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 each fortnight if not sooner as to what I've been up to and see what our amazing Design Team Diva's over at our fortnightly 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, 26 January 2011

Happy Birthday Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #86

 Happy Birthday JJT and S

Good morning everyone and here it is another wonderful Sweet Sketch Wednesday.
I know your all looking at my card and thinking why has she made another card with JJT on it but I have used another wonderful image from Bugaboo Stamps.  I adore JJT she's amazing and has a great attitude and I think we all know a JJT some where in the world.

Here is our wonderful sweet sketch from our very talented Arlana this week.
Sketch #86

This week our sponsor is Jodie from
Bugaboo Stamps
Jodie has been kind enough to give our very lucky winner

7 digi stamps valued $21
Isn't that amazing I would get all the JJT images and have a complete set.
If you haven't been to visit Jodie over at Bugaboo Stamps you're really missing out so get your mouse working and here are her details

Congratulations to all our lucky winners from last week there were some awesome cards ladies I just loved them all.

Now take some time out for yourself and hop over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday
and just see what the rest of my awesome team mates have come up with this week using Sketch #86 and Bugaboo Stamps.
Card Recipe:
JJT and S Birthday
Card: White SU
Card: Plain Black and Red Bazzill
Design Paper: Paper Chic # 1602 which is double sided the reverse is the White with Black used through the middle.
Image: JJT and S Birthday from Bugaboo Stamps.
Colour Medium: Copics, Black and White Embossing Pens.
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Oval, Scalloped Oval Nestabilities.
Embellishments: Flowers and Brad from my stash, Tulle Ribbon and Red and Black Heart Ribbon, Gems for the Ear Rings, Hearts come cream and coloured with my copics.

Wishing everyone a wonderful week of crafting and thanks so much for all your lovely comments.
Have a great weekend.


Thursday, 20 January 2011

Home Made Bread Thanks Judi & Arlana

Homemade Bread
Something my mum always did was made Homemade Bread, and you can't beat that smell wafting through the house. As my husband is Irish I make Irish Soda bread, we all love it but it isn't good for the waistline so I don't make it that often now days. If anyone would like my recipe for Irish Soda bread please send me an email.
The other day I was reading Judi's blog over at Sweet Blooming Scraps from Sweet Sketch Wednesday and she had some bread that Arlana and her husband had made for Judi on her recent visit. Judi went home and made it for her family and posted photo's and the recipe for everyone to try.
Here's the recipe which I tried today, and these are my photo's. The only thing different I would put less sugar next time. I would use about 1 tablespoon rather that 1/4 cup. It wouldn't be as sweet and wouldn't brown as much.
Pop over to Judi's blog and have a look at her wonderful photo's. I don't think that Judi will mind me using her recipe.
Here's Judi's and Arlana's Recipe
Very easy to make...you don't need a bread mixer...just a large mixing bowl.
Cheese Bread
3 1/4 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 pkg yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 T wheat gluten
2 T Mrs. Dash
(I didn't have Mrs. Dash so I used 1/2 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp basil, 1/2 tsp rosemary, 1/2 tsps garlic salt)
1/4 cup butter
3/4 cup water
1/4 milk
2 eggs, beaten In a bowl, mix 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, wheat gluten, and Mrs. Dash together. Set aside. Heat butter, water and milk just until the butter is melter. Remove from heat, cool slightly. Add eggs and liquid mixture together. Add liquid to the flour mixture and stir together. Add another cup of flour and mix together. Then add just a little more flour until it is no longer too sticky. Then sprinkle olive oil on your dough and a little around the bowl. Cover with a light weight dish towel. Let dough rise double in size in a warm location or in a 100 degree oven or less. Punch down and roll out into a rectangle. Sprinkle grated cheese lengthwise down the middle of the dough. Cut slits on both sides of the cheese for braiding.I should have taken pictures of this....sorry! Bake 375 degree for 17-21 minutes. Enjoy!
Once I rolled mine out into a rectangle, I put abut 3 tbsps of Basil Pesto on it and spread it out, then I sprinkled it with Feta Cheese and about 1/2 cup of grated tasty cheese.

About to go into the oven.
I sprinkled mine with Sesame Seeds and egg washed it.
Just out of the oven and very hot.

A few cut slices it was really yummy.

Thanks Judi and Arlana for a lovely recipe and yes I will be making it again.


Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Happy Birthday Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #85

Emily with her Balloon

Emile with his Balloon
Happy Birthday Emily & Emile
Good morning here it is another wonderful Wednesday and it's very hot and humid here this morning after an evening of wind and rain.
It's Wednesday and that means it's another wonderful Sweet Sketch Wednesday and Arlana has another wonderful sketch for you. Congratulations to all our winners from last week there were so many amazing stunningly beautiful cards.

Sketch #85

This week our wonderful sponsor is Sally-Ann Hancock from
She is offering our very lucky winner
6 Free Digital Images of your choice
you'll be really spoilt for choice as there are just so many to choose from.
Sally-Ann is a one of our regular sponsors she is amazing and always has new and fun images to choose from over at
DigiStamp Boutique so please hop over to her site and see what she has you'll be amazed.

My team mates have made some incredible cards
this week with some of DigiStamp Boutique images
please when you have a minute or two stop by
Sweet Sketch Wednesday you won't be disappointed.
This week I've made two card because I was lucky enough to receive two of Sally-Ann's lovely images, and I couldn't make one without the other.

Card Recipes:
Base: White SU
Board: Aqua Bazzill
Design Papers: Aqua Stitched paper made in India that's the end of the sheet. Pink & Aqua paper from Rosies Studios. Aqua spots from Magnolia papers, corrugated board from my stash.
Images: Emily and Emile from DigiStamp Boutique

Colour Medium: Copics
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Squares, Pop Dots, Balloon Punch, Chalk for ears.
Embellishments: Ribbons, Gems and Craft wire from my stash.

Emile and his Balloon

Wishing everyone a fun week of crafting.

Monday, 17 January 2011

My Brother's Wedding Card

Alan and Isabelle's Wedding Card

Yesterday my brother Alan and his new wife Isabelle got married and here is the card I made for the Wedding, knowing the the Wedding party were in Purple and Mauve. It was such a hot day at 12 Noon is was 33c and at 3.30pm on our way to the Wedding is was 30c still hot, it was a beautiful day not a cloud in the the blue sky, wonderful for an outdoor Wedding at his home and around his pool.
My darling husband William and myself.

My wonderful boys Liam on the left and Ryan on the right.

Family Photo

Card Recipe:

Base: White SU
Board: Purple Bazzill
Sentiment: PC Generated using Papyrus font.
Tools: Cuttlebug, Divine Swirls Embossing Folder, Nestabilities Square, Chipboard, glue dots
Embellishments: Ribbons and gems from my stash.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Blog Award

Stylish blogger Award

I've returned this week from the beach and look what I've got......I received 2 blog awards how exciting is that!!! The first award is from Sharon and the other is from Deanne, both from my design team over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. What a lovely thought as both of these ladies are just so talented and each week they inspire me with their work and creativeness which I learn from and admire.

Thanks so much Sharon and Deanne .

Now the rules in accepting this blog award are to tell 8 things about me that you probably don't know and then pass along the award to 8 other blogger's that I think are fantastic! Isn't that part fun?!! So let's get started:

  1. I am a full-time mum at home, but because of my back ground I work from home for my darling husband, doing all of his accounting, web-site maintenance and paying wages to his staff. Prior to giving up work I worked for an American Company for 10 years.
  2. I have two wonderful children, both are amazing boys that I'm just so so proud of. Liam starts boarding school on the 1st February he's 11 and a quarter and Ryan will be a Year 5 at our local Primary School he's 9 and a quarter and will be a senior this year at his junior school. Both boys love their sports Soccer, Cricket, Touch Rugby, Swimming and Surf Life Saving. Liam is a very talented swimmer being one of the top 6 for his age in our county.
  3. I've been married to William now for 12 years he is Irish and comes from County Wicklow in Ireland.
  4. I'm on my Son's School Board of Trustees, helping manage our school. I also umpire and coach Cricket and I manage my sons Soccer Team and in my spare time I am also a director of two Companies.
  5. I am the youngest of 7 children, I have 3 brothers all living in New Zealand and I have 3 sisters all living in Australia.
  6. I love card marking as this is my time to sit, think and relax with wonderful coloured papers, inks, ribbons and all of the other embellishments I use. I have also done Cross Stitch, Scrap Booking, Beading, Knitting and Quilting.
  7. My favourite all time movies would be Titanic and Dirty Dancing and music would be Ronan Keating, The Corrs, Rod Stewart, The Bee Gees, just to name a few.
  8. My favourite foods far to many to name them all but I'm really a fruit, vegetable, cheese, fish, chicken, steak and a glass or two of wine girl and the occasional G&T in a tall glass with lemon or lime.

