Hi, a big thank you for visiting me today. I love to be creative in my free time. I have started this blog to share my creations with you.

A great variety of hobbies take my fancy, I love papercrafing, knitting, crocheting, baking, photography and making lovely gifts from the heart.

Please, feel free to leave a comment on things that catch your eye. I have at this point chosen to moderate comments. As I do not wish to have any spam comments posted to my blog. So, for all the genuine visitors your comments are warmly appreciated.

WELCOME! Kick off your shoes, grab a cuppa and have a browse around. I hope you enjoy what I have to share with you. Please, come and visit often, 'cause ya never know what ya gunna get!!!

Thanks for popping by and happy creating!
Cheers, Deb

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Want Some Candy?????

G'day everyone, Just a quick post this morning to let you know of some blog candy over at Andrea's Stampin Moments.  On the last friday of every month Andrea has Freebie Fridays.  This weekend you can win some of her amazing Sprinkles, all you have to do is leave a comment.  So, get moving, click here and enter for your chance to win.  Good Luck!!!

Thanks for popping by and happy creating,
Cheers, Deb 

Friday, September 25, 2009

A Poem.....

G'day everyone, Sorry I haven't been here for a while, I've been spring cleaning.  Yah!  I am still working on some cards in between, but I don't have anything to share yet.  So, today I thought I would share a poem I wrote about 14 years ago.  I penned this after my Grandfather had passed. 


You had been sick for so long,
The doctors said your heart was strong.
The heart that loved everyone,
The heart that knew sorrow and fun.
The heart that we knew we could melt with a smile,
The heart that would give in, mile after mile.
The heart that would shelter and protect from the cold,
The heart that was loved by young and old.
Your heart carried you through many phases of life,
Work, children and a loving wife.
The heart that was made of the purest gold,
Made with a love that could not be bought or sold.
Now the time has come for us to say ''Goodbye''.
I tried so hard not to cry.
But, as the tears began to drop,
I thought of your loving heart coming to a stop.
Pop, I love you now and always,
And in my heart I will keep you until my last days.

Love Deb

Well, that's it for me today, hope you enjoyed my very first ever poem.  Let me know what you think, I love to read your comments.

I'll be back soon with some more crafty creations.

Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Cheers, Deb

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A Hole In One.....

G'day everyone, Thanks for visiting today, hope you are having a lovely weekend.  The idea for todays card came from Dawn's blog and if you click here you will be able to see her tutorial video on how to make it.  I changed the size a little bit, I made it a little taller then Dawn's one.

This style of card is called a tri-fold or gatefold card.  I found the images on a  free pages colouring-in site.  Printed them out and coloured them in with regular felt tip pens (made this before I bought my copics).

This photo shows the card open, I placed the image on one side of the front panel and the sentiment on the other.  The message I wrote along the inside image reads ''We hope your day is 'Par-fect!'''  This also came from one of Dawn's cards, I think it may be a Stampin Up! sentiment.

Well, I hope you enjoyed your visit today.  Would love to hear your thoughts on my card. 

Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Cheers, Deb

Friday, September 18, 2009

Baby Pocket Book (The Next Episode).....

G'day everyone, Happy Friday!  I hope you have had a terrific week.  Here are the baby pocket book pictures as promised.  You can find the link for Teresa's blog and her tutorial video in the post below this one.  Really worthwhile spending some time looking around her great blog. 

This is a close up of the flower embellishment I made up for the front.  I cut the little duck out of the animal designer paper I used inside.  Cute little ducky!

This photo shows the first two pages, and the tag in the first pocket.  On this tag I included a printout for bubs' birth details.(Just click on the photo to enlarge it) 

The third and forth pages, and the second tag.  I alternated the colour of the tags.  I used a heart shaped punch to cut out the little animals.  This tag is for Mum and Dad to record their first thoughts of bubby. 

The fifth and sixth pages, and third tag.  The animal tabs were glued to the top of the tags and then I trimmed the tag to the correct height to fit the pocket.  This tag can be used by Mum and Dad to record what they feel or think when they first cuddle bub. 

Here are the seventh and eighth pages, and the fourth and last tag.  I punched out more hearts in the co-ordinating colours to glue to the back of the tabs, to give a neat finish.  This tag can be used to record some fun birth memories, and how bub reacted to her new world.

Now, there are another two pages, but, I didn't photograph those did I!  So, that gives a total of ten pages for some adorable first photos and loads of room for some precious memories. 

This is a photo of the back cover.  I always sign my cards or creations with ''Handmade With Love By Deb'' and draw a little butterfly.  So, now you know where I came by my blog name.
A beautiful little keepsake, that can be used as a brag book for Mum and Dad. And a great memento for bubby when she is older.
That is my share for today. Leave me a comment, I would love to hear your opinion.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Cheers, Deb

Thursday, September 17, 2009

A quick one.....

G'day everyone, Hope you are all having a wonderful week.  Just a quick post today.  I'll share more photos of this cute little book tomorrow.  This is part of the present we gave to our niece and her partner, for their new baby.  Bub is due in October. (Cluck, cluck, cluck) lol

I found the idea for this little pocket book on Tresa's blog , check it out it has loads of inspiration.  You can see her great tutorial video here.

