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.



Another album for a gift

Things didn’t go quite as planned with this album but I think I managed to save it.

As I mentioned, September is a big birthday month for me.  I made two albums as gifts and each one had it’s challenges.  The basic album is the same for each one, you can see my first album here, Rachel’s album.

Front cover
Pages with top loading pockets
A tag for each pocket

Sadly the birthday girl is unwell and we haven’t yet caught up on the promised lunch date.  She’s not a blogger so I feel safe showing you her album and not spoiling the surprise.

A few more photo’s .  I really loved making this and I see a few more to come.

So what went wrong???

I had completed the album cover and inserted all the pages and was admiring my handiwork.  I was so disappointed to see that the spine had split on one side.  I didn’t want to start all over again but I didn’t quite know what to do about it.  I thought I could put another cover over the spine and tried different things but wasn’t really happy with anything.

I knew the cover of the album was going to be finished in white, silver and blue (my friends favourite colours) and I had some white muslin. This idea was either make or break and I had a distinct vision of it all ending up in the bin.  However I persevered and came up with this for the cover.


It worked out pretty well I thought.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my friend’s birthday album. I’ll let you know what she thinks when we catch up.

Happy crafting.




Album for a friend’s birthday gift

September is a busy birthday month for me.  Many cards to make and send and a few special gifts.  I made this album for a special lady using paper from Ultimate Crafts Australiana Collection.

Rachel’s Album – Front Cover



Inside pages of the album.  The idea for this album came from a blogging friend who featured this album made into a birthday date book for her mum. Here is the link to her original post Paperpuff.   She had provided a link with instructions to make the album on her blog.  This is a terrific blog, very entertaining and worth stopping by.


Each page is made up to include a top pocket and tag.  The finished album is 71/4″ x 4″


6 double sided tags, one for each pocket. I have sponged the edges of everything with Stampin’ UP! Chocolate Chip.


I’m pleased to say the recipient was very happy with her album and I have now started on another quite different album using the same dimensions for another birthday gift.  I love making mini albums.

Hope your weekend has been lovely.

Happy Creating whatever it is you are currently making.



Merry Mice Christmas

Who could resist these cute little mice off to celebrate with their buddies?

When I received this stamp set I really couldn’t wait to get started. I enjoy colouring and for most of these cards I used Versafine Ink in Black Onyx to stamp the images onto watercolour paper.  I then coloured using Stampin’ UP! aquapainters and the ink squeezed into the lid  section of the ink pad


Here are my four cards. The base card for three of the cards are Stampin’ UP! white Notecards and envelopes and the fourth card is a 4″ square.


All the images have been matted  onto Red Metallic Foil cardstock.  I also used Wink of Stella and a snow pen that a friend sent me from USA last year.  I coloured some parts using S.U. markers and did some sponging on the three little mice in a row before adding some snow with a Sharpie Paint Pen and a little Dazzling Diamonds for the ground.

I’m sure this stamp set is going to get a lot of use during the next few months. Hope you enjoy.

My Kind of Card – Sepia Watercolour

Sepia Watercolour card (1)

I love this fabulous technique.  This is the sort of thing that I love to do i.e., create collages. Teaching this to my class today was a bit of a challenge as it was something completely different for them.

There are several techniques involved in the make up of this card.  We first covered the watercolour paper in water and added Soft suede ink to achieve our first layer.  It’s amazing how everyone got a slightly different look to their base. We dried this off thoroughly before starting the stamping.

The flower stamp was added with Stazon Ink and allowed to dry before little bits of the petals were lightened by  using bleach and a small paint brush to add highlights to the flowers.

The greeting at the bottom was Versamarked and then heat set.  Other stamped elements were added randomly (in an artistic way!)  with Memento Ink, stamped off once or twice depending on the depth of colour desired.. A few Versamarked swirls were heat set adding to the white elements on the card.

I will definitely be trying this again with more of my stamp sets.  Thank you for stopping by.

Sepia watercolour card 1 (1)

Stamp Sets Used: All Stampin’ UP!

  • Garden In Bloom Stamp Set
  • Timeless Textures Stamp Set
  • Helping Me Grow Stamp Set
  • Stampin’ UP! watercolour Paper
  • Stampin UP! Soft Suede Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Stazon Black Ink
  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock Base


Original technique CASED from Sandi MacIver

Family Visiting for the Weekend

So I don’t think there will be much time for crafting in the next week or so.  We have a pretty full schedule with Puffing Billy  on the menu for our grandson.  Who would have thought that riding on a train, (an old steam train mind you) would be more exciting than the aeroplane that will bring him here.


While I still have some crafting time up my sleeve I have been putting together a mini album that I found on a lovely website called Embrace Serendipity.  There is a very good simple tutorial to follow if you want to make one of these for yourself.

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I have done everything wrong on this album, but it still turned out really nicely.  I started by choosing much too wide a ribbon, but I tied it in a different way for decoration instead of to tie the album.

I used some black chalkboard cardstock for my covers, it had been in my craft cupboard for a while and I hadn’t found a use for it. It stands up really well as covers for mini albums when you don’t want a thicker bookboard.  Smaller albums can be overwhelmed by a thick cover.

But the real star of my little mini album is the gorgeous ‘A Little Foxy’ 6″ x 6″ designer series paper stack that I have used for the pages and cover. Available in my online shop.  There is also a matching stamp set which is on my wishlist at the moment.

I hope you like my mini album, I will add a few more elements and dress up the cover a bit more. Photo’s to come.

Last Year’s (2015) most popular class project



Book Box For blog post (1)

The idea for this “Book Box Filled with Flowers” came from my Pinterest board called Beautiful Books.   I thought this was such a pretty idea that I decided to try to make one.   I received lots of compliments on my book box and many people asked how I had made it.


Bookboard was used to construct the box, which is designed to look like a book. It can be displayed either flat or upright.  The box is decorated with Couture Creations Vintage Rose Garden paper collection,, Stampin’ UP! lace, Wycinanka die cuts, SU tulle ribbon and various other items from my personal stash. The flowers were purchased from an Etsy shop called “Thai Flowers.”

Flower Book Box

I use the box as a pretty table decoration.  also sometimes I display it under a glass dome in a display cabinet of my work.  There are many tutorials on book boxes, why not have a try at making one for yourself. The possibilities are endless for what to put inside. The also make lovely and special  gifts.  I hope you like my book box idea. And give some thought to making one of your own.