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.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015


One of the cards we are making in class this week is a cheerful birthday greeting which is a case of a February PCS card by fellow design team member, Cindy Brumbaugh.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Celebrate Today
  • card - basic black, melon mambo, daffodil delight, whisper white
  • inks - daffodil delight, melon mambo, Versamark
  • other - balloon dies, Big Shot, melon mambo embossing powder, heat tool, white gel pen, finishing touches edgelits, large scallop edgelits, white bakers twine, Dimensionals, ruler

I love how the daffodil and melon really pop on the black background. Hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

Essence of Love

I had such fun making today's card!

Inspired by the gorgeous work of Cilou from France, I made four layers for the main image, each one slightly different.

I stamped and coloured the image on my base layer of very vanilla, then stamped and coloured another three layers. This is how they were cut:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Love is Kindness
  • card - calypso coral, basic black, wild wasabi, very vanilla, Typeset dsp
  • inks - crisp cantaloupe, calypso coral, Sahara sand, wild wasabi
  • other - blender pen, Dimensionals, woodgrain embossing folder, Big Shot, sponge dauber, distressing tool, pearls, Sahara sand lace trim, crisp cantaloupe thick bakers twine

I think my ladies might quite like to make this one in class next month. They loooooove colouring and fussy cutting! 

This card is being entered into the Fusion Card Challenge. I've taken three aspects from the inspiration photo - the flowers, the woodgrain floor and the colour orange (which I switched to it's close cousin, coral).

Thanks for stopping by.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Painted Petals Tea Light

My third tea light card is an all-SU version using Painted Petals stamp set and co-ordinating papers. I kept this one very simple and streamlined.

Here's the cover:

And opening it up to the inside:

Daffodil delight and blackberry bliss are the colours used, with a touch of old olive.

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Sunday, February 15, 2015


I rather surprised myself yesterday morning, on two counts.

One, I made a Valentines card.

Two, it is a CAS (Clean and Simple) card.

Both of those things I don't do often! But when I saw the inspiration photo over at Just Add Ink, an image of my card popped into my head and wouldn't go away until I had made it. Here's the inspiration photo:

And here's my card:

Materials used:
  • stamps - @SoSocial
  • card - cherry cobbler, pink pirouette, whisper white, retired dsp
  • other - full heart punch, banner punch, happy heart embossing folder, Big Shot, dimensionals, crystal effects, rhinestones

DH must have been feeling guilty for all the long hours he's been working lately because I got a card, roses AND Belgian chocolates for Valentines Day. And then he went back to work - well, you can't win them all!

Thanks for stopping by


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Paper Crafters Sampler Chalk It Up

Chalkboard art is a hot ticket at the moment and that's exactly what the February issue of the Paper Crafters Sampler is all about! My fellow design team members and I have created a wide range of projects with clever ideas for using faux chalkboard in your artwork. 

Here are some sneak peeks at the projects:

To purchase the February issue, simply click on the Chalk It Up icon on my right side bar to be taken to the PCS site.

Thanks for dropping by.


Friday, February 6, 2015


This week I had another go at the tea light card, changing the design up a little so it's more straightforward to make.

For my butterfly I cut the base in crisp cantaloupe and the thinlit in early espresso, and then used crisp cantaloupe and calypso coral markers to add some shading to portions of the wings.

Pocket size was decreased on this version to better suit my tag, cut with the cute scalloped tag topper punch. Notice the gorgeous lace on the pocket too? Sahara sand lace to match my card base!

The box could also be used to contain other gifts, of course, rather than tea lights. Chocolates come to mind!

Materials used:

  • stamps - Butterfly Basics
  • card - Sahara sand, wild wasabi, crisp cantaloupe, early espresso, very vanilla
  • punches and dies - butterfly thinlits, oval framelits, scalloped tag topper, corner rounder, deco labels framelits 
  • other - rhinestones, dimensionals, Big Shot, Sahara sand lace, sponge dauber, wild wasabi ribbon
  • non SU - Graphic 45 papers, acetate

I've used the butterfly die again for my second project, this time soft and ethereal in vellum and teamed with new stamp set Painted Petals. Sooooooo pretty! Design cased and adapted from a card by Mercedes Weber.

Materials used:
  • Painted Petals, retired sentiment stamp
  • card - white linen (non SU), vellum 
  • inks - wisteria wonder, pear pizzazz, Versamark
  • other - Apothecary Accents die, Big Shot, dimensionals, silver embossing powder, heat tool, butterfly thinlits die, rhinestones, silver paint pen (non SU)

I know my ladies are going to love making these in class this week!

Thanks for calling in.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Bows For You

A fun little number for you today, the idea sparked by a card I saw on ..... yep, you guessed it ...... Pinterest! What a fund of inspiration that site is!

Anyways, here's my card. Why do the photos never look as good as the real thing?

Materials used:

  • stamps - Tag Talk
  • card - basic black, island indigo. tangerine tango, pool party
  • punches - bow builder, label bracket
  • other - satin ribbons (old SAB), white embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, polka dot embossing folder, dimensionals, calypso coral blend abilities

For the sentiment I stamped with Versamark and embossed with white, then coloured over a portion of the image with a Blendabilities pen. Love how easy it is to do that!

Thanks for stopping by.


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