Wednesday, April 30, 2014


I was over paying a visit to Maureen at Victorian Studio and came a cross a swap.  I haven't been part of one before so I immediately became very interested of course.  So in order to participate, I agreed to post the rules here on my blog to see if anyone else would like to join us.

update:  I would also  like to introduce you to a new addition in my craft studio....Bob Winston.   He is a very stern looking fellow who checks every artistic piece twice , so you can be sure what ever I make will be checked twice before it leaves the studio. Its good to have Quality Control under wraps.

So what can I make for you?

What I will do: Make a small work of art for the first five people who comment on this post and say " YES, I want in!"

What you will do: Swap a piece of art with me, post the rules on your blog or any other social media AND make something for the first five who comment on YOUR in return will get 5 pieces of original art.

If you do, here are the official rules to cut and paste for your own blog:

– It has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends.

- Doesn't matter where you live in the world.

- Copy & paste this as your latest entry on your favorite social website (your blog is fine).

– It can be anything art-based: a drawing/illustration, a photograph, digital, jewelry, a knitted item, cross-stitch, paper maché – or anything in-between.

- It doesn't matter if you aren't an artist...the sky's the limit...

Sound good???  If so be one of the first five to leave me a comment on this post and let's enjoy the fun!

Can't wait to swap with you.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Royal Visit

What a wonderful day its been.  The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in South Australia. I went to the Raaf Base where my partner is posted and waited with such excitement. I had my camera set to sport so I wouldn't miss a millisecond. I captured Prince William waving through the car window. Catherine beside him, smiling all the way.

This is my excitement for today. I'm so pleased I had the opportunity to see them. I'm still Buzzing!!!

They are in the second car.

O'h my here they come.


See Catherine smiling.

OMG I'm so close.

There he is. How lovely...... there he is.

In a blink of an eye its all over.

I just had to share  my amazing morning. I'm still buzzing! Hope your having a great day!!!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Spring Flowers!

Hello and welcome to my blog,

Well here I am with my Flower Challenge!! I really didn't think I would make this challenge as I am so not I nto flowers. I have a jar full and they are the furtherest thing from my mind when creating.  Then I remembered Mothers Day is fast approaching and I haven't even started on my cards.  I know my mum likes flowers so I will give this challenge a go and this is what I have come up with.  The only way I could enjoy creating these flowers was to make them more vintage looking.

My Tim influence in this particular project was to use his Layering Stencil embossing technique from A Compendium of Curiosities III which I first applied onto a tag and then die cut from there.  I also love the way Tim uses photos on his fragment pieces so I decided to use photos on some cabochon.

Here is the link to make your own Pop Up Box Card....which I first found on Shelly Hickox blog......

There are quite a few tutorials on You Tube showing how to create a Pop Up Card.

Here is the link to A Vintage sure to pop on over and see all the amazing creations

I hope you like my Pop Up Card.

Have a great day!!!!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parcel has landed.

Hello and welcome,

I've been out all holidays and all.  I know I need to take the children to the movies, then some lunch, then a trip to the bank.  Wow is it that time already?  Let's head home now and have some quiet time.... watch a little tv perhaps.  We pull up the driveway....(I've been scanning the front porch for days now) what's that under the front door mat??????  O'h my.... step aside children your going to have to fend for yourselves for a min....its from Tim and Mario. lol. OMG!!!  My parcel has landed in Australia. Yahoo!!!!!!!  Quick let's get inside and open this baby up.
As promised here I am  to show you the parcel I received from Tim and Mario's surprise giveaway for leaving a comment on Tim's blog.

Are you ready????

Here it is beautifully packaged!!   By this stage I am almost bursting with excitement.

I wonder what's in here! Let's see.

Oh my its a Ranger Apron! I can't believe it.

Now I'm sure many of you would agree....the apron would have been a great gift all on its own...but no there's more under here....WOW.

Can you believe what your seeing??? There are not one but two new stamp sets in here and a great piece from the Eclectic Elements range.


A new home for my apron.

A HUGE Thank-you Tim....Thank-you Mario.  This is a very generous gift and I can't wait to use my new goodies.
I feel like I've won the ultimate prize this year having all of you wonderful crafter's paying me a visit. A very special Thank-you to each and every one of you who have left me a message...I enjoy reading each and everyone of them.
I too have many people visit...very few leave a comment. That's what Tim was talking he and Mario decided to have a surprise giveaway for those who do leave a comment. If you would like to leave Tim a comment head over to his is a link..

