Another Flip Card

Hi there

As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to try another 'flip' card, this time using the Labels Framelits to cut the shape.  I used this Youtube video to learn how to do it, and like most things, it is so easy when you know how.  Give this a try, as you definitely don't need to purchase specific dies to create flip cards. 

I've created another Mother's Day card, this time using the 'Twitterpated' DSP and coordinating colours.  The 'Wonderful Mother' stamp brush from MDS was put to use again. This time I increased the size of the sentiments and printed them in Island Indigo and punched them out with the wide oval punch. Here is the card closed.

Here is the card open, showing the centre label.


Finally, this one shows the inside of the card.


Project Details
Stamps Wonderful Mother (Digital), Stippled Blossoms
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
 Ink Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo
Accessories Baja Breeze Taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Labels Framelits, Ovals Originals Die (retired), Swiss Dots embossing folder,  Designer Frames Embossing folder, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch,  Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Stampamajig, 

Thanks for looking. 

Mother's Day Flip Card

Hi there

Mother's Day is coming soon, but there is still time to make a special card for your Mum.  Today I have a 'Flip' card  for you (also called a 'Flip Flop' card), which adds some extra interest to this special occasion card.  

There are a number of templates around on the Internet and now cutting dies are also available. However, you can easily make this basic shaped card with your standard papercraft tools (trimmer or ruler and craft knife). I wanted a square card and a wider border on the left, so I used the basic principle to create a template for a 14cm x 14cm square card. I always test my measurements on some scrap card first and usually need to adjust it a bit before making the 'real' one.  I used my Stampin' Trimmer to make the cuts as I find it easier and more accurate than a craft knife. 

I have used the blue and yellow floral print from the 'Print Poetry' Designer Series Paper Stack and paired it with the Summer Starfruit pattern from the 'Birds of a Feather' DSP on a base of Marina Mist card stock. This is the card flat.


This is how the card looks when it stands up and you can see that the centre panel is actually rectangular. 

This photo shows the reverse side of the centre panel where you write your message. I didn't have the 'Wonderful Mother' stamp set, so I purchased and downloaded the 'Wonderful Mother' stamp brush for MDS in a couple of minutes and then printed it out and cut the panel to size. This is a great example of a hybrid project. You can use the MDS stamp brushes in other software such as Photoshop Elements if you just want do something quick and simple like this. It is also cheaper than buying the stamp set!

There are some Youtube videos showing how to make the Flip card using framelits to cut a shaped centre panel.  I will give this a try next.


Project Details
Stamps Wonderful Mother, Delightful Dozen, Oh, Hello
Card stock & Papers     Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack, Birds of a Feather DSP, Subtles Pattern Stack
 Ink Midnight Muse, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
Accessories 5/8" Vanilla Flower Trim, Marina Mist Taffeta ribbon (retired), Basic Pearls
Tools     Labels Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Sahpes Punch Pack,  Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Copic B12 (to colour pearls)

Enjoy your weekend!

Dynamic Duos #45


Hi there

I couldn't go past the Dynamic Duos #45 combination this week as it features Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose and pink is one of my favourite colours. Having said that, it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.

I have made a very CAS card which could be for Mother's Day or as a 'just because' card for Mum. I've added touches of Crumb Cake for contrast and dressed it with pearls.



Project Details
Stamps Delightful Dozen, Everything Eleanor
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Textured,  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Subtles (Pretty in Pink) Pattern Stacks
 Ink Regal Rose
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Apothecary Accents, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Tombow Glue

Thanks for looking.

Freshly Made #30

Hi there

In complete contrast to last weekend's wintry weather, we have a gorgeous, sunny weekend in Melbourne.  I have been out sweeping today as the leaves are well and truly coming down. My roses are enjoying their last hurrah for the season and I have a photo of one of my favourites at the end of the post.

Today, the card I have for you is based on this week's Freshly Made Sketch #30, shown below.

I have been wanting to use this doily stamp called 'Hello, Doily' (not currently available in Australia) and this sketch is a great opportunity.  I have white embossed it on Island Indigo card stock and then matched it will the Pool Party floral from the 'Domestic Goddess' DSP because it is so fresh and sweet. The centre of the doily is a Calypso Coral flower (in the Joanne Leddy style) with a pearl centre, sprayed with some Champage shimmer mist. The gingham panel has been stamped with the PTI 'Background Basics: Gingham' stamp.  I have made this into a Mother's Day card for my lovely mother-in-law Betty.



Project Details
Stamps Hello, Doily (NAH), Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Background Basics: Gingham (PTI)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Island Indigo, Calyspo Coral, Domestic Goddess DSP, Whisper White
 Ink Versamark, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo
Accessories Pearl brad (not SU), Basic Pearls, White Seam Binding ribbon (not SU)
Tools     Beautiful Wings Sizzlit, Big Shot, Modern Label punch,  Word Window punch, Fancy Flower punch, 5-Petal flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Champagne Shimmer paint (to make shimmer mist), White embossing powder, Heat gun

Almost forgot, here is a photo of one of my roses that is lovely at the moment.  Lots of blooms to cut and bring inside. They start off as a pink/apricot and become more yellow as they age. They last really well in a vase.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thank you to the DT at Freshly Made Sketches for this award!

