Friday, 31 December 2010

Happy New Year

Just popping in quickly to wish everyone a very Happy New Year wherever you are in the world.

PLEASE stay safe on the roads - don't drink and drive especially.

All the very best.

Chat tomorrow when I reveal the new challenge.

Luv Sandie

Thursday, 30 December 2010

GIVE ME AN "R"................................

this is your first clue to the new challenge I'm about to start on January 1.

Stay tuned.


Luv Sandie


Who would like to join me in some fun to start the New Year off?

From 1st January I am introducing a new challenge - for each month I will be TRYING to complete projects using a paticular theme in the hope to get some work done.

If you would like to join in - just leave me a comment - then all you have to do is wait a couple of days for January's challenge to pop up.

Hope you can join in.

Luv Sandie

Latest publication

I have some cards in the latest edition of Australian Papercraft Essentials No. 13.

I was commissioned to play with some paper tole goodies.

If you get a chance while you're in the newsagents - have a little lookie.

Hope you're having a great day in your part of the world.

Luv Sandie

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Well it's officially Christmas Day.

To all my Blog followers - I hope you all have a fabulous and fun Christmas Day and wish you all the very best for a fun-filled New Year.

Relax - enjoy and please stay safe on the roads.

Luv ya...............Sandie

Tuesday, 21 December 2010


As it is the "Silly Season" and I know how crazy it is and how hard it is to find time to get things done............I have extended the deadline for my 12 Days Of Christmas.

If you get a chance to get some done - let me know.

Hope you are all going ok.

Luv Sandie

Friday, 17 December 2010


Just popping in quickly to say a HUGE thank you to the beautiful person who sent me a little Christmas pressie. I absolutely love the little goodies.

You truly are a great friend.

I would love to know who you are - PLEASE!!!!!!!

Luv Sandie

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

End of an era

Today marks the end of an era in our household.

Our baby - Josh - is finishing Grade 6 which means the end of the line at our little (well not so little now) primary school.

So many different feelings are going through my mind at the moment (hence me not being able to sleep and getting out of bed to type this post at 2.06am.................)

Must try and dig out some photos to pop up here for you to look at.

Gosh they grow up fast.

Luv Sandie

12 Days of Christmas - Day 12

Last one - ok today your creation needs to reflect "what christmas means to you"

Have fun with this one.

Luv Sandie

12 Days of Christmas - Day 11

Gosh - I've been flat out. Sorry for falling so behind.

Day 11 - Use 2 stamps on your project - could be 2 sentiments - it doesn't matter.

Luv Sandie

Friday, 10 December 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 10

Ok trying to catch up.

Day 10 is

Stickers - go for it in any shape, form and number.

Have fun.

Luv Sandie

Thursday, 9 December 2010

What's up for grabs?????

You may be thinking - I wondering if there is a little prize up for grabs for my 12 Days Of Christmas - well there is.

Nicole from Craft Queen has kindly donated 2 little packs of ribbon - they are yummy so you need to be in it to win it.

I will also throw in some of my Li'l Daisies - winner gets to choose their colour combo.

There you go.

Your time starts now.

Challenge will stay open til the 19th December. I will then pop everyone's name in a hat and draw some lucky winners out.

Come on.

Luv Sandie

12 Days of Christmas - Day 9

Day 9 and you will need to recycle.

Use old christmas cards if you like - it doesn't matter as long as it's something recycled.

Happy creating.

Luv Sandie

12 Days of Christmas - Day 8

Day 8 requires you to make a card, layout or OTP using

a doily and/or music - this could be sheet music, a music stamp - totally up to you.

Have fun.]

Luv Sandie

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 7


Day 7 - You must include brads and/or eyelets somewhere on your masterpiece.

Happy creating.

Luv Sandie

Monday, 6 December 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 6

Day 6 - you will need to create a card, layout or OTP with

6 blings - can be anything as long as it's blingy and shiny.

