Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Teachers Cards

It was a rather rushed effort this year to get the teachers presents and cards done. I made up gift baskets of assorted christmas foods such as white christmas, rum & raisin balls, apricot balls & caramel ginger tartlets to name a few. Thought I would share these cards with you now before I totally forget. Hope you all have a crafty day!


xo xo


Christmas Card Time Again....

Seriously where do the years go each year? Life seems to get busier and busier and no sooner do we pack up the Christmas tree than we seem to be unpacking it again. Since I am up early trying to enjoy some QUIET time I thought I would share a few of my favourite cards from this years efforts! As some of you will know when it comes to my christmas cards I tend to keep them fairly simple as I always seem to end up making so many of them. This year I stopped just short of 30 handmade cards. All of them different.... no two the same! I can't help myself! There is certainly nothing wrong with creating all your cards the same but I just don't seem to be able to do that! Have yourselves a great day everyone and thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out my blog! Hugs Shirl

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Twisted Sketches #88 - JOY

Well friends this is officially my last Twisted Sketches card for my term. I have had a ball creating for the lovely Anam and working alongside all the other uber talented ladies on my DT! Thank you so much girls for the support & kind words on my blog! You never cease to inspire me each week with your creations.

For this sketch both DT teams came together to produce some stunning cards so please be sure to head on over to the Twisted Sketches site and check all their wonderful creations out.

Our final card had the twist of the word "JOY". I think being so close to Christmas a few of us went the obvious way of a festive theme... me included. But, of course, I just had to go the purple twist all the way.

Hope you enjoy my last card of the term and thank you all for the support!

Products used :

Black & Purple cardstock
Old Bo Bunny Christmas patterned papers
Kaisercraft bling (rhinestones)
Magnolia Stamp
Memento Ink - Black
Copic Ciao Sketch Markers
Assorted mulbery roses
Martha Stewart punch

Thanks for stopping by my friends



Thursday, November 24, 2011

Christmas Cards

Thought since I have been so slack of late it was time to start playing some catch up. Had a lovely evening out with two of my cherubs as we headed down to the big shopping centre just down the road to get a little festive. Carolling, Santa & of course spectacular fireworks to end the evening. The rain mostly stayed away til after the fireworks (which was good as it was mostly an outdoors event) and then we grabbed some takeaway before heading home.

Had to take some photo's of my latest card creations and wanted to share a couple before I dive into bed.

These two cards, celebrating christmas, I made on Tuesday when I went up to my niece's home town of Woodford to partake in her second Stampin Up Card Class. Aren't they both simply stunning cards?

Until next time friends. Happy crafting.



Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Twisted Sketches #86 - Shine

Good Afternoon

Well here I am again shameless late.... I think the silly season has arrived early and with a vengeance in this house anyway. I have been busily trying to fit in exercise, keeping up with the kids & all their activities, not to mention trying to get all my christmas cards made & written out plus teachers cards & handmade gifts. Then several days have been tied up with creating a little masterpiece for my nephew & niece in law who had their very first baby on Friday night!

So with my time at Twisted Sketches coming to closer and closer to an end I am excited to share with you my second last card. This week's twist was shine, anywhere, anyhow! Hope you like it.

Products Used:

Kaiser stamps - christmas stamp
Bazzil cardstock
Kaiser bling strips
Magnolia Stamps
Copic Ciao Markets
Unknown patterned paper
Cheery Lynne Doily Die
Kindy Glitz
Martha Stewart punch

Have a great day my friends & thanks for stopping by. Happy Crafting!



Sunday, November 6, 2011

Twisted Sketches #84 - Buttons

Hello Friends

Sorry I am running so behind with posting my lastest Twisted Sketches card. I totally forgot to submit it on time with all the crazy that has been happening of late. So a big thank you to the gorgeous Anam for giving me a lovely reminder and a few extra hours to recreate my original submission. I am so glad I had the extra time but as I was so much happier with this card than the one I had created on time but forgot to submit!! So ladies don't forget to head on over to the blog and check out all the other amazing cards.

