Looking for crafty inspiration?

It has been a while since I shared some CraftStash products with you and I think that may have been on my other site so I thought it was time I shared more of their products.

The tropical theme papers would be great for summer fun layouts and I am sure that you can find papers that will fit with many of your other scrapbook layouts.  
Craft Consortium The Essential Craft Papers 12in x 12in Tropical Paradise 30 Sheets – $15.99

from: CraftStash

The pretty pastel colours would be beautiful for enhancing many scrapbooking pages or cards.  Indeed for any craft project.Craft Consortium The Essential Craft Papers 12in x 12in Grunge Light Tones  30 Sheets
Craft Consortium The Essential Craft Papers 12in x 12in Grunge Light Tones 30 Sheets – $15.99
from: CraftStash

Some tools also available: Hunkydory Premier Craft Tools Double Sided Cutting Mat 11in x 11in

The description provided by CraftStash:
The Premier Craft Tools Double-Sided Cutting Mat by Hunkydory has been designed to work perfectly with the Adorable Scoreboard and is a fantastic addition to any crafter’s toolbox. This double-sided craft mat has cm measurements on one side and inches on the other midpoint guides for perfectly precise 90-degree angles and even includes card size measurements printed onto the mat from 3in x 4in up to A5. The quality of this product is impeccable self-healing for long-lasting quality and with a 3mm thick non-slip surface every angle of this cutting mat has been carefully designed with the crafter in mind. {quoted from website}

Cricut Basic Tools Set of 5 – $29.99


Cricut Basic Tools consists of 5 essential tools needed to help you expertly handle a variety of basic crafting projects. The set includes Tweezers to lift and secure small and delicate embellishments weeder to remove tiny or negative cuts micro-tip scissors spatula to lift cuts from the mat and a scraper to clean all cutting mats.

Micro-tip Scissors
Spatula and Scraper

AALL & Create A5 Stamp Set #326 Garden Tools by Tracy Evans – $20.99

from: CraftStash

Hunkydory Premier Craft Tools Straight Edge Tag Punch – $20.99

from: CraftStash

Well that’s it for this post. I hope you find something you like and investigate further.  As always any purchases you make from links in this post may provide me with a small commission at no extra cost to you.

So go investigate and see the beautiful papers and other handy items you may not have found elsewhere and most of all have fun looking around.

Please leave comments and let me know how your exploring went.♣︎LR


Need craft tools and stuff?

Are your regular places for craft supplies no longer carrying what you need ? Or are you looking for something different to try?  CraftStash have some great deals at present so go check them out before they’re gone!


Craft Stash have all the crafty things you would want, to use their own words “We have 50% off big brand pens and art sets…” so head to their website and see what other bargains they have.

They have die cutting machines, digital cutting machines, handcuffing tools and much, much more.  This is definitely a store I could and would purchase from.

I will have more for you but for now I recommend you check out all the great specials, especially the 50% off items before they run out.

Cheers for now.

An inauspicious start! Card of the Day – Day 5

Hi folks,

I started this post about an hour ago and while trying to upload a couple of photos I took today, I’ll get to that, the internet decided to go down, great just when you are in the middle of writing a post and you want it done….. and it will be another hour before its done.

Anyway, I was going to continue sharing the cards I shared  with the Michael Strong Stamps group a couple of weeks ago but first I wanted to show you our “delightful” smog.  You have no doubt heard about all the bushfires in Australia these past months.  I haven’t seen anything like it since we stopped using coal for heating in winter.  Although, I think Sydney had and still has the worst of it, we have until now been lucky in our part of the country, not had too many in our region but over the last week or so they have been increasing, I am hopeful we will be safe.

The two photos I am sharing, one was taken 7:23am this morning and the second at 5:35pm.  Unfortunately the morning one is through a window with a fly-screen but doesn’t affect the colour or lack there of.  Not a lot of difference but this afternoon’s was redder than this morning, yet the photos on my phone show orangey in colour of the afternoon photo but comes up pinkish here(?) but then again it could my poor computer.  The graphics are getting tired:)

December 30, 2019 – 7.23am

December 30, 2019 – 5.35pm











With that out of the way, I can now share the card for Day 5 of Michael Strong Stamps group’s week of cards.  This one is using patterned paper with Michael’s dragonfly stamp:

I know some of my work is a bit quirky but that makes it fun.

Today’s card is quite easy to make especially if your patterned paper is as good as this, you just need a couple of dragonflies and you’re done.

I have to admit this is one of my favourites.

COD Day 5 – Dec.2019






Usually a week of cards is really only 5 days but this time I did an extra day and shared 3, one I have already shown you, in an earlier post and I called it Card 6.3.  I will share the other two next time, hopefully tomorrow.  In the meantime, stay safe everyone and thanks for reading.

Continuing my card of the day posts.

Hi folks,

I’m back with days 3 and 4 of my Card Captain week for the Michael Strong Stamps group.

Card of the Day – Day 3:

Here is one I made in 2017 for a challenge on Splitcoaststampers.  Just a bit of fun and color.

Today my partner and I enjoyed a lovely Christmas lunch with my CWA Branch, a jolly time had by all.  Even the weather was more bearable cooler than we’ve had in recent weeks.  It will hot up again soon enough.  Anyway, hope it gives you some cheer.

Until tomorrow.

Card of the Day – Day 4:
Thank you to all who sent me comments, I’m glad you’re enjoying the cards.
Today’s card was made in January 2015.  It has a contradictory theme, with Easter eggs but the Sentiment says different.
Dots are made with the mini round distressing sponges and inks:  ink sponge then just ‘stamp’ onto your paper, I also get the rest of the ink from the sponge after distressing around the edges, to make sure the sponge doesn’t have any ink left in it.  How dark the “stamp” is, depends on the pressure you put on it as well as how much ink is in the sponge.
Then just add whatever you want to the card.  I have also done this with stamps before cleaning them to make sure all the ink is off.  You can use as background.
Enjoy!  Until tomorrow. 
That’s it for now.  I’ll be back with days 5 and 6 tomorrow.  Cheers for now.
PS. Sorry about the inconsistency of the spacing – unfortunately I cannot find how to rectify the line spacing to be the same on both posts.  Perhaps someone out there can advise?  Thanks.


Card Captain for the Michael Strong Stamps group

Hello, as promised I am sharing the first couple of cards I shared with the Michael Strong Stamps Group a couple of weeks ago.

Because I’m a little out of practice I thought I would look through my collection of cards I made over the years.  I decided to go down memory lane and see how my technique improved (or not).
Card of the day – Day 1 – card made in 2012
So, this week I will be ‘reminiscing’ about cards made and how they have changed. Hopefully by the latter part of the week I will have a technique for you and caught up to 2019!
My card for today is showing my first Michael Strong stamp – the frame – for a long time I would use bits of the frame because it and the heart stamp, which I received as a gift, were all I had of Michael’s.  I was also still learning how to use stamps and what papers to use them on, etc.  Enjoy.


Card of the day – Day 2

Card of the day – Day 2

Today’s card was made in 2016, not sure if there was any specific aim just making cards. Layering and just trying different textures and embossing.  I think I stamped the mandala under the Michael’s hexagon or it was patterned paper.  I can’t remember now.

Enjoy!  Until tomorrow.

See you soon.  Thanks for reading.

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