two in the comment box . I read every one and will return your  visit . 

I do  hope and pray that you are all well and staying safe during this world wide virus .

Time now for me to present my effort for this next anything goes challenge from

Firstly though, I should thank the DT for their brilliant samples  that are sure to enthuse you to join in and share your projects , which could be an ATC or a tag even . 

Our Sponsor....

The prize for the winner is 3 digital stamps form the store.

Thank you to The paper Shelter for sponsoring the challenge this week 

For my card I have used an image from the Tea Time set

Image coloured with SU markers Papers 
 and sentiment freebies with a magazine . 
Added a few bits of SU  bling .

I created a vanilla sponge with chocolate icing and whipped cream filling and extra cream on the side and under the cherry with wink of Stella to make the cream  glisten .

And the inside
The sentiment is from a retired SU stamp set I believe .

We are absolutely thrilled at the number of entries.And the  types and themes of the projects are  so amazingly varied every challenge .
So thank you to all that join in the anything goes challenges from TTCRD 
Will we see your project in this challenge ?

A thought for today 

   You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never            know how soon it will be too late.
                       Ralph Waldo Emerson 

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2020


Hello visitors old and new . Thank you for calling in and welcome to my room .
Hoping that today is a happy one for you and yours .
If you have the time and inclination I would love a visit and a hello in the comment box .
 I always appreciate reading comments and will return the visits .

It is a brisk Autumn day here . I was thinking about how the world and its seasons  just  keeps on  keeping on as though there is nothing wrong . We just have to remember that previous generations have survived events as bad and even worse .  This virus will end and with faith , as long as  we take care , we can come through as better people .Kinder and more appreciative .

Today is a post as a DT member for 

It’s time for another Anything Goes Challenge here at TTCRD
Our Sponsor for this challenge is …

The Colour of Love - Formally Lacy Sunshine

My card to share 

Real Red card base , white card layer and sentiment from Stampin'Up retired set .
Image coloured with Copics

Thank you to our sponsor for the image and sponsorship .
Thanks to the admin group for taking care of the challenge  running smoothly .Lastly thanks to the dream DT for their inspirational projects .

We , of the DT group are always impressed with the variety of entries from so many talented crafters  and I for one am looking forward to what will be on show this week . Will there be something from you this week ? 
                                                                    A thought  for the day

                                 We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

                                                           Ronald Reagan

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

Wednesday, April 8, 2020


Hi there every one .
Welcome to my room where I hope you like my share today as DT for TTCRD our anything goes challenge.....

                         Myself and the others in the  team here at TTCRD hope you are all safe and well. Please stay safe and follow the recommendations.

               Thank you to those of you who entered our last challenge, the Winner and Top 3                                                    will be announced tomorrow 

Thank you also to the teamies for their  inspirational makings shared for  this challenge .
Thanks  to the admin for presenting this challenge 

                            It’s time for another Anything Goes Challenge here at TTCRD.

We have two fantastic sponsors this week…
Prize 2 digital stamps from online shop.

Prize $12 voucher for store.

And on to my card
 Black card base then two shades of grey layers . The back ground paper is a freebie from a magazine

Using Coffee Table and  Perfect Sunday from  Dr Digi's House of Stamps 
Coloured with a mix of copics and SU markers .

I wonder if this scene is being played out in your household ...LOL 

Hope to see you and your entry as either a new comer or a frequent player .

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

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Quiet alone time

Hello there , welcome to my room and thanks for calling in .
I do hope that you and yours are staying well . 
Check in on your family and friends when ever you can Spread a little sunshine with a phone call , a text message or a letter . This virus is the pits !

Hope then that my post here will bring a smile and take your mind off it for a while 
The new anything goes challenge from TTCRD is up and running .

Once again I thank the DT for their inspirational makes  shared for this challenge .

Thanks too to the admin team who do a heck of lot of work to bring us this challenge .

Thank you to those of you who entered our last challenge,

 The Winner and Top 3 will be announced tomorrow . 

But now It’s time for another Anything Goes Challenge here at TTCRD.

Thank you especially to our Sponsor 

The prize for this week’s challenge is 2 digital stamps from the online shop. 

My card this week  using an image supplied by the sponsor .

    I printed two sets of the image , one for the front and one a bit larger for the inside . This one I fussy cut parts of the image to decorate the inside sentiment panel .

while for the inside 

                  I do hope that you can visit the DT blogs .We all love visitors .

                   Stay up to date on the health notices about this virus , stay safe  and healthy .

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Book worm

Hello you all . Thank you for calling in and welcome to my craft room where I am sharing my DT card for the anything goes challenge from TTCRD ,

Thanks to the Admin team for producing another fine anything goes challenge .
Thanks to the DT who share awesome mini works of art to give you inspiration .
Thanks also to the most generous sponsor for the support and images for DT to work with .



This beautiful image given to me by the generous sponsor is coloured with various  SU markers .
This sentiment came to mind instantly I chose this image called Book Worm because I believe that much is gained by reading .The words are from a retired SU stamp set .

 Once again I was thrilled and so impressed with all the entries that I visited and I hope all were encouraged  and enthused by the words that I left in comment box .

That is all from me today but I do look forward to seeing the next  amazing creations of those who enter .

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

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Tulips on show

Hello to all those who have called in here and welcome to my room . I do hope that you enjoy your visit and will consider it worth your time .
Thank you to past commentators  . I will always endeavor  to repay the visits in appreciation .

Quite enjoy browsing on line again and blogging . Not as regular as I would like but being a full time carer my time has to be prioritized of course . Having just been diagnosed with  Type Two diabetes, I am trying to lose wt. AGAIN!! The best time I find not to be nibbling is when I am card making or blogging . So here I am . 

