Sunday, 29 April 2012

Pilot Luka from La La Land

29th April 2012

I've had this image of Pilot Luka which is a a La La Land digi image coloured and made up for at least 2 months, so I thought it way past time I actually made it up into a card.

I chose to use the lovely Joy Fold card by Beate Johns, you can find her tutorial and video tute at this address I'm a big fan of Beate Johns, I find her work so beautiful, and her tutorials are a joy to watch and follow, and make everything so easy.

Anyway. For this card I used Stampin Up 'Soft Suede' for the base, 'Pacific Point' for the blue fold, and
'Very Vanilla for the stamped image and cloud background, and also inside the card for writing on.
The pattern papers all come from Stampin Up's DSP 'Bella Bleu'.

The sentiment on the front of the card is from Stampin Up's 'Perfect punches'  120516 and matches with the lg oval punch, The sentiment inside the card is from Stamp It and is called 'Circle for you' 4338D.

I coloured my image with Copics, and finished it off with Stickles.
Unlike Beate's card, My image topper is mounted with foam squares onto the blue fold card, as is the front sentiment. The weight of the topper keeps the card closed when flat, and it still stands up well when opened up.

That's all for today folks, check out Both La La Land, there is a link to the right of this page, and Splitcoast stampers, both amazing places to visit for images and inspiration.

Happy Crafting.


Saturday, 28 April 2012

An evening with Heather

28th April 2012

Spent last evening with Heather crafting! we have lots of missed craft days to make up.

These 3 cards are Kaszazz 2 hour workshop cards. I have I must admit tizzied them up just a little bit, because that's what I do.

For any information re products used, or future workshops, contact Heather at She will be only too happy to help you.

This is the panel I put inside the cards.

There is a link on my right hand panel to Kaszazz should you wish information, although if you live in Salisbury, Elizabeth, Paralowie or Gawler areas, you can't go wrong with Heather.

Happy Crafting.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

Thursday Crafting with Heather

26th April 2012

Seems like forever since I last put that heading, Crafting with Heather.

Heather has already posted her card on Facebook. This one is mine.

I used another of the die cut flowers from the Prestigious Pearl sheet Line 533 3D decoupage.
My base card is a white ribbed card from Blue Edge Crafts, and I punched the edge with a Martha Stewart border punch.

After constructing the 3d image using foam dots, I mounted it onto a piece of white card which I'd embossed using a Spellbinders Grand Impressabilities called Butterfly Garden (available from Blue Edge Crafts). I then used a sponge to lightly wipe Stampin Up's Blushing Bride pink ink over the embossed area.
I cut it out using Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Twenty (Blue Edge Crafts) in the second largest size. I used the largest size to cut out Stampin Up's Blushing Bride card, which I then embossed with Cuttlebugs Swiss Dots embossing folder.
After inking all the edges with Blushing Bride, I used foam dots to mount everything together.

The background text paper is from Stampin Up's DSP 'First Edition' which just happened to have sheets with text about Cherry Blossom, which is very apt as my 3d image is Cherry Blossom.

The ribbon is a scrap, which I wrapped around the text DSP before flat mounting with double sided tape, then mounted the topper over it. The Bow is fixed into position with hot glue. a few clear crystal gems completes the card.

Other than the ribbon and the Stampin Up products (available through me, or your own local demonstrator) everything else came from Blue Edge Crafts.

Happy Crafting

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Bouquet of flowers

25th April 2012

I started this card when Mandy from Blue Edge Crafts came over to craft with me on Sunday. We will be doing the Garden Recreations centre Craft fair over the June long weekend, and wanted to play around with some of the lines Blue Edge will be having on sale at the fair.

Mandy has posted on Facebook a couple of the cards we made, but this one wasn't even started when it was time for Mandy to leave. I continued on and this card is the result.

For the base card I used their new line of 12 x 12 cardstock which is linen textured and a fantastic price of 70c per sheet. The colour I've used is  Kiwi CRA20121-12.
The Cream card has a design printed on the left hand side, and I've used Hobby dots WFT006 Gold for the flowers and some of the lines. The dotted lines, I pricked then used a Sakura Gelly roll glitter pen in lime green run along the perforated section.
The zig zag border  is finished with some of the petals from the Hobby dots sticker sheet. I also used a red Gelly roll pen in the centre of each flower.

