Be Inspired Blog Hop - Stepping into Spring

30 March 2022




It's hard to believe it's time again for another Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop because the month of March seems to have flown by! You may have hopped here from my lovely and talented friend Angela Meiritz-Reid from New Zealand. Please hop around by clicking the next button at the bottom of this post.

The theme for this months hop is 'Stepping into Spring'. Spring? Oh boy, doesn't that sound lovely. Here in Australia we are are month into Autumn, however for many people, particularly on the East Coast we are just stepping in puddles - actually the word 'puddle' is down playing it - it's more like a dam, pool, lake or river and for us here on the farm it's the mud, lots of mud. The rain has been unrelenting and it hardly feels like we have had a Summer at all....but I digress...we are here for Spring today!

Lately I have been making cards that bring me joy, and I enjoy flowers and watercolouring. So that's what you're getting from me - which I figured was perfect for our Spring theme hop.
I made this adorable notecard set using the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set on page 105 of the catalogue. The dainty and playful flowers in this set remind me of some of my favourite design prints from Cath Kidston or Liberty of London.


Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my wonderfully talented friend from Canada, Carolynn Sander, who I know will have something gorgeous to share. Hit the Next Button: 
 


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Everlong Farm Update
Oh, crafty friends, the world just seems heavy right now doesn't it. I feel like I'm sharing all the fun and happy things while the world seems to be sick, drowning or on fire. Please don't be fooled by the 'happy snaps' of social media or even my own personal blog and stories. My family have all been unwell with Covid this year and had our own personal struggles, but I also know it's important to share our stories and I know for me I love seeing how my friends are spending their days. 

Our days lately have been filled with lots of mud and few sunny days, however we are grateful not to be flooded. We are yet to start our driveway works and visits to farm are just an absolute awful mud-pit. James tried to make the most of the mud with his boogie board! We seem to have acquired a fox who visits regularly and I'm sure I won't be too happy with that when we finally get chickens! The bees are going well however not loving all this rain and thankfully my sister-in-law Laura takes good care of them. The social highlight this past month was we were invited to a local neighbourhood gathering at Greyleigh Kiama and wow what a stunning place - thankfully the rain held off and the sun came out for the afternoon. 
Unfortunately I didn't get much craft time this month as my Mum (pictured with the most stunning hydrangeas this season) was moving and we spent most of the month packing and cleaning her unit. With any luck April will be more productive on the crafting front and I will also be able to share some more photos of my adorable craftroom. 

Sending you all love and peace. Stay safe dear friends. 
Louise xo

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Be Inspired Blog Hop - Mini Catalogue Project

23 February 2022



Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop for February. You may have hopped here from my lovely and talented friend Angela Meiritz-Reid from New Zealand. Please hop around by clicking the next button at the bottom of this post. 

The theme for this months hop is 'Mini Catalogue Project', with the team highlighting new products from the latest Stampin' Up! Mini Catalogue. 

I have been having fun playing with the Heart & Home Suite Collection on pages 58-59 of the Mini Catalogue. This suite is stunning and one of my absolute favourites, along with the Memories and More Card Pack, which is so pretty that I decided to make a card using some if the cards and cut down the 'For You' sticker from the sticker pack. Unfortunately I don't think my photo does this card any justice, it is truly beautiful - even if I do say so myself! 😉 


Heart & Home Memories and More Card Pack

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is the very talented Tanya Rees, who I know will have something gorgeous to share. Hit the Next Button: 

 


Happy Crafting Friends, 
Louise xo 

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Blessings Of Home - Global Design Project

01 February 2022


It has been a long time since I created for the Global Design Project and in fact the last time I played I was a Design Team Member. But I passed on the baton when we moved back in 2019 and my crafting and Stampin' Up! life took a back seat, so today I play along as a guest. But the best part of the challenge this week is I get to CASE the Designer, who is my brilliant, amazing friend Janneke DeJong from the Netherlands. I am constantly inspired by Janneke's clean and layered card-making style and I really enjoyed creating today's card. 