That's it for today!  See, told ya it was gunna be quick.  Back tomorrow with more on this cute little package.

Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Cheers, Deb

Monday, September 14, 2009

Saving Lou-La Bella.....

G'day everyone, My share today is two cards I've made for Mothermark's Teapot Tuesday tea party.  If you don't know this weeks story head over to her blog, here first.  Then come back and share my story.
If you already know Mothermarks Lou-La Bella Story read on...
Lady Zahara Baba is on a mission, to help save a fellow ladybug,
From a kidnap drama by a very nasty yella thug.
Ladybug Lou-La Bella Rock-a-fella has been taken, snatched away,
Her Mother is hosting a tea party, in hopes of saving the day.
So, in her V.W. beetle convertible, swift and fast,
Zahara's zooming and vrooming to help squish him into the past.
For extra security and some muscles that are big and strong,
She has bought her cousin Bazza along.
Now, Bazza is a bouncer, he can lift heavy things, but, he ain't that bright.
He might just be the ticket, to give that yella fella a great big fright!
They'll partake of tea and bickies, 'til they are full and fat,
Then help save Lou-La Bella, by squashing that big, ugly, yella, thug, bug FLAT!
Hope you enjoyed my story and my cards. Let me know what you think.
Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Cheers, Deb

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Thank you......

G'day everyone, Hope you are having a lovely weekend.  Sorry for the late post, we were out at a friends birthday.  I have a card to share with you today.  This card was made for my brother to give to one of his valued customers.
I love to use yellow and purple together.  All the flowers and the butterfly were 3D stickers from the same pack (think they were a set bought from a discount store).  I made the purple tag.  All the silver, except for the ribbon, are stickers as well.
I made the inside very basic, to leave lots of room for a thank you note to be included.  I love this verse  it reads, ''Alone  we can do so little, together we can do so much.'' by Helen Keller.

If we could all work together what an amazing world it would be!  I hope you enjoyed my share today, let me know what you think.  Back tomorrow with some more cards for this week's Mothermark tea party.

Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Cheerio, Deb

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Sugar and spice........

G'day everyone, Hope you are all having a lovely week.  For my share today I have some sugar cookies that I made.  I found the recipe here, thanks to Jenny for sharing her amazing recipes with everyone. 
I made three different styles of the cookies, teddy bears, rabbits and rounds (with hearts and smiley faces).  They looked super cute and tasted very yummy (wish I could pass some through to you).
Here is one of my bunny rabbits.  If you click here you will see another video that shows how to bake the cookies.  You bake them for about 20 minutes at 180 degrees.
I will include here another video that shows you how to make royal icing.  I used pure icing sugar.  Once all the sugar was added and the consistency right, I added a teaspoon and a half of fresh lemon juice.  This is to cook the egg whites. 

You can find other Signature Sweet Shoppe videos on how to decorate the cookies on Youtube. 

I hope you have enjoyed my scrumdiddlyumous share today.
Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Cheers, Deb

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Introducing Lady Baba.....

G'day everyone, My second post for today.  I have made this card for the Teapot Tuesday Challenge over on Mothermark's blog.  Please, go check out the story here first and then come back and see my story. 
If you already know Mothermark's story then let me Introduce.....drum roll please......  Lady Zahara Baba....

Lady Baba is a fashionista from the Ladybird House of Couture.  She has been following Zeke's wild and wilful ways and studying his style.  Zahara has fallen under his influence.  And has decided spots are soooo yesterday.  Now, she will only sport her beautiful stripes.  This highflying trendsetter is about to set the Ladybird world on fire! 

This is a photo of her good side.  It shows her lovely sparkly stripes up close and personal.  And how they bring out the blue of her eyes.  *giggling*

Thanks Mothermark loved your challenge and all the great stories and cards. 

Hope you enjoyed my take on Mothermark's challenge.  I had so much fun drawing and then paper piecing Lady Baba.  Let me know what you think, I love reading all the comments.

Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Cheers, Deb

Monday, September 7, 2009

Blue and Green Should Never Be Seen....

G'day everyone, Hope you all had an amazing weekend.  And all the Dad's had a wonderful day yesterday.  The card I am sharing with you today is one I made for our nephew, he turned 13 this year, Wow.  Where does the time go?!! 
I started by colouring this cute little House Mouse image (not sure of his name).  Once I had chosen the cardstock and paper for this card it came together really quickly.  I stamped the blue background cardstock and then layered everything together.  The light blue you see around the outside is actually the insert.  I left it to overhang and then I tore it.     
Do you know the old saying ''Blue and green should never be seen, without a colour in between''?  Well, I think they go well together.  I like the way the pop off each other.  What do you think?
Here is the inside, more stamped background and a little layering.  You can see the torn insert better as well.  Looks abit like a little mouse has been busy nibbling.
That's it for today folks.  I have a couple of projects that I'm hoping to get finished over the next couple of days, so be sure to come back soon.
Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Cheers, Deb

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Hhhmmmm, Chocolate, aaawwhhh.....

