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.



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






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.



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Anniversary Card

Card Samples 24.6.15Geisha Curvy Box

Anniversary Card

by on 25/06/2015

Dull morning here in Melbourne, but a perfect day for crafting, any day is good for crafting mind.

Spent a lovely afternoon with a friend yesterday making cards. Here is yesterday’s haul.  I have to thank the very talented Sandi MacIver for the delightful little Geisha box, fashioned from a Stampin’ UP! die called Curvy Keepsakes.

Card Samples 24.6.15Geisha Curvy Box

I was particularly pleased with the Anniversary Card, which has a finished size of 5 ¾” Square.  I used another Stampin’ UP! die to make this card.  I will add a list of products used at the bottom of this post.

Thanks also go to Kerstin Kreis for the layered card on the left, which I altered very slightly and added my own sentiments.

I hope you enjoy these creations.

  • Cardstock: SU (Stampin’ UP!) Basic Black A4, Crushed Silver, whisper white and Glitter paper (SU)
  • Curvy Keepsake Die (SU)
  • Striped Scallop Thinlets Die (SU)
  • Washi Tape (SU)
  • Designer Series Paper Stack SU
  • Stamp Set Timeless Love (SU)
  • Hearts Border Punch (silver hearts)
  • Flowers on Geisha Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (SU)
  • Wording on tall card Heidi Swapp

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