Monday, May 11, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler - Wooden It Be Lovely

It's time for another Paper Crafters Sampler issue and this month's theme is

Projects feature stamps and textures resembling wood. Here are a few sneak peeks:

To join in the fun and get these projects and more, as well as the template of the month, simply pop over to the PCS website HERE and enrol for May's issue.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

NSU - For The Kids

While browsing in a scrapbook store recently I came across some totally adorable Doodlebug Designs kids papers and couldn't resist buying a few for some fun-filled birthday cards.

Here's the girls version - these papers are called Sweet Shoppe:

Materials used:
  • card - Bermuda bay, melon mambo, whisper white, smoky slate
  • papers - Doodlebug Designs Sweet Shoppe
  • other - Cottage Cutz tiered cupcake die, Big Shot, circle framelits, lacey circles die (Spellbinders), Dimensionals, computer and printer

And the boys version using Hip Hip Hooray papers:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Perfect Pennants
  • card - pumpkin pie, wild wasabi, crushed curry, whisper white
  • papers - Doodlebug Designs Hip Hip Hooray
  • other - balloon framelits, Big Shot, Nestabilities label two die (Spellbinders), Dimensionals, tangelo twist thick bakers twine

Aren't they adorable? Makes me almost wish my kids were little again. (OK, nah, not really!!! LOL)

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler - The Potting Shed

In the Northern Hemisphere they are celebrating Spring and the season of growth and rejuvenation. It's time for getting down in the dirt to weed the gardens and plant fresh petaled pretties.  

This month the Paper Crafters Sampler celebrates the flowering season with 'The Potting Shed".  In this issue you'll find beautiful paper floral creations.

Here are some sneak peeks at the projects in The Potting Shed:

If you are interested in joining us for the April issue, head over to the blog HERE to sign up - you get full instructions with plenty of photos to help you recreate these seasonal beauties, as well as access to the template of the month, which for April is a garden trowel.

Thanks for dropping by.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

NSU - Berry Sweet

A fun bit of colouring today as I got out my (now defunct) Blendabilities pens to play with one of my new PTI stamp sets (birthday pressie from hubby). It's the first time I've used the melon mambo markers - you know how much I usually avoid brights - but I am very happy with how the strawberries turned out. Almost good enough to eat!

I stamped a second jar on a piece of acetate and placed it over the top to give that genuine glass look and used some extra thick bakers twine around the cover and tag for added authenticity. The faux stitching on the background paper and the cute button help give a homely touch, don't ya think?

Materials used:
  • stamps - Friendship Jar, Friendship Jar Summer Fillers (Papertrey Ink)
  • card - naturals ivory, whisper white, soft sky and wild wasabi patterned papers
  • other - paper doily, Dimensionals, Blendabilities (melon mambo, wild wasabi, soft sky), extra thick bakers twine (white and strawberry slush), very vintage button, mini glue dots, acetate, black marker, ruler

I was lucky enough to get a number of stamps and dies for my birthday, so no doubt I will be playing with more of them very soon!]

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, April 10, 2015

Happy New Home

My dear friend and downline lost her home and all her possessions in the devastating firestorm we had here in October 2013 and finally - after 18 months living in a small tin hut - she has moved into her brand new home.

Tonight she has invited the craft "gang" to a celebration dinner and tour around the new abode, including - of course - her brand new craft room! I wanted to take her a small gift so I sat down this afternoon and made her this:

I stamped the bird silhouette in basic black craft ink and embossed with clear, added my moon mask and then brayered with so saffron, hello honey, cajun craze and cherry cobbler. 

Materials used:
  • stamps - World of Dreams, Letter It, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
  • card - whisper white, basic black, so saffron, cajun craze
  • inks - basic black, so saffron, hello honey, cajun craze, cherry cobbler, black StazOn
  • other - clear embossing powder, heat tool, 1 3/8" circle punch, brayer, Dimensionals, stamp-a-ma-jig, basic black marker, purchased wooden frame

I know she has neutral tones in the new house, so I'm hoping these colours will fit in perfectly!