Products used:

Bazzill cardstock
kaiser purple bling
Magnolia Tilda Stamp
Memento Ink
Copic Ciao markers
Martha Stewart punch around the page
mulberry roses
Stampin up word stamp
Nestability circle/scallop cirle dies

Have a great day.


Good Morning

Well after a slack day yesterday I guess I best post a few new layout today! So here we go!! The first layout is called Mini Me and is my beautiful dd wearing my wedding dress. I think she will outgrow it long before she gets the chance to wear it! But more and more people keep telling me she looks just like me!

This next layout is called a Moment In Time and is all about my wild, wacky & comedian middle ds. He is certainly never dull! Love you crazy kid! Don't change!

Lastly this one is simply called "OUCH". No more explanation needed. Poor Jordie coped something hard to the face last holidays and as a result had a tooth knocked out & his handsome face somewhat cut & bruised! And to think friends this was taken after we went to the Dr's a good half an hour later! He did look A LOT worse!

Have a great day and week my friends



Thursday, November 3, 2011

A Wonderful Moment In Time........

Good Morning Ladies

Well I have never had such hassles with uploading photo's until yesterday! In the end I totally abandoned the layout I was trying to upload and posted the one you can see of my middle son Jordie instead. So since I have only just managed to get that one uploaded I thought I best upload another one for today! This one has a very special meaning to me as it was the day that I got to meet up with my cyber sis Caz and bestie Julz from Tasmania! Not to mention we had the opportunity to get everyone together for a barbeque! Have a great day ladies xo Shirl

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Jordie - Living Outloud!

Good Morning

How is life treating everyone today? I am feeling good and about to head over to my craft desk for a hour or two! I have had such a busy October that I am way behind on my birthday cards and I have even missed one or two from November already! Plus there are all those christmas cards to keep on working on! So what do you all have planned for the day? I just stopped by to share another layout from retreat. Hope you all have a great day - happy scrappin' Hugs xo Shirl


Well I know I said I'd only post a layout a day but with a huge bundle of Christmas cards waiting to be uploaded as well as another 2-4 layouts that I have done since coming back from retreat I thought maybe I should post another layout before bed tonight! So here it is...... FASHIONISTA! This is perhaps one of my favourite layouts from the retreat weekend. I can't say my absolute fave but definitely right up there as a close number 1. It took me ages to do but it was so worth it. I love how it turned out. Thanks for looking friends. Off to bed now so sweet dreams! Hugs xo Shirl

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Douglas - Grade 10

Morning Friends

Well aside from it being another day, another layout I don't have too much to share! I am trying to be good again and get back in shape! After a round of arguments with the kids I decided that a morning walk was needed. So off I went for a 35 mins walk around the estate I live in. It was very invigorating to say the least!! With not much else, apart from housework, on the cards today I think I can see some time being spent at my craft desk. I have some cards for November to get ready to send out, some layouts to put together and more christmas cards to make! So I hope you all have a great day planned out. Happy crafting! Til tomorrow. Hugs xo Shirl

Monday, October 31, 2011

My "Darling" Daughter

Another day my friend so another layout to share from retreat! This one is of my gorgeous daughter. She was invited to her very first "Glamour Birthday Party" I took these photo's when we got home. She is such a MODEL my dd! And with her youth and beauty... why not? Enjoy and have a great day ladies. Happy scrappin! Hugs xo Shirl

Coach Cassie

Evening Friends As promised another layout from retreat! Been one of those days so I am bit late posting. We rushed down town for an 8am dentist appointment this morning only to find out that it had been cancelled (just as we arrived) as the dentist wasn't well! OMG waiting now on it being rescheduled! Then I had to pick up Niccy early to take her to the Dr's again. She only has an ear infection in one ear now so slowly we are improving! At long last - three weeks in and three separate lots of antibiotics! Not good. I did however managed to get another layout completed as well today thanks to the sparky finally coming to replace the damaged light fitting over my craft desk. The lovely man installed a new ring flouro and WOW at the beautiful crystal clear light I now have! I can wait to go and do some more crafting. But first.... another layout for you all to view! Have a great evening and to all those around the world celebrating Halloween - HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Til tomorrow. Hugs xo Shirl

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Cowgirl Cassie!

