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 

16 May 2016

Third week of May - Wow, time flies.........

....and so we are half way through the challenge and the month.

Before we look at the challenge, look at this photo taken by Greg Faull (of course) of beautiful Battery Point, a suburb of Hobart, at sunrise one rainy day last week. It is looking down the street towards the river - this suburb was one of the first settled in Tasmania, and almost one of the first in Australia by the English, and so it has Georgian cottages everywhere - very quaint.

Remember this months's Challenge #57 is to

Creative Upcycling

This means that you are to recycle something creatively - that is use something you would normally throw away in a creative way - not just to use materials that are old. 

TWIST use something you have had in your craft room for a year or more

There is a prize - with an extra surprise thrown in

Now we have sorted that out, lets see what some Design Team Members have come up with for you to look at this week........

The purple metal ring is from a broken earring, and all the other elements are well over 4 years old each, too


The notebook and wooden rolling pin are over a year old. There'll be more piccies on my blog.

Washi tape.......

Remember, to enter you need to go 

and scroll down to the Linky thing

No stamps and it really does have to be recycled or given a new beginning......

09 May 2016

Happy Mother's Day for Sunday!

Hope you all had a lovely time celebrating Mother's Day
We have a family tradition now (built up over several years) of going to the soccer to watch the Grandddaughter(s) play - and we take food and champers along!
Why not drink while you endure the cold and watch the game?

Yes, autumn has finally been subdued a little and it is getting colder. 

In fact, it snowed here in Hobart, Tasmania, last week - just a light dusting on the mountain. This amazing photo was taken of the old brewery (Cascades) in the foothills. Actually, the stone work is just a facade as the original was burned down in 1967 during disastrous bush fires. You can still see the remnants of the fire damage in the dead trees behind the buildings on the mostly left side of the mountain. They look like thin white sticks. Fifty years ago and still standing, dead.

Another interesting fact. 
My grandfather worked at the Brewery in the 1920 - he was Chief Maltster. 
Always said stout was made from the sweepings off the brewery floor.......

I suppose we need to talk about our April Challenge this week - we had a fantastic response to the challenge so assume you all like Fauna and Flora!!

This is the prize

Our April winner is

(As Steffi uses Flicker I cannot get a copy of her card here; you will need
to go to her site to see it)

Congratulations Steffi

As there are over 30 entries this month, we are going to have 3 DT Favorites: they are

Congratulations too, to you three crafty ladies.

Don't forget this months challenge either

Creative Upcycling

TWIST use something you have had in your craft room for a year or more

Yes, there is a prize also

As well, there is some amazing inspiration from the DT!
How clever are these ideas?

Everything except the photo is over a year old (especially Mum and I)

Jen Leeflang
The organza dress on my card is made from an organza gift bag that is a good few years old.  


Mini album made from empty toilet rolls/tubes

So, what are you going to recycle/upcycle?

Enter your work - by scrolling down to the linky  -

Don't forget our rule - no digital or rubber stamping please.

02 May 2016

May Day, May Day.......it is the start of a new Challenge: #57 Creative Upcycling

(Apologies for the late start - didn't schedule properly!)

Hello Peeps! Hope you have all had a grand start to the new week - and will continue to have a wonderful May. We have started our May with a great downpour of rain - and for a State where the dams were 12 per cent, our gardens are dying and the farmers were extremely worried about planting, that is a very good thing, believe me! 

Onward and upward I say!

We have had a great response to our April challenge, and look forward to seeing what you all come up with for this month..........remember, winner and DT favourite will be announced next week (how difficult will it be picking that!) so do tune in then for details, but meantime here is the May theme.

Creative Upcycling

TWIST use something you have had in your craft room for a year or more

There is a prize - with an extra surprise thrown in

Prize is a new, unused word die 
plus 4 metal girls with balloons (something I have had in my craft room for over a year now)

Your older item can be adorning the upcycled item or it can be the item!

We have had a few difficulties in the DT at the start of this month - some of you have noted that I have been out of action a bit due to a bad back plus the joy of nursing a hubby who has just had a new hip implanted. Other DT members are also having a bit of a journey, and between illness, moving house and holidays we only have one piece of inspiration to share this week, so enjoy that and come back next week to see what else we have come up with!


Small box (13 cm or about 5 inches tall) which did contain a bottle of Tassie whiskey- long gone!
A piece of hessian which was attached to a floral arrangement delivered here some time ago and which has sat on my desk waiting to be used.

Box covered with glue and then MegaFlake to disguise it's previous use, and used to contain some chocolates as a small thank you gift I needed.

The Mega Flakes have been in the drawer for over a year

So begins another challenge - remember, no stamps to be used please; refusal often offends!

Enter your piece at the inky thingy - thanks!

