Happy Mother’s Day …

Last Sunday was Mother’s Day so this special day called for a card for my mum :)


I started with a Kaisercraft square card as the base.


The Couture Creations Intricutz die background ‘Fans of Fantasia’ is perfect for a square card – even better framed. The die cut was 9.5cm x 9.5cm so the frame I cut was 11.5cm x 11.5xm with a 1cm border.


Under the framed die cut I went for a pink coloured paper (to match the fussy cut flowers) – American Crafts – Pebbles – Happy Go Lucky Collection – Delight.


On top of the framed die cut I added another die cut – a frame from Kaisercraft’s Ornate Pack 1.



I fussy cut some flowers from the ‘Roses’ paper from Kaisercraft’s Secret Garden Collection and added them on the card with foam squares.



To complete the look, I created the greeting using Carolee’s Creations – Adornit Tiny Black alphabet stickers and stuck them with foam squares.


Tip: To have your letters/words appearing straight, adhere the letters to acetate (which is placed on top of a self healing mat that has lines) and then cut around the letter/words.

“Life doesn’t come with a manual, it comes with a mother.”




Tissue paper flowers …


I have a birthday party coming up this weekend and was searching online for DIY party decoration ideas. Nothing too fancy. Tissue paper flowers! Why did I not think of that? They are simple and inexpensive to make. I watched an online tutorial – OMG, you can make them in no time at all!

All you need is tissue paper, flexible wire (I used embroidery thread) and scissors.


With a pink-purple-white theme I bought 3 packets of tissue paper. To make the flowers, I had 5 sheets of tissue paper stacked on top of each other (each sheet of paper was cut – they measured roughly 12cm x 25cm). Folded them, accordion/fan style, as per the tutorial, and tied them in the middle. I rounded the edges, opened the sheets individually and fluffed them. Easy!


“Every flower is a soul blossoming in nature.” ~ Gerard De Nerval



Mixed media …

Mixed media. It’s everywhere. What is it?

Mixed_media - definition

The ‘mixed media’ used refers to papers, paints, pencils, inks, photos, metal, plastic fabrics, fibres, etc.

It’s an assemblage of all things 2D and 3D.

Last year the Adelaide Royal Show introduced, for the first time, a category called ‘Mixed Media Layout, any subject‘ in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section. I’ve not done much mixed media so I thought I would give this a go. With a family photo.


I started with a 12″ x 12″ white cardstock. I machine stitched black scrapbooking paper onto the cardstock.

The fun stuff came with paint, ink, texture paste and spray mists for the background. Messy hands stuff! I used different stencils and stamps with texture paste and with embossing powder, bubble wrap with black paint and a script stamp with black ink..


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Finnabair art basics Mixed Media Essentials


Heidi Swapp mini stencils kit.


Tim Holtz layering stencils – Bubble and Stars

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Kaisercraft texture edge clear stamp

Kaisercraft texture edges clear stamp

Kaisercraft texture clear stamp – Grid

Kaisercraft_clear_stamp - grid

Kaisermists – orange, red and yellow.

Kaisermist - orange   Kaisermist - red   Kaisermist - yellow

Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Gold.

heidi_swapp_colour_shine - gold

Adding a photo was the next step. I had initially started with a black and white family photo. I assumed it would be easier to choose papers and embellishments. I got all my papers and embellishments and started assembling. The layout looked okay. I then swapped the black and white photo with the colour photo. I have to say the colour photo looked so much better. I was worried about the colours of the clothing clashing – I needn’t have worried.

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To lift the photo off the background paper, I matted the photo on yellow patterned paper, scribbled a frame around the photo and then added an additional mat of red corrugated cardboard to the photo.


The embellishments were next. What better way to add a quote than to use a dymo label – it’s old school and quick and easy. It was important to date the photo so I stuck a date label sticker to a banner tag. The eyelet on the tag gave me the idea to add a heart pin. A bulldog clip completed the cluster.



In the opposite corner, I needed black and white embellishments. I stamped the word ‘celebrate’ and used chipboard thickers for the main title. To balance out the red colour from the Kaisermist spray under the dymo label I attached a Becky Higgins flair to a fussy cut sun. (The sun is from one of my favourite patterned papers – Kaisercraft’s Sunshine from the Fun In The Sun collection.)

Kaisercraft – Save the Date clear stamp – Celebrate.


American Crafts thickers – My Girl collection – Kitten – Black.

