Monday, October 28, 2013

Cricut cake with CTMH paper....

I love making these cakes, I fill them with chocolates etc. This one was finished in a bit of a rush and is for lucky member prize won by Rhonda......

Cricut artiste cake, filled with chocolates......mmmm....
I love this paper form CTMH, was able to cut two cake bases per sheet and five lids per sheet.
The top is a little plain but it took a long time to put all the liquid pearls on top and I love the embossing folder which I bought this year at Paperific.

Ran out of time to make the pedestal stand that I wanted to do so the Reject shop Christmas goblet filled with smarties did the trick. Perhaps a little top heavy but nevertheless finished it all off.
Enjoy Rhonda!!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

How time flies...and apology....

I cannot believe the past two weeks have flown so fast......even though I am no longer working I am tying up loose ends, catching up with people, preparing local show entries and much  more!

I am so late in drawing the comp for the 20,000 post giveaway. One lucky person is winning a  collection of products which will be able to be used in any form of paper craft!

The lucky winner.......drum

Rhonda .....congratulations. I will need your postal details and will send this off with less delay than the draw!

Thank you to those who entered.


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Enjoying the spring weather and the roses are blooming....

I am trying to balance my gardening time with my crafting time!!

What a glorious choice to have work!!!

The first roses have bloomed and I just had to bring some inside....(love the op-shop cut glass vase!)

Love my old milk can - thanks Poppy!

 Just Joey - a scented favourite...
 Love, love, love the snowball bush!
Love, love, love our 1922 Californian Bungalow. The garden needs building up again but now I have left work I can spend more time on this.
Its an unusual home with such a heavy tiled roof but most characteristic of the era. We love the large rooms and high roofs and lots of verandah.
Take time to enjoy the fresh air!!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Celebrating reaching over 20,000 page views.....

Hi Everyone,

I am so pleased to have reached this goal. I am in a happy place at present after reducing my workload and taking a break.

I can now concentrate on this wonderful pastime of paper crafting, creating, playing with cricut and beginning as a Close To My Heart consultant....

As a thankyou to all those who have visited my blog I am giving away a gift, drawn next weekend, Sunday 13th.

Please sign up  to my blog and leave a comment to this or another post.

Past followers are included simply by posting a comment.

Your name will then be on the draw list!!

I will make sure the prize is something nice, either a voucher or other gift.

Also if interested in CTMH products please take a look at the link. For any cricut users the art booking cartridge is available now, as are Art Philosophy and Artise. These are all favourites of mine which are used constantly!

Looking forward to draw day...

take care


Saturday, September 28, 2013

Cricut CTMH cartridges.......

Here is a link to an informative you tube video on the three art cartridges available through CTMH.

This explains the differences between each cartridge as well as the flexibility and creative options of each.

Pleas contact me for more information on using these cartridges and to order,


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Link to Ranger ink printable colour label sheets for most colour products.

I often search for this so have posted the direct link to share. It is so handy to help organise Tim's range and to keep track of what is missing in the collection!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Close To My Heart cricut artiste project.......file box and this file!!!

I love this cartridge and especially this particular cut. There are so many ways it can be used.
On this occasion I cut the boxes small and fitted 2 on the mat.
I used my Fabscrap paper supplies which I have had for some time. I feel they are perfect for this type of project. I was able to incorporate the Fabscrap tags as well.

I have several others half made. Am also busy making tags to put in the boxes as little gift sets.
As can be seen I embossed the paper with "Swiss dots" on the cuttlebug just to add a little more dimension.
 Remember this cartridge can be ordered on my CTMH store link.
Also by  purchasing this cartridge you would also qualify for the stamp of the month ($5) and an extra special stamp set this month as well!!


Baby card for Keatia.....

Here is a baby card I made for my nieces first baby - a gorgeous little girl called Keatia...

I am happy to share the craftroom file - needs CTMH artiste

Now its off to create some more.....

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

CTMH Cricut Art Philosophy... Pillow box...

An easy project that can be kept simple or more highly decorated....

This one is very simple......

Cut at 5.5 inches (I used last years Kaiser Christmas paper as I have quite a bit in my stash)

The snowflakes were cut at 2 inches (snowflake2 - shift under layer tab of Art philosophy)
The ribbon is from a favourite Martha Stewart punch.

I used clear glossy embossing powder to highlight the colour of the snowflake which was cut from cardstock.

This cut makes the ideal small gift for teachers and friends at Christmas.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Making rosettes.....

I have been practising making rosettes....nice and easy project especially when using Tim's hints for gluing them.
If you do not know - simply put a dob of hot glue on your work mat and form the rosette around it. Hold for a brief time until the glue dries. It will lift straight off the mat and be perfect!
 I made 42 in a very short time using Tim's dies.
I am now off to prepare a cut file with the ribbons and rosettes cricut die on craft room.
My nieces will love these for a Christmas craft.
Also great make and take with may options for using them.

Monday, September 9, 2013

cricut handbooks onto my ipad.......

Thanks to Sheila at
I have almost finished putting all my cricut cart handbooks onto my Ipad. This is so exciting as it means I can access them anywhere!
Thanks so much for the excellent video on how to do this!
Please visit this blog as it is amazing...

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Proud Mum - cannot help myself.....

Here is my lovely daughter Becky who manages the Sanity store in Bay City Plaza at Geelong. They were nominated and won the monthly retailer of the month award this week.
Huge congratulations to the Bay City Sanity staff for a wonderful achievement!!
 Be proud!

Our weekend in Melbourne & Paperific.......