Now for the best part - passing along this blog award to 8 other talented people. They are:

Heidi from Heidi's Imagnarium

Chris from Sketching Stamper

Keryn from Poppy Dog

Kelly from Kreative Korner by Kelly

Liza from Pink Candy Stripes

Linda from Stamper Touch

Genevieve from Genevieve's Creations

Jeannie from Dragonfly Journey

The rules for receiving this award are:
Thank and link back to the person who sent this to you.
Share 8 things about yourself
Pass this award on to 8 bloggers
Contact those bloggers and tell them you sent them this award.

Wishing everyone an amazing fun filled weekend.

Hugs to everyone



Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Happy Birthday Sweet Sketch Wednesday #84

Happy Birthday with 'Betty'

Good morning everyone and what a wonderful summers day we have today!!! That means it's another wonderful Wednesday and that means Sweet Sketch Wednesday. We have a really lovely sketch this week designed by our amazingly talented Arlana.

Sketch # 84
This week we have a new sponsor which is

Gerda the owner of the


Gerda is offering the lucky winner this week
4 Digital images
of the winner choice!!!
Isn't that a great prize???
If you haven't visited STAMPFAIRY SHOP here's the link there are some amazing images you won't be disappointed.
Please take a visit to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and there are some amazing cards our team have for you this week.
This week I'm sending all of you in the Northern Hemisphere a little ray of sunshine to brighten and warm your day. We seem to have an over abundance this year and the heat is meant to carry on for another 3 months. I took my photo's outside on Monday morning where we had just had breakfast and it was such a beautiful morning. The flowers are Agapanthus they grow like a weed in New Zealand and they come in White and Purple, they have lush green foliage all year round. They are very expensive plants in Australia about $15-$20 each and we pull them out like weeds as we have an overabundance and they also spray them to eradicate them.
I just love them in a vase at this time of year as everything else is dieing with the heat.

Card Recipe:
Base: White SU card.
Card: Purple and Lilac Bazzill
Paper: Purple paper from Rosies
Design Papers: Rosies papers.
Image: Betty from STAMPFAIRY SHOP
Colour Medium: Copic Markers
Tools: Cuttlebug, Classic Circle, Classic Scalloped edge circle, tags and cuttlebug Textile embossing folder, Pop dots.
Embellishments: Pink flower, Pink Ribbon, Purple and Silver Braid from my stash.
Sentiment: Computer generated using Amerika Sans font.

My card out of focus but sitting on our outdoor table in the morning sun looking out over our pond.

Here's hoping everyone has a wonderful week and have fun crafting.
Thank you so much for all of your wonderful kind comments.
Hugs to everyone

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Skateboard Ethan Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch #83

'Skateboard Ethan'

Good morning everyone and HAPPY NEW YEAR. Where did 2010 go??? Very quickly!!! 2011 already and here we are on the 5th day of January and you all know what that means it's another Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Hopefully you'll see my post as I'm away at our beach house at present soaking up the summer sunshine and relaxing with my family.

This week Arlana has another wonderful sketch, I love this sketch especially for masculine cards as I always have to make plenty of these in my household as I'm the only female apart from the cat!!!

Sketch #83
This week our sponsor is Lori Boyd from

Lori Designs Digital StampsLori is offering our lucky winner this week
a LORI Designs Gift Certificate for the value of

$10.00 Wow what a great prize I wouldn't mind winning that!!! If you haven't checked of Lori's wonderful images here's the link you won't be disappointed


Now it's time to sit back and enjoy the wonderful creations my team mates have created for you this week. Sit back and enjoy over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

Card Recipe:

Base: White SU; Paper: Peach from Craft Creations; Design Papers: Fiskers stripes and the green spots from Basic Backgrounds; Image: Skateboard Ethan from Lori' Designs Digital Stamps; Colour Medium: Copics and Silver Gel Pen; Sentiment: Computer generated using Papyrus Font; Embellishments: Ric Rac, Green Paper Clips and Coloured Brads from my stash. Tools: Corner Punch and Pop Dots.

Thanks for all of your wonderful comments and wishing everyone a great New Year and I can't wait to get back as see all of your amazing creations.

Hugs to everyone.