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.

Versa_color_orange  versa

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.



Kaisercraft - PP244

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


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.


paper_rose_mesh large

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

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.”




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



unknown stamp set



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.”


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