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I started this blog in April 2012 so I could join Challenges. I am now on some design teams. I hope you like my cards. I started stamping in 1995 but my cards are still mostly cute.
Thank you to those who have joined as followers and to those who comment.
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Thursday 31 January 2013

My card for Muse card club challenge 2

This is my card for Muse card club challenge 2
 We had to take our inspiration from this card by  Suzanne Dahlberg!
I used as my inspiration the colours pink and green, flowers, hearts and leaves.

Paper from Sweet Fairy Collection 6x6 paper stack (the hearts are on this paper).  Pink card embossed with Cuttlebug roses.  Ribbon.
Stamp from Stampin Up set "A Rose is a Rose".  Martha Stewart leaf punch and rhinestones

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Be careful what you wish for

Be careful what you wish for.  I have just been on two weeks leave from work and I was wishing that I didn’t have to go back to work yesterday.

I was only at work a short time when my boss and the lady from personnel in head office came to see me and advised me that I had been made redundant effective immediately as they were restructuring the library. 

So now I am a lady of leisure with no money to enjoy it, still I have lots of craft supplies to keep me going for the next few years.

I have been working for The Salvation Army for nearly 24 years but because I have only been working part time for the last two years the redundancy pay is only very small.  Still every little helps.

I won’t be looking for another job as I am too old now (will be 68 in April) and my health is not good.

I am happy to be at home.  I am just living today and leaving the future in God’s hands.

I will have more time to make my cards.  I am just sharing a very quick card I made to send in the post last night to a cyber friend in the Bear Lovers Stamping Group.
I used a lovely cute image "Ellie and Cookie" which is a digi stamp by Sherri Baldy from Scrapbook Stamp Society.  Dark pink card behind layered onto light pink card embossed with Cuttlebug daisies.  Stampin Up sentiment.

Sunday 27 January 2013

Feeling Sketchy sketch No 44

Tomorrow morning about 9 am Sketch No 44 challenge will be posted to the Feeling Sketchy blog
Here is my card for the Design team

 This is the sketch
 This is your last chance to go into the draw for the prize from this month's sponsor

I have printed title and journal on the computer.  Stamped white scrapbook paper with Stamp World "Whizz Bang" using different colours distress ink and gone over some with gelly roll pens.  Cut two strips of Alison Ellis scrapbook paper "Royal Christmas Stars".  Stampin Up star punch and Martha Stewart heart punch.  Arrow made on computer.

I am a bit early posting this but I didn't want to forget.  Check on Feeling Sketchy tomorrow.

Cuddlebug Cuties Sunday Linky Party

A few weeks ago I found this great site that does cute free digis.
Today Anna is having a "Sunday Linky Party".   Go over and have a look.

I have just made a quick simple card to show you one of her cute images.

Friday 25 January 2013

My card for CAS (E) This sketch No 12.

This is my card for CAS (E) this sketch

This is the sketch and we had to create a clean & simple (CAS) card using the sketch
I used light pink and dark pink card.  Paper from Authentic 6x6 bundle collection "Uncommon".  Martha Steward deep edge punch "Garden Trellis" and Make it Crafty digi stamp "Sitting Jane" which I coloured with Tria markers (pink & blue), copic marker (skin) and another marker (yellow).  I had to stop myself putting some flower brads in the fence as I usually do that when I use this punch.
I cleaned my scanner but it is still putting black marks on my scans.  It must be scratched from some of the embellishments.
I found this challenge on Therese's blog.
Thank you Therese.

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Digi Bells Guest Design team call

This is my card for Digi Bells Guest Design team call
 The challenge is this amazing sketch by team leader Lynda and we had to use an image by Elisabeth Bell
I have six Elisabeth Bell Stamps and I chose to use "Sun Kissed".   I have also used light pink and dark pink card.  Cuttlebug daisies embossing folder. Pattern paper from Authentic 6x6 bundle collection "Uncommon", EK Success medium flower punch and Stampin Up sentiment.

You can get the lovely Elisabeth Bell digi stamp on Lynda's card from

Here is my card for Muse Club first challenge

A new craft club blog has started and this week is the first challenge.
Here is my card for the Muse Club's first challenge

 This was the inspiration card by Amy Kolling.  We had to use something in our stash and not purchase anything new.  As I have enough supplies to last a lifetime this was easy to do.

I was inspired by all the elements of Amy's card and I used Crafts Too embossing folder "butterflies frame" which has a square frame.  Striped paper from Basic Grey Marjolaine paper pad.  Yellow flowers punched with EK Success medium flower punch and green leaves punched with Martha Stewart leaf punch.  Stampin Up sentiment.  Thank you to Amy for her inspiration.

