Tuesday, 28 February 2012

JAI106 Sketch Challenge

After completing the page for the layout for Show Us Your Stuff I decided to use the same colour scheme for my next card challenge with Just Add Ink.  This time I turned the sketch around and again only one small greeting stamped.  (Not a good stamping day today).  As I already had the colour scheme from my previous page it was pretty simple to actually put the card together - love it when that happens.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Pool Party and Island Indigo, Paisley Petals DSP, Punches - Small Oval, 1/2 " circle and Circle from Itty Bitty Shapes, Dies - Scallop Circle and Swirls Scribbles, White Brads, Island Indigo Inkpad 

Show Us Your Stuff

Hi all.  Today's layout was created for the Show Us Your Stuff Scrapbook Page Challenge.  In this challenge you had to follow the sketch and also use 3 pieces of patterned paper, 3 embellishments,1 heart and paint somewhere on the layout.

For the paint I used some of the white shimmer paint around the edges of the Island Indigo cardstock, around the photos and a bit of a swirl along the bottom of the layout (not easy to see in the photo).  I cut my flowers from papers in the same range and diecut the hearts and swirls.  I didn't do any stamping on this page.

Our family don't really get much of an opportunity to get all dressed up and go out all together.  It was fun to scrap a page of us all nicely dressed up ready to go to a friend's wedding.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Pool Party and Island Indigo, Paisley Petals DSP, Frost White Shimmer Paint, Scalloped Heart of Hearts, Swirls Scribbles and timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies (also used another Sizzix alphabet for smaller letters), White Satin Ribbon, Vintage Brad

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Sketches with a Twist

 Now that I have had a go at a couple of card challenges I decided it was time to tackle a page layout challenge.

This is the sketch from Sketches with a Twist that I created this page for.  The twist was you had to use something green.

I have used punches to create my pennants and some stamping.  To give the decorative edge around the blue DSP I used two different size circle punches and randomly punched around the edge.  Instead of using a scallop punch for the bottom scallop I decided to randomly handcut a scallop edge.

I loved doing this challenge and shall definitely be finding some more challenges to try in the future.  I think I am definitely hooked on doing these challenges now.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla,  DSP - Cheerful Treat (Hostess) and Pacific Point Pattern Paper from Brights Paper Stack, Stamp Set - Pennant Parade, Inkpads - Pear Pizzazz and Riding Hood Red, Punches - Decorative Label, Petite Pennants Builder, Small Oval and Circles, Sizzix Dies - Buttons and Timeless Type Alphabet, Sale-a-Bration Ribbon, Small Blue Brad, Red Letter Stickers from Kaisercraft (the only thing not SU)

Saturday, 25 February 2012

I Just Had to Scraplift this Layout

This is a layout I completed on Tuesday using the beautiful Elegant Soiree Papers from last years catalogue.  I have had these papers in my stash for so long waiting for something special to inspire me to use them as I think they are just such gorgeous colours.  Anyway, I was flicking through an old Scrapbooking Memories magazine which I had just borrowed from the library and lo and behold there was a whole Scrapbooking Memories Masters Challenge dedicated to just these papers.  Well, I couldn't wait to get out the photos and the papers and maybe scraplift a little bit here and little bit there - but as it turned out I ended up scraplifting almost the whole of one layout with a few changes of my own.  The original layout was created by Tatum Woodroffe.

The basic layout is the same.  I created different flowers and added in some flourishes cut from the DSP as well as using some of the brown packing paper we get in our orders to make the large flower at the top right and the pleated paper on the left side with a stamped bird image  popped on top.  If you look carefully at the flowers in the bottom corner I have also made my own hat pin embellishment with some pearls and beads.  I have also stamped the flower image and saying and watercoloured the image.

Supplies used:  Basic Grey and Very Vanilla Cardstock, Elegant Soiree DSP (no longer available) Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Soft Suede and Marina Mist Inkpads,  Brown Packing Paper, Vintage Brad, Twine, (Button unkown and Hat Pin created by me), Scallop Border Punch, Elements of Style Stamp Set

Mojo Monday Challenge 229

Here is my latest card for the Mojo Monday 229 Challenge.  I really enjoyed playing around with this card.  I decided to use the Well Worn DSP as I had a few bits of this paper cut up from my class held the previous day and thought why not use it up.

I think it turned out to be another great male card so now I have a few male cards all ready to go.

Supplies used:  River Rock and Early Espresso Cardstock, Well Worn DSP, Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess) and French Foliage Stamp Sets, Early Espresso Ink and Soft Suede Ink for sponging, Vintage Trinket Brads, Mini Library Clip and Early Espresso Bakers Twine.

If you are wondering where I used the French Foliage Stamp I stamped the large leaf in Versamark Ink on the small River Rock piece before stamping the birthday greeting over the top.  I am also finding that I am finding the Bakers Twine for male cards very useful, so I shall have to stock up on these before the Summer Mini ends.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Male Card

I would like to share with you today another one of the male cards we created in card class today.

I decided to use the recent sketch from Mojo Monday as I really liked the way my previous card all came together so nicely.