The 3d decoupage bouquet is from Studio light Easy SL120, after making up the image using Multi purpose clear silicone.

I used Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Edge Classic Ovals LG S4-259 to cut out the self adhesive glitter paper in lime green ST000 1LG, then used foam squares to mount the completed 3d image. The topper is flat mounted onto the base  using x-press it double sided tape.

The cream topper was flat mounted onto a square of Christmas green linen card CRA20136-12.

I understand that the Studio Light image I've used, is temporarily out of stock, but should be back in soon. There are many other beautiful die cut Studio Light images available to choose from.
All available from Blue Edge Crafts.

Now I'm off to Blue Edge crafts to place my order for some of that 12 x 12 card, at 0.70₡ you can't go wrong.  I also want some more of the self adhesive Glitter sheets, they are so useful, no adding adhesive, it's already there.

Thank you for taking the time to look.

Happy Crafting

Christmas Green

Foam Squares
Silicone Glue
Lime Green Self Adhesive Glitter Paper

Spellbinders Deckle Edge Ovals Lg

Hobby Dots WFT006 Gold

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

House Mouse Birthday Cupcake

18th April 2012

I love the House Mouse stamps!, they are so cute. This one I've had for a number of years, the number is HMJR1007 I don't know if it's still available. It's certainly a favourite in my collection.

For this card, I've not used a standard card base. I can't remember where I got this fold from, I'm almost certain it isn't my original idea. If you know, please let me know so I can acknowledge the fold designer. The design of this fold is called Joy Fold, and comes from Beate Johns at Splitcoast Stampers. you can find the tutorial with video here:

I've used Stampin Up card stock for this card in Pacific Point for the base, Daffodil Delight for the middle, and the topper is created with Whisper White and  Bashful Blue. I used a scrap of stronger ribbed card (available from Blue Edge Crafts) to die cut the stand which is attached to the back so the card can stand up. The stand is cut with a Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die by Sizzex called Small Easel.

I stamped my image with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink pad, and coloured it with Copics.
 then cut it out with a Spellbinders Curved Rectangle die. I used the next size up in the same die set to cut a matting layer out of Bashful Blue.

The Daffodil Delight layer is tent folded, I punched the edges with Stampin Up's Scallop border punch, and then embossed it with an embossing folder from Central Craft Collection, unfortunately they don't put the names on the folders, and I can't remember what it's called.

I wrapped a length of Bashful Blue Gross grain ribbon  then used Dimensionals to mount my topper.
 the whole tent fold card section was then flat mounted onto the base with strong double sided tape.

to decorate the bottom fold up section, I die cut two small flourishes in Bashful Blue with Spellbinders Floral flourishes die set, and used the die as a stencil to ink the embossed areas with Pacific Point ink before removing from the die. The tag is die cut from Spellbinders Fancy Tags Three, and is also inked before removal from the die after embossing.
I cut a strip of scrap card in white for the centre, inked the edges with Pacific Point, then applied the sentiment sticker which you can get from The Sticker Store. (see link at right hand side)

As you can see from the photographs, the yellow tent fold card section tucks under the sentiment tag to keep the card closed. Inside I cut a scrap piece of white card with a Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Rectangles die and flat mounted to enable a personal message to be written inside.

I particularly like this fold as it's just that bit different, but it's quick and easy to do.

Happy Crafting,

Monday, 16 April 2012

Craftmad April Swap

16th April 2012

Over at CraftMad, (see the link at the right hand side to check CraftMad out)we have a swap each month. This months was to create a card, then send everything you used to your swap partner, who then has to make a card using the same materials.

My swap partner for this month was Ruth, (54Christie) and here is the card I made today from the items she sent to me.

I do know that some of the card was from Kaiser, and the birds were die  cut using a Tim Holtz Alterations / Sizzex Bigz die called 'Caged Bird', but other than that I can't tell you who the manufacturer is for the products supplied.

I used a Martha Stewart punch to punch the inner edges of this gatefold card. I embossed the red card using Couture Creations 'Flutterby Dreamscapes' embossing folder. I added some stickles to the complete butterfly. I also used Stampin Up's Whisper White ink pad to ink the edges of the red die cut bird to make it stand out against the same red of the background.