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Soft & Sweet - For Mum

Hi there

It has been a real sunshine and showers Autumn day on this Easter Monday in Melbourne.  There has been a really chilly wind that says winter is on the way.  My lovely white Japonica Camelia is already flowering and I had my first thoughts of warming soup. I whipped up some creamy cauliflower and potato soup with bacon for lunch as I had the items on hand and it was really yummy. I'm sure it will be even better for lunch tomorrow.

Although colour challenges aren't my strong point, I thought the lovely colour combo at Just Add Ink this week was something I could manage.  Here it is:

Untitled-1Mother's Day is on the horizon, so I have taken the opportunity to get an early start on this occasion with a soft and 'girly' card for my Mum. I inked up the lovely 'Bordering on Romance' stamp set from the new Autumn/Winter Mini for the first time and it is lovely to colour. I rarely colour on Very Vanilla card stock, but I like the resulting soft effect with these colours.  I've also used lots of other goodies from the new Mini - there is a lot to love in this one!  I've popped up both layers of labels and the group of 3 flowers in the spray.  This card has lots of layers and texture and definitely doesn't qualify as 'clean and simple', but I'm happy with the end result.



Project Details
Stamps Bordering on Romance, Well Scripted
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake (Textured & Smooth), Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette (Textured & Smooth)
Ink Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Accessories Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Swiss Dots, Finial Press, Designer Frames & Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, Framelits Labels, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch, Dimensionals, Sponge dauber, SU matched Copic markers (RV11, E43), Fray Stoppa

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Many thanks to the DT at Just Add Ink for choosing my card this week!


Pearls and Lace


Welcome to a new week in another new month.  The year is disappearing so quickly, it will be time to make Christmas cards again soon (sorry for that reminder!).  Sunday is Mother's Day and I have made this card for my Mum, who is a pearls and lace kind of lady. 

I have kept the design really simple, given the bold embellishments I have used. The DSP is the lovely Springtime Vintage that was available in the US in their last mini.  I've matched it with Rich Razzleberry to give it some 'pop' and lovely lace that I've had for ages (lace being top of mind after 'that' wedding). I made another of the gorgeous Joanne Leddy cardstock flowers in textured Very Vanilla, as the centrepiece.  This time I used a 5/16" brad and a larger flower punch for the centre which is a good platform for the large flat back pearl in the centre.

Here is a close-up of the flower.  I think the textured cardstock adds something as well.


Project Details
Stamps Strength & Hope, Well Scripted
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla (Textured & Smooth), Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke
Accessories Wide Lace (not SU), Basic Pearls, Pretties Kit (Retired), String of Pearls (not SU), 5/16" brad
Tools Little Leaves Die, Big Shot, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Champagne Shimmer Paint (Mist), Fancy Flower punch, 5 Petal Flower punch, Small 5 petal flower punch (not SU)

Not long now until the Stampin' Up! Convention, which is in Melbourne this year - woohoo!  I've been busy in the background making swaps, so I will show you those soon.

Have a good week.

This and that...

Hi there

It was a gorgeous Autumn weekend in Melbourne and I enjoyed a spot of gardening, planting some cute purple violas and a new Gardenia that I struck from cuttings. Speaking of plants, I had to take a photo of my first Camellia of the season. This is a beautiful symmetrical white Japonica, called 'Early Pearly'. I have espaliered  two of these between the metal frame of my clothes line.  Sounds weird when you say it like that, but it does disguise this rather boring but necessary piece of equipment!


 If you are like me, you are always looking for new options for your craft storage.  I have tried a few different storage options for my sponge daubers as my collection has grown over the last few years, none of which have been entirely satisfactory . Finally, I came across this acrylic box that is specifically made for daubers and it is fantastic. It holds 40 daubers, which covers all of the main Stampin' Up! colour collections. It is easy to get them in and out of the box and they can't fall over, which sometimes caused the colours to be transferred. I made up a template for  the colour collections, that I've covered in contact as the daubers come in contact with the top of the box.


Of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to decorate the outward facing side with some of the retired Cottage Wall DSP and matching Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive cardstock.


Finally, I also have a card for you based on the Clean and Simple 135 sketch, which is shown below.


With Mother's Day coming soon, I have taken the opportunity to make this card for my MIL (she doesn't look at the Internet, so no chance she will get to see it).  I have used the lovely 'Strength and Hope' stamp set which raises funds for Cancer research.  This is very appropriate as she is also a breast cancer survivor.  The base card is my favourite Marina Mist with the lovely floral from 'Springtime Vintage' DSP.  I've sprayed this with Champagne shimmer mist before adding the embellishments. I love the sentiments expressed in the text behind the butterfly.  I hope she likes it.


Project Details
Stamps Strength & Hope, Well Scripted
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink Marina Mist
Accessories Basic Pearls, Blue craft wire (antennae)
Tools Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, 2 3/8" Scallop Cirlce Punch,  Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Champagne Shimmer Paint, stampamajig

Enjoy your week.


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.