Thank you so much for taking the time out to visit my little part of the world. Please feel free to have a look around and leave me a message. You'll be updated monthly if not sooner as to what I've been up to and see what our amazing Design Team Diva's over at our monthly challenge at Sweet Sketch Wednesday 2 and see what they have created just for you. Thanks so much for looking at my creations which is a special time just for me.
Hugs to everyone



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Wednesday, 29 December 2010

'A Little Christmas & Birthday Present Just For You Big Boy' Sweet Sketch Wednesday #82

"Happy 50th Birthday"

"Merry Christmas Big Boy"
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone. I do hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and didn't indulge too much???

By the time you read this posting I'll be spending some R&R and time with my family at our beach house for New Year, I do hope the weather picks up before New Years eve as it's a little windy at the moment.

This week we have another wonderful sketch from our very talented Arlana. I've made 2 cards because when I made my first card a few weeks ago it was a Christmas card which I love, I then realised that this posting would be after Christmas and it was far too late for another Christmas card, so instead I made my darling husband his 50th Birthday card which isn't until February. Well I'll be on time this birthday instead of making it the night before LOL.

This image is perfect for him, I always ask him what he wants for his birthday and his reply is nothing or just you my darling. So I couldn't see myself wrapped up in a large red bow but I think JJ looks pretty good.

Sketch #82
Our wonderful sponsor this week is Jodie from
Bugaboo Stamps
Jodie is offering the lucky winner
7 Digi Images to the value of $21.00
I wish I could enter as I just adore Jodie's images, so please visit Jodie at
Jodie has so many amazing images you won't know which 7 to choose.

Now take a break from your busy week and have a look at what the rest of the Design Team over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday have come up with for you this week. All of their cards are just amazing.

Card Recipe:
Base: White SU base.
Papers: Black paper from Craft Creations.
Card: Red Bazzill.
Design Papers: Black Dots, from Pavlova Papers
Black, White and Grey paper from Pavlova Papers.
Image: JJ Wrapped Up from Bugaboo Stamps.
Colour Medium: Copic Markers, Black embossing gel pen, Glass Finish for her glasses.
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, Oval Classic, Oval Scalloped, Circle Classic and Circle Scalloped, Cuttlebug
Oliva Font for the #50, pop dots for mounting, chip board and glue.
Embellishments: Black Ribbon, Red Braid, Black with White glitter spot ribbon which I recycled from a gift I was given, gems from my stash.

50 Badge

This was made using Red and Black glitter board, Oliva font from Cuttlebug, I cut another 50 out of Chipboard which I mounted the glitter 50 onto and coloured the edges with a black copic marker and mounted it with pop dots.

Card Recipe:
Base: White SU card.
Card: Red Bazzill and White SU.
Design Paper: Merry Christmas unknown.
Image: JJ Wrapped Up by Bugaboo Stamps.
Colour Medium: Copics, Black gel embossing pen, glass finish for her glasses.
Tools: Cuttlebug, Snowflake embossing folder, Classic Oval, Classic Scalloped Oval, pop dots, Martha Stewart punch.
Embellishments: Silver Net Ribbon which was recycled from a gift and a fine green ribbon which I threaded through, wide green ribbon, red button, and gems from my stash.

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2011 oh where has that last decade gone???



Wednesday, 22 December 2010

I'm A Whistlin Little Snow Flake Sweet Sketch Wednesday #81

'Whistlin Snowflake'


The use of Pop Dots to give a 3D Effect.

Good morning everyone and Merry Christmas.
Here it is only 3 more sleeps until Santa comes and today is Wednesday which means it's another wonderful Sweet Sketch Wednesday. We are off to our beach house after Christmas and will be back here and there to restock the fridge and I have to be back for 16th January as my brother is getting married. Remember it's summer here in New Zealand and this year especially it's been very hot earlier than normal. So I'm sending a little bit of warmth and sunshine to everyone that's freezing with icy temperatures this Christmas.
This week Arlana has another great sketch for you to work your wonders with.

