26 June 2017

Last Week in June

Another week to go in the current challenge at this blog. Remember, NO STAMPS please and with so few entries, such a lot of chances to win the random draw prize, it is worth getting outside your comfort zone and making something that does not use a stamped image or sentiment or flourish.

#69: To the men in our lives..... 

TWIST add an animal or bird

The Prize will be .....
a mystery collection of new crafting bits 
As it is a mystery - there is no photograph of it!
There might be teasers during the month......

Talking of animals - here is a rare one!

An albino wallaby
Photo taken by me at Bruny Island last week - the white ones live on South Bruny 

Some extra inspiration for you:

See, it's not that hard. 

See you this week when you load your entry for the challenge!

19 June 2017

Cool Dad card........

Hi Peeps - half way through the month already! Time for some more inspiration. How about a photo taken on Bruny Island by me last week when four wheel driving and adventuring? So much fun!

Apparently it is a sink hole. The pines were planted after WW1 by returned soldiers - who knew there were pine plantations on this island???? We were on our way to somewhere else and just lucked into this little grove.

Did you mean inspiration about the current challenge? Oh......well, here you are then.

Penguins and chooks.

What are you going to make?

Only three entries so far and this is the random number prize......

#69: To the men in our lives..... 
TWIST add an animal or bird.....

You can enter 

(Scroll down to Link) 

12 June 2017

Winners Post for May and a new challenge.....

Winter is upon us and the day's draw in early but we have DARK MOFO to keep our spirits high!


Welcome to the Winner's post for May - we had so many lovely entries last month and I was glad the prize is a random number one as choosing one would have been too difficult!

Random Number Draw:
7: Juleen! 

 Congratulations Juleen

Our DT Favorite for May was

25: SweetPea

Such a different take on borders and edges!
Congratulations also to SweetPea!

Now, we have a new challenge running - what about entering this as well?

#69: To the men in our lives..... 
TWIST add an animal or bird.....

Mystery Prize.....an eclectic collection.....to date.....

To give you some more inspiration, the DT have gone above and beyond again
 - remember, you can make more than a card  (page, tag, gift, canvas....)


A money container to contain a gift for a younger man!

A technique I must try.....looks great and so CAS

All those little swirls of paper....too cute!

Is that enough inspiration for now?
Come back next week to see what we might have and get that thinking cap on and working
We want to see an entry from you and you know that the male cards in particular never go astray!
A good male scrap page is due.........

Remember, you can link up 

05 June 2017

June Challenge #69: To the Men in Our Lives........

Well, we are entering the month that heralds the half-way mark through 2017!
Pressure, pressure......

Here, in Hobart, we are approaching mid-winter fast. 
The nights are drawing in and it is nearly dark by 5.00 pm 
Thank goodness for Dark MoFo and other winter festivities to get us all out and about or we would be snuggling down in front of the TV and heater and not emerging until Spring!

A photo taken late in the afternoon last week by Greg Faull of our beautiful Cathedral Close in Hobart (Anglican)

June is also a new month and a new month means a new challenge.....
Whether they are our fathers, brothers, sons, partners, uncles, friends  or employers......our challenge this month is to make something crafty for them!

#69: To the men in our lives..... 

TWIST add an animal

The Prize will be .....
a mystery collection of new crafting bits 
As it is a mystery - there is no photograph of it!
There might be teasers during the month......

As usual the Design Team are providing you with some amazing inspiration! There are three cards today but I want to remind you that you do not have to make a card - it can be a card, a scrap page, a tag or a gift......anything you make in paper for a male without using stamps to create it!

We will look forward to seeing what you an create over the month!

Link up your creation at the Link below 

28 May 2017

No Challenge Yet!

Remember, next week is the first Monday and the day the challenge is announced! Have a happy crafting week!

 Taken by me this week at the Botanical Gardens - autumnal day!

22 May 2017

Final week for May challenge!

Recap: May challenge started on the 1st May and was

#68 Layering and Borders

TWIST use a border punch/die (or two)

There is a prize given to a random number.
I usually contact the prize winner to let them know BUT if I don't you need to contact me 
Give it about a week....... sometimes I get out of kilter with what I need to do......

If I don't hear back from you I will draw another random but I usually don't advertise this

This month the prize will be:

Couture Creations Dies
(New )

We have had three weeks already of the challenge, and I always conclude it on the Friday of the 4th week. This allows us to get ready for the next month without too much pressure. My team select a Design Team Favorite as well and this is announced along with the prize winner on the second week of the challenge. Again I usually let this person know and often ask them to be a Guest Designer. If you want to be a Guest Designer you just need to send me an email.

Each week we advertise the challenge we have some member(s) of the team who have made some more inspiration for you - this week Shylaa has made a gorgeous card using multi-media.

I made a card too - first time using that die!

Then we wait until the first Monday of the new month - in June it will be the 5th - to announce the new challenge. We sit back and wait for all the lovely new pieces of work to flow in for the challenge through the link! This month we got some beautiful things and so far not one has used a stamp! Winning! It is that simple folks. 

