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If Friends Were Flowers

Friends really are like flowers, their friendship grows when nurtured and they are all beautiful in their own way.  Some friends are common, and some more exotic, some only pop up at certain times of the year, but it was like they were never gone.

I created this card using an image from Imagine That! Digi Stamps - I was lucky enough to receive it free by joining in their challenge!

I coloured the image with my Copics and embellished with twine, gloss and gems.


How cute is that image! There's so many others to choose from at Imagine That! Stamps.


This digi image comes with it's own sentiment too, which makes card making a breeze.

I have joined the following challenges:

Crafting By Designs - Anything Goes
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Colour Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz Weekly Challenges - Anything goes with a twist of occupations (Gardener)
Little Red Wagon - Season of love

A fun gumball machine card

My very first card is debuting over at My Scrap Chick today!

I created it using the paper piecing templates from the Gumball Machine Card files and turned it into a shaker card.

To show you how versatile these files are, I've changed this card up a bit by adding a shaker element to the globe.  I cut out all my pieces by hand (I don't own a cutting machine), and then created the globe with my Fuse Tool.  I added some little metallic shapes and some plastic chicks and then sealed it up.  I added a couple of dots of hot glue to adhere the globe to the card.

The files you get with the Gumball Machine Card also come with inserts for the inside of the card - My Scrap Chick have thought of everything!
I doodled borders around each piece to help them stand out.


What would you put in your gumball machine?

I have joined the following challenges:

Craft Rocket Challenges - Anything Goes
Creatalicious Challenges - Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - No Patterned Paper
Crafting By Designs - Polkadots

Share the love

I had no idea that I could love another child so much, until my second daughter arrived.  She was long awaited, it took many years of Secondary Infertility and miscarriages but she finally arrived - my Christmas Miracle - on the 9th of December 2008.

For each holiday I did a photo shoot of my girls together.  I was so very happy to have two gorgeous girls that I wanted to share them with all my friends and family.

Pocket Pages are a great way to showcase several photos of an event and Tanya Leigh Designz has some fabulous designs that can be used to accent your pages.



I used the Love Me Project Life Cards and trimmed them to fit in each pocket.  Then I placed the photos and carefully added the embellies.  I trimmed the doilies so they looked real and fit under my pictures. I cut out the smaller embellies and adhered them with double-sided tape - I added some gems here and there.

A heart embellie with a gem


A photo tab and a little love embellie.  I distressed the edges of my photos for a soft effect.


Adding a meaning to your page is a great way to embellish.  This one was trimmed from the sheet and adhered to the photo.  I has a lovely aged look.


The heart embellie was trimmed and then had a gem added, the sparrows were adhered with a staple and came from my stash.


Calendars are a fabulous way to add a date to a page.  This one has a splash of colour and a gem added to the date.  I distressed the edge and added a tab to the edge.  Underneath is a post card that comes in the pack.  I crumpled it up for texture.


I layered several different papers in this pocket, including the doily which I fussy cut.  I also cut out a tiny flower and put a gem in the centre.


I love adding quotes on my layouts, and this one is perfect! I added a tab and two embellies that I cut out and added gems to.


Here's another pocket with several layers, a doily and a tab that I added gems too.

If you want this kit for yourself or want to see any of the other awesome products that Tanya has, visit Tanya Leigh Designz

I have joined the following challenges: 

Glitter 'N' Sparkle Challenge - Love is in the air
Come and Get it Challenges - Love is in the air
Little Scrap Pieces - Show it off Saturday
Just us Girls - Hearts
My Time to Craft - Anything but a card
Brown Sugar Challenge - Rhinestones

Cute Little Valentines

Valentine's Day is only days away and what better way to show someone you love them - send them an exploding box card! Yep this is a card, it folds down flat to fit in an envelope and then pops right back up when opened!

I used a really neat template from My Scrap Chick - it comes with the shape of the box and the templates for the side papers and inserts.

I then used some really cute images from Melonheadz Illustrating - the images are available in coloured or outlined, I used colour images to make this project extra quick and easy.

All I had to do was print and cut the images and then place them inside the box.


Isn't it cute!  There's 2 bars inside the box that you adhere your decorations to, and the back flap of the box which stays upright.  You can also add images to the flaps and the sides of the box, the options are endless!


Here's a little closeup of the little characters in the box.  I glossed different elements for added shine.  The papers I used also have flocking on the little birds to add texture.

If you're looking for a gift to make visit My Scrap Chick, there's so many ideas to choose from!

I have joined the following challenges:

Crafty Friends Challenge - Anything Goes
Allsorts Challenge - Hearts and/or Flowers
Jo's Scrap Shack - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Design Challenge - Include an Animal
Inkspirational Challenges - Heart Photo Inkspiration
That's Crafty Challenge - Feature Hearts

It's too hot for clothes

Hehe thought that would get your attention - but seriously, it's so hot that I'd rather be hanging out at a cool spring with my cat too.  We've been hitting so close to 42C some days that the air-con is running flat out!  I have finished Uni for the term and can now devote more time to crafting!

Today I share a card - the biggest card that I've made to date, using a gorgeous image from Crafts and Me. I used the image quite large to show off all of the tiny details and included 3 different patterned papers for our new challenges at Southern Girls Challenge!

Come and join in the fun, share your creations and you might win a prize!



There were so many things to colour in this gorgeous picture, the leaves, the pretty petal skirt, the flowers and the sweet kitty.  I coloured them with my Copics and embellished with gems and Liquid Pearls.


I bordered the layers with doodling and added a flowers sticker and title for a final touch.

I have joined the following challenges:

Crafty Sentiments Designs - Anything Goes
Time Out Challenges - Inspired by Words "Friends"
Crafting With an Attitude - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Add Some Sparkle