This card flew together, and I'm really happy with the end result.

Happy Crafting,

Sunday, 15 April 2012

HandyMan Diamond Fold Card

15th April 2012

This great card for a man is designed by Sandie Burchell, you will find this and her other fantastic creations over at CraftsUprint. The number for this card is CUP245466_425.

It's very easy to do, just print it out onto good firm card, cut out and assemble. All instructions are supplied with the zip file.  See the link at the right to go to CraftsUprint, you will have to scroll down a bit.

It flattens out completely for mailing, and is so easy it's almost not crafty at all. I love it, anything that helps with cards for those oh so difficult men in our lives is just fine by me.

I must say, that having done this card, I can see almost endless possibilities for making similar shaped cards from scratch. I'll have to investigate that one.

Here's the card I made today in about 30 minutes and that includes printing it out.

Now I'm off to do some from scratch crafting. lol

Happy crafting,

Easy Peasy

14th April 2012

I'm planning on doing a card making class for ladies who have never made cards before, and have requested something SIMPLE.

The hard part was not a simple card, but a card that is not only simple but looks simple as well. Some of the cards I make are very simple, but look difficult and complicated, and I've found that just the look can turn people off from even trying. So here is simplicity itself.

It had to be pretty though! I've not added a sentiment, as I don't know what occasion I'll use this for yet, quite a few of my cards don't have a sentiment added until I know what I'll use them for, or I sell them, then the buyer tells me what occasion they want the card for and I add in the appropriate sentiment and inside verse.

This is a 12.5cm square card, I cut the pink pattern paper (Stampin Up Lap of Luxury DSP) to 11.5cm square, and the darker paper is the reverse cut to 10cm square.
The silhouette sticker is adhered to a scrap of white card punched with a 1 3/8" square Stampin Up punch. I inked the edges with Stampin Up Wisteria ink.

The ribbon is seam binding which I purchased from Paper Flourish. The butterfly is punched out with a Martha Stewart Punch, I inked the edges and adhered just the centre body part of the second one to the centre of the bottom layered one. then added some gems for a bit of bling. I also added some tiny gems to the centre of each of the patterns in the pink layer.

So simple, so quick and so pretty.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Sympathy Cards

11th April 2012

Recently I've been asked for a few sympathy cards, I guess as we grow older, those requests are going to come more often. Sympathy cards, like Men's cards are not as easy as a child's card or a feminine card. The urge to be very creative and fancy I feel has to be toned down to the sorrow of the recipient.  The three cards I made today are I hope in keeping with the sorrow of the event. Each is different and somewhat subdued, but I hope not bland.
They are after all for someone to give to a dear one or friend at a very sad time to let them know they are thinking of them in their sorrow.

The first card has a background of white roses in a diagonal design with greenery, layered onto a gloss base card. The topper has been cut with a spellbinder die set called Fleur De Lis Rectangles, I used gloss card and the two middle sized dies. The stamped sentiment is from Stampin Up's 'Thanks for Caring' set.

Card 2 is again a gloss card,  with a centred layer punched on the long edges with a Martha Stewart border punch called 'Floral Lace', then inked with Stampin Up's 'Pacific Point', the very centre is another strip which I cut to 3.5cm wide and punched both long edges with the same border punch, but this time sponged Pacific Point all over the gloss card surface. The sentiment is stamped with Pacific Point and then die cut using a Spellbinder die from the labels Twenty set. which I embossed and then inked the edges. The Sentiment is mounted using Stampin Up 'Dimensionals'.

The third and last card is again gloss card, and I strongly resisted the urge to emboss it. The Image and Sentiment are from Stampin Up's Hostess set called "Because I Care', I inked the Hydrangea image using Stampin Up's 'Stampin Write ' markers, I used 4 colours, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Garden Green and Always Artichoke. I stamped onto gloss card, then stamped without reinking directly onto my base card.
The Head and leaves of the Hydrangea are fussy cut then mounted using dimensionals.
The sentiment is stamped in Pacific Point, and cut using Stampin Up's Designer Label punch. the edges of the sentiment and the hydrangea head are inked with Pacific Point.

