Monday, 30 November 2009

12 Days Of Christmas

While I'm having a "12 Weeks Of Christmas Challenge", over at ScrapzBiz they are having a "12 Days" of Christmas challenge.
So here are my entries
We had to create a little box made from patterned paper - to which I just had to add one of my "peppermint" Handmade Daisies with a great red/white gingham brad.
The other challenge was to "recycle" - hello - one of my fave things to do.
So I used up some of the many empty ribbon spools I have in my craft mess - I have painted, added patterned paper and all sorts of things. For the top of the tree I added a mini dolly peg to which I stuck on a gorgeous little felt/wooden star.
It was easy, fun and a great little present to give to a family member - or perhaps you could just keep it yourself - now there's a thought!!!! LOL.
Those of you who know me, know that I'm no perfectionist so for this tree I have gone for the slightly "wonky" look - I dont like straight lines, anything perfect really so this little tree is a little "tower of pisa" you might say............LOL.
(Must make mention that I have seen something similar somewhere - just not sure where. I think form memory it had photos on it. I have had this idea in my head for a while now and thought I'd give it a go- the ideas are endless really. I can never thrown my spools out because I have lots of ideas to use them - just never get around to it....LOL....typical!!!!)

Luv Sandie

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Look What Deb's Been Up To

Take a look here at what Deb's been up to.

She only has 2 cards to complete and she goes in the draw for some of my daisies.

Thanks for joining in Deb.

Vicky has been busy creating too. Take a look at her blog to check out her creations.

Luv Sandie

Friday, 27 November 2009

REMINDER, REMINDER, REMINDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is just a friendly reminder for anyone who popped them name down for my "12 Weeks Of Christmas Challenge".

To be eligible for my Handmade Daisies prize pack you need to complete a card for each week - hence - 12 cards.

How are you going with them?

I know Vicky is going well.

Don't forget to pop back and let me know.

Luv Sandie

12 Weeks Til Christmas Challenge -4 Weeks to Go

Righto - I have some serious catching up to do. How about you? Have you been making any cards for my "12 Weeks of Christmas" challenge? If you have be sure to pop back in and let me know so you can go in the draw to win some of my new Handmade Daisies collection.

Here is my card for this week.

Sometime ago this year I created the pink/green combo cupcake card and thought I'd use the same idea to create a Christmas Cupcake card. There's nothing wrong with being inspired by your own work to create something similar.

So there you go - come on - how are those Christmas cards going?????????????

Luv Sandie

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Look at this

I received an email from Michelle Smith this morning asking if it was ok to "share the love" as I like to call it, in regard to my "using up scraps" to create these cards.

I scrolled down the post and found my little kraft cards using scraps. How nice is that.

Make sure you pop into Michelle's place for a lookie. Thanks Michelle!!!!!!

Luv Sandie

Tuesday, 24 November 2009


I just received an email from our Emily (she's on the schools computer). She attached this gorgeous little thing

Isn't it just the cutest?
Thanks Em!!!!
Just thought you'd like to share it around!!!!!

Luv Sandie

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Stay tuned everybody…………

Hopefully by the end of this week I will have something "NEW" to share with you over on my

Handmade Daisies Blog.


So sit back, stay tuned and it will all become clear to you.

Luv Sandie

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Looking back……………..

Just wanted to show you some quick and easy cards that I have made over the last year. Thought this may help get you enthused about making your own Christmas Cards.

I was especially pleased how the first card turned out – I just used a cheap candy cane from the $2 Shop for the “J”.

I was also happy how the orange/earthy cards turned out – these were published in Creative Paper Magazine last Christmas. These cards also came together really quickly.

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bluegreen junepinkbrown
forkeepsissue72 chris4
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joyshaker kaiserchrismtas

If you are inspired by any of these cards – let me know and share your creation with everyone by commenting to this post with a link to your blog.

Luv Sandie

Friday, 20 November 2009

12 Weeks Til Christmas Challenge - 5 Weeks To Go

Yet another pink card for the weekly challenge.

For this card I have used my embossing folder in my cuttlebug to create the backing for this card - I have also used kraft cardstock for a change. I stamped the angel stamp twice - once onto pink bazzill cardstock and then again onto kraft cardstock and just cut the kraft heart out and mounted it with double sided foam tape. Then I just stamped the little sentiment onto pink cardstock.

