Tuesday, 30 April 2013


Hello everyone. I am sharing a card with you that follows a sketch from The Sweet Stop.

I go through stages with papers/collections that I love. I pulled out an old favourite of mine, Prima Fairy Belle and started from there.

I fussy cut the fairy image and layered her on some cheese cloth and some Spellbinder dies. I placed her over some flowers to show that she is connected to them.

I used some Martha Stewart punches, lace and ribbon to form the horizontal bands shown on the sketch. I also added some flowers, resin heart a bow and trinket pin to add some shabby chic touches.
My sentiment uses some left over papers from the oval frames. Some pearls just finish it off.


Paper: Prima Fairy Belle, Stampin' Up! very vanilla and Kaisercraft Ballet

Stamp: JustRite Elegant Frames

Ink: Memento Grape Jelly

Other: Spellbinders opulent frames, marvelous squares and fancy framed tags one, Martha Stewart embroidery, swirling lace and flourish lace punches, Prima flowers, trinket pin and La Coeur resin heart,
Kaisercraft pearls, cheese cloth, ribbon and lace,

Thanks for stopping by! 

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Best Wishes

Hello everyone! I am sharing with you my card that follows the current sketch from Cardabilities.

When I saw this sketch I wasn't sure how I was going to create the circle motifs. After playing around with some of my vintage elements I decided that flowers was the way to go. I like to move things around before gluing anything down. I used a variety of crochet flowers and mulberry roses across the centre. It looked fine but then I added some die cuts and then I was happy!

I used foam tape behind each of the banners to add dimension. It also gives you a little wiggle room to move them in case they are not in the right place.

I added some adhesive pearls to the centre of the crochet flowers as they looked a bit bare. The sentiment used some left over papers...nothing goes to waste!


Paper: My Minds Eye The Sweetest Thing Bluebell paperpad, Stampin' Up! very vanilla, Kaisercraft coffee bean and eggshell

Stamp: Waltzingmouse Stamps Fancy Phrases

Ink: Memento tuxedo black

Other: Memory Box Quinn flourish and Amira flourish, Spellbinders fancy framed tags one, JustRite vintage labels and banners die, Grant archival pearl stickers, Kaisercraft pearls, Francheville crochet flowers, Hooked on Craft flowers.

I hope that you'll join us at Cardabilities. Remember to link your project back . Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by!

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Sunday, 28 April 2013

Mixed Media Canvas

Hello everyone. Today I am sharing with you my first ever attempt at a mixed media canvas. In the last couple of days, I haven't been in the mood to create anything. Didn't feel making a card or a layout...mojo gone! I watched some craft videos that I have saved and I watched some She Art tutorials. After watching the Christy Tomlinson Mixed Media Collage: She Art (tease to she art class) & Somerset Studios Project I felt motivated! The techniques I tried out are found in her tutorial. If you would like to watch the tutorial, click here.

I have been a fan of the She Art style for a little while now. I love the freedom to explore and the textures and different materials that you can implement into your design. For my project, I pulled out lots of things that have been stored away for a long time....rub ons, scrap papers and my latest additions some stencils (new and old). I tend to be an impulsive craft shopper. If I see something I'll buy it and may not use it for 6-12 months or even longer! Most of the products that I used are by Kaisercraft. I have some bits and pieces of papers from past collections that I haven't used and saw this as a way of using them.

Here is my take on the girl....

Here are some other close ups...

This quote was from older rubon range from Kaisercraft. I rubbed sections of the quote onto some scraps from the project, cut it out, applied paint around the edge and doodled with a black felt tip pen.


Paper: Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings and Sweet Nothings 6 1/2" paper pad

Ink: Versafine deep lagoon and satin red, SatzOn jet black, Memento grape jelly

Stamps: Waltzingmouse Stamps Chicken wire, Kaisercraft Duchess Collection and bubble wrap Tim Holtz spills and splatters 

Rubons: Kaisercraft Sweet Nothings, white flourish corners, Kaisercraft basics life quotes and friend
quotes, American Crafts mini marks

Other: Kaisercraft paints, heritage green, orange, pale beige, sea breeze, pretty pink, raw umber, white and red, Kaisercraft doily stencil, The Crafters Workshop paisley swirl, honeycomb mesh, bubble wrap, mod podge, texture paste, Stampin' Up! heat tool, Kaisercraft paint brushes.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Friday, 26 April 2013


Hello everyone! I cannot believe how quickly my school holidays have gone. So much to do in so little time. I have had so many appointments and people to catch up with. I have a card to share with you. It follows the latest challenge from The Shabby Tea Room. You are asked to create a card or project inspired by the INSPIRATION PHOTO USING YELLOW, GREEN, WHITE (OR CREAM) AND INCLUDE FLOWERS AND POLKA DOTS!

Oh my dear friend yellow is back and always is a challenge for me. However, I have papers from Kaisercraft 's Pickled Pear collection and they work perfectly for this challenge. As there were yellow flowers in the paper I wanted the paper to stand out.

I die cut a filigree frame and cut the centre out. I attached it with some small pieces of foam tape. It frames a lovely cluster of yellow roses. I began to layer from there. I used a scallop polka dot die cut, then some lace, rose trim and some pearls.

I stamped my sentiment and created a fishtail banner to frame it. Some cherry blossom, leaves, bow and a butterfly complete my card.


