Sunday, 30 December 2012

Pretty Cameo

Hello everyone. Todays card is probably my last for the year with more to follow of course. I have selected a sketch from The Sketchy Challenges to follow.

I have had a Spellbinders die (still in the packet) waiting for the right moment to be used. When I found this sketch I knew it would be perfect. The die is of course the marvelous squares die.

I decided that I wanted to go with pink. I road tested some of my inks and found one which worked well with my papers (unfortunately it has photographed paler than what it actually is). I stamped and layered all with various Spellbinder dies. I created a bow and added some flowers.


Stamp: Waltzingmouse Stamps Cameo To Go and Florentine Frippery

Ink: Momento Angel Pink

Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White and Pastel Basics paper pack


Spellbinders nestabilities classic ovals large, floral ovals and marvelous squares, Hooked on Craft flowers, Kaisercraft pearls and ribbon.

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Friday, 28 December 2012

Favourite Things

Hello everyone. This week in The Shabby Tea Room, things are a bit nostalgic! You are asked to share your favorite project that you have created for ANY Tea Room challenge from 2012! Well, I regularly participate in the challenges and had no idea what I would pick. On Christmas Day, my family celebrate at my mum's house. I brought along my iPad and asked my sister to pick a card. She said,"There are too many...I don't know," but eventually she picked the above card. Click here to link back to the original post.

This year, I really wanted to pursue my crafts to try to have some sort of balance between work/life. Being a teacher is so demanding and my time tends to decrease. I set time limits to how much school work I complete (where possible) each night and tried to have craft nights once to twice a week. My principal was very supportive of this and encouraged me (she even checked in every so often to see how craft night was going). My colleagues too enjoyed some of the creations I shared with them. For sentimental reasons I am going to choose the following project as my choice. When I informed school (my work) they were excited and most came to visit The Shabby Tea Room when I was GDT. My class too were very excited and asked, "When can we make a card and enter a competition?"

To view the original post, please click here.

Well, this year has been a fantastic year. When I took the time to look at all of my cards, scrapbook layouts and off the page projects I can really see how my style has grown and changed. I have a few more skills, more tools and a lot more new friends from the crafting community. Lenet, what a wonderful challenge.

To everyone who stopped by my blog, thanks for the kind comments as I appreciate the time and the kindness that you have shared. May 2013 be just as exciting.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, 27 December 2012


Hello again. I am sharing a card with you that follows a sketch from Mojo Monday.

For this card, I really wanted to do some colouring. I selected a floral stamp from JustRite and I used my Stampin' Write markers and a blender pen to colour in the image.

After that, I stamped a frame and added a doily. I used foam tape between each layer to add some dimension.
I used some lace to form the top border. I die cut two flourishes, added some flowers as well as a sentiment.


Stamp: JustRite Medallions and Banners and Vintage Rose Medallions

Ink: Stampin' Write markers subtles collection, StazOn Jet Black, Distress ink Victorian Velvet

Paper: Stampin' Up! watercolour paper, Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings paper pad

Other: Spellbinders nestabilities classic ovals small and lacey ovals, Die-namics fancy flourish, Hooked on Craft flowers, Fiskars 1.5" tag punch, lace and paper doily

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Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas

May the good times and treasures of the present
become the golden memories of tomorrow.
Wishing you lots of love, joy and happiness.
Merry Christmas! 

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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Let's Celebrate

Hello everyone! I am sharing a Shabby Chic card with you today that I created following the challenge from The Shabby Tea Room. You are asked to create a card or project inspired by the photo using PINK, AQUA, WHITE/CREAM and GLITTER!

Well, I wanted to try a technique for making flowers. I created the pink chiffon flower that you can see in my card. I die cut 6 circles, cut between 4-5 times into each to create petals. I then held each circle above a candle and it curls the edge. I finished the flowers by die cutting a small circle out of felt, securing all layers with a few stitches and then completing it by adding a silver centre. So easy to do and so pretty!

Here are some more close ups.....


