Celebrate …

From watching an online tutorial, and learning a new stamping technique, I created this card.



You learn something new everyday, hey?

Yesterday I watched a Jennifer McGuire tutorial about wreath builder stamping. Wow, I really love this technique!

Jennifer created some beautiful cards using the Wreath Builder system by Gina K Designs – what a clever idea! Because postage from the US will cost more than the product itself, I looked for an Australian supplier – no luck. I really wanted to try this technique so I made my own wreath builder template.

I made the wreath template out of cardboard and, with washi tape, attached it to my stamp positioner.


FYI, I have the Hampton Art Stamp Perfect Tool.


Armed with a couple of stamp sets and a few inks I tried out the template. It took me a few tries to work out how to master this technique. For this wreath stamp, there are 6 layers of stamping.

First layer – Hampton Art flower stamp and orange Versa Color ink.


Second layer – Hampton Art flower stamp and Wild Honey Tim Holtz Distress Ink.


Third layer – My Favorite Things flower stamp and Festive Berries Tim Holtz Distress Ink.


Fourth layer – My Favorite Things leaf stamp and black Versa Color ink.
Note: don’t worry if you stamp off the page – for this card the wreath will be trimmed.


Fifth layer – My Favorite Things flower centre stamp and black Versa Color ink.


Sixth (and final) layer – Hampton Art flower centre stamp and Mustard Seed Tim Holtz distress ink.


The next step was to die cut the stamped image into a circle. I used the 3.5″ circle die from Couture Creations.




I’m happy with how the stamped wreath turned out – very pretty :)

So, to recap, the products used for the stamping –

Tim Holtz Distress inks.

festive_berries  wild_honey_  mustard_seed

Versa Color inks.

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My Favorite Things – Clear Stamps – Pretty Posies


Hampton Art – Clear Acrylic Stamps – Layer Flower Joy


To make the card –

The base yellow cardstock layer was created using Kaisercraft’s Mandala die.



The stamped wreath is adhered on top of the mandala die.


I die cut a flower using Stampin’ Up!’s framelit die from the May Flowers set and paper from Kaisercraft’s 48 page Tropics paper pad.



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I stamped a small flower using Stampin’ Up!’s Falling Flowers set and adhered it with foam tape.



I die cut a banner, using the same yellow cardstock as the Mandala die cut, from Uniquely Creative’s doily die set which is in the March Creative Kit.



The final embellishment to go on the ‘stack of stuff’ is the word ‘celebrate’, die cut using white cardstock, from the Avery Elle Sentimental Die set.



Voila! A beautiful card made by stamping and die-cutting! Easy :)

The card itself is 5″ 1/8 x 5″ 1/8.


Since the Jennifer McGuire tutorial, I have stumbled across a few videos where you can make your own wreath stamping template. Do yourself a favour and look for those videos. There are easier ways, than mine, to make them – e.g. using a square die … doh! All good – each to their own :)

“A birth-date is a reminder to celebrate the life as well as to update the life.” ~ Amit Kalantri


This is me …

My entry in the ‘Mixed Media Layout, any subject’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was … um … about me. It’s not often that I scrap a photo of myself. But when I do … well, there’s a whole lotta stuff going on!


Not that I need to say it but the colour scheme of the layout was, obviously,  inspired by the photo.


There are 3 papers which I used as background papers. The dark black paper (Toile) and the musical notes paper (Musical) are Bella! papers from the Celebrate collection.


The main paper used – Teresa Collins Designs – Timeless – Pink Journal paper.

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Once all the papers were sorted, the messy fun started :) I sprayed the papers with the following spray mists:

Mister Huey’s Color Mists – Silver


Heidi Swapp Color Shine – Gold

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Kaiser Mists – red and orange

Kaisermist - red   Kaisermist - orange

I stamped the background with:

Kaisercraft – Texture Stamp – Edges


and a script stamp. Unfortunately I can’t recall where the stamp came from. It’s been in my stash for a long time. What I can say is that the script stamp came as a set of two stamps.