Go for it.

Luv Sandie

Sunday, 5 December 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 5

Bit of catch up time for me here - it's been crazy - crazy I tell ya!!!!

Ok -

Day 5 - create a card, layout or OTP with "25th December" on it somewhere

Have fun.

Luv Sandie

Saturday, 4 December 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 4's challenge is to

Make square cards - you will also need to include squares on the actual card itself.

Good luck and happy creating.

Luv Sandie

Friday, 3 December 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 3

For day 3 let's make a quick set of 3 cards. You can make them all the same or you can make them slightly different. If you are using a stamped image - stamp it 3 times while you have to stamp all inked up. It makes it a lot easier to have stamped images all set to go then you can just attach them to a card nice and easy.


Luv Sandie

Thursday, 2 December 2010

12 Days of Christmas - Day 2

Ok - for today you will need to create a card, layout OR OTP with

*Buttons - at least 2 and also include the word "to" on the front of your card.

Have fun.

Luv Sandie

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

12 Days Of Christmas - Day 1

Alrighty - here we are 1st of December. It just doesn't seem right!!!!!

Ok - let's start today by creating a card, layout or OTP with

*The colour PURPLE and you will also need to include the word "BELIEVE" on your project.

Happy creating everyone.

Don't forget to pop back in here to this post and leave a comment and a link to your creation so we can all join in the spirit of Christmas.

Luv Sandie

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

12 Days Of Christmas

Would anyone like to join in the fun of "12 Days of Christmas"?

I will be doing a little something for the next 12 days in the lead up to Christmas.

Who would like to join in?

If you would - leave me a comment.

Hope you can. Jump on in anytime.

Luv Sandie

1. Shandell
2. Debi J

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Wow - look at this!!!!!!!

Look at this


Totally amazing - somebody has too much time on their hands

Luv Sandie

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Some Felt and An Old Envelope

That's right. I used some felt shapes and the inside of a window faced envelope - you know those lovely envelopes that bills come in? Yep the same ones.

I just added a doodled border using a red marker, stamped my sentiment and attached the sticky backed felt in place. This would have to be one of the fastest cards I've ever made.
Luv Sandie

Handmade Roses

Here's some cards I created a few months back. They were going to be for a Card Class but it didn't go ahead. So here they are for your viewing now. As you can see - plenty of rustic stuff goin' on. My latest thing is to staple my daisies in place - it's easy and effective.

I love the pp and the little flowers were so easy to make.
Thanks for looking.
Luv Sandie

An oldie but a goodie.........You R The Apple Of My Eye

I was going back over some of my fave projects and came across this OTP that I completed at Scrapz Biz going back to March. You know when you're really proud of yourself for doing something.........well this is one of them.
We had to create a framed work of art and include a shape of some sort - like a heart - I chose an apple of course!!!!! I hand drew the apple on to thick cardboard, cut it out and then went ahead and used a lot of red buttons to cover the apple. I was really pleased how it turned out.

I used Sassafrass Lass and October Afternoon pp's, mixed alphas, tickets and one of my fave photos of Sean and the kids taken outside Myer Windows at Christmas a couple of years ago.

Good times!!!!!

Luv Sandie

Here's some more........

I forgot to upload these a little while ago too. These were challenges from Scrapz Biz. The holly card was a sketch challenge for this week.
Luv Sandie

Scrapz Biz

A little while ago I completed a challenge over at Scrapz Biz - actually I just remembered it was a Melbourne Cup challenge.

Here is my take on the challenge using the charming photo of me dressed up as Dame Edna.............LOL!!!! The things we do.

Really darling!!!!!

Luv Sandie


A BIG Happy Birthday goes out to Nicole at Craft Queen. Congrats Nicole. If you haven't paid a visit to Nicole's place before, well....................then what are you waiting for? She has the bestest range of ribbons and she just so happens to stock some of my NEW Li'l Daisies along with stacks of other goodies.

