Sunday, September 30, 2012

Baby card

I am slowly getting back into my cardmaking again. I needed a big break to get some creativitiy flowing again. I now realise that I just want to make cards for the pure enjoyment of it and not because I have to meet design team schedules which became a struggle.

I created a card for my sister in law who recently had her first baby.

I used my Hanging Out Stamp Set from Papertrey Ink stamped on some October Afternoon Thrift Shop DP and Theresa Collins Spring Fling paper. The grass was cut with my MFT grass die using more Spring Fling paper. The card was inked around the edges with my Chamomile tea dye ink.
My posts may not be as regular as they were prior to my break, but I will be creating much more and will update my blog whenever I have the opportunity.
Thanks for visiting,

Stamps: Hanging Out (PTI)
Ink: Chamomile Tea Dye (PTI); Tuxedo Black (Memento); Crumb Cake (SU)
Cardstock: Rustic Cream (PTI); Spring Fling DP(Theresa Collins); Thrift Shop DP (October Afternoon)
Accessories: grass die (MFT);  foam tape; dimensionals (SU)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Taking a break

Hi there,

Well another month has passed with no cards published. I have decided to take a break from my blog as my family life with sporting and work commitments has increased hugely and I am finding no time to create, let alone publish on my blog. I am undertaking study in the near future to improve my Auslan skills so time will be even more limited.

I am still going to be creating from time to time - I am just waiting for my motivation to come back with my cardmaking as I am struggling to find ideas at the moment. I am sure I will be back in blogland in time, however I probably won't publish as regularly as I have in the past year. I guess my priorities have changed and I need to spend more time with my kids as they are growing up so fast.

Please keep checking in - I will be back!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June Challenge Spots

Long time, no see!! I have finally had the chance to get back into posting so here is my latest creation for The Stamp Spot using their June Challenge Spots:

I needed to create a card for my nephew's 3rd birthday, so I thought the Challenge Spots would work perfectly to create a boy's card. I used So Saffron cardstock for the base and a layer of Kraft for my mat. I printed Liam's name out on my computer and above this I stamped my sentiment from Birthday Basics using Lemon Drops ink. The stars were die cut using MFT's Stacking Stars die set and each popped up on dimensionals.  Some Lemon Zest buttons were added under the name and some white grosgrain ribbon used as a border for my main layer.

On the inside I kept it really simple printing the message out on my computer and adding another Stacking Star die cut underneath.

The challenge over at The Stamp Spot is for the month of June, so make sure you link up your entry here for your chance to win this month's prize.

Good luck!!

Stamps: Birthday Basics (PTI)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Real Red (SU); Stampers Select White, Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Jenny Bowlin Lemon Drops (The Stamp Spot)
Accessories: MFT Stacking Stars Dienamics, white grosgrain ribbon (The Stamp Spot); Lemon Zest buttons (PTI); dimensionals; Glossy Accents

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hi again,
Here is another one of my cards I have made over the past few weeks but not had the chance to post until  now. I had just received the Think Big Favorites #13 stamp set from Papertrey Ink and just couldn't wait to ink up that gorgeous font.

I stamped my sentiment in Kraft ink and then stamped my dark pink flower from Beautiful Blooms II in Autumn Rose ink, masking it before stamping my other two flowers in Blush Blossom ink. The leaves from Stitches and Swirls were stamped in Kraft ink and then this layer was run through my Cuttlebug with my Linen impression plate. 

Finally I filled in the leaves with glitter and added silver rhinestones to the flower centres. This layer was then added onto an Autumn Rose mat and then onto a white base.

On the inside I stamped another sentiment from the Think Big Favorites #13 set in Kraft ink and added the leaves on either side  with Autumn Rose ink.

I am slowly catching back up with all my cards so will be back soon with more. 

Finally I just wanted to add that the fabulous Colour Create Challenge blog has had its last challenge this fortnight. A few of us have had so many commitments or family issues that we have decided to close it for the time being. Thanks to all the great girls on the team for the opportunity to create with you and all your inspiration.

