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Moon Lake Get Well

Hi there

Masculine cards are more in demand in my house since my husband joined Rotary. Unfortunately, the need is always 'right now' and yesterday I managed to turn the Moon Lake duck card from a birthday to a get well in double quick time.  So, I'm going to try and get ahead by building up my stash of male cards. I really like the 'Moon Lake' stamp set from the Occasions Catalgoue for masculine cards . This time I have used the boat and tree image to create a water scene with ink pads and an Aqua Painter.

I used my new Argyle embossing folder for the first time to add some texture at the top and left the Crumb Cake base show at the base. The Early Espresso candy dots finish it off.



Project Details
Stamps Moon Lake, Delightful Dozen, Serene Silhouettes (Inside)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Water Colour paper
 Ink Stazon Black, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi, Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray
Accessories Neutrals (Early Espresso) Candy Dots
Tools     Argyle Embossing Folder, Big Shot, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches, Dimensionals, Aqua Painter, Stampin' Sponges

Thanks for looking!

Easter Projects - Part 2


I'm back with Part 2 of my Easter projects. First up is an Easter card, using the lovely 'Indescribable Gift' stamp set. Previously I would have coloured it with Blendabilities, but this time I decided to try it with a long neglected technique of water colouring with ink pads on water colour paper. I have used a pastel palette of Smoky Slate and Crisp Cantaloupe and added a dash of the gorgeous Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon for pop. 


This card would be equally suited as a Mother's Day, birthday, thank you or friendship card with a change of greeting. For the inside of the card I have stamped a portion of the floral image in the top right corner and also water coloured it. I had forgotten how pretty the soft wash of water colouring could be. At the base is a strip of spotty Crisp Cantaloupe washi tape from the 'Sweet Dreams' collection.


The last project is a cute bunny using the Sweet Treat Cups. I have had these in the cupboard for ages and was glad when the inspiration struck. I saw the opportunity to use the same bunny head and paws  I created for the Bunny Treat Box by creating a tummy mid-section. He is pretty cute!


This is a back view showing a perforated tab that will allow the treats to be removed while keeping the bunny basically intact.


My 21 page tutorial gives detailed instructions for both of these projects as well as the 2 projects in the previous post. You can purchase it by clicking on the PayPal button below.

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Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Easter Projects - Part 1

Hi there

I don't know about you, but I can't believe it is only 2 weeks until Easter!  The year really is flying by and it is hard to keep up.  I spent an enjoyable 10 days in Western Australia catching up with friends and family and celebrating my MILs 90th birthday. Now I'm peddling hard to catch up with the chores at home and in the garden!

However, in the few days since I've been home I have been making some cute projects that I will be sharing with you in the next couple of days. The first of these is my version of a bunny treat box using the Bigz L Fry Box die. I've had this die for a while, but it has been sadly neglected. Now I have dusted it off, I see lots more opportunities for it - isn't this always the way? I think he is pretty cute and much cuter IRL than the photo shows.


The box holds a full bag of the pretty polka dot Lindt mini eggs, but I've also tried it with the Lindt hen and eggs as well. For gift giving it may be easier to put the eggs in a cellophane bag tied with ribbon or thick baker's twine. This is what he looks like from the back.


The next project would be perfect for kids to give their friends at school. I've filled a cellophane tube with crisp shelled mini eggs and added a cute tag using the 'For Peeps Sake' stamp set. I think the greeting goes perfectly!


Here is a close-up pic of the tag. 


I am offering a PDF tutorial that includes these 2 projects and 2 additional projects that I will show you tomorrow - great value for your Easter crafting.

I am also offering kits (available for postal addresses in Australia only) so you can make your own Bunny Treat Boxes. You will receive all of the punched elements and the box as a flat pack for you to construct (it does not include the treats!). You will need to provide adhesives (Tombow glue or equivalent, glue dots), ink and sponge for adding definition to the punched elements, grey or black marker, white gel pen. The box base will be Smoky Slate (pale grey) with a number of different colour options for the spotted designer paper. If you want a specific colour not listed, please contact me

Click on the links below to make your purchases.

Purchase Easter Projects 2015 Tutorial 


Purchase Bunny Treat Box Kits

Designer Paper Colour


I'll be back tomorrow with the other 2 Easter projects.

Enjoy your weekend!

Ninety & Fabulous!


I have a milestone birthday card to share with you, that I made for my lovely Mother-in-Law Betty who turned 90 today.  We have been in Western Australia for the past few days to help her celebrate this occasion. I wanted this card to be special; recognising this amazing milestone and letting her know how inspiring she is to everyone who knows her.

I have inked up the 'Perfect Peacock' stamp for the first time and coloured it with Blendabilities in her favourite colours. I fussy cut the peacock and then layered it over the top of the full image which was stamped onto Shimmer card stock. This allowed me to pop the Deco Framelits die cuts underneath the peacock. The lovely sentiment from 'Million & One' was silver embossed at the bottom of the card.  The finished card is 14.5cm square.



Happy Birthday Betty - you really are fabulous!!