Sketch #81

This week our wonderful sponsor is Heather

Fresh Brewed Designs

and Heather is giving our lucky winner
3 Free Digital Images
if you haven't seen Heather's online shop
please visit here during your Christmas break she has some amazing images.
Now take some time for yourself and visit the rest of the crew over at
and look at their amazing creations.

Card Recipe

Base: White SU.

Plain: 3 different Red Bazzills, White SU, and Green Bazzill, Off White Paper from Craft Creations.
Patterned Paper: I forgot to write it down and it's now stuck to my card.

Image: Whistlin Snowflake by Fresh Brewed
Colour Medium: Copics, Black Gel Pen and a Silver Gel Pen.
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Circle, Classic Oval, Circle Scalloped and Oval Scalloped, Pop Dots, Glue Dots, Snowflake Punch by Carl. Snowflake embossing folder.
Embellishments: Ribbon, Large Snowflake, Gems for the snowflakes, the hat and the nose all from my stash. Martha Stewart glitter for the hat.
I've used Pop Dots between layers, under the green oval and the red scalloped circle for a 3D effect.

Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.

Hugs to everyone

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

"Gone Fishing" Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #80

"Gone Fishing"
Good morning everyone, well what a week!!???!!! If it doesn't rain it pours!!! I've had major computer problems all week and haven't been able to get into blogger to comment on all of those wonderful cards, I do apologise for not commenting but I'll be back with you all this week. I haven't felt very well this week, my doctor changed my medication which hasn't been good, I'm feeling a little bit better today life still goes on. Late last week a good friend of mine lost her brother in a motorbike accident, he was hit by a car and killed instantly so the funeral is tomorrow.
Today is Sweet Sketch Wednesday and it's 11.32pm Wednesday night and I've finally been able to get into Blogger and post my card. Today is my boys last day of school for the year and are now on their summer holidays, so they are off until 1st February 2011. It's still very hot here in New Zealand around about two months too early, some parts of the country have been declared that they are in an official drought already and that is usually January and February so I think we are going to be having a very long hot summer.
Sketch #80
Another wonderful sketch from Arlana this week, isn't it great?

This week our Sponsor is Sally-Ann Hancock
DigiStamp Boutique
Sally-Ann is offering the lucky winner this week
6 Digital Images
of the winners choice
It's going to be a really hard decision and there is just so many wonderful images to choose from and there are always new images coming out every month.
Thanks Sally-Ann for being such and wonderful sponsor every month we really appreciate it.
Now hop over to see my teamates and see what they have created for you this week, there are some real yummy cards over at

Card Recipe

Base: Natural base Rosie's Creations

Board: Dark Green and Chocolate Brown Bazzill, Gold foil paper.
Design Papers: K & Company Fishing Lures and Karen Foster Green Fish Texture.
Image: Alf Fishing by DigiStamp Boutique
Colour Medium: Copic, Gold & Silver Gel Pens
Embellishments: Gold and Bronze Brads, Gold Twine and Twine, Gold ring and Button from my Stash.
Tools: Pop Dots, Glue Dots

I really had know idea what papers I was going to use for this card. Last Saturday driving home from Ryan's cricket game I called into one of out local craft stores that was closing down and this is where I came accross these amazing design papers that just worked perfectly for this image. I'm so glad I called in now to see what they had on sale.

I'm entering this card into one challenge this week Cards for Men Challenge #25

Wishing everyone a great week and thanks for all of your lovely comments.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Under the Weather Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #79 Tiddlyinks.

Good morning Sweet Sketch Wednesday followers, here it is another wonderful, warm summers day here in New Zealand. The last few nights we've been sleeping with a sheet over us and all our bedroom windows open just to cool the room down and for us to have a good nights sleep. My boys have 6 more days of school before they break up for the year and their Christmas break. I think they're counting down the days. This week I think their mother has lost her Mojo.......and I do hope it comes back real soon?
Sketch #79
This is another great sketch from our very talented Arlana here at
This week our Sponsor is
Christy Croll
Digital Images

Christy is offering our very lucky winner this week

$10.00 Gift Certificate
If you haven't used one of Christy's images what are you waiting for, here's the link to hop over and grab some, shout yourself some for Christmas.

