Card Making Class This Week

My first card class since November last year.  It was good to take a break and refresh a little.

As usual the ladies made three cards.  All quite different, and some more challenging than others.

Cards for May class

Although I haven’t been running classes of late, needless to say I have been buying supplies and stamps etc. The collecting is part of the joy of crafting I think.  I purchased this little stamp set from Art Impressions after seeing a Youtube video.  Here is my version.

Lighthouse tri circle card


Art Impressions – Circlet Mini Tryfold Lighthouse

This was the most challenging of the three cards we made.  The dear little scene is made up of three separate circle stamps. Also included in the set are two metal die pieces.  The card has three folds and one image is stamped on each piece.



Tryfold 1   Front (r) and Second Stamped image (l)

Tryfold 2  Third Stamped image (centre)

The tricky part is lining the stamps up so that they all align when the card is closed and viewed from the front.  We used a pencil to lightly trace the die cut images and allow us to line up the next stamp.  Instructions do come with the stamp set.

I really like the look of craft and white together.  My images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then I highlighted the stamped images with a Sharpie White Paint Pen.  Edges of the card were sponged in brown ink and I also added a circle frame to the front.

Art Impressions have three little scenes in this series so far.



It’s my Brother’s Birthday

And It’s a special one, so I had to make something a little special.  This card is 5″ x 7″.

Len's Card

I thought I would share with you my method for making the background.

The card itself is made from a piece of drawing paper which I trimmed to 10″ x 7″ and scored at 5″.  I wasn’t sure what medium I would be using when I started so it seemed like a good idea to use something that gave me a few options.  I didn’t end up using any watercolour but I do like the heft of the card and the slight textured finish. This is the sketch pad I used.sketchbook

Step 1. I started by masking off the rectangular area with 1″ low tack painters tape.   I left a larger border at the bottom of the card so that I could stamp the greeting.



Step 2. Collage Stamping – Using one of my favourite Stampin’ UP! stamps, Off the Grid” (ret). which I stamped twice. I turned the stamp so that I didn’t get two identical images next to each other.

Off the Grid added

Step 3. Adding more stamped images using Tim Holtz Collection “Shabby French” I used the three script stamps and placed them randomly around the card.

Adding more collage stamps   Tim Holts Collage set

Step 4. I selected a few mini Distress Ink pads also from Tim Holtz and the small Ranger round ink blending tool for this step. Ink colours used are Antique linen, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade.  I was not looking for a well blended finish at this stage because the final colour Vintage Photo would finish off the edges perfectly.



Step 5.  Versamark and Embossing:  On my brothers card I used copper embossing and copper foil paper for the numbers.  For this card which has a brighter background, I decided to use gold embossing powder. The stamp is from Stampin’ UP! and is called Flowering Flourishes.

Final image

I think you can make out the gold embossed image sitting on the top here. Trust me it does have some shine, but I am on the look out for some really nice gold embossing powder.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I added some black rhinestones and a greeting on my brothers card, which you can see in the top image.


I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and give this technique a try yourself.


Happy Crafting everyone and don’t forget it is World Card Making Day on October the 7th.  Make cards with your friends, or just head into your own crafting space and make a card for someone.  Barbara






How do you approach your card making and what are your favourite tools to use

 For all my Crafty Card Making Friends and Fellow Bloggers

a short questionnaire and GIVEAWAY


Hi All,

I was recently  asked to assess a pack of pretty card making paper and to come up with a few designs using said papers.  Now I can pretty much create a card from anything, but this paper is pretty specific and once I started, I realised that for some people the task could be quite difficult. Further into the assignment I realised it was going to be quite difficult for me too.

It set me to wondering what is that essential element that I need to create a card.  I love co-ordinating products.  I love sturdy card bases, can’t be doing with flopsy mopsy cardstock. I also require a really crisp cutting guillotine or paper trimmer.  Stamps have become an essential element for me too, and if co-ordinating dies are available, I know I can create something really stunning.

Techniques available to cardmakers are varied and many.  I like to ink sponge the edges of my embellished or stamped piece before matting.  A modicum of fussy cutting doesn’t go astray if dies are not available. Matting is used to enhance colours in the design and inks I choose to work with. Greetings are important, sometimes I put the greeting inside the card sometimes on the front of the card.

Class samples 6.3.14  & Explosion box 001

Depending on the style of card I make – I may also create a one layer card sometimes allowing the design to speak for itself. The card below is simply a piece of pretty designer paper mounted straight onto the card front and embellished with a greeting, some diamontès and a 1/8″ ribbon bow.

Easter Card for Dad

When it comes to embellishment, I reach for diamontès, glitter paper, small sequins 3, 4 or 5mm, sometimes a glossing agent such as Glossy Accents, thin ribbons (my preference is something no wider  than 3/8″).  I also like to use Versamark and embossing powders with a heat tool.


