21 February, 2023

HM Sunflower Snooze


House Mouses love to snooze when they are not getting up to tricks.  This time the challenge is for more than one fold, so I made a Swing-fold card (see how on Splitcoast Stampers or Beccy's Cards). 

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Image: House Mouse        

Label die (for the swing): Spellbinders

Stars die: unknown

Sentiment: Bird

Oval die: Spellbinders

P.Paper: Sizzix

Also: Copics, D.Inks, white pen

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19 February, 2023

Hello Sunshine


This is a mini Miura fold card.  I used a decorative paper and added stickles to some areas.  The butterfly is coloured with Copics and misted with perfect pearls.

Sentiment Hello die: Simon Says

18 February, 2023

Fishy Cat


These crazy cats are so funny and so is the birthday sentiment (stamp: Tim Holtz or Katzelcraft? no packaging).  Masked the image and used an Artist Cellar Stencil for the background with DI's, also WoS, Opal Dust for scales on the fish.  Two sons-in-law are fishermen.

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Dark Lady


I love this moody image and decided to highlight it with iridescent turquoise.  The image is digi from Gecko Gals.

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15 February, 2023

Chocolate Heart


A little sweet heart for my sweetheart.

Fine splatter on base card in red, sentiment stamped, and chocolate heart stuck on.  I thought it looks a bit like an apple with the sentiment being the stalk and leaves...  a bit adam & eve-ish?

Stamp: unknown

14 February, 2023



Apparently February 13th is galentines day - a day celebrating girl friends.

This is an image that says it all - me and three friends out doing the girlfriend thing.  I love my girlfriends.

Those of you who know us as the Quilty Girls - can you pick who is who?  Hint: You can tell by the clothes and the colours.

I am sending this to the GIRLFRIEND in green who is a bit cut off at the moment because of the recent rain and flood damage.  She has had a very hard 12 months.

Image: Art Impressions    

Sentiment: made on computer

Pens: silver Sharpie; white, black, gold, silver gel pens.

Also: Copics, DIs, Glossy Accents, pearls, gems

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Answer: L to R: Get-it-Done Gayle, Cut-it-up Carol, Fabric-Fetish Fiona, Janome Jan.

13 February, 2023

Gilded Heart


I painted this heart freehand using Distress Inks and a coarse worn out stiff brush. Add gilding flakes in random colours, a tiny sentiment (unknown brand), and twine. Voila!

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11 February, 2023

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 mySpy   11 February.  We are bracing for yet more bad weather in the next few days- a tropical cyclone this time, apparently a once-in-a-century event with a lot of emergency preparations being made in advance.  However the temps are still summer hot and we are glad to have it that way.  

I took these photos last week to add to the last mySpy.  These are inside the clubhouse at the village.

the bar on the left, dining area and cafe in the middle back.  Looking through the door is a outdoor patio with tables and BBQ area

the lounge area with fireplace and baby grand

The lounge area looking out onto the bowling green. There is also a giant chess set and petanque court.  In the background behind the black fence is where the Care Centre is being built.  It includes a rest home and dementia unit.

When Ian and I walk down to the clubhouse for the mail, we often stop for a couple of games of pool. It is airconditioned and so nice to have something to do out of the heat.

The library.  The middle aisle shelves also hold games, jigsaws, magazines etc. while at the end are tables and seating to read newspapers and do puzzles ... there is usually one on the go and people might just stop and do a bit for 15 or 30 minutes

Our street (6 houses each side) with the Seven Oaks park area at the end next to the road.  Over the summer sometimes on a Sunday afternoon people will take a chair and some wine and just get together under the trees out of the heat

Now this is a project we did yesterday at our Quilty Girls.  Gayle had got hold of some blocks and a bit of fabric at a suitcase sale, but needed more blocks to make it into a quilt.  The blocks already made had two of each kind except for two designs which only had one. Fiona and I were going to do a block each, so we got it all out to work out what was needed.  We had instructions for one block, but had to work out the dimensions of the other block.  I'm rubbish at maths, so Fiona worked out the dimensions of the existing block (harder than you would think once it's stitched together) and I did the cutting.  We all tried out the fabric selection as they had to go with the rest of the blocks.  Gayle is going to make a larger centre panel of circular flying geese that these blocks will be set around.

halfway through the process; the fabric is cut.
Then we took them home to stitch.

