Monday, 30 June 2014

Mojo Monday

I came across the Mojo Monday website while I was surfing the internet for some inspiration. They post a card sketch every Monday and you are invited to create a card using the sketch. Here is my card and the sketch from Monday June 23rd. Even though it is Monday here in Australia it's not in the US so they haven't yet posted the sketch for Monday June 30th. Many people post their cards to the Mojo Monday website so why not go there and check it out

Papers and stamps from the CTMH Ivy Lane Card Making Kit G1079 Hollyhock Ink Pad Z2128
The sentiment is from the Give A Lift Stamp set D1581 using Olive Ink Z2137 Daisy White cardstock 1385
Green and Blue Epoxy Bubbles Z1806 Flamingo Dots Z1934 

Sunday, 29 June 2014

My Mum

I visit my mum every Saturday afternoon, my brother Don also comes around at the same time. We spend a few hours together chatting, the topics are many and varied. In the photo below is my mother, my brother Don and my sister Sharon who has passed away. Yesterday my mum was telling us how difficult it was for her and my dad when we were kids. This photo was taken about 1951, my sister Sharon was born in October 1950. How cute is Don standing there with his hands in his pockets. Both my parents are very talented, and I am sure this made life a little easier for them. Mum loves to sew and sewed a lot of our clothes when we were growing up. My mum was telling us about the clothes she made for us when we were kids. A lot of the dresses that my sisters and I wore and the shirts that my brothers wore were made from the fabric that my mother got for free from the grocer. Bags that held bulk poultry feed were made of fabric that was colourful and quite suitable for making clothes, the grocers would give away these bags  to any of the ladies that wanted them once all the feed was sold. Now days my mother spend her spare time sewing quilts, she finds more intricate sewing too difficult with her failing vision. She has sewn a quilt for all of her great grandchildren, fifteen in total!  My dad was an excellent handyman and could pretty much fix anything around the house. He also enjoyed photography and as a young man, developed all of his photos himself, he took this photo. It is amazing how things have changed in the past 60 odd years.  Just thinking of the advances in photography alone is amazing. Who would have ever thought in 1951 there would come a day when you could take photos without needing film.

Sunday, 22 June 2014


Everyone loves weddings, myself included, they are always such happy events.  My sister is attending a wedding next month and asked me to make a card for her, I adapated this card from one that I saw on Pinterest. There is a never ending selection of beautiful cards on Pinterest, which provides me with great inspiration. I am loving the cold rainy weather we have been having lately, it's very conducive to staying inside and crafting. Here is a link to my cards Pinterest site

Thursday, 19 June 2014

I Love My family

Every year about mid December my family spend a day making cookies and candies in preparation for the Christmas festivities. It's a pleasure to spend the day with my family catching up with each other and making  memories to last a life time. Look at those happy faces, my nieces and nephews and their families bring such joy to my life. These days bring back childhood memories of  weekends away boating in the Bahamas, when my family, aunts, uncles and lots of cousins would pack up and spend a weekend on a small cay a couple of hours away from where we lived. We would have this small cay to ourselves, we could roam around and explore to our heart's content. We would eat, sleep and play on the beach, a fantastic time was had by all. We didn't know anything about sun screen in those days and sunburn was just par for the course.

 All supplies for layout are from Close To My Heart : Sparkle and Shine paper pack, and Cranberry ink    

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Artbooking Made Easy

Take a minute to view this video about the fantastic Close To My heart Artbooking Cricut cartridge. CTMH cricut cartridges have 700 images, fonts and layouts. They are great value for  A$130 you get a fantastic cartridge, 3 stamp sets and 3, 12"x9" dimensional elements in coordinating shapes. Click on the shop now button to see all 3 cricut bundles on my website.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Happy Birthday

I love the Cricut die cutting machine, I created this beautiful mat and lettering using the Close To My Heart Artiste cartridge.This is a layout of my gorgeous niece's daughter Moni's 1st birthday party. Cara excelled herself, the birthday cake and other goodies were yummy.

Supplies for layout : Papers  CTMH Lallydoodle paper pack Daisy White cardstock
Stamps and ink also CTMH

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Celebrate 30

To celebrate our Founder & CEO Jeanette Lynton’s 30-year anniversary in the stamping and scrapbooking industry, when you place an qualifying order during the month of June, you can add your choice of one of 6 great gift collections to your order for just $30! Each collection has an original retail value of at least $50 USD / CAD or $75 AUD / NZD—some even as high as $65 USD / CAD or $85 AUD / $105 NZD. Plus, each collection is perfectly tailored to fit a variety of interests and styles. They feature everything from gift bags to ribbons to washi tape to alphabet stickers—and much more! So make sure to take advantage of these savings and snag your own collection for just $30. It may be Jeanette’s anniversary—but you get the gift! Go to my website to place your order or contact me.


I spent over an hour this morning chatting on Skype with my niece Margo who lives in the Bahamas. It was wonderful to catch up with her and hear about what has been happening in her life the past few months. It has nearly been 2 years since she visited us here in Perth, she spent two and a half months with us and we had a wonderful time together. It was great that she was able to be with us for our annual Christmas get together to make cookies and candies. Here is a photo of 2 of my great nieces decorating the cookies and one of myself, Margo and another niece Stacy from that day.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Birds in the Birdbath

I so enjoy watching the native honey eater birds splashing in my birdbath, some days there have been up to 8 of these beautiful birds hopping in and out of the birdbath.

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Scrapbooking Weekend

I am having a great weekend scrapping with two of my best friends, Karen and Colleen. We are having lots of fun chatting, eating too much and of course scrapping. Here are 2 of the layouts I completed yesterday. We celebrated my sister's 60th birthday at Busselton in 2012, the kids had a  fantastic time playing cricket one afternoon. I was very impressed with Atley's sporting prowess, he was only 5 years old at the time and could hold his own against the older kids, bowling as well as batting.

Papers,stamps and inks are all from Close To My Heart.  Papers are from the Jubilee and Skylark paper packs Slate ink was used for the stamping and the Bakers Twine is from the Paradise Assortment. The titles in the cricket layout were cut using the Artiste Cricut cartridge