Cards – Such a lovely way to say hello

Hi Everyone,

Before I get started with today’s cards,  I want to thank everyone who follows my blog, it means so much to know that you stop by from time to time and your comments are the icing on the cake.  I truly love what I do creatively, and knowing that you enjoy seeing those creations is heartwarming. So thank you all so much.

The technique I want to show you today came from the work of the amazing Jill Foster from Penny Black.  You can find many projects from Jill Foster on Youtube.

The first challenge I had, was tracking down some of the low tack Painters Tape that Jill uses in her projects. I have asked my better half if Bunnings (AKA ‘The Temple’) hardware Emporium, stocked such a thing.  I was told definitely not on several occasions. So on his last visit, I tagged along – At first, I was stymied by a bank of Painters Tape five shelves high, and a quick “there I told you so”.  However, undaunted, I kept looking and found just what I wanted – a quick “I told you so” from me this time.  My tape is green, the American one is blue, but hey ho, green’s my favourite colour. Just a note here, I still had to remove some of the tackiness by putting it on my skin or my clothes before sticking it to the paper, as although it is low tack, it can still wreck a project so do be aware of that. The painters tape is 1″ wide by the way and is Scotch Brand, I believe there are other widths but I didn’t see any.

So here is the first card I made using the masking technique to create a border.

Masking technique Bird - Copy

I started with a piece of Ranger Watercolour paper.  I chose to make my card on the smoother side of the paper as this watercolour paper is quite textured.  I masked off a 1″ border on both sides and the top and 1 1/4″ on the bottom of the paper.

I stamped the bird image using my MISTI stamping press, in Versafine Onyx Black Ink and watercoloured using Distress inks.  Once I had finished colouring, I re-stamped the bird image (this is the beauty of the MISTI stamping press), with Versamark and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. This helped set the image for the next step.

I sponged the rest of the masked area of my watercolour paper using  Color Box Fluid Chalk inkpads and a Ranger sponging tool. Embossing the bird after colouring helps set the image and creates a resist effect to the sponged chalk ink.Color Box Chalk Inkpads

I stamped the grasses at the bottom before removing the masking tape.  The greeting is silver embossed using  Versamark.

I was so taken with the finished image that I wasted no time in trying some more of my stamps using the same technique.


I hope you enjoyed a look at my latest cards and perhaps take some time to give this lovely technique a try yourself.

I wish everyone a lovely weekend and whatever you are doing I hope you spend it with those you love to be with the most.

Happy Crafting.



We’re doing something different in class this week



Some time ago, I came across the fantastic Julie Nutting Doll Stamps.  These stamps stand around 8″, so quite a substantial stamp. I don’t know how many of them there are, but lots from what I can make out on social media. There is quite a following for these stamps and people’s ingenuity in creating their individual doll characters is quite amazing.

So I got myself a Julie Nutting doll stamp (which I now know come in different sizes and styles).  All of mine are the largest size dolls – yes I’ve added to my collection in the past few weeks and I expect I will continue to do so.

Julie Nutting herself uses large acrylic blocks with handles for the largest stamps but I have used my large MISTI stamping platform to stamp my doll.

Doll stamped in Misti

This doll is called Abby. She is from the ‘girls’ collection (as opposed to women dolls). The differences are that the girl dolls have larger heads while the women/ladies have a more normal sized head (although some pretty amazing waist measurements)! The dresses are a younger style for the girls too. I expect there are a few more differences but this is a new hobby for me, so I’m not sure.


Linda Cutout

As you can see I have cut through some of the dress portion of the stamped doll.  This is a personal choice, you can leave the dress intact as you will be covering it.  I added some features to the face and coloured the hair using Copic markers.  I have noticed that most people don’t add features, sometimes I do, sometimes not. As you can see I have added a bodice with some detail around the top, I also found it easier to cut out the tie bows at the shoulder when I cut out just the bodice piece.

I do spend some time adding some strength to the dolls I make.  I don’t like flimsy things and, as these are made out of  designer paper, they would not stand up to much pulling around.

Back of Abby doll

I used some 3mm card which I cut into lengths and pieces and laid at the back of my cutout. This also serves to create some dimension when it comes to adding the doll to my project.

It was then time to re-stamp just the dress portion of the stamp.  I chose some papers that I thought had designs that would work. Small designs are the best.

dresses linda

The middle dress (which is a reject, was stamped in black ink, I thought it was too dark, so I re-stamped the dresses in a die ink that was much lighter).  I will do some work on them with coloured pencils.  I also added some shaping to the dresses – you may be able to see this in the middle dress above. I use a Susan’s Garden flower making kit to do this.