American Crafts - thickers - My Girl Collection - Kitten - Black

Kaisercraft – Fun In The Sun – Sunshine.

Becky Higgins’ Project Life – Currently edition – so very happy flair.


In the other 2 corners I went for colour and texture. I fussy cut some flowers from 2 different patterned papers, added arrow wooden veneers and die cut embellishments.



The coloured flowers – Crate Paper’s Maggie Holmes 12″ x 12″ ‘Shine’ paper pad.


The black and white flowers – KI Modern Elegance paper pack by Mary Beth Freet.

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The wood veneers – Ruby Rock-It Fundamentals – Cardmaking for Connoisseurs.

Ruby rock it - fundamentals - arrows wood veneer

The die cuts – Crate Paper – Hello Love.

crate_paper - hello love

Other products used:
White cardboard, black scrapbooking paper, red corrugated cardboard, foam mounting tape, black paint, bubble wrap, black ink, mini bulldog clip, Dymo organiser xpress embosser, script clear stamp, ‘Solid Cosmos’ clear stamp, kraft tag with eyelet, sharpie pen, date sticker label, Heidi Grace Design heart pin, ‘Seafoam White’ embossing powder, ‘Hologram’ embossing powder, VersaMark clear embossing  ink and machine stitching.

“Every family has a story to tell. Welcome to ours.”

Happy birthday …

The Girls Paperie  – Kitch Collection – Geranium Stripe 12 x 12 paper

the_girls_paperie-kitch_collection - gingham stripe


Clear Impressions Fabulous Florals Clear Stamp Set



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Hero Arts Little Greetings Happy Birthday rubber stamp C5564

Hero Arts happy birthday


Sharpie pen (2 lines and outline around Happy Birthday)



3.25″ hand embroidery scissors (fussy cutting)



Tsukineko StazOn Ink Pad – Jet Black


+ double sided tape and double sided foam mounting lines and dots


a ‘Happy birthday’ card for my sister-in-law.

Happy birthday Maria!






“Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.”


Picture perfect …

I had a number of entries in the 2016 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section. My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Children‘ category was a page of Jake (nephew) featuring string art.


Paige Evans‘ first collection, via Pink Paislee, was the ‘Fancy Free’ collection which comprised of patterned paper, ephemera, chipboard, puffy stickers, layer stickers, chipboard stickers, foam stickers, wood veneers, buttons, tags, string art templates and a couple of kits. All bright and colourful. I saw the collection at my local Spotlight store and was drawn to the heart string art template kit.


The kit comes with a template, twine and jewel brads.


I replaced the kit’s twine and brads with gold embroidery thread and silver brads. I’m not going to lie – it took me more than one attempt to get the strings threaded as per the template.


The photo of Jake is matted on Bella! Heart and Stripes Paperz – Silver.


The two groups of clustered embellishments are placed in a such a way that the eye is drawn from the top of the heart to the bottom of the heart diagonally.


The heart, arrow and ‘love’ embellishments are from Crate Paper’s ‘Hello Love’ pack of 40 pieces.

crate_paper - hello love

The camera diecut is from Kaisercraft’s My Year, My Story Collection – Collectables

Kaisercraft_collectables - my year my story

The horse was fussy cut from a Ruby Rock-It Handi Skandi paper – Iconology.




Other products used:
R530 Panasonic electronic typewriter, Dymo organiser xpress embosser, orange background paper (unknown), white cardstock, ‘picture perfect’ and ‘wonderful’ words (unknown).

FYI, I got a blue ribbon for the layout :)


“You were born to be real not to be perfect.”


Cousins …

This layout was created when the topic for a March photo challenge (day 22) was “Fun.” My interpretation of the topic was ‘what I did for fun today’ and what I did was scrap. So I took a photo of the layout which was a work-in-progress at the time.

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I was happy with the end result of the layout. I don’t always have to fill up the whole page with papers and embellishments. White space is good.


The use of paper was kept to a minimum as was the number of embellishments.


The wood veneer camera is from Studio Calico.


The ‘1981’ numbers are chipboard numbers from Heidi Swapp’s alphabet chipboard collection called ‘whisper blue’.

Heidi_Swapp chipboard alphabet whisper blue


The wooden heart is a Kaisercraft wooden embellishment.

Kaisercraft_wood_flourish - hearts

I used alphabet letters from Prima Marketing for the title ‘Cousins’.

