25 July 2016

A Week left to Go Native!

Hello all - well, we have a week left for this challenge to be met: use the theme 'Go Native' to express yourself by creating something that represents your native land or your tribe/clan's traditional things; or even to show off the native animals or flora from your region.

This little fella is a very local inhabitant - he is of course the Tasmania Devil

"The Tasmanian devil is the world's largest carnivorous marsupial, according to National Geographic. Most of the time, they eat birds, snakes, fish and insects. Often, they feast on dead carcasses, called carrion."

I saying large - here is a baby being fed by a human.....
You can see they are not that large

They ARE suffering from a dreadful tumerous cancer which is threatening to wipe them out

There is a very determined effort going on to save them

The TWIST for this challenge is to make your project up as a Square CARD this month!

There is as always a prize

and some more inspiration


Antarctica is the only place for penguins - Antarctica is just down the hill from us!
Ergo - natives!


'Everything Stops for Tea!'
( A very British tradition!)

What ideas have you been inspired to create? 
You have until Friday at midnight to enter the challenge!

Go HERE and scroll down to the Linky to enter

18 July 2016

Midway for July's challenge: Go Native with a twist to make a square card

Hello Peeps!
Well, last post I talked about the wild weather coming our way, and the threat of snow to sea level
We got snow, yes,but only to about 200 metres, so no snow at my place. It was very Scottish sort of weather - misty and cold - and occasional glimpses of snow through the swirling fog as the wind gusts got a bit blustery.

Very blustery at times - up to 130 mph here, but we are thankfully tucked inside a bay and unless it is almost directly westerly - or slightly nor'westerly - we don't get too much. The rest of the state was NOT tucked into shelter so there were thousands without power and many whose roof and other things blew away! A bit wild, cold and nasty but settled now - you could tell it was going to be ugly as the isobars were squeezed so close together and it was all sweeping up at us from Antartica. The the snow melted - and you guessed it, we had rivers flooding again - this time the worst was in Huonville, a small town on the Huon River. 

But it was not all bad - snow often means lovely photo's so here is one from the north of the state, taken on a mountain called Ben Lomand (yes, we have a lot of English sounding names here). There is a small skiing resort on the top, and a very challenging road - called by the locals Jacob's Ladder......

It is a bit scary going up - and they tell me the road is much better than the last time I ventured there. I have walked it, carrying ski's over my shoulder, as well as my pack, but I was much MUCH younger then. This is looking north-west, into the sunset

Thanks to Dale Mawby for the pic

On to the current challenge:

Theme: Go Native

TWIST "It's hip to be square"

So, anything that represents what it is to be a native of your country - sport, cultural, spiritual, political, past or present, floral or animal...........

Come on - the Olympic Games are about to start - you can make something patriotic!

The twist is to make a square card!

The prize on offer - Embossing folder plus sequins

Yes, we have some more inspiration for you to look at and admire!!!

july 2016 DT 1 (640x566)This time Vicki is using the colours Red, White and Blue from our Australian flag
CG made a card inspired by some the icons of her adopted home, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

So, if you are inspired you need to add your work 

by scrolling down to the linky

11 July 2016

June Winners and some more for July challenge

Brrrr, it's winter and so it has been a bit cold - and about to get much colder! They are talking about snow to sea level this week - pretty amazing for us and we will wait and see.......meanwhile, this lovely bridge is one of many over the various rivers in Tasmania which is convict built (means its about 200 years old), and stunning in its design and construction.

It's the Red Bridge at Campletown, southern side entry to the town
Photo by Murray of Murray's Day Out

Looks cold doesn't it.........
If it snows to the sea on Tuesday I will take a photo myself and show you!

Now, on to the June Winners

No 6 Carole J
So delicate

and for DT Favorite

Congratulations to both of you
There should be an email from me re this with more information - if not please check your junk mail first and then send me a message

OK, so on to the July Challenge

Challenge #59 Go Native

Twist: use a square card
Yes, this is a CARD ONLY challenge

The Prize
Embossing Folder and sequins

As it was Nadoic Week last week, I decided to have a go at making a dot painting and discovered I am not as clever as the Original Peoples and other  painters who use this technique

I like it though

Now, it's up to you to think of something that you and the other natives of your region/town/suburb/country do that can be represented on a square card.....

Scroll down to the Linky on the post under this one

You still have three weeks to go to make a card and enter it.........

04 July 2016

July Challenge #59: Go Native with a twist to make a square card!

Well, Hello again! It was just a few days ago we were in June and now look at what has happened! 

Don't know about you, but life has been full of surprises lately - and Australia got one yesterday. Don't know if you are aware, but we voted Saturday for a new Federal government. It is compulsory to vote in Australia - so there are a few donkey voters, but apart from them, about 97% of us go to the polling booths, and put in our two pennies worth about who should represent us in Canberra. One of the most important things to decide is which polling booth to attend, as you need to select the one that has a pretty good sausage sizzle going - has to be an upside to waiting in line - and where the parking is not too bad. We got in to our local church hall about midday, ate a sausage in white bread, waited about 20 minutes, voted (the size of that Senate paper, eh!) and left after exchanging Hello's with neighbours and friends. Then all we had to do was wait to see who would be leading us for another four years - and suffer some indigestion from the sausage (or was it the white bread?)