There are many ways you can add layers and enhance the dresses for these dolls.  This craft takes me back to my childhood, when my sister and I would make our own doll models. We spent hours making clothes for our dolls and colouring them in. When I showed these to the ladies in my card making classes they all remembered doing the same. The also said they would like to give it a try, so this week we are making dolls.

Here is a small lineup of some of the dolls I have created so far.

Dolls for class Thursday31st Aug

These are – from the left, Linda, Abby (my first doll) and the gorgeous Audrey.

There are so many ways to change your dolls to make them individual. Would love to know what you think, and whether this is something you would enjoy doing.

I will post a picture of the doll I am in the process of making at another time.

Happy Crafting Everyone.





Oh the joy of missing out,
When the world begins to shout;
And rush towards the shining thing;
The latest bit of mental bling –
Trying to have it, see it, do it,
You simply know you won’t go through it;
The anxious clamouring and need
This restless hungry thing to feed
Instead you feel the loveliness
The pleasure of your emptiness.
You spurn the treasure on the shelf;
Without regret, without a doubt.
Oh the joy of missing out.




Cards using Meg’s Garden “Rose Quartz” and “Watercolour in Blues” Card Packs

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I really enjoyed these paper packs from Meg’s Garden, which are specifically designed for Card Makers.  They come in packs of 12 (2 of each design) 6″ x 6″ papers. Each one is truly pretty.

This is a card from the Rose Quartz collection: Finished card is shown next to the card pack.

Card 1

To begin I cut the 6″ x 6″ paper into three sections and glued them to a co-ordinating piece of cardstock. The design on the paper is a cherry blossom twig, so I punched out some small flowers from the left over pieces of paper and following the design on the paper,  placed the flowers along the twigs. I laid some ribbon trim down the vertical length of the card and trimmed off tiny flowers from the same ribbon to place in the centre of each punched flower.

My next card is from the “Watercolour in Blues” paper pack.

card 2


This is a really simple card to make as I used the beautiful design on the paper as the focus of the card. I matted it onto a piece of pale grey cardstock.  I stamped a verse and heat embossed it, then added a few tiny diamonté to finish the card.

The front of my next card is also from the “Watercolour in Blues” Paper Pack:

card 3

Again quite a simple card to create allowing the design of the paper to be the focal point. I cut a small framed rectangle to one  side of my square card so that the selected portion inside the card would be exposed.

card 4

The paper used on the inside of the card comes from “In the Watercolour Garden” paper pack. So with the addition of the greeting and a few sequins and diamontes, my card is finished. I love the music notes on this paper collection.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and were inspired to have a go at making your own cards using pretty paper as your inspiration.

I have another two packs of these lovely papers to play with, and will do another post when I have more cards to show you.

If you have a moment drop into Meg’s Garden and see more of the gorgeous papers and other collections.

Products Used for these Cards:

From Meg’s Garden

  • Rose Quartz Card Pack S129
  • Watercolour in Blues Card Pack  S130
  • In The Watercolour Garden Card Pack S137-2
  • Daisy ribbon

From Barbara’s stash

  • MFT Peekaboo Window Die
  • Keep Your Faith Sentiment Stamp
  • Small Flower Punch
  • Cardstock and embellishments


Happy Crafting Everyone.



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.




Questionnaire winner and compiled findings of small survey


Hi All, for those who are interested in the results of my little survey into your favourite, and go to items for card making.  Here are the results.  It was a fairly small sample but the results were really interesting and I thank everyone for taking some time to send their answers to the 10 questions.

I acknowledge that some people requested not to be included in the draw.


Q. 1 With the exception of Cardstock and Designer paper what are your 5 favourite card making products?

Top 5 answers in order of preference were: Stamps, Dies, Ink pads, Scoring board, and good quality Scissors.

Q.2 Do you prefer to make one layer cards or many layers?

Top answer was: Matting and lots of layers although for posting, one layer cards were preferred.

Q.3 How important are stamps and stamping to your card making?

Answer: They were a high priority for everyone –

Q. 4 and 5  Are Dies and die cutting a major feature of your cards?

Everyone agreed that they were a high priority for their cards. Die cutting machines used were:

Scan n Cut, Silhouette, Big Shot, Big Kick and Ebosser

Q.6 Favourite Embellishments?

There were quite a lot of these, but the top two were: Pearls/gems and ribbon.