Well I did say only one layout a day but I am sitting her watching my beloved Formula One, trying to be good and not yell encouragement at the big screen plasma in front of me (the kids keep telling me "Mum Jenson can't year you, you know?!?!") so I thought why not post another layout tonight. Once I get the kids off to bed I am going back to my craft desk - I managed to repair my big flouro desk lamp this afternoon to put the finishing touches on another layout. That will be two completed today! I am cheating but my friends and using the kits I put together for retreat! I think I must still have another 8 or so to do! Then I think I might when I have a little spare time here and there put together kits... really does work so well for later on! But enough talking here is the second of my layouts from retreat! This layout is of my dd Nicaya with her friend Kim & her coach Cassie at their recent rewards party at their gymnastics centre AGDA (Australasian Gymnastics and Dance Academy). Thanks for stopping by and have a great Sunday evening! Hugs Shirl

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Noosa North Shore Retreat

Well my friends after the busiest of three weeks I am finally back..... and sooooo looking forward to a less rushed lifestyle for a few weeks at least! I can't believe my eldest will be out of school shortly for the year! Where has it gone? Well as you all know two weekends ago I was fortunate enough to go on my very first ever scrapbooking retreat with my good friend Susan and my gorgeous niece Trish. I think it is safe to say we all had a ball and a big thank you has to go to the lovely Ann from
Queensland Scrapbooking Retreats for organising a fantastic fun filled weekend! I can't wait to go again next year! Wish I could say I can attend them all but sadly I think one a year might be it for me! But I am thinking now I have done a scrapbooking retreat I would love to do a Stamp Camp as well! But enough talking.... here is the first of the layouts I managed to get done over the weekend. I think I ended up with 16 in total! And I have another 10 kits here ready to scrap! So many layouts so little time! This one is titled "Brothers In Arms". Jordie and his best mate when they got their year 7 badges at the end of last year! Jordie is a student councillor. Hope you are all having a great weekend and getting some time to craft away! Til tomorrow and another layout..... Hugs Shirl

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Card & A Half Sketch Challenge

Evening Ladies Before I head off to bed I thought I would share another little something with you all. I was out of town this weekend just past and sadly missed my great nephew's first birthday! So once I got back on Sunday my number one priority was to try and get a nice card made on Monday before I caught up with my niece Trish and little Aiden on Tuesday morning. Lacking inspiration it was fate that when I checked my mail I had a notification from my gorgeous friend Helen Jolly's blog "Card & A Half". The sketch was all the inspiration I needed to create the following card. I managed to play with my new glimmer mists as well as my fairly new Cheery Lynn Design Doily die and Small Exotic Butterfly dies as well. Sadly the photography doesn't do it justice. So thank you Helen for coming up with another great sketch to inspire us all. So my friends be sure to head over to my friends blog and check out all the other ladies amazing creations! http://cardandahalf.blogspot.com/2011_10_01_archive.html#4290293087498152576
Have a great evening! Hugs Shirl

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Twisted Sketches #82 - Orange

Here is the latest of my Twisted Sketches cards for this week's challenge! With a theme of orange and the time of the year I wasn't too surprised to see some amazing Halloween cards on display on the Twisted Sketches Blog. Be sure to head on over there ladies and check them out. Especially if you are looking for some great ideas for your own Halloween cards. The girls all did amazing this week. It has been such an honour to have my work shown alongside them. So hope you like my card and all the other great cards on the blog!
Have a great day ladies and HAPPY SCRAPPING and CARD MAKING!!!! Hugs Shirl

Twisted Sketches # 80 - Happy

Hi Girls So sorry I have been awol for so long. It has been a total MAD HOUSE around here of late. I have been away to my very first ever Scrapbooking Retreat, then my middle son Jordie has been on Year 7 camp and the very day after he got back we all left for Gladstone (nearly 6 hours drive away) for Nicayla's first away competition and also for her first Level 4 competition! Just wanted to catch up today but at least posting a couple of my Twisted Sketches cards that I am behind on. The first one I want to share went up on the blog two weeks ago (yes I am very behind! sorry ladies and Anam!). Sketch #80 had a theme of happy and here is my take on it!
So be sure to head on over to the Twisted Sketches blog and check out the amazing cards made by all the very talented ladies on the design teams. Hugs Shirl