Thanks Christy for being our Sponsor this week you have such lovely images to work with, our Design Team this week have been spoilt for choice.

Card Recipe:
White SU card and Navy Blue Bazzill

Papers: mauve handmade paper form Craft Creations
Design Paper: Large Circles from Rosie's Collection and the small blue circles is a Digital paper from Gina K Design from her Jersey Shore Collection Penny Candy. I love this paper.
Image: Donna from Tiddly Inks
Colour Medium: Copic markers, Black Gel embossing pen.
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Circle, Scalloped Circle, Mauve and Baby Blue Inks for sponging for the sky.
Embellishments: Ribbon, Gems from my stash and the flower I made up layering 3 silk flowers on top of each other and added the silk green leaves.
Paper Piecing: The umbrella was paper pieced.

Please grab a cuppa and check out what the rest of the Design Team over
at Sweet Sketch Wednesday
have come up with this week you won't be disappointed and leave them some sweet messages.
Many thanks for all you lovely comments.
Take care and have a great week.



Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Red Wine and Snoozing Under the tree. Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #78

' Snoozing under the Tree'

Good morning everyone and what a wonderful morning it is.
There's 3 good reasons why it's so good

Number 1. It's the 1st day of summer in New Zealand
Number 2. 24 More sleeps to go before Christmas.
Number 3. It's Sweet Sketch Wednesday today

This week has been so busy as it's getting so close to Christmas and I still have Christmas shopping to do.

This week Arlana has another wonderful sketch for us over at

Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
Sketch # 78
This week our fabulous sponsor is Di form Di's Digi Downloads

Di is offering the lucky winner
5 Digi Downloads of the winners choice.

Wow the winner is going to be spoiled for choice as there are just so many wonderful images to choose from.

That's a fantastic prize this week and thanks Di for being our sponsor. Your images are amazing to work with, I can never make up my mind what to choose as I want them all.

So if you have never visited Di's online shop just click here and pay her a visit:

This week I'm entering my card into the following Challenges:

Card Recipe:
Base: White SU
Coloured Board: Red and Green Bazill
Patterned Paper: The Creative Cottage Robbie and Roxanne
Image: Snoozing from Di's Digi Downloads
Colour Medium: Copics, Black, White, Gold and Silver Gel pens.
Tools: Glass Finish, Clear Embossing Pen, Cuttlebug, Cuttlebug embossing folder Christmas, Nestabilities Classic Square.
Embellishments: Ribbon, button, gems and paper quilling gifts.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week and weekend.


and a BIG THANK YOU for all of your lovely comments.


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

A Birthday Drink or 2 or 3, It's Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #77

"JJ Instant Fun"
Good morning here it is another wonderful hot Wednesday morning here in New Zealand. We had breakfast outside this morning and it was very hot and 8.15am in the morning. My team mate Deanne said that it was snowing last week at 17 I thought that was unusual for that temperature then I reread her note again it was (-17) now I know why it was snowing and so cold. I don't think I've ever experienced that temperature in my life.
With a large earth quake in early October and hundreds upon hundreds of aftershocks it couldn't get any worse for people in the South Island. If you've seen any news in your part of the world you would have seen that we have 29 Coal Miners trapped 2.5km under ground they have been trapped since last Friday. The rescuers haven't gone in as yet because it's too dangerous and they are worried about the Carbon dioxide and Methane Gases At 2.37pm this afternoon there was another large blast caused by Carbon dioxide and Methane Gas build up again in the tunnel and now they presume that all 29 men that were trapped in the tunnel have been killed. My prayers and thoughts go out to their families and friends the youngest of the men was only 17 years old.
Now for some good news it's Wednesday and that means is another Sweet Sketch Wednesday and Arlana has another wonderful sketch for you to work your wonders with this week.
Sketch #77

This week our Sponsor is Jodie from
Bugaboo Stamps
Jodie is offering our lucky winner this week
7 (seven)
Digi Stamps that value $21 Yahoo that's a fantastic prize and what wonderful images to work with. Thanks Jodie there great, I never know what to choose as I want them all and thanks for being our sponsor.