 Today I am showing a card made for entering a challenge [ link below ] .

A Perfect Time To Craft Challenge for March, #3 - 2020 


Soft Suede card base , Pink Pirquette layer which was embossed with Stone 3D embossing folder .
Topper tag die cut with Stitched Nested Labels Die which was then edged in Soft Suede , while the sentiment was added in same ink .The tulips are from SU Timeless Tulips stamp set with a coordinating punch used for the largest tulip.

 I am not one for embellishing so as usual have not added any bling , preferring to let the topper take centre place . 

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hand made with love

Hello craft pals , welcome to my room and thank you for calling in .

Today I am sharing my DT card for TTCRD anything goes challenge

Well done to the winner and top 3 entries in the challenge  from last week .

Thanks also to  the   sponsor for this week.

The Project Bin 

This week’s prize is a  $15 gift certificate for store

Thank you also to the Admin team for their work to produce the challenge , and the DT for sharing their makes in the hope of inspiring you to share your talent encouraging you to  join in this anything goes challenge . If you have the time we would love to have a blog visit from you with a  comment as to what you thought of our shared make .

So on to my effort .  I am using This given sentiment ,
The Just For You  sentiment is from SU set Watercolor Words . SU circle punches were used . Small bow from my stash .Paper is from SU Garden Impressions 6x6 inch DS paper pack .
 Card base is SU Crushed Curry .

Remember this is an anything goes challenge  with only a few rules so come on join in and have fun .

Catch you again soon , cheers for now . 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Get well wishes

    The year is definitely on a roll .The first month over  and now February is well and truly almost half gone ! I wonder if it because I am older that  the years are flying past quicker than ever .

I am , with a few stumbles just getting back into the swing of DT duties with the anything goes challenge from TTCRD   and creating swap cards with Swaps Down Under . All of which means that I have subject matter now to blog about so I do hope that will call in here from time to time to see what I am up to with my creations .

Thank you for popping in today and I hope that you like my make and maybe you would like to scroll down and stay a while to browse . Perhaps you might be inspired .

Thank you to all who entered our last challenge and congrats , well done , to the winner and top 3 .
Thanks also to the DT for their samples that inspire us each challenge .

                    Thank you must also be mentioned to our sponsor

The Cutting Cafe 

And the prize is any three sets from their online store 

My card today is using our sponsors image/ set , Beautiful flowers .

I have use many elements from the set .Paper , topper and the little button to hold the sentiment 

Looking forward now to seeing new and regular participants  alike joining and sharing their creations .

Remember to follow the rules and it is an  anything goes challenge .

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

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Stepping out in style .

Well,   hi there , welcome to my room . Thank you for calling in .
Did you join in the last  anything goes challenge for TTCRD ?

If you did and were a winner or one of the top 3 then congratulations .

I enjoyed viewing some of the amazing entries .Hope one of those was   yours
Thank you to all who entered . you are all amazing .
And of course thank you to the DT members who shared their creations just to inspire you .

Now here we are sprooking the next challenge .Thank you to this weeks sponsor

Our prize for the sponsored challenges will be 3 digital stamps. 


My effort this week using one of my own Paper Shelter purchases .

If you have time to browse there are many many awesome sets to purchase and  print out . But if you prefer single images are available as well .


card base from yellow card stock . 
I printed the precoloured scene /image to 14 cm square .
only added a small sentiment punched out with circle punch 
Adhered that to a slightly larger light blue card mat then added that to card base 
Adding some bling just to make it my work ..
For the inside I used some of the light blue card as a mat then adhered a top note die cut for message
I printed out another precoloured image , fussy cut it out and set it to the side of die cut as shown .

                  I will be looking out for your mini work of art in the challenge .
                                Remember that it is an anything goes challenge .
                               Catch you again soon , cheers for now , Shirley-Anne

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Fun Birthday cake .

Hello craft pals . Thank you for calling in .
Welcome to my room where today I am sharing a fun card .And before I give details of it I would like to thank those who entered TTCRD anything goes challenge 

There is definitely some awesome talent out there and I for one saw some inspirational  mini works of art .
As well as the entrants,  thanks also to the DT for their samples which I hope will entice you to join in and have fun .
But now for the reason I am here today .

My DT card for this " Anything Goes Challenge "

 Through The Craft Room Door

This fabulous image I had chosen some time ago . loved it then and love it now .

Thank you to Bugaboo here at for sponsorship of  this challenge .

The winner will receive a $12 voucher to spend in their store 


The winner will receive a voucher to spend in the store to the value of £25

My card recipe .

Some yellow card stock from my stash for the card base  , while the image was coloured with SU water pencils and an aqua pen . I then embellished card with some SU sequins .The image was adhered to Choc Chip panel with 3D foam dots then that panel was added to card front with DS tape .

Now I am looking forward to seeing your entry in this next challenge and perhaps you will visit DT blogs to leave them a word or two about their samples shown on challenge blog .

We are all looking forward to seeing what you create - remember Anything Goes
Only 2 entries per person.

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

Monday, January 6, 2020

Sugar and spice

A warm  hello to you and you .
Welcome to my room friends and first time visitors. 

May the New Year bring all that you need .

A Christmas card to share today 
One to start the stash for 2020

White card base , paper from my stash and image from SU set So Santa .
Santa coloured with water colour pencils and aqua pen .

for the inside 

                                     Sentiment from So Santa and Merry Christmas from Timeless Tidings .

Hope this bought a smile to your face. As there is   much inspiration on so many sites , blogs and pinterst and facebook I am sure I will have more  Christmas cards  to share in time .

I have entered ....

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