Friday, January 10, 2020

what to do when you cannot sleep

On Wednesday morning I was ironing at 5.10am -

On Thursday at around the same time  I thought I would look through some YouTube videos - this is one of the ones I had a go at

This top fold card uses the double point technique - I hated it so much I didn't bother to lift the flap and add anything underneath .

 This is a three panel card - partial die cutting of a circle on the front panel

                                           a heart and sentiment on the middle section

a big sentiment inside -  and when I closed the whole thing up I had stamped the sentiment in the wrong place and you can see it peeking out the bottom of the circle - 

I always say for every good card I make there are at least 2 bad ones to get there -

 so Friday at 5.30am  I tried again with the double point card -my Aunt celebrates her 90th birthday in May so something like this might work

I was quite pleased with the end result - EXCEPT at 5.30 in the morning the light is not so good -I used some lovely bright white card or so I thought - turns out the middle panel on the front is pearlized - I really didn't notice until later when the light shone on it.
 The flower stamps are a Fiskars set called flora which I coloured using Aquamarkers - not sure where the sentiment came from.

a quick Hi to Darcy who left a lovely comment on my last card

I'm not sure what Saturday morning will bring but one thing is certain I will be up and about way too early.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Happy New Year -tall and skinny

Christmas and the New Year are always a quite affair in our house - for the first time in 20 years we actually went out for Christmas Day lunch ,I think this could be a new tradition .

I ran a strip of washi tape around all 4 sides of the card to get an even margin but then
I managed to get the background stencil wonky (Spellbinders diamond and stars ) the tulip is part of a much larger decorating stencil - I managed to mask off the bit I wanted - this stencil is at least 30 years old . A die cut sentiment and a few sequins -

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

ice cream time

I miss the Northern hemisphere Christmas -since we came to Australia in 2006 we haven't celebrated the festive season at all - prawns and pavlova just don't do it for me - I want cold crisp mornings -warm jumpers and yummy heartwarming food
 The cardstock is a beautiful milk chocolate colour but for some reason it looks very dark and all the cones have been coloured - again not really showing up .The cone stamp is part of a birthday set which I've had for years and never used - it came from K-mart when they used to stock acylic stamps . Whatever you are eating this festive season make it merry - good cheer to one and all.

Friday, December 20, 2019


I really can not stop myself with this stencil nonsense - that's the trouble when you haven't made anything for ages - you get a silly idea in your head and there it stays - the colour is not very good as it's very sunny here today -

Thursday, December 19, 2019


I used this kaisercraft embossing folder called fern leaf -I inked with a little gold and green ink then used two square dies to make a frame - the frame was a bit floppy and it got worse when  I die cut the flowers with the kaisercraft fine line flowers die. I had to cut everything again and stick it together to make it solid enough to use - 

It's always tempting to make the flowers pink or red but I really like the lemon - the whole thing has fun foam to add some lift. I used the same yellow card and a hole punch  then added some glossy accents .

The Flower challenge 39 - use a die

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

happy birthday fox

after playing about sponging ink through a homemade stencil in my last post I just had to do it again - I did use 2 square dies this time and I used pearlescent paint -I did stamp the fox twice but I think it would have been better if I had heat embossed it - It doesn't really stand out.

southern girls - anything goes challenge

Monday, December 16, 2019

birthday smiles

 I spend more time  just looking at my craft space than actually making anything - my inspiration has gone - time to try something new to me - I taped my card blank to my craft mat and placed a slightly wider piece of cardstock over it - you can see the washi tape at the top of my card blank and to the side of my spare piece of card. you can do this in stamping platform as well.

 I didn't have any solid stamps - I did think about using a die cut or a stencil  but I didn't want a perfect shape so I roughly cut a shape from a piece of scrap card .I flipped the spare cardstock to one side and inked the card base then flipped the spare cardstock back and inked again.

I carried on with the inking and moving the stencil on each layer until I was happy - so now I have two panels that look the same . On the spare piece of a card I stamped a flower and leaves from Altenews 'be happy' set then cut it out with scissors .I used some fun foam on the back and then lined it up with shapes on the card front.

Craft Stamper - December make it challenge

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

merry and bright

Incy Wincy challenge - Christmas without red or green - I used my homemade wreath maker template -  4 different stamps plus a sentiment stamp .I chose blue ,turquoise and a sandy colour .

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

a christmas wish

don't you  just hate it when the camera doesn't show the colours properly - the stamped wreath is a slightly paler green than the plain background paper. I used 3 of the stamps from this very old paper smooches set - I made my own wreath builder using a square die on some firm cardstock -so easy to do. I added glossy accents to the pink dots and some black gems to tie in with the black sentiment.


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

'C 'is for Christmas

Beccy's November challenge - 'c' is for Christmas - I love how tiny the snowman stamp is - I really didn't think I would find a use for it - this card is a bit plain for my taste but as I make everything for charity I have to make something for everyone.

'b' is for bauble

Beccy's November challenge - 'b' is for bauble - I'm not sure about this sentiment stamp - the heavy type of the 's' and 't' is not very pretty.

'a' is for aperture

I'm a bit late to the party over at Beccy's place -once again Beccy is running her fabulous November challenge to produce a themed CHRISTMAS / FESTIVE  card for each day of the month - there are lots and lots of prizes to be won.

'a'is for aperture -this is the third attempt at making this card - the panel has fun foam behind it for a bit of extra lift - I had to take the piccy at this strange angle to avoid images in the mirror gold circle.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Charity box cards

I'm always happy to help my local cat rescue centre - I will add these to my stash and once I have 100 cards finished I will pass them on.

Have a great weekend and happy crafting.

happy birthday

. I picked up a 6x6 paper stack from my local discount store and surprisingly there were lots of papers I loved and lots that went together . I usually only find a few sheets in these pads that I really like.

Crafty Hazelnuts patterned paper challenge - November challenge

Friday, October 25, 2019

go wild

how sweet is this giraffe - I used pearlised paint to colour him in peach and  mushroom tones.

Crafty Animals -challenge 31 - anything goes.

My old laptop was getting slower and slower so I decided to change up - nothing too fancy ,I only need it for basics- well , the new pc is not compatible with me - I think that may be why I haven't posted for a while - so after several attempts with the new pc with no luck -  brought out the old pc and I am a happy bunny again until my husband gets home - he really thinks I should be savvy with all this tech stuff and I'm not .
Have a great weekend