Usually by 9.00 pm we have an idea of the leader and go to bed either grumpy or happy, depending on who gets the majority vote. Well, last night I went to bed at 1.00 am still no wiser and here we are today, still with a deadlocked government. The voter's are always right - perhaps we are trying to tell the politicians to just get on with it and do their jobs and learn to get along instead of scrapping and shouting and losing tempers and in general behaving like naughty children. Now, that's a thought.........

On with July's  CARD challenge!
Yes, this month we want card's only please

Theme: Go Native

TWIST "It's hip to be square"

So, anything that represents what it is to be a native of your country - sport, cultural, spiritual, political, past or present, floral or animal...........

The twist is to make a square card!

The prize on offer - Embossing folder plus sequins

My small Design Team of amazing talented crafters have come up with some wonderful ideas to inspire you. 

This week we say goodbye to Berina: thanks for all your work Berina and we wish you well in your soon-to-be-very-busy future,  and welcome a new team member -  

You may know Vicki by her Avitar

Vicki says: "I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband and four children. I have been crafting in one format or another for as long as I can remember. I started my blog to share my (many) creations."

july 2016 DT 3 (640x602)
For this challenge I have gone with the unofficial colours of green and gold (yellow) for Australia.

A square card using the colours of the flag of my native country.....the UK.

Fishing is an extremely popular West Australian pastime. My family are all mad keen fisher people.

I do love a pun......

So, off you go and start going native with a card!
You can link it up at the Linky thing below and have a month to get your project in. Remember, you can enter more than once, but NO STAMPS please.

27 June 2016

Final Week in June - where did the first six months go????

Well, we have just had the Winter Solstice here, so that explains the end of June. Now the sunset will get latter and latter again, rather than occurring at 4.45 pm!  As part of the celebrations of the Dark Mo Fo Festival in Hobart, we had a mid-winter Solstice early morning nude swim - noooooo, I didn't enter - but nearly 700 hardy souls did swim in the Derwent for this event. Temp was about 4 degrees but apparently the water was warmer than the morning air! Still not tempted to enter...............

As you can see above we have had some lovely cold, frosty blue days but we have had a few wet and foggy ones too, and my usual photographer - who is much younger than me and much fitter as well - went walking on the Mountain above the city last week and took this shot!

Wet and misty on the mountain lately - photo by Greg Faull
Reminds me of the Hobbit!

Now, over to the crafty side of the blog.......

Remember, the theme is POCKETS and the twist is to add a crown!

I made a Joy Fold card

and Shylaashree made a pocket card also
Note that lovely quilling.....


Please leave some love to the DT members - you can  always find a link on their names

Yes, there is a prize - I suggest you scroll down and see; you will find the Link there too to enter your work - we look forward to seeing what you can create!

Only a few entries to date so lots of chances to win the prize or be chosen as DT Favorite!

20 June 2016

Midway for June: Pockets with a twist of a Crown

Another week of winter here - cold and sometimes damp, and then along comes a day like today, all blue skies and sunshine and you really don't mind the cold..........my young friend Greg Faull (the photographer) has been out and about again with his camera, and yesterday he visited a place where I spent many childhood hours - mostly at school. I grew up in a small hamlet near here and our house overlooked this general area. I went to school here before going to Hobart to High School and boarding away from home for the week. The town is called Dunalley. It was involved in some very disastrous fires two years ago and the school was burned down along with many of the homes. This old jetty survived. This photo is looking east towards South America - you can see it .....just over those clouds there....really; between here and South America there is ocean......lots and lots of ocean.

What do you have in your pockets?

This month's challenge asks you 

The theme is 

#58: Pocket Books/Letters or Gift Card Holders 

TWIST include a crown

You can find more information HERE

We have some more inspiration to spur you on:

Gift card/Money wallet using card with crown images!
(Got to get that twist in somehow!!)

A Project Life sheet with eight -yes, eight - pockets to fill!

Looking forward to seeing what you can create

Meanwhile, keep well and keep creating!

13 June 2016

Second Week of the June Challenge: Winner's Post

Living is a beautiful, green island with a temperate climate has a downside when climate change is mixed into the weather patterns. On this island state of ours we always talk about the weather - some say a legacy from the English settlers who arrived here in the early 1800's; some say because of our island attitudes - whatever, we always discuss the weather.

Last week we got a lot to talk about - a nasty easterly storm that swept down the coast of the mainland (mostly NSW) and then slammed into the northern corner of Tasmania, spilling across to the north west before petering out against a low coming across the Great Australian Blight from the west. This storm had nasty 120 plus kilometre winds, large swells and tides and waves and lots of rain - lots and lots of rain in a very short period of time. This photo shows the result.