Monday 21 January 2013

Design team card for Feeling Sketchy No 43

Here is my card which is one of the design team for Feeling Sketchy No 43 for this weeks challenge
 This is the sketch
 Don't forget our wonderful sponsor for this month is

Come on over to Feeling Sketchy and join the challenge.
We had a wedding to go to so I made a wedding card to the sketch.
I dry embossed white card with Crafts Too "Pansy Frame".  Stamped Ferngully Stamps "Just Married" with versamark onto mauve patterned velum and embossed with white embossing powder sponged edges with distress ink.   Coloured with distress makers and gelly roll pens.  Stamped PSX "Happy Wedding day" on white card and sponged edges with distress ink.  Used heart brads to attach velum and sentiment. 

Sunday 20 January 2013

My card for Sunny Challenges SC071/13

Here is my card for Sunny challenges this week a birthday project.
I used light blue and dark blue card as the friend this card is for likes blue. Pink card for the flowers which are punched with EK success medium flower.  Dark blue card embossed with Cuttlebug daisies.  Stampin Up sentiment and girl from Stampin Up "A Kind Word" set.  Rhinestones in centre of flowers.

My card for The Stamp Spot January sketch challenge

My card for The Stamp Spot January sketch challenge

 This is the sketch
I have used light pink and dark pink card.  Paper from Authentique 6x6 bundle collection "Uncommon", edges sponged with worn lipstick distress ink.  Sentiment from Stampin Up.  La La Land "Darling Marci" coloured with Copics and Tria markers.  Flowers for the small circle, flower brad.

Saturday 19 January 2013

cards made for Sassy Studio Designs challenge

I made two cards for the Sassy Studio Designs Fabulous Freebie Friday and challenge "Whats your Style".  Free images available all day only on Friday.

My style is "cute" and my favourites are my cuttlebug, stamps, ribbon, papers and flowers, brads and rhinestones.    I have just started using Distress Stains and markers to make backgrounds.  As you can see my favourite colour is purple.
Card 1 Background made with distress stains and markers.  Sassy Studio free image "Skater Sassy" coloured with Copics (skin) and distress markers.
Card 2 white card stamped with Stampin Up sentiment.  Purple card embossed cuttlebug daisies, paper from Authentic 6x6 bundle collection "Uncommon", ribbon.  Sassy Studio previous free image "Cheerful Chelsea" coloured with Copics (skin) and distress markers.  EK Success punches Medium and small flowers
coloured with distress markers. Rhinestones.

ATC swap

Spent the last few hours making my ATCs for the Cute Stampers ATC January swap-Summer

If you would like to join in card or ATC swaps where you can use your cute stamps come and join us at Cute Stampers.  (You have to join Yahoo first if you are not already a member, it is free)

For the ATCs you sign up at the beginning of the month and then I tell you how many to make and you send them to me by the end of the month.  The card of the fortnight swap is a one for one swap.  We had to make 6 this month.  ATCs are 3-1/2 inches x 2-1/2 inches.
This is the ATC I made for this month's swap.
I have used Digi Bells "Little Best Friends" digi stamp, circle punch for the sun.  Stamp and background Coloured with Copics, Distress markers, Tria markers and Sugarloaf markers.
My colouring is not the best as my eyes are very blurry today.

Friday 18 January 2013

My card for Besties Challenge 1 anything goes & scrapbook stamp Society

Found another blog with a challenge after buying some lovely digis from
A free digi from Sherri Baldy and challenge Anything goes on  Use the free image or another image from scrapbookstampsociety
I will also enter this into Scrapbook Stamp Society challenge Anything goes.

I have used white, yellow and purple card.  Background is digi paper from scrapbookstampsociety "Butterfly Purple" by Daisy Collins.  Stamps:  "Ella Buttons" digi by Sherri Baldy, Stampin Up "Button Button" and Stamp World "Happy Birthday".
I only made one card tonight.   Watched TV for an hour today and then spent some time on the computer.
It was the hottest day on record in Sydney today 46C (114.8F).  
It is still hot in here.  Supposed to be a cool change later tonight with strong winds and rain.
End of my first week at home.  Next week have chiropractor and doctor appointments.  Don't want to go back to work the following week.

Thursday 17 January 2013

My card for Bizzy Bec's challenge Fun in the Sun

This is my card for Bizzy Bec's challenge Fun in the Sun

I made the background with distress stains and distress markers.  Circle punch for the sun.
La La Land stamp "Summer Marci" coloured with copics, Tria markers and distress markers.  Extra shells from La La Land "Beach Luka".  Dolphin punch.