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Twisted Sketches #78 - Verse

Afternoon Everyone How slack am I? With school holidays this week time has totally gotten away from me! I was sure it was only yesterday that my latest card sketch challenge went up on the Twisted Sketches blog but OH NO!! It was last week! So I am again another whole week behind! I can't believe how quickly the days have flown by this holidays! Hard to believe next holidays that roll around will be Christmas and another school year will be over! But for now I best get this card up for all of you to see. Please don't forget to head over to the Twisted Sketches site so that you can check out the other great cards and layouts from my talented fellow sisters! Hope you have all been enjoying your weekends and have found some time to get crafty!
Thanks for stopping by friends! Hugs Shirl

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Beautiful Bree's Birthday Card

I made this card a couple of weeks back to give to my gorgeous Great Niece Bree for her birthday. I have been somewhat stuck on Twisted Easel cards of late. I love how stylish they look and how simple they are to create. I also loved using my new MS punch and my Cheery Lynn Design Doily die..... am so loving these dies at the moment. Just hanging out for the small exotic butterflies to come into stock. Have been doing prep work for layouts to take to my first ever retreat that is coming up in three weeks and I have notice there is lots of room on my sketches for doilies, punches and butterflies - too funny lols. Thanks for stopping by everyone. Hope you are all having a great weekend so far. Will be back shortly to upload my latest Twisted Sketches creation! Hugs xo Shirl

Friday, September 23, 2011

Twisted Sketches No 76 - Paper

Goodness me.... who has totally and utterly forgotten to post last fortnight's card! Yep ME! So my apologies for that. Without further adieu here is the card creation I came up with using my sketch from Twisted Sketches. So please make sure you head over to this wonderful site and check out all the card creations from my wonderfully talented Twisted Sisters. Always great challenges for both cards and layouts on the site as well loads of inspiration for us all. Products used : Bazzill Cardstock - orange & cream Kaisercraft Peachy Keen pp's Magnolia "Tilda" stamp Memento Black Ink Copic Ciao Markers Bling Have a great weekend my friends. I will be back later on today to post the current sketch card challenge! Hugs xo Shirl

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Twisted Sketches No 74 - Stamp

Well after a bit of an absence ladies I am finally back with the latest card I have had much pleasure creating for Twisted Sketches! This week's card had a twist of STAMP... so I quite literally used a stamped TILDA image from the Magnolia range of stamps.

Hope you all like my take on the sketch & please be sure to head over to Twisted Sketches to check out all the other stunning cards from my fellow Twisted Sketches Sistahs!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend and getting some scrapbooking or card making done. It has been raining here most of the day so just perfect for making some more cards. I promise I will be back to share those again soon.

In the mean time the products used for this card :

Magnolia Tilda Stamp
Kaisercraft Papers & Precuts
Hydrangea Flowers & mini rose buds
Pearl spray
Bazzil Cardstock
Stampin Up Stamps
Scallop Punch
Copic Ciao Markers
Glitter Brad

Thanks for stopping by ladies. Til next post!



Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Stampin Up Card Class


I was lucky enough yesterday to go up to nearby Woodford (where my gorgeous niece Trish lives) to be part of her very first card class as a Stampin Up Demonstrator! Trish put on a scrummy morning tea for us all and we got to create two very pretty & stylish cards. I just wanted to share them with you all here! Hope you like them as much as I did. And if you need any Stampin Up supplies I can point you in the right direction! Hope everyone has a great crafty day!



Cards for the Boys

Well after being so sick for so long I was delighted to get to sit down a few days ago and make some cards. The thank you card is going to Jordie's gym instructor who has been giving the boys a good work out to do each week during the soccer season (today will be our final day) and the other is just for the card box. I am not in love with that one but was dying to try out my lastest nestie die again!

Stay tuned for some more cards & a new Twisted Sketches Card coming up really soon.