My team can make one or more items per month - it is up to them and what is happening in their life at the time. Some, like the gorgeous Wynn make several and some make one a month. I don't mind. If you are thinking that you would like to be a member of this team, please don't hesitate to send me an email and we can discuss it.

I usually try to bring a flavor of my place to you - some I know come from across the other side of the world. I use photographs that I or other's have taken of our beautiful place.  Here is the one for today:

by Joshua Vince
Another shot of the Fagus

Joshua says: I love this plant a lot and cant wait to get back some alpine areas next year to shoot more of this resilient little plant. 
 This shot was taken at Mount Field National Park this Autumn. The rich oranges really play with the vibrant greens up there and shooting there can be tricky as there are literally 1000000000000000 compositions to choose from . I think the twisted roots make a perfect foreground .

You can find his FB page here:

15 May 2017

Week Three - Happy Mother's Day Australia!

Yesterday was Mother's Day for Australia and various other countries. 

I went to the soccer and watched two Granddaughter's play
ans drank champers and had a picnic lunch with my step-daughter and family

It was cold but fine.

I hope all those other mother's out there celebrating had a great time too.

It is Week Three in our May Challenge
#68 Layering and Borders

TWIST use a border punch/die (or two)

Random Number Prize
Couture Creations Dies
(New )
There are quite a few stunning entries so far and with two weeks to go, I hope we get lots more. 

Here is some team inspiration to spur you on:

12 x 12 layout with old photo's of one of the Grandies.......

How's that?

Link up 

08 May 2017

Winner's Post in May

Hi Peeps! Hope you had a good week and an enjoyable crafting time somewhere in the mix. I didn't have a great deal of time to craft but I did a bit! Firstly, carrying on with my (Now) tradition of showing you beautiful shots of my lovely state, here is one from a small fishing village on the west coast of the island.

Tranquil waters! 
The author of this shot is not mentioned but if you follow the link above you will see in the gallery lots more beautiful photos.

Well, how many stunning entries did we get for April!
Beautiful work Peeps and some people are such clever crafters!

The random number draw is:

Random No: 14 Karen B

and the winner of the DT Favorite is:

Congratulations to both girls 

I have only one item to show you this week

You can find details on my blog HERE


You an scroll down to 

01 May 2017

May Day, May Day.......Happy May Day!!!

Today - Monday is the first of May! So it is time to announce the next challenge at this blog. I wonder why the sign for trouble and the need for help is 'May Day'? Whenever I need to know something like this I google it:

Mayday got its start as an international distress call in 1923. It was made official in 1948. It was the idea of Frederick Mockford, who was a senior radio officer at Croydon Airport in London. He came up with the idea for “mayday" because it sounded like the French word m'aider, which means “help me."

Well, that was interesting. May Day - the First of May -  itself is often a public holiday, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere as it is associated with an ancient European Spring Festival. It marks for them the first day of Spring. For the rest of us it is often associated with International Worker's Day. So, if I marry those two ideas - we spring into work and get into trouble.......mmmmm, sounds like a normal crafting day to me...... 

We are of course right in the middle of Autumn

The new challenge is:

#68 Layering and Borders

TWIST use a border punch/die (or two)

Random Number Prize
Couture Creations Dies
(New )

How's that?

We have some work from the wonderful Design Team to show you to get you thinking of how this might be applied.....

So, as long as there is a layer or two in there, and some type of border (either die cut or punched), you are home and hosed!

Just add your work to this LINKY

PLEASE - NO STAMPS in your work

24 April 2017

Final Week for the Current Challenge: #67 to Die for.....with a TWIST of a few birds.......

Hello Peeps - hope you are all recovered from Easter and ready to face the rest of the year? 
Our current challenge is

#67: To 'die' for.......   
TWIST  add a bird or two or three....

We have some lovely entries for this challenge and people are all so clever
However, three people did not carefully read the rules


Well, that being out of the way, here are a few inspirational things to get you going....

Firstly, there is a random prize draw

 Two small die sets
IO Dies - Bunnies 


Cheery Lyn Dies - chicks

Then there is the work of the wonderful, magical DT

Love these folds and that colour combo!

Three little bird house with birds!
They are so pretty!
Here is a close up of one

In my mind's eye this looked quite different.......however, this is what it became!

An inspirational photo too......

by Greg Faulls, at the entrance to the Salmon Ponds, central Tasmania
Autumn has arrived......

So, enough inspiration..... 

You can enter your creation 

Scroll down to find the LINKY

17 April 2017

Wheeew - midway already!

Hope you are all enjoying your Easter break and all that chocolate!

Just a reminder that there is a challenge running at this blog

#67: To 'die' for.......   

TWIST  add a bird or two or three....

Yes, there is a Prize - two small die sets
IO Dies - Bunnies 


Cheery Lyn Dies - chicks

Just look at the amazing things my lovely Design Team came up with to inspire you further!

How busy is this!

If that doesn't get you lusting for the craft room I don't know what would!

You can enter your creation 

Scroll down to find the LINKY