Saturday, 31 January 2009


My blogging buddies Lainy and Tina have both tagged me, thanks girls! You have probably seen this one doing the rounds... Find the 6th folder and then the 6th photo on your computer?? Here's mine!

I took this photo in France in 2007 ... when we were walking along the river! I love all the little stalls along the riverbank with books and artwork!!

I have always wanted a polaroid camera - and now I have one sitting on my desktop ...check it out at I turned this photo into a polaroid picture :)
I found this application through an AWESOME blog I like reading Sarah Jane Studios

and now for a couple of awards!

My wonderfully creative and talented mate Chrissy listed some people for awards on her blog...and I chose this one as Chrissy has become a good friend of mine in this land of blog! :)

Yesy gave me this award a little while ago - Thanks Yesy!!

and then Tina just gave me this award! Thank lovely!

Today I added a widget to the side of my blog entitled Top Commenters... and So I would like to thank these 10 ladies for their kind words and friendship and would love to pass an award on to them (take your pick)! :)

Marcia P

Sugar Sugar :: Paper beads

Talk about cutting it fine ... today is the last chance to enter the January Sugar Sugar challenge.

I have attached the paper beads along with some real beads to the side of my card... and I had to use another of these GORGEOUS images by Leanne ... other than that my card is fairly simple :)

Thanks for looking!


Friday, 30 January 2009

Crafty Muse :: Something Sweet

The challenge this week on Crafty Muse is to create "something sweet" ... I decided to combine the candy and chocolate and use pink and brown!!

I used Lirazel and Alveric (yup that is their names now - Thanks Tina) from the Once Upon a Time series.

All entries into this challenge will receive "something sweet" .. why not enter and find out what!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

no blogging... no crafting....

What have I been up to???

We had some friends staying for the weekend as some other friends were getting married - that was Saturday.... the hottest day!! 42 degrees in parts of Sydney and I'm sure more than that in the church we were in!! :P But H still looked gorgeous... as if she'd stepped right out of a fairytale!

Yesterday was Australia day.. yay! We went to a friends place for a BBQ!

I've been reading.... Twilight... then new Moon .. then Eclipse and then today I finished Breaking Dawn... I really got pulled into Stephanie Meyer's vampire world! LOVED it! Perhaps I'll post about that sometime.

NOW... I know I'm a slacker! I am finally getting around to posting these awards that I was stoked to be given by two lovely ladies!!

Maria gave me this Lovely blog award ... thank you so much Maria.. I think your blog is lovely too - I'm glad to have found it and you! Right back at you!!!

My good friend Lea gave me this award. Thanks Lea .. I think your blog is fabulous - as are you!

The rules of this one are:

You have to give this award to five people and link to their blogs, they in turn most pass on to 5 people and link back to the person they received the award from.

You must also list 5 things you are addicted to (I guess that is 5 things I cannot live without)
1. God
2. Guy
3. Family + friends
4. Crafting + Blogging
5. Coffee

too bad about those rules I think.... I do not like having to choose only 5 blogs...I follow about 70 blogs and LOVE reading all of choosing only 5 is impossible... I'd love to pass these awards on to anyone reading/ following my blog... But the problem is that I never pick up an award that way .... will you though??

Friday, 23 January 2009

Basic Grey :: Digi Print challenge

Well Thanks to my SBS sister Kim - I am able to enter the Basic Grey challenge! Thanks Kim... and even better I get to use her lovely Valentines boy and girl .. I think they are adorable!!

The paper I used is "Bless" from the Euphoria set!

thanks for looking!


Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Sketch and Stash challenge

Here is my card for the current Sketch and Stash Challenge!!

I love these new Leanne Ellis stamps from SugarNellie! Isn't she the sweetest!
Huge thanks to Tina who sent me a couple of images.

It's a great sketch and Becky, Chrissie and Lisa have some wonderful inspiration for you on the Sketch and Stash blog :) Go and see and why not join in?

Saturday, 17 January 2009

The Sugar Bowl :: THREE

Here is my card for the next Sugarbowl challenge!

They have asked us to:
"Please use three different design papers and three different types of embellishments on your cards! No more, no less".

I enjoyed making this... although... I read the three design papers to be three types of paper .. one of them is plain blue (hope that's OK)!

I had to use Daisy again, she is just sooo gorgeous!!

