Saturday, 27 February 2010

Stunning!!! Beautiful!! Amazing!!!!

Do yourself a favour today

Go take a look at this little clip on You Tube. It made me cry, it made me smile - it made me feel warm and fuzzy and it made me feel blessed.

I am SO lucky to be a mother. It was always my dream to be a mum and I'm livin the dream!!!!!

Very blessed.

Luv Sandie

Friday, 26 February 2010

Scrapz Biz Noteworthy Week 16

Here is my take on this week's challenge.

We had to make a tri-fold gate card.

I turned mine into a little forest scene.

I have used my new stamp set by American Crafts "Laughter" and Sassafrass Lass patterned papers.

Lots of fun and lots of different ideas that you could use to create different cards.
When I was cutting the clouds from the Sassafrass Lass pp, I noticed this gorgeous little elephant near the cloud. I couldn't resist writing "who said elephants can't fly? LOL!!!"........too funny.

Luv Sandie

Scrapz Biz Noteworthy Weekly Challenge

There is ALWAYS something goin on over at Scrapz Biz. I am having an absolute ball.

I entered this card for the "Notworthy Weekly Challenge" we had to create a card for a loved one - someone we wouldn't normally send a card to.

So here it is. I don't know where it was that I was looking last week, but someone created a layout using some fluff as a cloud so I thought I'd give that a go.

I used an old page from a book again (bit partial to them lately), a gorgeous green trim, little chipboard tree and some other bits and pieces.

(I found out yesterday that I actually one a prize for this card - whacko!!!!)

Thanks for looking.

Luv Sandie

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Altered Napkin Challenge

Ok - now is the time to post off the napkins.

If you haven't done so already, can you please email me with your mailing address.


Can't wait to get started.

Luv Sandie

(I am going to add the creations as they come in girlies. )

(The above creation is by Sharon Dale - isn't it amazing? Well done Sharon. Sharon has been taking part in an online class to create a visual art journal)

(This shot is the inside of Shandell's notebook - very classy Shandell)

(This one is a gorgeous Note Book by Shandell - it's fantastic Shandell - I think every girl needs one of these beauties. Thanks for joining in.)

(Just added an updated shot 2/4/10 from Shandell - she had a bit more of a play with her little notebook and added some more jewellery to the front cover - I really like what you've done Shandell - every girl needs some frosting!!!!!)

(the above card is by Leesa. Beautiful Leesa. Lots of style)

(This is also a layout by Leesa. I love it Leesa)

(layout from Deb - bright and funky)

(Card from Deb - love this one Deb - it's soft and romantic)

The next creation is by Giovanna - thanks for joining in Giovanna - your canvas is so, so funky - I love it!!!!!)

(Mary has been busy with a layout - I love the pink ribbon and the bling buckle - and the photo is priceless. Well done Mary)

So there you have it girlies. Keep the creations coming in. I will update as I go.

There is still time if you would like me to post off a napkin to you. I have a few leftover.

Luv Sandie

Monday, 22 February 2010

Last uploads for Scrapz Biz “Scrapz Amour” challenge

Well I finally finished ALL 10 challenges for the Scrapz Biz challenge.

We had 10 days of different challenges all to do with stamping – my fave things.

Day 5’s challenge was to make a little acetate box.  I created this one for Sean for our Anniversary coming up in April.  I have filled it with red hearts just so you can see what it looks like, however, his fave choccies are cherry liquers so I will swap them over closer to the time. (I might just have to eat the hearts myself…….LOL)

To keep in with the theme of cherries I stamped a little cherry stamp with red and black StazOn ink and then added some little Kaiser pearls to the red cherries for something different.  I also made a little heart punch label for the top of the box and added some sticky alphas and some of the gorgeous cherry ribbon to match.

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The next challenge that I completed was challenge 7 – the challenge was to use a heart box template and decorate it.

This was lots and lots of fun.  I could see this box being used for lots and lots of different ideas – birthdays, gifts and Chrissie presents.  Too cute.

For my design I chose an old page from the book “Little Women” and cut it down a little to fit just inside the front edge of the box.  I then stamped it with a swirl stamp and green ink.  I used one of my Handmade Daisies and some other blossoms with buttons and brads.

I also used a length of jute for the handle and attached the jute to the sides using some old rustic wooden buttons. 

There you go.

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Challenge 9 was next for me.  The challenge – stamp on fabric.