I also wanted to show that the Elementary Elegance stamp set could also be used for a male card.  So I  changed the colours and the stamp set and this is what I ended up with.

Supplies used:  Elementary Elegance Stamp Set, Not Quite Navy, River Rock and Soft Suede Cardstock, Well Worn DSP, Soft Suede Inkpad, Bakers Twine, Top Note Die, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Curly Label Punch (Happy Birthday stamped on Confetti White and sponged all over).

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Up in the Air Hostess Set

I was able to borrow the Up in the Air hostess set recently and had a little play with this set last night.  I also used the Everyday Enchantment Papers and Embellishments.  I absolutely adore this paper and will be really sad when it is no longer available.  Don't forget you can earn these papers or embellishments free if you place an order for $100.  This offer is open until 31 March 2012.

Supplies used:  Calypso Coral and Confetti White Cardstock, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Ribbon and Brads, Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Early Espresso Inkpad, Markers - Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade

JAI105 Challenge

Here is a card I created for the latest Just Add Ink challenge.  The colours we had to use were Pool Party, So Saffron, Certainly Celery and Wisteria Wonder.   This being my first attempt at a JAI challenge I found these colours were difficult for me to envisage putting together.  However, I thought I will just have a go and see what happens.   Well I did and I am really pleased with the results.  It turned out to be a really pretty feminine card.

Supplies used:  Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron and Whisper White Cardstock, Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, Certainly Celery Inkpads, Fabulous Florets Stamp Set, Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon and of course the trusty old Decorative Label Punch

Friday, 17 February 2012

A Little Bit of Scrapbooking

As in my previous post, thanks to my friend Heidi, I have also been doing a bit of scrapbooking as she has started up a blog called Scrap a Page Thursdays and I have decided that I will start getting some more scrapbooking done by challenging myself to have a page done by every Thursday.  Unfortunately, my scrapbooking has taken a bit of a backseat to my cardmaking of late but this is all about to change.  So here is my page for this week.

I have just received some of the new Sale-a-Bration stamp sets, papers and embellishments and couldn't wait to try them out.  I have also got a bit of a crocheting fetish at the moment and have been crocheting lots of little flowers that I can use in my cards and scrapbooking - I have used a couple of these on my page.  I was not a fan of the colour Calypso Coral when it was first introduced by Stampin'Up! but now I love it.  My photo really doesn't show how nice it is.

Supplies used for this page were Calypso Coral and Baja Breeze Cardstock, I stamped on scraps of Confetti White Cardstock, Elementary Elegance and Fresh Vintage Stamp Sets, Everyday Enchantment DSP, Everyday Enchantment Brads and Ribbons, Calypso Coral Inkpad, Antique Brads, Victoria Lace, Vintage Trinket Safety Pin, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Dies

Thanks so much for looking.

Card Sketch Challenges

Thanks to my friend Heidi I have decided to get into the world of challenges.  This is my first attempt at a Mojo Monday challenge and I really enjoyed it.  I loved having the sketch to work with and decided to use some of the new products that I got from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue.  I have to say  I'm hooked now and will be doing more challenges in the future.  Hope you like it.
Supplies used are:  Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla and Calypso Coral Cardstock, Everyday Enchantment DSP and Embellisments, Elementary Elegance Stamp Set, Top Note Die, Calypso Coral and Pool Party Inkpads, Soft Suede Inkpad for sponging edges.

Monday, 13 February 2012


I would like to share with you today a couple of the 6" x 6" scrapbooking layouts that I created with a class of 14 twelve year olds just before Christmas.

I showed them how to stamp and make embellishments for their pages.  They also learnt how to use the Big Shot to emboss and punches to punch out their labels etc.

Pet Page
Friends Page
They were all very happy that they were able to create some special pages and I also showed them how they could turn these pages into full 12" x 12" pages (Friends Page) or a special wall hanging (Pet Page).

I have been doing quite a few kid's scrapbooking class/parties and if this is something you would be interested in for your child, please do not hesitate to contact me for further details.

Costs start from $15 per person with a minimum of 6 attendees.


Just a reminder that February's card class will be here soon.  Class is being held on Thursday 23rd February.  Please see class page for further details or you can also check out my Stampin'Up! Website.

We will be creating some cards for the males in our life and here is a sneak peak of one of the cards we will be creating.  I will keep the others a surprise.

This card is an Easel Card and has been created using one of the new stamp sets in the Summer Mini Catalogue together with some of the new twine.

I find male cards the hardest to create so I was very happy when Stampin'Up! brought out this stamp set.

Saturday, 11 February 2012


I thought I would show you today a card I made last week for a very dear friend for her 50th birthday.  We have known each other since primary school and so I really wanted to make her a very special card to celebrate her day.  As she seems to love black I decided to use some of the Love Letters DSP which unfortunately is no longer available - this was one of my favourites.

I am really into making my own flowers at the moment so I created the flowers on the front of the card with the Fun Flowers Die (the large flower) and

the smaller flower using the Scallop Circle punch.  Here is a closer view of the flowers.

I am really happy with the way this card turned out and my friend really loved it.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012


Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. This is my blog for sharing all my papercrafting with you all.  I will be posting regularly here with all my classes, new projects etc.
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