So if you've never visited Jodie's online shop just click here:

Take a little time out a visit the rest of my teammates over at
Sweet Sketch Wednesday and see what amazing creations they have for you this week.

Card Recipe:
Base: White SU card
Boards: Purple, Mauve, Burgundy and gold Bazzills
Design Paper: Pavlova Papers Pansies
Image: JJ Instant Fun by Bugaboo Stamps
Colour Medium: Copic Markers, Black Glaze Pen for her glasses, Glass Finish for her glasses and the Cocktail Glasses.
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Square
Embellishments: Gems and ribbon from my stash, Kindy Glitz on the Cocktail Glasses.

Take care everyone and have a great week.


Wednesday, 17 November 2010

'Shop Till You Drop' Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #76

Lulabelle Shopping
Connie with Present

Good morning and it's a glorious hot spring morning in New Zealand we have had such amazing weather for Spring this year so I'm so looking forward to summer. Christmas is just around the corner and I've hardly done any Christmas shopping, I've been quite slack really. My boys are at that age I don't know what to buy them Liam is 11 and Ryan is 9. I'm thinking of a Table Tennis Table, and some new Cricket gear for Liam, but they would like a PSP each we'll see!!!
It's another wonderful Wednesday morning and that can only mean one thing that's right it's
Sweet Sketch Wednesday and this week Arlana has designed another one of her wonderful sketches.

Sketch #76
This week our Sponsor is Sally Ann from
DigiStamp Boutique
We all love Sally Ann's images to work with and this week
Sally Ann is offering the lucky winner
6 Digital Images of their choice
I'm jealous already just thinking about that lucky winner as I adore working with Sally Ann's images and theres so many to choose from your spoilt for choice.
If you haven't visited Sally Ann's online shop just click here

When you get a moment drop by to the rest of our wonderful team to see what they have in store for your today over at
Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Card Ingredients:
1st Card
Base:White SU for the base.
Paper: Black Craft Creations
Design Papers: Black & White Dots by Pavlova Papers and Dinner with Friends from Daisy Bucket Designs
Image: Lulabelle Shopping by DigiStamp Boutique
Colour Medium: Copic Ciao Markers, Gel Pens
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Oval, Scalloped Oval, Kindy Glitz
Embellishment: Lace, Ribbon, Flowers and Gems from my stash

2nd Card
Base: White SU for the base
Card: Chocolate Brown and Apple Green Bazzill
Design Papers: Magnolia Papers
Image: Connie with Present by DigiStamp Boutique
Colour Medium: Copic Ciao Markers
Tools: Cuttlebug, Nestabilities, classic Oval , Scalloped Oval,
Embellishment: Lace, Ribbon, Flowers

I'm entering these cards in the following Challenges:
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 138 Anything Goes
Stamp Something Digi Day Challenge

Thanks for stopping by I do love reading your wonderful comments. Wishing you all a great weekend.


Sunday, 14 November 2010

How does everyone store your scrap pieces of paper???

Can you all please give me some idea's how to store your scrap papers that you use again. I'm fine with my full, half and quarter sheets no problems but when it comes to the smaller pieces, I stand them up right in a plastic container but I'm about to start my 4th container!!!!LOL Can someone please give me some suggestions on what you all do??? All suggestions will be very much appreciated.


Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Sweets in a Candy Shop. Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #75

'Sweets in a Candy Shop'
Good morning and today is Wednesday morning the sun is shinning the dishwasher is on the boys have left for school and there's nearly another load of washing finished in the machine ready to be hung out. Oh well it will have to wait a few more minutes.
The weather here in New Zealand is just beautiful at present, very warm and sunny, I'm so looking forward to summer.
I went to our beach house on Saturday afternoon after Cricket and came home Sunday evening, but it's never ever long enough, the boys had to go to school on Monday morning.
We all know today is Wednesday and that means it's another Sweet Sketch Wednesday, and this week is no different from the rest as we have another wonderful sketch that Arlana has designed for us to play with and of course it's great yet again. I enjoyed working with this one Arlana and will be using it again.

Sweet Sketch # 75This week Sweet Sketch Wednesday has a wonderful sponsor Melissa Jenkins from Meljen's Designs.

Meljen's Designs is a lovely stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical digital images inspired by he kids and family. The Meljen's Designs store officially launched on April 1 and is steadily growing! Meljen's Designs has new releases along with a new challenge every Thursday, freebies every Monday and a Guest Designer each month at the Meljen's Design Blog. Please visit the Meljen's Designs line of stamps at the WHIMSYSTAMPSSTORE to browse and enjoy Melissa's wonderful images!




This week Melissa is offering the lucky winner

4 Digital Images of Your Choice
So you know what to do get crafting and make some wonderful cards for us to admire. You've got to be in to win!!! Wow wouldn't I like that prize.

When you get a chance grab a cuppa and join the rest of our team over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday and see what they've been up to this week. They always astound me with their wonderful creations and ideas.

Card Recipe:

  1. Base: White SU Card.
  2. Hot Pink Bazzill, and Pink Craft Creations Paper.
  3. Hot Pink. Pink and Yellow spots from one heart one mind. Pink Candy Stripe Paper is a digital paper from Fairy Wishes by The Creative Cottage.
  4. Colour Medium, Copic markers, hot pink and white jell pen. Embellishments: Ribbon and buttons from my stash.
  5. Glass Finish for the Candy for shine and wrapping papers.

These Lolly pops are sitting in something, this image reminds me as a child and buying what we call Candy Floss which is pink spun sugar and I think it's call Cotton Candy in America.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week and weekend to follow and enjoy your crafting.


Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Sweet Dreams and Thank You Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch # 74

Sweet Dreams
Bear Bedtime
Thank You
Good evening here it is Wednesday night, and I have forgotten my posting for
Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
How could I do that, well up until 5.30pm tonight I was thinking in was Tuesday !!! I've been a day late for the last 24 hours. I went into the bread shop this evening to get some of my families favourite bread which this particular type is only baked on certain days of the week, and said

" Oh are you baking this bread on Tuesdays now? and the girl behind the counter said no it's Wednesday today!!! and all I could think about all the way home was I haven't posted my cards yet. So the dinner is over, homework is finished the boys are in bed and now I'm doing what I should have been doing last night instead of making cards!

Sketch #74
Here is the wonderful sketch we had to work with this week, designed by our very own talented Arlana. Thanks Arlana another great sketch.

This week our Sponsor is Robyn from
Robyn's fetish digital Stamps and More.
Robyn's Fetish digital Stamps and More, a division of I Did It Creations, was created and is owned by Robyn Weinrib. Robyn offers a wonderful variety of digital stamps and digital papers, designed to meet the needs of all digital paper crafting addicts for every occasion.

Robyn is offering our lucky winner this week
5 Digital Stamps or Digital Paper Sets of their choice.

That's a great prize so get your thinking caps on and get creative and crafting.

When you've got a moment skip over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and check out what our fabulous team have come up with this week they are all such an inspiration.

This week we are welcoming Sharon on our Design Team.

Card Recipes:

Bases: White SU Card stock. Coloured Cards: Green, Navy Blue, Yellow and Mauve Bazzill. Design Papers: Basic Backgrounds Navy Blue Gingham, and have lost the name of the check design paper, Mauve design paper is from Basic Backgrounds. Mauve paper is from Cuddly Buddly. Images: Mouse Gifts and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep from Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps and More. Colour Medium: Copic Markers, White, Black and Silver gel pens. Embellishments: Buttons, ribbons, from my stash. Sentiment: PC generated using Kristen ITC font. Tools: Cuttle Bug, Nestabilities Circle, Classic Circle Scalloped Edged, Labels, Traffic Jam embossing folder. Pop Dots.