Very simple and very quick. Gotta luv that!!!!!

Thanks for looking.

Luv Sandie

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Yet another question.

Just wondering if anyone has a sketch challenge they would like to share.

If you do - pop in to this post and leave me a link to a sketch that you like, maybe its a sketch that you have made up yourself.

Come on - let's get a little challenge happening for all to share in.


Luv Sandie

How is that Chrismtas Shopping Going?????

I have nearly got my Christmas Shopping done. Yay!!!!

How about you? Take it from me - DON'T leave it to the last minute. The shopping centres are starting to get rather busy and there's nothing worse than hunting for presents at the last minute.

Make a list - get yourself organised and GOOD LUCK!!!!

Luv Sandie

What do you do?????????

Another question - do you make all of your Christmas card the same or do you create different ones.

I usually make them all different but I'm thinking this year I may just go with a couple of designs.

Running out of time.

Must pop my "12 Weeks Of Christmas" cards up on my blog too - been slack.

Luv Sandie

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Great news!!!!!

The girls are now catching the bus to school. A private company has just started up a bus service to their school. They are quite excited about it - for now anyway - it's something NEW I'm sure the novelty will wear off.

Which means I am now free of driving and it also means that I can start riding to and from school with Josh. He has been asking me for a while if he could ride to school but it's just safe enough. So we headed off on our bikes this morning which just so happened to run in conjuction with "Ride To School Day"......too funny. I must say that it was a bit of a shock for me - to and from school in the morning and then to and from school in the afternoon. I am going to be fit before you know it. It also suits me as I still can't walk with my shin splints and "bung" knees so hopefully all of this will help.

There you are. Just a bit of trivia in the Downey household.........LOL.

Luv Sandie

Just a question..............

This is a question for all the Aussies out there -

As it is summer in Australia in December, when it comes to making your Christmas cards do you include such things as snow flakes and snowmen?

I used to but now I tend not to. If anything it is the absolute opposite to snow. It's gunna be a stinker here tomorrow. Not looking forward to it.

I have a feeling that it may be bikini's for Christmas Day - now that's not a nice thought. LOL!!!!

One day I hope to celebrate a white chrismtas.

Luv Sandie

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Friends Helping Friends - Part 2...........LOL!!!!!

My friend Cath has been busy too - also leading up to the busiest time of the year CHRISTMAS!!!!!! I cannot believe we are nearly there.
She has been creating these for quite some time now (once again - not sure where she got the idea from)
They are wooden letters painted up - she has now included my Handmade Daisies - yay!!!! and they are nicely embellished and then strips of ribbon attached to the back of the letters.
They are used for little girls to clip their hairclips/hairdos to. They can be mounted on the wall in the bedroom or even in the bathroom. Perfect gift if you are looking for something a little different.
They are made to order - you just choose the letter you require and the colour and then Cath can make them for you and arrange postage etc.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these goodies - just leave a comment here and I will give you Cath's details.
Thanks for popping in.

Luv Sandie

Monday, 16 November 2009

Just felt like it...............

I was just flicking through my blog and I came across this card I created for a Moxie Fab Challenge. And I just happenend to win. We had to create a card using our choice of bags given to us on the Moxie Fab Blog. I was immediately drawn to this bag as it reminded me of my Handmade Daisies and this is the card I came up with.
I just felt like popping it up again. You know when you create something sometimes and you are really happy with it? Well this was one of those cards. This is a keeper - just for me!!!!
Thanks for looking.
Luv Sandie

Scrapbook Retreat

I recently signed up a new customer - Scrapbooking Premiere for my Handmade Daisies.

This weekend they held their Annual Retreat and ran a class using my Handmade Daisies - pretty spesh huh?

Here is a little peak at the layout class they held - I pinched it from their Blog.

Must catch up to see how things went. Thanks Sandra!!!

Luv Sandie

Friday, 13 November 2009

Want to get into the Christmas Spirit?

Well then you need to drop into the Little Scrapbook Shop tonight. (This poster was designed by the very talented Kerryn. I just love it)

There is a special Cybercrop going on just in time to get organised for Christmas.

