Monday, 12 December 2016

Gifts for Teaching Friends

I got busy on the weekend and started putting together some gifts for Christmas. I am going the handmade and up cycle this Christmas rather than purchase even more crap from the shops that people don't want.
To make these I
-used a Kaiser craft wooden off the page book
-I took the five wooden pages and painted them up pink with a white paint wash
-I added some paper to size on the front
-The strip of paper I only glued at the back so that the postit pads could be replaced by just sliding the last couple of pages through.
-I stamped the names using an amazing script stamp set I purchased from Simon Says Stamp
-Added ribbon bow to the top and some bling strips from the $2 store

Wallah!! terrific gift for a teacher!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

My Favourite Things

I love the MFT range. I only wish that someone would stock it properly here in Australia. They had an awesome sale a few weeks back with 50% off ..couldn't resist and went ahead to add yet some more to the hoard LOL!! expect some videos in the coming weeks as I use all these great new products that I managed to get my hands on. This box cost me about $115 AUS which I thought was amazing!

Saturday, 10 December 2016

Crafty Parcel

I can not believe that I was one of the lucky ones to get my hands on a Simon Says Stamp Crafty Parcel during the Black Friday Sales. I had huge problems finding the link on the store site but someone posted it on face book and I was onto it like Flynn and managed to nail not one but two lots of Christmas goodies for friends!! I knew it was coming up and I really wanted to see what you could expect from one of these but I couldn't find one on you tube ... so I made my own video to show you all for next time...I have heard that they do a boxing day crafty parcel..not sure how true but probably worth checking it out!!!. Here's my video in any case :)
Each box cost $49.95 US with $45 postage (they were really heavy) but even at $99 each they were well worth it!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Christmas Tag Twelve

Thanks to all Bloggers and Youtubers that stuck out the twelve tags for 2016. Thank you so much for your comments as well. Its been a lot of fun. I have a few more videos in editing so make sure you subscribe and check back here at the blog for those in the coming future :)
And finally .....

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Christmas Tag Eight 2016

Make Your Own Stickles

Firstly Keryn Nell Powell If you are out there please flick me an email as I don't have yours ;)

A Lovely Saturday morning here in the city of Hobart- So far so good as it has been terribly rainy and unpleasant the last few days. I have been looking at ways to save a few dollars lately and also to get myself organised. I have been watching lots of DIY get organised videos and have been decluttering my house which has been good for the soul. Its amazing how much better you feel when you

1. Donate

2, Can find things

3. See everything tidy

The decluttering has included cleaning up files on the computer as well..I had something like 1000 emails and most of those were from distant relatives living abroad that needed cash and I wondered why they didnt find our other distant relatives that had a huge inheritance that they were dying to give away...problem solved!! LOL

Anyway I picked up this idea from the frugal crafter and thought I would give it a go and a share :)

Friday, 7 October 2016

Christmas Tag Seven 2016 and Giveaway!

Thanks so much for watching my videos so far. As promised anyone who liked, subscribed and.or commented on my video or blog went into the draw for a giveaway and that person is.....

Keryn Nell Powell

Congratulations please EMAIL ME your address so I can send it along to you

There are Six tags left to go !!!!

Giveaway Recipient!!

A big shout out and thankyou for watching goes to Keryn Nell Powell...thanks for leaving me a comment and liking my videos. I will contact you soon to organise the delivery of your papers and embellishments :)

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Christmas Tag Six 2016

Thanks everyone for following along and viewing my videos. I hope you are getting something out of them..a new tip, technique or just some entertainment as you view through some cardmaking files. Tomorrow is the last day to leave a comment or like for the giveaway so dont' forget to do that :)

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Christmas Tag One - 2016

Hi there ..Yes its October!! a few weeks away from Christmas or around 12 weeks if you want to be exact. Too early to start cards, tags and gifts..I think not!
Over the next twelve days I will be uploading videos on my You Tube Channel -: Stamping and Crafting With Ally  
Demonstrating how to use some leftover stash and the new Kaiser series Frosted to complete twelve tags. Here's a bit of a peek and whats coming.

And drum is the first Video

But that not all like, subscribe or comment on the video or the Blog and you go into the draw to receive all this!!!

:) Ally

Friday, 30 September 2016

Upcoming Giveaway - Twelve Tags

Starting tomorrow and then for the first twelve days in October I will be releasing a video a day! These videos will demonstrate how to make Christmas Tags using the Kaisercraft - Frosted Collection.

Now... I basically run this Blog and my You Tube channel for the sweet fun of it. There's no profit .. well apart from the predicted 30c I could of made last month on you tube!! So this giveaway is the leftovers from this collection. Cant afford to buy and post the whole collection sorry.

NOW... before you turn your nose and think that the giveaway is crap I can assure you that there is PLENTY left over including the papers you see me use and frankly most of the embellishments.
All you have to do to be in the draw to try out these products is like the you tube videos and leave a comment on a post (not all...a post) here on the Blog it doesn't even have to be anything more that a smiley face....just to let me know you visited :) even from afar!

