Watercolouring – a steep learning curve

An experiment with mixed media:

This card incorporates some gilding, some ink doodling Simon's card 2018

and a simple watercolour background. I also added some masking for interest.  Flushed with success (I liked the result) from this attempt, I made the following card.

Watercolour card 2

For this card I used a stamp from Carabelle Studios, the background is water coloured first, then stamped and doodled with a Microperm pen 01.  I added some coloured pencil highlights here and there.

I am really enjoying experimenting with mixed media like this.  Perhaps something a little more adventurous next time.




A Tot of Rum or Two

Written for my dad on the occasion of his 90th birthday when I couldn’t attend the celebrations.



When it comes to having birthdays,

Our dad’s had more than most

They’re almost a tradition,

Bit like the Sunday roast

He seems to cope with passing time

It’s wondrous to see

And High Street pavements

only meet his face occasionally

But that’s to be expected

for a fellow of his age

You don’t survive two wars, five kids

by living in a cage

So if he trips and stumbles

whilst yomping for the fray

Politely brush the litter off

and send him on his way

He met our mum, Cecelia

Cissie, to those who knew her

They were married over 40 years

And many good memories linger

There were good times, and some bad times

Marriage tends to be that way

But who of us has no regrets

Or things they’d wish to change

I looked up words to ‘explain’ our dad

and came up with a few

Beau Brummel seemed appropriate

from  staring at the view

But when it came to decision time,

wishing driving events ‘adieu’

I thought deeply and decisively

and settled on Mr Magoo

But some things have no matter

They’re not who you are

It’s the life you’ve led that defines you

That make you a shining star

You’re not a hallowed Surgeon.

Politician or Oil Magnate

But who at 90 can honestly say

They’re still a Chick Magnet  (sorry)

I’ll just say Hi to Brenda

She is the lucky one

In a long line of hopeful ladies

Who queued up to share the fun

She’s gracious and she’s caring

Which can only be a plus

And Brenda makes you happy

So that’s good enough for us

I’m sorry I can’t be there

to share this special time

Please forgive my poor attempt

To make this poem rhyme

So Dad, enjoy your birthday

Enjoy your family too

And raise a glass to all of us

A tot of rum or two

RIP DAD 1921 – 2018 

Card Making Class This Week

My first card class since November last year.  It was good to take a break and refresh a little.

As usual the ladies made three cards.  All quite different, and some more challenging than others.

Cards for May class

Although I haven’t been running classes of late, needless to say I have been buying supplies and stamps etc. The collecting is part of the joy of crafting I think.  I purchased this little stamp set from Art Impressions after seeing a Youtube video.  Here is my version.

Lighthouse tri circle card


Art Impressions – Circlet Mini Tryfold Lighthouse

This was the most challenging of the three cards we made.  The dear little scene is made up of three separate circle stamps. Also included in the set are two metal die pieces.  The card has three folds and one image is stamped on each piece.



Tryfold 1   Front (r) and Second Stamped image (l)

Tryfold 2  Third Stamped image (centre)

The tricky part is lining the stamps up so that they all align when the card is closed and viewed from the front.  We used a pencil to lightly trace the die cut images and allow us to line up the next stamp.  Instructions do come with the stamp set.

I really like the look of craft and white together.  My images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then I highlighted the stamped images with a Sharpie White Paint Pen.  Edges of the card were sponged in brown ink and I also added a circle frame to the front.

Art Impressions have three little scenes in this series so far.



Thoughts from Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on; and it will be better tomorrow.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: A rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’ve gone from your life.

I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.

I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catchers mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

I’ve leaned that whenever I decide to do something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”



I’ve been M I A on my blog recently

Hi Everyone,

Time sometimes has a way of getting away from you and that has been the case for the past several weeks. I apologise if I have been neglecting your posts recently.

Some sad news – My dad passed away a week or so ago.  He was 96 and has lived a full and mostly happy life I think. However the past year or so has not been his best and although he will be very missed I cannot help feeling a tiny sense of relief on his behalf.

Dad and Brenda dad 90

“tu me manques” Dad

I shall be heading to the UK very soon with my hubs’ and will be away for most of the month of March. I hear it snowed in parts of UK yesterday – I wonder if I have enough warm clothes in my wardrobe? No matter, the shops will be open I’m sure.

I am already worrying about Fluff’s but I have a wonderful neighbour who has offered to take care of her.  Fluffy will not appreciate that she has been saved  from the cattery and weeks of confinement, but it’s the best I can do for her, she gets to stay at home and will miss me. And I will miss her.

On the plus side, I get to see my brothers and sister and other family members.  Can’t wait, it’s been too long.

I look forward to catching up with everyone and everything in blogland again when I return.




It’s 40 degrees in Melbourne today

I’m so pleased I bought this “cool mat” for Fluffystuff.

RSPCA Cool MatI can’t help thinking of my animals friends in Canada at the moment who are suffering temperatures of minus 40 degrees.  I don’t really know what is worse, although I think I would rather be too warm than too cold.


Stay cool.



I created this Sweet little album a few days ago.  The instructions were downloaded from here

Hearts Ease Album 4

You will need to go to the April Archive to find the tutorial for the book, it’s called “Cherry Blossoms Folded Pocket Book” – Cherry Blossoms is the paper Kay has used to make her album.  Any paper would do.  I used “Hearts Ease” 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad from Couture Creations. You will need 6 sheets of 12 x 12 paper to create the album.

I’m so pleased with how it turned out.  Although there are only 5 pages, there are 20 pockets to embellish.


I completed the belly band which holds the book together, You will need a closure as the book has a tendency to splay open.  I think once I have put some embellishments inside, I may need to make a new Belly band as this one will no longer fit.  It might be a good idea to wait until you have finished the embellishing before making the closure.  Alternatively, before putting the inside finish to the cover of the book, you could substitute a ribbon closure instead.  The finished size of the album is 5.25″ x 3.25′ so it is quite a small album.

There is some simple bookbinding (the stitch used is called Pamphlet stitch).  I used a fairly fine black waxed thread which was all I had that would thread through my needle.  I must invest in some proper book binding needles.

Hearts Ease Album 5

I used a Stampin’ UP! Piercing tool and mat to make the holes in the spine.

This is a great little album to try out Book Binding for the first time.  Why not make one for yourself.  It would also be a  lovely gift.

Hearts Ease Album 6

A closer look at the belly band closure.  The medallion is shown as an idea for finishing.

Happy Crafting in 2018.