Saturday, March 30, 2013

Papillon Potpouri - oh, happy day!

This card features lots of gorgeous product from the Seasonal catalogue.
I love this fresh bright Gumball green. It makes me think of summer afternoons watering the garden with butterflies taking flight.
The Seasonal mini catalogue is awash with butterflies. I don't know anyone who doesn't love butterflies. So pretty, so bright the colours, so elusive to catch. To have three butterflies on the same card?
Oh, Happy Day!
I have used lots of different punches, Big shot Edgelits and embossing folders to build up a textured, layered card for a special birthday. What makes this really pretty are the three 3D Flower Trim roses on a strip of tulle above the Adorning accent frame edge.
Here is my card Recipe:
stampsets - Papillon potpourri, Bloomin' Marvellous.
punches - Postage stamp, Elegant Butterfly, Bitty butterfly.
cardstock - Whisper white, Gumball green.
ink - Summer starfruit and Gumball green markers
tools - Big Shot machine, Fancy Fan embossing folder,
Adorning Accent Edgelit (p.190), Adorning Accent Embossing folder (p.188)
accessories - flower trim, Rhinestone jewels.
Snail and dimensional adhesive.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Little chicken

Happy Easter to everyone who visits my blog this week!
This is my virtual Easter card just for you.
Isn't it the simplest and cutest little chicken ?
I spotted a card on pinterest made by Sharon Burkett and I simplified the design down to this.
 My little chicken is made using the 1 3/8 inch (that's 3.5cm) circle punch and the bird punch (wings) with Daffodil Delight card stock.
My background is a technique called masking. Where you punch out two scallop circles and use them as a mask while you sponge a soft blue ink. Gradually moving the scallop masks downwards till you cover the page with fluffy white clouds.
Card Recipe:
Stampsets - Teeny tiny sentiments, Nature walk
Cardstock - Certainly celery, whisper white, Daffodil Delight, Concord Crush, Poppy parade (for the beak and legs) I was using up paper from my scraps box.
ink - Baja Breeze, Concord Crush
punches - 3.5cm circle, two step bird, Word window
and scallop circle for the cloud mask
big shot - Adorning accent edgelit
ribbon - Daffodil Delight stitched

Artisan Embellishment Kit Scrap page

 How easy was this scrapbook page to create?
OK, I was inspired by the front page of the Impressions magazine.... for the layout and excited about using some of the gorgeous embellishments from this kit.
Beautiful laces, ribbon, buttons, ceramic flowers, hearts, doilies, tickets, fabric flowers and love heart tags.
 I have hardly even used what is in this kit and have made several cards and a scrapbook page AND there is still heaps more left to use in this kit. It makes lumpy bumpy cards, or you can use the doilies and lace for flatter projects. You could sew the buttons, lace and ribbons to clothes!!!
 My favourite part of this is how it all coordinates with the same clean vintage style and goes with Pool party, primrose petals, crumb cake and very vanilla (as well as white).
I have stamped the Best things in life aren't things (from the Feel Goods stampset) inked with my Stampin' write markers. All our stamping up markers match the cardstock and ribbons so you know that you always have the right blue, green, red or crumb cake to match your papers. 
Another scrap book page completed - Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Horses for courses

 Here's a card I made at a recent cardmaking session with my friend Teresa.
This stampset is one that I don't own.  It is a true art stamp though, and is a great stamp for all those people who love horses and the country. "Horse Frontier".
 I have made a simple background with the horse-shoe stamp on River rock cardstock.
And used the Apothecary die cut shape as a canvas for my horse.
I am practicing simple layouts here... no stitching, no Big shot embossing... possibly it could have done with some twine and metal brads but I am practicing restraint!
 Instead I tied a piece of baker's twine around Mr Edd's neck as a halter ??? ...lead rope - thingy (insert technical horse term here).
 You can see the holes I punched through the paper with the 2mm handheld circle punch. (check it out on page 184 of the Annual catalogue).
Mr Edd is ready to ride off the page......

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Paper clips and patterns ...

 I have tried to create a masculine style card ... with colours like Gumball green and Midnight muse inks, textured vine leaves, green ribbon and a metal paperclip.
I thought the pair of jeans from patterned occasions would be just the ticket.
Perhaps it is a female card after all.
So I have copied the next one from pinterest... a happy mothers day card with patterned tea cup and hearts.
 I think the arrow paper clip works well here pointing at the tag and the arrow of the gumball green ribbon directing the eye towards the cup.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Honey comb embossing folder meets nature walk

This card is one I dreamed up in my head as soon as I saw that honey comb embossing folder in the Seasonal mini catalogue. It is Autumn atlast the bees have been and gone from our garden. And I am noticing a few Autumn leaves on the footpath when we walk to and from school each day.
The honeycomb embossing folder is going to be a favourite.
The bee is from Nature walk (on page 79 of the main catalogue).
The honeycomb embossing folder is really easy to cut patterned paper (after its been embossed) as the embossing is very deep and pronounced. It looks great if you emboss some of our Core'dinations cardstock and sand the surface to reveal the lighter coloured core.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sale-a-bration: Sycamore street papers, ribbon and buttons

 How is this for a perfectly easy Birthday card?
Bright coloured circles, patterned paper and buttons.
Deciding what bright colours to go with was pretty easy with this one. All I had to do was choose some of the colours from the Sycamore patterned paper pack and add circles of cardstock that echoed the ribbon and button colours. 
 Everything on this card (except for the cardstock and twine) is a free product available during
 Sale-a-bration (ends 22/3/2013).
Even the Vine Street embossing folder that I have used on the base card.
Card Recipe:
SAB Stampset: Pretty Petites
Petite Curly label punch
Sycamore street patterned papers
Sycamore street Ribbon and button pack
Vine street Embossing folder
Cardstock: Tangerine tango, Pool party, Island Indigo, Raspberry Ripple and Sahara Sand.
White baker's twine, Circle punches.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Sentimental about feeling sentimental?