Others were: grommets, brads, Ephemera, buttons, lace, twine, sequins, and tiny dots.

Q7. Glue or Double sided tape?

Most  used double sided tape,  but other favourites were wet glue, glue dots and tape runners.

Q.8  Do you Fussy Cut?

‘Yes’ was the most popular answer, though some people said they don’t like to fussy cut  if they can avoid it.

Q.9 Most popular Card Size? AND  Do you make your own envelopes?

A6 was the most popular size but most suggested they chose other sizes  such as various squares from 6″ x 6″ to 8″ x 8″, DL and 7″ x 5.  Many have an Envelope Punch board which makes up to 66 envelope sizes.  Some purchase pre-scored card and envelope packs.

Q.10 Which Ink Pads do you prefer?  (I realised this was a loaded question as there are so many to choose from), permanent, dye, archival etc etc.  This is a selection of the answers.

Distress Inks (most popular in this small survey), Rare Earth Inks, Stazon, Stampin’ UP!,  Versa magic, Memento, Embossing inks, Brilliance Inks for metallics and Versafine.

I found all this information really interesting, I hope you did too.  And now to the draw, which I conducted with Mr B this morning.


The Winner of the pretty paper packs and pre-scored cards is:

fibee 5

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I hope you enjoy your prize and thank you again for taking part in the questionnaire.

Happy Crafting Everyone.









A Weekend of Painting and Bonding with Fabulous Women

Several months ago I booked myself into a painting retreat weekend to coincide with my birthday.  The venue was quite close to where I live so travelling to and fro’ each day Friday, Saturday and Sunday for full days of painting was easy.

Now I am no painter, in fact this is my first real foray into the art, so I booked in with some trepidation.  Two others had also booked the weekend, one with some experience and one, like me, without.  So I felt pretty comfortable.  Each morning started with a cup of your choice of tea and a general chat. We then had a morning meditation led by our tutor Shani.  This meditation brought forth all sorts of feelings for us all. Tears were shed, and feelings shared and a process of bonding with the other participants, which I hadn’t really expected, took place.  It set us up beautifully for the day ahead.

We set about learning Shani’s process for painting our “hero” painting.  Once started I couldn’t believe that I would be leaving with a completed canvas on Sunday.  The canvasses were 1 metre square, so somewhat daunting.

We enjoyed home cooked lunches and wine on the verandah (weather permitting) set high in beautiful Wonga Park/Warrandyte. Florence the standard poodle kept us company for the whole weekend too. (Florence told me she had had seventeen puppies in her younger days).  A few noisy magpies chortled away outside and stared at us through the windows whilst stealing sharing the cats food.

Back to the painting though.  It was hard work, much harder than I had anticipated. We worked through until 5pm each of the three days, and then stopped for another cuppa and a chat.  I can’t tell you how special the time was.  Four fabulous women being open and honest, sharing a wonderful experience together and supporting each other through the process. It is an experience that will stay with me for a long time to come.


Shani Geri Susan Barbara workshop


That’s me at the back, Florence at the front, Shani in the middle and the other lovely participants enjoying a glass of bubbles at the end of the weekend.

Here is my finished work. It’s not perfect by any means, however, I feel comfortable hanging it in my home and proud of my accomplishment.

Painting 5 (1)

So if there is something that you would like to try, my message to you is, find a way and go for it.  It’s very liberating.

Note to self:  Suggest a smaller signature and less conspicuous next time.  Doh! 


Happy Crafting




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


Tiny decorated/altered box

I recently purchased a pair of earrings and they arrived in this really cute box.

The box had a magnetic closure hidden in the lid and I didn’t want to change that.  I first covered the box in green cardstock, then I overlaid that with some Pion papers. I chose Pion because it has a tiny design which suited the dimensions of the box.

I added some die cuts to the sides of the box and decided to make it look like a garden with gates and flowers.  The dies I have used were purchased recently from an ebay shop for a few dollars each.  I was a little sceptical about them but for a few dollars I had nothing to lose.  I have been so pleased with the dozen or so dies I have purchased. I will leave a link at the bottom of this post if you are interested in having a look for yourself.

Some photo’s of the box after decorating with die cuts and ribbon flowers. Metal corner filigree element and sequins.  The earrings turned out to be a little too long for me. I’m like a child who enjoys the wrapping more than the contents.


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Here is the site on ebay where I purchased some of my dies at really reasonable prices.
or simply look up metal die cutting and a whole bunch of sellers will come up