For something different, black paint was used with bubble wrap and a paper towel roll.


Translucent texture paste + Prima mask

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Once the spray mists, paint, texture paste and ink had dried I decided to add strips of paper across the length of the layout. I used 4 different strips of black and white paper. On top of those strips of paper I added cotton, bling and a painted chipboard.


The chipboard was Dusty Attic – Swirly Vine

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and the black and white flowers on top of the vine were fussy cut from a KI Modern Elegance paper pack by Mary Beth Freet.


Then came the photo and everything else with it.


I matted the photo on different black and white papers and a red star patterned paper. To add dimension to the papers, corrugated cardboard was added underneath. Striped washi tape and fussy cut stars (also used elsewhere on the layout), red staples, a ‘This is me’ dymo label, a ‘Right now’ flair button, red beads, silver micro beads and the cat completed the look. Why the cat? Because it was just too damn cute not to use :)

The fussy cut stars are from a paper called Stellar from Cocoa Vanilla’s Totally Rad collection.


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Can I just say that the cat embellishment is THE cutest embellishment that I have ever used on a layout? I stumbled across this packet of embellishments in The Reject Shop. Saw the cats, had to buy it! You get 3 cats in the packet. I had already used one on a birthday card. I’m saving the last cat …


I received a 2nd prize ribbon for this layout. I think the cat earned it.

“I’m working on myself, for myself, by myself.” 









Uniquely Creative – Creative Kit Club – November …

This month’s Kaisercraft collection is the Summer Splash collection – “Bask in the sunshine with our Summer Splash collection! Whether it’s at the beach, by the pool or on a cruise, it’s time to enjoy the fun that summer brings. Featuring colourful fish, pristine beaches and clear blue water, these papers are perfect for capturing your summer holiday memories!”

The Creative Kit Club’s November Kit was the perfect kit of goodies to use for my summer holiday photos. (The photos from the 2 layouts were from a family holiday in Moonta Bay).

The first layout features the ‘sunshine’ die that comes with the kit (even if I did cut the word) and the 2 add on dies that you can purchase.

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Wiggle waves

UCC die - waves

Interlocking Scribble Circles

UCC die - interlocking scribbles die

What I loved about the November kit was the texture I was able to create with the papers, the netting and the scribbles circles.


The second layout highlights some of the textural embellishments that come with the kit – the natural string, epoxy dots, netting, half cooked rice paper, burlap and the calico fabric.


You can order the November Summer Splash Kit now! Alternatively, if you live in South Australia you can pick up the kit from Paper Flourish – they’re located at 27/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka, SA 5095.

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.” ~ John Mayer

Memories …

My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Heritage/History’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout using a 1957 photo of my mum, aunt and uncle. It’s one of my favourite photos :)


The spotted background paper is from Pink Paislee – from the Parisian Anthology collection  – Fancy Filigree.

Pink Paislee - Parisian Anthology - fancy filigree

I then machine stitched a ‘Life is Beautiful’ frame which I had cut from a paper called ‘Mirror Mirror’ from the Bella! Ever After collection.


To add texture to the background I stamped the background with bubble wrap that was coated with black acrylic paint. I also stenciled the background with light molding texture paste. I stenciled a border on both sides of the background paper.


The stencil – Kaisercraft’s 6×6 stencil – Lace Borders.

kaisercraft 6 x 6 designer template - lace borders

Texture paste – Golden Gel Mediums

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Rather than go with the traditional heritage colours, that is often used for a heritage layout, I decided to use colour. The main colour was going to be blue with splashes of gold and brown.

Using a blue printed paper from the Grace Taylor Vintage Collection paper pack, I outlined the flowers with a black marker and then cut them. Outlining the flowers gave them added definition.

Grace Taylor - Vintage collection

Grace_Taylor - fussycuts

I used the blue side of the American Crafts – Finders Keepers Collection – Treasure paper to die cut a couple of pieces to place on both sides of the photo.


