Merry Christmas everyone!!

Just want to wish you and your family the bestest Christmas ever and much love and happiness in 2014.

Have a wonderful holiday and thanks for all your support.

Christmas Kiwis

Merry Christmas everyone!!

Just want to wish you and your family the bestest Christmas ever and much love and happiness in 2014.

Have a wonderful holiday and thanks for all your support.

Aw … cute!!

Just a couple of rogue cards (ie not Stampin’ Up stamps) but very, very cute I think.



Enjoyed doing the colouring on these cards.

Oops – my apologies

In my last post I said that we made the Christmas Ornament card at a Card Cafe.  Sorry, this was wrong it was made for a craft group at a nearby Baptist Church where I went along and did a demonstration.  I was made to feel very welcome.

Just a little bit of ‘senior confusion’!!

Christmas Ornament

Last Monday I had another Card Cafe here.  Lots of fun and laughter.

This is the card we made:


Another card for my Xmas stash!


More Christmas cards

Two more Christmas cards that I have found -









Can’t remember where or when I made this card.  I know I haven’t got that stamp!


Wanted to do some colouring in so printed the above image off the MDS program.  Cute eh!

Have fun.

Christmas Cards – Days 2-Final

Just went through all my Christmas cards to photograph and show you and guess what??  Yes even though I have about 38 in my basket most of them were either left over from last year or made this year in classes or extravaganza and stamp-a-stack events.  Have found 4 cards that I think I made myself but if I have made a mistake, my apologies.

Please excuse the photograph as I just laid them on the dining room table so take no notice of the brown around the edges.

Anyway, here they are:





If I do make any more I will post them.  Enjoy the lovely weekend.

Christmas cards – Day One

Thought I should start putting up some of the Christmas cards I have made this year.  Today’s card was one that I taught at my Card Cafe last Monday.  I know that the ornament stamp and the Not Quite Navy cardstock has retired but I do like them both in this card.


More to come later …….

Golden Years

Last month my husband and I celebrated our 50 years of marriage with a Golden Wedding Luncheon.  We were joined by family and close friends and had a wonderful afternoon.  Here are a few photos of the day.

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Our grandson Sam who sang for us.               Hubby and I.

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                                            Our eldest grandson Matthew, his fiancee Jess

                                            and our youngest daughter Kim.

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Some of the beautiful hand-made cards we received.  Sorry there wouldn’t be room to post all the cards!


The thank-you card I sent out to those who gave presents (against my wishes – though much appreciated!!)

Well my only regret is – WHERE ON EARTH DID THOSE 50 YEARS GO TO.

MDS – Digital Tour

Many, many thanks to Stampin’ Up! for the Make a Statement Digital Tour that they held here in Auckland yesterday.  Great information, great presentations, great people – a thoroughly enjoyable learning time.

We all had our laptops with MDS (My Digital Studio) installed and used the Downtown Grunge photobook as a learning tool.  After I came home I added a few elements on to one of the pages – here’s my finished page.

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Mmm – very grungy, don’t you think? … but I like it.

If you are interested in using this programme for your cards, invites, projects – and of course, scrapbooking, please ring me and I will be pleased to talk to you about this exciting software programme.

PS:  Look at what my scrapbook page just earned:

Nicky’s Birthday

Another daughter, another birthday.  Nicky celebrated her birthday yesterday.  We spent it at the filming of New Zealand’s Got Talent where Tyler was performing with the Variety Voices choir.  Not allowed to tell you whether or not they got through to the next round – you will have to watch the show when it comes on TV.

Guess you are all waiting to see the card I made for Nicky.  Well here it is:


Love the ease and simplicity of using the Secret Garden stamp set with the matching framelits.  Yeah!!  No manual cutting out.

As we were unable to go out to dinner with Nicky last night this will be happening one night next week (when her present arrives), but had spent the day with her.  Hope you have had a wonderful birthday Nicky … with more to come.

Kim’s Birthday

Last week my youngest daughter celebrated her birthday.  I made her this lovely card cased from Sandi McIvor.  Such a lovely card.  Anyway here is my version made especially for Kim.


You have to love this new stamp set – Wetlands.  Know I will be using this a lot!!Hope you enjoyed your birthday last week Kim.  It was lovely to be able to meet up with you for lunch. xx

A sentimental card

Love this new Stampin’ Up! Wheel – Shop Around.  For this card I have combined it with the Sale-A-bration set – Feeling Sentimental.  Think they go together really well.














I cut an A5 piece of Pistachio Pudding cardstock but only folded it over so it came to the top of the stamped wheel then put a piece of vellum at the bottom to cover the stamped wheel which was stuck on to a Whisper White piece of cardstock on the inside of the card.  I used Washi tape to connect the vellum to the Pistachio Pudding cardstock.  I then stamped the cycle on to the front then stamped it again on Whisper White and cut out, attaching it to the stamped image using dimensionals.

Finished it all off with a piece of Baker’s Twine and a button made with our moulds.

Very pleased with this.

Word Grunge

I used Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate to put together this card.  Really love these two colours together.




I have used four different stamp sets – Dictionary background stamp, Six-sided Sampler, Tape It, and Gorgeous Grunge.  They all work well with each other.'

Think I am finally getting the hang of making these ‘grungy’ type of cards!!

Hope you are enjoying a creative weekend.

Experimenting with Washi tape

Had a bit of a play with Washi tape yesterday.  Made these two cards but ummm – not sure whether this style is me!













Which one do you like best or perhaps you don’t like either? Anyway it was fun just playing.

Hope you have fun this weekend.

Monthly Card Cafe

My upline, Karen Rogers and I started having a Card Cafe on a Monday morning a couple of months ago.  Our most recent one was held last Monday at 10 am and this is the card our guests made.














This lovely card was cased from one made by Vicky Hayes.  The only difference is the card base & flower colours.  Vicky did her card using Basic Black, I used Midnight Muse.  Wish my photo came out as clear as hers so do hope you can see the scoring lines, both vertically and horizontally.  As this card was smaller than the usual card sizes, they also made a matching tag for a parcel.

These Card Cafe sessions are lovely – guests get to make one card and have a coffee or tea and biscuits.  A great way to introduce people to cardmaking.  If you would like to come to the July session, please ring me and book.

Enjoy your weekend.

Fun with MDS

Here are a couple of projects I have done using My Digital Studio.

The first is a card.  Not fully MDS but the background is and then I have attached this layer to a card and manually added some more elements.


My second offering is this digital scrapbooking page:

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A cup of tea?

I bought the Tea Shoppe stamp set some time ago and had never got around to using it!  Now I see that it is retiring and thought I should use it before this set became obsolete.

My design skills are very lacking recently, nothing seems to turn out the way I envisage it but here are the two cards I have made for your judgement and suggestions.



I’m still trying to find the right place to do my photography.  Just need to get the lighting better organised.

Thanks for looking.

Thanks for popping in to catch up on what is happening in my life. I enjoy sharing my love of stamping and cardmaking and invite you to have a look at the projects I have made. You are welcome to take my ideas and use them in your own creations.
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