Stamps: Stitches and Swirls, Beautiful Blooms II, Think Big Favorites #13 (PTI)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Autumn Rose (PTI)
Ink: Autumn Rose (PTI); Blush Blossom, Kraft (SU)
Accessories: Linen impression plate (PTI); silver rhinestones (Kaisercraft)

Monday, May 14, 2012

11 Year Old Card

I'm back with a very quick card that I made for my son's friend's birthday.

For my main layer I embossed it with my Argyle impression plate and then die cut the number 11 from it. I adhered some Sugar Plum paper behind the numbers and then layered this on some Pure Poppy cardstock and onto a white card base. I stamped my sentiment from Birthday Basics in Ripe Avocado ink and then cut the strip into a banner. Finally I sewed on some Pure Poppy buttons to either end. The main layer was then popped up on foam tape.

Back soon with more...

Stamps: Birthday Basics (PTI)
Cardstock:  Stampers Select White, Pure Poppy, Sugar Plum DP (PTI)
Ink: Ripe Avocado (SU)
Accessories: By The Numbers dies, Argyle impression plate, Pure Poppy buttons (PTI); red thread; foam tape

Monday, April 30, 2012

Rainy Day Emma

Its been a long time I know - I have been making cards but just not having the time to upload them to my blog. With Harry playing Under 9s AFL, Rohan playing both Under 11s and also Under 12s and Bethany doing her gymnastics, I am busy, busy, busy!!! For 6 months of the year, footy rules our life but I wouldn't have it any other way! Anyway I have made time tonight to post my card, so hopefully there won't be such a long absence between posts from now on.

I have made my card as part of my Design Team role over at The Stamp Spot and have chosen to work with an adorable CC Designs image - Rainy Day Emma. The Stamp Spot blog has a monthly challenge and prize for the winning creation. Here it is for the month of April:

Here is my card:

I stamped Emma onto some cream cardstock in Tuxedo Black ink and coloured her in with Copics. She was paper pieced with some paper from the October Afternoon Thrift Shop Collection. I stamped Emma again on some scrap card using this as a mask to stamp my Chevron Backdrops along the bottom of my card in Chocolate Chip ink. Above this I pierced some holes and cross stitched with some Kraft thread. 
The sentiment was stamped in Kraft ink onto a MFT Chat Bubble die cut and popped up in the centre with dimensionals. The main layer was matted on some Chocolate Chip cardstock and then adhered to my Kraft base.

On the inside I stamped my sentiment in Kraft ink onto an oval nestie die cut and this was matted with a scallop nestie die cut.

Tomorrow will  be the first day of the May Stamp Spot Challenge - make sure you take a look as the spots for this challenge are gorgeous!!

Also The Stamp Spot has Sarah Kay stamps discounted by 30% for a limited time!!

Stamps: Rainy Day Emma (CC Designs); Chevron Backdrops (Lawn Fawn); Love You With All My Heart (MFT)
Cardstock: Kraft )PTI); Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip (SU); Thrift Shop DP(October Afternoon)
Ink: Kraft (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Oval nestabilities, Scallop Oval nestabilities (Spellbinders); dimensionals (SU); paper piercer; Kraft thread

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Shopping Girl


I have made another card for The Stamp Spot blog using one of their Leere Designs stamps - Shopping Girl. This fits in with their April Challenge Spots:

I used some Chocolate Chip cardstock for my base with some gorgeous DP (unsure of the name). I stamped my Shopping Girl image directlly onto a MFT Open Scallop Doily Oval. I then stamped parts of the image again onto more paper which was then paper pieced over the top. Her skin and hair was coloured with Copics. I used a sentiment from Papertrey Ink's Inside and Out Birthday, stamping it onto the main layer in Chocolate Chip ink. 

I machine stitched around the edge and along the Chocolate Chip strip before tying some brown and white gingham ribbon around the centre and finishing it off with some twine. Finally I added some silver rhinestones under the sentiment and attached my main image with dimensionals.

There is a monthly prize up for grabs for entering this month's challenge so be sure to take a look here.

Back soon!