So I used my angel stamp by FernGully Stamps and Timber Brown StazOn ink.  I then used watercolour paint of all things to colour it in but you know what – it worked……….LOL.  I then added the finished product to some gorgeous cream/pink gingham patterned paper and doodled a stitched border around the outside of the card. I finished it off by adding a little clothes line using jute and some cute little pegs.


Challenge 10 was to use up bits and pieces of scrap patterned paper to create some quick cards. And quick there were. All I did was cut out some cute die cut shapes form a sheet of Bo Bunny patterned paper and added ribbon, brads, buttons and stamps of course.


So there we are – ALL ten challenges complete.  I can’t believe I did it.  It was so much fun.

Thanks for popping in.

Luv Sandie

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Craft Queen goodies

I have been playing with some gorgeous ribbons that Nicole - Craft Queen sent me to play with - there's just some things you need to do!!!!!!! LOL.

I have also used a new stamp set from Craft Queen - Technique Tuesday "Oh Deer" - way too cute.

While you're there - check out the gorgeous cards that the newest design team member Vicky has created. Well done Vicky. So pleased to have you on the team. Keep on inspiring us.

I will update some more cards that I've created as I create them.




Thanks for popping in.

Luv Sandie


Last call for the Altered Napkin Challenge everyone.

I still have 9 to send out if you'd like one. I shall leave it open til midnight tonight and then post off the goodies this week.

Luv Sandie

Saturday, 20 February 2010


Right you are!!!!! Here we go - I have a challenge for anyone who would like to take me up on one.
I stumbled across these napkins while we were away on our little holiday and couldn't resist them. I just love the retro/vintage feel about them.
The challenge is to use this napkin to create a card, layout or Off the Page item. The choice is yours.
There are 20 napkins - oh make that 19 as I need one myself.
I will take sign ups now. Just leave me a comment to this post and I will arrange to mail your napkin to you so you can get creating. (These shots are of the front and back of the napkin - there are 2 of each image in total on the napkin)
1. Lisa K
2. Shandell
3. Deb
4. Wirg
5. Flea (Fiona)
6. Sharon
7. Giovanna
8. Vicky
9. Beth
11. Leesa

Who will be first?
Luv Sandie

Scrapz Amour Challenge 8 - Background Stamps

Right - this challenge called for using our background stamps to create a card.

I used French Script background stamp by StampinUp and then I used a stamp set by Grace Taylor - the butterfly, the green branch and the flowers.

I then just added little alphas and a bit of trim.
Oh I forgot to add this is for the comp going on over at Scrapz Biz.

Luv Sandie

Scrapz Amout Challenge 6 - Diecuts/Journalling Tag - Scrapz Biz

Ok so for this card I used a gorgeous little diecut from BoBunny. Isn't that deer just the cutest little thing? We also had to use ribbon and buttons. So I added the gorgeous scribble ribbon and two cute little flower buttons.

I liked the border on the diecut so I doodled the border on the kraft card to match in with that.

Thanks for popping in.
Luv Sandie

In Need Of Some Weekend Inspiration?????

Well lookie here.

I got into Google and this image came up - its a promo for the Winter Olympics.

I like it!!!! So I thought I'd pop it on my blog. I am going to create something based on it.

Would you like to join in?????

You might be inspired by the colours, the graphics or the trees. The idea is up to you.

Drop back to this post if you manage to create something so we can all take a look.

Luv Sandie

Monday, 15 February 2010

Little Scrapbook Shop Card Sketch Challenge

YAY - just popping back into say that I won the Card Sketch Challenge with this card. Yay. Now I get to go shopping at Little Scrapbook Shop. There's just some things you have to do!!! LOL. Lucky me!!!!

Little Scrapbook Shop had a Cybercrop Challenge over the weekend.
I managed to squeeze in the Card Challenge. It was a sketch which had a tag on it.
So this is what I came up with.