The die – Kaisercraft’s decorative die – texture stained glass

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The butterflies were cut from 2 different Kaisercraft papers:

Indigo Skies Collection – Chambray

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Mix and Match Collection – Butterflies.

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The final piece of paper to be fussy cut was the Honeysuckle paper from Kaisercrafts’s Forget-Me-Not collection.

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Other embellishments included:

  • A stamp cut from K&Company Life’s Journey collage embossed paper sheet –

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  • 2 stamped sentiments from Ali Edwards – Technique Tuesday – Favorite Memories


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  • American Crafts – My Girl Collection – Printed Chipboard letters – Kitten – Black – numbers


  • Authentique – Petite Type – letters

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  • a chipboard frame, a stop watch, a gold heart and lace


I received a 2nd prize ribbon for this layout :)

“It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind.” ~ Branch Rickey

Sweet …

My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Children’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout featuring my niece Bella.


My inspiration for the colour scheme used in the layout was Bella’s beanie. With that in mind I found the perfect background paper to use – Bo Bunny’s Petal Lane paper:

Bo Bunny - Petal Lane - background paper_

I didn’t like the bike on the paper so I cut the paper diagonally. Inspired by the yellow in the Bo Bunny paper, I used another piece of paper to replace the bike – Webster’s Pages – Strawberry Fields – Balloon Bouquet:

balloon-bouquet-strawberry-fields - LO

I machine stitched the Bo Bunny paper and the Webster’s Pages paper onto another paper. Then I added a strip of black and white chevron paper to the bottom.


FYI, the chevron paper is from Ruby Rock-It’s Bella! Celebrate Paperz range.


Another Bo Bunny Petal Lane paper (Sunshine) was ideal for this layout. For fussy cutting and embellishing the photo of Bella.

Bo Bunny - Petal Lane - sunshine_LO

I matted the photo on the frame –

sunshine_1     frame_LO

I fussy cut the circle of hearts and the word ‘LOVE’ –

sunshine_2     Heart_LO

I added the 2 mandalas to the corner cluster –

sunshine_3     mandalas_LO

I did cut the other 2 mandalas from the paper with the plan of adding them to the layout – I they weren’t ideal so I ditched that plan. Sometimes less is more. I added a metal embellishment to the centre of the yellow mandala.

You have to think outside the box when fussy cutting papers –

sunshine_4     stripes_LO

And last, but not least, the flowers from the paper were cut –

sunshine_5     flowers_LO

Once I added all the Bo Bunny fussy cuts something needed to be added to the upper right hand corner and it had to be black and white (to match the frame, the circle of hearts, the yellow mandala and the chevron strip). I went to my ‘go to’ patterned paper and fussy cut a few black and white flowers.


The flowers were from a KI Modern Elegance paper pack by Mary Beth Freet


The yellow pearls in the centre of the flowers are Kaisercraft pearls.

The final touches to the layout were the alphabet thickers –

American Crafts – Dear Lizzy – Foam letters – Fantastic – Salmon

Dear_Lizzy_thickers     Isabella

American Crafts – My Girl Collection – Printed Chipboard letters – Kitten – Black

american-crafts-thickers-my-girl-collection-kitten-black     sweet

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” ~ Shakespeare

Celebrate love …

My entry in the ‘Single or Double Page Spread, Wedding/Special Occasion’ for the 2017 Adelaide Royal Show in the Open Art and Craft scrapbooking section was a layout with a wedding photo of my cousin Jen and Adam.


The background paper and the strips of paper at the bottom of the layout were from a 12″ x 12″ paper pad: Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Shine


I added texture to the background by using acrylic paint (mixed with texture paste) and a stencil.

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(Kaisercolour acrylic paint – Candy)


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(Prima 6×6 stencil – Tubaroses)



I matted the wedding photo (5″ x 7″ portrait printed with a white border) with 2 frames that were cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad and pink paper at the top.


The next part was creating the 2 corner flower clusters.

