29 December, 2022

2022 Faves

 A roundup of my favourite makes for 2022, a year in retrospect.


the flower is made with stamped coffee filters and left unstuck on the edges



New stamps to play with and a new fold




I made this for our son-in-law, sent but unfortunately never received.  He is a keen fisherman.


A bit of mixed media



always gotta love Norm from Art Impressions.



Background paper made with bubble technique.



That's all folks!  2023 is coming up fast and lots of new things to try.  HAPPY NEWYEAR!!

27 December, 2022

mySpy Pic Week ending 25 December


As you will probably know by now Lysha has finished her iSpy challenges, and I have decided to continue my own photographic journey.

This week has been full of contrasts, torrential rain (hot and sticky), bright sunshine with blue skies, and then last night thunder and lightning!  Still with high temps - yesterday was 31+ deg in the shade at our house.  When NZers say it's a white Christmas, they mean vanilla icecream and chilled white wine!

The village is all dressed up with lights and stuff, but these trees took my fancy.

Last week's torrential rainstorm; rain outside with aircon turned on inside.

Our street in daylight

and in the early hours

And yesterday ... one of my little furry visitors

I hope you had a fab Christmas with friends/family and I wish you a warm and wonderful 2023.

17 December, 2022

iSpy #100

  Each week, Lysha puts up a photographic challenge with prompts for us to look out for, then we share on Lysha's Saturday (my Sunday).   This week begins 5 December

Prompts this week are:  Colourful, Backyard Quarterly, Far, Jewellery, Choose anything monthly.

This is the last iSpy that Lysha is running.  However I have decided to continue a roundup of my photos regularly as I have enjoyed it so much.

Colourful: finally the flowers in pots are starting to flourish,  probably because we've had lots of rain lately.

Backyard quarterly:



Far:  A local trucking company has put lights in their big tree and we can see it from our place about half a kilometre away as the crow flies.

Jewellery:  my little glass box of go-to earrings

Choose anything monthly:



I hope you go look at what the others have done with these prompts, here:  ispy-99/

Summer Christmas


One of my fave Christmas stamps because it really reflects our summer celebrations and this is when we take our summer holidays.  The stamps are embossed for an extra bit of fancy.  The background is smooshed DI's with some interference gold misting and inked edges.

image stamp:   Stamp-It         

sentiment stamp: ?magazine freebie

Shared on challenges:


cupcakeinspirations-559-happy holidays

inspirationstation-43-holiday magic the lime and gold colours reflect our summery Christmas time


asyoulikeit-anything-goes-for-christmas the lime and gold colours and the stamp images reflect our summery Christmas time

paperfunday-48-anythinggoes holiday time

allsortschallenge-707-AG/C Tree

welovestamping-december-I Love... summer time celebrations



11 December, 2022

Southern Christmas Tree


This is a more meaningful Christmas tree to us here in NZ with some of our native flora and fauna forming the foliage.  I think the EF is complex enough and decided to keep it fairly simple.  Great for a last minute card.

I embossed the card and used pigment inks to highlight the shapes that make the tree, and sanded the dotty bits.  The sentiment is built in to the tree.  Matted onto gold frame.

EF: Craft Creations

Star: is a dropout from a diecut

Shared on challenges:




inspirationstation-43-holiday magic

CRAFT challenge-661-christmas

asyoulikeit-anything-goes-for-christmas nice and simple and very kiwi


06 December, 2022

iSpy #99

 Each week, Lysha puts up a photographic challenge with prompts for us to look out for, then we share on Lysha's Saturday (my Sunday).   This week begins 5 December

Prompts this week are:  Special, Blunt, Starts with S, Food, Your choice.

Special:  a vintage perfume bottle I was given.  I don't know how old it is, but I've had it for years. 

Blunt:  this smartphone holder has blunt arms and legs

Starts with S:  it's nearly Christmas, so here is a Swan-a-swimming  from my 12 Days of Christmas ( I am working my way through the set and have the last four still to finish)

Food:  Yay, our first fruits from the garden since we moved here in April.  We brought the tub of strawberries with us (the birds actually ate the first two from the new crop)

Your choice:  With the first of December, our summer has officially arrived!!!! however whenever I use this shopping bag it always feels like summer

I hope you go look at what the others have done with these prompts, here:  ispy-99/

HM Swinging Christmas


House Mousies always have extra fun at Christmas, and the House Mouse Challenge is anything goes with option of CHRISTMOUSE Christmas.  
Check it out here:  housemouse-challenge

Amanda has a particularly sweet tooth and will do anything to get a candy cane.  The image is coloured in Copics with WoS, a gold pen, and white pen used also.  I made this with grandchildren in mind and hid the sentiment under the image panel for the kids to discover.  Close up to see the sparkle of WoS on the candy.

Image: House Mouse        
Panel Die: cArt
Sentiment: House Mouse
Lace border die:
Also: Copics, DI's, 2 PPapers, gold patterned washi, gold paper, WoS, gold pen, white pen, ribbon (is dark green)

Shared on challenges:
asyoulikeit-favourite-non-traditional-christmas-animal  mousies are so cute any time of year but I'm sure they get up to extra mischief at Christmas time.
welovestamping-december-I love ... fun christmas mousies

Eeeeekkkkk!!! Welcome back House-Mouse FANS!

We are here with our last challenge of 2022 for you.

This challenge will last for 5wks while the team have a festive break..


 so join the fun!  Please use  a House-MouseDesigns(R)
  House-Mouse Friends /Happy Hoppers, or, Gruffies image stamped/decoupage or CD rom.

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Many thanks to our generous Sponsors for their continued support to our HM blog in 2022   

05 December, 2022

Sweet Poinsettia


A sweet little gift that fits a Ferrero three-chocolate pack nicely and is closed with a magnetic strip.

I originally made this design at a workshop years ago, and have used it a lot.  A great idea to use up bits and pieces from that Bitz Box on your desk.

Flower die:   Marianne                 

Border die: Spellbinders

EF:  Couture Creations

Word die: Three Button Studio

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CRAFT-660-christmas-present a present



simonsaysstampmonday-holiday cheer