Stamps: Shopping Girl -Leere Designs (The Stamp Spot); Inside and Out: Birthday (PTI)
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip (SU); Neenah Solar White, Designer Paper (The Stamp Spot)
Ink: Chocolate Chip (SU); Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: Silver Rhinestones, Brown and White gingham ribbon, Open Scallop Doily Oval die (The Stamp Spot); Copics; twine; dimensionals (SU)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Colour Create Challenge #93 - Deep Purple, Cream and Bright Green

It's time to see what Julie has come up with for the challenge over at Colour Create this fortnight. Challenge #93 is to used Deep Purple, Cream and Bright Green with the option of extra bows. Here is the inspiration picture:
29 March - Challenge 93 - Julie -Deep Purple, Bright Green and cream 

I have to say that this is one of my all time favourite colour combos and I loved working on this challenge. Here is my card:

I used Rustic Cream cardstock for my base and main layer. I stamped the different flowers from Beautiful Blooms II in Sweet Plum ink and then masked them and stamped my leaves in Old Olive ink with the flowers.  Once I had stamped my flowers I used my Chevron Backdrop stamp to lightly stamp over the images with Chamomile tea dye ink. Finally I added some finishing touches to the flowers with  my purple and clear Atyou Spica glitter pens.  It was hard to get a clear picture but here is a close up of the glittery flowers. They look much better IRL:

I used some Plum Pudding satin ribbon to create my loops behind my sentiment. The sentiment was created by die cutting two Mat Stack 1 die cuts - one from Rustic Cream and one from Plum Pudding cardstock. I handcut the cream die cut a little smaller so the Plum Pudding could be used as a mat. The frame was stamped using my Round and Round frame in Plum Pudding ink. I then used my Thank You sentiment from Scattered Showers additions in Old Olive ink.  I stamped another flower and leaves, which I hand cut and adhered to the edge of my frame. Finally I added some silver rhinestones underneath my sentiment and a border around the edge of my card with my clear Atyou spica glitter pen.

The other girls in the team have created some stunning cards so hop on over and have a look at the Colour Create blog.

Stamps: Beautiful Blooms II, Round and Round anniversary set, Scattered Showers additions (PTI); Chevron Backdrops (Lawn Fawn - from The Stamp Spot)
Cardstock: Vintage Cream, Plum Pudding (PTI)
Ink: Chamomile tea dye (PTI); Sweet Plum (Memento); Old Olive (SU)
Accessories: Plum Pudding satin ribbon, Mat Stack 1 die (PTI); dimensionals; Clear and Purple Atyou Spica glitter pens (Copic); silver rhinestones (Kaisercraft - from The Stamp Spot)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Stamp Spot - Woodland Lucy

Hello again,
I have another card to share using the cutest stamp - CC Designs Woodland Lucy which can be found over at The Stamp Spot.

I coloured her in with my Copics on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I then masked Lucy and stamped my CC Designs bench.  Her dress has been paper pieced using some Teresa Collins Spring Fling designer paper. My main image was matted with Kraft cardstock and then layered on some more Spring Fling paper. Some white ribbon was added to cover the join. I stamped my sentiment from Jolinne Birthday Balloon in Kraft ink and added some MFT Upsy Daisy die cuts which were sewn on to the card with clear buttons.

On the inside I used another sentiment from Jolinne Birthday Balloon with Kraft ink and some more Upsy Daisy Die cuts. Spring Fling paper was added for my mat layer.

I am entering this card in the CR84FN50 challenge which is to use these gorgeous colours:


Back soon!

All supplies are from The Stamp Spot unless otherwise noted
Stamps: Swiss Pixies Woodland Lucy; Jolinne Birthday Balloon; Bench seat (CC Designs - stash)
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White; Kraft (PTI); Pumpkin Pie (SU); Teresa Collins Spring Fling DP
Ink: Tuxedo Memento Black (stash); Kraft (SU)
Accessories: Upsy Daisy die set; ribbon; felt (PTI); Copics, buttons (stash)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Colour Create Challenge #92 - Pink, Blue, Sage and White/Cream

I am back again with the Sharon's challenge over at the Colour Create blog and this time we have to use pink, blue, sage and white or cream. The optional extra is to add something torn. Here is the gorgeous inspiration pic for you:

15 March - Challenge 92 - Sharon T- Pink, Blue, Sage and Cream/White 

I knew straight away that with Easter just around the corner, these would be the perfect colours for an Easter card. I have to apologise thought as I didn't add the torn element to my card - only realised after I had planned and cut everything that I hadn't thought of this!!