Prima_marketing_Inc_Alphabet stickers

The flowers behind the photo were outlined with a black marker and then cut out from a 12″ x 12″ paper. Unfortunately I don’t know the name of the paper. For illustrative purposes, I have scanned what’s left of the paper that I have in my stash.



A handful of silver star sequins were placed on the layout.

A Kaisercraft clear stamp, from the ‘These Days’ collection, was used for the stamped image behind the photo.

Kaisercraft_thesedays_clear stamp

To create an interesting background, a couple of spray mists were used:

Kaisercraft’s Kaisermists – Charcoal

Kaisermists - Charcoal

Kaisercraft’s Kaisermists – Denim

Kaisermists - Denim


Two papers were used on the layout:

Kaisercraft – Lovestruck collection – Cupid


Bella – Ever After collection – Join Together

Bella_Ever After - Join Together

I used the Heidi Swapp Chevron spray stencil with a black marker to join the papers to the photo –


FYI, the photo features my brothers Tony and Sam and my cousins Angela and Jen.

“Cousins are those childhood playmates who grew up to be forever friends.”

Isabella …

I usually create layouts with just the one photo. Every now and then I’ll create a multi photo layout.


This layout was made easier to create because I had a series of photos to work with. I took several photos of my niece Isabella (Bella) and wanted to showcase them all. Square photos are easy to arrange. It’s clean and simple. I used Photoshop to resize the photos and to add a white border. The photos are matted on vellum.

The 2 background papers used:

Kaisercraft – Cherry Blossom collection – Petal (orange side)


Kaisercraft – Party Animals collection – woo hoo (the lines).
One of my favourite background papers to use.


When it came to deciding what embellishments to use, I opted to go with the design rule of repetition.

  • black and white – the quote, the butterfly, the typed journalling and the date
  • wood – the heart, the word ‘cherish’ and the plaque
  • orange – the word ‘adorable’, the paper clip, the owl and the ‘happy’ die cut.
  • pink – the title ‘ISABELLA’ and the ‘#love’ flair. The colour inspiration came from Bella’s clothing in the photos.

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The stamped sentiment is from the Technique Tuesday clear stamps & accessories – ‘Favourite Memories’ by Ali Edwards.

Technique Tuesday - Favorite Memories by Ali Edwards

The word ‘Adorable’ was from an Allison Ellis Design paper called ‘Neon Candy Alphas N Words’. I’ve had this paper in my stash for a while!


The wooden heart is a Kaisercraft wooden embellishment.

Kaisercraft_wood_flourish - hearts

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The title was made using American Craft thickers from the Dear Lizzy Enchanted Collection called Fantastic Salmon.


The cute little owl was cut from a Kaisercraft 12″ x 12″ paper – ‘Little One’ collection – Zoe.


The wooden tile ‘cherish’ is from Scrapmatts.


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The quote is a Pebbles phrase card.


The ‘happy’ banner was die cut using Technique Tuesday’s Dies.

Small Vertical Packaging Template

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The wooden embellishment is a Kaisercraft hanging plaque which I placed upside down so that I could highlight the quote.

Kaisercraft_wood_flourish - hanging plaques

The ‘You make my heart smile’ quote is a Webster’s Pages sentiment.


The date is made up of Tim Holtz Idea-ology label letters.


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The journalling was typed up on my R530 Panasonic electronic typewriter.

Other products used were:
butterfly stamp; paper clip; vellum and ‘#love’ button.

“Happy girls are the prettiest.” ~ Audrey Hepburn


Multi fold card …

I stumbled upon an online tutorial, via Pinterest, that was for a multi fold card. I’ve only ever made single fold cards so I was curious to watch the tutorial. I had thought multi fold cards were complicated. How wrong I was!

The tutorial was presented by Beckie Deyer.

The tutorial starts with a Ruby Rock-It 6 x 6 stepper card base. When you open the card it measures 6″ x 18″.

I didn’t have any Ruby Rock-It stepper cards nor did I have any cardstock that measured 18″ across. What to do? I improvised.

Armed with the knowledge that the stepper card is divided into 3 equal parts I used a 6″ x 12″ strip of white cardstock with folds at 4″ and 8″. Instead of having 2 12″ cuts (as per the tutorial) I had 2 8″ cuts. As for the scores, I scored 2″ from the first edge and 2″ from the other edge.