Who know's I may have my own surprise giveaway for those who leave me a comment.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tim's Surprise Giveaway!

Hello again,

Firstly I would like to make welcome all my new followers. I hope you continue to enjoy visiting my blog.

I hope your all having a wonderful day. I know I am......what a lovely surprise there is over at They are doing a surprise giveaway for any-one who has taken the time to leave comments on the his blog. Selected from 77 comments I was one of 13 to win a surprise giveaway. ....and it's in the I will be sure to let you know what it is.
Congratulations to all the other winners also.

#3 Karen Garrard

Thank-you so much to Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi for being so generous and creating a place we can all visit and be inspired.

Here is a photo from Tim's blog showing a trip to Ranger...... a production shot of the new mini ink pads.
There's heaps more great things over there. Click on  this link.....
Pop on over and let Tim know how much you love his products and you could be chosen in the next surprise giveaway.


Have a creative day!

A Little bit French

Hello and welcome,

Today I have a post of a tag I designed for A Vintage Journey's 'A Little bit French' is the link to see all the wonderful entries......

The very talented Astrid from Astrid's Artistic Efforts is hosting this challenge. Pop on over to her blog and see her amazing entry.....

Update:   I have been asked to include my French  Tag over at The Kraft Journal, so here I will create a link also to be sure to pop over to see all the amazing entries.  The theme is Paris!

Sorry no step by step for this tag as I had a few projects to get through today.
I used Tim's Tag and Bookplate Die, Tiny Tabs and Tags Die,  Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon, Distress Marker Spritzer, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Ink Pads.
Papers are from Papermania Do Craft 'Madame Payraud's.'
Seam binding

Thanks for stopping by today.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

A priviliged Journey

Hello and welcome,

Today I have another journal page to show....which I have titled......A Privileged Journey!  I found this image on Pinterest and as soon as I saw her I knew she had to be showcased. What an exquisite photo in all her beautiful wears. Her posture just screams confidence. I wonder what she did each day and whom she knew. Shall we give her a name?? Why not.....Clara Rose Winterton....was Ms Winterton running a milliner's empire at the turn of the century or was she an author? Perhaps she sat around in her parlor all day sipping English Tea. I love the way they dressed back in the day. True ladies.

The Grunge key I made for this piece is an idea I picked up over at A Chief's Wife heart's A Fire....Lyla is a very talented lady and has some videos on You Tube also. Check out her blog here.....

Ok  now lets get to the journal pages.

My double page. 

Lets get started...randomly applying Distress Stains.                                                                                    
Adding image with Multi Medium Matte and over the top to seal the image.                                           

Now for some stamping...I just love these new stamps called Stationers Desk by Prima.                               

OMG!! This part was a lot of fun using Tim's Spritzer, what a joy to use.  I used Distress Marker  Forest Moss.                                              
Now randomly adding some Crackle Paint for added texture.                                                                      

Not too sure this was such a good idea once it had dried as it is shiny. Pages curl up                         

Somewhere here I did some stenciling with Black Texture Paste, the photos didn't turn out

Adding Distress Ink to the middle of the two pages.                                                                                   

450 Glue is excellent for ribbon and dries fast.                                                                              
Here is a tag I had made a while ago for another challenge. I decided it was time to use it on something.      

Adding some other elements behind the tag. Notice I managed to slip in some gears.                                 

Adding some rub-ons onto the tiny tag.

Place a hole in the top of film strip to put a brad through and glue the embellishment on top.

Some keys cut from Grunge board. I cut three but only used two.

Gluing them together.

Now to apply some Distress Paint. Once dry apply Embossing Ink and Black Embossing Powder and heat set. Repeat the heat embossing process twice. I only used the black key on this project.

Filling in the gaps with a black marker.                                                                                                      

Adding a Delish Brad to my key.                                                                                                               

By this stage I can feel my page getting quite heavy with the large embellishment in the left hand top corner, so I decided to add some thin card board to the back of my page for extra support.

The finished piece.......

Well that's all from me today. I hope you like this post. Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. 
Have a great day!!!