Now I have to say that I am not too happy with this card but it has been a crazy busy fortnight so I was a little rushed to get my card created in time. I used a retired Elzybells stamp for my image and coloured this in with Copics. I then die cut my grass using my MFT grass die and added a strip of lace along the bottom. 

I die cut my clouds from coaster board and again from white felt. The coaster board was then run through my Xyron and the felt adhered just to give the clouds some dimension and texture.  I do have a sentiment for this card - it is on the inside, but I didn't photograph this as its very simple. 

The rest of the girls on the team have created gorgeous cards with these colours so hop over to the Colour Create blog and link up your entry to be in the draw to win the monthly prize!

Stamps:  Easter Chicks (Elzybells - retired)
Cardstock: Spring Rain, Stampers Select White (PTI)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento)
Accessories: cloud die, white felt (PTI); grass die (MFT); Xyron; Copics; lace (Kaisercraft)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012


This is my first post as a Guest Designer over at the Stamp Spot blog!! The Stamp Spot is a fantastic online scrapbooking/stamp store with a wide range of stamps, paper, card and much much more! I have followed the March Stamp Spot Challenge which is to use green, twine and brads:

I have used the Tea-rrific set by The Greeting Farm and stamped and coloured my image with Copics twice on Neenah Solar White cardstock. I then mounted the second image on top of the first with dimensionals. I used the sentiment from the same set and stamped it on a die cut Tiny Tag in Melon Mambo ink. This was then attached to the card with some baker's twine and thread into the top cup and adhered.  I used the MFT Dizzy Doily to mat my image with some Pirouette cardstock

I used some DeLovely paper from my stash for my background paper, layering it on some Whirlpool cardsock which was edged with my Upper Crest punch. The background white layer was run through my Cuttlebug with my Swiss Dots embossing folder.

I continued the same theme on the inside my stamping the small teacup image repeatedly in New Sprout ink and Melon Mambo. Another sentiment from the Tea-riffic set was used also. It's such a fun set to create with with so many possibilities!

Back soon!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Exciting News!!

Hello all,
Hope everyone has had a great weekend! We have as we went camping with our extended family to the Gold Coast and after battling heavy rain, a broken gazebo and a muddy campsite, we ended up having an awesome time swimming and relaxing! I have definately caught the camping bug now and can't wait for our next adventure!!

Anyway, I am popping in with some very exciting news. I have been chosen as a guest designer with The Stamp Spot! They are a fantastic stamping and scrapbooking online store offering all the best stamps, cardstock and accessories. I am joining an awesome design team with so much talent and feel a little humbled to be in such great company!! The Stamp Spot has a fabulous blog with regular challenges and inspiration and I will be posting creations over there soon. You can visit the blog here.

Thanks Michelle and Jessica for such an exciting opportunity!!

Back soon,

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Colour Create #91 - Yellow, Grey, Black and White

Hard to believe that another fortnight has passed and its time for the latest challenge over at Colour Create - #91 chosen by Mina - Yellow, Grey, Black and White with the optional extra of adding flowers to your creation. Here is this week's inspiration picture:

1 March - Challenge 91 - Mina - Yellow, grey, black and white
Another challenging set of colours but after tackling them I have to say that this is now one of my favourite colour combos! 
Here is my card:

I used some Grid cardstock to create my background with the Guidelines II stamp set., inking up my stamps using Smokey Shadow ink and Lemon Drops ink. My main image was stamped in Smokey Shadow ink using images from Blooming Button Bits. The yellow flowers were stamped in Lemon Drops ink using a flower image from an old Saleabration set from Stampin' Up called Bliss. The flowers were popped up on dimensionals and some tiny black pearls added to their centres. I stamped my sentiment from PTI's anniversary set Round and Round in Smokey Shadow ink and then die cut it with a tag die. The matting for the main image was edged with my Apron Lace border punch and the card was finished off with some black ribbon and a Lemon Zest button.

On the inside, I used another sentiment from Round and Round stamped over the flower image from Bliss. To finish off a strip of black pearls was added along the bottom.