Ever since I saw her I've imagined her picking those petals off saying "He love's me, he loves me not".... but who could she be dreaming about???

Oh yes... It's Hamish the Rugger player!
and does he????


Look inside to find the third image and the answer ...

"Yes" ... look at that yummy cake that Chef Hamish has been baking!!

lol. thanks for looking!!

Three papers - pink hearts, blue watery, plain blue
Three embellishments - pink ribbon, blooms pulled apart, gems (bling)
Three images - Daisy, Rugby Hamish and Chef Hamish


Crafty Muse :: Sketch it!!

The Wonderful Sarah has set the challenge this time on Crafty Muse
She gave us a sketch to work to... I kept it pretty much the same as the sketch picture...

Here is my attempt:

I used my Angelique sitting stamp!!

My new stamp making supplies arrived yesterday so... time to make some new stamps... stay tuned as I'll be posting up costs on Crafty Muse this weekend!!

Oh... and check out Becky's card for this fortnight on Crafty Muse! She has combined two of the new images just released for purchase yesterday!

Friday, 16 January 2009

Once apon a Time ..... It's available now!!

I have just finished updating Crafty Muse and adding the new download set... here is the preview of the NEW images, I had a lot of fun with these ones... And decided to colour them on the computer and so.. this set is available in Black and White or coloured or you can purchase both together!

Pop on over to Crafty Muse to purchase your images!!

I've just finished updating blinkies and headers to match the new downloads!! Am feeling very fairytaley. lol!

Thursday, 15 January 2009

blog candy picture

We have a picture ... finally! for more info and to enter the blog candy please comment on this post! just a few posts down!

*NB* and I thought I might give a double entry into the random drawing to anyone who posts about this candy on their blog (be sure to tell me you've done so)!

It is open until the end of January so I may add some bits and bobs to it in the meantime + I will include some stamped images!

Hope you are all having a lovely week!! I'm looking forward to the weekend!
Today I am VERY thankful for airconditioning!! It was up around 40 degrees C today ... :P

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

no picture of the blog candy yet

I have not managed to take that photo of the blog candy that I promised as I was finishing off a couple of drawings... so I will show you the last image* of the new set of downloads that will be available for purchase on Friday ... In case you had not guessed the new series is a "Once Upon a Time Series" .. yup .. fairytale creations!! :) They are in B&W + coloured!!
I think you're going to love this set!!

Pop by Crafty Muse on Friday for our new challenge and our new downloads!
Or pop by beforehand and enter the current challenge! (one lucky person will receive the new downloads as a prize for entering the "Something New Challenge"!

*This one's for Ria!! lol - what should the dragon be called Jac???

Thanks for looking,


Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Charisma Cardz Challenge #1

There is a new challenge blog in town and it's their first challenge!!

The Theme set by Carly is PINK Here is my card:

I have used one of my new images - which will be available for purchase from Crafty Muse this Friday 16th January! Here is a closer look....

On another exciting note... Carly asked if Crafty Muse would sponsor Charisma Cardz and I'm pleased to announce that we are now a proud sponsor!! :)

Monday, 12 January 2009

A year of "Stuff by Sammi"

Well today it has been a year since I started this craft blog... and it has far exceeded my expectations.... it starting off as a simple process diary/ blog it lead me to the wonderful world of Stamping :) - the Sisterhood of the blogging stampers lead to some great friendships :)
This world of craft bloggers is quite a wonderful one - so encouraging and friendly!
I have learnt so much from the huge amount of inspirational blogs online.

Not having a huge amount of disposable income to spend on stamps lead me to drawing my own doodles/ images so that I could enter challenges and then I decided to make them available for others too and sell digital images ... later came my challenge blog and wonderful Design team who make the Crafty Muse images look good on their creations... then came a stampmaker and once a few more hurdles are jumped I will be promoting these and taking orders.

READERS/ COMMENTERS/ FRIENDS :: I'd like to thank you all for your support and friendship over the last year :)

A few people have been showing their 10 fav cards of 2008 etc, I'm doing a slight twist on that and showing you a year in this blog (pulling out a fav card/ project from each month).


none in February... MARCH










Thanks for looking ... To celebrate my blogoversary + 10,000 hits I am going to have a blog candy drawing ... leave a comment on this post for your chance to win it (I will post a picture up tomorrow of the prize) .. this will stay open till Jan 31st!