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Both clusters featured fussy cut flowers from 2 different papers. The pink flowers were cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad.


The blue flowers were cut from a Ruby Rock-It – Arcadia – Be Calm paper.

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The bottom cluster featured the word ‘LOVE’ which were fussy cut from the Maggie Holmes paper pad. There were also a couple of vellum die cut embellishments – ‘today’ and ‘CELEBRATE’ – these were from the Hello Sunshine range.

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The top cluster includes a Paperhouse Productions Vintage Romance Snapshot ‘Cherish’ sticker. I also added a white Heidi Grace Design heart pin.

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I attached a date sticker label to a foil eyelet tag (from The Craft Stall) and adhered it to the photo using foam tape.

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#Best Day Ever – from the Hello Sunshine range. The wood veneers – Studio Calico Wood Veneer – Shapes – People. Another fussy cut flower from the Maggie Holmes paper pad. Underneath all those embellishments is a strip of printed tissue paper machine stitched onto the background paper. I did the same thing at the bottom of the photo.

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The geo heart was another vellum die cut from the Hello Sunshine range. The alphabet wood veneers were from the Fundamentals range from Ruby Rock-It.

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I was pleased with how the layout turned out. I followed some design rules that I try to stick to when working out the design of a layout. Repetition – I used 2 sets of wood veneers, 2 strips of machine stitched tissue paper, 2 banners (the date banner and the vellum banner), 2 frame photo mats – repetition creates unity. The vellum geo heart goes with the diamonds in the bottom strip of pink paper.

There’s also repetition with the colours. The bottom strip of paper – with the pink diamonds – was my inspiration for the pink fussy cut flowers, the pink paper at the top of the photo, the pink background texture paint and the cherish sticker. It also helped that the ‘cherish’ word was blue which matched the Ruby Rock-It blue fussy cut flowers. Gold is repeated with the vellum die cuts – #Best Day Ever, today and the heart. Black and white is featured in the date banner, the word ‘LOVE”, the strips of patterned paper and the photo.

The flower clusters are arranged in such a way that they create a visual triangle – the flowers lead the eye from the top of the page down to the bottom of the photo and then back up to the top of the photo.

I also learnt that when scrapbooking you should try to tell the story by having some of the following – who, what, when and where. I have the who (Adam and Jen titled via the wooden veneer alphabet letters), the when (the date sticker label) and the what – it’s pretty obvious – a wedding :)

Anyways, after all that … I got a 2nd prize ribbon … :)

“When you realise you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” ~ When Harry Met Sally


Uniquely Creative – Creative Kit Club – October …

This month’s Kaisercraft collection is the Mint Wishes collection – “a medley of minty-fresh teal and natural textures makes Mint Wishes a truly Scandinavian Christmas affair. Snowy Spruce trees, geometric baubles, pine cones and birch mixed with a minimal colour pallet will have you dreaming of a mint Christmas wonderland!”

With the Creative Kit Club’s October Kit I was able to create 4 layouts. Instructions for the first 2 layouts are in the full colour step by step magazine that comes with the kit.



Absolutely loved using the Festive Circle die (which is the add on die).

Festival Circle die



You can order the October Mint Wishes Kit now! There is also another October kit that you can order – Rose Avenue. It will be shipped from the 5th of October. Alternatively, if you live in South Australia you can pick up the kit from Paper Flourish – they’re located at 27/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka, SA 5095.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” ~ Calvin Coolidge

Christmas in July – lollipop reindeers …

This is such a cute idea for Christmas in July AND Christmas!

I made these reindeers last Christmas. I made some for the Adelaide branch of the South Australian Country Womens Association and I made extra (for sale) with the proceeds going to the South Australian branch of the RSPCA.


I’ve made them again for a CWA Christmas in July event coming up this weekend. This time around the craft store didn’t have any brown paper (luckily I had some leftover from last year). I bought other coloured paper! Nothing wrong with blue reindeer is there? ;)


The reindeers are quite easy to make. You can get the free printable template here.