Thanks for calling in.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

It's DD's birthday today - a grand old 23 - and if you follow my blog you will know that her card had to involve some red and white spotty somewhere!

I used a Stamping Bella stamp and SU everything else.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Uptown Girls Victoria and Juliette's night out (Stamping Bella)
  • card - cherry cobbler, whisper white, soft sky, retired Xmas DSP
  • Blendabilities - skin tones, cherry cobbler, daffodil delight, soft sky, smoky slate, wild wasabi, pink pirouette
  • other - Dimensionals, Sahara sand marker, two-way glue pen, basic grey marker

I am rather pleased with my first effort at shading folds in the red dress - bet I won't be able to do that as well next time I try! And you may be able to tell that I did actually fussy-cut the stamped image out - I wasn't quite sure what I was going to do for my main panel - but in the end I just stuck it back on some more white! Duh! Never mind, it does give it a tiny wee bit of dimension! (that's my story and I'm sticking to it!) It's still wet and grey here, so once again my photo is a bit darker than I would like - gotta get me a light source for photography!

Thanks for dropping in.


Friday, April 3, 2015

Egg Boxes

It's a wet and overcast day today for Good Friday (so excuse my photos being a bit on the dark and dingy side, won't you?) and I've been finishing off some quick and easy Easter boxes for holding chocolate eggs to give to the family.

As luck would have it, our elder daughter's and my birthday often fall at Easter and that is the case this year. I am the 4th (tomorrow) and DD is the 6th (Monday), so that means she is able to be here with us for our birthdays, which is not always the case. She brought her boyfriend with her this year, so we are a happy bunch here in the mountains and enjoying the time together.

I used some of SU's gift boxes to house a variety of chocolate eggs and decorated them simply with papers, adding flowers and ribbon for the girls and keeping them plain and simple for the guys. Here they are:

I haven't made DD's birthday card yet (nothing like leaving it till the last minute!) so I'll be back in a couple of days to show you that.

Meanwhile, we are having a joint celebration on Sunday and Matt (DD22's fella) is cooking us a birthday dinner! Won't we be spoiled?! Can't wait!

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

General Excitement

It's an exciting day around here today as I have been published in a craft magazine!

I know? right? who'd have thunk?

I was contacted last month by an editor of a UK craft magazine called Paper Crafter about being included in an article choosing the Top 5 craft bloggers. Well, you could have blown me down with a feather (no mean task, I promise you)! I had a series of questions to answer about blogging and also to include a photo of me (yuck) and a sample of a card (and as it is Spring over in the UK, they asked for something with that theme). I was hectically busy at the time working on design team commitments, so I picked a card from a while ago and sent that off.

Here is the link to the introduction of the article:

And here is the article itself.

Tip no 1 was mine!

Now I'd better get back to my housework while I can still fit my head in the door!!! (lol, just kidding - not likely to get much housework done today!).

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig

One of DD16's school besties is Irish and when I saw a St Patrick's Day card made by Mary Fish, I simply could not resist case-ing it to make for her - it was just tooooooooo cute not to!

So here's my take on Mary's card:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Teeny Tiny Sentiments
  • card - whisper white, garden green, basic black, gold (non SU), garden green patterned paper
  • other - Big Shot, moustache die, bow builder punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, word window punch, banner framelits, Dimensionals

I've always felt an affinity with Ireland, though I'm not sure why; my ancestral connection with the country is tenuous, to say the least. But I've seen a fair bit of Ireland and loved it - and, hey! they've got a whole county named after me (County Kerry), so that's gotta be a good thing!!!!! LOL

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig (Happy St Patrick's Day)! "Tanks" for stopping by!


Sunday, March 15, 2015

NSU Place In Time

I've another gift box for you today, again using gorgeous Graphic 45 papers mixed with some SU stuff and things from my stash.

These papers are from the Place in Time collection and are the May page.

