Monday, October 20, 2014

Only A Week Late ...

.... Here I am at last to show you the shoebox swap projects my lovely ladies came up with for our class this month. Even though there weren't as many attending as expected, they all did a wonderful job and we had a great variety of things to work on. It was particularly nice for me as the usual teacher to be able to sit and make cards with them all for a change!

Firstly here's a photo of the ladies with their cards:

And here are their wonderful creations:

Lynne thought outside the square and gave us a gift bag and matching notebook and pen set to make. So cute!

Jane's oriental themed card is stunning and a great use for retired SU papers!

Anne gave us this lovely easel card with the challenge of colouring the stamp with markers.

I love the Autumnal shades and little bit of sponging on this lovely card by Jean.

Ruth's lovely floral card has a gorgeous sparkly sheen to it that my photo doesn't show. We coloured the daffodils with markers (she knows how much we all love colouring!) and a bow and rhinestone were the perfect finishing touches.

And Jenny - who just adores frogs - gave us a cute little punch art piece to make. Love the googly eyes!

Some of my ladies are joining Robyn and I for our annual Stamp Camp weekend coming up in only 10 sleeps, so we are all getting pretty excited about that. Meanwhile, I am ultra busy cutting and prepping so there will probably not be a lot to show you until the end of next week. If I do happen to create, be sure I will pop in to show you, but the camp projects are already photographed and scheduled, so you won't miss out on seeing what we will be doing!

Thanks for calling in.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Make A Wish

When I first saw the Curvy Keepsake Box in the Holiday catalogue, I thought it was really cute but told myself I could live without it. After all, I still have the purse die and the fancy favour die - what need for another box?


But darn it, people began putting some really cute variations up on the web! Still, even though I liked it even more, I managed to resist temptation.

You know what happened though, don't you? Eventually there were soooooooo many adorable curvy keepsakes that I caved and ordered it. I've even given it it's own board on Pinterest.


But I'm glad I did because it is (a) ridiculously easy to put together and (b) cute as a button!

I wanted to make some little Thank You boxed gifts for my lovely class ladies because this month they have been especially brave - here's the scoop:

As Oct 4th was World Card Making Day, I suggested to my ladies that we do something a little different for class this month, so we are having a birthday themed Shoebox Swap. What is a Shoebox Swap? We all design one card and cut up enough materials for each person to make a copy, then all the materials needed (card, stamps, inks, ribbon, punches etc) are put in a box and passed around. With nine of us attending, we will end up with nine cards to take home!

Now I know that this is a bit of a daunting task for some of my ladies to undertake, hence me wanting to give them a little something as a thank you for their bravery. So here are the little boxes I made - I kept them very simple and made a matching tag:

Materials used:

  • stamps - Pretty Petites
  • card - mossy meadow, lost lagoon, hello honey, blackberry bliss, whisper white, In Colour patterned papers
  • other - curvy keepsake box die, Big Shot, sticky strip, string, Crop-o-dile, petite curly label punch

And here is the card I've made for my swap, also very simple but with a lovely splash of colour.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Perfect Pennants
  • card - Sahara sand, whisper white, blackberry bliss, Moonlight dsp stack
  • other - chalk talk framelits, crushed curry embossing powder, heat tool, Big Shot, 1/2" circle punch, dimensionals, Versamark marker

I'll be back after class to show you the projects my ladies came up with.

Thanks for calling in.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Birthdays Are Like Zombies

Another Sweet Pea card for you today, this one using a totally gorgeous set called Undying Love. It has two sweet zombies (male and female) and some very punny sentiments!

Here's my card:

I just LOVE that saying! ROFLOL!

Materials used:
  • stamps - Undying Love 
  • card - wisteria wonder, basic black, whisper white, digital dsp, retired Halloween dsp
  • other - Blendabilities, Copics, dimensionals, oval framelits, Big Shot

With the school holidays nearly over (sigh!), my playing time in the craft room is almost at an end - so I'd better make the most of it over the next few days! Back soon!

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


I bought some Sugar Pea Designs stamps recently and today got the chance to ink up one set called Let's Fiesta. This guy is so cheerful he's adorable and DD16 is already a firm fan!

I bought some Mexican design digital papers for the background and coloured the images using SU's Blendabilities. Not my finest job of blending, but I am out of practice - that will obviously need to be remedied!

Muchas gracias for calling in.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Who Turned Up The Heat?


It's only the beginning of Spring and temps today and yesterday have been 33 degrees C. Gimme a break! Hottest Spring days in umpteen years apparently.

Anyways, it was good to have an excuse to stay out of the hot air because I have been busy crafting on behalf of DD22, who finishes up her year-long school placement next week and wanted a little something to give to all her Year 3/4 kiddies. She forgot, however, to give me sufficient warning of the deadline coming up, so I've only had 36 hours to get them all made and in the post down to Melbourne!

