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 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



Happy Mothers’ Day cards …

I thought I had shared these Mothers’ Day cards with you but it appears that i have not. Well here they are – 5 months later …

This card was made for my mum >>

I love using the black marker. This is one of my favourite techniques. I think the black outline adds more definition. Practice and a steady hand is required especially on smaller items.

I used three dies:

Cheery Lynn design die Olive Branches – b147

Spellbinders Nestabilities – labels one

Cheery Lynn designs – Small Exotic Butterflies

The patterned paper that I fussy cut was from a Crafters Choice paper pack

This next card was made for my nonna (grandmother) who was recuperating in hospital at the time. This card is a good example of how to use scraps. How many of us keep every single inch of paper with the thought/hope that “One day …” – yeah, me too. And guess what? I organise the scraps by colour. Madness much?

The paper scraps i used were from:

Kaisercraft Fine and Sunny collection – Cloudy


Kaisercraft Home For Christmas collection – Kris Kringle


American crafts – Play Collection – Tree House

The flower has been fussy cut from an unknown patterned paper (sorry!) and the strip of green and blue paper? I don’t remember where it came from and I don’t have any of that paper left … oops!

The two dies that i used were:

Cheery Lynn design die – Olive Branches

Die-namics oval open scallop doily

By using your scraps you are saving money and the environment. However if the scraps are too small to use, and it pains me to say this, bin them. You cannot possibly save every piece of scrap paper. Why not set some rules? E.g. if you haven’t used them in 12 months, out they go. Or keep them to a minimum size – i.e. anything smaller than 4 x 6 inches, get rid of them. Go through your collection and purge. You’ll feel better afterwards. I did!

Happy crafting!

“Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.” ~ Unknown


Shoot Smile Snap …

I stumbled across the Evalicious site whilst reading a blog. The button sets looked interesting so I went to the Etsy store. I had been looking for camera and photography themed embellishments – imagine my delight when I found some! These are the ‘Shoot Smile Snap’ badge buttons. These are going to be ideal for layouts, cards and journals.


A couple of weeks ago I went to the South Australian Papercraft Fair and bought some cute travel-themed charms from the ‘Create-A-Memory4u’ stall.

(The camera charms are 1.8cm wide; the plane charms are 2.3cm wide and the suitcases are 1.2cm wide)


“We all know the sound a camera makes when it snaps a picture. Even some of the digitals do it for nostalgia’s sake.” ~ Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

These Days collection …

These days, designed by Clare Westwood, is another collection that was released by Kaisercraft in February. This collection is all about heritage and family.



The photo that I used in the frame is my grandmother’s 1952 passport photo. My mum (aged 5) and my uncle (aged 3) were also in the passport photo. Back in those days children were included in the parents’ passport photo.




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

The Tiny Woods collection …

Kaisercraft’s ‘Tiny Woods‘ collection is a cute collection, designed by Jess Milinkovic, and perfect to use with some of their beyond the page products.

The elm tree >>




(I used the Kaisercolour paint ‘Raw Umber’ for the tree trunk.)


The acorn tree >>




(I used the Kaisercolour paint ‘Mud Puddle’ for the tree trunk.)


With this collection, you can also make some cute cards.







“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Birthday and baptism …

Yesterday was my nephew Jake’s first birthday and baptism.  Happy birthday gorgeous boy!

His birthday card was inspired by his birthday cake. Rebecca and Sam (his mum and dad) had shown me a photo of the cake that they had ordered for him.  Wendy’s cafe n cakes did an excellent job – the cake was just too cute!



Kaisercrafts’s ‘Party Animal’ collection was perfect for Jake’s card.


Jenny’s gourmet bakery made the christening cake – it was deliciously yummy!


I didn’t have a lot of christening/baptism embellishments so i downloaded an image from google, used a ‘Diecuts with a view’ word sticker and a ‘Paper Inklings’ rub on.


Sam and Rebecca have given Roger (Rebecca’s brother) and I the honour of being Jake’s god-parents. We both love him unconditionally and we will both do our best to guide him through life and give him everything he needs … well, maybe not everything.

Sentiment inside the card – “In the name of the lord may the child you bring before god today be blessed with a life of goodness and may all their dreams become reality.”

Sweet baby …

A friend of mine had her second son 6 weeks ago. I finally got to meet her little boy Luke during the week. He’s sooo gorgeous.  Anyways, the occasion called for a card – of course.


Time was getting the better of me so rather than spend what little time I had thinking of a new design, I based the design on a card that I had made last year for my cousin’s son Antonio.

Both cards involve stamping directly onto the paper – a technique that I’m reluctant to do for fear of making a mistake. Ha! If you have a look at Luke’s card, the butterfly and the word ‘Joy’ are strategically placed to cover up the words that didn’t ink properly. The same can be said for Antonio’s card with the placement of the butterfly.  The teddy bear is there purely for the cuteness factor …

“A baby is a blessing. A gift from heaven above, a precious little angel to cherish and to love.”