G'day everyone, Firstly, let me warn you.  This post contains CHOCOLATE.  If you need to, look away now!  Only kidding, it's only visible in one of the photos, and, it's in it's wrapping.  So, we should be all okay. Giggling.
Today, I'm sharing my version of an idea I found on Dawn's blog, it is called a candy bar slider.  If you click here you will be able to view her tutorial video.  She has the best videos.
I had to rework the measurements to fit the cadbury chocolate in well.  I think it looks 'sweet'.  Rolling on the floor laughing. (rotfl)
Here is the chocky pulled out.  You just pull the ribbon bow at the top and out it comes and then push it back in.  Too, cute!    
Here is a close up of the tag.  Lots of sparkles.  I used a polysparkle embossing powder on the stamped flowers.  Then I inked the centres of the flowers with yellow and stamped the sentiment.  I then added kindyglitz to the 'Just'.  So glittery in real life.
Well folks, that's it for me today.  Hope you laughed along with me and enjoyed my post.
Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Laugh and the world laughs with you.  Snore and you sleep alone!
Cheers, Deb

Friday, September 4, 2009

Babies, babies, babies everywhere......

G'day everyone, Friends of ours have just added to their family with a new little baby boy.  He is just sooo cute.  Little sweetie.  I am so clucky.  Lol.  

Today I have chosen to share the nappy cake I made as their gift.  A little less colour then the last one, still, it was very cute.  And it was loved by both Mum and Dad. 
I love the way the baby blanket around the outside looks so much like fondant icing.
Here it is all wrapped up in cello and with the ingredients tag.
The main reason for sharing this cake today was because, I actually remembered to take a photo of the tag.  Yah!!!  The crowd goes wild! 

I did this up on the computer (idea came from the ingredients lists you find on everything these days).  I punched out the hearts, inked the edges of the tag and hearts.  I glued two of the hearts onto the paper and then laminated it.  Then I added the heart on the bottom.

Hope you have enjoyed my share today.  I would love to hear what you think.  Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Love doesn't make the world go round.  It's what makes the ride worthwhile.
Cheers, Deb

Thursday, September 3, 2009

There's a Mouse in the House.....

G'day everyone, Hope you are having a lovely week.  Today, I'm sharing a card I made for our niece's birthday.   
This cute little image is from House Mouse, I'm not sure of the name.  I received him as a part of a 'random act of kindness' and the lady didn't include the names of the images.  Never to mind, he is just so sweet!
He is the first image I coloured with my copics markers.  I like to sponge around an image, I think it helps to make them 'pop' a little.
The base cardstocks are both embossed with a cuttlebug.  The 'Happy Birthday' piece is core'dinations cardstock.  I lightly sanded it to show the pink core.  The pink piece I rubbed a pink ink pad over to hightlight the raised areas of the embossing.  Then I added some bling.  Every girl has gotta have some bling! 
Here is the inside.  I always like to do a little something on the inside of my cards to finish them off.
Hope you have enjoyed what I have to share today.  Please, feel free to leave me a comment.  I would love to hear what you think of this or any of my creations.
Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Have a wonderful day!
Cheers, Deb

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Ripping, inking and rolling......

G'day everyone.  Today I'm sharing the present that I made for my sister in-law's 40th birthday.  So, a big thanks to Cindy, for allowing me to share her photos.  Cindy loves to scrapbook all her children's photos, so, I thought we would give her an album for herself.  The purpose of the album is for her to scrap the photos from her party.  I also included, a collection of photos of her life.  Sort of a ''This is Your Life'' style idea.  Confused yet?  Keep looking, I think it will become clearer. 
I have taken alot of photos to try and show how the layout works.  I have done two post to be able to share them all with you, so just scroll down to the next post to see them all.     
This the first page.  I was trying to make this look like an old fashioned bodice.  I ripped then rolled the centre of the pages then layered them.  Added the eyelets and ribbon.  Then I inked all the edges with a brown and caramel ink. 
I carried the bodice idea through to the next two pages.
This is a close up of the first page.  More ripping, inking and rolling.
Close up of the second page.  Ripping, inking, rolling......
Scroll down for the other photos.

The second half.....

Here is the second half of todays post.
I found some plastic sleeves that you insert into albums called flip pages. They are basically a normal plastic sleeve with another sleeve joined to it.  I bought two and put them into the album facing each other.  When they are opened out you have four pages in one long layout.  

In this photo (sorry about it being blurry) you can see the first two pages of the layout and on the right you can see part of the third page of the layout.
This photo shows the third and fourth page of the flip pages opened out. 
Now, I know for a fact that my sister in-law doesn't usually include journalling in her albums.  So, with this in mind, I designed the bottom half of all the pages with the orange panels to have hidden journalling areas. 
You just flip the orange panel down and Ta Dah!  I decided to do it like this for a couple of reasons.  Number one being that if my sister in-law doesn't use it you won't really know.  Secondly it allowed me to use all the space of the page to bring the focus to the photos.
Well, that's it.  Love to hear what you think.
Thanks for popping by and happy creating.
Cheers, Deb