Joy Fold Birthday

Hi there

Another month has gone already and March is a busy time with birthdays of family and friends.  First up, is this Joy Fold card for my lovely mother-in-law Betty, inspired by this monochrome card from Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty.  Betty loves all shades of teal, so hopefully this Island Indigo card will hit the mark. I haven't made this type of card before, but it is very easy and a little bit different. Basically it is a small card overlapping a large card and held shut by either a ribbon or some other embellishment.

I've also used the new Stampin' Up! Framelits Labels dies, the gorgeous 'Apothecary Art' stamp set and the Island Indigo and white design from the 'Twitterpated' DSP (all coming soon to Australia).  I have made a few changes, with a square card for the base and I have flipped the folded panel from left to right. It seemed more natural to me to open the ribbon at the right hand side, instead of the left.  I experimented with a few different options for the right hand panel and finally chose vellum cardstock embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder, as I wanted something that wasn't bright white.   I have kept the tails on the bow a bit longer to make it easier to re-tie and put some fray stop on the edges, as seam binding ribbon tends to fray easily when it is handled. This is the card, closed.

For the overlapping centre piece, I have created a shaped card using the larger Framelit Label die placed onto a piece of folded cardstock, so that the left edge did not cut through. A single label in textured card stock was cut and adhered over the top to cover the side edge.  You can pass the ribbon between these layers if you don't want it to show underneath the sentiment panel. I have cut a smaller Whisper White label for the greeting panel on the inside and trimmed the top and bottom edges with the patterned stamp from the 'Fresh Vintage' Saleabration stamp set. This is the inside view. You could replace the patterned paper on the right panel, if you wanted more space to write your greeting.


Finally, here is a close-up view of the details on the front. I have popped up the both the stamped label and the sentiment flag and added some tiny pearls to the flower centres.



Project Details
Stamps Apothecary Art, Fresh Vintage (Saleabration)
Card stock & Papers Island Indigo (Smooth & Textured), Whisper White, Vellum card stock, Twitterpated DSP
Ink Island Indigo
Accessories Basic Pearls, Teal Seaming Binding ribbon (not SU)
Tools     Framelits Labels Dies, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by.

New Baby


I'm sure you have heard the excuse 'the dog ate my homework'?  Well, my excuse is that we got an Apple TV for Christmas and as a result, the 'gremlins' ate all of our peak Internet quota for the rest of the month.  I've been relegated to basic text emails and getting up at 6am to download my mail for the last 20 days and it has been agony!  How did we ever do without broadband Internet? Needless to say, the new quota starts today and there is lots to catch up on.

A lovely lady I know (who is my Podiatrist) is having a baby in the next 2 weeks, so I thought I would get organised and make a card for her. I found Jackie Topa's cute Side Step Dresser card.  Not knowing the sex of the baby, I wanted a unisex card and this is what I came up with.

I love Bazzill for these types of projects as it is very sturdy and I love the linen texture.  The main colour is Pool Party and pale lemon (Copic) with a touch of Island Indigo.  It has taken me a while to get into the new In Colours, but now I'm in love with Pool Party. Here are the rest of the details.

Project Details
Stamps Easy Events, Button Buddies, A Slice of Life (Retired Hostess set)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, XPress-IT Blending cardstock
Ink Memento Black, Pool Party, Island Indigo
Accessories Basic Pearls, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Spotted Brads
Tools     Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Curly Label punch, Carl corner punch, Dimensionals, Sponge dauber, Stampin' Write markers, Copic markers

Surprisingly, my husband thought it was cute, but definitely for a boy. Back to the drawing board to make one for a girl and what better excuse (as if I need one!) to go with one of my favourite colour combos - pink and brown.  This is what I came up with.

I 'fluffed' around for way too long with the bear, but I'm quite happy with it in the end, although I'm concerned it is a little bit dark.  I recut the oval punch outs for the arms and legs to get the slimmer proportions. The sparkly knobs on the drawers are silver Glimmer brads, coloured with a Copic marker as are the tiny rhinestones on the bear's shirt.  I love that you can colour a lot of things to match with Copics. Here are the rest of the details.

Project Details
Stamps Petite Pairs, A Slice of Life (Retired Hostess Set)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pink Piroette, Sweet Always DSP (Retired), Basic Black
Ink Soft Suede, Pretty in Pink
Accessories Rhinestones, 1/8" Regal Rose Ribbon, Glimmer Basics Brads, Scrap of lace (from stash)
Tools     Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Curly Label punch, Oval punches,  Circle punches, Small Heart punch,  Dimensionals, Sponge daubers, Stampin' Write markers, Copic markers, Fine black marker, White Gel pen

 Have a good week and thanks for stopping by.