Flooded farm in northern Tasmania

The rivers systems could not cope with the runoff and broke their banks, swirling along and flooding areas not flooded for over 100 years, if then. They met the tides and swells and in some places the farmers reported they ran backwards as a result before churning back out to the sea. Herds of milk cows and beef cattle were swept away and consequently drowned with them, and sheep too. Beaches were eroded and in NSW homes damaged from the sea. In Tassie - huge swells on the East Coast for the surfer boys were greeted with elation - and some were lucky to survive the occasion. However, three elderly people lost their lives in the floods, and many more people were rescued from rooftops of cars and houses by helicopters and other means. Many people drove through flood waters and got swept away. One died that way. Many had their home inundated and their businesses too. Carpets will sell well in the next few months, as will paint, and tradesmen will be in short supply. 

I live in the south - apart from some much needed rain we didn't have many problems. Dark Mo Fo has started and life is good, albeit a bit cold. I think myself very lucky.

Tasman Bridge over Derwent River - lit up for Dark Mo Fo - photo by me.

The winner for May is 

with her recycled chocolate box
Her twist is the hoarded pearls!

The DT Favorite is: (very hard to decide...)

Congratulations to both people.
I will be in touch soon!

The June Challenge is a week old and already has some stunning entries.

The theme is 

#58: Pocket Books/Letters or Gift Card Holders 

TWIST include a crown

You can find more information HERE

I made another pocket book - different style, but still using one 12 x 12, folder and then adding two cover pages.

You can find more information on how to make this on my blog HERE

You can find more inspiration from DT members on last week's post (scroll down) and that is also where the Link thingy is - at the bottom of that post!

Tune in next week for another exciting adventure of living in Tasmania!
Oh - and some more inspiration for the challenge too!

06 June 2016

#58: Pocket Books/Letters or Gift Card Holders TWIST include a crown

Hello Peeps

Another new moth and another new challenge - great entries in our last one and remember, next week will be the winner's announcement! Meanwhile, another great photo for you - we have has some cold weather here lately (it is winter after all) and while we have had some lovely frosty blue days, we have had a few cold, grey days too......

Five Mile Beach and fog - by Greg Faull

#58: Pocket Books/Letters or Gift Card Holders 

TWIST include a crown

Yep, this is a challenge to do something different -
  • not just a card; 
  • not just a box; 
  • not just a tag; 
  • not just an album; 
  • not just a scrap page

So, what do we want? 
Basically anything that has a pocket into which you can put photos, tags, images, presents, gift cards.......

What are Pocket Letters and Pocket Letter Pals™?
Basically it's a new way to write letters to penpals for a one time-swap or permanently. You decorate all the pockets of a trading card sleeve or similar, and send the whole page to someone who wants to swap with you. You can fill the pockets with anything you like (stickers, tea bags, a note, washi tape samples, pictures, etc.) Make sure to include a short letter or note and tuck it in one of the pockets. It's the perfect way to collect letters from penpals around the world and a convenient way to store them. They fit perfectly in a binder! 

Watch this video for more information: http://youtu.be/OxHLkm0lZi0

Project Life sheets would fit nicely in here

What is a Pocket Book? 
A book with pockets! Again, go to the internet and check out the YouTube video's on making pocket books or check out Pinterest where there are many different ones made. Decorate them to your hearts content as long as you don't use stamps!
Gift Card Holders
These can be pockets in a bag, or in a box or on a tag or purpose built!

Is there a prize?

Of course!

It will taken out of its plastic for ease of posting!

OK - know what to do?


Oh! - I forgot......

........Inspiration needed? 

The DT have some ready to show you!

A pocket letter

Mini Pocket Book

Gift /money holder and gift tag.......twist is Princess crown

Don't forget to go leave some love for them!


Link up at the Linky thingy below - you have a month to enter your creation

30 May 2016

There is no new post here.......nope, nothing here......

Remember, we work from every first Monday of a month, so that occurs next week for June, so nothing to see here today; really, there is nothing to see.....oh, all right - some eye candy!

Photo by Georgie FitzGerald
The Huon River at sunrise

You can just see the Sleeping Beauty in the background through the rising mist.....

See you next week!

23 May 2016

Last week in the May Challenge #57

Welcome Peeps!

I hope the world is treating you softly. I have another photo for you to enjoy - another pretty scene from pretty Tasmania.

This was taken by an excellent photographer called Dan Fellows in the Tarkine, in North West Tasmania - a beautiful area of nature at its best. It is not a National Park but should be included.  These are tree ferns.

Now that your soul is refreshed, let our imagination run and get creating

The theme for May is to recycle or reuse an item 
in some way, so that you create another useful item

Remember, we are a paper based challenge, so your creation has to involve paper or card somewhere but not contain any stamped images

The twist is to use something from your stash that is over 12 months old
This is not an either/or thing - you follow the theme and you may choose to add the twist but you must follow the theme to be eligible for the prize

Speaking of prizes - I have to apologies to several people for a lateness in sending the prize
I will do better, I promise!

This is the prize for May

Here is some more inspiration

Charm made from a Pill Bottle Cap

How clever are my team!

Another toilet roll repurposed!

If you want to see how these were made, you need to go to the blogs and find out!

So, off to the workroom, and start moving - you have five more days to enter!

Enter your creation