Plenty of challenges and prizes up for grabs.

What are you waiting for??????

(This is a little "sunny boy" type parcel we made - I attached a tag using one of my Handmade Daisies and inside the little parcel is of course - MORE Handmade Daisies........LOL)

Luv Sandie

12 Weeks Til Christmas Challenge -6 Weeks to go

It's getting closer to the big day!!!!!!
Pink, pink and more pink.........LOL.
For this card I kept it VERY simple. I added a doodled border to the pink cardstock then detailed with some watercolouring. Then I simply stamped the sentiment using StazOn ink and the same for the branch - stamps are by HeroArts. Then I watercoloured the little berries too. I stamped the little owl onto kraft cardstock and again onto pink cardstock. I cut out the hat only from the pink cardstock and attached it to the head of the owl. I then added a little bit of doubled sided foam tape to the back of the owl and popped him on the branch.

There you have it. That's it. The trickiest part was cutting the little owl out but I have to say that I really enjoy cutting out I find it very relaxing.

Thanks for looking.

Luv Sandie

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Look What I Received

Look what I received from the ever generous girlies - Shaz and Carol. Thank you
girlies. "Sharing the Love" I reckon.
Okay so now you have to do this.....Right click "Your Blog Is Over The Top" image, save image to "My Pictures" then copy and paste what is written below into your blog post! Then add the pic to your blog and answer these questions!

Here are the rules of this award
1. You can only use ONE word!!!
2. Pass this along to 5 of your favorite bloggers!
3. Alert them that you have given them this award!
4. HAVE FUN!!!
Here we go -
1. Where is your cell phone? Handbag
2.. Your hair? Straight
3. Your mother? Verna
4. Youur father? Brian
5. Your fave food? Chocolate
6. Your dream last night? Forgot
7. Your fave drink? Agrum
8. Your dream/goal? Mother
9. What room are you in? Craft
10. Your hobby? Cardmaking
11. Your fear? Unsure
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Here
13. Where you were last night? Home
14. Something that you aren't? Tidy
15. Muffins? Yummothedidilio
16. Wish List Item? Peace
17. Where did you grow up? Gippsland
18. Last thing you did? Presents
19. What are you wearing? PJ's
20. Your TV? Small
21. Your Pets? Fish
22. Friends? Blessed
23. Your Life? Content
24. Your Mood? Relaxed
25. Missing Someone? Parents
26. Vehicle? Commodore
27. Something you're not wearing? Bra
28. Your fave store? Big W
29. Your fave colour? Green
30. Last time you laughed? Today
31. Last time you cried? 2days
32. Your best friend? 2many
33. One place that I go to over and over? School
34. One person who emails regularly? Tammy
35. Fave place to eat? Shanikas
So there you have it.
Now the friends that I am going to pass this award onto are:-
Be sure to pay them a visit and leave some love and check out their answers!!!!!
Have the bestest day everyone.
Luv Sandie

Happy Birthday Josh

Today is our Joshies 11th Birthday.

Not only is it Remembrance Day it is also Josh's 11th Birthday.

So 11 years ago on the 11th day of the 11th month - NOT at the 11th hour but even so - I was bringing our little boy into the world. I do remember stopping in the middle of contractions to have one minutes silence to remember the soldiers in the First World War.

Happy Birthday to our little man.

Hope you have the bestest day.

Luv Mum

Lest We Forget

Today we remember the soldiers who died in the war for our country.

Remembrance Day - The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

One minutes silence.

Lest We Forget.

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Melbourne Paperific Anyone????????????

Just wanting to know if anyone is going to Melbourne Paperific this week

I am going on Saturday if anyone would like to catch up for a cuppa.

Just let me know.

Luv Sandie

(Just adding - found the show to be good. It was stinking hot in there - you could really wear a bikini.............LOL. Bought a few bits and pieces but not too much damage done. Caught up with a few people and spotted my Handmade Daisies at the Craft Queen Stall.....yay!!!!)

Saturday, 7 November 2009

..................and the WINNER is.................

Vicky - come on down Vicky!!!!! You are lucky winner of some of my Handmade Daisies for the Halloween challenge.