Luv Sandie

What’s Been Happening?????????

Here I am again. Back with updates.

It's all happening in the Downey household.

Not 1 but 3 new jobs in our house.

I can officially tell you now that I have a casual job at the Scrapbook Lady in Pakenham. This is ULTRA exciting - but not only me - Emily has a little job there too just putting things away, pricing etc. How cool!!!!!

And the 3rd job goes to..........................Sean. He has officially resigned from Bunnings after nearly 10 years and is now the Store Manager of Darren Spargo's Photography in town. We are all very excited about Sean's new move - big decision - but it will great to have him working locally instead of travelling each day. He will start early December - right in time for the Silly Season!!!!!

So there you go - we all went out last night to celebrate - drinks all round!!!!

So hence that is why I haven't been updating my blog as much lately - flat out having fun. I am absolutely loving my job and look forward to the days I work. Yay!!!!!

Speaking of work - I created a Sketch Challenge which runs from November up til the week before Christmas. We are promoting our NEW Mini Banner - customers come in, make a small purchase, pick up their FREE Mini Banner and sketch challenge, go home, create a layout, bring it back into the store and then it will be judged by someone independent and they will win a hamper of goodies. Pretty cool huh?

sketch challenge1

I know a lot of you are not locals - but you can always just join in the sketch challenge. Just follow the sketch and leave me a link to your creation. Would love to see what you create. (Having troubles updating the sketch as it’s in Word format – if I can I shall convert it and share with you, otherwise you can just follow my basic layout)

I have added the banner - just kept most of it in the raw chipboard and then embossed the little scalloped trims. This is little Stephen's first Christmas. I just adore this photo.

(On the baby front - our gorgeous Sudanese friends - George and Medina are expecting baby no. 3 just before Christmas - how exciting!!!!)

Well that' it from me. I will be popping in pretty randomly with any updates of as my mum used to say as we walked through the door "any news, notes or gossip?"................LOL.

Luv ya.


Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Can You Help????????????????? Please!!!!!

If being a teenager isn't hard enough, well then you need to read Brooke's story.

You can read all about her here. She goes to the same school as our girls. Tammy came home today and told us that she has her own website - you can read here

We wish you all the very best Brooke - we shall add you to our family prayers.

Luv Sandie

Friday, 8 October 2010

Scrapbook Creations No. 83

First of all - hi to all!!!!!! As always in our house - life has been rather hectic.

I have picked up a little part-time job which I am rather excited about so that has been keeping me busy and I'm loving getting back into work after 15 YEARS!!!!!! Long time between drinkies!!!! LOL!!!!!

My Handmade Daisies are going well - I have just released some different mixed bags for my Li'l Daisies so I shall have to MAKE time to update the Handmade Daisy Blog with some photos of them for you all to see.

Now - I have 3 cards in the current issue of Scrapbook Creations - my first time published in this magazine which I am very excited about. Yay!!! They are on page 81 if you fancy a little lookie.

Hoping to get some serious creating done this weekend. Fingers crossed - I really need to do some just for me and for my sanity.........LOL!!!!

Hope all is well in your part of the world.

Have a great weekend.

Luv Sandie

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Have you seen....................................

(THE Card Kit - comes with a great little stamp set)

(tags made with leftovers)

(mini card using up scraps - even a small scrap of trim)

(placecard using up scraps)

(Mini cards using the leftovers - you've gotta love that)

over at Craft Queen?????

I had lots of fun with some goodies that Nicole sent me to play with. As you know I just LOVE all things Christmas so when I was asked to make Christmas Cards - my hand went up straight away.......YES PLEASE!!!!!

You can buy the kits HERE (there was so much paper leftover I made some tags and some mini cards) go and check it out and see what else is new while you're there.