To make the lollipop reindeers, you’ll need:

  • coloured paper (I used Vivaldi paper A4 120gsm)
  • scissors
  • double sided tape
  • sticky tape
  • lollipops

Print out the template. Cut around the outline of the reindeer. Cut out the nose and the middle of the template.

There are 2 folds. Fold the reindeer in the middle.


The back strip gets folded down and then brought to the front of the reindeer after the lollipop is attached to the reindeer. The stick of the lollipop moved so I taped the lollipop onto the back of the reindeer template.


Add double sided tape to the back strip and then fold them over the front.

double sided tape

And there they are! The cutest reindeer lollipops. EVER.


Happy crafting!

“Being a traditionalist, I’m a rabid sucker for Christmas. In July, I’m already worried that there are only 146 shopping days left.” ~ John Waters







Uniquely Creative – Creative Kit Club – July …

Have you heard about the Creative Kit Club? Each month the Creative Kit Club comes out with a full colour step by step magazine where you can create amazing scrapbooking projects and card making projects.

I have had a monthly subscription with them for a year now and their kits are fantastic.

And now I am lucky enough to be a guest designer for them. The first kit I “played” with is the Golden Grove kit featuring Kaisercraft’s Golden Grove collection – a collection of golden hues and intricate floral designs.

Kaisercraft says “Golden dahlias entwined with sweet pear give the papers an autumn feel while falling leaves and a rustic colour palette make the collection perfect for seasonal projects”. Perfect for someone who likes to fussy cut! Someone like me!


I created 2 layouts with the kit:



Instructions on how to create these 2 layouts are in the magazine. FYI, I loved using the flower dies and the foliage stamps from this kit.


I also made a couple of cards – they’re in the magazine too.

You can pre-order the July Golden Grove Creative Kit now! It will be shipped from the 5th of July. Alternatively, if you live in South Australia you can pick up the kit from Paper Flourish – they’re located at 27/ 16-28 Research Road, Pooraka, SA 5095.

“Autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ William Cullen Bryant

Happy 30th birthday …

Yesterday the family had a birthday lunch for my sister-in-law Rebecca who turned 30 last Saturday.

She spent her birthday last week on the Gold Coast with her husband (my brother), my niece and nephew, her twin sister, brother-in-law, their 2 kids, her mum & dad, her other sister, brother-in-law, their 4 kids, her brother and sister-in-law and their daughter. I have to say that they did very well to organise such a large family trip with all 19 of them! Of course it was chaotic and manic but they had a great time and it was a fantastic bonding session for the little ones!

Anyways, I made a birthday card for Rebecca.


The pink background paper which was cut using Kaisercraft’s ‘nesting rectangles’ using the largest rectangle in the set.

Kaisercraft - nesting rectangles

The paper was then embossed using a Craft Concepts Universal Embossing Folder called ‘Solid Stars’. I used sand paper to highlight the stars.


craft_concepts - solid stars

A Paper Rose die (Mesh Large) and Kaisercraft’s ‘Texture Stained Glass’ decorative die was used to layer the die cuts on top of the embossed paper. FYI, I adhered the mesh die cut with staples.


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Kaisercraft_Decorative_Dies - stained glass

The balloons were created with Kaisercraft’s ‘Balloons’ decorative die.

Kaisercraft_Decorative_Dies - balloons

I had a ‘base’ die cut of balloons in black and then used the die on 5 different patterned papers to make the different coloured balloons. The ’30’ came from American Crafts’ Kitten In Black collection.

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

The final layer on the card is the greeting using a Hero Arts stamp called ‘Happy Birthday’.

Hero Arts happy birthday

Finally the card was outlined with a black marker.

Happy 30th birthday Rebecca! :) x

By the way, my mum and I made Rebecca’s birthday cake. Gluten free and dairy free! The inspiration came from Pinterest . The cake was based on the Oreo drip cake. It was delicious!


“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” ~ Ausonius