In return you could receive this

#I will announce the recipient at the beginning of the 7th Video in the series. Until then happy creating :)

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Distress Ink Techniques

I really need to get out my distress inks and try some of these techniques. At the moment they are sitting in a container waiting, some waiting to be refilled.... I have been using them for some watercolouring lately so I am pretty happy about that :)

Monday, 26 September 2016


A little bit peeved that I didn't get to share in the price of this one and had paid considerably more that what is advertised here but that is what you get for having the ol I WANT IT NOW !!! attitude. If you have been in the market for one of these but couldn't afford one at the +$100 price tag  well now it looks like you too can have one and go Na Na Na Na Na at your mates who forked out the $$$ LOL
Found this during my internet browse this morning...great site have used them before and the web address is here :

Stamp master link :

$39.99 Tell em they're dreaming ROFL (sorry old castle reference couldn't resist)

Saturday, 24 September 2016


Well here it is Saturday again! Don't get me wrong I am so happy its here and I am starting a bit of a break as well just seems that as you get older they come around faster and faster and before you know it you are at another birthday...or another Christmas.
I was soooo slack last year. I had all these Christmas cards in a box ready to be filled and sent and do you think that happened? I didn't send one!! not because I didn't want to I just simply forgot... our school term runs up to a day or two before Christmas day and with everything else going on.. I forgot!! It didn't stop there...look at our hopeless attempt at putting up a tree and I kid you not this is how it stayed over the holiday season with the addition of a bit of tinsel we threw on it last minute!!

So determined am I to put things right again, make and send those cards, get my home decorated like I have in the past and there is a bit of an incentive this year. This cheeky little monkey (and incredibly gorgeous grand daughter)

So expect to see a few videos and posts of xmas ideas. In the meantime here is a little share of a cheap and effective way to store stamps and dies that I came up with.

Until next time :)

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Is Crafting Dead?

I was up early this morning and as I like to do most days grabbed my iPad and began browsing. Interestingly enough today I wasn't looking at videos of cats, dogs or even fail compilations I actually needed a pair of long tweezers so that I don't burn all the skin and hair off my hand as I am embossing... which BTW is my newest favourite thing to be doing.
As I searched for an online store that I could use for this terribly life and death first world problem purchase I was experiencing trouble...there are not a lot around!! a bit like the ol bricks and mortar kind..rare as hens! We only have one store here in Hobart and its quite a journey!
The ones that are online are usually poorly stocked - no fault of their own (I couldn't imagine how hard it would be to look into a crystal ball and determine stock) or worse still in a phase of CLOSING DOWN which begs the question is the papercraft world I love DYING!!
I even found an article on it written in a humorous way but making some good points.

To be honest I haven't scrapbooked for ages.. I thought project life would help but all I have managed to do is stock up on a million journal cards, stickers, pockets and life quotes. Lately I am finding it hard to even have the motivation to create cards. I walk into my spare room..get overwhelmed.. and walk back out again!! ....Probably more to do with the fact it needs a clean up though in all honesty LOL

I  did manage to find a few stores that I visit and purchase from occasionally that remain open and If it really is true that the craft we all love is facing a death March then I might just have to go shopping and support them so that damn well stay open!! It is all about me of course
Anna's Craft Cupboard They reopened again!
Crafts Online
Fat Cats Card Corner

What do you all think..Is it dead? Are you paper crafting a lot these days? Do you have a fav store you would like to add? Please leave a comment below.

In the meantime here is some inspiration for today.

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Embossed Framelits

Trying out my new set up for filming today with a simple tip I had not discovered until this week. Focus is still a bit out so will work on that for next time and see if i can correct it.

Friday, 6 May 2016

Storing Markers

Was going through some old photo files and came across this one today. A handy trick for storing your markers no matter what brand really. The best way to store them is one their side so stacking these like pictured with a colour key on the edge is a great way to reach for the right colour in not time!

You can pick these cases up from local cheap stores pretty easily. Could make for a great tidy up the scrapbook moment for the weekend :) !

How to make a Book Box with a Lock | "Lock UR Secrets in a Book"

Monday, 18 January 2016

Resist Stamping

You could easily try out some of these techniques using stampin up products. Love the resist look.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Going Global Stamp Kit and Papers

Finally... I finally took some time out from working on the house to create some new cards using a new stamp set that will be available in the occasions catalogue next week! This one is called Going Global and it come with a pattern paper set as well. I have to add that the intricate heart die is soooo good! There were one or two things that I added that were non stamping (doodle heart, swirl and some ribbon)  up but all the papers and stamps are. If you want to purchase visit my store on the 5th Jan ;) If you want to have a product viewing or workshop to earn these at a discount email me :)

Slideshow of ideas for Butterfly Basics

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