My card for ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge 3

This is my card for Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge 3 Recipe challenge - Ribbon, 3 or more flowers, SSS image and the colour pink
I have used light pink card, dark pink card embossed with cuttlebug daisies,
2 pink ribbons, 3 pink flowers with 3 pink brads, Digi Stamp from Scrapook Stamp Society "Elena 2" by Adriane Mascotti
The scanner hasn't scanned the colour correctly, the card is a dark pink.

My card for In the Pink Luscious Lace

This is my card for In the Pink using lace and pink
I used pink card embossed with Cuttlebug daisies, white lace, Stamp World Happy Birthday stamped with pink ink.  Sweet Pea stamp Elaine Cox's "Maggie" stamped with pink ink and coloured pink, layered on darker pink card.

Wednesday 16 January 2013

My card for Scrapbook Boutique January challenge

Here is my card for Scrapbook Boutique January challenge
 The challenge was to make something in yellow, green and white
I used yellow, green and white card, Cuttlebug daisies embossing folder, Whimsy Stamp-Elizabeth Bell Designs "Chloe" stamp.  Stampin Up sentiment, small and medium EK success flower punches, bee brad and rhinestones.

Also go over to and join in the blog hop which finishes tomorrow.

Sunday 13 January 2013

My card for DT for Feeling Sketchy No 42

Sketch No 42 will be posted on the Feeling Sketchy blog at 9 am tomorrow Monday 13 January.
I am putting my card onto my blog now so it will be on in time
 This is the sketch
I have used free digi paper cut in strips, Bizzy Bec's digi stamp "Camelia" coloured with Copics, Tria markers, distress markers and gelly roll pens.  EK Success punch medium flower and small flower punched on white and coloured with Tria markers, centres with gelly roll pens.  Martha Stewart leaf punch and Stampin Up sentiment.  Come and join us this week.

Enter each week and you will be in the draw for a prize from the monthly sponsor.  Monthly sponsor for January  is

Saturday 12 January 2013

New stamps and blog hop at Annabelle Stamps

Forwarding message from Annabelle Stamps

New Stamps Coming Soon!
It's nearly time for another Blog Hop and release and so to lead up to it, and because we can't do it without you, we're having a giveaway promotion!!!  Would you like to receive these gorgeous ribbons below in the post?  Would you like me to include matching Sprinkles? 

5 metres of each colour ribbon shown and 6mm Sprinkles in each colour to match!

Then help us to promote AnnaBelle Stamps and our January Blog Hop by doing the following :

- Do a post on your blog, Facebook page or anywhere where someone will listen and let them know about our upcoming release/blog hop this Friday night! (18 January)  Include a link to this post!

- Follow our blog or like our Facebook page!  This way you'll know exactly when new and exciting things are happening at AnnaBelle Stamps!

- Pop back here and add your name and link to your post to the Inlinkz below!!

Submissions close Friday 18th January, 2013 at 10.00am and a random winner will be announced at 12.00pm AEDT!!

We hope this year will be an exciting year for AnnaBelle Stamps, and we hope with your help more people will come to know us!

Hugs for now,


Monday 7 January 2013

Feeling Sketchy No 41

This is my card for the design team for Feeling Sketchy No 41
 This is the sketch
Our wonderful sponser for this month on Feeling Sketchy is

I used paper from Sweet Fairy collection 6x6 paper stack.  Hero Arts "Enjoy Your Birthday".  Crafty Secrets Clear Arts Stamps "Vintage Silhouettes".  Martha Stewart leaf punch.  EK Success medium flower and small flower and rhinestones.  The challenge will be posted on Feeling sketchy at 9 am this morning.  We have just come home from a wedding.


Friday 4 January 2013

My card for Lollipop Ladies January DT Call

This is my card for Lollipop Ladies January DT call

This was the inspiration picture 
I have used Tim Holtz distress stains on white card sponged edges with distress ink.  Stamp World "Whizz Bang" stamp coloured with pink, blue and green distress pens and stamped onto background.  Sentiment stamps from La La Land "New Year Marci" coloured with distress pens and stamped onto background.  Marci stamped onto white card and coloured with Copics, Tria markers and distress pens, cut out and attached to background.

Tuesday 1 January 2013



Haven't created anything yesterday or today as I am at my daughter's for New Year.    Unfortunately have to go back to work tomorrow.

Hope you all have a healthy happy new year.

Best wishes