Happy Birthday FIL

My father-in-law recently celebrated his birthday and here is the card I gave him, it was my second attempt and believe me it looks a lot better in real life…

It uses the Sale-a-bration set “So happy for you” along with the Square Lattice Textured Embossing folder, both are only available until the end of March so you know what you have to do if you don’t want to miss out!  I think that they wide striped ribbon and Antique Brad give the card a very special touch, even though my husband maintains that there is no place for ribbon on masculine cards..  My colours are Night of Navy, Always Artichoke, Naturals Ivory and a little bit of Chocolate Chip.  I was going for a real natural feel for a man who loves Australia and lots of outdoor activities.

So, with that in mind you can imagine why I just knew that this following card would simply NOT DO!!!


To me this card simply screams “the United States of America”.  I showed my Father In Law, we had a bit of a chuckle and he agreed.  It will instead be sent to my Uncle-In-Law (if there is such a word) for his very belated birthday, as he lives in Virginia and Pete and I will visit him later in the year (which would explain the fact that I have the USA on my mind). It is a concern however, as we will be over there for 2 weeks and I may need an interpreter for my classes once I get back, as it is likely that no one will be able to understand me due to my thick American accent upon my return.  Oh well, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

So I know I should be really excited about all the cultural experiences awaiting me overseas, and I am, but I can’t help but obsess over the access to amazing (and much cheaper) craft supplies that will be waiting for me the minute I step off the plane.  Sad but true.

Until next time,

Happy Stampin’

Chocolate Boxes

After some recent Parent Information Evenings I made these Chocolate Boxes for the teachers who had given up their evening to help us prepare for the school year.

For the female teachers:

This one uses the DSP Woodland Walk in lots of layers of scallops, an easy effective way of decorating the front. This box is the right size for a 200g block of chocolate (which were on special when I needed them, whoo hoo!)

For the male teachers:


As you can see I added a little gift card with the stamp from the Hostess Stamp Set “Apple Blossoms”, I’m sure I’ll use it whenever I want to give “an apple to the teacher”.

This paper is retired, “Sweet Slumber”, I am still on a mission to use up all my scraps… The sentiment on the front of the chocolate box is from another Hostess Stamp Set “Afterthoughts”, a cute cheeky little set, the sentiment reads “just for you, so you don’t have to share”.

Hope you like it, I don’t think you can spoil our teachers enough!  I know that I would never be able to do their job!!!

Happy Stampin’


Luscious Mocha Slice

We had a lovely day on Tuesday when doing the Calendar Class.  Mum made these yummy treats for us all, so here’s the recipe to share:


  •  2 Packets Arnott’s Lattice biscuits
  • 2 tsp. Gelatine
  • 60 mls water
  • 125 grams Unsalted Butter –chopped
  • 375 grams Philly Cream cheese
  • 1 cup Caster Sugar
  • 60 mls Nutella
  • 1 tablespoon of Kahlua or Tia Maria
  • 2 teaspoons dry instant Coffee


Cover base and make sides of 23cm square slab cake pan with foil. Place half the biscuits, glazed side down.

Dissolve the gelatine in a half a cup of warm water.

Beat butter, cheese and sugar in small bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.

Add Nutella and Kahlua while mixing.

Dissolve coffee in the gelatine mix and add while mixing.

Spread mixture over the biscuits and place another layer of biscuits on top of mixture glazed side up.

Place in fridge until it has set.

My calendar

I was inspired to give one of Mum’s calendars a go after she recently sent me the measurements.  Here is what I came up with (yes I know that my calendar pad is from 2010, I’m waiting on my order of 2011 ones).

My colour scheme of Riding Hood Red, Basic Black and Very Vanilla was inspired by a note pad that Linda had given me a little while back.  I have used Love Letter DSP, a stamp from Notably Ornate and that beautiful wide black striped grosgrain ribbon, with a button feature.


Here is what it looks like flat:


Do you like it?

Happy Stampin’


Welcome baby

I would like to share a baby bag topper I made recently.  I knew I wanted to make something to coordinate with a card that I cased, I think from Teneale but now that I have gone to the site to find it to link it in I can’t find it there, so sorry if you find it elsewhere just let me know so I can give appropriate acknowledgement.

Pink Pirouette is the main colour used here.  I have also used some retired Pearls from the Pretties Kit along with some of the beautiful antique brads that are currently available.  I loved making the “flower” out of the ribbon and I hope to do that more often.  The stamp is from the retired set “Wild about you”, I can’t part with that one!

I’m visiting this new little baby “Mia” and her lovely Mum on Tuesday, can’t wait 🙂

Happy Stampin’

Bird houses

I found this cute tutorial for a little bird house from the Big Shot Mini Milk Carton, it is great to have lots of uses for these dies.

I modified this next one a little.  I made more of a tiled roof with lots of layers of scallops, I have also added a sheet of acetate to the inside of the circle so that I can fill it with treats without them all falling out.  I have also added some velcro to the back of the “roof” so that it is easy to get to these treats.

Here is the tutorial:


Enjoy and happy Stampin’

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