Sunday, July 31, 2011

Sketch 70 - Punch

Hello Everyone

Well it is that time of the week again where I get to share with you my latest creation for the wicked site Twisted Sketches. So please go grab a cuppa and take 10 mins to check out my fellow sistah's amazing card creations! Each week I swear they outdo themselves! But for now here is my take on this weeks great sketch:

For this card I used the following supplies:

Leftover pattern papers (sorry no longer know the names)
Kindy Glitz
Spellbinder Nestabilities Dies
Border Punch
Cool Edwin Stamp - Magnolia
Copic Ciao Markers
White Gel Pen
Kaisercraft Bling
Retired Stampin Up Word Stamp

Hope you have all had an amazing weekend and got your craft thing happening! Thanks for stopping by.



Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sketch 68 - Circles

Hi Ladies

Well I am not quite sure what has happened but my last post with the above sketch challenge no longer seems to be here? So with another sketch challenge about to be posted I thought I best repost this one asap!

I am having such a ball designing on the Twisted Sketches site and am absolutely loving seeing all the wonderful cards and layouts that my fellow twisted sisters are producing each week!

This week's twist was circles:

Products used :

We R Memory Keepers - WhiteOut Collection
Flowers - handmade & prima
Happy Birthday Stamp
Paper doily
Pearl Brads
Magnolia Stamp - Tilda
Copic Ciao Markers
Kindy Glitz

Thanks for stopping by. Be back in a few days with a new card to share with you all. In the meantime don't forget that B Team's cards are now on display so pop over to the site and check out their wonderful creations!



Monday, July 11, 2011

Scrapping At Long Last!

Hi Ladies

OMG it feels like FOREVER since I have had the time to sit down and do some scrapbooking. All my friends have been posting about how many layouts they have done and all of a sudden WALLAH.... a free afternoon and I was scrapping away. I managed to get three (3) single layouts done that I wanted to share with you all tonight!

They consist of a scenic layout from my visit to New Norfolk, Tasmania, one of my gorgeous great nephew at 5 months proudly showing off how he can sit up! and lastly one of myself, Julz & Caz (who live in New Norfolk) when they came up to see Bon Jovi with me at Suncorp Stadium!

Kids are back at school tomorrow so I am really hoping to get another layout or two done this week. Mind you I have some cards to think about making as well so WHO KNOWS which I will end up doing!

Have a great evening ladies and thanks for stopping by my blog to check out my latest creations!

Hugs Shirl

Monday, July 4, 2011

Twisted Sketches No 66 - Blue


So sorry for the delay but the lovely Anam has had some issues with the Twisted Sketches site. There have been a few changes most importantly a new site address. So please be sure to update your bookmarks to :


This fortnights sketch had the twist of the colour blue. So let me share with you all my take on it.

Products used this week included:

Bazzill cardstock
Papers from My Minds Eye - 48 sheet glitter pack
Bling - Kaisercraft
Roses assorted
Butterfly die cut (gift)

So be sure to head on over to Anam's new site to check out all the other gorgeous cards from my talented sisters. And don't forget to bookmark the new site Twisted Sketches

Have a great week everyone!



Saturday, June 18, 2011

Twisted Sketches No 64 - Wood

Evening Ladies

Well it has been a long but somewhat productive day. Soccer at Maroochydore this morning and then after lunch I managed to make a twisted easel card using my new Tilda Goes Shopping stamp for my son's friend Hannah, who has a birthday this weekend.

But tonight I want to share with you another card especially made to share on Twisted Sketches. So please ladies be sure to head on over there and check out the other amazing cards created by my fellow twisted sisters. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Firstly this is the card I created for the sketch:

And this is a second card created from the same sketch:

Thanks for stopping by everyone. Hope you are having a great weekend.



Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pretty In Pink

Here are a couple of new cards I have created this week. Got a feel for something new so I made an envelope card and then a swing card. I haven't made one of these for probably at least a couple of years so it was nice to do something different. Hope you are all having a great week and getting lots of crafty creations happening to share with us all. Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget.... not long now until my next card will go up for Twisted Sketches, so be sure to come on back real soon. Hugs xo Shirl

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Stampin Up.......

Evening Ladies

Well I had a lovely morning out supporting a wonderful friend, Susan Luke. Susan is a Stampin Up demonstrator and had a card class on this morning. Susan came up with two gorgeous cards for us to make. So tonight I wanted to share them with you all. I hope they help to inspire you to get your cardstock out, grab some inks and get crafty!