For Someone Special

Hi there

If you haven't already noticed, I've been going through a Marina Mist phase in the past couple of weeks, all brought on by the lovely blue brocade pattern in the 'Beau Chateau' DSP.  I promise this will be the last Marina Mist project for a while!

I made this Top Note easel card for a lovely friend who has had an unexpected health crisis recently.  Having gone through something similiar myself this year, I know how isolated you can feel when you aren't sure how things are going to turn out.  Anyway, I wanted it to be something special and have had a Top Note easel in mind to try for a while.  The base case is made by placing a folded piece of cardstock slightly underneath  the top edge of the die so it doesn't cut right through.  The top layer is 'mountain' folded to make the easel and a separately cut Top Note is then adhered onto the bottom half of the folded card and voila, an easel. I find it easier to decorate the separate Top Note first, then adhere it to the base card.

The handmade flower using the Joanne Leddy  technique makes a bold statement on the card.  It is such a great embellishment and so easy to make. Every one you make is slightly different and this one is very textured as I haven't smoothed out the petals too much.   It is a little difficult to see, but I have used a large flat back pearl brad in the centre. The little border on the base of the easel is from the 'Creative Elements' stamp set and works well with the Beau Chateau brocade design.


Project Details
Stamps Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Creative Elements
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist (Smooth & Textured), Very Vanilla (Smooth & Textured), Crumb Cake, Beau Chateau DSP
Ink Marina Mist
Accessories Crumb Cake Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Pearls, Pearl brad (not SU)
Tools     Top Note die, Little Leaves Sizzlit die, Square Lattice Embossing folder, Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Heart to Heart punch, Word Window punch, Flower punch from Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Fancy Flower punch, 5-Petal Flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Sponge dauber, Tombow glue, Dimensionals, Champage Shimmer mist

See you soon.

A Touch of Shabby Chic

Hi folks

Today I want to share with you a card I made for the birthday of a special friend recently. I had to go outside my comfort zone a bit to produce my version of the shabby chic style. To do this I've used (quite) a few techniques to add texture and interest to the card including embossing, distressing, sponging, spritzing and stitching (yes, the real thing with a sewing machine!).

The card is in the style of an easel which I really like as it sits nicely to display your handiwork and yet folds down flat for ease of posting (although this is slightly tricky with the embellishments I've used, in which case a small box is the way to go).  Finding a place to write your message is the slightly challenging issue though.

Due to time constraints I had to photograph it at night so the light is quite harsh.  One benefit is that I learned more about Photoshop elements in the process to cut out the background shadows. Without further ado, the first photo is the side view, showing the easel style:


The next photo is of the flower detail. I tried out a process that Shelli Gardner demonstrated at Convention this year. This involves using a bone folder to soften the DSP (or cardstock) so that the layers of the paper start separating to give a shabby, frayed appearance.


Here are the details of the products used:


Card Details


Oval All, All A Flutter

Cardstock & Papers

Kraft, Baja Breeze, Confetti White, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip


Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Always Artichoke


Chocolate Organza Ribbon (not SU), Clear Rhinestone brad (Pretties Kit), Small adhesive pearl (not SU), Flower (Pretties Kit)


Wide Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch, Embossing Folder (Marg’s Melodies), Little Leaves Die, Big Shot, Extra Large Bird punch, Open Scallop Edge Punch (not SU), Sewing Machine, Sponge Daubers, Spritzer, Aqua painter, Dimensionals

I hope to be back at the end of the week. Until then, stay warm and dry!

April Blog Hop - 'Women In Our Lives'






 Welcome to the April Blog Hop with the ‘Art from the Heart team.  Isn’t the year just flying by so fast! The Art with Heart team led by Claire Daly, is a group of more than 90 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from across Australia. If you would like to be part of this supportive group of talented paper crafters email me for more details. 



You may have come from Di Dunk’s  blog, but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here by clicking on the link to the next blog at the bottom of this post. We hope you can take the time to visit each blog to see the wonderful creations we have to show you! If you leave a comment on every blog and then email Nikki at, your name will be put into the hat to win some beautiful Blog Candy. You have until 6am EST on 3 May 2010 to leave your comments and only those who are not Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators are eligible to win the Blog Candy.

With Mother’s Day less than 2 weeks away, the theme for this month’s Blog Hop is appropriately ‘Women in our Lives’. The first item I have for you is a scrapbook page featuring a photo of my mother taken in the late 1950’s when she was in her twenties. This is one of my favourite photos of her and I love the look of simple elegance captured in black and white. My goal was to create a similar feel on this page, so I will leave you to judge whether that has been achieved.