Luv Sandie

Happy (Belated) Valentine's Day

I hope everyone had a lovely Valentine's Day.
Sean and I were lucky enough to go on a date on Saturday night.
We dropped the kids off at Sean's mum and dad's home and drove off into the city.
We had a little walk along Southbank - plenty of atmosphere with Chinese New Year celebrations going on.
We had a bite to eat - Chinese food and then we went to the movies. We saw "Up In The Air" with George Clooney. I wouldn't say it was a "must see" movie but it was great. Definitely not predictable which is always great.
We then had another walk along Southbank - plenty of buskers about. I couldn't believe how many people were out and about at such a late hour - when we would normally be in bed............LOL!!!!
We then drove up to Lygon Street to enjoy a coffe and cake.
Beautiful night to be walking around too.
We then drove home to an empty house - most unusual.
On Valentines Day we took off to Mass together which was nice and then we headed to the local market where I picked up some beautiful fresh produce.
Then we headed home for lunch. Sean's mum and dad came with the kids - gee it was great to see their faces again. It was so nice to have time to ourselves but we are so used to having the kids around. Sean's brother, sister-in-law and son also dropped in for lunch.
We all then just spent the afternoon doing what we wanted -nothing basically!!!!! LOL!!!!!
Hope you had a good one.
Luv Sandie

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Altered Napkin Challenge open until...............

I am keeping the Altered Napkin Challenge open for sign-ups until the 20th February.

If you would like to join in just leave a comment to the post at the top of my blog.

I will add you to the list and then post your napkin to you after the 20th.


Luv Sandie

Friday, 12 February 2010

Valentines Day Challenge

Leesa set a challenge to create something with a Valentines Day theme.

You can see the details here

So I created a very simple card using the packaging from a Cuttlebug embossing folder, gorgeous red ribbon with hearts, pin and beads and some tiny red buttons in the corner.  The sentiment was created using stickers that I found at Spotlight.

Thanks for looking.

Hope all is well in your part of the world.

Luv Sandiefatcatscrappinchallenge

Sunday, 7 February 2010


I have just finished watching the most amazing story.

The seperation of these conjoined twins from Bangaldesh.

The surgery was undertaken late in 2009 and there was a special on Channel 7 tonight. Did anyone else manage to watch it????

They are two special little gifts and their carer, Moira, is an amazing woman.

Luv Sandie

Saturday, 6 February 2010

Scrapz Amour Day 4

Day 4 - righto. We had to create a card using the "kissing" technique.

This requires the use of two stamps. What you do is ink up a background or pattern stamp for instance and then use another stamp - which has a solid design.

I used a flower stamp for the solid stamp and then inked up a StampinUp "French Script" stamp and pressed the solid flower stamp directly onto it.

So basically instead of getting the solid impression when stamped - the flower stamp now takes on the pattern of the script stamp. Just gives another option when stamping.
It's fun to see how many different designs you can get just by playing around.

I don't have a lot of solid stamps so I was limited to only a few but if you have some and haven't used them much - give it a go. (A lot of foam stamps have a solid design to work with)

I used a pink/navy combo for this card. I also used my cuttlebug script embossing folder to tie in with the script on the flowers.
(Please excuse the shonky photos - I just couldn't get the right light outside today)

Luv Sandie

Scrapz Amour Day 3

Right - for day 3 we had to use stamps to help create a cover for a block of chocolate as a gift for our loved ones for Valentines.

I used red cardstock, American Crafts "Romance" pp, ribbon, lace, felt trim, flower, pin, beads, button and the stamps are by HeidiGrace and Grace Taylor oh and those tiny little alpha stickers I seem to be using a lot these days - I think they are cool as!!!!

Luv Sandie

Scrapz Amour Day 2

For day 2 we had to add dimension to our stamped images.

This challenge was not hard for me as I always add double sided foam tape to just about all of my cards. I need to have shares in the ds foam tape company I reckon.........LOL!!!! Seriously!!!!!

So for my card I used Kelly Panacci stamp set - just love this chubby little owl.

Thanks for looking.

Luv Sandie

Still accepting names for my list of "Altered Napkins"

If you would like to join in here

Please just leave a comment to either this post or the one above.

I can add you name to the list, send you a napkin and then we can all get started on altering our napkin.

Looking forward to this one - have ideas running through my head already.

Luv Sandie

Friday, 5 February 2010

Scrapz Amour

There's a new challenge happenen at ScrapzBiz.  It’s running for 10 days and involves my fave things – stamps!!!!!!!! 

It's called “Scrapz Amour” and its all about sharing the love.

Our first challenge was to use our stamps (preferably ones that we hadn't touched yet) and to "paper piece" which means stamping the image using different cardstock or patterned paper and piece the image together.

I have used my new HeroArts mushroom stamp, 5 different scraps of patterned paper and some other bits and pieces.

I made this card for a friend who is going through a bit at the moment.

Hope all is well with you.


Luv Sandie