Luv Sandie

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Scrap That Ad Challenge over at Scrapz Biz

Over the last 6 weeks I've joined in the fun over at Scrapz Biz  They have been having a great little challenge where we had to be inspired by a certain ad on TV - some going back to when I was growing up.  We had certain criteria to follow and we had to create a layout for each of the 6 weeks.  I had lots of fun as I haven't been doing a lot of creating of late.

Here are my layouts

Week 1  I still call Australia home


For this layout I have used all bits and pieces – old slides, Australian flag toothpicks turned into a banner, coloured matchsticks and other bits and pieces

Week 2  We're Happy Little Vegemites


For this layout I have used all things Vegemite – I ripped a label off a Vegemite jar and stuck that down I even used the yellow ring from the top of the jar.

Week 3  Not Happy Jan


For this layout we needed to use a page from a book – so I used an old children’s nursery rhyme book that I picked up at an op-shop – it was falling apart anyway so I didn’t feel bad about wrecking it. 

Week 4  Life Be In It


For this layout we needed to create something inspired by the Life Be In It ad so I went with some great photos of Josh on his unicycle and one of my new Li’l Daisies

Week 5  Dove


For this layout we needed to be inspired by the Dove ad – I went with the theme that beauty is all around us.  I did some serious recycling for this layout – I re-used the inside of window envelopes – I even stuck my photo behind the window face…LOL, old playing card, clothes labels, old stamps, bread tags etc.

Week 6  Tim Tam Genie Ad


And for the last ad we had to think of 3 wishes – I explained that my 3 wishes have already come true – first to find Sean and have the fairytale wedding, second to have 3 beautiful healthy children and then to buy our very first home – our family home where we are all living happily – happily ever after.   We are truly blessed

So there you have it – this was a very challenging and enjoyable challenge – certainly made me step out of my comfort zone.

Thanks for looking.


Luv Sandie

Rest In Peace Grandma

Have you been wondering where I've been?

I've been here all the time - just having a little break from things trying to get myself right.

I am still having the ongoing problems with my feet/shins/knees - I changed to another physio and have found out a few problems - but they all can be fixed - it's just going to take some time and some hard work. So that is good.

I also found out about a month ago that I now have Diabetes 2 - I have been on the borderline for a couple of years - but now it's the real thing. Just a few diet changes and exercise - all that kind of stuff.

On a sad note - my grandmother (dad's mum) passed away last friday. She turned 95 years old last month - she was pretty fit up til the last couple of months which is totally amazing.

We had her send off today which was really nice and I got to catch up with lots of relatives that I hadn't seen for about 15 - 20 years. Amazing.

I have attached a layout I did about 3 or 4 years ago. This is my grandma and her twin brother. Great photo. Must get some more photos out to scrap.

So for now - I shall be popping in a little more regularly I hope - life is busy and I'm trying to prioritise things a little better.

I hope all is well in your part of the world!!!!!!

Luv Sandie

Friday, 27 August 2010

Winners of Christmas In July

I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone that joined in my "Christmas In July" challenge.

I hope you enjoyed getting in early to create some Christmas Cards - even if you didn't complete the whole set of cards (you are not the only one - how embarassing - but it's on the list of things to complete) at least you have a nice little stash of cards already underway.

There are 2 lucky winners - and they are

Grandma Jack and Shandell. (Can you please drop me an email with your mailing address please girls)

Well done girlies. You have won the gorgeous craft packs from Craft Queen - huge thank you to Nicole for her generous donations. I will throw in a little surprise too.

Thank you once again.

Happy creating.

Luv Sandie

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Just for fun.............

I have been so busy lately with my daisies that I haven't had much time to play - so today I created a card for Embellish Magazine Colour Challenge.
Here is my card created using kraft cardstock, an old paper doily that my friend Vicky gave to me, Fiskars edge punch at the top of the cream cardstock, Martha Stewart butterfly punches, Heidi Grace heart pin, vintage trims, vintage photo stamp, pearl trim, dream ticket and flourish stamp by Bella.
It was so nice to have a play.