Paper: Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings Paper pad, Kaisercard musk and coconut, DCWV brights stack

Stamp: JustRite Stampers Just Because set and elegant frames

Ink: Stampin' Up! Pool Party, Momento tuxedo black

Other: Spellbinders classic ovals small, floral ovals, scalloped ovals large, standard circles large and fancy framed tags one, Die-namics vintage flourish, Memory Box Amira flourish, Martha Stewart monarch butterfly punch, Prima flowers, Kaisercraft mini paper blooms, Zva Creative pearl flourish, chiffon, jewel centre and lace.

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Friday, 21 December 2012

Last Minute Christmas Cards

Hello everyone! I am nearly finished my preparations for Christmas, however I need to make cards that are suitable to post! My challenge is to create cards that aren't bulky, smaller and easy to make so that I can mail them. With the cards I create, my preferred size is either 6"x6" or 5" x 7", so this is a little bit tricky!

Last night I started and boy was it difficult. Everything I planned to use was too big. The above card is what I eventually came up with. I still have my layers and have made four so far...I intend to make approx 10 of these.

I started by matting the designer paper and cutting out one of the holly motifs dies. The holly motif looked a little bit lost with the designer paper so I added the red and creme labels frames. I stamped and punched out the ornament and added a holly leaf. I trialled some ribbon to break up the background a little bit and found this striped ribbon that worked well.

Here are some close ups...


Paper: Stampin' Up! Candlelight Christmas specialty designer series paper, old olive, real red and very vanilla

Ink: Stampin' Up! old olive and real red

Stamp: Stampin' Up! Delightful Decorations

Other: Spellbinders nestabilities labels one, decorative labels one and holly motifs, Sullivans holly punch, Kaisercraft rhinestones, Stampin' Up! ornament punch and ribbon.

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Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas Treats

Hello everyone. I am sharing another Christmas card today that I have created. I followed the latest sketch from Mojo Monday which I have rotated.

I also drew inspiration from The Ribbon Reel. You are asked to you create a card / project using the colours

In Australia, our Christmas day is usually quite warm as it is summer. We do however enjoy the tradition of having Christmas stockings, so my card has an Aussie twist!

I wanted to use items from my stash that I haven't used in a while. I selected a Sizzix die that has a bear and a candy cane. After running it through my Big Kick, I had to paper piece all the bits together, a little time consuming but worth it! I also used a brick stencil and used a distress ink to shade it in.
Next I created the other stockings. I carefully peeled off a stocking from a card sent by my aunty and used it as a template (it was store bought card - no harm done!) I used some punches to create the embellishments. Some ribbon and a bow complete my card.


Paper: Kaisercraft Turtle Dove 6 1/2" paper pad, Stampin' Up! very vanilla, whisper white, real red and crumb cake cardstock

Ink: Distress ink old paper

Other: Fiskars retro flower punch and scallop scissors, Sizzix stocking w/teddy bear, Stampin' Up! border punch and real red ribbon, Kaisercraft rhinestones, The Crafters Workshop mini bricks stencil, Spellbinders nestabilities labels eight and decorative labels eight, Becca's peg bow maker, button and twine.

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Sunday, 16 December 2012


Hello everyone! Today I am sharing with you a shabby chic card that I have created for the latest challenge from The Shabby Tea Room.  You are asked to create a card or project inspired by the colors of PINK, AQUA & SILVER and INCLUDE GLITTER!
When I saw the photo inspiration I immediately went to my Prima paper collections. One of my favourite collections is Fairy Belle. For this card I used three papers from the paper stack, they coordinate beautifully together.

Using a Prima frame, I selected the beautiful fairy image from one of the papers and attached it to the resin frame. After that I built up a panel which includes two punched paper borders with a top layer of lace. I played with this for a while as I wanted to place the image plus flowers on top of it.
I added some butterflies and a trinket pin that I made. I used some silver and clear beads in the pin. I also used some silver adhesive dots to add to the centre of the butterflies.
Finally, I stamped my sentiment and framed it with some nestabling.