Thank you to all who joined in the fun.

Vicky - I shall email you and send your prize off. Congratulations!!!!!!

Luv Sandie

Friday, 6 November 2009

12 Weeks Til Christmas Challenge - 7 Weeks to Go

For this card I have used my Cuttlebug embossing folder for the background - love these funky circles. I also used my wonderful Nestabilities die cuts and then I used an old, old christmas stamp. I used to stamp this in reds and greens but thought I'd go the pink/brown combo. I then fisished it off with some kindyglitz which just made it stand out that little bit more.

Thanks for looking.

Luv Sandie

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Craft Queen Christmas Card Kit

I was lucky enough to use some extra yummy colours and goodies to create some Christmas Cards for Nicole at Craft Queen.

These cards are sold in a kit form. If you get a chance pop on over have a look at the pack – it also comes with the gorgeous bauble stamp and while you’re there, see what's new at Craft Queen. Plenty of bargains to be had that is for sure.

Nicole will also be at Melbourne Paperific next week. You HAVE to go and check out her stand it is ALWAYS gorgeous. I usually just stand and stare at all the beautiful ribbons. My Handmade Daisies will also be for sale too which is rather exciting.christmas2 christmas3 christmas4

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Luv Sandie

QUICK, HURRY, PRONTO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

THERE IS STILL TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you would like to have a chance to win some of my Handmade Daisies all you need to do is look at this post

Make a card or 2 and leave a comment with a link to your NEW creation.

You have until midnight 6th November to complete your task.

Luv Sandie

Monday, 2 November 2009

I'm Dreaming Of A White & Natural Christmas

I decided to use my new Cuttlebug embossing plate and also decided that I would use a white/natural combo for a change.

I have also used one of my Twine Handmade Daisies some vintage lace and some vintage buttons.

Thanks for looking.

Luv Sandie

Christmas Cards All Year Round

Our Design Team Challenge for November at Christmas Cards All Year Round was to use ONE layer only. Now I have to tell you that for me - Little Miss Layer Queen - this was rather tricky.

Anyway here are my cards that I created. I have only used the card itself and then added only bling and ribbon.
Thanks for looking.

Luv Sandie

Scrapbook Capital "Build It Up 3"

Scrapbook Capital are holding their "Build It Up" challenge again.

It involves creating a card or layout each week. We are given a new challenge each week - First week was to use "Ric-Rac" 2nd Week is to use "Ric-Rac" and "Butterflies". Next week - who knows?

Great challenge.
These are my Week 1 and Week 2 Cards.

Luv Sandie

Card Patterns Sketch 39

Here is the card I created for a sketch challenge over at Card Patterns.

I added a recipe to the mix for a change - it's Lady Flo's famous Pumpkin Scones recipe. Good old Flo!!!!!

I used a pumpkin from clipart as my inspiration for the shape of the pumpkin and then just drew a bigger one, added some doodling, green florist wire for the curly bits, various stamps and other bits and pieces.

Thanks for looking.

Luv Sandie

Off to the cinema - "It's a Date"

Sean and I headed off on our date to the cinema with the tickets that I won.
We saw a great film "The Boys Are Back" starring Clive Owen - gorgeous by the way!!!!!
It was a really touching film. If you get a chance to see it - I would. I wouldn't say it was necessarily cinema material - you could easily watch it at home on dvd.
Sean thought it was a bit predictable in places - although I am a born romantic and usually just sit and get absorbed in a film rather than trying to nut it out.
The movie had 2 kids in it and the acting was unreal.
It has some beautiful Australian scenery. It was funny. On our drive home Sean asked "where do you think it was filmed?" His thought was NSW my guess was South Australia - guess who was right? ME!!!!!!!!!!! Yay.
So there you go.
Luv Sandie

Look what Amanda's been up to

One of my online girlies has started up a new venture - Handmade Camera Strips.

You need to go and check her new blog out

(This would have to be ONE of my faves Amanda - yummy colours)

What a clever thing you are Amanda!!!!!! If you're after a present for someone or even yourself these would be just the thing and just in time for Christmas.
I wish you all the very best of luck Amanda.

Well done.

Luv Sandie