The ribbon tails on the left side of the photo is the handle to pull out the journaling panel. I have typed my text on the computer, printed it onto Whisper White cardstock and then cut it out using the Top Note die and the Big Shot. All the details of the products used are provided below.



Scrapbook Page Details 


Brocade Basics 

Cardstock & Papers 

Basic Black, Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette (all textured), Rose Red, Whisper White


Versamark, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Kiwi Kiss


1” Rose Red double stitched grosgrain Ribbon, Basic Gray Taffeta ribbon, Fluerettes (retired), Silver Hodgepodge, Small flower & flat back pearls (Pretties Kit)


Eyelet Border punch, Small Oval punch, Computer & printer, Top Note Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, Big Shot, Sponge daubers, Xyron, Paper Piercer & Mat Pack


The second item I have for you is a Mother’s Day card. You are probably familiar with the Flower Pot card and this is my take on it – the ‘Bowl of Roses’ card! The bowl has been formed from a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock folded in half and then dry embossed. The bowl shape was then cut from the embossed card, with the fold at the bottom. The roses and buds have been stamped in Riding Hood Red and Summer Sun using the ‘A Rose Is A Rose’ 2-step stamp set. The two-toned effect was created by stamping off the first image, then using full colour on the second. The roses have been popped up on the top of the panel that slides into the bowl.  I’ve finished it off with some taffeta ribbon and a sentiment from the new ‘Tiny Tags’ stamp set from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue. The full details are below.



Here is a view with the rose panel pulled up from the bowl. The card fits into a 15cm square envelope.




Card Details


A Rose is A Rose, Tiny Tags, Occasional Greetings

Cardstock & Papers

Very Vanilla, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White


Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip


Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread


Medium Jewellery  Tag Punch, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals, Diamonds & Dots embossing folder, Cuttlebug



Your next stop on the “Art with Heart’ team Blog Hop – enjoy the creations from Tina Gillespie. 

Here are links to the other participants in this month’s Blog Hop. 


Ros Davidson
Nikki Sadler
Tanja Westwood
Kristine Thompson
Sue Madex
Gayatri Murali
Christine Blain
Di Dunk
Tina Gillespie
Kathryn Mangelsdorf
Alisha Watson
Nicole Rouillon
Kathryn Lowe





Enjoy your weekend.




A Touch of Nature

Hi there

I am writing this in hot, hot Perth. My lovely mother-in-law Betty is 85 years young today so we are in Perth to help her celebrate this milestone. We are taking her and 12 of her friends to lunch at the C Restaurant which is a revolving restaurant on the 33rd floor of St. Martin's Tower in the CBD. It provides a fabulous all-around view of Perth and with some yummy food I hope it will be an occasion for her to remember. It is my Mum's birthday today as well and she will be 79.  I'll be visiting her in Busselton in a few days time.

I wanted Betty's card to be a bit special so decided to go with a Step Card which I hadn't made before.  This is based on a tutorial from the lovely Jenny Moors.  I have used the retired stamp set 'Touch of Nature' which I still love. I don't think there has been another combination of nature stamps as good as this one.  I have used markers direct to rubber for the branches and bird on Whisper White and then stamped another bird, the flowers and butterfly on watercolour paper in Stazon Timber Brown. I used an aqua painter and Watercolour Crayons to colour them before cutting out and popping them up on Dimensionals. I'm pleased with the result and hope she likes it as well. The full details are below.



Card Details


A Touch of Nature, Sincere Salutations

Cardstock & Papers

Perfect Plum, Pale Plum, Old Olive, Whisper White, Watercolour paper


Chocolate Chip, Stazon Brown, Perfect Plum




Watercolour Wonder crayons, Sponge dauber, Stampin’ Write markers, Dimensionals, Aqua painter, Mat Pack & Paper piercer


I will be visiting my crafty friends Fiona and Karen later in the week, so I hope to get the opportunity to do a bit of stamping with them.


Have a lovely weekend.


For a Special Friend

Hi there

It is another hot summer's day here in Melbourne and I'm looking forward to spending time today in my newly cooled craft room (courtesy of my DH for Christmas!). I'm still in the process of dusting, re-arranging and rationalising the room as a result of the air conditioning installation. It is amazing how much 'stuff' fits into a 7' bookcase and it takes a lot less time to take everything out, than to put it back (one of life's mysteries!).

