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






Twinkling Christmas – for Meg’s Garden Design Team

These simple cards have been created using the new Meg’s Garden  Christmas Collection called Twinkling Christmas.  They are truly pretty and quite different with a vintage feel.

When you have such pretty papers to work with, it is easy to create gorgeous cards with just a little layering. This collection also includes pages of ephemera to cut out and use in different ways too, so lots of options.


Card No 1. using the 6″ x 6″ card pack papers, trimmed down to size.  My finished card is 5 1/4″ x 5 7/8″.  I  layered  the trimmed piece onto kraft cardstock before attaching it to the card base. I trimmed one of the cut outs from the embellishment sheet and also layered it onto kraft card stock and then red to match the base of the card.  I used dimensional foam and a 1/8″ red ribbon tied in a double knot before attaching it to the front of the card.


Card No. 2  I think this is my favourite –  Another piece trimmed out from the embellishment sheet of these fine ladies, shopping, trimming the tree and generally looking absolutely fabulous.  I decided to leave the image together and not to separate it into three individual pieces, as they seemed so right together. I took the dimensions of the trimmed piece to decide on the size and orientation of the card. The base of the card is black card stock to which I adhered the cut out piece onto.   I placed the design towards the top of the card leaving room for the greeting, which is silver embossed.  A simple red ribbon bow on the side finishes this card.  How simple is that?

Xmas for Megs 3

Card No. 3  Again a very simple card.  This card measures 5 3/4″ x 5 3/4″.  I thought the background paper was too pretty to cut, but I did trim it down slightly.  Again two images trimmed from the ephemera/embellishment sheets are the decorative features.  I have used a blue card base and layered the two smaller elements onto the same colour blue. The larger piece is adhered directly to the base while the smaller one has dimensional foam attached.

Blue Christmas card Megs

These are the first of this years Christmas cards, and I know, as the next few months get underway, there will be many more.  I hope you find a moment to pop across to Meg’s Garden and to check out the lovely “Twinkling Christmas” Paper collections, there are several options to consider. Meg also has some lovely embellishments and ribbons to choose from.  And if you are not ready to do Christmas yet, there are loads of other options for getting your creativity going.


Until next time, happy crafting everyone.


So very sad to say

Black Cat last day


Beautiful Black Cat Girl

Couple of weeks ago, I detected a lump on the side of her face. A visit to the Vet confirmed that this wasn’t normal and a needle aspiration was taken and sent to the lab. At the weekend I learned that Black Cat had a very aggressive form of cancer with a long name that I can’t pronounce or even remember.  We spent the weekend knowing that this would be our last with our lovely girl and so we made the most of it before our appointment on Monday.

She left us peacefully having enjoyed a wonderful 16 years with us.  Here are a few photo’s from our final weekend.


I can’t even begin to tell you how difficult it was knowing the weekend was our last, and I miss her so much. Her sister seems to be coping ok.  In the end, with the prognosis we were given I know it was the right decision, but that didn’t make it any easier.





More Fun with Julie Nutting Doll Stamps

Hi Everyone,

Meet  ABBY one of Julie Nutting’s “girl” doll stamps

Abby close up


Abby Full page on pink

I haven’t decided how to mount this little lady yet, so the pink background is just a 12″ x 12″ temporary sheet of cardstock for the photograph. The dolls are quite large, standing around 8″.

I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  We in Melbourne, are looking forward to a break from the rain and cold tomorrow (Sunday) with a sunny 19°.  Can’t wait.


  1. Julie Nutting Doll Stamp ABBY
  2. Versafine Ink Grey, Onyx Black
  3. Lettering: Stampin’ UP! (r)
  4. Ephemera: Prima
  5. DSP: Prima
  6. Black Cardstock, White Cardstock, Pink Cardstock Stampin’ UP!
  7. Black diamontés Stampin’ UP! 
  8. Butterfly Dies: Stampin’ UP!  
  9. Postage stamp punch and 1″ punch – Stampin’ UP!

Happy Crafting.


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.