What a wonderful time we had - Leanne and I packed our bags for an intended two night stay but within 24 hours realised it was just not enough so extended by a further night.
We cannot recommend Quest apartments Flemington highly enough. It is quiet and peaceful and we always have a two bedroom, two bathroom apartment so ensure plenty of comfort, sleep and choice etc.

Above is only a very small part of our set up, every surface was taken up! 


Above and below are some of the makes on display in booths - we did not take many shots. 

We took our car loaded with  play things for our down time and did plenty of cricuting, cuttlebugging, making, dreaming, planning and oh the odd Baileys and Moscato!!

A fridge full of healthy snacks and we were well catered for!

We budgeted - for some significant shopping and made some great purchases

As per the last few years we met some amazing people, both store holders, demonstrators and simply by introducing ourselves to others attendees.

The CTMH stall looked amazing and there was a very friendly group of girls there on Sunday. We did the make and take and also learned a few things to help with starting off as a consultant. I cannot wait for my kit to arrive - I think I have said that about 20 times now!!!

We took a few snaps but not too many - too busy doing make and takes and watching demo's!

Below was our favourite make and take. It was from Art stamps and the tags were beautiful.
Glenice, the demonstrator was so friendly and we caught up with her on each of our FOUR trips to the show.....YES we went four times...on a three days pass!

The plain tags were a great buy but of course us cricuteers can do wonders with CTMH cartridges and that is of course what I am doing today!!

Going home (and packing everything) was the hardest part. We met Leanne's hubby at Morwell and this is just her share of the luggage. Then I headed back to Maffra - all the way thinking about what to make first etc....

Anyway this morning its back to reality however we have a  night out planned for tomorrow with a group of lovely ladies who we are meeting to scrap with. I plan to make more tags and also the cute file box from CTMH cricut artise - page 47 - with some cards to fit.

Chat soon,

I welcome emails and comments - happy to share information and to assist with any queries eg cricut/cuttlebug, Ebosser related.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Happy Birthday Mum........

Mother of seven, barely a gap in between.......we are so proud of you......Happy Birthday Mum!!

Paperific Melbourne here we come!!

We are heading to Melbourne this weekend for two nights to spend at excited
This has been booked for weeks - money saved, lists written, food and wine planned and small projects under preparation!!
Yahoo........we will be the excited!
Just as excited as meeting these fellows last year!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cricut-lover Sunday - all day!

A whole day to play with cricut - heavenly bliss!

Today I have taught myself to export CCR files and share - there are some great sites online to explain all of this.

Now I am trying to work out how to link the files to this blog to share.

Remember - sharing saves time - and gathers friends!

Would love some help on this if anyone can please?

Thx Robyn

My beautiful Mum- Happy Birthday for this week Mum - we all love you so much
(Past Entrant for Miss Australia early 1950)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My beautifull new storage.....

Thanks to a beautiful girlfriend and her very talented husband looky here!!!

This is fabulous and wonderful to work with. When I walk past the room I have to pop in and have a look each and every time! lol

Embossed card - wet and dry embossing techniques

This is something I was playing with as I had not used embossing glue in the cuttlebug before.
There are a number of you tubes videos on this and other similar techniques - thank you to the authors of these - such a fabulous resource!
It is a fun technique which will be quite useful, especially for simple but effective cards

Step by step
  • choose a suitable embossing folder - I like this cuttlebug folder
  • open folder out and wipe embossing glue onto the inside of the front cover - this will enable the glue and thus embossing powder to adhere to the background thus highlighting the bird and reeds in white.
  • Place card stock into folder and pass through cuttlebug as normal
  • Separate from folder
  • Sprinkle cardstock with choice of embossing powder
  • Gently shake off excess (note one part of my reeds on lower left corner did not get covered - first practice!!)
  • Heat emboss
  • I use a fine paint brush to remove excess or spots of embossing powder if required prior to heating
  • I then embossed a simple message and after layering the card and rounding the corners I placed this on mounted tape onto the card.
  • Very simple to make and lots of options in amongst ones collection of embossing folders!!

Baby Steps cricut card -

Simple baby card  with cricut - from Baby Steps cartridge
Great use of some older paper in my stash!

Simple cricut birthday card -

Birthday card from "Love you a latte" cricut cartridge
Nice and simple
No calories - Enjoy!!

It's been just so long - I cannot believe it.......................

The days have slipped by and life has been really busy.
However - I am back.....I have not stopped my creative play and will be posting some cards later today.
I have totally rearranged my craft room and it is looking fabulous - well very functional - thanks especially to a dear friend and her husband who have made me the most wonderful new shelves for all my Tim stuff!!!
Leanne and I have been struggling to fit set classes etc into our working schedules so have just started our own weekly cricut challenge.
This week is the pillow box cut from art philosophy - so that is todays project - I will post some ''in progress'' pictures later.

Chat soon - Robyn

Sunday, February 17, 2013

My first journal -

lots to learn - please remember this is my first effort - so have learnt heaps and will approach it differently next time.... the front cover is my favourite part

I have worked on the first few at both the front and back and then the pages in between are kept clear for journaling.

Unbelievable -

I cannot believe how much time has past since my last post. I have done so much in my "playroom"and posted nothing!!

Well shortly I will change that ............

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cup and saucer 3D from Love you a latte cart.....

The paper is some of my favourite from a long time ago...I just love it, the doily is a sophie cut, cup and saucer is from Tags, bags, boxes 2.
 Little tag is from accent essentials.
I have topped it with some strips of flat gold tulle for a finished look.

Love you a latte card.....

Something a little different for my lovely mother in law on her birthday....

The card is from elegant edges
latte from love you a latte and the doily is from Sophie