Project Details
Stamps  Perfect Peacock, Million & One, Morning Post Numbers (retired)
Card stock & Papers      Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Shimmer Card, Silver Glimmer paper, Whisper White
 Ink  Memento Tuxedo black, Versamark, Bermuda Bay
Accessories  Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Deco Framelits, Timeless Type Sizzlits (retired), Big Shot, Silver Embossing powder, Heat gun, Blendabilities markers, Dimensionals

Have a great day!

Wisteria Lotus Blossom


I've been playing with the lovely Sale-a-bration Lotus Blossom stamp set again and made this card for a lovely friend (waving, Fiona) who had a birthday today. I have used the brayer to add Wisteria Wonder ink to the Irresistibly Yours DSP for the background. The Lotus Blossom has been stamped in Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant and die cut with the Ovals Collections Framelits. The Hearts Border punch and gorgeous Sahara Sand Lace trim finish off the bottom edge.



Project Details
Stamps Lotus Blossom, Painted Petals
Card stock & Papers     Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper, Irresistibly Yours DSP
 Ink Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi
Accessories Sahara Sand Lace Trim, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Decorative Label punch, Hearts Border punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Ovals Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Brayer, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

Painted Petals Thank You


Today I have a cute thank you card and matching gift bag using the 'Painted Petals' stamp set that we made in class last week. The top section of the card has been embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder and the bottom section stamped. This set has such a great group of accessory stamps to the main floral images that allow you to create your own borders and backgrounds. I love the 'lines' stamp as it gives a nice hand drawn look and the photopolymer makes it so easy to line it up by eye.



 For the inside I have created a little border of flowers. Stamp off the edge of the card stock (before you add the mat) to create a shorter set of stems than the stamp.  



To complete the ensemble is this cute gift bag made using the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits from the Occasions Catalogue. There are 2 thinlits that make up the treat bag - a large one that forms the front and one flap and a smaller one for the second flap. I have cut 2 of the large die so that the flap will form the side gussets of the bag. The flap is 5.1cm(2 1/16") in width from the side fold line, so I scored at 1cm (1/2") from the flap edge and then scored 3.1cm  (1 1/4") from the edge.  On the second score line, finish 2.5cm (1") from the bottom and then using a ruler and scoring tool draw a diagonal line from the end of your score line to each corner of the flap.  This will help the gusset fold in nicely when you clip it together at the top. Make sure you burnish the existing score lines and score the new lines before you emboss your bag. I have used the Large Polka Dot embossing folder to coordinate with the card. You will need to create a base for the bag, so cut a piece 4.2cm x 11.5cm (1 5/8" x 3 3/4") and score at 1cm (3/8") on each end. Attach each of the side gussets to corresponding front/back panel and then add the base. I found Tombow glue the easiest for this task. It sounds a bit involved, but it is really quick and easy once you have the pieces in your hand. It creates a nice sized bag and is very sturdy made in card stock.

The Mini Treat Bag Thinlits set also has a large number of extra pieces you can use to decorate the bag or use in your other projects.  I have cut out the 'enjoy' to add to the tags on the front, which are clipped to the bag with a gold metallic mini clothespin. It really is very sweet.



Project Details
Stamps  Painted Petals
Card stock & Papers      Soft Sky, Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
 Ink  Strawberry Slush, Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso
Accessories Metallic Mini Clothespins, Strawberry Slush Thick Bakers Twine, Soft Sky Seam Binding ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Circles Collection Thinlits, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder,  Big Shot, Scallop Tag Topper punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Corner Rounder punch, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Xyron

Thanks for looking!

Blossom Birthday

Hi there

Today I have yet another birthday card to share with you. I have inked up the lovely blossom stamp 'Indescribable Gift' for the first time and coloured it with Blendabilities. Then for a bit of a twist, I have clear embossed the whole image and used my brayer to change the colour of the background. This is another variation of the emboss resist technique and although it is a bit fiddly I think it gives a lovely result.  

I have used one of my favourite colour combinations of Smoky Slate and Pink Pirouette with a little bit of sparkle from the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper for a soft and feminine result. It was difficult to get a good photo as there was reflection off the embossing on the image.


For the inside I have a small section of the blossom in the top corner and some washi tape from the Sweet Dreams collection at the bottom.


I have a few tips to give you a good result, based on my experience  The image on the card is my second effort.

  • Try not to use the Colour Lifter pen when you are colouring the image. The area where you use the colour lifter will not absorb the ink as well when you brayer over the top.
  • I used a VersaMarker to cover the image with Versamark ink prior to adding the clear embossing powder.  Try not to go over the edges of the image as it will be embossed and will resist the ink. This will leave white areas of the background showing.
  • After you have clear embossed your image, check to see that it is well covered. Sometimes you get a speckled effect from your embossing, and you will find that some of the ink from your brayer will find its way onto your image. I went over some areas where this occurred again with the VersaMarker and added more embossing powder until I got a nice even covering over the image.

The 'Love is Kindness' stamp would also be a good choice for this technique. I hope you will give it a try.

Project Details
Stamps Indescribable Gift, Four You
Card stock & Papers     Smoky Slate, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Smoky Slate
Accessories Pink Pirouette Seam Binding ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels, Sweet Dreams Washi tape
Tools     Scallop Border punch, VersaMarker (not SU), Clear and Silver embossing powder, Heat gun, Brayer, Dimensionals, Blendabilities (Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi)

Have a great day!