I'm really pleased with the way the flower head looks to be quite dimensional, due entirely to the use of the five colours. (the inked edges really added to the look, while taking away the white cut edges)

I hope this has given you some small inspiration for those difficult cards.

Happy Crafting.



Friday, 6 April 2012

The Beauty of Roses

6th April 2012

I decided that I’ve had this paper stack from K&Company ‘Best of Brenda Walton’ for long enough without using any of the gorgeous papers in it.

 I used a ribbed card base from Blue Edge Crafts, layered the pretty rose on green pattern paper (mainly the green part) directly onto the base card. Then I cut the rose section out with a Spellbinder die Fleur De Lis Squares S4-318, which are amongst my favourite dies at the moment. I layered the die cut pattern paper onto Stampin Up’s ‘Blushing Bride’ pink which matches perfectly with some of the pink tones in the pattern paper.

 I stamped both of the sentiments using Stampin Up’s ‘Happiest Birthday Wishes’ which is a Hostess set of 11 stamps.

The circular stamp I stamped directly onto Blushing Bride, but stamped the ‘it’s your day! Onto a scrap of the green pattern paper, then mounted that onto a die cut tag from Spellbinders Fancy Tags Two also cut out of Blushing Bride.

I used a scallop circle punch to cut the circle stamp, and Martha Stewart Classic butterflies and Doves punched out of pattern paper scraps.

All edges are inked with Distress ink ‘Spun Sugar’.

From Stampin Up’s Pretties Kit I used a pearl and drop crystal which I added to a crystal topped pin from Paper Flourish.

The ribbon is seam binding, tied in a double bow, wet with a spritzer and scrunched to get that crunched up look. The pointed tip of the pin I coated with glue from my hot glue gun when attaching the roses, leaves and buds (they’re from Green Tara) the set glue will help prevent accidents with the sharp point.

I finished with some self-adhesive crystal gems and the punched birds and butterflies.

At the moment my husband is recovering from surgery to fuse his right ankle, he's not able to weight bear at all and has been in a great deal of pain. My crafting time has suffered a little bit, but he's very understanding, and knows I have to have my craft room time.

Also at the moment I have a few commissions to catch up on, non are due yet, but I do so hate to be running behind, I like to be well organised and have everything ready at the earliest opportunity.

Anyway, I've rambled enough, time to get back to crafting!!

Happy Crafting to you all.



Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Fussy Cards with Tracey of Paper Flourish

3rd April 2012

Last night I went and made cards at Paper Flourish, I loved the cards they were scheduled to make, and it’s nice to craft with other people.

We made 4 cards in the class and there was a 5th if we had time. We all got the four cards made, but I don’t think anyone even started the fifth one.

Since I had forgotten to take not only ½ my basic kit, and my mobile phone, I was unable to take a photo of the 5th card. I know it was approximately like the one I made this morning. That should help me to remember to take my phone so I can take pictures of things.

And maybe I’ll even remember ALL the items in my basic kit. It really wasn’t too bad, the very kind lady who I sat next to shared her pricky tool with me when I needed one, fortunately I had everything else, apart that is from wet glue which I bought a small bottle of.

So apart from being scatter brained, I had a very pleasant evening making some lovely cards.

And here they are;

Card 1

Card 2 

Card 3

Card 4

Card 5

Happy Crafting.



Monday, 2 April 2012

Frogs In the Pond

20th March 2012

After a long break in which time the whole style and concept of scrapbooking has changed significantly, I've been drawn back into the craft by non other than Heather!

I think I can say I'm hooked.

I made this two page layout last week at a Kaszazz workshop with Heather and really enjoyed myself. Now I'm seriously thinking about which photo's to do at next fortnights workshop.

Anyway, here are the two pages I've made.

These are as mentioned a Kaszazz layout called Frogs in a Pond, to which I've subsequently added my own tweeks.
The subject is my darling grand-daughter Cassandra. In the first photo she's telling Tigger to 'Smile' for grandpa.

In the second photo she is younger, and the photo was taken by either my son or daughter-in-law, can't remember who took the photo now.

I still have to add in the journalling.

There will be more of miss Cassandra in coming weeks. Then I might re-do photo's of my older grand-daughters. The layouts I did for them now look very ordinary and boring.