So, over the last day and a half and with the very invaluable assistance of DD16, I made up 54 bookmarks with some punch art characters.

Here they is:

The TMNT ones are for the boys (yeah, you probably figured that out already, right?) and the yellow M and M ones are for the girls.

As she was helping me with the M and Ms, DD16 gave firm instructions that there is to be NO punch art next time! I think she was gaining a meaningful appreciation of how many fiddly little steps are involved!!! LOL. Apparently if it hadn't been so cute, she would have told me to make them all on my own!

With that important job out of the way and all my stamp camp projects finished, I now have a few days in hand to do some card making just for fun - and with new stamps that arrived yesterday just begging to be inked up, I think I may just do that!

Punches used:
TMNT - 38mm circle (non SU), large oval, itty bitty circle, 1/4" circle
Yellow - 1 3/4" circle, 1/2" circle, itty bitty circle, small oval, boho blossom, horizontal slot and Timeless Type alphabet die

Thanks for calling in.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Elegant Christmas

For this month's Christmas stamp-a-stack cards I have tried for simple and elegant. Both cards were inspired by the two gorgeous embossing folders I picked up at a craft market last week.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Merry Little Christmas
  • card - night of navy, whisper white
  • other - white embossing powder, heat tool, rhinestones, Big Shot, dimensionals, chalk talk framelits
  • non SU - snowflake embossing folder

Materials used:
  • stamps - Good Greetings, Christmas Bauble
  • card - crumb cake, cherry cobbler, very vanilla, watercolour
  • other - aqua painter, markers, dimensionals, pennant punch, pearls, white gel pen
  • non SU - holly embossing folder

A bit more work in the second card with the colouring and cutting, but worth it I think for that gorgeous bauble.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Birthday Text

I am absolutely LOVING being on holiday. I have finally had time to sit and read a book I bought in June - and finished it's 814 pages yesterday - and have loved being back in my craft room making cards. My tally so far is 4 shoebox cards for Stamp Camp, 2 Christmas cards for this week's stamp-a-stack, another shoebox card for my class next month (that is super organised for me!) plus today's offering.

This was was originally intended as a shoebox card for Stamp Camp, but I realised as I was making it that it is WAY too fiddly for a shoebox card! So it's going in to my general pile of cards on hand to give away as the occasion arises. Being a birthday card, that won't take long.

Here tis:

Materials used:
  • stamps - So Social
  • card - basic black, pink pirouette, whisper white
  • other - large polka dot embossing folder, Big Shot, rhinestone, basic black ribbon
  • non SU - mobile phone die set

Would it surprise you to hear this was inspired by a card on Pinterest? No? I wonder why! lol - back soon with this month's Christmas cards.

Thanks for dropping in.


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Can't Resist You

This month's class cards use emboss resist techniques and I must admit my fingers were very inky after I had finished playing! Such a lot of fun and a wonderful stress release ....

So, here are the cards we are making. This first one was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest (I seem to say that a lot lately!) made by Melanie Muenchinger.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Summer Silhouettes, Best Yet (retired)
  • card - basic black, very vanilla, calypso coral patterned paper
  • other - clear embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, sponges

Ingrid Kristina's creation (also on Pinterest) inspired my second card, this time in tones of blue and brown with a homespun/distressed feel.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Summer Silhouettes, Good Greetings (hostess), En Francais (retired)
  • card - crumb cake, watercolour
  • other - clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge dauber, aqua painter, button, pennant punch, burlap ribbon

And the last of our cards is a bright and cheerful offering that is NOT inspired by anything on Pinterest, lol! I used ink refills for added intensity of colour in my background.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Fabulous Florets
  • card - rich razzleberry, whisper white, watercolour
  • other - clear embossing powder, white embossing powder, heat tool, re-inkers, dimensionals, water spritzer

Only one more week of work until the holidays, and I am soooooooo looking forward to much more time in my craft room. I have projects for our upcoming Stamp Camp to prepare and am running out of time to do it!

See you again soon, I hope. Thanks for calling in.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Silver, Silver Everywhere

Last week my DH and I celebrated our 25th (Silver) wedding anniversary.

We commemorated the occasion with a family dinner and also going away for the weekend to Melbourne, so we got to catch up with DD22 as well. As Sunday was Father's Day, it made it specially nice. Melbourne turned on the warmth and sunshine for us and we had a really lovely weekend - such a shame to have to fly back to reality again!

On the handcrafted side, we received a beautiful star book made by my lovely SIL with photos from our wedding, the arrival of our two gorgeous daughters and some family shots over the years. A very special gift for us to enjoy and treasure.

