I created this Sweet little album a few days ago.  The instructions were downloaded from here

Hearts Ease Album 4

You will need to go to the April Archive to find the tutorial for the book, it’s called “Cherry Blossoms Folded Pocket Book” – Cherry Blossoms is the paper Kay has used to make her album.  Any paper would do.  I used “Hearts Ease” 12″ x 12″ Paper Pad from Couture Creations. You will need 6 sheets of 12 x 12 paper to create the album.

I’m so pleased with how it turned out.  Although there are only 5 pages, there are 20 pockets to embellish.


I completed the belly band which holds the book together, You will need a closure as the book has a tendency to splay open.  I think once I have put some embellishments inside, I may need to make a new Belly band as this one will no longer fit.  It might be a good idea to wait until you have finished the embellishing before making the closure.  Alternatively, before putting the inside finish to the cover of the book, you could substitute a ribbon closure instead.  The finished size of the album is 5.25″ x 3.25′ so it is quite a small album.

There is some simple bookbinding (the stitch used is called Pamphlet stitch).  I used a fairly fine black waxed thread which was all I had that would thread through my needle.  I must invest in some proper book binding needles.

Hearts Ease Album 5

I used a Stampin’ UP! Piercing tool and mat to make the holes in the spine.

This is a great little album to try out Book Binding for the first time.  Why not make one for yourself.  It would also be a  lovely gift.

Hearts Ease Album 6

A closer look at the belly band closure.  The medallion is shown as an idea for finishing.

Happy Crafting in 2018.


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






Some fun(ny) cards

I’ve had in my stash for some time a Stampotique stamp  that my husband picked up on one of our trips to a large craft store.  I liked it too,  but it wasn’t really my thing at the time, or so I thought.  Also in my stash was a collection of Dyan Reaveley sayings that I thought were amusing and not too nasty as some of these can be.  So I decided to combine the characters with the sayings.  Here is my first card with the stamp my husband chose.

Rainbow sprinkle card

I really like this little stamp and I think the words are perfect for her don’t you?

Having now added a few more Stampotique’s to my collection I decided to make a series of cards using the same techniques and matching the sayings to the image.

The next card I made:

Dinner is poured

Another cute Stampotique character.  I extended her skirt and gave her a glass of pink champagne too.  The floor is an Art Deco panel die, from Ultimate Crafts.

I’ll share another of the cards in this series in a day or two.

Products used:

  • Versafine black ink
  • Faber Castell colouring pencils
  • Stampin’ UP! Designer paper
  • Stampotique stamp
  • Dyan Reaveley (Ranger Dylusions) sayings
  • Scotch tape runner
  • Washi Tape
  • Ultimate Crafts Die
  • White paint pen
  • Micron Archival Ink Pens


Happy Crafting.




Final card for 2016 and a reprise of previous cards for Meg’s Garden in the past few months

The Pretty Pastels paper collection from Meg’s Garden has been so inspiring, I couldn’t let this year end without posting one final card.

I admit to a little trouble with this card as I wasn’t sure about the focal point I had used, i.e. the white rose.

I fussy cut the white rose from the Ephemera cut and create sheets, then felt it was a little too large.  I didn’t remove it but it bothered me.  Then I remembered some Green Tara flowers that Meg had sent me, that I felt might be better. I simply used the original rose as a backdrop.  It seemed to help everything blend together a little better.  What do you think?

I finished the inside of the card by matting green and white card stock to match the front and adding a little sneak peek of a new paper collection coming soon.


I hope you enjoy this little run through of the cards I have made in recent months as a member of the Meg’s Garden Design Team.

I hope you have some time to visit Meg’s Garden website and see all the lovely papers, ephemera and accessories.  So much to love if you are a paper crafter.  Meg’s is an Australian paper crafting company and, as we all know, they are few and far between. I’m sure you will find lots of inspiration.

I would like also to take this opportunity to wish all my friends and followers the Happiest New Year. Have Fun, Stay Safe and see you all in 2017.

Hugs  Barbara



You can find Meg’s Garden and all items used to make these cards at

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.



Time for another Christmas Card

Once again inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest:14606557_1252567678118611_145457353671156353_n

Isn’t it just the prettiest thing you have ever seen?  My own card got a little complicated I must say.  But I persevered and here is my version of something similar.


I did a gilding workshop this week, so my little birds have been gilded with Cosmic Flakes. I think you will be seeing a lot of gilding in future projects and also around the paper crafting sites. It’s my new favourite thing. I spend lots of time wondering what I can gild next.

When I had finished the card I felt it needed something more. I heatset copper embossing around the  edge of the cardfront which finished it off nicely and made me happy.


The next two cards also use Gilding Flakes.  Both were made using templates. Once the templates were removed from the sticky backing paper after guilding, I sprinkled them with microbeads to fill in the rest of the sticky backing.  My photography skills really don’t do justice to the finished cards.

gilded-rosesw-wmark-template-rose-1 gilded-wwmark-cat-birthday-card-1