The card I want to share with you today is one I made last week for my special friend Karen in Perth, but wanted to make sure she had received it before sharing it with you. The style is a 'Shutter Card' and I used a tutorial from the talented Jenny Moors. There are many tutorials available, including this one on the SplitCoastStampers website. This is a really fun card to make and decorate, has a real 'wow' effect and is much easier than it looks. I also made the box for it from Jenny's tutorial, which is a great finishing touch.  Here is the card and then I will give you more details:


I have used the 'Friends' 24-7 stamp set, which is one of my favourites and the matching 'Friendly Words' jumbo roller. The base card is Not Quite Navy with the Baja Breeze Designer Series paper with Kiwi Kiss and the Urban Garden Designer Series paper for contrast. The flower stem was coloured with a blender pen and Baja Breeze and Kiwi Kiss ink pads, cut out and then popped up.

This is the matching box:


I have used Baja Breeze for the box with Baja Breeze DSP on the bottom half. The flap has been decorated with Not Quite Navy embossed with the 'Victoria' embossing folder, which is one of my all time favourites. The flap is kept in place by the scallop circle, which was stamped with one of the labels from the coming Sale-a-bration stamp set 'Vintage labels' before being punched out. The sentiment fits within the label, but I have stamped it and then punched it out with a 7/8" circle punch and popped it up on top. A bit of paper piercing on the scallop edge finishes it off.

Here are the full details.


Card Details


Friends 24-7, Friendly Words Jumbo Wheel, Vintage Labels, Oval All

Cardstock & Papers

Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Baja Breeze DSP, Urban Garden DSP


Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Kiwi Kiss, Basic Gray


Flat back pearls (not SU),


Scallop circle punch, 7/8" circle punch (not SU), Scallop edge punch, Circle punches, Scallop oval, Large & small Oval punches, Ticket Corner punch (NAH), Cuttlebug, 'Victoria' embossing folder, Mat Pack, Paper piercer,  Dimensionals, Blender pen, Sticky Strip

Stay cool!


Criss Cross Christmas

Hi there

It has been a lovely spring day in Melbourne today, what a change from last week. I've been out fertilising and mulching my garden today - lots of aches to show for it, but the garden looks great too.

I spent a very enjoyable day on Saturday with stamping friends at the Stampin' Up! Regional Training day. We got to chat and make some great projects using one of the new stamp sets coming in the Summer Mini Catalogue on 1 December 2009 - can't say any more, but it is really cute! As we have just 6 weeks left of the current Spring Mini Catalogue, I thought I would show you some projects in the next few weeks using the great products in this catalogue.

One of my favourites  from the Spring Mini has been the Ski Slope Designer Series Paper. I love the combination of traditional and contemporary colours.  If you are after something a little bit different or a little bit special for your Christmas cards this year, this one might be for you - it is the Criss Cross Card. The card uses a sheet of A4 card stock and a smallish rectangle of Designer Series Paper, so is still reasonably economical. The instructions can be found here on Splitcoast.  If like me, all of your cutting tools are metric, you will need to convert the measurements provided. I would suggest (from experience) that you leave the cutting of the DSP rectangle until after you have put the body of the card together as it only takes a few millimetres from rounding your measurements to put this out. Just measure the length and width of the assembled card and take 5mm off each measurement and you will get a good result. When you cut the rectangle of DSP into 2 triangles, you automatically get both sides of the DSP cut to the appropriate shape.  Here is the first photo, so you can see what I'm going on about.

The card has an insert that pulls out with the tab that I have decorated with the small star burst from the Snow Swirled stamp set made into a brad using 'Build a Brad'. The belly band around the card is really for decorative purposes, as you don't need to take it off to access the card. I've used the gorgeous 1" Baja Breeze double stitched grosgrain, but you could also use card stock of similar width and a narrower ribbon over it. The motif on the belly band is also from Snow Swirled, mounted with Dimensionals onto Baja Breeze and then onto the red scallop circle.  In the centre I have put a small light blue rhinestone brad to finish it. I love how easy it is to coordinate all of the Stampin' Up! products. Here is another photo showing the insert. I've rounded all the corners and sponged around the edges in Baja Breeze ink and stamped the greeting from Snow Swirled. This card would look great with any of the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper for a special occasion card or even for an invitation or birth announcement.

The good news is that this card still fits into a standard C6 envelope.  However with the two brads on it, I would use a small padded bag to post it otherwise you risk your receiver getting a card shredded by Australia Post's sorting equipment which is very disappointing for both parties (this happened with a card I sent to my MIL)! Here are the details.


Card Details


Snow Swirled

Cardstock & Papers

Baja Breeze, Real Red, Ski Slope DSP


Baja Breeze, Real Red


1” Baja Breeze Double Stitched Grosgrain, Rhinestone brad, Build a Brad


Circle punches, Scallop circle punch, Round Tab punch, Corner Rounder punch, Dimensionals, Sticky strip

Enjoy your week.