We also received a gorgeous card-in-a-box from DD22, who knows how much I love cherry cobbler.

As a crafter it is so much more special to receive handmade items, as I appreciate how much thought and effort goes into the creating of them, so we are really grateful to all involved in the making of our "silver" treasures.

You may have guessed from my long absences here on my blog that I am absolutely snowed under with work - and you would be right. But I have a card class coming up this weekend, so I will finally get to sit down and CREATE! and how wonderful that will be. So pop back later in the week for a sneakie at our class cards which will feature the emboss resist technique.

Thanks for dropping by.


Saturday, August 23, 2014

Well, Colour Me Surprised!

It's Christmas stamp-a-stack time again and I don't think it will come as much of a surprise to my ladies that this month's cards involve colouring! They know I love it - I just hope it doesn't make for too much work for them!

Firstly a card using the gorgeous Beautiful Season set from last year's mini. This is such a wonderful image and here I have coloured it using a blender pen. Outlining the image with Sahara sand marker makes it pop off the page and gives a dimensional look.

Materials used:

  • stamps - Beautiful Season
  • card - crumb cake, mossy meadow, whisper white
  • other - blender pen, markers, apothecary accents die, Big Shot, dimensionals, ticket corner punch

Our second card uses a new set from the upcoming Holiday catalogue called Holiday Home. It's a photopolymer set, so you can see exactly where you are stamping. There's a matching die set too, to make cutting out easy.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Holiday Home
  • card - cherry cobbler, very vanilla, old olive, retired dsp, watercolour
  • other - pennant punch, dimensionals, cloud embossing folder, Big Shot, aqua painter

Making Christmas cards certainly makes the holiday season seem awfully close and there is sooooooooooo much to be done before that happens, it's rather scary! Lol.

Thanks for dropping by.


Monday, August 4, 2014

Let Your Dreams Set Sail

Today's offering is the nautical-themed card in a box I mentioned in yesterday's post. This is for my DH's birthday tomorrow - luckily, he doesn't look at my blog so he won't get a sneak preview!

I used a Nitwit Collection kit (Coastal lil bits and Coastal too) for all the digital elements and papers, with SU card for the rest.

Materials used:
  • card - real red, whisper white, night of navy
  • other - dimensionals, MDS
  • non SU - Nitwit digital elements and papers, acetate, computer and printer

Here's the back view for writing the birthday message:

I don't think my photos do it justice really, as I'm not good at photographing in bright sunlight. Ah well.

We'll be making a card in a box in class this month, so I hope my ladies enjoy creating them as much as I do.

Thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Oh, Happy Day

They've been around on the "interweb" for a while and I've had them pending in my "Gunnado" file, and now I have finally dedicated a few hours to making one!

A card-in-a-box, that is.

I have seen so many great samples that I had a hard time deciding what theme to use for my first one. Eventually I figured that I couldn't go wrong with birthday as that is the thing my ladies ask for the most. If you're familiar with my work you will know that I don't go in for very busy things, so this was a real challenge for me - to get that fine balance between not having too many empty spaces and having far too much of a good thing!

Here tis:

Materials used:
  • stamps - Just Sayin', Happy Hour, Starburst Sayings, Tag Talk, Circle of Friendship (retired)
  • card - Pacific point, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, whisper white, brights patterned papers, Polka Dots dsp
  • other - pennant punch, starburst framelits, Big Shot, window sheets, dimensionals, label bracket punch, 1" circle punch, word bubbles framelits

And here's the back view where you would write your birthday message:

It's definitely a bit minimalist, isn't it? I'm thinking now I might need to add a few more bits ....

So, of course, having finally made one, I just had to make another with a different theme. I saw a gorgeous sample on Pinterest (which I think was made by Linda Gray) that I love and had the tools for, so I have used that as inspiration. The gorgeous new in colour Hello Honey was the perfect choice, as you'll see:


Materials used:
  • stamps - Just Buzzin' By (retired)
  • card - hello honey, basic black, whisper white, in colour patterned paper
  • other - daisy die (retired), owl punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, window sheets, Big Shot, dimensionals, hexagon embossing folder, Blendabilities, pennant punch, sponge dauber
  • non SU - Magnolia stamp, Carl daisy punches

On DD16's advice I have left the side panels as they are, as the card is so busy already - though I was tempted to put a honey pot on there.  I'm working on a nautical themed one now, as it's DH's birthday on Tuesday - so back soon with that one!

Thanks for calling in.


