Thursday, 30 October 2014

Happy Birthday

Hello everyone! Today I would like to share a birthday card that I have made. It follows the following sketch. I make quite a number of birthday...but I never seem to have enough! Next month I will be starting my Christmas cards, and it will be a mad rush to make sure I have them ready in time!!


Paper: Maja Design Vintage Spring Basic

Stamp: JustRite Large Elegant Sentiments

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Other: Martha Stewart Flourish Lace Punch, Prima Doily Die 1, Poppy Stamps  Lorelai Leaf, Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork, Green Tara Flowers, Die-Namics Fishtail Flag Stax

It's a short post tonight, but as always, thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014


Hello everyone! Today I have a quick card to share with you. It follows the latest sketch from Mojo Monday.

What drove my card were the papers. I used The London Market papers from Pink Paislee. I have them for a little while and just love them. I love the vintage feel of the prints and I wanted to showcase them as much as possible.

I love the floral print paper, so I used it in the frame. I added some flowers next to it to compliment the papers. I used some foam tape to add dimension, to this print. I also used distress ink around the edges of everything as well.

My sentiment is simply this....


Paper: Pink Paislee London Market, SU! Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla

Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Distress Ink Vintage Photo

Other: Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Spellbinders back to Basics Tags, Sizzix Fancy Frame Rectangle, Martha Stewart Embroidery Punch, Kaisercraft Blooms Dusty Pink and Mini paper Blooms Dusty Pink, Kaisercraft Pearls Latte, Hug Snug Seam Binding Lyric Rose, Green Tara Rose Buds.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Vintage Paper Bag Mini Album plus a Video Tutorial

Hello friends! It's Cathy here today and I'm so excited to share with you my second mini album using The Sherlock Book kit. This mini album uses paper bags, LOTS of paper which enables you to fill it with lots of photos, embellishments, journalling and memories.

To help you get started, I have supplied a list of measurements for the album, to make things easier for you as well as a start to finish video tutorial to help you along the way. My second video is a walk through of the completed album to give you ideas on how you can start to embellish your album. I used stamping as a way of personalising my album. These papers are so versatile that you can use your stamps to start your album in the theme/direction of your choice.

I was inspired by My Sisters Scrapper and followed one of her tutorials for the construction of this album. The decorations/embellishments are my style!

Here I have used some stamps to add some spaces to journal.....they are interactive as well....

The album has flaps that fold out, giving more space for photos etc. Again stamps have been used for embellishments.

This is a page with a photo mat....

Project Cutting Guide

Extra Information
6 x  black paper bags

Trim paper bag to 7 6/8”

(purchased from Spartys part of Spotlight)
Flap  using black cardstock
7 ½” x 5 ½” six in total
Score on side at ½ and use a decorative punch to punch along the other side
Flap mat using papers from the collection 
4½ x 7 3/8” twelve in total

No trimming required
six pages in total

Back of page
Trim 3” of the bottom of one book page from the collection, leaving you two parts.
This is the page where there is the folded section of the paper bag. It will form a pocket.
Photo mat using black cardstock
7½ x 5”
This will be inserted inside the paper bag. There will be a total of six.
Photo mat contrast
7¼ x 4 7/8”
This is where you place your photo.
Hidden Hinge Binding
11¼ x 7¾
Score both ends at 2”. Then score at :
½"  ½ " ¼", repeat until reaching the end 2” score line.
Cover using chipboard
two 5 ¾ x 8½” for the cover and one 2” x 8½” for the spine
I used a 0.6mm chipboard thickness for my album.
Cover Papers
two 12.5cm x 21.5cm for the covers and 12.5cm x 4” for the spine.
Yes, I do work in both cms and inches. This will leave a small border around your papers.

Meg’s Garden Supplies
Bridal Veil flowers

Other Supplies:

Paper: Chipboard 0.6mm, Black Cardstock, Stampin’ Up! Very Vanilla

Ink: Distress Ink Walnut Stain, Versafine Onyx Black

Stamps: Kaisercraft Clear Stamps: Vintage Believe, Vintage Cherish, Vintage Love, Vintage Imagine,  Art of Life, The Looking Glass, Miss Match Bingo Cards, Confetti, Curiosity, Waltzingmouse Stamps Victorian Frippery, Bobunny Weekend Market Clear Stamps, Stampin’ Up! En Francais.

Cutting Dies: Spellbinders : Classic Squares Small, Captivating Squares, Timeless Rectangles, D-lites Ornamental Tags Two, Marvelous Squares, Stately Circles, Classic Circles Small, Memory Box Elegant Scrollwork and Delicate Butterfly Arch, Sizzix Fancy Frame Rectangle, Magnolia Doohickeys Doily, Rose Leaf and Heart Doily.

Other: Martha Stewart Vintage Doily Punch, Stampin’ Up! Tab Punch,  Scrapmatts Scrap Words and Assorted Words, Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powder Midnight Bronze, Brown Organza Ribbon, Kaisercraft Black Lace Pack, Petaloo Mixed Textures Blossom Mocha, Prima Flowers Layla, Hemp, Assorted Charms, Beads, Jump Rings, Spacers, Bead Caps, Eye Pins, Eyelet.

 Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Vintage Masculine Birthday Card

Hello everyone! Today I would like to share with you a birthday card that I have made for a very dear friend of mine. He always appreciates the cards that I make for him and I hope he likes this one!
I used some mixed media techniques for the background. I used some distressed inks and a Tim Holtz stencil.I grunged up a clock frame. I added some crackle paints and cut out the centre part as I wanted to do some layering.

My sentiment is actually the ticket..... I also used some Bo Bunny stamps and some die cuts to embellish.


Paper: Maja Designs Vintage Autumn Basics

Stamps: Tim Holtz Odds and Ends, Ultimate Grunge and Spills and Platters. Bo Bunny Weekend Market and Stitiches.

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stazon Jet Black, Versafine Onyx Black, Distress Ink  Walnut stain and Antique Linen

Other: Die-namics pierced tags stax and mini film strip, Distrezz it all, Twine, Cheery Lynn Clock w/angel wings, Distress spray stain antique linen, Distress pain antiques bronze, Distress crackle paint walnut stain, Distress stain picket fence, Tim Holtz layering stencil measured.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

Time to Celebrate

Hello everyone! It seems like ages since I've made a card as I have been busy creating mini albums. The card I am sharing with you follows the current sketch over at Mojo Monday.

I used some JustRite Stampers stamps today. I stamped them onto SU! watercolour paper and coloured the image in using SU! Stampin' Write markers and blended them using a SU! blender pen. Once complete I used the matching die and propped it up using some foam tape for some dimension.

I love the vintage feel of the Maja Design papers and had a lot of fun creating with them today. I fussy cut one of the little butterflies and added it in as I love butterflies!


Paper: Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics

Stamp: JustRite Vintage Rose Medallions and Large Elegant Sentiments

Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Distress Ink Antique Linen

Other: JustRite Nested Oval Medallion Labels, SU! watercolour paper, Stampin' Write Markers Wild Wasabi, Marina Mist and Bashful Blue, Blender Pen, Green Tara Flowers, Lace, Magnolia Rose Leaf Die, Distrezz It All

Thanks for stopping by!

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