Materials used:
  • card - basic black (SU), Place in Time designer paper (Graphic 45)
  • other - rich razzleberry satin ribbon (SU), basic black taffeta ribbon (SU), butterfly thinlits (SU), Big Shot, tea lace paper doily (SU), paper bloom (Kaisercraft), rose leaf punch and embossing punch (Nellie Snellen), Dimensionals (SU), tag a bag gift box (SU), crop-o-dile

So striking! These papers are more dramatic than the Secret Garden ones I used on my last gift box (see here) but I love them both. I need to find a larger rose leaf punch though - mine's a bit out of proportion to the size of the flower and the butterfly, lol!

Thanks for calling in.


Friday, March 13, 2015


With a grey, overcast day today following rain and thunderstorms the past couple of nights, I was in the mood for some sunshine. And hey, if you can't get it for real, you can get it on a card! Here's what I mean:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Pursuit of Happiness (retired)
  • inks - so saffron, black StazOn
  • card - crushed curry, basic black, whisper white
  • other - Dimensionals, MFT stencil, sponge, stamp-a-ma-jig

A very simple card but the yellow, white, black colour combination always looks good.

Hopefully the weather will co-operate and bring some sunshine tomorrow, as our local town is holding it's Foundation Day celebrations. No more rain please!

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler Sweet Silhouettes

This month the team over at Paper Crafters Sampler have put together a gorgeous bunch of projects featuring silhouette stamps from Stampin' Up!s extensive range.

It was my turn to create a 3D project rather than a card and I decided to stamp inspirational sayings along with the silhouette stamps on some vanilla scented candles, with a gift box to match.

Here's a sneak peek at my candle set and gift box:

I'll come back in a day or two with sneak peeks of the other projects. Meanwhile, if you would like to join in the fun for this month just click on the March widget in my sidebar (over there on the right) to be taken to the PCS website.

Thanks for stopping by.


Edited to add: Here are some more sneak peeks for the March sampler

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Birthday Petals

I was in the mood for classics when I made today's card, as evidenced in my colour and pattern combinations. A little fussy cutting and some crystal effects make the flowers stand out nicely on this cheerful birthday card.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Label Love, Painted Petals, Circle of Friendship
  • card - real red, night of navy, whisper white, Birthday Bash DSP
  • inks - real red, night of navy, garden green
  • punches - 1" circle, artisan label
  • other - real red 1/8" taffeta ribbon, Dimensionals, rhinestones, Crystal Effects

How can you not love navy and red together? Classic!

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, March 6, 2015

NSU Secret Garden Gift Box

Still in Graphic 45 mode from yesterday, I made a sweet floral gift box using the Secret Garden range of products and a few bits and pieces I had on hand - years of hoarding pay off, lol!

Materials used:

  • card - wild wasabi (SU), lavender lace (SU retired)
  • papers - Secret Garden (Graphic 45)
  • box - Tag a Bag gift box (SU) 
  • paper flowers - purchased 
  • ribbon - melon berry satin (PTI)
  • tag - Secret Garden chipboard tags (Graphic 45)
  • other - paper doily, pistachio pudding thick bakers twine (SU), Dimensionals (SU), rose leaf punch and embossing punch (Nellie Snellen), Tied Together embossing folder (Couture Creations), Big Shot, Tombow glue, crisp cantaloupe re-inker (SU), spritz bottle

I just adore the colours and images in this range, so pretty and feminine. I'd be completely stoked if someone gave me a gift in a pretty box like this (hint, hint, family and friends!!!!!).

Thanks for calling in.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

NSU French Country Thanks

Today I was having a play with some gorgeous Graphic 45 papers called French Country. Blacks, creams and rich earthy tones - sounds right up my alley, don't you think?!

I decided to try a book card as I haven't done one since stamp camp a couple of years ago. I got it mostly right, lol! I used card sizes from a tutorial by Diane Zechman here.

Here's my card:


There's plenty of layering as the stickers are made to come apart for just this purpose!

Materials used:
  • stamps - Lovely Little Labels (SU retired)
  • card - basic black, hello honey, very vanilla (all SU)
  • papers - Graphic 45 French Country 6"x 6" patterns & solids
  • other - Graphic 45 French Country cardstock stickers, neutrals candy dots (SU), Dimensionals, black StazOn ink, sanding block

It was nice to make a more complicated card for a change - makes you appreciate all the simple ones! Ha!

Thanks for calling in.

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