Paper: Prima fairy Belle 6" paper stack

Stamp: Bobunny Enchanted

Ink: Momento tuxedo black

Other: Martha Stewart swirling lace, monarch butterfly and doily lace punches, Hooked on Craft flowers, Prima Shabby Chic treasure La Coeur and flowers, Spellbinders nestabilities classic ovals small and fancy tags three, Want 2 scrap nestabling fancy tags three, seam binding, lace and seam binding.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Christmas Wishes

Hello everyone. I am sharing a Christmas card that I have created which follows the latest sketch from Waltzingmouse Stamps. Again, I am looking for Christmas card potential with sketches and again this one fits the bill!

I rotated the sketch to create my card. I am also looking for time saving designs so that I can create bulk amounts. The Kaisercraft paper helped a lot. My card has maximum impact for little time, a great time saving card.


Paper: Kaisercraft 6 1/2" paper pad Turtle Dove and collectables

Stamp: JustRite Stampers Deck the Halls

Ink: Distress ink old paper, Momento tuxedo black

Other: Memory Box Emma ornament, Drop ornament and Frostyville border, Stampin' Up! punch.

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Monday, 10 December 2012

Christmas Card

Hello everyone. The card I am sharing with you follows the latest sketch from The Sweet Stop. I really liked the look of this sketch as I could see a potential Christmas card resulting from it!

I started by stamping an ornament and also the background circle with a script background stamp. I inked the edges to add a vintage look.

I selected some coordinating paper, lace and then decorated my bauble using some fronds from a punch plus some holly decorations. I stamped and matted my sentiment and voila - done!
This sketch was easy to follow and my card was made in approx one hour (which is short for me!)

Paper: Kaisercraft Twig and Berry 6 1/2" paper pad

Stamp: Stampin' Up! Ornament Keepsakes and En Francais, Kaisercraft Merry Christmas

Ink: Distress Ink Old Paper, Momento Rhubarb Stalk and Jet Black, Stampin' Up! Soft Suede

Other: Spellbinders standard circles small and impressabilities fleur de lis, Martha Stewart branch punch, Kaisercraft pearls, Stampin' Up! framelits holiday ornaments, lace, holly pieces, red ribbon.

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Saturday, 8 December 2012

Christmas Cheer

Hello everyone! I've had a busy week. The school year is drawing to a close and end of year festivities have begun. Our grade has been busy working with the children on a social justice project. The children have donated soft lollies to create lolly bags for the homeless and for residents in a nursing home who may not have loved ones to provide a special treat. I have been working with the children to make some Christmas cards. As I work in a flexible learning space (one classroom, three classes, three teachers) this has been a real challenge - 69 children! Anyway, 170 lolly bags later and 69 cards made (over two days) the children have done well. The Night Patrol van will be going out this Sunday night with some of the lollies. The rest will be distributed to the nursing home next week.

My stamp pads have had a real workout though!! The boys LOVE the punches and all of the children love inking the edges of a labels punch with a sponge. Some students have asked, "Are we making more cards next week?"....." year!"

The card I am sharing with you is for The Shabby Tea Room Pretty Baubles challenge. You are asked to create a card or project inspired by the COLORS in the photo and INCLUDE A BIRD! The title of my project is inspired by the activities from my week...hopefully the children will see that Christmas is all about the giving and how a little can go a long way.

As I have been stamping with the children, I felt like using this technique in my card. I inked a piece of cardstock. I also used a script stamp, splatter and swirls stamp to create my background.I created my wreath using my Martha Stewart branch punch. I used glossy accents to attach each branch onto a circular piece of card stock. I added some colourful pearls to finish it off. I also used a Christmas music stamp to create a banner to place underneath the wreath.

I selected a bird from the SU Elements of Style set. It looked a bit bare in the corner. I used a background stamp from the set and used a punch to create a banner.

Some flowers and of course a bow complete my card.


Stamp: Stampin' Up! Elements of Style, BoBunny Midnight Frost, Kaisercraft December 25th, Tim Holtz Spills and Splatters

Ink: Distress Ink Victorian Velvet, Walnut Stain and Old Paper

Other: Martha Stewart branch punch, Spellbinders nestabilities standard circles small, Prima flowers fiarytale roses baby pink, Hooked on Craft flowers, Stampin' Up! banner punch, pink seam binding, Kaisercraft pearls.

Thanks for stopping by!

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