I have since found written instructions for the multi-fold card > Stepper card with a twist.

The range of papers (6″ x 6″), die cuts and vellum die cuts that I used to ‘decorate’ the multi fold cardstock were from the ‘The Craft Stall’. I think this range is carried exclusively by The Reject Shop.



the_craft_stall - patterned paper

the_craft_stall - cardstock diecuts

the_craft_stall - vellum diecuts

I didn’t use any journal cards however they did came in handy later when I made a mini-album for a birthday present.

the_craft_stall - journal cards

Once you know how all the folds work, card, it is an easy card to make. Bravo to the person who thought of it! And then you can get creative as you like.



“Ingenuity requires creativity.” ~ Veronica Roth



123 September challenge …

Update – I got a Fourth Prize ribbon at the 2014 Royal Adelaide Show for this layout in the ‘Single or Double Paged Spread, open subject category.

As one of the winners of the 123 June Challenge, I was a Guest Creative Team Member for the 123 Challenge Blog for September.

September’s challenge was based on 3 criteria.


COLOUR = Khaki
WORD = Emphasise
TECHNIQUE = Hidden Journalling

I did a ‘Now and Then’ layout of me and my brothers.




I used a khaki coloured cardstock for the background The border was machine stitched with a mix of different stitches. The cardstock was distressed with sand paper. Two stamps, with white ink, were used on the background.

Kaisercraft texture clear stamp – Chevron

Kaisercraft_clear_stamp - chevron

Kaisercraft texture clear stamp – Grid

Kaisercraft_clear_stamp - grid

The next two photos highlight the technique of hidden journaling. The word ’emphasise’ was used in the journaling.



The quote ‘We don’t remember DAYS, we remember MOMENT’ is from a paper called ‘Cufflinks’ from Kaisercraft’s ‘After Five’ collection.

Kaisercraft - After Five collection - Cufflinks

The strip of chevron paper is from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Collection – Padmas Pattern.


The ‘Time Flies’ sticker is a 7gypsies Time Temps sticker.

7gypsies - Time Temps - Stickers

The wood veneer figurines are from Studio Calico.


The American Crafts thickers used for the title ‘FAMILY’ are Amy Tangerine’s Journal / Diario.

Amy_Tangerine - thickers - black - journal _ diario



The ‘thankful’ tab is from Kaisercraft’s ‘Art of Life’ collection – Loved.

Kaisercraft - art of life collection - loved

The musical notes paper is 7gypsies Avignon – Orchestra.

7gypsies - avignon paper - orchestra

The ‘Cherish the small things’ and ‘Keep your loved ones close’ are from Cosmo Cricket – Junk Drawer,

Cosmo Cricket - Junk Drawer

Other products used – butterfly stamp, dymo labeller, black zig marker, index tabs, other background papers and Kaisercraft’s ‘Four Corners’ acetate.

Kaisercraft - acetate - four courners

“Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together.” ~ Sam Levenson.



Scrap the girls – July challenge …

The Scrap The Girls July challenge was to use paint and texture paste.

The layout features a photo of 3 sisters – Michelle, Carmel and Maria – 2 of them are my aunties and the youngest sister I grew up with. (My mum’s 2 younger brothers married 2 sisters from the same family.)


I chose to mix the texture paste and the paint. The mix of the Golden Light Molding Paste and Kaisercraft’s Pretty Pink paint was applied over a Tim Holtz ‘Bubble’ stencil.




The flower is a Manor House flower from the ‘Whimsy – Cream’ pack.

The fussy cut flower is from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Collection ‘India Ink’ paper.

The paper banner is a ‘Family Wordplay’ paper from Carolee’s Creations Adornit Forever Family Collection.

The letters are from Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Collection – foam alphabet thickers called ‘Journal – Diaro’.


The fussy cut girl is from one of my favourite all time papers – Webster’s Pages Trendsetter District 45 Paper.

At the top of the photo is a fussy cut flower Amy Tangerine’s Sketchbook Collection ‘India Ink’ – a smaller version of the flower on the banner. The pink damask has been cut from Anna Griffin’s Dorothy Collection – Graphic Pink Damask paper.

Behind the photo is a frame from a Hambly Screen print overlay. On the photo is a shaped paper clip from Queen & Co Exclamations.

Other products used – Panasonic Electronic Typewriter R530 for the journalling.

“Sisters share childhood memories and grown up dreams” ~ Unknown