This week I'm entering some of these cards into other challenges, here are the following links:

Cards for Men Challenge # 22 Anything goes

Crafty Sentiment Designs Challenge #41 Male Card Masculine Card

Secret Crafter Anything Goes

I do hope everyone has a sweet sweet week and an enjoyable weekend.



Wednesday, 27 October 2010

'Strawberries and Cream' Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #73

'Strawberries and Cream'
Good morning everyone here it is another wonderful Wednesday and we all know what that means thats right its Sweet Sketch Wednesday here again. Its a wonderful spring morning here in New Zealand, the sun is out the birds a whistling and there isn't a cloud in the sky!!! Roll on Summer!!! We have just had a long weekend and you couldn't have asked for better weather for this time of year it was hot and sunny so we had a few days up at our beach house.
This week we have another wonderful sketch from our own very talented Arlana, and this is another great sketch to work with.

Card Recipe

Base: White SU card
Card: Red Bazzill
Papers: Plain Green and Patterned Magnolia Papers. Red and White Stripe Pavlova paper.
Image: Digi Doodle Shop Strawberries
Colour Medium: Copic Markers a total of 15 colours used. 0, YG03, 06,11, 23,67, G5, 17, R0, 11, 27, 29, 59, Y08, C1
Embellishments: Pop Dots for mounting, Glue Dots, Strawberry Buttons and 3 ribbons layered on top of each other from my stash.
Tools: Glue stick, Cuttlebug, Nestabilities Classic Square

Our wonderful sponsor this week is Sara

Digi Doodle Shop
and they are offering our lucky winner
$10.00 Gift Voucher

Thanks so much for being our Sponsor this week. There are so many wonderful images to choose from your going to be spoiled for choice. So you know what to do get cracking and start designing your wonderful cards.
Now take a moment and visit my team mates the Sweet Sketch Wednesday Design Team over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. The ladies this week have some amazing creations for you drool over.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog and wishing everyone a great weekend ahead.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

'ICE-CREAM OR SUNDAE ANYONE' Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #72

"Strawberry Ice-Cream Sundae"

"Vanilla Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream"
Hi Everyone we are back in New Zealand only just and very tired, lots of unpacking, settling down and suffering the colder temperatures. Now it's time for another Sweet Sketch Wednesday. We've only been home for about 48 hours so once I've settled down I'll show you some photo's of our wonderful trip.

Here's our great sketch this week from our talented Arlana.

This week our Sponsor is Sally-Ann from
DigiStamp Boutique

Sally-Ann is our monthly sponsor which is so kind of her and she is just so wonderful to work with. Many thanks Sally-Ann for your support and great images.
Sally -Ann is offering the lucky winner

6 Free Digi Images
Yahoo I wish that was me!!!!!!!!!
So you know what to do get crafting you've got to be in to win or become one of our Top Three Crafters.
The rest of our team have some wonderful eye candy for you this week to drool over. So grab a cuppa and join the girls at Sweet Sketch Wednesday to see you they have created for you.

Card Recipes:
Base: White SU card
Papers: Chocolate, Cream, Red Bazzill
Design Papers: Magnolia, Pink, Chocolate, Pink Dots, Stripes, Gina K Design Sweet Treats Ice-Cream paper.
Images: Ice-Cream Sundae and Scrummy Ice-Cream by DigiStamp Boutique
Colour Medium: Copic Markers, Clear and White Embossing Pens
Tools: Cuttlebug, Divine Swirls Embossing Folder, Corner Punch, Pop Dots, Bow Easy,Glass Finish for the Sundae Glass and the Cherries.
Embellishments: Ribbon, Gems and white Cherry Button Coloured with Copics

Thank you for dropping by and wishing everyone a great week.