My completed block on the left and the existing block on the right.

It will be exciting to see the progress on this quilt.  I'm sure Gayle will let me show you when it is finished.  It is for someone's special birthday next February.  It is such fun working collaboratively (even in such a small part or a project) as a team.  Gayle made us a super lunch which we had out in her courtyard under the sun umbrella with some bubbles.  Yahoo!

I hope you have a good week,   xx CarolG

Shakin' Heart


The heart shaker is made with two dies from the set, the others used singly.  The background is an EF which has been smeared with Versamark ink and heat embossed with silver sparkle EP.

Heart dies: magazine freebie            

Stamp senti: unknown

EF: Cuttlebug

Also: heart sequins, EP, acetate from packaging

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07 February, 2023



Our daughter has just moved into a brand new apartment on the top floor, so this is for her and B.

Why is it called an apartment when it's all stuck together?

The background is smooshed, the splattered with white ink and then misted with gold interference, and a sentiment embossed.  A fine strip of washi along the bottom to 'ground' the buildings.

Die: Memory Box

Stamp: magazine freebie

Also: DI's, white pigment ink, transference gold mist, washi.

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HM&F #383 AG/Add Doodling


House Mouse and Friends theme this time is Anything Goes with Option of Add Doodling!

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I stamped and coloured the image on plain white cardstock, added a drawn doodle frame, and also a doodled diecut sentiment.  The hearts have several different colours of red and pink and are finished with Glossy Accents.

Image: House Mouse            
Die: Crate Paper
Also: Copics, black pen, white pen, Glossy Accents

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06 February, 2023

Love heart with a flourish

This is cut on an electronic cutter.  I like the simplicity of it and decided not to have a sentiment, but put the words inside.

Cuttlebug, pearls, ribbon

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04 February, 2023



It has been so wet here the past couple of weeks, not photo-taking weather, even though it is stifling hot and humid.  We are having to put on the aircon in the evenings so we can get to sleep.

I thought this time I would do photos around our environment so you can see where we live.  There are no fences, but camellia hedges define our areas.  The gardens are looking better now and should look quite different next summer as they haven't even been in a year yet.  We had a few plums off our plum tree and the lemon and mandarin tree have lots of fruit even though they are only about a metre high!  

the house from the front

The house from the back yard

Our street

From inside the house looking out to the back yard

Our vegetable patch

And I noticed this weird fungi growing in the rhubarb.  It looks a bit like a curled-up pancakes with  egg inside.

See you next time, hopefully with some pics from out and about.

03 February, 2023

Flowery 80th


I have a friend turning 80 soon and, as she is a keen gardener, I thought flowers would be appropriate.

The background is softly smooshed in DI's greens, spritzed with transference gold perfect pearls mist, stamped, heat embossed and coloured.  Then diecut and the edges heat embossed, both the label and the p.paper.  The sentiment is also heat embossed.  The number is diecut from metallic card and stacked.  WoS is painted over the blue flowers for some sparkle.  Iridescent cord is double bowed and sequins added.

Image stamp: Rosies Studio    

Label die: Spellbinders

Number die: Provocraft (you're not the boss of me)

Sentiment stamp: unknown

Also: Copics, DIs,  EP, WoS, cord, sequins

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02 February, 2023

Wishes Bird


Critter Crazy is all about animals.  Check out the challenge here:  crittercrazy

For the background I hand wrote all the messages in white pen directly onto the base card after I had made the fancy edge.  Lots of loving wishes here!  

The bird is gently inked to contour (isn't it cute?) as is the twig.  

Bird die: Tim Holtz/Sizzix

Twig die:

Border punch: Fiskars

Also: D.Inks, white ink edged, white pen

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