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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oh dear...'s official....I am hooked on Pinterest! Can't seem to drag myself away!  I blame you Bianca, entirely!!  If you want to check out my pin boards they are here.

So what have I been making today....and yesterday? Well two little bags based on one I saw a few weeks ago over at SewMamaSew.  I think my measurements are different though as I made them to fit the books I had bought for the little ones they are for. And I lined mine, and there is no library card place.  So actually they are quite different, LOL!  My friend Martine who is leaving has two children and these are for them.

Have a lovely day.

Monday, June 27, 2011

A Happy Rainbow Quilt and card for a sad reason!

Those of you who know Karratha, will know that it is a very transient town.  People come here to work for a couple of years, usually on mining projects and then move on.  My very good friend Martine, from Just a little Craft, is moving on this week and I am VERY sad about it.  I thought I had hardened my heart to leaving friends after living this nomadic life for 10 years.  BUT apparently not!  I must be melting with age!  Lucky for me she is moving back to The Netherlands, so at least when we eventually get back to the UK we will not be that far away.  For that I am glad. 

Anyway it was her leaving party on Saturday and I wanted to give her a special present.  But as I was in denial about her leaving I put off making the special present.  The idea had formed in my head a while before.  I knew her favourite colour is blue and so I spent ages looking for some lovely blue fabrics.  I was planning to make her a little quilt that would be used as a wall hanging or runner.  When I left here last time my friend Lorraine made me a gorgeous wall hanging with thongs on (that's flip flops not g-strings folks! ;-)) and it proudly hangs on my wall in my craft room and I love it!  Well I couldn't find any blue fabrics I liked so I came up with another idea!  Staying with the wall hanging idea I decided to go for colours that would remind her of me and her time here, it is a present from me after all!
Hence the rainbow idea came about.  I knew she loved my Rainbow Pillow so I wanted to create something along those lines.  I incorporated lots of the fabric that I use on my t-shirts, some she gave me and some special fabrics relating to travel, Australia, Britain.  I wanted it to evoke memories.  My original plan was to put all the coloured pieces next to one another, but when I laid it out on the table it was just way too busy so I decided to break it up with the black fabric I was using on the back.  I LOVED the result.

And whilst this is about our time in Australia, I also wanted to have something on the to acknowledge that I am British, hence the London bus on the back!  The butterfly was on an Australia Day Baby Onesie Martine bought me to make something with as it was on sale! The same for the 'Australia' on the front (Above).  Well I thought they would be perfect appliqued onto this project!  Love the Aussie flag in the butterfly pattern!

The square on the right is a printed out message from me to Martine.  Thankfully the bright sun has glared out the message!

Some closer up shots.

It was a learning process, I did have to unpick some of the quilting due to bunching, but I got there.  This is my first proper quilting project afterall, well bigger than a mug rug (!) and a cushion!

Anyhow I think she liked it!
I'm in the green spotty dress

I made a card to match along with the rainbow theme.

I'm entering it for the following card challenges:
And I am linking up to some linky parties:
Katie's Nesting Spot

Keeping It Simple


Making Monday Marvelous Linky Party

The Girl Creative

Todays Creative Blog

Passionately Artistic

Thursday, June 23, 2011

DYSU: Mustard, Mauve & Pink

This week's challenge over at DYSU is a colour challenge:
Mauve, Mustard and Pink!

When I heard what the colour combo was I thought 'Yuk'!! But I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.  I love how challenges get you to work outside your comfort zone.  I went for bright colours instead of pastels, hope that's ok.

I used a Meljen image: A Girl and her Kitty, available from Whimsy Stamps one of today's sponsors.

I used this weeks sketch at Card Patterns.  But turned it upside down and took a bit of a liberty with the sentiment flag!

I used a luxurious piece of velvet ribbon that is so soft!

Today's Sponsors are:

Have a lovely day and be sure to link up your creation to the DYSU blog!


I know I've been a bit absent from the blog lately, but I have been busy making stuff still!

Some t-shirt orders:

Friday, June 17, 2011


I just decided to not to charge for any of my digital images, so if you want them just click on the tab at the top of the page which now reads "Freebie Digital Images".  The images on there are still watermarked but when you click on them you'll be taken to a download page.  I have more that I will load up later.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

DYSU: Use a Star!

This week's challenge at DYSU is:
Use a Star!

I used an image from JLJ Designs called Lighty Duck.  Getting ready for Christmas! And I already know who this one is earmarked for!

Today's sponsors are:

So hop on over to DYSU and load up your project using a star!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011


I missed my friend's bably shower last week, but this is the card I made for her.  I used all these bright colours as a little birdie told me she loves these colours!

The Baby bingo card is a freebie digital stamp that you can get here.  And the lady is from Stamping Bella.

Anyway we were due to get together this week for a cuppa and a catch up before the baby arrives.  But it turns out we left it too late, as her waters broke last night and she is being induced today!  I hope it is quick and pain free!

This card is for the sketch challenge at Inspirational Card Sketches and also for the Sassy Studios challenge to sew on a card.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jay Gee & Kenny K

Just a quick card share today.  I made this using the inspiration picture over at Jay Gee's, it's a bit similar to another card I made recently based on an old Mojo Sketch, as I used the leftover pieces for this one!  It's also for the Kenny K challenge to use your fave colour, as turquoise/teal is my fave colour!

I threaded the twine through holes at the corner of each rectangle and secured at the back.  I saw this technique somewhere and thought it looked cool but I can't find where I saw it now, sorry!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Fancy a Beer? Cheers!

Today's card is for a friend's husband who celebrates his birthday today.  I started off inspired by the CAS-ual Fridays challenge but I can't hand on heart say it really looks all that clean and simple to me! But at least it has the three elements of ribbon, diecut and felt.

The image is from Kenny K.

I'm also entering this into the Alphabet Challenge for a male themed card.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

DYSU: Birthday!

So todays DYSU challenge is an easy one!

Now looking at the inspiration picture I'm disappointed I didn't add in a little rainbow theme, I'm sure you all know how I much I love rainbows! Ah well next time!

Today I used an image from Pink Cat Studio called Fairy Lily on a Swing.

I used last week's sketch from Mojo Monday.  I also took inspiration from the challenge over at Jay Gee's: the colours and the spotty mirror at the top.

Thanks for stopping by.  Be sure to head on over to DYSU to load up your birthday themed creation.  There are three super sponsors this week: