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Monday, August 29, 2011

Please vote for me

Hi everyone! Ready for a new week? I have a HUGE favour to ask of you…

Remember this digital stamp drawing I did?

hanging in_web

Well, the voting has started over at CDAC, so I’d really be ever so grateful if you would take the time to click HERE and vote for me!

Thank you in advance! Winking smile


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Dance like Nobody’s Watching

Don’t you love this quote?

"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth."

- William W. Purkey

There are poems, quotes & lyrics that gained inspiration from these words, including this beautiful song “I hope you dance” by Lee Ann Womack. (I’m hoping my daughter will sing this for me one day!)…….

one of my fav’s

When I saw this little dancer digi stamp, I knew immediately that I wanted to use some of these words on the card.

So here’s the latest card I made for the Progressive challenge over at CDAC…


Want these words in some word art? 

Grab it in 3 different styles:

I hope you dance

(click on image, right click to save)


Have a great weekend. (Says she with-smile-on-her-face dressed in a short-sleeved SUMMER tee!)


Thursday, August 25, 2011

My Studio

Thought I’d share some photos from around my studio.

I love these pretty rose & bead door knob tassles hanging from one of my cupboards.


These candy-jars hold my flower embellishments – each jar holds a different colour.


Love my ‘create’ sign. Bought a few years ago when we visited the USA. This comes from a Home Depot store in Connecticut.

(I so wish we had Home Depot here!)


Two Sunday’s ago, I sewed some oil-cloth covers for my sewing machine, overlocker and my printer. I still have to make one for my embroidery machine and Silhouette. (* Note to self- go buy the extra fabric you need to finish these!!)


A vintage Coca Cola box filled with my oil painting materials & a pretty bucket full of pencils. (No matter how many pencils I have, I always lose them and end up with none!)


My studio seems to always be a work-in-progress. I’ll show some more pics once the rest of the space has been tidied up more.

Do you have photos or a blogpost of your studio? Do share a link here!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Digital Stamp Drawing Challenge

I’m really surprising myself – two posts in one day!

I decided to have a go at drawing digi stamps over at CDAC. There’s a regular digi stamp drawing challenge, this one’s theme is “Things that Hang”.

I decided to keep my first one very simple. Not quite sure what I’m doing yet LOL~!

So here it is :

hanging in_web


Card Craft

Today I’m sharing with you another card I made for CDAC for the progressive challenge.

I used this cute little chef with a birthday cake by Jenlee.


I coloured it in Photoshop CS3, added the ‘happy birthday’ text background and a border. I then used the Atomic Cupcake rub-on action over the entire card to create a bit of a distressed look.

I printed it out, then used my sewing machine to stitch around the edge of the card in white thread. To end off, I used my favourite Vintage Photo distress ink around the edges of the card.

001 copyHave a great day!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Vintage-style gift tag & wrapping

I hope you’re not getting tired of me now! LOL! Two blog posts in two days! I’m on a roll here…

Have you ever visited this site? ----

Crafters Digital Art Centre


It’s jam-packed with digital stamps ready for colouring & decorating & using up your cardstock to make gorgeous cards and other projects. There are tons of project ideas!

There’s a fun Progressive Digi Freebie Challenge running over there at the moment. You sign up and you get 6 free digi stamps. You have to use at least one of them in a project, post a link back and then you qualify to receive the next batch of 6 free digi stamps.

Here’s what I made with the teapot stamp created by Sandi Samples.

I coloured the teapot digitally using Photoshop CS3, I placed it (digitally) on top of this cute Cafe paper from The Graphics Fairy, then fiddled some more with the colours & opacity on the teapot. I printed it out, distressed the edges with Vintage Photo distress Ink from Ranger industries. I added a circle punch at the placement for the hole I then punched a hole through for the ribbon. VoilĂ , quick ‘n easy gift tag.

So go and join in HERE!


(sorry- my picture is a little distorted due to the angle I took the photo)

I’ll be sharing some more of my cards over the next few days… once I’ve photographed them.

Thought I’d share a pretty gift wrap/ packaging idea with you too.

I decorated this box to put my sister-in-law’s birthday gift in. (I think I might have even had more fun decorating this than she had receiving it!)

I bought a few of these pre-cut boxes in a plain ‘kraft’ colour as I knew I could embellish away to suit the age, gender or personality of the person the gift was for.

I then visited my all-time-favourite vintage image blog & used some of her gorgeous images. I printed out the images onto white cardstock, cut them out, then aged the edges with a little Vintage photo Distress Ink from Ranger Ind.

I jumped into my (huge) stash of ribbons & embellished away… Some were glued straight down flat onto the box, others I raised with foam squares to add some dimension.


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Happy Crafting!

I’m off to my oil painting class today, so I’m in “art paradise” this morning!

Note: The image of the two doves is from another fabulous vintage image site : Percy & Bloom


Monday, August 22, 2011

Printable mini gift cards

YES, this blog has been boring lately!

YES, I have been MIA! (Reasons beyond my control!)

YES, I am back! Winking smile

YES, I am back with a FREE printable gift for you! Party smile

Spring is definitely in the air! As I type here, my studio door is open and it’s 8.45 in the morning – and yippee – no cold air!

Our Poplar trees started sprouting new leaves about a week ago and I’m loving the fresh clean green – can’t wait for the whole landscape to transform into that new fresh green hue so typical of spring.

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This weekend, Reece decided it was time he learnt to ride the ride-on lawnmower. He had such fun driving around the garden on it. Guess this is his new toy! Note how he has welcomed spring too – he insists on wearing shorts and tee’s (even though the temperature is not quite there yet!).


Last week I got stuck into my studio – I cleaned, re-packed. (Actually I had to re-pack as not one, but all the shelves in my cupboard fell down and I was forced to pick everything up!). I ended up re-packing ALL my cupboards and moving furniture around… I now have a studio where I can see the floor again and only a couple of things left to find a new shelf home for. As my studio is now tidier, I can (miraculously- LOL!) find things and I am now able to craft away, so here’s something for you…

a free printable

Hope you enjoy these! I have designed a set of 6 mini gift cards. They are only around 7cm square (3 inches). There are 3 different card designs (2 of each). You can either attach them to gifts or …. give them as a gift made up as I have in this photo.


  • Print out onto white A4 cardstock.
  • Simply add the paper strip label and little butterfly embellishment (included on printable sheet) to finish them off and you have a pretty little gift for someone, or simply as an extra little something in a gift bag.
  • I used Ranger Distress Ink (Vintage photo) around the edges of the label.
  • You could add a little silk flower or some ribbon too.
  • Instead of the strip, pop these into a tiny brown paper bag and glue the strip around the bag and embellish with the label and butterfly.

I’d love to see if you make these up yourself, especially if you embellish them in a different way- so do send me a photo if you do! (Either leave a a link here or send me an email).

You can click here to download a printable PDF.

Linking up here:

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