25 April 2016

Last week of the Unstampabelles April Challenge

This post will go live on ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand.

Lest We Forget 

This photo of a poppy was taken a few days ago at Gallipoli, Turkey, where one of my Granddaughters, Private Hettie Adams of the NZ Army Band, is currently stationed. She will be one of the party making the music for the Dawn Service and other services around the area on the 25th April and singing the NZ National Anthem at the Dawn Service.

She was delighted when she found a tortoise there one day!

On to the Challenge - 

Fauna and Flora
With a TWIST of Texture!

This is the prize on offer

I have not made anything for this week for inspiration as I have had a busy week with a husband in hospital with a hip replacement, but my fabulous Design Team have stepped up to the grid and provided the following to inspire you!

Just look at that quilled flower!

Wynn has been at it again and provided another lovely card

So, if you are going to enter, you need to do so before midnight on Friday
Scroll down from HERE and find the linky and enter your creation there

18 April 2016

Midway for April Challenge #56

Hello Peeps - well another week and another reminder of our current challenge. The theme is

Flora AND Fauna


Talking of Fauna, here is a very endangered bird from Tassie

Edition 170 A forty-spotted pardalote
The 40 spotted pardelote, which has been called a 'farmer' bird because it taps the leaves an branches to urge the tree to put out manna, or a type of food sap

Cute, eh?

Back to our challenge.......
Remember there is a random prize

And we also choose a DT Favourite

We have some more inspiration for you as well

I love dalmatian puppies!

A wee house!

So, scroll down to the first post for April to find the linky to add your project and 
don't forget - no stamps or digi's please. 

11 April 2016

Who is the March Winner then?

The #tinderboxvineyard to the right and over the water is #brunyisland.#tasmania

This is in an area of Southern Tasmania called the Channel area

Presumably because there is a body of water between Tassie and Bruny Island running most of the length of this area. Bruny Island is named for Bruni D'entrecasteaux, a french explorer who visited this area - in fact, I might have been French if the English invaders of mainland Australia had not taken fright at the thought of France taking land near them, and immediately sent a small group to colonise Tasmania - and take it in the name of England first! There are lots of places in this area with French names as a result. 

Welcome to Tasmania

On to the winner's post to announce the winner of our March challenge
 - unlock your potential -
The twist of course was to add a key.

There was a prize (random number selection)

It was won by Vicki!

unstampable march 2016 (497x640)


The DT Favourite was unanimous this month and that is quite unusual
It is also the first time in quite a while that the DT Favourite has coincided  with the random number winner! That is also unusual!!!

So, a double Congratulations to Vicki, especially as she made this card by mistake, thinking that the recipient was 21 this year, when really he was only 20!

Our current Challenge#56 


Flora and Fauna 
with a 

TWIST to add some extra texture!


We have some more DT Inspiration to stir you on to enter this month

So pretty

CG's desert upbringing is shining through again!

Scroll down to last week, and find the link to the challenge there - there are already so wonderful entries
Please remember - NO STAMPS used, including digital ones
It is always embarrassing to have to remove an entry

04 April 2016

Time for the April Challenge! #56 Flora/Fauna, with a twist of Texture

Do you know what the term lumpy-bumpy means when scrapbooking? I came across it a few years ago and it describes exactly the idea that a page/card/journal has been loaded up with lots of texture and embellies...........

That is what this new challenge is all about

Flora and Fauna 

TWIST add some extra texture!


You are all clever people and know that flora means plants and flowers; and fauna refers to to all the critters that live among the plants and flowers!

You have a month to enter the competition

Winner's of last months challenge announced next week, as per usual

We have several pieces of inspiration to get you started - 

Jen Leeflang

So, week one and we have flowers and butterflies.........what shall we see next week, I wonder......don't forget to visit the DT and see how the cards are made and leave a comment. We all love the interaction.

Don't forget - no stamps to be used, including digital stamps

28 March 2016

Well, big chance to win - only two entries

I hope that bunny found you with lots of eggs......

Now, about our latest challenge #55

I think this was just too hard for everyone - such a shame as I can see in all the magazines and on Pinterest many cards, mm pages and such that would fit this bill, but apparently I must just have a warped brain.........

Anyway, there are only five days to go for this challenge #55:

Unlock your potential
The twist is to add a key.........

There is a prize (random number selection)

To inspire you a bit more....

Shylaashree has made this absolutely gorgeous creation

How is tat for fulfilling potential!
Look at that beautiful quilling too.

I made a bucket list book for a friend so she can start collecting her bucket list together
It is made with an old Memo book of mine that had five pages written on - so I tore them out. 

You can find out more on my blog

Let's see what you can come up with.......

Please scroll down to 

 and find the Linky at the bottom of the post to add your entry for the challenge