Thanks for stopping by. Stay tuned for some more cards tomorrow!



Saturday, June 11, 2011

Twisted Sketches - New Card Sketch

Evening Ladies

Gosh a week already since I last posted.... where does the time go? Must admit this has been kind of a long tough week in many ways. But I just wanted to welcome the new twisted sisters who have posted their first offical cards today. So please jump on over to Twisted Sketches and check out their takes on the latest twisted sketches card sketch! Love your work ladies..... can't wait to see more.

In the meantime I must make a start on my next card sketch! I can't wait to share it with you all this time next week.

Hope you are all having a great weekend..... anyone going to our local scrapbooking convention in Brissy? Anyone been even? I am thinking of going on Monday... thinking.

Til next time.... thanks for stopping by! Hugs xo Shirl

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Card and A Half

My gorgeous and very talented friend Helen Jolly recently started up the Card and a Half blog. I have been a slack friend and have been meaning to promote her blog here but have been so busy the past three weeks (that my dh has been away) that I am only now just getting around to it. So if you have a male card to make and need a challenge... please head on over to Helen's Blog, Card and A Half and check out her latest card challenge and some of her pruddy cards! Thanks Helen... you rock! Will be trying to get some of your card challenges done sweetie, honest! Love ya Shirl

Twisted Sketches No 62 - twist Ribbon

So happy to share with you all my very first sketch for Twisted Sketches

Our twist for this sketch was ribbon - anyway, anyhow! So please be sure to get on over to the site and check out not only the sketch but all the other lovely cards on display from my twisted sketches sisters! You won't be sorry.... their cards are just gorgeous!

For this project I used mainly leftover products, so I have to apologise to you ladies as I can't tell you the name/brand of the pretty patterned papers I have used. Other products used but included - bazzill cardstock, white doily, prima flowers, blue ribbon, pearls & kindy glitz. Stamped image is from Magnolia - Tilda coloured using copic ciao pens.

Thanks for stopping by ladies.... have a great Sunday! Hugs Shirl

Friday, June 3, 2011

Exciting News

Ok ladies... well I am just home from a trip up north for a soccer match where Jordie and four of our other boys played up for the U13 Div 2 boys and then a home game for his own side the U12 Div 1 boys. Sadly they lost both games BUT omg they played so well. Will post some pics later but we just all got our training jerseys (arranged by one of our parents) Gosh our boys are surely one handsome bunch now!

Anyways I was so excited to see almost first thing on a FB page the announcement of the Design Team that I was recently lucky enough to be chosen for! So without further adieu I want to say a HUGE thank you to the gorgeous Anam firstly for choosing me and secondly a big congrats to my fellow Card DT members Anita Mulcahey, Brianna Carter, Jamie Long, Kendra Sheehan, Sue Jones and Teresila Freddi (Card Design Team A), Betty Schaub, Elena Bianconi, Jessica Wrightington, Linda Hoffman, Michelle Johns, Nadia Cannizzo, and Tina J Mello (Card Design Team B). Well done ladies... can't wait to work alongside you all for the next six months. Have just seen your entry cards and OMG girls they are all so different but each and everyone of them is stunning.

So.... if you will ladies please get right over to Twisted Sketches and check out these amazing ladies. Each week there will be an amazing card sketch and layout sketch to keep the creative juices flowing and some amazing inspiration from the talented ladies listed above.

Have a great day ladies and I will be back very soon to share with you my very first "official" card for my term with Twisted Sketches!



Monday, May 30, 2011

Chistmas Star Wreath

Just one last post for the day ladies. This is a star wreath I brought after the new year to decorate for this coming christmas. I used some totally yummy and not to mention gorgeous Bo Bunny patterned papers that it took me about two months to get! Who'd had thought they'd be so popular and so hard to get! Anyways... it took me ages to get it all put together but I am so happy with how it turned out. I wanted to get some white doves to go on it but couldn't find what I wanted so it may be updated at a later stage! Have a great day everyone! Hugs xo Shirl