Colouring is also high on my list for making my designs really come to life. My watercolouring skills are something I want to improve, but since a card is quite a small canvas, I can manage to create something pretty with the skills I currently have. No masterpieces yet, but I do enjoy it.  I also use copic markers and coloured pencils both watercolour and otherwise.

Ribbon on duct tape binding album K's card 004

I wonder if you would spare a few minutes of your time to answer some questions. I am trying to get a better understanding of what the quintessential card maker requires for his/her crafting needs especially card makers.   N.B.  Comments close on July 7th.

  1. Apart from the obvious things like cardstock and pretty designer papers, what are your top 5 that you couldn’t do without in your card making process?
  2. Are your cards generally one layer or do you prefer to add many layers and lots of embellishment?
  3. Do you use stamps, how important are they to your cards?
  4. Do you use Dies, how important are they to your cards?
  5. Do you use a die cutting machine?
  6. What is your favourite embellishment, the thing you always reach for?
  7. Glue or double sided tape? What is your preference?
  8. Do you fussy cut elements from other papers to make layers for your cards or to embellish them?
  9. What size cards do you usually make, do you make your own envelopes or buy them in packs with scored cards all ready to go?
  10. What type of inks do you prefer to use? Why are they your favourites?

Anyone who takes the time to answer my questionnaire will go in a draw to win a selection of beautiful 6″ x 6″ designer papers and cardstock scored and ready to make beautiful cards.

I thank you in advance for taking the time to answer my questions.  I know that the card making field is mega huge and we all have different ideas, budgets and requirements.

Happy Crafting


Introducing a new Collection From Meg’s Garden

Hi Everyone,

As a member of Meg’s Garden Design Team, there is nothing more exciting than ‘new’ crafting products to create with.

This lovely Paper Collection from Meg’s Garden is called simply, “White Flowers on Green.”   In the following video you will see an example of the Book Pages, the A4 papers and the cut apart pages.


All of the papers are perfect for shabby chic or vintage lovers to add ribbons, pearls, flowers & laces to their projects. They are also perfect for card makers and, as with all Meg’s Garden collections, there are so many possibilities.

At just $12.95 for the full set of A4 papers, they constitute great value too. The Mini Book pages are also $12.95

While you are sifting through Meg’s website, take a look at the accessories.  So much to get excited about from card making and scrap booking, to mini albums. Gorgeous ribbons and filigree metal embellishments, silk flowers velvet flowers and mulberry paper flower favourites.  There really is something for everyone. Don’t forget to check the Clearance section for some real bargains on stamps to mention just one.


DClock and lady for Megs on black (1)

This is a card that I made using the collection. The soft green is one of my favourites.  The silk flower on top of the clock is one of several colours you can choose from. The pretty lady in her bonnet is from one of the cut apart pages.

Thank you for stopping by today

Happy crafting.



A few more Christmas Cards


Both of these images are from a Stamp Set called “Deck the Halls” by Penny Black. The stamp set has 6 fun images of cats, hedgehogs mice and robins and two small greetings. The images are watercoloured using watercolour pencils and the greeting on the Swinging Cat card is Versamarked and heat embossed in silver.


I liked this little swinging cat so much that I made several using my MISTI.  I’m sending these to the ladies who came to classes this past year and have added a little snowflake to hang on their Christmas tree.

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Thanks for stopping by today.





Decoupage Sheet found in my Craft room Cleanup

I’ve been having a bit of a clean up in my Craft room recently and came across this Docrafts Timeless Decoupage Sheet that I had bought at some time.  I haven’t done any decoupage for many years but thought I could use the cute images to make some cards.

First attempt turned out to be a disaster.  The paper is of fairly poor quality for cards (actually like cutting up magazines).  So after that one found its way into the bin.  I got out my Xyron Creative Station and ran all the pieces through that before attempting to cut them out. This was a much better option and by adding adhesive to the back of everything first, there would be no glue seepage.

Here are my finished cards.  This kit has enough images for sixteen cards but I’m not sure the finished product is worth the amount of effort that has gone into them.

One of these will make its way to my grandsons in Queensland and I have a few ideas for using more images from the kit.

She’s a Little Bit Vintage – Meg’s Garden Spring Pastels

Hi Everyone

Today I have another card to share with you, using the fabulous Meg’s Garden Spring Pastel’s Collection. I wanted to capture the essence of a small collection of vintage memorabilia.



I prepped the base card with a pretty piece of paper from the collection I have sponged and distressed all the edges before adhering them to the white base  card.  The postcard, the pretty lady and the ticket are all cut from the cutting sheets that come with the collection.  I added some pieces of lace across the curled piece to carry the colour theme throughout the card.  I also dyed a small piece of muslin to add underneath the photo. A small metal padlock and two flowers from Meg’s Garden accessories and some pink sequins finish the card.  I also fussy cut the ‘remember’ and added it to the base  after sponging the edges (see picture below).

Some photo’s of the inside of the card.


This paper is so pretty I added a few closeups.



I hope you like my card and pop over to Meg’s Garden to see for yourself all the gorgeous products to spark your creative side.