Thanks for looking.

Luv Sandie

Monday, 23 August 2010


It has been pretty quite in Blog Land for me of late, however, I have been working on some ideas for "Christmas In July".
If you would like to join in some creating - just drop me a comment to this post and I shall keep you informed closer to the date - hey it is sneaking up - it's only next week.

We will be creating a card everyday in July. I will supply the ideas all you need to do is sign up - and wait for the fun to begin.

1. Sandie
2. Nicole
3. Shandell
4. Michelle S.
5. Debi J
6. Donna
7. Liz
8. Debs
9. GrandmaJack
10. Vicky
11. Shaz


C - create a card using a "Cuttlebug" or dry embossing if you don't have a cuttlebug
H - create a card with holly on it somewhere and/or handmade embellishment
R - reindeer or recycling or raffia ( you can pick which one)
I - ink
S - sketch
T - tear/torn
M - merry
A - acetate, angel or Australian theme - the choice is yours!!!!
S - scallops

I - ice/snow or indigo (or maybe you have another idea to share)
N - noel, nativity or north pole

J - Joy, Jesus or Jingle Bells
U - Unmounted stamp (take a photo of stamp and card)
L - Love or love hearts - it's up to you.
Y - Yo-Yo or Suffolk Puff (refer daily post Day 15)
T - Tag - handmade/handcut tag, die-cut tag, purchased luggage tag
I - In fashion (refer to daily post below- Day 17)
M - Music - sheet music, stamp with music, cuttlebug music embossing folder
E - Ephemera
T - Tinsel, twine, tree or toy - you may use 1 or more of these options
O -
M -
A -
K -
E -
C -
A -
R -
D -
S -


I'm very excited to announce that Nicole from Craft Queen has kindly donated some goodies for my Christmas In July Challenge.

Here they are - 2 ribbon packs and 1 embellishment pack.

Thank you Nicole - I'm sure the ladies are going to love these.

Luv Sandie


If you would like to be in the draw to win some prizes - today is the last day.

I haven't completed mine yet as I've been busy making daisies - but I fully intend to get them done in the next week or so. I'm determined.

Just let me know if you manage to finish yours on time.


Luv Sandie

Tuesday, 17 August 2010


What can you do with my new Handmade Daisies "Li'l Daisies" range?

Here are some samples I popped up on my Handmade Daisies Blog.

Card Samples Echo Park Summertime 5 Card Samples Echo Park Summertime 1
Card Samples Echo Park Summertime 3 Card Samples Echo Park Summertime
Card Samples Echo Park Summertime 2 Card Samples Echo Park Summertime 4


I have designed the mixed packs to match the newly released ranges from CHA Summer 2010 in America (and a few older ranges too) 

The mixed packs can also be used for everyday purposes as well - not JUST the new releases.

The first 2 cards are using Echo Park Sweet Summertime paper range (which I just love) and the last card was created using the same mixed pack but just using bits and pieces from my own stash.  The ideas are endless.

I have come to like attaching my daisies using good old glue dots – firstly they do a good job and secondly – I’m lazy – I like quick results…….LOL!!!  Another way I way I attach them too is to use a stapler – just a couple of staples on a couple of petals and voila!!!!

Thanks for your support with my little business - it means a lot to me.

Luv Sandie

How are you going with your Christmas In July cards?

Hmmm how are you going? You still have time - challenge is open until 23rd August.

I am still tryinig to work through mine. Have been a little busy creating my new handmade daisy range so I suppose I have an excuse. I am still determined to get them done though.

Good luck. Don't forget there's some little prizes up for grabs.

Luv Sandie

Check these out....................

Just wanted to share a couple of links to YouTube - our family have watched these a couple of times now and we love them so I thought I'd share the love with ya. this one is very clever - just imagine how long it would have taken to set up.

And this next one is just too funny. It's for an ad in America.