Happy Crafting.


1st April 2012

On Friday I had another great scrapbooking workshop with Heather, I got all the Kaszazz work done on this two page layout. Since then, I've completed the layout with my own additions and tweaks.

I've added some pink patterned DS paper from Stampin Up behind the photos, also some lace trim, which I trimmed down from it's original form, I only wanted the flowers, not the borders. I also added some chipboard words and embellishments, and a little Kaszazz bling flourish to finish.

After going through all my hundreds of photographs, I've come to the very sad realisation that I don't actually have that many worthy of scrapping, so that's going to have to change. An example would be the photo of Cassie sitting on the low wall in the garden, beautifully dressed, ready to go to a birthday party, with the unfinished garden and a darn wheelbarrow in the background.
But she looks so gorgeous; I've used the photo anyway.

I'll certainly be more aware of composition and LOCATION when future photos are taken. I found so many photo's which had they only been in proper focus, would have been stunning, others, the moment captured is so precious, but the BACKGROUND was awful.

Until I got this scrapbooking bug, I had no idea of the sorts of things which could ruin a good shot. Hopefully, that will improve in time as both my husband and myself become much more aware of the surrounding scenery which can either make or break a shot, and the FOCUS!!! so much to learn.....

Here are Friday’s pages. Not picture perfect, but then Life isn't picture perfect either is it?

The journaling I will add later.

Till next fortnight. Happy Scrapping!

Oh and if you have any hint's, tips or any other assorted advice for this novice scrapper, PLEASE feel free to comment! it will be most appreciated.



Unstampabelles April Challenge

2nd April 2012

This is my DT card for the Unstampabelles April Challenge, and the theme is:

April - Theme colours of your contry's flag, bonus technique - shaped card not square / rectangle

This month is sponsored by The Sticker Store, a great place for all your quality stickers. Use the link button on the right hand side of my screen to take you directly there.

My card, is as you can see Round, so that meets the not square or rectangle requirements. The colours are those of the Australian flag, Red, White and blue.

I used my eCraft to cut the Circles, and a Spellbinder dies from their Fancy Tags Three set, and a small Grand Circles die to cut the 285gsm white base card.
The blue is Stampin Up 'Night of Navy' and the red is Stampin Up 'Real Red'.

I've used Zva creative mini pearl flourishes, Green Tara Roses and leaves, some Stampin Up gems,
The ribbon is 1cm wide 'Night of Navy' from Stampin Up.

The sentiment is a rub on, and the inking has been done with  Faded Jeans distress ink.

This is a very pretty use of our flags colours, even if I do say so myself.

Happy Crafting.



Sunday, 1 April 2012

Wee Little Amy - The Gardener

1st April 2012

This image is another one of Sylvia Zets Wee Stamps, this one is called Amy.

After colouring the image with Copics, I used a Spellbinders classic oval large die to cut it out, but I've kept the balloon outside the die so it didn't get cut off.
 I inked the edges while still in the die with Wild Honey and Frayed Burlap just to tone it down a little. I wanted a bright Sunshine look around the image.

The image is mounted onto Spellbinders Classic Scallop Oval, then onto  Spellbinders Fleur De Lis Rectangles cut out of sugar pink Bazzil card. Behind the Image layers, and above the pattern paper is another Spellbinders die, I think it's call a vine, I no longer have the packaging, and I've had it for a long time. I've had a look on the web site where I bought it, but it's no longer showing, so maybe it's now discontinued. Anyway, after cutting and embossing it, I swiped 'Frayed Burlap' over it to enhance the embossed detail.

I've used Stampin Up's DSP 'Everyday Enchantment' as the pattern paper. the Roses are from Green Tara, and the Gems flourishes are from Kaszazz. The sentiment is computer generated and is die cut with Spellbinders Oval die, small.

The satin edged organdy ribbon and the button are from my stash, the ribbon came from Spotlight and the button as well I think, it came in a pack of heaps of different shaped and coloured craft buttons.

My aim when colouring this image was to give the impression of bright sunlight without washing out the colours, hence the yellow around the edges and the yellow scalloped Oval behind.

On a personal level I'm happy with the finished result. Always looking to improve of course.

Happy Crafting.