Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Give Flight To Your Dreams

Hello everyone! JustRite Stampers latest Friday challenge is a colour challenge. Grey, charcoal, yellow and a neutral...not my prefered colours but I thought I'd see how I'd go and took on the challenge.

I thought that I would make a bird cage card and it was here that I started. I pulled out any paper in my stash that was grey or yellow and went from there. I played around with them and found that a thin mat between each layer held the design together. I started with my darkest grey and used it for the bird cage. Next I used a labels twenty die and die cut it with a grey striped paper to create a frame for the bird cage.

I used a Martha Stewart punch and old olive paper and punched out several branches (looks grey in my photo). I used some glossy accents to adhere it to the base of the cage. I stamped the circular butterfly image onto watercolour paper and used SU yoyo yellow to colour it in. I went around the outside of the image with a distress ink to add a vintage touch. Using some scraps of paper, I used a bitty blossom die to create a grey flower. I added some yellow roses to finish it off.

Here are some other close ups...


Paper: Stampin' Up! Yoyo yellow, old olive and DSP patterns stack brights collection, My Minds Eye Nostalgia, Kaisercraft After Five Collection

Stamp: JustRite Stampers Botanical Butterflies

Ink: Antique Linen distress ink, Memento tuxedo black, StazOn Jet Black

Other: Spellbinders bitty blossoms, standard circles small, back to basics tags and labels twenty, Tim Holtz Caged Bird, Martha Stewart branch punch, Hooked on Craft flowers, My Minds Eye twine, ribbon, Becca's peg bow maker.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, 23 February 2013

Butterfly Freedom

Hello everyone. It's the weekend now in Sydney. So happy its here, but it is pouring down with rain. A perfect day to do some craft! I am sharing a card with you that follows the latest sketch from Cardabilities.

My card began with the papers. If you like me have craft spending sprees every now and then, you acquire  lots of goodies. I am making a conscious effort to really start using all of my supplies. I forgot that I had this paper collection and I'm so glad that I found it. I found some coordinating cardstock and went from there.

I distressed and inked my background paper to create a vintage look. I stamped my sentiment onto SU! very vanilla cardstock twice. After I cut and embossed it, I left the frame on it. I inked up a blending tool and went around the outside. I layered it with another die cut, with foam tape between each layer for the dimension. I fussy cut the second butterfly image and added it to my main sentiment, to have a 3D look.

You still have time to join in and complete the sketch. You will need to link your project no later than midnight, Feb 27, to be considered as a Featured Designer on the Cardabilities blog.


Paper: Pink Paislee London Market

Stamp: Stamp It Butterfly Freedom

Ink: Walnut stain Distress ink, Versafine vintage sepia

Other: Spellbinders nestabilities labels eight, decorative labels eight, scalloped hearts, classic hearts, Die-namics fancy flourish, Kaisercraft rhinestone flourish antique rose, Hooked On Craft flowers, lace and doily.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Centre Step Card

Hello everyone. The beginning of a school year is so busy. I have been back only a few weeks and have only left work on time twice. So many meetings and planning sessions....can't wait for the weekend! I have been working on this card over the last two nights, to help me switch of from school and to have a brain break. I have been wanting to try a centre step card for a while and decided that I would give it a try. My card follows the latest challenge from The Shabby Tea Room. You are asked to create a card or project inspired by the photo incorporating the colors of AQUA AND BROWN AND INCLUDE A SILVER ELEMENT!

I started by going through my papers. I found an older Kaisercraft collection that had papers very close to aqua. It had a vintage/heritage feel and that was the direction I went with. I used a centre step card template from Splitcoaststampers which you can download from here.

I used a Sizzix embossing folder and cut out the frame. Next I started my layers. I die cut an oval with coordinating paper, added my flowers and butterflies. I used some scraps to die cut the leaves.

I used a Spellbinders tags die to add my sentiment. I also added some lace and silver trim to complete the front.

I was really surprised at how easy it was to make this card. I really enjoyed making it!


Paper: Kaisercraft Duchess Collection

Stamp: Waltzingmouse Stamps Fancy Phrases

Ink: Walnut Stain distress ink, Versafine vintage sepia

Other: Spellbinders fancy framed tags one and nestabilities classic ovals large, Sizzix loving thoughts set, Sizzlits little leaves, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, Hooked On Craft flowers, Prima flowers, lace and silver trim.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, 17 February 2013


Hello again! I have been making a lot of cards lately and felt it was time to create a layout. The layout I am sharing with you follows the sketch from Once Upon A Sketch. It's been a while since I have participated in one of their challenges and I really liked the current sketch. You are asked to follow the current theme of LOVE. You are free to scrap about any kind of love you wish however you like based on the following sketch. 