I used the Blessings Of Home stamp set from the latest January-June 2022 Mini Catalogue. It's part of the Heart & Home Suite Collection and it's just stunning! Like all avid crafters, I always want e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g from each and every new catalogue release, however I am more selective with my purchases these days now that we are saving to build our home. But this Heart & Home Suite Collection was a must-have on my latest wishlist, which basically means add-to-cart! 


Please make sure you pop over to the Global Design Project to see the absolute gorgeousness the Design Team created this week. 

Thanks for visiting!
Louise xo
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Sale-a-Brations 2022 Be Inspired Blog Hop

26 January 2022


Hello and welcome to the first Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop for 2022. I'm excited to be playing along! You may have hopped here from my lovely and talented friend Angela Meiritz-Reid from New Zealand. Please hop around by clicking the next button at the bottom of this post. 

The theme for this months hop is 'Sale-a-Bration', with the team highlighting new products from the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-Bration brochure. 

I have to come clean and tell you that I didn't place my order early enough this month to receive my Sale-a-Bration goodies, so my very lovely friend Denita kindly gave me some 6x6'' Sunshine and Rainbows Designer Series Paper to create something with.  And I came home a stared at it. Ugh. I was going to admit defeat with the certainty that my creative mojo had well and truly left my body. But with the power of some 90s music and some dancing I finally came up with a bright and fun card to share! 



I created with the Sunshine and Rainbows DSP paired with the Create With Friend Stamp Set. I used my the co-ordinating Stampin' Write Markers to shade the paper rainbow and the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to add some sparkle and then cut it out. I also fussy-cut the word 'Friend' and added some Wink of Stella to that too. 

Create With Friends

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is the very talented Tanya Rees, who I know will have something gorgeous to share. Hit the Next Button: 

 


Happy Crafting Friends, 
Louise xo 

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Sending Hugs for the Be Inspired Blog Hop

30 June 2021


Hello, it really is me! First let's get the formalities out of the way....

Welcome to the Be Inspired Design Team Blog Hop, you may have just arrived here from my lovely and talented friend Angela Meiritz-Reid from New Zealand. If you are starting here please make sure you 'hop' around by clicking the next button - but only after reading my blog first of course! 😉

The theme for this months hop is 'New Favourites', with the team highlighting new products from the latest 2021-2022 Stampin' Up! Catalogue. 

Here's my card using the Sending Hugs stamp set. And with what is going on in the world I think it's perfect - I really would love to give so many of my friends hugs right now! 


Sending Hugs

Next up to 'Be Inspired' by is my wonderful friend Janneke Dijkstra - de Jong from the Netherlands. Oh how much I miss my international friends - it's nice to be able to hop with some of them! 

 



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Sharp Family Update:
My last post was back in 2019PC *pre-covid (boy-oh-boy how blissfully unaware we all were of what was approaching us!). For those of you who might be visiting for the first time here's a very quick rundown of our lives for the past two years....

We sold our very cute suburban home in Kiama NSW and purchased 50 acres of land with nothing on it - no power, no water, no house - we had to start from scratch.   

In one of my previous posts I wrote: "My intention is to start sharing other things that I enjoy like decorating, cooking, sewing, gardening and of course crafting. Plus the joy of moving, building, fencing and all the things that come along with owning a paddock - I may even be looking for some advice! Stay tuned for more."

I had really good intentions, I promise. However this journey has proved to be much harder than I (we) ever intended - or appreciated! We lived in a caravan for most of last year - yes the four of us through freezing Winter and Covid lockdowns and all our worldly possessions were boxed away sitting on shelves in our shed. 

We are a little bit more settled now because we have been able to unpack and have create 'zones' in shed for our things. We have an office for our air conditioning business and I have a craft room, which of course I am over the moon about! Here's a sneak peak of the pink gingham door I painted....it's my firm belief that every craft room in a shed needs a pink gingham door!! 🤣

So what can you expect from me now? I don't want to make any promises on how regularly I post, but I am definitely back crafting again - which feels amazing!    


Thanks for reading and I hope you and your family are safe and well. 
Much love, 
Louise xo 
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