Paper: Kaisercraft Pickled Pear 6 1/2" paper pad

Stamp: Grant Archival (old stamp and I no longer have packaging)??

Ink: Memento tuxedo black

Other: Spellbinders A2 filigree delight and Les papillions two, Francheville vintage lace ribbon, Hooked on Craft leaves, Die-namics fishtail flags stax, ribbon, creme rose trim, Kaisercraft pearl strip, cherry blossoms.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Religious Applique

Hello everyone. I have been having a little break from my paper crafts to complete some other craft projects. I teach at a Private Catholic school. When we celebrate mass, we have a special folder for Father which contains a printout of the mass. The current mass folder is becoming a little worn, so I was asked by our REC if I could update it.

The image was selected from the front cover of our Easter mass booklet. I traced it and created an applique. As it was a stained glass image, I had to draw and cut out each section, adhere into place using a fusible stabiliser then I set my machine to a small zig zag and stitched it into place. This was time intensive and so well worth it.

There is a space above this image which I think needs something. When school goes back I'm sure someone will have a suggestion. Here is a photo of the old mass folder with my creation.

This is a short post. I am working on a few things and will post them when I'm finished. I have about three unfinished projects that I would like to have finally finished so fingers crossed!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Masculine Card ~ Vintage ~

Hello everyone! I have a card to share with you today that I made for my brother. It's my brother's birthday on Anzac Day but we are celebration today/night.  I always struggle with masculine cards as I don't like boat and car images and they don't suit all males so I went vintage.

I created the background by stamping a script stamp using Versamark then embossing it with clear embossing powder. It went darker(accidental discovery) on the crumb cake cardstock and it was perfect. I also used other stamps and inked around the edges and in random places on the card front.

I used distress stain to colour the chipboard cogs. I applied a layer of rock candy crackle paint and used my heat tool to dry them

I continued the vintage look inside the card. I used the banners to hide a paper join.

One thing I am really pleased is that I still managed to have ribbon and a bow on my card!


Paper: Kaisercraft coffee bean, Stampin' Up! crumb cake

Stamp: Tim Holtz spills and splatters, BoBunny midnight frost, Waltzingmouse Stamps: Say It Loud

Ink: Walnut stain distress ink, Versafine vintage sepia, versa mark

Other: WOW cogs, burlap, Basic Grey Lucille snippets, picket fence and walnut stain distress stains, clear rock candy distress crackle paint, Stampin' Up! clear embossing powder, black eyelets.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Embrace Life

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing with a card that I created which follows a sketch from The Sweet Stop and also the April Mood Board from Maja Designs.

I really love all of the papers from Maja Designs. They are vintage, beautiful and oh so gorgeous! I was so fortunate to have found a stockist in Australia as it can be difficult to source OS paper lines. I have wanted to create a tag, and when I saw The Sweet Stop sketch I thought that this is so perfect for me.

I have papers from the Vintage Summer Basics collection. I played around with them and used some scraps from other projects as well (nothing goes to waste!)

I wanted the tag to be the focus of the card.

I used the Tim Holtz mini bird cage die and some scraps to create the centre image. I inked the bird to give it some dimension. I used foam tape to apply it to the tag to make it pop. I used some cheese cloth to add some softness as well.

Here are some other close ups...


Paper: Maja Designs Vintage Summer Basics 1914, 1932, 1922, 1916, Stampin' Up! crumb cake and very vanilla cardstock

Stamp: Stampin' Up! Embrace Life

Ink: Colorbox Chestnut Roan

Other: Tim Holtz mini bird and cage set, Stampin' Up! antique brads, Cheery Lynn small exotic butterfly, lace, seam binding, doily, Hooked on Craft flowers and leaves, cheese cloth, BoBunny frosting jewels, Distrezz It All.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, 15 April 2013

Happy Mother's Day

Hello everyone! Today I am sharing with you my card that I have created following the latest sketch from Cardabilities.

When I saw this sketch I had many ideas. I had a lovely Spellbinders frame that I have made and tried working with it, but it was too small. I was not having any luck so I decided to walk away from it and try again another time. Next day...BINGO! things came together. My card is more vintage this time. I stayed with my 6x6 size and found this easier to work with.

I used a combination of black, crumb cake (kraft), pink and papers from Prima Tea Thyme. I inked the edges of my background papers then distressed them using the Distrezz It All. To create my banner, I used some patterned paper backed with some crumb cake. I inked the edges then added some lace to the sides.  I used some foam tape to add dimension to this as well. The centre is a Spellbinders tag die cut using the crumb cake. I stamped my sentiment then cut it out using an ovals die. Again I used foam tape to add dimension to each layer. Some flowers and a bow complete my card.


Paper: Prima Tea Thyme 6" paper stack, black and pink cardstock, Stampin' Up! crumb cake

Stamp: JustRite Stampers Vintage Rose Medallions

Ink: Memento tuxedo black, walnut stain distress ink

Other: Spellbinders fancy tags two and classic ovals small, Prima flowers, Hooked on Craft leaves, Hug Snug seam binding lyric rose, lace, Zutter Distrezz It All, Becca's peg bow maker.

I hope that you'll join in and create a card using this sketch. Remember to link back to Cardabilities when posting your completed card. Have fun and happy crafting!

Thanks for stopping by!

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