Sunday, 11 January 2009

Sketch and Stash Challenge Blog

Becky, Chrissie and Lisa have started a new challenge blog... Sketch and Stash Challenge blog.
Here is my card for it! I am not sure what I will use this for yet so I have just printed 'Sentiment' on the Computer where I will write the sentiment once I decide who gets the card. lol!

I used one of my new Sugar Nellie stamps (which I received for Christmas) and the paper is from my Secret Sister Christmas gift! My secret sister totally spoilt me to bits!! Thanks :)

Love this sketch - it's great!!

sorry about the poor quality of the photo! the joys of photographing at night.

tomorrow is my blogoversary ... 1 year of blogging... I will have to do a special post and maybe some candy too.. mmmmm

Candy call

The lovely Donna is giving away some Forever Friends candy - open till 21 Jan

Sally is celebrating her anniversary (lotsa years) and lotsa hits with lotsa candy - till Jan 14th

Kim is celebrating lots of things too with some yummy scrummy candy - CONGRATULATIONS on being awarded Papercraft Essentials Papercrafter of the year 2008 Kim!!

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Starting the Year with a laugh

Well.. I am cutting it fine for Dottie's World Challenge this week but I am scraping in with my entry .... Karen set the challenge this week:

"Start the New Year with a Laugh" . I simply want to see "something funny" on your project; what you use and how you make it is up to you, as long as you use one of the Charmed downloads.

I used the Juliet image from the latest download set Lou has brought out!! I think that this is my favourite image from that set!!

I had the idea to use a shopping list ... but as you can see from Juliet's bags... that shopping does not look like groceries to me .... I like the quote which was included in the download sentiments.

And before I go to bed I thought I's show you a couple more peeks at what I have been spending my last days of my holiday doing.... The winner of this fortnights Crafty Muse challenge will receive a copy of this download set!

Friday, 9 January 2009

Blogging in

Hello there folks :) I hope that you have had a good week! I have had a pretty good, fun and relaxing week and now we are home again!! :) It's nice to be back and I'm looking forward to catching up on LOTS of blogs and saying "hi" this weekend!

Whilst away I ... coloured lots of images ... made one card ... read ... swam ... shopped ... fished (and caught 3 squid) ... played with L and baby C ... slept ... and DREW lots of piccies - thought I'd show you a couple of sneaky peeks now:

This year I am looking forward to:
1. getting back into challenges
2. building friendships more through this blog
3. growing Crafty Muse
4. having a "day off"
5. seeing God at work in the world

what about you? What are you looking forward to?

Saturday, 3 January 2009

a little break

I'm having a little break from my adventures in blogland, We are going on HOLIDAY for a week!!! yayayayay!!!

I'll miss you all and look forward to catching up with everyone when we get home again!
I think I might have to have a huge blog candy to celebrate my blogoversary when we get back too!!

before I sign off I will leave you with these two cards I made for my Nan (she asked me to make her some to give to a couple of people)!

Friday, 2 January 2009

the Sugar Bowl

the Sugar Bowl is now open!! whoo hoo!!
The first challenge is a sketch by Tiets

Here is my card... I used my NEW Daisy stamp which my parents bought me for Christmas .. via Teen - Thanks!!!
I LOVE Daisy .. isn't she the cutest!! This is the first card I have made with her but I'm sure it will not be the last... lol!

Thanks for looking!

Crafty Muse :: Something New

The new challenge on Crafty Muse just went live and it is:

"Something New"
eg.a new year, new baby, new home, new job ....
Please Make a card or project based on this theme.
The prize for this fortnight is something new too - it will be a free download bundle (yet to be released)!

Here's my card .... I know I already posted a Happy New year message but this is a card for all my readers and blogging buddies:

I am so thankful for your friendship last year and for your lovely comments which really make my day! THANK-YOU! I look forward to continued friendships and inspiration this year!

Thursday, 1 January 2009

Wishing you a....

Happy New Year everyone!
well, 2008 has been and gone... it's now 2009!!*

It's been really GREAT getting to know you all and making lots of new friends in this land of blog!

I look forward to 2009 and much more CRAFTING!!

I have to go to bed now + will think up some New Years Resolutions whilst I sleep. lol!

Hope you all have a year of joy and blessing!
*I realise that some of you (ie... my UK and USA buddies) are living in the past ... but you will get to 2009 SOON! lol