Wednesday, 25 September 2013

WOYWW its in the bag!

This is my work desk today... 
Attempt two to make a bow/rossette for my new handbags...
I think I prefer this to yesterday's attempt... but it I am sure it can be improved upon!
Oh and I would wear a plain t-shirt and my blue jeans... think it might work?
Don't forget to go check out the linky list at Chief of Desks Mz Dunnit!

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

T on Tuesday

Joining Elizabeth for T on Tuesday with..... TEA! ;)  I have't done any playing with paper for nearly a week, my desk is deserted and empty.  I haven't felt very well (diverticulitis is the pits) but today I actually feel as though the antibiotics have kicked in and I will survive this second bout in as many weeks.
So I have found some scraps of material and I am going to attempt to make a bow... it should prove interesting as I haven't got a clue what to do but think I have a mental image of what I want it to look like.
I have chosen reds and blues because I want to be able to attach it to these...
Yes, one red and one blue bag... they are not my normal style of bag but they were FREE!  You see, I went clothes shopping for summer clothes and if you spent a $100 you got a free bag.... well, it was pretty easy to do that and when the lady was cashing up I asked if I could split them into two purchases... thus getting two bags and she said yes! ;) LOL 
Anyways, that is me sorted for the day, visiting T folk and playing with the sewing machine... the cats are in their run but the temperature is creeping up so not sure how long they will be out there.
Pandy is in her favourite spot on the high shelf above the ficus tree
while Tom-Tom is sprawled in the shade on the fake grass we bought them because the cat run is all gravel.
It's supposed to be spring here in Brisbane but its going to be 32 degrees (90F) today and tomorrow is supposed to be 36 degrees (97F) and I don't think I want to even think about Thursday at 37 C !!
OK... this is the first attempt... not quite sure it works... I have the sneaking suspicion that peeps may think I just got a rosette at the local dog show....  bigger centre? longer legs? scrap and start over? 

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Mini Book

Appearances can be deceptive... because this little mini is made from one sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock.
I was trawling Pinterest when I came upon it here and though it isn't in English, it is easily understood and the measurements are very easy to follow.
So when you unfold it, you have three sections.
The right hand one is a pocket with a tag inside.
I added extra tags to the other sections, so there is plenty of room for photos and journaling.
and then unfold the last section and you have two more.
I added a little book to the bottom left page and tags to the others.
and this the bottom row on the other side...
and the tag inside the pocket...
and this is it stood up... you have to admit, its a lot of real estate for one sheet of paper!! 
I'm thinking they would make great little gifts for Christmas.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013


I am still working on the mini book that you make from one sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock... it's coming together gradually and once I have this one under my belt I think any more will go a lot faster!
I just got back from the hairdressers... noticed that Julia has the post up so this is going to be ultra short and sweet this week! LOL
I'm trying to figure out what I can do with these... any suggestions very welcome!  See, this is the hoarder in me... I cannot throw these out and I have loads... because it what my teabags are boxed in! Yep, I drink a lot of tea!!
so far I have used them inside my drawers to keep my inks and little bits organised...
and those little stamps that get lost when you put them in a big basket or box...
But there must be something else I can do with them!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

T on Tuesday

I am joining Elizabeth for T on Tuesday with a cup of frothy coffee and a mini book I am working on that is made from one sheet of 12 x 12 cardstock... thought it would make nice C presents if it turns out alright!
This is a pocket envelope and card I made and I decorated it with a homemade rosette, which I am chuffed with, as it looks as good as the ones you make with the Tim Holtz die but without the expense of the die! LOL

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Blogaversary Winner

 Thank you to everyone who joined me in celebrating my Blog Anniversary!
I have done the draw using a random number generator and it picked Number 33 which was Mary Anne - 
OpenID scrappystickyinkymess said...
Oh to win would be a dream come true! GORGEOUS projects!!

You are such an inspiration....
Mary Anne

Congratulations Mary Anne, I will put the parcel in the post tomorrow, I hope you like it!! :)

Blogoversary Give Away

This post will stay at the top of my blog till the 15th September so you will need to go down to find any newer posts!

On the 15th September this blog will be 7 years old.  So as a thank you to all the lovely people that have been on this blogging journey with me, my time in Saudi Arabia, then Canada and now, Australia, and have been so supportive and kind about all of my mini books, weird projects, tales of abayah wearing and snow shovelling, I thought I would do a blogoversary give away.

I did think perhaps the way to go was to dig into my stash (it's not like there is a shortage of the stuff) but then I thought perhaps the person who won it might not be into stamps and paper and stuff... so I made something instead. The person who wins might now be thinking why didn't she stick to the stash idea!
So I found one of my precious Bisto Gravy Granual tubs and made a cotton reel...
This is the lid that lifts off...
The decorated sides... with dangly bit... gotta have a dangly bit!
and inside is the snippet roll I have been working on...
There are beads, bling, buttons, lace, Chinese coins... paper beads... yep, I flung the lot at it!
Close up of the paper beads I made... I love them!
I used Graphic 45 Communique papers for the cotton reel and Communique fabric in the snippet roll.

So if you would like to win this.... it is very easy! Just add a comment to this post....   which if I am successful will stay at the top of my blog till the 15th September, which is the anniversary and on the 15th I will use a random number generator to pick a number.  yep, that's all you have to do... no jumping through hoops and I don't mind where you live.... 

Friday, 13 September 2013


Now I have managed to clear up after the fairy castle... isn't amazing just how far glitter can travel?  I thought I would continue with my self-imposed challenge of using all my TH dies... and it seemed like a good idea to make cards.
I wanted a card to go with the blogoversary giveaway... so used good ole Graphic 45 Communique papers and the lovely vintage telephone die.  I had some awesome black cardboard packaging from some David Yurman perfume which was glossy and shiny and looks like the old plastic stuff that phones were made from.
and I had enough of it to make a typewriter version
then I thought I would get clever (always a bad idea) and do one with a dictionary page as a background, it definitely needs something else... just not sure what!
and I was on the slippery slope downhill from there... but I did use the hanging sign die!  I don't have the rosette die so I had to make my own version. 
and I stamped the backs with this... I love this stamp, it just makes me smile because people are never sure if I will or not.... ;)

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

WOYWW 223 and the Fairy Castle

On my desk this lovely spring morning is a fairy castle! I used Graphic 45 Once Upon A Springtime papers.
I used my Tim Holtz bird cage to make the front door and then used foam pads to add back on the offcuts to make it look like a solid door.
and it had to have a dangly... I added lots of little fairy bells, they ring when a new fairy gets her wings. I used shell offcuts for the rocky front garden, they have such pretty colours and shine, perfect for a fairy tower garden.
On the main tub I added a platform and made a tower... the Queen of the Fairies Tower.
Three fairies guard the tower and the gold key...
and the tower opens up to reveal the Fairy treasures.
The lid can be removed and inside is a fairy room...
Used my bird cage die to make the windows by cutting the top bit off.
I added a little battery operate candle so that it can be used as a night light.
and the fairies dance to the flickering lights....
This is the back of the fairy castle... a little door for the tradesmen to deliver fairy groceries.  I added a flag pole and fairy banner to the turret.
Don't forget to pop over to Julia's for the linky list of desks to visit and craftiness to see!

If you haven't entered my Blogoversary Giveaway you only have till the 15th September!