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.




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.


I’ve been feeling Oriental this week

I’m a big fan of anything with an oriental style, so this weekend  with that in mind, I tried to infuse these cards with some Japanese pizzazz.  As it is winter in Melbourne just now the colours I have used echo that autumn/winter feel.

My first card depicts a Wind Chime, (#fuurin).  I was inspired by a book called ‘Kake Jiku’ (hanging scrolls) by the Japanese fabric artist Kumiko Sudo and I have tried to imitate her pretty fabric creations by scaling them down to card size.  My finished card is 6″ x 51/2″

Although the camera doesn’t pick it up very well, there are a few shiny elements on my card. I heat embossed the little japanese word/s on the wind chime, (sorry I have no idea what it says), in copper embossing powder, which works well with my colour scheme.  I used the #Stampin’ UP! #Botanical Builder framelits for my leaves and flowers.

The second card is the featured design on the front of the book, Kumiko Sudo calls it Chrysanthemum Moon.  I didn’t have any chrysanthemum stamps, but I found a stamp in my collection that looked similar (I think). I’ve just noticed that I have forgotten to add the butterfly to the right side of the card, so I will do that later.   I have also included a picture of the inside of the card too.

I think the cards are quite unique and I am happy with the way they have turned out. To finish this post, here is a picture of both of the cards on the stand that my husband spray painted for me.  I am really happy with it, and it is perfect for taking photographs of my cards.  Just the right size.

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I hope you like my oriental expedition.  I feel quite inspired to make a few more for this series of cards.



LOVE YOU LOTS Hostess Stamp Set

Despite a few paper crafting disasters this weekend I did manage to make a couple of really cute cards using the Stampin’ UP!  “Love you Lots” stamp set.

Lots of Love Stamp Set x 2 (1)

Frog and Ladybirds are stamped in Archival Black ink on Very Vanilla Cardstock, then coloured with Stampin’ UP! Markers.  Frog is Mint Macaron with Cucumber Crush spots and Ladybirds are Watermelon Wonder as are my Happy Frog eyes.  He sits upon a punched out leaf from the Bird Builder Punch

The Circle is attached to a piece of Window Sheet that is glued to the inside of my Kraft card base. The little flowers are also punched out with candy dot centres added. The patterned paper inside the card is from a now retired paper stack called Pretty Petals(r).

You can find items used to create these cards in the current, brand new, (1st June) Stampin’ UP! catalogue, or you can browse them in my online store by clicking on the Shop Now icon.

I will be adding a few more cards to this little collection during the week.  there are two more cute images and more greetings to try.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

Have a great crafting week.







The Documented Life ‘Unplanner’ -A mixed media journey through 2016


“Unplanner”?  You may well ask.  This is my version of a challenge I took up on the artists website  The talented ladies over there have been making planners for several years now. This is my first foray, I was intrigued by the title Unplanner, and when I saw what was intended I just had to join.

I have wanted to extend my ‘Mixed Media’ skills for some time and I thought this might be the way to do so.  It is a challenge, as there are loads of prompts each week to help us “get our inner artist juices flowing” and to do everything in the weekly prompts would mean spending all the spare time you may have, so I pretty much pick and choose what I do in my Unplanner, and when I work on it. I enjoy the facebook group set up for the challenge, what other’s are doing, and getting ideas from their awesome work.

It is very much a work in progress and I have pages that I want to revisit when I get time. It has made me stop and think about what I do each day. To reflect and to appreciate myself instead of putting myself down for wasting my day. We have indeed become ‘human doings’ and I don’t want to continue down that road.



And so it goes. I am really enjoying putting this together. I look forward to flipping the pages in a few years time.

Thanks for stopping by.



Card Class Samples

I had such a huge response to these cards on Facebook that I thought I might post the pictures here too.

I must say I don’t understand why some things take off on facebook and others don’t but my card making ladies really enjoyed making these three cards in class last week.

The two hearts cards were made using the fabulous Bloomin’ Hearts Die from Occasions Catalogue by Stampin’ UP!

The Green (Wild Wasabi) heart has been layered and slightly offset on top of a pink (Blushing Bride) heart and shows through slightly from the front.  We used the flower dies from the Botanical Builder Framelits set (which comes as a bundle with the Botanical Blooms Stamp set). We sponged the flower with colour using sponge daubers and our marker pens to achieve a more realistic effect.

The Butterfly card was a CASE (copy and share everything) from Alison Barclay.

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If you like these cards and would like to have a try at replicating them or something similar all of the items are available in my online shop, click the button and have a browse.

Items used to make these cards:

  • Botanical Builder Framelits Dies
  • Bloomin Heart Thinlits Dies
  • Floral Wings Stamp Set (hostess)
  • Inks Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, So Saffron, Rose Red, Basic Grey
  • Cardstock used: Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Whisper White Thick,
  • Whisper White thin,
  • Tulip Border Embossing Folder (retired)
  • Sequins
  • Love Blossoms Designer Series Paper Stack
  • Basic Pearls

If you enjoy these cards and this post leave me a comment, I love to hear that there is someone out there.

Stampin’ UP! Weddings on the Beach, Queenscliff Yacht Club

What a privilege to spend the weekend with this lovely couple celebrating their wedding.  Stampin’ UP! hearts lined the aisle for the bride and her brother who walked her towards her Sweetheart, who stood ‘neath the Jolly Roger flag, also adorned with more Stampin’ UP! hearts.  A pirate with a parrot and a cannon, marked the “kiss the bride” moment with a blast.

The dining tables set jauntily within the Maritime Museum, where fish and chips were the order of the day served in boxes decorated with Stampin’ UP! Stamps, and cutlery nestled in brown paper adorned with more Stampin’ UP! punched hearts.

Maritime Museum to the right of the room

The centrepiece was a “cheesecake” – no, not a cheesecake! A cake made from four rounds of cheese. This was cut and distributed after dinner to the delighted guests.

This was a wedding with a difference.  All of the elements came together beautifully and I am so pleased to have been the Stampin’ UP! demonstrator who introduced Stampin’ UP! to the bride. The Heart FramelitsDSC03837.JPG couldn’t have been put to better use..

Jolly Roger and bunting (1)

Fabulous weekend spent with a delightful couple. I wish them every happiness.