Ideas for journalling: love for your partner, family , parents ,siblings , children, work, students, craft, music, extra curricular activities. Whatever it is that you connect LOVE with.

I decided to create a circular frame. I used some chipboard and a EK Success curvey cutter to create my large circle. I used some Spellbinders dies to create two fleur de lis shape again out of chipboard. I painted all three pieces with gesso, then white paint and finally with crackle medium. I glued all together and had a vintage looking frame.

I used some more Spellbinders dies to die cut some flourishes. I repeated the above steps but didn't add crackle medium. I simply inked the edges with brown ink to create an aged look. For my title, I used a layer of gesso, inked it with a deep blue distress ink and finished it off with the crackle medium.

The papers I used are from Meg's Garden. The collection has some lovely papers that you can fussy cut from. I'm not as accurate as some designers, but I managed to use some in my LO. I used one of the 6x6 papers to add my journalling.

Here are some more close ups....


Paper: Meg's Garden Forget Me Not Collection 2, DCWV neutral stack

Ink: Distress ink Faded Jeans, ColorBox chestnut roan

Other: WOW Family, Spellbinders Fleur de Lis motifs and Twisted Metal Tags, Jo Sonjas crackle medium, gesso, Kaisercraft white paint, Distrezz It All, Prima distressing tool, Green Tara flowers, EK Success Curvy Cutter, seam binding, paper doily, chipboard 0.6mm

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Birthday Card

Hello everyone! I am sharing a card with you that follows the latest sketch from JustRite Stampers. For my design I wanted to have some embossing and to have a break from pink, just to shake things up a little bit!

To create my background, I embossed some cardstock. Using a brayer I inked it up with white ink to highlight the raised designs. I used two different stamp sets to create my centre focal point. I used some foam tape to add dimension to my layers.

To create my border, I used a border stamp and inked it with Versa Mark then heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I played around with some Martha Stewart punches and ended up using my flower bed punch. I punched along the edge of one side as usual. Once finished I measured how deep the punch was which is 3cm. Then on the other side I measured 3cm from the edge and cut it before I punched again. This created a lovely border which I attached to my stamped border.

I stamped a sentiment onto some cardstock and heat embossed it then used a die to cut it out. A bow, some ribbon and flowers complete my card. I then decided to add a butterfly to the centre of my card using some left over cardstock...nothing goes to waste!


Paper: Stampin' Up! Whisper White and Pool Party

Stamp:  JustRite classic scallop borders one, Vintage oval labels and Fleur de Lis labels twenty

Ink: Stampin' Up! Pool Party, Whisper White and Versa Mark

Other: Spellbinders edgeabilities classic scallop, nestabilities labels thirteen and labels twenty, Spellbinders M-bossabilities Garden Lattice, Martha Stewart deep edge flower bed and monarch butterfly punches, JustRite vintage label and banner dies, Stampin' Up! white embossing powder, ribbon, Green Tara flowers, Becca's Peg Bow Maker.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thursday, 14 February 2013

I Am On The Cardabilities Design Team

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing some exciting news, something that I have been wanting to achieve and that is to be on a Design Team. I have been accepted as a Design Team Member for Cardabilities.

I love creating cards and I am blessed with this opportunity to be part of such a talented team. The other creative team members are:

Adriana Bolzon-AUSTRALIA

Elena Morgun-UKRAINE
June Houck-U.S.A
Lynn Darda-U.S.A
Marcie Sharp-CANADA


If you like me love sketches, then I'm sure Karan's sketches will inspire you too. I cannot wait to start designing my cards and I certainly hope that you will be inspired to join us!

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

A Gift For You

Hello everyone! I am sharing another card with you. I am loving label stamps at the moment and just love colouring in (must be my Primary School Teacher hat)! My card follows the latest challenge from The Ribbon Reel. You are asked to create a card / project inspired by the photo using YELLOW & PINK plus RIBBON & FLOWER & LACE/TWINE.

Yellow is not a colour I use often and really struggle with it. My design began with my papers. I bought a lot of Pion Design papers in the school holidays and luckily had some that had touches of yellow and pink. I went through my stamps and decided a labels stamp would be the way to go.