There are only two days left of Sale-a-bration ... I am sharing this card as it features the Feeling sentimental stampset.
It could be a male or female card as the images are in the kind of non-gender colours of :Soft Suede, Cajun craze (terracotta) and Marina mist on  a Chocolate chip cardbase.
This stampset comes with the sentiment "Celebrate" in a nice script which I think goes well with the Postage Due background stamping.
Happy Birthday is from Itty Bitty banners only punched this time with the label punch.
And I have sponged edges and added a bitty butterfly punch too.
The card edge is textured with the lace border embossing folder.
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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Feel Goods on a single layer card

A simple but elegant card only needs a feel good sentiment and butterflies.
This one has a flock of butterflies punched from Sycamore street patterned paper.
I just hink these words are so true -
"A friend accepts us as we are,
 yet helps us to be what we should".
How quick and easy was this card to make and reproduce. Punched with the Bitty Butterfly punch and stamped using markers to accentuate the words in colours that match the papers.
Card Recipe:
Tools: Bitty butterfly punch
Sycamore street papers (saleabration FREE)
Stampset: Feel Goods (5 stamps) $35.95
Ink: Stampin'write markers in-colours

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Paper doilies and butterflies

 I know who would have thought Paper doilies would come back into fashion?
But the crafting world is going all vintage and there are many different ways to go vintage.
Grungy, Pretty, old world, shabby chic, monochrome... and colours too.
 On this card I have used a mix of products from the Autumn mini catalogue or Seasonal catalogue (for those northern climes who arent experiencing our beautifully warm Autumn) and some Saleabration products too.
I let the "Sycamore street" Designer series paper set the colour mood for this card.
It has lots of Pool Party ink and sponging (just love this pretty minty blue) and Island indigo to stamp the bicycle (from Feeling sentimental stampset)  and Happy birthday sentiment.
Love these little butterflies? I have punched them from the sycamore street paper (FREE during saleabration) using the Bitty Butterfly punch.
 The doily stands on its own no sponging needed, just layered on the naturals white cardstock.
Makes me think of cups of tea and butterfly cupcakes at my aunties country house in Scone...
Warning: Feeling sentimental stampset and Sycamore street papers are only available during SALE-A-BRATION which ends on 22 March and these FREE with order items won't be available again.
You can place an Order by emailing me at

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A Whole latte love on your birthday!

 The central image on this card is from the Sale-a-bration set: Patterned Occasions.
A patterned cup with hearts sends a whole latte love for someone's birthday.
How perfect is it when all the colours combine and work beautifully together?
 The Sycamore street patterned paper has Island indigo, Pool party, Summer starfruit and Tangerine tango on this piece.
 Are you liking the window frame framelits? You can turn them this way or that and get a squarish frame or a circular frame.
There are several other images in the "Patterned Occasions" saleabration set.
I particularly like the recover rapidly bandaid, so cute when stamped in More mustard ink.
Butterflies and flowers are from the other saleabration set: Bloomin' Marvellous!

Friday, March 08, 2013

Two more weeks of feeling sentimental

Wow has this Sale-a-bration gone fast!
Can you believe it we only have two more weeks of saleabrating? Finishes 22 March so expect a few more cards from me... need a birthday card, let me know!
This one is kind of inspired by a card from pinterest, with my own little twist of colours and Saleabration ribbon and button.
 I flipped through my colour coach, and was looking for colours to go with Rich Razzleberry and Elegant Eggplant. Eventually I was convinced that Marina Mist and Pool party would work with this purple combo.
Really love this FREE, did I say FREE stampset with  phone box, bicycle and ferris wheel images sketched in a vintage style.
Stampset: Feeling Sentimental (Free Saleabration stampset)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Elegant Eggplant.
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party.
Ribbon: Pool party satin
Button: Rich Razzleberry (Sale - a - bration FREE)
White Baker's twine.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Papillon Potpourri Birthday and a floral frame!

I do like to make cards and gifts for my friends... I am so glad when they have birthdays so that I can have an excuse to create something just for them.
 Last weekend it was Michelle's birthday ... so I created this little card... I do hope she likes purple.
Most people do, don't they?
 Perhaps it's a little over done, but who wants a simple birthday card really????
It gives me the chance to show case about ten new things in the Autumn Seasonal catalogue!
 Just have to layer up these amazingly pretty butterfly punches, stamped from the Papillon potpourri.
Background Embossed with clouds and adorned with some vintage Flower trim on tulle.
 You might also be noticing some Sale-a-bration goodies on the second project.
The Pretty Petite Happy b-day stamp and pretty petite punch.
A butterfly from "Bloomin' Marvellous" and a layering of embossed flowers made with the framelit die.
Inside I have created pockets with Sycamore street patterned paper. Used a few paper clips for decorations, a t-bag, post-it notes  and buttons too.
Happy Birthday to my team mate Michelle (next month you will have been with stampin' Up! twelve months can you belive that?)

Saturday, March 02, 2013

February Birthday gifts

Last month, February is birthday month!
Not just mine, but several of my favourite friends in the stamping createsphere!
I have also taken up walking - after school drop off - most mornings!
Where to carry your phone? where to carry your glasses or keys?
So with Felicity's birthday in mind I designed this little purse...
 It is a fun little bag that won't win any prizes for sewing or seam-stressing (that is such an appropriate word) and an opportunity to embellish with a trinket charm, bow and fabric roses.
This is the proto type ... would possibly need to be a little larger for your iPhone and quilted padding may have been a better option - but I made it myself on my 20 year old sewing machine and it fits my driving glasses just fine.