The girls on the team have all done an amazing job with these colours so go have a look over at the Colour Create blog!

Stamps: Round and Round anniversary set, Blooming Button Bits, Guidelines II (PTI); Bliss Saleabration set (SU)
Cardstock: Lemon Zest, Select White, Gridlines (PTI)
Accessories: dimensionals; black pearls (Kaisercraft); black ribbon; Apron Lace punch (Fiskars); Lemon Zest button (PTI); twine; Tiny Tags die (Cuttlebug)

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Colour Create Challenge #90

It's time for this fortnight's new Colour Create Challenge and again I was stuck with the colour combo - lilac, blue, kraft and white chosen by the lovely Sabrina:

16 February - Challenge 90 - Sabrina  -   Lilac, Blue, Kraft, & White

The optional extra is to add a handmade paper charm. Once I decided to keep my card nice and simple, the colours just seemed to work:

For this card I used a new digi stamp - Wryn Blooms from Tiddly Inks. I have admired these images for a while now, so couldn't resist buying one and will definately be getting more! I first created my sentiment on the computer and added my image before printing it out. I coloured her with Copics and tied some baker's twine around the bottom of my white and kraft layers. I created my handmade charm using a flower from Beautiful Blooms II stamped in plum ink and hand cut it. I pierced a hole attached it with a jump ring to my bow. Finally I added some silver rhinestones to all my flowers.

On the inside I created another computer generated sentiment and stamped the same flower image from Beautiful Blooms II in plum and Baja Breeze ink. This was  matted on some more Kraft cardstock.

The girls on the team have come up with some lovely creations so be sure to take a look over at Colour Create and enter your card while  you're there!

Stamps: Wryn Blooms (Tiddly Inks); Beautiful Blooms II(PTI)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Kraft (PTI)
Ink: Baja Breeze (SU); Sweet Plum (Memento)
Accessories: silver rhinestones (Kaisercraft); Copic markers; jump ring; chocolate bakers twine (MFT)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Colour Create #89 - White, Light Brown and Dark Brown

Back again with Colour Create's Challenge #89. Shanna has challenged us to use the colours white or cream, light brown and dark brown with the optional extra challenge of adding hearts to your creation. Here is her inspiration pic:

2 February - Challenge 89 - Shanna White or Cream, Light Brown, Dark Brown

I originally felt very challenged by these colours but then when I received my new Houndstooth background stamp from Hero Arts I knew exactly how to use them.

I used white for my card base and then cut another smaller white layer which I stamped with my Houndstooth stamp in Early Espresso ink.  I then decided to try out a new technique which I found over on Gayatri's blog here. She inspired me to create my own heart embossing plate. I punched out some small hearts from some shrink plastic and then adhered them on to some cardstock with double sided tape in a neat pattern. This then became my embossing plate and I ran it through my Cuttlebug with a small piece of white cardstock which is shown layered on top of my houndstooth layer. I punched out some more hearts from Kraft cardstock which I coated in Glossy Accents and then added to the bottom of my white layer. A very thin strip of Chocolate Chip cardstock was added above the hearts and then I used two separate sentiments from two stamp sets to create my sentiment on this card. I used Wishing You from Heartfelt Basics and Love from Daily Design Sentiments. These were stamped in Early Espresso ink. Finally I added a small strip of white pearls underneath my sentiment to finish it off.

On the inside of my card I stamped another combination of sentiments from Heartfelt Basics in Early Espresso ink.I layered another strip of stamped Houndstooth background along the bottom with a Chocolate Chip strip above. Two more Kraft hearts finished with Glossy Accents were added along this strip.

I had lots of fun experimenting with new techniques on this card and did I mention how much I LOVE that Houndstooth stamp?? Its fantastic and I will be using this one a lot!! Now make sure you hop over to the Colour Create blog to enter this fortnight's challenge and check out the girls' cards - they're gorgeous!!

Stamps: Heartfelt Basics, Daily Design Sentiments (PTI); Houndstooth background (Hero Arts)
Cardstock: Stampers Select White, Kraft (PTI); Chocolate Chip (SU)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Accessories: white pearls (Kaisercraft); Glossy Accents (Ranger); heart punch (SU); shrink plastic