I stamped my image onto some watercolour paper. I used some SU! markers and a blending pen to colour it in. I inked the edges with Antique linen and added some pearls to the centre of the flowers. I used some complimentary yellow floral paper and die cut it. I inked the edges and layered it with foam tape for dimension. I used my new Couture Creations fleur de frame die, and cut up a doily and added it to the label. Some flowers, bow, lace and pearl sprays complete my card.


Paper: SU! Very Vanilla, Pion Design For Mother Collection

Stamp: JustRite Stampers Violette Vintage Labels

Ink: SU! markers, Staz On Jet Black ink, Distress ink Antique Linen

Other: Spellbinders labels twenty and classic ovals small, Couture Creations Fleur de Frame, JustRite Vintage Label and Banner dies, Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish, Petaloo Canterbury roses, Prima flowers and distressing tool, Vivaldi pearl spray, paper doily, lace, ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, 11 February 2013

Cameo Card

Hello everyone! I have another card to share with you as a GDT with The Shabby Tea Room. The theme for Week #153 is ‘Sweet Silhouettes’ You are asked to create a card/project using a silhouette as your focal point!

Lucky for me I have a few silhouette stamps! For my card I wanted something elegant with a nice frame. A little while ago, on impulse I purchased a number of silver frames and finally have had the chance to use them. After stamping my silhouette I used one to frame it. I die cut a square frame to help define my silhouette. After I did this, I played around with some bling. I used a corner flourish and then added some flowers, bow, pin and my sentiment.

I just love it when a card comes together, sometimes I really struggle to materialise what I imagine.


Paper: Kaisercraft After Five Collection paper pad

Stamp: Waltzingmouse Cameo To Go

Ink: Memento Tuxedo black

Other: Spellbinders classic ovals small and marvelous squares, Cre8tiv ornamental frames, Zva Creative pearls, Basic Grey pin, Hooked on Craft flowers, Green tara flowers, bow.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, 9 February 2013

We Celebrate You

Hello everyone! Week two of school was great. I am still tired but not exhausted as last week thank goodness. I have had a lot of beginning of school events this week which meant late nights but thankfully I managed to reward myself and had a craft night last night.

My card follows the latest challenge from The Shabby Tea Room. You are asked to create a BIRTHDAY card or project using the COLORS FROM THE PICTURE !

I found some Pixie Glen papers in my stash which have shades of pink and blue which is perfect for this challenge. I stamped a labels stamp and layered it with papers and die cuts. I had some resin embellishments and I used a cup cake to form my centre. Some flowers, bow and pin complete my card. I didn't have any pink seam binding left so I coloured some creme seam binding, using some drops of Victorian Velvet reinker and water.


Paper: Prima Pixie Glen, Kaisercraft coconut and musk

Stamp: JustRite Stampers Botanical Medallions and Banners

Ink: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMagic pink petunia

Other: JustRite vintage label and banner dies and nested oval medallion labels, Memory Box Amira flourish, Spellbinders nestabilities ovals small, Stampin' Up! seam binding, Melissa Frances embellishments, Prima pins iced, Kaisercraft mini paper blooms, Green Tara roses, lace, paper doily, cheese cloth, Prima distresser

Thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, 3 February 2013


Hello friends! I have another card to share with you. This card follows the latest sketch from Cardabilities.

I wanted to use some of my new Prima papers that my sister bought me. I love paper stacks as everything coordinates and it is right there at your finger tips! I have used a lot of doilies lately in my cards and I wanted to create my main image in a different way. I used a stamp from Stampin' Up and placed a Spellbinders die over it, to frame a section that I liked. Once I had die cut it I used the same die, traced around it in pencil on pink cardstock and cut it out to create a frame. I layered both using foam tape to add dimension.

I used a coordinating paper from the stack to create my sentiment and centre border. I lightly distressed it and inked the edges to create an aged feel. To finish off my card, I die cut some butterflies, added some bling and of course some flowers and a bow.


Paper: Prima Tea Thyme 6x6 paper stack

Stamp: Stampin' Up! Elements of Style

Ink: Distress ink Victorian Velvet

Other: Spellbinders nestabilities labels eighteen, Martha Stewart doily lace punch, Zva creative pearl flourish, Prima flowers, Green Tara flowers, Memory Box kaleidoscope butterfly, ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by!

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