There is an ad in Australia at the moment which is supposed to be a take off of this ad. I prefer the American one for sure.

This one is clever - wouldn't ya just luv to give this a go?

Thanks for popping in.

Luv Sandie

Sunday, 15 August 2010

It's a .................................

take a look HERE.

Lots and lots of news.

Luv Sandie

Saturday, 14 August 2010


................exciting times. Details to be updated soon.


Friday, 13 August 2010


........................more details to follow.

Luv Sandie

Monday, 9 August 2010

Updates for Christmas In July

I am adding some updates from the very clever Grandma Jack.
She has been very busy creating her Christmas Cards and I have to say she is the first one to complete the lot.
Well done Grandma Jack!!!! You're officially a legend!!!!!
They have been sitting in my Inbox waiting for me to update them to my blog - so sorry for the delay.
Don't they look fantastic? Plenty of inspiration to be had.
I have been working on catching up - should have some updates to add over the next couple of days.
There is still time to catch up and upload - so - come on!!!

Luv Sandie

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Christmas Stamps For Sale

OK - I went through my Christmas Stamps - which I treasure - however, I haven't used these ones or I have used them once only.

So it's time to move them on - can you find a place for these in your home?????

If you would like any of the stamps just leave a comment to this post and I will forward you an email with details – thanks.

(This stamp is by Crafty Individuals - its an unmounted red rubber stamp (including ezmount foam backing) - used once - $8.00 + $2.00 postage)


(This stamp is by Stamp-It - Rachel Greig, it would be great for the inside of your Christmas cards - its going, going, gone for $$8.00 + $2 postage)


Next one is called Holly Background by Hampton Art Stamps – it has only been used once $8 + $2 postage


Ornate Star is by Stamp-It – Rachel Greig design – used once $8 + $2 postage


These following two stamps are brand new!!!! I thought these would be perfect for use with Copic Markers which are all the go at the moment.

Mary & Joseph $15.00 + $2 postage


Magical Santa $15.00 + $2 postage


So there you have it – just leave a comment if you are interested in 1 or more of the stamps and I shall mark it SOLD.

Luv Sandie

Saturday, 31 July 2010

Christmas In July - Day 31

Last day of July - last day of Christmas In July challenges.

Today is catch up time. In fact I am going to extend the challenge until

23rd August 2010.

You (and I more importantly) can spend this time to catch up on all of the challenges.

I'm sorry to update the last few challenges a couple of days too late. It's been crazy here of late.
I'm looking forward to sitting quietly and chipping away at the challenges I am yet to complete.

So come on - join in the fun -there is still time!!!!!

Luv Sandie

Friday, 30 July 2010

Christmas In July - Day 30

Day 30 - 1 more day to go.

You need to create a Christmas Card following this


You can interpret the sketch how ever you like. (I found this sketch via a google image search)

Don't forget to leave a comment and a link to your card.

Luv Sandie

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Christmas In July - Day 29

For Day 29 you will need to create a Christmas Card with

Die-cuts or the word "December"

Have fun.

Luv Sandie

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Christmas In July - Day 28

Righto - getting closer to the end.

Day 28 calls for a Christmas Card with

something Recycled, ribbons or rubons -the choice is yours.

Get creating - have fun.

Luv Sandie

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Christmas In July - Day 27

Day 27 and you will need to create a Christmas Card with

an Angel or anything else you can think of starting with "A"

Good luck and have fun creating.

Luv Sandie

Monday, 26 July 2010

Some of my latest Op-Shop finds

On the school holidays Josh and I had a little op-shop hunting day.  I’ve been hanging onto them for a while now to show you – here they are

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op shop findsa opshop finds

How’s the old Bingo set – it was only 50cents, old patterns 50 cents, old mix master cover, red/white gingham, vintage fabric tape 50 cents and some old books/frames. 

Thanks for dropping in.

Luv Sandie