Saturday, July 26, 2014

Christmas In July

Tomorrow we begin our Christmas card stamp-a-stack classes, making 10 cards each month from July-October. I decided to begin with some soft pastel cards and our first uses pool party with crumb cake, very vanilla and a touch of soft suede.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Snow Swirled (retired)
  • card - pool party, crumb cake, very vanilla
  • other - embossing folder, dimensionals, holiday framelits, Big Shot
  • non SU - ribbon, hot glue gun

The baubles were embossed after inking the embossing folder with pool party ink to achieve this gorgeously elegant, vintage look. 

Our second design involves some watercolouring, so I limited it to four colours and kept the background very simple - when making 5 of these, we don't want it to be too time-consuming.

Materials used:
  • stamps - House Mouse, SU Christmas greeting
  • card - pistachio pudding, crumb cake, watercolour, whisper white, strawberry slush patterned paper
  • other - aqua painter, dimensionals, markers, banner punch, stylish stripes embossing folder, Big Shot

I bought my first Christmas present last week, so I am certainly starting to gear up for the holiday already! LOL

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Ah, Memories!

When I first began my teaching career (many moons ago), I taught typing on the old manual typewriters - today's youngsters probably don't even know what they are! But one of the new stamp sets in our 2014 catalogue sent me down Memory Lane and I just had to add it to my "must have" list.

This card was inspired by Allison Kamitsu. I have used new in colours blackberry bliss and hello honey along with Sahara sand and whisper white.

Materials used:
  • stamps - Tap, Tap, Tap
  • card - blackberry bliss, hello honey, Sahara sand, whisper white, Moonlight paper stack
  • other - cute clips, stamp-a-ma-jig, clear embossing powder, white embossing powder, heat tool, pennant punch, owl punch, dimensionals, alphabet press embossing folder, Big Shot

The other card I have made is a real labour of love. I just adore the Girlfriends range of stamps from Art Impressions and as my SIL and I are both avid movie-goers, I simply couldn't resist getting At The Movies. Inspired by Sue Kment, this hybrid centre-step card was soooooo much fun to create.

Aren't they gorgeous? There are two layers on the 3D glasses and the seats and this card has the honour of being my best yet, according to my husband.

Materials used:
  • stamps - That's the Ticket (SU), At the Movies (AI)
  • card - basic black, watercolour, riding hood red, silver glitter, blue glitter
  • other - digital images, dimensionals, aqua painter, small star punch (retired), mini star punch, markers, inks

Now, speaking of movies, I never got around to showing you the AMAZING item my afore-mentioned SIL made me at Christmas. As a family we always see a movie on Boxing Day and last Xmas our choice was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. My SIL gave me some "movie cash" as a gift and made a small cinema-in-a-box to package it in! Check it out in the following photos - here's the view from the front with the box open to see the screen, curtains (real fabric) and row of seats:

Here you can see the detail for the seats - she even cut hand rests!

Is that incredible or what? I was totally blown away by it, I can tell you!

Well, that's all for today. Back soon with the first of this year's Christmas cards.
Thanks for calling in.


Monday, July 7, 2014

The Lemon Is In Play

WARNING: this post is completely NON craft related; it's just me and my daughter being total geeks and having a ton of fun!

Much hilarity abounded in our household today, and beyond, but I must warn you that if you are not familiar with or a fan of (although the two usually go hand-in-hand) the BBC radio show "Cabin Pressure" by the 'brilliant' John Finnemore, then this post will mean absolutely nothing to you and you can continue to go about your usual business.

If, however, you - like DD22 and myself - are avid fans of this wonderful comedic show, then you will undoubtedly appreciate the tale I am about to unfold ...

So, background story - DD22 works in Melbourne with people with disabilities and today for their outing they went to Oz ComicCon. She rang me yesterday to ask for help in choosing a costume to wear as she had some limitations, to whit: a budget of not more than $40 and only 3 hours in which to prepare anything. After discussing a few options, she decided to go as Captain Martin Crieff from Cabin Pressure in the episode with the travelling lemon (S03e01 Qikiqtarjuaq). I looked up costume places in Melbourne that had pilot hats and she would go to Savers or similar for a navy jacket. The scene was set ...

This morning I get the following photo with a text:

She was having trouble attaching the lemon to the top of the hat! Eventually she managed to get some duct/gaffer tape from a local store which did the trick. Here's her final costume:

While she was on the train going to work we exchanged a series of text messages consisting mainly of quotes (or close to, anyway) from various episodes of the show that had me in fits of giggles (I was in my craft room but apparently laughing so loud I woke DD16!!!) Here are screen shots of our exchanges - again, you need to be a fan of the show to understand what we are rambling on about:

She reported afterwards that she had two people acknowledge they recognised her costume and a few more who saw it and smiled, which she took as meaning they were also fans but too shy to say so ...


Well, that's enough geeking for now! I think I need to go listen to an episode of Cabin Pressure before I go to bed ...

Thanks for seeing it through to the end.